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Vol 119 | Issue 7

Thursday September 15, 2011

Publishing since 1913

Independent Student Newspaper of Sam Houston State University

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

Hendrickson talks marijuana reform, pg. 2

KATlinks To read the university’s latest social media policy, visit

Fall TV preview, pg. 4

Removal without reservation Faculty senators say new social media policy challenges First Amendment By Stephen Green Associate News Editor *McKinzie Brocail also contributed to this report A newly proposed social media policy from the Marketing and Communication department has some student organizations, faculty and staff questioning the policy’s potential restrictions on Constitutional rights. The policy allows the university the right to remove any material from groups that might paint the university in a bad light. The policy immediately raised some concern among some members of the Faculty Senate. Paul Loeffler, chair of the Faculty Affairs Subcommittee, said. “(The administration) cannot physically or financially control all of the propaganda. I do know there are faculty and staff that feel that this attacks their First Amendment rights.” Loeffler and several other members of the university

Christian Pratt | The Houstonian

SOUNDING OFF. Select members of the Faculty Senate and Inter-Fraternity Council argue against SHSU’s new social media policy, noting that it violates the Student Organization Policy.

have First Amendment issues with sections of the policy that state: “The University claims the right to remove comments and content

from social media accounts if they: - Are inaccurate, defame, or otherwise impact the University’s reputation and integrity.

Stylish soles and souls

McKinzie Brocail | The Houstonian

FANCY FEET. During Program Council’s “Style Your Sole” event Wednesday in the LSC mall area, students were invited to both donate a pair of gently used shoes and to decorate a pair of white TOMS Shoes. Shown: Kyle Onda left, freshman, environmental science; Josh Muirhead middle, junior, Communication studies; Zar Bonno, right, junior, economics.

- Include spam, repetitive/irrelevant posting, or other activities judged to fall into these categories. - The University

claims the right to remove any material…with the right to expand this list… without reservation or obligation to defend the action.”

The SHSU Social Media Policy and Procedures Manual applies to any group who uses the trademarked — See TALK, page 4

SGA provides fire relief By McKinzie Brocail Senior Reporter

In an effort to give back, the Student Government Association is collecting items to aid the firefighters who are protecting communities around the state. They are teaming up with the Texas Recovery Foundation and everything donated will go to the TRF directly. The items requested for the firefighters are bottled water by the case or water by the gallon, already mixed Gatorade, meat or meat vouchers that can be purchased at grocery stores. The meat vouchers are preferred over the actual meat because the TRF can ensure that it doesn’t spoil before it gets to its destination. The foundation has eight freezers for storage. For protein, the

firefighters have been eating peanut butter on crackers because they are out of meat. Student Body President Tyler Eberhart said during a SGA meeting on Sept. 6, that SGA was looking for ways to support the firefighters and the people who have lost their homes. “The firefighters are our main focus right now, because the victims are getting help from shelters. “Regardless we are still collecting items for the victims: bedding, food for pets and livestock, toiletries, baby food, formula, diapers, baby wipes, trash bags, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and school supplies.” Since Tuesday, 50 organizations have joined in the effort, and SGA is hoping to get everybody involved. They will begin collecting items next Sept.

20 and Sept. 22 in the LSC Mall area from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The collections will resume the following Tuesday and Thursday as well. Individual students can bring items to LSC 326. “We already have one trailer full since yesterday,” said Eberhart. Rusty Davis, the owner of The Trailer Store off I-45, offered SGA a trailer to use for free. The foundation is going to collect the donated items on Sept. 22. There is no deadline for this cause. SGA is collecting until the firefighters no longer need anything. Any organizations that are wishing to participate to help the firefighters or wildfire victims can contact Eberhart at or the SGA office.

Faculty deems policy introduction “inappropriate” By Stephen Green Associate News Editor *McKinzie Brocail also contributed to this report Faculty have been calling out the university for its decision to implement a social media policy without being put through what they consider official channels, particularly because “the policy affects ‘faculty personnel matters.’” Paul Loeffler, chair of the Faculty Senate University Affairs subcommittee, said the Marketing department was overreaching in implementing the policy without due course. “It was totally inappropriate,” Loeffler said. “It affects and

involves student, faculty and other university community members. It should go through the Faculty Senate, SGA and the Academic Affairs Council.” The SHSU Social Media Policy and Procedures Manual applies to any group who uses the trademarked “SHSU” or “Sam Houston State University” as part of their profile. The affected groups must join the Sam Houston Social Universe, created by the Marketing and Communications department. The policy does not affect personal social media pages. Another faculty senator, who wished to remain unnamed, agrees the policy should have gone

through some of those committees as well. “It was surprising this policy was not seen as affecting academics and didn’t go through Academic Policy Council for review,” she said. “The (social media) policy explicitly states that it applies to individual faculty members as well as departments and student organizations. For instance, if a professor uses social media as a curricular tool, the Senate felt this makes it an academic issue.” She refers to the Academic Policy Council that approves policy relating to, among other things, “faculty personnel matters.” The social media policy makes several

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ON THE LINE Paul Loeffler, SHSU chemistry professor and chair of the Faculty Senate University Chairs subcommittee, spoke out against the university’s new social media policy, calling it “inappropriate” and determining that it should have gone through the proper channels, as it affects anyone and everyone that uses “SHSU” as part of its profile.

references to faculty, staff, department chairs and student organizations

throughout the 13-page document. Officials also said

the policy bypassed the Council of Deans and other governing organizations. Organizations and faculty members also raised complaints about the ultimate liability of departmental Facebook and Twitter accounts falling on the department chairs, as the policy now states. Kris Ruiz, Assistant Vi c e - P r e s i d e n t of Marketing and Communications said the policy is still “in beta form” and is open to any suggestion regarding the policy. She also plans to address the Faculty Senate later in the month.


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Legalization may be for the best

Kenneth Hendrickson Ph.D. advocates for the cause

I don’t use cannabis. I did during college, but it has been over 20 years since my last toke and I have no plans to return. I have familial and contractual obligations that make breaking the law with cannabis out of the question for me. That being said, I understand that cannabis is a permanent part of our society. I have also come to believe that our current cannabis laws and policies do not achieve reasonable public health goals, are cost inefficient, are corrosive to the Constitution, and have contributed to the destabilization of governments around the world and communities throughout the United States. In making such assertions, I am far from alone. Fully 75% of the American people consider the Drug War failed, according to a 2008 Zogby poll. Over 500 world economists from the best universities and agencies, including three who are Nobel Laureates, have endorsed the work of Harvard economist Jeffrey A. Miron. Miron has shown, among other things, that prohibition increases the price of cannabis and other drugs and actually spurs increased production and sales. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, touting such luminaries as Kofi Annan, Reagan administration officials like George Schulz and Paul Volcker, and leaders from business, the arts, and the law, recently published its review of the Drug War. Like many before them, they concluded that prohibition policies principally championed by the United States are failing and are exacerbating the international drug problem. In 2009, a combined panel of Latin American presidents and politicians, including Fernando Ernando Henrique Cardoso (former President of Brazil), Cesar Gaviria (former President of Colombia) and Ernesto Zedillo (former President of Mexico) requested the US to review and revise its Drug War policies. None of these observers are wild people or counter-cultural agitators. They represent the highest levels of leadership and achievement across many countries. And they all say the same thing: the Drug War

I do not support drug abuse. In reforming drug laws including the legalization of marijuana, I believe we can achieve better public health and public security results than we do now. My goals are the same as most people: reduction in health hazards associated with drug use including marijuana; special focus on keeping young people and children from beginning drug habits; reduction in drug related crimes; stabilization of neighbors like Mexico by reducing and eventually eliminating the power of organized crime. I also wish to strengthen our Constitutional liberties and work for a more efficient government here at home. These goals can be better achieved not with heavy handed prohibitionist policies, but with a blended mix of law Kenski1970 I Flickr enforcement, public education, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts, and in does not work. Looking at the costs at home, we see some instances like marijuana legalization. Several countries now have regimes of legal that not only has the United States invested decriminalization of cannabis possession. billions of dollars in this failed effort, it has also embraced legal and social practices that Places like the Netherlands have practiced legal threaten our basic civil liberties. Currently, the toleration of marijuana use for many years. United States imprisons the most people in the Portugal, having created a comprehensive drug world. With about 5% of the world population, policy reform, has enjoyed tremendous success our nation maintains about 25% of the world in reducing drug related pathologies since prison population. We imprison more people 2001. However, all countries decriminalizing per 100,000 of the general marijuana still wrestle with problems related to population than Russia and production and supply. Legalization will close that loop in the particular case of marijuana. China combined. No country has developed a magic formula American police officers and federal agents and even the most successful, like Portugal, are conduct thousands of works in progress. I do not propose any utopian home invasions every scheme. Reform and repair of Drug War damage year, too often with tragic will take time, wisdom, and skill. However, the unintended consequences. necessary components to begin are nowhere Investigations, arrests, and more abundant than the United States. Our sentencing are demonstrably country still boasts the best medical science, the unequal among our different best universities, the highest number of top level racial groups. For example, trained professionals and trained jurists in the while adult African world. We have social services professionals, Americans account for health policy analysts, and an excellent media about 9% of the population and information infrastructure. There is no reason other than fear and political and about 13% of cannabis obstruction that we could not begin the process users, they account for nearly 25% of all cannabis/ of transforming our drug law regime, taking the marijuana arrests. Such best elements of what has worked so far and heavy handed imprisonment developing continuing strategies to go farther. policies and unequal enforcement breed hostility Ultimately, we would have to review some of our international treaty obligations, particularly the and contempt for the law. Moreover, US policies are the most aggressive 1961 Single Convention on Narcotics. The task is indeed complicated, but our in the industrialized world for ensuring drug resources are arguably the best available in the offenders do not successfully reform. American rates for funding treatment and rehab are among world. Based on models like that of Portugal, we could achieve real reform in a decade or less and the lowest. American laws dictate that drug offenders become once again the land of the free. That is why I support cannabis legalization. lose access to educational funding. The 1998 Drug Free Student Loans act withholds student loans (not grants, just loans) from convicted drug - Dr. Hendrickson is a professor of History. He offenders, even though research shows education will be speaking on this topic at the Alcohol and Drug Summit Friday at 10:00 in LSC 306 is a major tool in rehabilitation of offenders.

“American laws dictate that drug offenders lose access to educational funding. The 1998 Drug Free Student Loans act withholds student loans (not grants, just loans) from convicted drug offenders”

“Paws DOWN”

Paws Up “Paws UP” Today in history: 994 – Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes. 1789 – The United States Department of State is established (formerly known as the “Department of Foreign Affairs”). 1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation. 1968 – The Soviet Zond 5 spaceship is launched, becoming the first spacecraft to fly around the Moon and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. 1981 – The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1990 – France announces it will send 4,000 troops to the Persian Gulf. 2008 – Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.

to Jason Tilton for volunteering to help The Houstonian with archiving.

“Paws UP”

to free BBQ at the Women’s Soccer game this Friday.

to walking under the clock tower when it tolls. That thing is loud!

“Paws DOWN” to expensive vending machines.

Dear Beca, Hi, I was seeking advice about roommate trouble. How do you approach a roommate if she takes everything personal (re: packing fridge, lights, and her dog)? Please help! -- Roomie Blues Dear Roomie Blues, If you are having trouble with your roommate you need to sit her down and have a talk with her about what you are having problems with. When you do sit her down do not approach it aggressively, that never gets anyone anywhere. Be as sincere as you can, crack a joke or two so she knows not to take it too personally, but really any problems you have are gonna be personal. If she is taking everything too much to heart there may also be something else going on that you are not aware of. You should approach it as a concerned friend and make sure you don’t ruin your friendship.

I know from experience a ruined friendship is devastating especially when it is over something that is easily resolved. On the other hand if you talk to her and she doesn’t try and accommodate your requests, then you can be

Paws Down Just ask Beca

Roomie Blues wants to know how to handle a difficult roommate a little more up front and straightforward because there is only so much you Letter to the Student Body can talk to someone without Dear Sam Houston Students, Staff and Faculty and having them hear you. Alumni: Good Luck! Love, Beca

- Write Beca for advice at

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Constitution Day events discuss modern politics By Stephen Green Associate News Editor

Last year, Henry Steck, Ph.D., addressed university students on the importance of reading past documents and taking there advice. This year, Constitution Day opened with a speech from the Larry and Joanne Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics, Leslie C. Griffin, Ph.D. describing the limitations of First Amendment protections. From 9:30 to 10:50, Frank Fair, Ph.D., will lead a lecture titled, “It’s All a Matter of Interpretation: How Judges Make Law.” Fair will describe the process of judicial interpretation within the legal system. Topics covered include phrases like, “strict construction,” “judicial restraint,” and “a living Constitution. His discussion will also include the partisan decisions of Supreme Court justices and the judicial restraint they practice. Fair’s discussion will take place in LSC 320. Between 11:00 and 12:20, John Domino, Ph.D., will lead a lecture called “Judicial Activism,

From POLICY page 1

“SHSU” or “Sam Houston State University” as part of their profile. The affected groups must join the Sam Houston Social Universe, created by the Marketing and Communications department. The policy does not affect personal social media pages. Another faculty Senate member, who chose to remain unnamed, reflected Loeffler’s concerns and said one of the Senate’s several concerns is the policy’s “broad power” to edit social media content without justification. “I understand the obviously inappropriate behavior they wish to control, and I don’t believe they have any malicious intent,” she said, “but I worry about how other individuals could interpret and apply this broad power in the future. It would be easy to cross a line into censorship.” Although Loeffler said he had not yet totally read the manual in depth, his “initial impression is (the university is) overreaching, and that they are not going to be able to control all of the users.” Faculty Senators and other groups said the freedom of speech, and other First Amendment rights, are a predominant issue they have with the policy. Randall Kallinen, a Houston-based civil rights attorney, said because SHSU is a public or state school, they fall under the

Presidential Elections, and Judge Bashing.” He will relate “judge bashing” to modern politics by explaining how it can affect the outcome of the upcoming 2012 presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial elections. His presentation will also discuss the origin and use of the term activism and how “judge bashing” has negative effects for a constitutional democracy. He will also speak at LSC 320. From 12:30 to 1:50, Michael Vaughn, Ph.D., will give a presentation titled “Prosecutorial Misconduct: The Story of a Wrongfully Convicted Death Row Inmate.” He will focus on the story of innocent death row inmate, John Thompson. Thompson, a man from New Orleans, was wrongfully imprisoned on death row for more than 14 years. His case resulted in claims of prosecutorial misconduct led to a Supreme Court decision. He will also speak in LSC 320. Finally, Jeff Littlejohn, Ph.D., and Thomas Cox, Ph.D., will speak from 2

FACTS ABOUT US! - First edition of the Houstonian was pubilshed on Dec. 3, 1913. - Dan Rather was the most famous editor of the Houstonian, serving as editor-inchief from 1950-1953. - One of the shortest editorials in the history of the newspaper, “Ronald Regan is crazy.,” was written by then-editor Ed Lehr. The editorial caused so much controversy, Lehr resigned his position, sparking national headlines. The original Houstonian cost 5 cents to readers, or 75 cents to those high-rollers who wanted to pay for an entire semesters worth of papers. - The Houstonian extensively covered the events surrounding the fire that burned down Old Main.

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CONSTITUTION. Professors from several departments will address university students, faculty and staff on the history and implications of the U.S. Constitution. Topics will include, judicial restraint, the history of the Consitution in the discourse of modern political debate.

p.m. to 3:20 p.m. on the “Constitution in Current Political Discourse.” Their

presentation will examen the way politicians interpret the “original intent” of

jurisdiction of the First or aggregating individual Amendment. social media sites,” she “(The policy) appears said. “The primary benefit to be unconstitutionally of being part of a social vague,” Kallinen said. media community is the “What does it mean when access and exposure to a they say ‘irrelevant’ much larger base.” posting?” Ruiz emphasizes the Kallinen said that no management and content matter the university’s of the sites remains in the intentions, the policy is a hands of the individual contract, and whoever signs organizations. it must obey all of its laws. “During the testing “Whether the university phase, we have been is screening (the social making changes to improve media), or not, a rule is a the effectiveness of our rule,” Kallinen said. “The social media outreach,” idea is that it is so vague a she said. “The response person doesn’t know what has been very encouraging they are doing is wrong.” with strong growth in active Not just First Amendment users, ‘likes’ and Twitter rights are in jeopardy, followers.” according to Kallinen. However, Priority One “It provides no due Communications Director process, violating Fifth Brooke Swanson said the Amendment rights,” he said. policy as-is could make it “The policy provides no harder for organizations to process of how something function. is removed. It says they can “We’re concerned remove anything about the without any sort inconvenience of process to could create if policy itthey challenge the “The can delete says they can e v e r y t h i n g ruling.” Kris Ruiz, remove anything w i t h o u t Assistant Vicewarning,” President of without any sort Swanson said. Marketing and of process to “I’d like it Communications, challenge the to be more of said her a monitoring d e p a r t m e n t ruling.” of the group. began the project If they see to develop and anything they - Randall Kallinen implement a want changed, universitylet us know and branded social we’ll take care media platform. Ruiz said of it and fix it, or suffer the University President Dana consequences.” Gibson commissioned her The anonymous faculty department to develop a senator said she would social media policy in 2010. feel more comfortable “We chose to build the with a detailed list of steps SHSU social media platform for what happens when a using a ‘community’ complaint does arise about approach by connecting a particular account. “It should also require that all content changes or deletions be immediately reported to the affected account holder,” the unnamed senator said. “With accounts that don’t officially represent university officesfor instance, student organizations accounts-I wonder why there couldn’t be a more straightforward disclaimer to the effect that ‘the content does not represent the views or opinions of the university and the university will not be held liable for any errors in, or damages arising from, content.’” Some organizations aren’t completely objected to the policy. Erik Johnson, president of the Inter-Fraternity Council, said there may

be a different route the university can take. “To me, it’s a little too hands-on,” Johnson said. “This has a lot of red tape and barriers, but I can see it from a business standpoint. The president wants the best image possible for the university.” Tyler Eberhart, Student Government Association president, said although he hadn’t fully read the document, it is an issue that hasn’t really been dealt with before. “It’s a new area of concern,” Eberhart said. “We haven’t had to make policies to deal with student behavior on the Internet and what they do online” He also added that while he doesn’t have a concrete opinion on this policy “I’m not sure (the Internet) is something that should be controlled by the university.” One student, who spoke anonymously, felt the policy violates the Student Organization Policy which states that, “while recognizing the rights of student organizations, the university does not grant the right, expressed or implied, to speak for the university.” The student said that because of the Student Organization Policy, the social media rules shouldn’t include student organizations due to the fact that the university isn’t giving them the right to represent the university. Other universities have social media policies, however, officials said that they aren’t as restrictive as SHSU. The social media policy currently covers Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, geolocation sites, and YouTube. It also gives the university the ability to expand the list if necessary. In response to the issues raised by the university community, Ruiz said that they are looking into the language of the policy. “We want this to be a very powerful tool to work for us all,” Ruiz said. “This is the perfect time to encourage discussion and make any changes that will improve the use of social media at Sam Houston State, including any amendments to policies and procedures.” Ruiz said the policy is still in its working stages and has not yet been implemented.

Constitutional framers and the way that Americans understand the Constitution.

- The Houstonian has served in many statewide positions. Associate Editor Stephen Green is currently the secretary of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

UPD Update September 13, 2011 Officer was dispatched to Houston House (located at 1661 Avenue J) at 5:46 p.m. in reference to a roommate dispute. Information was obtained and will be forwarded to the Department of Residence Life (119999).

September 12, 2011 Officer was dispatched to Raven Village (located at 2133 Avenue I) at 11:42 a.m. in reference to a dispute. Complainants were reporting an incident that had taking place the night before and had caused damage to a residence. The participants of the dispute were identified and a copy of the incident will be forwarded to the the Dean of Students’ Office and the Department of Residence Life for review (119938). Officer met with complainant at 2:30 p.m. who reported that they believed their wallet was stolen while their backpack was left unattended in the Smith Hutson Building. The complainant further reported that they discovered fraudulent charges on a fuel credit card (119940). Officer met with complainant at 4:40 p.m. who reported that their vehicle was damaged while parked in a University parking lot located in the 800 block of Bowers Boulevard. The officer observed damaged to the right back corner of the vehicle (119944). Officer was dispatched to Bearkat Village (located at 2400 Montgomery Road) at 7:06 p.m. in reference to an assault that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officer met with complainant who was visibally injured. Complainant reported that her boyfriend (a male university student) struck her with a closed fist in her face. The suspect was located at the HKC and was arrested for the offense of Assult Family Violence, a Class A Misdemeanor (119950).

September 11, 2011 Officer responded to a fight in progress call in the 2400 block of Avenue I at 2:04 a.m. Upon arrival, officer a male (later identified as a male university student) in a physical altercation. After a brief foot chase, the male was arrested and charged with the Class C Misdemeanor offense of Disorderly Conduct, Fighting in Public (119860). Officer was dispatched to the 2500 block of Lake Road at 3:00 a.m. in reference to a fight in progress call that he was dispatched to at 2:04 a.m. Upon arrival, officer took possession of a handgun that was recovered from the vehicle belonging to the suspect arrested for disorderly conduct. During the officer’s investigation, the male arrested denied ownership of the weapon. At this time the weapon was seized until the owner can be located (119863). Officer was dispatched to a welfare concern located at the HKC (801 Bowers Boulevard) at 3:15 p.m. Upon arrival, complainant reported that the female student violated facility policies. After a brief search of the area, a female student matching the description was lcoated. Subsequently, due to the behavior displayed at the HKC, the student was issued a criminal trespass warning for the HKC. The student was referrred to the Dean of Students’ Office (119882).

Arts & Entertainment

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By George Mattingly Contributing Reporter

The Ringer: September 13, CW, 8 p.m. Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her return to TV Bridget, a woman on the run after being witness to a professional murder. She reunites with her twin sister Siobhan who has the wealth, the husband, and the perfect life. Once Siobhan mysteriously disappears, Bridget makes the decision to take on her sister’s identity, hoping to leave her past behind. However, she comes to discover secrets about Siobhan, her best friend Gemma, and Gemma’s husband that make her life just as dangerous as before. This show has the appeal of mystery coupled with the heightened sense of danger and getting caught. The Playboy Club: September 19, NBC, 9 p.m. This drama is set in the

center of Chicago during the 60s, a time of change in American culture. To be a member of “The Playboy Club” is to be at the top of the social ladder, but what goes on behind the doors isn’t all that it appears to be. The Bunnies, Maureen, Carol-Lynne, Janie, Brenda and Alice, all have aspirations and secrets of their own, especially with playboys like Nick Dalton around, who has a connection to the mob. This show will no doubt be a hit among the male viewers, and can gather a following if it manages to grasp female viewers on some level. New Girl: September 20, Fox, 8 p.m. This new comedy takes on modern day relationships when Jess Day moves into a loft with three roommates: Nick, a introverted law school dropout, Schmidt, young professional, and Winston, a competitive athlete. Once Jess moves in and each of the roommate’s

relationships develop, they form one strange family. This show looks to be one of the most popular with its comic appeal and unique cast dynamic.

if it manages to seriously set itself apart from other shows like it. America will not be pleased if they have to watch another version of the same show.

The X-Factor: September 21, Fox, 7 p.m. Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul make their return to the judges table in the U.S. version of the UK hit show. Apart from other competition series, this show is unique in its format. The contestants have no age limit and can audition in groups in front of the judges and live audience. After that, they head to singers boot camp for more training and then on to the judge’s houses where each judge selects the best acts for live shows. In the live shows, the judge will critique each contestant every week, but the public is left with the final decision for the winner of a $5 million recording contract with Syco/Sony music. This show has potential to become a hit

Revenge: September 21, ABC 9 p.m. Emily Thorne is the newest resident to the Hamptons in a city where beauty, wealth and social status define people. To her new wealthy friends, she appears to fit right in with the neighborhood but they don’t know the truth about Emily and it’s about to hit them hard. Emily isn’t new to the neighborhood. She lived there once before until her family was ruined and their reputation trashed. Now she’s returned with a vendetta. This show highlights one of the things I look for in a good book or movie: mystery. The good thing about it is that it isn’t another procedural cop drama like other shows that involve mystery. It’s a clever, loose retelling of “The Count of Monte Cristo” from the woman’s perspective and looks worth watching. Person of Interest: September 22, CBS, 8 p.m. This show stars Taraji P. Henson as presumed dead former CIA agent Reese, who teams up with Finch to battle violent crimes with their own form of justice. The pair uses Reese’s skills in covert operations and Finch’s software expertise to identify people who are about to be involved in crimes and hopefully stop the crimes before they happen. This thriller has the appeal of excitement and mystery but may turn corny if it can not keep viewers interest after the first episode. Charlie’s Angels : September 22, ABC, 7 p.m. Former Angel Drew Barrymore turned executive producer to bring the 70s-hit show back to life which features three new angels in Miami. There is Abby, a princess turned thief, Katie, a former Miami cop who lost her career and fiancé, and Gloria a shamed army lieutenant. A bad situation forces the Angels to partner with mysterious street racer named Eve. The show

seems to be a bit of a cliché after the 70s version and two movie installments, but hopefully the new setting and younger Angels will be enough to make the show stand out. Pan Am: September 25, ABC, 9 p.m. Christina Ricci makes her lead TV actress debut in a show that takes the audience back in time. The year is 1963 and Pan Am’s Clipper Majestic is about to take its first flight. Aboard the plane is a flight crew who jumped at the opportunity to travel the world in search of something new and to leave the past behind them. When they take to the air, each of them will embark on a journey around the world as each of their stories unfold. It is exciting to see that such a big name like Christina Ricci will be on television as I’m sure she can deliver. The most appealing thing about the show is the opportunity to see the 60s reborn with its style and fashion intertwined with the thrill of travel.

Once Upon a Time: October 23, ABC 7 p.m. 28-year-old bail bonds collector Emma Swan lead a completely normal life until her 10-year-old son she gave up shows up with his book of fairy tales. He tells Emma that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming who they sent away to protect from the curse of the Evil Queen that trapped the fairytale world in the modern world. Once back in Storybrooke, Emma and her son are drawn into the battle to save both worlds. Fans of classic fairy tales will be interested to see how this show retells the stories to make them unique and brings them into reality. The characters already have an appeal just by being from fairytales. The only disappointment is that it begins so late after the others.

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TAKING FLIGHT: “Pan Am” takes viewers back to the 60s and explores the stories of the crew on board as they travel the world.

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FAIRY TALE LIFE: “Once Upon a Time” brings classic fairy tale characters into the modern world as Emma Swan, played by Jennifer Morrison and her son Henry played by Jared Gilmore, are at the center of the battle to save both worlds.

Terra Nova: September 26, Fox, 7 p.m. The year is 2149 and the Earth is overcrowded with people which puts everyone at risk of extincition. This show follows the Shannon family on their journey back in time to prehistoric times as a part of an experiment to save mankind. Jim, a devoted father, his wife Elisabeth a trauma surgeon, and their three children Josh, Maddy, and Zoe join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers of Terra Nova, the first colony in the new land. Besides the constant danger of dinosaurs, the family must deal with the struggles to remain a part of the colony, and the threat of the rebel colony.

Concert in the Park Jerrod Sterrett & The Hired Guns September 15, 2011 6-8 p.m. Sam Houston Statue Amphitheater (Located at Hwy 75 South at the statue)

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SHOWCASING TALENT: Haley Stifflemire, a freshman biology major and Wes Barlow, a freshman criminal justice major sang a duet “Love Don’t Live Here” from Lady Antebellum at Program Council’s “Open Mic Night” Tuesday.


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Kats ready to battle Bears

By Zach Birdsong Sports Editor

“Don’t give this next game away,” was the challenge given to players by Head Football Coach Willie Fritz Wednesday evening. “We only play this team once,” Fritz told his team Wednesday. “The chances that we will play them again are very, very small.” SHSU (1-0) is getting ready to take on the number 18 Central Arkansas Bears (1-1) team on Saturday. Last year the Kats were able to get the win on the road against the Bears, 2013. SHSU is coming off a bye week, after winning against Western Illinois, 20-6, on Sept. 1 in the home opener. The team was able to rest and while quarterback Brian Bell thinks it gives them an advantage, he also isn’t sure how much of an advantage it is. “I think we do have the upper hand a little bit going in with a bye week, but I mean we still have five days before the game this weekend, which is just as many as they do,” Bell said. “We probably have the advantage, but it all squares up on Saturday.” Bell finished 16-22, for 198 yards and two touchdowns against Western Illinois. Running back Tim Flanders finished the game with 100 yards on 24 rushing attempts. “Coach tells us every day to score more points than the other offense,” Bell said. “We’ll put more points on the scoreboard and then we’ll win the

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WIDE OPEN. Senior wide receiver Grant Merritt scores a touchdown against Western Illinois. Merritt’s touchdown helped the Kats get the win in the home opener 20-6.

game.” Central Arkansas is coming off an overtime thriller this past Saturday night against Louisiana Tech. The Bears lost the game, 48-42, but were still able to put up 444 yards. The Bears are led by quarterback Nathan Dick, who earlier this week was named “Offensive Player of the Week,” by The Sports Network/ Fathead.

com, after throwing for 372 yards and four touchdowns last weekend. On the season, Dick is 56-88 while throwing for 652 yards and seven touchdowns. The Kats are worried about being able to control the Bears defense, but Bell feels confident. “We’re just going to do what we can,” Bell said. “They’ve got a heck of a defense, but we’ve also

got a heck of a defense. It’s going to be a battle all four quarters.” Saturday the Kats are looking to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2007. Before the game, tailgating will occur in the North Parking lot. At 5 p.m. the band will begin its “March to Bowers,” which will begin at the library and will continue as the band

reaches the Bearkat Alley tailgate. This weekend is Parents Weekend and students are encouraged to bring their parents to the game. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be at Bowers Stadium. Hillcrest Ford will also honor Walker county military, police, fire department, and other first responders as a part of the

special Hillcrest Heroes salute. Students will be able to pick up their tickets on campus. The box office for the football team is located inside Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium, and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For any additional information regarding the football team, visit

Going to Cleveland By Cheval John Sports Reporter

Junior transfer and outside hitter Kendall Cleveland, is thankful for having the opportunity to make an impact for Sam Houston State volleyball. In the last 11 games, the kinesiology major from Houston contributed with 79 kills, four aces, 21 digs and 18 blocks that helped the Kats to a 6-5 record. “Kendall is very athletic and she brings a new dimension to our offense that we haven’t seen in the last couple of years,” assistant coach Jason Curnalia said. Her journey began when her older sister was trying out for the junior varsity team and wanted Kendall to help her prepare for the tryouts along with her friends. “She had me practice with her all the time, and because of that I fell in love with the sport,” Cleveland said. From that moment, she developed her skills and played for the junior varsity team at Cypress Falls High School under Head Coach Pam Blakely, who also played for Sam Houston volleyball Head Coach Brenda Gray from 1988-93. After her time in junior varsity, she played for the varsity team under Head Coach Kathy Stephenson and earned back-to-back MVP honors as a junior and senior and was a three-time all-tournament selection in 2008. She also played club volleyball for the Texas Tornadoes, where she led them to a runner-up finish at the Big South Qualifier, and third place at the Team Cup. Cleveland graduated

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NEW FACES. Junior transfer Kendall Cleveland joins the volleyball team this season. With her the team is 6-5 on the season.

from Cypress Falls in 2009 and was pursued by coach Gray and Robert Pulliza, head coach of the University of Arkansas. After the meetings, she decided to play for Arkansas. “I felt that playing at a Southeastern Conference (SEC) school was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Cleveland said. In her freshman year, she recorded 177 kills and 160 digs, but would be sidelined with a knee-injury that required season ending surgery. “After the surgery, the trainer told me that I should stop playing volleyball,” Cleveland said. “I did not agree with the advice and felt that I could still play.” She remembered how much Gray had pursued her and decided to make an inquiry to her former Junior Varsity Coach Blakely about playing at Sam Houston. “She loved playing for Coach Gray and felt that I would learn from one of the best coaches in volleyball,” Cleveland said. After getting her release

papers from Arkansas, she transferred to Sam Houston where she would fill a position that was needed. Her impact was felt immediately when she helped them win the 2011 Comfort Suites Bearkat Invitational Tournament to start the season at 4-0 for the first time since 1983. “Kendall brought experience to our team,” senior setter Kym Loving said. “She is a step ahead and knows what is happening on the court.” “It was amazing,” Cleveland said. “I just wanted to come out and play well for my teammates and for Coach Gray.” Her success on the court would not have come without the support of her teammates and feels that the best is yet to come. The Bearkats will head to Nacodoches this weekend to participate in the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjack Invitational Tournament. For more information, visit

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