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Arkadelphia Alliance facilitates economic growth By KATHLEEN SUIT Signal Writer

producers without any clue of what they are auditioning for.   After everyone who wishes to audition has finished, the producers decide which play to place them in. The students will not know who their director is or the play they have been cast in until they walk into the room they are assigned to rehearse in, which they will be told via their student email.   “I enjoy the fact that it’s fast because I am super busy as are most college students,”

  Arkadelphia residents and students of Ouachita and Henderson alike all know that our quaint little town is known more for its small city charm, local businesses and community atmosphere than for its retail and larger than life entertainment aspects.   Our town is flourishing on the up rise and this points largely due to a very dedicated group of people; an organization by the name of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, or for short, the Arkadelphia Alliance.   The Arkadelphia Alliance’s main purpose is building up Arkadelphia and helping it grow economically. The organization was formed as a way to better the quality of life for the residents of Clark County, Arkansas. They oversee the Clark County Chamber of Commerce locations in Arkadelphia, Amity and Gurdon along with the Clark County Industrial Council.   The Alliance’s goal is to increase employment for residents, recruit new businesses for economic development and build good relations with businesses on the county, state and national level.   To ensure the success of such big endeavors, the Arkadelphia Alliance and Chamber

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Mallory Ross z Archive STUDENTS ACT in the 2011 Ten Minute Play Festival. The festival features plays written, directed and produced by Ouachita students.

Play festival gives students ‘taste of theater’ By MATTIE BOGOSLAVSKY

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  Ouachita’s 11th annual Ten Minute Play Festival, also known as “all-night theater,” is on its way. As students mentally prepare themselves for the auditions, the producers are busy preparing everything else as with any audition. However, all-night theater is not a normal production at Ouachita. It has a very unique process behind the scenes.   Usually, when an actor auditions for something, they know exactly what show they

are auditioning for, who the director is and who wrote the production. But with this particular production, the students are completely in the dark.   Months in advance, students are allowed to send in scripts that they have written to be performed in the play festival. Students are also allowed to send in applications to be a director. But when these people are picked, no student aside from the producers is allowed to know which has been chosen.   “Any audition is always

nerve-wracking,” said Jalin Wesley, sophomore musical theater major. “But this one was particularly scary because you are auditioning for a plethora of shows that you know nothing about. But thankfully the directors saw a spark in me. The play I was in last year for all night theater was one of my favorite and most challenging roles.”   Auditioning students will come into the theater and read a short part of a script chosen for them in addition to any other small things they are asked to do in front of the

Symphony Orchestra honors Ouachita’s Francis McBeth

For those of us who had him as a professor, this will be a special event . . . he was a neat, neat professor, very funny, and he knew a lot about church history and Baptist history.

passed away in January of last year, and now the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will play a concert on campus to honor his life and many accomplishments.   The concert will take place tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center.   The orchestra plays this concert not only to honor McBeth as a distinguished Arkansas composer, but also to thank him for his crucial service to the orchestra in its beginning stages. The ASO was officially established in 1966, but struggled greatly to stay alive for the first few years.   “In the early 1970s, the symphony orchestra asked Dr. McBeth if he would come and conduct, try to get the orchestra on its feet and raise enough money to actually have a season, and he essentially saved the orchestra,” said Dr. George Keck, professor emeritus of music and member of the organizational committee that planned the upcoming concert. “He conducted for about three years and by the time he left, he had literally resurrected the orchestra.”


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  The first Composer Laureate in the state of Arkansas, a former conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO), and a talented composer with international prominence, Dr. Francis McBeth has left a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.   McBeth, who spent 39 years as a professor of music at Ouachita from 1957 to 1996,



Nicole McPhate z The Signal THE GUTENBERG Conspiracy meets in the Alumni Room in Commons. The faculty book club meets once a month, where members discuss books they have read.

Gutenberg Conspiracy: ‘Glorified Book Review’ By BREANNE GOODRUM Signal Writer

  Students have a universal mindset. We all believe professors conspire to schedule tests on the same week, and that they eat, sleep and live on campus. This mindset has attributed these behaviors into the idea of a secret society of professors.  Ouachita does not have typical students or professors, however; this secret society is not made up of vengeful professors seeking to plot against



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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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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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students, but is made up of well rounded adults seeking to read books.   It is called the Gutenberg Conspiracy, but don’t be fooled by its name, it’s simply a liberal arts book club created by professors at Ouachita. After being created in the early 70s, the Gutenberg Conspiracy has become a highly attended monthly book club that allows professors to interact with colleagues in other fields, and become acquainted with books they may not have read.   “While it’s not a book club

son, vice president of communications. “He was elected president in 1886 at age 29 and was responsible for recruiting students, hiring faculty and developing the Arkadelphia campus.” As Ouachita’s first presi-

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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where everyone is able to get the book read, it is a club that allows discussion and the furthering of our education as professors,” said Johnny Wink, Betty Burton Peck professor of English. “The club works on two principles. It is a setting where one: people can argue their points and their thoughts. And two: it is a setting where those who didn’t get a chance to read the book can get a sense of what the book is about. In a sense, it is a see CONSPIRACY z 3


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REFUGE will take place tonight from 9 - 10 p.m. at Second Baptist Church. For more information contact: James Taylor at STAND FOR FREEDOM will take place tomorrow at 6 a.m. in Grant Plaza and continue until Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information, contact: Sam Beary at bea53635@ LIVE MUSIC at Dr. Jack’s Coffeehouse will take place tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. For more information, contact: Allison Sweatman at

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will perform tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact: George Keck at keckg@obu. edu TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will take place Saturday from 7:30- 9:30 p.m. in Verser Theater. For more information, contact: Daniel Inouye at SPRING SWING will take place Tuesday, March 12 in the Tiger Den from 7- 8:30 p.m. For more information contact: Hunter Wolf at

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From the Archives “Beta Beta takes first place after point recount” December 8, 1989 By: Daphne Davis “After the final performance of the eleventh annual Tiger Tunes, it was announced that the first place winners were the members of Chi Delta Women’s Social Club. However, accidents do happen. As the result of an auditor’s error, the first and second place finishers had been switched. The winners? Beta Beta.”


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Kiley Jane Wright @kiley_jane 3 March Thanks everyone for all of the support and well wishes. I am so excited to be the new Miss OBU and can’t wait for what’s to come! Carli Sasser @carlisasser 3 March In all honesty, Healthy Relationships Week just makes me want to eat a little more chocolate than usual. Jake Coffman @jbcoffman 6 March Made some homemade trailmix to eat while I study. And by that I mean I took whatever I had in the room and threw it in a bag. #IronChef

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z Continued from Page 1 said Robby Taylor, sophomore musical theater major. “And if it was a longer audition process, like for the musical, a lot of people would not be able to participate.”   And, just as the directors and plays change out every year, so do the producers. This year’s producers, also known as the Triumvirate, include Garrett Whitehead, junior musical theater major, Blaine Surber,


z Continued from Page 1 of Commerce rely on the help of many individuals within Clark County. And for all of the hard work these people have put into our community, the Alliance hosted a thank you banquet in their honor on Tuesday.   “The banquet is to honor those in the past and present that have worked diligently for economic growth in Arkadelphia and Clark County,” said Shelley Loe, Executive Vice President of the Arkadelphia Alliance. “We will also have slide shows with photos of events throughout 2012 that the members enjoyed.”   Tori Abellera, junior mass

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a sophomore musical theater major, and Jordan Miller, a junior musical theater major.   Sarah Davis, a junior Christian studies and theatre double major and a previous director of the ten minute plays, is excited about all-night theater.   “This is my favorite part of the year,” she said. “Because as a theater student I get to act and work with people I don’t normally work with. It’s a crazy experience unlike any other.”   Auditions for the Ten Minute Play Festival will be held

at Verser Theatre tonight from 5 - 7 p.m. Any student of any major is allowed to audition.   “It’s a great experience for those who haven’t been involved a lot in theater, because it gives them a taste of theater without them having to make a huge time commitment,” said Jacob Sturgeon, junior musical theater major. “Everyone is welcome. It’s easygoing, so just jump in and have fun.”   For more information about the Ten Minute Play Festival, contact Daniel Inouye at n

communications major, was the Ouachita student ambassador for this event and introduced the keynote speaker, Ray Keller.  “The banquet was wonderful,” said Abellera on her experience as the Ouachita student ambassador, “It was great getting to learn about the businesses in Arkadelphia that have made a huge difference in the community. Arkadelphia is something to be proud of.”  There are many exciting things coming up with the Arkadelphia Alliance and Chamber of Commerce this year.   Some of these include a trip to Ireland for members to enjoy four star treatment but at a discounted price, hosted by the chamber, increased opportuni-

ties for student ambassadors to meet local businesses in their chosen field to gain insight and understanding into the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in the business world and more business.   After-hours events and educational luncheons will give members and ambassadors the opportunity to network with other professionals.   For more information on the Arkadelphia Alliance or the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and future events, visit their website by going to www., like their Facebook page, Arkadelphia Alliance and Area Chamber of Commerce, or contact the Arkadelphia Alliance through email at n

Caitlin Jones @caitlin32jones 6 March Ouachita can switch to Pepsi the day I can switch to Monopoly money for tuition. #cokefolyfe

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  At the concert, the ASO will play two of McBeth’s distinguished compositions, one of which, his Symphony No. 3, was composed while McBeth was studying for his doctorate in Rochester, New York, at the Eastman School of Music. Submitted as part of his graduate study, this piece won the Howard Hansen prize for the best student composition of the year.   Though it has been performed numerous times by various orchestras, Symphony No. 3 has never been recorded, but it will be recorded for the first time when the ASO performs it on Friday night.   The second featured piece by Dr. McBeth is a small, string orchestra piece titled “A Rose For Emily,” which the ASO also performed at McBeth’s funeral last year. “A Rose For Emily” is based off of one of his mother’s favorite short stories by William Faulkner. The orchestra will also play two additional pieces that were not composed by McBeth.   More than 500 tickets have already been sold and a full house is expected the night of the concert. Several of those present will be some of McBeth’s former students who all

remember him fondly.   “For those of us who had him as a professor, this will be a special event,” said Phil Hardin, assistant to the president for administration, and leader of the concert planning committee. “I had at least two classes with him every year and he was a neat, neat professor, very funny, and he knew a lot about church history and Baptist history.   “When we would go to class we would talk not just about the musical subject matter, but about the bigger picture, about life. All of the people who have been in his classes just have very fond memories.”  The planning committee has spent months organizing and raising money to bring the ASO to campus and many are very excited to have the orchestra here to honor a professor they remember so well.   “It has been a really important effort for a very, very important cause, and I think it’s something that students, faculty and townspeople, are really going to enjoy,” Keck said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear a really great orchestra play some really great music.”   Student tickets for the concert are free, but must be reserved in the box office with a student ID. For more information about the concert, contact Hardin at n

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NEWS BRIEFS n Thirty second recaps of the biggest stories of the week. NATIONAL ― A teenage skier who

was lost in an avalanche was found at 9 a.m. Tuesday, two days after he disappeared from Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Maine on Sunday afternoon. Nicholas Joy, 17, of Medford, Mass., was found on the Caribou Pond Road snowmobile trail, on the west side of the mountain, by Warwick, Mass., fire captain Joseph Paul. Joy was about 4 miles from a road and 2 miles from Sugarloaf Mountain when he was found by Paul. Joy survived the event by staying in an igloo he built the majority of the time, but ventured away from the shelter during the day to look for help, Austin said. He stayed in the igloo for both nights, but made his way to the road when he heard Paul’s snowmobile. Paul said after he found the teen, Joy told him that he learned how to survive in the wilderness by watching a wilderness survival program on television. n

WORLD ― President Hugo Chávez

of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, the Venezuelan government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis that grew more acute as he languished for weeks, silent and out of sight in hospitals in Havana and Caracas. Vice President Nicolás Maduro said that he and other officials had gone to the military hospital where Mr. Chávez was being treated, sequestered from the public, when he “received the hardest and most tragic information that we could transmit to our people.” Chávez’s death casts into doubt the future of his socialist revolution. It not only alters the political balance in Venezuela, the fourth-largest foreign oil supplier to the United States, but also in Latin America, where Chávez led a group of nations intent on reducing American influence in the region. n

SCIENCE ― A comet spotted earlier

this year will pass very close to Mars in October 2014, according to new reports. The comet, named C/2013 A1 “Sliding Spring,” may pass within a few tens of thousands of miles of Mars’ center, with a remote chance that the miles-wide comet will collide with the planet. The comet, between 5 and 30 miles wide, was spotted Jan. 3 by astronomer Robert H. McNaught. Researchers were able to look back in the image history of the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona and spot signs of the comet as early as Dec. 8, 2012. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration states that other archives have traced sightings back to Oct. 4, 2012. According to scientists at NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office, Sliding Spring originates from the Oort Cloud of our Solar System and has been journeying to this point for more than a million years. n

HEALTH ― A Mississippi baby born

with HIV more than two years ago appears to be the first documented case of a child being cured of the virus, according to doctors and scientists. The unidentified child has now been “functionally cured” and has been off medication for about a year with only trace amounts of HIV in her bloodstream and has been able to keep the virus in check. If the child remains healthy, it would mark only the second time in the world’s history that a person has been cured of HIV, which is the virus that causes AIDS. The landmark case was announced Sunday at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, G. If researchers demonstrate that the same treatment can work in other children, it could drastically alter the lives of the estimated 1,000 babies born with HIV every day, most of them in Africa. n

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Q&A: Asaf Moreno, Molly Turner Students discuss studying abroad in Spain, Austria Signal: Since you are already an international student to Ouachita, what made you decide to study in Spain? Moreno: Since freshman year, the idea of studying abroad got stuck in my head, but I didn’t think I could afford it so I didn’t do anything MORENO about it. Two years later, some of my best friends were planning to study abroad and I decided to look into it. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do it. I wanted to travel and see a different culture. S: What would you say to someone considering studying abroad? M: Do anything you can to study abroad. It is definitely worth it. You will grow so much as a Christian and as a person. You will also have a new perspective of the world and a new appreciation of home. And you will get to experience things you never thought of before. S: In what ways is it helpful to have other Ouachita students with you while you study abroad? M: It has definitely been a blessing. When you are in a different country by yourself, you can get lonely. Even though we don’t all live together it is good to know that they are still here and they are going through the same thing. Whenever we miss home we can just go to McDonald’s together.

Signal: What is your major and what are you studying in Austria? Turner: The semester here in Austria is split up in two parts. The first 6 weeks we all take German 1 and Understanding Austria. After the first 6 weeks we TURNER have a two week “independent study,” or spring break period. The second half of the semester I am taking German 2, History of European Art and Printmaking. S: What is the biggest difference between the university in Salzburg and Ouachita? T: The university of Salzburg is specifically for American students. The college this semester only consists of 16 students, including 5 from OBU. The college is small and is in a building in the middle of old town. The main difference would be that it is mainly experience focused. We go on a lot of excursions as a group to learn about different aspects about the culture and the country. It’s a fun way to learn and very practical. S: What do you miss most about Ouachita this semester while you’re away? T: The thing I miss the most about Ouachita is the community. I love the size of Ouachita’s campus and how everyone treats each other. I miss the family that the students create at OBU and how encouraging the atmosphere is.

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glorified book review.”   Lead by Dr. Chris Mortenson, assistant professor of history, the Gutenberg Conspiracy meets once a month during the school year.   “We all get an e-mail calling for book suggestions. Each member can nominate as many books as they want.”   “When the nominations are all submitted we receive a ballot and vote for the seven to eight books we would like to read,” Wink said.   The books don’t always include fictional stories but vary from non-fiction, to educational, to biography and to recent pop culture obsessions.   “This past semester we have read The Fall of the Faculty, chosen by Hal Bass, professor of political science, The Help, cho-

Through the book club I have come away with the conclusion that two people can read the same book and come away with different estimations. — JOHNNY WINK

sen by Becky Horne, President Rex Horne’s wife, and What Money Can’t Buy, chosen by Kevin Motl, assistant professor of history,” Wink said.   Each book chosen is presented by the person who nominated the book.   “The nature of discussion is chosen by the discussion leader. Sometimes if no one has read the book the discussion can turn into a lecture.   “However, some discussion leaders choose to knock off introductory marks and ask for comments from the attending members,” Wink said.   “My favorite recent discussion was lead by Becky Horne, who nominated The Help. She gave a brief introduction about the book and its history, along with some of her personal experiences, before asking us questions. Toward the end, after we were allowed our say on the book and on our personal experiences, Becky compared the book to the movie,” Wink said.   Wink also said that his experience with the book club has allowed him to become more open to what other people bring away from a certain piece of literature.   “When I was younger I was territorial about my opinions,” he said. “But now in my older age I have a more sane view about disagreeing with people. Through the book club, I have come to the conclusion that two people can read the same book and come away with different estimations”. n

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Kiley Wright, Miss Ouachita Baptist University 1st Runner-Up: Kris Wright 2nd Runner-Up: Alison Johnson 3rd Runner-Up: Caitlin Secrest 4th Runner-Up: Sarah Gaskin Private Interview: Gracie Lundstrum Artistic Expression in Talent: Caitlin Secrest Presence and Poise in Evening Wear: Kris Wright Mac Sisson Alpha Talent: Caitlin Secrest Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimwear: Kiley Wright Inner and Outer Beauty: Jillian Turner People’s Choice: Gracie Lundstrum Miss Congeniality: Gracie Lundstrum Photogenic: Caitlin Secrest, Rachel Chandler Spirit of the Pageant: Sarah Gaskin Nicole McPhate z The Signal KILEY WRIGHT is crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University by Miss OBU 2012 MaryLacey Thomson.

Pageant rookie named Miss OBU Wright discusses preparations, crowning moment, platform By EMILY TERRY Features Editor

@EmilyMTerry   Under bright stage lights after three and a half hours of nerves and held breaths, another Ouachitonian was granted the title of Miss Ouachita Baptist University last Saturday night in front of a crowded JPAC audience.   “It was such a whirlwind,” said Kiley Jane Wright, a senior biology major from Glenwood, Ark., and the newly crowned Miss OBU 2013.   Miss OBU was Wright’s first pageant other than the Arkansas State Fair Rodeo Queen Contest, which she won in 2008.   “I’d always thought about it and just never had time to. I was on the court last year and that was a lot of fun,” Wright said. “Alison Johnson and I joked about it, saying we would do it our senior year and just go for it. And we did.”   Being a newcomer to the pageant world was exciting and slightly confusing for Wright.   “I did feel a little out of my element,” she said. “But I just thought I would have a good time anyway.”   Though she is new to pageants, her sister was a participant in Miss Teen Arkansas, meaning she and her mom were a huge help in knowing exactly what to do during preparations for Miss OBU and being a solid support system throughout the process.   In addition to having the help of family and friends with the pageant, Wright also had experience performing on the JPAC stage as a 2011 Tiger Tunes hostess.   “Having been on the JPAC stage as a Tiger Tunes hostess helped a lot,” Wright said. “I had seen the crowd before, so I kind of knew what to expect in that area. But, I’d never seen the crowd before while wearing a swimsuit. So that was a completely new experience and I wasn’t quite ready for that.”   Wright says the most stressful parts of the pageant were interview, on-stage question and lifestyle and fitness.   “After [swimsuit] was done, I just had a blast. It was all fun, but those were my most nerve-wracking times,” Wright said. “After I got those over

with, I just got to breathe.”   In addition to the stress and nerves on the big night is the overwhelming prep work leading up to the pageant.   “There’s just a lot that goes into it that you don’t know about when you say you want to do a pageant,” Wright said. “You have to find your dresses and pick out a talent and work on a platform and find something you believe in.”   Wright’s platform is Animal Cruelty Awareness. She hopes to use it as a way to educate people on safely and humanely owning a pet so neglect doesn’t become an issue.   “It’s something I’m passionate about and that’s why I chose it,” she said. “It’s pretty neat because people are contacting me about different things because they liked my platform.”   The experience has already opened doors to events and people for Wright, including speaking at the Alumni Advisory Board meeting this upcoming Saturday, about which she has already sought advice from Miss OBU 2012, MaryLacey Thomson, a junior musical theatre major from Plano, Texas.   “I contacted her and asked about what she wore and what it was like and all those things,” Wright said. “I definitely think I’ll be able to talk to her more as things come up so that I know what to expect. She has been very helpful every time I ask her something.”   Two other big helps in Wright’s journey to and time at Miss Arkansas are Justin Harper and Kirt Thomas, Ouachita alumni and Miss OBU pageant directors.   “I know that Justin and Kirt will have lots of amazing ideas,” she said. “I think they’re probably two of the best pageant directors I could have ever asked for and so I’m really excited to see what they have to say.”   In addition to taking advice from the directors, Wright will receive feedback from the judges of the Miss OBU pageant. When talking to them after the pageant, they only focused on praising her for her strengths.   “They talked to me a little bit and told me what they liked about me,” Wright said. “They didn’t want to give me critiques yet because I had just won and didn’t want me to be thinking about what I could have done differently. They told me the good things about my

performance and that was a really neat experience.”   Though Wright will take the critiques and advice seriously in preparing for the upcoming Miss Arkansas event, going into Miss OBU, she wasn’t expecting anything.   When awarding the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimwear winner, Wright was mentally going through all the contestants wondering who would win.   “Then they said contestant number 14. I thought, ‘Who’s 14?’ I was racking my brain for who was 14 and then they said my name and I just looked over and thought, ‘Oh! That’s me!’ That was something I definitely didn’t expect,” she said.   Once the top five were being announced, everything for the next several minutes became a blur for Wright.   “After they announced Kris as first runner up, I started wondering and then they called my name. I was just really excited. I don’t know what I thought or what was going through my brain because it was just so overwhelming,” she said. “After they called my name, it was just flash after flash and people taking all these pictures. I can’t remember what happened.”   After taking many more pictures with friends and family, Wright entered the lobby of JPAC, greeted by her EEE sisters and fellow EEE pageant contestants to circle up and sing their song.   “I never thought I’d be in the center of the circle,” she said, “especially with a crown.”   After the photos and post-pageant buzz had subsided, Wright headed home with her sister, wearing her crown the entire way – even wearing it proudly into McDonald’s for a sweet tea pit stop.   The crown and new title haven’t caused anyone to ask for Wright’s autograph just yet or changed the way she goes about her last semester at Ouachita, but it has caused some temporary increase in Facebook notifications and the number of people who say hi in passing.   “People that I don’t know have congratulated me. It’s just been really fun and different,” she said. “I just feel like a little celebrity. It’s just a little more attention. I’m sure it will calm down and be right back to normal next week, but

MaryLacey Thomson: Final Interview as Miss Ouachita Baptist University it’s been fun.”   Wright also said her experience thus far in the pageant system has changed her view of pageants.   “Now that I know better what all goes into it, I can respect it that much more,” Wright said.   In addition to finding a new appreciation for the world of pageants, Miss OBU will provide Wright with many opportunities she may not have otherwise had and help develop and grow her as a person.   “I wanted to do it because I’ve seen other girls grow so much. You have to push yourself a little more and put yourself out there because people don’t know you,” she said. “I’ve always been a little bit more shy, so I thinking it will help a lot in that area. I’m really just excited to see what I can do with it.”   Wright believes one of the most rewarding aspects of the whole experience thus far has been forming new friendships and bonds that otherwise may have never been.   “I’m so glad that I got to know some new girls,” Wright said. “It was a really great time all around. Everyone was so nice and supportive.”   Wright says she has been overwhelmed by the support and love from people on campus and even those outside of Ouachita and cites that strong sense of community and care as something to encourage her to give her best at Miss Arkansas.   “I think it’s part of the Miss OBU pageant rather than another pageant just because it’s such a community here. That’s why I’m so excited to represent OBU,” she said. “It’s just such a great community here and a great support system. I want to show people how great Ouachita is while I’m at Miss Arkansas.” n

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Celebrity worship gone too far MATTIE BOGOSLAVSKY Staff Writer

  As many people know, celebrities nowadays are put on rather high pedestals. They are given special rights and privileges and often get away with many things that a regular person like me would not. However, we as the “little people” have no room to complain about it. Because, whether we believe it or not, we pay to keep them on that pedestal. Not only do we pay excessive (and increasing) amounts of money to see their movies and buy their CDs, but we also buy magazine after magazine with candid “stalker” photos of them. Sadly, humans have come to idolize these people they don’t even know.   I have absolutely no problem with paying what I do to see the movies I want to see and hear the music I want to hear. This may be due to the fact that I’m a musical theater student, but I honestly just enjoy the arts in general and want to reward these celebrities for their hard work. I know from experi-

ence that they have earned it. The entertainment industry is not an easy one to be involved in.   However, I have always believed that these people’s lives are absolutely none of my business. I don’t want or care to know if Brittney Spears is getting married again. I don’t particularly feel the need to see who Taylor Swift is dating now. And I certainly don’t want to know if Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are having marriage problems. Think about it. How angry, hurt and/or upset would you be if the whole world knew that your significant other was unfaithful to you? How uncomfortable would you be if the paparazzi were constantly bombarding you with questions about your relationship, home life, eating habits, etc.?   Not only is it intrusive, but this state of obsession is an unhealthy lifestyle to be teaching to the younger generations. They will have no sense of privacy or personal space. Their sense of right and wrong will be altered. I was pretty sure of this before, but very recently I became certain of it through the entire fiasco revolving around teen heart-throb Justin Bieber. Bieber was caught in an anonymously-taken photograph smok-

ing marijuana. After the photo spread all over the Internet, teens began a very gruesome trend they called “#CutForBieber.”   Now, I have absolutely no clue what these kids intended to achieve through this, but then again, I don’t think they did either. The children, mostly female, were cutting their wrists and posting pictures all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with “#CutForBieber” attached as if they were forming a sort of support group through the link. It became an epidemic that made absolutely no sense to older generations. Sadly, these people were mocked for their “stupidity.”   I agree their choices were ignorantly made, but the mockery only made it worse. Kids who hadn’t even been cutting for “the cause” before began standing up for the other children and cutting themselves as well to make a point.   Another example can be seen through Miley Cyrus and her previous choices, both in entertainment and lifestyle. She was once “America’s Sweetheart” on the Disney Channel show “Hannah Montana.”   After the show ended, however, she wanted to gain an older audience for

her music career. Her change was unexpected when she performed on “Dancing with the Stars.”    There were cage dances, curse words and other “scandalous” acts. Soon, Miley was being judged for every single thing she did. She has been under extreme scrutiny ever since. When she cut and dyed her hair to a much shorter and lighter style, the world criticized her as if she was a child in need of reproach. What people don’t seem to grasp is that Cyrus is not their child, friend or even comrade. She is a woman capable of making her own choices and should be allowed to do so without being under the world’s microscope.   This blind obsession and idolization needs to end. No generation should have to deal with it, especially at this caliber. If there’s one thing America needs to learn, it is that there is no price on privacy. Everyone is entitled to it, and, when people cross those lines (as we can see through “Cut for Bieber”), there are consequences on both sides. Until we learn to leave them be, events like this will continue to happen. Sadly, we are too invested in the thought that they are a special breed of human who needs to be examined. n

Former student talks life outside bubble BY T.C. SQUIRES

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  Life after college. While toiling your way through four years of undergraduate work, the question is asked of you at least 150,000 times, mostly by friends, family and the occasional pursuer. Some will go on to get their Master’s, the determined will find a job before graduating, but for most, “I don’t know yet,” is the communal answer. So how can we fix that? How can we know for sure what God is leading us to so that when the question is posed, we can do more than stare at the ground and kick dirt while we answer?   The most important thing that I can think of is to be open. Listen to God and the things He tells you daily. If something sparks your interest, check it out. Do not let occasions pass by you. God has a tendency to push us out of our comfort zones to give us opportunities to a.) learn more about Him, b.) learn more about ourselves and c.) serve the world in ways that we could never dream.   For instance, we all want to get out of college, find a high paying job, build our dream house and start our 1.9 kids per household family, but to be honest,

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that sounds boring. Sure, it would be great to have bits and pieces, but you have your whole life for that. Besides, none of those are biblically-based anyway.   These things are not said to shove you away from a “real job,” but rather an alternative. Why not join a Christian non-profit for a few years, or the Peace Corps like several of my friends have? How about tutoring kids in low-income homes? Or, becoming a teacher or missionary in another country? All are viable options that most have never even considered. If none of those tickle your fancy, you can always visit the lovely Lauren Land in the Career Services office. She would be more than willing to give you one-onone advice on any future endeavors you might want to partake in.   After graduating followed by a few months of fundraising, I was able to move to Honduras where I have lived out of my old comfort zone for almost eight months. The decision was challenging and so are many of the shortcomings that Honduras offers, but I would not trade it or these kids for a desk job, my dream home or anything else. God has provided in many ways, most of which were well beyond anything I could do.

The most important thing that I can think of is to be open. Listen to God and the things He tells you daily. If something sparks your interest, check it out.”   We know that the world does not end when we graduate college. In actuality, it gets much larger and scarier if you are unsure what to do when you get through with college and are out on your own. Yet, that’s okay if you prepare, ask questions and seek help from those around you with more life experience. Good luck to the class of 2013 and beyond. n   T.C. Squires is a 2012 graduate of Ouachita. He lives in Honduras as a missionary with the World Gospel Outreach and recently published his first book, “The Struggle for Probana: Shattered Advances,” available at

Cigar smoking a bridge between backgrounds SAMUEL CUSHMAN News Editor

  Around two years ago, I found myself sitting on the back porch of a very lovely, and large, home. It overlooked a back yard with green, manicured grass and beyond the backyard, a lake. The water was placid and a pleasant hue of blue. The sun was falling in the west, and in a few hours it would have set beyond the tree-covered hills in the horizon. It was a balmy summer evening that brought to mind thoughts of Mark Twain, iced sweet tea and anything else that might serve to capture the essence of good ol’ Dixie. I was feeling good. I had just eaten a great meal, it wasn’t too hot and to top it all off, I had a cigar in my hand.   I brought the cigar to my mouth. The leaf it was wrapped in was oily and a deep, smooth brown – a testament to its sun-grown character. The cigar had been aging for a long time, over twenty years, if memory serves. I inhaled a rich, complex set of flavors that made my taste buds sing of coffee and cocoa but also of something more exotic, something that echoed with the musical earthiness of Cuban soil. Even to this day it was without a doubt the best cigar I’ve ever had. And since then I’ve smoked everything from Cohibas to Rocky Patels and Casa Magnas to Opus X, the jewel of the Arturo Fuente franchise and nothing yet compares to the sweet and earthy flavors of that cigar.   A curious thought fleeted through my head. The cigar I held in my hands had been aged for at least 20 years. When it was made, I wouldn’t have been born for another two years at the very least. And now that it had been cut, lit and smoked halfway through it seemed almost a waste. I looked at it more closely. This time I examined the veins in the brown leaf and the embossed red and gold wrapper that read “Cuban Parejo.” I felt a sense of loss simi-

lar to what one feels when breaking the seal on a time capsule, or eating a wonderful dinner that one spent hours cooking or like finishing the final book in great series.   For two decades that cigar would have been sitting in a humidor, oblivious to the events of the world, waiting for the moment when it would be picked up by its owner, handed to me, cut, lit up and smoked. Almost needless to say, I resolved myself to commit every detail of that evening to memory.   The man who gave me the cigar, and who owned the house – we couldn’t have been more different. I was only a few months into being 18 years old and he was in his fifties. I was about to go off to Ouachita to study mass communications and he was a seasoned doctor of medicine. I was a middle class white kid who had been raised in the states and him? Well, he was born in Cuba, the son of two (formerly) very wealthy parents who personally knew Fidel Castro but were forced to come to the U.S. as refugees when things got rough over there.   Heck, this was the first time I met him and he gave me one of the most treasured pieces of his cigar collection. And I wouldn’t have met the guy were it not for my close friend. He was just at there home, cleaning their carpets one day for a summer job he was working. He happened to notice his huge cigar collection, and being a cigar smoker himself, mentioned it to the guy’s wife and she invited him over to smoke with her husband. He brought me along about the second or third time he went to visit.   But this guy didn’t even know me, and I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting him that one time, almost two years ago. I was a complete stranger, almost completely different. But for all our differences there was something that we did have in common, he, my buddy, and I. We were cigar smokers. Aficionado’s, if you will. And it is these experiences that we live for: discovery, the opportunity to meet fascinating people who share the same passion that we do and to explore a centuries old

fraternal bond that every connoisseur of fine cigars shares with one another.   We cigar aficionado’s are a certain breed of men. Despite our differences, we are men of class. We are refined and have tastes tempered for the highest quality; cigar aficionados don’t settle for anything less than the best. We are adventurers; we savor new challenges and the reward that comes with new discoveries. We won’t just smoke a cigar because it’s there or because we crave the nicotine that any petty cigarette smoker craves. When we smoke a cigar, it becomes something more than mere casual indulgence. It becomes a celebration. For each cigar contains so much history, tradition and attention to detail that the men who smoke them are not just smoking a roll of tobacco manufactured in a Havana sweatshop. You see, when we smoke a cigar, we are participating in something far greater. We are participating in a centuries old, fraternal celebration of artisanship and the deep pleasures of life.   Cigar smoking, as trivial as it might seem at first, serves as a bridge between cultures. It offers the opportunity to explore a bond that transcends those same cultures and backgrounds.   I cannot count the number of times I’ve gone into my favorite tobacconist up in Bentonville. It’s called Romeo’s Uptown Pipes and Cigars. There is always someone, a complete stranger, in there that I‘ll spark a conversation with. And we’ll talk about all kinds of things. Usually they’re much older than I am so they have a lot more to share. But there’s always something fascinating that I get to take with me and I never leave disappointed. And that makes all the difference and it makes your cigar that much better.   If you ever become interested in smoking cigars, just go into your local tobacconist shop and I’m sure there will be someone in there who is worth talking to. Even if you never see them again, if you just chat with them while you smoke -– and just talk about life or about anything, really – you will take the pleasure of that experience with you forever. n

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Baseball outdone by Tech, prepares for Boll Weevils By JOSH FINK

Sports Information Director   A mid-week non-conference game for the Tigers ended in an unfavorable manner, as they took on the Wonder Boys of Arkansas Tech.   The Tigers gave up eight runs in the first two innings of play, and never recovered, as they fell by a score of 16-2.   Six hits in the bottom of the first inning for Arkansas Tech (17-5) led to five early runs, as they put the Tigers (9-91) behind by a large margin early on in the game.  They then notched another three runs on four hits in the bottom of the second to stretch their lead to eight

runs.   Ouachita finally got on the board in the top of the third inning, when they recorded two runs and three hits.   Their first run came on a wild pitch that allowed Jace Melby to score, with the second run coming on a sacrifice fly from Keegan Ghidotti that scored Landon Flax.   Arkansas Tech plated another runner in the bottom of the third though, when a runner stole home.   Neither team scored in the fourth, but a two run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave the Wonder Boys an 11-2 lead.   Tech again held the Tigers scoreless in the sixth, before putting up another four runs


in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 16-2.   Ouachita went three up and three down in the top of the seventh, sealing the win for Arkansas Tech.   Luis De Jesus took the loss for the Tigers, throwing one inning and giving up five runs to the Wonder Boys.   Mason Reynolds recorded the victory for Arkansas Tech, with a seven inning performance in which he only gave up two runs and six hits.   Ouachita returns to the field on Friday, when they travel to Monticello, Arkansas to take on the Boll Weevils.   First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. n

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Lady Tigers receive two GAC selections, Women’s Newcomer of Year Award By JOSH FINK

Sports Information Director   As the conclusion of the 2012-13 regular season has come and gone for the Ouachita Lady Tigers, it has been announced that they have received two All-Great American Conference selections.   Not only did they receive two All-GAC selections though, as Monica Williams was named as the GAC Women’s Newcomer of the Year.   Williams was one of the two Lady Tigers to be named to an All-GAC team, receiv-

ing the only first team selection for the team.   She capped off the regular season with a 34 point, 11 rebound performance. She finished the year averaging 19.2 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game while recording 12 double-doubles on the year.   Nashia James received the other All-GAC selection, as she was named to the AllGAC Second Team.   She finished the year averaging 14.4 points per game while racking up a team high 84 assists and 52 steals.   James was a large part of the Lady Tigers’ offense,

making 44 percent of her shots from the field, including a 39 percent mark from downtown.   Williams’ selection as GAC Women’s Newcomer of the Year was no surprise, as she was a force to be reckoned with from day one.   She becomes the first recipient of the GAC Women’s Newcomer of the Year award in school history, and just the second in GAC history.   Ouachita’s first game at the GAC Basketball Championships in Bartlesville, Oklahoma will take place on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. against East Central University. n

Tigers fall to HSU, split season series By JOSH FINK

Sports Information Director   Thursday evening’s game ended in a road loss for the Ouachita Tigers, as they fell to the Reddies of Henderson State by a final score of 90-81.   Ouachita went into the locker room at halftime trailing 45-39, despite playing a solid half of basketball.   In the first half, the Tigers shot 51.9 percent from the floor and forced seven turnovers, but Henderson matched them with 50 percent shooting and by forcing seven turnovers as well.   In the second half, the Tigers struggled down the stretch, as Henderson ran away with things late in the game due to a couple of untimely turnovers.

 Ouachita had the lead down to three points with a little over a minute left in the game, but a late run from the Reddies put it away.   Austin Mitchell led the Tigers with 20 points, while Julian LaDay had 13 and Nigel Ramsey and Michael Morris both posted 12.   Ramsey led the team on the boards with seven rebounds in the game.   Henderson had six players finish in double figures, with Andrew Ensley leading the team with 21 points.  Melvin Haynes complemented him with 16. Ensley also had 10 rebounds in the game.   Ouachita finished the game shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. n

‘R’ word causes problems, leads to issues in sports DANIEL AYLETT Online Co-Editor


  Everybody loves a good rumor, right? Wrong.   While speculating about rumors can be fun to discuss among your friends, when it involves the team that you love, it changes the tone completely. And I’m not talking about just the positive rumors either.   Rumors make for great watercooler talk as well as sports talk shows but they can drive fan bases crazy.   Razorback fans like myself know this reality all too well.   After Jeff Long fired Bobby Petrino for hiring his mistress, the football program

was put into an extremely difficult situation.   Do they promote an assistant coach, hire an interim coach or go with a brand new guy with a brand new system?   Former coach John L. Smith was brought back for continuity and most never acknowledged him as a legitimate contender to keep the job, giving Hog fans months to speculate about who the “new” coach will be.   Reading Internet message boards is definitely a great place to pick up on these rumors. Literally anyone can sign in to create an account and post any ridiculous comment.   There were countless numbers of threads that began with a rumor claiming to

have a “source” from within who knew the identity of the coach.   Every coaching personality imaginable not in a current coaching role was mentioned for the job.   Jon Gruden was on a plane meeting with Jerry Jones in Tampa, Bill Cowher was at a restaurant in Bentonville and recruits at the LSU game were hearing that Chris Petersen was a done deal.   All these names got Razorback fans excited, but when reality set in, most fans realized these names were nowhere in the realm of possibility.   Bret Bielema was hired out of left field and consequently ended the coaching search rumors.   After that whole ordeal,

I figured I wouldn’t have to deal with any sort of rumor like that for a while.   As I was casually checking through my Twitter feed on Saturday evening though, I came across a retweet about this new rumor circulating about Les Miles, head football coach for the LSU Tigers.   It piqued my interest, so checking it out, I came to realize that this story claiming that Les Miles had an affair with a student was published on a sketchy website with no real credibility.   I should’ve known better than to believe a second of it. Credible sports reporters nationwide responded within the hour commenting that the whole situation was a fraud.   The dilemma though is

that with some rumors, not all of them however, when there’s smoke there’s usually fire. This makes some rumors the exception, but how can you distinguish the legitimate ones from the bogus ones?   When a rumor about your team is a good one, we have this inkling of hope that it will be true but when the rumor is bad, we tend to deny it with all of our heart.   Learn from me and don’t put much weight on any rumor though, period.   Michael Jordan’s not coming back to play at age 50, Nick Saban is not going to the NFL and Gruden is not coming back to fill your team’s coaching vacancy.   Everything you read on the Internet is true right? n


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