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Vol. 78 No. 26

‘This is not a Gnome Show’ in Gallery 193, Carr EFA Building

President states goals, current issues

Cadet wins national award

Rallo: ASU hopes to in-

South West Region:

crease pay for full-time employees, incorporate distance learning in high schools

ASU AFROTC cadet one of four cadets in nation named ‘Most Outstanding Cadet in Southwest Region’

Sawyer Ricard Staff Writer Speaking April 12 to the faculty senate, ASU President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo said, “My No. 1 commitment as recently as this morning is that we will have a pay raise.” Rallo spoke about several distinct goals ASU administration had for next year as well as problems the school had faced over the past two semesters. One of the primary goals for the incoming year is a pay raise for the full-time employees of ASU, he said. ASU is searching for a new vice president of student affairs and enrollment management and an athletic director, he said. “Hopefully we’ll have the searches wrapped up in a few weeks,” he said. On the system level, one goal for ASU during the incoming year on the Texas Tech System level is to incorporate distance learning in high schools, he said. “A senior in high school has to have four years of math, four years of science and four years of English,” he said. “A lot of school districts simply can’t do that.” Distance learning allows ASU to help provide education when the high schools fall short, he said. “We can reach out to those school districts, especially those in West Texas,” he said. This will also allow the school to reach out to homeschooled students, he said. On the campus level, ASU is asking the administration of the Texas Tech system for permission to create a freshman college, he said. “The point of this virtual college will be bringing all the activities focused on freshmen together,” he said. This will allow freshmen to be

Staff Report

Photo by Pam Belcher

The current student body president, right, senior Hector Romo, was reelected for the next academic year. President Pro Tempore senior Joshua Heimbecker, left, was elected for student body vice president.

Student body president, vice president named for 2012-13 Romo reelected with 55.8 percent of votes Sawyer Ricard Staff Writer The current student body president and president pro tempore won the election for SGA president and vice president. Seniors Hector Romo and Joshua Heimbecker won 454 of the 813 votes. One of the plans for next year is closing the health clinic on weekends and holidays, Romo said. “The administration and the Student Government Association worked in conjunction recently and agreed that the health clinic was costing a lot of money to keep open during these times,” he said. Another reason for closing the clinic on the weekends and holidays is because

hardly any students use it, he said. As an alternative for students, they can visit a clinic in town for free and only have to pay for services like x-rays and blood work, he said. The alternative will start when the clinic starts closing either in the summer or the fall, Romo said. The second plan is to find ways to enforce the smoking rules on campus, he said. “A smoking fine was proposed for those that didn’t follow restrictions but there were a lot of impracticalities with it,” he said. They have been researching other universities’ smoking policies to develop one for ASU, Heimbecker said. “Some schools are very

strict,” he said. “We’re just trying to find a healthy balance.” Currently, they are looking into creating more designated smoking areas, Romo said. He said he hopes to find a solution during his presidency. “This plan is already in the works,” he said. Romo said he and Heimbecker believe that SGA was very active this year. “There was a lot more participation than there has been in the past,” he said. The previous goal of bringing SGA back to the

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SGA Election 2012

See Rallo pg. 3

Hector Romo Joshua Heimbecker

ASU’s goals • Pay raise for full-time ASU employees • Incorporate distance learning in high schools • Permission to create virtual freshmen college • Lower tuition rates




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Students have new opportunities to study abroad Partnership: ASU

signs agreements with universities all over the world

Sawyer Ricard Staff Writer

As of last year, students can study in South Korea and parts of Europe with new study abroad programs. Students can study overseas either during the summer, fall and/or spring semesters. Many of the Korean trips developed after ASU partnered

with some of the South Korean universities, Director of the Center for International Studies Dr. Sharynn Tomlin said. The first of 15 agreements between the universities was signed in 2011, she said. “These are particularly interesting because many of the schools in South Korea will pay for the students’ housing and some of their meals,” she said. Some of the schools will also pay each student a stipend of $800 for teaching people English, she said. The students will teach

Reminders Spring 2012 Study Jam Week

Sunday, April 29, through Sunday, May 6

Finals start May 7

English 10 hours a week and gain experience as a teacher at the University of Ulsan, Yeungnam, Dong-A and Dong-Eui Universities, Associate Professor of Security Studies Dr. Won-Jae Lee said. Sophomore Haley Gaitan, who is applying to study at Yeungnam University in Daegu, South Korea, said she wants to participate in the teaching program. “Teaching sounds really fun because we’re going to be teaching elementary students,” she said.

These study abroad opportunities offer more than just teaching experience, Lee said. “These trips are some of the best opportunities to globalize the ASU students,” he said. He said that getting to know the world is difficult for many because San Angelo is “geologically isolated” and that these trips provide ASU students more diverse programs. Besides being more knowledgeable about the world,

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A cadet from ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 was one of four cadets nationwide to be recognized over the Easter weekend as the top AS300, or junior-level, cadet in the Southwest Region at a ceremony in Detroit, Mich. Junior Abraham Morland received the William Randolph Lovelace Memorial Award at the annual Arnold Air Society National Conclave during the AFAsponsored awards luncheon. Morland said he found out near the end of March that he had to try to go to Detroit because he was a finalist for the award. “I was very excited,” said Morland, who will commission as a pilot when he graduates. “It’s not every day you win a national award like this.” Every year, the 145 Air Force ROTC detachments nationwide each nominate their No. 1 AS300 cadet to their respective regions for the AFA-sponsored William Randolph Lovelace Memorial Award. The award goes to one cadet from each of the four regions, which hold a board to select their respective cadets. The southwest region covers 11 states and 36 AFROTC detachments. The criteria considered for this award include academics, athletics, military performance and other factors, such as Arnold Air Society membership, that help identify the cadet as an individual who expertly manages time and personal resources to permit extra performance and the capacity to take on extra responsibility. Morland, said he puts 40 to 50 hours a week into ROTC, on top of intramurals, church and school. “I give all I can,” he said. Recipients of the Lovelace Award are also considered for the Olmstead Scholarship Program during their active duty service. This program provides an all-expense-paid year of study at a foreign university.

When you lose this opportunity, you won’t get it again. Dr. Won-Jae Lee Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

• Some South Korean universities pay for students’ housing, meals, offer stipend • ASU signs new agreements with universities in Poland, Italy, France • New study abroad proposals to be discussed

ASU Art and Music Department’s

News: GEO Inducted into national honor society

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News: SGA hosts local candidate forum

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Opinion: The ultimate band

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10th annual “Pops at the Pavilion” Concert

LeGrand Alumni Center, Pavilion 7:30 pm on Tuesday April 24


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Events Calendar Get involved on campus! Here’s what’s going on this week. Friday, April 20 El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center Art Major Minor Meeting from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Phi Mu Alpha – “An American Music Recital” at 7:30 p.m. in the Eldon Black Recital Hall Saturday, April 21 UREC: OA Day Mountain Bike Trip from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Angelo State Park Sunday, April 22 Striders Duathlon at 8 a.m. in Middle Concho Park Monday, April 23 Graduating Senior Exhibition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery 193 El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center Meeting: Staff Senate from 3 to 5 p.m. in UC 203-204 Cafe’ et Conversation from 5 to 6 p.m. in UC 110/111 Tuesday, April 24 Graduating Senior Exhibition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery 193 El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center Q&A Session: “The Hot Seat” moderated by Evan Smith from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center Conversation Partners from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Mathematics-Computer Science Building room 119 Marketing 101 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Rassman 100 ASU Choir: “Pops at the Pavilion” Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the LeGrand Alumni Center Wednesday, April 25 Graduating Senior Exhibition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery 193 El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center Facebook & Twitter BOOTCAMP from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Bookstore Advisory Committee from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in UC 209 Department of Art and Music: Student Recital from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building UCPC Club Cafe: Comedian Jarrod Harris at 7:30 p.m. in the UC Thursday, April 26 Graduating Senior Exhibition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Gallery 193 El Cafecito from 9 a.m. to noon in the Multicultural Center Art Major Minor Meeting from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. UCPC Monthly Movie Series Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows at 6 p.m. in the Texan Hall Theater Jazz Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Center University Theatre production: “The Tempest by William Shakespeare” at 8 p.m. in the Modular Theatre

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Mock trial displays student group’s skills Showcase: ASU’s Mock Trial League gives campus taste of what members usually do

Adam Washington Staff Writer The ASU Mock Trial League showcased their first mock trial Monday to try to recruit new members and give students and faculty a taste of what the organization is all about. The Mock Trial League competed in February and won the American Mock Trial Association spirit award, which goes to the team that competing teams thought exhibited the spirit of mock trial the most. “We were the best dressed, the most sociable and the most sportsmanly,” Defense Lawyer Tore Anderson said. She said she hopes to gain students’ attention and recruit new members for next year. “We are holding this mock trial so that the school can see what we did at competition and what this team is all about,” Anderson said. “If anyone is trying to join they can understand what we do in mock trial.” Anderson hopes ASU’s Mock Trial League will have enough members for two separate teams to help them practice for competition. “A lot of the schools like SMU, Baylor and Georgia all have an A team and a B team, and we would like to be big enough to have two teams as well,” she said. Although she is transferring to Texas A&M in the fall, Ander-

son hopes to become part of the prosecution on the A&M Mock Trial League. Although many students may have heard of Mock Trial League, Anderson said they might not understand exactly what it is or what they do. The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) makes up cases for teams to compete with, Anderson said. “We come up with the questions and we come up with the angles,” Anderson said. “It’s about presenting the best case, not necessarily winning the trial.” Anderson said it’s hard for students to join Mock Trial League if they don’t understand what it is about. “This is our end-of-the-year closer,” Anderson said. “This is so everyone can see us and so we can prepare for next year, because preparation starts very early for these mock trials.” Anderson said Mock Trial League takes many hours of studying cases and getting into character. “You have to really get into your character; you have to know how the defense is going to see the affidavit, you have to make your own questions, anticipate how they will be answered, and you have to really work with your team,” Anderson said. “It’s very interesting going to competition because you never know what’s going to happen.” Anderson said Mock Trial League isn’t just for law students. “It’s really fun. You may not think it would be, but if you like acting, debating, or being argumentative in general, it’s fun,”


GEO inducted into a national honor society

Lisa Dees Managing Editor

Sigma Gamma Epsilon, a national honor society for the earth sciences, inducted Tuesday the Geologic Exhibition Organization as a student chapter. GEO will induct its members May 2 during a ceremony following the club’s meeting, President of GEO Jeremiah Bihl said. According to SGE’s website, the honor society was established to advance its members in scholastics, science and professionalism. “GEO will now be a National Student Chapter of SGE, so now we get all the benefits of being a chapter,” Bihl said. “The members will be able to qualify to join SGE.” GEO members must

have already earned 10 semester hours of geology or earth science courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an overall GPA of 2.76, he said. Members of the chapter will evaluate the students on professionalism and participation in department and club activities such as community service and outreaches. Because SGE is a nationally recognized organization and requires a high GPA, future employers will see that these members are professionally motivated, he said. Bihl said GEO had to write a petition to SGE to become a chapter. A representative from SGE evaluated GEO, wrote a letter to SGE supporting GEO’s petition to the chapter and SGE voted to induct the organization, he said.

Photo by Adam Sauceda

Freshman Savannah Logsdon portrays a key witness questioned by sophomore Sawyer Hirt, a defense attorney, in the mock trial held on Monday, April 16.

Anderson said. “I’m not a law student and a lot of us aren’t law students; we just do it to have fun.” Founder and President of Mock Trial League Tyler Corder said he hopes to not only inform and entertain students, but also to gain sponsors. “I hope to get people excited and gain more participation and more participants,” Corder said. “I also hope to get the community involved with the program so we can excel and gain sponsors.” Sponsors are people who understand the field of law and help coach the Mock Trial League. The Mock Trial League invited the criminal justice department, the political science department and the Tom Green County Bar Association to get do-

nors to give support to the Mock Trial team for the fall 2012 semester. “These people could get us prepared for competition, give us hands-on experience with experts in their field from the San Angelo area, help us learn the ways of the court, learn about the Texas rules of evidence and to just help make us better,” Corder said. Corder said that he is also transferring to Texas A&M in the fall and he hopes ASU’s Mock Trial League will continue without him. “We will hold elections for new officers soon and we have a constitution,” Corder said. “We have a budget and funding for the fall, so we hope to keep the team going.”

CSI Spring Fest

Photo by Pam Belcher

Robby Carr jousts with Brittnie Brown at the CSI Spring Fest. The event, which took place at the Pavilion April 12 through 13, consisted of many different activities and a crawfish cookout.

SGA hosts forum for local candidates Leadership: Students

see how candidates handle opposition Adam Washington Staff Writer ASU’s Student Government Association hosted a local candidate forum Saturday in the UC for candidates running in the May 12 local election and the May 29 primary election. Each candidate gave a fiveminute statement that was followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Program moderator and SGA Vice President Vincent Perez said he hoped this informed the community and students on all of the candidates that are running for election. “We made good connections with the leadership of our community,” Perez said. “We were also able to get some community members and a few students informed on the different issues that each candidate will be taking on.” Although there was a small student turnout, Perez aims to find a better marketing campaign

for the event next year, as well as possibly work with students who are political science majors. “I think that many students may not want to show up and hear candidates talk about their platforms on a Saturday afternoon,” Perez said. “Many students may not have an interest in San Angelo elections.” Perez said the students who are not local citizens may have a lower interest in the elections than the citizens of San Angelo. Perez said he feels that getting students to attend could be his biggest challenge. “Overall, the event was successful,” Perez said. “For students who enjoy studying politics and want to learn more about campaigning, I suggest coming out to these types of events.” Candidates running for City Councilmembers from different districts, Chief of Police, District Attorney, Sheriff, County Commissioner and County Chair spoke. City Councilmember candidate of District 3 Johnny Silvas is running unopposed but plans to upgrade parks for children. Almost every candidate talk-

ed about San Angelo’s water supply and cleaning up the Concho River. “I don’t like the water rates, but we can’t run out of water,” Silvas said. City Councilmember candidate of District 1 Robert J. Bankster also plans to stabilize the water rates. He proposed cleaner water, to leave Lake Nasworthy alone and focus on infrastructure. Kendall Hirschfed City Councilmember of District 5 is re-running and hopes to increase the current $1,000,000 budget by another $500,000. He proposed to find a new water source for San Angelo. Both Evan Pierce-Jones and George McCrea said they agreed that change was not necessary, because they are already doing things right. “If the office isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” Pierce-Jones said. Candidates for Tom Green County Sheriff include Walter Bryant, Keith Muncey, David Faison, David Jones and Steve Mild. Bryant said he hopes to reduce drug problems, address the short staff and change how offi-

cers treat citizens. “I’m here to maintain peace,” Bryant said. “I’m here to protect you; I’m here to serve you.” Muncey focused his campaign on how the sheriff needs to be proactive instead of reactive. Jones discussed tax money while Faison and Mild discussed new equipment. Constable candidate Thomas Delgado discussed the responsibilities of a constable and focused his platform around security for families. He said he would make a smooth transition to constable because of his experience. County Commissioner candidates’ discussion topics ranged education to protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The event allowed students to see how the candidate compete with their opposition and how they run their platform, Perez said. This is the first year that ASU and SGA have hosted this event, Perez said.


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Record number of exchange students to arrive Continued from Page 1 students are “very strong when they come back,” he said. They learn to have more self-control and to not be self-centered, he said. Along with students traveling from ASU, there are several coming over here from South Korea, Tomlin said. “We’re expecting around 100 [new South Korean] students here for the fall,” she said. This is a record number of exchange students, she said.

There will be more students next year from Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam as well, Lee said. The increase in students is due to ASU programs’ advertising throughout the year, he said. Junior Michelle Hamilton said she got interested in study abroad trips after seeing flyers. Junior Joey Burney said he learned about the trip through e-mail and is looking forward to his time at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. “I picked South Korea be-

News Briefs Credit will transfer According to an ASU news release, President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo and Central Texas College Chancellor Dr. Thomas Klincar signed April 2 an articulation agreement with CTC in a ceremony at Fort Hood Army Post outside Killeen, Texas. CTC students will have all of their CTC academic credits accepted at ASU if they transfer into any of the security studies and criminal justice programs offered here. CTC, which was founded over 40 years ago, is a public, open-admission community college that offers associate degrees and certificate programs in academic, professional and vocational/technical fields. Director of the Center for Security Studies Dr. Robert Ehlers, Assistant Professor of Security Studies Dr. Bill Taylor, Assistant Director of Transfer Services Dallas Swafford, Director of Marketing and Outreach Barbara Merlo and Coordinator of Marketing and

cause I’ve always liked Asian culture in general,” he said. Some of the new programs in Europe include many countries, Tomlin said. Tomlin said ASU signed new agreements with universities in France, Poland and Italy. Hamilton said she is studying abroad for the first time in Europe. “I’m going on the Great Cities in Europe study abroad trip,” she said. “We’re going to London, Paris, Verona and Rome.” All of the study abroad trips

are very affordable, Tomlin said. “Many of the students this year are spending a year abroad in Rome, Paris and London for around as little as $3,000,” she said. There is a study abroad trip planned for every college in the university, she said. Though most of the trips are created for the College of Business, anyone can study abroad, she said. “There should be a class or course in the study abroad trips to suit just about anyone’s needs

Staff Reports

Research Bruce Vasbinder also attended the ceremony.

Adopt a textbook Fall Textbook Adoptions are due in April, which are orders that a faculty member places with the campus bookstore designating which textbooks and course materials are required for a semester. “The textbook adoption process takes place three times per year,” Assistant Director Special Events Facilities/Services Jessica Manning said. “Summer textbook adoptions are due in March, fall textbook adoptions are due in April and spring textbook adoptions are due in October.” The ASU Bookstore can buy adopted books back from current students at a higher rate, Manning said. Students selling books back to the bookstore save money and the adoption reduces the amount of inventory the bookstore has to search for on the market. She said the bookstore uses the time between the adoption date

and the start of the semester to find an appropriate quantity of the requested book. “The earlier the bookstore can search for the books, the more likely they are to find used books, which are less expensive and often a better value for the student,” she said.

students was met, he said. “In the past SGA was only seen as a tool for administration to use when it came to raising fees and similar events,” Romo said. “We actually took stands against that this year.” However, they plan on increasing SGA’s visibility on campus, he said. The meeting where Vice President of Finance and Administration Michael Reid spoke to the student senate about the increase in tuition is where he realized there was a large gap between the students and the administration, Heimbecker said. “When we have meetings like these we can send out e-mails to advertise them to the students,” he said. They plan to have more information provided to the senate so they can talk to the students, Heimbecker said. Another goal is to expand pro-

grams such as the Student Discount Program, Romo said. According to, the Student Discount Program is geared towards bringing local businesses to ASU students by providing them

It was strangely fulfilling to see the poll results and see that we... had so much support from the student body. Joshua Heimbecker Future Vice President of SGA with discounts on items and services. “We’re going to be visiting the new businesses in San Angelo and ask if they’d like to be involved,” he said.

According to an ASU news release, Club Cafe is bringing April 25 comedian Jarrod Harris and his act “Action Figure Therapy.” The performance will take place in room 110/111 of the UC at 7:30 p.m. Students may purchase tickets for $2 and non-students may buy them for $5. Tickets will be sold at the door. The “LA Weekly” newspaper recently named Harris the “Top Comic to Watch in 2012.” Harris has appeared on TBS’ “Lopez Tonight” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.”

The last goal is to attempt to add more Reverse Osmosis water fountains on campus, he said. Both of them are very excited about winning the election, Romo said. “It was strangely fulfilling to see the poll results and see that we actually had so much support from the student body,” Heimbecker said. Romo said he was grateful for the support. “Being reelected as student body president for a year lets me know that students were pleased with what I did this year and they are willing to trust me to do a better job next year,” Romo said. Heimbecker said he is looking forward to next year. “I’m definitely excited about what’s to come and being able to work with the senate, faculty and administration,” he said. “I’m ready to try and get some progress going.”

Rallo: ASU housing at full capacity Continued from Page 1 taught at an appropriate level, Rallo said. “This is about getting the students who come here to be successful,” he said. This virtual college will help retention rates go up, he said. “This will help get them closer to graduating in four years,” he said. Other goals of schools in the Texas Tech System include handling the overwhelming number of students in the Health and Science Center and Texas Tech’s growth to nearly 40,000 students, he said. Rallo said there have been many issues the school faced over the past year, including the higher price of education. “We’ve reached the ceiling on what we can do with tuition and fees,” he said. “We simply can’t let the number keep increasing.” The school plans on lowering the tuition, he said. “We’re going to move ourselves

out of the top of the market again,” he said. However, this is difficult due to the 10.1 percent decrease in funding, he said. Rallo said another issue the college is facing is a low retention rate. The graduation rate is also a concern, he said. “We need to get students closer to staying four years before graduating,” he said. “Our students are nowhere near that.” After the speech Rallo and Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Brian May answered questions on a variety of subjects such as housing and further funds. “Right now we’re at full capacity on housing,” Rallo said.

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or desires,” she said. Lee said he encourages all students to consider going on a study abroad trip before they graduate. “When you lose this opportunity, you won’t get it again,” he said. New study abroad trip proposals to Scotland, Ireland, France, Bulgaria, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Germany, England and China will be discussed next week.

However, with less funding, rates are high and ASU’s housing price is higher than other colleges in the area, he said. Currently, there are no plans for new residence halls, he said. Plans for next year are already made for funding ASU may receive, May said. “We would like to have full funding for formula funding,” he said. If there are extra funds they will go towards a new building on campus, he said.

Maria Hagland Norway Lisa Dees Managing Editor From Haugesund, Norway, junior Maria Hagland followed her boyfriend to ASU, where he plans on completing a degree in computer science. Hagland said she transferred from the University of Stavanger and began school at ASU in the fall semester to complete her degree in communications. “Moving was difficult only because I missed my family, but I moved here with my boyfriend so every time I thought about [my family], he was there,” she said. Because Norway is seven hours ahead of Texas, she said she could not call her parents when she wanted and had to learn to plan ahead. She said it was a bit scary to speak English at ASU when she first arrived. Norwegians are brought up with English from an early age, but they never use the language, she said. Despite these temporary difficulties, Hagland said she made friends easily and quickly. “By the first week, I had like 20 friends already because everyone was so interested in where I was from,” she said. “Everyone was super nice. Not that people in Norway aren’t nice, but you kind of have to get to know them before they open up.” Hagland said after two days of meeting her roommate, she was impressed by her kindness. Hagland’s roommate drove her around town and said Hagland could borrow the car anytime, she said. She said she also noticed that the level of Christianity is more noticeable in the U.S. than it is in Norway. “People are really Christian here,” Hagland said. “Many people are atheist or agnostic in Norway, but here people are more open with religion.” She came to ASU with a bachelor’s degree in English from Norway, but she did not know what she wanted to do yet, Hagland said. Hagland said she then chose to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications because she “loves to communicate and help people.” She said she hopes to work at a school one day as a counselor or a teacher. “I love school here,” Hagland said. “The school is great and the teachers are great. It’s easy; Norway has a difficult school system.” She said things like multiple choice tests and taking several tests during the semester make ASU easier than a university in Norway. Hagland said she recommends that students travel abroad. “They should do it,” she said. “I think this is going to be one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’ve learned how to accept other people’s views and accept them no matter their beliefs. I think everyone should travel abroad.” 2525 Sherwood Way



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Students take flight in

‘The Tempest’

Adam Washington Staff Writer

Photos by Pam Belcher (Above) Amber Horton is lifted in the air while fellow actors perform below. (Left) Students rehearse one of many dance numbers in “The Tempest,” which opens April 26.

Movie Review:

The Cabin in the Woods ’ We begin with the usual setting of teens on a camping trip and then things getting weird. I know, you’ve seen it a hundred times, so why this movie? Well, once at their destination, the group finds a collection of really mysterious objects and starts to snoop around. That’s about all I can say without spoiling anyZach Daniel thing. If you have seen the preview to this movie then you know about the one thing I can spoil. You’re led to believe the victims are in some sort of controlled environment. This seems like it would be a huge give away, but, in fact, it is not. No matter how hard you try, I guarantee you won’t be able to figure out where this movie goes. Not only was I surprised at the plot (once revealed), I found myself in hysterics for quite a bit of the movie. Most of the movie is intended to be humorous with the horror side as a bonus. Some parts will jolt you in your seat but other than that you’ll most likely be laughing. It had a very small Hunger Games feel to it at first, but that quickly goes away. They have few things in common. This movie is way darker and twisted. You may find yourself rolling your eyes at some of the dialogue, but it’s to be expected in a movie like this. Overall, I found this to be way different and more outrageous than your typical “horror” movie and I do recommend it.

The Arts at ASU and ASU Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” April 26 through 29 and March 3 through 5 in the Modular Theater located in the Carr Building. The cast and crew have been preparing for the event for about a year, University Theatre Director Dr. William Doll said. “Since spring break we have met nightly to work on the stage, the fight scenes, the plot, the dancing and trying to put it all together,” Assistant Director of Theatre Michael Burnett said. Burnett said he has worked with “The Tempest” in the past but this is the first time he is directing it. “The Tempest has a special place in my heart,” Burnett said. The Tempest will feature many special and visual effects such as computerized lights, flying characters, dancing and many fight scenes, he said. “We have 10 computerized lights as well as a handful of LED lighting which is very helpful for setting the scene,” Burnett said. “There are five flying systems in the theater so we can fly actors in and out of the scene.” The set, which features the map of a magical island and written letters, was hand painted by students, including painter and actress Margaret Katie Denton. The preparation for the set

started immediately after the One Act Plays during the first weeks of March, Doll said. Shakespeare’s original text was lengthy and didn’t fit a collegiate audience, which allowed Dr. Erin Ashworth-King to adapt the text and modify it slightly. Ashworth-King is the codirector for “The Tempest” and works with the actors to help them understand Shakespeare’s text. “What I’ve found in Shakespeare productions is that if the actor understands and is motivated by the text, it’s going to come through to an audience,” Ashworth-King said. “If an actor doesn’t understand and they simply speak the lines, we can’t expect an audience member to be able to understand that and to really connect with the characters.” Ashworth-King helped the actors one-on-one with their text before rehearsals and is now focused on character work and the way the actors approach the text. She has shortened the original text, so the running time is now approximately two hours including intermission. “The reason for that was to make it more approachable not just to a collegiate audience, but also to an American collegiate audience,” Ashworth-King said. She said she has purged some references without damaging the context of the play. “We wanted to make it to where the audience was not dis-

tracted by the very specific allusions in the text,” Ashworth-King said. She said the play is being set in a Victorian style for costuming purposes. Costumer Eldra Sanford has been designing and researching costumes since Fall 2011. She said it takes over 80 hours of research to design appropriate costumes. The design is focused around a Victorian silhouette rather than a specific period in time, she said. “The only female in the show is the daughter of Prospero, Miranda, and we are fabricating her dress to represent the flowers of the island,” Sanford said. In Shakespeare’s time, males played almost all roles, but for ASU’s cast, females will play most of the roles, Sanford said. Sanford said she is adding padding for the female costumes to give them more of a male figure. “The spirits have more of a modern look,” she said. “They will be wearing full body unitards and will be airbrushed.” Burnett said the text is the most important part of The Tempest. “Without the text, it would just be a light show with scenery,” he said. “The text helps augment the meaning of the play.” Opening night is Thursday, April 26.

Music Review:

Live to Rise Soundgarden

Patrick McKeown Contributor Light Up The Sky Thousand Foot Krutch Did Thousand Foot Krutch spend all year listening to Rage Against The Machine’s Evil Empire? If not they at least discovered how awesome a whammy pedal sounds because this sucker has Tom Morello blueprints scattered all over it. This track is as solid as a 10-pound concrete block and the album is too. This could be one of the best hard and heavy albums TFK has ever laid down.

It is from the Avengers soundtrack. How can it not be cool? Soundgarden has always been heavy and good at getting down, but this track lacks a little kick. The beginning riff is great, but then power dies down. Maybe Soundgarden is missing something. I would think that the lead track from one of this year’s biggest films would go a little heavier. Freedom at 21 Jack White Man this track is good. Ever wonder what the Grim Reaper gets down to right before he cuts you down? Well this piece of raw funk bleeds swagger that only Jack White could do. One of the defining guitarists of the 21st century, his new album Blunderbuss is coming out April 24th. This album marks his first album

solo, and promises to have some of his best material. IN JACK WE TRUST. Mercy Kanye West Trash. Cry Thunder DragonForce Maybe this should have been the lead single to the Avengers Soundtrack? What would be more epic than to have Thor slamming the mighty Mjolnir, and hearing this in the background? With a new lead singer and shorter tunes, DragonForce make a tighter album and keep the sounds intriguing. Cry Thunder is a perfect single to showcase the new sound, and check out the solos to this baby. No matter what the critics say, this band makes awesome power metal music. So keep rocking guys. Long Live DragonForce!

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Cheers, Angelo

Straight from the

Let’s keep it classy

Jenni De Bie Contributor I believe in humanity, indecency, and in the truth of man’s goodness-because people are, for the most part, pretty humane,

decent and good. Yes, we all have a tendency toward selfishness, we all speak cruelly and we hurt each other intentionally. But we also take a spare second to hold the door open for strangers. We knee-jerk thank our profs when they hand out tests, and we apologize when we run into each other. We bless the sneezes of strangers, we tip our wait staff at restaurants and we stop for pedestrians. We hold the elevators open when we

can and wave apologetically when we cannot. We learn the limits of publically accepted jokes and we attempt to stay within reasonable limits when little ears are present. We don’t kick rainwater at anyone, but the friends we know won’t be overly offended. Maybe I’m an optimist (I mean come on, how often are we going to see puddles around here?) but I do believe in humanity. I believe that we are basically good critters and will

continue to be so. We may play our music too loud and drive our cars too fast and stay at our parties too late, but isn’t that what college is for? Even in this age of digital connectivity and emotional distance, we are essentially compassionate. So congrats guys. We may not be the angels our mamas want, but that doesn’t make us any less nifty. Cheers Angelo, let’s keep it classy.

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Last week’s poll results What is the least amount of time you gave yourself to start on a paper for a class?

0% More than a few weeks 38% The week of the due date 50% The night before/the day of 13% I’ve never procrastinated on a paper

This week’s poll What do you wish you could have done more of during your time at ASU?

Get involved on and off campus

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Study/Get better grades Socialize/Party


Survey Was Friday the 13th unlucky for you?

“Unlucky. I had a long day of classes and working.”

“Unlucky. I didn’t do so good on my Western Civ. test.”

Jonathan Kang, graduate student

Chad Ngwu, sophomore

“Lucky. I had a good day and did good on my spanish test.” Matraca Cates, freshman

“Lucky. I aced my government and astronomy tests.” JP Williams, junior

“Lucky. I got to spend it with my grandma for her birthday.” Luke Perkins, sophomore

What is the ultimate band? Ram Page Staff

ever arose, and could easily sing back up like he would during his A7X days. He was Avenged Sevenfold in many aspects and to this day I am amazed at his ability. He is easily my go to guy in this fantasy draft of musicians. Honorable Mention: Neil Pert, Jimmy Chamberlin Dillon Brollier Staff Writer If you could form a band with any known musicians from any point in time, who would you pick? Some buddies and I talk about this from time to time and it really got me to thinking. Who would I pick? Do you go with whoever would sell out stadiums and fill pocketbooks, i.e. any tween sensations? NO, I say! I want the best of the best—musicians who could conform to others’ styles and musicians who could provide the most to the band. For those wanting to play along, the rules are simple: you must have a drummer, bassist, lead guitarist, lead singer and one extra member should you so choose. IF you want 2 drummers, go for it. Let’s go! Drummer: Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan – Avenged Sevenfold. The day “The Rev” died was a sad one indeed. There is nothing I can say to do him justice. This man was an outstanding drummer, and by all accounts, a great friend and band mate. He was fast, he had power, and his drumming defined so many Avenged Sevenfold songs. On top of that, he could double as a vocalist if the need

Bassist: Flea – Red Hot Chili Peppers. Come on, Patrick, you know I was gonna have at least one Chili Pepper on this list. What can you say about a man who has been in the industry for 30 plus years, toured the world and helped found one of the greatest bands of all time? Now I am partial to slap bassists, and I had a really hard time deciding between Flea and Victor Wooten. I believe that Flea’s extensive knowledge of music would be a greater factor in helping a band write. Flea is more than just fast; he is smart and that is big time in my book. Honestly, you could easily say that they are evenly matched, because each does things the other cant. Probably the toughest call on this list. Honorable Mention: Victor Wooten Guitarist: Carlos Santana. Why Santana? Because he is Carlos Santana. I don’t need to say any more. Honorable Mention: John Frusciante, Eric Clapton, Utility: Dave Grohl – Nirvana, Foo Fighters. DAVE GROHL IS THE MOST UNDERRATED MAN IN MUSIC! He can do it all, guitar, bass, drums, sing, and I am pretty sure he can win a game of

tennis against a brick wall. As great as he is I have him as my utility man because everyone that is instrument specific is one of the greatest ever. What makes Ghrol so great is that while he is not an all time great in any instrument, he is great at every instrument. Combine that with his songwriting abilities and Mr. Grohl is a musician no band can go without. Front Man: Freddie Mercury – Queen. As if anyone else could be in this spot. To this day I have not witnessed anyone who can command the stage and captivate a crowd like Freddie did. His presence is omnipresent. Even years after his passing the effects of his performances are being felt. Not to mention that the man had an out of this world voice. There are very few people that I can think of that can out right out sing Freddie. Go on YouTube and look up “Queen at Live Aid” and you will know that as far as front men go, he was the very best and there is no one else I could put in this spot. Love you Freddie. Honorable Mention: Dave Grohl, Anthony Kiedis, Bands are like cities. Guitars are the buildings. They tend to stick out. The drummer is like the roads. They allow everything to fit together. The singer is like the people. They carry it out and it happens to be what people pay attention to. The bass is like the sewers. Even though a lot of people don’t pay attention to it, without it, it’s all a load of crap.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

‘Belles are Lone Star Conference Champions Softball: Women win their sixth Conference Championship

Stephen Cogan Sports Editor ASU’s softball team is one step closer to going back to the World Series after securing the school’s sixth Lone Star Conference Championship with a 7-3 win over conference rival Abilene Christian on Wednesday. Senior Claire Molina was on the mound for the ‘Belles and her parents were in the seats watching as their daughter pitched a complete game victory. Molina walked none, struck out six and allowed only three runs, one of which was unearned. “Claire Molina threw the ball great for us, and she got some timely hitting in front of a great crowd,” head coach Travis Scott said. “It was a fun day to be a part of Angelo State softball.” Victories are plentiful with Claire Molina, who leads the entire conference in wins with a 21-4 overall record and is fourth in earned run average with a 2.62 mark. The 2012 season has been highlighted with victories, milestones, accolades, and even a birthday party for Scott in the beginning of the season. The ‘Belles have a 39-8 record with a 20-4 conference record that secured their spot as the best team in the Lone Star Conference for the 2012 season. The ‘Belles are 15-1 at home, 16-4 on the road and 8-3 on neutral fields. Both starting pitchers, Molina and sophomore Mary Kate McKay, have won LSC Pitcher of the Week this year.

McKay is third in the conference in earned run average with a 2.55 mark and is one of four women tied for second in total wins with an 18-4 record. Scott celebrated reaching his 400th career coaching victory at ASU and now has his sixth Lone Star Conference Title. The ‘Belles arguably have the best lineup in the Lone Star Conference with five different players winning LSC Hitter of the Week. Sophomore outfielder Morgan was the first woman to win it for the ‘Belles when she hit back-to-back grand slams that won two games for ASU. Sophomore Carly Peters won the award after she cracked four home runs in a three-game series against Eastern New Mexico University. Junior catcher Kacie Easley won the award after her performance in week three and leads the conference with 66 hits, is fourth in batting average (.420) and fifth in on-base average (.489). Easley leads the team in putouts (242) and fielding percentage (.989). Junior outfielder Lauren Smith’s two home runs in the second game of a double header against Abilene Christian on April 10 led to a 7-2 victory that made her the recipient of the Hitter of the Week award. Senior Deeshanalynn Tafiti won her own award after hitting .412 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in five games. Tafiti is fourth in the conference in slugging percentage (.742), fourth in on-base average (.491) and is tied for fourth in home runs (14). Tafiti leads the entire conference in RBIs with 60. Senior third baseman Elsamartina Apo leads the conference in batting average (.450) and on-base aver-

age (.576). Against Abilene Christian, the ‘Belles got off to an early lead in the second inning when they had shortstop Chelsey Walters at second and Amanda Wilhelm at third. Spearman hit a line drive to center field that scored two runs for the early lead. “With runners in scoring position, I was just hoping to do anything in my power to get one run across,” Spearman said. “I was fortunate enough to make solid contact and drive in two which gave us the momentum.” Spearman had two hits and three of the five RBIs on the night. Molina kept Abilene Christian’s bats at bay until the ‘Belles bats made another rally with a five-run sixth inning by the ‘Belles. That gave Molina all the run support she needed to secure the victory. It started with a pair of singles by Apo and April Breshears. Then Peters reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and a run scored. A bunt by Britney Davis loaded the bases and singles by Taylor Jensen and Spearman scored two more runs. Smith reached on an error by the third baseman that led to another run scored and Jensen at third base. Easley hit a sacrifice fly into center field that allowed Jensen to tag up and score. The ‘Belles are ranked 12th in the nation and will be a contender for the NCAA D-II World Series. The ‘Belles have three games (all at home) left to play this season against Texas A&M-Kingsville that starts with a doubleheader on Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Texas A&M Kingsville has a 17-30 record, a 5-19 conference record and a 4-14 record on the road.

Photo by Pam Belcher Senior Claire Molina (No. 4) winds up for her pitch.

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