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‘The Bone Lady’

“Forensic Anthropology in the 21st Century: Myths, Miracles, and a Dose of Reality” will be presented at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 in the Smith-Hutson Business Building’s Mafrige Auditorium. Mary H. Manhein is a physical anthropologist and bioarchaeologist, who has handled more than 1,000 forensic cases during her 27 years of experience in field recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains.


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Budgeting can help when frequently using credit cards. Heed these tips from and you might save on interest rates and decrease credit spending: o Create a savings account. You should always be prepared for an emergency that your credit card might not be able to cover. o Try to shop with cash, a debit card or a check most of the time. o Pay cash for items under $10 and for eating out. o Have only one credit card. The average number of credit cards held by cardholders is 3.5 (, which can make keeping track of bills and spending more complicated. All those discount cards are probably not worth the high interest rates and additional payments. o If all else fails, scissors can be your best friend… If you are having problems with your credit card debt or any kind of money problems, visit the Student Money Management Center for help.

April proclaimed cancer Student Debt awareness month at SHSU Management By Julia May

SHSU Public Relations

April is National Cancer Control Month, and Sam Houston State University President Jim Gaertner has proclaimed April as Cancer Awareness Month on campus. Gaertner’s proclamation reads: WHEREAS, Colleges against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society, and WHEREAS, with hundreds of chapters nationwide, CAC is showing the world that young people care and want to make a difference, and WHEREAS, it is estimated that one in two men and one in three women will develop some type of cancer in their lifetime, and WHEREAS, CAC is aware that until there is a cure, prevention and early detection is key to survival, and WHEREAS, CAC is interested in promoting education about cancer and desires to involve students, faculty, and staff in on-campus programs, and WHEREAS, CAC, together with Kats for the Cause and Staff Council are planning programs during the month of April to promote awareness, NOW, THEREFORE, I, James F. Gaertner, President of Sam Houston State University, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Regents — See MONTH, page 3

‘Making Cancer History’ Brent Fulcher of M.D. Anderson shares insight and ambitions to globalize progressive mission for better patient care

Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 takes full effect for struggling students in 2010 By Kristin Meyer Senior Reporter

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PATIENT CARE. Brent Fulcher, a director for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center speaks to Sam Houston State University at“Eliminating Cancer: Extending the Mission to the World” for the Department of Management and Marketing’s Global Business Lecture series in the Bud and Joan Haney Auditorium.

By Jake Pickard

Contributing Writer

“Our goal is to eliminate cancer,” Brent Fulcher, a director for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said. “Not just in Houston, Texas, but around the world.” Yesterday Fulcher gave a speech entitled “Eliminating Cancer: Extending the Mission to the World” for the

Department of Management and Marketing’s Global Business Lecture series in the Bud and Joan Haney Auditorium. For six of the past eight years, M.D. Anderson has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ as one of the best centers in the nation for cancer care. “What’s fairly unique

about our center is that our physicians each treat only one type of cancer,” Fulcher said. “They become experts within their specific modality.” After patient care, the center focuses their remaining resources on cancer research and the education of undergraduate and graduate students. — See CANCER, page 3

Sinchang Semester By Brad Basker Director of Advertising Relations

The dynamic duo endeavors of Tristan Marcus Maghett, senior, and Xavier Gregg, junior, began long before they ever set foot onto SHSU. However, they could have never guessed that their adventures would lead them to study in foreign lands. They spent the 2009 spring semester studying at the Soon Chun Yhang University in Sinchang, South Korea, by way of the SHSU Study Abroad program. Both had interests in studying in Japan, but found the programs were full or too expensive. It was at this point that their advisor suggested the expanding program in South Korea as a healthy alternative. “We got reimbursed on our airfare, free room and board, free field trips and got paid 150,000 won (which is the equivalent to about $130 USD) for meeting with Korean students in the program ,” Maghett said.

Credit Card Accountability

“Would you like to open a rewards account with us today?” Credit cards bombard us everywhere we go and it’s pretty obvious why-most people’s chosen payment method is with a credit card. And why not pay with a credit card? They’re easy! There’s no fumbling for cash, counting, or holding up the line involved, just swipe, sign and go! But it’s no secret that people get way in over their heads with credit cards, leading to debt and those commercials about stopping debt collector calls... Well, the government is lending a hand to cardholders to help them take control of their accounts and to stop fees from swallowing bank accounts by passing the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009the Credit CARD Actalmost a year ago. This act went into full effect Feb. 22, 2010, but it usually takes a while before people start seeing drastic changes. This new act’s goal is to offer protection for customers from abusive fees, penalties, interest rate increases and other unwarranted changes in account terms. Credit card users will avoid retroactive interest rate increases on existing card balances (limit when interest rates can increase), have more time to pay their monthly bills, receive greater advance notice of changes in credit card terms and have the right to opt out of significant changes in terms on their accounts. ( An era will also come to an end with this act-- the era of readily available credit for people under

21. Credit card companies will not be allowed to issue a credit card to someone under 21 unless they have proof of a sufficient individual income to pay off the loan or have a co-signer over 21. This means that the 54% percent of college freshman with credit cards will either need a good job or someone to help them out if they get in trouble with their payments. This act is meant to help people manage their credit cards so they don’t have to fight companies because the company didn’t notify them of changes, they didn’t know payments were due, etc. But the government cannot solve all problems; you have to take responsibility into your own hands. Jacki BrossmanAshorn’s, Assistant Director of Bearkat OneCard and the Student Money Management Center, biggest tip to manage credit cards and bills efficiently is to get organized. “Organization is key to paying bills on time and paying them on time equates to good credit,” said BrossmanAshorn. “Also, pay more than the minimum due on credit cards so you can pay them off quickly and avoid excessive interest charges. If online bill pay is available, then take advantage of it. It will save you time, money on checks and stamps, and will help ensure your payment arrives on time as scheduled. They also send you statements and reminders, which help ensure you never forget to pay a bill.” Credit card debt is a real problem with college students, because, let’s face it, we don’t have much money and we want a lot of things. — See CREDIT, page 3

Hot Topics: Health Care in America A roundtable discussion was held on Wednesday, April 7 in regards to the health care issues facing the nation. Brad Basker | The Houstonian

WORLD WIDE WORD. Bearkats Tristan Marcus Maghett (Left) and Xavier Gregg (Right) make international headlines while studying in Korea.

Gregg and Maghett had no idea what life would be like in South Korea, which made their experience even more enjoyable when they were overwhelmed with the Sinchang

culture shock. “The people are way different. They’re loyal, more friendly and also very fashionable,” Gregg said. “The food was awesome, and at the same time healthy. Even

though I had to adjust to only eating with chop sticks.”

— See SINCHANG, page 3

The Political Engagement Project featured Dr. Kim Monday, Physician and Liaison to Texas Legislature; Ms. Sally Nelson, Director, Huntsville Memorial Hospital; Dr. Ed Blackburne, SHSU Department of Economics; and Dr. James Olson, moderator. For the full story please visit www.houstonianonline. com or pick up a copy of the next issue on Tuesday, April 13.


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Keeping the family together

Meagan Ducic gives her advice on how to

keep your family together with simple activities. My husband and I recently decided to modify our home-life in hopes of bringing our family closer together. A couple of the changes we’ve made so far are logical, free and seem to have made a substantial difference. Get up early every day and spend your mornings together. Though I am very much a night person (there’s something about the night that just makes it easier to breathe, to think and to write . . .) this has been my favorite change so far. I’ve found the dim, quiet morning to be a very relaxed time when you can just be together while you slowly get ready for the day. If you set up as much as you can the night before, it will be a lot easier to have extra time in the morning. Yes, it means you will have to make time in your already jam packed schedule to work

on tasks for tomorrow’s adventures—but remember, this way you’re giving yourself about 14 hours to get these things done instead of maybe two. Besides, it just makes sense to start your day off as peacefully as you can so you’re better equipped to deal with the demands you’re sure to face later

don’t line up three or four stops along the way. Mix things up by surprising your children with an impromptu trip to the park, the batting cages or the movies. If you don’t have children, go to the park yourself and take a walk or knock out tomorrow’s prep work early. Theme nights are great

and grocery stores are all open on Saturdays, ladies. Make do. Menu planning and to-do/shopping lists really help here. You will have to do some things on weeknights, but just make sure it’s the exception to the rule and not your normal routine. The most important part of being a closer family is truly being grateful for the time you have to spend together, whether it’s 30 minutes a day or three hours—be grateful. Your life only happens once; there are no second chances to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother—so be who you want to be every moment you can.

“Your life only happens once; there are no second chances...” on. Another great idea is to save errands for Saturday and Sunday. Most of us are guilty of cramming everything into our weekly routine just to free up the weekend. Spending almost no time together five nights in a row so you can maybe spend two days together at the end of an exhausting week doesn’t make sense. Come home after work;

to try out, too, like, sports night with hot wings, a game of catch and an evening showing of The Sandlot. (Hint: men tend to be happier when tasty food is involved!) Whatever you do, just do it together. By making yourself available to your family it lets them know you have made them a priority and you value their company. Nail shops, hair salons

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Skinny boy longing for unity Thomas Merka talks about the close bonds that are formed while in a theatre production. I miss my family. Yes I miss my mom and dad, but that’s another story. What I’m talking about is my One Act Play family. I have to admit that I am ecstatic that high school is over, but I can’t keep myself from wishing that I could rewind and relive my time spent in my high school’s auditorium getting ready for UIL OAP contest. I’ve been acting since I was 4 years old and I absolutely love it, although lately I’ve become more of a spectator than a performer, but that’s just fine with me. My love for the theatre is not restricted to acting alone. I love working backstage, building sets, sewing costumes, or just enjoying a show from the audience. My favorite component of the theatre is that when you’re involved in a show you become part

of a family, literally. You work, play, eat and sleep together while forming a bond that will last for a lifetime. It may sound kind of ridiculous; but, when you spend hours and hours with someone working on a show, you tend to

and you spend those hours with your fellow thespians. When spending so much time together, you’re naturally going to find something to talk; about and, before you know it, the social nature of human beings takes over

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with someone working on a show you tend to become friends.” become friends. Some of my closest friendships have been formed through working on a show together. The formation of a theatre family just doesn’t happen by accident. It’s a multi-step process. First, you’re with the people in the show more than the people in your real family. Being in any kind of theatrical production takes hours and hours of hard work

and friendships form. Next, you need to know that everyone in a show will be humiliated at least once during the course of the production. Be it falling off the stage, tripping over the set or messing up a line, everyone gets their fair share of embarrassment in the theatre. To me, nothing creates a faster or stronger bond than being able to laugh at yourself with a group of

good humored people. Now, there are certain aspects of the theatre that allow a show’s members to get to know each other quite well. For instance, when involved in a show, you are going to see each other naked at some point, or at least see everyone in their underwear. Hey, when a costume change has to happen, it HAS to happen! So how does a cast of complete strangers become a family? Through time, laughter, and partial nudity, of course! As much as I miss my high school theatre family, I know that time must go on, but the memories and friendships I made will last for the rest of my life. Thomas Merka is the Web Editor for The Houstonian. He is a Sophomore Broadcast Journalism major, Theatre minor.


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Prestigious honor society selects 66 students class, while graduate students must be within the top 20 percent. “Beta Gamma Sigma is the premier honor society in the College of Business, and the only organization the Dean will invite students to join,” Tuttle said. “I can’t even describe how shocked I was to be inducted in BGS,” a junior Marketing major Alexandra Paterni said. “I was surprised at what a prestigious organization I had been invited to become a part of.” In addition to the students chosen to be a part of this year’s inductees, President Jim Gaertner was chosen by the International Honor Society as a Chapter Honoree. “President Gaertner is an alumnus of the College of Business, and we are proud of his lifetime achievements,” Tuttle said. Gaertner is SHSU’s tenth Chapter honorees and was nominated by the COBA Dean, Mitchell Muehsam. Gaertner joins past Honorees, Regent Charles Amato, Roland Hendricks, Richard Bozeman, Gary Dudley, Joe Haney, Preston Johnson, Jill Vaughn, Gary Whitlock and Tracy Williams, most of which are alumni or on the Dean’s Advisory Council. “I am a member of only a select few who do well in COBA and it’s empowering,” Paterni said.

By Alyssa Dupree Contributing Writer In a ceremony held last week, the International Honor Society inducted 66 students into Sam Houston State University’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter. The induction on March 26 signified the academic achievements of students studying business. SHSU’s chapter was established nearly 15 years ago by the late Dr. James E. Gilmore, who was Dean of the College of Business Administration at the time of its accreditation, as well as a key member of the SHSU community. Gilmore passed away last semester. “Nominating students to join Beta Gamma Sigma is one way to recognize our best students and thank them for their efforts,” said Mark Tuttle, Chapter Treasurer and Faculty Advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma. “Maintaining a vibrant, active organization is one way to continue Dr. Gilmore’s legacy.” Senior undergraduate students who are nominated to join Beta Gamma Sigma must be, “at a minimum, in the top 10 percent of their class.” Junior undergraduate students must be within the top seven percent of their

for the opportunity. “Being that X and I have attended the same middle school, high school, college, and at the time were studying abroad together, they felt like our story would be a pretty cool one,” Maghett said. Their lessons and experience have followed them back to SHSU and allowed them to not only broaden their global perspectives, but to see the Sam Houston cultural community in a new light as well. “The main thing I got out of my experience after being in Korea is that people actually live completely different lives, and many people wouldn’t be able to grasp that because many are stuck in their own little box,” Maghett said. “To be honest after being in Korea for a semester with such great people that have open minds and great surroundings, the SHSU community needs to expand their horizons and look into travel around the world,” Gregg said. But whether or not SHSU flourishes a hub for internationalism, Gregg and Maghett’s lives have been forever impacted by the people and splendors of their abroad experience. “I miss all the individuals that I met while over in Korea, and the fact is that most of those people I shared four months getting to know I will most likely never see again,” said Maghett “I plan on being able to let students know how beautiful of a place the world is and how it should be seen.”

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The people are way different. They’re loyal, more friendly and also very fashionable,” Gregg said. ““The food was awesome, and at the same time healthy. Even though I had to adjust to only eating with chop sticks.” Chop sticks aside, they found that the money from their stipend coupled with the “dirt cheap” Korean food, allowed them to live the abroad lifestyle with little worries outside of their rigorous coursework. Their social experience was mutually beneficial for everyone they encountered, and many of the exchange student were as eager to learn about them as they were. In addition to expanding their social horizons Gregg and Maghett got to add a handful of destinations to their list during excursions to other countries. They were richened with the culturally aesthetic wealth that places like Beijing, China , Kuala Limpur, Malaysia, and the Jeju islands showered them with. “It’s like you can’t really explain it. You have go through and experience certain places,” Gregg said. When the student newspaper of Soon Chun Yhang was looking for two exchange students to interview they became the ideal candidates. Gregg and Maghett’s advisor, Josh Prigge knew about their extensive background and suggested them


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“Every physician at M.D. Anderson is responsible for

other things. Everyone is involved.” Around two years ago, M.D. Anderson formed the Center for Global Oncology to help fund this research while sharing their expertise with cancer centers worldwide. The center is divided into three different parts: The first is the Global Clinical Program, which is made up of physicians who spend a portion of their time educating developing oncology programs with their own expertise. The second is the Global Academic Program, which promotes the use of a global network of top educational institutions that work together in trying to find a cure for cancer. The third is Global Business Development, which Fulcher directs. “Business development is responsible for looking for development opportunities, identifying them, creating business plans and making sure the financial side works for the institution,” he said. So far, the center collaborates with over 21 facilities in 14 countries, including China, Mexico and India. But Fulcher says that they are still looking to expand, though some locations are more realistic than others. “The need and interest for consulting is very high,” he said. “In the Pacific Rim, the need and opportunity are great, but we’ve just started looking at the area.” However, some locations are well within reason. “We have a much a much

better understanding of South America,” Fulcher said. “In Brazil, for example, there are very few places we consider as having top-level care. These are places we think we can make a difference.” Among the services provided through this center are giving the collaborator a brand name, managing of the program, having clinical oversight, assisting in marketing and training and specifying what equipment needs to be used. “Our efforts are to bring care to them,” Fulcher said. “In return we have some financial considerations that can be very useful in capital expenditures, building equipment and research.” Fulcher also believes that the expansion of their program will create jobs. “We’re in the people business,” he said. “As we grow these programs, we need more physicians, administrative personnel, nurses, researchers and scientists.” M.D. Anderson’s ultimate goal is to ‘make cancer history.’ They think they can accomplish this goal through the cooperation of international research. “We’re looking to be the premier cancer center in the world,” he said. “Wherever we go, we’re looking to add the same foundation and principles that we practice.”

ture for our students, faculty and staff.” Among activities scheduled are a survivor banquet, health fair, guest speaker, bone marrow registry drive and an all-night relay event. The SHSU Relay for Life Survivorship Reception and Banquet will take place at the Katy and E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center on 19th Street at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 15. The banquet is held annually to honor those who have survived cancer and encourage those who are still battling the disease. A health fair will be held on Wednesday, April 21, in the LSC Mall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On Thursday, April 22, James Olson will speak at 5 p.m. in the Mafrige Auditorium of the Smith-Hutson Business Building on his experiences as a “Cancer Man.” Olson is a Distinguished Professor of History at SHSU and a Texas State University System Regents’ Professor. Originally diagnosed with epitheliod sarcoma in 1981,

he has been through 10 recurrences, many rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, and the amputation of his left forearm. He is the author of more than 30 books. One of his most recent books was Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History, which won the 2002 History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers. The book was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books in America for 2002. His 2009 book, Making Cancer History: Disease and Discovery at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, relates the story of the center's founding and of the surgeons, radiologists, radiotherapists, nurses, medical oncologists, scientists, administrators, and patients who built M. D. Anderson into the world-class institution it is today. The Relay for Life celebration — the signature event for the American Cancer Society — will be held from 6 p.m.

April 23 until 6 a.m. April 24 at Bowers Stadium. “Relay for Life brings together families and friends to celebrate those who have survived cancer and to remember those who have not,” said Barrilleaux. “In addition, the money raised through the event goes toward research, informational services, community outreach, advocacy, and promoting healthy public policies.” A traditional part of Relay for Life is the lighting of luminaries around the track after dark to honor cancer survivors or remember loved ones lost to cancer. Luminaries can be purchased for $5 ahead of time or at the event. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For more information about activities in conjunction with Cancer Awareness Month at Sam Houston State University, contact Barrilleaux at 936.294.1054 or email

adding credit card debt to that does not make it easier. “Most financial aid is comprised of loans and not grants,” said Brossman-Ashorn. “This is quite different than 15-20 years ago. In addition, the cost of attending college has risen tremendously nationwide. The combination of these two items has given way to high student debt loads. Students are using credit cards to pay for bills and books. They’re using student loans to pay for housing and tuition and living expenses.” Brossman-Ashorn suggested that students should help their debt by working through college, taking side jobs, using credit wisely, seeking scholarships, determining needs vs. wants and only taking out the minimal student loan amount that is absolute necessity. Working and having money

can do nothing but help current debt situations. At a young age, it is important to become financially savvy because you’re entire future will be filled with bills, finances and calculators. “Good credit is a necessity,” said Brossman-Ashorn. “Employers, lenders, landlords, mortgage brokers, etc. all look at an individual’s credit to determine credit worthiness, stability and responsibility. It can save you money and help you build a sound future for yourself and your future family.” Budgeting can help when frequently using credit cards. Heed these tips from and you might save on interest rates and decrease credit spending: o Create a savings account. You should always be prepared for an emergency that your

credit card might not be able to cover. o Try to shop with cash, a debit card or a check most of the time. o Pay cash for items under $10 and for eating out. o Have only one credit card. The average number of credit cards held by cardholders is 3.5 (, which can make keeping track of bills and spending more complicated. All those discount cards are probably not worth the high interest rates and additional payments. o If all else fails, scissors can be your best friend… If you are having problems with your credit card debt or any kind of money problems, visit the Student Money Management Center for help.

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says that University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focuses on caring for patients, researching preventative measures and educating students to combat cancer.

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of The Texas State University System, do hereby proclaim the month of April 2010 as Cancer Awareness Month at Sam Houston State University and call upon the students, faculty, and staff to observe this month with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies, the efforts of Colleges Against Cancer. “It is currently estimated that one in two men and one in three women will develop some type of cancer during their lifetime,” said Vicki Barrilleaux, adviser of the SHSU chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. “Awareness of lifestyle choices and education about the importance of screenings for early detection are the keys needed to prevent and survive this disease,” she said. “It is the hope of Colleges Against Cancer that this knowledge will promote a cancer-free fu-

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“[America is] a country of I want it and I want it now,” said Brossman-Ashorn. “People want to keep up appearances with others. It is often more prevalent with young adults simply because they are the ones usually strapped for cash and they still want to make purchases they really can’t afford. In addition, they often do not understand the terms and conditions of their credit cards and they do not understand the full implications of what they are doing to themselves and their credit.” Credit card debt is not the only debt facing students. The big question for most college students is, “How will I pay off my student loans?” and



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something other than patient care,” Fulcher said. “For the majority, that responsibility is research. We publish papers and respond to grants, among

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ENTERTAINMENT Big Love a gigantic success for SHSU Theatre

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Thomas Merka Web Editor I’m going to be brutally honest. When I first read the script to Big Love before going to see the show I thought, “Why did I agree to do this?” The play has a good plot and tells an entertaining story, but something about the script just didn’t do it for me. To my surprise, seeing the script come to life Tuesday night completely changed my mind about the play. The production, which is currently being put on by Sam Houston State University’s theatre department, is definitely one

of the best shows I have ever seen. First, let’s talk about the acting, which was phenomenal throughout. Director David McTier wasn’t lying when he told me he had an abundance of great actors audition for the play. Autumn Woods, who played the extreme feminist Thyona, literally made me feel as if I were the bane of existence simply because I’m male. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Josh Fehrmann, who played the misogynist Constantine. After hearing Thyona bash men in every way possible, Constantine was there to

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L aughing and swooning. Patrick Massey and Adrianna Jones are two members of the ensemble cast of Big Love.

remind me that women too are far from perfect. Throw in the fact that these two characters were betrothed and you get one huge power battle and the most dysfunctional couple you’ve ever seen. One of my favorite characters in the show was Olympia, played by Liz Tinder. Tinder played the naïve, love-struck girl perfectly and had me laughing the whole show. Perhaps her character’s funniest quality is how much she values her beauty and material things, to the point where she considers going through with the arranged marriage simply to keep the wedding presents. Now, lets move on to the technical aspects of the show. The lighting for the show was spot on. Student Jeff Lindquist designed the lighting so that it made the transitions between scenes seamless and added to the dramatic effect of the many monologues that are scattered throughout the play. My favorite tidbit of lighting was in the opening scene, which was both dramatic and over the top. That said, it was also well chosen for the feeling they wanted to express. The scene was intense and highly

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Big Love. Whitney Coulter, Kristina Kee and Liz Tinder are among those experiencing a sensation in the newest SHSU Theatre production.

theatrical with the stage being filled with sudden bursts of light simulating lightning and blood curling screams echoing from back stage; an excellent start to a fantastic show. The costumes in this play were well picked. The wedding dresses worn by the bridesto-be were gorgeous and the tuxes for the grooms ranged

from traditional solid black to a shocking electric blue that added a splash of color to the stage. Kudos to Veronica LaCombe, the student who designed the costumes. The music in the show served many roles. It added dramatic effect and provided comic relief when necessary. I was not expecting there

to be any singing from the actors in this show, but I was thoroughly impressed when they had it. My only criticism is that the music covered the voices of the actors at several points throughout the show. In conclusion, I give this show a standing ovation. It’s sure to be a performance I will rave about for years to come.

Students excel with their work in “We Art Here” James Ashworth Contributing Writer

The LSC Art Gallery is currently holding an exhibit from the Student Art Association entitled “We Art Here”. The exhibit features works from twelve different artists, all of whom specialize in various areas of expertise. Among the selections were nudes, transparencies, ink sketches, ceramics, and mixed media creations. Though the gallery lacks a central theme, the individual pieces are nonetheless worth the visit. Some works seemed to lampoon certain formalities in art culture, especially in terms of tradition. Mockingly, this gallery stretches the conception of what proper art is. For this reason, it could be argued that some pieces are not art at all. That is for you to decide. Juan Villegas’ watercolor paintings begin the exhibit with four different perspectives of a nude girl. His nudes have black strokes over the flesh toned body, creating a colorful dissonance. However, these are not typical nudes. The face of the girl is removed and replaced with shadowy negative space. Utilizing tone, Villegas captures the model’s facial expressions without distinguishing her eyes, nose, and mouth. This creates anonymity, as the face is generally a focal point in life drawing. Entitled The New Models, Villegas’s works question views of beauty in American culture.

A graphite drawing by Aubrey Thorp sits to the right of Villegas’s watercolors. Her drawing depicts a Tyrannosaurs Rex nailing a crucified Jesus to a wooden cross. Named Science Fights Back, her work has an obvious political and religious message. Thorp, while trying to capture the ongoing battle between evolutionary and creationist theorists, failed

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Decisions, Decisions. The work by Meredith Crawley is one of the centerpieces of the current exhibit in the LSC Art Gallery.

with the subject matter. Far from being edgy or avant-garde, her work has little aesthetic appeal. Her slapstick effort was further ruined by her lack of perspective. While well drawn, it seems the dinosaur was drawn first and the crucified Jesus was added as an afterthought. The centerpieces of this gallery are mixed media works by Meredith Cawley. The first of her three pieces, In Memoriam, features nine test tubes arranged within a wooden case. Inside the test tubes are assorted pencil shavings, a memorial to used art supplies. Her next design, That Thing I Sentcha’, is an iron tree with strings of silken bags draped over its branches. This collaboration between Cawley and Sarah Wisnowskie is unique in that every bag is filled with either birdseed or catnip. Her final work, Decisions, Decisions, features an open wooden box with a fingerless glove inside. A transparent glass orb is placed firmly in the center of the glove. Encased in the orb is a 25¢ piece. Decisions, Decisions is particularly interesting because it is reminiscent of the Russian matryoshka dolls, whose famous style includes a set of dolls in placed inside a larger ones. Besides the pieces featured above, the gallery has fine work from Janna Shepherd, Scott Bruce, Alexander Ray, Celeste Gonzalez, Quinn Hagood, and Kyle McAvoy. Contact the Student Art Association for more details and visit the LSC Art Gallery to view all of the interesting pieces currently being shown.


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Fritzball scrimmage

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rained out!



SHSU 10 Texas Southern 0


Texas State Southeastern La. McNeese State Northwestern State Stephen F. Austin UT Arlington

9-3 (17-10) 8-4 (24-6) 8-4 (16-11) 7-4 (19-8) 7-4 (17-9) 7-5 (14-15)

Nicholls Lamar Texas A&M-CC UTSA Central Arkansas

5-7 4-8 4-8 3-9 3-9

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Sam Houston State’s double-header with Houston Baptist was rained out Wednesday, April 7. After three innings of play, the Bearkats led 1-0. The game was called at around 4:48 p.m. The doubleheader will be rescheduled for a date that remains to be named.

Sam Houston State 6-6 (13-17)

(14-14) (17-12) (12-17) (12-15) (9-19)


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SHSU vs. Houston Baptist Postponed - Rain out


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GAP RUNNING. The Sam Houston State football team will take the field Saturday for its first team scrimmage of 2010. The scrimmage will feature a new-look offense taking on the improved Bearkat defense.

Stephen F. Austin Texas State Nicholls UT Arlington Texas A&M-CC McNeese State UTSA Central Arkansas Northwestern State

13-2 14-4 11-4 10-7 9-9 9-9 8-10 4-10 4-11

(20-9) (19-15) (18-9) (19-17) (23-14) (23-20) (12-24) (14-24) (16-18)

Southeastern La.



Sam Houston State 4-11 (12-22)

WOMEN’S GOLF RESULTS Team Stats-Top 3 1R 2R 3R - Total 1 Houston Bap. 309/305/313 - 927 2 UTSA 304/313/312 - 929 3 SHSU 317/311/328 - 956 SHSU Indiv. Stats 1R 2R 3R - Total 5 S. Hardy 309/305/313 - 927 11 L. Stewart 304/313/312 - 929 16 M. Musk. 309/305/313 - 927 26 M. Stevens 304/313/312 - 929 28 K. Spittler 309/305/313 - 927 22 J. Borth 304/313/312 - 929

Saturday, the Bearkats will take the field for the first time in 2010 as the team prepares for it’s first scrimmage. The Bearkats, led by Head Coach Willie Fritz, are trying out their new offense while Fritz is learning a new defense. “Coach wants to see the offense execute. We’re learning the new offensive playbook, and he wants to see how far the offense has come,” quarterback Bryan Randolph said. “Coach also wants to see what the defense can do, mainly because this is a different defense than he has run in the past. We’re all excited to see how we’ll do on Saturday.” Fritz’s new offense consist of a lot of open space football. The idea is to get athletic players into open space, and force more action. This idea comes at a hard time for the Bearkats, as they have lost several key receivers in Jason Madkins, Darnell Jones and Chris Lucas. And at running back the team is losing Chris Poullard and James Aston. Besides working on the new offense, this will be a big opportunity for new player to display their talent. The position of quarterback, running back, and wide receiver are open for any player to take. “The number one spot that’s up for grabs is the quarterback position,” Randolph said. “We’re still looking at guys on the receiving corps because we lost a lot of seniors from last year. We’re looking for some guys to

step up at the receiving position and stand out.” After a disappointing 2009 season, which resulted in a 5-6 record and a fifth place finish in the Southland Conference, Sam Houston State features a team full of new faces. The Bearkats return 35 lettermen from last season. Of the 35 returning players, just 10 of them were starters, including three on offense and seven on defense. On defense, Coach Stoker will be showing off his much improved defense. The young secondary from last year is returning with a year of experience under their belt, as well as a new defensive line who has experience in this system. One emphasis for the upcoming season will definitely be improving on the defensive side of the ball. Sam Houston State finished seventh in the SLC for total defense. Another area to be stressed with this year’s team is to cut down on the penalty flags. The Bearkats finished as the fourth most penalized team in the SLC last season with 72 penalties over the season. “Last year we were on of the most penalized teams in the Southland,” Randolph said. “Coach is really getting on us about cleaning up our play and getting less penalties. Especially the ones easily controlled, like false starts and such.” The football scrimmage will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10. Sam Houston State will hold one other scrimmage on the following Saturday before the annual Orange-White game, which takes place on April 24.

Bearkats slide out of four-game skid

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Sam Houston State Sports Information

Houston – Taylor Davis hit a two-run homer and Tyler Fiebrich went 4-for-5 to lead Sam Houston State to a 10-0 victory over Texas Southern in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday afternoon. The victory ended a fourgame losing streak for the Bearkats as SHSU upped its season record to 13-16.  Texas Southern dropped to 16-17.  The Bearkats totaled 15 hits as Braeden Riley, Greg Olson and Ryan Mooney also produced multi-hit games. Riley

went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Olson was 2-4 and Mooney 2-for-4. Both Mooney’s hits were doubles and Riley also had a pair of two-baggers. Sam Houston scored its first run in the second inning, four in the third, one run each in the fourth, fifth and eighth and two in the seventh.   Texas Southern managed only four hits. Brent Powers (1-3) was the winning pitcher in relief.   Next home action at Don Sanders Stadium for the Bearkats will be a Southland Conference series with McNeese State beginning Friday night, March 9.

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