The following are a collection of some of my published works from the Angelo State University Ram Page newspaper archive, where I worked for more than two years in college. I published more than 60 articles ranging from investigative pieces, personal profiles and editorials.
Students denied a vote
Mishandled registration cards nowhere to be found
When sophomore Jayna Hampton went to cast her ballot for president, she was surprised to find she was not registered to vote.
Hampton, like several other students, said she registered with the College Republicans during a drive on campus and was given a receipt. However, she and other puzzled students soon discovered the Tom Green County Elections Office had no record of them registering.
First Lady of ASU
Two years and 20 days without a first lady, ASU will welcome Barbara Barnhart, the soon-to-be Mrs. Rallo, as the feminine face of the university
She always thought she would marry a Texan. Though she loved her adventures in Europe, Barbara Barnhart's home is in San Angelo.
"I had been single a long time and they [family] always thought I'd bring home a Frenchman," Barnhart said. "I wanted an American who knew the European way of life because it's so different over there. They take time to be outdoors and to sit at cafés and smell the roses, to not take things for granted, to experience life and nature and food."
Shindell leaves ASU
Ex-Tech administrator Robert Shindell, who was hired by ASU Sept. 8 as special assistant to the Provost, no longer has a one-year contract with the university as of Wednesday, according to Director of Communications and Marketing Preston Lewis.
According to the Human Resources Director Jesse Gomez, the office of the Provost made a decision to end the employment relationship effective Sept. 30.
Ex-Tech admin. hired for 'expertise'
ASU hired a former Texas Tech administrator nearly two weeks ago who, according to Rallo, will help maximize the benefits of being a part of the Texas Tech University System.
Robert Shindell, ASU's new special assistant to the provost, Dr. Donald Coers, accepted the one-year, six-figure-salary contract. Both Rallo and Coers said Shindell was hired because of his unique qualifications regarding recruiting, contacts at Tech and history with the TTUS.
Search underway for retention admin
ASU initiated a national search Oct. 21 to find an associate vice president to head the new Student Support and Retention office. President Joseph C. Rallo approved the plan Oct. 6 to integrate several offices under this associate VP to focus on retention efforts, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Donald Coers said.
"We've taken the old dean of Student Life and we have created a new piece," Coers said. "It's not just Student Life anymore; it's Student Support and Retention, and it will be an associate VP rather than a dean."
Ike affects students' families
Not a drop of rain fell over San Angelo when Hurricane Ike ate its way through the Texas gulf, killing at least 50 people in 10 states, destroying homes or leaving them without any source of power.
Some ASU students from the Houston and Galveston areas, however, waited anxiously to hear from family and friends who stayed behind to endure the storm. One such student, freshman Marcus Petteway, worried about his grandmother, a Galveston resident who decided to ride it out.