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For most students, English is a rudimentary subject that only covers sentence structure and forms of writing. For Lori Leavell though, it is a passion allowing her to study books and their history through the sub-field of English called book history. Leavell, a Ouachita alumna, will present her research over book history in a feature lecture titled “What Archives Reveal about Antebellum White Readerships of African-American Texts.” The lecture is designed to educate students on the interactions between AfricanAmericans and Caucasian texts in integrated literary history. This will explore how African-American authors may have had influence on white writers before the American Civil War. “There is an argument that others have made before and it has a tendency to treat African-American literature as resistant, always responding to something else previously written,” Leavell said. “In some ways this does make sense in early forms of African-American writing. Some of these were texts protesting slavery, but this form of thinking can also be a trap. In various ways, it is resistive but their writing can also be generative in that they can
Lori Leavell Lecture Tomorrow, 2 p.m. Lile Hall 200 Free Admission be texts that other people respond to. I wanted to think about who was reading these texts in this period, especially white authors.” Leavell conducted her research over African-American text influences during the past two summers as part of her graduate dissertation. After being influenced by David Walker’s appeal to the colored citizens of the world, Leavell dove into the subject to discover the literary impact it created amid the influence it was creating on Southern laws. “The pamphlet (David Walker’s appeal) was written by a free African American living in Boston,” Leavell said. “This pamphlet was considered radical in its call for enslaved and free African-Americans to strike for freedom and it its warning to white America of the consequences of maintaining slavery and racial oppression. Several southern states passed laws banning this pamphlet, labeling it seditious.” Students attending will gain knowledge about the value of archival research through Leavell’s studies. Periodicals
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Christian Focus Week Includes ‘something different for every student’ By KELSEY LAMB Online Co-Editor
Christian Focus Week 2013 is next week and will consist of several different breakout sessions and worship services in various places around campus everyday in the mornings and afternoons. The theme for Christian Focus Week this year is “Seasoned”. This theme was chosen to express the fact that no matter where the student is in their life or what struggles students are going through, God can draw them closer in every
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Integrity project encourages respectful, responsibile lives By NOAH HUTCHINSON Opinions Editor
It can be said that, for the most part, a Christian university will be full of practicing Christians. Those behind the integrity project would like to reinforce what that should look like in the minds of Ouachita students. The integrity project is a video, poster and writing contest, focusing on a different character trait every year in hopes of encouraging students to think about how they are demonstrating that trait. “The idea is to engage Ouachita students in thinking about matters of integrity,” said Dr. Byron Eubanks, professor of philosophy and director of the Sutton Center for Integrity. “It seems like plenty of students enjoy editing videos, so we started with that, but with so many great writers and designers, we decided to expand.” This is the first year for the project, but the hope is to continue for years to come. This year’s theme is respect. “We wanted to pick something from Ouachita’s mission statement, as well as the student handbook,” Eubanks said. “We chose respect be-
cause everybody wants to receive respect from the people around them. If it works well this year, we’ll have the competition again next year.” At first, respect can seem like a vague topic, but expected student behavior is clearly laid it in the Ouachita student handbook, and a lot of it can be traced back to respect. “The entries can be based off of personal experience, observation, whatever you need to draw from,” Eubanks said. “How can you respect nature? How can you respect your surroundings? What does it look like for students to respect each other or the faculty, or for the faculty to respect students? Respect may seem vague, but there are specific types that can be covered.” Prizes will be awarded to the best videos, posters and articles submitted to the contest. The entries will be judged by a group of alumni, and students will be able to vote for their favorite piece. “First place for the video category is $600, with the people’s choice being $300,” Eubanks said. “For the posters and opinion pieces, first prize is $400 and people’s choice is $200. Even though only six entries will be receiving cash
Integrity Project: “Respect” Video Contest First Place, $600 People’s Choice, $300 Writing Contest First Place, $400 People’s Choice, $200 Poster Contest First Place, $400 People’s Choice, $200 prizes, most of the entries will be used to spread the idea of respect across campus. We’ll make print copies of the posters to hang up, submit the opinion pieces to the Signal and post the videos to the online Signal.” “Being a Ouachitonian comes with a lot of responsibilities aside from being a student and going to class,” said senior communications major Nicole McPhate, a member of the project’s leadership team. “Portraying the mission statement in your own life is more important than any prizes. This is a great way to get involved and represent what our school stands for.” Entries are due March 7. n
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Half a century ago, a strapping, young Ouachita gentleman was getting dressed up for a hot date that night with the girl he had had his eye on since freshman year. He had knotted his tie and was ready to go when he checked his wallet and realized that he did not have enough cash to pay for both of their dinners at her favorite restaurant in town. Panic ensued. Nowadays, students do not have to fret about situations like these thanks to the Dipert Emergency Loan Fund, funded by donations from alumnus Dan Dipert, Class of 1963. Established in 2001, the fund is available to all current students who have completed at least 12 semester hours at Ouachita, have a minimum 2.0 GPA and have no outstanding holds. Students can borrow up to $100 at any one time, for a $0.25 fee, and must repay their loan within 30 days. Dipert was inspired to establish the Emergency Loan Fund by a good friend of his, Dr. Allan Saxe, who started a similar fund at the University of Texas at Arlington where he works as a political science professor.
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There are many questions students face when entering college and even more as they begin the voyage into the “real world.” What am I doing, where am I going and how do I get there? Where do my priorities lie and what will happen if I can’t do it all? Before getting too bogged down, students can rest assured that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Career Services is available as a launching point for every Ouachita student, no matter their classification. Whether you are an upperclassman preparing for your life ahead or a freshman that doesn’t know where to begin, you are not on this journey alone. Career Services is an organization at Ouachita whose main goal is equipping students with the answers, opportunities and connections needed to succeed both on campus and off. It’s never too early to start taking advantage of all that Career Services has to offer. “I really hope that more people will get involved with Career Services as a freshman or a sophomore,” said Aly Smith, a sophomore Mass Communications major, “be-
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Dr. Jack’s legacy inspires sense of school pride By NOAH HUTCHINSON
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The fact that there is a new coffee shop on campus is old news. However, just reading the name or looking at the logo, the significance might
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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 By Tanner Ward two words that appeared in the Editor-in-Chief Daily Word Game utilized by ight students and two professors got what will professors to enhance students’ probably be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in vocabulary. The words were May. They, along with a community member, were “Higgs-Boson,” the legendary granted an almost unheard of invitation to tour god particle and “hirsute,” a Saudi Arabia, a country typically closed to tourism outword meaning hairy. The poside of religious purposes. em’s title is a reference to the Dr. Barbara Pemberton, associate professor of Christian Bible verse Hebrews 11:1. missions and one of the professors who attended, said “After a couple of years of the trip was the result of years of talks between herself, playing the daily word games, a tour company in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Arabian [Jay] would put [them] in his Nicole McPhate z The Signal embassy in thethe United Theofcertainty of the trip was in the reading in poems he STUDENTS ENJOY newStates. features Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse recentlyquizzes renovated Evans Student Center. The first president’s unknown evenhelp to the last minute. wrote that he called lexical iconic mutton chops to reinforce the sense of school heritage among students.
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is important to have a reminder of where the school came from and the people who had a hand in making OBU what it is today.” Dr. Jack stands out as a symbol for Ouachita and is more
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sessions. The Christian Focus Week last year had about 300 students attend each session, and nearly the same amount of students are expected to attend the sessions this year, if not more. James Taylor, director of Campus Ministries, said that “Christian Focus Week will provide something different for every student, for wherever they are. If people are struggling with anything at this point in this semester I hope this is a week that they can feel see CFW z 2
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“He started one and it was such a great success because students are always in need of a quick few bucks and don’t have money, so I asked him if it was alright if I copied his idea,” Dipert said of Saxe. “You know they’re not going to run off with it but mom didn’t send it soon enough or they’ve got a check coming that for some reason or other is a little late, and they’ve got a deadline, they need it. They want to go on a date. If they don’t have the money they might lose the girl.” Dipert, majored in theater and is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary, who now owns a bus charter company in the Dallas-Forth Worth area and a tree farm in Arkansas. He spoke of his college experience as another motivating factor in establishing the fund. “I well remember people going up and down the hallway at the last minute when they needed a few extra bucks for a date, but usually I didn’t have any money to help,” said Dipert. “I just think it’s a great, great service to the kids, and a great way for me to give back to the university.” Last minute date money is not all that the Emergency see LOAN FUND z 2
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From the Archives “OBU’s ‘dating’ vocabulary can be a deceptive hazard” September 15, 1989 By: Darrell Potts
“The OBU grapevine interprets the word dating to mean, “bonded together in an exclusively honest, loyal and permanent relationship of love.” *This is not a current story. It was written and appeared in the Signal in 1989 and written by a man who has been gone for decades. To clear up last week’s confusion, Sandi Patti will not be performing in chapel any time soon.
Nathan Dickard z Courtesy Jake Coffman performs in a CAB coffeehouse concert in Evans Student Center last month. CM is hosting its Christian Focus Week coffeehouse next Monday at 9 p.m. in the Tiger Den.
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z Continued from Page 1 a little more encouraged.” Each day there will be a worship service in the morning and a breakout service in the afternoon. There will be special events that will take place including a pancake breakfast, social club worship service and a worship service with Christian music group All Sons and Daughters. All Sons and Daughters is a duo consisting of David Leonard and Leslie Jordan. They are from Franklin, Tenn., and will be performing in Jones Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm on Tuesday. More information about their music can be found on their website at www.allsonsanddaughters. com. There will also be worship lead by Noah Mitchell and sessions lead by Shawn Barnard,
Nathan James, Stephen Ray and Amy Garrett. “In the past there were only about four students leaders,” Taylor said. ”This year we have gotten two students from each class to help coordinate and plan the week, so I think it’s better, and there is more student input then there has been in the past”. This year there will be a new event added to the week. This event will be a cinnamon roll night in the cafeteria. “The goal is to have students mix with other students that they don’t know,” Taylor said. Students will be encouraged to break out of their comfort zone and socialize with new people. “We have put a lot of time and prayer into the planning of CFW and hope that students will grow through it!” Cody said. For more information about Christian Focus Week, contact Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. n
and fleeting sources were often the sources Leavell used, presenting her with a challenge that she overcame. “It’s important to keep in mind that lots of early African-American print appeared in temporary sources, such as newspapers,” Leavell said. “Often these sources were not preserved by institutions because they did not value them. “Some of the important work of the field, then, involves digging around in archival collections to patch together a lost literary history. African-Americans have a long history of reading, writing and publishing and we have much work to do to reconstruct that history.” After earning her Bachelor’s degree at Ouachita in 2001, Leavell went on to earn her masters degree from the Uni-
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Loan Fund can be used for. During the last school year, 72 Emergency Fund loans were made to students for a variety of reasons. “Most students end up using it if they have club fees or if they need travel money to get home quickly or something like that,” Susan Hurst, director of student financial services
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versity of Arkansas in 2003 and her doctorate from Emory University in Atlanta, in 2011. Leavell worked as a teaching assistant for her former schools, the University of Arkansas and Emory University, before becoming an assistant professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where she teaches African-American literature and her passion of book history, the history of the book and print culture. “This is a historically informed area of study that pays attention to where texts move from and where they are originally published, who they influence and what the readership was. This sub-field ties into my research because it looks at the rare documents I found and compares the impact of them onto other cultures and worlds,” Leavell said. Leavell has since been featured in several publications
on this subject including, “Review of Michael A. Chaney’s Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narritave,” “The Year in Confrences: Report on the American Studies Association Convention” and Beloved by Toni Morrison. She has also given various presentations on book history including “Printed and reprinted in a thousand forms: Recirculation and the Broader Readerships of Antebellum African-American Texts” at the American Antiquarian Society Panel at the Northeast Modern Language Association in Boston, Mass. This lecture will take place at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 in Lile 200. A second lecture “How to get in, survive, and thrive in graduate school,” which will be an open forum for students curious about the inner workings of graduate school, take place at 4 p.m.. Admission is free and open to the public. n
said. “Some students may be needing money right then but they may not be paid for a couple of weeks.” To request an Emergency Fund Loan, a student must go to the Student Financial Services Office in Cone-Bottoms, and after filling out a short promissory note, students can receive the cash right then. However, if the loan is not repaid within the 30 days allotted, that student will not be allowed to use the Emergency Loan Fund
again. “It doesn’t really fund an education but that’s not what it was really intended for,” Hurst said. “It’s good for students who just need quick cash. We want students to stay aware of the fund and that it is here for them to use.” For more information about the Dipert Emergency Loan Fund, contact Susan Hurst through email at hursts@obu. edu or visit Student Financial Services. n
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NEWS BRIEFS n Thirty second recaps of the biggest stories of the week. NATIONAL ― The United States mil-
itary will decrease its naval presence in the Middle East by maintaining only one aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf instead of two due to potential deep budget cuts that could kick in next month, Pentagon officials said yesterday. For several years the United States has kept two carriers deployed in the Gulf due to tensions with Iran, but uncertainty surrounding the Pentagon’s budget forced the decision, officials said. The U.S.S. Harry S. Truman had been scheduled to head to the Gulf due to tensions with Iran, but uncertainty surrounding the Pentagon’s budget forced the decision, officials said. By cancelling deployment orders for the Truman, the Pentagon will save several hundreds of millions of dollars over the next fiscal year. n
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the South Pacific triggered a tsunami that destroyed villages and killed at least five people in the Solomon Islands yesterday, according to government and hospital officials. A wave measuring three feet reached the island chain after the quake hit around midday local time, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. The magnitude-8 quake had a focus at a depth of 17.8 miles, and the epicenter was about 220 miles east of the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Solomon Islands nation, according to a bulletin issued by the U.S. Geological Survey. Official accounts of the extent of the damage in the Solomons remain unclear, according to a government official; communication with the areas that were hit worst remains difficult. n
tivist group Anonymous released the personal information of over 4,000 bank executives this past weekend as a part of their Operation Last Resort. According to 2DNet, Anonymous hacked the website of the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center and posted the login information, credentials, IP addresses and contact information of American bank executives. The Twitter account for Operation Last Resort, through which Anonymous has been coordinating its online response to the suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, claimed that the credentials of 4,000 U.S. bank executives had been obtained via Federal Reserve computers. The Federal Reserve has yet to comment or release a statement concerning the matter. n
SCIENCE ―Astronomers at the
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said yesterday that out Milky Way galaxy might contain an estimated 4.5 billion Earthlike planets. Astronomers looked at data from NASA’s Kepler Space telescope in orbit, and concluded that 6 percent of the red dwarf stars in the Milky Way probably have Earthlike, habitable planets, which by astronomical standards, is very common. Red dwarf stars make up three out of every four stars in our galaxy. Red dwarfs are also older, smaller, and dimmer than our sun, but a planet orbiting close to one could be sufficiently warmed to have liquid water. Future spacecraft should be able to locate these red dwarf systems and provide environmental clues on any Earthlike planets that may be there. n
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Ouachita to host 15th annual Shambarger Competition Feb. 19 rotating repertoires, including: musical theatre selections, which will be this year’s category; arias from opera and oratorio, scheduled for 2014; and art songs, in 2015. Only Ouachita voice principals who are in their fourth semester of study or beyond are eligible to enter the competition. “We are expecting numerous student entries because everyone enjoys participating in the musical theatre classification,” said Dr. Glenda Secrest, professor of music. “If you have never attended the competition, this would be a great one to experience. It will be an entertaining afternoon and you will be amazed by the level of competition.” A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the first place winner. Other cash awards include: second place, $300; third place, $200; fourth place, $100; and honorable mention, $50.
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Ouachita Baptist University will host the 15th annual Mary Shambarger Competition for Singers on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in the W. Francis McBeth Recital Hall of Mabee Fine Arts Center. The competition is named in honor of Mary Shambarger, professor emerita of music at Ouachita who served as a faculty member for 32 years. Shambarger formed the women’s choral group the Ouachitones, which later was restructured as Ouachita Sounds, a group including men and women. When she retired in 1998, Shambarger was the Lena Goodwin Trimble Professor of Music and had served as a voice instructor and directed multiple choral groups throughout the years. The competition features
Judges for this year’s competition include: Jessica Bubbus, a 2006 Ouachita alumna and former winner of the Shambarger Competition; Joshua Shaw, a 2001 Ouachita alumnus and featured guest artist and master teacher for the upcoming Arkansas National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference and Auditions; and Dr. Charles Wright, professor emeritus of music and former dean of Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts. Faculty accompanists include: John Briggs, adjunct voice instructor and staff accompanist; Terri Lucas, staff accompanist; Louis Menendez, principal coach accompanist and artist-in-residence; Susan Monroe, staff accompanist; and Phyllis Walker, coordinator of staff accompanists. For more information, please contact Dr. Jon Secrest at email@example.com 245-5134. n
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Swiontek receives opera Encouragement Award By RYLEIGH SALMON News Bureau
Ouachita senior Bethany Swiontek received an Encouragement Award at this year’s Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Swiontek, a musical theatre major, along with two other participants, received the award and a financial stipend from the Opera Club of Little Rock. According to the Arkansas District Auditions program, the purpose of the award is to “provide encouragement to those singers who show great potential but were not chosen to move to the regional auditions.” When it was announced that Swiontek had received the award, she said she was “so incredibly shocked that I kind of stood there for a second before I realized, ‘Oh, it wasn’t a mistake!’” “Bethany came to OBU with a solid foundation in singing and an already shimmering stage presence,” said Dr. Margaret Garrett, assistant professor of music and Swiontek’s voice teacher. “She has a rare aptitude for singing. … I was thrilled when I found out that she had been given an Encouragement Award.” Swiontek was one of 18 competitors at the event, including Ouachita student Caitlin Secrest, a junior vocal performance major, and OBU alumna Grace Johnson. Swiontek sang “Oh, Robert,
Robert” from Robert le diable by Giacomo Meyerbeer for her first piece. The judges chose her second piece, “Ach, ich, fühl’s” from Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from the list she submitted. Her vocal coach, Louis Menendez, accompanied her. Opera singers and directors Dean Anthony, Caroll Freeman and Eric Halfvarson judged the auditions. They were “incredibly kind and gave me some very valuable advice to apply, not only to my singing right now, but to my future singing as well,” Swiontek said. “There is nothing more encouraging than hearing you’re doing and learning things correctly from directors and performers who are doing that very thing with their lives right now.” “She is very confident in her abilities as a musical theater performer, and I think receiving this award has given her a much-needed confidence boost in her capabilities as a performer of classical music as well,” Garrett said. “Being able to sing in a wide variety of styles can help open doors to performing opportunities for her in the future.” While at Ouachita, Swiontek has performed in musical as well as nonmusical roles. She is a two-time nominee for the Irene Ryan Musical Theater Award, participated in the “Broadway Comes to Denver” summer program and was a first place winner in the 2011 Mid-South Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions. n
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Letter from the Editor Respecting, responding to opposing opinions In last week’s edition of the Signal, we published an editorial outlining our thoughts on gun control. We have had much response to this, including a flood of comments on obusignal.com. But there seems to have been a bit of confusion about what an editorial is. Google, the great and powerful, says an editorial is “a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a topical issue.” Editorials in the Signal are written by one of our print editors, to the general consensus of the rest of the editors. They are not the official view of Ouachita Baptist University, nor are they the official view of every member of our staff. They are the view of the editorial board. Editorials generally cover a somewhat controversial topic, so responses by the Ouachita community are expected and absolutely welcome. For this reason, we have set up several ways for you to send us your responses and commentary. Letters to the editor can be submitted via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or campus mail (OBU Box 3761). Comments can be left on our website by simply filling out your name, email and comment on the post. Differing opinions are a part of life; we know this. We understand that your opinion may be different from ours, and we’d like to hear about it. However, we believe there is a respectful way to voice your opinion. On Monday night, our website was flooded with comment after comment attacking our staff for our opinion. We were called gunhating liberals, “losers” and “profoundly ignorant.” Commenters said our article was “well written for a fifth grader” and that we need to go “jump in front of a train.” And those were the nice ones. Obviously many of these comments came from people off-campus. But they bring up a point about respect. We respect your opinions; in return, we want you to respect ours. Name calling, insulting and putting down are not the best ways to express your opinion to us. If you are trying to make an argument, this comes off as uneducated and weak. State your opinion. Back it up with facts. Give us an example. We understand that it is not our way or the highway. We are not mad; we love getting feedback from our readers. But we want it to be tasteful and of value. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Tanner Ward Editor-in-Chief
Valentine’s Day ‘for women’ NOAH HUTCHINSON Opinions Editor
ir Eldridge Dashing-stache adjusted his cravat as he stumbled through the frozen wasteland of Viking-era Scandinavia. He was weary from his jump back in time, but it was well worth it. He had 20 women on each arm as he walked back to his time machine, courtesy of Viking war lord Vigfus Frenzyfist. Being that it was Valentine’s Day, and he was without a date, he couldn’t think of a better way to emasculate those mead-swilling barbarians than to go back in time and steal their women. “Wait!” Vigfus cried from the distance, running after them with his war hammer held high “I am warrior king of all the mortal realm! No woman denies Vigfus Frenzyfist!” But it was too late. Eldridge had
already escorted them all into his time machine and set his sights for home. For everything Vigfus’ had in physical might, he lacked in charm. Valentine’s day is growing ever nearer, and although I’m always for donning the horned helmet, hitting a heavy set of bench press, eating a steak straight off the cow and letting your inner viking show, Valentine’s Day is one of the rare times when it needs to be put away. Men don’t hold doors open for women or help them carry boxes inside because they think women are not able-bodied. They do it because women, to a certain extent, deserve to be treated like a bunch of princesses. Valentine’s Day is the perfect example of this. I’ve never heard of a man going up to his bros on February 15 and swooning at the memory of the magical evening their girlfriend planned out for them. Valentine’s Day is a holiday for women, so if you want to do Valentine’s Day like a man, it means going all out.
Some people are probably rolling their eyes by this point. Of course they’re going to do something for their girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. That is not what I am saying though. I am saying that you need to blow her mind so hard, that she is scooping her brains off the walls once she sees what you have got planned. I am not going to go suggesting specific things for people to do, because everyone is different and knows their significant others better than I do. I am, however, saying that it should be memorable, and that it can be achieved on any budget. All you need to do is put some thought into it. Valentine’s Day is no place for Vikings. You’ve got to tap into your inner Sir Eldridge Dashing-stache. Wipe the nachos out of your beard, attempt to contain your beer keg of a neck within the pitiful reaches of a tie and show her that chivalry is not dead after all. She will be thrilled, and you will not regret it. n
Scripture vs. violent video games MATTIE BOGOSLAVSKY Staff Writer
ore and more, young adults and children are being “advised” not to play violent video games such as “Far Cry,” “Medal of Honor” and “Call of Duty” or watch movies like “The Fast and The Furious,” “The Expendables” and “Rocky.” It’s being said that these games are cause for bullying in schools as well as violent personalities in maturing children. However, has anyone ever considered that gory video games and television programs aren’t the only reason for this fastgrowing trend of violence in young adults? Perhaps the problem truly starts at an even younger age: when parents begin reading the Bible to their children. The Bible is one of the most violent and appalling books that a parent can read to their children. Even if they are reading the “sugar-coated”, child appropriate versions, the main idea still remains. The story of Cain and Abel is a good place to start for an example. Read Genesis 4:8 and you’ll see how Cain murders his blood brother Abel. This story is not necessarily saying it’s okay to kill your brother, but it still happens and Cain gets away with it without much of any punishment from God. To make matters even worse, God puts a mark on Cain
to make sure that no one will murder him for slaying Abel. So, on top of the justification of murder with jealousy, this story is portraying favoritism. God pardons Cain’s sin and even protects him when later in Genesis, it clearly states that one who kills shall be killed themselves. Another brutal story is the story of Abraham and his son, Isaac. As most people of the Christian and Jewish faith know, in this story Abraham is told by God to go and kill his son Isaac. Abraham doesn’t hesitate and immediately sets off on a journey with Isaac to find a proper place to end his life. Although I admit this shows courage in the face of fear and pure commitment to God, this is not something a child should be hearing about. The child hearing the story may not show fear towards the concept, but perhaps that’s even another worry to have. The child is growing used to stories of death and destruction. The violence doesn’t stop there. There are floods, death, deceit, and so much sin. Yes, these stories are a great way to tell a growing child how NOT to behave. But, at the same time, they are still being exposed at a very early age to the evils of day to day life. Video games, movies and television do the same thing. I am all for reading Bible stories to children as a way of parenting. But, those who do so and refuse to let their kids play “Call of Duty” or watch “The Fast and the Furious” (who have reached the age restriction placed on the product of course), should seriously consider taking another look at their reasoning behind this choice. n
Groundhog Day: fairy tales may have merit KATHLEEN SUIT Staff Writer
t is hard to believe it, but February has quickly crept its way onto our calendars and along with it, one of society’s most controversial holidays; one that brings inspiration to some but despair to others, a day that has the power to change the outcome of the days and months to follow. Groundhog Day. Yes, I’m kidding. I mean I love Groundhog Day. Actually, here is a fun fact — up until about a couple of years ago, I thought that Groundhog Day was super legitimate. I was completely convinced that the fate of our seasons lay in the timid little paws of Sir Mr. Groundhog and if he saw his shadow, spring would not arrive at its usual time, leaving us all plagued with 6 more weeks of winter. Which, by the way, good old’ Punxsutawney Phil didn’t go crawling back into his hole on this glorious February 2 of the year of our Lord 2013, so by legend I’d say we are right on track! Upon realizing that this legend was, in fact, a legend, and not reality, I really began to wonder why it was that I had not fallen privy to this information sooner. Because, I know, I know, you all are shaking your heads and laughing at me after hearing this admittance. Was I really just this gullible, or was it something else? Of course, not wanting to believe the former, I realized what it was. The groundhog story is a legend; a fairy tale of sorts. And fairy tales are just my
forte. Still to this day, fairy tales are my bunny through the plan of salvation in favorite books, my favorite movies and my essay that I left him/her on Easter. my favorite stories. There is just some- But it gets better — I woke up the next thing about being transformed into a morning, so pleased with my accomdifferent time and a different place that plishment of standing up to the Easter is just fascinating. Everything is so new, Bunny by telling him that he is NOT the everything so beautiful. All you have reason we celebrate, that I could hardly to do is believe, and believe I did. That wait to see if he had messaged me back. would be why I was 17 years old and And he had! I found his response writstill believed that the Groundhog Phil ten in black sharpie on a balloon that decided the seasons. And since I’m ad- was sitting on the kitchen table. It said mitting here anyways, Phil wasn’t my “I know.” Well, thanks Easter Bunny. only shocker to find was a phony. I have come to terms with my gullible **DISCLAIMER** this is a spoiler nature and that at times I have been a bit alert: If you are underage or just so hap- naive, but I think I would trade believing pen to still receive your Christmas pres- — with the possibility of being wrong — ents via a sled driven by Santa Claus, over not believing and missing out on Please do not read any further.** the joy of it all any day. I learned some I believed in Santa Claus until the pretty amazing lessons from these ficfourth grade, when I questioned how tional friends as a kid. Santa taught me elves could make a parakeet and saw the that I was loved, that I could trust and cage box in the bed of my dad’s truck. that I had someone looking out for me I didn’t stop believing in the tooth at all times. The tooth fairy taught me to fairy until I didn’t have any more teeth always be hopeful and that sometimes to give. I even decided to test my luck our pain can be transformed into somewith Miss Thang a few years back and thing that can benefit us and the people put my bagged wisdom teeth under the around us. The Easter Bunny taught me pillow for her. The result was just me perseverance (he also taught me how waking up to a bag full of wisdom teeth some people might be hesitant to hear and immediate regret of that decision. about the Lord). And the Groundhog The Easter Bunny taught me about courwas a pretty fun one, age; that I should never however. It was about I believed in Santa run scared from the the time I was learn- Claus until around mark I can leave on the ing to write cursive in world. school, and I decided fourth grade when I And though they I would be super awe- questioned how the were just stories, the some and write the Eastruth about them, the ter Bunny a long essay elves could make a lessons learned, and the about the true mean- parakeet. imagination they deing of Easter. I basically manded, will engrave gave a three point ser— Kathleen Suit a little bit of themselves mon and walked this in our hearts forever. n
SPECIAL EDITION • MARCH 14, 2013
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
2013 Football Signing Class Alex Armfield, WR
Justin Avery, OL
Junction City, AR
Jed Beach (Fresh.), OL
West Fork, AR
Jacob Engel, SPEC.
LaVonte Gardner, WR Tyree Gray, DL
The Ouachita football team has announced the signing of 32 players in anticipation of the 2013 football season. This class comes on the heels of the fifth consecutive winning season, which is in large part due to the stability provided by Head Coach Todd Knight as he prepares for his 15th season at the head of the program. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work of our coaching staff, led by recruiting coordinator Brett Shockley, whose leadership in recruiting over the last four years has really set our program up for success,” commented Knight. “The newcomers will add much needed depth and help solidify a very strong nucleus that is currently on campus. “ Ouachita continued its recruiting emphasis in the state of Arkansas, signing 23 Arkansas natives as well as seven players from the state of Texas, one from Louisiana and one from Tennessee. This class addressed every need that the program had going into the 2013 campaign, with a variety of positions represented. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers addressed
their need for depth at the quarterback position with the addition of one mid-year enrollee and two incoming freshman. The Tigers continued to add to their stable of running backs, adding two incoming freshmen. The Tigers shallow, but potent, wide receiving core added much needed depth with six signees, five of which are from the state of Arkansas. Up front, they continued the tradition of adding stout, yet agile linemen, with the addition of four. On defense, the Tigers beefed up their front seven with the signings of four interior defensive linemen, and three long and rangy defensive ends. They complemented their additions to the line with the additions of five in-state linebackers, as well as another from the state of Texas. “This is the most depth, and potentially the most athletic group that we have signed in the front seven in many years,” commented offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Brett Shockley. In the secondary, the Tigers added a safety to their already deep backfield. On special teams, the Tigers added much needed
explosiveness to their return game with the addition of a speedy and agile kick returner/punt returner. They also provided stability with the addition of two other specialists. “This class is exciting for us because of the sheer numbers,” Shockley said. “Our staff did a great job of getting the best available talent in the state of Arkansas.” The Tiger coaching staff feels that the pure numbers of the class will help with a team that was riddled with injuries during their 2012 campaign. This class promises to maintain the winning ways that Ouachita fans have become accustomed to. The Tigers enter the 2013 season as the only program in the state of Arkansas with a winning record in their last five seasons. The program reached new heights with a 6-0 start and a No. 10 ranking in the AFCA Division II poll during the 2012 season. They are the only program in the state that has been ranked in the Top 25 at some point during each of the last five years. Ouachita begins spring practice on March 7, which will lead up to their annual spring game on the evening of Tuesday, April 16. n
Siloam Springs, AR Mt. Vernon, TX Star City, AR
Josh Hall, LB
Ed Hood, DE
Will Houston, LB
Waymon Johnson Jr., LB
El Dorado, AR Stuttgart, AR
Brannon Kotch, OL
Brandon Marks, ATH
Andre Morman, RB
Jay Patrick, SPEC.
Lane Pearce, DE
Clay Patrick, DL
Ke’Vontae Pope, WR Devin Price, DB
Bradley Root, LB
Joseph Stewart, WR Jesse Stone, QB
Elijah Ramsey, LB Lucas Reed, QB
LaVonte Thomas, WR Ovie Urevbu, RB
El Dorado, AR Searcy, AR
White Hall, AR
Little Rock, AR
Nashville, AR Plano, TX
Austin Warford, QB
Gerald Watson, DL
N. Little Rock, AR
Christian Whitaker, LB
This is the most depth, and potentially the most athletic group that we have signed in the front seven in many years. This class is exciting for us because of the sheer numbers. Our staff did a great job of getting the best available talent in the state of Arkansas.
Sports Information Director
Little Rock AR
Andrew Gendi, DL
By JOSH FINK
Tyler Foster, OL
Football signs 32 recruits
Devin Ball (Soph.), DL Kendall Bruce (Fresh.), WR
Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy TY TOWERS and the Ouachita Tigers, along with the 2012 recruits head out onto the field for a game. This year, thirty-two players were selected to join the Tigers and take the field alongside the team.
— Brett Shockley, offensive line coordinator
Dear Haters: Arkansas Razorback Edition A response given by an editor concerning a season-altering basketball game, Arkansas vs. Florida CHELSEA BYERS Sports Editor
Dear Haters, Razorback fans irk me at times – especially the ones who are ardently and obsessively in love with their team. Don’t get me wrong – I am a huge fan of my boys, too. That’s my team; my emotions get skewed and morphed day to day based on whether we won or lost or gained the next best recruit. Wrong, yes, but a sport fan’s life, nonetheless. Unfortunately, those same fans can go overboard at times. Like this week. Bawling my eyes out as I watched my beloved Florida Gators get slaughtered – yes,
slaughtered – by Arkansas’ less than mediocre Razorbacks, was not exactly on my wish list. So it didn’t happen. Punching walls and crying buckets isn’t really my thing. Silent scorn and laser-beam eyes are more my type of response to losses. Razorback fans, though, they like to rub it in until it hurts – until it cuts all the way to the core, breaks your heart and breaks your pride. Talk about brotherly love (please note the intense sarcasm). Now, my point of this opinion piece was not to rag on fans, but to explain what happened Tuesday. I said I didn’t want to talk about the game, but I don’t mind spewing written words about it.
I have included a fellow student in all of my columns and this one is no different. He knew it was coming and here it is: Jim Hampton,
Bawling my eyes out as I watched my beloved Florida Gators get slaughtered - yes, slaughtered - by Arkansas’ less than mediocre Razorbacks, was not exactly on my wish list.
— Chelsea Byers I am calling you out and explaining to you why one win against my team means noth-
Tiger Baseball Feb. 9 ― OBU vs. Tarleton State, 12 p.m. Feb. 12 ― OBU @ Southern Arkansas, 2 p.m. Feb. 15 ― OBU @ East Central, 2 p.m. Feb. 19 ― OBU vs. Harding, 1 p.m. Tiger Basketball Feb. 9 ― OBU vs. Southern Nazarene, 4 p.m. Feb. 14 ― OBU @ Arkansas Tech, 7:30 p.m. Feb.16 ― OBU vs. Harding, 4 p.m. Feb. 21 ― OBU @ NW Oklahoma State, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 ― OBU @ SW Oklahoma State, 4 p.m. Feb. 28 ― OBU @ Henderson State, 7:30 p.m.
ing for you and your team of swine (that’s another name for a piglet) and why this happened. First, let me tell you this: it is just as hard to find a team who is better than Florida in basketball as it is to find something that head coach Billy Donovan’s team doesn’t do well. Disagree? Too bad, this is my column. Florida had an off-night. It was an away game, at Arkansas’ gym, with all of those screaming Arkansas fans. I’ll give the Hogs credit for their uncanny disarmament of the stacked Florida team, using a balanced scoring attack the entire game, but that’s all they get. Our woeful downfall was caused by a few key factors. The Gators played without
Will Yeguete, who is one of our top players and is our top rebounder. Arkansas didn’t have many turnovers to help us out. Three of our best players were forced to play longer and do more on defense than usual, as well as having one starter shift to an entirely different position (Casey Prather, guarding the frontcourt players). This all resulted in a devastating and nightmarish (I think that’s a word) loss to the team that has fans everywhere at Ouachita. I thought to myself before I started this, Will I care when they hate me for this? I concluded, No, because my team is still better than theirs. That really helps me sleep at night. Sincerely, Chelsea Byers n
Tiger Tennis Feb. 9 ― OBU @ Washburn, TBA Feb. 14 ― OBU @ Delta State, TBA Feb. 15 ― OBU vs. Southeastern Okla., TBA Feb. 16 ― OBU vs. Okla. Christian, TBA Feb. 17 ― OBU vs. Cameron, TBA Lady Tiger Basketball Feb. 9 ― OBU vs. Southern Nazarene, 2 p.m. Feb. 14 ― OBU @ Arkansas Tech, 5:30 p.m. Feb.16 ― OBU vs. Harding, 2 p.m. Feb. 21 ― OBU @ NW Oklahoma State, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 ― OBU @ SW Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Lady Tigers Basketball ties East Central in ranking By JOSH FINK
Sports Information Director ADA, Okla.- The Ouachita Lady Tigers (15-4, 10-3 GAC) sit in a tie atop the Great American Conference again following Saturday afternoon’s contest at East Central University (15-4, 10-3 GAC). The Lady Tigers led by as much as seven points in the game, but East Central’s second half thwarted off Ouachita’s attack. East Central finished the game with a 72-64 victory, evening the season series between the teams with a win each. Ouachita jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead in the game, leading to them holding the lead for the majority of the first half. A rally late in the half pushed East Central ahead though, and they entered halftime holding a three-point lead
over Ouachita. It didn’t take ECU long to stretch their lead in the second half, as a quick run helped them gain an eight point advantage just two minutes into the half. Ouachita wasn’t going to lie down and accept a loss though, as they cut the lead to just two points with about six minutes left in the game and looked to be poised to take the win. East Central held them off though, retaking their eight point lead and winning the game. Nashia James led the Ouachita offensive unit, scoring 24 points and recording five assists while also adding four steals on the defensive end of the floor. Monica Williams struggled from the floor, but still managed to pick up 18 points and 14 rebounds in the game.
East Central was led by Dilan Webster, who recorded 23 points and nine rebounds while also notching four blocks on the defensive end of the floor. Regan Browne complemented Webster with 10 points and three assists. Ouachita struggled from the floor in the game, only making 34.7 percent of their attempts from the floor. East Central wasn’t any better though, as they only made 34.4 percent of their shots. The difference in the game was free throws, as East Central made 25 of their 32 attempts from the line, while Ouachita only made six of their 11 attempts. The Lady Tigers will have a week off before returning to Bill Vining Arena this Saturday, when they host Southern Nazarene University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. n
Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy COACH MCGHEE and daughter, Beth McGhee pose together following a Lady Tiger win.
Meet the Coaches: Head Softball Coach Mike McGhee By CHELSEA BYERS Sports Editor
Tanner Ward z The Signal BRANDON SMITH runs the camera as Katie Vaughn and Chelsea Byers discuss the latest sports topic in the studio for Ouachita’s new sports show titled, “The Rundown.”
Are you looking for the scoop on all things sports? Do you like getting your information from Ouachita students wearing sport coats and bow ties? Then look no further than Ouachita’s new sports broadcast, “The Rundown.” From the latest news in Tiger Nation to updates on the beloved Ouachita pastime that is intramural sports to hot topics of the world of professional sports, no stone is left unturned. The team is made up of 12 students from various areas of the communications department, along with two faculty advisers. The show will air every Monday at www.obusignal.com.
Where are you from? I grew up in Sheridan, Ark. How did you get your start in coaching? I started coaching a travel tournament team in Benton, Ark., who won two national championships. Benton’s high school coach asked me to get certified by Arkansas Activities Association and help him at Benton. The next year, North Little Rock High School offered me their head coaching position. Two weeks later, OBU offered me their assistant position. What is your favorite thing about coaching softball at OBU? Favorite thing about coaching at OBU is working in an environment with many great people and knowing the support of the university in your Christian moral beliefs and the character of the student athletes you get to recruit and coach. What is the most memorable moment of your coaching career? Most memorable moment had nothing to do with softball. It was having the opportunity to witness to a player many times and on Nov. 18th at 7:30p.m. watching that player come into SPEC and pray with her, and witness that young lady give her life to Christ; that was the most amazing moment ever. That will hold a place in my heart as long as I live. What is it like being able to coach alongside your daughter? Coaching with my daughter Beth is the second best moment at Ouachita. I will never be able to pay the university back enough for supporting me to hire my daughter. Now don’t get me wrong - we do know how to push each other’s buttons at times. However, those moments are few and far between. Watching her grow and making memories with your daughter is awesome. Beth is going to become a great head coach someday. She will do a great job running a program. I just pray God keeps me around to witness it. n
Tiger Baseball closes out tough weekend with doubleheader losses to Angelo State By JOSH FINK
Sports Information Director
ARKADELPHIA, Ark.- The Ouachita Tigers (0-4) returned to the diamond on Saturday, continuing their season opening series against the No. 16 Rams of Angelo State University (4-0). In the first game of the day, the Tigers bullpen struggled, giving up 16 runs in a 16-6 loss. In the second game of the afternoon things continued to play against the Tigers, as they dropped a 13-1 final to the Rams. The Tigers and Rams were engaged in a tight battle early on, with Angelo jumping out to a 2-1 advantage after the first inning. Neither team was able to come up with another run until the fourth inning,
when the Tigers tied the game up at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly to right field by Landon Flax that scored Chris Tavares from third base. Angelo State responded to the Tiger run with three of their own, regaining the lead on a pair of sacrifice flies and a runner who advanced home on a pickoff attempt to second base from Ouachita. The Tigers answered again though, putting up three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Tavares singled to center field, bringing in two runs for the team, while Jace Melby knocked in a run shortly after on a left field double. Unfortunately, the Tigers struggled from that point on, giving up 11 runs to the Rams and only scoring one of their own. Angelo scored four runs
in the seventh, one in the eights and six in the ninth, while the Tigers only run of the last four innings came in the bottom of the ninth. Josh Everett was credited with the loss for the Tigers while Jake Albert took the win for the Rams. In the second game of the afternoon, the Tigers were just unable to answer the bats of the Rams. Angelo State put eight runs on the board before the Tigers even got their first and finished the game with 19 hits to the Tigers’ five. Ouachita’s only RBI came from Sean Noland, who started the game at designated hitter. Melby recorded two walks in the game, while McCrae Jones finished the game one of two and was the only runner who crossed home plate.
Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy LUIS DE JESUS pitches during a game against Angelo State on Saturday. The Tigers lost both games 16-6 and 13-1.
Luis de Jesus took the loss in the game, giving up six earned runs in four innings on the mound. Jake Feckley took the win for the Rams, holding the Tigers to three hits and a run in five in-
nings of work. The Tigers look to rebound from a tough opening weekend next Saturday, when they kick off a four game series against Tarleton State. First pitch is scheduled for noon. n
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