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Vol. 78 No. 9

Student arrested as suspect of vehicle burglary on campus Caught: Charged with one car

burglary after pawning stolen items

Dana Choi Editor-in-Chief Angelo State University police arrested a student Monday morning for one car burglary charge. University police developed evidence over Friday and obtained an arrest warrant for ASU student Brenham Blavier Monday morning, University Police Chief James Adams said. “We’re not saying he’s involved in all of [the car burglaries], but he’s tied to one burglary of a vehicle,” Adams said. No one actually saw Brenham steal from a car, but police discovered he had pawned reported stolen items, Adams said. According to an incident/investigation report, Brenham had been arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Jail Oct. 14 for Class “B” theft of property. He had tried to take a large fixed blade knife from Field and Streams Sporting Goods. “We still believe there are victims of thefts or burglaries who have not reported them to the police,” Adams said. “We want to make sure we get enough information as possible to see if this young man has been involved in any other thefts.” Adams said university police will continue to follow up on other leads and hopes they will lead to further arrests and/or charges against others who might be involved. University police has received some leads since they set the $500 reward Oct. 6, but no one yet has provided information that meets the criteria of the reward, Adams said. That information would provide enough evidence to support a warrant or arrest.

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(left) Larry Evans shares his experiences of his disability at Disability Awareness Day, Wednesday. (top) Freshman Anthony Lawhone and senior Beth Agho-Otoghile try on different glasses to see what it’s like to have a disability.

I still say where there is a will, there is a way, and if you don’t stand up, stand out.

- Larry Evans

A day in their shoes

Multicultural Center raises disability awareness Experience: Blindness, deafness, other disabilities

Kassie Mikeska Contributor The Multicultural Center Wednesday hosted Disability Awareness Day, giving students and faculty a chance to learn what life is like for people who have

disabilities. October is National Employment Disability Month, which prompted the event. Adriana Balcorta, the event director, emphasized why the Multicultural Center decided to host the event this year. “We need to be aware of what it is like to have a disability,” Balcorta said. “We are used to seeing people with disabilities, but don’t

really understand what they are experiencing.” The Multicultural Center focused on a variety of disabilities, Balcorta said. The most common ones are physical disabilities, but depression and dyslexia are disabilities as well. The main speaker at the event was Larry Evans, who has had to learn how to live from his wheel chair since an accident made him a

quadriplegic. Evans talked about what it is like to be disabled and how he has made the best of it. “I’m still here and I’m still kicking —one-footed, but I’m still kicking,” Evans said. “I still say where there is a will there is a way, and if you don’t stand up, stand out.”

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ASU theater cast, crew recognized for Laboratories to performance, designs in ‘All My Sons’

be updated within the next seven years Photo Illustration by Pam Belcher

Refurbishing: Better

learning environment, more modern equipment Lisa Dees Staff Writer Students can learn in a more modern environment within the next seven years as all biology and chemistry labs are refurbished. Dr. Brian May, dean of College of Graduate Studies, said ASU will begin updating its labs in the spring because the university is known for its biology and chemistry courses. These labs have been out of date for a long time and need to be refurbished, he said. Refurbishing multiple labs at a time would displace students and labs, May said. Instead, over the course of six to seven years, ASU will renovate labs one at a time. He said if the university has enough funds, ASU can renovate two labs at a time—one biology lab and one chemistry lab.

ASU has not decided which labs to refurbish first, said Dr. Paul Swets, interim dean of College of Arts and Sciences. The school must pick a lab that will minimize inconvenience. “Refurbishing equipment makes for a better learning environment,” he said. “More modern equipment makes the courses the best they can be for students.” ASU has a great science faculty and making the labs state of the art will make the students’ experience so much better, Swets said. Several biology majors agreed that updating the labs and equipment will benefit the school. Sophomore Christopher Gilbert said the labs have outdated equipment. Updating will allow professors to teach more efficiently and help students learn. “The labs are functional the way they are now,” sophomore Tara Serio said,


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Student actors, designers to advance to regional festival Dana Choi Editor-in-Chief Individuals from ASU’s theater company were recognized at a Texas state festival, which was held Oct. 20-22, for their acting and design in “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller. The student cast and crew performed at the Kennedy Center American Col-

lege Theatre Festival at San Jacinto College in Houston. After all the shows, seniors Marshall Van Pelt (Joe Keller) and Matthew Posey (Chris Keller) and freshman Sarah Phillips (Ann Deever) were nominated for the Irene Ryan Excellence in Acting awards. The Outstanding Achievement in Design recognized junior Martin Rodriguez for his scenic design and senior Amber Horton for her costume designs. Dr. Bill Doll, professor of theatre and university theatre director, said the students nominated for the

Irene Ryan awards will go on to compete at a regional festival Feb. 20 to 25 at University of Oklahoma in Norman. The regional festival will advance two out of 150 actors to the national level. The set designer and costume designer will present their designs at the same festival. Van Pelt said he is proud to get the award because he had a chance to get it last year, but didn’t quite make it. He said his part in “All My Sons”

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Work pg. 4

Photo by Pam Belcher

Marshall Van Pelt (Joe Keller), Matthew Posey (Chris Keller), and Sarah Phillips (Ann Deever) were nominated for the Irene Ryan Excellence in Acting awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Houston.


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‘Heart Walk’ educates on impact of heart diseases Success: Total of 600

participants raise $42,011 in donations Kassie Mikeska Contributor The ASUfit program Oct. 22 helped host the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk to help raise funds for the American Heart Association and to raise awareness of the impact of cardiovascular disease in the United States. The event was a success with about 600 participants in the run/walk, said Frann Smith,

the corporate market director of ASA. The walk was designed not only to educate people, but to get people to be physically active as a community. The total amount of donations from the event was $42,011. “The donations go towards research and education,” Smith said. “The education is for the awareness of cardiovascular disease, and because the highest risk factor is physical inactivity.” Smith also emphasized the importance of such awareness on campuses like ASU because of the devastating impact heart diseases have on so many lives.

Corrections Vol. 78, No. 6 The title of the fourth song in “Reviews: Songs of the Week” is “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars.

Vol. 78, No. 9 The title of the third song in “Reviews: Songs of the Week” is “A Night in Tunisia” by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

“Heart diseases are the leading causes of death in the United States,” Smith said. The UC was the main area for the event and for the people who came out to participate in the walk. Many local sponsors, including the Road Lizards who managed the different races, came to show their support on the ASU campus. Various student organizations also helped support the cause. Sigma Kappa sorority members helped by volunteering to help manage the walk/run by setting up, taking times, and staying after to clean up. Sigma Kappa member freshman Al-

lyson Gerhart helped by taking times as people passed the finish line. “It is kind of like the breast cancer walk, but for hearts,” Gerhart said. Most people who participated in the race had heart health issues or know someone who has heart issues. People who have survived a heart attack or had a transplant or a stint are the ones that everyone is walking with or for, Sigma Kappa freshman Andrea Loyd said. Many ASU students participated in the walk including most of the ROTC air force and

marines who completed the race in their formation runs. Sophomore Travis Felts, from ROTC, volunteered to participate in the run. He said he enjoyed competing in the race. “We are here for ROTC and to show our support,” Felts said. The entry fee was $10 for participants and most runners competed in their organization’s team, while others chose to run independently. The American Heart Association, the Road Lizards, and ASUfit hosted the run. Shannon Medical Center, along with other local companies, helped sponsor the run.

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Oct. 28 and 29 The Screeners Club presents Horror Fest in Texan Hall, starting at 2 p.m. Movies will be played until about 1:30 a.m. Contests will include “best horror story teller” and “best helpless victim scream.” King and queen of horror will be crowned based on costume. All of the above listings happen both days. Oct. 28 Halloween Bash in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center, at 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest, food and games. Oct. 29 True Blue tailgate party in the Foster Field parking, at 11 a.m. Ram Jam at LeGrand Center, 3 p.m.

Oct. 31 UCPC will present Halloween Double Feature with classic horror movies “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” in UC Room 110-111. Movies will begin at 6 p.m. There will be free snacks, drinks and a costume contest.

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Rams4Life displays pre-natal development from 7 to 10 weeks after conception. Rams4Life focuses on pro-life issues, but it specifically addressed abortion at its informational event Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The organization went with a Halloween theme, “Rest in Peace.” The organization’s goal was to honor those whose lives had been lost through abortion.

Hall of Career Horrors, hosted by Career Development, will be in the UC lobby.

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Nov. 1 A faculty recital with Dr. Jeff Womack will take place in the Eldon Black Recital Hall from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. It is free to the public. The entries for Admiration and Creation will be on display in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center, from 7 - 10 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Nov. 2 A student recital will take place in the Eldon Black Recital Hall from 4 - 5 p.m. It is free to the public. Nicholas Wood will give his gallery talk on his art collection, “First This/First That.” He will be speaking in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building Room 101, from 4 - 5 p.m. This is the last day to view his work in the art gallery, Room 193.

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Club Café presents... Lisa Dees Staff Writer “It’s good to be here,” said Justin Nozuka, contemporary recording artist, who shared his music Wednesday at ASU’s Club Café hosted by the University Center Program Council. Sam Mendoza, graduate assistant for Student Programs and Activities, said having Nozuka at ASU interested students and the community, as well as some individuals from Houston and Oklahoma. “He’s an international awardwinning singer and songwriter,” Mendoza said. “I feel without the help of UCPC that students wouldn’t have the opportunity to see him. This benefits ASU and lets others know what we have to offer at Angelo State.” Senior Fulanat Mohamed said she could not wait to see Justin Nozuka at ASU. “I have been so excited to see him,” she said. “I have been counting down since I heard he was coming for sure. He was even better live, and

Deford argues against ‘abuse’ of student athletes

Photo by Pam Belcher

Sports journalist Frank Deford speaks at the E. James Holland Symposium Monday. His topic was “Sports: The Hype and The Hypocrisy.”

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‘Wrong’: Denying

student athletes payment Photographer

Renowned sports journalist Frank Deford said college education is suffering in this country because of corruption and misplaced values in the education system. In his keynote address at the E. James Holland Symposium on American Values Monday, Deford said universities are abusing college athletes by denying them pay, even though universities are making large sums of money off of athlete’s talents. “We ought to be ashamed of this modern, peculiar institu-

tion that is found nowhere else in the world except here in the United States,” Deford said. “We have a situation now… where big money is made [and] athletes are denied their right to sell their services.” Deford said he believes denying pay to college athletes is unfair because everyone except the athletes profit from it, and that it is very far from the capitalist ideas our country was founded on. “Would I love writing as much as I do if I wasn’t getting paid for it, especially if I was denied payment by the very people who were making money off of my talent?” Deford said. “For some reason we apply that same concept to [college] athletics.” Deford said this phenomenon only serves to promote the

abuse of amateur athletes. “Amateurism is like Communism,” Deford said. “It only looks good on paper. We do not value amateurism in music, do we? We expect the winner of American Idol to go out and make money right away, and as much and he or she can.” Deford said that although most college athletes are not paid, some find ways around it. “Of course, many are paid under the table, and many are not actually students,” Deford said. Some students receive gifts and special privileges, along with false test scores to keep them eligible. Deford said the implications go deeper because we mix up athletics with education. “Because we basically only award extracurricular scholarships to athletes it serves to make sport even more important than art, music and literature, it serves to foster an anti-intellectual atmosphere,” Deford said. Deford said a lower percentage of men are graduating college. He believes this is a direct result of universities concentrating on sports. “We have some cock-eyed academic priorities in our country because of how we choose to value sports and education,” Deford said.




he was really nice.” According to Nozuka’s Web Site, he wanted to hear and feel people behind the creation of music instead of something ‘hit’ driven. “My voice is my way of expression,” he said. “I’m able to express things inside of me that I wouldn’t be able to do any other way.” Born in New York and raised in Canada, Nozuka penned his first songs, “Supposed to Grow Old” and “I’m in Peace” at 15, according to his Web Site. At 19, his first album, “Holly,” was released in honor of his supportive mother. Nozuka’s second album, “You I Wind Land and Sea,” twelve tracks that “…expand on the acoustic folksoul foundation base…” of “Holly,” according to his Web Site. UCPC’s budget comes from the University Center’s fee, Mendoza said. Some of that money is used to provide programs for students and the community. “It’s something we want to do,” he said. “It gets students involved, and we couldn’t put these events on

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(top) Logan Clark (bottom) Kyle Wolfle and Gabrie Gallier of Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Kappa join together in a pumpkin carving mixer.

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ASU student wins in national competition ‘Best of Show’: Picked out of 120 participants for category

Dana Choi Editor-in-Chief A panel of judges that consisted of Honors Program directors and deans Sunday chose an ASU Honors student’s poster out of 120 posters for the Mathematics/Computer Science division of a national poster competition. Senior Yolanda Elias won the “Best of Show” award in her category at the 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council Poster Competition in Phoenix. Elias said her poster illustrated her research, which examined how the choice of color space in which to compress an image affects the quality of

compression. “In short, images are converted out of the RGB (RedGreen-Blue) color space that our eyes naturally see into another abstract space for compression,” Elias said. Elias said constructing a research poster is tricky because it cannot contain too much jargon and text, which makes it hard to understand. “But you do want the essential points of your research to be conveyed,” she said. Elias designed the poster to supplement an oral explanation of the project. The poster incorporates both the project’s complex and simple concepts, she said. “This way I can easily use it to present to someone with little to no knowledge of the topics as well as to someone very familiar with the topic,” she said.

Elias said she used some of the images she had worked with to demonstrate various aspects of the projects as well as to make the poster lively and attractive. Elias said her project is the result of two full semesters of work. She started it in spring 2010 after she submitted the proposal for the project to what is now called the Student Research Fellowship. Dr. Roger Zarnowski, interim department head of mathematics and computer science and professor of mathematics, was the faculty advisor and research mentor. “It was a terrific experience for both of us because she’s a hard worker,” Zarnowski said. Zarnowski said Elias thought of the project herself when she was a student in one of his classes. “We weren’t exactly sure

Students learn about difficult lifestyles of people with disabilities Continued from Page 1 Evans said his experience of being confined to a wheel chair has not disabled him from staying competitive and active in wheel chair sports, especially wheel chair tennis. “It was extremely eye opening to see some of the people that I have seen participate in wheel chair sports who were able-bodied athletes at one point in time,” Evans said. Senior Sendy Tamayo said she was touched by Evans’ story and amazed at his positive outlook.

“A lot of times they are doing way better than some of us who don’t have disabilities because they are having to experience life in a different way,” Tamayo said. “They do what they can with what they have.” The event also had multiple booths that let students experience what it would be like if they were deaf or blind. Freshman Isaiah Greer participated in an activity to experience what it was like to be deaf. Greer said that the task was very difficult. “I guess you take it for granted that you can hear a lot,” Greer said.

Hard work pays off Continued from Page 1 was his first lead role. “What I took from it is the ability to know that I can carry a show and have the endurance of keeping up and being able to act for that long a time,” he said. Van Pelt said working with “All My Sons” exposed another aspect of World War II he had never realized before. “Everyone was working together and there was a lot more cooperation,” he said. Posey said he was relieved to find out about the award. “There was a sense of joy [and] there was also a sense of relief,” Posey said. “So much hard work went into my character and so much emotion had to be on display every day, so to know I was rewarded for that felt really good.” Posey said he has been involved in ASU theatre ever since he came to ASU almost three years ago. “All My Sons” differed from other productions in the amount of depth and emotion present in the characters, he said. “That kind of thing isn’t easy to bring on stage,” Posey said. “With a role like that you have to contemplate and think about who your character is, the life of that character, that character’s morals, beliefs—you have to consider all of that.” “All My Sons” was Phillip’s first show at ASU. “The cast [was] awesome to work with,” she said. “Dr. Doll is a great director. He’s been around for a long time— he knows so much. I learned so much through the process and I had so much fun with everyone.” Phillips said a lot of the other schools had done more modern plays. “Ours definitely stood out against theirs,” she said. “We had a full set complete with a two-story house. The most that the other productions had for a set was a table and a couple of chairs.” Rodriguez said he was relieved that all of the work put into the set design paid off. He said he did not expect to be recognized at the festival for his set. “[With] these competitions, you don’t know what to expect,” he said. Many of the other schools did not bring full sets like ASU’s theatre cast and crew. “We made such a hyper realistic set

to this competition and everyone else brought these abstract sets,” Rodriguez said. “I thought we were going to fall short of what the judge was looking for.” Rodriguez said he feels nervous about going to the regional-level festival because he wants to win the award. “It gets me kind of amped up and excited just to have that opportunity because this is my first time going to regionals for a set design,” he said. “I’m hoping that ASU can bring home another award.” Rodriguez said he was especially excited to be awarded alongside Horton, who designed costumes. He said they supported each other since they first designed for the same production, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” “You don’t know how excited I was that she won an award too,” he said. “All the hard work we put into our designs paid off. Hopefully we can work together again; it’s just fun.” Horton said the costumers had four weeks to create all costumes. What they didn’t create themselves they modified to fit the 1940s era. She said she went into the festival worried about the competition. “When we got there, needless to say, all worries disappeared,” Horton said. “I don’t mean to brag, but ASU had the best-looking costumes and the best-looking set.” However, she said she is still nervous about presenting her costumes at the regional festival. “Not only because I will be going up against my own peers, but I will also go up against graduate students,” she said. Rodriguez, Nicole McDonald, Leigha Murray and Megan Blake, who were all on the Honor Crew, were recognized for “Outstanding Achievement”. “We’re proud of all three [student actors] and our designers,” Doll said. “We’re really proud of the entire company. Our whole faculty and staff worked really hard on the production, our students worked really hard…they take charge of their management positions.” The festival at San Jacinto College in Houston falls under the national KCACTF program, he said. “The KCACTF is certainly the most renowned of the college theatre festivals, and there are a lot of other festivals,” Doll said.

what her question might be or a great opportunity, and I’m how difficult it might be,” he honored that I was able to repsaid. “It was a process of ex- resent our Honors program at ploration, which research is ASU,” Elias said. all about. It turned out that it Elias is the president of led to some pretty interesting Sigma Tau Delta, the English things...that may not have been Honor Society, and the presiinvestigated before.” dent of the Big Brothers Big He said, “I was very excited, Sisters Student Organization, of course, and proud of her. which she founded. Elias is also She’s worked hard and been a a student member of the San good student.... I’ve gained a lot Angelo BBBS board and a “Big working with her.” Elias said presenting the poster was not too stressful because she was so familiar with her project and she enjoyed talking about it. “Presenting at a national Photo Courtesy of Yolanda Elias conference is

HSI STEM set to fund lab refurbishing Continued from Page 1 “But in science it’s important to use updated technology and equipment.” Sophomore Brooke Smith said the Cavness labs especially need to be updated, and with better equipment classrooms will run more efficiently. Swets said the Hispanic Serving Institution Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant along with the Higher Education Assistance


Fund will wholly fund the project. The HSI STEM is one of the largest grants ASU has received, Swets said. The HSI received a $3 million grant for the next five years to increase the retention and graduation of undergraduates, particularly those of Hispanic descent. HEAF is used for capital funding, said Katie Plum, director of sponsored projects for College of Graduate Studies. HEAF is used to purchase and renovate equipment.


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Study Abroad: 5 out 11 programs China

Photo Courtesy of Ben Sum

The China program of 2010 visited the Beijing 789 Art Center. This worldclass center contains art galleries and studios for the students to explore.

The China trip will go from Beijing to Hong Kong. Focusing a large amount on art, students will visit many art galleries and museums. Mr. Ralph Hall, associate professor of art, said China has had three major religious influences to their art and culture, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. “We will learn about all three but on this trip we will see more of the Buddhist architecture and sculptures, as well as visit some of the temples” Hall said. This is Hall’s second year going on the study abroad China trip and Mr. Ben Sum’s, assistant professor of art, third. “Domestic travel through China will be extensive,” Hall said. “We will be taking a bike trip to see the entire ancient city.”

Xi’an is the beginnig of the Silk Road, from China, Sum said. “We will be flying to Dunhuang, the mid-point of the Silk Road,” he said. “It is a very famous city with huge cave paintings, sculptures and temples built into the mountain side.” Sum said a charter bus will be taking them the rest of the way through many more cities, which are considered to be outside of China and brings variation to ethnicity, landscape and geography. Sum is a native of Hong Kong, which brings Hall to call it ‘a safe trip.’ Sum said business students should consider the trip because China is such an economic power. Political science will also be able to examine the Communist nation.

South Korea

From visiting the Hyundai Motors Factory to Gwangalli Beach, students will receive a cultural experience in South Korea. “Students should travel to Korea with us because they are motivated to do so,” said Dr. Won-Jae Lee, associate professor of criminal justice. “Most students are afraid because it is an unknown world.” He said students are sometimes scared away because of the communication, cultural and food barriers. “The trip will be adventurous and challenging because it’s a totally different setting,” Lee said. “The first step I ask for is that our Korean students hang out and associate with American students scheduled to go to South Korea. Through their interaction, American students start to develop confidence.”

Lee said students will learn the survival techniques: the basic Korean language expression and how to use the transportation over there. “The interaction turns out to be very successful because prior to the departure American students have already made Korean friends,” he said. This is Lee’s second year going to South Korea with the study abroad program. He said students will visit Dongguk University’s campus, ASU’s partnering school, in Gyeongju, for a one-week cultural experience program after their three-week stay in Seoul. There will also be a visit to the Korean National Intelligence Service building, the Bulguksa temple and many more significant sites of Korea.

Photo Courtesy of Won-Jae Lee

On the trip to South Korea, students will visit the Bulguksa temple as they did summer 2011.

Bulgaria, Greece and Italy

Photo Courtesy of Detelin Elenkov

Italy, Greece and Bulgaria’s 2011 study abroad group visited the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

On this trip students will meet with business leaders, university professors and presidents of major organizations, such as the chamber of commerce, who can share the unique aspects of doing business in those countries versus others. This trip will be visiting eight different locations, he said. “It will give students a real cross-cultural experience in a lot of different economic and political environments in Europe,” Badgett said. Last year, some students were able to partner up with students from the universities of Sophia and Bulgaria, he said. Those students participated in everything the group did in Bulgaria. ”Being in a different country and getting

to bond with people their age and of their same major could create friendships that could last a life time,” Badgett said. He said another strength of their program is having Dr. Detelin Elenkov as a director. “He is in the only endowed chair at ASU, the Norris Family Chair International Business, receiving $1 million, made possible by an alumni,” Badgett said. “With that resource we highered one of the leading International business guys in the world.” The man highered as a co-director is a native of Bulgaria, which helps the program even more, he said. “He speaks about six different languages and hopefully we are able to be treated like locals because of our local person.”

Fiji and New Zealand

This group’s focus will be on education K - 8th grade, Dr. Charlene Bustos, assistant professor for teacher education, said. About 10 days will be spent in Fiji, where the students will visit elementary and middle schools. The group will study climate and geography as it varies from Texas, Bustos said. “I believe that part of Fiji is third world so we will get to see that environement compared to the way we live,” she said. They will visit the University of South Pacific and see how colleges function in different countries, before flying to New Zealand. It will be winter in New Zealand, so the climate will vary a lot, Bustos said. The group will attend cultural events

and music concerts, she said. They will also visit Mount Cook and check out the glaciers. There are seven flights in all. Bustos said she has never been a part of this trip so she said she is waiting to explore just as much as students. In New Zealand, they will visit Victoria University. “Their literacy rate is the highest in the world, so we want to observe how they teach literacy and reading in their environment,” Bustos said. “I would like to see how they handle diversity as far as leveling the classes and making sure all the students’ needs are met.” There will be free days for students to go snorkling and attend social events in both countries, Bustos said.

France, Belgium and Germany The other six will be part of next week’s issue.

Photo Courtesy of Donna Gee

Students climb Mt. Cook on the 2011 trip, in New Zealand, to get a better view of the glaciers.

From cathedrals to museums, this trip will show a business and cultural stance of Europe. For two weeks the students will be staying in the Château de Pourtalès, in Strasbourg, France, Dr. Norman Sunderman, professor of accounting, said. This will be Sunderman’s third year doing study abroad. “Traveling broadens horizons and gives a common experience,” he said. “It’s good to see how other people live because everybody doesn’t drive a car to the mall.” Sunderman said these experiences provide students with conversation topics. “I don’t think there is a specific thing students will be excited to see,” Sunderman said. “There is not just one highlight

on the trip.” Students will visit the Kaiserdom, where emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned, he said. In Wörth, Germany, the group will go to the Mercedes truck assembly plant, Sunderman said. The group will visit Roman ruins, the European parliament and the Jean Geiler Winery, he said. “We get to go to the Roman amphitheatre,” Sunderman said. “They use it for rock concerts, so it’s not really ruins because it’s still functioning.” Sunderman said the Antwerp World Diamond Center was a high point last year. Seventy percent of the world’s diamonds come through Antwerp, Belgium.

You can apply for these study abroad programs at Eligibility and participation requirements are online along with the applications and deadlines. Each program has a different cost, so go online for more details.


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Thoughts on university

expansion The expansion of the school can only be a good thing. Yes, the class sizes may increase, but that does not outweigh the revenue increased enrollment would bring in. With more students, the school would be forced to maintain a certain level of accountability. ASU could obtain the best equipment and education available. This would bring in more students. More students would foster a more competitive environment, something other, bigger universities may have more of than ASU does right now. In short, expanding the university equals increased enrollment, which can positively affect competitiveness in ASU.

So much more can be accomplished in smaller classes, which offer one-on-one interaction between the professor and the student. Sometimes, being able to discuss one’s work with the instructor is critical, and this is not always possible in a larger class. It sometimes seems as

though the university is so focused on enhancing its aesthetics that it does not focus so much on academics. No matter how beautiful we make the campus, education is what attracts people. We think we should focus more on improving classes and making sure we have enough professors to teach them.


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One of ASU’s greatest appeals to some is its student-faculty ratio. Its expansion would detract from the experience of a smaller, more student-oriented school.

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“No, sometimes it is too dark. We need tree lights because they look cute.”

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“I’m rarely here at night, but I do get a little freaked out about the lack of light.” Susannah Barrington senior

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“It doesn’t seem like there is enough light in certain places.”

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“I think it is pretty light. It kills all the stars at night.”

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“In the public places there is a decent amount of light.”

Who says that girls can’t rock out too? Bringing the roots of punk back from the dead, this all-girl group brings passion and intensity to their lyric-writing and play. Having just the right amount of pop on the chorus and the heavy intro mixes perfect, maybe Paramore’s Hayley Williams finally has some competition. 1. Through the Fire and Flames Dragonforce Okay, so everybody has probably heard this song at one point or another, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is still EPIC. When we all tried to beat this song on Guitar Hero, we might have forgotten how classic the song is and how it will stand the test of time. After slamming this on the speakers, it is hard to listen to anything else after that, not to mention the cramps from insane air guitar-playing.

3. Tales of the Sands Myrath Straight out of Tunisia, this heavy progressive metal band brings beautiful instrumentation to “Tales of the Sands”. The beginning takes us to the deserts of the Sahara with African-like drums and acoustic guitars that guide us through the sand. Guitars quickly come into the picture with a thunderous crunch and we hear violins and whisper-like vocals singing off in the distance. If Aladdin had a metal soundtrack, this would be track No. 1.

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4. Machine Gun (Live at the Fillmore East) Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix is the greatest guitarist to have ever played. That is not an opinion, but an absolute fact. Around 11 minutes and 30 seconds, Jimi plays one of the most passionate guitar performances of his life. Jimi was a magician, and on this track he brings every trick he has. With wah-wah pedal effects and soaring guitar solos, he tries to create machine gun sounds and explosions as he jams with all his soul. 5. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide ZZ Top This is pretty much your typical ZZ Top classic with lyrics about women, cars and how big their egos are. A funky fuzzed riff with fuzzy vocals to match, this famous blues trio are living legends and continues to add to their marvelous reputation. With low sideburns and shined boots, ZZ Top will continue to kick out the hits and shred away the blues for many years to come.

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Runners qualify at championship Cross Country: Crutcher,

Barker finish top-10


Jason Helms Sports Editor

Football School



Midwestern State West Texas A&M Abilene Christian Tarleton State TAMU-Kingsville Incarnate Word Angelo State Eastern N.M. TAMU-Commerce

6-0 5-1 4-1 3-3 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-4 0-5

7-0 5-2 5-2 3-5 4-4 2-5 4-4 2-6 0-7

Soccer School


Abilene Christian 11-0-1 Midwestern State 8-3-1 Eastern N.M. 6-3-3 TAMU-Commerce 5-6-2 Angelo State 5-6-2 West Texas A&M 4-7-1 Incarnate Word 3-7-3 Texas Women’s 1-11-1


The men’s and women’s cross country teams each qualified for the NCAA Division II South Central Regional after finishing fourth and third, respectively, at the LSC Championship meet, Saturday. The races were held at San Angelo’s Red Arroyo Park, which was the same location that the ASU Blue and Gold Classic was held on Oct. 11. After being named the LSC Academic Runner of the Year a day before, junior Emeline Crutcher led the charge for the ‘Belles with a fourthplace finish. Crutcher finished the six-kilometer race in 22:21 while senior Alyssa

Priest came in next for the ‘Belles with a time of 23:37 to come in one spot shy of the top-20. Not far behind Priest were, freshman Annifer Flores (23:49), junior Jessica Boudreau (23:54) and fellow sophomores Sofia Ramos (23:55) and Katy Williams (23:56), who all came in as a group. Junior Kami Orsak (24:19) and sophomore Kelsey Merritt (27:12) rounded out the Belle’ runners. Williams, who finished with her personal best time in the 6k, said she is happy with how the team performed. “We definitely ran to our potential and I think we had some girls that really stepped up,” Williams said. For the Rams, senior Bryan Barker topped the list with his ninth-place finish, which was his fifth time to finish in the top 10 this season. Barker, a transfer from Wisconsin,

navigated the eight-kilometer course in 25:43 to average just over 5 minutes a mile in the race. Senior Robert Hummingbird (26:54) crossed the line next for the men to take 28th of the race’s 76 runners followed by freshman Dylan Littlejohn (27:07), who took 32nd. Freshman Tomas Callejas, junior Isac Valdez and Jamin Goecker, another freshman, finished 39th, 41st and 43rd, respectively, to close out the men’s list. Williams said the men’s and women’s teams definitely gained an advantage from being familiar with the hometown course. “As many times as we have ran around it, we pretty much knew it by heart,” Williams said. The teams will compete in the South Central Regional meet Saturday, Nov. 5 at Wichita Falls’ Hawk Ridge Golf Course.


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West Texas A&M Angelo State Abilene Christian Tarleton State Cameron Texas Women’s Midwestern State Incarnate Word TAMU-Kingsville TAMU-Commerce Eastern N.M.

15-1 14-1 10-5 8-7 8-8 8-8 7-9 6-10 5-11 4-11 1-15

25-2 25-2 16-11 14-13 14-10 10-15 15-10 11-14 13-12 9-14 5-20

Rams grab first conference win Football: Improves overall

record to 4-4

Jason Helms Sports Editor Going into Saturday’s away game against Texas A&M - Commerce, head coach Will Wagner said his team’s new battle cry was “1-0.” The mantra, which meant they had to forget the season’s prior games – wins included – manifested itself in the form of a 45-14 victory against the Lions. The win was the Rams’ (4-4, 1-4 LSC) first since starting Lone Star Conference play almost a month before the two teams met, who were together at the bottom of the LSC standings. “We knew we needed this win to put us back on track,” Senior Joseph Schumpert said. “Every part of the team played a role in the game, offense, defense and even special teams.” Senior quarterback Jake Strickler threw a personal-best four touchdowns in his second start for the Rams, after completing 17 of 22 passes for 209 yards. Strickler’s efforts helped the Rams gain 400 yards of total offense for the third time in eight games. Four different players were the recipients of Strickler’s touchdown throws as the team’s leader in that category, sophomore Joey Knight, junior Quinn Reels, redshirt freshman James Hurd and senior running back Tristan Carter each logged touchdown catches. Carter also led the other half of the Rams’ offense by gaining almost 7 yards per carry for 124 yards on 18 attempts and a rushing touchdown. The Rams’ defense rebounded from giving up 704 yards last week by hold-

ing the Lions to just 243 yards, only 5 of which were on the ground. Schumpert led the team with 9 tackles, only one more than fellow linebacker, junior Shiloh Hickman, who tallied two sacks in the game. Special Teams also got on the scoreboard as redshirt freshman returner Paul Mason dashed 70 yards to get his first punt-return touchdown of the season. Mason was named LSC Special Teams Player of the Week for his touchdown and averaging 20.8 yards per return. The Rams are back home Saturday, Oct. 29 to face Texas A&M – Kingsville (4-4, 2-3 LSC) at 6 p.m. The Javelinas are coming off a loss to Tarleton State last Saturday, which bumped them down a spot in the LSC standings to fifth place. Head coach Will Wagner said, although the Javelinas’ defense is first in the LSC in rushing yards allowed with only 99.8 yards a game, he thinks the Rams will still be able to move the ball on the ground. “We’re definitely going to try to run the ball and if we are able to, it will certainly relieve some pressure off of Jake [Strickler].” Wagner said. With only three games remaining, the Rams still have a chance to level their conference record at four wins and four losses, completely turning around their slow LSC start. Both Schumpert and Wagner said the team will continue to use their battle cry of “1-0” after it appeared to have worked. “Every week is 1-0 to us,” Schumpert said. “We play one game a week and that should always be our focus.”

Photos by Pam Belcher (Top) Junior Emeline Crutcher leads the race at the LSC Championship, Saturday. (Bottom) Freshman Tomas Callejas pushes himself to finish the men’s 8K race.


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Week at a Glance

Volleyball ranked third in region

Friday, Oct. 28

‘Belles: Prepare for final

road test of regular season

SOCCER Incarnate Word* - 3 p.m. (Senior Day)

Saturday, Oct. 29 VOLLEYBALL @West Texas A&M* - 2 p.m.

FOOTBALL TAMU - Commerce* - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 1 VOLLEYBALL @Abilene Christian* - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Texas Tech - 7 p.m. (Exhibition)

Thursday, Nov. 3 SOCCER @LSC Tournament (Abilene)

VOLLEYBALL Cameron* - 7 p.m

Friday, Nov. 4 SOCCER @LSC Tournament (Abilene)

VOLLEYBALL Midwestern State* - 4 p.m

*Denotes conference game

Jason Helms Sports Editor The ‘Belles extended their current winning streak to seven Saturday after their three-set sweep of Texas A&M Commerce. The women are still ranked No. 17 in the AVCA Division II poll released Monday despite being one of only three teams in the nation to win 25 matches so far this season. The ‘Belles (25-2, 14-1 LSC) are also ranked third in the South Central Region behind Central Missouri and Washburn. Sophomore hitter Kaelen Valdez recorded her seventh double-double of the season after she tallied 12 kills and 13 digs against the Lions. Senior Celeste Bonter also recorded double-digit kills in the match with 11 to bring her team-leading kill total to 201 for the season. In the second set, the ‘Belles successfully converted 87 percent of their kills as they slammed 17 of 26 kill attempts. Junior Alex Woolsey added to her conference-leading assist total with 38 in the match while also recording 14 digs. In their previous match against Texas Women’s last Thursday, the team was led by another pair of athletes as sophomore Maddie Huth and junior Chelsea Gibson slammed 19 kills and 13 kills, respectively. The ‘Belles took the first set 25-18, but the Pioneers fought back to win the second set by only three points to guarantee a fourth set. The third set ended with the same score, 25-22, but with a different winner as the Rambelles then went on to narrowly take the final set 25-23. The women’s next pair of games will be on the road, which includes a

Photo by Mark McDaniel Junior Alexa Williams serves the ball in the ‘Belles 3-1 win over Texas Women’s, Thursday. Williams recorded a service ace in the match to bring her season total to 10.

visit Saturday, Oct. 29 to conference leader West Texas A&M (25-2, 15-1 LSC), who are ranked No. 12 in the nation. The Lady Buffs gave the ‘Belles their only conference and home loss of the season just over a month ago in the two squads’ five-set battle. That match is followed by a trip to Abilene, Tuesday, Nov. 1, to take on conference rival Abilene Christian

‘Belles earn trip to LSC tournament Senior Day: Schaffer, DeBacker honored

Photos by Pam Belcher

Jason Helms Sports Editor

#9 Megan Schaffer YEAR 2008 2009 2010 2011*

Games 20 19 21 17

*Season not yet finished

Goals 2 1 2 1

The ‘Belles secured a spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament after their 1 - 0 road win Friday against West Texas A&M. Senior defender Megan Schaffer got her first goal of the season in the match, which proved to be all the women would need to grab the three points. Schaffer’s goal made her the seventh player to find the back of the net for the ‘Belles (6-9-2, 5-6-2 LSC) this season. “It was nice for us to get a one-goal lead and hold to it,” head coach Travis McCorkle said. The shutout was freshman goalkeeper Morgan Harrison’s fourth of the season as she faced nine shots from the Lady Buffs (7-8-1, 4-7-1 LSC) and recorded 4 saves. In their second road game of the weekend, the ‘Belles traveled to Portales, N.M to take on ENMU, who were sitting just a point above them in the LSC standings. After the Zias (8-5-3, 6-3-3 LSC) got one past Harrison in the 32nd minute, the ‘Belles were not unable to find an equalizer despite doubling their opponents shot total with 14. The 1 – 0 loss made it impossible for the women to finish in the top-3 in the LSC this season, however fourth place is still reachable. McCorkle said he was a little disappointed to not get a result in both matches, but he said he was happy that the team was able to secure a conference

tournament berth. With 17 points, the ‘Belles sit in fifth place in the standings, one spot behind Texas A&M – Commerce who also have 17 points, but lead in goal differential. The top-6 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the LSC tournament which will be hosted by first place Abilene Christian and begins Thursday, Nov. 3. Schaffer said that the ‘Belles have to take a one-game-at-a-time approach in the tournament. “We just have to come hard the first game no matter who we play,” Schaffer said. McCorkle said he has no doubts that his team will be able to focus on the game-at-hand in the tournament and avoid looking past a team. The ‘Belles host their last regular season match Friday, Oct 28 at 3 p.m. against seventh place Incarnate Word, who will be fighting to qualify. The two teams fought to a goalless double-overtime draw in their first meeting almost a month ago in San Antonio. Schaffer and fellow senior Brandie DeBacker will be honored as the match represents this season’s Senior Day. The two athletes have played 77 games apiece for the ‘Belles over their four years with the program and have a combined total of 39 goals. “Both of them have represented ASU athletics and their school extremely well over the last four y e a r s ,” Mc-

(16-11, 10-5 LSC), who the ‘Belles also battled in a five-set match but managed to survive. Junior Alisa Meredith said, although the team knows how important the match with West Texas A&M is, they cannot afford to overlook any team in the LSC. “We realize that anybody can beat us if we don’t play our best,” Meredith said.

#7 Brandie DeBacker YEAR 2008 2009 2010 2011*

Games 20 19 21 17

*Season not yet finished

Goals 7 8 10 8


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