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February 07, 2011

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Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Break the silence. Go out and raise awareness, like ULM student Lincoln Powell.

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February 07, 2011



U.S. public school system at standstill

However, some professors stay optimistic about education rates by Brandy Heckford

Recent studies show that America’ s public education is at a standstill. The nation is behind most developed countries in terms of quality education and has been for many decades. According to the Broad Foundation, America’s top math students rank 25 out of 30 countries when compared with top students from around the world. The Broad Foundation is a philantraphy group that is focused on helping students in urban public education gather the skills they will need to succeed in college. Technology has tremendously progressed within the past two decades. However, not all users of this new technology have progressed with it. Ava Pugh, Curriculum and Instruction Professor at ULM, is worried that things are not changing fast enough. “Education has to change with the times,” Pugh said. Current projections suggest that within the next decade, education past the high school level will be required for nearly half of all new jobs. However, according to the Broad Foundation, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year. Brian Bramstedt, a psychology professor at ULM, expresses his views on the source of our education crisis. “Parents want better schools but are against longer school days and more homework,” he said. It is suggested by many that

parents are disengaged and are not encouraging their children to achieve excellence. “Parents and the community need to care and be more involved in their child’s education,“ said Bramstedt. Elisabeth Pepper, an education major from West Monroe, shared Bramstedt’s sentiments. “Not all students have parents who show a steady interest in their child’s schooling. It is up the the child’s teacher to meet the needs of these students that are not being met at home.”

“Parents and the community need to care and be more involved in their child’s education.” -Brian Bramstedt psychology professor

The nation’s leaders recognize this as a problem and have tried for years to reform our educational system with programs such as No Child Left Behind. The goal of this program was to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. “When a child walks into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance,” said President Barack Obama. Currently the Obama administration has implemented a new reform, called Race to the

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Jennifer Watkins, left, tutors Paul Thomas, right, in the Student Success Center last week.

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There is set criteria for each state to be graded on. For each criterion that is met, a certain amount of points is awarded. Funding is awarded to the states that earn the highest amount of points. In Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address, he said, “Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success.” “But if we want to win the future -- if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas -- then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.” Despite all qualms about America’s public education system, some find reason to be optimistic. contact Brandy Heckford at



February 07, 2011

ULM jumps on ‘Go Green’ bandwagon University taking steps to be energy efficient by Ciera Paul

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is taking steps to become energy efficient. The goal is to reduce the amount of energy used across the campus. The university has lined up two major projects in the attempt to conserve energy. The first ongoing project is the installment of building automation. The building automation project will allow the automatic programming of temperature in classes and buildings when they are vacant. Jason Roubique, the facilities planning officer at ULM, is excited about the new energy project. “We plan to have the temperature in the winter between 68

and 69 degrees when the building is occupied and let it drop to about 62 degrees when the building becomes vacant,” Roubique said. This act will conserve money ULM normally uses in heating and cooling cost. The second ongoing project is the replacement of the lighting on the campus with fluorescent

English education major from Delhi, is glad ULM is starting to go green. “I support any project that ULM takes on,” Parker said. “We need to be open to various methods to saving money and saving our school.” Roubique, along with the Louisiana Department of Energy, is encouraging everyone to be as energy efficient as possible. “We are encouraging everyone to become energy efficient but we are not requiring them to do so,” Roubique said. They are suggesting that stud-

“Not only does energy efficiency save us money, it also cuts down on pollution.” Jaden Leach Freshman Education major

lighting. Although the lamps for the fluorescent lighting are a little more expensive, it will offset with the lower cost of energy. Whitley Parker, sophomore

nets turn off lights when leaving a room, turn off running water faucets when not in use and only run air and heating systems when necessary. The funding for the projects

illustration by Kelsey Hargrove ULM goes energy friendly this year by installing energy efficient systems.

are monies from the Louisiana Department of Energy, along with other funds and stimulus money. Therefore the projects will not interfere with the cost of tuition. Jaden Leach, a freshman elementary education major from West Monroe, is joining the “ULM Goes Green” team. “Having an energy efficient

campus is very important,” Leach said. “Not only does energy efficiency save us money, it also cuts down on pollution.” said Leach. Both projects are ongoing and are planned to be set into action as soon as possible. contact Ciera Paul at

Cell reception gets lost in ULM’s vortex by Derek Dark

T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are all cellular servers that don’t get good coverage on ULM’s campus, according to students. With that understanding, many of those students rarely get to experience the full potential of their mobile phone service provider because of “dead zones.” According to results from a recent study, Verizon has the best coverage nation-wide. AT&T is second, followed by Sprint and T-Mobile. Verizon also added the most new contract customers in the last quarter of 2010

year. With the addition of the iPhone 4 for customers, Verizon is predicted to be the top grossed cell phone company of 2011, experts say. Many students said throughout the campus they experience numerous dropped calls, or may never receive calls at all. On top of that, text messages aren’t delivered or received in a timely manner. Students are getting frustrated and eventually began to question their service. Jacob Broussard, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Del-

cambre, thinks there isn’t a spot on campus where the service is great. “The SGA office, CNSB, library, and Masur are where you can find unlimited horrible service,” said Broussard. “The reason I think reception is so bad is because these places are limited due to the amount of people using the same provider in that building alone” said Broussard. Michael McDonald, a freshman business management major from Gonzales, also an AT&T customer, believes that maybe the reason for bad service

is because of metal on the buildings. “I think that the buildings have too much metal on them and it causes the cell phones not to catch good service,” said McDonald. “It’s a discouraging thing that I have to pay $80 a month for my cell phone, when I cant even use my 3g like I want to. When my contract is up, I’m switching to Verizon so that I can get my money’s worth,” said McDonald. contact Derek Dark at

photo by Robert Brown Tiffany DeLaCerda is frustrated that she cannot get cell phone service in the library.

February 07, 2011


Plasma puts cash in students’ pockets Getting students through college: caffeine, burritos and blood by Charles Strauss

The impacts of the sluggish economy are being talked about all over the country. However, rarely does the media highlight the financial pinch being felt by college students today. Many students at the University of Louisiana at Monroe have been finding ways to get extra cash for the extras in life. One way students are earning this extra cash is by donating plasma. Whether paying for rent, tuition, or just a weekend excursion it is always nice to have a little something extra in one’s back pocket. Talecris Plasma Center, which is located right next to campus on DeSiard St., has been running specials that can give up to $110 for donations. Tyler Blacklock, a sophomore psychology major from Forney, Texas, is a fan of donating plasma. “Twice a week you can get anywhere between $75-100,” Blacklock said. “It’s definitely worth it for college students. It’s nice to have spending money for the weekend,” she continued. Jerry “Sweet” Golden, a senior mass communications major from Sulphur, doesn’t think much about donating. “I don’t donate plasma, but

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Community members of Monroe walk out of Telecris after donating.

if I did, I’d probably use it for a cheap date,” Golden said. Some students would put the easily earned funds to more long

at least 18 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and pass a medical examination. When going to the plasma

“It’s definitely worth it for college students. It’s nice to have spending money for the weekend.” -Tyler Blacklock

term plans. Amber Atkins, a sophomore business major from Monroe, plans on putting the money to good use. “I would use it toward one of the trips I have planned this semester,” Atkins said. Donors are required to be

center, a state I.D., social security card and proof of address are required. Most students usually bring homework or a good book along with them as the visits usually last an hour and a half. contact Charles Strauss at


News briefs LSBDC holds workshop Feb. 12

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at ULM is hosting a workshop, “Starting and Financing a Small Business,” from 9-11 a.m. on Feb. 12. The workshop will be held in Admin, Room 2-105. The workshop is recommended for those interested in planning to start a small business, expanding business,etc. Discussion will cover business feasibility, business planning, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources and required licenses. Pre-registration is required, but there is no fee.

All Majors Career Fair scheduled for Feb. 16 Juniors and seniors at ULM are invited to take part in the Spring 2011 career fair in the SUB. The fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The fair is set up to help students generate contacts with local and regional employers. Professional dress is required for all students who are planning to attend. The first 50 guests to register online will receive a 1GB flash drive and are put into a drawing to win a 32 GB Apple iPad. For more information, contact agreen@ulm. edu.



Death: a taboo word

BROOKE HOFSTETTER Death. Just saying the word makes one feel cold and lonely and so extremely uncomfortable we feel guilty for even mentioning it in the first place. In society, talking about life and death is only for the philo-

sophical. I attended my first funeral last weekend for a man I had only met once but felt like I had known him my entire life. As the eulogy was being read for this 85-year-old hero, (he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star from World War II), I found myself elbow deep in tissue. This man not only made an impact for this country, but also on the room full of family surrounding him. As the eulogy continued, the family laughed and cried

as the speaker brought up fond memories of “PawPaw” and his extreme love of ice cream and intense instructions on how to do things his way. As I listened to the wonderful memories and quirky habits of a man the room had gathered to say goodbye to, I wondered what things I would be remembered for. Now, I am not one to contemplate life and death and what it all means; I know when it’s my time to go, it was all in God’s plans. However, I have started

thinking about it a little bit more now. As Taps was played, and the last goodbyes said, I now know I want to live a life like “PawPaw” did. Even though death is not fun to think about, it is important to live the life we want to be remembered for. Being afraid of something (death) is not going to stop it from happening, so start leading a life your family will admire you for.

ton’s looking “unprepared and off-balance” in response to the protests. “For once,” Vennochi writes, Kerry “looks artful, as well as ambitious.” Clinton was tapped to be secretary of state after President Obama won the Democratic primary in 2008 and moved to craft his “team of rivals” government. Kerry had to settle for his current gig, chairman of the Senate armed

services committee. But Kerry hasn’t let it go to waste. He’s delivered important speeches lauded by wonks, his support for an Afghanistan surge helped convince. Obama to do it, and his committee released a report this week finding that American diplomats in Iraq could find themselves in danger after the U.S. fully withdraws. Af-

ter decades in the public eye, “it’s about time Kerry finds his voice,” Vennochi writes. “Out of crisis, comes opportunity.” Not everyone wants Kerry to seize it, however, though the option may look good to liberals. -By Elspeth Reeve

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Ke r r y w a n t s to b e sec r e t a r y of s ta t e ? John Kerry seems to have been carefully positioning himself during the upheaval in Egypt with an eye for a job he’s wanted for years: secretary of state. The Massachusetts senator called on Hosni Mubarak to step down while the White House waited, the Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi notes, capitalizing on Hillary Clin-

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February 07, 2011

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February 07, 2011


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Governor Jindal hikes tuitions costs for students


CHARLES STRAUSS By the third week of class, most of us upper-classmen have our classmates pretty well sized up. The first-week-back outfits, hygiene and hair are starting to slack, except by one special type of ULM student: the Miss Lookin’ Perfect. The general makeup of 10002000 level and elective classes seems surprisingly repetitive. You’ve got at least one TypeA female up front with colorcoordinated supplies, a late guy who always has on head phones with a jacket advertising candy, an athlete in house slippers, a Greek, a mom with lots of kid stories and, my favorite, Miss Lookin’ Perfect. I’m talking about that girl in the freshest outfit every day. Earrings match the necklace, shoes match the purse, hair fixed, often in heels for no occasion. I want you to know that I like what you’re doing. It is borderline altruistic because it just makes ULM a better place to be. When people walk around campus, you’re like an educational ornament. You’ve slightly improved the life of every guy you pass that gets a moment to admire the beauty of God’s greatest work of art, the female body. That’s how you improve my life. Strictly speaking, If I get at

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least two flirty smiles, it is worth rolling out of bed for an hour and 15 minutes of exposure to some inconsequential subject like African Cultural Dance. Miss Lookin’ Perfect exudes self-esteem. If you’re looking good, you’re feeling good. This creates a personal confidence that carries into everything you do. When you feel like you’re looking sexy, you’re less likely to hold poor posture or eat unhealthy. You’re less concerned with the things about your perceived physical flaws and more likely to be outgoing and socially received. I’ll never forget my Spanish 102 Miss Lookin’ Perfect. Dark skin, beautiful eyes, great hair, but what really set me off was the selection of skin coverings she pulled off. Every day something unique

and beautiful adorned her body and every guy in the room appreciated it. Your personality is projected through your style. Although the way you dress doesn’t define you, it’s the means by which you introduce yourself to the world. When there’s no style, there’s no individuality or personal expression. The courage to step out of the masses and claim a look that expresses yourself is the most attractive aspect of style. Ladies, I know looking as good as you do isn’t easy and it makes me appreciate you that much more. The way those tight jeans cling all the way down to your leather boots, you got it going on and it just ain’t right to put that out of sight. contact Charles Strauss at


Governor Bobby Jindal finally introduced a long-term plan to fund universities without more cuts. Hold your applause please; this plan will cost you, the student, more money. For the past three years, higher education has bore the brunt of the steep budget cuts Louisiana has faced. Eliminated degree programs, teacher lay-offs, scholarship cuts, fewer student jobs and now even university mergers are all budget cut consequences students throughout the state have had to endure. Throughout these cuts, most leaders in the state, both in the legislature and the governor’s office, have opposed the notion of raising taxes. After all, a tax increase is not really the best way to get reelected. Nor should it be the first option to overcome a budget shortfall. Waste should be trimmed whenever possible. However, Louisiana has moved well past that point, considering that higher education has been cut some $400 million since 2008-2009. Further cuts may not be a viable option for Jindal in this election year. Higher taxes are definitely a no-no, if you are “in it to win it,” that is. So what do you do? Simple, you raise taxes any-

way but disguise it by calling the raise something else. In this case, call it a tuition hike. A key part in Jindal’s plan is to increase tuition for students throughout the state. Students not only have the stress of school to contend with, but many must also work jobs or rely on loans to support themselves while trying to achieve a degree. A tuition increase will make things even more difficult on these students. With more financial burdens, likely situations could include students taking on more hours at work or taking out bigger loans. Neither will help bolster degree completion rates, which have been ordained by Jindal as the only numbers that matter when evaluating a university. Tuition hikes also serve as a tax on families that fund the majority of their college students’ tuitions. These households may not have to write a bigger check to the state in April, but they will be writing bigger checks at the beginning of each semester. Perhaps Jindal and his strategists figured they lost the college voters and their families long ago. With this tuition hike, Jindal only angers those who are already angry at him, rather than risk losing the support of all voters by initiating an out-right tax. So what if a tuition raise makes things harder for people already strapped for funds? If you get re-elected, isn’t that all that matters, Governor? contact Cole Avery at



Interesting facts about La.: -Louisiana has the tallest state capitol building in the United States; the building is 450 feet tall with 34 floors. -The city of Kaplan is

-The first American army to have African American officers was the confederate Louisiana Native Guards.

February 07, 2011

La. state flag gets graphic

The La. state flag just a few short years ago (left) and the flag as it appears now, thanks to Joseph Louviere (right).

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8th-grader asks legislature to return to original flag drawings by Jaclyn Jones

The social studies project of a 14-year-old stemmed a change in the Louisiana state flag design. In 2006, Joseph Louviere, an eighth grader from Houma, covered the variations of designs on the Louisiana state flag. Louviere questioned the disappearance of blood drops that were once on the mother pelican. “It’s been off and on through history,” Louviere said. The blood represents Louisiana’s willingness to sacrifice itself for the people of the state. Since 1912, a mother pelican feeding her young has been depicted on the flag. Yet, over the years the flag has gone from initially having four drops of blood on the pelican’s breast to zero. It was a change that Louviere

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questioned. His family contacted Representative Damon Baldone about the issue, who then drafted the legislation to add three drops back onto the flag. Louviere was allowed to present his findings to the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee. After his presentation to the committee, a bill was presented

“Some people may not have understood why it [blood] was there to begin with.” Terry Jones ULM professor

and passed. LaQuaneisha Smith, a freshman and undeclared major from Shreveport, didn’t even notice the change. “Truth is, I didn’t even know there were blood drops on the flag to begin with, let alone that they had disappeared.” She continued, “I will admit though, it sounds nasty but at

the same time its cool having blood on the flag. It’s showing everybody Louisiana is a strong state.” As to why the blood disappeared in the first place, ULM history professor Terry Jones believes that the blood drops were not understood. “It was probably overlooked. Some people may not have understood why it [blood] was there to begin with,” Jones said. “I think its better with the blood, it explains the symbolism better.” There were debates as to why the pelican was initially chosen for the flag. “A lot of other states made fun of us and wondered why we chose the pelican, and the blood helps shed light on the symbolism,” said Jones. The bill was passed in 2006 and the new version of the flag was unveiled last year at the swearing in of Lt. Gov.-elect Jay Dardenne.

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Art department gets pottery upgrade by Andrew McDonald

The ULM Art Department received something that has been on the minds of professors and students alike for the past few years: a brand-new kiln. The kiln, used for firing ceramics, was purchased from Geil Kilns at a total cost of around $38,000. It is designed to replace the old kiln that the university has been using since 1981. Ceramics teachers can now monitor it’s firing cycles from their desks because the kiln is complete computerized and can duplicate what would seem like a perfect ceramics firing. Gary Ratcliffe, a ceramics professor at ULM, is elated about the new kiln. “It will fire smoother and more evenly than the last kiln we had,” Ratcliffe said.

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“It’s computerized down to the last detail, leaving us with a quicker, smoother and better firing than the old one. We’re really excited about it.” To many art students, the kiln means that their firings and pottery will look more even. This will result in less wasted pottery and more display pieces to show off to friends. The new kiln means a sleeker product for students’ hard work. Heat is insulated better than

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the last kiln, thanks to fiber ceramics, which results in more even heat distribution. ‘The old one was dangerous because if an arch would happen to fail on the kiln while someone was with it, tons of heat would be sent out of the sides,” said Ratcliffe. The old kiln has been discarded, having been turned into scrap metal.

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R&B duo finally receive ‘RecognitioN’ by Derek Dark

The term “recognition” is defined as identification of something already known or acknowledgement of something as valid. Jerrod Rankin (J-Rod), onehalf of the super R&B duo “RecognitioN” from Magee, Miss., says that’s what they’re trying to gain. J-Rod and Rico Sivad (Rico Davis), were signed to Capitol Records this past summer. It marked the beginning to

getting even more recognition; something they’d been striving for since the age of 13. “Life is a journey and I can’t write about anything I’ve never experienced.” J-rod said. “I love to be challenged, it brings the best out of me,” he added. RecogntioN found their inspiration by many R&B greats like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. They have served as the opening act for artists such as KC and

JoJo, Keyshia Cole, Usher and Lil-Wayne, just to name a few. So what’s next for RecognitioN? Their name is now solidified in the music industry. Their new single “Scratches” is set to debut on BET and MTV Jams really soon. If you want to listen to some of their music, just type 4Recognition in the Google search engine. contact Derek Dark at

A book review:‘Irresistible Revolution’

BRANDY HECKFORD Hanging out with homeless people and living in a community house would not ordinarily be called “irresistible.” However, radical living calls for radical tales, and Shane Claiborne’s book, “Irresistible Revolotion,” is no different. His tales are about a spiritual journey that leaves behind the rules and regulations of the Christian religion and passionately starts to follow Christ. He doesn’t just give to the poor, he lives with them. He doesn’t just pray for Iraq, he goes to visit the Christians there. Claiborne also tells stories of his many arrests for his nonviolent protests for the poor. For Claiborne, Christianity isn’t about going to church, tith-

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ing, or giving to the poor; it’s about serving others. To some religious people Claiborne’s book is offensive, and encourages people to live too radical. While his tales are radical, and his comparison of “emotionally charged Christianity as spiritual masturbation,” is slightly disturbing, his tales are most revealing of the true essence of Christianity and how all pro-

claiming Christians should live. Claiborne goes to great lengths to explain that Christianity is not a religious way or the “American way,” but simply another way to live. This book will open the eyes from the most seasoned saint to the lowliest sinner. contact Brandy Heckford at

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What are you going to wear? by Markeaya Eaton

Ladies, this spring there are some styles that are sticking with us due to the change of the weather. Even though the season is changing soon, some styles are still the same. Short leather jackets, scarves, and leggings are all trends that seem to have made a huge impact. Stilettos never get old when you add a colorful cocktail dress and throw in some stunning accessories. Bold colors like hot pink, sapphire blue, golden yellow and cherry red are a must when

putting your wardrobe together this spring. Booties with leopard print and solid colors are in style this spring to wear with your favorite pair of jeans. Some accessories to add to your outfit can be a sassy hat or a belt to wear over your blouse. This spring big and bold jewelry is in; big necklaces, big bangle bracelets, and oversized earrings can all be used to enhance your look.. Whatever your style is this spring, make sure that you own it and be creative.

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Black History: It’s in our blood by Donald Gibson

For generations, there have been phenomenal contributions made to society by the hands and minds of African-Americans. An African American by the name of Charles Richard Drew helped significantly to change the face of World War II. Drew began researching plasma and blood transfusion while working at Columbia University. He discovered a way to remove the plasma from red blood cells and effectively store the two separately and freezing for later use. He revolutionized the medical profession with his discoveries and set up the first blood bank,

The American Red Cross Blood Bank. He used the blood bank to start the first ever blood drive called “Blood for Britain.” The blood collected was shipped to Britain and given to the wounded soldiers of World War II. After the war, Charles Drew became the Chair of Surgery at Howard University, Washington, D.C. He received the Spingarn Medal in 1944 for his contributions to medical science. Drew lost his life at age 47, after suffering from the wounds of a car accident after he and three other physicians decided to drive to the annual free clinic at Tuskegee in 1950. Though his life was lost, his contribution to history was not.

He still lives on. So the next time you decide to pass by a blood drive, remember this: it’s in our blood to give blood. contact Donald Gibson at

‘The Rite’ gives viewers a fright by Donald Gibson

The new horror film “The Rite,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue and Alice Braga, is a good choice for horror fans across the board. The movie tells the tale of American priest, Michael Kovak (O’donoghue). He is sent to Italy by his seminary professor to participate in a class that teaches priests how to exorcise demons. Michael came from a family of morticians and decided that seminary school was his only exit out of a life he no longer wanted a part in. Anthony Hopkins plays the role of Father Lucas, an exorcism professional and the priest Michael is sent to assist in his dealings with the possessed. Alice Braga plays the role of Angelina, a reporter who travels to Rome to investigate the validity of exorcisms and their effect on the individuals involved. She meets Michael in a class and quickly becomes entangled in the web that begins to spin around him. The graphics were amazing, and the acting was nothing short of what’s expected from the ranks of

Anthony Hopkins. The movie was rated PG-13, which was horrible because the things that viewers are accustomed to flowing out of the mouth of the possessed were not present. Prepare yourself for a good scare and thoughtprovoking ideas as the movie takes you on a spiritual journey into the realm of “El Diablo.” contact Donald Gibson at



February 07, 2011

BCM takes talent, gives money to local camp by Eddie Ray Fountain

It was an inspiring moment, when the college students of ULM took time out of their busy schedules to come to the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Talent Show and contribute money to a worthy cause. The show had a wide range of performances that performed

on stage to a packed house. There were several duets and comedians, and even a rendition of the Spice Girls. The four young ladies called their group “Old Spice” because the act was portraying the girls 50 years later. This skit garnered lots of laughs from the audience because most people at the show

photo courtsey of Denise Myers

Members of ULM’s wake boarding team gather at a local competition.

ULM Wakeboarding named Team of Year Alliance Wake has named the University of Louisiana at Monroe Warhawk Wake Team its 2010 Collegiate Team of the Year. The group, established by team President Nick McDonald in 2009, has become extremely organized and active after just two short years. “I got pressure from former Presidents Adam Silcio of LSU and Ory Comeaux of Louisiana Lafayette, and finally decided we had very strong competitors of our own, right here at ULM,” McDonald said. In its second year of competition, the ULM Wakeboard team landed 13th in the country. Warhawk Wake hosted the first wakeboarding event on Bayou DeSiard last year, the

first collegiate wakeboarding event to be hosted on a college campus. The team is fundraising for an upcoming trip to Long Beach, Calif., where they will compete in Empire Wake’s Collegiate Wake Series Championships will be held. “Usually around three to four times a semester. We plan to host two events this academic year, and we also attend other wakeboarding events all year long that are not competitions,” McDonald said. The club receives support from Swamp Sports Watersports, B&L Marine, The Townsend Family, The Birch Family and the ULM sports club staff. -Courtsey of University Relations

“... the money is going to the Seeker Spring Camp...” -Todd Strain

knew of this all girl, European band that ruled the ‘90s. Todd Strain, the BCM director, enjoyed the show, and was excited to raise money for a local

camp. “The money being raised is going to the Seeker Spring Camp, which is a local camp in Ouachita Parish for under privileged kids,” Strain said. He continued to explain how the the money will be used for kids who don’t have the money to attend camp. At the end of the night Aron

Hughes, who is a senior biology major from Lufkin, Texas, took the trophy. “We were just trying to raise money for the kids,” Hughes said. Overall the BCM raised more than $800 for the kids to attend Seeker Camp. contact Eddie Ray Fountain at

February 07, 2011


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Super Bowl Sunday has always been on a Sunday and is usually held on the last Sunday of January. However, for the first time in history, it was held in February (February 3, 2002.) The reason is, due to the September 11, 2001 attacks, the television schedules were all delayed by one week. It was held the first week of February on the years 2004 and 2005 and has remained the same ever since. Catch you again on February 5, 2012!



Hawks lose 2 on road by Jerry Cox

ULM’s four game winning streak came to a screeching halt last week with two conference road losses against Middle Tennessee and West Kentucky. The Warhawks were dismantled by the Blue Raiders, 87-58 Wednesday. The Warhawks struggled to stay close in the first half before the Blue Raiders took control toward the closing minutes and went into halftime up 54-38. Middle Tennessee then hit 19 straight points, while holding the Warhawks scoreless for six minutes to push it’s lead to 7340. Eliazbeth Torres and Larrie Williams shared a team high 13 points.

Saturday’s loss to Western Kentucky ‘s Hilltoppers was a tale of two halves. The Warhawks stumbled out the gate in the first half, shooting a mere 29 percent from the field and trailing by 22 at halftime, 46-24. But the Warhawks began to mount a furious comeback in the second half, which included a 17-7 run to cut the lead to 10 with five minutes to play. The Warhawks pulled within six with three minutes to play but couldn’t finish the job, ultimately falling to the Hilltoppers, 79-71. Senior guard Elizabeth Torres and freshman guard Alexar Tugler both scored a career high 20

February 07, 2011

Freshman guard Alexar Tugler scored a career, high 14 in the Warhawks loss to Western Kentucky.

and 14, respectively. The Warhawks bring it back to FantEwing Coliuseum this week to play against the Arkansas State Red Wolves Thursday in the Pink Zone game at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday the Warhawks take on the UALR Trojans at 5 in Fant Ewing Colusieum. The game will be televised on the Sunbelt Network. contact Jerry Cox at

Join ULM in Our Fight Against Breast Cancer Thursday Feb.10 Women @ 5:30 p.m. vs Arkansas St. Men @ 7:30 p.m. vs Arkansas St.

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

$5 Pink Zone T-Shirts for Students First 200 Students will receive free Raising Cane’s $1 will be donated to the Kitty DeGree Breast Cancer Fundfor every student in attendance

This exciting new lifestyle cafe and retail store focuses on fitness and wellness by offering delicious crepes, fresh smoothies with boosts, select nutritional supplements and gourmet coffee.


Smoothies Crepes Coffee Nutritional Supplements

If you are in the area, please stop by the Body Cafe to experience this new destination.

Come enjoy free Wi-Fi, iPod-friendly environment with televisions and a relaxed atmosphere. Let Body Cafe help you improve your health, stimulate your mind and fuel your body. Michael Vicari

318. 342. 8002

February 07, 2011



NFL Pro bowl after all All-Star games are supposed to demonstrate the talent of a sport’s best players. The best players are usually divided by region or league and a game is played putting one all-star team against the other in an exhibition game. Basketball, baseball, and hockey leagues each hold their respective events toward the midpoint of the season. Each of these sports also adds some extra flair the Saturday before their exhibition game. Baseball has a homerun der-

ANTHONY DRUMMER by. Basketball has a skills competition that includes a dunk contest, and hockey has a skills competition that gives bragging rights to the players who are the fastest skater and who have the hardest slapshot. This year, the

ULM FOOTBALL WALK-ON TRYOUTS The ULM football program will have a meeting on Thursday, February 10th at 5pm at Malone Stadium for those interested in trying out for the football team.

All those interested must meet the following requirements: -You must be a full-time ULM student -You must have at least a 2.5 GPA -You must have played high school football

Please Contact Vince Logan, Director of Football Operations, at (318) 342-5369 if you have any questions.

National Hockey League even had captains choose their teams rather than use east and west regions to decide teams. The NFL Pro Bowl, however, is unique among the major allstar games. Unlike the others, it takes place at the end of the season and has little or no innovation. It makes sense to hold the game toward the end of the season, because players wouldn’t want to be injured before the season is over. Unfortunately, this late in the season few peo-

ple, including the players, even care. Now that the game is played the week before the Super Bowl, many players selected to play in the game sit out, because they are playing in the big game. This year, James Harrison, Troy Polamalu, and others were replaced with other athletes that were far less deserving to be there. If this wasn’t enough to water down the game, the way the players play is in contrast to the nature of football. Instead of

grinding out each play, defenses aren’t allowed to do real blitzes and players barely bother to tackle. This year’s game saw the NFC take a 42-0 lead and nearly blow it in the second half, and an offensive lineman scored a touchdown, because no one bothered to tackle him aside from a friendly push. The Pro bowl isn’t football anymore, but just a glorified game of seven-on -seven. contact Anthony Drummer at

Streaking in the wrong direction by Anthony Drummer

This past week, the ULM men’s basketball team failed to win a pair of games to Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The Warhawks (6-19, 1-10 SBC) have now lost six-straight games. The Warhawks put up a strong fight against the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee just to end up losing once again in the final minute. The team started off well in the first half as they shot 50 percent from the field and took a 28-23 lead going into halftime. Senior forward Tommie Sykes lead the team with 14 points and nine rebounds, but it would not be enough to win. With 38 seconds remaining, James Gallman of the Blue Raiders sunk a three pointer to push the score to 55-54 as Middle Tennessee went on to win the game 58-54. The Warhawks then headed to Western Kentucky to face the Hilltoppers looking for a win, but it was not to be. The Hilltoppers used a strong first-half performance including a 14-0 run to take a lead of 43-28 into the break. The Warhawks could not overcome the deficit and the final score was 81-61. Junior guard Fred Brown led the Warhawks in scoring with 16 points, and seniors Lawrence Gilbert and Tommie Sykes also managed to score in double digits. The Warhawks will try to get back in the win column this Thursday as they face the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home inside FantEwing Coliseum. contact Anthony Drummer at

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Senior guard Lawerance Gilbert walks off the court in a loss earlier this season.



Berry adds young talent for 2011 February 2nd is a day that high school athletes dream about their whole lives and that the chosen few actually get to be a part of. It is on this day that these young athletes put pen to paper and sign their national letter of intent with their respective colleges. This day is also a day that fans and more importantly, coaches, can’t wait for either. National signing day is a time when programs can add to an already stellar roster or build up in hopes for a better team for the next season. ULM’s second year head coach Todd Berry and his staff, have put together a signing class that they feel will add to an already young and talented team from last season that finished 5-7 and came within one win of making a bowl game. The staff addressed some key places where they thought needed to be filled. In total Berry and his staff signed 21 young men for the 2011 class. Dusty Thibodeaux, founder of, an online Website that covers all things ULM sports said, that “ULM ended up being

ranked seventh in the Sun Belt Conference for the 2011 class.” The Warhawks ended up signing seven players from Louisiana, six from Arkansas, five from Texas, and three from Oklahoma. Of those players, 11 are on offense, eight on the defensive side of the ball, and two special teamers, a kicker and a punter. Dusty Thibodeaux went on to say Berry that “some of these new players brought in will continue to solidify an already established ULM defense and mainly at linebacker.” He also went on to praise Hunter Kissinger (LB Arkansas) and Michael Johnson(LB Arkansas), saying “ these two players are ones to watch for once they arrive on campus.” Expect big things for the ULM Warhawks this coming fall.

2011 ULM Football Signing Class

Brayle Brown Tyler Cain Earnest Carrington Tekemian Ceaser Caleb Gammel Joey Gautney Justin Ginyard Micheal johnson Dillon Jordan Hunter Kissinger Mitch Lane Justin Manton Devontae McNeal Colby Mitchell Jackson Randle Ben Risenhoover Cody Robinson Harley Scioneaux Allen Tatum Joseph Treadwell Devon White


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February 07, 2011

Mardi Gras Ball 2011 Thursday March 3

SUB Ballrooms 9pm ‘til 1am Court & Royalty Presentation Buffet, Drinks, Cash Bar

2011 Mardi Gras Court

Students, Faculty & Staff FREE WITH ULM ID! Student Guest $5 / Faculty Guest $10 Tickets Available in the SGA office Student Center, Room 151

Putting Referendum Money to Work for Students Presented By: ULM Student Government


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