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New Urbanism panel
Students share creative work The Village as example
New leadership looks ahead
Volume 102 Issue 7 May 2014
MANAGING EDITOR GRACE OXLEY
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Blair schneider
LAYOUT EDITORS Jackie oakley claire de pree PHOTO EDITOR Wil Chandler COPY EDITORS samia nawaz Roman Barnes-walker
STAFF WRITERS JENNIFER MOULTON MARY KATHERINE BARKER BROOKE NELSON CARTER MILLIGAN JOSH HAMMONS ELLEN MARTIN CONNOR NEWTON
PHOTOGRAPHERS STACEY SVENDSEN ABIGAIL GARCIA-LUCAS QUINN NEAL
Local and national news
The month in review
A take on the good and bad in April
The effects of fracking on campus
Letter from the editor
the village bubble
Earth day in arkansas The Natural State celebrates the environment
The role of student media
A review of Hendrix life for one senior The Village takes on a new identity
Intern in the environment
A Year after mayflower
Devastation in central ARk.
Sword club and frisbee team
Purple cow review
Red brick film festival
A look into the variety of plant life Freshman farms at Camp Mitchell The effects in the community
Campus response to call for help
A look at both seasons
The culture surrounding both clubs New restaurant in The Village What goes into making a film Music, Sports, Art and more
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New Sharing Circle on Campus:
Hendrix Huddle by Mary Katherine Barker
endrix Huddle, a weekly event designed to provide a creative, reflective and emotional outlet for students, is new on campus this semester. Dominique Kelleybrew, Apartment Area Coordinator, teamed up with president of Active Minds, senior Blake Tierney, to get Hendrix Huddle started, and hope to gather student interest in the event as the semester continues. “Dominique Kelleybrew came up with the idea for Hendrix Huddle and began talking with people around campus,” Tierney said. “Apparently one or two people pointed him my way because of my leadership with Active Minds, the mental health advocacy group on campus. We met, I liked the idea, and we got started.” In developing the idea, Kelleybrew felt that students could use a place where any type of sharing is encouraged, whether it’s poetry, music, short stories, questions or concerns. “With recent events like Thugs n’ Kisses, and people getting upset over Miss Hendrix, I felt like we needed some type of program where people
could get their feelings out and have their voices heard,” Kelleybrew said. “It’s a free flowing event, with no agenda and no plan, so it’s up to the people for what they want to bring to it.” In just the first meeting of Hendrix Huddle, held on Tuesday, April 8th, students shared original poetry and short stories, as well as personal experiences and even a question and answer session on computer science and the technology world. “We hope that we keep that wide variety of shares and expand it to include music, inspirational stories, impersonations, stand-up, forensics-style performances, and whatever else Hendrix comes up with,” Tierney said. “Personally, I hope that it becomes a space where people can feel free to share personal stories and that it becomes empowering for them and for the listener.” With all the freedom of expression involved in Hendrix Huddle, Tierney and Kelleybrew are truly leaving it up to students to decide where they want this event to take them. “This semes-
ter is the pilot run, so right now we’re just trying to gauge interest,” Kelleybrew said. Currently, Hendrix Huddle is an Active Minds event, but the input from other student organizations will most likely increase in semesters to come if student interest continues to grow. “I hope that we can expand control of the event to a mix of people involved in different organizations from Drum Circle to Slam Poets to Res Life to SOAR,“ Tierney said. Not only is the Hendrix Huddle designed for sharing, but it is also designed for increasing the connectedness of the Hendrix community. “Being on this campus and a part of certain organizations, you tend to run into the same people over and over again,” Kelleybrew said. The Hendrix Huddle provides a place for hearing the thoughts and creativity of new people, thus building acceptance and respect for fellow students. Hendrix Huddle will be held every Thursday night from 9 to 10 p.m. in Reves for the remainder of the semester.
NEW URBANISM IN CONWAY
n Monday, April 14, Hendrix hosted the panel discussion “New Urbanism: Classic Concepts for New Communities.” Featuring four panel speakers, the discussion—open to Hendrix students as well as to the public—was co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. The program was moderated by Hendrix alumnus and Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines and speakers included Galina Tachieva of DuanyPlater-Zyberk & Company, Architects and Town Planners (DPZ); Robert Sharp, director of design for ERC Companies; Hendrix Professor of Sociology Dr. Stella Capek; and Ward Davis, CEO of The Village at Hendrix. The discussion began with an introduction from David Knight, current chair of Hendrix
Board of Trustees, and the group overseeing the entirety of the development project in The Village. Knight recounted the advancements the school was able to make with the land grant given to Hendrix. These accomplishments include the installation of the Wellness and Athletic Center, Sturgis Athletic Center, and Young-Wise Stadium. However, with the surrounding residential area in mind, the board wanted to add value to Hendrix’s current community and education and “get Hendrix on the map, again.” “The addition of a residential design really hit on the core values that Hendrix exercises already: a walkable neighborhood, real estate developments that are environmentally friendly, and building community,” Knight said. The idea behind this “new urbanism” comes
from “society’s reaction to the car-dependent world we’ve created,” Tachieva said. Started about 30 years ago as a reform movement, new urbanism is looking to move back to a type of society that serves pedestrians, where people can walk everywhere and really connect with and observe the environment. However, according to Sharp, a lot of the people backing this extensive project responded in reference to the type of architecture that you typically see in modern urban communities. “People that are interested in fine-grain, walkable environments are also going to be interested in hand-crafted architecture,” Sharp said. The new urbanism project focuses largely on the specific area surrounding the project sites and making sure that its placement will be accessible and appealing to visitors.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS Senate looks to new year, new direction by Josh Hammons
unior Graham Senor, next year’s Student Senate President, has wanted to be a part of Senate since he visited Hendrix in high school. Because he has been a senator and presidential assistant, he came into the presidency with plenty of background knowledge. “Obviously Student Senate is a student organization and it’s responsible for representing the student body, but there’s actually a lot of administrative communication and interaction there that most students don’t see and that I didn’t see until I was the presidential assistant,” Senor said. “You’re on a lot of different committees with faculty members and staff members.” The new Senate will be looking at new ways to work with the school administration. “Our biggest goal is working with Dr. Tsutsui, the incoming president,” Senor said. In particular, Senate will be trying to allow students to have more access to the people running the college. “I want to get more transparency between him [Tsutsui] and the student body, and then we’ve also talked about getting more transpar-
ency between the board and the student body, and with that the donors and the student body,” Senor said. The plans for this transparency will include actual interactions between board members and students. “At the board meetings, they typically last a Friday and then they go home either that night or the next day and they stay off campus, but Dr. Tsuitsui and I have talked to a few of the board members who would like to start extending their stays and going to the cafeteria and eating with students there,” Senor said. Some plans will be more ambitious, and are only tentative ideas. “We want to get a student voice, more than there is, on the board. Other colleges have done it. It’s not incredibly common so it would be a really difficult and long process to get a student on the board,” Senor said. The new Senate has a large number of students who have never been on Senate before. “They’ve come to me to express that when they were freshmen or sophomores depending on
where they’re at now, they didn’t know who their senator was, they got these notes that they didn’t really know what they meant or what the meeting was about, and that’s part of the problem; lack of communication between the senators and students,” Senor said. The Senate is also interested in having its own committees work together more closely, both to raise their profile on campus and increase the attendance at events. “We do want to increase the interactions between the committees on Senate, like Social Committee and Campus Kitty and Environmental Concerns Committee. We want them to co-host more events.” Senate is supported by faculty like Dean Jim Wiltgen, this year’s faculty advisor, and wants to help the student body with any changes it feels need to be made. “I just want the student body to know we are open to any and all ideas. There’s no right or wrong in terms of finding solutions to problems on campus or even just coming up with new ideas for the campus,” Senor said.
Hendrix Village redefines city living Counteracting the mindset that we have to constantly innovate and come up with something high-tech and shiny, Sharp refers to the new urbanism project as “the architectural equivalent to slow food.” Taking into account the sociological and psychological impact this will have on the surrounding community, Dr. Capek touched on her support for the movement in regards to what kind of identity people celebrate when they move into a new area. “You always get a major kind of consensus when monitoring what is it that attracts people to this kind of community,” Capek said. “They’re praising not having a lawn, they’re praising the sense of safety where people know each other, ecologically conscious lifestyles; it’s all about being aesthetically pleasing and creative.”
by Ellen Martin
Adding to that, Davis redefines the common saying “location, location, location” with his explanation that this sort of tightly knit community “shifts the societal value that gets created outside of what material was used to build the environment and back to what it’s like to live in a neighborhood.” One criticism of New Urbanism was whether or not this idea is actually going to work for a place like Conway. Largely referencing the already increasing prices of living areas such as The Village, many seem to worry that only a specific class of people are going to be able to afford such an extravagant and down-to-earth way of life. “We’re not setting prices to speak to some kind of ‘richer community,’” Ward said. “We just need to keep expanding so that the prices will be able to level out and become more affordable.
This project aims at accommodating a variety of households that will hold a variety of lifestyles. It’s going to incorporate a lot of different areas that can and will eventually mask the financial expectations and outlooks that some people are questioning.” Overall, the panel voiced a majority opinion that decried the ironic mentality of automobile dependence we have all fallen under. “People think it’s a symbol of freedom to have a car and transport faster,” Ward said. “But we need to refocus on the fact that we can only go where the roads go and where the parking lots end.” New Urbanism in Conway has taken root and seemingly will continue to take strides in slowing our pace from wind-blown hair to a casual neighborhood stroll.
NEWS BRIEFS by Ellen Martin
Corporate vs. Church Recently, Hobby Lobby corporate offices released a statement wanting to cite religious beliefs in their employee contracts in order to keep from providing contraception coverage to their workers. Their complaint goes against the Affordable Care Act, which required large employer businesses to include coverage of contraception, such as medications like Plan B, in their health care policies. The current Obama administration excuses smaller religious non-profit organizations, however this doesn’t include large for-profit companies like the well-known craft company. The owners of the chain’s main complaint argues that their religious right to practice freely is being impeded. The case was verbally presented in front of the Supreme Court on March 25 and could possibly be ruled in favor of the Citizen’s United decision. Although the case won’t have any major lasting effects on the Obama administration itself, its repercussions could create a large gap in women’s access to contraception and jobs.
Mark Your Calender
For those staying close to Hendrix during the summer, make sure to circle Memorial Day weekend. Downtown Little Rock will hold its annual Riverfest music festival from May 23-25. Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Riverfest is
the single largest event in the state of Arkansas and has been going for 36 years. Each year festival attendees are excited for the line-up to be revealed. The recently released 2014 lineup is highlighted by headliners that will include The Fray, Easton Corbin, CeeLo Green, The Wallflowers, and several others.
Fellow Arkansan Featured at Arts Center Opened since Feb. 28, the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock has launched a new project featuring Earle, Arkansas-born artist Carroll Cloar. The exhibit “The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South” showcases the artist’s collections, which are widely known for the eerie recreations of the Southern United States. Drawing upon family stories, photo-
graphs, familiar scenery, small town life and memories of his own childhood on an Arkansas farm, Cloar’s work effortlessly captures the richness of simple rural life. The exhibit will feature works from his major public collections, as well as rarely seen pictures still in private ownership. The exhibit will be on display until June 11.
Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre Performs at Hendrix Starting off their summer seasonal performances on June 5, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will present “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” outdoors at the Village at Hendrix. They will also have a showing at the new Argenta branch of the Laman Library in North Little Rock. Set in Italy in the early 1960s, the production will revitalize one of Shakespeare’s rarely produced comedies.
Despite it’s lack of popularity, Two Gents still features all of the familiar Shakespearean surprises like a cross-dressing heroine, young lovers and a daring escape into the forest. Plus, it includes two comedic clowns and Shakespeare’s infamous dog. Artistic director Rebekah Scallet will oversee the production as she brings to life a dynamic story of laughter, love and friendship.
THE MONTH IN REVIEW
by Connor Newton
It was a good month for...
It was a bad month for...
Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans
“The Colbert Report”
Multi-billionaire Warren Buffett, who partnered up with Quicken Loans for a Billion Dollar March Madness Bracket, was able to keep his billion dollars that would have gone to whoever predicted a perfect bracket. Buffett helped Quicken Loans con millions of people into giving them all their personal information, plus he still gets to keep his mattress lumpy with cash.
Steven Colbert found himself in a heap of trouble this past March after a racially insensitive tweet was tweeted from the show’s Twitter account. The tweet created a massive media backlash, starting a #cancelcolbert trend. Colbert responded by deleting the show’s Twitter account and clarifying that it was a random Comedy Central employee who sent the tweet.
“How I Met Your Mother”
Baleen whales, located in the Antarctic seawaters, were discovered to be “gardeners” of the ocean this past month. Whales have very iron-rich poop, 10 million times more concentrated with iron than Antarctic seawater. The whales deposit this fertile stuff near the ocean’s surface. In turn, this helps phytoplankton grow, which results in more food for krill to eat. Krill happen to be the dietary staple of baleen whales.
Okay, yeah, I said it. I went there. “HIMYM” had a bad month. In fact, an entirely bad last season. The show had its series finale at the end of March, but really it should have taken place on April 1 because the ending was such a joke. The writers unfortunately pigeonholed themselves with the ending, leaving the viewer with a “they did what!?” reaction.
The young freshman team lost in the finals of the NCAA tournament championship game against the UConn Huskies. The Cats, who were ranked pretournament as an eighth seed, made an impressive run to make it to the finals, only losing by a small deficit: 60-54. The loss came as a shock to most, seeing as the Kentucky rooster is stacked with future NBA stars.
Yay for science! This past month featured the return of the TV program “Cosmos.” Neil deGrasse Tyson and FOX network have teamed up to bring back and continue Carl Sagan’s old PBS show “Cosmos.” FOX is airing the show primetime on Sunday nights, bringing a little educational television to the monotonous, crime-filled realm that is primetime TV.
The Zucchini Hendrix College: “Okay, we’ll get into this fracking business” by Brooke Nelson
esponding to pressure to increase the college’s current revenue, Hendrix College President Dr. William Tsutsui announced Monday that he will allow a fracking company to install fracking drills on campus. The drills are expected to extract deep underground wells of natural gas that have been discovered under the college. Recent budget cuts have forced Tsutsui into this fracking decision, sources say. “It’s just that fracking was all that he could do with the time and the resources that he had,” one source said late Monday. “He finally kind of had to say, ‘okay, we’ll get into this fracking business.’”
The college made the fracking decision late last week after it was forced to eliminate thousands of dollars from the school budget, effectively negating the money the college will receive from the spike in student tuition to $50,000 next year. According to anonymous sources, the fracking company will pay Hendrix $800,000 to place four fracking drills at conveniently spaced fracking locations around campus. In a published statement released by President Tsutsui and Hendrix College staff, Tsutsui explained that the fracking is “in the best interest of the students and the faculty, the staff and everyone at Hendrix College.” The fracking statement continued to disclose the exact details THEPROFILEONLINE.BLOGSPOT.COM
of the fracking operation. According to the statement, the fracking drills will extract underground wells of natural gas using fracking fluids and chemicals. The fracking operation is expected to last about a month. The overall student reaction to the fracking conditions on campus was less than enthusiastic. “I don’t really care about the fracking money,” junior Clyde Farrow said. “I’m not going to be writing my thesis while a fracking drill is fracking away behind Bailey Library.” “What about the fracking chemicals in the air and the water?” freshman Nea Brown said. “I have some fracking health concerns. That frack-
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
PROFILE’S PURPOSE Role of student media in a digital age by James Owen
here is no debating that print media is a dying industry. The business plan is broken; many newspapers and magazines are having to reinvent their organization to remain a viable source of news. There is also no debating that print media is more important today than it ever has been. I would go so far as to say that the need for news is more unquenchable today than it ever has been. People are tuned in at all hours of the day, crawling over social media to find the latest story. The problem that I have fallen victim to time and again is trusting a source on social media because it tells the story I want to hear. Unfortunately, that little blue checkmark verifying an account has about as much significance as WalMart saying they have the lowest prices. It may be true, but that doesn’t mean you want to shop there. Just like you pay a little more to avoid WalMart, you should do a little more work to find a reliable, trustworthy source. The solution to the problem of validity is to be reputable. This applies to all sources of information, including The Profile. Put simply, The Profile’s goal is to create an easy-to-read and understandable newsmagazine that provides a verifiable and reliable basis from which campus debates can be started, continued or ended. This year, our staff has worked tirelessly to cover the stories that matter to Hendrix. We welcomed a new President. We chronicled
100 years of The Profile, 100 years of Shirttails and the first football team in decades. We explained the budget and why your tuition continuously increases. We detailed the food situation and food committee. We talked to alumni; we talked to Miss Hendrix contestants. We outlined Hendrix’s commitment to community. We did all of this to provide a product that was relevant to Hendrix students. Especially with some of the topics that the Hendrix community has engaged with this year, there is a need for student publications to provide stories that have human interest, timeliness and facts to facilitate campus and communitywide discussions. We were able to communicate with the administration to get the sources, facts and figures for our stories. Dean Jim Wiltgen, President Ellis Arnold, Mr. Tom Siebenmorgen, Mr. Rob O’Connor and the countless other faculty that have helped this publication tremendously over the past two semesters deserve credit for creating a transparent and approachable administration. This has created the environment for a successful publication. The staff of The Profile deserves tremendous praise for their work. They have survived and preserved through coffee crazed deadlines to produce the seven monthly issues of what has become a national-award winning publication. The staff writers have spent countless hours digging up sources and conducting interviews until they got the full story. Then it was their job to tell that story within the confines of their 750
or 1000 word story. If you have picked up an issue and read any story this year, it is irrevocably clear that they have accomplished this feat time and time again. The copy editors have helped to refine the newsmagazine into a product with clean copy. The layout editors have sacrificed hours at all times of day and night to finish designing 24 coherent and consistent pages. Photographers have risen to the creative challenge at every instance to create the intriguing cover and dominant photos that have told the story as well as the actual text. Finally, Senate deserves credit for hiring fantastic Associate and Managing Editors. The Profile simply would not have been able to go to press on multiple occasions without the tireless work that these two have put into the paper. They have put their heart and soul into The Profile, and I can attest that their leadership and skill is unrivaled. With the last issue of The Profile comes the inevitable change of staff. I am very proud and excited leave the publication in the capable hands of Brooke Nelson. I have no doubt she will be able to continue and build on the success of this year to create an even more reliable and creative publication in the 2014-2015 academic year. One more thing about doubt. There is no doubting that The Profile is the strongest it has ever been.
ing water is hazardous to our health.” “It’s a fracking sell-out. It is fracking… disgusting is what it is,” a faculty member who asked to remain anonymous said. Amid loud outcries against the fracking environmental and health concerns associated with fracking, the Hendrix College staff remains fracking steadfast. Sources have repeatedly assured the student body that the fracking drills will not affect the campus atmosphere. “In fact, there will be a new fracking atmosphere at Hendrix,” one source said. “Besides,” another source added, “adjusting for the new fracking atmosphere will be just like adjusting for the new football atmosphere this
year, which went incredibly smoothly.” Tsustui has certainly not remained quiet on the fracking matter, supporting it in word and on paper. “This is a huge leap for us as we enter a new fracking age,” Tsutsui said in a press release to the public Tuesday. “Pretty soon, fracking will be an integral part of our culture.” “Hendrix has always stayed timely with modern advancements, particularly with environmentally-friendly discoveries and sustainability, and this is the next step by far.” Tsutsui ended with, “let’s make this a fracking world.” A note to the reader: The Zucchini is a spinoff
column of The Onion, a satire news publication that is based in Chicago, Illinois. In other words, The Zucchini is just that—a satire. Besides the names of Hendrix’s president and the Bailey Library, nothing written in an article under The Zucchini column is factually true, nor are any of the names written therein true students or employees at Hendrix. The Zucchini aims to take a fun or sarcastic spin on issues on or off campus; it does not intend to insult or place blame. Please do not take it seriously.
THE BEST & WORST
by Jennifer Moulton
n the second day of my freshman year of Hendrix, I went camping for the first time in my life. In the dead heat of an Arkansas August, I left for my orientation trip to canoe the Buffalo River, my primary concern being whether I should have brought my own toilet paper. I do hope the concerns I face when I start the post-graduation part of my life may be as simple as toilet paper worries. However much we may try to avoid doing it, most soon-to-be graduating seniors have to have their nostalgic (or perhaps existential) breakdown. Some handle this better than others – for all you lucky people, the nostalgia is short and sweet and the excitement of graduation overwhelms all of the angst of moving on. Personally, I’ve taken to a sort of strategic denial: ignoring some of the fundamental parts of Hendrix that I will be heartbroken to go without (e.g., getting to see my best friends whenever I want which is all the time) while going bananas over the fact that the last cycle of homestyle meals in the cafeteria has probably already started and each pork fritter may be my last. Whatever your personal strategy for coping with the impending graduation date may be, everybody gains some insights in the last weeks of calling Hendrix our home. It might be worth considering what we’ll miss and what we’ll be so glad to never have to experience again the second we set foot off of this campus. Perhaps we should also consider what we learned or what we would have done differently looking back on our college days with such “senior wisdom.” Everyone’s insights into his or her college experience will be different, but here are a few I’ve collected from my own college days and from listening to others talk about their recollections. I should have bought my own printer the minute I was accepted into college. Seriously, I don’t know what the total damage to my being has been produced through the stress of chronically broken printers and early morning paper printing. Helpful tip no. 1: If you don’t already know, learn where all the printers are on campus as soon as possible. The small, lesser-known Mills computer lab has saved my skin on more than one occasion.
The five extra minutes of sleep aren’t worth it. I’ve recently discovered (about three years too late) how much more serene the walk to class can be when there are other people around you also walking to class. Because the presence of other people means you’re not late yet. Chicken and mac-and-cheese is great. Until you have it every Friday for four years. Now, those corn fritters topped with powdered sugar will be sorely missed. Human memory is both insanely amazing and hopelessly disappointing. As some of us may know, working on a school computer can be somewhat dangerous; despite my compulsive tendency to click “save” every thirty seconds, I once lost an entire paper three hours before it was due when the computer lab in the library automatically shut down for maintenance in the wee hours of the morning. Writing almost completely from memory and spurred by panic, in less than two hours I had re-written the paper that had taken me all night to write. And yet, there’s that one question on every exam I seem to take whose answer I had read on my note card just minutes before class that I never remember. Where’s the super human memory when you need it? Sleep is one of the most glorious blessings that has ever been bestowed upon humankind. I will never again take it for granted. Crossing my fingers that most of the all-nighters of my life are in my traumatic past. I can never move anywhere where more than one inch of snow is not a reason to shut down the entire city. I need snow to always be a legitimate reason for snow days; some of the happiest moments of my college career were waking up to emails about class cancellations. Senioritis is a real affliction with observable physical symptoms that will claim the sanity of all who pass through seniorhood. It is also one of the most confusing emotions to those of us that are ready to be done with school while also not ready to be done with “college” in the abstract sense. Good luck to all the seniors in the midst of their nostalgia and senioritis! Even if our concerns will be a little more urgent than toilet paperless camping trips, I’m sure we will all do great things in our new worlds. Congratulations in advance to the graduating class of Hendrix College, 2014.
A Haiku in honor of Coffee: Brown murky liquid You’re beautiful to me and Help me pass class. Thanks!
Ideally, homework is not just an activity to be engaged in after the sun goes down.
Netflix is an escape. Most of the time is it is the great escape. Other times, it is a temptation from the devil. I watched all five seasons of “Breaking Bad” in three weeks, and what wonderful, unproductive weeks they were.
A BUBBLE WITHIN THE BUBBLE by Brooke Nelson
n an overcast Sunday afternoon, I am lazily crossing the sky bridge, making my way to The Village for a quiet lunch at Panera. As soon as I enter the grounds of The Village, though, colors and sounds and crowds of people overwhelm me. Cars and motorcycles of all shapes and sizes line the street as Conway residents mingle among the food station and bounce house, drinks in hand and bobbing their heads to the music. I had unexpectedly stumbled upon Conway’s 4th Annual Car show. Crossing through the crowd, it struck me that from the central Hendrix campus one would have no idea that this booming event was taking place just across the street. I felt as though I had entered another world entirely. Is The Village becoming another bubble completely separate from our beloved Hendrix Bubble? With its expansion and the addition of the new housing and restaurants below them, it certainly seems that way. “I really do think that The Village could become another kind of bubble inside the Hendrix Bubble,” senior Harley White, who lives in the Village, said. “With all of the new restaurants and housing over there, it seems like The Village has become its own little community next to the larger Hendrix community.” It is an idea that intrigued me further as I talked to other Village residents. For some, The Village is ideal precisely because it is separated from the central Hendrix campus. “I think The Village is a place for more quiet, introverted people, and that has value in its own right,” senior Zach Saul said. “There are plenty of places at Hendrix that are sort of loud and perhaps have more community, but people at The Village come home to be alone for the most part.” Senior David Allan agreed. “The Village is where you live if you want your space and quiet,” Allan said. “Given the option, it has been nice to live in a place where I can get some quiet to get my work done, then go to more social parts of campus to have fun with my friends.” There does seem to be a divide between The Village and the central campus across the street. One’s purpose is primarily a place to live and study; the other is for parties and socializing. “When I feel social or want to party it’s not happening in my backyard,” Saul said.
However, other Village residents do not see the concept of a ‘Village Bubble’ ever happening. “My opinion is that The Village Bubble (from what I’ve seen) won’t ever really be a thing,” senior Sreesh Reddy said. “The Village, while having its own unique culture, isn’t set up to spur the creation of a student driven community.” “For a bubble to exist, students would have to be able to spend a majority of their social time exclusively at The Village. (This is how I think most people view the Hendrix Bubble, right? We don’t interact with our Conway peeps because we don’t need or want to.) I find myself spending most of my time here just because Panera is my favorite place to study, and I live above it,” Reddy said. “However, most of my socializing with underclassmen friends still happens on campus and at the regular places with people of my year. If people think they are seeing the creation of a ‘Village Bubble,’ what they are actually observing is a bunch of lazy, grumpy upperclassmen that don’t wanna leave their rooms.” Many Village residents feel that The Village’s inability to create its own atmosphere is because it lacks a sense of community. “Right now we are falling short in getting students to build that community partly due to the close door way The Village is set up,” Allan said. “I think we shouldn’t worry as much about The Village as being a bubble exclusive to the Hendrix community as getting students who live in The Village to get to know one another and meet their neighbors in The Village neighborhood generally.” Although Saul feels that he lives off campus because of the disconnection between the Village apartments and the main campus, he disagrees that the Village will never become a separate entity from Hendrix. “I’d say it’s an emerging part of Hendrix. Hendrix is undergoing a pretty remarkable culture shift, and The Village with these new developments and such is going to be a factor in its future,” he said. We may not be seeing it right now, but as more businesses and residences are integrated across the street, we could witness a drastic shift in the social aspect on campus. A unique culture at The Village could begin to surface, one that differentiates itself from Hendrix completely. Who knows? Maybe in a few years, we will be talking about ‘The Village Bubble.’
ECO THE GREEN PARTY. Students celebrate Earth Day on The Bailey Lawn April 25. Local vendors supplied ice cream and treats, and flyers were distributed to raise awareness about the environmental issues. photos Stacey Svendsen
FEEDS GREENER MINDS Conway celebrates Earth Day 2014 by Ellen Martin
pril hit us with a few chilling surprise forecasts, but the sun managed to find it’s way back around to Arkansas just in time for the traditional festivities associated with Earth Day in the Natural State. This year, the Arkansas Earth Day Foundation hosted its annual Earth Day 2014 event at Heifer International on April 19. The Arkansas Earth Day Foundation created the earth day festival for the community in hopes of getting people to talk and think about environmental consciousness and conservation. Encouraging and motivating people, corporations and political offices throughout the state to be enviromentally aware, the festival is a fun and relaxing way to take responsibility for a greener and healthier way of life. The event featured several different attractions for visitors of all ages. Reaching out to the youth and music lovers, a variety of bands played throughout the day, including Marshall Mitchell with the Clean Water Raingers. The band, sponsored by the Illinois River Watershed Partnership, came from Northwest Arkansas and performed environmentally themed songs. The activity teaches children about the water cycle and storm water runoff. Other featured artists that speak to the adult-age community include Kish Moody and the House of Melody Band. The food arrangements for the festival included several local food trucks to be present such as the Café@Heifer and Loblolly Creamery, which makes organic and gluten-free ice cream. Hitting closer to home, Hendrix’s own Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC) continued with their annual Earth Day festivities. This year, beginning on April 21, the ECC partnered with Hendrix’s Volunteer Action Committee (VAC) and the Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light Association for a screening of “Chasing Ice,” an Academy Award-winning documentary on climate change. The film brings to life evidence that tells the story of Earth’s changing environment with the help of time-lapse photography and videography from Iceland. On the 22nd, the club hosted Recycle Palooza where participants were taught to make cool trinkets out of things they may have mistaken as useless
garbage. The next day, Julie McGrady, Veasey Hall Resident Assistant and freshman Sophie Katz hosted an event involving making recycled racers on the Veasey back porch, where they had snacks and participants were taught how to make racecars out of recycled bottles and race them down a ramp on the steps. The day before Earth Day featured a “Trashion Show” that involved models showing dresses and other handmade, avant-garde outfits made out of trans/recycling products.
“TRASHION SHOW WAS REALLY A QUITE FABULOUS EXPERIENCE. SEEING ALL OF THE OUTFITS MADE OUT OF SUCH RANDOM MATERIAL THAT WE NEVER GIVE MUCH ATTENTION TO... WAS REALLY COOL.” - COCO GUILLOT “Trashion Show was really a quite fabulous experience,” freshman Coco Guillot, a participant in the show, said. “Seeing all of the outfits made out of such random material that we never give much attention to—Walmart bags, magazines, cardboard—was really cool. We had everything from casual trash wear to high fashion couture. Lexi Adams and I made a dress for the event made of bubble wrap, old white curtains, and painted bottle caps that was inspired [by] the Elsa from Frozen’s dress. After working really hard, it was absolutely wonderful to walk down
the runway wearing a part of [the] environment and supporting such an important cause.” April 25 marked the celebration of Earth Day 2014. There were celebrations where organizations set up tables and provided different varieties of organically and locally grown food. However, the global impact that events such as Earth Day recognize does not stop once the weekend passes. There are efforts that we can take in order to keep the green thumb out yearround. For one, eating less meat will greatly impact the environment. Over the last 10 years, the total global meat consumption rate has grown over 20 percent. All the excess meat comes at an extreme cost to our planet in that nearly onefifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are speeding up climate change around the globe are generated by the meat industry. “I completely agree, and would definitely say that I am a vegetarian for environmental reasons,” sophomore Haley Stratton said. “My biggest concern is that to produce one pound of animal protein versus one pound of soy protein, it would take about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuels and about 15 times as much water. In order to raise so much livestock, an enormous amount of land must be used to hold the animals and to produce grain for feed and care for them. “Instead of producing so much meat we could use some of this arable land for crops to benefit the community and directly feed starving people. By choosing a vegetarian diet, I am choosing to reduce the amount of land, oil resources, water and pollution and am dramatically reducing my ecological footprint.” In addition to cleaning your diet, cleaning up your education also has its perks. Programs that have been instrumental in nurturing groups of environmental leaders through research and educational opportunities, including the National Environmental Education Act, important EPA grants and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s grants, are all excluded from funding for the federal fiscal budget for 2015. There are several petitions calling on Congress to support environmental education and strengthen the place we call home.
PLANT DIVERSITY ON CAMPUS:
HOW DO WE MEASURE UP? by Brooke Nelson
ell, it is that time of year again: the sun is coming out, the temperature is warming up and the campus is blooming with beautiful colors and fragrances. No doubt you are sneezing all over the place. But as we take the time in between classes to soak up some Vitamin D, we could benefit from noticing what is at our feet, too. Hendrix campus has always been widely praised for its beauty during the spring months, as azaleas and poppies and roses pop up overnight. Yet while most of us can stop to admire the new blooms and their bold colors, few really understand the plants at all. What exactly are these plants, and where do they come from? Thankfully, we have a few experts on the subject who are milling around campus. Junior Jesse Kelaidis is one such expert, a plant enthusiast who “grew up in a plant-loving household” he said. In the past, Kelaidis has worked as an intern for the botanic gardens in Denver, Colorado as well as a gardener for private gardens throughout the city. “Right now, all the early spring trees are kicking into gear,” Kelaidis said. “Redbuds and dogwoods and magnolias” are found everywhere. “We have a few kinds of oak, and some really interesting cryptomeria trees to the east of the Murphy house that would be really hard to find outside of a botanic gardens,” Kelaidis said. “Cryptomeria are Japanese. Our swamp cypresses are really nice too, in the Pecan Grove.” “We [also] have some nice catalpas on the western edge of campus, behind Staples,” Kelaidis said. “Beautiful trees with nice white purple throated trumpet shaped flowers in the late spring.” As the seasons start to change, the most stunning sight of all, Kelaidis said, is our native plant garden between DW Reynolds and Martin Hall. The garden is managed by Drs. Joyce Hardin and Matthew Moran, both professors of Biology at Hendrix. “Our idea was to bring in native species of plants that you wouldn’t necessarily see on a typical college campus,” Hardin said. Hardin and Moran received funds to start the program through the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, a conservationist program aimed at promoting the state’s biodiversity. From there, nearly 50 to 60 volunteers offered their time and resources to create the garden, from plant donators to psychology professors and students from the DW Reynolds building. “It’s a nice teaching tool,” Moran said. “The
botany class uses it a lot; the ecology class uses it occasionally. That was the major function of that. To make it environmentally friendly using native plants and having it be educational.” “It was meant to be a resource for our classes and a place for people to sit down and enjoy and just relax a little bit,” Hardin said. “And for the most part, 90 percent of the things [in the garden] are things you wouldn’t see anyplace else on campus.” That is because every species of plant in the
“[THE ARKANSAS GARDEN] WAS MEANT TO BE A RESOURCE FOR OUR CLASSES AND A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO SIT DOWN AND ENJOY AND JUST RELAX A LITTLE BIT.” -DR. JOYCE HARDIN garden is native to Arkansas. According to Moran, there are about 60 to 70 native species in the garden. At the moment, Hardin estimates that of the plant species found through the campus as a whole, about 75 to 80 percent are native. Moran put the number at about 200 species. The majority of native species on campus are our trees. However, “a lot of what we’ve done for landscaping, much of that is ornamental — from Asia, primarily,” Hardin said. Hardin explained that this is understandable because non-native plants, like many roses and azaleas, require much less maintenance and grooming than native plants. “Those varieties have been developed for particular looks and particular characteristics, like you don’t have to trim them very much, or something like that,” Hardin said. “And people have not done the kind of intensive breeding with native plants that they’ve done with these ornamentals.” Planting native species is incredibly important
photo Quinn Neal
for the ecosystem, including biodiversity, Moran said. “There’s a number of reasons [to plant native species],” Moran said. “Native species require much less work to keep alive because they’re already growing here in the wild and they’re adapted to this habitat and this climate. We also think that native species in general pose less risk. They’re not going to be invasive, they won’t bring outside disease organisms in with them. All the stuff that we worry about with non-native species.” Progress towards more native plants is on its way, according to Hardin. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a program that encourages green construction, awards points to buildings according to certain criteria, such as Water and Air, Light and Energy and Land and Materials. The SLTC was Hendrix’s first LEED-certified building. Fifty percent of the site is “landscaped with native and adaptive plants in order to promote biodiversity,” according to the SLTC LEED report on the Hendrix website. Hopefully, it will not be our last. “I think that will become a really bigger and bigger part,” Hardin said. “As people begin to understand that in order to sort of help wildlife and create corridors and things like that if you plant native plants as landscaping, then what you’re doing is providing them with greater habitat and greater diversity of things to eat.” In addition to LEED-certified buildings, Hendrix is working on ways to improve the types of plants we have on campus right now. “Facilities management is committed to increasing the number of native plants on campus,” Moran said. “They often ask me, ‘What do we need? What’s missing?’ and try to find out if it will grow here or not, and try to add to the diversity that we have.” For Kelaidis, change in the plant diversity on campus starts with replacing the grassy areas with more interesting options. “Perennial flower borders, rose gardens, bonsai gardens, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens,” Kelaidis said. “Meadows, winding pathways, Zen rock gardens, etc. Student art projects, outdoor study areas, outdoor classrooms, so on.” Nevertheless, as we walk to class on a gorgeous sunny day, admiring blue skies and blooming flowers, we can now rest peacefully knowing that our campus is returning to its native roots.
FRESHMAN INTERNS WITH
reshman Claire Vogelgesang is working at Camp Mitchell this summer as an assisting ability intern. She will be working with the organic farm at the camp, which is located on Petit Jean. “My job is to be the liaison, if you will, between the people who are running the farm only, and the people who are going to camp or the people who are in charge of the camp,” Vogelgesang said. The farm has not started its main growing season, but work has already started. “There’s a greenhouse that we are seeding things in,” Vogelgesang said. “We don’t really have any big plants planted into the ground right now.” In addition to organic vegetables, the farm also supports animals. Vogelgesang will help with both, and has her own personal responsibilities. “We have chickens already and they are laying eggs,” Vogelgesang said. “We’re getting turkeys this year, which is my special project. So I do research on how to keep them alive, and take care of them.” The farm, run by Doug and Jenny Knight, is larger now than when it started. Pesticides are not used, and focus on being environmentally friendly is key. “At first they started out with a small patch of aboveground garden spaces,” Vogelgesang said. “But now we are extending the reach of the farm to a plot of land a couple of acres large across the highway from the camp.” The farm provides food for Camp Mitchell as well as helping educate people about where their food comes from.
photo Stacey Svendsen
by Josh Hammons
“It’s an education thing, but it’s also an attempt to be more environmentally friendly,” Vogelgesang said. To make sure everything can be grown organically, the farm uses several techniques to protect their plants. “They try to make the soil rich and healthy which helps the plant be healthy so it can naturally fight off any pests or anything that would arrive,” Vogelgesang said. “They rotate the kind of plants that are in a certain space to encourage soil diversity as far as nutrients.” Vogelgesang will have several duties while at the farm. In addition to being a liaison, she will be helping out with the dirty work on the farm, too. “I’ll be out weeding, and planting new things as their seasons come up,” Vogelgesang said. Vogelgesang has one other major project that will be a part of her work with the camp itself. “[The campers] have different choices of things they can do, and one of them is going to be my own creation, which is they can come on the farm and help weed, or whatever we happen to be doing that day that they can assist on,” Vogelgesang said. Vogelgesang’s internship is not her first experience with Camp Mitchell, which why she was contacted for the job. “I’ve gone to this camp, Camp Mitchell,” Vogelgesang said. “I went there when I was in high school, so I already knew about the camp, and they already knew about me. And they knew that I was going to major in Environmental studies.” This internship is a good introduction into the THEPROFILEONLINE.BLOGSPOT.COM
areas Vogelgesang is interested in pursuing. “My ideal would be to get into the organic farming or the local food movement,” Vogelgesang said. “They have a lot of that in Little Rock for sure.” Organic farming is not her only interest though. She remembers how much her earlier education impacted her choices and desire to study environmental studies. “To be an environmental studies teacher would be awesome because then you’re exposing newer, younger people to the ideas I was exposed to in high school,” Vogelgesang said. The camp is religiously affiliated with the Episcopal church, and Vogelgesang thinks it is a great place for people to be involved with. While she did not apply for it, the Murphy Foundation scholarship would be available, and the internship is not a paid position. “[Camp Mitchell’s] big thing is acceptance of all people, and they’re really environmentally conscious,” Vogelgesang said. Even before this opportunity presented itself, Vogelgesang would have been involved with something similar. The World Wide Organization of Organic Farming (WWOOF) allows people to be involved with organic farming around the world. “I was going to go WWOOFing this summer, but then [Camp Mitchell] presented me with this, and it’s more of a stable Summer job,” Vogelgesang said. Vogelgesang feels the camp has a very similar atmosphere to Hendrix. “It’s very accepting and free-willed,” Vogelgesang said.
CONTAMINATION & CLEANUP
MAYFLOWER OIL SPILL by Carter Milligan
ith March 29 marking the one year anniversary of the 2013 Mayflower oil spill, the ecosystem and surrounding urban areas still struggle to bounce back. “There are two major impacts going on,” professor of biology Matt Moran said. “You have the ongoing impact of oil being in the ecosystem, and you also have all the disturbance that occurs as they try to remediate the oil that happened during the spill.” With the EPA classifying the event as a major spill, a reported 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of crude were spilled. “If you start in the developed areas, there’s a creek that runs into Lake Conway that is still contaminated with oil,” Moran said. “Anytime you have a rain event, it flows into Lake Conway.” An extensive cleanup effort still resumes in and around Lake Conway. “They still have booms out trying to absorb it,” Moran said. “Because a lot of oil soaked into the soil, they removed a lot of the soil,” Ecoremediation complicates matters by creating more problems than it can solve at one time. “The other big ecological effect is that in their attempt to clean up the area, they clear off a
lot of trees and destroy a lot of wetlands in the process by scooping out all of the contaminated soil,” Moran said. Contaminated soil gets disposed of at a landfill; however, some oil can be extracted from the contaminated sediment. “Some oil can actually be refined, but the contaminated sediment has to be disposed of in a solid waste facility,” Moran said. When an Exxon Mobil pipeline carrying crude oil from the Athabasca oil sands ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, it spilled out approximately 5,000 to 7,000 barrels of crude. “The Pegasus Pipeline runs from the northern United States down to the Gulf of Mexico,” Moran said. “There was a fracture that happened somehow in the pipeline in the Mayflower area. It was a longitudinal split that released about a hundred thousand gallons of oil.” The Canadian Wabasca heavy crude oil proved to be too heavy for the outdated and ill-equipped pipe line. “The pipeline used to carry a lighter type of oil which flows easily and runs under lighter pressure,” Moran said. “They converted it to carry heavy crude and tar sand coming out of Canada. They had to increase the pressure, and the pipe-
line wasn’t really designed to handle that kind of pressure. It was a 75 year old pipeline. That’s what current law suits are trying to address.” Considered toxic to humans, oil exposure causes a number of health issues. “Oil is diluted with a variety of hydrocarbons which include chemicals that are neurotoxins and reproductive toxins,” Moran said. “People were exposed to high levels of those for a while. There are still low levels in the ecosystem now. We know what acute exposure does to people; we know less about what chronic exposure does to people.” One way anyone could be indirectly exposed to hydrocarbons from oil pollution is through consumed food. “The fish in Lake Conway are probably safe to eat,” Moran said. “The testing done by Arkansas Game and Fish states that fish are safe to eat, but a lot of people turn to the side of caution.” The lasting effects of the spill are also felt on the local property markets. “People that have property there have lost value to their property,” Moran said. “People will not buy it. Insurance companies will not insure it. Banks won’t make loans on it because it’s not considered a safe equity.”
STATE OF EMERGENCY
STORM SLAMS COMMUNITY
endrix has grown accustomed to the blaring horn of a train—a presence quiet at first, then louder and louder until it consumes the campus. We roll our eyes and return to our books, our friends, our food. But on Sunday, April 27 students waited with bated breath to hear a similar sound, yet much more devastating. Juggling books and laptops, students and faculty hunkered down in bathrooms and stairwells as torrents of rain and wind pillaged the landscape. Unbeknownst to some of us, just ten miles down the road, a tornado roared through suburban Little Rock, taking buildings and lives with it. The aftermath looked like a scene straight out of a post-apocalyptic movie. Houses and cars were flattened and tossed like child’s toys. Roofs were stripped off of homes and trees with trunks as thick as chimneys were lying on their sides, roots reaching like arms up into the air. On I-40, cars were abandoned on the side of the highway, airbags deployed and frames crushed almost unrecognizably. The cities of Conway, Vilonia, Mayflower and
by Brooke Nelson
El Paso suffered massive damage when a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday night. The tornado carved an 80 mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock. According to an article published by KATV, Conway Regional Medical Center said it treated over 100 patients for storm related injuries on Monday morning following the incident. The twister resulted in at least 14 fatalities, including eight adults and two children in Faulkner County, three people in Pulaski County and one in White County. As of Monday, April 28, there still was not an exact count on the number of persons missing or injured. However, rescue workers in Arkansas continued to dig through debris in the effort to account for missing people and save any injured or trapped. State agencies set up various sources of relief and aid in the damaged areas. President Barack Obama pledged federal support in a call with Governor Mike Beebe soon after the storms. Responses on campus were immediate as students rushed to the aid of the surrounding community. Students for Latin and Iberian Cultures
(SLIC) collected items to help displaced families, including water bottles, ready to eat food items such as granola bars, fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, and health items such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloths and soap. Volunteer Action Committee (VAC ) organized groups with the help of community leaders to aid with cleanup of the affected areas. In light of future events, Dean Jim Wiltgen encouraged several safety precautions. “For tornados, people should seek shelter on the interior of buildings on the lowest level available,” Wiltgen said. “They should stay away from glass windows. Buildings with cinderblock construction are the best shelter from such a threat.” He also recommended signing up for the Code Red alerts, which are provided by the National Weather Service, and they are delivered to your cell phone based on your address. “This is the same information our emergency response team gets,” Wiltgen said. “We [also] send alerts when appropriate.”
DEFYING GRAVITY. Sophomore Jordan Barrett vaults over the bar at the UCA Open Track and Field meet. Both Hendrix men’s and women’s teams competed in the events, setting numerous school and personal records.
photo Wil Chandler FOCUS. Mid-jump, Freshman Tori Walters stares down the next hurdle. Walters competed in the women’s 200 meter hurdles. She finished in a time of 29.08.
photo Wil Chandler
Track and Field:
BREAKING RECORDS Warriors look to finish strong by Carter Milligan
inning one event and having six more top three finishes, the college track and field team broke four school records at the UALR Open on April 12. Competing schools included Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Harding, Rhodes and Central Arkansas. Besting his own school record in the hammer throw, Freshman Stephen Streaman finished third at 35.82 meters. Freshman Victoria Amadi broke her own school record with a leap of 11.09 meters. Amadi, along with senior Elizabeth Krug, junior Cassie Taucher and sophomore Tiatjah Johnson broke the 4x100 meter relay school record for the third straight meet with a time of 50.15 seconds, finishing fifth. Johnson had a 100 meter dash time of 12.61, breaking her own two-year old record. Freshman Shaquille Grant had the fourth fastest 100 meter dash time in school history in 11.40 seconds. The team previously went to a conference challenge in Birmingham’s Crossplex. “In February we went to a conference challenge because we don’t have an indoor conference meet,” track coach Patrick MacDonald said. “It’s an amazing facility, and a great experience
for the kids.” Men’s track tied for fifth while women’s track came in third. The team had previously broken school records before the UALR Open and had their first All-American. “We went up to the national championships... and had our first time All-American Victoria Amadi, who’s a freshman,” MacDonald said. “In the triple jump she finished sixth and broke the school record. The day before, Elizabeth Krug finished ninth in the decathlon and was 27 points away from being an All-American.” With women’s track having already broken the school record 4x100 meter relay, MacDonald is hopeful that the men’s team is next. “On the guy’s side we are chasing down the school record in the 4x100 meter relay, and I think we should get that at the conference meet in a couple of weeks,” MacDonald said. On March 21, the track and field team competed at the UCA Relays and Multis. “Jordan Barrett, who’s a sophomore, broke the poll vault record a few weeks ago at UCA,” MacDonald said. With the season building in momentum, Barrett prepares for the remaining weeks. “It was a nice bounce back to start the season
DEAD HEAT. Senior Elizabeth Krug races to the finish in an attempt to hold off her competitor. Krug competed in the 100 and 200 meter hurdles while setting an Southern Athletic Association best javelin throw of 35.81 meters. photo Wil Chandler
after sitting out last year,” Barrett said. “Our team has broken several records so far and has a lot to look forward to.” Despite a positive start to the season, Barrett realizes the teams’ one minor shortcoming. “We are a little bit lighter on the distance side this year, but we’ve got a pretty steady group overall,” MacDonald said. After the Southern Athletic Assocaition championship from April 23-25, Hendrix competed in the May 2 Arkansas Twilight meet in Fayetteville. They travel to the North Central Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, IL on May 8-9. Late in the season, the teams will play at the North Central Gregory Invitational in Naperville, IL on May 13. The NCAA Outdoor National Chamionships is on May 22-24 in Delaware, Ohio. Despite the formidible away schedule, the Warriors still have a focus on Hendrix. “We’ve got a brand new gorgeous stadium, and the track has been repaired to great levels,” MacDonald said. “We love a good meet and would like to see everyone out there cheering on The Warriors.”
SWORD CLUB VERSUS FRISBEE TEAM Clubs offer insight into Hendrix culture by Jennifer Moulton
few weeks back, I was walking with a friend of mine to the cafeteria for some Friday night dinner. The Sword Club was practicing on the lawn in front of Hulen Hall, just as they have almost every Friday afternoon since I have attended Hendrix. My friend stopped midsentence and surveyed the scene before us for a few seconds before finally saying, “You know, freshman year I was going to join Sword Club. And you know what? I could have been king.” Sword Club is one of the quirky, wonderful pieces of culture that colors Hendrix. It is almost completely student-run. Sometimes when I glimpse them across campus, I think about the joy of beating the crap out of someone with a large plastic sword (I also like to imagine them as Jedi with large Darth Maul lightsabers). One member last year would do full-on barrel rolls. Though slightly absurd, I couldn’t help but be impressed. The Sword Club takes their activities very seriously. Aside from barrel rolls and giant plastic swords – which are always fun to watch people bring to class during Gladiators week – another notable aspect of Sword Club is its clearly delineated hierarchy. First, Sword Club has a king (or a queen, I suppose, though I have yet to experience a Sword Club queen). The kingship, or queenship, is passed on to the most worthy member at the end of the year. The club has a constant influx of freshmen to repopulate the ranks, and upperclassmen seem to hold the most authority during events such as Gladiators and Assassins. It is this tightly knit social structure that makes me sure that Sword Club will continue to be a presence at Hendrix for years and years to come. One time I was in Martin, and I heard someone knocking on a door across the hall. I heard two male voices sounding very urgent. “You need to get up; you’ve been asleep all day!” “Come on man, you’re going to miss practice.”
“What about Gladiators?” These two sword club members were very concerned with making sure their teammate made it to their festivities. This incident is very indicative of the generally insular nature of the club – they all seem to not be just “club friends,” but real life friends as well. They go to the cafeteria
THOUGH ON THE SURFACE THESE CLUBS AND THE PEOPLE IN THEM SEEM DISPARATE, THE SIMILARITIES THAT CAN BE FOUND AMONG BOTH MAY ARGUE THE CASE THAT THESE TWO “HENDRIX CLIQUES” ARE IN FACT NOT SO DIFFERENT. together (last year, the king would sit at the head of the table), they hang out on weekends and many of the members have formed romantic relationships with other members of the club. Together they form a Sword Club clan, a most
photo Wil Chandler
formidable force. One day in middle school, I was hit square in the mouth with a frisbee. This effectively ended all frisbee-related ambitions. A tad unfortunate, as I was soon introduced to the concept of Ultimate Frisbee - a way cooler way to play with a frisbee than disk golf. I think that’s what the Ultimate Frisbee team is seen as at Hendrix – a cooler way to be on a team than other more formal sports teams. Both the male and female Hendrix Ultimate Frisbee teams are captained by students. Practices, games and tournaments are coordinated by the team captains. Ultimate Frisbee seems be centered around this idea of “the spirit of the game”; players call their own fouls and they help up other players when they fall down. The teams practice as much as other sports, have class together, and go to parties together. Most team members join when they are freshmen and continue to hang out with the same people throughout their four years at Hendrix. Being a club instead of a regulated sports team, Hendrix Ultimate Frisbee team members travel to various tournaments without faculty supervision, and are able to socialize freely with one another on tournament weekends. There is actually a term for the relationships that blossom across frisbee lines – “Frisbee-cest.” Apparently, it happens all the time. Though on the surface these clubs and the people in them seem disparate, the similarities that may be found among both may argue the case that these two “Hendrix cliques” are in fact not so different. I think I’m jealous of both. I would love to have that identity to a group without the pressure of being on a formal team. Because the members of these clubs are just out there having a blast with the people that have become their friends and family at Hendrix.
THE PURPLE COW REVIEW: SHAKING UP THE DINING SCENE
photos Abigail Garcia-Lucas
by Connor Newton
erving purple shakes by the dozen, the latest restaurant to hit the Hendrix Village circuit is dishing up tasty burgers and shakes of all hues. The first Purple Cow restaurant opened in 1989 in Little Rock, but over the past few years the business has branched out to Hot Springs and now, after much anticipation, here in Conway. Located underneath the latest Hendrix Village building project, The Purple Cow joined ZaZa and Panera as our “local” restaurants (local with regard to the “Hendrix Bubble”). Arriving on opening weekend, the restaurant drew a large crowd; the line was out the door with eager customers. My wait was minimal, as the staff appeared primed for the rush of hungry stomachs. I was seated in a comfy, purple leather booth lining one of the walls. The interior layout of The Cow is spacious in the right way: I didn’t feel too close to another table or bump elbows with a passerby (a problem The Purple Cows in Little Rock suffer from). I had a very cheerful waitress who handled all the quirks of a “first-day” situation well. I hope she can attest for the rest of the staff, as she baited me into a ordering a shake before my burger and talked March Madness with me. The food at The Purple Cow is good. I had their Five Alarm Burger topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, a spicy mayo, and a sweet and spicy relish on the side. My favorite part was
the many additions you can add to your burger: avocado, bacon, grilled onion, a fried egg. I went with the fried egg to top off my burger as a master-meal. Overall my meal was good. the burger had some flavor and the bun was firm but was nothing to write home about. That being said, Purple Cow is not necessarily where I would want to go to get my burger on; that right is reserved to either David’s or Shorty’s (there must be some correlation between a restaurant having a possessive name and the greatness of their burger). However, while Shorty’s and David’s operate as good, smaller dive joints with that greasy look you enjoy, The Purple Cow adheres to the classic diner vibe. With its neon lights and 50’s décor, The Cow achieves a clean, retro look that is both appealing and inviting. This stylistic choice also operates as a platform for their selection of timeless food favorites: patty melts, hot dogs, BLTs and onion rings while also mixing plenty of vegetarian options. What really sold me on The Purple Cow was the delicious shake. I had a mint chocolate chip shake with added cookie dough bits. The integrity of the shake was what impressed me most. It was not too soft or too smooth, but rather a wonderful blend of richness and pseudo-chunks of ice cream still in the shake. Not to mention that you are pretty much getting two shakes with
each order. One comes in the classic ice cream parlor glass and the other in the frosty steel canister they mixed it in, serving as a refill. The price of the overall meal was not too excessive, though if you order a shake with your meal dollars start to pile up, especially if you always upgrade from chips to fries. It is clear that this purple restaurant was bringing in the green, and my recommendation would be to go for the atmosphere and general enjoyment that the diner exudes, but stay for the shakes.
RED BRICK FILM FESTIVAL: BEHIND THE SCENES by Mary Katherine Barker
ights, camera, Red Brick! As April 23 neared, Hendrix students began to prepare for the one night of the year that we can mingle with campus celebrities and witness the talent and creativity of our classmates on the big screen. At 7 p.m., Worsham launched into Hollywood mode, complete with Star Wars themed treats provided by the culinary club, and students settled in to enjoy the short films that were featured in Red Brick this year. However, there were a select few audience members sitting in an excited cloud of anticipation, watching the reactions and hoping for positive reviews. Those few were none other than the Red Brick filmmakers. The night of the show was the first time in weeks that they could relax and see their work come to life. Making a Red Brick film is no easy project, as these talented few will tell you. “Even though it’s only a three minute video, and it doesn’t seem like much, it’s a very daunting task,” senior Amelia Robert said. “Usually the film is due after spring break, so for the past two years I’ve written the script over spring break, and kind of sporadically during the next two weeks I film, then edit it, which usually takes 2 to 3 hours for a few nights to do.” Working on a tight schedule is just one of the difficult challenges that filmmaking presents, and first-timers are often the ones who struggle the most. “Lack of experience is definitely the hardest part of making a short film,” junior Reed Brewer said. “Whether it be acting, editing or camera operation, most filmmakers for Red Brick are new. So the most challenging part is beating that inexperience with the desire to create something original and meaningful.” However, both Robert and Brewer are veterans to Red Brick, and have some experience under their belt to ease up the process. “I entered one last year, and I loved the experience and ability to share it with people on campus, so I decided to have another crack at it,” Brewer said. It seems that people who experience Red Brick once enjoy it so much that they have to come back for more, which explains its growing popularity year after year. “I thought it was really fun and it’s cool to have something you’ve worked on shown, so I decided to pursue it,” Robert said. After submitting a film her sophomore year as part of a class project, Robert submitted another film independently her junior year.
Despite all the work that goes into Red Brick, the filmmakers tend to find the experience more fun than stressful. “Learning and experiencing together is by far the most fun part of making a short film,” Brewer said. “Being be able to spend time with such creative people outside of the classroom is so exciting.” In addition to working alongside other artists, Red Brick provides students with an opportunity to step outside of their creative comfort zones, complete with multitudes of help from campus resources. “You can rent really nice filming equipment, and you have access to editing tools in the OTC,” Robert said. “So, you basically get to make a film for free, that if you were to do elsewhere would probably cost several thousand dollars to make. My only regret is that I didn’t make one my freshman year as well.” With so much technological and creative support available, even the most inexperienced filmmakers should not be afraid to participate. “I would say to anyone who has had even an inkling of desire to make a Red Brick film, definitely do it,” Robert said. “For people who haven’t made a film before, it can be fairly daunting, but Filmmakers Club has workshops throughout the year, and they can connect you to people who are good at editing, and who can teach you how to make a film and write a script.” Beyond providing a unique creative opportunity for filmmakers, Red Brick also provides an environment of support for students on campus that come to watch the show. “The festival is absolutely a beneficial aspect of campus life because it allows for a space to share creativity,” Brewer said. “It’s a venue for building more connections within the Hendrix community,” Robert said. “And it’s also great that if people have something creative to share, that they can share it with such a receptive community. It’s made me want to pursue more filmmaking in the future.” With so many creative students populating the Hendrix campus, Red Brick gives students a chance to share and experience their talents together, all on the orange carpet. Both filmmakers and audience members at Red Brick are surrounded by a network of support and excitement. Everyone wants to see what classmates have to offer, and this encouragement of creativity is what gives way to more. For this reason, the festival has nowhere to go but up.
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MAY 5 - MAY 11 Monday, May 5th
7:30 p.m. The Dillinger Escape Plan. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Tuesday, May 6th
7 p.m. Latin Night! The Rev Room. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Old Man Markley. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Wednesday, May 7th
8:30 p.m. Lucius Live. Kings Live Music. Conway. 8:30 p.m. Randall Shreve & The Sideshow. Kings Live Music. Conway. 9 p.m. Bernie Worrell Orchestra. The Rev Room. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Thick Syrup Anniversary Show. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Saturday, May 10th
7 a.m. The 40th Annual Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions. Little Rock.
MAY 12 - MAY 18
Monday, May 12th
8 p.m. The Millionaires. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Tuesday, May 13th
3 p.m. Spring Job Fair. Statehouse Convention Center. Little Rock.
Wednesday, May 14th
8 p.m. Brit Floyd. Verizon Arena. Little Rock.
9 p.m. Sir Mix-A-Lot. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Thursday, May 8th
8 p.m. Mayday Parade. Juanita’s. Little Rock. 8 p.m. REO Speedwagon. Robinson Center Music Hall. Little Rock.
8 p.m. R. Kelly in concert. First Security Amphitheater. Little Rock.
Friday, May 9th
Sunday, May 11th
11 a.m. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. The Corner of Capitol and Main. Little Rock. 5:10 p.m. Cox Center 2nd Friday Art Walk. Cox Creative Center. Little Rock.
3 p.m. Rhonda Vincent & the Rage at South on Main. South on Main. Little Rock. 7 p.m. The Icarus Account/ Hydra Melody. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
9 p.m. Leopold and His Fiction. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Promo photo sources: Sir Mix-A-Lot: http://sirmixalot.com/. Lucius: https://www.facebook.com/ilovelucius. R. Kelly: https://www.facebook.com/Rkelly. Leopold and His Fiction: https://www.facebook.com/LEOPOLDANDHISFICTIONBANDPAGE. Wild Belle: https://www.facebook.com/wildbelle. Royal Canoe: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalCanoe. The Reckless: https://www.facebook.com/thereckless.band. Jason Boland & The Stragglers: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jason-Boland-The-Stragglers.
Thursday, May 15th
6 p.m. Walking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr. The Old State House Museum. Little Rock. 7 p.m. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. “I.N.C. Mozart by Candlelight.” Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Little Rock.
Sunday, May 18th
Friday, May 23rd
8 p.m. The Winery Dogs. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Riverfest 2014. Friday through Sunday. River Market District. Little Rock.
MAY 19 - MAY 25
Saturday, May 24th
Monday, May 19th
7 a.m. The 40th Annual Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions. Little Rock.
Tuesday, May 20th
MAY 26 - MAY 31
Thursday, May 22nd
3 p.m. Farmers’ Market- Night Market. River Market Pavilions. Little Rock. 8:30 p.m. The Supersuckers. 8:30 pm.
8 p.m. The Black Cadillacs. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
8 p.m. Jackyl. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Tuesday, May 27th
Thursday, May 29th
9 p.m. Hawthorne Heights. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
Friday, May 30th
11 a.m. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. The Corner of Capitol and Main. Little Rock. 8:30 p.m. Between the Buried and Me. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
8:30 p.m. Wild Belle. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock. 9 p.m. B-Side Players. The Rev Room. Little Rock.
Friday, May 16th
11 a.m. Main Street Food Truck Fridays. The Corner of Capitol and Main. Little Rock. 11 a.m. Greek Food Festival. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Little Rock. 7:30 p.m. Snow White: A Storybook Ballet. Arkansas Arts Children’s Theatre. Little Rock.
8:30 p.m. The Reckless. The Rev Room. Little Rock.
9 p.m. Jason Boland & The Stragglers. The Rev Room. Little Rock
Saturday, May 31st
7 a.m. The 40th Annual Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions. Little Rock. 9 p.m. Royal Canoe. Stickyz Rock ‘n ‘Roll Chicken Shack. Little Rock.
Saturday, May 17th
7 a.m. The 40th Annual Little Rock Farmers’ Market. River Market Pavilions. Little Rock. 10 p.m. Juanita’s. Little Rock.
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