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TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY

VOLUME 15, ISSUE 15

Addington retires from Henderson

In The Fold Sports

Stephanie Hartman News Editor

Just as the most current edition of the yearbook is set to debut, Ron Addington, professor of mass media and yearbook adviser, has announced that it is time to say goodbye to his Henderson family. Addington graduated from Henderson in 1968. Between graduation and teaching at Henderson in 1975, he taught high school journalism. He also joined the U.S. Army as an officer after finishing the ROTC program in college. Since first coming to Henderson as a public relations director in 1975, Addington has migrated to several other schools covering many different jobs. After three years, he left Henderson to further his career in other avenues. Addington didn’t make his way back to Henderson until 1986 when he began teaching part time. He switched from teaching part time to full time in 1995 and has been doing so ever since. “There were a lot of things in life that helped steer my life, but there were three major things,” said Addington. “Being an Eagle Scout, my experiences in the Army and working for Bill Clinton in PR during his first election all helped shape my career.” Henderson has proven to be home for Addington in more ways than just as a faculty member. He met his wife while he was the public relations director. Most of the Henderson faculty attended the wedding reception. Both of his children also gradu-

NEW TO THE GAME

Shawn Jones becomes the new ahtletic director for Henderson State University.

*Photo courtesy of Heath Sims

SWEET, SWEET RETIREMENT Ron Addington, yearbook advisor and professor, is retiring from Henderson after 38 years of teaching.

ated from Henderson Addington’s influence on his students has not gone unnoticed. “He had no problem staying after classes to guide and motivate me,” Moe Skinner, junior mass media major, said. “The school will feel a great loss when he goes.” His dedication to his students is fueled by his desire to see them succeed and he is rewarded with the privilege of seeing them graduate and move on to great futures. “Going to graduation is inspirational,” said Addington. Although graduation is the main reward, the notes and emails he receives years later thanking him for being so tough also help him see how influential he was during his time at Henderson. “Dr. Addington has been my biggest cheerleader from the start of my college career,” Kaitlyn Tolleson, junior mass media major, said of Addington. “It will be sad to see Dr. Addington leave Henderson, but I count myself lucky to have been one of his students.” Students are not the only ones that have noticed what a great job he has done over the years.

“I’ve worked with him for nine years and he has always been polite to me,” said Connie Loy, Garrison Center office supervisor. “Some people just don’t have that respect for one another, but he does and he also does a great job with the yearbook.” After teaching for the past 45 years, as of this week, Addington has no shortage of plans after he retires from Henderson. He owns his own business and is also remodeling, so there are many projects to keep him busy. However, Addington is most excited for his grandchildren to be able to spend more time with “Daddo.” Although he is happy about spending time with his family at home, leaving his Henderson family behind will be no easy task. “I’ve got real roots here at Henderson,” Addington said. Although Addington will no longer officially be at Henderson, he plans to pop in and out throughout the rest of this semester, helping students find internships and assisting with the yearbook whenever he is needed. Michael Taylor, professor of communication and Oracle advisor, will be advising the yearbook.

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Opinions The Top 10 movies of 2013 I’m going to cash in on something every website and magazine has done and give my, I repeat, my top ten movies of 2013. I know it’s late, but this paper wasn’t being made when I wanted to make my list so all the haters can suck a butt. My absolute favorite movie of the year was a summer indie flick that made me feel good as a person. >Page 3

Income gap re-emerges as a talking point after pope’s remarks

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Pope Francis wrote about income gaps in his recent apostolic exhortation. The graph to the left shows just how wide income gaps have become in the past few decades. Pundits have revived the same arguments they cultivated during the Occupy Wall Street media frenzy. This graphic is a means of education that these income gaps exist and is presented using facts, thanks to Face the Facts USA.

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“Lone Survivor” and “Her” movie reviews

The new year started with a series of great movies, “The Legend of Hercules” excluded.

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Jane Ross’ memory lives on through lost film negatives Morgan Acuff Editor-in-chief

While going through some old boxes, Rebecca Fulmer found “a package of history wrapped in a crumbling, brown envelope.” The negatives she unearthed featured scores of children standing in front of old school buildings. Fulmer then teamed up with Beverly Buys and Rhonda Berry to exhibit these photos for the late artist, Jane Ross. The Ross family name has carried weight in this region for over a century and Jane played no small part in continuing that legacy. Ross graduated from Arkadelphia High in 1938 and four years later graduated from Henderson. After serving as a photo technician in World War II, Ross attended Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, according to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Upon her return home, she opened a studio and began to live out her dream to as a profes-

sional photographer. However, this time as a pro photographer was short-lived, as her father died and her mother’s health waned, Ross took the reins of the family business in 1955. The rarity of her work gives an historical ambiance to these aged photos, but they retain some prescience as you look into the faces of these young children and imagine their similarity to children today. Rhonda Berry worked as printer, photographer and artist on “Sometimes All That Remains are Visions and Dreams.” Berry’s keen blending of negatives produces striking contrast and concurrence in the images. “This was a show to honor [Ross’] memory,” Berry said. “[I wanted] to represent the memory aspect of it. I used a lot of clouds and a lot of water, because those are things that are constantly changing. A lot of my imagery has to do with memory, so [Buys] felt it would be good for me to work on her show.” Beverly Buys, professor of art at Henderson, was Berry’s photography teacher and noticed

Berry had the skills for a project like this. “I had a concept and it involved Rhonda Berry,” Buys said. “I knew it would be a perfect blend of negatives. It’s layered and the more you look at it, the more you see.” “You wonder who those people were,” Edwin Martin, retired art professor, said. “All of that would have been lost if they hadn’t gone through that drawer, or wherever they found it. It’s like a fragment of the past. It’s mysterious and when you put the other stuff with it, it makes it even more mysterious and dreamy.” Rebecca Fulmer is the woman who discovered the negatives, she works as curator and writer for the show. “That’s the way almost everyone knows her name,” Fulmer said of the Ross Foundation. “She loved photography,” Fulmer said. “She kind of ran off from Arkadelphia, her family was quite wealthy, but she decided that she wanted a career of her own. When she was discharged from the army, she had

something like 40 dollars in her (personal) bank account, but she had the GI Bill and went to Rochester.” The Ross Foundation was something that would help “channel their wealth into something that was truly philanthropic,” Fulmer said. “In dollars and cents they say more than 50 percent of their philanthropy has been toward education.” The foundation has given at least 10 million in philanthropy and Ross has been recognized throughout the state for her work with the community, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Ross died in 1999. Most Henderson students are familiar with the Joint Educational Consortium. This effort was funded by the Ross Foundation and allows for Henderson and Ouachita Baptist to share card catalogs with one another. The impact of Ross’ recovered photos reflects Ross’ effect on education in southern Arkansas. “Sometimes All That Remains are Visions and Dreams” will be on display at the Arkadelphia Arts Center through Jan. 25.

relationship begins. The only problem is that Sam is constantly evolving and it is only a matter of time before Theodore starts to feel left behind. The story alone is interesting, but when combined it with beautiful writing and style you get an incredible piece of cinema. The acting is great, especially when you consider that Joaquin Phoenix is acting opposite a voice. He delivers a performance that breaks your heart as Theodore and really makes audiences feel for the guy. You understand what he’s going through because we’ve all been in love at one time or another. Johansson knocks it out of the park with her voice. It is beautiful and captures your attention. There is talk of a possible nomination for her voice

work and it would be well deserved. The style, while subtle, is a mixture of Wes Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. There is something quirky about the film, but also real and outrageous at the same time. Jonze has created a world that rides the line between real and science fiction, and you find yourself wanting to be a part of it. The best aspect of the movie has to be the writing. Written by Jonze, “Her,” is one big relationship. It encompasses everything about love and the people who fall for each other. This is all because of the writing. It’s real and always has purpose. Audiences may go into the movie thinking it will be a fun, romantic movie, but it isn’t. It’s a real story. Love isn’t al-

ways happy and awesome, so why should a movie about it be? Jonze chooses his message over popularity, and for that he deserves respect. He isn’t cashing in on something like a dumb Hercules movie or the next big superhero flick, he creates a story that everyone can relate to and Hollywood needs more of that. Let’s all make a New Year’s resolution to be more aware of the garbage we watch. If you’re not going to try and see something of value that will be making headlines in the next few weeks, you should probably lay low and avoid the movies for the next few weeks. If you’re looking for a movie filled with great acting and beautiful storytelling go check out “Her.” Who knows, you just may fall in love with it.

“Her” and “Lone Survivor” prove to be best JD. Roberts Staff Writer

January means only two things in the world of film. First, audiences will be bombarded by crappy movies until March. Second and fortunately, this is also the time when obscure Oscar-bait movies gain steam and popularity. This week we get a good amount of both. On one side you have “The Legend of Hercules,” a movie no one should see, and on the other side you’ve got “Lone Survivor,” and “Her,” movies everyone should see and ones that are likely oscar nominees. “Lone Survivor,” is a good movie. It’s real and brutal, and should continue to make a great deal of money. The only problem is that it feels like something is missing. Maybe it’s the distracting Mark Wahlberg or the lackluster last third of the movie. “Her” on the other hand is an almost perfect movie. Directed by Spike Jonze, director of “Where the Wild Things Are,” and the greatest Beastie Boy music video “Sabotage,” “Her,” takes place in the nottoo-distant future and centers on the lonely Theodore Twombly as he attempts to move on with his life after a divorce. In his despair, Theodore purchases a new operating system that has the ability to learn and evolve. When given the option of a male or female system, he of course chooses the latter. Theodore and the OS, Sam, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, begin developing a friendship as she encourages him to put himself out there. Things grow more serious and intimate between the two and a beautiful


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The top ten movies of the last year JD Roberts Staff Writer

2013 was a hit and miss year for the movies.

There were the usual suspects, the good ones, the bad ones and, of course, the ugly ones. So I’m going to cash in on something every website and magazine has done and give my, I repeat, my top ten movies of 2013. I know it’s late, but this paper wasn’t being made when I wanted to make my list so all the haters can suck a butt. 10. The Conjuring I love that I can put a horror movie on my list and not get embarrassed or harassed about it. “The Conjuring,” was a creepy, well made film that I can continue to watch year after year. The scares were great, the tension was terrifying and that soundtrack was something from my nightmares. I really hope we get to see a sequel to this movie instead of another dumb Paranormal Activity movie. 9. Pacific Rim I’ve waited years for a new Power Rangers movie, but every year I wait for good news that will probably never happen. Luckily 2013 gave us “Pacific Rim,” an action-packed,

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mind-numbing, good time that can be summed in three words: robots versus monsters. Who could hate a movie like this? Wait, I know, someone who hated being a kid and playing in the bathtub. 8. Don Jon After years of hard work and smart acting choices, Joseph Gordon-Levitt finally got his chance to shine as a writer and director. “Don Jon,” is a stylistic morality tale that says a lot about men and women and how they see each other. While it isn’t the best film to watch with your family or significant other, it is definitely worth a watch. 7. Fruitvale Station Every year there is a movie that comes out of nowhere and shocks everyone. “Fruitvale Station,” is that movie. It is so realistic and heartbreaking. Confession, I got a little teary-eyed at the end. It is so emotional and so incredible. Stop what you’re doing and find some way to watch this movie now. 6. Dallas Buyers Club 2013 was clearly McConaughey’s year. “Mud,” was freaking fantastic, “Wolf of Wall Street,” was epic, but “Dallas Buyers Club,” was his masterpiece when it comes to his acting. It is a moving tale of hope and transformation that sets itself apart from other Oscar worthy movies. It feels

different, but in a good way. Seriously check this out when you can. 5. The Spectacular Now I wrote a review on this movie a few months back and since then I’ve only grow to love this movie even more. Easily one of the most realistic films of the year, “The Spectacular Now,” is a phenomenal love story that captures the feelings and awkwardness of young love. It comes out on DVD today, so go out and get it when you’re done reading this. 4. Mud Who knew that one of the best movies of the year was shot in the beautiful state of Arkansas? “Mud,” is so great and recreates the tone of legendary movies like “Stand By Me,” and “The Goonies.” It is such a cool story and makes you want to go out and make your own film with your friends. 3. Gravity I know you’ve heard all about “Gravity,” and there’s a reason for that. It’s because it is one of the best movies of the year. Visually stunning, the movie is filled with beauty and suspense. If you didn’t see this in theaters I feel sorry for you, but there’s nothing a big screen television and surround sound can’t fix. 2. The Wolf of Wall Street When a movie directed by the great Martin Scorsese, you are in for what will one day

be a piece of cinema history. “The Wolf of Wall Street,” is a three-hour testosterone filled, good time. The acting is amazing, the story is outrageous and the f-word is used over 522 times. Sounds like a good time. This one is still in theaters and is worth every penny. Keep in mind this is not a movie to see with your parents. You will definitely need a shower when you’re done. 1. The Way, Way Back My absolute favorite movie of the year was a summer indie flick that made me feel good as a person. “The Way, Way Back,” centers on a kid who doesn’t fit in and isn’t liked by his mom’s boyfriend. He finds sanctuary at an old water park run by a bunch of loving misfits, who welcome him as their own. It’s a touching comingof-age story that emulates the great 80s movies people have grown to love. If you only watch one movie on this list please let it be this one. Well there you have it kids. I know my list leans a little more towards the movie buff side, but that’s what I am. 2014 should be a great year for movies and I cannot wait to get back in the swing of seeing movies and telling you what I think. You keep reading and I’ll keep complaining, and stay golden Ponyboy.


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Jones steps into athletic director position Kaitlyn Kitchens Sports Editor

Henderson State University welcomed a new athletic director, Shawn Jones,

to the Reddie family on January second from Warrensburg, Mo. Jones worked 13 years in the athletic department at the University of Central Missouri where he also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication in 1997. In 2011, Jones graduated with a master’s degree in physical education/exercise and sport science, while specializing in athletic and sports business administration. Jones had significant leadership responsibilities at Central Missouri including being responsible for the management and oversight of the athletic external operations such as the athletic annual fund, corporate sponsorships and trademarklicensing program. He was also the director of marketing and promotions, public relations, media, broadcast-

*Photo courtesy of Steve Fellers

NEW TO REDDIE FAMILY Shawn Jones accepts athletic director position at Henderson State University. He started on Jan. 2 and plans on staying at HSU for a long time.

ing and special events for the 17-sport NCAA Division II athletic department and is a member of the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association at Central Missouri. In 2009 and 2010, Jones gained national recognition for his leadership by serving as the national chair of the NCAA Division II Football Committee. Jones played a major role in Central Missouri’s biggest fundraising event, the Celebrating Central Missouri Athletic Auction. The auction raised over $1.4 million in net profits for

UCM Athletics. As co-chair of Super Regional Four, Jones was one of the youngest chairs in NCAA Division II history and served a four-year term on the NCAA Division II Football Committee. Jones served as a featured panelist at the NCAA Convention in Washington D.C. discussing the topic of Building Relationships and Telling stories: Engaging the Local Media. He also served as a panelist again at the NCAA Convention speaking on the topic of Fans: How to Find and Keep Them. Jones is joined by his wife, Melissa, his daughter, Lauren, and son, Hayden in Arkadelphia and is excited to raise his kids in a small town that is comfortable and welcoming. “When the athletic director position opened up in 2009,” Jones said, “I had discussions with Chuck Welch about coming here but it was not a good time for me and my family to move, but that put Henderson State University on my radar.” Jones came to visit Henderson in 2010 when Kale Gober took the athletic director job. “It is impressive what Kale Gober did,” Jones said. “I didn’t know Kale personally but I can see all that he did for the athletic department and I would put in a good word for him.” One of the things that sold Jones to Henderson State was getting a chance to meet Bobby Jones and others on campus. “I give credit to the staff and the positivity of the school.” Jones said, “Its obvious that this is the school with a heart.” “Henderson State is blessed with many great fans and supporters and the passion for Reddie Athletics is one of the key things that sold Melissa and

I on making this move,” Jones said. “When the Reddies and Tigers play, we will compete like crazy,” Jones said about his friend across the street, David Sharp, who serves as athletic director for OBU. “But when the game is over, we will go back to being neighbors and friends and badger fans,” Jones said. “I look forward to working with David to strengthen what is already in my opinion the best and most unique rivalry in all of college sports.” Jones spent 17 years of his life at Central Missouri and was associated with the athletic department for almost all of that time. “As you can see I’m not a job hopper and I hope to be here just as long,” Jones said. Jones says that coach Maxfield has done an amazing job with the football team at Henderson and that quarterback Kevin Rodgers is an amazing person, a good leader and a role model for the football team. “The football program is so good and when I found out I had a chance to work with Kevin, that was a selling point for me as well,” Jones said, “There are also many more players on the team like him and I can’t wait to get to work with all of the other athletes as well.” “I am very excited to work with our new athletic director, Shawn Jones,” Rodgers said. “I have heard nothing but good things about him. He seems like the right person for the job and I think he will represent the Reddies in the best way possible while putting our athletic programs in the best position to win on and off the field.” Additional reporting by Troy Mitchell.

Reddies suffer home loss Troy Mitchell Sports Information

Henderson State could not stop a hot shooting Arkansas Tech team as the Wonder Boys beat the Reddies 82-63, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Reddies, 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the GAC, shot just 39 percent from the field (21-for54), while the Wonder Boys hit on 32-of-58 shots for 55 percent including 64.3 percent in the second half. Arkansas Tech, 9-5 overall and 4-2 in the GAC, jumped out an early 13-4 lead just five minutes into the game. Melvin Haynes, however, helped pull the Reddies to within three with 13:24 to play by sinking one of his 3-point field goals. Another 3-pointer by Haynes at the 9:15 mark cut the deficit to 22-20, but the Wonder Boys responded with long-range jumpers of their own and were able to build a 36-31 lead at the

break. Henderson State took its only lead of the game with 16:08 left in the game with a Charles Wesley 3-pointer. Arkansas Tech responded just seconds later as Bobby Hatchett burried a trifecta to reclaim the lead for the Wonder Boys. Hatchett’s shot sparked a 14-2 run that put the Wonder Boys ahead by double digits, and Tech extended the lead to as many as 21 points in the closing minute of play. Deiorvay Johnson led the Reddies with 14 points, followed by Taylor Smith with 10 points. Hatchett scored a game-high 17 points for Arkansas Tech. The Reddies managed 9-of-20 from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the charity stripe. Henderson State will next head to Oklahoma for a pair of games beginning Thursday against Southwestern Oklahoma in Weatherford, Okla. The Reddies will then travel to Alva to take on Northwestern Oklahoma on Saturday.


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