PINE LOG Monday, April 11, 2011
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The Independent Voice of Stephen F. Austin State University
Administration proposes tuition, fee increases in midst of budget cuts on April 3. Funding to schools was cut, and “worst case,” it will mean a cut of $11 million per year for the next two years to SFA. “All of the increases will not equal the $11 million we’re trying to cut,” Gallant said. “They’ll only cover about $3.4 million.” When schools are forced to adjust finances, it often comes down to a combination of increasing tuition and fees, and changing services, Gallant said. “Of course, the Board may accept, reject, or change our propositions,” Gallant added. Between 2000 and 2003, SFA was funded 40 percent by state revenue, mostly generated by sales tax. This year, only
“We’re not asking students to cover it all, we’re simply at the point that we have no choice but to cut services.” — Danny Gallant, Vice President of Finance & Administration at SFA
THOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG SFA’s vice president finance & administration, Danny Gallant, speaks before students and staff members during a tuition hearing in the McGee Building Friday afternoon. The proposed increases include raising technology fees, room and board fees, and also increasing parking fees.
By Audrey Spencer MANAGING EDITOR
SFA administration will propose an increase in designated tuition and fees to the Board of Regents on Monday, April 18. For a student enrolled in 15 hours, the total increases will amount to about $173. The increases proposed include an additional $4.55 per credit hour, a $2 increase in technology
fees, 3 percent increase in room and board, as well as higher parking fees. Also proposed is a new $5-per-credit-hour academic advising fee. “We’re not asking students to cover it all,” Danny Gallant, vice president for finance and administration, said at the tuition hearing Friday. “We’re simply at the point that we have no choice but to cut services.” House Bill 1, the state budget appropriation for the next two years, was passed by the Texas House of Representatives
32 percent of SFA’s money is coming from the state. It is a statewide trend. “Every university except Texas Women’s University and A&M is raising tuition,” Gallant said, “but that doesn’t mean they won’t be raising fees.” Scholarships shouldn’t be affected by tuition increases, Gallant said. “It’sunfortunate,butIbelievetheirhandsaretiedatthispoint,” Jacob Duffee, Dallas freshman, who attended the hearing said, especially with how the economy is now.” Gallant was open to questions and suggestions from attendees. “I think people would be okay with cutting power in places across campus as opposed to raising tuition,” Steven Dittrich, Houston junior, said. “Cafeterias, student centers, focus on halls where people are laziest. Just 45 minutes is manageable during the day or weekends.” The Board of Regents will meet to vote on the increases April 18 in the Austin Building. Watch The Pine Log for more information.
SFA hosts debate tourney, instructor gets honored By Allison Percival STAFF WRITER
Over the weekend, SFA hosted the International Public Debate Association National Championship Tournament and Convention that included 200 teams from across the country. “We are very honored to have SFA selected to host the tournament,” SFA debate coach Stephen Jeffcoat said. The tournament included eight debate rounds across the weekend and ended with a “sudden death” round on Sunday in the Grand Ballroom of the BPSC. The convention concluded with seasonal awards and tournament awards. The IPDA was founded in 1997 and includes individual and two-person team debates. It maintains three distinct divisions, allowing competitive opportunities for anyone who chooses to test their skills in this competitive arena. The Novice Division allows individuals to learn competitive debate with others with little or no experience. The Varsity
Division tests the more skilled and experienced debaters against one another while our Professional Division is accessible to collegiate alumni, members of the community and individuals who wish to still debate after college. The SFA Debate team recently attended the annual Earl Wells Memorial Speakeasy at Oregon State University and received top honors. “We’ve had a really good season with a whole new team,” Jeffcoat said. “This was a great building year, and I’ve enjoyed seeing this team grow.” The SFA Debate team was founded in the 1930s and was re-started in 1998 by Jeffcoat. The team is open to all students and will begin regular meetings in the fall. “We’re always looking for new people,” Jeffcoat said. “SFA has had six teams win the national championships in the past, four indiTHOMAS MOTYKA/THE PINE LOG vidual champions, and is hoping to add more Clayton Gross speaks for Sam Houston State University’s debate team during the International next year.” email@example.com
Public Debate Association National Tournament and Convention, hosted at SFA in the Grand Ballroom of the student center. Stephen Jeffcoat, instructor at SFA, received an award and was honored for three years of service as a member of the IPDA.
SFA students combine talent, experience for advertising competition By Jonathan Garris EDITOR IN CHIEF
Students from a variety of departments across SFA are coming together to compete in the 2011 National Student Advertising Competition in Oklahoma City. The group, which consists of 24 students from SFA’s art, marketing and global media departments, combined their skills in a year-long class that focuses on developing an advertising and marketing plan for a company specified by the American Advertising Federation. This year’s client is J.C. Penney. “Each student brings their own unique talents to the group,” Dr. Linda T. Bond, assistant professor, said. “Some students are good with words, others with pictures, and some are good with marketing strategies.” The upper-level class represents a yearlong effort that culminates in a presentation before a set of judges at the advertising competition, where six other states will be competing against SFA. “The class itself begins in the fall with the research and planning aspects of the plans book,” Michael Tubbs, a school of art adjunct faculty member, said. “The Spring Semester is when the execution of the ideas takes place.” The class recently assembled its plans book, which is the main document submitted to the judges at the competition. The plans book contains all of the data, promotional materials, planning for marketing,
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JONATHAN GARRIS/THE PINE LOG A student model poses for a promotional photo as part of a year-long upper-level advertising class at SFA that focuses on competing in the 2011 National Student Advertising Competition, hosted by the American Advertising Federation in Oklahoma City. The class provides a unique opportunity for students from different departments, such as art, marketing and communications, to combine their skills and talents to create an advertising and marketing plan for a major company.
ad campaigns and public relations info. The plans book was sent off to be printed on March 24. The group is currently seeking donations
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from local businesses and groups around Nacogdoches to help pay for the group’s trip to Oklahoma City on April 12. Businesses who donate will be invited to attend the
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presentation, and those who donate higher amounts of money will be given special priority over other businesses in the sponsorships section of the plans book. Donors will also receive a certificate of appreciation. Last year, the group placed second overall but was unable to attend AAF’s National Conference in California. For the 2011 competition, the class is looking to repeat its success and improve on the previous year’s performance. “I think they’re an excellent team and represent each of their disciplines well,” Dr. Marlene Kahla, associate professor and assistant department chair of marketing management and international business, said. “I’m so proud we have these people out speaking for J.C. Penney and making an impression for SFA. There isn’t a person here I wouldn’t want to send out for any client.” While developing content for the group’s plans book, the local J.C. Penney at University Mall in Nacogdoches allowed students to use clothing free of charge for models to wear in promotional photos. “We appreciate all of the help that the local J.C. Penney has given us.” Naeem Munaf, Richardson senior and one of the student leaders, said. Special thanks were given to Marilyn Philips, store manager, Anne King, supervisor, and Tammy Mansfield, sales associate.
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“All right, all right, all right” and other stoner classics By Garrett Cook
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR In honor of this weekend’s opening of the medieval/stoner/buddy comedy Your Highness, we take a look back at some of cinema’s finest odes to Mary Jane. High jinks will ensue. The Big Lebowski. It has become not only the greatest cult film of all time, but it’s one of the most unique, original and funniest comedies of all time, period. Written and directed by the Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski was released in 1998 after the Oscar glory of the Coens’ Fargo and failed to find much love upon its initial release. In years since, however, images of “The Dude” and famous lines from the endlessly quotable script have turned up everywhere from t-shirts to Facebook profiles. So what’s it about? Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, immortalized by the brilliant Jeff Bridges, is a Los Angeles man who can’t be bothered to do much besides going bowling with buddies Walter and Donnie, listening to old Creedence tapes and toking on leftover roaches. After he gets mixed up in a kidnapping heist because of a shared name with a famous millionaire Lebowski, The Dude turns quasidetective in order to solve the case and get back to his old lazy ways. In the process, he comes across numerous eccentrics who could have only been invented by the Coens. The plot is a little tricky to get if you’re baked, but the essence of the film couldn’t be more stoner-friendly: The Dude abides, man. Dazed and Confused. Richard Linklater’s love letter to the 1970’s follows a group of high-schoolers around as they party, drink, get high and terrorize freshmen on the last day of
school before summer break. Dazed and Confused rivals Lebowski for most quotable lines from a movie (who can forget Matthew McConaughey drawling out “All right, all right all right”), but its real strengths are its deliberate sense of pace and atmosphere. If there was ever a more authentic high school movie made, I have yet to see it. Plus, the soundtrack is killer. Put it on when hanging out with friends and enjoy. Pineapple Express. Back when Seth Rogen was still kind of fat, he made a movie with James Franco called Pineapple Express about a pot dealer and his customer who accidentally get entangled in a murder involving a drug lord and a crooked cop. They go on the run, taking occasional timeouts to get high with middle-schoolers and each other. This movie is without a doubt a love letter to weed, starring two famous stoners in Rogen and Franco. But the real scene-stealer is Danny McBride, a.k.a. Kenny Powers, who only has to pump a shotgun and say, “Thug life,” to be funny. Friday. The slice-of-life-in-L.A. tale of two buddies, Craig and Smokey, who have to pay a drug dealer by 10 p.m. Friday became a quintessential stoner movie because of its languid, hypnotic pace and its obvious love of weed. Ice Cube proved his screen presence and Chris Tucker had a hilarious, break-out performance as Smokey, the devout front porch toker. Honorable Mention: Reefer Madness, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke, HalfBaked, Next Friday, How High, Super Troopers, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
COURTESY PHOTO Jeff Bridges as “The Dude, Steve Buscemi, and John Goodman star in The Big Lebowski.
COURTESY PHOTO Rory Cochrane as weed-toker Ron Slater in Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.
Stop Kiss a huge success
SFA School of Theatre presents play about forging lasting human connections in a prejudiced world By Liliana Monsivais CONTRIBUTING WRITER
This past weekend the SFA School of Theatre presented Diana Son’s Stop Kiss. The play was in the Downstage Theatre and was produced by student George Maymi. The student cast of Stop Kiss included Emma Palliza as Callie, Selby Bray as Sara, Kurt Bilanoski as Detective Cole, Lindsey Love as Mrs. Winsley and the nurse, Nick Negron as George, and Eddie Edge as Peter; all are students at SFA. The play is set in modern day New York. The story starts when Callie, a traffic reporter, is getting ready to receive Sara, a teacher who has won a fellowship to teach in the Bronx, into her apartment. Callie is unmarried but has an open relationship with George. They sleep together and allow each other to date other people. She lives alone. Sara is from Saint Louis, Mo. She has moved to New York in order to get away and fulfill her goal of educating children in the Bronx. Sara has left her parents and her boyfriend back home. Callie and Sara begin to hang out. They develop feelings for each other and learn what they really want and have been missing in life. Without prior knowledge one can easily judge that Stop Kiss is nothing but a mere artistic commentary on a world prejudiced against homosexuality. Although the writer of the play includes this situation, the point is way below the surface. The story leads the audience to think the leading character of the show is Sara, and they fail to remember how it was that Callie developed in the progression of the plot. When we first meet Callie Pax she reveals how insecure, consumed, and passive she has become with
her life in the big city. She has yet to commit to anything in her life, and when Sara comes into her life the audience begins to contrast both characters. Sara has left behind important parts of her life to fulfill her teaching career at a public school. Throughout the play she urges Callie to find what it is she is keeping from herself. Although the play has no continuous storyline, it manages to fix itself around one issue that involves various parties. Yes, Callie and Sara are confronted when displaying public affection for the first time in the park, but, the sole point of the play is not to expose a demeanor against lesbians, in their defense. Son’s play is more a remark on the risks of living the life that one is, or is not, “meant” to live. Maybe the fact that the writer incorporates a more stern and directional character into Callie’s life is a sign that Callie has the potential to live in a better manner, at least emotionally, that she already is. For instance, twice a week there is a loud ruckus in the upstairs apartment, and Callie has never confronted the source, although it bothers her. Sara tries to encourage her to say something, but she refuses. After they have an argument, Callie demonstrates to Sara how she’s grown when she asks her to stay until the clock hits 6 p.m. Sara notices she hears nothing upstairs and congratulates Callie. This is a minor example but is used in the play as a pivotal point in Callie’s attitude and perspective toward life and her actions. The play’s time bouncing technique was a bit hard to follow at the beginning, but toward the middle everything began to make sense. The elements in the set such
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On 04/06/11 an officer was dispatched to the lobby of UPD in reference to failure to stop and give information. Upon arrival it was found that complainant’s vehicle had been damaged while parked in the Village Parking Garage. There are no suspects. On 04/06/2011 an officer was dispatched to the Village Parking Garage in reference to a failure to stop and give information report. Upon arrival the complainant advised that her vehicle was damaged on 04/06/2011 between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. There are no suspects. On 04/06/2011 an officer was dispatched to the Student Recreation Center in reference to a theft. Upon arrival the complainant stated that his wallet, keys and headphones were stolen from an unsecured locker at the recreation center. There are no suspects. Update on Illegal Narcotics Investigation * On 04/06/2011 a suspect was arrested in Travis County on two warrants for Delivery of Marijuana in a Drug Free Zone that were obtained by the University Police Department. There have been 23 persons arrested at this time as we continue the investigation. There are 24 suspects. On 4-7-2011 an officer was dispatched to Lumberjack Village in reference to theft. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised between 4-6-2011 and 4-7-2011 his unattended laundry was stolen from the Lumberjack Village Building two laundry room. There are no suspects. On 4-7-2011 an officer was dispatched to the lobby of UPD in reference to hit and run. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the complainant, who advised between 4-6-2011 and 4-7-2011 her unattended vehicle was damaged in lot 46. There are no suspects.
Men of Achievement provide positive influence at Fredonia By LaDyrian Cole
contacted Dr. Terrence Frazier, director of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, at the beginning of the year about the school’s need for academic development and a mentor program. “One thing that I noticed early in is that these kids always knew how to do their work and don’t need too much tutoring, but instead they desire the mentor aspect of the program more,” said Kardal Coleman, Dallas sophomore and MOA president. “The thing that excites me about going is to know that we’re helping these kids to improve on behavioral problems and being respectable towards their teachers.” The vision the men of MOA had for the Powerschool Program has evolved into a source of mentorship, excitement and encouragement for participating Fredonia students. According to teachers and parents of students involved in the program, the men of MOA light up the faces and open the minds of the students they assist. For everyone involved, the program has gained the reputation of one that enhances academic interest and performance. While
Every Monday and Thursday, the lives of children at Fredonia Elementary School are impacted by a group of men with a drive to educate and promote behavioral discipline. The brothers of Men of Achievement (MOA), an SFA organization based on the pillars of professionalism, Christianity and brotherhood, created an after-school tutoring session, known as the Powerschool Program, this semester at Fredonia in hopes of having a positive effect on students’ academic achievement and behavior. “I’m a firm believer on the idea that if we can steer a child in the right direction at a young age, it’ll make growing up a little easier,” said Anthony Rosborough, Dallas sophomore and coordinator of the Powerschool Program. “I didn’t have a person to tell me right from wrong in elementary, so we try to be that for these students.” MOA and the Powerschool Program is exactly what Fredonia’s principal, Traci Barnes, and teachers hoped for when they
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Friday, April 11, 2011
Sufferers, please come out of the mental health closet Garrett Cook COMMENTARY EDITOR
One of these days, we’re going to look back on Prozac and the like in the same historical vein that we now look at penicillin. These are revolutionary drugs, treating mental heath disorders that were heretofore misunderstood and, regrettably, untreatable. Now that we are discovering the proper treatment for mental health problems, I would say it is about time that we get our attitudes towards mental health up to speed as well. In other words, if you suffer from mental illness, come out of the closet already. Now, when I say mental illness, most people are thinking the big ones: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, et cetera. But dig this: have you ever been in a situation
where for whatever reason fear overtook country’s population. Think you’re alone? you and your heart began to race and your You’re not. palms became clammy and you broke out For most of my college years at SFA, I have in a cold sweat and felt like you had to get faced, off and on, terrible, debilitating anxiout of the room you were in or you’d die? ety. It is an illness that has severely affected Or, has there ever been a bright, sunny what was once before the ability to do simThursday where you felt the only one of ple, normal things: go out with friends, feel the 12,000 students who weren’t outside at ease in public and social situations, conenjoying themcentrate on selves and the my school “A lot of people would have you believe and procompany of their friends was fessiona l you, because it’s that mental illness is a character flaw; you’re work, meet 2 o’clock in the weak, or you just have the blues, or you just new people afternoon and and sustain you can’t seem need to chill out.” a constant to find the will energy level to get out of bed? throughout If any of that sounded familiar, then con- an entire day. gratulations, my friend, you have suffered I get treatment from counselors and those from mental illness—in this case, two of the new miracle drugs like Prozac or Zoloft, and most common varieties, depression and/or I am in a better place than I used to be. But, anxiety. and I speak for millions of people like me Depression affects approximately 19 mil- who suffer from these things, a lot of days lion Americans. Anxiety disorders affect are still a challenge. about 40 million Americans over the age A lot of people would have you believe of 18. That is a significant portion of the that mental illness is a character flaw;
you’re weak, or you just have the blues, or you just need to chill out. I want to tell you that these people do not know what they are talking about. It is a medical condition, an illness, a clinical problem. It is simply a chemical imbalance. And by seeking help, you’re doing the same thing someone with a broken leg would do: you’re trying to improve your health and well-being. Because mental health, like physical health, is one of the most important components of your overall well-being. So please, don’t suffer in silence anymore. The stigma surrounding mental health isn’t as bad these days. You can get help and there is no reason at all to be ashamed of yourself. To walk into an office and admit that you need help shows more strength than not. Now that I’ve been exposed to that world and people know it, I’ve been approached by countless people who tell me they have the same thing. Be loud, be proud. You’ll be better off for it. Garrett is an English major from Mt. Pleasant.
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Axes Down to the State of the Union. Government agencies shutting down, soldiers not getting paid. I feel like the apocalypse is in sight. Oh yes, did I mention Donald Trump might run for President?
Congress should take a page from Lady Aggies’ book Kay Bailey Hutchison SENATOR • STATE OF TEXAS www.hutchison.senate. gov
Amidst bitter negotiations in Congress and with the White House on a long-term budget for the federal government, I can’t help but think that Washington could use a lesson in teamwork these days. I was reminded of the remarkable power of a well-functioning team working in synchronization toward a lofty goal on April 5 as I watched the heart-stopping national college championship game between Texas A&M’s Lady Aggies and Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. I was inspired to watch the Lady Aggies fight to surmount an obstacle that seemed impossible. Ultimate victory for A&M’s women’s basketball team was never a sure shot. But they played with determination and teamwork throughout the season and ended with an impressive 33-5 record. All along
they focused on the ultimate goal – the 2011 Women’s NCAA Basketball National Championship game. They survived the opening rounds, made it through the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight, dominated the Final Four, and at last met their final competitors on the gleaming court of Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. And on the 30th anniversary of the Women’s NCAA Championship, our Texas athletes beat their formidable competitors, 76 to 70, in a game that was exciting to the very end. It was a historic event for A&M’s women’s basketball team as well, because this was their first-ever attempt at winning a National Championship. After a hardfought contest by both teams, I congratulate the Aggies and the Fighting Irish on excellent seasons. All of the skilled athletes on A&M’s team played their hearts out; their staunch defense andDanielleAdams’All-Americanperformance were instrumental in the victory. But we know that the key to teamwork and victory is leadership. Running up and down the sideline, throughout the game – indeed, throughout the season – was Coach Gary Blair. Without his instruction and motivation, A&M’s win might not have been possible. During his successful 8-year career in the program he has turned the
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Lady Aggies into a nationally recognized team. And he made history himself by becoming the oldest coach to ever win a Women’s National Championship. The Lady Aggies worked as a team,andIhopetheywillcelebrateasateam,alwaystreasuringthisjointaccomplishment.Iwas proud to join with my colleague, Senator John Cornyn, in offering a resolution on the Senate floor to honor this victory. The remarkable achievement of the Texas A&M women’s basketball team follows in the footsteps of many other great Texas teams whose commitment to hard work, preparation, and teamwork has led them to major victories. In 2005, the University of Texas Longhorns won the National Championship in football against the long-standing football dynasty of the University of Southern California Trojans. The Longhorns finished their season as the only undefeated team in NCAA Division I-A football that year, with thirteen wins and zero losses. Last year the undefeated Texas Christian University Horned Frogs beat the University of Wisconsin, 21 to 19, in TCU’s first Rose Bowl appearance. TCU’s performance in that game proved that they are truly a national championship-caliber team. And one of our state’s most historic victories came in 1966, when Texas Western
(now UTEP) was the first school ever to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with a racially integrated team. College baseball in Texas also has a long, proud history of achievements. Two teams in particular come to mind, the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls. The Texas Longhorns are the winningest team in college baseball history and hold the record for most appearances in the College World Series (33). For years, Rice University has also been nationally known as a baseball powerhouse, and in 2003 the Rice Owls won the College World Series, the first national championship win in the school’s history. There is much we can learn and celebrate abouttheachievementsofthemanygreatTexas athletes who, by working as a team, achieved far morethantheycouldhaveassingleindividuals. Congress could certainly take a page from the Lady Aggies’ playbook when it comes to teamworkandcomingtogethertoachieveacommon goal. A prosperous future for our country is something we all want, but in order to get there, we must work together to put our country back on a fiscally responsible track. Kay Bailey Hutchison is the senior U.S. Senator from Texas.
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LEAVING an IMPRESSION ONE STEP at a TIME $75 per guest, $500 for eight guests These reservations include a pre-event hors d’oeuvre reception at 6 p.m. and reserved seating at the event. Free passes to the speaker event are also available at the Student Involvement Center, located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau downtown for students and the general public.
Friday, April 11, 2011
Ladyjack Softball vs UTA 4/16/11 @ 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. 4/17/11 @ 12 p.m.
Jacks shout down UTSA By Jordan Boyd Staff Writer
Thomas Motyka/thepinelog Catcher Riley Huble gets ready to tag out the UTSA runner in Saturday’s 2-0 win.
Ladyjacks win two of three
Fueled by stellar pitching and solid defensive play on the diamond, SFA edged the University of Texas-San Antonio 2-0 on Saturday. After scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, the Jacks shut down the Roadrunner offense to earn their fourth team shut-out of the season. Jared West earned his fifth win of the season in seven innings of work to bring his team-leading record to 5-1. West was able to keep the ball on the ground as he only struck out one batter in his full day’s work. The right hander allowed only six hits and didn’t allow the Roadrunners a single hit with runners in scoring position. A two-out single in the bottom of the first by Darren Crabtree proved to be the only offense the Jacks would need in the afternoon, as the hit scored Jarid Scarafiotti from second. Heads-up base running by Jackson Hood allowed him to score as Crabtree stayed alive on the base path after the hit. These two runs proved to be the deciding factor in the contest and would allow the Jacks to remain in second place in the SLC. The game was hardly a one-sided contest, but gold-glove caliber plays from the
Jacks’ defense helped preserve the lead for SFA. In the top of the fourth, a two-out double by UTSA’s R.J. Perucki with a man on first made things interesting. The ball made its way to the right field fence, and the man on first was waved home to try to get the Roadrunners on the board. But a fundamentally sound relay and great tag by catcher Riley Huble slammed the door shut on the inning as the runner was tagged out at home. The stellar defense continued in the sixth as second basemen Jordan Lewis back-handed and rifled the ball from behind second base to beat the UTSA runner by a hair at first and end the inning. West was pulled from the mound after walking the first batter in the top of the eighth, but reliever Alex Moshier took care of business to strand the runner and keep the shut-out alive. After Moshier’s work was done, Jason West was called upon in the top of the ninth to close out the contest, and did just that as he earned his sixth save of the season. After the series with the Roadrunners, the Jacks will go on the road and battle the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on April 12 and continue their quest for the conference lead at 3 p.m.
SFA Tennis hammers Central Arkansas on Senior Day The SFA Ladyjack tennis team had a busy weekend, but made good use of its time on the court, winning two of its three matches to close out the home portion of its schedule. After dropping a tough match to Northwestern State, 6-1, Saturday afternoon, SFA rallied to defeat UT-Tyler, 5-1 and Central Arkansas, 6-1. “I’m really happy for our seniors today,” said head coach Patrick Sullivan. “They have worked really hard to help get this program to the next level, and no matter what happens the rest of the season they can leave SFA knowing that they have accomplished what no other Ladyjack players
have been able to do. They were key in helping us set program records for wins, winning percentage and winning streak, as well as becoming the first team in program history to receive a national ranking. “I can’t imagine a better way to send off our seniors than with a win in front of our fans. The win was made even more special by the fact that both Andreea (Enica) and Meaghan (Ocanas) picked up crucial victories today,” said head coach Patrick Sullivan. After falling behind 1-0 in doubles, the Sugar Bears rallied to tie the match at 1 but that would be as close to vic-
tory as SFA would allow as it posted five consecutive singles’ wins. Saturday’s match at UT-Tyler started with singles’ play and saw SFA win the first five matches, preventing the doubles’ competition. The Ladyjacks improved to 18-3 on the season, and 6-3 in Southland Conference play following the weekend’s action. Ocanas, along with junior Alina Shazhko, won all three of their singles matches over the week, as well as both doubles matches. Shazhko has been on a roll down the stretch and has now won 12 of her last 13 matches at No. 1 singles. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody Derouen/Thepinelog Eyguries, France, sophomore Alice Pacaut goes for a ball Saturday in her doubles win.
Please join us at noon on Friday, May 6 for the presentation ceremony. Invitations will be mailed to students eligible to participate in the Big Dip. Please RSVP by May 4 online at www.sfaalumni.com or by calling the Alumni office at 468-3407.