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Milestone Investment Roundtable brings Wall Street to SFA finance students recorded in SFA enrollment Despite predictions of lower enrollment as a result of stricter admission requirements Enrollment + .7% this fall, SFA has recorded its highGraduate Students +10.3% est enrollment in Freshmen - 5% history. Enrollment for the fall semester Transfers Students +10.5% is 12,999, up .7 perHispanic Enrollment +16.9% cent from 12,903 in Fall 2011. Figures reflect Fall 2012 compared to Fall 2011 statistics. Although the number of freshmen at SFA is down 5 percent, from 3,747 to 3,558, the number of graduate students increased 10.8 percent, from 1,535 to 1,701. Additionally, increases in the number of students were recorded for other classifications: sophomore numbers increased from 2,273 to 2,293; juniors grew from 2,395 to 2,475; and seniors rose from 2,953 to 2,972. “We appreciate the diligent work of faculty and staff members across campus who have assisted in university recruiting efforts and contributed to the educational environment at SFA that leads to student learning,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president. “The fact that our overall enrollment increased during a year in which we increased admission requirements confirms our belief that we should continue to emphasize faculty involvement with our students, small class sizes and a variety of campus-involvement opportunities for our students.” The number of students transferring from other colleges and universities increased 10.5 percent, from 920 last fall to 1,017 this year. “This is particularly good news for SFA,” said Dr. Richard Berry, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Students who transfer to a university from another higher education institution tend to have been successful at their prior institutions and are likely to have adjusted to the academic rigors of college-level coursework. Statistically it is more likely that these students will persist to graduation.” Hispanic enrollment at SFA is up 16.9 percent, from 1,323 to 1,547. SFA representatives said this increase reflects the university’s efforts to meet the goals of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Closing the Gaps initiatives. The education plan was adopted in 2000 with the goal of closing the gaps in student participation and success, increasing the number of nationally recognized programs or services at universities in Texas, and increasing the level of federal science and engineering research in Texas. The enrollment figures at SFA showed promise of historic highs throughout the first two weeks of classes. “Over the course of the first couple of weeks of school, enrollment will vary due to students adding and dropping courses,” Pattillo said. “At one point last week, enrollment was as high as 13,007. It just so happened that on the official census day, with drops and adds, we landed on 12,999.” SFA has achieved record high enrollments in three of the past four years. Enrollment in fall 2009 was 12,845, and fall 2010 enrollment was 12,954. The university is discussing plans for another increase in academic standards for admission to be implemented in 2015.
Hardy Meredith/SFA Public Affairs Members of the Mast family watch as Regent Bob Garrett unveils the newly named Mast Student Investment Roundtable in the McGee Business Building this summer.
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t seems as though Wall Street has some younger competition to watch out for. Students who have interest in getting real-world involvement while still in college can make their way to the Nelson Rusche College of Business, where SFA students are getting a chance to put their financial skills to work in the Mast Student Investment Roundtable. This program allows students to work together as a class to invest real money into stocks and manage an equity portfolio. The investment program originally
ran on campus from 1998 until 2006 as part of the business curriculum. It surfaced again at SFA in 2009 and has been giving students authentic, firsthand experience with stocks. Dr. Todd Brown, associate professor of finance and the chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, has been associated with the program since 2009 and is currently the director of the Mast Student Investment Roundtable. Each semester the group of students enrolled in the class takes over the responsibility of a portfolio containing 35 different stocks within the 10 major sectors that are based off the
macro events going on in the world ( i.e. healthcare, energy, financials). Their goals are to invest in a way that beats the S&P 500, which is an index of the 500 largest stocks in the market and an indicator of how the market is doing on average. Brown says the class tracks the S&P 500 every day and tries to see how they do relative to it. “We’re doing active investing,” Brown said. “We’re trying to find a way to beat the S&P 500. Just buying those stocks would be passive investing. If we’re going to actively try to do the work, then hopefully we’ll do better than it.” The Department of Economics and Finance is able to offer this program with the help of donations from the SFA Alumni Foundation and the SFA Foundation. “We had both of those entities give us money back in 2009, and that’s how we had the real money to invest,” Brown said. “So we’ve continued on, and people have given us money over time as well.” The class is now monitoring more than $350,000, which fluctuates with the market and how the students do in class. The students visit the Alumni Foundation every three months and give them an overview of how they’re doing in their portfolio. The alumni have a choice Hardy Meredith/SFA Public Affairs to either donate more or
Regent Steve McCarty thanks Mrs. A. T. Mast for her family’s longstanding support of SFA programs and scholarships. Roundtable, page 2 Her husband, the late A. T. Mast, was prominent in the East Texas ranching and timber business.
LiveText adds to education students’ expenses By Wendi Kunkel Special to The Pine Log With textbooks, school supplies and tuition draining students’ wallets this time of year, students majoring in the College of Education as well as secondary education minors will discover they have yet another required item to purchase for their courses. LiveText, a data management system used by the college for its program improvement
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and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, must be purchased for $98. Students use the system to submit certain assignments. “LiveText is the data management system used by the whole Perkins College of Education for program improvement and to assess and monitor compliance to national accreditation standards,” according to Lynda Martin, director and professor in the School of Human Sciences. There are five departments in the College of Education—elementary education, human sciences, kinesiology and health sciences, secondary education and education leadership department. Any student majoring in a field in any of these departments is required to purchase a subscription: •Elementary Education Department •The School of Human Sciences
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•Human Services Department •Kinesiology & Health Science Department •Secondary Ed. & Ed. Leadership Department •Elementary Education Department •The School of Human Sciences •Human Services Department •Kinesiology & Health Science Department •Secondary Ed. & Ed. Leadership Department “LiveText benefits students by collecting the data surrounding our program learning outcomes so we can evaluate how well or how poorly we are serving our students and make required adjustments to insure they are prepared for their future careers,” Martin said. Amy Doyle, a hospitality senior, believes students in the human sciences department shouldn’t have to purchase a
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LiveText subscription. “I’ve really only used it once in a class, and I felt like we could have turned in the same assignment on D2L. If I’ve only used it once since I bought it and none of my classes require it this semester, what was the point in making me buy it?” Doyle said. Martin believes the subscription, while pricey at first, will pay for itself over time. “LiveText is a one time purchase that is good for five years. This equates to approximately $20 per year for an undergraduate student if they use it for five years,” Martin said. “In my professional opinion, I believe it is imperative for programs to continually improve their quality and this is a tool that will help programs in the college do that.” Students who are graduating in either December or May can opt out of purchasing the standard subscription and instead buy the one-year subscription for only $45.
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A bold journey to London 2012 By Dakota Cowley Special to The Pine Log Legs shaking, palms sweating and butterflies flying in her stomach are just a fraction of the feelings running through Kylie Louw’s body moments before taking the field in her first ever Olympic games. “I closed my eyes for a brief second to soak up the moment, then all of the sudden I heard cleats slamming on the floor,” Louw said. “As I opened my eyes I saw my teammates rushing past me.” With natural adrenalin pumping through every inch of her body, Louw followed suit. As she reached the field, the deafening cheers from thousands of fans greeted her. The cheers only proceeded to get louder and louder until every fan was in unison. Kylie Louw, who is a graduate student at SFA, is a part of the Ladyjack Soccer team, the defending Southland Conference Champions. To go along with the conference title, Louw also has three Southland Conference Player of the Year awards to her name. If it sounds like the South Africa native is competitive and ambitious, that’s because she is. Since Louw was a young girl she dreamt of becoming an Olympian and competing on the world’s biggest and most competitive stage. But it wasn’t by sheer chance that Louw achieved her lifelong dream when she competed in the London 2012 Olympics. Louw worked extremely hard to reach the Olympics. She’s been a member of the South Africa Women’s National Team since the age of 15, when she played on the 20-and-under national team for two years. By the age of 17 she was playing caps with the South Africa
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Senior National Team, an honor Louw will never forget. “I was a part of the first national soccer academy that South Africa ever established for women,” Louw said. “I give all my gratitude to them because we were given the opportunity to train every day, which was great for me.” The everyday training paid off when the South Africa Women’s National Team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), reached London and eventually Coventry, the site of their first two Olympic games. The seven previous months of dedicated, hellaciously hard work were about to be put to the test. On July 25, 2012, the whistle blew on South Africa’s very first Olympic game, a cap against Sweden, the sixth ranked team in the world. Louw and her teammates played a gritty, tough, competitive match for the full 90 minutes but ended up on the wrong side of the win column with a 4 to 1 defeat. “There were one or two small mistakes that could have changed the game, that would’ve prevented Sweden from scoring so many goals. I don’t think we’re that far talentwise from Sweden; they just did a great job at capitalizing on our weaknesses,” said Louw, sighing as she recapped the game. With a loss comes the opportunity to get better, and three days after their first game South Africa was back out on the pitch to face Canada, the seventh ranked team in the world. Louw and her native comrades were more familiar with Canada, a situation which in return settled the nerves. Similar to the first game, they went out and played with the pride of their country behind them and left everything they had on the field but came up short 3 to 0. Christine
Courtesy Photo Kylie Louw, SFA senior midfielder, passes the ball past a defender in a game against Houston Baptist earlier this year. Louw comes off a life-changing experience, playing for her native South Afrida in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sinclair, Canada’s superstar forward, scored two goals to take down South Africa in their group stage match. “The match against Canada was a competitive one but the difference was Christine Sinclair; she’s just strong and was able to power through to score two amazing goals,” said Louw. Louw and the rest of her teammates knew they wouldn’t be advancing to the next stage of the tournament based on the outcome of their first two games, but that didn’t deter them from standing up to Japan, the world champions. The game ended in a 0 to 0 draw
after 90 minutes. As a whole, Louw and the rest of the team, coaching staff included, were overwhelmed with satisfaction. They knew the Japan result would do huge things for the soccer association back in their homeland. Their performance overall throughout the Olympics can’t be overlooked. They were the first South Africa women’s soccer team to compete in an Olympic setting. On top of that, Banyana Banyana was able to put its talent up against some of the best the world has to offer, losing to the bronze medal team and playing the silver medal
team to a draw. “It was an out-of-body experience,” Louw recalled with a smile. “I had the opportunity to play against people that I used to sit at home and watch on TV. Finding myself on that same stage was very fulfilling.”,” Kylie Louw didn’t just play in the Olympics for South Africa; she played for SFA and the community as a whole. She did an exceptional job at demonstrating professionalism and pride toward something she’s very passionate about—a trait Lumberjacks know all too well.
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On 9-13-2012 an officer was dispatched to the lobby of UPD in reference to a hit and run. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised between 9-12-2012 and 9-13-2012 his unattended vehicle was damaged in lot 44 of the Wilson Parking Garage. There are no suspects. On 9-13-2012 an officer was dispatched to Hall 16 in reference to a hit and run. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant, who advised between 9-12-2012 and 9-13-2012 her unattended vehicle was damaged in lot 23. There are no suspects. On 9-12-2012 anofficer was dispatched to the lobby of UPD in reference to found property. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with a subject who advised on 9-12-2012 he found a checkbook in the roadway on East College St. On 9-13-2012 the owner of the checkbook advised that a check had been stolen from the checkbook. There are no suspects. On 9-13-2012 an officer was dispatched
take some away. Brown says the Alumni board is almost a part of the class, and they wanted to help the students get this experience so they could get great jobs. “Not only are they messing with real money, but they have a real board to answer to that needs that money, and they don’t want to lose it,” Brown said. To get involved in the roundtable class, students have to take Finance 357, SFA’s investments course. They also have to apply for the program and go through an interview just as a real job would have them do. Lace Montgomery, finance senior, is in the fall 2012 roundtable class and believes this class will help her after she graduates. “A lot of students don’t have that experience going out of college,” Montgomery said. “They have to start at something small and work their way up. Hopefully this will help me get a step ahead of the competition when I am applying for jobs.” Another member in this semester’s class is Chris Boatman, finance senior. He participated in the roundtable in spring of 2012 and has returned for a second semester. “I would like a job as a financial adviser,” Boatman said. “In this class, I have firsthand experience with some of the tools that we use. If I get real practice with them now, it’ll actually be applicable when I get a job.” Brown said he cannot create the level of interaction in another class as much as he can in this one; he likes to see the students come to their own conclusions and their own ideas. “The best part is seeing the students have discussions with each other and getting out of that traditional classroom setting and into this ‘experiential learning,’” Brown said.
The Crime Log to Kerr Hall in reference to alcohol inside a residence. Upon arrival the officer located a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage. There is one suspect. On 9-12-2012 an officer was dispatched to Hall 10 in reference to a drugcomplaint. Upon arrival the Officer located a subject in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. There is one suspect. On 9-11-2012 an officer was dispatched to North Hall in reference to a subject inside the building that had been banned from SFA's campus. The officer arrived and made contact with the subject and verified the subject had been banned on 9-3-2012. The subject was arrested for criminal trespass and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail without incident. There is one
suspect. On 9-11-2012 an officer was dispatched to Lumberjack Lodge in reference to criminal mischief. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised on 9-11-2012 she observed a card swipe machine damaged on the fourth floor of Lumberjack Lodge. There are no suspects. On 9-11-2012 an officer observed a vehicle accident in the parking lot at the Early Childhood Research Center. The driver that caused the accident was discovered to be intoxicated. The subject was arrested for driving while intoxicated 2nd Offense and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail without incident. There is one suspect. On 9-11-2012 an officer was dispatched to Lot 15 in reference to a theft. Upon arrival the Officer made contact with the complainant, who advised between 9-102012 and 9-11-2012 his two bicycle tires were stolen from his bike. There are no suspects.
His best advice to future roundtable students is to develop an understanding of the world and the economy around them. He says the stock market is a complex entity that will be hard to ever understand completely. Brown believes a person will never get a good grasp on the market until they actually start getting involved in it. This class is a way to get experience with investing without the risk of personal financial loss. “Experience is the best teacher,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, the tuition is often too high.”
Student play on its way The SFA School of Theatre will present a student-directed production of Yukio Mishima’s “The Lady Aoi” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. All performances are in the Downstage Theatre located on the first floor of the Griffith Fine Arts Building. The one-act play will be directed by senior Benn May, who is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in performance with an emphasis in directing. “When Lady Aoi becomes sick, her husband, Hikaru, flies home from a business trip to visit the hospital,” May explained in describing the production’s storyline. “There, he learns of a mysterious woman who has come to visit his wife every night. This woman is his ex-lover, Mrs. Rokujo. She explains that she has come to kill Aoi and re-ignite Hikaru’s love for her.” Senior Mai Le plays the role of Aoi. Other cast members include freshman Bianca Stein as the nurse; senior Jordan Boyd in the role of Hikaru; and freshman Marley Graham as Mrs. Rokujo. May’s previous SFA directing credits include being an assistant for “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Festival of New American Plays.” He is also assistant director for “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” which will be presented Nov. 13 through 17 as part of the School of Theatre’s Mainstage Series. He has appeared in SFA’s productions of “Twelfth Night”, “How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “The O.C.” and student plays. Other SFA theatre credits include costume designer and assistant director for student full-length productions and directing the Upstage production of “The Concorde Fallacy.”
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Angry Birds is no longer just an app By Robert Key Contributing Writer On Dec. 11, 2009, the 99-cent phenomenon known as Angry Birds was first released on Apple’s app store. Less than one year after its release, Angry Birds had been downloaded 6.5 million times, making it a crowning achievement for any game, whether it was in the app store or a triple-A title fat budget. Now nearly three years after its release, Rovio —the developer behind Angry Birds—has created three more Angry Birds games and added them to other various platforms including PC and Android devices. The four games combined have seen an astounding one billion downloads and counting, making it one of the most successful franchises in the history of gaming. On Sept. 25, Rovio will bring the wild success of Angry Birds to the Xbox 360 (360), PlayStation 3 (PS3), and the Nintendo 3DS (3DS) with Angry Birds Trilogy and Activision acting as the game’s publisher. This version will include the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio, but is not an ordinary compilation of games. This collection contains a slew of new content: beautiful new artwork built from the ground up; 1080p picture
for high-definition televisions; 3D and surround sound options; new animated cutscenes between each chapter; Kinect and PlayStation Move support options; 19 brand new levels, achievements and trophies for the Xbox and PlayStation respectively; unlockable never-before-seen concept art and leaderboards for individual levels. To top off the icing on the cake, all three games come conveniently packaged onto one disc (or cartridge for the 3DS). As a big Angry Birds fan myself, I was quite excited when I first heard the news that the “birds of fury” were coming to consoles with many new features. So what exactly is wrong with all of this? The first reason—and arguably the most important one—is the fact that the trilogy is selling at an outrageous price of $40 for the 360 and PS3 and $30 for the 3DS. If you were to buy the iPad versions of each game, the Almighty Eagle add-ons and Angry Birds Space (which is not included in the trilogy), it would cost around $15, not to mention that Angry Birds is apparently free on Android devices. The trilogy will also lack 155 levels, which were added to the games via free updates over the past year. To make matters worse, Activision announced that there will be two pieces of downloadable
Faculty show hits 36th year In celebration of almost four decades of creative exchanges between SFA and the University of Dallas, the work of UD faculty artists will be displayed for several weeks in the Griffith Gallery beginning Tuesday. The exhibit is presented as part of the 2012-2013 SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art’s Gallery Series. This marks the 36th year that SFA and UD have executed artistic exchanges between the two universities, according to Dan Hammett, chairman of the University of Dallas art department. “A graduate school friendship in upstate New York that was transplanted to the Republic of Texas has led to many formats of exchange,” Hammett wrote in the show statement that will accompany the exhibit. “Collegial exchange has been a wonderful gift to the students and faculty of SFA and UDallas.” Both institutions have been “blessed” with years
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content (DLC) to be released in the near future. With all of that said, there are a few questions that are unanswered. First, will the DLC contain the missing 155 levels? Hopefully this is what the DLC is, but it is somewhat of a mystery as to why these
of graduate and faculty workshop exchanges, kiln building workshops and graduate and faculty exchange exhibitions, the statement explains. “The current faculty of the University of Dallas feels privileged to present their latest creative efforts to you, the gallery patrons, students and faculty of Stephen F. Austin. We hope you will find visual delight in the work presented, and we look forward to the next professional exchange,” the statement reads. The exhibit features the work of four UD art professors. Juergen Strunck, professor of art, has taught at UD since 1968 with an emphasis on printmaking. He has had more than 60 solo exhibitions across America and internationally and has presented workshops and lectures worldwide. His prints are in the collections of more than 100 public institutions. Phillip Shore is associate professor at UD and teaches sculpture. His artwork is influenced by his travels to and the study of archeological artifacts from Ancient Greece and the relationship between humans and the environment. His work is in many public and private collections. Kim Owens, associate professor of art in painting, has turned her innate interest in structure and space into works that negotiate place and the observer’s experience it. Her studio practice includes paintings, drawings, prints and installations. Owens’ work has been exhibited nationally and reviewed in various publications. Dr. Catherine Caesar, assistant professor of art history, has been teaching at UD since 2003 and her work focuses on contemporary American art. Most recently, she has been investigating the notion of “aerial art” and Robert Smithson’s 1955 project for the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport. Hammett has taught at UD since 1974, where he is currently professor and chairman of the art department. His ceramic work has been included in exhibitions across the United States and is included in private, university and corporate collections. His private studio, “Handcrafter Ceramics,” has produced architectural ceramic sculpture as well as functional ceramics for more than 35 years. The show runs through Nov. 9 and is free and open to the public. The Griffith Gallery is located on the SFA campus in the Griffith Fine Arts Building and is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
levels will not be included at the game’s launch. Though I think it is a small chance, there is also the possibility that they are working on an upgraded version of Angry Birds Space. Second, is the DLC going to be accompanied by a price tag? If Activision is wise, they will not charge money for the DLC on top of the $40 asking price, especially since owning all four of the Angry Birds games on an iPad is a fraction of the price. Third, will the Almighty Eagle addons be included in each of the games? I am assuming that it will be included, but with two DLC packs, it is certainly a possibility that it will not be. Again, Activision would be wise to include the Almighty Eagle. We should not have to pay $40 to get a game that is already available in many other forms for a fraction of the price and is not absent of content. I would get the Angry Birds Trilogy if it were $20 tops, and that is only a maybe, but that is just me. I would like to hear what you guys think. If all of this was news to you, are you now excited for it? Do you think they are charging too much for it? If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me or follow me on Twitter. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @Robbie_Key_V
‘Rock of Ages’ is a roller coaster of rock n’ roll By Zoe Riemer Entertainment Editor
Like most movies that are based on a musical, or have music incorporated in them, “Rock of Ages” starts out with a bang; rock god Stacee Jaxx, played by Tom Cruise, singing Guns N’ Roses’ song “Paradise City. “ The story of the movie is your stereotypical tale of a small town girl in 1987 going to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming famous. Along the way she meets a boy who is also pursing his dream in becoming a famous rock singer and falls in love. “Rock of Ages” is a roller coaster of a ride, with a cast to go with it including two bar owners, played by Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand, who are trying to keep their bar alive; a politician’s wife, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, who wants to see Stacee Jaxx’s career fall to the ground; and Jaxx’s insane manager (Paul Giamatti) who just wants money. The plot itself was cute enough to get enjoyment out of without seeming like a waste of money, but the main thing that kept the movie alive was the well-done acting by Cruise and Julianne Hough, making her main debut as an actress playing small town girl Sherrie. Cruise did a good job of acting like a cryptic insane musician who would blurt out sayings such as “You can’t trap a fire pheonix.” The movie itself also had a number of characters with many stories incorporated in it, and they did a good job not making the large amount of stories get out of hand. “Rock of Ages” orginally debuted
as a Broadway musical, creating the atmosphere needed for a musical movie. Some movies based on musicals don’t capture the story well enough, but “Rock Of Ages”
pulled it off nicely. The songs that were sung in the movie also fit nicely with the plot andincluded classic 80’s rock songs that most people will recognize, such as “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. “Rock of Ages” is a good movie to watch when you are feeling nostalgic about good 80s rock music and want to be entertained. Also, Tom Cruise playing a rock god doesn’t hurt either.
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or hundreds of years, fashion has been something that defines our individuality. Women wear clothes that make them feel good and comfortable in their own skin. They wear clothes that make them feel confident and beautiful. Over the years style has become an ever changing cycle. What was “in style” in the ‘50s has become part of fashion today. We constantly find ways to re-create what was once popular, making it popular again. This is a great thing. I love that style is able to wrap around one era and merge into the next; it means that everything you own can be used and reused by simply adding a belt or some neon leg-
wear with people thinking it’s cute. We are all different, in body, in mind and in heart. The way you dress is the first thing people will notice about you so you want to dress for who you are as well as for your shape. If you have curves, work it! Show that you are confident in your body. That doesn’t mean wear the tightest clothing you can find. When you do that you are drawing the wrong kind of attention. Show people that you know you look good in your skin but do it with class. Wear a sexy v neck, empire waist cocktail dress, or form fitting jeans in your appropriate size with a baby-doll t-shirt and a flirty cardigan. Whatever you are comfortable in. The same rules apply for women without curves. Wear your size, not something smaller and tighter just because you can. You may say to yourself, “I don’t care what people think”; and you
gings. I feel like although fashion is changing, people are refusing to change with it. It is one thing to have your own style; it’s another to avoid the inevitable. You will get sucked into what is “in style” whether you like it or not. Department stores change with the seasons and with what fashion magazines say is “in style”. So you will be buying things that have become fashionable. That is not to say you can’t amp it up and add little things here and there to develop your own style. When you are creating a style that defines you, try to buy things that fit you appropriately. We aren’t 5 years old anymore. We can’t walk around in our under-
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that? It is because you do not have enough time. Or so you think. I have been busier at college this semester than ever with my schedule, work, and organizations. At the same time, however, it feels better than ever before. The conclusion? I am addicted to adrenaline and would major in being involved if I could. Still, with so much time scheduled for me, it makes all of my free time seem that much more crucial. I now feel like my social life is more alive than ever before. Whenever I find a free moment, no matter how small, I am getting homework done, or hanging out with people. It has only been about three weeks into the school year, but I have hung out with wider groups of people than I even thought I was
friends with. I guess I feel like what time I do have I need to spend how I want to. I am not getting any more time, and it is not like if I did have more, I would immediately decide to change how I spent it. I am learning to enjoy time and make the most of what I have. My all-time favorite quote, by writer Douglas Noel Adams, correlates in the sense that, no matter how I choose to spend my time, life will work out as it needs to, because of my choices. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” Sara is a junior Deaf & Hard of Hearing Education major and a contributing writer for the Pine Log.
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to cover. Thursday nights, I have Bible study. Sunday mornings, I have church. Sunday afternoon and evening, I have two meetings for my fraternity. Saturdays, well, those are game days (band geek). Very basically put, there is a lot on my plate. This is consistent, along with whatever outside service projects, meetings or assignments needing done. It seems as though there is simply not enough time for everything I need to do, plus everything I want to do. Contemplate your own schedules, whether seemingly busier or less so than mine. It is not a competition; it is merely a time to reflect. Maybe you get less than four hours of sleep a night. Maybe you don’t get lunch most days. Maybe you don’t have a social life. Why is
“I love that the campus is filled with friendly people. I consider my SFA friends my family.” —Zach Stewart
Axes up to all the great opportunities coming up in the School of Music. With world famous composer Frank Ticheli and an LMB trip to London, who knows what’s next?
ime: we are all given a set amount and that’s what we have to work with—no more, no less. From the beginning of time itself, time has been of the essence. To have time is to hold in your hands a sacred concept, one of which gives you ultimate powerthe power and ability to accomplish. Take my schedule for instance. I am taking 17 hours currently, although I am considering kicking it up to 20. Monday through Thursday, excluding Tuesdays because of a class conflict, I have marching band for one and a half hours. Friday, I work for four hours, and then two more on Sunday. Tuesday nights, I have a staff meeting in the evening. Wednesday nights, I have rounds
What I love about SFA...
Axes down to only having four home football games this season. It’s hard to support the team when they’re so far away.
Axes up to the 10.5 percent increase in student transfers. This, my friends, is a definite Go Jacks!
shouldn’t care about what people think. You should, however, show that you respect yourself. Every woman is beautiful in their own way. I believe it is great that we can use clothing to express how we feel. When I look at women like Audrey Hepburn, I see a woman with style and class. Hepburn is a fashion icon: she wore things that covered her up but still made her look sexy and beautiful. I feel that women like her should be our role models. I’m not saying go dress like a nun; I’m saying wear clothing that makes people talk for the right reasons. As a woman, embrace who you are and embrace your body. Think about the way you want people to treat you and dress in what will make you confident. We live in a judgmental society. We cannot get away from that, but if you are going to be talked about by someone, make it something positive. Let them talk about how
Monday, September 17, 2012
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Monday, September 17, 2012
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Ladyjack mascot Sydney Thorne celebrates the Jacks at Reliant Stadium in the 2011 SFA vs. Sam Houston game.
Mascots make SFA history with All-American honors By Kasi Dickerson Feature Editor
n a mixture of raw excitement, nervous energy and pure adrenaline, Lumberjack Blake Taylor and Ladyjack Sydney Thorne thrust their axes to the sky stirring the Purple Haze crowd into a fanatic craze: It’s game time! Thousands of eyes peer down from the stands anxiously watching the mascots’ every move. On the track, Thorne pumps up the student section with a cheer in her plaid purple and white shirt, jean shorts and Toms while Taylor leads the football team onto the field in his purple, black and white sleeveless flannel shirt, suspenders, blue jeans and Justin boots. "The first game was crazy," Taylor said. "Being able to lead the football team out onto the field just got my heart racing. It was just really awesome; definitely an adrenaline rush for the whole game." Since his freshmen year, Taylor has contemplated auditioning to be the Lumberjack mascot. After some friendly encouragement, he tried out last spring and got the job. "I have always had a lot of school spirit just because I love SFA so much," he said. "To be on the football field pumping up the crowd is an awesome feeling. The past two years I have been a part of the Purple Haze section and I've always seen it from that point of view. So to go from there to being down on the field and actually be the one to pump up the crowd, helping them cheer and everything, is a great feeling." As a new mascot, Taylor experienced what it's like standing under the gaze of hundreds of eyes.
"It's kind of cool but at the same time kind of nervewracking, because you don't want to trip over your own feet when everyone is watching you," Taylor said. "It's almost an unreal feeling being the center of attention. I'm definitely very thankful and blessed to get the opportunity to be the mascot for SFA this year." This is Thorne's second year as the Ladyjack so she is slightly more accustomed to such attention. "It's a little intimidating sometimes," Thorne said. "I love representing this University, so it's a risk I'm willing to take." To psych up before a game, Thorne and Taylor sometimes listen to music and joke around with each other and the team. "Blake and I are big goofballs, so we are always just goofing around and we will like sing a song or something," Thorne said. Both participate in the pregame parade and spirit rally before taking the field. "The main job is to get people involved. It’s a little bit more difficult because we don't have a fuzzy head on, so we are always being watched," Thorne said. "You always have to smile and pay attention to what you're doing." SFA's mascots are live mascots sporting a simple uniform rather than a big costume. TJ Maple, spirit coordinator and head dance coach, said, "Because they are live mascots they have to be very outgoing and have a personality, because they are not hidden behind a mask or in a costume." Taylor and Thorne put in about
Blake and I are big goofballs...”
— Sydney Thorne
16 hours of practice a week along with study hall hours and team conditioning. Jason Willia ms, head cheerleading coach, said the mascots work as hard as the cheerleaders. "Most people don't understand the time that goes into it,” he said. “Cheerleading takes a lot of time, but they have to be there as well. They are part of the team so they put in just as much time as they (cheerleaders) do.” Taylor and Thorne attended camp at SMU this summer to learn the in’s and out’s of being a mascot. It was there that Taylor and Thorne were named collegiate All Americans. “The funny thing about it is I didn’t even know we were getting awards for mascots at cheer camp,” Taylor said. “They called out All American, and they called out my name as well as Sydney’s. I was very excited and proud to represent my school that way.” Williams said this is the first time both the Lumberjack and Ladyjack have received All American honors in SFA’s history. “I think it was very hard because they were the only two live mascots at that camp, so it’s very hard to get that honor,” Williams said. Thorne shares in the excitement. “We are both All-American
Grant Korbel/Pine Log Photo Lumberjack mascot Blake Taylor participates in an axe dedication ceremony at the 2012 President’s Kickoff.
mascots. It’s really exciting,” Thorne said. “We’ve never had a mascot from our University have that happen before and for both Blake and I to have that at the same time is a lot of fun.” Both juniors, Taylor and Thorne are very involved on campus. Taylor is a member of the Traditions Counsel, a Jack Walker, a Jack Camp counselor and will be a Jack Camp student director in the spring. He has been part of the rugby team for two years, and he is in The Buddy Franklin Band. "Most people don't know that I play six different instruments as well as sing a bit too,” Taylor said. He plays the string bass, bass guitar, piano, guitar, drums and ukulele. Thorne is part of the Student Activities Association, Jack Camp and teaches SFA 101 as a student
instructor. "I'm a big planner person. If I don't have my planner, I'm lost. I'm up early in the morning for practice, and I don't stop until late at night because I'm normally doing something for SAA,” Thorne said. "When I'm not doing all that, I like to go home.” When the hundreds of eyes from game day disappear, Taylor and Thorne continue their week like any other college student. Whether in class or on the field, their school spirit and pride stays deeply rooted in their hearts always guiding them. "They are doing an awesome job for us. They definitely have stepped it up and gone above and beyond and it's only the second week of school," Maple said. "We are looking forward to a successful year with them."
Monday, September 17, 2012
Ladyjack Volleyball sweeps Chilly Filmore Invitational
The SFA Ladyjacks picked up a pair of wins to sweep their way through the weekend at the Chilly Fillmore Invitational with victories over Robert Morris and Southern Mississippi at Shelton Gym on Saturday. SFA (10-3) has now won five of its last six matches and gotten all-tournament performances from both Cara Leslie and Paige Holland, who was named the tournament MVP. Cara Leslie had 14 kills and Sabrina Burns scored the final four points of the match as the Ladyjacks swept Robert Morris 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-17) on Saturday. Leslie had eight kills in the first set alone and 13 in the first two frames while SFA (9-3) hit .231 for the match, its second highest hitting percentage for the season. Each of the first two sets were narrow wins, despite hitting better than .250 in each set. Paige Holland dished out 41 assists in the three sets and Janet Hill had nine digs to pace SFA, who got the win despite being outblocked 8-4 by the Colonials (4-10). SFA did not lead in the first set until the 23-22 point, playing catch-up the entire way; however, Leslie had eight of SFA’s 17 scores in the set, misfiring just one time and putting down three of SFA’s final four points before Jill Ivy delivered the clinching score. The Ladyjacks then could not separate themselves in the second set,
wiping out a four-point Colonial lead early on in the set before finally going ahead 13-12 on consecutive kills from Ivy. SFA then had to fight off a late setpoint try from RMU, doing so successfully on a kill from Burns before getting a set-point try itself. SFA capitalized on its second try to close out the match, getting consecutive kills from Tori Bates and Leslie for the 28-26 win. Burns then took over in the final set, delivering six kills and a block and having a hand in a 10-1 run to close out the match. SFA had led the majority of the set until RMU put together a surge that netted it a 16-15 lead; however, that advantage did not last long as SFA responded with scores on the next five points before Burns put down each of the match’s last four scores. Three Ladyjacks finished in double figures in the next round, led by Leslie’s 15 kills and SFA held off a scrappy Southern Miss squad, 3-1 (2725, 25-16, 23-25, 25-20) in the tournament finale. SFA hit .234 for the match, including a scalding .440 from Leslie who hit at a .455 clip for the three-match tournament. SFA recorded a dozen blocks in the four-set affair, including seven from Burns. Holland had 50 assists and helped SFA hit .208 for the tournament and at least .227 in all three of SFA’s winning sets. Madison Hanlan had 17 digs and Burns and Ivy each finished with 13 kills apiece.
The Ladyjacks had a four-point lead late in the opening frame, but had to withstand a Golden Eagle matchpoint try before scoring each of the final three points of the set to secure a 1-0 lead. Leslie had six kills in the set, while Ivy added five as SFA hit a solid .227 and warded off five USM blocks. Leslie and Burns combined for 10 kills in the second set when SFA hit a match-high .355 and rolled by the Golden Eagles by nine points. SFA staked itself to an early 11-5 lead and never trailed, nearly doubling USM’s kill total to grab a stranglehold on the match. Then, after the half, SFA made it seem as though it was going to roll its way to a sweep after claiming a 10-2 lead to open the third set; however, a pair of time outs by USM was answered with a 15-2 run that vaulted the Golden Eagles out in front of SFA by three points. The Ladyjacks then responded themselves, but didn’t have quite enough to withstand USM, who stayed alive with a two-point win. SFA then used a 10-5 run in the final set to clinch the win, hitting .286 in the final set while holding the Golden Eagles to just .125 hitting. SFA will jump back into conference play with three matches next week, beginning Tuesday with a home Grant Korbel/Pine Log Photo match against Sam Houston State beThe Ladyjack Volleyball squad swept the Chilly Filmore Invitational on ginning at 6:30 p.m. at Shelton Gym. Saturday to improve their record to 10-3.
Montana State topples Lumberjacks with late rally The third-ranked Montana State Bobcats had to rally late and hold on to defeat No. 23 SFA Saturday, 40-35, in Bozeman, Mont. The loss dropped SFA to 1-2 on the season, and ended a six-game win streak against non-FBS schools. The Lumberjacks cracked the scoreboard first when Brady Attaway connected with Mike Brooks on a 13-yard pass with 11:52 remaining in the opening quarter. Montana State tied the game just minutes later, but SFA regained the lead less than three minutes later when Jordan Wiggs converted a 33-yard field goal. The Bobcats closed out the quarter with a three-yard scoring strike from Denarius McGhee to Tray Robinson. The Bobcats pushed their advantage to eight points when McGhee carried the ball in from 11 yards out. The scoring drive was kept alive when punter Rory Perez completed a pass on fourth and long.
SFA outgained the Montana State, 264-179, in the opening half but the Bobcats were aided by 10 Lumberjack penalties. MSU pushed its lead back to eight points when McGhee capped an eight-play, 98-yard drive with a 35-yard pass to Tanner Bleskin. SFA answered with a 33-yard field goal from Jordan Wiggs to cut the lead 28-23. After trading interceptions, the Lumberjacks capitalized by finishing off a 10-play, 51-yard drive when Gus Johnson carried the ball in from four yards out. It was SFA’s first lead since 5:14 of the first quarter. After MSU reclaimed the lead the Lumberjacks responded two plays later when Attaway connected with Cordell Roberson for a 75-yard scoring strike. The score gave SFA a one-point lead, 35-34, with 6:23 to play. The Bobcats rallied again to take a 40-35 lead when Kirk
scored on a tough run from four yards out, but MSU was unable to convert on the two-point try. The drive was aided by two personal fouls. SFA had one final crack at re-taking the lead but Montana State forced a turnover to put the game away. Attaway finished the game completing 33-of-52 passes for a career-high 418 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was Cordell Roberson who caught 10 passes for 163 yards and a score. Roberson’s TD catch was the second longest of his career. Freshman linebacker Collin Garrett led the Jacks defensive effort with a career-high 13 tackles, including five solo stops. The Lumberjacks return to action Saturday, Sept. 22, when they travel to San Marcos to take on Texas State. The game is slated to kickoff at 6 p.m. from Bobcat Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org
Louw lifts Ladyjacks to win SFA senior midfielder Kylie Louw provided the heroics Friday evening by scoring the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to lead the Ladyjacks to a 1-0 victory over Texas State. Louw’s goal, her second of the season and 22nd of her career, marked the second straight season that the South Africa native scored a game-winner at Texas State for a 1-0 victory. “We are happy with the result tonight,” SFA head coach Tony Amato said. “Playing versus Texas State is always a battle and winning on the road is challenging. Our team was able to put them under pressure in the second half, remained patient and created some good chances. Chelsea Raymond did a great job running the ball down that led to the penalty and Kylie stepped up and hit a quality PK. We kept a clean sheet and that is credit to the defensive work rate the team put in.” The victory provided a bit of revenge for a Ladyjack team that was defeated by
their former Southland Conference rival in the tournament championship last season, 1-0, denying SFA a trip to the NCAA Tournament. After a sluggish start offensively in the first half, the Ladyjacks outshot the Bobcats 10-6 in the second half. The SFA defense limited Texas State to just two shots on goal en route to their sixth shutout of the season. Junior goalkeeper Lacey Lee moved her individual record to 5-2-0 while making two saves. With the victory SFA (6-2-0) improved to 9-11-2 all-time against the Bobcats (2-6-1). In the first half both teams combined for only six shots, three a piece, including two from Laura Sadler and one from Chelsea Raymond. The Ladyjacks will now have Sunday off before returning home on Friday, Sept. 21 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff for a 7 p.m. start time. Following that contest SFA will travel to Waco for a showdown against Baylor on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
2012 HOF class announced The 2012 SFA Athletics Hall of Fame class consists of two of the school’s alltime great women’s basketball players and a former NCAA pole vault runner-up. The three inductees represent three decades of success at SFA. Terry Black Bonno was a four-year letterwinner for the Ladyjacks basketball team from 1977-80, while Stacye Jackson McCall guided the Ladyjacks to dominance from 1988-92. Adam Keul is one of the school’s most highly decorated athletes who lettered in 2000-02. “It’s great that we can honor athletes from three decades who brought national attention to SFA,” said Director of Athletics Robert Hill. “Terry and Stacye were members of legendary Ladyjack basketball teams while Adam finished among the best in the nation in his sport. All are most deserving of this honor.” Over the course of their careers Black and Jackson helped SFA record seven of the best seasons in school history. Black guided the Ladyjacks to an 82-25 (.766) overall record during her time on campus, which included one 30-win season. SFA finished ranked in the nation’s top 25 three times, including a No. 5 national ranking in 1979 and 1980. She also guided SFA to the 1980 AIAW National Tournament. SFA recorded a 112-15 (.882) overall record, which included a 58-2 (.967) mark in Southland Conference games during Jackson’s four-year career. Jackson guided SFA to a 30-win season in 1988-89, and four SLC titles. The Ladyjacks recorded four top-25 national rankings and two top-10
finishes, including a program-best fourthplace finish in 1992. The Ladyjacks also posted two undefeated conference records, going a perfect 28-0, during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. Black left SFA setting a program record for free throw percentage in a single season. Her .848 percentage remains one of the all-time top marks in program history, placing her fourth all-time. A member of the Ladyjack Hall of Honor, Jackson made a name for herself as one of the program’s best defenders. She led the team with 73 steals as a junior, and left SFA with the second-best mark in school history. Jackson’s 213 steals remains the seventh-highest total at SFA. Jackson further added to her legacy as one of the program’s all-time top thieves as a junior when she set the school’s single-game record with 10 steals, a mark that has only been surpassed by one other player. Keul was one of the nation’s best pole vaulters during his career. A three-time All-America selection, Keul won the SLC pole vault title three times during his time at SFA, including twice during the indoor season. He still owns two of the top five conference marks during the indoor season, as well as the third-best outdoor vault. The school’s indoor and outdoor recordholder in the event, Keul recorded his best season during the 2001 indoor campaign when he finished second in the nation. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.
Published on Sep 16, 2012