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volume 138, Issue 24 • wednesday, april 11, 2012

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Windmill Effect: Senior pitcher Lindsey Moore unwinds a pitch against Northeastern State University Friday afternoon. The Lady Blues managed a split against NSU.

Blues lose 4-2 Rob Burkett


After falling in a slide of losses recently, the Lady Blues softball team moved out of MIAA conference play to take on a Division II independent in Northeastern State University. Coming into Friday’s doubleheader against the Riverhawks, Washburn had struggled to earn wins having lost four straight after earning seven wins in a row prior to this point in the season. “We’ve learned a lot about ourselves so far this season,” said Washburn head coach Vanessa Becerra. “Our girls are getting better as the season goes on.” NSU came in with a 17-15 record on the year. In what will soon be an annual conference matchup, Washburn was able to get a split, winning the rubber match to end its losing streak at five games. In the opening game, senior pitcher Lindsey Moore took to the circle. In the first three innings, neither team was able to score. Moore started the game strong, striking out five NSU batters while only giving up one hit. The Riverhawks answered with pitcher Cayce Coleman, who also started the game holding Washburn scoreless in the first three frames.

In the fourth inning, however, NSU would get to Moore as the bats came alive, scoring three runs. Despite this outburst, Moore managed to compose herself and battle through the inning. “[She] had a tough inning in there, but she kept her head,” said Becerra. Showing resilience, the Lady Blues responded in the fifth stanza, scoring two runs, closing the deficit 3-2. Washburn would be unable to close the deficit any closer as NSU finished off the game, scoring an insurance run in the seventh inning to go up 4-2. Moore finished the game going a complete game seven innings, spreading four earned runs out while racking up five strikeouts against 32 batters. In the second game it looked like more of the same as the Riverhawks jumped out to an opening inning lead 2-0 in the top half. Washburn’s offense however came to play as one run in the bottom of the first followed by a three run inning in the bottom of the second. With a 3-2 lead, freshman pitcher Kayla Oldham went to work, holding NSU to just two runs in the game while spreading out 12 hits over a seven inning complete game effort.

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Photo by Rob Burkett, Washburn Review

Soaring High: Washburn students celebrate receiving awards for their contributions to different aspects of student life.

SAGL honors students, devotion to Washburn Yaxuan Gao


On April 10, in the Washburn A Room, Student Activities and Greek Life honored 20 Washburn University student organizations, five student programs and several students in the annual SOAR Awards. The SOAR (Student Organization Achievement Recognition) Awards is hosted by Student Activities and Greek Life. It is an annual celebration to honor outstanding student organizations and leaders for their efforts, activities and leadership during the past year. The awards include Emerging Leader Awards for Freshmen and Transfer Students, Outstanding Program of the Year, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, President’s Outstanding Leader Award, Random Acts of Kindness Community Service Award, Student Organization of the Year and True Blue Bod Spirit Award. Student Activities and Greek Life put out a call for nominations and selected a judging committee. The committee was made up of representatives from throughout the Washburn University community. These representatives included

A&E Percussionist plans senior recital Jordan Loomis


As an artist, passion thrives in such a way that it rivals a heartbeat or a drum beat – or at least, that’s how it is to Washburn University senior, Kelsey Cook, who will be performing her last senior recital this upcoming Sunday on

Photo by Linnzi Fusco, Washburn Review Photo submitted by Kelsey Cook , Washburn Review

Drummer Girl: Kelsey Cook will be performing in a senior recital April 15 at Washburn. Cook has been drumming since she was in 5th grade.

faculty, staff and alumni from Washburn. Each award winner was recognized by the committee based on the areas of criteria listed within each a w a r d description. “ We recognized t h e m based on general principles listed on our website,” said Jessica N e u mann, direc-

tor of student activities and greek life.

April 15. Cook, as one of the only current percussion seniors graduating in may, simply says that she wants only one thing from her performance – for people to enjoy it. Cook, a graduate from Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, MS, was one of the only percussionist from her school while growing up. “I know that I am one of the only percussionist actually getting a degree because people lose their passion for the degree,” said Cook. Where did Cook’s passion for music first come from? First having played the drums in 5th grade for fun, Cook’s passion actually came from her mother. “My mom would always take me to country rock shows and somehow, since she knew somebody

“And we also based [the awards] on their applications.” The 2012 SOAR Awards began with an opening welcome from Neumann. The outstanding programs, student organizations and individuals were honored one by one to recognize what they brought to Washburn University students. Award presenters also briefly introduced the situation of these outstanding programs and organizations when they honored them. Neumann appreciated all coming visitors as an end of the whole banquet. More than 100 visitors attended SOAR Awards, including award recipients, their friends and organizers. “I felt excited,” said Rachael Hageman, member of Washburn Sales and Marketing Executives, which was honored with the Student Organization of the Year award. The visitors enjoyed the food and music in the SOAR Awards. “It is a great chance to honor what they have done this year and thank individuals supporting these activities,” said Neumann. “It is also a wonderful chance to celebrate together and communicate with each other.”

Yaxuan Gao is a junior political science major. Reach her at yaxuan.

from the bands almost everytime, I got drumsticks from the durmmers and they would sign the sticks for me,” said Cook. It was then that she realized her fascination with drumming and how it slowly transformed into a life long passion. “I just liked watching them, the hair flipping was amusing to me. It was who I wanted to be then and now I still do.” What makes Cook’s recital different than other percussion recitals? According to Cook, each song she’s performing has a personal dedication to someone special who has helped her get to where she will be in May—a Washburn University graduate.

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