Hounds Lose Shootout

By J.T. Keith

Eastern New Mexico University has just completed the roughest four week schedule in their history, playing four consecutive nationally ranked opponents.  

ENMU played the No.8 team in the country and kept pace for the first twenty minutes of the game, before losing to Midwestern State 57-34.

The “NASCAR” offense was in full throttle as explosive plays caught the Mustangs’ defense off guard. Midway through the second quarter, Junior quarterback Wes Wood threw an inside slant pass to Senior wide out Chase Keyser who turned on the jets to out run the defense for a 76-yard touchdown to make the score 21-20.

The Hounds (2-7, 1-5 LCS), scored on three out of four possessions as the Mustangs had to switch from man to man defense into a zone defense to keep ENMU’s speedy receiver in front of  their defensive backs. 

ENMU’s offense scored the second most points against the Mustangs defense this season. The Hounds finished the game with 441 yards in total offense. Receiver Chase Keyser led the receiving core with 4 receptions for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Wood is playing his best football of the season, and set a school record for completions at 648. Woods started the game with 12 straight completions, went 29-for-39 for 299 yards, and ran for one touchdown.

Wood said, “I wish we could have come out on top, I can’t doubt the effort, if I was on the battlefield I’d want it to be with these guys. Our defense was trading blows with them really well. There’s a reason they’re ranked No.8 in the nation. They are a great, great football program. I would not trade our guys for anything.”

Midwestern (8-0, 7-0 LCS) Head Coach Bill Maskill said, “It wasn’t our best game, but give credit to Eastern because they played up. Their offense moved the ball, the first three series we tried to play man-to-man pass coverage and we couldn’t do it.”

Coach Ribaudo said, “I am really proud of our guys for continuing to fighting back. I thought our offense was terrific. I am proud of our coaches, our kids and I wish we could win for our fans, they deserve it. Now it’s a two games season and we’re looking to finish 2-0.”

ENMU came out of the game with severe injuries. Jason Serda is gone for the year, Michael Cottingham was injured, and Michael Matthews is also gone for the year. Nick Hill is possible to return before year’s end.

The Hounds play next Saturday, Nov. 5, at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and then return home for the senior’s last home game to end the season.

ENMU plays at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville November 12, at 1 p.m.

Wellness Corner

By: Leslie Jones

Do you have wellness-related questions? Any topic, including physical wellness, emotional issues, relationship problems, drug or alcohol problems, and more can be addressed. Use the form to submit an anonymous question to be answered by Leslie Jones, ENMU Wellness Counselor, and published in the next issue of The Chase. No identifying information will be published. http://enmu.edu/services/counseling/wellness-question.html

Dear Leslie,

I just found out that I’m pregnant.  I’m a freshman here at ENMU.  I’m not ready to be a mom.  What should I do? – Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

You do have options.  I suggest you make an appointment with ENMU Health Services (562-2321) to discuss the alternatives you have, such as adoption or termination of the pregnancy.  All options should be considered carefully and can be very challenging.  If you don’t have any friends or family to talk to about this issue, make an appointment with ENMU Counseling & Career Services (562-2211).  We are here to listen and offer all the support you may need during this difficult time. 

Dear Leslie,

I am STRESSED!!  I signed up for way too many classes this semester and between that and all the clubs I’m in, I can’t keep up.  What should I do?? – Anonymous

Dear Anonymous,

First, let’s find out where the majority of your time is going.  Use an activity log to track your activities and determine the importance level of each activity:  http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/worksheets/ActivityLog.pdf.  Do the more important tasks in your life (such as school, work, and clubs) get most of your time, or are you spending more time on low-priority activities (such as socializing, napping, or gaming)?  Sit down and make yourself a daily schedule; be sure to put it in a planner or even in your phone so you have it handy at all times.  Check it often, so you stay on task.  Remember, sleep is a high-priority activity.  We often cut down on sleep so we can do other things that actually aren’t as important.  Make sure you schedule time for sleep; the more rested you are, the more productive you’ll be!  If you need more help with time management, make an appointment with the ENMU          

Counseling & Career Services office (562-2211).

Demand the Impossible: Occupy Everything

By: by: Dr. Al  Soci

TIME MAGAZINE poll indicates that roughly 167 million US citizens view favorably the OCCUPY WALL STREET (OWS) movement.  The number is remarkable given the mostly negative corporate-media coverage of OWS.  As the movement grows it will garner more support because the key problems it is addressing: economic inequality; an absence of meaningful democracy; climate change and related ecological disasters; joblessness; poverty; militarism; and power concentrated in corporations and finance capital, will intensify. Support for a movement challenging “the unelected dictatorship of money,” (Herman) i.e. corporate/finance control over all corners of life (and death), is not surprising.  More than 80% of US citizens believe the country is “run by a few big interests,” 86% think “Wall Street…has too much influence in Washington,” and 79% believe “the gap between rich and poor […is] too large.” 

   Public outrage increases daily:  children living in “official” poverty (always an underestimate) approaches 25% (with 44 million people living in “official” poverty – real poverty may be twice as high); the bottom 40% of the population controls only 0.3% of wealth (basically nothing); the top 10% own 90 percent of American stocks, bonds, trust funds, and business equity, and nearly 80% of non-home real estate; the top 1% control 43% of the nation’s financial net-worth (the top 1% possesses more net worth than the bottom 90%), while the richest 400 people increased their individual average worth from “only” $660 million twenty years ago to $2.8 billion today.  There is class war in the US.  It is carried out by a tiny elite ownership-class minority against the vast majority, hence OWS slogan: “We are the 99%” and “we are rising up.”Inequality and poverty matter. Inequality of wealth means inequality of power.  Those with economic power own and control not only the material and ideological means of production, but also the political system (hence, the near absence of meaningful forms of democracy – a problem being addressed head-on by the participatory democratic commitments of OWS), while having power to shape social and cultural environments to serve and service their anti-democratic minority interests. Poverty matters because it sickens, weakens, wastes and destroys lives and futures.  Poverty, in the face of ostentatious opulence, also adds insult to injury.  Such social arrangements are detestable.The power of corporations and finance capital “has reached the point that both political organizations…are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate” (Chomsky).  The majority of the US population is quite progressive, in contrast to imposed regressive elite policies. Most US citizens, in line with OWS, support job creation over deficit reduction, more spending on education and other social programs and less on militarism, more taxes on the wealthy, and an expansion of social protections.  Furthermore, they see poverty and the related wealth inequality as the nation’s leading moral crisis, want corporate influence minimized in (or removed from) politics, want Social Security and Medicare benefits protected and expanded, support collective bargaining rights for unions, and oppose criminal wars, etc.

  Given the connections between wealth, inequality, poverty, the progressive nature of the US population, and real and intensifying threats to the future young people are now recognizing, it is not surprising there is an emerging and growing popular anti-capitalist grassroots movement in the US, and across the world, struggling to address and eventually overcome concentrated wealth and power. The OWS Movement recently intoned: “We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies…We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments.”  A list of grievances is then shared (including): 

“They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process….”

“They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.”

“They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.”

“They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.”

“They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ health care and pay.”

“They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.”

“They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through control of the media.”

“They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.”

 The OWS movement is clear.  The struggle is against the entire “of, by and for” the rich system (the 1%), i.e.global capital.  Furthermore, they understand well that the primary role of both the Democratic and Republican parties is to serve and service the interests of corporations and finance capital.  As Paul Street writes “[they] are front folks for the moneyed class.” US       citizens are becoming increasingly aware that substantive progressive transformations of the sort needed to save the future are largely impossible through the election spectacles sponsored by corporate and finance capital.  There, “Hope” and “Change” really means “Servitude to Power” and “Continuity.”

The OWS movement is teaching that progressive transformations arise from ever growing, more inclusive, better informed, more involved bottom-up meaningfully democratic peoples’ struggles that attack theeconomic roots of human, ecological, social and political exploitation and destruction.  OCCUPY!

ZTA Spaghetti Dinner

By: Mathew Hall

Yum! Food! a delicious necessity in everyone’s life, but it’s even better when the food benfits a noble cause. The ZETA TAU ALPHA chapter of ENMU takes on this challenge each year, bringing awareness to silent killer, breast cancer. Supporting a cause like this is a lot of work and the ZTA know that, that is why they are partnered with several other organizations that believe in the support of these people also. Organizations like the NFL organization, the YOPLAIT organization, SELF-magazine, LIFETIME TV network and Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.

Headed by President Maddy Kruse, Vice President and Fundraising Chair Demesia Medina and Vice President Ashley Wolfe, this is one of the larger events the ZTA’s do during the year. Medina says that they average from 150 to 170 breast cancer supporters through their events like this dinner.

The spaghetti dinners were $8.00 a plate and that may sound expensive for a plate of spaghetti, but this cost wasn’t just for the ingredients, all of the money is donated directly to breast cancer research. So if you missed this great opportunity to help out these victims of breast cancer then don’t worry because Medina also said that these are, “continuous fundraisers” so there will be many more opportunities like these to be able to give your appreciation and support to these people.

Boo Bash!

by: Marketta Davis

ENMU held various activities across campus this Halloween season to get students and faculty in the spirit of costuming and trick-or-treating.  There were arts and crafts, decoration assemblies, Halloween-themed foods and potlucks, and dances.

The ASAB held their annual Halloween Boo Bash last Thursday, Oct. 27 in the CUB Ballroom.  The theme for this year’s party was Harry Potter, complete with the various movie characters, glowing wands, and a repeating projection of the box office hit Harry Potter movie series.  Students, faculty, and staff who participated in the event were welcomed to “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” (the CUB) in the “Hogwarts Castle Great Hall” (the Ballroom) with Halloween decorated tables, balloons, snacks, and a DJ.

ENMU sophomore and ASAB Music Coordinator Timothy McCoy headed the Boo Bash committee this year.  He credited his and his committee’s choice in themes to their being such avid Harry Potter fans.  McCoy decided to coordinate the Halloween party because he wanted to make it fun, memorable, and different.  “It’s one of the biggest events during the fall semester for ASAB,” he said.  He and most of the active members of the campus organization were dressed as different variations of the chief movie character Harry Potter.

Other familiar Halloween characters in attendance at the party included various ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and witches.  There were also fairies, brides, dolls, and puppets.  Even Mario from Mario Brothers made an appearance.  ENMU freshman Caroline Shaw from China attended Boo Bash for the first time with her friends and was excited to dress up for the occasion.  When asked why she chose to dress as Mario she said, “It [was] so simple!”

ENMU junior and 2011 Homecoming King Michael Neurauter’s costume included a long silk-like cape, studded brooch, wand, and a nametag that read “Slytherin’ Student.”  Neurauter also came with friends and was very enthusiastic about one particular element of the party.  “I can’t wait to dance!” he said.

Alongside the decorations, costumes, and snacks, the Boo Bash also included a local DJ to complete the themed Halloween party.  The music ranged from Hip-Hop to Country and hit every genre in between.  Most students enjoyed the variety of music and lined-danced to Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle”, Cali Swag District’s “Teach Me How to Dougie”, and V.I.C.’s “Wobble”.  Another student favorite included LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and two students dressed up as Party Rock robots entertained the crowd with a robot dance-off.

The party was a success for the ASAB and all those involved in preparing for the event.  Students enjoyed all aspects of the dance from the music and food.

Warrior Strength

By Matthew Hall

What is a warrior? A basic definition of a warrior is a one who shows or has shown great vigor, courage or aggressiveness. The military, one of the most prominent and important forces of American society, is considered to be a producer of warriors.

    These are the warriors who provide protection and defense for Americans and put their lives in the line of danger in order to provide that protection. As defined by Cadet Second Class Fredrick A. Bullard, assigned Division 2, USCC, a warrior in the military is “an American committed to values of duty, honor and selfless service . . . [putting] the welfare of others above their own each and every day and the train of thought that allows them to never accept defeat and never quit.”

     If you look with a broader perspective you can see another type of warrior in society. There are warriors like those in the military fighting to keep their lives, which are in constant danger of being taken by other humans, but then there are those warriors who are kind of hidden behind closed doors. These are the warriors who fight for their lives by themselves. The only differences between these two kinds of warriors is that when one warrior gets “hit” they still have that hope of assurance that they can still be cured, but for the other warrior once they get “hit” all they have is a sense of faith.

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Keith’s Korner: Open Letter to Greyhound Nation

By J.T. Keith

Right off the bat, I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am sorry for accusing the Administration, and anyone who took offense at being called a racist. I voiced my opinion about an incident that happened to me at the New Mexico Highland football game on September 3, 2011; without giving the administration or the proper officials an opportunity to investigate the incident or take action.

The fault lies with me for not going through the proper channels. Saying that I did not know is no excuse as I stated in the last issue. I was extremely angry about what had happened to me. Weeks passed and the more time went by, the angrier I got. I was irresponsible. I wanted retribution against the people who had taunted me.

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