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Event to teach students about dangers of alcohol By Piero Pretto

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The A-Team, SFA’s Alcohol Education Task Force, will host its first educational event of the semester between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, March 5, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. The purpose behind the “Spring Break Send Off” is to help educate students about the dangers of alcohol use in a way that is both enlightening and entertaining. The event’s festivities will include a pedal car and a DWI simulator that allow students to artificially experience the effects of drunk driving. Furthermore, at both 1 and 3 p.m. guest speaker Susan Wagener will host a presentation on behalf of the A-Team at the SFA Theatre. Susan Wagener is the program assistant for the Statewide Alcohol Awareness Team and has spoken numerous times on the effects of alcohol abuse. The A-Team is hoping that as many students as possible can attend this event before they leave campus for Spring Break. They also hope to con-

duct a campus assessment on what students think about alcohol consumption. The A-Team is a relatively quiet group on campus. Its members consist of mostly staff members and student leaders around campus. They highly encourage anyone with an interest in the A-Team to participate in their activities. “We want all faculty, staff, and students that want to come in and provide input to join,” said Jennifer Klingenberg, a counselor for SFA Counseling Services. Beverly Farmer, SFA director of student activities, said the A-Team hopes “to make students aware of their choices and having all the information available to make good choices.”

SFA researchers discover cancer-treating potential of invasive plant A thorn in the side of area boating enthusiasts may provide a ray of hope for some cancer patients, according to recent research findings at SFA’s National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops. Researchers at the center have discovered that giant salvinia, one of the most noxious invasive species in the world, has promising medical potential that could provide a novel approach to controlling the species. The team recently discovered that extracts of giant salvinia can effectively inhibit the growth of human tumor cells with minimum

damage to normal cells. The researchers are also the first to have isolated a class of compounds responsible for the bioactivities. “Our research opens a new door to positive control of noxious invasive plants,” said Dr. Shiyou Li, research professor and director of the center, which is housed in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at SFA. “Also, our elucidation of the chemical composition of giant salvinia will help researchers better understand the molecular mechanism of invasion.” Giant salvinia, also known as

water fern and kariba weed and by its scientific name Salvinia molesta D. S. Mitchell, is a fern species native to Brazil. Since 1939, it has invaded lake and river systems in warm climates. Climate change, particularly increasing temperatures, a longer growing season and rising carbon dioxide levels, have increased both the abundance and diversity of invasive plants. Giant salvinia currently is one of the most widespread and environmentally, economically and socially destructive invasive plant species in the world. Dense mats of salvinia reduce dissolved oxygen levels and block all sunlight from penetrating the infested water body, causing macrophytes and microscopic algae that form the base of the food chain to die off. The animals that feed on the algae may die, too, and so on, up the food chain. This pest also threatens cultivated aquatic

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crops, and it can clog irrigation and drinking water lines and foul hydroelectric plants. Salviniainfested waters cannot be used for boating or other recreational purposes. Part of the NCPC project is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Li is the principal investigator, while Drs. Ping Wang, Guangrui Deng and Wei Yuan participated in the research and were responsible for the primary isolation of the compounds. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has collected about 1,000 pounds of plant matter in East Texas for use in the study. To date, more than 30 different compounds, including four new compounds, have been isolated from the giant salvinia. Further tests of the bioactive compounds isoCANCER CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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It is said that nearly half of all Americans personally know someone with an eating disorder. And it is estimated that 8 million Americans have an eating disorder. Love Your Genes Week is SFA’s version of National Eating Disorder Week. This week the Campus Recreation Center, counseling services, SFA Dining and Student Dietetics Association will be providing information to students about eating disorders, the risks of eating disorders, how to reach out to those with eating disorders, as well as ways to be at peace with your own body image. According to a study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders that 95 percent of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25. “Our goal is to increase awareness and promote positive body image,” said Chrystina Wyatt, fitness and wellness graduate assistant. Each day will present a different event taking place on cam-

pus for students, faculty and staff to be involved in and find new ways to be at a comfortable place in their own skin. Five to 10 percent of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20 percent of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30–40 percent ever fully recover, reported ANAD. Every day there will be a Love Your Genes information booth in the Spirit Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with the information booth, there will be a variety of different events taking place on campus. This will include a BeYou-tify Your Jeans, on Monday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where the SFA Rec Center will be taking up donated jeans with the pledge, “I will love myself. I will love my jeans.” There will be yoga classes available those who are members of the SFA Rec, Monday through Thursday, at different times. “It is important we realize that this issue is relevant and how we can help ourselves as well as others,” Wyatt said.” Love Your Genes Week will take place February 27- March 2.

SGA offers scholarship open to all SFA students By Zack Meyerson CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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The Student Government Association, SGA, is currently giving out scholarships to any student, freshmen to senior. SGA will award three different types of scholarships, each payable to the winner’s e-bill. There are $1,500, $1,000 and $500 scholarships. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Room 3.105 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. To receive this scholarship, a student must currently attend SFA as an undergraduate, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, be enrolled in at least a minimum of 12 credit hours at SFA at the time of the application, and enrolled in no fewer than 12 credit hours at SFA at the time the scholarship is awarded. Applicants can’t have been a member of any branch of SGA at any time during the previous 12 calendar months and must submit a 800-word essay answering the following question: How does your involvement on campus help or better SFA. Applicants also must attach a copy of their unofficial transcript. SFA’s purpose is to “promote the general welfare of the student body.” It’s composed of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Each

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branch strived to uphold the SFA way and the SGA motto, “For students by the students.” The SGA scholarships were created to award and promote involvement and scholarship on campus. They believe that it’s their role as student government to be supportive of the student body that they serve. The scholarship is a one-time award. The scholarship committee may require a personal or phone interview with all finalists. If a student receives a scholarship, a review of academic records will be required. Daaven Johnson, 20, junior and public relations chair for SGA, said, “We want to give back to the student population because they give so much to us. We are going to reward those that have really contributed to the success of SFA. You must be very involved in the campus, like one or two organizations.” “Dean (Adam) Peck will go over it along with speaker, student body president and the committee and will give these rewards. We want to people know that the scholarship is available. “The scholarships will go straight to the e-bill. Even if you don’t receive the scholarship you can still be involved on campus,” Johnson said.

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Students attempt bike ride to Livingston By Tinesha Mix

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Sigma Alpha Mu supports East Texas Food Bank with can drive By Jordan Boyd Sports Editor

The men of Sigma Alpha Mu collected canned goods from students across campus in support of the East Texas Food Bank located on North Street last week. The philanthropy effort collected well over 250 cans over a four-day period Tuesday through Friday morning. Sigma Alpha Mu will be holding this canned food drive every semester as an effort to expand its philanthropy, on top of its already-affiliated Alzheimer’s Association philanthropic efforts. The event featured a cash prize for the organization

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that donated the most cans in total. Zeta Tau Alpha won the $100 prize that will be donated to its choice of philanthropy. Members of ZTA donated 125 cans, nearly half of the total donated, and became the first winner for the “Sammy Canned Food Drive.” The real winner, however, will be the men, women and children who will receive the canned goods thanks to Sigma Alpha Mu. They will also be holding another “Bounce for Beats” philanthropy event outside of Wal-Mart in April to raise money for the Judy Fund of the Alzheimer’s Association. jboyd@thepinelog.com

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Earlier this month, sophomore music education majors Daniel Lopez and Daniel Ramos attempted to ride their bikes to Livingston, but were faced with multiple obstacles along the way. The trip was a preliminary round to their future bike trip to Houston. Lopez and Ramos left early Friday morning, with only a few personal items, a tent, and a sleeping bag. Just before leaving, they aired the tires on their bikes, making sure everything was just right. Their destination— Livingston. After a few hours, they were just outside Lufkin, where Lopez began to hear a “clicking” noise and before they knew what to do, the chain fell off and the back tire went flat. Since they were only an hour outside of Lufkin, they decided to stop for dinner at Outback Steakhouse. A few miles later, they decided it was time to stop for the night and find a place to pitch the tent. “I was really creeped out,” Lopez said. “The circus people were in town, and we had to walk through a cemetery. It didn’t make for a good combination.” By 1 a.m., they pitched their tent in a nearby field, and by 2 a.m. a massive lightning storm hit. As time passed, the storm got worse with “tornado force winds” and about 5 inches of rain. Around 4 o’clock, Ramos woke up due to extremely cold weather conditions and a high water level. “The tent was like a water bed,” Ramos said. They opened the tent, only to find that the water was less than an inch away from the tent opening. The lightning was bright enough to make it look like broad daylight outside. Lopez and Ramos decided they had to move the tent.

After they dug around in the cold water for the tent stakes, they moved the tent to higher ground, where the water seeped inside their tent, soaking the entire thing and all of the items inside. After about an hour, they two of them heard footsteps nearby and saw a bright light flashing. “I was petrified,” Lopez said. “I didn’t know who or what it was, but I was not about to find out.” A little while later. and the footsteps disappeared. After the night ended, they awoke in the morning to find that they had about three hours of riding left, which adds to about 10 hours of walking. They continued toward town on a small country road, until they reached a gas station an hour away. At the gas station, they filled Lopez’s tire with air. Next, they reached Diboll, where they decided to stop and eat, clean themselves up a bit, and buy a new jacket for Ramos so the soaking tent wouldn’t be so bad to carry. After a little bit of riding, Ramos’s tire went flat. It was a five hour walk to Livingston and a ten hour walk back to Nacogdoches. The two decided to stop and take a break. After considering the five-hour ride to Livingston and a 10-hour walk back to Nacogdoches, the two decided to call it quits and have a friend come and pick them up. They returned to Nacogdoches Saturday afternoon, where they reflected on their journey and laughed. Although the trip was unsuccessful, the two plan on making their complete journey to Houston later on in the semester. With their next trip, the two plan on supporting SFA by attaching SFA flags and wearing SFA clothing. “We plan on completing the trip and getting SFA’s name out there,” Ramos said. tmix@thepinelog.com

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Action movie shot with live fire, gives glimpse of real life By Katelynn Marcum

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“Act of Valor” is a high -speed action film with a twist. Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh, written by Kurt Johnstad and starring real life U.S. Navy SEALs, this movie offers a glimpse into SEAL missions always kept secret. The movie begins by previewing villain Christo, Alex Veadov, as a generous billionaire aiding a children’s hospital where Morales, a CIA agent, Roselyn Sánchez, is working under cover. Before you know it, Morales gets kidnapped and tortured for information. Thank goodness the scene ended before any intense gore occurred. Meanwhile, the SEAL team spends the last day with their families before shipping out to rescue Morales. Lieutenant, the main SEAL character, leaves his pregnant wife at home promising “his best” to return. Acting in the non-action scenes is mediocre at best. I guess that is what you get for casting SEALs instead of actors. Once the SEALs start their mission the movie really picks up. With a great sound track and camera positioning that puts the viewer in the middle of the action, action scenes were pristine. In rescuing Morales, SEALs keep calm and take

out villains with a sniper, swim to the camp, break inside, and get out with the girl. Viewers are given the opportunity to see real combat when SEALs in water vessels unload on villains in pursuit of the land SEAL team. It is obvious that the SEALs were in their element when filming the action scenes. They were shot with live fire because that is what the SEALs train with. According to an interview on Fox News, this is the first time since the 1920s live fire has been used in a movie. Full of endless rounds of gunfire and many explosions, any action fan will be satisfied with this movie. “Act of Valor”will attract military personal, supporters and those curious about the tactics of one of the most secretive military groups. The movie provided an ample amount of explosions and combat to counter act the lack of professional acting. At last, a touching ending was the cherry on top of an overall entertaining movie. kmarcum@thepinelog.com

On 02-24-2012 an officer was dispatched to the area behind Steen Hall in reference to a suspicious person. The officer arrived and made contact with a subject who was determined to be intoxicated to a point of being a danger to himself and others. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. There is one suspect. On 02-24-2012 an officer was dispatched to Kerr Hall in reference to a disruptive person. The officer arrived and made contact with the subject who was determined to be intoxicated to a point of being a danger to herself and others. It was also found that the subject used a pocket knife to damage a door in the residence hall. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and criminal mischief and transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail. There is one suspect. On 02-23-2012 an officer was dispatched to the parking and traffic office in reference to a criminal mischief complaint. The officer arrived and made contact with the complainant who stated that his vehicle’s windshield was damaged while parked in Lot 3 between the hours of 3:50pm and 4:15pm. There are no suspects. On 2-22-2012 an officer was dispatched to Chick-Fil-A in the Baker Pattillo Student Center in reference to a theft. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised on 2-22-2012 two subjects took sandwiches without paying from Chick-Fil-A. There are two suspects.

Melissa Villaseñor brought laughter to SFA Thursday By T.K. Nickleberry CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Melissa Villaseñor, comedian and semifinalist from “America’s Got Talent,” graced the stage in the Twilight Ballroom as part of one of her stops on her college show tour. The comedy show, presented by SAA, started at 7 p.m. Thursday night. Villaseñor modeled a new haircut she said was inspired by a mushroom, along with her cowboy boots in support of her first time in Texas. She has done material for Cartoon Network, “Family Guy” and Frank TV, just to name a few. The atmosphere was light and casual, and the lighting warm and inviting. Villaseñor had no problem cracking jokes on hersel. She admitted doesn’t have “a hot girl voice” and that she is a tomboy. The room was filled with laughter as the comedian hit joke after jok and impressed the audience with her impersonations. The 24-year-old comedian grew up in

Whittier, Calif., but her hometown is Los Angeles. She is full Mexican, or as she calls it “full bean.” No one was safe from the comedian’s attack, from Hispanics and African Americans to Asians and Germans. Just about every nationality was available as comedy material. Villaseñor admitted she had a big crush on Justin Bieber. “His singing voice is hot. That’s what’s hot. I don’t know any guy or girl who can’t resist.” Villaseñor showed off her impersonations of Justin Bieber, Dora the Explorer, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Wanda Sykes, Michael Jackson, Owen Wilson, Miley Cyrus and Kathy Griffin. “I watch Dora the Explorer to help out my esteem. She’s just always there for me,” Villaseñor said. During her performance, Villaseñor struggled with some back pain, but she

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didn’t let that stop her performance. “I know I’m weird and I’ve accepted that. I think every person is weird. I want to be the weirdest I can be every day.” The comedian’s wacky sense of humor shone in phrases such as “cheese” and “stranger baby,” along with her funny walks. After the show, students were able to take pictures and get autographs from Villaseñor. “She was awesome. I liked her on America’s Got Talent and she’s really cool,” said freshman Victoria Matthews. “She amazing. A lot of the stuff was new material, but it makes it better when she does material that you’ve heard before because it’s different to hear it in person than it is to see it on a video, “said junior Randy Wuske. “She’s just so funny. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. She’s just really good,” said junior Alex Aldrich. Villaseñor made sure she had time for each person’s attention, signing autographs and talking with students. She didn’t get to see too much of the SFA campus but what she saw, she said was really pretty. “It seems like all the students are very close, and I like all the trees. Once I see all the trees and greenery it makes me happy,” Villaseñor said.

She started doing comedy at age 15, performing on Laugh Factory Comedy Camp for kids. After a break, Villaseñor started back with comedy when she was 19 and has been doing stand-up comedy for four years. She gave these words of advice for aspiring comedians: “If you feel inside your heart that you just want to be a comedy and that’s your calling, you have to just go for it. Keep reminding yourself it’s a long journey, and that there’s no rush. Work had every day. Perform every day. Write every day. Focus and don’t listen too much to negativity or other people trying to knock you down. Always be yourself on stage. “ She eventually wants to do late night comedy shows, write a screen play, learn to take piano and guitar lessons so she can start writing music. Villaseñor would also like to add more to her already list of 30 impressions, as well as be cast on “Saturday Night Live.” In the near future she hopes to record her comedy album in the summer and publish her short story book titled “My Dreams and Things in Between” about her life. “I kind of want to do everything,” Villaseñor said. “There are just so many things I like.” tnickleberry@thepinelog.com

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Put to the test: drug users and welfare Drew Elder CONTRIBUTING WRITER delder@thepinelog.com

In American society, sometimes people go on welfare. Welfare is something that helps people with little or no income at all. It also can help people who make the smallest amount of money you can make out in a salary. For the most part, it benefits, families and the elderly, and it also includes Medicaid. In order to qualify for welfare, one must be a permanent resident of the United States, with some exceptions concerning citizenship rules. Welfare may be in the forms of food stamps,

Medicaid and cash assistance. In some states vouchers may be provided to the individual. Right off the bat, let me say that I’m not trying to degrade the welfare system. There is one specific thing that I think needs to be done to anybody who wants to receive welfare benefits. That is, (drum roll, please) drug testing. I believe that if you want to receive benefits to get on welfare, you should be able to pass a urine-sampled drug test in order to receive those benefits. Why? All right look, if someone wants to receive benefits, and they fail a drug test, that tells me one thing: they put themselves into poverty by spending all their money on drugs to pay for their drug habit. If the individual passes the drug test, by all means, give them welfare. Once that person takes a drug test, I feel it should test for all drugs, including marijuana. Even though Mary-J isn’t the “worst” of all drugs, it’s still a drug, and if you fail a drug test based on THC—no welfare.

So call me unfair and mean for not giving welfare to people who supposedly “need” it. You know why they need it? If they hadn’t gotten into addictive drugs, like heroin or crack, then they might not need welfare in the first place. They need welfare because the drug habit has put them so far in debt that they can’t get out themselves so they rely on the government to bail them out. Keep in mind that I’m not bashing welfare. I’m bashing the people who get on welfare because they have a drug habit that put them there in the first place. Hopefully, sooner than later, whoever needs to get on welfare will have to pass a test that requires no studying whatsoever, in order to get on welfare in the first place. Drew Elder is junior radio/TV major and a contributing writer for The Pine Log. Axes up to the media attention SFA got from beating Lamar in basketball last week. Lamar’s ranting coach can be found all over the internet.

Axes up to Beta Alpha Psi helping out with tax returns for the Nacogdoches students and community. The tax deadline will be here before we know it. Axes down to the crazy traffic caused by Showcase Saturday. Getting around in Nac traffic was made that much harder (insert sarcasm here).

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Props to Campus Recreation for promoting fitness through various programs lately. One of the reasons why I, and I’m sure many others, chose to go to SFA is because of the recently built recreation center. All the machines are top of the line, and I personally love that the track is not a standard oval. Who likes running in circles anyway? I recently participated in a competition at Campus Rec that kicked off the Race Across Texas. Campus Rec holds the Race Across Texas competition as a way for anyone to keep track of their workout hours and have a friendly challenge while racing to get fit before spring break. Each person is assigned a number, and the numbered push pins will be moved across a map of Texas throughout the “race.”

It’s fitness time: get up off your butt and have some fun before Spring Break Any aerobic exercise can further participants across the map—not just running. The Treadmill Challenge last Wednesday made me and others excited about the Race Across Texas and last minute desperations to look great before spring break. I competed on the Traditions Council team for the Treadmill Challenge. I loved how spirited we were as a group and how much support we showed each other. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I’m used to constant rainfall. One of my favorite things to do is run on the beach in the rain. Because of this my friends brought a squirt bottle to make it rain while I ran. This is a unique case of supporting your friends as you race to get fit, but anyone can offer support to their fitness friends. After repeatedly asking my roommate to join me, she finally agreed to go to Kick,

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Punch and Crunch. It’s another way the Rec Center makes it easy for you to workout with someone in a fun way. They offer a variety of walk-in classes that are free to students. While I ultimately prefer working out on my own, I have to admit that going to the fitness classes and participating in things such as the Treadmill Challenge and Race Across Texas are a nice change in pace. With my busy schedule it’s a great way to fit in time with friends. My friends and I have also been able to make memories working out together. I might be shot if I mention a specific, very funny example of what I mean. Let’s just say treadmills have become a public enemy for some. There’s also the hilarious attempts at coordination during classes like Zumba. I end up get more of an ab workout laughing at myself and my friends when we

try such classes. Perhaps my favorite memory comes from the Treadmill Challenge. Traditions Council belted out the alma matter, axes held high during in the last minute of the race. While we didn’t sound great because some of us were out of breath, it’s things like this that make me say there’s no excuse for not working out. So grab a group to go play disc golf with, or head to the pool to splash around as the weather warms up. Thanks to Campus Rec, these opportunities and more are made easy. Anyone can find a fun way to work out with friends, and it’s never too late to start. Jessica is sophomore general business major and the Opinions Editor for The Pine Log.

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Parking director talks about new process for SFA By Nick Wade

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Jane Wilcox is the first to admit that she is a “parking nerd,” but her dedication to parking has helped SFA become the second-rated college in the state in terms of parking efficiency. Wilcox, who took over the role of parking director last January, said her focus is on learning the best practices in the industry and then applying them to SFA. “There are new process, procedures and devices that are being used every year,” Wilcox said. “I seek these out so that I can use them here at SFA if I believe it will improve efficiency. Whether it is something simple like a cool design on a parking tag, instead of a sticker, or robotic parking in Germany, I am open to new innovations.” Wilcox said the complaints she heard when she arrived at SFA were the same ones that she dealt with at the University of Texas, and UT San Antonio. “It’s the same everywhere,” she said. “People want to be able to park at the front door, and that just isn’t going to happen. But what can happen is an enhancement of customer service.” With that in mind, Wilcox began to make some changes to SFA’s parking system — changes she said would give students something they have been missing: options. “When I walk into Best Buy, I don’t want to be handed a

laptop and told that is the only one I can buy,” Wilcox said. “I want to see rows and rows of different laptops so that I can pick which one works best for me.” Wilcox overhauled the department’s website, making sure any information students might need is easily accessible, and she also created Facebook and Twitter pages for SFA parking. “We wanted to simplify things,” Wilcox said. “My end goal is that students can do everything they need to do from their computers or their phones. I don’t want them to be forced to come here to our office if they need something.” Things like scratch-off passes, temporary parking and a new rules and regulations compilation have been implemented under Wilcox, but perhaps the biggest achievement is the new software in the student center parking garage. “That was something that was really Jane Wilcox, SFA’s parking director dragging our customer service arrow down,” Wilcox said. “If someone’s card wouldn’t swipe or if the gates malfunctioned, you would said. “But you can’t put a price tag on customer service. have a line of cars that are stuck waiting to get out. We Once people see that it works and students regain confiwanted to put the human factor back into things a little bit.” dence in parking there, the system will pay for itself.” Wilcox said the department does not operate at a profit The new software allows level, and that even though there is an operating budget, Wilcox to monitor every asparking is an expensive business. pect of the garage, so she is “Repairs, maintenance, construction, there are a lot of immediately notified if there is a problem. Additionally, costs that go into everything,” Wilcox said. “Just like with the garage now accepts cash all these changes and improvements that are being made, and tickets are paid on foot there is a lot of hard work that goes into that; and this is by at a station in the garage, no means the Jane Wilcox show. I have an incredible group rather than in front of the of people around me that put forth incredible effort. All I’m doing is bringing my experience and trying to change exits. “That system costs things for the better.” Wilcox added that she liked it at SFA. We have “real trees.” $200,000 up front,” Wilcox

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lated from giant salvinia are ongoing in Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal’s lab in M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. “Dr. Li and I have been discussing all the results we have jointly obtained with this plant, and it is looking extremely promising,” said Aggarwal, a professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine, at M.D. Anderson. “We are very excited about the potential that exists with it, especially in the area of cancer, and I am very optimistic about what could result from this collaboration.” Aggarwal added that securing funding for the continuing research is the biggest obstacle for the researchers to overcome in the short term. “Without funding, we can only do so much. So, that is going to be one of the limiting factors.” Dr. Steven H. Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, said pioneer studies at the NCPC have made SFA an international leader in researching pharmaceutical crops. “In the last several years, the center has dedicated its research to identifying novel anticancer and antiviral agents from native plants in Texas and noxious invasive species and to securing national strategic pharmaceuticals,” he said. “The team has tested 1,200 plant species native to Texas and isolated more than 600 compounds, including 106 new structures.” Li and his colleagues at National Cancer Institute, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, New York Botanical Garden and University of Puerto Rico have developed the concept and principle of pharmaceutical crops. With the support of a team of international leading scientists, most recently, they launched Pharmaceutical Crops, the only international peerreview journal in the field, with Bentham Science Publishers.

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Lumberjack Basketball humiliates Texas A&M—CC By Piero Pretto

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After the game, a journalist from an area newspaper shrugged his shoulders, looked up and said, “Well, that was no fun.” He was right. The 74-41 thrashing SFA put on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders was not pretty. Last Saturday night at the William R. Johnson Coliseum, the SFA Lumberjacks took the lead in less than 5 minutes into the first half and never gave it back. The Lumberjacks got double-digit points from four out of its five starters, including 17 points from Taylor Smith, Antonio Bostic and Desmond Haymond each. The game was a showcase of SFA’s talent. SFA (17-11, 10-4 SLC) produced a

season-high 61.1 percent from the floor against the Islanders (5-23, 3-11 SLC). However, the deciding factor of the game had more to do with the Islanders’ inability to make the most out of their opportunities on offense. In the first half, the Islanders was 4 of 23 in field goals attempts, sinking only one three-pointer out of the eight that were attempted. One field goal attempt by the Islanders even sailed straight into the hands of a Lumberjacks defender. After a field goal was made with 15 minutes left in the half, the Islanders failed to produce a single point in the following five minutes of the game, allowing the Lumberjacks to bring their lead to 16-3. The first half ended well for the Lumberjacks at 32-16. In the second half, SFA sought to increase its lead by an even wider margin.

The team went 79.2 percent in field goal attempts while making some critical blocks and takeaways to hold off the Islanders. The second half is when Taylor Smith, making his first start of the year in place of Jereal Scott, caught fire. From not making a single basket in the first half, Taylor Smith finished the game with 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. “I know I didn’t give the team maximum effort the first half but in the second half I was ready to play,” Taylor said. The Lumberjacks will travel to Huntsville this Wednesday to take on the Sam Houston State Bearkats before wrapping up the regular season at home Saturday Mar. 3 when they host the Demons of Northwestern State.

Ladyjack Track wins again The SFA Ladyjack Track and Field teams scored 117.5 points to win their fourth straight Southland Conference Indoor title Saturday in Norman Oklah. SFA combined for five individual titles, 16 all-conference titles, two relay titles and one school record. Sophomore Chelsea Stephen tacked on the Ladyjacks first individual title of the meet winning the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 8.40. It is the second time this seson Stephen has set a new schoolrecord. Senior Danielle Burchett won the women’s 800-meter with her time of 2:14.74. Freshman De’Jernel Jordan added a seventh place finish in the event (2:17.33). Junior Lauren Smith came up with a huge victory late in the meet with her individual title in the women’s 3,000-meter. Smith clocked a time of 9:57.16 to outpace her closest competition by more than two seconds, and was one of only two runners to post a time under 10 minutes. Sophomore Laurie Byrd recorded a sixth place finish in the event with her time of 10:07.04. The Ladyjacks scored 11 points in the 400meter dash, led by senior Marie Dickerson’s all-conference finish. Dickerson finished

third overall with a time of 56.03. Sophomore Paige McCutcheon added a seventh place finish (57.03), while freshman Cierra Jefferson was eighth (57.45). Freshman Brarsheyia Simpson posted an all-SLC outing in the women’s 200-meter dash. She clocked a time of 24.92 to finish third overall. The Ladyjacks placed two athletes in the finals of the women’s pole vault. Freshman Jessica Cunningham finished sixth overall clearing a height of 11-7.75. Teammate Macy Agnew recorded a mark of 11-1.75 to post an eighth place finish. Junior Kelli Hermes added a fifth-place finish in the women’s triple jump with her mark of 39-7.00. The Ladyjacks closed out the women’s events by winning the 1,600-meter relay. The team of McCutcheon, Jefferson, senior Lauren Watts and Dickerson, recorded a time of 3:48.52 for the victory. The team championship had already been decided before the Ladyjacks stepped on the track for the final race. pinelog@sfasu.edu

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HBU tops SFA in extras Houston Baptist’s Bradley Brown dropped down a squeeze bunt to score David Pfuntner from third base in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Huskies a 6-5 win over SFA on Saturday at the UTA Invitational at Clay Gould Ballpark. SFA (1-6) had a pair of chances to close out the Huskies, in both the ninth and 12th innings, but HBU was able scrap back each time and eventually squeezed out its first win over the Lumberjacks since the 1993 season. Justin Choate, the fifth SFA pitcher of the day fell to 0-2 for the year, allowing a run apiece in both the 12th and 13th innings, after inheriting a 5-4 lead in the 12th inning. Curtis Jones pitched a scoreless 13th inning to earn the win for the Huskies. It looked as though the game was SFA’s to take after Freddy Villalobos’ tworun single in the top of the ninth inning completed a three-run rally for the Lumberjacks, but HBU managed to get to SFA stopper Alex Moshier for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game.

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The `Jacks had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the 12th when Jordon Lenaburg scored Zach Benson from third base with a sacrifice fly, but HBU got the leadoff runner on in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a Lumberjack error and Brown followed that up with a double into the gap that quickly knotted the game at 5-5. One inning later it was leadoff man Pfuntner who got it going for the Huskies with a leadoff double, and after a sacrifice bunt and intentional walk, Brown picked up his third hit and drove in his third run of the day when he dropped down a bunt single on the first pitch of the at-bat for the walk-off win. SFA had trailed the Huskies 2-1 entering the ninth, mustering just a pair of singles off of HBU starter Tyler Hoelscher in the first eight innings, but coupled a pair of singles from Villalobos and Jarid Scarafiotti with two Husky errors to complete the rally. The Lumberjacks will next get a shot at a conference foe, UT Arlington, on Sunday in the Invitational finale. pinelog@thepinelog.com

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