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CALENDAR Monday, 3-26 So Sweet Words from the Soul: 7-11 p.m. in SUB Ballroom B

Tuesday, 3-27 Red Thread Movement Concert on the Dock: 7:30 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation

Wednesday, 3-28 Islam Phobia: 5 p.m. in SUB Ballroom D and Foyer How Crowded is Your Bed?: 7:20 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A

Thursday, 3-29 Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville: 7:309:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium

Friday, 3-30 31 Ambassadors Membership Drive: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SUB overhang ULM Catholic Student Center Lenten Fish Fry 2012: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catholic Student Center Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville: 7:309:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium

Saturday, 3-31 Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville: 7:309:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium

Sunday, 4-1 ULM’s Got Talent: 7- 8:30 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A

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Cancun still Online movies Marrero Pastor Santorum wins; popular despite surpass DVD charged with runoff forced saftey warning consumption child cruelty in mayor’s race CANCUN, Mexico (MCT) — The party starts early — college students are sunning under blue skies or splashing in turquoise waters, while others slam down beer for breakfast. Forget travel warnings. Springbreakers are determined to leave wintry blues behind, even for a country deemed too dangerous by the Texas Department of Public Safety. The state department reissued and expanded its Mexico travel warning about drug-related violence, specifying which regions to stay away from. The Texas Department of Public Safety urged students to avoid Mexico, citing continued violence in nearly half of the Mexican states.

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Consumers will watch more movies online than on DVDs in 2012 for the first time, but will spend far less doing so, according to a new report. The number of movies rented or bought online from outlets like Netflix and iTunes will grow 135 percent this year to 3.4 billion, according to IHS Screen Digest. But the research firm said people will spend only $1.72 billion on digital movies, compared to $11.1 billion on DVDs and Blu-ray discs. In total, online stores and services will account for 57 percent of movie consumption in 2012, but only 12 percent of spending.

MARRERO (MCT) — A single mother turns to her church leader to help discipline her two boys. Now the pastor’s tough love is the subject of a criminal investigation. Pastor Daniel Smith was arrested last Monday and booked with cruelty to a juvenile and simple battery. The charges stem from a child cruelty complaint phoned into investigators by administrators at Woodmere Elementary School. The oldest boy complained of soreness to the school nurse. She reported seeing several cuts and bruises on the student’s stomach, back and arm.

Louisiana Republicans picked Rick Santorum for its nominee for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum won with 49 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney, the national front-runner, finished second with 26 percent. Newt Gingrich, who visted Monroe last week, was third with 16 and Ron Paul finished fourth with six percent. A hotly contested mayor’s race for the City of Monroe will go for another month. Incumbent Mayor Jamie Mayo will face Ray Armstrong in a run-off race. Mayo won the primary with 42 percent of the vote. Armstrong had 36 percent. The runoff will be held Apr. 21.

ULMPD arrests student hiding in Commons I shower by Lauren Creekmore

ULMPD arrested a student Saturday, March 17, after the man broke into a dorm room and was found hiding in a shower. Clark H. Bentsen, 18, of Millington Court, Aurora, Ill., was arrested on charges of unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, disturbing the peace due to public intoxication and resisting an officer. Police reported Bentsen entered a female student’s dorm room in the Commons I building. The female told

him to get out, but he didn’t listen and crawled into an unoccupied bed. The female went to get the hall director. Upon returning to the dorm room, they discovered Bentsen had moved from the bed to the Bentsen shower. When police arrived, they reported Bentsen seemed to be intoxicated

and they could smell alcohol on his breath. ULMPD also reported Bentsen had urinated on himself. Police asked Bentsen to sit down multiple times, but he consistently refused to do so. When ULMPD questioned Bentsen, he told them he didn’t know where he was, what had happened earlier in the evening or why he was in the female’s dorm room. He also told police he did not know where his dorm room was. Bentsen said he did not know any

of the female dorm room occupants. He was transported to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking. Bentsen acquired a total of $2,300 in bonds for his charges: a $1,500 bond for unauthorized entry into a dwelling, a $300 bond for disturbing the peace due to public intoxication and a $500 bond for resisting an officer. Bentsen posted bond and was freed from the correctional center. contact Lauren Creekmore at

Teachers battle proposed education bills by Garrett Boyte

Teachers from across the state recently protested in Baton Rouge against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform plans. Teachers flocked to the capital city even with the beginning of state-wide testing. Despite the protests, one bill allowing vouchers recently passed the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate. Jindal’s tactics to pass his reform has come under scrutiny from the teachers’ unions and members of the public. The issue is divisive and appears to be approaching a problem of legality rather than public support. The unions are suing the state, declaring the bills unconstitutional. Education majors at ULM have varying opinions on the bills. Their feelings range from positive to nega-

tive to right on the fence. “I’m kind of both ways about it. What [Jindal’s] trying to do is good. He’s trying to hold people accountable for their actions, but there are already teachers who are trying to do that,” said Emily Lovelady, a sophomore education major. Lovelady said the governor has good intentions but doesn’t think this particular reform plan is the right way to go. She thinks there are a lot of good teachers, and they are the ones who are angry about the plan. “They’re frustrated because they’re already doing all they can,” she said. One bill eliminates tenure for high school teachers and raises the retirement age for professors at universities. It will require a new teacher evaluation system, which would reward or punish teachers based on the

“They’re frustrated because they’re already doing all they can.” Emily Lovelady, sophomore education major grades their students make. Opponents worry the bill will hinder teachers and cause varying degrees of education in the state. Sarah Gibson, a sophomore education major, said the plans are misguided. “Eliminating tenure just puts more pressure on teachers, and so it’s not about what you have to do to help your students but about how to keep

your jobs,” Gibson said. Gibson said it isn’t fair to base teacher effectiveness on standardized tests. She said some students have test anxiety or bad home conditions, so they might not do well on a test. Gibson said Louisiana’s education standards need to change if education is going to get better. Jessica Lyons, a junior education major, said the plans are “kind of scary.” She thinks the system has lost its meaning and the focus of the education system needs to be adjusted. “I don’t think our system is student based. I don’t think it’s based on their needs. Maybe we should change the curriculum and what’s required,” Gibson said. contact Garrett Boyte at



March 26, 2012

Students react to smoking policy by Caty Morrison

The days of smoking on campus will soon come to an end. A new policy will almost entirely eliminate tobacco use on campus. Tobacco use will not be allowed on the west side of campus (west of the bayou) except in personal vehicles. The east side will also be tobacco free, excluding the Grove and outside areas no less than 35 feet from buildings. “I personally feel like ULM should promote a tobacco free campus. I hate cigarette smoke, and I don’t want to walk behind people who are smoking,” said Hannah Elias, a sophomore psychology major from Monroe. Elias hopes the policy will cut down littering. Improperly discarding cigarette butts and other tobacco products might result in fines. The tobacco use policy states its purpose as follows: “The University of Louisiana at Monroe is commit-

ted to promoting and maintaining a healthy work and academic environment. To enable the University to fulfill this commitment, it is necessary that a policy be implemented to bring the University to as close to tobacco free as practicably possible.” Not all students think the plan will succeed. “I think it will fail. The policy would do better if they reserved certain places in numerous spots that were covered where smokers could go after class,” said Lee Beasley, a junior general studies major from Rayville. Raymond Swalley, a junior communication studies major from Metairie, is another student who believes that the policy will fail and that no one will pay attention to it, just like the current 25 feet rule. Agree with it or not, the changes are coming. The new policy will take effect on April 2. Contact Caty Morrison at

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Bayou Suites might become freshmen dorm by Andrew McDonald

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Mikey Valentino takes a smoke break in front of the bookstore on Thursday. Breaks like this will disappear after the smoking ban takes effect in April.

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“I know that I strongly dislike having cigarette smoke blown in my face while walking to class.”

“Sure the idea of a tobacco-free campus is great in theory, but it’s just a policy that has no possible way of being enforced.”

“It is a bit discriminatory. They are trying to make a decision for me they have no right to make.”

Shaleka Griffin junior, kinesiology

John Warner senior, biology

Justin Hawn senior, music

Stephen Richters, the executive vice president of ULM, addressed the Student Government Association on Tuesday about possibly changing the Bayou Suites dorms into all-fresmen housing. Currently, Bayou Suites holds honors students of multiple classifications. The proposed move was not taken lightly by several senators. “This policy is great for recruiting new freshman,” said Jamie Stelly, a junior pre-pharmacy major from Eunice, “But I feel that it Stelly is unfair to high achieving students who have been living there.” Stelly debated Richters on the proposed policy for more than 30 minutes, with Richters finally suggesting that an apartment building should be dedicated as a quiet building for more studious residents. However, Stelly argued the quiet apartment wouldn’t be the best choice for students. “I feel that the best solution to a quiet building would be extended hours at the…ULM Library,” said Stelly of the quiet building idea. Upgrades to Madison and Masur Halls were also discussed at the meeting, with Madison receiving security updates and Masur receiving new air conditioners and new doors. Richters joked that the new doors will hopefully cut down on the number of crickets in the dorm. contact Andrew McDonald at

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Summit teaches online safety SLP department hosts

annual conference

by Scott Simoneaux

The Department of Computer Information Systems hosted a threeday interactive computer security boot camp last week. The workshop was held for computer information system students in Hemphill Hall’s networking lab. Workshop instructors showed attendees several techniques criminals use to send emails that trick recipients into clicking them. Once opened, these emails install a virus on the recipient’s computer system. The attendees learned how to make this type of email in order to better understand how these emails are used to scam people. Christopher Mouk, a senior computer information systems major from West Monroe, said he learned about data security, network scanning and information system vulnerability testing. The instructors also explained how to detect scams for companies students might work for one day. Attendees were taught how to look at a company’s computer systems to

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make sure the systems are safe and strong enough to prevent breaches. Mouk said, “Data security has become a huge concern these days, and there is a high demand for people who are proficient at keeping a network secure.” The workshop also taught students how to identify email scams. William Barnett, a computer information systems professor, explained that no major company would send out an email asking one of its clients to reveal passwords or codes. Barnett said this is one of the primary tac-

tics criminals use to draw people into these scams. “No company would ask for this type of information through an email. If they did, I wouldn’t do business with them anymore,” he said. Barnett also said that some emails from criminals are very credible looking, while some are put together very poorly. Barnett simply said, if someone gets an email requesting personal information “do not click through on these emails.” contact Scott Simoneaux at

ULM CATHOLIC STUDENT CENTER LENTEN FISH FRY 11:oo a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Fridays, March 16, 23, and 30. $8 plate and $6 for students. Plate: fish, fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, and dessert. Donations support ULM CCM Drive-up service, take-out, and dine-in available. Tickets are limited!

The speech-language pathology department hosted its 24th Annual Spring Conference at the Monroe Civic Center. This year’s conference provided information about pediatrics in speech-language pathology. The speaker was renowned SLP Dr. Joan C. Arvedson from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Arvedson specializes in and spoke about pediatric feeding and swallowing services. Arvedson explained the complex process of swallowing. She said swallowing is difficult for a child because they can barely do it on their own. Junior Sara Evans said, “I got useful information on how to hold kids up when feeding them.” Junior Holly Hendrix found the conference educational and interesting. Hendrix said, “I really enjoyed learning about feeding and swallowing because it’s something we haven’t covered yet in our classes.” During the conference, Arvedson

showed a video of an infant swallowing on an X-ray. She asked the audience, “Did you see when the baby aspirates? He’s swallowing too much.” Aspiration occurs when food or fluid enters the airway below the vocal chords. Using radiology for swallowing helps check and pinpoint childrens’ problem areas. Arvedson also talked about how to deal with children who have dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing. She said that helping a screaming child eat is not easy, but using thicker or thinner liquids can help improve the child’s ability to swallow. “The presentation showed us how to control those situations properly,” said junior Rachel Gill. “It gives us progressed, non-progressed and graduates a chance to learn the things we will be doing later on.” Gill said she also learned how to better help patients with swallowing. contact Shelby DeSoto at

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Pikes fundraise for cancer patient by Lea Anna Cardwell

Jonny Saterfield is a senior at West Monroe High School. He’s wearing purple to the senior prom. He turns 18 at midnight on the night of his high school graduation. He has also been battling testicular cancer for the past six months. Jonny was diagnosed on Sept. 30, 2011, after finding a small lump on his left testicle. Doctors suggested that he should seek treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. In October, Jonny had surgery to remove the germ cell tumor, along with his testicle. At first, the surgery seemed to work, but by December his cancer markers were back up. Currently, Jonny is receiving chemotherapy treatment in Memphis once every three weeks. But apart from him having no hair, you would never know it. At the ULM Pi Kappa Alpha fundraiser at Catfish Charlie’s Monday night, Jonny walked around with a bald head– and a very big smile.

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“Everybody thinks I’m depressed, but I’m not. I’m still living my life.” Jonny Saterfield Pike member A.j. O’Bier has been friends with the Saterfield family for years. His parents work with Jonny’s parents at the City of Monroe Fire Department. “My mom called me crying when she found out,” O’Bier said. “It was devastating for us all.” O’Bier presented the fundraiser idea to the Pike board of advisors and his fellow fraternity brothers. With everyone in agreement, O’Bier began calling local restaurants to find a host for the event. Advisor Tommy Walpole explained that Catfish Charlie’s was the best option because they offered to donate 25 percent of the purchase price of a meal directly to Jonny’s family.

Jonny’s friends and family filled the restaurant along with firefighters, sorority members and other ULM students. Kelsey Stephens, a sophomore sociology major, described Jonny as the sweetest guy on earth. “He needs moral support. He’s in a hospital bed 50 percent of the time. He needs to know people care, and that’s what this is about,” Stephens said. Jonny loves sports. He films football games at West Monroe High School. He just got accepted to LSU and wants to major in journalism to become a sports writer. He’s already looking at houses in Baton Rouge for himself and two friends. He speaks at local churches and gives his testimo-

If you would like contact Jonny or send donations, please visit visit/jonnysaterfield or contact his mother, Lori Saterfield at ny to youth groups. “Everybody thinks I’m depressed,” Jonny said, “but I’m not. I’m still living my life.” He will travel to Memphis again on April 2 to have more tests performed. If there is any cancer left, he might need to have another surgery or another round of chemo, but he hopes to be cleared by the end of April, just in time for his senior trip. contact Lea Anna Cardwell at


Natatorium promotional event postponed till fall The YMCA’s waterpalooza event was postponed until the fall, according to Chris Pealer, director of the Northeast Louisiana YMCA. The YMCA, who took over operations of the building at the beginning of the year, had hoped to use the event to show students the improvements the YMCA has made to the building. The future of the building will be decided on April 18 when students go to the polls to vote on two referendums: one to build a new pool in Bayou Park and one to turn the current natatorium into an event center.

Alumna speaks about famous female criminals Vicki Gilliam returned to ULM Thursday night to present her speech “For Life, Love or Money: Infamous Women Criminals in American History.” Gilliam, who has been named one of the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi and one of the 2009 Mid-South Super Lawyers, admitted that her “life of crime” started at ULM.

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Jindal uses iron fist to pass education reform

GARRETT BOYTE Governor Bobby Jindal has etched his spot in the Louisiana governors’ hall of fame for his tactics in passing the education reform bills. Rumors have flown from Baton Rouge to all corners of the state that Jindal has bought and intimidated his bills into passage. It should be noted none of this can be proven, but as Sherlock Holmes always said, “Lack of evidence is evidence in itself.” It’s not circumstance that members of the Republican Party lose their spots on House and Senate committees after opposing the governor. It’s not a coincidence people who work for the governor find themselves without jobs for questioning him. In my advocacy against some of these bills, I made calls to representative’s and senator’s offices. Among all the ones in Northeast Louisiana, only

a few shared my concerns. An aide for Rep. Marcus Hunter told me that some members of the house were afraid to speak up, out of fear that the governor would use his political swing to push them off their committees. How about the two previous Secretaries of Education? They didn’t really see eye-to-eye with the governor, and where are they now? They’re not standing in his way; that’s for sure. The “yes men” are the most dangerous people in state. They’re the ones too afraid to oppose the governor because he might cost them a re-election. So they pass his legislation without question at the cost of our state. Jindal is bypassing the legislative process and making a mockery of the people of Louisiana. We’ve dealt with men like this before. Edwin Edwards did similar things, and so did the master of Louisiana politics, Huey Long. As a man who was elected on the premise of ethics reform, what’s being reported about him from Baton Rouge doesn’t seem to fit his platform. Jindal doesn’t look like he’s practicing what he’s preaching. Jindal has not always been friendly to education in Louisiana. Just last year he vetoed a tobacco tax, but raised tuition. This year he’s destroying the

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public education system. He also appointed a man that’s not even qualified to be a principal to be the state superintendent of education. As a lame-duck governor, there’s no telling what he’ll do next.

Coercion and intimidation might have been a part of the old Louisiana political system, which Jindal promised to change, but in the new millennium Louisiana deserves honesty and integrity. I thought we cast aside the old way

of doing things, but the governor seems to think otherwise. That is strange since he was the one who was supposed to be leading the way. contact Garrett Boyte at

Kony 2012 video sparks activism, skepticism Despite critics, support causes you care about by Caty Morrison

Invisible Children and its Kony 2012 campaign have hit social media like a storm. The goal of the campaign is to make warlord Joseph Kony famous in hopes of capturing him. The campaign has been criticized over the financial spending of Invisible Children. The majority of the earnings raised for the campaign have been spent on raising awareness and filmmaking. I understand why this would upset some people, but raising awareness is what Kony 2012 is all about! Putting money toward raising awareness for a campaign that is about raising awareness makes complete sense to me. What really upsets me is some people are insulting others for wanting to help. Even if Kony 2012 turned out to be the biggest crock of nonsense, it is down right cruel to bash people for wanting to support something good. People found out about something evil that was going on, and so they wanted to help. Why is this terrible? If people found out about something evil and turned their heads, then we have a problem. If someone wants to donate a few dollars a month, then let them. Nothing is wrong with raising awareness. I don’t recall people getting nasty over people wearing Race for the Cure attire or sex trafficking bracelets.

Someone told me I wasn’t helping any children by changing my Facebook profile picture. I was criticized for caring and told my efforts did not matter. If this is the kind of message we send about raising awareness, then what does that say about other efforts? If people are being put down every time they want to help, pretty soon they just won’t help anymore. What a wonderful world it will be when that kind of thinking spreads. It’s perfectly all right if you don’t want to support Kony 2012. There are so many causes out there that it would be impossible to support them all. Philanthropy is amazing because it shows we care about the world and are willing to help. It’s definitely not cool to bash people for the issues they do support. Kony 2012 is a good cause. They are trying to raise awareness about children being mistreated. Even if Northern Uganda has already changed for the better or if Kony is not even in Uganda anymore, spreading the knowledge that something horrible did happen and that the man is still out there somewhere is worth changing your profile picture for. We should not have to live in a world where we are criticized for caring. contact Caty Morrison at

Invisible Children spends too much on themselves by Morgan Witt

If you aren’t up to date on Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign, you are probably so blissfully unattached from social media that I can’t help but admire you. For everyone else that frequents Facebook and Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen #KONY2012 plastered everywhere. While I admire America’s newfound sense of frenzied activism, I must say that I’m wary of the Invisible Children organization. According to an article from CNN, Jason Russell, one of the founders of the organization, said one-third of Invisible Children’s fundraising money was spent on the film. Another third was dedicated to film-related advocacy. This only leaves one-third to help people. I understand getting out the message about an issue is a large part of the battle, but should it use two-thirds of an organization’s funding? Obviously everyone at Invisible Children can put together a heart-wrenching call to action that resounds across the world, but simply addressing an issue isn’t going to make it go away. I can gripe about parking all day, create a video about it and urge everyone to donate to the cause. But if I just use two-thirds of that money to create a video continuing to address university issues and promote it, what am I accomplishing?

According to an article published by the nonpartisan Council on Public Relations, Invisible Children and similar groups “have manipulated facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of [Lord’s Resistance Army] abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers.” In other words, they’re only focusing on part of the issue and aren’t giving a broad enough portrayal of the crises in Uganda. Invisible Children’s website even cites the film as a “first entry point” of the issue. A call-to-action is a starting point. But before we all rally around an issue, shouldn’t we be more aware of all of the facts? Why isn’t Invisible Children using one-third of their funding to create a video that gives us a more balanced and accurate view of the LRA? I’m not arguing the acts of Joseph Kony that have been brought to light through this campaign aren’t atrocious and inhumane, or that there isn’t value in bringing attention to an issue that so few were aware of. What I am saying, however, is that concerned citizens should research different organizations before making any donations and should continue to seek balanced information on the issue. contact Morgan Witt at


March 26, 2012



Students need spring break

Smoking policy change good for our campus The new tobacco policy is a bold step toward a better ULM campus. Better health, a cleaner campus and better learning environments will all be results of the new policy. We understand what a major inconvenience the new policy will be for smokers, but the policy is a good thing for the vast majority of people on campus. Many people are allergic to cigarette smoke. So when they walk past a smoker, they have a reaction. When they are sitting in class and a smoker comes in after having just smoked outside, they have a reaction. Students deserve as little distractions as possible when trying to learn. When smokers light up right before they go into class, that smell lingers throughout the class period. For people who don’t smoke, they notice that smell, and it bothers a lot of them. When it rains, people shouldn’t have to smell cigarette smoke under every awning and in every stairwell. ULM isn’t a bar; it’s a university full of people who deserve better than to smell like smoke when they choose not to smoke. Similarly, students deserve a campus that isn’t littered with cigarette butts. It’s unattractive, bad for the environment and gives a very negative connotation of who we are when others come to visit. We’ve taken great strides to make our campus a beautiful place, and cigarette butts scattered everywhere undo a lot of that work. Of course, health aspects play a role in the policy. People on campus won’t be subjected to secondhand smoke. They won’t have allergic reactions. Perhaps the inconvenience will encourage smokers to quit because they’ll decide it’s just not worth it. Smokers can still feed their addiction in their cars or areas on the east side of campus. The rest of us won’t have to deal with it, though. It’s encouraging the University took such a strong position on tobacco use. The policy shows a commitment to the well-being of all students, faculty and staff.

KRISTIN NIEMAN March is coming to a close, midterms are finished, drop day has passed, and we are in the final stretch of spring semester 2012. One would think that after midterms, things might slow down for a couple of weeks before picking back up again, but that just hasn’t been the case. If anything, things are officially in full swing. Teachers are trying to cram everything they had planned for us to do in these last few weeks. Assignments, tests, papers, projects—you name it, it’s due. For me, I can’t seem to stay caught up. When things stack up, they get the better of me: staying on top of all of my school work, making good grades, having a part-time job and just trying to spend time with my friends or family for a little bit to keep my sanity. And I’m not new to this whole college thing either. I even cut my hours back at work this semester

because I knew it was going to be a tough one, but I never thought that even the mere two days I’m working would be too much. Overhearing classmates, as well as talking with my friends, let’s me know I’m not alone. Going to school is stressful for everyone. And, finding the perfect balance between doing everything we are expected to do and not losing our minds is complicated. Some outsiders might make the argument that we have multiple holiday breaks, but I know that every break I’ve ever had, I had some sort of assignment to do before we returned or a test the week we got back. With spring break just around the corner, I can’t help but hope for a break without schoolwork to worry about. We could all use a few days to simply put school on the backburner and relax, so we can return rejuvenated and ready to finish up the semester. Not only would professors be doing us a favor by not giving us work to do over the spring break, but they’d be giving themselves time to relax as well. As stressed as others and myself are, we just have to power through it and keep in mind that there are only a few more weeks left of the semester. Do whatever works for you. Get things finished on time, balance everything the best you can and before you know it, it will be May and all the hard work and the unfortunate stress that comes with it will pay off. contact Kristin Nieman at


Fire victims say thanks Dear Editor, This letter is written in appreciation for the kind assistance to the five Nepali students, Naba Amgain, Babel Basnet, Nabaraj Kandel, Parash Parajuli and Sudil Shrestha whose home caught fire on March 4th. Everything they had in the U.S. was destroyed in that fire. One of them had his hand burned quite badly while trying to get his laptop out of the room but all the others thankfully escaped unhurt. We would like to express our thanks for the outpouring of generosity which identified so many as friends of the international students at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Thank you to everyone who gave money, gift cards, lap top computers, ones who donated food, clothing, household items, and school supplies. The students were so hap-

pily surprised by the good will shown by their generous professors, teachers, students in their classes, their major departments, their fellow international students, and the people of ULM and the surrounding community. Everyone has gone out of their way to help. There are even plans to hold a “Bake Sale” on campus to raise money! This money will be so helpful in buying books and another laptop or two for the others. Again, our deepest thanks for turning a disaster into evidence of the kindness of the community in which we study, work, and live. Sincerely, Mara Loeb, Ph.D., International Student Advisor, Naba Amgain, Babel Basnet, Nabaraj Kandel, Parash Parajuli and Sudil Shrestha

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Gold gets the glory

Wide Receiver Brent Leonard catches a 70-yard touchdown pass on Saturday at the spring football game. photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Warhawk leaders host event-filled weekend by DeRon Talley

The annual Super Warhawk Weekend attracted family and friends from everywhere to join in on the festivities carried through the beautiful Monroe sunny weather. “It’s been great,” said Bobby Staub, director of athletics. “We had phenomenal weather, a great turnout and everybody seemed to have enjoyed themselves.” The weekend started on Thursday with a strong win for the tennis team over conference-rival the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The baseball team followed with a conference series against the University of South Alabama on Friday and wrapped up on Sunday. On Saturday, the football team hosted its annual spring game between the Maroon and Gold team, and the soccer team held a free clinic for kids to participate

in after the football game. “We put a lot of activities in a short amount of time,” Staub said, “but the community really enjoys it and supports us.” Also, at Malone Stadium during the annual Maroon and Gold Game, fans were able to get free barbecue from the student cookout, and purchase all-youcan-eat crawfish. The football game drew the most attention of the weekend, having the biggest fan turnout at Malone Stadium as the Maroon and Gold teams faced off. “This is a young university, so we are having to create a lot of the history here still,” said Todd Berry, head football coach, “but it’s a great opportunity for our players to be involved in.” At the end of the game, the players signed autographs and took pictures for friends, family and fans. contact DeRon Talley at

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Gold wins spring game 21-14 by DeRon Talley

Wide receiver Brent Leonard caught a 70-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter from quarterback Kolton Browning, giving his Gold team the 21-14 victory and bragging rights for the annual Maroon and Gold game. “I just ran a double move and got the safety to bite,” Leonard said. “It was all good from there.” Leonard along with Browning sat out the first three quarters of the game, but still made his presence felt on the field. He said he came in a little tight, but that didn’t stop him from making the big play of the day. The Gold team led through the first three quarters, but the competitive level between both Warhawk teams was incredibly high. “It’s not always going to be clean, but it will be competitive,” head coach Todd Berry said. “Every time we have done this, it has been a high energy and high competitive game.”

The Maroon team wasn’t able to score until the fourth quarter, when they tied the game at 14 after an interception returned for touchdown by defensive end Darius Lively. With the game tied, the players’ intensity rose higher and tempers began to flare. Linebacker Austin Moss showed he has a big chip on his shoulder and will do anything to purge it. “Austin has shown a tremendous side to him,” Berry said. “I knew this is what we would get out of him.” Moss and Browning got into a brief shoving competition on the field, but Berry said he is sure there are no real issues between the two. “This is a physical and emotional game,” Berry said. “Guys are going to disagree at times, which is part of the game. But I guarantee they have already shook it up.” contact DeRon Talley at

Soccer team give children’s clinic as part of festivities

Football signees welcomed at spring game

by DeRon Talley

by DeRon Talley

Super Warhawk Weekend not only brought out three Fs – family, friends and fans – it also brought out the future Warhawks. The football team hosted several of its signees from the 2012 class as they attended the annual Maroon and Gold game. “I’m loving it and am 100 percent into it,” said Jeff Savage, defensive end from Smackover, Ark. “This is my fami- Savage ly now, so I’m just getting used to it.” Savage along with his other new teammates are looking to come in and contribute right away this fall season, especially after looking at the competitive level the Warhawks showed Saturday at the game. “It’s a good e x p e r i e n c e,” said Ajalen Holley Holley, wide receiver from Hot Springs, Ark. “I’m ready to play and bring my skills here.” The signees were hyped up about their first Warhawk football experience. Their next time at Malone Stadium, they will be suited in Maroon and Gold cracking shoulder pads and helmets themselves. “I’m ready to get out there Thomas and leave my mark on the field,” said Diontre Thomas, defensive end from Denton, Texas. “I want to do it all.” The signees spent the day getting acquainted with each other and their future Warhawk teammates. contact DeRon Talley at

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Junior defender Brittany Parker shows children ball control drills during the soccer clinic the team hosted on Saturday.

The soccer team hosted a clinic for kids to enjoy as part of the Super Warhawk Weekend on Saturday. There was a great turnout from kids of all playing levels, including beginners and some with previous field experience. “It’s fun, but work because they are so young,” forward Taylor Bonetti said. “It’s a good ex-

perience for us to hand down our knowledge of the game to them. It would be good for the community if we had more of these.” The team set up different drills such as footwork and goal shooting for the kids to alternate through. The team made sure to give positive feedback to the children as they struggled at times to do drills correctly. contact DeRon Talley at

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Senior outfielder Les Aulds tries to beat the ball to the base with a headfirst slide on Friday against the University of South Alabama.

Redshirt freshman Sophie Rufyikiri stretches out to return the ball to her opponent on Thursday at Heard Stadium.

Baseball beaten in slugfest, lose 20-13

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by Andrew McDonald

Tennis proves too spicy for Ragin’ Cajuns by DeRon Talley

Tennis’ junior Medy Blankvoort extended her singles winning streak to 12 matches Thursday, defeating conference-rival opponent University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Warhawks team won overall 5-2 against the Ragin’ Cajuns, improving its season record to 10-2 for the season and kicking Super Warhawk Weekend off with a bang. Blankvoort swept her opponent at court number two, continuing her undefeated streak and helping

ULM earn its second conference win and remain unbeaten against Sun Belt opponents. “Individual wins really don’t matter to me,” Blanvoort said. “Unless, it is an overall team win.” Blankvoort’s biggest wins of the season came against Southeastern Conference opponents Auburn and Mississippi State. “I’m happy about it though because it shows that my work is paying off,” Blankvoort said. “But still I need to make sure I can get the wins that really matter when it comes to the conference tourna-

ment.” Senior Vivian Polak wanted to get the win against ULL, not only because the Ragin’ Cajuns are the Warhawks’ biggest conference-rival, but also because it was her birthday. Unfortunately, Polak couldn’t make her birthday wish come true. She lost in singles play 6-4, 2-6, 106. “I just couldn’t get it together today,” Polak said. “It would have been nice to get a win on my birthday.” Redshirt freshman Sophie Ru-

fyikiri lost her singles match 6-4, 2-6, 10-8. Throughout her match, Rufyikiri let her temper show a little. She pretended to slam her racket against the court and stomped her foot in frustration. “I was making a lot of mistakes,” Rufyikiri said.” I wasn’t playing the right way and kept messing up during crucial points.” Despite the frustrations, the team was pleased to get the win, but next time hopes the win will have a better feel to it. contact DeRon Talley at

A fast start to a weekend series left the Warhawks (13-9, 1-3 SBC) in the dust, as the University of South Alabama Jaguars (7-14, 3-1 SBC) led the first inning and never looked back, eventually winning by a score of 20-13. In the first inning, South Alabama scored five runs off of pitcher Randy Ziegler, the first of five pitchers for the night for the Warhawks. ULM scored two runs in the bottom of the first, followed by one more in the second. High-powered scoring would take effect in the fourth, though. With ULM trailing 7-5, South Alabama hit six runs, followed by the

Warhawks’ seven runs. Following two more by the Jaguars and one more by the Warhawks, the game stood at a standstill for three innings, until South Alabama hit five runs in the ninth to put the game away for the evening. The 13 runs were the most scored by the Warhawks this season, and the 20 given up were the most since an 11-27 loss to Troy in 2007. The Warhawks competed against the Jaguars on Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the twogame series. contact Andrew McDonald at

CALENDAR Monday, 3-26 Women’s golf competes in the UALR Golf Classic in Little Rock, Ark. Men’s golf competes in the UALR/ First Tee Classic in Little Rock, Ark.

Tuesday, 3-27

Track and field competes in the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. Softball travels to Thibodaux to compete against Nicholls State at 6 p.m.

Friday, 3-30 Baseball travels to Miami, Fla. to compete against FIU at 7 p.m.

Baseball travels to Southern Miss to take on the Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg, Miss. at 6 p.m.

Sunday, 4-1

Wednesday, 3-28

Tennis hosts Arkansas State in Heard Stadium at 1 p.m.




NFL drops hammer on Saints

ANTHONY DRUMMER The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t just lower the hammer on the Saints, they slammed it repeatedly like a game of whack-amole. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for next season while former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely. Assistant coach Joe Vitt was also suspended for six months, as was general manager Mickey Loomis. This is the NFL equivalent of the death penalty. The punishment is entirely too harsh because the league only takes action when necessary to protect itself. A few years ago, the NFL created new conduct policies to keep players and teams from making the NFL look bad. However, the suspensions and punishments lack uniformity. Back when the Patriots were proven cheaters by deliberately taping their opponent’s signals, the only punishment was a fine and forfeiture of one of their two first round draft picks. The Saints, however, got suspen-

sions and lost a second round draft pick in the next two drafts. Donté Stallworth killed a man while driving intoxicated and got a year suspension. Last time I checked, Sean Payton and Joe Vitt didn’t kill anyone, and they had their players do what they are paid to do, which is hit. The only reason the Saints were targeted was because the NFL wants to promote their sudden and halfhearted commitment to player safety. The NFL touts player safety, but watched for years while players compromised their future health. Countless players suffered concussions and some were paralyzed permanently from violent hits to the head, but no one ever cared until a bunch of former players decided to sue the league for their negligence. Furthermore, the NFL likes to only protect its golden geese, especially quarterbacks. No one cared that quarterbacks got hit below the knees until God’s gift to mankind, Tom Brady, missed a whole season with a knee injury. Suddenly, the NFL changed the rules, which I’m sure was in the interest of “player safety” and not the profits lost from reduced ratings from his absence. This same philosophy is what really drove the NFL to punish the Saints. The Bountygate investigation began during the same playoffs in which the Saints won the Super Bowl. Although Goodell would never admit it, he knows that the only reason the investigation started is because the NFL’s favorite gunslinger, Brett

Favre, was targeted below the knee, and likely knocked him and the Vikings out of the Super Bowl. This punishment is nothing more than payback from the league for not getting what it wanted, while promoting its stance that it is dedicated to making the game safer. The saddest part about this whole mess is that it is turning into a media circus. Everyone is trying to capitalize on the scandal by getting their names in the news. Former defensive lineman Warren Sapp, for example, is parading around claiming that it was former Saint tight end Jeremy Shockey that snitched on his former team. Meanwhile Senator Dick Durbin has suggested a congressional hearing over Bountygate. All of these publicity stunts are unnecessary and detract from the real issue. I’m not saying that paying players to hurt opponents is fair or right, but I am saying that making an example of the Saints is wrong. There are plenty of other teams that do the same thing whether publicly known or not. The NFL couldn’t care less about the safety of its players as long as the league is making money and Goodell gets to puff out his chest in triumph. The application of the rules is arbitrary and inconsistent at best. The Saints nor the fans deserved this harsh of punishment. contact Anthony Drummer at

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SPORTS by DeRon Talley

Many think luck only comes from the Irish. Senior Christian Bibi Ndongo is no leprechaun and he doesn’t have red hair. Instead, he shows that real luck comes from within. Being successful is at ones own grasp. Being from Cameroon, Bibi Ndongo reached with his feet first for success by playing soccer and trying to follow in his uncle’s footsteps. But as he got older, Bibi Ndongo wanted to reach with his hands, and soccer wasn’t the sport he set as a goal to achieve. Basketball was. “Soccer was my first love. I will always love it,” Bibi Ndongo said. “But, I remember falling in love with basketball the first time I played it.” Bibi Ndongo’s first basketball experience was when he was 14 years old. At first attempt, he dunked the basketball. “I’ve always been long and skinny,” Bibi Ndongo said. “Since that day, I knew I wanted to give it a try.” Basketball was easy to learn for Bibi Ndongo, who now stands at 6’8”.

continue playing basketball and follow his dreams. In the summer of 2010, he finally got the call from former ULM assistant coach Jimmy Voight, his first and only D-I offer. “Playing for ULM has been another good experience,” Bibi Ndongo said. “Coming from Cameroon and watching basketball on TV, I heard a lot of people talking about Division 1 basketball. So, I wanted to play Division I

ABOUT ME HEIGHT: 6’8” YEAR: Senior HOMETOWN: Yaounde, Cameroon HIGH SCHOOL: Calvary Christian FAVORITE FOOD: Okok FAVORITE MOVIE: “Bad Boys”

“We will miss being able to lean on a leader like Christian.” Charles Winborne, men’s basketball guard

“I believe anything is possible. There have been people better than me with the same dreams back home. I was just lucky.” Christian Bibi Ndongo, men’s basketball forward He always used height to his advantage. “At home they are really athletic. They all can run, jump and are quick,” Bibi Ndongo said. “Here I see that the taller you are, the slower you are. So, I’m quicker than most people my size, and that’s my advantage.” Bibi Ndongo dreamed about playing NBA basketball as a teen, despite the skills he knew he lacked. “I believe anything is possible,” Bibi Ndongo said. “There have been people better than me with the same dreams back home. I was just lucky.” When he was 16 years old, Bibi Ndongo moved to America to pursue a higher level of basketball play. Bibi Ndongo’s transition from soccer to basketball wasn’t easy. Neither was the transition from Cameroon to America. But, he said he would do anything

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Lucky Charm Bibi Ndongo reaches childhood goals, proves anything is possible to reach his goals because he knows anything is possible. “I still couldn’t believe when I got to the U.S.,” he said. “It was amazing.” Bibi Ndongo stuck to his dreams: attend high school, graduate and play Division I basketball.

Bibi Ndongo was recruited out of high school in Florida to attend John Wood Community College in Illinois. He said that’s where the good experiences began to come true. “I loved living in Illinois and the situation I had there.”

Bibi Ndongo said the best coach he ever had was Mike Elbe from John Wood. “I learned a lot from him whether it was on the court or off the court.” Once Bibi Ndongo’s junior college career ended, he knew he wanted to

just like everybody else.” Despite his desire to succeed, Bibi Ndongo only averaged three points and a little over three rebounds in the final season of his collegiate career. “We will miss being able to lean on a leader like Christian,” sophomore guard Charles Winborne said. “Statistics aren’t everything, and we will definitely miss him on the court next year.” The team finished this season with one of the worst performances in the program’s history, but Bibi Ndongo remained positive. “He is a great kid, unbelievable,” said Brandon Roberts, ULM men’s basketball assistant coach. “No matter how hard you get on him Winborne or how hard you praise him, he is always ‘yes sir, no sir’ and that goes a long way.” “He didn’t get down or pouty,” Roberts said. “He is a complete team player.” Bibi Ndongo’s personality could not be denied. Because of his desire to learn and succeed, his presence will always be remembered positively. “He’s a great teammate,” sophomore Charles Winborne said. “I can’t speak enough about his character.” Winborne added, “He comes to practice everyday with a good mindset, and you will never hear him bring somebody down.” Bibi Ndongo will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business on May 19 and return home to Cameroon for the summer to see his family. contact DeRon Talley at



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Where there’s a Goodwill, there’s a way by Emma Herrock

Spring is officially upon us so it’s time to put away those sweaters and scarves and grab the dresses and shorts. But most students are on strict budgets without money to splurge on cute clothes for the coming season. So here’s a suggestion-try shopping at a secondhand clothing store. You have to do a little digging, but it’s easy to find cute clothes at great prices. Last week, I went to Goodwill in Monroe and put together a great outfit to wear on those hot summer days. I found a white cotton t-shirt for $3. I also found a flowing navy blue skirt with white polka dots for $4. Then, I discovered a cute pair of shoes for only $8, and they were Michael Kors! I added a couple of finishing touches and tied everything together by adding a $2 belt and a $5 handbag. Overall, the outfit cost $22. Nowadays, you’re lucky to find one piece of clothing for that much. Goodwill is filled with clothes and other accessories. Most of the shirts cost $3, and pants cost $8. Like I said, it might take some effort to dig through everything, but some great pieces of clothing and accessories can be found. So if you’re low on money but ready to add some new clothes to your closet, get out of the typical retail shops and get into a secondhand store. contact Emma Herrock at


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Battle of bands spills into stands

Wayside member, Ross Lipsey, hits a high note with the crowd at Battle of the Bands.

Tempers flare between musicans by Justin Hughes

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Tensions ran high at Battle of the Bands when members of Streetlight Revival and Wayside nearly came to blows. An argument broke out between the two bands over the fan’s positive response to Wayside. They began shoving each other, and the two bands had to be forcibly separated to prevent any further physical violence. Streetlight Revival accused Wayside of hoarding fans by soliciting support from fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha and sorority Phi Mu. Members of both bands belong to the PIKE fraternity. Streetlight Revival seemed outraged after seeing the unevenness in fan support. Kellyn Rose, one of the Battle of the Band attendees, said, “I don’t see why they’re

fighting. It’s second place. They both lost.” The audience seemed shocked as the winners of Battle of the Bands were announced. Wayside, the fan favorite, came in second place, losing to Shayliff. Only seconds after the winning band had been announced, the stands echoed with

“This is why ULM doesn’t have any fan support. ” student Morgan Hoggan boos, and the majority of the crowd began loudly chanting Wayside’s name. Many fans were outraged by the results. Some even blamed the University for the controversy. Morgan Hoggan, a Wayside fan, said, “This is why ULM doesn’t have any fan sup-

Brand new iPad is burning hot by Kristin Nieman

Apple released their newest iPad Friday, March 16, leaving many surprised by naming it the new iPad instead of the expected iPad 3. Starting at $499, the new iPad might not be mind-blowingly different from the iPad 2, but it has several upgraded features. The third iPad’s high-resolution Retina display has four times more pixels than the iPad 2, making everything look crisper and more lifelike. The added pixels along with the new dual-core processor make the new iPad incredibly responsive and faster. The camera is also one of the main upgrades to the new iPad. Its 5-megapixel iSight camera includes autofocus, tap to focus, face detection, video recording and video stabilization, giving a much better picture and video experience than the iPad 2. Within the first four days of being released, more than three million new iPads had been sold. The primary concern so far is that the iPad heats up more than previous iPads due to the new processor and the bigger battery.

It might not look that different from afar, but the new iPad has a lot to offer. Putting out upgraded versions of the iPad and iPhone as often as they do, Apple can’t completely redesign and make these devices extremely different every time. Those disappointed and think of it as a minor update need to take a closer look—the crystal clear contentwill grab your eye.

port. Every one clearly wanted Wayside to win. They’re actually from here.” Other fans, including Taylor Sheppard, a ULM student, agreed. She said, “[Shayliff is] opening for Tech in a few days. We’re going to look like copycats.” Many fans seemed to believe Shayliff was chosen based not on their talent, but on their preexisting fame. Kaitlyn Byrnside, a ULM student, said, “Why were they even allowed to compete? They never even went to school here.” Shayliff said they are excited to work with The Fray. Jacob McGarry, Shayliff’s bassist, said, “We love The Fray. They’re one of our biggest inspirations.” Shay Bailiff, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar,ist said, “We love playing here. ULM is one of our favorite venues.” Shayliff was awarded a $500 prize and said they couldn’t wait to be back. contact Justin Hughes at


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Hawkeye photogs show off in NYC by Cole Avery

Two Hawkeye photographers showed off their shooting skills last week at the College Media Association’s spring convention in New York City. Srdjan Marjanovic and Lane Davis each had photographs that made the top 10 in the convention’s “Take Cover” photo contest. Marjanovic was recognized with third place for his photo of the Empire State Building at sunrise. Marjanovic spent four hours researching places in the city to shoot and then another two days in the city actually shooting. Marjanovic’s photo will be printed in next year’s CMA convention book. Davis also performed very well in the contest. Davis’ photo of a building and

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

its reflection against another building was mentioned as one of the top 10 photographs at the competition. Nearly 100 photographs from photographers from around the country were submitted in the “Take Cover” pho-

to contest. Each contestant submitted three photos. Both Marjanovic and Davis had two of their photos mentioned in the finals. contact Cole Avery at

photo by Lane Davis

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ISSUE 22  
ISSUE 22  

College newspaper from University of Louisiana at Monroe.