Newsletter: ASU Walter Cronktie Journalism School (June 2012)

Arizona State University (ASU)
Walter Cronktie School of Journalism and Mass Communication

June 4, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.

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Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Arizona State University
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Pac-12: All-Academic Track & Field Teams

The Sun Devils posted more first-team selections than any school in the conference.

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Pac-12 Conference released its 2012 Men’s and Women’s Track and Field All-Academic teams on Monday and eight Sun Devils found their way to first-team honors and 18 were honored overall, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has announced.

The Arizona State men posted five first-team honors – the most of any school in the Pac-12 Conference – while the women had three first-team selections, which tied with several teams for the most selections and gave the Sun Devils the highest amount of total first-team selections of any team (8) in the conference between the men and women.  Colorado had six total first team selections while Stanford had five.

The men were led by senior John Kline, who graduated in May with a 4.03 GPA in Kinesiology.  Kline was honored with the ASU Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award and Mouer Award from the School of Nutrition.  Kline was also the lone Sun Devil on the All-Academic first-team lists to earn an All-America award, taking second-team honors for his work on the men’s 4×400-meter relay that finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships this past weekend.

For Kline, it was his third consecutive first-team honor from the conference, having earned it the last two years as well.

The ASU men’s distance team was well represented as redshirt freshman Garrett Baker-Slama earned first-team accolades with a 4.09 GPA in Kinesiology.  Baker-Slama – who had a solid first year in the steeplechase – was the lone redshirt freshman to earn first-team honors.

Junior Nick Happe, who earned second-team All-America honors indoors in the mile, also posted a 4.09 GPA in Finance while redshirt sophomore steeplechaser Steven Schnieders earned first-team honors with a 3.82 GPA in Accountancy.  Happe was an honorable mention selection in 2011 while Schnieders was a first-team selection last year as well.

Senior decathlete Jamie Sandys – a point-scorer at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships – rounded out the first-team selections with his 4.09 GPA and double major in Anthropology and Sociology.  Sandys is also now a three-time first-team selection.On the women’s side, graduate Cj Navarro was the top Sun Devil on the first-team list after posting a 4.08 GPA – graduate-work included – in Education Technology. Navarro scored for the Sun Devils in both the hammer and discus competition at the Pac-12 Championships and was just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA finals in the discus competition.

Navaro earned her fourth Pac-12 honor with the selection, having been a first-team selection in 2010 and 2011 while being a second-team honoree during her redshirt freshman campaign.

Fellow thrower Alex Hartig also earned first-team honors with her 3.94 GPA in Accountancy.  The redshirt freshman was one of just two freshmen on the first team and was also a point-scorer for the Sun Devils in the shot put at the conference championships.

Junior Natasa Vulic rounded out ASU’s first-team selections with a 4.00 GPA in Pre-Physiology.

The Sun Devils posted two second-team honorees, both on the men’s side, in Nathan Estes and Derick Hinch.  Estes, a junior, posted a 3.59 GPA in Mechanical Engineering and scored for the Sun Devils in the shot put this year at the Pac-12 Championships while Hinch was one of the top newcomers in the conference in the pole vault, finishing third at the NCAA Championships and posting a 3.37 GPA in sociology as a junior college transfer.

The men would also see three student-athletes earn All-Academic honorable mention honors in seniors Daniel AuberryChris Benard and Mason McHenry while the women had five honorable mention selections in seniors Ashley Lampley and Kauren Tarver, junior Keia Pinnick and sophomores Alycia Herring and Constance Ezugha.

To be selected for Academic All-Pac-12 honors, a student-athlete must carry a 3.0 or better grade point average, have completed at least one full academic year at their institution and be a starter or significant contributor to the team during the academic year.

Checking Work E-mail Frequently May Raise Heart Rate

By Cheryl Gamachi

On May 4, researchers at UC Irvine had a new study proving that people who check their work email 24/7 have higher stress levels and believe it or not, less focus than workers who don’t check their email for hours.
Researchers examined the heart rate of workers at an office outlying Boston. One group
checked their email regularly and the other was asked to take a ‘five-day email “vacation”’,
according to the Los Angeles Times. The groups wore heart rate monitors taking their heart rate measurements each second throughout the whole study.
It was found by the research team, led by UCI informatics professor Gloria Mark that when the workers were constantly checking work emails, they were in a steady “high alert” heart rate state. When they were taking their email “vacation”, they had a calmer, steadier heart rate.
According to an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “Mark said that for most workers, the idea that we need to be checking email is a myth that we tell ourselves.”
Now in December, the French firm Atos made headlines when the company’s leadership
announced that it would be a zero-email company by 2013.
But according to the Los Angeles Times, Mark said Atos is an exception.

AZ D-backs Slide Back Into Contention

By Derek Evans

After winning the National League west division last year many had high expectations for the Diamondbacks this year, and thus far those expectations have not happen. The season overall has been a struggle for the team, finding themselves behind both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. There has, however been good news recently for the Diamondbacks the team has won five games in a row and is back at the 500 mark with a record of 30 wins and 30 losses. The team is still in third place, currently sitting eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but as the season goes on I am skeptical as to if the Dodgers can keep their highly impressive winning ways, especially if their best player Matt Kemp still struggles to stay healthy. The recent turn around for the Diamondbacks, is in large part due to the team’s pitching. This teams knows who they are, even last year they were not a great hitting team, they need to rely on pitching. In the offseason they acquired starting right handed pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Oakland Athletics. Cahill started off not looking very good , but is now looking like a very good addition. ESPN. Com has his record as four and five, but most baseball fans know record for a starting pitcher doesn’t mean much and his ERA is 3.36. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has also pitched well lately, he struggled early but now his ERA is 3.93. The Diamondbacks are far from being out of the race in the NL west and after the all-star break at the very least I expect them to make life very hard on both the Dodgers and the Giants.

Was Last Year a Fluke? Too Early to Say

Last season was a magical year for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team shocked the baseball world by winning the National League west division over the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Many people expected this year to be much of the same for the Diamondbacks, but so far that has not been the case. Everyone who follows professional Baseball know that it is an extremely long season and games this early into the season really don’t mean a lot if anything at all. Having said that it still has to be disappointing for Diamondbacks fans to see how they have been playing thus far this season. The team currently sits with a record of 16 wins and 21 and they are eight games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. But all is not lost for Arizona, for one their two main rivals in the division both have problems of their own. The San Francisco Giants are currently without their starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval and their great closing pitcher Brian Wilson is out for the season. The Los Angeles Dodgers also have injury problems of their own, their best player centerfielder Matt Kemp is currently on the disabled list. So even though things seem bad right now all is not lost for the Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks fans have to remember the season is a marathon and not a sprint.

Can the U of A Wildcats do it? Why not?

By Derek Evans

On Saturday, the Arizona Wildcats clinched their way to the College World Series. As a U of A student myself, I can’t help but be excited. College baseball is not on the same level of college sports like college football and basketball. The two sports get far more attention and make a lot more money than college baseball. Your avid college sports fan tell you the winner of the most recent college football national champion and basketball , but there is a good chance he or she doesn’t know who won the college world series last year. The question of if the Wildcats will win the college world series now that they made it, but there’s no reason why they can’t. This team has a great offensive that can come from behind. I watched the game Friday , which was game one of the Super Regionals, which is a three game series, the team was down five to zero in the fourth inning, but they came back to win seven to six. There was a part in the game when the announcers were talking about how disappointed senior designated hitter Bobby Brown was that he didn’t get drafted the week before. No doubt he is motivated to show the Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts wrong. Another huge part of the team is freshman catcher Riley Moore. Having already been drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies last year , he turned down for a chance at the College World Series. The official athletic site for the Wildcats says this is the first time for the team in the College World series since 2004. I don’t know if they will win the whole thing , but if they did it wouldn’t surprise me.