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Campus honors Veterans Day p4

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Sigmas host talent show as part of week-long celebration p 10



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Former Warhawk lands in Spain Basketball player Forbes finds professional team p15

Mardi Gras court election this week p 3

Football runs away with MTSU p 14 photo by Robert Brown

Actors entertain Monroe with ‘Diviners’ play p 11 Up ‘til Dawn writes letters for St. Jude p 9

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Face of drug Mayor uses Landrieu: Jindal war killed in alias to double ‘fumbled’ on chopper crash as reporter two grants MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Secretary of the Interior Francisco Blake Mora, a leading figure in the country’s bloody unpopular war on drug traffickers, died Friday in a helicopter crash on his way to a meeting of judicial officials. He was 45. For many Mexicans, Mora embodied the government’s get-tough attitude on the narcotics business, pledging to get tough instead of backing down. After Mexican investigators found more than 100 bodies in pits near the U.S. border, Mora pledged to step up the presence of troops and federal police in the area and not leave until the killers and drug gang members there were caught.

Natatorium vote delayed 2 weeks Students to decide “Once we get the pool’s fate at the cost estimates... end of the month we’ll be rocking by Cole Avery and rolling.”

The student vote to decide the future of the natatorium was delayed this week. Officials still maintain the vote will take place before the Dec. 1 deadline that was set before the semester began. Student Government officials had hoped to include the vote in this week’s Mardi Gras Court and Campus Activities Board (CAB) elections, Hall but not enough information is in yet for the students to really know what they are voting on, according to Nathan Hall, assistant dean of Student Life and Leadership. Hall said SGA is waiting on plans from the community’s architect so that a third party can give a cost estimate to present in the vote. As of Friday, Hall was not sure if the natatorium group had submitted their final plans. Hall said the community could be waiting to submit plans after their fundraiser Tuesday so that the group will better know where they stand fi-


Brooke Dugas,

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The mayor of Utah’s second-largest city said he used a fake name to write freelance stories for Utah news outlets because he said the municipality needed more “good news.” West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder quoted himself in some of the stories he wrote for the Deseret News, KSL-TV’s website and a community weekly. He said his career as a news reporter using the name Richard Burwash lasted several months until he decided to come clean this week. Winder said he wanted to offer balance to what he saw as bad news coverage of his city, complaining the media covers too much crime.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) teed off on the Jindal administration Thursday for rejecting an $80 million grant to provide high speed Internet to rural areas and deciding not to apply for $60 million in federal money for early childhood education. “You know it’s two fumbled balls, and you can’t keep fumbling and expect to win the game,” Landrieu said. “I hope (they) get a new game plan going forward because that’s a lot of money to leave on the table.” Landrieu appealed to the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider granting the $80 million for the Internet connection to rural areas.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

CAMPUS CRIME BRIEFS Jessica L. Nola, 26, of Oak Trail, Monroe, was arrested early Saturday on charges of DWI second offense. ULMPD said in a report Nola was travelling on Desiard and Warhawk Way when officers observed her travelling across the center line. Police said in the report Nola was having trouble keeping her balance, and the officer smelled alcohol on her breath. She performed poorly on a field sobriety test and refused to give a breath sample for a breathalizer test. Nola was booked in the Ouachita Parish Correction Center following the arrest.

Justin Deangelo White, 22, of Egan Street., Monroe, was arrested Friday on charges of driving with a suspended liscense and DWI first offense. Police said in a report White did not dim his bright lights while cars were approaching him in the other lane. The officer said he smelled alcohol on White, and White performed poorly on a field sobriety test. The report said White admitted to drinking two Long Island iced teas earlier that night at Applebees. The report went on to say his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit, according to results from a breathalizer test.

Who said you had to be lady-like?

SGA president nancially. SGA President Brooke Dugas said the vote will likely take place at the end of November when run-off elections for Mardi Gras and CAB will be held. She echoed Hall’s opinion that no vote should be taken before full cost estimates for all possible options are presented. “Once we get the cost estimates from our third party, we’ll be rocking and rolling,” Dugas said. As things stand now, the natatorium is scheduled to close on Dec. 9. If the community is able to raise the necessary funds, Hall said the community could pay to keep the building open. Students would still be able to swim there even if the community takes over operations because the University would still own the pool. If the community is unable to raise the funds to keep the building open, students will be able to swim at the Monroe Athletic Club. contact Cole Avery at

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

The women’s basketball team lost to Stephen F. Austin on Friday night 68-58, but it did not go down without a fight. ULM senior center Larrie Williams (white jersey) battles in the paint for a rebound. Elbows were thrown and noses were smashed, but the referees saw it all clean. Williams won this fight, but the team lost the ultimate battle.



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Faith diversity panel today in student center Psychologist and humanitarian Thomas Kalam will speak at 6 p.m. today in the Student Center, room 170, about the diversity of different faiths. Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Wayne Brumfield and educators Carl Thameling, Karen Frye and Mara Loeb will join Kalam and discuss the many religions present on campus.

International expo set for Wednesday The ULM International Education Council and the ULM International Association will host a cultural event 11-2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the SUB Ballrooms. These associations come together trying to reach ULM’s spectators. The expo will represent 60 different nationalities of international students currently enrolled at the school. Different types of food will be offered as well as artwork, photos and much more. All students are encouraged to attend to enjoy what other countries have to offer and understand more about unique cultures. Those interested in studying abroad can find a stand with brochures and information about programs being offered. For more information contact the International office at:

Small business expo scheduled for Saturday The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will offer a free forum for small business owners from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at ULM’s Walker Hall, Room 2-109. This two-hour workshop is recommended for individuals who are interested in determining the feasibility of their idea, are planning to start or have recently started a small business, want to expand their business, are interested in obtaining a small business loan or want to learn more about planning and management. Topics of discussion include business feasibility, business planning, business description, marketing strategy development, financial planning, loan process/applications and sources of funds for small business start-up and expansion. Please RSVP to LSBDC at ULM at 318-342-1224.

Film series continues with ‘Ghost Dog’ The ULM Film Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with American indie director Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” in Stubbs Hall, Room 100. The event is free and open to the public. “Ghost Dog” tells an unusual story about an unusual hit man. After a mobster saves his life, Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) devotes himself to serving him, living by and reciting from the ancient “Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai.” Between killings, his best friends are his homing pigeons, a Haitian ice-cream vendor who only speaks French and a little girl with whom he talks about books.


Voting begins Wednesday; ends Thursday

The number of students running for CAB officer positions in this year’s election.

by Garrett Boyte

Voting for Campus Activity Board (CAB) officers and Mardi Gras Court starts Wednesday. The voting will end on Thursday, and all students are encouraged to vote either online or via the ULM app for smartphones. In order for students to run for Mardi Gras court, they must be nominated by a recognized student organization and maintain a 2.5 GPA. The Mardi Gras Ball is in its ninth year running and was started by former President James Cofer. According to the SGA adviser’s secretary Betty Fox, Cofer asked if the SGA would be interested in something like the Mardi Gras Ball. The SGA has held it ever since.

photo by Devon Raymond

CAB is responsible for hosting many events on campus. New officers will be elected Wednesday and Thursday.

The Mardi Gras Ball will be 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in the SUB Ballroom. All students are invited to attend.

CAB officers must also have the 2.5 GPA, but they also must have spent at least one semester in the organization.

Possible SUB changes anger commuter lounge residents

Regular users say they want to keep their space

“I would not like [renovations] at all. It just doesn’t seem right.”

by Lesley Engolia

With information surfacing about a possible renovation to the Commuter Lounge located on the first floor of the SUB, students who regularly use the lounge are appalled by the proposal. Robert Hoag, ULM food services director, recently said plans are being drawn to knock out the wall which separates the lounge from the main dining area. Half of the lounge space could be used for additional seating. These changes would tentatively take place before the spring semester. “I would not like [the renovation] at all,” said Josh Mobley, a sophomore psychology major from Monroe and a regular occupant of the Commuter Lounge. “It doesn’t seem right.” Those who frequent the lounge voiced concerns over the loss of their rightful quarters, and some eagerly offered alternative suggestions to solve the congested SUB problem. Shaun Walters, a sophomore majoring in nursing from Shreveport, proposed that knocking down the wall of the study room would be of

Josh Mobley sophomore, psychology better gain because it would utilize the excess space of the study room rather than reducing the size of the commuter lounge. He also expressed his anxieties that squeezing more people into one space would only increase a fire hazard. Walters said that even if this pending project took place, he would still go to the lounge regularly. “I like to study and eat at Mouk the same time, which you can’t do at the library. It’s relatively quiet here,” Walters said. Other ideas for creating additional seating space in the SUB include placing additional tables outside the SUB or inside the lounge, without the

need to knock out the wall. Chris Mouk, a senior computer information systems major from West Monroe, said that the money required for this renovation would be better used elsewhere. “The money would be spent for minimum gain, especially since there is not much to go around to begin with,” said Mouk. contact Lesley Engolis at

80 The estimated number of seats the renovation would add to the SUB dining area.

This year there are 11 students running for CAB officer positions. CAB is responsible for hosting many events on campus, which provide entertainment and educational opportunities for students. All those wishing to join CAB can file an application for membership at the Student Life and Leadership office in the Student Center adjacent to the SUB. contact Garrett Boyte at

Sigmas host game night Thursday in Bayou Suites by Jade Choyce

The Phi Beta Sigma fraternaty will be holding a game night in Bayou Suites at 6 p.m. on Thursday. They are holding this event for people to show off their skills. There will be a Madden tournament, 2K12 tournament, Phase 10, UNO, dominoes and other various games. There is a $5 Blackshire entry fee for tournaments only. The winner for each tournament will be rewarded with a $75 cash prize. “We want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves because Phi Beta Sigma does everything for the people,” said Lazedrick Blackshire, a senior social work major from Shreveport. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public. “We’re promoting culture for service and service for humanity,” said Blackshire. contact Jade Choyce at



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Navy veteran recalls time at sea before resuming college by Joshua Ezell

Navy veteran Shaun Walters sits in the Commuter Lounge and sips from his Dr. Pepper as he tells stories of when he was in the service. Some are humorous; others bring a slight tinge of shame or a sly smile. Walters is a junior at ULM who served four years in the Navy starting in 1997 before being honorably discharged in 2001. In his family, all the men signed up to serve their nation.

Stationed in Atsugi, Japan, his ship didn’t see much fighting but served well when called. Walters said, “We should remember that Walters every day more of our servicemen lose their lives while defending our freedom and

liberties. It’s also just as important to remember not only the veterans who fought, but their families who stayed behind to keep the home fires burning.” Walters said that every veteran he knew, including himself, would have re-enlisted after the events of 9/11 if allowed. He shared some experiences about his time aboard the now decommissioned USS Independence, CV-62. He told of how he

served the ship while it and a sister ship, the now decommissioned USS Kitty Hawk, CV63, were still the last two all male service ships. Whitlock Walters stands proud of the service he had in the military and would lay down anoth-

er term if called to do so. KaRhonda Whitlock, senior English major, said she remembers her uncles on Veteran’s Day. “There should be more rewards for those who fought to serve our country than a single day for respect. It should be an everyday thing,” said Whitlock. contact Joshua Ezell at

‘Stars on the Bayou’ honors Veterans Day First lady, local film studio show respects on national holiday

by Jackie Johnson

Veteran’s Day is where the veteran servicemen and women, as well as those currently in service to the nation, are celebrated for their sacrifices for our country. To help celebrate, ULM teamed up with sponsors in the Monroe area to host “Stars on the Bayou.” The event included keynote speaker Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal and R-Squared Productions owner Rodney Ray. The event was not only for the celebration of veterans, but also for the students of Quest school. Quest school is a private school in the Monroe area with at least 33 students from grades first through eighth. The event was put together to help raise money for the school. Rodney Ray of R-Squared Productions attended the event to not only be a speaker but to also help out with the fundraiser and show respect to the veterans in the area. “The veterans have done so much for our country along with current servicemen and women,” Ray said. He spoke about three movies his company produced before a talk from Jindal. “The movies that I make are war movies to bring awareness about what our soldiers go through and what our vets

h a v e g o n e through,” Ray said. “One of my movies also talks about Postwtraumatic Stress Disorder because it is a common syndrome that most war vets go through after serving.” Ray said he hopes that people honor the veterans, he also wants to make sure that people are aware of the fundraiser for Quest school and help the growth of this small private school. Nicole Johnson, a supporter of one of the Quest students, said that Veteran’s Day is important for people to recognize “those that work hard for this country.” “Veteran’s Day is one of the more important holidays because our own citizens of this country have fought for us,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful for that.” contact Jackie Johnson at

photo courtousy of R-Squared Productions

The film “New Hope” by R-Squared Productions was filmed entirely in Ouachita Parish and features basketball players from local schools.

R-Squared film hopes to influence community R-Squared Productions will host the worldwide premiere of its newest feature film “New Hope” on Feb. 10, 2012. New Hope was filmed entirely in Ouachita Parish and highlights basketball and cheerleading talent from local high schools. R-Squared’s first feature film “Flag of My Father” won first place at the 2011 G. I. Film Festival in Washington, D. C., in May. “New Hope” is a movie that addresses teen issues, including teen suicide. The local community (less than 200,000) had more than 20 suicides within the last year. “New Hope” aims to decrease those numbers both nationally and globally. The premiere of “New Hope” will be at 7 p.m. at First West, 500 Pine St., in West Monroe. More than 20 thousand people are expected to watch “New Hope” over a 10 day period. For more information, visit their website at or call (318) 323-6900.

Join keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Kalam, CMI,

from Tennessee and a distinguished panel of

“Diversity of Faiths” November 14th, 2011 6:00 pm ULM Student Center- Room #170

Sheikh-Khalil, Dr. Carl Thameling, Dr. Karen Frye, and Dr. Mara Loeb as they discuss the many religions present on ULM’s campus and how they can join forces to continue God’s work. The event is free and open to all. Fr. Thomas is a skilled psychologist and a great humanitarian. He has a superb and unique presentation style. Come out Monday the 14th and hear him. All faiths are welcome. Sponsored by ULM’s Catholic Campus Ministry

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photo by Robert Brown

Jaquarrius Ignont plays video games when his favorite cable channels black out.

Cable channels go missing

by Brandon Craven

Recently, the students at ULM have been experiencing difficulties with their cable. Their biggest complaint is some of their channels are going in and out, but channels like Cartoon Network are flat out missing. Corey Williams said he noticed Cartoon Network has been completely shut off but said he wouldn’t get to watch it much anyway. “I miss them when I get the chance to watch them,” said Williams, a psychology sophomore from Bossier City. He also added when he does get

to watch TV, it only helps him procrastinate. “I cannot function with my ‘Family Guy,’” he says. Other students like Alyssa Flowers and Logan Knox said it doesn’t make a difference to them at all. “I have a TV here, but I haven’t turned it on since I got it,” said Knox, a freshman mass communication major from West Monroe. Flowers, a music theater senior from Shreveport, said while she stays busy and doesn’t get to watch TV much, she has noticed channels are missing. “Honestly I’m so busy I nev-

er get to watch TV unless it just so happens to be a dead weekend,” said Flowers. It would seem busy students don’t watch a lot of TV, but when they do get to watch it, they miss those channels that were once there. Mike Trevathan, the executive director of auxiliary enterprises, said Cartoon Network is not provided locally anymore. ULM is currently working with Comcast to get other channels back. contact Brandon Craven at

South African student gives glimpse of natural beauty from home nation by Bibiana Almeida

Best known for its wild life, South Africa is a treasure of the African world. Even after its struggling past with the existence of Apartheid, an extreme segregation of races and hatred between groups, South Africa still managed to preserve its nature. The South African land is the habitat of the famous “big five” animals: leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceros. ULM hosts students from South Africa that can closely share experiences and give advice about what their country has to Gaigher offer. Letha Gaigher, a finance student, talks passionately about her homeland saying, ”I have traveled a lot, but South Africa’s coast still stays the most beautiful place on Earth for me.” Having the opportunity to live surrounded by such beauty, she said, she left home because she wanted a degree abroad from “a powerful country which she hopes will open

photo courtesy of MCT Campus

South Africa is home to leopards, lions, elephants, buffalo and rhinoceros. The lion above is from a private game reserve adjoining Kruger National Park.

new doors for a promising future. South Africa has managed to keep its nature intact from human hands, and it is the perfect place to experience the spirit of the wilderness. Gaigher advises that one of the first places visitors should go is Table Mountain. Table Mountain is considered one of the 10 Wonders of the World and is known for its spectacular view.In case people would like to be in contact with the wild animals, the place to be is the Kruger National Wildlife

Park, in Limpopo. At this park people can touch, feed and play with the animals. For the brave, South Africa also offers the opportunity to dive with the great white shark in the cold coastal waters. These and many others are examples of the natural beauty that the world has to offer. Dream high, and let yourself experience the Wonders of the World. contact Bibiana Almeida at

photo by Robert Brown

Students have complained that their attempts at attaining wireless Internet has been met with more failure than success.

Students make suggestions how wireless Internet can improve for everyone by Joshua Ezell

You have had a long day of classes and decide to retire early to your room. You walk into the dorm room, say hi to your roommate and sit down to check your Moodle for the next day’s assignments. As the computer starts up, there is only a low-powered Internet signal with slow speeds. What do you do? For most students, there would be a place to plug a landline to their laptop. This causes limited mobility in the dorm room and cords to trip Lofton over. Some students, such as freshman Zach Lofton, need the Internet to have a wireless signal for a variety of reasons. “Some of the devices that I use need the wireless connectivity to get to the Internet,” Lofton said. He pointed out quickly that you couldn’t plug a landline into an iPod to check the ULM app. He said, “The Williams speeds on the wireless, when I can get it, are so slow that it may as well be dial-up.” Lofton’s suggestions for how the wireless could be improved included having more routers in the dorms so it can reach a wider area and take less bandwidth. While some believe the wireless is

“The speeds on the wireless, when I get it, are so slow that they may as well be dial-up.” Zach Lofton freshman a problem, some students do not. Sophomore psychology major Cory Williams believes that the wireless shouldn’t exist in the dorms. “I honestly didn’t know that we even had wireless. No one can get a signal on the farthest dorms in the buildings.” He also believes that people bringing in personal wireless routers, which Residential Life forbids, slows down the Internet for all people living in the dorms. He said people should “stop abusing the system.” Comcast is the company over the Internet for the dormitories. Technician Ron Harris said, “Propositions have been made to place more routers around the dormitories to increase the radius and hold less of a load to enable higher speeds. One of the problems is that it costs money to place these routers. Another slightly more expensive option is to place directional transmitters in each room to allow every room its own private Internet signal.” contact Joshua Ezell at



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Commuter Lounge is home; let family grow, not shrink

JOSHUA EZELL Why does the school seem to decide what is best for the students without asking the students for their opinions? The Commuter Lounge is a second home to those of us who attend ULM, as well as those who currently live on campus. Being a central area on the Campus allows many students to mingle and meet new people, as well as an area to stay while waiting for another class. Just recently, I was sitting amongst my friends in the lounge when a group of men came in and start-

ed measuring the room and walls. A simple inquiry to one revealed to my friends and I that the university has decided to possibly expand the dining area further by moving the wall further into the Commuter Lounge. This came as a rather large shock to us. After watching them measure the room, it came to be that the dining area would only be expanded 5 feet by 12 feet. This would only allow for, at most, 10 new tables in the Dining Area. The Commuter Lounge is a loved place on the campus that is invaluable to multiple organizations. The Blood Drive operates out of our lounge when they come to campus. The Career Fair once operated there as well as the Health Fair. Then you have the groups of us that, for the most part, live there. Those of us that use this room to its fullest have watched the dining area

intently. We know that it operates at full capacity during the hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the most. Our beloved lounge has students visiting during the entire time it is open during the day. The best option here would be to add more tables in the lounge. Another would be to take out the Sushi bar across the way from the Lounge. When it opened, it did fairly well as the novelty of it was still new. Now, it has slacked in its operations and has been doing very poorly. The area would have been better with the Shulze Express but it was taken from us. Is there any reason to move the wall itself when you can simply add tables to the lounge to invite more people to enter and meet the varied people who inhabit its walls? contact Joshua Ezell at

Not everything belongs in a Facebook status

MORGAN WITT I can’t help but think too many people are taking the social media revolution overboard. Of course, everyone has the option of sharing information with certain people, but that doesn’t always mean we should. All too often, I see Facebook updates saying “Just did some laundry. Going to Wal-Mart…” Uh, cool story bro, but the fact of the matter is that most people aren’t really that interested in a play-by-play of your day. That’s what Twitter is for, and luckily it all dissolves into my feed so quickly I don’t have to be bored by it there either. Recently, someone in my family thought it appropriate to blast the antics (okay, admittedly, FOOLISH antics) of their teenage son via Facebook status. We all went through those few years in which the ability to use common sense temporarily wanes (which most people commonly refer to as “being a teenager,”) so why was it necessary to put his business out there like that?

I can’t help but shake my head and wonder what the world is coming to when it’s a form of punishment to embarrass a child via social media. My number one pet peeve is the feuding Facebook couple. Almost everyone can think of someone they have as a friend on Facebook whose relationship status fluctuates between “in a relationship” and “single” at least once a month with the same person. Every couple fights; it’s normal. But typically, those heated arguments blow over, and both parties realize it’s nothing to end a relationship over. There’s no point in going back and forth between relationship statuses in the heat of anger. What’s worse, in my opinion, is those who feel the need to turn those arguments into a status: “John is such a jerk. I hate him! He just said all of my friends are annoying!*~!~*” Um, okay, because that’s really helping the situation. To be frank, if someone is immature enough to drag their arguments on to social media, they probably aren’t mature enough to be in a relationship. To you people who update your relationship as often as you click the “Like” button, Maybe you should do all of cyberspace a favor and stay single for a while Perhaps the ultimate proof that social media is being taken far too seriously is the fact that I just managed to write an entire editorial based upon things about it that annoy me…and that some readers might be reading along, nodding in agreement. contact Morgan Witt at


Newspaper breaks barriers for the better We at the Hawkeye exist as a student publication for the sake of carrying the news of the campus to all those that will hear us. The news is a message that carries both the good and the bad. We hope to lift up the good things and celebrate the successes that make our campus great. We even hope to commiserate and give the light of fellowship when our fellow students need a hand up from a low time. However, we also have the task of telling people what is going on in the most unbiased way possible. In the end, we are only the message. The result of the matter is left to the individual to decide. We, as a staff, feel that over the semester, we have only continued to grow. Meeting with voices from the whole campus over, we have searched for answers and tried to become the means to change for the better. We always hope that things can improve if we can communicate freely together. Through thick and thin, we are happy to say that we have seen growth in our campus as well as our publication. We have really been brought together more as a campus, as a community and as a family. Family is about working together. We may not all get along, but we still have to look out for each other and do what is best for the family as a whole. When an article was run about the crowding in the SUB dining areas last week, we quoted a student that suggested that if the tables were cleaned more quickly between meals, the crowding wouldn’t be as much of a problem. As a result, we have heard where Robert Hoag, food services director for Aramark at ULM, has made cleaning tables regularly a new priority. Even the natatorium issue, which we have tried to keep up with all semester, has become a bridge for the campus and community to work together to decide what is best. With sports, news, entertainment, a great staff that works to reach to all corners of the campus and a loyal reader following, we feel that the answers to questions can quell chaos before it emerges or be the catalyst of great change. The Hawkeye is the microphone. You, our lovely readers, are the voices that demand to be heard, and your voices are making great changes. It is for this reason that the newspaper is run. We represent a collective student voice. We merely do our best to collect the information of our campus and then project it out in a clear and understood message. By communicating with one another, we hope to reach a mutually satisfying end. We truly have one of the greatest campuses on earth. Let’s all make it our job to work together to make it the alma mater we can all be proud to know.

illustration courtesy of MCT Campus

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What ruffles my feathers? International call centers

JOHN SANDERS The first problem I have with international call centers is people needing service cannot understand what they are saying. I just ordered cable through Comcast, and most of the conversation consisted of me saying, “I’m sorry, but can you repeat that?” Not only could I not comprehend her, but she had trouble understanding my English. So when I got the cable, channels I wanted were not included. Then I had to call back and speak to another person and repeated the joyous experience I had lived through just a few days prior.

The next issue is the lack of service you’re likely to receive. Every time I call a 1-800-Number, I am confronted with a person trying to get to buy a new service or upgrade the one I currently have. Now I understand they are probably being told by higher ups to do this, but nonetheless, it is irritating. When I call about my computer running slow, I honestly do not want to hear about all the premium upgrades I can get to fix it; just let me know how to fix what I have at home. That is why I called after all. I understand companies choose outsourced labor because it keeps cost cheaper, but when you have a lot of customers who are dissatisfied by the lack of service they feel they can receive in the long run, the company may be doing more harm then good. As for me, I just wish they would move the call centers here and stop the annoyance of dealing with people who barely speak English. Or at least spend a little more money on training to make sure they speak English clearly. contact John Sanders at

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Water ski club created for fun; rules too strict Dear Mr. Avery: Thank you for posting more information on this current “hot” topic. As founding members of the NLU/ ULM water ski program, we feel that we must make a comment. We were very disappointed to learn that two skiers have lost their scholarships for violating curfew AFTER the recent National Championships. The water ski “club” was formed by students under the premise of competing in a sport we love and to have fun! Building friendships, working together, and being a TEAM was the foundation of this program. The fact that a curfew has been placed on skiers is against our founding principles! Deans Murphy and Lassiter are probably spinning in their graves right now! Mandatory “friending” on Facebook?? Give me a break! The water ski team won something like 10 National Championships in a row without imposed curfews or strict guidelines. We managed to play and compete, and still had one of the highest GPA’s of any group on campus. The ski team is still a club, not an athletic organization, and falls under a different set of rules. Why should curfew still be imposed after the season is over? The ULM ski program has gotten a repu-

tation the last few years as being elitist and snobbish: The team does not stay at the same hotels as other ski teams, and rarely do they participate in the social events given by the tournament hosts. Again, Intercollegiate Water Skiing was started to encourage competition, but the interaction and camaraderie between the competing teams was as important as the competition itself. Perhaps we should take a closer look at the “win at all costs” attitude and get back to basics. The program has grown, there are more scholarships available, and we understand there have to be some rules, but it certainly seems, from what we are hearing and reading, that the rules and rule-makers have gone overboard. We ski team Alums have enjoyed watching the ULM team progress over the years, but these are still student athletes, young men and women who are attending the university not just for the chance to ski, but for the opportunity to learn and grow; to make mistakes and hopefully learn from them and become better people. Enough of the Big Brother (Big Sister?) police - get back to skiing and having fun! Bill & Jenny Rainwater NLU Ski Team, 1977-1980

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Adobe shows student photo on its national website by Cole Avery

Adobe recently selected a photograph by a ULM art student to be featured in it’s “Real or Fake” online contest. Srdjan Marjanovic, a senior graphic design student from Serbia, submitted his picture of a bird he took in Black Bayou for the website’s consideration. “I was really surprised,” Marjanovic said of being chosen. “It was unbelievable that from the whole world they picked my photo.” Adobe chose the photo for it’s “Real or Fake” contest. Contestants look at five photos and guess whether they are real or altered. For the record, Marjanovic’s photo is real. Adobe’s Photoshop software is the premier editing program available. contact Cole Avery at

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Up ‘til Dawn writes letters for St. Jude hospital Group participates in their largest fundraiser of year by Sydney Bonner

Up ‘til Dawn held their biggest event of the year, “Letter Sending,� from 8 p.m. to midnight Thursday. Up ‘til Dawn is an on-campus organization that holds fund raisers for the benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for pediatric cancer treatment. Last year, this event alone raised over $30 thousand. All students were allowed to attend this event to help raise money for St. Jude. Many oncampus groups attend this event to help out our school. Fraternities, sororities, the Campus Activities Board and many other St. Romain groups attended. Individual students also participated. The purpose of this event is for students to write a letter to people they know requesting them to donate money to St. Jude. Students were allowed to write as many letters as they wanted and were welcome to free refreshments. Anyone could win door prizes including Warhawk gear, gift cards and other goodies. Each year, Up ‘til Dawn likes to get student bands to perform at “Letter Sending.� This year the two bands to perform were Circa 93 and Blue Run Road. This event was the chapter’s last event of the semester. “This is always our biggest event of the year, and we always try to get all students involved with our fund raisers,� said Andres Granada, Up ‘til

Dawn president. “This year we definitely had more people attend, and it was good to see more diverse groups of students come and participate.� Tiage St. Romain, freshman prepharmacy major from DeRidder, said,�I saw flyers posted everywhere around the school, and it inspired me to help out because just a little money can go a long way to save someone’s life.� Those interested in joining the Up ‘til Dawn chapter on campus can contact Andres Granada at They will continue with more fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the spring. contact Sydney Bonner at

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Fernando Cordova (left,) Erica Nguyen (middle) and Victoria Miller (right) write letters Thursday night encouraging their friends and family to donate to St. Jude’s hospital as part of Up ‘til Dawn’s annual letter writing event.

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Chamber singers perform Murder mystery during fall choral concert makes students by Catherine Morrison

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Hailey Hatcher sings in the Fall Choral Concert “CELLS, PLANETS... Same Thing.”

Performances from poetry to praise dance compete to win cash prizes by Jade Choyce Sigma Gamma Rho celebrated with a host of festivities throughout the course of last week. The events for the week consisted of church on Sunday at Mt. Zion Baptist, Bone Marrow Cancer community service and Bingo Night in Stubbs Hall on Monday, Tuesday movie night, a Wednesday AIDS Awareness community service and Bowling Night at Bayou Bowl, a Talent Show on Thursday in the Alumni Center (which cost $1 with a can good or $3 without a can good to get in), a Remembrance Day on Friday with charter members and a community service with the graduate

Hair-raising harmonies filled the air at the Fall Choral Concert, “CELLS, PLANETS…Same Thing” last Tuesday night. The School of Visual and Performing Arts Division of Music presented their fall concert at the United Methodist Church in Monroe. Members of the University Chorale, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performed with Deborah Chandler as director of choral activities, Jarrod Richey as assistant director of choral activities, and Julian Jones as choral accompanist. The Ouachita Parish High School Choir gave a guest performance as well. The large stain glass window and towering organ pipes set behind the singers painted the perfect picture at the front of the church. Among the crowded pews in the sanctuary were students, family members and friends of the singers. Pres. Nick Bruno was also there for support.

chapter on Saturday at the soup kitchen. “I think it was a good week of activities for the students to participate in,” said Khairi Usher, a junior general studies major from Meridian, Miss. The talent show on Thursday in the Alumni Center was hosted by the infamous comedian on campus Kenneth “Kenny” Harris. Many different types of talents performed at the show from poetry to praise dance. Featured performers included Heather Wardlaw singing Beyonce’s “Halo,” a dance performance from Sha’Net McCarter and some rap performances from Joshua Madison, Joshua Howard and Slice Ent. Tamarr Purdom, a senior history major from Sacramento, Calif., said, “It was enlightening to see the different types of talent.” There were also performances from our very own Kel and Trey Parker. Through the round of acts, the judges had to make a final decision for a winner. The judges decided on Slice Ent. as first

The ULM choral students have been rehearsing for this performance since the beginning of the semester. “Rehearsals are always a long process,” Alyssa Flowers, a senior musical theater major and chamber singer of Shreveport said. “When we all work together to get the same kind of sound and unison, it truly is an amazing moment.” According to Flowers, each song is broken down so that attention can be paid to all of the many details. The hard work must have paid off because the crowd seemed to enjoy it. “I thought it was beautiful and well put together. They all did a tremendous job,” said Ashlyn McClung, a freshman ULM student from Pineville who attended the concert. There was lots of applause and even a standing ovation. The concert wrapped up with the entire audience and choir singing the ULM Alma Mater. contact Catherine Morrison at

play detective by Sydney Bonner

Who did it? With what? And where? For those who love a good mystery, Bayou Suites held their very first Murder Mystery Show last week for residents put on by the Residential Hall Council (RHC) of Bayou Suites. The students of Bayou Suites were asked to gather in one room where the story would be presented to them, following the chance for everyone to look for clues and question the characters. The students were rewarded with an ice cream social afterwards for all their hard work. “It was a nice way to meet people that live in my dorm,” said Hope Barton, freshman mass communication major from Mansfield, Texas. “We bonded trying to figure out the mystery together.” Every semester, Bayou Suites gets a stipend of $300 to spend on the residents living there. The money allows them to do something fun for the students, but they also have to do a community service project. The murder mystery event was thanks to the effort of the RHC of Bayou Suites: Tess Dupre (president), Josh Dupree (vice-president), Melvin Grimes (secretary/treasurer), James Waldron, Victoria Burleigh, Chris Maxwell, Destiny Dumas, and Dylan Leblanc (floor representatives).

The play was scripted by Dupree who spent almost a month putting the play together reflecting themes similar to “Clue.” Dupre, a junior toxicology major from Houma, said, “We, as the RHC of Bayou Suites, wanted to put on a program to give them a fun way to escape from studying for a few hours.” The next thing Bayou Suites plans to focus on is their community service project. They ask residents to bring canned goods for military people currently in the war. This way their dorm can make a difference. Dupree asked the residents after their first Murder Mystery Show if they would like to do it again, and the answer was a resounding yes. The RHC of Bayou Suites plans to put on another show in the spring. contact Sydney Bonner at

“It was enlightening to see the different types of talent.” Tamarr Purdom senior, history major

runner up, and they received a cash price of $25. First place winner was Sha’Net McCarter who received a cash prize of $50. The week was a success for the Sigma Gamma Rhos along with all the support provided from the students. Michaelea Griffin, a junior accounting major and member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority from Monroe, summed up the group’s hopes for the week by saying, “Greater service, greater progress.”

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Melvin Grimes, the secretary and treasurer for the Residntial Hall council of Bayou Suites, plays Paul Evans in the Murder Mystery Show.


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Is divorce the ‘Diviners’ graces Brown new ‘in thing’ this season? “The Diviners” tells the story of Buddy Layman, a challenged boy who is blessed with the gift of divining water. photo by Robert Brown




Marriage should be between two people who love each other and are willing to work through the hard times. No one should tell two individuals that they can’t spend a life together if they are dedicated to the vows they make. I am no expert, but I have witnessed enough successes and failures to tell who was serious about their commitment. Kim Kardashian’s divorce filing last week has led to many speculations of “What could have gone wrong?” I think anyone could see that having a televised romance of only seven months would cause problems. How could Kim and Kris Humphries really know each other when they spend most of their time together filming a show? She then has the audacity to say, “as newlyweds, you want your privacy.” Perhaps if they had taken the time to get to know one another first, they would know what they would be up against. They should have taken notes from William and Kate’s romance instead of being so concerned with making

themselves profitable. Which brings me to what seems to be Kim Kardashian’s primary motivator, money. All the commercials for their “Fairytale Wedding” reminded me of when royals would marry because they were both rich rather than “Happily Ever After.” For richer or poorer was obviously not a true concern to them. However, real marriages do have these worries, but a bride and groom would say it’s worth it if they are together. With the divorce rate being as high as it is, you can’t help but wonder why. Divorce used to be a rare circumstance. When Elizabeth Taylor had her series of eight divorces, it was a scandal. People couldn’t believe that was even possible. Nowadays divorce is glamorized. Celebrities go through divorces like toilet paper, and they get lots of attention for it. We now treat any marriage that lasts 10 years like a miracle. It’s so commonplace to know several divorced couples. There are circumstances where divorce is the only solution, but irreconcilable differences sounds like “we couldn’t compromise on anything.” When one gets married, they lose some of their singular identity. Both halves won’t necessarily agree, but there has got to be common ground. Hardships happen, it’s whether you work through it together or not that makes the difference.

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by Vladimir Jakovlijevic

The School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Theatre Division presented its second production of the fall semester this weekend with the play “Diviners.” The play was directed by assistant professor Kyle T. Zimmerman and presented at Spyker Theatre. Wednesday, the day before the opening night, Zimmerman organized an invitational dress rehearsal to get insight on possible errors. Zimmerman said he was stressed after the rehearsal, but it helped him solve the problems he saw at the rehearsal including problems with the lights. “We had to stay an hour and a half hour after the rehearsal, work on the play and try to fix the problems with the lights,” Zimmerman said, “but the actors did a great job, and everything went well, which was confirmed by the audience who stood up and gave


us applause at the end of the play.” Luke Holloway, a sophomore theater minor who played the main character, Buddy Layman, said it took him a while to get the exact feel of the character, but overall he thought he did well. “Buddy is confused about who he is and what people think about him, but he doesn’t care about that and that’s what I like,” Holloway said. There were almost no free seats in Spyker Theatre Friday night. People laughed through the story but also felt sad at the end of it where the main character, Buddy Layman, died by drowning in the river. Brionna Ford, a freshmen mass communication major from Shreveport, said Zimmerman invited her class to the play. She said she was very interested since she had already heard about “The Diviners.” “I heard it’s a really good play. I enjoyed the story line, and I think Mr.

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Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was published.


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Paterno out at Penn State, state pen next

ZACK BROWN Penn State’s board of trustees released news on Wednesday they were firing head coach Joe Paterno along with school president Graham Spanier. This decision came four days after a grand jury charged retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky with multiple counts of alleged sexual assault and rape. This was the third time Sandusky had allegedly been with an adolescent in university facility. The first time was in 1998 when an investigation went on by Child Protection Services and the university was completely informed. The only thing that came of the investigation was a retirement package a year later from Penn State to Sandusky. Why would they even consider letting him retire and not ban him from the school? Sandusky’s book title named “Touching” should have obvi-

ously thrown up red flags with police. Penn State’s “image” was in jeopardy back then, but Sandusky still gets to stick around. Now that people are coming forward, they send Paterno packing. Trying to save what little image they have left? Was Paterno in the wrong? Under Pennsylvania Law it is ones responsibility to report suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services or law enforcement. That means several employees could possibly face jail time if found guilty of knowledge to Sandusky’s actions. Then why only fire the president and head coach when so many others are involved? Sandusky ended his coaching career with a grin and retirement package in ’99 and gets to keep his access to the school, while Paterno is forced to leave with a tainted legacy. I just hope this doesn’t reflect Paterno’s career down the road. The schools image could’ve been saved 12 years ago. Instead they make a hasty decision in an attempt to take pressure off the school when the issue will surely resurface in the near future. contact Zack Brownat

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Running back Jyruss Edwards breaks for a 41-yard touchdown run on Saturday in the win against Middle Tennessee.

Running and not looking back Edwards rushes for 3 touchdowns; football routes Middle Tennessee 42-14 by DeRon Talley

The football team (3-7, 2-4) came out the gate swinging on Saturday against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at home and won 42-14. The route against MTU (2-7, 1-4) is the first time since joining the Sun Belt Conference that ULM came out scoring touchdowns on its first-five possessions of any game. Running back Jyruss Edwards wanted to continue his running dom-

inance from the game against UL-Lafayette last week, and so he did recording his second-straight game with three rushing touchdowns. His lon- Browning gest run was 41 yards. He finished the day with 27 carries for 191 yards. “Coach challenged us this week to run the ball, and I think we came out and executed that,” Edwards said. Quarterback Kolton Browning scored the first touchdown for the Warhawks in the first quarter on a

three-yard scramble. Browning finished with a stellar performance, completing 15 of 18 pass attempts for 193 yards and two passing touchdowns. Browning said, “We know we are an explosive offense when we do things right, and we did that today and it showed on the scoreboard.” His biggest pass connected to receiver Je’Ron Hamm for a 50-yard touchdown. The Warhawk defense dominated the Blue Raiders, forcing three turnovers in the game. The team plays Florida International on Saturday for Military Day. contact DeRon Talley at

Women’s basketball loses at home 68-58 by DeRon Talley The women’s basketball team (0-1) lost Friday at home to Stephen F. Austin 68-58, in its first game of the regularseason. The team showed it can make the plays to compete against Stephen F. Austin but ultimately came up short. Senior guard Eli Torres made big plays, slashing through the lane to lead the team and game with 18 points. Torres also grabbed four rebounds in the team’s losing effort. The team was down 10 at the half, and after rallying back several times, Stephen F. Austin proved to be too much for the Warhawks. Stephen F. Austin closed the game out after ULM took its first lead of the game with about 12 minutes to play. Senior Larrie Williams scored 11 points for the team but shot 4-11 from the field goals. Sophomore Jasmine Shaw added 14 points of her own and came one shy of a double-double as she recorded nine rebounds. Senior Marion Zollicoffer finished the night with a team-high 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. The team will go on a six-game journey on the road that begins today at Tulane at 7 p.m.

by Jerry Cox

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Ashleigh Simmons mishandles a rebound in Friday night’s loss to Stephen F. Austin at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

The men’s basketball team (0-1) opened up its 61st season Friday on the road against the Rebels of Ole Miss, in Oxford MS. After coming off two wins in its preseason exhibition games against Lubbock Christian and Philander Smith College, it failed to continue its streak against Ole Miss, losing 60-38. The Warhawks couldn’t buy a basket against the Rebels, as they shot only 4-24 from the field, ending the first half with a 16.7 shooting percentage. The rebels took full advantage of the Warhawks terrible shooting performance as they ran of the gate with a 16-5 run to open the game. The Rebels kept it going as they shot 44 percent from the field in the first half of play

and took a 22-point lead into halftime. The Warhawks as a team scored 11 points total in the first half. The Rebels led by as much as 26 in the second half. The Warhawks turned their shooting luck around in the second half as freshman Trey Lindsey made a free throw to pull as close as 16. They came out shooting a 40 percent from the field in the second half. But Ole Miss just continued to play their game after building such a large margin in the first half and went on to get the win. Ole Miss finished with three players in double figures including Monroe‘s own and Carroll High alum Terrance Henry. Henry led the Rebels with


The men’s team scored 11 first half points at Ole Miss in Friday night’s loss on the road. 15 points, while not a single Warhawk player finished in double figures. Senior, and Sun Belt Preseason Third Teamer, Fred Brown led the Warhawks with a total of only seven points, shooting 2-12 from the field. Fabio Ribeiro snatched, a team-high, six rebounds in the loss. The Warhawks take on Indiana State today at 7 p.m. in the Fant-Ewing Coliseum. contact Jerry Cox at

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Former Warhawk goes pro Guard Forbes plays basketball professionally in Spain, living large by DeRon Talley

When a 22-year-old native from the Freeport, Bahamas stepped off the airplane in Monroe for the first time in 2008, he kept one thing in mind: basketball. Not family. Not friends. That same year, Dynile “Nyla” Forbes showed ULM men’s basketball team he did not take playing basketball as just a hobby, he wanted to make a career out of it. By mid-season, he worked his way to a starting position on the roster and finished the season averaging 11 points per game. Now Forbes Mingo plays professionally for Leyma Natura Basquet Coruna, a professional Spanish basketball league in Galicia, Spain. “I can’t even put it in words,” Forbes said. “It’s really a true blessing to be placed in this position and have the opportunity to play.” In his first season, Forbes has no trouble adapting to the style of the Spanish professionals. He averages over 16 points per game. He said, “I’m able to do various things on the court that most guys in my position don’t normally do.” Forbes stands at about 6’4” but plays like he is the biggest person on the court. He can even make a sevenfooter look small. In a game for Leyma, Forbes ran the top wing.

Dynila Forbes (left) suited in his professional uniform. Forbes (right) battles to get a shot off in the Fant-Ewing Coliseum during his days at ULM.

He received a pass from the point guard and went straight to the lane for a dunk. One person stood between Forbes and the basket.A seven-foot center. Forbes chose to go over him. He did. He dunked the ball over a 7’1” center, and the fans cheered in joy and laughter. “For me its was a great confidence booster because he was a 7’1” guy, and I felt that if I can do that to him, I can to anyone that I play against.” The dunk over the seven-footer instantly made Forbes a fan-favorite.

“I’m able to see another country and explore it, and I’m getting a chance to learn another language other than English.” Dynile “Nyla” Forbes He said fans often flag him down in a restaurant or grocery store to ask for an autograph and picture. “The love and respect is mutual between myself and the fans here. It’s a great feeling when someone come and ask, “Are you Nyla Forbes?” He said, “For me that’s huge.” Forbes travels around Europe competing against many different teams, but he said there are more benefits

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The Forbes evolution Dynile Forbes grew up in the Bahamas, and was remembered for his “all-over the court play” as a teen. For the Warhawks, he was known for his “athleticism and hard work.” Now in Spain, Forbes is known for his “explosiveness and energy.” Leyma Natura offered him a oneyear contract for his contributions. He accepted it. than just playing ball. “I’m able to see another country and explore it, and I’m getting a chance to learn anothBrown er language other than English.” As for adjusting to the Spanish language, Forbes said, “It’s coming along very good.” Forbes’ professional career is doing better than many expected. Because he didn’t enter the NBA draft, many assumed he gave up. Ironically, the NBA is on lockout,

and Forbes’ professional career continues. In 2009, a ULM game against the Oklahoma Sooners and now NBAplayer, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Forbes stole the show, at least for a moment. Forbes is remembered in the game for a steal off Griffin’s lazy pass at mid-court. Forbes took it to the rack with a fast break two-handed. ULM lost 72-61, but Forbes finished the night with a consistent 11 points and three steals. “That was a good game, I won’t forget it. And as for Blake Griffin, it’s all congratulations from me to him.” He said, “If given a chance to play

against him again, I’m all open to it, and I will be looking forward to it.” The ULM basketball team has two players remaining on the roster that played with Forbes: senior guards Hugh Mingo and Fred Brown. Mingo said Forbes is definitely one of the most hardworking athletes the program has seen and “doing what he has to do to become successful.” “He set himself up for a good shot.” Mingo and Brown redshirted the season Forbes was on the court, but Brown still could sum Forbes’ explosive guard play up in one word. Brown said, “Athletic.” contact DeRon Talley at

Volleyball misses SBC tournament by Vladimir Jakovljevic

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The Warhawks volleyball team (white jerseys) watch as UALR celebrates the victory on Friday at the ULM Activity Center.

The volleyball team lost to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Friday at the Activity Ccnter, ending its hopes to qualify for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Head coach Ernest Vasquez said they did exactly what a team needs to do in order to win, but unfortunately, he said “This was also an example when the opponent plays its best as well.” The team had the lead a couple of times throughout the match. In the second set, it was a point from winning the set several times.

Vasquez said, “I wish we played like this a month ago.” Marcela Araya, the team’s left back, said they didn’t show their best, and they still have to work on some stuff. ”We didn’t do our system. They were psychologically stronger, and perhaps they were luckier than we were,” Araya said. The team’s outside hitter Blanca Ocana led the team with13 kills.Ocana said, “I don’t look [at] statistics and don’t care about the points. I just play for the team.”Considering the opponents, Ocana said our team tried harder to win this game, but the UALR had better plans.

“They’ve been studying us and knew exactly how to attack us. However, there is a new season, and we are also going to get new players to join our team where we are all sisters who respect and love each other,” she said. The team is not going to travel to Florida for the Sun Belt Conference this year but is confident the team will be ready for next season.

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