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KIZZIE FRANK Assistant A&E Editor Students and locals rode new and old rides and groove to the music at this year’s homecoming event Sam Jam Carnival. Student Activities hosted the carnival. During the festivities, all attending witnessed the traditional announcement of the King and Queen’s court. The six finalists are: Kennan Jones, Trey Rice, Santiago Casas, Summer Palmertree, Elizabeth

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Opera and Janet Clay. There were two new rides set up alongside the older rides. Houston native, Alexx Collier traveled to Huntsville to experience Sam Jam. “The rides are better than last year. I like the environment; It’s welcoming,” Collier said. New rides included an updated version of the Tornado and another that had carnival goers lie down in a seat, called the Cliffhanger. The usual ferris wheel and

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MOLLY WADDELL Assosiate Editor The Texas law requiring college students to have meningitis shots changed the maximum required age to 21. It was formerly 29. Senate Bill 62 went into effect Oct. 1 and made the age limit on getting a meningitis shot lower. “Because of the age requirement change, from a business perspective, the new law will allow a decrease in the amount of business management and man hours it takes to process student information,” Sarah Hanel, director of the Student Health Center said. Donna Artho, assistant vice president of intuitional effectiveness at Sam Houston State University, explained the need for this state law. “There was an emphasis on the ongoing need to protect students who live on and off campus from the disease without creating an obstacle to their enrollment,” Artho said. Artho said that an online state-wide reporting tool for community colleges was created to allow students who often enrolled on short notice to meet the requirements without facing the delay associated with obtaining forms from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The change in the age brought the Texas law in alignment with the age at which risk for infection is highest according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Artho said. “The change expands the number of students who are automatically exempt from the requirement to show proof of vaccination within the past five years,” Artho said. “Due to the decrease in the number

gravity defying wheel were both present. Every year funnel cakes are usually available however this year there was popcorn and candied apples. Student Activities also had over-sized corndogs and sugar cookies up for grabs. “They should have live performance by students,” said graduating senior, Wayne Kincheon. Despite the absence of live performances and funnel cake, a live DJ played several current hits.

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Enrollment, new fees lead to increased revenue for fiscal year 2014 budget STEPHEN GREEN Editor in Chief An increase in enrollment and the recent legislative session in Texas proved profitable for the university in the 2014 fiscal year budget. Faculty and staff will benefit the most from increased appropriations in the budget approved by the Texas State University System in August, according to official documents. Overall, SHSU received a 9.4 percent increase in General Revenue Funds, which are the state’s primary operating fund that can be spent on faculty and staff salaries, infrastructure, student services, staff benefits

and other operating costs. State tuition revenue, which the school projected a 6.3 percent increase in, and lab fees also go toward these operating costs. The budget gives nearly $3.9 million to the various SHSU colleges to “(add) new faculty and budgeted merit increases for faculty and staff.” The Colleges of Sciences (15 percent increase), Business Administration (8 percent), Education (5.6 percent), and Fine Arts and Mass Communication (31.5 percent) got the largest appropriation increases. The LEMIT and CMIT programs also received a significant increase in appropriations with the anticipated move to a different location receiving a cumulative $2

million increase in appropriations this year. Designated funds rose 1.5 percent overall, an additional $1.5 million for the university. This, according to the budget, was because of the five percent overall increase in enrollment. The extra appropriations in designated funds primarily went to academic departments and paying off extra debt requirements for The Woodlands campus. Auxiliary funds increased by $6 million, or 11.7 percent, compared to FY 2013 primarily due to enrollment increases and new fees. These funds are typically gathered from line item fees that lie outside the university’s primary goal of education like athletic, student center, student

service, and medical service fees. The two biggest Auxiliary Fund increases were in Medical Service and Lowman Student Center Fees by 81 and 61 percent respectively. This is due to not only enrollment increases but also the studentapproved fee increases to build the student center expansion and new student health and counseling center. Most of the programs funded by Auxiliary Funds received funds again with little or no change. However, housing and dining rates are expected to increase also due to increased enrollment and increased dining fees. In addition, monies collected from crimes are expected to increase from $1.3 million to $1.45 million over the year.

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Government shutdown leads to cut services, fiscal cliff worries SAMANTHA GALINDO Staff Reporter

The United States federal government has been shut down for 10 days with America one week away from defaulting on its loans. All across the country the closure of federal agencies and facilities is affecting the everday lives of Americans. Sam Houston State University political science professor Heather Evans, Ph.D., assessed the measures that would have to take place to end the shutdown. “To end the shutdown, either [House Majority Leader John] Boehner and the House Republicans will have to agree to a continuing resolution without any anti-Affordable Care Act measures, or Obama has to negotiate with some of the aspects of the Affordable Care Act,” Evans said. “I don’t see Obama and Senate Democrats agreeing to that, given that it is their key legislation.” With the government shutdown having occurred, many tourists are missing the opportunity to visit the Statue of Liberty, tour the Grand Canyon and could not visit Yosemite National Park on its 123rd birthday. The U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights has been forced to halt its mandated responsibility to investigate and ensure colleges and universities uphold Title IX, maintaining gender equity when sexual violence occurs on campus and prevent the mishandling of reporting data regarding sex crimes on college campuses. The Huffington Post reports

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approximately 94 percent of the Office for Civil Rights has been subject to federal furlough. The unlikelihood of Congress passing a clean continuing resolution at present, according to the Washington Post, which would end the shutdown, leaves speculation over how much longer the various federal agencies can functionally operate. The Women, Infants and Children Program, which provides food for pregnant women and new mothers as well as baby formula, is another agency

that has seen its funding cut. The Texas WIC locations are still open at for the time being. As a result of the government shutdown, non-essential federal employees have been issued furloughs. Rallies are being conducted at the Capital building as a result of the shutdown including members of the American Federation of Government Employees. AFGE estimates that 800,000 federal employees are currently not at their job post. The House of Representatives has passed a

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SGA has ‘come to Jesus’ meeting All is well, or so it seems, within Student Government Association. After a public shaming by multiple Supreme Court justices, senior SGA officials dismissed their differences in a “come to Jesus” moment during Tuesday’s meeting. In a unanimous vote, the SGA Supreme Court voted in favor of Student Body President Ramiro Jaime Jr. Jaime appealed to the court that the actions taken by the Senate on Oct. 1 that gave the power of the presidency to the vice president were unconstitutional. “Bringing this action before the court with the Senate’s current numbers was not in the best interest of the student body and SHSU as a whole,” the court said. “The Senate and its officers should concentrate on working together and eliminate and compromise on the philosophical differences between them, now and in the immediate future.” Chief Justice Frank Parker and Justice Terri Jaggers, on multiple occasions, shamed SGA and its leadership for low membership and constant bickering. “There’s supposed to be 90 folks here in student government,” Parker said. “You barely have [15],

and you can’t get along. Shame on you. Shame on both of you. Find common ground and work together.” Sen. Steven Perry said that upon receiving the verdict from the court, SGA members met, hashed out their differences and came to an agreement in order to derail the self-destructing tactics used by both sides. “We had a heart to heart, and a ‘come to Jesus’ meeting, if you will,” Perry said. “We decided that for the past couple weeks, student government hadn’t been focusing its full attention on how to best serve the students, and we sincerely apologize for that.” As part of the agreement, Jaime’s impeachment charges will be dropped. The agreement came with certain stipulations from both sides, however. Sen. Spencer Copeland outlined the obligations for Jaime and Perry: • Both sides must issue a public apology. • Jaime’s personal assistant is to be used at the pleasure of the entire executive board and not just the president. • The assistant in question will be appointed by the president, confirmed by the Senate, and will be paid for by the office of Vice President of Student Services. • F13-02 is the budget for

because they didn’t like one law,” Obama said. The Congressional dispute between reaching a spending agreement and altering the conditions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, parts of which went into effect the same day as the shutdown, has further implications, reports CBS News. If Congress does not agree to raise the debt ceiling, which allows the U.S. to pay back current debts, the U.S. will run out of cash-onhand on Oct. 17.

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PEACE: SGA President Ramiro Jaime Jr. and senator Steven Perry react to Vice President of Student Affairs Frank Parker, who scolded than for being unable to cooperate professionally to run the student government.

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bill to provide federal workers with wages and it is supported by President Obama, but it has not been approved by the Senate, reports CNN. The day after Congress failed to pass a spending bill resulting in the shutdown of the federal government President Barack Obama clarified the cause behind this event in a statement made from the White House. “One faction, of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government shutdown major parts of the government all

SGA for Fiscal Year 2014. The Rules and Regulation Chief, Student Affairs Chief and Freshman Council director must be appointed shortly. The items requiring action must be fulfilled by Tuesday in order for Jaime’s charges to be dropped. “Being president includes a lot of duties,” Jaime said. “[I am] the chief communicator, and I failed the Senate on that. I campaigned on the fact that the university can’t fix what they don’t know is broken. That’s something I need to work on. I need to communicate better, and for that, I apologize.” Jaime appointed Perry to Rules and Regulations chief and Senator Jessica Oswald to Freshman Council director during the meeting. •

SGA Update Sen. Troy Ross requested $1,200 for the SGA Homecoming float and $500 for the homecoming flowers, crown, tiara and sash. Both amounts were approved by the Senate and will come from the Homecoming budget outlined in F13-02. SGA meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the LSC 320.

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Oct. 7 • A patrol car was reported to have struck a pole on the 100 block of IH 45 South. • A two vehicle collision was reported at Sam Houston Avenue and Lake Road. • An assault was reported at the 1200 block of 11th Street. • A theft was reported at the 3000 block of SH 30. • A two vehicle collision was reported at Josey Street and Sam Houston Avenue. • Billy Smith was arrested on a warrant serve. • Kinnel Waller was arrested on a warrant serve. • A forgery was reported at the 2500 block of Sam Houston Avenue. • A domestic dispute was reported at the 1900 block of Industrial Drive • Criminal mischief was reported at the 100 block of Hidden Valley Circle. • Armando Tovar was arrested for failure to stop. • Jose Escalante-Marroquin was arrested for public intoxication. • Emmanuel Irving was arrested on a warrant serve. • Ambrose Yarbrough was arrested for two counts of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. • Tiffany Davis was arrested for public intoxication. Oct. 8 • A two vehicle collision with one transported to the hospital was reported at Sam Houston Avenue and Boettcher. • A rolled vehicle was reported at the 700 block of Hayman. • Driving Under the Influence was reported at 700 Hayman. • A burglary was reported at the 2500 block of Pine Shadows. • A sexual offense was reported at the 2400 block of Lake Road. • An assault was reported at the 1500 Dogwood • Drug paraphernalia was found at the 5000 block Sam Houston Avenue. • Andrew Truman was arrested on a warrant service. • Andrew Mason was arrested for violation of a protective order. • Alicia Duran for public intoxication. • Manuell Wiley III was arrested on a warrant service. • A theft was reported at the 400 block of US 190. • An assault was reported at the 300 block of Bowers Road. • Property was found at 11th Street and University Avenue. • Property was found at the 700 block of FM 2821 West. • A theft was reported at the 1500 block of Dogwood Drive. • A theft was reported at the 7000 block of SH 75 South. • A theft was reported at the 600 block of Old Phelps Road. • An assault was reported at the 2000 block of Sam Houston Avenue. • A theft was reported at the 1000 block of 8th Street. • A breach of contract was reported at the 1700 block of 11th Street. • Gavin McCoy was arrested on a warrant serve. • Vicky Myers was arrested for aggravated assault.


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Viewpoints

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Word on the Street:

Who’s at fault for the federal shutdown?

“Congress, because they’re all ignorant pricks.” - Kevin Marker, junior management information systems

Be wary...butof shutdown don’t freak about financial aid

In light of the recent government shutdown, scholarship-dependent college students all over the US are asking the same question: “Will the government shutdown affect my financial aid?” You will be glad to hear that they will be largely unaffected. The Department of Education was one of the departments hit hardest by the shutdown, furloughing 95 percent of its staff. The good news: they are still processing Pell Grants and Direct Loan payments by not furloughing staff associated with those major loan programs. In addition, they will continue administering Pell Grants and Direct Loans with the help of contractors who have already been paid. Just keep in mind that when working at five

ALEXA GRIGSBY Assistant Viewpoints Editor percent of normal efficiency, everything they do will be behind normal schedule. The DoE’s website has not been updated since the shutdown was declared last week. However, the website does state that “the Department’s Grants Management system is up and running throughout this period, and

grantees may continue to make drawdown requests.” The Federal Student Aid office of the DoE also released a statement on its website saying, “In the event of a government shutdown, we anticipate that there will be limited impact to the federal student aid application (FAFSA) process, to the delivery of student aid, or to the federal student loan repayment functions.” On a darker note, the DoE warned government officials that should the government shutdown go on for longer than a week, programs across the country would be hurt, severely curtailing the cash flow to colleges and universities. Colleges do continue to receive funds to support dropout

prevention programs for disadvantaged students. Students are not only students, so the shutdown might have an impact on you in other ways. Cuts to the FDA mean that your food isn’t being checked. With the absence of the National Transportation Safety Bureau, major roads around the country will be less safe. In short, your aid is still coming. People who were fearing the college-pocalypse can wipe their brows. That doesn’t mean that we, as students, should celebrate. Lots of everyday services we’ve taken for granted have quietly dropped off the map. Even though we are safe for now, the light at the end of the four-year tunnel is looking pretty dim.

“Both the Republicans and the Democrats. They’re a big mess, and they’re acting like children.” - Morgan Garza sophomore, communication studies

“I think everyone in Congress is responsible for it because (if) you don’t agree with Obama but you have to come to an agreement at some time.” - Ryan Caycoya, junior mass communication

Youth getting screwed over by older generation The government has shut down. Income inequality is increasing. The education system is a national joke. Unemployment. Sigh. While smartphones are a plus, now is not the best time in history to be young in America. Take our unmanageable piles of debt, please. I don’t want to be the generationbashing youngster who complains about what the old people are doing and doing nothing to help. I am a political science student who hopes to write policy to alleviate the nation’s woes. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering among youth has dramatically increased. Despite our work, we have a reputation for being apathetic, lazy and disconnected from the world around us. In our defense, I say that in a country where most youth can’t get jobs, meaningfully

MOLLY SHOVE Viewpoints Editor engage in politics, and whose education is less valuable than ever, I would rather plug in somewhere else. There are three major problems in this country that really rustle my jimmies. The first is the lack of economic mobility. The problem isn’t that the rich are rich and the poor are poor. The problem is that it is harder now than ever in the United States to become middle class if poor or rich if middle class. The income level in a household

affects everything from nutrition to education. Education affects what kinds of jobs someone can eventually get. The olden days when anyone could work really hard and get ahead are virtually over. This is a massive letdown of the American dream but could be helped with reformed education and tax incentives for businesses. The second problem is our generation’s inability to engage meaningfully in politics. Politicians pay attention to two groups of people: those who vote in large blocks and those who fund them. Seeing as many youth cannot vote, and many others don’t vote in a unified block, political leaders don’t pay attention to us. The fact that we are swimming in debt instead of cash also leads to political disenfranchisement. The average member of Congress is 62, almost half of them are millionaires, and they believe that the Internet is a series of tubes.

The third problem is the sickening relationship between debt and youth unemployment. The average college student graduates $35,000 in debt, according to CNN. Combined with a 50.7 percent youth unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that is a deadly combination. Youth have to gamble tens of thousands of dollars without any real guarantee they will be employed. This doesn’t even include people in relatively dead-end service jobs that barley cover living expenses. If education received a fraction of military or entitlement spending, students wouldn’t be bound to the ball and shackle of our debt. Sadly, all of these problems come together to create a very sad time to be a college student. This isn’t to say that everything is worse. It’s okay to be gay, nonwhite, female or non-protestant, which is a huge step forward for

society. The Internet gives us an incredible ability to communicate and sparks new industries wherever it goes. Horrible diseases which would have wiped out vast swaths of our population have been tamed by modern medicine. I am happy that I live in an air-conditioned dorm, eat FDAapproved food and can wash my dishes in a pretty awesome machine. Oh wait, the FDA is shut down. All I want is to become a hardworking, debt-free, civically responsible member of society. I want to believe that this is still the kind of country where hard work leads to personal success and changing the world in a positive way. To the 60-year-old politicians who shut down the government and take handouts from the AARP, please get out of my way.

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Arts&Entertainment

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VIDEO GAMES

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Just Dance 2014 leaves you breathless MOLLY WADDELL Associate Editor Just Dance 2014 is better than the previous three installments of the video game, but it does come with a few flaws. In general the game has a cleaner set up. The graphics are more refined and the set-up is easy to follow with streamline boxes. There are three modes to choose: normal, on the World Stage and Just Sweat. The World Stage mode is the best

thing that Ubisoft added to this game because players can compete against other dancers from all over the world who are playing at the same time. Rankings are shown during gameplay, and flags pop up on the screen showing how many people from an area are playing. It is a great use of technology and adds more competition to the game. The normal version of the game has all the song selections. However, it is disappointing that the difficulty of the song isn’t listed on the main screen, which is a departure from Just Dance 1-3.

Instead you have to click on the song then hover over the square of the song to find out the difficulty. In general, the dances are more difficult, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. The dances don’t favor one side of the player’s body, which is an improvement. In Just Dance 1-3 the dance movements are more angled toward the hand that the Wii remote is in. This is irritating and leaves you with a sore arm. In Just Dance 2014 the dance is choreographed as if the player isn’t holding a remote. There are more playing styles for

each song. You can play the classic way, on stage or battle mode. The new on stage mode is the most interesting. The player performs as the main singer of the song, so when selecting your avatar, choose wisely. If you pick the main singer, you won’t dance as much as the back-up dancer. Battle mode has each song’s original choreography and choreography from other Just Dance songs mashed in. The censorship in the game is imbalanced. Several of the songs have words bleeped out

that just don’t make sense. In “I Kissed a Girl,” by Katy Perry, the word “cherry” in the line “cherry chapstick” was blurred out. What? On the other hand during the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, an extremely suggestive song, one of the moves makes the player do a smacking someone’s butt gesture. On the Wii console, this game was a blast to play, and it definitely leaves you exhausted but happy. I give this video game a 3.5 out of 5 paws.

CAITLIN ADAMCIK Staff Reporter

C.S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia will return to the big screen with the adaptation of “The Sliver Chair.” “The Sliver Chair” is the fourth book in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series written by Lewis. The story follows Eustace Scrubb, who was introduced in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and his school friend Jill Pole on their journey to find Rilian, King Caspian’s stolen son. There will be a wide gap between the latest Narnia movie and this upcoming movie. It has been three years since the last installment, and it will probably be another two years until “The Sliver Chair” is released in theaters. The film was only announced recently so the cast of the new movie is still unknown. The only character that could return for this movie would be Scrubb from the previous Narnia film, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Although the cast of each movie has been filled with children, acting has remained on par with the seasoned professionals. The C.S. Lewis and the Mark Gordon

Company are coming together to develop and produce the film. Mark Gordon, Douglas Gresham, and Vincent Sieber are attached to produce. Gordon is the president of the Producers Guild of America and has been a producer for such films as “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012.” According to the Guardian newspaper, the next Narnia movie should be a prequel instead of a sequel because of the big time gap between movies. But the big question is whether this movie will stay true to the book. The movies so far have been visually stunning for a fantasy movie, so the production values are not a concern. The first movie, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” won an Academy Award for best makeup. In the world of Narnia, there are different fairy talelike creatures, and it will take a talented make up and special effects crew to make the creatures look so realistic. It will be interesting to see what new creatures such as the infamous giant green serpent will look like in “The Sliver Chair.” This movie is something to look forward to in the next couple years. There is no release date for “The Sliver Chair.”

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Sports

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VOLLEYBALL

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Bearkat duo shine as true freshman on volleyball team MARISSA HILL Sports Reporter Experience and leadership led the Bearkats’ to a 13-game winning streak in 2012 to claim the Southland Conference title. However, a fresh crop of young talent is looking to replicate the old guard. Freshmen Shelby Genung and Breanna Homer have established themselves as powerful presences on the floor for the championship-caliber Bearkats. Genung is positioned as one of Sam Houston State’s top middle blockers, while Homer anchors the defense as the starting libero - two positions that head coach Brenda Gray said aren’t easy to play as freshmen. “[Homer] is in a position she hasn’t played,” Gray said. “It’s hard to come in as a true freshman middle blocker, but [Genung] is doing well. They’re holding their own.” The pair have found their grooves within the defending Southland Conference championship team by having standout performances this season. Homer’s strongest defensive game came against Houston Baptist, leading SHSU with 22 digs in their three-game sweep of the Huskies. Homer has quickly risen to conference notoriety leading the SLC in service aces with 28 this season. Homer explained that even though she’s made a position change, it isn’t much of an adjustment for her. Connor Hyde | The Houstonian “I’ve always played all the way around the floor,” she said. “It’s not too big of a change.” NEW BLOOD: Freshman Breanna Homer (left) and Shelby Genung (right) have elevated through the Sam Houston State line-up early this season. Genung brought the heat in the Texas Currently, Genung and Homer have contributed to the Bearkats’ undefeated Southland Conference record as strong forces on the floor. A&M-Corpus Christi match as she sealed “We really look up to them,” Homer said. the net off with five block assists that night “I was expecting to work hard in practice push us to be better.” Genung said Gray’s coaching style has “By senior year, we want to be leaders just and contributed to SHSU’s lights-out and support the team from the bench.” Homer said she credits the team helped her transition from high school to like them.” defensive effort of 12 team blocks. They look to help the team expand on its Despite their early season success, neither leadership as the key to their transition and collegiate volleyball. “I was scared to play the first week, but 6-0 SLC win streak as they face Incarnate Homer nor Genung expected to have such success. “We have great leaders on this team,” now I’m mentally stronger,” she said. “Coach Word on Thursday evening in San Antonio. major roles during their first year of Bearkat Homer said. “When we think we can’t go Gray really pushes us, and she makes you The Bearkats will finish up their threevolleyball, they said. “I was not expecting to play,” Homer said. on, they’re just so positive and they really want to come in and get better [and] she game road swing Saturday at Abilene makes us better because she’ll find our Christian before returning to Huntsville weaknesses, but then make it our strength.” Oct. 17 to host the University of New With the Bearkats graduating three Orleans. seniors this year, Homer and Genung look “It’s exciting playing on a championship forward to being the future leaders of the team,” Genung said. “It’s a new challenge.” team.

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Consistency crucial for homecoming matchup CONNOR HYDE Sports Editor When Sam Houston State filed into the locker room following their 49-34 victory over No. 8 Eastern Washington, they made a statement to reestablish their prominence in the FCS. Now approaching conference play, the Bearkats are preparing to make another statement: Become the threetime consecutive Southland Conference champions. With the veteran roster Lamar University (3-2) driving into Huntsville Saturday, consistency remains key for quarterback Brian Bell and his squad following a weekfive bye. “This one counts,” Bell said. “We don’t get a playoff bid for going 5-0 in the preseason and 0-5 in conference. This one really counts.” Approaching week six against the Cardinals, head coach Willie Fritz said the bye-week has allowed his team to efficiently recover from an early season break. “We’re in a really good shape,” he said. “I think it was better for us mentally.” Cardinal offensive coordinator Larry Kueck will look to unlock his crop of fouryear seniors headed by junior quarterback Caleb Berry against SHSU’s secondary, following a 399-yard passing effort against Grambling State in week five. LU’s air attack has potential potency against SHSU’s young secondary, however Fritz argues his defense has commanded opponents with a heavy hand. “We’re close defensively to be a dominant type defense,” he said. “We just had a couple of busts [against EWU] where we didn’t make them earn it.” Tackling issues and botched coverage in zone alignments have surrendered 1,264 opponent passing yards against EWU, while secondary issues dissolved against the Eagles. Fritz said he has seen incremental improvements on the defensive factor but reiterated there’s always room for improvement. Projected as SHSU’s Achilles’s Heel through preseason, the Bearkat offensive line has stepped up as the strongest aspect of the offensive playbook.

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KEY GOAL. Running back Timothy Flanders rushes against Lamar University in the 2012 game in Beaumont. The Cardinals will come to Huntsville 3-2 overall following a 27-16 victory against Grambling State in week five.

Headed by Donald Jackson III and Matt Boyles, the offensive line maintained security for Bell and bulldozed alleys for running back Timothy Flanders in an offense that has averaged 485-yards-pergame. Bell said the victory over EWU reminded the FCS and SLC that they are still relevant. “I really thought it was a great statement game,” he said. “I feel like getting the win proved to everybody that we’re here to play and we’re here to compete. It let us prove ourselves.” Bell added that since the return of LU football in 2010, the Cardinals have grown substantially as a program. “This year is definitely the best they’ve been the past four years,” he said. Saturday’s game caps off the Bearkats’ four week home stint before traveling to Lake Charles, La., to suit up against McNeese State in week seven. Currently the Bearkats hold an 18-game home winning streak, which is the 18th longest in FCS history.


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Some updates are ‘sickening’ TECH

SHSU students complain of technical problems with new iOS7 CHRISTIAN VAZQUEZ Staff Reporter

It is assumed that Apple’s iPhone iOS software updates fix problems, not make new ones. But for many students at Sam Houston State University, the opposite is true. There have been plenty of students voicing many issues and complaints about iOS7, Apple’s latest software update. While many students had different problems with the update, they were less happy about the problems, and happier about addressing them. The functionality of iMessage was one of the biggest issues with iOS7. Sophomore education student Cassi Ashby ran into a few bugs when she tried maintaining her texts via iMessage. “If I try to delete a lot of my messages at once, it’ll freeze, and then delete all of them [instead],” Ashby said. “It’s really weird. And when I restart my phone, all of the messages are there. It’ll work normally for like a week, but then it does it again.” Sarah Beutler, sophomore interdisciplinary studies major, found iOS7 very impractical to use, especially the camera function. “As a non-iPhone user, it’s really hard to learn all the features now,” Beutler said. “It was hard to take pictures on my friend’s phone because it had to be just right, or else the face would get cropped out. It seems like with more updates, more problems come up.” Beutler’s friend Rachel East,

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BLURRED LINES: Several complaints have surfaced after the new update. One of them includes motion sickness.

junior interdisciplinary studies major, decided not to update her phone because of the complaints about iOS7. “I hate my iPhone,” East said. “I’ve had a lot of problems and glitches with it. I’ve had to reboot it so many times. Sprint even wants be to bring it in just so I can

get the new update, but why would I want an update that people aren’t happy about?” Another problem with iOS7 is motion sickness from the iPhone 4S and up. According to Sebastian Anthony from Extremetech.com, this new phenomenon is known as cybersickness, which comes

from the combination of hiresolution screens, bright colors, the parallax home screen, and the zoom motions from opening/ closing apps. Just like motion sickness, cybersickness is caused by disagreement between the eyes and the movement perceived by

the balance system in the inner ear. One particular student experienced this form of nausea along with other problems. Anne Wheary, junior interdisciplinary studies major, said that the parallax motion in the home screen along with the zooming made her feel queasy. “I really don’t like how it zooms in your face, it makes me feel weird,” Wheary said. “I don’t like the [parallax] motion in the background either.” Wheary’s mother, Jana Reynolds, was confused when her phone completely changed after updating it. In an iMessage conversation with her daughter Reynolds had a hard time managing the user interface. “Oh my gosh. My whole phone is different! Ugh,” Reynolds said. “Ugh! Now I have to figure it out all over again!” Junior psychology student Bailey Anthony found the automatic zooming for the custom wallpaper feature troublesome. “I don’t like how it automatically sets the image to the background without letting me modify it,” Anthony said. Senior history student Dustin Escagne didn’t have a problem with iOS7 but had a problem with the software’s compatibility with his Mophi charging case. “It used to work with my phone before I updated it to iOS7,” Escagne said. “But now my phone doesn’t recognize my case anymore. So there goes $100 down the drain.” Apple has yet to comment on these complaints.

CAMPUS

90.5 The Kat celebrates 40 years on air KASSIDY TURNPAUGH Staff Reporter

90.5 the Kat, Sam Houston State University’s radio station, known for informative and entertaining content, celebrated its 40th birthday on Monday. On Oct. 7, 1973, KSHU got its

start as a small time radio station broadcasting out of the Peabody Library with only 10 watts of power, just enough juice to reach the edges of on-campus listeners, according to Debbi Hatton, the station’s current faculty adviser. The birthday passed quietly without much celebration by the station, but for students in the mass communication department, the

HEALTH

Study finds skin cancer treatment breakthrough DANA PRICE Staff Reporter Scientists have developed and innovated drugs that can cure skin cancer, according to professor Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, and other medical scientists. One scientist said that the treatment has had successful results with patients with melanoma. According to research presented to the European Congress, the drugs are ipilimumab (known as ipi) and Anti-PD1s, which, when combined, break down the defenses of cancer cells. The drugs are still in clinical trials. According to Johnson, the body’s natural immune system identifies and attacks cancer cells. The immune system then naturally stops the attack. The drugs will boost the immune system to continue to attack the cells. Research shows that one in six patients were cured after taking the drugs. Johnson believes that boosting the immune system to attack the cancer cells will mean a longlasting effect. “We have always thought that if you can get the immune system to respond to a tumor, then it’s likely to be a long-lasting effect, because the immune system is designed to last for life. So it’s very exciting that we are starting to see it working,” Johnson said. According to professor Alexander Eggermont of the Institute Gustave Roussy in France, researchers are also hoping the

breakthrough will help find a cure for other kinds of cancers. “These drugs are going to help a large number of people,” Eggermont said. “It’s a massive deal. Reports from trials with patients who have advanced kidney and lung cancer are very exciting.” According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. The CDC said skin cancer can develop by ultraviolet (UV) light. UV rays are invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds and sunlamps which can penetrate and change skin cells. Mary Phifer, a Harris Hospital family nurse practitioner in Fort Worth, said that there are steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma. “Avoid too much sun, don’t tan in tanning booths, don’t lay out and get tan, avoid getting sunburns, be watchful of your skin [and] take good care of your skin,” Phifer said. “If something looks like it’s changing, growing, looking weird, not healing, anything like that, those are the things we worry about.” According to Kelli Pedroia from The Melanoma Foundation of New England, many college students use tanning beds. “If you use a tanning booth once a month before the age of 35, your chance of getting melanoma increases by 75 percent,” Pedroia said. “Not only that, melanoma is the second most common cancer

station is important as a learning opportunity. “The station has provided an opportunity for all kinds of students, not just mass communications majors to get hands on experience,” Hatton said. “It has also acted as a first start for many students’ news careers.” The station now reaches almost

all of Walker County, and it has become an information hub for both students and residents. The day-to-day content is planned and executed by students like Trent Scott, who has worked at the station for four semesters. “Working there is a blast. It’s the best part of my week, whether it be hosting or scheduling,” Scott, the current student radio director,

said. The station gained local fame for live-broadcasting about Old Main as it burned down in 1984, despite the Peabody Library itself in danger of catching fire, Hatton said. KSHU has expanded and added a Spanish-language station, known as El Gato, in the spring of 2012

RELIGION

New club looks for members BRITTANY GLAZE Contributing Reporter Jews at SHSU is a new student organization at Sam Houston State University that was organized in September. It is currently the only religious group on campus that is centered on the Jewish community. Jews at SHSU is available to those who need a place to have services since the closest place to go is in either College Station or Houston, according to the group’s founding members. “We are hoping to turn it into a Hillel or a Chabad – somewhere where the students can go and pray and get a home-cooked meal,” Susie Ciccone, founding member, said. It has been difficult for the members of Jews at SHSU to have the group officially registered as a student group because there has been no committee meeting, Ciccone said. So currently they have been tabling in the LSC mall area and posting flyers on the message boards. “Right now we have a half and

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of incoming university and community college students across the state who will need a booster in order to enroll, it is estimated that previous shortages of the vaccine in various areas of the state will be unlikely.” The CDC said that bacterial

half ratio of Jews to non-Jews,”

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NEW: Three of the Jews at SHSU’s founding members, table out in the Lowman Student Center mall area to gain more members.

Anne Sergi another member of the group, said. Anyone can join. It is open to all who are interested in Jewish culture or those who are just looking to become more invested in their Jewish identity, the members said. Sam Houston is missing activities and groups for the Jewish community, and it is shown in the enrollment rate according to Hillel, the largest

Jewish student organization. They said the organization can become a way for the campus to reach out to the community and help further their knowledge. Jews at SHSU is still looking for more founding members and people who are ready to become part of this new experience to become immersed in Judaism and Jewish life.

meningitis is usually severe. “While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities,” the CDC said. The CDC says that the most effective way to prevent against meningitis is to complete the recommended vaccine schedule. Symptoms of meningitis

include a sudden onset of fever, a headache and a stiff neck. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and confusion According to the CDC, about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, occurred each year between 2003 and 2007 in the United States.

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