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April 2, 2012

Students rally over Martin shooting case by DeRon Talley

Not only has the Trayvon Martin case gotten attention from Pres. Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, but it has also caught the attention of ULM students. Students, led by Donald McNeal, a junior communications studies major, rallied Thursday outside the SUB, begging for justice to be served in the shooting death of a teenager. McNeal said the main goal of the rally was to get across the point: “Injustice ignored is injustice multiplied.” “I felt moved at the fact the police department wasn’t doing anything about the injustice,” said McNeal, who is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. “So, we needed to do something about it.” Students held signs up that read, “Let’s stop

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CALENDAR Monday, 4-2 The Great T-Shirt Swap 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad ULM’s Got Talent 7-8:30 p.m. SUB Ballroom A BCM Crawfish Boil 5 p.m. Malone Stadium Scogin Room BCM “The Case for the Resurrection” Forum 6 p.m. Malone Stadium Scogin Room

Tuesday, 4-3 Spring Health Fair 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. SUB Commuter Lounge Fundraiser For Fire Victims 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SUB Overhang The Great T-Shirt Swap 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad BCM The Event 7 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A University Chorale 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall

Wednesday, 4-4 Fundraiser For Fire Victims 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SUB Overhang RADT Senior Interview Day Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. SUB Ballroom E

Thursday, 4-5 Fundraiser For Fire Victims 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. SUB Overhang Associate Dean Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Student Center Rm. 160 Phi Beta Sigma 7-11 p.m. Brown Gym

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Arab leaders back Syrian peace plan

Supreme Court Police standoff debates fade ends in cloud of Obamacare of tear gas

BAGHDAD (MCT) — With its own initiatives having failed, the Arab League is expected Thursday to back a U.N.-led peace plan during a meeting in Iraq, where the crisis in Syria is expected to be the dominant topic. Officials said Wednesday that whatever the Arab League leaders did, they wouldn’t call for Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ouster or issue any other ultimatums for resolving the year-old conflict that’s killed thousands of Syrians, the vast majority of them civilians. Officials denied that they were softening their stance on Syria, but it’s apparent the Arab League is backing off its tough talk from January.

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court’s historic health care decision, expected in June, could potentially jolt consumers, Congress and the nation’s health care industry. Depending on the outcome, young adults who recently gained coverage could be dropped from their parents’ plans. The insurance industry might have to jack up premiums. Political candidates will gain new talking points, and, in the most dramatic possibility — a repeal of the law — legislators would have to start over in fixing the broken health care system. After three days of Supreme Court arguments that concluded Wednesday, almost anything seems possible.

Occupational therapy assistant program cut from university Professor, students hoping Delta will offer COTA degree by Garrett Boyte

The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant program will be cut this fall. In accordance with the LA Grad Act, all associate degree programs will be cut from universities and transferred to community colleges. Part of the act aims to increase the number of associate degree programs at community colleges. “It is always sad to lose a Roboski program. I, personally, am in my 21st year teaching in this program, and it is hard to see it end,” said Patti Calk, head of the occupational therapy program. “However, we are proposing an occupational therapist program specifically designed for working occupational therapist assistants.” Those currently enrolled in the program and those admitted for the summer session will be allowed to complete their degrees at ULM.

NEW ORLEANS (MCT) — A standoff that lasted several hours Uptown ended Thursday night. The NOPD SWAT team used tear gas to force a 22-year-old man out of his home. Police say the man locked himself in his home Thursday afternoon and refused to come out. NOPD spokesman Gary Flot says the man is mentally ill. They originally reported the man had been walking in the street near his home with a sword. What they thought was a sword turned out to be a long stick. Flot said the man’s mother made the initial 911 call complaining about her son’s erratic behavior.


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Calk said the department is talking with Delta Community College about continuing the program there. Calk said ULM will keep its preoccupational therapy assistant curriculum, and the department will help students with the prerequisite courses transfer to Delta to get the degree.

“I feel like this is a major disappointment. ULM’s COTA program is the best in the region.” Michael Roboski, sophomore “Due to cuts in state funding for academics, we want to make judicial decisions that best utilize the funds that we have available,” Calk said. Calk also said they want to offer a master’s program in occupational therapy because of the local need for occupational therapists. Also, they want to create this program in case Delta cannot pick up the associate degree program. “Our occupational therapist as-

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While in New York, Hawkeye staff members encountered Mike Gammone of the New York Police Department in the a subway station off of 7th Avenue. Gammone was all to happy to play catch with a ULM football.

sistants alumni and the healthcare community in the area have asked for us to offer that degree since there is a high demand for occupational therapists in the area,” Calk said. Some ULM students are upset by the department cuts, especially those seeking a spot in the program. “I feel like this is a major disappointment. ULM’s COTA program is the best in the region. Their gradu-

ates are hired over any other schools,” said Michael Roboski, a sophomore earth science major. “It’s a field I was really hoping to get into, but now it just won’t be an option anymore since this coming class is the last one they will be accepting,” Robsoki said. contact Garrett Boyte at


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RALLY continued from p.1 the killing,” while chanting for peace in America. “It made me feel like I made a difference,” McNeal said. “When I pledged Omega Psi Phi, I wanted to make a difference in the community, and that’s what I’m aiming to do.” Martin was a 17 year old who was shot to death by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, in Stanford, Fla. Details about the case are still coming out, as are the opinions and voices of many. “Regardless of the race, if somebody commits a crime, they should be arrested for it,” said Ricky Jackson, a senior pharmacy major. “If race was a factor, that makes it worse.” Race was thrown into the controversy after Martin’s parents began to question why charges haven’t been brought against the man who shot their son. Zimmerman, the triggerman, has been taking the heat from many for walking away from the crime freely. “I see how Zimmerman was trying to do his job,” said Jonathan Turner, junior risk management insurance major. “But, when the police tell you

SGA threatens boycott over SUB policies by Garrett Boyte

The Student Government Association threatened Tuesday to boycott events in response to policies they think are unfair. Paying extra fees to use the SUB for events was the main source of tension. Some senators do not think it is fair for students to pay fees for the SUB each semester and then pay more fees to use the SUB. “We’re being unjustly charged, and since we can’t revoke the fee, we’ll just say, ‘okay administration, we just won’t have anymore events,’” said Vice Pres. Hunter Vanderberg. The boycott would include SGA not hosting events. No formal action was taken during the meeting.. SGA Pres. Brook Dugas said she and other officers of SGA have begun sending emails to the administration to help solve issues the student body may have with the policy. She said they will be sending a message to the administration on this issue to reach a solution. contact Garrett Boyte at

not to follow this person and let authorities handle it, and you don’t. That’s when you take justice in your own hands. He should be punished for it.” Police released the phone conversation Zimmerman had with the operator during the night he pulled the trigger on Martin. In the conversation, the operator asked Zimmerman not to approach Martin. Despite the controversy, some students view Martin’s case as a legacy and blessing in disguise. After all, it has brought citizens together in the “I am Trayvon Martin” campaign, where people gather wearing dark colored hoodies to identify with the teen whose life was taken. “I feel like everything happens for a reason,” said Keldrick Bonton, a junior mass communication major. “Trayvon’s legacy was to bring everybody together in issues like this.” Some called on their religious beliefs to get through the tragedy. Senior business major Kentwan Carter offered words of hope to the Martin family. “Just know that God works in mysterious ways,” Carter said. contact DeRon Talley at

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Students rallied Thursday in support of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was shot and killed. The students dressed in hoodies to show wearing a hoodie does not make you a criminal.

Numerous Monroe stores offer student discounts by Emma Herrock

ULM faculty, staff and students can receive discounts at many businesses around Monroe and West Monroe. Places, such as Johnny’s Pizza, AT&T, Orange Leaf and Charlotte Rousse, offer discounts ranging from $1 off to 10 to 15 percent off. Katy Jordan, a pre-dental hygiene sophomore from Natchitoches, said being able to save even just a dollar with the discounts helps. “I think it’s great that the community gives students the opportunity to save some money,” Jordan said. Apple offers university students, faculty and staff special pricing on Apple computers, software and select third party products. When checking out, ask the cashier if their business offers a discount. If so, you’ll be required to show your ULM ID to verify. For a complete list of local businesses offering the discount go to Brook Sebren. coordinator of auxiliary enterprises, said the discounts have been around for four or five years, but the website that lists all of the businesses is not well known by

students. “Offering discounts is a win-win for both the business and the University because they can attract new customers, and we, the University, can reap the benefits,” Sebren said. Amber Atkins, a senior business major from Monroe, said she’s used the discounts before and thinks they’re a great Atkins idea. “Being a college student, for many, means that most of our time is spent studying and not as much as we’d like is spent working,” Atkins said. If students know of other businesses that offer or would like to offer a discount to ULM students, faculty, and staff, they can go to the perks website, click the “please email us” link on the top of the page and send an email with the business’ name and information about the discount. contact Emma Herrock at

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CRIME Philip S. Gaharan, 21, of Ringle Road, Delhi, was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of DWI first offense and improper lane usage. ULMPD reported Gaharan, the driver, left the stoplight on the corner of DeSiard Street and University Avenue at an accelerated speed. Police also observed the passenger side tires of Gaharan’s vehicle completely leave the road on three separate occasions. Police made the traffic stop and contacted Gaharan. Upon approaching the driver, the officer detected the smell of an alcoholic beverage on Gaharan’s breath. Gaharan admitted to the officer that he had consumed two or three beers at Scruff’s bar just before driving. When the officer asked him why he was driving irresponsibly, Gaharan said that he was trying to show his passengers a “good time.” Gaharan took a field sobriety test and a chemical breath test. He performed poorly on both, and the chemical breath test showed that his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. William D. Toney, 34, South Ninth Street, Monroe, was arrested Monday on charges of burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police observed two males walking down DeSiard Street. An officer recognized them from a video of a burglary that occurred on University Avenue. The officer told the suspects to stop. Toney was apprehended, while the other suspect escaped on foot. Toney admitted to committing the burglary. During a search of Toney’s person, the police found a “crack pipe” in his pocket. Toney admitted to using the pipe to smoke “dope.”



April 2, 2012


No password, no job

Some interviewers ask job seekers for Facebook access by Sydney Bonner

Imagine you land an interview for your dream job. The interview goes very well, and you’re feeling confident. Then, just as the interviewer is wrapping up, he asks for your Facebook username and password. Suddenly, you start to feel uncomfortable and don’t know what to say. Recently, job seekers have been faced with this issue, and many are unsure about how to handle this awkward dilemma. Most students do not realize how big of an influence social media has on the workplace. Whenever employers are considering potential employees, they want to make sure that whomever they hire will reflect a positive image of their company. If a workplace finds content on an employee’s profile page that they consider inappropriate, then they could fire that employee instantly. Rico Fuller, a freshman communi-

cation studies major from Monroe, said, “First, I would ask the employer why you need this information. If they gave me a reasonable answer, I would feel comfortable because I have nothing to hide.” Many people have heard rumors of employers checking potential employees’ profiles through a common friend’s page. But, now that social networking sites are so prevalent and many people share every minute detail of their lives. on their profile page, some employers are asking interviewees for their account login information, giving them full inside access to the account. Now that this issue has caught the nation’s attention, lawmakers are debating over whether this odd request is legal and how much trouble companies can get into for asking for this private information. A bill that would prevent “snooping” into Facebook profiles was defeated last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. Director of Career Connections and Experiential Education Roslynn Pogue said, “My advice for students

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“My advice to students is three simple words: Keep it clean. Don’t give employers another reason not to hire you.”

Would you give your Facebook password to an employer? “There’s no way I would give that information to them. There’s no need for them to have it.” Jordan West freshman, accounting major

“It depends on the job and what the company was looking for. I mean, I’m an open book, but there are limits.”

Roslynn Pogue, Dir. of Career Connections is three simple words: Keep it clean. Don’t give employers another reason not to hire you.” Some tips on being safe with your social media account are: always keep your passwords secret, log out immediately when you leave a computer and most importantly, do not accept friends that you do not know. If you think something you’re about to post on Facebook could be deemed as inappropriate, then it is probably best not to post it.



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Passing the boar’s head

Jones hosts final poetry reading of storied career by Hope Barton

As has become a tradition on campus, H.P. Jones and students gathered around a tree by Stubbs Hall on Wednesday to celebrate their love of literature with a poetry reading. People who volunteered to read stood beside a replica of knight’s armor and Jones, who was dressed up in a black robe adorned with buttons, while presenting a literary selection of their choice. However, the event did not have the gaiety that is often associated with this beloved professor, and most of the poems focused on saying “goodbye.” Jones will be retiring at the end of this year, and this was his final time to host the poetry reading. At the opening of the event, Jones presented the boar’s head that has decorated the tree during the readings for years to Blake Wedig, a sophomore aviation major from New Orleans. Jones asked Wedig to come to the event so he could give Wedig the boar’s head to hang in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Jones has

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History professor H.P. Jones (left) looks on as political science professor John Sutherlin reads poetry Wednesday outside of Stubbs Hall.

been a long time supporter of the fraternity, and Wedig said, “This will be a good way to remember him.” Jones wrapped up the event by showing the audience an old class drop slip and then reading a poem about transgressions of former students and them dropping from his class. This humorous poem ended the event on a high note that exemplified Jones’ career at ULM. Mary Adams, associate professor

of English, has been attending the poetry reading for nine years. Jones presented her with the framed puzzle of a cat dressed as a pirate that has been present at the event for all these years. Adams will continue the tradition of holding this annual poetry reading by Stubbs Hall, complete with the cat puzzle. contact Hope Barton at

Marketing fraternity hosts coloring contest for kids Winning poster used as official sign at Symphony by Lesley Engolia

ULM’s marketing and sales fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon, sponsored a contest where local elementary school students had the opportunity to color the official poster for the “Pines and a Premiere” performance of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra on March 24. The winning poster, colored by fourth grader Jouri Williams of Clark Elementary School, was displayed along with the second and third place posters during the concert at the Civic Center. According to Pi Sigma Epsilon President Ankita Patil, a senior management major from Franklinton, five to six schools in the Monroe area submitted one poster drawn by a stu-

dent in each grade. Members of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra selected a winner based on creative use of color, and the winners’ names were announced prior to the concert. Alex Noppe, a music professor at ULM and a member of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, assisted Pi Sigma Epsilon in connecting with Symphony members. Pi Sigma Epsilon chose to sponsor the contest in an effort to gain more recognition in the Monroe area. The fraternity members played an instrumental role in announcing the contest rules and in contacting participating schools. “We knew [the concert] was coming up, and we wanted to get involved in the community,” said Patil, “It was a good way to get out there and do something new.” In addition to her poster being selected as the winner, Williams also won admission to the concert for herself, her family and her entire school.

“We knew [the concert] was coming up, and we wanted to get involved in the community.” Ankita Patil, Pi Sigma Epsilon president The concert was well attended by Clark Elementary students, parents, faculty and staff. Williams was recognized at the performance and took a picture with the conductor of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Pi Sigma Epsilon is the only national, professional, fraternal organization in sales, marketing and management in the United States. It is open to students of all majors. contact Lesley Engolia at



SGA elections await students after return from spring break

Alumni Assoc. annual Wine over Water event scheduled for April 12

The Student Government spring elections will greet students on the week they return from spring break. The elections are scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, and Thursday, April 19. Students can vote on their Banner accounts or on the ULM smartphone application. SGA officers and senate positions will be filled during the race, but the big items on this year’s ballot are fee changes that would potentially close the natatorium and build an outdoor pool and/or an event center. Also on the ballot is the Student Success Fee renewal. The fee is used to fund Student Life and other services on campus.

ULM’s Alumni Association will host its 7th annual Wine over Water event from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, April 12. The event will overlook Bayou DeSiard on ULM’s campus bridge. Guests can walk over the historic bridge while tasting wine and sampling hors d’oeuvre from various local restaurants. Wine over Water tickets are $50 each for the general public. Tickets are available at the ULM Alumni Center, and attire for the event is dressy casual. Nearly 900 people attended last year’s Wine over Water, which the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has recognized as an exemplary alumni event in the country. Proceeds from the event will go to “The Spirit of The Warhawk Scholarship.”

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April 2, 2012


Martin’s shooter will face justice one day

DeRON TALLEY The controversy surrounding Trayvon Martin’s shooting death has been swirling the past month. No matter who was at fault in the case, the unrighteous won’t live long. New details are uncovered daily while others are being corrected or confirmed. People don’t know for sure what to think. To me, though, it’s simple: Be true. Concerns shouldn’t be about race. It should just be about a lost life. If Martin was in the wrong, obviously he lost his life. But shooter George Zimmerman will face justice one day, too. What went wrong the night Zimmerman shot Martin to death was Martin wearing a hoodie. If Martin didn’t wear the hoodie on his head, Zimmerman would have been able to identify the teen and keep his curiosity. Because Zimmerman was so curi-

ous, he found himself in an altercation, killing a resident’s child. Zimmerman is out of jail because of Florida state law, which justifies the use of deadly force when you are: trying to protect yourself or another person from death or serious bodily harm; trying to prevent a forcible felony, such as rape, robbery, burglary or kidnapping. Despite the laws of the land, people are pushing for Zimmerman to be charged for murder. Can’t blame one for self-defense, but the details the police have given suggest another motive. Zimmerman told the operator he was following Martin. The operator clearly told him he did not need to do that. In the background of the 911 tape, I could hear what sounded like running feet and Zimmerman breathing hard, as if he chased after Martin. After hearing the tapes, I read that Zimmerman was let go due to self-defense. Now, is that a misunderstanding? I really don’t know because I am often misunderstood. Does that make me the crazy one because other people might not get me? “I am infuriated,” said Oprah Winfrey, as if she is Lady Liberty herself. “I am infuriated.” Just like Winfrey, people across the

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From left to right: ULM students Jonathan Turner, Jakodi Davis and Ricky Jackson, all of whom are highly successful students, demostrate a man cannot be judged based on the clothing he wears. A bullet symbolizes how something so small can cause so much damage.

nation are angry about what is seen as justice in America. People have been rallying to support the “I am Trayvon Martin” campaign -ULM had one. To me, Zimmerman made profiling a factor when he got out of his vehicle and moved toward Martin. Also, the

Facebook takes ‘open book’ to new level

KRISTIN NIEMAN As entertaining as Facebook can be, it can get annoying and feel like an information overload at times. This is especially true when you have friends who share, like and comment just a little too much. Even without those friends, though, the new timeline and ticker features make so much information available that it’s borderline creepy. I find myself checking my timeline on a regular basis to see what Facebook is telling people about me. I mean, yes, please Facebook…please tell people I’m single. Please tell them my last update was near West Monroe and that I recently used a particular app. Facebook even goes as far as connecting the dots between people. It will tell you that Person A is now friends with Person B after attending a certain event. Whoa. And let’s not forget about how you can view yours and Person A’s friendship with a complete account of every Facebook interaction between the two of you. From there, you can look at any friend’s friendship with any other mutual friend.

Surprisingly, Facebook hasn’t gone as far as telling a person when I delete them or telling all of the people I’m friends with when I delete someone else. If Facebook adds that feature to the mix, there is no telling what kind of drama will pop up. As far as relationships, text your recently single friend if you want to know what happened. Don’t ask something that personal so the world can read the answer. Every time I scroll through my newsfeed I’m reminded why I’ve cut back my Facebook use. It’s always filled with drama, complaints, too much personal information, humiliation and arguments. Almost everything on my newsfeed is ridiculous, and the last thing I want is to be that annoying person to someone else. I’m not saying I’ve never been one of these people. I’m fully aware I have been, and I know it’s possible for me to fall back into the Facebook craze. Still, within the last few months, I’ve stayed off Facebook a lot more than I used to. I would deactivate my Facebook account(which I’m sure you’re thinking I should as you’re reading), but Facebook is my only way to communicate with some people and has proven helpful in other ways. Besides that, I know if I deactivated my account, I would just reactivate it within time. It’s amazing that a social media website has that much power. I know it’s all a matter of choice. If people post something controversial or change their relationship status, it’s kind of fair game. They’re just falling into the temptation of it all. Facebook can be addicting. We all know that. contact Kristin Nieman at

call shows despite Zimmerman’s concern for safety, he confidently sought after Martin, even after the police operator recommended he not. Why wasn’t Zimmerman afraid? Because he knew, if worst came to worst, he had a gun. Because of Zimmerman’s confident

attempt to serve justice, he killed an innocent kid. In America, cases like these show why we must distinguish with dark ink the difference between right and wrong. contact DeRon Talley at


‘Chicago’ reminds us why arts are important The dazzling display of song and dance from last week’s ‘Chicago’ prove art still holds great value, even in times of tight budgets. Too often when money is tight, arts are the first thing to go. The argument, of course, is it is often difficult to quantify the value of art or how it translates to jobs. Just because art’s value is hard to quantify, doesn’t mean the value does not exist. In truth, some things can’t be quantified. No one can put a number on the lessons the cast learned in producing “Chicago.” Team work, time management, endless hours of practice, delivering live in front of a crowd and reaching inside to find the best part of yourself – all necessary things to reach the level of success “Chicago” reached. If you think about it, those character-building lessons learned in the theater are not unlike those learned on the playing field. Yet, athletics is generally protected, even in times of financial difficulty. It’s important to note that the arts are not immediately on the chopping block. However, a situation will inevitably occur where money gets really tight. When that happens, people look straight to the stage, the canvas and the potter’s wheel for ways to save a buck. When those times occur, the powers that be should look back to “Chicago.” They should look at how art students mastered the complicated routines in the show, how the audiences beamed with excitement at watching something live and real, and how the Monroe and ULM communities bonded over the play. They should remember there’s more to life than a bottom line.

April 2, 2012




Better dorms, not water parks, will attract students

HOPE BARTON It came to my attention earlier this week that the University is facing big problems regarding housing for the future. Most students would agree that there isn’t enough housing for those who need it, and with the vigorous recruitment goals, the situation will get worse. One solution being considered is making Bayou Suites a freshmen dorm. Those who currently live in Bayou Suites work very hard to maintain a 3.5 GPA in order to stay there. It has a policy of maintaining a quiet atmosphere 24 hours a day, which promotes students focusing on their classes. If the school decides to move all of Bayou Suites’ current residents to other dorms, it will impact every single student living on campus. Current residents will have to move into other dorms, taking up rooms that someone else had already reserved. Then we will have a problem finding space for those who are further displaced, even after they had paid the reservation fee. Those students who have earned the right for a studious environment will have to move somewhere that does not support academics as much, and grades among these scholars could drop as a result. Every project that requires money on this campus is going to be a tough issue. But for what students are paying, we have come to expect that we will have a place to live. Moving people around will only hold off the problem for a little while longer,

even Vice President Stephen Richters admitted that. Our university is going to continue to grow, and if we want it to be what we know it can be, we are going to have to build a new dorm. This would be a big change, but aren’t we already trying to do that with a water park? If the University is going to raise tuition they need to put that money towards providing students with a decent and affordable place to live rather than putting it towards a theme park on campus. I think the former is a little more important. We don’t need to waste money on video games in the commuter lounge when students who are commuters certainly have their own gaming systems at their homes. We don’t need to throw money away on little things that may appease the smaller groups on campus if we can’t even afford to build a place so everyone who wants to live here can. Let’s focus on things that will increase campus revenues like keeping Java City open for longer hours, so students could spend money on campus that could go towards a dorm. Or, the University could also host more events that will bring the community, as well as students, to campus and charge for concessions and admissions. Yes, there is a big difference between additional TVs in the commuter lounge and a whole new building, but if you don’t save at all, then you will have nothing to pull from. If we are doing everything we can to recruit more students, then their money should go towards a new dorm. I think most students would approve of an increase in tuition if it means that everyone will get to live where they want to. If we want to change the culture on campus, we need to start by welcoming everyone who wants to be here and be sure to give them what the have been promised.

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Left: Roxie Hart (Alyssa Flowers) meets Mama Morton (Allyson Wilson) and Velma Kelly (Melissa Champion) for the first time in prison. Above: Lawyer Billy Flynn (Caleb Wilkins) presents his client, Hart, before a host of reporters. Right: Kelly bemoans her fall from stardom, blaming Hart for stealing her thunder.


cast members performed the hit play ‘Chicago.’

Cast and crew show Monroe why they are all that jazz by Shelby DeSoto

Silhouettes of women behind bars faded away as everything on the stage went black. The theater was buzzing with excitement, but the packed audience went silent when a spotlight lit the stage, revealing the cheery announcer. The energy heightened when the stage fully lit up. Trumpets and trombones boomed as the dancers strutted their stuff. Velma Kelly stepped out through silver tinsel, ready to please the crowd with her song and dance. From the hoots and hollers, one thing was clear- “Chicago” delivered. Since December, the cast and crew

have devoted their time and energy to this performance. More than 30 cast members and production assistants put together the highly intricate rendition of the hit Broadway show. Headliners Alyssa Flowers and Melissa Champion, who play Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly respectfully, have been working hard to develop their characters and learn both acts by heart. During rehearsals, it’s stop and go. Perfecting every minor detail takes time. Cast members are working on hair and makeup backstage in the final days before the show. Flowers speaks softly, but not be-

cause she’s shy. “I’m on vocal rest from the choir concert, so I have to take it easy,” she said. Flowers has always dreamed of being a star on the big stage. Her first show was when she was 13. Being a musical theater major, she hopes to be a professional actress in theater.

“The hardest thing for me is developing the character.” Alyssa Flowers, who played Roxie Hart

“The hardest thing for me is developing the character,” said Flowers. Originally, she had wanted to be Velma, but she read the part for Roxie instead. “I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to have this part,” she said. Apart from the musical, Flowers is

very active in the visual and performing arts department at ULM. “I’m in dance ensemble, and I’ve been in chamber choir for four semesters,” Flowers said She also went on a ULM choir concert tour that traveled to Alexandria, New Orleans and Lafayette and then finished here on campus. Sometimes reading lines isn’t easy. Back in January, a bad storm made rehearsal complicated one night. “We were in the dance hall doing a read through, and the power went out,” said Flowers. “We were all reading our lines, then we were in the dark. It was really scary.” The cast had to use their phones and lighters to finish the reading. “I was scared, but we all had a great time,” Flowers said. For Champion, it has been an experience to remember. “It takes a lot of dedication, from the director, performers and the crew,” she said. Champion said she loves the energy of live theater and getting to be someone else. “The dancing has been hard at times, but it’s been fun,” she said. To help herself get into character, Champion played the soundtrack to “Chicago” in her home as often as she could. She sings along as she twirls

“It takes a lot of dedication from the director, performers and crew.” Melissa Champion, who played Velma Kelly

around her living room. “I’m sure my husband gets annoyed, though, because I play it all the time,” she laughed. Both Flowers and Champion agree that managing their time has been challenging but very rewarding. “C’mon, it’s ‘Chicago’!” said Flowers, noting that the hard work is worth it. Champion added, “It’s full of excitement, and it is awesome. I’m happy to have this opportunity.” Champion is a senior vocal performance major who transferred to ULM from a community college in Jackson, Miss. “Our choir came here for a tour, and I quickly decided to transfer. I loved it here,” she said. Champion wants to further her education by getting degrees in vocal


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photos by Emi Mcintyre

Left: Hart imagines her name in lights after she becomes a star. Above: Flynn sings about how he is in the business for love. Right: Flynn and Hart strategize before Hart takes the stand in her own defense. Below: Amos Hart (Nathanael Medlin), sings about his life of people passing him by.

education, musical theater and performing arts after graduating. “I hope to be teaching performing arts and vocal education one day,” she said. Flowers and Champion finished the musical with the final song, “Hot Honey Rag.” Flowers’ white flapper dress

bounced as she danced across the stage, and Champion wore a black top crystallized with rhinestones and sequins and a fringed skirt. Synchronized, they danced with fake rifles, smiling as the crowd cheered. The entire cast came out to bow in the finale. Breathing heavily, Flowers and

Champion held hands and bowed together with smiles never leaving their faces. After three nights with a packed house and standing ovations, the cast of “Chicago” showed they really were all that jazz. contact Shelby DeSoto at

Art students put on professional faces Juried exhibition gives artists real-life practice

“And, it’s good for the community to see the quality of the work our students are doing...”

by DeRon Talley

Michelle McDaniel once watched her mom’s boyfriend give her mom a big box of peppermints. He said that his reason for giving McDaniel’s mom the gift was just because he thought she needed them. Now, McDaniel uses that memory as inspiration in her artwork. Art inspiration can come from anywhere, and students whose work is being shown in the 15th Annual ULM Juried Art Exhibition at the Bry Art Gallery have proved no different.

“I think we have excellent student work. Unfortunately, there are not enough times when we get to display it.” Glenda Swan, assistant professor of art

Selected student pieces will be exhibited until May, and award winners will be announced today at 5 p.m. For students like McDaniel who have multiple pieces being judged, their chances of winning are higher.

Gary Ratcliff, head of art department

“I was very excited because I wasn’t expecting to get something in,” said McDaniel, a junior art major with a concentration in graphic design. “I was hoping to get at least one in, but to have two. I was pretty stoked.” One of McDaniel’s pieces entitled “Auctioneer” is a drawing of peppermints. She named it after her mom’s boyfriend who is an auctioneer. The exhibition makes for a busy and exciting time of year for the art department. Professors get to sit back and watch other people go

through and evaluate their students’ work. For the students, it’s a very professional setting that gives them the real-world experience right here on campus. “I think we have excellent student work,” said Glenda Swan, assistant professor of art. “Unfortunately, there are not enough times when we get to display it. I think people would be astonished at the excellence and professionalism they have even Ratcliff before graduating.” Not all of the students have pieces that advance to the exhibition, like first-year entry Sarah Powell. “Mine wasn’t as strong as everybody,” said Powell, a senior expecting to graduate in the fall. “But, this is a real big thing.” The juried art exhibit promotes professionalism. Students can take their submitted works and add them to résumés, which will help them land jobs after graduating. The process the stu-

dents have to go through and the way their works were selected is how artists submit their work in the professional world. Swan added, “It’s good practice for our students to get used to submitting Powell work for display.” Assistant Professor of Art Dara Engler said there were fewer entries than usual in the competition but noted that the group of artists who did submit was strong. Several people from the community stopped by to peek at the works. Professor Gary Ratcliff, head of art department, said the community does a good job supporting the students. “It’s always good to see the quality of the work that’s submitted for the show,” Ratcliff said. “And, it’s a good opportunity for the community to see the quality of the work our students are doing, which reflects the quality of instruction they get in the classroom and studio.” McDaniel’s mom’s boyfriend doesn’t know he inspired her to do a piece, especially one that it is being exhibited and judged. McDaniel said her mom always asks her if she has told him. But, McDaniel always says, “no.” McDaniel said, “I want him to see it for himself, so then I can tell him, ‘By the way, it’s about you.’” contact DeRon Talley at



April 2, 2012



Sobering spots Waffle House helps to cure those late night hunger pangs by Caty Morrison

Going out and partying on the weekend is a common activity for many college students. With drinking and late-night excursions comes those 2 a.m. hunger pangs. Around here, Waffle House seems to be the go-to place to cure them. One of the main reasons Waffle House is so appeal- Carroll ing to students who are awake during those wee hours of the morning is because it’s open 24 hours. Convenience is a priority for many college students. Multiple students said that cheaper prices are what make Waffle House the better choice over other 24-hour spots like IHOP. Both restaurants

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are known for their breakfast menus, but there is a considerable difference in pricing. “It’s a better atmosphere for college students,” said Cherrelle Carroll, a senior health studies and marketing major from Kingston. Carroll also said Waffle House was cheaper and quicker than going to IHOP. Some students said IHOP is more of a sit-down restaurant, while Waffle House has more of a relaxed and casual feel. Pricing and atmosphere are not the only reasons students choose Waffle House. A review on stated that Waffle House was “great for those afterthe-bar-need-to-sober-up moments.” Jared Hayes, a senior construction management major from Shreveport, said, “I usually go there because my ride goes there, but it helps start the recovery process.” Atmosphere, pricing and convenience all come together to make Waffle House Monroe’s “sobering spot” of the moment.

“IHOP, if nothing else is open.” Johntavious Hampton MLS major

“Waffle House, it’s cheap and quick.”

Alexis Hebert risk management major

“Wendy’s, it’s open late and near campus.”

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$500 late-toclass fee starts today

Brett Tolar nursing major

ULM Pride Day: Glue feathers to your face and get a free shirt

CAB will be passing out $100 dollar bills in the Quad

Free drop it like it’s hot lessons in the Activity Center at 7p.m.

Lindsay Lohan:”Sober and Loving it” tour comes to Monroe

VAPA “The Crackhead Diaries” auditions begin

Happy B-Day! Pres. Bruno turns 23 today.

Joke’s on you! Happy April Fools!


April 2, 2012


The odds were ever in their favor ‘The Hunger Games’ battles to the top of the box office by Scott Simoneaux

The book-to-movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” premiered around the country Friday, March 23, with high expectations, especially from fans of “The Hunger Games” book trilogy. Many people from the Monroe and West Monroe area flocked to Tinseltown movie theater’s midnight premiere of “The Hunger Games.” The theater was filled with moviegoers who were hungry with anticipation and ready for the movie to start playing. Katie Ross, a sophomore dental hygiene major from Centerton, Ark., said she enjoyed the atmosphere at the midnight premiere as much as she enjoyed the movie. “I have been to many midnight premieres before and enjoy the experience in itself,” Ross said. As with many book-to-movie adaptations, fans of “The Hunger Games” novel worried that the movie wouldn’t do


the story justice. Still, the movie received positive reviews from many of the ULM students who attended the premiere. William Mitchell, a junior music education major from Pollock, said “The Hunger Games” was one of his favorite books to see turned into a movie and that the movie followed the book’s plot line very well. Mitchell said, “Not many movies do follow a book exactly, which adds to the appeal of wanting to go see the movie.” “The Hunger Games” grossed over $25 million in its opening night alone and around $155 million in its opening weekend, according to contact Scott Simoneaux at



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With recent controversy about the new Chris and Rihanna collaboration, it seems that Brown has something more to keep gossiping fans busy. says Chris Brown announced the release of his fifth studio album entitled “Fortune” via Twitter. It is set to release on May 8.


At 53 years old, Madonna hasn’t slowed down yet, releasing her 12th studio album on March 26 entitled “MDNA,” with “MDNA” being an abbreviation for Madonna’s name. says it’s a revenge album against ex-husband Guy Ritchie.

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Student-athletes stop the crying

BEN McDONALD Free tuition? Check. Free room and board? You got it. Free books? Bingo. Free meal plan? Yep. Free time? Not so much, and here’s where the water works come into play. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a student-athlete complain about their lives, well, I’d have somewhere between 20 and 30 bucks. But that is a small fortune to a struggling college student like me who actually has to pay for college. I constantly hear, “Oh, we don’t have any free time” or “We should re-

ally be getting paid for what we do.” My thoughts are: “Allow me to get a violin to play a sad tune for your sorrows and a bucket to catch your tears.” You guys work hard and bring a lot of money to the school. Yeah, I get it. But is having everything paid for not enough for y’all? And, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but professionals get paid, not students. Technically, college sports are an extracurricular activity. So as long as that is the case, Charles Manson has a better shot at getting out of jail and becoming a guidance counselor than studentathletes have at getting paid. I understand that every athlete doesn’t get a full-ride scholarship but still has to put in the same work as the athletes who do. I can understand their struggle, so they get a pass. As for the people who do get a fullride, it doesn’t get any better than that, but you still manage to com-

plain. Full-ride means you don’t have to pay anything back. You have no worries about paying back student loans or paying anything out of pocket. That alone should take away any urge to complain, but I guess that won’t truly be appreciated until you get out of school. As a college student who has taken out enough loans to buy a small island, I would trade this life for a student athlete’s life any day. Athletes get free schooling to do something that they actually love to do. They get paid to workout and play a game. Is that not the good life or what? Most people could only dream of getting paid for doing something they love to do. Think about it, some people workout two or three times a day just because that’s what they like to do, and they get nothing except personal satisfaction. Athletes do that and get free schooling. That sounds a lot

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Monday, 4-2 Men’s golf competes in the Red Wolves Intercollegiate at Jonesboro, Ark.

Tuesday, 4-3 Softball hosts McNeese State at the Softball Complex at 4 p.m. Baseball hosts Northwestern State at the ULM Baseball Complex at 6 p.m.

Friday, 4-6 Tennis hosts Middle Tennessee in Heard Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Softball double-header at FIU in Miami, Fla. at 3 p.m. Baseball begins series at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. at 6 p.m.

Saturday, 4-7 Softball ends series at FIU in Miami, Fla. at noon. Baseball continue its series at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. at 4 p.m.

Sunday, 4-8 Baseball ends series at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. at 1 p.m.

Track and field’s Dark lands in nation’s top-10


Track and field puts on solid showing at relays The track and field team led by junior runner Daniel Mutai strapped on long horns and charged hard at the annual Texas Relays meet. Mutai set the pace for the team placing second in the men’s 5,000-meter run on Thursday. He topped his personal fastest time with a 14:26.52 finish and claimed the fastest time run by a Sun Belt Conference competitor. The team sent only some of its strongest competitors and got a positive reaction from the crew. Senior Josh Howard finished third place in the Section B triple jump event, recording a distance of 15.26 meters. Competing in Section B of the women’s javelin throw, senior Marcie Richard also finished third place with a best throw of 42.93 meters. On Friday, junior Clint Broussard finished seventh in the men’s high jump. The highest mark Broussard cleared was at 6’10,” which tied him with four other jumpers at that height. On the last day of competitions, the men’s 1600-meter relay team claimed sixth place in the finals by running a time of 3:10.63, the fastest time of the season. The team comprised of seniors Jestin Miller and Keyon Jones, junior Dimitri Hampton and freshman Jamel Sams finished Friday’s preliminary round seventh with a time of 3:10.73.

by DeRon Talley

Saints’ Payton files to appeal suspension New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton filed an appeal on Friday of his one-year suspension for a bounty program during the 2009 season. Payton can continue working during the appealing process.

like beating the system to me. And as far as this whole “no free time” thing, there have been plenty of instances where I’ve been out at the mall or social event or something like that and seen some athletes from my school. So the truth is clearly being stretched somewhere. Maybe it’s different on the outside looking in, but from what I see, it appears that the grass is much greener on the other side. I would much rather go to sleep at night worrying about getting up for a 6 a.m. workout than worrying about how many organs I’m going to have to sell to pay off my student loans. Let’s face it, the pros of being a college athlete far outweigh the cons. You guys have it made. So (wo)man up, stop whining and worry about the things you should actually be concerned about, like winning.


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Senior thrower Derek Dark set in his stand to throw the shot put during practice at ULM’s Groseclose track.

Senior Derek Dark is ranked ninth in the nation in the shot put throw in track and field. This outdoor season, Dark won in each of the two meets he competed in. His latest victory was at the LSU Relays in Baton Rouge. Dark won first place with a throw of 56’6” – his personal best. “My hard work is paying off,” Dark said. “After being here four years, the work is paying off. I’m forever appreciative.” Dark’s first win of the season came at the Southern Miss Invitational in Hattiesburg, Miss. Dark’s winning throw calculated to be 53’8”. In Dark’s career at ULM, there have been multiple coaches who taught him how to execute his throw better. His newest mentor is assistant coach Larry Jones, a Louisiana Tech alumni. “He’s made very great leaps and bounds, technically,” said Jones, who is in his first year with the team. “He has been doing a lot of drilling. He’s been responding and soaking everything Jones up.” Dark is ranked first place in farthest shot put throw this season against the rest of the Sun Belt Conference opponents. Junior Aaron Sirles from North Texas is in second with his best throwing in a distance

“He has energy that needs to be squared up into the right spots. If he does that, he can throw at least two or three feet farther.” Larry Jones, track and field’s throwing coach of 53’1.” Dark advanced to the NCAA East Preliminaries in 2010 and 2011 and expects to repeat again this season. But this year, the regional round isn’t satisfying enough. He wants nationals. “My ultimate goal this season is for the team to win the conference title,” Dark said. “Individually, I would like to win the shot put title and get to the national stage.” Jones added, “He has energy that needs to be squared up into the right spots. If he does that, he can throw at least two or three feet farther.” The team is preparing for the SBC outdoor championships at Florida Atlantic University on Friday, May 11 in Boca Raton, Fla. contact DeRon Talley at

April 2, 2012




Incomplete cohe sion

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Head coach Roberto Mazza lectures the soccer team about the mental aspect of the game during practice at the ULM practice fields last week.

New soccer coach teaches team to think on its feet by DeRon Talley

The soccer team is being transformed inside and out. After head coach Roberto Mazza to control of the program in January, the team began mending from its zero wins and 22 losses combined in conference play from the past two seasons. They are starting with the mind. “We are just trying to get the girls to think the game out quicker,” said Mazza, who is in his first semester as head coach of women’s soccer. “We want to get their thought process better.” This spring season, the main point Mazza has been stressing to his team is that when you think better, you play better. “We have improved a lot on our speed of play and our thought process,” junior Alyssa Lopez said. “[Mazza’s] Mazza done a good job teaching us when to think, when to know where to play it and to think quicker on our feet, which is beneficial.” Mazza organizes drills for the team to work on ball control and ball-eye coordination. “’You can be a good player: fast, strong, have good ball work,” Mazza said. “But, at the end of the day, it’s all about executing at a different pace.”

New assistant coach The soccer team added a new assistant coach this semester, Dean Joseph. Joseph, a South African native, attended Tiffin College where he was inducted into the Tiffin Hall of Fame in 2007. As a collegiate player at Tiffin, Joseph won two conference titles.

“He’s done a good job teaching us when to think... which is beneficial.” Alyssa Lopez, junior mid-fielder It’s a learning curve for the team to adjust to Mazza’s new style, but it is responding well. The team competed in a pair of seven versus seven tournaments in March and had positive results. “This has definitely been different than last spring,” junior Kylie Mc-

Intyre said. “We’ve done a lot more conditioning, running. I see improvement in the things our coaches are doing and we are doing.” The team will host Northwestern State on April 20 at the ULM Soccer Complex, concluding its spring season. It will be an 11 versus 11 match, so the team will get a good gauge on where it stands moving towards the fall season. “That game is going to tell us a lot,” Mazza said. “It will put the icing on the cake to help see where everybody is at.” The players are confident. Lopez added, “We’re going to beat them without a doubt.” contact DeRon Talley at

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Junior pitcher Samantha Hamby and junior outfielder Miyuki Navarrete look confused and exhausted during a game at the ULM Softball Complex.

Softball team trying to gel, success based on chemistry by Ben McDonald

The softball team has gotten off to a rough start in Sun Belt Conference play, winning just three of its first nine games. With seven new players this year, head coach Rosemary Holloway-Hill describes her team as a new team with a lot of potential that just hasn’t quite gelled yet. “Our new girls are still getting used to our system and what their roles are,” Holloway-Hill said. “You have to have that chemistry before you can win a lot of games.” The Warhawks lost their first four conference games, then won two in a row to win the series against Troy. However, their success would be short-lived, losing two of their following three games to Middle Tennessee. Senior catcher, Roxy Cassel wants her team to remain focused despite the inconsistent play. “We get on a winning streak, and then we get complacent and lose focus,” Cassel said. “We have to regroup and refocus as a team to be successful. We have to focus on defense, offense and pitching and excel in all

three categories to win.” On a positive note, Holloway-Hill said this team has something that sets them above all the other teams in the Sun Belt – speed. The Warhawks are fifth in the nation in stolen bases. Sophomore Miyuki Navarrete leads the team with 16 stolen bases. “I just do what I can for my team,” Navarrete said. “I hope my performance on the field motivates my teammates to push themselves harder so we can all play to our full potential.” The team has 15 SBC games remaining in the season, so there is still time for the Warhawks to fly to the top of the SBC rankings. Coach Holloway-Hill is very optimistic about the rest of this season, and she knows that team chemistry will play a major role in the future success of this team. “As a team with so many new faces, we’re making mistakes and we’re still maturing, but our growth is showing. We haven’t peaked yet, and we will get better.” contact Ben McDonald at




April 2, 2012

PUZZLED Baseball can’t decipher code to win in Sun Belt by DeRon Talley

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Head coach Jeff Schexnaider (left) huddles the infield at the mound during a game at the ULM Baseball Complex.

The baseball team’s overall winloss record is split almost evenly, but in conference play the loss column is lopsided. The team’s only conference-win was a 7-5 victory at home against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in March. The team lost the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns and has dropped five straight games since then. Junior right-handed pitcher Cale Wine earned the lone win for the Warhawks against the Ragin’ Cajuns, but Wine’s earned run average is above seven in his three appearances on the mound. Senior right-handed pitcher Wil Browning was credited with the one team save so far. Browning has taken the mound four times. Against the conference, the War-

hawks opened its first six games at home with back-to-back series against ULL and South Alabama. In those games, they gave up 54 runs and only crossed home plate for themselves 27 times. In its four games at home against Conference-USA opponents, the team recorded 27 runs and only allowed 15 scoring runs. The team scored as many runs in two fewer games on the home turf. Offensively, ULM has pieces that can help put together some conference wins. Senior infielder Jeremy Sy is ranked second in stolen bases with four and is tied for first with four recorded doubles. Junior outfielder Taylor Abdalla leads the team with two home runs and is tied at fourth in the conference. On Tuesday, ULM gets a break from SBC opponents, as it hosts Northwestern State at the ULM Baseball Complex at 6 p.m. contact DeRon Talley at

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