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More on McGehee How interesting it is that you question whether the female student at McGehee High school was denied her honor of valedictorian this past year because she is black. (Arkansas Reporter, Sept. 7) The question in the subtitle is “Was it racial?”. Your reporter writes how school administrators had notified her of the honor, then made her share it with a white student. The principal told her of the change with the superintendent of the district upholding the decision. The angle throughout the whole article was that the white administrators conspired to deny her the sole ownership of the honor because of race. When in fact, the superintendent of the district is African-American himself, a detail that might reflect that the case is a bit more complex than presented on the surface of this simplistic article. Maybe a bit more homework on the part of the reporter was needed or a bit more transparency in his agenda was warranted. Tyler Thompson Little Rock

The end of Democrats It is over. The political war in Arkansas has ended. Republicans won. The last Democratic U.S. congressman has resigned, and the remaining Democratic U.S. senator is likely packing his golden parachute right now. The Democratic governor is term-limited, and Arkansas’s Republican wave will soon wax into office a Republican Governor. Democrats think they have lost the battle, but Democrats have lost the war. As soon as Republicans and corporations take over Arkansas, the Democratic will of the Arkansas masses will no longer be important. At the polls, Arkansans will wonder which corporate Republicans own the election software. Electronic voting is easily manipulated. Arkansans are quickly losing democracy, liberty and security. Democrats are quickly disappearing, and are no longer positioned to help and protect Arkansans. It has been a long time coming, but Red State Arkansans finally got what they wanted. Face it, Red State Arkansans do not identify with the masses that live in big cities and crowded states. Democracy is the rule of the masses, and this ideal is just too socialistic for Republican-minded Arkansans. Neo-conservative Arkansans actually cheer when corporations wrest Democratic rights from the hands of the masses. Simply stated, Arkansans have elected to relinquish their Democratic rights to Republicans and corporations forever. There is way too much power at stake, 4 SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

and there will be no refund. Democracy worked well in Arkansas, but all good things must end. Gene Mason Jacksonville

Fed up with delegation I got my third letter (and last) from Sen. Mark Pryor recently. It began “I too share your concerns about our fiscal and financial responsibilities ... ” The funny thing was, the next three paragraphs went on and were the exact same as the responses to the previous two letters I

had sent. They were on completely different subjects. What a joke. Talk about a cut and paste senator. Pryor isn’t half the man his father was, and it may be 2014, but he’s done as far as I’m concerned. As to Tim Griffin, he won’t be getting my vote in 2012. Despite his rhetoric with Bill Vickery on the “Sunday Buzz” radio show, he apparently forgot to pack his spine when he left for Washington. His debt-ceiling vote was the final straw for me. Call Vickery, Timmy, and see if he needs a Sunday morning sidekick. You were sent to rein in spending, and you’ve done nothing but become a different dis-

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Employees deserve COLA I’m writing to encourage your readers to contact the Arkansas General Assembly to right injustice with the extra money that is growing in the state Treasury. Governor Beebe’s budget may be ultra-conservative, but political leaders must take care of their employees, which wasn’t done during this last legislative session. I’m talking about state employees and teachers! Your support is urgently needed. First, how could the Legislature and the governor deny state employees a cost of living raise this year? The economy may be down the drain but state employees deserve to be able to live. With gas prices sky-high, some employees are barely surviving. But don’t give people a percentage cost of living. That just gives higher paid supervisors more money than their employees. Just decide how much you can afford to pay everyone, be it $100, $200, $300 or more extra a month. Teachers get about $1,000 for every extra year of experience they gain plus the cost of living raise, so why not career employees? Second, isn’t it time to fix the injustice that resulted from the governor and his cabinet screwing up the state employee classification system a couple of years ago? They raised the starting salary of new employees by about $5,000 and raised everyone below the new minimums to that new level. But career employees got the shaft! Some people only got raises of 10 cents per hour! Now experienced workers don’t make much more than trainees who don’t know they are doing. In addition to the COLA, the legislature needs to give everyone who didn’t get the big raise the same increase. They came up with a chart showing mid-career salaries for positions and years of experience. But it was never put into use. The legislature needs to demand the governor implement the chart and raise salaries to the appropriate level. You could save money by rolling back the starting salaries for management and lower level employees so that experienced workers are paid more than trainees and don’t look for better paying jobs outside of state government. Keith Weber Jacksonville Submit letters to the Editor, Arkansas Times, P.O. Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203. We also accept letters via e-mail. The address is


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verybody’s seeking confrontation these days, grasping for ways to show superiority, getting even before we’ve been wronged. A minority group, smokers, endures much of this aggressive behavior. It may be legal for the White County Medical Center in Searcy to refuse to hire anyone who smokes, but it is not right. The new policy will take effect Oct. 1. Current employees who smoke will not be required to quit. Management may have feared insurrection if they tried that. Jobs are scarce, and they’re about to become even scarcer in White County, for that 20 percent of the work force that smokes. The hospital says that smokers drive up health-care costs, thus increasing the bills of the hospital’s patients. There may be truth in that. But is it enough to justify the application of on-duty rules to off-duty workers? There used to be general agreement that as long as an employee came to work and did his job, what he did on his own time was not the boss’s business. That was a more tolerant era. Smoking has become almost entirely a working-class vice. The Searcy hospital proposes to take one more pleasure away from people who don’t have a lot. Some say that it’s OK to force others to do things that are good for them. No, it’s disrespectful and inconsiderate, and permitting it in one case encourages its use in others.




hile there’s much concern about bullying these days, few people other than Sen. Mark Pryor see a need to protect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers from being picked on. In the bullying game, these powerful and acquisitive groups are more perpetrators than victims. Always seeking an advantage, and generally getting it, the Chamber, the Farm Bureau, the NAM and other special-interest lobbies are strongly supportive of a Pryor bill that would shield them from federal regulators out to preserve American jobs, lives and natural resources. Pryor, a putative Democrat, is joining a handful of senators and representatives, mostly Republicans, in sponsoring the legislation, which essentially would make it harder for regulators to regulate. The bill is opposed by a coalition of labor unions, consumer advocates and environmentalists. The chairman of the group says that Pryor’s bill “aims to empower large corporations to sabotage the rules that protect regular Americans. The bill should properly be called ‘The Big Business Unaccountability Act.’ ” Why do the corporations need this bill? So they can ship more jobs overseas? Slash more benefits for retirees and workers? Push the planet even closer to incineration? They’re doing a lot in all these areas already. Congress needn’t make it easier for them.

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Lu Hardin’s aberration


u Hardin was cut a huge break Monday by federal Judge Jim Moody. He gave Hardin probation for the fraudulent scheme by which he got University of Central Arkansas trustees to hurry up a $300,000 bonus so he could pay gambling debts at Tunica. Hardin’s defense attorney Chuck Banks called Hardin’s offense an “aberration” in a life of good intentions and works. Hardin, in professing his remorse, humility and sorrow, also called it an aberration. The judge, too, said he was convinced that it was an aberration. That leaves me with one question: How does “aberration” square with the fact that Hardin got a sentence reduction in part because he’s viewed as a valuable potential federal witness in an ongoing FBI investigation of other criminal activity? Hardin’s going to have to average four hours of community service per week for five years. That’s an extended commitment. But it does little to soothe the predictable outcry that Hardin — by virtue of his professional stature, his political connections, something — got more favorable treatment than the average criminal defendant. Typical comment on our Arkansas Blog: “So the next time a bank robber faces Judge Moody, he can argue, ‘I’m really sorry I got caught, and I gave back the money when I got caught with it in my hands, and I did it because I really needed the money to support my bad habits.’ ” I guess all bank robbers, at some point, were first offenders. But there was that in Hardin’s favor. Also, strictly speaking, Hardin only got an advance on money he was eventually due. He didn’t rob anyone. His crime was in cooking up a bogus note to support his case, a fiction that probably wasn’t necessary given his favored status with the UCA Board of Trustees. By then, it had already overlooked numerous problems in the acceler-

ated growth of the Hardin years at UCA. It was, to borrow from gambling, all about doubling down and betting on the come. Hardin pumped enrollment numbers, MAX pumped spending in athletics, BRANTLEY pumped spending in marketing. The higher education community universally thought the numbers didn’t add up and they were right. Hardin hoped for rising state support to eventually cover his bets — or else that he’d be a governor or U.S. senator and gone before UCA busted out. As I wrote last week, there’s much more to be known about the Hardin era. Politicians and the powerful got favors from the Hardin administration at UCA. Money was spent in dubious ways — in excess of salary caps and in ways that looked remarkably similar to kickbacks. A full accounting of those years is in order. If others are criminally culpable, let them, too, appear before Judge Moody. Let them also talk of good resumes, addictions and, if they can, disabilities such as Hardin’s, his vision impaired in one eye by cancer. (As one who was born with one eye, I wasn’t so moved by Banks on this defense point.) I also thought Hardin hit a sour note when he mentioned his devoted wife Mary had introduced him to slot machines. Should I note in seeking mercy for my sinful eating that my mother gave me my first Snickers bar? Other potential criminal defendants certainly should not forget that magic word “aberration.” However, I’m betting any future defendants produced by this investigation won’t be as lucky as Hardin. A probationary sentence will prove an “aberration,” most likely. It would be more than a little ironic if the kingpin of the enterprise turns out to be the only one who escaped prison.


GOP lies become more difficult


he Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” always suffered from lies, distortions and simple ignorance, and the Republican presidential debates continue the tradition. Time has been the best thing going for the unpopular law. As one provision or another of the law kicks in, more people are conditioned to its benefits and discount the lies they have heard. Last week, the Census Bureau’s annual health survey reported that in the first quarter of 2011 more than 900,000 young adults obtained health insurance. They took advantage of a provision in the new health law allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 27. It was the first time in years that the share of young adults who were not insured fell. The growth rate of Medicare spending, the issue that is driving the deficit-reduction war, is declining as hospitals and other providers react to the law’s mandates to achieve efficiency and quality. The elderly poor and disabled are paying less for drugs under the overhauled Part D drug program and they will pay even less in January. But the next best advantage to time may be the debates, that is, if many people other than the hard Republican right are watching. Every Republican candidate promises to ask Congress to repeal the law but none of them

is equipped to say why the reforms should be stopped except for hollow generalities about government “interERNEST ference” in medical DUMAS care. You have to believe that halfway thoughtful listeners are beginning to suspect that the candidates don’t know what they are talking about and that the scary scenarios they’ve heard for two years may be fictional. And many surely have been horrified at what they have heard, if not from the candidates themselves then from the lusty Tea Party crowds that fill the debate halls. Wolf Blitzer, the moderator of the Tea Party-sponsored debate, asked what the candidates would do, since they would repeal the law that will cover everyone, about a comatose 30-year-old who did not have or could not afford insurance. Would they let the person die? The crowd screamed “yeah.” None of the candidates wanted to answer the question, but Rep. Ron Paul, the pristine libertarian and the one thoroughly honest candidate, tried. People aren’t dying for lack of care, he said, because someone is going to see that they get treated. He said the young man should have obtained insurance in advance. Paul said it was not the govern-

A fate not quite as bad as prison


here is no crime in being overly and transparently solicitous for the purposes of aggrandizement and personal political advancement. That’s simply acute neediness, a common and benign human frailty. Wire fraud aside, acute neediness also is the greater defining essence of Lu Hardin. His crime itself was but an “aberration,” Hardin told a federal judge Monday, and I suspect that is, while no excuse, correct. He should have done some brief time, not simply the probation and community service he got. That would have served the broader appearance and cause of justice. It is not unfair that he won’t go to jail. It is unfair that others already are there. But for his own part, the public humiliation that has happened to him is nearly as bad. For three decades I’ve simply known

no one more covetous than Hardin of the one thing he hasn’t received now in years and that I always happened to JOHN be in a position to BRUMMETT extend. That would be good press. It gives you pause to know a man for 30 years and then watch him stand on the threshold of federal prison. You remember when you met him. It was near dusk on a Saturday in 1982 and there was a street rally in Russellville for Bill Clinton. You liked him in spite of his lathering too unctuously his high regard for those articles you were writing in the newspaper about the gubernatorial campaign. You remember in the mid-1990s when you saw him in the state Senate and he said

ment’s business to see that everyone was protected from the high cost of medical care. The private market and charity will provide. Never mind that dozens of studies have shown that large numbers of people do die every year owing to lack of care or to treatment that was delayed because they were uninsured and could not afford the care. A blogger was unkind enough to raise the case of Paul’s 2008 campaign manager, the fund-raising genius Kent Snyder, who got pneumonia during the campaign and died two weeks after Paul ended his presidential race. Snyder could not get insurance because he had a pre-existing condition. He got care but left $400,000 in unpaid medical bills, which like tens of thousands of such cases will be passed along to insured people through higher premiums. Snyder’s friends, including Ron Paul’s staff, started a campaign to raise money to pay the bills but it shut down after collecting only $34,870. Paul’s advice that Blitzer’s comatose young man should have insured himself would have been futile for his campaign manager. Every insurance company denied Snyder coverage. But starting in 2013, the month when one of the Republicans may become president, the Affordable Care Act will require insurance companies to insure people with pre-existing conditions. Nearly all the debate exchanges on health care have been about Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health-care law, which was the template for the most controversial parts of the national law. Both require people to obtain health insurance, with some financial help from the government, or else pay a small tax or penalty.

Romney’s pre-campaign book, “No Apology,” boasts of his state’s universal insurance law and suggests that something similar should be done nationally. The book came out in March 2010, three weeks before President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Romney revised the book for the paperback edition this year to remove the sentence about taking his health reforms national. Will anyone but the unalloyed crazies believe that something that is very good for the people of Massachusetts and apparently popular will be bad for everyone else? Halfway sentient viewers also would think there is something hollow about exclamations like Herman Cain’s. Cain has opposed health-insurance reforms — all of them — for two decades because businessmen like himself might be pressured into helping pay for insurance for their employees. Cain, the winner of the Florida straw poll, said the other night that if “Obamacare” were the law he would have died two years ago because government bureaucrats would not have let him have surgery for colon and liver cancer. Long before the first sentence of the Affordable Care Act was drafted, Republicans said it would allow government bureaucrats, not patients and doctors, to determine the care a person received. But nothing in the new law would prevent Cain’s getting treatment or give a government bureaucrat authority to determine the treatment he receives. Such nonsense would be laid bare in a real debate with someone who knows, like the president, but even in a chorus of true believers it rings hollow to anyone faintly interested in the truth.

he wanted to get you on the tennis court even though golf was his game and he hadn’t played tennis in years. So you said fine. When you showed up and offered to pay the court fee for a guest who would be arriving momentarily, the man at the desk pointed to a fellow who had borrowed a racket and was already madly practicing serves, faulted ones. You remember Lu’s going on about how good you were, especially with that, uh, what-do-you-call-it: forehand? You weren’t good except in comparison to the day’s opponent. But the ever-ingratiating Lu’s getting a chance to say you were — that apparently was the point of this event. Along the way he began to gamble and to enjoy it too much, then to compile debts. Then he maneuvered and deceived to get early payment of a deferred compensation package as president of the University of Central Arkansas. Then he lied about it. The greater value in all this would be in considering broader lessons: 1. All of us are laden with human frailties. All of us must remain vigilant against the temptations of those weaknesses, whether of greed or flesh or drink or something else.

Any of those, if indulged, could overpower everything good. 2. None of us is invisible or indispensable or above the rules, even as we bask in much laud and seeming comfort. Empires crumble. Insularity gets penetrated by the real world outside. College presidential fiefdoms vanish. One’s ability to write himself a $300,000 check disappears, along with a law license, a political career and a reputation. 3. Higher education must be about higher education, not enrollment growth, enhanced institutional profile, personal political advancement, physical edifice or winning athletics. A college president’s job ought to be to nurture learning, probably by staying out of its way. When they began calling UCA “Lu-CA,” priorities were probably as amiss as identities. Assuming he never feeds another slot machine, Hardin can be redeemed. He can become less needy and more serenely resigned to what he is. After one has endured front-page ignominy, a fate not quite as bad as prison for Lu Hardin, what would be the point of worrying anymore about what someone thought? When others don’t like you, you need to start by liking yourself. SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 7

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The daily paper has been using rhyming headlines lately. “Judge: Senator sped, fled, lucky none dead,” DOUG and “Man shot in SMITH spat over who’d get hat.” I kind of like them, but they make me want to add and revise, to keep the music coming. “Judge: Senator sped, fled, lucky none dead; legislator thought to have rocks in his head.” Could the rhyming headline be the salvation of the vanishing newspaper? Probably not. A cartoonist who signs himself “Bors” has proposed a more promising way to save the daily paper, based on a proven successful ripoff. He’d put a 50-cent newspaper in a plastic bottle, then charge $4 for it. “Print will be saved and loyal readers will swear bottled is better.” It just might work. “If there are ants in the house, that means there’s a space somewhere where they can get in ... Phelps suggests spraying the jams of exterior doors.” Ants love jam.

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It was a good week for… LU HARDIN. The former president of the University of Central Arkansas avoided jail time for his guilty plea to wire fraud and money laundering. Instead, federal Judge James Moody sentenced Hardin to five years’ probation on each of two counts, and 200 hours of community service every year for five years and ordered him to continue in Gamblers Anonymous. A MOON DISCOVERY. In 1976, NASA presented chips of lunar rock as goodwill gestures to the states from the Apollo 17 mission. In recent years, searches have been mounted to find them. Many states, including Arkansas, had misplaced the rocks. An archivist working on the Bill Clinton State Government Project found the missing rock. Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System, says the rock will be returned to the state soon. TRANSPARENT PAY IN THE LEGISLATURE. The Arkansas Public Law Center filed suit in circuit court challenging the Arkansas legislative reimbursement scheme wherein legislators submit non-itemized monthly expense claims, often in the name of personal “consulting businesses.” (In full disclosure, Times senior editor Max Brantley is a member of the APLC board).

It was a bad week for… THE ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS. The football Hogs got thumped by Alabama 38-14, gaining only 19 rushing yards and losing star defensive end Tenarius Wright to a broken arm for four to six weeks. That makes Bobby Petrino 0 for 3 against Tide coach Nick Saban. ARKANSAS TRIAL COURTS. The state’s courts face a financial crisis as the Administration of Justice Fund, supported by the state’s share of court costs and filing fees, is estimated to be depleted in 60 days. The fund pays the salaries of many employees in the court system. The cause of the decline in the fund is “the million-dollar question,” said J.D. Gingerich, director of the state administrative office of the courts. ANDREW RHEW. Two months removed from being reinstated after being fired for failure to run emergency lights and sirens before a high-speed crash killed an Arkansas motorist, the Arkansas state trooper resigned. He gave no specific reason for his resignation, but the Missouri Highway Patrol reported that Rhew was arrested over the weekend for driving while intoxicated and causing an accident.


Tuba blues is a junior high schooler now, which means not only lockers and gym shorts and an A/B schedule that has him changing classes, but also band. He’s long been head and shoulders above his classmates, with broad shoulders and powerful legs like Dear Ol’ Dad, and is already three inches taller than his mother, even though he won’t turn 12 until December. Try as we might, though, we can’t talk him into playing football. He’s afraid, he says, of hurting someone. Yep, that’s our boy — gentle, gray-eyed soul that he is. Instead of pads and cleats, therefore, he has taken up an instrument: the tuba. Don’t ask us why the tuba. The Observer played trombone (poorly) in school, but we tried to talk him into a trumpet. A trumpet is the universal instrument, we argued; flip open a trumpet case on any downtown street corner in America and start playing, and — if you’re good enough to hold a recognizable tune for the 30 seconds it takes pedestrians to get in and out of earshot — you’ll soon have at least enough dough for a burger and a cherry Coke. Learn “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” for Christmastime and some Gershwin for spring, and you’ll be all set. We’ve never really seen a tuba busker, we told him, probably because you’d work off the calories from any food you might get out of the deal hauling a tuba case the size of a Subaru to the corner and back. Try as we might, though, tuba it is. When he makes a decision, he’s solid like that — yet another thing Dad admires in him (and wishes we could do better with our damn self). We’ve yet to actually see the brass beast at home, which is probably for the best given our tenuous hold on sanity. He’s been practicing after school, but the most we’ve heard of the tuba at The Observatory is Junior buzzing scales through the teacup-sized mouthpiece Spouse and I purchased for him a few weeks back. Though we know it’ll sound marginally better when he’s tooting an actual horn, for now his at-home practice sounds like a dying antelope, choking on a kazoo. Given Junior’s reluctance to play football, we thought all was lost on our dream THE OBSERVER’S KID

of sitting in Razorback stadium, watching our kid play. Then, the other day, somebody mentioned that the mighty Razorback Band has had up to a dozen tubas at times (with a lot of those folks there on at least partial scholarship) — all the better to project that big, heart-pumping sound. Given that: Keep on buzzing, Junior. Buzz to your heart’s content. Even at the risk of wasting a good defensive lineman, your Old Man will honestly be just as proud to come see you play your horn as to see you play ball. offspring front, but first: We know we confuse you, faithful Observer readers, with our many manifestations: Sometimes we have children, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we have sons, sometimes daughters. The Observer is middle-aged and The Observer is a babe in his 30s. So bear with us as we tell the story of The Observer’s daughter, a student at a college just up the road from Little Rock. It’s late on Friday night, she’s coming back to the dorm from a birthday party. She enters the locked front door and there, standing in the dorm’s parlor, is a guy holding a pair of scissors and looking a little crazy. He’s managed to get in through a door in the parlor and is in the process of tearing down posters from the walls. His explanation: Werewolves are after him. He asks for a light, apparently to set the posters on fire. Then the intruder asks The Observer’s daughter, “Are you a vampire?” She assures him she’s not, and suggests, helpfully, that he stay in the parlor, because he’ll be safe there. Fortunately, the man being chased by the werewolves has been loud enough to alert others in the dorm to call the public safety folks, who arrive and try to calm the guy down. He is led away by police, who convince him that his handcuffs are made of silver and will protect him from werewolves. Daughter gives a statement at 2 a.m., and reveals all to The Observer the next afternoon. They were just little scissors, she assures us. Our promise to you: The Observer is not a vampire, nor a werewolf, and never will be, so you’ll never be confused on that point, at least. MORE NEWS ON THE OBSERVER

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Update on the extended process to find a replacement for federal District Judge James Moody, who took senior status, a form of retirement, several years ago: Multiple sources report that background checks have begun on Kris Baker, a partner in the Quattlebaum law firm in Little rock. That would make her the leader in consideration for nomination by the White House. A Senate confirmation process would follow, ever more chancy as the 2012 election nears and already-obstructive Republicans become more obstructive of the president’s nominees. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor also had recommended Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Duke and Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable for the position. This slate followed the White House rejection of an earlier slate of three candidates. Also on the judgeship front: A Senate calendar released this week shows Democrats have managed to break the logjam on judicial confirmation votes and will get a vote on 10 White House nominees some time after Oct. 11. That’s good news for Circuit Judge Susan Hickey of El Dorado, who’ll get a vote on her nomination to a judgeship for the western district of Arkansas.

Public interest law You’ve perhaps heard already about the lawsuit filed Monday by the Arkansas Public Law Center, with civic activist Kathy Wells of Little Rock as plaintiff, challenging the general Arkansas legislative practice of submitting undocumented requests for monthly expense reimbursements. Most legislators admit these are thinly disguised salary supplements and justify them as allowable under federal IRS rules. The lawsuit contends, however, that the Arkansas Constitution prohibits payments beyond salaries except for documented expenses. It named two defendants – a House Republican, Ann Clemmer of Bryant, and Senate Democrat, Jerry Taylor of Pine Bluff – but the suit is aimed at all members filing the undocumented claims. Who is the Arkansas Public Law Center? It’s a new nonprofit, with a seven-member board headed by Little Rock lawyer Michael Lauro. It also has Arkansas Times ties – board members Ernest Dumas, our columnist, and senior editor Max Brantley. Other Board members are Brent Bumpers, Lee Lee Doyle, Theresa Beiner and Patty Barker. Lawyers for this suit are Bettina Brownstein and John Burnett, both with plenty CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 10 SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES


Judging the candidate

STILL A SOLDIER: Robert Loyd, at his home in Conway.

Home of the brave Gay Arkansas GIs talk about the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. BY DAVID KOON


ven though the U.S. military’s institutional persecution of gay soldiers was consigned to the history books on Sept. 20 with the formal end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, it’s still hard to find gay former soldiers in Arkansas willing to talk about their experiences. The scars from the particular brand of fear experienced during what one called “The Witch Hunt Era” tend to linger. Conway’s Robert Loyd, co-founder of the gay and lesbian advocacy group Conway Pride, has been protesting for equality in the military since the mid-1990s. Raised in Damascus — a Vietnam vet who served as an infantryman during some of the bloodiest years of that war — Loyd said his upbringing meant that he didn’t even know the definition of “gay” when he volunteered for the Army as a 19-year-old in 1967. Though he didn’t know he was gay then, Loyd said that looking back at photographs of himself from the year and a half he spent in Vietnam makes it clear to him now. “I’m looking at them and it’s like, why didn’t somebody in my life look at me and say, ‘Are you gay?’” he said. “Even from old photos, I can look at me now and say: I could have been a really good queen if queens had existed back then. But I had no concept.” Others around him apparently realized it before he did. Loyd said his first homosexual contact was being sexually assaulted by his platoon leader while in Vietnam, an experience which left him broken and confused. After leaving the war zone, he spent his final year in the Army in Germany. While he knew by then that being gay was a criminal offense in the military, he found Europe to be welcoming for homosexuals. When he was

kissed by a “pretty blond German boy” one night, something in his head clicked, and he realized he was gay. “There really is no prejudice. It’s not unusual to see men or women holding hands or hugging in almost all of Europe, so I had no concept that it was a wrong thing when I got my first boyfriend,” he said. “I did understand by then that you could be drummed out of the service and locked up ... but my opinion was, if that’s what you want in life, who is somebody else to tell you you shouldn’t do that? It didn’t make any sense to me.” Loyd said that the ban on gays in the military has always stuck him as a “stupid, stupid thing,” especially given that the majority of gay people he knows are at their most enthusiastic and courageous when supporting their friends. That’s key when the life of the soldier next to you might depend on how far you’d go to protect them. “No one is more dedicated and loyal and kindhearted than gay people, and [I say that] not just because I am one,” he said. “I know it sounds a little selfserving. But if you’ve been kicked on and shit on your whole life, you learn to be strong, you learn to be tough, and you learn to be a kind person.” While Robert Loyd’s story of a young vet discovering his sexuality after surviving war has the ring of a coming-of-age novel to it, the stories told by former Army Col. Kaye McKinzie sound more like something written by Kafka. Now an assistant professor in the College of Business at UCA, McKinzie is a West Point graduate who spent 23 years in the Army before retiring two years ago. For McKinzie, life as a closeted lesbian officer was a daily

struggle with fear, with the threat of prison hanging over her head the whole time. In the days before DADT, the Army routinely carried out what she and a network of closeted friends called “Witch Hunts” on the most meager evidence of homosexuality, with the investigation tearing apart lives and pulling in anyone even remotely connected to the person at the eye of the storm. McKinzie said that so much as saying you didn’t have a personal problem with someone being gay could bring an investigation down on your head. “As soon as somebody heard of a Witch Hunt, you’d reach out to everyone you know,” she said. “What we’d say is: ‘duck and cover. Witch Hunt.’ Everybody would clam up. You would stop going out. You’d stop talking to people. You would not keep any mail. Any mail you got, you shredded or burned.” Though McKinzie went to extremes to avoid exposing herself, moving an hour away from her duty post and making only civilian friends, she was investigated three times in the years between her enlistment and the enactment of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — once because she loaned her car to a person who was later investigated. Serving her country and being a lesbian meant, in a very real way, pretending every minute of her workday that the woman she loved (Catherine Crisp, a UALR professor of social work who McKinzie is still with) did not exist. “We had to have completely different lives. You have to use totally different pronouns,” she said. “The way I tell my friends, imagine when you leave your home, between that time and the time you come back, only using the singular pronoun: I or me. Never saying ‘we.’ Never discussing anything that has to do with a ‘we.’ Travel, going out to dinner, ‘what did you do this weekend?’ None of that could ever reference ‘we.’ It was really hard.” McKinzie spent most of her time in the Army with the military police. Among their duties: investigating charges of homosexuality and sodomy. McKinzie said she only investigated one case of suspected homosexuality during her years of service. “I called those soldiers in and I had a one-way conversation with them,” she said. “I told them to shut up and get an attorney — that they had to report to the investigating officer, but that they were to report, salute, tell them that their commander told them to see the attorney and leave ... My soldiers wanted to talk to me, but I stopped them from talking. Had they said something, I would have had to prosecute them.” While McKinzie said that DADT wasn’t a CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

“I stand before you very sorry. This behavior was an aberration but that doesn’t justify anything.” Lu Hardin, shortly before being sentenced to five years of probation, and 1,000 hours of community service for wire fraud and money laundering. Hardin’s attorney, Chuck Banks, and Federal Judge Jim Moody also used the term “aberration” to describe Hardin’s offenses.


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On Monday, production began on “MUD,” Little Rock director Jeff Nichols’ third film. The story focuses on two 14-year-old boys, played by Tye Sheridan (“Tree of Life”) and a so-far-unamed Arkansas actor, who encounter a fugitive hiding out on an island on the Mississippi River and agree to help him reunite with the love of his life. Nichols has likened his vision of “MUD” to a Mark Twain story directed by Sam Peckinpah. Shooting will continue until mid-November throughout Arkansas, mainly in the southeast part of the state.


Matthew McConaughey

plays Mud, a charismatic escaped con. The star of films like “Dazed and Confused” and “We Are Marshall,” the Texas actor has in recent years been known as more of a punch-line (never wearing a shirt, describing the birth of his son as “we got tribal on it”), but his choice of recent directors (William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh) might signal a new career direction.


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Ray McKinnon plays the father to the other

Reese Witherspoon boy and husband of Paulplays Mud’s soul mate, Juniper. Arguably the most bankable Hollywood actress, the Nashville native won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.”

son’s character (below). The Little Rock actor won an Academy Award for his short film “The Accountant” and has appeared, memorably, in everything from “Deadwood” to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

$235,797,455 Population: 382,748 PULASKI COUNTY Highest ticket sales per county.


$33,298,110 MONTGOMERY COUNTY Lowest ticket sales per county.

Population: 9,487 $755,353

Michael Shannon plays

Galen, uncle to one of the boys. The star of Nichols’ previous two films, “Shotgun Stories” and “Take Shelter,” has a prominent role in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and was nominated for an Oscar for “Revolutionary Road.” He’ll play Superman’s nemesis in the upcoming Superman reboot “Man of Steel.”

Sam Shepard plays

a reclusive character named Tom Blakenship. The Pulitzer Prize winning playwright was nominated for an Oscar for his role in “The Right Stuff” and starred in “Days of Heaven” and “Steel Magnolias.”

Joe Don Baker plays someone who’s seeking revenge on Mud. The Texas native has starred in “Walking Tall” (as Buford Pusser), “Fletch” and “The Natural.”

Jeff Nichols (writer/ director). The Little Rock native and Central High grad won the grand prize at Critics’ Week at the Cannes film festival for his latest, “Take Shelter.” His first film, “Shotgun Stories,” which was shot in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties on a shoestring budget, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Sarah Paulson plays the

mother to one of the boys and wife of McKinnon’s character. A Golden Globe nominee for her role on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” the Florida native stars in the much-buzzedabout new film “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

of ACLU work on their records, along with private practice. The Center has intervened previously in a federal open courts case. Does it have other projects under consideration? Stay tuned, we are reliably informed.



Awarded in scholarships

Data was available for total lottery sales from September of 2009 through August of 2011 (23 months). The Arkansas Department of Higher Education does not have current data on 2011-12 scholarship recipients. ADHE assumes the awards per county will be comparable with 2010-2011 numbers, so figures above were extrapolated from existing data and averaged out over 23 months. Population based on 2010 Census data.

Correction: The numbers for amounts awarded to the state and Pulaski and Montgomery Counties in last week’s cover story “Running the Numbers” were incorrect. We’ve also altered the presentation of the charts to more clearly illustrate the data.

After Oct. 1, White County Medical Center in Searcy will no longer hire new employees who smoke, becoming one of the first hospitals in Arkansas to adopt such a policy. Smokers already on the payroll will not be affected, and can continue to smoke when they’re away from the hospital. Smoking at hospitals was banned by the legislature several years ago. Ray Montgomery, president and CEO of the Medical Center, said the new policy was part of a larger health initiative at Searcy’s only hospital. Like every other employer, the hospital has seen its employee health costs increase sharply. “We’re trying to create as healthy an environment as we can,” Montgomery said. “We’re encouraging, but not requiring, our staff to exercise and use the stairs. We’re making improvements in the cafeteria so we can serve healthier food. Nonsmoking employees pay less for health insurance than smokers. We offer stop-smoking classes.” The hospital’s legal counsel advised that it could also refuse to hire smokers. Healthier hospital employees should mean lower coasts for hospital patients, Montgomery said. He said that health-care premiums for the hospital’s employees cost about $7 million a year. The employees pay 20 percent of that. The hospital pays the rest. The hospital gets its money from patients. Montgomery said the hospital’s legal counsel had advised that the hospital could stop hiring smokers. The new policy has produced “some negativity on the part of smokers,” Montgomery said. “But most nonsmokers have been encouraging. They think we should be a role model for healthy living.” Arkansas is one of the smokingest states in the Union, Montgomery said. The percentage of the population that smokes is 19.4. Only seven states smoke more. The state that smokes the most is Kentucky, a big tobacco-producing state, with 22 percent smokers. At White County Medical Center, 21.5 percent of employees and spouses smoke. “We’re even higher than the state, and close to Kentucky,” Montgomery said. That should change as smokers leave the payroll because of attrition and nonsmokers replace them. SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 11


When Louis Armstrong blew his top Satchmo’s reaction to the iconic photo of Elizabeth Eckford may have changed the course of the Central High Crisis. BY DAVID MARGOLICK



hen I see on television and read about a crowd in Arkansas spitting on a little colored girl, I think I have a right to get sore.’’ The speaker was Louis Armstrong, who on the night of September 17, 1957, was preparing to play with his All Stars in Grand Forks, North Dakota. There was a Grand Forks Nine, too: the nine blacks living in a town (as of 1950) of 26,836. Grand Forks did not figure to be a key front in the civil rights struggle. But this was not all Armstrong had to say that night to a twenty-one-year-old journalism student and jazz buff at the University of North Dakota named Larry Lubenow, who was moonlighting for $1.75 an hour at the Grand Forks Herald. With Armstrong in town — performing, as it happened, at Grand Forks’ own Central High School — Lubenow’s editor, an old-timer named Russ Davies, sent him to the Dakota Hotel to see whether he could land an interview. Perhaps sensing trouble — Lubenow was, he now says, a ‘‘rabble-rouser and a liberal’’ — Davies laid out the ground rules: ‘‘No politics,’’ he ordered. That hardly seemed necessary, for Davies was a very conservative edi-

tor at a very Republican paper, and, with his famously sunny, unthreatening disposition, Armstrong rarely ventured into such things anyway. ‘‘I don’t get involved in politics,’’ he once said. ‘‘I just blow my horn.’’ (It wasn’t so simple, of course; during his long career Armstrong had broken down innumerable barriers, the latest of which was the ban on black guests at the

Dakota Hotel.) But Lubenow had been following the Little Rock story; oddly enough, Federal Judge Ronald Davies (no relation to the editor), who had ordered that the desegregation plan there proceed, was from Grand Forks. And, like everyone else, Lubenow had seen the picture of Elizabeth. Armstrong’s road manager told Lube-


University Press, $26 hardcover), Vanity Fair contributing editor David Margolick offers a comprehensive study of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery, the two women in Will Counts’ iconic photo of the Central High Crisis. The book considers the wide-ranging impact of the 1957 photo (above) and the complex relationship that ensued between the two women, who reconciled in the ’60s and struck up a close friendship that endured for many years. The book will be released Oct. 4, the same day Margolick is scheduled to speak at 6 p.m. at the Clinton School of Public Service’s Sturgis Hall.

Little Rock’s ‘gutless’ moderates DAVID MARGOLICK’S REPORTING on the famous Will Counts photo went much farther than the drama at Central High School and the homes of the key actors. For instance, Margolick unearthed unpublished notes of Harold Isaacs of MIT, who came to study race relations here and couldn’t find a single commercial establishment where he could drink a cup of coffee with a black man. Isaacs also uncovered the full story of the remarkable Davis Fitzhugh, an Augusta farmer so embarrassed by the photo of Elizabeth Eckford’s harassment that he purchased an Arkansas Gazette ad to reprint the photo with the caption: “Study This Picture and Know Shame. When hatred is unleashed and bigotry finds a voice, God help us all.” Isaacs’ son, Skip, found the box of unpublished notes from his father’s Little Rock visit in a closet and allowed Margolick to use them. He writes that they revealed “self-lacerating” interviews that “read more like something out of Spoon River than Little Rock.” Isaacs was introduced into the higher echelon of Little Rock society by a World War II buddy, Frank Newell, an insurance man who took him to the private Little Rock Club, where “even on a Sunday morning, folks were drowning their shame in drink.” Writes Margolick:

REUNION: Elizabeth and Hazel at Central High, years after the mob had left.

now that he couldn’t see Satchmo until after the concert. But that wouldn’t work: it was past his deadline. So with the connivance of the bartender and bell captain, both of them drinking buddies, Lubenow sneaked into Armstrong’s suite masquerading as a bellhop, delivering the trumpeter’s room-service lobster dinner. He told Armstrong he’d be fired if he didn’t come back with a story. The musician, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, couldn’t let that happen. He agreed to talk. And talk he did. Lubenow stuck initially to his editor’s script, asking Armstrong to name his favorite musician. (Bing Crosby, Armstrong replied.) But soon Lubenow brought up Little Rock, and he could not believe Armstrong’s angry response. ‘‘It’s getting almost so bad a colored man hasn’t got any country,’’ he said. Armstrong had been contemplating a goodwill tour of the Soviet Union for the State Department — ‘‘they ain’t so cold but what we couldn’t bruise them with happy music,’’ he’d explained — but now, he confessed to having second thoughts. ‘‘The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell,’’ he went on, offering further choice words about Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. ‘‘The people over there ask me what’s wrong with my country. What am I supposed to say?’’ As he spoke, he got pro-

gressively worked up. Eisenhower, he charged, was ‘‘two faced,’’ and had ‘‘no guts,’’ while Faubus was a ‘‘no-good motherfucker.’’ (Writing for a family newspaper, Lubenow somehow turned that into ‘‘uneducated plow boy.’’) Armstrong bitterly recounted his experiences touring the Jim Crow South, like the times when whites, including some of the very folks who had just cheered him, rocked his tour bus menacingly when he and his musicians prepared to leave town. He broke out into the opening bar of ‘‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’’ inserting enough obscenities — ‘‘Oh, say can you motherfucking see / By the motherfucking dawn’s early light’’ — to prompt the band’s vocalist, Velma Middleton, to try to hush him up. Lubenow, from the small farming community of Northwood, North Dakota, was shocked by what he heard, but he also knew he had a story; he skipped the concert and went back to the office, typing up what he had on yellow copy paper. ‘‘The Ambassador of Jazz trumpeted a new tune today,’’ he wrote, before laying out that novel song’s jarring notes. The Herald printed his story the following morning (taking care to remove the word ‘‘hell’’), but, dubious that Armstrong would have said such things, the Associated Press editor in Minneapolis refused to put the story on the national news wire until Lubenow could prove he hadn’t made it all up. So he

“Faubus unleashed the idiots,” lamented Harry Ashmore, the editor of the Gazette who, as Isaacs put it, “stand[s] out like a monument in Little Rock, where nobody stands very high.” Publicly, the city’s most respectable figures conspicuously agonized; “handwringers and head-holders,” Isaacs called them. But with the livelihoods of many of them dependent upon the bigots — they could always take their business to Memphis — they felt paralyzed. All felt too timid to speak out, except in their cups at the Little Rock Club to Harold Isaacs, a Jew, who, had he lived in town, would not have been allowed to join. “If you find any people with any decent convictions in this town, you’ll find that they are also gutless. Gutless! Gutless!” a Joseph Cotten-like lawyer named Downey told him. A “half-crocked” businessman kept repeating the lyrics from “South Pacific” — “you’ve got to be taught, to hate and fear” — while his wife tried repeatedly to shush him up. “Compulsive talking” was a leitmotif, Isaacs learned; if they gabbed enough, people seemed to feel, maybe they could wiggle out of their predicament. Officially, Isaacs got only a few minutes with Faubus, but two hours later the governor was still yakking as Isaacs edged his way to the door. “ ‘Moderation’ in Little Rock seemed to cover everything from a rather weary and non-virulent pro-segregation to a timid and covert prointegration,” Isaacs wrote. “It was not a banner to rally an army. It was rather a ragged shelter under which all sorts of people could huddle in the storm while doing nothing.” Newell gave him the local definition of moderate: saying “Negro” rather than “nigger.” Isaacs did not limit his interviews to the “moderates.” The lawyer for the segregationist Mothers League, 38-year-old Griffin Smith [father of the executive editor of today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette], vouchsafed that the restaurant in the Hotel Marion, Little Rock’s finest, wouldn’t serve blacks in his lifetime. +++ Smith was no prophet. He died years after the hotel was demolished in 1980, but not before civil rights laws had prohibited denial of service at the hotel on account of race. “There are only nine heroes in Little Rock,” Isaacs wrote at the end of his notes. “It’s a war of nerves, and the nerves are the nerves of the nine youngsters, sweating it out day after day inside Central High School. On their nerves, the whole issue hangs, and the issue is a great one.”

returned to the Dakota, and, as Armstrong was shaving, the Herald photographer took their picture together. (The caption referred to ‘‘Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong, who got all lathered up about segregation here Wednesday’’; Lubenow himself was cropped out.) Lubenow then showed Armstrong what he had written. ‘‘Don’t take nothing out of that story,’’ Armstrong declared. ‘‘That’s just what I said, and still say.’’ He then wrote ‘‘solid’’ on the bottom of the yellow copy paper, and signed

his name. The story flashed across the country. Douglas Edwards and John Cameron Swayze reported it that night on the network evening news programs. Armstrong’s road manager quickly claimed that Satchmo had been tricked, and that he regretted his statements. But Armstrong would have none of that. ‘‘I said what somebody should have said a long time ago,’’ he declared the following day CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 13

in Montevideo, Minnesota, where he gave his next concert. He closed that show with ‘‘The Star Spangled Banner’’— the traditional version, that is, minus the obscenities. Armstrong took it from all directions: the writer Jim Bishop called for a boycott of his concerts; the Ford Motor Company threatened to pull its advertisements from a Bing Crosby special on which he was to appear; Van Cliburn’s manager refused to let him perform a duet with Armstrong on Steve Allen’s talk show; a radio station in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, threw out all his records. The Russians, an anonymous

government spokesman lamented, would relish everything Armstrong had said. Meantime, Sammy Davis, Jr., criticized him for not speaking out ten years sooner. But Jackie Robinson, Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, Marian Anderson, and Sugar Ray Robinson quickly lined up behind him. In the black press there was surprise, and delight. Dulles might just as well have stood up at the United Nations and led a chorus of the Russian national anthem, declared Jet, which had once labeled Armstrong an ‘‘Uncle Tom.’’ Armstrong had long tried to convince people throughout the world that ‘‘the Negro’s lot in Amer-

ica is a happy one,’’ it observed, but in one bold stroke, he had pulled nearly 15 million American blacks to his bosom. Any white confused by Martin Luther King’s polite talk need only listen to Armstrong, the Amsterdam News declared. Armstrong’s words had the ‘‘explosive effect of an H-bomb,’’ said the Chicago Defender. ‘‘He may not have been grammatical, but he was eloquent.’’ ‘‘Louis made more friends with his statement than he has in a decade,’’ Leslie Matthews wrote in the New York Age. But it was a letter in the Afro-American that put it best. ‘‘When Louis Armstrong gets riled up,’’ it read,

‘‘the country is really going to hell.’’ Because of its ‘‘total unexpectedness,’’ wrote Buddy Lonesome of the St. Louis Argus, Armstrong’s statement ‘‘in all probability had more devastating effect on President Eisenhower’s administration and national leaders than many mouthings of recognized Negro leaders.’’ Whether, as Satchmo’s devoted fans believe, what Ike was about to do in Little Rock can be attributed to Louis Armstrong is unclear. But there can be no doubt that what Louis Armstrong did in Grand Forks, North Dakota, could be attributed to Elizabeth Eckford. BRAVE, CONT.

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perfect solution, it did stop the Witch Hunts, and opened up the possibility for the military to have internal dialogue about what being openly gay in the military might look like. “It allowed people to talk about being gay,” she said, “about having family members who were gay, about not having an issue with being gay, about how would we address this situation, about the issue of showers and living facilities. It allowed us to talk about it. It allowed us to think about it and process and reason.” Though the ban on gays in the military is now a thing of the past, McKinzie is still concerned for the rights of those who decide to serve openly. “A lot of people who are still in the service have the fear: What if a Republican wins the next election? Will they reverse the policy?” she said. “I think once you go forward you can’t go back, personally. But there’s a real fear for them. There’s also a fear that just because the policy says it’s this way doesn’t mean there might not be someone out there who is very homophobic and very against the policy that would try subversively to ruin your career.” Even with those possibilities, McKinzie’s advice for a young gay or lesbian person who is considering joining the military is fairly simple when it comes to whether they should reveal their sexuality or not: Do not lie. “There is an extreme honor in the military,” she said. “At the time I went in, it was a very conscious decision on my part on whether or not it was more important to serve my country or lie about who I was. It was a really hard choice. But do not lie. Lying on any sort of application for entry is grounds for dismissal.” Though she said the stress on her, her partner and their relationship was part of the reason she decided to retire from the service two years ago, she talks like a woman who would take those same risks all over again in order to serve. “It’s a choice that we made in order to serve our country,” she said. “Those of us that stayed in felt that the service obligation to our country for the rights and privileges that we have in the United States was worth it. We had that kind of commitment — that we had sworn to give our lives for our country, and it was worth it.”

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FROM VISION TO VIEW: Debbie Shock, facilities manager and “problem solver” on the Clinton Bridge.

The Clinton Presidential Park Bridge to open, at last. BY LESLIE NEWELL PEACOCK


n Sunday, the decade-old River Trail will finally close its loop, when the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge opens to the public. The importance to Little Rock — in giving the city an identity and giving the people one of the best bike trails in the country — is nearly inestimable. On Friday, former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries will gather at 11 a.m. at the Clinton Presidential Park to dedicate the transformed Rock Island railroad crossing, now a graceful walkway/bikeway over the Arkansas River, and parkside nature walk that is the Bill Clark Wetlands. Little Rock has waited, with some impatience, seven years for the opening of the bridge, designated as the eastern closure of the River Trail bike loop since before the opening of the Clinton Center in November 2004. The wait will be forgotten now that the bridge is open. A wide and smoothly curving ramp leads from the Clinton Center’s circular entryway to the spacious bridge, framed in 19th century crossbeams and lit by 60 large pendant 21st century LED lights. Little Rock’s skyline is to the west, and, at the former president’s request, a border of yellow chrysanthemums in specially designed aluminum flower beds line the railings on either side. The Clinton bridge is the property of the city, which contributed $1 million to the project. The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation contributed another $4 million, including about 4,000 private donors, whose names are inscribed on the bridge. Another $4.5 million came from federal stimulus and Economic Development Administration grants and Pulaski County and North Little Rock invested $1 million. Debbie Shock, the director of operations and facilities for the Clinton Center who has conducted an orchestra of civil, structural and electrical engineers, architects and contractors, some working from a barge in the Arkansas River, gave the Times a tour of the bridge last week and a short primer on its construction. Now a tangible symbol of Clinton’s “Bridge to the 21st century” inaugural reference, the railroad bridge, first owned by Choctaw, was once a bridge to the 20th century, its construction starting in 1899. Turning the 1,600-foot-long bridge into a pedestrian overpass required moving huge counterweights that once allowed the bridge to lift for river traffic, building new crossbeams to look like the old, and pouring a 10-inch-thick concrete surface where trains once rolled. Mobley Contractors, “didn’t even bat an eye,” Shock said, when it 16 SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES

CLINTON ANNIVERSARY SCHEDULE You might have gotten a call from James Carville this week inviting you to Saturday’s anniversary celebration of the day in 1991 that then-Gov. Bill Clinton announced he was running for president. Carville said he’ll see you there. The 20th anniversary celebration is one of several events after the bridge dedication marking Arkansas’s presidential claim to fame. First up, on Friday, is the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Park bridge and the Bill Clark Wetlands, starting at 11 a.m. President Clinton will be joined by Gov. Mike Beebe and other community leaders for the ceremony. At sundown on Friday night, “Movies in the Park” in Riverfront Park will show “The War Room,” the documentary that followed the strategic players of the ’92 Clinton presidential campaign. The anniversary event starts at 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Old State House, where thenGov. Clinton announced he would run for president in October 1991. At noon on Monday, Oct. 3, former White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty, consultant Bev Lindsey and former state Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher will serve on a panel at the Old State House for a noon event titled “Building a Community of Hope that Inspires the World: Behind the Scenes at Clinton’s ’91 Announcement.” The event is free but reservations are required; reserve at publicprograms@ or 683-5239.

came to pouring the span’s 3,450 tons of concrete, which a parade of pumper trucks pumped up to the bridge through a long steel and rubber pipe, at just the right consistency. “I’ve done a whole lot of concrete,” Shock, who once oversaw the pouring of concrete on a runway at Denver International, “but nothing like this.” The bridge also has six solar navigational lights for river traffic; at night, it will beam a welcome to planes landing at Little Rock National Airport to the east. It also has electrical outlets across its span to accommodate special events. The hikers and bikers won’t be thinking about all that as they cross the bridge, 17 and a half feet wide along the lift span, to North Little Rock’s Riverfront Park. With the bridge open,

bikers can complete a 14-mile loop in Little Rock and North Little Rock along the Arkansas River as well as detour to the trail’s new offshoot, the Two Rivers Bridge to Two Rivers Park upstream from the eastern river crossing, the Big Dam Bridge. While it was more expensive, building ramps to the bridge — a design Shock and others sought from the beginning — means the Clinton bridge won’t be plagued with the Junction Bridge’s major problem — elevators that don’t work and are too dirty to want to ride in anyway. But what about the pigeons? Shock said the Clinton bridge will be swept daily and power-washed weekly of unwelcome droppings from avian life that perches on the bridge beams overhead. Looking down from the bridge, Shock — a former junior high science teacher who has been with the Clinton Center since before its construction and who foundation people describe as chief “problem solver” — pointed out enormous turtles swimming in the slow backwater that has been cleaned up and replanted as the Clark wetlands. Children who aren’t interested in skylines will love the wildlife they see below, she said. Wooden walkways, a viewing platform and a pavilion line the 13-acre marsh, which also serves as an outdoor environmental classroom, its lessons about birds and fish and how trash carelessly thrown down into Little Rock’s sewers enters the river here. The wetland park is a collaboration of the city, Audubon Arkansas, the state Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state Natural Resources Commission, the Clinton School of Public Service, the Clinton Foundation and the City Parks Conservancy. It honors William E. Clark, head of the CDI construction firm that built the presidential library. After Friday’s dedication, the bridge will be open to the public until 2 p.m. It will be closed on Oct. 1 and reopen to the public Sunday, Oct. 2. Shock, whose site-wide projects range from making the Clinton School for Public Service more energy-efficient to designing the sandblast method for getting the names onto the bridge, heaped praise on all who were involved with the bridge: lead architect Polk Stanley Wilcox and architect Wallace Carradine, consulting engineers McClelland, structural engineer Kenneth Jones and Associates, Little Rock steel fabricators AFCO, general contractor Mobley, C and F steel and Clark Contractors. “All had a vital role,” she said.




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Tide might have ruined Hogs’ season Unless Arkansas can summon a victory against A&M. BY BEAU WILCOX


ormally I abhor the bulletpointstyled column. But it’s hard to present a cohesive, sane assessment of affairs after a loss like the one Arkansas sustained Saturday in Tuscaloosa. So, for lack of a genuine thesis this week, here instead are the cathartic, unhinged observations of a disappointed Hog fan: • Alabama is the living embodiment of a team that is so good that it manufactures its own luck.  Bereft of any unusually good fortune Saturday, the Tide still would have vanquished a Razorback team that is still too green in very critical areas.  Nonetheless, it’s bewildering how so many plays casually went the opposition’s way in the 38-14 drubbing. There was the crippling interception return by Bama’s DeQuan Menzie, which likely never materializes if a healthy, in-sync Greg Childs is on the field instead of the disengaged receiver we have seen so far. A series of helmet-to-helmet blows from Tide defenders on Tyler Wilson went wanting for penalty flags. And when the Razorbacks hung onto hope by their collective fingernails and needed a big defensive stop, A.J. McCarron escaped from a certain sack and flicked the ball to Trent Richardson, standing mere feet away, for the shortest 61-yard touchdown pass on record, which sealed the deal midway through the third period. • I’m not even going to write about the fake field goal that opened the scoring… well, no, I think I will.  Amid all the shuffling of players at the line of scrimmage, and the obvious confusion that it created among the Razorbacks’ field goal block unit, how does a coach as poised as Bobby Petrino somehow fail to call timeout? The play was expertly designed and flawlessly timed, but it might have been shelved if Petrino or one of the players on the field had signaled for a stoppage. • Tyler Wilson’s durability is commendable, and it may be fleeting.  When the video production guys can easily assemble a montage of how many different players have laid licks on your quarterback (I think I saw Derrick Thomas and Keith McCants deliver shots), you not only have pass protection issues, but a legitimate need to get Brandon Mitchell more snaps in practice going forward. • Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick is one of the most gifted defensive backs in college football — nay, he may be one of America’s greatest treasures. Don’t believe

me? Ask Verne Lundquist. At long last, the effusive play-by-play man has found someone who can fill the cavity in his heart where Tim Tebow was once comfortably nestled. • In the last 10 meetings with Alabama, the Razorbacks have yielded 15 touchdowns of 50 yards or more, a number that elicits the sort of wincing that I associate with an unforeseen spike in a utility bill or a hernia.  Marquis Maze’s 83-yard punt return this year followed his 80-yard scoring reception from the miserable 2009 game at Bryant-Denny. Richardson has now had a 50-yard play from scrimmage in all three of his games against Arkansas, and has averaged eight yards per carry in those contests. It’s no coincidence that Arkansas is 3-7 over that 10-game span, with all three wins against Mike Shula-coached teams. If this program is to liberate itself from Nick Saban’s death-yoke, it starts with a most basic edict: stop the big plays.  Yes, I do think having Knile Davis would have mattered.  No, I do not think Ronnie Wingo is capable of being a suitable replacement. These facts acknowledged, I also think Arkansas’s rushing failures are not the exclusive byproduct of tailback shortcomings or offensive line inexperience.  The fact is that Wilson, as accurate and able as he may be, does not engender the same level of fear that Ryan Mallett did, and defensive coordinators are far more inclined to challenge him as a result.   Putting this grotesque defeat in the rearview would be much easier if we weren’t headed for Dallas for a brunch date with our newest conference foe.  And Hell quite possibly hath no fury like an Aggie scorned.  Texas A&M is precisely not the opponent that Arkansas needs this week — the Aggies have surged back to respectability but are chapped about losing two in a row to the Razorbacks and even more aggravated about coughing up a big lead over Oklahoma State at Kyle Field.  The Hogs are wounded and demoralized. It’s a terrible amalgam of events and circumstances, frankly. Which is why Arkansas, if it can summon a victory here, could be reinvigorated heading into a surprisingly manageable October slate of games. This is still a Top 20 team with Top 10 aspirations. Being clearly out of Alabama’s league is no great sin. But letting that fact define an entire season would be.


Post-collegiate hijinks And a plot you will not be able to follow. BY DAVID KOON AND GERARD MATTHEWS

and not weird enough in the Monster of the Week department — the show and its cast of characters have gelled quite a bit since 2008, when the series seemed doomed to People don’t want to leave college. And cancellation. If you’ve never seen it, it’s hard why would they, really? There’s a party someto explain even the barest corner of the plot, where almost every night. Naps are a regular other than to say it revolves around a doubledaily activity. And you’ll probably never be secret ragtag team called “Fringe Division,” living with such a high concentration of peowhich is tasked with investigating bizarre ple of the opposite (or same) sex ever again in events on the Eastern seaboard. Led by the your life. In short, college is great. brilliant-but-clearly-nuts Dr. Walter Bishop “Workaholics” follows three young men (played with perfect glee by John Noble), his — Adam, Anders and Blake — who work son Peter (Joshua Jackson) and FBI agent mid-level jobs in a faceless telemarketing Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), the Fringe company by day and who try desperately to team is tasked with nothing less than savhang on to their college years by night. Our ing the world from destruction. HERE THERE BE SPOILERS! The last few seasons have seen the team get to the bottom of some of those mysteries: Walter Bishop’s theft of a boy identical to his own dead son from a parallel universe where a double of every human being exists. The kidnapping of the alternate Peter Bishop, and the mechanism Walter used to punch a hole between realities, which has ‘WORKAHOLICS’: Anders Holm, Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson star. fractured both dimensions, leading to horrific consequences for the Other Side, including cataclysmic rips in three protagonists share what’s basically a reality and the rise of a bitter, Dick Cheneypost-college frat house and spend a lot of time like version of Walter Bishop which the chargetting drunk on the roof — and other venacters call “Walternate.” Walternate, the true ues — in a continual attempt to not grow up. father of the boy Walter Bishop stole as the There’s a lot of hard partying for sure, but Secretary of Defense over there, is hot for the show doesn’t so much glorify the charrevenge — up to and including plotting to acters’ misguided attempts to avoid respondestroy our universe as a kind of final solusibility as it does poke fun at them. In the tion. At the end of last season, Peter Bishop season two premiere, our three heroes are strapped into a diabolical machine meant out-smarted by a group of high schoolers to heal the cracks in both realities. It seems who steal a dragon statue out of their front to have worked somewhat, but then he vanyard (one Adam, Anders and Blake lifted ished, apparently because he has been comfrom a public playground after coming to the pletely erased from reality and the memories realization that their tax dollars pay for such of those who loved him. His last act was to things). create a converged pocket between the two It’s an awkward time in a young man’s universes, where both sets of Fringe team life when he has to face the fact that days of members can interact and cooperate to try getting up at 6:30 a.m., thinking about the and fix the cracks in reality before it’s too late. future and occasionally dropping money While that leads to some “The Parent Trap”into a 401K are fast-approaching, or maybe style shenanigans with one actor playing two even here already. The actors, and the slightly different characters in the same scene, scripts they follow, capture that spirit deftly it also takes the show in a new and more surwithout relying on too many “Hangover”prising direction. The first episode of the sealike scenarios. It’s a show about coming son found the two sides in a suspicious and face-to-face with adulthood and failing misuneasy truce, and Walter Bishop terrorized erably. And it’s hilarious. GM. by periodic and ghostly glimpses of an apparently still-alive Peter — who, of course, he FRINGE: NEW SEASON doesn’t know at all. In short: a great begin8 p.m. Fridays ning to what is shaping up to be a very cool Fox season. Zip over to Netflix and catch the back While “Fringe” started out shaky — a episodes, then tune in Friday nights to catch bit too serious at times, a bit too weird in the new ones. DK the overarching mythology department WORKAHOLICS 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays Comedy Central


Going to the dark side Local journalists move to PR, naturally. BY GERARD MATTHEWS


n the business, they call it “going to the Dark Side,” making the move from journalism to the world of public relations or some related field. It’s a fairly common jump and one I’ll be making soon, which is why my editor thought it would be a good idea for me to write about it in this space. Over the past few years, this market has seen many a good journalist turn flak. Recently, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette lost an excellent Capitol reporter in Seth Blomeley to the Arkansas Department of Education. Amy Webb also left the D-G to work for the Department of Human Services. KUAR recently lost a familiar voice, Kelly MacNeil, to Heifer International. It wasn’t too long ago that our own Warwick Sabin left the Times to become a spokesman for the University of Central Arkansas (he’s now the publisher of the Oxford American magazine and a candidate for the state House of Representatives). I’ll be leaving to take over as development director for Independent Living Services in Conway, a nonprofit that helps people with developmental disabilities. But I don’t feel, to use the popular parlance of Star Wars, that I’m joining Darth Vader’s forces to help quash the rebellion. I just feel like I’m taking a different job. It’s not a move that I take lightly and I think other journalists who have recently made similar decisions would tell you the same thing. Butch Ward, managing director at the Poynter Institute, left the Philadelphia Inquirer for a public relations gig after 27 years as a reporter. One thing he learned after switching careers was that “journalists don’t corner the market on righteousness.” “There are a lot of people in the world that go to work every day trying to do something they think makes a difference,” Ward says. “And they do a whole lot of different things. I think it is true that journalists tend to talk a lot about their work almost as a mission. When they make the switch to the business world, they’re looking for something that allows them to feel that way again, or to at least approximate it.” MacNeil said that’s one of the things that drew her to communications work for Heifer International. “One of the values that I think I’ve developed as a reporter is a real

appreciation for truthfulness and sincerity,” MacNeil says. “That’s not something that I would have been willing to give up to work in PR. There are many places in the corporate world and in the public sector where you have to engage in some spin, which is perfectly normal and justifiable for those entities, but it’s not something I’m interested in.” Of course, there’s also the matter of money. It’s not the only thing, but it’s an important thing. Blomeley says that after an exciting 11 years covering the Capitol, he felt it was time to start looking more toward the future. “I have a couple of kids, so it was time for me to really start thinking about the family,” he says. “Professionally, this opportunity opened up and it really seemed to fit. I’m getting to broaden my experiences and so it’s been exciting. For a long time it just felt like journalism was in my DNA, that’s what I had to do. But now I realize that, no, there’s nothing set in stone, like the idea that I had to be a journalist forever. A lot of the same skills from journalism are applicable here – curiosity, writing, dealing with people, hard work, dedication – all those things you learn in journalism, I’ve been able to apply them here.” Ward says that’s really why the move from journalism to PR is so prevalent. The skills transfer easily. Journalists know the media landscape and that’s valuable to businesses and various other organizations. So will it go on like this forever and ever, amen? “Certainly it’s a different information environment than it was even 10 years ago,” Ward says. “I don’t know whether more people will go into PR. Certainly the economics of the news business have to get better. Maybe you could go into catering. People are always going to need work.” For my part, I will say I have nothing but love for the Arkansas Times and I’m looking forward to sitting down with each week’s new copy and just reading it, not worrying about whether I made a mistake in the current issue or what will go into the next one. I think Blomeley really said it best: “I didn’t want to go to work or change careers for just anybody. It was something I thought of like, ‘Is this someone I can believe in and have faith in?’ And the answer was yes.” SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 19

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Bryan Hall RN, BSN, MS Assistant Director of Nursing, Arkansas State Hospital At the Arkansas State Hospital we are on the cutting edge of psychiatric nursing providing a trauma informed environment for patient care. We are seeking nurses with an attitude of compassion, enthusiasm and professionalism. If you’re seeking excitement and job satisfaction, then a career in psychiatric nursing may be for you. Nursing personnel utilized to provide quality psychiatric care include: Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurses (LPTNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Behavioral Health Aides (BHAs) and Unit Safety Officers (USO’s). If you are a nurse looking to work in a great environment with competitive pay, benefits and a sign on bonus then we may be the place for you. To learn more about employment opportunities with the Arkansas State Hospital Nursing Department, please visit our website at or call 501-686-9400.

None of the successes of JRMC would have been possible without a strong nursing staff, and we’re excited to see the talented people joining the field today. Nursing has changed substantially, but some things remain the same. As JRMC pediatrician Tom Ed Townsend says, “Good nurses are a gift from God.”

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Human Resource Specialist, Baptist Health

Nurse Recruiter, St. Vincent Health System

Our belief at Baptist Health is that we are a healing ministry. We provide quality patient care services to all Arkansans with a caring and comforting heart. That is why we are Arkansans’ choice for their healthcare needs. We have a variety of nursing opportunities; from a Level III NICU to 90-bed Critical Care area. We offer top quality benefits for employees. We look for nurses who not only critically think but are compassionate and service-oriented. We want to offer a “World Class” environment for everyone.

As the Nurse Recruiter for the premier faith based organization in Arkansas, I seek out nurses that exhibit our core values of reverence, integrity, compassion, and excellence. Whereas technical skills can be taught to an individual, it is very difficult to teach attitude. Nurses at St. Vincent Health System are at the core of the healing ministry of Jesus Christ that was started at this institution over 100 years ago. 501-552-3738,

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Nurse Recruitment and Retention Team, Arkansas Children’s Hospital As Arkansas’s only pediatric health care center and one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, we offer a wide range of opportunities for nurses ranging from direct patient care to staff education, research and evidence based practice, administration, and nursing informatics. When you walk through the main entrance, you see a statement, “Fear not illness…this place of Care, Love and Hope is for you”. This statement reflects our culture and guides our practice each and every day that we enter the halls. When interviewing applicants, we look for those individuals who have a true passion for the profession of pediatric nursing.

Nurse Recruiter, University of Arkansas for Medical Science There is a Circle of Excellence that surrounds everyone who works at UAMS. It starts with respect and ends with excellence and it’s what we expect from those who chose a career at Arkansas’s only academic medical center. We offer unique opportunities combined with salary & benefits plus the personal satisfaction you receive working at UAMS – it’s hard to beat. That’s why more than 10,000 employees enjoy a Career for Life. To join our team, log onto:

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ncreased health care demands, nurse shortages, the wave of retiring baby boomers, health care insurance mandates and higher educational standards are all things that weigh on the mind of today’s nursing student. But while the health care field offers its share of challenges, it also provides the opportunity for great rewards. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) there is a growing shortage of registered nurses. The association is talking with the nation’s schools, legislators and anyone else who will listen to come up with solutions. But in today’s economic market, it’s not as simple as in the past. Today’s students will be faced with more educational demands than nursing students of past generations Michelle S. Odom, RN, is the Director of Nurse Recruitment and Retention for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. She says there is a growing expectation for today’s nursing students to get a four-year degree or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She points to the Institute of Medicine’s October 2010 Future of Nursing report. It recommends increasing “the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.” It also suggests requiring all nursing schools to offer “defined academic pathways” that make it easier for nurses to continue their education. Health care organizations should encourage nurses with a diploma or associate’s degrees to enter a baccalaureate program within five years of graduation, the report says. Odom says Arkansas Children’s Hospital offers tuition reimbursement

to assist their nurses in furthering their education. The baby boomers are dropping out In addition to an emphasis on four-year or advanced degrees, the retirement of the nation’s baby boomers – estimated to be about 72 million strong – will leave a health care hole that must be plugged. As the economy begins to recover, there will be an increased demand for non-essential medical services, but as the first baby boomers start retiring the need is going to balloon even more. The supply will become even tighter as baby boomers leave the supply side of health care and increasingly become consumers of those services. This could put a strain on the healthcare system, says Tammy Jones, Ph.D., RN, and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

“Nursing is a profession a person can be proud of,” she says. And that’s true no matter who you are. “The result is an increased need for nurses, especially those who deliver longterm and specialized care,” Jones says. “The reality is that many experts say that even if every nursing school were at capacity, there will still be a nursing shortage. The lack of nursing faculty to increase student capacity further illustrates the seriousness of this problem.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports health care, ambulatory and long-term care facilities added about 37,000 jobs in March 2011, with about 283,000 jobs added over the last 12 months. The BLS expects the industry will need to grow (will need to grow? Or will grow?) by 22 percent by 2018. Another impact on the health care system is the growing requirement to put patient care information online, says Rebecca Brosius, RN Recruitment

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Coordinator for St. Vincent Health System. It’s a great fit for nursing students who enjoy computer work. The changing face of health care There are other factors influencing the way central Arkansas healthcare institutions operate, including a number of hospitals that are attempting to reach Magnet Recognition Program® status. At ACH, Professional Practice and Clinical Education Director Tammy Webb says, “If you want to apply for Magnet status, it requires you support your nursing staff in several ways.” Shared leadership is one of Magnet’s values that Webb embraces and promotes. The entire hospital gets involved and nurses are encouraged to continue their education, whether by obtaining a degree or simply keeping up with the latest medical technologies and techniques.That means it’s important for ACH to foster a climate of learning, Webb says. While preparing the next generation of nurses, Southern Arkansas University Department of Nursing Chair Bernadette Fincher, Ph.D., RN, says they are aware of a need for an educated nurse-force. “We’re talking to students about additional education because of the push toward Magnet status,” she says. “This is especially true for students who want to work in central Arkansas because the job market might be a little tighter for nurses with two-year degrees.”  Recognizing the best The Magnet program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations devoted to nursing excellence. There are about 375 ANCC Magnet Designated Hospitals in the United States, representing about 6.5 percent of all health care organizations. It means more opportunities for tomorrow’s nurses. Maria Whitt, director of nursing excellence and education for St. Vincent, and coordinator of the Magnet program, says they started working toward Magnet status a couple of years ago. However, they were already developing a more professional staff. “Nursing is the foundation of our hospital,” Whitt says. In order to help their nurses achieve their educational goals, whether for personal satisfaction or professional reasons, UAMS offers employees a helping hand.

“We are committed to supporting UAMS nurses with professional development and attainment of educational goals,” Jones says. “Our incentive package is one way we make good on that commitment. Jones says the program at UAMS gives employees a tuition discount on classes taken in the U of A System. “We also have a loan program that not only assists nursing students but also our own nurses to obtain their BSN. In addition, our unit managers work with employees when it comes to scheduling work and classroom schedules,” she says. In addition, the state offers a number of scholarships and grants, and a number

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of the state’s institutions of higher learning are making it easier for nurses by offering instruction online. Arkansas Tech University at Russellville is so firmly committed to the future of nursing that the school has expanded its RN-to-BSN program. The program allows nurses with an AA (Associate in Arts) to turn that two-year degree into a BSN online from any location – whether it’s in the same town or across the country. “Our program is designed to make it possible for students to continue their education while they work and live in their own communities,” says Dr. Rebecca Burris, head of the Department of Nursing at Arkansas Tech University.

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Growing diversity It was only a few decades ago that the country faced a nursing shortage so severe that many people were recruited from outside the country. St. Vincent’s Josy Cash, RN, says her mother Noemi Cash came to Arkansas from her home in Asia to work as a nurse. Now, Cash is following in her mother’s footsteps. “There are so many opportunities in nursing and I plan to apply for a graduate program,” says Cash, who only recently graduated with a BSN. That first shortage forever changed the face of nursing. Of today’s approximately 3 million licensed RNs in the U.S., 5.8 percent are men, 4.2 percent are African American and 3.1 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The average age of today’s RN is 46.8, only about 8 percent are under 30, and 30.1 percent of the male RNs are under 40, while 26.1 percent of female RNs fall into the same age group. Overall, the nation’s younger nurses are more likely to be male. Almost two thirds of male RNs are under the age of 50, compared with 57.4% of females.

Of the 33,596 licensed RNs in Arkansas, 11,104 are under the age of 39; 15,931 are between 40 and 59; and another 3,908 are over 60. Of the total number, 28,028 are female and 2,915 are male. Approximately 14,036 have a two-year while only 8,469 have a four-year degree. In 2009, labor department research showed that average salaries for Arkansas nurses ranged from just under $34,000 for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to $57,000 for RNs. Veneine Cuningkin, RN, Little Rock’s Arkansas State Hospital MSN/ED Nurse Educator Supervisor feels nursing is definitely changing. “Nursing is a profession a person can be proud of,” she says. And that’s true no matter who you are. n

For 13 years, we’ve told Arkansans why they should become a nurse. But, we’ve never asked anyone why they became one. For this year’s issue, we talked to nurses to find out what made them decide to spend their lives working in the field. Look for their stories throughout the issue in the specially marked “Why I Became a Nurse” boxes.

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Be a part of the Conway Regional team where your voice is heard, your experience is valued and your commitment to patient care is shared. It is our mission to provide high-quality, compassionate health care services to the North Central Arkansas community. We are looking for new nurses, as well as experienced nurses to help fulfill our mission and vision of excellent health care. As the Best Place to Work many of our team members appreciate the competitive benefits we offer, including tuition reimbursement, continuing education, advancement opportunities and low nurse/patient ratios. Call or visit us online today for our current openings and to submit an application,

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An Arkansas Children’s Hospital nurse helps with the helicopter transport of a patient.

“Prior to nursing, I worked in the ministry full-time, but I was also interested in helping people in a more tangible way. Although I still work in the ministry, I’m now a nurse. It allows me to heal people through competent care and provide them with hope, comfort, motivation and inspiration.”


—Matthew Martin, RN, St. Vincent Health System

few weeks ago, a group of registered nurses gathered at St. Vincent Infirmary to talk about nursing, and all agreed that it isn’t just a job but a profession, and one to be proud of. Nursing wasn’t always the “profession” it is today, say many of the nurses who started 30 or so years ago. “It was more of a job back then,” says Melonese Clarke, an RN for St. Vincent Health System with 32 years experience. St. Vincent Health System’s Barbara Brophy, another RN with 32 years of experience, said she became a nurse because there were few options for women in those days. Teach school, be a secretary, or be a nurse, she recalls. For Brophy, nursing proved an excellent fit. “It’s a great job, with good pay and hours,” she says. “I’ve traveled and met lots of interesting people.”

Clarke agrees and says what started out as a job for her has morphed into a career with any number of options. She, like the rest of the nurses at the table, is proud to say, “I’m a nurse.” So where are the jobs? Nursing jobs can be found in every nook and cranny of the health care industry. “A wide variety can be found in the hospital setting,” says Rebecca Brosius, RN. Brosius is nurse recruitment coordinator for St. Vincent Health System. Today’s hospital nursing jobs take a number of different forms. “There are so many opportunities in nursing, with plenty of room to move up the ladder,” says Angie Longing, St. Vincent’s Chief Nurse at the hospital’s Morrilton campus. Longing, who has 17 years of experience, says continuing education is key.

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JRMC maintains a Clinical Informatics department comprised of six RN’s whose primary purpose is to support the EHR’s users. The JRMC Informatics team also assists with implementation of new clinical software, clinical workflow design and optimization of existing processes. “This is definitely a job that most people are now becoming aware of as electronic health records are being implemented all over the country,” says the department’s director, Leah Wright RN, MSN. Wright says this is a very exciting time to be in the Clinical Informatics field. “This career path is appealing for both new and experienced staff. My team supports all the users of the Allscripts application within the hospital; with our level of EHR implementation and adoption it’s a requirement that we provide a high level of support.” The Allscripts software is used by JRMC across all service levels and provides a seamless record as the patient transitions through the facility. This is definitely a job that most people aren’t aware of, she says. While you might not immediately think of the U.S. Army National Guard when you think of jobs in the healthcare industry, they are always on the lookout for qualified people, including nurses, says U.S. Army Capt. Brad Massey. While a person is allowed to join the Army National Guard at age 17, a member can’t be deployed until they are 18 years old, and 42 is the maximum age a person can be accepted. Whether signing up for a few years or 20, serving in the military allows a member to use the skills they acquired before entering the service, like nursing. The National Guard is also interested in helping a member once his or her tour of duty is complete, Massey says. For instance,

“We encourage nurses to continue their education because it benefits both the hospital and the individual,” she says. The hospital gets a more educated employee. And for the nurse, more education is always good for their self-esteem and their pocketbook. “It’s a great time to be a nurse,” Brosius says. There are just as many jobs outside the hospital, including home health care, schools and doctors’ offices. There are also opportunities at treatment, hospice and rehab facilities. Arkansas State Hospital at Little Rock has a number of nurses on-staff, says the hospital’s Nurse Educator Supervisor Veneine Cuningkin, RN. “It takes a special nurse to work with our patients. It might not be a job for everyone but it’s a very rewarding job for the right person,” she says. When Cuningkin says that, through the years, nursing has morphed from a job into a career. “It has evolved into a profession with lots of great benefits and so many wonderful opportunities,” she says. Little Rock’s Briarwood Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is always on the lookout for nurses, whether they be licensed practical nurses (LPN), RNs or certified nurse aids. “We use nurses in our long-term and short-term care and rehabilitation facilities, and of course in our skilled nursing facility,” says company spokeswoman Shari McGraw. The facility offers “24-hour medical nurse services” for seniors who suffer from illness or disabilities. They also work with patients who need care while recovering from surgery. Nursing jobs can take a number of different forms. “It takes a special person to work with our patients,” McGraw says. there are jobs in hospitals and Veterans Affairs For those who think the commute to (VA) facilities around the country where an Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine individual with military experience will get Bluff is a bit long, consider the distance extra points – like extra credit on an exam – traveled by a Singapore medical team, or an when applying for an opening. executive from Australia. They wanted a closer Massey, who is a Registered Nurse, says the look at the hospital’s sophisticated electronic National Guard is also interested in helping health record (EHR). its current and former members continue their education. The Guard offers assistance

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with additional education through tuition assistance, scholarships, the Army National Guard Kicker, Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 Bill. The future of nursing looks sunny According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the health care industry added about 428,000 jobs from December 2007 until June 2009, and it continues to grow at a steady rate. Registered nurses make up most of the new hires. In addition, the American Health Care Association reported in July 2008 that there were about 19,400 vacancies in longterm care facilities. Fast forward to today — according to the American Association of Colleges of Nurses 2011 fact sheet, about 121,000 new jobs for RNs were posted in May — up 46 percent from May 2010. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the need for health care workers continues to climb. Ambulatory facilities and hospitals added 37,000 new jobs in March 2011. They also project a need of approximately 581,500 new RN positions by 2018 – a much faster growth rate than most other areas of employment.

“It has evolved into a profession with lots of great benefits and so many wonderful opportunities,” she says. For those who aren’t convinced, go to a website like and there are literally hundreds of jobs posting looking for RNs. Laura Hamilton, Baptist Health Schools Little Rock dean of nursing, says the job market is opening up. “I believe there will be more openings in all areas of nursing in the near future. It’s a good time to start planning your future.” Consider a second career in nursing The field of nursing seems to have been immune to the economic troubles facing most other industries. Employment numbers have remained strong, and in some cases even grown. So it’s not surprising that a number of people are changing the focus of their career mid-stream and gravitating to the health care industry. University of Arkansas at Little Rock Academic Counselor Jon Vickers says in the past, people wanted to become nurses to make a difference and help others. “With changes in the economy and the demand for qualified nurses, more and more people are interested in this field because of career stability and the flexibility the profession provides,” Vickers says. The health care industry has room to grow, and a need for all kinds of talent, he says. UALR student nurse tech Brad Snyder started his career in sales and marketing, but after working in corporate America for a few years, he decided he wanted to make a change. “I figured out sales just wasn’t for me. That’s what I like about nursing. You go in

and help somebody. You have a real impact on someone’s life,” Snyder says. “With nursing, even if it’s something simple like getting someone a drink of water, or larger things like talking with somebody who was just in surgery and helping them walk down the hallway for the first time, or sending them home with their family, there’s a personal fulfillment you get that you don’t get in other jobs.” He also enjoys the flexibility the profession provides. “There are a lot of things you can do with nursing. If you don’t like one area, there is always something else you can do,” he says. Snyder will graduate this December. Baptist Health Cardiac Telemetry Supervisor Jim March has a special place in his heart for those starting over in their careers. “I love to give people who are starting a second career a chance because they have experience and more to offer,” March says. He likes to encourage anyone who is considering a nursing career, whether they’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran. After all, he was about 40 when he started over as nursing student. “It’s a very rewarding second career choice,” he says. Arkansas State Hospital Director of Nursing and RN James Scoggins says nursing is a fulfilling career. “It allows me to give a little piece of myself to each patient, and them to me. That is the beauty of being a nurse, and it is these many pieces that create an individual masterpiece that is the career of each and every nurse.” Bernadette Fincher, Ph.D., RN, department of nursing chair at Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, says she is seeing more non-traditional students, including those who have been out of school for a while. For every 50 traditional nursing students, SAU has about 10 nontraditional students. “We love these students because they often bring real life experiences to the profession,” she says. Climbing the ladder to success For those who want a career change but don’t want to give up on the health care profession, there are lots of opportunities in unexpected places, like hospital administration or nursing education. Baptist Health Schools Little Rock Nurse Educator Nicole V. Aclin, RN, decided to make a change after working as a nurse for eight years. “I had the option of working as a nurse practitioner or going into education, but I choose to become a nursing instructor because I felt it best met my family’s needs,” she says. Aclin has two small children and wanted flexible hours. It proved to be a rewarding move, and one that strikes a balance between work and family. “I enjoy teaching students and watching students learn…seeing them understand concepts and make the connection between classroom content and the clinical setting,” she says. n

Why I Became a Nurse Arkansas Children’s Hospital DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honorees Diana and Trev Ragan are described as meticulous, professional and extraordinary nurses by their peers. Diana, whose own daughter was in critical care at ACH, knows how parents can feel helpless. I know that hurt that can’t be fixed, she says. Her supervisor Amber Jones, describes Diana as the “true definition of patient advocacy, which is why families ask that she be their nurse.” Seventeen years ago, Trev received a heart transplant in the same heart center where he now works and says he wanted to become a nurse because while lying there, waiting to get a heart, he looked around and saw all the children and families struggling. He knew he could help make that better. Now, he connects with his patients through humor and joy for life that helps them feel like normal kids. He knows how important that is for his patients’ recovery. Diana says, “Families love him. The whole team admires him. We have a lot to learn from his experience.” The couple met on the very unit that gave new life to Trev and to Diana’s daughter. She was attending to a transplant patient on a weekend shift, when Trev showed up fresh from church. He was not scheduled to work that day, but had promised the family he would be there for the surgery. He roamed around in a suit and loafers, asking nurses how he could help. Five years later, both believe that the challenges in their lives have been amazing gifts. These difficulties allow them to understand each other, to connect to their patients, and to work so well with their team. — Diana & Trev Ragan, Arkansas Children’s Hospital

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aty Coston enrolled in college right out of high school but decided her intended courses of study, teaching and music, weren’t for her. “I knew I wanted to work with people; however, I was completely uninterested in the majors I signed up for,” she says. It would be about three years before Coston would be interested in trying college again. “I realized I had to do something,” she says. One day while at a local Subway restaurant, she overheard an employee saying that it only takes three semesters to become licensed practical nurse (LPN). Coston decided to sign up and after only a few classes at Baptist Health Schools Little Rock she knew she had found her destiny. She’s now working on a four-year nursing degree.

“I had found my niche. Bells started ringing, sparks started flying…Human anatomy amazed me, pharmacology was like learning a second language and medical-surgical nursing opened my eyes to a new universe,” she says. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Inpatient Services and Neurology/ Neurosurgery Clinical Services Manager Amy Hester, RN, says she always knew she wanted to be a nurse. “It’s a natural fit for me, and medsurg nursing is exciting work. It’s always changing and interesting. It’s important work,” she says. Actually, most nurse professionals and educators agree that medical-surgical (most in the health care industry refer to it as “med-surg”) nursing is just the place for a newly licensed graduate to start. At one time all nurses were either medical or surgery but eventually medicalsurgical nursing evolved into an entry-

Externs Audrey Ray, Will Hunter, and April Kennedy can work in many areas of the hospital.

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Basic med-surg nursing skills serve as a good foundation for positions throughout the hospital, especially in areas like surgery, critical care, labor and delivery or emergency rooms. level position, according to the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. It’s not just a stepping stone to a better job but the foundation of the health care industry.

While it’s true some med-surg positions require extensive training, the majority of positions only require a degree and licensure to start. “We frequently have med-surg nurse openings and for the new graduate, it’s a great place to start,” according to C.J. Newton, Conway Regional Health System’s Director or Educational Services. Basic med-surg nursing skills serve as a good foundation for positions throughout the hospital, especially in areas like surgery, critical care, labor and delivery or emergency rooms. Newton says they make good use of med-surg nursing skills at Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Lisa Rowland, a spokesperson for Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff, says their hospital always seems to need med-surg nurses on the med-durg floor, same day surgery and ambulatory surgery center. These areas give the new nurse a variety of medical experiences and build skills. But it also gives them exposure to dealing with the human side of nursing, such as tending to ill and frightened patients and distraught family members.

Beyond experience, Amy Hester, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences clinical services manager, says, “med-surg allows a new nurse to build a foundation that is required by many jobs in the health care setting.” She says the med-surg nurse learns a board range of skills that can segue into jobs that require experience. These might include infection prevention, case management, home health care, informatics – the list could go on and on. “Med-surg is an exciting area of nursing and, personally, I enjoy the ever-changing aspect of the job,” Hester says. The need for the med-surg nurse Open the classified ad section or go to a website advertising health care jobs and there are generally large numbers of positions open for med-surg nurses. “This type of nurse is in demand and a great place to look for that first job is in a hospital,” says Bernadette Fincher, Ph.D., RN, and the Department of Nursing chair at Southern Arkansas University. “There’s a real need for nurses in the rural areas of Arkansas,” Fincher says. Most SAU students come from the surrounding area, including Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, and she says, “We’re placing 100 percent of our (licensed) graduates, with most finding jobs at their local hospital.” In Northwest Arkansas, there is also a real need for med-surg nurses. Dr. Rebecca

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Burris, department of nursing chair at Arkansas Tech University, says that recent health care reforms will mean an even bigger need for nurses in her part of the state. “That’s good news for today’s nursing students,” she says. Southern and eastern Arkansas are also in need of med-surg nurses.

Dr. Sue McLarry, chair of the nursing school at Arkansas State University, says her graduating students – most remain in the area – aren’t having trouble finding jobs at nearby facilities. Little Rock’s Briarwood Nursing And Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is always on the lookout for nurses for their long-term and short-term care and rehabilitation facilities, says company spokeswoman Shari McGraw. The facility offers “24-hour medical nurses services” for seniors who suffer from illness or disabilities. They also work with patients who need care while recovering from surgery. She says they also feel the med-surg nurse is a good fit for their organization. While some jobs require only that a nurse have successfully completed a program or degree, other positions require nurses with some experience. That’s the case in several of the departments at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Director of Nurse Recruitment Michelle S. Odom says certain jobs require prior working knowledge but she says nurses shouldn’t be discouraged from pursuing their dream jobs. “Be patient if you are unable to find a position as a new graduate nurse at ACH. Many of our open positions are for nurses with some experience. Find an entry level position that suits your needs, get experience as a med-surg nurse and then apply for the position you really want,” Odom says. While some jobs require experience, others require additional education. For example, a nurse anesthetist position requires a master’s degree. “We’re the only program in the state offering it. This is an area of nursing with plenty of opportunity and is definitely a career path worth considering,” says McLarry. After graduation, a nurse anesthetist is qualified to work in doctor’s offices, clinics, rehab centers, schools, long-term care facilities and more. Mary Daggett, JRMC Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services, says you may not get your dream job right out of school but don’t let that discourage you. “You never know when the right job for you is going to open up,” she says. n

Why I Became a Nurse When growing up I didn’t know any nurses but after a miscarriage, I was so impressed with the care of my nurses. That experience changed my life and for the last 34 years, I’ve taken care of other people—showing them the same wonderful care I received. — Linda White, RN, St. Vincent Renal Dialysis I became a nurse because I wanted to give back to others. — Charity Tarr, RN, Arkansas State Hospital I was young when I knew I wanted a career and was attracted to nursing. It gives you the ability to make a real difference in the world every single day. — Barbara Williams, University of Central Arkansas Department of Nursing Chair I didn’t choose nursing, it chose me. — Brenda DeBose, RN, Arkansas State Hospital I do not think there is a more important time in life than when a baby comes into the lives of his mother and father, and I became a nurse because I wanted to help shape this moment by teaching a baby’s mother and father many of the things they would need to know before delivery, as well as how to care for their new child. I also wanted to provide the new mother with physical care and the new father with emotional support, and help other family members feel included in this life-changing event. — Rebecca Burris, RN, Arkansas Tech University Department of Nursing Chair

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Whether you’re looking to attend school for two years or four, part-time or full, Arkansas’s colleges and universities have a number of programs that will get you on the path to a nursing career. Read about the different nursing degrees below then check out the chart for schools that best meet your needs.

Associate Degree

(two-year degree)

Associate degree programs, offered by two-year and four-year colleges and universities, must meet the requirements of a regional accreditation association and be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. At the completion of a program, the student is awarded an Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Science in Nursing (ASN) diploma. Only then is the graduate eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and, upon successful completion, become a Registered Nurse (RN

Baccalaureate Degree

(four-year degree)

Baccalaureate programs must be approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and are usually offered by four-year colleges or universities. At the completion of a program, the student is awarded the Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and given a diploma. After graduation, he or she is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and, upon successful completion, become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Practical Nursing

Both private and public two-year and four-year institutions offer practical nurse programs, which generally take 12 months to complete. The Arkansas State Board of Nursing approves the practical nurse (PN) programs and upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate. Then the individual is eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and, upon successful completion, become an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse).

Registered Nursing

Both private and public two-year and four-year colleges and universities offer Registered Nurse programs that are divided into two categories: a two-year associate degree and a four-year baccalaureate degree. Before going to work, the graduate is required to pass the NCLEX examination. In addition to the traditional route, there are two-year diploma certificate programs.

Continuing Education

Years/Public Private


Degree Offered

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro • 870-972-3074 (nursing) • 870-972-3024 (admissions)

4 yr public



Arkansas Tech University, Russellville • 479-968-0383

4 yr public


BSN, LPN to BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to M

Harding University, Searcy • 1-800-477-4407, 501-279-4682

4 yr private



Henderson State University, Arkadelphia • 870-230-5015

4 yr public



University of Arkanasas, Fayetteville • 479-575-3904

4 yr public


BSN, RN-BSN, LPN-BSN, MSN (online progr

UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-569-8081

4 yr public



University of Central Arkansas, Conway • 501-450-3119

4 yr public



University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7861, 1-888-512-LION

4 yr public



University of Arkansas at Monticello • 870-460-1069

4 yr public



University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-686-5374

4 yr public


BSN, MNSc, Ph.D, Post Masters options ava

Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville • 870-762-1020

2 yr public


AAS, Certificate of Practical Nursing

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro • 870-972-3074 (nursing) • 870-972-3024 (admissions)

4 yr public


LPN to RN (AASN), Traditional AASN, BSN Accelerated MSN.

East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City • 870-633-4480

2 yr public



National Park Community College, Hot Springs • 501-760-4290

2 yr public


AS in Nursing

Mississippi County Community College, Blytheville • 870-762-1020

2 yr public


AAS in Nursing

North Arkansas College, Harrison • 870-743-3000

2 yr public


AAS in nursing-traditional. LPN, LPN-RN

Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville • 479-636-9222, 800-995-6922

2 yr public



Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena, Dewitt, Stuttgart • 870-3386474 x1254 or 1-870-946-3506 x 1611

2 yr public


AAS, technical certificate/PN

Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff • 870-543-5917

2 yr public


AAS: RN, Generic RN & LPN/Paramedic to R

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia • 870-235-4040

4 yr public


BSN, ADN, Online RN-BSN Completion

University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville • 870-612-2000, 800-508-7878

2 yr public


AAS-LPN to RN-traditonal and online track Generic RN Program

UALR, Department of Nursing, Little Rock • 501-569-8081

4 yr public



University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7861 • 1-888-512-LION

4 yr public



Baptist Health Schools Little Rock • 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046



diploma/LPN, diploma/RN

Jefferson Reg. Med. Center School of Nursing, Pine Bluff • 870-541-7850


24 months






After completing the basic nursing programs, you might want to consider an advanced degree such as an RNP (Registered Nurse Practitioner), APN (Advanced Practice Nurse) or LPTN (Licensed Psychiatric Technician Nurse). Also, for nurses with a BSN, there are a number of advanced degrees, including a master’s degrees and Ph.D.s in various fields of study. These advanced programs require additional education and can include the passage of specific licensure examinations.

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus, Ozark • 479-667-2117




Baptist Health Schools Little Rock • 501-202-6200, 800-345-3046



diploma/LPN, diploma/RN

Black River Technical College, Pocahontas • 870-248-4000

2 yr public


AAS/RN, Certificat/PN, Certificate of Proficie

Cossatot Community College of the UA, De Queen, Nashville • 870-584-4471, 800-844-4471

2 yr public



Arkansas Northeastern College, Burdette • 870-763-1486 • Paragould • 870-239-3200



Certificate of Practical Nursing & AAS-Regist

Dr. Sue McLarry, chair of the School of Nursing at Arkansas State University says the best thing you can do is plan ahead. She offers the following advice for high school students, or anyone, considering a career in nursing: • Sign up for college preparatory classes, including biology and other sciences, while you’re still in high school. • To both high school and college students: “Your grade-point-average is very important.” It can mean the difference between an acceptance letter or rejection notice. • Contact any schools you’re interested in so you can be better prepared. Ask about tuition, course of study, housing and financial aid. • Look for schools with high National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX®) pass rates. According the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, NCLEX® is a “computer adaptive exam designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities of the entry-level practitioner. Passage of the exam is a part of the process used by Boards of Nursing when determining eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.” • As early as possible, apply to the nursing program of your choice and take any required entrance exams.

ASU Technical Center, Jonesboro • 870-932-2176




Arkansas State University - Beebe • ASU Searcy Campus 501-207-6214



Certificate LPN

Northwest Technical Institute, Springdale • 479-751-8824




College of the Ouachitas, Malvern • 800-337-0266 ext 1200

2 yr public


Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing, Ass Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Adm

Ozarka College, Melbourne • 870-368-7371

2 yr public



University of Arkansas Comm. College at Morrilton • 501-354-2465

2 public


LPN-certificates AAS-LPN, RN

Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock • 501-812-2200

2 yr public


technical certificate in Practical Nursing/PN

National Park Community College, Hot Springs • 501-760-4160



certificates in Practical Nursing

Rich Mountain Community College, Mena • 479-394-7622

2 yr public


certificate/PN, LPN, CAN, RN

SAU Tech, Camden • 870-574-4500

2 yr public


Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate

South Arkansas Community College, El Dorado • 870-864-7142, 870-864-7137

2 yr public



University of Arkansas Community College at Hope • 870-777-5722

2 yr public



University of Arkansas - Fort Smith • 479-788-7861, 1-888-512-LION

4 yr public


Technical Certificate

University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology, Crossett • 870-364-6414

2 yr public


Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

*** for Basic nursing education; Varies with previous coursework or nursing license; MSN program = 2 yrs

To compile this, forms were sent to every


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Living Arrangements

Aid Deadline

Scholarship Deadline

Required Exams

Application Deadline

Comments/Home Page Address


on campus housing

July 1st

February 15th



Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

BSN-4yrs, RN to BSN-1yr, MSN-2yrs

on campus housing




March 1st and October 1st, other programs vary

RN to BSN can be completed in as little as one year. Excellent Faculty. nursing

BSN 4 yrs

on campus housing





Quality nursing education with a focus on Christian service and professionalism.

4 yrs

on campus housing




Feb 15th

The school with a heart. Small classes. CCNE Accredited.

4 yrs***

on campus housing

March 15th

November 15th

SAT, ACT (none for MSN)

Jan 15th for Fall admission; June 15th for Spring (none for MSN)

Nursing is a dynamic career, meeting the health care needs of society. nurs.uark. edu/ The online Master of Science degree in nursing offers a choice of two concentrations: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health and Nurse Educator.

4 semesters/ASN, 3 semesters/BSN

on/off campus housing

April 1st

February 1st

ASN/SAT for students with less than 12 credits.

Oct 1st for Spring/ June 1st for Fall

BSN completion for current RNs or recent graduates of an accredited nursing program. UALR students can Ladder into the online BSN and graduate within four years.

4 yrs/BSN, MSN varies, PMC varies

on campus housing

July 1st

January 8th



4 yrs for BSN/Varies for RN-BSN

on campus housing

Priority March 15th

February 1st


Oct 1st for Spring/ March 1st for Fall

RN-BSN is an Online Completion Program.


1 to 4 yrs

on campus housing

contact financial aid (870) 460-1050

March 1st


March 1st

Excellent NCLEX-RN pass rates! Achieve your nursing goals with us. Nursing/academicprograms.htm

Masters options available

BSN generic: 2 yrs+1 summer/ RN to BSN: 1 yr full time/ MNSC& Ph.D:students have up to 6 yrs to complete degree requirements

on campus housing

varies, visit nursing. Click on scholarships

varies, visit nursing.uams. edu click on scholarships

TOEFL for int'l students, MNSc-MAT or GRE, PhD-GRE, ATI TEAS V for BSN applicants.

BSN generic: February 1st/ RN to BSN: March 1st & Sept. 1st/ MNSC: Sept. 1st & April 1st/ PhD: Jan 2

cal Nursing

RN-2 yrs, LPN-1 yr

commuter campus

Priority April 15

Priority March 15


RN- March 31, PN- March 31, LPN- October 30th

ANC offers both the RN and LPN programs

itional AASN, BSN, LPN to BSN Optional 2nd Degree


on campus housing Jonesboro

July 1st

February 15th



The mission of the School of Nursing is to educate and enrich students for evolving professional nursing practice.

2 yrs

commuter campus

April 15th


ACT, ASSET / Nursing Pre-entrance exams


Allied health program offering RN-Nursing degree (basic students, LPN completion).

2 yrs

commuter campus




March 1st

Options for LPN and new High School graduates.

2 yrs

commuter campus

Priority April 15 Rolling

Priority April 15


March 31st

RN-1yr; LPN-RN-1yr; PN-1yr

commuter campus

Pell Grant June 30, 2010

June 15th


varies with program

Northark’s students receive excellent healthcare education leading to rewarding careers in

4 semesters

commuter campus

May 1st

April 1st


March 1st

The college of the NWA community, member of Northwest Arkansas Nursing Education Consortium

AAS 72 credit hrs, PN 54 credit hrs

commuter campus



none for admission

RN June 1st, PN June 1st or Oct 1st

RN Program, NLNAC accredited.

PN/Paramedic to RN. Technical Certificate: PN

PN-1 yr, Generic RN-29 mos

commuter campus



ACT, COMPASS, PAX for PN, HESI Fundamentals of Nursing for RN

Second Friday in March

Changing lives‌one student at a time!

N Completion

4 yrs/BSN, 2yrs/ADN, 2-4 yrs Online Completion program

on campus housing

July 1st

Priority March 15, Final August


September 30 for LPN to RN; February 28 for ADN & BSN; spring and fall admission for RN-BSN completion program.

All programs are fully accredited by NLNAC and approved by Arkansas State Board of Nursing; SAU Magnolia has an LPN to RN track for each spring admissions LPNs or Vocational nurses.

al and online tracks PN Program (Technical Certificate)

11 mos, Generic program is 16 mos.

commuter campus


March 1-H.S. Academic; July 15-Others. Nursing Scholarship-Dec 1



PN May 1 - LPN to RN July15 - Generic entry deadline is May 1

UACCB's nursing programs are among the top programs in the state.

4 semesters

on/off campus housing

April 1st

February 1st

ACT, SAT, Evolve A2 nursing entrance exam.

Priority Application Deadline Feb 28/ Applications accepted until class full

LPN/Paramedic to RN (1 year). Traditional ASN (2 years). Accelerated ASN (18 months). See above for BSN information.

2 years

on campus housing

Priority March 15th

February 1st


May 15th for Fall/April 15th for LPN/ Paramedic Transition Program for Summer

RN traditonal track 3yrs. RN express track 2yrs. LPN 1yr. RN Accelerated 1yr (LPNs or Paramedics).

commuter campus

March 1st priority



3yr-July1, 2yr-June 1, RNA-Dec 1, PN-Dec 1 or June 15

1 year pre-requisites + 2 years core courses

commuter campus




Applications accepted until classes filled. $35 fee

Length of program recently changed. See webpage for details. nursingschool.html

3 semesters

commuter campus

Priority April 15



June 1, October 1

Clinical experience in hospitals of varying size, physicians' offices and geriatric facilities.


2 semester LPN

commuter campus

Priority March 1st



Dec 1st & June 15th

ertificate of Proficiency/Nursing Assistant

AAS/RN 3 semesters, Certificate/PN 3semesters, Certificate of Proficiency/ Nursing Assistant 4 weeks.

commuter campus

contact financial aid office

April 15th


1st day of class

BRTC: A college of vision. BRTC has a 95% plus boards pass rate. blackrivertech. org

De Queen 11 mos Day Program, Nashville 18 mos evening program

commuter campus


June 15th


Day Program-De Queen March 1st, Evening Program-Nashville August 31st

Prerequisites required prior to admission.

18-36 mos

commuter campus

4 wks prior to first day

Priority April 15th


March 30th

Variety of clinical experiences.

11 mos

commuter campus




June 1 & November 1

Combines classroom instruction with clinical experience. Graduates eligible to take NCLEX.

11 mos

commuter campus


June 1st

ACT/COMPASS and Questionnaire

Call for further information

Application packet and program requirements are online.

3 sem. & 1 Summer session (includes Pre-Reqs)

commuter campus

July 1/Fall, December 1/Spring

June 1/Fall, December 1/ Spring


November 1st

Bilingual scholarships available-

1-3 semesters

commuter campus


Fall-May1, Spring-Dec 1


First Friday in September / Spring, First Friday in March / Fall

11-18 mos

commuter campus


March 1st

Wonderlic, TEAS, LPN STEP

April 1/Fall, November 1/Spring August 31 - RN

Providing life-changing experiences through education.


MSN (online program)




rsing & AAS-Registered Nurse

actical Nursing, Associate of Applied Science in Nursing, nt, Medication Administration Program


3 semesters - 2yr

commuter campus

prior to semester

April 1st


LPN-June 1st, AASLPN-Oct 1st, RN-Aug 31st

Enrollment limited to 20 each admission for LPN.

ctical Nursing/PN

11 mos traditional track/ 22 mos nontraditional track

commuter campus




April 15th

Call an advisor to discuss pre-recuisites and eligibility. of_study/nursing/practical_nursing.asp 501-812-2339


13 mos FT; 2yr PT

commuter campus




March 1st

Do you want to make a difference? Then nursing is for you! Evening option available.

11-12 mos

commuter campus

varies, contact financial aid office



LPN-March, RN-Sept

14 mos

commuter campus and on campus

July 1st


TEAS and SAU Tech admission requirements.

June 1st

SAU Tech Nursing Program provides students with the necessary theory base and clinical skills to successfully pass certification/license exams and to provide the healthcare industry with skilled, qualified providers.

11 mos

commuter campus

July1st, Nov April 1st

Priority April 1st



SouthArk: Where students come first.

2 sem. (excludes prerequisites)

commuter campus




June 30th

12 mos

on campus housing

Priority March 15th

Feb. 1st


June 1st for Fall

12 mos

commuter campus



entrance exam


Accredited by the Commission on Schools of the North Central Association, and the council of Occupational Education.


Technical Certificate, Associate Degree

actical Nursing


forms were sent to every qualified college and university with instructions to return by a specified deadline. Those schools not meeting the deadline were repeated from last year. Every attempt is made to gather and verify the information.

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ach student who pursues nursing has his or her own reasons for doing so. Maybe it’s something as lofty as fulfilling a lifelong desire to reach out to others, to help ease their pain. Perhaps it’s something more practical, like job security or a profession that offers plenty of opportunity for advancement. The opportunities in the field of nursing are much more diverse than those offered in most other career paths. Some nursing units, such as pediatrics and obstetrics, have been around for generations. Others, like informatics or electronic patient record keeping are new.

a master’s degree. We will help them out,” says JRMC Human Resources Manager Susanne Chambliss. The JRMC School of Nursing offers a two-year diploma program. One year is devoted to required academic courses at an accredited college. The second year involves working on the nursing program. Like many other institutions, Chambliss “encourages her employees to continue their education.” She also suggests that anyone considering a nursing degree should find out what financial aid programs or scholarships their workplace offers. Continuing the journey Once you have your certificate or two-year degree in hand, there are plenty of ways to continue your education, says Laura Hamilton, Dean of Nursing at Baptist Health Schools Little Rock. Baptist is making it easier for older students to return to school by partnering with other colleges and universities, like Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, to offer more classes and online learning opportunities. Baptist also offers programs that vary in length, from one-year certificates to twoyear associate degrees. Once a student has finished the Baptist program, he or she is free to pursue a four-year degree. A two-year RN degree allows a nurse to start earning a paycheck. Working nurses have the option of continuing the educational process. In fact, more and more healthcare facilities are encouraging their employees to continue their education and trying to make it easier for them to do so. “We partner with four-year institutions like Arkansas Tech and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) so our graduates can seamlessly continue their education. In fact, we encourage them to go on,” Hamilton says. As Baptist’s partner, UALR offers a number of programs. The university accepts students seeking initial licensure into an associate program where core courses can be completed in as little as 18 months. They also offer an LPN to RN one-year fast-track and an RN to BSN online completion program designed for current RNs and recent graduates of an accredited nursing program. Becky Parnell, RN, a Southern Arkansas University nurse educator, earned her first degree, a BSN, in 1982. “My mother-in-law, who was a diploma nurse and unable to advance without a degree, gave me great advice. She encouraged me to get a BSN,” she says. “I love bedside nursing but when I became a single mom, I wanted flexible hours.” So in 1993 she completed a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing and started teaching and working as a consultant. She is now working on her Ph.D. “A degree (whether two- or four-year) is the foundation to a career in nursing and allows you to build on the education you have,” Parnell says.

GETTING EDUCATED It’s easier than you think

Students at the University of Central Arkansas participate in a class simulation.

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There are literally hundreds of choices – from the field of medicine you want to pursue to the work environment you find most comfortable – and how you get there is just as important a decision as the career path you chose. The types of jobs available, and the differences in educational requirements needed to land those positions, provide a wide range of options for those who are considering nursing. Some jobs simply require a certificate that takes less than a year to complete while others require a Ph.D. that may take six years or longer to finish. Your course will depend on many things, including your personal situation – when you’re able to take classes, finances, etc. – and your desired career outcomes. Getting off to a quick start For the newly graduated high school student with few responsibilities at home, a four-year or bachelor degree might be the way to go. For those with a spouse and small children, a certificate or two-year degree might be the best course of action, says Rebecca Brosius, RN recruitment coordinator for St. Vincent Health System. Many nursing programs, like the ones offered at St. Vincent, combine classroom and clinical experience with online classes. “This allows students who have responsibilities at home to complete a degree in a relatively short period of time,” she says. It’s a great option for a young mother or someone who is looking to jump-start a second career. There are also many opportunities for advancement. St. Vincent offers its nurses financial aid for additional education. Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) at Pine Bluff offers a tuition-reimbursement program for any employee, no matter which department they work in. “Perhaps a patient-care tech wants to become an RN, or an RN wants to work on

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Why I Became a Nurse It’s not a glamorous job but it’s the kind of work that influences the future for generations to come. — Melonese Clarke, RN, St. Vincent North Nurse Manager, ICU/ED/ Med-Surg For the last 35 years, I feel like I’ve made a difference every single day. — Lynn Moye, RN, St. Vincent VNA (Home Health)

Technology means more career opportunities for nurses.

Building a solid foundation Online and interactive classes are making it possible for nurses to study on their own time. It’s a lot easier to study in what little free time you have than trying to make an early morning class after a late shift. For students or nurses with a two-year degree, Arkansas Tech offers programs like their RN-to-BSN, which gives nurses with a two-year degree and the chance to complete a four-year degree, says the university’s Nursing Department Chair Rebecca Burris. They also offer graduate programs such a master’s degree in emergency management. Burris also says students should not overlook nurse educator as a possible career option. For those who want to continue their education, UAMS is the only college or university in Arkansas that offers a Ph.D. in nursing. The offerings of the state’s colleges and universities vary widely. But most educators say it doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you’re getting an education. “It’s the only way you can successfully fulfill your dreams,” says Tammy Jones, PH.D, RN and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for UAMS. Barbara Williams, chair of the University of Central Arkansas Department of Nursing and member of the Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors, says, “Today, nursing is more than a job, it’s a profession with boundless opportunities.” She recommends getting a good educational foundation – completing a two or four-year degree – and continuing your education afterwards.

“I want people to realize that the field of nursing is wide open and it’s now more of a professional career than a job,” she says. Technology is changing everything For the nursing student who has a passion for computers, electronic recordkeeping may be a natural career fit. JRMC may be over 100 years old, but it’s now leading the state, the nation and to some degree the world in implementation of electronic health recordkeeping. The hospital received $3 million in incentive funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) for their electronic medical records system.

For the nursing student who has a passion for computers, electronic recordkeeping may be a natural career fit. Healthcare executives from around the globe are lining up to see how JRMC built their recordkeeping system. So far, they have hosted visitors from Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, along with dozens of distinguished American organizations like Baylor University in Texas, New York University and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York.

JRMC nursing students are trained on the new system so they are prepared to work with the latest electronic recordkeeping technology when they graduate. When JRMC started developing the system in 2003, all medical records and associated paperwork were just that: paper. Today, all patient information, including physicians’ tests and comments, vital signs, diagnostic results – the complete medical history – is in the system. Nurses were instrumental in the new system’s development. Louise Hickman, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at JRMC, says, “It’s brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘bedside care.’” True education is hands-on From the moment a nursing student walks into the classroom, UALR Assistant Professor Dr. Preston Molsbee says the university works hard to incorporate professional behavior into its curriculum and teaches students the value of a good work ethic. “In order to help students learn professional behaviors, they are expected to demonstrate them in the classroom and clinical settings,” Molsbee says. “In clinicals, students will be evaluated on professional behaviors.” A few of these “professional behaviors,” as defined by Molsbee: Integrity: Being honest in word and action. Being trustworthy with another’s property and/or confidential information; documenting information accurately; completing your own learning activities and exams or other assignments; being aware of your own limitations and strengths; and exercising appropriate personal judgment.

It’s not the road I started on…but after hearing the stories of my sister and a favorite cousin, I decided to go back to school to become a nurse. I plan to continue my education and start working on a master’s degree. I love every minute of nursing. — Cathy Brothers, RN, BNS, UAMS Transplant It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to become a nurse. For me, I love the interaction between myself and the patient. It makes my job more personal…It’s an important job — Jennifer McKinzie, RN, Jefferson Regional Medical Center Neurology I come from a family of nurses, with generations of nurses dating back to 1909. My grandparents, parents, sibling and I even had cousins in the business, but it wasn’t until I moved to Little Rock that I became a nurse. As part of the job, I talk to people…get to know their story, to bond with them and earn their trust. For most patients, it’s scary being in the hospital. — Jim Marsh, RN, Baptist Health Cardiac Telemetry Unit Supervisor

Empathy: showing compassion to others; being respectful of others even when opinions or values differ; and having a calm demeanor even in anxiety-provoking situations. Self-motivation: taking responsibility for your own learning; preparing ahead of class or clinical time, as indicated in the course syllabus; and completing forms as requested by instructors within the designated time frame. n

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rkansas’s colleges and universities are welcoming a record number of students with a variety of degrees – two-year, four-year, on-campus and online – fitted to your needs. Whether you’re a recent high school graduate or someone who left school long ago, don’t let financial concerns deter you from pursuing a nursing degree. There is plenty of help available; you just have to know where to look to find it. For those who don’t have a lot of money, school advisors can be your best guide to finding financial aid. There are a large number of scholarships, grants, federal loans and loan forgiveness programs available. Once you’ve selected a college or university, check in with their financial aid office. They

Various programs offer aid for students

are there to help you, and they’re a great resource for scholarships and grants. For those who want to get into the workplace quickly, Baptist Health Schools Little Rock Enrollment Coordinator Julie Wurm recommends a two-year program. At Baptist, students can finish the program, enter the workplace and then continue working on their education. In fact, they work with four-year institutions like the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Arkansas Tech University so students can complete a four-year or bachelor’s degree. “We have developed relationships with those schools so our RNs can work on a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) completer program,” she says. This is good news for students who come from the state’s rural areas, because

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they now have the option of continuing their education after returning home. They also have programs designed to help current employees, like paramedics and LPNs, become RNs. Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff also has a program in place to help their nursing students, as well as other employees who are considering a nursing career, with educational opportunities. Michelle S. Odom, RN, director of nursing recruitment and retention for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, says there are many opportunities in the profession of nursing. She recommends that high school students with an interest in the profession should make an appointment with their high school counselor early on. Together, a student can design an

educational path best suited to meeting their nursing career goals. Bernadette Fincher, RN, department of nursing chair at Southern Arkansas, says there is no shortage of opportunities for those considering nursing as a career. For those who don’t have the money, there are plenty of programs designed to help serious students. Before giving up on your dreams, she suggests talking to your campus counselor to find out about the large number of scholarships, grants, federal loans and loan forgiveness programs.

For those who don’t have a lot of money, school advisors can be your best guide to finding financial aid. There are a large number of scholarships, grants, federal loans and loan forgiveness programs available. U. S. Army nurse Capt. Brad Massey, RN, says whether you’re considering a degree in nursing or if you already have one,

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joining the U.S. Army National Guard has its perks. The Guard offers 100 percent tuition assistance worth up to $18,000 over four years, along with other programs like the Montgomery GI Bill, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Army National Guard Kicker, and other National Guard Scholarships. For those who already have a nursing degree but have outstanding student loans, they have a plan that can help pay those loans off. “The National Guard minimum requirements are one weekend a month and an additional two weeks a month spent in training,” Massey says. A service member might learn to fight, take care of a vehicle or get field medic training. “If you’re a nurse, we would use the talents or skills you’ve already acquired,” he says. In addition to an extra paycheck right now and a military discount at some hotels, restaurants and attractions, Massey says the National Guard encourages its members, or those considering joining, to “look at the long-term retirement benefits.” While a person is allowed to join the Army National Guard at age 17, a member can’t be deployed until they are 18 years old, and 42 is the maximum age a person can be accepted. n

Excellent sources to get the money you need State Financial Aid

Arkansas offers a number of financial aid programs, including the new Arkansas Challenge Scholarship (also known as the Arkansas Lottery scholarship). It awards Arkansas students with $4,500 scholarships if attending a four-year institution in state or $2,250 if attending a twoyear institution. The scholarship isn’t based on income and everyone is eligible to apply. Program information with eligibility guidelines, deadlines and applications can be found at

Scholarship Searches

The Arkansas Student Loan Authority offers free scholarship searches at Fund My Future (www. Also,, sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, offers information on scholarships, fellowships and grants.

Nursing Student Loan Program

Act 85 of 2003 established the Nursing Student Loan Program to provide financial assistance to Arkansas’ full-time students enrolled in or accepted to an approved Arkansas nurse education program. The loans may be changed to

scholarship grants if the student works full time as an RN (Registered Nurse) or LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) in qualified employment in Arkansas and up to 100 percent of the loan may be forgiven. For more information, visit www.adhe. edu/divisions/financialaid/Pages/fa_nursing.aspx.

U.S. Department of Education

While local banks no longer offer federally funded student loans, the DOE offers Pell and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, as well as Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, Stafford Loans and Direct Loans. For more information, go to the DOE’s Direct Loan Program website at

Arkansas Health Education Grant

This grant provides assistance to Arkansas residents attending out-of-state accredited health institutions that offer graduate or professional programs unavailable in the state. Information and applications are available at

Army National Guard

For Army National Guard members, there are four programs to help pay the bills, including the Montgomery GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill Kicker, the Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance Program and Student Loan Repayment Program. For more information, go to

Why I Became a Nurse I went into nursing for a job, but I became a nurse because I meant to. God knew before I did that this was the career for me. I was blessed that I was lead to this path, and I am steadfast in following it. — Katy Coston, Baptist Health Schools Little Rock Nursing Student God has given each of us a purpose and I believe nursing chose me. It’s a calling and there is no better feeling, than knowing you made a difference in your sphere of  influence. Nursing goes beyond meeting the physical needs of an ill person. We are called to use all of our training and insight, to assist  a patient  in their emotional  and  psychosocial well-being. — Libby Moix Stell, RNP, UAMS Rockefeller Cancer Institute

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Recruiters talk about expectations of candidates


hen Jared applied for a spot in Baptist Health Schools in Little Rock, he met all the requirements and passed the drug test but he was denied admission after a background check. While it might seem reasonable that certain violent crimes can keep a person from achieving his or her dream of becoming a nurse, smaller offenses, like lying, can too. “We do background checks,” says Laura Hamilton, Baptist’s dean of nursing. Having a criminal record, even a DUI, doesn’t automatically disqualify a person from nursing school but hiding it does.

Not only do most nursing schools now do background checks, but so does the State Board of Nursing when a graduate applies for a license. “Be honest. Lying can cost you a lot,” Hamilton says. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Nurse Recruiter Susan Erickson, RN, says the most important thing is to be up-front. Attempting to hide your record is a definite “no-no and will keep you from getting a job at UAMS.” Baptist—as well as most health care institutions—does drug testing too.

Clean uniforms and personal hygiene are musts in the nursing field. Students at UAMS get it right.

Jon Vickers, an academic counselor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Nursing, says, “UALR conducts both background checks and drug screenings when looking at student applications.” Whether 19 or 49, Hamilton says a student entering nursing school – or the work force for that matter – should be aware of certain standards that are required by the nursing profession. “There are many things that could affect your future,” she says. Keeping up appearances Erickson says communication and appearance are important things to consider when looking for a job. “Keep yourself and your uniform clean,” she says, “[you should] be especially conscious of your dress when applying for a job.” Also pay attention to your personal hygiene. If you have tattoos, keep them covered. And whether you’re looking for a job or you already have one, leave the slang at home. “It might be appropriate with your friends, but in a medical environment, it’s important you communicate clearly and professionally,” Erickson says. She says it’s also important to follow the hospital’s chain of command. Do your

Whether 19 or 49, Hamilton says a student entering nursing school – or the work force for that matter – should be aware of certain standards that are required by the nursing profession. job and respect your boss, as well as your coworkers. Beyond your background Health care institutions’ expectations of their students and employees go far beyond drug testing and background checks. It’s hard to resist the allure of Facebook. Social networking is a great and easy way to stay connected with friends, but it has a downside. “Don’t complain about your professors or fellow nursing students [online],” says Dr. Rebecca Burris, head of the nursing department at Arkansas Tech University. As a student or a professional, you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, but it’s also good to remember that talking about

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• Never post patient-related information or discuss patients on your social media site. This includes posting interesting pictures of injuries or unusual x-rays or other diagnostic images. Just because you don’t use patient names, it doesn’t mean that someone may be able to identify the patient. • Know and follow your hospital’s policies. All healthcare providers should have specific policies and procedures related to HIPAA (Healthcare Information Portability and Accountability Act). It is important that you understand what is acceptable and appropriate behavior related to uses and disclosures of protected health information even as it applies to your personal life.

• Many hospitals also have specific policies addressing personal cell phone usage, recording devices and use of social media. Even if your employer doesn’t have policies related to when and where you can use your personal cell phone, it is NEVER a good idea to talk, text, post, tweet or browse in patient care areas. By doing so, you are compromising the patient’s privacy and making your personal habits a priority. • Many healthcare providers have taken a “zero-tolerance” approach when individuals disregard privacy policies and many employees have found themselves without a job. Significant monetary penalties (some have been fined in the millions!), mandatory corrective action plans and criminal prosecution are all actions at the government’s disposal when it comes to HIPAA enforcement.

• It is easy for a patient to file a formal complaint with the government and it is much easier to defend if you choose to err on the side of caution and not let any work related information invade your social media site. • Silence really can be golden, especially when your career and professional license are at stake. Author’s note: This article is a reflection of my own personal views. It is not intended to be legal advice, nor should it be construed as such. The purpose of this article is to provide insight on this topic from a corporate compliance officer’s perspective. My personal view may be more conservative than other individuals in the same position. I believe that when you are complying with the law, it is always better to err on the side of caution.

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patients can get you in trouble and so can talking about test material. Experts recommend students practice good online manners. Remember that once you become a nurse, “you can’t talk about your patients, because of the patient confidentially laws,” Burris says. “What you post matters,” says Michelle S. Odom, director of nursing recruitment and retention at Arkansas Children’s Hospital at Little Rock. And the new graduate isn’t the only one who might want to watch their P’s and Q’s when complaining or sharing workrelated information online. “As a nurse working at a health care facility, be mindful of what you post because social sites are a public forum, and you never know who’s going to read it,” she says. “Quite frankly, it is all about presentation and putting your best foot forward is always the best piece of advice be it in person or online.” There are employers, as well as examination board members, who monitor sites to see if people are passing along information about licensing examinations. A careless posting can cost you your job or your future, she says. Burris has one final piece of online advice: save the cute email address — — for your friends. When emailing your resume to a prospective employer, it needs to reflect a mature professional who is ready to go to work. n

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Why I Became a Nurse I loved my grandfather dearly, but a career in nursing never occurred to me until he was hospitalized with lung cancer when I was in the fifth grade. I remember on one visit that I took him chocolate candy kisses. He was so happy to see me but couldn’t even unwrap the kisses without help. I knew he needed someone to take care of him. Even today I can’t look at many of my patients without seeing my grandfather. — Becky Parnell, RN, Southern Arkansas University Nurse Educator

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More to nursing than sitting in a classroom


hile the nursing student of 2012 will not completely get away from folders, pens and stacks of books, new nursing students are finding learning to be a more hands-on experience than nurses of the past. Real-life simulated learning labs are being added to colleges and universities around the state—not only are the labs designed as learning tools, but students graduate with more confidence and “almost” real world experience. At the University of Arkansas for Medical Services at Little Rock, students are schooled in a simulated laboratory before stepping into the workplace. Mary Cantrell, UAMS’ Executive Director for the Center for Clinical Skills and Simulation Education, says the simulation laboratory is bringing several technologies together, including updated versions of old teaching tools, like manikins and actors. Today’s high-fidelity manikins are much more sophisticated than those used by students even 10 years ago. For one, they can be remotely controlled. Live actors are used to play the part of an upset parent or a traumatized spouse. “The real beauty is that we can turn the lab into the Simulation Theatre,” Cantrell says, which can morph into a parking lot where a man is having a heart attack or a birthing room where a new baby is on the way. This gives the student a taste of real life medical drama. New students respond well to this kind of hands-on education, and learn to communicate with upset family members or how to focus on patient needs during a crisis, Cantrell says. “Many of our current students grew up playing simulation games. Our lab is like a big three-dimensional game that’s not quite real but it’s as real as it gets unless in a medical setting.” For the students who participate in the lab learning, it’s a chance to get it right before working on real patients. “Almost every graduate worries about the first time doing a nursing procedure, but by doing it in the simulation setting first, the student gets a chance to make mistakes without really making a mistake,” she says. At the nearby Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) at Little Rock, nurses are trained in a simulation lab to work with the young patients. The ACH PULSE Center, a high fidelity simulation training center which uses standardized patients and parents, is dedicated to excellence in pediatric healthcare by advancing patient safety and improving

University of Arkansas at Little Rock students get more from lab learning.

multidisciplinary team performance through the use of state of the art simulation education, according to the ACH website. “The mission is to train health care professionals to practice safe, effective, and compassionate care,” Cantrell says. The PULSE Center offers a multiprofessional, clinical environment that delivers high quality, state-of-the-art education and training through medical simulation. Like UAMS, they believe that with this type of education and professional development, patients receive safer and better care. Dr. Rebecca Burris, chair of the nursing department at Arkansas Tech University, says “Enhanced learning adds so much to the student experience, from performing health assessments to a variety of medical or even surgical procedures. It’s a great learning tool and prepares the student for the real world.” St. Vincent Health System’s nursing students are able to access the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department (UALR) of Nursing’s simulation lab thanks to an official agreement between the two schools. Students go through a 12-week intensive program that’s proving to be not only successful but popular with the students. The lab offers students a chance to fine-tune their skills. St. Vincent’s Director for Nursing Excellence and Education, Maria Whitt, feels the lab on the UALR campus gives her students a “more realistic experience than the traditional manikins used in the past. In the lab students do things in a safe real-life setting.”

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Any experience the educator can provide the student “strengthens their experience before they enter the real world,” Whitt says. The lab provides students “with a simulated hospital that’s as real as it can be.” Students can make mistakes on highfidelity, life-like manikins without real life consequences. Whitt says the program is attracting more students to the St. Vincent campus. “So many students are seeking us out so they can fine tune their skills and gain confidence before going out onto the floor,” she says. UALR Nursing Department Chair Dr. Ann Schlumberger says the university has four dedicated simulation laboratories, including obstetrics, pediatrics, medical-surgical and

experiences are limited to the types of patients that are available at that particular time but with simulation UALR can design learning experiences that meet the students’ needs. “We can allow mistakes to be made and for students to learn from those mistakes and that is something that cannot occur in an actual patient care situation,” Schlumberger says. UALR Assistant Professor and Faculty Simulation Coordinator Sara Fruechting, RN, says the simulations are also a great way for students to brush up on things they’ve learned in the past. “Early in the semester students use the lab to brush up on their basic skills,” Fruechting says. “Later, the students use the lab to gain experiences they wouldn’t able to in a hospital setting. In a hospital, the student might get

Southern Arkansas University nursing students get hands-on training in the campus Sim lab.

complex medical-surgical. “The simulation laboratories enable us to ensure that each student has clinical experiences specific to commonly occurring health problems,” she says. When students rotate through a traditional patient care area their learning

stuck in the corner; here, the student can be in charge.” The lab gives students the opportunity to learn to talk like a medical professional. Good communication and learning medical terminology are vital skills for the nurse.

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Why I Became a Nurse I received a B.A. in English from Hendrix College in 2003, but after teaching English as a second language in parts of Asia, I decided I wanted to make a larger impact. It was when working in Cambodia with HIV positive individuals that I decided to become a nurse. It was actually an uplifting experience to see that medication, solid diet, education and a little love can help them become thriving wonderful people. I thought this…this is what I want to do. — Lisa Castellani, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Nursing student The reason why you wanted to become a nurse is not always the reason why you are a nurse today, but wanting to care and help people is at the heart of that reason. You have to find your niche within nursing, to make a connection. Once you do that, you are really able to excel. — Margaret Hanson, RN, Conway Regional Health System Telemetry There are several reasons why I became a nurse. First, God called me and second, what better way to serve the people you care about, your community and even total strangers. Nursing is a form of service and is truly a calling. I am so thankful to be used every day to make a difference. — Tammy Drake, RN, BNS, UAMS Neonatology Nursing and teaching have always been my passion, whether at the bedside or in a classroom filled with young nurses — Dr. Bernadette Fincher, RN, Southern Arkansas University Department of Nursing Chair It’s the patients’ thanks at the end of the day that has kept me going for the last 30 years. — Barbara Owens, RN, St. Vincent 4E Neuro/Spine Unit

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“Learning to speak concisely, clearly and quickly about a patient’s condition is critical, and the lab gives students a chance to master these skills,” Fruechting says. Over the last few years, the UALR nursing program has grown significantly and is scheduled to move into a newly renovated building in early 2013. “This move will enable us not only to expand our current simulation areas  but to offer use of our simulation areas to our clinical partners,” Schlumberger says. Bernadette Fincher, Ph.D., RN, and the Department of Nursing Chair at Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, says simulation labs are a natural next step for the video game generation and the wave of the future. “Our students are tech savvy…even the older students, who grown up with technology like video games and personal computers. So it’s not surprising that any of our students are visual learners, and from the feedback we’re getting, our students love the lab,” Fincher says. Conway institutions create unique partnership In Conway, the University of Central Arkansas and Conway Regional Health System are working together to develop a simulation lab that will offer advantages to both UCA students and CRHS employees. The Center for Collaborative Healthcare Education will be located within walking distance of UCA’s main campus and accessible to CRHS employees. It will house state-of-the-art healthcare simulation labs,

classrooms, offices and an auditorium for use by students, staff and the community. Both Barbara Williams, UCA nursing department chair and member of the Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors, and C. J. Newton, Conway Regional Health Systems director of educational services, are excited about the future of this partnership. “I think the vision and uniqueness of this program isn’t duplicated anywhere else in the state,” Williams says. “It doesn’t keep the practice of nursing separate from the learning but integrates the two.” Williams and Newton sees a future in which students and professional staff not only work together but talk about their research and procedures over coffee in the lounge. “This will allow students to see that learning doesn’t stop when they leave the classroom but continues throughout their career,” says Williams. Newton says it’s a great combination of the textbook, real experience, best practices and research that will ultimately benefit the hospital’s patients. Jim Lambert, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, says education is at the core of this community. “The fact that we can develop a joint project like this, a first of its kind that we know of, is a testimony to the progressive nature that exists here in Conway, in our education community and in our health care community as well,” he says. “This partnership has huge implications and will be of great benefit to our nursing program,” Williams says. n

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ROAMING TROUBADOUR: The great Richard Buckner plays Stickyz Wednesday night.



RICHARD BUCKNER 8:30 p.m. Stickyz. $10.

In a better, more just world, Richard Buckner would be celebrated far and wide. When he embarked on his sold-out tours, the mayors of mid-sized American cities would issue declarations proclaiming that whatever day it was would henceforth be known as “Richard Buckner Day.” Also, in this world Jeff Tweedy would have recently gotten canned from his video store clerk job, his resume littered with dozens of other dead-end hellscapes from which he was fired for being more smug and selfsatisfied than his meager, minimum-wage accomplishments could ever justify. I sup-

pose in reality, Buckner is appreciated well enough. After all, Volkswagen saw fit to use both his and Tweedy’s tunes for car commercials. A spot for the 2009 Touareg featured Buckner’s touching “Ariel Ramirez.” That probably was beneficial in terms of helping Buckner’s music reach new audiences. But it’s nonetheless baffling that he’s not way more popular. His songs are consistently great and his singing is expressive and dynamic, in sharp contrast to the hordes of bearded, hushed troubadours out there mumbling about feelings and stuff. “Our Blood,” Buckner’s latest album and first in five years, has met with pretty much universal acclaim.


9 p.m. Stickyz. $12 adv., $15 door.

As far as weird career trajectories go, it’d be tough to top The Meat Puppets: two brothers and their drummer friend started a hardcore band; signed to the legendary SST Records; decided hardcore had grown rigid and dogmatic and its fans annoying; proceeded to craft their own sui generis, sun-warped blend of punk, country, boogie rock and psychedelic burnout folk that would serve as a touchstone for subsequent generations of weirdoes; cut two stonecold classic albums; cut several more really good albums; signed to a major label; joined

forces with Nirvana for that band’s massively successful MTV Unplugged album; released an album that broke the Billboard Top 40; put out another album that, uh, wasn’t as good; spiraled into years of awful drug abuse, fraternal acrimony and incarceration; broke up; got back together years later to release solidly enjoyable albums. Back in May, the Meat Puppets played the Animal Collective-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in England, performing 1985’s peerless “Up on the Sun” in its entirety as part of the set. The odds are slim that the Puppets will get a wild hare up their collective ass and do that again, but you never know. Hearing “Two Rivers” live would be killer.



10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

A few weeks ago, a couple of 180-gram vinyl copies of Grand Serenade’s latest album on Max Recordings arrived at the Times mega-compound hidden deep within the bowels of subterranean Little Rock. Nobody knows how they got here. They just showed up, the intended recipients’ names scrawled in all caps on Post-it notes stuck to the front. A few spins reveal a band that traffics in moody modern rock that never comes across as self-indulgent and is a welcome respite from the current 46 SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 ARKANSAS TIMES


9 p.m. Revolution. $15.

glut of glo-fi or chill-wave or whatever. The album reminds this writer of Radiohead’s late ’90s output, only not as freaked-out and melodramatic. The album is called “Lake Country” (a nod no doubt to the band’s hometown of Heber Springs) and was recorded at Blue Chair Studio in tiny Austin, Ark. It has a big, warm sound, with Pink Floydian guitar solos, drums and cymbals that pound and crash and singing that’s reminiscent of Thom Yorke or maybe a less bombastic Jeff Buckley. It’s really good stuff and you can pick up a copy at this record release show for $10.

Man, this is a good week for those poor lost souls still pining for ye olde college rocke sounds of yore, back before beards and animal-related band names became mandatory. Maybe these shows will even dry some leftover tears caused by R.E.M.’s breakup. The Lemonheads — led by alterna-hunk Evan Dando — weren’t really on my radar back in the ’90s, unappreciative as I was of music that wasn’t hard, fast and loud. Even though I never listened to the band back then, I was aware that there seemed to be a great deal of hostility directed toward Dando. Semi-famous musicians wrote hor-

rible things about him in their ’zines and sometimes on their instruments. I never understood that animus. Maybe back then things were so good that people had the luxury of hating a tall, handsome, drug-addled rock star for no other reason than that he was a tall, handsome, drug-addled rock star. Just check out the clip online of Dando on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” He’s such a goofy, amiable dude and he wrote good songs. How could anybody have a beef with that guy? The band will perform its breakout 1992 long-player “It’s a Shame About Ray” in its entirety. The Shining Twins and the totally excellent (seriously!) Little Rock act The Evelyns open the show.







8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$48.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Philip Mann kick off the 2011-2012 season with a show that includes the majestic works of Mendelssohn, Rossini, Puccini and Respighi. Featured performances will include: Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90”; Rossini’s “Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers”; Puccini’s “Chrysanthemums”; and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” The ASO will also perform a matinee at Robinson at 3 p.m. Sunday, when all kids high school age and younger can attend for free.

Noon. War Memorial Park. $65.

You can learn a lot about life and America and Toby Keith by watching Toby Keith videos. For example: In the video for “Trailerhood,” Toby’s wearing a hat that says “Nachos.” Now that’s a pretty cool hat, and it lets us know that Toby don’t take things too seriously. From “I Wanna Talk About Me,” we learn that Toby’s happy to listen to his woman yammer on and on about clothes and gossip and lady stuff. But you know what? Sometimes, Toby wants to talk about Toby. And that’s OK. If you watch “I Love This Bar,” you’ll find out that Toby’s favorite bar has all different kinds of white people hanging out there. In “Beer for My Horses,” we learn that when Toby is playing a detective who’s trying to crack a tough case, sometimes he has

to turn to Willie Nelson for help. Everybody has to turn to Willie sometimes, even Toby. In “American Ride,” we discover that Toby loves this crazy country of ours, even though its culture is morally bankrupt and there are hordes of Mexicans waiting to swarm the border and you’re not allowed to sing Christmas carols anymore because Christians are so oppressed and everybody’s broke and Wall Street loves Obama. Oh, and don’t worry about global warming, because even with “both ends [?] of the ozone burnin’ / somehow the world keeps turning.” So maybe all you fancy-pants college professors and liberals and “scientists” just need to let Toby take you to school. Class is in session right now, on YouTube. Better bone up, four-eyes. Opening up for Toby at this fundraiser for the Little Rock Zoo are Sara Evans, Eric Church and Diamond Rio.

SWIFT JUSTICE: The unstoppable Taylor Swift entertainment express makes a stop at Verizon Arena Tuesday night for one of the biggest shows of the year.

Two Arkansas-related films screen on Thursday. “Lesson Before Love,” plays at Market Street Cinema at 7 p.m. and includes a Q&A with director (and White Hall native) Dui Jarrod. The thriller “Tuckerman,” which was filmed in Arkansas and stars many of the region’s talent, screens at Rave at 7 p.m. Vino’s hosts Finding Fiction and Brass Bed for an evening of, respectively, bouncy guitar pop and jangly, dreamy-haze pop, 9 p.m. The Movement comes to Revolution for a night of frat-bro reggae jams, 9 p.m., $10. Heifer Village hosts 100 Mile Meal, featuring local, fresh food and a panel discussion about food deserts and access to healthy eats, 6:30 p.m., $30. Fine edition book binder Craig Jensen will discuss the history of his craft at Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. How about sampling “101 Years of Broadway” in one night? Well the University of Central Arkansas has the goods, 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Performance Hall, $23-$40. “Ring of Fire” returns to the Rep, 7 p.m., $30-$40.


If your ears are itching for some jammy goodness, Maxine’s has the cure: 1 Oz. Jig at 8 p.m., $5. Australian guitar virtuoso Nick Charles plays a beautifully understated style that recalls such disparate influences as Django Reinhardt and the Big Bill Broonzy. Charles plays Artchurch Studio in Hot Springs at 7 p.m., $10, or you can catch him in Little Rock Saturday night at Thompson Hall at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 7:30 p.m., $12. Feed Turkana is a benefit for World Relief, which provides aid to the people of northern Kenya’s Turkana region. There will be beer, food, a silent art auction and live music from Chase Pagan, Isaac Alexander, Bear Colony, and No Moon. Canned goods are worth $1 apiece toward entry fee. Dreamland Ballroom, 7 p.m., $5 entry, $20 entry and free beer. If you were planning to catch Arkansas TheatreWorks’ production of “Stage Struck” at Central Theatre in Hot Springs, this weekend is your last chance. The play runs Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $15-$25.



7 p.m. Verizon Arena. $25-$70.

Though she’s barely old enough to drink, Pennsylvania native Taylor Swift is an unrelenting, multimillion-dollar juggernaut of entertainment power. Since her arrival on the scene back in 2006, she has steadily overtaken lesser rivals and crushed the competition, landing on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful stars in the world. In 2009, she was ranked

SATURDAY 10/1 No. 69 on the list, but a year later she was at No. 12. This year, Swift was ranked No. 7, sandwiched in between Tiger Woods and Bon Jovi – an enviable position, to be sure, but don’t be surprised if she continues her ascent next year. A couple of years back, as Swift was about to address the audience of an awards show, a rude guy jumped up on stage and interrupted her. Where is he on this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 list? He’s at No. 76, one spot beneath Natalie Port-

man and 69 spots below Swift, who makes about $45 million a year, according to Forbes estimates. Just imagine the potential earnings Swift would bring in were she to fully exploit the market potential of a fullscale, integrated lifestyle brand, fortified with international cross-distribution channels, value-added upsell and strategic touchpoint guerilla-marketing campaigns. Who’s laughing now, rude guy? The opening act for this show is Needtobreathe.

It’s Family Fun Fest at Dickey-Stephens Park, Browse vendor booths and enjoy games and live music from Trout Fishing in America. Emcees for the event will include Alyse Eady and Craig O’Neill from KTHV, starting at 9 a.m., $ 5. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players tear the joint up at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Tyrannosaurus Chicken brings ramshackle, bluesdamaged psychedelia to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 47



Handmade Moments. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. “Inferno.” DJs play pop, electro, house and more, plus drink specials and $1 cover before 11 p.m. Sway, 9 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-9072582. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke. Zack’s Place, 8 p.m. 1400 S. University Ave. 501-664-6444. Meat Puppets. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. The Movement. Revolution, 9 p.m., $10. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. revroom. com. Mr. Happy. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www. aspx. Nocturnal. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $5. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Ol’ Puddin’haid. Thirst n’ Howl, 7:30 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Port Arthur Band. Parrot Beach Cafe, 9 p.m. 9611 MacArthur Drive, NLR. 771-2994. Sad Daddy. 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.



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Acoustic Open Mic. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Afterglow. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. www. aspx. 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. Bent Left, Half Raptor. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. maxinespub. com. Bolly Open Mic Hype Night with Osyrus Bolly and DJ Messiah. All American Wings, 9 p.m. 215 W. Capitol Ave. 501-376-4000. Brian & Nick. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Cross Town Trio. University of Central Arkansas, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., free. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Cruel Hand, A Loss For Words, Former Thieves, The Greenery. Downtown Music Hall, 7 p.m., $10. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. Dave Mason. George’s Majestic Lounge, $30. 519 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. 479-442-4226. Delta Breed, Food.Clothes.Weapons, May the Peace of the Sea be With You. Vino’s, 8 p.m., $5. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. www. Doc Dailey, Some Dark Holler. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Grim Muzik presents Way Back Wednesdays. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 8:30 p.m. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Ishi. Revolution, 9 p.m., $5 over 21, $7 under 21. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Jim Dickerson. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, through Sept. 29, 7 p.m. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Karaoke. Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. www. Karaoke with Big John Miller. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Richard Buckner. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Street Corner Symphony. Hendrix College, 8 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 5 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474.

AN EVENING OF ROCK AND ROLL: Post-grunge croon-rockers and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductees Hinder play Juanita’s Saturday night at 9 p.m., $22 adv., $25 d.o.s. Memphis quartet Egypt Central plays thoughtful, nuanced Nu metal and opens the show. 30, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 1, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


2011 Little Rock Healthy Food and Active Living Summit. Speakers include HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Philander Smith College. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Dickson Street, through Oct. 1, 4 p.m. Dickson and West streets, Fayetteville. 479-527-9993.


Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Confluence: The Arkansas River and Environmental History.” Dr. Jeffrey Kosiorek will explore the history of the Arkansas River and introduce some of the prevailing concepts and methods of environmental history. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m., free. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www. Dr. Patricia McGraw. As part of Banned Books Week, McGraw will discuss the work of Maya Angelou, whose books have been banned or challenged. Butler Center Galleries, 12 p.m. Arkansas Studies Institute.


SeniorNet: Fundamentals for Beginners. Computer class for ages 50 and older, 10 a.m. Mon., Wed. through Sept. 28. UAMS, $40. 4301 W. Markham St. 501-603-1262.

“BLISS.” Music by DJ Greyhound. Deep Ultra Lounge, 10 p.m. 322 President Clinton Ave. Candlebox, Taddy Porter, Fools for Rowan, Cowboy Mouth. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $12-$42. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. “Coco Chanel.” With special guest host Willie of Day 26, a live performance by Tricia Reed and DJs Deja Blu and Kavaleer. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-3721228. Crash Meadows. Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. Finding Fiction, Brass Bed. Vino’s, 9 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-375-8466. Grand Serenade (record release show). White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-3758400.

This Tony Award musical is a buoyant mix of comedy, romance and wisdom, and its soulsoaring, foot-stomping score, PURLIE inevitably sends audiences out of the theater singing, smiling and believing in a better tomorrow.


Caroline Picard. The Loony Bin, 8 p.m.; Sept.

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Caroline Picard. The Loony Bin, through Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; Sept. 30, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 1, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy. com. J Medicine Hat. Denton’s Trotline, 8 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717.


18th Annual Taste of the Town. Food and drink from more than 30 local restaurants, caterers and distributors. Dickey-Stephens Park, 5:30 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-372-5959. www.nlrtasteofthetown. com. 100 Mile Meal. Includes a meal of fresh, local food and a panel discussion about food deserts and lack of access to healthy foods. Heifer Village, 6:30 p.m., $30. 1 World Ave. 501-907-2697. 2011 Little Rock Healthy Food and Active Living Summit. Speakers include HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Philander Smith College, through. 900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive. Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Dickson Street, through Oct. 1, 4 p.m. Dickson and West streets, Fayetteville. 479-527-9993.


“Lesson Before Love.” A Q&A with director Dui Jarrod follows the screening. Market Street Cinema, 7 p.m. 1521 Merrill Drive. 501-3128900. “Tuckerman.” Thriller filmed and produced in Arkansas stars Michael “Doc” Davis. Rave Motion Pictures Colonel Glenn 18, 7 p.m. 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza Drive. 501-687-0499.


p.m., $5. 314 Main St., NLR. 501-374-1782. Sean Austin. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. Tonya Leeks. Dugan’s Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. 403 E. 3rd St. 501-244-0542. www.duganspublr. com. Tragikly White. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Trout Fishing in America. The band will also sign copies of their new book, “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important.” That Bookstore in Blytheville, 4 and 7 p.m., $10 adv., $15 door. 316 W. Main St. VJ g-force. The Tavern Sports Grill, 9 p.m. 17815 Chenal Parkway. 501-830-2100. Weakness For Blondes. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. White Collar Criminals. Markham Street Grill And Pub, 9 p.m., free. 11321 W. Markham St. 501-224-2010.




2nd Annual Restore and After. This benefit for Habitat for Humanity will feature a silent auction, entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres and music from The Rodney Block Band. Lafayette Building, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 d.o.s. 523 S. Louisiana St.


“Book Arts at BookLab: Dressing up Art, Literature, and the Printed Word.” Fine edition book binder Craig Jensen will discuss the history of his craft. Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-4504597. Tripp Evans. The author of “Grant Wood: A Life” will discuss and read from his book. Hendrix College, 6 p.m. 1600 Washington Ave., Conway. 501-505-1562.


SeniorNet: Basic Spreadsheet/Excel. Computer course for ages 50 and older, 1 p.m. Tue., Thu. through Sept. 29. UAMS, $40. 4301 W. Markham St. 501-603-1262. SeniorNet: File Management. 10 a.m. Tue. and Thu. through Sept. 29. UAMS, $40. 4301 W. Markham St. 501-603-1262.

1 Oz. Jig. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain. Thirst n’ Howl, 9 p.m., free. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Cool Shoes Monthly Dance Party. Downtown Music Hall, 9 p.m. 211 W. Capitol. 501-3761819. Crash Meadows (headliner), Richie Johnson (happy hour). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-3755351. DJ Silky Slim. Top 40 and dance music. Sway, 9 p.m., $5. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Embrace the Crash. Fox And Hound, 10 p.m., $5. 2800 Lakewood Village, NLR. 501-753-8300. Jamey Johnson. Arkansas Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m., $27-$52. 4201 N. Shiloh Drive, Fayetteville. Jessica Se7en, Burning the Past, Around the Six, Jay Jackson. MacDaddy’s Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., $7. 314 N. Maple St., NLR. The Lemonheads, The Shining Twins. Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. Michael Eubanks. Papa Sushi, 7 p.m. 17200 Chenal Parkway. 501-821-7272. Micky & The Motorcars. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Mister Lucky. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Montgomery Trucking, Big Silver. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. Nick Charles. Artchurch Studio, 7 p.m., $10. 301 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. 501-318-6779. Se7en Sharp. Cornerstone Pub & Grill, 9

Caroline Picard. The Loony Bin, through Sept. 30, 8 p.m.; Sept. 30, 10:30 p.m.; Oct. 1, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555. www.loonybincomedy. com.


2nd Annual Domino Effect. Ladies must be 21 or older, men must be 23 or older. Twelve Modern Lounge, 9 p.m. 1900 W. Third St. Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Dickson Street, through Oct. 1, 4 p.m. Dickson and West streets, Fayetteville. 479-527-9993. Dedication of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and the Bill Clark Wetlands. Features a visit from President Clinton. Clinton Presidential Center, 11:30 a.m. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. Herb Harvest Fall Festival. Ozark Folk Center State Park, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 10 a.m. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. “Historic Preservation: Past, Present and Future – Where Do We Go in the Next 30 Years”. A look at the state of historic preservation, with speakers from several universities and nonprofits. Main Library, 9 a.m., free. 100 S. Rock St. 501-324-9874. www.preservearkansas. org. 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.


Movies in the Park: “The War Room.” Documentary about the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and some of the key people who ran it. Riverfest Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m.

400 President Clinton Ave.



Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Italian Vacation.” Robinson Center Music Hall, Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Oct. 2, 3 p.m., $14-$48. Markham and Broadway. conv-centers/robinson. Bravo Max!, Brumley & Gardner. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $5. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Chris Knight. Revolution, 9 p.m. 300 President Clinton Ave. 501-823-0090. DJs Hollywood and Kramer. Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. 1021 Jessie Road. 501-6644784. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players. The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. El Cento. Vino’s, 9 p.m. 923 W. 7th St. 501-3758466. Fallen Within. West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 215 N. Shackleford. 501-224-7665. Hinder, Egypt Central. Juanita’s, 9 p.m., $22 adv., $25 d.o.s. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. “Inferno” with DJs SilkySlim, Deja Blu, Greyhound. Sway, 10 p.m. 412 Louisiana. 501-907-2582. Karaoke at Khalil’s. Khalil’s Pub, 7 p.m. 110 S. Shackleford Road. 501-224-0224. www. Nick Charles. Thompson Hall, 7:30 p.m., $12. 1818 Reservoir Road. 501-663-0634. Richie Johnson (happy hour), NeverTrain (headliner), DJ g-force (between sets). Cajun’s Wharf, 5 and 9 p.m., $5 after 8:30 p.m. 2400 Cantrell Road. 501-375-5351. www. Steele Junior. Flying Saucer, 9 p.m., $3. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www. Subdue. Denton’s Trotline, 9 p.m. 2150 Congo Road, Benton. 501-315-1717. Ted Ludwig Trio. Capital Bar and Grill, 9 p.m., free. 111 Markham St. 501-374-7474. www. Thick As Blood, The Plot In You, The Air I Breath, Miracle at St. Anna. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819. downtownshows.homestead. com. Thomas East. Sonny Williams’ Steak Room, 7 p.m., Free. 500 President Clinton Ave. 501-324-2999. www.sonnywilliamssteakroom. com. Tyrannosaurus Chicken. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-375-8400. www.


Angry Patrick’s Comedy Bunker: “Night of the Living Hecklers.” Juanita’s, 7:30 p.m., $10. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. www. Caroline Picard. The Loony Bin, 7, 9 and 11 p.m., $7-$10. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-228-5555.


20th Anniversary of Bill Clinton’s Announcement to Run for President. Old

State House Museum, 4 p.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. 39th Annual Gem and Mineral Show. Includes games, prizes and more than 20 vendors. Jacksonville Community Center, Oct. 1-2, 9 a.m., free. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville. 6th Annual Amethyst Ball. This event benefits the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Music from The Shannon Boshears Band. The Peabody Little Rock, 7 p.m., $100. 3 Statehouse Plaza. 501-906-4000. Bikes, Blues & BBQ. Dickson Street, 4 p.m. Dickson and West streets, Fayetteville. 479-527-9993. Bugtoberfest. Car show for all types of Volkswagen vehicles. Toad Suck Park, 8 a.m., free. 6298 Prince St., Conway. Arkansas Farmers Market. Locally grown produce. Certified Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th and Main, NLR. Falun Gong meditation. Allsopp Park, 9 a.m., free. Cantrell & Cedar Hill Roads. Family Fun Fest. Browse vendor booths and enjoy games and live music from Trout Fishing in America. Emcees for the event will include Alyse Eady and Craig O’Neall from KTHV. Dickey-Stephens Park, 9 a.m., $5. 400 W. Broadway St., NLR. 501-372-5959. www. Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. www. Herb Harvest Fall Festival. Ozark Folk Center State Park, 10 a.m. 1032 Park Ave., Mountain View. High Cotton on the Bayou Festival. Includes music, hayrides, games, food, demonstrations of historic farming techniques, arts and crafts and more. Scott Plantation Settlement, 9 a.m., $1-$3. Scott, Scott. 501-351-0300. www. Hillcrest Farmers Market. Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 7 a.m. 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. Main Street Food Truck Festival. Street food vendors, music, art, face painting and more. Main Street, Little Rock, 11 a.m. Main St. 501-375-0121. Muggle Quidditch Match. Laman Library, 2 p.m. 2801 Orange St., NLR. 501-758-1720. The Rep Costume Shop Sale. The Rep Lobby will also be open for beverages, wine and beer during the Food Truck Festival. Shop for oneof-a-kind pieces at The Rep Costume Shop. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 11 a.m. p.m. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405.


“Healing on the Spiritual Path: The Key to Tomorrow’s Health.” Arkansas Studies Institute, 1:30 p.m., free. 401 President Clinton Ave. 501-320-5700 .


Alliance Football League World Bowl I Championship. War Memorial Stadium, 9 a.m., $20. 1 Stadium Drive. 501-663-0775. Arkansas Banshees Women’s Tackle Football tryouts. MacArthur Park, 2 p.m., $25. 503 East Ninth Street. 501-270-1469.


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Showtimes for Rave are for Friday only. Breckenridge, Chenal 9, Lakewood 8 and Riverdale were not available by press deadline. Market Street Cinema showtimes at or after 9 p.m. are for Friday and Saturday only. Visit for complete listings. NEW MOVIES 50/50 (R) – Seth Rogen and Joseph GordonLevitt star in this story of love, friendship and finding humor in the face of serious illness. Lakewood 8: 11:05 a.m., 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:35. Rave: Noon, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15. Attack the Block (R) – Aliens invade a south London project but they can’t understand what anyone is saying, in this sci-fi thriller from the producers of “Shaun of the Dead.” Market Street: 2:15, 4:15, 6:45, 9:00. Courageous (PG) – This is a wholesome family movie about courage and God and police officers and things like that. Lakewood 8: 11:00 a.m., 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15. Rave: 10:10 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:15, 2:15, 4:25, 5:25, 7:40, 8:40, 10:45, 11:45. Dream House (R) – Daniel Craig buys an adorably non-creepy old house in a small New England town only to discover that creepy things did indeed happen there, according to Naomi Watts. Lakewood 8: 11:05 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 9:55. Rave: 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00, 4:45, 5:45, 7:30, 8:30, 10:10, 11:00. Riverdale: 11:55 a.m., 2:25, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55. Project Nim (PG-13) – This documentary from the director of “Man on Wire” explores the story of Nim, a chimpanzee who was raised as a member of a human family in the 1970s. Market Street: 2:00, 4:15, 7:15, 9:15. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (R) – “Deliverance” x “Shaun of the Dead” = this comedy of errors, which looks like it could be pretty funny, actually. Market Street: 1:45, 7:00. What’s Your Number (R) – No, not your phone number, silly. Your other number. You know which one. The number of stupid movies you’ve been with – I mean, seen. Lakewood 8: 11:25 a.m., 1:45, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45. Rave: 10:45 a.m., 1:30, 4:15, 7:35, 10:55, 11:15. Riverdale: 11:35 a.m., 2:10, 5;20, 7:50, 10;05. RETURNING THIS WEEK Abduction (PG-13) – Hey, it’s that werewolf guy from the vampire movie, and he’s in a movie (this one) where bad guys are chasing him. Don’t hurt werewolf guy, ya’ll! Lakewood 8: 11:15 a.m., 1:35, 4:20, 7:20, 9:50. Rave: 11:10 a.m., 1:55, 4:35, 4:40, 7:20, 8:00, 10:00. Riverdale: 11:15 a.m., 1:25, 3:40, 6:05, 8:25. Bad Teacher (R) – Cameron Diaz plays a bad teacher who suddenly becomes motivated to improve her students’ test scores through the magic of incentive pay. Rave: Midnight. Movies 10: 7:50, 10:05. 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. Movies 10: 12:25, 3:15, 6:05, 8:55 (2D), 7:30, 10:15 (3D). Cars 2 (G) – A group of animated talking cars travel abroad for the inaugural World Grand Prix in this Pixar sequel. Movies 10: 1:15, 3:45, 7:00, 9:30 (2D), noon, 2:30, 5:00 (3D). 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.

‘ATTACK THE BLOCK’: Oi! Das a bluhty big alien innit? Wot is us to do ’bout it den? We’s ain’t got a proliferation of ’andguns ’n such as wot dey got in da States. P’raps actor Nick Frost’ll know wot ta do. Movies 10: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20. Contagion (R) – Matt Damon, Kate Winslett, Laurence Fishburn, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Hawkes and Marion Cotillard star in Steven Soderbergh’s movie about a virus that kills everybody. Well not everybody, but you get the idea. Rave: 11:45 a.m., 2:20, 5:00, 8:10, 10:50. Riverdale: 11:10 a.m., 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:40. The Debt (R) – Two retired Mossad secret agents learn a dark secret about their former colleague and the mission they undertook back in the 1960s. With Helen Mirren. Rave: Dolphin Tale (PG) – This story about an injured dolphin overcoming adversity and learning to use a prosthetic tale will jerk the tears out of your face so hard you might catch whiplash. Lakewood 8: 11:10 a.m., 4:25, 9:40 (2D), 1:40, 7:15 (3D). Rave: 11:25 a.m., 2:25, 5:10, 8:15 (2D), 10:15 a.m., 1:05, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 (3D). Riverdale: 11:00 a.m., 1:35, 4:10, 6:45, 9:25. Drive (R) – Ryan Gosling is a stuntman by day, getaway driver by night, but then his life becomes complicated when he falls in love. Rave: 7:50. 10:20. Riverdale: 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05. Final Destination 5 3D (R) — The fight for teenagers’ precious, precious disposable income continues. Movies 10: 12:40, 3:00, 5:10, 7:20, 9:45. Friends With Benefits (R) – Oh look, they made a movie about your 20s, but with better looking people like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake. Movies 10: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10. The Guard (R) – Brendan Gleeson plays an Irish policeman who must team up with an FBI agent played by Don Cheadle in this comedy. Market Street: 2:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:00. 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: 10:20 a.m., 12:35, 4:05, 7:25, 10:40. Riverdale: 11:05 a.m., 1:45, 4:230, 7:25, 10:15. Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (R) – The theatrical version of the comedian’s 2011 “Laugh at My Pain” tour. Rave: 10:20 a.m., 1:45, 4:00, 6:35, 9:00. Killer Elite (R) – Wouldn’t it be neat-o to be a studly, raffish British dude who has a jawline you could split firewood on and always has the perfect level of 5 o’clock shadow and knows how to do parkour and dodge bullets in slow motion and stuff? (Retired military saves his mentor from assassins.) Rave: 11:55 a.m., 2:55, 5:35, 8:20, 11:10. Riverdale: 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:10. 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:

12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:01, 9:20. The Lion King 3D (G) – It’s The Lion King in 3D and in 2D. Lakewood 8: 11:15 a.m. (2D), 1:20, 4:05, 7:01, 9:30 (3D). Rave: 11:20 a.m., 12:20, 1:50, 2:50, 4:20, 5:20, 7:05, 9:25. Money Ball (PG-13) – Baseball can seem pretty boring, but this movie makes it look funny, but also people learn things about life and themselves. Lakewood 8: 11:00 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10. Rave: 10:30 a.m., 11:25 a.m., 1:35, 2:35, 4:25, 5:30, 7:15, 8:25, 10:05, 11:15. Riverdale: 11:20 a.m., 1:50, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00. Mr. Poppers Penguins (PG) — Jim Carrey plays a businessman whose life takes a turn for ridiculous after he inherits six penguins. Movies 10: 1:00, 3:20, 5:35. Sarah’s Key (PG-13) – An American journalist stumbles upon a family secret while researching a notorious Nazi roundup of Jews in Paris. Market Street: 1:45, 4:20, 6:45, 9:00. Straw Dogs (R) – Seriously, why with the unending remakes, reboots, rehashes and do-overs? And a Sam Peckinpah flick at that? There have got to be some great, unmade scripts out there, right? Rave: 11:05 p.m. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) Robots disguised as cars and planes and such try to blow each other up. Again. Movies 10: 12:10, 3:25, 6:40, 9:55. Warrior (PG-13) – What could be more inspirational than the story of a schoolteacher who has to go back to beating the crap out of dudes for money because the economy sucks? Rave: 10:10 a.m., 1:20. Riverdale: 11:25 a.m., 2:55, 6:40, 9:30. The Whistleblower (R) – A former Nebraskan police officer takes a peacekeeping gig in war-torn Bosnia, but finds a world of corruption and danger far beyond anything she’d expected. Market Street: 4:00, 9:15. The Zookeeper: (PG) – Kevin James is a zookeeper who is so beloved by his furry charges that they decide to break their longtime code of silence and talk, teaching him the rules of courtship. Movies 10: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00. Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre: 17825 Chenal Parkway, 821-2616, Cinemark Movies 10: 4188 E. McCain Blvd., 945-7400, Cinematown Riverdale 10: Riverdale Shopping Center, 296-9955, Lakewood 8: 2939 Lakewood Village Drive, 758-5354, Market Street Cinema: 1521 Merrill Drive, 312-8900, Rave Colonel Glenn 18: 18 Colonel Glenn Plaza, 687-0499, Regal Breckenridge Village 12: 1-430 and Rodney Parham, 224-0990, www.fandango. com.


AFTER DARK, CONT. which provides aid to the people of northern Kenya’s Turkana region. There will be beer, food, a silent art auction and live music from Chase Pagan, Isaac Alexander, Bear Colony, and No Moon. Canned goods are worth $1 apiece toward entry fee. Dreamland Ballroom, 7 p.m., $5 entry, $20 entry and free beer. 800 W. 9th St. 501-255-5700.

‘MONEYBALL’: Brad Pitt stars.

Game changer ‘Moneyball’ a genre curveball. BY SAM EIFLING


oneyball” feels unlike any of the genres that could claim it. A baseball film foremost, it doesn’t look or sound or unfold like a typical baseball film, perhaps because it is, more substantially, a business film. Based on the Michael Lewis 2003 nonfiction bestseller subtitled “The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” the zeitgeist of the film is perfect for recession-era 2011. At its heart is the question of whether an organization with scarce resources — a team that cannot afford to retain its own best players on the open market — can compete by outwitting its rivals? The answer of “Moneyball” is that winning requires an overhaul in imagination, and the courage to assign worth to players who are seen as unworthy by traditional thinking. In that, “Moneyball” is really about values, and how values are overturned, so it is, at bottom, a film about apostasy. Baseball is the religion, winning is the path to salvation and the general manager in charge of these ragtag Oakland A’s, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is in constant danger of being burned at the stake. Beane and the A’s really did apply the principles he dubbed “moneyball” across a number of years, to stock and re-stock rosters in small-market Oakland. Director Bennett Miller (“Capote”) elects to compress this revolution into the gap between two of Oakland’s improbable runs: the 2001 season that ended with a close playoff loss to the New York Yankees (payroll: triple Oakland’s) and the 2002 season, in which the A’s had to replace star sluggers Jason Giambi (off to New York) and Johnny Damon (poached by Boston), and pitcher Jason Isringhausen (hello, Cardinals) with players earning far less. Responsible for this overhaul are the A’s scouts, pictured here as the crustiest of

low priesthoods, a roundtable of dinosaurs whose analysis of players’ abilities is so airy that after reciting rote box-score stats they invariably describe how good-looking their favorite prospects are. It’s in these sessions that screenwriters Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men”) and Steven Zaillian (“Gangs of New York,” “Schindler’s List”) earn their keep, skirting the line nicely between a script that could have skewed too inside-baseball. As it stands, “Moneyball” is accessible throughout, and quite funny. Pitt and Jonah Hill, who plays a young baseballminded economist named Peter Brand hired to crunch numbers, are dedicated to the art of deadpanning in a joke-free script. Philip Seymour Hoffman as the curmudgeonly manager Art Howe, who balks at actually fielding the castoff players Beane and Brand hand him, is another gem in the cast. Now, the events in “Moneyball” did happen, mostly, even if some of them are overdramatized. (Adding to the verisimilitude are real sportscasts and radio clips, integrated brilliantly into the narrative.) The A’s did start the 2002 season in a funk and come back to … well, if you have even a vague awareness of baseball, you’ll recall that the A’s haven’t won a World Series lately (as in the past 20 years), so you’ll have to accept that the last game they play, they lose. And if you look at what winning teams (e.g., the Red Sox) have done since ’02, you’ll notice a distinct affinity for Beane’s small-budget tactics backed up by payrolls that dwarf his. That’s baseball; that’s business. Even when the little guy wins, the natural order of things reasserts itself. It’s rare that a sports movie acknowledges this fact with any seriousness, but then, it’s rare that a sports movie is this fine. Pencil “Moneyball” in as a Best Picture nominee. It may not win, but it’ll be a great story anyhow.

Zoo Jam 2011. Includes performances from Toby Keith, Sara Evans, Eric Church and Diamond Rio. War Memorial Park, 12 p.m., $65. Van Buren and Markham Streets.



39th Annual Gem and Mineral Show. Includes games, prizes and more than 20 vendors. Jacksonville Community Center, 9 a.m., free. 5 Municipal Drive, Jacksonville.



Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Italian Vacation.” Robinson Center Music Hall, 3 p.m., $14-$48. Markham and Broadway. robinson. The Blackhounds. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. Karaoke. Shorty Small’s, 6-9 p.m. 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway. 501-764-0604. Sunday Jazz Brunch with Ted Ludwig and Joe Cripps. Vieux Carre, 11 a.m. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. Trace Bundy, Sungha Jung. Juanita’s, 7 p.m., $17 adv., $20 d.o.s. 614 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-1228. Traditional Irish Music Session. Hibernia Irish Tavern, through Dec. 18: first Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m.; third Sunday of every month, 2:30 p.m. 9700 N Rodney Parham Road. 501-246-4340. Upon a Burning Body, From Which We Came, Clients. Downtown Music Hall, 6 p.m., $12. 211 W. Capitol. 501-376-1819.


Austin Lucas & The Bold Party. White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. 2500 W. 7th. 501-3758400. I.J. Routen. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www. Karaoke. Thirst n’ Howl, 8:30 p.m. 14710 Cantrell Road. 501-379-8189. Touch — Grateful Dead Tribute. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8 p.m., $5. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707.


“Crossing Arizona.” Includes a discussion with the director of the documentary about the U.S. immigration system, Donaghey Student Center. UALR, 12 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


“Behind the Scenes at Clinton’s ‘91 Announcement: Building a Community of Hope that Inspires the World.” A panel CONTINUED ON PAGE 52

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AFTER DARK, CONT. of insiders will reflect on the dynamics and logistics of the beginning of Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. Old State House Museum, 12 p.m. 500 Clinton Ave. 501-324-9685. www.



Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: “Summer Vacation.” Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $22. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 370-8000. www.clintonpresidentialcenter. org. Brian Martin. Maxine’s, 8 p.m., Free. 700 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Gil Franklin & Friends. Holiday Inn, North Little Rock, first Tuesday, Wednesday of every month. 120 W. Pershing Blvd., NLR. 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. Taylor Swift. Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $25-$70. 1 Alltel Arena Way, NLR. 501-975-9001. Tuesday Jam Session with Carl Mouton. The Afterthought, 8 p.m., free. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-663-1196. www.afterthoughtbar. com. Van Hunt, Empress Hotel. Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 d.o.s. 107 Commerce St. 501-372-7707. www.


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


Farmer’s Market. Every Tuesday and Saturday. River Market Pavilions, through Oct. 31: 7 a.m. 400 President Clinton Ave. 375-2552. Trivia Bowl. Flying Saucer, 8:30 p.m. 323 President Clinton Ave. 501-372-7468. www.


“Mendez vs. Westminster School District.” Screening at College of Education: East Lab, this will include a panel discussion about the civil rights case in the film. UALR, 5 p.m. 2801 S. University Ave. 501-569-8977.


“Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Arkansas.” The Architecture and Design Network is sponsoring Little Rock’s premier screening of this AETN production. Arkansas Arts Center, 6 p.m., free. 501 E. 9th St. 501-664-6496.


David Margolick. The author of “Elizabeth and Hazel” will discuss his book about the two women from one of the most iconic photos of the desegregation of Central High School. Clinton School of Public Service. 1200 President Clinton Ave. 501-683-5239.


Charles Frazier. The author of “Cold Mountain” will be at the store promoting his new book, “Nightwoods.” That Bookstore in Blytheville, 7 p.m. 316 W. Main St.


“101 Years of Broadway.” Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., $23-$40. 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. Dancing into Dreamland auditions. Open to unlimited teams (minimum of two persons) in all ages and experience levels. Eight teams will be selected to perform at the Governor’s Mansion gala, where the winners will be announced. Applications and $25 entrance fee per team must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Dreamland Ballroom, Mon., Oct. 3, 6 p.m., $25. 800 W. 9th St. 501-6070954. “Dixie Swim Club.” Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet regularly at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Public Theatre, through Oct. 9: Fri., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $12-$14. 616 Center St. 501-374-7529. “The Guys.” Based on a true story of the firefighters who lost their lives trying to rescue others. Fort Smith Little Theatre, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 8 p.m., $5. 401 N. 6th St., Fort Smith. “The Kitchen Witches.” Hilarity ensues when two TV chefs — and bitter enemies — are thrown together on a new cooking show. Lantern Theatre, through Oct. 9: Thu.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., $5-$10. 1021 Van Ronkle, Conway. 501-733-6220. www. “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day.” Arkansas

Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre production, 7 p.m. Fri., 3 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. Arkansas Arts Center, $11 children, $14 adults. 501 E. 9th St. 501-372-4000. “Purlie.” Purlie Victorious Judson returns to his hometown as a preacher, with a plan to save the town, its church and its people, in this Tony Award-winning musical. Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, through Oct. 2: Tue.-Sat., 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m., $23-$33. 6323 Col. Glenn Road. 501-562-3131. “Ring of Fire.” Jason Edwards, who starred in the Broadway production, brings Johnny Cash’s life and times to the stage through the Man in Black’s songs, including “I Walk The Line,” “Five Feet High and Rising” and many more. Arkansas Repertory Theatre, through Oct. 9: Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7 p.m.; Wed., Thu., 7 p.m., $30-$40. 601 Main St. 501-378-0405. “Stage Struck.” Arkansas TheatreWorks presents comedic British murder thriller. Central Theatre, through Oct. 2: Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Mon.-Thu., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m., $15-$25. 1008 Central Ave., Hot Springs.



ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER, MacArthur Park: AETN’s “Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Arkansas,” film produced by Mark Wilcken, 6 p.m. Oct. 4, reception 5:30 p.m., opens Art of Architecture series; “Museum School Faculty Exhibition: Past and Present,” through Nov. 13; “Building the Collection: Art Acquired in the 1980s,” through Oct. 9. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 372-4000. CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, 1200 President Clinton Ave.: Dedication of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and Bill Clark Wetlands, with President Clinton, 11 a.m. Sept. 30; “The Art of the Brick,” LEGO sculpture by Nathan Sawaya, through Feb. 12; “In Memoriam,” helmet of FDNY firefighter who died in the World Trade Center, through Nov. 30; exhibits about policies and White House life during the Clinton administration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. $7 adults; $5 college students, seniors, retired military; $3 ages 6-17. 370-8000. OLD STATE HOUSE, 300 W. Markham St.: Celebration of the 20th anniversary of Gov. Bill Clinton’s announcement to run for president of the United States, 4 p.m. Oct. 1; “Building a Community of Hope That Inspires the World: Behind the Scenes at Clinton’s ’91 Announcement,” noon Oct. 3; “An Enduring Union,” artifacts documenting the post-war Confederate

and Union veteran reunions in the state; “Arkansas/Arkansaw: A State and Its Reputation,” the evolution of the state’s hillbilly image. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. 324-9685. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK, Fine Arts Center: Guest lecturer: Katherine Brimberry, co-founder of Flatbed Press, 1:40 p.m. Sept. 29, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall; “Advancing Tradition: 20 Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press,” Gallery I; “Thoughts from China,” ceramic figurative sculpture by James Tisdale, Gallery II; “ROUX,” printmaking by Rabea Ballin, Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Delita Martin and Lovie Olivia, Gallery III, all through Oct. 2. 569-8977. FORT SMITH ART IN THE PARK, Riverfront Park: Annual arts and crafts fair, percentage of proceeds benefits the Regional Art Museum, reception 5-8 p.m. Sept. 30, event 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1. RUSSELLVILLE ARKANSAS TECH, Norman Hall Gallery of Art: “Off the Grid,” photographic study of 30 families living in Maine by Keliy Anderson-Staley, through Oct., reception and gallery talk 3 p.m. Sept. 29. 8:30 a.m.noon and 1-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 479-965-3237.


BOSWELL-MOUROT, 5815 Kavanaugh: “Here and There,” charcoals by Samuel Gray, through Sept. 30. 664-0030. BUTLER CENTER GALLERIES, Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Ave.: “The Art of Living,” artwork by Japanese Americans interned at Rohwer, Concordia Hall, through Nov. 26; “Shep Miers: now & then,” wood sculpture, through Oct. 1; “Renee Williams: New Works,” acrylic on paper, through Oct. 1; “The Art of Robin Tucker,” Atrium Gallery, through Oct. 1. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 320-5791. GALLERY 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.: Corrie Bristow, Collin Miles, Amanda Linn, new work, through Oct. 29. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 664-8996. GREG THOMPSON FINE ART, 429 Main St., NLR: “James Hendricks: Looking Into the Spirit,” abstract paintings. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 920-2778. KETZ GALLERY, 705 Main St.: Sherrie Shepherd, paintings of early 20th century transportation, through Oct. 9, also work by Matthew Castellano, Sulac, Peggy Roberson and Miller Smith. 529-6330. HEARNE FINE ART, 1001 Wright Ave.: “Kaleidoscope, Remembering the Past,” stained glass window series by Charly Palmer, through Oct. 10. 372-6822.


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Porter’s Jazz Cafe off to a good start.


ting bland and a bit gummy servings. Not orter’s Jazz Cafe was a work in progso with the Porter’s version, which featured ress longer than expected — its eight plump shrimp teamed with nice-sized announced August opening date slipAndouille sausage hunks, diced tomato and ping into early September. And still, about a sweet onions over soft, creamy grits. It was month into its history, it remains a work in progress. As of recently, what waiters bring to the table is still termed the “soft opening” menu, one pared down from what is touted at www. It’s likely Porter’s will remain a bit fluid for a while as owners assess its clientele’s preferences and habits. For example, hours are posted as 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday (and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday), but will Porter’s really stay open that late if not many people are there on a weeknight? And will folks who pop in for a meal always have to pay a cover charge if they’re not planning to settle in for a night of music? Time will tell how quickly, and in what ways, Porter’s will settle in. But the good news is that our first two meals there — a Friday night dinner and a mid-afternoon SunJAZZ WHILE YOU DINE: At Porter’s Jazz Cafe. day brunch — included several bright spots. It’s clear there’s a comsavory but not really spicy. mitment to quality in the kitchen and that The online menu listed only a few brunch attention to detail is important. items, so when we strolled in about 2:30 p.m. Servers were uniformly friendly and one recent Sunday we expected to go for the attentive, though getting drinks delivered regular lunch menu. But then we learned from the bar was an oddly slow process both there was a buffet, and while we worried what times. In keeping with the what-you-seeshape it might be in at that time of day, it isn’t-always-exactly-what-you-get theme, seemed a restaurant reviewer’s obligation to the “wedge salad” we ordered that first dingive it a whirl. ner was nothing of the sort. It featured tossed The buffet is set up downstairs, the jazz romaine vs. the namesake iceberg “wedge,” cafe portion of the two-floor establishment, though it was still good, with chunks of with a tucked away seating area that allows tomato and bacon with large shavings of private conversation, a VIP area to watch the Parmesan served with a zingy balsamic vinmusic with your friends and a decent-sized aigrette. dining room with clear view of the stage. The chicken and waffles were touted as A mural depicting three of the Porters for featuring two chicken thighs, but in fact came whom the place was named — local legends with a single, well-fried chicken breast, which Art Sr. and Art Jr. and universally renowned we prefer over thighs anyway. The peach songwriter Cole — provides a visual focal chutney reduction sauce soaked nicely into point behind the downstairs bar. the slightly crisp waffle, and the combination The kitchen staff was there to explain and was declared good by its consumer. serve the buffet, which began with a large We’ve liked the concept of shrimp and assortment of muffins, cupcakes and pasgrits since it caught on here a few years ago, tries that clearly weren’t made in-house. The but the couple of times we’ve gotten the dish homemade blueberry-lemon scones with around town we’ve been disappointed, get-



powdered sugar, a combination of sweet and slightly tart, were an exception. Other selections on that table were a variety of fruit and a basic salad bar. The breakfast portion of the buffet featured a made-to-order waffle bar. There were several toppings to choose from as well as scrambled eggs, bacon, link sausage and very tender ham chunks in a sweet root beer demiglace. The lunch portion featured chicken pieces in a cream sauce, decent, not-toospicy chicken wings, creamy-morethan-cheesy macaroni and cheese featuring corkscrew pasta, Southern-style green beans, sinfully rich garlic mashed potatoes and prime rib that suffered a bit from being held warm. At $13.99, it was a good deal. Our dining companion opted to work off the menu, and she declared her bacon cheeseburger ($9.49) the very best she’s had in Little Rock, maybe ever. We since have heard another Porter’s burgerlover make the same rather bold declaration. A juicy half-pound burger, slightly crisped, is served on a buttery, griddled bun, topped with crispy bacon, a nice slice of cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade dill chips that have a nice touch of vinegar and sweetness. The homemade potato chips are smaller in diameter, lighter and crisper than most we’ve had — not at all “kettle” chippish. They’re addictive. A jazz guitarist and keyboardist entertained during brunch, highlighted by an impromptu appearance by a fellow diner who ripped through a version of Sade’s “Smooth Operator,” reading the lyrics from another diner’s iPhone. Bravo!


5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Dickey-Stephens Park. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, space permitting. Vendors include American Pie Pizza, Argenta Market, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Lombardi Lemon Liquers. FIND THE WINNERS OF THE WORLD CHEESE DIP CHAMPIONSHIP held last Saturday at War

Memorial Stadium below, and read an account of the event from Eat Arkansas’s Kat Robinson at First place (Big Dipper) professional: Dogtown Coffee and Cookery First place (Big Dipper) amateur: The Concheeztadors Second place (Little Dipper) professional: Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro Second place (Little Dipper) amateur: Team Roberts People’s choice professional: Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro People’s choice amateur: Team Roberts Best use of meat in a dip, professional: Balcony Restaurant Culinary Team of the Basin Park Hotel Best use of meat in a dip, amateur: Mamma Chelle’s Best decorated booth, professional: Moe’s Southwest Grill Best decorated booth, amateur: DD’s Most innovative dip, professional: Ferneau Most innovative dip, amateur: The Concheeztadors


Porter’s Jazz Cafe 315 Main St. 324-1900

QUICK BITE Add another contestant to the ongoing, ever-changing “best burger in town” debate. Porter’s is a juicy halfpounder, slightly crisped, served on a buttery, griddled bun. The homemade dill chips are a highlight, as are the small, crisp, light homemade potato chips. HOURS 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. OTHER INFO Full bar. CC accepted.


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Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-554-0914. B Wed.-Fri.; BR Sat.-Sun. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles: 30 flat screen TVs, boneless wings, whiskey on tap. 225 E. Markham. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3242449. 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. $-$$. 501-224-9500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL Menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and handcut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, Beer, All CC. $$. 501-224-0012. LD 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. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL daily. DOGTOWN COFFEE AND COOKERY Up-to-date sandwich, salad and fancy coffee kind of place, well worth a visit. 6725 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-833-3850. E’S BISTRO Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. FLIGHT DECK Inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-3245. BL Mon.-Sat. GREEN CUISINE Daily specials and a small, solid menu of vegetarian fare. Try the crunchy quinoa salad. 985 West Sixth St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 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. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. LYNN’S CHICAGO FOODS Outpost for Chicago specialties like Vienna hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. 6501 Geyer Springs. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-568-2646. LD Mon.-Sat. MADDIE’S If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4040. LD Tue.-Sat. MR. BELL’S SOUL FOOD Typical meat-and-two options. The desserts are delectable; the dinner menu includes an all-you-can eat choice. 4506 Lynch Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-9000. LD Sun.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). SAY MCINTOSH RESTAURANT 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. 501-375-3420. 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. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE Perhaps the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burger in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. 414 Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. L Mon.-Fri. 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.


CHI’S DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 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. $$. 501-219-


DINING CAPSULES, CONT. 9399. 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. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily.


CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork, sausage and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. BL Mon.-Fri. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q Tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 3405 Atwood Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 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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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.


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. $-$$. 501-2809888. BLD daily 18321 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 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. EMMA’S TAQUERIA Try the torta hawaiiana — a pork sandwich with avocado, pineapple and onions. 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.

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Celebrity Attractions presents SHREK THE MUSICAL at ROBINSON AUDITORIUM. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, the musical brings the story of everybody’s favorite ogre to life onstage. Tickets go on sale Oct. 3 and will be available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster. com. Call 501-244-8800 for more info.


DREAMLAND BALLROOM hosts FEED TURKANA, a fundraising event benefitting World Relief’s East Africa Food Crisis. Proceeds will go towards distributing food and water to northeastern Kenya and neighboring Somalia, both declared to be in famine. Feed Turkana will feature live music by Isaac Alexander, Chase Pagan, Bear Colony and others plus a silent auction of artwork by Dero Sanford, Erin Lorenzen, Will Bryant and more. 7 p.m. or “like” them on Facebook at

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two-steps into town for a much anticipated concert at VERIZON ARENA in North Little Rock. Tickets are $27.00, $61.50 and $71.50 and available through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster. com. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. Visit for details.




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THE ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S “MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS” at Robinson Center Music Hall. The Academy Award-winning composer produced the scores for Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, Indiana Jones and more. Come as you are, or dress up as your favorite character. Tickets are $20-$65. Show times are 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www. for more info.

Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Group tours and field trips weekdays by appointment only. 501-821-7275 ext. 224 for details. HARVEST! FESTIVAL on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 9 from noon-6 p.m. Visit www. ■ THE 43ND ANNUAL HOT SPRINGS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR is Oct 7-9 at the GARLAND COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS with 285 exhibitors. Fri-Sat 9AM to 6PM, Sun Noon-5 PM- Free Admissions. Visit

WED 12 Don’t miss this year’s BREW HA HA at the ARKANSAS REPERTORY THEATRE. Enjoy pizza and beers in the main lobby beginning at 6 p.m. following by a laugh-outloud performance by the comedy troupe The Second City at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available by phone at 501-378-0405 or online at The Second City runs through Oct. 23.

SAT 22 OUT OF THE WOODS ANIMAL RESCUE OF ARKANSAS presents its annual HOWL-O-WEEN fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. at Burns Park Dog Park in North Little Rock. Events include dog-friendly games, such as a treasure hunt, and contests, including Best Howl, Most Creative Costume, Best Trick and more. Registration is $15 per person or $25 per family in advance and $20 per person or $30 per family on the day of the event. The fee includes a Howl-O-Ween T-shirt, treats for your dog and more. For more info, visit

VIVRE with 70 arts events in 31 days. Participating venues include Greg Thompson Fine Art Gallery; THEA Foundation; Pennington Studios; Dickey Stephens Park, which hosts the annual Festival of Wines, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, on Oct. 6; Argenta Community Theater, which brings folk duo Dala to the stage for two performances on Oct. 8; Starving Artist Café, which hosts its popular “Tales of the South” series on Oct. 11 and again on Oct. 25 and Third Friday Art Night on Oct. 21. Don’t miss these events and more every day this month.

MON 3 Bring your best dance moves to the at the Governor’s Mansion Nov 4. Register now through Sept. 29, and the $25 entry fee will be waived. For more information, visit www. or call Amber Jones at 501-607-0954.


FRI 7 THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS’ BAUM GALLERY hosts a huge anniversary celebration. The event is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Events include food, wine and live music in the galleries and a contest for the most creative party hat. Nearly 50 artists are represented in four exhibition galleries. Come check it out. Visit for more info.

TUE 11

UCA PUBLIC APPEARANCES hosts MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY with the Conway Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30-$40,

available online at Other upcoming events include Cirque Mechanics’ high-flying Boom Town (Oct. 25) and famous 60s pop act Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone and The Lettermen (Oct. 27). Visit publicappearances. ■ Little Rock’s MARKET STREET CINEMA screens the 1931 classic FRANKENSTEIN at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. Visit for a complete listing of current films and coming attractions. ■ Agatha Christie’s popular mystery THE MOUSETRAP opens at MURRY’S DINNER PLAYHOUSE in Little Rock. Call 501-562-3131 or visit for show times and ticket information.

SAT 15 Enjoy food, fashion, music and FREE family fun at HARVESTFEST on Kavanaugh Boulevard in LITTLE ROCK’S HISTORIC

HILLCREST. This year’s musical lineup might be the best ever with performances by Mulehead, Boondogs, Jim Mize, Mandy McBryde, Bonnie Montgomery, The Salty Dogs and more. Events also include a pancake breakfast, antique car show, cheese dip contest, 5K run and, of course, the Box Turtle Fashion Show featuring local designers Korto Momolu, Missy Lipps, Trisha Timmerman and others. The fashion show begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit ■ MAXINE’S brings Fort Worth’s Southern gothic folk rock act TELEGRAPH CANYON to Hot Springs. Shreveport alt-rockers Super Water Sympathy open the show. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Visit for a complete schedule of upcoming events. ■ FALL FESTIVAL CELEBRATION at the PROMENADE AT CHENAL- FREE, 1-5pm. Bring the family and join the excitement as they kick off the Fall Holiday season with a toy drive and tons of festive fun. You can’t go wrong with inflatables, tethered hot air balloon rides, music, games and prizes included from the Radio Disney Road Crew. So bring toys for the toy drop off in the Main Street roundabout, enjoy the festivities and visit stores and restaurants for exclusive sales and offers. To learn more about the toy drive and Fall Festival visit

SAT 29 Pretty Lights, the musical

vision of producer Derek Vincent Smith, presents A HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA at VERIZON ARENA. Flashing lights and pulsing beats will send partygoers into a frenzy on the dance floor. Tickets are $30 and $33 and available through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or at



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KING BISCUIT BLUES FESTIVAL For blues fans, this event has been circled on your calendar all year long. Well, it’s finally upon us: The annual King Biscuit Blues Festival takes place Oct. 6-8 in Helena-West Helena. Headliners include Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, BUDDY GUY Delbert McClinton and Keb’ Mo.’ Also on our list of must-see acts are The Stax Review, featuring Eddie Floyd, Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper, T-Model Ford, Cedric Burnside and Michael Burks. In addition to music, check out the BBQ Cookoff, 5K/10K Run, Blues Symposium at the Malco Theater and Bit-O-Blues Children’s Area. Buy your tickets online, and pay only $30 for all three days. For a complete schedule of events, visit If you want to ride with us, there are still a few tickets available aboard the Arkansas Times Blues Bus on Oct. 8, which promises to be an epic adventure. For only $99, you get a roundtrip ride on the deluxe Arrow Coach, lunch at Craig’s BBQ in DeValls Bluff, festival tickets and food, drinks and entertainment on the bus. Call 501-375-2985 to book your seat.




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B.B. KING MUSEUM While in the Delta for the King Biscuit Festival, make the short drive down to the B.B. King Museum in Indianola to take in the rich cultural heritage of the Mississippi Delta set to the backdrop of the life of B.B. King. The museum’s big event for October is North Carolina bluesman Andy Coats performing on Sat., October 8. Coats appears at the King Biscuit Festival on Thursday and is the featured performer in the Saturday afternoon music series in Lucille’s, the museum’s gift shop. Catch the performance between noon and 3 p.m., and stay for Coats’ guitar workshop from 3-5:30 p.m. The performance is free and the workshop is $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members. The B.B. King Museum has guitars available for use during the lesson. Coats will also perform Saturday evening at the Gin Mill Galleries and Restaurant next door to the museum. Exhibits and educational programs of the B.B. King Museum serve to build bridges between the community and the world while preserving the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Mississippi Delta. Visit us Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon- 5 p.m. on Mondays. Beginning Nov. 1, the museum is closed all day on Mondays for winter hours and ANDY COATS will resume regular hours March 1.

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rom novelty ankle socks to knee-highs to sleek tights to feminine stockings and printed hosiery, legwear is a gal’s best friend this season. Most of us remember pantyhose—and not fondly. (Some may even recall when they came packaged in those alluring plastic eggs as L’eggs.) Back then they were intolerable, especially in the Arkansas heat and humidity, though they did serve a purpose, like hiding unsightly blemishes. Eventually, however, nylon-clad legs all but disappeared in favor of bare ones. (For the record, fishnets never went out of style.) Fall brings a turning of the tide, or tights, as legwear re-emerges in a big way, and all types can be found in Central Arkansas. The past couple of years have also marked the return of leggings, both the standard black and, more recently, colorful and patterned; a wide selection of these is available locally, too. Tights are back, in part, due to the re-emergence of short skirts, slits and asymmetric hemlines. They’re also perfect for cooler weather and can be worn with

a variety of looks, including boots and dresses, skirts and even shorts. We welcome this trend—and its reasonable price tag. A new pair of (very affordable) floral patterned tights can transform anything in your closet into something fresh and new. Thanks to Kate Middleton, sheers and ultra-sheers are back, too, as CUE’s “London Calling” piece noted earlier this month. Here we highlight some of our finds from our favorite local retailers. The Dillard’s hose department has always been a reliable source and has a great selection of HUE, but in these pages we bring you offerings from local boutiques — with Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions leading the way — that have stocked up on stockings for fall.

hearsay ➥ Happy B-day, Barbara! Catch the BARBARA GRAVES 38th Anniversary Sale, now going on through October 8: 20% off bras, shapewear and hosiery, 30% off all panties and 40% off selected sleepwear. ➥ A ReStoreative experience. Mark your calendars for the second annual, “Restore and After,” Thursday, September 29, 6-9 p.m., at the Lafayette Building in downtown Little Rock. At the event, which benefits HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, enjoy drinks and heavy apps as well as the stylings of the Rodney Block band. The silent auction includes pieces of furniture and decorative items, many from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, that have been refashioned by local artists and organizations. ➥Share a pair! Until October 15, bring a pair of gently worn shoes into VESTA’S and receive 20% off any new pair of shoes (including Old Gringo). Your shoes will be donated to Women & Children First in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Also, make sure to “like” Vesta’s on Facebook because once they reach 1,000 “likes” they’ll launch a $1,000 Sweepstakes Give-Away. ➥ On the dot. MRS. POLKA DOT reports record sales of Moon and Lola’s fun monogrammed necklaces; they’re flying off the shelves and onto the necks of stylish locals. Recently 58 SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO THE ARKANSAS TIMES

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shop dogs (n.) A feature profiling our canine friends in retail. (Not just limited to dogs. Other species—cats, canaries, lizards—appear here, too.)

If these dogs could talk In new show, artist Amanda Linn gives voice to canine friends


his month we bring you a special edition of Shop Dogs, which we’re dubbing “Shop Dogs for a Day.” This marks a first for us, and for our subjects—artist Amanda Linn and her dogs, Jack and Ennis. It’s the first time Linn has incorporated her pets into her playful mixed media pieces, and it is Jack and Ennis’s first time as her muses. When we meet Linn and dogs at Gallery 26 prior to the opening of her show, she is a tangle of leashes as she negotiates her crew into the gallery. The dogs’ distinct personalities are clear from the start; Ennis hangs back, hugging close to Linn’s side, while the younger, extroverted Jack excitedly greets everyone with the enthusiasm of a campaigning politician. Linn adopted Ennis in February from the Saline County Humane Society and shortly after that found Jack through Hands for Little Paws. Linn, a natural born storyteller, settles into an armchair, dogs on either side, and allows her own story to unfold. She grew up in Hughes, Arkansas, her creativity nurtured

by two grandmothers who taught her how to sew and quilt. Linn, who currently works for the Arkansas Leadership Academy, is equal parts artist and educator and has won awards as both. She says her passion for teaching runs in the family; her parents worked for the school district, and her brother is a high school principal. Linn was a high school art teacher for 17 years, has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and plans to begin doctorial work in Adult Learning in the spring. As a younger artist, Linn explored all the requisite angst-ridden themes—identity, heartbreak, loss—but now prefers to approach her art with a bit more levity. Of her latest exhibit, she says, “With my photographs and constructions, I attempt to tell stories ... I didn’t set out to make a body of work about my dogs, but ... it eventually became evident that the dogs should be my ‘story’ at this moment.” And what stories they tell—a wary Jack between two Dobermans, a contemplative Ennis and his cryptic musical musings (song lyrics float above his head).

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ur state’s contribution to the culinary world is diversely represented in Greater Little Rock. Here are some of our favorite cheese dips, presented in alphabetical order and according to type: white, yellow, or non-traditional. American Pie. Non-traditional white. Can you get any more savory than Kyle’s Spicy Chicken Cheese Dip on a chip? Juicy spiced chicken chunks immersed in a white queso makes for a meal in itself. Three locations: 9709 Maumelle Blvd., 758-8800. 4830 North Hills in NLR, 753-0081. 10902 Colonel Glenn, 225-1900. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., Sat.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Arkansas Burger Company. White. This green pepper-infused creamy queso provides a lovely counterpoint to deep and thick yellow tortilla chips. It’s mild with just a little heat and a decent amount of salt under the surface. Goes great with the burgers. 7410 Cantrell Road, 663-0600. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Buffalo Grill. Yellow. Mild and cheesy, this Rebsamen Park Road standard is the best sort of typical bar yellow dip. Chips are round tortilla. Great, but we prefer real cheese on our Tortilla Flats. We will take some on our quesadillas, though. Two locations: 1611 Rebsamen Park Road, 2969535. 400 N. Bowman Road, 224-0012. 11

a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.Sat. Casa Manana. White. Rich, thick and creamy with a nice strong flavor of queso anejo and queso Chihuahua, served up with medium-thick, fresh-fried-daily yellow tortilla chips and a red bell pepper and cumin rich salsa. Try it for breakfast. Three locations: 6820 Cantrell Road, 280-9888. 18321 Cantrell Road, 868-8822. Oppenheimer Market Hall at the River Market, 372-6637. Times vary. Chip’s Barbecue. Yellow. Mediumthick, heavily spiced, deep yellow dip with strong flavors of cheddar, cumin and paprika, served up with light yellow tortillas and a side of cumin-heavy fresh made tomato salsa. Also served on the house nachos and taco salads, both of which are real winners. 9801 W. Markham, 225-4346. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.Sat. Dizzy’s. Yellow. Dizzy’s won the World Cheese Dip Championship last year with a brand new dip; they decided to replace their old dip with the winner. It’s a yellow chunky dip heavy on onions and pepper bits. It’s a bowl for two or more — a large portion best combined with a side of cool spinach dip. 200 River Market Ave., 3753500. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Thu. Izzy’s. White. Fresh and flavorful, this

dip is packed with white cheddar and fresh tomatoes and spices and somehow both heavily creamy and light thanks to the vegetation. Goes great with the Big Tamale and some chunky salsa. 5601 Ranch Road, 8684311. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Juanita’s. Yellow and white. Remember that great white cheese dip from the Blue Mesa Grill? Here’s where to go get it these days. The place has been known for years for its yellow chili con queso; we far prefer the queso blanco and its delicious sharp tones. Add spinach for 20 cents more. 614 President Clinton Ave., 372-1228. juanitas. com. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Loca Luna. White. The Roasted Green Chile Con Queso is highly prized by local cheese dip aficionados, who say there’s nothing else like it in Little Rock. Sharp, spicy, fresh, it’s served up with tricolor chips that somehow aren’t as colorful as that great queso flavor. 3519 Old Cantrell Road, 663-4666. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Mexico Chiquito. Yellow. The standard by which all other cheese dips are judged, the first and still the most elusive to pin down. Created after a visit to Mexico and based on real American cheese, the deep spice mix marks the uniqueness of its flavor with lots of paprika, cumin and heaven knows what else. Still as addictive as always. Multiple locations. mexicochiq-


Arkansas Burger Co. Various hours. Santo Coyote. White. Thin but packed with a lot of flavor, Santo Coyote’s light cheese dip matches its light house-made tortilla chips. Choices such as the El Santo Dip include shrimp, chicken and beef chunks, but the thin chips mean you’ll be eating your dip with a soft tortilla instead. 2513 McCain Blvd., 753-9800. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Senor Tequila. White. This almost sticky queso likes to grab your chip. With excellent cling, it’s the perfect pungent dip for mixing with the restaurant’s lightly spicy cilantro-heavy salsa. Also good on the enchiladas. Multiple locations. Various hours. Stoby’s. Yellow and white. The restaurant’s yellow cheese dip is a smooth, creamy blend of cheeses that’s almost sissy mild but also heavily addictive. The newer white dip is spicier, with a long-growing heat from jalapenos under its smooth deceptive surface. Served on big round yellow tortilla chips. 805 Donaghey, Conway, 501-327-5447. 405 W. Parkway, Russellville, 479-968-3816. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (9 p.m. in Russellville). U.S. Pizza Co. White. Judy’s White Cheese Dip isn’t just great on the thick tortilla chips that regularly accompany the bowl. The creamy, mild dip is also popular with some customers served over salad instead of dressing. Multiple locations. Various hours. SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 61

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all fell one day last week and I was caught unprepared. I was still in a slow burn over the summer indignities, and plotting revenge, or wanting to, planning to, soon as I got to feeling like it. The season change crept in on little cat feet. Or to update and parochialize the figure of speech, it skulked up on silent coyote pads. I hate all these coyotes we have around here now, doing their strophe and antistrophe with the ambulance sirens, peering with red eyes into my living quarters from the nearby woods every night, red-eyed with envy and contempt. Wildlife now vile and verminous, nothing like the lite bunny doodah when Uncle Remus was in charge. Roadkill waiting to happen. You change the artificial flowers on the loved ones’ graves at the cemetery from fake carnations to fake mums — that’s the first order of fall business. Then you wagon out the cornucopia and begin to fill it up with harvest gleanings to succor you and your’n through the coming cold. Indian corn goes in there, and gourds, and hickory nuts, and cranberry sauce, a washtub of giblets, and enough elderberry wine to fill up your cement pond. You always try to trap enough minks to make Momma a stole.

You want some apples to caramel or to make zombie dolls’ heads of, and cotton bolls from which to spin your BOB own homemade LANCASTER cotton candy to take to the fair and to football games, and you have to get it early because when them cotton bolls get rotten you can’t pick very much cotton. In them old cotton fields back home. Some quilting squares. Jerky. Some sassafras root to use as air freshener in the outhouse. Some sycamore leaves for your mice to use as pole rafts in case of a flash flood. Some quartz crystals to fix your harmonic convergence. The usual burrs, fronds, pods, and corms that go into commercial Potpourri. Arrowheads, lichens, mistletoe. It’s a seasonal provincial ritual hereabout to spend an entire fall day shooting sprigs of mistletoe out of the top of a tall tree with a .22 rifle, all the while thinking, “God gave me a life and a place in history so I could do this?” Also in your horn: Everything of the late Wilbur except the Jimmy Dean squeal. Fruitcake thingies. Sweet potatoes. Chest-

nuts for roasting on an open fire. I tried roasting some acorns and eating them at sunset one glorious fall day when I was out squirrel-hunting in the Hurricane Creek bottoms near Redfield and got turned around. Loster than the DeSoto party and fearful of starvation. Let me tell you something: Eat pine bark or swamp scum or dingleberries if it comes to that; but eschew acorns. I don’t know how deer do it. I mean, I could’ve drunk a quart bottle of pure coal oil and not suffered half the innard grief. A peck of pickled peppers would’ve seemed ambrosia. You talk about fire in the hole. Fall signifies another year passing. The days grow short when you reach September. And the shortness of the days serves as another reminder, as if we needed another reminder, of the shortness of all of it. Sometimes it seems long, as when you have insomnia, or a toothache, or you haven’t yet got any, but the overall vote is overwhelmingly in favor of too short. The Civil War was only yesterday, and George Washington turned the world upside down the day before. That’s true only in a manner of speaking but it’s literally true that I had a great-grandfather — my father’s grandfather — who was born the same year as Abraham Lincoln. Just time enough for four of us Lancasters between Abraham Lincoln as a squalling newborn and now. Big picture, that’s no time at all.


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