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03.06.14 9 IN THIS ISSUE:

Free Concert Wind Ensemble to present annual concert, p.2

Business Savvy PUREnovation wins OBU/HSU Business Plan Competition, p.2

Campus Royalty Newly-crowned Miss OBU, Abby Lindsey, talks with the Signal, p.3

Dr. Wesley Kluck zCourtesy Chris Rycraw speeds past a Henderson defender during the Battle of the Ravine 2013. Ouachita is set to offer a new degree in Sports Management beginning fall of 2014.

Business school to offer new ‘Sports Management Program’ By DIXON LAND

Assistant Sports Editor @dixoncland

Windy City Ouachita student’s Chicago Semester experience (in poem form), p. 4

Batting Practice Baseball catcher reflects on influential win, p.5

Beauty Queens Pageant photos from Miss OBU 2014, p.6

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  The Hickingbotham School of Business will offer a new sport management emphasis next fall under it’s business administration major.  The Sport Management program was developed by Dr. Kent Faught, associate professor of management and the Heflin Chair of Business. The program will become an

emphasis within the business administration major and will feature four classes to be taken, along with an optional internship.   “In one sense, the sport management emphasis came in very quickly. I spoke with Terry DeWitt and he asked me why we didn’t have a sports business program on campus and I told him that I’d be interested in pursuing one,” Faught said.   Faught had always been a sports fan and after read-

ing “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game,” started to implement strategies presented in the book into his Management Strategy and Policy class. Following a meeting at the North American Society for Sport Management annual conference, Faught, along with Mike Reynolds, met with Dr. Bryan McKinney to discuss structure of the program.   “The meeting was very informative and helped direct development of the empha-

sis,” Faught said. “It was written up and reviewed by the Curriculum Committee in November, then presented during December’s faculty meeting, where it was approved without dissent.”   The emphasis will feature four different classes including Big Data/Data Mining; Sport Law; Program Design and Management, an existing course offered within the Kinesiology department; and, see DEGREE z 2

Ouachita to host opera director for free musical theater workshop March 7 By TRENNIS HENDERSON News Bureau

  Ouachita will host opera and musical theater director Dr. Mark Ross Clark in a musical theater workshop on The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center.   The first half of the workshop will include movement exercises to help prepare participants for singing and performing. Clark will then work with four students in a master class, critiquing their performances of musical theater selections for the benefit of all workshop participants.   “I hope that students will gain tools they can use for preparing their vocal repertoire,” said Dr. Maggie Garrett, assis-

tant professor of music.   Garrett was a student of Clark’s in the Indiana University opera workshop while pursuing her Master of Music degree and explained that Clark previously conducted an opera workshop at Ouachita in 2010.  “Dr. Clark requested to come to OBU because he was impressed with the high caliber of our students when he was here to present a workshop in 2010,” Garrett noted.   She added that the workshop seeks to provide dual outcomes, giving students the opportunity “to try out physical exercises they can take home and apply to their singing.” Additionally, she said, “During the master class portion, attendees will see how see WORKSHOP z 2

z Courtesy Dr. Mark Ross Clark, an opera and musical theater director, will be on campus Friday to host a musical theater workshop. The workshop is designed to help students improve their performing ability.

School of Social Sciences to host Finke for sociology lecture By TAYLOR TOMLINSON News Bureau

  Ouachita will host Dr. Roger Finke, professor of sociology and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, as part of the endowed Birkett Williams Lecture Series. Finke’s lecture, set for next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall, is free and open to the public.   The lecture series is held each semester and rotates among Ouachita’s seven academic schools. This semester, OBU’s W.H. Sutton School of Social Sciences invited Finke as the guest lecturer. His speech is titled “Origins and

Dr. Roger Finke z Courtesy

Consequences of Religious Restrictions: A Global Overview.”   “Academically, this fits right into the sociological discussion of the effects of governmental regulation of religion,”

said Dr. David Caddell, associate professor of sociology. “On an international level, Dr. Finke has made a big difference with this research in his discussions with various leaders (including China) on the benefits of opening up their religious marketplace.”   “For over two decades, Professor Finke has contributed to empirical investigations of religion,” added Dr. Randall Wight, dean of OBU’s Sutton School. “What a pleasure to have someone with his insight coming to speak on matters of such importance to the Ouachita community.”   Since earning his doctorate in sociology from the University of Washington, Finke

has become “one of the leading and most prolific scholars in the sociology of religion,” Caddell noted. Finke currently serves as director of the Association of Religion Data Archives, the largest clearinghouse for religious data in the world.   He also is the author several books, including Places of Faith: A Road Trip across America’s Religious Landscape, The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the 21st Century and Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion.   A few of Finke’s published see LECTURE z 2

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this weekzCALENDAR WIND ENSEMBLE concert is tonight in JPAC from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Craig Hamilton at hamiltonc@obu. edu. REFUGE is tonight at Second Baptist from 9-10 p.m. For more information, contact James Taylor at OPERA WORKSHOP will take place in JPAC tomorrow from 3 - 5 p.m. For more information, contact Maggie Garrett at garrettm@obu. edu.

CAB CARTOONS AND PANCAKES at Dr. Jack’s will be from Saturday from 10 a.m. - noon. For more information, contact Hillary Hill at hillh@obu. edu. 10 MINUTE PLAY FEST will take place Saturday from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in Verser. For more information, contact Jordan Miller at ONE ACTS AUDITIONS will take place in Verser Tuesday, March 11 from 5 - 9 p.m. For more information, contact: Daniel Inouye at



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Nicole McPhate z The Signal The Ouachita Wind Ensemble performs a previous concert in Jones Performing Arts Center. This semester’s concert will take place tonight and will include 37 student musicians of various majors.

Wind ensemble to host concert in JPAC By CHELSEA WHELPLEY News Bureau

  Ouachita’s Division of Music will host a concert featuring the Ouachita Wind Ensemble tonight at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Jones Performing Arts Center.  The Wind Ensemble includes 37 students representing various majors from across campus.   “This music we are performing represents many years and styles,” said Dr. Craig Hamilton, director of the Wind Ensemble and Trimble Professor of Music. “There is something for everyone.”  Hamilton also serves as OBU’s Lena Goodwin Trimble


z Continued from Page 1 Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. There will also be an internship component.   Faught will teach the Big Data/Data mining course. The course will apply statistical analysis to sports and the effects that it has on them. It will briefly touch on sabermetrics, the in-depth statistical study of baseball, as well as covering a broader realm of statistics.   “The course is designed to emphasize the use of statistics for player selection. It is becoming an even bigger part of sports and it’s good to know how to apply it in managing

Professor of Music, director of bands and coordinator of instrumental studies.  The concert will include Clifton Williams’ “Symphonic Suite,” Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby,” Percy Aldridge Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore,” Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble” and Vincent Persichetti’s “Divertimento for Band, Op. 42.” The Ewazen selection will feature a solo by the winner of the 2013 Ouachita Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition, Carter Harlan, a junior music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.   “There is something very special about a large group of people coming together to make music,” Harlan said. “We have a great conductor

who challenges us with difficult music, so each concert is an exciting and fun event for the audience and the musicians.”   “The Wind Ensemble is a great collection of talented musicians,” said Emily Tual, a sophomore dietetics major and Wind Ensemble member from Plano, Texas. “We have fun but we get our work done. Dr. Hamilton challenges us in our musicianship and loves seeing us reach our potential. It’s a great program to be a part of.”   “I am very proud of the Wind Ensemble and look forward to our performance,” Hamilton noted. “I hope everyone can attend.”   For more information, contact Dr. Craig Hamilton at n

sports,” Faught said.   Another class that will be offered is the Sport Law class. Chris Turnage, a lawyer from Hot Springs, will teach the course. Turnage is also one of two licensed NFL sports agents in the state of Arkansas. The course will cover specific laws that apply to sports directly. It will address practical issues such as liability concerns and concussion lawsuits.   “When Bryan [McKinney] and I met about the emphasis and ‘Sport Law,’ became one of the courses, we agreed that Chris was a natural fit,” Faught said.   The Program Design and Management class, existing in the kinesiology major, covers general principles behind

managing and planning different sporting programs. The Organization and Administration of Health, Physical Education and Recreation covers the issues facing the administrators and management of sporting teams.   “The internship is critical for placement after graduation,” Faught said. “It’s important for us to begin tapping into networks where we can place students for internships. But, until we can fully manage that, we’re still going to keep the internship optional.”   The program will be offered beginning next fall. For more information on the emphasis or the course schedule offered within it, contact Dr. Kent Faught at n

a professional stage director works to bring the vocal and theatrical improvements he desires out of the performers with whom he is working. It is the hope that they will learn things they can apply to their own performances.”   Clark serves as artistic director of the Louisiana Lyric Opera and director of opera and musical theater at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. He is also an author and is in the process of publishing a new book on musical theater that includes analysis of 100 Broadway songs for voice students and their teachers. His books Singing, Acting and Movement in Opera and The Guide to Aria Repertoire are widely used by singing actors and instructors.


z Continued from Page 1 articles include: “Origins and Consequences of Religious Restrictions: A Global Overview,” “Cross-National Moral Beliefs: The Influence of National Religious Context,” and “The Effects of Professional Training: The Social and Religious Capital Acquired in Seminaries.”   “I would encourage our students and faculty to come enjoy Roger’s lecture,” Caddell said. “Not only is he a fantastic scholar, but he is a genuinely kind and humorous person. He really enjoys talking about

By EMILY TERRY Editor-in-Chief

 Ouachita students took home the first and fourth place spots at the annual Ouachita/ Henderson Business Plan Competition held Monday at Town Hall.   The top three teams from the Ouachita Business Plan Competition advanced to compete against Henderson’s top teams for a panel of five out of town judges.   Junior Alex Young placed fourth with his plan for WaterPulse Technologies. Young

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came in third place at the Ouachita Business Plan Competition.  Seniors Michael Crowe, Alex Nelson and Evan Malcolm were the overall winners at Monday’s competition for their plan for PUREnovation Inc. The group, which also includes seniors Rachel Hooker and Stephanie Chantos, placed first at the Ouachita competition.   Three teams from Ouachita hope to compete at the Governor’s Cup competition, held at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, March 18-19. n

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ideas with students, and it’s really evident when you see him in this type of an environment.”   Ouachita’s Birkett Williams Lecture Series was established in 1977 through a gift from the late Birkett L. Williams, a 1910 Ouachita graduate. His generous endowment established the lectures as an opportunity to extend the concepts of a liberal arts education beyond the classroom by bringing outstanding scholars and public figures to Ouachita’s campus.   For more information, contact Dr. Randall Wight at n

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  Clark has served as director of the Indiana University Opera Theatre, and his students have gone on to sing at renowned opera theaters like The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, The New York City Opera and The Chicago Lyric Opera. He has directed operas in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom and Brazil; his production of Susannah at the University of North CarolinaGreensboro won national recognition by the National Opera Association in 2005.   The Ouachita students who will perform in the master class are Chad Burris, Timothy Drennan, Caitlin Secrest and Garrett Whitehead. Staff pianists Susan Monroe and Phyllis Walker will accompany the singers.   For more information, contact Dr. Maggie Garrett at n

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Newly crowned Miss OBU talks pageant past and staying focused for journey to Miss AR By EMILY TERRY Editor-in-Chief



littering gowns. Perfect hair. Confident steps. Flawless makeup. Enchanting talent. Eloquent words. Silky sash. Shiny crown. Pageant queen.   Many girls grow up wearing plastic tiaras, singing for audiences of stuffed animals and playing dress up to parade around and show off their princess gowns. Some of them continue in this trend long after baby teeth have been lost and childhood is over.   One of these lucky ladies is the newly crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University, junior Abby Lindsey.   “Being in pageants has always been something I wanted to do,” Lindsey said. “I grew up seeing my grandmother interview the Miss Arkansas winners and wanted to be a part of that because I saw the fulfillment and the joy they had representing their state. They held themselves to such a high standard and were so respecctable.”   Her pageant beginnings were not as poised and practiced as they are now, however.   “My first pageant was Little Miss Van Buren,” she said. “I was in sixth grade and I bawled because I didn’t win! I was so pathetic.”   A year later, Lindsey won her first pageant and was named Miss Arkansas River Preteen. After a brief hiatus, she returned to pageants her senior year of high school and entered in the Miss Arkansas preliminary competitions.   “The first Miss Arkansas prelim I won was Miss Ozark Highlands, which was the spring of my freshman year. I missed spring break because the pageant was on the Saturday at the end of the break and I wanted to be at home to prepare,” she said. “Then I gave up the next spring break because I had to give up the title that same weekend. So my junior year is my first spring break to actually do something!”   Two years after winning her first Miss Arkansas prelim, Lindsey is preparing to head back to the Miss Arkansas stage for the third year in a row and says she has finally gotten a handle on what to expect.   “My first year, I was just so excited. I didn’t know what I was doing and didn’t understand the preparation that needed to go into it,” she said. “My evening gown was just a wreck. My interview was awful. I was not prepared.   “Then last year, I knew what I needed to do. I was prepared mentally, spiritually and physically. and it just exceeded my expectations. Winning Miss Congeniality was so humblimg, then overall interview and second runner up was just crazy.”   In order to prepare for her third trip to Miss Arkansas in June, Lindsey is training not only her body and voice, but also her mind and


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spirit.   “Pageants are hard in the sense that they challenge you and they push you to think in ways that you’ve never had to think before,” she said. “If you’re Miss Arkansas, you’re speaking for and representing all of the people of Arkansas who may not share the same thoughts as you and the same religious views as you.”   In order to prepare herself and keep her mind and heart in the best place possible to serve her title and the Lord, Lindsey says some of the most important preparation for a pageant is “a lot of Jesus time and a lot of prayer.”   “It’s spending a lot of time with the Lord, asking Him to give me the words to speak in that interview room where I’m not denying Him, or walking away from the things I believe in, but also not offending anyone in the room because they’re still all human beings,” she said. “I’m trying to be spiritually strong in that because Satan is very capable to attack through those judges. It’s pretty much a teset of character and a test of faith, for sure.”   Lindsey’s platform, “Social Network Safety,” is something she believes strongly in because she has experienced firsthand the dangers of online predators.   “I thought I had found this awesome guy who had everything any girl would love – especially me in my 16-year old mentality,” she said. “It turned out that this cousin of his, who I became friends with, made up this fake Facebook account and created this person that I had fallen in love with and he didn’t even exist.”   Over time, Lindsey discovered that she could use this experience from her past as a way to reach out to others. She has spoken at events, mainly to children, educating them on the proper way to use social media and the internet.   “That’s how I was able to swallow my pride and talk about it,” she said. “No matter the situation, how good or bad, extreme or not, even if you think it’s not influential, the Lord is using your experiences for that kind of thing.”   Lindsey is looking forward to the next year as she represents Ouachita all across the state..   “I love this school and everything about it and wouldn’t want to represent any other university. My parents went here and my sister and her husband met here and graduated from here, so to be able to represent them as Ouachita alumni and other alumni friends is just a huge honor and I’m humbled by it and really excited for the opportunity.”   Something else she is looking forward to?   Waking up in 104 days and eating anything she wants.   “The day after Miss Arkansas, I would be okay with a cheeseburger and a shake from Big Orange,” she said. “Or a cinnamon roll. Maybe both.” n


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Making horror movies scary again By NOAH HUTCHINSON Opinions Editor @Hutch15   Chet’s eyes were as wide as two regular customers at McDonald’s as he steeled himself to peek around the corner.   With a deep breath and a quick prayer, he turned the corner, only to find himself nose to (red, bulbous) nose with the axe-wielding clown he had been hiding from all night.   Chet cried out as he shielded his head in a last futile attempt at survival. His fate was sealed. Definitely. He was for sure gonna get axed. At any minute he knew the final blow would be struck....any minute.   Chet sheepishly opened one eye to see the clown laid out on the floor and his neighbor, an aging highschool bus driver named ‘Big Sandy,’ standing over the unconscious mass.   “Yeah, police?” Sandy growled into her phone. “I just punched out some creep in a clown costume that was about to whack my sissy neighbor. Can you come take him in? I wouldn’t mind if you picked up my neighbor while you’re at it. He’s been screaming like a 13-year old girl at one’a them One Defection concerts all night, and I’ve got to get up for a 5 a.m. shift.”   This is how most of the horror movies made over the past few years would end. I love horror movies, but Michael Myers makes most of today’s slashers look like they learned how to use a knife at a soufflé slicing class. Horror movies aren’t quite a lost cause yet, though. All they have to do is go back to the days when they were all about suspense rather than setting up a needlessly long game of cat and mouse.

  Lately the big bad guys are demons and slashers. With demons, you know the monster is just going to be a little girl in a white night gown that does back bends and talks in a creepy voice. With slashers, it’s just some guy in a mask. All you need to solve either of these problems is a priest and all the anger that suddenly welled up inside you when you realized that the director’s monster of choice was making you miss “Parks and Rec.”   They should just go ahead and drop demons all together. Everyone’s already seen “The Exorcist.” Stop trying to remake it. Slashers still have a chance though. The only problem is, the current trend, as seen in “The Purge,” “The Strangers” and “You’re Next” is to round up a bunch of normal people to be the killers and then have them make a full frontal assault on the victims. You’re basically setting yourself up to have an audience full of people wondering why the victims don’t just watch TV in the living room with a fire-place poker in hand and deal with the killers when they finally come inside.   Instead, get a really horrifying villain. Somebody huge. Somebody you couldn’t just punch in the face and be done with. Then, pair them up with a bunch of victims who would be absolutely helpless against them. Imagine this: Michael Cera, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, that weird chick from bridesmaids that had the Pixar themed wedding and some nameless cannon fodder all go on a road trip through small town Arkansas. They see a news report about an underappreciated cook at a nearby pizza place, played by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, finally snapping and murdering all of his co-workers – with a cheese grater. Horror movie ensues. When you pull over to use the bathroom at that gas station at two in the morning and The Rock is waiting in the next stall over to cheese-grate your face off, you know you’re not going to see the ending credits.



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“No-Poo” Haircare Method Combination of baking soda, apple cider vinegar comparable to traditional shampoo, conditioner By RACHEL GILMER

I couldn’t sleep the other night because of all the wind. This big bad city blew me down and left me to defend

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myself against those darker dreams that creep in through the cracks of conscious thought. I told myself again to just relax. That morning I woke up and saw a gritty city smiling through icy windows, always shut; the snow again was piling. “Oh, not another day of this,” I pleaded with myself. “It’s cold outside and in the hearts of strangers on the L.” “It’s warmer here than you may think,” a gentle Voice replied. “You have to focus on today and put past hurts aside.” “But I could never thrive among such dirty, scary men.” “Forget the fears of yesterday,” Love whispered once again. “Renew your mercies for this place as I have done for you, as even in your worst offense I’ll never cease to do. “If you can love this frigid place you’ll last through winter’s sting and My dear warmth in you will haste the coming of the spring.” (Marissa is an OBU junior currently participating in Chicago Semester.)

  When I first had a friend tell me that he was washing his hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, I thought he was a little crazy. In fact, when I saw baking soda and apple cider vinegar in his bathtub, I thought he was just keeping his cleaning supplies in a convenient location.   Shortly after this conversation, I happened across an article talking about how much better baking soda and apple cider vinegar are for your hair and the environment. I was skeptical, so I did some research. Many articles were encouraging and gave advice on how best to wash your hair effectively with BS and ACV (a method they called no-poo), but a few were more skeptical. Perhaps the most intriguing was the argument that the chemicals in shampoo and conditioner are scientifically fine-tuned to your hair, but baking soda and apple cider vinegar are not, and hurt your hair. However, the argument that shampoo and conditioner companies want you to keep buying their product, so they will create it so that you must use it more often also seemed valid.   I decided to try the no-poo method for a month because I wanted to find out for myself if traditional shampoo and conditioner or no-poo gives me healthier hair, but more importantly, because I was out of shampoo and conditioner and BS and ACV are significantly cheaper. I went to Walmart, bought a huge box of BS and bottle of the “with the mother” ACV. “With the mother” ACV is the type I use because it has not gone through the pasteurization process that kills the enzymes and bacteria living in the vinegar. As gross as it sounds, this where many of the benefits of ACV originate.  I put baking soda in a Tupperware container to keep it dry in the bathroom. For the ACV, I diluted it to half ACV and half water and then stored it in a spray bottle.   The first two weeks were awful because I didn’t know how much BS or ACV to use. My hair smelled strongly of vinegar whenever it was damp and my hair didn’t feel as clean. I tried pouring a diluted mixture of ACV over my head, but the smell wouldn’t come out with any amount of rinsing. When I went for a run,

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  You also can’t just stick everyone in one house. Groups of people working together have killed wooly mammoths with nothing but pointy sticks. Your setting has to be somewhere just isolated enough to keep the cops from showing up, but just big enough to give the villain an abundance of good hiding spots and the victims enough space to wander off and get separated.   On top of all that, did you notice how the phrase “and some nameless cannon fodder” at the end of that cast list earlier gave this movie the potential to have a ton of victims? That’s how it should be. There’s no suspense in having two people chasing/running from each other for an hour and a half. Instead, you have to use that time to make the audience love your main character. Then have the villain kill off a red shirt. Throw in a tender moment between your hero and his love interest. Then throw her hot best friend into the cheese grater. Make him ever so desperately try to save his friends. Then split the group up. Then split the group up (with a cheese grater).   Pretty soon, you’ve simultaneously built up your villain into a force of nature and made your audience want your hero to make it out alive. By the end of the movie, when all that’s left is your horrifying villain, your valiant hero and his screaming love interest, you’ve set up a huge cathartic moment for the audience when the hero finally pushes the bad guy into a wood chipper. It’s a victory. It feels good. It leaves people saying something other than, “Finally! I’d have done that in the first 20 minutes.”   Lots of horror movies say they pay homage to the classics by having casts full of hot girls, cramming their characters into a cabin and throwing around buckets of blood. It’s a bunch of boloney. If they followed the classic formula put into place by movies like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th,” they’d actually be able to make something scary. n








the smell of vinegar was so overpowering that I could barely breathe. So, I got clever and bought a spray bottle, put the diluted mixture of ACV inside and used the stream setting on my hair. My hair still smelled like vinegar when it was wet, but it was tolerable. I finally discovered that the spray setting on the spray bottle is what works best for my hair. When I sweat now, I actually smell the baking soda instead of the vinegar – a smell I find much more tolerable than vinegar.   I had a bit of a disaster during the second week when I decided to deep moisturize my hair by covering it in melted coconut oil and letting it sit for several hours. What I didn’t realize is that baking soda cannot get coconut oil out of hair – you have to use shampoo or soap. Since I was ignorant of this fact, I washed it and ended up with hair that looked like I poured a gallon of hair gel on top. It was so disgusting that I came home in between classes and washed it three times with dishwashing soap. And it still felt a little oily. On the bright side, my hair was very soft and healthy looking after my second shower. I discovered that the coconut oil works a lot better if I just apply it twice a month to the bottom half of my hair, wash the ends out with shampoo, and then follow my usual routine.   Now that I’ve gone a month no-poo, I feel like I’ve figured out the way that works best for my hair. I fill my palm with dry baking soda and then add enough water to form it into a paste. Starting at my scalp, I work the baking soda into my hair and let it sit for several minutes. Then, I rinse my hair thoroughly (you don’t want an elementary school volcano experiment happening on top of your head). Next I spray ACV on all my hair, using about 15 sprays. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I rinse it out well. Once I finish my shower, I usually add some lavender oil to it so that it has a nice fresh smell.   Is no-poo better than shampoo and conditioner? It is definitely cheaper and I can go about a day and a half instead of just a day without washing my hair. I don’t think my hair is any healthier, but I think it is just as healthy. I feel better about what I’m using to wash my hair, so I think the extra effort is worth it. If my hair starts falling out, turns green, or, more likely, turns oily during the summer, I’ll quickly change back to shampoo, but until then, I’ll stick with baking soda and apple cider vinegar. n

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2014 NFL Draft predictions By DIXON LAND

Assistant Sports Editor @DixonCLand

Haley Gunn y Courtesy Matt Sinclair jogs to homeplate where he is congratulated by his teammates following his homerun in the Texas district tournamen championship. The game featured Sinclair going 3 for 3 with 5 RBI’s and 1 homerun.

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t was a hot Texas summer day as the sun was

beating down. The school bell rang to release students to go home. It smelt of freshly cut grass as I walked outside to my car. I grabed my bag out of my car and headed into the locker room. It was game day.   As a kid, you always play sports scenarios in your head. Bottom of the ninth, two outs, bases loaded and your team is down by one. It was my senior year of high school at Cy-Creek and I finally had the chance to make this dream come true.   We had only lost one district game the entire year and we were headed for the district championship. Little did we know we were going to have to play Cy-Fair who had won district for seven consecutive years.   “Crack!” is all you can hear coming from the field as we began batting practice. Fans begin to pile in to the stadium as we are finishing up our pre-game routine. Everybody had been talking about this game the entire week. As we walked back into the locker room, Cy-Fair took the field. There was not a single place to sit in the stands and people were even sitting on top of storage pods behind left field. This is what lived for and up to this point, this would be the biggest game of my high school career.   Cy-Fair against Cy-Creek, for a district championship. This is the first one I had ever played for and I was ready for the challenge. They had their ace on the mound, Trey Wall. He threw in the mid to upper 80s. He had decent off speed but he wanted to throw it by you but I knew we had the guys to beat him. For example, I led the district in home runs that year with 12. Our first baseman hit 10, and we had the guys around us getting on base so we could drive them in.   “Let’s play ball!” screamed the umpire as the game was now underway. I was behind the plate, catching for our number one arm, Kevin Pappas. He didn’t lose a single game that year and everyone thought the game was going to be a pitcher’s duel and I thought that one swing could win the game for either team.   Kevin forced three outs to start the game and finished the top of the inning. As Trey Wall came on, I kept telling everyone to stick to our approach and that we could still beat him. Trey looked dominant, he was spotting up his fastball on both sides of the plate in that first inning and was hitting with a couple of curveballs for strikes. I knew I was going to have to get him early in the count if I was going to be successful.   Kevin went back out and gave up a hit to the first batter, then got a ground ball double play and another ground out to end the inning. I led off the bottom of the second. I said to myself, “He is going to try and blow it by you, be ready and don’t miss your pitch.”   I dug into the box and got ready to battle against one of the toughest pitchers in the district. Trey began his wind up and threw the

pitch. Fastball inside. I had been right.   “Crack!” the crowd was silently waiting to see the results of the swing, I began to sprint towards first base and the crowd erupted. I hit a solo home run to left center over our flag poles on the first pitch I saw in the game. As I rounded the bases, the crowds’ cheers grew louder and as I touched home my teammates were there to greet me with high fives.   Everyone was going crazy and it was so loud that Trey walked the next two batters. He got out of the inning with just giving up the home run. But after that swing, I knew that this was our game.   We got back to the top of our lineup in the fourth inning, and our leadoff hitter started off with a double. As I walked up to the plate, everyone is yelling, “Do it again! Hit another homerun!” I got settled in the box, the first pitch I saw was a curveball in the dirt. I knew I was likely to get a fastball the next pitch so I geared up to hit it.   Sure enough, he threw me a fast ball on the outer half and I drove a double into right-center. Our leadoff hitter scored from second base and we were up 2-0 on the reigning district champions. With runners on second and third now, our sixth hitter drove a single into left field and scored both of us. We put up three runs in the fourth to increase our lead to 4-0.   In the top of the fifth, Kevin gave up a double that scored two runners and cut our lead in half. Following two outs, another player hit a single through the right side and they score their third run of the game. You could literally hear a pin drop. Kevin got the leadoff hitter in their lineup to roll over and we were out of the inning. The game is coming down to the wire. -Matt Sinclair   In the top of the sixth, they brought in a soft throwing lefty named Garrett Mahacheck. I had played summer ball with him for three years and I knew everything that he had. I started giving our hitters info on his pitching style.   Kevin, our third batter in our lineup stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right. I was up to the plate. Garret had thrown me a first pitcher curve ball for a ball. He doubled up on the curveball and got behind on me 2-0. I was thinking fastball but in the back of my mind I knew he was probably going to throw his change-up.   Garrett started his motion towards the plate, and threw me a change-up. I hit a line drive that was no higher than ten feet off of the ground. As the ball continued to carry out into left I looked to see it carry over the fence and I threw my hands up. I had just hit my second home run in the game and put us up 7-3.   As I rounded third I shook my coach’s hand and looked up into the stands to see my mom standing, clapping and wiping tears from her face. I will always remember that moment.   We won the district championship game 7-5 and ended Cy-Fair’s streak of district championships. It was the biggest game of my life. I played that scenario in my head when I was little. The feeling was indescribable. n

“I looked to see my mom standing, claping and wiping tears from her eyes. I will always remember that.”

  As many have recently watched the NFL combine, the question still remains, what will the draft look like. I would be completely remiss if I didn’t include my own draft predictions for the 2014 NFL Draft.   Pick #1: Houston Texans—This year boasts some strong quarterbacks. Obviously Manziel is a household name at this point, and Bridgewater is well liked too. But Blake Bortels is a guy that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the other two do. With that in mind, I’m still going with Johnny Manziel to Houston for the first Pick. Manziel is the hometown boy. He also fills a need on their roster especially with a head coach that can grow into the area with him. Manziel is incredibly talented and has really good mobility. He also boasts serious vision and really great footwork. His stats don’t lie and he’s a Heisman trophy winner. Manziel finished his two-year career at Texas A&M with almost 10,000 yards of offense. While Manziel didn’t throw at the Combine, many scouts will be able to see him show off his arm at his pro-day on March 27.   Pick #2: St. Louis Rams—Second, I think Atlanta will trade up for Jadeveon Clowney. The Falcons need a really good pass rusher and there’s no doubt that Clowney can fit the bill. He boasts incredible size, explosiveness and strength to go along with his incredible speed at a 4.53, 40-time. He’s too quick for trap blocks because he can beat oncoming blockers with speed and cause havoc in the backfield, as evidence by his tackle, forced fumble and recovery against Michigan in 2012. And although Clowney seemed to have taken plays off this year, expect Clowney to be a monster in the NFL.   Pick #3: Jacksonville Jaguars—In the third spot, I think that Jacksonville will either take Blake Bortels out of UCF or Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville. Jacksonville needs someone they can build a team around and that’s probably going to be a quarterback. The advantage for Bortels is Jacksonville is close to home. Bridgewater is certainly the better quarterback and has been tested a lot more, however, more than likely I think Bortels will go to Jacksonville.   Pick #4: Cleveland Browns—In the fourth spot, the Cleveland Browns will take the third of the quarterbacks that are left. Cleveland hasn’t had a strong quarterback in years and they could also build a team around a successful one. Look to see them take either Bortels or Bridgewater depending on whoever is left.   Pick #5: Oakland Raiders—In the fifth spot, I have Oakland taking Sammy Watkins. Watkins, whom we have already talked about on this show, boasts serious versatilityprobably as much as anyone in the draft. Oakland could benefit from a feature athlete like him and it would be a good prize when Manziel, Bortels, and Bridgewater are taken.   And while out of these predictions, one may emerge as a rookie, or maybe all five. However, look to see some of them become incresingly important to their respective teams early on in their careers.   Also, here are a few notable mentions that I predict will become major players on the teams they get drafted too from early on.   I really like Greg Robinson from Auburn. The guy boasts everything you could want in a NFL tackle. The guy has massive legs, big hands and long arms. He has good mobility and runs a 4.9, 40 time. He’s one of those guys that could be a consistent Pro Bowler in the NFL and the type of guy that you could trust to babysit your kids. I think he’ll probably end up in St. Louis to protect Sam Bradford’s blindside.   Also, when we talk about tackles, I like Jake Matthews from Texas A&M. He boasts incredible quickness off the line and plays with great technique. Though not a superior athlete, he’s quick enough to get away with the occasional chop block and getting off quickly to linebackers.   The other guy I want to talk about is CJ Mosley from Alabama. Mosley isn’t as tall as your traditional linebacker in the NFL; however, he makes up for it with speed and lower body strength. He rarely makes mistakes and has an incredibly high football IQ that makes him dangerous to audible against. As the leader of the Crimson Tide defense, which ranks as one of the top in college football every year, Mosley made 107 tackles, eight for loss, four sacks and also snagged two interceptions.   Nevertheless, these players will have a serious impact early on. n


Baseball Feb. 22—OBU @ SE Okla. St. (DH), L 0-3, L 2-3 Feb. 28—OBU @ SAU, W 7-2 March 1—OBU @ SAU (DH), L 3-12, L 0-7 March 7—OBU vs. UAM, 2 p.m. March 8—OBU vs. UAM (DH), 12 p.m., 5 p.m. Softball Feb. 28—OBU vs. SAU (DH) W 10-8, L 4-7 March 1—OBU vs. SAU (DH) L 0-4, L 1-4 March 8—OBU @ UAM (DH), 1 p.m., 3 p.m. March 9—OBU @ UAM (DH), 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

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miss obu

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Kristen Barnard z The Signal Miss OBU 2014, Abby Lindsey, and the four runners-up for the pageant that took place last Saturday night in JPAC. All five ladies shown recieved scholarships sponsored by clubs and groups on campus. Lindsey will go on to compete for the title of Miss Arkansas in Hot Springs June 15-21.

Miss Ouachita Baptist University 2014

  Last Saturday, 12 ladies of Ouachita competed for the title of Miss Ouachita Baptist University 2014. The categories of competition were onstage question, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, talent and evening wear. The contestants also participated in an interview session with the judges earlier in the day. By the end of the evening, juinor Abby Lindsey, a business management major from Van Buren, Ark., was crowned Miss OBU. Lindsey will compete for the title of Miss Arkansas in Hot Springs June 15-21. Photos by Kristen Barnard z The Signal

The “parade of contestants” ended with the 12 contestants joining the Court of Honor for a choreographed dance number.

Miss OBU 2013, Kiley Jane Wright and her sister, Lindsey Wright singing the duet, “For Good.”

Junior Gracie Lundstrum, fourth runner up and Miss Congeniality Award winner, performing “Amazing Grace” on violin.

Freshman Kathryn Barfield, in evening wear.

Freshman Shelby Medders, third runner up and Bethany Whitfield Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Award winner, singing during the talent part of the compettion.

OBU Signal – March 6, 2014  

Volume 122, Issue 19

OBU Signal – March 6, 2014  

Volume 122, Issue 19