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Rep. Gray visits A-State to discuss tax plans, student loan debt

Rep. Michael John Gray visited the A-State campus to meet with students from The Herald and Delta Digital News Service. During his visit, Gray discussed tax plans, student loan debt and his plans for the upcoming election season.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Campus Crime - Week of 11/15/17
Posted: November 15, 2017

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Advising center recognizes outstanding advisers
Updated: November 08, 2017 - 5:38 pm

Academic advising is a driving force of many universities that often goes unlooked.

To raise awareness of the hard work that advisers do, the Wilson Advising Center hosted the Academic Adviser Appreciation Luncheon last Friday in the Spring River Room of the Reng Student Union.

The luncheon recognized outstanding advisers, with many nominees present for the You Made a Difference Award. The recepient was announced after a special presentation by State Rep. Monte Hodges, D-Blytheville.

The Advising Center hosts a student-nominated faculty award luncheon in the fall and a faculty-nominated award luncheon in the spring.

“The purpose of this (fall) event is to highlight the profession of advising and promote the exemplary advising taking place at A-State,” said Melissa Jackson, director of the Wilson Advising Center. 

“We want to show that we support (advising), not just in what we say, but what we do," Jackson said.

Jackson stressed the importance of advising to a student’s time in college.

“We’re seeing what’s making the difference ,and it’s those one-on-one meaningful interactions with our students. And advising is at the top of the list,” Jackson said.

“Advising matters at A-State, where every Red Wolf counts,” Jackson added, plugging Chancellor Kelly Damphousse’s new initiative for A-State. The  chancellor was unable to attend the luncheon due to scheduling conflicts, but left a video message for the award nominees and other attendees. 

Jill Simons, associate vice chancellor for retention and completion, welcomed attendees, and called advising “one of the most important roles we have on campus.”

A-State alumnus Monte Hodges, who currently serves as the Arkansas House of Representatives representing District 55, shared his personal story of working from a single-mother household to an esteemed elected position job.

He praised advisers for the work they do with students.

“You guys play a very important role in ensuring that we reach our goals,” Hodges said.

After Hodge’s presentation, Jackson announced that the student-selected You Made a Difference Award was awarded to Travis Marsico, associate professor in the department of Biological Sciences.

“I was really surprised,” Marsico said. “I’m so grateful to have students that would nominate me. It’s nice to feel like I’m making an impact.”

Marsico cited his enthusiasm as a quality that makes him stand out as an adviser.

“I am a firm believer that optimism will win in the end,” Marsico said.

The Advising Center also recognized Laquita Saunders, who received the 2017 Arkansas adviser of the Year award at an Arkansas Academic Advising Network conference. 

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Campus Crime - Week of 11/8/17
Posted: November 08, 2017

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

Nov. 3, 2017

5:39 p.m.—University Police caught an 18-year-old male student stealing laundry from the Arkansas Hall laundry room after another resident reported his Nike windbreaker missing.

The victim’s roommate explained to Officer Zachary Wolverton that when he went to pick up their laundry he realized that his roommate’s jacket was missing from among the other clothes.

The victim described the jacket as a red and gray two-tone Nike windbreaker with an approximate value of $80.

Video footage shows the roommate enter and transfer the laundry to the dryers at 12:35 p.m.

At approximately 2:05, a different male student comes in and takes the laundry out of the dryer and places it in a pile on the table. Then at 2:21, the suspect enters the room.

Wearing khaki shorts and a blue Hawaiian shirt, the suspect takes the victim’s jacket from the pile of clothes and leaves after placing it in a bag. The laundry thief later returns to the scene to finish his own laundry. Then at approximately 4:54, the victim’s roommate returns and discovers the missing jacket.

Further video evidence led officers to the residence hall room of the suspect where o ffiers confronted him. When asked if he knew why they were there, the laundry thief said no.

Officers advised him it was regarding an incident in the laundry room.

He replied, “the red and gray jacket?”

The suspect then retrieved the jacket from his closet and handed it over. Officer Andy Thrasher also explained that he was observed on video taking another jacket from the laundry room.

The suspect then went and retrieved a gray “hoodie” that he had stolen.

Officers asked if there were any other stolen items in the room and advised he would face criminal charges if he was found on video stealing anything else.

He then admitted that he had taken something else “a long time ago” but claimed he did not remember what it was.

The owner of the Nike windbreaker did not wish to pursue criminal charges against the laundry thief but supported University sanctions.

The suspect was referred to Student Conduct for theft.

Nov. 4, 2017

9:30 a.m.—Two 18-year-old students, Jacob Ward and Austin Francis, were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after they were caught smoking marijuana in the parking lot of Arkansas Hall.

Officer Sean Calaway was on patrol when he was flagged down by an RA regarding two individuals smoking marijuana in their vehicle in the parking lot. Officer Calaway approached the red Dodge Challenger and could smell marijuana before he reached the parked vehicle.

Francis was in the passenger seat and “barely” rolled the window down to talk to the officer. Calaway instructed him to roll it down all the way. When he did, the smell became much more obvious.

Both suspects admitted to smoking marijuana but said there was no more in the vehicle since they had smoked it all. They then handed over two pipes and a marijuana grinder before officers searched the car. The search yielded no further contraband besides a package of grape-flavored rolling papers.

Both students also admitted they regularly smoke marijuana 3-4 times a week. In addition to being arrested, they were referred to Student Conduct for a drug violation. 

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Thursday 11/02/2017
Sexual assault reported on campus
Posted: November 02, 2017

Following an announcement from Arkansas State University last Friday that three individuals had alleged dating violence and sexual assault against a yet-unnamed suspect, the A-State Young Democrats released a “Survivor’s Bill of Rights” early Monday morning.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Campus Crime - Week of 11/1/17
Posted: November 01, 2017

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

Oct. 26, 2017

9:45 a.m.—Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Red Wolf Boulevard and Aggie Road in reference to a man lying beside the road.

Upon arrival, Officer Andy Thrasher observed the 31-year-old male, Charles Mooney, standing and walking toward his patrol car. His hands were on top of his head, and he appeared to be “sweating profusely.”

At that time Officer Thrasher made contact with the suspect and asked what he was doing. Mooney said he was on his way to the University Police Department, since he was detained. According to his narrative, rasher could tell that Mooney was currently under the influence of narcotics.

Thrasher asked Mooney when was the last time he used methamphetamine, and Mooney responded that he had used it the previous day. Mooney was then placed under arrest and cited for public intoxication. He also was issued a notice of persona non grata for the entire A-State campus.

Oct. 26, 2017

5:58 p.m.—Officer Zachary Wolverton was advised that a person who had previously been banned from A-State’s campus was skateboarding in the parking lot of the ROTC building. 

Kirk Klayton Desmedt, 27, was on Red Wolf Trail heading toward the Track and Field Complex on his skateboard when Officer Wolverton made contact with him. Wolverton asked if he knew he was trespassing, and Desmedt admitted yes, but he thought it was alright if he was just passing through. 

Dispatch confirmed the valid persona non grata order, and Desmedt was issued a citation for criminal trespass. Desmedt then skateboarded his way off
campus to await his day in court. 

Oct. 28, 2017

10:25 a.m.—Officers were advised to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle out of Harrisburg that possibly was heading toward Paragould.

Officer Micheal Yocum was at the Kum and Go on Johnson Avenue near the Hilltop area when he saw a vehicle with an expired tag pull into the station for gas. He then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle when it pulled out of the lot.

The report seemed to imply that the stopped vehicle was the one reported as stolen, but the male driver, Aubrey Garner, was not charged with any type of theft. Rather, Garner was arrested and cited for failure to register the vehicle, no proof of insurance, and possession of marijuana.

While talking with Garner, Officer Yocum detected the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. All passengers exited the vehicle, and officers searched and found a small amount of marijuana inside a ball of aluminum foil. 

Garner, who is also an A-State student, had previously said the officers wouldn’t find any contraband in the vehicle. He later admitted the marijuana was his. Garner was arrested and referred to Student Conduct for a drug violation. 

Oct. 28, 2017 

11:16 a.m.- Officer Tracy Fleetwood responded to the Village Apartments to a report of a broken window resulting from a gunshot.

The female resident explained that she noticed broken glass in the floor of her spare bedroom earlier that morning when she went in to get something. That’s when she opened the blinds and saw that the window had been shot. She also found a bullet in the window seal and picked it up.

The bullet appeared to have gone through both panes of glass and the metal window frame. Officer Fleetwood photographed the window and packaged the bullet as evidence.

In an additional narrative, Officer Brian Shelton explained there had been several shooting incidents in Jonesboro near campus over the weekend.

After analyzing the damage, Shelton concluded that the trajectory of the bullet appeared to be a steep downward angle, suggesting that the bullet was “red up into the air and was returning to Earth when it struck the window.” 

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
Campus Crime - Week of 10/25/17
Posted: October 25, 2017

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

Oct. 19, 2017

7:05 p.m.—Mark Anthony Grubb, a 49-year-old man, was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest during the A-State football game Thursday.

Officer Andy Thrasher was on duty at the game when he observed Grubb begin to argue with an employee who was taking tickets at the top of the stands.

Grubb argued that his seats were not in the section the employee was referring him to.

Officer Thrasher advised Grubb not to argue with the employees and asked him to step back up to the concourse to talk with him. Grubb refused to comply.

Thrasher then asked for his identification for being disorderly.

According to the report, Grubb flipped out his ID that was in his wallet by shoving it toward the officer’s face.

Thrasher took the ID out, and other items in Grubb’s wallet fell to the ground. Grubb told Thrasher to “pick his s--- up.”

At that time Officer Thrasher asked him to place his hands behind his back.

Grubb responded, “No you are not,” and began to resist arrest.

Officers were able to handcuff the man, and Grubb was escorted out.

Grubb said there would be  a “monstrous” problem if the officers did not remove the cuffs. Grubb also threatened Officer Thrasher by saying he would have his lawyer and Mayor Harold Perrin come down to the game to deal with him.

Grubb’s friend, who was nearby, said that it would be Officer Thrasher’s last day as a police officer.

Oct. 19, 2017 

8:30 p.m.—A report of theft was taken after an 18-year-old female student realized she had left her belongings in the basket of a LimeBike after parking it.

The student told Officer Sean Calaway that she parked the LimeBike at Northpark Quads Building 4 around 7 p.m.

Later, at about 8:30 p.m., she went back outside and noticed the bike was gone.

At that time, she realized her belongings were all left in the basket of the bike and were now also gone.

The student is missing her keys, A-State ID, debit and credit cards, and her Arkansas driver’s license.

According to the report, she attempted to locate the bike using the LimeBike app on her phone but was unsuccessful.

Oct. 20, 2017

1:27 a.m.—Officer Sean Calaway was on patrol after 1 a.m. when he stopped a vehicle on Johnson Avenue for driving without headlights.

Calaway asked the driver, 18-year-old Paige Bowser, why she was driving the vehicle without lights.

Bowser explained that the vehicle belonged to one of the passengers, 19-year-old Allison Evans, but she was driving because all the other passengers had been drinking.

Calaway asked for her driver’s license, but Bowser stated she didn’t have one.

He then asked Evans for proof of insurance, and Evans said that she would try to look for it on her phone.

At this point, Calaway detected the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and asked if there was anything in the car.

The four girls all denied having any marijuana with them or having smoked any that night.

Bowser then signed a consent-to-search form, and officers searched the vehicle for contraband.

Officers found a glass jar with marijuana residue and marijuana shake in the floorboard of the back seat.

There was also a marijuana grinder in the center console. Evans admitted that the grinder was hers.

Evans was then cited and released for possessing an instrument of a crime and was referred to Student Conduct for a drug violation.

Bowser was cited for not having a driver’s license and no proof of insurance.

All four students were referred for an alcohol violation. 

 

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Loyd honored at banquet to celebrate National Business Women’s Week
Posted: October 18, 2017

The A-State Business and Professional Women (BPW) student organization kicked of National Business Women’s Week by honoring Kathy Loyd with “Woman of the Year.”

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Incident in Student Union raises questions about free speech zones
Posted: October 18, 2017

Controversy surrounded an upstart political organization last Wednesday, as students and the local representative from Turning Point USA were shut down from promoting themselves in the Student Union.

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Meet the Vaughn Professorship Recipients: Argelia Lorence
Posted: October 18, 2017

Argelia Lorence, professor of metabolic engineering, received the first Vaughn Endowed Professorship in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.e h $250,000 gift was made through the estate givings of the late James and Wanda Vaughn of Jonesboro.

“It’s one of the greatest honors you can get,” Lorence said. Like her fellow recipients, Lorence was proud and honored to receive the award.

Lorence, who has been at A-State for 12 years, researches agriculture, and stresses the importance of rice to the region. The Vaughns were rice farmers as well as teachers, and Lorence pointed out these ties between her research and their way of life.

She also said the Vaughns were very passionate teachers, who were all about helping students achieve their potential. “I fully share those values,” Lorence said. “I’m a fully committed mentor, and I love my students.”

In her lab, Lorence works with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers. She said she works with researchers ranging from high schoolers to students on the road to professorships. 

The student body at A-State is around 26 percent minorities. Lorence is proud that her lab is 50 percent minorities. She said the minority students on campus who work with her usually seek her out, and she’s happy to provide a space for underrepresented minorities in the sciences.

“I’m very involved in helping people achieve their potential,” Lorence said. She sites her values and her research as the reason she was chosen to receive the Vaughn Professorship.

Lorence said she has attracted a great deal of funding to the university, over $18M in grants in the 12 years that she’s been at the university.

She plans to use the financial gift from the Vaughns to support her student researchers and students in her classroom. Whether this means repairing  or replacing lab equipment, or taking students to conferences, Lorence hopes to improve the experience in her classroom and her laboratory.

Because funding is getting more competitive, Lorence said she travels often, and the money will help her travel and possibly bring some of her student researchers. She goes to 12 conferences a year.

“It’s very rewarding,” Lorence said. “But it’s a high stress job.”

The other professorship recipients are Cherisse Jones-Branch, professor of history, and John D. Hall, professor of psychology and counseling.

They were each featured in previous issues of the Herald.

Congratulations to each of the recipients. 

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A-State MPA students participate in “Take Me To The River: Live” hosted by Delta State
Posted: October 18, 2017

Students from Arkansas State’s Master of Public Administration program traveled to Delta State University to learn about the importance of communications in community engagement and economic development.

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Friday 10/13/2017
Bike sharing program comes to Arkansas State University
Posted: October 13, 2017

You’ve probably seen lime green and yellow bikes mysteriously pop up all across campus this week.

They’re part of A-State’s new bike share program with LimeBike, a fast-growing bicycle sharing company with locations in Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more.

The previous recreational bike share program based out of the Red Wolf Center started ve years ago. And although it was moderately successful, A-State representatives said they wished for a more typical ride-share program.

After seeing the program at a conference in Seattle, A-State decided to approach LimeBike, said Bill Smith, associate vice chancellor for marketing and communications.

“We have been trying to nd an economical bike share for some time,” Smith said.

LimeBike has no up-front cost for the University, and that low-cost was one of the many reasons A-State chose to partner with them.

The cost for bicycle usage for A-State students is only 50 cents for a 30-minute time block with a valid Astate.edu email address. For all other residents of Jonesboro, the cost is $1 per 30-minutes. LimeBike also offers monthly packages.

The ease of use was another reason that A-State chose to partner with LimeBike, according to Vice Chancellor for Student Aairs Rick Stripling.

LimeBikes are GPS and 3G-enabed, and can be accessed by downloading the smartphone app on either Android or iOS. You can select your method of payment on the app, either credit or debit. The app will show a map of nearby LimeBikes. Simply go to a nearby bike, unlock it by scanning the QR code on the bike in the app, and enjoy your ride. When you are finished, park the bike and lock the bike’s back wheel.

Although there are no pre-defined docking stations for LimeBike, A-State asks that students be mindful of others when parking their bikes.

“We are asking that students utilize the on-campus bike racking locations and other designated bike corral locations as responsible places to park LimeBikes,” said Bill Hall, co-chair of A-State’s ad-hoc bicycle planning committee. Hall also asked students not to block doors, traditional sidewalks, or handicap ramps when parking the bikes.

LimeBikes come with several installed security systems due to the connectivity of the bikes. If a locked bike is moved beyond a predefined radius or placed in an unauthorized vehicle, the bike will set o an internal alarm and a location detection beacon system.

LimeBike will hire a local operations manager and part-time management assistants to take care of the bikes.

Last weekend, 240 bikes were placed across campus.

A-State, recently named the first Bicycle Friendly University in Arkansas, is the first university in the Mid-South to partner with LimeBike. 

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Meet the Vaughn Professorship Recipients: John D. Hall
Posted: October 13, 2017

“We really need more people like the Vaughns,” John Hall said. “To help this university and to help us ful ll our mission, much of which is just centered around students, student growth and student learning.”

Hall, professor of psychology and counseling, is the recipient of the $250,000 Vaughn Endowed Professorship for the College of Education and Behavioral Science. Hall is one of three recipients in different colleges at A-State.

When he found out he had been selected to receive the professorship, Hall said he was “overwhelmed.”

“There was a sense of non-reality for a while...Is this really happening?” Hall said. He also said he felt humbled and grateful, but still taken aback.

Hall, who has been a faculty member at A-State since 1991, was also a student at A-State. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from A-State. He currently coordinates the school psychology track of the educational specialist degree program in psychology and counseling.

Hall thinks there are several of his qualities that led to his getting chosen. He described the three pillars expected of A-State professors: teaching, research and scholarships, and service.

“The fact that I had done quite a bit of work in all three of those areas...and my passion for working with students in our program of study, I think it was a combination of all of those,” Hall said. He described the decision to give him the professorship as “a reflection of work over 26 years.”

Hall has a passion for working with students and involving them in activities, and hopes to use the money from the endowment to continue to do so

“They leave here to do great things,” Hall said.

In addition to involving students in activities, Hall hopes to involve students in research activities, bring them to conferences, let them present their findings, and can see many other uses for the money.

He also hopes to further develop the psychology clinic in the Education/ Communication building, which o ers psychiatric and educational services to students and the community.

The other professorship recipients are Argelia Lorence, professor of metabolic engineering and Cherisse Jones-Branch, professor of history. Lorence will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Herald. 

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Friday 09/29/2017
Debate team turns up the heat in Atlanta
Posted: September 29, 2017

The Arkansas State University Debate Team traveled to Atlanta to compete at its first tournament of the 2017-18 season. The King Classic tournament, hosted at historic Morehouse College, was a battleground for nearly 100 students representing approximately 10 colleges and universities throughout the Southeastern Region.

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Friday 09/22/2017
Campus Querétaro hosted inauguration, Centro de Acopio
Updated: September 22, 2017 - 1:27 pm

Arkansas State University Campus Querétaro, Mexico's first American-style campus, celebrated the school´s official inauguration Thursday morning.

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Wednesday 09/20/2017
Campus Crime-- Week of 9/20/17
Posted: September 20, 2017

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Honors College remembers former HCA president
Posted: September 13, 2017

A memorial scholarship is currently in the endowment process in honor of A-State senior Shelby Rhodes, president of A-State’s Honors College Association, who died in a fatal car accident on Aug. 10.

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Campus Crime- 9/13/17
Posted: September 13, 2017

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs.

Sept. 1, 2017

10 a.m.—While checking parked cars in the parking garage, University Police Captain Jarrod Long caught a 20-year-old female student parked in a disability parking space using her grandfather’s disability placard. 

Captain Long noticed the vehicle parked in the disability space without the proper university-issued decal accompanying the disability placard. Students are required to display both the state disability placard or license plate and the A-State hangtag with the “tier 1” sticker affixed to it.

When the female student returned to her vehicle, Long advised her that she needed to get a “tier 1” sticker to park in a disability space. The student initially told Long that the disability placard was hers and that she didn't know she needed the extra sticker. 

Upon further questioning, the student admitted that the placard was, in fact, her grandfather’s. And due to the location, Long knew she had not previously dropped off her grandfather.

At that time, Long confiscated the placard and cited the student for unlawfully parking in a disability space. The student was also referred to Student Conduct for dishonesty.

Sept. 9, 2017

1:56 a.m.—Officer Sean Calaway stopped a 30-year-old man walking along the side of Johnson Avenue.

Officer Calaway noticed that Anthony Miller had been in the road, so he stopped to check on the man. According to the active report, Miller was in possession of a small amount of cocaine and methamphetamine, 21 Xanax pills and one buprenorphine pill.

THere was no indication, however, that Miller was arrested. And the masked report appears to indicate that the case is still under investigation. In the report, Miller was cited for two felony counts of possession of meth or cocaine, one possession of a schedule 3 drug less than two grams, one possession of a schedule 4 or 5 less than 28 grams, and one public intoxication.

Miller also was issued a notice of persona non grata, banning him from the A-State campus.

Sept. 9, 2017

3:10 a.m.—Officer Daniel Bradway responded to an assault that had already occurred at Pack Place Apartments Building 1.

When Officer Bradway arrived on the scene, a 21-year-old female student was sitting on the steps with a busted lip and knot on her forehead. She was visibly upset and complained of pain from her injuries.

Thee student, a resident of Pack Place, explained that she had been at a party off campus when another female said she wanted to fight her. After returning to her apartment, the female and a 22-year-old male student allegedly broke into Pack Place Building 1 and attacked her, punching her in the face.

Video evidence confirmed that the male student drove around the parking gate to park, took off his shirt, and began running toward the building. Cell phone footage showed the aggressive verbal confrontation between the victim and the male student inside the apartment building but did not show the physical contact between the two.

Officer Bradway did not feel he had enough evidence to seek felony warrants, but the victim was referred to the warrant process. Meanwhile, the male student was referred to Student Conduct for assault, trespass, disorderly conduct and a residence hall violation. 

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Apple releases new iPhone x
Updated: September 13, 2017 - 11:52 am

Yesterday Apple rolled out a new line of iPhones and updates within their operating system. The most notable highlight of the event was the brand-new iPhone X.

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Monday 09/11/2017
Campus Crime - 9/6/2017
Updated: September 11, 2017 - 4:54 pm

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs. 

Aug. 26, 2017

3:00 a.m.—Twenty-year-old Randtrel Carruthers, an at-large suspect of the recent burglaries on campus, was recently arrested and charged with first degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred last year in Little Rock.

Malik Mumit, 45, was shot and killed on Sept. 17. When the Little Rock Police Department’s cold-case unit had enough evidence to secure a warrant for first degree murder, they arrested Carruthers on Aug. 18.

Court records reveal that Carruthers pled not-guilty to the charge, and his bond was set at $500,000 and according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Carruthers bonded out on Aug. 23, three days before the incident on A-State’s campus. Officers are still searching for Carruthers, who is reported to have entered at least three residence hall rooms in Northpark Quads Building 3 at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 26.

According to University Police reports, one female student suddenly woke up to someone shining a flashlight in her room while another person was talking. She initially thought it was one of her roommates, so she went back to sleep. When she woke up again, the two suspects fled the scene. Nothing was stolen, but the student’s purse appeared to have been tampered with.

The suspects, Benjamin Phipps and Carruthers, entered two more students’ rooms around the same time that morning. One male student reported that Carruthers entered his room with the flashlight on his phone and made the comment, “Oh, wrong room, my bad,” and left.

Both suspects were spotted on campus soon after the initial report and began to flee on foot from Officer Sean Calaway. Calaway was able to apprehend Phipps, but Carruthers escaped as he continued to see. O cers searched the immediate area but were unable to locate Carruthers. Police are still searching for Carruthers.

Sep. 1, 2017

3:47 a.m.—In response to the recent burglaries, UPD officers Daniel Bradway and Sean Calaway began checking residence halls at night to make sure students’ front doors were secured.

During the first night of checks, Officer Bradway found that 26 apartments, or 93 students, had not secured their front doors in Northpark Quads Building 1. All 93 students were referred for a residence hall violation.

Two nights later Officer Bradway checked Northpark Quads Buildings 3 and 4 and discovered 11 rooms to be unlocked and referred 42 students for a residence hall violation. Officer Sean Calaway did a check of Kays Hall the same night and found 11 rooms unlocked and referred 20 students.

A total of 155 students were referred to Student Conduct for a residence hall violation between the four buildings. For their safety, students are encouraged to follow University policy and always lock their doors at night.

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Thursday 09/07/2017
Lactation room available for nursing mothers
Posted: September 07, 2017

As the first ‘patron’ of the designated lactation room on A-State campus, Michele Merritt, professor of philosophy, is a strong advocate of the service. As the acting Women and Gender Studies coordinator, Merritt hopes to spread word of the room across campus.

The lactation room, on the fourth floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences building, is provided for A-State mothers who are breastfeeding.

The room – a former office space that has now been transformed into a designated lactation room – has comfortable chairs, soft lighting, a radio and refrigerator, multiple power outlets, and a privacy screen so multiple mothers can use the room at one time.

It’s accessible to any nursing mother who is a student, staff or faculty member at A-State who needs to express milk, either by pumping or by taking their babies with them to feed.

For privacy, the room number is not publicly advertised, but the room can be accessed during normal university hours by checking out a key from the English, Philosophy and World Languages (EPWL) Office.

The room was introduced to campus in fall 2016 by Deborah Chappel-Traylor, then-associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, with assistance from Janelle Collins, chair of the EPWL Department.

Merritt said the room is very important, as it is legally required by the Fair Labor Standards Act for A-State faculty and staff to be provided a space equipped to pump and breastfeed.

“Many people don’t realize this, but actively lactating women often need to express milk somewhere between every two to four hours... otherwise, it becomes very uncomfortable and you run the risk of developing serious infections,” Merritt said. “For many women who are struggling already to breastfeed, going back to work poses one of the biggest challenges, especially if there is not adequate space to pump.”

Merritt added that society needs to normalize breastfeeding, and that includes making workplaces ‘lactation friendly’.

While there is no legal requirement for students to be granted access to a lactation room, Merritt welcomes A-State mothers to the one in HSS.

“Student mothers sometimes work even longer days than faculty and deserve access to a lactation room,” Merritt said. She hopes students and faculty will fight for a law that provides such a service to student mothers.

“It is my hope that this need will be recognized at the state level and that soon, all universities will be required to provide a lactation room in their stu- dent unions or somewhere similar that is accessible to all.”

Merritt, the mother of one child, also wants to see a lactation room in the Student Union at A-State. 

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Tuition hikes approved by Board of Trustees
Posted: September 07, 2017

Tuition rates at Arkansas public universities have been on a steady rise in recent years, and this year was no different.

The Arkansas State University trustees voted on June 8 to confirm a 3.4 percent increase in tuition and fees for undergraduate students. This rise, in terms of percentages, is larger than the increase in tuition and fees from the University of Arkansas, who holds the title of the most expensive public university in the state. However, A-State continues to be the fifth most expensive college to attend in the state.

A-State trustee Niel Crowson defended the move to raise tuition and fees, citing the necessity of sacrificing affordability for quality.

“We want to make sure we have quality faculty and staff to compete and deliver a quality education that will enable students to enter the workforce and be productive,” Crowson said.

Statistics support Crowson’s comment, as more students than ever are attending A-State, furthering the need to increase the quality of education and the campus in general. According to the A-State website, the 2016- 2017 school year saw an all- time record of 14,074 students attending the university in the fall, which was a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

Even though the increase in tuition benefits the university, it is troublesome for some students as the gradual growth in the cost to acquire a secondary education has undisputedly increased drastically over the past couple of decades. U.S. News reported in a July 2015 story that in-state tuition rates have increased by 296 percent since 1995.

These constant increases provide additional pressure for students to acquire the funds necessary to attend A-State. Kendal Rogers, a freshman Health Professions major from Bryant, is skeptical with the continuing rise in tuition, and said she feels as though the increasing supply of money the university receives should be used in more areas than just education.

“I’m a little concerned with the rise in tuition,” Rogers said. “If they are going to take more money, I believe they are going to need to upgrade facilities and housing.”

While it is uncertain how much the school administration plans to improve the living conditions for students, costs for on-campus living and meal plans have increased regardless. The cost of living in a freshman dorm with a roommate has increased by $55 to a price of $2,270, and the cost of a five day meal plan is $35 higher than it was last year.

Even with her skepticism, Rogers said she believes the trustees made the correct decision by raising the cost of tuition again.

“In the long run I think the rise in tuition will be worth it,” Rogers said. “But I just hope they use our money for the things that are actually needed.” 

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
Arkansas State ranked sixth best college in the state
Posted: September 06, 2017

Arkansas State University was recently awarded the title of sixth best college choice in the state of Arkansas. The ranking consisted of 20 universities, including the University of Arkansas, Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas Little Rock.

Because of its location in the fifth largest city in the state, Jonesboro, A-State provides opportunities for career building to its students. Jonesboro is home to several businesses where students can pursue internships and even employment. This is an important feature for students, because their eventual careers will likely require practical experience.

The university also offers employment opportunities to its students via the Career Services once on the second floor of the Student Union. However, a student also would be able to seek employment within specific departments at the university.

The location of the university provides students with the ability to enjoy the activities that Jonesboro has to offer. These include a variety of restaurants, shopping options, cinema and recreational activities. A-State also provides its 14,000+ students with opportunities to participate in 165 student organizations.

The class sizes are relatively small, with several likely to have less than twenty students enrolled. This is one of the features that can have substantial effects on the long-term success of a student by leading to an overall better retention of knowledge.

Emmanuel Puello, a freshman electrical engineering major from Paragould, said his favorite aspect of being an A-State student is that “the class sizes are usually small enough to have one-on-one interaction with the professors, which helps with the class as a whole.”

However, if a student is struggling, A-State also houses a tutoring service in the Learning Commons. The commons is on the ground floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library. The library is available from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., during which times students can access computers, five stories of books on a variety of topics, and printing services.

Students also are eligible to participate in 20 various Greek organizations, which promote campus involvement, enforce grade requirements and provide opportunities for volunteer experience.

Furthermore, the degree programs offered at A-State are numerous. There are 160 different options, so students are able to choose from a variety of career paths.

This fall, Arkansas State welcomed 1,485 students in its freshman class. The freshman class holds an average GPA of 3.48, and honors enrollment is at 85 percent, according to the recruitment office website. Of these new students, nearly half will graduate in their desired amount of time, according to A-State’s student retention and graduation rates.

A-State fell behind the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, which ranked No. 1, Hendrix College in Conway, No. 2, and Lyon College in Batesville, the third best university in the state. 

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Queretaro, Mexico campus welcomes inaugural class
Updated: September 06, 2017 - 4:05 pm

On Sept. 4, over 200 students attended the rst day of class at the new Arkansas State University-Queretaro.

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Chancellor prioritizes faculty relations, student retention
Posted: September 06, 2017

On an early morning stroll around campus with his dog Maple Leif –– dubbed the First Wolf of A-State –– Chancellor Kelly Damphousse noticed a maintenance worker power- washing the side of the Dean B. Ellis Library. He recalled noticing the man working alone around 6 a.m., before his boss had even arrived.

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Miami cancels game at A-State with Irma approaching
Updated: September 18, 2017 - 5:32 pm

The home opener of the Red Wolves football season will not go as planned.

The University of Miami canceled their Jonesboro meeting with the Red Wolves, according to A-State. The game will not be made up.

Due to the contract, Miami could owe A-State $650,000.

Hurricane Irma which hit some Caribbean islands Wednesday morning is forecasted to make landfall in Florida by the weekend.

According to sources, the issue wasn't getting to Jonesboro for the game, the problem would be getting back to Miami, and that uncertainty led to Miami erring on the side of caution.

The Red Wolves are 0-1 on the season after losing a close game against Nebraska last weekend.

No word yet from A-State on if ticket holders will be refunded.

In the agreement between the two universities, there was a "force majeure" clause that allowed the game to be canceled and not made up for a penalty. The clause dealing with cancellation of the game and the money owed is clause 6 in the same contract.

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Friday 06/09/2017
A-State, Centennial Bank partner in campus welcome center
Posted: June 09, 2017

The A-State Board of Trustees approved a new welcome center at a meeting as they approved budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Board of Trustees approves tuition increase
Updated: June 09, 2017 - 10:44 am

The Arkansas State University Jonesboro campus will have a 3.4 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year. The board met Thursday to discuss the hikes.

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Tuesday 05/30/2017
Kathy Loyd to serve as interim dean, College of Business
Posted: May 30, 2017

JONESBORO – Dr. Kathy White Loyd is appointed as the interim dean of the College of Business at Arkansas State University, Provost Lynita Cooksey announced today.

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Wednesday 05/17/2017
Damphousse selected as A-State Chancellor
Updated: May 21, 2017 - 6:13 pm

The search for a new chancellor at Arkansas State University is over.

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Saturday 04/29/2017
A-State student assaulted near campus
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 11:09 am

An A-State student is expected to recover after an assault occurred near campus early Friday.

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Friday 04/28/2017
A-State considers campus metal detectors
Posted: April 28, 2017

Arkansas State University is considering metal detectors for the athletic events this fall.

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Students Speak: Campus Climate
Posted: April 28, 2017

Coming to college, you have it built up in your mind that you will be integrated into everything your campus has to offer. With a plethora of clubs, organizations, and groups to be a part of, the very thought of being involved is captivating and intriguing. 

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Chancellor advisory committee to meet, no finalists selected
Updated: May 17, 2017 - 11:09 am

The search for Arkansas State’s new chancellor is now in the priority review phase.

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Thursday 04/27/2017
Gowen named 2017 R.E. Wilson Award winner
Updated: April 29, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Jared Gowen, a senior biological sciences major of Garner, has been named the 2017 recipient of the R.E. Wilson Award.

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Faculty Senate presidential election underway
Updated: April 27, 2017 - 12:48 pm

Arkansas State University will soon have a new leader of the faculty legislative body.

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Students Speak: Campus Climate
Posted: April 27, 2017

Part one of two stories.

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Students, faculty work together to fight rape culture
Posted: April 27, 2017

One of the most talked about subjects on campus this past year has been rape and sexual assault. At least two sexual assaults have been reported on campus this semester, and three sexual assaults were reported last semester. However, there are forces on campus who are trying to help survivors of sexual assault and prevent incidents from happening in the first place.

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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Campus Crime
Posted: April 26, 2017

Campus Crime is compiled from weekly reports from the University Police Departmental logs. 

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Whitlock talks Campus Climate, Greek Life, diversity growth
Posted: April 26, 2017

Interim Chancellor Doug Whitlock is currently working with members of the A-State community to make the university a more inclusive campus.

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Distinguished Service Award Winners Announced
Posted: April 26, 2017

Eight A-State students have been nominated for Distinguished Service Awards (DSA). The students will receive their awards at a recognition dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Cooper Alumni Center.

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Meet the Fulbright Grant recipients: Desirae Green and Cameron Mealing
Posted: April 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is the last in a series of three stories highlighting the achievements of Arkansas State University’s Fulbright Grant recipients. To read the rest, visit astateherald.com

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Friday 04/21/2017
A-State defeats Utah Valley 39-12 to advance to quarter final
Posted: April 21, 2017

A-State rugby defeated Utah Valley 39-12 Saturday, soon after the team learned they will host a semifinal match next weekend of the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.

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Thursday 04/20/2017
Diversity awards presented at 2017 Convocation of Scholars
Posted: April 20, 2017

Four A-State students, faculty and graduates were recognized during the 2017 Convocation of Scholars held at the Cooper Alumni Center.

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Meet the Fulbright Grant recipients: Arnelle Jones
Posted: April 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of three stories highlighting the achievements of Arkansas State University’s Fulbright Grant recipients. To read the rest, visit astateherald.com

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Wednesday 04/19/2017
Campus convention center cleared for construction
Posted: April 19, 2017

Construction plans are moving forward for construction of an on-campus hotel and convention center at Arkansas State University.

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Hudson investigation slowly continues
Posted: April 19, 2017

Investigations into potential criminal charges for former A-State chancellor Tim Hudson are still underway after five months of evaluation.

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Campus Crime
Posted: April 19, 2017

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A-State Chancellor search committee to begin narrowing applicants
Posted: April 19, 2017

The search for Arkansas State’s new chancellor has shifted to the next step.

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A-State SAB invites spoken word artist, dancer to perform
Posted: April 19, 2017

A-State’s Student Activities Board hosted a poetry night featuring famous poet and spoken word artist Ashlee Haze.

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