Celebration of Lights Helps Students Athletes Shine

The installation of a new lighting system on the soccer and lacrosse fields offers a great experience for teams and spectators. A brief dedication ceremony for the new lights is planned for 6:45 p.m. on October 21, between the women’s and men’s soccer games as the teams take on SCAC opponent Hendrix College at 5 and 7 p.m. respectively.

The “Celebration of the Lights” will be an opportunity for members of the men and women soccer teams to thank parents and friends for their support and dedication to their programs.

“We’re really excited and we hope that the members of the men and women’s soccer teams will take the opportunity to really show and thank our fans and supporter for being a part of our program,” Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jene Baclawski said.

Students, parents, and all other fans will now have the opportunity to cheer on the Pirate soccer and lacrosse teams when the sun goes down. Baclawski attests to the value of the lights as a means of raising the standards of competition at Southwestern.

“We now have the opportunity to play games at night at a real college venue where we’ll be able to have more fans and support from the community on and off campus,” Baclawski said. “I think that having a field with lights just brings a new level of excitement for the players and the program as a whole.”

Having a lighted field will also help with coordinating student-athletes schedules with practices and games in order to reduce conflicts with classes and studying.

“Having lights is going to enable us to use the venue at different times of day than we’ve ever been able to use and avoid conflicts with labs and classes, and I think that’s going to make a real difference in terms of the players on the tame,” Baclawski said.

The instillation of the lights was made possible by a generous donation from unnamed alumni.

“The donation we received to build the lights was really a surprise,” said. “We don’t be recognizing the donors who provided the funds for the lights because Baclawski they have asked to remain anonymous.”

Along with the insertion fo lights on the field, additional fundraising from the development office has provided fro lighting the walkway to the competition field as well as the lower parking lot adjacent to the walkway.

“We also installed highoptic cables within the lines that go underneath the lights so that we will be able to have clearer wireless and faster Internet pictures for the video streaming of our games,” Baclawski said.

Coaches and administrators were pleased with the speedy installment of the lights.

“I was really surprised that we were able to exceed the deadline for the instillation,” Baclawski said. “We were expecting them to go up in mid or late OCtober so the fact that they were in at the end of October was fantastic.”

Coach Baclawski and all of the coaches, athletes, and fans are thrilled with the new opportunities having a lighted field has illuminated.

“Its like true Friday night lights style football in Texas,” Baclawski said, “so I’m very pleased and very grateful for the opportunity we have to get the fields lighted!”


The start of the fall term also means the start of the fall sports season, and the 
soccer players have been hard at work in practice and at games. The men’s team lost a
few critical seniors after the 2010 season, including star forward Alex Keller and stand
out right-back Benjamin Feiler. However, the younger players have stepped up and filled
the gaps very well. The team is confident for the upcoming season.

The team had a very strong first-year class and the sophomores and juniors have
played very well in addition to acting as leaders of the team. Team chemistry is very
high, which is an important in having a successful season.

“We are all playing very well together. We understand how we all play which
increases our chances of winning,” sophomore midfielder Steven Resnik said.

The team has already had to adjust its line-up because of injuries to crucial
players. Junior forward Evan Perkins suffered a fractured wrist and junior midfielder
Ryan Jensen suffered a mild sprain to his ACL as well as a lateral tear to his meniscus.
Despite this, the team has still played well.

“We definitely miss the injured players, but it has given a chance for other players
to show their talent. It’s nice to know that we can still perform well without them, and
also that we will be that much better when they return,” said sophomore midfielder
Timothy Eamma.

The Pirates have looked strong in the pre-season with impressive wins over Texas
Lutheran University and the Texas A&M club team. Their most impressive win was
at Hardin-Simmons, where they won 4-3. The team was trailing 2-0 after ten minutes
but ended up with the win. Sophomore forward Thomas Davis was essential in the win,
scoring three of the teams four goals.

“This game was so important for us. We had faced tough teams in the preseason
and needed a game like this to boost our confidence. This is a game that we can definitely
build on,” Davis said.

The Pirates had a solid performance against a very strong A&M team, beating
them 1-0. The game was very physical but the team was able to overcome this and
thoroughly deserved the win.

“The A&M game was another step in building and shaping our team. They were
a large team with some big players, but we were able to outplay them,” sophomore
defender Matt Landon said.

The preseason is almost over and conference play begins Sept. 30 at Sewanee.
Despite a tough pre-season, the Pirates are very confident for conference.
“We developed a lot this pre-season, and that is what pre-season is all about. We
figured a lot of our problems out and worked through them. There is no reason why we
should not have a strong conference season,” Resnik said.

The season opener is an important game for the Pirates, but the most anticipated
game is at Trinity on Oct. 14. The Trinity Tigers are bitter rivals of the Pirates, and after
winning a close, though questionable game last year, the Pirates are ready to show their

The 2011 season should be a good one for the Southwestern Pirates.

Men’s Basketball ends up and down season on high note

After a season of talent, biting disappointment and injuries, the men’s basketball season has come to an end. Though the Pirates did not make it to the conference tournament, there were still some games very well played. It was a season with plenty of sweat, blood (and probably even a few tears) to round off the 2010-2011 basketball season.

For instance, the home game against Colorado College proved to be a particularly glorious victory for the team.

Final SU Home Game for the season.

Considering the team needed to win the game in order to stay in the running for the conference, and the fact that the game was played on Senior Day, the 66-62 win was cause for jubilant celebration. Senior Nick Caputo led the charge, scoring 15 points in his final home game.

Right behind him was Michael Cantu, scoring 14 points to help keep the game intense right up to the finish.

Basketball requires much more than most people realize. Top fitness and the capacity to quickly analyze the components of the game are vital skills for each individual, but equally essential is the team’s ability to act as a collective body. When that fails to occur, conditioned talents go to waste.

Last season, the team made it all the way to the conference tournament. That triumph was a statement of the team’s ability to work together. This season didn’t quite live up to the standard set by the previous year, but if the universally accepted standard is to “try your best,” then perhaps certain individuals should feel content with their performance.

The passion of these students for basketball as an achievement they earn with every workout, group practice and competition, demands a particular kind of respect whenever the team functions as it should.

The team worked hard this season, and deserves the school’s enthusiasm and support in all future endeavors.

While the fountainhead of talent was ever-present, there were a bit too many missteps during the team’s journey throughout the season.

“We had lots of bright spots this year, but we just showed our signs of life a little too late,” Caputo said.

Alas, the promise of next year should evoke a renewed spirit ready to adequately prepare for all possible challenges.

Athlete Spotlight: Robbie Hanley

Robbie HanleyJunior Robby Hanley has been on fire as of late and played akey role in the success of the men’s basketball team. Hanley did not always plan to pursue basketball in college, but his plans changed when he arrived here in Texas.

I actually grew up wanting to play professional soccer internationally,” Hanley said. “This continued until I moved to Texas my sophomore year in high school, when I decided I would focus on basketball instead of soccer.”

It looks like his decision has paid off. His performance on and off the court has helped the Pirates maintain a good season this year.

Everyone has a common goal,” Hanley said. “Individual players cannot worry about their own game, but rather what helps the team as a whole.”

Looking back into the season, Hanley comments that one of the highlights of the season has been the home win against Oglethorpe by one point, a win that pumped up the Pirates halfway through conference.

Just as the team has had its highlights, it has had its downtimes. The past weekend in Colorado was a bit of a disappointment.

We needed to win both games to solidify first place going into the tournament, but we lost both,” Hanley said. “Not that great of a weekend by any means.”

Despite the tough weekend, Hanley says the team remains positive.

We will smash Trinity at home on Friday, and then go into the tournament and do what we have done all year,” Hanley said. “We want to reach the conference tournament and win a conference championship! But individually, I want to dunk on someone.”

Hanley is a sociology major and a Spanish minor. His favorite foods are applesauce and chicken wings and his favorite music artist is none other than Nas. Like many students here at SU, plans for post-graduation are still up in the air.

SU Swimming Finishes Strong in Louisville

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In Louisville, Ky. this past weekend, the Southwestern swim team was able to evaluate the efforts of its hard work at the Conference Championship.

On the men’s side, the first day of the meet resulted in a sixth place finish for the men’s 200 freestyle relay which finished in 1:29.81 and was swam by Patrick Flanigan, John Prater, Stephen Montes and Josh Stanfield. Stanfield, Jon LaRochelle, Flanigan and Prater made a seventh place finish for the 400 medley relay. First-year Flanigan, who is also a member of the men’s soccer team, finished 11th in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 22.24.

Prater finished 12th, five hundredths behind him with a time of 22.29. Prater also finished second in the consolation final of the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 48.95.

“My favorite part about SCAC was the way the team really came together. It is a great feeling to be a part of a team that respects and supports one another, and I think we saw that from the whole team this year at conference, from everyone cheering during a race to lifting each other up after a tough swim.” senior LaRochelle said, who has served as a team co-captain for two years.

On the second day, SU got this rolling with a seventh place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Stanfield, LaRochelle, Flanigan and Prater finished with a time of 1:42.51. The ‘B’ squad of Steven Weddell, Thomas Newman, Taylor Steele and Stephen Montes finished in 14th with a time of 1:51.77.

The men’s team shares many similar best strokes and events as Prater and La Rochelle took 12th and 15th respectively in the 100 breaststroke. Prater finished in 1:01.95 while LaRochelle came in at 1:03.98. Flanigan followed with an 11th place finish in the 100 back with a time of 56.42 while Stanfield come in 15th at 58.49.

Flanigan also finished in 16th place in the 100 fly with a time of 55.37, while the 800 free relay comprised of Steele, Montes, Weddell and Newman had the second highest finish of the day for Southwestern in ninth place with a time of 7:54.00. LaRochelle finished fifth in the consolation final of the 200 breastroke with a time of 2:18.59.

The team dynamic really became apparent when seeing the finalists, especially the seniors, take to the blocks knowing it was going to be their last race of the season or career even.

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Such an ultimatum brought every swimmer poolside to cheer for and fuse with their family of teammates who mounted the blocks thinking ‘this is it,’” first-year Newman said.

For the women’s team, day one of the SCAC Championships concluded with the highest finish by junior Bailey Thompson in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:14.82. First-year Melissa Nelson finished 14th with a time of 2:18.84 and first-year Elizabeth Lewis finished 16th with a time of 2:20.38.

The Pirates’ other top 10 finish was in the 200 free relay where the team of Michele Comerota, Katie Coleman, Christine Moody and Sarah McCausland finished in seventh place in the 200 yard freestyle relay coming in with a time of 1:47.69.

Lewis also finished 16th in the 500 free with at time of 5:31.05. A 15th place finish in the 400 yard medley relay was achieved by McCausland, senior Stephanie Morton, senior Anya Lopez-Fuentes and Comerota who came in at 4:38.05. Thompson, Comerota, Ayers and Nelson finished sixth in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

The second day of the SCAC Championships, the women’s team moved up one place in the standings after four top five finishes in eight events.

Sophomore Ayers had a major accomplishment by placing second in the 100 back coming in at 58.97 for an NCAA DIII B Cut time and fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 59.40. Junior Thompson finished just behind Ayers in the 100 back, taking third place in 59.53 which was also an NCAA DIII B Cut time.

Ayers and Thompson joined up with teammates McCausland, and Melissa Nelson in the 200 yard medley relay and captured fifth with a time of 1:55.06.

The Southwestern ‘B’ relay team of Christine Moody, Stephanie Morton, Anya Lopez-Fuentes and Coleman came in 16th in the event in a time of 2:08.30.

“I think that all of the hard work we have put in, and the incredible amount of time we have spent together really comes out. It is the last and most important meet of the season, and I think that the energy we put in throughout the season comes out in full force during those three intense days,” LaRochelle said.

Southwestern vs. Trinity: Tough Day for SU B-Ball

Although we lost, the Pirates fought hard against the Tigers.  Courtesy of Eric Gonzales.

Although we lost, the Pirates fought hard against the Tigers. Courtesy of Eric Gonzales.

In the midst of a crowd full of students and their visiting parents dressed in black, the regular season ended for the men and women’s basketball teams of Southwestern last Friday. Both the men and women fought hard, but came up short, and were handed losses by the Trinity Tigers.

The women’s team battled it out throughout the first half, but towards the end of the second half, their multitude of fouls and missed shots caught up with them. This slump led to the Trinity Tigers pulling ahead and never looking back. Around the two-minute mark in the second half, the score was 54-68. The Pirates pushed forward and closed the gap to 57-65, though they would not score again. The final score of the game was 57-68.

The Lady Pirates ended regular season play with an overall record of 10-15 and a record of 6-10 in conference play. The last regular season game festivities included senior recognition. Seniors Jessica Herbst, Narisa Trammel and Katie Kern suited up for their last home game on Friday night.

After the women’s game, the guys took to the court. Before the game, Coach Bill Raleigh recognized seniors Anthony Cox, Collin Kelly, Zach Bergstrom and Travis Barber for their dedication and extraordinary leadership they brought to the team.

“The men well represented the university throughout their years of play,” Barber said.

As for the game, the guys stayed close with Trinity throughout the first half, though they would never take the lead again after a score of 5-2 in the first two minutes of the game. Towards the end of the first half the team managed to tie Trinity at 23-23 and 26-26, but failed to comeback within that range again.

A big hindrance to the Pirates was the amount of missed shots that were taken. In the second half, the Pirates almost went a full five minutes without making any of their shots, a streak that was broken only by a successful free-throw.

As much as the team hurt from missed shots, Trinity also failed to capitalize on the difficulty the Pirates were having. They never managed to pull more than 9 ahead despite all the opportunities given to them and also failed to make many of their own shots.

The high amount of missed shots could be chalked up to lousy shooting or just good defense played by both teams.

Either way, the score remained relatively low throughout the game and no team hit the 50-point mark until only two minutes remained.
The score remained tight until around the eight-minute mark in the second half when Trinity took the lead, 40-33.

Though the Pirates remained strong, holding the Tigers in the low 40s for about four minutes, the comeback attempt was too late. Trinity called a timeout and came back to control the rest of the game, letting the Pirate’s only come as close as a 6 point difference for the rest of the game.

In the end the final score was 49-56. The men’s basketball team ended regular season with an overall record of 16-9 and a conference record of 9-7.

They currently hold third place in the west and will play DePauw in the first round of the SCAC tournament this weekend in Jackson, MS.

Twitter not that great, except when it is

Courtesy of Google Image SearchAs a person who is not a Twitter-er, but chose to take this assignment out of interest, I must admit the whole culture of letting everyone know what you are doing at any given time kind of freaks me out. I mean sure, I update my status on Facebook, but the idea of “following” someone via a social networking site is a bit too Big Brother-ish for me. That being said, since I took this assignment, I have been amazed to find out how much Twitter is used.

As I left a mall in Austin, I was invited to “follow” it on Twitter, radio stations use it to promote their DJs, celebrity visitors and advisors, hotels, sports teams, schools and even my own mom has an account for her job. Twitter, an endeavor that, in my opinion, takes Facebook creeping to a whole new level, has nonetheless revolutionized the PR and social networking world.

As with any popular trend, there will always be those within the fad who go to the extreme. Following celebrities on Twitter could be a pastime on its own. The website, celebritytweet.com, makes it convenient to see all celebrity updates at the same time (which I might add is especially entertaining during awards season). This website features celebrities from Ceasar Milan (aka the Dog Whisper) with tweets such as, “Give your dogs rules, boundaries and limitations as well as love” and “Don’t allow your dog to live in fear” to Soulja Boy’s “Productive day, the hustle remains relentless” and Weird Al Yankovic’s “Just arrived at the Grammys. So embarrassed – Lady Gaga and I are wearing the exact same bubble outfit.”

Celebrities also use Twitter to address rumors, gripe or discuss current events. Aston Kutcher, who according to Twiterholic.com is the most followed person on the website, has a Twitter page full of tweets discussing events such as the earthquake in Haiti, the State of the Union Address and the Minnesota vs. New Orleans game. Chris Brown recently posted a tweet complaining that Wal-Mart did not have his new CD in stock, only later to be corrected by Wal-Mart employees who claimed the CD was just sold out at the time.  Stephen Colbert’s most current tweet reads, “I’ve taken a long vacation…All I do is say funny things…And I’m thinking of raising my own salary…What am I a Senator?” After Heidi Montag reviled that she has had an absurd amount of plastic surgery, celebrities from Samantha Ronson to Dr. Drew took to Twitter to speak out about it. Even better, rapper Bow Wow took to Twitter to let the world know that he was drunk driving, “Face numb im whippin the lambo. Tipsy as f—.” And “I’m f—ed up!!! Ohhh damn. Y I drive the lambo.” Drunk tweeting puts drunk texting to shame.

Another example of tweeting at its most outrageous is the new book, Twitterature, that was written (if you can call it that) by 19-year-olds and claims to translate classic novels, such as Hamlet and The Great Gatsby, into 20 tweets with each tweet holding to the traditional Twitter standard of being 140 characters or less. Reviews of the book are mixed online and the quote on the cover of the book is from the Wall Street Journal and reads “Do you hear that? It is the sound of Shakespeare, rolling over in his grave.” Taken out of its light hearted context, Twitterature could be seen from a satirical point of view about how our generation has become all about instant connections and, in the process, we have both created and destroyed languages and cultures. Either way, for those who have actually read the classic books that Twitterature covers, it should be an interesting read.

What began as a simple social networking cite to keep “followers” aware of what others are up to, it has become an icon of our generation’s society. Twitter has revolutionized how we communicate, the way we do business worked to close the gap between celebrities and fans, and in the process has created its own culture. Soon the popular social site may face the same fate as Xanga or Myspace, especially when people begin to tire or begin to realize the stupidity of reporting their every thought and action to world, but as for now the Twitter craze treks on. Happy Tweeting.

Swim Team Finishing an Intense Season

Swim of Sarah Ayers by Shelley DormontThe Southwestern swim team is beginning the end of their five month season. In November and December, the team was training at the highest intensity of the year. Increased yardage of up to seven miles a day with fast paced training intervals and little rest causes swimmers to push their bodies, build strength and train their pace at different distance levels.

Increased yardage in peak training can cause extreme fatigue, but many SU swimmers have been achieving season best times even when their bodies have been pushed to the limit.

“Winter training consisted of swimming, eating, sleeping, swimming again, then eating more, and sleeping. We also did more dryland than usual, which was intense. Our afternoon practices were in an outdoor pool, so it was nice to get a tan. And of course winter training always brings the team together on a different level,” sophomore Christine Moody said.

The semester started with a meet against UT-Permian Basin.

First-year Elizabeth Lewis won the 1,000 yard freestyle, setting a new school record and dropping 19 seconds from her season best time.

First year Melissa Nelson had a personal best as well in the 200 freestyleand 100 butterfly. Two more personal best times were achieved by Sarah McClausand in the lead of the 200 medley relay and the 100 breastroke. Junior Michele Comerota and senior
Stephanie Morton finished first and third in the 100 yard freestyle, respectively.

“I am a swimmer because I enjoy the challenge of not only trying to out swim a competitor but to also out swim myself. Every day a new challenge arises. Every day you try to be better than the day before. My teammates are my main source of motivation. They help push me past my limits. A little friendly competition at practice is also a fun way of staying focused,” Comerota said.

The women’s team took first over UT-Permian Basin, and the men’s team took second. First-year Stephen Montes placed first in the 1,000 freestyle.

First-year Patrick Flannagan captured another first place in the 50 yard freestyle and first-year Thomas Newman swam season best times in the 100 yard freestyle and 100 yard breastroke. Senior Jon LaRochelle also swam a personal best time in the 200 yard individual medley.

“The main thing to focus on now is confidence. We have been training hard all year. Now we need to trust our work and swim hard,” said Comerota.

The Incarnate Word Invite took place this past weekend with a session on Friday and another two sessions on Saturday morning and evening.

“I hope to see personal bests from everyone on the team at SCAC. We have been swimming so well all year and I know all of our hard work will pay off. I am ready to make a statement and show the other teams how strong we are,” Comerota said.

The next home meet will be Feb. 6 at 1 pm against McMurray University. The SCAC championship will take place Feb. 18, 19, and 20, and the Pirates are excited to show what they have got.

1 on 1: Trainer Glen Schwab

Trainer, Glen Schwab.  Courtesy of Southwestern.edu

Trainer, Glen Schwab. Courtesy of Southwestern.edu

Ever dream of turning your hobby into your lifelong career? Southwestern University Head Athletic Trainer Glen Schwab did just that. Now in his ninth year at Southwestern University, he plans to stay for the long run.

“I wanted to be an athlete when I was in high school,” Schwab said of his early years.

“I love football. I grew up in Illinois, and football was not as big in Illinois as it is in Texas. To be quite honest with you, I was that skinny little kid whose Mom said he could not play football,” he said laughing.

Not to be discouraged, he continued to pursue his passion – just in a safer way.

“I volunteered as a manager of the football team,” he explained. “And the coaches were like Glenn, you could do so much more for us, why don’t you go and become a trainer? We didn’t have a certified trainer. We didn’t have that back in the 80’s – no one had them. I thought it sounded interesting and said I’d do it.”

Being a trainer for the football team at his high school became a dedicated hobby, but he soon dropped it in pursuit of a college education.

“I wanted to be an architect. I went off to college thinking that’s what I wanted to do. I realized in my first year of college that I didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk for the rest of my life. I wanted to be outside. I like to work with my hands, I like to interact with people. As soon as I realized that I needed to make a change, I transferred to East Illinois University where they had a degree plan in athletic training. That became my life.”

When asked about his favorite part about working at Southwestern University, he had an expansive list of positives for SU.

“I love working with the student body here,” Schwab said. “Here, we’re not just a have-fun athletic program. We’re competitive and we desire to win, but to have fun doing it still. Interacting with the students is the most rewarding part of my job. Secondly, I love this athletic department. The way Dr. Munt, the Athletic Director – the way she handles the way we do things, and the way the coaches interact with my staff. They’re very supportive of what we’re doing.”

“[The difference between Division 1 and Division 3] athletes is the whole focus on why they’re there,” Schwab continued.

“Division 1 has it in their mentality that they’re there as an athlete first and then secondly they’re going to school. And to be quite honest, most of them are very arrogant and very self-centered, and all they’re worried about is their future careers.”

“Division 3 athletes have a different focus,” Schwab added.

“They realize they’re here first as a student. Believe it or not, they still love the game they’re playing. It’s not uncommon at Division 1 that they really don’t love it any more. It’s become a job. And all they’re looking at is to make money off it in the future.”

Now that he and his wife have settled in Georgetown, neither of them plan on moving any time soon.

“I would love to stay at Southwestern forever. I would love to retire here. That’s my goal.”

Why I Wanted Favre to Go to the Super Bowl

Brett Favre, when he played for the Packers.  Courtesy of Google Images.

Brett Favre, when he played for the Packers. Courtesy of Google Images.

Most of us don’t need any introduction to who Brett is but very few know the important details about his life, which make his performance on Sunday even more impressive than it was. So seeing that this is the case, I think I will put this all in perspective: Brett Favre was born in 1969. That’s right, the 1960s.

The Super Bowl was only two years old when he was born, the Beatles were still making music, mankind had just landed on the Moon, and Richard Nixon was President. Brett Favre entered the NFL in 1991 and soon after made an indelible impression on the league. Folks, do you know how long ago that was? Nineteen years to be exact. If you’re a college student, Brett is old enough to be your father!

Something about that notion disturbs me. The only old gray-haired man I want to see out on the football field is a referee.

Pretty soon Brett will be doing Viagra commercials and infomercials for diabetes and the AARP. And you know what, he will probably still be playing football, which is exactly what I do not want.

Sometimes you have to call it quits. That goes not only for Brett but also Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Madonna, and Paul McCartney. The bad thing, at least for his dignity, is that Brett Favre isn’t a quitter. It made him awesome during his reign, but now it just makes him look desperate. Expect Brett back for the 2010 season and his 20th in the NFL.

He should just get an honorary Super Bowl, somewhat like a lifetime achievement award. It’s pretty obvious he just wants one more ring so he can have two total – one on each finger so he can effectively beat up anybody who cuts him in the cafeteria line in the nursing home.

We all know that won’t happen though.

I, like many other people including every Green Bay Packer fan, wish he had beaten the Vikings, played the Colts in the Super Bowl, got himself a win, and just left the game gracefully.

But since none of this turned out like it should have, the only thing left for Brett is an intervention (besides getting wasted on Bourbon Street). We should get him in a room with his wife, a psychiatrist and possibly a reality TV show crew to coax him out of destroying his last remaining brain cells. He already holds every record for a quarterback, including the most retirements.

What more does he want? Now he is just going to go on making a fool of himself on national television, kind of like Andy Rooney.

Arenas Gun Incident: No Joke

Gilbert Arenas who brought in a gun to the locker room.  Courtesy of Google Images.

Gilbert Arenas who brought in a gun to the locker room. Courtesy of Google Images.

On Jan. 6, the Washington Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas turned 28 years old. However, the least of his concerns are getting another year older.

On what should have been a day for celebration, Arenas was indefinitely suspended by the NBA for inappropriate behavior concerning the stowing of guns in his locker at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Although he was not suspended for the possession of firearms, the three-time All-Star has pleaded guilty to carrying an unlicensed pistol as of Jan. 15.
This a felony under D.C.’s incredibly strict gun control laws.

According to U.S. Attorney Chris Kavanaugh, Arenas placed four guns on a chair in front of teammate Javaris Crittenton’s locker with a sign that said “Pick 1” after a disagreement over a card game.

The disagreement stemmed from a late night flight back from Phoenix on Dec. 19.

Crittenton, however, apparently had his own gun, which he revealed after throwing one of Arenas’ pistols across the locker room.
Crittenton’s home has been searched, but no firearms have been found, and he has not received any charges or received any punishment from the NBA.

NBA Commissioner David Stern only suspended Arenas after he was caught by Getty Images during a pregame introduction. Arenas pretended to shoot at his teammates – who were grouped around him in a circle, laughing – with pistols made from his fingers.
Arenas has also mocked the press and made some inappropriate twitter updates concerning the debacle.

Stern is known for waiting for any legal process associated with the matter to finish before punishing his players.

But Arenas’ cavalier attitude regarding the whole situation provoked Stern to enact disciplinary measures sooner rather than later.
When asked about his opinion on the scandal, Southwestern senior Alex Roman said “it just seems like machismo or something to me.”
After hearing the story of what happened, first-year Sarah Nonaka’s opinion is strikingly similar.

Teammates of Gilbert Arenas.

Teammates of Gilbert Arenas.

“What little pansies, really? Boys and their guns. What are they, little thugs or something in the locker room? What do they do? It’s kind of like cops and robbers, it’s ridiculous. You’re grown men with professional careers; you don’t need to shoot each other. This just needs to end” Nonaka said.

“I’m really not surprised one bit he got suspended,” basketball enthusiast Thomas Bobbitt said. “What an idiot.”

This is not Arenas’ first time to get in trouble with the NBA concerning the possession of weapons.

In the 2004-05 season he was suspended from one game for – guess what – violating the NBA’s weapons policy.

In 2003, he was suspended after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge for not properly registering a gun while playing for the Golden State Warriors in California.

That is the absolute worst part about this; Arenas has not learned from his past mistakes.

Arenas has blown the whole thing off as a joke, purportedly to relieve tension between himself and Crittenton.

“That’s just not funny at all,” says first-year Kevin Masters as he imitates Arenas’ finger shooting.

“I don’t like to give professional athletes a lot of credit as role models, but that’s what he is. Kids look up to him.”

Athlete Spotlight: Staley Mullins

Staley Mullins attempts to shoot.  Courtesy of Southwesternpirates.com

Staley Mullins attempts to shoot. Courtesy of Southwesternpirates.com

Southwestern women’s basketball is making a stand this season with a 4-3 record in conference play. Two conference games were won this past weekend against Oglethorpe and Sewanee. The powerful duo of juniors Staley Mullins and Shae Seagraves posted 48 combined points against Oglethorpe on Friday evening. The Megaphone sits down with Staley Mullins, who offers insight into her passion for basketball and the dynamics of the Southwestern women’s basketball team.

L: What are the strong points and weak points of the team this year, and how have you seen it grow?

S: We have a very strong team this year, lots of returners. The few new players are also really strong with a lot of talent. The strength is in the overall talent, dedication and determination. We are a close group of girls, around each other 24/7, and we’ll give anything to win and play. Our weaknesses are finding our specific roles on the team by finding what each individual player does best and improving that and focusing. And as Coach has harped all season: communication; talking on the courts, passing and catching.

L:What’s your favorite part of practice and a game?

S: I love scrimmaging…5-on-5, full court. The rush of working with five individuals

Photo of Staley, Courtesy of Reese Cisneros

Photo of Staley, Courtesy of Reese Cisneros

to make one common goal happen and just really jelling together. Also just growing coming together as a team. And I’m not always looking at our record because it’s important to look to the next game to see how we can improve against the next team.

L: How was winter training back on campus over the break?

S: It was long. I don’t really like that. You have no games. It’s focusing on the team and the team goals. You get to come together and learn about each other. I like it because after coming back from summer with just pick-up games, being together as a team and being able to play full-on basketball is really exhilarating and fun. By the end of training you are ready to see what you can do against another team.

L: How long have you been playing and how did you first get involved in basketball?

S: I’ve been playing since eighth grade. When I moved from Montana to live with my Dad in Dallas, I played volleyball and basketball to meet friends. In eighth grade volleyball, I created the losing point for our team, and it was not a good experience. It was a bad experience, so I stuck with basketball.

L: What’s your major and what is your favorite thing about Southwestern?
S: My major is communications. I like the size of Southwestern and the community aspect that you can go anywhere on campus and know two to three people. I also like being able to talk to professors anywhere, like at the Cove and stuff.

L: What is your favorite food?
S: I love food and could not choose a favorite, but I love seafood. I could tell you my dislikes before my likes.

L: What do you want to be when you grow up?
S: I want to do public relations for nonprofit wildlife organizations and conservation camps. However, my focus now is on family, school and basketball. I am taking a Wildlife Conversation class, so hopefully I can get some connections. I’ve always really been interested in helping wildlife. I wanted to be a vet when I was younger of course; a biologist too, but my brain doesn’t function scientifically. I like to talk so why don’t I go into communications and talk about wildlife!

L: What are your hopes for the season?
S: My hope is to make it to the SCAC conference and be a contender as well. Basically just finish the season with no regrets, knowing that we did our best.

L: If you could say one thing to your team what would it be?
S: Never regret. Leave it all on the floor. Never regret your decisions that you have made and always give it 110 percent so that you won’t have an option to regret the past.
And as Michael Jordan once said, “Practice so hard that the games seem easy.”

Also, come out and see us play! There’s a lot of talent on this team and we’re going to have a great season.