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New Yorker publishes Curlin poem in July issue By Sam Cushman News Editor
Saudi Arabia, traditionally shy of tourism, invites student group for visit By Tanner Ward
ight students and two professors got what will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in May. They, along with a community member, were granted an almost unheard of invitation to tour Saudi Arabia, a country typically closed to tourism outside of religious purposes. Dr. Barbara Pemberton, associate professor of Christian missions and one of the professors who attended, said the trip was the result of years of talks between herself, a tour company in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Arabian embassy in the United States. The certainty of the trip was unknown even to the last minute. see SAUDI ARABIA z 2 Photo courtesy of Dr. Barbara Pemberton.
On Jul. 30, 2012, Dr. Jay Curlin, professor of English, had a poem featured in The New Yorker. Curlin never submitted the poem, but after a remarkable set of circumstances, The New Yorker’s poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, contacted Curlin and asked him whether he might publish it in the magazine. The poem, entitled “Evidence of Things Not Seen,” was written in the fall of 2010 to feature two words that appeared in the Daily Word Game utilized by professors to enhance students’ vocabulary. The words were “Higgs-Boson,” the legendary god particle and “hirsute,” a word meaning hairy. The poem’s title is a reference to the Bible verse Hebrews 11:1. “After a couple of years of playing the daily word games, [Jay] would put [them] in his reading quizzes in poems he wrote that he called lexical see NEW YORKER z 3
Leader in training Haney attends Institute in D.C., tours capital city By KELSEY LAMB Staff Writer
Garrett Whitehead z Courtesy GARRETT WHITEHEAD plays Rolf, a character in “The Sound of Music,” who goes from an innocent messenger boy in love with the protagonist’s daughter to a Nazi traitor. Scan QR code to view additional content online.
Student’s summer of theater By EMILY TERRY
Features/Social Media Editor With make-up perfectly painted below his black uniform hat and charcoal grey jacket buttoned up to his neck, he sits in silence, anticipating how the night will unfold. Beneath him, the moving stage stands still, ready for the wear and tear of another night, another show, another scuff. Garrett Whitehead mentally prepares himself to transport to another time in another country with another name. Whitehead, a junior musical theater major from Cleburne, Texas, took on a German persona this summer while in pro-
ductions of “Spring Awakening” at Little Rock’s Weekend Theatre from June 8-July 1 and “The Sound of Music” at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse from July 24-Sept. 1, also in Little Rock, 368 miles away from home. For the duration of the summer, Whitehead was fortunate enough to “house hop” between the homes of four of his fellow theater majors, but it was still not quite the same as being home for the break. “I was really nervous about spending my entire summer away from my family,” he said, “but it helped prepare me for my future.” As with every production, Whitehead believes his partici-
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pation in these shows makes an impact on him as a performer that will carry through for the rest of his life. “I grow a little bit every time I get the chance to perform,” he said. One of his summer’s learning experiences came in the role of telegram boy-turned-Nazi teenager Rolf in “The Sound of Music.” While the spring musical put on by Ouachita’s theater department has rehearsals for an entire semester before opening night, Murry’s “Sound of Music” had just two weeks before the first curtain. see THEATER z 3
Dylan Haney was among four students from the state of Arkansas to attend the Leadership Institute this past summer in Washington, D.C. The Leadership Institute focuses on conservative principles while providing training in many different areas, which includes college students reaching other college students through campaigning, fundraising and other techniques. Haney, a sophomore political science major, was selected to participate in this program after turning in an essay focusing on the building of the party platform, thinking of ways to get other people involved and promoting ideas. He then received the Patrick Calhoun Leadership Scholarship. Haney was the only student chosen from Arkansas’ fourth congressional district. The institute hosted between 70 and 100 college students from all around the United States, making this a very sought after and exclusive program of which to take part. During the trip, Haney attended a number of classes that went from early in the morning to late at night. “Classes were taught by former White House staffers that
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Dylan Haney z Courtesy DYLAN HANEY stands in front of the Capitol. He recently traveled to D.C. to attend the Leadership Institute.
worked for Ronald Reagan and told a bunch of personal stories about Reagan’s life and routine and ability to speak to people,” Haney said. His days were not only filled with going to classes, but he was also given the chance to travel around the city of Washington, D.C. On his days off, Haney also visited with some of the members of the Senate. Of all of the experiences Haney encountered, he said two were the most memorable to him. “Getting to hear from former White House staffers, and visiting with them even a little bit one on one about how see HANEY z 2
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“Even up to the day before [we bought our plane tickets], we weren’t going to be able to go,” Pemberton said. She said they were granted temporary business visas, allowing them entrance to the country. One group left from Little Rock and one from Dallas; the two groups met in Frankfurt, Germany, before then flying to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. On the first day in the country, the group toured the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah before visiting a shopping mall, observing how the stores all close during prayer times. “One night [in Jeddah], we went to a fresh seafood market to eat for dinner, but the only problem is that I’m allergic to seafood, so I had to just sit there and eat chips,” said junior Alex Nelson, a business administration major. Nelson said the group also ate a traditional meal consisting of camel meat eaten on the floor in Jeddah. The group was in Jeddah for two days before flying to the capital city of Riyadh for three days. In Riyadh, the group visited several museums and archaeological sights. “It was interesting to see how the Saudi’s combined old landmarks with new buildings and were still able to make it look put together,” Nelson said. While riding a bus to one of the historic cities near the capital, the group passed a herd of camels on the side of the road.
you get to a position like that was interesting,” he said. This experience, in particular, stuck out to him because these staffers were not originally pursuing politics. Second, at the end of the trip Haney got the chance to meet with Senator John Boozman’s staffers and hear how they help the senator on a daily basis. Haney said he benefitted from this experience because he learned “how to reach out to college students [his] own age, how to work together for a common good, mainly how to get the cause off the ground and promote it.” He also took away aspects on how to promote any cause to the public. Haney not only got the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in the world of politics from other men and women who have experienced it, but he also got the opportunity to learn how to communicate to other college students using these same techniques. Haney said the experience was a “rewarding opportunity. “If anyone has the opportunity to go to the Leadership Institute or go to any type of training as far as being able to promote causes or anything you believe in, I would encourage them to do that,” he said For more information on the Leadership Institute, go to leadershipinstitute.org. n
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Dr. Barbara Pemberton z Courtesy STUDENTS AND professors visit the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (L to R): Kevin Jackson, Brian Keen, Dr. Barbara Pemberton, Hunter Wolf, Kyle Hargis, Katelyn Davis, Bryan Davis, Dr. Bill Viser, a tour guide, Alex Nelson, Cameron Johnson and Tim Molinary. Scan QR code to view additional content online.
“The kids had been asking the guide if they could ride camels at some point, and so when we saw them on the side of the road, he stopped the bus for us and went and talked to the guy who was with the camels and they told us we could ride for as long as we wanted,” Pemberton said. After Jeddah, the group took a bus to Damman, on the eastern side of Saudi Arabia, spending two days there. Pemberton said the group was protected throughout the trip by armed guards. Nelson said he never felt unsafe during the trip. “Our guides worked for the Saudi Arabian government, and we were followed by plainclothes police officers,” Nelson said. “The Saudi Arabia government and our government were very aware of us and concerned about our safety.”
Pemberton said the trip was part of efforts by the tour company and some Saudi Arabians to promote their country as a place of history and culture and to shift the way many around the world see the nation. She said the nation made an effort to “treat us like royalty.” “We were treated with so much respect,” Nelson said. “The people of Saudi Arabia are really just hospitable and are so welcoming as a culture.” Nelson said the trip gave him a newfound view of America. “[Going to a foreign country] really makes you value being an American,” he said. “So many people around the world really have no idea what America really is; not everybody sees Americans as we really are. …I also learned that Texas is indeed not the hottest place on Earth.” n
Dr. Barbara Pemberton z Courtesy HUNTER WOLF listens to the tour guide explain different areas of the mosque at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
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NEWS BRIEFS n Quick recaps of the biggest stories of the week. Isaac uncovers WWI shipwreck On an Alabama beach Hurricane Isaac uncovered the remnants of an old shipwreck dating back to the World War I era. In an interview with ABC News, Mike Bailey, historian with the Fort Morgan, Ala., Historical Society, said the ship is the Rachel, a schooner built in Mississip, during World War I. At that time, the government was using most steam ships for the war effort, but the region still needed trade ships, so the Rachel was built to carry cargo in the gulf. "The crew tried to save her by dropping an anchor, but she ran
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rhymes,” said Johnny Wink, professor of English. “He started sending me these and I thought they were so first rate that I asked him whether he would mind me sending them out on a mailing list, because I thought there would be people, in addition to students, who would like to see them. And indeed there were. That then set up this amazing thing that happened with The New Yorker.” Wink was driving in his car in July while listening to NPR when he heard a story about how people at CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or the European Council for Nuclear Research) thought they had spotted the “HiggsBoson” while working at a massive particle accelerator known as the Hadron collider. After hearing this, Wink then emailed Curlin and told him about what he heard and Curlin sent Wink a copy of the poem. Wink then sent out the poem to the people on the mailing list. “I thought they’d might like to see it again now that the ‘Higgs-Boson’ is in the news,” Wink said. “Now, you have to remember that Jay is a really good poet but he has not really made
z Continued from Page 1 Despite a crunched and crazy rehearsal schedule, two weeks was all the time necessary for Whitehead and his fellow cast mates to mentally transform the blank room full of tables, chairs, a curtain and a stage into Salzburg, Austria, circa 1937. Getting into such a classic and dynamic character as Rolf proved to be an exciting challenge for Whitehead. “Just being able to play naive, and innocent in the beginning and slowly transform into a Nazi traitor in the end was pretty cool,” he said. Though he enjoyed his char-
aground and was destroyed," Bailey told ABC News. "What little cargo she was carrying was salvaged, and the ship was burned." Many people regard the ship as a local mystery. Bailey said that the real mystery is her cargo. The Rachel has been uncovered by stormy weather in th past but never so much of the ship has been uncovered. The ship rests on private land and currently there are no plans to move it. According to the Alabama Historical Society, such an effort would be incredibly expensive endeavor and require a large team of preservational experts. n
any attempts in the direction of becoming a known poet. Years ago I talked him into submitting a poem to a magazine called the Plains Poetry Journal. Jay doesn’t submit poems to places and any poet who is out to make a name for himself lusts to get in The New Yorker. The competition is fierce with all the people writing poetry for the English language as they realize that this is the Cadillac of magazine publications.” Among the members of this mailing list was Douglass Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize winner and College of Arts and Sciences distinguished professor of Cognitive Science and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. Hofstadter enjoyed the poem and sent it to some friends of his asking if any of them had any idea of where it might get published. A few of these worked at CERN where the “Higgs-Boson” was spotted, and one suggested that they look to an online source of publishing. After a number of days they did not hear anything about the poem − until Curlin was emailed by Muldoon asking him for permission to publish “The Evidence of Things Not Seen.” “What we found out was this,” Wink said, “Douglass Hofstadter knew some general editor at The New Yorker and sent the poem to him. As it turned out the general acter, Whitehead’s favorite scene did not involve Rolf, but a scene with a song that doesn’t appear in the movie. “No Way to Stop It” highlights a turning point in the story where Captain von Trapp breaks off his relationship with the Baroness, thus leaving him free to wed Maria. Despite having to tirelessly switch back and forth between innocent messenger boy to teenage Nazi soldier in a period of two hours for 40 nights in a row, Whitehead says he felt honored to have the opportunity. “The best part about the entire summer was just getting more experience for my craft,” he said, “and meeting some pretty fantastic new friends and connections that will last a lifetime.” n
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The 2012 Republican National Convention took place in Tampa, Fla. from Aug. 27 – 30. The convention featured speakers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ann Romney and actor Clint Eastwood. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan also gave speeches at the Convention. Gov. Christie spoke of choosing respect over love, giving America the truth and why Mitt Romney is the man for the job. Romney’s wife gave a speech appealing to women of America hard working individuals. Eastwood spoke of President Obama’s shortcomings. n
The 2012 Democratic National Convention is being held in Charlotte, N. C. this week. San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke Tuesday night, and Elizabeth Warren and former President Bill Clinton highlighted last night’s speeches. The convention will conclude tonight with speeches by Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama. Clinton formally and officially nominated Obama as the Democratic candidate last night with a unanimous delegate count. An estimated 35,000 guests were expected in Charlotte. n
editor apparently liked the poem a lot and sent it to Muldoon, the poetry editor. Muldoon liked it a lot and that’s how Muldoon came to write Jay. [He] never submitted a poem to The New Yorker and he must be in a very rare category of people who get asked by The New Yorker [to have their poems published]. This is something that might happen to famous people and well known writers, but Jay’s only published one poem. He is an utterly unknown poet beyond his circle of admirers – the people on the list. And yet because of a strange set of circumstances, The New Yorker asked Jay Curlin if they could publish a poem of his. I just think that is a great thing.” Due to the recent news regarding the “Higgs-Boson,” The New Yorker rushed to get Curlin’s poem printed within the month. When he first received the email from Muldoon, Curlin said that the shock was like “a lightning bolt.” He said he was balancing his checkbook on a Saturday morning when he got the email. “The title of the message was simply ‘Your Poem,’” Curlin said. “I looked and the text said it was from this Paul Muldoon. It said, ‘Mr. Curlin, I was very taken with your poem and was wondering how you’d feel to have it published in The New Yorker if
it hasn’t appeared elsewhere.’ I immediately responded, ‘Good Heavens! I’m mystified Mr. Muldoon that you would want to publish this poem. Indeed this will be its first appearance.’ I was absolutely thunderstruck but also immensely honored and deeply flattered.” Curlin has been writing poetry since his childhood. He also incorporates much of his poetry in some of his course work and classes. He has written close to 500 poems solely through his efforts to incorporate the daily words in his lexical rhymes. He writes around 42 poems per semester. Upon speaking of how he felt when he learned who was reading his poem, Curlin said he felt like crawling under a rock. He laughingly recalled the moment in “The Odyssey” when Odysseus fools Polyphemus by calling himself “Nobody.” When he learned that the people at CERN would be seeing his poem and Hofstadter’s positive remarks regarding it, Curlin said he was embarrassed and wanted to say that “Nobody wrote these poems,” similar to Odysseus. “The week after my poem was published, one of the poems that appeared was by Margaret Atwood. When I looked at these bylines of the types of people who were being published, all of
a sudden I felt very, very small. I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide.” Curlin’s poem has received strong responses from his readers and both positive and negative criticism. He says that when he wrote the poem, it was at a point when the “Higgs-Boson” was purely hypothetical. Curlin said that he thought at the time how amazing it is that scientists say we should have faith in what can’t see but still know that they have to exist, and yet have a problem with the Christian form of faith. “That’s exactly what faith is,” Curlin said. “It’s the evidence of things not seen. A lot of people say that now we know that everything about the Christian theology must be wrong [because of this discovery]. But by no means does the discovery this July do anything to our faith. To me, it’s a beautiful reminder that our faith is built on what we cannot see. And every once in a while this supercollider will give us a reminder that there are all sorts of things out there that we cannot see, but nonetheless have faith that they exist.” Curlin’s poem is currently posted in Lile Hall in front of the English department. Subscribers to The New Yorker can view the poem at www.newyorker.com after logging in their account. n
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Steven Miller z Courtesy ANANDA BOARDMAN, a 2011 graduate, currently serves as the Interim Editor of the White Rock | East Dallas neighborsgo, a communityfocused weekly publication of the Dallas Morning News. Eleven editions of neighborsgo are published every Friday.
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Ananda Boardman: From Signal to neighborsgo in a year on lesser charges to pay a fee and be released, with an ankle bracelet, until their next hearing. The article was “You’re too young to waste your life printed the day after her internship with a career that’s going nowhere.” ended in August. Ananda Boardman heard that line “It was so good to watch her progmore than enough times from people ress,” said Dr. Jeff Root, dean of the cautioning her from pursuing a career School of Humanities and adviser to in print journalism. But less than two The Signal. “I especially loved seeing years after graduating from Ouachita her email me her front page stories.” in 2011, she has already been promoted Boardman returned to Ouachita and to being editor of the Dallas Morning decided to apply for a year-long felNews’ neighborsgo community editions. lowship, again with the Collegiate Net “It’s been a little crazy and weird work, in September. She found out in [how fast everything has happened],” April that she had been selected and said Boardman, formerly News/Fea- that she would be able to return to the tures Editor for The Signal. Dallas Morning News from June 2011 Boardman started working at the Dal- through June 2012. las Morning News in June 2010, between She covered various beats during her her junior and senior years, after being fellowship, including education. She selected to be an intern by the Colle- continued to see her articles appear on giate Network, a program that places the front page of the newspaper; she college students in internships and jobs said she has had 6 or 7 appear on Page at newspapers across the country. 1A, 40 to 50 appear on the Metro section “My first day on the job — my press cover and wrote about 100 articles total. badge was literally still sticky — I was In May, Boardman’s editor, Oscar assigned to go to Arlington, where a Martinez, told Boardman that her conpolice woman’s husband had recently tract could be extended after her fellowpassed away after a skiing accident and ship ended in June 2012 by 60 days if where her son was battling juvenile she would move to the neighborsgo pubBatten disease,” she said. “I was really lication. neighborsgo consists of eleven overwhelmed because, one, it was ter- editions that cover different areas of rifyingly sad, and two, because it was the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan a quick turn-around; it had to go in the area and are published each Friday and next day’s paper. distributed with Dallas Morning News. “I had never done something like this Each issue features content created by before, because at The Signal, we have a members of those communities, along week to write an article.” with original content created by the During her internship, Boardman neighborsgo staff. Boardman is currently was assigned to the public safety beat. the interim editor for the White Rock “Getting to see how the court system | East Dallas edition, and is expecting works was one of the coolest parts of to make her position permanent within working that beat,” she said. weeks. She regularly saw her stories appear “I really like feature writing more on the front of the than news,” she Metro section of the I love journalism. I wouldn’t said. “It’s hard newspaper, but the do it if I didn’t love it. to do some of the last story she wrote hard news some— Ananda Boardman times. neighborsgo that summer was her first to make the is more positive front page of Dallas Morning News. news and features about people in the She was covering a recent decision community.” allowing prisoners who were in jail Boardman said working at a news-
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PERSPECTIVES Ananda Boardman, neighborsgo
Birthday: July 3 Home: Geronimo, Texas Favorite Color: Red/Burgundy Favorite Food: Spanish, Mexican, Italian Favorite Music: Country Biggest Influence: My mom.
As a child, I wanted to: Be a tapdancing zookeeper. Something few people know about me: I’m ridiculously shy. Something I hope to accomplish: It’s pretty stereotypical. I want to win a Pulitzer Prize, and to have written a best-selling novel one day.
Ananda Boardman z Courtesy NEIGHBORSGO EDITIONS with cover stories by Ananda Boardman are displayed along with her press passes and diploma from Ouachita.
paper has allowed her experiences she normally would not have had. “My favorite Sunday assignment was covering 1,000 volunteers who put flags on the veterans’ graves for Memorial Day,” she said. “There were 30,000 graves with flags, and just as we were about to leave, a wind blew and stood all of the flag out. It was an emotional experience that I wouldn’t have had if
I hadn’t been working that morning.” Root said Boardman’s accelerated career is evidence of the importance of internships. Boardman said any students interested in careers in journalism should consider Collegiate Network. Applications are being accepted, and information can be found at collegiatenetwork.org/internships. n
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Superheroes should be relatable So, why Batman? Why Batman, when there are dozens of other heroes, some of whom have the same kind of notoriety as Gotham’s Dark Knight? Why not Superman, whose only weakness is the dreaded Kryptonite? It’s simple, really. I don’t like Superman because he isn’t human enough - he doesn’t have enough flaws for me to relate. Batman, on the other hand, has more than enough flaws. Bruce Wayne, though certainly not the only one to take up the cape and cowl, is the Batman who has always stuck with me. He isn’t always a good guy. He can be selfish and brash, and he doesn’t always know why he’s fighting so hard for a city like Gotham, yet he never stops fighting for it or the people
TARAH ELLIOTT Opinions Editor
Life and Times of a Fan Girl Since I can remember, I have been enthralled with Batman as a character. We’re not just talking the Batman from the movies, either. I read the comics, watched the television shows and yes, I even watched those campy movies before Christopher Nolan, who took them to an entirely new level altogether, got his foot in the superhero genre.
within its walls. He knows that Gotham can be a terrible, dark city, but that has yet to keep him from doing his best to try and rescue what life and goodness it has left. Some people say that Bruce Wayne has had it easy, and I suppose, at first glance, it might appear that way. His parents’ untimely demise aside, Bruce grew up in the lap of luxury. Whatever he wanted, he was given. This is one of the many reasons I love him. Rather than being content in that luxury and spending his money on things that would only better himself and his extensive corporation, he instead chose to invest in ways to save others. So, perhaps Bruce Wayne had it “easy,” but I believe that where we
come from holds a lesser importance than where we are going and what we are doing with our lives in this moment, not in the moments past. There is also the argument that Batman isn’t a “superhero” at all, which might be a valid point, but it is a point that only drives home the reasons I love him. No, Batman might not be able to fly (not without the use of his gadgets, anyway), and he can’t blow things up with his laser vision (he has actual bombs for that), but he is absolutely and positively human. Tragically human, at times. It is this human element, this ability to be beaten and broken, that makes Batman believable and relatable, and it is that reason (of many) that he is my favorite of the superheroes. n
Student discusses ‘Predator,’ dubs it manly, fun, awesome By noah hutchinson Staff Writer
“Knock, knock!” That was the sound of my conscience warning me of the metaphorical 40mm grenade shell that was “The Expendables 2,” crashing through my heart and blowing my hopes and dreams into a million pieces. Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone team up to kill a bunch of terrorists lead by Jean Claude Van Damm, and I walked out of the theatre saying “That was alright.” It’s a sin, and although I wouldn’t exactly say it was terrible, I’m not going to recommend it. However, I would like to bring the grand-daddy of all action movies, and one that actually got “The Expendables” concept right, back into the spotlight: “Predator.” Lots of people have seen “Predator,” but to my disappointment, even more people have not. Females are almost excused from this, but “men,” as they might call themselves, are not. “Predator” is hands down the manliest movie in the history of film, and watching it should be considered a right of passage. It should be held equal with learning to drive or the first time a guy has to shave. A male who hasn’t seen “Predator” isn’t really a man yet, he’s just a walking bag of bones with Y chromosomes and no hope.
The storyline isn’t exactly a Christopher Nolan-lev- straps some explosives onto the back of it and rolls it el masterpiece, but it doesn’t need to be. Arnold, Carl down a hill into a storage shed for barrels full of gasoWeathers, Jessie Ventura, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, line that the bad guys happen to have for some reaand two other guys who aren’t as important grab son. I’d say that they should abandon conventional some guns the size of European cars, do the manli- bowling and change the rules so that everyone has to est secret handshake ever and jump into a helicopter do it exactly like that, but the scene is so glorious that to go blow up some bad guys. That’s what happens it could only happen once. Assuming his head didn’t explode as soon as he had writwhen you mess with America. ten down the last word, the guy After the bad guys have all A male who hasn’t seen who dreamt up that sequence been killed by either the unendmost likely retired on that very ing hail of bullets or the equally “Predator” isn’t really day, knowing that he’d never vast onslaught of terrible one- a man yet; he’s just a be able to top it. Just watching liners, Arnold finds out the it will make your neck 5 percent whole mission was a lie. While walking bag of bones thicker. the team is waiting for the chop- with Y chromosomes. I’ve put a lot of emphasis on per to come pick them up, an inhow manly this movie is, but visible alien starts stalking them through the jungle and blowing — Noah Hutchinson I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s fun, there’s never a dull moholes through people with a lament, it had an all star cast of ser. From then on, the stupidly awesome commandos action heroes, all the characters are interesting, and are trapped in the jungle, trying to fend it off with the it’s a classic for a reason. However, any non-female power of 20 inch biceps and enough hardware to lit- wasting the air of greater men to form their idle, pre erally level the surrounding landscape. It’s beautiful. “Predator” thoughts needs to find a copy and watch The best example of exactly how awesome this it this very second. It’s a far better use of an hour and movie is comes at the start of the first action scene. Ar- a half than wasting away on the computer catching nold dead-lifts an 18 wheeler off a set of cinder blocks, up on memes. n
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By MAttie bogoslavsky Staff Writer
In 1976, capital punishment was reinstated in the United States, four years after it was struck down. Since then, this topic has been extremely controversial. States have argued over whether or not this was the humane and/or productive way to fix the rate of crime in the country. In my opinion, it has been proven tenfold that this process is neither productive, costeffective nor morally right. According to the Death Penalty Information Center in Mississippi, taxpayers spend $102.27 per day to house a death row inmate, as opposed to $41.61 per day for other inmates. California could save $1 billion over five years by replacing the death penalty with permanent imprisonment. People wonder why it’s so expensive to live in the U.S. The death penalty may well be a large part of that problem. Not only is this way of conviction expensive, but how can one be sure that the person being executed isn’t innocent? Sure, there are plenty of circumstances where the evidence stacks too high for anyone to mistake the difference between the innocent and the guilty. But, at the same time, we as humans are prone to making mistakes and being easily deceived due
to things such as racism, biases, precon- his cousin. Twelve years later, he came clean and confessed that he just wanted ceived notions, etc. For example, when the jury is chosen to get back at his cousin for owing him for a trial, every person is asked if there money. Putting all facts aside, let us look at is anything that would interfere with their ability to be fair and impartial whilst mak- this from a religious point of view. Are we ing their decision on what should happen God? Seeing as that answer is a resoundto those involved in the case. While hu- ing, “No,” what rights have we to decide mans are fallible, they are also deceivers. who lives and who dies? Granted, the person being accused For all we know, every of murder had no person put on jury for right to make that a case considering the And he or she will pay for death penalty could be either, their choice to kill, wheth- decision set on terminating the but I am a firm life of the accused. believer in the er or not they are given According to Amsaying, “Everythe death sentence. nesty International, thing happens for since 1973 over 130 a reason.” And he — Mattie Bogoslavsky or she will pay for people have been released from death their choice to kill, rows throughout the whether or not country due to evidence of their wrongful they are given the death sentence. convictions. In 2003 alone, 10 wrongfully I am in no way trying to change the convicted defendants were released from point of view of my readers. I am simdeath row. ply stating my opinion and hoping that it One example of these horribly wrong- will perhaps shed some new light on the ful convictions lies in Jonathon Hoffman’s situation for a few people. So next time story. He was convicted and sentenced to a capital punishment case is covered on death in 1995 for killing the owner of a television or in the newspaper, think twice jewelry store. The main witness was Hoff- before automatically condemning them to man’s cousin. However, he made deals capital punishment. There is always a betwith the prosecutors for testifying against ter option than murder. n
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Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy SENIORS POSE for a picture as they prepare for the start of a new season of Ouachita football. (L to R): Augustine Ume-Ezeoke, Casey Cooper, Jason Fowler, Ugo Nkalari, Dennis Stratton, Hunter Soper, Garrett Sykes, Peyton Tolliver, Brett Reece, Sam Dunnam.
Senior football players prepare for final season By CHELSEA BYERS Sports Editor
The Ouachita football team has nine seniors playing for the 2012 season. All 12 Tigers are ready to take the field one last time alongside their teammates. This group of athletes are ready to finish strong, leaving it all on the field. Quarterback Casey Cooper played college baseball for two years before returning to football. Cooper not only has big goals for the team but for his future as well, and is majoring in history. COOPER He enjoys his time with the Tigers even after spending four years with them. “What I love the most about being on the team is the fellowship and close relationships I have with my teammates,” Cooper said. “We are like a family.” This Conway native plans on attending law school following his senior year at OBU and marrying his college sweetheart, Kathryn Kelly. Defensive lineman Sam Dunnam knows that coaching is not only his passion, but also his future career. Dunnam is one of Ouachita’s
leading defensive linemen and is majoring in kinesiology. He calls Palestine, Texas his home, even though the football team is his “second family away from DUNNAM home.” Teammates have realized Dunnam’s abilities on the field, and believe NFL coaches will realize his skills as well. Kicker Jason Fowler is a quarter Choctaw and quarter Navajo. This native of Mesquite, Texas, has his sights set on breaking records. Ouachita Tiger’s recordholder for most extra points in a season and career is only FOWLER 39 points away from surpassing the OBU all time scoring record as a kicker. He is majoring in business management. Following Ouachita, Fowler plans on marrying his fiancé, OBU swim star Chelbi Smith, and becoming a member of the Mesquite police department. Defensive lineman Ugo Nkalari is rarely ever seen without a smile on his face. Nkalari, from Rockwall, Texas, is a strong player with a
love for not only his team but for everyone around him. In his words, “my favorite thing about being on the Tiger football team is the camaraderie that I get by being with a group of young men NKALARI and coaches that are all goal-oriented and driven towards something greater than ourselves.” His family is from Nigeria, making him “a true African-American.” Nkalari is majoring in business administration and following graduation is hoping to “find a good first job that [he] would enjoy.” Wide receiver Brett Reece, a homegrown Texan, knows a thing or two about fitness. Reece is a Houston native and one of Ouachita REECE Tiger’s top wide receivers. He is majoring in kinesiology and plans on becoming a personal trainer. He respects his team and knows that being close as a team is important to be able to play well together. “[We] have been through a lot together and we have fought through the good and
the tough times since we’ve been at Ouachita,” Reece said. “Nothing I feel like can tear us apart because we’ve been through it all.” Reece enjoys collecting interesting rocks and secretly is a huge fan of Tim Tebow. Center Hunter Soper, a double major in mass communications and graphic design, has a SOPER long history in the game of football, playing ever since he was nine years old. Soper is from Plano, Texas, where he attended Prestonwood Christian Academy. He walked on for the Tigers in 2009. Following graduation, Soper plans on moving back to the Dallas area. He aspires to be a successful graphic designer for a Texas advertising agency. Defensive end Dennis Stratton is almost 600 miles away from home. Stratton hails from Springfield, Ill. This STRATTON is only his second year on the team, but he has already been making a huge impact on the field. His teammate mentioned, “when [Dennis] is on the field you do
College football wait finally over Commissioners set long-awaited playoffs in place “It’s a great day for college football. We’re all excited Sports Editor about this. It was a long time It is a new age in football - coming, the commissioners an age of change, a new game, worked very hard collaboraa new BCS. If you have been tively and collegiately to get keeping up with college foot- where they got and we’re just ball in any delighted,” amount, you said Bill Hanwill know or It was a long time cock, BCS have heard coming, the comexecutive about the director, in p r o b l e m s missioners worked an interview s u r r o u n d - very hard collaborawith ESPN. ing the Bowl The need C h a m p i o n - tively and collegiate- for change ship Series. ly to get where they was evident For defrom all of cades, the got and we’re just the persistent m a j o r i t y delighted. criticism of of viewers, the 14-year players and — Bill Hancock reign of the coaches alike BCS. have pushed “We were and pleaded for a new sys- supportive of what we had tem. It took hundreds of and we understood that it hours in the meeting room, was under a lot of criticism,” arguing, discussing and ana- said Jim Delaney, commislyzing to finally come to a sioner of the Big 10 conferconsensus. The BCS commis- ence, in an interview with sioners came to an agreement USA Today. “As we moved on a four-team seeded play- forward to our new model, off. we had a couple of impor-
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tant issues. We wanted this to continue to support the regular season, it does that. We also wanted it to be inside the bowl system; it does that also. We think that the method for selecting teams is more rational and has fewer conflicts and it will be more transparent. “College football is wellserved and the Big 10 is wellserved, as well as the players and coaches. There will always be people who want more, but sometimes less is more.” The presidents heard the complaints and answered with a new way of selecting the teams for the BCS. During their meeting concerning playoffs, they came to an agreement of banishing the combination of human and computer polls in deciding the top teams. The presidents switched to a selection committee, a group of wellversed, experienced football analysts and commissioners. “It is the whole concept that we were able to come
together and do something good for college football. We made compromises and worked closely together, and I think what we’ve done is we’ve preserved the regular season and enhanced it by this 4-team playoff,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive in an interview with USA Today. The semifinals will now be rotated among six bowl games, but they have yet to figure out the rotation. The committee put in place to make the final decision every season will rank the playoff teams by way of schedule strength, conference champions and win-loss record. “A four-team playoff doesn’t go too far,” said Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, chair of the presidential oversight committee, in an interview with ESPN. “It goes just the right amount.” This is what we have all been waiting for - a playoff system, finally. n
not want to be the one lined up in front of him, but off the field he is a great guy.” Stratton is majoring in kinesiology and “plans on being successful in the future.” Starting left guard G a r r e t t Sykes is a team player; which is SYKES made obvious in his response towards his team. “I’m glad to be a part of the Ouachita football team because I can rely on good friends and teammates and they can rely on me as well.” Sykes enjoys the amount of respect, care, support and prayer the players give and have for one another. This Pine Bluff native is majoring in kinesiology and looks forward to coaching high school sports in the future. Wide receiver Peyton Tolliver hails from the Texas TOLLIVER side of Texarkana. He played football for Texas High School before being signed with Ouachita Baptist University. This talented senior knows how to laugh and how to make oth-
Football ranked in top 25 AFCA coaches poll after Week One By JOSH FINK
Sports Information Director The Ouachita Tiger football team has experienced a season full of wild circumstances to kick off the 2012 season, and following the release of the AFCA Coaches Poll for Week 2, the Tigers have found themselves sitting in the national Top 25. The Tigers hosted the first NCAA football game of 2012 on Wednesday, thrashing the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers 55-3 and impressing coaches around the country. The Tigers sat just a few teams out of the Top 25 in the preseason poll, but made a huge jump to number 21 in the poll after week one. Ouachita will look to move to 2-0 this weekend when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for a match-up with the Tigers of Stillman College. The Tigers have broken into the national Top 25 for two consecutive years after being voted as the #25 team during week five of the 2011 season. n
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Nicole McPhate z The Signal JOHANNA CASEY sets the pace at the Harry Denson Memorial in Monticello, Ark. Casey went on to win first place at the meet.
Lady Tigers cross country team starts season with 3-0 win rounded out the top 10 with a time of 22:38.07. Grace Finley finished off the field of Ouachi The Ouachita Lady Tigers ta runners, placing 22nd with a cross country team has started time of 27:04.85. the season off Ouachita right, with Two of the top five won the event their third overall, with straight win finishers were from Arkansasat the Harry Ouachita, with JoMonticello Denson Mecoming in morial in hanna Casey taking second and M o n t i c e l l o . first place and setHenderson Two of the State finishing top five finish- ting a new course third. ers were from record. The Lady Ouachita, Tigers’ next with Johanna — Josh Fink meet will be Casey taking their only first place and home meet setting a new course record. of the season, when they host Casey finished with a time the Bob Gravett Invitational of 18:51.87, blowing away the on Saturday, September 8 at 9 rest of the field. The second a.m. n place finisher, Stacy Emmerling from Henderson State, recorded a time of 20:30.19. Kasey McLeane was the next finisher for Ouachita, coming in fifth with a time of 21:30.80. Ouachita had a pack of runners finish in the backside of the top ten, as they took seventh through tenth place. Rebecca Ward took seventh, posting a time of 22:03.94, with Ashley Randels hot on her heels with a time of 22:07.96. Kelsey Wilson finished up in ninth place with a time of Callie Stephens z Archive 22:18.09 and Hannah Diaz
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Sports Information Director
Heather Ellis z The Signal PAYAM POURJAVAD fends off an opponent as he brings the ball down the field for another Tiger goal. The soccer team fought hard against Lyon College on Tuesday, but fell to the Scots 3-2.
Soccer team drives for win in second half, nail-biter ends in upsetting 3-2 loss to Lyon By JOSH FINK
Sports Information Director The Ouachita men’s soccer team (1-2) hosted their first home match of the season on Tuesday, as they played Lyon College (2-1-1) in what proved to be a thrilling contest. The Tigers had a spectacular second half, scoring two goals and forcing overtime, but were downed by a goal in the 99th minute of the game. Ouachita’s David Henley took on goalkeeping duties, recording two saves during his 99 minutes in the net for the Tigers. Ouachita took 10 shots in the game, four of which were on goal. Goals for the Ti-
gers were provided by Payam Pourjavad and Connor Burke. Burke scored the Tigers first goal of the match at the 68 minute mark. Pourjavad scored in the 82nd minute of the game, when the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick due to a foul by Lyon. Lyon’s Ashley Peyton-Bruhl handled goalkeeping duties, notching two saves in the contest. Lyon’s goals were recorded by Robert Hall, Jack Hayes and Sean O’Toole. Hall scored on an unassisted shot at the 15 minute mark of the game, taking an early lead for his Scots. O’Toole’s goal was netted at the 78 minute mark
of the game, following a pass from Manny Leon. Hayes’ goal was the most important for the Scots though, as he scored in overtime to seal the win. There were a total of 28 fouls called in the game, 16 of which were called against Lyon. Ouachita earned seven corner kicks in the contest, but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Lyon finished the game with 11 shots, while the Tigers took 10 of their own. The Tigers return to action on Friday, when they travel to Searcy for a match-up with the Bisons of Harding University. That game is slated to begin at 5 p.m. n
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Fall TV seasons will begin to premiere across the networks in the next several weeks. We have sorted through all the new and returning shows and picked some of the most anticipated premieres.
Compiled by: Tanner Ward, Tarah Elliott and Emily Terry
ABC | Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, Charles Esten. This fall, “Nashville” will bring us a story line almost identical to the 2010 movie, “Country Strong.” Except it’s in hour-long blocks for several weeks straight instead of a 117-minute feature film. In this musical family soap opera (think “Smash” meets “Desperate Housewives” with a country twang), Juliette Barnes (Panettiere), is a crossover country music star skyrocketing to fame (much like Taylor Swift in real life, except more conniving with an agenda). Rayna Jaymes (Britton), a 40-year-old country has-been is slowly falling off the charts and losing the super stardom she once experienced. The two cross paths as the main plot point of the show, but “Nashville” is also laced with Jaymes’ drama with her estranged father, her husband’s political career that she despises and a hidden possible saving grace to her plummeting career. For those groaning in disgust, there is good news for the 70 percent of Americans who dislike country music; a love for the genre is not required to enjoy the nighttime drama.
Also on at This Time: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) Chicago Fire (NBC) You Might Also Like: Glee (FOX, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.) The Voice (NBC, Mondays, 7 p.m.)
Ben and Kate. FOX | Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Also on at This Time: Hart of Dixie (CW) The Voice (NBC) You Might Also Like: 2 Broke Girls (CBS, Mondays, 8 p.m.) Raising Hope (FOX, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.)
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Nat Faxon, Lucy Punch. A leading competitor in the fall comedy market is Fox’s “Ben and Kate.” The story is of Kate (Johnson), a single waitress with a child, and Ben (Faxon), her quirky brother who steps in to help while also managing to make her life more complicated. Your opinion of the show will depend mostly on your reaction to the antics of less-than-mature Ben. Much like Zooey Deschanel’s character in Fox’s hit “New Girl” last year, most will either find Ben to be goofy and charming or completely annoying. However, past the goofy antics and shenanigans of a woman now trying to keep up with two children in her life, the sweet bond between the siblings and Ben’s protectiveness of Kate gives the show a subtle emotional factor that may not be expected, but is certainly welcomed.
Revolution. NBC | Mondays, 9 p.m.
Starring: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Zak Orth. “Revolution” is a fresh take on the post-apocalyptic planet Earth way of life. Fifteen years after a strange global event blacks out every single form of energy and technology from airplanes to batteries, the lush and green world is an oasis compared to similar settings in other works portraying devastation and a loss of technology. The main story, however, is that of determined teenager Charlie (Spirdakos) and her uncle, Miles (Burke), as they track down Charlie’s kidnapped brother and seek the missing pieces of the power puzzle to reconnect a world where iPhones are obsolete. Though episode one seems a bit slow due to minimal character development and necessary back-story, the action is promised to pick up in episode two.
Also on at This Time: Suburgatory (ABC) Modern Family (ABC) You Might Also Like: Supernatural (CW, Wednesday, 9 p.m.) Vampire Diaries (CW, Thursday, 7 p.m.)
Also on at This Time: Castle (ABC) Hawaii Five-O (CBS) You Might Also Like: NCIS (CBS, Tuesdays, 7 p.m.) Survivor (CBS, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.)
American Horror Story. FX | Wednesdays, 9 p.m.
Starring: Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adam Levine. For those of you that watched/enjoyed season one of “American Horror Story,” you will be happy to know that season two will be premiering October 17th. The twist, however, is that the new season has nothing to do with the first. There will be a new story, new cast (with some recurring, much loved faces thrown in there) and all new horrors to keep us on the edge of our seat. “American Horror Story: Asylum” will take place in, you guessed it, an asylum. Though the show is not for the weak of faint or heart (or stomach, for that matter), we’re willing to bet that it will be far from a disappointment.
Elementary. CBS | Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Starring: Johnny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn, Kristen Bush. When we first heard about CBS’ “Elementary,” we couldn’t have been less excited, to be perfectly honest. With all of the Sherlocke Holmes remakes, it is difficult to imagine how they will make this into something fresh and fun, but nothing is impossible, especially not with the cast they have. In modern day New York, Sherlock Holmes (Miller) will be accompanied by Dr. Joan Watson (Liu) during his many cases, and though the premise sounds neither fresh or remotely exciting, we might try and give it a chance to see Liu and Miller at work.
Also on at This Time: Rock Center (NBC) Scandal (ABC) You Might Also Like: Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Wed., 8 p.m.) NCIS: LA (CBS, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.)