West Invasion Under Way
Sheep Will Be Shorn: Page 5
OCTOBER 5, 2011
An Independent Newspaper Serving ASU’s West campus Community
VOLUME 2 ISSUE NO. 4
Speak up or bleat!
Kosovo: It’s Personal?: Page 4
A shooting in a far away country means a lot.
Zombie Apocalypse: Page 11
How to survive with your brains intact.
ASU: Down and Dirty: Page 14
It was messy, but the Devils still win.
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Against Math Program
By Robert R. Gehl program is unreliable. “It will tell me that I
@west news am ‘off track’ for the semester when in real-
ity I am almost done with the course,” she
A petition against a computer-driven said. “I believe a traditional math course
learning system in ASU’s core math cours- should be an option for students.”
es is circulating on West campus, asking Earlier this year, in an article titled
administration to reinstate the traditional “The Rise of the Teaching Machines,” the
classroom method from years past. “Chronicle of Higher Education,” quotes
West student government senator How- ASU administrators and faculty as being
ard Waldie, who is vice chairman of the completely on board and in support of this
academic board, said that many students in program.
the MAT194, MAT142 and MAT117 class Reiger said that the traditional method of
are failing – or close to failing. Waldie is learning has failed some students and that
spearheading the petition drive. Knewton’s “adaptive learning” program –
And while ASU Online Dean Philip while seemingly obstinate – is better able
Reiger encouraged patience with the pro- to educate students.
gram, Waldie said, “we’re halfway through He said that the targeting method that
the semester. Some students are going to Knewton uses overcomes obstacles that a
fail. There’s no way to make that up.” lecture-driven class might encounter. Pro-
Reiger said there’s very little that any fessors are not banned from lecturing in
petition or student-led initiative would the Knewton-based classes
accomplish. But his motivation – and the Waldie said while the semester is half-
motivation of ASU institutionally – is to over, there are students that can not pos-
increase retention and help the students sibly pass the course.
succeed. Reiger said that “in two or three years,”
“We’re concerned about student success,” officials will know if the Knewton program
he said. “It’s hard being a first-semester is paying off – both in academic levels and
student at a big university. We’re trying to retention rates. Changing strategies is an
overcome that.” option, but giving up on “online learning”
Kawika Nunenkamp, a freshman po- is not an option.
litical science major, said that the Knewton
Supreme Court Justice Impeached;
Senator Turning to USG for Help
By Jenna Jullius essary processes.
@west news The removal of Kitchen makes three va- Photo By Jenna Jullius | @west news
cant Supreme Court Justice positions.
Student Government Supreme Court At a recent pep rally on West campus, Sparky the Sun Devil was caught showing
Charges brought forward by Taylor- his support for your student newspaper
Chief Justice Matthew Kitchen was both Couchman are in the air; according to
impeached and removed from office at President Tucker, the case is effectively re-
the last Senate meeting. The decision was solved as the executive orders were essen-
made after senators said Kitchen ignored tially codified by a change in the bylaws – a
several attempts at communication by the change approved by the Senate. The execu-
Executive Council to review a case that was tive orders and subsequent bylaw changes
brought forward by Senator Ross Taylor- transfer some budgeting authority from the
Couhcman’s to have President Tucker re- Senate to the President’s office.
moved from office for violations including However, Taylor-Couchman said he
usurping funding powers from the Senate. is going to talk to administration officials
During the meeting, senators discussed about getting the case reviewed by USG in
at length whether or not there should be Tempe. “I’m still going to fight the issue,”
a period of time between impeachment he said. I’m done waiting on the Supreme
charges and actual removal from office. Court here at the West campus. They are
They determined that the removal from of- lacking professionalism and therefore le-
fice should move forward immediately due gitimacy.”
to Undergraduate Student Government Students interested in serving on the
- West’s numerous and failed attempts at Student Government Supreme Court, send
prior contact and to expedite the case’s nec- an e-mail to USGW@asu.edu.
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The Most Interesting Man
on Campus 4205 W. Thunderbird Rd. • 602-843-6490
By Jaime Novotny Over 50 students attended Maturino’s NEED A BIKE FOR THE
@west news most recent tailgating event in the Com-
munity Center of Las Casas last Friday. The NEW SEMESTER?
When he does “The Rep Step,” a stomp party-goers enjoyed subs, chips, drinks,
dance the representatives do, he causes an cookies and entertainment to get excited
earthquake on Mars. When he accepts on- for Saturday night’s ASU football game. WE’VE GOT THAT,
campus missions, he hunts zombies. When In addition to his full-time class schedule PLUS MORE.
he throws a tailgate party, the Sun Devils and full-time job representing the student
win. body of the West campus, Maturino man-
He is Edwin Maturino, sophomore edu- ages to find time to support and participate • Mountain Bikes
cation major, and is the new ASU West Sun in events and programs sponsored by Las
Casas residential life.
• Road Bikes
Sun Devil Representatives, SDR’s, are a Maturino said the “hardest part of his • Beach Cruisers
new kind of student leaders strategically job” is being the only SDR on the West • 3-Wheel Trikes
placed throughout the campuses to pro- campus and commuting to meetings. • Riding Apparel
mote student engagement and spirit. Other ASU campuses such as Tempe and
“My favorite part of being a Sun Devil Phoenix have multiple Sun Devil Repre- • BMX Tees
Rep is the programming,” Maturino said. sentatives to divide the heavy responsibili- • Shoes
This semester, ASU West has seen pro- ties of work and programming and plan- • Sunglasses
grams organized by Maturino ranging ning events but Maturino is the only SDR
from academic success strategies such as at the West campus.
time management, to raging football tail- Despite the challenges, Maturino said he Shop Hours:
gates complete with food, karaoke, and enjoys his job and promoting spirit around Mon- Thurs: 10am - 7pm
games. campus. Fri: 10am - 6pm Sat: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 11am - 3pm
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10% off any purchase
Moral Panics of Sexuality Conference
On Friday October 7th, 2011, ASU West will be hosting a conference called “The
Moral Panics of Sexuality.”
In keynote lectures, panels, and an exciting roundtable discussions, scholars and
students will interrogate sexual practices, representations, and philosophies that are
constructed as the source of anxious unease, if not full-blown disgust.
The presenters will discuss a range of topics that include male circumcision debates,
menstrual activism, body hair, erotic Iranian poetry, and the sexuality of colonialism.
The conference will end with a reception and the world premiere of a live perfor-
mance and installation called The Wendy House.
Registration is free.
Photo By Jamie Novotny | @west news Please register by October 6th by emailing MoralPanics@gmail.com
Edwin Maturino, Arizona State University West Sun Devil Representative
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Strife in Kosovo Takes
A Very Personal Turn
By Marina Kovacevic rifles, tanks, and helicopters ready to fire
@west news at anyone who could cause trouble. This
seems to be a little excessive for a protest of
Peace, democracy, the right to protest— 20 or so people.
these are all American values that have sadly BBC also says that NATO claims “that
been broken last Wednesday in Northern troops had used tear gas and rubber bullets
Kosovo, a country on the southern border after pipe bombs were fired at positions in
of Serbia in Europe, when American and northern Kosovo.” However, the director of
German peacekeeping soldiers fired on a hospital that the protesters were taken to
unarmed citizen protesters. said that some of the people were shot with
Kosovo has recently been recognized by live ammunition.
about 80 countries as independent from Moreover, Reuters magazine and Serbian
Serbia, even though Serbia and more than news N92 and RTS, say that the protesters
80 countries never recognized it. Therefore, didn’t have any weapons except stones
Kosovo was essentially illegally given from the barricades around which they
independence. With a present Serbian were protesting.
minority still living in Kosovo after a The barricades are actually there, set
600 year history of violence between the up by the Kosovar government at borders
Serbian and Albanian ethnic groups in between Serbia and Kosovo and were Brittany West | @westnews
To Do Better or Not to Do Better,
the region, the European community and supposed to be moved by the border
Serbia are trying to have peaceful talks patrol police. The Kosovar government has
about a solution to the ever present unrest terminated all the Serbian border patrol
That is the Question?
between the two ethnic groups as well as policemen in that area under the claim that
the recognition of Kosovo’s independence. they were taking too much time to move
However, Serbia has backed out of the the border barricades. The people protested
peace talks that were supposed to happen under that claim that those terminations By Natalie June Reilly always do better, even if we absolutely
this week because of this recent incident were an act of discrimination as well as the @west news know better. I suppose if we did do better
in Kosovo and demands that some action general refusal to accept the recognition of overweight people wouldn’t continue to
be taken to ensure the safety of the Serbian Kosovo’s independence. I believe it was Maya Angelou who wisely overeat and the rehabilitated wouldn’t
minority in Kosovo. According to the BBC As a person who was born and raised quipped, “When you know better you do “use” ever again. Children wouldn’t climb
news, 16 unarmed protesters and 4 armed in that area and an ASU West student, I better.” Sage words, wouldn’t you say? I’ve into cars with strangers. Smart people
KFOR (the NATO Kosovo Force) soldiers believe that a definite democratic value has been thinking a lot about those particular wouldn’t do dumb things. Abused women
were harmed in “clashes in an ongoing been broken here. The United States always words lately, especially as I exhaust all of my wouldn’t stay in abusive relationships. And
dispute over border crossings.” preaches that part of democracy is for the resources, physical, mental and material, Healthcare workers wouldn’t smoke outside
The BBC shows a photo of about a dozen people to be able to protest any issue they attempting to raise two teenage boys while of the hospital on their lunch break. Cell
KFOR soldiers in full uniform armed with wish, as long as it is done peacefully and returning to university (midlife) to increase phone users wouldn’t text while driving.
without harming anyone. This is what we the capacity of my so called “know better”. Pharmaceutical companies, a billion dollar
Continued on page 5 I mean, it’s got to be true what they say, enterprise, wouldn’t put questionable
WEST right? Knowledge is power. Isn’t that why business practices into practice. And
we’re all here? the prudent Joe Public wouldn’t vote
An independent, non-profit newspaper Just so I wouldn’t forget I went so far as Republican – but I jest.
supported by - and serving - ASU’s West to write those clever words down on the I just can’t help but wonder if the
campus community. giant whiteboard in my office – “When you missing piece in this perplexing puzzle,
Editor-In-Chief: Robert R. Gehl know better you do better.” It seemed like the proverbial filter from not always doing
Managing Editor: Jenna Julius the motivational thing to do on a Monday better when we know better, isn’t a simple
Copy Editor: Lilia Ortiz | News Editor: Marina Kovacevic morning. The ink barely had time to dry case of having character. I suppose if a
Opinion Editor: Natalie Reilly | Photo Editor: Layne Baumgardener when the words of another wise woman, person of character knows better, they have
Sports Editor: Brandon Riddle | Outreach Editor: Gary Brewer a gal I work with, ambled into my office. it in them to do better, therefore, faring
A&E Editor: Sergio Gonzales | Photographer: Jazmin Maldonado Upon reading the quote, the woman turned better on this big blue marble than the
Writers: Anique John-Carter, Harmon Gale, Teena Manuel, Jaime Novotny, to me with a quizzical expression on her rest of us chumps who still don’t get it. It’s
Katrina Powell, Taylor Skvarek | Cartoonist: Jeremy Rogers face and asked a rather loaded question. not always easy making the right choices,
Ad Designer: Wendy Rogers | Artist: Brittany West “Natalie, do you really believe that if we not when we are heavily influenced by the
Graphic Designer: Jonathan Mann know better we do better?” pervading white noise, but it certainly does
Webmaster: Alaric Trevett | Advertising Director: Brittany Mc Pherson “I absolutely do,” I replied confidently. count for something when we do. We live
Business Manager: Martin French | Faculty Advisor: Kristin Koptiuch, Ph.D. She thoughtfully pursed her lips and in a world chuck-full of sages and cynics,
then began to tear down mine and Maya’s go-getters and couch potatoes, heroes
Fletcher Library, #117, 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, AZ 85306 theory, brick by motivational brick. And and victims, givers and takers. The only
(602) 543-8575 before I knew it I was questioning the difference between the opposing two of any
firstname.lastname@example.org whole damn theory myself. I suppose that’s kind is character, the grass roots of simply
@west news is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, with the support of the faculty, what university is all about, putting critical doing better when we absolutely know
staff and community of Arizona State University at the West campus. thinking into practice. The truth is we don’t better – food for thought.
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Speak Up or Sheep
By Natalie June Reilly
Anyway, it didn’t matter. My words quickly
pounded into the sand that was sadly fill-
Do YOUR newspaper, your school and
your fellow students a favor and get in-
ing students’ ears. My imploring eyes roved volved. Be silent no more! It is the power
We’ve all heard the old philosophical through the small crowd of young students of YOUR pen that makes this paper work.
phrase, “If a tree falls in a forest and no that had gathered, each appearing more And, please, don’t bore me with the same
one is around to hear it, does it make a sheepishly than the next. old “I’m too busy with school” bull-spit.
sound?” This simple, yet profound ques- “Isn’t it your job to write about that The fact of the matter is we’re college stu-
tion is a clever experiment of thought, rais- stuff?” One young, female student asked. dents. We’re all too busy, but that’s no rea-
ing questions concerning observation and “My job is to see to it that you have a son to let our voices fall by the wayside.
voice. All you have to do is write about that Write me today at email@example.com.
one’s perception of reality. It also brings to
mind the issue that, as the Opinions Editor, stuff and turn it into me. Tell us what’s got It’s bad enough our student government
concerns me more than does ignorance it- your goat and I’ll do the rest.” doesn’t have a voice on this campus. Not
self – campus issues that fall on blind eyes. Again, I found I was surrounded by a you too, Brutus? Check us out on your favorite networking website. @news
As I was distributing the school newspa- herd of sheepish expressions.
per last week, a job that, quite frankly, is a There is an old proverb that reads: “He
strange mix of both pleasure and penance who makes himself a sheep will be eaten by KFOR Soldiers Continued from page 5
for having the chance to write for this awe- wolves.” Too many students are settling for learn in any democracy class on campus. definitely be questioned. This is all setting
some little rag of ours, I was approached the status quo, forgetting they have a voice In this case, NATO is claiming that their aside the fact that KFOR is a troop created
by many a student with an equal share of in the matter. And so long as there are soldiers fired in self defense when they by NATO, the very institution that gave
both compliments and complaints about wolves out there — and believe me there themselves were attacked by the protesters Kosovo illegal independence in the first
the work we’re doing at @West News. The are — penning sheep into a corner for meal with shell bombs. On the other hand, the place. How can they expect that no protests
biggest and best compliment was directed time will never be easier, so long as we keep other party claims that they only used the will take place?
toward our recent editorial regarding stu- silent. Truth: It just takes one rogue sheep stones that were on the barricades. In either But, I won’t go into those legal and
dent government’s actions or, better yet, to create a diversion. Somewhere it is writ- case, someone is trying to protect someone. historical complex issues. Peace is
lack thereof. Because our student govern- ten that it is harder to herd one sheep than Whichever is true, the mere existence of something that is preached all over the
ment has been officially listed as missing in it is an entire flock — I’m just saying. tanks, rifles, and helicopters on the scene world by many governments and activist
action, students seemed to applaud the fact Listen people, I’d love to keep you all before any attacks were made is ridiculous groups alike. I’m sure that most individuals
that their shenanigans had been brought to entertained with my own personal opinion and unnecessary. Why weren’t tear gas, believe that the spreading of peace is more
light. issue after issue. If given the opportunity, Tazers, and other less sever weapons used important and better than violence.
“It’s about time someone say some- eleven times out of ten, I’ll take it. However, when a sign of violence became apparent, The whole of Europe and much of the
thing,” one anonymous bloke chanted, his that’s not my job as the Opinions Editor of before those bombs were supposedly rest of the world has wanted Serbians and
fist pumping in the air. It was also agreed this paper. My job, as it was once told to me thrown? Albanians to get along for centuries. In
upon by a handful of surrounding students years ago, is to comfort the disturbed and Competing news are showing and recent years, there seems to be progress.
that the paper bring even more student disturb the comfortable. So with that said, saying different things, so that the public People just want to move on, exhausted
issues to light. I, being the consummate consider this call-to-action a hot poking is further confused and manipulated by with fighting with each other, with being
Opinions Editor, begged (a shameless act iron aimed for your precious fleece, dear them. Because of this, it is unclear what pulled in all directions by bigger countries
I’m far from above) with them to get in- sheep. If you take issue with student gov- even happened. with self interest, and with much more.
volved with the paper, even if it was a sim- ernment, the rising cost of parking, this For example, there is a video of this What KFOR has done in Kosovo on that
ple Letter to the Editor. newspaper, administration or any other af- circulating on major European news of day has set this movement backwards. The
“You have a voice. Use it!” I cried, chan- filiation – good, bad or ugly – it is your ob- KFOR firing at the protesters even after very thing that the protesters were trying
neling Jimmy Stewart’s passion in the 1939 ligation to both your school and your com- they started running from them, some are to do, protesting an idea instead of fighting
“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”. “Write in munity to write into the Opinions page of even shown as falling down after being with a perceived enemy, is what democracy
with these issues. It’s your paper, your plat- your school newspaper. Heck, if you take shot. KFOR still kept shooting. And, who is all about.
form.” offense to how the chef in the school caf- knows what other deadly weapons they It is what NATO and others hoped would
My call-to-action boldly resounded eteria beats your morning eggs, give us a would use if the protesters didn’t run for happen in the area and when they finally
against the brick walls of our very own shout. Believe me; this paper wasn’t born their lives. Why wasn’t this shown on any get it, they show up with tanks, rifles and
Sands building like a true leader of the to be a one-person platform. However, it western news? helicopters, already assuming that they
common people. Great appeals to the peo- will be if you let it. Martin Luther King, Jr., No matter what forms of weapons the will cause violence. Where in another
ple like Mel Gibson’s William Wallace in a civil rights activist who needs very little protesters used, the fact that their weapons democratic, western country do soldiers
“Brave Heart” and Russell Crowe’s General introduction, once said: “The ultimate trag- were inferior to those that KFOR had ready from another country show up with such
Maximus Decimus Meridius in “Gladia- edy is not the oppression and cruelty by the to use before any violence even broke out extreme weapons to “ensure peace” and are
tor” come to mind – not that lives were at bad people, but the silence over that by the is not fair at all, and not very democratic ready to fire at protesters with questionable
stake or anything like that. Or aren’t they? good people.” either. In fact, it’s something that should reason?
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The Fletcher Corner
By Dennis Isbell
Director of The Fletcher Library
We are making progress on the third line resources and finding quality informa-
floor! tion. The quality of your information con-
The quiet study area has some additional tributes to the quality of your work, and
furniture in it for temporary use until the finding quality info is our specialty.
new furniture arrives. The bad news is the We have Librarians here to help.
new furniture will take six to eight weeks to Dennis Isbell (yours truly) is the Hu-
arrive. I know, unbelievable but true. manities and Arts librarian, this includes
At least the area is usable now and we English, Art, Religion and Philosophy.
hope the wait for new furniture will be Dr. Lisa Kammerlocher is the librarian
worth it. For you Education majors on for the Social Sciences and Communica-
campus, the ASU Libraries has a new da- tion, which includes Psychology, Political
tabase of interest, “Education in Video”. It Science and Sociology.
is an online collection of videos developed Bee Gallegos is the History and Educa-
for training teachers, the first of its kind. tion librarian (lucky Bee gets Education all
There is nothing like watching a real teach- to herself!)
er in action! Rene Tanner is our Sciences librarian,
From your Blackboard page use the who we have borrowed from the Tempe
link to the ASU Libraries at the top left Libraries.
(“Tools”), then look for “Research Data- For Business, another Tempe/Poly librar-
bases”. There is an alphabetical list you can ian on loan is Jenny Mueller-Alexander.
use to find “Education in Video”. Find our contact information at: http://
Midterms are almost here (or are they lib.asu.edu/librarians.
here?) If you have research papers to do, Really, we do want to hear from you, es-
keep the Librarians in mind. We can help pecially if you are struggling to find infor-
you with navigating the ASU Libraries’ on- mation.
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copa County Public Health to organize this something that can happen to anyone, re-
event for students. gardless of whether they have one or two
That is the Question
By: Marina Kovacevic unfortunate side effect is the reluctance of
Many times an STD cannot be detected
by the person affected because the body of-
ten doesn’t show symptoms of it, but it can
be spread to partners. Such STD’s like Chla-
sexual partners or many more.
The event will encourage discussion of
STD’s and safe sex in general, featuring in-
formation provided by the health officials
@west news participants to get themselves tested, for mydia can cause “sterility, pelvic inflamma- of Maricopa County for students and fac-
many different reasons. Because of this, tory disease, and other serious health prob- ulty who have misconceptions about STD’s
In recent years, it has become apparent ASU West is sponsoring a free event at the lems if left untreated,” Ortega said. or just want to know how to prevent or
in our society that the existence of sexu- Student Health Center on October 11 to Chlamydia is easy to treat, but even treat them. It is an easy and cost effective
ally transmitted diseases, STD’s, has caused encourage any sexually active student to STD’s that are not easy to treat could still way for interested persons to find out what
alarm within many communities. Al- get tested, confidentially and for free. be prevented or life with such an STD can they want to know.
though STD’s are not a recent occurrence, The main purpose is to encourage people be prolonged if one takes the time to find Ortega says that partners that think they
medical advancement has only begun ex- who are sexually active to get themselves out about its existence and then makes the might have an STD should get tested and
ploring and treating such cases as the HIV tested so that they can get proper treatment decision to treat it. even go with their partners to get tested to-
(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and after their diagnosis and so they could warn The general topic of Sex and STD’s is gether because it builds a sense of trust in
AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syn- any potential sexual partner they may have often embarrassing, but students would their relationship. Furthermore, this is an
drome). in the future. Dr. Omayra Ortega, assistant be surprised if they knew just how many effective way to bring up that uneasy con-
Sexual relations have become more open professor in the Natural Mathematical and people have some sort of STD, and so versation about Sex and STD’s.
and free in the last few decades, and an Sciences Division, is working with Mari- they shouldn’t be embarrassed. This is just
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West’s Own Heroes
By Katrina D. Powell
Nick’s Words of Wisdom: Based on his
own experiences, Nick is clear when giving
his advice to fellow veterans, “Maximize
to ASU. For Ashley, her educational expe-
rience at ASU has been amazing. “I per-
sonally chose ASU because of their history
Navy veteran has used her husband’s ben-
efits “to do something (she) never got to
do when growing up.” Now that the couple
With ASU recently being named one of your benefits!...Go to school…Get paid!” as being military friendly.” Ashley further has retired, Sharon has started to pursue
the Top 30 Military Friendly schools for the credits her ability to pursue her education- her degree full-time. She is extremely ex-
third consecutive year and the tenth anni- Ashley Verigood al goals to having her military benefits. “I cited about the road that lies ahead of her
versary of 9/11 still fresh in our minds and Junior, Political Science wouldn’t have gotten out (of the military) if and acknowledges that she “wouldn’t have
hearts, it has come the time to recognize Using Post 9/11 benefits I didn’t have benefits.” been able to do this without the benefits.”
students on this campus who have served Military Background: Senior Airman, Goals: Ashley is torn between becoming “There’s no way!,” Sharon declares.
(and continue to serve) in the military and served 4 years active duty in the USAF a reporter and returning to the military as a Goals: Next, Sharon wants to pursue a
are currently pursuing their college degree (ARMS career field) commissioned officer. Master’s and then PhD in Cognitive Behav-
with military educational benefits. ioral research. She would like to one day
Here are just some of your West campus Dustin Poole develop a program for functional illiterates.
heroes and their inspirational stories. Junior, Sociol- Inspirational Story: Sharon admits that
ogy she was also illiterate for a long time. After
Alyssa Graves Military a friend taught her how to read, she went
Junior, Elementary Education Background: on to pursue her Associates at Central Ari-
Military Background: Although Alyssa Specialist, spent zona College and graduated with honors in
is currently the only civilian in her family, 5 years ac- May of this year.
she is no stranger to the military lifestyle. tive duty in the “I was the second oldest to graduate (in
In fact, you can say Alyssa was born into Army, currently my class),” said an enthusiastic Sharon.
the military: her parents met while serving serves in the Ar-
about 21 years ago and just recently, her izona National David McColgan
mom retired from the Navy. Also, Alyssa Guard (2 years Freshman, Business Sustainability
used to be a scholarship recipient in the and counting…) Military Background: Retired, USMC
ASU Army ROTC program, but left after Even though Gunnery Sergeant (21 years of service) and
her first year when she and her fiancé (now Dustin still has worked as a contractor in Iraq.
a Lt. in the Army) contemplated possible works full-time, Despite having a successful military ca-
issues in both being active duty. he admits the reer, David admits that it always “ate at
Despite leaving the ROTC program and extra money him” that he did not have his college de-
giving up her scholarship, Alyssa contin- from his mili- gree. A couple of years after retiring, David
ued her education; this time using her tary education started taking courses at a local community
mother’s military benefits. She insists that benefits has al- college- finally pursuing his goal of obtain-
she “wouldn’t be here without it (benefits).” lowed him to ing a degree. Finding a major that “interest-
Goals: While Alyssa’s main goal is to “financially be ed him,” he is settling nicely into his college
complete her education- it appears that the able to relax and life at West.
military is not completely out of the ques- concentrate on Goals: David’s primary objective right
tion in her future: “I’ve been around it my his studies.” “I now is to earn his degree. In the near fu-
whole life…so maybe I’ll go to OCS one wouldn’t have ture, he hopes to apply for the Master’s de-
day!” been able to go gree in Accounting. For the time being, Da-
Alyssa’s Advice: “Research as much as to school if my vid says his goal is to receive an A in every
possible! There are a lot of benefits out tuition wasn’t class he takes.
there that people do not know about.” paid for because David’s Words of Wisdom: “Put 100% ef-
I wouldn’t have fort in everything you do!”
Nick Bowland been able to af- Special thanks to those who were not
Junior, Psychology ford it,” says an profiled, but who have served and continue
Military Background: Staff Sergeant, appreciative to serve to fight for our freedom…God
served 6 years active duty in the USAF as a Dustin. Dustin Bless and much success in following your
Civil Engineer Equipment Operator Ashley Verigood In Uniform Photo Courtesy of Ashley Verigood added that with- dreams.
Today: Nick currently works as an In- out his benefits,
structional Aid for kids with special needs. Growing up, Ashley was surrounded by he would most likely have had to get a sec- Cheat Sheet:
He admits his biggest mistake was that he family members who served in the mili- ond job to cover his school expenses. ARMS: Aviation Resource Management
did not obtain his Associate’s degree while tary, but what set her apart was that she was Dustin’s Advice: “Don’t let your benefits Systems
on duty. “I went from being in charge of a the only member in her generation to enter lapse! Use it while you can!” OCS: Officer Candidate School
$5 million AF program to making $12 an into the AF. ROTC: Reserve Officers’ Training Corps
hour in my current job!” After separating from the AF in 2010, Sharon Maupin USAF: United States Air Force
What the future holds: Over the next five Ashley knew she wanted to continue her Freshman, Psychology (Online) USMC: United States Marine Corps
years, Nick wants to pursue his Master’s de- education. Graduating with her Associ- Background: Sharon admits that she is
gree and obtain his Board Certified Behav- ate’s degree before leaving active duty, she finally living her dream of 45 years. For
ioral Analyst (BCBA) certification. was able to transfer all of her credits over the past 2 ½ years, this wife of a disabled,
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Favorite Zombie Movie?
Humans Versus Zombies
By Elizabeth Garcia | @west news
A Modern Day Tag-O-War
Harmon Gale starves to death and is out of the game. The
Jackal is only out for five minutes at a time.
@west news humans, meanwhile, must survive until Each day, both teams will be given mis-
all the zombies starve. Humans can “stun” sions to complete for points which equal
Attention all human survivors! There zombies by tagging them with darts fired prizes once the game is over. The story will
“Zombieland” is still hope. Residence Hall Association’s from Nerf guns, balled-up socks or marsh- progress differently based upon the out-
- Jamie Hamre, Senior, Accounting Executive Director/Leader of the Human mallows. come of the missions. Be sure to “like” the
Resistance, Amanda Butkiewicz, has as- Once stunned, a zombie is out of the “Humans vs. Zombies at ASU West” page
sembled a team of brilliant scientists and game for 15 minutes. Humans are identi- on Facebook to stay up to date on game
researchers who are on the brink of discov- fied by bandanas tied around their arms. developments and receive hints on the mis-
ering a way to stop Jackal and his undead Zombies will have bandanas tied around sions.
hordes for good. But they need all the help their heads, which are then placed around There are some important rules to follow.
they can get every day from 10 a.m. to 12 their necks when they are stunned. When The inside of buildings, classrooms, bath-
a.m. from October 3-7. tagged, humans must give their ID card rooms, the Las Casas residence hall, special
etc. are “safe
guns must be
“28 Days Later” Nerf brand
- Laura Phrasavath, Sophmore, Psychol- only and must
ogy be colored or-
ange or yellow
and must be
the game mod-
police to get
this event ap-
proved, so you
are asked to
follow all rules
“Dawn of the Dead” to the letter.
- Amanda Woo, Freshman, Health Sci- Visit the RHA
website for a
of the rules.
better, so if
Nerf guns ready - a group of humans prepare for the zombie horde Photo by Layne Baumgardener | @west news you have not
to attack. registered yet,
Humans vs. Zombies is basically a big — given to them upon registering for the send the RHA office an e-mail at rhaw@
game of tag that has spread across Ameri- game — to the zombie that attacked them asu.edu.
can college campuses like a fluid-borne so the zombie can prove he or she fed that The game starts Monday, October 3 at 10
virus. It works like this, the zombies must day. a.m. Meet at the Las Casas residence hall.
turn all the humans into members of the One player will be randomly chosen to Humans vs. Zombies promises to be an in-
walking dead by “eating” (tagging) them. play Jackal, the original zombie. Jackal re- credibly fun and hopefully recurring event
“Friday the13th” Each zombie player must eat at least one mains unidentified as a zombie until he at the West campus.
- Masako Sims, Freshman, Psychology human every 24 hours or that player eats his first victim. When he is stunned, See you all there!
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So You Want to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
Here’s a Few Tips You Might Want to Know
By Taylor Skvarek
whole “stop, drop and roll” concept, light- to swollen feet and pain that will make you
@west news 1. Machete.
ing them on fire really shouldn’t be too want to throw yourself at the zombies.
The first absolute necessity you’ll need much of a problem.
While the actuality of a zombie apoca- to make it through the night is a decapita-
lypse may be a sensitive topic for many, it’s tion weapon, such as a machete. While it’s
3. Food, water and the basic first aid. No, I promise that this isn’t some secret
no longer a subject we should easily brush always in your best interest to remain as far Just because there’s a zombie trying to defense strategy against zombies, or any-
off. With our impending doom quickly ap- from the creatures as possible, it’s not a bad chew off your face, that is no reason to start thing of the sort. Rather, it’s simply a neces-
proaching in 2012, it’s time to take a mo- idea to have one of these bad boys read- skipping your meals. Pack easy-to-access, sity for that last hoorah. When you’re just
ment to stop and consider the condition ily available for those moments where you non-perishable food and water to keep up having one of those really difficult nights
of your zombie survival pack. If you’re happen to turn around and notice a zombie your energy during those typical evening where you feel as though everything wants
amongst the majority of humans, you’ve preparing to take a little nibble out of your chases. As for the first aid, well, I assume to eat you alive, it’s kind of nice to be able
probably gone through the motions of shoulder. that’s pretty obvious. If you get your arm to crack open a jar of Nutella, you know?
daily life without even considering the pos- munched off by a zombie, you’re going to
sibility of being devoured by a flesh-eating 2. Matches. In the end, it’s important to remember
want a pretty big bandage.
monster—which, I assure you, is more of a Despite the fact that they’re dead, zom- that zombies are nothing like your typical
possibility than people like to believe. For- bies are incredibly social creatures. You’ll
4. Running shoes. nightwalker, and cannot simply be warded
tunately, all of you poorly prepared folks often find them hanging out with a large Girls, no one is going to care about what off by some garlic or crosses. The best strat-
out there have the benefit of my help, which group of friends, where it becomes nearly you look like in the middle of an apoca- egy for surviving their attacks is prepara-
will inform you of all the essential necessi- impossible to fend yourself with only one lyptic event, so put the stilettos down. If tion and distance. Get your gear together,
ties that you’ll need in order to avoid being weapon. You’re no Buffy when it comes to you actually plan to live past the first few scout out the safest hideout spot and when
the first one slain in a ferocious zombie at- slaying, so try using matches instead. Since hours, then it’s time to invest in a decent in doubt, run like your life depends on it—
tack. zombies are proven to be incapable of the pair of running shoes. Otherwise, say hello because it does.
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At the Box Office
By Sergio “Gonzo” Gonzalez at certain theaters. It’s the sequel and “full
Your Ad +@west news = $$
Arts and Entertainment editor sequence” of and stomach turning film
known as “Human Centipede II.” On imdb. If you would like to advertise with us, e-mail us at email@example.com or go to www.atwestnews.com for details @WEST
It’s that time again moviegoers. October com, there is no rating listed yet. It is a very
is upon us as well as Halloween month! The disturbing film that follows a mentally dis-
films being released these next few weeks turbed loner, Martin, and his quest to fol-
are not just horror films, but there are a
This coming weekend horrors and dra-
low the Doctor’s work from the first film.
The following week, October 14, has a
few big name titles being release. The first
Happy Birthday Libra!
mas are the main titles being released. Look of which is “The Thing” starring Mary By Teena Manuel
for these films in a theater or drive-in near Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton. The @west news
you this weekend. film is rated R and a Horror-Mystery ac-
cording to imdb.com. It is a remake of the September 23 to October 22
Drama Your planet: Venus
classic film that follows researchers whom
The first batch of movies releasing this find an alien deep in Antarctica that they Your Element: Air
weekend are dramas. The first is “Real think is dead, but is very much alive. Birthstone: Opal
Steel” starring Hugh Jackman and Evan- Classic
geline Lily. “Real Steel” is rated PG-13 and Happy birthday Libra! You are the seventh sign of the zodiac, where there is a focus
is considered an Action-Drama according The other major movie being released is on the outside world. Strengths: You are all about communicating with others, and
to imdb.com. The film follows the world of also a remake of a popular 80’s movie and feel more fulfilled in life when you have a lot of friends or a romantic partner. You
boxing in the future where 2000 lb. robots that is “Footloose.” “Footloose” stars Kenny like to find balance between people, bringing them together and solving disagree-
do the fighting. The second is “The Ides of Wormold and Dennis Quaid and follows ments. You also like to pursue subjects that will make you more balanced, playing a
March” starring Paul Giamatti and George the similar story of the original in a city kid sport as well as playing an instrument and creating art, the more involved you are,
Clooney. “The Ides of March” is rated R moving to a city where dancing has been the better. You are very good at becoming a well-rounded, cultured person. (iVillage,
and listed as a Drama according to imdb. banned. He then rebels and “shakes things 2010-2011)
com. The film’s plot includes a presidential up”, all according to imdb.com. Weaknesses: Some may call you superficial, or even vain. You can be lazy and apa-
candidate getting a crash course in dirty The horror element is starting to show thetic. On the opposite end, you may be too involved. Try to slow down sometimes
politics. with the Halloween season coming up. Yet and smell the roses (or look at the cacti). You might also use people sometimes, but
there are also movies out there coming out that’s not necessarily a bad thing as long as you pay them back. (Hyde, 2004)
Horror for all types of viewers. As always, grab that Compatibility: Gemini and you may share a wavelength, so you would make a
The one horror film being released this loved one, head to the theater and enjoy the good match. Aquarius is somewhat of your opposite, and their cool collected energy
weekend (October 7) is only being released show! calms you down. Sagittarius and Pisces also make good matches as they all possess
different temperaments than you and opposites attract.
The Dead Walk in Water
Famous Libras: Sailor Venus, Hilary Duff, John Lennon, Zac Efron.
Want To Get
By Sergio “Gonzo” Gonzalez choose one at the start) and their journey to done with knives, blunt objects, etc. The
Arts and Entertainment editor find a way off the fictional island of Banoi. game allows you to modify and upgrade
The character is trying to find a man’s voice your weapons and character for a unique
For starters, let me say happy October on a radio. In doing so, you take on many experience. The graphics are HD quality
different missions and side missions as and the game’s sounds are great. You’ll be Come write for us at @west news
and WATCH OUT, ZOMBIES!! Phew. and gain an experience that lasts a
Okay. Now, as a fellow student I know how well. It’s not a quick short game; it is long able to hear zombies from afar and from
which side they’re coming from. lifetime. Positions open for:
stressful school can be and how much you and actually gives you many options on
feel like a zombie. Yet, what if I told you what to do. This game is definitely one of its kind. -Reporters
there’s an outlet to kill them, and lots of The game’s free-roam aspect deserves its Many have said it’s like putting “Dead Ris- -Photographers
them? own recognition. This means that once you ing” and “Left for Dead” together. I would
agree, but feel that this game has its own -Editors
There is a video game for that. Recently fully get started, you get to roam around
released, “Dead Island”, allows gamers to the maps and complete whichever missions category. So, if you’re in the mood to pos- -Editorial Cartoonists
interact with many different types of zom- you accept, whenever you like. Another in- sibly release some stress and kill quite a
bies. teresting aspect is that it’s a few zombies — all while playing through a
Developed by Techland, and published
by Deep Silver, “Dead Island” is a game
first person shooter, yet it is rare and
takes quite awhile before you encounter
great story — pick up “Dead Island.” If you would like to join our team email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the newsroom
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that follows four different characters (you any guns. The majority of the “killings” are
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By Sergio “Gonzo” Gonzalez
Arts and Entertainment editor
and get a feel for the art community. Most
of the events held during the time period
are free and open to the public. Yet, word
Well West campus, it’s October. The se- to the wise, be careful when parking and
mester is rolling along and there are new driving there. It’s a little rough sometimes
and exciting events coming up for all to do. to get around.
This month holds many different activities West is also offering some events for you
in Phoenix as well as here on your West to enjoy. The following are a few events and
campus. their dates around our campus: On Octo-
This week, we’re taking a different ap- ber 8, Sun Devils Serve is an event where
proach. To some who know the city of you get to become a change maker and help
Phoenix, First Friday is nothing new. Yet, out a non-profit agency and on October 15,
to others, it has the opportunity to become the MU in Tempe is holding the Fall For-
a great experience. ward Leadership and Social Change event
Friday October 7 will be the first Friday at 9:30 a.m.
of the month. Each first Friday, down- ThinK series is also holding a few more
town Phoenix holds an event to welcome events. Wednesday, October 12, Wes
the community into their arts district. The Moore will discuss “One Name, Two Fates:
event is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and includes The Consequences of Personal Respon-
artists posting their artwork in galleries, sibility” and on October 18 New College
along with music and food along the streets alumnus Nova Hall will discuss the exhibit
of downtown. There will also be free or dis- “Flying Over Time: The Spirit of St. Louis.”
counted entrances to some museums in the You can contact your student engagement
downtown area as well. The last First Fri- office if you have any questions.
day I attended allowed free admittance to This beginning of October has many new
the art museum. Then over by Central and and different events to offer. There’s some-
Roosevelt there’s a walk that allows people thing out there for everyone. So enjoy the
to hear live performers (poetry, music, etc.) start of Halloween month and also, don’t
as well as enter houses that may have gal- forget to take some time to vote for your
leries of different artists hung up. It’s a way “Best of West” so they can be featured in an
for people to enjoy the inner city culture upcoming issue.
animated husband and joins police officer
Kenneth (Ving Rhames), a Best-Buy sales- Native Connections
man named Michael (Jake Weber), An-
I first saw Zach Snyder’s “Dawn of the At ASU Event
dre (Mekhi Phifer) and his pregnant girl-
Dead” (the 2004 remake) on YouTube. friend. The group heads to a nearby mall On Tuesday, Sep-
Despite being broken up into parts and tember 27, West
where they find a few other survivors and campus students,
uploaded (illegally!) in 240p resolution, plan their escape from the zombie-infested Krissy Bergen and
my fourteen year-old self saw an awesome town. Braunwyn Walsh,
movie. The action was intense and seemed One really can’t discuss a remake with- represented the Na-
realistic. The blood and gore was plentiful, out also addressing the original. Snyder’s tive American Stu-
yet used effectively. “Dawn of the Dead” is a very different dent Organization
The acting was convincing and I cared movie from Romero’s 1978 film. Snyder’s (NASO) at the ‘Na-
about the characters. Because it’s Zombie movie is faster paced, more action oriented tive Connecting at
Week here at @west, I’ve been given an op- and lacks the observations on human na- ASU’ event.
portunity to watch this flick again. It’s still ture and modern consumerism famous Diane Humetewa
great fun. who is the Special
in Romero’s work. Though surprisingly, I Advisor to the Presi-
Sarah Polley plays Ana, a nurse who re- think the acting is better in the 2004 ver- dent on American Photo By Jeston Morris | special to @west news
turns from a long shift at the hospital to en- sion. In any case, I urge the reader to see Indian Affairs was
joy a date night with her hubby, and awakes both and get two very different experiences. the keynote speaker at the event. The American Indian Student Support Services
the next morning to find the neighbors “Dawn of the Dead” is probably one of (AISSS) sponsored the event, which was held at Tempe campus.
nibbling on him. “When there’s no more the best zombie movies of the 2000s. It’s Krissy Bergen who is a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the cur-
room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth,” scary, it’s gory, it’s fun and it should defi- rent President of NASO spoke about the upcoming events and membership for NASO.
and walk they do. Well, more like Olympic nitely be on your must-watch list this Hal- Braunwyn Walsh who is a member of the Navajo Nation and the current Vice President
sprinting, really. Ana flees from her re- loween. of NASO spoke about the mission of NASO.
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ASU Gets Down and Dirty
By Brandon Riddle run by running back, Cameron Marshall. rather, Arizona State thought it would be
@west news Sports Editor During the second quarter Burfict zeroed interesting to wear out the Beaver offense
in on a Barkley pass and intercepted, gain- by constantly giving them possession.
ASU (3-1) rebounded from the disap- ing 36 yards. From there, ASU continued Every Sun Devil possession in the first
pointing loss at Illinois with two solid wins its forward momentum, collecting a score quarter led to a turnover. Two intercep-
at home against Pac-12 rivals, USC (4-1) of 21-9. tions and a fumble led to two Oregon State
and Oregon State (0-4). The second half of the game held an air field goals and a 0-6 lead heading into the Sudoku Answers
USC, a bowl ineligible team, has domi- of doubt for the Sun Devils. USC marched second quarter. From there, the Beavers
nated the conference for what seems to be 65 yards down the field for a touchdown, scored a touchdown to fall behind (0-13).
the past millennium. In fact, the last time cutting the ASU lead down to just five Suddenly, the Sun Devils pulled the rug
the Sun Devils defeated the Trojans was points. Following a punt that landed in the out from under Oregon State and piled up
over ten years ago in 1999 after suffering Sun Devil end zone, the Trojans – again - 21 points in the second quarter, going into
defeat five times at home. sliced through the Arizona State defense 80 the half with a lead. The Beavers would get
The week prior to this latest match-up, yards for a touchdown, giving USC a one- within one point, but would be met with
USC quarterback Matt Barkley called Ari- point lead. another Sun Devil touchdown. The final
zona State star, Vontaze Burfict, a “dirty ASU snatched the lead back with the fol- score of this one was 35-20.
player”. Barkley’s issues with Burfict are lowing possession. The fourth quarter was The stat line for Brock Osweiler sums up
still unknown, but undoubtedly the antics all ASU, extending their lead to a final score the bipolar game well: 258 yards, 2 touch-
added to the driving force that achieved a of 43-22. Coming into last week, Oregon downs, 2 interceptions and a fumble.
win. State had yet to win a game. ASU’s goal was Next week, the Sun Devils make their
On the opening drive, the Sun Devils to keep it that way. Oregon State battled way to Utah (2-2) at 1:30 p.m.
ran four plays, highlighted by a 70 yard to keep the game uneasy for ASU fans or,
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ASU West Flag
By Brandon Riddle purpose field and will host an atmosphere
@west news Sports Editor rivaling that of a World Cup. Well, maybe
not that intense, ASU West doesn’t have
Have you watched the Arizona Cardinals nearly that many vuvuzelas.
and thought to yourself, “I could do a bet- The three-week league will be a competi-
ter job than that”? While watching ASU’s tive coed intramural with the winners at-
own Brock Osweiler do his best Brett Favre tending the Pan-Campus Championship
impersonation by tossing two interceptions Tournament in Tempe and a chance to
did you have an epiphany that you could compete at UCLA for Flag Football Re-
just as easily throw picks like that? Well, gional’s.
ASU West teams are lined up and ready to If you still haven’t had enough of football
prove that they too can compete in such a after that, the Homecoming Coed 4 on 4
medium. Flag Football Tournament is right around
This Wednesday, October 5, marks the the corner on October 25.
beginning of the 2011 Flag Football League Homecoming also brings food, music,
here at ASU West. For the next three weeks, giveaways and a great time to the student
students will compete for glory and induc- population here at the West campus, so
tion into the immortal hall of champions. even the less football savvy have something
The games begin at 6 p.m. on the multi- to look forward to.
Leading Off With Willie
By Brandon Riddle
@west news Sports Editor statistics. In 1999, fellow Sun Devil and
third baseman, Andrew Beinbrink, who
The Arizona Diamondbacks surprised after failing to enter the pro-draft as pre-
the nation once again through a presence viously expected, lost his scholarship to a
in the first round of the 2011 World Series. freshman in anticipation of his departure.
With three wins necessary for the entry Bloomquist took note of the situation, giv-
into the next round dramatics are highly ing Beinbrink his own scholarship and al-
anticipated and players will undoubtedly lowing him to continue playing at ASU.
step up and lock their spots amongst Dia- That same year, Bloomquist was awarded
mondbacks lore. Perhaps the only question the Academic All-American honor while
left to ask is who will take the hypothetical graduating with a degree in Management.
helm for Arizona? In the 2011 regular season for the Dia-
One possible contender for October he- mondbacks, Bloomquist had a batting av-
roics is Arizona State University’s own Wil- erage of .266, but became invaluable at the
lie Bloomquist. beginning of the season for being a repre-
During Bloomquist’s three year stint as a sentation of the hard nose style of baseball
Sun Devil (1997-99) he set an ASU record manager, Kirk Gibson, wants this team to
by achieving at least 100 hits in back-to- play.
back seasons. In 1999, he was even named In the first two games of this playoff se-
Pac-10 player of the year and his lifetime ries Bloomquist batted in the leadoff spot,
batting average (.394) remains third for the performing two hits at bat.
school all-time. Bloomquist wasn’t a heavy With other Sun Devils failing to make
Photo Courtesy of ASU power hitter by any sense of the imagina- a post-season appearance this year,
tion, with only fifteen career homeruns, but namely Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox,
Wednesday, October 5, marks the beginning of the 2011 Flag Football League here struck out a mere 83 times in nearly 650 at- Bloomquist has an opportunity to once
at ASU West. For the next three weeks, students will compete for glory and induction bats. again put an Arizona baseball team and
into the immortal hall of champions. Bloomquist also holds a reputation as ASU player on a wild ride to a World Series
a human being beyond his exceptional championship.
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