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Vol 119 | Issue 16

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Publishing since 1913

Independent Student Newspaper of Sam Houston State University

The English language is dead, pg. 2


KAT Links For more information about the Lone Survivor Foundation, visit

Perfect home volleyball season ends, pg. 8

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

First 6-0 season since ‘64

By Zach Birdsong Sports Editor

From beginning to end, the Bearkats could not be stopped on Saturday. The defense continually harassed Nicholls State (1-6, 0-3) and forced five turnovers. That would tell it all as the Kats won in a rout, 47-7. With the victory, the team improved to 6-0 on the season, the third time in program history and the first since 1964. The win also puts the Kats in sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference. Coming out onto the field in special camouflage jerseys, the defense set the tone early. And, on the first series, forced Nicholls into a turnover as defensive end Eddie Decambre intercepted a pass that was tipped at the line. But the offense struggled to get points on the board and the game remained scoreless until defensive back Robert Shaw intercepted Nicholls and returned it for a 61 yard touchdown late in the first

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

FLIPPING FOR IT. SHSU running back Tim Flanders, sophomore, flips over defensive back Caleb Nelson, sophomore, of the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks, bringing the score to 24.-3, Kats.

quarter. “It gave us a little spark and boosted the confidence of the offense,” Shaw said. “They felt since the defense

was out there giving it all we had, they felt like they had to pick it up. It just helped our whole team.” With the offense still

struggling to get points on the board, the defense once again made it easy for them by creating turnovers on two straight drives, the first

of which came as linebacker Darius Taylor forced a fumble that was recovered by lineman Gary Lorance, and the offense took over at

Nicholls’ 22 yard line. Quarterback Brian Bell tossed up his only score of the day as wide receiver Torrance Williams caught an eight yard touchdown pass. Bell finished the game, completing 70 percent of his throws (14-20) for 128 yards. 55 seconds later, defensive end Andrew Weaver intercepted Nicholls and gave the offense the ball at the three yard line. Running back Tim Flanders, who finished the game with two touchdowns, scored his first one of the day on a one yard scamper. Adding a 41 yard field goal from Miguel Antonio, the Kats took a 24-0 lead into halftime. In the second half, the defense continued its relentless pressure and forced the last turnover of the day as Decambre recovered a fumble. The offense capitalized and Flanders scored on a four yard run. “I thought we played

— See FOOTBALL, page 8

Free flu vaccines for faculty, staff By Stephen Green Associate News Editor

Free flu vaccines will be administered for faculty and staff on Oct. 18 and 19 in the Lowman Student Center in anticipation of the peak flu months. The Student Health Center gives them out every year to faculty, staff and students to keep cases of the flu relatively low throughout the university. Sarah Hanel, health director, said it’s part of the health center’s annual campaign to give back to the university. “It’s one of the ways we contribute to faculty, staff and students and it keeps them healthy,” Hanel said. “We want to try and keep faculty and staff from missing weeks at a time.” The vaccine has been given out for at least the past decade. Last year, Hanel FLIPPING FOR IT. SHSU running back Tim Flanders, sophomore, flips over defensive back Caleb Nelson, sophomore, of the Step

Christian Pratt | The Houstonian

— See FLU, page 4

Social media committee Campus crime drops ‘close’ to being official 4.4 percent from 2009 By Stephen Green Associate News Editor The Social Media Committee is closer to becoming official after the final nominations for members were submitted, according to university officials. The committee that is tasked with looking at the issue of all social media will consist of 10 members throughout several campus representative organizations, according to Assistant VicePresident of Marketing and Communications Kris Ruiz. Ruiz said the committee now has the necessary qualifications for becoming an official committee that has representatives from the Student Government Association, the Faculty Senate and each college.

She said this committee will be a group of people that will be able to “handle the issues as they come up and return to their respective groups to talk about it.” “I think it’ll be great to have different concerns and points-of-views together,” Ruiz said. “We can look not only from the academic perspective, but the student side as well.” The idea for the committee was created after the SHSU Social Media Policy and Procedures Manual was scrutinized for “restricting free speech” by several student groups and university officials. Faculty senator Paul Loeffler called sections of the policy “propaganda.” Ruiz said one of the committee’s first tasks will be to review the social media policy and make sure that all the proper procedures

By Ashley Tullos Contributing Reporter

Photo courtesy SHSU

IN PROGRESS. Kris Ruiz, assistant vicepresident of Marketing and Communications, spoke on behalf of the almost official Social Media Committee, stating that the committee now has the the necessary qualifications to make it official.

are being followed. She hopes the committee will become official “soon.”

Campus crime at Sam Houston State University dipped slightly in 2010 compared to 2009, according to statistics recently released by the University Police Department. There were 171 reported cases of crime on campus in 2010, down from 179 in 2009. Stephen F. Austin State University, which has a similar student population size, reported a total of 145 cases of crime on its campus in 2010. Theft and larceny continued to be the most prevalent types of crime committed at SHSU. There were 95 reported cases of robbery, theft or larceny in 2010, compared with 127 cases in 2009.

SFA reported 103 cases of robbery, theft or larceny in 2010. University Police Department Chief James Fitch said that students should protect their possessions to avoid being a victim of theft on campus. Thefts typically occur when students leave items unattended at the library or leave their car doors unlocked. Fitch said he was pleased that violent crimes such as murder and sexual assault on campus were almost non-existent over the last two years. “My goal is to keep students, teachers, faculty, everyone safe at all times,” Fitch said. There were only 27 instances of assault on campus; however one was a sexual assault, which occurred in a residence hall.

The sexual assault, which Fitch classified as a “date rape situation,” occurred September 2010, according to a story published by the Houstonian. The victim did not press charges, and no one was charged. There were 32 reported cases of sexual assault in Huntsville in 2010, up from 21 in 2009. Less than half of the 2010 cases were cleared, according to statistics compiled by the Huntsville Police Department. Dr. Courtney Franklin, assistant professor in the College of Criminal Justice, said there are several factors for a low clearance rate on cases involving sexual assault. There are different types of rape, and a lack of evidence either gathered or available can contribute of — See CRIME, page 4


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Today in history: 1648 – Boston Shoemakers form first U.S. labor organization. 1775 – AfricanAmerican poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery. 1867 – United States takes possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. Celebrated annually in the state as Alaska Day. 1898 – United States takes possession of Puerto Rico. 1922 – The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded by a consortium, to establish a nationwide network of radio transmitters to provide a national broadcasting service. 1944 – Adolf Hitler orders the establishment of a German national militia. 1945 – The USSR’s nuclear program receives plans for the United States plutonium bomb from Klaus Fuchs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 1954 – Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio. 1968 – The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith and John Carlos for giving a “black power” salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.

Sandra Hanscom Guest Columnist

My name is Sandra Hanscom, and I knew Huntsville was a special place when I was in college at Sam Houston State. We moved from Huntsville and returned 10 years ago. This is where we plan to spend the rest of our lives. I am proud to announce I’m running for Ward 4 City Councilperson. I’m running for one reason, I want to do all I can to make Huntsville, and Ward 4 a better place to live. My love of Sam Houston State is as strong as my love for our city. Over ten years ago, we moved back to the city and one of the first things we did was get involved with the Sam Houston State Alumni Association. We became alumni life members, and, in 2006, my husband was elected President of the Alumni Association. I got involved with him, attending alumni events, traveling the state promoting the university and helping to raise money at presidential receptions. We bought season tickets for football and basketball, started attending baseball games, plays, concerts and many other events. We truly are a “Bearkat family.” I believe the city should address the situation with sidewalks and street lights around the university. A thorough study of all intersections around campus should be made to determine if student safety can be enhanced. I want to work with the administration and student leaders to determine how the city can help and what we can do to better support this great university. I am also for more paid firefighters and police. We have a great working relationship between city police and the University Police Department and I want to continue that relationship. I believe renters should have the right to vote and should exercise that right. During the decade I have been back in Huntsville, I have served the city through many elected and appointed positions. I have always been a giver not a taker.

For seven years, I represented the First United Methodist Church on the Good Shepherd Mission Board of Directors, where I was their leading fundraiser. I also served three years on the Elkins Lake governing body (recor board) in 2009. I served on the City Charter Revision Committee and currently am on the City Planning and Zoning Commission. We would have loved to remain in Huntsville and work and make this city our home. But there were just only a few jobs. We desperately need new industry to not just provide new jobs but to expand our tax base. I want to work to bring in new industry, so when you graduate, if you want to stay and work in Huntsville, there will be jobs. By expanding our tax base, we will be able to grow and provide services and not raise taxes. I am for no tax increases. We need to grow the area in the right way that is beneficial to everyone. For our hometown businesses, we need to get out and support them. There has to be a way to give them a break and grow at the same time. We need to make it a fair playing ground for all property owners and maybe a way to do that is to make the entire county wet. We need to market some areas of the city for future expansion, which would bring in new income. One such area that might benefit with additional business is around the Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center. One of the pressing issues facing Huntsville right now is our water treatment plant. The city has made great strides, but we have to plan for where our water will come from in 30 years. This may be the most important issue for the long range survival of our city. Ward 4 has been well represented on city council by Dr. Wayne Barrett, a professor at Sam Houston State. When elected I will continue the fine work he has started and do all I can for Ward 4. I owe no person, persons or organizations, my campaign is a grass roots and my supporters are everyday citizens with no agenda. I will simply look at each and every issue and do what is best for you, the citizens of this great city. I love Hunstville and pledge to you I will always be open, honest and respectful of all out citizens. It is not my campaign but “OUR campaign.” You can make a difference. Please vote Sandra Hanscom for Ward 4.

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

The individual opinions on the Viewpoints page are not necessarily affiliated with the view of The Houstonian or SHSU. The Houstonian is published semi-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is a news publication of Sam Houston State University, a member of the Texas State University system, and is produced by students. It is self-supporting and welcomes all advertisers. Those interested in placing ads or classifieds should call 936-294-1495. The Houstonian is a member of the Associated Press and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.



“Paws UP” to football ranked #7 in the nation.

“Paws UP” to football being 6-0 for the first time since 1964.

Pa ws Do wn “Paws DOWN” to purple dresses.

Huntsville and Sam Houston State University have played important roles in my life. I visited family here as a young child, and after my sister, cousin and other relatives graduated from SHSU, I decided it was my turn. I have a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science from SHSU. I was involved in student council, housing advisory committees, computer science club and one of the first Golden Key honor society members. I even had some of the professors that are still teaching today! Over the years, I have returned to Sam to take graduate classes, complete my personal trainer certification, and even to teach a few classes. Three months after graduation I married Russell Humphrey, whom I had met while attending SHSU. One month later I began working for the City of Huntsville where I eventually was promoted to Director of Information Technology. Although I loved my job in local government, I left to devote more time to community service and my work as owner of the Huntsville Curves. My years of attending SHSU sporting events, seminars, plays and other events have kept me aware of the developments on this great campus! Our son, Justin Humphrey, earned two degrees at SHSU—and was long snapper for the Bearkat football team. More recently, our daughter, Samantha Humphrey, enrolled at SHSU, and she is living on campus and heavily involved in the Diamond Kats’ ongoing support of the baseball

“Paws DOWN” to the band’s set list. While y’all play the football set so well, we are tired of hearing the same thing over and over.

Tish Humphrey Guest Columnist

Bearkats. But it’s not just my alumni status and my children’s involvement with SHSU that has motivated me to remain connected to SHSU. My engagement with the University and the community has convinced me that the University and its students, staff and faculty are an integral part of Huntsville’s success, another motivation I have to contribute to the Share the Vision campaign and other University events. My experiences as a Bearkat, as a city employee, and as a business owner provide me with a unique perspective and the qualifications necessary to serve as your City Council member. I believe students, staff and faculty at SHSU want to see the community grow—creating more jobs and more opportunities for recreation, entertainment and involvement. I firmly believe that if SHSU graduates work with future SHSU graduates, we can form a great community for everyone. I would appreciate your vote for Tish Humphrey for City Council – Ward 2. Please join me to help make a better Huntsville—for everyone.

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George Mattingly: text talk is end of English language A serious crime has been committed and one that people should be held accountable for. I’m not talking about a crime against a person; I’m talking about the murder of the English language. For too long, people have been getting away with simple misspellings, horrible grammar, and it’s only getting worse in the younger generations. With the increasing use of Twitter, Facebook and text messaging, the basic rules of English we learned in elementary school are slowly, but surely, disappearing. I noticed this first on Facebook when I saw people confusing the usage of “their”, “there” and “they’re”. As if this wasn’t bad enough, there were also many people using “kool” instead of “cool”, “kno” for “know” and “da” for “the”. Excuse me while I shudder. I was completely shocked that people would rather misspell a word and lose so much credibility as a high school graduate and college student than add one letter to spell the word correctly. However, the real problem is what happens as a result using this “text” language. When I was home one weekend, I was reading my brother’s essay, he was in the seventh grade at the time, and I couldn’t help but gasp. His essay was covered with so many mistakes and when I pointed

them out to him, I got a shoulder shrug in response. That is when I knew this was a serious problem creeping down into our younger generations. It was then that I also saw that the problem was not limited to the social networking world, but was making its way into our education system like some infectious disease. Now, professors have to warn students against using this “text language” when sending an email and have sections in their syllabi dedicated to emphasizing the use of proper spelling and grammar when about ten years ago, it would have been general knowledge not to do so. If this problem continues at this rate, what will become of our language in the future? If we begin to combat this problem now and hold people accountable, we can stop it from being the norm in the future. Here’s my advice: If you don’t know how to spell a word or how to use it, then don’t use it or simply look it up. If you notice your younger siblings or relatives having the same problems, don’t hesitate to correct them. You will be much more credible as an educated person if you do and help younger people from making the problem into a habit. - George is the interim A&E Editor.

Homecoming 2011

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Rachelle Sadler | The Houstonian

Rachelle Sadler | The Houstonian

ORANGE PRIDE. Members of the university and Huntsville communities literally lined up along the sidewalk alongside Sam Houston Ave. for the annual Homecoming parade. Sororities, fraternities and city council contenders all participated in the parade, along with clubs such as the Bearkat Democrats and the Sunshine Kids.

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

Rachelle Sadler | The Houstonian

PURE ROYALTY. Left: seniors Stephanie Elizando and Joesph Anderson were crowned homecoming king and queen during Saturday’s football game against Nicholls State University. The football team swept the Colonels 47-7. Right: Sammy zooms around the parade on his Segway.

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

THROWING HEAT. Quarterback Brian Bell completed 14 out of 20 of his passes, culminating in a total of 128 yards and one touchdown, during the game against Nicholls State University on Saturday. Bell has thrown for 813 yards so far this season, including seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

ORANGE, BLACK AND WHITE ALL OVER. The orange, black and white camoflauged jerseys, worn only for the homecoming game Saturday, are currently being auctioned off on, the proceeds of which will go to the Lone Survivor Foundation, founded by former Bearkat and retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. The opening bid for each jersey will be $100, and bidders must register with the site before participating.


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Candidates: ‘We support students’ By Stephen Green Associate News Editor The one thing all candidates agreed on at the City Council Debate on Monday was that they supported the university community. The debate featured seven of the 10 candidates for the Huntsville City Council. The mayoral candidates introduced themselves and were pro-student in most of their answers during the debate. During a section for audience questions, the candidates (Mac Woodward, George Russell and Karl Davidson) were all asked what they thought of the comments by city councilman Keith Olson, which threatened student voting rights. That tape was played during a city council meeting. Woodward, who reached his term limits this year, called Olson “dead wrong.” Russell said Olson’s actions were “unAmerican,” while Davidson said, “Let’s call it what it is: stupid.” All mayoral candidates said they want to increase job growth in other areas so that they can keep students from Sam Houston State University in the city after they graduate. Before the mayoral debates, the Ward candidates had the same

Debate has two champions following LA tourn. By Stephen Green Associate News Editor

The Sam Houston Speech and Debate team claimed two championships at the “Generals Doubleheader” at Louisiana State University at Alexandria on Oct. 14, 15 and 16. In the first tournament of the weekend, the team advanced half of its 14 competitors to elimination rounds. In all three

amount of time to answer questions specific to their Ward and interactions with the student population. Dr. Tom Cole, incumbent for Ward 1, said that he supports voting rights for everyone, including nonlandowners. Katie Newsman, running

for the Ward 2 position, echoed Cole’s answer. She said as a former student that she understands the needs that renters have and that it’s important to take them into consideration within city policies. John Cromer, running for Ward 3, received a standing

Hanel said, approximately 800 faculty and staff members received the vaccine. “It helps prevent the spread,” Hanel said. “It keeps them protected and keeps students and faculty and staff The vaccines are sponsored by the individual divisions, like Academic Affairs and the President’s Office. In order to receive the vaccine, employees must present their Bearkat OneCard. Five to 20 percent of the population gets a case of the flu every year, according to the Center for Disease Control. The center

Joe Emmett (Ward 3), and Clyde Loll (Ward 4) either declined, or didn’t respond to the invitation. Early voting starts Oct. 24, while the regular election day will be held on Nov. 8. Students should check to see which precinct they fall into, before voting.

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian

divisions, the team had at least one competitor in a final round. Freshman Tim Sears finished off his novice eligibility by taking second in the division. coach Adam Key completed his second undefeated tournament in a row to win the Professional Championship. In Varsity, freshman Cody Stevens and sophomore Steven Perry closed out the final round to become co-champions. Devon Hernandez, junior, was a Varsity octafinalist. Coach Jeremy Coffman was eliminated by Trevino to become a quarterfinalist, while Trevino went on to become a semifinalist. The team additionally won several speaker awards. Tim Sears was 5th place Novice speaker, while Coffman, Key, and Trevino took 1st, 2nd, and 5th place speaker

awards, respectively. In the second tournament, the team continued to advance roughly half of its competitors to elimination rounds. Stevens, junior Zack Bonno, Perry, and both Sears brothers were Varsity octafinalists. Sara Harrigan, returning alumnus, was a semifinalist in the Professional division. In Varsity, Steve Sears was 2nd place speaker while Stevens took 5th place. Coffman was 3rd place professional speaker. Overall, the team took 2nd place sweeps in the first tournament, 3rd place in the second tournament, and 2nd place overall. The team will next compete this weekend at the Lonestar CollegeKingwood Bayou City Swing in Kingwood, TX.

Photo courtesy SHSU Speech and Debate..

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All of the ward candidates also spoke in advocation of increasing sidewalks and bike paths to their respective wards, including some wanting to add additional streetlights. The other ward candidates Allen Ronald (Ward 1), Tish Humphrey (Ward 2),

CANDIDATE DEBATE. Dr. Tom Cole, Katie Newman, John Cromer, and Sandra Hanscom were the ward candidates for the Huntsville City Council that attended the debate hosted by the Student Government Association. Mayoral candidates Karl Davidson, Mac Woodward and George Russell all attended the event. The other ward candidates chose not to attend.

DEBATE DOMINATION.SHSU Speech and Debate have several members who are ranked internationally on the circuit after winning/placing in events over the past month.

From FLU

ovation after speaking about how voting rights make “America one of the greatest places anywhere.” Sandra Hanscom, running for Ward 4, advocated not only for student rights, but also that the city should take more consideration of the students.

recommends that anyone over six-months of age get the vaccine as soon as possible. The center also reports that flu, or complications of the flu, causes between 3,000 and 46,000 deaths per year. The flu season lasts from October to April, showing peaks in February, according to the CDC. The vaccine will include three strains of the flu, including H1N1 (swine flu) due to the pandemic in 2009. It will not be available to employees who are pregnant or nursing. The event is being held in the LSC, Room 320, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The health center will be administering free vaccines for students on Oct. 25 and 26.

From CRIME page 1

to cases not ending in an arrest. “[Sexual assault] victims historically, not just in Huntsville, have not been treated well by the criminal justice system,” said Franklin, an expert in violence against women. Less than 8 percent of instances of sexual assault are reported, 75 percent of sexual assaults are between people who know each other, and alcohol is a factor in 60 percent of cases, Franklin said. For more information visit the University Police Department website or call the department.

Alumni honored in 39th annual event By McKinzie Brocail Senior Reporter

Sam Houston State University’s 39th annual Distinguished Alumni Gala honored six alumni in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom, Friday evening. According to the Office of Alumni Relations, “the Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the association and Sam Houston State University can bestow upon alumni. This honor is for alumni who have distinguished themselves through personal and professional achievements and who have made significant contributions to SHSU and/or society, and thus have brought honor and distinction to our university.” Five alumni and one “outstanding young” alumnus were celebrated at the gala. Dr. Walter J. Anderson, James D. Carey, James P. Ferris, Dr. James F. Gaertner, Frederick L. Pirkle, J. Allen Shamblin and Outstanding Young Alumnus Lieutenant Morgan J. Luttrell were the recognized graduates. Each award winner has done incredible things with their lives since leaving SHSU. Dr. Walter J. Anderson is a successful dentist who has returned to his college football days by officiating games. He has worked not only SHSU games, but also NFL games, including two Super Bowls. James D. Carey worked for the Ford Motor Company for 32 years, gaining high esteem in the company. Since retiring in 1999, he serves as a member of the board of directors and president of the board for the Recovery Resource Council in Fort

Worth, an organization that educates students in K-12 in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. James P. Ferris has been working since age 12. He has managed to work his way up the corporate ladder in multiple jobs. He started out working part-time for Wismer Distributing Company washing, loading and fixing up delivery trucks. Now Ferris is a part owner of the company and serves as its president and chief executive officer. James F. Gaertner returned to SHSU in 2001 to serve as the university’s president until his retirement in 2010. Under his guidance, SHSU’s enrollment increased by 33 percent and its number of graduating students grew by 52 percent. Among the numerous achievements he made while at SHSU are the $280 million in completed construction projects, The President’s Speaker Series, the Official Ring Ceremony and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Initiative for students. Frederick Pirkle founded Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., an energy conservation company that manufactures valves of his own patented design. Pirkle has patented more than 20 products. J. Allen Shamblin is a prominent songwriter. In 1989, Randy Travis’s version of Shamblin’s song “He Walked On Water” topped country music charts. Other awardwinning and chart-topping songs include: “Walk On Faith” (Mike Reid), “In This Life” (Collin Raye), “Thinkin’ Problems” (David Ball), “Life’s A Dance” (John Michael Montgomery), “We Were In Love” (Toby Keith), “Don’t Laugh At ME” (Mark Willis), “Live, Laugh, Love” (Clay Walker),

“Where The Blacktop Ends” (Keith Urban), Dove Award winner “It’s In God’s Hands Now” (Anointed) and co-written with Mike Reid, Grammy nominated “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Bonnie Raitt). Shamblin’s song, “The House That Built Me”, recorded by Miranda Lambert, was named Song of the Year and Video of the Year at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards and the 2010 Country Music Association Awards. Shamblin was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Lieutenant Morgan J. Luttrell received the Outstanding Young Alumnus award Friday. Since graduating from SHSU in 2000, Luttrell enlisted in the Navy. While in training, he was recognized as Honor Man for OCS, Honor Man for BUD/S Class 237 and was an honor graduate of sniper school. Luttrell is now an officer with the Navy and a U.S. Navy SEAL. Through the Navy he has received 17 awards. In 2009, Luttrell suffered numerous injuries, including a broken back, in a helicopter crash. While he could have chosen an extended period in recovery, he instead volunteered for and served a seven-month deployment as team leader or a Navy SEAL team three months later. The black-tie event included the introduction and recognition of each deserving alumnus, an invocation, dinner and award presentation. The deadline for next year’s nominations for Distinguished Alumni and the Outstanding Young Alumnus is March 31, 2012.

Arts & Entertainment Alumnus enters Hall of Fame

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Allen Shablin shares experiences, gives advice

By Cheval John

Contributing Reporter

Allen Shamblin, a 1982 SHSU was recently recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus along with four others including former SHSU president, James Gaertner at the Distinguished Alumni Gala last Friday and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this past Sunday along with Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson. Q: Congratulations on being selected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. What does it feel like? A: To be honest, I haven’t quite processed it yet. The feeling is quite overwhelming and it’s more than what I can actually take in right now, so it will be a few years down the road before I can tell you what it was like because I’m still in a state

of shock over it all.

co-worker. I was able to play my song for her and she took me over to Mr. Gimble’s house and we played it. Afterwards, she send the cassette to her best friend, Martha Sharp, who was the executive vice president at Warner Brothers Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Just meeting Linda in the cafeteria that day literally changed my life. It was a big deal.

Q: How has Sam Houston prepared you for what you are doing right now? A: Well, I think it prepared me in a lot of ways. When I was here, I was marketing major. In taking business classes, it helped me to understand the business side of life a little better. In the music industry, it is easy to get trip up in finances and if you are in the industry for over a period of years, you will need to have your business taken care of. So I feel that I was prepared here at Sam to take care of the business side of the arts. That is why they call it the music business. Q: Can you take us to the time when you got discovered? A: At the time, I was a real estate appraiser in Austin. After coming home from work everyday, I would write songs. I was at Wyatts Cafeteria one day

Q: You are also about to be inducted as a Distinguished Alumnus at the Distinguished Alumni Gala on Friday. How much does it mean to you?

Photo courtesy of Today @ SAM

AFTER SHSU: Allen Shamblin also wrote “He Walked on Water” recored by Randy Travis and co-wrote “I Can’t Make You Love Me” recorded by Bonnie Raitt with Mike Reid, “The House that Built Me” recorded by Miranda Lambert and “Poison” for George Straight.

with the lyrics of the song that I had written the night before when Linda Orsak ,whose was the sister-in-

law of legendary fiddle player Johnny Gimble, was standing in line next to me when I was reading it to my

A: It means a whole lot. First of all, I am extremely proud to be an alumnus of Sam Houston State University. I love the school, the campus and the people when I was here. After all of these years, to be honored with this award and to be brought back, is very, very special to me. I was not a distinguished student when I was here, but it all worked

out and I am thankful that they brought me back. Q: What advice would you give to current students here or to anyone in general who have a passion for something, but don’t pursue it? A: I would say, whatever your deepest passion is, pursue it with all of your heart . Pray about it and give it a shot. For several years after college, I chased money and I was miserable. When I began to chase my dream, money didn’t matter that much, even though I needed it. I am more happy because I am doing something that I love. We get one chance at this life and it is very short. You do not want to go through life and say, ‘You wish you would have done it.’ Win, lose or draw, step up to the plate and swing for the fence.

“Fuddy Meers” hope Tubas’ time to shine to be unforgettable By George Mattingly

Arts & Entertainment Editor

The audience will get a glimpse into the world of lost memory in the theater department’s production of “Fuddy Meers” in the Showcase Theater on Wednesday. The play tells the story of an amnesiac named Claire who wakes up every morning without memory of the previous day, leaving her son and husband with the task of filling in every day facts of her day to day

life. One day a mysterious man pops out from under her bed claiming to be her brother there to save her from her murderous husband. He kidnaps her and the mayhem that ensues involves twists and turns for all the characters as Claire discovers more about her past. “It (the play) lends itself for the audience to take a ride with Claire,” student show director, James Smith, said. “It’s like they’re taking a walk in her shoes for a day.” The set will take on a carnival feel, including fun

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UNIQUE CHARACTERS: The “Fuddy Meers cast includes theatre

majors Raven Garcia (Gertie) and Bennett Schmidt (Limping Man), and musical theatre majors Katelyn Johnson (Heidi), Garrett Line (Richard), Tyler Martin (Millet), Max Pierce (Kenny), and Victoria Villareal (Claire).

house mirrors, in order to bring “Fuddy Meers” to life, which comes from one of the character’s pronunciation of “funny mirrors”. The bright, colorful costumes and music will also add to the whimsical feel of the show. The Showcase Theatre will also give the show an intimate feel with its threefourths seating that will allow the audience to “see the emotion” in front of them during the performance and For Smith, the challenge with the show involved indepth character analysis in order to accurately portray the idea of memory loss through Claire’s perspective. “Each character is unique so it involved lots of work in order to figure out how it feels to wake up every morning with no memory and to make all the characters realistic,” he said. According to him, allowing students to direct shows opens up many doors for theater students to experience the full effect of putting a production together, including concept meetings, production meetings and working with the actors to develop their characters. “I want people to have fun with this show,” Smith said. “But I also want the audience to live her life for a day and see what it is like to live without memories.” “Fuddy Meers” will open at 8 p.m. from October 19 through October 22 with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission. For more information, call the Theater Box Office at 936294-1339.

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TUBA SHOWCASE: The annual OcTUBAfest, held tonight in the PAC Recital Hall will feature original pieces that showcase the Tuba, an instrument not typically highlighted in ensemble concerts.

By Marissa Nunez

Contributing Reporter

Students and faculty will come together tonight for the annual OcTUBAfest Faculty Recital at 7:30 the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The performance is free and will be comprised of original tuba pieces and feature a number of transcribed works that were originally written for instruments such as the cello and trumpet. For the tuba, the recital presents a rare chance to step from under the shadows casted by other instruments and have the spotlight on them for the night. “Typically the tuba in particular is not known as a solo instrument, Robert

Daniel, Tuba Professor, said. “We’re more of an accompanied type instrument.” Members of faculty will be able to illustrate the art of playing the instrument and highlight its importance in an orchestra or ensemble to students and faculty members. The concert will also serve as a platform for the professors to introduce new styles of music to the students outside of the classroom. “They (the students) grow tremendously,” Daniel said. “We expose them to literature through our performance that they might not have heard or be aware of.” Students will have an opportunity to get a visual lesson of the methods they are being taught in the

classroom by seeing them translated on stage by their own professors. “It’s good for them to see their teacher get on stage and do the things we’re asking them to do,” said Daniel. OcTUBAfest marks the first of three performances for the tuba and brass ensembles this semester. Another recital will be held on October 30 in the PAC Recital Hall, and will feature both small and large brass ensembles as well as duets, trios and quartets. The third performance will be a student solo recital held on November 6. For further information and a full calendar of events for the School of Music, visit http://www.shsu. edu/~music/


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Perfect home season over

By Cheval John Sports Reporter

The volleyball team put their perfect home record on the line against the University of Texas at Arlington Mavericks and Texas State Bobcats this past weekend. Both matches lasted three sets, and while the Kats picked up the victory against the Mavericks on Thursday, they lost against the Bobcats Saturday night. The Kats came out strong against the Mavericks scoring the first seven out of the eight points in the first set to lead 7-1 and would go on to win the first set, 25-20. The second game was a different story as the Mavericks scored the first 4 out of 5 points. Trailing late, the Kats rallied, and scored six unanswered points to make it 14-11. They would go on to win the second set, 25-21. The third game would be a battle between the two teams as there were five ties and three lead changes. With the score tied at 8, the Kats scored two points to take a 10-8 lead on a kill by junior outside hitter Kendall Cleveland and an attacking error by senior outside hitter Amanda Aguilera. They would hold on to win the set 25-21, and the match. Senior middle blocker Kim Black led the Kats with 15 kills, eight blocks, one dig and an ace. “We did a very good job tonight,” head coach Brenda Gray said. “We played well as a group and made adjustments to our opponent.” Sunday was a different

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JUMP. Senior Kym Loving (3) sets up a shot for sophomore Haley Neisler (1) against Texas State on Saturday. SHSU would lose in three sets and fall to 12-10 overall.

story as the Kats lost in consecutive sets. The Bobcats scored five quick points in the first set to lead it 5-0. They continued to dominate the set, and increased the lead to 10-5. The Kats scored three points to cut the deficit, but the Bobcats were too much and went on to win the first set, 25-20. The second set was a different story as the both

teams fought tooth and nail for their points. With the Bobcats leading 3-1, Kolbe had two kills that tied the set. The Kats scored four points, taking the lead 7-4, but they couldn’t hang on as the Bobcats answered with three straight points to tie it at seven. Eventually they pulled away and won the set, 25-23. The third set was a battle

Soccer splits overtime series ByAmy Turek

Contributing Reporter

The women’s soccer team split the weekend, losing to Lamar on Friday while beating McNeese on Sunday. Both games were highly contested and went to overtime. Against Lamar, Kirby Zak opened the scoring in the 64th minute after a scoreless first half. Lamar goalkeeper Jennifer Gibbs attempted to clear the ball out of the box, but Zak was able to stop her from doing so and scored from the top of the box. Lamar’s Lisa Hance evened the match 1-1 in the 75th minute off a corner kick. In the 105th minute, in the second overtime period, Lamar’s Kristen Bos scored

on a pass from Hance. “It was tough losing in the second overtime period because we worked hard all game and had a lot of opportunities throughout the game that we didn’t finish that could’ve kept us from even going into overtime,” Zak said. Head Coach Tom Brown echoed Zak’s comment. “It was disappointing to lose the game at Lamar. We had created some very good goal-scoring chances in the first half and we felt that we could have had a win in regulation,” he said. Against McNeese, both teams came out firing. In regulation, the Kats took 12 shots and McNeese took 10 shots. Goalkeeper Michelle McCullough saved all six of McNeese’s shots on goal, holding the game to a scoreless draw at the end of

regulation time. “Losing in overtime is never a good feeling,” Zak said. “So when we had to go into overtime against McNeese the whole team didn’t want to have that feeling again so we knew we would have to put one in the back of the net first.” In the 97th minute, Zak scored the winning goal on a breakaway. “I think we all worked as hard as we could to not have that feeling from Friday again. Tricia Mallory played a perfect ball to me and gave me the best chance to end the game,” Zak said. Next, the Bearkats face Central Arkansas in a makeup game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and host Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

had three sheets of tips and it was almost 95 percent accurate. We were prepared coming into this game, and that’s all the credit to the coaches.” “They gave us more tips than we knew what to do with, it was almost too much information, because we knew exactly what they were doing. When you know what play is going before the ball’s snapped, you’re a second faster than trying to read it. Our preparation for this game was just awesome.”

Next up for the Kats are the McNeese State Cowboys (3-0, 2-1), and the team has already turned their focus on that game. “This game is already over with, and we’re done with it,” Decambre said. “We have to beat McNeese to get to that next level. If we want to achieve greatness, we have to beat McNeese. We want to get where they’ve been.” Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday in Lake Charles, La.

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unbelievable on defense,” head coach Willie Fritz said. “One thing last year we felt we didn’t do as well was creating takeaways. That was a point of emphasis in the spring and the preseason. We just didn’t get (turnovers) in the first few games. We were playing well, but we weren’t getting them. The guys were doing a super job with ball awareness every time they approached the ball carrier.” “Last ballgame, I counted 19 times we went after the ball and tried to strip it and almost got it. You’ve got to have that attitude every single play. I see it in practice, and now it’s carrying over to the games.” Early in the fourth quarter, the defense continued to harass Nicholls, and linebacker Kash David forced a safety. “This whole week, we knew what they were going to do,” David said. “We

as there were 13 ties and six lead changes. With the score tied at 17, the Kats scored three points to make it 20-17. The Bobcats responded by scoring seven unanswered points to lead it 24-20, needing one more point to win the match. The Kats continued to fight as they scored two points to pull within two. But a kill by Texas State

gave them the point they needed to take the third set and the match. Kolbe led the Kats with 16 kills, seven digs, two aces and two blocks. Black contributed with 11 kills, eight digs, three blocks and an ace. “They outhustled and played harder than we did. They wanted it more,” Kolbe said.

With this weekend behind them the Kats are now 6-3 in Southland Conference play and have a record of 12-10 overall. Next up for the Kats is Southeastern Louisiana. Start time for the game is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Johnson Coliseum on Saturday. For more information visit

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