Student volunteers needed for Miracle Rodeo

By Michaela Kaberline
On October 12, 2011

The 13th Annual Craighead County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol Miracle Road, campus safety and the sexual assault suspect were topics discussed at the Student Government Association meeting on Tuesday.

Sherry Carter from the Craighead County Sheriff's Office spoke to the senators about the Miracle Rodeo that will be held at the Craighead County Fair Grounds Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Carter said they are looking for volunteers to help special needs children and adults enjoy themselves at the rodeo.

"The simulated rodeo helps students and adults do something they probably would never have been able to do without our help," Carter said. "One year we had a child who couldn't lift one of his legs in order to get on a horse he wanted to ride, so we had the trainer lay the horse down to where we could pick up the child and seat him on the saddle and then the trainer stood the horse back up and the child was just so happy to be on his first horse."

Carter said miracles like with this child happen every year.

She asked the senators who have volunteered before to persuade other senators and their peers to volunteer this year and possibly witness a miracle.

Volunteers are needed for assistance in signing in students and giving directions, to paint students' faces, take group pictures and work the petting zoo along with a few other things.

"The volunteers make a difference in the special needs students and adults' lives," Carter said. "And they will make a difference in your life."

Carter said they need about 500 volunteers to help out the approximately 100 special needs and handicapped students and adults. If students are interested in volunteering they can call 932-9538 or 243-7433. They can also email Carter at

Next, UPD officer Traci Simpson talked to the senators about events that had passed and upcoming events.

"During Safety Campus Week Sept. 12-16, we set up tables in the Union and had about 200 people stop by and ask us questions and just to get information about some things that were going on around campus and how they could be safe while on campus," Simpson said.

For Crosswalk Safety week, Simpson said there were 17 volunteers. She said it was a huge success. They ended up making two arrests and three traffic stops during that week.

Simpson then touched base with some rumors heard around campus about the sexual assaults.

"There is a person on the loose," Simpson said. "There have been no assaults that we know of on campus, but some ASU students that live off campus have been sexually assaulted by this person."

Simpson encourages all students to walk with a buddy especially at night. UPD offers escorts to and from places on campus.

"The escort will either be a student patroller or an actual UPD officer," she said. "It may be a walking escort or you may be picked up in one of the golf-carts or UPD cars. It just depends on who is on duty that night."

Students are encouraged to take routes that are well lit and have E-phones.

Simpson also mentioned her and a few other UPD officers just returned from a banquet in Little Rock, in which Corporal Bobby Duff was awarded as Arkansas Officer of the Year.

Duff is recognized for stopping the IHOP burglary that happened last year. He was off duty when two masked men tried to rob the IHOP of Caraway.

Duff shot one man and attempted to shoot the other. Both masked men are still serving time.

In other business, Ashdon Floyd, voted by acclamation, was given the President Pro Temp position.

The senators voted Eric Fisher as the new senator for the College of Humanities and Social Science.

SGA president Hunter Petrus wanted to remind students of the ‘Blackout' game Oct. 18 against Florida International University.

Students will receive a free ‘Blackout' T-shirt with a valid ASU ID.

Senator Zach Brogdon added that the game would be shown live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

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