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Friday, March 30, 2012 Vol. 78 No. 23 www.asurampage.com
Det. 847 teaches, learns at drill meet
Photos by Adam Sauceda
(Above) ASU ROTC cadets challenge area JROTC cadets to a push up contest. (Top right) JROTC cadets from area high schools push themselves physically in the Warrior Challenge. (Right) Female JROTC cadets from Plainview march in formation during Saturday’s drill meet.
Friendly competition: JROTC units from across Texas visit ASU for its annual drill meet
Sawyer Ricard Staff Writer AFROTC Detachment 847 hosted Saturday the annual drill meet for one of the largest groups
of Junior ROTC cadets to ever attend. “Two hundred eighty-five was the largest amount of JROTC cadets we’ve had come to this in years,” Cadet Col. Andrew Schurman said. “This was a pretty big showing.” This year 12 schools competed, and not all of them were local, he said. “Some schools travel four or
five hours to get here,” he said. The drill meet offered various competitions for the JROTC units in the state can compete in to win awards. “The cadets set up routines and march around in formations to try and look as sharp as they can to win,” Schurman said. During “Warrior Challenge,” a physical fitness contest, JROTC cadets split into teams of four to
compete in a series of physical exercises based off of the current practices of ROTC. Many of the schools that come to the event have attended for several years, Cadet Col. Abraham Morland said. “Because [the JROTC cadets] see each other at several events, they can say, ‘Look, I’m better than you this year,’ and ‘Well, I’m better at this event’,” he said.
This fuels the feeling of competition because they try to outdo the cadets from the other schools and improve their performance each year, Schurman said. The event also helps JROTC cadets from different high schools meet each other, he said.
See Cadets pg. 3
Dual credit perks Rallo thanks agencies for support Washington, D.C.: for high school juniors, seniors Funding sought for the Center of Security Studies
Sawyer Ricard Staff Writer
Improvement: Expansion of program will allow incoming students to enter as college sophomores
Adam Washington Staff Writer ASU and San Angelo Independent School District are working together to improve the dual credit program, which will be initiated this fall, according to an ASU news release. SAISD is providing students the opportunity to earn 24 college hours through the new program and six hours over the summer Springboard program. The new dual credit program, along with the summer Springboard program, would allow incoming college students to enter as sophomores. The dual credit program will expand the current Springboard program, which allows local junior and senior high school students to earn college hours as well as high school credits, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs Dr. Nancy Allen said. The Springboard program allows high school students to take core college hours during the summer, as well as during the fall and spring semesters. The credits earned will apply not only to ASU, but to other colleges as well, Allen said. Students will have the option of taking college courses throughout the day, but both ASU and SAISD are pushing students to take the 8 a.m. classes, Allen said. She said SAISD is providing transportation to and from 8 a.m. classes Monday through Friday. ASU will save seats in core classes for the students who are enrolled in the program. High school juniors can take English and American history, while high school seniors have the options of English, government, economics, mathematics and science. Foreign language classes are also available under the program, but only with ASU department chair approval.
Reminders Finals start May 7 Last day to drop classes: April 4
ASU President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo returned March 21 from a trip to Washington, D.C. to thank government agencies for their current support and to seek $3 million in additional funding for the Center of Security Studies. If the funding is approved, the money is set to arrive before Sept. 30, CSS Director Dr. Robert S. Ehlers said. The funding is crucial to the Center of Security Studies, as it will allow the program to expand to meet student demand, Rallo said.
The money will also allow the Center of Security Studies to become financially self-sufficient, Ehlers said. “This will keep the center from becoming a fiscal burden on ASU,” he said. The funding will cover two or three years, which would allow the university to hire faculty and start the programs until tuition from the students and funding from the state match the current costs of the center, Rallo said. The funding would allow the university to hire individuals for very specific positions, Ehlers said. He said the individual would be hired for an undecided position in either the new intelligence program or one of the current programs where more manpower is needed.
Each year the presidents travel with the chancellor of the Texas Tech System to Washington for a twoand-a-half day trip to explain what has been done for programs already funded by the government, as well as find agencies interested in supporting new programs at the university, Rallo said. The officials of the university decided to speak about the CSS due to general interest in the program by government officials. “The presidents and chancellor pick programs that we think are great initiatives, but at the same time programs that government officials are interested in,” Rallo said.
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Honors student to discuss politics at naval conference
Wimberly: Conference to focus on China and India’s economies
Adam Washington Staff Writer An ASU honors program student will attend the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Md., April 10 through 12. Honors Program Director Dr. Shirley Eoff nominated sophomore Preston Wimberly, political science major, to attend the naval conference. Wimberly will spend three days with other students from around the world to discuss various political issues, he said.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Eclipse of the West?,” which deals with the emerging economies of China and India, Wimberly said. In preparation for the conference, Wimberly wrote an eight-page research paper about the theme. Wimberly said he finished his paper over spring break and is still making corrections and receiving input from professors. “My main point is that you can’t force someone do something,” he said. There has to be pressure from the inside to make a change. You aren’t going to be able to force a population to
See Conference Photo by Pam Belcher pg. 3 Sophomore Preston Wimberly
News: Assault Prevention Education
Opinions: Back to the ‘90s
News: 2012-2013 Editor-in-Chief named
April Fool’s Day Sunday Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.
Events Calendar Get involved on campus! Here’s what’s going on this week. Friday, March 30 A Taste of ASU from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center Sr. Recital - David Engelman/James Cocuzzi at 7:30 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall Saturday, March 31 UREC Mixed Climbing Competition at the Center for Human Performance Race for Your Wings, Silver Wings 5K Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. at the Super Slab Discover ASU from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 2 UCPC Short Film Contest Due Date Ceramic Exhibition - Not the Gnome Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Gallery 193 Cafe’ et Conversation from 5 to 6 p.m. in the University Center Future Educators Symposium from 6 to 8 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center Tuesday, April 3 El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon at the Multicultural Center Conversation Partners from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Mathematics-Computer Science Building 119 Trumpet Masterclass with Josh Davies at 3 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall UREC: OA Kayaking 101 Clinic from 6 to 7 p.m. at the ASU Lake House Essentials of Starting a Business from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Rassman 100 Golf Registration Meeting and Intramural Sign Up from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Center for Human Performance Guest Recital - Josh Davies at 7:30 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall Zumba Class from 8 to 9 p.m. in the University Center Latin Class from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Multicultural Center Lobby Wednesday, April 4 Last day to drop a class or withdraw Student Recital from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Carr Education-Fine Arts building weekly SMART Workshop: Mastering Academic Time Management from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mathematics-Computer Science Building Room 111A Hiring and Retaining Good Employees from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Rassman 100
Friday, March 30, 2012
April to tackle issue of assault on women Assault: Awareness
Assault Prevention Awareness
increases likelihood of prevention Dillon Brollier Staff Writer April is Assault Prevention Month, and the ASU Counseling Center, Rape Crisis Center and the Art Association are working together to raise awareness about what can be done if a woman is sexually assaulted. Kappa Pi President Jessica Kendrick said that assault awareness month should make people aware that it is not the victim’s fault and to make the victims more comfortable talking about their situation. “I think it is always good to talk about things, especially emotional situations, such as sexual assault,” Kendrick said. “Keeping it inside is not a good way of dealing with those emotions. Some students, such as sophomore Jesus Martinez, said that the ability to talk about traumatic experiences is a good thing. “I think raising awareness for assault is important because it is not talked about a lot,” Martinez said. The more aware people are of assault, the more likely they will be to help prevent it, junior Ray Theiss said. It is true that both men and women experience sexual assault, but the majority of victims are women, counselor Terry Favor said. The important thing to remember is that the victim is never at fault for being assaulted, she said. The Rape Crisis Center and Goodfellow Air Force Base help plan all of the activities that go on during sexual assault prevention month, Favor said. These events are meant to educate people about what can be done to minimize the risk of being assaulted and how victims can carry on with their lives after the attack, Payne said. Freshman year is the most dangerous year for females, Favor said. “They come to school, they are lonely, they don’t know peo-
April 1 through 5 Information available in the spine of the University Center noon to 1 p.m.
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Terry Favor and Kristie Walton are 2 of ASU’s counseler services. The ASU Counseling Center will help to raise awareness of assault prevention all throughout April.
ple and they form relationships and connections very quickly,” Favor said. “They can be targeted very easily to be set up for an assault, and sometimes it just happens because they make decisions that put them in a bad situation.” The Laura Bush Institute will also play host to Elizabeth Smart, a woman who was abducted from her home and held captive for nine months in 2002. Smart will speak at the McNease Convention Center on April 17 at 6:30 p.m., Executive Director of the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center Karla Payne said. “Her story will be focused more on how to move on after a traumatic experience like the one she endured,” Payne said. The Counseling Center with the Laura Bush Institute, hosts the Girls’ Night Out program every year. During the Girls’ Night Out Program, the Counseling Center tries debunk myths about rape and discuss assertiveness, Favor said. There will be a martial arts demonstration to teach basic self-defense, Favor said. The Art Association will host a traveling art show all throughout April, Kendrick said. “The Art Association’s biggest contribution to assault prevention month is going to be our gallery show,” Kendrick
said. The gallery will be in the Texan Hall Community Room April 2 through 13, and then the show will be set up in the Centennial Village Sky Room April 16 through the 22, Kendrick said. The drama department is putting on a talk show dramatization depicting the aftermath of a sexual assault, Favors said. The show will feature a student playing the roles of a sexual assault victim and the perpetrator, Payne said. “The victim will tell how she perceived the events, which is really sexual assault,” Payne said. “The perpetrator will then give his account of the events and then they will open up to the audience for any questions or comments they may have.” The show will play on April 10, 17 and 24. All show times will be at 5:30 p.m. Favor said there are three full-time counselors and one part-time counselor. “We also do programming here on campus,” Favor said. The Concho Rape Crisis center offers services to victims of sexual assault, Executive Director Karla Payne said. “We can meet with victims at the hospital and answer questions and provide support, and if any case goes to any legal proceeding, we will be there for the victim throughout that process,” Payne said.
April 3 Chalk it up: Statistics about sexual assault will be written on the pillars in the first floor of the library April 6 Brett Sokolov will speak at Goodfellow Air Force Base about drunk sex and drunk rape at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. April 10 Talk show drama in Plaza Verde in the Vista Verde Club House at 5:30 p.m. April 13 Watch Your Drink: Volunteers will place flyers about safe drinking in bars April 17 Talk show drama in the Texan Community Room at 5:30 p.m. April 21 PJ’s for Pepper: Sexual assault victim to speak about experience April 23 Art Component “Denim Day”: Create art with scrap denim in the spine of the University Center April 24 Talk show drama in The Commons at 5:30 p.m. April 28 Walk a mile in her shoes: Pi Kappa Alpha will walk at the courthouse in women’s shoes to show their support for Sexual Assault Prevention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Editor-in-Chief named for 2012-2013 Changes: Ricard hopes to cover more news
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Freshman Sawyer Ricard will take over as the new editor-in-chief for the 2012-2013 school year. Ricard, currently a staff writer, began working for Ram El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon at the Page in January 2012. Multicultural Center She has experience in competitive writing in high school National Poetry Month with Carrie UIL tournaments as well as beFountain, speaker at 7 p.m. in the ing a newspaper and yearbook Cavness Science 100 staff member in high school. Percussion Ensemble Concert at “I wanted a chance to be 7:30 p.m. in the Carr Education-Fine more involved in Ram Page,” Arts Spine Ricard said. “I wanted more of a say in what went on as well Zumba Class from 8 to 9 p.m. in the as make changes that might be University Center better for the paper.” Ram Page Faculty Adviser Latin Class from 9 to 10 p.m. in the said she is happy to have SawMulticultural Center Lobby yer serve in this position and she looks forward to observing Submit event requests by 5 p.m. her leadership with Ram Page Tuesday for Friday publication to email@example.com next year. “Even before Sawyer applied for the position, In Support of Our Troops I noticed that on campus she had the re-
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spect of the staff,” Johnson said. Sawyer said she has ideas to make changes to improve the paper and help its awareness, but there are no current plans. Ricard said her main focus of Ram Page will be keeping the paper accurate, up-to-date, and making sure students are informed. “I want to cover as much news that happens on campus for the student population as I can,” she said. Ricard said she hopes that more of the ASU student body will become involved with the Ram Page. “I wish students would give Ram Page feedback on how we can improve the paper,” she said. Sawyer said she will use this experience to contribute to her résumé. “I think the newspaper is a great opportunity for me and my future plans,” she said. “I plan to work for a newspaper later on in life.” She said she recognizes that the editor-in-chief plays a very important role in Ram Page and was not ashamed to admit that she is nervous about the responsibility.
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Freshman Sawyer Ricard will take over the Ram Page as the new Editor-In-Chief for 2012-2013.
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Students jam out to Austin band News Briefs GEO, YMCA outreach The Geologic Exhibition Organization (GEO), along with YMCA counselors, hosted March 23 YMCA Outreach, an afterschool program started this semester. GEO President Jeremiah Bihl said the YMCA after-school outreach program bussed children to ASU, where GEO had several activities organized in the Vincent building. GEO gave a volcano show, showed the children fossils and gave each child a rock to paint and take home, he said. “We started [it] this semester to help get young kids excited about science and geology,” Bihl said. “It is important because we want to teach the kids that science is fun. We are hoping that this program will get them interested in science and will help them continue school.” Bihl said the event “was a big hit” with the children, and GEO plans to organize the Outreach in the fall semester.
Skunk Search Photo by Adam Sauceda Tje Austin, along with Kris Keyz on keyboard and Tom Palmer on guitar, perform Wednesday in the C. J. Davidson Center. Senior Gilbert Mendoza brought the band to ASU.
Funding maintains program quality Continued from Page 1 Another reason for choosing this program was the cutbacks on state funding, he said. “Before I arrived here five years ago, about 70 percent of ASU’s budget came from the state,” he said. “Now it’s closer to 35 percent.” With these cutbacks, federal funding has become increasingly important over the last few years, Rallo said. “This is just part of seeking external funding to allow us to maintain quality programs in a time where states around the country are really cutting back on funding,” he said. Currently, there is funding for the Language and Culture programs, Rallo said. Ehlers said this trip was used to make sure current funding is still in place as well. Finding support for the new pro-
grams is important since money allocated for specific programs on the budget are gone, he said. In order to find agencies that will support the programs with funding, presidents had to appeal to each agencies’ interests, he said. They visited with the Air Force and the Navy at the Pentagon and Homeland Security, he said. “This was an effort to reach out to the Navy to let them know what programs ASU have available,” Ehlers said.
Photo by Adam Sauceda Those who went on the trip spoke with 70 to 80 people about ASU’s programs, Rallo said.
Conference to give student insight in career options Continued from Page 1 be able to force a population to do what you want them to do, no matter how enticing it looks. There has to be a cultural shift.” He said that democracy is not the only option for a system of government. “You can’t just force democracy on people who don’t want it,” he said. “They have to want it in their hearts, and the masses must know it is best for them.” Wimberly said he will present his ideas in a roundtable discussion on “Political Architecture: The Future
Shape of Global Power Structures.” He said some speakers at the conference will be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Jon Huntsman, the former U.S. Ambassador to China. “This is a really good opportunity to meet some really important people and hear their ideas,” Wimberly said. Although Wimberly is undecided on his future career, he said he is considering many options. “I feel like this is an opportunity to meet some important people and get a real hands-on experience of what my field is like,” he said. “I’ll
get to see some real-life examples of what I could do in the future.” Wimberly said he is excited to travel to Maryland for the conference mainly for the keynote speakers, but also for a few other reasons. “I’ve never been east of Texas and Louisiana,” he said. “Plus, I heard we will get to do some really cool stuff such as piloting a land boat.” He said he isn’t nervous right now, but he might be once he is on the plane towards Annapolis. “I think this is what the honors program is all about,” Wimberly said. “This is a great opportunity that the
Honors Program gives to students that they should really take advantage of.” Wimberly said that experiences like these are what make a college experience. “This is one of the main reasons I stayed at ASU,” he said. “This is why we come to ASU. We aren’t lost in a crowd of 50,000 people, and we actually have the opportunity to do things like this.” Wimberly said he hopes to meet Clinton and Huntsman and plans to ask them about life experiences and paths they took to get where they are today.
Cadets bond, gain leadership skills needed for future Continued from Page 1 “The drill meet is an event the JROTC really look forward to,” he said. “It’s a really big event for them.” There is sentimental value, he said. “It lets the cadets grow closer together, he said. This event is something many of the JROTC cadets can look back on, he said. “This is one of their highlights of both JROTC and their high school years,” he said. Schurman said his favorite part of the event was seeing the ROTC cadets pull together and work to make the drill meet a success. “It’s pretty cool seeing leadership in action,” he said. Another part of the day that he liked was seeing the JROTC cadets excitement at the awards ceremony, he said.
“They were all celebrating and were really happy,” he said. “It was a nice way to end the whole drill meet.” Though he wasn’t on a drill team, he did get to attend a drill meet in Lubbock when he was in JROTC, Schurman said. “I thought the event I went to was really cool,” he said. “I had a lot of fun.” Schurman said that he’s glad ASU holds the event. “I think it’s a great tradition,” he said. Morland said cadets can feel proud of their routines during the drill meet. “I hope the cadets know that what they were doing showed everyone how they were proud of their school and their community,” he said. Cadet Capt. Angelie Wanner said that she loved helping with the event despite the
hard work it took to run it. “It’s a great feeling you get when it’s a success,” she said. Some of the ROTC cadets have been a part of the drill meets for several years, Schurman said. “This is my fourth drill meet,” he said. Detachment Commander Lt. Col. Stephen Magnan said that ASU’s cadets organize and plan for the event to gain experience for the future. This event is an opportunity to perfect skills they need for the future, Wanner said. “We try to learn leadership and prioritizing skills,” she said. “This gives us practice for when we commission.” This event provides all cadets with practice for the chain-of-command they will encounter in active duty as well, Morland said. Along with providing the cadets with career skills, the
event is a tool for recruiting students for the university, Schurman said. “We show the JROTC cadets a little of the ASU campus when they come here and offer a tour of our detachment in the Rassman,” he said. In the past, some of the JROTC cadets that attended the drill meet at ASU enrolled at ASU even though they didn’t join ROTC, he said. “They came because they liked what they saw at the drill meet,” he said. The three main trophies presented at the awards ceremony were the Grand Champion Traveling Trophy and the Robert G. Carr Memorial Rifle, which were won by Plainview High School, and the Warrior Challenge Trophy, which was won by Central High School.
A student who is researching the genetics of skunks in San Angelo has collected about 45 striped skunks since December. Graduate student Wesley Brashear needs about 150 road kill skunks total to retrieve tissue for DNA analysis. “We are looking at the genetic structure of the urban population of striped skunks, and so through different molecular analysis and computer modeling we can determine what landscape features are barriers to gene flow or dispersal,” Brashear said. The project will observe how the environment can have an effect on the DNA structure of skunks, Associate Professor of Biolgy Dr. Loren Ammerman said. He said he is advising the molecular side of the project and runs the molecular lab while Brashear works on the genetic structure of the skunks. The biology department will continue to collect skunks for the next few months, Biology Professor Dr. Robert C. Dowler said. Skunks become more active in warmer weather, which means the upcoming months will make it easier to find skunks., Brashear said. They begin mating, so there are many males that are hit by cars. Faculty, staff and students can help Brashear with his research by calling or leaving a message at 325-486-6639 or 325486-6699 with the location and when the skunk was seen.
Reelections The ballots for Student Government elections will be sent out via e-mail on April 10 and 11. “All offices are up for election, from student senator to student body president and vice president,” Student Body Vice President Vincent Perez said. Student Body President Hector Romo will seek a second term as president. However, Vice President Vincent Perez will be graduating this May and will not run for reelection. “It’s a bittersweet experience (not being able to run for Vice President),” Perez said “I have come to love working with the student senators, learning about parliamentary procedures, policies and other administrative tasks. I will miss being the student body vice president.” The deadline to file for running in the election passed this past Wednesday, March 28. Perez said that there are currently two candidates for president and vice president. “At this time the names of the candidates cannot be revealed,” Perez said. The polls will close on April 13 and the winners of the election will be announced at the Rammy Awards on May 2, 2012, in the CJ Davidson Center.
Quest for a Cure The new service group Up ‘Til Dawn will host April 3 the “Quest for a Cure” event to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. The event consists of teams of five volunteers bringing 50 addresses to write on envelopes. The letters inside explain what the service group is and its goals to help the hospital. The letters are an attempt to motivate people to donate to their cause. Any money donated to the group will be given to St. Jude’s to aid in research projects. Anyone is welcome to volunteer at this event and any future events held by the group. “Quest for a Cure” will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Always open your own drink Assault Prevention:
Students share methods of staying safe Sawyer Ricard Staff Writer The fact that April is Assault Prevention Month is one that escapes the attention of many students. “I didn’t even know there was an Assault Prevention Month,” junior Joshua Logsdon said. The campus clinic is holding several events throughout the coming month to both raise awareness for sexual assault and ways to prevent it from happening. Parties are where many reported assault cases occur, Counselor Terry Favor said. Through their experiences, students have discovered ways to prevent themselves from being caught in compromising situations at high target areas. Having friends with you is a big help, junior Tara Serio said. “I always have my ‘wingmen’ at the party.” Another method that students use is further control over their drink, sophomore Jenni deBie said.
“Always open your own drink,” she said. Serio said a second prevention method she uses is the practice of keeping her drink with her. “I definitely abide by the rule of ‘If you lose your drink, go get a new one’,” she said. Another way to keep yourself out of these situations is to stay in control of your surroundings, Serio said. “I don’t let myself get into a situation I can’t handle,” she said. If a situation goes wrong, she calls for help, she said. “I’m always willing to call for help,” she said. “I have people that I know would come get me at any time if I needed them.” There are many other methods to protect a person from getting into a compromising situation outside of a party, freshman Haleigh Arent said. “Always travel around campus with at least one other person,” she said. This is a rule that she follows in general, she said. “I always try to stay with my roommate,” she said. There are some students who feel certain areas on campus make
them more vulnerable to assault, she said. “I think the places it definitely happens the most is in areas where there aren’t any street lamps,” she said. “I know they try to light up the pathways as much as possible, but I get creeped out in the places where it’s really dark.” This leads to the prevention method of never wandering around campus in the dark, she said. Some students have tips from home to keep themselves from being caught in compromising situations. “Before I came here my mother told me never to go out on campus at night,” Arent said. Logsdon said other tactics that could be used for protection from assault are taking a self-defense course and carrying a rape whistle. If a person feels that they are about to be assaulted, especially by someone they know, they should make a scene, fight back, and even yell “Stop-you’re raping me,” Penn State’s “Students Together Against Acquaintance Rape” Prevention Education Curriculum said.
I definitely abide by the rule of ‘If you lose your drink, go get a new one.’ Tara Serio junior
& Film Club p resent
‘ The Hunger Games’ I haven’t been this excited to see a movie in a very long time. My expectations were fairly high since I enjoyed the book so much. North America, or Panem, as it is known in this series, is broken down into 12 districts. Each year, a boy and a girl ages 12 to 18 are chosen by raffle to compete in a fight to the death, known as The Zach Daniel Hunger Games. When Katniss Contributor Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) little sister Prim is selected, Katniss volunteers as a tribute to replace her sister at the games. They fight in an arena controlled by The Capitol, the head city of Panem. The Capitol rules and The Hunger Games are its way of intimidating the suffering citizens of the other 12 districts, reminding them who is boss. The whole premise of this series can be described accurately as just plain brutal. The book and the movie alike are perfectly paced. You will not get bored watching as the suspense is constant. The movie represents the book very well, with only a few minor, but necessary changes. The movie humorously translates how preposterous and oblivious the rich people of The Capitol are. The way they talk and dress just further exaggerate their silly and inhumane manner. If you haven’t hopped on The Hunger Game bandwagon, I highly recommend you do. Even if you’re not a reader, go see the movie; I guarantee you won’t want to wait a whole year for the next movie to see what happens next.
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Mu Epsilon Kappa and Screeners Film Club hosted Anime Fest, which was held in the Texan Hall Friday, March 23. The event featured the movies “Sword Of The Stranger,” “Summer Wars,” “One Piece - Strong World” and “Spirited Away” and a cosplay contest. Sophomore Christian Rios won the cosplay contest, dressing up as Hiei Jaganshi from the anime Yu-Yu-Hakusho. “I was actually surprised that I won,” Rios said. “Truthfully I think that the Jagan Eye (a key feature to Hiei’s character) my girlfriend Valerie Soto drew on my forehead was a big part of my winning. She did an awesome job on it.”
Music Review: Black Daze Overkill
Patrick McKeown Contributor Rize of the Fenix Tenacious D All hail Tenacious D! Best band to ever walk the earth. Don’t agree? That is because you are in denial of what true hard Rock ‘n’ Roll really is. But this is the real deal. Back from the grave and better than ever, Tenacious D has finally released a new single worthy of the gods’ play-list. The track changes from a heartsounding acoustic melody to speed riff that sounds like Pete Townshend in his prime. Rock ‘n’ Roll has been dying, thanks to corporate control and terrible lyrics from bands that all sound the same. Maybe Tenacious D can be the ones to save our genre.
Maybe the Big Four of Thrash Metal needs a revote. Listen to the brutal assault of this track and you would agree. This is how metal should sound. Gritty vocals that echo the legend Brian Johnson, bone-grinding guitars, and a groove that oozes with anger. Overkill has been one of the best thrash bands to ever emerge, and their new album “The Electric Age” is front running for heavy metal album of the year already. When the Wild Wind Blows (Live from the album En Vivo!) Iron Maiden If someone said that the best metal band of all time was Iron Maiden, all you could do is nod and agree. Making some of the most complex and beautiful arrangements in metal history, this track from their latest live album “En Vivo!” is no exception. The song is incredible, but to hear it live takes it to levels untouchable. Lead singer Bruce Dickinson is considered a living legend and has to be one of the most iconic lead singers of all time, and his performance in this song
ranks up there as one of the best. Dyslexicon The Mars Volta Beautiful Chaos. When creativity and passion come together as music, you get “Noctourniquet.” The Mars Volta have been quiet for the last couple of years, but all the silence has been shattered by their latest offering. Mystic vibes of progressive legends Pink Floyd linger throughout the track, as keyboards shoot like falling stars. Although the world isn’t ready for music like this quite yet, their fans have embraced the new change. Analog Man Joe Walsh Joe Walsh simply makes great music all the time and “Analog Man” is no exception. The classic, laid-back riff that made Joe famous kicks off this song as he rambles on about vinyl, 45s, and trying to make it in the digital age. Joe’s Analog album should hit the world June 5, and if the album is anything like this track, we should be in for a good ride.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Fight Apathy! ...Or Don’t Mark McDaniel Contributor Ignorance runs rampant throughout our country, and chances are, you suffer from this affliction and don’t even know it! This is just a fact of life that you have to accept. Some of you may even be aware of this already (although that is doubtful). But, luckily for you, we are here today to remedy this! Now, before you get up in arms, I want you to know, as a matter of fact, I suffer from the same disease as you. We suffer from a disease. However, it is not ignorance. Ignorance is a symptom of our underly-
ing problem: Apathy. Apathy is infecting citizens in our country at an alarming rate. Pretty soon, America will be a husk of what it once was, devoid of all free thought and actual intelligence. We have become so disengaged from our political system and from actual involvement in our own livelihood that we have lost all control. We have stopped reading, we have stopped pursuing the truth, and we have just settled for the information being poured into our minds through the mainstream media. We have become complacent with our comforts, to the point where we will believe anything to keep them. We have stopped caring about being a free-thinking society because it is easier to have someone else to think for us. Because we are apathetic, we have become ignorant. If you think decisions
made by your representatives do not affect you, then you are in for a very rude awakening. Every little decision they make has a significant impact on our world and our lives. And we have just let them run wild without any kind of consequences. For example: As I am sure some of you are aware (although I highly doubt the majority of you are actually informed, even though you may think you are; you see, apathy strikes again!) the Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of ObamaCare, the nickname for the national healthcare bill that was recently passed into law. Although it would be nice for people who can’t afford it to have healthcare, it comes at a price. Our government decided that it was A-OK to force everyone in this country to purchase a service they are provided. That is a clear attack on our freedom.
And clearly, we allowed it to happen because we are ignorant of the consequences, and pending the Supreme Court’s decision, we may have to pay dearly for it. So how do we fix this mess? Without further adieu, I give you the 12 Step Program of Apathetics Anonymous! 1. We admit that we are powerless over the power of Apathy—that the ignorance in our lives has become unmanageable. 2. We come to believe that only the pursuit of knowledge greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity. 3. We decide to turn our will and our lives over to the pursuit of knowledge and truth, rather than to be spoon-fed propaganda. 4. We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of our true knowledge. 5. We admit to our-
selves and to another human being the exact nature and cause of our apathy. 6. We are entirely ready to restore our minds, make our own decisions, and believe we are capable of determining what we believe is right. 7. Humbly, we acknowledge that we can’t do it alone, and enlist the help of our peers. 8. We make a list of all persons we have harmed through our ignorance, and become willing to make amends to them all. 9. Make direct amends to such people by making sure our government does what the people want. 10. Continue to take personal inventory, and when we are wrong, promptly admit it. 11. Seek through reading and proper education to improve our conscious contact with truth, searching only for knowl-
edge that is unadulterated and is not straight from the TV or Mass Media. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to apathetics and to practice these principles in all our affairs and pursuit of knowledge. The first and hardest step is acknowledging you have a problem. Repeat after me: “Hi, my name is (insert your own name here), and I am an ignorant ass.” Good! We are making progress. Now the rest is up to you. Go forth and begin to think for yourself! No matter what your parents say, no matter what your friends say, you have a duty to think for yourself. Don’t take anything at face value. Do the research, read the books, learn the concepts that are necessary to be informed, rather than wallow in your own ignorance.
Survey Would you volunteer in a program like Big Brothers, Big Sisters?
“Yes; it would give me a chance to share my culture with a younger generation.” Amy Sun, junior
“Maybe, if I had the time to devote to it I would.” Logan Reynolds, junior
“Yes, to be a positive role model in someone’s life.” K’leigh Masar, junior
Let’s go back to the ‘90s
Dillon Brollier Staff Writer Let me take you back…. Back to a time where Bill Clinton was the president, Nintendo and Sega were kings of the gaming world, and Seinfeld was completely taking over everything on television. Yes, I am talking about the ‘90s! Many people reading this grew up in the ‘90s, and for those who did not, I feel bad for you. The ‘90s were great! Music-wise, we got to bear witness to the rise of the Foo Fighters, not to mention the greatest album of the decade, Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Yes, I went there. The Red Hot Chili Peppers would release “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.” Rage Against the Machine would get everyone ready to go out and riot to
fight corporate America and the tyrannical leaders of this nation. 2Pac and Biggie were still alive, and Eminem would dominate the late ‘90s and early 2000s rap game. I mean, even our overproduced, pop, radiofriendly, sorry excuse for music had at least some merit. I dare one person to listen to “Bye Bye Bye,” “Backstreet’s Back,” or “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and not, at the very least, nod their heads. Going home to watch television meant tuning into about three hours of afterschool cartoons. Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to noon were reserved strictly for cartoon-watching. Ren and Stimpy, Doug, Recess, Pepper Ann, Rugrats, Pinky and the Brain (I was sure he would take over the world), Animaniacs, Power Rangers, and of course, Pokemon took over our lives. The scary thing is I just offended the majority of the people reading this because I forgot to mention their favorite show. My bad. To this day I wonder what life would be like if
I could catch a Pikachu, or yell out, “It’s Morphin’ Time!” and instantly know kung fu and summon giant robots to fight giant monsters. Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered the same thing. What is that you say? Movies? Try Schindler’s List, Pulp Fiction, Toy Story, The Matrix (the first one), The Big Lebowski, The Lion King and just about every other Disney movie of the time. You can go back and watch old-school Disney movies and catch all the adult references that we missed when we were kids. Seriously—how did we miss half of those? Oh, and Pixar is king. In the world of sports, we were able to witness the Dallas Cowboys’ dynasty, the final games of the great one, Wayne Gretsky, the great home run race of ’98 between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire (it meant something at the time), and the rise of his airness, Michael Jordan. Even politics were more interesting. I mean, Bill Clinton was a great president. Sure he had question-
able morals, but he got the job done. Bob Dole would say Bob Dole every chance Bob Dole got, BOB DOLE. The Cold War ended, the Soviet Union Collapsed, El Salvador held open elections and the national economy was in the best shape it had been in the last 30 years. Now, I am a realist; there were some dark times in the ‘90s. Columbine. The Oklahoma City Bombing. The death of Princess Diana. The CIA massacre. Terrible things happened, just like with any other time period. But part of the beauty of being a kid was that all the bad things were washed away with what we love. I remember the ‘90s for everything I loved, not for the tragedies that occurred. Now all of us ‘90s kids are grown up, have jobs, pay the bills and some of us have kids. Now, part of the fun is seeing what the next generation will remember about their childhood. I just hope we can give them great things to remember.
“Maybe; it would be a good way to help people out.” Robert Busbee, senior
“Yes; it would be a great opportunity to give guidance.” Kelli Baucham, junior
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Rams win three out of four and improve to 21-7 Baseball: Rams have
second best conference record Stephen Cogan Sports Editor ASU’s Rams got a leg up in the Lone Star Conference standings after they defeated conference rival Incarnate Word 3-1 in a four-game series at home over the weekend. The teams faced off with the Rams winning 5-2 in game one, 8-3 in game two, and 12-4 in game four. Incarnate Word earned its lone victory in game three with a score of 5-3. The Lone Star Conference highlighted junior first baseman Quaid McKinnon’s performance by naming him the Hitter of the Week after he whacked five singles, two doubles, and a triple. This is McKinnon’s second award since the season started. He won it for the first time on Feb. 7
for the first week of the season in a series sweep over Ouachita Baptist University. McKinnon had eight hits against Ouachita Baptist, the same number that he had against Incarnate Word. The transfer from Paradise Valley Community College has 35 hits, 21 RBIs, and leads the team with 28 runs scored on the season. He is second on the team in batting average with a .357 mark. “I’ve just been sticking with my approach,” McKinnon said. “Been working with the coaches, [hitting] low line drives and ground balls, just trying to stay down. Been really lucky and fortunate too.” The Rams had six stolen bases in the series including junior Ryan Greer stealing home in game three. Greer leads the team with 16 stolen bases out of 19 attempts and hit his first home run of the season in game four. Senior shortstop Zach Cohen had an interesting series as he was hit by pitches three times. The 5’7
Houston native has been hit five times in 20 games. Cohen trotted off to first base each time and didn’t need any onfield attention from the trainers despite one pitching hitting him in the helmet. Junior outfield Lee Neumann belted two doubles, two triples, and a home run over the series while brandishing a mustache that he said was for “Mustache March,” a tradition that was started in the Air Force by fighter pilots. The Rams have a 21-7 record that translates to a .750 win percentage or three out of every four games. The Rams conference record is 5-3, which is tied for second in the entire conference with Tarleton State and behind West Texas A&M’s 7-1. The Rams will have a chance to dethrone West Texas A&M in a fourgame series in Canyon that starts March 30 at 7 p.m.
Photo by Pam Belcher
Quaid McKinnon, the reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, gets ready for the upcoming pitch.
Softball team struggles, wins two of last five Softball: ‘Belles hit bumps in the road
Stephen Cogan Sports Editor
seven hits, but couldn’t score a run to support McKay. The second loss was attached to McKay as the Lady Buffs erased a three-run deficit that started with a score in the fourth due to a throwing error by junior first baseman April Breshears. A three-run homer by senior catcher Meghan Brown in the fifth inning took a 4-3 lead and it stayed that way to give the series to West Texas A&M. McKay struck out three and walked one over 6.0 innings of work, but the three-run homer was the difference in the game. The ‘Belles now have a 10-2 conference record, which is tied with Tarleton State University for best in the Lone Star Conference. The ‘Belles hosted St. Mary’s University, where they split a doubleheader Wednesday, March 27 in a nonconference matchup. The women lost the first game 7-4, but bounced back to win the second game 4-1. In game one, the ‘Belles were down early 2-0 in the first inning, and the women managed to come back and tie it 3-3 in the
ninth when the Rattlers scored four runs, three on a home run by Jared Gonzalez. Gonzalez was pinch-hitting for Alexandra Garcia and her one at-bat gave her team a four-run lead. The ‘Belles managed to score one more run, but couldn’t cut the deficit in the end. Molina absorbed all seven earned runs with seven strikeouts over 7.0 innings pitched. The second game came down to Mary Kate McKay, who ended up feeling her own pitch. Two outs into the fifth inning, St. Mary’s first baseman Taylor Vidrine hit a line drive that whacked McKay in her leg. The force of the hit gave Vidrine enough time to run to first and ASU called for time to check on McKay, who after a while, was ready to pitch again.
After going 25-3 and being ranked No. 1 in the nation by the NFCA poll, ASU’s Rambelles have hit a bump in the road, going 2-3 in their last five games. ASU’s softball team lost their first Lone Star Conference series in nearly a year after their road matchup against the No. 23 ranked West Texas A&M Lady Buffs. The ‘Belles went 1-2 in a three games series over the weekend with their lone win in game two by a 7-5 score. Senior Claire Molina gave up five earned runs, but the ‘Belles bats, beginning with a leadoff home run to start the game by sophomore Morgan Spearman, managed to score seven runs off eight hits. Molina pitched 7.0 innings, struck out eight and walked three in the complete game victory. Molina’s 15-3 pitching record is the best in the Lone Star Conference. The ‘Belles lost games one and three by scores of 2-0 and 4-3 respectively. In game one, sophomore Mary Kate McKay pitched 6.0 innings, struck out five, and walked none. However, McKay gave up two earned runs in the bottom of the third inning when the Lady Buffs junior outfielder Meghan Slattery tripled a run in and scored herself on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Photo by Mark McDaniel catcher Mallory Wyatt. Kacie Easley just before she hit a home run. The ‘Belles bats had
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McKay went out to record the seven remaining outs and her record improved to 12-3 on the season. The women are not only at the top of the Lone Star Conference, but a lot of individual statistical categories as well. Breshears is first in the conference in the hit by pitch category. She has been hit 10 times this season. Spearman is second in the same category with eight and junior outfielder Lauren Smith is third with seven. Between the three women, the ‘Belles have taken 25 bases because their batters have been
hit by a pitch. Elsamartina Apo leads the Lone Star Conference in batting average(.487) and on-base average (.607). Her slugger’s percentage is .690 and her combined OPS (onbase plus slugger’s) is 1.297. The ‘Belles will go on the road and face conference rival Incarnate Word for a three-game series March 30-31 and after that is a doubleheader against Texas Permian Basin on April 4. The ‘Belles next home series will be against Texas Woman’s University in a conference matchup over three games starting at 7 p.m. on April 5.