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BEIRUT (MCT) — Just when they expected a flood of heavy weapons to help them make a major push against the forces of President Bashar Assad, rebel commanders in Syria say arms shipments from outside the country have instead slowed, prolonging a conflict now nearing the end of its second year. Although rebels have made gains in the North and East, seizing military bases and checkpoints, opposition figures who had made predictions of quick victory now say their arsenal is at a level that can support only a war of attrition.

ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) — The University of Central Florida has shut down most fraternity and sorority activities as it investigates two Greek organizations for alleged hazing and alcohol abuse. It’s the first time the state’s largest public university has taken such drastic action. But officials said they wanted to send the clear message that UCF’s Greek culture needs to change before things turn tragic. University officials announced Wednesday they have halted all fraternity and sorority social events, new-member education activities and initiation activities until “Greek culture reflects the values of the UCF Creed.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Advocate) — Two current members and a former member of the Louisiana congressional delegation rated among the top five most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an annual rankings list released Tuesday. Reps. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson; John Fleming, R-Minden; and former Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, all scored in the top five of the National Journal’s annual list of the “most conservative” House members. Landry ranked 4th while Scalise and Fleming were locked in a fiveway tie for 5th.


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Hawkeye brings home 6 SEJC awards Staff Report

The Hawkeye represented ULM well at the Southeast Journalism Conference in Jackson, Tenn. The student newspaper brought home six awards including three that won Best in the South and three others that were for second and third places. Hawkeye Editor in Chief Emma Herrock won Best in the South in the Arts and Entertainment category for her story on ULM professor Richard Hood, a story on how gay people are characterized by television and a story on the Lyceum series that featured Nicholas Sparks. “I think these awards, and the ones before it, show that our paper is serious about covering news that

affects our campus and our readers,” Herrock said. Herrock mentioned how proud she was of her staff for entering the competition and the previous staff, which brought home many awards from this competition. The conference featured many professionals in the journalism field who offered insight to a room of 300 aspiring media professionals from more than 20 universities in the South. Speakers such as Steve Duin, a columnist with The Oregonian, gave insight on how journalists are supposed to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted” using the art of narrative.

Other speakers like Larry McCormack, a photographer with The Tennessean, told the college journalists about the difference in writing a story or taking a picture and “catching a moment.” McCormack said there’s the “safe shot” and then there’s the story. “About 90 percent stay with the safe shot,” he said. “Be that other 10 percent.” Managing Editor of News Garrett Boyte said he learned a great deal about storytelling and how to really get the information he needs to write a great story. “I really think this conference has helped me grow not only as a journalist and columnist but as a

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February 25, 2013




N-word vulgar, not a term of Sick men are sickening; endearment; stop using it

SHATERICA WILSON The “n-word” has been thrown around for generations. However, as years pass, the word seems to become more mundane. It’s almost as if everyone has forgotten the origination of the word. During slavery, white people used that word as a hateful, derogatory term. It was considered the worst word they could use to describe a black person. And instead of letting that word die with slavery, people today continue to use it. When my grandmother was young, during the time period of segregation and the Ku Klux Klan, the main people using the “n-word” were white people. It was nothing to them back

then; they could easily get away with it. My great-grandmother did not allow the word to be used, so my grandmother refrained from using it. Actually, many black people refrained from using it during that time. When my mother was young, there was still a stigma attached to the word, which caused it not to be so commonly used in the black community. Somehow, my generation doesn’t feel the stigma attached to that word. Today, it is so commonly used it seems the whole meaning has changed. In an interview, rapper Jay- Z told Oprah he believed people give words power and that our generation has taken the power out of the “n-word” and made it a term of endearment, but that is so hypocritical. We’d be ready to fight if a white person tried to use it, even if they had no wrong intentions. And you can’t say you’ve changed the meaning of the word when it is used negatively and as a term of endearment. Saying, “What’s up my nigga?” then turning right around and saying

“Forget you, nigga.” refutes the idea of this new powerless meaning. Some black people believe if we continue to take offense by the word, we are letting it hold us back in the past. However, some of those same black people believe it’s not okay for white people to use the word. In my opinion, that is a contradictory idea. If the word no longer has that same derogatory meaning, aren’t you still living in the past by getting offended when white people use it? Black history has always been near and dear to my heart. I am always eager to learn about the past. My past. It’s because of my ancestor’s struggle for equality that I can eat, drink, live and socialize where I want today. Why wouldn’t I honor them enough to not use that word so lightly? They were beaten, sprayed with hoses, attacked by dogs, lynched… and called the “n-word.” It’s a vulgar word and will always be. It will never have a new, powerless meaning, so stop using it. contact Shaterica Wilson at

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SHELBY DESOTO It’s the season of sickness, and thanks to the never ending down pour of rain, getting sick comes in waves. I would know, because I have been sick twice this school year- one after the other. Although I hate being sick more than just about anything in this world, it seems that women handle being sick a lot better than men. Men are usually seen as the more dominant species. The protector of all things; nothing hinders the almighty male. Except for the cold, flu and the horrid sniffles. Men are completely helpless when they get sick. At first it’s kind of cute. They are vulnerable and need assistance. They call you, asking to bring them some tissues and soup. And then it becomes downright pathetic. Now cue the begging, the droopy eyes and the inability to get out of bed. It’s exhausting. For some strange reason, men just can’t seem to get well as fast as women can. It’s like there is a force field of sickness and nothing breaks through. Man’s stubbornness has manifested itself into the cold. When men start to get sick, they think nothing of it.”It’s just a cough, I’ll be fine.” But as the week progresses, symptoms worsen and the pitiful child comes out. Men act as if they have never been sick before in their life. I, and majority of the female population, tackle whatever symptoms we have head-on at the first sign. Being an already avid vitamin taker, I also increase my orange juice intake and make sure I’m drinking plenty of water. I also stock up on cough drops and my best friend, NyQuil. Men are completely clueless with medicine. They know about aspirin and Tylenol, but they sure don’t seem to know about curing certain symptoms they might have. The medicine aisle can be intimidating, so my guess is they just get frustrated and give up, thinking they don’t need it anyway. It has to be a man’s stubbornness that bites him in the rear because they refuse to believe they are sick until they can’t get out of bed. Then comes the moment that they give up all hope and mope about, all sad and depressed with sickness. Welcome to the pity party of one; bring your own tissues. Some stoop as low as calling their moms. I can’t help but shake my head in disgust while I am able to get well on my own. If men want to be cured as fast as they want everything else done, they should just go to that magical place…the doctor’s. Ah, yes. The doctor. If I am still sick after a week, I go to a clinic because I understand I am not invincible and I can’t always get rid of whatever I have on my own. I think that’s the problem men have. Being sick scares men because it means they aren’t invincible. Even something as minor as a cold or a slight cough can be the early stages of a disaster for your body. And heaven forbid they infect another man. Men need to man up and accept the fact that yes, they can get sick. But also, they can get better if they stop being stubborn and pathetic and go to the doctor. Because if you don’t, you become that sad, dopy child I mentioned earlier. And that’s not really manly, is it? contact Shelby DeSoto at



February 25, 2013


Pope resigns office Students find work overseas through ULM connections

What happens when a pope leaves the papacy?

by Steven Smith

by Steven Smith

Pope Benedict XVI announced on Feb. 10 that he would formally resign his position as leader of the Catholic Church at the end of the month. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” said Pope Benedict XVI during a conference of the Cardinals. The announcement comes amid scandals that have plagued the Vatican in past few years, such as the cover-up of sexual harassment by priests and the Pope’s ex-butler leaking secret Vatican papers. Pope Benedict cited his age and health problems as the main factors behind his resignation, not the accusations brought against the church. According to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, any Pope who wished to resign must make it known to the church, but there are no other limitations. While some believers are unsure of how the Pope’s resignation will have an impact on the Cathloic Church, there are some like Jeanette Slayter, a freshman toxicology major, who believe that the Pope’s resignation will be, overall, good for the Catholic Church. “Although this resignation is leaving many people confused and shocked, I think his resignation will help the future of the [Catholic] Church. The last resignation was in 1412 and things have changed since then, so depending on how they handle his resignation I believe it can help future popes in case they too feel they need to step down,” said Slayter.

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Pope Benedict XVI succeeded Pope John Paul II in 2005 after John Paul’s death. His resignation is the first from a pope in 600 years.

Rev. Michael Duca, Bishop of Shreveport, said that while the Pope’s resignation is unusual, there is Canon Law that allows for this possibility. He also said that while the resignation may be historical, there is no way to tell what impact it will have on the Catholic Church yet. “Of course to these questions there is really no answer yet. Time will tell. What will be different this time is that the leadership of the [Catholic] Church will be filled quite quickly which means that the lesser bureaucrats in the Vatican will have less influence. This I think is a good thing,” said Duca. After the Pope’s resignation at the end of February, the College of Cardinals will meet in the Papal

Conclave to elect a new Pope, just as if the previous Pope had died in office. A Cardinal is a high-ranking member of the church. The Cardinals will meet in a locked meeting until a consensus is reached on who will be the next Pope. Once a Pope is elected, he normally will serve until his death or, in the case of Benedict XVI, his resignation. While this is not the first time in history a Pope has resigned, it is this first time in almost 600 years. The last Pope to give up his title was Gregory XII, who stepped down from the Papacy in order to put an end to the Western Schism that had split the Roman Catholic Church in half. contact Steven Smith at

For many seniors in college, graduation marks the end of an era and the beginning of something new. It’s an end to the laid back college life and a beginning to the hectic and work-filled life of an adult. Some college students go straight from graduation into the job market, working wherever they can find a job, while others seek an alternative from entering the rush of the American workforce. For those students seeking an alternative to entering the local job market, overseas jobs, such as teaching abroad or working for the state department, are always good options. For students majoring in education, like Sabre Masters, a senior education major, teaching in foreign countries is a definite possibility. Masters is one of four ULM students currently teaching in Japan. Masters and the rest of her fellow ULM students were able to travel over to Japan to work with Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan as a part of ULM’s partnership with the school. While in Japan, they are conducting their student teaching in Japanese classrooms with Japanese teachers. “It has been one of the best decisions I have made to study abroad for my undergraduate degree,” Masters said. Along with the opportunities provided by ULM, students can find jobs teaching overseas with companies like International TEFL Academy and World Teach TEFL, which provide training and help with finding jobs overseas. While teaching may be a great option for some students, there are

many students who are studying in other areas. The U.S. State Department offers many overseas jobs for those students looking for something else. Donna Blair, recruiter for the state department in Texas and Louisiana, said that there are many jobs and internships available for college graduates of all majors. While there are many jobs that require specific degrees, such as medical and engineering jobs, most of the jobs can take any college degree. Some of the opportunities that the state department offers include unpaid student internships like the Pathway program, which is a paid internship here in the U.S. and other internships all over the globe. Blair said the state department is currently looking for students with proficiency in Spanish and Mandarin to work as consular adjudicators in Latin America and China. The only requirement for these internships and jobs are a college degree and passing a test given by the department, which is offered three times a year in February, June and October. “If you wish to serve the public, having an impact on making a difference in terms of U.S. national engagement and protection of U.S. interests, citizens and businesses, learn languages, do something new and challenging every day, … the state department offers this,” Blair said. Blair also said while the process may be lengthy, the end result is worth it. The full list of internships and jobs with the State Department can be found at contact Steven Smith at

Fees to hold on-campus housing increase $50 by Scott Simoneaux

A room reservation fee is required for every student who lives on campus if they want to ensure they keep the same room next semester. The fee this semester for reserving the room has gone up this semester from $250 to $300. The room reservation fee is due by March 15 to get priority consideration for a room. If it’s not paid, your spot will not be guaranteed. Director of residential life Tresea Buckhaults said the fee went up for several reasons. The

main reason is because so many students would not show to move into their room leaving people who really wanted to move into a room unable to. The fee was increased to ensure students would either show up to move into their room or cancel their reservation in order to get a refund of some kind from their fee. “The fee was increased to make it in line with other schools’ fees and to make it the same as what freshmen pay,” Buckhaults said.

Since the fee has been increased, more people have done the right thing by either showing up to move in or cancel their reservation before the start of the semester. Sophomore music major James Hodge said, “I don’t agree with it unless it went to something productive.” Hodge thinks that it is a good thing if it was for a good reason, but he doesn’t necessarily think it is the case. Hodge said he is planning to stay in the same

room but hasn’t paid the fee yet. “The $250 did its job, but the extra $50 isn’t going to anything productive,” said Hodge. Other students such as Ashley Boykin, a senior risk management major, said the fee is a disruption. “It’s inconvenient in the middle of the semester, and it’s not easy to plan around,” Boykin said. contact Scott Simoneaux at

February 25, 2013




Career fair helps graduates find jobs by Kevin Carroll

Companies and agencies from Arkansas and Texas, as well as Louisiana, showed up Wednesday for the All Majors Career Fair in the SUB. Students of all majors and classifications were able to speak one-on-one with representatives of the employer of their choice. The prospective employers included telecom companies, banks, law enforcement agencies, and the military to name a few. Director of Career Connections Roselyn Pogue was impressed by the 220 students who turned out to pitch themselves Pogue to companies in hopes of securing a job after graduation. “We usually get around 400 students at the Fall Career Fair, but 220 is a great number for a Spring Career Fair,” Pogue said. These types of career fairs are important in professional development. Pogue said that students should start looking for internships with companies even before graduation.

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Career connections hosted the annual spring career fair to help graduating seniors find jobs for after college.

She talked about a survey that said 60 percent of employees started off at their current company as an intern. “Our goal is to improve the career

fair every year,” Pogue said. “We work to prepare students on how to present themselves to prospective employers. That includes how to

dress, how to prepare a professional resume, and how to communicate with an employer. We place a lot of emphasis on first impressions.”

Some students seem to agree with that assessment. “I think the pre-career fair workshop helped prepare students a lot, “said General Business Senior Jaleshia Jackson. “I love it [the career fair.] It’s a great opportunity for you to get yourself out there. I need to get myself out there. I’m broke.” Justin Law, a Computer Science Junior, said, “I came last year, and learned it is best to have a resume in hand.” Law came prepared for this career fair. He explained that he had tailored his current resume specifically for the company he was interested in. “I got a lot of positive feedback from the companies today. They were impressed with the quality of students they recruited. These students were well-dressed, knowledgeable, and presented themselves well,” said Pogue. Many of the companies represented already had ULM graduates working for them. “They come because they want more ULM grads. To me, that is a huge compliment to the university and our students,” Pogue said. “I’m very proud of that.” contact Kevin Carroll at

Dollar’s purchasing power may weaken in 2013 Minimum wage increase could hurt low-wage workers by Landius Alexander

President Barack Obama wants to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 to increase income of the impoverished. During his State of the Union address Obama said currently a mother with two kids who works full time for minimum wage lives below the poverty line. “In the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty,” Obama said. A new federal minimum wage, the first since July 24, 2009, would come as a relief to students like Brittany Beasley, a junior English major. “I feel that an increase in minimum wage is a good thing because it is beneficial to the citizens, especially the residents of Louisiana since we have continuous tax raises and other costs that continue to rise,” said Bea-

sley. While most Americans want to see Obama help the poor, some feel raising minimum wage is the wrong way to go. “Anyone who knows much about business is aware that’s not the way to boost the economy. If anything, that would be harmful to the economy,” Andrew Parker said, a junior Political Science major said. ULM Finance professor Paul Nelson says “Whenever the price of something rises, other things equal, the quantity purchased will Beasley fall, “. He believes raising minimum wage could increase unemployment. “If raising the minimum wage was a costless way to give workers a little more income then why stop at $9 an hour? Why not $10? $25? $100? $500?

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President Barack Obama laid out plans in his State of The Union address to raise the minimum wage, an idea with profound impact on college students.

We can all be rich just by passing a law. Unfortunately, the world does not work that way.” This is the type of debate that has occurred about minimum wage since a federal minimum was first introduced in 1938 at $0.25 per hour. That’s nearly 4 dollars per hour ad-

justed for inflation. A minimum wage was established to combat declining wages during the 1930s, which was the decade of the Great Depression. The highest federal minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, was in 1968. It was $1.60, the equivalent of

$10.51 in today’s money. However, there are consequences to an increased federal minimum, said Tammy Parker, a ULM Finance professor. “As wages are forced up, prices charged consumers will be forced up. An increase in overall prices is called inflation,” Parker said. “So, the worker may be making $9 an hour, but they will be paying higher prices for the items they purchase.” Parker also said the increased wages could prevent the students it was aimed to help from being employed. Adults like “ ‘soccer moms’ looking to boost their family income” or who lack training or a higher education will find those minimum wage jobs appealing. “Oftentimes, the ‘soccer moms’ or other adults with responsibilities such as family may be perceived as more reliable and get the min wage job that was really intended for a transitional student,” Parker said. contact Landius Alexander at



February 25, 2013


Nicholas Sparks wins Guitar festival hosts and breaks the hearts string of guest artists of audiences- again

CHEYENNE WILSON “Safe Haven” stars Josh Duhamel as Alex, and Julianne Hough as Katie. As the movie progresses, you find out that Katie is not the only name she has. The movie is set in South Port, N.C. It is a small community where everyone knows everyone and everyone’s business. Katie is new to South Port and she comes seeking a clean slate. Things are going smoothly for her, but it is obvious that she has trouble trusting people. Alex is a widow who is raising his two children on his own. He has been living in New Port for about a decade, so everyone knows his story. Alex deals with problems with his eldest child, Josh, who has a hard time coping with his mother’s death. The relationship between Alex and Katie was expected- the previews of the movie alluded to that. There is a character that has a semi-surprising connection to Katie. I say “semi-surprising” because it was one of those things you figure out right before they reveal it. It was one of those predictable stories. I am a sap for deep love sa-

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Daniel Sumner instructs a group of guests on how to handle a guitar in Brown Auditorium. by Ashley Lyons

3/5 STARS gas, so I was excited to see this movie. The movie did not exceed my expectations. The relationships in the movie could have been explored deeper. The love story was too easy. It was easily attained, easily lost and easily regained. The other characters in the movie are hit on the surface. You do not get a sense of who they are. The best part of “Safe Haven” was definitely the ending. I was able to figure out most of the movie, but the ending took me for a great surprise. It is one of those movies you watch when it plays on ABC Family. contact Cheyenne Wilson at

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ULM’s Guitar Festival of 2013 not only featured talent from the North and the South, but also from ULM’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. The festival kicked off Monday with the Louisiana Community Guitar Orchestra performing in Brown Auditorium. Local guitarists, old and new, were invited to come with their guitars to play together in a guitar orchestra. Daniel Sumner, ULM’s assistant professor in guitar, separated 26 guitar players into four groups. The groups were based on experience level. Even people who had never picked up a guitar before were playing under his instruction. “The first year I was at ULM we had a ‘guitar day’ and now we hold a festival,” said Sumner. According to Sumner, the process takes a long time. “I have to choose who is going

to be the guest for that year, put together the budget, the schedule, how many people I can afford to have and who will play what. There are a lot of details,” said Sumner. On Tuesday, New York City guitar legend Gene Bertoncini and bassist Ron Kadish performed for an ecstatic crowd. New Orleans guitarist Steve Masakowski performed Wednesday with bassist Martin Masakowski and percussionist Louis Romanos. On Thursday, Louisiana Tech professor Cain Budds performed and held a master class. ULM’s very own guitar students and guests performed Friday. According to Sumner, the festival is prepared two years in advance. Keith Adams is a senior guitar major and a non-traditional student. Adams started a music degree 20 years ago at Louisiana Tech University. When he decided it was a good

time to come back and finish his degree, he chose ULM for the “thriving guitar program,” which he is excited to be a part of it. ULM currently only has five guitar majors. Adams said they look forward to gaining at least three more in the fall, including a student from Hawaii. He said there could also be some guitar minors joining them next semester. “[Sumner] wanted all of his guitar majors to participate in the festival, but I also wanted to,” said Adams. Adams said that he likes the guitar orchestra and hopes it can become a regular thing. Adams played Friday with his fellow guitar majors and special guest guitarists from Louisiana Tech and the Monroe area community. This was the third guitar festival at ULM. contact Ashley Lyons at

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February 25, 2013



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February 25, 2013


Photos by Daniel Russell

Left: Jasmine Shaw pulls up at the elbow against ULAR on Feb. 7 at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Middle: R.J. McCray makes a move to the basket against a UALR defender on Feb 7 at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Right: Amos Olatayo dishes the ball inside. Below: Jayon James fires up a jump shot at the top of the key.

Hilltop too steep Warhawks struggle matching up with WKU in 75-57 loss by Adam Hunsucker

Keith Richard feels like a broken record sometimes. Considering his team’s struggles this year, it’s easy to do. Richard’s undermanned squad simply doesn’t match up well with the Sun Belt’s more athletic teams. There’s only so many ways you can say it. The refrain is a familiar one, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Thursday’s matchup with Western Kentucky offered more of the same as ULM struggled to a 75-57 loss at E.A. Diddle Arena. “I feel terrible for our guys because I thought we really played hard,” Richard said. “I say that and we got beat by 18. We just couldn’t close the gap.” For the Warhawks (4-19, 3-14), matchup problems were on display once again. The Hilltoppers (14-14,

8-9) dominated on the block, scoring 32 points in the paint and getting 17 off of second-chance opportunities. ULM lacks a true-low post scorer, and Jayon James—the Warhawks’ best option down low—spent most of the night on the bench in foul trouble. James finished with 11 points, but played only 28 minutes and eventually fouled out. Fatigue also became an issue. WKU—playing with a 12-man rotation—was able to wear down ULM, who only play seven guys regularly. “There was some [fatigue] that went on, no question about it. We missed some buckets inside but some of that was due to them. they’re tall and were able to alter our shots,” Richard said. Both teams slogged their way through slow starts that saw the game tied at seven early in the first half. WKU broke the tie with a 12-2 run that kept the Warhawks fighting to keep pace. Up 12 at halftime, the Hilltopper lead ballooned to 20 before ULM

cut into it with an 11-3 run, making the score 53-42. That’s as close as the Warhawks would get for the rest of the night. The Hilltoppers led by as much as 21 and ULM did not lead once in the game. Every time ULM looked to start a scoring run, WKU answered with a big play, usually from T.J. Price and George Fant. The duo led the Hilltoppers in scoring with 15 points each. “[WKU] did a good job of extending the game,” Richard said. “They turned a missed layup or two by us into a three point shot on the other end. There were two or three five-point swings just like that.” Amos Olatayo led ULM in scoring for the 11th time this season with 18 points. Trent Mackey also finished alongside Olatayo and James in double figures with 13, including four of nine from the three-point line. Millaun Brown led the team with 12 rebounds. contact Adam Hunsucker at

Warhawk rally not enough against WKU by Adam Hunsucker

There are times when Mona Martin thinks her young team has turned the corner. When it all magically comes together and those flashes of potential become reality. Then there are times when all those strides go out the window and everything crashes back to square one. Both these scenarios played out for ULM in a 65-63 loss to Western Kentucky on Wednesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena. Down by as much as 16, the War-

hawks (7-19, 5-12) fought threw a poor first half and gave themselves a chance to steal a win on the road. But Alexar Tugler’s potential game winner in the final seconds fell short, sealing the victory to the Hilltoppers (19-7, 12-5). “Just a tough loss and I hate it for the kids because they fought so hard,” Martin said. “They want to win so bad.” The effort was there, but the same familiar mistakes returned to haunt Martin’s team, particularly turnovers. ULM struggled early on with WKU’s

zone press defense, turned the ball over 15 times in the first half alone. “We were throwing it up in the stands again, but I was very proud of how we battled back,” Martin said. While the Warhawks were able to cut down on the turnovers in the second half—committing only five—missed layups and three-point shooting woes would not go away. ULM shot 45 percent from the field in the second half, but did not make a single three-pointer—going 0 for 11—and missed 12 layups, seven of which were uncontested.

“That’s what killed us. All those things come back to haunt you in a game like this,” Martin said. Despite the offensive inconsistency, the Warhawks managed a 15-2 run in the second half that erased the Hilltoppers’ 12 point lead and gave ULM a one-point advantage of its own. It wouldn’t last. WKU quickly pushed back out front with a 10-1 run. The Hilltoppers wouldn’t relinquish their advantage for the rest of the game, but a couple of misssed one-and-one opportunities in the late stages put ULM in position for

Tugler’s last second attempt. “We got a shot off but came up short,” Martin said. “We’re right there, but we need people to make better decisions and that’s the bottom line.” Ashleigh Simmons played her best game as a Warhawk, setting career highs with 24 points and 17 rebounds. Alexar Tugler finished the game with 15 points and Jasmine Shaw contributed 13 of her own. Tugler also lead the team with four assists. contact Adam Hunsucker at

Issue 5  

Volume 87, Issue 5