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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 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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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
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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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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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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Monday 02/20/2017
Hudson to lead International Ed at Austin Peay, investigations pending
Updated: February 21, 2017 - 9:05 pm

A former Arkansas State University administrator has found employment with a new university.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Quinn crowned Miss Arkansas State University 2017
Updated: February 08, 2017 - 2:41 pm

Destiny Quinn of Jonesboro was crowned Miss Arkansas State University 2017 Tuesday at the 43rd annual pageant presented each year by the Delta Theta chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

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Monday 01/30/2017
A-State responds to travel ban
Updated: February 01, 2017 - 6:58 pm

Arkansas State University officials released a statement Monday morning addressing the Executive Order 13769 signed by President Trump on Friday.

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Friday 11/18/2016
UPD investigating third rape of fall semester
Updated: November 29, 2016 - 12:11 pm

A-State police are investigating the third reported rape of the fall semester.

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Tuesday 09/20/2016
National Science Foundation approves $5.48 million in grants for biodiversity projects
Posted: September 20, 2016

The National Science Foundation is providing $5.48 million dollars in grants for research projects being led by two Arkansas State University biological sciences faculty members, the largest competitive research award in the institution's history.

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Monday 09/19/2016
SGA Swears in New Senators
Posted: September 19, 2016

Five new senators were sworn in at Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting. Nearly 20 potential candidates were present to apply for the open senate seats.

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Saturday 09/17/2016
A-State announces record enrollment numbers
Posted: September 17, 2016

A-State has experienced record-breaking growth in the last year. The university announced Sept. 7 that A-State is beginning the  2016-17 academic year with an all-time record enrollment of 14,074 and growth of five percent over last fall.

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Thursday 09/15/2016
Former A-State rugby player leads police on high speed chase
Posted: September 15, 2016

A former A-State rugby player was arrested Sept. 3 after police say he was accused of stealing a car from the university and leading officers on a chase through interstate traffic.

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A-State freshman accused in video voyeurism case
Updated: September 15, 2016 - 9:33 am

An A-State student and employee is facing video voyeurism charges after police say he was caught taking photos of his roommate having sex through a dorm window.

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Thursday 09/08/2016
A-State gunman found guilty on 2 charges, sentenced to 18 years
Updated: September 08, 2016 - 4:34 pm

A gunman who prompted a campus lockdown at Arkansas State University after driving onto campus armed with a loaded shotgun has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

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Wednesday 08/03/2016
Hudson Resigns as Chancellor of Arkansas State University, Provost Cooksey Named Acting Chancellor
Updated: September 08, 2016 - 12:16 pm

JONESBORO – Dr. Tim Hudson resigned Tuesday, effective immediately, as chancellor of Arkansas State University after four years of service on the Jonesboro campus.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
Campus Crime starting on April 22
Posted: April 27, 2016

Campus Crime is a weekly report compiled from University Police logs made publicly available in accordance with the Clery Act.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Campus Crime starting on April 13
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 11:09 am

Campus Crime is a weekly report compiled from University Police logs made publicly available in accordance with the Clery Act.

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
Anderson: Here for the long haul
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 5:04 pm

Since the day of his hiring at A-State was announced in December 2013, Head Football Coach Blake Anderson has brought national attention to the university’s football program.

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Is the pig skin really the cash cow?
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 5:10 pm

When it comes to salaries, the Red wolves remains low on the spectrum of national college atheltic teams, where football comes with a hefty price tag

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Distinguishing truths and rumors surrounding A-State Student Activity Center
Updated: April 19, 2016 - 6:05 pm

The university opened its Student Activity Center in fall 2015, and ever since then it has been in the center of some debate.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
Campus Crime starting on April 3
Updated: April 13, 2016 - 4:17 pm

Campus Crime is a weekly report compiled from University Police logs made publicly available in accordance with the Clery Act.

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Saturday 04/09/2016
A-State museum awarded $39K planning grant
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 11:14 am

The ASU Museum announced Tuesday the designation of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the amount of $39,983.

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A-State announces plans for Governor’s $100K donation to Johnny Cash project
Updated: April 09, 2016 - 11:00 am

A-State has announced what they plan to do with Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s donation toward Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home, a designated Arkansas State University Heritage Site.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Campus Crime starting on March 28
Posted: April 06, 2016

Campus Crime is a weekly report compiled from University Police logs made publicly available in accordance with the Clery Act.

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Monday 04/04/2016
Final dean applicant interviewed, selection process underway
Posted: April 04, 2016

The search committee tasked with selecting the founding dean of the yet-unnamed conglomerate college at A-State entered the final stage of the selection process Tuesday.

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Sunday 04/03/2016
Assistant athletics director cited for public intoxication
Posted: April 03, 2016

An A-State employee was cited for public intoxication during Spring Break.

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Friday 04/01/2016
Hotel, convention center plans move forward with grant from Delta Regional Authority
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 5:44 pm

The hotel and convention center project recently proposed by Arkansas State University and O’Reilly Embassy Suites has announced definite plans to move forward with construction on university property.

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Thursday 03/31/2016
SGA wants $14,000+ red wolf statue on University Loop
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 9:21 am

In its first session post-election session, A-State SGA began ushering in a new era of government officials. Incumbent officials expressed their gratitude to the senate for their work over the previous year before conducting a brief session, during which the organization motioned to begin constructing a red wolf statue on University Loop.

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Agreements set to expedite med school application process
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 9:11 am

A-State students interested in the medical field will soon have a broader field of options. The university finalized two agreements with the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) that will allow A-State students an earlier chance for acceptance as medical students.

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Campus Crime starting on March 18
Updated: March 31, 2016 - 8:58 am

Campus Crime is a weekly report compiled from University Police logs made publicly available in accordance with the Clery Act.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
Dean search underway, two remaining applicants to be interviewed
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 12:51 am

The candidate pool for founding dean of the yet-unnamed conglomerate college at A-State has narrowed. After forming a search committee in February to screen applicants for the position, three finalists have been selected, the first of which visited the university Monday to answer questions from students and faculty as part of the interview process.

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Aldridge, Grant announced as 2016-2017 SGA President, VP
Updated: March 17, 2016 - 12:22 am

Several weeks of campaigning, speaking and a social media blitz came to an end Friday for the 2016 Student Government Association presidential election.

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
Up ‘til Dawn tops previous year, raises over $50k for charity
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 8:20 pm

Students from all walks of life united to ‘stay up for good’ Friday to benefit the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A-State’s chapter of the Up ‘til Dawn charity organization was able raise $50,011.

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Campus Crime starting on March 6
Updated: March 16, 2016 - 7:24 pm

Campus Crime is a weekly report compiled from University Police logs made publicly available in accordance with the Clery Act.

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