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Waffle House Coming to Dickson

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Walmart on Campus First in Nation by Nick DeMoss News Editor

The UA campus is the home of the world’s first on-campus Walmart store, located in the Shops at Garland Center. The approximately 3,300-square-foot establishment has replaced the Pat Walker Health Center pharmacy, which served the UA for 26 years. The Walmart pharmacy is open to the public and offers the company’s $4 prescription plan. In addition to the store’s medical offerings, items including flash drives, hygiene products, magazines and contraceptives are also available. A grocery section contains both singleserving and family-sized food items, including Walmart’s Great Value Brand. When asked via email about the company’s plans for the pharmacy, spokesperson Amy Lester replied that, “The Walmart pharmacy on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville is a one-of-a-kind, custom design that was created to meet the university›s stated needs. No additional pharmacies of this type are planned, nor is it part of the smaller format stores that have been discussed. The pharmacy, which is roughly 3,000 square feet, also includes some grocery items.” The retail portion is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the pharmacy is open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

GARETH PATTERSON Staff Photographer A sign hangs in the window of the newest Waffle House in Northwest Arkansas, which will open next month to provide 24-hour dining for patrons of Dickson stree. Restaurant managers are seeking area residents, including students to help staff the new location. Applications are available at the Waffle House on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

by Mattie Quinn Staff Writer

Students can look forward to a Waffle House on Dickson Street, set to open in mid-February. The 24-hour restaurant will inhabit the suite at Underwood Plaza next to Orange Leaf Yogurt. “Obviously we want each Waffle House to be successful, so putting it in close to a college campus seemed like the right fit for us,” said Pat

Warner, national spokesperson for Waffle House. With the 24-hour Sunrise Cafe on Dickson recently closing, Waffle House appears as though it will have a monopoly on 24-hour eating in the Dickson Street area. “Even if Sunrise Cafe was still open, I think Waffle House would still be more popular, the food is cheaper,” said senior Carly Edwards. “So many UA students love to go out on Dickson, and when people get drunk, they

want cheap food. I think the atmosphere will be crazy on the weekends, I just hope it doesn’t hurt business for Orange Leaf.” Other students said they felt similar sentiments. “I think Waffle House would get a lot of business close to a college campus, especially late at night. Students are always looking for good, cheap food and they definitely fit the bill,” said junior Annie DeCoursey. Being so close to campus,

Students Brave Cold to Begin Semester

the new Waffle House has plans on being school spirited as well. “We’ve recently opened locations close to campuses in Norman, Okla. (home of OU) Athens, Ga. (home of UGA) and Auburn, Ala., and they’ve all been successful. We’ll bring in some home team flair with the design and color scheme,” said Warner. “On game days we know how fired up people will be so I’m sure the staff and customers will be call-

ing the Hogs in the restaurant.” The new location is now hiring, and anyone interested in a job opportunity should contact the Waffle House location on 2311 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Waffle House was founded on Labor Day of 1955, in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates, according to the company website. There are more than 1,600 Waffle House restaurants in 25 states.

Major UA Benefactor Passes Tyson remembered as a friend to the university by Kristen Coppola Staff Writer

When Don Tyson, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, passed away Jan. 6 at the age of 80, the UA lost a valued friend and supporter. Tyson had been a generous benefactor to the university and was awarded an honorary degree last May at Commencement. Tyson attended the UA but left to work in the business with his father. Even after elevating Tyson Foods to a major busi-

ness power, he did not forget about the UA and made many contributions to multiple departments and aspects of the university including the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, the renovation of Old Main and Dale Bumpers College. “There’s probably not a single major project or program here at the university that he or his foundation or his company didn’t contribute to,” said Chancellor G. David Gearheart. Recently, a $2.5 million

donation was made for a new Infant Development Center, which will double the size of the current program. Tyson Philanthropy also gave more than $27 million to the UA during the Campaign for the 21st Century. “Having [Tyson] pass away is just a tremendous loss to the business community, the philanthropic community, not to mention here in Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas,”

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Winter Weather Advisory The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a winter weather advisory in Washington County for snow, sleet and freezing rain that is in effect from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Thursday. GARETH PATTERSON Staff Photographer Students were treated to a blustery first morning of classes Tuesday, with temperatures hovering in the forties throughout the day. Benton and Washington County residents will brace for impending inclement weather later in the week, as a winter storm crosses the nation.




Up to 4 inches of snow accumulation and a thin sheet of ice are expected and could cause hazardous road conditions.









A Conversation with Joseph Candido by Kristen Coppola Staff Writer

Joseph Candido is the Chair of the English Department and teaches a class dedicated to studying the works of Shakespeare. This year he’ll be a part of two faculty-led study abroad trips: a summer trip to London and a semester trip to Rome in the fall. Candido has helped lead the Theater in London trip for more than 15 years, for which students can still register until Feb. 1. Q: How long have you been teaching at the UA? A: I’ve been teaching at the university for 31 years. Q: What has been your favorite teaching moment thus far? A: It would be really impossible to pick one, but I would say almost any moment in my Shakespeare class when I’m teaching Richard II. Q: How were you first introduced to Shakespeare? A: I lived in Connecticut. I grew up in New Haven, Conn. and I lived near Stratford, Conn., which in those days had a Shakespeare theater. My mother used to take me to plays there all the time when I was a boy. Q: What is your favorite play? A:



Q: How do you think Shakespeare’s themes have held up over time? A: Shakespeare’s themes

have held up brilliantly over time. Shakespeare understands what it means to be a person, and people don’t change that much. He understands all sorts of people. He can understand a poor person as well as a rich person, a woman as well as a man, a child as well as an adult. He knows what it means to be human, and that can resonate with anyone at any time.

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Q: Do you prefer Shakespeare’s sonnets or plays? (If plays: Comedies, Histories, or Tragedies?)


A: His sonnets are wonderful, but I prefer his plays. The history plays are my favorite. Q: Since you are involved with the UA Theater in London summer trip, could you share with students why it is important? A: First of all, it’s very important for students to understand another culture and to see what it’s like to experience life as other people live it. One of the things our students who go to London understand immediately is that people in England have different sorts of attitudes and values often from ours here in America, especially when it comes to the theater. The theater is as popular in England as movies are popular here. Also, our students encounter a lot more history there. The idea of living another culture for a while broadens them and gives them a greater sense of sophistication. Q: What is your favorite part of the trip, and what do you think that students get

119 Kimpel Hall University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 72701 479.575.3406 [main] 479.575.3306 [fax] SARAH CHAMPAGNEPhoto Editor Chair of the English Department Joseph Candido in his Kimpel Office. Candido has been at the UA for 31 years, and particularly enjoys teaching Shakespeare’s Richard II in his classes. Candido is also involved in study abroad programs to London and Rome. out of it? A: I honestly can’t pick one. I like everything we do. I love going to the theater; I love seeing the cathedrals; I love just walking around the town. I just love everything about it. I can’t say I have a favorite thing to do. Q: This fall you’re going with the UA Rome Center Trip. What are you most excited about concerning the trip? A: I haven’t been to Rome since I was 18 years old. I’m most excited simply about seeing the great old antiquities of Rome.

Q: If you had to choose one, which Shakespearean Character would you be? Why? A: I think I’d be Hotspur in 1 Henry IV because he’s such an idealist, and he has some of the most beautiful poetry that Shakespeare ever wrote. He’s a character of pure idealism and very great emotionalism. He’s very passionate. He represents for Shakespeare the last gasp for the chivalric period. He has in him all the beauty of a culture in decline and all of the attraction to something that is old and distant and meaningful but is now giving way to something else. I find that very touching.

Trends Help Link Recent ASG Legislation by Jordain Carney

Asst. News Editor

During the last three yearly sessions Associated Student Government Senate members have passed 26, 40 and 52 pieces of legislation, respectively. Despite spanning three years, trends can be found amongst the legislation. During the three years, on average, half of the legislation discussed dealt with ASG. Much of the legislative focus on ASG could have been because of the student government being disbanded.

“There was still room for improvement,” said Senate Chair Veronica Johannesen. “We’re trying to give time to see what works, and focus more on students.” For the 2007-2008 ASG legislative session approximately 20 of the 52 pieces of legislation suggested pertained to ASG functions, including funding, rules and legislation regarding senatorial behavior. Sixteen of those were bills, half of which pertained to ASG. The eight bills that pertained to ASG passed, while six of the other eight bills were postponed indefinitely, one failed and two passed.

The 36 resolutions were divided between 11 resolutions pertaining to ASG. Of those 11, one resolution to change the ASG logo failed. Resolutions postponed included those that would have created a referendum to petition the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and a resolution to “petition a rapid end to the costly Iraq War” both pieces of legislation were authored by Senator then-Abel Tomlinson. In the 2008-2009 ASG legislative session approximately 15 of the 26 pieces of legislation brought before members of the Senate per-

tained to ASG, including the “The Senatorial Responsibility Act” and “The Senate Finance Equalization Act of 2009”. In 2009-2010, 23 of the 40 pieces of legislation dealt with ASG including a bill to “To Keep Committee Meeting Times Consistent.” Throughout the past four years a few subjects continued to be brought before ASG Senate. In 2008-2009 a resolution to fix the tobacco policy was postponed indefinitely. The previous

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Xpressmail to Shut Down Jan. 27 by Paige Thompson Staff Writer

Though students have traditionally had a choice in their UA email account, a diminished necessity means that Xpressmail users will be forced to convert Jan. 27 to The site is being retired at the UA and site will be the only active email site available for students. The original purpose of Xpressmail   was to combine email and calendar appointments into same program, said Starla Stensaas, UA Communications Manager. However, faculty and staff have switched to a different program within their department and Xpress email services are not longer needed.

“The vendor has stopped supporting [Xpress mail],” Stensaas said. “The departments have moved to exchange the calendaring and email for faculty and staff to a program that requires a purchasable license, which all the departments have purchased.”

“It’s more effective than regular mail or Xpress mail and also holds a lot more capacity.” Once signed into uamail., students can click ‘Options’ at the top of the page. Then under ‘General Options’ click ‘Personal Information’

For students who are not keen on the lay out of UAmail or would rather have their personal email integrated with their school email, there is another option. “I have my UARK account connected to Gmail,” said upperclassman Hayden Redd.

and type into the ‘Your Reply-to: address: (optional)’ box the email address to which emails to your UAmail account will be forwarded. Many students who used its various features to make their email experience easier

will miss the Xpressmail system. “It was really effortless for me to use it for Chi Omega emails to send to the entire chapter, so adjusting to a new email service is an inconvenience,” said Katie Threlkel, former Chi Omega House Manager. To help those making the switch of their address books based in the Xpress system, UA Information Technology Services has created a web site with a step-by-step guide. The guide is available at uits.uark. edu/email/xpressmail.html. “The change is automatic - no preparation needed,” Stensaas said. As long as the address book is transferred before Jan. 27, students do not need to do any other planning or extra work for the change.

Walmart Pharmacy Opens Doors

SARAH CHAMPAGNE Photo Editor Eric Wright works in the recently opened pharmacy at the Walmart on retail pharmacy in the Shops at Garland Center. The store offers a wide variety of items from prescription drugs to sundries to food supplies. Company officials noted that similar expansions are unlikely on other college campuses.

Admins Expect Busy Spring Dean search, refund distribution at forefront by Mattie Quinn Staff Writer

Changes in administration, financial aid distribution and enrollment tracking are at the forefront this semester for leading members of the UA community, officials said. “Candidates for the position of dean of Fulbright College will be announced later this week, and the search for a new dean of the law school will start soon as well,” said Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The search for a dean for the graduate school and international education will begin later on this semester.” In addition to changes within the administration, the financial aid process also saw modifications for this spring 2011 semester. “On the 10th, we distributed about 31 million dollars in

loan money to students,” said Suzanne McCray, vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions. “This semester it was the easiest process we’ve ever had. In the past we dealt with multiple lenders who all had different ways of dealing with the money, and this was cumbersome. But now all loan money comes from one lender [because of new legislation signed President Obama,] and we haven’t had any problems with this new process. Students are now getting their refund checks sooner.” A new semester also tends to show changes in enrollment, but it is too early to see the exact numbers. During the Fall 2010 semester, the UA saw the most dramatic enrollment increase in school history, surpassing 21,000 students.

“After the 11th day of classes we pull numbers and see how many people have come in or left. We do know, however, that we have a good group of people coming in this semester,” McCray said. Students can also expect other changes, but what exactly those changes are has yet to be announced. “In the next three weeks we will announce a couple of changes that will directly affect students, but it is too early to mention any of it now,” McCray said. Whatever changes may affect students, Gaber wants to students to know that faculty within the UA is working hard to keep students happy. “We are continuing to grow, adding sections and accommodating the needs of students. We are always looking for feedback from students,” Gaber said.

Greek Community Prepares for Philanthropic Semester by Kristen Coppola Staff Writer

Members of the Greek community are preparing for a busy spring semester which is slated to include numerous philanthropy and social events. Before hosting any large events, executive members will receive leadership training. Executive boards from each chapter will attend Greek Summit on Jan. 29, where they will go through Strengths Quest among other exercises. On Feb. 10 – 13, a group of 40 leaders will go to St. Louis for the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference. During the first week of February, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA) will partner with the Community Blood Center to host a blood drive and raise alcohol awareness. With members fresh out of leadership training, Greek Week will be Feb. 25 through March 4. It will kick off with Greek Sing on Feb. 25, and wind down with the National Pan-hellenic Council’s Spring Fashion Show on March 3. “All chapters put on musical theater productions [at Greek Sing],” said Alexis Hurdle, associate director of Greek Life, “It’s really fun. They’re judged on it, and the winner takes home a trophy.” Students can buy tickets to watch Greek Sing. A portion of the profit is kept by New Greek Council for the education of new members, and the rest is donated to a featured philanthropy. The next event of Greek Week will be Restaurant Night on Feb. 26. The Greek Council will partner with a restaurant, which has traditionally been Noodles, and after guests eat, they will be asked to put their receipt into a basket. At the end of the night the receipts would be added together and 10 percent of the total will be

donated to philanthropy. During the middle of Greek Week, there will also be a Greek Olympic competition, where members of Greek Life will compete in different field events. “Some events will be football, swimming, tug-of-war and dodgeball,” Hurdle said, “Last year we had a big inflatable obstacle course — we might do that again.” Greek Week will end with the NPHC Spring Fashion Show, which will be feature clothing donated from local businesses. There will be five clothing themes ranging from formal to beach attire: A Night on the Town, School Spirit, Spring Break, Hit the Books, and Backpacks to Briefcases. Later in the semester, NPHC plans to partner with Career Services to host a career preview event. “It will probably be similar to last year,” said Clarice Montgomery, NPHC President, “Basically, each room told how to prepare yourself for your career, and you rotated [from room to room] like a workshop series.” Two Panhellenic sororities have already scheduled philanthropic activities for this spring. Chi Omega will be hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament called “Swish for a Wish” on March 11. Their profits will go to the Make a Wish Foundation. Pi Beta Phi will host the Phinest Fashions fashion show with all proceeds going to support literacy. Informal spring recruitment is underway for men interested in rushing and will last until March 1, said Parice Bowser, director of Greek life.  The Order of Omega awards ceremony will take place April 18, to commend outstanding chapters and members of the Greek community for their work during the school year.


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EDITOR: Bailey Elise McBride MANAGING EDITOR: Mille Appleton

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Welcome Back, Let’s Make It Count

Another year, another semester. For many of us, our last on campus. I spent a large portion of my break thinking about what my last semester here means and what I would do, and came to this conclusion: I can either trudge through my final 10 hours, show up and just get it over with, or I can make my last semester on campus count. Of course, I have to make it count. But what does that really mean? In my case, it means not just succeeding personally this semester, but finding ways to leave the organization that I have put my heart and soul into for the last three years better than I left it. When we had our first editor’s meeting of the year last Sunday, my sentiments were echoed by the others on my staff, who similarly have one last hoorah before we graduate. We at the Traveler plan to spend the next semester entering awards competitions, training up-and-com-

ing staff members and working on new and innovative projects that will not only challenge us as journalists, but make the paper better as a whole. By now, most seniors have found something on campus that we are passionate about—a sorority or fraternity, a faith group or a registered student organization. We have been in these organizations longer than anyone else in them, and are full of the knowledge of what has worked, what hasn’t, and how we can leave something good behind, building a bench of support staff that will be ready to go when we are gone. I would encourage you, the same way I encouraged those around me here at the Traveler, to not let that experience go to waste, written off as something the people behind us will just figure out. Finally, I would encourage you to make your last semester count on a personal level. Have fun. Go out for din-

Letter from the Editor

Bailey Elise McBride

ner and drinks with the people from your residence hall freshman year. Give your professors every reason to remember you positively as you begin to need letters of recommendation. Reach out to the people who will follow you as a leader in your organization—now more than ever they need your friendship and guidance. Whatever you do, do it so that when that fateful day comes May 14, you can feel really proud of the college experience you are (finally) leaving behind.


FROM THE BOARD It wasn’t so long ago that the joke “At least we’re not Mississippi” garnered chuckles from more than just west coast hippies and northern progressives. Nope, Arkansans couldn’t help but join in on the laughs because, well, we knew there might have been a shred of truth to this not-so-flattering portrayal of the South. But it seems that the new year has brought with it a new era for The Natural State. Times are changing and while we may have once been worthy of the backwards reputation we were awarded, today is a new day. This month the magazine Education Week ranked Arkansas sixth in the nation for K-12 education – up four spots from the previous two years. More specifically, we ranked No. 1 in “transitions and alignments,” the coordination of connections between public school grades and other segments of the education pipeline. We can take these results and scrutinize them for any number of reasons, but the fact is that Arkansas has finally proven itself to be just as capable of producing quality students and teachers as any other state. However, when celebrating this impressive feat we must remember that there is still work to be done. The thousands of degree-seeking students who will go on to fuel our state economy can’t be neglected. Although Arkansas ranks high in K-12 education, the state has also made headlines for its low graduation rates at its colleges and universities. According to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 38 percent of students attending public universities graduate in six years or fewer .These grim figures place Arkansas well below the national average of 53 percent. Additionally, in 2010 The Southern Regional Education Board reported that fewer than one in five working-age adults in Arkansas had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2008. Great progress has been made in increasing college enrollment, but the UA must work harder to retain these students so that they will graduate and contribute socially and economically to their communities. The Arkansas Lottery Scholarship and other state-funded aid such as the Go! Opportunities Grant are monumental steps in the right direction. In hard economic times, rising tuition rates are an evil felt by many aspiring college graduates. It is imperative that we continue funding the education of students who can’t carry the financial burden alone. Gov. Mike Beebe has requested a 1 percent increase in state funding for higher education that would be tied to graduation rates and course completion rates – not just enrollment. In an economic climate where educational funding is the first on the chopping block for many states, Beebe must be credited for his continued support for educational services. While a 1 percent increase is hardly enough to solve the problem, it shows that we are serious about producing productive citizens. Tying funding to graduation rates will also hold universities accountable and promote academic excellence.


Bailey Elise McBride Mille Appleton Samantha Williams Nick DeMoss

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Academia Declining in America Across the Aisle Samantha Williams Opinion Editor

Who knew that in a world where twenty-somethings can become CEO’s, a catchy rap song like “I Love College” would so accurately encapsulate a generation? “I can’t tell you what I learned from school but I could tell you a story or two. Um yeah, of course I learned some rules like don’t pass out with your shoes on.” Well said, Asher Roth. Well said. The dumbing down of America has sometimes been dismissed as a silly myth, but a new report reveals that there may be more to the story than one might think.

The study, which surveyed more than 2,300 undergraduates, revealed that 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years. The in-depth report was published in a new book called “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” by sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia. Arum and Roksa gathered data from 24 schools nationwide and based their assessment on Collegiate Learning Assignment (CLA) data. Critics argue that the CLA is based on standardized testing and therefore not a reliable measure of college performance, but these results cannot be simply dismissed. Those startling numbers are probably not so startling to many college students. This

is not to say that universities, the UA included, do not offer rigorous coursework. However, it’s no stretch to say that standards are not nearly as high as they should be. The study further revealed that half of the students surveyed did not take a course that required 20 pages of writing during the previous semester. One third of respondents said that they did not take any courses requiring 40 pages of reading per week. Just this month Gov. Beebe and other Arkansas legislators proposed a new way of funding public colleges and universities that would be based on graduation rates as opposed to enrollment numbers alone. But these new findings beg the question: will boosting graduation rates really make a difference in stimulating our failing economy if we’re producing less than stellar graduates?

Fostering academic growth and encouraging students to complete their degree is necessary, but should not be done frivolously with the end goal mirroring a fast-food order – get them in, get them out. Instead we should be maintaining a solid focus on research and development, but raise our standards in the classroom at the same time. Leaving students behind for the sake of research should not be an option. Of course universities are not solely to blame. Students must be held accountable for poor performance and an affinity for house parties. Arum and Roska also point to laziness and a desire for easy courses – and rightly so. All parties involved must step up to the plate if we are to find a solution to our nation’s education dilemma. Throwing money at the problem benefits no one if there are not reasonable solutions to begin with.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Up until now my favorite Razorback football team was the 1950s team when I was a cheerleader. We called them the “Twenty-Five Little Pigs” and they were fun to watch and had success both on and off the field. But now you are my favorite team of all time! I know it must be hard to have lost to Ohio State, and I know the disappointment you all must feel. I was down too. I wanted to win as much as you all did. However, you are now my favorite team because you showed such strength coming back from a deficit first half, you never quit, you battled and drove – and it paid off. Yes, I know we had a chance to win and we all regret the plays that would have won the game, but it’s time to move on. Face the future and the new year and new chance to be even better. Leave behind that broken, empty feeling. All year you have exhibited great character; hard working, leading by example, helping each other get better, encouraging your teammates, absorbing the direction and coaching of your mentor, and doing the right things in life. It has been very important that you are also working hard in your academic classrooms and achieving success there. It has

been very important that you have not done the things that many athletes today get into – alcohol, drugs, cheating, speeding and selling tickets and other items for money. All that is called character and you have it. I’m so proud of you! Hold your heads up high, stand tall. You are winners in the most important game of all – the game of life. Whoo Pig Sooie! NANCY MCDONALD Alumna, former Razorback cheerleader How disappointing to hear that Razorback fans booed the Ohio State Marching Band’s performance at the Sugar Bowl. TV viewers would have loved to have seen both bands perform instead of ESPN’s choice to show workers raking the field in preparation for last year’s national championship game. The excitement generated by the bands, drill teams, cheerleaders and mascots is a great part of the football experience. Instead of booing, appreciate the privilege to view the talent, hard work and showmanship. Write the sports networks and demand that these hardworking, talented young people be shown. KRIS CHRISTENSEN Russells Point, OH

The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act passed in July 2006. Although the law protects some workers in Arkansas from secondhand smoke in the workplace and public places, many are still exposed to the deadly chemicals found in smoke while at work. Bartenders, wait staff and musicians that work in these smoking establishments experience the negative health effects of working in smoking environments. According to the American Cancer Society, food service workers have a 50 percent greater risk than the general public of dying from lung cancer, in part, because of their ongoing exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace. Why should they suffer the consequences of secondhand smoke exposure? Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer. It can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, red or teary eyes, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. Every year, more than 53,000 people in the United States die from the effects of secondhand smoke exposure, with more than 500 adults dying annually in Arkansas alone. While people may be concerned that prohibiting smoking in currently exempted establishments might hurt business or

sales, research shows there has been an increase in sales when smoke-free laws are implemented comprehensively. A 2010 study conducted by the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business Center for Business and Economic Research shows cities in the Southeastern Conference that implemented comprehensive smokefree policies in bars, on average, had a 25 percent positive impact on sales tax revenues relative to those that did not. Cities that implemented comprehensive smoke-free policies in restaurants, on average, had an almost 18 percent positive impact on sales tax revenues relative to those that did not. If research shows that comprehensive smoke-free policies do not hurt bars and restaurants, and that in fact, these policies can increase sales, then why do we continue to expose Arkansans to deadly secondhand smoke? The Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 was a great step for Arkansas, but it wasn’t enough. We still have much more to do to protect ALL Arkansans from secondhand smoke, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or occupation. TYLER CLARK NWA Tobacco Free Coaltion



Hunger Comes Full Circle on Campus by Anna Mickelson Staff Writer

Driving a car or owning a cell phone doesn’t mean a person is wealthy, especially college students who are struggling to feed themselves every day and are compelled to use food stamps to get by, a UA official said. Ramen noodles only work for so long as a full meal substitute for college students. Some students pay weekly rates and live in motels, and others sleep on couches at different friends houses, UA officials report. “Lack of food really affects students a lot,” said Mirelle Pierini, a UA junior and intern for the Volunteer Action Center. “It is really hard to focus on studying for your next test, when you are worrying about your next meal.” The Volunteer Action Center is scheduled to open a food pantry Feb. 1, for UA students who are struggling to get food on the table, making the UA the first school in the SEC to open a food bank for students, said Angela Oxford, assistant director of community engagement. It is an underlying issue in the U.S. that goes unnoticed. College students are having trouble putting food on the table. The age group of 18-to 24-yearolds is struggling to pay tuition, buy books, put gas in the car and to eat. Students who cannot afford to eat every week might be malnourished, which in turn can cause them to suffer in their studies, nutrition experts say. One in seven persons are at risk of suffering from hunger in the United States. In addition, 3.5 million were forced to sleep in parks, under bridges, in shelters or cars, according to the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. “Hunger is a silent problem,” said Nick Brown, director of campus sustainability. “It is embarrassing.” The federal definition for poverty level for an individual is $10, 830 a year. A lot

of college students earn below that amount. UA Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, as well as the Volunteer Action Center saw this issue that some might not have seen. After working together, they came up with a solution, dubbed the Full Circle Market. “I don’t think people understand that it’s very different today for a lot of our students and that they don’t have the support from parents. Parents are doing what they can to keep their heads above water,” Oxford said. “I’ve got students sleeping on someone’s couch, I’ve got a staff member who needs some assistance.” Full Circle Market is the name the VAC came up with as an alternative name to “food pantry.” The organization developed a mission to maintain an accessible, compassionate and dignified environment to provide for the nutritional needs of students so that they can more fully focus on the advancement of their education. They desire to nourish bodies and to empower minds, organizers said. “It is very much students serving students,” said Julia Lyson, who is vice president of VAC over Full Circle Market. Michigan State University isn’t new to the idea of a student-run food pantry. The school started one 17 years ago and has helped other colleges set up something similar ones. A group of UA students attended a seminar about food banks with some of the MSU students at the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals. Fifteen colleges have student run pantries, Oxford said. “For me, I know the Full Circle Market will serve a need,” Lyson said. “It is a huge opportunity to serve others.” When the VAC first started toying with the idea, organizers had difficulty finding space, but now they have a plan and place, Brown said. Jane Gearhart, wife of the chancellor, helped VAC find the 1,500-squarefoot location, Lyson said. One issue that some

GARETH PATTERSON Staff Photographer UA students move shelves Monday inside the Full Circle Market Campus Food Pantry. The pantry is located in the newly renovated Darby Hall on Stadium Drive, across from the football stadium. The pantry will open Feb. 3 and will begin taking donations Feb. 1 students face is they have meal plans that cover five days, but nothing is provided on weekends. The UA offers a variety of meal plans for students, including a plan for those who live off campus. However, students are not required to have a meal plan. Off-campus students can buy a plan that offers 80 meals or 25 meals. If students want to eat three meals a day, that barely covers 27 school days. Students would need to spread their meal plan to make it last the entire semester. Students also are sold Flex Dollars to use throughout the semester. The amount varies on the type of package purchased at the beginning of the semester. The average price of meal without Flex Dollars and that is part of the 80-meal plan is almost $19. The total cost for an 80-meal plan

Staff Senate Program Reaches Goal Endowment to fund tuition for students on UA by Saba Naseem Staff Writer

The University of Arkansas Staff Senate Scholarship Fund has secured a $25,000 endowment for yearly scholarships to assist student staff members, said Senate Chair Angela Black. The scholarship committee program began 10 years ago with the purpose of offering scholarships to fulltime UA student staff members who are in need of financial aid, Black said. The scholarships have helped 44 staff members with support totaling more than $15,000, she said. In 2008, the Staff Senate voted to move scholarship funds to a future endowed account. The goal was to reach an endowment of $25,000 within five years. However, because of the amount of donations, the goal was achieved in half the time on Dec. 9, 2010. Many donations came from staff and faculty members through the “Give me $5” initiative. Faculty and staff were asked to pledge $5 per month. In addition to that, entire departments have become involved with various fundraising initiatives, Black said. “We recently received a large donation from Barbara Taylor of $4,000, which put the scholarship account within $2,500 of endowment. An anonymous donor then made a matching challenge of $1,250,” she said. The scholarship committee is part of the Staff Senate, a government body comprised of 31 elected senators representing various divisions on campus. “The Staff Senate is the ASG of staff,” Black said. “We represent the voice of

the staff to the administration and address issues such as pay, safety, or benefits.” “I think this is an important achievement for the staff at the UA and the many supporters of the program who have given their time, talents and dollars to make this dream a reality,” Black said. “What started as an idea led to a committee and that committee led to a dollar, and now we have this living, breathing tree of opportunity.” The scholarship committee awards an average three-to-five scholarships a year. Last year, however, they awarded eight scholarships and three diversity scholarships of up to $500. There are at least three scholarships given each year: the general Staff Senate Scholarship, the Susan Imes Yell Scholarship and the Rick A. Haley Memorial Scholarship, according to a press release. “The endowment secures scholarships for years; we don’t have to live hand to mouth, year to year,” said Michelle Payne, scholarship committee chair and former recipient of a Staff Senate scholarship. “It means

COURTESY PHOTO that we’ll have a legacy to leave behind long after we are gone.” The scholarship helps staff members who are working full-time jobs and struggling to pay for their education. “The year I got the scholarship, there was no way I could have been able to attend classes without it,” Payne said. “I was at the point where I was going to have to drop out, but thanks to the scholarship I was able to afford books and tuition. It got me jump started on my degree.” Like Payne, there are many staff members who are juggling work, families and school. “Personally it was really emotional for me when I learned that we had reached our goal, knowing how it changed my life,” Payne said. “It can turn someone’s life around in terms of getting a degree and this is something that is always going to be there.” Reaching the goal in half the time “shows the support we have on campus,” she said. “It shows that the administration, faculty and students appreciate the staff.”

and 55 Flex Dollars costs around $1,154, according to the UA housing website. Almost 200 UA staff members live below the poverty level, according to a VAC estimate. That number does not include faculty. The Full Circle Market will be open to the students and to staff as well. The Full Circle Market will only be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Students who volunteer to work there will be required to fill out a confidentiality form; therefore workers cannot release any names of customers. More volunteers mean more times for the market to be open. Students can volunteer individually or in groups. Everyone who comes in to get food will be asked to complete a firsttime application form. They also will be given a request

form, which will show a list of items to choose. Students also will complete the form, based on the number of residents in their living area. Items include: Cereal, Canned Soup, Peanut Butter, Crackers, Ramen Noodles, Coffee, Chips, Jelly, Mashed potato mix, Granola bars, Macaroni and Cheese, Rice, Canned Vegetables, Pasta, Noodles, Tomato Sauce, and Toiletry items also will be needed, varying from deodorant to shampoo. “You can fill out a form. It will be really basic information. You don’t have to prove how much money you make, nothing like that,” Oxford said. The form is used for demographic information that helps VAC apply for more grants for the market. There will be different ways to donate to the Full Circle Market. Walmart Stores, U.N.I.T.Y. groups will

conduct a food drive during the Martin Luther King Jr., holiday as well, Oxford said. “It’s almost impossible to track what your students need is because there are so many students who are not going yo say or tell,” Oxford said. “I think we will know after the first year.” Details about homeless college students are hazy. “Because you have a cell phone some people think that you have what you need, that it is a luxury not a necessity,” Oxford said. “Some think college students are privileged and not in need.” Students are choosing their tuition, fees, their book costs and their utilities costs over buying food. “We just want to be a resource, because we realize we can’t retain students here at the university if they can’t learn, and they can’t learn if they’re not fed,” Oxford said.

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Gearheart said. “The Tyson family and Don Tyson as head of the family have been among our most generous benefactors by far,” Gearheart said concerning the tradition of giving which Tyson established among his family. Despite never finishing his college education, Tyson valued education highly and wanted to help in any way he could to ensure that students were able to excel. “He was a strong supporter of students and education,” said Gisela Erf, a Tyson Professor in Avian Immunology. “His generous support to the Poultry Science Department has helped numerous students achieve an education so that they can purse careers in the poultry industry or other agriculture business.” Tyson had areas of interest, like Poultry Science, but he didn’t hesitate to help the UA in any area. “When the university press was almost closed because of financial problems a number of years ago, he stepped forward with a million-dollar gift to help them,” Gearheart said. “He was just that kind of person that wanted to be helpful.” The character of Tyson is the one of the greatest reasons that he will be missed. “The interesting thing about it was that he never wanted any accolades himself,” Gearheart said. “If you look around the university there are a lot of facilities named with the Tyson name on it, but none of them with the Don Tyson name. That, I think, is a great testament to him.” Erf described Tyson as being “very approachable” and “almost uncomfortable” with excess attention. “I remember so many times when I’d see him or go by to talk to him or be on the telephone with him, and he’d say ‘How can I help you? What can I do to help you?’” Gearheart said. “That was sort of his philosophy. That was his attitude.”

MLK Jr. Legacy Lives On At UA Volunteer Day

LUCIE PATTON Staff Photographer Chancellor David Gearhart opens the Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil with a strong speech. The Vigil took place in the Union Ballroom and many of the 300 who marched from the Walton Arts Center parking lotwere in attendance.

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The Volunteer Action Center of the University of Arkansas organized a variety of projects for the underprivileged and people in need on Monday for the MLK national day of service. Volunteer opportunities were available at residence halls around campus and each resident building offered different “small convenient projects that students could complete at their leisure,” said Mary Alice Patton, treasurer of the

Volunteer Action Center at the university. Projects included the decoration of survival pens for breast cancer survivors at Reid Hall, making Valentine’s Day cards for children in local hospitals at Yocum Hall and other projects such as making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless or homework kits for children in mentoring programs. According to the Volunteer Action Center website,there were a total of 9 different locations that

provided these projects from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday Jan. 17th. “These projects are aimed for residences of the dorm as they move in the day before school,” said Patton on Monday, “but any student can come help volunteer.” This is the second year that the VAC organized volunteer opportunities on campus for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of service. Last year’s projects took place in the union but has since expanded to student halls. The completed projects

were sent to non-profit agencies in Fayetteville. In addition to serviceoriented activities, a banquet and march marked the holiday. Chancellor G. David Gearhart addressed a nearly full Union Ballroom to commemorate the life and works of King. Approximately 300 people also attended a march that began at the Walton Arts Center parking lot and culminated at the Union, remembering the core values of King’s work which included brotherhood, service and equality.

from ASG on page 2 year a resolution to “show disapproval” of the policy failed. Sen. Tony Cosgrove authored legislation to amend the printing cap last semester; the legislation failed. In 2009-2010, legislation in support of the printing cap passed. “It’s very much a case-by-case thing,” Johannesen said. In the case of the printing cap, members wanted to give the printing cap a chance last spring, and some didn’t feel like an amendment was needed this fall. Legislation to synchronize clocks around the university was also discussed and passed in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Senate sessions. Despite the two pieces of legislation clocks across campus are not synchronized. Also, legislation about senators’ behavior was presented in the 2008-2009 session and 20092010. During the Fall 2010 term, Senate Parliamentarian Tammy Lippert had to call the body to order, or remind senators of decorum in multiple meetings. The goal of redoing vacancy elections so that students from any college could run for a seat, also took three years to go into effect, Lippert said. Because it required changing ASG’s Code and Constitution, the legislation had to be passed by senate members in a two-thirds vote, pass a student referendum and be signed by the chancellor. The first time it was vetoed by the chancellor. The second time the legislation failed to pass the senate. “It was mainly [voted down because of] grad and law students, who felt like they are often underrepresented,” Lippert said. In 2009-2010, legislation amending vacancy elections passed both senate and student referendum and was signed by the chancellor, and went into effect in the Fall of 2010. ASG Senate members have also debated legislation that would gain attention across campus. “It’s [the senate] is a place where we can begin to discuss it and get student support, before its taken to admins,” Johannesen said. Debating issues in senate gives ASG members a chance to recognize potential problems that they otherwise wouldn’t realize until later.

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StyleBy.Me ‘Look Book’ Promotes NWA Fashion

Erin Robertson, winner of VS Mobley’s “Like My Style” contest. byTRAVELER STAFF “We love the power of local,” Anna Chatelain said of the new online lookbook Chatelain and co-founder Josh Clemence began the site with the intention of giving fashionable locals a vehicle through which to showcase their best outfits, and the response from Northwest Arkansas has already been overwhelming. Style By Me began as a way for the partners to both

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fill a style need in the area and encourage Chatelain to follow her passion.     “We shared an office at work in the corporate offices of I.O. Metro, and I soon discovered that her passion was fashion,” Clemence said of the beginning of the business relationship. “I followed her blog and noticed other style blogs where people posted their outfits, and soon after discovered Our area needed something like that, but we decided to take it down to the local

Josh Clemence, Co-Founder of StyleBy.Me scene, so I cooked up the site in four hours. We texted and Facebooked all our friends to get content for the site, and it was up on the web in two weeks.” This spontaneous leap of faith began to gain notice immediately, Clemence said. “The day after we launched the site I met with a mentor for another project I’m a part of, and he started talking about Style By Me on Facebook, and how he and his wife thought it was such a cool

Courtesy of StyleBy.Me idea, all the while having no idea that I made it. A few other people in the coffee shop were talking about it that morning, all after the first day of launching the site to the web.”    The Style By Me team has since used only a few social media sites like Facebook and Twitter plus word of mouth to attract traffic and local submissions. Since it’s inception in November 2010 the site has

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Mens Fashion Goes Back to Basics by CALEB JOHNSON

Contributing Writer

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Guys, fit and functionality sum up the style for this season. While out shopping for denim this spring be conscious of wash and fit. Lighter washes are falling out of favor; look for dark wash or indigo dyed denim. When deciding on fit, boot cut is always in style. Slim fit and skinny jeans are fashion forward right now. Think well fitting, not skin tight. Military style continues into the New Year. When purchasing these items think about the Second World War. Clean lines and utility fabrics are the key to this style. Double breasted wool jackets, well-fitted cotton shirts, and canvas bags work well with this look.

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Make Your Resolution a Fashion Renovation by ABBY UNRUH Staff Writer

As the New Year begins we are all looking for something new, something fresh. Let us start at the shallower end of the spectrum: outward appearances. Everyone can relate to wanting to look hip and up-to-date no matter what your personal style is. With these trends for 2011, you can not only impress your friends with your savvy looks, but also reward your inner self with appreciation for and confidence in your impeccable taste. The number one look to pull off this winter is bringing masculine pops into overly feminine looks. Think pastel ruffles and jewels layered under broad shouldered boyfriend blazers and trenches. By sporting some oxfords with a flirty dress, or an oversized “grandpa” sweater with a pretty, printed mini, you can make a statement that is sure to be ahead of the curve. The military look continues to be a mainstay and plays with the girly-meets-boyish theme. Ballerina pink paired with classic army green is a sure way to look like a fashion know it all. With the harsh Arkansas winds and unpredictable temperatures, wear boots with as much as possible. They can bring a whole look from sweet to smart. Particularly in Fayetteville, a trend worth trying is the hippie chic movement that is constantly surging through town. By going all natural with organic fibers, or shopping for some eccentric jewelry at local vintage stores, you could be on your way to looking like a true local. With these trends to look out for, your 2011 could prove to be a much more stylish year than previous ones. Keep an eye out for local variations, and be bold with your own personal taste. Happy New Year!

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Over the top graphics are great, if you’re 13 years old. This spring try simple wellfitting t-shirts. V-necks are in right now as long as you keep them within reason (i.e. no capital V). While T-shirt shopping, look for lightweight fabrics in simple colors— grey, white and black are great and can be worn with anything. Organic fabrics are soft and comfortable and offer an environmentally friendly option, not to mention very “in” locally. Boots are definitely on an uptrend this spring. Wellworn vintage styles work well

with many of this seasons looks and offer functionality in Fayetteville’s blustery winter weather. When shopping for accessories think vintage classics. Simple wool scarves, gloves, and hats are good buys. Wayfarer-style glasses and aviator sunglasses are hip and timeless. If an occasion calls for a tie keep it simple, slim, and solid colored. Let the classic looks of Sean Connery, Buddy Holly and Indiana Jones serve as your inspiration—These basic spring fashion guidelines will help bring your wardrobe into the new year.

Trailside Café and Tea Room one of Fayetteville’s Best Kept Secrets by ANDREW VAN GENDEREN Staff Writer

Since it opened two years ago, Trailside Café and Tea Room on Center St. has quietly become one of the best places for a meal – and a hot pot of tea – in Northwest Arkansas. Though close to everything important in Fayetteville, and less than a mile from the Square, it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Dickson Street in such a way as to make it feel secluded and serene. “Our location is off the beaten track, utilizing the trail as one of our commercial frontages,” said Denele Campbell, founder of Trailside and 1972 UA graduate. “Plus our building is seriously funky. Yet inside is this nice ambiance and relaxing atmosphere.” Indeed, the effect of spending an hour in the small Quonsetstyle building is to make one feel as though he is inside a British mystery novel, sipping tea and watching bicyclists glide along the Frisco trail through the large front window. According to Campbell, an increasing number of the “regulars” are bicyclists on their way to or from the University campus. When asked what distinguishes Trailside from cultural

behemoths Starbucks and Panera, Campbell said, “I would say we can compete because we are so different. There is very little ‘prepackaged’ about our menu, and we’ve got a strong local feel in spite of the fact that many people find our place somewhat European.” Tea is certainly the specialty of this little shop. Opening the expansive tea menu will simultaneously intimidate and delight even the most well-traveled of tea drinkers, with more than 50 varieties from all corners of the world available for order. The food is superb as well. At prices comparable to other local fare, generous portions of hot, homestyle food will warm and sustain even the hungriest of winter travelers looking to escape campus dining. Dishes like “Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy” and “Potato Leek Soup with Cream and Cheddar” are memorable, and destined to produce repeat customers. Campbell stands behind the quality of everything her restaurant serves. “I use top quality meat and other ingredients, and I’m pretty picky about our produce being fresh for the salads and sandwiches,” she said. Aside from the delicious fare, the history of the Cafe is an in-

spiring one, especially to aspiring yet uncertain small-business owners. The epiphany to create a tea and sandwich shop came to Campbell while doing piano repair work in Northwest Arkansas in the 1980s. “During my years as a piano tuner, I consistently sought places to eat lunch and often ended up at a fast food place,” she said. “I reached the point where I couldn’t stand to eat one more burger. I kept dreaming about a little place where a person could get a simple bowl of good soup, or a sandwich that wasn’t a huge pile of deli meat and a big fat bun.” For years, Campbell rented the current property to bands looking for rehearsal space, and even a hair salon. In 2005, as the real estate market began to turn downward, she put the property on Center Street up for sale. Few buyers, however, were interested in investing in such nebulous economic times, and she decided to pull it off the market. “I let myself start thinking about the cafe again,” Campbell said, “only this time my ideas were flavored by a visit to Santa Fe where I had seen a New Age

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Steve Winkler enjoys his afternoon lunch at Trailside Cafe and Tea Room. Trailside is located on West Center Street and has a varied menu that ranges from delicious cinammon rolls to numerous kinds of tea.


Sarah Champagne PHOTO EDITOR Jim Dean enjoys a painting up for auction at Paint the Town Red, an event held last Saturday to raise awareness for heart disease put on by the American Heart Association.

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style tea room that I thought was so nice. It was very peaceful, with healthful food and a variety of teas. So the two ideas became one, to have a cafe with the great soup and simple sandwiches, plus tea and peaceful ambiance.” It took until 2008 for Campbell, who had no prior food service experience, to decide to open the café. The café idea was at that point, “burning holes in my head,” she said. “I had been depressed and realized it was because I had denied myself the opportunity of embarking on this new adventure, of trying to make my dream come to reality,” Campbell said. She made the decision shortly thereafter to move forward towards fulfilling that dream, nearly 30 years after the idea first crossed her mind. “I used credit cards and borrowed money to get used equipment. I wore out my friends talking about “what ifs” and thinking my way through everything from menus to seating and wall color,” she said. After a winter’s worth of work and a vicious ice storm that threatened to negate Campbell’s significant progress, the Trailside Café and Tea Room opened for business in February of 2009. The Trailside Café will be hosting a monthly tea tasting series this year, beginning Saturday, Jan. 22. For more information, visit

received more than 175 local style submissions and has averaged 50,000 page views, which is pretty impressive for a two-month-old project.    The dynamic duo combines their strengths: Chatelain’s natural style-savvyness and marketing training mingle effortlessly with Clemence’s business knowledge and design intuition from his UA architecture degree to create a site that is simple, clean, easy to maneuver and oh-so inspiring. The blog-like site features neatly uploaded shots of local fashionistas ready to show off their style. Selfstyled photos, plus captions of where each garment pictured can be purchased, are added throughout each day. The “boho” hippie look is a common thread in the posts, and an obvious mainstay for a college town. Many posts boast garments from local vintage and thrift stores, along with Fayetteville-exclusive boutiques.       Chatelain, a graduate of the UA apparel studies program and owner of her own personal styling business tulip.louise, is always attuned to international trends as well as what’s hot in NWA. “I’m really loving liquid

leggings and anything colorblocked - everything on the runway is super colorful now.” Chatelain also cited midi and maxi dresses and skirts, chambray button-ups, sheer tunics and colorblock platforms (which she “loooves”) as the best prospective styles for Spring 2011. The site is designed to showcase local style for a particular city so that while researching current trends all over the world, distinct regional trends are also accessible. “We’re expanding to Nashville Feb. 1,” Chatelain said, “and we’re already seeing how what’s coming in from that area is so different from NWA.” Clemence echoed her sentiments. “I really think whenever we put the two sites up we will be able to see the two different styles from two different places. Nashville is already drastically different, and to be able to see that so quickly is pretty dramatic.” Although the reach of the site is thus far relegated to only two regions, what Style By Me emphasizes is local flavor. “It is an opportunity to give NWA and the River Valley a voice,” said Chatelain of the ins and outs of the site.

Grammy-Winning Violinist to Perform at the WAC ‘Black Swan’ Haunts by LAUREN GARRETT

Contributing Writer

Recently named 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, violinist Joshua Bell will perform at the Walton Arts Center, as one of the most impressive acts of the year. The Grammy® Award-winning Bell, joined by pianist Sam Hayhood, will provide a night of classical violin pieces, including Felix Men-

delssohn’s “Violin Concerto E Minor” (featuring Liana Gourdjia, violin soloist), Joshua Penman’s “Songs the Plants Taught Us” and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 4 E minor.” Bell received his first violin at age four, and skyrocketed to fame at age 14 after making his orchestral debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Along with recording the

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timeless pieces of legendary composers like Beethoven and Mendelssohn, he has recorded several classical film soundtracks like “The Red Violin,” which won the Academy Award® for Best Original Score, the Classical Brit-nominated “Ladies in Lavender” and the Oscarwinning film “Iris.”

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Black Swan Directed By: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis Rated: R Runtime: 108 minutes Once in a while, a film nears perfection. It will stick with the viewer as the characters become something more than incarnations on a screen. “Black Swan” does this in a huge way, and is easily the best film of last year. “Black Swan” is a rarity in its time, a film that not only has the ability to captivate audiences but transcends the typical downfall of other psychological thrillers with its unprecedentedly beautiful portrayal of the final twist and turns that will make the viewer actually care about what has hap-

pened long past the credits. Aronofsky scores huge, thanks to a brilliantly shot film and a story line that screams of some much needed originality. With an overdose of intensity, the viewer is dropped into the seldom appreciated world of professional ballet as they watch Nina Sayers (Portman) see her dreams realized when she is chosen to play the Swan Queen in her company’s production of “Swan Lake.” Complications arise however when Sayers delusions begin to skew the parameters of what is real as she is consumed by her character, frivolous jealousy and the endless pursuit of perfecting her craft. The toll is taken both physically and mentally on her in such a way that churns up a visceral reaction from the viewer. Portman does a tremendous job as the lead character, making the viewer feel a full range of emotions from sympathy to fear, and even discomfort. She has truly shown versatility with this

role as it is not reminiscent of anything in her repertoire. Mila Kunis, who plays Lily the misappropriated focus of Sayers competitive edge, is simply stunning in her important but subtle performance. It is like nothing she has done before and for that reason it begs the question of what this actress will make of her young but promising career. Finally, Vincent Cassel portrays Thomas Leroy, and does so with unwavering believability. Though the French actor has plenty of experience playing something other than a villain in his country, “Black Swan” offers an inspiring start to a less type-cast career for Cassel. “Black Swan” is not to be missed, for it is sure to be hailed as the best film of this year. Natalie Portman was awarded “Best Actress” Sunday night at the Golden Globes for her performance in “Black Swan.”



Wakarusa Announces 2011 Lineup

More Bands. Bigger Names.

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For many students, the journey to a summer music festival is an important part of their college experience— Luckily for UA students, Wakarusa Music Festival provides the festival opportunity right in our own backyard. The 8th annual event, which will take place on Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Ark., is slated for June 2-5 and will bring more than 150 bands to six stages for four days of music, camping and dance parties. January 7 marked the announcement of the 2011 music lineup— one that features bigger name bands and more music on every stage than any year before. Headlining the festival is Kentucky-based indie rock band My Morning Jacket, a band that has headlined a number of other festivals from Bonnaroo to Coachella and is also headlining the Mountain Jam festival in Hunter Mountain, NY the same weekend as Wakarusa. Joining My Morning Jacket are groups ranging from the reggae band Rebelution to Skrillex, a Los Angeles-based dubstep musician. English folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, who

achieved widespread recognition after the release of their debut album Sigh No More in February, will take the stage, as will a number of other acts that have made their way through the Northwest Arkansas music scene lately, such as Bassnectar, who will play a sold out show at the Fayetteville Town Center on Feb. 25 to STS9, who played at the Amp this fall. An offshoot of the main Wakarusa event, the Interstellar Melt Down, will take place simultaneously with the festival on the mountain, and will feature electronic acts from across the country to provide dance music through the night at the festival. Acts include Thievery Corporation, Shpongle, Hallucinogen and Emancipator, among others. Though the headliners for the event are set, festival organizers promise more surprises and additions in the weeks to come, some of which will come as the result of the Waka Winter Classic, an audience-decided battle of the bands event taking place in more than 20 cities across the country searching for up-and-coming acts to being to the festival. The Winter Classic will hit George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville on Feb. 2, offer-

ing local acts an opportunity to showcase their sound and possibly perform in June. Besides offering festivalgoers more than 80 consecutive hours of music, Mulberry Mountain has a number of other opportunities, from hiking to a waterfall to yoga classes and drum circles, that provide the big festival experience without some of the hassle. More than 100 vendors will also be on site selling handmade items to festival goers. Though the Holiday price level of tickets has already sold out, students can still get the early bird price of $139 for a full event pass, which grants access to the full four days of music. Ticket prices will only go up as the festival draws closer, so the sooner a ticket is purchased, the better—the event also sold out before the week of the event last year. For students who aren’t sure they want to commit to a full weekend of camping and music or can’t take the cost of the festival, the event offers a number of other ticketing options from weekend passes to day passes at a lower price. Students can also apply for the Work Exchange Team and volunteer at the festival in exchange for a free ticket.


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COURTESY PHOTO from VIOLINIST on page 8 A highlight of Bell’s story concerns his instrument. Bell plays with a 300-yearold Stradivarius violin called the Gibson ex Huberman, which is an antique violin fabricated by famous Italian craftsmen Antonio Stradivari in 1713. Before landing in the hands of Bell, it had been stolen two times from its original owner, famed violinist, Bronisław Huberman. The violin was stolen from Huberman once by an unknown person who anonymously returned it shortly after the theft, and again, in 1936, by a musician who pilfered it from the backstage at Carnegie Hall. Though Huberman never saw the violin again, it popped up 50 years later after the robber admitted to the theft on his deathbed. When Bell first laid eyes on the violin, its current owner jokingly told him

the violin could be his for $4 million. He decided not to buy the violin even though the thought of owning such a timeless instrument was tempting. Lucky for Bell, he came across the violin again by chance a few years later. After discovering it was about to be sold to a German industrialist to become part of a collection, Bell, who had since become more financially secure, quickly sold his current Stradivarius for a little more than $2 million, and finally made the purchase of the Gibson ex Huberman, with which he enthusiastically performs today. Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood will perform for one night only at Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall Jan. 28, at 8 p.m. Tickets for students will be discounted to $25. For tickets or more information about this performance, visit or call 479.443.5600.

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The Regulator

Pisani Leads Youthful Gymastics Squad by PATRICK GRINNAN Staff Writer

Arkansas gymnast Jaime Pisani is a talented, twotime All-American, but her success did not come without hard work. The 5-foot-2 junior’s intense work ethic and dedication are major factors in her ability to do what she did as a freshman and sophomore – contribute in a big way to the Razorbacks’ success. Pisani scored points 55 times in 56 events as a sophomore, including six firstplace finishes on vault, two all-around titles and an astounding nine first-place finishes in floor, Pisani’s

choice event. In the offseason, Pisani worked on her own routines and fitness level, while continuing to develop into a role of leadership for a squad that has nine underclassmen, including four freshmen. “She’s certainly proven that she is a leader,” Arkansas co-head coach Rene Cook said. “She has really taken that leadership role outside of the gym and during workouts, being vocal and doing a really great job.” Pisani and Cook worked

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Junior Jamie Pisani had nine first-place finishes on the floor and six on the vault as a sophomore in 2010.


Women’s Tennis Reloaded Tennis Set to Compete in SEC by BRANDON HOWARD Contributing Writer

Arkansas’ women’s tennis team went through a rebuilding year in 2010. The Razorbacks are reloaded entering the 2011 season, evidenced by their No. 22 ranking in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. Arkansas won 16 matches in the Virginia Winter Invite over the weekend – 12 singles matches and four doubles matches. The Razorbacks lost 10 of 11 matches to No. 24 Virginia, but coach Michael Hegarty said Arkansas had similar results with a top-10 team two years ago. “It’s good to have that much tennis under your belt early in the semester,” Hegarty said. “This worked really well for us two years ago with good results. If five or six weren’t playing well, it would be a problem, but everybody is playing well.” Senior Anouk Tigu is back to lead the Razorbacks. The Holland native was ranked the No. 26 player in the nation in the

preseason rankings and won six of her last eight matches as a junior. Tigu is joined by sophomore Kelsey Sundaram and juniors Kate Lukomskaya and Emily Carbone, forming a formidable and experienced lineup. Arkansas will need to utilize its depth in the talent-laden Southeastern Conference. Nine other SEC schools are ranked in the top-25, headlined by No. 2 Florida. “That’s very typical of our conference to have nine or ten teams ranked,” Hegarty said. “Eleven SEC teams made the NCAA tournament a couple years ago and we know every SEC match is extremely difficult, and we want to get some good results.” The Razorbacks host North Texas and Texas A&M Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Men’s Track Hits Ground Running Arkansas’ men’s track team won a Fayetteville dual-meet

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Collen Revitalizing Program by ZACH TURNER

Assistant Sports Editor

With each win, the Razorbacks’ women’s basketball team is breaking new ground. No. 23 Arkansas (15-2) finished the nonconference schedule with an unblemished 12-0 record. With a starting lineup consisting of four juniors and a sophomore, this group of Razorbacks is winning with experience accumulated from prior seasons. “I think we are a team that has just grown up a little bit,” Collen said. “We were awfully young last year.” Last year three freshmen and two sophomores saw significant playing time for the Razorbacks. “I thought last season they battled hard but were up and down,” Collen said. “They were a little immature at times.” Arkansas has already accomplished a feat this season that had not been done since Collen took over - defeat multiple ranked opponents in one season. Arkansas took down then-No. 12 Oklahoma 6757 on Dec. 19 at Bud Walton Arena. The win against the rival Sooners vaulted the Razorbacks into the Top 25. Arkansas was matched up against No. 10 Kentucky in the conference opener. The Razorbacks defeated the Wildcats 78-67 at Bud Walton Arena, behind 19 points and six rebounds from junior guard C’eira Ricketts. Junior guard Lindsay Harris leads the Razorbacks offensively, averaging 13.6 points per game, but believes this season’s success starts from the defensive end.


Tom Collen has the Razorbacks’ women’s basketball team ranked and competing in the Southeastern Conference in just his second season.

“We have gotten better on the defensive side and a lot of it starts with the type of team we are,” Harris said. “I don’t know if you guys can tell on the court but we are a lot closer. We have gotten to know each other and have got a feel for each other a little bit bet-

ter.” Arkansas ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage defense holding the opposition to 34.4 percent shooting while Arkansas shoots an impressive 41.4 percent from the field. The Razorbacks are also


Arkansas’ basketball team is one of three Southeastern Conference teams without a road win this season. With two consecutive conference road games this week – the only multi-game road trip this season – the Razorbacks (12-4, 2-1 SEC) need to fix their road woes. “I think every game is a big game,” Pelphrey said. “We all understand how difficult life on the road is. This is a big game and our guys need to get out there and compete and really battle.” Arkansas is just 5-25 on the road under Pelphrey. The Razorbacks lost 79-46 at then-No. 12 Texas and dropped a 56-53 decision at LSU. “I think we are still confident even though we have lost some tough games,” junior guard Rotnei Clarke said. “We have looked on film and know what it takes to win on the road.”

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fourth in turnover margin in the SEC with a 4.06 mark. “I think this year we genuinely trust our coaches,” Harris said. “I think last year not

Last season Arkansas came away with victories in two consecutive conference road games at Ole Miss and at Georgia, but have lost six consecutive road games since. “We know it is definitely tough to win on the road, but anyone can beat anyone at any given time,” Clarke said. Arkansas’ first game during the two-game stretch comes against South Carolina (11-5, 2-1). The Gamecocks are coming off a road victory over Florida and a conference home-opening 83-75 overtime win versus then-No.24 Vanderbilt. The Razorbacks will have to shoot better than they did in their last conference road game to leave Columbia, S.C., with a win. Arkansas shot 33.3 percent from the floor including a measly 2-for-20 from the 3-point line. “We know we have shot bad on the road before, but

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Arkansas guard Rotnei Clarke and the Razorbacks will try to break a sixgame road losing streak Wednesday at South Carolina.


Sweet Rewards Despite Disappointing Finish Extra Points JIMMY CARTER

Bobby Petrino was asked by a reporter to repeat the phrase “laissez les bon temps rouler” at a press conference the day before the Sugar Bowl. Petrino butchered the French phrase meaning, “Let the good times roll.” The Razorbacks didn’t

butcher their first BCS bowl appearance, but the Hogs couldn’t pull off a win against Ohio State. A win would have given Arkansas its first top-five finish in more than 30 years, but the Razorbacks accomplished a lot in Petrino’s third season. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach ranked Arkansas No. 8 in his 2011 preseason rankings, a sign the program is gaining national respect when you factor in Ryan Mallett’s decision to declare for the NFL Draft. The Hogs are ahead of schedule. Mallett is a once-in-a-lifetime talent, but quarterback play will always be solid on a Petrino-coached team. Tyler Wilson showed he’s

capable of keeping Arkansas’ offense electric in the Auburn and Ole Miss games. He’ll be pushed by Brandon Mitchell and Jacoby Walker. Walker learned the offense faster than any player Petrino has been around and impressed in the Red-White game last spring. The job is Wilson’s to lose, though. Whoever wins the job will be surrounded by a plethora of talent. Greg Childs, Cobi Hamilton, Joe Adams and Jarius Wright are probably the best receiving corps in the nation. The receivers’ struggles with drops in the Sugar Bowl were a disappointing end to an otherwise stellar season – a finish that should provide offseason

motivation. The Razorbacks lose D.J. Williams, but Chris Gragg is quicker and will provide a solid pass-catching threat. Knile Davis could make a run at the Heisman if he stays healthy. Ronnie Wingo and Broderick Green will have roles. Dennis Johnson’s return will give the Hogs added depth at running back and will add much-needed help in a kick return game that struggled after he was injured in early September. The key will be how three graduating linemen are replaced. Arkansas plays three nonconference foes before travelling to Alabama, so the new group will have time to gel be-

fore facing stiff competition. The Razorbacks’ offense was stellar in 2010, but the defense’s improvement is the reason the Hogs were able to make the leap to the SEC elite. The unit should be even better in 2011. Young players like Terrell Williams, Darius Winston and Tenarius Wright showed growth and SEC talent this season. Jake Bequette, Jerry Franklin and Isaac Madison provide leadership and experience. Arkansas isn’t undersized and slow on defense anymore. The Razorbacks’ defensive line is big and adding size in a recruiting class ranked No. 6 in the country by That’s the real reason Hog

fans shouldn’t be too upset about losing in their first BCS appearance. Petrino is recruiting at a level arguably higher than any coach in Arkansas history. The talent level is going to keep increasing and Petrino has proven he can build an elite program. The good times didn’t roll on Bourbon after the Sugar Bowl, but that probably won’t be the last time the Razorbacks invade New Orleans with Petrino. Anyone know where the national championship is next season? Jimmy Carter is the sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every two weeks. Follow him on Twitter @jicartersports.

PAGE 13 from GYMNASTICS on page 12 together to create the team’s cardiovascular workout routines and Pisani’s high demands of her teammates have given team workouts a higher standard, lending an extra advantage to what Pisani said could be Arkansas’ most talented gymnastics team to date. During the offseason, the Razorbacks put an emphasis on strength and conditioning, while Cook said Pisani’s work ethic in practice played a crucial role. “Jaime will keep people accountable,” Cook said. “In practice she goes over to the younger girls, keeping them calm and helping them through tough workouts. Everyday she is making sure the team gets better.” The Ringwood, N.J., native has not shied away from her young teammates’ expectations of her as a ‘regulator’ of sorts, she said. The Razorbacks, while talented and laced with potential, has just five upperclassmen.

Thrown into the mix are four freshmen and a transfer sophomore, making Pisani’s leadership vital in helping these greenhorns learn how

Jaime Pisani the Razorbacks operate. “Whenever someone has a problem I’ll try and help them, and I make sure they are staying on task inside and outside of the gym, whether it be social life, school work, or cardio, or whatever they need,” Pisani said. Her efforts are paying off early in the season. While the Razorbacks were topped by Alabama Friday in the

season’s first home meet at Barnhill Arena, Pisani and freshman Katherine Grabel tied for the all-around title. Pisani added to her accolades with a first-place finish in both bars and floor, with scores of 9.775 and 9.90, respectively. The ninth-ranked Crimson Tide have been a perennial powerhouse in the Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks will be take on Kentucky Friday in Lexington, Ky. The Wildcats started the season strong, winning their opening meet against Ball State and taking first place in a meet with Illinois and Northern Illinois. In last year’s match-up, the Razorbacks emerged victorious, edging Kentucky 196.750-195.325. Pisani took first place in both vault and floor in that meet. With the young talent, the leadership of upperclassmen like Pisani is crucial in giving the squad an extra advantage over the competition. “The team is extremely cohesive and balance each other really well,” Cook said.

JONATHAN GIBSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Pisani will lead a squad with nine underclassmen, including four freshmen.



Senior Anouk Tigu was ranked the No. 26 singles player in the nation in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and headlines a deep, experienced Arkansas women’s tennis team.

from OLYMPIC on page 12 against No. 15 Texas over the weekend. The 13th-ranked Razorbacks topped the Longhorns 97-72, earning an impressive early-season victory over their arch-rival. “It was good to have a twohour track meet,” Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam said. “It’s important early in the season to have these and I thought we had a good crowd. We put on a good show and had fun calling the Hogs.” The Razorbacks are just getting their “running legs” under them, Bucknams said. Junior Tarik Batchelor has already accomplished a lot in just two meets, though. Batchelor secured a spot in the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships with an automatic qualifier in the triple jump Jan. 7 in the Arkansas Invitation-

al. He recorded an automaticqualifying performance in the long jump against Texas. Batchelor is just one of seven returning All-Americans for the Razorbacks. Arkansas’ next meet is Jan. 28 “His qualifiers are done,” Bucknam said. “He got that done and now he doesn?t have to worry about that and he can get his racing legs under him.” UA Women Battle Weather, Competition Arkansas’ sixth-ranked women’s track team had eight even victories over the weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational, but the Razorbacks had to deal with more than just the competition. Arkansas didn’t arrive in Blacksburg, Va., until early in the morning – more than 10 hours late – due to snow in Atlanta. The Razorbacks handled the adversity well, though, coach Lance Harter said. “Apparently, when a little bit of snow falls in Atlanta, they

don’t know how to deal with that,” Harter said. “We had great performances that let me see the team when they’re tired.” Junior Whitney Jones and senior Shelise Williams helped the Razorbacks win the 4x400meter relay and with the third fastest time in the nation this year. Junior pole vaulter Tina Sutej was another standout, setting a career-high with a 4.35-meter jump. She bested the second-place competitor by nearly one-half meter. “The team outlook is good and the Razorback Invitational will be big,” Harter said. “Everybody knows about our track and a lot of big schools will be here. It was already the fastest track in the world and now it’s even faster.” Like the men, the women’s next meet is the Razorback Invitational. Arkansas Traveler Sports Editor Jimmy Carter contributed to this story.


Clarke Expanding Repertoire Rotnei Clarke is scoring in new ways for the Razorbacks. by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

Arkansas junior guard Rotnei Clarke is one of the best 3-point shooters in the nation, but lately he’s scored in other ways, too. The 6-foot, 180-pounder has been more aggressive going to the basket and shooting mid-range jumpers. “I’ve always prided myself as not wanting to be known as just a 3-point shooter,” Clarke said. “I wanted to be known as I can get to the hole a little bit and have some midrange game. That’s what I tried to do a little bit

“I thought that there was a big difference between the LSU game and the Alabama game,” Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said. “There’s been a difference maybe throughout the course of this season with him being able to make some plays for us inside the 3-point line. It was good to see him come back and do some things (against Alabama.) “I think the important thing to understand for a young player is this is a team game and Rotnei has a strength of shooting the basketball, so we need to all do what we need to do to help

ing plays, he makes lay-ups. Certainly, we’ve all seen him step up already in his young career and knock down free throws. “We’re encouraged by that. Hopefully he’ll continue to grow and mature.” He made a key steal with 16 seconds left, then swished two free throws to give the Hogs a 68-65 lead. “Drake had a big game,” sophomore guard Julysses Nobles said. “He comes to practice and works hard everyday. It carries over to the game. We see his defense in practice and we see it in the game. He hit two big free

Rotnei Clarke: By the Numbers Year/Game

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37-83 51-98 22-48 3-6

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the last game.” Clarke took six shots inside the 3-point line and five 3-pointers against Alabama, just the second time in 16 contests this season he’s had more 2-point attempts than 3-pointers. “My teammates did a good job of finding me off curls and I got some midrange jumpers and floaters and attacked the whole a little bit,” Clarke said. “It was better than the (LSU) game.” Pelphrey challenged Clarke to be more aggressive offensively on the way home from the LSU game. Clarke went 1-of-7 from 3-point range and didn’t attempt a shot inside the 3-point line in the 56-53 loss against the Tigers.

him get shots. If we do, he’s going to have a chance to make them.” Wade Contributing Valuable Minutes Freshman guard Mardracus Wade played 23 minutes against Alabama, producing eight points and two steals. Wade played 15 minutes in the second half and was in the game down the stretch when the Razorbacks came from behind to win 70-65. “He’s been getting more minutes because he’s been playing better,” Pelphrey said. “He’s got some strengths. He’s able to get out there and be disruptive defensively. He’s good at finish-

throws down the stretch. He’s a pretty good free-throw shooter.” Farmer Still on Team; Scott Healthy Senior forward Jemal Farmer’s status is uncertain after missing the Alabama game for “personal reasons,” but he is still on the team, Pelphrey said. Farmer didn’t practice leading up to the game Saturday and Pelphrey said the 6-foot-5, 213-pounder didn’t practice Monday, leading up to the South Carolina game. “Not at this moment in time,” Pelphrey said Monday when asked if he had an update on Farmer’s status.


Arkansas junior guard Rotnei Clarke expanded his offensive game against Alabama, driving to the basket and getting to the free-throw line against the Crimson Tide.

Farmer has played in 12 of 16 games and is averaging just 3.6 points in 10.7 minutes per contest. “I talked to him a little bit and we just had a talk about staying positive,” Clarke said. “Most of that issue deals with him and coach (Pelphrey) and the coaching staff, so we don’t know a lot about that. “We definitely care about him, but we’re focused on who we have now and who we have playing in these

games and practicing. We’re focusing on who we’ve got in the locker room.” Freshman guard Rickey Scott might be available to play against the Gamecocks, Pelphrey said. Scott has missed the last seven contests with a foot injury. “I think there’s a good possibility (Scott could play),” Pelphrey said. “We’re looking forward to a couple days of work with him and

I’m sure he’s excited as well.” The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder averaged 4.2 points and 14.8 minutes in nine games, including five starts, before the injury. “It’ll help,” Clarke said about getting Scott back. “It’ll give some of us a little breather. He can come in and make a lot of great plays on defense. He looks good. He looks fast and like nothing ever happened to his foot. He looks great.”

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“Ellington, has obviously in this point and time, been a handful for everybody,” Pelphrey said. “He is a really good player and you have to give a good player his due. We will have a number of guys to defend him and see how it goes.” Ellington is the third consecutive freshman point guard Arkansas has faced. LSU’s Andre Stringer had 11 points and seven assists against the Hogs and Alabama’s Trevor Releford had a game-high 17 points against the Razorbacks.

“We have seen it before and across college basketball,” Pelphrey said. “I think in our league right now there is a big influx of young talent, and this young man is no different than the rest of them.” Arkansas is tied atop the SEC West with LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State. The Hogs boast the best overall record against other West division foes. “Knowing that they didn’t do well on the road, prior, the y will be motivated to do better,” Pelphrey said.

we just come and get better,” sophomore starting guard Julysses Nobles said. Nobles has been the Hogs’ floor leader on the defensive end this season – he leads the team with 28 steals. The Jackson, Miss., native will have his work cut out for him against starting freshman point guard Bruce Ellington, who leads the Gamecocks in scoring averaging 15 points per contest.


Arkansas sophomore guard Julysses Nobles will try to contain high-scoring South Carolina freshman point guard Bruce Ellington.

PAGE 15 from WOMEN’S BASKETBALL on page 12 everyone genuinely trusted the game plan. This year we have put it all on their (the coaches) hands because we really want to make them proud. We try to do what they want us to do when they ask us to do it and I think that starts on the defensive end and transpires over to the offensive side.” Sophomore post Sarah Watkins is among the players who have matured for the Razorbacks. Watkins has im-

proved on her freshman averages of 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. The Germantown, Tenn., native is averaging 13.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while leading the team with 31 blocks. Arkansas ranks second in the SEC in blocked shots per game with 4.5. “She is a post player that can play inside or outside,” Collen said. “She has scored in both ways for us this year. She has always been a strong kid but over the summer has lost a little baby fat and added more muscle.” Watkins has expanded her

3-point shooting abilities this season. She has connected on 10-of-20 3-point attempts, leading the Razorbacks in 3-point percentage. “I think she clearly came into this season knowing she had to be the go to post player and from day one that is what we have made her,” Collen said. “Now she has been as steady as a rock for us out there. I am sure she is going to have a bad game or two here or there, but I really think this year she can rebound from that and last year I don’t think she would have rebounded with it.”


Best of the 2011 Sugar Bowl RYAN MILLER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams %-1+-.*+%&&/01&#&-,0:;0)(-&.0(<+1: %)0(&-0&;6==&-*+&>#?01@#.A%&,)-*)(& B2:32&,)-*&=+%%&-*#(&0(+&$)(6-+& remaining in the third quarter. C)===)#$%&'&()%*+"&,)-*&'&<+&.#-.*+%& /01&BD&5#1"%&)(&*)%&'&(#=&E#$+&#%&#& Hog.

GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas safety Rudelll Crim (4) and defensive end Jake Bequette tackle Ohio State running back Dan Herron in the end zone for a safety. The safety cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 31-23 early in the fourth quarter, the closest the Razorbacks had been since early in the second quarter.

GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas receiver Joe Adams hauls in a pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett. !"#$%&'&()%*+"&,)-*&()(+&.#-.*+%& /01&234&5#1"%&#("&0(+&-06.*"0,(7& but the Razorbacks’ receiving corps’ drops proved costly - the Hogs %.01+"&86%-&-,0&-06.*"0,(%9


Junior guard Lyndsey Harris and the Razorbacks are near the top of the Southeastern Conference in almost every defensive category.


Arkansas Traveler assistant sports editor Zach Turner caught up with freshman guard Mardracus Wade to discuss Wade’s performance down the stretch for the Razorbacks against Alabama in the 70-65 win. Wade played 15 second-half minutes against the Crimson Tide, the most of his young Arkansas career. Do you feel like you got a battlefield type of promotion playing 15 minutes in the second half against Alabama? Yeah, I felt like I just needed to come out and give my team a lift whether it was on the offensive or defensive end. I want to thank those guys for believing in me because I had a turnover at the end but they kept telling me “don’t worry about it, get it next play.” They kept pushing me so without those guys I wouldn’t be able to do the things I do. Talk about your mindset shooting the two big free throws against Alabama at the end of the game to extend the lead to three points? I just wanted to come in a stay focused and keep my mind on the rim. I just wanted to keep my follow through and focus on my daily routines. I did not want to skip anything and make sure I did everything correct. How much did the team miss Delvon in the first half against Alabama after he picked up two quick fouls? Just his big body and being able to crash boards is what we missed. Offensively and defensively we need him on the court. It is up to the guards though because we cannot let our man we are guarding blow by us because that leads him to help and he gets those ticky-tack fouls. We have to do a better job at staying down and containing our man. Down the stretch against Alabama you had a few big defensive stops as well as the whole team defensively, just talk about those. Man those were huge. We needed those. We came in the locker room at halftime and we knew what we had to do and everyone had their mind set on that we had to get stops. We had to communicate, we had to talk and help each other out is the only way we are going to pull this one out. We had to listen and be disciplined. How big was it to get the win against Alabama before heading on the road for two games against South Carolina and Florida? We just got to come out like coach says with our hammer and our hard hat. We got to go through a couple of days of looking at film and watch the things we did good and the things we did bad and the stuff we need to capitalize on. We need to continue to fight and play as a team and a whole.

Mardracus Wade

Freshman, Guard 6-foot-2 170 lbs 4.4 points, 17 steals GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER



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