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Delta State cuts iconic journalism program

November 23, 2014 – 10:39 pm | Comments Off

Elisabetta Zengaro
Editor-in-Chief
“I have a keen sense of support for student journalism and applaud our students on the great job that they do on the paper,” Delta State University President Bill LaForge said in an article …

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Our four-legged helpers

November 23, 2014 – 10:42 pm | Comments Off

Caroline Bickley
Lifestyles Editor

Ordinary citizens have a reputation for misunderstanding that a service dog is not just a pet, and that they have actual jobs and tasks to perform every day just like humans do.

“The best way to help overcome miscommunication, ignorance and prejudice about service dogs is to look at the actual federal law. I find that the law is very clear on what a service dog is, what they are not, and what they do…the law states that a service dog is defined as “a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability … and that other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as service animals. Dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability, including dogs that are used purely for emotional support, are not service animals,” one website read.

Service dogs can be of help in numerous ways: to guide and assist blind people with orientation, to alert deaf people to sounds, assist people with mobility disabilities to pull their wheelchairs or retrieve items, warn people of an imminent seizure or low and high blood sugar, remind people with psychiatric disabilities to take medication, assist veterans with new complicated mental and cognitive disabilities with activities of daily living, detect bomb threats, conduct search and rescue missions, and uncover harmful chemical and/or drug substances.

These dogs do their individual, unique jobs with remarkable skill, patience, obedience and tireless loyalty. Some commentators might argue that they work harder than humans do, and I would likely agree with them.

Service dogs are allowed into publicly owned services by the Americans with Disability Act and under the act the following is required: “service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents him from using these devices. Individuals who cannot use such devices must maintain clear control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.”

Ami Moore stated, “Building meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with service dog owners and local businesses takes patience and hard work on everyone’s part, and I for one, think that it is worth the effort.”

 

It is my personal belief that the relationship between service dogs and their owners and the public eye is built on a mutual exchange of respect, patience, and guided understanding. Once that cornerstone is set, every day routines become more manageable and easier to go through as a service dog owner, and the public has a greater appreciation for our four-legged heroes.

 

Dr. Tomek retires after 42 years

November 23, 2014 – 9:52 pm | Comments Off

Jessica Woods
Staff Writer
After 42 years of teaching at Delta State University, Dr. James Tomek, French professor, will be retiring in December.
Tomek came to work at Delta State in August of 1972. After receiving his Ph.D. …

Vietnam: Tour 365 exhibit on display in Capps Archives

November 23, 2014 – 9:44 pm | Comments Off

Laura Orsborn
Staff Writer
It was the morning of Nov. 11 just hours before the Vietnam: Tour 365 exhibit opened to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war. DSU Archivist Emily Jones found herself trying to add …

Foreign countries are closer than you think

November 23, 2014 – 9:38 pm | Comments Off

Darya Hushtyn
Online Editor
What is the best way to learn more about other countries? Traveling! What is the best way to learn about other countries if you are a student and can’t afford traveling yet? The …

Veteran journalist remembers alma mater with gift

November 23, 2014 – 9:32 pm | Comments Off

Patricia Roberts
Previously published in the DSU Alumni/Foundation Magazine
Like many print publications, Delta State University’s student newspaper, The Delta Statement, has long struggled to bridge the technological time warp from clanking typewriters to computers, from ink-smudged …

Michael Ewing speaks

November 23, 2014 – 9:20 pm | Comments Off

Conor Bell
Copy Editor
Targeted. It’s the way one instructor here at DSU feels he has been done by the university administration since he was told he did not have the right credentials to teach his classes.
Michael …

Statesmen win Heritage Bell 27-3 over Mississippi College and claim 7th GSC Title

November 23, 2014 – 9:13 pm | Comments Off

O.B. Taylor
Assistant Sports Editor
The Delta State Statesmen wrapped up their 2014 regular season campaign by defeating Mississippi College 27-3 to claim the Heritage Bell trophy.
The victory also helped the Statesmen clinch a first round bye …

Don’t touch my freedom: otherwise I’ll touch your beard

November 23, 2014 – 9:05 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
Politics and sports are linked to each other. InTurkey, religion is also getting involved. The president of the soccer club of Genclerbirligi in Ankara said he will give a $11,200 fine on any …

Double wins for DSU swimming and diving

November 23, 2014 – 9:01 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
The Delta State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist in a double-dual format in Arkadelphia, Ark., on Nov 15. The Statesmen defeated Henderson State 191-109 and …

Mary Katherine Chunn: overcoming the odds

November 23, 2014 – 8:50 pm | Comments Off

Javaughn Matthews
Staff Writer
Mary Katherine Chunn, a person who is built in a never-give-up attitude, determination and filled with perseverance to pursue her dreams, is a person we can all admire.
Chunn was born on Jan. 21, …

Delta State University falls to FSC

November 23, 2014 – 8:37 pm | Comments Off

Javaughn Matthews
Staff Writer
The second day of the Sunshine State/Gulf South Conference Challenge match-up was No. 13 Delta State University against No. 9 Florida Southern. Both teams had met before, so the Statesmen were determined to …