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House fire devastates international students 1 injured, all property destroyed in blaze P 10

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CRIME Dentrez T. Williams, 23, of Blanks Street, Monroe, was arrested early Wednesday on charges of resisting an officer and possession of marijuana. Police reported when the officer made contact with Williams, he did not have any form of identification. Williams told the officer his name was Dartez M. Edwards. However, the officer was unable to verify Williams’ identity with that name. Williams admitted to using a false name and then gave the officer his real name, Dentrez T. Williams, which the officer verified. The officer noticed a backpack in the car. Williams confirmed that it was his and gave police permission to search the backpack. The officer found a large bag of suspected marijuana inside the backpack. Williams was transported to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking. William C Blackard, 25, of Rochelle Avenue, Monroe, was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of DWI second offense, improper lane usage and two headlamps required. ULMPD reported Blackard was in an SUV traveling on DeSiard Street when officers observed that his vehicle’s driver’s side headlamp was out and that he was driving on the white fog line. When Blackard was pulled over, officers smelled alcohol on Blackard’s breath and person. Blackhard took a field sobriety test, but refused a chemical breath test to determine his level of intoxication. Officers obtained a warrant, which allowed them to get a sample of Blackhard’s blood for testing. Blackard was taken to E.A. Conway for the blood sample and then to Ouachita Correctional Center for booking.




Video about Apple denied Senate passes warlord Kony permission to act for gulf goes viral sue Kodak improvement LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Even after decades of well-documented murder and plunder, even after the International Criminal Court indicted him and a U.S. president dispatched a special forces team to help catch him, African warlord Joseph Kony remained largely obscure to the West. That changed with startling swiftness this week, with the viral proliferation of a smoothly produced 29-minute video, “Kony 2012,” that calculatedly taps the power of social media in an effort to make the fugitive leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army a meme of misery. Three days after its release, the video had been viewed 40 million times.

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — Apple Inc. has been denied permission to file a patent-infringement lawsuit against Eastman Kodak by the filmmaker’s bankruptcy judge. Judge Allan Gropper, who is presiding over Kodak’s Chapter 11 proceedings in a Manhattan U.S. District Court, shot down Apple’s request on Thursday to sue Kodak for alleging that its digital cameras, digital photo frames and printers infringe on patents owned by Apple. Kodak is looking to sell patents related to its digital imaging products, which in February it stopped production of, for as much as $2.6 billion, according to a Bloomberg report.

Housing applications open for students Online options now available to make process simpler by Lesley Engolia

Student residents returning in the fall may now submit their online housing application to Residential Life. Housing assignments will be given to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost includes a $50 application fee and a $200 prepayment for fall 2012 housing charges. The prepayment must be paid by June 1, or the application will be cancelled. Although the application process will be open throughout the summer, it is recommended that returning students apply by March 31 in order to obtain their requested assignments. The online housing application, which was available last year to incoming freshmen, is new this year to returning residents. The process was changed to make it easier for current residents to submit their applications online rather than in person as was required in previous years. Ryan Byrd, a pre-pharmacy junior from Madisonville, applied for a Bayou Village apartment last spring and plans on returning in the fall. “I wish they had [the online application] a year earlier,” he said, “[My suitemates and I] waited outside for

NEW ORLEANS (MCT) — The United States Senate passed its version of the RESTORE Act, which dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines related to the BP disaster to improving the gulf ecosystem and economy. The House already passed its version of the plan, which was introduced by Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise. Next, a compromise committee will resolve any differences in the legislation. The plan’s supporters say it will ensure the areas that suffered the most from the BP disaster will receive most of the CWA fines connected to it.

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” William Elery Channing, Unitarian theologist

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$250 the total amount of application and prepayment charges to apply for housing 12 hours for Residential Life to open to put in our application, but this is good for people applying now.” Students will be notified of their building assignments by the end of April, according to Tresea Buckhaults, director of Residential Life. Over the summer, letters will be sent to students notifying them of their room number and roommate/suitemate. “Once assignments are made, we will be checking GPAs to make sure [students] have at least a 2.0 in order to live on campus,” said Buckhaults. Buckhaults also explained the reasoning behind the difference in price between Madison Hall, the all male dorm, and Masur Hall, the all female dorm. “Masur is one of the original residence halls,” she said, “We do renovations each year, but we still down the price. The rooms are also smaller than those in Ouachita and Madison.” contact Lesley Engolia at

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Football special teams players practice kick-off drills during the first week of spring practice Friday in Malone Stadium.



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Greek Week to take place this week with St. Patrick’s Day theme

Speech-Language Pathology conference to be held this week

Greek Week, a week of games and sporting events, will take place the week of March 11 through 17. Greek Week is sponsored by the ULM Campus Activities Board, Domino’s Pizza and the ULM Division of Student Affairs. With a special St. Patrick’s Day twist, festivities began with a powder puff football game at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 11, and will end with a tailgate/cook-off in conjunction with the ULM vs. ULL baseball game, from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 17. Greek Week’s purpose is to promote Greek Life to students who have no Greek affiliation and to encourage those students not involved on campus to become more involved with both Greek and non-Greek organizations.

Renowned speech-language pathologist Joan Arvedson will be the featured speaker at ULM’s 24th Annual SpeechLanguage Pathology Spring Conference on Thursday and Friday at the Monroe Civic Center. Arvedson is considered one of the foremost experts in the field as a Board Recognized Specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders. Her program emphasizes that speech-language pathologists and other health professionals need a thorough understanding of medical and health issues to make the best assessment and management decisions for infants and young children with complex swallowing and feeding problems. Those who complete the program get one hour of continuing education.

More pain at the pump Commuters forced to cope with rising gasoline prices by Caty Morrison

Gas prices are on the rise, while the amount of money in students’ pockets is on the decline. The price increase for a gallon of gas is a strain on every student’s wallet – especially the commuters. This particular group of students does not have the luxury of walking to class from a nearby dorm room. Every now and then a student can be spotted riding his or her bike down the road from an off-campus apartment, but for the most part commuters are stuck driving a vehicle to class. The average gas price in Louisiana last week was $3.599. The national average gas price is about 20 cents higher. There’s the silver lining: It could be worse. Some commuting ULM students have had to change their spending habits in order to adjust to the rising gas prices. “I’ve just had to cut back on spending all together. I don’t shop or go out quite as much,” said Sarah Bonner, a senior construction management major from Bastrop. Bonner drives 30 minutes just to get to school and pays about $180 a month on gas alone. If gas prices continue to rise, it

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Above: Commuter Denette Dupray fills her gas tank at the RaceWay gas station. Duprey had to drop her child’s daycare because of rising gas prices.

$3.599 average price for a gallon of gas last week in Louisiana could mean a not-so- fun summer vacation for many students. This time commuters will not be the only ones affected. “I wouldn’t be able to go on any trips, and it would limit how often I go back home because I live far away,” said Matthew Lee, a commuter and senior criminal justice major from Clinton. Lee also said he would

have to work more just to pay for gas. Even now, Lee says he hardly has any free time because he has to work to pay off the gas bill. One way students can cut back on gas costs is by visiting the website, which is a site that shows the cheapest places to find gas in the surrounding area. All anyone has to do is enter his or her zip code, and the site will generate a list of gas stations and their current prices. Another way to avoid pricey gasoline is to invest in a good oldfashioned bicycle. contact Caty Morrisonat

Google installs controversial privacy policy by Kristin Nieman

As of Thursday, March 1, Google consolidated over 60 privacy policies into one, eliminating many of the privacies users had. The new policy gives Google information about all of the accounts they run, such as email, YouTube and search history. The company now also has access to information on the services and actions one takes on their phone when they use Google or Android Market. Information about what one searches for, who emails are sent to and even one’s location is now gathered by the company, unless users change their settings. Because of Google’s ability to access email content, this poses the potential risk of addresses, phone

numbers and other information being released to third parties. “I feel like the new policy invades my privacy. I don’t like the idea of Google playing Big Brother when it comes to my Internet usage,” said Annie Park, a sophomore pre-pharmacy major from New Orleans. Nowhere on the web is completely safe. Data is collected from all websites in the form of cookies, but Google is being scrutinized for the Hankins collection of private data. The company says they are doing this to make users’ searches more personalized and include more appealing ads. Their goal is to better the experience for the user.

“I think it’s pretty ironic that they call it a privacy policy when in fact it does not provide any privacy with all the tracking they’re doing,” said Michael Hankins, a senior psychology major from West Monroe. Users have the option of letting Google collect any information they want, limiting what is collected or eliminating the collection of data all together. To change the settings, users need to log in to their Google account, click the drop down menu next to the account’s name and select “Account Settings.” Then, the user needs to scroll down the page and select “Web History” underneath “Services.” Here, users can clear certain history or all of the history and also disable the saving of search history. contact Kristin Nieman at



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Lawmakers speak at campus events by Garrett Boyte

Two lawmakers, state Sen. Mike Walsworth and state Rep. Katrina Jackson, spoke on campus last week to different groups of onlookers. Jackson gave an address on women’s history Thursday to students and faculty on her triumphs as a woman. “I’m still riding on the wings of ULM,” Jackson said, a university graduate. “You begin to praise a little university when it provides you with an impeccable education.” Jackson is a freshman legislator and said she looks forward to sponsoring and promoting legislation that gives women the same opportunities she had. She said ULM gave her the opportunity to work for then-state Rep. Willie Hunter, who taught her about law and helped her get her law degree. Jackson also reminisced about her grandmother, Alice Jackson, who was an English professor at ULM for many years. She said her grandmoth-

er was her biggest role model and inspired her to achieve the many successes she has accomplished. Walsworth addressed a group of parents, education majors and professionals Friday about education reform and the TOPS program. The crowd had a lot of questions concerning Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform plan. Walsworth said that he supports the voucher’s part of the plan but has reservations about other parts. “If it takes a voucher to get a failing kid out of a failing school, then that’s what I’m going to do,” Walsworth said. “I am for vouch- Walsworth ers.” Walsworth says that vouchers can be used for poor students to attend private and charter schools. Private schools have selective admission, but charter schools have a lottery. He said the lottery will provide op-

“You begin to praise a little university when it provides you with an impeccable education.” Katrina Jackson, state representative

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State Rep. Katrina Jackson speaks Thursday evening in the conference center about ULM and its role in her profession and personal development.

portunities to poor students that were “just unlucky” to begin with and that they will finally be given a chance at a good education. “I hope we’re not leaving it up to chance,” said Walsworth. Walsworth said he thinks promoters of the reform have done a bad job of “selling” the reform to teachers

and the public. He said teachers are their partners in the reform plan. Many public education teachers have voiced their concerns since the plan was announced. They are worried that this plan is nothing but teacher bashing. So far, no teacher’s unions or groups have supported this plan.

“I, personally, am disheartened by what’s happening in our education system,” said Stephanie Judd, a librarian at Boley Elementary. “I love Sen. Walsworth, and I do think he’s a friend of education. But, I don’t believe we’re headed down the right road.” Walsworth briefly touched on the TOPS program, saying Louisiana would keep the in-state scholarship program. contact Garrett Boyte at

Super Tuesday gives few answers in president’s race by Garrett Boyte

Super Tuesday produced little clarity in the presidential race for Louisiana voters, whose primary is approaching soon. The night was split between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the two front-runners who did little to distance themselves from each other. “I think it shows a lot of division in the party. They don’t know what they really want,” said Daron Ables, a junior health studies major from Monroe. “I want Ron Paul to win, but I will throw my vote to Romney to beat Santorum,” Ables said, echoing the

phrase heard all too often from Republicans who are displeased with what their party has to offer. The nail biter for Tuesday was Ohio, which awarded 63 delegates. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum were neck and neck when vying for the top spot in the Buckeye State. Returns eventually showed Romney winning by 1 percent of the vote. “I think it showed the GOP is split between social and government issues. I mean that by saying Santorum is pulling the religious support while Romney is pulling the business-government support,” said Dylan Crowell, a sophomore history major from

New Orleans. Gingrich brought a win in Georgia. He is expected to do well in most southern states, given that he is a native of South Carolina Ables and represented Georgia as Speaker of the House. He is counting on wins in the South, if he expects to stay in the race. “I think Mitt Romney is going to win simply because he is more put together than Newt Gingrich,” Ables

said. Ables also said he doesn’t think Romney being a Mormon will hurt him in the South and that Romney shares more values with southerners than Gingrich. Romney ended the night winning Alaska, Vermont, Idaho, Virginia, Ohio and his home state of Massachusetts. Santorum clinched a victory in Tennessee, North Dakota and Oklahoma. With Gingrich in Georgia, that leaves Paul winning none of the primary or caucus states of the biggest day of the nomination process. Paul’s campaign has long been clinging to the delegate strategy in

which he hoped to pick up delegates in states that held caucuses or primaries that were not winner-take-all. “With this split, I can see the other candidates having a chance, Gingrich being the more obvious candidate. Paul could have a chance, but he will need to win a good majority of the primaries and caucuses to come,” Crowell said. Lousiana voters can voice their choice on Saturday, March 24. The primary is closed, meaning only registered Republicans will vote contact Garrett Boyte at

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Students win big at annual Casino Night by Matthew Nolan

ULM’s Campus Activities Board successfully hosted their annual Casino Night event in the SUB ballroom Tuesday. “Totally ‘80s”’ was the theme; accordingly, the ballroom was decorated with throwback posters and other retro memorabilia. Students and faculty walked down the red carpet dressed to impress in their favorite ‘80s clothing that included bandanas, sleeveless shirts and wacky colored accessories. Most partygoers seemed to be enjoying themselves as the sounds of slot machines and classic hits from the era, such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Rick James’ “Super Freak,” filled the ballroom. Assistant Dean of Student Life and Leadership, Nathan Hall, stated, “This year’s casino night was a great success and one of my favorite events because I can interact with students and have a good time.” Everyone who attended could help themselves to refreshments and play

casino games. Also, students could test their luck against the house — CAB and faculty members — in order to win fake money, which could be exchanged for raffle tickets. There was a separate drawing for seven door prizes. The winners and the prizes they won were: Trevor Jones, DVD sound system; Brittany Treadway, TV; Letha Gaigher, printer; Madison Slaughter, NOOK; Rokera Ball, $200 Target gift card; Marla Seyfarth, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones; Kelsey Stephens, camera. Stephens, winner of the camera, exclaimed, “Wow! I am so glad to have finally won something. I’ll definitely be going back to Casino Night next year.” Hall said, “Students had an opportunity to interact with faculty and staff as well as fellow CAB members. More people dressed up for the theme than ever before. The students had an absolute blast.”


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

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Students, dressed in the ‘80s attire, try their luck on slot machines Tuesday night during CAB’s annual Casino Night.




Smokers should follow rules

Help student fire victims The five Nepali students who lost everything in the fire deserve our help as a campus community. The immediate response has been great by all accounts, but the donations don’t need to stop. Both the emotional and financial expense of losing a home would be hard on anyone. Unlike the Nepali students, most of us around here have family we can fall back on in the event of a tragedy. These fire victims are 8,000 miles from their home, and they are here in America without anything now. One of them lost all of his international documents, so he’s stuck here. The future of his health insurance is also murky since he will likely have to withdraw from the University. He has a second-degree burn that will need treatment for the next six weeks. We live in a generous community. The response from people thus far has been great, but let’s keep up that type of support for the duration of their ordeal. Remember that the total donations will be split five ways, which helps limit how far the money can go. They lost their books and their computers. How hard would it be to finish a semester without any of your notes or any means to study? Our guess is pretty difficult. The International Student Organization is taking donations at their office in Hanna Hall. Mara Loeb, director of the ISO, said the students could really use old laptops, but money is also appreciated. Let’s band together as a campus and help these students. They need all of the support we can give them.

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SHELBY DESOTO I wonder if smokers ever think about where they are when they light up because it sure doesn’t seem like it. It seems they just smoke anywhere, and it doesn’t matter who it effects. Like a lot of students, I walk everywhere on campus, and it disgusts me to see cigarette butts on the ground. The usual places to smoke have to be Walker Hall and, of course, Starbucks. But wait a second, are people even allowed to smoke in front of buildings? According to ULM’s smoking policy, no, they aren’t supposed to be smoking there. The policy says: “Each designated area is defined as the 10 foot radius surrounding each tobacco waste receptacle. Each receptacle will

be fixed at a minimum distance of 35 feet from any university building.” Basically, no one can smoke in front of a building, and you must smoke where there is a trash can. Trash cans for cigarette butts are in front of just about every building on campus. It might be that people who smoke don’t know the policy, and therefore just do what comes naturally. Or maybe they don’t care and smoke wherever they please. The policy also says: “The use of tobacco products is prohibited in outdoor areas where seating is provided.” Now I’m confused. All the places people smoke have seated areas. They really have no choice if the trash cans are right beside the seats. I’m against smoking on campus because everyone smokes in front of buildings. Sure, it’s convenient, but it doesn’t make it right. I’m allergic, too, so there’s that added bonus. Maybe arguing for a smoke-free campus is going too far, but some things need to be done. We have many trash cans around campus buildings, but not a lot along walkways and open

areas where smokers are supposed to be. Then again, is it that hard to walk 20 to 30 feet to throw away your cigarette? Our campus isn’t one big ash tray. This is a place of higher education, and seeing cigarette remains in the grass is disrespectful. More trash cans should be installed in the areas not violating the smoking policy. They should also be able to sit somewhere and have a smoke if they want. Adding a covered area so smokers won’t get drenched on rainy days wouldn’t be asking too much. The policy needs to be enforced as well. It’s sad when the school makes these rules, and our campus doesn’t abide by them. I don’t think there needs to be cigarette police, but maybe signs saying where you can and cannot smoke would be the only thing needed. For those of us who have medical conditions, this isn’t something to take lightly. People who smoke shouldn’t be shunned, but their chosen habit shouldn’t be inflicted on the rest of us either. contact Shelby DeSoto at

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Google’s web policies invade personal privacy

KRISTIN NIEMAN With Google’s recent privacy policy change of consolidating over 60 policies into just one, I couldn’t help but wonder how they could combine that many different policies into a single one. Upon looking into it further, I realized it hardly seemed like it had anything to do with privacy. Unless I changed my settings, they were going to track pretty much everything I did on the Internet. It’s almost a “let’s make this public” policy disguised as a privacy policy.

Google says the new privacy policy provides users with a more personalized web experience. The line between getting us the best results we need based on our searches and getting too much of our private information is getting blurred here. I guess we are just supposed to trust that Google won’t give the information they gather to third parties. Not only that, but if Google is only giving us information they think would appeal to us most, then they’re censoring us, in a way, from exploring and developing new interests. My messages, location and searches are my business, especially my email. If they have access to that, then they have access to not only my contact information, but also to the people’s contact information with whom I correspond. Before we know it, Google will basically have a never-ending rolodex of everyone—name, email, phone number and a small biography all in-

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cluded. It just seems a bit much. People can find the information they are looking for by themselves just as easily without Google keeping up with their every move. Within minutes of reading the new policy, it didn’t take me long to decide I needed to fix my settings before

they had my life story. I don’t understand why Internet sites are getting so personal these days. Even Facebook groups things up and advertises based on people’s interests – and not just with products, but with people, too. Facebook and Twitter both have boxes off to the side-recommending people you

should friend/follow based on common interests Everyone wants to know your business, now. And anytime you sign up for anything, you have to give every bit of contact information imaginable. Can we get a little privacy here? contact Kristin Nieman at

Government: stay out of birth control, bedroom

GARRETT BOYTE There has been quite a stink in the past few weeks regarding birth control and federal health mandates. President Obama released his plan, much to the disdain of the Catholic Church, which would require businesses, schools and other institutions directly affiliated with a church to violate their conscience and provide payment for birth control in their insurance policies. First off, there is no clause, section or paragraph anywhere in the Constitution giving the federal government the power to tell any group they have to spend money on something. But money is not the issue here; in fact, birth control actually saves money by keeping not-pregnant workers from taking a maternity leave. So, what’s the deal? The deal is that we have a bunch of men making laws, passing reforms and creating mandates that don’t concern men. Why is it okay to let a man decide what a woman puts in her body? Why is it okay to let anyone decide what anyone can put in his or her body?

I am pro-life, but abortion is a whole other subject. Abortion is not birth control. This is pre-insemination. And I just think it’s a bit chauvinistic for a bunch of old men to decide what women can or can’t put in their bodies. It’s even worse that they are telling places like St. Frances Hospital that they must provide birth control to women in their insurance policy or face fines. If the woman wants birth control bad enough, then she can find it almost anywhere and sometimes for free. But let’s not forget the best form of birth control: abstinence. Abstinence is totally freeof-charge. I know I may seem out-of-touch, but the fact remains: If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t have intercourse. Seems like a simple enough idea. Let’s be real – I know telling people to be abstinent is an abstract concept. We all need to be at a place where we can agree that the government does not need to be in the bedroom. I never thought we would even be having this conversation. I’m sorry, but the government shouldn’t mandate a business buy anything for its workers. The government’s place in business is equivalent to its place in the bedroom. It just doesn’t belong in either. You can’t legislate morality, and you can’t dictate people’s lives. The moment our government starts doing that, is the moment we move even closer to the tyrannical sect of government our founders feared. contact Garrett Boyte at

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Hood honors country music legend Administrator reflects on Atkins’ influence on his own music style by Emma Herrock

Richard Hood works as the executive assistant to the president of ULM. But when he’s not behind the desk, he’s probably playing the guitar. Or, he’s giving presentations about Chet Atkins. In past years, Hood has given many presentations at the Chet Atkins Convention, which occurs every July in Nashville, Tenn. But this year, Hood was also asked to give his presentation at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on March 2 and 3. His presenta- Karlowitz tion, “The Life and Music of Chet Atkins,” was part of a special emphasis and exhibit about Atkins’ life and career. Hood’s admiration for Chet Atkins began when he was sitting at home one Sunday night in the late 1960s. Hood was watching “The Ed Sullivan Show” with his father on the family TV. The musical guest was announced: Chet Atkins. The curtains opened, and there sat Chet, alone on the stage with a guitar in his hands. Stunned by the music coming from the guitar, Hood’s dad looked over and said, “Boy, if you could play the guitar like that, I’d buy you one tomorrow.” Hood took his dad’s challenge. He received his first guitar, a Sears Harmony acoustic guitar, for Christmas that same year and learned how to play the unique fingerpicking style Chet Atkins is known for.

When Hood’s mother used to take him to Stensen’s Music Box in Ruston, he’d walk straight to the record section to look for the new Chet Atkins album. Then, he’d go home and try to imitate the music. Hood has never had any formal lessons and said he learned a lot from listening to those records through the years. “Even though he wasn’t sitting there next to me, my instructor was Chet because those records would teach me so much,” Hood said. Hood said fingerpicking was not

“Even though he wasn’t sitting there next to me, my instructor was Chet because those records would teach me so much.” Richard Hood, ULM administrator an easy style to learn. “It’s kind of like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time,” Hood said. “You have to play the bass as if it were the metronome and also think about the rhythm and melody as you’re playing.” Not only does he talk about Chet’s life, but he also performs Chet’s music. Over the years, he’s performed covers of Chet Atkins’ tunes hundreds of times at churches and civic group events around northern Louisiana. Hood said he performs because he feels like he has a calling. “It’s such a beautiful way and style to play the guitar, and I feel called to try and keep that type of guitar playing alive,” Hood said.

Who is Chet Atkins?

Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 - June 30, 2001) was an American guitarist and record producer. He is famous for producing records with musicians like Perry Como and Elvis Presley. He received 14 Grammy Awards and nine CMA Instrumentalist of the Year awards. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Did you know? Richard Hood was inspired to play music by Chet Atkins’ performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and a challenge from his father to learn to play the guitar. Hood recently gave a presentation about Atkins at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. His wife Donna Hood loves to hear him play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” “I just get to hear a talented musician enjoying his music,” his wife said. So does Hood think he’s as good as Chet? “Heavens no,” Hood said. “It’s like asking if I can throw a football like Peyton Manning or hit a baseball like Babe Ruth.” “We’re not even on the same planet,” Hood said. Still, Hood definitely has fans on campus. Paul Karlowitz, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said, “I love to listen to good guitar players. As good as he is, he could make a washtub with a stick and a rubber band sound good.” Hood continues to give his presentation every year at the Chet Atkins Convention because he wants the music of Chet Atkins to live on. “Those people have a great deal of respect for Chet both musically and as a person. So I feel that whatever applause I receive or recognition from the people isn’t because of me, but because they enjoy that emphasis on Chet,” Hood said. contact Emma Herrock at

Above: Richard Hood performs during guitar workshops at ULM earlier this month. Below: Hood poses with one of his favorite guitars.



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Fire destroys students’ home

photo by Robert Brown

Left: Neighbors gather to watch five Nepali students’ house burn on Sunday, Feb. 26. Above: Emergency vehicles fill McGuire Street while fire fighters work to put out the house fire.

ULM community helps 5 internationals recover from devestating tragedy by Cole Avery

Babel Basnet was enjoying a quiet evening on Sunday, Feb. 26, in his McGuire Street home. He was cooking on his stovetop when he smelled smoke. He knew he hadn’t burned his food, and when he turned around, he saw his living room was full of smoke. Soon, Basnet and his four roommates, all ULM students from Nepal, would see their American home, as well as most of Loeb what they owned, go up in flames. Basnet rushed into the hall and saw the smoke was billowing from his bedroom. His laptop, which was sitting on his bed, was on fire. The fire spread from the laptop onto his comforter and, before long, the bed itself. “I was panicked,” Basnet admits. Without thinking, he grabbed his laptop and tried to throw it out of the window. But the computer burned his hand - badly. Cringing with pain, Basnet rushed into a bedroom where his roommate,

Sudil Shrestha, was napping. He woke him up and then they woke up another roommate, Parash Parajuli. Parajuli and Shrestha immediately began grabbing their international papers and passports that are required for them to be in the country. Meanwhile, a still-shaken Basnet was trying to fill a plastic trashcan with water to put out the fire. “I didn’t even think about the fire extinguisher,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking very clearly at all.” He abandoned the trashcan idea and ran to a neighbor’s house for help. He tried to call 911, but he couldn’t because of his burned hand. Parajuli and Shrestha made two trips into the house. They were able to save some documents and a computer. By the third try,the fire had become too large. The roommates could only watch as they surrendered their home to its fate.

Aftermath Basnet said it took about 10 minutes for emergency responders to get to the house. An ambulance took Basnet to the hospital to treat his hand.

How to help the victims

The International Student Organization is collecting donations. People wanting to help can contact the ISO at 342-5225 or by email at

“It’s a community that doesn’t have a lot, but they know how to share and support each other.” Mara Loeb, Director of ISO

Above: Fire fighters enter the burning home to extinguish the flames within.

Doctors told him he had second-degree burns, and his hand would take at least six weeks to heal. By the time Basnet returned, his right hand now a bandaged club, he and all four of his roommates watched as the fire fighters finished extinguishing the flames. Two and a half hours after the the fire started,

the five roommates were able to enter the house to see what could be salvaged. There wasn’t much. The brick frame hides the true extent of the damage from the road. Every window is blacked out or broken. The inside is gutted and charred. Ash covers the back porch. A melted

bicycle sits in a corner. The attic’s rafters can be seen from the yard. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Naba Amgain, who was away from his home when the fire started but made it back to search the ruins. “We took what we could, but there wasn’t much.” The Monroe fire department is still investigating the incident, and no official cause has been determined. The roommates called their friend Rahul Dham, a fellow Nepali student. Basnet, Shrestha, Parajuli, Amgain and the fifth roommate, Nabaraj Kandel, have been staying with Dham since the accident. Right now, six of them are living in a two bedroom apartment. “We make it work,” said Amgain. Nepal is more than 8,000 miles from Monroe. ULM has 63 Nepali students on campus, the most of any

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come by. Though the donations have exceeded $500, that’s still a long way from buying one, much less four, laptops.

Life goes on

single country outside of the United States. Having such a large network has helped them deal with the crisis. Dham said, “We’ve been best friends for years. We’re like brothers. Of course they could stay here.” After Dham, one of their next calls was to Mara Loeb, head of the International Student Organization. “It’s a community that doesn’t have a lot, but they know how to share and support each other,” Loeb said. “It’s a very caring, close-knit community.” The ISO has been receiving monetary donations from students every day since the fire. The Red Cross, Student Government, First Baptist Church of West Monroe and individual colleges on campus are working with the ISO on donations they’ve received. “The first people who came in to donate money were people who were not in the best financial situation themselves,” said Loeb, “but sometimes when you don’t have much you understand having nothing a little better Loeb said they really need laptops to continue with school; though, she understands those may be hard to

Their basic needs are met, but the future is still uncertain for the students. They did not have renter’s insurance, so they may have to rely on donations to get through. Basnet will likely have to withdraw from the University this semester because he can’t write and has no supplies to continue his studies. The others intend to finish. Basnet also faces the added difficulties of treating his hand. The law requires international students to get health insurance, but Loeb was unclear about what happens if he is forced to resign. He said he does worry about how he’s going to pay his medical bills. He also lost all of his international documents, so he is trapped in America. Still, the roommates keep an upbeat outlook on the situation. They take their tragedy in stride, day by day deciding what to do next. People always ask what they need, they say. Dham jokingly answers “a house.” The roommates make it very clear they are nothing but grateful for the help they’ve received. Past the stoic exterior, deeper healing may take time. Basnet said at night he can still hear the fire raging. “Smells scare him, like when we cook,” Dham said. Basnet said he’d probably think of the fire every time he smelled fish cooking on a stove. contact Cole Avery at Editors Note: The fire victims wanted to thank everyone for their support. They said they were extremely grateful for the help they have received.

Top: Fire crews work to put out the house fire. Left: A fire fighter exits the burning house. Above Right: Victims Parash Parajuli, Naba Amgain, Babel Basnet, Nabaraj Kandel, Sudil Shrestha are pictured.

The business of caring by Cole Avery

Kim Taylor arrived at work on Monday and found an email in her inbox from the International Student Organization. Five Nepali students lost everything in a house fire the day before. Taylor scrolled the names of the victims, and one stood out - Sudil Shrestha. Taylor is the adviser for the computer science students, and Shrestha is one of her students. Taylor met with an associate dean, and they discovered two more of the victims, Babel Basnet and Nabaraj Kandel, were also business majors. “Sudil is a very sweet guy,” Taylor said. “As far as family here they have no one. You cant help but think, ‘oh my gosh, someone has to help them.’” Taylor sent an email to the busi-

ness faculty to tell them about the business college’s connection and asked for help. She got it. Two of her classes Monday gave $150 on the spot. One student thought he might be able to bring a box of t-shirts from the shirt factory where his wife worked. Other faculty members flooded her inbox asking how to help. One teacher dropped off flash-drives. Others brought checks, offered Taylor text books and peppered her with questions about what the students needed. Before she knew it, Taylor had become the business college’s go-to person for disaster relief. Still, Taylor

“You can’t help but think, ‘oh my gosh, someone has to help them.” Kim Taylor, Business instructor is quick to shirk the credit. In fact, she runs from it. “All I did was send an email,” she said. “It wasn’t just me. There’s been no hesitation from people wanting to help.” The business college, as well as several other colleges and organizations, is working with the ISO for donations for the fire victims. contact Cole Avery at



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Rehearsals underway for ‘Chicago’ VAPA to host shows at end of March

“It has very good music with amazing choreography. It’s witty, funny, serious and sad.”

by Shelby DeSoto

Looking for excitement? Look no further than ULM’s version of the musical “Chicago” coming up March 29 to 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium. Expect drama, scandal and murder most vile in this tale, which is based on a true story, about two women who get acquitted for their wrong doings. Senior vocal performance major, Melissa Champion, is playing Velma Kelly, one of the main characters in the musical. This will be Champion’s third musical. She said “Chicago” is different from other musicals she has done. “It’s very risqué. You don’t always hear about murder and sex in a musical,” said Champion. Kelly, Champion’s character, is

Melissa Champion, senior vocal performance

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Dancers from the VAPA production of “Chicago” practice for the big show.

in jail for killing both her husband and sister. The play is set in the jazzy 1920s Chicago scene. Other main characters will be played by the following: Alyssa Flowers as Roxie Hart, Caleb Wilkins as Billy Flynn, Nathanael Medlin as Amos, Allyson Wilson as Momma

Morton and Catherine Morrison as Go to Hell Kitty. The cast and crew have been working hard at their rehearsals since January. The performers practice for three hours, four days a week. “It has very good music with amazing choreography. It’s witty, funny,

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serious and sad,” said Champion about the musical. A’Kai Solmone, a junior mass communication major, said she is excited for everyone to see the dance numbers. As a principal dancer, Solmone will be dancing throughout both acts. “We are pretty much finished. We

are just running scenes and doing rehearsals,” said Solmone. Tickets for “Chicago” will be $15 at the door and $5 for faculty and staff. Students get in free with their ULM ID. Tickets will be for sale in the VAPA office, located in Biedenharn Hall. For more information about the performance, contact Robin Stephens at contact Shelby DeSoto at



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How do you feel about Kid Cudi’s tattoos?

“Maybe it represents something that took place in his life, a struggle perhaps.”

“Self affliction leads to suicide. That is a horrible message to send out.”

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Rapper, Kid Cudi, shows off his slit wrists tattoos, signifying his dying and rebirth as a new artist.

Rapper Kid Cudi slits his wrists by Jackie Johnson

Famous rapper Kid Cudi, recently tweeted a link to his Tumblr page exposing a controversial photo of his realistic slit wrists tattoos. In an interview with Red Bull, the rapper revealed the meaning behind his new tattoos. Cudi believes that the tattoos represent the death of his old self and rebirth into the type of artist he truly wants to be. This stunt has also offended many people who have dealt with the issue of self-mutilation, also known as self-injury or cutting. This issue is much larger than most people realize, but the numbers are hard to track due

to lack of knowledge on the issue and secrecy from the cutters themselves. Some cut because they feel that the physical pain is much easier to cope with than the emotional pain that they deal with daily. Some cutters become addicted to the pain. Without appropriate treatment, this addiction can spiral out of control and potentially lead to suicide. Having had a friend who was addicted to cutting and who ultimately committed suicide, I know just how sensitive and difficult this issue can be. Cudi’s reasoning behind his slit wrists tattoos is insensitive and ignorant. It is ignorant to the millions of people that deal with this

same issue everyday. There are many alternatives to changing ones musical persona that do not involve making a mockery of a very serious issue: going by a new name, adopting a new look or evolving into a different style of music. Perhaps the rapper needed the attention to promote his new band and sound, but this media ploy was in very bad taste. Cudi should have taken into consideration the real blood that many cutters have shed and how serious of an issue cutting is before getting his now infamous slit wrist tattoos.

JB Bennett, social work major

Sahara Ricks, graduate communications student

“It’s his body, so he can do whatever he wants with it.”

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Megan Alexander, social work major

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VAPA hosts high school art show by Michelle McDaniel

Guests view various pieces of art at the Juried High School art exhibition.

ULM’s visual arts department hosted an awards reception for the 19th Annual Junior/Senior High School Juried High Exhibition on March 9 in Bry Art Gallery. There were 185 entries received from nine different high schools, but only 50 works by 36 students were accepted into the competition. Joni Noble, an art education professor at ULM and juror for the competition, said, “ We have had more entries this year than we ever had. It

was difficult to judge because of the overwhelming amount of talent that was presented.” Noble said the criteria for being accepted into the show was the amount of creativity and originality. Awards were given, including cash prizes and scholarships. S. Clair Smith from Neville High School was awarded the Gretchen Dean Best of Show title and the People’s Choice award for her piece, “Sterling and Pearls.” Smith said, “I was surprised I was chosen, but yeah,

it feels great!” The piece “Fruit Bowls” by Samuel David Carradine, Jr. from Ouachita Parish High School came in second place. Noble said, “High school students don’t really have a forum to showcase their art. This gives them that chance to show their work.” The exhibition is available for viewing in the Bry Art Gallery until March 22. contact Michelle McDaniel at


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Lohan doesn’t deserve any more chances by Kristin Neiman

We all fell in love with that cute little redhead Lindsay Lohan back in 1998 when she starred in the remake of “The Parent Trap.” Now, 14 years later, she falls more into the crazy category than the cute. Lohan recently impressed court officials with good behavior and keeping up her community service. She is on probation for a few years’ worth of legal troubles. She told Matt Lauer of NBC’s “Today” news show on March 1, that parties were “not my thing anymore,” and she likes being a homebody. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard these types of comments from Lohan, though. Having been in and out of jail and rehab since 2007, she has said before that she was going to change and that she didn’t want to be the bad, party girl anymore. “I get overwhelmed when I hear or see anything about Lindsay Lohan,” said Imari Hall, a senior mass communication Hall major from Bossier City. “I just can’t take her serious as a person, let alone an actress.” She has attempted to get her act together, said all the right things, and we’ve welcomed her back time and time again. I don’t think she is for real this time. It doesn’t make sense that we continually give her chances to get her life together. We should not thrive on drama so much that we constantly need to keep celebrities like Lohan around just to watch them rise and fall for entertainment’s sake. contact Kristin Neiman at

Jennifer Lopez’s inner tough guy Toned and tough, Jennifer Lopez covers V magazine’s sports issue wearing a men’s groin protector. The March issue of the magazine featured Lopez as a lady boxer, sporting boxing gloves and a revealing ripped tank. So what was the photographer’s reason for the groin protector? Actually, sources say it was all JLo’s idea. quotes her saying, “I though it was more graphic. It did make me feel tougher.” JLo also states that she can take a lot of punches and still keep going. She tells sources she has been training like a boxer to go 15 rounds. One thing is for sure, Jennifer Lopez rocks the cover as a champ.

photo by Victoria Tran

Students from the wind and percussion bands showcase their talents.

Ensemble band performs concert by Sydney Bonner

A number of people showed up to see the ULM Symphonic Band and ULM Wind Ensemble perform a concert in Brown Auditorium. Once a year, the two bands come together to be conducted by Jason Rinehart and Derle R. Long. The first band to demonstrate their numerous talents is none other than ULM’s Symphonic Band. Students were conducted by Assistant Professor of Music, Jason Rinehart. They played five different pieces by composers Frank Ticheli, Eric Osterling, George Frederic Handel and Andrew Balent. “I have been looking forward to our joint concert because we have all worked very hard,” said Kevin Patel, percussion player and astronomy major from Vicksburg. “I was excited to play the different percussion instruments.” Followed by an intermission, the

ULM Wind Ensemble revealed their expertise by performing five pieces as well. While conducting the Wind Ensemble, Long explained the performances as “charming, well-crafted pieces that will pull you in.” wThe band finished off the night with their favorite piece, “White Rose March” by John Philip Sousa arr. Keith Brion. Matthew Petit, percussion player and pre-pharmacy major from Ama, said, “My favorite piece was definitely ‘White Rose March’ because I had a really challenging solo.” Students involved in music classes were also given the chance to receive extra credit for watching these pieces. “I thought it was a wonderful performance. Both of the bands sounded superb and did a fantastic job.” said Aaron McDaniel, a pre-nursing major from Monroe. contact Sydney Bonner at

ABC’s new controversial comedy ABC’s new comedy series “GCB,” based off the novel “Good Christian Bitches,” premiered for the first time on March 4, and its original title speaks for itself. Lets just say “Belles” was originally a mouthful and was quickly changed when complaints were arising. “GCB” may have jaws dropping, but yet are many curious to set eyes on the new controversial series. The first episode just aired, but it looks promising. Amanda Vaughn, former high school mean girl, is forced to move back to her hometown of Dallas after her husband dies in a car accident. Her life unfolds when her Christian neighbors, whom she once picked on in high school, want her gone. While Amanda has matured, her former high school classmates haven’t and still resent her. It’s obvious the girls don’t live up to their so-called Christian morals.

1950s ‘Sparkle’ Remake The original 1976 film, “Sparkle” is coming back to theaters. Inspired by “The Supremes,” the film is a remake that takes place in the 1950s. The film starring American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, tells a story of a three sister girl group whose lives dramatically change due to fame and drugs. Whitney Houston served as executive producer for the movie and stars as the mother of the three sisters. Mike Epps is also set to star in the upcoming film. His character, Satin, is a stand-up comedian who marries one of the sisters and is responsible for getting her hooked on drugs.

The perfect pair of heels Heels are a girl’s best friend! Heels can add that flare to the simplest outfit, but the trick is finding the perfect style for you. Three popular styles of heels are platforms, wedges and kittens. Platforms are popular today. They have a thick sole, which helps to give you extra height. Wedges are great for those wanting a little more support. They have a solid heel that stretches from the back of the shoe to the front, giving your entire foot support. They’re a bit more comfortable too! Lastly are kittens, which have a much shorter heel. These are ideal for ladies who want the appeal of high heels without the extra height. There are many heels in the world, and there is a style for everyone.




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The U.S. Post Office is established.

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The state of Mississippi authorizes the first statesupported college for women. It was called the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.

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“Les Miserables” openes on Broadway.

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Backlash against the Dixie Chicks begins for their anti-Bush comments.

The Girl Scout organization is founded. The original name was Girl Guides.

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Softball brings in champs New members add championship play to boost team wins by Andrew McDonald

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Junior Haley McCall prepares for a pitch at the ULM Softball Complex.

Winning is an integral part of playing any sport, and two Warhawk softball players have won something that not many athletes in the country have won: a national championship. The two student-athletes in the spotlight this week are Karli Wainwright, a junior from Lake Charles, and Haley McCall, a junior out of Grand Chenier. Both played junior college softball

Consistency is key to success for baseball

ANTHONY DRUMMER The baseball team is showing it is ready to take off and battle for a shot at a Sun Belt title. The team has shown the ability to get the big wins this season. With decisive victories over Conference USA foes no. 28 Southern Mississippi, Tulane and Memphis, ULM appears to be on the right track. An important factor for the Warhawks’ success so far is the ability to take the lead early and protect it. ULM is 5-1 when scoring first, but only 4-4 when allowing the opponent

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to get on board first. In addition, when leading after six innings the team is 7-0, while 0-5 when trailing after six innings. The biggest issue the team will have moving forward, however, is keeping its hitting and pitching in sync. There have been too many instances of either pitchers giving up too many runs in a game, or clutch hitting being absent at the most crucial moments. This has to change if the Warhawks want a shot at winning a conference title and getting a NCAA tournament invite. Randy Zeigler is leading the way on the mound as a starter with a conference leading 25 strikeouts and 2.14 ERA. Meanwhile, Kendall Thamm allows less than three runs per nine innings and has picked up two saves from the bullpen, tying with Will Browning for the team lead. Although there have been some untimely hiccups in pitching performance, the team is still only giving up

a little more than four runs per game. Offensively, ULM is putting up solid numbers. Joey Rapp is batting 0.367 with 12 RBIs and three homers. Rather than relying on brute strength, the team also plays small ball. Les Aulds stole 10 bases to lead the conference, which is invaluable to the team, and will help them to edge out wins in close games. The Warhawks have a big test coming up next weekend versus the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. The series will serve as a measuring stick for the team’s progress and hopes this season. If ULM can win at least two of three games in that series, it will give the team enough confidence to go along with their talent. Consistency is the key, and if the Warhawks don’t get into any prolonged losing streaks and avoid major injuries like last season, I expect them to win the conference crown. contact Anthony Drummer at

“It felt like any other game at first...” Karli Wainwright, outfielder at LSU-Eunice, and managed to win a national championship. McCall, an infielder, belted the first home run of the game and subsequently earned the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association tournament MVP honors. “You just keep playing the game over and over again in your head,”

McCall said. “It’s a dream you always have as an athlete.” Wainwright, an outfielder for the Lady Bengals, was hot on the diamond, stealing 19 bases out of 21 attempted. She also had a fielding percentage of 0.917. “It felt like any other game at first,” said Wainwright, reflecting back on the championship game. “But in the seventh, you actually realized that it’s the big game.” Both girls said that they were used to winning in the junior college circuit, and that confidence and high expectations carried over with them to ULM. contact Andrew McDonald at

Zeigler named Pitcher of the Week in SBC, state by DeRon Talley

The Sun Belt Conference named baseball’s junior pitcher Randy Zeigler Pitcher of the Week. In the same week, Zeigler also was named Louisiana Pitcher of the Week. “Being [SBC] Pitcher of the Week means you had a very good outing, and Randy did that night,” head coach Jeff Schexnaider said. To earn the honors, Zeigler pitched his second career complete game and limited Nicholls State to one run and tied a career-high of 10 strikeouts. “It’s nice to see the hardwork pay off and see our team win,” Zeigler said. Against Nicholls State, Zeigler threw a complete game allowing only four hits, walking two batters and forcing 10 strikeouts in a 6-1 Warhawk victory. contact DeRon Talley at

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March 12, 2012




Seniors ready for NFL Pro Day; players excited to impress scouts by DeRon Talley

The time has come. Several seniors from the football team will show their talents to NFL scouts for the Pro Day held at Malone Stadium on Wednesday. Linebacker Jason Edwards, defensive end Troy Evans, safety Darius Prelow and receiver Luther Ambrose are all expected to jump into this year’s NFL Draft in April. Others who have potential to get signed are offensive lineman Anthony Montgomery, defensive end Ken Dorsey and linebacker Lincston Jones. “It all boils down to one day,” Edwards said. “You get the chance to show off what you’ve been doing in training, so I’m excited.” Edwards led the team last season with 100 total tackles, 53 unassisted. At the Pro Day, Edwards said he just wants to have fun with it. “I’m not trying to be stressed or anything. As long as I have fun at the end of the day, I’m happy.” The players will do drills for several NFL teams such as: the 40-yard dash, 60-yard shuttle, vertical jump, broad jump, L-cone drill and the 225-pound bench press. Ambrose is known for his speed and his great kick return ability. He said he hopes to run the 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds on Wednesday. “I can’t wait,” Ambrose said. “It should be a good day.” Ambrose said the Cincinatti Bengals contacted him, but he said he has not signed with an agent, but plans to do so after the Pro Day. For Prelow, he signed with agent Jeff Guerriero to represent him best. Prelow said, ultimately he is just going to let God lead him in the best direction. “I’m blessed to be in the spot I’m in,” Prelow said. “I’m just trying to get ready for the big day and continue to pray on it.” Evans led the team last season with 6.5 sacks. The chances of him being drafted look strong, especially since signing with an agent. “Those guys are connected to a lot of different people,” Evans said. “They just push my name and let people know who I am.” There have been several teams contact Evans, but Evans said he could fit in anywhere. contact DeRon Talley at

Football hits the gridiron by DeRon Talley

The football team began its spring practice, and after the first week, it is clear the team has a chip on its shoulder. The team showed its anxiety with physical play and hard hits, testing each other’s toughness. “I’m just eating it up right now,” linebacker Austin Moss said. “I’m trying to show out.” Moss joined the teamed this semester and said he knows he is at a disadvantage coming in, as far as knowing the plays, but he said his goal is to learn everything by the end of spring. “It’s been a good few days, I’m just trying to give all my effort.” The first week highlighted those who are blossoming into elite players and leaders for the team. Receiver Je’Ron Hamm spent most of his sophomore season injured, but now is proving to the coaches why he was recruited. “I got this season to come back and work harder,” Hamm said. “I’m going hard in everything I do.” Hamm said his confidence went down with the injuries last season, but he’s making plays in this spring

workout to help boost it up again. Head coach Todd Berry begins his third season leading the team and said he just wanted to see who handles the “cerebral side of the game.” “Getting guys into football shape in terms of technique,” Berry said. “For the younger guys there’s a lot piled up on them, so they are mentally swimming right now.” Berry said he is impressed with both new guys and returnees. The team added two walk-ons from the open tryouts held in February. “They are both great young men, and are physical,” Berry said. “The speed of the game is faster, and it can take guys off guard a little bit, both of these guys responded well to it.” Linebacker Nick Cheesman and cornerback Felix Blade were the chosen two who made it through the tryouts. “It feels great to be in maroon and gold,” Blade said. “I just want to come out here and bring a competitive spirit and do my best.” Cheesman added, “I’m a team player, and I’m going to work to better myself and everybody else.” contact DeRon Talley at

Gotta’ be strong

photos by Srdjan Marjanovic

Top: Members of the defensive unit perform drills during spring practice. Top right: Receiver Je’Ron Hamm lays out for a catch at spring practice. Middle: Quarterback Brayle Brown eludes defenders during spring practice. Bottom: Warhawks collide heads in a hitting drill at spring practice.

Joe Girardi was named the head strength and conditioning coach for the Warhawk football team in February. Girardi served as the interim strength coach and was promoted to his current position after John Grieco left.



March 12, 2011


Warhawks Flying Dutch Tennis’ Polak works hard to lead team to conference title by DeRon Talley

The Flying Dutchman is a 17th century legend about a cursed captain who led an unnamed ghost ship into dangerous water. For the tennis team, there are no worries because its captain leads it to victory. Warhawks’ “Flying Dutchman,” senior Vivian Polak, has only added wins since her arrival to what was a losing program. Polak is from the Netherlands and has brought good luck to the tennis team after posting only one win during her freshman year. In her first year in America, Polak said she gained 18 pounds, which ultimately slowed her down. “My parents asked me what I did to gain that weight,” said Po-

lak, laughing back on it. But she said for her second season she was ready to compete, and she dropped her weight to where it needed to be with the help of assistant coach R.J. Nagel. “He [Nagel] really does a lot,” Polak said. “His time and effort helps us so much.” In her sophomore year, the team advanced to the semi-finals in the conference tournament. Although that was as far

as the team advanced, Polak was proud to be part of that. “That was the first year we really started winning,” Polak said. “It was big for us.” This season, Polak earned a national ranking of 88 in singles play, but as of Feb. 16 she ranks at 107. The personal ranking isn’t a concern for Polak, the big concern in her final season is to just win conference. The team scheduled tougher

opponents to compete against this season, and Polak said it will make the team more ready. In her junior year, Polak helped the team get a national ranking of 46, and at the end of the season she was named All-Sun Belt, in both singles and doubles play. She also was named to the AllLouisiana Second Team.

“She is the boss on the court. Whatever she tells me, I do.” Ema Turudija, freshman As a sophomore, Polak was named to the All-Sun Belt Team with former doubles partner Ana Burjaili and earned All-Louisiana honors. Burjaili finished her career at ULM last season, and now Polak partners with freshman Ema Tu-

rudija. Polak and Turudija have only two losses on the season by a combined three points. “She is the boss on the court,” Turudija said. “Whatever she tells me, I do.” “I’m happy with her though because she’s not strict and is helping me get better,” Turudija said. Polak’s tennis interest peaked only because her childhood coach offered candy to her when she did well. Her love for candy not only helped her advance in tennis play, but it also opened the door for her to see popular tennis pros before they were big-time. As a teen, Polak was a ball girl for tennis matches. One match she will always remember was picking up balls for tennis star Roger Federer. “I remember hearing people saying then that he would be good one day.” contact DeRon Talley at

ABOUT ME HEIGHT: 5’7” YEAR: Senior HOMETOWN: Barendrecht, Netherlands HIGH SCHOOL: Dalton College Barendrecht FAVORITE FOOD: My mom’s lasagna FAVORITE SONG: “Save tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

ULM Hawkeye - Issue 20  
ULM Hawkeye - Issue 20  

The 20th issue of the ULM Hawkeye