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Welcome Bearkats! These next four years are going to be challenging, but if you stick it out, I think you will end up enjoying them immensely. I would personally like to congratulate you for picking Sam Houston State as your new home for the time being. Huntsville may

seem small, but as you will soon learn, you would have never had the same college experience anywhere else. We have written the Orientation Edition to help you find those little things that make SHSU unique and different to any other university out there. In this edition you will find tips for dealing with difficult roommates (trust me, you will have one), best places to eat in Huntsville and tips for proper etiquette in college. If your experience is anything like mine, you will make some pretty great friends and have plenty of stories to tell when you are older. I

remember when I was younger hearing the cliché “College is the best four years of your life.” As I am going into my fourth and final year, though, I have found that statement to be more true than I want to admit. During your time at Sam, you will learn and do so many different things. For example, I started off as a criminal justice major, but quickly switched to mass communication once I realized I just was not that interested in being the person who arrested criminals. Since then, I have worked with Residence Hall Association as both their programming director and vice president,

worked as a lifeguard, and now have taken on this tremendous role of being the new editor-inchief of The Houstonian. The bottom line is that over the years you will do things you never thought you could or would do in your life. I believe that is what makes college a truly unique experience. I hope that your journey is truly yours and if it happens to bring you to The Houstonian as well, I could not be happier. Ashley Breedlove Editor-in-Chief, The Houstonian

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SHSU Bearkat’s advice on college etiquette Teddi Cliett Staff Reporter

professors are more willing to help the student who was actively listening (without their phone glowing back up Congratulations, you’ve at them) than the student who finally made it to college- the decided not to care until their place with no rules. Except not grade was on the line. When really. While our student code it comes time to receive your of conduct doesn’t consist of final grade, you’ll wish you rules that say you can’t have had liked less Instagram posts your hair dyed a certain color and taken more notes. or your shorts have to meet The app Pocket Points your knee, there are a few exists to address the crises unwritten rules of the road that is our phone addiction. every college freshman should Simply open the app when be introduced to. Buckle in. you get to class, lock your Phone Etiquette: phone and get rewarded with College is where freedom points. The longer you stay off meets discipline. Your your phone, the more points professor won’t take up your you rack up. Then, exchange phone if it’s out, you won’t those points for discounted have to pay the $25 fee to get or even free stuff around it back and your mother won’t Huntsville and online retailers. receive a phone call if you’re a (Free smoothie at Smoothie distraction in class. King? I’m in.) However, every minute Dress Code Etiquette: you’re on your phone, you’re One of the most liberating losing the opportunity to aspects about college is the catch a test answer or make lack of dress code. But not so a good impression on your fast. professor. Studies have shown First, for the love of that even if you have no idea God, put your high school what your professor is talking letterman jacket away. about, if you listen without Give it to your mom, let distractions, you’re more her hang it in your closet so likely to recognize the correct she can reminisce about when answer on a test just because you were still a high school you had your ears open. (Trust kiddo- and never let it make me- I passed my science class an appearance on campus. because I decided to listen Ever. rather than tweet.) Second, college consists Also, professors notice. of a lot of late nights, which They notice the kid who sits means a lot of lazy t-shirt in the back with their hoodie and yoga pant mornings. up and their face down at I could be the yoga-pant their phone. In my experience, poster child, but a few days

a week try to clean it up a little bit. A professor of mine told our class that instructors notice which students show up looking (at least) semiprofessional and which students come to every class bumming it. Those details make a difference when it comes to asking for a letter of recommendation or a favor from your professor. Dress for the job you want (aka- employment after graduation), not the job you have (aka- exhausted college student). Homework Etiquette: In high school it’s almost cool not to try. However, everything shifts when you get to college. Now is the time to give it everything you have for four years (or less) and see how much you’re capable of. The “hard” professors are the ones that push you. Take them. The friends that distract you from staying on top of your work and succeeding in the classroom aren’t the friends you need. Avoid them. Major-focused organizations will encourage you to push yourself academically and will get you excited about your career choice. Join one. Find a study spot you like, get used to the idea of making flashcards and give each semester everything you’ve got. Best of luck, Bearkats.

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Sammy the Bearkat through the years

Parbattee Maharaj Contributing Alumni

Way back when in 1879, this fine institution of higher learning was established. It has been more than 100 years since then, and Sam Houston State University has seen much change since it was founded. When the school was first founded, it was known as Sam Houston Normal Institute. It was meant to be a teacher training school, and was the first of its kind in the southwestern U.S. A plethora of things have changed since 1879; to name a few: the name of the school, more programs are offered, the size of campus has expanded and SHSU now has a mascot. Like Sam, Sammy, the mascot, has gone through numerous changes throughout the years as well – some good, some not so much. When the school first changed its name from Sam Houston Normal Institute to Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1923, the term Bearkats began floating around throughout the athletic programs. In the earlier years, the term bearkat was often referenced as “bearcat” or “bear cat.” In reality, there is such a thing as a bearcat, however the SHSU mascot is a fictional animal

that is based off a kinkajou, a small carnivorous, mammal native to South America. Despite the bearkat having this small relation to the kinkajou, it is said that the mascot was not chosen because of the relation, rather it is derived from the phrase “tough as a Bearkat!” Since the mascot is based off a make believe animal, the spelling was decided as b-e-ar-k-a-t rather than b-e-a-r-c-a-t. All was calm for the next few years; the mascot remained untouched. That is until the late 1940’s. At the time, Harmon Lowman was the president of SHSU. President Lowman attempted to change the mascot from the Bearkats to the Ravens in order to commemorate General Sam Houston (Raven was his Cherokee nickname). The alumni were polled, but, clearly, the idea did not stick as we remain SHSU bearkats. The current mascot, Sammy the Bearkat, began appearing at school sporting events in 1959. In 1952, the university began housing a kinkajou. The school would unsuccessfully host the mammal through the 1970’s, which students would help care for. (Having the animal on campus is probably what caused the confusion as to what the real mascot of the school was)

However, since the efforts were unsuccessful due to the kinkajou being unable to adapt to its new surroundings, the school decided to do away with the presence of the mammal permanently. Ten years later, on January 9, 1962, yet another SHSU mascot moved on from Sam Houston. Tripod, the dog, was the school’s unofficial mascot for more than 15 years. It is unclear when Tripod arrived on campus (some reports say that he showed up in 1941, others say it was 1948), he just showed up. He is described as a “mustard color mutt” since no one knew specifically what breed of dog he was. It was also observed that he has a crippled left front leg. No one knew just where Tripod came from, but he was beloved by all. He had no permanent home or caretaker, rather he wandered around campus and was taken care of by everyone, never lacking for any one thing. He made an appearance at numerous football games, as it is said that he enjoyed the games along with parades, and other major activities around campus. Three days after his passing, on January 12, Tripod was buried on the hill in front of Old Main. Tripod was so well-known, and so loved, that even the SHSU

president, Dr. Harmon Lowman, attended his last rites along with hundreds upon hundreds of students. It is said that Tripod died of a combination of freezing weather conditions and old age. There was a monument created in Tripod’s memory as the unofficial mascot of Sam Houston State, reading “Tripod, 1941-1962, Beloved mascot, loyal supporter, friend of Students.” As mentioned before, Sammy the Bearkat did not appear at athletic events on campus until 1959. He often had to share the spotlight with Tripod and the kinkajou (provided there was one on campus), but he managed to come into his own eventually. For his very first appearance, Sammy was nothing more than a paper mache with a sailors hat. Sammy went through numerous changes throughout the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. Throughout these 30 years, it is said that Sammy bared some unfortunate resemblances to a fox or dog rather than a bear or cat. Samantha Bearkat, the female counterpart to Sammy, was introduced in 1986. However, she was retired in 2005. Airkat, an inflatable costumed version of Sammy the Bearkat, emerged in the mid 2000’s.


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On campus vs. Off campus living

Analicia Reed Columnist For the past four years I have lived on campus in the residence halls. Belvin Buchannan, Raven Village and Anne Shaver small house have been the places I’ve called my home away from home. Each hall has given me a different experience that has cultivated me as a student and made me a well-rounded, more tolerant person. Living on campus can be a great experience for some, but unfortunately it is not for everyone. Those who are unsure about where to live next year should think about the advantages and disadvantages of your housing options.

On-campus housing advantages

Some of the most interesting experiences I’ve had in college have been due to living on campus. Residence Halls are like the melting pot of diversity; you always meet someone new and different. What better place to meet people than knocking on the door next to you, down the hall or in the lobby of your residence hall. Community is almost forced in residence halls because you have to interact with your roommate and suitemates depending where you live. If you only have minimal interactions

with the people in your room or suite, you can always intermingle with other residents at programs put on by the resident advisers. Your RA is also the goto person when you have problems with your roommate, maintenance issues, or just want to vent about a horrible day at school. These services are all included in the semester housing payments.

Some of the benefits I’ve seen living off campus is the amount of privacy you could potentially have when choosing an off campus apartment. You could get a one bedroom or studio for ultimate privacy. If you want to get an apartment with other people, individual bathrooms are a nice option as well. Most off campus apartments are furnished and On-campus housing come with a full sized kitchen. disadvantages As far as a community, many Living on campus does have apartment complexes have social its disadvantages too. events and programs for their As an upperclassmen I residents. I’ve been to plenty of would prefer to have a kitchen, crawfish boils and other events but the only option available is providing free food hosted by the Bearkat Village which is a lengthy student apartments. walk from campus and you have If you don’t want to be to share a bathroom. around large crowds at events, The new meal plan there are a variety of things requirement for students living on provided by the complexes every campus can be hard for students day like free coffee and snacks with food allergies and those and drinks in the lobby. There who can barely afford to pay for are even pools, hot tubs, game college. rooms, computer labs, gyms and Depending on where you tanning beds all at your disposal live, you could get stuck with a depending on what complex you freshman roommate because all choose to live in. These amenities of your friends have moved off are also included in your rent. campus. Off-campus housing

Off-campus housing advantages

Although I never personally chose to live off campus, during my four years as a student, I’ve had plenty of friends who have shared their experiences living off campus with me.


Fees, fees, FEES! I always hear about residents living off campus who get charged for many things. If maintenance comes to fix a door knob, if they think you broke it, you will definitely get charged which isn’t something that really

happens in the residence halls. If you want to move off campus so your dog or cat can live with you, be ready to make that pet deposit and extra monthly charge. Pet deposits can be anywhere from $50 to $200+ in addition to a monthly fee. Most of those deposits are nonrefundable. I can’t forget to mention everyone’s favorite: bills. Those unfortunate things that reoccur every month that just seem to drain your wallet dry of any and every dollar you earned. Living off campus means growing up and paying at least a portion of certain bills. While some apartment complexes include some things such as water, trash, and sewer, however there are few apartments that cover and include everything which means that there are some things such as electricity that you may need to cover yourself. It’s important to choose the housing that best suits your needs and fits your budget. Sacrifies may have to be made but remember, this is only temporary. You have the rest of your life to live in a luxurious house with your three dogs and everything you ever dreamed of. Change is good so now is the time to live in a new place and experience new things.


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UPD gives advice for safe off campus living

As students start to tour off campus living around Huntsville, safety remains a prominent issue when deciding on a lease. The Houstonian reached out to University Police Department’s Jeff Butterworth to answer common safety questions regarding apartment living. H: Do seemingly small things like a gated complex or emergency contact number really make a difference in the overall security in an apartment complex? UPD: All equipment or

information can assist with improving the safety of an apartment complex. Gated apartment complex communities allow residents to have some piece of mind that unwanted individuals or non-residents will not be able to freely roam the property. Providing emergency contact numbers or posting emergency contact numbers around the complex will also assist individuals with knowing who to contact in the event of an emergency. H: What’s the first step a resident should take if they feel

threatened in their apartment by an outside source, for example a gunshot or fight in the parking lot? UPD: If a person feels threatened they should contact emergency personnel as soon as possible. If they are able to safely, we request the person keep a watchful eye on the threatening event so responding officers can be appraised. H: Some students have their CHL- is it ever recommended they use their firearm in threatening situations? When would be an appropriate time to use it?

UPD: If a person feels in fear of their life or serious bodily harm, and they have been trained in weapons proficiency through the License to carry course, they have the right to defend themselves until the threat of violence has stopped. It is always recommended to contact emergency personnel as soon as possible, so they can assist you with your protection. H: If a resident has a dispute with their roommate or neighbor at what point should UPD get involved?

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UPD: Dispute or conflicts between roommates or neighbors can happen frequently, so we recommend attempting to work out differences civilly before they become violent. Sometimes these conflicts can be handled by simply communicating between each other, but at other times a mediator, such as a resident advisor or apartment manager may be able to assist with finding a resolution. If the situation becomes physical, verbally abusive, or property is getting destroyed or damaged, contact your local emergency personnel as soon as possible. H: What are some general precautions everyone should take during their semester while living in Huntsville to ensure their maximum security?

UPD: An individual can assist with maximizing their security by constantly remaining vigilant that a crime can or is about to occur. Some crimes that occur involve individuals that are not aware of their surroundings and ultimately place themselves in the position to become an easy target. Property crime is the number one reported crime to the Sam Houston State University Police and some simple things we remind our students, staff, faculty, and visitors to take your keys, lock your car or residence, and hide your valuable belongings. Sometimes crimes are crimes of opportunity, and if you are able to remove the opportunity or the ability for the crime to occur, you are less likely to become a victim.

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This article was originally published on 03/23/16

SHSU prepares for new Campus Carry Law

Kevin Fenner Staff Reporter Following months of public discussion and debate, the Sam Houston State University Campus Carry Committee presented its findings and a draft of its policy recommendations for the implementation of Texas’ new Campus Carry law. The final town hall meeting hosted by the committee, led by Phillip Lyons, Dean of the College of Criminal Justice, began with a brief overview of State Senate Bill 11 and its recommended locations on campus to establish gun free zones, or Prohibited Concealed Carry Locations (PCCL). Prior to opening up the town hall meeting for public discussion, which was held to gather feedback from stakeholders and entertain revisions to the policy prior to submitting a final recommendation, Lyons clarified to the audience what the committee was aiming to accomplish. “I think it would be useful for us to remember that the legislation of issue has passed already, the law is the law and will be effective August 1,” Lyons said, likely in reference to the previous campus carry town halls where many of the attendees who spoke were opposed to implementing SB11 entirely. “Our task here is to figure out how to implement that law in a safe manner and in a manner that’s consistent with the state legislature.” The drafted policy, consistent with the legislatures’ intent, will

allow for individuals 21 years of age who currently possess a handgun license to legally carry a concealed holstered handgun on the SHSU campus. Residence Halls Despite the vocal concerns, students who live on campus will be permitted to carry their concealed handguns in the residence halls. Prohibiting handguns in the university’s residential facilities, according to Lyons, would effectively prohibit license holders residing in those facilities from carrying concealed handguns on campus, in violation of SB11. Although the policy permits students to carry concealed handguns in SHSU’s dormitories, the students – not the university – are responsible for the safe storage of their handgun in their residence by use of secure storage devices. “The reason for the ‘safe storage’ requirement is because your roommate might not be a licensed holder, your roommate might not have gone through the safety courses and so on,” Lyons said. “The purpose is to limit access to others besides the license holder,” Lyons added that visitors to the campus housing units are held to the same standards of concealment and storage as residents. The town hall meeting, held in the Criminal Justice Center’s Killinger Auditorium, largely consisted of discussion over the recommended campus locations to be established as gun free areas. The committee identified

that the percentage of the campus that was effected by this no-carry recommendation is less than 1.5 percent of square feet. “We do not believe this poses a substantial restriction on the right to carry and we think this falls well within the category of reasonable restrictions,” Lyons said. Athletic Events All official athletic events, collegiate and interscholastic, held in SHSU’s athletic venues, including Bowers Stadium and Johnson Coliseum, will be considered Prohibited Concealed Carry Locations for the duration of the event. A student athlete in attendance asked Lyons whether the committee had considered making the athletic locker rooms off limits to handguns. According to Lyons, the rules will be different on game days because weapons are already prohibited at collegiate events. “If you want to, you can bring [your handgun] to practice, but not on game day,” Lyons said. The athletic venues listed are not permanently off limits to concealed handgun holders, unless otherwise explicitly stated with proper signage. According to University Police Chief Kevin Morris, other types of events held at the athletic venues such as graduation ceremonies will not be considered as gun free areas. Questions from the Audience Other attendees of the town hall did not suggest additional gun free areas, but instead questioned the ones proposed by the committee.

Junior criminal justice major and member of Open Carry Texas Christopher Martin asked the committee what their justification was for a permanent prohibition of concealed handguns in facilities where mental health services are provided. “College is a time for a lot of stress for many students and we have to remember that, at least in the case with our students, we’re not just talking about licensees, we’re talking about the youngest possible licensees under law,” Lyons said. “And students are at higher risk for alcoholism, for drug abuse, for violence, for suicide and it’s just not a good idea to have firearms readily available where we have mental health services being provided.” Once submitted for approval by President Dana G. Hoyt, the policy proposal will then be presented to the Texas State University System Board of Regents for final approval. As to whether these policy recommendations will be approved by the Board of Regents, committee member Jaimie Hebert, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, was confident that the policy was well within its legal boundaries. “We feel like the policy that we’re presenting here optimizes our ability to maintain the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff while maintaining the integrity of our educational opportunities,” Hebert said. “We feel that what we have proposed will fly.”

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This article was originally published on 04/13/16

SHSU app proposed to solve parking issues

Lidia Gutierrez Staff Reporter Sam Houston State University responded to student and faculty complaint about parking by partnering with the app NuPark to implement a new parking system around campus starting fall 2016. “What we’re trying to do with this app is every service we provide in the office, we want to put it in the power of your hands,” Assistant Director of the Department of Public Safety Services Matthew McDaniel said. Before, any parking issue would be settled at the Parking and Transportation office. Now that SHSU is partnering with NuPark, a company that implements effective parking, everything will be a tap away on any iPhone or Android. “The majority of our parking services are printed materials,” McDaniel said. McDaniel said about 200,000 papers are printed for their use, and after this new system is in place, they’re hoping to cut it down to about 50,000. “Due to the new features of the NuPark system the parking department will have the ability to provide additional types of permit offerings to increase flexibility for parkers,” Kevin

Uhlenhaker, CEO of NuPark said. The app will be able to give students different information about the campus such as an interactive map where you could park depending on your permit, and it could give students the ability to appeal a citation. More services include account management, permit purchase and management and citation payment. “So far our customers have been very happy with the positive impact the system has had on their operation,” Uhlenhaker said. Since everything will be mostly digital now, some concerns have risen. Many students could still need the in-person services since the app could potentially face problems. “We are looking at downtime procedures,” McDaniel said. “Any service that is dependent on the internet can have downtime and it is my office’s responsibility to have downtime procedures to allow parking services to remain functional.” Inputting a system like this might seem a bit pricy but McDaniel assured the team’s thoughtful process of the financial situation. “What caused us to search for this new system is, along with other reasons, we are in need of changing our garage equipment,”

McDaniel said. The SHSU parking garage houses about 250 reserved parking spaces and about 254 hourly. Regular issues regarding the outdated equipment failing at the SHSU parking garage is causing an inconvenience to the community, according to McDaniel. McDaniel pointed out the

cost of replacing the parking garage equipment would be equivalent to the cost of implementing the NuPark system. “Looking at one facility versus being able to serve the entire campus was a big draw to us,” McDaniel said. The NuPark system will be in place next semester. For more information visit www.NuPark.



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Humans of Sam Houston: Greg Graham

Tricia Sims Staff Reporter There are endless examples of great success stories of students who have graduated from Sam Houston State University. Assistant Professor of the theater department Greg Graham is one of these many examples. He was a 1999 SHSU graduate and continues to have great success in his field. After graduating from SHSU, Graham took his talents to Broadway. From 1999 to 2008 Graham had a career focused on performance. He appeared in the original cast of “Hairspray”, “Never Gonna Dance”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, and as a replacement cast in “Fosse”, “Chicago” and “Billy Elliot.” In addition to performing in these productions Graham often served as dance captain and assistant choreographer. Along with performing on Broadway, Graham has danced in national tours, television and films. Graham’s most recent television work was on the television show, “Smash.” Graham said SHSU was beneficial because it taught him that success comes from seizing

opportunities and people have to work hard to achieve their dreams. “[I learned] I have to grab my own life by the horns,” Graham said. “No one is going to just give me anything” In 2007 Graham shifted his focus to choreography. He has served as choreographer and associate choreographer in different types of markets from Broadway to film and television. He started teaching at universities like SHSU in the early 2010s. The idea to come back to his alma mater was appealing to Graham because he enjoys the small atmosphere that SHSU offers. “I’m proud of where I’m from,” Graham said. “I like that it sits in its own little bubble and allows students opportunity to grow that a larger university might not because of such a large student base.” While attending SHSU, Graham had no idea of the massive success that he would have. He participated in the musical theatre productions as a student, but had no expectations of Broadway. “Not in my wildest dreams,” Graham said. “[All I wanted was] to have a successful long career in showbiz.” The next project that

Graham will be a part of is NBC’s live production of “Hairspray.” He will be leaving Texas soon to travel to California to be one of the choreographers for the production. Graham got this opportunity because of his experience in the original “Hairspray” and his growing experience in choreography. “I have worked for the choreographer many times as an associate on other projects

including the original Broadway production of ‘Hairspray’,” Graham said. Since Graham is dedicated to educating young artists and giving back to the university in which he feels that he received so much, Graham will also assist in the SHSU spring 2017 production of “Hairspray.” For more information on Graham, visit his website at http://www.thegreggraham. com/





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Humans of Sam Houston: Jason Clark

Ethan Horn Staff Reporter

2002 with a BA in broadcast journalism. Clark said he chose this university because it was close to home and he knew the Sam Houston State University’s pedigree in Criminal reputation that was tied to it. “I was the first person Justice has earned the school in my family to go college,” numerous titles and accolades, but sometimes Criminal Justice Clark said. “SHSU made sense because it was close to my careers can come from outside home in New Waverly and I the prestigious department. could commute. I had no idea Jason Clark, The Director what to expect when I came to of Public Information for the university. I knew I wanted Texas Department of Criminal to major in journalism and Sam Justice (TDCJ), graduated in

had a great reputation.” Once at Sam, Clark found support in one of his professors, Maryjo Cochran, Ph.D., who encouraged him to get involved in the mass communication department. “Looking back, I now realize how important it was to dive in,” Clark said. “At Channel 7, I did the weather, anchored, hosted special events and oversaw the news operation. This gave me the opportunity

to develop the skills and tools I needed to land my first television job.” That encouragement, according to Clark, is what sets SHSU apart from other universities. “Without her encouragement and my involvement in the program, I think my trajectory after college would have been much different,” he said. Jason took the lessons he

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learned at SHSU and landed numerous positions at news stations right out of college. In his time as a reporter he covered stories like the space shuttle Columbia explosion and Hurricane Katrina before accepting the Public Information Director position at TDCJ in 2006. Clarks position combines both journalistic skills with public relations. “The PIO handles all media inquiries for TDCJ,” Clark said. “The agency is often the focus of in-depth reports and documentaries, as well as many timely or

breaking news stories. We work with news media throughout the world to tell the TDCJ sto-

Clark offered advice about how to make the most of the experience.

tain about leaving the television industry because that was what my degree was in and not criminal justice. In the end, it was a smart decision.” “Don’t sell yourself short. Be open to the Clark has been with the idea of taking a position that you may not be an Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a decade now and expert in” even though he’s not positive about what his future career will be, he’s certain he wants to serve - Jason Clark his home state in any way possiThe Director of Public Information for Texas Department of ble. “I’m not sure what the fury as well as to assist reporters “Don’t sell yourself short,” ture holds but I want to continue in covering the agency and its Clark said. “Be open to the idea to serve the state of Texas and events.” of taking a position that you may its citizens in any way I can,” To incoming freshman, not be an expert in. I was uncer- Clark said.

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This article was originally published on 02/17/16

Humans of Sam Houston: Trey Benton

Teddi Cliett Staff Reporter Trey Benton is a professional cowboy. Heads turn to the back of the room where the senior agriculture communications major is sitting after the words “professional” and “cowboy” come out of his mouth in the same sentence. At only 24, Benton has ranked third in the world in bull riding twice, only one accomplishment of many. Benton received his rookie card when he was 20-years-old, but originally found his comfort zone in the world of livestock as a child. “That’s all I’ve ever known really is cows and horses,” Benton said. “My dad stuck me on some calves when I was about six and it just stuck. I guess I was pretty good at it then so I decided to keep going.” Bull riding and rodeo competition became a fluent aspect of Benton’s life- so much so that countless broken bones, hospital visits and unbearable pain

became a natural part of who he was. “I got injured more through pro rodeos than college rodeos but I was doing them at the same time,” Benton said. The senior has suffered from a broken femur, which now has a metal rod inside it, a broken eye socket which got infected, leading him to facial surgery in 2013, and two replaced knees among other debilitating injuries. “I sat out for six months with my two knee surgeries and then I came back and I wasn’t ready yet,” he said. “I re-tore my ACL in Calgary, Canada so I came home.” Like an addict who finds their way back to their dealer, Benton returns to the sport he loves after each hospital visit. “I’ve been real successful with it,” Benton said. “It’s based my life pretty much. It’s given me a house, land, paid for my college. If you let yourself get tired then I’m sure you’ll be tired, but there’s no rest for the wicked.” Benton has dedicated the majority of his collegiate career

to rodeo. The professional started at Warton Junior College, where Sam Houston State Rodeo Coach Edward Miller, or Bubba as the rodeo team knows him, recruited Benton. “When I recruited Trey I recruited what I felt like was the national champion bull rider but because of injuries he was never able to put on the board the points for Sam Houston that he was capable of,” Miller said. “It was all injury related. It can be devastating to a team as well as an individual.” The National Intercollegiate

Rodeo Association only permits four years’ worth of rodeo, so after two years with the SHSU Rodeo Team, Benton hung up his collegiate cowboy hat. “The SHSU Rodeo Team is real close,” Benton said. “Bubba Miller does a good job of keeping all the students well known throughout the team but it was hard for me to interact with them throughout the week during practices because I had stuff of my own going on. He realized that, though. I was at a professional level the same time as college and that’s pretty

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This article was originally published on 02/09/16

SHSU Dance Department airs on primetime

Ashley Parrott Staff Reporter Sam Houston State University is currently home to one of the top ranked dance programs in the country. Associate Professors of Dance Dionne Sparkman Noble and Andy Noble co-choreographed a contemporary concert dance that aired on episode five of the ABC drama television series American Crime. Noble has been on faculty at SHSU since 2008, and Sparkman Noble signed on a semester later in 2009. The two found themselves in dance in remarkably different ways. “We have very different stories,” Sparkman Noble said. “I was a typical ballet dancer, I took classes starting at the age of five and just stuck with it. I did that my whole life so I think it’s a natural projection for me to end up here.” Her husband though, wasn’t introduced to the formality of dance until college. “I was a break dancer a long time ago,” Noble said. “I never had any formal training until college. I was taking theatre classes and thought I’d take a dance class. I decided I really liked it. That’s actually where we [Sparkman Noble] met.” The two were initially sought out by Academy Award Winner

John Ridley, creator of American Crime. Ridley additionally looked at other companies, but the search was unsuccessful due to international visas and schedule conflicts. “Ridley had looked at another company, but the choreographer was international so getting the visas was very complicated so they began looking more regionally,” Noble said. “My understanding is he was asking around, asking dancers who they would recommend, and our name came up a few times.” Ridley eventually reached out to Noble and Sparkman Noble to introduce the possibility. “We just seemed to speak the same language,” Noble said.

After a month of back and forth conversation, Ridley began to seriously consider the SHSU choreographers. “He contacted us and told us about the project,” Noble said. “He sat down and did a little research on us. He came to our show and we had more conversations, this went on for about a period of a month.” In an attempt to see the Noble’s work, Ridley drove to Houston to attend a company show by NobleMotion Dance, in which the sold-out performance received a standing ovation. “At the time, we were told that the showrunner would come out and see our show. I didn’t know what a showrunner was,”

Noble said. “I looked it up and found out it was John Ridley; we have an Academy Award Winner sitting in our audience tonight.” After Noble and Sparkman Noble were hand-selected by Ridley, they collaborated on the dance that would take center stage in the final moments of the episode. Ridley did not release information regarding the scene that would require the dance. He wanted Noble and Sparkman Noble to be able to work from an original standpoint. “What we do is an abstract art form, I think if we gave away too much it would become too much of a narrative,” Noble said.

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This article was originally published on 04/13/16

Houston DASHes through SHSU

Canaan Cadwell Sports Editor

Soccer is a fast growing sport. It doesn’t get the same recognition as football in America but head Sam Houston’s State women’s soccer coach Tom Brown experienced more than expected within the sport. Brown serves as the women’s head soccer coach here at SHSU and is working as an assistant coach for the Houston Dash National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). “I am mainly responsible for coaching the goalkeepers and providing the opposition scouting reports,” Brown said. In December, Brown served as an assistant coach for the Trinidad and Tobago’s Women’s National Team in their game against the US in San Antonio. Coaching a professional team and a college team has its differences in levels of play and competition. “Coaching with the Dash is mainly working with a higher level of player,” Brown said. “We have many national team players who are at the top of their game. These players job is soccer so you have to be really focused on providing information that helps them do their job.” Everyone works harder and takes the sport serious when bills have to be paid for. Brown also breaks down the characteristic of

coaching at SHSU. “At the university, we are still focused on doing our best but soccer is just part of what our players do,” Brown said. “I have to take into account their academic demands.” As a professional, Brown played for the Amarillo Challengers and Oklahoma City Warriors of the United States Indoor Soccer League (USISL) and the Tulsa Ambush of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). Brown was known for his incredible defense. He won “Defensive Most Valuable Player” and overall MVP with Amarillo. He also played in the national championship game for Oklahoma in 1991. Playing professional soccer, Brown found a niche in coaching and developing young talent. “Not a lot of coaches have experience working with the goalkeepers,” Brown said. “So it was easy to find some extra work. I had the opportunity to get my Master’s Degree as a graduate assistant and that was where I really became focused on coaching.” There are various ways in coaching soccer. There are the coaches that scream and yell after every play. Some tries to strategize every situation and others just let their players play. “I really believe the game is the player’s time so I don’t march up and down the sideline yelling instructions,” Brown said. “I let

them play and provide information when it is needed. I see soccer as a much different game then the games we have created here in the US. The coaches take a much bigger role in calling plays, calling timeouts, and constantly substituting in football, baseball and basketball. My time to have an effect is how I teach in training. I must teach players how to make decisions and solve problems on their own.” Brown is more of a teacher. His players learn from their mistakes and try to solve the problem the best way. Handling adversity as a coach and player is just part of the game. “There are many types of adversity you can face as a coach,” Brown said. “Injuries, referee decisions, and players not doing what you want them to do are just some things that might happen.” In spite of these things, Brown believes the focus is on trying to win the game and not focused on the negative part. “It is no different then what we want players to do on the field,” Brown said. “Solve the problem as best you can.” Playing and coaching professional soccer has to be a remarkable job but coaching Houston Dash while balancing being the head coach at SHSU has to be time consuming. “I don’t have a lot of free time anymore but I enjoy what I am doing,” Brown said. “There is

no normal anymore. I just have to manage my time so I get my responsibilities taken care of. When I am at home, a lot of that time is spent watching video or making sure the training sessions for both teams are prepared correctly.” Brown is still seeking opportunities to become a better coach through working with higher level players and coaching trips. In the past couple of years, he’s been to Italy and England with US Soccer to observe and listen to other coaches’ thoughts on best practices and how to organize teams. “I am always still learning,” Brown said. “Working with the Houston Dash has been a tremendous opportunity to learn more. Obviously I am there to work with the players, but I learn so much from those sessions, from talking with the other coaches, and from being involved in the games.” Brown is able to bring some of those lessons back to SHSU and make his team better. He also hopes to have the opportunity to do some more coaching at the international level. “I hope I have the opportunity to do some more coaching at the international level,” Brown said. “I have been able to improve the team here at Sam Houston and I want to keep us moving forward.”


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Annual Raven’s Call honors lost Bearkats

Ethan Horn Staff Reporter

the tradition, the Orange Keys have experimented with different ideas on how best to memorialize those lost. Sam Houston State At the original Raven’s Call University is home to dozens of traditions that help define what ceremony, the Orange Keys would release balloons for each it means to be a Bearkat. For of the lost Bearkats but it was the last four years, university not environmentally conscience ambassadors have established a new tradition, the Raven’s Call so they had to find another way to honor the students. ceremony. “[We] came up with the Named after General Sam moveable monument that Houston, who adopted the was introduced in last year’s moniker of Raven throughout his lifetime, the newest campus ceremony, where for each name that is called, a single orange tradition is a memorial service or white rose is placed in that intended to recognize and person’s memory,” Jackson said. remember students, alumni, The event takes place by faculty and staff who have the Ron and Ruth Blatchley passed away over the previous Bell Tower and in honor of the year. event, a stone monument is This years ceremony will be held on April 15 at 12:00 p.m. situated in front of the tower. “We will have students at the Ron and Ruth Blatchley from the College of Music Bell Tower. playing stringed instruments Jaelan Jackson, Vice as a prelude to our service and President of Programming for open with a presentation of Orange Keys and the Raven’s the colors by the SHSU ROTC,” Call chair, said this ceremony is Jackson said. “Chasti Brown will a way to celebrate the lives of then perform Amazing Grace past and current students. and I will welcome everyone “The event showcases the with a speech.” deceased’s pride in and loyalty The ceremony is an to our university and celebrates important moment, as SHSU their memory with family, honors those who have borne friends, and current students, its motto “The measure of a faculty and staff,” Jackson said. life is its service.” While still a As a part of developing

relatively new tradition, since spring of 2012, it has solidified itself as an important pause amidst the bustle of school life. “President Hoyt will bring words of comfort and Dean Yarabeck will provide a roll call of the fallen Bearkats while Orange Keys place roses in the Raven’s Call monument,” Jackson said. “Tyler Patek, Orange Keys President, will bring the closing remarks, Chasti Brown will close with the SHSU Alma Mater and ROTC will close the colors.”

Dean of Students John Yarabeck said this ceremony is a vital part of the traditions at SHSU, as it gives back to students who were once a part of the university family. “Raven’s Call to me is one of the most meaningful and powerful traditions that we have at SHSU,” Yarabeck said. “It gives us the opportunity to recognize the contributions each of these Bearkats made to who we are as a campus community.”


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This article was originally published on 01/19/16

SHSU faculty hosts first LGBTQI social

Tricia Sims Staff Reporter

in the Department of Educational Leadership, Ervin Malakaj, visiting assistant Something new happened professor in the Department of at Sam Houston State University Foreign Languages, and Drew Miller, assistant Vice President of this year; Four faculty and staff members hosted the first formal Student Services and Executive Director of Counseling and LGBTQI* Community Network Health Services. Social at the Eclectic Café in Chen discussed what the order to build a supportive and group hopes to accomplish by professional community. establishing this organization. The four co- coordinators “First, we’d like the are Ching-In Chen, visiting meetings to be a way that those professor of creative writing, who identify as LGBTQI* can Paul Eaton, assistant professor

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develop a supportive social and professional network,” Chen said. “Personally, I’d love to see a space where faculty members who work in this field can share their academic research and creative work relating to LGBTQI* studies.” Three of the cocoordinators, Eaton, Malakaj and Chen met during new faculty orientation last August. Shortly thereafter, they discussed the importance of a LGBTQI* professional network

and started development. “We all attended the President’s Roundtable on diversity, and followed up with an idea for the LGBTQI* network,” Chen said. “President Dana Hoyt was very supportive of the idea and also suggested that we incorporate staff voices within the network and suggested that we reach out to Dr. Drew Miller because of his leadership role with Haven and as the faculty advisor for GSK [Gamma Sigma Kappa].”

Malakaj understands why SHSU is just now establishing an organization that incorporates different gender identities. Malakaj said starting a professional network requires extra work on behalf of those involved on top of their daily agendas. “The time commitment and challenges imposed rigorous work schedules on campus and did not permit extra workloads for faculty and staff to form such a network in the past,” Malakaj said. “Importantly, LGBTQI* groups traditionally have faced challenges finding institutional support, which served as a major obstacle to form them. Professionals feared consequences beyond their control in outing themselves

and refrained from formally establishing such groups.” Malakaj and Chen had an LGBTQI* community experience at previous universities. Motivation to start this organization came from both personal and professional reasons, Chen said. “Much of my academic, creative and community work is tied into amplifying voices which aren’t as widely heard -and it was important for me to connect with other colleagues at Sam who are part of this community,” Chen said. Miller, who co-founded Haven, a counseling program for the LGBTQI, spoke about how this is an opportune time to start this network. “There have been so many advances in rights for the LGBT

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community over the past few years, that this is the perfect time to have an organization like this start,” Miller said. “It’s an opportunity for community members to come together for support and encouragement.” The organization plans on meeting once a month and possibly one day working with the LGBTQI* student led group. “We seek to reach out to the LGBTQI* student group on campus and work on collaborative projects, offering a robust program that signals a vibrant LGBTQI* community on our campus,” Malakaj said. “This will explicitly serve as a means to communicate to potential future professionals that Sam is welcoming and supportive of their diverse backgrounds.” Eaton talked about the

response from the campus when learning about this first formal meeting. “There has been overwhelmingly positive support,” Eaton said. “Speaking only for myself, I can say that faculty and staff with whom I have interacted over the past few months have been enthusiastic about the potential for such a group.” There has been a strong outreach from the Allies of the LGBTQI community, according to Eaton. “What I also find to be a positive sign is the numerous contacts I’ve received from LGBTQI* allies who want to get involved and support the community on campus,” Eaton said.


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From one Bearkat to another: Best study spots

Meioshia Omesiete Staff Reporter

Like, seriously? I pondered this sarcastically, while embarking on newfound territory my freshman year here at Sam. My senior year of high school, I had two choices. Either spend my down time of campus discovery attempting not to burn to dust on the San Marcos River at Texas State, or constantly be bombarded by the mind boggling historical and truly intriguing landscapes that are perfectly sprinkled about the campus of SHSU. The decision seemed pretty cut and dry to me. The thing with the river is, text books don’t float. (And no, this is not a challenge for you to test, rather expensively I might add.) You see, studying is best done on land, for one, and alongside breathtaking beauty if provided the choice.

While the atmosphere of higher learning encompasses you, an earthy complex is always better than a watery-based one, given the activity. I’d like to say I know my way around the block a bit, so here are a few suggestions from one Bearkat to another. First and foremost, secret hot spots are typically the best, right? Well allow me to introduce you to some of mine. Residing on a rather internally complex structure, the Evans Complex exists with the containment of most English courses. Beyond that dry fact though, is a bridge properly enclosed between the levels of the structure. Proceed from the ground floor to one just above the third and just below the fourth. I know, “What 3 ½?” Ask the contractors. Here you’ll find yourself at the exterior corridor, of which if you come at just the right hour,

you’ll be able to study on the cooled, paved flooring, and watch the sunset subsequently. A great place to conduct artistic and writing assignments. The horizon of Huntsville sits just beyond an array of various tree types, awaiting your gaze. Though this next one may be just as breathtaking, I say, to each their own. May you fall in love with this one if not the one before or after. What deems this next one as worthy is the honest to God feeling of total serenity and

focus I obtain from just sitting and breathing in this area. It’s a tough march up the hill though, so I recommend having supplies with you, while in class before establishing your way to …. The fountain. A connectingbench extends around the perimeter, placed atop the magnificent falls, separating you from the yelps and hollers of historical Greek strolling and adamant religious advocates on the yard just beyond it. Soothing and providing for almost a safe haven of focus, the fountain can

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be the greatest fulfilment of all your study needs… granted you go at the right time. Such as the time I sit here at now, writing this for you. A die down period for the yard, it would be, and right at the time the sun becomes incapable of melting your face off anymore. Last, but hardly least, is another area upon the concrete that must be carefully considered along strict time constraints. Well, not so much as strict as just not too early or during busy class hours, simply due to the influx of the Sam population that gravitate towards it at certain hours. I express my utmost adoration at this moment for the seven tables adjacent the clock tower and Lee Drain Building engrossed in vines along the extending metal poles holding the covering top. Right above a four bench ticket to study heaven, there exists on this campus, an area perfect, and I mean perfect, for getting that last tidbit of extra credit to bring

your grade up. Not only do they stimulate the artistic eye, but they create ideal study conditions. You know what? Just because I’m an incredible person, I’ll up the ante and extend to you one final unconventional, and less outdoorsy study habitat. Directly through the doors of the 2nd floor of the LSC, with a quick turn to the left, side by side sit some of the most comfortable leather couches I have ever sat on. Slightly random in their placement, as chairs sit between some and small wooden tables

separate others, nothing beats the faint sound of piano music, from the spontaneous few of whom choose to stop and grace your ears with melodic company on the piano inside the art exhibit room adjacent the front desk, floating through otherwise utter quietude. I just happened to have moved here from the fountain for outlet support, so there you go. You even have outlets coming in clutch for your trusty laptop that usually allows for greater study capability. You’re welcome.

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This article was originally published on 03/15/16

Civic Engagment shapes our futures

Angela Theis Contributing Reporter Being the daughter of a political science professor has its pros and cons. The pros can include having a large vocabulary, a drive for intelligence and education instilled in you from a young age and having an encyclopedia of political knowledge at the dinner table every night. The cons include having stories of your political ineptitude used as humorous examples to gain the attention of a classroom full of college students. I try to take it all with a grain of salt. I would be lying if I didn’t say that my dad has helped shape my political opinions, actions and engagements. I would also be lying if I said that I wouldn’t have been lost without him to guide me through our convoluted political system. This is why I am not surprised by the lack of political action in today’s young people, especially college students. “Civic Engagement” is a term I grew up around but didn’t even begin to entirely understand until recently. To be civically engaged is to, according to Adler and Goggin in What Do We Mean By “Civic Engagement”?

is to “participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future”. Thank you google. Unlike the common thought among college students, you do not have to be loyal to a party to be an active member of democracy. However, you do have to have values, knowledge on issues, skills to change behavior and policy and a commitment to make that change happen. Every college student I have ever met holds values; that is not a category young people are lacking in. Studies have shown that young people are one of the most passionate and value driven generations. In my opinion, the problem lies in the latter three categories. In order to form a complete, healthy opinion on a matter you must be knowledgeable about the subject. That one semester of U.S. government you took a year ago doesn’t count. To remain upto-date on current events and issues you have to turn on the news or pick up a newspaper. So much information is placed at our fingertips begging to be consumed. To be actively involved in democracy we, as students, must learn to stop accepting what is

told to us at face value. We must learn to not only ask questions, but also seek the answers for ourselves. Once the knowledge is present, we must have the skills to actually enact change. The most obvious skill would be voting. However, there is so much more to voting than just the general presidential elections. Voting must occur on propositional, county, city, state and national levels. I have heard people say things like “I’ll vote when it matters” when referring to the general presidential election, but the truth is that votes matter at lower levels because a minuscule fraction of the population shows up to vote for city and state officials. Primary presidential elections matter as well, just ask Donald J. Trump. The point is that it all matters. If it didn’t matter then there would not have been a Revolutionary War, and the

framers of our constitution would not have worked so hard to build a democratic political system. A system that does not rely solely on voting but also active participation in petitions, protest, lobbying for laws by calling representatives, serving on juries, volunteering and even holding public office yourself. Even something as simple as participating in political discussion with peers can increase civic engagement. None of this matters, though, if there isn’t a commitment to change. As young people, we are the framers of the future, the future we have to live in. There has to be a ceasing of excuse making and letting someone else decide our futures. The power to change the way the United Sates works has been literally handed to us and we are squandering it. It is time for the term “civic engagement” to become a permanent staple in young people’s vernacular.

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Linklater holds early debut at SHSU

Ethan Horn Staff Reporter Sam Houston State University can boast many claims to fame with one of the top criminal justice programs nationwide and a handful of nationally competitive sports programs, but one of the most prominent is filmmaker Richard Linklater. It’s not just SHSU who recognizes its place in the

Academy Award winning director’s work but the city of Huntsville itself. Back in 1993 when Linklater released Dazed and Confused, he captured what it meant to grow up in Huntsville with a film about high school. Now the director moves forward to the 1980s with his next film, Everybody Wants Some!!. In his new film, Linklater explores what it was like to be a college student. In many ways he mirrors his experience at SHSU, when he attended

the university on a baseball scholarship. The new film, which doesn’t open until Friday nationwide, will premier on campus at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center on April 7. Linklater and cast members Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin and Ryan Guzman will use the event to raise funds that will go toward film scholarships specifically for SHSU students. Before the movie, Linklater will give an introduction to the film

which will then be followed by a question-and-answer session with both the director and cast. Tickets for the event have been given away since March 30 at the president’s office on a first come first served basis and special sponsorships have been on sale as well. Tickets went fast, one of the first to receive theirs was SHSU junior Katelyn Dewalt. “I got tickets because events like this don’t happen at Sam often,” Dewalt said. “It’s a really unique opportunity to see

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something new.” Dependent upon the tier of sponsorship purchased, attendees will receive various memorabilia from the show alongside opportunities to meet Linklater himself. The premier displays not only the prominence of the film but of the university. SHSU has grown immensely since Linklater attended in the 80s and instead of a few hundred students, thousands now call themselves Bearkats. Freshman mass communications major Parry Johnson said he is excited for the viewing because of the close relation to students. “Linklater was such a creative artist, just through

Dazed and Confused alone,” Johnson said. “It brought light to a lot of drugs, sex and rock and roll that happened in that time period. Those were actual things that happened to them, the hazing and bullying, [Linklater] made it both hilarious and sad at the same time.” The pedigree of the event is noteworthy. Linklater has received five Oscar nominations to date, a golden globe, two BAFTA awards and won six awards from the Austin Film Critics Association. In total he has 98 award wins and more than 125 nominations. The debut screening is on April 7 with seating to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Payne Concert Hall.

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This article was originally published on 04/27/16

SHSU Professor’s novel adapted to screenplay

Ashley Parrott Staff Reporter

The Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication will kick off the 2016 fall semester with the premiere production of Ruffled Flourishes, written by Philip G. Warner Endowed Chair professor Peter Roussel. Ruffled Flourishes follows White House spokesperson Sox St. Louis and his struggles in the press corps. Roussel was inspired by his time as Press Secretary to then U.S. Congressman George H.W. Bush from 1971 to 1974 and two tours of duty in the White House as Staff Assistant to President Ford from 1974 to 1976 and Deputy Press Secretary to President Reagan from 1981 to 1987. Roussel soon realized the immense toll of his work but additionally found humor that occurred behind the scenes. “What I discovered when I was working as a spokesperson for the White House was that the daily press briefing and the press room at the White House was a theatre in itself,” Roussel said. Throughout his time in the White House, Roussel was continuously told to write about the unexpected humor he

experienced. “A good friend of mine, Horton Foote, came to the White House and I invited him to the press briefing. We were sitting in my office and he said, ‘Pete, you should write about this,” now I never forgot he said that, especially coming from someone that I had such high regard for,” Roussel said. Nearly 10 years after his tours in the White House, Roussel began Ruffled Flourishes because he was looking to begin his own memoir. “I didn’t do anything about it for a while, probably 10 years later, but I never forgot,” Roussel said. “So I thought I would finally write my memoir, like most people do but I thought, ‘wait a minute,’ what really struck me was the unexpected humor that came out of the White House press corps. It’s completely unexpected and the public is unaware of it.” Ruffled Flourishes is not directly correlated to Roussel’s specific colleagues or experiences but rather the typical lifestyle and runaround that a White House spokesperson is exposed to throughout their career. “The simple answer is the book and the play are about the press slash presidency

process and the daily taffy pull that occurs between reporters covering the White House and a spokesperson for the president,” Roussel said. “All you see at night is about 45 seconds of the network correspondent, you don’t see the 12 hours that it took to get that reporter to that point. That’s hopefully what you see in the book,” Roussel said. The stage production will be set in the 80s, modeled after Roussel’s tour in the White House.

“The first thing you are told in the theatrical program is that this was a while ago, it’s not today but it’s also not so far back either,” Roussel said. Penelope Hasekoester, Department Chair of Theatre and Musical Theatre, will direct the first production of Ruffled Flourishes. “It will be a part of our summer repertory program and we changed it to be focused on new works,” Haskoester said. “The entire month of June we will

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workshop the play. That means we will sit down, read through it, work through ideas and we will culminate that with a stage reading at the very end of June.” Casting has not yet begun as the Theatre Department has allowed time for students to prepare for auditions along with finals. “People are checking out the scripts, they are reading through them and we’ll do casting on the week of finals, that way I’ll be able to give them scripts to look at so when we come back for the first class in

June we can get right on it.” Selected cast members will sign up for the summer repertory class and will spend the bulk of the break in rehearsals to prepare for the premiere in August “July will essentially be cast members working on their lines and we will really kick it into gear,” Hasekoester said. “At that point in time we hope our showcase theatre will be refurbished. It will be the first show of the fall semester.” The play will spotlight the satire that occurs in serious situations. Although there will be cast members who play roles such as the president, vice

president and various other White House positions, Ruffled Flourishes hopes shed light upon the press corps and what goes on behind the scenes. “This is a great satire piece on the press corps of the United States and I think that’s something that people don’t look at when they think of Washington,” Hasekoester said. “It’s an interesting look on what actually happens behind the scenes that we don’t see - the way the information flows, the way people respond behind closed doors. So it’s really about the press corps.” As the 2016 presidential

elections draws near, Hasekoester thinks it is appropriate to premiere this play because the subject matter brings a lighter tone to the tense campaigns of the season. “This being a political year, I think it’s going to be fun to kick the school year off with a play like this,” she said. “Since it is a new script, we have to work with it differently than we would with an established script.” Ruffled Flourishes will premiere on the first weekend of the fall semester, August 26 in the SHSU Showcase Theatre.



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Davis to launch Deeds Not Words

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women across the country and ideas on how to take action in order to provoke social change. Former Texas state “There are a myriad of senator Wendy Davis captured organizations doing amazing America’s attention in June work on all issues gender 2013 as she filibustered in related, and yet so many of pink running shoes for 11 us have never heard of them hours to block an omnibus anti-abortion bill from passing before,” Davis said. “They need a megaphone and through the GOP-controlled there are a lot of people who legislature. After falling short in her gubernatorial campaign need a connection to that megaphone. Our hub will in 2014, Davis planted those serve a purpose to make that shoes in a new digital hub happen but our hub will also called Deeds Not Words, be a place for young women designed to give millennial women the resources needed to meet each other, to share their stories and to receive to make social change. inspiration from each other “Deeds Not Words is a about ways they’ve gotten response,” Davis said. “It’s involved.” a response to a number of However, the platform young women everywhere will exist outside of the I go repeating the same internet as well. Within the question. What do we do? It’s for women who are passionate next year, Deeds Not Words will establish and work with about trying to make a difference and who care about 10 college campuses to define a myriad of issues surrounding a social issue that matters to the student body and then gender issues but who need provide the campus with the some guidance on how to resources and tools needed to move their connections to a make headway in said issue. concrete action.” A concrete rubric isn’t The website, in place for how a campus, will be selected as a charter. operates by allowing viewers Davis said much of the process to sign up for a weekly newsletter which includes the will be organic and the former state senator’s personal organization will seek diverse universities in need of the thoughts, testimonies from

resources Deeds Not Words will provide. Although the search isn’t complete, Davis confirmed Texas will be home to at least one charter. Davis said three reasons exist behind her wanting to create a platform aimed at female millennials – her desire to even the playing field, the undue influence millennials can have over government policy and her obligation to serve the audience she captured almost three years ago. “From a very deep place in my heart comes a desire to even the playing field, to create an opportunity for women to become as successful in realizing their dreams as men are able to do,” Davis said. “In my own experience as a 52-year-old woman, I’ve seen just about every obstacle that can be thrown in one’s way in that regard. I understand the playing field and I understand how much work we have to do.” With that, Davis said millennials have a greater influence than they realize, which is why she wants to target that generation to become politically active and civically engaged. “18 to 33 year-olds in this

country have the opportunity to exercise an undue influence in policy making,” she said. “By the year 2020, millennials will occupy 40 percent of the total voting population in this country, and yet in 2014 in the mid-term election when almost every state legislature is being elected across this country, only 23 percent of millennials showed up to vote.” Davis credited low voter turnout, among other things, to the lack of glamor surrounding midterm elections. “I know it’s really popular and exciting to vote in a presidential election, and of course we all ought to do that, but these midterm elections really determine the policies that are affecting so many of us,” Davis said. “Look no further than Texas and it’s anti-voting rights, anti-reproductive rights, anti-education funding support, to understand how and why women ought to care about what’s happening in state legislatures.” In addition, though, Davis said millennials face a systemic issue of political efficacy. “I’ve heard so many times from young people the idea

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beautiful, amazing, talented, intelligent audience that I that their one vote won’t have to help them move their possibly matter, why should skills and their talents into they bother,” Davis said. productive action,” she said. “But of course, cumulatively, Both Arena and Davis they add up and they do agreed that investing in matter tremendously. If they women consistently results would express a desire that in a bettered community as politicians meet them where a whole as opposed to solely they are, speak to their values, investing in the community’s speak to their concerns, men. we could literally shift the “Research consistently conversation in this country.” shows that if you invest in Executive Director of the women in a community the Global Center for Journalism whole community benefits, and Democracy Kelli Arena but when you invest in men, said that problem specifically the men benefit themselves exists in the female gender. and typically leave,” Arena “Women are not taught said. “There just seems to be to speak up or to have an some disconnect between opinion or be argumentative what we know and what we’ve and I think we can talk about been able to accomplish.” that for a year,” she said. “Most Deeds Not Words is women worry that they don’t designed to give young know enough, that they don’t women a positive advocacy have enough experience, they experience, something don’t have enough influence Davis said she personally to be able to contribute.” experienced in her Davis said much of her own community which desire to jumpstart Deeds jumpstarted her public service Not Words came from an career. overwhelming obligation to “When we become give back to the women she advocates, when we move stood up for three years ago our passion into some form during her filibuster. action, regardless of what that “I have a wonderful looks like, it tends to create privilege of having captured lifelong involved, civically the attention of young women engaged citizens and that’s across this country the day what I’d love to create with that I stood and filibustered this organization,” she said. the anti-abortion bill in Texas In regards to her role almost three years ago and in an elected office, Davis I feel an obligation to this

said she’s not sure where her Deeds Not Words journey will take her. Her public servitude rests at her core, though. “Right now I’m finding a way to channel that service through Deeds Not Words and I’m thrilled with the opportunity to do that,” she said. “It may mean that one day I continue my public service career in an elected office but it may not. If I have the privilege and opportunity to do that again I would love it. But if not, I would feel privileged just to keep my

voice heard and keep fighting for the things I care about.” As far as the infamous pink shoes, Davis said they’re safely stored away in hopes to one day be passed down to her future granddaughter. “I’d like to pass those on to her kind of as a symbol of her own ability to stand up to the world and fight for whatever it is she believes in and I hope one day she passes them on to her granddaughter,” Davis said.


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This article was originally published on 05/01/16

From Potato Shack to Potato Lounge

Hayden Burden Columnist Now that Potato Shack has reopened, many fans are left to wonder if this new location will affect the food they first fell in love with, and those who have yet to try the shack may still need to be convinced before they spend their money on a potato. It’s hard to see how a potato can be made gourmet. That seems to be the general sentiment upheld at the

potato shack. They take one of the blandest foods and throw their own unique twist on it to transform it into something entirely different. Customers can choose from over 30 styles of baked potato. Some of the highly recommended potatoes are The Bacon Cheeseburger Potato, The Cordon Bleu, The Chicken and Swiss and the Chicken Fried Steak Potato. The name “Potato Shack” can deceive potential customers. While the main

attraction is their potato cuisine, they have a surprising amount of variety in the menu. They have a wide range of appetizers to choose from, as well as a kid and dessert menu. They also offer gluten free choices and a salad menu for the health conscious. Old wooden benches, a pool table and beer on tap defined the style of the previous location. It resembled a sports bar that pointed to no specific demographic or target market. The new Potato Shack still has those same key features and still resembles a sports bar, but this time around it looks like a sports bar with a more modern feel and it seems to be better suited toward a younger audience. Economically speaking, the potato shack is college friendly. Most meals cost around $8, and the shack has specials every day of the week that are cheaper than the usual price. They deliver, SHSU’S VERY OWN

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This article was originally published on 04/27/16

Yummy Yummy’s cuisine impresses

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This article was originally published on 04/15/16

Farmhouse duo amazes with homestyle food

Hayden Burden Staff Reporter

A restaurant is more than the food it cooks. Restaurants that are worth review must be able to create great food, a comfortable environment and convenience for the customer. Most restaurants manage to attain the key factors, however not all of them can evenly represent every attribute that makes for a great dining experience. Farmhouse Café, along with its partner in crime, Farmhouse Sweets and Eats, fall into this trap that overlooks its negative factors. Farmhouse impresses with its ability to create amazing home-style food but neglects minor issues that it has. Farmhouse Café shows some of the bad side of the duo. Their uncomfortable environment as well as their lack of convenience is what hurts them the most. This is because it is almost always crowded. Don’t even think about going on the weekend. Some would say that crowded atmosphere goes to show as a testament to its high quality but in actuality this takes away from the quality. As more demand for service increases, the food has to be cooked and rushed out quicker and more people always results in a slower serving time. At the café’s counterpart,

Farmhouse Sweets and Eats, this problem is nonexistent. Although in a smaller location, Sweets and Eats found a way to keep the numbers low while it still provides the great farmhouse food everyone loves. In addition to a less crowded environment, Sweets and Eats provides things that the café does not. Such as a counter where they sell old fashioned candy, fried cakes and more sugary delights. Some of their best dishes are the turkey avocado croissant sandwich, the pecan chicken salad and especially their chicken tortilla soup. Although crammed at times, the farmhouse café’s food is some of the best found in east Texas and their chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken may even be the best in the entire south. They could be located in a broken down shack, sell nothing but fried chicken and still be an awesome restaurant; that is how good the fried chicken is. Seriously the fried chicken cannot be exaggerated enough, it outshines everything else on the menu. Some honorable mentions are their beef monterey, chicken noodle soup and their fried green tomatoes. The location of the two restaurants is as good as a college student could want. They are within a mile of the

campus, which makes them convenient for Sam Houston State University students. Both restaurants have a pleasant interior. Sweets and Eats is very colorful on the inside and is in one of Huntsville’s historical buildings. The café may look basic on the outside but the decoration and cleanliness on the inside far surpasses Huntsville standards. The cafe may have some set-backs, but Farmhouse’s positive aspects like their food quality and sweets make up for any minor shortcomings.

In summation try the fried chicken, don’t go to the café during popular hours, try the candy at Sweets and Eats and get the fried chicken. Since this is a dual location review there are too many factors to examine, so there will be no exact number rating. All that can be said for sure is that good food is served at the Farmhouse duo. Farmhouse Café is located at 1004 14 Street and Farmhouse Sweets and Eats is located at 1112 11 Street.



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Tips for getting along with your new roommate

Morgan Mears Viewpoints Editor

So you’ve survived your first year of college and you’re ready to move off of campus, however, you’ve never lived anywhere but your parents’ home and in your on campus dorm and you’re quite nervous about getting new roommates and moving into a new place- no need to fear. We’ve all been there. For a lot of first time apartment renters, roommates play a significant part in the rental experience. While being a college student

trying to budget bills and rent, it is usually easier on students to get an apartment with a roommate to help lessen the monetary load on themselves. Whether your roommate is your best friend or a complete stranger, the relationship you have with your roommate can make or break your renting experience. Given the importance of these relationships and how much weighs on them there are a couple of tips you and your roommate can follow to ensure that your apartment remains your “home sweet home.” Set honest expectations and

ground rules Whether your roommate is your best friend or someone you’ve never met until move in day, having a conversation before you set in for the long haul will help to not only strengthen the relationship between roommates, but it will also set the playing field for the duration of your lease. This conversation should cover house rules from having guests and significant others over, social habits, pets, study preferences, noise preferences, and cleanliness or a cleaning schedule. Having this open and honest conversation can help

you avoid any surprises and ease the tension after you have settled into your new apartment. Splitting bills and tracking expenses One of the few downsides to venturing out on your own is the fact that you now have to pay bills. No one wants to live with the roommate who always claims to have “forgotten their wallet” every single time it’s time to pay the electricity bill each month. One way to split a bill between roommates is to literally split it, dividing it between yourself and the number of roommates you

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Healthy Bearkats Roommate Tips- pg. 55 have and each person pays his or her share. Unsure of how to divide the bill equally between yourself and your roommates? Don’t be afraid to perform a little math, all it takes is a little division. For example if your bill is $100.00 and it is just yourself and one other roommate sharing the space then the two of you would both pay $50.00 on the bill at hand. Have more than one roommate? The same idea would apply, simply split that $100.00 electricity bill amongst yourself and your roommates. Another simple way to make sure the bill gets paid on time and that it isn’t always being paid for or taken care of by the same person is to take turns. Grab a calendar and mark each month with which roommate is going to take care of what bills. Make sure to write down who is taking care of what and at what time to ensure there is no bickering over whose turn it is to pay a certain bill. If you and your roommate are tech savvy and enjoy using and being on your smart phones there are apps to help split bills instantly. Downloading such an app like

Splitwise to help split bills also helps encourage you to repay your roomie for other expenses that they may cover like the $10.00 that pizza they brought home the other night. Know each other’s schedules Most college students also hold a job outside of going to school, so if your roommate works crazy hours you may not want to be slamming doors and listening to your music at 6 a.m. Also, if you know your roommate regularly wakes up at a certain time in the morning to get ready for class or work don’t run into the bathroom two minutes before you know they are set to get up. There is nothing worse than waking up moments before you actually have to thanks to the annoying buzzing and ringing from the alarm that can be heard in the next room over. Be mindful if you’re an alarm abuser and you love hitting the snooze button. Try placing your phone or your alarm across the room so that you have to get up and turn it off as soon as it goes off and your roommate isn’t left lying in bed awake, staring at the ceiling hours before they have to get up due to

your bad habit. Be respectful Some roommates make lists and others divide certain things such as food, laundry products, and toiletries in an apartment and other’s simply share anything and everything, however it’s always mindful to be respectful and not eat their food or use their products without their knowledge. If you’re unsure if something is regarded as communal property, don’t be afraid to ask your roommate. It’s better to know for certain rather than borrowing or using something that is regarded off limits. Unless you and your roommate have established some sort of itemized list for shared household items, don’t take their toiletries without asking or eat all of their food! Check before throwing parties While some would think this is one of the more obvious of the roommate rules, some people tend to forget that not all people enjoy partying or having shindigs thrown at their place of living. Be polite and ask your roommate before throwing a party or hosting a large gathering. Unless both parties agree, don’t throw a

party especially if you know your roommate has work or school obligations. Keeping your roommate awake or forcing them the stay awake because you wanted to throw a party is simply rude and inconsiderate. Problem Solving While these tips are meant to help guide you in a stress free relationship with your roommate, no relationship of any kind is perfect and there will be problems along the way. Addressing these issues in a calm mind set is key to keeping a harmonious home. While some would advise you to only address an issue when it is big, it is mindful to remember that most issues that become “big” issues once started off small, so don’t be afraid to address a small problem in the hopes of squishing the issue before it gets big or out of hand. Whether you’re moving in with your best friend, a complete stranger or a group of people remember that patience is key when it comes to trying to keep a happy home. By following some of these easy to remember tips you’ll be living in a peaceful and harmonious apartment in no time.

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Humans of Sam Houston: HIV positive

Teddi Cliett Staff Reporter

misdiagnosed with the flu. “The flu test came back negative but the doctor Junior Deondre Moore thought they just caught it will remember April 21, early,” Moore said. “But my 2014 for the rest of his life. body was in so much pain. I It was the day after Easter, was coughing up blood, my the day he tested positive head was pounding and I for HIV. couldn’t sleep.” Today, Moore travels After his symptoms across the nation to present continued, Moore got a speeches, spread awareness blood test. He said he knew and advocate for HIV/AIDS the moment he answered education. Two years ago the phone what the results though, as a freshman were. sitting on a sterile Student “I was very nervous but Health Center bed, he was I kind of knew,” he said. “The terrified. time before that when I had “My first thought gotten tested and it came was ‘oh God, I’m going to back negative, they told me die,’” Moore said. “I didn’t over the phone. So when know anything about HIV, I called to get my results I just knew it was a death again and they told me to sentence.” come in and see a doctor I Moore originally just packed up some stuff checked into the health to go straight home if that center with flu-like was the case.” symptoms and was At 19, Moore told his

mom his test results and tried to bear her reaction. “She was devastated… and at first she was scared for me and thought it would be hard for me because of the way people take it,” he said. Eventually though, the fear faded and a sort of bravery took stage as Moore became more informed about treatment options and prevention methods. Right now, Moore takes one pill a day to protect and prevent his HIV from progressing. “It used to be what they would call a cocktail,” he said. “People would take anywhere from 10-25 pills a day and now I only take one pill a day. One pill a day is what keeps me alive.” Moore said when someone is first diagnosed

and starts treatment, their medicine is considered a prevention method as well. That aspect of the pill reduces the risk of spreading HIV dramatically, almost 100 percent and the majority of his symptoms have subsided. “Now that I’ve been on my medication for so long I’m no longer detectable,” he said. “So even though I have HIV, my body is in a dormant state, it’s like asleep. I reduce spreading HIV by 96 percent- there’s only like a four percent chance that I could pass it on through unprotected sex.” Matthew McConaughey’s 2013 Dallas Buyers Club revealed the reality behind high priced HIV/AIDS medication in the 1980s. Moore’s reality

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any better, you’d know you can’t catch HIV from salvia however, is much less or expensive because of his touching or kissing. It insurance plan, which just comes from education.” completely covers his three Comprehensive sex month supply. Otherwise education is at the center of Moore would pay $7,250 Moore’s advocacy. out of pocket. “In Texas, we only “My insurance covers have abstinence-only everything fully, I don’t education, we don’t pay a dime,” he said. “If I teach comprehensive sex didn’t have my insurance education and how to there’s other ways to get protect ourselves,” Moore into programs that will help said. “That was one of the pay for your medication things that I called out. The because it’s so expensive.” NEA (National Education While his insurance Association) happened to covers the cost of his be in the room when I gave medication, his exposure my speech and I told them to harsh words and the education systems have uneducated responses is failed me and millions of a payment he makes from people everywhere.” time to time, even though President Barak Obama he said he has felt accepted proposed defunding for the most part. abstinence only education, “There are people, which Moore said is a step even family, who say very in the right direction. nasty things about me like “I hope we get to an ‘don’t drink after him’ or AIDS free generation,” ‘be careful, make sure you Moore said. “I think it’s wash your hands after you very possible but it won’t touch him’ but that’s just happen if we don’t educate ignorance,” Moore said. people.” “When people are ignorant Now, Moore works you can’t really blame them, alongside the Human they’re just not educated. Rights Campaign, the That’s when I try to come nation’s largest LGBTQ in and say, ‘well if you knew civil rights advocacy

organization, among other non-profits. By traveling across the U.S. to give his testimony, Moore said he meets people from countless walks of life who have struggled with him. “Being open about it hasn’t been the easiest thing but it’s been helpful to my peers to be able to show them my story and let them see my life on the inside and by being an open book they can see what it’s like being HIV positive,” he said. This weekend Moore will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of congress for AIDS Watch, the nation’s largest constituent-based HIV/ AIDS advocacy event. He also plans to work alongside fashion designer Kenneth Cole for a new ad campaign, The Courageous Class- The Real Models are the Role Models. Best Sandwiches for five years


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the museum itself, the most famous and mysterious of which includes the Steamboat House Rooted deep in the history in which Houston died and may of Texas, Huntsville has a story as still haunt. The grounds are free for big as a 10-gallon hat. Founded all visitors and the museum is in 1836 by Pleasant and Ephraim free for all students. Feeding Gray as an Indian trading post, the chickens, ducks and geese the city was named after their is an age old tradition and a home town of Huntsville, good sized bag of feed can be Alabama. bought in the museum gift Eventually, Huntsville would become the home of Sam shop for only a dollar. Word of Houston, Governor of Tennessee, caution: the geese can get a little overzealous when it comes Governor of Texas, U.S. Senator to food. and most importantly the first Sam Houston’s historic president of the Republic of grave site can be found in the Texas. General Houston helped Oakwood Cemetery, a quiet the Texas army defeat Mexico and peaceful place under the in the Battle of San Jacinto and shadows of large pine trees in turn secured a victory in the keeping watch over his final Texas Revolution. resting place. Houston choose to settle Erected in 1994 by artist in Huntsville because the David Adickes, Huntsville also landscape reminded him of the boosts the world’s tallest statue rolling hills of Tennessee, and of any American hero. A giant he built a homestead including General Sam Houston keeps several houses, a law office and watch over the city along various other establishments. Interstate 45. Sam Houston’s home and Huntsville State Park and grave site still stand in Huntsville Sam Houston National Forest today. In fact, the Sam Houston are also nearby and great places Memorial Museum is directly to visit for all sorts of outdoor across from the university on activities including hiking, Sam Houston Ave. The grounds swimming and canoeing. include his homes, law office, a park with a duck pond, walking trails and gazebos and



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Job Hunting Tips Every person has experience and skills from clubs, activities and family life. Did you organize a party, help managed your siblings or help a neighbor with some project?

Don’t freak about the interview just practice more than once. You’ll relax and feel confidant so you can be friendly and think clearly. Remember you’re checking out the job and employer as much as vice versa. Is this a good job fit for you?

Lots of jobs are available on campus. Working during college isn’t for everyone, especially when you’re adjusting to FREEDOM! If you’re willing to be reliable, have a good study plan and want to trade free time to earn money check out “Jobs for Kats”. Every student job is posted here for 5 days.

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Don’t shoot yourself in the foot!

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Sell yourself in the cover letter, relate it to the job Mention your goals, your accomplishments and why you want the job. Use perfect grammar, punctuation and spelling.

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