November football roundup

by Nick Growall

Staff writer

The Southeastern Savage Storm has continued to struggle in its past two weeks, losing on Oct 29 to the University of Arkansas-Monticello 24-20 and to Ouachita Baptist 21-18 on Nov 5 in their final game at home, dropping to 2-7 on the season.

The Storm, despite losing efforts, has had its running game return to form, rushing for 159 yards against UAM and 205 against OBU. This snapped Southeastern’s two-game streak of being held under 100 yards rushing.

Freshman running back CJ Kirk rushed for 122 yards against Ouachita Baptist, while sophomore quarterback Jercolby Bradley, who filled in for injured junior Logan Turner against UAM, lead the team in rushing with 76 yards, throwing for 140 yards.

Turner returned to start against Ouachita Baptist, throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with freshman wide receiver Tiquarrio Combs and junior tight end Ryan Shelley.

“Logan played well,” said head coach Ray Richards. “He came in off an injury and played with great composure.”

In both games, however, Southeastern had to fight back late in the game but were unable to complete the comeback on both occasions. Trailing 17-3 against UAM late in the third quarter, the Storm took advantage of a Boll Weevil fumble on the one-yard line with a touchdown run by senior Don Brown. But after another touchdown by Brown, the Storm was unable to hold the UAM offense, which scored on the ensuing drive.

A similar situation occurred during Southeastern’s home game finale when the Storm trailed 14-3 late in the third quarter. Turner found Combs for a five-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-10, but the Tigers answered with a touchdown pass of their own, making it 21-10.

Southeastern went on to score with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion to Shelley, but were unable to convert on the onside kick, which didn’t cross the 10 yards necessary for Southeastern to have a chance at recovering it.

The Storm then let the Tiger offense run out most of the game clock, giving the Storm offense only five seconds at the end of the game to cover 97 yards down the field.

“We had some passes on defense that we should’ve knocked down, and we weren’t able to hold them on third down,” said Richards, “but it was disappointing that we didn’t allow ourselves a chance to cover the onside kick. That’s was critical.”

The Savage Storm will play their final game of the season at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. on Nov 12 at 2 p.m.


From left to right, junior Travis Kincheloe (65), senior Ryan Sullivan (62) and junior Matt Unger (75) led the way for freshman runningback CJ Kirk (2) against Ouachita Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 5. (Staff photo by Nick Growall)


SE suffered a 21-10 loss to Ouachita Baptist at the last home game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 5. (Staff photo by Samantha Perera)


The Spirit of SE Marching Band performed the SE fight song as the football team approached the field. (Staff photo by Samantha Perera)

‘Illegal Benefits’ intramural flag football champions

by Kendra Germany

Staff writer

Illegal Benefits defeated the Step Dads and took home the Southeastern Intramurals flag football championship title on Nov. 1.

The 2011 flag football season started on Sept. 20 with 11 teams competing each week until only two teams were left standing on Nov. 1.

Illegal Benefits team members include: Nick Growall, Timmy Harden, Dylan Henson, Marcus High, Darius Johnson, Joshua McClennahan, Chance Roberts, Kevin Roberts, Joao Rizzardo, Micah Tennison and Caleb Wagner.

Step Dads members include: Benny Lindamood, Ethan Cox, Dominic Jones, Tanner Strawn, Drew Mitchell, Taylor Matlock, Tyler Fields, Matt Jones, Patrick Nelson, Josh Garner and Shawn Kirkland.

Both teams scored early in the game and kept the score close throughout the game.

But in the end it was Illegal Benefits who took home the 2011 championship title and the bragging rights that go with it, with a score of 33 -31.

Flag football isn’t the only sport Southeastern Intramurals offer for students. According to the Wellness Center’s website, basketball, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee are played as well.

The 2011 intramurals volleyball season will begin within the next few weeks. Packets were due on Nov. 8. There will be a captains meeting in the Student Union Gym at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 11.

For more information about any intramural sports visit the Wellness Center located in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union on the first floor or call 745-3032.


Intramural flag football winning team "Illegal Benefits" after the game on Tuesday, Nov. 1. (Courtesy photo)


Players from both teams take the field at the beginning of the championship game on Tuesday, Nov. 1. (Staff photo by Kendra Germany)

SE student fees explained

by Jerreck McWilliams

Staff writer

University billing has been a complicated subject in recent years with concerns from students that our billing system is too confusing to read.

The university is currently working to make the student billing system easier to read for the people who need to understand it most: the students.

According to Dean of Enrollment Management Liz McCraw, these plans involve the effort of a committee to re-evaluate how a student’s bill is presented to him/her.

From that re-evaluation, the committee will create a streamlined, more easily understandable bill.

The bill will show the student only the information he/she needs to know: “How much do I owe and for what am I paying?”

Until this new system is fully developed, however, students will still have to make do with the old system with which so many students have had issues.

“The bill on CampusConnect is not overly difficult to interpret, but there are many items on it that should be better labeled so we know exactly what we are being charged for,” said SE student Zachary Cobb.

“This mainly goes toward the fees that we pay that are all lumped into a single label,” said Cobb, referring to such labels as the Computer Supplies and Equipment Fee or the Student Technology Fee.

Luckily for students, the Business Services office has recently taken steps to alleviate some of this confusion via a short document which summarizes the purpose and use of the most common fees that appear on each and every student’s statement.

Previously, the document distributed to curious students included only the name and the amount charged for each itemized fee.

However, the document did not include a description for what the funds collected were used toward.

The difference now, for example, is the students are informed that the $6 Electronic Academic Service Fee charged is used to pay for the use of Blackboard services.

The $5.60 per credit hour Student Activity Fee is used not only to fund SGA, but also to pay for admission into many school-related events.

Also, the difference between the $4.70 per credit hour Student Technology Fee and the $70 per course Computer Supplies and Equipment Fee is that the former pays for Help Desk services while the latter is used to fund actual computer printing equipment.

This document can be found posted outside the Business Services office window in the Hallie McKinney Building on University Boulevard, across from the Campus Police.

Coffee-infused poetry

by Sarah Tarver

Contributing writer

Hot Shots Coffee Shop, on University Boulevard, hosted a Poetry Night on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The reading lasted about an hour with just over 20 people coming and going throughout the night, and eight presenters.

This was the second poetry reading that Hot Shots has hosted. The first took place last spring and was also very well attended according to Dr. Randy Prus, chair of the English department who attended and read both nights. The two readings were open, allowing anyone who wished to share the opportunity to step up to the microphone.

The coffee shop was transformed into a contemplative realm for the night in which all were content to drink various coffee-infused drinks, listen and take in the words and ideas of those who were sharing their own work, a work that inspired them or the work of another who wished to remain anonymous.

Overall the night was described as “a lot of fun” and “very inspiring” by attendees and readers alike. SE English major Christian Joy Boone, who was there as a spectator, said, “Hearing someone’s poetry is similar to looking into their soul, you learn a lot about them, and yourself.”

The reading was a group effort involving the English department and Hot Shots staff, which included, but was not limited to, English faculty members Dr. Virginia Parrish, Dr. Wilma Shires, SE journalism major David Reagan and Hot Shots employee Rachel Toews, who is a communication major here at Southeastern.

Although the reading itself only lasted until 8 p.m., most everyone who had remained up until that point stayed and talked in groups until Hot Shots, who had stayed open past their normal business hours for the event, closed its doors about 8:30 p.m. Toews ended the evening saying “we will have another one soon.”

The poetry readings are one way that the English department reaches out to the rest of the school and community. Another way is through the publication of students’ literary and artistic works in Green Eggs and Hamlet, a student-created booklet that is released each spring.

Anyone who wishes to contribute work can speak with Prus in the English department or Jack Ousey in the art department. The final deadline for contributions for the 2012 edition will be in the middle of February 2012.


Hot Shots Coffee Shop hosted a poetry night on Friday, Oct. 28. (Staff photo by Lornna Bates)

Carnival of Cultures to show diversity of SE

by Brittani Young

Staff writer

The International Students Association will be holding a Carnival of Cultures event on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 4-6 p.m. in the Ballroom in the old Student Union.

“Carnival of Cultures is a celebration of diversity and individual uniqueness of students from several countries,” said Camille Phelps, dean of students.

“It is the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to enjoy the cultural richness of our university,” she said.

According to Phelps, this is an event that “happens every year in some form.”

At this year’s Carnival of Cultures, there will be free food, music and dance, along with a fashion show of traditional clothes from all the countries represented.

Eri Turek, a graduate student working in the Dean of Students office, said everything will be free to enjoy throughout the event.

The food will be cooked in the Baptist Collegiate Ministries building by students from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Russia, Benin, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong and France. Music and dance representing the countries of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Africa, Russia and Gabon will also be presented.

There are currently 20 members of ISA on the Southeastern campus.

“We are getting more international students, so hopefully, I can get more international students and American students interested in multicultural events,” said Turek.

Turek, Phelps and the ISA members welcome all faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community to attend the event.



Comedy dinner theatre adds just a pinch of cyanide

from Staff reports

Theatre at Southeastern will present its dinner theatre production, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Nov. 17-19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

“‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ a 1939 comedy thriller by Joseph Kesselring, revolves around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY,” said the show’s director Dr. Aaron Adair. “At the same time he, like so many of us, must decide whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves and subject her to his loony family.”

The family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made wine laced with arsenic, strychnine and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity and now looks like a horror-film actor.

The cast features sophomore Dustin Curry as Mortimer Brewster, sophomore Jordan Hammack as Abby Brewster, freshman Minda Rocha as Martha Brewster, senior Boomer Lowrie as Jonathan Brewster, senior Aaron Rains as Dr. Einstein and junior Brent Odell as Teddy Brewster.

Additional cast members include senior Brianne Cothran, senior Rowdy Peacock, freshman Riley Collard, junior Megan Mackey, sophomore Tanner Risner and sophomore Domanick Hubbard.

Tickets for “Arsenic and Old Lace” are $30 to the general public and $25 to students and seniors.  Reservations are required for this production.  For more information, go online to or call the VPAC Box Office at 745-2696.


Left to right, actors Jordan Hammack, Dustin Curry and Minda Rocha will be performed in the comedy dinner theatre "Arsenic and Old Lace" Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17-19 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. (Contributing photo by Taylor Donaldson)

‘Casting Crowns’ new album debuts at No. 2

by Kendra Germany

Staff writer

Christian music’s top-selling group Casting Crowns’ fifth studio album “Come to the Well” doesn’t disappoint fans thirsty for more.

“Come to the Well” was released on Oct. 18, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Charts.

Casting Crowns is a Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian band. Since the band’s formation in 1999, they have released five studio albums, four of which debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Charts.

Every Casting Crowns album is well produced and beautifully written, and “Come to the Well” is no exception.

Out of the 12 songs on the album, there is not one song that couldn’t succeed as a single.

The first song worthy of praise is “The Well.” This is a great song that has the signature Casting Crowns sound. The music is beautifully played, and the lyrics are well written.

Lead singer Mark Hall writes all of the songs. Hall does an excellent job of telling a story with his songwriting.

The song “Just Another Birthday” is a great example of the storytelling in the writing.

The song is about a girl whose father isn’t around and never sends her gifts or even calls on her birthday.

Then she gets pregnant, and the baby’s father has left. The girls asks, “Jesus can you hear me? Come and heal my brokenness. Put the pieces back together and be a father to the fatherless.” Then the next verse tells of the next birthday and how happy she is with her daughter.

Casting Crowns is an all-around awesome band. Their music is great, and their message is even greater. “Come to the Well” is definitely an album worth checking out.


'Casting Crowns' fifth studio album "Come to the Well" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Charts. (Photo from

Fall season brings new makeup trends

by Chrissy Dill

Staff writer

There are countless types of makeup, which provide the opportunity to play up your appearance with your personal style of clothing accordingly. As with color palettes in fashion trends changing from season to season, you can also alter your makeup as the weather changes.

Once summer comes to an end, you can change your look with autumn makeup. According to’s style site, autumn makeup colors reflect the cooler season and the expectation that winter is around the corner.

Most fall makeup brightens the complexion and uses warm tones to add color to the face.

If you stopped using foundation during the summer, possibly because your skin tends to get oily in hot weather, add it back to your morning makeup regimen, according to Begin using a lightweight foundation and powder again.

Though in the summer you may find your skin taking an oily feel, in the cooler months it may become dry. In this case, find a facial moisturizer or beauty lotion.

Facial lotion can even be found with acne medication in its formula, which is especially useful depending on your skin type.

While in the summer you may have used a light-colored eye shadow, like a lavender or cream hue, switch to darker tones in the fall.

Use chocolate hues on your eyes. Brows and lashes should utilize dark brown colors, so search for a shadow and liner in an espresso color or even a charcoal shade.

Tone down the blush and, according to ehow, steer away from the pink shades used in the summer. Instead, put darker shades on your cheeks or skip the blush altogether and use a bronzer.

When it comes to lip color, find a long-lasting lipstick in a darker autumn shade that will last you all day without fading. Mattes should replace the light glosses used over the summer.

You don’t necessarily need to apply darker-toned makeup in the fall; neutrals are always flattering on any skin tone. Beiges and nudes are stylish.

Apply a dark brown eye liner on your lower lid and the outer-half of your upper lid and add a neutral eye shadow all over the lid for an every-day, pretty look.

If you’re feeling brave, experiment with bold colors.

Lips are usually the best area to try out bolds, such as a classic bombshell red lipstick, but a charcoal eye shadow can be worn for a smoky-eye look that is perfect for an evening out.

With cooler weather comes darker tones in your makeup, pairing your cozy winter outfit with a warm appearance and complexion.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colors but keep an every-day neutral look on hand.


Use warm tones to add color to the face and try out the "smoky eye: look for a night out on the town. (Photo from


Look for a darker-shaded eye shadow for the fall rather than a light shimmer as in the summer. (Photo from

Dorm room microwave cooking for the holidays

by Laura Tomah

Yeardisc editor

The holiday season is upon us once again, and it’s time to make yourself miserable with your family at the dining room table.

What better way to help out your mom or prepare for your club’s holiday party than putting your microwave to use?

While these recipes will never come close to mom’s or grandma’s, they will surely fill your holiday comfort-food void and impress your friends.

They can also make good snacks for finals week.


Impress your whole family with this delicious pecan pie.

That is, if you can make it out of town before your neighbors eat it all.





Servings: 8

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup corn syrup

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch of salt

1 cup pecan halves

1 (9-inch) pastry roll out refrigerated pie shell


Roll out refrigerated pie shell and place in microwave-safe pie pan.

Microwave for 4 minutes and set aside.

Place butter in a medium-size glass bowl.

Cook on high 1 1/2 minutes or until butter is melted, then stir in remaining ingredients except pastry shell.

Pour mixture into shell. Cook for 10 minutes without pecans.

Put pecans on top of custard and cook for 2 minutes.

Cool and serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving (values rounded to the nearest  whole number): 439 calories; 22 g total fat; 7 g saturated fat; 4 g polyunsaturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat; 77 mg cholesterol; sodium 202 mg; potassium 164 mg; 67 g total carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 59 g sugars; 4 g protein.


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Pumpkin pie is my personal holiday favorite and something I am especially picky about.

This recipe is in my favorites for this treat now with its perfect mixture and taste.




Servings: 8

1 (9 inch) roll out refrigerated pie shell, baked

1 can (30 oz.) pure pumpkin

2 eggs, slightly beaten

2/3 cup evaporated milk

¾ cup of sugar

½ teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of cinnamon

½ tablespoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter


Roll out refrigerated pie shell and place in microwave-safe pie pan.

Microwave for 4 minutes and set aside.

Mix together pure pumpkin, eggs, milk, sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Melt butter in small custard cup, about 30 seconds.

Add 1/2 tablespoon vanilla and brush mixture on pie shell.

Pour pie mixture in shell. Cook 22 minutes on high.

Let cool and serve with whipped cream if desired.


Nutrition information per serving (values rounded to the nearest whole number): 229 calories; 7 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 41 mg cholesterol; 280 mg sodium; 332 mg potassium; 39 g total carbohydrate; 5 g dietary fiber; 26 g sugars; 4 g protein.


(Recipe from

This banana pudding is sure to please your sweet tooth and is so simple as well as quick that your friends will love you on movie night.




Servings: 15

1 1/2 cup sugar

3 tablespoon flour

3 egg yolks

1 cup milk

1 stick butter

1 box vanilla wafers

4 bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla


3 egg whites

6 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla


Mix sugar and flour. Add egg yolks. Add milk to make paste.

Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stir mixture and then microwave 3 minutes or until desired thickness.

Cut up bananas and layer with wafers in microwave safe pan. Cover bananas and wafers with mixture.

Beat egg whites until stiff and add sugar and vanilla. Put on top of pudding and microwave 6 minutes.

Refrigerate for about an hour and then serve.


Nutritional information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 305 calories; 11 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 49 mg cholesterol; 86 mg sodium; 210 mg potassium; 49 g total carbohydrate; 1 g dietary fiber; 29 g sugars; 3 g protein.


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I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my friends and I have. I can honestly say these recipes helped me make new friends, and I can’t wait to share them with my family.


Please your sweet tooth with this Microwave Banana Pudding recipe. (Staff photo by Laura Tomah)


Impress your family and friends this holiday season with Microwave Pecan Pie. (Staff photo by Laura Tomah)


Microwave Pumpkin Pie with a delicious mixture and taste to please any holiday guest. (Staff photo by Laura Tomah)


Not a ‘Grimm’ outlook for NBC’s new series

by Tiffany Logue

Staff writer

“Grimm” is NBC’s new drama series which I found to be intriguing and suspenseful.

The pilot episode, which aired on Friday, Oct. 29, was directed by Marc Buckland. Buckland has directed some episodes of “Scrubs” and “My Name is Earl.”

“Grimm” stars David Giuntoli, who has appeared in other shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Without a Trace” and “Love Bites” as Portland detective Nick and Kate Burton (“Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Good Wife” and “127 Hours”) as his aunt Marie.

In the pilot episode, Nick learns he is one of the last Grimms and that Marie is one of the most feared.  While viewers are not told how long Marie has been hunting evil, they do learn that she has been a Grimm long enough to have many knife wounds. Therefore, she gives Nick a quick breakdown.

Grimms are able to see things that no one else can see.  Therefore, throughout the episode, Nick deals with seeing these unusual sights for the first time.  He is briefly filled in on his gift by his aunt Marie. She informs him that his ability is to see a glimpse of people’s true selves when they are not in control of their emotions.

In the pilot episode, Nick and his cop friend Hank must catch a killer.  Hank is played by Russell Hornsby (“Big Fat Liar,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and ‘The Good Wife”).

The killer selects only females wearing red jackets/hoodies. When the killer takes a little girl, Nick and Hank work together to find out who he is before he kills her. Nick uses his ability to figure out who the killer is.  However, first he “cries wolf” on a man who is innocent, losing the trust of the police.

The man he falsely accuses decides to help Nick. His name is Eddie Monroe, who is played by Silas Weir Mitchell (“Prison Break” and “Halloween II”). Nick struggles not to get upset when Eddie loses control and shows his true form–a wolf.

The pilot ends abruptly. The ending chosen leaves viewers wanting to watch the next episode to find out what happens to Marie and Nick.

Despite the suspense, I found the show not to be as bloody as I anticipated from my familiarity with some stories written by the Brothers Grimm. I found that to be a plus because I feel the blood and gore was not needed to keep my interest in the show.

The interest, for me, was the suspense the show held the entire hour. Suspense was created by showing glimpses of the girl Nick, Hank and Monroe were looking for throughout the episode to show the audience her fear of being taken.

Given the show’s title, I expected for “Grimm” to be more about the twisted fairytale writers Jacob Grimm and his little brother Wilhelm Grimm, who together wrote over 200 stories that are similar to Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe. However, “Grimm” took a different approach by giving a man a special ability.

The connection between “Grimm” and the brothers is simply the twisted plot.  Nick has to help protect humans by stopping human and mythological creatures.

The approach made the plot more interesting. Along with the suspense, the approach seems to be effective because the writers started the show in a great way. Instead of giving Nick the information he needs regarding his ability, they make him have to work to figure it all out as he goes along.

I feel the audience would have gotten confused if Nick had already known about his ability. If he had, viewers would need to watch flashbacks to memories. However, starting the show with Nick’s learning process helps viewers to keep up easier and not become so confused.

The second episode, “Bears Will Be Bears,” was equally as suspenseful.  It was directed by Norberto Barba (director of a few episodes of “The Mentalist,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and “NCIS: Los Angeles”).

This episode involved a couple breaking into a house to be alone.  The couple heard the family who lives there returning and attempted to sneak out.

The woman made it out, but the man did not. Something pulled him back inside.

Amy Gumenick (“Supernatural” and “Natalee Holloway”) is Gilda, the woman who escaped.

Gilda tells the police that her boyfriend is missing and was last seen being dragged into the home they broke into.  Nick and Hank investigate.

Once at the house, Nick notices a weird totem pole that leads him into the mysteries of the family who lives there.

Marie tells him about the family’s tradition to sacrifice someone to respect their ancestors.  Nick must stop them in time and rescue the man, all while trying to keep Marie safe.

Nick recruits Monroe from the first episode to watch over her, which made Monroe very uncomfortable seeing as Marie hunts his people.

This episode was suspenseful because it showed viewers the man several times, just like in the first episode, and kept going back to Marie and Monroe to help viewers stay aware of her danger as well.

The smaller subplots in “Grimm” help add both drama and more suspense to keep viewers interested and more alert of the lesser characters in the show as well.

I feel adding the subplots was a great idea.  It helped me remain interested and makes me excited to watch the next episode. “Grimm” airs Friday nights at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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