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Production class partners with local tv station P 3

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HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED Fraternity hosts Egyptian themed beauty pageant P 12

Student band Shayliff performs at local bar P 12 photo-montage by Michelle McDaniel

• Student veterans reflect on military experiences P 8

• 1st La. female general, alumna honors veterans

• ROTC trains tomorrow’s military officers P 8

• Traveling Vietnam Wall makes stop at Chennault P 9

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NEWS WORLD Stubbs 131 700 University Avenue Monroe, LA 71209 Editor in chief - Cole Avery Co-managing editor news - Kristin Nieman Co-managing editor design - Michelle McDaniel Sports editor - Zack Brown Freestyle editor - Emma Herrock Photo editor - Emi McIntyre Copy editor - Stormy Knight Opinion editor - Garrett Boyte Multimedia editor - Michelle McDaniel Advertising director Lane Davis 318 342 5453 Faculty adviser Christopher Mapp 318 342 5454 Feedback 318 342 5453 newsroom 318 342 5452 fax The opinions expressed in personal columns are the opinions of the author and not necessarily the opinions of the editors, staff, adviser or the University. Unsigned editorials represent the collective opinion of The Hawkeye’s editorial board, but not necessarily the opinions of the adviser or the University. The Hawkeye (USPS #440-700) is published weekly except vacation, exam & holiday periods by The University of Louisiana at Monroe, 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA 71209. Annual subscription price is $15.00. Periodicals Postage Paid at Monroe, LA 71203. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Hawkeye, 700 University Ave., Stubbs 131, Monroe, LA 71209-8832.


Monday 11-12 Flute Soloists Night: 7:30-9 p.m. Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall

Tuseday 11-13 ULM Orchestra: 7:30-9 p.m. EmyLou Biedenharn Recital Hall

Wednesday 11-14 “Supernatural”- Opera Scenes: 7:309 p.m. Spyker Theatre St. Jude Letter Sending: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. SUB Ballrooms

Thursday11-15 “Supernatural”- Opera Scenes: 7:309 p.m. Spyker Theatre St. Jude Letter Sending: 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. SUB Ballrooms


Arts and Sciences searches for new dean The search committee charged with choosing the next Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at ULM will host two public forums Monday, Nov. 12. The forums will be held from 1-2 p.m., and from 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the ULM Library Conference Center, located on the seventh floor of the ULM Library. Ron Berry, Ph.D., dean of the ULM College of Business Administration, is the search committee chair. He said the committee, which was formed in late October, hopes to complete the search by March 2013. ULM Vice President for Academic Affairs, Eric Pani, said, “ULM is always mindful of its charge to meet the educational needs of Louisianans, especially those who live in this region. The College of Arts and Sciences serves a wide variety of those needs, so it is important that we get broad input about those needs as we search for the dean.”



Former rebel leader faces murder probe

Obama, Boehner Louisiana sees to discuss fiscal decline in cliff solution vehicle theft

LIBYA (MCT) — Former leader of the National Transitional Council, which served as the rebel government during last year’s rebel movement at the height of U.S. and NATO involvement in Libya, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, has been ordered to face questions over the assassination of Abdel-Fattah Younis, Gadhafi’s former interior minister and one of the first major defectors of the regime. A Libyan judge ruled Wednesday in Benghazi that military prosecutors must question Abdul-Jalil. Abdul-Jalil and 10 others have been charged in Younis’ death, though none have been arrested.

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner said Friday that they want to work together to avert spending cuts and tax increases that could throw the economy back into a recession. The key divide involves income tax rates. Obama wants to continue the Bush-era rates, which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, for families that make less than $250,000 annually. Republicans say the current rates should continue for everyone. Obama and congressional leaders of both parties will meet next Friday at the White House to begin discussing ways to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

ULM, Delta partner to reduce employee tuition by Judd Edwards

ULM and Louisiana Delta Community College took their relationship one step further on Monday. The two schools signed an agreement that will allow employees at both schools to take classes at reduced tuition rates. Teachers at LDCC can take classes at ULM for less money. And ULM employees can do the same at LDCC. The two schools made the agreement official Nov. 5, at a press conference in the ULM library. President Nick Bruno said that the stale economy has kept salaries from improving at both schools, and that this agreement provides a great Pani opportunity. “The big thing is to make employees aware of the benefit they now have,” Bruno said. LDCC’s Interim Chancellor G. Jeremiah Ryan agreed with Bruno. Ryan added that he hoped that this will not only improve the benefits for LDCC’s employees, but also that it will increase the number of transfer students from LDCC to ULM. “Hopefully this is a step on a path to even more collaboration,” Ryan said. He highlighted student participa-

tion as another goal to work toward. The two schools currently have 12 different articulation agreements in studies like nursing, biology, construction, sociology and more. “The plan is to eventually allow LDCC students to participate in ULM student activities at the same cost,” said Ryan. Not only is this an excellent opportunity for employees, but it is also unique to the area, according to ULM’s Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Eric Pani. “It is less common that university staff have an opportunity to benefit from reduced tuition at a community college,” Pani said. Pani also said that he didn’t think any other agreement of it’s kind existed between four-year and two-year schools in Louisiana. “ULM employees can now reap these benefits throughout their entire educational careers. They can earn their certificate or associates degree at LDCC then earn their higher degree at ULM,” said Pani. LDCC and ULM have 12 existing articulation agreements: online nursing, biology, construction, criminal justice, English, history, psychology, sociology, communication studies, toxicology, pre-professional health studies and healthcare management/marketing. contact Judd Edwards at

BATON ROUGE ( — Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon reported that the number of vehicle thefts in Louisiana has declined nearly 42 percent over a five-year period from 2006 through 2011. The latest figures from the FBI Uniform Crime Report show a steady decline in the rate of auto theft in Louisiana, dropping from 15,640 in 2006 to 9,123 in 2011. Donelon said proactive law enforcement strategies, coupled with the effective use of anti-theft technology plus increased public awareness about vehicle theft are really paying off through this significant reduction in crime.

QUOTE “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” George Washington, first U.S. president, general


photo by George May

During the Warhawk Dash in September, a participant sloshes through the mud dressed as a soldier. Participants dressed up for the dash to run through mud, over and under obstacles, and through water. Money raised from the dash went to The Wounded Warrior Project.

November 12, 2012




Video Productions class partners New kinesiology with local television station concentration focuses by Jaclyn Jones

ULM’s Mass Communications department has recently partnered with local television network, Family Friendly TV, to create commercials and TV shows which will bring exposure to the communications department as well as the rest of the university. Geared towards family friendly content, FFTV’s programming includes gaming, sports and some Christian shows. As a local station here in Monroe, FFTV wanted to connect with a local university and expand their exposure, so they decided to focus their attention on ULM. “We want to keep this as a community station because that’s what we are,” said Peter Tuberville, general manager of FFTV. “But when we’re involving our local schools and colleges to get on board - that’s where the viewers come from.” Along with the other content, the station will include 30-second commercials promoting the communications department and university, as well as 30-minute television shows that align with the promos, all of which the mass

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“We’re trying to gain exposure for the college and the program, too.”

by Shelby DeSoto

Peter Tuberville, general manager of FFTV communications department is responsible for supplying. “The promo is what is going in between our programming, 24/7. It’s going to highlight what’s happening here at ULM and then we’ll actually play the show,” Tuberville said. FFTV plans to dedicate a few spots a week to ULM content. Students in the mass communication video production class have already began planning their shows and commercials, and after equipment, such as lighting, is completely set up, the students will be able to begin shooting. “It’s not just to draw viewers to the station; we’re trying to gain exposure for the college and the program, too,” said Tuberville. Tammy Taylor, a sophomore communications major, has been

working with a production company that she linked with through the mass communications video production class. It’s partially because of that connection, that she had a hand in getting FFTV and ULM connected. Taylor said that when she met Tuberville and told him of her production experience at First West Baptist Church in West Monroe that he showed an interest in meeting with John Rodriguez, an assistant professor of communication who teaches the video production class, to collaborate. “Now we’re coordinating with him, trying to get a TV show for ULM and promote the communications department,” said Taylor. contact Jaclyn Jones at

ULM’s Kinesiology department recently introduced a new concentration in sports, fitness and recreation with emphasis on management. This concentration takes a special focus on the business aspect of sports and fitness, in combination with the science of sport, fitness and recreation. “Sports, fitness, and recreation have always been ‘big business’ in America, but today, the growth of this industry is phenomenal,” said Dr. Ken Alford, head of kinesiology. The new concentration is geared toward those who want to work in managing at fitness centers, working in professional sports, country clubs and other businesses that deal with sports and management. The new concentration offers a wide range of careers from athletic directors and business managers to corporate sales and sports and recreation management. “I think that it’s the best of both worlds, in that not only will we be able to work in a clinic as licensed therapist or rehabilitators, but we can

own our own facility,” said Candice Johnson, a senior kinesiology major. Students graduating with this degree can work in fields such as managing sales for a popular sports and fitness company or can be a director at a health club. “As undergraduate students, we learn about the physical and mechanical side of kinesiology, and this gives us the option to continue our studies and gain a further knowledge of what it takes to run a business,” said Johnson. Alford also said he is confident that within this new degree, the many internships available for students will help them gain the knowledge and experience in this field, while developing “successful networks.” “People don’t normally link exercise science, recreations or physical therapy with management, but this builds a bridge between the two areas of study,” said Johnson. For more information about the kinesiology department, students can contact Dr. Alford at contact Shelby DeSoto at

Students relieved over Physical Plant sites clog the end of elections as source of pungent by Catherine Morrison

Students have another four-year break from presidential elections; a fact most students seem to be relieved about. Facebook and Twitter were flooded with posts, statuses and tweets about the candidates, political parties, national issues and endless opinions on how everyone else should be voting. All of the social media campaigning eventually became annoying to most students and caused quite a stir when some posts began offending other people. “I’m glad the elections are over. Political arguments just get very intense and defensive sometimes,” said Shirley Hutchison, a senior accounting major. Political posts started to pop up before the election, but when the polls opened and throughout the rest of Election Day, things got ugly.

Statuses turned from political opinions and innocently exercising the freedom of speech, to people bashing other people based on their political party. “I think everyone should stick to what they believe, rather than basing their vote on what someone else thinks,” said Hutchison. Race even Herford became an issue, as well as insults aimed at people’s intelligence. In some cases, it got so intense that people began to delete each other from Facebook to avoid arguing any longer. “I think telling someone they are wrong about what they believe in and arguing about it on Facebook is pointless. I deleted about 25 people because I didn’t like their points,

instead of arguing with them,” said Brad Neville, a junior finance major. Once the winner of the election was announced, posts became even crueler and more dramatic. The end of the world was even brought into discussion and became a hot topic that people seemed to legitimately be concerned about. People went from having to defend their political beliefs to just defending themselves entirely. Some students thought that all of the politics on social media got to the point of being ridiculous and that things were being blown out of proportion. “[Facebook posts] just saying how in trouble this country is in and that we need to pray about our nation took things a little bit too far,” said Beth Herford, a senior pre-nursing major. Herford said she was glad the elections were over. contact Catherine Morrison at

sewer odor last week by Garrett Boyte

Students can breathe easy now that the clogged sewage main that caused the stench outside Stubbs Hall and the SUB was fixed Thursday. Bryan Thorn, Physical Plant Director at ULM, said he had just found out about the problem on Wednesday. “We depend on the people who work in that area to report things,” Thorn said. “If they don’t report it, we don’t know about it.” Thorn said the main clogging is just a routine problem that happens from time to time. Many students were relieved to know the problem had been solved. “It smelled like poo,” said Jennie Lee an undeclared freshman. “It’s pure poo.” Lee said she didn’t know who was in charge of things like that. Or she would have complained about it

“It smelled like poo.” Jennie Lee, freshman sooner. The smell stretched from Stubbs Hall to nearly the Quad for over a month. This caused looks of disgust and gags from students going down sidewalks. The City of Monroe is responsible for repairs to the water and sewage system. Once they were called, the problem was fixed in a day. “I’m glad it’s fixed,” said Taylor Stutts, a sophomore computer science major. “It is one less problem on a spectacular campus.” contact Garrett Boyte at



November 12, 2012


Seminar class mostly waste of time, energy for freshmen

ASHLEY LYONS University Seminar is one of those classes many freshmen love to hate. Or just hate. The purpose behind this class is to introduce you to college but sometimes it just made everything more difficult. It was time consuming and very inconvenient. Not getting a chance to schedule the class on my own made it harder to schedule other classes because of having to work around that one. Then there was that other class I was forced into. Each of the University classes were separated by college and also placed into another class together. The purpose of this was to help us make friends and form study groups. I really don’t need someone trying to make friends for me. That’s not

exactly on the top of my priority list and is also something I’m perfectly capable of on my own. This just made me feel like I was being babied. We are required to attend at least two workshops and that didn’t seem so bad until I noticed how many of them interfered with classes or work. I know a lot of students had this same problem and were told that it was our responsibility to fit them into our schedules. That’s not very helpful. If it wasn’t for hours-long fairs, I probably wouldn’t have any workshop credit. No one really takes the class seriously because of the childish activities we had to endure. I could have been doing something that actually matters during the 50-minute periods of standing in a circle playing a name game or answering questions about how many Asians attend ULM. I don’t mean any disrespect to my instructor, peer leader or Dr. Michaelides who was more than happy to speak with me about the class. I know they put a lot of work into preparing everything for us but this kind of thing just isn’t for everyone. There were some topics I did find interesting and were a little more relevant like registration, handling

money and partying issues. I could see those topics being made into mandatory workshops or meetings for freshmen. It could be similar to how convocation was, except without the useless group walk from the bell tower to the coliseum. The book is actually a very good idea, especially if it could be more like a manual and less like a textbook. Replace all of the little activities with more information on ULM oriented things. Although there is already a lot of useful information in the book I doubt many students realize that because it’s something associated with a class that they dread going to. When I think about it I could probably count how many times I opened that book on one hand. The funding that goes into making the planners could be combined with the book and include event calendars with important dates and workshops. The book could replace the class all together and become one source of information that all first year students should have access to. The fee for it could be included in the tuition. Everything else already is. contact Ashley Lyons at

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Veterans deserve respect, honor for their service America’s veterans make great sacrifices to fight in wars overseas. Regardless of how anyone feels about war, none can deny the choices these troops face are hard ones to make. It takes a special kind of person to leave behind a family to fight for his or her country. Our men and women in uniform are constantly giving up time with their families to be in a desert and get shot at. We should all be thankful there are so many men and women who are willing to do these things. The Hawkeye would like to take this time to salute all of our veterans here at ULM and across the country. It’s your dedication and sacrifice that helps to make this country great. We all appreciate what you’ve done and continue to do. Veterans like John Loomis, Brandon Wade and Jon-Erik Miletello, and all those like them, should all be honored. Each of these veterans-turned-students deserve respect. Miletello came home with a stress disorder due to his service. Loomis’ truck blew up. Wade talked about how someone once spit at him. While that person had every right to disagree, Wade deserves as much respect as any other human being. These guys are just three of the millions of veterans and active duty military. No one likes war, and the troops that fight in them want the wars to end as soon as possible. It’s not fair to blame the troops for the doings of politicians. We appreciate our veterans and active duty troops, but do our politicians, who so easily send them into war? Our veterans’ lives are valuable. Shouldn’t we be more careful about where we send them? In the 236 years our country has been around, 215 of those years have been spent on war. We have only had 21 years of peace in the United States The U.S. military is the most extensive military in the history of the world. Ever since World War II, the U.S. has built bases from Iraq to Ecuador. Those are just two of the more than 150 countries the U.S. has military bases in. We send our men and women out of the country and many die. These are people who will never return to their families. We should be certain beyond a doubt that the reason we send them overseas is for the protection of our country The Hawkeye wishes all of the soldiers could come home. But some don’t make it. Every life is valuable. Nevermind the politics of it all. The simple fact to remember is that our troops give their time and energy to the service of their country. These troops are mothers and fathers. They’re someone’s son or daughter; brother or sister. Don’t you think we should give them at least a little thought before engaging in full battle? We should all honor those who do return home. These men and women gave up a large part of their lives to fight for the country. The least we can do is show them a little respect.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Obama should void drug laws, hear Student says ULM police the people’s will wrongly ticketed him 3 times

COLE AVERY Move over Amsterdam. Washington and Colorado just tore down the floodgates to marijuana legalization. Referendums in each state approved the use of marijuana for recreational use. That’s right, recreational use. No prescriptions. Not even back-alley dealing. The today-sucks-pass-me-the-pipe kind of smoking is now legal in those two states. Well, except for the pesky feds. The Drug Enforcement Agency said last week it’s arresting anyone with marijuana regardless of the state law. That’s because the U.S. still says weed is illegal. And the U.S. government has the backing of the Constitution on this one. The Supremacy Clause says when federal and state law conflict, the feds win. But there are ways around that. Newly re-elected President Barack Obama could tell the Justice Department to back off in those two states. He’s done it before. Obama instructed the justice department to stop enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning same-sex marriages. That, in part, helped states like Washington, Maryland and Maine to approve same-sex marriage in their states this past election. If Obama is the president of the people, he should let the people’s will be done. Just like the tide is turning in the battle for same-sex marriage rights, a similar tide is ushering in an age of marijuana proliferation. The question is if Obama will allow it to happen. Obama promised to allow states to make up their own minds about marijuana. However, under his presidency, the Justice Department has raided more than 200 medical marijuana dispensaries in states that approve medical use. Colorado has been among those hardest hit. He should live up to his promises and allow marijuana freedom. The war against marijuana has failed. It’s costing too much money and ruining too many lives because of arrests. Just look at the numbers. Marijuana accounted for nearly half of all drug arrests in 2011, according to the FBI uniform crime reports. Eighty-eight percent of those arrests were for possession. Or look at the broader arrest picture. Marijuana possession arrests outnumbered all violent crime arrests by more than 130,000. A total of 663,032 people were arrested for possessing marijuana. Marijuana isn’t destroying lives. Antiquated laws forcing casual pot smokers through the legal system is ruining lives – 10,769,582 lives to be exact. Think of the money struggling state budgets would save by not arresting pot smokers and running them through the court system. Think of the lives that wouldn’t be permanently stained with arrests on their records. Or think of the money that could be made by taxing and regulating the sale of marijuana. Washington estimates $2 billion in revenue from marijuana sales in the next five years. Imagine what Louisiana could do with an extra $2 billion. We probably wouldn’t be shutting down hospitals, and we probably wouldn’t be laying-off teachers. It’s time for the nation to accept that the war on drugs has been an abysmal failure. But we can change that. Obama can change that. He just has to respect the will of the people he serves. contact Cole Avery at

Recently there has been a lot a talk about the parking situation on campus and the recent hike of ticket prices. There have been petition going around and lots of individuals, both students and faculties, have their own opinion towards the situation. Even at the luncheon with the ULM President and the different Deans from all the colleges hosted by SGA, ticket prices were one of the major issues that were discussed. Those arguments and concerns shall keep going until everyone is satisfied, but at the moment what needs to be brought into everyone’s attention is the unfair and unprofessional nature of ULMPD administration. Just two weeks ago, as a Peer Leader I was showing my UNIV class how to check their holds before registration. I only had an advising hold at that time. Then on November 5th I tried to show them how to view holds again and to my surprise a random parking ticket hold had appeared dated Nov 3, 2012. After class I immediately went and inquired about the hold at the ULMPD. They printed out a paper

and told me that I had three parking tickets that were pending since 2011. I told them that there was no way I had not one, but three outstanding tickets. I even tried to explain it to them that it couldn’t be possible as I registered for Fall 2012 without any holds. How is that I am being held liable for tickets that were to be accounted for in the past year? Moreover, I told them that I had no recollection of getting those tickets or had any physical records of those tickets. The lady at the ULMPD told me that everyone says that and chances are those tickets either flew away or someone took it off my car. But she did not explain to me how they missed it last year and how all of a sudden it appeared this semester. So, the next logical question for me to ask was how I was supposed to get out of it. I had no interest in paying a fine that I wasn’t liable for. She said that I could appeal the tickets, but that would take days to be processed. I tried to explain even more that my registration date was November 7, 2012 as I belong to the Honors program and if the appeal could

be rushed. Well the only baffling answer that I got was “Well you will just have to pay it then.” Just pay it? Being a full time working student I realize the value of money. It isn’t something that you just throw away or waste it on fines. Unfortunately, I was left with no choice, but to pay it. Luckily, my fines were about $55 which was affordable at the time but since parking ticket prices have raised mistakes as such should not be repeated in the future. I am thoroughly dissatisfied and saddened by the responses and the workings of the ULMPD. It is absolutely unfair to hold a student responsible for a parking fine four days before his registration date and not even giving him a fair chance to appeal it. This letter is not a cry to lower ticket prices, but an eye opener to those concerned administrative individuals that are responsible for this incident. I ask them that this is never repeated again for me or anyone else attending ULM. Sincerely yours, Amit “Ray” Rajkarnikar Senior

Politics, election should not weaken others’ characters This past election brought the worst out of people. I could not believe some of the statements I read on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. I seen inappropriate comments made both from African American and the Caucasian race. It deeply bothers me how our generation can be so simple-minded. There was one comment that caught my attention the most, and that was a comment made by a ULM student. Its one thing to see a comment made by somebody from another city or state but to see a comment made by our own student body pushes a totally different button. So as I was reading through

my timeline, a tweet that stated “America remember in this case. Once you go black you CAN go back! Romneyn2012” I don’t have a problem with people expressing their opinions but it is a different story when that opinion becomes discriminatory. You have the right to vote for whomever you please but there is a fine line between an opinion and a discriminatory statement. After, the ULM student continued and retweeted a statement that reads as follows “President Obama has been a tremendous inspiration for African Americans, not only did you get a job, he kept it for 4 years”. These tweets were widely

retweeted and it was estimated that over 150,000 people were exposed to the tweet from the ULM student and she still receives tweets from it. This not only makes our University look bad by having ULM in her bio, but she misrepresented her Greek organization on campus as well. I just hate to see this going on at our campus or anywhere at that matter. Its 2012 and we should be at a point where everybody respect each other. Politics should never diminish someone’s character. Brandon Boone Senior Marketing

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Teachers say attitude Freshmen complain UNIV 1001 helps learning proccess misses mark, adds more work by Lea Anna Cardwell

Communications professor Sharon Roach has taught at ULM for 19 years. This fall she o fell victim to budget cuts. This semester she is teaching as a part-time adjunct, but it will be her last. “The day I have to turn in my keys, tears are going to flow,” Roach said. For her, it’s not about the money. “You have to find your passion in life, and teaching is mine,” she said. “If the university could keep me, I would do it for free.” It’s that kind of attitude and passion that students pick up on. “Mrs. Roach was a teacher that I really enjoyed because she loves what she teaches,” said James Waldron, sophomore construction management major. “When students like myself have teachers like her, it helps us to want to do our best for her because she does her best for us.” Glenda Swan, an art professor, said she tries to create a fun classroom environment because she feels students get more out of it. “I’ll admit I get excited. This is my profession, but I feel like it’s a calling,” said Swan. Swan said she feels it’s important to engage the class and to keep up-todate on references that the students understand. “I used to give this great

lecture on Roman hairstyles, and I always made a comparison to how popular Princess Diana’s hairstyle was,” Swan said. “After a while, I realized no one knew who I was talking about, so I had to change to Jennifer Aniston.” In a world of increasing technology, many teachers including Swan are beginning to use more multimedia resources and visual aids to supplement text books because that is the world of today’s student. While little touches like these may seem small, Swan stressed the importance of being able to communicate within the student’s universe, which is different from that of previous generations. Rachel Barnes, a junior graphic design major, encourages other students to take Swan’s classes. “I love her as a professor. Her positive attitude about the subject she teaches is so much help,” Barnes said. “Let’s face it; any kind of history can be boring sometimes. She definitely makes the classroom more lively.” Roach agrees that small touches make a difference for students. “You have to reach out to students and let them know that you care about them individually and not just in class,” Roach said. contact Lea Anna Cardwell at

by Ashley Lyons

University Seminar 1001 is coming to an end, and it’s not a secret that many freshman students couldn’t be happier. With the whispers before class about how much they don’t want to be there, the eagerness to leave as soon as possible and the neglect of assignments, some people might wonder what the point of it all is. Director of Retention and University 1001 instructor Barbara Michaelides said that the class is modeled from research done by the National Research Center on first year college students. “We have a goal and that is to help our students make that transition from high school,” Michaelides said. “There is no one place on campus that helps students in all aspects of college life and we try to achieve that in University 1001.” University 1001 covers many topics of college life from study skills and campus diversity to more serious topics of substance abuse and date rape. Students are also taught about ULM specifics such as campus activities and how to use the website. The peer leader program assists in giving freshman someone to relate to and to help them feel more comfortable in their new

environment. Each UNIV 1001 class is also placed in another core class together so students can familiarize themselves with each other. “No matter what a student’s opinion of the class is, I hope they will come out of it having learned something. I have had students come to me after the class is over and tell me how much it all mattered,” said Michaelides. “They are in an environment of freedom of decision and we are here to supply the support they need to make those decisions.” “I can understand that at 18 most students find this class frivolous,” said instructor Rebecca Alberts. “But I think when they reach Boyter their junior or senior year they might look back on things that they didn’t realize they learned. I think I might have been more successful in college if I had a class similar to this. It’s a good thing ULM does.” But for now many freshman don’t feel they have drawn any of the benefits from the university introductory class. “I think it’s useless,” said freshman criminal justice major Hayden

“I haven’t learned anything about ULM I didn’t already know.” Hayden McConkey freshman McConkey. “I haven’t learned anything about ULM I didn’t already know. It just wastes time. Instead I could be in an actual class I need for my major. University 1001 isn’t my best grade, which is my fault, but it’s just a class I don’t really think about. I have more important classes that need my attention.” Freshman pre-nursing major Anna Boyter finds it difficult trying to balance all of the extra baggage that comes with University 1001. Boyter said she spends much of her time going to workshops, when she could be doing something else. “It would be a better class if we focused strictly on the more important things like registering and advising. All of the outside work is just unnecessary stress I don’t want to deal with my first year of college,” Boyter said. contact Ashley Lyons at

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November 12, 2012




ULM website undergoes redesign by Sydney Bonner

After several years of the same features, the ULM Computing Center developed a whole new look for the website. The website was updated to provide a more modern look, simple navigation, benefit faculty/student accomplishments and promote new students. “I love the new design and I think it is a great representation for our school.” said senior computer science major Jessica Sims from Houma. “I really like the fresh new look. I think it was time for a change.” There is a new photo feature that gives the home page a presentable look. A section has also been added solely for the purpose of recruitment. The changes came as a surprise to many students who have attended the university for several years. “The use of technology is critical to recruitment. The new website

benefits the institution in every way to have a new updated look and design,” said Lisa Miller, assistant vice president for enrollment management of recruitment and admissions. The website provides two different purposes: recruitment and retention. Miller explained that over 90 percent of parents make a decision on a college based on what they see on a website. It is also very economical for the website to push links and provide key words for user-friendly usage. There is a new link which directs users straight to application and information request forms. “The new easy-to-use navigation is my favorite part of the website changes,” said Terrance Bowman, a sophomore psychology major. “It is definitely going to take time to get used to.” The ULM computing center has been working on the website since January 2012. The Computing Center

The ULM Computing Center developed an all-new look for the ULM website. The goal was to give the site a more modern look and feel.

is split up into several small groups and each focused on different

aspects of the website. Deans and professionals observed the new

changes while the ULM Marketing committee reviewed the new design. Thanks to Executive Vice President Stephen Richters, Webmaster Robert Glaze, ULM Computing Center and OmniUpdate, these changes were made possible for the website. OmniUpdate has developed over 550 content management systems for higher education institutions. Bruno is in favor of approaching every new way for students to discover ULM. In June 2012, a mobile app was activated for the student’s convenience. In September 2012, a virtual tour became available for people to tour ULM’s campus over the web. Over the next several months, departments and programs will be able to update their own section of the website accordingly.

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Twitter explodes during ‘hate week’ Students look to ADHD drugs for studying edge

Many found tweets about ULL game to be distasteful

by Catherine Morrison

by Catherine Morrison

Social media is an essential part of the college students’ lives. While Facebook is still arguably the most popular form of social media, Twitter is rapidly on the rise, allowing its users to retweet, follow and favorite things others say. ULM’s football season caused quite a stir on Twitter before the game against ULL. “Even though we lost the game, trending topics on twitter such as ‘#thingsgreaterthanULL’ and ‘#CajunHateWeek’ acted as bonding tools for the student body via social media,” said Tyler Ainsworth, a senior psychology major, “I believe that our students showed an immense amount of spirit last week and would personally love to see more of it.” During the week of the game, it was Cajun Hate Week on Twitter. Students made spirited statuses for ULM or against ULL and then hash-tag them “#CajunHateWeek.” Hash-tags are phrases typed behind the “#” symbol. For example, “#SorryNotSorry” is currently a popular hash-tag. If the hash-tag becomes popular enough and is used

Tweets like the ones above exploded on Twitter after ULL defeated the Warhawks on Nov 3. Many ULM fans thought the Cajuns went too far with some of the tweets.

enough on the site, it is called ‘trending.’ The hash-tag “#thingsgreaterthanULL” also took over Twitter. Students tweeted things they didn’t like and then hash-tag “#thingsgreaterthanULL” behind it. For example, “Losing my homework > ULL #thingsgreaterthanULL.” The trending hash tags caught the eyes of an ESPN radio station, where they posted what some of the ULM students were tweeting about on their website.

While most students thought it was fun and innocent banter, some people didn’t think it was very classy. “I am all about school spirit and pride and I am all about some friendly sports trash talking. However, Cajun Hate Week on Twitter really disappointed me. I never wanted to be associated with a school that had for lack of a better word ‘ugly’ fans,” said Meghan Olinger, a ULM alum. contact Catherine Morrison at

Students are using prescription drugs for studying to help get focused. Adderall and Vyvanse are both prescription drugs that have become a popular study buddy for college students around the nation. The drug is intended for people with ADHD who need help focusing. It has found its way to college campuses as a way for students who need a little extra help with managing class work loads and staying up late to study for exams. “When I take [Vyvanse] my whole body slows down. When I take it before a test I don’t get distracted,” said Lauren Dowling, a sophomore business major. Dowling has ADHD and has been on a prescription since age five and now takes Vyvanse. Dowling said students who know she takes Vyvanse have approached her about buying the drug from her, usually saying something along the lines of, “Hey I know you take it. Can I buy some from you? I have a really big test and I need it.” The majority of students at least know somebody who has tried taking Vyvanse or Adderall when it wasn’t prescribed to them.

“Most people I know use it for study purposes,” said Britney Duke, a sophomore communications and marketing major. Most Adderall or Vyvanse pills that are sold illegally, go for about five dollars a pill. Students don’t find it hard to come by, either. “One of my friends gave it to me for free because they have a prescription for it,” said Artem Shakirov, a s o p h o m o r e Shakirov finance major. Shakirov said he has only tried it. “I used it so that I could be able to stay awake longer so I could study,” said Shakirov. Shakirov said he tried Vyvanse. Some students say that while studying is the main purpose for abusing these drugs, some people use them to party. These drugs cause the person to stay awake and be able to party longer. They also can act as a type of speed. contact Catherine Morrison at



November 12, 2012


Student veterans reflect on military experiences by Garrett Boyte

Boom! There’s a flash of light. The truck explodes into the air. It flips. He takes a breath—cracked his ribs. But he’s alive. One Purple Heart down. One college degree to go. Nearly one million veterans are pursuing a degree, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. And John Loomis is just one of many, right here at ULM. Loomis fought in Afghanistan in the National Guard. But now he’ll battle college professors and exams to get his degree in Criminal Justice. He returned from overseas in September. Since then, this veteran has been making the changes from army life to student life. Loomis worked convoy security on what he said is the most dangerous road in Afghanistan. His group would drive nonstop for days to deliver supplies to troops. “I’m a little bit more on edge, I guess,” he said. “When I first got home, I was driving down the road and scanning the sides.” On his first mission a 200-pound bomb hit his truck, which injured him and everyone else in the vehicle. Loomis was awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries. “It was overwhelming,” said Loomis. “A lot of guys get this award, but not all of them are there to receive

photo courtesy of John Loomis

John Loomis (left) and one of his squadmates pose for the camera before beginning a patrol in Afghanistan earlier this year.

it.” Loomis said his change from military life to civilian life has been fairly smooth. He’s still in the Guard. But he’s enjoying his time home. Jon-Erik Miletello, a senior health care administration major, joined the Army National Guard in 2003. He served in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Miletello was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to his service in the Guard. He said the change from soldier to student is easier for some than for others.

“It can be quite difficult,” he said. “From being around large crowds at a football game to just taking a biology test, I could have a panic attack.” Miletello said he was faced with a lot of hard choices while stationed in New Orleans. He blew the whistle on his commanding officers and others, who were misusing their authority to loot and plunder the abandoned city. Thanks to Miletello and a few others, 24 people were court marshaled for the crimes. Miletello said he burned a lot of

bridges after he reported the thievery, but that there is more to life than the military. “I wore the uniform for seven years,” he said. “It saved my life, but it’s not a life I wanted to continue.” Brandon Wade is another veteran who’s looking for his degree. Wade did Logistics for the Marine Corps in Iraq. Wade joined the Marines right out of high school in 2003 and served three tours of duty in the Middle East. Now that he’s out of the war, he’s trying to get a degree in computer science. Wade said he’s more scared of college than he is war. “When I was in the Marine Corps, worst case scenario was I died,” he said. “If I don’t graduate from college, my life is over.” He also said living in dorms reminds him a lot of living in barracks on the base. Two people share a room, and a bathroom is split between four people. But he said the barracks were usually cleaner than a

Not many ULM students have professors who fly Black Hawk helicopters once a week. But students in ULM’s Army ROTC program do. Tim Connelly is a military science instructor for ROTC and an officer in the National Guard. On top of teaching, Connelly also flies Black Hawks part-time in Alexandria. Connelly said he values his job as an ROTC instructor because he is able to help shape the leadership of the future generations of the Army. ROTC, the Reserve Officer Training Corps, allows students who are interested in the military to receive a scholarship for a four-year degree of their choice and, upon graduation, become an officer in their chosen branch of the military. However, students can still participate in ROTC without

making a commitment to join the Army. According to Connelly, these students can take military science elective classes at the 1000 and 2000 level without contracting with the Army. Senior construction management major Tyler Gahagan decided to join ROTC after starting college. “There are a lot of benefits to being a military officer. Plus, it paid for my school,” Gahagan said. After graduating in December, Gahagan will commission with the National Guard and start looking for an out-of-state construction job. ROTC offers military science classes ranging from time and stress management, to Army values, to history and communication. Cadets take two military science classes per semester consisting of a lecture and a hands-on lab. On top of classes, cadets also

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DID YOU KNOW? G.I. Jobs listed ULM as one of the most accommodating institutions for active military members pursuing higher education. Military friendly schools are the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the “best experience for military students.”

ROTC program trains tomorrow’s officers by Lea Anna Cardwell

college boy’s dorm room. Wade’s had many people thank him for his service. But he’s also had a few who weren’t thankful for the sacrifice. When he was in Houston a bartender saw his military I.D. card and thanked him for his service. Then a man across the room spit at him and told him how much he disliked the military. “The whole reason democracy is great is that if you want to, you can come spit in my face,” he said. “You may catch a butt whooping, but we have free speech. And he has the right to disagree.” Wade said it’s all about the experience for him and that being in the Marines was just another notch in his belt. He said he wants to live life and that when it’s all said and done, he wants people to look at him and say that he truly experienced everything life had to offer.

Students interested in more information about ULM’s ROTC program can contact Tim Connelly at 342-1561 or

photo by Robert Brown

ROTC cadets fire an artillery gun celebrating a ULM score during the football game against ULL in Malone Stadium on Saturday, November 3.

participate in physical training three days a week, which is optional for students who are not contracted. On campus, ROTC provides the color guard for university events, shoots the cannon at the football games and participates in Veteran’s Day events. Connelly said he likes to use the phrase “The Army Profession” to stress the benefits of ROTC for all students. “The Army is a business,” Connelly said. “The same skills you learn

from the Army can be transferred to the civilian sector because our Army values are things that business owners are looking for.” Senior entrepreneurship major Chris Dorsey said that ROTC has helped prepare him for his future as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. “Field training exercises, handson training, dedicated instructors and classmates who were so helpful have all played a pivotal role in my

growth as an ROTC cadet and future officer,” Dorsey said. Gahagan said that ROTC can make a difference for any student at ULM whether they want to join the military or not because the classes are leadership based. “Not everyone is a natural leader, but ROTC gives you realworld, applicable knowledge,” Gahagan said. “The military has a great understanding of the chain of command, and if everyone had a better grasp of that concept, organizations would run a lot more smoothly.” contact Lea Anna Cardwell at

November 12, 2012




National Guard general honors vets Sheridan hopes to inspire women by her successes by Cole Avery

photo by Emi McIntyre

1968 ULM alum and former ROTC cadet David Worthington helps a boy scout find the scout’s great-grandfather on the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall at the Chennault Aviation Museum Saturday. Worthington spent three years in the Army, a year of which was spent in the Vietnam. He helps people find their loved ones on the wall and shades the name on paper

Traveling Vietnam Wall visits Chennault by Steven Smith

The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum hosted a parade and opening ceremony for the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Friday. This is the second year that the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall has come to Monroe and is the 30th anniversary of the real Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC. The opening ceremony kicked things off with the first Veterans Day parade. Both veterans and current serving military personnel participated in the parade, which included a variety or present and past military vehicles. The parade was attended by many students from Monroe City and Ouachita Parish Schools, veterans and their families and other members of the community. The procession ended in front of the Traveling Wall, which was situated in the yard behind the Chennault Museum. After the parade ended, an opening ceremony for the Traveling Wall was held. Some of the highlighted speakers during the ceremony included Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, State Rep. Jay Morris and Sammy Davis, a former U.S. Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient. Also in attendance were Miss Louisiana Lauren Vizza, George Patton Waters, grandson of WWII general George Patton, and Ron Griggs, a Silver Star recipient. The speeches given during the ceremony revolved around remembering and honoring those who served in the past and remembering their sacrifices for the future. Davis expressed why he believed it is important for the younger generations to experience the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. “[It is important] so it will help them understand why we, as veterans, come to the wall to honor our brothers. If the young people don’t come, they will never have that understanding. So I encourage them to come out and be a part of it, and then they will understand why we honor them,” said Davis. After the speeches of the opening ceremony, Ron Griggs, with the help of West Monroe High School JROTC, placed a wreath by the wall, officially dedicating and opening the memorial. Nell Calloway, director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, talked about the importance of Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall exhibit. “It’s so special,” said Calloway. “Going to Washington is one thing. Seeing the wall in Washington, but having it in your own turf, there’s something that makes it even more personal, and I think that’s why the veterans come out.” The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is open to the public until Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. contact Steven Smith at

Louisiana’s first female general of the National Guard and ULM alumna Gen. Joanne F. Sheridan honored university veterans Wednesday in Scott Plaza. Sheridan pinned red, white and blue ribbons on each of the nearly 40 veterans in attendance. ULM veterans have served in all branches of the military. Sheridan graduated from thenNortheast Louisiana University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She received her commission in the Army after completing ULM’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. “Much of my success throughout the years can be traced directly back to this i n s t i t u t i o n ,” Sheridan said. S h e r i d a n Brass said her fondest memories from college are from her ROTC experience. At the time, she was the only woman in the program. “It was a tough road for all cadets, but I felt like I had to do just a little bit more, work just a little bit harder than the boys so I could stand out,” Sheridan said. Now, women are much more commonplace in the program, and Sheridan said she hoped to inspire other women to achieve great things and high ranks in the military. Alexis Brass, a freshman ROTC cadet, said she will use Sheridan’s career as motivation in her own career. Her dream is to become a four-star general. “I strive to be as good as her or better than her because we need more women in the Army to step up and take charge,” Brass said. “Women, we have a hard time trying to get respect and she is a perfect example to have made it that far.” Brass said the ROTC provides money to pay for college. After graduation, she plans to

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ULM ROTC cadet Logan Cupp (right) meets Gen. Joanne Sheridan (left) after her Veteran’s Day presentation in Scott Plaza Wednesday.

attend medical school to become a neurologist. Sheridan also touted the National Guard as a way for students to serve their country and state while pursuing an education. She said the Louisiana National Guard has been busy lately handling river floods, ice storms, the BP oil spill and most recently Hurricane Isaac.

Additionally, 256 people in the Louisiana National Guard are currently deployed overseas. Another 1,000 have been alerted to deployment within the next year. “The number of deployments in the state is significant compared to other states,” Sheridan said. Many of the veterans at the ceremony came from all walks of ULM life, including professors, students, police officers and maintenance workers. “I was really pleased and pleasantly surprised to see how many of our faculty and staff were veterans,” said ULM President Nick Bruno. “This institution has a great record of service, and this exhibits that. They serve not only on our campus, but also the nation and around the world.”

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photo by Robert Brown

Gen. Joanne Sheridan of the Louisiana National Guard gives a “Go Warhawks” at the end of the Veteran’s Day presentation in Scott Plaza on Wednesday. Sheridan, a ULM alumna, honored fellow ULM veterans with ribbons.



November 12, 2012


‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice by Ashley Lyons

Fall is upon us, and winter is coming, which means it’s time to break out those seasonal treats many of us have grown to love. There’s gingerbread and peppermint, but perhpas the most popular holiday flavor is pumpkin. The pumpkin spice epidemic is sweeping through coffee shops and restaurants all over the country. Many restaurants from fast food to finer dining are now featuring a limited time pumpkin product. Even Einstein Bros now has pumpkin bagels and muffins, pumpkin cream cheese poppers and pumpkin coffees. McDonald’s offers a baked pumpkin pie and a pumpkin shake while Olive Garden offers a pumpkin cheesecake. But is all this pumpkin going a bit overboard? Kaitlyn Huff, a freshman history major, doesn’t think so. “I get excited every fall because to me that means pumpkin season,” Huff said. “I usually never go to Starbucks but when that Pumpkin Spice Latte comes out I practically live there. That drink is a gift from God.” To some people the pumpkin flavor is more than just a part of a tasty treat. It’s a part of happier and simpler times. “My love for all things pumpkin

photos by Ashley Lyons

Top left: Limited edition pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts are available at Walmart. Top right: Starbucks is now offering pumpkin spiced drinks. Right: Books-a-million is also now serving its pumpkin flavored drinks.

probably comes from my love for pumpkin pie. I have always loved pumpkin pie ever since I was little,” said Julie Landry, a graduate student in English. “When the pumpkin products start resurfacing it reminds me of winter and that puts me in a happier mood because that means the dreadful hot months are over.” So what about the people out there who don’t like pumpkin? “I don’t associate with those types of people,” says freshman pre-nurs-

“I wonder if we will start seeing pumpkin flavored shampoos and lotions?” Kaitlyn Huff freshman ing major Reva Carpenter. “Pumpkin is simply amazing.“ Carpenter said her most recent feat in the world of the pumpkin flavor

was Eggo’s Pumpkin Spice waffles. “The hint of cinnamon in most pumpkin flavoring really triggers my taste buds,” Carpenter said. One trip to Wal-Mart can overwhelm the unsuspecting pumpkin lover with all of the pumpkin egg-

nogs, ice cream, chai tea, pop tarts, loafs and cookies. “I wonder if we will start seeing pumpkin flavored shampoos and lotions,” Huff said. contact Ashley Lyons at

Disney: Luke, I am your father now by Steven Smith

Not so long ago in a theme park not so far away, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion dollars. The deal gives the Walt Disney Company the rights to all of the Star Wars films, and they’ve already announced the plan to film new movies for the series with Episode VII coming out in 2015. Lucas made a statement concerning the purchase. “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” Lucas also said that he has faith that the Star Wars brand will flourish under Disney and there is a great potential for new films, television shows, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment and other consumer products. For fans, the Disney purchase comes as

“The movies are classic and adding to them would taint that, especially if they don’t live up to the standards of the previous ones.” Joe Ussery senior a mixed blessing. Some fans like Daniel Taylor, a senior criminal justice major, see the purchase as a great opportunity for Star Wars fans. “I think it’s absolutely amazing,” said Taylor. “Throw some new writers in there. It can be a lot better than Episodes I-III because they were very disappointing.” While some fans have a positive outlook on the future of the Star Wars franchise, there are many who are not so optimistic.

With the prequels fresh in mind, fans like Joe Ussery, a senior kinesiology major, are wary of the attempt to create new Star Wars films. “I don’t think they should keep going with it. The movies are classic and adding to them would taint that, especially if they don’t live up to the standards of the previous ones,” Lucas Ussery said. Those who feel more positive about the new movies are quick to point out Disney’s impressive track records with successful franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, and more recently, The Avengers. For now, only time will tell if Disney will stay true to the Star Wars legacy, or if they will turn to the dark side. All that can be said is, “May the Force be with the Disney executives.” contact Steven Smith at


November 12, 2012



New dance club hosts recruitment week by Cheyenne Wilson

What does dance mean to you? For those who can answer this question with a heart-felt and passionate response, Chi Tau Epsilon is the organization to join. Chi Tau Epsilon is hosting a recruitment week Nov. 12-16. The Lamda chapter of Chi Tau Epsilon is a newly formed organization. It is the dance honor society. The members settled just last semester, and now they are gearing up for their first official recruitment. Skill level is not a factor in the membership of the dance honor society. Anyone with a love of dance is welcome to join Chi Tau Epsilon. “I have always appreciated the arts, dance in particular. Even though I am

not a trained dancer, I would love to join an organization that celebrates dance,” said Davionne Lee, a freshman biology major at ULM. During recruitment week, those interested will participate in an XTE crash course. Students will learn about what the organization stands for and what all it entails. Also, attendees will help the society plan for the upcoming semester. So who can join Chi Tau Epsilon? The dance honor society is not limited to only dancers. Any full-time undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum 2.5 GPA is welcome to join the organization. As a fairly new organization, Chi Tau Epsilon isn’t a well-known society ac-

cording to some students. “I did not know there was such a thing as a dance honor society. As a dancer, this is the perfect organization for me,” says Ricaya Jefferson, a freshman biology major at ULM. The dance honor society is an opportunity for dancers and those who love dance to come together. Chi Tau Epsilon will meet in Brown Annex rooms 120 and 122 at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Students interested in joining the organization can come to these meetings to learn more about the organization. contact Cheyenne Wilson at

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‘Revolution’ packs punch Don’t wish life in electricty-less future away, be happy The

Caty Chronicles

4/5 STARS STEVEN SMITH If all the power went out, what would you do? What if there was no electricity, no computers, no cell phones, no cars or any modern technology? NBC’s new show “Revolution” answers these questions and explores the struggle for power in the electricity-less future. “Revolution”, produced by J.J. Abrams, centers around a global event that wipes out electricity all over the world. As government’s fell and societies collapsed, militias and primitive governments began to rise out of the ashes, the most prominent being the Monroe Republic. The series has everything that we have come to expect from J.J. Abrams, who has also produced “Lost,” “Mission Impossible III” and “Star Trek.” The storyline runs smoothly and is driven by great character development and plot twists. The suspense from episode to episode pulls you in and you get involved in the story. Action wise, “Revolution” packs a nice punch. Much of the show revolves around the struggle between the Monroe Republic and the rebellion, so there are plenty of action scenes in each episode. A majority of the fighting is done with swords, since firearms are rare and there is no way to produce new ones. The swordplay in a more modern setting is an interesting concept and makes for more intricate fight scenes than two sides in a shoot-out. As with any TV series, there are some problems with “Revolution”. The plot twists can be kind of confusing if you don’t catch on early. Abrams also pulls from “Lost” and relies heavily on


flashbacks instead of events in real time for character development, which can get annoying at some points. Overall, “Revolution” is a great show. The idea of being forced to live in a modern society with no electricity is a cool concept and makes for a great story. NBC picked up “Revolution” for 22 episodes, but previous episodes are able to view online, so it’s not too late to get swept up in the resistance. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. contact Steven Smith at

This is the time of year when we all take the time to step back and reflect on what we are thankful for. For me, it’s my mom. Growing up, I didn’t have a great role model for a dad and I was always jealous of my girl friends who were “daddy’s girls.” My mama has been a steadily strong woman for me to look up to from as far back as I can remember. Her life lessons are something that I will carry with me through life and have already begun to use now. I keep three of her lessons especially close to my heart. The first one is that a woman should always be able to take care of herself. It’s great if you choose to be a stayat-home mom or if you are lucky and find yourself with the lifestyle of not having to go out into the work force, but a woman should always have an education to fall back on in case she ever were to need to support herself. Secondly, never rely on another person to make you happy. Relationships can be great and it

can be fun to have a boyfriend or to get married. It’s nice to know you have someone, but don’t focus all of your energy on finding your “soul mate.” And don’t worry about why you are not in a relationship like the rest of the world seems to be or you will let your life completely pass you by. You only get this one chance at life and if you want to be happy, well then be happy. The third lesson is the one that I have to tell myself repeatedly on a daily basis. If you don’t believe in yourself, and love who you are, then neither will anyone else. If being single makes you happy, do it. If having babies and getting married is for you, go for it. If being career-oriented and living in the city is your life goal, make it happen. You have the ability to be your own best friend or your own worst enemy. It all comes down to you. contact Catherine Morrison at



November 12, 2012


Shayliff rocks-out at The Pickle Barrel by Steven Smith

College students are always looking for the next coolest thing to do on Friday nights. Some students prefer going out to clubs or partying while others like to catch live bands in local venues. Students who enjoy the live music night-life were treated this past Friday night when Katherine Kirkpatrick and Shayliff played a show at The Pickle Barrel. Katherine Kirkpatrick, from Church Point, Louisiana, kicked off the night playing an acoustic set to open for Shayliff. Kirkpatrick’s playing and singing style resembled 90’s alternative artists such as Alanis Morissette and Jewel. She played many of her original songs along with her own rendition of popular tunes such as “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye and “One of Us” by Joan Osborne. After Kirkpatrick played her set, Shayliff took the stage. To open the set, Shayliff played a rock-y rendition of popular country song, “Louisiana Saturday Night” and then the evening was off. Shayliff played mostly their own material, although some covers were performed. The playing style of Shayliff was a mixture of blues-driven rock, alternative and hard rock, drawing many comparisons to bands such as Kings of Leon and the Foo Fighters. The crowd had a very positive reaction to the concert. Courtney Brown talked about how much she liked the band. “They do a lot,” said Brown. “Their sound is really similar to Kings of

photos by Robert Brown

Above left: Students perform at the Miss Black and Gold Pageant. Above right: Briona Scott is crowned won the title of Miss Black and Gold last Friday.

Scott crowned Miss Black and Gold by Cheyenne Wilson

photo by Lane Davis

Members of “Shayliff” perform at The Pickle Barrel last Friday night.

Leon, which is one of my favorie bands.” The band, led by singer and guitarist Shay Bailiff, hails from Shreveport, La and has been playing together for 2 years. Although the band has played many shows in Monroe, including opening for The Fray last spring, Bailiff said this was the first time the band had ever played at The Pickle Barrel. “We haven’t practiced in a while and it’s been a while since we played in Monroe, but it was good,” said Bailiff. Shayliff rocked the crowd until the very last note. contact Steven Smith at

Briona Scott was crowned last Friday as Miss Black and Gold at the annual Miss Black and Gold Pageant. This event was hosted by the Eta Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. The theme for this year’s pageant was “The search for the Pharaoh’s empress.” Calvin Stafford and Brittany LaCour hosted the pageant. “We conduct the Miss Black and Gold pageant to crown a young lady to represent our chapter in the community by doing community service and mentoring young girls at local middle schools,” said Quinten Stubblefield, a senior finance major and the treasurer of Alpha Phi Alpha. Going with the “pharaoh” theme, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha performed an opening dance with the pageant contestants. They put an “Egyptian” twist on Michael Jackson’s song, “Remember the Time.” The first event of the night was the swimwear portion. Contestants came out in their best beach attire and introduced themselves to the judges and the audience. The contestants for the Miss Black

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Miss Black and Gold Briona Scott poses for the camera with the Eta Chi chapter.

and Gold Pageant include: Raisa Howard, De’Ambria Robinson, Jacobi Wilson, Leah Gaddis, Briona Scott, Bianca Tyson, Breana Boone, Jameshia Below, and Amanda Hikes. The second pageant event was the talent portion. Talents ranged from singing and dancing, to empowering monologues. “For my talent, I’m singing ‘Note to God’ by Charice,” said Briona Scott, a sophomore criminal justice major. “It just shows you that we’ve lost some things in the world that should still be valued, like love, faith and hope.”

Scott was named Miss Talent for her rendition of the song. The formal wear portion was the last event of the pageant. During this portion the contestants were required to answer random questions. De’Ambria Robinson won Miss Congeniality. Amanda Hikes won the People’s Choice Award. Briona Scott won Miss Talent. The second runner up, Miss Gold, is Jameshia Below. Raisa Howard won first runner up, Miss Black. contact Cheyenne Wilson at

Greek life spreads holiday cheer at Songfest by Catherine Morrison

Greek unity and Christmas spirit was spread Wednesday night at the annual Greek Songfest. The majority of the Greek organizations came together to compete in the singing competition. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. took first place, PIKE received second and AOII came in third in the competition. Iota Phi Theta only had one member participate, but was joined with members of Neville High School’s Youth Alliance.

“It’s still humbling. There’s only two people in our chapter,” said Joshua Madison, a senior communication studies major, “It shows that it’s not necessarily about numbers.” Madison and his group performed a rap piece that he said he wrote back in 2004. Admission was $2 donations or a canned good. The donations went to the Food Bank of NELA. Mayor Jamie Mayo made a special guest appearance as well. The winner of the competition received the opportunity to perform at

the Monroe Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Acts ranged from serious traditional Christmas selections to goofy made-up lyrics. PIKE did its own rendition of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” and changed the words to “Flying in a Warhawk Wonderland.” Singing was not the only type of performances people saw during songfest. Incorporating skits in with the song selections was a popular choice. Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma

were one of the groups who opted to have speaking roles in between their song choices rather than just having each Sasek song flow into the next. In the past, sororities have taken the event a little more seriously than the fraternities do, choosing more serious songs and caring more about the outcome than most of the fraternities.

This year that changed. One of the most well received pieces actually came from a fraternity this year. Kappa Sigma decided to ditch its normally silly routine and had a guitarist, a pianist and self-written lyrics. Many girls in the audience said they were immediately swooned. “We just went out there and gave it our all. We pulled through better than last year,” said Cameron Merrell, a sophomore mass communications major.. contact Catherine Morrison at


November 12, 2012



Flute students showcase talent with concert solos The flute students of Sandra Lunte will showcase solo performances this at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Contact the VAPA box office at 342-1414 or visit their office in Biedenharn 105 for additional information.

School orchestra will perform on Tuesday night The ULM Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall. Jason Rinehart will conduct the orchestra for this Fall concert. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the VAPA box office at 342-1414 or visit their office in Biedenharn 105 for additional information.

Professor to direct students in opera scenes in Spyker Mark Clark, an associate professor of music will direct students in scenes from operas and musicals for ‘Supernatural’ at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Spyker Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Mark Clark at 342-3247.

Jazz ensemble this Thursday in Brown Auditorium The ULM Jazz Ensemble will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Brown Auditorium. Larry Anderson will conduct the popular concert. This event is free and open to the public. Contact the VAPA box office at 342-1414 or visit their office in Biedenharn 105 for additional information. For more stories go to

VAPA offering workshop for musical auditions


by Catherine Morrison

Step into the world of gangsters, show girls and 1950’s New York City. The name of the spring musical is “Guys and Dolls.” Students interested in auditioning may attend an audition workshop on Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Brown Auditorium. The workshop is designed to help students who may be uncomfortable or nervous about the audition process. Students are already preparing for audition day. “I’ve been taking voice lessons for the past couple of months and I’m going to go to the workshop,” said Abby Herman, a junior math major. Students who attend the workshop will be given the opportunity to spend time with the musical staff, read from the script and learn choreography that will be a part of the actual audition. Auditions for the spring musical, “Guys and Dolls” will be held at 1 p.m on Dec. 2 in Brown Auditorium. The show will be directed by Robin Stephens, who also directed this past year’s sold-out spring musical- “Chicago.” Singing, dancing and acting will all be incorporated into the show. “I think people think this is easy… it is so collaborative it’s crazy,” said Stephens. “It’s funny and the music is fabulous.” Unlike “Chicago,” this piece is a musical comedy- it’s a fluffier story line, but it’s real. “Guys and Dolls” had a great run on Broadway and won “Best Musical

Audition Workshop:

Nov. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.


Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. in Brown Auditorium. of the Year.” It was eventually made into a movie, starring the crooner of the day, Frank Sinatra. The musical did return to Broadway and won ‘Best Revival.’ “There are so many extremely talented people coming out for the show that I would love to work alongside. I will just be happy to be involved in any aspect of the show,” said Melissa Champion, a senior vocal performance major. Champion played one of the lead characters in “Chicago” last semester. Students will need to bring 16 to 32 bars of a prepared song to the actual auditions. There will be a live pianist to accompany during the singing portion. Students wishing to audition should wear nice clothes, but must also be able to dance in them. The show involves all kinds of elements and characters including Salvation Army evangelists trying to save souls, underworld gangsters and the show girl/night club atmosphere. “I think we are going to have a really wonderful show,” said Stephens.

Across 1 Harebrained prank 6 Casino freebie 10 Slow-cooked entrée 14 End of a series 15 Away from the breeze 16 The gallbladder is shaped like one 17 Noted storyteller 18 Circulate, as library books 19 Like some borrowed library books 20 Blast cause 21 Good name for a Gateway City gun dealer? 24 Slugging pct., e.g. 25 Be ready (for) 26 Good name for a Windy City nudist festival? 31 Air traffic control device 32 Thing 33 “Holy Toledo!” 36 The Bard’s river 37 Dig (into) 39 Andean capital

40 Actress Harris of “thirtysomething” 41 Stink 42 World Series game 43 Good name for a Motor City butcher shop? 46 Certifiable 49 Civil disturbance 50 Good name for an Empire City comedy club? 53 Geologic time frame 56 Colorless 57 Fall from above 58 Swinelike beast 60 Just sitting around 61 Hamburg’s river 62 Are 63 Didn’t let out of one’s sight 64 They’re below average 65 Floors Down 1 Winter wear 2 “You said it, sister!” 3 Crop threat 4 It might need a boost

5 Andre 3000, for one 6 Beckon 7 Pats on pancakes, maybe 8 Array of choices 9 Dog’s breeding history 10 Impact sounds 11 Result of a sad story? 12 Invitation on a fictional cake 13 Take forcibly 22 Place for a price 23 Appear to be 24 Read quickly 26 Pull an allnighter, maybe 27 Contain 28 One put on a pedestal 29 Sitcom non-

com 30 Off-rd. conveyance 33 User-edited site 34 Broken mirror, say 35 Serious hostilities 37 Dissuaded 38 Racket or rocket extension 39 Booty 41 Gambling town on I-80 42 Schemed 43 Convertible sofa 44 Castle and Cara 45 “Whether __ nobler ...”: Hamlet 46 Many a low-budget film 47 Totally square 48 Low, moist area 51 Leafy veggie 52 Correspond 53 Many a high-budget film 54 Game of world domination 55 Skills 59 Cut from the staff

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Talent show to take It’s YOUR voice. place Thursday Editorial positions by Jaclyn Jones

Sigma Gamma Rho will host its second annual talent show at 7 p.m. on Thursday in SUB Ballroom A. An array of talents, ranging from singing, dancing, instrument playing and poetry reciting, will be displayed at the show. The students will compete for the grand prize of $50. The sorority hosted its first talent show last year and because of the positive feedback, decided to carry on and make it a tradition. “Last year was very successful and very entertaining,” said Bianca Tyson, president of ULM’s chapter

of SGRho. “It just seemed like something we could continue and say that Sigma Gamma Rho always holds.” Admission to the talent show is $5 or $3 with a canned good, for which the proceeds will go to a local food bank. “I’m excited about the talent show,” said Keishanda Simmons, a freshman pre-nursing major. “I’ve been waiting to compete in a talent show since I got here. I’m glad I can finally do it now.”

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November 12, 2012


Red Wolves run away with Warhawks’ Sunbelt hopes

photo courtesy of Jimmy Jones

Arkasnsas State quarterback Ryan Aplin runs the ball against ULM in Jonesborro, Ark.

ASU hands ULM its 4th loss of the season by Adam Hunsucker

ULM ran into an offensive buzzsaw on Thursdsay night in Jonesboro, AR. Arkansas State used an up-tempo, quick-strike attack to walk out of Liberty Bank Stadium with a 45-23 win and first place in the Sun Belt. “I think we tried to play hard, but we didn’t play very smart and I don’t think we played very well,” ULM head coach Todd Berry said. “If you don’t do either one of those things you’re going to lose against a good football team.” The Warhawks (6-4, 4-2) drew first blood, getting on the board with a

27-yard touchdown pass from Cody Wells to Monterrell Washington. It was the only time ULM led all night. The Red Wolves (7-3, 5-1) answered by scoring the next 14 points. The teams traded a pair of field goals in the second quarter. Leading 17-10, ASU began moving down the field late in the quarter, but a timely interception by Henry Mitchell ended the half. ULM found the endzone on the first drive of the third quarter on a 37-yard pass from Wells to Rashon Caesar. The tie was short-lived. ASU scored on their very first play of the half with a gadget play that resulted in a 70-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Aplin to Taylor Stockemer. The Warhawk offense responded with a 14-play drive that included two fourth-down conversions,

“We don’t have anyone else we can put in [the secondary] and we can’t do anymore drills.” Todd Berry, head coach but came away empty. Monterrell Washington’s fumble ended the drive, allowing the Red Wolves to pull away for good. Wells, who completed his first nine passes of the game, finished with 357 yards passing, most of which went to Brent Leonard, who had his third

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Arkansas State running back Rod Smith gets good yardage after returning a kickoff in the third quarter.

straight game with over 100 yards receiving. In what has become a trend for ULM this season, ASU took advantage of matchups in the secondary, allowing Aplin to blister the Warhawks for 334 yards through the air. Berry said, “We don’t have anyone else we can put in [the secondary] and we can’t do anymore drills. You either make a play or you don’t make a play and you’re going to be

evaluated on it.” With two conference losses, ULM’s chances at a Sun Belt title are fading, but a bowl birth is still within the realm of possibility. The Warhawks must win their last two games to move into the post season. The drive to a bowl game begins next Saturday on Senior Day against North Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. at Malone Stadium. contact Adam Hunsucker at

November 12, 2012




Johnson decides to compete close to home by Adam Hunsucker

Gerrand Johnson wanted out of Louisiana. The Louisiana State High School Athletic Association had just stripped his Rayville High team of it 2010 playoff birth, leaving Johnson with a bad taste in his mouth. Although committed to play for ULM, he decided it was time to move on and opened his recruitment back up. “It had nothing to do with ULM, but I needed a change of scenery,” Johnson said. A standout defensive line prospect, Johnson had his pick of locales. He decided to head north, choosing the University of Missouri. But something happened along the way. As he was settling into life as a Mizzou Tiger, Johnson couldn’t help but wonder what he was leaving behind back in Monroe. Johnson developed a friendship with Warhawks receiver Tyler Cain, another local product from West Monroe, as they navigated the precarious road of college football recruiting. The two kept in touch on Facebook, and that bond helped bring Johnson home. “We stayed in constant contact,” Johnson said. “I thought to myself I should be down there grinding with

him and trying to put our hometown college team on the map.” Johnson hadn’t forgotten about the Warhawks. And they certainly hadn’t forgotten about him. “I always believed that part of him was a Warhawk,” head coach Todd Berry said. “Sometimes you need to go away to confirm your true feelings and that’s what happened with Gerrand.” Johnson sat out the 2011 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules, but was able to redshirt and preserve a year of eligibility. He immediately found a home at nose guard and a mentor in fellow lineman Kentarius Caldwell. From Caldwell, Johnson received a crash course in defensive line play. It’s the little things like technique, positioning and film study that make the biggest difference in the trenches. Johnson began the year as the starting nose guard, but the need for a more consistent pass rush prompted the coaches to move Caldwell from defensive end inside to nose. The move was short-lived. ULM lost Caldwell for the season against Middle Tennessee State, moving Johnson back into the starting lineup. It doesn’t look like he’ll be coming out anytime soon either. Against Western Kentucky, Johnson introduced himself to Warhawk fans,

dominating the line of scrimmage with 10 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He followed that up by leading ULM in tackles the next week against South Alabama. The little things are paying off for Johnson. But he’s focused on the big picture. Win the next three games, and the Warhawks are Sun Belt champions. “It’s all about team,” Johnson said. “I’m trying to be the best I can for this team to succeed.” photos by Daniel Russell

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Top: Berry gets his team ready to run out against USA. Bottom: ULM redshirt freshman Gerrand Johnson takes a breather from defense against Baylor.

Warhawks drop first game on road against Lumberjacks by Alan Donald

photo by Emi McIntyre

ULM junior Elexar Tugler puts up a shot against Lousiana College sophomore Danisha Allison in Fant-Ewing Coliseum last Monday.

It was a busy week for the ULM Warhawks women’s basketball team. It started Monday with the team’s final exhibition game in Fant Ewing Coliseum against the Louisiana College Wildcats. The Warhawks would trail by two after the first half but the offense exploded in the second half scoring 61 points. Better ball control is what powered the ULM offense in the second half enabling them to pull away from the Wildcats. The Warhawks were led in scoring by Ashleigh Simmons with 24 points and Jasmin Shaw with 22 points and had two more players in double digits. This was the first time since 1997 that the Warhawks had reached the triple digits. The Warhawks would be back at it Friday night down in Nacogdoches, Texas against the Ladyjacks of Stephen F. Austin. The Warhawks came out swinging early, feasting off of Ladyjack

turnovers and jumped out to a 23 to 13 lead at the 10:13 mark of the first half. But the Ladyjacks would settle down and climb back into it cutting the Warhawks lead to four points at the half. The Warhawks in the first half were 11 for 11 on scoring off of Ladyjack turnovers. Warhawks head coach Mona Martin Martin was very happy with the way her team played in the first half. “We started off very well,” said Martin, ” We were pushing the ball, getting the ball inside and doing things we need to win ballgames.” The second half was a different story. The Ladyjacks took the lead 16:16 mark of the second half and never gave it back. “All of the sudden everything changed we started walking the ball

down the court and the entire game changed,” said Martin, “I tried to get them to flip the switch but it was gone.” After building a double digit lead the Ladyjacks would cruise to an 80 to 55 victory and move to 1-0 on the year while the Warhawks look to improve and get things going in the right direction. They have some solid things to build on especially in the first half where the Warhawks made over 50 percent of their shots. Martin and her squad will look to build on the positives going forward. “We did not shoot the ball poorly at all. The free-throw line caused some trouble tonight but when they pressed we scored every time so that is something to build upon.” The Warhawks will take the court when they host Tulane Monday night in Fant Ewing Coliseum. contact Alan Donald at



November 12, 2012


ULM competes in NCAA Regional Championships

Warhawks senior night ruined with loss to UALR

photo courtesy of Sun Belt Conference

by Zack Brown

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock controlled the fourth set with a 25-12 to beat ULM 3-1 Friday on senior night at the ULM Activity Center. The Warhawks are now 5-17, 1-12 Sun Belt. On offense, ULM senior Zuzana Markova finished with triple double; 15 kills, 18 assists and 10 digs. Junior Blanca Ocana added a double double; 10 assists and 17 digs. ULM senior Tetiana Sukach continued to show her defensive dominance as she tied UALR’s Edina Begic match high of 20 digs. The Trojans took the first set over the Warhawks by a score of 25-15. At one point ULM closed the gap to 9-8, but UALR offense was able to outscore the Warhawks 16-7 to take game one of the match. ULM bounced back in the second match beating the Trojans 23-25. The set win was the first over UALR since Oct. 28, 2011, which was an eight-set streak. The set consisted of 13 ties and nine lead changes. The Warhawks were down 23-22 when head coach Ernesto Vasquez took a timeout. Vasquez was able to settle his players and they reacted by scoring three straight points with kills from Marcela Araya and Maria Garcia. After the halfway mark ULM came out to 7-3 lead and seemed to control the momentum. UALR coach Van Compton then called a timeout of his and his players came out and outscored ULM 13-2. At one point the Trojans had an 11-0 run. ULM clawed their way back to 21-20, but UALR was able to hold their lead,

Members of the Men’s ULM cross-country team run earlier this season at the SBCC.

Mutai’s 25th finish earns him NCAA championship invite by Zack Brown

photos by Daniel Russell

Top: ULM’s Iren Marinova spikes against UALR’s defense in the activity center Friday. Bottom: ULM’s Marcela Araya attempts a jump serve.

defeating the Warhawks 25-22 in the third match. UALR’s momentum rolled over into the fourth set, as they out played the Warhawks 25-12 to seal the match.

ULM will play their last match of the season Sunday against Arkansas State at 1 p.m. in the ULM Activity Center. contact Zack Brown at

The Warhawk men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Fayatteville, Ark. on Friday for the 2012 NCAA Division I South Central Regional Championships hosted by University of Arkansas. The women raced first at 11 a.m., and the men followed at 12:15 p.m. The Lady Warhawks had two runners compete in the Women’s 6KMeter Run at regional: senior Sharon Sason and sophomore Anakaren Lopez. Sason finished in 91st place with a time of 23:44.2. Sason has recorded four top-ten individual finishes for the Warhawks. “Sharon ran a huge PR. She ran like a senior,” said head coach Karoly Varga. “I was proud of her.” Fellow runner Lopez placed 124th place with a time of 24:55.3. Lopez has four top tens also. The Men’s 10000 Meter Run was won for the second year in a row by Texas A&M’s Henry Lelei with a time of 29:36.5. Texas, Arkansas and A&M took home the top-three team scores respectively. ULM senior Daniel Mutai was in fourth place and sophomore Silah Chumba was in the top 25 runners at the 5,000 meter mark, but both slowly trickled back in the pack.

“Mutai went for the win in his senior year. He got in trouble because of the windy day, and paid for it, but no regrets. He didn’t want to just make the national meet, he was going for the win,” said Varga. “Didn’t work out but we will get back stronger in outdoor season.” Mutai earned all-region honors after a twenty-fifth place showing, with a time of 31:35.2. Chumba finished in fortythird place with Varga a time of 32:24.3. “Silah ran phenomenal. He beat lots of kids and ran a personal record, making a big jump from last year,”said Varga. Last year, Mutai finished fourth overall at regional and twelfth two years ago in his first year at ULM. Mutai is heading to nationals and is currently the only NCAA cross-country qualifier in ULM history. Chumba has finished strong with an eleventh place overall finish at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The top 25 runners were placed on the all-regional team and the top two teams are invited to the 2012 NCAA championships. Also, the highest placed four individual finishers, not on a national qualifying team, get an invite to nationals held on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. contact Zack Brown at

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