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• Vol. 76 No. 20
Nobel prize winner to speak at lectureship
By Sarah Smith Contributing Writer
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“Carousel” by Rodgers and Hammerstein will be at the Modular Theatre this Friday through Sunday from 8-10 p.m. and also March 10-13. Admission is $3 for ASU Students, $4 for non-ASU Students, $8 for the general public and free for Arts@ASU Subscribers and Activity Card Holders.
Enrollment on the rise 2010
Spring enrollment at
its highest since 1989 By Jessica Shepard Staff Writer
propriations,” Rallo said. “With growth, we stand to gain increased state funds.” Also, Rallo said, increased funds means enabling the college to be mindful of student affordability in regards to tuition and fees.
ASU’s goal for enrollment in ten years
“We are pleased,” University President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo said, “that the growth trend from the fall, when we had our second highest enrollment ever, continued into the spring semester. “I am just really “The graduate enrollment redetermined to finish flects our efforts to increase our my degree here,” outreach in the Hill Country with senior Leslie Jimenez said. our program in Boerne joining those in Fredericksburg and Marble Sophomores Falls.” The number of semester hours that undergraduates and graduate students Graduate are taking is up as well. Semester hours are up from 67,867 from last spring to Seniors 72,558 this semester, making an increase of 6.91%. Juniors “Our focus the past two years has been on broadening our recruiting Freshmen and increasing our retention because growth is the primary factor the Texas Percentage change of spring 2010 and 2009 enrollment. Legislature utilizes in increasing ap-
10,000 “I think it’s great that enrollment is up,” junior Dianna Barbee said, “but I wish they would quit messing with parking lots.”
percent increase in overall enrollment this year compared to last spring
- 1.3 %
marked the highest graduate enrollment in history
Students in the college of sciences are in an excited state as they look forward to the 34th annual West Texas Medical Associates Distinguished Lectureship honoring Dr. Roy E. Moon, Wednesday-Thursday, March 10-11 in the C.J. Davidson Center. The lectures will feature Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Ahmed Zewail at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 11. “Being an internationally acclaimed chemist and the winner of a noble prize,” pre-med student Wills Register said, “he will be able to add to the long list of esteemed speakers the Moon Lectureship has presented, as well as provide an intriguing lecture in chemistry.”
March 11 at 2 p.m. Zewail will meet with ASU students to discuss “Seeing in Four Dimensions.” March 11 at 8 p.m. Zewail’s talk: “Time’s Mysteries and Miracles.” Where: C.J. Davidson Conference Center inside the ASU Houston Harte University Center Both lectures are open free to the public.
Educated in Egypt before coming to the U.S., Zewail has earned numerous prestigious honors for his contributions to science, including his appointment to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, as well as becoming the first U.S. Science Envoy to the Middle East. “If you look at all of our speakers you will find individuals who come here for the chance to interact with students they have never met before,” said Dr. Grady Blount, dean of the College of Sciences. “And frankly, I think that for a lot of them, West Texas is an exotic location. We’ll take them out to eat at Miss Hattie’s and show them around Fort Concho. It is a big kick for them, too.” Zewail lives in California with his wife and four children where he is a professor at Caltech. “We only approach scientists who are making a difference,” Blount said, “people who are doing something truly extraordinary. And, this is a key point, people with a zest for sharing their knowledge with young people. That’s where the dedication to students comes back into play.” Zewail has mentored over 300 research students in his career and his biography has been printed in 17 different languages.
African students share part of culture By Morgan McMillan Staff Writer
Students experienced African culture Feb. 25 through dancing, fashion, food and entertainment in honor of Black History Month at the annual presentation of “Back to my Roots II.” “We held many practices and meetings to make sure everything ran smoothly,” said Kemi
Bassey, vice president of the African Student Association. Their hard work paid off the first year, Bassey said, so they decided to make it an annual event, planning to educate people and clear up any misconceptions people may have about Africa. The event included a fashion show, a play, poetry reading, a Jeopardystyle game show of Afri-
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can trivia and a tribute to the Haitian people. To add to the students’ entertainment, a professional dance troupe from Africa named “The African Sisters,” made up of college students now based in Abilene, danced during the event. Souzi Assani, Charlotte Serme, Nathalie Kabona, Barbara Kabona and Rita Assani made up the troupe.
S. Assani said that they enjoy dancing for tributes like this, and it is a great honor for them. Bassey said they had a wonderful turn out, and they appreciated the support of the people that came to the event and also helped with it. She said A.S.A hopes that each year will get bigger and better.
Photo courtesy of ASA
The African Student Association presented “Back to my Roots” Feb. 25 to share its culture with the campus.
The annual ASU Alert test will be Monday, March 8 at 3:30 pm. This test will include emails, phone messages, and text messages to all subscribers and campus telephones.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Grad program to aid aspiring teachers By Morgan McMillan Staff Writer
Graduated students and students nearing graduation have the option to make money as a teacher while obtaining their Master’s degree. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction has developed a set of intense courses for students who have completed a four-year degree to obtain a Master’s of Arts degree with an option of becoming certified to teach. Dr. Kim Livengood, adviser and assistant professor to the program, said almost all of the classes will be online and are designed specifically for graduates who are working full-time. “It was really nice, the classes being online,” said Marianna Behrends, ASU graduate and first-year teacher. “I was able to sub at school to find what area I was most interested in and get my Master’s at the same time.” Students start the program in June, when there is a twoweek mandatory attendance time for the students to train for the program. The two-week session is followed by assignments that must be turned in online, therefore making it a full summer course. Students who are participating in the teacher certification option are also required to take six hours of online classes in the second summer session in order to meet the Educator Preparation Program requirements. Once a student has completed the summer cohort and fulfills the EPP requirements, he or she can receive a proba-
Photo by Derek Smith
Sophomore computer lab assistant Brianna Maldanado, one of 70 students employed by IT, helps senior Roseanne Harrington in the Porter Henderson Library.
IT keeps campus running By Jessica Shepard Staff Writer
Photo by Tim Lester
Senior student teacher Lara Johnson works with her newspaper class at Central High School to develop headlines for the Campus Corral. tionary certificate to teach. If a student does not have a teacher’s certificate, the program requires 42 hours of classes, six of which are considered a teaching internship. Students must attend both summer sessions before starting their internship. Behrends said the professors were supportive and worked with her work sched-
ule, which made the program much more enjoyable. If the student does not find a job teaching after they finish the program, Livengood said, the program will place them in a student teaching program. The deadline to apply for this program is April 30, but the College of Graduate Studies suggests the sooner the better.
Behind the scenes, the Information Technology department is working to keep ASU running and handles a wide range of technology related problems for students, as well as faculty. The campus Blackboard software was updated at the beginning of the semester from Blackboard 8 to Blackboard 9. According to IT, there are some issues with the recent Blackboard software update that mainly pertain to the system crashing, faculty losing information and problems logging in. “We’re working with the faculty and students, as well as Blackboard,” said Patrick Dierschke, coordinator of communication for IT. “It would help if students contacted the Help Desk as soon as they start having problems.” IT employs 70 student workers and 40 full-time employees and works around the clock to keep the university’s technology running smoothly. “Student workers are usually lab assistants and help communicate awareness of what IT is doing,” Dierschke said.
IT gears toward more mobile availability to provide students and faculty support. “Campus needs have grown a lot over the past 10 years,” Dierschke said. “We’re trying to keep up with the needs of students and faculty.” Dierschke said there are discussions about an online chat function to offer access to instant support. IT is gathering feedback from 20 students in a pilot test of an alternative form of e-mail. “We’re looking at getting a more permanent e-mail system,” Dierschke said. “Something with more collaborative tools.” IT is struggling to stay up to date with the newest releases of software and to be cost effective, Dierschke said. “If we want to utilize a new software package, we test it first,” said Elaine Beach, director of Customer Support and Multimedia Services. “We have started to test Windows 7.” So far, Beach said, Windows 7 is having a big affect on the other programs, meaning they might not have the drivers necessary to run the software with the new operating system.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Faculty-led foreign conversations Informal conversations in French, German, Russian and Spanish, held by the Department of Modern Language, will take place in Room 110/111 of the Houston Harte University Center. Conversations are open and free to the public. French conversations meet Mondays from 5- 6 p.m. Russian on Mondays from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. German on Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:30 Spanish on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. ASU English Student to Present Paper at National Conference Erin Whitford, English student, will present a paper April 3 at the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association’s Southern Literature and Popular Culture Conference in April in St. Louis. Whitford, a first-year graduate student and graduate assistant, will present her paper, “An Addition to the Legacy: Joyce Carol Oates as the Successor to Carson McCullers and Flannery O’Connor’s Feminine Grotesque,” on a panel with three others. The four were grouped because their papers have relevant overlaps. For more information, call the ASU Department of English at 942-2268.
Spring Health Fair Next Week
Photo by Tim Lester
Former ambassador Charles Ford visited Dr. June Smith’s Interviewing class Monday to talk about his career and ways that students could enter in a foreign services career. Ford also spoke Tuesday night on trade agreements with South America.
Former US ambassador speaks on foreign service (created by students for students) When: Tuesday, March 9 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Where: University Center Spine Great tips to stay healthy & cool this spring break Sponsored by JAMP! ASU’s Joint Admission Medical Program Giveaways and door prizes available.
By Jessica Shepard Staff Writer
Student Body Vice President Stephanie Williams announced all positions on the Senate are open for election and students can pick up applications at the SGA office in the UC. “So far, we have three pairs of teams who signed up and turned in their applications to run for election as president and vice president of the 81st Senate,” Williams said. Requirements to hold a seat on SGA include maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA, be enrolled in and maintain at least 12 semester hours and attendance at all weekly Senate meetings on Monday nights. Williams requested that applicants turn in a picture of themselves. “It’s easier that way because some people might not know your name, but they can recognize your face,” Williams said. Applications need to be turned in to Student Life and Student Services Executive Director Nolan Mears’ office at the Center for Student Involvement in UC 112. Williams reminded senators that the Rammy’s are April 8. “Student organizations can come by the SGA office to get an information packet to apply for all the different awards at the Rammy’s,” Williams said. The nominees for professor of the year were decided and announced by each college during Monday’s meeting. The College of Education nominated Drs. Leeann Moore, Christine Purkiss and Allyn Byars. The College of Liberal and Fine Art nominated Drs. Leah Mangrum, Kraig Schell, and John Glassford. The College of Sciences nominated Drs. Tim Roden, David Bixler and Micheal Salisbury. The College of Business nominated Drs. Bill Randall, Sharynn Tomlin, and Ms. Whitney Ruiz. Nominees for the College of Nursing and Allied Health are Ms. Maria Solano, Dr. Patricia Hutchinson and Mr. Paul Osmanski. Discussions about possibly including Blackboard training as part of professors’ tenure were tabled until the next meeting. “We’re trying to get in contact with ACU and find out how their professors viewed it, felt about it and what they’re doing in general,” said Senator Travis Barnett, Academic Affairs Committee chair.
By Jessica Shepard Staff Writer Former ambassador Charles Ford presented his views Tuesday on trade agreements and developmental assistance for South America. “I’ve had a lot of fun these past two days meeting students and learning more about Angelo State University,” Ford said. “It helped me reflect on what I learned as a student in the late 1960s.” Ford visited multiple government, international business and communication classes Monday to share his experiences as a U.S. diplomat. “I remember my first experience living with a family in Spain,” Ford said. “It was the first time I spoke a language I’d been learning for six years. “It’s always been rather disappointing to me how we talk about the ‘Americas,’ last.” Ford said. “Unless there is an unfortunate tragedy like in Chile and a short time ago in Haiti.” Ford said once those issues go away, we turn our attention elsewhere. Ford spoke about trade agreements and developmental assistance
in the Americas, citing three main factors that are needed first. “You have to have education, health and infrastructure to make a sustainable government,” Ford said. “Without a sustainable government, it’s not possible to have a trade agreement.” Ford said thirty-three percent of the South American region is in poverty. “That shouldn’t be happening,” Ford said. “It’s time for us to think of our shared interests in this area.” Ford said trade is a major engine for growth. “We need to evaluate the Americas seriously,” Ford said. “I don’t see any way we are going to be able to grow or move forward in the economic area without trade.” Ford, in his presentation, touched on the subject of drugs and trafficking. “What I remember during my time in Honduras was not about the drugs being used in South America but just flowing through to the U.S.,” Ford said. “The one problem that sticks out in my mind was that the traffickers weren’t paid in money, but in the drug itself.” Ford said he has not heard any talks in Washington about legalizing
drugs. The ambassador not only spent time in Central and South America, but also in the European Union in Belgium and Spain. He served as the United States ambassador in Honduras from 2005 to 2008. Ford has been a member of the United States Foreign Service since 1982 and recently retired in 2008. He received the President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and has been honored with the Department of Commerce silver and gold medals in distinguished achievement in federal service. “Ambassador Ford is here due, in large part, to the James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program,” said Dr. Roberto Garza, government professor, “as well as through ASU faculty and students and the community.” The James Holland-Roy A. Harrell Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program was founded over 80 years ago. The College of Liberal and Fine Arts, the University Center Program Council (UCPC) and the Center for International Studies are co-sponsors of the program.
Panel answers campus’ questions By Morgan McMillan Staff Writer The Rampage staff formed a panel discussion Feb. 24 to answer questions about the previous week’s newspaper regarding a story on the KKK. The administration was not able to make the discussion due to their attendance at the Texas Tech Board meeting. Audience members were given the chance to send in written questions that they wanted the panel to answer. Marissa Williams, Black Student Alliance president, asked the panel, “What message were you
intending on sending your readers through the publication of this article? Why do you think your message was misconstrued?” Managing Editor Scott Dykowski said the intentional message was to expose the hypocrisy of the KKK that was active in Abilene this month. “The writer was trying to show the triumph of the African-American people and how far they have come,” Dykowski said. “The writer was trying to make people aware of an issue that they don’t hear a lot about today. I think we encoded a certain message and then afterwards realized people were decoding
another. This was a monumental learning experience for us all as students and we can say with certainty this won’t happen again.” Editor-in-chief Leah Waters said “a series of very unfortunate events” led to the story being published.” “We received this page less than an hour before we had to send it to press, which is a very unusual occurrence for us. And because of that, the page received little editing. Therefore, we didn’t have enough time to scrutinize every element of the page. The placement and design of the story was never intended to offend
anyone or suggest people join KKK.” Waters also said that the student who wrote the article and designed the page is no longer on staff. The d i s c u s s i on l a s t e d f or a n h ou r a n d 15 minutes. “We have definitely learned from our mistake,” Dykowski said. “And unfortunately, we make our mistakes in public while most other students can learn theirs in private.” The panel consisted of Waters, Dykowski, Tim Lester, photo editor, Derek Smith, staff photographer, Jim Waters, circulation manager and Jessica Shepard, staff writer.
Even ts Black Student Alliance Guest Speaker: Hasani Pettiford
Anticipated Presentation Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Mr. Hasani, chairman and CEO of Hasani Pettiford Enterprises, will attend ASU as a keynote speaker. Presentations of Interest: I Love Hip Hop: Why Won’t It Love Me Back Hip Hop is more than a genre of music, it is an Ameri-
can subculture that flexes its muscles on an international stage. From black pride, to gangtserism, hip hop music has transformed itself several times over. Hasani brilliantly analyzes the way that Hip Hop culture has depicted black men and women, influenced our sexual attitudes and behaviors and affected our cultural and personal self-esteem. This interactive workshop includes popular multi-media: hip hop magazines, rap videos, artist
profiles and much more. Pettiford has spoken for more than 1,000 audiences throughout the USA and Africa. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses tens of thousands of people each year. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for over a decade on personal growth and development, wealth creation and interpersonal relationships. His presentations bring about immediate changes and long-term
Wed., March 10 at 7 p.m. in the ASU Auditorium
March 1 through 6
Sister’s Who Achieve Goals annually host, the first week in March, events to focus on topics related to the black community. The main goal of SWAG week is to get the campus involved with the community, raise awareness about black culture and promote the organization through various interactive activities.
B.O.S.S. hosts an Open Mic Night each semester to provide students with the chance to showcase their talents. Anyone is able to audition and par-
Black Student Week
April 19 through 23 Black Student Week is an annual event hosted in the Spring semester by B.O.S.S. This week is used to do programming focused on black culture. For the first
time, each organization involved in BSA will
Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
Through it All…
be responsible for hosting a day of activities that fit in with a theme that will be carried out throughout the week.
The end of the year banquet will conclude the week celebrating the accomplishments over the past year as well as acknowledging all the hard work put forth by each organization belonging to the BSA.
We Still Stand
This banquet will serve as a celebration of the accomplishments acquired over the past year, as well as a platform for acknowledging all of the
hard work put forth by each organization belonging to the BSA. The campus community and local members of San Angelo will be invited to partake in this event. Each year,
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results. He is the best-selling author of two books and the writer of several others. He has also written and produced audio and video learning programs. Mr. Pettiford’s coming here serves as a valuable unique experience to our growing diverse student body. This presentation would be different from any other speaker that the university has brought in the past because of the specific audience that Mr. Pettiford tar-
B.O.S.S. Open Mic Night
S.W.A.G. My-Know-rity Week
End of the Year Closing Banquet
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B.O.S.S. Water Extravaganza Wed., March 24 at 2 p.m.
Starting last year, B.O.S.S. hosted an end of the year Water Extravaganza at the ASU Lake house. This event is open to all stu-
ticipate in the program, but what makes this program a great success is the involvement of the community on campus. Students, faculty and staff look forward to experience the talent that resides on campus and the chance to broadcast different types of entertainment avenues.
gets. Many changes have been happening the past semester to start taking more action on programming geared toward under-represented minority students and introducing a more urban world to a traditionally rural setting. Hasani would serve as an overall kick off to many influential and effective programs in the future. Event Hosted by Residential Programs & Black Student Alliance.
F.A.V.O.R. Gospel Open Mic Night Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson This year FAVOR will host, for the first time, a Gospel Open Mic Night. This program is open to all individuals on campus, as well as the local community. Professional performers will be brought in as well as talent found on campus.
dents to come and enjoy all types of water activities and games, accompanied by a bar-b-que. The turnout was so great that B.O.S.S. is planning on expanding the program and hosting it again this year with even more activities.
a guest speaker will be selected to deliver a motivational speech to the members on staying on their positive path of inspiring change on campus. This banquet will dis-
play the actions and the advancements that young black organizations have made to not only better their campus, but community as well.
Information and Photos courtesy of the Black Student Alliance.
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By Courtney Killian Contributing Writer It had happened. I had finally reached my Courtney-has-gone-tothe-dark-side point - and what a dark side it is. What could possibly be so atrocious, you innocently ask? Well, how about a hair ball on my bathroom counter. A big, vicious human hair ball resting next to my sink. The sink where I wash my face, apply my make up, brush my teeth, and basically spend the bulk of my morning/nightly rituals at. To top it off, not even a hair ball of my own gorgeous blonde locks, but foreign hair. Suite mate hair. That’s right, my dorm suite mates whom my roomie and I share our bathroom with. These people were basically strangers, and I was forced to share a toilet, sink and shower, which still makes me want to cringe to this day when I imagine all the nasty, terrifying things lurking in that bathroom…. uh, nasty. My roomie and I had basically spent the entire semester tip-toeing around the bathroom and spraying the crap out of the shower with Lysol in a weak attempt to “de-gross” that sick excuse for a ladies’ room. Not to mention slipping a few ransom notes under our suite mates’ door from time to time: “If you don’t clean up your side of the counter, I swear by the beard of Zeus, you shall never see your precious anatomy book again…” Some people need a friendly reminder. Anyway, back to this hair ball. This puppy was the size of a tennis ball. I’m not kidding. You could have probably taken out a small woodland animal due to the sheer mass of this thing. It was practically alive and collecting rent. After choking back a lump rising in my throat and uttering some obscene things to myself, I marched over to their door and proceeded to give it a few brisk knocks. No one was home. Either that, or they were crumpled up in fear in the corner of their room (this wasn’t the first time I had gone a’ knocking). Seeing as how there was no way I was going near this thing, I was helpless. Instead, I chose to run screaming into the night and confront the suite mates at a later date. After all, there was always tomorrow - or another blackmail note…
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Letters to the Editor
“I get my aunt to do them.”
I chose to attend Angelo State because of the potential opportunity to succeed. It is true; the ASU Office of Admissions homepage states the goal as “to help you touch tomorrow.” On February 19, there was a story on Ram Page titled “Ku Klux Klan rallies for new recruits.” Readers of the Ram Page were outraged, causing a retraction and an apology to readers. The apology stated “It was a last-minute effort to fill the page. This story… did not reflect the voice of the Ram Page staff… The staff member who wrote… the page is no longer on staff.” First, it is difficult to believe that this “last-minute effort” was made in haste. Secondly, the statement that the story did not repre-
Dear Editor, I am not taking sides and certainly am not pro-KKK, but I do however feel like the student who was let go because of placing the article was wronged. Was it not the job of the editor to catch this bumble before it went to press? I’m assuming that the person that placed the article is learning (this is a college after all!) to be a writer and will likely make many more mistakes in his/her career.
sent the “voice” of the Ram Page is inaccurate. The column was not an editorial piece, it was a feature article. One hopes that there is an authoritative entity that has ultimate say of what is published. If not, then a great disservice is done to those that are on staff at the Ram Page. A collegiate periodical should strive to maintain the highest standards possible. Otherwise, what are the benefits of being on staff? As to the suggestion that a staff member was dismissed due to this article, I ask the following. Is ASU committed towards helping its students “touch tomorrow” only sometimes? Perhaps its goal should be “to help you touch tomorrow, except for when we don’t.” An individual who chose to read the article would have discovered:
There was obvious ridicule in the nature of the writing itself. The interview conducted disagreed with the entire mission of the KKK. Did those who are outraged even read the article or just the headline? There was better execution of the headline needed. One recalls the embarrassment of the writer who chose “Boy Scouts to Drop Shorts” as the headline for an article about Boy Scout uniform changes. We must remember we are Americans and not Hispanic, White, or Black, or tension will persist. It is, however, the responsibility of higher learning institutions to assist in resolution.
I think it sounds like some others should take responsibility and own up to making the mistake, as well and give this person their position back. I feel like the article was not actually discriminatory, where it was placed and the headline used was in poor taste, but after taking the time to read it, I felt that it was more of an informative type article that was written because of the time and location that it happened.
What happened to freedom of press and speech? Aren’t there worse issues that we should be worrying and fighting over??? The apology was nice but I truly feel you’re being too hard on that “one” person. By the way, why was there not mention of who wrote the article in the first place?
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When should I submit a letter? The editor must receive the letter by 5 p.m. on Monday in order for it to be published in that Friday’s paper. Why write a letter to the editor? This is a student newspaper and students have the right to voice their opinions to the campus through this form of communication. Letters may give insight to certain issues in a previously published story or editorial that hasn’t been addressed. It also gives readers a chance to provide timely feedback on an issue that they feel is important to students and the ASU community. Please read our Publishing Policy to the left.
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Photo by Kimberley Parker
Senior Aisha Adams (right) leads the pack in the Womens 400-meter hurdles at the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championships. Adams wrapped up an impressive season as a four-time All American and National Champion in the heptathalon.
Tracksters fired up about season ahead By Michael Whitson Sports Editor
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Senior Celethia Byrd was a threetime All American at last season’s NCAA Division II Championships.
Senior Celethia Byrd just needs one word to describe what she and her teammates are feeling as they begin the 2010 Track and Field Season. “Fire,” Byrd said with a look of purpose in her eyes. Last season, the Rambelles came within two seconds of claiming the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championship, falling short in the final event. The ‘Belles finished the 4x400meter relay in 3:41.38 while Lincoln University turned in a time of 3:39.45, claiming their sixth title in the last seven years by a mere three points. “It was a feeling that is very hard to explain,” Byrd said of being that close to a national championship. “Now that we know
how close we were, I think we can take it. Its a big call, but with the abilities we have, we can take it.” If the results of the opening meet of the season are any indication, the Rambelles will make good on that call. Competing at the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio on Feb. 27, the ‘Belles recorded seven provisional qualifying marks for the 2010 NCAA D-II Meet. Byrd joined fellow seniors Chrystal Ruiz, Andria Nussey, Kris Crockett and Aisha Adams in putting up qualifying marks along with freshman Summer Sutherland in her Rambelle debut. The Men’s squad, coming off a Top-8 finish at Nationals, added three more, bringing the total to ten provisional marks after just one competition.
“Its unbelievable,” head coach James Reid said. “I’ve been here 23 years and I don’t recall getting that many qualifiers this early. It excites me of what the potential could be for this team on both sides, the men and the women.” The Rams swept the relay events at the invitational, highlighted by the 4x400-meter team’s time of 3:12.64. Senior James Howell led off the scorching foursome with an outstanding first leg. The 4x100-meter relay squad also set a qualifying mark Wrapping up the provisional marks was senior Tyler Orlando. Orlando place seventh at Nationals in the javelin after being injured on his initial throw. The Rams and ‘Belles return to San Antonio this weekend, this time to compete at the Trinity Invitational.
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Senior sprinter James Howell competes at last year’s NCAA Division II Championships.
Softball rises to No.3 in national poll Five
By Michael Whitson Sports Editor The Rambelles shot up 16 spots in the NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll released on March 3. After a No.19 preseason ranking, the ‘Belles were rewarded for their 17-2 start with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s No.3 ranking in the first regular season poll. The ‘Belles began the climb by winning seven of their last eight games dating back to Feb.19, including a current six-game streak in which they have won a variety of ways. “We not only have girls that can run, we’ve got plenty of girls that can swing the bat,” freshman catcher Kacie Easley said. “I think we are very well-rounded offensively and we just find ways (to win).” The freshman slugger has filled the void nicely, left behind the plate with the graduation of Laura Lopez. Easley currently leads the team in RBIs with 21 and ranks second in the LSC. Returning home on Feb. 27, the ‘Belles opened up an eleven game home-stand by sweeping a doubleheader against St. Edwards. Senior Chelsea Nelson picked up the win in game one, allowing just one run on four hits in a 2-1 pitcher’s duel. “Chelsea Nelson was just dominate,” head coach Travis
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Senior Nicole Smith shows bunt. The ’Belle’s thirdbaseman utilizes her speed to generate offense for the team. She currently leads the Lone Star Conference with 16 stolen bases. Scott said. “She kept the ball in perfect command, was really on spot and was just money for us.” The second game saw the Rambelles explode for a 13-1 rout of the Hilltoppers, who seemed to have left their sportsmanship in Austin. “It was fun,” Scott said. “They talk a lot of garbage in that dug-
Rams out in Bartlesville The Rams fell to Northeastern State 66-58 in their opening game of the 2010 Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament in Bartlesville, Okla. on Wednesday. After shooting a miserable 25 percent from the floor in the opening half, their lowest percentage on the season, the Rams took a 34-24 deficit into the locker room. The Rams opened the second half with a strong defensive stand and trimmed Northeastern’s advantage to six 34-28, but the Riverhawks would respond with an 11-4 run to extend the lead to 46-32, taking their largest lead of the game. Late in the contest, LSC Player of the Year LaMarshall Corbett sparked another comeback attempt as the Rams cut the lead to 62-56 with 2:30 remaining in regulation. Connecting from the free throw line over the final two minutes of play, the Riverhawks would hang on for the eight point win, ousting the Rams from the tournament. Senior Stavon Williams, who joined Corbett as an All-LSC first team selection, led the Rams in scoring with 24 points.
Corbett finished the contest with just seven points on 2of-18 shooting returning to the court after suffering Corbett an injury. The game marked the first time all season that the LSC’s scoring leader failed to score in double figures. With the loss, the Rams have lost three straight opening round games in the LSC Tournament, also falling last season and in 2008. Along with Player of the Year honors, Corbett was also named the conference’s Newcomer of the Year. Corbett is the first Ram in 16 seasons to take home Player of the Year honors. Senior Johnny Barnes was alson named to the All-LSC team, finishing the season with 9.2 rebounds per game, second highest in the LSC. The Rams finish the season with a 17-11 overall record, they went 8-4 in the LSC.
out and when you can go out there and shut them up like that, its fun.” The ‘Belles took the diamond again March 3 and defended their newly acquired No.3-ranking by taking both games of a twin bill from Incarnate Word. Nelson continued her dominance in the circle, fanning six
in game one’s three-hit performance as the ‘Belles took an 8-0 run rule victory. Senior April Haywood stepped in for the game two win as the ‘Belles hung on 3-2. The Rambelle’s are set to host Texas A&M - International in a twin bill on March 8 beginning at 4 p.m.
Baseball Notebook The Angelo State baseball team returns to action this weekend as they travel to Canyon for a four-game series showdown with West Texas A&M. The Rams fell to 10-9 on the season over Feb. 27-28, dropping three of a four-game series against Northeastern State in Talequah, Okla. The Rams earned a split Saturday, rallying in the ninth inning for a 6-5 win, after dropping the opener 10-8. Sunday was a rare day in ASU Baseball as the Rams would drop both games of the double-header 4-2 in game one and 10-4 in the series finale.
Against West Texas, the Rams look to make up ground as they try to position themselves for a run at the Lone Star Conference crown. In the 17 all-time meetings against the Buffs, the Rams hold an impressive 16-1 record. That lone loss came during the 2008 season in an 18-19 slugfest in Canyon. From Canyon, the Rams go to Lubbock for a twin bill against NAIA’a Lubbock Christian. The two teams split in their first two-game meeting at Foster Field earlier this season. The Rams return home Feb. 12 to host Eastern New Mexico.
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Five members of the Angelo State women’s basketball team received postseason accolades at the Lone Star Conference’s Awards banquet in Bartlesville, Okla., Tuesday evening. Camille Perkins, Paige Weishuhn, Leah LeMaire, Lindsey Leatherman-Schaertl and Cassi Wright were honored at the banquet which precedes the annual championship tournament. Perkins, a 5-7 junior guard from Groesbeck, was named to the All-LSC South Division first team for the thirdstraight year. Perkins was the ‘Belles’ leading scorer this season with 15.7 points per game while finishing second on the team with 60 assists and a .743 free-throw percentage. Weishuhn, a 6-1 sophomore center from Wall, received an honorable mention nod from the division’s coaches. Weishuhn was the team’s leading free-throw shooter (77.4%), tied for the team lead in rebounding (4.8 per game) and second on the team in scoring averaging 12 points per game. LeMaire, a 5-8 freshman guard from Corpus Christi, was named the LSC South Division’s Freshman of the Year and gives the ‘Belles two winners of the award in the past three seasons as Perkins captured the honor in 2008. LeMaire finished third on the team in scoring, 6.5 points per game, and finished second on the squad with 32 steals. Leatherman-Schaertl and Wright were honored by the league for their work in the classroom as they were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. LeathermanSchaertl, a 5-9 senior forward from Floydada, had her season cut short due to an injury but finished the year averaging 5.2 points per game and 2.3 rebounds. Wright, a 5-7 sophomore guard from Tuscola, appeared in 20 of the ‘Belles 26 contests and averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds per contest. The ‘Belles’ finished with a 12-14 record on the season, 5-7 in the LSC South, and missing out on the LSC Tournament for the first time in 11 years.