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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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Undefeated A-State Rugby Team To Host Four-Team Tournament Nov. 9


JONESBORO, Ark. — It will soon be a year since Arkansas State University’s rugby team captured a national championship in 7s. Even though the Red Wolves have already qualified for the 2013 title tournament, victory is important this weekend as A-State is closing the regular fall season with the Arkansas State University Elite 7s Rugby Invitational, Saturday, Nov. 9.

The four-team tourney, featuring A-State, Oklahoma, Davenport and Lindenwood, gets underway at 11 a.m. at the Rugby Pitch complex, 501 Red Wolf Trail. Admission is free of charge. All four universities have qualified for the 2013 USA Rugby College 7s National Championship, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, in Greensboro, N.C.

The Red Wolves are undefeated at 10-0 and ranked number one in the Mid-South Conference and third nationally by RugbyMag.com. Arkansas State won the South Independent 7s qualifier Oct. 28 by defeating Middle Tennessee State, 33-5, in the semifinal before taking down Life University, 24-19 in the final.

“The guys are really excited to get out there and play tomorrow,” said Matt Huckaby who stepped in as the interim coach and will be the 7s squad through the end of the fall season. “They are fit and hungry.”

Huckaby said that the tournament is a round robin “Olympic style,” format, meaning each team will use half of its players and each game will be 20 minutes long. “There will be a lot of action and a lot of one-on-one,” he continued.

“We’ve had several injuries and we lost three All-Americans to graduation,” Huckaby noted. “But, we’ve got a number of young guys who have really stepped it up. I think we have as good a team as last year’s.”

Huckaby, a two-time All-America selection in 2001-01 and 2001-02 at A-State, pointed out several key players that figure prominently in the Red Wolves’ success, including Dylan Carrion, a 5-8, 150-pound senior scrum half from Plano, Texas; Zin Zan Elan-Puttick, a 6-0, 180-pound senior fullback from Bloemfontein, South Africa; and Harry Higgins, a 6-4, 225-pound sophomore lock from Brisbane, Australia. “Keep an eye on those guys,” he said.

Dylan Carrion
Red Wolf rugby player Dylan Carrion