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Informing Arkansas State University since 1921
Vol. 89 Issue 50 www.asuherald.com Thursday, April 21, 2011
Potts retires after seeing great things happen
Sarah Campbell things I wish I had done bet- worked and supported ASU act with and I always come
ter.” in the time I was there.” away with something from
Editor He applied to the position Potts wanted to especial- those conversations.”
after researching the insti- ly acknowledge how instru- Howard said Potts has
Robert L. Potts, the first tution and suggestions from mental Gov. Mike Beebe has helped the institution move
chancellor for ASUJ, the Wyatt, then-system pres- been in helping ASU grow. forward and that everyone
current interim system pres- ident and Florence Milli- When asked what were wishes him well in his re-
ident and a man of vision, gan, then-Board of Trustees his biggest regrets or fail- tirement.
according to his colleagues, member, that he should ap- ures, Potts said he had “very There is more to Potts
will officially retire Friday. ply. few, frankly.” He wanted to than what he’s done for
Potts wanted to retire Wyatt has known Potts get more funding for ASU, ASU. He is currently half-
last summer, but instead for more than 15 years. Wy- but considering the dip in way through treatments for
accepted the position of in- att said Potts filled a very the economy, he thinks the prostate cancer.
terim president for the ASU difficult position at a time university has done well. He plans to move to an
system on July 1. He served when the architecture of the Potts said that some em- “old house” in Alabama with
in that capacity while the institution’s leadership was ployees have not done the his wife, Irene.
search for a new president changing and did so with a right thing, referencing one Potts wants to spend more
was conducted when Les wealth of expertise. person who embezzled funds time with his two adult chil-
Wyatt left the post. Once “Robert is first and fore- and the problems that oc- dren, their spouses and his
Charles Welch was appoint- most a gentleman...He’s as curred in the athletics pro- five grandchildren. He said
ed, Potts has patiently wait- honest as the day is long,” gram. He wished there had he wants to be a better hus-
ed for the appropriate time Wyatt said. “He brought a been better controls in place band, father and grandfa-
when Welch would be able very humane touch to lead- to deal with those. ther when he retires.
to officially step in. ership at the campus level. “When you have a big or- He also plans to catch up
Potts came to campus in He was cordial, outgoing, ganization like ASU, it’s on some reading and some
November 2006, when he friendly, but professional.” hard to make everything go writing, and looks forward
was chosen to be the top ad- Potts said, “The more I Robert L. Potts Courtesy of ASU Communications right all the time,” he said. to enjoying being a member
ministrator on the Jonesboro looked at ASU-Jonesboro, He also said that he and of a hunting and fishing club
campus, after a lengthy ap- the more potential I saw for for America’s Wounded Vet- Potts was also proud to his wife, Irene, have made in Roe, Ark.
plication process. great things to happen,” he erans; and the gain in mo- have had construction on lifelong friends in Jonesboro Potts will also serve on
His first goal was to fa- said. mentum the international the new liberal arts building and, “If I started a list, I an advisory board for The
cilitate a better relationship And great things did hap- program experienced. Also, at least started in this dis- would leave someone out.” Fuller Center For Housing,
between the administration pen. emphasis was put on the mal economy. Interim Chancellor Dan a “faith-driven and Christ-
and faculty. Potts wasted no The campus has seen ex- university’s research mis- He was very humble Howard met Potts in 1992. centered” organization that
time in taking action to ac- plosive growth since Potts sion. about these strides the uni- The two worked together at “promotes collaborative and
complish that goal. He re- took the reins. That growth Construction projects versity has made. He em- the University of North Ala- innovative partnerships
called inviting Faculty Sen- included the rise in enroll- completed since he’s been an phasized that his staff was a bama for 13 and a half years with individuals and orga-
ate executives over for din- ment figures from about ASU administrator are the team and they worked with and “our desks were 30 feet nizations in an unrelenting
ner at his home the first 10,000 to nearly 14,000; the Donald W. Reynolds Cen- him toward accomplishing apart,” Howard said. quest to provide adequate
night after he was named to raising of admission stan- ter for Health Sciences, the those goals. “He’s an extraordinary shelter for all people in need
the position. dards; expansion of the cur- Delta Center for Econom- “You just look at that one man of the highest moral worldwide,” according to its
“I really tried to hit the riculum to include many on- ic Development, the Red person and that one per- character, and a wonderful website.
ground running,” Potts said. line and distance learning WOLF Center, three living son didn’t do everything,” role model,” Howard said. A bit of his heart is still
“I feel like I was successful. courses; the establishment learning communities and he said. “Any success I’ve “He’s always been some- with ASU, though.
Obviously, there are some of the Beck PRIDE Center Red Wolf Den Apartments. had is really because of who one I’ve been able to inter- See POTTS, Page 4
Students struggle to connect
ASU’s wireless Internet doesn’t work for all of the over 3,000 students living on campus.
Special to The Herald but we can’t even play Xbox LIVE.”
What some students may fail to re-
Internet access is a vital part of the ev- alize is that while wireless Internet is
eryday life of a college student, but the available on campus, it is more of a luxu-
relationship between ASU students who ry than a necessity.
live on campus and their Internet connec- According to a February 2011 Infor-
tion is a tumultuous one. mation and Technology Services News-
Think about how many computers letter, students should remember that
are on each floor of the Dean B. Ellis Li- wired Internet is actually considered the
brary, the computer labs in each college, primary Internet connection on campus,
the computers in the Student Union, and and “wireless connections exist for conve-
think about how many students of the nience on campus when you are mobile.”
over 3,000 students living on campus “I use the wireless Internet connection
own laptops. ,but my roommate uses the wired connec-
Courtesy of Alex Dean Now think about how many of those tion and I can’t tell a difference between
computers are trying to connect to Asta- the two,” Troillett said.
Storms knock out more than power, teAnywhere or AstateSecure at any giv-
When studying in dormitories or on-
campus residences, it is preferable to use
alert sent out to on-campus residents According to Eric Barnett, senior net-
working engineer and wireless adminis-
wired Internet via an Ethernet cord. Eth-
ernet cords connect a computer to the In-
trator, ASU currently has two Internet ternet through a cable modem.
Lindsey Blakely spotters reported a funnel Shelby Brooks, a fresh- service providers, OneNet and Arkan- Using an Ethernet cord limits the In-
Staff Writer cloud north of Paragould man chemistry major of sas Research and Education Optical Net- ternet user, particularly on campus, since
moving northeast at about Benton, was sitting in her work, also known as ARE-ON. each residence hall only has so many Eth-
As storms rolled through 65 mph, according to the dorm alone when the sirens Each ISP provides the campus with ernet outlets. However, the Internet con-
Arkansas Wednesday night, National Weather Service. went off in town. 135 megabits. ARE-ON is primarily used nection should be more secure and eas-
Craighead County was At this time, the ASU “All of my roommates for faculty and staff, and OneNet is used ily accessed when using Ethernet cords.
one of the areas smacked Emergency Alert System were gone and all of the in dormitories and for student utiliza- Students living on campus can pick up an
around by winds up to 70 sent out emails and text RAs came knocking on our tion. Ethernet cord at the front desk of their
mph from tornadoes, as well messages to students. The doors telling us to go down- “I never have problems getting on residence hall or apartment.
as hail, rain and lightning. email read: “All ASU res- stairs,” Brooks said. “There the Internet, but a few times it has been See INTERNET, Page 4
The ASU campus, however, idents are advised to seek was like 100 girls, and no- slow,” said Taylor Troillett, a freshman
was one of the lucky areas shelter in the restrooms of where to move. I was a little special education major of Bryant who
to not have any storm dam- their apartment, house or scared, especially when the lives in University Hall.
age. building they are in at this lights started going off.” Stanley Oxner, a freshman physical
The storm system moved time.” Some students were in education major of Bryant, lives in Ar-
into the area at about 8 Students in Collegiate the library at the time the kansas Hall and has had more serious is-
p.m., when nickel-sized hail Park, Red Wolf Den and storm hit. Corrie Clayton, a sues with his connectivity.
was reported near Pocahon- NorthPark Quads were junior photojournalism ma- “I’ve taken online quizzes before
tas. The National Weath- asked to sit in their bath- jor of Jonesboro, said she where I had to wait several seconds be-
er Service reported a tor- rooms. Students in Arkan- was writing a paper on the fore I could submit my answer and go on
nado accompanied by golf sas Hall, Kays Hall and third floor when a man’s to the next question. I got the quiz done,
ball-sized hail northwest of University Hall were asked voice came over the inter- but it was slow and frustrating,” Oxner
Bono. to go to the first level of com. said. “Me and my roommate complain
At 9:23 p.m., weather their buildings. See STORMS, Page 4 about it all the time. We pay to live here, Illustration by Abdullah Raslan and Beth Bright/Herald
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