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Enactus begins “Mission 58:10,” community-wide food drive By JULIA WILLIAMS Copy Editor
A team of Ouachita Enactus students began an outreach ministry in the last few weeks to aid in the fight against hunger in the city of Arkadelphia and the surrounding community. Beginning on October 9, members of OBU’s Enactus chapter began what they call “Mission 58:10.” According to Victoria White, a junior accounting major from Paris, Texas, this project was inspired from a project that Enactus participated in last year called “Rosas Mobile Pack,” sponsored by Feed My Starving Children. As a member of that leadership team, White said that this involved quite a few local school children who had helped them pack meals for these families in need. “I thought, ‘I bet some of these kids that are helping would like to take some home, because they don’t have enough either,’” White said. “There’s just as much of a mission in Arkadelphia as there is internationally.” According to White, the team will be conducting a community-wide canned food drive from October 9 through 30 with the partnership of nine local businesses and churches. All resources are
provided by Mission 58:10, and “all proceeds of the drive will be donated to two local food pantries, one being the Clark County Ecumenical Food Pantry, and the other being Lighthouse Ministries,” White said. “From the contacts I’ve talked to, they do once a month feedings, and then they always have programs where they help kids in schools as well,” White said. “The goal was to have a more localized approach to end hunger.” Further goals include gathering monetary donations throughout the year for another Arkansas Mobile Pack team that is lacking some resources. With Feed My Starving Children, each meal cost 22 cents to pack, meaning that 100,000 meals will cost $22,000. “With a lot of it, we’ve just been in prayer for what the Good Lord wants us to have,” White said. “We are praying for all of the people we’ll be able to impact. Even if we can just help one family to have a Thanksgiving meal, that’s enough.” This sponsoring group, Feed My Starving Children, is a national, non-profit organization. If teams provide the volunteer manpower and the finances, the organization brings all the necessary resources to host an event in
Elise Cobb z Photo Lab ENACTUS MEMBERS (front, from left) Abigail Brizuela, Sarah Coles, Victoria White, Katie Smith; (back, from left) Katie Young, Drew Holland and Madison Parks have been part of the team behind Mission 58:10. Other members not pictured include Chris Morrison, Emily Schlieff, Haley Ryburn, Josh Altenbaumer, Kelly Powell, Kelsea Moore and Shelby Reams.
the area. Driving some aspects of this mission back to Feed My Starving Children, White said that the team drew its name and inspiration from Isaiah 58:10, which says, “And if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday” (KJV). In the future, White said that there will be meetings between project leaders, in which they will research
further options with the Mission for the spring. Among the businesses and churches involved, there is Big Cheese Pizza, Chicken Express, Clark County Christian Academy, First United Methodist Church, Goza Middle School, River Ridge Pizza and Ice Cream, Slim and Shorty’s, Southern Bancorp and Third Street Baptist Church. While all of these locations do have the capacity to accept monetary and canned food donations, there are also three locations
The Nutrition Den opens in downtown Arkadelphia
Andy Henderson z Photo Lab THE NUTRITION DEN opened recently in downtown Arkadelphia. The business serves meal replacement shakes and teas and offers a relaxed atmosphere.
By KATIE KEMP News Editor
Downtown Arkadelphia recently welcomed the Nutrition Den, a hangout space that serves meal replacement shakes and tea. The business opened on Saturday, October 15 on South Sixth Street in downtown and hopes to offer a space for local students to congregate. “We have meal replacement shakes, flavors such as banana caramel, German chocolate cake, [and] cookies and cream,” said Matt Edmonds, one of the owners of the Nutrition Den.
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In addition to shakes, the Den offers a variety of flavored tea beverages on its menu. Edmonds and fellow owner Jason Cantwell opened the Den with the intention of creating a space in Arkadelphia where college-aged students could gather and enjoy healthy drinks. “The atmosphere is kind of like a modern coffee shop,” Edmonds said. “It’s a very relaxed environment.” Cantwell, a Ouachita grad, saw a need in the community for a place where students could do homework and enjoy each other’s company outside of the student center, as well as a need for a place
that provided nutritional options. “It’s a place for students to relax, hang out, do homework, play games [and] talk with friends,” Edmonds said. “It’s not a place where we want you to just come in and leave. We want you to come in and hang out and talk with us.” This atmosphere is reflected in the aesthetic of the business—the Den is furnished with pallet furniture, coffee tables, couches and rustic bars, and the walls of the building’s interior feature chalk art. Ouachita senior Emily Knocke, an English and Spanish major from Wichita,
Kan., was one of the artists behind the Den’s wall art. “They sell nutritious shakes, and Sammie Pascoe took a nice photograph for their brochure with two shakes on it, so it’s a loose representation of her idea,” Knocke said. “Once all the wall art was done, the room seemed a lot brighter and more energetic.” The Nutrition Den opened Saturday, October 15 and featured raffle giveaways as well as a live music performance by Ouachita students Emily Weeden and Nathan Perry. Despite opening weekend coinciding with Ouachita’s homecoming weekend, the Den still saw positive community response in its opening days and has continued to gain positive feedback in the weeks since. “It’s a fresh option that you don’t see in Arkadelphia, and it’s geared towards something college students might focus on more than older people,” Knocke said. “The Den is different and has a very laid back atmosphere where everyone realizes [that] we are college students and we just need another place to go and do homework and sip some tea other than the student center.” The Nutrition Den is located at 201 South Sixth Street in downtown Arkadelphia. For more information, visit the Den’s Facebook page, “The Nutrition Den.”n
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on Ouachita’s campus in which to make a contribution. There is a box in the lobby of Hickingbotham Hall, on the third floor of Evans’ Student Center and outside the door of the Student Development office. Contributions and donations are being accepted through October 30, 2016. For more information on Mission 58:10 or how you can be of help, contact Victoria White at firstname.lastname@example.org. n
Ouachita holds annual Homecoming weekend By ASHLYNN MORTON Staff Writer
Homecoming weekend at Ouachita features many traditional events that are highly anticipated by alumni and current students, and this year did not disappoint. With the many events held during Homecoming weekend, there were a few that stood out. Tiger Tunes, the Homecoming football game, Eta Muggin’ and the Barret Baber concert exceeded expectations this year and represented Ouachita well. Tiger Tunes is an event in which clubs participate on campus. Along with the hosts’ and hostesses’ performances, the clubs each have a show that matches a theme of their choice. They prepare for four weeks, dedicating countless hours to the unique costumes, singing and dancing. This year proved to be thoroughly entertaining for students, families and alumni. Abby Root, a senior speech communications and theater education major from Arkadelphia, said that she has attended every Tiger see Homecoming z 2
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Autumn weather calls for bonfires, but safety is key By KATHERINE CARTER Opinions Editor
Bonfires, which are popular nighttime recreational gatherings geared towards bringing people together with food, fun and fire, can be hazardous when done improperly. According to several sources, such as SafeBee, an online publication that specializes in safety, there are certain rules that, when followed, can lead to a safer and better bonfire. For instance, the author, David Arv Bragi, states in his article that “the safest fuel is seasoned, untreated and unpainted hardwood without nails.” Wood treated with preservatives can release toxic chemicals into the air when burned, and soft woods tend to produce a lot of dangerous sparks. It is also recommended that trash is not thrown into bonfires, as they can also release toxins into the air. Location is just as important as fuel when it comes to bonfires. Bragi suggests creating fires as far away as 50 feet from buildings, trees, bushes and other people, but if there are not any open spaces available, check the local codes for the legally required distances in the area and be courteous of the neighbors. It may be necessary to get a permit before building a bonfire on your property. Likewise, make a note of whether or not you have a burn ban in your area; if so, bonfires could potentially create a serious problem. Numerous other sources besides SafeBee, such as the Beaumont Parenting Program, warn those participating in bonfires against the use of accelerants such as lighter fluid to keep the fires going. Fire extinguishers and buckets
of water should also be on standby in case the bonfire gets out of control. The Beaumont Parenting Program also suggests taking the weather into account when planning the bonfire, avoiding windy conditions that may create an uncontrollable fire. It is especially important to keep safety in mind when children attend bonfires. It is suggested that children do not go within three feet of the bonfire. Keeping children far enough away from the bonfire is important, especially when they’re outside in the dark. The same could be said for pets as well. For those who do choose to take their pets to the bonfires, take extra caution to make sure they don’t get caught in the fire or cause someone else to go into the fire. The author of the article on the Beaumont Parenting Program website even mentioned putting a glow-inthe-dark collar on their darkcolored Labrador retriever so as not to trip on it. Make sure to wear the proper clothing for a bonfire; that means no flip-flops or bare feet. Non-flammable clothes and close-toed, hardsoled shoes are suggested. The last thing anyone needs are burnt toes. Finally, when putting out the bonfire after the night of fun, do so properly. Kicking sand or dirt over the fire is not sufficient enough, for a fire can continue to burn after 24 hours. Instead, it is recommended to pour water and rake the coals of the bonfire until it is extinguished before packing up and heading home. Bonfires can be a fun autumn pastime, and with the proper safety precautions taken into consideration, it can hopefully lead to a good time and keep a trip to the emergency room off the agenda. n
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Tunes show since she was born and has participated in the last four shows. She said that this year was a success and there was not a show that disappointed. The clubs were well prepared and organized, and the crowd loved it. While there are awards presented every year to the participants, BETA receiving an award for the first time in nine years caused quite a celebration. This year’s Tiger Tunes set the bar high for next year’s show, and Ouachitonians will begin preparations for it promptly in the spring. The Homecoming football game gave current and former Ouachitonians reason to celebrate as well. While Ouachita trailed Southern Arkansas University for most of the game, a field goal at the end tied it. The excitement continued when Ouachita, after four overtimes, took the victory. Dr. Kluck, vice president for student development and the team physician, said, “we deserved to win this game.” With multiple starters out on the team, there were many freshmen and second string players thrown in, and the effort was tremendous. Along with the football game, a student was presented with the title of Homecoming Queen in a ceremony before the game. This student was Abby Root, who has been a Tiger since she was born. Eta Muggin’ is another tradition at Ouachita that developed in 2000 when a few Etas decided to celebrate after Tunes with an ice chest full of root beer at the Speer Pavilion. This event was eventually moved to the plaza, and the tradition continued to grow year after year and included
Andy Henderson z Photo Lab ABBY ROOT is congratulated by Ouachita president Dr. Ben Sells as she is crowned 2016 Homecoming Queen by 2015 Homecoming Queen Bonne Magee.
the student body. The Etas wanted to provide a safe, fun place for students to hang out at after Tunes. Will Hanna, a senior Eta, summed Muggin’ up well: “basically we just give out a lot of free root beer.” The biggest challenge, according to Hanna, was buying and transporting the 1,500 bottles that they bought for this year’s Muggin’. Another event held on campus is not a tradition but represented the community and loyalty of Ouachita alumni. Barrett Baber, a former student at Ouachita who participated in the music program, returned to perform after being a contestant on The Voice last year. Amber Easterly, a mass communications and business major from Bryant, recalled that the show was very “chill.” Baber performed many of his songs and a few covers for the audience, and he sang a duet with Candace Payne,
i.e. “Chewbacca Mom,” another former Ouachita student who became an internet sensation. Baber met with fans for photos and autographs after the show. Homecoming weekend proved to be a great time this year for all. Tiger Tunes always draws a huge crowd back to Ouachita, as it is one of the most anticipated events for students, faculty and alumni. Ouachita’s football team did not cease to make its fans proud, and it put everyone on their toes for the victory in the fourth overtime. Eta Muggin’ provided the perfect refreshment to unwind after Tiger Tunes. Barrett Baber has made Ouachita proud and did once again when he returned to perform for students and alumni. Ouachita creates a close network and community for students, faculty and alumni. This is proven true every year at Homecoming, and the tradition will continue.n
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Caden Flint z Photo Lab DILLON THOMAS, senior Christian missions, biblical studies and philosophy major from Keller, Texas, is one of the four Refuge speakers for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Refuge Leaders: Senior Dillon Thomas By ETHAN DIAL Staff Writer
From Tiger Tunes and sports to the Ouachita community and students in general, Refuge leader Dillon Thomas loves many aspects of a school he was not originally planning to attend. “I did not want to come to Ouachita at all. My cousin went to Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, and I went and toured there my junior year and I was like, ‘this is where I want to go,’” Thomas said. Despite his determination to attend SBU, Thomas’ mom wanted him to keep his options open. So, he came to visit Ouachita because he had plans to wrestle and knew that Ouachita had a wrestling program. “So we had a Monday off and my Dad was like, ‘why don’t we go down there and tour the campu?’ When I was touring, first of all, I fell in love with the beauty. The beauty was the first thing that I saw,” Thomas said. Along with the beauty of the campus, Thomas ran into an old friend from camp who helped convince him that Ouachita was the place for him. “Probably what put me over was the fact that it wasn’t really me that decided Ouachita, it was kind of God,” Thomas said. Ouachita sent Thomas countless handwritten cards stating they were excited about the possibility of his attendance at Ouachita.
This showed Thomas that at Ouachita, he wouldn’t just be a number and that the people here actually cared. “God just kind of led my heart here, and I have loved every second of it, and I am
pledged Eta Alpha Omega with Thomas. Besides holding many officer positions in Eta, Thomas has also held many positions in Campus Ministries. He began his freshman year by participating with Big
Refuge all four years and has always thought it would be really cool to be a Refuge leader. Other than school activities, Thomas’ passions include wrestling and music, specifically, classic rock. “[My parents] really
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“[I] never thought that I would be in a leadership position like this.” --Dillon Thomas so thankful that I have been here,” Thomas said. After coming to Ouachita, Thomas got involved in many campus activities such as Campus Ministries and Tiger Tunes. “I really love Tiger Tunes and the spirit it promotes. That’s where I got to know a lot of my friends,” Thomas said. Many of his friends from Tiger Tunes also
Brother, Big Sister and ultimately became the leader last year. Thomas has also been involved with Backyard Bible Club and, most importantly, Refuge. “[I] never thought that I would be in a leadership position like this,” Thomas said. While he didn’t know he would become a Refuge leader, Thomas has loved attending
got me into music. I’m a huge rock fan, and I attribute that passion to them because they always listened to classic rock with me,” Thomas said. Thomas has attended many rock concerts as well as wrestling matches. “I never had a winning season, but it wasn’t really about the winning for me. It was about the team
and about the sport,” Thomas said. Although he planned to wrestle at Ouachita, Thomas realized that it was not a part of God’s plan for his life. Because of this, Thomas decided to quit the wrestling team. However, this has not stopped him from attending Wrestle Mania the past eight years. Since he was young, Thomas has enjoyed wrestling. “If there was anything that I could do, it would be to wrestle. I am so passionate about wrestling,” Thomas said. As for his future, Thomas, who is majoring in Christian missions, biblical studies and philosophy, would love for God to lead him to Canada to do mission work. After working through the book “Radical” by David Platt, Thomas began to feel a call towards missions. So, he worked in Canada for three summers. “I’ve heard that two percent of Canadians profess to be Christians, which was really astounding to me,” Thomas said. Through these summers, Thomas began to realize that God wanted him to be a missionary and to go to places that most people wouldn’t go. “I didn’t know where it was, where God wanted me. I just knew that I wanted to serve and I knew that I wanted to go someplace unreached. So that’s kind of where my heart’s been at,” Thomas said. n
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Stephanie Westberg z Courtesy STEPHANIE WESTBERG (right), and her brother Stephen (left) enjoy an evening out with their family outside the Jones Performing Arts Center in the late 1990s.
Perspective: There’s no place like home By EVAN WHEATLEY Features Editor
“Ouachita was always our playground. We used it for walks, or games, or playing tag with the neighbors’ kids. I remember coming up and riding around the plaza when we were little, picking up acorns and putting them into a bucket on the back of my sister’s tricycle.” For Stephanie Westberg, a senior elementary education major from Arkadelphia, that same playground has served as her home for the past four years. You can find her most days in the commons around lunchtime, eating a corn tortilla with turkey and bacon, an apple, a banana and a gluten-free Pop Tart. After a long day of classes, Westberg drives or makes the trek past Moses-Provine, up North Fourth Street and takes a left onto Cherry Street. Instead of spending time trying to find a parking spot outside of Gosser, she is greeted by the smell of her mom’s home cooking. Rather than watching the latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” with her suite, she knocks out some homework and enjoys a bit of quality time with her family. “I’d always dreamed of having my own dorm room, but I chose not to move into the dorms my freshman year because, in addition to not having
a meal plan due to my extensive food allergies, doing so would save my family about $6,000 a year,” Westberg said. “As a freshman I would see other students on campus with their suite or roommate, and part of me wished that I had someone like that as my go-to buddy to hang out with. But I knew
me to still be there for her at her marching band performances. But on Friday nights I didn’t want to go to a high school football game; I wanted to be with my friends,” Westberg said. “It was difficult drawing the line between living in the same house, but being in a different stage of life.” While living at home was initially a challenge, it also provided Westberg with an opportunity to earn
love. Your roommate sees the best and worst of you, but living at home, my entire family sees the best and worst of me, which has its positives but also its negatives,” Westberg said. “But I am thankful for the time I’ve had with my family, and being able to go home and talk through situations with them has been great. While they’re only a phone call away, sometimes it’s nice to have that face-
Stephanie Westberg z Courtesy WESTBERG AND her family support the Tigers at this year’s Homecoming football game. Front row (from left to right): Stephanie, Sierra and Pam Westberg. Back row (left to right): Scott and Stephen Westberg.
people like Abby Root coming into college, so I had friends to hang out with. I just had to be a little more intentional in initiating that.” In fact, the hardest part about living at home wasn’t connecting with others at Ouachita, but rather it was balancing her home life with her newfound college experience. “It was really difficult the first two years with Sierra [her sister] still being in high school because she expected
trust from her parents and strengthen her relationships with them and her sister. Over time, she received fewer late night texts from her mom concerning when she was coming home, and more asking her what time she wanted to eat dinner. And at the start of Westberg’s junior year, Sierra began her freshman year at Ouachita. Like her sister, Sierra chose to live at home. “The people you live with are the hardest to
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at the Mission Centers of Houston. “As I have matured, I have fully come to realize that Stephanie and a whole lot of girls in one area is not a good idea,” Westberg said. “My personality isn’t the same as most girls. I’m a direct person. If I have a problem with you, I’m going to tell you, and that isn’t always the best thing. Living with girls in the summer has grown me in many ways, but it also makes me thankful that I only have to live with my sister instead of a whole floor of girls.” A major benefit of living at home for Westberg is that her transition to college wasn’t as scary as it could have been. However, unlike most students, she wasn’t afforded the opportunity to plug into a new community or a new environment, and it is because of this that she is eagerly anticipating what lies ahead. “This sounds terrible, but I’m looking forward to moving away because I’ve lived here for almost 22 years,” Westberg said. “I love Arkadelphia. I see the value in Arkadelphia, my church family and my friends, but I’m excited to be in a new place, at a new time, in a new season, where I’m not going to be the daughter of Scott and Pam or the sister of Sierra and Stephen. I’m just going to be Stephanie.” n
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Classic movies: five that are a must watch By JULIE WILLIAMS Copy Editor
One of my dearest friends in the world broke my heart the other day when she said, “Julie, I don’t like old movies. Especially the black and white ones. They’re so boring.” After I gasped all of the oxygen out of the room and warded off the tears, I calmly and rationally explained to her the value of such glimpses into past American culture, the windows into history and the sweet little joys of life that these films give. Friends, I understand that we are all college students with a serious lack of extra time and energy, but if you spend your time on TV, please avoid Netflix for one evening. Even if you are not a movie buff, even if “you don’t like TV” (I think you’re lying), even if you just think they’re boring, if you’ll try these films, you will fall in love with the silver screen and the beautiful elegance of classic art. Trust me, there are several examples that I could give you, friends, but let’s start with the five big ones. “Casablanca” (1942) I know most of you assumed this would be included in the list, but I just could not help it. This 1942 Billy Wilder production is considered to be one of the most classic films of all time. It has six quotes listed on the American Film Institute’s Top Quotes list. Starring anybody who was anybody of the 1940s film industry, it depicts occupied French Morocco during the Second World War and the “problems of three little people” torn between patriotic duty and the heartbreak of lost love. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman play Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lunde, an old romance torn apart by war. They meet again a few
years later, where Ilsa and her husband, Victor Laslo, played by Paul Henreid, are seeking exit visas away from the German occupation of France. His leadership of the Resistance makes him a wanted man in war-torn Europe. Filmed in only six days (yes, I said six days), “Casablanca” was not assumed to be the great hit it would become. MGM studios generally produced a film per week, and to the production team, it was just another one of these. According to legend, the famous and heartwrenching ending wasn’t written until the day before it was filmed, and when it was filmed, it was done with a cardboard cutout of a plane on a stage. That, my friends, is talent.
Awards, it took 11 Oscars. This record has only been matched one time since then: “Titanic” (1997), - a terrible comparison, I believe- but it has never been beaten. With some of the most ornate sets and one of the most talented casts ever assembled, “Ben-Hur” will capture your attention from the get-go. Whether it’s
“Ben-Hur” (1959) This film, starring the flawless Charlton Heston, tells the story of a Judean leader in the first century A.D. Following his life from riches, to slavery, to the chariot races of ancient Rome, Judah Ben-Hur is one of the most loveable characters to ever hit the silver screen. This character faces a changing world, where his best friend pledges allegiance to Rome, where all of his wealth is lost, where he survives as a slave and where he witnesses the ministry of Jesus Christ firsthand. Often called a “biblical epic,” please be aware that this story does not portray the life of a biblical character, but it does create a fictional character who witnesses actual biblical events. Cinematically, “Ben-Hur” is considered to be one of the best-made films of all film history. In the 1959 Academy
fascination for the beauty or love of the original script, it will begin a love affair for the classical epic. “The Godfather” (1972) This drama, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, along with its sequels that appeared throughout the rest of the decade, follows the mafia family of Done Vito Corleone, played by the ever-twinkly eyed Marlon Brando. Also featuring an all-star cast of Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, The Godfather follows the path of destruction left by the youngest brother of the Corleone family, Michael (Pacino). As he struggles to maintain a normal life, he gets pulled further and further into organized crime and the separate and dark life that it creates. White cats and Italian accents mark this as one
of Francis Ford Coppola’s greatest productions. A number of iconic lines are forever immortalized into Brando’s never-wavering gaze. Watching this film is just “an offer you couldn’t refuse.” “Apocalypse Now” (1979) I know many movie fans will scratch their hipster beards with this one, but I assure you I have my reasons. Based off of Joseph Conrad’s novella, “Heart of Darkness,” the story follows the main character, Captain Benjamin L. Willard, as he goes on a secret mission during the Vietnam War to assassinate a renegade and crazed Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. Yet another wonderful Coppola production, the cast stars Martin Sheen as Willard, Marlon Brando as Kurtz, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Sam Bottoms and a very quotable Dennis Hopper as the American photojournalist. Producing over 24 hours of film and editing down to two and a half hours to show, the team dealt with numerous complications in filming. Brando showed up 100 pounds overweight having not read the script or the novella, and he was paid for three months work before having ever filmed the first scene. Environmental problems also faced the team as they filmed on site. All of that said, this film produced some of the most iconic, quotable lines in history, especially considering Dennis Hopper’s chemicallyinduced ramblings of poetry and allegiance to Colonel Kurtz. (You will know it
when you see it.) It was a box office failure, as they went extremely above budgeted funds for production, but the fact remains that it was etched into the halls of movie fame. I guess it just “smells like victory.” “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) Most known for being a Christmastime favorite, this film enters deeply into the world of make-believe. Following the young family man, George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, the setting is a fictional town called Bedford Falls. On Christmas Eve, George Bailey considers suicide, wishing he had never been born, as everything starts to fall apart in his life. Thus, God sends his guardian angel, Clarence, to intervene and to show him what would really happen if there had been no George Bailey. Jimmy Stewart, with Donna Reed as his wife, Mary, and Lionel Barrymore as the dreadfully wicked Mr. Potter, star in what Frank Capra considered even his favorite of his directions. Every time you hear a bell ring, you’ll picture Christmas in America and the joy of family and the grace of God. I could delve a whole lot deeper into this, because trust me, I’ve only scratched the surface, friends. Titles like “Gone With the Wind,” “The Exorcist,” “Roman Holiday,” “Psycho” and, even recently, “Braveheart” will make you fall in love with the world of make-believe and make you an active part of living history all at once. There are movies like this that need a popcorn and a Coke and a big comfy chair. They need red velvet curtains framing their screens, because when you get up and go home to real life, you’re still reminded of another world. You get to be someone else, if only for a little while. n
Candy corn: a disgusting candy or a delicious Halloween treat? By WILL BLASE Staff Writer
Candy corn. The fall-time treat. The-gorge-yourselfuntil-you-can’t-possiblystand-to-look-at-it-again, candy. George Renninger, a candy maker for the Wunderlee Candy Company, is credited with first inventing the tricolored candy. The Goelitz Confectionary Company later bought the idea and began large-scale production of candy corn in 1898. Seeing mass amounts of attention and a huge increase in incoming revenue, the candy corn fad took off and has not stopped to this day. Annually, around nine billion pieces of candy corn are consumed. Nine billion pieces of candy corn is roughly equal to 35 million pounds produced each year. Candy corn is non-biodegradable. Who woulda thought? Landfills scattered around the U.S are designated solely for the candy that consumers love to hate so much. Can you imagine seeing a landfill completely overrun by small, triangular, orange candies? The production rate and consumption rate are so ‘out of whack’ that this excess amount of candy is taking over. Why is it that this candy is so popular, yet the margin for people liking or disliking candy corn is so even? According to a survey taken of 200 consumers, roughly 52 percent of the group enjoys
candy corn, and the other 48 percent don’t enjoy candy corn whatsoever. For me, candy corn is an acquired taste as much as it is nostalgic. What’s not fun about the classic candies? Simple, sweet and sugary; candy corn is colorful enough,
fun, my family almost always keeps it around the house during the fall,” said Chris Godwin, a junior biomedical sciences major from Bryant, Ark. For Godwin, candy corn is more for the sugar rush than actually enjoying the candy. Candy companies have
sales of candy corn in the fall. While not as easy to grab and go, these chunkier pieces of candy are nearly the exact same as their triangular counterparts. Another variant derives from the same shape as candy corn but makes a bold move. It combines the
as well as tasty enough, to keep your attention. Countless elementary Halloween parties were accompanied by massive bowls of candy corn to satisfy kids’ demands for sugar. Candy corn and fall go together like peanut butter and jelly. The fall season can be traced to when most stores begin bringing out the Halloween decorations and displaying obscene amounts of candy corn. Candy corn is easy enough to grab a handful and walk away or plop down on the couch with the whole bag. The subtle honey flavor combined with the dominant marshmallow taste makes for a delicious bite-sized candy. “It’s just there, so I eat it for
tried to exploit the candy corn fad, even going so far as to create tricolored candy for holidays like Christmas and Easter. Even though the original candies all taste the same, consumers are able to purchase this ever-popular candy nearly all year round. Personally, I think the fall season is the only time that candy corn should be sold. Any other season feels awkward to eat the orange, yellow and white candy that bears such a strong correlation to autumn. Other companies have gone as far as to change the shape of the candy, as well as the flavor. A popular variant of candy corn is pumpkin shaped candy corn, to coincide with the heightened
yellow and white layers into one and substitutes them with a chocolate, brown layer, creating an unnecessary (and in my opinion disgusting) new candy. These variant versions of candy corn are for the most part a hit or miss for consumers. “I just can’t stand the taste and I never feel good after eating it,” said Tyler White, a senior biology major from Biscoe, Ark. White isn’t the biggest fan of candy, but candy corn is at the bottom of his ‘must have’ list of candies. According to an article by the Huffington Post, “eating just 19 little pieces of Brach’s candy corn is consuming only 11 grams less than all the sugar that’s in one whole can of Coca Cola.” For candy
corn maniacs like myself, this is pretty alarming. I can go through 19 pieces of candy corn in mere minutes. Dentists hate candy corn. It often gets stuck in people’s teeth, leading to potential cavities. Now the whole “brush your teeth or you’ll get cavities” song and dance can get old quickly, but candy corn seems to stick to teeth much more than other candies. Dentists warn candy ‘munchers’ to be careful during the Halloween and fall season for good reason. As delicious as it is, sometimes no candy corn is the best candy corn. However, credit is given where credit is due. People that dislike the taste of individual candy corn have found other ways to harness its abundance within the fall season. From trail mix to cookies, even to a mix in with popcorn, candy corn has found its way into various snacks to get away from the normality, and for some the disgusting consumption of, individual candy corn. Now I can only speak for myself, but I still find candy corn alluring. There’s just something about the treat that I can’t bring myself to stop eating it. In terms of sugar content, as well as the potential for cavities, I understand that ‘portion control’ is a great phrase to keep in mind while eating candy corn. Enjoy, or don’t enjoy, National Candy Corn Day on October 30, 2016. n
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Tigers take the Homecoming win after 4 OT thriller By CALEB BYRD Sports Writer
Any high school or college coach will tell you that the most important part of Homecoming is the football game. Last week at Ouachita, it was no different. To be fair, the Tunes shows were phenomenal, and the pregame food was delicious. It was nice to see so many alumni walking around campus allowing us students to catch a glimpse of what it means to be a tiger for life. All of the excitement leading up to these events, however, paled in comparison to the excitement of the football game. The Tigers were coming off of a gut-wrenching loss to Arkansas Tech. Injuries abounded across the football team. It would have been easy for the Tigers to give up and decide that this just wasn’t their year. However, the Tigers knew that they could not do that. They still had half a season ahead of them, beginning with one of the most important games: Homecoming. Head coach Todd Knight said that the approach to this game was
just like any other. “When you play 11 games in a season, you cannot make one game more special than the others,” Knight said. The team entered the field to the excitement of cheering students and alumni, all of whom were anxious to see their team win. The first half went well for the Tigers, but they were down 24-17 at halftime. They knew they needed to make a comeback in the second half to put their season back on a winning trajectory. The comeback looked dubious, however, in the third quarter when star running back Kris Oliver went down with an injury, but true freshman Shun’cee Thomas stepped up big for the Tigers in Oliver’s absence. Thomas led Ouachita’s rushing attack and put in a touchdown when the game went into overtime. Ouachita kept the game close up until the last minute. With a Lucas Reed pass to LaDarius McElroy, the Tigers had the ball on the SAU 32-yard line with only two seconds remaining. Ouachita trailed by only three points. Kicker Cole Antley was ready to make
the 49-yard field goal to send the game into overtime. As Antley prepared for the kick, he went through his normal routine. “On third down, I run to the bench and take a tiny squirt of water. I run out there to kick it,” Antley said. “I take three steps back. I line the ball up. I take two steps over. I give a nod to my holder. They snap it, and we kick it.” Right as Cole was going to take his kick, SAU called a timeout. “They called a timeout to ice me. Right when they did that, a calm came over me,” Antley said. Antley lined once again to take his kick, and, with a newfound tranquility, Antley kicked the ball straight through the uprights. “As a kicker, you can’t really be thinking. When I get out there on the field, I remember one thing, and I remember my last few steps when I get off the field,” Antley said. “I don’t remember the kick hardly. I just block everything out. I don’t hear anything. I don’t think anything.” Antley went on to make two more field goals in
Andy Henderson z Photo Lab Freshman Shun’Cee Thomas dives forward while being brought down by the Muleriders. Thomas has scored three touchdowns so far on the season with 488 net yards on the season.
Andy Henderson z Photo Lab Redshirt senior Kendrick Henderson takes a rest on the sideline after a big play. Kendrick has 23 tackles on the season and has assisted on 15 more.
overtime, including the game-winner. It was the first game-winning field goal of Antley’s Ouachita career. “It was awesome. Everybody was super pumped. It’s something I’ve dreamed of for a long time, and that’s something we dream of as kickers,” Antley said about the field goal. And it was a great time for Antley to make that game-winning score. His three field goals were the culmination of a great team effort. The Tigers had 11 players injured, including the starting quarterback and leading wide receiver. Then, as the game went on, more players went out due to injury. However, the Tigers
continued to fight. The entire team made a great effort to put Antley in the position to make those field goals. The effort that the players put into the game excited the entirety of Tiger Nation. “I’ll remember that game for the rest of my life because we had so many people out, but we fought back,” Knight said. “We were mentally tough, and we got the win.” Homecoming Queen Abby Root was another joyful Tiger fan. “I was so excited. It’s always a good feeling whenever you win, but it’s even better that they had to fight really hard and still came out on top,” Root said.n
Versatile player gains momentum in collegiate soccer career By CHRIS DIGIOVANNI Sports Writer
For many athletes, their sport is crucial to them, and when they play they feel free and natural. This is certainly true for Matt Wallak, a sophomore kinesiology and leisure studies major from Fort Worth, Texas. Wallace began playing soccer at a young age, and now you can see him any given game day wearing a Ouachita Tigers men’s soccer jersey. Wallak grew up interested in sports, and by the time he was three, he was playing soccer. “I started in a local rec league,” Wallak said. His parents wanted him to get involved early. For Matt, a lot of his soccer career has come from connections he made through friends and experiences playing soccer, and this started early for him, around age nine. “One of my friends from my rec league told me he was going to try out for this competitive club team, and when he asked if I wanted to try out to, I joined in,” Wallack said. This was the first competitive soccer experience Wallak would gain, and he would play in competitive leagues up until he came to Ouachita. While attending Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Worth, Texas, Wallak played in both a high school league and on a competitive
club, while also juggling coursework and friendships, already enough of a struggle for the average student. “The schedules didn’t overlap which was nice; they set it up so all throughout the fall is club season and all throughout the winter and the spring is the high school season,” Wallak said. There certainly was a difference between competitive club play and high school team play.
kinesiology and attend a school where he would receive a quality education. “I was thinking about playing college soccer, it was what I had always wanted to. It was my goal. I was also trying find a school that had my degree I was looking for,” Wallak said. Wallak explains that his teams would go to tournaments and he would do some research into which schools’ coaches were going
everything,’ and I made the decision to come here.” His first practice was nerve-wracking. “You don’t know what to expect coming into the next level,” Wallak said. He began questioning his effort over the years to prepare himself for that moment. Wallak caught on early, however, and after the first few training sessions, he began to feel confident in his abilities. His teammates
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Matt Wallak kicks the ball across the field. Wallak has played in 15 games so far this season, starting one of those.
“When you play in club, everybody is there with a purpose to get better and win. It’s very competitive, and everyone is competing with each other for starting spots. In high school, there is a little bit of that, but there are also guys who are out there playing for fun,” Wallak said. Wallak’s path to Ouachita is unique, as he knew he wanted to major in
and if his major was offered there. If he was interested in the school, he would get in contact with the school, tell them he was interested and see if they’d like to watch him play. After the process of weeding out schools and a visit to Ouachita’s campus, Wallak said, “I was like, ‘wow, this feels like home, and I like the coaching staff, the school is great and
have become crucial to his experience. “On and off the field, those guys are my brothers, they have my back all the time, when you’re going through several hours of training everyday, you grow a lot,” Wallak said. Wallak hopes to keep the relationships with his teammates and coaches for the future. While many players have
favorite positions on the field that play to their strengths, throughout his career thus far, Wallak has played all around the field. “I got recruited to come here as a defender, but when I was younger, I was always an attacking player. Then, as I matured, I slowly got moved farther back. I started out as a forward, then got moved into midfield and then going into college I became a defender, so I’ve played pretty much everywhere except goalie,” said Wallak. This versatility on the part of Wallak must have been an advantage in the eyes of the coaches recruiting him, and it certainly helped his career. After he leaves college, Wallak has no doubt he will continue playing. “I love the sport of soccer, I don’t know what I’d do without it. The thought of me having only two more years of competitive playing after this is crazy,” Wallak said. Wallak, like most of us, is unsure of the details of his future after he graduates here, but he knows he will continue to play soccer, fostering friendships and relationships to last a lifetime. Wallak says he wouldn’t be where he is today without familial support. “My dad has always been my biggest supporter. We’re always talking about soccer or playing FIFA or whatever,” Wallack said. Be sure to keep an eye out for Matt Wallak this soccer season on the men’s soccer team. n