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Executive Editor Lauren Humphrey Adviser Sonny Rhodes Art Director Bethany Hoover

News Editor Tanner Newton Features Editor Victoria Mugambi Entertainment Editor Whitney Bryson Sports Editor Jack A. Webb Operations Manager Victoria Hickey Distribution Manager Rachel Chatwood The Forum is the official student newspaper at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Forum is funded in part by the student activity fee; members of the UALR community are allowed one copy per edition. The opinions expressed in The Forum are those of the staff and contributing writers and do not represent the official views of UALR. Advertising inquiries should be referred to The Forum’s advertising office and can be reached by calling 501-569-3319. The Forum is published 7 times in each of the fall and spring semesters. The Forum editor can be reached at 501-569-3265. All material published in this newspaper is copyrighted.

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by Lauren Humphrey The past few weeks have been some of the hardest, but out of it, I have seen so much of God’s goodness and freedom. I’ve found such a sweetness of depending on God for my joy instead of my circumstances. Things around me are always changing, but His goodness never ends. In June, there were several times in Africa where we served food to people in the different communities. It blew my mind to see that parents stole some of the food from their children. These children are starving and probably couldn’t provide for themselves if they wanted to. How could the parents take food from their own children? The selfishness in the parents made me angry. However, the kids didn’t seem to care as much as I did. Maybe they were just used to it, but I think children have a better perspective on life. They cared less about the things they can’t control, but they just had fun. I want that childlike joy. I want to find joy in everything even when things seem to be crumbling.

“The freedom of walking in joy was always there. It’s not something new that I realized today.” Yes, it’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to feel hurt for people, but I refuse to let the things I can’t control define me. At the end of the day, God is so good no matter what happened or what will happen. It’s a tough battle right now, but He already won. I’m going to sit at His feet, with hopeful expectation, knowing that He has it all under control. There has been a lot of bitterness and insecurities that have been removed from my heart. It’s been tough, but constantly coming to the feet of Jesus with everything

has given me so much freedom. I have found such a sweetness of fully depending on the Lord in every aspect of my life. The freedom of walking in joy was always there. It’s not something new that I realized today. I just chose not to take advantage of the freedom. I am a daughter and a friend of God. He has uprooted a lot of ugly things, but the freedom and joy that has come out of it have been so much greater. I love getting to be God’s kid and have a simple joy that He has given.

Disenfranchised grief

by Jack A. Webb Death is rarely easy, but it is always promised. For the past two and a half years I feared that it would come every day. In the early morning of Sept. 27, it did. It was a Tuesday, the morning after the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That’s how I’ve been telling time these days. It was a morning that I should’ve been excited for, but sadly the death of my best friend would bookend September and end a 13-year bond. His name was Big Boy. He was a chihuahua. I’ve lived a lot of different lives trying to decide which one I like best but the one constant has always been Big Boy. Now that he’s gone, I will have to become a different person once again -- a childless father. Ever since I got Big Boy when I was 10, close friends and family have always associated the two of us together. “Where’s Big Boy,” they’d ask, on the rare occasion that I was somewhere without him. “How’s Big Boy,” was another question I received more frequently these past couple of years as his health noticeably weakened. “He’s fine,” I’d lie. He had a heart murmur -- fitting for a guy whose small frame was a mischaracterization of the character and love he exuded. It just couldn’t keep up.

“Now that he’s gone, I will have to become a different person once again.” For me and many dog parents, the loss of a pet can only be equal to that of a family member. That’s why it is so hard to encounter people who don’t understand the grief these past few weeks have given me. I’ve experienced what some psychologists call “disenfranchised grief”: the pain of a loss that’s not openly acknowledged or socially supported. Some people I’ve encountered simply don’t understand how one could be upset over the loss of a pet. Others offer poorly chosen statements of support like “you can always get another one.” Such comments tell me that not all have the capacity for understanding.

To truly move on and accept this new way of life will take more than empty words of support from those who had no history of our relationship. I have also experienced the kindness of strangers whose life histories hold similar losses. My boss and professors who have shown similar kindness in giving me time off to feel the emotions as they started to bleed out. As his death drew closer that somber morning, I thought of my own death and how it gets closer every day. I promised him that as long as I’m alive, he too, would remain alive. The lessons he taught me cannot be forgotten with the silence of a heartbeat.



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professor Disney animator ASL appointed commissioner offers words of wisdom

Walt Disney Animations animator building recently. by Tanner Newton Don’t fear failure. That was the message Disney animator Lewis Siegel offered UALR students Oct. 7. Siegel, who has worked for Walt Disney Animation for 17 years, visited the university as a guest of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology. Among other projects, he has worked on “Wreck It Ralph,” “Big Hero Six” and “Frozen.” Speaking to a class primarily of engineering students, Siegel said, “Don’t be afraid to fail once in a while; it can be a good thing.” Siegel’s first dose of failure came when he was 19 years old. That was when he dropped out of the University of California, Santa Barbara. A mechanical engineering student, Siegel never enjoyed himself at UCSB. “[It was] not a good fit,” he said. Two years later, his uncle Jack convinced him to try college again. Siegel said it’s important to have positive people in one’s life and, if it

hiring him to work for The Secret Lab, which was Disney’s visual effects studio. The biggest project he worked on while at The Secret Lab was “Mission to Mars.” Eventually, Disney moved him from visual effects to animation. Explaining the difference, Siegel said that visual effects are computer-generated images that are attempting to look photorealistic, whereas animation is stylized and more creative. Since moving to animation, he has worked on “Treasure Planet,” “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tangled” and “Bolt.” He also worked on the 3D re-release of “The Lion King.” Two of his movies he’s been inLewis Siegel spoke in the EIT volved with have won the Academy Tanner Newton photo Award for Best Animated Feature, had not been for his uncle’s positiv- “Big Hero Six” and “Frozen.” While ity, he would not have tried college Siegel didn’t actually take home Osagain. Siegel now has degrees from cars – those went to the directors San Francisco State University, and producers – he said that he is University of Illinois at Chicago proud of them. and the University of Southern “The award my not have my California. name on it, but it does have my Siegel said he is glad he attempt- fingerprints on it,” Siegel said. ed UCSB because the experience None of this would have happened made him stronger. Having failed had Siegel given up after failing out out of college once and survived, of college when he was 19. Siegel said, “You don’t fear the For people who have experienced consequences as much.” a failure, he offered a quote by Walt Another thing Siegel learned Disney: from his failure was to learn from “I think it’s important to have his mistakes. a good hard failure when you’re “It’s still a value because you are young. I learned a lot out of that. never going to make that mistake Because it makes you kind of aware again,” Siegel said. of what can happen to you. Because Siegel’s life has been a success of it I’ve never had any fear in my story since then. Almost immewhole life when we’ve been near diately after finishing college, he collapse and all of that. I’ve never found himself working on the movie been afraid. I’ve never had the feeladaptation of “Mortal Kombat” as a ing I couldn’t walk out and get a job visual effects artist. doing something else.” Before long, Siegel found himself This winter, Siegel’s work will doing effects for one of the biggest return to the big screen with hits of 1990s, “The Matrix.” “Moana.” He is now working on In 1999, Disney came calling, “Wreck it Ralph 2.’

of accreditation board by Victoria Mugambi Glenn Anderson, a deaf associate professor in the interpreter education program at UALR, has had the honor of becoming appointed to the Collegiate Commission on Interpreter Education, or CCIE. Originally from Chicago, Anderson attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. From there, he earned his M.S. at the University of Arizona in Rehabilitation Counseling, and his Ph.D. at New York University in Rehabilitation Counseling and Counselor Education. Anderson joined the interpreter education program within the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Adult Education at UALR in August of 2008. Besides being an associate professor of the interpreter education program, Anderson also serves as a board member of the Arkansas Association of the Deaf (AAD) and is an editor of their quarterly newsletter. According to Anderson, the AAD is “a statewide organization that advocates for improved services for Deaf people with regard to education, communication access, and employment.” The CCIE is the national accreditation board for interpreter education programs. Founded in 2006, the CCIE is responsible for accrediting Interpreter Education programs

in the U.S., and ensuring that these programs meet the standards set by the CCIE. UALR’s own interpreter education program was accredited by the board in 2011. Anderson has known about the CCIE for several years, and was contacted in late spring of this year to gauge interest in becoming a commissioner on the CCIE. After a few months where he had to undergo a nominations process, Anderson was accepted as the newest member to the board. His appointment began on Oct 1. Anderson said he is excited to work with the CCIE, and hopes it will prove to be a good learning opportunity for himself. He also said he hopes to “become more aware of developments in the field of Interpreter Education… [and] allow…an opportunity to help make contributions to advancing the interpreter education profession.” Anderson also said he has aspirations to advance others in the field. He noted that there is a relatively small number of people of color working within the field, especially working as full-time faculty members. Anderson said he hopes that this appointment will “open doors of opportunity for more people of color [deaf and hearing] to become involved in the interpreter education profession.” He also said that the demographic trends seen in the Deaf community mirror that of America, making these opportunities for people of color necessary.


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Child-care, compassion topics of presentations

by Renea Goddard Two UALR faculty-led teams joined in Ottenheimer Library on Oct. 10 to present their serviceoriented projects, the culmination of over a year’s worth of research and a combined $100,000 in grant-awarded funding. Each faculty team had received a $50,000 seed grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) with the goal of launching a research project that will also prove beneficial in community service. Both Belinda Blevins-Knabe, professor of psychology, and W. Dent Gitchel, Jr., associate professor of rehabilitation counseling, discussed their projects and the results of their research to an audience of fellow faculty members. Blevins-Knabe presented her indepth study of the needs of UALR students and faculty who hold child-care responsibilities by first calling attention to those UALR students who do require childcare accommodations. Using survey research, BlevinsKnabe and her team found that 74 percent are women, over two-thirds are currently employed, and over half make under $20,000 in annual income. Her presentation also includes data from focus groups who worked with her team to identify accessibility issues with the UALR campus in regards to child-care and accommodation of caregivers. After explaining the primary

childcare needs of UALR students, Blevins-Knabe presented the strategies she developed to meet these needs. Some of these short-term proposals include adding breastfeeding stations around the campus, providing health screenings from UALR’s clinic, and adding a children’s area in the library with educational resources for children while their caregivers are in class. However, Blevins-Knabe also

the results of his adaptation of the world-renowned Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). CCT is intended to be a response to the suppression of natural human empathy spurred by societal issues, everyday stressors and past experiences. A combination of traditional mindfulness practices such as meditation with contemporary psychological studies results in a training workshop that can increase the kindness, compassion and resilience in the face of suffering. This kind of training, Gitchel explained, can improve all aspects of life but has particularly profound applications in fields that require caregiving. According to Gitchel, people who work as emergency medical technicians, nurses, child-care providers and first responders, to name just a few, would greatly benefit from something like CCT. His research involved studying the psychological and physiological effects of mindfulness training in caregiving professionals, and his conclusions support it--Gitchel found a significant positive change in not only the mental, but also the physical health of his subjects. The ORSP seed grant is only the first step for both BlevinsKnabe and Gitchel, who are now pursuing further grant funding to continue their research in these areas.

“A combination of traditional mindfulness practices such as meditation with contemporary psychological studies results in a training workshop that can increase the kindness, compassion and resilience in the face of suffering.” hopes to work toward reinstating a child-care center at UALR since the previous one closed in 1993. She explained that the closure of the center not only detracted from the once child-friendly atmosphere of the campus, but also a loss of education and research opportunities. Blevins-Knabe also discussed the possibility of opening up this child-care center to members of the community outside of just the main Little Rock campus, including UAMS and the UALR Bowen School of Law. One of the first people to become certified as a compassion cultivation trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research (CCARE) at Stanford University, Gitchel presented


BEAT by Sydney Bradshaw Argument in University Village

On Sept. 20, multiple officers arrived at University Village’s basketball court regarding a fight. When they arrived, they found a man and a woman arguing. The woman told the police that she and the man, her boyfriend, were arguing about her cell phone. She was asked if the argument ever got physical. She said that it had not. Another officer took the boyfriend aside to ask him what had happened and he gave the same story. Both people were checked for scratches and bruises. None were found. The officers then told them to go to their respective residences to cool down for the night. Public Urination On Sept. 27, an officer responded to the UALR TRIO office regarding a woman who had urinated into a trashcan. The officer entered the University Plaza parking lot and made contact with the suspect. The suspect told the police that she went into the TRIO office and asked to use the restroom. She said that the person at the desk did not give her good directions to the bathroom and she couldn’t find it so she decided to urinate into a trashcan. The woman did not have any warrants and was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct.

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Phishing 5

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for personal information by Elton Tevebaugh Phishing attacks are on the rise, affecting people and their personal information. Students, faculty and staff are all susceptible to these sort of dangerous attacks. According to Information Security Officer Veysel Erdag, phishing attacks are attempts to steal your personal information. This can include social security number, user names, passwords, driver’s license number or other confidential information. They are sent out via email, and can install malicious codes on your computer or try to get you to divulge personal information willingly. Often times, they will include links to an external website. “Phishing attacks are a type of hacking. Hacking is the common word to describe dangerous and malicious activity,” Erdag said. “They try to steal your credentials first, and then they will get all of your information,” Erdag added According to Erdag, the target for attackers is to get the creden-

tials of people running servers. If they can do this, they can steal the information about users on a wide scale. Every bit of information, every record, everything can be compromised. Higher education environments are more vulnerable to these attacks than other targets. “The technical safeguards are not very sophisticated, so they are perfect targets,” Erdag said. Erdag also said that every user connected to the internet is susceptible to these attacks. Attackers can also start to use your system to attack or collect another user’s information. Using your identity, they can perform attacks. “Sometimes when receiving a phishing email, it can be easy to identify. Try to find who sent the attack,” Erdag said. “When you see someone’s email address, you can call and see why they sent a phishing attack.” According to Erdag, people are sending out attacks using legitimate words and phrases in their messages. They encourage people

to check out their website to deal with an issue. Erdag said that many of the more recent attacks use very complex techniques. Some attacks embed malicious codes into email messages or on their websites which can install backdoor software to give hackers access to your system. They can do almost anything, including using your microphone and your camera, and record what is going on. There are several ways to avoid these attacks, including learning about how to detect or differentiate between phishing emails and legitimate emails. Erdag advised people to change their passwords periodically and as frequently as possible; at least three to four times per year. Erdag also urges people not to share their passwords on the phone or in any email message. For more information about phishing attacks or other cybersecurity information, consult the IT department. The IT security website is also a source for further information.

SGA Student Government Association

SGA discusses dorms and elects two new senators by Tanner Newton Safety and education are the reasons behind the dorms nighttime rules said Marc Glidden at a Student Government Association meeting. Glidden, director of Campus Living and Assistant Dean of Students, met with members of SGA and answered questions regarding dorm rules. These rules include; no more than three guests at a time, only one person of the same gender can spend the night and guest have to check in when they enter the building. Some members of SGA dislike these rules. According to Glidden, these rules are in place to help people. One way these rules help is that they add safety. For example, Glidden said that a few years ago a woman who was not a student wandered in one of the dorms and was found in an unlocked room. “It’s about making sure people who aren’t supposed to be there aren’t there,” Glidden said. Another way that these rules help, according to Glidden, is that they provide an environment where learning can happen. “The essence of why we’re here is to get an education, so the policy reflects the hours that one might be studying or one might be going to sleep or one that students have to get up early for the next morning,” Glidden said. In other business, the SGA also recently elected two new senators. Camron James and Yammonda Sparks were both elected and sworn in at the Oct. 4 meeting. SGA Vice President Nick Lester explained what senators do. “Senators: initiate and act upon legislation; approve the annual budget other laws, and all SGA expenditures; assist in the administration of SGA programs and in the operation of the SGA office; make laws governing SGA elections; and submit to their student body, by a two-thirds vote, proposed amendments to the Constitution,” said Lester.

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Let’s Face It Bethany Hoover Illustration

ciated with a testosterone issue. However, according to recent studies, there may be another factor playing a role in whether or not you can grow that luscious beard men nowadays strive for. According to Discovery News on, “Testosterone is part of a group of hormones called androgens, which regulate, among other things, male secondary sex characteristics. That covers physical attributes usually associated with men, but which are not directly involved in reproduction. Like beards.” However, testosterone alone doesn’t control beard length and fullness. Research studies have found that a chemical called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is what encourages beard growth. DHT is basically a by Alexandria Barnes “super-potent form of testosterone.” Though beards seem to be one of It is an androgen and gives men male sex characteristics. So for those the hottest trends for this generation and a symbol of “manliness,” for whose beard may seem patchy or some men growing one can be diffi- sparse, DHT may be the reason why. Your beard-growing abilities are cult, or even virtually impossible. really determined by the number of Most of the time, this is asso-

Shaving away the truth behind shaving

by Kyra Hawkins There are many crazy beauty trends from the extremes of foot binding to anything related to Kylie androgen receptors on your skin that Jenner. But one trend you might the DHT can bind itself to. Therefore, not have thought of is shaving. Shaving has become a regular, if you have a lot of receptors on sometimes every day, task and, for your face, you have a better chance of growing a thicker, fuller beard. If many of us, shaving is a rite of pasnot, then the chances of you growing sage. With the rising body-positivity a full beard is a little more of a chal- movement many are asking even lenge. why bother? This raises the quesBut, DHT comes with a surpristion: to shave or not to shave? ing paradox: it also causes hair loss. So where did shaving get it’s Androgen receptors on your scalp trigger DHT to induce baldness. DHT start? It actually all began with a marketing gimmick. For many of can also cause hair follicles to minius, shaving in the winter isn’t as mize, which contributes to balding. big of a deal as warmer parts of In fact, according to Medical News Today, more than half of men are the year due to the differences in likely to experience male pattern fashion needs. Similarly, before the baldness as a result of DHT. early 1900s women had no need Genetics plays a huge role in to shave anything due to the times determining how your beard will turn fashion. It wasn’t until May, 1915 out. Supplements or home remedies can’t help you since there is not real- when Sears catalog released an ad ly a way to boost androgen receptors for a sleeveless dress with that the idea popped into women’s head. or increase your levels of DHT. That was the same year that So whether your beard is a they started selling sheer and bit scraggly or full and lush, just embrace it! sleeveless dresses. While the hemlines did rise in the 1920s with

the flapper fashions (exposing some leg), they quickly dropped again in the ‘30s and exposed legs became a moot point once again. During those decades shaving one’s legs was also perceived as lewd behavior due to legs being close to one’s private body parts. Shaving legs wasn’t really popular again until World War ll when the pin-up era began. The photos featuring seductive women with risqué hemlines, ample cleavage and cleanshaven legs convinced many women that these smooth silhouettes were most desirable. From then on shaving has been a perceived necessity. Just like other trends, shaving could pass out of style. Recent bodypositive movements are pushing the question of why? From the videos of dyed armpit hair to the latest cartoon on Facebook, more and more women are accepting their natural hair and, in the process, saving hundreds of dollars ignoring an outdated marketing gimmick. Shaving should be a personal choice that each individual can make for themselves, not something society pushes upon them.

ated event called Weekly Sign Language Table. This new initiative, which will allow students to work with other students to practice their signing skills, will be held in the Donaghey Student Center on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm. Silent Dinners are no voice events where students can practice their signing skills while in a casual setting. The dinner locations are decided on by votes during the monthly meetings. One of October’s Silent Dinner nights was held at Big Orange on Oct. 11, in which twenty-three people

event is free and open to the public. SLK invites all students of varying ASL skills, even little to none, to join them and learn more about this language and the community behind it. Any questions about the club or its events can be directed to any of the SLK officers: President Josh Gray Vice President Jami De La Cruz Treasurer Kyra Hawkins Secretary Bailey Adams Member at Large Madison Christie

Sign hello to the Sign Language Club

by Mikayla Harris Sigma Lambda Kappa (SLK) is a registered student organization at UALR run by American Sign Language (ASL) students. SLK, also known as the Sign Language Club, promotes the use of ASL by inviting students to interact with each other and build skill sets in a friendly environment. This student organization works to give students an understanding of the deaf community, and allows them to interact with this community throughout the year by the events the club hosts and their work with local organizations.

Some of the organizations that SLK works with include the Little Rock Black Deaf Advocates, Little Rock Association of the Deaf, Arkansas School for the Deaf, Arkansas Deaf Blind Community and Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. SLK promotes the events these organizations set up and occasionally helps organize volunteers to help out with the events. SLK also hosts events of their own, including Silent Dinners every other week, monthly member meetings, and recently initi-

were in attendance. The next scheduled silent dinner is at the Park Plaza Mall Food Court on Wednesday, Oct. 26. November’s dinners will be voted on during the SLK meeting on Nov. 7th at 3pm in Dickinson room 501. Sigma Lambda Kappa also sponsors “See-a-Song” event every Fall and Spring semester. This event is a performance in which ASL students, faculty, and members of the Deaf community perform songs using American Sign Language. This semester’s “See-a-Song” is scheduled for Nov. 15 at 6pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. This




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How do you feel about not having a Fall Break this semester?

by Whitney Bryson Leah Akins Photos

NaTesha Robinson Freshman Major: Nursing “I’m very upset because I was really looking forward to it. I was going to go home and spend time with my family.”



My head says gym, but my heart says tacos.

by Alexandria Barnes With the cold weather season approaching, a lot of us are heading to the gym to get a head start on our beach bodies for the summer. I always feel productive when I set fitness goals and able to stick to a daily (or almost daily) workout plan. It’s a nice feeling, but having a healthy diet also plays a huge role in having a healthy body. I love food, and trying to change my eating habits is a huge struggle for me. So even though I spend all that time in Bethany Hoover Illustration

Erika Salazar Freshman Major: Nursing “I really think we could use it just as a breather and to get caught up on work and to study.”

Malik Washington Freshman Major: Nursing “I am very displeased because I think it’s a college tradition. I could’ve had those days to study, but now I have to come to class.”

Mia Hall Faculty Department: Art and Design “I like the fact Fall Break went away. It’s less of a disruption and we end a little earlier. And it makes for a less strange-faced schedule through the semester.”

the gym doing cardio and lifting weights, I still don’t quite see the results I want because my diet is basically tacos, pizza, soda and candy. I make progress at the gym, but then come home and erase most of it with fats and sugars. It’s hard to be fit when you enjoy eating junk foods, and it really defeats the purpose of even going to the gym in the first place. It just seems like healthy foods never taste that good. Sure, I like salads. But I know they really can’t be very healthy for me when I cover up the leafy greens with ham, cheese and ranch dressing. Chicken can be healthy too. But here in the South, the only real way to eat it is fried. I just don’t have the self-control to stick to a diet of fruits, vegetables and lean meats. And you can’t forget about proper hydration. Sodas are my biggest weakness and usually my drink of choice. I’ve always had trouble drinking water. It’s so bland and tasteless and I can never bring myself to drink eight glasses of it a day. Forget about it. Sodas are so sweet and the carbonation is refreshing. I mean why wouldn’t you choose to drink a Coke over a boring glass of water? Coke wins every time. Changing your diet is half the battle when it comes to fitness. If you really want to accomplish your goals and really see the results you want, you have to be disciplined and leave the tacos and cookies alone.

Job opportunities on campus

by Sydney Bradshaw Assistant to the Library Director The Ottenheimer Library is looking for an Assistant to the Library Director. This position is a work study position. Duties of this job will be: working from 8:00 a.m.- 6:00p.m. Monday through Friday, maintaining the library webpages, using

Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and Powerpoint to enter data, staff the service desk and assist students with Microsoft Office, and shelve books and boxes of archival papers. The jobs minimum education and experience requirements are an education equal to a high school diploma and computer applications

experience. While not required, experience in a library setting is preferred. For more information about this job opportunity or to apply contact JB Hill at or at (501) 569-8808. Little Rock Women’s Basketball Manager

The women’s basketball team is looking for a manager. This position is a work study position. They want someone who works well with a team and preferably, not necessarily though, someone who enjoys basketball. Some of the duties of this job are: helping during practice, refilling water bottles, collecting balls, working the score clock,

and putting away equipment after practice. The manager would have the opportunity to travel with the team and to sit on the bench during games. For more information about this job opportunity or to apply contact Asriel Rolfe at or (501) 351-0109. Continued online.



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Tim Burton’s latest work Local Artist Spotlight is bound to entertain by Elton Tevebaugh Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a visual delight, and the nature of the story crosses genres in a way that is sure to entertain. Tim Burton brought his signature dark style to a movie that ended up fitting together very well. The casting was great, the story was engaging, and it was visually stunning. The film stars Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Eva Green (Dark Shadows), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight). The film begins as the main character Jake (Butterfield) has been called to check on his grandfather who has dementia. Upon arriving at his grandfather’s house, he finds that it had been vandalized. While searching for his grandfather, he ends up finding him behind the house missing his eyes. He dies shortly after expressing his regret for not telling Jake

secrets. After this, Jake goes to see a therapist to deal with what he saw or thinks he saw. Since he was a boy, Jake was told stories of a home for children where his grandfather used to live. After being advised by his therapist to find the home, Jake and his father (O’Dowd) depart for a small island outside of Wales. Eventually, Jake finds the titular home. When he first sees the home, it is completely destroyed. He is found by some of the children who lived there and is led by them to another time. This presents elements of both science fiction and fantasy. The home still exists, but is stuck in a time loop where it is always the same day in 1943. Jake also meets Miss Peregrine (Green), the guardian and protector of the children. Each one of the children has a special ability which makes them “peculiar.” For instance, Enoch is a necromancer. He can reanimate

Holiday Shopping Spectacular

by Whitney Bryson Oct. 23 Looking for somewhere to get your holiday shopping done? Head over to the Holiday Shopping Spectacular event. The Holiday Shopping Spectacular event will be located at the Little Rock River Market Pavilions on 400 President Clinton Ave. It’s a great place to get all of your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping done all in one location. This event will feature over 80+ vendors including Urban Dollhouse Boutique, Be You Boutique, Kristin’s Cupcakes, Lil Divas Boutique, Salt S&C, Stampin Up, Jamberry, SeneGence, Younique, LulaRoe, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Usborne books, Lilla Rose, Perfectly Posh, Pampered Chef, and Plexus. The event is free to everyone and will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Staci Sikes at (501) 772-2021 or email her at SSEventsAR@aol. com.

dead bodies and command them. Jake has the special ability to see monsters that nobody else can. There are some rogue “peculiars” who strove for immortality, but failed horrifically. They became monsters and seek out “peculiars” and eat their eyes to regain their humanity. They are led by Barron (Jackson), and are the villains of the movie. This movie was very aesthetically engaging, and was one of the rare occasions where I opted to see a movie in 3D. Another thing that I liked about the movie was the time-travel element. I can’t say that I’ve seen it used in quite this way before which made it all the more impressive. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes Tim Burton movies, likes time-travel in movies, and likes seeing children with a variety of powers defending themselves against evil. It’s a stunning visual experience and is surprisingly family friendly.

Big Boo!-seum Bash

Oct. 27 The Boo!-seum Bash will host a safe night of fun for Halloween. The Boo!-seum Bash will be located at 300 W. Markham St. This event will include different museums or cultural attractions who will offer trick-or-treating, games, and more. To get involved, pick a game card at any practicing location to collect stamps to receive a chance to enter a drawing for a new tablet. Participating locations are Arkansas Arts Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock Visitor Information Center at Historic Curran Hall, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Museum of Discovery, Old State House Museum and many more. This event is free to everyone and will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Rebecca Hancock

Brittany Owens photos by Brittany Owens Rebecca Hancock is a threedimensional artist from Forest City, Arkansas. She began drawing when she was very young and says it was a natural talent for her. Hancock recently graduated from the UALR with a degree in Studio Art. Her plan is to become an art therapist once she finishes graduate school, but this wasn’t always her plan. “When I really, really knew [I wanted to major in art], I was at UCA doing something I didn’t want to do,” she said. “That something was studying to become a veterinarian. [Majoring in art] should have been my first instinct but I just told myself I was going to be a veterinarian since I was a little girl.” Hancock transferred from the University of Central Arkansas to UALR and declared Studio Art as her major. Hancock said she enjoys three-dimensional art because it’s more open and it allows her to create more abstract work. “My inspiration is mostly from my background, being an outdoors person from the south,” she said. “I incorporate animals

a lot. And nature. I love nature. Most of my work is representative of that.” After transferring to UALR, Hancock decided that she didn’t want to just be an artist. She wants to use art to help others. “I’ve always been very good at giving advice. I like helping people and giving back,” she said. The best way to incorporate both of her passions into her career, she said, would be through Art Therapy. Currently, Hancock is taking a short break from producing art professionally to focus on finding an affordable graduate school that offers an Art Therapy program. In order to get a Master’s degree in Art Therapy, she will have to go to an out of state institution because the program is not offered anywhere in Arkansas. In the meantime, she said she is pursuing a Mental Health Technician position to gain some psychiatric experience. Hancock said that after she gets her Master’s, she may move back to Arkansas or join the Peace Corps, depending on what is available.



october 19, 2016

Solange invites fans to take ‘A Seat at the Table’ photo


by Whitney Bryson Solange Knowles released her third album, “A Seat at the Table,” on Sept. 30. The album consists of 21 tracks and features well-known artists such as Lil Wayne, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kelly Rowland (former Destiny’s Child member), The-Dream, Q-tip and many others. Solange’s album addresses gender and racial equality which are currently hot topics in the

media. Unlike most albums, this extensive track list makes it difficult to select one favorite track. However, the following three tracks: “Cranes in the Sky,” “Mad” and “Don’t Touch My Hair” already have major buzz surrounding them. “Cranes in the Sky” is about how some women try to hide their pain and emotions and how they may try to conform to others standards of what beauty/ success is. So they do all they can to erase their feelings of pain and hurt by doing things they know won’t improve the condition. After listening to this song a few times, I began to understand what the song was truly saying. “I tried to drink it away. I tried to put one in the air. I tried to dance it away. I tried to change it with my hair. I ran my credit card bill up. Thought a

new dress would make it better. I tried to work it away. But that just made me even sadder.” For me personally, this track was very relatable as there have been times when I didn’t feel good enough or felt like I wasn’t being accepted for being myself. I found myself trying to compensate in other ways, which still left me feeling empty inside. The “Mad” track features Lil Wayne and talks about how African Americans are criticized for being mad about issues that affect the African American community and culture. These issues include slavery, police brutality on Blacks, racism, and overall injustices in America. “I ran into this girl, she said, why you always blaming? Why you can’t just face it? (Be mad, be mad, be mad) Why you always gotta be so mad? (Be mad, be mad, be mad) Why you always

Delicious Sandwiches Close to UALR campus by Elton Tevebaugh As a busy senior at UALR, I don’t always have time to figure out what to eat for lunch before I have to go to work or class. Fortunately, there’s a sandwich shop right off campus which is happy to help with my indecision. Chicago’s Phillys and Gyros, located on 3600 S. University Ave., serves made-to-order sandwiches daily, offering tasty food at affordable prices. They offer a variety of sandwiches, salads, and sides at prices that even college students can afford. While there is an outside dining area on a small patio with several tables, this sandwich shop caters mostly to commuters or people who work locally. This time around, I decided to try a staple sandwich, a gyro. For those who don’t know, a gyro is a sandwich comprised of lamb, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, and tomato on flatbread. To further clarify, tzatziki sauce is a creamy cucumber sauce which is

served with certain Greek foods, such as gyros. I got a meal, which includes a side and a drink. I tend to go with the default side of french fries and I usually get a water. The whole meal was $7.99 before tax, which ended up being under nine dollars after tax. For the quality of food and friendly service I received, it was a steal! The price for individual sandwiches is only $5.99 before tax. I’m telling you, that’s quite a bargain! I thoroughly enjoyed the sandwich and fries, and plan to return to try something different. Maybe I’ll try the barbeque Philly Steak or the Italian Beef. I would highly recommend Chicago’s Phillys and Gyros to anyone who is in the UALR area and wants a good sandwich or meal at a good price. It’s a convenient stop for students or others who frequent the area.

talking s***, always be complaining? Why you always gotta be, why you always gotta be so mad? (Be mad, be mad, be mad) I got a lot to be mad about (Be mad, be mad, be mad).” I like this track because it speaks truth in what African Americans deal with daily. The questions of being asked “Why are you so mad?” or “Why are you complaining?” is just another example of people trying to undermine what African Americans go through. Whether people want to admit it or not, African Americans DO have a lot to be mad about. And unless you’ve endured what African Americans have endured and continue to endure in this country, you have no right to tell them what not to be mad about. The third track “Don’t Touch My Hair,” featuring Sampha is quickly becoming every natural

girl’s anthem. I like this track because Solange uses it as a teachable moment to announce that it’s offensive to ask if you can touch a black person’s hair. “Don’t touch my hair…When it’s the feelings I wear. Don’t touch my soul…When it’s the rhythm I know. Don’t touch my crown…They say the vision I’ve found. Don’t touch what’s there… When it’s the feelings I wear…” Overall it was very easy to fall in love with this album. “A Seat at the Table” was beautifully put together with Solange’s soft voice and meaningful lyrics. She discussed issues that are prevalent in today’s society. I truly appreciate Solange for using her talent to come up with something so raw, real and authentic. Therefore, I give this album five out of five stars.



october 19, 2016

Trojans swim into 2nd in Little Rock Invitational

Murcia Gallego races across the pool during the 100- yard breaststroke.


by Adrian Miller The Donaghey Aquatic Center was packed full of swimmers, divers, coaches and fans on Saturday Oct. 15. The Trojans swimming and diving team hosted North Texas, Henderson St., Delta St. and Incarnate Word in their first home meet of the season. North Texas placed 1st with 728.5 points. The Trojans


earned 2nd with a final score of 550. Incarnate Word finished a close 3rd with 544.5 points, Delta St. placed 4th with 538.5 and Henderson state retained 5th with 267.5 points. It was a solid start for the Trojans in the first event, the women’s 200-yard medley relay. The team of Laura Ruiz Astorga, Murcia Gallego,

the 25th event with the Trojans taking 1st and 2nd again. Speedy freshman Isabelle Finzen just topped her teammate senior Courtney Coe in the women’s 100-yard butterfly. Finzen placed first with a time of 58.48 and Coe touched the wall a fraction of a second behind her at 58.58. Coe also tied for 4th in the women’s 50-yard freestyle earlier in the meet with a time of 24.92. “We are exceeding expectations and pushing through. They are showing us exactly what we want to see”, replied Coach Amy Burgess. Freshman Ginger Bryant added, “It’s a little nerve wrecking. But the team and coaches adapted and it shows in our swimming.” After the break the Lady Trojans had two more strong finishes in the individual and team swimming events, and it seemed like everyone was anxious for the results of the diving. The 29th event, the women’s 200-yard individual medley, saw the Trojans place 3rd and 4th. Freshman Jessie Baldwin captured 3rd with a time of 2:12.05 and Jinson Kang finished less than a tenth of a second behind her at 2:12.07. Continued online.

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of 10:35.04. The lady Trojans continued to show great effort into the 9th event with junior breaststroker Nuria Gallego Murcia finishing 4th in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke. Shortly after, the Lady Trojans took 1st and 2nd in the 11th event of the meet, the women’s 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Isabelle Finzen won the event and Senior Jinson Kang came in a close second with times of 2:10.16 and 2:10.72, respectively. Freshman Rachel Maradyn placed 4th in the event with a time of 2:11.22. It wasn’t until the 17th event that the Trojans made another splash. Sophomore Laura Ruiz Astorga placed 4th in the women’s 100-yard freestyle, ending in 53.76 seconds. Then in the 21st event, the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, Sydney Bradshaw Photo sophomore Imre van Huyssten took 4th placing a time of Courtney Coe and Emma Doll 2:27.64. came in 3rd with a time of But it wasn’t until event 23, 1:49.77. Teammates Savannah the women’s 500-yard freestyle, Fissenden, Imre van Huyssten, that Tori Fryar struck again. Isabell Finzen and Courtney Fryar placed second in a Goff placed 5th with a time of very competitive race against 1:51.04. Delta State’s Caroline Jouisse. In the third event of the Jouisse struck the wall at meet, the women’s 1000-yard 5:03.11 and Fryar was right freestyle, junior swimmer Tori behind her finishing in 5:03.28. Fryar won 3rd, placing a time Another close race followed in

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women’s volleyball v. arkansas state @ asu 6:30 pm

women’s soccer v. oklahoma state @ stillwater, ok 7:00 pm



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by Lauren Humphrey At the only home cross-country meet, Little Rock placed second for men and third for women in the Division 1 schools. The final regularseason meet was held on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Rebsamen Golf Course. The men’s race started at 10 a.m. and the women’s started at 10:45 a.m. The men ran an 8K, while the women ran a 5K. Nine other schools attended the meet including Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, Arkansas-Monticello, UAPB, Henderson State, College of the

Ozarks and Central Baptist. Two weeks before the meet was the last time the Trojans competed. The meet was in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Chile Pepper Festival. Senior Isaac Lalang and freshman Hunter Paul were Little Rock’s top competitors at that race. Leading for the men on Oct. 29, Lalang took first place individually. He crossed the finish line 14 seconds faster than his University of Central Arkansas opponent. Lalang ran with a time of 25:08.8. Thirty seconds behind Lalang, junior Imad Amenzou finished in fifth. Overall, the team

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scored 39 points, trailing first place, UCA, by 7 points. For the women, Sophomore Sara Claycomb placed ninth overall individually. Her time was 19:36.8. The next Trojan to finish was Adela Hernandez with a time of 20:01.7. As a team, Little Rock scored 76 points. First place was Arkansas State with 27 points. This race was the final race of the regular-season. The Trojans travel to Dothan, Ala. on Oct. 29 for the Sun Belt Championship. Then they race in Fayetteville, Ark. on Nov. 11, for the NCAA South Central Regional.


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by Kolton Rutherford Little Rock golf is in full swing, with the Lady Trojans already playing the early part of their season. One athlete, Lucy Owen, has traveled many miles on her path to the capital city. Owen, a 20-year old sophomore, was born in Reading, England, but moved to Waipawa, New Zealand, at an early age. Owen lived much of her childhood in Waipawa, eventually coming to UALR after high school. While living in New Zealand, Owen was active in many sports including soccer, rugby, cricket, motocross, and field hockey. She got her first set of golf clubs just a day before moving to Waipawa. It wasn’t until she reached 13 before she began competitive play. Sheridan Graham, a family friend and former Little Rock golfer, spoke highly of UALR and helped convince Owen to come over. Owen had to make some adjustments after arriving in the United States. Her experience moving from England to Waipawa helped to prepare her for the change. The most difficult adjustment, she says, came in dealing with the Arkansas climate. “The thing I struggled to adjust to the most is the humidity and heat here,” Owen said, “It’s more of an intense and dry heat back home, so it’s always a struggle to come back to the heat after summer break.” Owen credits her roommate and teammates with helping her adjust to Arkansas. “My roommate Pernille Orlien and my other teammate Sabrina Bonanno have definitely helped me the most while I’ve been here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to have them.” During her time in Little Rock, Owen has come to love the state and its natural setting. She particularly enjoys hiking Pinnacle Mountain. But, she notes, she also misses her home in New Zealand. “Obviously New Zealand is home for me so having my parents and sister around is nice,” she said. “Probably the thing that I like the most about back home compared to Arkansas though is the scenery and how quickly and easy it is to drive somewhere.” When Owen isn’t playing golf, she’s in the classroom, majoring in Health & Human Performance and Sports Management. As for her future plans, she’s not sure yet.

Brady Edwards

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Lucy Owen

“I don’t really know what I want to do in the future yet. I’m just going to take the next two and a half years and see where they take me,” she noted. In her spare time, Owen enjoys supporting the other Trojan athletic teams, as well as spending time with friends and visiting new places. “Lucy is a delightful, smart and hard working girl,” said head women’s golf coach Bridgett Norwood. “She is a tremendous asset to the Little Rock Women’s Golf Team. She has the most team spirit of anyone I’ve ever had on my team.” This year, Owen hopes to make all the traveling teams for the season, something she didn’t get to do often as a freshman. She also aims to have some top 10 finishes and would love to win a tournament. As for the team, Owen says they are looking to move up in the rankings and win the conference, with an eye on qualifying for regionals in the spring.

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by Talia Winkler eventually transfer to a D1 school. Jake Harrington is the current head coach of the golf team and also happened to come to Little Rock by way of Arizona, so luckily for us, he recruited Brady Edwards. Though they both hailed from Arizona, they never met until Brady arrived in Little Rock. Aside from being ambitious on the golf course, Brady is also an ambitious student. He is a senior this year, majoring in Marketing in the school of business with an emphasis in professional selling. If he doesn’t end up going pro, he can see himself working either for some kind of tech company, specifically Apple, or for a sport company. “The hardest part of college golf is traveling to new places and playing a course you have never played before. You have to come up with a good game plan off just seeing the course once but the best part of golf is seeing all the hours you put into practicing paying off and translating into tournament.” While Brady may see the difficulties of the game, that has not stopped him from being ranked the number one player at Little Rock. “Brady embodies all we hope for out of our student-athlete. He is a good person, student, and has performed exceptionally on the course this season.” Benny Mutoni photo Assistant Athletic Director Patrick Newton had this to say about Brady after sharing that he also has done really well Golf season has started just in in his last two tournaments. time to take advantage of the beautiful “My favorite thing about Arkansas is weather taking over Little Rock this past by far the golf courses we play and my month. The Trojan mens golf team had a teammates. Practices are really fun, slow start to the season in Hattiesburg, going to new golf courses every day Mississippi at the Sam Hall Intercoland just playing till dark with my good legiate but followed up with a team win friends.” in Memphis, Tennessee at the Memphis Brady had plenty of good things to Intercollegiate. The next week saw the say about his fellow teammates, includteam in Park City, Utah at the OGIO Utah ing the part about how they all have Invitational. A Trojan, Brady Edwards, great chemistry on the course. There had a top 10 finish in Tennessee and a are six seniors on the golf team this top 7 finish in Utah. semester and Brady thinks it will be a Brady is a 21-year-old senior good one. originally from Peoria, Arizona. Brady Golf is a pretty time intensive sport, grew up in the golf world, what with so when Brady actually does have free his parents owning a golf business, but time he enjoys watching a good movie, originally Brady was a baseball player or just listening to good music and hangand did not begin to seriously pursue ing out with friends. Luckily for him, he golfing until his sophomore year in high also gets to spend time with his friends school. When Brady finished high school on a few golf courses across the United he decided to go to Glendale Community States. College, continue playing golf, and then

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photo story


Kicking off the Trojan soccer match on Oct. 14, Trojan fans gathered at Coleman Spor ts and R ecreation Complex for food and celebration. After the tailgate, Little Rock beat Georgia State 2-1. TOP: Catherine Brewington captures a picture of her Chi Omega sisters, Lauren Shillcutt and Levi Boyd, at their tent. TOP LEFT: Katie Vanpool leads the dance team in a routine to the tune of the pep band’s music. Dancers wore pink ribbons in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. RIGHT: Pep band member, Kendra Ewing plays tunes to create a lively atmosphere before the game. “It was a lot of fun to play at the tailgate. I was cool to see all of the Greeks out tailgating. Everyone really came together to support the soccer team,” Ewing said. BOTTOM LEFT: Neden Yacine passes out posters with calendars to fans. Durning the game, the folded posters were used to cheer on the Trojans. photos by Lauren Humphrey

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