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Monday, 8-27 Lifeshare Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SUB Commuter Lounge

Tuesday, 8-28 Lifeshare Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SUB Commuter Lounge

Wednesday, 8-29 Lifeshare Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SUB Commuter Lounge

Thursday, 8-30 Lifeshare Blood Drive: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SUB Commuter Lounge ULM Faculty Art Reception: 5-7 p.m. in Bry Art Gallery FACS: Noppe, Lunte, Seiler: 7:309 p.m. in Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall

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Police start enforcing parking regulations Beginning Monday, ULM parking regulations will begin to be enforced and tickets will be issued. The basic parking color codes are as follows: Yellow – no parking Blue – handicapped Red – faculty/staff White – commuter Students No color – commuter students unless the lot is clearly marked by signs. Green – residential students, unless otherwise marked by signs; for example Starbucks. The complete Parking Traffic Regulation Brochure is available at the ULM Police Station and also on the web at




2 Americans 9 shot near Minorities wounded by Empire State outperform Mexican feds Building Friday peers on ACT MEXICO CITY (MCT)— Mexican federal agents opened fire Friday on a U.S. diplomatic vehicle carrying two U.S. government employees, injuring them both, U.S. and Mexican officials said. The Mexican navy said that the Mexican federal agents were involved in an anti-crime operation and, thinking the occupants of the car were criminals, pursued it and opened fire when the car took evasive action. The victims are in stable condition, but their names were not released. Friday’s incident was the third attack on U.S. government employees in Mexico in two years.

NEW YORK (MCT)—Nine people were shot during a gunfight between police and a murder suspect Friday morning near the Empire State Building, moments after the suspect fatally shot a former co-worker, police and city officials said. Police identified the gunman as Jeffery Johnson, 58, a Manhattan resident who had been laid off from his job as a women’s apparel designer at Hazan Imports, where he had been laid off about a year ago. Johnson was armed with a .45-caliber handgun, that had a magazine with eight bullets, officials said. Two people have been confirmed dead.

BATON ROUGE (LDOE)—The majority of Louisiana’s minority students are outperforming their peers across the nation on the ACT, according to a report released today by ACT. Starting this school year, Louisiana will pay to administer the ACT tests to all public school students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11 - part of the state’s comprehensive plan for continued improvement, Louisiana Believes. Louisiana surpasses the national average in participation, which is also rising. About 75 percent of Louisiana’s public high school graduates took the ACT test during their high school career - up from 69.8 two years ago. The national average is 52%.

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein, scientist

Louisiana sees rise in West Nile virus

Parish plans more frequent spraying for football season by Kristin Nieman

Louisiana has seen a steep rise in the mosquito-carried West Nile virus this year. Among the 53 new cases of West Nile virus infection reported by the state on Aug. 24, two of them are in Ouachita Parish. The Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District has mosquito pools set up throughout the parish which are tested often for the virus. “There are few places parish-wide where we haven’t found the West Nile virus in our traps,” said Shannon Rider, Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District Director. Rider said one of the new cases was reported as West Nile neuro-invasive disease, the more serious form of the virus, bringing the total number of neuro-invasive diseases in Ouachita Parish this year to three. West Nile neuro-invasive disease infects the brain and spinal cord and can cause brain damage or death. The second found in the area was the more mild fever form. Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District has been spraying all year, and Rider said this may be why the parish’s numbers are low in viruses and continuing to decrease compared to other areas. Right now most of their focus is on ground treatment, as they have found

the virus in many of their traps they have set up. However, when they do spray by air, ULM does fall within their sprayings. “We especially spray the ULM area around football season over the football facilities on campus, but we don’t always get to spray the rest of the campus since people are often walking around,” said Rider.

“There are few places parishwide where we haven’t found the West Nile virus in our traps. ” Shannon Rider, OPMAD director

The football area of campus was scheduled to be sprayed Friday night before Bayou Jamb on Saturday. The new cases mark 145 reported infections in Louisiana so far in 2012. This is the highest number of cases the state has seen in the past several years. The state also confirmed three deaths from West Nile last week. So far in 2012, nine people have died from this disease, according to the Department of Health and Hospitals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor orientation, coma, tremors, muscle

weakness, vision loss, nausea, vomiting, numbness or paralysis and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. However, approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile do not show any symptoms at all. State health officials urge the public to be vigilant in avoiding mosquito bites. “West Nile has been present in Louisiana every year since 2002, and if you can be bitten by a mosquito, you can get this disease,” said J.T. Lane, DHH Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary. “But, this is an easy illness to avoid - if you know you’ll be outside, take a few minutes to apply repellant. We want people to be especially mindful of this because we are just getting to the time of year when people are spending more time outside tailgating, going to football games and having cookouts. Be aware of West Nile, and do what you need to do to protect yourself.” As they continue treatments for the virus, Rider said people should take action to protect themselves by avoiding outdoor activities at dusk and dawn because those are the times when mosquitos are most active. People should also avoid wearing perfumes, co-

TIPS TO PROTECT 1. Stay inside during dusk and dawn while mosquitos are most active. 2. Dress in sleeves and pants while going outside. 3. Use insect repellant containing DEET. 4. Drain standing water that might accumulate in places such as flower pots, rain gutters or old tires.

lognes and scented lotions because mosquitos are attracted to most of the scents. Wearing light colors also helps. Repellent containing DEET is the most effective. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30 percent DEET when used on children. “We know from a decade of surveillance that this virus has been found in mosquitoes everywhere in our state, so people need to ‘Fight the Bite.’ If you can reduce your risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito, you can reduce your risk of getting West Nile,” said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. contact Kristin Nieman at

August 27, 2012




Warhawk Express adds 14 locations By Lea Anna Cardwell

Students may be seeing more signs around Monroe saying “Warhawk Express accepted here” since 14 offcampus locations have been added to the program. While the Warhawk Express program has been around for years, there were previously only three off-campus locations where students could spend that money. Brook Sebren, coordinator of auxiliary enterprises, has been working to expand the program for students’ convenience. This semester the list will include University U-Pack-It, CVS Pharmacy, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Wingstop and 10 other Monroe locations. Sebren said there are at least a dozen other locations that want to join the program, but they may be considered in following semesters depending on this semester’s success. “It’s really cool to see merchants show patronage to the University,” Sebren said. “It’s my hope that this

program will help ULM embrace the community.” In addition, students who add money to their Warhawk Express accounts at the beginning of the semester can immediately have Calhoun access to their financial aid money. Sebren explained that students using Warhawk Express will be able to use the money from their refund checks to buy books as early as a week before classes begin. Ben Calhoun, a freshman biology major, said he has already used Warhawk Express at an off-campus bookstore. “It’s convenient and rewarding for students to be able to spend the money they get back from the university off campus,” Calhoun said. While it’s too late now for students to add money to Warhawk Express

“It’s my hope that this program will help ULM embrace the community.” Brook Sebren, coordinator of auxilary enterprises directly from their fee bill, students can still add money by cash or check at La Capitol bank on campus. Sebren said he hopes to install Warhawk Express terminals on campus within the next two weeks so that students can use the program to buy CAB t-shirts and to pay for guest fees and towels at the Activity Center. In the future, Sebren hopes to make the program accessible online so parents can log in and deposit money directly to their student’s account. “Those programs can be expen-

Warhawk Express Students can deposit money into their accounts to be used. When purchases are made, the purchase amount is automatically deducted and the remaining balance is printed on the receipt.

Flex Dollars

These are tied to your meal plan and can be used at all on campus dining facilities and Papa Johns off-campus. sive,” Sebren said, “but we’re working very closely with the computing center to sort out the kinks.” There are some purchasing restrictions. Students are not allowed to buy gas, alcohol or tobacco with Warhawk Express. For the full list of locations currently accepting Warhawk Express, please visit contact Lea Anna Cardwell at

Secular student group offers different viewpoint by Garrett Boyte

The Secular Student Alliance (SSA) is a group dedicated to spreading the ideas of science, reason and logic. Taylor Diaz, the president of the group, said ULM needed the group because she does not think science is given a fair shake in an area absorbed with churches. “I joined because I think that science is misunderstood and the appreciation of such is lacking,” said Diaz, a senior English major. “There are even biology students that pitch a fit about learning evolution, the thing that’s the backbone of all biology,” she said. “There are still

people who close their eyes and say, ‘No! I was created from dirt!’ even though there is no evidence for that and all of science contradicts it.” The group’s founder Jesse Pope, a senior in mathematics, said the group is open to everyone, including those who have religious beliefs. Diaz Pope said her intention in founding the group was to create a network where ULM students could come together and

discuss ideas without a religious subtext. The SSA held a Bible study where members discussed biblical text with a secular viewpoint. “Our main stressing point is that we’re not a mean atheistic group that’s here to hate on religion,” Pope said. “It’s not about ‘anti-religion,’ and it’s not a political organization. It’s just a group for secularists.” Pope said people are often confused by the word secular. “Secular means separate from the church. It does not mean non-believer,” Pope said. She said there are members of the group who are Catholic, Jewish, athe-

ist, agnostic and even pagan. The SSA is meant for students who want to look at the world in a different way. The SSA will hold a fundraiser with their “Light the Night” theme to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma charities in November. The SSA is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. onWednesday. A location has not been set yet. Those interested in becoming a part of the SSA can join their group on Facebook. They can search for “Secular Student Alliance at ULM” or email Pope at contact Garrett Boyte at

Activity center worker Raley passes away by Cole Avery

Heather Raley, an administrative coordinator at the Activity Center, passed away on Aug. 6. She was 41. Raley’s death appeared to be from self-inflicted injuries, according Mark Huggins, the Bradley County, Ark., coroner. Raley “We express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Heather Raley,” said ULM President Nick Bruno. Raley earned a Master of Arts degree in history from ULM in 2010. She became a full-time employee in June of that year. Raley was also an assistant water ski coach during last year’s national championship run. contact Cole Avery at for free counseling contact the ULM Counseling Center at (318) 342-5220


New semester brings changes to the library Library hours have been extended to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, giving students a place to study late into the night. Other changes include some of the offices from Walker Hall now being housed in the library. Offices now housed there include the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, the Computing Center, Math Lab, the Write Place and many faculty members. For questions about library services, contact Megan Lowe, Coordinator of Public Services/Associate Professor at

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August 27, 2012


Empire State shootings prove need for more guns

GARRETT BOYTE In America we have a constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. No, the second amendment is not about militias. At least, not if you care what the Supreme Court had to say about it in McDonald vs. Chicago in 2010. Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion of that case, “It was clear that the framers counted the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms as being fundamental to our

system of ordered liberty.” The second amendment is not about militias, hunting or even protecting ourselves from criminals. The second amendment is about defending ourselves against a corrupt tyrannical government. Everyone from Thomas Jefferson to Ice-T agrees. Jefferson wrote that the beauty of the second amendment is that it won’t need to be used until they try to take it away. How true those words are. Imagine a world where only the government is allowed to own guns. What would that world be like? Surely it would be safer, right? Because people in the government are highly trained super humans incapable of making mistakes. Right? Let’s take a look at New York City, which has some of the strictest gun

control laws in the nation. Last week a crazy man brought his handgun to the Empire State Building. He shot one person. The police responded. They shot nine people. With all the talk of gun control in America after the shooting in Aurora, Colo., and the Sikh shooting in Wisconsin, this should serve as a glimpse into a world where only the police are allowed to carry guns. I’m not saying we should be angry at the police in this situation. I’m just saying that we should not have to depend on the police to save our lives in a dangerous situation. The number one argument I hear from people is that police are trained to handle situations such as these and 99 percent of the time they go down with little to no collateral damage. But it’s that one percent I care about.

Americans like to believe they live in a civilized country where people don’t need to carry a weapon. I disagree. The United States is made up of people, and people are inherently flawed, police included. Some people are just plain crazy. And for those that call my one percent worry a straw man argument, it’s that one percent of crazy people that serve as the justification for strict gun control. I guess what I’m trying to say is that our government is not some happy parent that would never do us wrong. It’s more like a nasty stepchild that has to be watched every second of every day. Like the saying goes, “Democrats want the government to be their mother. Republicans want the government to be their father.

Libertarians just want to be treated like adults.” I just want to be treated like an adult. And as a consequence of that, I will treat everyone else like one too. I only ask that everyone look at the problems in this country that are “caused” by guns. Ask yourselves if these problems can really be fixed with more legislation as opposed to more liberty. I don’t claim to have all the answers in the gun control debate. However, the idea that because something is illegal it will magically stop it from happening is a pipe dream to anyone who’s observed the colossal loss that is the War on Drugs. But that is another story for another day. contact Garrett Boyte at


Akin’s remarks deserve scrutiny, not threats Missouri Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin made an ill-advised remark about rape last week. The congressman’s judgement is definitely in question in this situation. “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” Akin said. Obviously that was a ridiculous claim to make. Even saying it calls into question his competency to be a U.S. senator. What senate candidate would make a remark like that, when Republicans already have a hard time getting the women’s votes? However, The Hawkeye condemns the actions and remarks of those calling for the rape of Akin. Simply because he said something factually inaccurate and incredibly insensitive does not mean he should be raped or physically harmed. The singer Cher is just one of many well known people to take to the social networks calling for Akin to be raped. “Kama train 4 himRT@Fuppapeh let Aiken get raped by man with HIV/AIDS.Nothing will happen, right?Body shuts down as defense mechanism Idiots, (sic),” tweeted Cher. Cher’s comments are mild compared to some other ones that are not fit for print. Many even called for Akin and his family to be raped and murdered. The Freedom of Speech includes the freedom to say stupid, wrong or crazy things, so long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Akin’s comments are protected by that. While the Hawkeye agrees that he should be tried in the court of public opinion, we also think that calling for physical harm to him for something he said is wrong.

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And God said, ‘Let there be vouchers and Nessie’

COLE AVERY Just like us college students, elementary and secondary students returned to school last week, many at new schools thanks to the sweeping education reform passed by the state last legislative session. Louisiana passed a voucher program last spring in an attempt to save the students from both failing public schools and liberal educations. Parents of students that are eligible for the vouchers can now send their children to private schools on the taxpayer’s dime. Of some 120 schools receiving

vouchers, most are religious schools. Let’s ignore for a moment the clear violation of the separation of church and state and look at what some of these schools will be teaching. The Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake made news over the summer after media got a look at their textbooks. The Academy is teaching from a biology textbook that the Loch Ness Monster - yes, that’s right - is real and disproves evolution. “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence,” reads the Accelerated Christian Education biology textbook. “Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.” The implications are that people and dinosaurs lived and continue to

live with each other. This disproves evolution because obviously the dinosaurs didn’t evolve into other things. Sure it does. Closer to home, The Northeast Baptist School in West Monroe uses the A Beka Book Publications and Bob Jones University Press Publications to teach its students. According to a “Mother Jones” article, the lessons found in some of those books include: • Dragons were real - “[Is] it possible that a fire-breathing animal really existed? Today some scientists are saying yes.” - “Life Science, third edition,” Bob Jones Press. • God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ “America: Land That I Love,” A Beka Book Publications. • The Great Depression was mostly liberal propaganda - “United States History: Heritage and Freedom,”

second edition, A Beka Book. • Communism is the devil’s tool - “It is no wonder that Satan hates the family and has hurled his venom against it in the form of Communism,” - “American Government in Christian Perspective,” second edition, A Beka Book Publications. The list goes on. The “News Star” reported last week Northeastern Louisiana school districts are predicted to lose $2.6 million because of students transferring from public schools to nonpublic schools, some of which are receiving vouchers and teaching some of the absurdities mentioned above. I’ll be the first to admit the Louisiana public schools system needs some help. According to the Louisiana Department of Education, the state is below the national average in nearly every learning category. But the solution isn’t penalizing all public schools by jerking their

funding and giving it to religious schools. It’s an all-around failure. Public schools lose funding, and the religious schools teach things that just aren’t true. This voucher system isn’t giving people personal liberty or better educations. It’s state-funded indoctrination at the expense of the public schools and taxpayers. Teaching such nonsense is not going to prepare students for anything but a Jimmy Swaggart sermon. Louisiana will never excel in education so long as the state is paying to teach far-right religious slant. The voucher system sure won’t accomplish anything but embarrassment for Louisiana. It embarrasses me as a taxpayer; it embarrasses me as a Louisiana high school graduate; and it embarrasses me as a Christian. contact Cole Avery at

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KRISTIN NIEMAN With the beginning of the fall semester comes loads of new students, who are starting fresh and making campus a little busier and more jam-packed. To make matters worse, parking changed, and I find it nearly impossible on most days to find a spot within a reasonable distance of where I need to be. After years of wondering why they never made most, if not all, of the parking in front of Stubbs and Brown student parking, they changed that last spring. What a tease. Here we are a couple of months later and not only is most of it back to teacher parking, but they’ve also taken a good deal of other student parking away. We’ve basically been pushed further out, which doesn’t make much sense to me. Here we are paying to go to school, paying for a parking decal, which will soon go up in price, and now we have to park even further away or suffer with a parking ticket. Those have gotten more expensive too, by the way.

Most of what I do on campus is in Stubbs Hall. Unless I get here at the crack of dawn, which I don’t and won’t because I don’t have to, I end up lapping the lots in my car until I find something reasonably close. Do I even need to mention that while I’m doing this, I’m staring at at least 10 empty faculty spots that will likely remain empty all day? It’s really frustrating. I’m not meaning to sound lazy, but I’d rather not have to park in the parking garage or the gravel lots when my classes are on the complete other side of campus. I shouldn’t have to pay for a $50 parking decal to hike to class everyday. Take a drive around campus at any time of day Monday through Friday and you’ll see how many of the faculty parking spaces are left unused while all of the student spaces are taken. And that’s with some students risking a parking ticket by parking in restricted spaces. While I’m driving around looking for a place to park, those faculty spaces are the most tempting. They are right where I need to be, and I know how likely it is that if I don’t park there, it’ll still be empty later. It’s almost as if they want us to get tickets. Let’s just go ahead and warn our teachers we’ll be late because we are either circling the lots trying to find a reasonable place to park or walking a mile to get to class. contact Kristin Nieman at



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August 27, 2012




Convocation welcomes freshmen Graduate Floyd gives advice for college success

“Seeing that many people in the coliseum surprised me.”

by Catherine Morrison

Maroon and gold balloons lined the sides of the bridge as the new freshman class made the traditional journey Wednesday from the bell tower of the library to the Fant-Ewing Coliseum. The journey is symbolic because the coliseum marks the beginning of the college with convocation and for many, the end of college with graduation. The freshman class listened on as they were given words of wisdom from select ULM faculty, such as ULM President Nick Bruno and the guest speaker, award-winning Chief Meteorologist Jarod Floyd of NBC10/ FOX14 News. Floyd is a 2006 graduate of the university. While here, he earned awards

Jillee Carter, freshman

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Above: Freshmen cross the bayou Wednesday in the traditional march to convocation Left: Meteorologist Jarod Floyd delivers the key-note address.

for his radio coverage of hurricane Gustav. Floyd offered many tips on making the best of the college experience, but his main message was that college is truly what you make of it. “Make the best of this opportuni-

Grant gives ULM its own weather radar by Garrett Boyte

ULM received a $3 million grant from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency preparedness to by a Doppler weather radar. The radar will be located at ULM and will be a useful tool in determining weather conditions in the Monroe area, according to atmospheric science students. Weather forecasters use Doppler radars to detect precipitation in the atmosphere. Floyd said Doppler radars can Viramontez also be used to detect tornadoes and wind shifts in the atmosphere. “Here we’re in what we refer to as ‘The Monroe Hole,’” said Tony Viramontez, a junior atmospheric science major. “We’re between Shreveport and Jackson, so by the time the radar hits us it is reading higher levels of the atmosphere.” The only Doppler radar in this area is owned by the KTVE/KARD news stations. The National Weather Service’s closest radars are in Shreveport and Jackson, Miss. Viramontez thinks that ULM having a Doppler radar will

“It will give ULM the opportunity to observe weather phenomena that other universities won’t have.” Jarod Floyd, meteorologist

allow students to be more hands-on in their studies. Jarod Floyd, chief meteorologist for KTVE/KARD, agreed Monroe was in a dead-zone for weather information. He said this makes detecting weather phenomena near the ground more difficult because the radar signals are higher above the ground when they reach Monroe. Floyd said the Doppler will look attractive to students wanting to study atmospheric science and that it makes ULM stand out from the pack. “It’s a great recruitment tool. It will give ULM the opportunity to observe weather phenomena that other universities don’t have,” Floyd said. contact Garrett Boyte at

ty that you’ve been given,” said Floyd. Jillee Carter, a freshman, elementary education major, said she was very impressed with Floyd’s speech. “His advice about no matter how hard it gets, you have to keep close to your family,” Carter said. “They’ll

always be there to support you, no matter what. You need a good support system.” For Carter, convocation was the first official ULM function she’d attended since orientation. She said walking across the bridge with her new classmates was “overwhelming.” “I had a graduating class of 30. Seeing that many people in the coliseum surprised me. I didn’t think there’d be that many people,” said Carter, a graduate of Oak Grove High School. Peer leaders and Prep staff cheered their freshmen students on and participated in cheers and chants to get

the freshmen pumped up about being a Warhawk. “They do have a good attitude because they are excited to start college and all the different things that come with being a Warhawk,” said Kelsie Welch, a Peer Leader and sophomore pre-pharmacy major. contact Catherine Morrison at

KEDM Radio director retires by Kristin Nieman

ULM’s director of university broadcasting, Joel Willer, retired in July after 30 years of employment with the University of Louisiana System. “It’s something I’ve been pondering a while, and it will be quite an adjustment to make,” said Willer. Willer joined the faculty of what was then the Department of Communication Arts at ULM in 1984 and was named supervisor of the student radio station KXUL in 1985. In 2008 he assumed additional responsibilities as the general manager of KEDM Public Radio, taking on the title of Director of University Broadcasting. Jay Curtis, KEDM’s program director, said they expect to conduct a national search to replace Willer as soon as they possibly can. Until then, Curtis has taken on Willer’s duties as interim general manager. Curtis earned a bachelor of arts in Radio/ TV/Film Production at ULM and worked in video production for more than 10 years before joining KEDM full time. Curtis still regularly freelances in sports television production for ESPN, Cox Sports and others. Curtis worked with Willer for more than three years and had also previously had him as a professor when he was a student in the then Radio/TV/ Film Department in the early 90s. “Joel also has a tremendous his-

“It’s something I’ve been pondering a while, and it will be quite an adjustment to make.” Joel Willer, KEDM director tory working with students. Through his mentorship and guidance, many have gone on to professional careers in broadcast management in top markets around the country,” said Curtis. “I’m fortunate to have had the chance to work with him during the time he was Director of University Broadcasting. He will be missed by KEDM, by KXUL and by the Department of Communications.” Early in his ULM career, Willer assisted with much of the preliminary planning and grant preparation for KEDM, which first began broadcasting in 1991. Since officially joining the KEDM staff, Willer supervised the expansion of the station’s coverage through a power increase 100 kilowatts, oversaw KEDM’s transition to three channels of digital transmissions and began the design process for a new radio studio facility. “Being full-time with the station has been very valuable,” said Will-

er. “Much of the work I’ve done on a national level and student level has been very rewarding.” Willer has been a frequent presenter at national student media conferences. He also served as chairman of an ad hoc committee that planned a national organization for student operated electronic media, College Broadcasters, Inc. “I’ve had many opportunities, and I’ve been involved in many different people’s lives over the years,” said Willer. “The many generations of students I’ve worked with who keep in touch is rewarding.” Willer is also a recipient of the Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Four-Year Broadcast Adviser, and has received a presidential citation from the College of Media Association. Having worn so many different hats, Willer said it’s been a good ride and relaxing will be welcomed. contact Kristin Nieman at





August 27, 2012

August 27, 2012




ULM WELCOMES BACK STUDENTS Semester begins with week of festivities

photos by Emi McIntyre

Clockwise from top: Students jump on water slide in Bayou Park. Freshmen Fiesta at the BCM is celebrated with Luchador attire. Go-Kart rides are being offered in exchange for donating to a breast cancer awareness fundraiser. A student gets drenched in the dunking booth at the BCM. Students wear sombreros at the Freshmen Fiesta at the BCM.



August 27, 2012

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‘The Hunger Games’ surpasses ‘Harry Potter’ on Amazon by Catherine Morrison

It seems “Harry Potter” has lost its magic and readers are now starving for the “Hunger Games.” Sales for the “Hunger Games” trilogy have surpassed the recordholding sales of the “Harry Potter” series, thus replacing the series as the new best-selling book series on Part of the reason this change in forerunners is getting so much attention is because the “Harry Potter” series consists of a staggering seven books, while the “Hunger Games” series is only a trilogy. “At first glance, it’s pretty impres-



sive. After all, Suzanne Collins’ series is just three books, whereas J. K. Rowling’s series was seven. However, there is a catch here – and it’s a big one. The HP books came out prior to the boom of digital publishing, and more importantly, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL),” read one blog post on Another difference between the two series is the “Harry Potter” books were written over the span of a decade, thus giving it more time to gain popularity and a solid fan base. The Harry Potter books are now 10 years old. The first of the “Hunger Games” series was released in 2008, just four years ago. Something about Katniss Everdeen has taken the world, at least the

“I still believe that Harry Potter had a more complex plot and was a better book series over all.” Rachel Barnes, Graphic Design junior world of, by storm. How are Potterheads taking the news? “I still believe that Harry Potter had a more complex plot and was a better book series over all because I mean, come on, it’s Harry Potter,” Rachel Barnes, a graphic design junior from Dry Prong, said. contact Catherine Morrison at

Which series is your favorite?

‘Harry Potter’: “Ginny Weasley...end quote.”

‘The Hunger Games’: “I like how Katniss had courage to take her sister’s place in the reaping.”

‘Harry Potter’: “I like all the magic and mystery.”

Raymond Swalley,

Tracy Nguyen, senior, dental hygiene

Lauren Arnold, senior, elementary education

junior, communication studies

photos by Emi McIntyre

Above: Mara Loeb, Brenda Rowan, Marsha McGee and Susan Curry perform a Reader’s Theatre Production called “The Dixie Swim Club” Thursday at Spyker Theatre.

Incoming freshmen share experience of first week by Emma Herrock

Now that the first week of the fall semester is over, freshmen talk about how it feels to be a part of the ULM community. Dana Fennell, a pre-med lab science freshman from Monroe, said the first week as a college student was scary. “It’s like walking into preschool for the first time, but I’m enjoying it a lot,” Fennell said. “I enjoy the freedom to be able to think for Fennell myself. To go to class and really have a discussion on topics you would never be able to have in high school. To be treated like an adult and respected as one. That’s a new feeling for me and I’m really liking it,” Fennel said. Fennell said she chose ULM because her former band teacher, Chelsea King, went to school here. “She is the main reason I even stayed in school and she got me an audition for the Sound of Today,” Fennell said.

“It’s like walking into pre-school for the first time, but I’m enjoying it a lot.” Dana Fennell, pre-med freshman Now a member of The Sound of Today, Fennell plays the tenor saxophone and says she looks forward to having a second family. “Band is very important to all of the members. You really get close to everyone. I’ve only been a member for two weeks, and I feel like Cucullu they’re my family,” Fennell said. Megan Cucullu, a pre-nursing freshman from Wasilla, Alaska, traveled a long distance to attend ULM. “I’m from Alaska so I’m far from home, but the staff and students here at ULM have made my experience amazing so far,” Cucullu said. contact Emma Herrock at

August 27, 2012




Students share apps for studying by Emma Herrock

With the school year officially back in session it’s time to put your nose to the textbooks and start studying for exams. Thanks to Smartphone’s, which are literally at our fingertips, it’s even easier to study on the go. The iTunes app store has over 20,000 education related apps available to keep students organized. Katy Jordan, a pre-dental hygiene junior from Natchitoches, said she uses a flashcard app called “ S t u d y B l u e .” This app helps Osbon students create flashcards from notes or readings. The app keeps track of which flashcards the student has gotten wrong. “It is very user friendly. It’s also so convenient to have on my iPhone because no matter where I am I can review my flashcards,” Jordan said.

“StudyBlue” is free, and available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android. Apps like “iProcrastinate” keep students organized. “iProcrastinate” allows students to organize todo lists and other tasks. The app lists the steps it takes to comJordan plete tasks. This app is available for the Mac, iPhone and iPad for $0.99. Students can download apps that will source information for papers. “ISource MLA” and “iSource APA” allow students to enter the information for in-text citations and the app will give the proper citation. These apps are available for the iPad and iPhone for $2.99. Apps are available to help students study for specific classes. Kalynn Osbon, a speech language pathology senior from Oak Grove, said she used “Sounds: The Pronunciation App” to

study for her phonetics class. “I was able to review before class some of the sounds we would be quizzed on and it was really handy in case I didn’t have my book to review with,” Osbon said. A free version of “Sounds: The Pronunciation App” is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Android. Mollie Walker, a speech language pathology graduate student from Monroe, said she uses apps on her iPad when meeting with clients. Walker said she uses an app Walker called “Mind Flex” for clients with left neglect. “Some patients with ‘left neglect’ don’t even recognize the left half of their body…I use visual apps on my iPad that require clients to scan the entire screen,” Walker said. contact Emma Herrock at

VAPA presents guitarist ‘Keep calm and carry on’ Music dept Emmanuel next month used past its prime; needs showcases

by Catherine Morrison

Certified guitar player Tommy Emmanuel will perform at ULM’s Brown Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket availability is limited, and the show is expected to sell out quickly. There will be no “will call” reservations. Limited VIP tickets are $100. General admissions tickets purchased in the VAPA office are $25. General admissions tickets purchased online are $27.50. Online tickets can be purchased at

Emmanuel is a world-renowned musician who has received two Grammy nominations as well as having received the honorable CMA Global Country Artist of the Year Award. Emmanuel received the “Certified Guitar Player” title for his role in ‘fingerstyle guitar,’ which is where all 10 fingers are used. Only four other people in the world are known to also share in this style. Multiple online sites shared this raving review. “…run, do not walk, to a Tommy Emmanuel concert near you. True happiness is in tragically short supply right now, all over the world, but you will definitely find it there,” Richard McFalls, Cactus Café Show Review, said. The conert is being presented by the School of Visual and Performing Arts. According to Derle Long, the director of VAPA, the mission of VAPA has been refocused. One of the mission statements is “to offer curricular, co-cirricular and extracurricular opportunities for all students enrolled at ULM,” Long said. For more information contact the VAPA office at 318-342-1414. contact Catherine Morrison at

changing, more creativity faculty talent by Emma Herrock

EMMA HERROCK Over the past several months “keep calm and carry on” has been splashed all over the Internet. “Keep calm and carry on” was a poster in Great Britain in 1939 during the beginning of World War II. Today the words have been tweaked to say things like, “keep calm and chive on,” “keep calm and drink on” or “keep calm and go shopping.” Why do I have to keep calm? Sometimes, when a situation of extreme panic arises I’d rather freak out. It’s human nature. And if I had been living in London during World War II, I definitely would’ve freaked out. Slogan’s can be funny, and I know that in stressful times they help boost morale. But how many differ-

ent ways can the words to this slogan be changed and actually be funny or have any meaning at all? There comes a point when a slogan is overused. We’ve reached that point. Maybe there should be a new slogan that says, “When all hell breaks loose, do whatever you want.” Or maybe we should just put this slogan to rest and “carry on”.

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The Division of Music’s Faculty Artist Concert Series begins this Thursday at 7:30-9 p.m. in the EmyLou Biedenharn Recital Hall. Alex Noppe, Sandra Lunte and Richard Seiler, Jr. are the faculty featured at the concert. This performance will be primarily a classical recital. Noppe will be playing many different types of instruments including the trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn. Seiler will accompany him on the piano, and Lunte will play the flute. “Trumpet music tends to be pretty exciting, and I think there will be something for everyone, even those people that think they Noppe are not fans of classical music,” said Noppe, the trumpet professor. The concert is free and open to the public. contact Emma Herrock at



August 27, 2012


NPC sororities hold fall PIKE sets international record rush for new members with 14th best chapter award by Sydney Bonner

The season has struck once again where students have an opportunity to be recruited into a ULM sorority. The participants go through a three night, four day process called rush to meet the different chapters of the National Panhellenic Council. “I’ve been hearing the hype of sororities all through high school, and it’s finally my time,” said Hannah Hastie, a freshman pre-nursing major. “I’m so excited, and I’m looking forward to the great opportunity to meet girls and make lasting relationships.” Rush begins with the first night when participants learn what each sorority represents. It’s a chance for participants to get to know the chapter girls individually. On the second night, the roles are reversed and the sorority focuses on getting to know the participants. The most important night is the last one because the chapters are interested in who has decided to become a part of their sisterhood. “Recruitment is the most exciting experience because it’s a weekend of meeting new people who will become part of your sisterhood,” said Emily Mumme, vice president of Alpha Rho. “Some of the girls you get to know will even be-

come your best friends.” Each chapter promotes its sorority by introducing different philanthropies, mascots, colors, letters and t-shirts. After the participants choose which path they want to take and/or the sororities choose which participants they want for their sorority, everyone presents their bids on the fourth day. Bid day is a huge event for the National Panhellenic Council to discover their new members. The participants are told which sorority chose them. It is a celebration and a surprise for everyone who attends the “big reveal.” Many see benefits to being in a sorority such as lifelong friendships, philanthropic activities, socials and many other exciting opportunities found throughout Greek Life. Vice President of Student Affairs Amanda May said, “Even though they are all different organizations, they all have the same purpose on ULM’s campus, which is to provide ULM students with a positive experience while in school.” The Interfraternity Council and National PanHellenic Council will offer recruitment within the upcoming weeks. contact Sydney Bonner at

by Catherine Morrison

The ULM chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity snagged its 14th consecutive Smythe Award at the international Pi Kappa Alpha convention held in Denver, Colo. This feat is currently the longest winning streak in PIKE history. According to Phillip Hebert, president of the ULM chapter of PIKE, the Smythe award is the most prestigious award given in the fraternity and is named after its founder, Robert Adger Smythe. Hebert “Once your chapter’s name is called to receive the award, and you’re standing beside the Pike Chapters from Florida State, Virginia Tech, and others, the feeling is incredible and it makes you come back to ULM and work even harder for next year,” said Hebert about winning the award. The basis of the award is judged on 16 areas, one of which is alumni relations. According to Hebert and Tommy Walpole, the fraternity’s current university relations and finance advisor, PIKE prides itself on its strong relations with its alumni. “We are very fortunate to have alumni who

“We are fortunate to have alumni who support the fraternity by giving time and money.” Tommy Walpole, PIKE adviser support the fraternity by giving time and money,” said Walpole. “This support can be directly linked to the great time each member had while an undergraduate in the chapter and the pride they have in the successes of Pike today.” At the convention, the ULM chapter also received the Raymond L. Orians Award for Chapter Excellence, which is the chapter’s 26th consecutive Orian’s Award. “We pride ourselves on doing a great job in multiple areas so you can excel academically, win athletically, be involved on campus and in the community and have a great time doing it all,” said Hebert. contact Catherine Morrison at

August 27 2012



GAMES crossword 62 Sly glance 63 __ platter: Chinese menu choice 64 Tuckers (out) 65 Use intense light on 66 Laundry challenge 67 Begin Down 1 From long ago 2 *With 13-Down, roasted aromatic seed 3 Fish-and-chips sauce 4 Reveal, in verse 5 Helps remember 6 *Oz ruler 7 School for English princes 8 Place for pumpernickel 9 Fly-__: air passes 10 Military medals, e.g. 11 Really huge 12 “Carmen” highlight 13 *See 2-Down 22 Victory signs 23 Turned right 25 Canyon perimeters 27 Portuguese “she” 30 *Pop’s partner 31 2012 British Open winner Ernie 33 Peg on the links 35 Terminal expectation: Abbr. 36 *Tom Hanks film 37 Lines on labels 38 Second-place finisher 39 Folk singer Guthrie 41 Swarming stingers 42 Mauna __ 43 Kid around


Across 1 6-Across, for one 6 Friday portrayer 10 Flag down __ 14 Totally lose it 15 Modest reply to a compliment 16 Sported 17 Zimbalist Jr. of “77 Sunset Strip” 18 Playwright Akins and Tony winner Caldwell 19 Et __: and others 20 Repeatedly, in poems 21 The first Mrs. Trump 23 Reaction to a pun, perhaps 24 Driver with a permit 26 *Monopoly cards 28 Snickered at 29 Start of a confession to a priest 32 Ed.’s workload 33 *Warty leaper 34 “You’ve got mail” Internet giant 35 Recedes to the sea 38 “Oedipus __” 39 Beggar’s request 40 Spanish aunt 41 *Robin’s egg color 43 Cookie container 45 Concur about 47 Mary’s little follower 51 *Scrub 52 Latvia neighbor 53 Sonic bursts 55 Make joyful 57 Cold War initials 58 Prefix with Chinese 59 Silly smile, maybe 60 Inline roller

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53 *Bird’s beak 54 Fit for military duty 56 Fat removal, briefly 59 Navig. aid 61 Christopher Carson, famously

• The first Ford cars had Dodge engines. •The Egyptians created the first organized navy in 2300 BC. • The first train reached a top speed of only 8 km/h (5 mph).

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August 27, 2012


Time heals all wounds Olympic successes Browning healthy entering 2012

prove women’s ability

by Adam Hunsucker

It didn’t take long for Kolton Browning to realize something was wrong. After taking a ferocious hit late in the fourth quarter against Arkansas State, ULM’s dual-threat quarterback found himself on the turf struggling for air. Shortness of breath was greeted by the stinging sensation of instant pain. Getting up became an impossible task. “I landed right on my shoulder and it caved my chest in,” Browning said of the play. Backup Cody Wells finished the game—a 24-19 loss—but despite the injury, Browning was optimistic it was nothing serious. The training staff said otherwise. “At first I thought it was a bruise,” Browning recalls. “But it turned out to be a broken sternum.” Unfazed by the diagnosis, the Mabank, Texas native continued to play, starting every game for the Warhawks in 2011. Discomfort was unavoidable, and attempts to play with an extra pad offered little relief. “It didn’t help much, the pain was still there,” Browning said. “There wasn’t anything I could do but keep going.” To keep opponents from knowing the full extent of his injury, ULM did not reveal Browning’s broken sternum until after the season. The secrecy regarding his health led many to wonder the reason behind the quarterback’s decline in production. Browning finished the season with 2,483 yards passing and 13 touchdowns, down from the 2,552 yards and 18 touchdowns he put up in 2010. Despite playing hurt, he man-


photo by Emi McIntyre

Quarterback Kolton Browning rolls out of the pocket during the scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 18.

aged a career-best 443 yards rushing, but thinking about the plays he could have made if healthy still haunts the junior signal-caller. “We were nine points away from having a winning record and going to a bowl game,” Browning said. With his health no longer an issue, Browning is ready to regain the form that helped him burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman. “People said he had a sophomore slump not knowing that he was hurt,” head coach Todd Berry said. “That’s put a chip on his shoulder.” The Sun Belt will feature several productive quarterbacks, five of which threw for over 2,000 yards in 2011. Browning finished fourth in the conference in passing last season, behind Ryan Aplin of Arkansas State, Troy’s Corey Robinson and Blaine Gautier of Louisiana-Lafay-

ette. Among SBC quarterbacks, only Western Kentucky’s Kawaun Jakes has more experience than Browning. That experience, along with Browning’s suburb athletic ability, will be one of the focal points of the Warhawk offense. “He ran a 4.5 [40 yard dash] for the pro scouts and there aren’t many quarterbacks that can do that,” Berry said. Browning doesn’t dwell on his injury-marred 2011, but he hasn’t forgotten either, using it to fuel his competitive fire. With eight starters returning on offense, he’s excited about this year’s battle-tested group of Warhawks. “We know what we’re capable of,” Browning said. “And that’s getting the ball in the end zone.” contact Adam Hunsucker at

The first thing a female athlete learns in the world of sports is that she can’t play with the boys. She can’t run as fast, jump as high or hit as hard as a boy. It’s softball. Not baseball. In golf she plays from the ladies tee, not the normal tee. She can be a dancer or a gymnast, but there’s no way she can play a contact sport as rough as football. If she makes it as a professional athlete, she might make half of what a male competing in her sport is paid. Maybe. But she definitely won’t have the fan base or television viewership. From elementary school on, female athletes are conditioned to believe that they are inferior. This year, female athletes truly are in a league of their own. Only this time, it’s a little different. At the 2012 London Olympics, the U.S. women alone won 58 medals. How many did men win? If the U.S. women’s team had competed on their own as a separate country, they would have finished fourth overall, and tied for third in the gold medal count. Missy Franklin took home four gold medals- the same number as Michael Phelps.

Aside from the U.S., 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen set a world record in the women’s 400 meter individual medley. In the last 50 meters, she even swam faster than U.S. superstar Ryan Lochte. But she’s female, so she must be doping. Growing up as a female athlete, I’ve been conditioned in the same way as every other girl who is active in sports. We grow up accepting the fact that, physically, we cannot compete with boys. It’s not even something that is explained to us. It doesn’t have to be. It is ingrained in us to our core because the rest of the world tells us it’s true. And maybe it is. If you put Shiwen and Lochte in the pool racing against one another, she’s probably not going to beat him straight up. But she still did something amazing. So why, when a woman accomplishes an incredible feat, do we immediately say it’s impossible? Why do female athletes receive less pay, less coverage and less interest when they are putting in just as much work as their male counterparts? The world of sports runs off of adrenaline, talent, ambition and the desire to win no matter the odds. It’s about blood and sweat and incredible perseverance. That is what it takes to win a gold medal. That is what every fan wants so desperately to see. Dear America: the U.S. women won 58 gold medals at the 2012 Olympics. Can we please have some recognition now?

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August 27, 2012




Soccer team taking season one step at a time Coaches, players working toward conference wins by Zack Brown

The ULM soccer team started the 2012-2013 season with a new coach and high expectations. Roberto Mazza enters his first season as ULM’s head coach after previously coaching at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Mazza has two mature returning starters Alyssa Wooden and Taylor Bonetti. Bonetti plays outside midfield and coaches are look to move Wooden from top to a back defender. At Pine Bluff, Mazza developed players in his system in three and four year periods. Those players did what he asked and made it to the NCAA tournament twice in three years. Mazza said succes at ULM

photo by Emi McIntyre

First-year head coach Roberto Mazza fields questions from his players following a soccer practice.

wouldn’t happen overnight. “Right now we are striving to get to the tournament and win the first conference game in two years,” Mazza said.

Mazza said he believes players have already bought into his system, but they have to do things they’re not use to. “It’s about putting the product

on the field and everyone doing the things it takes to get in the conference race,” said Mazza. Last season injuries plagued the team’s season. Senior captain Emily LyBarger and Taylor Epperson both went out with knee injuries, and Alyssa Lopez missed a lot of time due to a neck and shoulder injury. Center back Antonia Land has taken on the leader role for the Warhawks this season. Land is a very vocal player, and her voice allows her to direct all over the field. Mazza said, “The girls listen to Antonia’s commands and she has taken a lot of leadership from back there.” Karlea Fehr is another player who has already made a huge impact, scoring four goals in the first two games. In the first exhibition matchup at Northwestern State, Fehr got a hat trick and then scored the only goal against Central Arkansas at the

Warhawks’ home opener. Senior Kaitlin Morin is a transfer from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, previously playing under Coach Mazza. Mazza said, “The girls are very supportive of Kaitlin and have taken her under their wing.” Mazza believes the Warhawks lost the first game to a weaker team due to poor performance. “I’m looking for more energy and less mistakes. Games like that are important for this program so the girls can see what went wrong. If you always win, things get hid under the carpet. That’s the type of game that will fire the girls up for the next upcoming games.” The team dropped its first game of the season to Centeral Arkansas. The next home game is Sept. 23 against North Texas at 1 p.m. contact Zack Brown at

Natatorium membership spikes following Olympics by Adam Hunsucker

The 30th edition of the Summer Olympics may be over, but the flame of competition still burns around campus. Inspired by the gold-medal performances of the U.S. swim team, many are flocking to one of ULM’s famous landmarks: the Lake C. Oxford Natatorium. In the month of July, the nat saw between five and 10 new memberships a week. LA Gold, a local youth swim team, has also seen an increase in participation from kids looking to emulate their Olympic heroes. “We’ve gone from 20 swimmers to 50 since the Olympics,” LA Gold assistant coach Madison Raborn said. Raborn, a senior at ULM in kinesiology, is thankful for the interest created by the games. “It really highlights the sport and shows kids they can do something else other than play video games,” Raborn said. This renewed enthusiasm is not lost on aquatics Director Caleb Read. “The Olympics is a common theme we’ve heard among new members,” Read said. “People have been watching and want to get in the water and try it out.” The nat gives fitness enthusiasts another option during the dog days of summer. It offers patrons the best

of both worlds; a fully equipped aquatic center and a place to escape the oppressive Louisiana heat. You can find students and teachers alike enjoying the pool, including theater professor Kyle Zimmerman and his six-year old son, Brandon. “It gives my son and I something active we can do, especially on hot days,” Zimmerman said. The fatherson duo use the facility at least Read once a week, where they enjoy shooting baskets in the pool and jumping off the diving boards. The diving boards are very popular and tend to bring out the inner six-year old in everyone. Other amenities include lap swimming, water aerobics and swimming lessons. Membership is open to all ULM students and is included in the university’s student fees. The nat also works with ULM to provide students with employment opportunities and safety training through the Red Cross. “Ninety percent of our lifeguards are ULM students,” Read said. After closing in July of 2011, the natatorium reopened in January as a

“We’ve gone from 20 members to 50 since the Olympics.” Madison Raborn, senior, LA Gold coach joint venture between ULM and the YMCA. In that time, the university administration and YMCA staff have worked together to renovate the facility. Read described the partnership as a “good working relationship” that will only improve. Students voted down a referendum in April to turn the nat into an event center, ensuring it’s future as a community institution. “We’ve seen a ton of community support since we reopened,” Read said. “That support helps us stay open.” The natatorium is open during three time blocks Monday through Friday; 6-9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Sunday the Nat is closed. photo by Emi McIntyre

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Madison Raborn, a senior at ULM and an assistant coach for the LA Gold swim team, coaches his team after practice Friday in the natatorium.



August 27, 2012


Fishing team finishes Depth chart going season in 2nd place toward first week Glimpse of where players may line up this season by Adam Hunsucker

photos by Emi McIntyre

Members of the fishing team display their second-place trophy in front of Bayou Desiard. The team was ranked the number two school of the year. by Zack Brown

ULM is currently ranked second out of 159 collegiate fishing teams that make up Association of College Anglers. Arkansas Tech, who won the first ever ULM invitational last April, totaled the most points to earn ACA School of the Year. ACA ranks teams through a point system that awards one point for every team overtaken during competition in 22 sanctioned events. Bonus points are available for hosting events and participating in the Berkley Conservation Institute program. The ULM fishing team earned points for its prominent runnerup honor by placing in the top-five in all but one tournament it entered. It also hosted an event and submitted multiple Berkley Conservation Institute projects to recieve points. All members have returned this season and have their sights on the biggest catch of them all, the School of the Year. “We are really aiming for first place with a better team and everybody back,” said President Paul Clark. “We know more about the format and

how the system works now.” Weekends are spent fishing in areas around Monroe at places like Lake Claiborne, Caney and D’arbonne. ULM started the 2012 fishing season last month with a fourth-place finish at the Arkansas Tech Invitational on Lake Dardanelle. In October, the team will travel back to Dardanelle with experience and knowledge for the first tournament of the school year. ULM fishing advisor Dan Chason said that other teams are accustomed to fishing various types of fish, such as smallmouth (bass), that aren’t native to this area. “Our guys network with other teams and locals to find out what works in these areas,” said Chason. The ULM fishing season starts and ends in July, but tends to be slow in the fall. “Spring to mid-summer is the busiest,” says Vice President Nick Ladart. “That’s when we’ll fish two-to-three tournaments a month.” There are some new faces on the team this season and they come in looking to out-fish the veterans. “I’m not going to say any names, but there

are some new guys that are going to make these older guys work even harder.” said Chason. In September the team will be selling tee shirts around campus to cover trips and other expenses. They are also planning dates where members will park their boats in front of the sub so the community can meet the team. ULM Fishing team members: Paul Clark- President Nick Ladart- Vice President Brian Eaton- Treasurer Brett Preuett Blake Deron Jackson Blackett Trapper Munn Blake Alford Jacob Slade Cody Sisson Team advisors: Larry Ellerman Dan Chason If you would like information on how to sponsor the ULM Fishing Team call Clark at (318) 450-8928 or Ladart at (318) 381-5054.

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Following an inter-squad scrimmage, ULM head coach Todd Berry released the first official depth chart of the 2012 season. The first-team defense features some changes, along with new gold practice jerseys worn exclusively by the starters. For the first time under defensive coordinator Troy Reffett, the Warhawks will start an underclassman at hawk safety. Redshirt freshman Mitch Lane will be the guy, with senior Brandon Hardy serving as the backup. Cordero Smith and Isaiah Newsome are the other two safeties. Junior Otis Peterson will start at corner alongside junior Vincent Eddie. R.J. Young moved from outside to middle linebacker in the spring, and the senior has supplanted JUCO transfer Austin Moss as the starter. Veteran Cameron Blakes returns at outside linebacker and senior DaCorris Ford steps into the spot vacated by Young. The starting defensive line includes Kentarius Caldwell and Joey Gautney at defensive end, and newcomer Gerrand Johnson at nose tackle. The coaches are high on the depth at all three positions, so don’t be surprised to see some different combinations along the defensive front. The Warhawks are set in the offensive backfield with quarterback Kolton Browning and running back Jyruss Edwards. Centarius Donald is the backup running back, but the junior can expect plenty of carries in the offense’s back-by-committee approach. Senior Cody Wells returns as the second-team quarterback. Brent Leonard, Tavarese Maye, Je’Ron Hamm and Colby Harper round out ULM’s starting rotation at wide receiver. Keavon Martin is the first-team tight end and will be backed up by redshirt freshman Harley Scioneaux and junior Kevin Steed. The offensive line begins with senior Jonathan Gill at guard, juniors Jon Fisher the other guard spot and Josh Allen at center. Sophomores Jeremy Burton and Demiere Burkett will man the tackle positions. Secondteamers Ben Risenhoover and Joseph Treadwell have experience at guard and tackle, respectively.

OFFENSE: QB – Jr. Kolton Browning backup: Sr. Cody Wells RB – Jr. Jyruss Edwards backup: Jr. Centarius Donald WR – Sr. Brent Leonard backup: So. Tyler Cain WR – Jr. Tavarese Maye backup: RFr. Rashon Ceaser WR – Jr. Je’Ron Hamm backup: Fr. Tony Cook WR – So. Colby Harper backup: Sr. Julian Griffin TE – Sr. Keavon Milton backup: RFr. Harley Scioneaux or Jr Kevin Steed T – So. Jeremy Burton backup: Fr. Jamal Danley G – Jr. Jon Fisher backup: So. Ben Risenhoover C – Jr. Josh Allen backup: RFr. Colby Mitchell G – Sr. Jonathan Gill backup: So. Elliott Hilliard T – So. Demiere Burkett backup: So. Joseph Treadwell DEFENSE: DE – Jr. Kentarius Caldwell backup: So. Malcolm Edmond NT – RFr. Gerrand Johnson backup: Jr. Emanuel Jefferies DE – So. Joey Gautney backup: So. Darius Lively LB – Sr DaCorris Ford backup: So. Ray Stovall LB – Sr. R.J. Young backup: Jr. Austin Moss LB – Sr. Cameron Blakes backup: RFr. Cody Robinson CB- Jr. Otis Peterson backup: Fr. Trey Caldwell H – RFr. Mitch Lane backup: Sr. Brandon Hardy S- So. Cordero Smith backup: Sr. Henry Mitchell S – Jr. Isaiah Newsome backup: So. Roland Veal CB – Jr. Vincent Eddie backup: So. Rob’Donovan Lewis SPECIAL TEAMS: K – So. Justin Manton backup: RFr. Caleb Gammel P – So. Conner Fryoux backup: RFr. Caleb Gammel LS – Jr. Madison Tharp backup: So. Ben Risenhoover SS – So. Ben Risenhoover backup: Jr. Madison Tharp H – Sr. Cody Wells backup: So. Conner Fryoux PR – So. Tyler Cain backup: Sr. Brent Leonard KR – RFr. Cortney Davis backup: Jr. Jyruss Edwards contact Adam Hunsucker at

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