Page 1

Oracle The




Cafeteria construction reaches home stretch Progress ‘on target’ for May, with only minor delays

Kaitlyn Tolleson Staff Writer Loud construction crews can be heard early in the morning as a 20,000 square foot building is being constructed in front of East and West Hall near the ravine. This building, which cost 4.69 million, is the new Henderson dining hall. Since 1949, the old Caddo Cafeteria has been the place to eat for Henderson students with a meal plan. With more and more students attending Henderson every year, the cafeteria has become a cramped space for all who choose to dine there. It currently seats around 350 diners. The uncomfortable space and deteriorating conditions of the old cafeteria made it apparent that a new cafeteria would need to be constructed. “I have felt cramped in the old Caddo,” Lynsey Tannahill, sophomore psychology major, said. “It is hard to find somewhere to sit when a lot of people are in there. I am so excited for the new Caddo because it will have more seating areas and we won’t have to search for a seat. It’s also closer to East Hall.” The parking lots located in front of East and West halls have been designated a no parking zone, and the con-

struction crews and their building materials inhabit the area roped off. The large structure is being rapidly built right outside of these building’s doors. With a convenient location set, a bidding process was done to decide who would be the contractor of the new building. Seale Construction Company of Sparkman was the business selected to complete this project. Irwin Seale, general contractor at Seale Construction, said that his construction crew has not run across any issues with the building process other than the small problems that come with the construction business. Seale also shared that the construction is still right on target for the estimated completion date of May 15, 2013. The building will then be open for students to enjoy and dine in. Over the past few weeks, a lot of progress has been made on the new cafeteria. The foundation has been laid and beams are being inserted where needed. Delivery trucks are bringing more beams for the building’s structure. The ground is now level and the front entrance beams are up. The new cafeteria will be modern in design, with aesthetic pleasures such as overhead light fixtures, modern tables, chairs and new appliances.

Photo by Kaitlyn Tolleson

APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION The new dining hall is shown with

newly erected girders outlining the future structure that will replace the Caddo Cafeteria in May of 2013. With seating for over 600, the massive building will make room for more students planning to attend Henderson. The cafeteria staff will have more room for food preparation. “I think it is very small and it was in need of an upgrade,” Brooke Charrier, freshman studio art major, said. “I am looking forward to it being a lot bigger. I am sick of tripping over people’s chairs. It is pretty

embarrassing to do that every day.” There will be several stations in the new building. The salad and soup bar station will house two Panini sandwich grills. “I am excited about the construction of the new cafeteria,” Shaciesha Wilson, office manager of Caddo Cafeteria, said. “It is something that the staff and students have both wanted

for a while. It is great to see it finally happening. It was a desire for all of us. It will also be a laid back establishment for the students to enjoy.” The Caddo Cafeteria will remain open until the new dining hall is completed in May. It is unknown at this time what the Caddo building will be used for once the staff moves to the new center.

Author details grandmother’s rugged past in common book Kenneth Ibarra Staff Writer


Last Wednesday, Jeannette Walls, author of “Half Broke Horses,” came to Henderson to deliver a memorable speech to the new freshman class. Jeannette Walls has won multiple awards and appeared on “Prime Time Live,” “Oprah” and “Larry King Live.” Her memoir, “The Glass Castle.” was named one of the Top 10 Books of the Decade by Amazon and has been translated into 22 different languages. Walls started her speech with a question that had been asked during dinner that day: What compels her to write? “I was deeply ashamed of my past,” Walls said. “I used to write about celebrities until one day I was driving to a celebrity party. The taxi I was driving in got stuck in a corner during traffic. I looked out the window at a homeless woman going through the dumpster, and it surprised me when that homeless woman was my mother. I had fear that my mother would recognize me, so I slid down and asked the taxi to go home.” “I went to a mirror and looked at myself. I was ashamed,” Walls said. Later, Walls asked her mother what she should do in regards to her writing. Her mother told her to “tell the truth.” It surprised her how her little







Diversions /Feature




Photo by Ryan Klare/Oracle

BREAKING BOOKS Jeannette Walls explains the creative process involved with wrting her book, ‘Half-broke Horses.’

truthful story would become a best seller. “I learned a lot growing up. We grew up ‘poo’,’ we couldn’t afford the ‘r,’” Walls said, laughing along with the crowd. “We were sleeping in cars when I was little, but my parents taught me to ‘skedaddle,’ which is to run when times got tough. I used to think the way to feel good about ourselves is to be superior to others.” She recalled a time she went to a fancy restaurant. The waitress came over and Walls noticed there was a special on the


fish. When the waitress asked if she could help her, Walls replied in an elegant voice, “What is the fish?” The waitress replied in an inelegant accent, “The fish is an animal that swims in the water.” Walls said she felt like a jerk trying to feel superior. “It would’ve been better just to have talked to her about something else we could’ve communed in,” Walls said, reflecting on that fish memory. She also spoke of being on “The View” with Rosie O’Donnell. Walls kept getting questions about her mother, and how she made the decision of living a life of chaos on the ranch when she could have gone somewhere else with her college degree. Walls believes that her mother probably did that in order to recreate the freedom of her childhood. “While on ‘The View,’ they would say write about your mother. O’Donnell didn’t let it go, so I decided to write about my mother, but it wasn’t what I expected,” Walls told the audience. “She sees the world more differently than I do and has a great gift for optimism.” “My favorite type of writing is nonfiction,” Walls continued. “The whole point of a nonfiction story is to tell the emotional truth, and if you start making stuff up you lose all credibility and trust between you and the


readers. The reason I called ‘Half Broke Horses’ fiction is because I don’t know how much is true” “I didn’t think I could trust what she’d tell me,” Walls said, referring to her mother. “But sure enough, I found out it was all true after I Googled it.” “I found it difficult to write in my mother’s voice since she is a right brained and, like my grandmother, I’m more left brained. My grandmother was more of an active person. My mother was more passive, she would just let things happen to her,” she said. Walls told everybody how her mother kept insisting her daughter write about her own mother, Lily Casey Smith, instead of her because Walls’ grandmother’s life was much more interesting. “I decided to write about Lily Casey because many people in this world can relate,” Walls said. “The great thing about having a tough childhood is that you know how tough you are.” “Everything in life is a blessing and a curse. But blessings have its downside. Sometimes you forget how tough you really are, and most people back then, life was really tough,” Walls told the audience. “Most people in this country came over here to get away, and most of our ancestors did the backbreaking work for us.”



“You had to be tough to survive. We all have incredibly strong blood running through our veins. I wrote ‘Half Broke Horses’ to remind people of their inner toughness. Those of us who had ‘cushy’ lives think we can’t survive without stuff,” she said. “I made the book so that it would remind people of their heritage. We undervalue the beauty of our toughness.” When she was a little girl, Walls recalled thinking there was a demon monster under her bed, so she went to her dad. After her dad went looking for the demon monster with her and couldn’t find it, he told her to free her fears. “It took all this time to realize that my demon was my past,” Walls said to the audience. “Confront your past and the demon can’t hurt you, or better yet, you can put a harness on it and take control.” “I believe in optimism and in combining pushing with praying, and when you do combine both there is nothing you can’t do,” she said. “When the times are getting hard, it’s when we fall that shows what we’re really made of,” Walls said, finishing up her speech. “Don’t ignore your scars. Some of us are lucky enough to have them. Don’t think that they make you less beautiful. They are your stories, and they are what you make them.”


News Briefs Monday, Sept. 24 there will be a men’s golf tournament at Northwestern State Classic in Broken Arrow, Okla. The tournament will last all day. There will also be another men’s golf tournament on Tuesday in Broken Arrow. This tournament will also last all day. Tuesday, Sept. 25 there will be a President’s Reception at the Fayetteville Country Club in Fayetteville. It will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 7 p.m. The Lady Reddies volleyball team will have a match on Tuesday, Sept. 25 against the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The match will be in Monticello, Ark. at 7 p.m. Part two of the Civil War Lecture Series will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Caplinger Lecture Hall. Dr. Chris Mortenson will be the guest speaker for the evening. Mortenson is an assistant professor of history at Ouachita Baptist University. The purpose of the Civil War Lecture Series is to commemorate the sesquincentennial of the Civil War. These lectures are free for the public. Any questions or comments can be directed to Dr. Angela Boswell at the Department of Social Sciences. Also on Thursday, the Theatre department will have their opening night of their first production of the year, The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail. The shows will be every evening from Thursday, Sept. 25 to Saturday, Sept. 29. The shows will be in Arkansas Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $8 per person, or free if you bring your student ID. Doug Gilpin will be free to answer any questions you may have about the event. You can contact him at (870)2305338 or On Friday, Sept. 28 there will be a golfing event at the DeGRay State Golf Park. “A Day With The Duke Golf Tournament” will begin at 7:30 a.m. and last until 9:30 that evening. The Tee times for the event are 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Any questions? If so, visit Shortly after the golf tournament, there will be a small party at the Caddo Valley Event Center. There will be both live and silent auctions. The party starts at 6 p.m. sharp, so don’t miss it. Friday at 7:30 p.m., The Amazing Spiderman will be playing. The movie will be in the Lecture Hall in the Garrison Center. The Henderson State Winter Warm-up Intercollegiate Debate Tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 29. The Henderson football team has a game this Saturday, Sept. 29. The Reddies will go up against Southwestern Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. in Weatherford, Okla. The women’s volleyball team has a match on Saturday against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla. beginning at noon.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

Student enrollment drops this fall Colbie McCloud Staff Writer Enrollment for the academic year is down. Last fall, Henderson saw a spike in its enrollment from 3,730 students from the previous to 3,807 in 2011, according to the Henderson State University Analysis of Enrollment Data. This year, however, the student enrollment has decreased to 3,799. As the years have gone by, the freshman class has seen a substantial increase from 648 in 2009, 818 in 2010 and 832 in 2011. This year the freshman class dropped to 785. However, Henderson has seen an increase in transfer students. Dr. Lewis Shepherd, vice president of Student and External Affairs, said that the amount of transfer students this year is at 14 percent, a spike compared to previous years. “Students can transfer at any time, but they must have a 2.0 GPA, a C average,” Shepherd said. According to the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog, excluding remedial courses, all grades will be used to determine eligibility for students to transfer in. Grades from accredited institutions will be put on the Henderson transcript, but will not figure into the student’s cumulative grade point average. “Students can transfer up to 67 hours from a junior or twoyear college,” Shepherd said. This year local counties showed the biggest amount of Henderson attendees. Clark County, with the most, has 523 students, a small decrease from last year’s 536. Garland County has 519, 30 more students than in 2011, and Hot Spring County with 326. “Remember that 60 percent of our students are from the Congressional District 4,” Shepherd said. The Congressional District 4 consists of a fan that goes from Saline County south and then

Photo by Ryan Klare/Oracle

Freshman numbers take a drop The Henderson State University 2012 freshman class has dropped since last year, as seen in the heart photo.

spreads from eastern Arkansas to western Arkansas. “I know about 10 to 15 people from my area of the state, Parker’s Chapel and El Dorado, that are currently enrolled here at Henderson,” Heath Sims, junior digital art and design major, said. Henderson has several undergraduate degrees, but the top two this year are business administration with 270 students, compared to 2011 numbers of 251, and early childhood education with 265 students, which is down from last year’s 308. “The environment is really friendly. The athletic training program also was appealing to me. It’s close enough to home, but far enough so I can feel independent,” Shelby Mason, freshman athletic training major, said. Freshmen typically have three or more schools in mind before making their decision. “I had three schools in mind before making my choice: Arkansas Tech, Henderson State University, ASU. Also, I had three things I was looking for in a school: a home away from home, basically a place that

was comfortable; somewhere where I thought I could fit in; anything that did not resemble UAM,” Ferrin Douglas, junior fashion merchandising major, said. Students at Henderson come from several different diversities. According to the Analysis of Enrollment Data, this semester Henderson’s most populated ethnicities are 2,616 Caucasians, 851 African Americans, and 85 Hispanic Americans. All of the ethnicities include Caucasian, African American, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic American, Hawaiian, International and others. There are 1,629 male students, which is the exact number of male students enrolled last year. There are 2,144 female students, which is down from last year’s 2150. “Over 30 percent of the student body is diverse. Since 2010, we have had a 20 percent increase in minority students. We have 90 student organizations so students can really find their niche at Henderson,” Shepherd said. Students may come to Hen-

derson for different reasons. Shepherd said that the university spent well over one million dollars this summer to renovate the Smith and Newberry dormitories. The new Caddo Cafeteria is also under construction, and is expected to be open for students by fall of 2013, seating over 650 students at one time. “Our students deserve the best and so we are constantly working on our facilities and programs to give them the best,” Shepherd said. Beyond these new developments on campus, students have other reasons for attending Henderson, such as academic and athletic scholarships. “One of my friends from Texas came here because he wanted to be on the swim team,” Mason said. The student to teacher ratio is 17:1. “Henderson is a great university. We are Arkansas’s liberal arts university. We have an outstanding faculty, academic programs and residence life. At Henderson, we make the students our No. 1 priority,” Shepherd said.

The police recorded the wreckage to be just over 200 yards in length. Paramedics said that the men could have possibly survived if they were wearing their seatbelts. After two weeks in intensive care, Sterner regained consciousness and was informed that he had been in a car accident and three of his closest friends were killed. Soon after, he was approached by police and convicted of manslaughter. Sterner left the stage, then came back dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit. He explained that he was charged with three accounts of DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to three years in a

maximum-security prison at the age of 22. Life in prison was not easy for Sterner. Being a young college student with a short sentence caused many inmates to form a dislike for him. “Every day for three years I would get up and put this jumpsuit on,” Sterner said. “Every morning I would get up wondering if I was going to die today.” He continued by explaining the aftermath of that night and how it has affected his life in such a profound way. He became overwhelmed with guilt, as well as the fear of what would happen to him. That single night changed his life forever.

“I have to live with what I did every day,” Sterner said. After the speech, he received a standing ovation. “It was a very powerful speech. Anyone can take something from it,” Kaitlin Stubbs, sophomore social sciences major, said. “Freshmen can benefit from coming to this presentation.” “It’ll make you think twice about driving drunk,” Dustin Barnes, sophomore biology major, said. Mark Sterner, urging students to think before driving under the influence or before riding in a car with a drunk driver. “Don’t let your dumb decision affect the lives of your friends and family,” said Sterner.

Mark Sterner warns students of DUI danger Neal Stewart Staff Writer

Henderson freshmen gathered in Arkansas Hall on Sept. 13 to watch speaker Mark Sterner give his keynote presentation, “DUI: A Powerful Lesson.” In his speech, Sterner shared the tragic story of how his friends Aaron (22), Pete (22) and Jim (23) were killed in a car accident while he was driving under the influence of alcohol. For many years, Sterner has traveled to college campuses across the nation to talk to incoming freshmen about the dangers of alcohol abuse and driving under the influence. Rather than preaching to his audience, he attempts to relate to them. By telling the story of his horrible accident and showing his friend’s homemade video, he works to put a face to the dangers of drunk driving. The presentation began with a short video taken by Sterner and his friends while on spring break just moments before their fatal car crash. Students found the antics of the inebriated fraternity brothers funny at first, but the crowd was soon silenced after images of the imminent accident appeared on screen. The audience gasped at the severity of the wreckage. All five of the men inside the car were thrown out. Sterner was tossed over 45 feet before landing in the nearby woods. He received severe injuries including a punctured lung, broken ribs and puncture wounds in his left arm and right foot.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2012


Don’t feed the trolls: Heeeey j-j-jaded! Ryan Klare Columnist Have you ever been looking at your phone and something won’t load? Usually your immediate reaction is to call it a piece of crap and insult your wireless carrier, because the fact that Facebook didn’t recognize that you actually did like that picture of the cat sitting on a horse is absolutely unacceptable. We have these devices for a reason, right? If instantaneous connections can’t be made over some intangible existence called the Internet, does anything in your life matter at all? We have all become that jaded. I am guilty of it. I do it all the time. I seem to forget that 15 years ago, if you were to show me the Droid X2 I have now, I would either pass out or brand you as a tech-savvy witch. The cell phone in your pocket has more computing power than all of NASA in 1969. That fact alone should just boggle your mind. When you are staring at the little circular load icon in your mobile browser or app, just chill for a second. Louis C.K. said it best: “It’s going to space, would ya give it a second to get back from space?” I remember being abso-

lutely amazed one Christmas when my mom got me the voice recorder that Kevin McCallister had in “Home Alone 2.” I couldn’t believe that I had, right there in my hand, something that could record my voice and play it back. I could record anything. I recorded my dog breathing, since no one outside of a movie can get their dog to bark when they really need them to. I recorded my brother telling me to “get that thing out of my face.” Everything. Now, I have in my power to take out my phone and record my voice, make it sound like T-Pain and then send it to my soon to be annoyed friends.

I can do that right now, and I’m not even impressed. You may think, “Well yeah, when you’re a kid you think everything is amazing.” No. Find someone who saw World War II and tell them that you can video chat right from the palm of your hand with someone in another country and see if they don’t immediately think you’re the Antichrist. We have seen such an explosion in technology in our lives, we come to expect it and criticize it instead of enjoy it. The Wright Brothers’ first flight was in 1903. The Apollo 11 mission to the moon was in 1969. That is only a difference


of 66 years. Think for a second about the fact that there were many people who heard about the very first flying craft and then, 66 years later, saw man leave Earth, land on the Moon and come back safely. In the same way, we have seen Zack Morris carry around his Wonderbreadloaf-sized cell phone and now we have a smart phone that can take pictures of your cat and upload it to Instagram, all the while talking to someone who probably hates your cat. In a world where we have machines intended solely for entertainment that possess more processing power than any military supercomputer that existed at the end of the nineties, we still find things to complain about. There are people on this planet who have to collect drinking water from a network of tilted freaking banana leaves and we have the audacity to complain when Netflix buffers. I guess it’s just part of life with technology. Whatever we have, we think it is just everyday stuff that deserves to be critiqued. It’s human nature. I’m sure there was some douche who told Eli Whitney his cotton gin was too noisy, with verbal versions of our retweets echoing in agreement. Just take a breath, people. Enjoy it all.

What book are you currently reading?

Colby Whitaker

junior business administration

“‘Revolutionary Suicide”’by Huey P. Newton.”

Justin Parrish junior mathematics

“‘Eona’ by Alison Goodman.”

Refund checks and management tips Zach Dutton Guest Columnist Refund check day has a different meaning to every student. It means next to nothing for those who do not get one, but for those who do have their name on a check, it means one thing: free money. Each semester the Henderson financial aid office sets up a table to distribute refund checks to those students with active balances exceeding the cost of the current semester. This year the table was located on the first floor of Womack Hall last Tuesday for students’ convenience. The checks passed out on Tuesday were for those students who receive a refund from a scholarship, and can range from one cent to thousands of dollars. “I’m going to use my refund money to pay for expenses like gas and rent,” Jami Pierce, junior early childhood education major, said. Her refund comes from the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship. “My money is going toward rent for the next couple months and to buy books,” Josh West, freshman, said. With tuition costs exceeding $2,500 at Henderson, not including room, meals or fees, financial aid is a must for most students. Financial aid can come in the form of loans, grants, or scholarships. Approximately 90 percent of students receive some sort

of financial aid through Henderson, according to Scott Freeman, director of Student Accounts. That means that 90 percent of the 3,779 students enrolled this fall, roughly 3,401 receive financial aid to attend classes. This means that 378 students are paying with no help at all from Henderson. Of the 90 percent who receive aid, 775 students were cut a check for the difference on their account this year thanks to extra scholarship money. Students who receive checks may have student loans that cover some or all of their college expenses, while others may have received so much scholarship money that their credits outweigh the expenses, therefore each student will receive the remainder. Many may confuse this refund check day with other refund check distribution. It depends on the source of the refund. If the funds come from a loan, those checks are distributed earlier in the semester. All checks are available to students for pick up at the teller window in Womack Hall any day. Specific refund days are assigned to distribute checks appropriately and quickly to the students, but if a student does not come to take their money, the check remains available for later pickup. “One thing that I would sug-

gest for the future; we offer direct deposit,” Freeman said. “Direct deposit would immediately go into their checking account on the same day that we disperse the checks. The advantage there is you don’t have to stand in line to pick up your check and you don’t have to run down to the bank to sign the back of the check to cash it.“ A word of advice to students is to avoid the line during peak hours such as lunch time and between classes. Early hours are busy as well for the refund table. Use personal free hours of the day while classes are in session to ensure a shorter wait. Many students are funded using a federal student Stafford Loan. According to Stafford Loan’s website, these are to supplement personal and family resources as well as any scholarship or grant the student may have received. This fixed interest loan is not based on credit, and has rates as low as 3.4 percent with no payments due while enrolled in school. These loans must be repaid. Students receiving refund checks on Tuesday did not receive money from these loans. The Arkansas Lottery Scholarship is funded by the state lottery and is available to most Arkansas high school grads. According to the Arkansas Lottery’s website, 33,440 students received assistance last year and 31,268 this fall semester alone.

Another big contributor to these refund checks are the federal pell grants. These are issued on a home-income status basis. Unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid and they are usually awarded to undergraduate students. These grants can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Though he realizes that most refunds are used to pay for basic cost of living needs, Freeman cautions students to be careful taking out student loans to pay for expenses. “Take out enough for necessities,” he said. “Don’t take out an excess just so you can maybe go buy things you could do without, because then you have interest. Debt upon debt over four years can become quite costly.” If it’s a refund from scholarship money that doesn’t have to be repaid, he has other advice. “Put it in your savings account and hold it for next semester,” Freeman said. “Or take that refund and start paying for that loan.” One student is using his money simply to pay for school. “All of my money is going to aviation expenses,” Preston Helmke, freshman aviation major, said. Whatever the refund goes toward, be sure to maintain requirements for those scholarships or the next refund day won’t be so exciting.

Katherine Smeeley junior athletic training

“‘The Odyssey’ by Homer.”

Kelsey Wood

junior fashion merchandising

“‘Fifty Shades Darker’ by E. L. James.”

Lauren Hammonds freshman graphic design

“‘The America Heiress’ by Daisy Goodwin.”


HSU Box 7693 Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001


Editorial Staff: Advertising (870) 230-5221 / (870) 230-5288 /

The Oracle is produced by and for Henderson State University students. Opinions expressed in personal columns do not reflect the opinions of the staff as a whole or of the university. The editorial staff reserves the right to arbitrarily select articles, letters and ads to be published. In addition, the Oracle reserves the right to edit all letters for space, style and libel as per the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. The Oracle, as a forum for public opinion, welcomes all signed letters. Unsigned letters cannot be published. Letters must bear the writer’s name, class standing, major and phone number. The deadline for letters and for advertising is noon Thursday for inclusion in the following week’s publication. The Oracle is published in Garrison L113 and printed by GateHouse Media in Hope, Ark. Two copies per student are provided free of charge. Additional copies can be purchased for 50 cents each.

Editor-in-Chief: Morgan Acuff Faculty Adviser: Mike Taylor News Editor: Stephanie Hartman Sports Editor: Kaitlyn Kitchens kk175413@reddies.hsu. edu Photo Editor: Ryan Klare rk167403@reddies.hsu. edu

Copy Editor: Ashley Loftin al169408@reddies.hsu. edu Business Manager: James T. Allen ja165078@reddies.hsu. edu Distribution Manager: Trey Porchay treyporchay_hsu@yahoo. com Graphics Designer: Lauren Penick Web Designer: Izhar Buendia

Columnists: “Don’t Feed the Trolls” Ryan Klare

Staff Writers Zach Dutton Malorie Kelley Neal Stewart Reaves Alewine Katie Blair Kaitlyn Tolleson Colbie McCloud

Krissica Harper Chris Ingram Tyler Priddy Kenneth Ibarra Zachary Zdanowicz Jeffery Gilmore J.D. Roberts



SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

‘House’ proves a disappointing horror attempt J.D. Roberts Staff Writer The horror movie genre is one of the most beloved by moviegoers. Whether it is a ghostly haunting or a crazy, masked killer, people love to be scared. It’s a shame that scary movies these days only offer a few jumps and disappointment. There are of course exceptions. “Cabin in the Woods” was an interesting take on the genre, and the latest installment of Wes Craven’s “Scream” series was actually better than the third one, but the few exceptions don’t make up for the huge amount of disappointments that have made their way to the big screen. “House at the End of the Street” is the latest horror movie to attempt to redeem the genre. The movie begins with the story of Carrie Anne Jacobson, who brutally murdered both of her parents and then disappeared into the woods. Now four years later, Elissa and her mother, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Shue, have moved across the street from the infamous Jacobson house. To their surprise the house isn’t empty. Ryan Jacobson, played by Max Thieriot, is the only surviving member left after his parents’ death and sister’s disappearance, and now lives in the house alone. Intrigued by his past and his loneliness, Elissa befriends Ryan and the two begin growing close, much to the disapproval of her mother and friends.

Photos courtesy of Relativity Media

KAT-MISS Jennifer Lawrence takes the screen alongside Max Thieriot in this horror movie that follows

the life of a young man who continues to live in the house his parents were brutally murdered in. Lawrence’s character, Elissa, is frightened to discover the dark secrets held within the house. As the story progresses, it is revealed that Ryan has been keeping Carrie Anne locked up in the basement and it is getting harder and harder for him to keep her there. On the surface, it seems as if Ryan is just looking out for his sister, but what other dark secrets is Ryan hiding in the house? As Elissa and Ryan grow close, she comes face to face with the horrific realization that not everything is as it seems. When the script was first written for “House at the End of the Street,” it had a lot of potential. It was suspenseful and, in a way, reinvented Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” without ruining it. What the audience got was

an anti-climatic mess with awful dialogue and overused plot points. Lawrence gives a bland performance and brings nothing to the film. Her character is annoying and off-putting. The only noteworthy performance comes from Thieriot, who is no stranger to the horror genre. He is odd, creepy and charming all at the same time. It is obvious that he tries to channel Anthony Perkins, but he isn’t given enough dialogue to really prove himself. It will be interesting to see his portrayal of Norman Bates’ older brother in A&E’s upcoming series, “Bates Motel.” Not only is the acting bad and

the dialogue terrible, the camera work is hard to watch. Some directors need to learn that it is acceptable to use a tripod or a dolly for some shots. No one wants to watch a movie where the camera can’t stay still for more that five minutes. The movie gets hard to watch after the “big” reveal that isn’t shocking or suspenseful. What is a big reveal without the necessary build-up? Not only is it anti-climatic, but it’s confusing too. There is really no explanation, and what little explanation is given is lazily written and delivered. It’s clear to see that something went terribly wrong when

transferring the script to the screen. Everything that made the story great was stripped away and what was left was a boring, empty movie. The horror genre needs to do something fast before it is completely lost. Scary movies use to actually be scary. Now they are clichéd and laughable. Hopefully the disappointing “House at the End of the Street” will be the wake up call the industry needs. It is time for them to reinvent the genre and restore it to its prior greatness. “House at the End of the Street” is an unoriginal and convoluted mess, and a disappointing excuse for a horror movie.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012



Guest choreographer instructs dance students Katie Blair Staff Writer Tap shoes, jazz hands and pirouettes are nothing new in the dance studio, but last week the dance company was treated with a new face. Darryl Kent Clark, a guest choreographer, set a piece on the dance company last week. Clark is a native of Michigan and began his dance career in 1981 in Chicago. “My experience at Henderson has been nothing but wonderful,” Clark said. “I can’t think of a group of people that could be more welcoming to a stranger. I have felt so welcome and so part of the community here. Where I’m staying [Captain Henderson House] is wonderful, and the studio is so beautiful. It’s been an inspiration to be here and to create inside this environment.” Clark has worked as an actor with First Folio Shakespeare Festival of Oakbrook, Ill., Rochester, N.Y.’s Geva Theater and

Chicago’s Marriott Lincolnshire Theater and Pegasus Players. He has also danced with Princess Cruises, Vee Corporation. “I like being in other environments,” Clark said. “It helps me get a new perspective for my own students, and I also need to re-invigorate myself by seeing something new; seeing a new town, seeing a new set of faces. So I take great store in having the new, instead of getting to a point where it’s like, roll out of bed, go teach there, go back home and let that process repeat over and over for years. That would feel like a sort of death, and I don’t want to feel that. Not yet.” He stayed busy all week, offering free master classes for anyone who wanted to take them from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and then went on to set choreography on the company from 6 to 10 p.m. “Darryl has been able to pull dance and theater together through a silent film era style

piece,” Jennifer Maddox, dance company director, said. “It is an original work pulling from the dancers’ strengths, incorporating tap, ballet, character movement and jazz. I think he is a very multi-talented and gracious choreographer and teacher.” Clark had four rehearsals to set a 16-minute piece on the company, and then they performed it last Friday for a small audience. But the crunch of time isn’t a new experience for him. “I have had to do much more intense stuff,” he said. “Speed was not a challenge. It has been a very liberating experience to be here and to be able to create this piece in a week. I knew the music, and I knew the piece’s history. I don’t think I’ve ever had to stop and go, ‘I don’t think I can do that. It’s going to be too challenging.’” Both students from Henderson and Ouachita were able to experience Clark’s teaching. Ali Brown, junior biology ma-

jor, has been dancing for most of her life and was still able to gain a new perspective on the art form. “Theatrical dance is not what I thought it was,” Brown said. “It’s not just interpretation of Broadway musicals. It can be much more than that. Darryl is a visionary, and he has a large imagination.” “This week I’ve grown by learning a different style,” Ungela James, senior psychology major, said. “I’ve become more comfortable with acting while dancing. I’m always interested in what Darryl has to teach.” “My favorite style to teach is a toss-up between modern and musical theater reparatory,” Clark said. “Modern because it’s what I love, it’s my baby, it’s what I came to when I first started dancing in college. But in musical theater reparatory I get to create my stuff, I get to interpolate styles of vernacular dance from other eras.” “I think Darryl is so awe-

some,” Jordan Burns, junior theater major, said. “He has truly inspired me and changed my life.” Clark is an up-and-coming choreographer. He has praised reviews of his works in Dance Magazine and is the recipient of an Artist’s Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. In his career, Clark has been a featured instructor in many dance studios and universities in the States and the Netherlands. Mr. Clark is now assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theater and Dance at Missouri State University.

Create a Diversion! Submit your short stories, poetry, essays and other creative writing, and they could be featured on this page. Send an email to with the word “creative” in the subject line. Include your name, classification and major.



SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

Kramer DJs Hooligan Fest before game

Photo by Ryan Klare

HENDERSON HOOLIGANS Tailgating for the football game against

Southeastern Oklahoma on Saturday, Sept. 22 began at 2 p.m. outside of the Wells gymnasium. Catered by Slim and Shorty’s and music provided by Kramer, a popular DJ in Hot Springs (right), there was also laser tag, free drinks and inflatable games for both children and students. Joshua Jasper and Detrick Deshazier (top left) race to get their bean bag farthest while attached to a bungie cord on an inflatable game. There were also inflatable slides and jump houses for small children at the fest to support the Reddie football team.

Photo by Ryan Klare

Reddies dominate 56-20 over Southeastern Okla. Kaitlyn Kitchens Sports Editor Henderson, 2-0 in the Great American Conference (GAC) and 4-0 overall, gained their fourth straight win of the season against Southeastern Oklahoma with a score of 5620, Saturday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. Henderson scored the first touchdown of the game with 4:19 remaining in the first quarter by Jarvis Smith on a 67-yard drive. Robert Jordan soon came back when Southeastern Oklahoma’s Jared Helm punted 50 yards to Henderson, and Jordan returned with 85 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 14-0. With 11:07 remaining in the second quarter, quarterback Kevin Rodgers made an 11play, 99-yard drive with Smith scoring a 5-yard run, bringing the score to 22-0. The drive was the longest scoring drive of the year, consuming 3:43 of the quarter. With 2:21 left in the first half,

Rodgers made a deep pass to Elliot Hebert for 82 yards and a touchdown, making the score 29-0 and ending the first half. The first score of the second half happened on the defensive side of Henderson football. Randal Howard tackled Southeastern quarterback Jercolby Bradley and fumbled the ball, which was picked up by Chuck Obi for a 50-yard Reddie touchdown. This touchdown brought the score to 36-0. Southeastern returned with their first touchdown of the game when Bradley rushed 13 yards for their touchdown, making the score 36-7. Southeastern made another touchdown with 7:07 remaining in the third quarter when CJ Kirk rushed for 11 yards, bringing the score to 36-13. Henderson didn’t give up when punter for Southeastern, Helm, punted 47 yards, and Jordan returned for 69 yards and a touchdown. Only two minutes later, Helm punted the ball once again for 12 yards.

Photo by Ryan Klare

TOUCHDOWN Reddie running back, Jarvis Smith jumps for a touchdown after a pass from quarterback Kevin Rodgers while on offense. Obi returned for a touchdown with 17 yards. By the end of the third quarter, Reddies were ahead 56-13. Southeastern Oklahoma only scored one more time when Bradley rushed up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown, making the final score of the game 56-20. The Reddies’ defense totaled 124 tackles.

Keaton Stigger totaled in a career-high of 21 tackles. This set a new Henderson record for tackles in a game. Jon Jett had 20 tackles against Southern Arkansas in 2004, keeping the former record. Reddie offense had a seasonlow of 348 yards on 45 plays. Rodgers completed 15 of

28 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan had 201 all-purpose yards and 154 yards on punt returns. He also had four receptions for 47 yards. Henderson will travel to Weatherford, Okla. to play Southwestern Oklahoma, Saturday Sept. 29. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Lady Reddies fall to Southern Arkansas Kenneth Ibarra Staff Writer Last Tuesday, junior server Yaritza Santiago started the volleyball game with a ferocious serve to Southern Arkansas’ Lady Riders, gaining a point in seconds for the Lady Reddies. Unfortunately, the situation shifted later in the game, making the outcome a 3-0 loss for the Lady Reddies after prior wins. After an impressive win last week in Memphis, the Lady Reddies were not expecting this loss. The game started off with a score lead going back and forth. Every time the Lady Reddies would gain a point, the Lady Riders would counter-attack with a point. In the first set, the Lady Reddies lost by five points, 25-20. The second set the team lost 25-23. In the third set, the Lady Reddies lost 25-22. One thing that shined during the game was the teamwork between the Lady Reddies. The team had a total of 20 assists. One of the main contributors was Kiyanna Dade, a freshman setter, and defense that had a total of 10 assists. The Lady Reddies also had one of the most heavy-duty defenses throughout the night with a total of 8 team blocks. As far as defending during the game went, the Lady Rid-

ers had no team blocks for the night. Jessica Moss, a sophomore player, assisted in blocking four balls from the enemy team as well as single handedly blocking one the Riders’ incoming balls by herself. There were no blocking errors for the Lady Reddies. Three other players, Cheyenne Derr, Sarah Williams and Ty Lindberg, also helped in blocking with a number of three block assists for the Lady Reddies. Laruen Ray, senior libero of the team, had the highest number of digs at 14. There were a few incidents where the players would run almost into the crowd in order to save a ball flying above their heads. In the attack department, sophomore hitter Sarah Williams shined bright again by having the greatest hit percentage with a .562. She had no errors and nine kills towards the Lady Riders. This totals her attack percentage to a .516, an impressive percentage for volleyball players. Not too far behind her in the game stood Jessica Moss with a .250 percentage in attack. She had only a few errors with a whooping seven kills towards the Lady Riders. Williams has hope for the Lady Reddies. She hopes to focus the energy from their previous wins to ensure more wins in the future.

Photo by Ryan Klare

TEAM WORK Number 8, freshman Emily Belz (front), and number 2, junior Cheyenne Derr (back) both dive for the ball at the same time for the same dig during the gane against Southern Ark. Tuesday night. “Our chemistry is much better than it has been but we definitely should’ve had that game,” Williams said, referring to their loss. “We are slowly coming along, but we can improve. We were coming off of a win so we had a lot of energy. The times when we were ahead we could’ve used a little

more energy to push through, and we would’ve gone to five games in the match.” Derr agrees that there is room for improvement, and is intent on bringing the team to more victories in the Lady Reddies’ future. “I thought we played good at times but we are working on

limiting our unforced errors as a team,” Derr said. “We will be working on correcting our own errors to pull out a win.” The next game that the Lady Reddies will play will be in Monticello, Ark. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.

09/24/12 Issue  
09/24/12 Issue  

HSU Oracle