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Speaker encourages globalism, diversity Bridging:
Self, community, world Lisa Dees Staff Writer A chief diversity officer at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. visited ASU Tuesday as part of the Hispanic Serving Institution Speaker Series to encourage students, faculty and staff to appreciate diversity. HSI welcomed Diane Ariza, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and chief diversity officer, to speak on multiculturalism and diversity, HSI Outreach Coordinator Isabel Carrillo said. Ariza spoke with Student Affairs and the Multicultural Center staff and later with the Multicultural Advisory Council, resident assistants, program assistants, and student hall directors about bridging self, community and the world with diversity, Carrillo said. Open to the campus, Ariza presented “Building Community Around Issues of Global Diversity: How Do You Do That?” at noon in the CJ Davidson Center. Students can live ethical and meaningful lives in an increasingly diverse world, Ariza
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Chief Diversity Officer Diane Ariza Tuesday talks about embracing multiculturalism and globalism.
said. Ariza said multiculturalism and globalism does not require people to travel far. People learn in their own communities, she said.
“I learned most when I was out of my neighborhood,” she said. “We need to get out of our comfort zones and embrace different cultures.” Vance Valerio, vice presi-
dent of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said he hopes Ariza’s presentation encourages ASU to work together to help students develop a greater vision for their future.
He said Ariza’s speech also influenced the Hispanic community at ASU. “The Hispanic community has the chance to be more broadly represented,” Valerio said. “We can advance the question of how more Hispanics can have a higher education.” Carrillo said she feels Ariza is a big influence to Hispanic groups. “I see her personally as a role model,” Carrillo said. “Back at home my parents had an elementary education. It’s not that I don’t look up to them, but not in the education sense. When I see Diane Ariza, she perks my attention.” Senior A J Lopez III said ASU students do not really think about diversity, although they hold many diverse friendships. “Ariza’s talk shows that ASU is on the right track,” he said. “I hope to see [the university] become a leader in these kinds of topics.” Valerio said the speaker series strengthened the institution. Each speaker advocates putting students on a better pathway, he said.
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University commemorates 10th anniversary of 9/11 Remembrance:
10 years since nation faced ‘greatest tragedy’ Mark McDaniel Photographer
Photos by Pam Belcher
Technicians Donna Martinez and Jennifer Crump (left). Mercedes Lopez studies in the library (right).
Library to extend service hours All-nighter: Students can access library at much later hours
Mark McDaniel Photographer The university will be extending the hours of Porter Henderson Library beginning Sunday. The facility will be open continuously each week from 1 p.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Friday, said Dr. Maurice Fortin, executive director of library services. Learning Commons access between 2 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. will be by ID card reader only, which limits access to current ASU students, faculty and staff for security reasons. “With the increased cost of higher education, more and more students are employed part-time or full-time,” Fortin said, “and that means we can’t be an eight-to-five, Mondaythrough-Friday campus.”
Fortin said the library will be open 137 out of 168 hours a week. “I think you would be hard-pressed to find another academic library in the United States from a school our size that can match those hours,” Fortin said. “There are larger college libraries that are probably not open that many hours.” Sophomore Carly Peters said she is excited for the extended hours to be implemented. “I spend a ton of time in the Library, especially trying to get my work finished before it closes,” Peters said. “I think this will alleviate a ton of pressure from students who work late, and the staff who work in the library.” Fortin said the 75-cent increase in the student library fee made the longer hours possible. “Seventy-five cents doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you multiply that by 180,000 semester credit hours, that is where the extra money is com-
ing to pay for student assistants to staff the building from 2 a.m. to 7:30 in the morning,” Fortin said. “The library believes very strongly in using [students’] money wisely.” Fortin said that even before the newly extended hours, many institutions of similar size could not keep their library open as long as ASU. “We have increased full service hours by five per week,” Fortin said. “This means that all three floors will be open a total of 109 hours a week.” Fortin said it was a win-win situation for the IT department and the library to join forces and switch the longer hours to the learning commons rather than to the MCS computer labs. Now students not only have technology access, but they will also be able to work with groups in the later hours of the evening. “I think it is a commitment on the part of the library and IT to not only meet your expectations, but to exceed them,” Fortin said.
The Student Government Association held a memorial ceremony Thursday evening in honor of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “We really want to remember the people who gave their lives for our country,” said SGA Vice President Vincent Perez, who organized the event. “It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since our nation faced its greatest tragedy.” The 30-minute event began with the presentation of the national flag by the ROTC Color Guard, followed by a speech from Perez and a closing prayer from members of the San An-
gelo Fire Department. In his speech, Perez recounted where he was when he first heard of the attacks. Like many students, Perez was still very young when it happened. “I was in the 8th grade,” Perez said. “Because I was only a kid… I didn’t have a grasp on the [magnitude] or the consequences of what happened. My world was pretty much my family, friends and school. When I got home that day, my mom turned on the TV… and all I can remember thinking was, ‘Man, this is crazy.’ My mom was crying that night, and that was when it hit me really hard and I [understood] exactly what was going on.” Sophomore Casey Lilly said she thinks it is really important to keep this event in our hearts for a long time to come.
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Math major claims competitive scholarship TASPA: ASU student
Lisa Dees Staff Writer A senior mathematics major received a competitive scholarship in August for the 2011-2012 academic year. Texas Association of School Personal Administrator awarded Benjamin Ellery $2,000 for the school year, Director of ASU Career Development Julie Ruthenbeck said. Ruthenbeck said five ASU students, including Ellery, have received the TASPA scholarship since 2003. Three ASU students ap-
plied for the TASPA scholarship, she said. ASU can send only one application to TASPA. TASPA generally selects two to three recipients annually, Ruthenbeck said. It depends on its budget. “Students apply for this scholarship, and Dr. John Miazga and I discuss the candidates to determine who to put forward for consideration by TASPA,” Ruthenbeck said. Ellery came out on top for meeting the qualifications of the scholarship, said Dr. John Miazga, dean of the ASU College of Education.
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CHP users nearly double after renovations Recreation:
New features of CHP prove popular Dillon Brollier Contributor The Center for Human Performance has seen a significant increase in attendance since last academic year after its completed renovation. “We have had around 3,000 to 6,000 people come in per week since we opened the new CHP [in the fall semester alone],” University Recreation Director Bradley Petty said. “In the old gym we had nearly 1,000
to maybe 3,000 people come per week, so we have seen a significant rise in attendance. However, we are still very early in the semester, so we do not know if there will be any significant drop off in attendance later in the semester.” Students such as senior Miguel Fernandez said they appreciate the larger workout space. “The old gym was so cramped,” Fernandez said. “You were always either in someone’s way or someone was in your way. It was very frustrating at times.” “The new gym is much bigger,” CHP employee Daniel McElmur-
ry said. “The old gym was 2,000 square feet compared to the new gym that is roughly 10,000 square feet.” The increase in space allows for the addition of new equipment. The new CHP has over 50 new workout machines in addition to an indoor running track and a new rock-climbing wall, Petty said. The new equipment cost approximately $200,000. The larger workout area combined with the addition of this new equipment has attracted more people to come in and experience the newly renovated facility, Petty said.
The new renovations to the CHP cost $7 million. In 2007 the student government passed a resolution that raised the recreation sports fee from $20 to $100 for the fall and spring semesters. “The funds for the building are currently being collected,” Petty said. This means that only students who have enrolled at ASU at or after the start of the fall 2011 semester will have these charges added to their bill, Petty said. About 45 percent of the total collected fees will go toward the CHP renovations.
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Students work out in the newly renovated CHP.
Students show off school spirit in True Blue contest Video contest:
To stir creativity, showcase diversity of interests Lisa Dees Staff Writer
A student makes an order at the recently reopened Roscoe’s Den.
Photo by Mark McDaniel
Roscoe’s Den reopens Reappearance: After 5 years Den serves again
Dana Choi Editor-in-Chief About a week after its grand opening, Roscoe’s Den now serves anywhere from 50 to 75 students every day. “Since last week, when [Roscoe’s Den] opened, the numbers have been pretty good,” said Greg Pecina, executive director of Business Services. The snack bar, which reopened Sept. 1 after about five years of discontinued service, offers healthier food, Pecina said. There is also a small convenience store that
sells grab-and-go items, including chips, candies, fountain beverages, jerky, pastries, chef salads, sub sandwiches and ice cream, Chartwells Director Richard Gonzalez said. Roscoe’s Den is open from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The snack bar is open during these hours because students have repeatedly requested extended dining hours on campus, said Connie Frazier, director of Housing and Residential Programs. “Happily, the diner was able to accommodate that,” Frazier said. Pecina said these hours will remain until the end of spring semester, when the university will evaluate
whether students actually use the snack bar as late as 2 a.m. For now, students seem to be going to Roscoe’s Den in the late hours. “There are people going there really late,” Pecina said. “There’s a lot of motion going on at midnight [and] one o’ clock in the morning.” Staff of Concho Hall, Plaza Verde, and Massie Halls will hold a Plaza Verde fiesta Sept. 16 during dinner hours to draw attention to the new venue, Frazier said. “We’re trying to get the word out that there’s a new place students can go to after 7 [p.m.],” she said.
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Students can enter a video contest demonstrating their school spirit on ASU’s YouTube channel through Sept. 30 and have a chance to win some prizes. The Communications and Marketing Office and Information Technology are hosting the second annual True Blue Student Video Contest, Web Information Specialist Jayna Phinney said. Students can submit a video no longer than two minutes via YouTube that shows off their definition of school spirit, Phinney said. “We want to get more student-generated content,” she said. “It’s something fun for students and it gets them thinking about the university while giving them a way to be creative.” Students can submit their entries until the end of September, Phinney said. All students will receive an e-mail ballot asking them to cast their votes for their favorite entries. “Last year’s contest entries are a perfect example of the diversity of student interests on campus,” she said. “One student wrote a poem, while another performed his own rap and yet
another showcased his filmmaking skills.” Junior Thomas Backlund, who won second place last year, said his video portrayed the intensity and unexpectedness of college life. He said he might enter the contest again. “I have some good ideas for one, but I’m not sure if I have time to make it,” Backlund said. “Going to school and work takes a lot of my time.” Contest winners will receive prizes when they are announced between the first and second quarters of the Homecoming football game on Oct. 15, Phinney said. She said first place will win a HP Netbook donated by SAMS’s Club, second place will win an iPod Touch donated by Best Buy, and third place will win a Kodak Playsport video camera donated by the Communications and Marketing Office. Seven students entered last year’s video contest, Phinney said. “We hope to draw more people than last year,” she said. “We are hoping that the prizes will attract more people to the contest.” Phinney said Taj Parker, Thomas Backlund, Carlos Buzo, Kassie Darby, and Cate Cuba won last year’s competition. The Communications and Marketing Office will post all entries on ASU’s website, Phinney said.
Symposium: Progressive Women Artists of Texas will be from 1:30 - 4 p.m. in the Carr Education-Fine Arts’ Recital Hall.
Seniors can order ASU’s official rings through Balfour in the bookstore from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 and 14.
Sept. 10 to 20
Season of Peace: “Consider Compassion” has a variety of events and panel discussions to engage in.
UCPC presents the Hangover in the Planetarium. There is a 6 and 9 p.m. showing, sits are limited.
Brazilian Carnival for Hispanic Heritage Month, hosted by the Multicultural Center and UCPC, will be in the University Center lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 150th Anniv. of Civil War Speaker Series: “The Civil War Comes to Texas” will be at 7 p.m. at Fort Concho Commissary, 630 S. Oakes St.
Drinks and Dogs will take place at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Avenue. It is a reception for all students, from 8 - 10 p.m. For those 21 and older complimentary drinks will be available. Snacks and other beverages will also be present.
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Updates Plaza Verde construction is scheduled to complete by the end of the year.
Photo by Mark McDaniel
Various construction projects planned Updates:
Concho Hall to be demolished in January Douglas Powell Contributor
Photo by Mark McDaniel
Concho Hall will undergo abatement and demolition in January.
The Facilities Planning and Construction office plans to complete Plaza Verde in January and renovate Concho Hall and the Math Computer Science building. With a budget of $22,597,000 the Plaza Verde renovations are set to make a nicer and more up-to-standard living arrangement, FPC Project Manager Clay Smith said. “Construction will be finished by the end of the year,” Smith said. “As the construction goes in process over the
Library, IT continues efforts to accommodate students’ needs Impact: Loss of
computer lab shifts students to learning commons Amanda Fowler Contributor After the library’s third-floor computer lab closed its doors at the end of the spring semester, the ASU Tutor Center and Math Lab took its place during the first week of this semester. This change has had a large effect in the amount of students in the learning commons, which is on the first floor of Porter Henderson Library. “There has been a tremendous increase in the number of students using the learning commons,” library assistant Caleb McLean said. “This is what it was made for.” With the computer lab gone, many students on the UC end of campus now go to the learning commons for computers. “I don’t study in the learning commons anymore,” senior Gwen Lancaster said. “It has become more of a public meeting place with a lot more talking and distractions.” The learning commons added 16 desktops because of the traffic increase. The learning commons has a total of 86 computers, 34 of them desktops. It pro-
computers for student use to the second floor in the fiscal year 2012. “The Library Learning Commons is not intended to replicate a lab environment but intended more as a collaborative learning space,” Braden said. McLean and Heismann say the students do not seem to mind the change. “The students seem to react more to the paper cut than the loss of the lab,” said McLean. Both the Tutor Center and the math lab are new to this location. Tutors trained in a variety of disciplines are available in the Tutor Center from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 to 10 p.m. on Sundays. T h e math lab is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday - Curt Braden through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Technology are continu- and 5 to 8 p.m. on Suning efforts to accommo- days. The MCS lab now date students by adding more desktop stations, has 117 desktop computlaptops [and] express ers as well as 16 express stations. A printer has lane stations as well.” Braden said the com- been added as well. “I think that stumons will add at least one more printer to accom- dent input should have modate the increased been considered prior to print volumes within two eliminating the lab,” seto three weeks. The addi- nior Yolanda Elias said. tion of four express lane “I hope they can find a stations for quick access way to compensate for to computers and print- the loss of computers ers is expected within and provide balanced four to two weeks. De- services on both sides of pending on funding, the campus.” library may add eight vides 52 laptops for student use. The third-floor computer lab had 92 desktop computers. Lab technician and graduate student Janet Heismann said the commons has not had all of its laptops checked out at once so far this semester. “We have realized that closing the library third-floor lab has had an impact on our students as this decision was made outside of Library and Information Technology,” Technical Services Manager Curt Braden said. “Both the library and Information
“The Library Learning Commons is not intended to replicate a lab environment, but intended more as a collaborative learning space.”
next few month the individual buildings will be released for more detailed renovations in phases.” Concho Hall will undergo the “Concho Hall Hazardous Room Abatement Demolition Project” in January 2012. Concho Hall, which is 43 years old, was constructed in 1968 and was last renovated in 2004, Smith said. Renovations on MCS, which will start October, are projected to complete before January 2012, Smith said. MCS renovations will include a newly placed exterior insulation finishing system, which is a type of building exterior wall cladding system that provides exterior walls with an insulated finished surface and waterproofing in an integrated composite material system, Smith said.
It will update the current concrete band that runs around the third floor of the building. “It will be repaired and restored to fight against weathering of the building,” Smith said. Some students such as junior Carletta Luman think the construction can be bothersome. “I understand the benefits of the renovations, but at times I find the construction to be annoying,” she said. There will be ongoing construction on campus throughout the year, but Smith said FPC tries to schedule projects to be more convenient. “We try to make our building modifications during holidays and summer breaks,” Smith said.
Students search ‘Beyond the Wall’
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Sophomores Jordan Hunt and Matthew Lozada
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Sophomore Harold Harris
Students browse various posters at the annual poster sale in the University Center. The sale, which was held by Beyond the Wall and sponsored by University Center Program, went on Sept. 6 through 7.
J.B. & the
FRIDAY 9.30 JAKE KELLEN
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Campus reminded of tragedy 10 years later Continued from Page 1 “Even though I was just a kid when it happened, I still felt the impact on my life and the people around me,” Lilly said. “It is something that, for better or worse, has shaped our nation into what it is today and showed the world that the U.S. is strong and will come together in the face of tragedy and help their neighbors and family when they need it most.”
Perez said that although we remember 9/11 every year, the 10th anniversary is especially important. “Ten years later, we are still in the war that it caused,” Perez said. “Many things that are happening now are a direct result of 9/11, like the state of the economy and the war we are still in a decade later.” Perez gave a detailed account of what happened from the time of the attacks to what
happened over the weeks to come. “Over 2,000 people were killed that day,” Perez said. “And not all of them were Americans. About 40 different countries had civilians that were lost in the collapse of the towers.” Perez said that although the death toll was very high, it could have been worse. “I read somewhere that on any given day there were 50,000 employees in the towers and
148,000 people who visited,” Perez said. “So to see that there were only 2,997 deaths from all the attacks, as [terrible] as that was, we were lucky.” Many volunteer firefighters and rescue workers from around the nation and the area went to help clean up and search and rescue, Perez said. “None of the firefighters from San Angelo were there when it happened,” Perez said. “A lot of them went after the
fact to help, so that is why we asked them to help with this event.” Perez said he did not want the event to be depressing, but to be a solemn and serious tribute. “I think remembering the people who lost their lives is very important,” Perez said. “Sometimes I forget that it has been 10 years. That is kind of surreal in itself.”
Designated housing instituted Series to push for diversity Objective: Create
‘community’ on each floor
Candis Johnston Contributor Residential Programs pushed to institute designated housing, or freshmen-only housing, for the first time this semester. Robert and Mary Massie and Plaza Verde would have housed only freshmen, and Texan Hall and Vanderventer Apartments would have housed only returning students. Centennial Village is hybrid, or mixed, now because there are so many freshmen. At the beginning of the semester, Robert and Mary Massie were tripled to accommodate overflow students, or students who did not renew their housing, Area Coordinator Travis Taylor said those students are no longer tripling. There are very few returning students staying in the Massies, Taylor said. This was not an option for returning students, so only returning students who failed to renew and take part in the room selections were assigned to the
Massies. “Even then, they were assigned after all available space in Texan, Vanderventer, and portions of Centennial were no longer available,” Taylor said. This was supposed to help returning students stay together, and keep some space in the Massies, Plaza Verde, and parts of Centennial open for first-year students to be able to live together. Students who are supposed to be in Plaza Verde are residing in Concho Hall until their building is ready. “In the near future, we are hopeful to have at least one building…of Plaza Verde open and those residents will be allowed to move in,” Taylor said. Taylor said the new housing accommodations will support the main objective staff has each semester, which is to create a community on each floor. “Having designated housing helps to facilitate more cohesive communities,” Taylor said. Some students are anxious living in a building with only students of the same classification. “I'm a little concerned about
being with only other freshmen because I feel like I may be working harder than a lot of others, which could be a distraction,” freshman Abby Hall said. However, other students are already seeing the perks to designated housing. “It has been more chill without freshmen around,” sophomore Nathanial Redic said. “Plus, more students are here to study rather than party.” Designated housing will help all students in some way, especially by making it easier for Residential Programs to meet students’ needs, Taylor said. “Freshmen acclimate themselves better with roommates instead of private rooms,” Taylor said. “We can get them more involved in activities like this. For sophomores and above, it is about supporting their career plans, which will also be easier now.” Hall and Redic said students will be better able to relate to those living closest to them. “It's nice that everyone is about my age and will be having the same experiences for the first time like me,” Hall said.
Increased student traffic resurrects Roscoe’s Den Continued from Page 4 Roscoe’s Den was closed about five years ago because there was little to no traffic on that end of campus, Pecina said. Plans for construction, including the implosion of University
Hall in fall 2009, kept the snack bar closed. “When we were doing all that construction around there, there were fences, dirt—it didn’t make for a very good location,” Pecina said. That led to the creation of Outtakes at Cen-
tennial Hall, he said. A problem that resulted from Outtakes was students seldom bought anything with cash and mostly used transferability, which allows students to use credit for a cafeteria meal or purchases at a snack bar. Students would
Continued from Page 1 According to Ariza’s curriculum vita, she has authored “Latino/a Youth Identity and Adaptation,” taught ethnic studies at Albion College in Michigan, and is currently researching the migration, identity, and adaptation of Puerto Rican and immigrant youth living in Orlando, Fla. Ariza earned her doctorate’s degree in sociology from Western Michigan University in 2000. ASU received a $3 million grant for five years for HSI, Valerio said. This grant made it
possible to host the first year of the Speaker Series. Valerio said this grant is designated to provide means for change in programs and performance of ASU as it relates to graduation of all students, promoting diversity with all students, and offering improved services to students from Hispanic and other under-represented groups. HSI’s next speaker is Professor Emeritus Joe Cuseo. He is scheduled to speak on promoting student success Sept. 22 through Sept. 24.
One of three ASU applicants receives award
pay what they owe if the purchase is over $5.25. “We made very little money in that location,” Pecina said. Students cannot use transferability at Roscoe’s Den, he said, but they can pay in Rambucks or cash.
Water line leak cuts off water in UC
Photo by Pam Belcher
Facilities Management and 3D’s Plumbing Wednesday digs to look for a hole in a water line near the entrance of the University Center. The water in the UC was shut off at around 3 p.m. Wednesday so repairs could be made, and was turned back on at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Senior Benjamin Ellery is one of five ASU students to have received the TASPA scholarship since 2003.
Continued from Page 1 “I feel like I’m a good candidate for the scholarship not only because of my grades,” Ellery said, “but also because of my desire to work hard to learn what it takes to become a good teacher.” Ruthenbeck said Ellery had an outstanding application. He received the Who’s Who Award, earned repeated recognition on the Dean’s List, served in the community, and involved himself in other extracurricular activities. Ellery said he did not expect to win the scholarship because the odds were not necessarily in his favor. There were other students deserving of the scholarship, as well, he said. In December, Ellery will speak at TASPA’s Winter Conference to thank the scholarship committee for choosing him and share why he wants to teach, Ruthenbeck said. Ellery said he in-
tends to graduate in May with a secondary certification in mathematics. “I am a fifth-year senior, and I didn’t fully commit to becoming a teacher until just last year,” he said. “At that point, I really had no idea what I was doing with my time at school, so I had to take the time to reflect personally and set realistic goals for myself.” Recipients of the scholarship must graduate in May or Aug. 2012 with teacher certification, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and speak at the TASPA Winter Conference, Ruthenbeck said. Universities must maintain membership through Texas Association for Employment in Education for their students to receive consideration for the scholarship, she said. Twenty-two universities are members of TASPA. TASPA has awarded this scholarship since the 1989-1990 academic year, she said.
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“Abstracts and Acquaintances” by Sukha Worob
The Carr Education-Fine Arts Building is hosting an exhibit of Sukha Worob’s print art in the art gallery, room 193. The 2011 Southern Graphics Council International Conference honoree used mixed media to focus on personal and interpersonal relationships. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays until Sept. 23, and is free to the public.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Straight from the
Remembering September 11
Comments Shortage of Computer Stations from Issue 2, published Sept. 2
I believe this was brought before SGA, so did you talk to them before you came to the conclusion that the student’s voice was ignored? With the new Express Lane walk up stations in MCS, there is only 5 less student access computers on campus than last year. Having the tutoring facilities( Tutor Center, Supplemental Instruction, Writing Center, and Math Lab ) all together provides a one-stop shop for students, and these areas can share resources, resulting in cost savings. This editorial was not well-thought out or researched. go rams
Poll results In a few days, it will have been 10 years since the 9/11 attacks. It is strange to think it has been a decade. Most of us can remember exactly what we were doing at that moment—but even more so the losses and hardships we, as individuals, as families, and as a whole country, faced. On the day that marks the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we must do several things: remember and honor those who were lost in the tragedy, appreciate and thank those who risk their lives to defend
us and our country, and show the rest of the world that we can unite as a nation and stand up against our enemies, despite whatever overwhelming challenges may come our way. We encourage everyone to take some time to recognize this day. It may seem as though there is nothing to celebrate and everything to mourn, but we should remember this: we’re still standing, we’re going strong, and we’re more unified as a result. Let’s remember September 11, and move on.
Was converting the third-floor computer lab into a tutor lab the best idea?
This week’s poll Which ASU facility do you like to visit the most?
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Share your opinion. Leave a comment on www.asurampage.com
Survey What were you doing when you found out about the 9/11 attacks?
“I was in third grade in the library and it came on TV.”
“I was in sixth grade math class. I had a crazy mean teacher and she was sobbing. We didn’t know what was going on.”
“I was in third grade at Central and they turned on the TV and made us watch it.”
“I heard teachers talking about the attacks and thought it was going to be a huge invasion.”
Connie Nowel, freshman
Park Preddy, senior
Cristian Mares, freshman
Alex Molinar, junior
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“I was in the classroom when the teacher broke the news and explained how to hide in case we got attacked.”
Patrick McKeown Contributor It has been five years since the New York City Disco-Punk band, The Rapture, made the scene. Their new album titled “In the Grace of Your Love” was released this Tuesday in North America. The album has a colorful sense of life, and creative passion that runs wild throughout each track. From the beginning of “Sail Away,” we are al-
ready touching the sky and watching the waves as lead singer/guitarist Luke Jenner wails, “Don’t ever look back!” repeatedly. If only summer could last all year… well in Jenner’s wild imagination, the sun must shine 24/7. “I’ll see you on the other side,” says Jenner, as “Blue Bird” makes for the perfect summer getaway drive. With rolling drums and rock riff ready guitars, I too wish it was summer all the time. The title track starts off robotic with crisp keyboards followed by a spontaneous guitar lick that has a Muse feel, wrapped with a 90s flair, perfect for the new Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn movie. The album has many memorable moments,
but “Children” seems to be on repeat in my mind. With keyboards and guitars that sparkle, all that is missing is a video with little kids running around on some fireflylit night having glitter on their faces. The album concludes with the jazzy “It Takes Time to be a Man”. Picture Billy Joel playing the piano in some classy,
dimly-lit New York City bar, and I think you will get the idea. The album is beautiful and relaxing while giving a positive outlook on the world as we wind down for the day. Everyone has troubles and hard times, but maybe we can wish them away for a moment and follow Luke Jenner to his own imagination.
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Friday, September 9, 2011
Rams solid against Mountaineers in season opener Football: Win gives
team ‘momentum’ for second game
Jason Helms Sports Editor The Rams (1 - 0) started their season off Saturday with a 35 - 12 win over Western State (1 - 0) in Gunnison, Colo. First-year head coach Will Wagner’s team did not waste any time putting points on the scoreboard as junior Jeffrey Miller returned the game’s opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. The Rams did not stop there. After forcing the Mountaineers to punt on their first possession, the Rams scored four plays later when junior fullback Avery Rigg recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season, followed by Jarred Martin’s extra point to make it 14-to-0. That drive was aided by a pair of Mountaineer penalties and a 43-yard dash by senior running back Tristan Carter. On Western State’s next drive, senior defensive lineman Lawrence Rumph was able to sack the Mountaineer’s quarterback on one play and force a fumble on the next to give the Rams the ball on their opponent’s one yard line. Carter punched it in for the touchdown one play later and another successful extra point attempt by Martin made it 21-to -0 after just over four and a half minutes of play. The Rams controlled the game from that point as they racked up 266 yards on the ground, aided in part by Carter, who rushed for 113 yards in 20 attempts. Redshirt freshman running back Blake Smith also contributed to the ground attack as he rushed for 90 yards. The Rams’ passing game
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Sophomore quarterback Blake Hamblin makes a pass during the Rams’ first game of the season.
also added to the team’s 439 yards of total offense, as sophomore quarterback Blake Hamblin completed 13 of his 18 attempts for 162 yards and one touchdown. Hamblin’s touchdown was a 48-yard strike to redshirt freshman receiver James Hurd in the fourth quarter. Hurd said he was excited in the huddle when the play was called in. “During the play, the [cornerback] lost a step when [Hamblin] sold the play-action, which left me wide open for the touchdown,” Hurd said. “It feels nice to get a touchdown in my first game; I think anybody would be excited about that.” Offense and special teams were not the only things producing for team, Wagner said. The Rams’ defense held the Mountaineers’ offense to just 186 total yards in the game and only 61 of those were on the ground. Junior defensive lineman Kyle Patterson led the team with 5 tackles while Rumph led in sacks with two before having to leave the game due to injury. “It’s good to start off with a win to get some momentum for the team and to prove to ourselves that we know how to win,” Hurd said. Wagner said he was a little relieved.
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Senior defensive lineman Lawrence Rumph and another Ram defender pursue Western State’s quarterback.
“I was excited to have gotten [the win] the way we did by starting the game off with kickoff return,” he said. “There were some things that we could have executed better, but overall [the team] did very well, especially for a road game that we had to travel so far to play.” The Rams have to travel even farther this week to Chadron, Neb., for the second game of the season next Saturday to take on the Eagles of Chadron
State (0 - 1) at 1 p.m. Due to the distance, the team is traveling by plane to Nebraska. The Eagles, who were 8 - 3 overall in 2010, dropped their first game to University of Mary last week 31-24 despite gaining 466 yards of total offense on Mary, who only had 379. Chadron State’s offense was pass-heavy, as two different quarterbacks combined to throw for 334 yards.
Defensively, Wagner said he hopes the Rams’ line can get pressure up front and their cornerbacks can disrupt Chadron’s State’s timing. “Offensively, we plan on sticking with the running game to help control the clock, relieve some pressure off of our quarterbacks, and to keep the ball out of [Chadron State’s] hands,” Wagner said.
Women split first two games Soccer: Team victo-
rious in home opener Jason Helms Sports Editor
Photo by Pam Belcher
The Rambelle’s (1 - 1) grabbed their first win of the 2011 campaign Tuesday after they defeated the UT-Permian Basin Falcons 5 - 0. The win came after the “Belles dropped their season opener during their road trip last Friday to Austin to face the No. 6-ranked Hilltoppers of St. Edward’s University. Sophomore Maggie Schaffer, a transfer from UTEl Paso scored a hat trick in the team’s victory while the other two strikes came from junior midfielder Lauren Carnes and senior forward Brandie DeBacker. Two of Schaffer’s goals
Freshman Katie Squires takes a shot in the ‘Belles’ home opener, Tuesday.
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Sophomore Maggie Schaffer (10) dribbles the ball as sophomore defender Kara Edwards (19) looks on.
came within just over a minute of each other 18 after 18 minutes of play to give the Rambelles a 2 -0 lead. Her third goal came halfway through the second half, which finalized the day’s scoring and sealed 5 - 0 victory for the ‘Belles. DeBacker’s goal was her second of the season, which improved her career total to 27, third-best in the program’s 16-year history. Freshman goalkeeper Morgan Harrison got her first start of the season, taking over for the injured goalie Taylor Cardinal. Cardinal had to leave the St. Edward’s match early after she hyper extended her knee in the twelfth minute. Harrison tallied two saves against the Falcons, and recorded the team’s first clean sheet. “Coach [McCorkle] and the team instilled confidence
in me after the St. Edward’s game,” Harrison said. There’s definitely an advantage starting a game instead of coming in off the bench and feeling that instant pressure,” Harrison said. Head coach Travis McCorkle was happy with the way his team bounced back from the loss to St. Edward’s to get the win against UTPB, he said. “We were able to finish the play to get the shot against [UTPB], which is something that we didn’t do against [St. Edward’s],” McCorkle said, “and some of it was just hard work… rolling up our sleeves and getting in there.” The ‘Belles travel to Pueblo, Colo., Friday, to take on the ThunderWolves of Colorado State-Pueblo (2 2).
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Senior forward Brandie DeBacker attempts a shot on goal.
Week at a Glance
Friday, Sept. 9 VOLLEYBALL
ASU Invitational - San Angelo Texas A&M International - noon St. Edwards - 6 p.m.
SOCCER @ CSU Pueblo - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10 FOOTBALL @ Chadron State - 1 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL ASU Invitational - San Angelo UTPB - noon Edinboro - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11 SOCCER Adams St. (Pueblo, Colo.) - noon
Monday, Sept. 12 GOLF @ Southwest Classic - Tierra Verde CC (Mansfield, Texas)
Tuesday, Sept. 13 GOLF @ Southwest Classic - Tierra Verde CC (Mansfield, Texas)
VOLLEYBALL Texas A&M Kingsville* - 7 p.m. (Home)
Thursday, Sept. 15 VOLLEYBALL @ Texas Women’s* - 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 15 VOLLEYBALL @ TAMU-Commerce* - 5:30 p.m.
SOCCER @ Midwestern St.* - 7 p.m.
CROSS COUNTRY @ Texas Tech Open - (Lubbock) *Denotes conference game
Friday, September 9, 2011
Women undefeated in five matches Volleyball: Two ‘Belles awarded
Jason Helms Sports Editor The Rambelle volleyball team, which was ranked No. 2 in the conference preseason poll, began the 2011 season with a fivematch unbeaten streak. The women started competition last Friday at the West Texas Lady Buff Classic in Canyon, Texas, where they swept their opponents, 3-to-0, in all four matches of the two day event. Performances from juniors Alex Woolsey and Chelsea Gibson landed them on the Lone Star Conference Players of the Week list as well as alltournament team, with Woolsey being named tournament Co-MVP. “It feels good to be honored, but honestly I couldn’t do it without everyone on this team contributing,” Woolsey said. Western State was the first team to fall to the ‘Belles (5 - 0, 1 - 0 LSC) Friday, followed by the Griffons of Missouri Western. Woolsey helped the ‘Belles attack as she had 61 of the team’s 81 assists in the day’s two matches. Sophomore Kaelen Valdez climbed into double-digit kills in the Missouri Western match with 11, and sophomore Maddie Huth and senior Debbie Ohl were not far behind with eight a piece. The ‘Belles continued that momentum Saturday
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Juniors Alex Woolsey and Chelsea Gibson both recieved LSC and all-tournament honors for their week’s performance.
as they downed UC-Colorado Springs and Adams State. In each of the two matches, the squad had a pair of women reach double-digit kills as Valdez recorded 11 per match, joined by Ohl, who had 10 in the first and senior Celeste Bonter with 10 in the second. Woolsey continued to add to her assist total with 33 of the team’s 37 in the first match and 38 of the team’s 41 in the second. Gibson, the team’s top blocker, had 13 blocks and 24 kills in the tournament, averaging 1.44 blocks per set at the net for the ‘Belles. The women’s following match was against conference opponent Incarnate Word (1 - 5, 0 - 1 LSC) in San Antonio last Tuesday. The two teams played a five-set battle, but the ‘Belles came out on top to beat the Cardinals 3-to-2. Valdez continued her offensive streak as she re-
corded her fourth doubledouble in the team’s five matches, which improved her season’s team-leading totals for kills and digs to 57 and 62, respectively. Woolsey also continued to display her setting prowess as she had 46 assists in the match. Freshman Shelby Wilt led the team in digs with 23. Woolsey attributes the team’s ball control for their success thus far, she said. “We’re a lot more calm, focused, and confident on the court, which is a huge improvement from last year,” she said. Head coach Chuck Waddington had the same thing to say of his squad this year. “The core of our team is now made up of juniors and seniors as opposed to last year when it was freshmen and sophomores,” Waddington said. “We understand a little more about what it takes to
be successful, and the girls are showing that their willing to put in what it takes to be there,” he said. The ‘Belles host the ASU Invitational on Sept. 9 and 10 at the Junell Center, playing four matches, starting with Texas A&M International at noon followed by St. Edward’s at 6 p.m. Woolsey said she believes the team will do well in the home stretch. “We’re feeling good about our chances and looking to be 10-0 after this week,” Woolsey said. But Waddington, who has been in charge of the program since 2008, knows it could go the other way for his squad. “It’s early in the season and we’ve been in this position before,” he said. “It can all go away really fast and we almost learned that against Incarnate Word, who really challenged us. Fortunately we came out of there with a win.”
Runners place third at MSU Stampede Cross country:
Several Rams, ‘Belles finish in top 20 Jason Helms Sports Editor The cross country team competed in its first meet Sept. 1 at the Midwestern State Stampede in Wichita Falls, Texas. The men’s and women’s teams both finished third in their respective races. Junior Emeline Crutcher, who ran a 15:12, topped the list for Rambelle run-
ners by finishing eighth in the women’s 4K race followed closely by fellow junior Jessica Boudreau, who finished 10th with a time of 15:24. Other Rambelle runners in the races’ top 20 were sophomore Katy Williams (15:42), who finished fourteenth, and senior Alyssa Priest (15:50), who finished just two spots behind her. Sophomore Sofia Ramos finished 24th with a time of 16:13, and junior Kami Orsak finished 34th after running a 17:06. “I think that everyone
did well for this being the first meet of the season,” Boudreau said. “We would have liked to place higher than third but I think that overall we are happy with our performance.” For the men, it was University of Wisconsin transfer Bryan Barker who led the Rams after he finished eighth in the 6K race in 19:03. Isac Valdez joined Barker in the top 20, finishing 18th with a time of 20:00. The Rams had three in the top 30, Jamin Goecker (20:07), Dylan Littlejohn
Sophomore Katy Williams (45) leads a group of Rambelle cross country runners at the Midwestern State Stampede in Wichita Falls last Thursday.
(20:10) and Tomas Callejas (20:33) who finished 21st, 23rd, and 25th respectively. Senior Robert Hummingbird did not finish far behind them with a time of 21:17. The next race on the schedule is the Texas Tech Open on Sept. 16 at the Meadowbrook Golf Course in Lubbock. “Last year, I didn’t have a very good experience there so it is not one of my favorite places, but I am interested to see how we do as a team since we will be running a longer distance,” Boudreau said.
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