The Independant Student Newspaper of Sam Houston State University Vol 117— Issue 16
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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Obama under scrutiny for military action decision in Libya By Kolby Flowers Senior Reporter
Congress is criticizing President Barack Obama for recent military interventions in Libya without first getting their approval, calling the decision an “impeachable offense.” On Saturday, Obama authorized the use of military force in order to protect innocent civilians in the middle of a civil war in the North African nation. The airstrikes began in response to a United Nations Security Council resolution in order to protect civilians caught in the unfolding civil war. Last Thursday, the Council voted 10-0, with five nations abstaining, to impose a no-fly zone and permit “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. Despite an immediate cease-fire ordered by the Libyan government, fighting continued to break out in the oppositioncontrolled city of Benghazi, east of the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Saturday night the international military coalition, which includes, France, Britain, and the US, began operations in Libya. American and British ships fired more than 110 missiles, striking about 20 Libyan air and missile defense targets in what is being called Operation Odyssey Dawn, said US Vice Admiral William Gortney at a Pentagon press briefing.
Obama has received a lot of criticism for traveling abroad while the conflict plays out. He spent the greater part of Monday in Santiago, Chile, where he, in a joint briefing with his Chilean counterpart, spoke on the extent of US involvement. "There are a whole range of policies that we are putting in place that have created one of the most powerful international consensuses around the isolation of Mr. Gadhafi, and we will continue to pursue those," Obama said. "But when it comes to the military action, we are doing so in support of U.N. Resolution 1973 that specifically talks about humanitarian efforts, and we are going to make sure we stick to that mandate." Obama also said “it is U.S. policy that Gadhafi needs to go.” He defended his decisions to launch the US military action during his foreign travels as necessary because of the urgency of the humanitarian mission in Libya. Top Republicans such as House Majority Leader John Boehner, as well as several Democratic leaders, have begun to question whether the mission is constitutional. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, (D-Ohio) suggested Obama face impeachment for his failure to seek congressional authorization for the airstrikes. — See LIBYA, page 3
Help Japan Now
Foreignexchangestudent,JapaneseCulture Club provides disaster relief fundraiser By Meagan Ellsworth
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SHSU DISASTER RELIEF. Yesterday, Japanese foreign exchange student Akira Inoue and the SHSU Japanese culture club held a disaster relief fundraiser in the mall area, raising $550.30.
Three SHSU students studying in Osaka and the family members of all Japanese exchange students at SHSU are safe following last week’s powerful 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, according to Japanese foreign exchange student Akira Inoue. But others are not so fortunate. Hundreds of strong aftershocks, many exceeding 5.0 on the Richter, have rattled the northeastern area of Japan since the first quake. Adding to the despair, the country has also had to face nuclear emergencies. Monday reports said 8,649 victims of the disasters have been killed, 2,702 are injured, and 12,877 are still missing, according to Japan’s Police Agency. As news revealed the images and reports of the terrible damage, Inoue said in a letter to the student body that he realized he had not done anything for the people of Japan. Now, feeling the need to do more, the one-year exchange student is encouraging students to join him and the SHSU Japanese Culture Club in a combined effort to help the victims of the disasters. Yesterday, Inoue and the culture club held a disaster relief fundraiser in the mall area, raising $550.30. Two boxes will remain available for monetary donations until Friday, located in the Program Council office LSC 328 and the Ron Monfrige field house.
Two boxes will remain available for monetary donations until Friday, located in the Program Council office LSC 328 and the Ron Monfrige field house. Three SHSU students studying in Osaka and the family members of all Japanese exchange students at SHSU are safe following last week’s powerful 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, according to Japanese foreign exchange student Akira Inoue. — See JAPAN, page 3
Austin rally boasts victory for students during Spring Break By Lotis Butchko Sports Reporter
On March 12, thousands gathered for the Save Texas Schools march in Austin. As they marched with umbrellas in hand the people changed and sang for their cause. Teachers and students marched for Texas Governor Rick Perry to use some of the estimated $9.4 billion in Texas’ Rainy Day Fund toward Texas’ educational system. The Rainy Day Fund has been used for emergency situations since it’s inception in 1988, when Texans voted it into the constitution to help for unforeseen problems. Instead of cutting $9.2 billion in education eliminating 150,000 teaching jobs, closing four junior colleges and warehousing special education students, which would potentially change special education classes in size giving the teacher more students to teach. “I have a pretty close tie to it,” said Brittany Gregory,
Actor, comedian to appear at Midnight Mayhem Photo courtesy of Resolute Media Group
RAINY DAY RALLY. Teachers and students marched for Texas Governor Rick Perry to use some of the estimated $9.4 billion in Texas’ Rainy Day Fund toward Texas’ educational system. The Rainy Day Fund has been used for emergency situations since it’s inception in 1988, when Texans voted it into the constitution to help for unforeseen problems.
a Sam Houston student who headed up the student attention campaign in the weeks before the rally. “My mom is a special education teacher and she would lose her job over this.” Gregory spent a month before the rally talking
to different organizations around campus, including the Secular Student Alliance and Student Government Association, educating them about the repercussion of the cut and how they could help stop it. The rally lasted for three
hours as 11,000 protestors, mostly students and teachers, yelled outside the state capital and were met with speakers who spoke to the protestors. — See RALLY, page 3
By Jared Wolf and Meagan Ellsworth firstname.lastname@example.org
Recreational Sports is proud to announce the return of Midnight Mayhem. The premiere free spring event will be held for the SHSU community Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. in the Johnson Coliseum.
Headlining the event will be comedian Ty Barnett, the runner-up on the Emmy-Nominated Season 4 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Ty is also known for his appearances on late-night talk shows “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and “Comics — See MAYHEM, page 4
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Differences in Democrats
Lotis Butchko sits down with Kendall Scudder to talk about party differences
Kendall Scudder and I have been circling each other on social media for about a year. The fact that the two of us are democrats is about the only thing we have in common. Scudder is a blue dog (Conservative Democrat) and I, well I am so far left I am straddling the line of socialist. He dresses like nicer than Dolce and Gabbana model and I dress so shabby that a Billabong catalog would probably turn me away. But the one thing we seem to really hit it off on was politics. Now, for the past year I had heard Scudder’s name. I had heard that he was a pretty conservative guy and anyone who knows me knew that it would set me off. I have a Michael Moore/Bill Maher approach to government. I believe in a large government, taxing the rich to almost fifty percent of their income and socialized healthcare.
K e n d a l l Then we believes in a switched to public option taxes, and the for healthcare, bottom fell out securing boarders from the table. all over the “I believe southern states in a flat and my personal percentage favorite (which is based tax,” a hint that I don’t Scudder said. like it) a flat tax Oh geez, rate. I may have Lotis Butchko The week to throw this Sports Reporter before spring guy out of a break Kendall and I sat window. I argued against down for an hour and a half that, for one thing I think and talked politics. We went it would drop the amount over almost everything of money that the federal we could think of in the government intakes, along political relm, and for the with essentially getting most part we remained rid of 100,000 jobs at the civil. Internal Revenue Service. We started out talking However, in his points about gun control and the Scudder made a point to death penalty. Both subjects say that no one should get we agreed with each other worse treatment by the on, that would be the only government just because time that would happen that they have more money. I night. This is the only topic countered by pointing out that the Texas side of me that it’s the responsibility of comes out. I am both pro the upper class to help out gun and pro death penalty the lower class by funneling as is Kendall. more money through the economy so students who rely on government aide to pay for college (you know like most of Sam Houston), and that using higher All cartoons courtesy of creators.com. taxes on that class would help. Scudder said that the upper class finds a way out of paying those taxes anyways. And that a flat rate would simplify that by making sure everyone paid their percentage worth. This continued for a while, I will save you the details, because if it’s one thing I have learned writing columns most people don’t want to hear about tax reform and bring you into a business aspect. We finally got to talking about the bailout, both of them. We both agreed that the bank bailout should have never happened and that the big three bailout for the auto industry was justified. But we differed on reasons. He was happy that the Detroit had paid back
its loan which made it justified, but I was unhappy about it. I think when the bailout happened for the car industry, the United States government should have told those companies we own you now, and that the companies should have had to submit to any government request. Somewhat like what Franklin D. Roosevelt did when he took over. Kendall pointed out that the government had a tendency to run things ineffectively and I disagreed yet again. This seems like a good time to point out our obvious loyalties, I consider myself an FDR guy, big government for a big country. Scudder seems to be more on the line of Bill Clinton, small government with little spending, and a focus on people as the government’s biggest resource. Before I end this and say that we have nothing in common, we did come to some mutual understanding during our time. We both agreed that under the current format the upper class needed to be taxed more. “I saw a statistic that said 81 percent of people support a higher tax,” Scudder said. “Any time 81 percent of people support something I support it too.” When the 90 minute session finally ended we joked about a couple issues and shook hands. Scudder ended it saying, that no matter our differences we were still both democrats and that was the best part of the party, people can disagree, but at the end of the day, they are still trying to get the same thing. Sure Kendall, see you on a Tea Party ballot in 12 years. - Lotis is the Houstonian sports reporter.
Paws Up, Paws Down “Paws UP” to a great Spring Break. Enough said.
“Paws DOWN” to waking up after Spring Break for class. In an unrelated story Walmart sold out of Excedrin Migraine.
“Paws UP” to the bowling team for winning eighth place in the Music City Classic.
“Paws DOWN” to high gas prices, $45 to fill up a Honda Accord. This is getting ridiculous.
BAD SITUATION. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, cast member of MTV’s “The Jersey Shore”, proves stereotypes right as he was booed while attempting to roast Donald Trump on Comedy Central, much my pleasure.
U.S. should employ more technology in classrooms
Stephen Green argues that with kids learning faster, we should take advantage
Over the break, I got the chance to go watch my cousin’s softball game. Her eight-year-old sister was in the stands watching the game with me. Recently I just bought the iPhone, which I have had very little experience with, but she picked it up and went to town. She knew more about it than I did. I don’t consider myself any kind of expert on electronics, but I grew up with them and figured that I could pick it up quickly. When my cousin, who I am more than twice the age of, was showing me how to work my own phone, it made me realize how much the world has changed. When I was eight, the Gameboy Color was the
hot-ticket will learn faster of the mess we are in. item. Now, and may actually Although drop out rates kids want have fun doing have been declining since iPads. In just it. I remember the 1980’s, according to 10 years, sitting in the the National Center for the use of third grade on Educational Statistics, technology the computer the country is quickly has tripled, or l e a r n i n g falling behind in math and more. grammar on sciences, the cornerstone This does Reader Rabbit, of the future. have potential which rocked No more fingers need to for benefitting by the way. And be pointed. They need to Stephen Green the United Viewpoints Editor who didn’t learn be grasping the tools we States later about the west need to repair the schools on. We have two major from Oregon Trail. that hold our country’s problems in our public But with the ever- future. sector, controlling our increasing quality of So keep on flinging spending and education. computers and programs, those Angry Birds. While, the technology the government would - Stephen is the Viewpoints can’t help us with the first, be stupid to look over an Editor of the Houstonian,. I think the United States opportunity to pull us out could take advantage of what places like Japan already has. They need to do an Dear Sam Houston Students, Staff and Faculty and overhaul of technology in Alumni: the classrooms, children
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News World to focus on “Urban Challenge”
Page 3 Tuesday, March 22, 2011
By Erin Peterson Associate News Editor
People from around the world began meeting in Cape Town, South Africa on Saturday for World Water Day, which concludes today with a jazz festival, following a live connection with Washington, D.C. THE HISTORY In 1992, an international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, or UNCED. The UN General Assembly responded by declaring March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, save the first, has focused on a unique theme. In 1994, the theme was “Caring for Our Water Resources is Everyone’s Business;” 1995, “Women and Water;” 1996, “Water for Thirsty Cities;” 1997, “The World’s Water - Is there enough?;” 1998, “Groundwater The
Invisible Resource;” 1999, “Everyone Lives Downstream;” 2000, “Water for the 21st Century;” 2001, “Water for Health - Taking Charge;” 2002, “Water for Development;” 2003, “Water for the Future;” 2004, “Water and Disasters;” 2005, “Water for Life - 2005-2015;” 2006, “Water and Culture;” 2007, “Water Scarcity;” 2008, “International Year of Sanitation;” 2009, “Shared Water - Shared Opportunities;” and 2010’s theme was “Water Quality.” This year’s theme is “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.” THE URBAN CHALLENGE According to the World Water Day’s website, this is the first time in human history that most of the world’s population, 3.3 billion people, live in cities. Also, 38 percent of this urban growth is represented by expanding
slums, the website explains, while city populations are increasing faster than city infrastructure can adapt. This year, the World Water Day Conference will be focusing its attention on “the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems.” The conference hopes to “encourage governments, organizations, communities and individuals to actively engage in addressing the challenges of urban water management.” LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES While there are no events happening within Huntsville, there are several events occuring in other cities throughout Texas. In Spring, located south of Huntsville on I-45, the H2O Project is calling for an “H2O Challenge.” The Challenge encourages
people to choose to make water their only beverage for two weeks, to save the money that they would normally spend on drinks and then donate that money to the organization of their choice. “It’s a real eye-opener for some people,” Brenda Koinis, founder and executive director of The H2O Project, said. “In the early days, I had a lady come up to me with cups full of money. She said that she was driving through a fast food place sometimes twice a day and didn’t realize how much she was spending.” Koinis launched The H2O Project in 2001 after watching a video that showed the removal of a very long guinea worm , a parasite contracted by drinking contaminated water, also called dracunculiasis, from a young African boy’s leg. According to the project’s website, “$1 can
give one person clean water for one year; $20 can give one person clean water for a lifetime.” The website provides a list of charities that serve to provide freshwater resources to third world countries. Last year, over 75,000 people took part in the H2O Challenge. In San Antonio, students and professors at the Trinity University - San Antonio campus are placing themselves in the World Water Day Dunk Tank in an effort “to raise money for clean water projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.” The event’s Facebook page invites students to “come dunk [their] professors.” The event is sponsored by the university’s Water is Life program. For additional information on World Water Day, as well as links to the various events, visit http://www.unwater.org/ worldwaterday/.
Fulbright Scholar to lecture on death penalty By Erin Peterson Associate News Editor
The death penalty is one of the most debated issues in the country, not to mention one of the longest. Today, students will have the opportunity to listen to a unique voice on the subject. Liling Yue, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California - Davis, will give a 45-minute presentation on “Issues in the Contemporary Application of Capital Punishment” on
Tuesday (March 22) at 10 a.m. in the Criminal Justice Center’s Kerper Courtroom, followed by a question-andanswer session. Yue is part of an international exchange program with the China University of Police Science and Law, where she is a professor of law and also where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. She has served as a visiting professor at UC Davis and Cambridge
University’s Criminology Institute and as a visiting scholar at institutions around the world, including the Danish Institute of Human Rights, the MaxPlanck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, the University of British Columbia and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute. Yue is the author of several books on criminal justice and civil and political rights, and she has written
many articles published in Chinese journals. Her areas of interest include comparative criminal justice, criminal procedural law, international human rights law and evidence law. She also has delivered lectures to foreign universities and courts in Belgium, Germany, South Korea, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. Yue has served as leader
Teacher Job Fair returns to SHSU By Erin Peterson Associate News Editor The Teacher Job Fair returns to SHSU on Wednesday, with approximately 77 schools and school districts in attendance. The fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum. Representatives from districts from districts
across the state, such as Cypress Fairbanks I.S.D., Katy I.S.D. and Richardson I.S.D., as well as a few private schools, will visit with students or alumni who may be interested in a position. In addition, agencies such as Harris County Department of Education, Kidventure Camps, Windham School District, YES Prep Public Schools, the Archdiocese
of Galveston Houston Catholic Schools Office and Education Service Center Regions 3, 6 and 20 are scheduled to be available to discuss other employment possibilities. Students who are registered on Jobs 4 Kats can get a jumpstart on finding a job or internship by logging on, at https:// www.myinterfase.com/shsu/ student/, to find a complete
list of participating agencies, as well as descriptions of positions being sought, according to Paige Loft, job fair and special events coordinator. Participants are encouraged to bring copies of résumés and dress professionally. For more information, contact Career Services at 936.294.1713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From JAPAN page 1
Inoue said he plans to discuss putting more boxes out with student activities this week as well. Inoue said 100% of the donations received will go towards helping Japan and will be sent through the Japanese Red Cross via Consulate General of Japan at Chicago by March 28. “I believe that together the students of Sam Houston and the people of Huntsville can make a difference in the relief efforts for Japan’s historically tragic situation,” Inoue said. Patricia Herrington, international student & scholar advisor, was very impressed and compassionate when Inoue proposed the fundraiser. “She helped me a lot,” Inoue said. “Not only she told me how to reserve the booth for this fundraiser, but also she contacted faculties to facilitate to organize this event. I couldn’t accomplish
From RALLY page 1
One highlight of the rally was Dalton Sherman, 12, a seventh grader from Dallas who gave a motivational speech. “Do you believe in me?” Sherman shouted. “I believe in me. Do you believe in yourself?”
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released
SUKUISO. An aerial view of Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force personnel and disaster relief crews search for victims of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 18. the fundraiser without her.” Inoue said, “I really appreciate the International program, especially Mrs. Patricia Herrington.” In his efforts, Inoue noticed that almost everyone
has been touched by the devastation overseas. He also said both Facebook and the media helped spread the word about the fundraiser, so that it was not difficult to ask for
donations. “Donators cared about my family and people of Japan,” Inoue said. “I realized together we can save the people of Japan from SHSU and Huntsville.”
The crowd roared when Sherman spoke, but other instances showed how unorganized it was. At one point a woman who wasn’t identified took the stage and told the crowd how this is a good example for people to use home schooling. The woman was met with showers of boos and eventually exited
stage left. “I didn’t like that very much,” said Gregory. “The whole point is we are suppose to be giving kids a full fledge education. In homeschooling kids don’t get the social aspect like they would at a public or private high school.” Immediately following the rally, Perry
and some of the House discussed the issue, and within a week, voted through a bill that would use $4 billion of the Rainy Day Fund. Texas Democrats blasted the bill saying there was much more of the fun available and that it should be used as well. “If this is all they're
of several research projects, such as effective criminal defense, criminal trial, and human rights protection and participated in legislative projects, such as criminal procedure law reform. Yue also will meet with graduate students for coffee and discussion at 4 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Room. For more information, contact Beth Kuhles, College of Criminal Justice public relations officer, at 936.294.4425.
From LIBYA page 1
"It's not even disputable, this isn't even a close question. Such an action -- that involves putting America's service men and women into harm's way, whether they're in the Air Force or the Navy -- is a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone," Kucinich said in a interview with a Chicago radio station. He referred to a quote from 2007 when Obama was running for president where he said: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." "So what the president did is, by his own words, outside the Constitution," Kucinich said. "This isn't a case of him not knowing. He knows clearly that he has not complied with the Constitution. And that's a very serious matter because he's using the ultimate authority of a president." In a letter to Congressional Members, Obama informed representatives of the military operations and said he believed he had the authority to launch the mission because of the UN mandate, and he made clear he has not committed any US ground troops to the fight. He also added that he believes the mission is in the national security and foreign policy interest of the US. willing to do, to spend a tiny part of the Rainy Day Fund, they're just going to make a tiny improvement in a big problem," said Eva DeLuna Castro, a budget analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities to the Austin American Statesman. "They need to use the rest of it."
Campus Calendar Tuesday, March 22: - 6:30 p.m. - Baseball v. Houston Baptist - Don Sanders Stadium - 7 p.m. - Chinese Film Showcase: “The Equation of Love and Death” - ABIV 220 Wednesday, March 23: - 9 a.m. - Spring Teacher Job Fair - Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum - 11:30 a.m. - Women’s Symposium - LSC Ballroom - 12 p.m. - Steel Drum Band Concert - PAC Center Pit - 6:30 p.m. - Baseball v. Prarie View A&M - Don Sanders Stadium - 8 p.m. - “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” - Erica Starr Theater
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Arts & Entertainment
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Spring breakers experience one-of-a-kind celebration of music in South Padre Island
Photo by Meagan Ellsworth | The Houstonian
By Meagan Ellsworth Editor-in-chief
Some hit the books, some hit SXSW, but other Bearkats could be found among almost 10,000 spring breakers pouring through the gates of South Padre Island’s Schlitterbahn Beach Water park for Red Bull Soundclash. On Thursday night, the crowd became witnesses
of the once in a lifetime show featuring Texas’ own, Ghostland Observatory on one stage and the iconic Snoop Dogg & the Snoopadelics on the opposing stage. The night began with a brief moment of silence for the legendary Nate Dogg, but, as if in tribute to his legacy, immediately sprung into action with an opening set by the emcee for the night,
DJ Z-Trip. DJ Z-Trip could be found floating mid-air on a platform in the middle of the laserfilled “musical conversation” between two wildly different acts that left the crowd of bronzed, beachy co-eds screaming for more. Both acts applied their own styles, song interpretations and talent to five rounds of musical challenges in an
innovative format. Here’s how it works: Round 1 – The Warm Up: Each artist performs three songs of their original material to start the show. Snoop Dogg & The Snoopadlics performed “The Next Episode,” “Ridin’ in my Chevy” and “I Wanna F**k You.” Ghostland Observatory then took the spotlight to perform “Piano Man,” “Glitter” and “Sad Sad City.” Round 2 – The Cover: Both bands cover the same song with their own personal style. The crowd was treated to each band’s unique spin on the David Bowie classic, “Fame.” Snoop Dogg & the Snoopadelics gave a funky, hip hop spin to the rock tune. Ghostland Observatory interpreted the song differently, showcasing their electro-rock sound. Round 3 – The Takeover: In this round, each band is tasked with seamlessly finishing the second half of a song started by the opposing band, and thereby making it their own.
From MAYHEM page 1
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SOUNDCLASH. South Padre was home to a unique music spectacle known as the Redbull Soundclash this spring break, featuring artists Snoop Dogg and Ghostland Observatory.
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Unleashed” in addition to his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and HBO’s “P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy.” Recreational Sports plans to have a night full of fun, activities, laughter and a chance to win some great prizes including gift cards and T-shirts. In keeping with Midnight
Snoop started the round with “Drop it Like It’s Hot” followed by Ghostland Observatory’s “Codename Rondo.” Snoop Dogg & The Snoopadelics then played “Sensual Seduction” and the round ended with Ghostland’s “Just Gimme the Beat.” Round 4 – The Clash: The fourth round highlights the artists’ musical versatility by charging them with performing their songs in three different styles. “Gin n Juice” and “Stranger Lover” were performed in reggae style. “Midnight Voyage” and “La Di Da Di” were performed in funk-style. The round concluded with techno versions of “Wet” and “Dancing on my Grave.” Round 5 – The Wildcard: In the fifth round, the bands invite a special guest to perform with them on stage. Ghostland Observatory invited an Apache Tribe to dance with them during “Kick Clap Speaker.” Snoop Dogg & the Snoopadelics performed “What’s My Name” with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bootsy
Collins. The night ended with the two groups joining together on one stage to perform the grand finale, a collaborative rendition of CeeLo’s hit “F**k You.” The audience left knowing that they had witnessed a musical showcase unlike anything they had seen or heard before. Red Bull Soundclash also kicked off Spring Break 2011 in Las Vegas in style with CeeLo Green and the Ting Tings on March 12. Red Bull Soundclash is a totally unique clash of sounds, styles and creativity, where two bands don’t battle each other, but instead collaborate to create an innovative live music performance. Touring the globe since 2007, Red Bull Soundclash has entertained music lovers with incredible match ups including The Roots / Miniature Tigers; Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids / Shiny Toy Guns; Talib Kweli/ Ozomatli; Wale/Tokyo Police Club and many others. For more information, visit www.redbullusa.com/ soundclash
Mayhem tradition, the mechanical bull will be making an appearance along with a number of new activities ranging from a fast pitch booth to “60 Second Sports” – a number of fun, challenging activities that can be played against your friends. Ty will take the Midnight Mayhem stage at approximately 11 P.M. for a comedy routine that has been called “hilarious,” “thought provoking,” and
even “edgy.” Recreational Sports said as a department that helped revolutionize SHSU’s Welcome Week with the hugely successful Sammypalooza, it is once again looking to transform the yearly Midnight Mayhem event. For more information about the event, please called (936) 294-1985 or visit www.shsu.edu/ recsports or www.facebook. com/SHSURecSports.
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Resenting Texas St, UT-San Antonio
GoBearkats Sports Editor Brandon Scott hopes for more sports fans at SHSU Casey Kalenkoskey hit two home runs as Texas State rolled up 17 hits in an 8-1 victory over Sam Houston and a Southland Conference series sweep Sunday afternoon. Chris Andreas went 2-for-4 on a day when the Bearkats were limited to four hits. Braeden Riley singled and Mark Hudson tripled to account for the Kats other two hits. Hudson scored on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Nottebart that gave Sam Houston a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Texas State took the lead back quickly, totaling five runs in the bottom of the third, a single run in the sixth and two more in the eighth inning. The Bobcats, now 6-0 in Southland Conference and 15-4 overall, are tied for first place in the league race. The loss drops Sam Houston to 12-8 for the year and 1-5 in Southland action. Following Sunday's game, the Bearkats will return to Huntsville for five games next week. Sam Houston hosts Prairie View A&M and Houston Baptist in 6:30 p.m. non-conference games Tuesday and Wednesday. The Bearkats will meet UTSA in a three-game weekend Southland series at Don Sanders Stadium beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m.
from 3 for the game, 2-20 in the second half. The Kats didn’t look like themselves, even with Gilberto Clavell doing his usual work (25 points, seven rebounds). Still, where was the fan support? It was there – you just couldn’t tell because the Roadrunner presence was more prevalent. “Our fans are terrible,” uttered one local media Brandon Scott member out of frustration. email@example.com He was hearing the UTSA fans rally around their team; grant it, in the most HUNTSVILLE - Prior irritating fashion. At least to Spring Break, one of the they had a few who were biggest highlights in Bearkat motivated (besides the band, athletics was the men’s most of the SHSU fans basketball team defeating appeared to be middle-age archrival Stephen F. Austin alumni). twice in a week’s time, first a Not to say Bearkats don’t 55-40 outing in Nacogdoches care about their sports before the end of the regular teams, because one’s that do, season, then 61-45 in the really care. There just aren’t conference tournament. enough of them. But even with the historic UTSA doesn’t have this gamesmanship with SFA, I problem, neither does Texas have an elevated resentment State. for the more annoying rivals Both universities have in the conference – soon- over 30,000 students which to-be Western Athletic logically create bigger Conference members markets and more support Texas State and Texas-San for their athletic programs. Antonio. Sam Houston has around The term “annoying” is a 17,000 students, campus rude one, but we would be located in Huntsville – remiss to slight them proper which with all due respect to description. When SHSU its growing metropolis, is no faced UTSA in the SLC San Antonio or San Marcos. semifinals, Roadrunner fans It’s easy to resent UTSA were loud, spirited and yes, and Texas State because annoying. they outnumber us, more One fan seemed importantly in an economic completely belligerent, yet sense. With limited funds, I’m almost certain she was SHSU focuses more on sober. competitive consistency, “Clavell, did you use rather than wallet crushing. your goggles to swim across The money will come with the ocean,” she blundered. time. That’s just one of many But bigger than the fact annoying heckles this group UTSA defeated SHSU in of frenzied loyalists came up the semifinals, as a sixth with. seed over a fourth (hardly What were SHSU fans an underdog, though), doing? Sitting there. Attribute Roadrunners speed through the lack of enthusiasm to the I-10 knowing they’re headed Kats shooting 22.2 percent
to a now depleted Western Athletic Conference, but to better the university in its entirety. I’m always asked questions that you don’t have to be an editor of anything to come up with a reasonable answer: When is Sam Houston going to go to a bigger conference? We’ve been winning at one of the cheapest schools in Texas, with an athletic budget looking towards the bottom of the conference. Where is the love? We need more people; interested people; interested people with money. Let’s remember the NCAA is a business, first and foremost. Sam Houston would have to be invited for a legitimate economic reason. In 2010, Sam Houston surveyed alumni, students, fans and staff to determine how realistic strengthening the athletic department was. Athletic Director Bobby Williams was unable to comment on survey results before press time, but in an interview with the Huntsville Item last year, Williams said feedback was positive. But the university community hasn’t always embraced moving up, dating back to the 1980s when SHSU moved up from NAIA to Division II and Division II to Division I. “We aren’t against moving up, we just want to make sure it is done the right way, that the funding is there and the support is there because that is critical to being successful,” Williams said. “You have to have that support system to move up to make sure it is successful. You don’t want to be behind if you move up.” In 2009, UTSA doubled student athletic fees, by vote of the students, in order to budget a newly established
$10 million football team. This, aside from the love for football, was an effort to appeal to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences, the ones that make money and play on national television. UTSA students went from paying maximum $120 fees to $240. Bearkats, with half as many students, pay $270. That’s a mismatch before you even blow the whistle. What do we bring to the table? What do we have to offer, other than these hardworking, good people? Winning games only means so much. Being competitive is only half the battle. To join the ranks of elitist, we have to be visible, and profitable. I’m resenting UTSA and Texas State because I have a wish list that’s beyond my control or their concern. I wish there were 13,000 more Bearkats on-campus and at least half of them had rich, spirited sports fanatic parents. I wish there was
somewhere to park for today’s overpopulated Bearkat representation. I wish more people went to the games, or read the student newspaper once in a while. There are more serious implications to competing in a conference without two of its heavy hitters. Reality is, the Southland Conference would look to replace UTSA and Texas State, just as the WAC had those schools in mind to replace the likes of Boise State and Hawaii. The mere hypothetical of Sam Houston being paired with Abilene Christian or Houston Baptist seems like an unfair step down to futility – for such a promising Bearkat program that seems to be outgrowing itself in some ways, while living short of its potential in others. My resentment towards UTSA and Texas State, annoying as ever, comes from them being part of the conversation, rather than just having it.
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Bowling down success lane Kats place eighth in Music City Classic
Courtesy of SHSU Athletics
TEAMWORK. Coach Bob Hagen and his players emerge as a top notch first year program
By Brandon Scott
The Sam Houston women's bowling team which started seeded 10th, earned the eighth place standing with a pair of 4-3 wins in Baker match play. Sam Houston, defeated No. 18 WisconsinWhitewater and No. 12 Adelphi before falling to No. 7 Kutztown 4-2 as the Bearkats placed eighth in bracket play on the final day of the Columbia 300 Music City Classic Saturday in Smyra, Tenn. The Bearkats ended the tournament with a 9-6 record over the three days to complete regular season action with a 68-35 overall match record. "The girls left it all out there Sunday," Sam Houston head coach Brad Hagen said. "They put an explination mark on our resume with a solid day. We are still in good shape for consideration by the NCAA Comittee." The Bearkats won twice and lost four matches in traditional five-player team action Saturday. Sam Houston defeated unranked Jackson State 1,017-986 and No. 12 Adelphi 991936 in their fourth and fifth matches of the day. SHSU opened Saturday with a loss to No. 19 Minnesota State 848-842, then fell to No. 15 Saint Francis 962-861and No. 10 Sacred Heart 1,122-
883. The Kats ended the day witha 958-944 loss to No. 7 Kutztown. Aida Sanchez and Kimi Davidson led the Bearkats, Sanchez averaging 197.6 pins in five matches and Davidson 190.2 in six contests. . Friday, in Baker fourgame quad matches, the only loss for Sam Houston was to the defending NCAA Division I national champions Fairleigh Dickinson, the number 1 ranked team in the nation now. FDU defeated the Bearkats 837-773. In other action Friday, Sam Houston defeated WisconsinWhitewater 713-663, Southern 775-693, No. 16 Alabama A&M 753-644, Monmouth 749-668 and Texas Southern 766-614. "After a strong showing on Friday, on Saturday we had one of those days where we had some great looks, a few bad breaks and the other teams had it going for them when they needed it the most," Sam Houston head coach Brad Hagen said. "I was very proud of our girls for keeping their composure. Our first and fifth matches Saturday were the toughest and we had combined losses of less than 20 pins. Kimi Davidson posted a 238 and Aida Sanchez a 212 in our win over Jackson State. Aida added a 211, Neishka Cardona a 224 and Dayna
Galganski a 203 against Adelphi." The Music City Classic was hosted by Vanderbilt University at the Smyrna Bowling Center in Smyrna, Tennessee. Thirteen of the top 15-ranked teams in the national rankings are competing in the Music City Classic. Less than two weeks after the tournament, the eight teams for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Bowling Championship will be selected. Sam Houston stands No. 9 in the March National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) rankings. The latest NCAA Division I RPI (Rating Percentage Index) figures have the Bearkats back in the No. 5 position. The 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Bowling Championship will be hosted by the University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit Metro Sports Commission on April 14-16 at the Skore Lanes in Taylor, Michigan. All eight berths in the national tournament are at-large selections. The selection criteria are overall won-lost record, head-tohead competition, results versus common opponents, overall strength of schedule and overall RPI. The selection committee will announced the eight NCAA Championship participants on March 30.
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