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Arkansas Tech Student Government Association met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 3, and had several updates for this month’s activities. The International Student Services Organization will host Light the Night tonight from 7-10 p.m. at the Hindsman Bell Tower. “I really encourage y’all to go and learn about different cultures and food from each of those cultures,” Secretary of Diversity and Inclusion Abi Sasore said. “It’ll be really fun.” SGA began accepting nominations for Professor of the Year and SGA Senator of the Year, which will be announced later in the semester. The organization will also begin accepting applications for next semester’s senator election on Monday. Applications are due to SGA by 11:59 p.m. next Friday. The senate elections will be conducted beginning Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18. “The applications will be available on theLink on Monday,” Secretary of Internal Affairs Blair Miller said. “Students can submit applications up until 11:59 p.m. on April 12th.” No additional new business or constituent concerns were discussed.

News in brief Online MBA program recognized College Consensus has rated Arkansas Tech’s online Master of Business one of the best 50 programs in the United States. College Consensus is an independent evaluation entity. The ranking was based on affordability, convenience and reputation. Arkansas Tech received a rating of 33% in each, according to The College of Business is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

2019 Bash at the Ballpark hosted on April 6 Arkansas Tech’s Carl Baswell Field will hold the 2019 Bash at the Ballpark on Saturday, April 6 and begin at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, the bash will include music, food and door prizes. Admission is free and open to the Russellville community. The Wonder Boys game against Northwestern Oklahoma State University will begin at 1 p.m.

Bridging cultural gaps at Light the Night JACOB LITTLEFIELD

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On Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Doc Bryan Courtyard, the Department of International Student Services will be putting on its free annual Light the Night event. At Light the Night, international students representing six countries and two regions will be giving away free food unique to native cultures and showing parts of what makes their cultures special. The countries that will be represented are Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Along with the countries, the International Student Services will represent western Africa and the Hispanic Student Association will represent Latin America. Part of what makes the event unique is the hand that the local community plays. Each booth is given the option of making their own food, partnering with the local community and buying food from a local restaurant, or a combination of both. While students and the community are enjoying the free food and the experience of being immersed in other cultures, the students from each represented region will be competing against each other to see who presents their culture most effectively. Each represented group will be given a rubric that a panel of judges consisting of Tech employees and local community members will be using to judge their presentation. This year International Student Services is going to be giving tickets to students to turn in at each booth that the students attend. The International Student Services will be using the total number of visitors at each booth as a way to get a head count and the judges will

SUBMITTED The location of Light the Night this year has been changed to Doc Bryan Courtyard. use the total as part of their scoring. Yasu Onodera, the associate dean for the International Student Services said, “our main focus is [the] students.” Introducing students to different cultures and allowing them to feel and experience how other parts of the world live is what he considers to be the biggest purpose for the event. The International Student Services doesn’t have an exact total for the amount of people that usually come due to the involvement of members of the local com-

munity. This year its estimation is that there will be 300 people from Tech and the surrounding area. Onodera said, “it’s just fascinating to see the Hindsman Bell Tower area packed with people and there’s a totally different atmosphere than the things that you feel every day.” The event has been popular since it began in 2012 as part of Wonder Week. Onodera said, “since then we have kept on doing, luckily, to represent the different great things that our students can bring to the audience, students and community as well.”

Suicide prevention walk happening April 13


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Arkansas Tech will be hosting the annual Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Saturday, April 13 at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. outside of Doc Bryan Student Services. The purpose of the walk is to help raise awareness about mental health struggles and is sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center. The campus walks are one of the many tactics that American Foundation for Suicide Prevention uses to help draw attention to the problem. Their goal is to help increase young adults awareness of the issue of mental health by hosting 5K’S all over the nation on high school and college campuses. “We are proud that our campus walk has been in the top 10 fundraising walks across the country for three of our five years, and we have raised over $93,000 for suicide prevention,” said Davis. The purpose of the walk is not only to raise money and awareness but also provide support for individuals suffering from mental illness and loved ones of those suffering. “The walk can be very healing for families and friends of those lost to suicide. We are thankful that we can offer a way for them to raise aware-


The Out of the Darkness Walk is one of the top fundraising walks on college campuses across the country.

ness for the cause and find healing,” said Davis. Out of the Darkness campus walks were started on the Tech campus about six years ago when Kristy Davis, associate dean for student wellness was approached by Tonya Oates of Turning Point Behavioral Health about hosting the walk on campus. It has been annual tradition at Tech ever since. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and we want to do everything possible to change that. We have lost several students to suicide over the past several years and we want others to know that help is available,” said Davis. According to the American Foun-

dation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the leading cause of death among 15-29 aged individuals and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States. Suicide is not the only issue, the foundation also states that 25 million Americans suffer from depression and is the most treatable psychiatric disease. Students can receive support at any time on campus from the Health and Wellness center. Davis explains that students have up to ten free individual or couple counseling visits every year. The center also provides students with biofeedback lab that provides relaxation to aid with stress. The Health and Wellness Center is

located in Doc Bryan 119 and is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can also be reached at (479) 968 0329. “Students are encouraged to attend QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training on April 9 at 3 p.m. to learn how to help a friend who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts,” said Davis. She also adds that the Health and Wellness Center has a calendar of mental health related events that is available on the Tech website. Students interested in the walk can register individually or as a team at or they can show up from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to register. More information can be found by contacting Davis at kdavis51@atu. edu.

Johnson to be new vice president of academic affairs AMANDA HAMPTON

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As of March 27, Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech, named Dr. Barbara J. Johnson as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs. The search for a VP has been an ongoing process since Oct. 2018 in an open forum style, which allows both faculty and the university community to participate in the search. The process was open to input from the university community, allowing them to email any nominations, foreseen problems the VP may experience, opinions on leadership experience and qualifications for the position. If an individual was unable to attend the open forum, they also had the opportunity to email in their opinions on the matter. After four open forums held this semester

in Doc Bryan Lecture Hall, Johnson advanced through as a finalist. Out of her 20 years of administrative experience, nine of them have been here at Tech as vice president for accreditation for the Higher Learning Commission. She is expected to formally begin her appointed role as the VP of Academic Affairs July 1, after receiving approval from the Tech Board of Trustees. According to the website of one of her previous institutions, her interests throughout her research and teaching are administration of student affairs and students and faculty in post-secondary institutions, particularly in historically black colleges and universities. Although she is new to this position in this particular department, she has held several noteworthy positions such as vice president, department

chair and coordinator of several programs. Prior to accepting her position with the Higher Learning Commission, she worked as a graduate assistant and held various administrative roles at five other universities throughout the country. Johnson went to Winston-Salem State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After that she pursued a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State University and attended Vanderbilt University to obtain her Doctor of Philosophy in higher education. Not only is Johnson passionate about education, it is said that she is excited to begin aiding the Tech community in pursuing and passionately continuing to always strive for educational success. Johnson has also delivered several professional presentations, published in peer-reviewed journals and authored and co-authored chapters in books.

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Is technology affecting the youth’s ability to focus and socialize? Although technology has made a huge advancement in today’s society, we believe it is not always as useful and productive as it should be. People may see the good it is doing in today’s youth, but do they see the negativity too? We agree with recent studies which showcase what society needs to see about technology’s negative effect on today’s youth. It is evident that the effects emotionally, in relationships, education, health and bullying are not always positive. We have found that many people today do not realize just how much technology effects a person, especially young people. Parents have realized that electronics are an easy tactic to distract their children with while in public places. We tend to think that it has become a societal norm to throw a phone or tablet in front of them to keep them occupied in public settings. But, how is this ffecting their socialization skills? A recent study showed that the technological advancement has created a decrease in several important social factors, including a lack of emotional connection, distraction from education and the future, relationship strain and health risks. Lack of emotional connection: Even when in group settings, youth members tend to be more engaged in technology than the people surrounding them, which strains the emotional connection they are supposed to be developing with peers. Generation X is now more commonly known as “the App Generation” or “the Lost Generation,” ac-

cording to an article in Harvard Magazine. The App Generation wants and expects to have a mobile application for nearly everything. Studies show young people growing up in our time are not only immersed in apps, they’ve come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps. It has become normal and comforting to see their lives as a string of ordered apps, or in many cases, a single, extended, cradle-to-grave app. Distraction from education and the future: We also agree technology produces a wedge between attention span and class time. Most students are unable to sit through a class period without checking their phones. The average attention span of healthy teenagers and young adults now ranges from five to 20 minutes, which means teachers have 20 minutes, at most, of a student’s attention before they are looking to engage in something else. Students are also experiencing a decline in creativity because access to ideas can be found instantly on the internet, as opposed to sitting down and developing their own ideas. Social media applications also create a more directed focus on the present than the future. We agree they tend to believe what is going on in their peer’s lives right now is more important than planning out what they hope to do with their future. We also agree that this “application mindset” motivates youth to seek direct, quick, easy solutions from apps and the internet, opposed to addressing elders to ask questions and seek

Editorial: ed·i·to·ri·al

[ed-i-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] noun: An article that represents the official viewpoint of a newspaper on a topic of public interest. information. In 2013, the University of Nebraska conducted the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey, a study which found that 15% of high school students were electronically bullied in that year. Cyber-bullying rates have significantly increased as the age of technology users has gotten lower. The study showed that by the age of twoyears-old, 13% of children can use game consoles; 13% can operate handheld videogames; 21% can use iPods; 30% know how to operate a digital camera; 33% can use a smartphone; 34% know how to work a cellphone and 34% can access and use a laptop. This means young children are spending a great amount of time on electronic devices than engaging in society. Relationship strain: We believe social media can enhance friendships and family relationships, but digital media also promotes shallow connection and communication. Online relationships are conducted at an arm’s length, and often use small to no amounts of effort. This allows the youth to avoid the deeper emotional investment and vulnerability of more complicated, personal relationships.

We agree the emotional distance can also facilitate racist and sexist language that would be unacceptable in person. For example, if a young person is viewing content that is race or gender specific via media, they may begin to think it’s acceptable to engage in the language or activities they see. Physical connection can prevent this by displaying norms that aren’t able to be detected through technological connection. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 94% of teens use a mobile device to access the internet or social media daily. Seventy-one percent of teens are using multiple social platforms. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat being the most popular apps. We agree it is evident that these apps are here to stay, but the question now is how can we make use of them in a productive and creative way? Before downloading an app, we think the youth and young adults should ask themselves what could or would they do without it. Applications have their virtues, but we believe there is virtue and reward in figuring things out your own way, and in your own time.

Letter To The Editor To Whom It May Concern, Highlighting the parallels of history is not something to take lightly, especially when that comparison concerns the stomach-churning case of Emmett Till. The March 14th issue of The Arka Tech brought such a comparison by one Zach Dailey, who felt the need to relate the race related, brutal murder of a 14-year-old child (whose name either Dailey or the newspaper couldn’t even bother to spell correctly) to the recent case of Brett Kavanaugh, a current Supreme Court justice who momentarily faced sexual assault accusations that have more or less been forgotten. The point of this letter is not to provide political or social commentary based on the Kavanaugh case, but to provide a history lesson. A history lesson on Emmett Till and his death, an unwanted stepping stone of the Civil Rights Movement. A history lesson that will hopefully showcase why Brett Kavanaugh is not Emmett Till. Emmett Louis Till, the son of Mamie Carthan Till-Mobley and Louis Till, was a resident of Chicago where the rules were different in 1955 compared to the Southern states. Till, a child, couldn’t have been expected to understand these arbitrary, yet life-threatening, rules when he traveled to Mississippi that summer of ’55. He didn’t know a wolf-whistle at a white woman, a simple joke by all accounts, was no joke in the South. How could he have known Mrs. Carolyn Bryant would lie to her husband, saying a black boy from Chicago had made verbal, even physical, advances upon her? No, Brett Kavanaugh is not Emmett Till. The early, 2:00 a.m. morning of August 28, 1955 saw Carolyn’s husband Roy and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, drag Emmett out of bed and thrown in the bed of their truck, kidnapped in front of his relatives. The exact details of the torture inflicted upon him are unknown to everyone except Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. What we do know is that, three days later, the body was discovered in the Tallahatchie River. His entire figure was bruised and deformed. His face was mutilated by a savage beating, a bullet hole stretching from behind his right ear to his eye socket, and from sitting three days in water. Its truly amazing his body was found so quick, considering a 70-pound cotton-gin fan was tied around the boy’s neck with barbed

wire so he would sink. When the body was returned to Mamie Till-Mobley in Chicago, she decided to have an open casket funeral because she “wanted the world to see what they did to [her] baby.” Emmett Till’s swollen, inhumane face, unrecognizable, covered newspapers and magazines, horrifying blacks and whites and those of every race equally. So, no, Brett Kavanaugh is not Emmett Till. Even through all the shock and dismay spread country and ocean wide, on September 23, 1955, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were acquitted of all charges by an all-white, all male jury. But was there really any doubt of the eventual outcome? Though the prosecution’s case was marginally bolstered by the testimony of Mose Wright, Till’s great uncle who testified, even at the threat of his life, that Bryant and Milam were the men who abducted his great nephew, there was no getting around the barriers of mid-20th century Mississippi. Upon the stand, Carolyn Bryant again told her lie to a willing to believe audience who most likely had made up their minds the moment they heard it was Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam on trial. The five-day trial wasbrought to a close in a one-hour decision that saw the white men and their white wives walking free and Mamie Till being criticized for not crying enough on the stand. The next year, Bryant and Milam would confess to the lynching, and many years later Carolyn Bryant would confess to misrepresenting her encounter with Emmett Till. And that was it. A 14-year-old child was dead, and justice was lost in shades of color. So please realize, Brett Kavanaugh is not Emmett Till. This brief retelling of Emmett Till’s murder may seem overly detailed and dense. It’s what the subject matter deserves. Not three or four sentences claiming, in Zach Dailey’s own words, that “had [Till] been afforded the basic dignity that Americans are promised – innocent until proven guilty – he would not have died.” I wish that was how life worked in the South, era the 20th century. No one in Mississippi cared whether or not Emmett Till truly came on Carolyn Bryant. In fact, had Till not been a child from Chicago, his lynching would likely have joined the hundreds of thousands of other brutal murders of black Americans that were never reported. Emmett Till was dead the moment he walked into the Bryant’s store and whistled at a white


woman, simply because he didn’t know the rules. Trying to change our country’s history won’t change that. Even today, memorials risen in the memory of Till see constant vandalism, bullet holes and racist symbols. The modern disfigurement of Emmett Till. Brett Kavanaugh currently serves upon our nation’s Supreme Court. Against a jury of peers, the majority aligning with his own political sensibilities, Kavanaugh was voted to his current position following a single hearing and a weeklong FBI investigation pertaining to allegations of past sexual assault, claimed by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Her claims were never fully proven true or false based on evidence or testimony of supposed witnesses. Ford has since faced intense scrutiny, verbal attacks, and death threats. She has had to move her family numerous times and, as far as I know, been unable to return to her teaching position. What comparisons, dear reader, you wish to create between the cases of Till and Kavanaugh is your own business, but for me its hard to relate the straight, white, beer loving male that is Brett Kavanaugh to what Emmett Till faced that August morning. Brett Kavanaugh is not Emmett Till. Emmett Till was unjustly a catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement, a position I pray both Zach Dailey and I can agree on. No person deserves just a death, especially not an innocent child. Revisionist history, however, will not change the circumstances in which Till met his end. Whatever parallels one attempts to draw between the believability of accusations based on race and those based on the sex of the accuser instantly become lost when comparing these two figures. In fact, if one truly wants to compare Brett Kavanaugh and Emmett Till, I implore them, you dear reader, Arka Tech staff, and especially Zach Dailey, to Google an image of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice. You got it? Now, open another tab. Type in Emmett Till’s body. Maybe you’ll just get his swollen face. Or maybe you’ll get two pictures side by side; the before and after of a happy kid until he was left in a river for three days to rot. Now, please tell me: How exactly is Brett Kavanaugh like Emmett Till? Chad Hall Undergraduate Student Department of English and World Studies

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Scholarship dinner to be held April 12



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“I don’t ever throw any April Fools pranks.” Olivia Mason Elementary Education Huntsville

For the past five years, the Arkansas Tech Scholarship dinner has been one of the biggest fundraisers for campus scholarships. The event will be held in Tucker Coliseum on Friday, April 12. Students from all degree paths will be in attendance to present their hard work during the reception from 6-7 p.m. The dinner itself takes place at 7 p.m., with appetizers provided by Tech’s own hospitality administration program. Music will be provided by several local talents, including the Arkansas Tech Brass Quintet, Tech Alumni and former Guitar Ensemble member Ryan Harmon and the local country band Dry Town, which is comprised of Arkansas Tech alumni Adam Anderson, Niki Shaw and Stephen Pierce. Dress for the event will be busi-

ness casual. Faculty tickets cost $75. Only two tickets may be purchased at this discount. Students and others who wish to attend can purchase tickets for $100. Additionally, several sponsorship packages are available to the public. These packages allow donors the option to reserve a table for two with the president, Dr. Robin E. Bowen, and her husband. The packages vary in price from $1,500, $3,500, $7,500 and $15,000 for dinner with the president. The past four years of this event have raised over $400,000 dollars for graduate and undergraduate students, approximately $100,000 of which was generated at last year’s meeting. This event helps fund everything from scholarships for the Ozark campus to study abroad opportunities. The event will be co-hosted by Amy and Adam Anderson of Rus-

sellville, Keith Gober and Mark Norwine of Little Rock, Carol Ann Harris of Russellville, Carrie and Christopher Phillips of Conway, Laura and Dave Pinson of Greenwood, Rebecca Hurst and Jim Smith of Fayetteville, Brandy and Scott Steuber of Russellville and Kristen and Heath Styles of Harrison, all of whom are proud Tech alumni. While registration closed at the end of March, there is still an option to give a gift of a small donation. These gifts are much more flexible with the amount you can gift, and whether that gift comes in installments or at a fixed rate indefinitely. Additional information can be found by contacting the 479-9680400 or by visiting the Division of Advancement office in the Administration building.

50 & 20 years ago: These stories made headlines in The Arka Tech “Probably just telling my mom I got my girlfriend pregnant.” Maxwell Higgins Mechanical Engineering Greenwood

“I did one. And it was the first thing in the morning. I got up early and my roommate turned her hair curlers on and I yelled, ‘Allison, your hair curlers are on fire!’”

50 years ago (April Flukes 68. The land will be repurposed Services building. All poets are enTech Special): for a new stadium. The director couraged to read their work during Battle of the Beards of the department stated that the the event. C.M. Gall and John Lule fought over who had the best beard. Blood was shed in Arkansas Tech’s English Department after Lule ran his hand over Gall’s chin and said, “Not bad for a teenager.” Gall responded negatively before starting the fight. Gall was treated for head injuries at a local hospital after the two men reportedly fell to the floor.

Cashing In On a New Project The Arkansas Tech Physical Education Department recently bought a few acres of land for $14.

land will need to be drained before construction can begin. The project will require the allotment $15,000 for scuba diving equipment for the draining process.

20 years ago: Open Mic Poetry Reading Tech’s nationally distributed literary journal will present an open mic poetry reading. Lisa Martinovek will be a guest at the event. She is known as the “queen of Ozarks” because she is a “pioneer of a new genre of poetry” called Peomedy. The poetry reading will be held in the Doc Bryan Student

Soprano Program on Campus N’Kenge Simpson will perform a soprano program at Arkansas Tech University. Russellville Community Concert Association and the Tech Student Activities Board will be sponsoring Simpson’s program. She has won several vocal competitions and she has performed on “Good Morning America”, at the White House in Washington, D.C., and many more places. Everyone on campus and in the community is encouraged to come watch the program.


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“I’ve never done anything.” Courtney Stone Hosp. Administration Magazine

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18 and a half years.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TECH? It looked like a great opportunity. It allowed me to start at ground zero and watch the electrical engineering department get started.

WHAT LEAD YOU TO TEACHING? “I sent my dad a picture of me at the beach from last spring break and told him I dropped out college and moved to Florida." Jordan Cravens

Accounting Fort Smith


When I was a graduate student, I found that my instructors had interesting opportunities as they not only got to research, they got to teach.

WHAT ARE YOUR BASE CLASSES YOU TEACH EVERY YEAR, IF YOU HAVE THEM? I teach signals and systems which is a course for sophomores and the follow up courses for that class.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TECH? I am an alumnus, and I am originally from Russellville. I had a lot of family in the area as well.

WHAT LEAD YOU TO TEACHING? I was a graduate assistant and when I reached the collegiate level I decided to major in math. When I reached my teacher assistantship led me towards teaching.


WHAT LEAD YOU TO CHOOSE YOUR FIELD OF STUDY? I would rather solve a problem and get an answer than read a book.


4 News


Spring lunch series continues

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Arkansas Tech’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration’s lunch series is hosted every Thursday at Williamson Hall Dining Room. The ongoing tradition debuted on March 7 and will continue, tentatively, until Thursday, April 25. “We’ve done this lunch series since 2003,” Cass Capen-Housley, event coordinator of parks recreation and hospitality administration, said. “The students are hospitality majors so we do this for them to get dining room service experience, as well as back of house work, which highlights how kitchens operate. It also helps them learn how to communicate effectively in the workplace.” Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It costs $9.95 per person plus tax (cash, card or check only) for a three-course meal. The meal covers lunch supplies and all gratuity is donated in support of the Walter Williamson Scholarship Fund, a foundation scholarship for hospitality administrations students. “With the construction of our building going on right now, we knew this was something we absolutely wanted to continue,” Capen-Housley said. “We get a lot of sup-

Room Facebook page. Thursday’s lunch is a starter choice of house salad or a vegetable egg roll; the entrée is a choice of a Korean barbeque bowl or oriental chicken salad; dessert is choice of chocolate mousse or turtle cheesecake. “People can also request to be added to our menu email list via our social media pages,” Capen-Housley said. “We post the menus weekly on these pages.” Those interested in purchasing a to-go version of the lunch may LAINEY BOONE/THE ARKA TECH call 479-264-1825 to The spring lunch series is hosted in Williamson Hall Dining Room every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 place their order. Reservations are p.m. suggested for parties of five or more to ensure port through our lunch series and I think all lunches can be accessed via the William- groups are sat together. Contacting 479the community is happy we didn’t cancel it.” son Hall Twitter page, @atuwilliamson, or 968-0378 to make additional information The menus and dates for the remaining on the Arkansas Tech Williamson Dining and lunch reservations.

Tech eco-marathon team departs for Sonoma



A new and improved Wonder Car is on its way to the 2019 Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge. Six students and one faculty member embarked on Saturday, March 30, upon a 3,800mile journey to Sonoma, Calif., site of the competition for a second consecutive year. Arkansas Tech University’s entry in the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge finished 18th in the international automotive engineering competition after achieving a fuel consumption rate of 212 miles per gallon. ATU students Michael Anderson, Brayden Butler, Justin Duke, Andrew Lea, Justin Stroud and Jay Wallace as well as ATU engineering instructor Jacob Weidenfeller are on a mission

to improve upon those numbers in 2019. “The team built a new car in one year,” said Dr. John Krohn, professor of mechanical engineering and interim head of the ATU Department of Mechanical Engineering. “That would normally be a multi-year project, but their drive and desire to do it made MARCOMM it possible. It is the culmination of several senior projects. The new car has the same engine, but with a very different design for the body. The car has between half and two-thirds the weight of the old car without losing any strength. The team is convinced it could get twice as good mileage.” The 2019 Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge runs from April 3-6.



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Do we really knoe Jerry the Bulldog? AMANDA HAMPTON

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Arguably the most important face of the Tech campus, Jerry the Bulldog has been campus ambassador since 2013. His history with Tech goes back to ancient times, since the 1930’s. After months of begging, he has finally

LAUREN BROWN/ SUBMITTED Jerry the Bulldog living his best life, from Lauren Brown, a handler.

agreed to interview with the Arka Tech. The Tech website coined Jerry to have a “never-say-die” attitude, and they could not be more spot on. His bravery and confident stride across campus is a truly uplifting sight to any passer-by on campus. It is an honor to be in his presence. Despite his extremely busy schedule, Jerry has been known to make special appearances

at key Tech events like the Miss Tech Pageant, Time Out for Tech, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and of course ,the party animal has to attend the tailgates before the football games. Although he usually looks rather uninterested and miserable, Jerry is actually a very fun-loving and happy-go-lucky dog. When not on campus, Jerry can be seen out in the streets of Russellville painting the town green and gold. “Woof woof woof, woof woof,” Jerry humbly said regarding the rebranding process that is currently underway on campus. He is very excited for the updates that are coming to the Tech campus. He even hinted that throughout this process, there has been discussion amongst Tech administration that he will also be rebranded to Jerri the Bulldog, yes, with an “i.” The Arka Tech asked Jerri about the hard-hitting truth

Woof woof,” said Jerri. Something that many people don’t know about Jerri is that he is actively involved in current events. When asked about the recently released Mueller report, Jerri said “woof woof woof. Woof, woof woof. Bark bark woof, ruff ruff woof.” He is truly inspiring to not only the Tech community, but to the entire canine sphere. Jerri is an incredibly respected bulldog. A common spring break destination for many college students is Panama City Beach, Florida. Someone confidentially reported to the Arka Tech that they saw Jerri at PCB this past spring break in an altercation with Tusk, the hog from the University of Arkansas. The details of the fight have not been disclosed; however, it is safe to say that Jerri is, and forever will be, our valiant hero. Out of all the features the Arka Tech has done, Jerri the Bulldog has been the most open and honest regarding issues of his personal life and the things that go on at home that many Tech students and faculty do not get to see. He was hesitant to open up to us about one particular issue involving his personal life; however, Jerri shockingly informed us that he, well she, is actually female and is expecting three baby Jerris around the time of graduation this spring. This is a shock to everyone involved, Jerri herself was not planning on getting pregnant, but she expressed great happiness in becoming a mother and believes that she has been very well prepared for this role. She is so excited to

regarding the allegations about him taking over Dr. Bowen’s presidency at Tech. It is safe to say that he was caught off guard by this question; however, he was still compliant in answering. “Woof woof woof woof.

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Discover Russellville

Arkansas Nuclear One is the hotspot for college students



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Standing like a giant towering among the pine trees and protected by high security, Arkansas Nuclear One is home to two pressurized water reactors. The beautiful site of a power plant can be seen from many different locations around the River Valley area making it a unique landmark. Arkansas Nuclear One is owned and operated by Entergy Arkansas and is operated by Energy. It is a very high-profile area. Only the finest people in the world can enter through its pristine security gates. Some compare the site to iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or the Great Pyramids. Arkansas Nuclear One has been apart of the River Valley for more than 40 years. Russellville was a lost town till the plant chose it to put its roots down in the River Valley. Since then the community has never

thrived more. Not only has its glowing gray walls added to the scenic beauty of the landscape, it has also contributed in an array of other ways such as cloud quality. When looking at Arkansas Nuclear One, one cannot help but notice the whimsical clouds that blossom from above the power plant. From this, the power plant has gained the cute nickname “the cloud maker.” Now of course these are not real clouds, but many of the locals agree that they do add a special touch to any blue bird day or golden sunset. Another aspect that Arkansas Nuclear One contributes to the local area is its prestigious reputation. The town of Russellville has moved up on the list of the coolest places to live in the world because of Arkansas Nuclear One. Communities across the state of Arkansas envy the town of Russellville for having such a cool feature. After all, it isn’t every day that you come

a cross a town awesome enough to have a power plant. In fact, it is believed this is a reason many students chose to attend classes at Tech. The plant is a hotspot for many college students to hangout at on the weekends. The word around campus is that if you want to impress a girl on a first date, then you take her on a romantic date to Arkansas Nuclear One. All local people should take pride in having such a high-class and remarkable aspect that Russellville is forever grateful for. Arkansas Nuclear One is located at 1448 Sr 333 Russellville, AR 72802. It is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Call at 479-858-3111. Visit Entergy Nuclear’s official web page for Arkansas Nuclear One at http:// aspx and visit Arkansas Nuclear One’s Facebook page at to stay connected.

Avocados deserve to be maligned


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Today Millennials and Gen Z’s are obsessed with this green, ovalshaped food known as the avocado. The young adult population is obsessed with making these green little guys the highlight of every Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram story. Whether it’s delicately laying over a salad or artfully brightening up a breakfast, avocados are all over social media. But guess what, people? Avocados are destroying the planet. That’s right, avocados are mean, green, eco-destroying machines. According to VICE, “The carbon footprint of an avocado can depend quite a lot on how it was grown and how far it has been transported...But this is all relative – it can be several times higher than the footprint of a carrot, onion or broccoli.” Avocados are also taking nutrients out of farm soil and they guzzle water like a pro-athlete. Due to its global production growing rapidly, the farming of this food is linked to deforestation and environmental degradation of land. But enough about data that clearly marks avocados as a detriment to the environment. While avocados have been the star of at least two vines, these superstars need to have consequences for ruining the earth. Avocados, and hear me out, do not taste that great. Let’s be honest, even when eating guacamole, that av-

ocado has been paired with either pico de gallo, salsa, or eleven herbs and spices just to get a decent flavor. Practically any dish that has avocado pairs it with something more flavorful to counteract the dull experience one may get from avocado alone. Take avocado toast for an example. You can have plain avocado toast, sure, but doesn’t it sound so much better with bacon, lettuce and tomato? Jesus did not say that the bread is a representation of the body of Christ just to have Gen Z’s spread boring, green paste all over it! If you’re going to taunt the Lord like that then at least put some Nutella on that GFXMAG.COM toast. God smiles on What's so great about these little green things? Not much, actually Nutella. On a serious note, and anethole which is harmful to the their time in the spotlight. Now it’s avocados a crammed full of saturated body. time for Millennials and Gen Z’s fat and sodium. With as much fat as Some other side effects of avoto take on a new food that doesn’t one consumes when they eat a full cados not farmed according to FDA harm the environment or possibly avocado, they may as well have eaten regulations are the flu, paralysis, nautheir bodies. Maybe even try food a stick of butter. sea, gastrointestinal disorder, vomitthat help the environment. Perhaps Avocados can also lead to living and migraine. Since avocados are try a nice lentil soup when you go out er damage. Due to certain farming farmed worldwide and are a major for lunch with the gals next time. Or techniques that the Food and Drug import for the US, the chances of maybe spread a nice fig jam over your Administration doesn’t always catch, these adverse reactions happening breakfast toast in the morning. Anysome of the products can act as carare relatively high. thing is better than avocado toast. cinogens and can contain estragole Overall, avocados have served

'Everyone Poops' is a scientific marvel CAMDEN BURRIS

Contributing Writer

In 1977, Taro Gomi published the greatest scientific marvel the world has ever read. Extremely popular in Japan, the author’s home country, the American publishing company Kane/Miller bought the rights to “Everyone Poops” in 1993. After reading the children’s book, one can understand how revolutionary it is to the field of science. Charles Darwin should be scared. There is absolutely no plot to the book, but I think the lack of it further strengthens its scientific notions. It’s a book of facts that doesn’t need any fluffing up with plot. Gomi gets straight to the point. I wasn’t left wondering what she meant as most science books leave me. That may have something to do with me being a writer and not a scientist, but I think it’s because Gomi simplifies her arguments for her targeted audience—children. Accompanying the words on the pages are drawings of tremendous artistic merit. The drawings practically jump off the page. The colors are pretty and vibrant. Each piece of poop is drawn with considerable care and no one poop looks the same from another. I’m sure Gomi did years of fieldwork to write this book. She mentions

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Beethoven, the greatest and also the worst


Staff Writer

As April soars in, it is time to take a step back from modern times and into some of the roots of music. This week’s artist is none other than one of the greatest musical figures, Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven’s music rose to popularity in the late 18th century and the early 19th and continues to be one of the best musicians to this day. According to, the composer “dominat[ed] a period of musical history as no one else before or since.” A high praise for the composer who made famous compositions, such as “Ode to Joy (Symphony No. 9),” “Fur Elise,” “Moonlight Sonata, Movement 1” and a number of other works from symphonies to choral works. According to, young Beethoven was practically beaten into learning music from his alcoholic father, who was a court singer. His father hoped he would raise a musical prodigy to be recognized like Wolfgang Mozart. His father even went as far as having his seven-year-old son be part of a

public recital that unfortunately was not recorded by the press. Beethoven eventually left school to study music and make himself known. One of his first published works, at the age of 12, was “9 Variations in C Minor for Piano on a March by Ernst Dressler, WoO 63.” This composition only showed a little of what young Beethoven could do. It is unknown whether Beethoven and Mozart actually met, but Mozart regarded him as a great composer. Mozart soon passed, which made Joseph Haydn the next “greatest composer alive” and Beethoven went on to study music under Haydn. He bested Mozart and other composers and while he did go deaf during the best musical part of his life, Beethoven did not marry or have children of his own. There is no doubt in my mind that Beethoven remains as one of the greatest musical influences to this age but it seems that towards the end of his life he grew more insane. The only thing in the universe he could trust was his music as he grew suspicious of family, friends and close ones. I can only hope that there will be someone who will surpass Beethoven in a humane way and hopefully not turn into a sad, sad mark on history.


A portrait of Beethoven when composing the "Missa Solemnis” by Joseph Karl Stieler.

6 Entertainment


‘Hotel California’ is a neon-soaked dystopia SHELBY ARNOLD


Like “High Rise” and “Snowpiercer” before it, “Hotel California,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, is atmospheric, claustrophobic and tinged with neon and just a hint of old-fashioned that makes the viewer wonder what year we’re in, what really is going on with the hotel and just how it’s all possible. Not to be confused with “Bad Times at the El Royale,” this film is a whole other ball game shaded with secrets and the impossible though it’s a startling allegory for the current political atmosphere. Taken from the famous Eagles song of the same name, “Hotel California” stars Tom Hiddleston as the unsuspecting Griffin who stumbles across the hotel in the middle of the desert and the middle of the night while on the way back home from a cross country road trip. The hotel looks a lot like the Beverly Hills Hotel, but he knows he’s nowhere near Los Angeles and he knows the Beverly Hills Hotel looks a lot better than this dump. He’s met by Anna (Olivia Coleman) who shows him to his room (and who is incredibly important to the rest of the film). During his stay there, Griffin realizes that he’s trapped in this hotel just like the rest of the occupants. It’s his meeting with 401 (Michael Sheen) that throws the hotel in a tailspin. As Griffin and the rest of the occupants—lead by the Nightman (Doug Jones)—hurdle toward their meeting with the Master (Idris Elba), Griffin is thrown into a war initiated by greed,

excess, and the madness within. Not everything at the Hotel California is as it seems. “Hotel California” sizzles. Hiddleston is at the top of his game and plays Griffin with a smoldering intensity that rivals his performance in TV’s “The Night Manager.” However, the entire cast is brilliant. Tilda Swinton and Gemma Chan handle their characters—113 and 213, respectively—wonderfully. Chan really settles into the weirdness of her character and proves she can play in the big leagues. She holds her own going to toe-to-toe with Hiddleston and Swinton, both veterans of the weird and macabre. However, the real surprise in “Hotel California” is Jones. Finally, the audience gets to see his acting prowess in a del Toro film where he isn’t covered in layers of paint and prosthetics and boy, can he get it. The Nightman and 401 are my favorite characters in the film though all of them are tremendously written. Besides the acting, the aesthetics of this film are incredible. Think cyberpunk or “John Wick” only set in the 1950s—or is it? The time period is hard to pin down, especially with the interior of the hotel looking like a crumbling post-modern dream while Griffin’s car is quite clearly a newish Nissan. However, the other cars parked in the parking lot vary in make, model and year and everyone we see in the hotel are wearing various era style clothing. The oldest I noticed was someone quite clearly in an early 1930s zoot suit. Despite the strange mix of costumes and car models, “Hotel California” tackles some really clear ideologies and does so with finesse. Don Henley and Glen Fry and the other mem-

SHELBY ARNOLD/ THE ARKA TECH Welcome to the Hotel California. bers of the Eagles would be proud. Whatever you’ve read about “Hotel California,” don’t believe it. It’s a trip and yes, it’s weird but it’s a good kind of weird that people will be talking about for a while.

Conspiring against the residents of our beloved campus ALEX KIRCHNER

Staff Writer

Fellow Tech residents, it is with great sorrow and worry that I bring you a tale of great distress. Several denizens of our beloved campus have been abducted from their homes, then replaced with fakes. There I was, enjoying the quiet majesty of our campus at dawn, when, all of a sudden, I heard sounds of great sorrow coming from the hall next to Nutt. Upon investigating, I found that several long-standing members of Tech’s finest had been kidnapped! The students would be devastated. How could they hammock with no strong-willed ladies and gentlemen willing to hold them aloft? I immediately gathered some of the students to go and head off on a search and rescue mission. I would stand guard and watch while they went to classes and we’d move together to another spot-on campus. Sinister forces soon caught on to our investigation, and I was accosted outside Dean hall. I managed to overhear some information on their vile machinations. The cover is that my fellow residents were getting too old and that their continued presence on campus was an active safety hazard. Getting rid of them now

would greatly benefit the future of our esteemed campus. The reality? They never paid rent. Never had to, matter of fact. With the schools continued growth came the need for funding, and everyone had to pay up. Those that did not conveniently grew too feeble to keep on board anymore. They would be replaced with younger, more receptive tenants who knew who owned them. To add insult to injury, the new residents can’t even hold a rope without an anchor, never mind a person. The surrogate hammock chaperones stand coldly by the volleyball field, their stances ambivalent and conversation skills severely lacking. The poor gents beside Nutt are only the beginning. Older, prouder residents are putting their roots down, and the campus is none too pleased with their obstinance. How much longer until students themselves start disappearing? I count my lucky branches that they let me go. Can’t arrest a healthy tree who knows his rights, can you? The last thing I heard before they let me go was some plan for the bell tower. Somehow that bell is the only thing “keeping those damn kids safe.” The beloved crops of this knowledge farm are soon to be changed, and with it, who


Facilities Management is ignorant of its own destruction.

knows what will be left to grow and control, while the undesired are left for chipper food? What fresh hell must those poor lost souls be going through? Were they mercifully offered as food for future generations? Or were they damned to a life of agony under the sneakered feet of the contemptuous gremlins known as

“children?” I don’t know what kind of demented plans those brutes have in store, but I’d sleep with one eye closed and your pheromone network open. Dark things are coming to The Arkansas Tech Campus, and the poor souls that live there have my condolences.

Pitch It! Thursday: Comedic Comic Films SHELBY ARNOLD


I’ll be the first one to tell you that there’s nothing like a good comedy to lift your spirits. However, I’ll also let you in on a little secret: there are a lot of comedies that I just don’t like. “Monty Python” is for example. I know. Throw things at me later. I simply don’t understand the appeal of “Monty Python” and that could be just because I don’t understand that type of comedy. No harm no foul. But I still like comedy and feel that Netflix is bringing back the romantic comedy in a big way. I’ll admit that romantic comedies are my

soft spot, but I want something different. I want comedy comic book movies. Yes, yes, I know there’s such a thing as “Deadpool” and maybe “Kick-Ass” if I’m being technical. However, after binging the insanity of “The Umbrella Academy” and patiently waiting for “Avengers: Endgame,” I’ve noticed that despite “Deadpool” and “Kick-Ass” there just aren’t that many funny comic book films and I feel like that’s a travesty. Maybe it’s the political atmosphere that is causing all these super gritty TV shows like “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Riverdale” and even “The Umbrella

Academy” to point. Maybe it’s just something else entirely. Either way, I feel like comic book movies would benefit from some lighthearted humor. I mean, imagine Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton bantering about relationships or some other humorous topic while beating alien faces in? The audiences of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Thor: Ragnarok” responded well to that type of humor, who’s to say they wouldn’t do it again? Now, these comic comedies wouldn’t be able to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the way that every other Marvel film is. They’d have to be outliers and I don’t think that would be such a bad idea. The

MCU has gone so dark; I miss the humor of “The Avengers.” The DC Extended Universe would have no problem with these funny films. They have no universe to speak of, though they have tried. Maybe “Shazam” will bring the funny in a way the DCEU desperately needs? We won’t know until next week, but I’m betting that DC will go down the humor route now that Marvel has the monopoly on extra serious. I don’t know. All I know is I want a comic book movie I can go and laugh at and not have to worry whether my favorites will die in some cataclysmic event. That’s not asking too much, is it?

Toon Blast blasts off and is fun to play


Contributing Writer

After thorough consideration and after a bombardment of advertisements, I decided to download the free game Toon Blast from Google Play. After a few weeks of on and off binging, I must say this game is fun. I’ve played this game an average of two hours a day and have had a blast playing through its easy and more challenging levels. The power-ups typically work well, especially when you combine two bombs that will decimate a large area of the playing board. The rockets and bombs are ideal as well and so are the disco balls. I am thankful that this game does not follow the trend of forcing your hand into purchasing upgrades and instead it gives more than enough lives to play with in a decent timeslot.


I have not felt I was cheated a single time while playing and I respect the creators for lending a considerate amount of lives within a fair time slot. You are given 5 lives. Each life is recharged within a 30-minute waiting period. I have reached level 129 since beginning last Monday and have already received multiple chests of wild cards, power-ups, etc. without a single add-on pur-

chase. I have not spent a penny on this game, and I have had more fun than some console games that I have spent money on. I am honestly surprised and did not expect to enjoy this as much as I have. Upon playing more I am reaching levels in which I tend to struggle to complete most levels. I find myself running out of lives and waiting for a new life. It is now 2 weeks later, and I am currently on level 200 and I remain determined to surpass each level. I still recommend this game for someone who is looking for a new free game to download off of the app store. I am sure like most games I download on my cell phone that one day I will grow tired of this game, stop playing and ultimately will probably uninstall it, but for now and the near future I am sure I will be playing it for some time. I recommend Toon Blast to people of all ages. This is a fun, family friendly game that will use up hours of your time if you allow it and play the game right.


the size of elephant poop which one can only determine through intense observation in Asia or the African forests and deserts. The theme of this book hits really hard. Gomi gives examples of all these animals that poop, including humans. She’s trying to say that even though animals may poop differently from each other, we are all the same. We all eat, so we all poop. We’re not so different after all. One qualm I have with this book is that the humans featured in it are male. Them being male reinforces the dated idea that females do not poop. In modern times, it is important to recognize equality between males and females. This concept is difficult to understand as a child, but as an adult, I see straight through it. “Everyone Poops” is the most undebatable scientific topic of modern times. It’s undeniable that everyone poops. Gomi is a genius, and I hope everyone sees that. Adult and children everywhere, read her book.

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8 Sports

Wonder Boys get swept by Bulldogs ALLEN LEONARD

Staff Writer

The Wonder Boys went on the road to face the Southwestern Oklahoma Bulldogs in a three-game series. The Bulldogs got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning with a run scored on a wild pitch. They got another run on a sacrifice fly by Chase Duncan, from Holliday, Texas, that drove in Alex Pimentel, from El Paso, Texas to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead after the first inning. The Wonder Boys finally got on the board in the eighth inning with a four-run inning to take the lead. Tristan Thomas, from Glendale, Arizona, got on base with a leadoff single. Zack Kesterson, from New Hartford, New York followed that up with a single of his own. Two batters later, Britt Stroth, from Conway, hit a sacrifice fly to bring Thomas in to score. Michael Post went to bat next and singled to move Kesterson to third base. Post then stole second base to put two runners in scoring position for Jonathan Arrieta, from El Paso, Texas to try and drive home. Arrieta was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases. The runners all advanced on a wild pitch which scored Kesterson to tie the game up. Jason Hastings, from Bryant, drove in Post and Arrieta on a double to give the Wonder Boys the 4-2 lead. The Bulldogs came right back in the bottom of the eighth

inning to take the two-run single lead back with a by Cannon Mcfive-run inning led Cune, from Cofby a two-run triple feyville, Oklahoby Pimentel. ma. The game The Wonder never got better Boys tried to ralfor the Wonder ly in the ninth inBoys as they lost ning. Dylan Mcgame two 10-0. Dearmon, from The Bulldogs Greenbrier, got the took anothinning started with er early lead in a leadoff double. game three with Thomas followed an RBI single in with a single that the first inning advanced McDearARKANSASTECHSPORTS.COM by Duncan. Pimon to third base. Zack Kesterson scoops up a ground ball in action last week. mentel drove in The Bulldogs threw another run for a wild pitch with the Bulldogs in Kesterson at the plate which allowed McDearmon to the second inning and that was all the scoring they needed score and Thomas moved to second base. Kesterson hit a as they shut the Wonder Boys out for the second straight fly ball that moved Thomas to third base. game with a final score of 2-0 to complete the sweep of The Wonder Boys could not get him across the plate the series. and the rally fell short. The Bulldogs won game one 7-5. The Wonder Boys will be back at home this weekend The Bulldogs came out hot for game two scoring for a three-game series against the Northwestern Oklahoseven runs in the first inning. The scoring was led by a ma State Rangers.

Golden Suns take Bulldogs


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The Golden Suns looked to extend their winning streak when they hosted the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs this past weekend for a fourgame series. The Bulldogs took an early lead in game one after an RBI single by Hannah Morris, from Tuttle, Oklahoma. The Golden Suns did not trail for long. Gaby Vasquez, from Lewisville, Texas, got on base with a leadoff double and later scored to tie the game at one after the first inning. The Golden Suns took the lead in the third inning when Sarah Coronado, from Frisco, Texas drove in Ashton Sangster, from Van Buren on an RBI single. The Golden Suns expanded on their lead with a four run fifth inning that was led by a two-run double and an RBI single by Makenzie Goins, from Owasso, Oklahoma. The Golden Suns kept the lead to win game one with a final score of 7-1. The Bulldogs got the scoring started in game two when Hannah Franklin, from Yukon, Oklahoma, scored on a fielder’s choice. The Golden Suns took the lead in the third inning when Megan Goodnight, from Cabot, hit a two-run home run that scored Sydnie Henson, from Greenwood. Amanda Moreno, from Moore, Oklahoma, tied the game for the Bulldogs with an RBI

single in the fifth inning. The Bulldogs would take the lead when Franklin hit a two-run home run in the sixth innings. The score stayed


4-2 until the bottom of the seventh inning. Bailey Bunch, from Mena, scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the Bulldogs lead to one run. Tymber Riley, from Bentonville, drove Vasquez in on an RBI single to tie the game. Sangster drove in Ashley Maeder, from Plano, Texas on a walk-off single to win the game for the Golden Suns with a final score of 5-4. The Bulldogs jumped out to a three-run lead after the first inning of game three. The Golden Suns came right back in the bottom of the inning. They scored six runs led by a threerun triple by Goodnight and a two-run

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Sarah Coronado scores a run in a win last weekend.

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led by a two-run single by Paty Loredo, from Fort Worth, Texas. The Golden Suns won game three of the series 149. Game four was a back and forth game throughout. The Golden Suns trailed 4-5 going in to the seventh inning. Coronado hit a two-run home run to win the game 6-5 and to complete the sweep. Megan Goodnight broke the Golden Suns career hit record during the series. The Golden Suns will take a tengame winning streak into this weekend’s series against the Northwestern Oklahoma State Rangers.

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The Golden Suns sweep the Tigers


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The Golden Suns completed the sixth sweep this season, last week. The Golden suns defeated the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers 7-0 to make their record 8-3 on the season. The Golden Suns will go to Magnolia today to take on the Southern Arkansas lady Muleriders where they hope to continue their domination in the GAC. The Golden Suns swept both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches scoring the only point in the double’s category. Kami Ward, from Hot Springs, and Annabel Rowlands, from Wigan, England, won their match in the No. 1 spot to obtain a double’s sweep over the Lady Tigers. Katharina Drebka, from Stuttgart, Germany, defeated Mallory Tabler 6-0 and 6-1 in the first singles spot. The Golden Suns managed to


Sarah Coronado runs in a score in a win last weekend. keep the Lady Tigers at bay with none of them scoring more than once in the


THIS WEEK IN SPORTS Thursday, April 4th Women’s Tennis @ Southern Arkansas Friday, April 5th Softball @ Northwestern Oklahoma - 2 p.m. Softball @ Northwestern Oklahoma - 4 p.m. Baseball vs Northwestern Oklahoma - 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6th Softball @ Northwestern Oklahoma - noon Baseball vs Northwestern Oklahoma - 1 p.m.


Softball @ Northwestern Oklahoma - 2 p.m. Baseball vs Northwestern Oklahoma - 4 p.m. Monday, April 8th Women’s Golf @ Central Region Spring Preview Tuesday, April 9th Women’s Golf @ Central Region Spring Preview Softball @ Harding - 2 p.m Softball @ Harding - 4 p.m.

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