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Some students, faculty prepared to evacuate “Luckily, we didn’t have to leave because the winds finally changed directions and due to the efforts of all the amazing firefighters,” Blair said. “We received a desperate text from a friend who needed trailers to move animals from ranches near Highway 277 North.” Blair said the Texas Department of Transportation was building a fire break along Highway 277 to help contain the fires. “I hope it will finally be contained, but I think it will take a good rain to finally end these fires,” he said. Junior Amanda Fowler also had an evacuation scare. She said the hardest part of the evacuation was finding accurate information. “The most information we could get was from Facebook,” she said. “Who knows how true everything is on there?” Fowler said she and her husband were prepared to evacuate their home outside Grape Creek only to unpack the next day. “We just stayed home and tried to find any information we could,” Fowler said. “The fire never came [any] closer to us and we got to unpack our bags the next day.” Sophomore Paul Holtzclaw said he and his family were evacuated from their home in Quail Valley last Friday, but were able to return the next day. Holtzclaw said he was also unable to find upPhoto by Pam Belcher dated information. Volunteers load water and more from donations to help the firefighting efforts. “At no time during the evacuation were we able to get updates from either Standard Times online, KLST, or the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office,” Forest Service, said these numbers are huge and very Wildfires: No access to information Holtzclaw said. uncharacteristic of Texas. ASU Community Relations Director Becky Brackin, during evacuations The majority of the affected areas are rural, Norvell organized a donation drive on Friday, April 15 with said. One non-residential building in the San Angelo ASU police’s help. They collected bottled water, snacks, Megan Ellis area was destroyed, but firefighters saved thousands and monetary donations to help the firefighting efforts. Staff Writer of homes. “We took four trailer loads to Grape Creek, two “Our highest priority is the residential areas,” trailer loads to Robert Lee and two loads to the coliseWildfires have torn across Texas, destroying more she said. um for evacuees,” said Skip Bolding, director of Envithan one million acres since January 1, according to the Many volunteers helped fight these wildfires. ronmental Health, Safety and Risk Management. “We Texas Forest Service. “I have been fighting the fires since they started,” also raised almost $6,500 in monetary donations.” Dry weather and high winds continue to increase said volunteer firefighter Thomas Stubbs, senior. There are many shelters and donation drop-off that number. The fires have affected some students, faculty points around town including West Texas Broadcasting, The 36 West Texas counties, including Tom Green and staff. Stubbs he said. County, have seen more than 600,000 acres of rural land Communications, Mass Media and Theatre Lecturer According to CNN, Governor Rick Perry requested burned as of Wednesday April 20. Tony Blair had an evacuation scare before the wind that Texas be named a disaster area. Fires have affected CJ Norvell, public information officer for the Texas changed the direction of the fire. 202 of the state’s 254 counties.

Spring Holiday cut

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Schedule: To be aligned with staff for 2010-2011

Scott Dykowski Editor in Chief Students and faculty are attending class on April 22, Good Friday, because administration chose to follow the staff holiday schedule this year. This is the first time since the 1991 that the day has not been observed as a holiday. The registrar’s office outlines two calendar options to give to Academic Affairs, and that department sets the final version. “We were presented two options,” said Dr. Nancy Allen, vice provost of Undergraduation Education. “We made the decision to choose one of those options to be in alignment with the staff for academic year ‘10-‘11. It’s not required. As much as you are able to have an alignment between the staff and the academic calendar, that’s a good thing,” Allen said. Allen said Academic Affairs chose to follow the staff schedule, – outlined by Human Resources and the Finance and Administration office and approved by

the Board of Regents – which schedule staff to work April 22 this year because the state allows university staffs to observe 17 holidays, but five holidays fall on weekends, limiting that number to 12. The state provides the registrar with guidelines on when an institution must start and finish by, and says in the Texas Administrative Code that an institution should contain 15 weeks of instruction with 45 contact hours, and a week for final examinations if they choose. ASU requires examinations for all regular classes. Academic Affairs possesses the right to revise the academic calendar once it is set, but only does so with ample notice to faculty and students. The calendar is set every two years. “The calendar, to some degree, is a flexible thing,” Allen said. “We do not submit the academic calendar to the Board of Regents to approval; therefore, there may be ongoing discussions to the academic calendar.” The university cannot give preference to religious holidays because it is a state-funded institution, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Anthony Blose said, which is why it’s called Holiday. see “Students” pg. 2

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Summer Sutherland, sophomore, clears the bar at the track meet, April, 16.

Track and field takes first Unsurprising: 81 season best marks

Andy Atterbury Sports Co-Editor Angelo State track and field hit one NCAA Division-II automatic qualifying marks, II qualifying marks and 81 season best marks at the ASU Davis Noble Relays on April 16. Both the men’s and women’s squads took home first place overall. “We had a few things we saw some breakthroughs in, but we typically have a really good home meet,” Head Coach James Reid said. “It’s not unexpected to have as many qualifiers as we did.” Freshman Tiffany Wilcox, sophomore Theresa Sue, junior Shelly Diggs and se-

nior Makayla Myers took seven seconds off of their previous best 4x400 relay time to take first with 3:53.95. Sophomore Bree Bennett’s 13.90 second 100-meter hurdles was the best time in the Lone Star Conference all season. Junior Trevor Rogers was an automatic qualifier for the Rams after he longjumped 7.61 meters to take first place and the best mark in the LSC. “A lot of people look at it and say I did good, but I should have jumped a whole foot further,” junior Trevor Rogers said. “I’m thankful for the outcome and all, but I’m still hungry for more.” Senior Brian Holik ran the 400-meter hurdles in 52.35 seconds to give him a top5 nation mark. Senior Tyler Orlando provisionally qualified with his 4.88-meter pole vault. see “Team” pg. 8


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Campus News

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kurt Crenwelge, President, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Major: Music Classification: Senior Frequented Websites: Facebook and Netflix Music: “I listen to everything,” Crenwelge said. “I’m a super-eclectic musical connoisseur.” Hobbies: Singing, playing bass guitar, Xbox, and Dungeons and Dragons. Restaurant: Fuentes, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Applebee’s, and Cork and Pig.

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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and 2010

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Total Enrollment

22.4% 20.6% 23.2%

6,860 9,340 7,839

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% enrollment change 2005-2010 11.7% 2.2% 7.5%

ASU’s standing Report: Details universities’ performances

Mark McDaniel Staff Writer The state released the Texas Public Higher Education Almanac last week, which details the performance of Texas’ higher education institutions, including ASU. The report was compiled by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, who gathers and reports data about higher education in the state. The board uses the almanac as its means of sharing the results. Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness Dr. Sarah Logan said the information is an important tool to compare ASU to other schools and assess progress made towards en-

rollment goals. “[The numbers in the almanac] simply state where we stack up against other universities,” Logan said. “The value of it is going to depend on the use of the data. If we want to grow the institution in terms of enrollment we look at where we were last year and where we are this year, and compare it to where our peers were last year and where they are this year.” Logan said the context of the information used is what makes it meaningful. “We need to look at President Rallo’s goals for the school to gain meaning from the almanac,” Logan said. “We can be really excited about an extra hundred students, and we should be really excited, but would you still be as excited if you knew comparable universities grew by 500 students?” Logan said the only rea-

son the statistics matter is if they apply to the school’s goals for the future. “For example, if we don’t care about increasing enrollment, then the enrollment indicator is really meaningless,” Logan said. “It’s only the indicators that are meaningful to us that matter.” According to the report, ASU had 6,031 undergraduate students enrolled in the fall of 2010 and awarded 941 undergraduate degrees. ASU only graduates about 22.4 percent of its students in four years, 37.9 percent in six years and 53 percent in 10 years, according to the report. The report also says the state average graduation rate is 49.3 percent, ranking Texas 34th in the country. Since 2000, the graduation rate has risen 52 percent. State institution enrollment has also risen 47 percent since 2000.

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Kurt Crenwelge

Purpose: To promote the advancement of music on campus and in the community. Seeking brotherhood and the betterment music and the members through cooperation rather than competition. Events: “We recently helped the 51st annual Sorantin Young Artist competition,” Crenwelge said.”We are always helping with the ASU Music department.” Eligibility: Male, GPA of 2.0 or higher, must be able to play an instrument or sing. Advice: “Don’t forget that wonderful opportunities exist in the places you least expect,” he said. “Music says best what words cannot express, and all you have to do is listen.”

Students can still observe holy day Continued from Page 1 Students do have the right to be absent from class to observe religious holy days if they choose, according to Operating Policy and Procedure 10.19. The policy says students must inform the class instructor in writing prior to the holy day, and must complete class work or examinations that were due

on that day in a reasonable amount of time. The staff holiday can choose to observe holidays any 12 days that students are not in class. This year, they observed Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the following day, December 24, five days over the winter break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

History of the Spring Holiday

* The university did not observe the 1920s -- College Picnic Day Spring Holiday on Easter Weekend in 1991. 1930s - 1967 -- Easter Holiday 1968 - 1975s -- Spring Holiday 1970s to 1980s -- Changes between Holiday and Spring Holiday several times *1990s - 2010 -- Holiday

Campus Crime Report Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Alcohol Violations

August 8 violations, all involving minors September 10 violations, 9 involving minors October 7 violations, all involving minors November 10 violations, 9 involving minors December 1 violation, involved minors

Assault

Alcohol Violations

January 4 violations, all involving minors February 1 violation, involved minors March 3 violations, all involving minors

Assault

February 2 cases of simple assault

September 2 cases of bodily injuries November 1 case of bodily injury, 1 case of sexual assault

Burglary

August 4 cases, all involving vehicles September 1 case, involved vehicles October 5 cases, all involving vehicles November 9 cases, all involving vehicles December 3 cases, all involving habitation

Narcotics

Narcotics

Indecent Exposure

January 1 case, all involving vehicles February 1 case, all involving vehicles March 3 cases, all involving vehicles

Burglary

August 1 case September 2 cases November 4 cases December 3 cases

Harassment September 1 case October 4 cases November 2 cases

January 4 cases February 1 case March 1 case

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Lone actor reenacts acclaimed novel One-man show: Portrays six characters in hour-long performance

Megan Ellis Staff Writer American Place Theatre from New York City visited ASU Tuesday to perform its one-man show, “The Kite Runner,” based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. Actor Sorab Wadia solely acted out

the first half of the novel – the story of the relationship between two boys from Afghanistan. The presentation took place in the auditorium and included a 15-minute preshow discussion and 15-minute after show discussion following the hour-long performance. The audience was asked for input before the show began. Viewers could ask questions and discuss the play when it was over. Senior Jennie Canon said she enjoyed

the different experience of a one-man performance. “It was intriguing and quite an eyeopening experience for me,” she said. “I’ve never been to anything like it.” Using only facial expressions and body language, Wadia acted out more than six characters from the novel. Only a single stool in front of a plain backdrop accompanied Wadia on the stage as he performed. The play, set in Afghanistan, told a story of two best friends Amir and Has-

san, who belonged to different social classes, and the adversities they faced. Wadia came out for questions after the show and explained his thoughts on the story and how he ended up acting for the American Place Theatre. He said he was in Scotland when he received an email about a casting call for the play. A week later, he auditioned and got the part. One audience member who was familiar with the book said Wadia was “awesome.”

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Sorab Wadia performs different scenes and characters in his one man show, “The Kite Runner” April 19.

Hazards cancel campaign ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’: Rescheduled to April 30

Mark McDaniel Staff Writer

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity canceled the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event Saturday due to hazardous conditions. “On Saturday, the pollution was too high [to hold the event],” Pi Kappa Alpha president Xavier Ramirez said. “The police also canceled all civic events that were going that day, so it wasn’t just us that got canceled; it was all the outdoors events.” The walk was postponed due to health concerns with the fires and lingering ash in the air

over the weekend, according to the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, who co-sponsored the event. According to an e-mail sent out by the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, the event has been rescheduled to April 30. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is a national campaign to “stop rape sexual assault and gender violence,” according to walkamileinhershoes.org. All over the country, men gathered to raise money and awareness for local rape crisis centers by walking one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. “It’s not easy walking in the shoes, but it’s fun to get the community talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and

sexual violence,” the website said . Ramirez said the event was originally supposed to be rescheduled for May 1. However, the date conflicted with other Pike activities. “The problem is that is usually a big weekend for us,” Ramirez said. “We are going to have a bunch of alumni in town, and with the formal coming up, we will have a weekend full of events.” Ramirez said another option was to reschedule it for next semester. Ramirez said that although the event had been canceled, they still accepted donations for the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Photos By Ashley Romo Actors had full dress rehearsal Tuesday for the upcoming play “One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The play depicts asylum life. The show opens Friday at 8 p.m. in the Modular Theater.

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ASU History

Friday, April 22, 2011

ASU through

Photo by Ashley Romo The Women’s High Rise, known as University Hall, was built in 1968 and ceased to be used as a dorm in 2004. On September 20, 2010, it was imploded. Construction for the Campus Green Project is now on the site, to be completed early in May.

Photo by Ashley Romo San Angelo College constructs the present day Mayer Administration Building. Funded in 1947 by a bond and a $300,000 fundraising campaign, the Administration building was one of the first bulidings to be built at the present day location of ASU.

Photo by Ashley Romo The 1933 San Angelo College basketball team stands on the front steps of the Oakes Street building, which served as a gym that opened in 1928. Today this building houses the San Angelo Independent School District Central Freshman campus.

Photo by Ashley Romo United States Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson meets Ramette Captain Shirley Ehrig in front of the Student Center in 1963. The Ramettes disbanded in 1966, and the Angelettes formed in 1968 as the present-day ASU dance team. The Student Center was renamed the University Center in the 1970s. The UC has since been remolded beyond recognition of the 1963 photo.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

the ages

Photo by Ashley Romo The original San Angelo Junior College building on North Oakes Street opened its doors to students in the fall of 1928. 112 students were admitted the first year. Today this building houses the San Angelo Independent School District Central Freshman campus.

Photo by Ashley Romo ASU students and community residents enjoy the annual hot air balloon races in the late 1980s.

Information and historical photographs provided by University Archivist Shannon Sturm of The West Texas Collection.

Above: Members of the Circle K Club plan the Memorial Oak Grove. The Memorial Oak Grove was dedicated in 1949 with 29 trees, one for each San Angelo College student known to have been killed in WWII. In 2007 a 30th tree was planted for Jay Arthur Ryan, whose fate was not yet known in 1949.

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Features

Friday, April 22, 2011

Preparing for final exams:

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Study habits, approaches group

versus Mariah Powell Features Editor Studying. We aim for it, but how many of us succeed? Coming upon the end of the semester, all students are faced with final exams. How they deal with the pressure is different. Freshman Zac Burwick said his hardest exam will be in Government. He said studying alone in his room works best for him. “I turn the radio on low so my mind won’t be on the pressure of the work,” Burwick said. “Sometimes I google the subject I’m studying for better understanding.” He said he cannot study in a group. “I get too distracted and end up talking the whole time,” Burwick said. He said the key to studying is not waiting until the last minute to look over things. “Don’t procrastinate the studying,” Burwick said. “Most people say they will get it done later but don’t come back to it. It’s best to make time for it.” Freshman Stephanie Hutchins said the best place for her to study is the library where it is completely quiet. She said music and television are distractions. Hutchins said the exam in History 1302 will be the hardest exam for her. “I talk to professors before finals and find out exactly what they want,”

Hutchins said. “Make sure they know your name and face and be ready to prove to them that your low grades were just loops you can pull through.” Thirty minutes is a good study limit so you can retain the information, Hutchins said. “It’s good to start studying three days before the test and take hour long breaks between sections of the subject,” Hutchins said. Junior Alejandro Moreno said he feels History 1302 will be his hardest exam as well, but studying in groups will help him feel less worried. “We will either meet up in the library or a food place for a more social setting,” he said. “With groups you get different ideas and opinions on a subject. It helps me out when I need to ask questions.” He said he also utilizes the time he gets alone to study and takes advantage of one-on-one time with professors and classmates. “Students know how they like to approach things,” Moreno said. “Only the individual knows what helps them focus when studying.” Study habits are based on the social learning preferences of an individual, Patsy McCall, adjunct faculty in Psychology, said. “A lot of people find themselves too

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easily distracted if they are left to their own devices, but if they work in a study group that remains focused they tend to absorb more information and their retention levels are mostly higher,” McCall said. She said for her group studying was best for the exchange of information, but she enjoyed studying alone. “I tend to absorb more and I can take time making my own notes,” McCall said. When it comes to final exams, preparation should begin well in advance, she said. “Don’t save it all for two nights before the test because you will find yourself cramming and the anxieties will increased, impairing your ability to retain the information,” McCall said. “It’s safe to plan out the time you are going to devote to particular exams to give yourself a huge advantage.” Talk to each course professor and find out exactly what they are looking for on the exam, McCall said. Find out what kind of questions will be asked and if it will be objective. “Too many students prepare on the knowledge level of learning but do not go beyond that,” McCall said. “Final exams at the university setting are going to include application, synthesizing, being

able to make judgments and evaluating.” Search for different ways the examples provided can apply to concepts, she said. “Finding out what kind of test you are preparing for will help with preparation,” McCall said. From here until finals take out time every day to study, she said. The rule of thumb is for every hour-long course taken two hours should be spent studying that subject. For example, a class that meets three days for an hour should get six study hours a week devoted to it, she said. “When preparing for finals a minimum of an hour a day should go into preparation,” McCall said. “Break it down however is best for you, but study each chunk thoroughly so all you have to do before the test is refresh your memory.” She said final exams should be different from any other test studied for, without any outside distractions. “Before finals you need to have a study space set aside where there are no phones or television so that the material you need to focus on can be studied,” McCall said. “Don’t forget to allow yourself a ten-minute break to each hour you study. In that break do not look or think about the material, then come back refreshed and you may have a little more energy.”

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April 22: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,”

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Friday, April 22, 2011

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Words from theWeb

Staff Editorial

Support the VOLUNTEERS lack in recruits and funding. The volunteers brave the wildfires without the benefits available to non-volunteer firefighters, according to KCBD News. They are paid $5 a call, despite being significantly more vulnerable to the already threatening wildfires. We can show our support and appreciation for volunteers with supplies and monetary donations. To the right is a list of in-demand donation items. Also, about 4,000 to 5,000 head of livestock have been displaced. San Angelo Fairgrounds and other donated holding facilities are sheltering livestock. Donations of hay and feed would be appreciated. Fortunately, few disasters happen at home. In this unfortunate time, let’s help out fellow Texans.

Dust masks Lip balm (Carmex or Chapstick-style) Eye drops Anti-histamines or allergy medicines Ibuprofin or Naproxin Gatorade (powdered and bottled) Water Nutritious snacks High-protein nutrition bars Fruit Sunscreen, especially 50+ SPF Wet wipes & hand sanitizer Garbage bags Ice/coolers Glass Cleaners Paper Towels Plastic silverware Work Gloves Gatorade Energy Drinks Wipes Monetary donations for fuel and tires

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The scary thing about the wildfires in Texas? They are at home! Everyone is a possible victim, whether directly or indirectly, which is why we think that we should all pitch in to help our neighbors. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the wildfires have taken 1.6 million acres and 240 homes, and they are only spreading. Despite the U.S. Forest Service’s reassurances, these historic wildfires are a great danger — all the more reason why we should do all we can to protect Texas citizens and aid those who are fighting the spreading and consuming fires. In his efforts to do this, volunteer firefighter Gregory Simmons, 51, died Friday, April 15, according to WeAreAustin.com. Volunteer fire departments

ASU faces possibility of probation after ‘monitoring’

As an ASU Alum and former Student Senator this is very disappointing. In recent I have seen ASU grow and advance only to hear this news! What hindered the departments from submitting the required learning outcomes? I will definitely be waiting for further developments on this issue. Go Rams class of 2002! Anonymous This has happened on Rallos’ [sic] tenure. Perhaps the Texas Tech Board should consider firing him. Anonymous

Honors to phase out

Dana Choi

Sports Editor Features Editor Staff Writers Photographer Photo Editor Circulation Manager (325) 942-2323 Copy Editor rampage@angelo.edu LIB B324

Good article. I think it's worth mentioning that the premise behind the broader undergraduate research initiative as a reason to dissolve the honors program is invalid. Research and research scholarships are current open to any student who 1) wants to do research and 2) puts in an application for the scholarship. The main reason that honors students have composed a majority of Carr Research Scholarship recipients is because they compose a majority of students interested in research from year to year. Even if you look at the honors program as a research-only organization (which by all accounts except Dr. Rallo's, it isn't), using this as a reason to discontinue it is akin to discontinuing a sports program because too many of the athletes play sports, or discontinuing the band program because too many of the students play instruments. Seems to me that those involved in the program are involved because they're interested in it, and vice versa, a majority of those not involved are not interested. Anonymous

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Ram Page Staff 2010-2011 Angelo State University

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Leaving ‘The Office’ Scott Dykowski Editor-in-Chief Lately I’ve been noticing some parallels in my life that are more than a little uncanny. One of my favorite T.V. characters and I seem to be living parallel lives, and I’m not sure how I feel about this. Number one: this

being editor-in-chief of Ram Page. They include such mundane things as putting the budget together as well as trying things such as difficult interviews (you know who you are) and meeting that Thursday deadline. Mostly, I think I will miss the people. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing journalists. Most of all they are amazing human beings. I will miss the distracted time spent watching YouTube or discussing things unrelated to Ram Page late at night when finishing the paper. I will also miss the

random snacks that showed up in the office (I still don’t know where those peeps came from), and frozen yogurt runs. Likewise, there are some things I will not miss. For example, I will not miss Thursday mornings after late Wednesday nights. I will not miss budget meetings or being short-staffed. But for every aspect I won’t miss, I learned a valuable lesson. Have you guessed my favorite character? I’m not surprised; I’m terrible at hinting. It’s Michael Scott from The Office. Both our names are Scott too. This is just creepy.

Was it all worth it?

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character and I both got engaged this year. Number two: this character and I are both leaving our management positions this year. This is perhaps where I see the most parallels, not in how we did our jobs – I think I’m fairly relaxed, and he’s off-thewall crazy – or how our staff feels about us (although I can’t speak for my staff), but in how we feel about leaving. I’m sure most people feel this way in leaving a position where they have had a great deal of responsibility. There are so many things I will miss about

Tim Lester Managing Editor With nine days left in my college career, I find myself in a position to reflect on the past four years. Was it all worth it? Was my purpose on this

campus fulfilled? I feel that most graduates hit these questions as they begin seeking new jobs and careers, so I would like to take this time to talk about what truly mattered to me about the past four years. God called me to this campus. And for those who don’t believe in being called somewhere, explain your stance to my wife, whom I met here. We were both asked to be on the BSM leadership team and by God’s grace were partnered together to plan and organize events. We

spent that year serving God and this campus, and in that service found our love for each other. I had a greater purpose than to sit through 130 hours of classes and walk away looking towards the American greed, I mean dream. That purpose came down to the people I encountered on a daily basis, they will have a special place in my heart as I leave this place and have been truly blessed by them. I have walked with many friends here in some of the darkest trials this

world has ever seen-from deaths of parents, and lost friends dealing with difficulties of all kinds. ASU, wake up! There are people around you hurting. They need you to be there and help them carry on through their daily battles. My prayer for this campus is that the eyes of the students would be opened to the love of God so that you may live fully alive, impacting the lives of all those around you. And hey, maybe you’ll find your spouse along the way!


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Friday, April 22, 2011

Rams closer to LSC tournament Baseball: Angelo State ten-run-rules East. NM Jason Helms Online Editor The Rams (21-20, 15-15 LSC) moved into eighth place in the Lone Star Conference, Saturday, after they took one of three from their series with Eastern New Mexico. The move kept the Rams alive in the battle to qualify for the conference tournament, which is awarded to the top eight teams after conference play is finished. After dropping the first two games against ENMU by scores of 9-7 and 12-8, the Rams knew they could not afford to drop the final game of the series. “We know what we have to do to make the conference tournament, and losing games hurts our chances,” junior pitcher Rick Reyna said. They went on to outscore the Greyhounds by 10 runs in a 14-4 victory, seven of which were scored in the top of the first inning. Junior left fielder Garrett

Harris, who leads the team with a .393 batting average this season, led the Rams with his bat, going four for five with four RBIs. However, several Rams had multiple hits in the game, including sophomore Brent Denny who was 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Junior right fielder Tate Allison, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, was able to get an inside-the-park homerun off of his top of the sixth inning drive in the right-center gap. The homerun was Allison’s team-leading third of the season. On the mound, Reyna (42) held the Greyhounds to just four runs and four hits and recorded four strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings of work. “The run support from the team allowed me to not have to overcompensate,” Reyna said. “With that confidence, I knew that all I had to do was keep my composure and just have fun pitching,” he said. Freshman Trevor Hahn came on to relieve Reyna in the bottom of the sixth with a ninerun lead on the scoreboard. The Rams added another

run in the top of the seventh when junior catcher Toby Semler’s two-out base hit drove in Denny, who led the inning off with a double to left-center. Down by ten, the Greyhounds managed to get three runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but Hahn was able to hold them off to end the game early because of the tenrun-rule. The Rams look to increase their chances to qualify for the tournament in their last home stand of the season when they host conference rival West Texas A&M (29-14, 16-11 LSC), Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 at Foster Field. “Statistically [our chances] are slim, but we do not look at statistics,” Reyna said. “Right now our main focus is to win Game One against them and give everything we’ve got one game at a time.” he said. “If we play like we know how and compete in all aspects of the game, we will make the tournament,” he said Friday’s game against the Buffaloes starts at 7 p.m. followed by Saturday’s doubleheader at 1 p.m.

Photo by Pam Belcher Brian Holik, senior, clears the hurdle Saturday, April 16th.

Team continues to better marks Continued from Page 1

Coach Reid said the good results from the event stemmed from having a home meet as well as the team’s constant improment. “It’s a combination of both,” Reid said. “With our training, we focus more on April and May.”

The team heads to Waco on April 23 for the Michael Johnson Open. “There will be a little bit of a letdown just because we had such a good meet,” Reid said. “I still think we’ll get good marks… it will be a meet that we’re just going to work on through.”

No. 6 ‘Belles ‘lack intensity’ against WTAMU Softball: Women use

losses to prepare for ACU Andy Atterbury Sports Co-Editor The No.6-ranked ‘Belle softball team went 1-2 against No.23 West Texas A&M in a Lone Star Conference series April 15 and 16. Senior centerfielder Brittany Astle’s 3-RBI game led the ‘Belles (35-8) (11-4) to a 7-4 vic-

tory over the Lady Buffs (32-12) (9-6) in the first game of the series. “Friday night was a very emotional game,” sophomore catcher Kacie Easley said. “We played well and came out like we usually do. We had a lot of intensity and got through the adversity with the umpires. There was a lot of crazy calls and arguing going on but we battled through it and ended up on top.” Easley said Friday night was

very loud between WTAMU’s fans and the coaches’ arguments. “Their coach was in the umpire’s ear; Coach Scott was in the umpire’s ear, there was just a lot of arguing,” Easley said. “It was a fiasco.” Easley went 2-3 and knocked in two runs in the ‘Belles 8-4 loss in Game One of Saturday’s double header. Junior pitcher Claire Molina had six strikeouts through six innings of work in Game Two, but surrendered five runs in the 5-3 loss.

“Saturday we just kind of came out and got ourselves in some bad situations,” Easley said. “[We] never really bounced back and kind of lacked intensity for most of the day. When you do that to yourself it’s really hard to come back and win.” Abilene Christian University makes the trip to San Angelo for a three-game LSC series on March 21 and 22. “This week we all talked and we decided we’re going to

start fresh,” Easley said. “Hopefully we’ll come out firing on all cylinders and ready to roll.” The ‘Belles play a stretch of eight games between April 20 and 30. “It’s tough,” Easley said. “But we’re getting to that part of the season where it’s only going to get tougher, so we’ll be ready. We’ve been conditioning and everything and I think our bodies are ready. As long as we come out mentally ready I think we’ll have no problem.”


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