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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-
                                                                                                        en moment.
                                                                                                                                                             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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