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n Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs will go before the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday to fight a preliminary finding that she improperly increased her mayoral salary without City Council approval. A Commission investigation found probable cause to believe Dabbs’ action violated ethical rules and made an offer to settle the issue. Dabbs declined the offer and opted for a public hearing before the commission. According to the public notice of the hearing: “Upon taking office in January of 2011, Ms. Dabbs instructed another employee to increase her starting salary of $65,604 to $71,032, which is the full amount budgeted for the position of Mayor, without obtaining approval from the City Council. The benefit of the salary increase to Ms. Dabbs constituted special privileges or exemptions in violation of the prohibitions contained in [the Arkansas code].” Dabbs can be represented by counsel before the commission and present witnesses and other evidence to defend herself. Since her pay raise was discovered, she’s defended the raise (since rescinded and refunded) despite a finding by the Saline County prosecutor that it wasn’t authorized by law. He didn’t prosecute, however. An ethics violation could carry punishment from a warning to a fine of $2,0000. It is a civil proceeding.

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n Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office paid the law firm Friday, Eldredge and Clark $3,190.27 to draft a Freedom of Information Act policy for the office. It is in part a restatement of the law, widely available in free booklets distributed by the attorney general, who also is available to provide assistance to state officials. The payments were made in two installments. The first payment of $2,580.27 was made on May 16, 2011. A second invoice, dated June 8, shows a payment of $610. The work followed complaints about handling of FOI requests from the media and others for office documents and an allegation from one former employee that an office employee had said she’d destroy information about a $54,000 consulting contract rather than turn it over under a pending FOI request from the Arkansas Times. The final document provided by Friday, Eldredge and Clark is just over one page long and advises the Secretary of State’s office on how to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests (in what format documents should be produced, the cost of producing requests, etc.). For example, one paragraph reads, “In the event the Secretary of State estimates that the total fee for reproducing the public records will exceed $25.00, the Continued on page 8

Little Rock Wastewater is currently performing smoke testing throughout the city of Little Rock. Smoke testing is a cost effective way to survey the condition of Sanitary Sewer Mains and Service Lines. Smoke is blown through the lines and seeps out of the ground through cracks in the sewer pipes thus pinpointing defects. The smoke is non-toxic and dissipates quickly. Wastewater crews will post fliers around neighborhoods to be affected so residents are notified of upcoming testing.

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Security advocate dies

GRIFFIN: Explains how to disrupt.

One from the Rove playbook? n At a town hall meeting held in Little Rock last week, staffers of Rep. Tim Griffin handed out pamphlets of “homework” that included a list of Florida activists who have been critical of Republican politicians. The packet featured photographs and some suggested pointed (and often leading) questions to ask. For instance, one directed at Michael Cantone, political director for Organize Now, read “Are you a ‘Political Operative’ who has worked on the campaign staff of numerous liberal Democrat Party Candidates?” “It seems clear that the presentation of these materials is intended to encourage harassment of these citizen activists and to intimidate other citizens from speaking out across America by attacking those who have already spoken out,” said Organize Now president Tamecka Pierce, who was also featured. Jonathan Samford, communications director for Griffin, told the Huffington Post that “the document was prepared by an outside group with the goal of interfering with town halls across the county. It advises folks how to disrupt. I reference it and say that our town halls will be civil and the Arkansans I have spoken with appreciate that.”

n A former Arkansan who had been a strong voice for new security policy in the evolving world died in a recent plane crash. Shannon Beebe, an Army lieutenant colonel, backcountry airplane pilot and 1987 graduate of Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, died when a single-engine plane he was flying crashed recently in Virginia, according to a story last BEEBE: West Point grad and author. week in the Washington Post. A West Point grad who served in the Balkans, in Iraq and as an assistant Army attache in Angola, Beebe was a daredevil pilot who logged hundreds hours of flying in the wilds of Africa and Alaska and the co-author of a book called “The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon” (2010, Public Affairs) that, according to the Post, argued that “traditional armies are no longer sufficient to stabilize conflict zones, and U.S. military forces should collaborate more with non-governmental organizations to protect civilians and communities rather than focusing on destroying enemies.” The funeral will be Aug. 20 at Centerfork Missionary Baptist Church in Hot Springs.

It’s happened before n Welcoming state Rep. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas to the Republican Party, after she left the Democratic Party, Lt. Gov. Mark A. Darr said, “This is an historic moment. It’s the first time, at least to my knowledge, that a sitting state representative in Arkansas has switched parties during their term.” In 1970, state Rep. Sterling Cockrill of Little Rock, a Democrat and the majority leader in the House, switched to the Republican Party and ran for lieutenant governor as a Republican. He was defeated by Bob Riley, the Democratic nominee.

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n “On June 6th two journalists were arrested at the state capitol in Madison, WI. I was one of them. I was grabbed by an aggressive and very escalated police officer after walking in to the capitol ...” Escalate means to increase in magnitude or intensity, as “A small conflict has escalated into war.” I haven’t seen escalated applied to a person before. In the example, it means something like “jumpy,” I guess. Or “high,” maybe, but that’s not a condition you normally want to see your policemen in. n I’d hoped for the headline “Octomom trapped in Carmageddon,” but I never saw it. It could still fit into a title for a made-forTV thriller on the Syfy channel, though they’d probably juice it up a bit: “Octomom meets Megashark in Carmageddon.” 4 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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n “A century ago, before the term ‘Third World’ came into use, colonialism was the norm.” Third World came into use after World War II, according to The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, coined in French as tiers monde, to refer to the least developed countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. “It had both political and cultural implications: that the countries concerned were not politically linked with western alliances such as NATO or with the

Soviet bloc; and that they had neither an industrial infrastructure nor a high standard of living. “The term can be explained either by assuming that the Third World is the newest international frontier after the ‘Old World’ (Europe) and the ‘New World’ (North America) — or by the idea that the ‘First World’ and the ‘Second World’ are, respectively, the West and the former Soviet bloc, and the Third World includes all those not aligned to the first two. In the Chinese view, however, they are the Third World. This then requires a further expression, ‘Fourth World,’ for referring to the poorest and most dependent nations of the world.” Afflicted with starvation and “ethnic cleansings,” some seem to be working their way down to Fifth World status.

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The Observer took a rare vacation last week, loading up the fam and heading to North Arkansas. It’s pretty up there — so neat and clean and mostly crime free that it makes Little Rock look positively gritty. The Observer loves the mountains so much that we periodically swear we’re moving up there someday, usually while we’re in our cups. Once we come back down to earth, though, we realize that there’s way too many gatdamn Regressives up that way for our Progressive behind to ever feel comfortable, not to mention — horror of horrors — the possibility that we might well wind up in the background of a scene on “94 Kids and Counting,” the Duggars’ reality show on TLC. That might well just finish us off. So, for the time being, we’re just going to have to enjoy the NWA via a series of vaycay jaunts to those green hills. As we often do when we wander that direction, The Observer wound up in Eureka Springs for a night. That Victorian interlude of a town, with its narrow streets and switchback sidewalks, calls to us almost as no other place in Arkansas. Eureka owes its very existence to the sheer, human capacity for hope — that and healing-waters quackery — so we dig it quite a bit for that. Too, the reporter in us loves Eureka for the great ideological divide there: 100-foot concrete Christ of the Ozarks standing up on the hill, overlooking a burg with a town-sanctioned gay marriage registry at City Hall. Only in America, folks. The Observer and Spouse stayed at the Basin Park Hotel down on the main drag on our honeymoon years ago, but this time we wanted to try the Crescent Hotel. It’s a grand old pile perched on the rocks above the city, directly across the deep valley from Concrete Jesus. It’s one of those places that could have only seemed like a good idea to the Victorian mind: a massive, turreted castle standing against the sky above a town that is still remote and would have then been in the Middle of Nowhere in 1890. The Crescent bears some resemblance to the hotel The Observer saw in our head when we first read Stephen King’s “The Shining” years ago, so it’s unsurprising that a number of ghost stories have sprung up around the place over the years. The Observer’s needle on matters of the supernatural has swung sharply toward

the skeptical in the past few years, but The Crescent is making it work for them, charging true believers $18 bucks a head ($7 for kids) to walk around the hotel and peer at the doors of rooms where haints supposedly lurk inside. Junior, always the curious sort, isn’t one of those believers — not enough to think spending nearly $50 bucks for the three of us to go on a ghost tour is a good deal — but he wants to believe. Given that, when midnight chimed, he rolled his Old Man out of bed to go creep around the empty hallways of the hotel, speaking in whispers. A big hotel is a strange place in the middle of the night (especially so on a Thursday night). Long, empty hallways led to other hallways. The elevator whirred up and down. In the lobby, the hotel cat dozed on a chair. Through an open door behind the high desk, the night clerk watched television with the sound turned low. On the fourth floor, the bar was still open, but mostly empty. “Do you ever see any ghosts in here?” a woman asked the bartender in conspiratorial tones. “Depends on how much I’ve had to drink,” the bartender said. As the Witching Hour wore on, The Observer and Junior crept upstairs and down, the old staircase creaking. Eventually, just before 1 a.m., we wound up on the rooftop deck. There was a full moon riding low in the sky — a silver coin on gray velvet. Down below, the valley was filling with fog. Standing there with Junior, a bit loopy from lack of sleep, The Observer was suddenly struck by the gravity of it all: the two of us — Dad pushing 40 and Son soon to be a teen-ager — looking for ghosts. “We’ll never be here again,” Dad said, almost to our self. “You mean we’ll never come back to this hotel?” Son asked. “No,” Dad said. “This place. You and me, here, right now. Be sure to remember this someday.” Junior nodded gravely, but didn’t really understand, we think. One of these days, he’ll get it — maybe even get it better than we do. He’s smart like that. We stood there together in silence. Down below, the valley was a great white lake of cloud, with the streetlamps of the town glowing in its depths like ghostlights. Somewhere out there, we knew, Jesus stared serenely into the darkness.

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Dem-Gaz layoff More needs to be said in regard to the forced retirement of editor, writer and veteran newspaperman Jack Schnedler from the Democrat-Gazette. I regarded Jack as my friend and worked with him for several years. I found him to be the most competent person in the newsroom as a writer or editor. When I received a piece from Jack it was as though the late Gazette writer Leland DuVall lived again because there would be no need to edit. And, as a plus, he could make Paul Greenberg mad. Jack survived the closing of at least two newspapers and the Chicago winters, but not Walter Hussman. He does not know I’m sending this and I have no idea if he would approve. What Walter Hussman and Griffin Smith have done in the last two and a half years, besides corrupting the political process (see Elliot, Joyce vs. Griffin, Tim), has been to reduce staff and to do that they have laid off senior employees, including myself, who earned the most money. There was no regard whatever for the human consequences. One former employee died and one could say that he was a suicide; some have been forced into bankruptcy; some have lost homes or are now in danger of losing their home; many simply cannot pay their debts accrued when they had a paycheck and now have bad credit. Many of those laid off were 60 or over and some had health problems, thus were using the health plan more, which costs the company money. One woman had been with the company for 30 years and was over 60. What can that person do in such a specialized field and in such a job market? These people had given their lives to that newspaper and were cast out without a thought — 26 of them in February 2009 alone. They received two weeks of severance pay AND were asked to stay on two more weeks for a smooth transition. There was no pension plan. There was a meager profit-sharing plan, but you can’t have that money until you’re 65 ½. Now you can argue that it was just a business decision, that life is hard and no one promised you it would be otherwise, that Hussman owns the paper and can do whatever he wants with it, that everyone has a right to do what they want with their property, but does that make it right? Griffin Smith, Hussman’s senior editor, has failed to honor an implicit contract with his employees and should be ashamed. The community should be ashamed for continuing to support the Democrat-Gazette.  Businesses should not advertise in that newspaper because Walter Hussman has harmed them as well since his former employees cannot buy what they advertise. Walter Hussman is a pariah on this city and state. And you can argue that these people 6 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

should have saved to be prepared for the unexpected, but that doesn’t wash. Walter Hussman has a notorious history of paying little and offering few benefits. Walter Hussman is a rich man. Can he take his riches with him when this life is over? If there is a heaven, what will he say, what excuses will he offer St. Peter? Ed Gray Little Rock

No to sales tax plan This 2011 proposal for a sales-tax increase from City Hall presents the classic dilemma: “What do I get for what I give?” Nobody gets it all; compromise is

truly a requirement of good government. Sometimes, you hold your nose and vote yes. Little Rock does need some more revenue. Sadly, however, city leaders have been dominated by Establishment views, and as before, officials defer to the Chamber of Commerce and developers for the city plan for future growth. They profit and grow on our nickel. Their police and fire stations and parks ought to come from impact fees paid by those new home buyers and business owners. Other thriving cities do this; Little Rock should, too. The East Little Rock communities decline, lose population, then lose govern-

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ment services because “too few are using those services.” Remedies from city hall are too few, and too ineffective. The West Little Rock annexation is promoted, gains population and gets fire and police stations at the expense of us all. In fact, officials are considering taking a fire truck from the station at Chester and Seventh for the new Taylor Loop Road facility, once constructed. They tell us no decision has been made. Shall we believe that? There are needed items in the 3/8 cent for capital expenses, notably the police radio, 911 dispatchers, a new police headquarters, and street and drainage projects. These are wrapped around police and fire stations for the west, a port expansion and the creation of a new Technology Research Park near UAMS, plus $6 million unspecified for Economic Development. Last time, in 1993, the capital penny would have provided an arena, later built on a county tax, plus some needed street and drainage work. Voters defeated that tax. I’ve concluded this year’s capital proposal is equally flawed, and merits a no vote. The 5/8 cent for operations has appeal, notably 20 more code officers, and more money for prevention, intervention and treatment programs. However, officials have not said they will restore the $500,000 cut to PIT funding if this tax is passed. There’s money for new bus routes, but there’s nothing to restore night and weekend service for all. These were achievements of the 1993 sales tax proposal, and they are being bypassed for the newest thing, the latest fashion. City leaders rejected the citizen proposal to require city workers live in Little Rock, and more than half live outside the city today. Having more commuters on the city payroll is no vision for growing our future. Shall we trust officials who get the facts wrong, badly wrong? In a debate Thursday, our mayor disputed that Ward 1 lost population in the 2010 Census; he conceded the error when shown a fact sheet. The record: Ward 1 lost 3,906; Ward 2 lost 621; Ward 3 lost 1,089; and Ward 4 lost 168 in population, according to Metroplan. Shall we trust a mayor who says we have impact fees, since developers pay for streets in their subdivisions? That’s a misdirection — the cost of parks, fire and police off the site are what an impact fee provides. Shall we trust a mayor who says the Rainy Day Fund is locked up, and cannot be spent in today’s shortfall, because it would assure bond payments in a financial crisis? That’s news to the author of this policy, Larry Lichty. Vote no to 5/8 cent for operations, and redirect our leaders to better goals and more reasonable proposals. Kathy Wells Little Rock

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DEATH ROW INMATES. Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that Arkansas law giving the Arkansas Correction Department leeway to use any type of drug for lethal injections was unconstitutional. Executions have been halted in Arkansas because of the lawsuit and questions about the quality of the sodium thiopental Arkansas had on hand. That supply was turned over to federal drug officials. Fox’s ruling prevents state prison officials from using their discretion in finding another execution drug if they can’t properly obtain sodium thiopental. Both the state and Death Row inmates who brought the suit plan appeals of rulings in the case. ATHEISTS. Federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency, On the Move Advertising, had violated the free speech of the atheist group United Coalition of Reason by refusing to sell them advertising on CATA buses except under restrictions not imposed on other advertisers. But Wright said that a $15,000 bond could be required, because she thought this was a reasonable amount for the risk of vandalism involved, and she believed the coalition could pay it easily. ARKANSAS REPUBLICANS. Former Democratic Rep. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas switched parties to become a Republican. Republicans hailed the defection as “historic” (it wasn’t; see page 4), but most Democrats already considered Collins-Smith a Republican. Redistricting would have pitted her against another Democrat incumbent. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR…

THE ARKANSAS LOTTERY. The IRS fined the lottery $99,673.29 for late payments of taxes withheld from lottery winners. This is the second time the IRS has penalized the lottery for late payment. The Lottery Commission voted to hire a tax attorney to help straighten out its tax troubles. KNILE DAVIS. Last year’s rush leader in the SEC suffered an ankle injury that’s expected to leave him on the Razorback sideline all season. 8 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

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In Pulaski County, juries are trusted And if Nancy Grace drops in, John Hall is ready for her. BY DOUG SMITH

n Sequestration of juries is not common in Central Arkansas. The last sequestered jury, according to Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, was in the celebrated trial of Mary Lee Orsini in the murder of Alice McArthur in 1982, nearly 30 years ago. (Piazza was a deputy prosecutor at the time.) Neither Larry Jegley, the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney for 20 years, nor John Wesley Hall, a criminal-defense lawyer in Little Rock for 30 years, could remember any other cases in which the jury was sequestered. The issue is raised from time to time in cases that are highly publicized, but local judges are inclined to turn down requests that jurors be isolated. Jegley said that a defense attorney in the recent case of Abdulhakim Muhammad “asked for some sequestration in pretrial proceedings,” but Circuit Judge Herb Wright declined to grant it. Just before trial was to begin, Muhammad pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He shot Army Pvt. William Andrew Long at a Little Rock recruiting center. In 2009, defense attorneys in the Curtis Vance case asked for jury sequestration, Jegley said, but Judge Piazza said no. Vance was convicted of the rape and fatal beating of Anne Pressly, a Little Rock


Continued from page 3 Secretary of State shall notify the citizen of the estimated fee and require the citizen to pay the fee before copying the public record request.” The law provides: “If the fee exceeds twenty five dollars, the custodian may require the requester to pay that fee in advance.” Alex Reed, a spokesman for Secretary of State Mark Martin, said it’s normal for state offices to obtain outside counsel. “The reason we got outside counsel was because [a former staffer], Teresa [Belew], accused us of criminal conduct,” he said. “We chose [to hire outside counsel rather than consult with the attorney general’s office] to avoid a potential conflict of interest.”

television anchorwoman. He was sentenced to life without parole. The issue of jury sequestration has drawn conG R AC E : H e r siderable attention lately, mainly TV commentary because of Nancy sparkes debate. Grace, the fiery TV commentator and former prosecutor who zeroes in on sensational cases, always from the prosecution side. Her commentary on the Casey Anthony case in Florida, both before and after Anthony was acquitted, shocked some. (The Anthony jury was sequestered, so it presumably didn’t know what Grace was saying. Many of the people who did know what she was saying were amazed by the verdict of acquittal.) Since the Anthony trial, a lawyer for Conrad Murray, the doctor charged in California with causing the death of Michael Jackson, has asked that the jury in Murray’s upcoming trial be sequestered, specifically so that jurors would not be exposed to Grace’s comments. The judge denied the request. Jegley said that in Pulaski County, judges seem to believe that jurors will

Aaron Sadler, spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, says state offices don’t have to use their services. “We always stand ready to assist agencies, boards and commissions as the state’s legal counsel,” Sadler says. “However, approval by the Attorney General’s Office to hire outside counsel is only necessary if there is special language in an agency appropriation bill that states that such approval is specifically required. So, agencies occasionally obtain outside counsel through the normal professional-service contract process. Sometimes, as in this instance, our office is not aware of those contracts.”

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heed the admonitions not to watch television about the case, or read newspapers about it, or discuss it, and that they will then reach a proper verdict. “I tend to think it happens that way too,” he said. Hall said that from a defense attorney’s standpoint, “I don’t want to select a jury that knows it will be sequestered because that would significantly skew answers from jurors who might otherwise be good and fair jurors but don’t want to be sequestered and away from work or home for weeks on end. I’ve had two trials that lasted over two months, and neither was sequestered. One was on TV news every night on three channels.” “Except in the most extraordinary case, we have to rely on the ability of a jury to follow the instructions,” Hall said. Nancy Grace’s involvement makes for extraordinary cases. Hall said that if he ever had a case that Grace was interested in, he would ask the judge for a special instruction directed at her, telling jurors “not to watch her because she makes no pretext of being fair or accurately reporting facts. Even the newspaper would be closer to the truth than her, but nobody will know more about this case than the 12 of you because a verdict has to be based on what you hear in this courtroom, and not the imaginings of a shrill, unethical (ex-) prosecutor who hates anybody accused of a crime and wants everybody accused of a crime convicted, no matter that they are always protected by the presumption of innocence. If you were on trial for your freedom, you sure wouldn’t want a jury tainted by her misguided and often erroneous screeching. ... Convictions are based on facts, not articles of faith by demented TV commentators.”

we’ve reported before, the historic Packet House on Cantrell Road is soon to be used again as a restaurant. The building was purchased recently by Betty Richards, CEO of the Rich Logistics trucking firm in Little Rock, for $650,000. She’s working with chef and manager Wesley Ellis on plans for the Packet House Grill, which is expected to offer a Southern fusion menu.


n In the media column “Not so black and white” in the Aug. 3 edition, we mistakenly referred to the Democrat-Gazette’s Frank Fellone as managing editor when he is, in fact, deputy editor.


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Is higher education a bubble soon to burst? The numbers aren’t pretty in Arkansas. BY LINDSEY MILLAR


onsider parents of college-age children in their mid-40s. In 1985, around the time many of them were entering college, the average annual price of tuition, fees and room and board for public, four-year colleges was $2,665 in constant 2010 dollars, according to The College Board. In 2010, that number leapt to $7,605. The gap is similar, though somewhat proportionally less, for private schools: $12,379 in 1985 to $27,293 in 2010.


If adding consternation over that meteoric rise — four times the rate of inflation and almost twice the rate of medical care, according to a 2009 National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education report — to worries over depleted 401Ks and the potential for a double-dip recession wasn’t enough for parents, now comes an even more troubling prospect: that college, the perennial means of advancement for a new generation, is essentially worthless.

The arguments come, not from the fringe, but from the likes of Forbes, New York magazine (which called the notion “one of the year’s most fashionable ideas”) and even The Chronicle of Higher Education. The gist might sound familiar: A foundational part of the American Dream since World War II, college grew ever-more accessible over the years thanks to tax incentives and governmentbacked loans. But over the last several decades, price rapidly outpaced value, and now in a stagnant economy, millions of Americans are upside-down on their education. Student loan debt now outpaces credit card debt, while graduates’ earnings have actually fallen in the last decade. According to the Project on Student Debt, a non-profit funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other sources, Arkansans graduated from college owing, on average, $19,880 in 2009. What’s a diploma worth if you can’t find a job to pay for it? All of which has led higher education skeptics to conclude that higher education is a bubble soon to burst. Peter Thiel is perhaps the most vocal harbinger of doom. His track record lends him credence: A Silicon Valley billionaire who co-founded PayPal and made the first angel investment into Facebook, he secured $100 million for PayPal just before the dot com crash, which he says he anticipated. And he made another well-timed bet for his hedge fund against the housing market in 2007. “Education is a bubble in a classic sense,” he explained in an interview with National Review in January. “To call something a bubble, it must be overpriced and there must be an intense belief in it. Housing was a classic bubble, as were tech stocks in the ’90s, because they were both very overvalued, but there was an incredibly widespread belief that almost could not be questioned ... “Probably the only candidate left for a bubble ... is education. It’s basically extremely overpriced. People are not getting their money’s worth, objectively, when you do the math ... “It is, to my mind, in some ways worse than the housing bubble. There are a few things that make it worse. One is that when people make a mistake in taking on an education loan, they’re legally much more difficult to get out of than housing loans. With housing, typically they’re non-recourse — you can just walk out of the house. With education, they’re recourse, and they typically survive bankruptcy. If you borrowed money and went to a college where the education didn’t create any value, that is potentially a really big mistake.” Continued on page 14

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am Blair has been guiding Little Rock high school students through the agonies of college applications for a long time, continuing into his retirement from Central High School 11 years ago. He would never, he says, advise a student that college isn’t worth, say, $250,000, which is what a four-year education at Sarah Lawrence in New York would cost. It’s up to the family to decide the value, whether the sacrifice it may mean is worth it. Sarah Lawrence, at $58,716 for the 2011-2012 year, is the most expensive college in the country — but only by a couple of thousand dollars a year. Some people

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— rational people — might say that you could send a kid around the globe with a private tutor and he’d get a great education for less money. In the best of all possible worlds, that might work. But in the real world, it’s the diploma that counts. Most families don’t plunk down a quarter million dollars for their children’s education. Fortunately, they don’t have to. Schools now use the FAFSA (a federal aid form) to determine what parents can afford (unfortunately, usually a sum higher than the parents can pay without hurting) and try to fill in the gaps. Blair knew a couple of students from middle-class families who decided on dif-

ferent ways to pay for school. Afshar Sanati is in college and traveling the world, and he’s getting paid to do it. The 2009 Central High graduate was president of the student body, a National Merit finalist, an Eagle Scout ... the kind of student that the University of Virginia ($48,988 out of state) and the University of North Carolina ($41,140) want. Both offered him money, but would have left him $20,000$25,000 short each year. His choice, as he put it to this reporter, was this: “$100,000 [debt] over four years versus getting paid.” Sanati chose getting paid. He attends the University of Arkansas on a Bodenhamer Fellowship, which pays tuition and fees and a stipend of $1,000 a semester. Worth $50,000 over five years, the fellowship also pays for study abroad; last year Sanati went to Argentina for a month to study Spanish and to Iran for three weeks on a trip arranged by the Walton School of Business, where he is a student. “I had my heart set on going out of state,” Sanati said. But after the business major made a cost/benefit analysis, he said, “it didn’t make sense to me” to turn down the fellowship. A free ride to the U of A meant easing the burden on his parents and it “keeps the options open for graduate school.” Sanati hasn’t looked back. “I’m very happy about the decision I made,” he said. A lot of out-of-state schools are “cutting-edge” in what they offer, but if the U of A is less so, the ability to study abroad — with the unique education that offers — makes up the difference, he said. Sanati has been impressed with the classes and says his professors are “top-notch.” He said it’s like Central High — where you can make things as easy or hard on yourself as you want. Sanati made it hard, with enough Advanced Placement credits that he could have entered the U of A as a sophomore. But if they’re paying you to study — and you love school — why rush? Sanati, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the student government liaison to the athletic department, says if “you’re very driven and a goal setter” — which he is — you’ll get the education you want at the university. He’s got a plan — get a degree in business, work for a while, maybe get an MBA, maybe work in politics. Not every student, however, knows where he wants to end up before he takes his first college class. Billy Hupp has “no idea what I want to do,” but he knows he wants to explore his many interests — including jazz and theater — at a strong liberal arts school. Like Sanati, Hupp, 18, is a National Merit Scholar, great student and was accepted to several top-notch schools. And like Sanati, Hupp was offered a full ride to Continued on page 13 • AUGUST 17, 2011 11

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a state school, Auburn University in Alabama, which, he said, has used that strategy to enroll more National Merit scholars than any other school in the country. Hupp was also accepted at Washington University, Wake Forest and Emory. Emory ($55,992) offered the best scholarship package of the three, $36,000 a year for four years. He’ll have to take out a loan, and his parents will make up the difference. When he graduates, he’ll owe about $22,000 and his parents will have paid about $40,000. So why turn down Auburn? “Billy’s mom and I had lots of conversations,” Hupp’s father, Robert Hupp, said. They balanced cost versus what school would benefit their son the most. “For Billy, that happened to be Emory.” Billy Hupp said the campus visit helped him make up his mind — his guide at Auburn stressed the football team and campus life and scarcely mentioned the academics. Hupp has an older brother at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a younger brother who is a junior at Central. Robert Hupp — who is the director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre — said he is committed to giving each child the same opportunity. “Our educational philosophy supports the importance of the liberal arts,” Robert Hupp said. His son added that had he been thinking of a degree in engineering or architecture, he would have considered the U of A. Robert Hupp reflected that when he was in college, at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., the cost was $6,000 a year “and we thought that was outrageous.” He called the way colleges calculate tuition today as

a thing “unto itself,” with studies showing that some schools charge more because of the perception people have that a more expensive college is a better college. The high-performing Hupp and Sanati are stand-outs, both in their school record and economic background. Not all students are offered free rides, and some must even work their way through, making getting a degree a drawn-out procedure. Nathan Seamon went to Hendrix College for a semester. “I learned a lot, but not about academics,” he said; his parents pulled him out for failing and enrolled him in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “I didn’t have my head right,” Seamon, 26, said, and he dropped out again to go to work for his father. “It only took a couple of years finishing concrete,” Seamon said, to convince him to go back to school. But his parents said he had to pay for it. Seamon, who happens to be a state champion arm wrestler, works full-time (he’s a probation officer), and tries to get in four classes a year. He pays around $700 a class, unless he’s enrolled in two at once, in which case the price per class drops a bit; sometimes he’ll skip a semester to earn money to pay for the classes. Because of his early Fs and some extra math class requirements, Seamon has been slow to advance — after seven years, he is just now a sophomore. But he thinks things will pick up now and hopes to have a bachelor’s degree in another five years at the most. Like the winning arm wrestler he is, he persists. “Nowadays, you’ve got to have a college degree in something, even if it’s not related to your field,” he said. Peggy Seamon, Nathan’s mother, says she and her husband are proud of him for going back to school. “We help him some,” she said, “but he seems to value it because he is doing it on his own.”

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But where does Arkansas fit into the debate? As a relatively poor and rural state, we’ve always questioned the value of higher education. For the first time, at least in recent history, a majority (51.7 percent) of recent public high school graduates enrolled in some sort of postsecondary education in 2010. Among those who attend college, significantly fewer graduate in Arkansas after six years than they do nationally (near 39 percent to near 57 percent, respectively, from 20012006, the most recent period comparable data is available). Still, average tuition and fees at our public institutions has increased dramatically. From 2001 to 2010 among public, four-year colleges and universities, tuition and fees jumped from $3,434 to $6,068, a 76 percent increase. That appears to be a relative bargain compared to the average national climb — a 101 percent jump in the same period — but considering Arkansas’s median household income is about 30 percent below the national median, Arkansans probably feel the increase just as much as anyone else. What’s behind the jump? College administrators have some ideas. Dr. Donald Bobbitt won’t assume his position as president of the University of Arkansas System until Nov. 1, but he said recently that the drivers of cost increases throughout higher education are fairly consistent. “Life has become more complicated. Institutions need to provide more services to our students than I suspect were in place when I was school [at the University of Arkansas] in the ’70s — advisers, career counselors, safety on campus and a number of other things.”

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price increase since 2004, college president Dr. Tim Cloyd was quick to point out the distinction between price and cost at Hendrix. “Our price has increased dramatically over the last eight years, but our cost per family has really not increased dramatically.” Cloyd said that Hendrix has readjusted its sticker price because it has been out of line with its peer set. “We were offering the same sort of product and experience in the baseline as Rhodes, W&L and Vanderbilt, and our price was way lower.” But as tuition has risen at Hendrix, so too has financial aid, according to Cloyd. Hendrix not only offers needbased financial and merit scholarships, it

$19,880* there, it’s got to come from somewhere else, and it’s come from universities.” To get a sense of where public university prices might be going, Meadors suggests looking to the price of private schools, which don’t receive state funding. The gap is still wide, he said, comparing UCA, where tuition and fees are $7,183 this year (the highest in the state by $10 above University of Arkansas Fayetteville), to Hendrix, where tuition this year is $33,930. But if appropriations continue to decrease, he said it will only narrow. But comparing the cost of public schools to private ones isn’t always so straightforward. When asked recently about Hendrix College’s 105 percent

recently created a new class of financial support it calls distinction awards, given to students for “gifts, talents and passions.” Today, 100 percent of Hendrix students receive some sort of financial aid. According to Cloyd, Hendrix’s discount rate — the average percentage of financial aid per student — is double that of most similarly priced institutions. This year, for instance, the average student-aid award was $27,662. But even that number doesn’t represent the actual average cost per student because it also factors in federal student loans, which can be as high as $7,500 for third and fourth year students. Cloyd said because of Hendrix’s high discount rate the tuition increase hasn’t represented a significant revenue

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boost. Still, the school has been able to dramatically increase enrollment (from 990 in 2001 to 1,469 in 2010) while adding faculty (from 82 in 2001 to 109 in 2010) to retain a 12-to-one facultyto-student ratio. A just-completed $100 million capital campaign, begun near the beginning of the tuition hike, helped fund the expansion. Those kinds of financial acrobatics aren’t as easy to pull off at public universities, where despite underfunding, the goals continue to involve growth — in enrollment, in graduation rates — without sacrificing program quality. State schools are often stuck in a sort of Catch 22, according to UCA’s Meadors. “They do want us to enroll more students, but at the same time, they want our retention rates to be better. But unless you spend a whole lot more money, it’s hard to give the attention to those who need remedial courses.” Progress demands new ideas, according to future UA system chief Bobbitt. “We simply can’t continue to do what we’ve done in the past.” At the University of Texas at Arlington, where he currently serves as provost, the expansion of online classes has helped increase enrollment by more than 30 percent in three years, which has helped with the bottom line, he said. Meadors said UCA is looking for ways to save money by improving efficiency, applying for federal grants and ramping up its private fundraising efforts. Perhaps not surprisingly, Meadors doesn’t think higher ed is a bubble in danger of bursting. “I don’t think we’re going to wake up one day and find that no one wants to go to college. But we don’t want to keep making folks have to borrow more and more to go to school.” Cloyd doesn’t think you can commodify higher education. “It’s not, ‘Oh, I get this piece of paper. It’s fungible. I can go here and get a job and make X.’ Higher education, particularly a residential liberal arts experience like Hendrix, it’s about cultivation of the whole person, a 24/7 developmental experience.” The future is up to the marketplace, Cloyd said. “The cost of higher education is always going to be adjusted to the market. If suddenly the market stopped buying what you’re offering, you’re going to have to make an adjustment. [The current rate of cost increases] is sustainable for some institutions, but it may not be sustainable for others.”

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Editorial n Though there may be unsavory types hanging around on occasion, state Capitols aren’t hideouts; they’re meant to be seen. Arkansas has erred in the past by allowing private development that partially blocks the view of its Capitol. Let us learn from our mistake. The Capitol Zoning District Commission is considering an application to erect a five-story office building on Sixth Street opposite the Capitol. The project would require the Commission to amend its current regulations, which permit a building no taller than three stories on the chosen site. The Commission has received about 130 communications in support of the proposed construction, including letters from contractors and others with a vested interest in such matters. Many of the letters are form letters, and in many cases, multiple letters were received from one address – 17 in one instance, 11 in another, 3 or 4 in a great many. More than 90 communications opposing the plan have been received, some from neighborhood improvement groups and community activists. A couple of legislators, Reps. Kathy Webb and Darrin Williams, both Democrats from Little Rock, are among the opponents. The application is on the agenda for the Zoning Commission’s Aug. 25 meeting. The Capitol is the seat of government, and a handsome building in its own right. It should be flaunted, not hidden.

Griffin’s way n Like Richard Nixon, Ed Bethune, and of course his old mentor, Karl Rove, Tim Griffin is a devotee of dirty tricks. Straightforward, ethical behavior seems beyond him. Some genetic defect, perhaps. The U.S. representative from the Second Congressional District held a town hall meeting in Little Rock last week at which staffers handed out materials that included a list of Florida activists who’ve been critical of Republican politicians. Photographs of these activists were included, and hostile questions for them, about their personal and professional backgrounds, were suggested. One of the Florida activists, Tamecka Pierce, said the distribution of the materials was intended to encourage harassment of activists who’ve already spoken up, and to intimidate other citizens from doing so. Jonathan Samford, the communications director for Griffin, told the Huffington Post (Griffin’s office has little to say to the Times) that the distribution of the divisive material was intended to make Griffin’s town hall meetings more civil. In his job, Mr. Samford will have a lot of far-fetched responses to make. It was in Florida in the 2004 presidential election that Griffin was caught in a scheme to keep blacks and other potential Democratic voters away from the polls. His tactics haven’t changed.

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Back to work n After two weeks of vacation, I prepared to go back to work with a speed reading of accumulated newspapers. These stories stood out: • Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola’s desperate defense of his $500 million sales tax proposal. Tens of millions are being sought to pay for services required for western reaches of the city annexed in the last 20 years or so. Yet Stodola, in answering criticism of the city’s failure to charge meaningful development impact fees, claims developers pay an impact fee by installing streets and sewers. That’s at best misleading. Stodola is parroting the tired growth-pays-for-itself baloney long served up by city leaders. If that were true West Little Rock would already have a fire station, adequate parks, sufficient police coverage and all the other city services taxpayers are now being asked to finance. This latest tax proposal takes developer-friendly sophistry to a new level, however. Now taxpayers must pay for growth not only after the fact, but also beforehand. Stodola is asking taxpayers for a $38 million slush fund, much of which will essentially be controlled by the unaccountable Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Free market capitalism is passe in Little Rock. Now taxpayers must pay bribes to entice businesses here. Build the Little Rock economy? Stodola could start by insisting that only local vendors be used in the work on the pro-tax campaign. • Tyson and Walmart money will support the University of Arkansas’s new Center for Food Animal Well Being. It is to be a “voice” on animal production issues. The new leader of the center stressed that the program would be “pro-agriculture.” What she meant was that the university will serve as an advocate for the industrial food supply business against those working, if not for an end to the killing of animals for food, for laws requiring more humane treatment before and during slaughter. It doesn’t seem to have

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occurred to the university’s Tyson-endowed expert that more humane practices and being pro-agriculture need not be mutually exclusive. Perhaps the new Center will surprise me with scientific research endorsing, for example, more room for penned livestock. But I expect it to be more like the Walton-financed School of Education Reform, where nearly all the faculty enjoys enriched pay courtesy of Walton endowments. I’ve been assured that tenure (something the Waltons hate in public schools) allows this faculty to research and report without fear of angering Waltons should the school’s research discover fallacies in the charter school/ school choice/anti-teachers union agenda the Waltons favor. But the fact is that this rarely happens. There, as with the new agriculture researcher, faculty members make it clear their thinking is in line with their benefactors and they are at work to validate it. You’d be hard-pressed to learn from their public pronouncements, for example, that national research has yet to prove the superiority of alternatives to conventional public schools. Similarly, I don’t expect the new food experts at UA to be issuing stinging reviews of Tyson animal practices. I’m just saying: We don’t allow judges to hear cases involving parties from which they receive financial benefits. I’m not sure tenure cleanses the practice for academics. • Tell me again how we justify paying $326,000 to Ernie Passailaigue, director of the Arkansas Lottery. Did Ernie P. really say that the IRS misunderstood its own deadlines for paying taxes, deadlines which the lottery has missed for two years running? Couldn’t we hire someone of equal competence for about half the cost?


Judicial legislating of health care n Forget the headlines about foes of the health insurance reform law winning a big victory in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Matters are not going well for that side. Two appellate courts have now ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The 6th Circuit said it was entirely constitutional, and the 11th Circuit said only one part of it — the part that may enjoy the widest support — was unconstitutional but that everything else about the law was not only constitutional but, it implied, a sound reasoned response to a great problem. Still, the two most rightward judges on the 11th Circuit — Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Judge Frank Hull — gave the foes of the law what they needed, a victory of some sort, even a pyrrhic one. Dubina was a certain foe. His daughter, one of the most reactionary members of Congress, has been a fierce critic of the health law. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama was one of the handful who voted two weeks ago to let the country go into default rather than let the government continue to operate. Roby had declared the health law unconstitutional, so the judge could hardly rebuke his daughter so publicly. The other judge, Frank Hull

Ernest Dumas (Frank is a woman, by the way) was appointed by Bill Clinton when a Senate minority blocked his moderate nominee and forced him to name someone Southern Republicans would let pass. But neither the daughter nor any of the other Republicans who were counting on a sweeping decision can be happy about Dubina’s and Hull’s long, baffling and contradictory opinion. They said the so-called “individual mandate” for uninsured people to buy insurance or pay a small tax exceeded Congress’s powers under the commerce clause, but that did not prevent every other part of the massive reform act from being implemented. The opponents of the law did not really care much about the individual mandate, but it was the one vehicle they might use to get the whole law thrown out. Worse for the opponents than the narrowness of the decision was Dubina’s flimsy reasoning. It took the third judge

Irony abounds as religion arises n If you want irony, pop open a can of worms on religion, on those who claim it and those who don’t. To begin, ponder this riddle: Why would atheists want to advertise and proselytize? Why would someone not believing in a deity feel compelled to appeal publicly to others also not to believe? Isn’t that an innately passive thing — not believing? It’s the professed believers who often behave with overbearing and arrogant presumptuousness. They assert themselves to be so much in the holy right that they are commanded by their supreme being to bring others to their supposed truth. Under the culturally pervasive bombardment of all that, it would seem that an atheist would appreciate a simple letting-alone. If you want the religionists to mind their business, would it not help if you minded yours? After all, a belief or a rejection of belief is not an argument to be won, nor is it a reason for anger against those who don’t share it. It is to be internally held and

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personally applied for whatever value the believer or disbeliever takes from it. Real persuasion of others would likely come less from debate than from the example set by the actions through which the belief manifests itself. But, no, an atheist group wanted to pay $5,000 to put signs on 18 Little Rock city buses for the Riverfest activity over the Memorial Day weekend. They were to say, “Are you good without God? Millions are.” Predictably, the city bus authority and its advertising agency, fearful of being cast as heathens in a religiously overbearing culture, balked. They threw up costly obstacles — such as the requirement of $3 million worth of insurance — on the supposed fear that professed God-believers

— an old Ronald Reagan acolyte — fewer than half the pages in his dissent to demolish it so thoroughly that the Supreme Court will have to rummage on its own to find ways to strike down the law. That is not so remote. Though Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy have authored opinions that are solid premises for upholding the act under the commerce clause, Scalia, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas can be counted on to outlaw any Democratic initiative. To strike down the law, they will have to persuade Kennedy to engage in this stark bit of judicial legislating. The mandate is critical to the part of the law that seeks to insure most of the 50 million Americans who are not insured because they don’t want insurance, can’t afford it or the companies won’t insure them owing to their propensity to get sick. When they get medical attention, a big part of the costs — roughly $50 billion a year — is shifted to the 200 million people who are insured or else to the taxpayers. It raises the average premium nearly $1,000 a year. The mandate is supposed to end that shift. The majority judges found the purpose laudable but said the provision of the Constitution that lets Congress legislate in areas affecting interstate commerce does not anticipate Congress requiring Americans to buy insurance from a private company “from the day they are born to the day they die.” Although the line is repeated in some form many times in the opinion, it

is an untruthful description of the act, but that is a small matter. Here is the crazy irony: In the judges’ opinion, Congress could require people to buy insurance from the government, like Medicare, Medicaid or the public option that conservatives excluded from the law, but not from a private business. And it could require people to buy insurance from a company on the night they go to an emergency room or a doctor’s office but not when they are healthy and not needing medical care. “I can find nothing in logic or law that so circumscribes Congress’ commerce power and yields so anomalous a result,” Stanley Marcus, the dissenting judge, wrote. Then the judges reach absurdity. They describe the mandate as sweeping and dictatorial and then criticize Congress for making it toothless. The tax that people would pay if they did not buy insurance is small — $98 in 2014 — and insurance companies say it is so small that the mandate is practically meaningless. It can’t be both ruthless and toothless, can it? As for the tax, the judges said it was a “penalty” and not a tax, otherwise the mandate would be perfectly legal under Congress’s taxing power. It was described as a tax in both the House and Senate bills but it was changed to “penalty” in the final act to blunt Republican charges that the act was a tax increase. The judges happily concurred: It is not a tax increase. That is the kind of jurisprudence that the Republicans hope will end Obamacare.

would commit illegal acts of violent vandalism against property so adorned. Remember, this is about irony, to wit: Certain professed God-believers, who surely assert that that their godliness is the source of goodness, not to mention of law and order and civility and decency, stood accused by the city of being so godless in their supposed godliness that they would break the law and damage property because they disagreed intolerantly and violently with public expression in a society we say we want to be free. This, then, may be the answer to the riddle on what the atheists are really up to: They want to proselytize less than to avail themselves of opportunities such as this to get a court to make into case law what is clear in the U.S. Constitution. That is that atheists have equal civil liberties, even in a country and culture that can be oppressive toward nonbelievers. But you can’t go to court without a grievance. Thus this advertising attempt was kind of like a trap. The transit authority gobbled the bait. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock had to acknowledge last week that a public agency may not deny free speech to a group seeking to pay hard currency for a perfectly legitimate if widely offensive advertising message. But the judge also ruled that, while the

atheists were due free speech, they would need to put up a $15,000 bond to cover any vandalism. Thus we behold a rich three-for-one irony: One — A judge says your speech is free and I’m only going to charge you $15,000 for it. (The $5,000 is to use the advertising medium, but the $15,000 is because what you intend to say offends people. See the difference?) Two — The $15,000 is a penalty on the innocent party in the event a guilty party disdainful of constitutional principle and law commits a criminal act. Three — This criminal act is suspected of people professing belief in a God who is good against the legal actions of people who don’t so profess or don’t so believe. May I propose a solution? How about this: Religious people believe as they wish. Atheists disbelieve as they wish. Each side shuts up about it. Neither side bothers or pays attention to the other. Religious people behave consistently with what they preach. Atheists save money on city bus signs. It’s pretty ambitious and radical, I know. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. • AUGUST 17, 2011 17

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“As Arkansas’s flagship university, the University of Arkansas is a partner, resource, and catalyst in the state’s educational, cultural, and economic development. Students also get the experience of a life time. Nowhere else in the state has the range of majors, classes, research opportunities, and access to world-class faculty and cutting-edge facilities. Our graduates are state governors, Fortune 500 CEOs, scientists, and novelists. They’re nurses, teachers, architects, engineers, and lawyers. We work harder and dream bigger than anywhere else, and we put Students First each and every day. Come and see: The YOU of A will put you and your dreams first, too.”

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“Established in 1919, JBU is a private Christian university offering a top-quality education to more than 2,000 students from over 39 different states and 45 different countries. JBU offers 45 undergraduate degree programs, three degree completion programs, and six graduate degree programs. In every program, JBU educates the head, heart, and hand to prepare students to honor God and serve others, a mission that produces great results. JBU has the highest graduation rates in state, and it graduates students that are making a difference in the some of the best companies and graduate schools in the country.”

“Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning has attracted national attention to Arkansas. The Odyssey experience guides students to combine critical thought with action and is why U.S. News twice placed Hendrix at the top of its list of liberal arts colleges that are ‘making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, and student life.’ Through Odyssey, Hendrix is changing the lives of those who can change the world. I invite you to visit our campus and discover where Your Hendrix Odyssey can take you.”

“CBC is one of the fasting growing institutions in Arkansas. As student enrollment increases so do our academic offerings. We are consistently adding new four-year degrees and recently celebrated regional accreditation of our new fully online degree programs by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. At Central, students discover programs characterized by academic rigor, practical experience, and spiritual direction in a Christ-focused environment. Discover your place at Central Baptist College.”

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DR. O. FITZGERALD HILL ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE “Arkansas Baptist College’s main focus is about renewing and restoring people and Growing Hope. Students are coming to our campus from all over the world – many of them are the first in their families to go to college. A distinct demographic of our student population is nearly 70 percent African-American male. Today, we are in the midst of a transformation as we amplify our vision. Our purpose is to nurture our traditional strengths as a Historically Black College, connect our academic programming to applied workforce and entrepreneurial skills, and take a lead role in rebuilding the community we call home.”






“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), as the second oldest institution of higher education in Arkansas, is one of two land-grant institutions of the state. Since 1873, we have provided opportunities for all people aspiring to improve their socioeconomic status. Thousands have benefited from our mission as we continue to contribute to the human capital of our nation and address societal challenges. UAPB is better prepared than ever before to deliver a quality education with a personal touch. Visit our television (UAPB-TV) and radio (KUAP 89.7 FM) stations on our website ( to see us now.”

“The University of Central Arkansas is committed to excellence through the delivery of outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that remains current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it serves. The university’s faculty and staff promote the intellectual, professional, social and personal development of its students through innovations in learning, scholarship and creative endeavors. Students, faculty and staff partner to create strong engagement with the local, national and global communities. UCA is dedicated to academic vitality, diversity and integrity.”

“NorthWest Arkansas Community College is proud to celebrate over 20 years of serving and strengthening our community through learning for living. We promote positive changes in the individuals that we serve, and we’re dedicated to improving the lives of all the citizens of northwest Arkansas. Our caring and exceptional faculty and staff are committed to creating a learning environment that inspires our nearly 17,000 students to reach their highest potential. Student learning is what we’re all about. NorthWest Arkansas Community College is proud of our history, energized by the present, and excited about the future.”

COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS “Our methods are always evolving and our techniques are always improving. However, our mission remains the same–offering what the student wants. Whether a student is preparing to transfer to a four-year university or transition straight into the job market, once they are enrolled at CCCUA, they are part of the Cossatot family, a family of faculty, advisors, business office personnel, and more, with one goal in mind: to help the student succeed. Our campuses are expanding and offering more traditional college amenities for all to enjoy: Campus cafes, learning centers, outside study areas, fully equipped computer labs, Wi-Fi campuses, and much, much more.”

DR. LARRY DAVIS UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT MORRILTON “At UACCM, we are celebrating the milestones of our 50th anniversary, our 20th year as a college, and our 10th anniversary as a member of the University of Arkansas System. We are proud of our past and excited about the future as we become the first two-year college in the state to connect to the AREON fiber optic network, offering our students the opportunity for expanded educational opportunities. A devoted faculty and staff, ambitious students, and a commitment to excellence in learning and personal enrichment will continue to be the trademarks of UACCM as we continue to assist our students with their “journey with meaning.”

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SAM M. WALTON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS “The Sam M. Walton College of Business combines classroom learning and realworld experiences to prepare students for all kinds of careers. As the state’s premier business school, the Walton College offers top faculty, modern facilities, and the latest in technology. Let us help you build a future — where you can make your mark no matter what path you choose.”

DR. DAN F. BAKKE PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE “Pulaski Technical College plays a critical role in higher education in central Arkansas. A successful community college has to rise to the challenges of the workforce needs of the local economy. The changing demands of an uncertain economy make further education a necessity, and Pulaski Tech’s success is measured by the degree to which we can improve the lives of our students, families and the community.”




Major trends M ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE New offerings at Arkansas Baptist College in downtown Little Rock make it a great place for business-minded students to sharpen their skills. This fall, the Department of Business Administration will offer a concentration in entrepreneurship, and that’s just the beginning. In 2012, the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development will open and offer a special course designed to immerse participants in eight lifelessons that are fundamental concepts to building an entrepreneurial mindset. Tabbed the Icehouse Project, it was developed by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. ABC is one of the initial sites selected to launch the pilot program. “The Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development will be the hub of our efforts to send out a corps of entrepreneurs who want to build for-profit operations while serving the communities where they do business,” said Dr. Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist. The Center will also offer a micro-lending program. Other key components are already in place. ABC is entering a partnership with the African Bean Company, which has developed Roots Java as its leading coffee brand. Currently, the African Bean Company is negotiating with major retailers throughout the country to sell the coffee. The college will have a Roots Java retail outlet in the same building as the Center when it opens next year, and a portion of the profits will assist the college in its capital campaign. Two new buildings will be ready for student use this fall. A new dining hall opens in September, and the General Studies II Building, which is equipped with interactive smart boards, is already ready for students. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Leaders at ASU are thinking global. Earlier this year, the interim chancellor signed off on the Higher Education Compact, which is a “compact between the public institutions of higher education in the state with the people of Arkansas” to accomplish a wide array of important objectives needed to prepare students for a globally connective and highly competitive market place. In line with the goal of preparing students to compete internationally, the Board of Trustees voted to increase admission standards for undergraduate students at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, which will also contribute to higher student retention and graduation rates. The new standards go into effect fall 2012. The University has entered into a mutual opportunities global agreement with universities in South Korea, China, Japan, Kuwait and Turkey. ASU boasts a high international student enrollment with more than 1,000 students from 68 countries. And when it comes to being globally competitive in a different arena, ASU students have proven they can hold their own. The men’s rugby team advanced to the Final Four for the second consecutive year in 2011 in the College Premier Division. Rugby,

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A new “leisure lounge” at Henderson State University gives students a break from studying. which is extremely popular in the United Kingdom, is a club sport at ASU. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Enrollment at Arkansas Tech University will top 10,000 students for the first time in school history this fall, and eTech, the digital campus at Arkansas Tech, is a big reason why. The university has made a significant investment in the resources necessary to increase its online course offerings to offer students greater flexibility in where, when and at what pace they learn. Arkansas Tech’s distance learning initiatives will also provide students with an affordable alternative to other online colleges and a chance to earn a degree from an accredited and wellknown public university. The first major venture for eTech is the Accelerated Degree Program, which gives students who have accumulated 60 or more credit hours the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in as short as 18 months. Arkansas Tech had already received more than 1,200 inquires from individuals interested in pursuing the Accelerated Degree Program as of early August. Students who spend time on campus have a lot to look forward to as well. Baswell Techionery, a new 14,220-square foot student union, opens this fall. The $3.3 million facility includes dining opportunities, meeting spaces for student organizations and lounge areas for students to enjoy their free time. “The large windows provide a beautiful view of campus, and the welcoming environment inside makes it the kind of place you want to spend time,” said

Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations. Additionally, more opportunities for living on campus at Arkansas Tech are on the way. A new five-story, 290bed residence hall is on the drawing board and due to open in fall 2013. Already, a school-record 2,611 students will live in campus housing during the 2011-12 academic year. In fact, the number of Tech students choosing to live on-campus has increased by 207 percent since 1995. Arkansas Tech added 159 beds to its inventory over the summer by renovating Tucker Residence Hall and by leasing space at Vista Place Apartments, which are located less than a mile from the Tech campus. CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE Last fall, the student roster at Central Baptist College listed the names of 742 students, representing a 19 percent increase over 2009. The uptick marked the sixth consecutive year that enrollment increased. As a matter of fact, it has doubled since 2004. With this growth comes three major construction projects, part of a $12 million fundraising campaign called “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making.” Crews will be building a 38,000-square foot academic building, renovating and expanding the current library and constructing a new residence hall. The new buildings needn’t be complete for new academic programs to commence. This fall, Central Baptist College will offer seven new Bachelor’s of Science in Education degrees in education, kinesiology, early childhood, middle level language arts/social studies,


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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011 middle level math/science, secondary level English/language arts, secondary level life/earth science and secondary level social studies. A new Bachelor’s in Journalism degree will also be offered, and in conjunction, an Internet radio station will debut. In addition, both an online associate’s degree in General Education and an online bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Ministry recently received regional accreditation, making it possible for Arkansans and even people beyond the state’s borders to obtain a CBC degree completely online. HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY Two of Henderson’s newest offerings don’t even take place on campus. Construction is complete on Henderson’s Simonson Biology Field Station on the shore of DeGray Lake. The 7,000-squarefoot log cabin features two laboratory/ classrooms, a dedicated research lab, a library resource room, kitchen, great room and living accommodations. The station will host intensive summer courses and field trips for on-campus biology courses. The other one, a new distance learning program for the aviation profession, allows 10th graders to start taking classes so that when they enroll at Henderson three years later, they will already have the credits that would normally be required their freshman year. And, thanks to a new direct hire program with Pinnacle Corp., these students are practically guaranteed a job with one of the company’s three national airlines if they meet all of the requirements after completing their studies at Henderson. Henderson is one of five aviation schools selected by Pinnacle to participate in the direct-hire program. The company foresees a shortage of pilots in the future, said Troy Houge, assistance chief aviation instructor. “Hiring looks tremendous for the next 20 years,” he said. So what’s happening on campus? The first floor of the recently renovated technology center has been converted into a “leisure lounge” where students can bring their laptops or use an on-site desktop computer, tablet computer, a new 55-inch flat screen television with wi-fi capabilities in a study/entertainment room, or an X-Box or Playstation 3 game console.

Hendrix students connect what they learn in the classroom with hands-on learning experiences, such as internships, international study, research and service. In addition to their coursework, each student must complete at least three Odyssey projects selected from the following six categories: Artistic Creativity, Global Awareness, Professional & Leadership Development, Service to the World, Undergraduate Research and Special Projects. Hendrix offers a large variety of programs that further support engaged learning for students. These programs include the Hendrix Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling, the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture, and new international study opportunities in Belgium, China and Rwanda. Last year, Hendrix successfully completed a $100 million capi-

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Competition for the second year in a row. The team won first place in the “Systems Engineering Paper” category and ninth place overall. It seems fitting, then, that this fall JBU will open the 40,000-squarefoot Balzer Technology Center to house its engineering and construction management programs. “We’re proud of our engineering students and their successes,” says Dr. Larry Bland, head of the engineering department. “We have students working on federal grants building solar water heaters for the EPA and ‘lunabotics’ for NASA. Our undergrads have found jobs at firms like Texas Instruments, T.D. Williamson, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.” Although those programs are two of the most popular at JBU, its business students have also performed well in competitions. Recently, JBU business teams swept first, second and third place in both the state and tri-state Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition undergraduate division. Students in the business division frequently get internship opportunities with prestigious companies like Walmart, Del Monte, J.B. Hunt and Tyson. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY This year, OBU celebrates its 125th anniversary as a leading liberal arts university in a Christ-centered learning community, and the first anniversary of the Worship Studies Program’s three majors designed to develop skilled and scholarly musicians, ministers and artists. The Church Media/Production Arts, Christian Media/Communications and Biblical Languages majors are offered through the University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies in conjunction with the School of Fine Arts and the School of Humanities. “One of the strengths of Ouachita is that the different disciplines see education as a cooperative effort and are more than willing to work with each other to craft an interdisciplinary degree,” said Dr. Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies. “It is an opportunity to draw on the expertise across campus and craft the degree to match the vocation. We feel this will enhance students’ options.” Students should take note of two other items: Ouachita was one of 12 universities nationwide selected this year to participate in the prestigious National Genomics Research Initiative coordinated by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Additionally, a new international partnership with Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom adds to the international study opportunities available in more than a dozen countries. PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE Philander Smith, a private liberal arts


as a stand-alone program. college in downtown Little Rock, “As the United States moves toward will begin its 134th year with a new a more competitive global economy, Residential Life Center, construction there will be an increasing demand on a new student union, and a new for more efficient logistics systems athletic director to go along with a and highly qualified people to mantransition into the Gulf Coast League. age them,” Dean Dan L. Worrell of The college’s mission is to “graduate the Walton College said as the new academically accomplished students department was launched earlier who are grounded as advocates for this year. “Logistics costs continue social justice, determined to intentionto rise, even as attention to the ally change the world for the better.” need for sharper cost reductions President Dr. Walter Kimbrough is increases for business.” particularly passionate about the Despite widespread recognition school’s social justice initiative. “The of the need for qualified supply best definition for social justice is that A lecture hall at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an epic setting for education. chain managers, only about 60 it promotes awareness of inequalities,” of the nearly 500 accredited business programs in the This fall, the new Mulerider Activity Center opens. he says. “We live in a world where inequality exists. United States offer relevant degrees. “The designation The $5 million facility houses an indoor walking track, What we hope to do is graduate people who are sensiof the new department reflects growth in the field and a full-size basketball court, cardiovascular and weight tive to them, and in some way, work to redress them.” has received widespread industry support, from firms as training equipment, meeting rooms, and a smoothie bar. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist varied as Walmart Stores Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., J.B. Hunt Church and a founding member of the United Negro Transport Services Inc., FedEx Freight and ABF Freight THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SAM M. WALTON College Fund. System Inc.,” said Matt Waller, chair of the Walton ColCOLLEGE OF BUSINESS lege supply chain management department. For the fourth year in a row, the Walton College tied SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY for 24th among top public undergraduate business Enrollment in the sciences at SAU has grown draUNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – FORT SMITH schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report matically since the 60,000-sqaure-foot, $17.5 million Once construction crews complete the 40,000-square2011 America’s Best Colleges. To make sure the Walton Science Center opened in 2010. Soon, construction will foot addition to the Boreham library, students will have College stays at the forefront in a field that has become begin on a state-of-the-art building for the new Center access to 24-hour computer labs with advanced technology central to retail and other business success, it recently for Agricultural Studies, which will house SAU’s Departfor research. It’s not the only cutting-edge technology on established a department of supply chain management, ment of Agriculture and provide the latest technology campus: UAFS’s health science laboratories are known the fourth such department in the nation to be created and equipment for students and faculty.

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exceptional opportunities In Spring 2011, JBU students swept the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, and were one of 36 teams to participate in NASA’ s Lunabotics Mining Competition.

lunches with my prof Our 14:1 student-professor ratio means smaller classes and one-on-one learning opportunities. Faculty at JBU interact with students both in and outside the classroom.

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for allowing students to utilize the most advanced tools available. These resources contribute greatly to student success, and in that same vein, UAFS has implemented an Academic Early Alert system that targets students who are exhibiting academic difficulties and offers them assistance. In addition, advising procedures have been improved so that all students meet with an academic advisor each semester before registration. Students will also be able to use – after all their homework’s done, of course – a soccer field, which is set for fall intramural use. Students who love sports but don’t care to participate have something new to

be excited about as well. The University has been granted full standing as a NCAA Division II athletic program for Fall 2011. For students interested in broadening their horizons, opportunities to study briefly overseas continue to expand, as do semester and year-long student exchanges. Last year, Maymester classes took 150 students all over the world, with classes taking place in eight different foreign locations ranging from Belize to China. UAFS also maintains exchange relations with 20 foreign universities. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FAYETTEVILLE To meet the needs of its growing student body, which has jumped more than 20 percent during the last five years, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has embarked on several capital projects. The newest academic building is the Nanoscale Mechanical Science and Engineering Building, a facility that brings together leading research from several departments involving discoveries and inventions at the nanoscale, including a new “paper� made of titanium nanowires and that can be heated up to 700 degrees Celsius. Ozark Hall and Vol Walker Hall are being renovated and expanded for the Graduate School and its Honors College and the Fay Jones School of Architecture’s architectural landscape and interior design programs, respectively. Other upgrades include digital projectors and wireless connection to the web in classrooms so professors can provide students with broader and deeper context for lectures and the installation of energy-saving devices all across campus. New academic programs include an athletic training degree in the College of Education and Health Professions because of a surge in student interest, a supply chain management program in the business college, and an interdisciplinary minor in sustainability.


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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK It doesn’t take much more than a drive through campus to see what’s new at UALR: four new buildings, a new sports complex and several renovation projects are in various stages of completion. Officials cite the growing student population and expanding community needs as the impetus for the projects - which include new on-campus housing, a student services one-stop center and a renovated concert hall, among others – but they might also have cited technological advancements and changing demands of the work force. Two of the projects are a new Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Science



THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011 (think tissue engineering, cancer treatment and solar panels) and a new Engineering and Information Technology Building. In the EIT College, students develop highdemand, real-world skills that enable them to land lucrative positions upon graduating with any of the college’s six undergraduate degrees: computer science, construction engineering, construction management, engineering technology, information science, and systems engineering. As you can imagine, students don’t just learn the cutting-edge material, they learn on it. Lounges feature whiteboards to promote collaboration; 22 of 3M’s latest smart projectors display professors’ notes, which can be saved and emailed; and a dedicated double-sized capstone classroom provides room for robots to run and other projects to be constructed.

plorers fulfilling the “learning” part of the program’s mission, TaLK scholars are encouraged to travel around Korea to learn about the history, culture, language and people. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS UCA has one of the highest percentages of students aged 1822 in the state, but officials recognize that demographics are changing outside campus borders. Faulkner County’s population has grown thanks to new companies like HP, and officials recognized that more non-traditional students may be interested in UCA. That’s why this fall, a new evening program will allow individuals to earn a bachelor’s degree in the areas of general business, history or speech communication. Additional online

courses will be offered for those interested in earning a graduate certificate or master’s degree in school leadership, geographic information systems, instructional technology, early childhood education or nursing. “UCA understands that not everyone can pursue a college degree during the day,” said Dr. Lance Grahn, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “These majors are especially appropriate to the needs of working adults who wish to complete a degree and further their career goals. At the same time, more non-traditional class times also give traditional students more options. So, as our world increasingly moves into a 24/7 framework, UCA will keep pace with student needs and interests.”

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO New programs of study for the 20112012 academic year at UAM include the Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning and a reconfigured Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources with options in Forestry and Wildlife Management. A new Master of Physical Education and Coaching as an online degree program is pending final approval and should be in place by the spring semester, during which students have study abroad as well as study in the United States options. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF After the summer Arkansas has had, students will appreciate an upgraded HVAC system in UAPB’s Rust Technology Building. But much more is on the horizon for the university’s technology programs: officials are planning a nearly 30,000-square-foot building for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy. Begun in 2003, the UAPB STEM Academy is a federally funded program designed to increase the number of minorities and women choosing such careers. The program has a retention rate of 80 percent and offers students international internship opportunities, support for graduate students seeking degrees in STEM areas and partnerships with numerous other institutions. For students interested in travel, UAPB has a Korean government scholarship program known as Teach and Learn in Korea. The program’s main objective is to invite and train native English teachers and overseas Koreans to teach practical English in after-school classes at rural elementary schools. Participants of the program, known as TaLK scholars, will create original lesson plans for varying grade levels and teach in the classroom with a Korean university student. As exTHE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011• ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 17, 2011 33


Housing Options ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE Arkansas Baptist College offers a traditional dorm-style residence with 135 beds as well as a 188-bed state-ofthe-art apartment-style residence. In addition, the college has contracted with Avondale Apartment Homes to offer additional student accommodations off campus. Rates range from $1,538 per semester to $2,300 per semester on campus. In early 2012, construction of a new 192bed women’s residence hall will begin. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Freshmen can take advantage of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program at Arkansas State University. It provides year-long learning opportunities, activities and support for first-year students. In the program, all firstyear students are housed in areas designed specifically for them. Likewise, ASU has a community designed to cater to the needs of nontraditional and graduate students and their families. Called “The Village,” it is composed of 50 two-bedroom houses and 191 one-, two- and threebedroom apartment units. Rent includes cable television, wireless internet access and utilities. CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE CBC currently has two residence halls: Bruce Hall for female students and Williams Hall for male students. Fall 2011 room and board is $3,000 per semester for a double occupancy room. The college has plans to build a new residence hall in the next few years as part of its “Vision 2020” plan. HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY With an increase in freshman enrollment, Henderson has leased several apartment units at two local complexes to accommodate additional students. Students on campus have a variety of options to choose from, even within the residence halls. Two undergraduate halls segregate the sexes and feature floors with themes including “Substance Free,” “24-Hour Quiet,” and “First-Year Experience.” Upperclassmen

Students hitting campus these days have more to choose from than did the freshmen that came before them. There’s been a flurry of residential building activity on campuses across the state, and increasingly, colleges are offering apartment-style living to students. Even within on-campus residences there are often many options to choose from in terms of learning communities. Here’s a glimpse of what your new home away from home looks like.

have co-ed facilities with suite-style rooms and semi-private restrooms. Themed housing includes an “Exercise & Encouragement” floor and a “Service & Activism” floor. The International House features apartment-style living for upperclassmen and a themed community that blends both American and International students. There’s also housing for honors students. HENDRIX COLLEGE At Hendrix, most students live on campus for all or most of their undergraduate experience. In addition to traditional residence halls, Hendrix offers four apartment-style quad houses (four students per suite in four suites), as well as college-owned apartments (including apartments in The Village at Hendrix). There is also a Language House, a residential living experience for students.The Language House rotates annually among French, German and Spanish. Additionally, there is an Eco-House that emphasizes sustainable living, as well as the Bonhoffer House, a Christian living community.

2009 and Westside One and Two were completed last year, contributing to the replacement of approximately one-third of campus housing during the past two years. The state-of-the-art Student Village complex features two residential halls – Gosser Hall and East Village Hall – which encompass 12 residentially scaled four-story houses. The facilities include 92 private and semi-private suites that house

Inside apartment-style housing at UALR.

JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY John Brown University offers traditional dorm housing as well as townhouse and duplex living. JBU places a strong focus on community so students are required to live on campus for their first six semesters. Room and board for the year is $7,562. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY More than 95 percent of students live in university housing at OBU. The Student Village was dedicated in

a total of more than 350 students. Amenities include two first-floor lobbies and four upper-level terraces as well as study, fitness center, theater and game rooms. The Westside residence halls house a total of 128 students in two threestory facilities. In response to student input, the Westside residence halls are designed to foster community with 20 to 24 students in four-person suites sharing a large living room space on each floor. Room and board for the 20112012 academic year is $3,020 per semester.

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PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE A new Residential Life Center will greet students this year. It will complement the 131 double-occupancy rooms and two large one-bedroom suites that were new in 2003. In 2009, the historic Barracks building was transformed into housing for honors students. The access-controlled residential facility features nine doubleoccupancy rooms, one single room, a laundry room on each floor, a first floor kitchenette, a study lab with four computers and a lounge/entertainment area outfitted with a 42-inch flat screen television. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Like many campuses, SAU has traditional residence halls and an apartment-style complex for upperclassmen that features a swimming pool, convenience store and gym facility. Students living on campus are not randomly assigned a roommate and are instead grouped according to interests. If an interest group doesn’t currently exist, one can be started. Freshmen live in the same hall and are required to complete community service hours each semester and take an annual trip to serve those communities. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – FORT SMITH There are two options for on-campus housing here: The Lion’s Den residence hall and the Sebastian Commons Apartments. The Lion’s Den is celebrating its first birthday and offers multiple floor plans, community lounges and a dining hall. Sebastian Commons offers an apartment lifestyle for upperclassmen, with individual rooms and opportunities for socializing and studying. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FAYETTEVILLE The University of Arkansas has 14 residence halls and an apartment complex, offering students a range of options. Costs range from $3,991 per year for a double room to more than $6,938 for a premium suite. “Living and learning communities” in each of the residence halls help students with similar programs of study enjoy more social interaction and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Three dining halls serve different geographic parts of campus, but students can eat at whichever dining hall they want. Meal plans can be purchased at a variety of levels, and students are also able to use their dining hall credentials to eat at other cafes, coffee shops and restaurants on campus too. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK West Hall, designed to be part of a residence village, opened in August 2011 to

house primarily freshman students. The six-story buildings have shared bedrooms containing twin beds, desks, wardrobe closets, private hall baths and a vanity sink. Each floor has laundry, kitchen, living room and study room for the exclusive use of the residents of the floor. In addition, the campus has three other residence halls. University-owned homes are also available for students with families. All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan, which range in price from $1,050 per semester for 7 meals a week to $1,300 a semester for 15 meals a week. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s on-campus residential options include traditional and suite-style halls, apartments and family housing options. With approximately 740 on-campus residents, the university provides many educational and social activities throughout the academic year. Housing rates range from $840 to $1,210 per semester and apartments rent for $430 per month. Over the next two years, each of the halls will received improvements that will include new room furniture, a complete remodel of the common areas, and upgrades to the hall security systems. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF More than 1,000 students live on campus at UAPB. Built in 2003, the Delta Housing Complex is the newest residence hall, and it features 104 private rooms and 140 double rooms. The Johnny B. Johnson Complex is the most modern. Its four-bedroom suites for eight students include two baths, a living and dining area, and a small kitchen. In addition, its dining and laundry facilities are exclusively for the use of its residents. Occupancy at JBJ is limited to those students with a minimum of 30 hours and a minimum GPA of 2.0. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS At UCA, freshmen are required to live on campus their first year, unless they meet one of seven exemption criteria. There are four traditional residential halls and five residential colleges available to them. Residential college students take classes together and participate in social and civic activities. Their focuses range from leadership to the study of science, technology, engineering and math. Upperclassmen are able to take advantage of university-owned apartments. Additionally, UCA offers six different apartment complexes and three sections of family housing. Most of the apartments offer two bedrooms that are shared among four students. THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011• ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 17, 2011 35


Cashing in on Financial Aid Resources n the second year of the retooled Academic Challenge Scholarship – commonly known as the lottery scholarship – more students than ever applied and received the funds for continuing education. “Last year’s class received the revamped Academic Challenge Scholarship at record numbers and amounts,” said Shane Broadway, Arkansas Department of Higher Education interim director. “We know financial need is a key reason for students choosing not to pursue or continue higher education, and these scholarships will go a long way toward moving Arkansas forward in achieving our goal of doubling the number of degree-holders in the state over the next decade.” The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) staff reviews college and university academic programs and recommends them for approval to its


More students receiving Academic Challenge Scholarship

Nancy Smith suggests talking to your high school counselor as soon as you’ve decided to attend college, even before settling on an institution. “Start early in the year, and complete the FAFSA after January 1 of the year you intend to enroll. This form is the key to your financial aid, so get it done early as possible,” Smith says. Once you’ve settled on a college or university, she recom“FINANCIAL NEED IS A KEY REASON FOR STUDENTS CHOOSING mends that you make an appointment with its NOT TO PURSUE OR CONTINUE HIGHER EDUCATION, AND THESE financial aid department, SCHOLARSHIPS WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD MOVING ARKANSAS a great resource for scholFORWARD IN ... THE NUMBER OF DEGREE-HOLDERS IN THE STATE.” arships and grants. Smith also advises getting online and researching Arkansas’s resources, including the Scholarship has rewarded students for year. The scholarship provided $5,000 to Arkansas Department of Education and achieving high academic standards, with those attending four-year institutions and Department of Higher Education webrequirements for receiving the money based $2,500 to those attending a two-year colsites, as well as ASLA’s free scholarship on grade point average, a rigorous course lege – either public or private schools. A search site, Fund My Future. large number of those – approximately Fund My Future is a quick and free way 80 percent – chose a four-year degree to locate hundreds of scholarships and program. That amounted to some $120 grants for all types of programs and areas million in funding; of those dollars, $12 of study. The scholarship search website million was set aside for non-traditional features My Backpack, a private way for students, or those who had been out of students and parents to keep track of their high school for more than two years and previous research. chose to return to college. “Fund My Future is a great tool for A total of 14,084 entering freshmen and Arkansas students, and an easy way to current achievers will receive the scholarkeep up with the latest information,” ship this fall and nearly 16,440 are expected Smith says. to renew from last year – a total of 30,524. As a final word of advice, she says, Students who fulfilled continuing eligibil“You should never have to pay for scholity requirements automatically renewed arship searches or financial aid informathis fall at the same dollar amount. New tion, including completing the FAFSA.” students awarded for the first time will For more information, go to www. receive $4,500 and $2,250 respectively. The application period for the 2011A CHANGE IN STUDENT LOANS 12 academic year ran from Jan. 1 to June Due to a change in federal legislation in 1, and more than 150,000 applications 2010, the Arkansas Student Loan Authority were received through the YOUniversal no longer offers student loans. FederallyScholarship Application. The online sysbacked student loans are handled by the tem asks a student a number of pointed U.S. Department of Education, and students questions and then directs the researcher are required to apply to the department’s to the program(s) that will best fit the indiFederal Direct Loan Program, a process vidual’s need. that is handled by the school the student Students who plan to attend college in is attending. fall 2012 or spring 2013 can begin applyAs for past ASLA student loans, Smith ing for scholarships through ADHE on Jan. says, “We will continue to service our 1, 2012. For more information about the FFEL student loan portfolio, even as we Arkansas Challenge Scholarship or other morph into a Direct Loan Servicer over ADHE programs, visit the next year or so.” For more information about the U.S. OTHER PLACES TO SEARCH FOR ASSISTANCE Department of Education’s Direct Loan Arkansas Student Loan Authority (ASLA) Program, go to Federal Contracts and Compliance Manager coordinating board, and develops funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges. ADHE is perhaps more widely known for being the distributing agency for approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds through its 20-plus scholarship and grant programs. Since 1992, the Academic Challenge


load and financial need. Beginning in fall 2009, however, the scholarship requirements changed slightly to allow more students to benefit, as the program was infused with revenue from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. In the last school year, a record-breaking 31,031 students received the award – up from approximately 8,500 the previous



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Consider two-year colleges ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY — BEEBE Since its founding in 1927, Arkansas State University-Beebe has provided two years of course work for those who wish to transfer to senior institutions. It has also offered associate degrees and certificate programs that prepare students to enter the workforce in two years or less. Whether you are a first-time college student or going back to school to finish your degree, ASU-Beebe and its campuses have something for everyone, said Colbie Falwell, Public Information Coordinator. “We offer associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency and are the only college in the state to have a veterinary technician program and a John Deere program. We also offer an associate of fine arts in music and theater and associate of applied science in pharmacy technician. In addition, we have a hospitality program at ASU-Heber Springs; training for the oil and gas industry at ASU-Searcy; and evening classes in Cabot at Cabot High School. ASU-Beebe also offers 11 bachelors and three masters degrees from ASU-Jonesboro.” The technical certificate programs are designed to get a student ready for the workforce in one year. Certificates are available in areas including air conditioning, auto body, automotive technology, computerized machining, diesel technology, health information assistant, landscape and turfgrass management, office occupations, paramedics, pharmacy technician, practical nursing and welding techBaptist Health Schools Little Rock offers a fast track to a career in healthcare. nology. But it’s not just about academics. the past has included Ballet Arkansas and The Arkansas ASU-Beebe offers the complete university experience — Symphony Orchestra. in a smaller package. This fall, two new residence halls will open and house 248 students in a combination of BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS — LITTLE ROCK single and double suites. Each floor in the 28,610-squareFew other schools give their students the hands-on trainfoot buildings has a study hall, and each building has a ing that Baptist Health Schools Little Rock provides. In computer lab and a game room and lounging area. All fact, upon graduation, students are “work ready” because rooms are Internet equipped. Plus, the buildings are just of all the clinical hours they have logged while enrolled. 50 yards east of the Student Center. Learning environments include laboratories, patient rooms Cultural opportunities also await students on campus. and diagnostic testing areas. “The hands-on experience An art gallery featuring the work of local artists along here at Baptist Health Schools Little Rock is unmatched,” with student projects opened in 2010 and is free to stusaid Julie Wurm, the school’s enrollment coordinator. dents. Additionally, the Centennial Bank Concert Series Nine programs are offered, including one of the largest – also free to students – brings talent to campus that in 38 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011

Registered Nurse programs in the U.S., the largest Licensed Practical Nurse program in Arkansas, the only histotechnology program and sleep technology program in Arkansas and one of only two occupational therapy assistant programs in the state. Students eager to enter the labor force with an education will be hard pressed to find a quicker route. Four one-year certificate programs are offered (LPN, sleep technology, surgical technology and histotechnology), there’s a two-year associate degree program for occupational therapy assistants offered through a partnership with Pulaski Technical College, and three bachelor-level programs in radiography, nuclear medicine technology and medical technology are offered through affiliations with partner universities. Enrollment in LPN-to-RN classes has increased 20 percent. The class takes a year of four-day weeks to complete (two days of lecture and two days of clinical), and paramedics can also become an RN in the same amount of time through Baptist Health Schools Little Rock. Students with some college already can become a RN in two years, and those coming straight out of high school can complete their coursework in three years. One of the best parts, especially in the current state of the economy? “There are lots of opportunities in health care to earn excellent pay and benefits,” Wurm said. “The programs build on each other as well, so you can just keep on going to the top with your education.” COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE — UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS — DEQUEEN Cossatot Community College continues to look to the future of the job market, and in doing so, it will offer a new Occupational Therapy Program in the fall of 2012. Only a few other such programs exist in Arkansas. Students interested in health care don’t have to wait that long to get involved though. Later this year, CCCUA will open the Cossatot Community Health Clinic in partnership with Healthy Communities and other state and local agencies. “This is a win/win situation for our students and community as much of the labor will be provided by Cossatot Nursing Students while enrolled in their clinical rota-

tions,” said Alisha Lewis, a spokesperson for the college. Like many of its peer institutions, CCCUA also offers many continuing education classes where citizens can gain skills in different areas such as computers, truck driving and phlebotomy. Recently, though, administrators developed a new method of delivering instruction to students called FLEX courses. “We call them FLEX courses because they are designed to fit into anyone’s schedule,” says Vice Chancellor Steve Cole. “We are trying to meet students on their terms, which means offering courses outside the normal 16-week fall and spring semesters. Students may decide that they can take an extra class— FLEX courses give them the opportunity to do that, because the academic credit is reported in the same semester. This has the added advantage of helping our students graduate sooner.” FLEX courses take material that is designed to be presented in 16 weeks and compress it into four or eight weeks. Cole says, “We will, from time to time, add new FLEX courses, as the needs of our students warrant it. . . CCCUA has a reputation as a ground-breaker in online education, and we want to make sure that anybody who takes a FLEX course gets the same content and quality of instruction as someone who sits at a desk on our campuses.” EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE — FORREST CITY East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City continues to expand the number of academic and technicallybased certificate and degree programs that enable students to seek employment right after completion of the program. “EACC’s major focus has been to provide students with many options for careers here in the Arkansas Delta,” said Dr. Coy Grace, EACC President. Two of the hottest careers today revolve around Renewable Energy Technology (RET) and Diesel Technology programs. Both of the programs will be housed at the new EACC Transportation and Technology Center in Forrest City. Renovations to the 20,000-square-foot building are rapidly approaching completion and the center is slated to be open and ready for classes for the fall semester. Students in the Diesel Technology program will be able to disassemble many different types of engines, identify their parts, then reassemble and test the engines. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about electronic controls, exhaust gas recirculation systems and how they help to reduce harmful emissions. A truck will be used to train the students on electrical systems, air conditioners, air brake sys-

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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2 0 1 1 tems, drive trains and suspension systems. Students will also learn to identify catastrophic mechanical failures. Students will have options related to trucking, automotive, and agricultural applications and can pursue three levels of completion: Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology with emphasis in Diesel Technology. With the demand for highly skilled diesel technicians far exceeding the supply, the completion of this program will help ensure a rewarding career in the diesel technology field. The Diesel program will run in concert with the twoyear-old Renewable Energy Technology program. For example, one of the lab engines will be converted to run on biodiesel produced by the RET class. The RET program’s major focus will be on biodiesel production processes. Recent studies show that by the year 2030, one out of four workers in the United States will be in the renewable energy or energy efficiency industries. The RET program offers students options for an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Technical Certificate and a Certificate of Proficiency. Mid-South Community College — west memphis With the addition of several new programs, students will have a tougher time choosing a major at MSCC but an easier time finding gainful employment. New programs in diesel technology, aviation technology, and pharmacy technician training all come to campus this fall. Through a partnership with Montana State UniversityNorthern, MSCC will offer a bachelor’s degree in Diesel

Technology beginning this fall on the West Memphis campus. The program includes training in large-bore diesel engines, like those found in cruise ships, railroad locomotives, and large earth-moving vehicles. Montana State-Northern boasts a nationally-recognized program, and its graduates often have highsalaried jobs secured before they receive their diplomas. “They are only one of a handful of institutions in the country that offer a baccalaureate degree in diesel technology, and their program is considered one of the best,” said Dr. Glen Fenter, MSCC President. “Their graduates are courted annually as if they are top NFL draft picks. Major companies like Cummins, Detroit Diesel, and Carnival Cruise Lines fly into Montana and offer their graduates six-figure salaries to Pulaski Tech is the largest two-year college in Arkansas. start, to go all over the country establish an aviation technology program in West Memphis. and be involved in diesel technology.” “Employment in the field is expected to grow from Officials hope MSCC graduates will soon be taking 122,000 to 135,000 by 2016, and many current workers positions in another field with numerous job openings. A are expected to retire in the next decade,” said Dr. Gibson U.S. Department of Labor grant will allow the college to

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“Sunny” Morris, Executive Director of the Arkansas Delta Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (ADWIRED) initiative at MSCC. The college will use its funding to develop an integrated, FAA-certified training program for airframe and power plant technicians. The model program will then be replicated at training facilities in major metropolitan areas. Partners in the program include FedEx, which will participate in the internship program so students can obtain on-the-job training while working toward an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate. The company will also donate an operating aircraft, tooling and test equipment to MSCC for student training. A new pharmacy technician training program will prepare students for one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. Job growth of more than 31 percent between now and 2018 is expected in the field, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. Beginning pharmacy techs in Arkansas and Tennessee can earn as much as $27,000 per year with many opportunities for advancement. MSCC’s brand new building and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment will be conducive to producing sought-after graduates, officials said. And to top it all off, additional programs will soon train students in advanced biofuel processes in a new Renewable Energy Center that will produce high-grade fuel from a variety of biomass feedstocks grown regionally or made available as a waste stream (used vegetable oil, for instance) from another process. The $9 million center will use a geothermal heating/cooling system, as well. “Completion and implementation of this project will add a great deal of nationwide credibility and research capacity to our technology programs,” Fenter said. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE — BENTONVILLE The whole point of college is to position oneself for certain careers. Now, NWACC has gone one step further and will offer a new virtual career network this fall for students, employers, faculty and staff. Job seekers will be able to apply for positions targeted directly at NWACC stu-

dents as well as additional postings offered by out-of-state employers. The learning environment will soon be enhanced at NWACC, as it builds a new 83,000-squarefoot Health Professions Building. Scheduled to open in Spring 2013, it will house programs in the following areas: Registered Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science, Respiratory Therapy, Paramedic, PhysicalTherapy Assistant, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Additionally, the building’s features will include state-of-the-art simulation labs to benefit collaborative learning between health profession disciplines, a paramedic classroom with a real ambulance inside to train the loading of patients in close quarters, and up-to-date video capture software to allow for distance education with other colleges and hospitals. Three classrooms will be designed for a new Health Information Management program, an emerging career in the health care industry.

paralegal technology, law enforcement studies and medical office technology. The two-story, 20,405-square-foot center provides space for 10 multipurpose classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, faculty and staff offices, and it’s filled with the latest technology, including smart boards, smart podiums and new computers. Through the Weatherization Training Center and Building Trades Center of Excellence, students can position themselves for the so-called “green-collar” job market, which has been expanding in central Arkansas. Similarly, the Information Technology Division’s media arts curriculum will help graduates fill the workforce needs of the state’s growing film and digital content production industry. The program will start in spring 2012 and will focus on film and digital content production management. Brent and Craig Renaud, the founders of the Little Rock Film Festival, are lending their expertise in the program’s planning. Other developments in the arts at Pulaski Tech include office space inside the new Argenta Community Theatre. The college’s drama department hosted the theater’s first public production last spring, and new shows are planned for every semester. Also, the English Department will bring writers, poets, and other literary talent to campus this fall via its Big Rock Reading Series. Finally, Pulaski Tech has strengthened its allied health education programs by adding Arkansas Children’s Hospital to its group of partners, which include Baptist Health Medical and St. Vincent. The new partnership with ACH will allow students to study Anesthesia Technology. In addition, 350 students now participate in the American

PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE — NORTH LITTLE ROCK The largest two-year college in Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive community/technical college that offers more than 90 associate degree and certificate programs designed for its more than 11,000 students who plan to enter the workforce or transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete bachelor’s degrees. With seven locations in the college’s four-county service area, Pulaski Tech continues to add new facilities and programs to its academic offerings. Along with the main campus in North Little Rock, the college has six satellite campuses that specialize in different areas of education. “We have five locations in Pulaski County, with two additional sites in Saline County,” says Public Relations and Marketing Director Tim Jones. Th e n e w B u s i n e s s Technology Center located at the Pulaski Tech main campus houses the college’s growing number of students who are pursuing training in business-related fields, including accounting, management and Learn More, Live Better. 800.844.4471 supervision, office technology, entrepreneurship,


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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011 Culinary Federation accredited culinary programs at the PTC Arkansas Culinary School, which include culinary arts, hospitality management, baking and pastry arts and wine and spirit studies. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH — CAMDEN The United States government estimates expenditures of approximately $1.6 trillion for infrastructure development and improvement over the next five years. An integral piece of that work – for steel mills, highway departments, government agencies, construction firms corporate businesses, power plants and many other employers will be done by welders. Officials predict that the demand for skilled welders will grow into the next decade and beyond, but even today, welding jobs aren’t hard to find. In response to that demand, this fall SAU Tech will offer a nine-month welding program for the first time. The new Welding Academy is located in Magnolia and comparable to the Tulsa Welding School. Graduates of the program will be able to call themselves “certified welders� and begin a career with great earning potential. The more types of welding employees learn, the greater their earning potential. In fact, some welding engineers – who

are concerned with all of the activities related to the design, production, performance and maintenance of welded products – make around $80,000. On the other end of the range of degrees offered at SAU Tech is its Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia degree. Students get hands-on experience, and one recent graduate was hired full-time just a few months after commencement exercises by a production company in Los Angeles. Recently, SAU Tech was one of nine Arkansas colleges selected to participate in a program to boost the number of students who complete their degrees. SAU Tech will receive money as part of the Complete College America’s Completion Innovation Challenge, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Students can take advantage of all SAU Tech has to offer from the comforts of a home away from home. Apartment-style housing is located on and off campus.

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All apartments have full kitchens, free laundry facilities and wireless internet. The cost for a double room is $1,100 per semester and for a single it is $1,650 per semester. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT MORRILTON This year marks three major milestones for the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton: Fifty years since its

creation by the Arkansas General Assembly; 20 years as a two-year college; and 10 years as a member of the University of Arkansas System. As a two-year community college, UACCM is able to serve the unique needs of the population through credit and non-credit programs, adult education and workforce training. From an initial enrollment of 278 students and 13 programs in 1963 to the current almost 2500 credit students exploring 43 plan of study options, UACCM contributes significantly to the area’s job creation and economic development. The college offers a diverse array of programs to accommodate students who have a variety of goals. Some attend to complete a short-term training program and quickly enter the workforce while others desire to build a strong academic foundation by earning the first two years of their bachelor’s degree in a small, comfortable campus setting. Programs of study range from business to petroleum technology and from teaching to automotive collision repair technology. During the course of the year, UACCM hosts a number of events for the community, including concerts, musical performances and guest speakers. Last year, UACCM hosted a Holocaust Survivor speaker series, a concert by Eden’s Edge, a hypnotist and more.



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Arts & Cultural Opportunities It’s not all studying and test-taking in college. Campuses strive to deliver entertainment when students have free time. Here’s a taste of what they offer.

ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE In addition to the standard cultural activities put on by college departments, ABC has a spoken word poetry coffee house called Flo ‘N’ Mocha; a new drama club that does presentations and training in acting, comedy and stage design; and a new studio club through which students can get hands-on experience in producing and recording engineering in a fullyequipped studio. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Fresh off a sell-out crowd for the inaugural Johnny Cash Music Festival, the ASU Convocation Center has hosted everything from large conventions and big acts like Keith Urban to small lectures and sporting events. The neighboring Fowler Center is home to a fine arts gallery that hosts visiting exhibits, ASU’s Drama Theatre, and the world-class Fowler Concert Series. A free Lecture-Concert Series brings notable guest speakers and performers to campus and combines their appearances with master classes and other programs. In addition, ASU brings scholars, students, musicians and artists from across the nation to campus each spring to explore and experience the Delta’s history and culture as part of the Delta Symposium.

Programs in Literature & Language bring a full calendar of arts, cultural and intellectual programs to campus that are free for students. Presentations by nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars, novelists, poets, playwrights and theatre directors follow a yearly theme, and the 2011-2010 theme is crime. The Bertie Wilson Murphy Building serves as a center for several cultural programs, including poetry and other readings, film evenings, study hall nights, student and faculty workshops, and student literary group meetings. Students also have the opportunity to study for a semester in London, study while travelling in Germany, and participate in independent student research projects in Germany, Peru, Spain and Greece. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY OBU hosts annual opera, theater and musical productions as well as student, faculty and guest recitals, concerts and art shows. Gungor will be in concert Sept. 9, and the campus hosts Festival of Christmas with Point of Grace, Dec. 2-3. Students receive one complimentary ticket for each of the university’s opera, theater and musical productions. Student, faculty and guest recitals and art shows typically are free of charge. A variety of art exhibits are scheduled throughout the year in the university’s two art galleries: Hammons Art Gallery and Verser Art Gallery.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE The Fine Arts Department at CBC focuses primarily on the field of music. Its musical Performances at UAPB range from local productions to international acts. groups perform all across Arkansas, and PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY every year, students can enjoy two events: a madrigal Philander Smith is home to the Bless The Mic lecture Henderson’s Common Book Program focuses on a diffeast and a spring musical. series, which aims to put a spin on the traditional lecture ferent selected title each year to be read and discussed series offered by most colleges by providing a mix of speakby first-time freshmen. Preference is given to books by EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ers who either have a tremendous ability to communicate living authors willing to speak on campus. A series of One of only three “Class A” performance halls in Arkansas, with the hip-hop generation or who have studied areas events related to the book occur throughout the first half the 33,000-square-foot Fine Arts Center at EACC opened that are of importance to this group. Past speakers include of the fall semester. This year’s common book is Ishmael just more than a year ago. Since then, it has hosted concerts former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Beah’s A Long Way Home, an account of a young man by acts including The Temptations and Clint Black, theatSteele, TV judge Glenda Hatchett and actress Gabrielle who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil rical performances, art exhibitions and more. Scheduled Union, among others. Upcoming speakers include reality war. Beah will visit Henderson on Sept. 21 for a public performances for the upcoming year include the Arkansas TV star Omarosa, hip-hop icon Cheryl “Salt” James and lecture, book-signing and reception. The Common Book Symphony Orchestra and Boyz II Men. MSNBC contributor Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Program serves as a focal point for engaging the Henderson community in formal and informal conversations about JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY issues of importance in today’s world. The JBU Art Gallery provides students and the comSAU boasts more than 100 registered student organizamunity an opportunity to view traveling art exhibits tions. Students can look forward to speakers, comedians HENDRIX COLLEGE that might not otherwise come to the area. The annual and singers. Past acts include country music star Tracy Student organizations sponsor social events featurlyceum series has brought in world renowned musicians Lawrence and pop artist Sean Kingston. The college’s ing national artists, such as Big Boi and Grace Potter & including the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Terry Lowry theatre department stages plays and musicals, often times the Nocturnals, and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation and Yves Henry. 46 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011

A Commitment Beyond Academics in conjunction with the local communitybased arts program. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS — FORT SMITH UAFS’s upcoming yearly entertainment line-up, tabbed “The Season of Entertainment,” will feature the Broadway tours of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Dance, jazz and choral performances round out the mix along with lectures as part of a yet-to-beannounced Distinguished Speaker series. For visual art, the Mary Tinnin Jaye Gallery in the Fullerton Administration Building boasts a fine collection of pieces on loan from private collections and owned by the university. Student and professional works are also displayed in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center year-round. Finally, UAFS hosts many festivals and interactive events. The 2011 International Festival was the largest ever, with 30 cultures represented and more than 1,200 people in attendance. This year, UAFS will also host Festival on the Border, which will feature numerous musical acts, including The Fray. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FAYETTEVILLE Three on-campus galleries feature new exhibits each month. In 2009, the university also established an interdepartmental exhibition space in Bentonville, named the University of Arkansas Student Gallery and known as “sUgAr,” in anticipation of the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The university’s Distinguished Lecture Series, which is organized by students, brings at least one well-known lecturer to campus each semester, either from the world of civic affairs or from the popular world of acting, sports and performance. Past speakers have included Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, President George H.W. Bush, Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel, actor and director Robert Redford, author Malcom Gladwell and, most recently, the Dalai Lama. The student-run university programs provides the campus with a wide variety of entertainment, from touring musicians such as Snoop Dogg and John Mayer to groups like The Roots. The university also has a close working relationship with the Walton Arts Center, which brings in Broadway musicals and performing groups like the Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as supporting local fine arts groups, such as the Symphony of North Arkansas and the university drama department’s own theatrical productions. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK When it comes to cultural opportunities, being in the capital city has its advantages, but students needn’t leave campus to get a

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your options. 2 Explore Proofread your resume. Shower, shave, and dress well for interviews.

to the 3 Conforming popular trend, I’m headed to grad school, forsaking the real world.

meeting of every club they might be interested in joining because (a) you get free pizza — and who doesn’t love free food — and (b) you get to meet people who are interested in the same things as you.

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ere’s one of the most frustrating things about great Little Rock bands: far too many of them break up way too soon, for reasons ranging from the seemingly trivial to the profoundly heartbreaking. Others might not call it quits, but nonetheless stay on hiatus at length. Fortunately for the rest of us, most of these folks seem to be utterly incapable of abandoning their band-forming habits, the music bug having sunk its fangs into their tender hides at an early age. Exhibit A: The Wicked Good, which has been playing around for a couple years now and whose debut album, “You’re Welcome,” was released yesterday. The five-piece outfit was formed by folks from some of the city’s best bands of the last 10 years, including Jon Rice and Corey Bacon of Smoke Up Johnny, David Slade of American Princes and The Moving Front’s Micah Fitzhugh and Jeff Matika, who’s also a veteran of Ashtray Babyhead and pulls double-duty as a touring member of Green Day.




part to say, ‘Well, this is the kind of song we’re going to write today,’” said singer and guitarist Slade. Rather, the band sounds like the result of a bunch of guys who’ve been playing music for a long time just getting together and hashing it out in a cramped practice space over some cold beers. “My favorite record this summer was the Bon Iver selftitled album, and in no way, shape or form will that ever influence the sound of The Wicked Good,” Slade said. That much is clear from the opening blast of “Year of the Drugs,” the album’s first song, which would require at least a year’s worth of drugs to ever be mistaken for Bon Iver’s omnivorous, folk-informed pop. After several spins, any games of Spot the Influence seem superfluous. It’s basically catchy, smart, loud rock with blistering leads and bitchin’ guitar harmonies. “Home Tonight” kicks off with a Maiden-esque intro before morphing into a bruiser of an on-the-road lament and wrapping up with a stinging, circular guitar solo. “People You Know” takes an unexpected, head-banging left turn toward the end of the song. “Hush Hush” is an up-tempo blast driven by a double-time boogie-down verse that alternates with a chorus of chugging palm-muted guitar. It sounds, well, just wicked. Outside of anything incredibly improbable, don’t look for The Wicked Good to hit the road for any significant length of time. “One of the first things I told everybody — and I think they were all on the same page when we started — was, I will never tour,” Slade said. “It’s nice in that regard, because it’s freeing. We don’t have to worry about this being something that’s ultimately going to pay rent for us or just offset the amount of economic loss we’d have from not being able to While those groups could accurately be called loud rock work and going on the road a bunch.” ’n’ roll, none of them sounded alike. The Wicked Good Guitarist Matika’s Green Day duties will likely resume doesn’t sound like any of them either, instead pursuing loud at some point, though he couldn’t say for sure when that rock ’n’ rollness as an end unto itself. The group’s three might be. shred-happy guitars, pulsing eighth notes from the bass “The last tour went great,” Matika said. “The way we left and pounding, relentless drumming, make that plain. Too, off was, ‘Hey, see you next album.’ ” the band’s logo — easily one of the Although The Wicked Good’s best in recent memory — says it all: self-released album and once-aa volume knob cranked all the way month show schedule might not pay to the right, to 11. anybody’s rent, Slade said the band 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 While the band has influences is always open to new possibilities White Water Tavern, $7 that surface from time to time — for revenue streams. the odd Black Sabbath-y riff here, “It’s funny, because everyone is an Iron Maiden-esque solo there, Thin Lizzy-ish guitar like, ‘I want to license something to a sweet video game or I harmonies everywhere — its sound isn’t the result of any want to license something to a hit movie,’ ” he said. “Screw sort of inter-band focus groups or attempts to recreate that, man. I’ll license something to commercials. Hopefully yesteryear’s sounds today. we could be the jingle writers for the next Summer’s Eve “There’s never been a conscious decision on anybody’s campaign.”

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New on Rock Candy n Is there a better way to go to a music festival than by riding a bus with a keg and live entertainment? Probably not, but if you’re still not sold, just ask any of the 150-plus folks who rode along with the Arkansas Times to the Johnny Cash Music Festival. Once again, the Times will be taking busloads of blues-lovers to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena. And once again, it’s a hell of a bargain, at $99 a person for round-trip transportation, free booze and entertainment on the bus, plus a stopover in DeValls Bluff for barbecue at Craig’s. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, from the parking garage at Second and Main streets downtown and returns that evening. The headliner for Saturday night is Keb’ Mo’. Other performers include Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright, Lonnie Shields, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Tommy Castro, the Stax Review with Eddie Floyd, Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper, plus many more. Call 375-2985 to order tickets, or send check or money order to: Arkansas Times Blues Bus, Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. n The lineup for the Harvest Music Festival, the annual music and camping festival on Mulberry Mountain near Ozark, has been announced. It’s as jam-y and BELA FLECK: folk-tastic as Wi l l p e r f o r m you’d expect. For at the Harvest the second year Music Festival. in a row, Colorado newgrass quartet Yonder Mountain String Band hosts and headlines. Among those who’ll be performing are Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Railroad Earth, Split Lip Rayfield, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reckless Kelly, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Sara Watkins, Great American Taxi and Dirtfoot. The festival runs from Oct. 13-16 this year. Tickets, currently on-sale for $140, are available at n Bobby, AKA as one half of the local duo Ear Fear with his brother 607, has a new release available. It’s called “Its Jus Bobby” and available via to stream or purchase for $5.

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n Every once in a while I’ll pick up a copy of Maximumrocknroll, the long-running DIY punk periodical that has never and will never change. And every time I do, I’m amazed that there are still enough people who dig crusty gutter-punk bands that wear bullet belts and butt-flaps and sound exactly like Discharge to support a monthly magazine. And even though I don’t care about the music, it makes me happy to know it’s there. But in recent years, I’d begun to worry about the life spans of other deeply obscure musical micro-genres. Specifically, I was concerned that a certain style of hardcore had gone extinct, that being the genus that spread from San Diego in the early ’90s and employed dissonant guitars and screaming and white polyester belts and Mr. Spock hairdos and had really dramatic, personal lyrics about things like drowning and loneliness and how no one understands and everyone has changed and they all died inside and maybe you’re dead inside too. This was once called “emo,” a mildly pejorative but generally accepted term. That name was expropriated at some point and is now even more of an insult, though the music sounds different. But hey, looky here, there are some bands keeping the ’90s emo flame alive — case in point, Touche Amore. The band cops from The Swing Kids, early Drive Like Jehu and maybe Assfactor 4, and if you’re old enough to remember that band, you’ve probably got kids and a mortgage and you’re in bed by 10 p.m. There are five bands on the bill, which would be a pain in the ass for grownups, but is perfect for those youthful, carefree summer evenings when you have nothing more pressing to do than watch five hardcore bands, befriend them, sneak into some swimming pool and then go to Waffle House. RB.

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9 p.m., Clear Channel Metroplex. $25-$75.

n Last year, Pitchfork described Gucci Mane as “rap’s most divisive figure, with the Internet peanut gallery lining up to call him everything from a borderlineretarded grunter to rap’s last, best hope.” The debate continues. Earlier this year, a 60 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES

CRAZY OR CRAZY GOOD?: Gucci Mane comes to the Metroplex on Friday. judge ordered the prolific Atlanta rapper sent to a psychiatric and chemical dependency facility after his lawyer filed a plea of “mental incompetence” following a probation violation. Sometime between his stay at the mental health facility and a longer stay in jail he got a large tattoo of an ice cream cone with three scoops on top and lightning bolts surrounding it on his face; a spokesman said it was reminder to fans that Gucci is “cool as ice.” Despite spending a big chunk of the year in jail, the rapper still managed to put out at least two mixtapes and, on Tuesday, a major release called “Ferrari Boys” (conspicuous consumption gets nostalgic?) with protege Wacka Flocka Flame. What I’ve heard doesn’t live up to perhaps Gucci’s best lyric, “I’m a dinosaur, you a herbivore / I use words and verbs you ain’t heard before,” but it’s a big enough release-event as to likely inspire the hordes to descend on the Metroplex. LM.


9 p.m., Stickyz. $10 adv., $15 d.o.s.

n A decade ago, the Kentucky rap collective Nappy Roots broke through nationally with “Awnaw” (“aw naw, hell naw, y’all done up and done it”). The infectious, organ-sampling single should be part of anyone’s pantheon of Southern rap anthems (along with OutKast’s “ATLiens,” Goodie Mob’s “Soul Food” and Big

SOUTHERN RAP HEROES: Nappy Roots come to Revolution ahead of a highly anticipated new album. K.R.I.T.’s “Country Shit”). But despite some modestly successful follow-ups, nothing the five-man group has released has made quite an impact. That could change with “Nappy Dot Org,” an album due out in September that, despite its lame title, has strong promise, largely because it’s produced entirely by legendary producers Organized Noize. Early in their career Nappy Roots were often pegged as the heir to Goodie Mob and Outkast’s particular brand of Southern rap. Teaming with the producers who gave those groups their early sounds could help along that

comparison. LM.

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n Good news for anybody who was bummed out about the cancellation of the Blackberry Winter’s Little Rock show a

Department of Homeland Security, which was created in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Though relatively young, DHS has been criticized for many things, from the typical charges of wasteful spending to more pointed complaints about privacy violations and security gaffes such as the thwarted “Underwear Bomber,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. But if nothing else, we can all be thankful that Napolitano replaced that ridiculous color-coded terrorist alert system. Seating at these events is limited, and this one will probably fill up quickly, so make reservations by calling 683-5239. RB. GOOD NEWS FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE BLUEGRASS: Blackberry Winter, whose tunes graced the soundtrack to “Winter’s Bone,” headlines the Eureka Springs Family Bluegrass Weekend. The band plays at 7 p.m. at Basin Spring Park. couple months ago: The band is headlining this here bluegrass festival. You might remember Blackberry Winter from its hauntingly beautiful folk songs, which were featured extensively on the “Winter’s Bone” soundtrack. Singer and bandleader Marideth Sisco’s voice is incredible, buoyed and propelled by fiddle, guitar, mandolin and all manner of plucked strings. The group has been getting some well-deserved attention and playing the sort of clubs that usually host indie rock acts, including such houses of ill repute as The Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., or The Earl in Atlanta. Sisco has been blogging about the band’s awesomely titled “The Amazing Geriatric Hillbilly U.S. World Tour.” Sample observation: “Boston was another surprise, another indie rock place painted all black and with a bare green room, no amenities and with the bathrooms clear over on the other side of the facility. Don’t know what the rest did, but I changed clothes and cleaned up in the handicap stall on the women’s side. Not a good start.” I don’t know that Basin Spring Park has a green room but nonetheless, it will be a great venue to see Blackberry Winter, as well as the dozen or so other bluegrass bands that will play this rainor-shine jamboree, which kicks off Friday night and goes through Sunday. RB.

els were to hippies. A recent EP of covers finds the band in an even more subdued mood. Neil Young’s “Borrowed Tune” eschews the broken-down-drunk-at-thepiano feel of the original for a Xanaxnumbed, contemporary interpretation. Similarly, Bob Dylan’s “You’re a Big Girl Now” feels detached, cold and distant. It’s the sound of heartbreak on the dark side of the moon as opposed to the smoldering, earthly ember of pain that is Dylan’s original. This band will probably sound excellent inside Artchurch Studio. RB.

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6 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center. Free.

n The Clinton Presidential Center has certainly brought in some serious political heavyweights. While Arne Duncan and Ray LaHood have both been to Arkansas within the last year or so, it’s not every day that Little Rock gets a presentation from the acting director of a high-profile, Cabinet-level department of the federal government. Former New Mexico Gov. Janet Napolitano is the third secretary of the

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n Mark Deutrom — aka Mark D. — has a resume to make any heavy music fiend turn green with envy: He went to school at the California Institute of the Arts, attending seminars with such luminaries as John Cage, Morton Subotnick and Aaron Copland; he started the Alchemy label in the ’80s, producing and releasing albums by Neurosis, The Melvins and Rich Kids on LSD, among others; he played bass for The Melvins — arguably one of the most influential metal bands ever — during an incredibly successful period in the band’s long history, even opening what turned out to be Nirvana’s final show; and he collaborated with Sunn 0))) on a European tour, among many other very awesome, very metal things. Earlier this year, he released “The Value of Decay,” a darkly psychedelic solo album that captured the sturm und drang of sprawling metal acts like Neurosis, but sounds less angry, more contemplative and bluesy. His band Country Bucks naturally incorporates more than a little bit of demented, Melvins-style heaviness, but with an added ZZ Top-style boogie rock sound. RB.

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4 p.m. Artchurch Studio. $5.

n Austin’s Royal Forest traffics in midtempo, modern psychedelic rock, with reverb-heavy vocals, swirly washes of guitar and sound effects galore. The band’s self-titled EP from last year treads similar ground as Grizzly Bear or a slightly more restrained Tame Impala. The pulsing “Civilwarland” gets things off to a rollicking start and a name-check of “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline,” the short story collection by George Saunders that is totemic among 20- and 30-somethings nowadays in the way that Richard Brautigan nov-

HEAVY METAL VETERAN: Mark Deutrom — producer, label founder, Melvins bassist, solo artist – comes to Downtown Music Hall Tuesday night at 8 p.m. with his band Country Bucks.

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n DJ Silky Slim helps “bring sexy back to your Thursday night” at Twelve Modern Lounge, 9 p.m., $10 after 10:30. Jackson Taylor & The Sinners keep the Outlaw country spirit alive with old-school honky-tonk tunes that are the perfect soundtrack for doing body shots of Evan Williams straight off a stripper’s navel base, Stickyz, 9 p.m., $7. Of course, if that sounds good, you might have to toss a coin between that show and JB & The Moonshine Band and Ryan Couron, Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. If bustin’ a gut sounds like your speed, comedian Dante is at The Loony Bin through Saturday. The Thursday show starts at 8 p.m. and costs $7. Red Octopus Theater’s “Caged Heat” returns to The Public Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10.


n Cool Shoes’ monthly dance party keeps things thumping at Downtown Music Hall, starting at 9 p.m., $5. The indefatigable Bonnie Montgomery takes her Montgomery Trucking outfit to Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. New Orleans natives Butterfly and The Rebirth of Irie Soul host an evening of stories and remembrances from Hurricane Katrina survivors for the six-year anniversary of the storm, with Darria Johnson, Tim Anthony and more at Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $10. Elise Davis and Floorwalkers play the reopened Browning’s Mexican Grill, 9 p.m., $5. Also from New Orleans, The Iguanas play good-time roots rock with a Latin tinge at Juanita’s, $12 adv., $15 door, 9 p.m. For a late night of rock ’n’ roll debauchery, you probably won’t do better than Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre at Midtown, $5, midnight-30.


n Former Black Oak Arkansas and Krokus member Andy Tanas brings his distinctive country rock sound to Artchurch Studio in Hot Springs, with opener Ben Robbins, 7 p.m., $10. The Blue Ribbon Healers play jazzflavored old-timey tunes about drinking and carousing and such, The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. North Mississippi bluesman David Kimbrough plays Midtown, 12:30, $5. “Soul on Fire” is a musical that explores abuse, recovery and healing. The show is fresh off the main stage of the (2011 National Black Theatre Festival) and comes to Robinson Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m., $36.50-$48.50. Boys & Their Toys 2011: A Rockin’ Bow Tie Affair benefits the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, with KTHV anchor Craig O’Neill as emcee, music from the B Flats and a runway show with the latest men’s fashions, Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $100. • AUGUST 17, 2011 61


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Arkansas Poker Championship. The build-up to the $25,000 Arkansas Poker Tournament began June 13 with the first of 20 qualifying rounds to be held over the course of 10 weeks. Oaklawn Park will host a poker tournament every Monday and Wednesday through Aug. 17. The top 60 qualifiers will go head-to-head in the final set for Wed., Aug. 24. The final will offer $25,000 in guaranteed prize money with at least $10,000 going to the winner. Oaklawn, through : 5:30 p.m., $60 buy-in amount. 62 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES


Antique/Boutique Walk. Shopping and live entertainment. Downtown Hot Springs, third Thursday of every month, 4-8 p.m., free. 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. Savor the City. See Aug. 17. Wine Tasting with Bruce Cochran and James Cripps. The Afterthought, 5:30 p.m., $10. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.



Dante. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Aug. 19, 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 20, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Dante. The Loony Bin, through Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Aug. 19, 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 20, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, “Arkansas at the World Fair: Promoting the ‘New’ South.” Alana Embry will explore Arkansas’s participation in multiple World Fairs as a promotional tool for the state and as a view into how Arkansas continued to develop into the 20th century. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17 Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Alternative Wednesdays. Features alternative bands from Little Rock and the surrounding areas. Mediums Art Lounge, 6:30 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. allamericanwings. com. Chess. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Chris Stillman, The Jason Helms Band. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $7. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, through Aug. 31: 8:30 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 18, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Mayday By Midnight. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, through Aug. 31: 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.stickyfingerz. com. Mumford’s, Utopia Park. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Touche Amore. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $7. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.

$10 after 10:30. 1900 W. Third St. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Tragikly White (headliner), Crash Meadows (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.


ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET: MiMOSA “takes the listener on a space age psychedelic journey of bittersweet ecstasy.” If you’ve always wanted to go on one of those, then look no further. The west-coast artist has performed with Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Flying Lotus and a bunch more, so how about it? $12 adv., $15 d.o.s., 9 p.m. Saturday at Revolution.

2705 Central Ave., Hot Springs. 501-623-4411, ext. 602. Director for play sought. The South Arkansas Arts Center theater committee is accepting director applications for the upcoming holiday production of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” by James W. Rodgers, based on the film by Frank Capra. The play will be produced Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 1-4. Auditions for the production are scheduled for the first week of October. Deadline for applying is Sept. 2. Send a resume and brief production plan to South Arkansas Arts Center, Attn: Jack Wilson, 110 E. 5th St., El Dorado, 71730. through Sept. 2. Savor the City. Throughout August, dozens of Little Rock restaurants are offering deals such as discounts and special prix fixe menus. Details are available at Little Rock, through Aug. 31, 11 a.m. 200 E. Markham St. 501-376-4781.


Computer classes for seniors. These classes for seniors ages 50 and older will be held at the UAMS Institute on Aging in Room 1155. UAMS Institute on Aging, through Aug. 24: 12 p.m. 629 Jack Stephens Drive. 501-603-1262. Navigating online auctions. Learn about eBay, Craigslist and other online auctions and retailers. Registration is required. Faulkner County Library, 6 p.m., free. 1900 Tyler St., Conway. 501-327-7482.


Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Transportation. This class is for children ages 2-4 with a parent and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. No day care or school groups please. Old State House Museum, Free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685.


“BLISS.” Music by DJ Greyhound. Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. The Blue Ribbon Healers. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., Free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. Bryan Ramsey. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. D-Mite and Tho-d Studios three-year anniversary. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Jackson Taylor & The Sinners. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $7. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. JB & The Moonshine Band, Ryan Couron. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Jeff Coleman & The Feeders. Union Bistro, 9 p.m. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 501-353-0360. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. “ONE.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. “Tease.” Music from DJ Silky Slim. Dress code strictly enforced. Twelve Modern Lounge, 9 p.m.,

Big Stack. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Bill Clinton birthday celebration. A celebration of former president Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday, with an evening of jazz, blues and zydeco. University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, 6 p.m., free. 2500 S. Main St., Hope. Bonnie Montgomery. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., Free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www. Brian & Nick. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. Butterfly and The Rebirth of Irie Soul, Darria Johnson, Tim Anthony and more. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m., $10. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-3741782. Cool Shoes Monthly Dance Party. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m., $5. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Crash Meadows (headliner), Chris Henry (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Dollar Fox. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Aug. 20, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-3242999. Elise Davis, Floorwalkers. Browning’s Mexican Food, 9 p.m., $5. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-6639956. Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival. Blackberry Winter, featured on the “Winter’s Bone” soundtrack, headlines the three-day festival. Basin Spring Park, Aug. 19-21, 1 p.m. Downtown Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs. Gucci Mane. Clear Channel Metroplex, 9 p.m., $25-$75. 10800 Col. Glenn Road. 501-442-3945. The Iguanas. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. Karla Case Band. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., Free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010. Michael Eubanks. Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro, 7 p.m. 17711 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-1144. www.yiayias.

com/littlerock. The Midtown Men: 4 Stars from the Original Cast of “Jersey Boys.” Walton Arts Center, 8 p.m., $38-$54. 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-443-5600. Mr. Lucky. 103.7 The Buzz Man Cave Giveaway. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Nappy Roots. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. The Toneadoes. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. Tuxedo Flamethrowers. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Wicked Good record release show. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. “Zodiac Party: Leo Edition. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com.


Dante. The Loony Bin, through Aug. 19, 8 p.m.; Aug. 19, 10:30 p.m.; Aug. 20, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. LGBTQ/SGL Youth and Young Adult Group. Diverse Youth for Social Change is a group for LGBTQ/SGL and straight ally youth and young adults age 14 to 23. For more information, call 244-9690 or search “DYSC” on Facebook. 800 Scott St., 6:30 p.m. 800 Scott St. Savor the City. See Aug. 17.


Loria Taylor, Bryan Borland. John Gould Fletcher Library, 7 p.m., Free. 823 North Buchanan St. 501-663-5457.


Andy Tanas, Ben Robbins. Artchurch Studio, 7 p.m., $10. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-318-6779. Battle of the Bands. No entry fee for the bands; winner takes all. All ages. Riverdale 10 Cinema, 6 p.m., $6. 2600 Cantrell Road. 501-296-9955. Ben Filbert. Reno’s Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m. 312 N. Main St., NLR. 501-376-2900. The Blue Ribbon Healers. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Chris Henry. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. Crash Meadows. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-2247665. David Kimbrough Jr. Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. 1316 Main St. 501-372-9990. midtownar. com. Ed Burks. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival. See Aug. 19. “Independent Music Night” Hip-Hop Showcase. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. “Inferno” with DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu, Greyhound. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Jawbone. Perot Theatre, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $20 d.o.s., $35 VIP. 321 W. Fourth St., Texarkana. 903-792-4992. Jeff Coleman & The Feeders. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www. Jess Hoggard. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., Free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010.

John Good and Friends. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. cstonepub. com. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Lucious Spiller Band. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Mayday By Midnight. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. aspx. MiMOSA. Revolution, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Mobley, The Del Toros, Booyah! Dad. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. The Paperboys. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., Free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG. Tragikly White. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. The Undisputed (live band), g-force (VJ), Jacob Reyes, Tyler Durden (DJ), Landenn Raine, Dapne Rio, Dominique (showroom). Discovery Nightclub, 11 p.m., $12. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-664-4784. Wes Hart Band (headliner), Greg Madden (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www.


Dante. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Savor the City. See Aug. 17. Women of Wisdom Health Fair & Uniform Drive. Includes information on healthy living and child safety. The group will be accepting donations of new and slightly used school uniforms to help students this school year. Moody Chapel A.M.E. Church, 9 a.m. 800 Calhoun St.


Civil War Battles: The Dishonorable Men Who Fought Them & the Weapons They Used. This seminar features an exploration of the Civil War’s soldiers, its innovative weaponry and one of its lesser-known battlefield frontiers. Dr. Lorien Foote will examine affairs of honor among soldiers and the pervasive violence that structured their lives. Old State House Museum, 10 a.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685.


Boys & Their Toys 2011: A Rockin’ Bow Tie Affair. This benefit for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation will honor John DiPippa, distinguished professor and dean of the Bowen School of Law at UALR. KTHV anchor Craig O’Neill will emcee the event, which features a runway show with the latest men’s fashions and music from the B Flats. Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $100. 405 Main St., NLR. 501-748-1308.


Jack Tobias. The author will sign copies of his children’s book, “A New Home for Mopgolly Mole,” which deals with how to talk to your kids about a loved one dying. Hastings - Jacksonville, 1 p.m. 915 W. Main St,, Jacksonville. 501-982-3027.


Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival. See Aug. 19. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan

Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. www.shortysmalls. com. Royal Forest. Artchurch Studio, 4 p.m., $5. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-318-6779. www. Sunday Funday. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 5 p.m., free. 107 Commerce St. 501-3727707. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. Savor the City. See Aug. 17.


Hot Springs Concert Band. Whittington Park, 6 p.m., free. Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Richie Johnson. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Tiko Brooks. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., Free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Traditional Irish Music Session. Khalil’s Pub, Fourth and second Monday of every month, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Whitechapel, Oceano, Within the Ruins, Legions Await. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $17. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.


Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. Savor the City. See Aug. 17.


Janet Napolitano. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will discuss the role that public service can play in securing the nation from threats. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., free. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Computer classes for seniors. See Aug. 17.


Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Country Bucks. Featuring Mark Deutrom of The Melvins. Downtown Music Hall, 8 p.m., $8. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Crossfade, Aranda, Red Line Chemistry. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 door. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Good Luck Dark Star. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Karaoke Night. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Karaoke Tuesday. Prost, 8 p.m., free. 120 Ottenheimer. 501-244-9550. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Lucious Spiller Band. Copeland’s, 6-9 p.m. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. 501-312-1616. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196.


“Latin Night.” Revolution, 7 p.m., $5 regular, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090.


Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. Farmer’s Market. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Savor the City. See Aug. 17. Tales from the South. Authors tell true stories;

get schedule at Dinner served 5-6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Reserve at 501-372-7976. Starving Artist Cafe, 7 p.m. 411 N. Main St., NLR. 501-372-7976. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. stores/littlerock.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, Aug. 23-27, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555.


Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Alternative Wednesdays. Features alternative bands from Little Rock and the surrounding areas. Mediums Art Lounge, 6:30 p.m., $5. 521 Center St. 501-374-4495. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. Carter’s Chord, Jason Helms. Revolution, 9 p.m., $8. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Darryl Edwards. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Drowning Pool, Kyng. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $17. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, through Aug. 31: 8:30 p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www.khalilspub. com. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Mayday By Midnight. Stickyz Rock ’n’ Roll Chicken Shack, through Aug. 31: 9 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www.capitalhotel. com/CBG.


Director for play sought. See Aug. 17. Savor the City. See Aug. 17.


Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers. DickeyStephens Park, through Aug. 27, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12. 400 W Broadway St., NLR. 501-664-1555. www.


Computer classes for seniors. See Aug. 17.

THIS WEEK IN THEATER “Caged Heat.” Red Octopus Theater presents this ‘70s-themed sketch comedy, recommended for mature audiences. The Public Theatre, through Aug. 20: Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. 616 Center St. 501-291-3896. “The Music Man.” A charming huckster posing as a bandleader cons the residents of a small Iowa town, only to fall in love with the town’s librarian and risk being caught to win her over in Meredith Willson’s classic Broadway musical. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Aug. 28: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-5623131. “Soul on Fire.” Kisha must overcome abuse, the dark world of her mind and the hypocrisy of her time and learn to forgive, to love and to live. Robinson Center Music Hall, Sat., Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., $36.50$48.50. Markham and Broadway.



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n If the old saying that one can’t be a great president in normal times is true, then President Barack Obama has an incredible opportunity. These times are anything but normal. The country continues to teeter on the verge of recession. Our military remains steeped in two wars. Partisan battles in the nation’s capital rage on. “You can only be a great president if there’s a horrendous crisis and you deal with it well,” says Robert Maranto, a professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. Maranto has always had a keen interest in the presidency and has edited books on the subject before. Now, he and UA professors Andrew Dowdle and Dirk C. van Raemdonck have edited “The Obama Presidency: Change and Continuity,” written by political science professors and professionals from all over the country. It’s an attempt to put the Obama presidency in a larger context and assess its successes and failures. Writings range from a look at the functioning of the executive branch under Obama to the political reali-

ties the president has had to face. Maranto says a real effort was made to be evenhanded. “While as social scientists we lean a bit left on the whole, the editors and contributors actually are pretty varied in terms of ideology and experience,” he says. “It’s mainly Democrats but also a few Republicans, and at least nine of the book’s contributors have some experience in government, two in very high level posts. I think that leads us to be a little more realistic about what presidents can and can’t do, and makes the book a little more interesting than usual.” When asked if the scholars were able to find any real consensus on how Obama has performed, Maranto says he believes Obama’s first term has been marked by major accomplishments and political backlash. “I think what you’d probably get is not good or bad, but probably not living up to the opportunities,” he says. “In part that’s through lack of communication. One [of our writers] says that the president is great

■ artnotes Adding dimension Volkert’s boxed and mounted masterpieces at HAM. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK

n Jim Volkert paints small copies of masterpieces and places them into various structures — boxing them up, or putting them in a framework with moving parts. The Historic Arkansas Museum’s exhibit of his work (“The J.V. Double: Jorge Villegas and Jim Volkert”) features several of these pieces, which work on two levels, as fine art — he could have a career in fakery, had he chosen to — and as conceptual work. For example, in a piece paying tribute to the final 16 works of Van Gogh, Volkert has lined up 16 small figures — painters — in front of little easels on which 16 little canvases, each of them a Van Gogh, sit. In a nod to Crystal Bridges Museum of Fine Art, Volkert has also put copied details of paintings in wooden crates labeled on one side with the name of the painting — a detail from Peale’s painting of George Washington, Asher B. Durand’s “Kindred Spirits” and so forth. He’s made his small Winslow Homer painting of men at sea into a sail. Many of his works are part of contraptions that crank, and he’s managed to add craquelure to some of the paintings. (The Conway

artist’s construction skill no doubt contributes to his profession as exhibition developer; his resume includes consulting jobs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation visitors center.) Volkert’s pairing with El Dorado artist Jorge Villegas, makes sense only in that they share initials. Villegas work consists of pencil drawings of women, some of them uncomfortably close to advertising artistry. With the wonderful exception of his oversized “Wenonah Fay No. 2” (colored pencil, 6 feet by 49 inches), these are drawings of pretty women with long eyelashes and Breck commercial hair. I’ll add, however, that just as I was forming a critical thought about one picture, a child came up behind me and said, “That’s beautiful.” So it is. n The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s “Advancing Tradition: 20 Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press” got a companion piece this week with work by women printmakers, including Delita Martin of Little Rock. “ROUX” (named for the mixture of flour and fat) features work by

on soaring, lofty rhetoric and he’s actually not too bad at detailed policy proposals. But there’s not much in between. There’s not a coherent story you can tell the American people. Clinton and Reagan did a lot better at that.” The book was finished in January, so some of the analysis seems almost quaint in light of the recent vitriolic debt ceiling debate in which Republicans essentially put their thumbs in their mouths, stood in the corner and refused to play with the other kids (behavior that was rewarded by Democrats). The book’s closing chapter is written by William Galston, one of the co-founders of

the advocacy group No Labels and a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. It’s a good read. Galston, who worked in the Clinton administration, offers some advice for the president. “In short, to avoid gridlock, Obama will have to govern less like the liberal antithesis to Ronald Reagan, a ‘transformative’ president whom he has professed to admire, and more like the heir to Bill Clinton, whose agenda he has regarded hitherto as excessively compromised and incremental. “If he wants to succeed in the next two years of his presidency and stand for reelection from a position of strength, he will have to do what Clinton did after the debacle of 1994 — namely, defend what he cannot surrender, while negotiating seriously with the opposition in other areas.” The key word in that sentence is “seriously.” Moving forward, it’s likely that Republicans will show even less willingness to compromise than they have thus far, emboldened by their victory in the debtceiling battle. Partisanship seems to have dwarfed serious political conversation. The top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination met in Ames, Iowa, for a debate last week. When asked how many of them would walk away from a budget deal that included 10 times the amount of spending cuts as it did tax increases, all of them raised their hand. That is not the manner in which serious public servants respond to the country’s problems.

n Four venues will stay open from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for the monthly Argenta ArtWalk gallery stroll. Matthew Castellano has combined historical photographs with drawings of street bikes and foreign stamps for his show “Tour de World,” which he says pays homage to his grandfather, at Ketz Gallery, 705 Main St. in Argenta. New gallery artist Caren Garner will also be showing work. JV AT HAM: Jim Volkert’s work, like “George Bellows Laman Library’s ArErector,” puts his copies of famous paintings into threegenta branch, 506 Main St., dimensional contraptions. will feature the pop/op collage work of Byron WerRabea Ballin, Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, ner, who moved to Little Rock from HolDelita Martin and Lovie Olivia that explores lywood after a 28-year career in motion the matrilineal nature of African American pictures. society. The show was curated by Danielle The Thea Foundation is putting its perBurns for the Houston Museum of African manent collection on display, which is American Culture; she and the artists will where you’ll find “Blue Dog” artist George take part in a panel discussion at 1:40 p.m. Rodrigue along with work by Henri LinTuesday, Aug. 23, in the Stella Boyle Smith ton, V.L. Cox and the sculptors of the Light Concert Hall. and Time Design Studio in Royal. Also opening at UALR: “Thoughts from The exhibit of landscapes by Charles China,” a show of figurative ceramics by Harrington, “A Sense of Place,” continues James Tisdale influenced by his 2010 resiat Greg Thompson Fine Art, which will dency in Jingdezhen, China. Tisdale is the also show work by contemporary artists ceramic program coordinator at the Austin J.O. Buckley, Robert Rector and Robyn Museum of Art. Horn. • AUGUST 17, 2011 65



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NEW MOVIES Conan the Barbarian (R) – In art, as in life, all things must pass. Except for lucrative film franchises, which apparently must be rehashed every couple decades until time itself ceases. Rave: 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 (2D), noon, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15, 11:00 (3D). Riverdale: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10. Fright Night (R) – See (above)? Told you so. Rave: 11:15 a.m., 2:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 (2D), 12:15, 3:00, 5:45, 8:30, 11:15 (3D). Riverdale: noon, 2:35, 5:25, 7:50, 10:05. One Day (PG-13) – Life and love have a funny way of working out when you’re incredibly attractive and also when it’s just a movie, and not actually real life. Rave: 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30. Riverdale: 11:25 a.m., 2:00, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30. Snow Flower & The Secret Fan (PG-13) – Two best friends must devise their own secret code as a means of communication within the strict cultural confines imposed on women in 19th century China. Market Street: 1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:15. Spy Kids: All The Time In The World 3D (PG) – Jessica Alba and Jeremy Piven – a.k.a. The Pivert – star in this family friendly romp about … wait, what? This was directed by Robert Rodriguez? Seriously? God, his alimony payments must be crippling. Rave: 10:45 a.m., 4:15, 9:30. Riverdale: 11:00 a.m., 2:00, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30. RETURNING THIS WEEK 30 Minutes or Less (R) — Danny McBride and Nick Swardson are two inept criminals who abduct a pizza delivery man played by Jesse Eisenberg, strap a bomb to his chest and cause hilarity to ensue. Rave: 1:15, 3:35, 5:50, 8:20, 10:35. Riverdale: 11:10 a.m., 1:15, 3:15, 5:20, 7:35, 9:40. Beginners (R) — Oliver, who is pursuing the irreverent and charming Anna, finds inspiration and strength from memories of his father, who came out of the closet after 44 years of marriage to live a happy and fulfilled life. Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 6:45. Bridesmaids (R) — After her best friend gets engaged, a broke, lovelorn maid of honor has to fake her way through crazy bridesmaid rituals. With Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Movies 10: 12:50, 7:25, 10:15. Buck (PG) — This documentary follows real-life “horse-whisperer” Buck Brannaman as he travels the country, helping people communicate with their horses. Market Street: 2:00, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15.

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) – The Marvel Comics patriotic superhero defends American values from the forces of something or other; starring Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones. Rave: 12:25 a.m., 1:35, 4:35, 7:50, 10:50. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) — Werner Herzog films some of humanity’s oldest pictorial creations inside the Chauvet caves in southern France in this documentary. Market Street: 9:00. The Change-Up (R) — Be careful what you wish for, because according to Hollywood, you might just wake up one day and be older or be a different gender or even another person altogether. Rave: 11:35 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 8:40, 11:25. Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) — Exactly what it sounds like, from director Jon Favreau. Rave: 12:45, 4:00, 7:40, 10:40. Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) — Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in this dark romantic comedy from the writing team behind “Bad Santa.” Rave: 10:35, 4:05, 9:45. Fast Five (PG-13) – The fifth installation of the “Fast and the Furious” series sees the crew in Rio, stuck between a drug lord and a tenacious federal agent. With Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Movies 10: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50. Final Destination 5 3D (R) — The fight for teen-agers’ precious, precious disposable income continues. Rave: 2:25, 7:55 (2D), 10:25 a.m., 3:20, 5:55, 8:55, 11:20 (3D). Riverdale: 11:40 a.m., 1:55, 3:15, 5:20, 7:35, 9:40. Glee the 3D Concert Movie (PG) — “ZOMG!!! LOLLLZZZ! GOT 2 C THIS OR ILL DIE! <3!!!!” (Sorry to have to do that folks, but apparently this is how teen-agers communicate now.) Rave: 10:40 a.m., 1:40, 4:25, 7:20, 9:40. Green Lantern (PG-13) — Ryan Reynolds stars as the DC Comics superhero in this sci-fi action flick that also stars Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard. Movies 10: noon, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20. The Hangover Part II (R) – The Wolf Pack ends up blacking out and having to retrace the night before again. This time in Asia. With Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. Movies 10: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:35, 10:10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II: (PG-13) – The second half of the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s final Harry Potter book. Rave: 11:20 a.m., 4:50, 10:20. The Help (PG-13) — Emma Stone and Viola Davis star in this adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel about the African-American maids who work in white households in 1960s Mississippi. Rave: 11:10 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:50, 3:10, 4:10, 6:35, 7:35, 9:55, 10:55. Riverdale: 11:05 a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15. Kung-Fu Panda 2 (PG) – Po (Jack Black) is living it up as The Dragon Warrior, but a mysterious villain

threatens to ruin his plans. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:35, 4:35, 6:45, 8:55 (2D), 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10:00 (3D). Larry Crowne (PG-13) — Tom Hanks stars in this Tom Hanks-directed rom-com as a victim of corporate downsizing who decides to enroll in college, where he meets Julia Roberts. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:25. Midnight in Paris (PG-13) — Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams hang out with literary heavyweights of the 1920s in Paris. Market Street: 1:45, 4:00, 7:00, 9:15. Monte Carlo (PG) — Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester go to Europe, flirt with young bachelors and party on yachts. Movies 10: 12:45, 4:15. Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG) — Jim Carrey plays a businessman whose life takes a turn for ridiculous after he inherits six penguins. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) — Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) crosses paths with Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who forces him onboard her ship to find the Fountain of Youth. Movies 10: 12:35, 3:45, 6:45, 10:10. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) — The resurrected ’70s sci-fi franchise continues in this origin story of just how those primates got to be so smart. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 1:25, 2:40, 5:25, 7:05, 8:05, 10:45. Riverdale: 11:50 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45. The Smurfs (PG) — The venerable Dr. Doogie Howser must aid a cadre of tiny blue communists as they flee from an evil plutocrat who seeks to control their means of production. Rave: 11:25 a.m., 1:10, 6:40 (2D), 10:35 a.m., 3:45, 9:20 (3D). Riverdale: 11:05 a.m., 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:15. The Trip (NR) — Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, who are actors and British, travel ye olde English countryside, impersonating famous actors and eating food and generally being irascibly hilarious. Market Street: 2:00, 4:20, 6:45, 9:15. Winnie the Pooh (G) – Winnie, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kangaroo and Eeyore are reunited in this animated Walt Disney production. Riverdale: 11:20 a.m., 1:00, 2:40, 4:25, 6:05, 7:45, 9:35. X-Men: First Class (PG-13) – Professor Xavier’s gifted students explore their new-found powers as the Cold War reaches a fever pitch. With James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Movies 10: 7:10, 9:55. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 9457400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 7585354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 3128900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990,


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‘30 MINUTES OR LESS’: Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari star.

■ moviereview Bomb-com ‘30 Minutes or Less’ is a brisk, darkly funny romp. n Remember when Domino’s had that catchy 30-minutes-or-less guarantee, but it backfired because drivers sped right into accidents trying to make that deadline? The opening moments of “30 Minutes or Less,” a frantic and mostly fun heist comedy, reminds America why that was such a terrible idea. Jesse Eisenberg, far from his role as Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, is a pizza delivery guy named Nick getting every last horse’s power out of a cruddy Ford on the way to handing two conniving teens their barely-late pizza for free. It amounts to a one-car car chase, and it’s important, even though it depicts a scenario that led to real tragedy, because it establishes Nick as a clever, downtrodden speed demon. This will become relevant later when two lowlifes named Dwayne (Danny McBride) and Travis (Nick Swardson) kidnap him on a pizza delivery, rig a bomb to his torso and force him to rob a bank for them. As crappy as Nick’s life seems at the outset, it will only get worse. Now, remember the pizza delivery guy in Pennsylvania who died when he was rigged with a bomb and forced to rob a bank? That was back in 2003, and the man’s name was Brian Wells; if you go web-spelunking, look for the Wired story about that awful case, which ended with the bomb killing Wells. If you know nothing about this case, then the setup for “30 Minutes” will seem fresh and darkly funny. But now you do, and you’ll be forced to watch an otherwise amusing comedy knowing that it’s based on true, disturbing events. Tainted though they are, the laughs that follow owe mostly to casting and chemistry. The panicky, put-upon Nick is a great foil both for his best friend Chet

(Aziz Ansari) and for the sinister burnout Dwayne. You can either take McBride or leave him — he’s too distinct and too raw to waffle over — but if you’re a McBride fan, you’ll appreciate him in this role, as vulgar and entitled as Kenny Powers minus the talent or any redeeming sentiment whatsoever, so angry at his lottery-winning ex-Marine father (Fred Ward) that he’s willing to pay an assassin to whack the old man. (“Eastbound & Down” fans will also recognize Michael Pena, who’s equally ferocious and tart here as the assassin.) Both Ansari and McBride thrive, in very different ways, on the humor of the literal, explaining their every emotion and thought with such immediacy and in such detail that their openness takes on its own deeper grades of irony. They’re both comedians for their time; putting them in the same cast only highlights their unlikely similarities. But don’t get too attached: The running time of “30 Minutes” is barely over that, at 83 minutes, which is a brevity usually reserved for movies the studios expect to, uh, bomb. It’s a brisk run, though, constant action and dialogue that barely takes a breath. Director Reuben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) brings the sensibility of his “Funny or Die” web shorts to the pacing; there’s no time for silence or reflection. The pizza is due now. The bomb is ticking. The movie is over. Stick around for the end credits, by the way, but don’t worry about coming in after the show is supposed to start: There’s a criminal number of previews before this one, meaning you can actually arrive really, really late and still be just fine. — Sam Eifling

“Charles Harrington: A Sense of Place,” also work by J.O. Buckley, Robert Rector and Robyn Horn. 664-2787. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Kaleidoscope, Remembering the Past,” stained glass window series by Charly Palmer, Aug. 19-Oct. 10. Reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 9. 372-6822. HISTORIC ARKANSAS MUSEUM, 200 E. Third St.: “The J.V. Double: Jorge Villegas and Jim Volkert,” drawings and sculpture; through Nov. 6; “Digital Exposure: Ross Burnham and Brittany McDonald,” through Oct. 9; “Playing at War: Children’s Civil War Era Toys,” from the collection of Greg McMahon, through Jan. 10; “Reel to Real: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and the Civil War in Arkansas,” artifacts from the Shaw-Tumblin collection, including costumes and screen tests, along with artifacts from the HAM collection, including slave narratives, uniforms and more; through April 30, 2012. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $2.50 adults, $1.50, $1 children for tours of grounds. 324-9351. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St., NLR: “Matthew Castellano’s Tour de World,” historical photographs combined with drawings and foreign stamps, also new artwork by Caren Garner, reception 5-8 p.m. Aug. 19, Argenta ArtWalk. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 529-6330. LAMAN LIBRARY ARGENTA BRANCH, 506 Main St., NLR: Collage portraits by Byron Werner, 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 19, Argenta ArtWalk. 6871087. THEA FOUNDATION, 401 E. Main St., NLR: Works from the permanent collection in celebration of 10-year anniversary, including work by Henri Linton, V.L. Cox, Light and Time Design Studio sculptors, George Rodrigue and others, reception 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 19, Argenta ArtWalk. 379-9512. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK: “ROUX,” printmaking by Rabea Ballin, Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia, Gallery III, through Oct. 2, panel discussion with

artists 1:40 p.m. Aug. 23, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall; “Thoughts from China,” ceramic figurative sculpture by James Tisdale, Gallery II, through Oct. 2; “Advancing Tradition: 20 Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press,” through Oct. 2, Gallery I, Fine Arts Building. 569-8977. n Conway UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS: “Foundation Class Competitive,” juried student show, Aug. 18-Sept. 1, reception 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30. 501-450-5793.


First Presbyterian Church, 204 W. 4th St., North Little Rock, is accepting entries to its exhibit commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The works paintings or drawings should depict where the artist believes God was on the morning of those attacks. Submissions are being accepted through Aug. 31. The exhibit will be held Sept. 9-25. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact Rev. Anne Russ at


ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: “In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America,” paintings by Rockwell paired with photographs by Kevin Rivoli, through Sept. 18, “Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 1980s,” through Oct. 9; “Texting: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” through Sept. 11, Strauss Gallery. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “Shep Miers: now & then,” wood sculpture; “Renee Williams: New Works,” acrylic on paper; “The Art of Robin Tucker,” Atrium Gallery; “V.I.T.A.L. (Visual Images that Affect Lives),” work by Melverue Abraham, Rex Deloney, LaToya Hobbs, Ariston Jacks, Kalari Turner and Michael Worsham, Concordia Hall, through Aug. 27. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5791. CANTRELL GALLERY, 8206 Cantrell Road: “Arkansas and the Range of Light,” photographs by Paul Caldwell, through Sept. 3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.Sat. 224-1335. CHROMA GALLERY, 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Work by Robert Reep and other Arkansas artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 6640880.


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BEYOND SCARED STRAIGHT 9 p.m. Wednesdays A&E n While this writer is restrained from doing bad things by our somewhat tarnished moral compass, we’re a lot more restrained by the thought of going to the Academy of Ass-Poundery that is your average U.S. prison. From what I’ve seen from Sylvester Stallone’s “Lock Up,” my well-worn copy of “Prison Hoochies 12” and “The Shawshank Redemption” we have long since tossed the idea of rehabilitation of long-term prisoners out the window in favor of a system in which inmates’ daily schedule goes something like this: rape, rape, shanking, breakfast, rape, shower rape, a sound beating at the hands of neo-Nazis, lunch, rape, praying for the sweet release of death before bed and then being repeatedly raped in their sleep throughout the night. Please don’t write to try and educate me. That’s my impression of prison, and I’m going with it. It may be a bit exaggerated, but it keeps me from bilking old ladies out of their millions. While I’m on the subject: A&E brings back their popular “Beyond Scared Straight” series for a new season this week. The reality show transports a crop of young hooligans to a maximumsecurity prison, where the lifers usually threaten them with (you guessed it) stories of prison rape to scare them back to the straight and narrow. WHISKER WARS IFC 11 p.m. Fridays n When will the reality show insanity end? There are reality shows about everything these days. There’s a reality show about people who build high-end fish tanks for rich folks (“Tanked” on Animal Planet). There’s a reality show about people who bid on abandoned storage units so they can pilfer through the junk inside and sell it (“Storage Wars!” on A&E). There’s a reality show about people who pound the dents out of old crap, paint it, and sell it (“American Restoration” on History Channel). A lot of the shows are formulaic, chock full of cooked up “fights” between the principal players and scenes of “drama” so transparently faked that they make Megan Fox look like Judi Dench. So I expected the worst out of IFC’s “Whisker Wars,” which is about (yep, you guessed it again) competition between dudes with really, really


long beards. Turns out, “Whisker Wars” is actually kind of charming. Unlike most of the reality TV crapola, neither the show nor the players take things so seriously. There’s pretty much no way to be serious, after all, when you’re spending months preparing to compete on the international “beard circuit,” in categories like “Full Beard, Natural,” “Full Beard, Styled Mustache,” “Partial Beard” and the crowd favorite, “Freestyle.” After watching it for awhile, you can really get sucked in: It’s competition time! Will Bryan Nelson, the president of the Austin Facial Hair Club, be able to stave off the magnificent auburn crumbcatcher of his chief rival Jack Passion — two-time “Full Beard, Natural” world champion? Put down your razor and stay tuned, facial hair fans. NETFLIX PIX: WINTER’S BONE n I’ve often said that the worst thing about being a kid is that until you hit 18 or so (and usually much, much beyond that), you’re at the mercy of your parents — their whims, their failures, their desires. Mom and Dad wanna move to Arizona and sell turquoise jewelry from an old RV? You’re probably moving to Arizona. Mom and Dad are methheads who routinely buy crystal instead of paying the light bill? You’re probably going to spend a good part of your childhood sitting in the dark watching them snort lines off the back of your See n’ Say. The fabulous “Winter’s Bone” — now available on Netflix Instant — is kind of about that: how children can find themselves held captive to the worst impulses of their parents. The film is the story of Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence), a 17-year-old living a hardscrabble life in the mountains of Missouri. She is already wise beyond her years by the time we meet her, taking care of her young brother and sister like a mother, feeding them by hunting and the kindness of relatives. The one thing they have going for them is that their land and shack of a house are bought and paid for. That seems destined to change, though, when the sheriff shows up one winter morning to tell Ree that her meth-making father has put the homestead up for bail and then skipped out. If Ree can’t find him in the next few days, the land will be lost, and she and the kids will be out in the cold. With the eventual help of her dangerous uncle Teardrop (John Hawkes), Ree sets out playing backwoods detective, trying to find her layabout father. Before long, she stumbles down a rat hole of twisted family relations, intrigue and murder. “Winter’s Bone” is a gray and quiet powerhouse, nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Lawrence and Best Supporting Actor for Hawkes. If you haven’t seen it, catch it soon. If you have, watch it again to see what you missed. It’s that good. — David Koon

n Much-anticipated fast-casual chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is now open in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The phone number is 221-0018. n Big Orange: Burgers, Salads and Milkshakes plans to open sometime next week in the Promenade at Chenal shopping center. The restaurant is the latest concept from ZaZa owners John Beachboard and Scott McGehee. In an interview in May, McGehee said the restaurant would offer a mix of healthy and indulgent fare, with a number of burger options; a broad, ZaZa-style salad menu and a dozen gourmet milkshakes and floats. The restaurant will be open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.-close Thursday to Saturday. The phone number is 821-1515. n Our annual Toast of the Town readers poll is live now at toast11. It’s a survey of booze and bars in Central Arkansas.

Restaurant capsules Every effort is made to keep this listing of some of the state’s more notable restaurants current, but we urge readers to call ahead to check on changes on days of operation, hours and special offerings. What follows, because of space limitations, is a partial listing of restaurants reviewed by our staff. Information herein reflects the opinions of the newspaper staff and its reviewers. The newspaper accepts no advertising or other considerations in exchange for reviews, which are conducted anonymously. We invite the opinions of readers who think we are in error. Restaurants are listed in alphabetical order by city; Little Rock-area restaurants are divided by food category. Other review symbols are: B Breakfast L Lunch D Dinner $ Inexpensive (under $8/person) $$ Moderate ($8-$20/person) $$$ Expensive (over $20/person) CC Accepts credit cards

LITTLE ROCK/ N. LITTLE ROCK AMERICAN ADAMS CATFISH CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. LD Tue.-Sat. ALL AMERICAN WINGS Wings, catfish and soul food sides. 215 W. Capitol Ave. Beer. $-$$. 501-376-4000. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000. LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. Top notch cheese grits, too. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full

■ dining Nice lunching in Dogtown Cookery Meatloaf and cappuccino. n Not so long ago, no restaurateur in North Little Rock would have dared use the name “Dogtown.” Times have changed, obviously. Being from south of the Arkansas River, we had no objection to the name, nor, after eating here, to anything else, except that the daily lunch special was gone by the time we arrived. We were delayed by some difficulty finding the place — our fault, not theirs. Once inside, we started with the cheese dip, which the menu called a “Dogtown Specialty,” and we found it indeed special — spicy, not too thick or thin, served with warm tortilla chips. Everybody has cheese dip. Not everybody has good cheese dip. The sandwich selection is interesting and varied. Not everybody has “Fried Petit Jean Bologna with our house-made chow chow.” We’ll try that next time, if we don’t get the peanut butter and strawberry jam on white bread. This time, one of us chose the Turkey, Bacon and Ranch (also provolone) on toasted flat bread. Pleasing, as was a small green salad accompaniment — romaine, not iceberg lettuce; a fresher-than-usual tomato slice, and ranch dressing with tarragon. (There’s a big, $7 “Southern Revival Salad” that has toasted pecans, bacon, goat cheese and “our signature molasses vinaigrette.”) The other diner, after much deliberation, chose the “ ‘Leftover’ Meatloaf Sandwich” with lettuce, tomato and mayo on toasted sourdough. Now, any meatloaf is better than no meatloaf, but the real test of a meatloaf is whether it’s good cold. That’s the way leftover meatloaf is supposed to be eaten. But this sandwich was grilled, the ’loaf warm. We’d suggest moving this sandwich from the “grilled” list to the “deli-style” list, along with the cold-cut sandwich and the chicken salad. A little cheese wouldn’t hurt. Dogtown sandwiches come with a choice of two sides. The mixed-fruit salad,

fresh strawberries and blueberries, may have been the best thing we had; the creamy potato salad was the kind that’s become popular, and rightfully so, at some of the better barbecue restaurants in town. The coffee selections include espresso, cappuccino, and latte. One of us thought the au lait could have been a little stronger, but she drank it all right. Stuffed with cheese dip, we had to pass on dessert, but there was some interesting gelato on display — cucumber, blood orange, etc. The breakfast menu includes “The Full Dogtown Fry-Up: 2 pieces sausage, 2 pieces bacon, 2 eggs, roasted potatoes, baked beans, roasted tomato, Dogtown biscuit.” That’ll leave you ready for anything Dogtown can throw at you. The lunch special we were too late for was chicken pot pie and a salad, an employee told us. The day before, it was chicken marsala with roasted potatoes and broccoli, the day before that, corned

beef and cabbage. The specials always go quickly, we were told. The restaurant is clean, cool, roomy and not overly loud — the kind of place that gives Dogtown a good name.

bar, All CC. $$. 501-554-0914. B Wed.-Fri.; BR Sat.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles: 30 flat screen TVs, boneless wings, whiskey on tap. Plus, the usual burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E. Markham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-324-2449. LD daily. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd.

NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2969535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD daily. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD daily. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Mon.-Sat. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-8516200. LD daily, BR Sun.

CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint in the heart of North Little Rock’s Argenta district. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. CRACKER BARREL Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Drive. NLR. 945-9373. BLD. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-to-order omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. All-you-can-eat catfish on weekend nights. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL daily. E’S BISTRO Despite the name, think tearoom rather than bistro — there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900.



GOOD EATS: Dogtown Cookery’s turkey, bacon and ranch sandwich with side salad.

Dogtown Coffee and Cookery 6725 John F. Kennedy Blvd. North Little Rock 833-3850 Quick bite

Although the down-home name might suggest to some a down-home, meat-and-three kind of place, this is actually an up-to-date sandwich, salad and fancy coffee kind of place, well worth a visit.


6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Other info

No alcohol. Credit cards accepted.

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FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. GREEN CUISINE Daily specials and a small, solid menu of vegetarian fare. Try the crunchy quinoa salad. 985 West Sixth St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. JASON’S DELI A huge selection of sandwiches (wraps, subs, po’ boys and pitas), salads and spuds, as well as red beans and rice and chicken pot pie. Plus a large selection of heart healthy and light dishes. 301 N. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine. $-$$. 501-954-8700. BLD daily. JIMMY JOHN’S GOURMET SANDWICHES Illinoisbased sandwich chain that doesn’t skimp on what’s between the buns. 4120 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9500. LD daily. KITCHEN EXPRESS Delicious “meat and three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LETTI’S CAKES Soups, sandwiches and salads available at this cake, pie and cupcake bakery. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-771-2837. LD (closes at 6 p.m.) Mon.-Fri. L Sat. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Plus, other familiar fare — burgers and fried catfish, chicken nuggets and wings. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MIMI’S CAFE Breakfast is our meal of choice here at this upscale West Coast chain. Portions are plenty to last you through the afternoon, especially if you get a muffin on the side. Middle-America comfort-style entrees make-up other meals, from pot roast to pasta dishes. 11725 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3883. BLD daily. MORNINGSIDE BAGELS Tasty New York-style boiled bagels, made daily. 10848 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-6960. BL daily. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Rose City soul food spot owned by Leon and Loreta Bell serves typical meat-andtwo options: smothered pork chops, pigs feet, yams, greens. The desserts are delectable; the dinner menu includes an all-you-can eat choice (as long as advance payment is made and no doggy bags are expected). 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). ORANGE LEAF YOGURT Upscale self-serve national yogurt chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-4522. LD daily. PHIL’S HAM AND TURKEY PLACE Fine hams, turkeys and other specialty meats served whole, by the pound or in sandwich form. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-2136. LD Mon.-Fri. L Sat. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “all-natural,” “non-fat,” “glutenfree” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. RESTAURANT 1620 Steaks, chops, a broad choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the choices on a broad menu at this popular and upscale West Little Rock bistro. It’s a romantic, candlelit room, elegant without being fussy or overly formal. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beefheavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT Longtime political activist and restaurateur Robert “Say” McIntosh serves up big plates of soul food, plus burgers, barbecue and his famous sweet potato pie. 2801 W. 7th Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6656. LD Mon.-Sat. L Sun. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT AND MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 2900 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meat-and-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. 501-3753420. L Mon.-Fri. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists

during meals. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 1401 W. Capitol. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1009. BL Mon.-Fri. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. NLR. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Besides the 30 different fruit smoothies on the menu, the cafe also serves wraps and sandwiches (many of them spicy) and salads. 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-2242233. BLD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Tue.-Sat.

ASIAN BENIHANA - THE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3748081. L Sun.-Fri., D daily. CHI’S DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11600 Pleasant Ridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2199399. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. HUNAN BALCONY The owner of New Fun Ree has combined forces with the Dragon China folks to create a formidable offering with buffet or menu items. 2817 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-8889. LD. IGIBON JAPANESE FOOD HOUSE It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2255999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2809423. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s userfriendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.

BARBECUE CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. LD Tue.-Sat. HB’S BAR B.Q. Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. L Mon.-Fri.

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MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good burgers, picnic-worth deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sat. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-8844. LD Mon.-Sat.

ITALIAN DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicago-style deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 10312 Chicot Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6006. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. LUIGI’S PIZZARIA Excellent thin-crust pizza; whopping, well-spiced calzones; ample hoagies; and pasta with tomatoey, sweet marinara sauce. 8310 Chicot Rd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-562-9863. LD Mon.-Sat. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Boulevard, Suite 1. Beer, Wine, No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD daily. PALIO’S Not quite artisan-grade, but far better than the monster chains and at a similar price point. With an appealingly thin, crunchy crust. 3 Rahling Circle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. LD daily. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant is in one of the most unlikely places – tucked inside the Best Western Governor’s Inn within a nondescript section of west Little Rock. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-225-0500. D daily. VILLA ITALIAN RESTAURANT Hearty, inexpensive, classic southern Italian dishes. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-2244. LD Mon.-Sat.


KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-2279900. LD daily. TAZIKI’S This sole Arkansas location of the chain offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 8200 Cantrell Rd. All CC. $$. 501-2278291. LD daily.

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MEXICAN CASA MANANA Great guacamole and garlic beans, superlative chips and salsa (red and green) and a broad selection of fresh seafood, plus a deck out back. 6820 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-280-9888. BLD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8822. BLD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-327-6637. L Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. COZYMEL’S A trendy Dallas-chain cantina with flaming cheese dip, cilantro pesto, mole, lamb and more. 10 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-7100. LD daily. EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily. 5507 Ranch Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$. LD daily. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions — even more enticing. The homemade pickled cucumbers that come on the side of every order are reason enough to visit. 4818 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-310-1171. LD daily. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. RIVERIA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. SAN JOSE GROCERY STORE AND BAKERY This mercado-plus-restaurant smells and tastes like Mexico, and for good reason: the resh flour tortillas, overstuffed burritos, sopes (moist corncakes made with masa harina), chili poblano are the real things. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer. $-$$. 501-565-4246. LD daily. SUPER 7 This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-219-2373. LD and buffet daily. TAQUERIA Y CARNICERIA GUADALAJARA Cheap, delicious tacos, tamales and more. Always bustling. 3811 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9991. BLD daily. • AUGUST 17, 2011 71


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Thursday, August 18 | 5:30-7:30 pm Wyndham Riverfront, NLR | Light dinner provided.

Learn all you need to know about buying your first home at the first Arkansas Times First-Time Home Buyers Seminar with mortgage and real estate experts from Centennial Bank and The Charlotte John Company.

Come armed with an open mind and any questions you may have! This real estate seminar is FREE and open to the public. Eric Wilkerson

An agent with The Charlotte John Company, Eric specializes in central Arkansas residential sales and works a great deal with first-time home buyers. He has been featured on TLC’s “My First Home” where he assisted a home buyer in a successful purchase! Eric constantly researches the market, understanding property values in every price point, in any location and is with his clients through the entire process – looking at homes, obtaining financing, going through an inspection – all the way to the closing table. Expect to hear more about the central Arkansas real estate market and how first-time home buyers can make the most of it at the upcoming seminar.

Lee Murchison

Lee started his career in home loans in 1995 training in Dallas, TX at Great Western Bank. He has been with Centennial Bank for seven years and was promoted to Bank Officer in 2008. Lee has extensive knowledge in all home loans and credit. He can provide first-time home buyers with the information to get pre-qualified for their ideal dream home. At the seminar, Lee will talk about available loan programs credit options.

Other Centennial Bank loan specialists - Marjorie Watkins, Tom Boone, Shannon Patten, Stephen Griffin - will be on hand for the question and answer period.

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It’s a Buyer’s Market. RSVP is required. Please call 501.375.2985 or email to reserve your space.

AUGUST 17, 2011



sed to be the first day of school just meant grabbing your Trapper Keeper, sticking a picture of Shaun Cassidy in your locker and calling it a day. Now there are things called “Locker Lookz,” a line that includes mini-chandeliers, shag rugs and wallpaper (a bit tawdry for our taste) and a multitude of Disney-fied folders. (Thankfully, a kitten in soft-focus is still popular.) We’ve scoured the city in search of supplies for the elementary to middle-school set and share our finds. Of course, you have to hit the obvious places, like Office Depot and Target, but local shops offer fun, off-beat items for cool kids.

hearsay ➥ Get to the Goat! Do not miss the grand opening of houseware store WHITE GOAT, CHATEAU AND FARM, September 1, 5-9 p.m. at 5624 R St. in the Heights. Expect a gorgeous white space showcasing light antique furniture from Sweden, Belgium and France—a European country look with Swedish fabrics, original art and Paris flea-market finds. ➥ Yes we can! Learn the art of canning with the fine folks of THE ROOT CAFÉ at EGGSHELLS, August 22, 6 p.m. ➥ From books to bookshelves. AMAZON long ago branched out from selling just books, but now they’re introducing a new fashion and lifestyle site, myhabit. com. You can save up to 60% on clothing, shoes, accessories and home décor. ➥ Major league. CANTRELL GALLERY will host the 2nd Annual Arkansas League of Artists Art Show, Friday, September 9-Saturday, October 29. There will be an Opening Night Reception on Friday, September 9, 6-8 p.m. The reception is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to see the selected works and meet the artists. Esteemed artist and educator, Stephen Cefalo, juried the exhibit. ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 17, 2011 73


OLD SCHOOL necessities

“Welcome Back, Kotter” notebook paper with iron-on decal

“Dukes of Hazzard” metal lunch box

Trapper Keeper with picturesque scene

Supermag featuring ’70s teen idol Shaun Cassidy All from MY CLOSET.

NEW SCHOOL necessities Beatrix makes the cutest lunchboxes and backpacks around; find them at THE TOGGERY.

Hot dog pencil case and bendy erasers and pencils with store logo from the CLINTON MUSEUM STORE. (Pencils and erasers great for fidgety types.)

Hip Harajuku folders and Paul Frank notebook from OFFICE DEPOT.

Educational games and noneducational sushi stapler from BOX TURTLE.


THE CONTAINER STORE has a limited but cool selection of locker organizers.

TOMS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – mens, womens and childrens styles available at Box Turtle Shop Womens Wedges

Shop Womens New Styles

Shop Mens Botas

2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. • Little Rock 501.661.1167

for Fall

Barbara Graves (left), honoree, and Dora Jane Flesher, host of SPSF event.

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ingle Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County (SPSF) will hold its 12th annual fall event, “A Night of Hope for Single Parents,” on Tuesday, October 11, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the home of Dora Jane and Greg Flesher (5117 Edgewood). SPSF board member and event host Dora Jane Flesher fills us in on specifics. CUE: Who are you honoring and why? Dora Jane Flesher: The group will honor Barbara Graves, a community leader and successful businesswoman, who serves as a mentor and role model to many women. Barbara was a single parent herself at one time. She opened Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions in 1973 at age 25. Shortly after opening her business she divorced. She spent the next two years raising sons Sean and Robb (then ages 1 and 7) as a single parent while struggling to build her business. Barbara’s success is an inspiration to other single parents in our community. CUE: Please share a recent success story. DJF: There are so many examples of successful single parents who’ve been helped by SPSF. Last year SPSF awarded $125,000 in financial assistance and supportive services to 92 high-potential, low-income single parents attending college. Each of these parents is a success story in their own right. They work, go to school fulltime, raise children alone, and make very limited means stretch each month. They do it all, often with little sleep, because they want to provide a better life for

their families. And they’re serious about their education: Each year we see about 90 percent of our scholarship recipients complete educational programs or continue in school the next year, an incredible rate of retention! Once they graduate, we see SPSF scholarship recipients do some amazing things. There’s the mother of two who now teaches at a Little Rock elementary school after receiving a degree from Philander Smith. She was named “Teacher of the Month” several times during her first year of teaching. There’s the young widow who graduated with honors from UALR with a degree in journalism. She is now employed as a public relations professional. There’s the registered nurse who graduated from UALR in 2001 who is now an assistant director of nursing at UAMS Hospital. CUE: How are the recipients chosen? DJF: The scholarship selection process is competitive, and each year only about half of the parents who apply receive the scholarship. The application process involves many volunteers who review thick application packets and also interview eligible applicants. Single parents chosen to receive the scholarship receive up to $2,700 each year. Funds can be used for educational expenses or for necessities like rent, child care, car repairs, and food. An account is set up each semester from which parents can draw funds as needed for approved expenses. These scholarship funds, plus SPSF’s supportive services, make a difference, helping students stay in school and graduate.

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Barbara Jean This Little Rock highend retailer has sexy classics from Roberto Cavalli and Dolce & Gabbana, of course, but a depth of brands. For cocktail-wear there’s sophisticated, ageless separates such as a pleated kneelength skirt in a black heavy silk from Elizabeth & James and a mod sequined shift from Rachel Zoe (a new line there) as well as solid, ’70s-era influenced dresses from the revived label Halston. These labels, along with the always-indemand leopard prints up front make for a fashion-forward but understated look. 7811 Cantrell Road, Suite 1. 2270054. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Dillard’s An easy choice for event shopping, with the largest selection of cocktail dresses by far. Any shopper should be able to find something here in her size and price range. As with any department store, what is gained in selection is lost in attentive staff or special services. Park Plaza Mall, 6000 W. Markham. 661-0053. www.dillards. com. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Indigo This boutique is a standard drop-in place for many mall shoppers. Located in Park Plaza mall, Indigo could theoretically outfit a shopper for any type of event, but as far as cocktail or evening event outfits go, there are wellpriced, versatile dresses here. What does well-priced and versatile mean? 76 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES


hat does the dress code “cocktail-wear” on your party invitation mean? When does it apply? Is it because an event starts after 7 p.m.? Also, who mails invitations and includes a dress suggestion now? We should bring that back. Unfortunately, the term cocktail-wear is thrown around quite casually, especially here in the South where events tend to be informal anyway. This guide to cocktail dresses might not provide a flow chart that determines the level of dressiness that a particular event requires, but it does note a number of local retailers with a great selection of outfits for after-hours events.

PROPOSALS It’s a flattering dress that falls above the knee, usually nips in at the waist and would be appropriate for both the office paired with a blazer or for the evening’s charity event with a bold shoe and bright clutch. As a bonus, it’s close to Dillard’s (also on this list). Park Plaza Mall, 6000 W. Markham. 663-4565. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Pinky Punky This is the place to go for short and tight. Since so many men come here to shop for their wives, this retailer has plenty that they’re likely to pick up. Co-owner Caroline Cossey says that as often as possible she carries lines exclusive to the store. She really believes that it takes a special dress for a special event. For Cossey, a true cocktail dress means slightly body-conscious and shorter-than-normal with a little bit of sex appeal. A big plus to shopping at Pinky Punky is its event registration. Cossey says she keeps track of what her customers have purchased for every major event to keep them from seeing their dress on someone else at a fancy event. Pleasant Ridge Town Center,

11525 Cantrell Road. 227-7303. www. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Proposals In the past, this Heights retailer known for its bridal-wear might not be first choice for your office Christmas soiree or an engagement celebration. But the new owners are expanding their selection past poufy white gowns to include several well-priced dresses. Particularly impressive recently were the stylish yet conservative numbers that one could wear more than once to a variety of events. An emerald green short-sleeve dress with a black inset waist and oversized gold hooks used as trim comes to mind. This is a store to keep checking in on – the owners are continually evolving their inventory. 5913 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4696. www. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. RK Collections At RK Collections, located in the Promenade in Chenal, you’ll find colorful, embellished knits along with sexy, sheer dresses and full-skirted, strapless numbers. Mostly

for the younger, party-going set, RK carries brands such as Ark & Co., Erin K., and C. Luce and all come at good price points. The Promenade at Chenal, 17717 Chenal Parkway. 821-5590. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Scarlet Located in the Pleasant Ridge shopping center, Scarlet is the place to go for the fashion-forward. Sure, the store has denim, solid basics and lots of work-appropriate wear, but Scarlet specializes in providing looks and brands you would find in more metropolitan communities. It has recently picked up Mark & James (a Badgley Mischka diffusion line) that will include sequined numbers perfect for that invitation that actually tells you that the event is semiformal. Just a quick browse-through of the store locates a stunning navy silk dress with quilted shoulders and a cream, sleeveless knee-length dress with fringe. Fall will bring in longer hems. Pleasant Ridge Mall, 11525 Cantrell Road. 223-8585. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

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