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Volume 121, Issue 6

SIFE name change reaffirms core values By MOLLY TURNER Staff Writer

fellow Young Life leaders. He does feel, however, that Young Life competes for his time against studying and his other student responsibilities.   “The program does get in the way of school work a little bit because it takes a minimum of ten hours a week to be a Young Life leader, but it’s worth it,” he said.  Valerie Nickel, a senior chemistry major and one of the two team leaders for Young Life in Arkadelphia, agrees with Sparks.   “Young Life does compete for my time, but I have found that when you are working for God’s glory He provides you with the time and the strength to get done what is needed,” she said.   Each student has different

  SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) has become a wellrecognized name at Ouachita as an organization helping students get involved in their community by taking their skills and using them for service. And though SIFE’s name is well known, many people still aren’t quite sure what SIFE stands for.  For these reasons, the worldwide SIFE organization recently underwent a rebranding process, including a name change, in hopes to better represent the organization’s values and goals.   Announced on Sept. 30 at the SIFE World Cup competition in Washington, D.C., the organization’s new name is Enactus.   “Our organization needed a name change that reflected our uniqueness,” said Judith Brizuela, a senior psychology and business administration major and the president of Ouachita’s Enactus chapter.     “Our new name reaffirms our commitment to use entrepreneurial action to bring about change.”   Brizuela said surveys were conducted worldwide, and SIFE’s board members, advisors and business partners agreed that a name change would be beneficial in better conveying the organization’s purpose.  The marketing team responsible for the rebranding process evaluated thousands of names before settling on Enactus, which combines the words entrepreneurial, action and us.   “Entrepreneurial” refers to having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that

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Kristen Barnard z The Signal HANNAH PILCHER is crowned 2012 Ouachita Homecoming Queen during the pregame festivities on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Young Life offers mentor, ministry opportunity By MATTIE BOGOSLAVSKY Staff Writer

  Young Life, a campus ministries program at Ouachita, is dedicated to giving every young person the opportunity to hear Jesus Christ explained in terms they can understand. Not only does it give underprivileged teens the opportunity to learn about the Bible and how it can help them in their everyday lives, but it also gives them a chance to build relationships with the students involved.   The volunteers in this program are Ouachita students who spend a lot of their time making sure that the kids they are helping feel comfortable in their surroundings and have as much fun as possible.   “The goal is to build relationships with students and

spend time with them,” said Tiffany Ohman, a senior early childhood education major. “I often bring my Young Life girls on campus and hang out with them in the caf, student center or my dorm and we talk. My girls have shared about tough stuff that goes on in their lives, and they often just want someone who will care enough to listen.”   Aside from contacting the children and hanging out with them one-on-one or in small groups, there is an event every week called “club.” It is a time where students can get away from home and have fun singing songs, playing games and watching skits put on by volunteers. There is also a section read from the bible each time for the students to go over and discuss with the kids.   “My favorite part of this or-

‘Tunes Unleashed’ lip dub provides campus promotion By SAM CUSHMAN News Editor

@SamuelCushman   The Ouachita lip dub is an event that will attempt to bring the campus together for choreography, dubbed singing and all around fun for the people who want to get involved. Originally scheduled for this Sunday, it has been postponed to Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Grant Plaza   “Our goal is to involve as many people, students, faculty, staff, clubs and organizations as possible,” said Trennis Henderson, vice president for communications. “That way it truly represents Ouachita.”   Described as “Tunes Unleashed” by Henderson, the

primary aspect of the lip dub is the effort to have a fun campus-wide event but also to have a great promotional pitch for Ouachita. Its anticipated use will be as a recruiting tool so that prospective students will be encouraged to come to Ouachita when they see the whole campus come together in an event such as this.   He lip dub has developed as a joint project of the Office of Communications, the Office of Admissions Counseling, the Campus Activities Board and the various organizations around campus.  Andy Dean, a Ouachita alumnus and owner of Dean Film and Video in Memphis, will serve as the videographer. see LIP DUB z 2




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ganization is that it is all about relationships and discipleship,” Ohman said. “These relationships do not happen overnight and often times high school students do not seem very interested in hanging out with college students. I, or any other leader, may get rejected.   “But God has pointed out to me how building relationships with high school students is very similar to how He builds relationships with us. We often reject Him, but He still pursues us. In Young Life I get a small taste of what that is like,” she said.   Will Sparks, a senior business administration major, is also involved in the program. Sparks’ favorite part is ministering to the high school students as well as the community that he shares with his

Outdoor Rec offers unique adventures By KATHRYN COFFEY Staff Writer

  The outdoor recreation program is a way for students to experience nature, learn from hands on activities and to grow in many areas of life with other students through the many outdoor opportunities provided by Ouachita.   “The outdoor rec program connects the entire Ouachita community to some of the most beautiful and amazing places in God’s creation, which are located in our own backyard,” said Jason Bean, director of recreational life.   Outdoor rec highlights what a great location Arkadelphia is for outdoor activities with things like hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing, and camping.   “Connecting students with

Outdoor Rec z Courtesy JASON BEAN helps Ellen Eubanks across a treacherous section of cave during Outdoor Rec’s fall break retreat.

all these on and off campus opportunities provides the OBU community with leadership skills, personal achievement and a holistic Christ-centered group of peers and staff to develop deeper relationships with,” Bean said.


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Ron Swanson Quotes

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“When people start to get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name so they know I don’t really care about anything they have to say.”

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish and feed yourself. He’s a grown man and fishing’s not that hard.” “I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.” “I got my first job when I was 9 working at a sheet metal factory. In two weeks, I was running the floor. Child labor laws are ruining this country.”

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Zach Smith gives root beer during Muggin’

(On Co-Ops) “I’m not planning to buy anything here. I buy all my hamburgers at Food and Stuff, a place equidistant from my home and work. I’m here for the same reason people go to zoos.”

this week zCALENDAR OUACHITA SINGERS will host its Fall concert tonight in McBeth Recital Hall from 7:30- 9.p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall. Admission is free. For more information, contact: Scott Holsclaw at LIVE MUSIC at Dr. Jack’s will take place tomorrow afternoon at 12:15 p.m. For more information, contact: Tim Harrell at



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He has shot and produced Ouachita’s current promotional videos and has volunteered to shoot and produce the lip dub free of charge as a gift to his alma mater.   This lip dub will consist of group choreography and will feature the Tiger Tunes 2012 Mega Mix for the finale. Groups and organizations who wish to be involved in the lip dub will be responsible for their own choreography.   “The Ouachita Lipdub really does excite me,” said Justin Young, a senior business administration major and Student Senate president. “It will be an incredible thing to see our campus come together with one common goal: to shoot a video that highlights Ouachita’s greatness.”   Young also said that as we move through the information age, it is important that we do things like this as campus.  “Hopefully through the video we can portray to prospective students and parents how much the students really love this campus,” he said. “It should be interesting to see the professors, clubs and different organizations come together as one.”   Students, groups and organizations who wish to be involved are asked to wear a club shirt or a purple Ouachita shirt. For more information contact, Lori Motl at motll@ n

interpretations for the program and each have their own reasons for being involved.   “In 1 Thessalonians, Paul says that his group was ‘delighted to share with [the Thessalonians] not only the gospel of God but [their] lives as well,’” Nickel said. “When we get to know students we don’t just share the Gospel with them and run. Instead we form relationships with them by sharing our lives with them, as Paul describes.”   Jim Rayburn, a church youth minister in Gainsville, Texas, felt challenged to connect with teenagers disinterested in God and the Church. As a result, Rayburn started Young Life in 1941.   Now the Young Life organization is active in all 50 United States and over 70 countries around the world. It is a fastgrowing program with a mission to help teens connect to God in any way they possibly can. n

I have found that when you are working for God’s glory He provides you with the time and the strength to get don what is needed.

— Valerie Nickel

TIGER DAY will be held Friday afternoon. The event is put on by the Office of Admissions Counseling for prospective students to get an inside look at Ouachita. SUPERHERO NIGHT will be put on by Chi Rho Phi Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 7-10 p.m. in the Tiger Den from 7- 10 p.m. For more information, contact: Courtney Stanage at sta52904@obu. edu. MAJORS FAIR will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Grant Plaza. For more information, contact: Lauren Land at

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cal community, which allows them to learn about the wilderness, its dangers and how to handle many situations that could happen.   Outdoor Rec’s first overnight trip this semester was a Buffalo River adventure during fall break. The trip included camping, hiking in Lost Valley and Hawksbill Crag and climbing at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.  Derek Campbell, senior Christian studies and kinesiology major, was one of the leaders on the fall break trip.  “My life has revolved around outdoor pursuits and to be on a college campus that offers so many unique opportunities makes me feel right at home,” he said.   Campbell said that he really enjoyed being a leader on this trip because he loves being able to take a group of students out that have not ever been given the opportunity to experience something like a camping trip.   “I enjoy giving people the opportunity because people don’t typically get to take trips like this because of money or they just don’t know where to stop and OBU gives them the option to do so. It was epic,” he said.   There is a Full Moon Hike scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29. They also have a ski trip planned during Christmas break to Winter Park in Colorado, which is they take every

year.   Ellen Eubanks, ju- Connecting students with all nior English major, also went on the fall these . . . opportunities provides break trip and is involved in other out- the OBU community with leaderdoor rec activities, talked about how the ship skills, personal achievement trip can be for anyone, not just those who al- and a holistic Christ-centered ready know about hiking and climbing. group of peers and staff to devel  “There is always a variety of things to op deeper relationships. choose from on the — Jason Bean trips. There are options during the trip, cated on campus at the back of whether you want to hike on a the wrestling complex. There challenging trail or take a lei- students can rent the equipsurely stroll in the woods,” she ment they need for an outdoor said. event; anything from canoes,   Eubanks said that the out- kayaks, tents, camping gear, door rec program is great be- hiking backpacks, disc golf or cause she enjoys meeting oth- portable beach volleyball sets. er people that she otherwise   Outdoor rec also provides would not meet. opportunities for students to   “If you are unsure about get creative. Bean describes his whether you want to try out- new favorite extreme sport that door rec or not, just do it be- students created at Ouachita cause you’ll meet awesome called Mountain Disc’n. people, you get to do fun stuff   “Utilizing a mountain bike and it is good to be able to get and our disc golf course we tee outdoors in the midst of God’s off simultaneously and race to creation. be the first to complete each   Being in nature is a great hole,” he said way to get away from our busy   “Jumping on and off bikes, lives, enjoy fresh air, to slow racing between throws, and down and get away from all dodging road hazards makes of the distractions in life,” she for a fast paced game with each said. hole becoming a new oppor  Bean also added that “Out- tunity for chaos and fun. We door adventures provide times have bikes and discs available for rest and peace along with for students ready to try their an endless supply of surprises luck with Mountain Disc’n.” and challenges that require   For more information on team work and perseverance Ouachita’s outdoor rec proto conquer.” gram contact Bean at beanj@   The outdoor rec center is lo- n

REFUGE will be held tonight at Second Baptist Church from 9- 10 p.m. For more information, contact: James Taylor at

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Students ambassadors work with Chamber of Commerce By SAM CUSHMAN News Editor

@SamuelCushman   Students at Ouachita and Henderson have been chosen to participate as ambassadors to the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce. The students are working on creating a more college friendly town.   “These students are working hard at building relationships within the community and finding ways for the local businesses to meet the needs of the college students,” said Lauren Land, director of career services.   There are three events scheduled for the month of October. The student ambassadors attended the Ouahcita Chamber

Coffee on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Hickingbotham Hall, where Chamber members and Ouachita faculty came together for afternoon coffee to discuss what is going on in the community.   On Tuesday, Oct. 23 there will be a Downtown Network ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. in front of Kelzek and Southern Bancorp; the last event this month is a ribbon cutting for Covenant Books and Gifts.   David Sypult, a junior accounting major, spoke of a cash mob event.   “[It’s] a one day sale held by a local business that has been publicized by the chamber for other business owners to come out and support that business,” he said. “It’s also there

so that the students from the ‘bubble’ can come out to learn more about the businesses in the community.”   Even though they have not found a way to reach all the students when there is a cash mob, the student ambassadors are working on finding ways to encourage and interest students to come out and show their support.   The idea of having student ambassadors for the Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce came from a conversation between Sypult and Land. It has since grown into something that can not only build a resume, but also build a community together.   “We found students that we thought would be good for the

program and after having a meeting we found those who would be able to commit and were really interested,” Land said.   The Arkadelphia Area Chamber of Commerce, with the help from the student ambassadors, offers a unique view of community growth for Arkadelphia.   “The students are able to learn about new businesses that will be setting up in Arkadelphia and give their opinion on how they can attract the college students. It’s important to get a college student’s input so the business can understand what they need to do to get business from both schools, not just OBU,” Sypult said.   As this is the pilot year for

the Student Ambassadors from Ouachita there are only eight students currently involved: seniors Catie Bennett and Devan Malone, juniors Lindsey Fowler, Kirby von Edwins, Sypult, Barrett Burger and Meg Hart and sophomore Dylan Haney.   “They would be open to gaining more students to help create a voice for this community through the service of the students,” Land said.   Land plans to send out an application form next week with details on the requirements for being a student ambassador. For more information on this program, how to become involved and up- Staffevents, Writer Emily Grigsby Land coming contact at contributed or Sypult at to this article.

NEWS BRIEFS n Thirty second recaps of the biggest stories of the week. HEALTH ― Loss of less than half a

night’s sleep can impair memory and altar the normal behavior pattern of brain cells, according to U.S. researchers. At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience a series of studies were presented that highlighted the important role sleep plays. One-in-five U.S. adults show signs of chronic sleep deprivation, making the condition a widespread public health problem related to issues such as obesity, cardiovascular problems and memory problems. The study also revealed that sleeplessness disrupts the coordinated activity of an important network of brain regions; the impaired function of this network is also implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. n

WEATHER ― According to officials

at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, September 2012 broke heat several heart records, making it one of the warmest months on record and tying it with 2005 for the warmest on record around the world. Last month’s global average temperature was 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 1.2 degrees above normal, as reported by the federal agency. The report outlined a number of findings, including the effects experienced during one of the warmest years on record. One of the most disconcerting pieces of evidence found in the report is the current rate of decline of the amount of Arctic sea ice, which hit all-time lows in August. n

WORLD ― Thieves on Tuesday

morning raided a Rotterdam art gallery that was celebrating its 20th anniversary and stole seven borrowed masterpieces that included works by Picasso, Monet, Gaugin and Matisse as well as “Woman with Eyes Closed” by Lucian Freud. The exhibit was hosted by the Kunsthal, a museum in the Netherlands, and is privately owned by the Triton Foundation. The museum closed the gallery to the public after the theft. The art was part of a collection amassed by a Dutch investor, Willem Cordia, who passed away last year. The art was on its first public exhibition in the Kunsthal, which does not have a collection of its own. n

NATIONAL ― Rangers in Montana’s

Glacier National Park say two hikers from the East Coast who were safely rescued after being stranded there for days in bad weather were wellprepared for harsh, wintry conditions. Chief Ranger Mark Foust said in an email Tuesday that Jason Hiser of Richmond, Va. and Neal Peckens of Herndon, Va. had the right equipment and used their outdoor skills to survive the harsh conditions. The two hikers were unharmed. Foust said the two men camped for four days at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet. They rationed food, collected firewood and sought to attract help with a smoky fire and an SOS message made out of logs. n

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Waking the Dead provides real world skills By KELSEY LAMB Staff Writer

  Tiffany Eurich’s fundamentals of media writing class is doing a project that teaches students to use public records and exercise the Freedom of Information Act.   The project, called “Waking The Dead,” requires students to research and reconstruct the life of a deceased person. Each student "begins by choosing a headstone at a local cemetery," according to Eurich,   Once the student has picked a deceased person, they will use the knowledge they have learned from their textbook and in class discussions and from extra materials provided to determine what steps they need to take next. They are to figure out where and how they can obtain the information necessary to complete their individual project.   There were only a few requirements for the project. Eurich wants each student to provide at least 10 documents related to their deceased person. The students were also not to contact any of the living family members of the deceased, mostly for safety reasons.   "I had to go to the library and look through obituaries, census records, marriage records and history books to find information on my gal and her life," said Taylor Tomlinson, a junior mass communications major.   The purpose behind the research aspect of the project is that the students will learn how to use the public records that they have at their

disposal. She hopes that they will become comfortable with using public records as a major resource for their research in the future.   "Some of the biggest news stories we've ever seen in this country have come from a reporter knowing where to look and how to read the information in a document," Eurich said.   Once the students have gathered their information, "students will craft a news story or report about the individual's life, sharing not only the events and relationships immediately connected with that person, but recreating the era and community they lived in," Eurich said.   Students will then present their reports.   "Waking the Dead is my favorite public records project, because students are challenged to take dry, dusty documents from a basement somewhere, and use them to create a vivid story full of life," Eurich said.   Students’ reactions to “Waking the Dead” have also been positive.   "I stinking love this project. It has been so fun feeling like a real reporter digging up information," Tomlinson said.   The students have also shown excitement for learning about their particular deceased person and have benefited from the experience.   "It has been beneficial in that I have learned how to access information that I didn't even know I could access," said Anna McCulloch a junior graphic design major.   Eurich also added that it is exciting to see the students connect with the deceased person as they research his or her life. n

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z Continued from Page 1 opportunity. “Action” refers to the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed. “Us” refers to a collection of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.   “The purpose of Enactus is to enable progress through entrepreneurial action,” Brizuela said. “Enactus not only transforms lives, but also helps members acquire essential leadership skills that help them see the world from a different perspective.”   Projects Ouachita’s Enactus team is currently working on include helping local children at the Boys and Girls Club start their own small business and savings accounts, helping a new local organization through the planning and opening stages and working with orphanages in Honduras to distribute and sell their coffee in the United States.   “The great thing about Enactus is that it’s not an organiza-

tion with a business agenda, but instead seeks to help people where they are in life in sustainable ways,” said Jared Carlin, a junior accounting major and the vice president of Ouachita’s Enactus team.   Carlin said he has invested his time in Enactus because it allows him to implement what he learns in the classroom in a real world setting with a ministry focus.   Enactus’s new name better promotes the “entrepreneurial spirit,” which is the core driving force of what SIFE was as well.   Brizuela said the new name differs in meaning in that it helps better to convey the fact that entrepreneurial action is not something that is relevant to a single culture or nationality.   “This means that what we do is just as powerful and meaningful in Arkadelphia as it is in other parts of the world,” she said. “Change is never easy, but if it is for the better, we must learn to adapt to it.   “As OBU Enactus, we are embracing the change and realizing that our name will only be as powerful as the effort we put into it.” n

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Jason Pullano z The Signal RICKY CLINTON greets students as they enter the cafeteria. Every Monday through Friday, he welcomes students to the Ouachita Commons for dinner with a smile and some smooth jazz.

Swipin’ with a Smile Mr. Ricky encourages students en route to dinner

By EMILY TERRY Features Editor

@EmilyMTerry   You walk into the caf after a long week of classes, intramurals, projects, papers and meetings. After fumbling with your ID, dropping it on the floor, picking it up and finally composing yourself enough to put one foot in front of the other, you make your way to the register, praying the poor key to your Ouachita existence doesn’t choose today to be difficult.   But as you reach up to swipe your card and begin your quest for nourishment, a kind voice bursts through your Friday funk, greeting you with a genuine smile and eyes beaming with laughter. Suddenly, you notice the upbeat music playing and almost instantly realize that despite what you were feeling moments earlier, everything’s gonna be all right.  Ricky Bernard Clinton, known simply as Mr. Ricky, has been the face of dinner at Ouachita for only three years. In those three years, his smile and joyful attitude have made him a household name, in every dorm on campus, at least.   “It took me a while to get used to [being called] ‘Mr. Ricky,’ he said. “It sounds like a nerd or a geek or something, but I’m used to it now.”   No matter what he’s called, Clinton says working at Ouachita is the best job he’s ever had.   And he’s had some interesting ones.   “I did concrete work for 35 years until arthritis got me down, so I had to do something else,” he said. “This is easier and a lot more fun.”   During his days of concrete work, his nights were spent usually doing odd

jobs, including a four-year gig as a latenight radio DJ.   “I always have been in to music,” Clinton said. “They needed a DJ and nobody wanted to work the shift from midnight to five o’clock. They asked me if I wanted to try and I said, ‘No, I don’t want to be a disc jockey. They talk too much.’”   He tried it anyway and when he realized he didn’t have to say too much that late at night, he decided he liked it. So after pouring concrete during the days on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1980 to 1983, he headed over to the station to man the late-night airwaves.   Originally from Pine Bluff, Ark., Mr. Ricky’s time in Arkadelphia came much later and began when he was visiting his cousin who had recently married an Arkadelphia resident.   “I just came to visit,” he said. “And I liked it.”   He then asked his cousin’s wife if he could maybe get a job in the town. She told him there was a plant in town that hired new employees all the time. So, he took his shot.   “I went in there on a Friday to apply and they called me in Pine Bluff on Monday and said, ‘Can you come work this evening?’” he said.   After a while, he retired from the concrete business and became antsy to do something else.  “One of Ouachita’s maintenance workers was over at my house to check my air conditioner and I was telling him how bored I was doing nothing,” he said. “He told me to go to the cafeteria on campus.   “I came over here on a Monday morning and filled out an application and they called me about 3:30 that afternoon asking if I could be at work

PERSPECTIVES Mr. Ricky, Sodexo

Birthday: August 13

Favorite Music: Jazz

Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Biggest Influence: My grandfather who raised me. He was a World War I veteran who raised me to be a man and stand on my own

Favorite Color: Purple (Honestly. He isn’t just saying that!) Favorite Foods: pinto beans, cornbread and a baked sweet potato at four. Been here ever since.”   Now, he arrives every weekday at three in the afternoon for his shift at four. He feels that his daily interaction with the students who frequent the caf gives him a certain insight on what kind of day people are having.   “My favorite part is greeting the students as they come in. I see all kinds of personalities and attitudes. They’re different every day. I don’t know names, but the ones I see often, I can look at them and tell if they’ve had a bad day. I might say something like, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be all right,’ and they’ll smile,” he said.   Mr. Ricky tries to keep things fun, especially on Fridays. He likes to play upbeat, dance music to celebrate the passing of another week and ring in the weekend.   Otherwise, he opts for jazz music to play through the stereo.   “I love jazz. It’s easy. Nothing too harsh,” he said. “Give me a little rhythm and some instrumental music and I’m okay.”   Before he could be found playing smooth jazz in the Ouachita Commons,

As a child, I wanted to: Be a star his childhood self was performing for sold out crowds in front of his mirror with the help of a hairbrush.   “I pretended to be everybody. Even Michael Jackson,” he said.   In elementary school, he was in several plays. His favorite part was when he was in the fifth grade and played an Indian boy named “Don boy” who saved his people from a drought. No matter what the part was, he was up for the challenge, whether he wanted to be or not.   “They would always say, ‘Ricky, you play this part!’ and I would do it,” he said. “I was a ham.”  He still loves to make others laugh and those efforts do not go unnoticed. When asked how it felt to be the unofficial most popular man on campus, he responded with a modest, “I really didn’t know I was. I heard that last year, but I’m thinking it’s just because they see me every evening. I think that’s really nice, actually.”   It’s a mutual feeling.   “I love these children,” he said. “I’ll be 60 in less than two years, so they’re almost like my grandchildren.” n

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Optimism: Best way to view God’s world KATHLEEN SUIT Staff Writer

  Negative Nellies, it’s time to pack your bags and get out of Dodge. We need a breather.   This fall break I had every intention of getting in my car as soon as classes let out, heading home and visiting my friends and family. As it turned out, my car had different plans. A crazy chain of not so pleasant circumstances, and one day of fall break long gone, I found myself stuck at a desolate Ouachita with no way home.   I am pretty certain I saw tumbleweeds rolling down the sidewalk by the Commons. But I was determined. Instead of dwelling on the fact that situations beyond my control had changed my weekend plans for me, I made the conscious decision that I would turn it in to something good. And once I changed the way I saw the incident, it wasn’t hard. The second I stood still and took a step back, I realized just how much of a God thing it was that I was here for this time. In the middle of my hectic schedule, that is exactly what I needed. Just to rest in God’s presence, be still and know that He is God.   It’s just like when your phone starts to lose its battery towards the end of the day. You dim the lights, begin shutting down applications and become more

selective in how you spend your time on it. You give it a break and plug it into the source.   Are you beginning to see the metaphor here? The best way to sustain your life’s battery is to reprioritize, plug in to your true source — God — and recharge. I don’t know if you have ever taken a moment to just lie in the lawn in front of Cone-Bottoms, no homework, no distractions and just witness God’s masterpiece at work, but if you haven’t, let me tell you, it’s the best. The crunchy, fall leaves twisting about the ground, the beautiful trees outlined by a sky prettier than any picture man could ever paint, and the crazy adventures I witnessed from the way-tooabnormally-domesticated squirrels we have inhabiting the trees on campus. It actually made me re-fall in love with Ouachita. Again, not hard (but that’s all a different story). Instead of making myself miserable thinking about how my weekend was supposed to be spent, I refocused and found more joy and rest than the alternative would have offered had my plans gone the way I had intended them.   I realized in that moment that it would have been so easy to complain. In fact, a majority of the time, it’s the easiest and most tempting thing to do, to complain when things don’t seem to go right. Life gets tough, your classes are way too hard, someone said the wrong thing and wallowing in your gloomy circumstances is the natural reaction. After all, misery does love

company. But I also know that company doesn’t love misery, so why do we walk around playing Eeyore and carrying a gray rain cloud over our heads? Life is much too short for us not to find the good in things; we simply have too much to be thankful for.   So, it’s about time to stop the negative thinking. You don’t realize how much your negativity affects not only yourself, but everyone around you. I have this friend back home that, love her dearly, but every time you talk to her, she has something new to complain about. Her parents are ruining her life, her boyfriend is doing everything wrong, her classes are way too hard, the caf’s food sucks and she hates her job. She gives a new definition to Debby Downer, so we’ll call her Debby. I had to start telling her every time we talked, “Debby, tell me three things that bring joy to your life.”   It was amazing how much her attitude and the attitudes around her changed when her attention shifted from everything that was going wrong and refocused on everything that was going right. Shouldn’t that be what we all do? Put your life into perspective. There is so much joy to be found in the world. And if you just can’t seem to find the joy in this world, look to our Heavenly Father. He desires to reveal Himself to you - the greatest of joys.   God made us all different for a reason. He gave us all different brains, with different thoughts, different personalities and different ways of ob-

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serving the world, all so that we can better glorify Him. I sure am glad that the whole world isn’t all one extreme, where everybody has exactly identical outlooks on life. Maybe you are just naturally pessimistic or don’t always see the positives of life right off the bat. (However, I have never met a selfproclaimed pessimist. Every one that I have met is in denial as they smirk and try to convince me that they are just realists.) Well, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being like that. You don’t have to be an optimist to think positively. We optimists don’t usually get a great rep anyways. The world mistakes our desire to find the good amongst the bad for simply being annoying, overly positive people who are naïve to the problems around us. But everybody can choose to make the best out of what life gives you, to find the joy and notice all its possibilities.   No matter how you normally go about viewing life, whether optimist, pessimist, realist or I-don’t-even-knowwhat-I-am-ist, everyone has control over how we react to life’s daily troubles. Just keep an open mind and stay encouraged. After all, we all desire to have a good quality of life while we are here. Your natural reaction to events may not always be to see the silver lining, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your head up, keep going and enjoy the journey. In every bad situation, you can find something good. Every trial has something we can learn. You just have to look for it. n

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor,   I read with great interest of the day you and some of your staff spent without your cell phones. Eye-opening, was it not? I commend and congratulate you on the experiment.   I note that a commonly-realized effect was more time; two of you specified that you finished your homework earlier, for example. A nice benefit for a college student, I would say.   The value of an experiment, of course, is not in what is merely observed, but in what is learned. Happy Learning, Johnny Jackson Sodexo Dining Services Class of ‘77

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  I barely managed to land on my feet after having injured myself while scrambling over an eight foot wall, and as I got out of the way of the other competitors to fold over in pain, I knew I was going to be feeling that for a while. The only thing to comfort me was the thought of only having to jog eight more miles and be electrocuted two more times before I was finished. I was at a Tough Mudder.   The Tough Mudder is a 12-mile obstacle course based on something that used to be used to train British Special Forces. There are heights, small spaces filled with water, barbed wire, freezing cold water, live electrical wires and physical challenges that will take more than just courage to overcome. It’s awful and I didn’t do very well at all, but I’m honestly glad that I did it, and I plan to do it again.   From the outside, it looks like anybody can get through a tough mudder. People of all ages and body types take the challenge, but there’s one thing all of them have in common. Stubbornness. Every single one of them saw a video on the internet of a

half marathon from the underworld, and their ego took its very existence as a slap in the face. To finish a tough mudder, all you have to do is want it. The people around you will help you over the obstacles, you can skip a few if you can’t do them and if you fail a challenge you can just step to the side and get back to the trail. Even then, wanting it bad enough is harder than it might sound.   For those who think they’re up to the challenge, there are a few things you could learn from the misery of my first goaround. First of all, don’t wear pants. Your pre-mudder mind will probably turn its nose up at this notion as it sips its warm brain-tea from the doily littered tea party inside of your skull. Trust me though. The only pride you might have after this event will be from finishing it, and if you plan on doing that, then race Conan The Barbarian style and ditch the breeches. Wear dark colored compression shorts, or if you’re a girl, whatever the female version of that is. In fact, wear as little clothing as possible, and if you must wear something, it had better be tight fitting and water proof. Clothes soak up and stick to mud, and the last thing you need is to be doing this with extra weight. Running sans pants will also help you slide across muddy ground.   The second thing you need to remember is that the electricity is both not as bad as

you think it will be, and simultaneously twenty times worse than you can imagine. Most people imagine that the electrical shocks will feel like a stinging sensation. The good news is, there’s no sting to it at all.   Now imagine the jolt you get whenever something jumps out at you in a scary movie, then multiply that by twenty. That’s what it feels like every time you touch an electrical wire. It will force your muscles to contract, and your heart rate will go through the roof. It doesn’t hurt, but it’s still horrible in a way that few things can be and can cause cramping afterwards. It’s exactly like getting a surprise hug from a urine-soaked homeless guy: just get out of it as quickly as possible and shake the heebie jeebie’s off afterwards.   The last piece of wisdom I can offer is to have a general level of preparedness before going into the event. Be able to do 10 consecutive pull-ups and jog five miles without stopping before you even think about signing that waiver. Also, drink a ton of water in the week leading up to it. I was so dehydrated after I finished that I caught a cramp every time I so much as stood up for two days after it was over. Aside from that, lace your shoes up tight, realize that you will face at least one of your fears and barrel through everything without thinking too much. n

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Headed to the Top

Tigers ranked highest in program history By JOSH FINK

Sports Information Director  ARKADELPHIA, Ark.The Ouachita Tigers continued their climb up the AFCA Coaches Poll this week, cracking the Top 10 for the first time in program history. Their move from No. 11 to No. 10 this week comes after a dominating 58-7 victory over the University of Arkansas-Monticello.   In Ouachita’s 58-7 victory, the defense impressed, recording five interceptions, two of which resulted in defensive touchdowns. The

Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy CHRISTIAN RYCRAW powers through Southwestern Oklahoma’s defense to score another touchdown for the Ouachita Tigers. Rycraw rushed for over 150 yards during the game, helping the Tigers to a 33-12 victory.

1. Colorado St. - Pueblo (7-0) 2. Winston-Salem St., N.C. (7-0) 3. New Haven, Conn. (6-0) 4. Bloomsburg, Pa. (7-0) 5. Northwest Missouri St. (6-1) 6. Ashland, Ohio (7-0) 7t. Minnesota-Duluth (6-1) 7t. Pittsburgh St., Kan. (5-1) 9. Minnesota St. - Mankato (7-0) 10. Ouachita Baptist (6-0) 11. Henderson St. (7-0) 12. Midwestern St., Texas (5-1)

Tigers slipped past Missouri Western State, who fell from No. 4 to No. 16 following a 31-30 loss to Missouri Southern State.  Along with the Tigers, two other GAC foes stayed ranked this week, with Henderson St. at No. 12 and Harding at No. 25. Southern Arkansas received votes in the poll as well.  The fact that Harding stayed in the Top 25 sets up a nationally-ranked match-up for Ouachita this weekend, when they host the Bisons. That game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff. n 13. Shippensburg, Pa. (7-0) 14. California, Pa. (6-1) 15. Saginaw Valley St., Mich. (6-1) 16. Missouri Western St. (6-1) 17. West Texas A&M (6-1) 18t. Emporia St., Kan. (7-0) 18t. Washburn, Kan. (6-1) 20. Indiana, Pa. (6-1) 21. Miles, Ala. (6-1) 22. Michigan Tech (5-1) 23. Sioux Falls, S.D. (6-1) 24. Grand Valley St., Mich. (5-2) 25. Harding, Ark. (5-1)

Rycraw, Allen named Tigers earn school record rank, GAC Players of Week prepare for tough rest of season after UAM defeat By JOSH FINK

Sports Information Director   ARKADELPHIA, Ark.- Based on the stats up to this point in the season, it appears that no-one will be referring to Saturday’s game between the No. 10 Ouachita Tigers (6-0, 4-0 GAC) and the No. 25 Harding Bisons (5-1, 4-1 GAC) as an offensive shootout.   In fact, it appears that it will be quite the opposite. The Tigers enter Saturday’s Top25 match-up as the sixth best defense in the country, while the Bisons enter as the fifth ranked defense. INTERESTING QUARTERBACK SITUATION   Ouachita is sticking with Ty Towers as the starting quarterback this week, but that doesn’t mean that Benson Jordan won’t see his share of action.   Based on a combination of last week’s playing time and the fact that Jordan’s shoulder continues to heal, the Tigers are likely going to show the Bisons a number of different looks, with both quarterbacks seeing ample time on the field.   Although the Tigers didn’t use the passing game much against Arkansas-Monticello, it is going to be a must against the tough defense that the Bisons are bringing to Arkadelphia.   So far this season, Harding is only averaging 92.67 yards per game through the air, with Kelvin Martin leading their attack. This isn’t due to a lack of effort or ability from Martin though, but rather Harding’s option offense. When run correctly, it can be one of the hardest offenses to stop in the game of football and Harding is as efficient as it gets. The Tiger defense will have its hands full with Martin and company. DEFENSE GALORE   Ouachita’s front seven are going to be a pivotal group in this game, as they will have to slow down Martin and the Bisons aforementioned option attack. For the Tigers to be successful, they are going to have to snuff plays out as soon as possible and prevent the big gains.   Ouachita is coming off a five interception performance from the defense, including two interception touchdowns. The Tiger defense currently sits as the fifth best in the country, but it will be up against one of the best rush-

ing offenses in the country on Saturday.   Along with the Tigers, this year’s Harding defense is known for keeping opponents off of the board (barring their 38-10 loss to Henderson State last week). The Tiger offense is going to have to keep the Bisons off-guard by not getting too predictable if they want to be successful. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE   The Tigers and Bisons both like to focus on the ground game. For the Tigers, Chris Rycraw has been stellar. Against UAM he recorded 22 carries for 242 yards and a touchdown, averaging 11 yards per carry.   A lot of his success lays on the shoulders of the Tiger offensive line, who is going to have to work much harder against the Harding front seven than they did against the Boll Weevils.   Since Harding is an option team, most of their yardage comes on the ground. Three players carry the load of work for Harding. Martin is currently averaging 61.2 yards per game on the ground this season, while his counterparts Romo Westbrook and D’Nico Jackson-Best are averaging 61.8 and 44.5 yards respectively. A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON   This history lesson won’t involve finding new lands, overthrowing governments or creating an industrial revolution. However, the Tigers and Bisons have a storied history.   The two teams have met a total of 53 times, with the Bisons currently leading the all-time series by a total of 28-21-4. The Tigers have the advantage in the recent games though, winning two of the last three meetings, including a 31-27 Tiger victory last season.   The last time that Harding recorded a victory over the Tigers was in 2009, when they spoiled Ouachita’s homecoming game with a 21-7 victory in what was a rainy mess of a game.


Sports Information Director   RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.- The Ouachita Tigers received their first GAC Player of the Week selections for the 2012 season. This news came just a couple of hours after learning that the Tigers had moved up to No. 10 in the Week 7 AFCA Coaches Poll.

  Chris Rycraw was named as one of three Offensive Players of the Week for his lights out performance against the University of Arkansas-Monticello. Rycraw recorded 242

yards and a touchdown in the game on 22 carries, for an average of 11 yards per carry. He posted a long run of 65 yards in the game as well.

  Etauj Allen was named as the lone GAC Defensive Player of the Week after his solid performance on Saturday. Allen recorded four solo tackles, but most impressive was his 13 yard interception return for a touchdown. His interception touchdown wasn’t his only score of the afternoon though, as he also had a 73 yard punt return touchdown in the game. n

MEDIA COVERAGE ADDITION   Along with the normal seven stations that carry the Ouachita Football Network, Rex Nelson and company can be heard on 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock this Saturday as well. Pre-game coverage will begin at noon on Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.   Saturday’s contest will take place at A.U. Williams Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. n

Ouachita Tigers Football Schedule 10/20/2012 Harding University Home 1:00 PM 10/27/2012 East Central University 11/3/2012

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Southern Arkansas (Senior Day) Home

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11/10/2012 Henderson State @HSU 3:00 PM

Nicole McPhate z The Signal STEVEN KEHNER sprints past a defender to score another touchdown for the Ouachita Tigers. The Tigers maintained their perfect record by beating Southwestern Oklahoma 33-12.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dallas Cowboys hope for season without choking By HUNTER SOPER Staff Writer

Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy LADY TIGERS gather together before a game to pray as a team. The volleyball team is 5-14 and 2-6 in conference this season.

Lady Tigers demolish Lady Reddies in shutout , prepare for next match By LAUREN SNOW Staff Writer

  With a Battle of the Ravine rivalry and no home court advantage, the Lady Tiger Volleyball team rose to the challenge.   Ouachita fans supported their team at all costs — even when it looked like they were about to lose the match. But the Lady Tigers and Lady Reddies volleyball game was a shutout.   The amazing volley between the two teams resulted in a 3-0 win for the Lady Tigers. Starting off with the first match, the Tigers were behind but had an outstanding comeback and closed in the first match win.   “Our defense picked up a couple of big tips and big hits towards the end of game one. The numerous blocks were amazing!” head coach Danny

Prescott said.   The girls worked well together Tuesday night. There were a few standouts during the game; freshman Abby Pickett played hard and it showed on the court.   She had multiple blocks and some hard kills throughout the game. Junior Faith Avalos also stepped up offensively and attacked her job. The Lady Tigers had a total of 41 kills against the Reddies.   “Our defense was great but we also had some great kills. As well as both of our setters did extremely well and they were being really great vocal leaders throughout the rival game,” Prescott said.   Being able to beat Henderson in their home was distracting with the loud fans.   “We were able to play through their fans constant yelling and win, that was a major plus,” Pickett said.

  The win over a big rival helps the Lady Tigers with their Great American Conference (GAC) race.   Tuesday night’s win “gives us a chance, if we can take care of our match on Friday we can move up to the 5 or 6 spot, to move up high as the season progresses,” Prescott said.   The Lady Tigers came out on top by playing both great defense and offense during the matches and hope to continue this exciting momentum to the remaining season.   Ouachita and Henderson will fight again on Nov. 8 where the Lady Tigers will have the home court advantage.   The team faces off against the Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant Friday afternoon where even though they are away they may come out on top. n

Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy FAITH AVALOS slams the ball past two defenders for another Ouachita point. The Lady Tigers fought hard against Southwestern Oklahoma but fell to them 1-3.

Meet the Coaches: Wrestling Head Coach Kevin Ward By LAUREN SNOW Staff Writer

What is your background with wrestling? I started wrestling when I was five years old, so I have been wrestling for about 25 years now. I wrestled all through high school and was privileged to be a 3 time state champion. I later went on to wrestle with Oklahoma State, and was a part of 4 national championship teams there. I have also been the head coach for OBU for 3 seasons now, so that is a lot of experience for a relatively young head coach. How did you become the wrestling coach for OBU? One of my former coaches from Oklahoma State, who is now running the Arkansas Wrestling Academy for students in Little Rock, is connected to Greg Hatcher, who was looking for a coach here at Ouachita. So by me know Pat it opened a door for an interview and everything just worked out at the perfect time. It was apparent that God had plan for me and I am very fortunate and blessed to be here. What are your thoughts on the new complex? I think it is the best one in the country. I absolutely love it! I am so proud of it, and feel really lucky to have it. For us to have a very young program with one of the nicest facilities in the country is not lost on me. It gives us a home, and it is a very nice home! We are very proud of it, and glad to be in it.

What are some of your goals for this year’s team? My goals are to build on what we have and keep improving on it. When you look at the big picture we had 4 national qualifiers last year, with 3 of them placing within the top 8 in the country, with all returning. I think anything less of us improving on our 15th finished place last year would be disappointing. Even though we have a long time till the national tournament, which is in March, we still have goals, and I think we have a good chance of competing at the national level. How do you feel about having a fairly young team? To be honest, since I have been a head coach, I never had anything else. It is a challenge but if we focus on having some leadership it is a huge benefit. It motivates me to know I have a lot of work to do. It also makes me excited because it means that we have a lot of guys that are willing to come to OBU and wrestle here. If you look at it that way it is nothing but a positive. What is your favorite memory with wrestling? My favorite memory is our first All-Americans last year. As a coach that is better than anything else I have ever done. That is my favorite because I got to watch my guys compete and achieve their goals. n

  The Dallas Cowboys, supposedly “America’s Team,” don’t seem to be living up to that title.   They have only made one playoff appearance in the last four years and if they don’t get their act together soon, the post-season drought will extend to 5.   They are currently tied for third place in the NFC East and are only two games behind the first place New York Giants. But what is keeping the Cowboys from playing to their full potential? Or will they ever get out of this slump?   Tony Romo tends to draw the negative attention of announcers as well as fans and when they come up short, the fingers point to him.   The past few years, Romo has had a decent quarterback rating (mathematical performance percentage), with his lowest being 91.4 percent in the 2009 season and ranked among the top in fourth quarter QB rating as well. But this year for him has yielded different results.   He has a meager 78.5 percent as an overall rating, which is eight points below the league average of 86.1 percent, and sits in sixteenth place for the fourth quarter QB rating.  Thankfully, it’s not all Romo’s fault, he certainly doesn’t intend to blow games

in the fourth quarter (which is of course open to opinion) or throw multiple interceptions in a single quarter; he’s an athlete, a competitor and doesn’t enjoy playing poorly.   It is the Cowboys themselves that have been their own worst enemies. Dallas ranks close to the top in the NFL in dropped passes, giveaways, and penalties, all of which are not a recipe for success.   The five up front on the offensive line are not doing their part either. You can have the top wide receivers and running backs but if you don’t have the time to throw the ball or lanes to run the ball through, your offense is worthless.   According to Pro Football Focus, only two of Dallas’ offensive linemen grade out well among other players of the same position; Center Ryan Cook who ranks thirteenth out of 34, and Left Guard Nate Livings who ranks twenty-fourth out of 71.   There is still hope for Dallas in this season as long as they quit shooting themselves in the foot with dumb penalties and excessive turnovers.   There is no doubt that the Cowboys have the right players (a few more couldn’t hurt), they simply need to execute.   Whether or not they will turn this season around is anyone’s guess, but I for one hope they do. n

Ouachita Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes four new members By EMILY GRIGSBY Staff Writer

  Since 2003 the Ouachita Athletic Hall of Fame has been building its members to grace the walls of the Sturgis Physical Education Center.   “When I came into my job the first thing that I wanted to start was something that would give recognition to the former athletes,” said David Sharp, head athletic director.   This year there will be an addition of four individuals that include; golfer Mike Branson, football player and track athlete Luther Guinn, basketball player Donald Ray Williams, former head volleyball and tennis coach Tona Wright and the 1969-70 Women’s basketball team.   The women’s basketball team is being honored for not only their outstanding achievements and winning records, but also for what was the start of a great tradition in women’s basketball.   Mike Branson along with Donald Ray Williams are both being awarded for their All-American Honors. Luther Guinn is being honored for earning All-AIC awards

for football in 1973 and 1974 and All-AIC in track from 1973-1975.   The last single inductee is Tona Wright. She is responsible for the development of the first varsity women’s volleyball team for Ouachita, and she was also one of the state’s leading members in organizing women’s sports on a collegiate level. Wright also served as head volleyball and tennis coach at Ouachita.   To be a part of the Hall of Fame there is a “Comity of former student athletes that played at OBU, and together they look at the achievements from that athlete to conclude if they will become a member of the Hall of Fame,” Sharp stated.   The induction ceremony for the new member will be held on Oct. 9th in the Walker Conference Center on Ouachita’s campus.   The ceremony will have Rex Nelson emceeing the event who was the voice of the football Tigers for 30 years. Tickets cost $25 each and are available by contacting David Sharp at sharpd@ or by phone at 870230-2272. n

Dr. Wesley Kluck z Courtesy CLAYTON CASE heads a ball to a teammate during a game. The Tigers are 7-8 this season.

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two Every residence hall floor had one phone, which students could use. When parents called, they would call the floor phone and whoever was closest would answer. When you had a date, they would go to your lobby and use the lobby phone to call your hall phone when they were ready. “Perrin Two, which chick for you?”

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five Clubs used to build floats for the downtown Homecoming parade. Also, Ouachita and Henderson used to have joint Homecoming.

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six The Signal used to be called Ripples. Ripples was a combination newspaper and literary magazine; the name was changed when the publication split into a newspaper, which became The Signal, and a separate literary magazine, which later changed from “Ripples” to “Scope.”

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seven Girls used to have an 11 p.m. curfew. Girls had a limited number “late minutes” they could use throughout the semester on nights they needed to stay out past curfew.

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