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Conway happenings: iCon has you covered with our events calendar. Check out photos from past area events. PAGES 4-7.

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ON STAGE: WHO’S PLAYING WHERE

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FLAVOR: MAC ‘N’ CHEESE, PLEASE

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TASTE: HAVEN BENEFIT EVENT

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ON THE MOVE: ADENA WHITE

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TECH: WHAT’S HOT

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COMPUTERS: WHAT’S NEXT

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STUDIO SKIN: KERATIN CURE

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LAST LOOK: A YEAR OF ICON

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FIRST DAY OF SPRING 03.20 {TUESDAY} First Day of Spring!

UCA LACROSSE 03.23 {FRIDAY} UCA Lacrosse vs Sewanee, noon at Hendrix. UCA BASEBALL 03.23 {FRIDAY} UCA Baseball vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6 p.m. at UCA. UCA SOFTBALL 03.23 {FRIDAY} UCA softball vs Sam Houston State, 6 p.m. at UCA. HENDRIX BASEBALL 03.24 {SATURDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Austin, 1 p.m. at Hendrix.

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HENDRIX BASEBALL 03.24 {SATURDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Austin, 4 p.m. at Hendrix.

HENDRIX BASEBALL 04.03 {TUESDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Ozarks, 6 p.m. at Hendrix.

UCA WOMEN’S TENNIS 04.07 {SATURDAY} UCA women’s tennis vs Lamar, noon at UCA.

SPRING STAR PARTY 03.24 {SATURDAY} Spring Star Party at the swim beach at Woolly Hollow State Park, Greenbrier. State parks can be good places to stargaze because they are often far from urban light pollution. Volunteers from the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society will be on hand with numerous telescopes set up on the beach area for viewing by the public and the volunteers will be explaining the different celestial bodies. You may walk to one telescope and see a planet and then go to another telescope and see a “far away” galaxy. Small flashlights are permitted, but not encouraged (they disrupt yours and others’ night vision). If you bring one, please put red cellophane over the light. Admission is free.

UCA SOFTBALL 04.04 {WEDNESDAY} UCA softball vs Jackson State, 5 p.m. at UCA.

EASTER 04.08 {SUNDAY} Easter Sunday.

UCA SOFTBALL 03.30 {FRIDAY} UCA softball vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6 p.m. at UCA. CBC SOFTBALL 03.30 {FRIDAY} CBC softball vs York College, 2 p.m. at CBC. CBC SOFTBALL 03.31 {SATURDAY} CBC softball vs Haskell Indian Nations University, noon at CBC. UCA SOFTBALL 03.31 {SATURDAY} UCA softball vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, noon at UCA. UCA WOMEN’S TENNIS 03.31 {SATURDAY} UCA women’s tennis vs Sam Houston State, 10 a.m. at UCA.

DAN ABRAMS 04.05 {THURSDAY} Dan Abrams joined ABC’s Good Morning America as a legal analyst and substitute weekend anchor in March 2011. He is also the founder of MEDIAite, a news and opinion website. He is the former general manager of MSNBC and former NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $5 for students and $10 general. For more information, contact Catherine Marhenke, 501.450.3406, cmarhenke@uca.edu or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds. GOOD FRIDAY 04.06 {FRIDAY} Good Friday. UCA WOMEN’S TENNIS 04.06 {FRIDAY} UCA women’s tennis vs McNeese State, 10 a.m. at UCA. HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.06 {FRIDAY} Hendrix softball vs Dallas, 5 p.m., at Hendrix. HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.06 {FRIDAY} Hendrix softball vs Dallas, 7 p.m., at Hendrix.

UCA WOMEN’S TENNIS 04.08 {SUNDAY} UCA women’s tennis vs UMKC, 10 a.m. at UCA. CBC BASEBALL 04.10 {TUESDAY} CBC baseball vs Texas College, 2 p.m. at CBC. HENDRIX BASEBALL 04.10 {TUESDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Rhodes, 6 p.m. at Hendrix. UCA SOFTBALL 04.11 {WEDNESDAY} UCA softball vs Louisiana-Monroe, 5 p.m. at UCA. UCA BASEBALL 04.13 {FRIDAY} UCA baseball vs Nicholls, 6 p.m. at UCA. UCA BASEBALL 04.14 {SATURDAY} UCA baseball vs Nicholls, 4 p.m. at UCA. HENDRIX BASEBALL 04.14 {SATURDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Trinity, 1 p.m. at Hendrix. HENDRIX BASEBALL 04.14 {SATURDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Trinity, 4 p.m. at Hendrix.

UCA MEN’S SOCCER 03.31 {SATURDAY} UCA men’s soccer vs Bethel University, 3 p.m. at UCA.

T.R.U Ryders Bike Rally 04.07 {SATURDAY} T.R.U Ryders Bike Rally, 1 p.m at 2505 East Oak Street Conway. Local Bike Festival and Dance April 7th Event day (Festivities will take place from 8am to midnight) Ticket Price: $10 Contact Taft Ealy ealy@conwaycorp. net 501-339-3117.

CBC BASEBALL 03.31 {SATURDAY} CBC baseball vs Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 1 p.m at CBC.

HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.07 {SATURDAY} Hendrix softball vs Dallas, 1 p.m., at Hendrix.

HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.14 {SATURDAY} Hendrix softball vs Trinty, 4 p.m., at Hendrix.

UCA SOFTBALL 04.03 {TUESDAY} UCA softball vs Mississippi Valley State, 4 p.m. at UCA.

HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.07 {SATURDAY} Hendrix softball vs Dallas, 3 p.m., at Hendrix.

HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.15 {SUNDAY} Hendrix softball vs Trinty, 11 a.m., at Hendrix.

HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.14 {SATURDAY} Hendrix softball vs Trinty, 2 p.m., at Hendrix.

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HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.15 {SUNDAY} Hendrix softball vs Trinty, 1 p.m., at Hendrix. HENDRIX BASEBALL 04.15 {SUNDAY} Hendrix baseball vs Austin, 1 p.m. at Hendrix. UCA BASEBALL 04.15 {SUNDAY} UCA baseball vs Nicholls, 1 p.m. at UCA. HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.18 {WEDNESDAY} UCA softball vs Ozarks, 5 p.m. at Hendrix. HENDRIX SOFTBALL 04.18 {WEDNESDAY} UCA softball vs Ozarks, 7 p.m. at Hendrix. HENDRIX WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD 04.20 {FRIDAY} Hendrix women’s track & field vs UCA Open, 7 p.m. at Hendrix. HENDRIX MEN’S TRACK & FIELD 04.20 {FRIDAY} Hendrix men’s track & field vs UCA Open, 7 p.m. at Hendrix. UCA MEN’S TRACK & FIELD 04.20 {FRIDAY} UCA men’s track & field vs UCA Open, 10 a.m. at UCA. HENDRIX WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD 04.21 {SATURDAY} Hendrix women’s track & field vs UCA Open, 9 a.m. at UCA. UCA MEN’S TRACK & FIELD 04.21 {SATURDAY} UCA men’s track & field vs UCA Open, 10 a.m. at UCA. UCA MEN’S SOCCER 04.21 {SATURDAY} UCA men’s soccer vs UCA Soccer Alumni, 2 p.m. at UCA. UCA BASEBALL 04.27 {FRIDAY} UCA baseball vs UTSA, 6 p.m. at UCA. 31st ANNUAL TOAD SUCK DAZE 05.04-05.06 {FRIDAY-SUNDAY} Toad Suck Daze is one of the state’s largest festivals. Held in Downtown Conway, the festival includes arts and crafts, national entertainment, concessions, Stuck on a Truck, 5K/10K race, kids’ entertainment and play area and of course the World Famous Championship Toad Races. All proceeds from the festival fund scholarships for Faulkner County students. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, 501.327.7788, toadsuck@conwayarkansas.org or visit www. toadsuck.org.

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FRIDAY, MAY 4 EN VOGUE TODD AGNEW

SATURDAY, MAY 5 DRAKE WHITE

RANDY HOUSER

JAMEY JOHNSON JOHNNY DIAZ

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ONSTAGE St. Paddy’s Live Music Extravaganza 03.17 {SATURDAY} St. Paddy’s Live Music Extravaganza, at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. Ol’Puddinhead 6 p.m., Its About Time 7:30 p.m., Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band 10 p.m. SPANISH PRISONER & SNOWMINE 03.19 {MONDAY} SXSW Showcase Featuring: Spanish Prisoner & Snowmine, 9 p.m. at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. Norman Boehm, Piano Recital 03.26 {MONDAY} Hendrix College Professor of Music Norman Boehm will present a recital at 7:30 p.m., at Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. Admission is free. For more information, contact Norman Boehm, 501.450.1247, boehm@ hendrix.edu. ‘STOMP’ 03.27 {TUESDAY} STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. See what all the noise is about. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $10-40. For more information, contact Catherine Marhenke, 501.450.3406, cmarhenke@uca.edu or visit www. uca.edu/reynolds. THE 1 OZ JIG & ECHO CANYON 03.28 {WEDNESDAY} The 1 OZ Jig & Echo Canyon, 9 p.m., at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. Fayetteville’s The 1 Oz. Jig brings their special brand of funky jams to the hottest new music venue in Central Arkansas! Something has been causing a

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stir in the pond of the Arkansas (and surrounding) music scene lately, and that thing is The 1 Oz. Jig. This bands sharp funk will grab you like a worm on a hook and reel you into their catchy songs often about real life situations with a clever twist... Good songwriting, a tight rhythmn and full horn sections, and intense onstage charisma makes this group an instant crowd favorite. THE ROBOTIC PIRATE MONKEY 03.29 {THURSDAY} The Robotic Priate Monkey, 2 p.m., at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway.

ing of the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour as it celebrates Arkansas’ rich heritage of music from the Ozarks. This program is broadcasted on nearly 500 radio affiliates, public television, podcasts and XM Satellite Radio, with potential listeners in the high tens of millions. You will leave Reynolds having just had a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $10-40. For more information, contact Catherine Marhenke, 501.450.3406, cmarhenke@uca.edu or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds.

THE SMITTLE BAND 03.30 {FRIDAY} The Smittle Band, 8 p.m., at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. The Smittle Band’s music is described as “jazzy Americana.” THE 1 OZ JIG & ECHO CANYON 03.28 {WEDNESDAY} The 1 OZ Jig & Echo Canyon, 9 p.m., at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. Fayetteville’s The 1 Oz. Jig brings their special brand of funky jams to the hottest new music venue in Central Arkansas! Something has been causing a stir in the pond of the Arkansas (and surrounding) music scene lately, and that thing is The 1 Oz. Jig. This bands sharp funk will grab you like a worm on a hook and reel you into their catchy songs often about real life situations with a clever twist... Good songwriting, a tight rhythmn and full horn sections, and intense onstage charisma makes this group an instant crowd favorite. THE ROBOTIC PIRATE MONKEY 03.29 {THURSDAY} The Robotic Priate Monkey, 2 p.m., at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. WOODSONGS OLD-TIME RADIO HOUR - LIVE! 03.30 {FRIDAY} Join Michael Johnathon for an exciting record-

THE SMITTLE BAND 03.30 {FRIDAY} The Smittle Band, 8 p.m., at the Ford Theatre,

HENDRIX COLLEGE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT 04.23 {MONDAY} The Hendrix College Chamber Orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., at Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. Admission is free. For more information, contact Norman Boehm, 501.450.1247, boehm@hendrix.edu. HENDRIX COLLEGE CHOIR CONCERT 04.26 {THURSDAY} The Hendrix College Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., at Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. Admission is free. For more information, contact Nancy Fleming, 501.450.1248, fleming@hendrix.edu.

Downtown, Conway. The Smittle Band’s music is described as “jazzy Americana.” TREY HAWKINS BAND & THE CONS OF FORMANT 03.31 {SATURDAY} Trey Hawkins Band & The Cons of Formant, 9 p.m. at the Ford Theatre, Downtown, Conway. HENDRIX COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT 04.16 {MONDAY} The Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will present this outdoor concert at 5:30 p.m., on the lawn in front of Staples Auditorium on the Hendrix College campus. Admission is free. For more information, contact Karen Fannin,

501.450.1422, fannin@hendrix.edu. THE OAK RIDGE BOYS 04.16 {MONDAY} With a string of hits that includes “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On” and “Fancy Free,” theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a No. 1 pop smash. They have earned Grammy, Dove, CMA and ACM awards and have garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $10-40. For more information, contact Catherine Marhenke, 501.450.3406, cmarhenke@uca.edu or visit www.uca.edu/ reynolds. HENDRIX COLLEGE CHAMBER PLAYERS CONCERT 04.22 {SUNDAY} The Hendrix College Chamber Players ensembles will present a concert at 7:30 p.m., at Reves Recital Hall on the Hendrix College campus. Admission is free. For more information, contact Karen Griebling, 501.450.1249, griebling@ hendrix.edu.

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET PRESENTS ‘ROMEO & JULIET’ 04.26 {THURSDAY} The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded under the leadership and vision of legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko. The company has completed two European tours and has also performed with great success in Turkey, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong. William Shakespeare’s classic tale combined with Tchaivovsky’s haunting music and the amazing dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet make this an experience that the whole family will enjoy. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $10-40. For more information, contact Catherine Marhenke, 501.450.3406, cmarhenke@uca.edu or visit www.uca.edu/reynolds. TCHAIKOVSKY’S FOURTH 04.28 {SATURDAY} Inspired by Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s 4th captures a man’s struggle with and triumph against fate. The sensational finale will have you cheering for more! Performed by the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Admission is $6-38. For more information, contact the Conway Symphony Orchestra, 501.269.1066, symphony@conwaycorp.net or visit www.conwaysymphony.org.

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BY GERALD WASHINGTON

MAC ‘N’ CHEESE, PLEASE! When I was a small child, I was introduced to a wonderful dish that stood alone against those horrid and tasteless things which I then thought not to be food, called “vegetables.” It had a soft texture, and was warm and cheesy. I once heard this dish called “Macaroni and Cheese.” It was the closest thing to heaven in a bowl for dinner, seeing as my mother wouldn’t let me eat Cap’n Crunch (besides for breakfast). Over the years, my love for this dish has never waned (although my love for Cap’n Crunch has). In these years, I have experienced delicious and creative variations of this dish — to adding bacon, mixing it with ham and peas and all sorts of other interesting ways. Edgar Sarabia, 25, the head chef of three years at Conway Country Club, who recently won the Chef category in the Macaroni and Cheese competition to benefit H.A.V.E.N a week ago, gave me some tips (as well as some of the ingredients of his awardwinning macaroni and cheese)! Ingredients: 7 different cheeses Bacon Tomatoes White Truffle oil Parmesan bread crumbs Lots of butter and cream (he said “lots” specifically) Elbow macaroni noodles Remember to bring noodles to a boil first until soft. Put in Oven on 350 degrees for 25 minutes “Have fun with your cooking,” Edgar said. “Don’t take it seriously. Always research. You have to take chances on making new things — you just might surprise yourself. You will go through bad dishes. It is all trial and error. You have to know who you are cooking for as well,” he added. “You have to attend to their needs, because what you like, they might not like. It is something I learned that the hard way.” If you cook like I do, things usually come out one of three ways: first — it looks great, but tastes sub-par; second — a tasty monstrosity that looks nothing like the pictures on the recipe; or third — burnt. The good news with mac ‘n’ cheese is that it is simple enough to always look acceptable as long as you do not burn it. The rest in terms of looks, you can only go uphill from there. After seeing and tasting a plethora of ways that macaroni and cheese could be made, I was inspired to make a mac ‘n’ cheese dish on my own. After tapping into the wondrous power of the Internet, I came across a recipe that seemed too good to pass up. If you’ve ever been to a pizza buffet, then you may have tried a slice of what looks to be macaroni and cheese pizza. You may remember first trying it as your lips touched the lukewarm substance, while at the same time your teeth attempted to chew its way through a granite-like pizza crust (my sincerest condolences). I am pleased to inform you that those days are over for you, because this pizza mac ‘n’ cheese is not only tasty, but is also quite enjoyable to make! Not only that, but I have step-by-step directions on how it’s cooked. (Best of all, no crust required!)

Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese (As seen on http://www.30days30waysmacandcheese.com/) Ingredients: 1/2 pound of Penne Pasta 4 tablespoons butter 1 small onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced (However in this recipe I used freeze dried garlic to avoid cutting it) 3 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 2 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese 1 8-oz. can of tomato sauce 5 oz. mini pepperoni, or chopped pepperoni Instructions: Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Salt and add the pasta. Cook until al dente (this means until the noodles are soft — about 8-10 minutes); drain and set aside. In a pan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about another minute. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 more minute. Slowly whisk in the milk, whisking out any clumps. Cook until thickened. Stir in the Italian seasoning. Working in three batches, whisk in the Mozzarella, making sure all of the cheese is melted in between additions. Add in the tomato sauce and pepperoni, and heat until warmed through (this will take about 3-5 minutes). Stir in the reserved pasta. Transfer the mixture to an oven-safe baking dish or individual baking dishes, and top with additional cheese. Put under the broiler — until the cheese is melted. (Note: The last sentence is very important, because mozzarella has a tendency to burn quite easily, even when put on a low broiler setting. Two, maybe 3 minutes at most will suffice.) After that, remove from oven, let cool, and enjoy! I highly recommend this to college students who are lazy like me, but have at least 1015 minutes to spare, and are tired of instant cup ramen. Those who will come across it will find the 3-step instructions simple, and surprisingly fast. 13

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H.A.V.E.N. recently celebrated 25 years of providing aid to young girls who have faced abuse, neglect or homelessness. For more information, email: haven@caiinc.org.

In one of the most inventive uses of social media recently is the awareness of atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony. The activist group Invisible Children has gone viral, sending out a 30-minute video detailing the abduction of children in Uganda by Kony, forcing the male children to be soldiers, and sexually abusing the female children. The campaign “Kony 2012” seeks to make Joseph Kony so famous that he will be captured and arrested. Information about Invisible Children and the “Kony 2012” movement can be found on Facebook and on Invisiblechildren. com. On April 20, Invisible Children is calling on its supporters to use the social media and viral tactics that have made “Kony 2012” so widespread. In Conway, the event “Kony 2012: Covering Conway” will take place from 7-10 p.m. Friday, April 20. The event is open to the public, and more information can be found at its Facebook event page. — BY RICKY DUKE

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RELATING TO PUBLIC RELATIONS Adena White joined the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce as director of marketing in April 2011. White grew up in Center Ridge and attended college at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, where she double majored in speech communication and journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Her first job in public relations was at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain. White said, “When I decided to do public relations, I didn’t really know what it involved. I was looking at it more as advertising, and I learned it was more about writing and reputation management. I learned I liked it even more. Sometimes people think of a really outspoken person, and I’m not really that. I have always liked writing. It does fit. I like the writing and the strategic communication part of it.” She has two sisters who have chosen similar fields. Her older sister works as a producer at a Little Rock television station, and her younger sister is majoring in radio and television at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, she said. White is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving her first of a three-year term on the board as director at large for membership. The organization is fairly new, she said, and it helps its members keep up with trends in the industry and further their professional development. White and her husband, Matt, married in 2007. They settled in Conway because of its proximity to her family and job opportunities. “I grew up coming here often,” she said of Conway. “Now that we’re here, it seems like the place I would choose if I had to choose again.” White’s role at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce involves working with Conway Publications, a for-profit entity the

chamber founded in 2009. Through Conway Publications, the chamber can produce its own publications and sell ads to its members without outsourcing, she said. Publications include a monthly business journal and an annual resource guide. “This resource guide was a big project that I got to see through,” she said. “The cover was designed when I got here, but everything else was a blank slate. Deciding what was going to be in it — that was really fun. PRSA every year has the Prism awards. They have a publication category. Hopefully we can get a local award.” The monthly business journal takes about a week and a half to produce. When she is not working on that, she manages the chamber’s social media strategy. “When someone joins the chamber, we’ll ‘like’ their (Facebook) page. We share any good news about Conway. If any of our members does something that deserves recognition, we’ll talk about that,” she said. Asked what her future career dreams might involve, she said, “I’ve always liked the idea of big PR campaigns. Health-related campaigns always interested me. Like a big public awareness campaign where you change people’s attitudes or increase awareness about a certain issue. That’s something I would like to be a part of, to see a campaign through from the research phase through to the evaluation part.” White’s position at the chamber is a newlycreated one. She said this gives her the ability to do many different tasks. “At my other job I ran a website, wrote a bunch of news releases. We had a small staff, just like here, so you do a lot of things. It taught me to work with different projects. Because this is a newly-created position, it’s kind of fun to go in and make it your own. “There are still things I’m willing to take on. It’s fun to feel like you have that freedom.” 17

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HIGH TECH AT THE RACES Early each year, people everywhere start to look for signs of spring. Whether it’s Punxatwney Phil in the Northeast or the cherry blossoms blooming in Washington DC, everyone has an annual tradition to ring in the spring season. Here in Arkansas many will argue that spring begins with the start of the live horse racing season at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. Oaklawn has something to offer for everyone: the competitive horse races themselves, the legendary food and drinks or the great people-watching opportunities the park consistently provides. But my guess is what really draws the fans in is the prospect of making that perfect bet and hitting it big — at least for a day. As you make that annual pilgrimage to Hot Springs this year, Oaklawn has added a new high-tech wrinkle to the time-honored horse racing tradition. For the first time Oaklawn has implemented a web application, named “My Oaklawn,” that allows patrons to place bets via mobile phones or tablets. Because the program is a web app, it can be accessed on almost all mobile platforms. Don’t get any ideas of being able to gamble from home, though — the app can only be

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accessed when on the My Oaklawn network while on the track grounds. The ability to place bets from your seats is a convenient game changer as far as the Oaklawn user experience is concerned. No more racing to the betting windows with seconds to spare, hoping that you can get that bet in on time. Another advantage is that you no longer have to keep up with that paper ticket. Once the bet is in the system, it’s yours to collect when you wish. There are a few things you’ll need to take into consideration the next time you head to Hot Springs if you want to take advantage of the My Oaklawn technology. First, there’s some setup involved, so plan on arriving 10-15 minutes earlier than normal to get everything in place. The first step is to stop by the information booth next to the paddock area. Here, the helpful staff will walk you through connecting to the My Oaklawn network and set you up with an account number and password. Once that process is complete, you’ll make your way to the betting windows designated with My Oaklawn signs. At these windows, you’ll give the teller cash to deposit into your account. They’ll need your account number and driver’s license to make the deposit. Once the deposit is made, you’re all set for a fun day of wagering at the races from the comfort of your seats, or on the rail or wherever your preferred lucky spot happens to be. Betting is made simple using the My Oaklawn application. First you must pick the track holding the race that you want to place a bet on. Yes, the new app allows bettors to make wagers on races at different tracks across the country. Next, you’ll select the race you want to bet on. Once you’re in the proper race, all of the bets that you would make at the betting window are available to select from, in various dollar amounts. Once you’ve made that bet, there’s an option to review all your current or past bets to make sure they’re correct. If you happen to be a winner, the proceeds will be added to the balance and are available to collect immediately, or you can wait until the end of the day. The option is also available to leave the balance alone and use it the next time you visit the track. Most of the advantages of using the My Oaklawn app are obvious but there are a few hidden advantages as well. Among the obvious advantages, as mentioned before, is the simple convenience of being able to place bets when and where you want. A hidden advantage I found is that it makes for a great budgeting tool. You can decide how much money you want to gamble with at the beginning of the day, deposit that amount to your account and just use that balance throughout the day. Once you hit zero on your balance, you can no longer place bets unless you visit the My Oaklawn window and reload. On a performance note, I never had any problems connecting to the network or making any bets. Regardless of how you use the new My Oaklawn app, kudos to Oaklawn Park for adding a high-tech offering that actually enhances the already fun user experience of spending a spring day in Arkansas at the races.

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ICONTECH WHAT’S HOT

BY JAMES RYKEN

Hot App Cozi: For the busy family, Cozi is a nice iPhone and web calendar app that will manage each individual’s schedule and keep your family organized. The tool also includes a handy shopping list and to-do list. The information can be personalized for each member of the family and then shared to all.

Hot Handheld Videogamer PlayStation Vita: The Vita is essentially the equivalent of holding the power of a PlayStation3 in your hands. The game roster available at launch is also as deep and diverse as any console release in recent history. The question still remains, though: In an iPhone age, is there room for a device that will primarily be used for gaming?

Hot Sports Package MLB.TV: Baseball season is quickly approaching. If you’re a fan of an out-of-market team (Go Cubs!), MLB.TV offers the best way to keep up with your favorite team. You can watch every game on any number of devices including a PC, AppleTV, Roku, Xbox 360, PS3, iPhone, or iPad. Unlike last year, the iPad and iPhone apps are free, which is a nice bonus.

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ICONART UCA STUDENT COMPETITION

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The Baum Gallery of Fine Art at the University of Central Arkansas is hosting the 2012 student competitive exhibition March 7-28. The competitive, open to all UCA students, was judged by juror Greg Thompson, owner of Greg Thompson Fine Art in Little Rock, on March 2. In addition to having their works displayed in the Baum Gallery and competing for cash prizes totaling $1,000, the students are able to sell their works to patrons of the gallery. Barclay McConnell, director of the Baum Gallery, said the students’ opportunity to have their work judged by

a juror with an outside perspective is a positive aspect of the competitive. “This is a really good opportunity for students to get feedback on their work from someone besides their professors,” she said. “It also gives an opportunity for those who get awards to put those [awards] on their resumes.” The Baum Gallery’s hours of operation are MondayWednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, contact McConnell at (501) 450-5792 or barclaym@ uca.edu.

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ICONCOMPUTERS COMING SOON OS X Mountain Lion Apple has done it again with a shocking surprise. This time for the newest version of OS X titled “OS X Mountain Lion”. What are they bringing to the table this time? iCloud. Probably the coolest updates I have seen so far are the addition of iMessages and Reminders to your desktop. The ability to do day-to-day tasks on your computer and have them sync to your iPhone and iPad via iCloud is amazing. You’ll never get lost in a conversation and you’ll always have your To Do list with you. Another major update is the sharing features in Safari, the Mac Internet Browser. You can now share anything from your browser to your Twitter account. OS X Mountain Lion should be hitting the Mac App Store sometime this summer. But for now, iMessages Beta is available for download to the public.

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The new iPad Apple unveiled a new iPad on March 7. The new model features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room.

Timeline for Pages By now most of you should have rolled over to Facebook’s latest profile update called Timeline. Facebook has just announced that Timeline is coming to Pages. Pages are generally used if you are a brand or have a business. Why is Timeline so important you might wonder? Other than the ability to completely redesign your Page and make it look beautiful, the big key is to showcase your unique story and identity. This gives your Facebook Page a more personal feel which is a huge key to successful marketing right now. But don’t worry, if you aren’t ready to move over to this yet you have until March 30.

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STUDIOSKIN ANTI-FRIZZ

BY KRISTAN ANTHONY

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