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Former Miss ULM Crain competes in Miss America 2011 p. 5

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ULM student Devon Raymond talks about the feud between his famous father and the nation’s oldest civil rights group that’s grabbing national headlines

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January 24, 2011


ULM student thrust into national debate about race

Governor of Maine tells NAACP to ‘kiss his butt’

Quick facts: Devon Raymond • Moved to America and in with the LePage family in 2002. • For a short time, was a pro-golfer in North Carolina. • Graduated from Grambling State with a degree in Kinesiology. • Now attends ULM as a Business Administration graduate student.

by Cole Avery

Devon Raymond, a student at ULM, is finding himself stuck in the middle of a controversy involving his father, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, and the National Assocaiation for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP). Raymond, who is black and a Jamaican native, is the adopted son of the newly-elected governor, a white man with a white household. Last week, LePage became the center of a racial firestorm. LePage has been accused of racism after declining an invitation by the NAACP, to attend a Martin Luther King Day breakfast. He then told the group to “kiss [his] butt” in response to its criticism. The relationship between the LePages and Raymond began during his childhood. Raymond was born in a rough part of Jamaica. He met the LePages on one of their annual vacations and was eventually added to the family to pursue a golf future in America, trading the ghetto and pristine weather in the Caribbean for the frigid eight-month winters of Maine. But for Raymond, the toughest transition was not leaving his family or even the dramatic temperature shift. His first exposure to racism was the biggest shock, having seen none before.


Photo courtsey of Devon Raymond

Photo left: LePage family photo during 2010 campagin for Gov. Photo Above: Raymond and LePage pose for father/son photo.

“The Jamaican motto is, ‘Out of many, one people,’” said Raymond, a philosophy he says embodies the mindset of his new American family, despite what the NAACP may say. Accusations of racism have hounded LePage ever since his “butt” comment, but Raymond explains that other motives may be to blame for the attacks Gov. LePage against his father. Raymond is referring to an incident that occurred during his father’s campaign. The NAACP asked LePage to visit black inmates in prison. LePage declined, stating that he would attend if he could meet with all prisoners, not just the black ones. This sparkied a feud between the organization and the governor, growing more intense after the MLK Day controversy.

LePage argues that the NAACP has become a special interest group, and Raymond agrees that the organization has veered from its original intent and is using the MLK controversy as ammunition against his father. “[The NAACP] did a lot for African Americans back in the day when we needed it,” said Raymond, “but what has it done recently for civil rights?” There is evidence to support the father-son tandem’s assessment of the group. LePage, a Republican, was elected largely based on Tea Party support, a movement denounced by the NAACP whose anti-Tea Party rally was lead by First Lady Michelle Obama. LePage declined the invitation for this year’s MLK day celebration because he was previously scheduled to attend the funeral of a fallen state trooper. LePage had been a guest speaker at the event for the four years prior. In the end, LePage made it to both events.

Gov. Paul LePage

LePage is the eldest son of 18 children. Not all agreed with LePage’s • LePage became actions, even after hearing the Maine’s 74th governor governor’s reasons. in 2010. • He was the first pop“My father speaks his ularly-elected Francomind. He has true American governor of passion.” Maine -Devon Raymond • Married to Ann. LePage has five children, including ‘adopted’ Yasmeen Davis, a junior prepharmacy major, said that LePson Devon. age should have been more respectful of the memory of Dr. King and the NAACP. Davis said, “[The funeral] justifies why he could not go, but it does not justify what he said.” Despite the controversy, Raymond just hopes people can see his father the way he sees him: a person who helps anybody of any color. “My father speaks his mind. He has true passion,” said Raymond, adding that his father will do anything to make Maine a better place for all of its citizens. contact Cole Avery at

The state of Maine • Is the only state in the U.S. whose name only has 1 syllable. • Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine. • The state flower is the white pine cone and tassel. • 90 percent of the country’s toothpicks are produced in Maine.



January 24, 2011

Arizona victims laid to rest; Giffords still recovering

photo courtesy of MCT Campus A flood of flowers surround the grocery store in memory of the six who perished and 12 who were injured on Jan. 8.

6 dead, 12 wounded after shooter fires off 32 rounds by Brooke Hofstetter and Jeana Chesnik

Gabrielle Giffords is now safely nestled inside a Texas Medical Center after making her trip from Arizona, where numerous well-wishers stood outside to cheer her on and put a smile on her face. On Jan. 8, Giffords, a United States representative, was holding a rally in front of an Arizona supermarket. The typical American political rally came to a screeching halt as 22 year-old Jared Loughner opened fire, killing six and wounding 12, including Giffords. Gifford’s was listed in critical condition just hours after the shooting having undergone surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head.

Kriss Hollis, a senior general studies major from Rayville, has a heavy heart for not just Giffords, but everyone involved in the tragedy. “It’s upsetting more attention is being paid to the congresswoman blinking her eyes than was being paid to the victims who actually died,” Hollis said. Five people, including U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Roll (Arizona) and Gabe Zimmerman, a member of Gifford’s Loughner staff, died at the scene. The sixth victim was 9-yearold Christina Taylor Green, who was pronounced dead at the hospital. Alex Holland, a sophomore political science major from Las Vegas, can’t imagine how Green’s family must be feeling after this tragedy. “The victim I felt most sor-

ry for was Christine Taylor. I felt bad that she just went that day with her neighbor. All she “I mean, he’s smiling in all of his mug shots. He [Loughner] is obviously not sorry. ” Alex Holland Sophomore political science major

wanted to do was see a congresswoman,” said Holland. Loughner was armed with a 9mm Glock and outfitted with a 30-round magazine. While Loughner was in the middle of his first round, two bystanders tackled him to the ground and disarmed him. Since the shooting, gun sales, especially on guns like the one Loughner used, have jumped 60 percent in Arizona. It was apparent that Loughner’s intended target was in fact the congresswoman. According to friends of Loughner, he had an extreme dislike for Giffords, and continually called her “fake.”

In 2007, during a campaign event, he asked her a question, and in his opinion, she did not answer the question to his satisfaction. Since his arrest, sources close to Loughner describe him as “calm, detached and often smiling.” Chiron Roberts, a senior graphic design major from Flowood, Miss., wonders if this sort of tragedy could have been prevented. “ I believe it is a horrible event for the families, and I am praying for them. I believe there are some preventive measures that can be taken but also believe that some people’s actions cannot be predicted.” On Jan. 10, just two days after the attack, Loughner appeared in federal court and faced several charges, including one count of attempted assassination of a Congress member. He also faces two counts of killing an employee of the

United States and two counts of intent to kill employees of the United States. If convicted of murdering either (or both) federal employees, Loughner could be sentenced to death or life in prison. Holland believes that Loughne deserves the death penalty. “That’s the first thing I said when it happened and I still feel that way. I mean he’s smiling in all his mug shots. He is obviously not sorry,” Holland said. As for Giffords, her team of doctors plans for her to start therapy immediately. Doctors say that her ability to move and communicate will help determine the extent of damage done by the gunshot to her head. Giffords has not spoken yet, so it is unknown whether she will suffer permanent damage or not. contact Brooke Hofstetter at

Statistics on Guns in Arizona -Since the Jan. 8 shooting, gun sales have jumped 60% in Arizona and 5% nationally.

-Gov. Brewer also pushed a law allowing loaded weapons into bars.

-Right-wing Gov. Jan -The state has no Brewer passed a law restrictions on asthat says it is legal sault weapons and to carry a concealed a state permit is not weapon without a required to purchase permit. a gun.

January 24, 2011



Crain at Miss America

photo by: Devon Raymond

Students enjoy Zumba class at the Student Activity Center last week

New Year, New You: Let ULM help by Catherine Olson

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Kelsi Crain gets ready to board the plane for her trip to the Miss America Pageant in Las Vega Jan. 15.

Former Miss ULM competes in 2011 televised pageant by Jaclyn Jones

Just eight months after claiming the Miss ULM title, Kelsi Crain went on to compete for and win the title of Miss Louisiana. On Jan. 6, Crain flew to Las Vegas to compete for a new title: Miss America. Although Crain, a junior kinseilogy major from Monroe, didn’t bring home the crown, she did bring home some lifelong memories. “Competing in the Miss America pageant was an experience of a lifetime,” said Crain. “It was nerve racking and exciting all at the same time; it was amazing, and it’s an experience I will always remember.”

Along with memories, Crain also gained numerous friends. She and a few of the other contestants still keep in contact, and in fact are planning a road trip to Las Vegas to watch the pageant next year. But until then Crain plans to continue to fulfill her duties as Miss Louisiana until it’s time to

“... it was amazing and it’s an experience I will always remember.” Kelsi Crain

hand over her title in June. President Nick Bruno accompained Crain to the Monroe airport to wish her luck before her flight to Las Vegas. “Kelsi represented Louisiana and our university with grace and beauty. I am proud she is one of our students,” Bruno said.

Students of ULM gathered around their television sets to watch Crain represent both ULM and the state of Louisiana in the pageant. “I was rooting for her. I mean, who wasn’t? She’s beautiful, not to mention a Warhawk and she did a good job representing Louisiana,” Jaquita Smith, a sophomore marketing major, from Shreveport, said. Others who don’t usually watch the Miss America pageant also gathered in support of Crain. Andrea’ Jackson, a junior English major from Leesville, was proud of Crain. “I usually don’t watch pageants, but I remember hearing that she [Crain] was competing, so I decided to tune in. And I’m glad I did; it was cool to watch,” Jackson said. contact Jaclyn Jones at

Every January, the campus gym’s participants seem to double. Suddenly it takes 15 minutes to find an open weight machine or track lane. Then, as resolution dwindles around the third or fourth week of the month, most students find themselves less eager to “feel the burn.” However, students at ULM this semester may be motivated to maintain their New Year resolutions to exercise thanks to several new group exercise offerings in the Activity Center aerobics room. No registration is required for the nine different classes ranging from Zumba to classes called ‘Barbell Pump’ and ‘Butt and Guts.’ The group exercise classes are open to all ages and for all levels of ability. Amaris Pierce, a freshman speech language pathology major from Lake Charles, has been attending both ‘Core and Pilates’ classes. “I’m starting again in the New Year; I just want to be healthy. It makes me feel really good that everybody isn’t perfect,” she said.

Larra Conville, a freshman business major from West Monroe, has replaced her gym membership by recommitting herself and joining some of the group exercise classes. “It [working out] is part of my New Year resolution every year. I hope it works out with my schedule. I have nothing else to do, so maybe that will be mo“It [working out] is part of my New Years resolution every year. ” -Larra Conville Freshman business major

tivation enough.” But not all students are in it for a new start. Several dedicated athletes are trying out the new classes in addition to their regular workouts. Rita Moussaoui, a P1 pharmacy graduate student from Shreveport is attempting both workouts. “I try to exercise regularly, maybe a couple time a week. I did yoga yesterday, and I looked at Zumba. It’s a good variety.” contact Catherine Olson at



Just because you go green doesn’t mean you have to get splinters

BRANDY HECKFORD I used to think that “going green” meant that you were a tree hugging sissy that didn’t have enough of a life to worry or preach about anything else other than the environment (harsh, I know). However, I have come to realize my error in thinking and have made an effort to change my hazardous ways. My conversion all started with a geology class. Believe me, it was not my intention to become environmentally conscious when I signed up for Lauri Anderson’s Geology 1001 class. I just needed the three-hour science credit. But Anderson was really passionate about the earth, of which she devoted so much study, and she constantly informed the class of the little things we could do to help our planet. I guess somewhere during the class, Anderson got to me. I noticed a shift in my attitude when my boyfriend went to throw away his water bottle in the trashcan. When I spastically cried out “NO,” and then hastily put the bottle into the recycle bin, he looked at me, startled and confused. I was a bit shocked by my behavior as well, and all I could

sheepishly say to explain myself was, “We have to recycle those.” It was a small response, but one that needed no more explanation. We simply have to. You don’t have to wave signs that say “Save the Planet” to be more environmentally friendly. Anderson told my class that we could do little things like recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans, or just being more conscious of our water usage. “By 2025, 1800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions” ( By not being concerned I’m not just hurting the planet, I’m hurting myself. What goes into the water systems, I drink. What’s in the air is what I breathe. The world is bigger than just me. So in my journey of conversion, I’ve chosen to start recycling plastic bottles. I never knew how many water bottles I drank until I started collecting them; it’s an insane amount. I also never realized that Monroe had a recycling center, which is located at Recycling Services on 1500 Arkansas Avenue. Going green is simply realizing that there are more people on the planet than ourselves, and if we don’t tidy up, then maybe it’s us who will be on the endangered list and not the whales.

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January 24, 2011

Ben Franklin raises bar for gangsters everywhere ‘Big Ben’ serves up lesson on thug life

CHARLES STRAUSS When you’re out drinking this semester be sure to “pour out a little liquor for your homies,” as Tupac commanded, especially for the ‘Oldest G’ in the book: Ben Franklin. His gangster demeanor shouldn’t be cast in a negative perception but looked to for an example of strength and tenacity. Thinking of Franklin conjures up an image of a nerdy old man staring through his bifocals (which he invented.) This common association is unwarranted. Few think of him as the broad shouldered athlete, the eccentric performing day-to-day tasks in the nude, or the scandalous pimp having trysts with women of a lower class. I would argue that, especially in regards to this generation, Franklin was a gangster of the baddest breed. He “stuck it to the man” far more than Ice-T, Ice Cube, or Jeezy ever have. His ice-cold gangster demeanor

was only surpassed by his industriousness. As we embark on this new year and new semester, the every day difficulties of life can seem insurmountable. In times like this, look to the original American for baller, Benjamin Franklin, and adopt his Thug Life attitude to succeed. One only needs to look to his past to understand that he was an extraordinary man.What can be more thuggish than breaking the law to run away at 16, proving beyond a doubt that Old Ben was a streetsmart Q.W.A. (Quaker With Attitude). After a night of wild ca-

rousing on a Carribean Island, 21-year-old Ben Franklin and his gang needed a lift across a river to get back to their ship. When the ferryman refused to wake up to bring them across, Franklin stayed real with the thug mentality. He stole the boat and left it on the other side of the river. His anecdotal evidence from his life shows that no obstacle is insurmountable when great ambition is present. contact Charles Strauss at

January 24, 2011


The soul mate facade: they don’t exist



Welcome back to school! Everyone gets so excited at the beginning of another semester, with fancy new notebooks and shiny new shoes. Once pleasantries are exchanged and the whole class buzzes about what happened over Christmas break, the professor walks in and the excitement ends. Once the syllabus is read, dread spreads across the room because,unfortunately, the reality of school has just hit everyone in the face. The reality that, sadly, those new notebooks will be tattered and torn and full of notes you’ll despise during finals week, and those new shoes won’t stay shiny for long. However, the Hawkeye is


asking each and every one of you to not let the professor’s syllabus deflate your excited balloon. Start this semester with a fresh outlook and an upbeat attitude. For some of you, this is the last semester you will be an undergrad, and for others, it’s the first. Remember, the professor is only trying to scare you on the first day anyway: trying to weed out the weak. Keep up the excitement, and show not only those professors, but also yourself, that this is going to be a great semester, filled with lots of good grades and plenty of memories with good friends.

This past weekend I found myself sitting in a movie theater for a chick flick. While the genre is one I usually try to avoid for my sanity’s sake, it was a fairly educational experience. I realized that in a nation where divorce, infidelity and self-obsession are spiraling out of control, the media might be one of the worst instigators. As I looked around at all the men and the women who had dragged them there, I couldn’t help but feel they were being set up for failure. We always hear the expression that “sex sells” when it comes to the media, but sex alone is not what is exploiting audiences. I would argue that “love,” just as much as sex, manipulates audiences into a preconceived notion that is not realistic. Not that there is anything wrong with portraying love in film or music. It is legitimate subject matter, one that captures and inspires. However, it

is toxic to portray characters in these films as having a “one true love,” which is usually the case. This expression that he or she is “the one” fills women’s heads (and men’s) with a notion that doesn’t actually exist. The idea of “the one” is something that is eroding the foundation of a solid, realistic relationship. Not to be a “Debbie Downer,” but love is not some mystical thing. It is influenced through the release of a chemical called phenylethylamine in the brain. This is what causes the burst of energy, jitters, attraction, etc. The time span in which this hormone is being release is often referred to as the “honeymoon period.” It doesn’t matter that she’s thousands of dollars in debt; she is perfect. Or that he has been to prison because he’s got such a good heart. We are convinced that this person is the only person we could ever love: our “soul mate.” After a while your brain builds up a tolerance to the upper chemical, and the honeymoon phase ends between six months to two years. Suddenly it isn’t cute that she always burns the bread, or that he’s never done his own laundry. This is the point of fight-orflight. A person must decide if

his or her can love the other in spite of their faults. Love becomes a choice. One must decide that self-sacrifice for the well being of his or her partner is what they want and that serving someone else would fulfill them. Herein lies the problem. In a culture that is self-obsessed, we become highly disappointed when we are no longer feeling the burning passion we see in the movies. You’ve lost that loving feeling, so your partner must not be “the one.” So we move out, trade keys or get divorced, because we no longer feel satisfied. While a “one true love” is a ridiculous thing to consider, truly loving someone is not. That is quite possible. But that would mean choosing to remain in a relationship with someone once the honeymoon period ends (which it will) and putting in the work. Because a relationship is exactly that: a choice to work hard after the butterflies have gone, so that someone other than yourself will be fulfilled. As long as a starry eyed Ashton Kutcher sputters to a girl that she’s the one on the big screen, couples will continues to buy into the soul mate façade. contact Collette Keith at



January 24, 2011

Kitty Degree: ULM’s truest patron by Collette Keith

Kitty Degree’s sweet voice resounded through the end of the telephone receiver. “My father, he did talk from the Bible. He lived it with every breath. He lived it, and so you lived it. He is what people called a church mouse.” She was explaining what it was that had formed who she was to the rest of us, if ever a thing like that can truly be explained. Mrs. Degree has donated a very large sum of money to ULM. Such money coming from a woman who did not go to ULM, or even originate from Monroe, seems to be a bit of a mystery. “I’m not from here; people

are always surprised to find out I’m a damn Yankee from New Hampshire,” she laughed. Luckily for ULM, Mrs. Degree’s husband was a man whose job brought him to the south. Their love story is one that makes it seem like true romance only existed along side Old Blue Eyes and fuzzy black and white Clark Gable films. A young man who had just returned from the Navy and planned on reenlisting, Mr. Degree met the future Mrs. Degree at a dance. “The next morning his mother woke him up early to catch a train that would take him to where he could reenlist, but he told her he wasn’t going because he had just met the girl he was going to marry,” she said. She

was 18. Mrs. Degree had her parent’s beautiful marriage as an example, her father being a particular hero of hers. “We were dirt poor growing up. I mean we were poor. My mother helped my father so much, and they made a dollar

“I’m not from here; people are always surprised to find out I’m a damn Yankee from New Hampshire.” -Kitty Degree

stretch farther than you could imagine. “They never had one cross word for one another, not even in the worst depression this country has seen.”

As a young girl, Mrs. Degree wanted to go to high school, but the nearest one was 40 miles away. Her father, however, understood that she would not be happy without an education. He let her move away in order to work for families and get money for school. As a woman who was unable to have children, she and her husband wanted a way to give back and support the kind of education that her father had so graciously given her. Mrs. Degree wanted to give to the children of other people, so all could have the opportunity of an education. Thus began her donations to ULM. contact Collette Keith at

Kitty Degree donates to ULM every chance she gets.


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January 24, 2011



Mass Comm Dept. gets new equipment

All photos by Robert Brown

Photo left: Students enjoy new broadcasting equipment set up in media lab in Stubbs Hall. Photo above: Mass Communication student Ciera Paul uses microphone to record her script for a voiceover.

hours taking old equipment out of the Grant allows Stubbs countless room and moving new equipment in. goal is to be on the cutting edge so when media lab to get much our“Our majors get into the work force, they have an needed make-over edge over graduates from other schools. The focus by Melinda Johnson

While taking a walk down Stubbs’ dimly lit hallways, new, up-to-date technolgy is not what one expects to encounter within the old builing. However, when students take a turn into Stubbs room 151, new, up-to-date technology is excatly what meets the eye. With technology changing rapidly, the university recognized that the program’s equipment needed an upgrade. “The university thought it important that the Mass Communication Program receive the equipment, so it was through non-grant sources,” John Rodriguez, an assistant professor for Mass Communication, said. The video editing lab in Stubbs is now completely digital, featuring different video programs, such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier. It also features three full time Sony studio cameras, and a Tricastor, also known as a “studio in a box.” The lab also has more advances on the way, including a state-of-the-art greenscreen and, hopefully, some new teleprompters. Over the Christmas break, Rodriguez and a handful of Mass Communication students spent

is on our students,” Rodriguez said. The primary goal of the lab is to teach Mass Communication techniques to students, which includes teaching students how to do broadcasting interviews and live news programs. Rodriguez is teaching an advanced video production course this semester, in which he will use the new equipment to help students further their knowledge on broadcast aspects of the media field. Students will also learn how to produce and edit news segments, movie trailers and a short film.The class will even began work on putting together a news broadcast that will be shown weekly on Though those in the program are more likely to use the lab, it is not exclusively for Mass Communication students. The lab is open for all students who need help with class video projects and assignments. Amanda Scott, a freshman Biology major from Delhi, said, “I’m glad they will be offering help on video editing. I have already had to make a couple movies at ULM, so this lab will definitely be helpful on my next project.” contact Melinda Johnson at

Photo above: Students gather around new editing stations to start editing on video project for class. Photo below: Andrew McDonald learns how to use broadcast equipment during class .



‘No Strings Attached’ leaves crowd hanging by Collette Keith

“No Strings Attached” poses the question, “Is it possible to have sex with a friend without either of them developing feelings?” It is “When Harry Met Sally” on steroids. It is one dimensional and full of pithy dialogue that tries to force chemistry between Ashton

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ bring their “A” game by Eddie Fountain

“A” is at it again in the new episodes of Pretty Little Liars, which just returned from their mid-season hiatus on the seventeenth of January. The show tells of four young girls who are taunted by an unknown force that is tentatively called “A” throughout each episode. “A” seems to take EDDIE RAY pleasure in revealing any secrets they hold. The secrets are revealed through various means such as placing random messages in different areas around the town of Rosewood, sending text messages to their phones and sending emails. They try their best to deal with their own personal issues while at the same time trying to discover the identity of “A.” Pretty Little Liars brings a new atmosphere to the televi-

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sion world by introducing us to each characters drama through, “A,” instead of through the four main characters themselves. “A” is cunning in that he or she doesn’t reveal everything about them, but just enough that it forces the four main characters to reveal to the audience secrets. It will keep one coming back for more, FOUNTAIN A show that reveals secrets of forbidden relationships, hidden sexual orientations and thievery is hard to turn away. “Pretty Little Liars” has a bright future ahead of with its mysteries and the many secrets held by the shows characters. This brilliantly written and directed show can be seen on ABC Family, Mondays at 8p.m. contact Eddie Fountain at

Kutcher and Natalie Portman. Both of the characters agree to purely platonic sex (Portman’s idea). As the movie progresses, their foolishness causes the scheme to fall apart, along with their friendship. As in any chick flick, the guy gets the girl at the end. However, the movie fails to

address the original source of its conflict. They attribute their issues to the fact that they didn’t start dating when they should have, and the film completely ignores the fact that they were using each other as objects to fulfill selfish needs. contact Collette Keith at

January 24, 2011



‘The Game’ premiere breaks records by Jessica Mitchell

After the CW Network canceled “The Game” back in 2009, it seemed as if the half-hour “dramedy” was dead for good. Now almost two years later, the show is back with all new episodes on BET. The series was previously canceled and put on the backburner despite its strong fanbase. However, one network’s trash is another network’s treasure, and in this case, BET reaped the benefits. They picked up the series for its fourth season The premiere debuted on Jan. 11,

and brought in some impressive, record breaking numbers. “The Game” pulled in 7.7 million viewers for its season four debut. That’s huge for cable and it trumped most shows that appeared on its former CW home. The premiere of season four picks up two years after season three ended. Mel (Tia Mowry) and Derwin (Pooch Hall) are still together, but Melanie just can’t seem to leave well-enough alone and it’s starting to get chaotic. Kelly (Brittany Daniel) and Jason (Coby Bell) have

completely gone mad. Kelly has finally got from under Jason’s control. However, she harbors so much anger and resentment, he still, in a sense, has power over her. Tasha (Wendy Robinson) is still the quick-witted diva manager and business is booming for her. Malik (Hosea Chanchez) is even more arrogant and his career is on the line. He seems to think he is invincible. Tune in Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on BET. contact Jessica Mitchell at

by Collette Keith

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(left to right)- Cast of ‘The Game’: Wendy Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Brittany Daniel, Coby Bell, Tia Mowry, Pooch Hall

Top 5 albums of 2010

1. Contra: Vampire Weekend’s lates. Each listen pulls back a new layer of fun, depth, ingenius musical arrangements. 2. The Cave: Mumford and Son bring folk back. Vocal control takes charge of emotional lyrics. Every track is a soul search-

ing one. 3. Flamingo: Like Mumford and Son, Brandon Flowers’ (Killers frontman) honest voice quivers between tears and outburst.Pair with musings on religion to get a heart wrenching album. 4. Come Around Sundown: Kings of Leon’s

fascination with the southern man displayed beautifully with every woeful track. 5. Go: Sigur Ros’ Jonsi’s solo album rouses an animal like adrenaline in the listener with tribal drums and his bird like voice. contact Collette Keith at

Best Films of 2010 by Zachary Keith Parker

As movie awards season begins and the 2010 year winds down, I’ve compiled a list of some of 2010’s “best” films, most all easily found in your Netflix catalogue or Amazon’s store. 1. Valhalla Rising - “Valhalla Rising” excels in mood and image with very little dialogue. 2. Winter’s Bone - it’s a lovely, slower picture concerned with the bonds of southern family and what threatens to break them.

3. Red Riding Trilogy - all three films depict evil and its scary fingers reaching throughout time. 4. Never Let Me Go - Romanek’s picture doesn’t just look heavenly, but it directly addresses our fear of death. 5. The American - Clooney in a European espionage movie. ‘Nuff said. 6. The Social Network Fincher’s film feels best when we’re watching Fincher’s handiwork, not screenwriter Sorkin’s. 7. I Am Love - Tilda Swinton is wonderful in a film recalling

the work of Michelangelo Antonioni. 8. Baader Meinhof Complex- like Assayas’ brilliant Carlos, BMC is a long, extensive look at terrorism that should accompany viewing of Spielberg’s “Munich.” 9. Sita Sings the Blues watch it on YouTube, a lovely animated film, crossing cultural boundaries by mixing them. 10. Secret of Kells - an Oscarnominated animated film from last year. Worth every penny.

January 24, 2011



SGA, Bruno waive [some] fees for Wintersession, Maymester Proposal passed to help give relief to students for classes by Ciera Paul

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has passed a proposal which now waives fees applicable during Wintersession and Maymester. All university fees and student-self assessed fees are now eliminated. The proposal was unanimously passed by the UL System Board of Supervisors after President Nick Bruno’s approval. The proposal was proposed by the Student Government Association and became active Wintersession 2010. Brook Sebren, a senior from Rayville, is SGA’s president and was excited to get the fees waved.

“The decision to waive the fees began in a discussion between the Provost, the Interim President Dr. Richters and myself over the summer,” Sebren said. The presidential search put the process on hold, but the discussion reemerged and Presi“It’s like a gift from the university, and I appreciate it. ” Ashleigh Wallace, senior elementary education major

dent Bruno immediately endorsed the proposal. Students at ULM are very ex-

SGA officers Marina DeSilva, Trevor Hall, Brook Sebren and Brooke Dugas.

cited about the new proposal. Ashleigh Wallace, senior elementary education major from Alexandria, is thankful to the SGA and President Bruno. “It’s like a gift from the university, and I appreciate it,” Wallace said.

The reason for the proposal was to provide financial relief for students taking classes during Wintersession and Maymester. With greatly used university facilities such as the Activity Center and the Student Success Center closed, administrators

believed it was fair to waive the fees. LaZedrick Blackshire, junior from Shreveport, believes that the proposal was a good idea. “It’s an opportunity to catch up on some classes for a cheaper price and most students are taking advantage of it,” Blackshire said. Intersessions, such as Wintersession and Maymester, allow students the opportunity to advance in their degree requirements outside a regularly scheduled fall, spring and/or summer semester. The University hopes that by waiving the fees, it will provide students with a more affordable opportunity to progress in, and shorten the completion time of their degrees. contact Ciera Paul at

News Briefs for the week of Jan. 24

‘Stay Brady Stay’ scheduled to feature at film festival

Museum of Natural History invites students to new exhibit

Film series set to launch Jan. 27

Percussion Ensemble holds free concert Jan. 31

ULM professor Dr. Sanrda Lunte offers ‘laughter yoga’

The locally produced documentary, “Stay Brady Stay,” will be showcased at the 14th Annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival in Starksville, Miss. The film was created by students and professors involved with the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Social Science Research Lab in 2009. The film is about how ULM graduate Brady Middleton had a hard decision on whether or not to stay in the state of Louisiana after graduating. It shows the state’s struggle to retain its top college graduates. The film is scheduled to appear in the lineup on Sat., Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

ULM’s Museum of Natural History, located on the third floor of Sandel Hall, is inviting all students to come to kick the new year off with a little history lesson. From Jan. 24- Mar. 1, the museum will feature an exhibit called “Native Nations of Louisiana. Along with this exhibit, the museum will be showcasing a new display, which includes a mammoth skull. Another event going on during Jan. will be from Sam Brookes, the manager of Heritage Program in Miss. He will speak on the Middle Archaic Period, which about 5,000 years ago. His presentation is Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the English Deptartment at the University of Louisiana at Monroe are pleased to announce the launch of a new Film Series. Once a month, the film series will feature one film. Starting next Thursday, Jan. 27, the film series will kick off with a showing of the 2005 independent film “Junebug.” The movie is about a newlywed couple and their visit to family in North Carolina. Amy Adams is the lead actress. The rest of the line-up includes the renowned Black Orpheus (1959); Rear Window (1954); Amélie (2001); and Army of Darkness (1994).

Third Coast Percussion, a professional percussion ensemble, will make a guest appearance at ULM on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Third Coast Percussion is a Chicago-based group that travels the county teaching master classes to students. They were featured at the 2nd Annual Round Top Percussion Festival in 2008-2009. The group will be working one-on-one with students at ULM in the Band Building, starting at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Dr. James Boldin at The concert is free.

ULM professor Dr. Sandra Lunte is inviting all faculty, students, staff and community members to join her to experience better health. She is offering a class that incorporates yogic breathing, intentional laughter exercises and childlike playfulness in order to help everyone experience a sense of unity and connection with others. Lunte is a professor of flute in the Division of Music at ULM, and is also a Certified Laughter Leader. “Laughter Yoga” is not traditional yoga, but a group exercise that combines breathing, laughter exercises and playfulness with eye contact and movement to gain physiological and psychological benefits. The laughter club will be held every Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Biedenharn Hall.

January 24, 2011


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January 24, 2011

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Warhawks drop two straight Defense, free-throw shooting fail hawks in 79-62 loss


by DeRon Talley

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Monica Winkle returns a serve during the 2010 fall season.

Winkle ranked Nationally by ITA by Jerry Cox

ULM tennis standout Monica Winlke was reacently ranked 113th nationally in womens singles by the ITA (International Tennis Association)`. She is currently the only womens Sun Belt player to be ranked within the top 125 nationally. After an impressive 5-1 fall season she plans on continueing her dominace in the spring. The Lady Warhawk Tennis season started with 6-1 victory over Texas-San Antonio last Saturday . The wins included a 4-6,6-4,10-3 singles win for Winkle and a 8-1 doubles win for Winkle and other ULM tennis standout Claire Clark. ULM finsihed saturday evening with a lost to 17th ranked SMU. But the saturday’s lost was short liveed because the Warhawks came out blazing Sunday morning and swept Texas Pan American 7-0, winning each match in straight sets. Warhawk women tennis will continue Thursday at home against Alcorn State at 2.

ULM invited Sun Belt Conference leaders North Texas in to town on last Thursday. The Warhawks got off to a shaky start after being dismantled early by North Texas guard Tristan Thompson, who’s 5-6 3-point shooting night helped him finished with a game-high 30 points. ULM’s Gilbert tied with the team high with forward Tommy Sykes both tallying 15 points. ULM went into the break, down 34-28. North Texas came out hot after the break scoring of five of its first six field goal attempts to push their lead to 14. ULM would never fully recover only narrowing their margin to seven before losing composure towards the end of the game losing 79-62. The Warhawks then trav-

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Sat. Jan. 29 @ 6p.m. eled down south, to Lafayette to battle the Ragin’ Cajuns in the Cajun Dome on Saturday. ULM had a great shooting night, shooting 49.2 from the field while connecting on 8-13 3-pointers but, it was the charity strip that proved to be unkind to the Warhawks, shooting a season worst 7-16 from the line. Despite their great shooting and a strong showing from Forward Tommie Sykes, whose team-high 21 points and seven

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Warhawk player Tommy Skyes drives into the post against an La Tech defender.

rebounds, the Warhawks fell 8475. Freshman guard Marcelis Hanberry had his coming out party with a career high 15 off the bench `Junior Fred Brown fouled out with eleven minutes to play in the second half. After this past weekend’s two lossses

the Warhawks are only 6-15 for the season and last in the Sunbelt with a 1-6 record in conference play. ULM will try and right the ship Thursday January, 27 as they take on Arkansas State on the road. contact Jerry Cox at

‘Who Dat’ thought the season would’ve ended like that? by Jerry Cox

contact Jerry Cox at Keep your eye on the HAWKEYE for next week’s interview with Monica.


photo courtesy by MCT Campus

New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees unloads a pass earlier this season.

The Saint have a way of doing that to people, getting them excited them failing to the expeactions. But no one saw this coming, the defending Superbowl champ ousted by a lonely 7-9 team. It was like I had gone back in time to the Saints of old (the Pre-Payton/ Brees Era) when the saint would look confused defensively all the time. It was those ole Saints safeties that would always get burned on long pass attempts (i.e. Roman Harper) and that ole Saints D-line that couldn’t stop a running nose let alone a running back. And it was that ole saint defense that couldn’t wrap-up a Christmas present let alone any Seattle Seahawk player. Then toward the end the game I got that bad feeling in my gut, you know that feel-

ing you get when the Saints are playing and you know that they’re about to screw up and lose the game. Then it happened, Marshawn Lynch turned on his “beastmode” and went through the entire Saints defensive seemingly knocking them all down one by one. It looked as if they were playing against that bigger (much stronger) neighborhood kid that no matter what you tried he was going to score (just ask Tracy Porter). That run put the stamp on the victory for Seattle and put the Saints back on the plane to New Orleans. What a difference a year makes, we went from “Black and Gooold to the Suuuuperbowl” to that same ole tune that we know all to well “Wait ‘till next year!”

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January 24, 2011



Warhawks bounce back, end losing streak

!"#$%&'())*(+,), Shooting, rebounding leads Warhawks over N.Texas and ULL by Jerry Cox

The Warhawks finished this past weekend with two conference wins. The 76-65 win against the North Texas Lady Eagles put a halt to the Warhawks four-game losing streak. North Texas’ Denetra Kellum led all scores with 19 but it proved not to be enough. The Warhawks put a clamp on the Lady eagles in the first half holding them to only 29 shooting from the field, the Warhawks ended the half on a 13-0 run equaling their biggest lead of the half. The Warhawks stretched


their lead to 18 with 11:11 to play and never looked back going on to win. Sannisha Williams led the Hawks with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard Elizabeth Torres finished with 15 point and 5 assist. The Warhawks then took their winning ways to Lafayette to square off against the Lady Cajuns in the Cajun dome on Saturday. All five Warhawks starters finished with double digits beating the Lady Cajuns 7565. The Warhawks had a great shooting night, shooting 50.9 from the


(Above)Priscilla Mbiandja looks to pass against N.Texas player Brittney Hudson. (Right) Junior guard Eliazbeth Torres gets fouled hard a lay-up attempt aganist N. Texas on Thursday night in Fant-Ewing Coliesum. The Warhawks would win 75-65.

field. But the Warhawks took only a four-point lead into half time ending the half on a 10-2 run. They stretched their lead throughout the second half lead by Priscilla Mbiandja and Elizabeth Torres’ team high 14

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