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by Garrett Boyte

Monroe City School Board will offer $15 gift cards to failing students for participating in a supplemental educational program. Students can earn up to $75 for attendance. Students at Carroll High School, MLK Jr. Middle School and Sherrouse Alternative School can take advantage of the program. The gift cards will be provided by Fully Devoted Development of Children (FDDOC) Inc. of Shreveport. FDDOC is a non-profit organization, which works with the Louisiana Department of Education and other educational organizations to provide after school education to needful students. The daily cost is projected to be more than $70,000, with nearly 200 students qualifying for the gift cards, and the FDDOC teachers raking in a $55-an-hour pay. Students must attend a full-day’s session in order to receive the gift cards. Sessions can be from four to four and a half hours long. The program allows students to make almost


90 pounds of Rep. wants to Parents protest cocaine mailed change to ‘Gulf anti-Obama to diplomat of America’ cartoons QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s foreign minister says Italian police found nearly 90 pounds (40 kilos) of cocaine in diplomatic mail sent to Italy. Two suspects have been arrested. Ricardo Patino said the Italians asked permission before opening eight crates containing the drugs. He says the crates were inspected by police dogs before leaving Ecuador, but had traveled to Italy through an unnamed third country. Patino says one of those arrested is Cristian Loor. Loor obtained foreign service permission to use its diplomatic mail to send objects for a theatrical production promoting Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands.

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If a Mississippi lawmaker gets his way, the Gulf of Mexico will become the “Gulf of America.” Mississippi State Rep. Steve Holland, a Democrat, introduced a bill for the part of the Gulf of Mexico bordered by Mississippi to be renamed the “Gulf of America.” Known as HB 150, this bill says the body of water will have its new name July 1. “If this bill passes the legislature and is signed into law, perhaps it is time to rename the Mississippi River,” wrote Bob Quasius, president of a Latino GOP group opposing the bill. Holland later said the bill was a joke.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans middle school took down a display of students’ political cartoons after parents protested images of President Barack Obama, including one with a bullet hole on his head. The images for a social studies class at Boyet Junior High in Slidell included Mitt Romney with cartoon characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck beside a poster with the president’s face and the caption “Obama Season.” In old Warner Brothers cartoons, the characters argued whether it was duck or rabbit season. Parents complained the images could incite violence and should never have gone on display.


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“I don’t believe they should be bribing students like that.” William Mitchell, sophomore music ed. major $4 an hour for sitting in their desks. “It’s so early and the way the program just kicked off. We’re really trying to be careful and do it right,” said Brian Holland, an FDDOC employee. Holland said there’s no way to clearly measure the results for Monroe City Schools yet, but they’re expecting great things. Others aren’t so optimistic about the program. “I don’t believe they should be bribing students like that,” said William Mitchell, a sophomore music education major. “If you’re taking a supplemental class, that’s a class for your own good. It’s just like taking college classes.” Mitchell said schools should become more hands-on with the kids by having them participate in more after-school programs sponsored by the school itself and not by an outside organization. contact Garrett Boyteat

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History professor H.P. Jones got a surprise birthday party Wednesday night at the ULM alumni center. He is 82. Family, friends, coworkers and students welcomed the popular professor, who was recently voted “Best Professor” in the fall Warhawk Best selections. “I thought I was going to have a heart attack at my advanced age,” Jones said. Ever the teacher, Jones offered some sage wisdom to the Hawkeye readers: “Laugh more. Laughter is the lotion for the sunburns of life.”

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ULMPD: Student parking available, not convenient

600 tickets per week issued in commuter lots by Lesley Engolia

ULMPD writes about 600 parking tickets each week to students who break the parking rules, according to Captain Kenny Robideaux. The most common offenses include: parking in a faculty spot, displaying an expired parking decal and not having a decal. The fee for parking in a faculty or

staff space is $15. For expired or absent decals and parking in a “no parking” zone, the fee is $10. Robideaux advises ULM students to arrive on campus early for classes, to stay away from red curbs, which signify faculty and staff, Ross and to avoid parking in handicapped spaces and other residence halls. “There is plenty of parking. It’s just

not convenient,” said Robideaux. “Residents have to leave their vehicle parked at their residence unless attending a night class.” Katie Ross, a junior dental hygiene major from Centerton, Ark., said often times, people make the choice to get a ticket. “People are too lazy to stick with the commuter lots. They don’t take the time to walk and would rather risk a ticket than park far away,” Ross said. contact Lesley Engolia at

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“The faculty don’t even use those spaces,” said Misty Owens, a junior secondary education major from West Monroe. “They even left them half of each lot after the change, and most of those spaces are still empty.” Lance Beeson, a junior kinesiology major from Monroe, said he stopped using the student lots last year because crowded student spots made the empty faculty spots too tempting to resist. “I think they should have only left that front row that faces the buildings available to the faculty and given the rest to the students,” said Beeson.

College freshman are better students now than in past years, according to a recent article released by USA Today. The findings show the number of students who party each week has dropped nearly four percent while 71 percent of students now take at least one Advanced Placement course before entering college. The article says the recession accounts for the more focused attitudes. Aisling Carberry-Shaha, an elementary education major from Deridder, is Carberry-Shaha making the most of her money by taking 15 hours this semester, but she said not all students are taking this advantage of college because people are still “partying more and failing classes.” Larry Hopper, professor of atmospheric science, said incoming ULM students are “good on paper” but are lacking in their ability to think critically, a vital skill for the success of students as they enter the workforce. Hopper said the new challenge facing professors is to teach students this skill.

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Fifty additional parking places have been reassigned for student use in front of Desiard Street.

Brown lots reassigned for students by Kristin Nieman

Two parking lots that were once faculty and staff parking at the front of the school on Desiard Street now have two rows each designated for students. The change adds 50 student spots to lots that were usually empty because faculty and staff did not use them. According to ULMPD Chief Larry Ellerman, faculty needed those lots when they were constructed. Since then, the number of faculty/staff in these areas changed, and parking freed up. Some students argue the new spots are still not enough.


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Facebook cheapens friendships to mere statuses on walls COLE AVERY Once upon a time (or more specifically the mid-2000s), people needed a “.edu” email address to have a Facebook account. It was a simpler time. We’d live in our college bubbles and add as many people as we could as “friends” because we wanted to look popular. Then Facebook opened its site to the rest of the world, and things changed. Parents, grandparents and long-time friends of the family suddenly burst onto the scene. We’ve had to learn to accept them, and in general, it hasn’t been all that bad. Every now and then, however, that gap can slap you right in the face. Following Tuesday’s presidential primaries, I was not in a great mood. Rick Santorum, a politician I absolutely cannot stand, won all three of the states voting that night. As angrily as possibly, I changed the channel to “Family Guy” and logged on to Facebook. The first status I see is some guy I sort of knew years ago when I was at another school. He was proudly celebrating Santorum’s victory, and I instantly knew I could not endure another nine months of him and those statuses. So, I unfriended him. Big deal, right? How many times have we seen a person we met maybe once pop up in the news feed saying something that makes us mad? How many times do we then

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promptly cut them from the friend list? We don’t think much of it at the time. After all, they weren’t really our friends to begin with. Why continue the charade and be annoyed on my own page? In addition to the unfriending, I made a status warning other Santorum fans they would face the same fate because, well, my temper got the best of me. The people our age joked about the status. The people my parents’ age, however, were genuinely offended, and they let me know it. Two people, who I love deeply and consider family, honestly thought I would cut them out of my life over Rick Santorum. Of course, I would never do that. They have and will always mean a lot to me. I struggled for a long time to understand their reactions. I mean, what is the big deal? It’s just a Facebook status! Then it hit me. To the older generation, friendship is more than clicking a button. These people have maintained long-standing friendships for years and certainly before Facebook. When they say “friend,” they mean it. I wonder how many of our Facebook friends are actually our friends? How many would we really miss if we didn’t see them in a news feed? Actually, what’s wrong with our generation that we have reduced friendships to news feeds? Perhaps we should take a lesson from the generation before ours. Can the friendships we’ve made in our lives survive without Facebook? I honestly don’t know, but I really doubt that many would. That’s a sad thought, but let’s face it, it’s probably true. Maybe people our age should feel the gravity of the word “friend” before just accepting, then ending, those friendships. I know I will. contact Cole Avery at

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GARRETT BOYTE The Monroe City School Board has hired a firm that will give $15 gift cards to students for attending extra classes. I propose schools extend hours of operation rather than pay a firm to do their jobs for them. I know I will be unpopular among school children with this kind of talk, but it does not make sense to me that we send kids to public schools so the schools can send them to alternative educational sources. Let’s keep the kids in class longer, take the money we would have spent on these extra services and spend it on things that make education fun. Why are we throwing money to outside sources to give kids an education instead of giving more money to the

schools we trusted with our kids in the first place? Some critics tell me that we can’t give the extra money to the schools because they won’t spend it correctly, or the teachers would just keep raking in money while they don’t teach, and the children suffer. But if we don’t think our educational system is doing well, then we need more than just reform. If the educational system is this bad, we need dismantlement. I am against the privatization of education, but I am also against the government being overly involved in it. First thing’s first: If we truly care about kids learning, we’ll stop trying to bribe them. If we truly care, then we’ll abolish the Federal Department of Education. We’ll reinvest that power back into the state departments. But I think we should take it a step further. Not only should we abolish the DOE, but also limit the state’s DOE’s power. Let’s give more power to the local school boards, put education back in the hands of the local community and take it out of the hands of the bureaucrats. contact Garrett Boyte at

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Same sex couples should have marriage rights too

KRISTIN NIEMAN Who is anyone to tell anyone else who they can and cannot marry? Sure we can have an opinion on the matter. But to blatantly say “You can’t marry that person!” is a little extreme. Let’s say you’re completely in love with someone and y’all have a great relationship. Things are starting to get pretty serious. The next obvious step is marriage. But no, sorry. You’re banned from doing so. Why? Because the government said so. Or at least that’s the case in 44 of the states when it comes to same-sex marriage. Proposition 8, California’s same-sex marriage ban, was declared unconstitutional on Tuesday when the justices concluded that the law had no purpose other than to deny gay couples marriage. California already grants them all the rights and benefits of marriage if they register as domestic partners. It’s about time that got thrown

out the window. Just 44 more states to go. Why do so many people even bother denying samesex couples the right to marry anyway? Or give them so much grief for being who they are and living openly? It’s important for people to be unique. What kind of world would this be if we were all the same? I know I would be bored. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people are like heterosexuals in every other aspect except for who they are attracted to. I understand where people are coming from when they oppose same-sex marriage because it’s not what they’re used to. Some may say it’s not “normal.” But what is normal, and who’s to say what is or isn’t normal? The traditional view of marriage is a man and a woman being together. But like many other things in this nation, traditions fade and things change. Without change, women wouldn’t be able to vote or be in the workplace. Without change, we wouldn’t be celebrating Black History Month this month. The list goes on and on. It shouldn’t matter where you are or what color, race or sex a person is. Everyone is different, and it’s our differences that we should appreciate and learn to love in one another. contact Kristin Nieman at


This weekend, “The Hawkeye” accomplished what we have strived toward for a year: proving we can compete with any university’s newspapers and journalism programs. ULM’s student journalists proved our program can rival places like Alabama, Auburn and anywhere else in the South, besting them in several instances. When those of us in ULM’s journalism program say we intend to be the premier university for journalism in Louisiana, we mean it. We’re showing that we can be. Having not competed in many years, we entered the competitions blind on what to expect, and we still excelled. “The Hawkeye” is proud to continue to garner increasing respect from our readers. That respect is spreading to our peers throughout the South, and they know ULM is now a force to reckon with. Anytime someone from ULM excels on a national level, it is a victory for the school. When “The Hawkeye” goes to the SEJC and stands toe-to-toe with the best in the South, it proves great things are going on at our university. This weekend’s awards are a cause to celebrate not just the newspaper, but also the University as a whole. “The Hawkeye” was proud to represent ULM in such a big way and on such a prestigious stage. As the journalism program continues to grow, we look forward to many more years of winning awards for ULM.



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“The Hawkeye” represented well at the Southeastern Journalism Conference, earning five top-10 finishes. Senior Srdjan Marjanovic placed second for best graphic designer and fourth for best press photo. Junior Cole Avery finished third for best news reporter. Senior Kelsey Hargrove earned ninth in best editorial cartoon/illustration. Senior DeRon Talley placed second in the on-site sports reporting competition. “This is an important time for our paper,” said Avery, the paper’s editor in chief. “This year’s awards build a solid foundation for our paper, and we are excited at the opportunity to continue to grow.” Christopher Mapp, director of Student Publications, said “These awards are tangible evidence of the students’ hard work, creativity, perseverance and professionalism. I could not be any prouder of them or their achievements.” Mapp, an assistant professor of mass communication, said the awards were also a testimony to the type of “first-class education” students at ULM receive. “This staff competed and won against universities and colleges throughout the Southeast and went toe-to-toe with SEC, C-USA and

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Sports editor DeRon Talley revels in his second place win in the on-site sports reporting competition.

other SunBelt schools,” Mapp said. “While the awards were won by individuals on the Hawkeye staff, these are victories that can be shared by everyone who loves ULM and believes in its value and potential,” . The conference was held at the University of Tennessee at Martin on Friday and Saturday and hosted 26 schools from 11 states in the region. Student journalists competed in several categories of the Best in the South against power house schools such as the University of Alabama, University of Mississippi and Union University. This is the first time in years ULM has been represented at

the conference. Kara Kidwell, student president of the 2012 SEJC, said the conference wants more schools to join because SEJC shows “the cream of the crop” in student journalism. “When schools like ULM show up to these conferences, it shows they have the chops to compete with the best of them,” Kidwell said. contact the Hawkeye staff at

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Internships, jobs available during Spring Career Fair by Lesley Engolia

Students will have many employment opportunities at the All-Majors Spring Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the SUB Ballrooms. The event sponsored by Career Connections is open to juniors, seniors, alumni and graduates looking for internships or full-time jobs. Forty-seven companies will be at the fair, including Chase, Century Link and the St. Francis Medical Center as well as out-of-state companies. Students attending are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring several copies of their résumé. “We encourage students to come so that they can get a networking start,” said Roslynn Pogue, interim director of Career Connections. “You don’t know where it could lead you.” Students who pre-register for the

career fair on the Career Connections website will have a chance to win a 32 GB iPad 2. The first 50 students to register will receive a free T-shirt. Sam Baynes, a pre-pharmacy junior from Spokane, Wa., said he will be attending the career fair to make new connections that could help him get into pharmacy school. “I’m looking for opportunities….to get an internship or a job experience to get my foot in the door,” Baynes said. David Reeves, a senior computer science major from West Monroe, now has a full-time job offer at CenturyLink thanks to an internship from attending past fairs. “I definitely recommend it to anyone,” Reeves said. “It’s a way to get your name and face out, and it’s a way to make a good impression.” contact Lesley Engolia at

Valentine’s Day: For better or for worse Students share experiences of past, present by Catherine Morrison

It seems roses, chocolate and oversized teddy bears are taking over the world as Valentine’s Day nears. Anyone old enough to have experienced their first crush can tell you what Valentine’s Day is: It’s the day where proclamations of love can be seen just about everywhere. However, if Feb. 14 is “Single’s Awareness Day” to you, then it’s the day you get to mope around complaining about a broken heart, and no one can say anything about it. It’s a win/win. Students may be busy studying, but Cupid does not care about hectic schedules.

After all, the heart wants what the heart wants and when it wants it. So how do Warhawks feel about this day of grand gestures? “ Va l e nt i n e’s Day is my favorite holiday because of its meaning: love. Love is the greatest gift that God has given us,” said Abby Bar- Barthel thel, a senior psychology major from Rayville. “The idea of a day dedicated for love excites me tremendously. It’s like a pinch of Heaven!” Adam Hunsucker, a mass communication graduate student, said one year he set up a scavenger hunt that ran through the city of Nashville, Tenn., for his girlfriend. At each stop, she had a new gift. “It was a good idea on paper, ex-

cept I sent her on this scavenger hunt during five o’clock traffic in Nashville,” he said. While some are lucky enough to have their significant other by their side, others have to make it work via long distance. “The hardest thing about a long distance relationship would have to be communication,” said Stormie Jones, a junior mass communication major of Rayville. “Time frames are different, and it’s not always easy to express your feelings or be able to talk to them because of the connection.” For Valentine’s Day, Jones plans on exchanging gifts and video chatting with her boyfriend who is currently serving in the military over seas To some, Valentine’s Day is cheesy. To others, it is the most important day of the year. contact Catherine Morrison at

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Mardi Gras fever sweeps state

Louisiana declared Mardi Gras a legal state holiday in 1875. Mardi Gras is the act of celebrating and eating before Lent begins the following day.

by Jackie Johnson

Mardi Gras is a yearly celebration in Louisiana, giving college students in the Pelican State another reason to take a break and celebrate. When people think of Mardi Gras, they usually think about going down to New Orleans, ordering Hurricanes, going on Bourbon street and watching the parades. It is a time for people to party and celebrate years of tradition in Louisiana. Although Monroe had its Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade Saturday, many in the city will make sure they also attend the bigger parades in New Orleans. Kat Ashby, a senior health care management and marketing major, plans to spend her break in New Orleans. “I plan on hanging out with my friends once I get to New Orleans,” Ashby said. “It will be a lot of fun as it usually is celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” Although going to New Orleans for the popular tradition may be tempting, some may just want to relax at home. For LaToya Smith, a senior medical laboratory science major, the Mardi Gras break will be spent relaxing at home here in Monroe. “I don’t have any specific plans,” Smith said. “I will probably relax, have a little ‘me’ time and prepare for my certification exam.” However you spend your Mardi Gras break, make sure you do it safely and responsibly. As they say in the Big Easy, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” Or as we say in Monroe, “Let the good times roll!”

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Alumni stresses higher education for success by Brandon Tate

Black History appreciation week was highlighted by Don Hudson, who spoke on Feb. 9 at the ULM Conference Center. Hudson, a Louisiana native, is a graduate of ULM where he earned a bachelor’s degree in radio/television management. Hudson started his professional writing career at ULM as an assistant sports information director covering women’s basketball that later lead to several major newspapers. These newspapers include “The Journal Constitution” in Atlanta, Ga., the “Orlando Sentinel” in Orlando, Fla., and “The Clarion Ledger” in Jackson, Miss. Hudson is now the current executive director of the “Decatur Daily Newspaper” in Alabama. During the events, Don Hudson spoke about the importance of furthering education and the passion students should have in their desired fields of study. Hudson also shared his passion of journalism. “The purpose of my journalism career is to make a difference,” said Hudson. “Education is

“Whatever you decide to do in life, be aggressive and persistent.” Don Hudson, ULM alumni, executive director of “Decatur Daily Newspaper” key; have a vision and a path to obtain your goals on what you want to do with it.” He also stressed the importance of knowing where you want to go and having a plan. Hudson urged students to be receptive to feedback. “As long as you take one thing from it, you have made progress,” said Hudson. “Whatever you decide to do in life, be aggressive and persistent.” contact Brandon Tate at

Pulitzer Prize photographer Composer shares Katrina experiences Ewazen coaches,

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Irwin Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winner for his photographs of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, spoke at ULM last Monday. Thompson, a ULM alumni, was invited as part of ULM’s celebration of Black History Month. Thompson told the audience about the barriers he faced on his way to New Orleans. After driving through 70 mph winds he was stopped on the outskirts of the city by policemen who said no media was allowed in. “Here I am, stuck on the other side of the biggest story of my life,” Thompson said. He told students interested in photojournalism it’s important to think on your feet. After calling the police chief he’d stayed with the night before, he managed to get through the police and into the city. Thompson talked about the devastation he saw in New Orleans and what it was like to witness the disaster first-hand. “It was like a third world country,” Thompson said. In 2006, Thompson, along with the staff from the Dallas Morning News, won a Pulitzer Prize for the pictures documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Lincoln Powell Jr., a mass communication junior from Lake Providence, said he’s interested in photojournalism because photography is already a hobby of his. “One of the main things he said that inspired me the most was, ‘work hard and be

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Pulitzer Prize winner Irwin Thompson speaks as a part of Black History month.

persistent,’” Powell said. Thompson encouraged students interested in photojournalism to start preparing for future jobs now. “Whatever you’re doing today will affect you later in life…you need to be ready to go,” Thompson said. contact Emma Herrock at

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A small crowd gathered Tuesday night for composer Eric Ewazen’s first night on campus. Ewazen was on campus Feb. 7-9 for three days of music-making and coaching. Various members of the Division of Music faculty performed in chamber works composed by Ewazen on Tuesday night at Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall. photos by Sydney Bonner Five different compositions were perAbove: Speaker Eric Ewazen coaches audeince memformed, some of which contained bers on the art of music. Below: Professor Sandra multiple songs. Lunte performs on flute. Two of the originally scheduled pieces for Tuesday night’s performance were not performed because one of the division members was out with the flu. Even without those, Ewazen and the audience were still very much impressed. “I’m having such a fun time and these faculty members are putting on an exquisite performance,” said Ewazen, as he was about to introduce the last piece. “He’s a really cool composer that I’ve never gotten to hear before,” said Melissa Champion, senior vocal performance major from Jackson, Miss. Champion attended the recital because one of her teachers performed in “Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay.” “I really enjoyed hearing my teacher and other faculty members perform his work,” Champion said. contact Kristin Nieman at


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‘SMASH’ HITS NBC BEYONCE “Smash,” a new television show based on the production of a Broadway musical, recently aired on NBC. With the musical revolving around movie legend Marilyn Monroe, the show is a soap-opera based drama, chronicling the lives of the people behind the curtains. Katherine McPhee, star of the show, plays Karen Catwirght, a newcomer vying for the lead role of Marilyn Monroe. Megan Hilty plays Ivy Lynn, a Broadway veteran, favored to play the role of Monroe. Cartwright and Lynn are rivals that must deal with the stresses of this Broadway show,while also dealing with their own personal issues. The new primetime musical airs at 9p.m. on Monday nights.

Popular rapper makes offensive gesture at Superbowl half-time This year’s Superbowl half-time show, was headlined by pop veteran Madonna- with help from rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. The show had a Roman theme, and featured a medley of the singer’s past hits. The singer debuted her latest single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and was also joined by singer Cee-Lo Green and pop band LMFAO. Despite the grandeur of the half-time show, it was all over shadowed by an offensive gesture given by rapper M.I.A. During a line of her verse, the popular rapper stuck up her middle finger. Despite a delay, NBC could not blur out the gesture that was viewed by more than 100 million people.

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Hot Dog w/No Wiener Chili 1.49 Chili & Cheese 1.79

Chicken Tenders 3pc 4.29 5pc 6.29 (w/tenders, toast, fries/tots)

Wings/Legs 3pc 5pc 10pc

Only 2.99 4.99 9.99


1.49 1.69 1.79 1.99

Hamburger Combo 4.59 Cheeseburger Combo 4.79 Double Hamburger Combo 5.79 Double Chs/burger Combo 6.29 (w/fries or tots, & can drink) Chicken Tenders Dinner 3pc 5.69 5pc 7.69 (w/tenders, toast, fries/tots, 20oz drink)

Wings/Legs & Fries/Tots 3pc 3.99 5pc 5.99 (w/wings, toast, fries/tots)

Pork Chops Pork Chop Sandwich 3.49 Pork Chop w/egg 2.79 Pork Chop Plate 6.99 (w/2 chops, fries/tots, toast 20oz drink) Pork Chop Sandwich Combo 5.99 (w/pork chop sandwich, fries/tots, 20oz drink)

Breakfast Plate Waffle/Pankcake, egg, bacon, hash brown 5.99 (1 Waffle/2pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 Bacon, hashbrown or grits, 20oz drink)

2.29 2.59 2.79 3.09

Combos (w/Hot Dog, Can Drink, Fries or Tots) Chili Dog Combo 2.69 Chili & Cheese Combo 2.89 Garlic Sausage Combo 3.89

Honey’s Hamburger Combo Honey’s Cheeseburger Combo Honey’s Double Hamburger Combo Honey’s Double Chs/burge Combo (w/fries or tots, & 20oz drink)

Catfish/Buffalo Fish 2pc 4.69 4pc 6.69 (w/fish, toast, fries/tots)

Wing/Legs Dinner 3pc 5.49 5pc 7.49 (w/wings, toast, fries/tots 20oz drink)

Chicken Sandwich Chicken Sandwich 2.99 Chicken Sdw Combo 4.99 (w/sandwich, fries or tots, 20oz drink) Small Chicken Salad 2.99 Large Chicken Salad 4.99 (w/lettuce, carrots, cabbage, Salads tomatoes, cheese, chicken)

Serving full menu from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Store Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Serving Daily Lunch Special from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kitchen Hours: Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

4.99 5.19 6.19 6.69

Catfish/Buffalo Fish Dinner 2pc 5.99 4pc 7.99 (w/fish, toast, fries/tots, 20oz drink) Kids Menu Small Kids Wing Plate 2.69 Pork Chop Plate 3.59 Corndog Plate 1.99 (w/wing/chop/corndog, fries or tots, toast small juice)

Big Kids Wing Plate 4.39 (w/2wing, fries or tots, toast, big juice) Pork Chop Plate 3.99 (w/chop, fries or tots, toast, big juice) Corndog Plate 2.99 (w/2corndog, fries or tots, toast, big juice)

Small Green Salad 1.59 Large Green Salad 2.99 (w/lettuce, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, cheese) Fries/Tots Small Fry/Tot Medium Fry/Tot Large Fry/Tot Cheese Fry/Tot Chili Cheese Fry/Tot

1.19 1.39 2.09 2.09 2.59

Extras Any Cold Cut Meat Chili Cheese Peppers Eggs Corndog Hash Brown Waffle/Pancake Bacon 1 strip Hamburger Patty Wing Chicken Tender Pork Chop Catfish

.99 .70 .50 .40 .40 .89 .99 1.19 .60 1.49 1.29 1.39 2.39 2.99


February 13, 2012


GAMES did you know?


Jesse James’s gang commits America’s first daytime bank robbery during peacetime in Liberty, Mo.


France becomes fourth atomic power after detonating an atomic bomb in the Sahara Desert


Russian and French judges are accused of vote swapping in the Ice Skating portion of the Olympics in Utah.


Female protesters in over 60 cities across Italy rally in reaction to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandals.


• Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, then mothers, wives and sweethearts. • More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift. Less than 20 percent of women feel the same way. • Fifteen percent of American women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. • Hallmark produced its first valentine in 1913. • “I love you” in German is “Ich liebe dich.” • One billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines. • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.

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Across 1 Nightly news graphic 11 Dweeb 15 Mechanic’s supply 16 Memorable word from Pilate 17 Memory aids 18 Beyond the horizon 19 Vacation souvenir 20 Practice with dolls 21 Austrian city on the Danube 22 It was founded by Henry VI 24 Chance to shine 25 Stamp closer? 26 Cuban title 28 Name from the Latin for “I trust” 30 Prepare for a coup 31 One of two in Dickens’s “Martin Chuzzlewit” 33 “Perfect!” 35 Seller of torpedoes and bullets 39 Gets one’s act together 40 “The Beverly Hillbillies” sobriquet 42 Keystone figure 43 Downwind 44 Warning 46 1965 protest site

50 Basic, in coll. 51 “No kidding?” 53 Outcry 54 Playless? 56 Bargains 58 Old TV component 59 Adman’s start 60 Mollify 62 Look like a satyr 63 Particle physics subject 64 Actress Best 65 Minuscule Down 1 Squanders 2 Subject of an awkward meeting, perhaps 3 Program with steps 4 Rx instruction 5 “Designed to Sell” network 6 Hungarian mathematician Paul 7 Deal with leaks in, perhaps 8 Schmaltzy 9 On a par with 10 Cozumel coin 11 Color akin to pine green 12 “A woman drove me to drink, and I didn’t

even have the decency to thank her” speaker 13 Volunteer’s assurance 14 Dvorák piece for two violins and viola 23 Hose projection 27 ‘70s-’80s Quebec premier Lévesque 29 Pen emanation 30 Besiege (with), as questions 32 Zen meditation hall 34 The Mekong flows along its border 35 Statistical dividing point in a four-group data set 36 On-road vehicle requirement since 1996 37 Haughty, unemotional woman 38 Musical half step 41 Global warming? 45 Vitamin in liver 47 Spot 48 Mink relative 49 Major route 52 Like guck 55 Skater Lipinski 56 Jazz style 57 Side with a hero 61 Suburban suffix



February 13, 2012


Owning the scene Water ski’s Scott graces cover of sports magazine by Christopher Boyle

illustration by Kelsey Hargrove

Fans too serious; People are dying at sports events

ANTHONY DRUMMER Recently in Egypt 74 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in a riot after a rare defeat of a top team. It was a senseless and unnecessary loss of life. To some, soccer matches are one thing people look forward too, and it results in emotional attachment. This is the consequence of making sports a priority. If fans do not tone down their passion in sports, we could be headed down a potentially dark path here as well. In America, people love to watch sports. Football is the something people look forward to every Sunday, and baseball is still America’s favorite pastime. Although the place of sports in our lives hasn’t changed, our attitudes as fans have. There was a time when people played and watched the game just for enjoyment, but now with college sports being virtually commercialized and professional athletes becoming more recognized as icons, people are becoming more person-

ally invested in their favorite sports teams. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t exactly expect ULM fans to go crazy if a big victory occurs, but sometimes fans across the country, including Louisiana, do take their sports seriously and get out of control. For instance you may recall a certain incident where an Alabama fan “taunted” a drunk and passed out LSU fan in the French Quarter. I know LSU and Alabama are rivals, but their fans shouldn’t be. ULM is obviously nowhere near LSU in terms of competitiveness, but let’s say that one day we are. Do we really want to see ULM and LSU fans provoke and fight each other every week? These kinds of incidents between fans of rival teams are just getting worse and don’t make any sense. The last time I checked, I didn’t get paid for a Saints Super Bowl victory or get a championship ring when LSU wins a national title. Sometimes people take sports way too seriously and make it personal. We haven’t started many fires or had many riots yet, but if we continue to give sports such a high priority, then it might become an inevitability. Do we really want a repeat of Egypt? Sometimes it is better to realize that sports are just a part of our lives and not the meaning of it. contact Anthony Drummer at

The water ski team seems to can’t get enough attention. Its latest recognition was in the January/February 2012 issue of “The Water Skier,” which included a fourpage article on the ULM water ski team’s national championship. First year skier for ULM, Tyler Scott, was featured on the cover of the magazine including a caption naming him National Collegiate Slalom Champion. “It felt awesome,” Scott said. “That was the first time I’ve been on a cover, and I didn’t even know it was going to happen.” Sophomore Adam Pickos said, “It is excellent press for the school and shows top skiers around the world how sweet coming to Monroe can be.”

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The article, “No. 23…and Counting,” not only describes the details of last year’s win, but also expresses confidence in the team for future competitions by stating that the team has never placed below fourth since the beginning of the Collegiate Water Ski National Championships. Scott said, “We go into every year striving for a national championship, and individually there’s a lot of competition between our teammates. Even to make the team and ski in tournaments is pretty tough.” The article also celebrates

National signing day brings 22 to football by Christopher Boyle

The football team signed 22 players at the National Signing Day Banquet on Feb. 1. Head coach Todd Berry said what separates these athletes is that they are “Bigger, stronger, faster athletes than their teammates or [when] comparing them to other athletes at different schools.”

“This group looks like Division I athletes when it walks in the room.” coach Todd Berry These athletes were chosen from schools in Louisiana and neighboring states Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. There were certain traits the team looked for in its recruiting process. Berry said, “Factors would include being better students, of higher character, love the game more and make plays because they have a feel for the game.” In Louisiana, the coaches convinced seven to sign for next sea-

son. Jacob Tyson from West Monroe, Tre Hunter from Monroe, Tyren Hills from Boutte, Tevyn Cagins from Laffite, Jack Mervin from New Orleans, Alec Osborne from Geismar and Brandon Savone from Harvey. Mervin was reported to have the strongest squat in De La Salle High School’s history. From Texas, ULM signed Trey Caldwell and Cameron Oliver from Richardson, Alex Johnson from Fort Worth, Ferrando Joseph from Corinth, Lenzy Pipkins from Mansfield, Austin Moss from Rockwall, Diontre Thomas from Denton, Jimmy Chung from Irving, Tony Cook from DeSoto and Nick Jones from Brownsboro. ULM signed Jamal Danley, from Olive Branch, Miss. From Arkansas, the team signed Quincy Hardwell from El Dorado, Jeff Savage from Smackover and Ajalen Holley from Hot Springs. Berry said, “Overall, this group looks like Division I athletes when it walks into the room.” contact Christopher Boyle at

Zach Worden’s now confirmed NCWSA jumping record of 194 feet. The previous record of 193 feet was set by former ULM skier Ryan Fitts in 1999. According to his teammate Matt Weninger, we can expect to see Worden back and ready to compete again as a senior next fall, with an additional semester of eligibility. Also, the article recognized the six skiers who earned All-American honors: James Earl, Claudio Koestenberger, Adam Pickos, Tyler Scott, Zach Worden and Maddison McCammon. Scott said, “Everyone skied up to par, and we did better than we expected.” He said, “That goes back to having a lot of competition, even at practice, where everyone is trying to ‘one-up’ everybody and keep up with each other, and it helps out a lot in the tournaments.” contact Christopher Boyle at photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Head coach Todd Berry throws the football during practice at Malone Stadium.

February 13, 2012




All about the ‘W’

photo by Emi McIntyre

Senior Jestin Miller runs over a hurdle at Brown Stadium in Monroe.

Track ready, set to go for conference title photos by Srdjan Marjanovic

Above: Senior Monica Winkel returns a serve against an opponent at Heard Stadium in Monroe. Below: Winkel sets to serve against an opponent at Heard Stadium.

Tennis’ Winkel plays for wins in final season; wants conference ring, title


by DeRon Talley

Senior Monica Winkel’s first tennis opponent was big, strong and immovable. Why? Because it was just a wall. “I thought it (tennis) was cool, so my mom bought me a racket and I started playing against the wall,” Winkel said. She said while waiting for her older brother to finish practicing, she would be on the side wall with her racket and ball practicing also. She attended a tennis academy in

“I can always count on her that she wants to win no matter what.” sophomore Medy Blankvoort Holland before coming to ULM, but she said she wanted to know what to do to play collegiately. A game that started out as “cool” and with an opponent that seemed all but unbeatable, Winkel mastered tennis well enough to make it to the collegiate level and earn recognition. Last season she earned All-Sun Belt honors in doubles and singles play.

As a junior, Winkel partnered with Claire Clark in double’s play. The duo lost only one match together.

Assistant coach R.J. Nagel said the improvement in Winkel’s game since his arrival is like “day and night.” Nagel said, “The improvement is amazing. It’s the little things like the one-on-one’s that make the difference for us.” In double’s play, Winkel paired with Claire Clark for the past two seasons, but Clark finished her collegiate career last spring. Together Winkel and Clark dominated doubles play in the 2011 season with 19-1 record. Since Clark has left, Winkel’s new partner sophomore Medy Blankvoort has filled in just fine. Winkel and

Blankvoort won their first doubles match together in the fall season. Winkel said, “It’s going good, but you always have to get use to somebody new.” Blankvoort said, “Monica’s been pretty great. It’s always good to have someone who wants to win just as bad as you do.” She said, “I can always count on her that she wants to win no matter what.” With the Sun Belt Conference championships nearing, Winkel said, “This is my last chance to get that ring, so we better go big.” Blankvoort said the best part about Winkel is when she gets mad. She said, “It’s like a fire standing next me, and that is hard to keep up with.” contact DeRon Talley at

Team eyeing title for indoor season championships by DeRon Talley

The track and field team is in the middle of its indoor season and is competing well so far. “We’ve got some good people in different events, and if we can stay healthy, then we may have a chance,” head coach J.D. Malone said. “We have a better team all around.” The team has until Feb. 25 before traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to compete in the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships. The Warhawks competed in the Red Raider Open in Lubbock, Texas on Feb. 4 and gained some Broussard confidence that can help against Sun Belt rivals. Senior Luther Ambrose competed in the 55-meter dash and earned a second place finish with a time of 6.36. His time and overall finish was debated due to a computer error, but it was rectified. Also junior Devin Caldwell ran well for the team in his first “semihealthy” season. Caldwell competed in the 800-meter run and finished third place with a time of 1:56.10. Malone said, “I think he (Caldwell) can contribute in conference, and that’ll be gravy points for the team so to speak.” Other notables on the men’s side

are junior Clint Broussard, who competes in the high jump, and senior Derek Dark, who competes in the shot put throw. Broussard is the reigning outdoor champion and hopes to get his first indoor title. Broussard said, “I’m feeling confident about competing. I believe we have the talent to win conference hands down if we can all stay healthy and keep a strong work ethic.”

“I believe we have the talent to win conference hands down.” junior Clint Broussard For the women’s team, freshmen Tyreca Jackson and Teona Glave stood out in the 800-meter run. Jackson earned a fifth place finish with a time of 2:21.40 and Glave finished 10th with a time of 2:25.70. Malone said, “Our women’s team is kind of in the rebuilding mode, but I think we may actually have a better team than last year.” Sophomore Johneashia Diggs also is running well for the team in the 400-meter dash. She finished ahead of junior teammate Jacobi Wilson in the 400-meters at the Red Raider Open. Senior Denise Myers competes in the long distance runs for the team and said the team has been improving throughout the indoor season. At the conference championships, Myers said, “I’m expecting a lot of big results.” contact DeRon Talley at



February 13, 2012

ULM Hawkeye - Issue 17  

The ULM Hawkeye for Feb. 13