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October 14, 2013


Monday , 10-14 Columbus Day

Tuesday, 10-15 Fall Grad Finale in the SUB from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Discover ULM...Shreveport from 5 8 p.m. Fall Choral Concert at First United Methodist Church in Monroe from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Wednesday, 10-16 No event

Thursday, 10-17 Art Reception for Dara Engler at Bry Art Gallery from 5 - 7 p.m. The College of Education and Human Development Fall Gala from 5 7:30 p.m.


Syrian schools Scientists earn reopen despite Nobel Prize for ongoing war cell research (MCT) — Despite a raging civil war, schools opened last month across the capital and elsewhere in government-controlled swaths of Syria, where officials have long boasted of a comprehensive and free public education system. In Damascus, more than 800 schools opened their doors to about 500,000 students, said Atef Hassan, a veteran teacher and official at the Ministry of Education. Administrators insisted on starting fall classes on time despite the daunting challenges facing Syria’s battered educational infrastructure.

Golden Society Dinner for 50 year graduates at Anna Grey Noe Alumni Center from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Friday, 10-18 ULM Volleyball vs Arkansas State at Jonesboro, Ar, from 7 - 9 p.m.

Saturday, 10-19 Zombie Outrun at Selman Field at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10-20 ULM Soccer vs Texas State at ULM Soccer Complex from 1 - 3 p.m. ULM Volleyball vs Georgia State at Atlanta, Ga, from 1 - 3 p.m. Opera Gala at Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall from 4 - 5:30 p.m.


(MCT) — Longtime rivals Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley are sharing the glory of the world’s grandest prize, earned for their discoveries about life’s smallest package. For solving the mystery of the cell’s inner transit system, scientists Thomas Sudhof of Stanford and Randy Schekman of UC Berkeley were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday, along with James Rothman from Yale University. The trio, each reaching similar insights from different angles, revealed how a tiny cell organizes and ships the hormones, antibodies and enzymes that make life possible.


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Louisiana schools apply for $120 million in grants ( — Six Louisiana entrants have applied for approximately $120 million in federal education funds through the Race to the Top District program: the Avoyelles, Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parish school systems and the District Cooperative of Louisiana, a 14-district entity that includes the St. John the Baptist, West Baton Rouge and Zachary school systems. Grant winners must improve personalized teaching techniques that meet every student where they are academically, in part through the use of technology.

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers, American actor

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Annual Grad Fraternity under Zombie Outrun Finale to get investigation for to bring Halloween seniors prepared possible hazing thrill to Selman Field It’s time again for graduating seniors to begin preparations for their big day in December. ULM’s Annual Grad Finale will take place Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom. Graduatiing seniors will have the chance to purchase all of their graduation needs such as a class ring, cap and cown, invitations, diploma frame and more. Seniors will have the chance to discuss job opportunities with Career Connections, take a complimentary graduation photo, take a senior yearbook photo and complete the exit interview with Financial Aid. The Ring Ceremony for the ULM class rings will be held the Friday night before the graduation ceremony on Dec. 7.

The ULM chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity has been temporarily suspended, while investigations of possible hazing take place. The incidents may have happened at a bid day party on Aug. 30. Pledges were said to have been forced to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. One pledge was thought to have been sent to the hospital due to alcohol poisoning, but it has since then been denied by both the pledge and his mother. Anonymous emails about the alleged misconduct began circulating through university officials leading to the temporary suspension of the fraternity. The national chapter is expected to release findings from the investigation soon.

Do you think you have what it takes to survive a zombie attack? On Oct. 19 at Selman Field, students will have a chance to test their ability to navigate a 5k obstacle course while avoiding zombies. Each participant will wear a flag football belt and zombies will attempt to take the flags. Participants must cross the finish line with at least one flag left in order to survive the obstacle course. Survivors will be eligble for top ten prizes. Online registration for Oct. 19 is $40 for everyone, and day of registration will begin at 4 p.m. A T-shirt will be included with the registration fee. If 275 runners register, SGA will buy phone charging stations for the SUB.

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Jaden Leach, former Miss ULM 2011 and current Miss Louisiana performs her winning song at the Miss ULM 2014 Pageant.



October 14, 2013


Fee Oversight Committee now active Government shutdown affects by Kaitlyn Huff

The Student Activity Enhancement Fee went into effect this semester, has begun the process of distributing funds through the discretion of a Fee Oversight Committee. Each organization looking for supplemental funding will be able to submit an application twice a year, but funding will only be awarded once. Application forms were sent out at the beginning of this semester to all organizations. “The forms must be returned with a detailed budget of how the money would be spent, should they get approval,” said Laura Knotts, SGA advisor and spokesperson of the committee. Organizations such as the art department, athletics and many others are included in the first round of submissions and the Fee Oversight Committee is excited for what the future may hold. According to Knotts, the Fee Oversight Committee will meet to review each application and vote on whether they wish to give full, partial or no funding based on the information

Zombie Outrun, students

DID YOU KNOW? The Student Activity Enhancement Fee was passed on April 10, 2013. This referendum consolidated 18 fees within the Student Assessed Fee into one and included a $60 increase. The extra money will be used to support RSO’s at the approval of a Fee Oversight Committee. they receive from the group. “This committee and this fee are giving all the diverse organizations on campus an opportunity to positively affect both the students and improve the overall atmosphere of the campus,” said Jana Robinson, SGA president and chairperson of the committee. Any group looking for funding must meet a certain set of requirements to be eligible. Restrictions are set in place for how awarded funds may be used. The committee is made up of ten members total: seven voting and three non-voting. The RSO student members are compiled of the SGA president, CAB president and two student represen-

tatives. Faculty and staff members include a representative from Faculty Senate, a representative from Staff Senate and a representative from athletics. “A chairperson is elected from the voting members, and they selected Jana Robinson. She will only vote in the event of a tie,” Knotts said. Each member of the committee serves for one academic year, unless re-elected as CAB or SGA president. New members are eligible to apply in the spring. “I genuinely think this fee will revitalize student life here at ULM and make it even more rewarding to be warhawk,” Robinson said. contact Kaitlyn Huff at



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by Kaitlyn Huff

As Congress was unable to reach an agreement on funding the federal government and Obamacare, the government has shutdown for the first time in 18 years putting thousands out of work and on unpaid leave. Laura Knotts, director of Student Affairs and SGA advisor, found herself without help when setting up for the 5k Zombie Outrun. “The local National Guard had agreed to help us weed out pits and set up heavy things, but because of the government shutdown they are unable to do any community projects. Now we have no one to help so we have to get senators out there,” Knotts said. Keana Howell, a sophomore prenursing major, was affected by the shutdown in a personal way. With both of her parents working for the federal government, their financial status depend on a quick resolution to this issue. “My father is a firefighter, so he’s

still working but he isn’t being paid. My mom is at home,” Howell said. “As a middle class family, we live from paycheck to paycheck and this shutdown is doing so much more harm than good.” According to Howell the shutdown should have never been allowed to happen and hopes that the congressmen responsible realize their mistake. “They are there to represent us, and this affects us. The normal people. Most of the congressmen are still getting paid. We vote for them, and we should be their first concern.” Howell said. Howell hopes that both sides can come to an agreement and will get back to business before this has a chance to affect a wider population. The government shutdown has caused national parks to close, a cease in many NASA operations, cuts to social security and many other services. contact Kaitlyn Huff at

Athletic director plans student rewards program by Kaitlyn Huff

Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom expressed his desire to uplift the athletics program and school spirit with a possible student rewards program at Tuesday’s SGA meeting. “We’re going to give away a semester’s worth of tuition, large screen televisions, maybe a trip for two to travel with the team for basketball or football,” Wickstrom said. According to Wickstrom, athletics is working to get businesses to put up flags and signs on game days. Wickstrom assured the senators that he and the athletic department are working on recruitment locally and state wide. “The top three priorities at this point are new field turf, a new track

and a new locker room,” Wickstrom said. Senior biology major Cody Grimsley believes a student rewards program is a fun idea. “It adds to the excitement of sports events and it might encourage me to attend more games especially Grimsley if paid tuition is involved,” said Grimsley. “I should probably start showing more support for my university anyway.”

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October 14, 2013

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Candidates get elected because of deep pockets, not deep message

GARRETT BOYTE Another election lurks around the corner, and we are faced with a choice. On Oct. 19 we will walk into the voting booth and cast our ballots for whom we think should be our next congressman. But despite having more than 10 people running for the spot, it’s slim pickings. The favorite from the beginning was Neil Riser. Riser, whose principle piece of legislation in the Louisiana Senate was the gun bill, has had his campaign pounded with accusations of cronyism. Some of the candidates claim he made a backdoor deal with Rodney Alexander and Gov. Bobby Jindal. But accusations aside, Riser is a part of a dying breed of Republican candidates. His campaign has focused on “family values,” Obamacare and the same GOP talking points that

have been prevalent since Pat Robertson ran for president. Then there are the dark horses— Henry Herford, Vance McAllister, Jaime Mayo, Marcus Hunter, Jay Morris and all of the other candidates, who will be lucky to get more than a few points in the polls. McAllister, who has been supported by Duck Commander Phil Robertson, landed in hot water with the “Concordia Sentinel’s” Sam Hannah. Hannah, who also is the publisher for the “Ouachita Citizen,” came short of outright calling McAllister a liar but gave him a lashing nonetheless in his weekly column. “Then there are the wannabe politicians who simply are too stupid to know the difference between speaking freely about one’s own thoughts and opinions and outright pandering for a vote,” Hannah said in his column. Ouch. Somebody get McAllister an ice pack for that burn. But even with a ripping like that, McAllister is getting more media coverage than the other candidates. The only press Herford has gotten was a two-second snippet on KNOE and some online articles. The same goes for the other candidates who are

lucky if Facebook publishes anything they say. Unfortunately, we find ourselves facing what has become a major problem in American politics. The candidates with the bigger pocket books are the ones who get heard. Thank you Citizens United. I’ve been inundated with ads from Riser, Morris and McAllister but have heard very little from any of the other candidates. That’s because ads cost money. And the candidates who can’t afford to advertise their message would be better served saving their $500 registration fees and not even bothering to run. Long story short: one of these men will be the next representative for the fifth district. But I haven’t seen anything that goes past talking points and rhetoric. And what little “real talk” that has occurred has come from candidates who stand a snowball’s chance of getting a plane ticket to D.C., let alone elected. I can’t help but think this is the utmost perversion of the system our founders had planned. The people no longer can simply choose a candidate. We have to choose a pocketbook. contact Garrett Boyte at

Jimmy Kimmel recently went to the streets asking people whether they preferred Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. Most opposed ObamaCare and voted for the Affordable Care Act, but no one had an true explanation for their decision. It’s easy to understand why, seeing as they’re the same thing. It’s scary to think people like this are allowed to vote. Sadly, disliking, or even liking something you know nothing about is an all too common occurrence. This is especially true in politics, where some people take partisanship too far. For example, some may know nothing about a candidates policies but will vote for them simply because he or she is in their politcal party. Another thing they may not know anything about. Ignorance may be bliss for the people experiencing it, but it can make life difficult for other people. The most notable example of that being racism. Think of Nina Daluvuri, the woman who recently won Miss America. Afterwards she received hateful comments on social media, from people who didn’t know her, about being a terrorist and was even called “Miss Muslim,” despite being Indian and born in America. Don’t let other people’s opinions dictate your own. If you’re going to bother being so passionate about something, you should at least know about it. That way you can tell people why you hate or love it. Who knows, you may end of loving that thing you hated after a little research and vice versa. Or in the case of a person, getting to know them. At the very least, you don’t risk sounding uneducated for having a baseless opinion.

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Smoking ban unfair for All deserve freedom from businesses, smokers indoor second-hand smoke

The Monroe City Council passed a smoking ban for all public places in Monroe. In my opinion, the smoking ban is in complete violation of the rights of business owners. It should be the owner’s decision as to whether or not people are allowed to smoke inside. This ban will take its toll on local businesses because smokers may not be as inclined to go if they can no longer smoke inside. The ban includes businesses that were the last remaining places people could smoke indoors- bars and bingo halls. The proponents for this bill argue in favor of the health of the non-smokers there. Well, I’ve never heard of anyone going to a bar for their health. Alcohol, which is served at bars, is not healthy and is in some ways more dangerous than cigarettes in that drunk driving causes wrecks. Those in favor of the bill also argue in favor of the health of those who work at bars and bingo halls. As callous as it sounds, it is the individual’s choice where to work. If you are a bartender, there are plenty of restaurants that have already banned smoking where drinks are served. If you are a musician, there are music venues that have banned smoking as well. In short, there are a limited number of career opportunities presented by bars, and all of them can be found at other non-smoking establishments. The ban also prohibits people from smoking in all “public places.” These places include lines to buy movie tickets, ATM machines, bank-teller drive-through windows, bus stops and playgrounds. This is ridiculous because these places are all outdoors, not inside of a building. I think people should be able to smoke wherever they want as long as they are outside. These people are likely not walking up to anyone blowing smoke inches from their faces. They are minding their own business, often

standing in a centralized location around an established cigarette butt receptacle. I do not think it is right that the government is able to restrict what is done outside. The ban at the windows of bank tellers includes not only pedestrians, but people in cars as well. Now the ban is trying to delegate what people can and cannot do in their own vehicles. I believe that this is a slippery slope and that voters should be wary of what rights they are willing to sacrifice. Should we now be concerned that people will not be able to smoke in their own homes for the health benefit of their guests, neighbors, or future owners of the home? The ban restricted smoking within 15 feet of the entrances of the establishments affected by the ban. Fifteen feet is a good amount of distance. This well exceeds the space offered by sidewalks and, in many cases, store fronts. This means that people will have to stand either in the street or the parking lot in order to smoke cigarettes. Non-smokers health might be protected by lack of smoke, but the smokers have been put at risk by having to flee to dangerous places just to smoke a cigarette. It is important to remember that smoking is not illegal. Cigarettes and cigars are sold in stores to anyone of legal age who wishes to purchase them. Cigarette smoking should not be something that people are persecuted for doing; it is the person’s choice. I do not think that it should be the responsibility of smoker to protect the health of non-smokers. Non-smokers should be responsible for their own health and should take their own means of avoiding secondhand smoke. Cars, factories, generators, etc. all produce harmful gasses that are released into the air, and those are chemicals that we all breathe day in and day out. I think that the ban should be thrown out entirely. I firmly believe that the smoking policy of businesses should be at the full discretion of the business owner. I do not think that there should be any ban as to where people can smoke outdoors. If the ban must be kept though, I think that people should still be able to smoke on outside patios, outdoors and within a few feet of the entrance. contact Halen Doughty at

There are certain things you can expect from spending an evening at a bar, casino or club. Ladies, you’ll probably come home with your hair matted with sweat and your makeup,which looked Kim Kardashian perfect when you left, looking like Bozo the clown river danced on your face by the time you finally crash land on your couch at 3:30 a.m. Fellas, you will more than likely spend a majority of the night in a beer soaked shirt because the girl next to you couldn’t twerk and hold a bottle at the same time. She got loose on the dance floor and all over your new polo, too. It’s all part of the experience you sign up for when you neglect to study for your accounting test and full heartedly participate in “Thirsty Thursday”. The only thing grosser than all of that is ending the night with a dry mouth, burning eyes and realizing that you are covered in the stench of smoke from a cigarette you didn’t even smoke. Senator Rovert Marionneaux introduced a smoking ban in 2006 and has recently to broadened the law to prohibit smoking in bars and casinos. Marionneaux and supporters argue that a total ban is necessary to protect the health and rights of bartenders, customers, musicians and others that work in these establishments that are exposed to second hand smoke. As a non-smoker and a citizen of the unhealthiest state in the U.S., I agree that this would be a move to protect the people of Louisiana and better promote healthy habits. Smoking is a choice made by each individual. Just because Mr. Pack-a-Day standing behind me wants to expose himself to the health risk and awful smell, doesn’t mean I welcome the secondhand smoke with open lungs. People have a right to enjoy bars, casinos and the entertainment they provide without putting themselves at risk. Many business owners argue that enforcing this ban will lead to a loss for them, resulting in

reduced tax revenues for the state. In fact, Wade Duty of the Louisiana Casino Association says the ban will cause in-state gamblers to migrate to Mississippi, Oklahoma and other neighboring states that allow smoking, resulting in a total loss of $79 million per year in tax revenues. But, Jennifer Haneline, regional coordinator for The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living, finds the ban may actually be helpful in increasing both tax and business revenues. She claims about 80 percent of our state’s population doesn’t smoke, so clearing the air in bars and casinos would make it a more inviting place for these non-smokers. Just as people have the right to not smoke and be protected from second hand exposure, others have the right to smoke their cigarettes without the government breathing down their necks. I propose that bars and casinos ban smoking within the facility, but be required to have a “smoking station” outside to accommodate those that do smoke. This way, businesses can operate without fear of losing revenue and their jobs, while opening their establishment to the non-smokers that typically wouldn’t spend time in these places. This solution could even increase tax revenues, providing a little relief for the already tight budget our state operates under. So, go ahead and enjoy “Thirsty Thursday”. I hope you feel like a champ when you roll into class, covered in grime and running on three hours of sleep. You may look like a circus employee and smell like a sweat and beer cocktail, but at least you won’t reek of smoke. contact Tejal Patel at

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October 14, 2013


Pre-Career Fair Workshops offer advice for future jobs by Halen Doughty

photo by Robert Brown

Eric Edwards, a chemistry education graduate student, attended the Nursing and Health Science Career Fair on Oct. 1 for a possibility of getting a job.

Ark-La-Tex area health centers visit career fair Nursing, Health Science Career Fair hosts 24 businesses by Kaitlyn Huff

Booths representing hospitals and therapy centers from all over the ArkLa-Tex area set up at the Nursing and Health Science Career Fair to give students employment opportunities. The career fair took place in the SUB Ballroom on Oct. 1. Roslynn Pogue, director of Career Connections, believes career fairs are vital to networking and helping students take the next step after graduation. “These events give students the opportunity to come together with area businesses and talk to recruiters,” Pogue said. The Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, located in Shreveport, sent representatives to the fair to recruit students. Nancy Creech, nursing recruiter of the VAMC, wanted to emphasize that the VAMC is a very active employer. Creech believes that they have some of the best benefits available and take care of one of the best populations around. “We are nationwide including Guam and Puerto Rico,” said Creech If they’re willing to travel, the world is at their feet. With one license you can work in any [VAMC] available.” Hayley Masters, a senior occupational therapy assistant major, graduates in December and believes that the career fair gave

her the perfect opportunity to begin looking for a job. “They can be very effective as long as the student understands the opportunity they have...” Masters said. Masters advised students to take full advantage of career fairs and keep an open mind when approaching booths. “Even though all of the booths here don’t necessarily say they are occupational therapy, visit every booth be- Masters cause you never know what opportunity may present itself if you put yourself out there,” Masters said. Emily Roberson, a senior nursing major, was glad to see the variety of positions being offered to new graduates. “…I’m really interested in seeing what organizations are offering to us coming out of school and what positions they Roberson have available like Pediatrics or ER. One hospital was even offering surgery,” Roberson said. According to Pogue, Career Connections has hosted career fairs for about 10 years. contact Kaitlyn Huff at

Career Connections sought to prepare students for possible job opportunities at the All Majors Career Fair by holding Pre-Career Fair Workshops. Two workshops took place on Oct. 1 in the SUB Ballroom. The morning workshop was titled “How to Work a Career Fair,” and the afternoon workshop was titled “Lunch with the Professionals.” “These workshops open the doors and provide them with the necessary advice and steps of how to achieve and to gain employment and internships,” said Roslynn Pogue, director of Career Connections. “How to Work a Career Fair” offered students information on how to prepare for the career fair. Students learned what to expect during the career fair as well as customs and courtesies for approaching

company representatives. “Lunch with the Professionals” gave students a chance to meet with some of the company representatives who would be attending the career fair. Kyle O’Neal, coordinator of O’Neal academic internships, said that students could benefit more from the career fair if they attended the pre-career fair workshops. The workshops offer students the chance to hear from company representatives. “You’ve got to put what you know into practice,” said O’Neal about preparing for the career fair. Amber Atkins, a graduate in general business with a marketing concentration, shared her personal

experiences with the interview process. She advised students to relax. “A lot of the time we get so freaked out that we’re not able to communicate,” Atkins said. According to Atkins, employers do not want to see from prospective employees. Atkins is an alumna of the graduating class of 2013. Jasmine Shaw, a senior general business major, said that she hoped to learn from what the speakers had gone through and use that knowledge to her advantage for after-college experiences. Over 200 students attended the Pre-Career Fair Workshops. Career Connections holds an All Majors Career Fair every semester. The spring semester career fair will be held on Feb. 12. contact Halen Doughty at

All Majors Career Fair brings

wide range of companies by Jaclyn Jones

With business representatives arriving from across the region, students arrived dressed to impress and with resumes in hand at the annual All Majors Career Fair Oct. 2. A range of companies such as CenturyLink, Chase Bank and Hoak Media sought out future employees and interns, providing options for students in almost all majors. While all classifications were encouraged to attend the fair, senior management major Baneita Smith felt it was most important for upperclassmen to go. “I went my sophomore year just to see what it was about. I figured I had time to network later,” said Smith. “But there’s no going again next year. Graduation is right around the corner and it was critical for me to go and network this time.” Smith is confident in the connections she made at the fair and said it’s an opportunity everyone should take. But students weren’t the only ones there to network. ULM broke its participating company vendors record at the fair with 70 businesses in attendance.

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Adrian LeJuene, junior pre-pharmacy major hosts a table at the All Major Career Fair in the SUB Ballroom on Oct. 2.

KNOE 8 News has gained parttime workers and interns over the years from the fair. News director Bob Walters said not only is it good to be able to talk to someone one-on-one, but it’s a good opportunity to meet candidates you may not have otherwise. “You may find somebody that is going into PR or marketing that

would never even look at a job site for a TV station,” Walters said. He said the outcome of talking and building a relationship at the fair may be surprising. “You may find that they can be some value to you and you can be some value to them.” contact Jaclyn Jones at

October 14, 2013




Computer science professor takes on cancer with smile Virginia Eaton stays positive by gaining support by Ashley Lyons

Virginia Eaton, professor of computer science and business communication, has had a life changing past few years. But despite everything, she continues to take on everyday with a smile on her face. It was about four years ago when her husband, Travis Eaton had a stroke. He lost the ability to use his left arm and uses a cane. Eaton was dedicated to helping him continue to live his life. Then on Nov. 16, Eaton discovered a lump in her breast. There was no question about it. She immediately scheduled an appointment with her doctor who performed a mammogram and a needle biopsy on the same day. Two weeks later, she received that devastating phone call. She had breast cancer. Over the next few months, Eaton saw many doctors who recommended that she have a mastectomy. In the spring, she went through six rounds of chemotherapy and the following summer she had 35 radiation treatments. Now she will have to take a drug called Arimidex for the next five years to block estrogen. “Everything that’s possible to do, I’ve done,” said Eaton. “But I feel very positive that I will be around five or 10 years from now.” The support she received from her family, friends and church reminded her how important it is to stay positive. When she found out that she had cancer, she told everybody. She put it on Facebook and announced it to the College of Business. “Because I wanted to build a prayer chain,” said Eaton. “I believe in the power of prayer so that’s what I did.” Eaton belongs to First United Methodist of Monroe. The ladies from her Sunday school class would take her to chemotherapy treatments and did what they could to help her out. “[We’re] the friendship class, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We’re ancient,” Eaton said. One of Eaton’s closest friends, Kimberly Taylor is a computer sci-

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Left to right: Breast cancer suvivors Virginia Eaton and Claire Stammerjohan walk in the Race for the Cure on Sept. 28.

ence instructor at ULM. Taylor was one of Eaton’s first students and the two have formed a mother-daughter relationship since. Eaton’s youngest son who helps her manage Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom, and Taylor went to all of her doctor’s appointments in the beginning. “One of the things you need when you hear frightening news like you have cancer, is somebody else there listening and helping you make decisions,” Eaton said. “Virginia called me the day she found out,” said Taylor. “I was shocked, saddened, queasy, afraid and a little angry at cancer.” Taylor immediately made one of

Eaton’s favorite treats, peanut butter cornflake candy, and drove over to her house. “We sat and cried and she probably comforted me more than I did her. I offered her whatever support she needed,” Taylor said. After the second chemotherapy treatment, Eaton’s hair began to come out in handfuls. She decided it was best to get her hair cut. Her grandson, who will be three in January, had a fascination with her hair coming out. “I didn’t like wigs so I wore hats and scarves,” said Eaton. “If I took my hat off, he would always tell me to put it back on because he didn’t like to see me without hair.”

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Left to Right: William Barnett, computer science department head, and Virginia Eaton pose at the Team Virginia Clare tent during the Race for the Cure on Sept. 28.

Now that Eaton’s hair is beginning to come back in, he couldn’t be happier. “Pretty hair,” he would say as he patted her head. Many people made hats for Eaton and others even cut their hair off for her. Eaton’s daughter-in-law, granddaughter and husband were among those who shaved their heads. Eaton and her granddaughter plan to get tattoos together for her granddaughters 18th birthday. Eaton believes that she wants to get her tattoo over her mastectomy scar. Eaton sought out others who also had cancer. She met women on the internet who were going through breast can-

cer at the same time. They formed a group on Facebook together called “The Bella Sisters.” “We have shared our pictures and shared what were going through,” said Eaton. “So social media was one of the things that really helped me deal with my breast cancer. On Sept. 28, Eaton colored her hair pink and walked in her very first Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. The College of Business put together a team called Team Virginia Claire to honor Eaton and fellow breast cancer survivor and marketing professor Claire Stammerjohan. With 47 people and two dogs, the team raised a little over $1500. “During the spring semester when Virgina was having chemo, several students asked if there was anything they could do,” said Taylor. “Virginia said to wait and we would do something when she was cancer free.” According to Taylor, they were the highest fundraising team in the school category. “We put up a tent and then realized most people had decorated their tents,” said Taylor. “So Virginia, my daughter and I scrambled at the last minute to decorate our ‘nekkid tent’.” They had “In Memory” and “In Honor” boards at the tent where Taylor wrote both of her grandmother’s names. “Quite simply, [Eaton] is superwoman,” said Taylor. “Anytime anyone asked how she was doing she replied ‘great.’ Had she not lost her hair, I don’t think most people would have ever known she was ill.” contact Ashley Lyons at

Photo courtesy of Virginia Eaton

Right to Left: Kimberly Taylor, a computer science instructor, colors Virginia Eaton’s hair pink in preparation for the Race for the Cure on Sept. 28



October 14, 2013


Leesville native named Miss ULM 2014

Kiersten Roberston first freshman to take crown since year 2011 by Ashley Lyons and Jamie Arrington

Kiersten Robertson stood on stage with a stern look on her face and held the hands of her fellow contestants. Waiting for the recalculation of the judge’s votes felt like the longest 10 minutes of her life. Her nerves were swimming. Was she ever going to get off of the stage? All she wanted to do was kick off her heels and slouch her aching back. After what felt like five hours, Miss Louisiana 2013 Jaden Leach had the results in her hands. The moment Kiersten waited weeks for had finally arrived. She told everyone that if she won she would pass out. “And your new Miss ULM 2014 is contestant number eight, Kiersten Robertson,” said Leach. But she didn’t pass out. All of her nerves vanished when she heard the crowd cheer for her. Her family jumped from their seats and waved around their homemade signs. Kierstan gave them her biggest smile as former Miss ULM Amy Matherne placed the crown on her head. HEY WHY NOT? As a freshman, Kiersten thought competing in the Miss ULM Pageant would give her a good opportunity to make friends and get involved on campus. “I got interested in [pageants] after I had done a pageant in high school and I really enjoyed it,” said Kiersten. “It was a lot of fun so I thought, you know, hey why not? It’s a really good way to meet a lot of new girls.” But the pre-dental hygiene major didn’t

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think her chances at winning were very high. Regardless, Kiersten was determined to work hard and have fun. She wanted to represent her platform, Confidence Coalition, a trademark of her sorority Kappa Delta, and make them proud. “If you go out there and have fun and you’re confident, the judges are going to see that,” Kiersten said. At the interest meeting, Kiersten and the other contestants were advised to begin eating healthy and working out. She thought to herself, “yeah I can do that.” But she only went to the gym twice before she decided she couldn’t do that. “I had probably five cookies two days before, a cupcake, but that day I ate healthy,” said Kierstan. “I had sushi for lunch.” While searching for her stage outfits, she wanted to make sure it something that she was comfortable in. She practiced talking to herself in the mirror and constantly checked the news to keep herself up to date on current events. After 12 years of dance, Kiersten was certain of what her talent would be. “I really enjoyed [dance] so I automatically knew that was going to be my talent because I cannot sing or anything like that,” Kiersten said. “But actually I hadn’t danced since May and I only got to practice it a few times on a stage.” After competitively dancing for six years, she choreographed her routine with her childhood instructor at The Academy FTK in Leesville. “I choreographed a little bit of it, but my

Photos left to right: Kierstan’s name is called after a long wait for result recalculations, embraces other contestants after the pageant, takes a leap during her jazz routine, is introduced during halftime at the White Out football game, walks the stage in her swimsuit which won her a prelim.

dance teacher back at home she helped me a lot. We kind of collaborated together and worked on it,” Kiersten said. Kiersten believed that a jazz routine would best show off her personality. “The costume that I wore I actually had already and I had to wear it for some kind of outfit to a king of queens and you had to dress up like your favorite circus character,” said Kiersten. “And I was an acrobat and everybody loved the costume so I wanted to wear it.”

“If you go out there and have fun and you’re confident, the judges are going to see that. ” Kiersten Robertson, pre-dental hygiene major

But it was hard to find a song to go with the costume and she considered changing it until her mother suggested Britney Spears’ “Circus.” CRAZY AND SUPPORTIVE Kiersten’s mother and sister were big influ-

ences on her throughout the entire process. They were her rocks and her sister would keep her sane. “Calm down,” her sister would tell her. “You can do it.” Before going on stage, Kiersten would pray just so she could keep herself together. She would remind herself of the importance of confidence and keeping her head held high. And if all else failed, she was able to look into the crowd to see her family cheering her on. “They are crazy, but they’re really supportive. We live in Leesville and it’s about two and a half hours from here,” said Kiersten. “To have them come on a Tuesday night and skip work to be able to support me was really awesome.” Her family was determined to be a large presence of support of love for her that night. Two rows filled with parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and even neighbors came to cheer and wave their handmade signs with Kiersten’s face on them. When her name was called, her family jumped from their seats and the sound of their applause drowned out the rest of the crowd. Kiersten’s mother, Karen Robertson, felt “blessed beyond measure” watching her daughter being crowned. Continued on page 9

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“I told her to have faith and to believe in herself and to take a deep breath and to have fun,” Karen said. Zandra Grady, Kiersten’s neighbor, has known her since she was born. “And she is just as beautiful inside as outside, absolutely highest standards and morals. Just wonderful,” Grady said. THE CONFIDENCE COALITION Kiersten wants to use her platform to speak to young girls about the importance of confidence. She began teaching a dance class a few years ago and saw how much of an influence she could be not only on younger girls, but also for her peers. “I wanted to step in and be able to speak to girls, to speak to anyone, about boosting selfphoto by Robert Brown esteem, especially today,” said Kiersten. “With Miss ULM Finalists left to right: Sarah Mouk, fourth runner up; Lauren Ford, second runner up; Miss social media there is a certain stereotype that ULM Kierstan Robertson, Jo Hilliard, first runner up; and Ellie Jackson, third runner up pose after the pageant on Oct. 2. you have to be beautiful and it’s not about that.” After seeing how bullying effects young girls schools and being the hostess of ULM. phone at her. she would like to share Confidence Coalition CAN I HAVE YOUR AUTOGRAPH? When she looked over, he took a Snapchat and International Girls Day to local school. A few days after the pageant, Kierstan was sit- picture of her. Kiersten will compete in Miss Louisiana in ting in her psychology class when she noticed “Miss ULM is in my snapchat right now,” he June, but until then she will be seen around something out of the corner of her eye. said. “Can I get your autograph?” campus at events, sharing her platform at local One of her classmates was pointing his Kiersten wasn’t sure if he was being serious,

but he insisted he was. “So I signed this ripped up piece of paper that was all stained,” she said. “And he was like ‘thank you so much.’ It was weird.” AWARD WINNING LADIES Kiersten will receive a scholarship that covers full basic tuition, a one bedroom on-campus apartment, a $300 award from the bookstore, a two-semester meal plan awarded by CAB and a $4,500 cash prize awarded by SGA. Kiersten also won a preliminary award for best swimsuit. First runner-up Jo Hilliard will receive a twosemester tuition scholarship from CAB. Hilliard also won a preliminary award for best interview. Second runner-up Lauren Ford will receive a one-semester tuition scholarship from CAB. Ford also won two preliminary awards for best talen and evening gown. She also received the People’s Choice Award. Third runner-up Ellie Jackson will receive a one-tome $1,000 scholarship from SGA. Fourth runner-up Sarah Mouk will receive a one-time $750 scholarship from SGA. contact Ashley Lyons at

photos by Robert Brown

Photos left to right: Attorney Marcus Hunter attends Meet the Candidates to represent the Democrats. Biology major Austin Allen (right) and John Michael Livingston (left) listen closely as Mayor Jamie Mayo also speaks for the Democrats on Oct. 8.

Democrats, Republicans talk it out over 5th District Congressional seat Candidates inform students on their platforms for election by Tejal Patel

The election to fill Rep. Rodney Alexander’s 5th District Congressional seat is quickly approaching. On Tuesday, students gathered at the Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by the College Democrats and the College Republicans to get informed about the candidates and their platforms. Of the 14 candidates running for the position, Mayor Jamie Mayo and

Attorney Marcus Hunter attended for the Democrats, and engineer Philip Blake Weatherly represented the Republicans. Each candidate had different ideas and approaches about issues the country is currently facing, but there was one common goal: bring the 5th Congressional District to a new level. Candidate Weatherly believes one of the keys to the growth of the district is to boost the economy. “District five is large agriculturally. We do have to invest in that industry. We have to invest in research and technology,” Weatherly said. When it comes to being heard in the chaos ensuing in Washington,

Hunter plans to take a people-oriented approach if elected. “My voice will be loud because I’m listening… When we sit back and play with asses and elephants, we put people’s lives at stake,” Hunter said. Mayo hopes to be the “in-between” voice that has disappeared from politics in the last generation. “Now you’re either right or you’re left, and that is what is hurting our country,” said Mayo. “That is why we are very divided and that is what is making it very difficult to get anything done... I would be a lightning rod to help try to change that.” Shereka Hatfield, a junior accounting major and president of

the College Democrats, stresses the importance of not only attending forums such as these, but using the information to take action and have a voice. Hatfield believes that purpose of attending college is to invest in the future. “And if we don’t take the time to get involved in the politics and policies that we have Hatfield to live by, then what we are doing is in vain,” said Hatfield. “If we don’t let candidates

know that we have a voice, they will ignore us.” Justin Bell, a sophomore computer information systems and accounting major, attended the forum and agrees students should be more politically active. “It was good to hear what each candidate planned to do in office and have the opportunity to ask questions that were important to us as the up and coming generation,” Bell said. Students are encouraged to vote in the election for 5th Congressional District on Oct. 19. contact Tejal Patel at



October 14, 2013


Domestic violence where you least expect it by Jamie Arrington

Not many know that October is not only breast cancer awareness month, but domestic violence awareness month as well. Domestic violence is controlling and dangerous behavior that escalates over time. This can include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. It can come in many forms. Some think it is only an issue with older or married couples but that isn’t always the case. College students can become involved in domestic violence through stalking or dating violence. Know the signs and know whom to turn to. Domestic violence (DV) affects one in four women in the United States. This adds up to three million women being abused in some way by per year. Women are not the only ones abused. Men make up 15 percent of all DV cases. The Wellspring of Northeast Louisiana suggest men aren’t forthcoming with their battle with DV because of society’s image of men. Men are perceived to be strong and powerful. Therefore, men typically attempt to fight their battles alone. Juri Thompson, a senior biology major, says that American culture has silenced men from speaking up about being victims of violence. “I believe that we as men are taught

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to be tough, leaders in our households and communities. And that by admitting to being abused you are admitting to being vulnerable and weak,” Thompson said. Monroe showed its support for DV awareness on Oct. 3 at the Downtown RiverMarket. Supporters dressed in purple, DV’s awareness color, came to hear speakers touch on subjects like what Louisiana does to stop DV in the legal system, shelters that are available

for people in this tough situation and even a domestic violence victim. Louisiana is ranked second in domestic violence cases throughout the nation. It cost $5.3 billion per year for intimate partner violence. And $4.1 billion is used for direct medical and mental health services. DV doesn’t end once the attacker is out of the victim’s life. The victim may have struggles for months, even years, after they are set free from the abuser.

The crowd at the RiverMarket heard the story of a woman who was burned all over her body with a hot clothing iron by her boyfriend. Even though the woman was present, her sister told her story. After three years, it was still too hard to for her to talk about it. Dating violence is something that is found more in our age group than any other. Lindsay Bruyninckx, a senior mass communicatons major, says that re-

lationships are all about trust and boundaries. “Knowing what your partner desires as a relationship is key. I don’t believe in any form of violence in relationships of any kind,” Bruyninckx said. According to Love is Respect, a non-profit for dating violence, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence—almost triple the national average. “Talking out our differences is very important without yelling, name calling or threats,” Bruyninckx said. Stalking is another form of domestic violence seen on college campuses. It is a repetitive pattern of unwanted, harassing or threatening behavior. This can come in ways like excessive calling or texting. Other ways are being followed, receiving unwanted gifts and other forms of intrusion. There is always someone to turn to if you find yourself being a victim of domestic violence. On campus we have the Counseling Center. For students that live on campus and feel they are being stalked, speak with your (RA) or with ULMPD. Never fear speaking out about domestic violence. Talking is the first step of ending this crime. contact Jamie Arrington at

Crossing the line of healthy relationships: Dating What defines a healthy dating relationship? Knowing where the boundaries lie and what is acceptable behavior is sometimes up for opinion. The most basic start to a healthy relationship is good communication.

Speak openly: If something is bothering you, always be able to speak about an issue so you can find a solution.

Respect your partner: The ideals and values of your partner should always be in mind. Respect their views and mutually respect each others wishes and feelings.

Respect privacy: Space and time apart are both good for building a healthy relationship. Just because. Relationships don’t conclude to lack of privacy, give each other space when needed.

Stalking When does being friendly cross the line? What may seem like someone has a small crush on you turns into something obsessive, here are some signs and ways to work it out.

The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year. $4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health services.

Ilustration by Brenna Harper

Constantly calling and hanging up

Use of social networking sites and other technology to track you

Make unwanted phone calls to you

Wait at places you hang out

Damage your home, car or other property

Save important evidence like text messages, letters, emails or voicemails. This type of evidence can be given to the police for a restraining order. Information provided by Love is Respect


October 14, 2013



Use of Instagram as professional outlet gets mixed reviews by Tejal Patel

We all have a friend who seems to always have their phone in hand, snapping selfies or turtle pics on the bridge as they walk to class. They’ll take a picture, cover it with a filter that best hides their flaws (or so they think), and post it on Instagram with the caption “#NaturalBeauty #NoMakeup #Instaflow”. But, is Instagram photography really art? Steven Palowsky of Steven Palowsky Photography, LLC is a well-known photographer in the area and uses Instagram to share his work. “For me, I don’t necessarily want to show very much of my finished, professional work on Instagram, but I will happily show some behind the scenes pictures of me working with a client or maybe some pictures of me and my clients being goofy,” Palowsky said. In an effort to preserve his work, Palowsky doesn’t use filters on the photos he posts, but still has mixed feelings about their general use. “Filters are kind of a mixed bag. When used properly, on what would be a good photo, they can be great,” Palowsky said. “Used incorrectly, they can hurt that same photo.” He attributes professionals’ dislike of filters to misuse. “Where filters get a lot of hate is when people

Photo courtesy of Steven Palowsky

Local photographer, Steven Palowsky, uses Instagram to show what goes on behind the scenes of his photo shoots.

try to use them as a magical Band-Aid to try and fix a really bad picture,” Palowsky said. For the Instagram lover looking to post great

pictures, Palowsky encourages to keep a few things in mind before capturing a moment. “Things that make a photo shown anywhere great are composition, lighting, use of contrast, use of color and subject matter,” Palowsky said. Instagram’s posting format may also be an obstacle to overcome when taking the perfect picture. “The one thing that is so different about Instagram from what most people are used to is the square format,” Palowsky said. “Today’s problem is that people are taking rectangular pictures and trying to make them fit into squares, which obviously effects composition.” Still, Instagram is a growing fad that is a great way to share pictures with people around the world. “I think Instagram is a perfect place for people to express how they want others to see slices of their lives,” said freshman computer science major Armand Arcilla. Arcilla thinks Instagram is a good outlet for professional work. “Professionals should use it to showcase some of their work since it is a social site, and people can spread the word around much faster and more cost efficiently than by any other method,” Arcilla said.

For those that want to meet fellow Instagrammers and share photography ideas, a new trend to check out is attending instameets. Instameets connect Instagram fanatics in person, so they can share photo ideas, locations and experiences. contact Tejal Patel at

Photo courtesy of Armand Arcilla

Computer science major, Armand Arcilla, uses his Instagram account to keep things fun.

Directorial debut uncovers norms in young adults today

ASHLEY LYONS At the start of this movie, I honestly thought I was not going to enjoy this. It seemed tacky, predictable and as if Joseph Gordon Levitt was trying too hard to be shocking or “real” with the content. I began to try to guess where the plot and the characters were going to go. I was certain I had this movie figured out within the first 15 minutes. But I didn’t. I expected this movie to be ridiculous and while it was ridiculous, it was also a very true movie. It was ridiculous because the characters were obviously meant to be caricatures of themselves. It was a satire about the way society objectifies women, and how

pornography gives unrealistic expectations about what relationships and sex really is. It was true, because well, that is exactly what society and pornography does. In the movie, Levitt’s character Jon is a total womanizing, porn addict. No matter how many women he brings home, he can’t fight his addiction to porn. He loves it more than the women themselves. Jon sees them as things that should be able to give him what he wants. He is so unsatisfied with actual women because his expectations are skewed. Why can’t these women be like the women in his porn? Although he does realize that he would rather have true love than the continual one night stands, it is onesided love. He then meets a woman with a similar perspective of a relationship who immediately tries to change him to be who she thinks he should be. Jon has many redeeming qualities such as being dedicated to his family, friends, church and cleaning. But that meant nothing to her un-

less it was making her happy. Jon is confused about it because she is a total “10.” Just because a woman, or a man, is a “10” on the outside doesn’t mean that he or she is a “10” on the inside. He expected her to be the perfect woman because she looks like the perfect woman, and he viewed life from a very shallow perspective. Jon then meets another woman who helps him realize that he going about relationships all wrong and that porn is giving him unrealistic expectations of what intimacy is. This movie’s message is about separating fantasy from reality, appreciating other people for who they are and learning how to achieve happiness through selflessness. That is a lesson that many young adults unfortunately haven’t learned and Levitt’s great directorial debut showed that sometimes it just won’t happen with some of them. But if others can keep an open mind to life and the different types of people within it, then they can begin taking steps towards true happiness. contact Ashley Lyons at

Five things Don Jon taught society Image courtesy of Internet Movie Data Base

If you are buying a drink for a girl across the bar always order a vodka cranberry... always. A gir l that is a on the outside, usually isn’t a on the inside.



Relationships are a two-sided thing. It is all about give and take.

Guys in their 20’s watch porn. Regularly.

Always be open to life lessons. Always look for ways to improve yourself.



October 14, 2013

FREESTYLE crossword

Hawk Heaven Tailgating Dip

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Ingredients: 1 16oz container sour cream 1 8oz package cream cheese, softened 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 - 1 cup chopped or diced ham 1/4 tsp Frank’s Red Hot sauce 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce A dash of Tony Chachere’s Salt and pepper Combine sour cream, cream cheese, shredded cheddar, ham, green onion, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Tony Chachere’s, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir until blended. Bake in a dish for one hour at 350 degrees. Serve with chips or crackers. Recipe courtesy of Pinterest

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October 14, 2013



Macneal golfs way to top spot at Husky Invitational by Drew McCarty

Charlie Macneal finished in first place and the team finished in second overall at the Husky Invitational hosted by Houston Baptist University. The team went on to finish second overall behind the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. TheWarhawks were in an excellent position for an opportunity to win the tournament after their strong first round performance. “The first round we played okay. We didn’t play spectacularly but we played solid,” said head coach Walt Williams. “We were in fourth or fifth with a chance to come in first. We came out in the second round and absolutely lit it up.” Macneal lead the field after the first round and never looked back. He shot an impressive 69 on the first day and followed with an even better 67 the following day. “I felt pretty good going to the

week. My game was in good shape,” said Macneal. “The first round I got off to a little bit of a nervous start but then I settled into the round and

“We came out in the second round and absolutely lit it up.” Walt Williams, head coach

started playing good golf.” This was the first time this season that the team has had a top finisher. Mason Seaborn followed Macneal closely finishing second overall and just two strokes off of the lead. His overall score for the tournament was 209. The Warhawks’ final score was 845, just one stroke behind UALR’s 844.

“We’re going to come out next week and try to regroup and keep climbing,” said Williiams. “Charlie just played the best tournament of his career and Mason played one of the best tournaments of his career.” A strong outing in the early part of the season is a definite morale boost. Williams sees this second place performance a stepping stone for his young team. “We’re still young, still improving,” said Williams. “We think we’re only going to get better. We think we’re playing well now but we’re only going to get better with more experience.” The next tournament for the Warhawks is the Bill Ross Intercollegiate. It will be held Oct. 14-15 in Overland Park, Kansas. There are only three tournaments left on the fall schedule. contact Drew McCarty at

photo by Daniel Russell

Greg Smail finishes the Husky Invitational in Houston, Texas tied for 12th place. He shot a total of 213 with his lowest round being 68.

Rufyikiri slams way to first place

Right: Sophie Rufyikiri works on her forehand a few days after she dominated her opponents in Lafeyette.

by Dakota Ratley

Below: Rufykiri defeats Julia Krowl from McNeese State University in the final match of flight 2 singles.

photo by Daniel Russell


photo by Daniel Russell

ULM tennis had a big weekend with junior Sophie Rufyikiri notching a first place finish at the Ragin’ Cajun Women’s Tennis Classic in Lafayette. Rufyikiri was elated following the big win. “It really feels good. It just means that all the hard work has paid off. It really builds my confidence,” Rufyikiri said. This is the third final she has made it to. The other two were cancelled due to weather. Rufyikiri has managed to post a 6-0 record in singles play this year. Coach Terrence De Jongh praised Rufyikiri’s efforts this year. “Sophie has been a roll lately,” said Jongh. He also spoke on the effect her winning has had on the team. “That’s good. It’s always good when they can build their confidence and get on a roll like this. Now it’s about maintaining it as well. We’ve got to keep it up,” Jongh said. Rufykiri’s performance earned her the coveted Warhhawk of the Week honor. The team now turns its attention to the Georgia State Southern Shoot-

out held in Atlanta, Georgia. It will be held on Oct. 11-13. Coach Jongh is looking forward to the prospect of facing conference foe, Georgia State. Georgia State beat ULM 4-3 in last year’s Sun Belt Tournament. “We can work towards maybe seeing them in the conference tournament. Who knows, maybe in the semis, maybe in the finals,” Jongh said. The tennis season is divided into a fall and spring season. The fall is made up of individual tournaments while the team events are in the spring. Jongh uses Rufyikiri’s wins to help motivate the other girls. “Getting Sophie on a winning streak, the girls kind of see as well. “Hey, I want to be a part of that. I want to be a part of the winning.”” After traveling to the Georgia State Southern Shootout, the Warhawks will participate in the ITA Regional held in Auburn, Alabama, and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships held in Flushing Meadows, New York. contact Dakot Ratley at



October 14, 2013


MLB wildcard game S.A.A.C selects officers for term brings excitement, criticism to bat by Drew McCarty

In 2012, Major League Baseball made a major change to their postseason. The creation of the two-team wildcard system has been both praised and criticized. It has been heralded as a way to add excitement to the baseball postseason, but is it entirely fair? The answer to that question is “no.” In a MLB season, there are 162 games played in the regular season. These 162 games decide the division winners and two wild card teams for both the American League and National League. From 1995 to 2011, there was one wild card spot to which all teams who could not win their division fought for. However, the 2012 season brought upon the second wild card slot. With this additional slot, came an extra game. The Wild Card playoff round features both wild card teams going against each other in one game to determine who moves on. Despite playing 162 games, and possibly having a much better record, the team who loses this one game goes home. This implementation of the Wild Card playoff is not necessarily a bad decision, but just bad execution. The World Series is a best of seven series, the League Championship Series is a best of seven series, and the Division Series is a best of five series. Why shouldn’t the Wild Card Playoff be at least a best of three series? It’s pretty unfair for any team in this position. Baseball is a game in which the worst team could beat the best team in a single game and no one thinks anything of it. This is why the MLB has the playoff series format to begin with. Playing one game does not determine who the best team is. The argument for the one-playoff game system is that it creates excitement of a game five or game seven. That is simply untrue. An actual game five or game seven creates that excitement. This one game playoff almost feels like just one more game during the regular season. Looking back on baseball history, there have been many classic series: The 2001 World Series between the Diamondback and the Yankees, in which there were three walk-offs, the 1999 NLCS where the Braves beat the Mets in an epic six game series- where each game was decided by two or fewer runs- and even the 2011 World Series that featured an epic game six in which the Cardinals were one strike away from elimination twice, but went on to win the game and the series over the Rangers. All of these are classics. That’s something that a one game playoff will simply never be. contact Dakota Ratley at

The Student Athlete-Advisory Committee has named the officers and president for the 2013-2014 athletic year. The group selected represents various athletic teams. Jon Fisher (Football) has been selected as president of the committee. Adam McCleary (Men’s Golf ) will serve as co vice-president alongside Christina Gray (Women’s Basketball). Other officers include Mackenzie Miller (Softball) and Ines Fendt (Women’s Golf ). The committee is made of 30 representatives that represent each indi-

vidual athletic team. Mike Anderson is the committee’s Counselor and Life Skills Coordinator. “I am extremely excited about our newly appointed SAAC officers,” said Anderson. “All of them are exceedingly dedicated on the field and in the classroom and are truly passionate about making ULM a great place to be.” The goal of S.A.A.C. is to “bring about positive change at the institutional and NCAA Div-1 athletic level”. The committee also helps with rules, regulations and policies that impact the lives of student-athletes.

Members of the organization are required to do a variety of things. Some of the things that they do include sponsoring community service initiatives and organizing studentathlete events. “We appointed five outstanding members to lead this organization and with that leadership, SAAC will look to accomplish a number of projects and services this year both on campus and in the Monroe (LA) community,” Anderson said. They also assist in the general well being of the student-athletes. contact Drew McCarty at


photo by Daniel Russell

Ski team captain, Will Oliver, soars off a ramp in preperation for the South Central Regional in San Marcos, Texas.

ULM water ski continues dominance in search for 25th title The defending national champion ULM water ski team took to the water once again in San Marcos, Texas. They came away from the event with a win, topping their largest rival, UL-Lafayette, by 80 points in the final tally. The team is on a quest to win a 25th national championship and third consecutive national championship. The Warhawks will join fellow South Central regional competitiors in competion for the national title. Those teams are Texas State University, Texas A&M, the University of Texas and ULL. The championship tournament will begin on Oct. 14, in California.


October 14, 2013



Warhawks clutch in 21-14 win against Bobcats Newsome matches Sun Belt record for INTs returned for TDs by Drew McCarty

Head coach Todd Berry has been waiting all year for his playmakers to make plays. That is exactly what happened Saturday night in San Marcos, Texas as the Warhawks (3-4) beat Texas State (3-3) 21-14 in a wild finish. ULM started the final drive of the game with 2:56 left to go. An enormous pass interference play on a pass from Brayle Brown to Tavarese Maye got the ball moving down the field. Two plays later, Brown found Maye for 14 yards then again for 20 yards. Momentum was suddenly in favor of the away team. They had the ball

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Centarius Donald rushes into the end zone with 18 seconds left in the game to give the Warhawks a 21-14 road win.

at Texas State’s 24 yard line and were driving. With the ball at the 10, Centarius Donald was ready to make a statement that he is in fact 100 percent healthy and ready to help his team

win. He was in given the opportunity and didn’t disappoint. Donald ran it into the end zone, giving the Warhawks the lead with 18 seconds left.

“The last drive of the game was intense,” said Trent Williams, junior English education major. “From the way things were looking early on, I didn’t expect a drive like that. I’m glad it happened though.” Texas State wasn’t able to do anything. Senior defensive back, Isaiah Newsome, took things into his own hands in the game. In the first half he had an interception returned for 71 yards and a touchdown. This was the first interception returned for a touchdown that the Bobcats have allowed since 2011. Little did they know, it would not be their last of the night. Newsome was at it again early in third quarter. This time he returned the interception for 74 yards and a score. “I was kind of looking to Isaiah to

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make another play. You know, when they tied it up I obviously had concerns,” said head coach Todd Berry. “He is such a weapon for us. He’ll set us up in good field position, we just need to step up and make some plays.” This feat made Newsome the second player in the history of the Sunbelt Conference to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. The Warhawks will use this coming up bye week as time to rest, heal, and improve on team weaknesses. Next up for ULM is homecoming on Oct. 26 against winless Georgia State. The Panthers are in their first year in the Sun Belt Conference and in their first year in the FBS. contact Drew McCarty at photo by Robert Brown

Right: Ace gets the crowd excited in pregame festivities. Below: ULM and WKU faced off in a nationally televised showdown Oct 3.

Western Kentucky defeated the Warhawks 31-10 Thursday, Oct. 3 in Malone Stadium. The game was nationally televised on ESPNU and was ULM’s annual “white out” game. In the absence of the four-year starting quarterback, Kolton Browning, Brayle Brown stepped in and delivered a solid performance. Browning has been ruled out for the year with a torn quadricep. photo by Daniel Russell

photo by Daniel Russell

Tavarese Maye competes with a WKU defender for the ball.



October 14, 2013


Red Wolves inch by Cross country runs Warhawks in 3-2 win well at Chile Pepper by Alex Robinson

The Warhawks fell 3-2 to the Arkansas State Red Wolves during a conference game at the ULM Soccer Complex Friday afternoon. They went into this game with a 5-9-1 season record and 1-3 in Sun Belt conference play. The Red Wolves pushed down the field scoring the first goal within the first minutes of the game and continued to dominate throughout the first half. The Warhawks had a hard time defending Arkansas’s offensive play. The Red Wolves managed to score again before the half, making it 2-0 in their favor at the end of the half. “We made some errors and they came out on fire,” said ULM head coach Roberto Mazza when asked about their performance. In the second half, the momentum shifted to the Warhawks. ULM of-

fense came out on the attack with the first goal scored early by mid-fielder/forward Karlea Fehr with assists from mid-field/forward Mary Ashton Lembo and mid-field/forward Jenna Floyd. They continued to keep pressure on the Red Wolves, with forward Jenna Pillon scoring their second goal 10 minutes later, assisted by mid-fielder Mariah Mitchell. With the game tied at 2-2, ULM continued the pressure on the Red Wolves making a game total of 14 shots to Arkansas’s 11 shots. At one point ULM made a shot that bounced off the bottom of the crossbar, and looked like it went into the goal, but officials did not award the goal. Arkansas State went on to score once more, winning the game 3-2. “I definitely think our team came out with a lot more energy, and after the first goal you could see that the

whole team picked it up,” said Jenna Pillon, forward for the Warhawks. “I knew that getting the second goal definitely helped light the fire. Unfortunately, we didn’t get another goal in and they ended up scoring. You could definitely tell our team wanted it today.” Mazza said the team performed great in the second half. “I really felt that we absolutely dominated this game. You know what, if you are not going to play a complete 90 minute game, you’re just not going to win, “said Mazza. “Overall, I’m very pleased with the last 45 minutes and we’re going to come very strong on Sunday.” The Warhawks will play its next conference game against the UALR Trojans on Sunday, Oct. 13th at the ULM soccer complex. contact Alex Robinson at

by Drew McCarty

Dusan Makevic lead the way for the Warhawks at the 25th annual Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The men’s team placed ninth overall and the women placed 14th. A large variety of colleges and universities participated with 39 teams in total. Rebecca Dark finished the race with a time of 20:11.6, just 10 seconds behind the Warhawks top female finisher, Pauline Muiruri. “We all did pretty good for how we’ve been training,” said Dark. “We’ve had a lot of bye weeks and a lot of time to get a lot of good training in.” The weather at the time of the race was less than spectacular, affecting the runners’ ability to run to their full potential. “The course was really muddy and the conditions were really bad,” said head coach Karoly Varga. “They still were tough mentally and they still did really well.” Varga wasn’t pleased with the men’s team performance but he thinks that an experience like this will be good for them in the long run. “I was kind of disappointed be-

cause I know we are in better shape, way better shape, than what we showed at the Chile Pepper,” said Varga. “I do believe they should’ve been in the top three if we would have ran the race what we should’ve run.” LSU and Louisiana Tech are a two of the other Division I cross country teams that the Warhawks finished ahead of. Makevic’s time of 25:56.8 put him at 59th overall and in the top position for ULM. He was followed closely by his teammates Silah Chumba and Hillary Kirwa. Prior the race, the team was national ranked as the No. 12 team in the South Central Region. “We’re going to have to work harder and use these few weeks that we have off to train really hard and bounce back,” said Brent Turner. Turner clocked in a time of 27:54.7and finished 207th overall. The topped ranked team in competition, No. 6 Arkansas, won the race. The Warhawks will run again at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Oct. 18. That is the last race before the Sun Belt Championships on Nov. 2 in Troy, Alabama. contact Drew McCartyat

Indoor volleyball plays, loses 3-0 in Fant-Ewing by Alex Robinson

Mariah Mitchell fights for possesions with an Arkansas State defender Saturday in Monroe.

Sun Belt Standings 1) Western Kentucky 2)South Alabama 3) UL-Lafeyette 4) Texas State 5) Arkansas State 6)Troy w 7) Georgia State 8) ULM

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Right: Jenna Pillon dribbles the ball after stealing it from the Red Wovles.

photo by Daniel Russell

The volleyball team fell to the UALR Trojans on Friday, Oct. 4th. This was the first game played in Fant-Ewing Coliseum in five years. Middle blocker Kaitlyn Shearer helped to lead the offense with eight kills, followed by Hope Pawlik who had the best hitting percentage for the night and making four kills. Marcela Araya made 13 digs for the night, putting her into fourth place in career digs. UALR offensive player Edina Begic led the team with 14 kills, followed closely by Sonja Milanovic who had 11 kills for the night and 12 digs to lead the team on defense. Head coach Patrick Hiltz believes the team played a good defensive for the most part. “Edina is one of the best hitters in the conference and we knew she was going to put some points on us, so the focus was to slow everyone else down, and I think we did a good job of that,” said Hiltz. “Our block was a little slow at times, but overall we

were in a position to make the play, we just couldn’t do it multiple times in one point.” The Trojans had an early 9-4 lead in the first set, when Hiltz used his first time-out and ULM responded with a five point run from the service line by Alannah Cullum, bringing it to a 9-9 tie. UALR then rallied back taking the set 25-16. In the second set ULM moved out to an 11-7 lead early, but then lost momentum after a call that did not go their way. The Trojans went on to win the set 25-18. They continued to dominate during the third set, taking it 25-16 and winning the match 3-0. Sophomore pre rad-tech major Beaux Bennet, attended the match. “I didn’t really see anything bad about the game, the other team just happened to play better,” said Bennett. The Warhawks are on the road the next four straight matches, playing against Western Kentucky Friday. contact Alex Robinson at

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Volume 88 Issue 7