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‘One in Four’ speaker stresses rape prevention Stephanie Hartman News Editor Anna is a freshman in college. Tonight is the very first party of the year and a really attractive man invited her. He said all sorts of sweet things to her when he stopped her on her way to class. He was charming. When she hits the door, he is there to greet her with a cup in hand. She doesn’t know what is in it, but she feels obligated to take it. It is good, so she keeps drinking. After a while she begins feeling dizzy, so he takes her upstairs to lie down. Before she knows it, he is pulling off her clothes. She can’t push him off, and he doesn’t listen to her protests. She realizes there is no way out. Dr. John Foubert, founder of One in Four, introduced a similar scenario when he came to Henderson‘s campus on last Wednesday. Unfortunately, it is one that is frequently seen on college campuses around the country. One in Four is a nonprofit organization that travels nationally, speaking to men and women about how each can better prevent or deal with rape or sexual assault. There are separate seminars for men and women to help with informing a specific audience gender. In order for Foubert to better explain how to prevent rape, he first had to clearly define it. “Rape is sexual intercourse with another person that is

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Dr. John Foubert, the founder of ‘One in Four,’ addresses a group of men about rape prevention and support last Thursday. against that person’s will by force, threat or intimidation,” Foubert said. “Children under the legal age of consent or someone who is mentally or physically incapacitated also are victims of rape.” Being mentally or physically incapable of making the decision to consent applies when a person has a mental illness or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These situations lead

to a person being unaware of what is happening to or around them, making them unable to consciously consent. These seminars began with videos that contained a male or a female rapist that told their story in vivid details that many may have found offensive. “The subject covered is a serious issue, therefore serious images and words have to be used to get the message across,”

Paul Brown, sophomore dietetics major and seminar attendee, said. “In many ways, the presentation was inappropriate, but it was so for a reason.” One in Four got its name from a study done by the United Stated Department of Justice that stated that one in four women have survived rape or attempted rape. In the 20 years that One in Four has been actively working throughout the country, that statistic hasn’t changed. “It’s a startling statistic, but it’s completely believable because a lot of women go out and get drunk,” Ta-Gjiyonna DeLoch, a sophomore chemistry major, said. “They don’t think that their inability to reason might get them into trouble.” Foubert introduced the audience to ways to recognize a rapist when in a party setting. “For a lot of us, we view rapists as some big, creepy guy that’s going to snatch us up,” said DeLoch. “And really, it could be our classmate or a guy we sit across the lunch table from.” The boy made Anna feel special by inviting her to the party. He immediately began giving her alcohol, and right when he had her drunk enough, he made his move. He showed no signs of anger and he used just enough physical violence to accomplish the goal in mind. Foubert explained how the purpose of that was to make Anna feel as if she were less than human. “The more we understand about perpetrators, the less

damage they can do,” Foubert said. Foubert’s main advice for helping a friend that has been a victim of rape or sexual assault is to listen and believe, then refer them to a counselor. Although there are ways to deal with rape and sexual assault, there are also ways to help prevent it. Paying attention to the warning signs and paying attention to personal alcohol intake are good places to start. Traveling in groups while at a party, having one designated sober friend and being around people that are personally known are other ways to avoid being placed in a situation like Anna’s. Experiencing rape or sexual assault is a life altering thing, and helping someone through the process the correct way can be just as altering. There are several people on Henderson’s campus that anyone can go to for assistance, including the dean of students, Chad Fielding, in Womack Hall, and the health center located in Mooney Hall. There is also an online organization located at that can help bring students through the process of recovery. Staying safe on campus is a major concern to students. Knowing the proper tools and steps can be the difference between one in four and one in five. Being informed can help lower the chances of becoming a victim.

New congressman Tom Cotton shares political views Zachar y Noga Staff Writer


Rep. Tom Cotton, newly elected, held a town hall meeting in Hot Springs last Wednesday night. Cotton was elected this past year to represent the 4th District of Arkansas, which includes Arkadelphia, Hot Springs and El Dorado. He was sworn in on Jan. 3 of this year. Cotton is the 19th congressman to represent congressional District 4, but is only the second Republican. “Cotton speaks from the heart,” Ken Carney, senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene of Hot Springs, said. “You can connect with him, and you can trust him.” Cotton took some heat from local press for using a church for a town hall meeting. “I chose the First Church of the Nazarene for two reasons,” Cotton said. “Central location and it was free.” Cotton, who is a devoted Christian, spoke in many churches during his campaign for congressmen in last year’s election. Earlier this week, Cotton held another town hall meeting











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Newly elected congressman from Dardnelle, Ark., Tom Cotton, talks to supporters at an election watch party at the Austin Convention Hotel & Spa, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Cotton held a town hall meeting last Wednesday night. in El Dorado, but that did not seem to affect the turnout of 100 or so people from all over the Congressional District who came to ask questions and hear what Cotton had to say. Cotton was bombarded with questions during the meeting. Many people of all ages were there waiting patiently to ask their own question. The opening questions were


derived from congressional bills being passed, the spending that the President is doing and “Obama Care.” “With foreign aid, we need to support Israel and stop aiding Egypt,” Cotton said, “because they failed to uphold their agreement with regards to the Gaza Strip.” In regards to Pakistan, the government hasn’t supported


our troops or our commanding generals’ wishes, said Cotton. In one instance, the commanding general in Pakistan asked for 40,000 troops to be deployed into Pakistan. The government sent only 32,000 troops, Cotton said. The question that popped up more than once was if second amendment rights were being stripped away.



There is already a bill out that is trying to get rid of assault weapons, Cotton said. Improve and promote proper use of firearms, Cotton advised, and improve background checks on people. “Free rights for a free people.” Cotton said. “Barack Obama lied during his second debate in the presidential election. He said he wouldn’t make any more limitations in regards to gun control, but is using Sandy Hook as a tragedy for his own personal gain.” The town hall meeting took an hour and a half. When the meeting was over, Cotton was given a huge round of applause and rushed by many spectators trying to shake his hand and wish him luck in Washington. “He’s a nice, respectable military guy,” Jordan Johnson, sophomore mass media major, said. “I wish him luck.” After Cotton left, many spectators stayed behind and discussed how much of a change Cotton will make up in Washington D.C. Cotton will continue to hold more town hall meetings in different towns and cities before he leaves for Washington.


News Briefs

The Black Student Association will hold their discussion board on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Garrison Banquet room. On Tuesday, Feb. 5, there will be an assembly in the Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. This is an annual assembly honoring all female athletes. Stephanie Watts and Elizabeth Ferris, two senior art majors, will be holding their Opening Reception Senior Exhibitions on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. The exhibition will take place on the second floor of Huie Library. There will be a faculty senate meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 3:15 p.m. The faculty will meet in the Wilson Room in the Garrison Center. The President’s Concert will be on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Russell Fine Arts building. The concert will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 is double feature movie night in the Garrison Lecture Hall. At 7 p.m, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be playing. Immediately after, there will be a showing of Skyfall. There is no admission fee to see the movies. The business department will be holding their own Battle of the Ravine on Thursday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. The competition will be held at the Arkadelphia City Hall. The Internship Hot Topics session 1 for the teachers college is being held on Friday, Feb. 8, in the Garrison Banquet Room. If there are any questions about this session, they can be directed to TaLisha Givan. There will be a replay of the two movies from Wednesday night. Friday, Feb. 8, come out to the Garrison Lecture Hall starting at 7 p.m. and enjoy Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Skyfall. The women’s basketball team will have a game on Thursday, Feb. 7, against Southern Nazarene University. The game will start at 5:30 p.m. and it will be in the Wells Gym. Immediately following the women’s basketball game, the men will play against Southern Nazarene in the Wells Gym. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m. The Ellis College Research Colloquium will be meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, starting at 12:30. This presentation will feature Dr. Maryjane Dunn, Henderson Spanish instructor, and Dr. Allison Harris, professor of physics. It will take place in McBrien in room 205. The Arkansas Blood Institute will be on campus for two days next week. Visit the Garrison Day Gym Feb. 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to donate. Make sure to bring a student ID. There is a planetarium show on Thursday, Feb. 14, featuring the planet Saturn. It is $1 to get in for students with ID’s, and $3 for all others. It will start at 7 p.m. in the Reynolds planetarium. There will be a debate tournament on Saturday, Feb. 16. Henderson will be hosting the Henderson State Reddieto-Rumble Debate Tournament. It will be an all day event.


FEBRUARY 4, 2013

‘Whispering Oaks’ prices increase next year Hunter Lively Staff Writer The staff of Whispering Oaks is changing up the prices for next school year’s residents. The apartment complex was built in 1996. There is a wide range of fully furnished apartments for over 200 Henderson students. “Every year we usually see a small increase in the rates,” Bridgette Bass, director of leasing at Whispering Oaks, said. “This year is three percent across the board for pre-leasing students.” If a student chooses to live at Whispering Oaks, he or she has the option to apply for two bedrooms, four bedrooms or an efficiency apartment. The current rate for the academic year is $575 a month for the two bedroom, $457 for the four bedroom and $830 for the efficiency. The 2013-2014 year’s rates, however, will be slightly higher in price for the two and four bedroom apartments. The new price for the two bedroom academic year plan is $596 a month and $475 for the four bedroom. The efficiency rooms will remain the same. Whispering Oaks offers a $50 allowance for electricity, which is in place this year. Next year’s residents won’t have that luxury, Instead, they will be granted “WO Bucks.”

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“WO Bucks is virtual money that students can use to pay for electricity” Bass said. WO Bucks is a special incentive for students who achieve good grades, pay their rent on time and complete other various tasks throughout the year. One positive thing for the students who currently live at Whispering Oaks is that they have the option for a reduced rate next year. This is only available to those

that choose to sign their lease between Jan. 22 and March 4 this year. There are many positives to the complex. It is a gated community, which enhances safety. There are many amenities such as an open grill and pavilion, pool, and an indoor hangout area. Whispering Oaks also offers guaranteed parking, which is a big deal to students on campus. If you choose to stay at Whis-

pering Oaks, you are guaranteed a private bedroom. For the two bedroom apartments, each person would have their own bathroom. In the four bedroom apartments, each person would share a bathroom with another person. In the efficiency apartments, there is one open living area and one bathroom, so the renter would experience the most privacy in this particular setup. “Different things are important to different students,” Bass said. “If you value the privacy of having your own bedroom and bathroom, then Whispering Oaks is a good place for you.” Dylan Campbell, a freshman who currently stays in a two bedroom apartment at Whispering Oaks, commented on the new changes for next year. “Although prices are rising, I plan to live here in the fall of next year,” Campbell said. “Even with the increased price, it still offers safety, convenience and reasonable pricing.” One thing Whispering Oaks offers that no dorms offer is having the availability of your own kitchen. Therefore, students who aren’t going to apply for a meal plan probably would want to consider living at “The WO.” Even though the prices may be going up, the many luxuries Whispering Oaks offers makes it a prime living opportunity for incoming and current students.

FYE aims to include all freshman during fall 2013 Shaun Mauldin Staff Writer “I am a vessel,” Stanley Jones, Jr., junior mass media major, said. “I open up new doors for the FYE students.” Jones is a peer advisor to the First Year Experience program for Residence Life. The FYE program assists new and transfer students by leading them down the right path. The program assists the students to adjust to college life on campus. “FYE is the greatest organization and every freshman should be a part of it,” Joseph Branscomb, sophomore communications major, said. Branscomb is a peer advisor in Newberry Hall. FYE is pushing forward with the idea that all freshmen should be a part of the program and hope to approve this by fall. Marla Hammond is the new FYE program coordinator. She is a graduate student who is pending in the clinical

and mental health program. Hammond earned a bachelors degree in sociology at Henderson in the fall of 2011. Hammond said that they hope to have all freshmen in the FYE program by the fall of 2013. “Students should get involved with FYE so they are enriched in everything Henderson has to offer,” Hammond said. She said in order to gain the full experience of college life, one must step out of their comfort zone and get involved. The peer advisors in Smith hall are Katie Blair, Alicia Richardson, Charde Wade, Michelle Green and Kiera Russell. The peer advisors in Newberry hall are Stanley Jones Jr., Joseph Branscomb and Ishmael Asaba. Peer advisors give one-onone feedback to FYE students on improving study skills, class attendance and involvement within the university. A PA lives on the second,

third and fourth floors in Newberry as well as second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors in Smith. “It helps me connect on campus a lot more,” Blair said. “It is rewarding to help incoming freshmen.” She says the job duties of a peer advisor include getting to know the students, ensuring they are comfortable, being available and being an advisor. The FYE program offers free tutoring available on the second floor of the Garrison Center between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening tutoring is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the second floor of Huie Library from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program also helps students find their skills and talents by introducing them to a wide variety of majors and careers. It helps students become better people and teaches them to make lifestyle decisions that are important to them.

There are many issues first year students experience where they must make their own decisions. FYE provides programs and activities on issues concerning campus safety, alcohol and drug use. They also help with time management training. Applications for the FYE program are available on the web as well as on every peer advisors’ floor on their doors in Newberry and Smith. You may also request applications at the front desk of East and West Halls. The best way to contact FYE is to send them a message on their Facebook page by searching “HSU FYE.” “Do not wait to have fun and make memories, but remember academic priorities first,” Hammond, said. She offers advice to students, encouraging them to be bold and not to forget to ask for help. More new things coming to FYE will be released later this semester.

Wells Gym affected by more bat problems during game Sarah WIlliams Staff Writer Halloween seems to have visited Henderson multiple times in Wells Gym this year. High-energy bats have added to the mix during Henderson competitions on the court. There were multiple instances where frantic fluttering bats were disrupted in their hang time during volleyball matches back in August and September. Now, these creepy flyers have swooped in on the action at basketball games as well. Upon flipping on the lights and as soon as any commotion begins in Wells, the bats take wild flight. Although the bats are terrified for their lives and do not understand why their home is being disturbed, they are not the only ones frightened in this situation. “I was scared of the bats,” Joe McCoy, senior Reddie basketball player, said. “It distracted me at practice. They didn’t matter to Coach though. We kept going.”

Free-tail bats that live in groups are the kind that typically live in buildings and are the species that has found an interest point in Wells. Students, athletes and community members wonder if they should be worried about rabies and other diseases these bats may carry. “If there’s a bat flopping on the ground, obviously you shouldn’t touch it,” Dr. Renn Tumlison, biology professor, said. “It can get tricky when trying to tell if they are infected or not.” This subject was not unfamiliar to Tumlison. He has seasoned bat knowledge and he also attended a basketball game at Henderson in 2007 where bats were present and active. In the middle of the game, a Henderson cheerleader trapped the bat. It was subdued in his megaphone and was then removed from the gym unharmed by Tumlison. Although shocking to Henderson fans and athletes, this is not an uncommon

occurrence during sports events. In 2009, a bat disrupted an NBA game, resulting in the San Antonio Spur’s Manu Ginobili smacking the bat down to the floor with his bare hands while they were playing the Sacramento Kings. The most recent bat happening at a sports event was amid the Rhode Island Providence and Wisconsin Marquette game in January. A bat was flying around the floor scaring players, making them scatter like children until someone from wildlife conservation was able to come and remove it. These unwelcome night creatures have now almost been completely removed at this point, relieving many athletes and coaches from fright and pestering. “I think the cold weather got them out to be honest,” Kale Gober, director of athletics, said. Other than seeing Batman or knowing about bats from Halloween spooks,

a large number of people lack knowledge about these mammals. Even if the biting cold weather was behind eliminating the bats from Wells, there would have been alternative ways to get rid of them. Bat Conservation International is an organization that encourages bat conservation and providing alternative habitats for bats when they are booted from their location. Although BCI does not come and remove the bats themselves, they provide an abundance of information of how to do so safely. BCI even has a step by step ten minute how-to video on their website. “Removing bats can be fairly complex, especially in large buildings like gyms where you aren’t sure where the bats are going in and out,” Dianna Odegard, outreach associate at BCI, said. “There are various ways to humanely and correctly roost them out, and these steps can be found on our website.”


FEBRUARY 5, 2013


Don’t feed the trolls: Service with a smile

Speak Up^! What do you plan to spend your refund check on?

Ryan Klare Columnist

it, a waitress went to pick up the credit card slip left by a customer and found that the customer had crossed out the 18% gratuity and wrote, “I give God 10%, why should I give you 18?” The angry note attracted the attention of the waitress’s co-workers, particularly Chelsea Welch, another waitress working that night. Welch took a picture of it and posted it on Reddit, where it started attracting attention immediately. After the customer who left the note, a local pastor, found out about the sudden publicity, she notified Applebee’s and Welch was fired soon after for making “a customer’s details private.” This caused the Internet community to brush the Cheetos dust from their hands and go on the offensive. Applebee’s has been bombarded with criticism ever since word of Welch’s firing went public.

If you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you’ve certainly run into the type of people who make 25 to life seem worth it. These people are the type who seem to take pride in their douchery and aren’t afraid to ruin a stranger’s day in the process. I’m not talking about the customer who doesn’t smile or the one who is just in a foul mood. No, it’s those who put true effort in the cutting remark or terse demand. You don’t know true, seething rage until you’re in a situation where you have to remain calm and polite while some mouth-breathing jerk with more fingers than teeth is tearing you down for not putting his Vaseline in a bag by itself because “it’s for a special occasion.” That actually happened, by the way, when I worked at Walmart. It was the weekend before ValenPersonally, I thought that it was tine’s Day. Yeah… I know. a fitting exposure for a jerk move. All too often, people in the service This comes to mind because of industry get belittled with no way the recent uproar over the whole to really strike back. Applebee’s waitress fiasco that’s I understand that, as a company, dominating the news and web. Applebee’s has to uphold its poliIn case you haven’t heard about cies on private information, even if

I do love the fact that the customer was so pious and inconsiderate, but still included the title “pastor” in her signature. The irony there is ridiculous. I think it’s great we live in a time where something like this can happen and become widespread knowledge. It’s unfortunate the girl lost her job, but I would be willing to bet that she will have absolutely no problem finding another one. On Applebee’s’ Facebook alone, there have been offers from complete strangers for jobs and legal council. Even better is that the true colors of a pastor without compassion was shown to the entire world. Something tells me there won’t be as many butts in the pews as there were last Sunday.

Chris Mitchell freshman computer science

“Books, and the rest is for food or maybe sodas.”

Be careful of what you say to your servers and cashiers. You may have been able to be snide with a server you don’t think could take you out back and smack you around, but now a waitress with an iPhone is more dangerous than a bartender with a chip on his shoulder.

Akaylah Jones senior vocal music

“Live my life after graduation and go somewhere.”

Just try to imagine a Super Bowl without guacamole J.M. Hirsch Associated Press Imagine for a moment a Super Bowl without the avocado. No tubs of guacamole to be defiled by double-dipping guests at your big game-day party. No chunks of creamy green flesh with which to spike your salsa or scatter over nachos. If that’s hard to picture, it’s because the avocado has so completely‚ and so quickly‚ attached itself to this utterly unrelated sporting event. As recently as 13 years ago the avocado wasn’t the football juggernaut it is today. It has been a relentless and cunning campaign to victory, achieved in part through marketing muscle. Back at the turn of this century, Americans ate a mere 8 million pounds of avocados during Super Bowl festivities. Apparently this needed to be remedied, so in 2002 the Hass Avocado Board was formed to promote the dominant avocado variety sold in the U.S. Today, Americans are expected to consume 79 million pounds of avocados around the championship game. For those keeping score, that’s roughly 158 million avocados. “They are outstanding marketers. We can all learn something from them,” Kathy Means, vice president of gov-

ernment affairs for the Produce Marketing Association, says of avocado marketing groups, which also include the California Avocado Commission. “It’s part of the Super Bowl culture. It’s not just associated with it; it’s ingrained in it.” Of course, some credit for the ascendance of the avocado goes to the nation’s burgeoning Latino population and the growing popularity of Hispanic foods, including guacamole (which, by the way, dates to the Aztecs). Cinco de Mayo previously had been the top guac day, but that’s an association that makes sense. Connecting foods and events that share no true cultural bond is no simple matter. Plenty of produce lobbyists have tried. “I used to run the kiwifruit commission,” says Scott Horsfall, CEO of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. “We used to try to get some promotion around Groundhog Day because kiwis and groundhogs are both fuzzy. But we never got much attention there.” Hard to believe, really. So why the avocado and why the Super Bowl? Broadly speaking, it helps that the Super Bowl has morphed from athletic event to all-out national party. And that has meant a windfall for many party-friendly

foods on what the Snack Foods Association deems the “biggest snacking day of the year.” Chicken wings, for example. Americans will consume more than 1.23 billion of them this weekend, according to the National Chicken Council’s 2013 Wing Report. They also will also eat roughly 15 million pizzas, according to trade publication Pizza Today. And then there are all those beers and potato chips. Some of the avocado’s success is a matter of timing. Avocados from Mexico and other south-of-the-border points ‚ the source of more than half of those consumed in the U.S.‚ are in season four times a year. And the Super Bowl happened to be an excellent excuse to market around one of those seasons. “It was a way to get the season going and get the product on the shelf,” says Emiliano Escobedo, executive director of the Hass Avocado Board. “Super Bowl is the ideal time. It is the largest party day in the U.S. after New Year’s Eve and Halloween. And I like to say avocado people are party people.” But convincing party people that a tub of guacamole is a Super Bowl must-have wasn’t the starting point. Escobedo says the industry first had to persuade grocery stores

to stock lots of avocados around the big game. It took a while, but now mountains of avocados greet you at the front of the supermarket this time of year. Only after grocery stores were on board did consumer outreach get serious. And by serious we mean sweepstakes, recipe contests, promotions at tailgating parties, sports television partnerships and athlete endorsements, all manner of social media outreach‚ even encouraging consumers to share photos of their favorite guacamole‚ and signing on of celebrity chefs like Tyler Florence and Curtis Stone to talk up the deliciousness of the fruit. All told, the avocado industry spends about $37 million a year on marketing and promotion. That leaves Ali McDaniel, food marketing manager for the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council‚ the people who in an alternate reality might have brought you millions of pounds of Super Bowl hummus or spicy barbecue lentil loaf‚ feeling a bit wistful. Her annual budget is less than $100,000. “It would be nice if we could overthrow the avocado,” McDaniel says. “Unfortunately, the price of advertising campaigns are too steep for us at the moment. Hummus is definitely on the rise, though.”

Armstrong Nforbinson sophomore political science

“Probably buy a car.”

Lena Lazenby senior mathematics

“Bills and a spring break vacation.“

Jan Thomas freshman education

“Buying my books.”


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FEBRUARY 5, 2013

‘Bodies’ makes a lively box office showing J.D. Roberts Staff Writer With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, guys around the world will try to get out of watching the ridiculous chick flicks that have plagued movie theaters and video stores for years. Lucky for them there is a movie that might just help them out this year. “Warm Bodies” is a unique film directed by Jonathan Levine, director of “The Wackness” and “50/50.” “Warm Bodies” tells the story of R, played by Nicholas Hoult, a young zombie who just stumbles around grunting and wanting more out of life, or death, in his case. R isn’t a bad guy. He likes collecting things and Bruce Springsteen albums, but occasionally he likes to eat people’s brains. This all changes when he runs into a girl named Julie, played by Theresa Palmer, while looking for food. He saves her from being eaten by the other zombies and thus begins their odd friendship. As the two grow closer, R begins to become more human while the other zombies begin to change as well.

This doesn’t sit well with the bonies, zombies that have let go of their humanity, as well as Julie’s father, the head of the zombie resistance. R and Julie must find a way to convince the people that the zombies are changing before the bonies can kill them all. “Warm Bodies” has a lot of really cool aspects that work in its favor. Much of the story is told through R’s inner monologue, which is well written, funny and honest. This is where most of the comedy comes from because nothing is funnier than watching someone awkwardly falling in love with someone. That is what the movie feels like, watching two people meet and going on their first real date. The writing is what really stands out. It is witty and sarcastic but without being annoying and pretentious. It isn’t afraid to try new things, and these things work. The acting is decent for this type of movie. It blows the Twilight movies out of the water on every level, but sometimes it felt a little phony. John Malkovich plays Julie’s zombie-hating dad, but he is never really believable. He sticks out like a sore thumb.

Hoult does better when he is a total zombie compared to when he is gaining his humanity back. He seems like he kind of gave up half way through or forgot how to really act human. The worst part of the movie is the pacing. It starts off great and picks up momentum, but about 30 minutes into the movie it just slows down and starts to drag. The movie almost becomes a zombie itself. It stumbles around, dragging its feet while looking for its footing. Luckily it finds it by the third act of the film and picks up where it left off. All in all, the movie isn’t bad, and it could have been a lot worse than it was. While the acting is a little stale and the pacing is off, it still manages to entertain.Since this is only Levine’s third big feature film, it will be interesting to see what he does next. It is rare for a movie with such a unique plot like “Warm Bodies” to really get past the hate of Twilight and other weird teen romance stories, but it takes the hate and uses it to its advantage by completely defying low expectations. “Warm Bodies” is a movie everyone can enjoy and fall in awkward zombie love with.

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Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer co-star in the unconventional zombie movie “Warm Bodies.” The story focuses on a zombie who is trying to gain a better experience in death and the possibility of love. The wellwritten script and fresh story make this movie stand out as a unique moviegoing experience that will likely grant reprieve from the numerous Valentine’s Day movies.

Caddo River Art Guild showcases local artists Cherith Cobbs Staff Writer Fire, goats, roosters and Barack Obama. These are just a few things featured in the Russell Fine Arts Building at the Caddo River Art Guild showcase. The guestbook was filled from top to bottom with signatures of satisfied viewers. On the opening date of Jan. 24, the Henderson art department launched an art show screening local artist from the Caddo River Art Guild. The gallery is complete with six 3D pieces and 43 paintings covering each wall. “The exhibit has progressed since I have last seen it,” Noel Garland, junior mass media major, said. The Caddo River Art Guild is a group of local artist from various ages, races and backgrounds who enjoy sharing their talents with their communities. They meet up on the third Thursday of each month to discuss their agenda for the month. They host workshops, classes and participate in shows independently and as a group. “They hosted us so now we’re hosting them,” Claire Cade, sophomore studio art major, said. “HSU art students had a chance to put one piece in the salon show at the Arkadelphia Art Center.” Cade explained that the Arkadelphia Art Center and the Caddo River Art Guild work together closely. Dan Leamons created the piece “Barack Obama.” The 16-inch by 20-inch oil painting was very popular with most of its viewers. Jones immediately wanted to take the picture off of the wall. “Four more years,” Stanley Jones, junior mass media major, said. “Can you buy this for me? This picture is empowering.” Dan Leamons has been a proud member of the Caddo Valley Art Guild for three years. “The Caddo River Art Guild is really neat,” Leamons said. “There are a lot of different artists of all different ages.” Leamons has two other pieces in the showcase entitled “Cow-

boy” and “Quarterback,” which were also popular pieces with the viewers. A few of his artistic influences include Norman Rockwell and Thomas Kincaid. His work can be found in places such as: the democratic office, the office of George Vanhook and on his website at, as well as his Facebook page. Johnny Whatley was another well-liked artist featured in the show. He moved here three years ago and joined the guild. “I really enjoy the meetings,” Whatley said. His pieces were entitled: “Stone Breakers,” “Bible and Coffee Mug” and “Strawberries and Shortcake.” The picture “Bible and Coffee Mug” was a fan favorite. Simplistic and calming were a few of the words viewers used to describe the piece. “I think this should be called ‘Sunday Mornings, Wednesday Nights,’” Garland said. Whatley said he uses painting as a way to vent and get through things. Some of his influences come from everyday things that he sees. He uses magazines or simply things that he sees lying around the house. “When I drew “Bible and Coffee Mug,” I saw a Bible lying on a coffee table and drew it,” Whatley said. He said this is the way many of his pieces were created. “With ‘Strawberries and Shortcake,’ I saw the picture of strawberries and shortcake in a magazine,” Whatley said. Most of his artwork can be found within the quarters of his own home and with other family members. The Caddo River Art Guild showcase will be showing through Feb. 25 in the Russell Fine Arts Gallery. The gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cade wants viewers to remember one important detail before they leave the gallery. “Make sure you sign the guest book when you come,” Cade said. “It helps us to keep track of the progress we are making.”


FEBRUARY 5, 2013


Reddies suffer dissappointing loss at home Sarah Williams Staff Writer Another upset came upon the Reddie men’s basketball team on Saturday, Jan. 26 against University of Monticello. The first half seemed promising with an 8-point lead and static energy. However, the second half crumbled to a fall for Henderson by 12. With a final score of 60-52, Henderson is now 10-9 overall and 5-8 in the Great American Conference. Henderson finished with more offensive rebounds, steals and assists then the Weevils, causing their season high of 24 turnovers, but their shooting was not up to par. “I thought we played well for most of the game, but at the end of the day when you shoot 17 percent in the second half, you just aren’t going to win very much,” Doug Nichols, head coach, said. “We coaches need to do a better job of putting guys in situations where they can make shots and the players need to make those shots.” Senior Denzel Lyles is back up and running and led Henderson with 11 points, while senior Andrew Ensley finished with 10. However, both scores were significantly lower than their usual performances. “I feel like we shouldn’t have ended up in the position we were in,” Lyles said. “We’re a better team than that, and we missed a lot of shots we usually make.” The Reddies defensive pressure was intense, causing forced travels for UAM. Some help came from junior Cory Henshall, who showcased his ‘hops’ by slamming

Henshall winning the tip challenge and Ensley sinking the first four points of the game, but the usual 3-point shooters were not pulling through in the second half. With three minutes left in the first half, Henderson was up 2317. Junior Melvin Haynes sunk a 3-pointer right before putting up two more points his next time down the hardwood. Typically a hot hand for the Reddies, Haynes finished with just 5 points at the end of the night. The Weevils made 17 percent more shots from the field, which was enough to seal the deal. Some crucial layups were missed by junior Jonathan Fitzgerald with 5 minutes left in the game, shortly before freshman Peri James was fouled and added 2 free throw points to the board, making it 50-53. UAM called a timeout with one minute left and the score at 51-55. From there, they could not be shut down. Despite distractions for the team on and off the court, the Reddies are confident in their upcoming games to prove that they are focused and tired of defeat. “We have had to deal with so many issues outside of basketball that it prevented us from getting better every day, and our record is indicative of a team that has not gotten better Photo by Ryan Klare since November,” Nichols said. “It makes it tough when you get ON MY SIGNAL Head coach Doug Nichols signals to his team with a hand into conference and play teams gesture two weeks ago during the game against OBU. The Reddies fell to 10-9 that have been getting better on the season overall and 5-8 in the Great American Conference in a loss against the last three months and you have been consumed with othUniversity of Arkansas-Monticello Saturday, Jan. 26. er issues.” The Reddies have a home two dunks and leading the together as a unit than we were The score was tied twice and game against Southern Nazateam’s rebounds with 11. a month ago, but it is too late in the lead changed only one, rene University coming up “We are defending better and the season to be at this point,” time, from Henderson to UAM. Thursday, Feb. 7. better, and we are much more Nichols said. The start looked good with

Lady Reddies stave off late game surge to win Hunter Lively Staff Writer It was Destiny Smith that led the Henderson women’s basketball team to victory at the Duke Wells Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 26. The senior forward from Mt. Pleasant, Texas notched a career high of 26 points, and also ripped down 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Reddies to a win over the visiting Cotton Blossoms from Arkansas Monticello. “I came off of a bad game at OBU on Thursday,” Smith said. “I knew I had to step up a little bit and provide for the team.” She did just that. The Smith-led Lady Reddies (10-9, 5-8 GAC) snuck past the

Cotton Blossoms (3-14, 1-10 GAC) in a tight game, winning 70-63. Henderson, who fell behind early 4-0, used an exciting 8-0 run to take the lead on a Smith layup at the 16:07 mark of the first half. This was the game’s final lead change, as the Lady Reddies did not trail for the remainder of the game. Arkansas Monticello cut the lead to 4 at the 1:45 mark in the first half when its star forward Catherine Puckett knocked down a 15-footer from the right wing. On it’s next possession, however, Henderson sophomore Aungelique Sledge stepped in the passing lane, stole it from Puckett, and then immediately drove to the hoop for an easy layup. Sledge, a West Helena

native, had a solid overall game providing 12 points, five assists and four steals. After shooting over 50 percent from the field, the Lady Reddies took a 32-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half was no different for the Lady Reddies, as their field goal percentage continued to stay above 50 percent, largely in part due to the onetwo punch of inside scoring by Smith and freshman guard Dulincia Keener. She finished the game with 13 points and eight rebounds. After taking a strong lead in the beginning of the second half, the Lady Reddies let the Cotton Blossoms come back to be only down by one shot, making the score 52-60 with 7:43 remaining.

Henderson then took control of the game with a seven-point streak, all good points made by Smith, before UAM would get a chance to score again. At the 4:19 mark of the second half, with the Lady Reddies clinging to a six point lead, Sledge came up huge on defense once again. Sledge stole the ball from UAM guard Ashley Qualls and took it the distance for another easy layup. This extended the Henderson lead to 62-54. The Sledge steal ignited a spark in the Lady Reddies that kept the Cotton Blossoms from making a run late. The Reddies held on to its lead for the remainder of the game by not turning the basketball over and knocking down free throws. Smith was 8-9 from the char-

ity stripe, and as a team, the Lady Reddies shot 14-22 from the line. The Lady Reddies shot over 50 percent from the field in both halfs. Rounding out the scoring for Lady Reddies, Krystal Beachum chipped in nine points, Jill Temples had four points along with five rebounds. Sheay Longstaff and Jalisa Benjamin each had three points a piece. For the visiting Cotton Blossoms, Puckett led the way with 14 points, followed by Qualls with 13. The Lady Reddies will hit the road to Ada, Okla. for their next game as they take on East Central University on Thursday, Jan. 31. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Additional reporting by Daniel Gallegos.

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ATTACK PLAN Henderson beat the Cotton Blossoms on Saturday, Jan. 26 in a game that came down to a single possession. The Lady Reddies are 10-9 overall and 5-8 in the Great American Conference and will face off against Southern Nazarene on the Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at home.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2013

Ravens take home Lombardi Trophy Zachar y Zdanowicz Staff Writer It’s everyone’s dream to be able to ride off into the sunset out on top. And that is exactly what Ray Lewis can do now. After a 34-31 win by the Baltimore Ravens over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Sunday night, the Ray Lewis retirement party can begin in Baltimore. Early it seemed as though Super Bowl XLVII, cleverly named the “Harbowl,” would be a laugher. The Ravens seemed to be in control of the game when they took a 21-6 lead into halftime. It was just after the teams resumed play in the third quarter, that the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones took back the 2nd half’s opening kick, a Super Bowl record 108-yards, to the house for a touchdown. This made the score 28-6 Ravens, and seemed to be the crushing blow at the time, and literally turn the lights out on any chance of a 49ers comeback. Shortly after Jones ran back the half’s opening kick, there was a power surge in the Superdome, leaving most of the stadium powerless, and half dark. The power surge was due to too much electricity being pumped into the stadium, resulting in a 34-minute suspen-

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I’LL HAVE ANOTHER Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown

(23) celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. sion of the game. Just as the lights went out, it seemed the 49ers offense flipped the switch and turned their offense on. After the delay play resumed and 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick led the offense to 3 quick scores in a span of 4:10 minutes of game play. Kaeper-

nick closed the gap on the Ravens’ lead and made the score 28-23 Ravens. After all the quick scoring from the 49ers offense, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, the eventual game’s MVP, lead Baltimore down the field 70 yards only to be turned away on the

goal line. The drive ended only in three points making the score 31-23. With his back against the wall, and in only his 10th career NFL start, the young Kaepernick kept the 49ers in the game, and countered the Ravens score with a touchdown

score of his own. Kapernick scampered 15 yards for a touchdown, an NFL record for a rushing touchdown by a quarterback, with 9:57 left in the game. At this point with the 49ers down two, San Francisco’s gutsy Head Coach John Harbaugh, decided to go for two. With the game in the balance, the Ravens brought everything but the kitchen sink on a blitz which caused Kaepernick to throw the ball over the head of intended receiver Randy Moss. Flacco lead the Ravens on another field goal drive making the score 34-29. The 49ers came back with a final drive, marching 75 yards and into Ravens territory, only to be turned away by the Ravens defense on the 5 yard-line. The last ball, thrown up to Michael Crabtree in the back of the end zone, had a lot of pushing and shoving in it, but a no call by the referee left the 49ers’ John Harbaugh in disbelief and begging for a holding call. The 49ers would end up scoring two points on a safety with four seconds remaining on the clock, making the final score 34-31. Joe Falcco, the game’s MVP, ended the night with 287 yards passing, and three touchdowns. After the confetti fell in Super Dome in New Orleans, Ray Lewis can proudly ride out on top, off into the sunset and turn the lights out on great career.

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