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Oliver receives female athlete of the year

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CALENDAR Monday, February 11 CAB Movie Night- Instant Family, 7: 30 p.m., Bayou Pointe

Tuesday, February 12

Mental Health Awareness, 11 a.m., SUB Overhang R&B Karaoke Night, 6 p.m., CNSB 100

Wednesday, February 13 PreTEA Wednesday: Healthy Hearts, 11 a.m., SUB Overhang

Softball, 3 p.m., @Stephen F. Austin

Thursday, February 14 Kiss Away Cancer, 9 a.m., Quad

Friday, February ULM APhA-ASP Generation Rx Speaker Series: The Devin Harper Lectures, 9 a.m., SUB Ballroom

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Baseball, 7 p.m., @LSU

Saturday, February 16 No events planned

Sunday, February 17 Tennis Vs Delta State, 1:30 p.m., Monroe

Ouachita Parish

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According to KNOE, the town of Sterlington Mayor’s Court and the Town Prosecuting Attorney are teaming up to hold a forgiveness program for drivers with outstanding warrants and tickets. The one-month Warrant and Ticket Amnesty Program, from now through Feb. 28, would allow drivers with outstanding warrants to pay their charge without getting arrested. All non-accident, non-alcoholic related tickets will be changed to Driving without Proper Equipment. This program would apply to outstanding warrants and tickets from 2006 to now. The Sterlington Mayor’s Court is located at the Sterlington Town Hall at 503 Hwy 2, Sterlington, LA 71280. Payments can be made in person or online at “Quickcourt.biz/ sterlington”.

According to KNOE, a Ouachita Parish man was arrested on Thursday for a child molestation investigation that began on Jan. 7, 2019. Dylan Nash, 34, has been accused of molesting two children for years, according to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. The two children, who are now 11-13, informed a relative that they were forced to take part in several sexual acts with the suspect at a Richmond area house. According to court records, the abuse took place “over a number of years.” Nash was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on two counts of molestation of a juvenile, one count of oral sexual battery and two counts of intimidating, impeding or injuring a witness.

MCT-An air cargo shipper and its client on Friday denied knowledge of a small shipment of weapons that Venezuelan authorities said arrived in Valencia earlier this week on a flight from Miami International Airport. A plane operated by 21 Air delivered cargo that included 19 assault rifles, telescopic sights, radio antenna and other material to the international airport in Valencia, according to Endes Palencia, the general of Bolivarian National Guard. The charge drew sharp denials from the Greensboro, N.C.-based air cargo company and a second company that arranged the shipment. A lawyer for 21 Air, Alberto N. Moris, said Friday that the company was never formally notified by Venezuela of any arms seizure and had no knowledge of the cargo that was aboard its plane since it had been chartered by a second company.

MCT-At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when a residential building came crashing down in Istanbul. The multi-storey building was in Kartal, a densely populated district on the Asian side of Istanbul. According to Ali Yerlikaya, Istanbul’s governor, the disaster management team have rescued 13 people so far. Search crews asked bystanders to remain silent so that any screams for help from survivors could be heard. The search was stopped three times in the middle of the night because there was a risk to neighboring apartments. This prompted workers to evacuate seven buildings. Yerlikaya said that special teams used lasers to scan an adjacent 10-storey building that was deemed to be at risk of imminent collapse. The Istanbul prosecutor's office has started an investigation into the cause of the collapse.

Alleged child molestation Cargo with artillery National Guard forgiveness program causes man's arrest arrives in Valencia to combat violence City creates ticket

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DETERMINATION

"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."

February 11 1975: Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for leadership of the British Conservative Party. 1990: Nelson Mandela released after 27 years imprisonment in South Africa. 1993: President Clinton selects Janet Reno to be the first female U.S. Attorney General. 2007: A national referendum in Portugal legalizes non-therapeutic abortion when requested by the woman during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. 2011: Egyptian Revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak and the transfer of power to the Supreme Military Council after 18 days of protests. 2013: Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation on Feb. 28, the first pope to resign since 1415.

Maya Angelou, American poet

Editor's note: The Hawkeye's next issue will be online only due to many editors traveling to attend a regional conference. The next 16page print issue will come out on Monday, Feb. 25. ~Sisam Shretha, Editor in Chief Front page credits: Main photo courtesy: ULM Student Affairs Top sidebar photo: Miles Jordan Bottom sidebar photo courtesy: Siani Oliver Top left graphic courtesy: Pixabay Top right photo: Siddharth Gaulee

TODAY IN HISTORY

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Destini Lunsford focuses on playing hard during last Saturday's home game against Appalachian State.


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CAMPUS LIFE

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BAYOU JAMS: Pictured above is the conceptual design art for the amphitheater that will be built following SGA's vote.

Amphitheater to be built beside Bayou Desiard by Sisam Shrestha

Along with turtles and the bayou, ULM is going to have a new attraction on campus. According to the SGA’s vote on Tuesday, ULM will now have an amphitheater on the west side of the bayou, in front of Starbucks. Many students were upset about the amphitheater’s location. “Many events are held at Bayou Park. But if the amphitheater is built, where will events that have free food, activities and other things be held,” said Anna Seal, a junior dental hygiene major. The project was originally part of the housing construction plan that included the Bayou Village apartments. However, due to financial issues, the plan for an amphitheater had to be stopped. As per the conceptual plan, the amphitheater will

have 180 fixed seats. Compared to how many students attended ULM’s Got Talent, Caroline Milan, Currier a sophomore pre-occupational therapy assistant major, is worried about such limited seating. “This will not hold enough people for events. Plus our weather is only nice approximately three times out of the year for an amphitheater,” Milan said. However, Camille Currier, the vice president for Student Affairs, said that there’s an easy solution to this problem. “You can easily put around 1,000 people with blankets and lawn chairs,” Currier said.

The $1.3 million project will be built using the Student Support fee that has been adding up over the year, according to Currier. The fee came into effect after a university-wide budget cut in 2011. According to Currier, the referendum was voted by students on spring 2012 to support student activities on campus. The fee generates around $1.5 million annually. It is also used to support SGA, Counseling Center, Student Affairs, Student Services and Career Connections. Due to the referendum, it cannot be used to renovate academic buildings. Many students were upset discovering that the fee was being used to build an amphitheater rather than using it on other arts. “If ULM has money to put towards the arts, why not put it towards

repairing our existing art buildings rather than building a new one? Bry [Hall] is practically falling apart with the ceiling leakage and what not. And those who are in charge of the building the amphitheater say they can’t afford to fix it? Well, obviously, that’s a lie,” said Erica Garcia, a senior art major. While Garcia wishes the money could be used for a different art program, some students wish they could use the money for something besides arts. “Why do we need an amphitheater? We already have Bry Hall, Brown Hall, Biedenharn Hall and Spyker,” Seal said. Milan and Seal said they wished that this fee money could be used for a bowling alley, a natatorium or a movie theater. Seal said that places like these could be opened up to the com-

munity and the ULM campus could make a profit. According to Currier, the fee can neither be used for on-campus housing renovations. SGA’s vote on Tuesday allowed the fee to be used for the amphitheater’s construction. Although the policy to use the amphitheater hasn’t been set yet, Currier said that it can be used for both RSO and outside events. Keeping in mind the nearby library and residential halls, Currier said that the amphitheater would not have late night events in the middle of the week. The plan also took suggestions from Deborah Chandler, the director of Choral Activities, for possible VAPA uses. contact Sisam Shrestha at shrest8@warhawks.ulm.edu


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OPINION OPINION

HAWKEYE P.O.V.

Amphitheater nice idea, not what we need Recently, the school administration went to the Student Government Association and asked it to vote on plans to build an amphitheater. After much debate and a Q&A session with Camile Currier, the vice president for Student Affairs, the SGA voted to approve plans for the building of the new amphitheater. The planned construction will be located in Bayou Park beside the University Suites. The total cost of the construction will be around $1.3 million. All of the funds for the project are expected to be paid for through the Student Support fee. The student support fee generates funds to pay for initiatives, programming, personnel, operations and projects benefitting all students of ULM. The money raised by this fee cannot go towards renovating dormitories or academic

buildings. According to Currier, the plan for an amphitheater had long ago been suggested but never accomplished. We love seeing the school prosper but can’t help and think the money has a better use doing something else. As the campus grows, having things like an amphitheater makes sense, but is that what the students want? No. The Bayou Pointe Student Event Center left a bad taste in student’s mouths after it was unveiled. Students were not happy about having to pay to use something that was funded through student fees. When the question of will students be required to pay to use the amphitheater was raised the answer was unclear. It was, however, said that the amphitheater will be available for members of the community to use for a fee. That being said, it seems like this amphitheater idea is more

of a ploy to get more money out of the community than it is to benefit the students. The fact-of-the-matter is right now, there are no other options on the table. If the administration wants to wait, a good solution to keep the students happy and supportive of their plans is to include them in the planning process for any future constructions involving student fees. Let it be known that students have the options to propose ideas for the money to be used for. When the Natatorium was torn down, there was a student wide vote to determine what was to replace it. Let’s have one for this next project. Just don’t give us one option and let the SGA vote on it. Although some senators voted against the plan for the amphitheater, most see it like this: something’s better than nothing and vote “yes.”

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Time for media to adapt Miles Jordan Death and change are the two inevitable parts of life. Buzz Feed is experiencing both in the dawn of 2019 as over 2,000 employees have been laid off. The latest Buzz Feed news raises an age-old question of the long term viability of television, radio and especially in Buzz Feed’s case newspaper. The answer to the question is not as simple though. Clearly, none of the media trifectas are obsolete, but they are not what they once were. The cliché story is that radio and newspapers were supreme until TV came along, and then TV was supreme until the internet. This is true. However, this does not make the individual services dead. While they are not dead, each

service will never be what it once was and that’s where the conversation becomes important. Daily newspapers have become a thing of the past and the likelihood of their revival is low. Similarly, the era of radio dominance is gone too. According to pewresearch, all major news media fell beside the radio in 2017. The newspaper went down 11 percent in daily circulation, cable TV went down 12 percent, network TV went down seven percent during nightly news and 10 percent for daily news. Radio, though, grew in 2017. Radio is the example to look at and to follow. Radio’s recent success is due to multiple factors. The main factor is that radio reaches nearly 90 percent of adults on a weekly basis. Beyond the sheer numbers, radio has successfully tapped into GenZ by using Spotify and Apple as major radio sources. The third reason is the growth of podcasts and the widespread appeal they have. According to Edisonresearch, nearly 60 percent of podcast listeners are aged 18 to 54. Television and newspapers have to figure out a way to use the successes of radio as a template for success. They also have to understand that

striving for the results of yesteryear will certainly lead to failure. The first step for newspapers is to understand that the future is digital. The print edition can exist, but the digital needs to be the focal point. The main reason for this is that the advertisement needs to be online. Advertising in a print edition that fewer people read makes no sense. There is no incentive for an advertiser to give advertisements in a print version. Second, newspaper companies must create better websites. The truth is few people want to interact with an old, run-down website. The better the interface, the better the quality of the website and the more people will look. Younger generations like images, good interfaces and aesthetic quality not just articles and quality of writing. The quality of writing is still important, but that needs to be combined with quality web media as well. Other than going digital newspapers need to crank up the production. Other than competing with each other, newspapers have to compete with social media users who don’t follow the same guidelines when sharing news that

traditional journalists do. Weekly newspapers have it the hardest because for today’s consumers, there’s no difference between being a day old or a week old. The most important change as it relates to print editions is to go away from broadsheets and to understand that tabloids are the best form of paper for current media consumers. Broadsheets are too text heavy for young people. Tabloids have the capability of having the proper amount of articles, graphics and photographs. Television has several issues affecting it’s long term viability. Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu keep driving people away from cable based subscriptions. In today’s age, people value convenience and accessibility over anything else. A generation of people who’ve grown up having all their desired content on demand will not settle for major television networks deciding when they’re going to release their content. Netflix will produce original series and have whole seasons available at once to watch. Other than entertainment, news is becoming more widespread due to advances in technology.

Thanks to cellphones and live streaming capabilities, you no longer have to wait until the next newscast to get your dosage of content. News organizations in an effort to draw more viewers will go live on social media during off hours to better keep their audience informed. The most important thing for media sources to understand is that reaching old heights will not happen, but that does not mean growth and improvement is impossible. TV and newspaper have to understand the demographics that they are aiming for and make their content specific to that group. Adapt to today’s culture and follow the herd. As great of an idea as it is to try and get everyone to read or watch, it is an unrealistic model for success. Magazines have maintained their audience due to having a very specific target in mind and catering to them. The capability of success for the older media is there, but they have got to take it upon themselves and learn. contact Miles Jordan at jordanm1@warhawks.ulm.edu


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Valentine’s day is overrated, stupid

Chelsea Terrell Valentine’s day is the day of the year where lovers and partners recognize their other half with cheesy cards, gifts and the typical dinner date. Meanwhile, single people sit at home depressed that they are single and how unloved they feel. Valentine’s day is very overrated and unnecessary. First, love is about a true bond between two people who accept each other for who they are, not about some man in a diaper with an arrow choosing who you should love. Valentine’s day is the one day of the year where you are expected to

show your love for your partner in extravagant ways. Everyday of the year should be an opportunity for couples to express their love for each other. The day is also only about materialistic ways to portray your care for one another. The day is designated for people to stress out about what to get their significant others. No one should have to buy overpriced jewelry or a big box of chocolate just to show how much they love their partner. The day of love is also a huge marketing scheme for the entire country with people spending an average of $150 just on flowers, chocolate and overpriced dinner for their spouse. Most people are likely to still be broke from Christmas, yet they are expected to spend at least another $100 only a month later. For example, according to the National Retail Federation, people will spend an average of $161.96 this Valentine’s Day. That’s up 13 percent from last year’s $143.56. Those who celebrate Valentine’s day definitely overspend on their

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loved one. Finally, Valentine’s day is very sexist towards the males in a relationship. Men are expected to buy all the gifts and plan out everything while women just look forward to what they will receive from their partner. Men also spend a lot more than women do on Valentine’s day. The National Retail Federation website said men are the biggest spenders at $229.54, up 20 percent from last year. That’s more than double the $97.77 women said they would spend. The day eventually becomes a huge headache for men in relationships. Similarly, many people also propose to their loved ones or get married on Feb. 14 which is very cliché and overrated as well. Don’t get me wrong I am not a love hater, I just believe Valentine’s day should just be another simple holiday that is recognized but not overly celebrated. contact Chelsea Terrell at terrelcl@warhawks.ulm.edu

Love deserves its own day to shine

Erika Guerrero Is Valentine’s day truly as overrated as people make it out to be? No. Feb. 14. is a day that is supposed to represent every aspect of love by showering that special someone with chocolates and flowers. Those who are not in a relationship, tend to believe that this holiday is a waste of time. Valentine’s day has become one of the most-disliked, mainstream holidays over the years. Of course, Valentine’s day brings on a lot of extra stress that may not be all that necessary, but when

you get past all of the materialistic aspects of this holiday, you can find actual meaning and purpose to it. So, if you are one of many who are ready to throw the idea of Valentine’s day out the door, hear me out before you do so. Here are my five personal reasons that Valentine’s day is worth celebrating. You can use Valentine’s day as an excuse to pamper yourself. Stay in and curl up to a good book, binge watch that series on Netflix that you’ve been wanting to watch or maybe just soak in a nice bubble bath. While you are at it, grab a bag of chocolate and popcorn and call it a night. Buy yourself that shirt or those shoes you’ve been eyeballing. It gives you a reason to put on some nice clothes and to go out with your friends or family. Contrary to what many people believe, you do not have to have a significant other to celebrate Valentine’s day. Take this day to show your friends and family they are special to you. If you do have a significant

other on Valentine’s day, this is the perfect opportunity to spoil them a little extra. Buy those flowers, get that box of chocolates, pick out the perfect card and make those reservations to their favorite restaurant. Or just have a movie night with the two of you. No matter what you choose, it will make them feel special knowing that you put extra effort into making them happy. And finally, who doesn’t like half-priced candy? The day after Valentine’s day is the perfect day to stock up on all of your candy needs without breaking the bank. The point is, it’s not about the gifts, it is the simple fact that someone took a small amount of time out of their day to make you feel a little extra special. Just because you are single doesn’t mean you should count the holiday out and label it overrated. Love should always be something that is celebrated because after all, none of us would exist without love.

contact Erika Guerrero at guerreec@warhawks.ulm.edu

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ULM Sculpture Garden is slowly disappearing

The ULM Sculpture Garden is an art-in-public-places venue that exhibits six large-scale sculptures and held its dirst exhibition in 2005. The coordinator of the garden is associate art professor Cliff Tresner. The sculpture garden is free, open to the public and located between Spyker Theater, Biedenharn Hall and the Sound of

Today Ban Buiding. The area includes pedestals and lighting for the six works. Lately, the sculptures have started disappering. Where there used to be six statues, there is only one. Pick up the next edition of the Haweye to learn more about what’s happening to the ULM Sculpture Garden.

photo by Amelia Wilkes

Counseling program ranks among top 20 in country by Miles Jordan

The string of awards for the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s online program continued in late January. The online counseling graduate program was named to be among the top 20 in the country by HumanServicesEdu.org. The ULM Online program is a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The recognition comes from research by HumanServicesEdu.org. They weigh schools by

their intrinsic values, their specialty tracks, the number of courses and the overall accreditation of the program. “Knowing that our academic online programs are being recognized as a great learning experience for students is exciting. We have many wonderful programs available online that serve students who cannot come to campus for their education. Recognition like this accolade shows that we are doing some things right,” said Katie Dawson, interim director for online pro-

grams. Part of the program’s success is their Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. CACREP accreditation is important in Dawson recognizing the success and reputation of the program. “This is a high distinction, because it shows that our program is recognized as a program that meets or exceeds national standards in counseling education,” Dawson said. For Thomas Foster, the new program director for the counseling program, the answer for the success is simple. “We’re the best-kept secret for online counseling programs,” Foster said. The other portion of success is the price. “Most online programs are for for-profit universities like Phoenix and Kaplan. This is still a

state school. We keep the prices down. We’re not advertising like Phoenix or Kaplan,” Foster said. ULM online students pay $500 per course in the online program compared to University of Phoenix’s $1194 and Kaplan’s $1113. “We’re a very inexpensive master’s degree. Now, it just so happens we have quality people, and I think that speaks for itself as well,” said David Hale, former program director. The other driving force of ULM’s online success compared to Kaplan, Phoenix and other for-profit online programs are the weight of the degree. ULM is a state school that has been around since 1931 compared to Kaplan’s 1937 and Phoenix’s 1976. The longevity of ULM and being a state school make it a powerful player for online program success. contact Miles jordan at jordanmb@warhawks.ulm.edu


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SAY CHEESE: Dr. Pamela Saulsberry is all smiles in her office after attending the first meeting for Louisiana’s Empowering Families to Live Well Council.

Saulsberry appointed to special La. council by Cameron Ott

Pamela Saulsberry recently attended the first of many meetings as a committee member for Louisiana’s Empowering Families to Live Well Council. According to Saulsberry, the committee “has been charged with the duty to create a state strategic plan that will benefit and empower struggling families throughout Louisiana in getting out of poverty.” Eric Pani, vice president of Academic Affairs, was instrumental in the nomination of Sauls-berry to this organization due to his position in the university. Before the council began in late Jan., the University of Louisiana System contacted several member universities to put forth nominees for the council. ULM officially nominated Saulsberry not long after. Pani nominated Saulsberry because of recommendations from the university’s deans and “her academic background in social work, her experience with projects serving

families in need and her long history in Louisiana.” After Saulsberry’s nomination was finalized by the university, she attended the first meeting on Jan. 25. The committee meeting was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Governor’s Press Room in the Louisiana State Capitol. Saulsberry said that the committee is made up of different professions like government workers, politicians and welfare workers. In fact, she was one of the only professors in attendance. The key idea for this decision was to have a wide variety of ideas from all walks of life. Due to this diversity and a passion for those suffering in Louisiana’s system, Saulsberry feels like the first meeting was a major success. A new plan to deal with the problem of poverty in Louisiana is already in the works as of the first meeting. Saulsberry is very excited for what is next for the council. Several of Saulsberry’s students were delighted to hear that their professor was nominated to such an

important committee. Terri Honoré, a senior social work major, believes Saulsberry is the perfect choice for the committee as well. Honoré said Saulsberry’s “reputation and genuine heart for service within the community of Monroe and Louisiana in general is unsurpassed. She’s a woman true to her profession of social work and a defender of social work ethics.” Saulsberry has also been recognized for her work as the organizer for the MLK Day of Service by Monroe. She was presented the Unity Award at the City of Monroe 40th Annual Birthday Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of the event was “Service to Our Community.” The Unity Award and five other awards recognized local achievers and leaders who “honored Dr. King by their contributions to education, community service, public service, justice and other humanitarian efforts.” contact Cameron Ott at ottcw@warhawks.ulm.edu

VAPA -NING? -NING?

graphic by Siddharth Gaulee

by Ethan Dennis

Here is what’s happening in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at ULM: Over the past two weekends, the music sector of ULM’s Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) welcomed over 800 fourth through 12th grade singers and instrumentalists to the campus. Six concerts brought standing-room only crowds to Brown Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. On Friday, Feb. 8, VAPA hosted their annual Brass Day, a free educational clinic for all brass players. This event included performances and clinics by several ULM brass faculty and guest Davis artists. “Unity in the Community” is an upcoming event to continue the mission of building a bridge to make positive changes in the Monroe community. This event takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Greater New Antioch Baptist Church.

Guests at the event will include local and state dignitaries and the presidents of ULM and Grambling Chandler State University, Nick Bruno and Rick Gallot, respectively. Leading the Unity Choir will be Dr. Brandon Boyd from the University of Missouri. The choir will include the Grambling State University Choir, their director, Natorshau Davis, the ULM Concert Choir and the Monroe Symphony Chorus, directed by Dr. Deborah Chandler. Members of local church and high school choirs will also join in. Finally, don’t forget to get your ticket to VAPA’s spring production, the Phantom of the Opera. It runs from March 21-24. Students receive one free ticket with an ID, and general public tickets are $15. More information can be found at ulm.edu/VAPA website or visit the VAPA office in the Biedenharn Music Building. contact Ethan Dennis at dennisec@warhawks.ulm.edu


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FREESTYLE

GHOST STORIES: Brindan Eisler, Hal Mayfield, Cole Deriso and Jacob Lofton practice for their upcoming tour as Hal Mayfield and the Velvet Cowboys.

Hal Mayfield, band reveal 2nd album by Miles Jordan

In the middle of the trailer’s living room is the old orange couch of a now-dead man. Jamison and coffee sit on the counter in the living room-made studio. Freshman English major Hal Mayfield stands in the left-hand corner of the room conducting his bandmates in a practice of their new album, “Ghost Stories.” The band, Hal Mayfield and the Velvet Cowboys, in its current form, is a quartet led by Mayfield with ULM junior psychology major and drummer, Cole Deriso alongside guitarist Brindan Eisler and bassist Jacob Lofton, who also plays with another band, Astro Motel. The process to nail down Eisler and Lofton as the other members was a process of swing and miss. “Me and Cole started playing together about three years ago and just rolled with that for a while, because we couldn’t get adding any other members to work out,” Mayfield said. The new album hit stores in late 2018. The album is the continual culmination of Mayfield’s dream. After the release of the album, Mayfield and the band toured three different states. However, the tour stalled for a short period of time due to transmission issues in a remote part of Kansas. “There was nothing but a gas station and a truck stop. There were at least twelve cats around one food bowl and just two wrinkly, old ladies,” Mayfield said. The 10-song album released Nov. 16, 2018, is the second album of Mayfield’s that he’s created. The Deriso whole album was created by Mayfield and Deriso. Like most college kids, Mayfield and Deriso created a DIY set-up in their Calhoun trailer. The majority of the album was created there, and the other portion was at Mayfield’s parents’ home. The set-up was due to the lack of insulation for proper studio sound in his parent’s house. So, like any budding musician would do, he put every blanket and pillow into his bathroom to insulate it. This became his makeshift studio for a while. “I didn’t do it very well- the part I recorded at my parent’s house I taped sleeping bags to the ceilings above

the drum kit and like crammed pillows into the light fixtures over that. I had to re-do it every time I went in there,” Mayfield said. The humor and success of it came when Mayfield and Deriso moved into their own home. They remade the set-up but never bothered to take it down. This hard work and creativity have been in Mayfield’s life for a long time. This stemmed from a love of the fiddle and success playing the fiddle when he was young. “He was very serious about his fiddle playing and became a state championship contender as a young teenager,” said Damon Mayfield, Hal’s dad. The fiddle was his gateway, but a concert by The Avett Brothers confirmed for Hal that music was it. “On the way back to the car he said ‘I no longer have any doubt what I want to do with my life,’” Mayfield’s dad said. Beyond musical success in contests, Mayfield loved music so much that he carried his guitar at dusk to Lover’s Leap in Queen Wilhelmina State Park. “Hal was carrying his guitar the Damon Mayfield whole hike and when we got to the top we both sang and played as loud as we could,” Deriso said. The Deriso and Mayfield partnership happened by chance three years ago, when they were both in high school. “I had literally never touched a drum set in my life until my uncle moved and gave me his kit. Hal asked if I wanted to play with him, I said ‘yes,’ and a week later, we played in front of people for the first time,” Deriso said. The time in between their beginning to now has been full of a strong dedication best achieved by musicians. Today, the goal is the same going forward. “Next is a lot of writing, hopefully, some more recordings soon and definitely a good bit of touring this summer,” Mayfield said. photos by Miles Jordan

contact Miles Jordan at jordanm18@warhawks.ulm.edu

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Hal Mayfield, the leading man of Hal Mayfield and the Velvet Cowboys, has band practice in his homemade studio.


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SPEAK WITH INTENT: Guest speaker Johnny Quinn talks about the importance of not letting everyone speak into your life.

“I think it is so important who you let speak into your life. It really matters.” Johnny Quinn, U. S. Olympian

FOCUS ON ME: President Bruno, Camile Currier and students gather in the Hangar to listen to former profootball player Johnny Quinn speak about the importance of being who you are.

Quinn inspires students to never give up by Ashlyn Dupree Always being told you were not good enough for the NFL or the Canadian Football League never stopped Johnny Quinn. Quinn pushed through the barriers of being told no and soon changed directions to become an Olympic bobsledder. On Thursday, Feb. 7, Quinn inspired ULM students and faculty to never give up and to continue to push through boundaries. Even President Nick Bruno and Camille Currier, vice president of Student Affairs, listened to Quinn’s presentation. Campus Activities Board hosted Johnny Quinn in the SUB ballroom to motivate students during the spring semester. Not only did this event have Quinn speak, but free catfish, hush puppies, coleslaw, fries and drinks from Catfish Charlie’s was provided. Erick Burton, the Leadership Workshop

committee head for CAB, was very impressed with the turnout for the Johnny Quinn event; it exceeded his expectations. Burton said that Quinn did so many different jobs that he was the perfect mo- Woods tivational speaker for students who want to do something big feel like they can’t. Destinee Woods, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major, was inspired by Quinn’s presentation. “The man had three injuries in the NFL, and he didn’t stop. Now, he did something big- he went to the Olympics. That’s bigger than the NFL. He reminded me to never give up and to keep pushing for my dreams even if it gets a little discouraging,” Woods said. Quinn said that what motivates him to continue to push through barriers is his faith,

family and friends. “The people I let speak into my life kept me encouraged during those tough times. I think it is so important who you let speak into your life. It really matters,” Quinn said. During Quinn’s presentation, he talked about how people compare themselves with others. Quinn said it is important to not compare yourself to others, but instead, be content with who you are. Joei Bailey, a freshman biology major, said that one of the big takeaways she got from Quinn’s motivational speech was to not compare herself to others and to be content with who she was and what she wanted to become. Quinn also said that everyone needs a mentor in their life; it doesn’t matter how a person receives mentorship whether it be face-toface, through podcasts, books, social media or any other outlets as long as you are learning some kind of wisdom from that person.

One aspect of mentorship Quinn turned to was reading books. “One thing that really transformed me is reading. I started reading after the first time I got cut, because I needed to find out Bailey if other people had failures, and if so, how did they bounce back. I found this through reading,” Quinn said. Quinn is able to offer mentorship through his book, “Push: Breaking through the Barriers.” If you feel like you missed out on this inspirational event, don’t worry. You can find his book, “Push: Breaking through the Barriers,” at Barnes & Noble, Target and Amazon.

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NEWS

photos courtesy Chuck Riddick

WARHAWK PRIDE: ULM faculty and alumni show off their talons after Thursday’s “Life After Graduation” event.

Alumni return, discuss life after graduation by Alfonzo Galvan

In a room full of about 50 different communication majors, Tyler Smith, a 2016 graduate of the program at ULM, told the room, “Everyday was a learning curve,” and “I didn’t always love my job.” It was a glimpse of the reality for the students in the room at life after graduation. Thursday, the communication department put on “Life After Graduation,” an event that brought former ULM communication majors back to their alma mater to discuss what they’ve been doing since graduation. While six participants were announced, only four made it-two had to miss out due to illness. Tyler Smith and Kami May, both 2016 graduates, were joined by Kendrick Jones and Robin Ozburn, both 2017 graduates. “They spoke about doubts they had in college, Riddick their internship experiences and how well ULM prepared them for the ‘grown-up world,’” said Chuck Riddick, a junior communication major and one of the organizers of the event. Riddick alongside Allison Nunnelee, also a junior communication major, are both practicum students who helped organize the event under the watchful eye of Lesli Pace, an associate professor and the program coordinator for

DISCUSS: Dr. Joshua Comer speaks to Allison Nunnelee, a junior communication major, after the event.

communication. Participants took turns sharing their experiences at and away from ULM. After this, the crowd of students took part in a Q&A session with the audience. After the

session was over, a reception was held where students could more freely meet and interact with the graduates. All four guest speakers highlighted the importance of doing well at an internship, which

is a graduation requirement for communication majors. Kami May was the first to speak about this issue. “Prepare like you are gonna get that job at the May end of your internship,” May said. May, like Ozburn, was hired to the company she interned for. She now works at United Way, a non-profit organization, and also, as a morning DJ. During football season, she is a color analyst for high school football. Smith backed up May’s statements and said, “Get as much experience as you can in your field before graduation.” Smith worked for the school newspaper and student-run radio station at ULM before interning for his future employer KNOE. Now, Smith is a morning anchor for KNOE News’ show, “Good Morning ArkLaMiss.” Thursday’s event meant to help students learn from their predecessors and network, but this isn’t the only event the communication department has planned this semester. According to Riddick, more events have been planned for students and will be announced soon. contact Alfonzo Galvan at galvana@warhawks.ulm.edu


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Downtown Art Crawl embraces diversity Artists shed light on people of color’s struggles by Madison Smith

The temperature dropped into the 40’s late Thursday evening. The overcast sky, icy wind and intermittent rain was enough to keep anyone inside, but ULM students and Monroe residents put on their coats and grabbed their umbrellas to support local artist in this month’s art crawl. The event was lovingly put together and executed by the Downtown Art’s Alliance. Warm coffee and hot chocolate were available for purchase to combat the cold, and live music could still be heard along the streets. “This weather was definitely not ideal, but I’m still very happy with the turnout. The herons in the Palace Hall exhibit have been the most popular ones tonight,” said Jen Brister, a board member of the art crawl for the past two years. The art crawl is an opportunity for students and people from the community to showcase and make money off their work. However, this event is important for another reason. “It’s important for us to create this environment, because it keeps local talent in Monroe. It shows artists that they don’t have to leave our city to have a chance to show off their art,” Brister said. Diversity was the overwhelming theme of this month’s art crawl. Undergraduate and graduate students from Louisiana Tech University used their art to create a dialogue about topics concerning diversity and inclusivity that were important to them. Dellanee Wade, a masters in fine arts student, chose her thesis topic to encompass the effect of studio art, mixed media and graphic design on predominately black areas. “I’ve always been an advocate for social change and I wanted to acknowledge a big story. I wanted to research fine arts and graphic design curriculum and how impactful it was to communities that were predominately people of color,” Wade said. Her work showed charts and graphs detailing what states offered these

courses and the subsequent effect it had on the student’s outcomes. Cinthia Alicia Rincón, a student at Tech, had a different approach. “There’s a lot of political discourse happening in the media about the Latina community. A lot of it is negative, untrue stereotypes and even the president has made very harmful comments. It’s a mess, and it doesn’t show that behind these stereotypes are real people with real emotions and lives that we’re messing with. I wanted to show that through my art,” Rincón said. Rincón’s pieces were based off a very popular playing card game called Mexican bingo. On each playing card was a different personal story from the Latina Americans she interviewed. The people’s names remained anonymous, but their stories were typed out and placed next to their respective playing card created using a technique called digital painting. “Playing cards are fragile and can be easily ripped, torn or broken. I think that was the perfect metaphor for these people’s lives. I feel that many people and our president see them as statistics because of media miscommunication. I want my art to be a way of reconnecting the audience and starting a new dialogue,” Rincón said. Rincón grew up in an area she says was very diverse. Because there were so many different people from various backgrounds around, she didn’t see the differences. However, when she moved to Arizona, a Senate bill named 1070 was passed that made it legal to deport immigrants even if they were proper U.S. citizens. “It was a real eye opener. I realized that there was a real danger and consequence for being labeled different,” Rincón said. Stories and anecdotes such as these show the importance of the Monroe Art Crawl. Not only is it an opportunity for artists, but it can be a learning environment for topics that we may not be aware of already. Artists like Wade and Rincón use their talents to give people of color an outlet to express their struggles. Brave artists like them help teach about other peoples’ lives through art. contact Madison Smith at smithmm@warhawks.ulm.edu

ART TAKES COURAGE: People explore downtown Monroe and look at art created by local artists.

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FREESTYLE: FREESTYLE VALENTINE’S DAY

Foolproof guide to Valentine’s gifts by Alfonzo Galvan

There’s a misconception that finding a gift for your significant other is a hard task to complete. Valentine’s day is an easy day for gifts. It’s a no brainer, people. Before I begin suggesting foolproof gift ideas, let me start off with some don’ts. First, don’t ask the person you’re planning on getting a gift for what they want. One, it’s lazy. And two, you’re unlikely to get a clear response, so save yourself some time. Second, don’t wait until the last minute to make your purchase. This just makes you look lazy again. And finally, if you spend a lot of money, don’t brag about it. Now, for what everyone is here for-the gifts.

look nice. If you really want to make a statement, Amazon has stepped up their game and have the lowest prices on roses. The only catch is you have to arrange them yourself. One hundred roses for $100 is better than 12 for the same price at the flower shop so consider Amazon. Also, pro-tip: if you are going the traditional route, put some extra effort into it. Two or three dozen roses look better than one, just like a huge teddy bear is better than a small one.

1. Tradition is key Tradition is king and top of the gift idea list. You can’t go wrong with roses, chocolates or stuffed animals. I refer to these as the Holy Trinity of Valentine’s day. It’s what people expect on Valentine’s day. You’re not reinventing the wheel here, and you don’t want your significant other to be the only person in the room without one of these three staples. Be prepared to spend more than you wish for around this season, because prices will go up. Here’s a hint for those interested in buying flowers, specifically roses. If you don’t want to spend much, skip the flower shop. Crazy as it might sound, flower shops aren’t the only place you can buy roses. Supermarkets tend to have nice arrangements around this time. I highly recommend Sam’s Club as their flowers always

of artwork. A good hint I got recently was to get your loved one. something they can use or wear often that reminds them of you.

3. Dinner arrangements Dinner arrangements have also become expected for Valentine’s day. Reservations fill up quick so get yours immediately. If you have cooking skills that you don’t showcase often, use that to your advantage and have your partner over for dinner. If you decide to go out without a reservation, call ahead for wait times. Years of experience have shown me that fancier restaurants like steakhouses or Italian restaurants have bigger crowds, so you might want to avoid them. Mexican restaurants are typically slower if you enjoy them. They’d be a good option. Food is food, so long as both of you understand that, you should be good eating anywhere.

Geno’s Italian Restaurant: One option for Valentine’s day dinner is Geno’s Italian Restaurant. At Geno’s, they have many different options like ravioli, chicken parmigiana and shrimp alfredo. After a lovely dinner, you can dive into Geno’s delicious desserts. Geno’s is inexpensive with prices ranging from $10 to $17. Geno’s will provide each table with a box of chocolate and roses. Geno’s is located on 705 N 8th St. Make sure to reserve a table for you and your date.

4. Consider your partner’s needs

2. Creative gifts For those wanting to be anything but traditional, creativity is the way to go. Other than being creative, you have to show your person that you’ve kept them in mind when choosing a gift. Bath supply baskets are becoming increasingly popular this time of the year, as well as DIY gifts like paintings and other forms

The last piece of advice I want to give everyone is that not everybody likes to be given a present or taken out to dinner. What’s important is your time and how you enjoy it. If the person you’re seeing continuously states that they don’t want anything, sometimes it’s best to give them that. And if you do give someone a gift, whatever it is, a handwritten card on the side will make all the difference. contact Alfonzo Galvan at galvana@warhawks.ulm.edu

How to enjoy Valentine’s day when single by Chelsea Terrell

Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be a miserable holiday for singles. There are many ways to occupy your time on Feb. 14 that doesn’t involve being in a relationship. For singles, the best thing to do on Valentine’s day is to keep yourself busy. Instead of being unhappy, scrolling through pictures of couples and their cliché gifts or Valentine’s dates, find something else to do. On Valentine’s day, you could see a movie, go roller skating, bowling or shopping with your single friends. Get a group of friends, loved ones or even acquaintances that are single and go somewhere to celebrate the holiday. Have a single friend dinner date where you go to a typical Valentine’s day dinner together. It is always better to spend the day with people who are in your shoes and know how it feels to not have a significant other. You do not need anyone showering you with

Valentine’s day dinner dates

Valentine’s day presents. Treat yourself to a sweet night of chocolate and wine in front of your TV watching your favorite movies. You could even create your own mini spa night at your house or dorm. Focus on yourself for the night. Everyone can use a relaxing night alone just enjoying peace and quiet away from their busy lives. Enjoy the day in your own way and not let what others

are doing for Valentine’s day affect your mood. Remind yourself of how much money you are saving on flowers, chocolates and an expensive date. Enjoy being single, and don’t be disappointed, because others are happy with their significant others. There are many single people enjoying Valentine’s day by treating themselves not someone else. You can do the same. Many also spend Valentine’s day buried in school work. They even make sure they work on that day to keep themselves busy. It is very lonely to see your friends and loved ones celebrating Valentine’s day with their partner or spouse. However, you do not need a significant other to enjoy your own version of Valentine’s day. Everyone should enjoy themselves whether it is by loving your significant other, treating yourself or spending time with a group of friends. contact Chelsea Terrell at terrelcl@warhawks.ulm.edu

Waterfront Grill: If you are looking for something a little more upscale, look no further than the Waterfront Grill. Waterfront Grill has seafood and Cajun options for those who want a taste of the bayou. While Waterfront Grill does have yummy entrees like Bahama rock lobster tail, baked catfish almondine and waterfront shrimp, the price is expensive. But this can be expected of any restaurant that serves ribeye and seafood. Save room for dessert because Waterfront Grill has a tableside banana foster, Jane’s white chocolate bread pudding and cheesecake. Waterfront Grill is on 5201 Desiard St.

Ronin Steak House: One not-so-typical restaurant for Valentine’s day is Ronin Steak House and Sushi. Ronin has chefs that will cook food in front of you which provides entertainment for you and your loved one. On Valentine’s day, you could convince the chefs to make your fried rice shaped like a heart. Ronin has different options like sushi, steak and teriyaki. While Ronin is a bit expensive, you could get a New York strip and shrimp for $20. For dessert, you and your date can be adventurous and try green tea ice cream, chocolate xango or mochi. Ronin is located on 1119 Garrett Rd., and no reservation is needed.


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Crossword

Horoscope Aries You’re earning your pay. A balanced bank account is only part of the story. Make an important and potentially lucrative connection. A dream seems within reach.

Down 1 Nitrous __ 2 Theorize 3 *Grade-boosting option 4 Crotchety oldster 5 Attacks 6 Got off a horse 7 XKE, for short 8 *Singer’s spouse who co-wrote “Ring of Fire” 9 Raves about 10 Play about Capote 11 Rowing tool 12 TV scientist whose show has won 19 Emmys 14 *Chess situation that forces a draw 18 Love, to Luigi 20 “Carpe diem” initials 24 Game Gear creator 25 Typical mortgage requirement, and what ends each answer to a starred clue

26 Gives off 27 Closely packed 29 Out-of-date 30 Deceives 31 Meno __: not as fast, in music 32 Furry C-3PO worshipers 37 “Eww!” 38 Small batteries 40 Somewhat wet 42 Nowhere to be found 44 Practical jokes 47 __ and desist 49 Vintage photo tone 50 Exams for aspiring judges, briefly 52 Item listed above “u-bolt” in a hardware glossary? 53 Blue-roofed eatery 54 Airport safety org. 55 __ populi: popular opinion 56 Blackjack half 57 Gun lobby org.

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Libra Use what you’re learning to cut costs and reduce waste. There’s growth potential for shared accounts. Collaborate for common gain. Grab a golden opportunity.

Scorpio

You’re looking especially good. Your status is rising; the good work you’ve been doing is getting attention. Meditate on what you’d like to create.

Work closely with your partner. Exchange promises and monitor progress. Another appreciates your skills. Express your own appreciations. Collaborate for a shared win.

In quiet moments, inspiration hits. Create plans and visions. The artistry is in the details. Craft your steps and sequences. Get help from kindred spirits.

35 Was in debt to 36 WWII naval threat 38 Picnic invaders 39 Grass roll 40 Shopping complex 41 Go by, as time 43 They’re planted in snow while skiing 45 Civil rights icon Parks 46 Largest living bird 47 Emails a dupe to 48 Couture initials 51 Tapped-off cigar remnant 52 Hours for cuppas 54 Cord cutters’ reception aids 58 Air filter acronym 59 __ hop: gym dance 60 Infatuation 61 “I’ll take care of that” 62 Log splitters 63 Spade of handbags 64 Education support gps.

FREESTYLE FREESTYLE

Taurus

Gemini

Across 1 Org. whose product is measured in barrels 5 Pillar of Islam involving travel 9 School near Windsor Castle 13 Hugs-and-kisses symbols 14 Pacific island host of two “Survivor” seasons 15 Medical image 16 Analogy words 17 Modern John Hancock 19 Epithet never actually used by Jimmy Cagney 21 Angsty music genre 22 LAX posting 23 Elect (to) 24 Dressed down 28 Songwriter Porter 30 Frightening 31 Red wine choice 33 Fairy tale baddie 34 Be victorious

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Cancer Win through teamwork. Listen with your heart. Make sure everyone’s needs get met. Monitor social media and local news. Arrange connections ahead of time.

Sagittarius Pick up the pace! Physical action can move at a higher velocity. Prioritize your own health and vitality. Exercise feeds your heart, mind, body and spirit.

Capricorn Go for love. Enjoy the company of someone you admire and respect. Creativity blooms with arts, games and romance. Indulge a passion. Practice random kindness.

Leo

Aquarius

A professional test or challenge has your attention. Someone’s saying nice things about your work. Collaborate with an expert for best results. Learn from the competition.

Home seduces you into cozy comfort. Conserve resources. Cook simple fare with family and friends. Beautify your environment with candles, flowers or soft lighting.

Virgo Grow through higher education, travel and research. Explore and discover. Pursue a dream or possibility. Pick up the pace and move. Follow a passion.

Pisces Write your story. Inspiration flickers across your keyboard. Share your message with your networks. Communication and creativity blossom. Express your view.


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Oliver: female athlete of the year

photos courtesy Siani Oliver

BEST IN THE SPORT: (Left) Oliver smiles after tying the record for women’s slalom at regional championships. (Top Right) Oliver has fun while training for slalom. (Bottom Right) Oliver competes in slalom, an event where the skier uses only one ski to navigate a series of challenging buoys. by Nate Nasworthy

“Last spring, Siani became the ‘president’ of the team. We could see that she was really invested in what she was doing, and it felt good to see a person as motivated as us to succeed as a team,” said Emma Brunel, fellow water skier. Siani Oliver, a slalom specialist from Australia, was recently named National Collegiate Water Ski Association female athlete of the year and was an integral part of ULM’s 29th national championship team. Before Oliver and the team competed at nationals, Oliver tied the women’s slalom record at the South Central collegiate regionals with a record of 105 buoys, three at 39.5’ off. The event is a challenging one where the skier uses only one ski to navigate a series of challenging buoys. Oliver grew up in Gold Coast, Australia and learned to ski with her father. While most water skiers start competitively when they are young, Oliver didn’t start until she was 15. However, a great supporting cast was beneficial to Oliver’s quick success. “There was a group of five of my

dad’s mates that we used to ski with every Saturday and without the help from those blokes, I definitely would not be where I am today,” Oliver said. Despite ripping it up on the water, Oliver didn’t want to come to school right away and contributes the break to part of her success. “I took a ‘gap year’ which basically turned into five gap years. But I had to improve my skiing abilities to enable a scholarship,” Oliver said. Those gap years allowed Oliver to travel and train with some of the best skiers and coaches in the world.

She’s very upbeat and one of the main voices on the team.” Michael Woodgate, graduate assistant “She’s skied with a lot of people ,and that’s very important. You always want to take as much advice

from people as you can,” said Michael Woodgate, a graduate assistant. During her travels, Oliver ended up in Orlando one summer skiing with two members of ULM’s water ski team. “They didn’t have a single bad word to say and said I would be silly not to try,” Oliver said. Oliver focused all of her efforts on becoming the best and six months later, she became a member of the ULM water ski team. Not only was Oliver new to ULM, but so was the coach, Joey McNamara. “When Siani showed up at ULM, I was also brand new, and she was gung-ho from the beginning,” McNamara said. Immediately, Oliver became a leader on the team because of her ability to adapt. Not only did she have to focus on slalom, the depth of the team was short in jump and trick. Oliver was asked to ski in those events as well and proved in the process that she was 100 percent a team player. Oliver has made an impact on the water, but her biggest impact has been off the water. “When somebody has a bad set,

she’s the one that is there consoling them, but also, when someone does really well, she’s the first one to McNamara get to that person,” McNamara said. “She’s very upbeat, forward, positive and one of the main voices on the team,” Woodgate said. A team that has many people from different parts of the world can be troublesome, but Oliver always has a way of dealing with the situation. “Trying to pack 20 people from 15 different countries on one team and expecting them to work together in a largely individual sport is difficult. Siani is able to diffuse any problems they might have,” McNamara said. Because of Oliver’s ability off and on the water, she was able to tie the women’s slalom record at regionals and help lead the team to their 29th national championship. In the end, Oliver’s hard work paid off with the female athlete of the year award. “I was absolutely beside myself when I was told I had won the award.

I am very thankful for my family and teammates that have supported me throughout this entire experience,” Oliver said.

I’m so glad I was able to meet her and have her as a teammate.” Emma Brunel, sophomore skier No matter what the future holds, Oliver always has a spot in the Warhawk community’s heart. And many people can describe her many different ways. However, Brunel sums it up pretty well. “She’s a friendly, energetic, combative, but sensitive person and efficient in what she is dedicated to doing. I’m so glad I was able to meet her and have her as a teammate,” Brunel said. contact Nate Nasworthy at nasworna@warhawks.ulm.edu


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SPORTS

Softball opens season in Alabama by John Radcliffe

The ULM softball team faced a major setback as they lost their first game of the season against Austin Peay 10-0 on Friday afternoon in Birmingham, Alabama at the UAB Blazer Bash. ULM freshman Murphy Williams tossed for the first two innings of the game and lead the team into a rough start. The score was 2-0 within the first inning followed by the loss of another two runs within the second inning; making the score 4-0. Four runs, three walks and two hits was all it took before Karly Taranto, another one of the four freshman ULM pitchers, subbed in for Williams. Taranto held off Austin Peay’s offense for a solid inning and gave the team hope that the game would not be a bust. However, throughout the third and fourth inning, Taranto also faced some adversity as she allowed six runs, four walks and two hits that

pushed the Warhawks back 10-0 at the bottom of the fourth. Junior Jessie Watts recovered the team as she took over within the last inning to toss the last out of the game. This was not the start ULM’s new head coach Molly Ficther wanted as the team lost the opening game of the season. With the loss Friday to Austin Peay and then again to Wright State, 8-7 the next morning, Fitcher had some stress on her shoulders. It was in the third game of the tournament that Fichtner faced sweet victory with a comeback against Austin Peay and ended the day with a 5-3 win. On Sunday, ULM took on Wright State again before ending the tournament against Alabama-Birmingham. The Warhawks will travel to Texas this week for a game on Wednesday against Stephen F. Austin before traveling to Houston for another tournament.

photo by Siddharth Gaulee

PLAY TO THE END: Junior Lauren Fitch drives into the paint in a home game. The Warhawks defeated Georgia Southern on Saturday 80-62.

Women’s basketball snap Warhawks thrive seven game losing streak at Samford Warhawks defeat Southern invitational meet Georgia 80-62 by Tiffany Johnson

Track and Field thrived this weekend at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama. The Warhawks took home firstplace finishes in men’s shot put, long jump and triple jump, as well as women’s long jump. The team also took home many personal records and revelations this weekend. Freshmen Brittney Roberson, Jasmine Williams, Fiebe Tengrootenhuysen and sophomore Sydney Curry gained a personal record with a time of 3:55.19 this season for the Warhawks in women’s 1600m relay. Following that success, junior Micaiah Dendy won first for women’s long jump with a personal record of 5.61m. She also placed second for triple jump with a jump of 12.01m. Sophomore Sam Healy also brought home a first-place finish for men’s long jump. Senior Lebrun Nel

contact John Radcliffe at radclijp@warhawks.ulm.edu

son won first place for the triple jump with 14.78m. This is his second win this season for men’s triple jump. Senior Micah Dye placed first in men’s shot put with a throw of 15.80m and took home his second win this season as well. This was a successful meet that the Warhawks needed in order to end this indoor season strong. In two weeks on Feb. 18, the Warhawks will be traveling back to Birmingham, Alabama for the Sun Belt conference championship. “We have a ways to go. But, that is promising, because we are progressing and getting better,” said J.D. Malone, the head coach. The competition will be intense next week if the athletes want to place for the NCAA Indoor Championships. contact Tiffany Johnson at johnsota@warhawks.ulm.edu

by Kris Albert

The ULM women’s basketball team finally snapped their losing streak today with a win against Georgia Southern. The win came after another crushing loss on Thursday as the Warhawks split their two games this week. ULM started the week with a 68-46 loss to Georgia State. Georgia State shot an excellent percentage from the field topping 53 percent. Turnovers are to blame for a poor performance by ULM. The team not only shot a low percentage (31 percent) but had 24 turnovers. This did not allow the team to establish a rhythm offensively, which really hurt their chances. Not too much from the game was positive. Arsula Clark shot a solid 7-10 form the field and scored 13 points while adding eight rebounds. Amber Thompson, who had 11 points, was the only other Warhawk to score double digits. Thankfully for ULM, they were able to turn it around in a great way Saturday afternoon. ULM defeated Georgia Southern 80-62.

Despite the lopsided score, ULM had to work hard for the win. The Warhawks were able to erase an eight-point deficit in the second half. With six minutes left in the third quarter, head coach Jeff Dow called a great timeout. Afterward, it was all Warhawks as they took flight to end the third quarter on a 19-5 scoring run. ULM then went on to dominate the fourth quarter in what might be the team’s best win. Diamond Brooks was a force in the post finishing with nine points and six rebounds. Four Warhawks finished with double digits in the game lead by Lauren Fitch with 15 points. Fitch added six rebounds and five assists as well. Clark (ten points, four rebounds), Whitney Goins (14 points, four assists) and Thompson (12 points) all had impactful games as well. This was a great win by the women that really highlighted how good they can be when playing with intensity and focus. This win was without a doubt important for ULM. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for the women. It was also the first road Sunbelt win for the Warhawks since February of 2016 and snapped a 24-game road losing streak. ULM returns home for a 2 p.m. tip-off next Saturday to host the rival ULL Ragin’ Cajuns.

contact Kris Albert at albertkx@warhawks.ulm.edu


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February 11, 2019

SPORTS

photos by Siddharth Gaulee

KEEP PUSHING: (Top Left) Michael Ertel pushes into the paint. (Bottom Left) Coach Keith Richard fires the team up during a timeout. (Bottom Middle) Daishon Smith celebrates the win against Georgia Southern. (Right) Travis Munnings takes a jump shot. ULM defeated Georgia State 82-76 and Georgia Southern 88-79.

Warhawks avenge losses to Georgia teams ULM defeats GA State 82-76, GA Southern 88-79 by Kaidan McGowen Recording 74 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in just two games, it was clear that Daishon Smith was on another level as the Warhawks hosted two tough Georgia teams this week in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. After suffering heartbreaking losses in contest against both Georgia State and Georgia Southern a few weeks ago, ULM had something to prove, and they did just that by winning both games in exciting and dominating fashion. Wednesday’s game saw ULM win a hardfought battle against conference leader

Georgia State. The Warhawks were able to put together a 9-0 run in the final two minutes of the contest to secure the 82-76 victory. Smith was responsible for 36 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals while scoring a clutch seven of the final nine points to help win the game. Smith’s shooting was key towards the Warhawks success as he also went a perfect 11-11 from the foul line and tacked on five 3-pointers. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Warhawks and pushed their record to 12-10 while being 5-5 in the conference. Smith wasn’t the only Warhawk to have a big game though. Travis Munnings, who led the team with nine rebounds, scored 12 points of his own alongside Michael Ertel and JD Williams who also scored 12 points in the game. The Warhawks stayed hot entering Friday’s contest as they took on a good Georgia

Southern team in a game that also came down to the final minutes. ULM was able to secure the 88-79 victory behind Smith’s second monster performance in a row. He recorded 38 points, six rebounds and six assists while shooting an impressive 50 percent from the floor. Smith also hit five more 3-pointers during

the game and went 13-15 from the foul line. Munnings was also a big contributor in Friday’s win as he added 17 points and 11 rebounds to the Warhawks total. Ertel wasn’t far behind with 15 points, five rebounds and two assists of his own. The win avenged a tough buzzer-beater loss earlier in the season to Georgia Southern and pushes the Warhawks record to 13-10 while being 6-5 in conference play. ULM now sits in the middle of the pack in conference standings. Currently tied for fifth place with Georgia Southern, the Warhawks are only five games behind the first place Texas St. Bobcats. The Warhawks will be back in action for a 7 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 16, as they hit the road to take on the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in the Cajundome. contact Kaidan McGowen at mcgowetk@warhawks.ulm.edu

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