April 7, 2014
Volume 102 Issue 6
The hendrix college
CLEAR MISS CUT HENDRIX MONEY ISSUE
Making sense of campus life in terms of dollars and cents 10
CAMPUS KITTY ISSUE
Miss Hendrix Contestants CK Week Schedule 9
Evolution of Miss Hendrix
THE P RO FIL E
Volume 102 Issue 6 April 2014
Students share favorite restaurants in Conway 18 photo Stacey Svendsen
NEWS CAMPUS INTERNET
Red Light Revue
OPINION THE MONTH IN REVIEW
ACTION AGAINST SLAVERY
The changes and costs Students showcase talent Diplomatic solution possible Local and national news
A take on events during March Students celebrate increased tuition More legislation needed
RELIGION AT HENDRIX Its role on campus
DEBATE SURROUNDING CABLE
Senate works on compromise
How the increase would effect students How tuition fee is spent
damage to residence buildings
A look at how much students are charged Costs surrounding uneaten food in Caf
SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL
The lego movie
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New Internet Bandwidth:
IMPROVED, NOT PERFECT by Josh Hammons
n Feb., Hendrix upgraded the amount of bandwidth for the Internet. The bandwidth is the amount of data available per second. This upgrade was designed to resolve some of the issues students have with lagging or slow internet. “We increased the amount of internet bandwidth from 200 megabytes per second (MB/sec) to 1 gigabyte per second (GB/sec),” Sam Nichols, Director of Information Technology, said. “This bandwidth increase required that our internet firewall and packet shaping device be upgraded.” Despite the significant upgrade, the new bandwidth came with relatively low costs. The benefits of the new upgrade actually offset any costs of the procedure. “With some new technology available from our internet provider, we were able to bundle our internet service and administrative telephone service on separate circuits, and accounting for the cost of the new equipment needed, we will ‘break even’ after one year,” Nichols said. “So, this huge increase in bandwidth was accomplished without any increase in our overall cost.” The observed effects of the upgrade have been a general increase in usage, at a greater speed. A typical day witnesses a peak amount of use at around 11 p.m. “Download appears much faster. Running in-
ternet speed tests from the wired network result in 75MB of download on average,” Nichols said. “The wireless network is showing on average around 10MB.”
“So, this huge increase in bandwidth was accomplished without any increase in our overall cost.” -Sam Nichols
The increase in usage has allowed for students to do more on the campus network, and performance has improved overall. The maximum amount of MB/sec has increased to triple what it used to be. “I am not on campus when most students are using our network, but according to our usage
statistics, our nightly bandwidth utilization is peaking at around 600MB,” Nichols said. “This indicates that students are able to significantly download and access more content.” While the upgrades appear to have helped, there still appear to be at least some issues. These will continue to be addressed by the IT department. “We continue to investigate some reports of certain types of online games experiencing disconnects and lags since the upgrade, but for the most part I think students have much faster access,” Nichols said. Another way for problems to be addressed is for students to continue reporting any problems they have. This allows the IT department to work on specific issues, especially if they know exactly what is going wrong. “I encourage anyone that is experiencing slow network speeds to send a request to our Helpdesk@hendrix.edu,” Nichols said. “It helps to have a few basic pieces of information, such as were you on wired or wireless, where were you when you had the problem, what were you doing (what site were you accessing, what game were you playing, were you watching videos, etc), what approximate time did the issue occur.”
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SONGWRITER. Junior Jesse Kelaidis performs at Red Light Revue March 14. Kelaidis performed three original songs. photo Wil Chandler
The Red Light Revue:
BRINGING TALENT AND CHARITY TOGETHER by Mary Katherine Barker
n March 14 in the Burrow, students and faculty illuminated the stage at the Red Light Revue, proving just how diverse the array of talents is at Hendrix. The evening offered everything from covered crowd favorites to student-written original songs, all emceed by Shirttails co-chairs, sophomores Ty Spradley and Dominic Smith. All the proceeds from the Revue went to benefit Campus Kitty, and the combination of kicking back and relaxing to great music, all while giving back to the community made for a great night. This year’s performers were The Folk Faculty (consisting of Drs. Lombardi, Capek, Henderson, McDaniel and McKenna), Dr. Joe Lombardi, seniors Luke Evans and Max Inchaurregui, Juniors Hope Montgomery, Charley Ford, Daniel Grear and Jesse Kelaidis, sophomores Ty Spradley and Jackie Nyamutumbu and freshmen Sydney Hickok and Elissa McDavid. While some were first-time performers, others were no strangers to the Red Light Revue stage.
“I’ve played in the Red Light Revue for the past two years, and it’s always really fun,” Ford said. “Freshman year I made myself a promise to play in every Couch acoustic night or talent show, so I played in all of them and this one was included.” But even as a seasoned performer, she still gets her fair share of nerves. “If I’m performing a new song, I get nervous because I don’t know how people will react, but I always have my trusty songs that I don’t get nervous for,” Ford said. McDavid, on the other hand, was a newcomer to the Red Light stage, but was anxious to perform. “I danced for about 13 years, and then I had foot surgery because I injured myself so severely that I had a bone removed from my foot, so I wasn’t able to dance for a really long time,” McDavid said. “Now I am able to, so I wanted to dance again for this.” She danced Irish Step to Country Girl by Carolina Chocolate Drops. Red Light Revue is always a big hit with the Hendrix community, as some people come out THEPROFILEONLINE.BLOGSPOT.COM
to support friends, or simply to see the talent that our peers and professors have to offer. “I wanted to see the professors interact with each other and sing great songs,” sophomore Catey May said. “I’ve never seen them outside of the classroom doing anything like this, so I thought it would be cool to see.” The Folk Faculty certainly started the show on the right foot, with their gentle acoustic sound acclimating the audience to the very laid-back atmosphere. But, as if the talent wasn’t enough, knowing that the show benefits others beyond the audience is part of what makes it so special. “The Red Light Revue is a really unique talent show because it brings together multiple students, along with faculty, and because of this we’re able to raise money for charity,” Smith said. “Overall, it’s a unique opportunity to see the musical talent that Hendrix has to offer.”
Crisis in the Ukraine:
COLD WAR TACTICS by Carter Milligan
espite Russian military occupation of Crimea, on March 29 Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama both agreed that a diplomatic solution was the best option in regards to the crisis in Ukraine. The international community has already imposed economic sanctions against Russia. As of March 31, neither side made a breakthrough recommendation. Unmarked Russian military forces invaded the Crimean peninsula on Feb. 27 under the guise of protecting ethnic Russians in Ukraine after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. During the revolution, civil unrest began in Kiev with citizens wanting European integration and protesting against government corruption and violations of human rights. “It is important to realize this is not the first time in recent history Russia has resorted to military force, justifying it with the protection of ethnic Russians living in neighboring countries,” Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations Kiril Kolev said. “The last time this happened was in the war with Georgia, when Russia sought to annex two regions there (Abkhazia and South Ossetia).” The revolution led to the ousting of President
Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia and was replaced by Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov. Yanukovych reappeared in the Ukraine on Feb. 27; Yanukovych and Russia denounced the revolution as a coup, and in turn, mounted a coup within Crimea. “What is different about the Ukrainian crisis is perhaps the very clear split between pro-West and pro-Russian sentiment among Ukrainians that is even very clearly delineated geographically,” Kolev said. “This leads to two great challenges. Geopolitically, it does put the European Union and Russia at odds at each other. Internally, it threatens the integrity of a sovereign nation and, in fact, it is unclear whether the country of Ukraine can reconcile the differences that it is experiencing via institutional means after the crisis.” Local pro-Russia deputies installed Sergei Aksenov, as Prime Minister of Crimea. Both Yanukovych and Aksenov are wanted by Ukrainian authorities. “Russia’s intervention could be viewed as a consequence of the end of the Cold War,” Kolev said. “With the breakup of the Soviet Union, many newly re-established countries have numerous ethnic Russians living in them. So
Russia’s actions are following both the dynamics of a no longer unified Eastern Bloc and Putin’s general desire to increase Russia’s influence across the world.” On March 1 the upper house of Russia’s parliament granted Putin the right to use military force in Ukraine. Putin claimed that Ukraine’s revolution had produced a new state with which Russia had no binding agreements. “Putin’s remarkable ability to consolidate power began with the increased price of oil and gas on the world markets in the early 2000s, which coincided with his election as president,” Kolev said. “He used the financial windfall to buy off and oppress opposition at the same time.” With three major natural gas pipelines to Western Europe, Ukraine holds a strategic advantage to Russia. The Crimean parliament set up a referendum on March 16 to decide whether Crimea would join Russia. According to a readout from the White House, President Obama stated that the Crimean referendum, which violated the Ukrainian constitution and occurred under duress of Russian military intervention, would never be recognized by the U.S. or the international community.
NEWS BRIEFS by Ellen Martin
The tax man cometh... April 15 is not just another spring day for some college students. Are you wondering if you need to file or not? As a general rule, you do not have to file a tax return unless you have made $5,000 or more from a job. Also, you may be eligible for certain tax credits just by being a student. Just because you are not required to file a tax return, does not mean you should not if you had money withheld from your paycheck. According to Kiplinger.com, “ … kids often get back most or all of their income taxes.” Remember, you cannot claim yourself as a dependent if your parents do. If your parent(s) pay more than half of your support, they can claim you. IRS Publication 501 covers this topic and more.
New Burrow hours Does all the studying you do every night get your stomach growling, too? Do the stairs heading up to the Caf deter the satisfaction of your growling stomach? Luckily for those looking for a late night snack, the Committee on Everything Awesome with Dean Wiltgen worked out extended hours for the Burrow.
As of March 10, they have been open until 8 p.m. allowing students and faculty to buy grab-and-go items. The extended hours’ period is strictly a cash or debit/credit card operation, so students’ Burrow Bucks only work during the previous set of work hours.
City of Boston remembers in positive light Monday, April 7 marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. However, instead of devoting this terrible reminder to the devastating emotions of the bombing, several cultural institutions of Boston have joined together to try and answer the question: How do we make Boston better? In recognition of the lives lost and 200+ people injured during the incident, 19 local libraries and museums around the city have partnered up to host a series of events and exhibits to honor the memory of
that day lasting through March and April. One specific display features objects left over in the streets days after the bombing in hopes of capturing initial reactions to the bombing and, also, including hopeful messages to let people know that we can move on. Other tributes include installations, a photography exhibit displaying tattoo acknowledgments to the bombing, and a series of pop-up events allowing the public to share their stories related to the bombing.
THE MONTH IN REVIEW by Connor Newton
It was a good month for...
It was a bad month for...
Chance The Rapper. It was another
Ellen Degeneres. Though the speeches
at the Oscars were top notch, the host, Ellen Degeneres, failed to keep things entertaining between winners. Starting out strong with a funny opening monologue, Ellen could not keep the laughs going, resorting to what seemed like impromptu “selfies” and pizza orders. The Academy tried to recover from last year’s Anne and James fiasco.
good month for the Hendrix music scene. Chance came to Hendrix on March 7 drawing a large crowd and kicking off Campus Kitty Week with a bang. Chance preformed mainly from his mix tape Acid Rap, but threw in a few old hits as well. Unfortunately, the concert only lasted for less than an hour.
Oscars Speeches. The Oscars did not
surprise anyone this year with who won, but the speeches were truly the best part of the Oscars. Lupita Nyong’o’s from “12 Years A Slave” spoke about the ability for anyone to act. Jared Leto from “Dallas Buyers Club” dedicated his speech to the victims of AIDS. Cate Blanchett, after winning Best Actress, addressed the ability that female actors have in a male dominated film industry.
Airplanes. Malaysia Airline Flight 370
Canadians. There was much rejoicing in
hopes were crushed as the Oscar for Best Actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” DiCaprio, who starred in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” was nominated for his fifth Oscar, but alas, when the time came and the winner was announced, DiCaprio had to put on his well-rehearsed “Loser Face.”
mysterious disappeared on March 7. At time of press, the whereabouts of the plane and all 239 passengers are unknown. The top researchers on the case suspect that the plane might have landed on an unknown island where the passengers are punching in a code every 108 minutes.
Leonardo DiCaprio. Once again, Leo’s
Canada this past month. The Men’s Canadian Hockey Team won the gold medal during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. After the win, the nation of Canada declared another four years of being friendly and considerate towards others. One Canadian was caught commenting, “Yeah, silver woulda been okay, too, but gold is better—don’t cha know!”
The Zucchini Hendrix Tuition Breaks $50,000/year, Students Overjoyed by Brooke Nelson
purring a flood of approval across the campus last month, Hendrix Executive President and Chief Financial Officer Tom Siebenmorgen sent an email to the student body releasing updated tuition costs, estimating that Hendrix’s comprehensive fee will break $50,000 next year. The email, sent to students early March 6, detailed the fee structure for returning students in the 2014-2015 academic year. Included in the costs were many irrelevant fees that Hendrix students briefly skimmed before just forwarding the email to their parents because they really do not want to deal with any of it right now. “Did I see the email? Yes. Did I read it? No.
I stopped when I saw the first number. I got a little emotional after that,” junior Tyson Schneider said. In honor of the increase in comprehensive fees, sources confirmed that Martin Hall hosted a party late Friday night titled “Money and Their Honeys.” Partiers arrived to first floor Martin in curious variations of costumes made solely of dollar bills. Men wore artistically folded bow ties of paper currency and hundred dollar bills for socks, while females opted for grass skirts made of twenty dollar bills and coins to cover other various aspects of the body. “Since Hendrix thinks we’re made of money, I
think we should just own it,” sophomore Kelly Deane said, wearing a total of three dollar bills covering the essential parts. “Besides, what’s $50,000 more a year to my parents?” Deane said. “I mean, they had to have known they would be tapping into their retirement fund at some point before their sixties.” The celebration of this new milestone in school history lasted well into the night, with tunes such as ABBA’s “Money, Money, Money”, Madonna’s “Material Girl”, and “Mo Money, Mo Problems” by Notorious B.I.G. among the most played. Sources confirmed that Martin hosts were raining shredded dollar bills from the ceiling as confetti in honor of breaking $50,000 a
HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND
STATE LAW Slavery still an issue in the modern world by Josh Hammons
uman trafficking is an often overlooked issue, especially in state politics. Until 2013, Arkansas was rated as one of the worst states in dealing with human trafficking. In last year’s legislative session, lawmakers and local organizations such as Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) worked to improve upon the existing state laws. The passage of these laws, a bipartisan venture, allowed for the formation of a task force. This task force is working towards gathering information and possible solutions to the problem in our state. The United States is the number one purchaser of slaves in the world, with thousands being trafficked into the country every year. Organizations like The Polaris Project, PATH and the International Justice Mission work to help prevent trafficking both in America and around the world. Polaris Project estimates that hundreds of thousands of people are at risk for slavery in America although it is difficult to tell because it is believed many cases go unreported. Many people are drawn into slavery by a promise of money or a job, some are brought to America and tricked into sex slavery. Girls ages 11-14 make up the most at risk group to be trafficked. Slavery includes not only forced commercial sex, but labor trafficking as well. There are also thousands of domestic slaves in America that are promised a job, but instead are forced to work for nothing under threat of being deported. They often have no options because they could be in trouble legally. In addition, a domestic slave is
often much harder to identify because they tend to blend in more easily than a sex slave. More than half of all people trafficked are predicted to be sex slaves. Despite the fact that worldwide, human trafficking is a $32 billion criminal industry, it still seems to get very little press. The government has been fighting its “war on drugs” for years, but the issue of slavery is rarely part of the rhetoric. Even so, federal laws are fairly extensive. According to Polaris Project, 39 states passed new laws to prevent trafficking over the past year, and currently 32 states are ranked as “tier 1,” meaning they fulfill a certain set of criteria Polaris Project has. The issue of modern slavery is underrepresented considering it is one of, if not the most bipartisan issue there is. Both Democrats and Republicans in the Arkansas legislature supported the latest human trafficking bill. It is a problem that everyone can agree needs to be solved, and yet it doesn’t have the same media coverage that the more controversial issues get on a daily basis. While Arkansas and many other states around the nation are working to improve laws, there are still issues. The recent bill that passed did not erase the law that requires minors to provide proof of force, fraud or coercion to be considered trafficked, which is not even up to the federal standard. This means that even a girl that would be considered under the age of consent would not be provided the same protection as someone
that is rescued from trafficking. While this is perhaps the most serious issue, there is also a burden of proof on adults. Because there is not enough awareness or legislation, victims go unrecognized. There are times when a prostitute is arrested and her pimp will bail her out without anyone knowing that he is the real perpetrator of the crime. The victims are punished further while the traffickers get to walk away and continue to make money. PATH is a local organization centered in Little Rock. Its mission is focused for the most part on women that have been forced into prostitution and sex slavery. They are trying to provide more places for anybody rescued from trafficking. Arkansas does not have enough shelter to house the number of trafficking victims in Arkansas even if they were eventually rescued. PATH has been supported by several members of the Arkansas state legislature, especially State Representative David Meeks. In addition, they have been able to make progress in getting a shelter set up for victims of trafficking. Because of the new legislation, Arkansas is now ranked as one of four most improved states by Polaris Project. While Arkansas - and the nation overall - has improved dramatically over the past years, the issue still stands. PATH, IJM, the A21 Campaign, Not for Sale and many other organizations are continuing to raise awareness and encourage stronger legislation both here and around the world.
year in tuition fees. “Never mind the fact that the OTC doesn’t have something as simple as a stapler,” freshman Allen Cox said as he handed out solid gold coins as party favors on Friday night. “I’m just glad to know my money goes to the essentials, like the 3D printer.” As the rainy season began on the beautiful campus, students had even more to celebrate. “I just wake up every morning feeling so privileged to pay $50,000 a year to go to a swampland,” junior Hannah Munson said as she trotted happily through puddles three inches deep to a patch of thick mud in the grass. “It’s like every college student’s dream.”
“The mold and ants in the residence halls are another added bonus,” Munson added. “It’s like camping, but I’m paying $50,000 each year to do it!” “Hendrix is now Ivy League material without the Ivy League stamp,” Hendrix business offices replied in response to student reactions to the increase. “You’re basically paying just as much as you would to go to Harvard, but you’re actually going to a small private school in the middle of nowhere that floods every time it rains!” At time of press, students were still not aware of the fine print in the email. A note to the reader: The Zucchini is a spinoff column of The Onion, a satire news publication
that is based in Chicago, Illinois. In other words, The Zucchini is just that—a satire. Besides the email about updated fees and the name of Hendrix’s CFO, nothing written in an article under The Zucchini column is factually true, nor are any of the names written therein true students or employees at Hendrix. The Zucchini aims to take a fun or sarcastic spin on issues on or off campus; it does not intend to insult or place blame. Please do not take it seriously.
IS IT HARD TO BE RELIGIOUS AT HENDRIX? Religion still a taboo dinner party topic
by Jennifer Moulton
photo Abigail Garcia-Lucas
veryone has been berated with the golden rule of social interaction – don’t talk about religion and politics. So why are these the topics we always end up talking about at dinner parties? Because people are fascinated. These topics comprise so much of the philosophical as well as moral ideas that society has been built upon. So, I’m sorry Mum, but I’m going to break the golden rule – let’s talk about religion at Hendrix. My initial intrigue in this particular topic was sparked by an event that occurred on Sunday (the Sabbath, coincidentally!) Feb. 23, when the Hendrix Film society screened “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988). For those unfamiliar with this film, it depicts the life of Christ as he experiences temptations faced by all human beings, most controversially sexual temptations. Christ is shown kissing a woman on screen, and the presence of his children implicitly conveys his sexual endeavors (though we find out later that this is a scene occurring in imagination). These provocative images are contrary to many core beliefs Christians hold about the life of Christ. Before the screening, the Film Society’s president received an email from a Catholic organization based in Conway requesting that this particular biblical adaptation not be shown due to its disrespectful representation of Jesus. However, the show must go on, and the president informed the organization that the film would continue to be shown. The Catholic organization informed the president that they would be protesting the event. This protest incited severe reactions within those present as well as students absent from the event when it was discussed later. I heard all sorts of ad hominim arguments being hurled about. This was no protest of the Westboro variety. It was more of a peaceful demonstration of faith as opposed to a rally of haters. The religious demonstrators (because I really believe that is a more accurate term for them than protesters) stood a few yards away from the door of the building where the screening took place, holding candles and a large, framed photograph of Jesus while reciting/chanting the rosary. Zero of my feelings were hurt by their actions, and I can say with a large amount of confidence that no one else’s were either. So, why did people react so vehemently? I believe that these reactions to this specifically are symptomatic of Hendrix’s more general view of religion. To explore this idea, it is necessary to gain a bit of insight into what it’s like being a religious Hendrix student. Rev. Wayne Clark, Hendrix Chaplain, provided his views from years of observation. “I think there’s not as many students that want to be involved in habitual religious practice, but they are more about spiritual growth,” Clark said. This “spiritual but not religious” mindset is commonplace among college students in what could be describds as their transitory phase in life. “In my own experience, about a third of my
students in a world religions class would speak of themselves as spiritually interested but not religiously affiliated,” Dr. Jay McDaniel of the religious studies departments said. “Many of them would not be anti-religion, but at the same time they would not identify with any religions.” College is also a place for exploration, and many students find themselves taking new routes to religiosity. “Many students find truth in various traditions identified above, and develop hybrid forms of religious or spiritual life,” McDaniel said. “They may be like trees with taproots: a primary identity in one tradition, but with secondary roots in others. Or, on the other hand, they may be like plants with fibrous root systems, multiple roots in various traditions.” Though college is a time for exploration and growth, I know we have all been witness, or perhaps active participants, in harsh attitudes towards religion both in and out of the classroom. “I have students who are wanting to be an active, participating Christian [for example], and they struggle because they will share that viewpoint in the classroom and be made fun of or be ridiculed,” Clark said. McDaniel agreed with this sentiment: “in the classroom…students do not easily speak from overtly religious points of view, and evangelicals perhaps feel even more left out. The matter is complicated by the fact that, socially, they feel estranged from the ‘party-and-drinking’ culture that permeates our campus. It’s very hard for Muslims, too.”
“I HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE WANTING TO BE AN ACTIVE, PARTICIPATING CHRISTIAN, AND THEY STRUGGLE BECAUSE THEY WILL SHARE THAT VIEWPOINT IN THE CLASSROOM AND BE MADE FUN OF OR BE RIDICULED.” - REV. WAYNE CLARK
When does the tolerance that has been promoted as one of the most esteemed values of Hendrix students collapse into intolerance for others’ beliefs? “I believe that many liberal-thinking people falsely assume that you can’t be religious and APRIL 2014
well-educated,” Clark said. “They think you can’t have the head and the heart together – that you have to check your heart at the academic door.” I also believe that the conflation of religiosity and ignorance seems to be at the center of the negativity often expressed by non-religious and intellectually-based groups. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The head and the heart can live side by side in the academic world, and evidence can be seen in the very structure of our own institution. Half of the buildings on campus were paid for through funds received from United Methodists. Seventy percent of the endorsed professorships on campus are possible through grants provided by individual United Methodists. One third of our trustees are ordained Methodist ministers. “The Methodist Churches of Arkansas give more money to the annual fund than anyone else,” Clark said. This means that Hendrix College, your greatest source of intellectual stimulation over your four years here and the building block of future intellectual endeavors, has a strong connection and partnership with a religious organization. “People often have two images when they think of private colleges,” Clark said. “You’re either a school like Hendrix, or you’re a school like Harding. Schools like OBU and Harding are truly run by the church. It is setting policy. It is approving faculty positions, and it is determining curriculum. In contrast, the Methodist church gives Hendrix all the academic freedom we want.” Hendrix itself serves as an exemplar of the ability for religion to be open-minded and flexible. Nothing demonstrates this flexibility more than Hendrix’s growth of multi-religiosity smack in the middle of the Bible Belt. “Over the years Hendrix has become more and more multi-religious,” McDaniel said. “By this I mean that there are more students who identify with, or feel affiliated with, an institutional religion, more and more ‘institutional religions’ are represented. “Increasingly, our international students bring new and promising ‘religious’ perspectives with them. Many of our students from Africa enrich our campus by bringing uniquely non-western forms of Christian self-expression into our culture. Those from Asia are less overt, and from China they typically do not think of themselves as ‘religious,’ even as their minds are influenced by Daoist and Confucian ways of thinking. In any case, they add to the mix considerably, helping Hendrix widen its horizons beyond narrower, American-centered boundaries.” My hope is that Hendrix will continue to widen its horizons by incorporating new methods of tolerance and respect for other people. I hope that students will remember to carefully consider that peoples’ religious convictions are held very near and dear to their hearts, and that no one should never feel ashamed because of faith.
FOX CABLE DEBATE Creating a television compromise by Mary Katherine Barker
ith cable access in every dorm and apartment on campus, watching our favorite channels and shows has not been a concern for Hendrix students. But, this year, Dean Wiltgen alerted students that there will be a cost increase of $4 a cable box across campus to keep the channels Fox Sports South West Plus, National Geographic, FXX, and Fox Sports1. It was then put up for student debate whether or not Hendrix should spend the money – which would be roughly $40,000 a year – to keep those channels, or use that money elsewhere for the campus. The copious student feedback on this issue ranged from both the supportive and strongly opposed ends of the spectrum. “Having come to college without ever having cable before, I find that the cable service we are provided with has more than enough channels for the average person to enjoy,” sophomore Dulcie Hanham-Gross said. “I’d rather not pay for more than I have to, and I feel like I would be if they were to change it.”
Freshman Mark Hickey, on the other hand, feels that some of these channels are a necessity for sports fans, and should be kept. “Fox Sports broadcasts some of the bigger college football games for this region, and they will also be instrumental in the NBA playoffs,” Hickey said. “With so many big sporting events both in the fall and the spring, we might be missing out on watching some of those. I would be willing to pay the extra cost for that, but it’s obviously a group effort.” Student Senate has received much of this feedback, and the Presidential Assistant, sophomore Ty Spradley, has seen both sides. “A lot of people say that it’s just not worth the money to try and keep the channels, but others say that it enhances dorm spirit when they can watch games together,” Spradley said. The slight majority, though, seems to say that it wouldn’t be worth $40,000 a year.” This debate has been discussed repeatedly in Senate, and decisions concerning the issue were as inclusive as possible of student opinions.
“The extra channels are going to go away for the dorms, but we’re looking into getting a different cable provider that can keep it in the SLTC, so the channels are available somewhere communal,” Spradley said, as of March 11th. “It’s possible to keep them all in the apartments, so people can pay for those separately, instead of in a dorm.” While this may not satisfy everyone, many students have agreed that this is a fair compromise. “I think it would be a great alternative for the school to get the cable package for the SLTC as opposed to the dorms,” sophomore Brandon Cox said. “It’s a great price reduction.” In the future, the SLTC and apartment-dwellers may need to expect a few more guests when big games are on, but other than that, it should not be too big of a sacrifice. Without these channels in the dorms, students can expect to save money on cable service, and see that $40,000 be put to use elsewhere.
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BREAK EVEN The balancing act of the minimum wage by Carter Milligan
aising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour has become a political goal for President Obama. Ever since his State of the Union address, he has been campaigning around the country trying to rally support for a decision that is ultimately up to Congress. Facing heavy Republican opposition, congressional Democrats who support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour find themselves beating back a less ambitious proposal being considered by Democratic Sen. Susan Collins. In an attempt to compromise, Collins plan would raise the minimum wage by a smaller amount; however, economists tend to disagree with any form of price fixing, including the minimum wage. “We really believe that price is a signal of value,” Assistant Professor of Economics and Business Megan Leonard said. “If we interfere with that signal and make it look more valuable than it really is, price doesn’t carry the same information anymore. It can introduce distortions in the market, and sometimes we don’t know where those ripples are going to go.” Despite being a form of price fixing, the minimum wage does have its advantages. “The advantage of the minimum wage is that it is easy to understand, and it is seemingly more politically feasible,” Leonard said. “There doesn’t seem to be a huge employment effect of the minimum wage. We don’t see a lot of unemployment when the minimum wage is raised. It might induce more people into the job market to look for jobs.” With a raise in the minimum wage, previously low paying jobs could become more attractive to college students. “Because I don’t think that raising the minimum wage would drastically reduce the number of jobs available, Hendrix students might start looking for work,” Leonard said. “Hendrix students are smart, capable and motivated individuals. They will be very competitive for
those jobs, so we might see an increase in the employment of Hendrix students and they would be making more money which would be good for them.” Despite a possible raise in minimum wage having a positive effect on college students, Leonard believes that it could be a disadvantage to those that an increase in minimum wage targets.
“THE PROBLEM IS THAT IF WE CARE ABOUT POVERTY AND INCOME INEQUALITY, TRUTHFULLY, WE DON’T WANT TO BE HELPING HENDRIX COLLEGE STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY IN A GREAT POSITION.” - PROF. MEGAN LEONARD “The problem is that if we care about poverty and income inequality, truthfully, we don’t want to be helping Hendrix College students because they are already in a great position,” Leonard said. “They are smart and have great futures ahead of them. If the purpose of minimum wage is to help people who are struggling while they are trying to help themselves, then having Hen-
drix students be more competitive for minimum wage jobs is bad for those people.” Despite giving Hendrix students an advantage, freshman Jacob Langston also believes that raising the minimum wage would be economically irrelevant. “While I feel that raising minimum wage could be beneficial to Hendrix students, I feel that it is a policy that bites off more than it can chew,” Langston said. “As beneficial as it could potentially be, I feel the positive outcomes the government believes would come from it are over-expecting. I think that people who tend to work for minimum wage generally don’t have extra income to spend that would flow back into the economy anyway. I do not think increasing their income would be something that would entice them to spend more money regularly in a way that would boost the economy.” The minimum wage is not the only source of alleviating poverty and income inequality. Food stamps, earned income tax credits and Medicaid accomplish a similar goal. “The benefits those programs have is that they do go to people that have demonstrated a need for them,” Leonard said. “We could theoretically make poorer individuals much worse off if we just said ‘the minimum wage should take care of it. Lets reduce what we spend on these programs because there is no guarantee that it’s getting to the people who really need it.’ So, I think that could be a dangerous line of reasoning.” Despite the simplicity of the minimum wage, Leonard believes that the income tax credit is perhaps a better alternative. “The earned income tax credit targets only people who need it,” Leonard said. “I think it is a better option because it has the difference of being financed through the tax system. It is funded through the taxpayers at large instead of the businesses that pay people minimum wages.”
% 24,498 3.9 1,474 PERCENT INCREASE IN SIMPLE TUITION FOR NEXT YEAR
DOLLAR AMOUNT INCREASE FROM THIS YEAR TO THE NEXT IN TUITION
AVERAGE ANNUAL PERCENT INCREASE IN TUITION SINCE THE 2010/2011 ACADEMIC YEAR
AVERAGE DOLLAR AMOUNT OF NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS PER QUALIFYING STUDENT
SIXTY FIVE PERCENTAGE OF HENDRIX’S EXPENSES ARE FOR EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND SALARIES
155,638,499 THE DOLLAR AMOUNT IN THE HENDRIX ENDOWMENT AS OF 2012
OF HENDRIX’S REVENUE FROM NET TUITION, ROOM AND BOARD
50, 202 COMPREHENSIVE FEE MINIMUM (ROOM, BOARD, FOOD AND TUITION) FOR NEW STUDENTS NEXT YEAR
BUDGET BREAKDOWN Lowest increase in over five years
n March 6 at 11:40 a.m., an email was sent out to all current Hendrix students. The four-paragraph email contained details, disclaimers and a deluge of information categorically listing the cost of tuition, room and board for the 2014-2015 academic year. The breakdown is as follows. Approved by the Hendrix College Board of Trustees, total minimum costs for attendance for incoming Hendrix students will break $50,000. “I do expect that we would continue to see annual increases in tuition and fees with efforts by the College to keep these at the lowest levels possible,” Tom Siebenmorgen, Hendrix’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), said. Although tuition and fees are expected to increase, the data shows that Hendrix has made an effort to keep tuition lower in the past few years. Standard tuition for new students, not including room, board or food, will increase by 1,474 dollars, or 3.9 percent for next year. It increased $1,616, or 4.5 percent for the current 2013-2014 academic year. For the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition increased by $1,970, or 5.8 percent. Returning students pay a slightly lower tuition fee than new students. Next year will be the lowest increase in tuition that Hendrix has approved in over five years. Hendrix’s tuition has increased by 5.4 percent on average based on tuition for incoming students over the past five years. There are multiple factors to explain the annual increases. “Key expenses which drive the cost structure of the college include student aid in the form of scholarships which are expected to be up by more than 5 percent next year, and salaries and benefits which are expected to be up by over 7 percent next year due in large part to the filling of open positions and a small portion set aside for faculty and staff raises,” Siebenmorgen said. For the current academic year, average needbased scholarship or grant reward was 24,498 dollars according to US News and World Report’s data. According to Siebenmorgen, healthcare costs are another factor that is expected to keep rising. “Even if we don’t increase compensation, but healthcare costs go up, because the college pays for part of our healthcare costs, immediately we’ve got to have an increase for that,” Lyle Rupert, a professor in the business department, said. “And that’s affecting all businesses.”
by James Owen
The college has taken on energy-saving initiatives and has reviewed risk insurance to try to check the increase in costs. To understand why tuition is continually rising, it is important to look at the budgetary structure of the college. “Personnel, scholarships, and then the infrastructure of the physical buildings and of com-
“KEY EXPENSES WHICH DRIVE THE COST STRUCTURE OF THE COLLEGE INCLUDE STUDENT AID IN THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIPS WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BE UP BY MORE THAN 5% NEXT YEAR.” -CFO TOM SIEBENMORGEN
puters, technology, labs, all of that,” Rupert said. Breaking that down, personnel, consisting of salaries and benefits for employees, accounts for about 65 percent of Hendrix’s expenses,” Rupert said when asked what the main expenses for Hendrix are. “All colleges have this high level of investment in people and Hendrix seems to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and performance compared to even larger schools and accomplishes this with much smaller levels of staffing,” Siebenmorgen said. The next largest cost is maintenance and utilities, which is 7 percent of the expenses. On the income side of the equation, there are three main sources of revenue. “We have three sources of income,” Rupert said. “We have tuition, we have gifts through the annual fund, and that’s when people make gifts to be spent in the current year, and then there’s the endowment where people give gifts
to be invested, and a certain percentage of those investments can be spent for the current year.” Of these three sources, tuition is broken down further into two categories: net tuition – the cost of attendance – and room, board and food. Net tuition makes up about 40 percent of the revenue. This net tuition is calculated by subtracting the cost of tuition by the student aid received, which is considered a contra-revenue account. This means that the $24,498 average needbased scholarships and grants that nearly 60 percent of students receive is subtracted from the tuition, and the college receives the remainder, the net tuition. Considering that student aid is budgeted to increase by about 5 percent this year, this provides a hedge for the students against over-inflating tuition. As tuition goes up, so does student aid giving, which is already nearly half of the overall tuition including room, board and food. The second section of overall tuition, room and board makes up approximately 30 percent of all revenue. About 20 percent of revenue comes from drawing from the endowment. As of 2012, the endowment stood at over $155 million according to US News and World Report. Contributions to the annual fund and other miscellaneous income accounts for the last 10 percent of the budget. Adding that up, nearly 70 percent of Hendrix’s budget comes from students in the form of tuition, room and board. “Revenues from tuition, room and board are by far the driving force in funding the budget of the college on an annual basis,” Siebenmorgen said. “We continue to compete with schools that give less aid to their students and with schools that have much higher levels of endowment support.” As Rupert explained, Hendrix can only draw a certain percentage of money out of the endowment fund each year. The more money that is in the endowment fund, the more money that Hendrix can use from it in the budget. For students, this means that if the endowment grows, tuition could be lowered or raised at an even slower rate. Every percentage point of the budget matters. “In each of the last five years or longer we have been able to balance the portion of our budget which we consider to be our operating budget on an annual basis,” Siebenmorgen said. “So even that 5% of our budget supported by the annual fund becomes critical to us.”
WORK HARD PAY HARD
Damage in residence buildings charges students with extra costs by Brooke Nelson
artin men wake up to foam from fire extinguisher sprayed across their bathroom. The parking lot of Front Street apartments glitters with the shattered glass of a street light. A washing machine in Raney yawns with the open-mouthed gape of a missing door. Damage in residence buildings feels inevitable—after all, we spend quite a bit of time there. But when we get that bill in our inbox at the end of the year, as we’re busy tanning by the pool and trying to think of anything BUT school, damage seems to be inescapable, as well. The numbers reveal that a majority of us have fallen victim to this storm of extra fees; in the 2012-2013 academic year, almost 60% of students living on campus were charged with an extra damage cost. This percentage increases for buildings like Martin and Front Street and decreases for others, like the Houses. Charges in the 2012-2013 academic year ranged from a minimum of $5.00 and a maximum of over $8000.00. In total, Hendrix students paid about $50,000 in damages last year alone, which is almost equivalent to the cost to attend the college for a year. John Omolo, the Hendrix Housing Director, has seen it all: doors used as desks, trash stacked in the hallways twenty bags deep, and an entire wall torn down to make a passageway between two apartments. What students fail to realize, he said, was the true cost of residence building damage to the college. Consider a door in an apartment in the Village, for example. Students complain that the price Res Life asks is much higher than the cost to replace the door. “Well, you understand,” Omolo said, “the doors in the Village are extra-large and tall, and the wood is not like the one you go and buy at Lowe’s or plywood, things like that. And you’ve got to find the paint with the right color to paint the wood. So you understand what we have to go
through to get it back to how it was. They want you to fix it the cheapest way possible, but it’s not going to look the same as other doors.” Indeed, Omolo continued, “our charge is not that we want to be punitive to the student, it’s just that you give back what you took away. You fix what you broke. We want to bring it back how it was, so the next person can live in a good place.”
IN TOTAL, HENDRIX STUDENTS PAID ABOUT $50,000 IN DAMAGES LAST YEAR ALONE, WHICH IS ALMOST EQUIVALENT TO THE CUMULATIVE COST TO ATTEND THE COLLEGE. Omolo suggested some ways that students could cut down on the costs they must pay to the damage in rooms and apartments, including putting in a work order to have damage fixed before the end of the year, dividing responsibility for the damage between one’s roommates, and carefully evaluating the room at the beginning of the year for damage before signing the contract. Once a student agrees to the noted damages on the contract, he or she has bypassed his or her chance to identify something that is broken. When Res Life identifies that damage at the end of the year, it becomes the student’s responsibility because it was not noted beforehand. This is
a common mistake, Omolo noted. “We tell the student, if you find something that we actually mark as good that is bad, we want you to write on this report and say that it is bad, so we can fix that,” Omolo said. Community damage is just as prevalent as specific residence damage across campus. Unless somebody steps forward and takes responsibility for the damage or somebody else turns them in, the charge for the destruction falls upon those who live there. Martin, Front Street and Huntington apartments bear the brunt of this cost: together, the three paid almost half of the $50,000 total charge to all twenty of the residence buildings on campus. If a room is damaged, the roommates pay for it. For a hallway, the hallway pays for it. The entire residence hall takes financial responsibility for damages in the TV room or elsewhere. “I always like to charge the lowest denominator possible [for damage like that]. Meaning that if it is west wing, something’s wrong there, I will isolate it so that only that wing will be charged, not the whole floor,” Omolo said. Omolo is considering several ideas that could work as incentives to minimizing damage in residence halls, such as throwing them a party or organizing a formal for them at the end of the year. “We have so many students on this campus that actually are great,” Omolo said. “This is why I decided to come and work here because I like Hendrix; the way it looks, the landscaping looks great, the school is well-maintained, and it just makes me feel good being in this community. And then I asked a student, if you buy a car that you really love and adore, would you trash it? Would you trash your house? Take pride!” Take pride, and reduce the price. Maybe next year we will avoid the risk of costing the school more than we are paying them.
photos Quinn Neal
JUNK FOOD Organizations, students shed light on food waste by Josh Hammons
veryday hundreds of students pass through the cafeteria for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While there is always plenty of food for anyone to go get at any time, there is also a lot of food that goes uneaten. Some of this food is not served, and some is taken by students and not consumed. “We came up with the amount of waste and compost per student, and it’s about a quarter to a third of a pound on each student’s tray that they are throwing out in food waste per meal,” sophomore William O’Brochta, Vice-Chair of the Environmental Concerns Committee, said. For three months last year the ECC collected data on food waste in the cafeteria. They specifically looked at what was left on the trays by students. “What we did for three months last year was every Thursday we would go in the caf, back behind the dish room and take all the trays off, scrape off all the compost and throw all the trash in a separate trash bin,” O’Brochta said. “We
would do that for two hours.” Senior Jordan Spennato also investigated the amount of food waste in the cafeteria, and she found that food is also wasted in other areas. “We have about three different entrees on the mainline, and I’m only talking about the main line because that’s where we get the most waste,” Spennato said. “We have three entrees every meal and about eight pans of each is left over.” Each pan holds about 25 servings. Spennato used this information to put together a presentation for senate and the dining staff. She was able to estimate the amount of food wasted and the cost. “There’s about 500 dollars of food waste a day in the cafeteria,” Spennato said. “Let’s be honest we have a really nice buffet style cafeteria. Some of that waste is necessary. Especially because they have to order food knowing a third of it is going to be wasted by students.” Spennato estimated 300 dollars of unneces-
sary waste, which translated to 75,000 dollars in a year. The amount of waste is so large that it wears down the disposal, which normally last 17 years. “We go through a disposal, or need something replaced in the disposal every year from the amount of food that goes down it,” Spennato said. Several ways to reduce the amount of waste in the cafeteria have been discussed. The amount of food the cafeteria workers give out to students. Another way would be to downsize the trays in order to prevent students from overfilling the trays. “We think we’re being green when we’re eating on the tray, but when you give someone a bigger surface, they’re going to fill it,” Spennato said. Other options to reduce the amount of food waste would be to raise awareness among students, like the program the ECC did. “I think really, the solution is people being more accountable,” O’Brochta said.
SPORTS GETTING A LEAD. Junior Michaela Larabee takes her lead off third base while sophomore Kayla Patton steps into the batter’s box. The Warriors had no trouble scoring, but still fell to Millsaps 10-7 on March 8.
photo Wil Chandler
Stretch Run Warriors hitting stride at right time by Ellen Martin
fter whiplash weather and a few fun March snow days, the air is warming up and the baseball and softball players have the mittens coming off and mitts coming out. The stands of both Warrior diamond fields are filling with eager parents and student fans— peanuts in hand, cheering aloud with the birds on the power lines—as the season is about to be in full swing. Both teams have started off the season with wholesome record, the men having a record of 15-11 and women with a record of 13-9 as of March 30, and everyone’s expecting improvements as the season moves ahead. The Southern Athletic Association Tournament is coming up at the end of the month and both the baseball and softball teams are preparing to buckle down for the string of away games that the teams face in early April. However, each team is representing the idea of starting strong in order to finish strong. “We played really well in our first double-header of March against one of the best teams in the conference, Millsaps,” freshman second basemen Victoria Hughes said. “We held our ground and were positive the entire time, so I think we have a chance to do really well this year if we keep improving the way we are.” Hughes was at bat three times in the first game. She had one run scored, one run batted in, put out four basemen and was hit by a pitch. Sophomore pitcher
Kayla Patton pitched 7 innings, only allowed five runs in and got two strike outs. The Warriors pulled out two wins against the Majors (7-5 and 7-2), which was a turnaround from the games the night before, where the Warriors faced two losses 10-7 and 9-6. With a couple of losses already on the stats sheets for the Lady Warriors, the team is looking to the future with high hopes and expectations. “Our season actually started off really well,” Hughes said. “All but one of the games we have lost so far should have been wins for us. We can just get too caught up in tiny mistakes and get off balance.” Tipping the scales back, though, the girls are learning from their mistakes together. “Our biggest strength, I feel, is that we work so well together,” Hughes said. “The dynamic between all the girls is always positive and encouraging. Also, mental toughness is something we are working on a lot right now, and I’m expecting those exercises to take us far.” The baseball team also rocketed off from the beginning of the season with a great home-field record of 5-2 in their first eight wins. This was highlighted recently by the Warriors’ games against the Ecclesia Royals. The guys defeated the Royals 7-2 at Warrior Field for their third consecutive win. It’s no secret that the men’s team is padded
SAFE. Junior Katey Havens touches home plate to score a run for the Warriors. In the second game of the doubleheader, Millsaps scored four runs in the final frame to take the victory. photo Wil Chandler
with individually overwhelming amounts of talent, though the team as a whole is what’s put them so far ahead as the season takes off. “We started off slowly, but have played very well since then,” sophomore captain and pitcher Daniel Imbro said. “We have a very experienced team and have huge amounts of team chemistry. All the guys get along well and are super encouraging, so that’s been helping with the dynamic during our games.” Imbro pitched the last two innings, throwing 24 pitches with one strike out. Additionally, junior first basemen Ryan Ritz had two RBI and 14 put outs. With a winning streak following closely behind them, the excitement continues as members of the team give everything they’ve got to keep the Warriors standing out. Senior center fielder Collin Radack was recently named Hitter of the Week. “Collin is an extremely talented player—I think everyone see that—and it’s good to see him getting the recognition that he rightly deserves,” Imbro said. In regards to the rest of the season, the men are welcoming future games knowing exactly what needs to happen to keep their streak up. “We need to work on finishing games and putting teams away,” Imbro said. “I think we’re going to go really far this season.”
STRIKE. Striding toward the plate, junior Nick Land delievers the pitch to home. Despite Land’s best efforts, Hendrix was not able to overcome Centre in extra innings, as the Warriors lost 11-9. photo Wil Chandler
PROFESSOR FLICKS Faculty share favorite films
by Jennifer Moulton
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
Dr. Wayne Oudekerk Foreign Languages
Dr. Fred Ablondi Philosophy
“It’s hokey, good-triumphs-over-evil sentimentality at its very finest, plus timeless melodies, inspired choreography and cornball humor! Who could ask for more?”
“My first thought is ‘The Godfather.’ It’s a great, epic tragedy about family and loyalty; it’s much closer to a Shakespeare play or a Puccini opera than a typical gangster movie.”
Down By Law (1986)
Wild at Heart (1990)
The Lego Movie (2014)
Prof. Maxine Payne Visual Arts
Dr. Leslie Templeton Psychology
Dr. Rod Miller Visual Arts
“Off the top of my head I would have to say ‘Down by Law’ by Jim Jarmusch. Jarmusch is my favorite filmmaker across the board. It’d be obvious I guess, for anyone who knows me, that the aesthetics of his movies are what make me get goose bumps and beyond. The opening scene of ‘Down by Law’ will make anyone with a pulse squirm in their arm chair - it’s sexy beyond description - so I won’t try. You should just watch it, in a dark room. I know I am only supposed to mention one film but I bet Dr. McKim could NEVER single out one film as her favorite so please let me slip in ‘Paper Moon’ by Peter Bogdanovich, also an obvious choice for me. The South, the Depression, black and white film, deceit, entrepreneurialism, making something from nothing and of course the BIBLE. It doesn’t really get better than that.”
“It’s a bizarre love story full of dysfunctional characters with lots of Elvis references and Wizard of Oz images, and it has a great soundtrack. If you like ‘Twin Peaks’ (the TV show), this is the movie for you.”
“The film is a clever twist on creativity that works the screenwriting very well. It manages to take something utterly mundane, a wee boy wanting to just cut loose with the Legos, and turn it into a thoughtful pane to creative freedom and parenting.”
Philomena (2013) Dr. Jay McDaniel Religion “It was nominated for an academy award, but couldn’t compete with the others. I liked it because it revealed the tender love of an elderly woman for a son she never really knew, whom she gave up in adoption. It gave me new eyes for mother-son bonds and the blessings that come in absence. I also really liked the way that she didn’t bat an eye, and loved him all the more dearly, when she learned he was gay. It was also refreshing in its freedom from overt sex and violence, taking my mind to a deeper place. It was so ‘ordinary’ it was beautiful.” THEPROFILEONLINE.BLOGSPOT.COM
The Boondock Saints (1999) Dr. Kiril Kolev Politics and International Relations “I love it because it’s the first overtly violent movie I was able to sit through, primarily due to the personal appeal of its message.”
Trading Places (1983) Prof. Lyle Rupert Economics and Business “My favorite movie of all times is probably ‘Trading Places’ with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. I like it because it is a hilarious comedy - Aykroyd and Murphy have great chemistry on the screen. Plus, it teaches you something about the financial markets. Plus, (spoiler alert!) the bad guys lose in the end. Add Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche and you can’t lose! It is one of those movies that, no matter how busy I am, if I see it on TV, I’ll sit and watch it to the end.”
THE LEGO MOVIE Children’s movie teaches creativity for all ages by Connor Newton
he options in theaters right now are pretty slim (the Post-Oscar slide), but “The Lego Movie” is still in theaters! Now I just need someone else who is down to go, because venturing out on a Friday night to see a kid’s movie (but really it isn’t) by yourself screams “desperate.” But with whom should I see it: A girl? No, no, that would only play on my irrational fear of women and propel me to analyze every accidental shoulder brush as marriage proposal of some sorts. I need someone else; I need—a bro! One floor and a hallway later, and I’m in Eli’s room (For the sake of confidentiality I’ll refrain from giving his full name [It’s Elijah Kessler]). The conversation goes as following, quickly and simply, in classic bro-fashion: “Whatsup? Wanna go see a movie?” “Sure. What movie?” “The Lego Movie!” “Bet!” Bro-date, engaged. Eli offers to drive, how classy. I sit shotgun and control the music because Eli has a terrible fascination with Pop Country. In an act of spontaneity, we decide to skip the previews to buy candy to sneak into the theater. This move makes me anxious, seeing as I hate to miss the previews, but my desire for sweet things, Eli excluded, wins out. We make it to the Cinemark 20 minutes after the previews have started, fearing the worst I sprint for the front of the theater, yelling back at Eli to run, too. $8.50 later, we’re through the doors, past the ticket-checker-guy, in the theater; the movie has started; we enter mid-opening song, “Everything Is AWESOME.” My anxiety about missing some of the film subsides due to the pure awesomeness of the song. The movie flies by, every moment better than the next. Eli says the film has “giggles for days.” Eli and I go to town on our contraband candy: I went with the Peach-O’s, Eli with his Starburst. Stomachaches quickly ensue, which fit with the
child-like state the film puts us in. The movie blends pop culture, wit and action to create an inspirational and all around enjoyable movie, everything you’d want from a movie about Legos. “It has a powerful message,” Eli said when I asked what he thought of the movie. The movie teaches the importance of being and acting as a team, but also how we can act and be “The Special” part of that team. “The Lego Movie” embraces creativity as a way of life. Immediately upon finishing the movie, I turn to Eli and ask him to describe it in one word, “Awesome!” Later he says: “Like I regressed into my childhood in the best possible way.” I ask Eli how he’d sum of the film: “Imagination, but also with anti-capitalistic undertones.” Smart! Commenting on the movie’s choice to combine animation and “real world” footage, he says it “Brought the movie together well and made it very relatable.” From here I ask if he ever played with Legos? “I did. I didn’t use the instructions either though,” matching with the movie’s message that kids and adults both should break free from the rules. Eli describes the bro-date as a “cinematic adventure.” I couldn’t agree more. We finish the night off by playing too much FIFA 14 and ordering the usual from Toppers (ham, pineapple, bacon [strips not those stupid bits] with chipotle ranch), at 2 in the morning, mumbling the tune of “Everything Is AWESOME,” periodically. Overall, The bro-date went well, and I recommend my fellow bros, in a move of solidarity, to invite their bros out for a good night on the town; it’s cheap, it’s relaxing, and of course it’s awesome, especially if the date involve “The Lego Movie.” (I wonder if he’ll call me back, or do I call him? I guess bro-dates aren’t that simple after all).
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APRIL 7 - APRIL 13 Monday, April 7th
7 p.m. AMP OUT ALZ3: A Rock & Roll Event benefiting Alzheimer’s Arkansas. The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Conway, Little Rock & Central Arkansas
Saturday, April 12th
1 p.m. Warrior Baseball. Hendrix vs. Oglethorpe (DH). Conway. 3:30 p.m. Warrior Baseball. Hendrix vs. Oglethorpe (DH). Conway. 7 p.m. Women’s Lacrosse. Hendrix vs. Rhodes. Conway.
APRIL 1 - APRIL 6 Tuesday, April 1st
7 p.m. Latin Night! The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Wednesday, April 2nd
7 p.m. Merle Haggard. Robinson Center Music Hall. Little Rock.
Thursday, April 3rd
9 p.m. Dax Riggs. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Friday, April 4th
9 p.m. Little Rock Salsa Dancing Presents: Salsa Dancing. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Saturday, April 5th
9 a.m. Conway Library Friends of the Library Book Sale. Faulkner County Library. Conway. 9 a.m. Warrior Women’s Tennis. Hendrix vs. Sewanee. Conway. 11 a.m. Warrior Men’s Tennis. Hendrix vs. Sewanee. Conway. 1 p.m. Warrior Men’s Lacrosse. Hendrix vs. Birmingham-Southern. Conway. 4 p.m. Warrior Women’s Lacrosse. Hendrix vs. Birmingham-Southern. Conway. 8:30 p.m. Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Sunday, April 6th
9 a.m. Warrior Women’s Tennis. Hendrix vs. Centre. Conway. 11 a.m. Warrior Men’s Tennis. Hendrix vs. Centre. Conway.
8 p.m. Nelo. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Tuesday, April 8th
6 p.m. Warrior Baseball. Hendrix vs. Ozarks (Ark). Conway. 7 p.m. Latin Night. The Rev Room. Little Rock. 8 p.m. Lacuna Coil. Juanita’s. Little Rock. 9 p.m. The Goddamn Gallows. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Wednesday, April 9th
8:30 p.m. Josh Abbott Band. The Rev Room. Little Rock. 9 p.m. The Slackers. Juanita’s. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Seryn. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Thursday, April 10th
9 p.m. G-Eazy. Juanita’s. Little Rock. 9 p.m. TECH N9NE. The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Friday, April 11th
9 p.m. Marsha Ambrosius. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
8 p.m. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, “Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.” Robinson Center Music Hall. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Boom Kinetic. The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Sunday, April 13th
12 p.m. Warrior Baseball. Hendrix vs. Oglethorpe. Conway. 3 p.m. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, “Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.” Robinson Center Music Hall. Little Rock.
APRIL 14 - APRIL 20
Monday, April 14th
6 p.m. Warrior Baseball. Hendrix vs. Southern Baptist. Conway. 8 p.m. Rehab. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Tuesday, April 15th
5 p.m. Warrior Baseball. Hendrix vs. Williams Baptist. Conway. 7:30 p.m. Latin Night! The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Promo photo sources: Merle Haggard: http://merlehaggard.com. Nelo: http://www.nelomusic.com. Eisley: http://www.eisley.com. Future Islands: https://www. facebook.com/pages/Future-Islands.
7:30 p.m. Ballet Arkansas, “Momentum.” Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Little Rock.
8:30 p.m. Future Islands. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Zoogma. The Rev Room. Little Rock. 8 p.m. Eisley. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Thursday, April 17th
9 p.m. Paul Wall. The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Friday, April 18th
3 p.m. Warrior Softball. Hendrix vs. Rhodes (DH). Conway. 5 p.m. Warrior Softball. Hendrix vs. Rhodes (DH). Conway. 9:30 p.m. Wrangler Space- Widespread Panic Tribute. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Saturday, April 19th
1 p.m. Warrior Softball. Hendrix vs. Rhodes (DH). Conway. 3 p.m. Warrior Softball. Hendrix vs. Rhodes (DH). Conway. 7:30 p.m. Brantley Gilbert: Let it Ride Tour. Verizon Arena. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Four on the Floor. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Sunday, April 20th
7 p.m. 100.3 The Edge Presents: Wayne Static of Static-X. Juanita’s. Little Rock. 8 p.m. Touch- A Grateful Dead Tribute Band. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
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Saturday, April 26th
7 p.m. Latin Night! The Rev Room. Little Rock. 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Chick Corea and Béla Fleck. Reynolds Performance Hall. UCA. Conway. 8 p.m. Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour. Verizon Arena. Little Rock.
11 a.m. Etsy Little Rock’s 4th Annual Indie Arts and Music Festival. Kavanaugh at Hillcrest. Little Rock. 7:30 p.m. Doug Stanhope. Juanita’s. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Rising Appalachia. The Rev Room. Little Rock. 10:30 p.m. Kevin Gates. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Wednesday, April 23th
Sunday, April 27th
Thursday, April 24th
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Tuesday, April 22th
12 p.m. Wild Jobs Lunch and Learn: Rainbow Trout Provider. Witt Stephen’s Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. Little Rock.
Arkansas Literary Festival. Thursday through Sunday. Central Arkansas Library System Main Branch. Little Rock. 7:30 p.m. Little Rock Wind Symphony, “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Second Presbyterian Church. Little Rock.
Friday, April 25th
Warrior Softball. Southern Athletic Association Tournament (Friday-Sunday). Conway. Warrior Men and Women’s Track and Field. Southern Athletic Association Championships (Friday-Saturday). Conway.
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8:30 a.m. Jewish Food and Cultural Festival. War Memorial Stadium. Little Rock.
Tuesday, April 29th
9 p.m. Latin Night! The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Wednesday, April 30th
8 p.m. Moot Davis. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
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