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SFA Career Fair attracts students, employers alike By Moises Hernandez STAFF WRITER

This semester at the SFA Career Fair, students from all different majors and backgrounds filled the Grand Ballroom in the BPSC with hopes of either locking in a potential career or gathering tips about starting their future careers. Employers throughout the state gathered to see what SFA had to offer to the working industry. Several representatives of the employers present gave tips and recommendations to SFA students who are looking to get ahead in their careers. Trent McDaniel, an SFA alumnus, of SKA Consulting Firms, recommended that students start reaching toward internships and experience. “One of the biggest things that we are looking for are previous internships or full time employment,” he said. “They can present their work or their senior project and showcase that at an organization.” SKA Consulting Firms are Houston-based and focus on site assessment and site remediation in which they address environmental concerns. Naturally, many students are ready

to showcase their resumes to SKA but not everyone who visited the booth was a science major. McDaniel also commented on the importance of attending a Career Fair regardless of major. “We were able to talk to a lot of students who weren’t just science students. It’s good to talk to them and get a feel for what they’re also looking for,” he said. “The career fair isn’t just good for the students; it’s good for us, too. It’s a way for us to keep in touch with the students who are coming out and get an understanding of what their interpretations of the industry is and what the market is. It’s a good way to motivate them and inspire them to keep at it so that eventually they’ll find a job.” Keith Kirk of Drury Hotels, the largest family owned hotel company in the United States, mentioned that it also takes something a bit more than a fancy resume to get the job. “We’re always looking for good people and good talent. We’re looking for honest people with integrity, morals, character and values. We hire for attitude and we can train for skill.” Kirk discussed the many different ways a student can get in touch with potential employers. CAREERS continued on page 5

THOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG SFA’s Career Fair was held in the Grand Ballroom in the Student Center on Wednesday afternoon. Students attending the fair were eager to lock in a potential job or gather tips about starting their future careers.

ZTA’s third annual ‘Think Pink’ month kicks off By Morgan Mizeur CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Zeta Tau Alphas at SFA are showing their philanthropy through their third annual “Think Pink” month. For the past two years, Think Pink has only been for one week in October, but this year the Greek organization has decided to change the length from one week to the whole month. “We wanted to reach out more to the campus and community and not restrict ourselves to just one week,” Jessica Patterson, Texas City senior and ZTA president, said. “This year we are focusing more on reaching out to honoring the fighters, survivors and the taken from breast cancer.” THOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG Alane Gist, Houston junior and ZTA rush assistant, said Think Pink is by far one of her From left to right: Alyssa Tenorio, Megan ‘Sammi’ Reed, Craig Right and Alex Ranc show off SFA Way Day shirts that were given away for free upon pledging to become a part of the SFA Way movement. favorite activities ZTA does. “It’s great to work with different organizaThe movement highlights core values that all students and faculty should adhere to. tions in Nacogdoches and at SFA for such a great cause,” Gist said. Some of the activities for Think Pink are a breast cancer awareness video, a survivor luncheon, selling Think Pink shirts and Think Pink night.

Students celebrate SFA Way Day with SGA By Moises Hernandez Staff Writer

ZTA and Nacogdoches Medical Center are working together to make a breast cancer awareness video. ZTA will also assist the Medical Center with its “Simply Pink” fashion show that will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Piney Woods Country Club in Nacogdoches. The SFA Football team and ZTA will serve and organize a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 7, at NacogdochesMemorialHospitaltohonorbreast cancer survivors and their support group. Think Pink shirts will go on sale at 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, at the SFA plaza. Due to high demand for the shirts in previous years, ZTA has ordered more shirts this year and will sell them until they run out. The shirts will be $8, and all proceeds will go to the ZTA philanthropy. Pink breast cancer ribbons will also be handed out. Think Pink Night will be Thursday, Oct. 14, at the student center. At this event, ZTA will pass out yogurt and breast cancer awareness facts. For every yogurt lid, a donation of 10¢ goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. The Pink Out football game is at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at Homer Bryce stadium. Students who purchased Think Pink shirts can wear them to the game to show their support for breast cancer awareness and “Pink Out” the game.

Fall means flag football season

The SFA Way, an embodiment of shared values leading to shared success, has been spreading around campus like wildfire. Syllabi include it, faculty members are having students write about it, and it’s only getting more popular as an increasing amount of organizations are beginning to epitomize it. Yesterday, the plaza of the BPSC became a site for many student-organized services which included Omega Delta Phi’s “Shoes for Lost Souls” and Kappa Delta Chi’s “Raffle Table.” Among these organizations was SGA’s “SFA Way” booth, which allowed students to receive raffle tickets for a single pass to the upcoming Battle of the Piney Woods in exchange for their promise to uphold the SFA Way. Junior Sen. Ryan Dietrich, an active participant at the booth, explained: “Students come up to the booth, and we ask them if they believe in the SFA Way. If they say yes, then we’ll ask them to sign the SFA Way pledge card. (It) is a physical representation and confirmation of the ideals and beliefs that we have in ourselves.” The SGA representative described how the SFA Way stems from its five main principals.

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THOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG Flag football games help students alleviate stress and get some exercise on the SFA Intramural Fields.

Nac police arrest murder suspect allegedly seen on campus By Jonathan Garris EDITOR IN CHEF

A murder suspect who was reportedly spotted on the SFA campus Tuesday evening has been taken into custody by the Nacogdoches Police Department. According to a Nacogdoches Police Department press release, Nathan Welsh, 22, was arrested shortly before 9:30 Wednesday morning on Park Street at Crisp Road. Welsh was wanted in connection with a stabbing

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death of Thomas Grimes, 49, who died Monday night at a Nacogdoches hospital. The crime occurred approximately one and half miles north of campus, at Grimes’ home at Austin Place Apartments located in the 3200 block of North Street. At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Marc Cossich, chief of campus police, sent out an e-mail alert to the SFA student body, faculty and staff that a murder suspect was seen on the University campus early that afternoon. The University Web site was

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also updated with a description and mug shot of Welsh. Another suspect in the homicide, Milton Brown, 18, was arrested at the Nacgodoches Police Station on Tuesday afternoon. According to the release, preliminary investigation revealed that Brown and Welsh and the victim were acquainted with each other. “All three were inside the victim’s apartment Monday evening when a disturbance arose and Mr. Grimes was fatally stabbed,” the report stated.

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Friends challenge themselves by running from Nac to Lufkin By Stephanie Ballard STAFF WRITER

They were looking to do something extreme... something that would push both their minds and bodies to the limit. Running 20 miles from Nacogdoches to Lufkin seemed to be just the thing. On the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 24, SFA juniors Wes Kephart and Austin Roche set out on a mission to do something neither of them had ever done before. With their goal in mind, the strenuous journey that would take them a draining five and a half hours to complete began as they departed from the front steps of Steen Hall. Both valuing the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, the two have worked out together regularly, often participating in extremely strenuous workouts. While Kephart and Roche are familiar with pushing their physical limits, neither had taken on a challenge such as this in the past. There were two main avenues that inspired this extreme run. First, Kephart, who had read about an ultra marathon runner who completed a 30- mile run on his 30th birthday, applied this same thinking to his own life by saying, “Hey, we’re 20, we should be able to run 20 miles.” Next, Kephart and Roche both wanted to partake in something out of the ordinary to truly test their abilities. “We test our muscles all the time with weight training, but running really tests your mind,” Kephart said. With the beginning of the run taking place on the steps of Steen, Kephart and Roche soon positioned themselves on Highway 59, running on the side of the road following the direction of traffic. Although the journey had begun, they had a long way to go. “It always starts off with euphoria,” Roche said, referring to his initial emotions.

With adrenaline flowing through their veins, they were able to put many miles behind them before they truly began to feel the effects of the long demanding run. The physical effects began to arise the further they pushed ahead. From Kephart’s foot repeatedly cramping up to Roche experiencing a dull pain in both his hips and back, the final destination of the run quickly seemed to grow farther and farther away. “When we got to the Angelina River, that’s when we started thinking about turning around,” Kephart said. But, after having made a pact at the beginning that said they were going to make it to Lufkin, Kephart and Roche continued ahead. Two different vehicles stopped to ask the runners if they needed any assistance. They explained what they were doing and graciously refused any help. “I’m pretty sure they thought we were crazy with what we were doing. That kind of just rejuvenated us a little bit,” Roche said. Only stopping for drinks or physical ailments, the expedition was a continuous effort with few delays. The remaining miles finally began to lessen as they reached the sign that said Lufkin was five miles away. “It was hard to believe it had taken us that long and we still had that much farther to go,” Roche said. When they finally reached the outskirts of Lufkin, they didn’t know how close they actually were. Graced by a “Welcome to Lufkin” sign, they started to sprint to their finish, with Roche arriving there first. Emotions ran high after realizing their extreme task was now complete. “We didn’t cry, but I came pretty damn close,” Kephart said. The journey ended in an RV sales lot where Kephart and Roche rested on the ground while

SFA Paintball tunes up in Waco By Jordan Boyd


The SFA paintball team participated in this season’s first National College Paintball Association tournament on Sept. 25 in Waco, Texas. The Baylor-hosted tournament displayed twelve collegiate paintball squads at Waco’s Weber’s Shooting Sports facilities. Unfortunately, the Lumberjack squad was only victorious in two of their eight games played, besting Southeastern Oklahoma State and Texas A&M White. While the results of the Waco tournament were not what the Lumberjacks were anticipating, the team is not discouraged and maintains high-hopes for their next tournament on Oct. 30 in Allen, Texas. “With harder practice and more team members than ever before, we hope to make a name for ourselves in the tournament arena,” midfielder Jacob Gregory said. This marks the third year in a row that SFA has participated in an NCPA tournament, and while the team is quite inexperienced, the chemistry between teammates has improved, according to Gregory. “We are a small team, a good team, and we will continue to work hard.” As the season rolls on, the Lumberjack squad is trying to find its identity as one of the top competitors in NCPA paintball. The team looks to get on track with a more successful showing in the following tournaments and will prepare for the NCPA Nationals in April, where the

squad plans to have two teams ready. Getting one team completely ready is a test of its own, according to Gregory, as he describes his first year on the SFA paintball team, “When I first joined the team, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was thrown into my first tournament after playing paintball for only about three weeks. It was hectic. It’s loud, it’s noisy, and rarely did I feel completely ready at the beginning of a round. But now, I feel like I’m doing pretty good out there,” explained the Pottsboro sophomore. With paintballs flying at 300 feet per second, the intensity and thrill of paintball is something the SFA paintball team thrives on. “You have people sprinting everywhere off the break; forward to snake, dorito; it’s pretty intense,” Gregory said. Jacob Gregory and the Lumberjack paintball team will continue to gear up and prepare for the NCPA Nationals. By the end of the year, the team wants to be able to strike fear into the hearts of opponents like the University of Texas and Texas A&M. “When SFA is called on the overhead speaker,” Gregory said, “we will be ready. We want to be the team everyone is worried about.” The Lumberjack paintball team is excited for the upcoming season and is mightily preparing to solidify itself as an elite squad as it focuses on the NCPA National Tournament.

THOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG Best friends Austin Roche and Wes Kephart pushed themselves to run from Steen Hall to Lufkin last month.

waiting for a friend to pick them up and drive them back to Nacogdoches. Back in their residence hall, they both took showers and immediately went to bed seeking rest and recuperation. Responding to the question, “What is one thing you’ve gained from this experience?” Kephart responded, “Nothing is impossible. It’s really important to try something new that you’ve never done before and take a different stance on life.” Roche also responded saying, “How would I

put this? I’ve learned how important it is to do something pure.” Attempting to make similar challenges a regular future event, Kephart and Roche are planning a run to Garrison next month. After completing the first extreme task they set for themselves, the best friends plan to continue on their journey, again pushing both themselves and their abilities.

Crew dance tryouts held Tuesday in BPSC

Sarah Oduola and crew during warm-ups for SFA’s krumping dance tryouts held this Tuesday in Regents Suite A, BPSC.


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This week, the SFA School of Theatre is presenting John Cariani’s Almost, Maine on the mainstage. The play will run nightly from October 5-9 at 7:30 p.m. in W.M. Turner Auditorium. The play has been described as “the perfect date show” for students and community members alike to attend, and promises to be a both funny and enjoyable experience. Almost, Maine debuted off-Broadway in 2006 and is now featured in New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. The play concerns a cast of characters all living in a town known as “Almost, Maine” because of its not-quitea-township status. The action is composed of several different vignettes in which characters, sometimes literally, fall in and out of love, bruising knees and breaking hearts. The play takes place during the deepest part of winter beneath the Northern Lights, all on a single Friday night. Called “a wooly midwinter’s night’s dream” by The Dallas Observer, the play “inevitably explores the mysteries of the human heart” and includes a spectrum of laughter, heartbreak, and hope. “Unlike most romantic comedies, this play has a whole new take on love,” said Blake Weir, Sugarland senior and one of the actors in the play. “Each different scene has a new perspective on romance, so there’s something for everyone to relate to. Love is unpredictable, unexplained, and unplanned. There’s not even always a happy ending. “ The cast is composed of Kurt Bilanoski, Jonathan Garcia, Caroline Harell, Rosie Kolbo, Margaret Lewis, and Blake Weir, all playing different characters in different scenes. The play is unique in that each actor or actress will portray multiple characters with distinct personalities. According to SFA Professor of Theater Allen Oster, each of the actors has “done a good job creating distinctions between their portrayals of the citizens” of this small, mythical town. Weir acts as four different characters in the play: Lendall, East, Randy, and Daniel. “The challenge for each actor has been very different, as we all play multiple characters,” he said. “Capturing each charachter’s movements, voice, and personality has been an interesting process. Watching my fellow castmates discover their characters and take ahold of their personalities has been fascinating.” Oster directs the play. Scenery is done by Dana Gloege, while Angela Bacarisse provided costumes. CC Conn handled lighting and sound. Aeric Hansen is stage manager and Waldron Archer served as assistant director. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the box office on the second floor of the Griffith Fine Arts building. The show is not recommended for children under the age of 10.

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Bicycling a simple solution to stressful commuting At that most American institution we call Walmart, a brand new 700c Men’s Schwinn Varsity Road Bike can currently be purchased for $229. On Chevrolet’s Web site, they advertise a brand new base model Cobalt two-door coupe, a perfectly adequate car for a college student, for $14,990. With a 13-gallon tank, and gas prices averaging around $2.50, it costs $32.50 to fill up the Cobalt. Price of filling up a Schwinn? Zilch. The average cost of a parking ticket at SFA is $30. The average cost of a ticket for an improperly parked bicycle at SFA is, well, they don’t give tickets to bike-riders. And have you noticed how close those bike racks are to classes? The average cost of car insurance in America, although it varies from person to person, is $1, 837 per year or $153 per month. The cost of insuring a bicycle is, you guessed it, zero. Now I know what you’re saying—It’s hard to zip back home to Houston or Dallas for the weekend on a Schwinn. And it’s quite difficult

to spend a day in Lufkin when you have to pedal yourself down Highway 259. Even more difficult when it’s, say, August and the temperatures are in the triple digits. And we all know how quickly those pesky storms pop up in East Texas, leaving you drenched as you furiously pedal your way to dry shelter. But hear me out: Bicycles are good. Bicycling boosts your energy and your stamina. When you ride a bicycle, your heart rate increases so it can pump blood and oxygen into those leg muscles that are pedaling you across campus. When your heart rate is between 50 and 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, you burn off body fat. When you burn off body fat, you shed pounds. When you shed pounds, you are healthier, and you feel better and get dates with pretty girls (or guys.) And it’s not just your personal health that will improve but also the environment around you. Car emissions kill 30,000 people each year in the U.S. SUV’s put out 43 percent more global-

warming pollutants and 47 percent more air pollution than the average car. Motor vehicles account for 72 percent of nitrogen oxides and 52 percent of reactive hydrocarbons, the principal components of smog. Hell, cars have dwarfed power plants in the amount of harmful emissions they produce per year. In 2007, the last time the study was conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, commuters in Houston wasted an average of 58 hours per year. In Los Angeles, that number is right at 70. In New York, 47. Now, we know Nacogdoches traffic is nothing like those major U.S. cities. But how much time have you wasted sitting in traffic on East College Street at noon or around 5 p.m.? Or circling around and around a parking garage looking for a spot to leave your ride? Would more cyclists on campus not alleviate many of these unnecessary hassles? Let’s face it, the main reason we don’t cruise around on bikes more is because we feel dumb. More than a few people have admitted they feel

self-conscious riding a bike. Ever been pedaling along on your Schwinn and have somebody say, “Nice bike?” Not likely. Ever been complimented on your Corvette? Probably. To quote Seth Rogen, “Everybody rides a bike. When they’re 6.” Social embarrassment aside, many accommodations would need to be made and not just on campus. The city of Nacogdoches would need to provide bike lanes for peddlers. SFA would have to widen sidewalks as well as install many more bike racks to park your pimpmobile. Some may worry about bike theft, but ask yourself this—would you rather replace a stolen bike or a stolen car? You know what we say? Shake them haters off. Get a bike, ride it proudly and watch your money grow. Get your exercise while you’re getting around. Do a favor to the environment. Get some endorphins built up. And when it rains? Well, we’ll just have to make ponchos cool again, too.

Axes Up to catching the murder suspect who was reported lurking around Nacogdoches this week. School is stressful enough without having to worry about getting stabbed.

Axes Down to aggressive drivers in the parking garages. Already two accidents in two weeks at the new garage on Wilson. What is this, the Indy 500? Slow your roll, folks.

Axes Down to the purple light being in constant use. I thought it was only used to signify a football win, but it seems like every night I look out my apartment window and see it. Is the Joker on the loose or something?

Gay-hating at funerals crosses line, high court to hear case By Doug Gansler

Special to The Washington Post

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Snyder v. Phelps, a case about the nature and scope of basic rights — those of free speech vs. those of privacy. But this case is fundamentally about wrongs and the law’s imperfect ability to redress them. The facts of the case are well known. Matthew Snyder, a Marine lance corporal from Westminster, Md., was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2006. The Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church traveled more than 1,000 miles to Maryland to picket his funeral and draw attention to their view that society and the military are too tolerant of homosexuality. They stood at the entrance of the church where the funeral was held, waving signs that said “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Hates Fags” and “God Hates You.” They followed their protest by publishing a poem on the Internet entitled “The Burden of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder,” which stated that Matthew’s parents “taught Matthew to defy his creator” and “raised him for the

devil.” The connection between the Phelpses’ faith and their political views may be difficult to understand, but it is not difficult to see how this targeted expression of their views would be particularly hurtful to Matthew’s father on the occasion of his son’s funeral. Indeed, a Maryland jury found that while the Phelpses may have a general right to broadcast their hate, their intrusion on Cpl. Snyder’s funeral nevertheless constituted a wrong. The jury found that Phelps and his followers, through their disruptive picketing and public insult of the Snyder family at a time of grief, had engaged in conduct that was extreme, outrageous and designed to inflict severe emotional distress on Mr. Snyder — distress that included worsened diabetes and depression. For this injury and for the invasion of Mr. Snyder’s privacy during the funeral, the jury awarded him monetary damages, but the damage was done. While the Phelpses can express their hate in numerous ways at numerous times, Mr. Snyder could only bury his son at one moment, and the Phelpses used their speech to destroy that moment. Eventually, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond overturned the damages award, and

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Mr. Snyder’s attorney appealed to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, hate has become easier to spread in the Internet age, and the law cannot provide an easy remedy. The tragic suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi is a poignant example. Two students allegedly broadcast his most private encounter and used that intrusion as a means of disseminating their intolerance. That act led him to take his own life, and while criminal charges against the two students may provide some justice to Clementi’s family, it does not change the fact that he is dead. That wrong, like the wrong suffered by Matthew Snyder’s father, can never be undone. Most Americans, myself included, believe in the First Amendment’s vital role in our democracy and are willing to tolerate noxious expressions of free speech in its defense. But even if this right allows one to spread hate through speech, it does not alter the wrongfulness of targeting a particular individual with that speech, whether by intentionally inflicting emotional distress on a grieving parent or by criminally invading a person’s privacy during his most intimate moments. My office will continue to use whatever tools

are at its disposal to seek justice for those citizens whose privacy is ruined by others’ attempts to spread hate at their victims’ expense. That is why, in Snyder v. Phelps, I joined attorneys general from 47 states and the District of Columbia to argue that the right to free speech must be limited where the speech is targeted at individuals during moments as private as a funeral. Ultimately, the Snyder case shows that one group’s exercise of rights can have potentially harmful consequences for another’s, and no matter what the court decides in this case, those consequences can never be fully avoided. The Constitution creates an impressive framework of rights that should be robustly defended. But these rights were created by the people, for the people, and when they are invoked to evade responsibility for wrongs committed against the people, their value is diminished. In deciding Snyder, the Supreme Court should be careful not to let the boundaries of our rights be set purely by those who wish to abuse them. To do otherwise would bring dishonor to those, like Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who fought to protect them.

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“We do go to a lot of Career Fairs throughout the country and we do have a lot of online presence with career builders and ‘Monster’ and other online job sites that are available for recruitment,” he said. “A lot of our people who work for us now started from references that were Drury employees. About 80 percent of all our promotions are internal promotions. Sometimes you have to start at the ground level and work your way up.” However, what if you’re not ready to tackle that career head on? You’re a student with ambition but no experience. Will that make a difference on your chances for success? “A lot of the people who work for

our company never had hotel experience because that’s not the most important thing. We’re in the service business and we’re here to take care of our guests 100 percent of the time. We’ve got a bright future and a proud past. We’re really looking forward to continue our growth and we need good candidates and good applicants from places like SFASU to help move our country into the 21st century.” If there’s anything to take away from a Career Fair, it’s the experience you gain by asking questions. Employers will be lining up at the next event ,and if you’re not the one to make the cut, then the pearls of wisdom are just as rewarding.

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“The five main principals of SFA Way are respect, caring, responsibility, unity and integrity. It’s a way for students to reaffirm their morals and actions.” These values are being reinforced by not only faculty but by other staff members as well. Dr. Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, commented on how the SFA Way can make a difference in a student’s life. “We knew that if a student would strive for personal excellence in everything they do, they wouldn’t violate their personal values and they wouldn’t violate our values,” he said. “They couldn’t help but be successful. That ultimately was what the SFA Way was all about.” Peck said the SFA Way is not another value system created by SFA faculty, but rather it came from the student body. “We used the work we did in Reflection Week last year where we asked students what they thought the values of SFA were. We used those to design the five root principals,” continued Peck. “In particular, the strongest value was unity. The way we structured unity then was that no matter what brought you here, when you come to SFA you are a Lumberjack. All of us have that in common. We are all Lumberjacks, and we all have a stake in helping each other succeed.” After reviewing the responses from Spring 2010 Reflection Week, both the faculty and SGA

McDaniel commented on a final note to hopeful students. “We also look for people who set themselves apart from the rest of the pack, and that’s achieved by showing initiative and motivation and by internships or special projects.” Kirk gave his own valuable advice to those with different advantages and skills. “Be yourself, be honest and be upfront. Honesty and integrity are commodities that are important to businesses. If you’re honest and forthright, intelligent, communicative and you present yourself well, those are keys to success in any job.”


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Cemetery lecture focuses on gravesite symbols, identification, preservation By Regina Bost

Contributing Writer

Some examples would be the tablet, ledger, boulder, cross, pedestal, sculpture, crypts and mausoleum. A grave marker’ style refers to its architectural style, which are often combined. Styles include Egyptian, Classical, Gothic and Greek Revival, rustic, modern/contemporary and folk. Adgent said folk style is common in East Texas. “Folk are homemade styles that are related to economic status and ethnic or cultural concepts,” Adgent said. “Made of wood, concrete, brick, stone, metal or other inexpensive materials, they may include items such as tile or glass pieces, pebbles, marbles and shells.” Motifs are the unique symbols on grave markers, which must be interpreted based on the deceased’s ethnicity, religion, profession and other factors. Birds, particularly doves, and lambs are the most frequently used animal images. Ethnic symbols and religious symbols, which can often be tied together, are common. Crosses are the most seen religious symbol, especially in Mexican cemeteries. Upright wheat is most commonly used as an ethnic symbol, signifying Ukrainian heritage. “Crossed swords or rifles on a grave marker indicate a person was killed in service and was likely a general,” Adgent

Nancy Adgent, a gravestone expert from New York, presented a Preserve America lecture titled “Unearthing Resources: Cemeteries and Heritage Tourism” at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Liberal Arts North Building. “Heritage tourism is a booming market, bringing in more money than other forms of tourism,” Adgent said. “Cemeteries are a key part of mhernandez@thepinelog. heritage tourism.” The main focus of Adgent’s lecture was East Texas cemeteries. She showed photos of the Nacogdoches Oak Grove decided to try their Cemetery, saying that this large hands at creating an cemetery could promote many honor code to help the types of tours, such as military, student body succeed. fraternal, religious and ethnic “Student govern- heritage. ment brought me their For example, in Oak Grove, draft of the honor there is a section of graves for code, and it was the those killed in WWI, which first thing to have the Adgent said would be good words ‘striving for for Memorial Day tours. Also, personal excellence an example of a local fraternal in everything we do,’“ order would be the Knights of Peck said. “That line Pythias, a popular Bible orgawas written by Aaron nization in East Texas. Their Good of the SGA. It grave marker symbol is a helwas non- judgmental, met, shield and triangle with inspirational and it was the letters FCB. about what we want to Adgent discussed the become.” many types, styles and motifs Even if they didn’t of grave markers. The grave have a chance to get a raffle ticket, all SFA stu- marker type refers to its shape. dents are encouraged to try the SFA Way out and see if it works for them. Dietrich explained how well the SFA Way has helped students so far, even in its first semesters in action. “This has helped students reaffirm their morals and essentially gave them a pillar to By Rachel Miller build themselves up on,” he said. “We’re hopContributing Writer ing that this will make the students of SFA make better life choices.” Student publications is looking for student Peck said there is another way to look at the writers for the 2011 Stone Fort yearbook. SFA Way. Students interested in applying can pick up “The ‘way’ in the SFA Way refers to a couple an application in the student publications ofof different things,” he said. “One, it’s the way fice, Room 2.308, BPSC. They also can downthat we do things, but the second thing is that load applications at it’s a path, a way, to achieve what you want to Katie Blevins, coordinator of student publicaachieve. If you follow the SFA way it will lead tions, said that along with an application, a stuyou to success.” dent could submit a recommendation, although

said. Other common symbols include figures, such as angels, body parts, such as hands, fraternal organizations, drapery, occupational indicators and vegetation. Each particular flower, tree and plant on a grave marker has a significant meaning. According to Dr. George Avery, an SFA staff archaeologist, the Preserve America Cemetery Interpretation Project is a joint mission between SFA and Nacogdoches. Their work is funded by federal grants “The focus is on identification, preservation and maintenance of grave markers and cemeteries,” Avery said. According to the Texas Historical Commission (THC), “Grave marker designs and cemetery decoration and landscaping represent a variety of cultural influences that helped shape the history of Texas.” THC protects historic state cemeteries from being destroyed, whether by people or nature, and aids in their restoration and maintenance. Those interested in the study and preservation of grave markers can join the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS). Visit their website at www.

Yearbook writers needed for 2011 Stone Fort

it isn’t required.

“We do like for students to send in samples of their work,” she said. Blevins also said there are no specific requirements such as GPA, major or classification to become a student writer. However, in order to qualify, the student must be enrolled in at least six credit hours. “We need students to turn in applications as soon as possible,” she said. For more information about how to apply for the writers’ position, students can contact Blevins at 936-468-4703.



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SFA skaters work to end negative stigma Team promotes positive extracurricular activity By Stephanie Slabaugh Sports Editor

SFA Skateboarding Club, administered by Campus Recreation, offers students the opportunity to practice skate boarding, long boarding, photography, event planning, management and promotion. The team fluctuates between 20-40 active members, with experience levels of all kind. Currently, Nacogdoches does not have a skate park; so long board racing is what the team specializes in. A short board averages at about 20 mph, and a long board can get up to 60. Its long design makes it much easier to balance on, which is comforting because the races take place on hills. After a race, humorous awards are given out, such as “best crash” and “slowest rider.” The team travels all around Texas to compete against other universities, as well as non-collegiate teams. Their most notable event takes place in Austin and is known as 24-hour skate. They spend the weekend skating in a privately owned skate park. If they choose, they can even spend the night in the park. SFA Skaters work hard to fight stigmas that surround their sport. They wish to be recognized as something positive for both the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. “A lot of people think that skateboarders don’t have good grades and are all drop-outs. That simply is not true. While there are no grade requirements in our constitution, many riders soon learn that riding with the team is worth getting the grades to stay in college,” said Marketing and Communications Officer, Micheal Wilson. The team is currently working on a project to get a University

ramp built, which will increase short board participation. They plan to petition for the ramp and are even dedicated to building it themselves, with the help of member, Bobby King’s father, who builds parks for a living. “Riding with SFA teaches members to focus on an objective and work towards it and complete it. Being a part of the team also teaches determination and the willingness to trust yourself and your abilities,” said Wilson. If the project gets approved, SFA will be the only university in the country with a skate park. With a park in the public eye, the skaters also hope that it will help them get more recognition as a constructive sport. “With extracurricular activity comes increased success in my academics,” said Recruitment Officer Marc Jackson. Saturday SFA Skate will host Nac Bash 2010, “a milestone for collegiate skateboarding,” Wilson said. Nac Bash is a longboarding race with approximately 50 riders competing from across the state of Texas, including schools such as ATM, UTSA and Baylor. There will also be Regional Teams such as Bombsquad from Dallas, SLAB from San Antonio, HGR (Houston Garage Riders), and individual entries. This will be one of the largest longboarding events in Texas, with three divisions: women’s, beginner, and expert. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Nacogodoches High School, and shuttling to the race location will be offered at 11 a.m. The first race begins at 1 p.m. For more information about SFA Skateboarding, call the Sport Club Office at (468-1434) or e-mail them at sfaskateboarding@

Soccer opens conference with a dominating win and a tie By Mandy Bowling Staff Writer

Going into their first two conference games with a five game winning streak, the SFA women’s soccer team cruised through their first game and tied in their second. Friday’s game was a great opener to conference play when the Ladyjacks traveled to dominate Northwestern State with a 4-0 win. Discovery (South Africa) sophomore Kylie Louw returned from her two-game absence to score two of the four goals; Coppell sophomore Laura Sadler and Brisbane (Australia) junior Edwina Forbes also had a big impact on the game when they scored the other two goals to seal the win. The team wanted to start the conference with a win, and that is exactly what they did getting SFA off to a 1-0 start in Southland play. “This is our best performance of the year so far,” head coach Toy Amato said. “We went into the games very confident and had a strong belief we could win, especially going in to it being on a five game winning streak.”

The second conference game was on Sunday when they took on Central Arkansas. “This was a weird game for us. We outshot them 20-1 and clearly outplayed them, but the scoreboard said different,” Amato said. “They had only two shots the entire game, and we let them have one.” Sadler scored the goal for the Ladyjacks putting them in the lead until the second half when Central Arkansas scored. The first tie of the season ended the Ladyjacks winning streak, but Amato has faith his team will do well this coming weekend when they play Lamar and McNeese. “It is going to be a very competitive weekend, but we are going to be home and even though they are going to be tough games, I know we can do it,” Amato said. The Ladyjacks will host Lamar at 7 p.m. on Friday and McNeese at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Records forcible for QB Moses, conference begins Saturday Record-setting quarterback Jeremy Moses will guide the Lumberjacks (3-1) into the rigors of the conference schedule beginning Saturday with a date at McNeese State. For Moses, it will be his last trip through the challenging Southland Conference schedule. He enters Saturday’s contest as the owner of two Southland Conference career marks, with two more on the horizon. Earlier this year, Moses became the conference’s all-time leader in completions and yards passing, while at the same time becoming the first SLC quarterback to record 900 career completions and only the second conference player to pass for 10,000 yards. He is the third conference player to record at least 10,000 yards of total offense in a career. Moses is on the verge of owning two more conference records as the Lumberjacks approach the midpoint of the 2010 season. He needs only four touchdown passes and 657 yards of total offense to claim those conference standards.

Golfer places in top ten By Mandy Bowling Staff Writer

The SFA men’s golf team competed in the Wolfpack Classic in Tahoe, Nevada on Monday and Tuesday, coming out with a 9th place finish carding a 295-296-591. Hideaway junior Stetson McMillan fired a solid 68 in the second round allowing him to make his second top 10 finish of the season in a tie for 9th overall. Mansfield sophomore Mitchell McLeroy shot a 74 in the second round putting him in a tie for 24th place. “Rain is always a factor in golf. I have never experienced a tournament like this,” McLeroy said. “Temperatures were in the 40s and 30s, and at one point, we could barely feel our hands. “We are looking forward to re-grouping and going to Huntsville next week to defend our title,” McLeroy said. The Lumberjacks return to competition on October 11 in Huntsville to compete in the Sam Houston State Invitational. The SFA women’s golf team fired a 325 Tuesday morning in Tulsa, Okla. at the Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout to climb to 13th in the final round. The weather in Tulsa was also a factor for the Ladyjacks. “Most people don’t know how the cold affects how far the ball travels,” Montgomery freshman Marissa Bransburg said. “It’s frustrating at times unless you know how to handle it.” Even having weather conditions as they were, Bransburg continued to impress, carding a 79-83-77 - 239 to finish tied for 29th overall. Conroe senior Noelle Willcoxon was only a stroke back of Bransburg finishing 38th overall. The Ladyjacks return to action Monday when they travel to Huntsville, Texas to compete in the SHSU Invitational.

Have you earned the right to wear the ring?

Students with 60 credit hours have earned the right to represent the honor and traditions of Stephen F. Austin State University. A Balfour representative will be on campus: Tuesday, October 12 & Wednesday, October 13 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tracie Pearman Alumni Center to show you The SFA Ring, to answer all of your questions, and to assist you with placing your order on the dates above. Ordering during this special event allows you to participate in the Big Dip Ring Ceremony.


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