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SHSU running back Timothy Flanders follows the orange brick road.

Channel 13 news reporter Melanie Lawson will visit SHSU tonight at 6 p.m. in the Dan Rather Communication Building to speak to students about pursuing a career in the media.

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University expects more budget cuts TSUS Board of Regents approve tuition and fee increase, weigh fiscal options Tuition and Fee Increases The following mandatory fees will increase by the Fall 2010 semester:

· Recreational Sports Fee - from $90 to $97 per student · Medical Service Fee - from $36 to $39 per student · Computer Use Fee – from $18 to $19 per semester credit hour · Intercollegiate Athletic Fee – from $15 to $16 per semester credit hour · Student ID Card Fee – from $12 to $15 per student

Non-mandatory fee increases include:

· Graduation Application Fee (bachelor's degrees) – from $25 to $70 · Graduation Application Fee (master's degrees) – from $25 to $105 · Graduation Application Late Charge – from $25 to $30 · Correspondence Course Fee – from $270 per 3-semester credit hours to $573 per 3-semester credit hours · Educator Preparation Program Application Fee – from $75 to $100 per student · English Language Institute Program Enrollment Fee – from $2,000 to $2,600 in the fall and spring semesters and from $500 to $650 in the Summer I and Summer II sessions.

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WikiLeaks expose US Foreign Policy

The non-profit website WikiLeaks has released 250,000 documents, exposing foreign relations between the US and its embassies. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the release of the documents citing that the release "puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems."

Student holds classmates and teacher hostage

Police have confirmed that a young male held hostages at gun point in a Wisconsin high school. The student, whose name has not yet been released, took over a classroom with 23 fellow pupils and a teacher sometime near the end of the school day on Monday, preventing anyone from leaving, according to Marinette Police Chief Jeffrey Skorik at a press conference. The young man eventually turned the gun on himself. All of the students and the female teacher were released unharmed five hours later.

Somali-American teen indicted in attempted bomb plot

Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested as a suspected terrorist after he allegedly attempted to detonate a bomb at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. The FBI had been closely following Mohamud for months and finally made an arrest after he planted a truck with fake explosives and tried to detonate it using a cell phone.

Man falls to death at Chicago's Soldier Field

Jared Wolf | The Houstonian

By Meagan Ellsworth Editor-in-Chief

Tuition and fee increases have been approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents, but the university is preparing itself for possible future budget cuts. At the quarterly meeting held last week, the decision was approved to increase tuition costs from $163 to $171 per semester credit hour, effective fall 2011, according University President Dana Gibson, Ph.D. The increase was proposed to provide funds for the increasing costs of salaries and benefits for faculty promotion and tenure adjustments. It is also intended to help fund new nursing and allied health program costs, criminal justice growth, the new College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication, and general engi-

neering initiatives. SHSU Interim Vice President for Budget and Operations, Randall R. Powell, Ph.D., said the statutory tuition, which is a certain amount directed by the state charged per credit hour has been $50 per hour for many years. But he said the university only has the authority to change or request a part of the tuition that is called designated tuition, also referred to as local tuition. “What we’re increasing is that [local tuition],” Powell said. “But we look at it in total; we look at it as $163 to $171. That has been approved for an increase of $8 per credit hour. “ These are difficult budgetary times for the state and for the institution, according to Powell. In the university’s initial discussions with the TSUS

board, there were several levels of tuition increases proposed, before the approval was made. “We settled upon this one,” Powell said. “The uncertainty of the budget cuts that are being rumored; we would probably be hard-pressed to maintain that our current level with just that five percent minimal decrease, it’s that dire.” “You have to understand this, too,” he said. “We’ve recently received reports, although we have not received a formal notification yet, that there may be an additional two to three percent cut in this current fiscal year, [which began Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31].” Powell said, “If [an additional three percent cut was requested] in January, for example, at that time [the university] will already be a third of the way through the fiscal year,” he said. “Students

won’t, I don’t think, be directly impacted by that, other than if we had to perhaps utilize fewer adjunct faculty for example. “ In that case, Powell said it is conceivable that at some point the student-faculty ratio would increase, which would mean larger classes. Powell said, “The reason that I believe that we are providing such a good quality education at Sam is largely because we do have a very competitive faculty/staff ratio. So that’s one effect that might be felt.” If the university were to get an additional two to three percent cut in this current fiscal year and another after a third of the year is gone, then a two to three cut actually represents more because a lot of that money , which could have — See BUDGET, page 3

The death of a man who fell from an upper level of Solider Field, home of the Chicago Bears, has been ruled an accident by the Cook County Medical Examiners office. The incident occured Sunday while the Bears were playing the Philidelphia Eagles.

Obama calls for federal wage freeze In an effort to reduce the deficit, President Barack Obama has called for a two year freeze in the wages of federal employees. The freeze could save $60 billion dollars over 10 years and make a small dent in the nation's debt problems.

Jessica Gomez | The Houstonian SAVE THE DATE. University staff worked tirelessly yesterday to construct a 38 ft. Christmas tree, which is stationed in the LSC Mall area each year throughout the month of December. The 90th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is set to take place this Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Leaks expose U.S. government secrets By Stephen Green and Kolby Flowers Senior Reporters

Stephen Green and Kolby Flowers | The Houstonian DANGEROUS DILEMMA.Wikileaks’ disclosure of secret information “puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a press conference.

The United States government is criticizing the release from Wikileaks of numerous classified documents, which they say might threaten national security. The site is a non-profit website that is discloses various government and business secret documents and has recently been the target of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The site leaked more than 250,000 messages between the U.S. State Department and different U.S. embassies around the globe. The disclosure of secret information "puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems," Clinton said in a press conference. "This disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy; it is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conventions and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity," Clinton said.

Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, said that the President "was -- as an understatement -- not pleased" with the release of the documents. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-inchief and spokesman, spoke about the newest documents in a release on Sunday. "The cables show the U.S. spying on its allies and the U.N.; turning a blind eye to corruption and human-rights abuse in 'client states'; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; and lobbying for U.S. corporations,” Assange said. Some of the documents specifically target the ongoing tensions between the U.S., China, North Korea, Iranian and Saudi Arabian governments among others. The cables suggest that Chinese officials are losing patience with long-time ally North Korea. According to a secret cable to Washington, South Korea’s then vice foreign minister, Chun Yung-woo said that Chinese Communist party leaders no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally and would not risk renewed armed conflict on the peninsula. The leaks add to the already growing

tensions between North and South Korea after an artillery barrage launched by North Korea last Tuesday killed four people on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. On Sunday, the United States and South Korea began joint military exercises off the coast of China and North Korea, which has prompted an even more furious response from North Korea. South Korea’s President, Lee Myungbak responded to the threat of more military action from North Korea in a nationally televised address to the South Korean nation on Monday. “If the North commits any additional provocations against the South, we will make sure it pays a dear price without fail,” Lee said. China, North Korea’s closest ally, has called for an emergency meeting of the six major powers, which include the United States, Russia, and Japan, involved in talks with the Korean peninsula. “I think it’s a good sign that the People’s Republic of China is finally stepping in on the event,” Tracy Steele, Ph.D., history pr— See LEAKS, page 5


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Overview - Tuition fee increases have been approved by

the Texas State Board of Regents as of Friday. In addition, new online degrees and building changes were also approved by the university’s governing body at the regular quarterly meeting held at Lamar University in Beaumont.

- According to a study from the Center for

the whooping he put on Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Johnson apologized for his actions after the game, but won possibly the best fight in NFL history. It was one of the few moments where an athlete was beaten up on the field and everyone else in the stadium was just waiting for it.

Community College Student Engagement, 45 percent of students who enter community college earn a degree six years later and slightly more than 50 percent of first-time, full-time students in community colleges return for their second year. The authors surveyed more than 400,000 students at 658 institutions. Community colleges are key to the development of this university as well as others around the nation.

- The Bearkat football (6-5) team recorded its first winning season since 2007 after defeating Texas State 31-29 on Nov. 20. Running back Timothy Flanders was voted as “Freshman of the Year” and is the only Bearkat to rush for more than 100 yards in seven games over a single season. The 2010 All-Southland Conference football team features 11 SHSU players.

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I grossed over $350 million, proving the previous issue of The Houstonian made more sense than some believed.

- Leslie Nielsen of “Naked Gun” fame died Monday at age 84. Nielsen, who appeared in more than 100 films, died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

- Houston Texans star wide receiver Andre Johnson was fined but not suspended for

Thankful for vacation Brandon Scott s hares his view on returning to school after the Thanksgiving break . We go to college to become professionals, at least most of us do. If it’s not there already, we’re supposed to develop this intense work ethic, giving us the opportunity to thrive in our respective fields, eventually. But all I seem to want to do these days is complain like an every day professional, fed up with the blandness of routine and daily expectations. I didn’t attend class last Monday or Tuesday because I prematurely entered into vacation mode. Then, after a week of irresponsibility and carelessness, I’m expected to return to student mode for a few weeks, only to be released for a three week layoff in mid-December. I’m not with it. Sitting on the couch for days has staggered me into a state of uselessness. Which gets me thinking

about the very holiday we just celebrated; Thanksgiving. Examine the word carefully. Usually, Thanksgiving calls for us to set aside a moment of appreciation for the privileges life presents us. But this type of occasion

seriously. What if I graduate from Sam without thanking Dean Yarabeck for letting me stay in school after that “incident” freshman year? These aren’t acts I just appreciate, because I’m still thanking God for taking me from where I was then to

“... fed up with the blandness of routine and daily expectations.” doesn’t seem like it should commemorate mere appreciation; Thanksgiving. When was the last time I was truly thankful for something? We appreciate this opportunity to go to school with hopes of bettering ourselves professionally, as well as personally. But are we thankful? I’m wondering if I ever thanked my high school teachers for helping me consider college more

where I am now. Yet, Thanksgiving left me with a bunch of griping. Even though I’m thankful for a vacation that started with a Tuesday night on sixth street after the SHSU basketball team was blown out by UT, and ended with my parents’ house to myself on NFL Sunday, I’m worried about the next few unnecessary weeks that are sure to breeze past.

I should be celebrating these weeks as one of the rare semesters when this isn’t “make or break” time academically. It’s not happening Maybe the abundance of Christmas decorations have me stuck in the holiday spirit. Either way, upcoming lectures are going to be a drag. Doing all this thinking makes me realize I’m thankful for different things at different points in life. As graduation gets closer, I should be more thankful for precious three-week periods that proceed Thanksgiving and lead up to Christmas. For now though, I’m just thankful for the moment I can vacate. - Brandon Scott is the Viewpoints Editor for The Houstonian

No shave November

Letter to the Student Body 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. Brandon Scott Viewpoints Editor

Tips on water waste Many small changes will reduce your waste and environmental impact. An easy first step is to ditch your choice brand of bottled water. Toss it into your recycling bin at home or on campus and buy a reusable water bottle. I love my polar water bottle. The water never tastes like plastic, regardless of how long it sits in the sun, and the bottle keeps hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold. It fits in my bike bottle rack, has a convenient sports top, and it goes with me everywhere. I have owned that water bottle for over two years and I fill it up with my filtered tap water. We all know that a water filter is necessary, based on the taste of Huntsville water. Go to Wal-Mart, target, or the any bookstore and you will find a wide variety of water bottles. If you buy one ten dollar water bottle (what mine cost) and a twenty dollar filter, then you have spent thirty dollars to supply yourself

with over 300 gallons (the average recommended life of a water filter cartridge – replacement cartridges cost less than the initial investment for a water filter) of drinking water. One water bottle from the vending machine cost a dollar. In thirty days, your investment has paid off. Not only do you save money, you also get better quality water. Bottled water tastes awful if the water ever gets hot and tap water faces more stringent regulations than bottled water. Here are a few more facts about plastic water bottles from • Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottles every year. • Nearly eight out of every 10 bottles will end up in a landfill. • Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours.

- Melissa Shelter President of Green Kats

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Those living with AIDS in 2008: Adults ................................................................................ 31.3 mil Women ..............................................................................15.7 mil Children .............................................................................. 2.1 mil Newly infected in ‘08 ...................................................... 2.7 mil Deaths in ‘08 ...........................................................................2 mil Information courtesy of

By Erin Peterson Copy Editor The world will pull together in a collective effort to raise the awareness of AIDS prevention and care during World AIDS Day on Wednesday. Sam Houston State University will have its paw in the effort as well, as M.I.S.S., or Multicultural and International Student Services, will pass out ribbons in the LSC mall area, starting at 12 p.m. World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 by James Bunn and Thomas Netter in collaboration with the World Health Center and is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus which the body cannot seem to get rid of like it can with other viruses, according to It works by weakening a person’s immune system through the destruction of the T- and CD4 cells that fight disease and infection. Over time, HIV

can destroy so many CD4 cells that a person’s body can no longer fight disease and infection, which can lead to AIDS. HIV is contracted through unprotected sexual contact, including anal, oral and vaginal sex; through pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, during which time infants can contract the virus from their mother; through injection drug use



rare. AIDS is the final stage of HIV and is a syndrome, rather than a single disease, because it is a complex illness with a wide range of complications and symptoms. People are diagnosed with AIDS because they have one or more opportunistic infections (OI’s), certain cancers or a very low number of CD4 cells. However, prevention is possible through practicing abstinence or safe sex by use of a barrier method, such as condoms; abstaining from illegal drug use; being a

e want to educate students and the university community on AIDS and how it plagues our world.” Doneille Miller, Office of M.I.S.S. program coordinator December 2009

and tattoos; occupational exposure, usually healthcare workers that have come into contact with infected bodily fluids; and through blood transfusions and organ transplants, though screening requirements make these particular cases extremely

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safer mother by talking to a doctor if you have HIV, as there are medications out there that significantly reduce the risk of passing HIV from mother to child; wearing the proper safety attire at work, including gloves and eye and face protection, and by

treating every body fluid as though it is infected. The key to preventing the passing of HIV is early detection, as there are ways to stay healthy if you are diagnosed. However, healthcare organizations urge that people get tested as soon as possible, as many people live for years without even knowing that they are infected with HIV, often until it is too late. While there is no cure for AIDS, many HIV treatment regimens will improve an infected person’s CD4 cell count, reducing their risk. For more information on World AIDS Day, visit for prevention tips and HIV testing locations, including those that offer free test.


was World AIDS Day and all through cyberspace not a person was tweeting, not even a celebrity. At least, that’s the plan this year. Beginning Dec. 1, Alicia Keys and other musicians, including Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Lady GaGa, Janelle Monae, Ryan Seacrest and Usher will “die,” according to the New York Post. By staging their “online deaths,” these celebrities will shut down their Twitter and Facebook accounts to “kill” their online presence in an effort to raise money for Keys’ Keep a Child Alive charity. After these celebrities “die,” fans can buy their lives back through on World AIDS Day, as they will remain “dead” until $1 million can be raised. Also, wear (RED). By purchasing (RED) products through major brands like American Express, Apple, Bugaboo, Converse, Emporio Armani, Gap, Hallmark, Nike, Penguin and Starbucks, consumers are guaranteed that 50 percent of their purchase will go to the Global Fund to invest in HIV and AIDS programs in Africa.


Americans, is the potential loss of personal privacy from full-body scans or patdowns as a method to prevent acts of terrorism worth it?

71% YES

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been able to make cuts, will have already been spent . “I can’t tell you exactly what that translates into, but it would be greater than that two to three percent increase,” Powell said. “So we would also have less flexibility in terms of making the cuts at that point.” Texas appropriates money for a biennium, a two year period. The university is in the second year of the biennium that’s ending currently, or fiscal year 2010-2011. “Right now, we have already absorbed five percent cuts, in those fiscal years,” Powell said. “Now they are talking about maybe an additional two to three percent cut in this current [fiscal year] that has been rumored and there is a strong possibility, if not an inevitability, of additional substantial cuts for the next biennial for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013.” The legislature right now that will convene in January is going to make decisions about the 2012-2013 biennial. They’ve already appropriated 2010-2011. The legislature would direct any budget cuts, but Powell said this is complicated by the fact that they are also dealing with redistricting. “There is a lot of uncertainty,” Powell said. “The board approved this rate, this five percent increase, and statutory and designated tuition, at this time. But it may change depending on what we learn from the legislature session.” He said, “I’m saying it’s possible, but I do not know that. But we do know that there is a strong probability that the legislature is going to demand additional cuts for the next biennial. So, faced with that, in order to maintain our current level of quality, we will have to increase tuition at some point.” This means the university will have to take other spending reductions and reallocations. “ We will have to be very creative in every way to do this so that we can maintain the educational experience for our students, and hopefully preserve all of our current positions—I am hopeful that we can do that,” Powell said. The university offers recommendations on what fee increases are made. “The board approved all of them as we recommended them, in this particular time,” Powell said. “There are times when they might question a particular one, but in this case they took our recommenda-

27% NO tions. These increases were recommended by our administration. We recommended them internally involving all of the members of the president’s cabinet.” There are some concerns regarding the effect increases will have on current students who may have to transfer or switch major if unable to afford the rise in tuition. “[The university] wants to retain every student that we bring here,” Powell said. “It’s not only in your interest to complete your degree here, once you’ve begun here, but it’s ultimately economically in your interest.” He said, “[We] spend fewer dollars recruiting new students if we keep more of the existing students, so we aim for high retention rates and we are doing very well for a public university. But we want to increase it even more; we want to retain more and more of our students.” In spite of the challenges, Powell said the university remains optimistic about enrollment increase expectations. “Sam offers really the best value proposition that one could look for in public education in Texas. You get more for your money here, than… any other place I could think of. Sam Houston is a great name in Texas education and we think that if you come here, you will feel that. It’s our business to ensure that all students that come here are enabled to dream big and to succeed in their dreams.” In reaction to the budget cuts, Powell said the administration has discussed how they would deal with the magnitude of the cuts and continue to actively plan for various scenarios. He said this is so that, should there be cuts as large as have been proposed, the university would be in a position to respond, all the while preserving the academic programs and student education, which he said is the university’s number one priority. Powell also said the university president, Dana Gibson, intends to address the student body to let the university community know the magnitude of the cuts and how they will be made. “When we work with the cabinet members, the deans, the major administrative and academic officers, [we will] come up with a plan [that] will be very transparent and will be communicated to the university as a whole so that everyone understands why we’re having to do this and how we’re doing it,” he said. “Again, the lengths that we will go to preserve the aca-

demic mission of the university—that’s our number one priority.” Powell said he does not know how much the next budget cut will be. “I’d only be speculating if I said any particular percent or dollar figure right now,” he said. The interim vice president says he’s hopeful that the legislature will address both the budget and redistricting in the regular session, so that the university will have time to plan accurately and prepare a budget for the new biennial. He says he doesn’t know if there will be any specific programs or departments affected, but said any cuts made will be done in a strategic manner, so that the best decisions to preserve the integrity of the academic programs and to provide as little disruption as possible will be made. Universities across the nation are feeling the pain of the struggling economy. In fact, neighboring state Louisiana is currently facing nearly 30 percent cuts in higher education and health care. Some universities have even increased their tuition nearly 60 percent over the past two years. In comparison, Powell said SHSU is better situated than most universities, mostly due to its Texas locale. “The economic slow down has been felt relatively less so in Texas than in other parts of the nation,” he said. “That is not to minimize the true pain and suffering that people in Texas do have, but as a whole [we] are still fairly better than most.” While there doesn’t appear to be any benefits to budget cuts, Powell said it does give the university the opportunity to re-examine priorities and services and to access whether the university could function in a more efficient and economical way. To fight its own budget reductions, the University of Georgia looked to water conservation, recycling, and other means to be more frugal. Powell said that he encourages and has tried to increase recycling efforts since he came here a year ago. “In fact, with the director of vending and recycling, we introduced ‘Sam Goes Green,’” Powell said. “So we’ve tried to increase recycling dramatically on campus among students, faculty and staff.” “We’re looking into our energy performance and trying to conserve as much power as possible,” he said. “We are looking at every aspect of cost containment [that] we can.”

Arts & Entertainment

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Casting Call: “Zone Zero: Decampment” By Thomas Merka

Entertainment Editor

Raven Films will hold an open casting call for their latest project on December 1, 2 and 3 from 6-9 p.m. in room 180 of the James and Nancy Gaernter Performing Arts Center. Raven Films is Sam Houston State University’s official student film production group that was founded in the spring of 2008. Their latest project, titled “Zone Zero: Decampment,” is a sequel to “Zone Zero”

which was produced this past spring and can be viewed at watch?v=MH8sZJvw4yA. The sequel will be filmed in three seperate segments throughout next semester. The open auditions this week will are to fill six new roles in the film. A detailed character breakdown and production information are available on the Raven Films blog at http:// For more information on Raven Films and the “Zone Zero: Decampment” auditions, find Raven Films on Facebook.

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First Dance Spectrum Choreographers to premier seven new dances By Erin Peterson Copy Editor

Choreographers will premier seven new dances during the appropriately named First Dance Spectrum concert Wednesday through Saturday in the Performing Arts Center Dance Theater. Curtain will be at 8 p.m. each evening, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. The concert will feature choreography by the internationally acclaimed SHSU dance faculty and guest artists Erin Reck and Mickie Koster. Reck will premiere “National Disaster #5,” in which she integrates 11 dancers into music by Octopus Project and Gustavo Santaolalia. “[T]his piece is inspired by the human ability to persevere and mobilize with strength and compassion through extreme disasters, from global to personal,” Reck said. “We use metaphors of strength juxtaposed with others of fragility to portray the complex and dichotomous nature of life and human behavior.” Reek drew on both inner and outer

influences for this dance. “In rehearsal we spent time talking about various disasters and how they impact groups of people. We also did some writing about personal individual disasters, and each dancer created a solo based on his or her story,” she said. “The dancers gave a great deal to the project, and did so with focus, openness, and laughter.” “Wolosodon: The Spirit of Freedom” by Koster is a traditional dance from Mali, influenced by the Wolloso people of West Africa, that portrays a woman’s spiritual journey to freedom. During the performance, master drummer Baba Soury Abubabkr will play live while a dozen dancers fill the stage. Costumes by Rebecca Cobo enhance the dazzling piece perfectly, according to Cindy Gratz, dance professor. Assistant Professor of Dance Andy Noble will premiere “Maelstrom,” a work for a dozen men, which comments on male behavior in modern day society. “It really is a reflection of how some men swallow their emotions in an effort to fit societal norms,” Noble

said. “I drew inspiration from movies such as ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’” Dionne Sparkman Noble, dance lecturer, will present “Popsicle,” a “lighthearted and playful dance capturing the feeling of long summer days and a time free of excess responsibility,” according to Noble. “I wanted to create a dance that wasn’t a dance,” she said. “One that would highlight everyday gestures in a way that was virtuosic while at the same time remaining somehow outside of traditional dance vocabulary. “When I found the quirky and jubilant collection of music by Paul Mottram and Chris Blackwell, I was off and running.” SHSU dance coordinator Jennifer Pontius will premiere “Cerulean Sea Creatures, a “fanciful, modern ballet exploring images of aquatic beings, both real and legendary,” she said. “The delicate piano melodies of Philippe Reverdy provide the soundscape in which five dancers clad in hues of blue and green tendrildripping unitards, morph from skates, to crabs, to mermaids, a school of

fish, a silly sea serpent, seaweed, or whatever other ocean organisms the viewer may imagine,” Pontius said. Assistant professor of dance Jonathan Charles will premiere “Sodium Light Vapors,” a jazz/ tap piece for 15 dancers to Rufus Thomas’s “Walking The Dog.” It is a comic theatrical dance inspired by Charles’ observations of hobos “hanging out on a deserted street corner, listening to music, drinking and dancing, having a good old time,” he said. He encountered these homeless men and women living around the deserted buildings and overgrown parking lots on a recent trip to the Barnevelder Theatre in downtown Houston. “It was a real eye opener to their plight and way of life,” he said. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the PAC Box Office at 936.294.2339. For more information, contact Gratz at 936.294.1311 or CindyGratz@

RIP Leslie Nielsen February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010 Photo courtesy of

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ofessor, said. “Historically, Korea has been in China’s sphere of interest and only they have any clout with North Korea.” Steele also suggested that the attacks on South Korea from the North could be a way to justify handing power over to North Korean Leader

Kim Jong II’s 27-year-old son, who has just been given the title of Four Star General. “In theory this skirmish gives his son ‘war experience,’” Steele said. North and South Korea are still technically at war. The last direct assault on the South from the North occurred in 1953, when an armistice ended fighting.


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eld fi e h t ff o and n o , s s e eck. c c u s is cuts: ch h o g t in k y a . M urne iss: check d: check. o j ’ s r g full spee aking defenders m und him. e in n d n u n R a t. ro m the pas hy Fl ld, while ed those a e get-go t o m d quickly. Reading the fie his efforts impress epth chart from th he did,” i te s T ju d : a e rs d e , e n e re in ery, Fland Once aga started down in thys who got in befo e. Through atienc daily routi p d ge of scengot into the same to study hall, y c n u n g a th fa a h o e is c h th im e k n T d th r “ o in Despite ettled down, he o to football, go mix.” ad a smile e was beh Hard wo because h . “But he always hfore he got into the was time for U Once he s l: go to class, g S K e at aid , it nonlin houstonia

rent . schoo Derek s , it wasn’t long b SU’s first game e hit the field as in high do it all over againthings were no diffefirst. d, and h rd work er of SH e , , e n m ool ca “If I ha In the fourth quart number was calle go hom ing his educatio h . c s id , a a s s v y e a il h S is ge of Regard ere before. As alw o pass, no play,” y. By Mike r to shine. Hme. k advanta the o rs e to d n n e la t w h p o la u t it y F o u to e a d to b . b g a g th Sports E four yards rkats than y parents were all ght, I wasn’t goin e made sure we to finish out the e ball four times, nd showed enough th ri H takes, justnside kick, the Bea two M g s n “ . it e in y ra d a k ll a a ra ards, a w ly g s m n e t’ , o y a s r He sam em sse an o s. Th unde ined 40 y e starting job. a g 59 yards e H didn’t hav Snyder was the ys checked our clan touched the . y Four yardcessfully defending44-yardline with -29. shed for 7100-yard him th h carr c ru a a h rn e e c a v 1 rs a e c lw e e 3 n o a u d , s e to e C w n r te “ .” o w H e ff la y F ve sta Aft ks. eir pla s Sta me efore coaching e next six games,for most consecuti rds was 220 in the boo rival Texa ball on th nd the ga straight b , we didn’t a y r th have the play, leading archget a first down, a ouston State stayed e had everything ’t get in the books otball field. rd e 9 o v 9 c 7 O re g Bearkat sure w eld. If we didn lated onto the fo imself in the r. ce-leadin minutes toenario is simple: owns, and Sam H h and set ances. His conferenrunner, Jesse Turne SHSU head ns ll fi r a a tr ’ fo tb e ts o e n a fo li c m e d The sc ouple of kneel d n since 2007. a ip a ,” il e n c im c is T W IQ a rm la d . e o p ’ n ll e rf th a k d rs w e a e n n o p o d c m so te, and eco footb Fland couldn’t ed to give it his all is over. A s first winning sea vert, and it’s fourth ly found life than the s got a very high ally good teamma e most e h re o h g m u u o n n it n h ] e T ’s sm a re conti clinches flip side, fail to co , who have sudde ll the trust in nsity as h “[Timothy Fritz said. “He’s at’s what impresse lineup, he same inte e h li e T On the y to the Bobcats two, and put a ve scoring starting am. il th . e W h m h it .” a c w of ity oa eg to a uti scout te the practice field heck. c e’s always into th as his playing abilgot into the grooveall, c to punt aw a 14-point deficit wed three consec : ts u c h it h h He h s muc ing his : check. . landers , football, study s. by cuttingse, which has allo ale. out him, a game day s s eck. Mak t home, F mification would on g full speed: ch king defenders mis way was his ab Much like his las same routine: clas the defenthe 2010 season fin nders knows the ra e a in e n th m n th tz is all la d e u F n g il . in R m u n y h o s in fo lo e w th a fr r driv up a er ag t KSU, Frine in the ame s and Timo field, barrie v a g g d k e o s a e c e in e th a k ll s h th th b a . g ic te c s g p g a it a in o rd in d in o re f c a rs his cipli en, d Runn nge c four y ll is Rea ething Flande e game o il. Observ home. Th to his parents and nd maintaining dis row of ora get these of the ba Som on to deta im lengths about th ti n r e a a tt l, il He has to ddle breaks, and aOn the other side en helmets, a o o y im a h h S c s to p ght n’t let The hu of scrimmage. hing, it about doing well in . He does If we with gold ance to win ability tside looking in tau tc ld d a e e fi w p p e y a th B c “ e h , the ou he said. atching ers said. “ perfect on room. on the linof white uniformsive the offense a c dshirting,”arned a lot from wcouldn’t locker ach wants us to be e’re young,” Flandts after us about tball. re o m fo o ’s fr re a streak force a punt to g t e e I lo le “Co stantly, th use that w take. He g “I took a ve my vision. I us a lot, even stuff hungry to. se the exc e, we make a misa real good coach.” rt since ro the ball. Inat the line. The u t p s h s p g u im a u n d ta s e e s s k ll e lp e m he ov ch e’s ista t sta the ga rback Brian Be -pounders crash ins. . The coa make a mlps a lot, though. H ed Flanders’ firsst Stephen F. ke some m a m e , v a re h e Quarte e trenches. 300 his mission beg rso, as he film, too h school. it. You o out th that. It he ason finale marknt Stadium again to th nd do in hig then, I could just gege, there’s more to a battle in Flanders’ hands, a tightly across his The se ankle at Relia ll k o c c a ld “B ished with . e lay. In d p in e n ball finds ps the ball up, he c ig tti b ring his o o o n a landers fing a school ju n -f e F u in e k t. v a o a fi .” g e m ra e e b s ’t a d w h n a n n s in He efe of a did and s all Austin. turn, he didn’t mison 26 carries, sett s in a season mart the d ad. r a couple ition, that’ work ethic the gaps e c s n drives ahe of orange hits the dogfight. Afte akes contact to outsnders’ talents and t in his current pos d an itch to play, is re a rd h a y rm In o 4 Fla s and 12 shing perf conten A blur ll emerges from fender finally m . He ha ll two scorer most 100-yard ru e ile he was t. He wanted more ba d h g a w W in , es, he sti o k h , c im s e h re n w ardli after nity to cord fo conten three gam (948) and later. u -y h t s 0 f re rt c s 5 o o n rd ju p u a e rt : p y la . s a th o ll a p s t ix n it a n, s the w bodie rs’ ger to fulfi ith seven. here for a ing yards the better t ahead, all, places s him dow and a hun ided to look elsew doing on the field. one of them w Despite missing onference in rush tes most of Flande and bringferee runs to the b , pointing straigh t f c u c e u o He d top the ritz attrib The re es out his arm down. ky. at him, b ’s capable to finished a uchdowns (13). F t h ts to the sins. people what he ols were looking ouston State. rs tc in e fi ,” o tr a ls p s , on how r o d o d fo n to h n l a c a signa SU w l scho bunch: Sam H chest FBS s g out rushing his work ethic. for all of our guysy that you’ve H le ra r is e S b e a h v r. e th k e s o S ta v p e o is m unm from som ter, game eeks. uccess to me. t from the the energ le model smiles, pu ss of sittin Flanders Two kneel downs laon the last three wsher, the stood ou a couple of offers through the proce at. I wouldn’t s “Timothy’s a ro y games, and just ised around the ga d th la k o ra . ru c n “I ha ow to p ave to g ally want to do n, because it’s ’s been First dow ’t help but think barence’s leading ue by storm, the “but I’d h re practice, he,” Fritz said. “He He can thland Confe as taken the leag ree games, he said, year, and I didn’t ent to Sam Housto v can do once to .” a g e h h in t to o a t d h o ’s g u w e h r w o n t h The S of the Year” who nkle injury. For th g able to anothe sit out again if I e gap to He knows what might be in awe ae in having the cha ein n na bridge th c y la n to o a s have to hool.” e m l. c s o d e fa o n “Freshma e sidelines with a unfold, without b il h Wh landers fi rough sc d get an a familiar FCS sc stood on thwatch everything e field. arehimes. football field, F ing in the future thying to do work anjob, and , while an Flanders turned to W c ti e e th rg h e th to it v n s tr e e n a li w et er uy, the he had ammates out o t, humble, yet ere close had histori earn a bettst another school g do what I can to g on getting g, how is SHSU. ars, the Flanders wkla., both families n to ju la help his tes eager, yet patien at gaps are openineld? p g m I in I’ “ y “ . tr e For ye st City, O e,” he said High out for m . I’m just He wa each game. Wh e holes on the fi hout using of Midwe Del City e was education t worked out for mIf anything works education it s d th t e e a w z v re ti n h a ly a e c a v a n N re e o a e c . , s n h h he sports ju good job. ere before Seeing as nt to get a tball. d football ning up, w lp his team defense li all he could to he him. He’d been th sidelines in in foo k Warehime, hea iar with Flanders. , Nick was aware a degree to get aorks out. But I wa il it’s a Nic it w fam team He did it wasn’t new to season on the University, st a sport: nders the pros, as all too own rival football ju w in n a t a l, u t te o th n B o e e ta h t. p re S H la c e s o s F his fe Flanders tball is m of seeing Soaching his cross-t de a call. rst.” eriences, for Kansa c e and ma ach at SHSU. fi For Flanders, foo . Through his exp person, interested Last year,Kan. as a redshirt l Snyder. The idea eshman. n o h . s p ie e it th il fe co li ab nt n, e fr n, up Bil Manhatta nder head coach mething new for ths thinking, ‘I of his e day, he picked , the offensive lineuggested his son stepping stone ina humble and patieerything is a lesso u k s n v a o e s g re E O d w b e s . n in I a a D to “ rs ,’ rn , , w e . e e a n n e th le has com ’ situatio up his so ying tim ed. nders said e tch a gam om KSU. elf and o limited pla hard at first,” Flast sit here and wa tched games dialedexplained Flandersupon his release fr s in high school,” in helping hims ys more to be learn otten him where h , s s a g a a a t p k ju e w w im lw v lo ic to t h y a a s s to a N h g th it t ju ’s “It w o o p n in d rk d re a im and the ne and hard wo ade many stops bench an w if I w He could into acquir f player T don’t kno had never sat the for a reason.” rs ran lookI knew what kind o n explosive player. e d Discipli , though he has m n la F I d er l, e e “ lent h e was a hands. because But it all happen ity High Schoo e that earned ta H f “ day and egun his journey. rn a lot from othlp o . to d id a is in s k is t C k n a h t t. g re li h s e a a e t in b e in h w le th e D ta w r ll ly like otball b , I know h the ba r at Mid ive Playe owns, a s he has on orts, you have to e time, you get toe said. things wit g from Oklahomaere’s a lot of good foim here.” As a seniords and 34 touchdig All-City “Offens p s s,” h e sam In “ h in h a r T m y B “Co gh then at thially your teammateteammates, then. me fo u o t k y h u c ro it b a a th b , for 2,134 aily Oklahoman’s rs e t e k le s y a p a iv in c o a w pe Tulsa Un e had to m tivate our ople, espe , I’d played ag ash. Mid him the D r” honor. ounger pe at I try to do: mo o needs it. If I canit. day beforeg for the Golden played out there. Wwent by in a fl lly released. y g a in e n e Y h ig e t s h h a s ia r of th t’s w lse w offic 2010 ed th needs few visit d playin long afte Summer nders had yet to be before school startille, with a “Thahopefully anyone ethe right path that lways tell It wasn’t ffer. He considereer, John. But after a a v n d s la o n ts y F a a to n e o . t, d u n th s d but s used et anyo made an s alongside his bro made up his min t K-State,” he Augu asn’t until a few had made it to Head of him. want to g arents and coachetter football player, not e h p H a It w u . g h y a in is , p n e w n w b Hurricane II school, Flanderss, so I checked ou little bit, and o in y is g a h be “M t his better pers ome just finally gohis face, and a new ere, he had to work to a Big X ed to take my visit t out of state for a there.” not to becperson. ‘Become a o off the football e th m n t o e e g id e g it e c il e ld ls d th a d to “I d to sm like he cou o a better p with me e before field, but d of wanteom there. I really a new face, fresh he But beforeg time. ctice tim ld again have alsst on the football ing that I will kee ra s fr p d a said. “I kin d n w d e a e n , in e rs it s y e p th u ju nd mp hap to get pla ering he had lim lor, Flanders wou t is some see what in high school, Flathe big man on ca ay field.’ Tha sid B n t o . a p C r e to n s e e Unlike e was no longer ine for a year. t p forever.” season o an his las H , I would’v ep the scene. to have to ride th e a long time ago en I thought team’sy in a backup role. re. No different thot him noticed in g th m was goin would’ve asked t,’” he said. “But cus more on to pla ’s been there befosame things that g He “If you t want to redshir I was able to fo oaches and o? The c does he d no lot. t e o a a d th h e ‘I m W , m o d id fr e a s of things nd it help about it, as. I picked up a lot ic academ ying.” people pla


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