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Every student thinks his choice of music is supreme and believes his favorite band deserves a Grammy. Every music aficionado has probably thought that if only she Senior Staff Writer would have chosen the winners, the music world would be in its proper place. However, the group that does choose the winners of the esteemed Grammy Awards is prestigious and prominent in the music industry. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is composed of more than 19,000 members, including musicians, producers, songwriters and other recording professionals. The list of members is confidential and not published. To become a voting member of the Academy, one must have creative or technical credits on a minimum of six commercially released tracks within the United States, according to the Grammy Web site. Receiving a Grammy is considered a high achievement because the awards are the only of their kind to be peer-presented and honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. Academy members and record industries can nominate any recordings or music videos released during the year that they think are worthy of a Grammy. The nominations are then reviewed by experts in various fields for eligibility and to place each artist in the appropriate category, such as rock, jazz, new age or hip-hop. The ballots are sent to Academy members who are directed to vote only in their field of expertise in nine of the 29 categories, as well as the four general categories: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. After being tabulated by Deloitte – an independent accounting firm – final-round ballots are sent to voting members who are allowed to vote once again in the four general categories and no more than eight other categories. The results are kept confidential until the evening of the Grammys and are then delivered in sealed envelopes by Deloitte. Voters are trusted to vote without prejudice toward a See GRAMMY on page 10

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Weird winter weather not an anomaly April Robertson

Senior Staff Writer Somewhere in a closet in Arkansas... 8 a.m. T-shirt gone. Jeans, too. 8:05 a.m. Light sweater disappears as a safe afterthought. 8:07 a.m. T-shirt stumbles in, turtleneck sweater snatched, light sweater replaced by a winter coat...and scarf. And gloves. And ear muffs. 10 a.m. Umbrella gone astray, winter coat shed. 12:30 p.m. Sunblock missing from top shelf, sunglasses stolen from beach bag. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. You know the drill. The last week of January has been unkind to Arkansans for many years now. It’s nothing new. But it might be a cause for concern with the recent Winter Storm Watch for Washington County issued for this week by

the National Weather Service. January 1937 brought one of Arkansas’ worst floods, overflowing 11 Arkansas waterways and affecting 17 counties, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History. The damage would have been worse if the flood of 1927 hadn’t inspired the building of levees. Abnormal barometric pressure mixed with air masses creates the kind of aberrant weather patterns that bring floods into being. Jan. 21, 1999, was the setting for 56 tornadoes, the most extreme in a few-day span of tornado outbreaks that rattled Arkansas and Tennessee. Arkansas is ranked second in the number of fatalities (per 100,000 people) from tornadoes, despite its rank as 14th in number of tornadoes, which justifies its inclusion in “Tornado Alley.” And just last year – Jan. 27, 2009 – brought an ice storm that weakened the rigorous UA

inclement weather policy and set the electricity companies to work for months. Minor ice accumulations happen somewhere in the state almost every winter, while major ice storms happen every five to 10 years, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History. This happens because of Arkansas’ proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, which enables warm air to rise above the cold air, a freezing-rain machine. “Typically, in January we have extreme weather,” said Drew Michaels, chief meteorologist at 40/29 News. “A trough cold front comes through and we can get some big (temperature) gains for a couple of days. Usually at the end of the month, this averages out.” Despite the violent changes in the weather that create a normal mean, Michaels admits that there has been an abnormal pattern through this winter. “We’ll see the El Nino pat-

tern into the spring, bringing us more winter (weather) and severe weather,” he said. Michaels suggests that households prepare for severe weather before the storm arrives, as he has seen severe weather set in earlier than predicted. “Have a plan: ‘What do we need to do?’” Michaels said. “Prepare an (emergency) kit and where to go. Know the differences between weather watches and warnings.” A winter storm watch is a long-range prediction issued at least 12 hours before the hazardous winter weather is expected to begin and indicates that there might be various elements such as heavy snow, sleet or ice accumulation from freezing rains. According to the National Weather Service, the watch becomes a warning when the storm becomes imminent, or has a high probability of occurring.

Yesterday, potential storm spotters received Skywarn training in the Science-Engineering Building. Skywarn training centers its topics on tornadoes and severe weather, but yesterday’s session also included preparation techniques for extreme and unusual circumstances. The training included information on storm structure, weather service technology and

procedures, methods of reporting storms, and safety procedures for storm watchers. For students who missed the training and are interested in Skywarn, there are two semilocal sessions in the near future: The Rogers Public Library will host a session at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Friends of RPL Community Room and the UAFort Smith Baldor Tech Center will host a session on Feb. 27.


A winter storm watch will be in effect Thursday morning through Friday morning. Rain is expected to transition to sleet and snow by Thursday morning and snow is expected to continue through Friday morning. Snow is forecasted to reach 4 to 8 inches and up to 1 inch of ice is expected to accumulate. Ice accumulation could impact trees and power lines, potentially resulting in power outages.

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BRIEFLY speaking National service fraternity to host fundraiser The Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national coed service fraternity, will host a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Zaxby’s in Fayetteville. Ten percent of all sales during this time will be donated to Beta Rho. All members of the university community are encouraged to participate in this event to raise funds for the fraternity’s efforts to promote its programs of leadership, service and friendship.


Profiles from the Hill

Arkansas folk duo has reeled in four Grammy nods Trout Fishing in America, a Grammy-nominated folk duo, has played music for children since 1976. They’ve lived in Prairie Grove since 1992. Keith Grimwood, the band’s bassist, spoke to Brady Tackett, the assistant lifestyles editor for new media, about the Grammy experience. What was it like at the Grammys?

Pianist-Musicologist Claire Detels (UA Emerita) will present “Roots in the Delta: Great African-American Piano Composers from Joplin to Still� at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in Giffels Auditorium in Old Main. Since retirement in 2008, Detels has made a specialty of research and performance in the piano music of African Americans, especially those of the Delta region. The program is free and open to all students and the public.

We’ve been nominated four times but never won, and we’ve been to the ceremony three times. But I’m telling you, the best part of the Grammys is the nominees’ party on the night before the ceremony. Everyone is friendly and relaxed. There are string quartets, rap producers, polka players. There are so many kinds of musicians, and at this party, everyone is equal. The next day they’re neurotic and nervous. The Grammys themselves are very impressive. It’s been awesome. We’ve seen bands like The Police and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform and it’s just inspiring. You go home and you want to be better.

Big Brothers Big Sisters to host Bowl for Kids’ Sake

How have the Grammy nominations affected Trout Fishing in America?

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host Bowl for Kids’ Sake, an annual fundraiser that consists of several bowling events throughout Northwest Arkansas, during February and March. The University Bowl Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Ozark Lanes in Fayetteville. So far, teams have registered from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization, the Volunteer Action Center, the Associated Student Government, University Housing and even a corporate team from JJ’s Grill-N-Chill. Other University groups need to register by Thursday, Jan. 28. For more information about Bowl for Kids’ Sake, please visit or contact Jolana Aibangbee at 479756-5683 or

They’ve opened up a lot of doors. People look to that and it’s helped to introduce us to the musical community on a national scale. We’ve been to 49 states. We’ve never been to Idaho.

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CORRECTIONS In the Wednesday, Jan. 20, edition of The Traveler, an editorial implied that Greek Life officials had banned all Interfraternity Council parties early last semester immediately following an alleged rape reported at the Phi Gamma Delta house. To clarify, Greek Life officials did not ban IFC parties until later in the semester. In the Wednesday, Jan. 20, edition of The Traveler, in an article about Apartment 5, we incorrectly identified the bassist as Max Stafford. His name is actually Max Glenn. In the Wednesday, Jan. 20, edition of The Traveler, in a story about the Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby, we stated that the league was founded in 1995. It was actually founded in 2006. The Arkansas Traveler strives for accuracy in its reporting and will correct all matters of fact. If you believe the paper has printed an error, please notify the editor at 575.8455 or at


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We both have grown kids. When we had kids in the ‘80s, we started writing our own songs. When the band first started in 1977, we didn’t know kids’ songs, so we played the Beatles and blues numbers. We played real music and the kids still loved it. What’s the future of Trout Fishing in America?

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Senior Staff Writer UA student organizations are banding together to maximize support for victims of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. The American Red Cross Student Organization will work alongside the Associated Student Government and members of the UA Greek system to raise money, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Combining the efforts of several organizations is meant to help create solidarity across the campus. “We wanted to make it a consistent feel across campus,� said Taylor Mills, president of the Red Cross on campus and principal orchestrator of the efforts. “We wanted it to be a UA thing, not a Red Cross thing.�

The project, named “The Haiti Fundraising Campaign,� will use several methods to raise money, including selling red ribbons, placing donation boxes in residence halls and hosting a bake sale by the interest group of Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority. Mills said that while student Red Cross members are organizing the campaign, their effort is greatly enhanced by Greek and ASG members. The Red Cross emergency response vehicle will be parked outside the Arkansas Union in the next few days, pending paperwork, Mills said. And although economic times are tough, every student who can donate – even in the smallest capacity – is encouraged to do so, he said. “They need our support,� he said. “College students don’t have a lot of money right now, but I don’t think you’re ever too poor. I


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Sudden state budget cut puts strain on university


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2009 Miss UA Amy Crain crowns Kim Smith, UA homecoming queen and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., 2010 Miss UA at the pageant Saturday, Jan. 23. Participants competed in interview, talent, evening gown and swimsuit competitions.

A $3.2 million mid-year cut in state funding has prompted UA administrators to cut budgets across the board, implement a hiring freeze on all positions, use athletic television revenue and draw on reserve funds to maintain the institution’s quality of education. After consulting with major campus constituencies, including the Staff Senate, the Faculty Senate, vice chancellors, deans and vice provosts, Chancellor G. David Gearhart said last week that no layoffs or mandatory furloughs would immediately be implemented as a result of the budget cuts. Rather, the chancellor announced in a campuswide e-mail that a hiring freeze on all positions “that do not impact the academic quality and integrity of the university” was effective immediately. Gearhart said he would ask Provost Sharon Gaber to develop a position-approval process for determining necessary breaks in the freeze. “It’s really not practical to have a hard freeze because there are some teaching positions we have to fill so we can provide for our students,” Gearhart said. In addition, the deans of all academic colleges and schools were asked to reduce their permanent budgets by 0.9 percent. All administrative, non-academic units will reduce their budgets by 1.35 percent. The choice to reduce administrative budgets more than academic budgets was based on a desire to minimize the impact felt by UA students, Gearhart said. “We are trying to be certain not to cut back on anything that affects our mission,” he said. “I don’t think there will be a dramatic impact on students at this point.” One idea the chancellor considered but ultimately rejected was to ask the Board of Trustees to implement a mid-year tuition increase. It’s too early to tell what effect the budget cut will have on next

year’s tuition, Gearhart said, but it will remain as low as possible. The board of trustees, state budget and total university enrollment will be major deciding factors. “Everybody realizes that an increase in tuition is a definite possibility, but I’m certain there is no desire to lay a 20 percent increase on anybody,” said Tysen Kendig, associate vice chancellor for University Relations. “Ever since the chancellor took office, he has really wanted to hold the line on tuition.” The 2009 school year was the first time in 24 years that UA tuition did not increase. Kaleb Boyette, a sophomore studying architecture, said that while he is reluctant to pay an increase in tuition, he realizes that it might be inevitable. “Obviously, if it’s increasing, we have to deal with it. I guess it’s a necessary evil,” Boyette said. William Schwab, dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, echoed the chancellor’s desire to focus on the UA’s mission, but he said the process will not be easy. For Schwab and the Fulbright College, maintaining the academic integrity of the college means not taking any money away from individual departments. Instead, Schwab said he plans to slash the dean’s maintenance, which covers operating costs of the college, by $100,000 and completely drain the college’s reserve account. “We’re looking at every source of income,” he said. “We have to find about $600,000 total.” Part of the reason the UA has been able to survive the sudden budget cut is cost containment measures administrators have implemented for the past 18 months, Gearhart said. “It’s been a huge factor in our ability to cope,” he said. “If we had not had cost containment, it’s safe to say we would have had to use more reserves.” Despite low reserves, Gearhart announced plans to dedicate $640,000 of reserve funds to help cover the cuts. Additionally,

$750,000 from new television revenue generated by the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee has been designated to help fill in gaps left by the cut. For the already financially stressed Fulbright College, Schwab said the sudden nature of the budget cut put a serious strain on the college. “We already run a very lean operation over here,” Schwab said. “The problem is that we’re already in the second semester and we’ve already hired all our professors and teaching assistants, so we’ve spent virtually all our money.” However, both Gearhart and Schwab expressed confidence in the UA’s financial situation: Gearhart said that previous measures taken to ensure fiscal responsibility are keeping the university ahead of many schools across the nation. “I think it’s fair to say that we’re much better off than 90 percent of the schools in the nation, and certainly better off than our SEC brothers and sisters,” he said. “Many of them have had furloughs and layoffs. We have to remind ourselves that, even though it’s not a good situation, it could be much worse.” For Schwab, periods of economic strife are not a new phenomenon. “I’ve been here for 30 years and we’ve been through this many times before,” he said. “We’re going to get through it.” In meetings with both faculty and staff, employees expressed a willingness to take mandatory furloughs, Gearhart said, and while that’s not currently implemented, furloughs are not outside the realm of possibility. However, he added, mandatory furloughs would be an absolute last resort. All academic and administrative units will be required to submit a final plan to the appropriate vice chancellor by Friday, Feb. 19, and those budgets will be reviewed by the chancellor’s Executive Committee.


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Grammy appeal not always clear

This Sunday, at the Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy will recognize the top musicians in 29 fields, including Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Gospel, New Age, Rap, Classical and Latin, among others. The musicans who win, you can bet, will say how honored they are to receive what the Grammy Web site calls “the recording industry’s most prestigious award.” It’s a rare artist who, like Maynard James Keenan of Tool, spurns “music’s greatest night.” In a 2002 article, Keenan famously said, “The Grammys are nothing more than some gigantic promotional machine for the music industry. They cater to a low intellect and they feed the masses. They don’t honor the arts or the artist for what he created.” No, most Grammy winners – understandably – talk up the awards they’ve won. Don’t actors value Oscars? Don’t journalists prize Pulitzers? But, really, what do these awards mean? Skim the Grammy site and you’ll find no official criteria that determines what makes some musicians more worthy of a Grammy than others – just a note that says the award honors overall excellence “without regard to album sales or chart position.” Why U2 and not Led Zeppelin? When President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, citizens of all political stripes experienced a degree of disillusionment with the award process. The episode taught us that even the most highly regarded honors can be somewhat arbitrarily – or, better, preemptively – bestowed. In the end, award programs like the Grammys reveal how much the winners appeal – not necessarily to the public or to objectively superior sensibilities – but to the voting members of whatever organization presents the award. Does that mean they mean nothing? Of course not. We like how Bono puts it in his foreward to the book At the Grammys by Ken Ehrlich: “The Grammys (invite) jazz, country, rock, soul and classical into the same hall. No regard for demographic studies of what (will) deliver ratings, no radio call-out research – a mad amalgam of the profound and the absurd and the creeping realization that one man’s Mozart is another man’s Vegas.” Cheers, Tina Korbe Editor


These days, it doesn’t take much to be famous. Just turn on the TV for proof. You can have a baby at a young age (16 and Pregnant), reinforce stereotypes of the Garden State (Jersey Shore), search for love that’s almost sure to fail (The Bachelor), gossip and fight (The Real Housewives of Orange County, New Jersey, Atlanta…), fluctuate in weight (The Biggest Loser), date an old guy (Girls Next Door), pose for pictures (America’s Next Top Model), or, really, just do nothing at all (The Hills, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real World, etc.). Reality television can catapult ordinary people to a certain version of fame, a kind that equals thousands of Twitter followers and Facebook friends, some extra money and maybe a few tabloid articles here and there. And that’s intriguing. But the reality TV kind of stardom often dwindles quickly, and there’s little else this kind of programming offers its participants. Likewise, what does reality TV present viewers? Unhealthy obsessions and wasted hours? Images of drug use, plastic surgeries, domestic abuse and underage drinking that, especially to kids, might be misconstrued as positive? For many of us, Survivor and American Idol started the reality TV craze, and millions have tuned in since to see who wins the million dollars and who’s voted off. Certainly, this kind of television can provide needed leisure – an escape from everyday life – just like sitcoms and music and sports can do. And, we hope, reasonable people understand that reality TV is pure entertainment. But sometimes it’s best to remind ourselves. Reality is the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, the health care debate, the housing market’s collapse. It’s religion and politics and education. It’s finding a job and getting married and having kids. It’s illness and anxiety, success and triumph. There is a place for reality TV in our culture. But, to be fair, there is little real about the genre. At best, reality TV represents a small segment of the population and daily living. At worst, it distorts what life in America really is. A new decade isn’t likely to slow down the steady march of additional reality shows. But maybe a late New Year’s resolution could be to focus more on our own lives and less on reality TV stars’.

REPORTERS, HAVE A LITTLE COMPASSION Everyone in the United States and across the world has been devastated by the images, videos and numerous accounts of the disastrous 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti two weeks ago. As most people by now know, the quake, which hit Haiti Jan. 12, caused millions of dollars in damage, took out hundreds of businesses and buildings and left millions of Haitians homeless. The earthquake destroyed Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, and the latest estimates put casualties around 150,000 people at least. It has been all over the news, inspiring benefit concerts, fundraisers and donations to the already poverty-stricken country to provide aid and support in this serious time of need. Even President Obama went so far as to donate $15,000 of his own money to inspire others to join him in supporting the relief efforts. A report on Jan. 18 ran the headline “A frenzy of looting seen in Haiti,” and went on to describe this “looting” seen by Anderson Cooper during his time in Haiti, where men and women broke into a supply store and took candles. Storekeepers were trying to keep people out, which instigated fighting and rioting in the street as people struggled to escape. Once the police arrived, individuals taking things from the store were shot at and beaten to stop them from taking things from the store, as rioters on the top of the building and in the street threw rocks and bricks at one another. As shots were fired around them, Cooper dropped his things to help a wounded young man who had been hit in the head with a concrete brick thrown from a nearby roof and could not get up in the middle of the fighting in the street. Cooper carried the boy, blood gushing from his head, away from the turmoil to where someone took him from Cooper. I’m sorry, but in the event that an earthquake, or any form of natural disaster hits Northwest Arkansas, you better believe that the Harps on Wedington next to my house is in serious trouble. If I am stuck in the rubble of what used to be my home with all my possessions gone, haven’t eaten in a week because help hasn’t reached me yet and have no power,

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I will definitely go to the grocery store and take some food and whatever supplies I need at the time to continue to survive in light of a disaster. There would probably be rioting, as all the people in my neighborhood struggle to get the same supplies for their families and themselves, and people would probably fight over scarce resources like candles. To call this looting is misrepresentative of what is really happening in the situation. The people in Haiti aren’t taking televisions and video game systems, taking advantage of an already horrible situation. They aren’t coming in and pillaging, taking whatever they can for personal gain. These people, who in many cases were probably already starving and didn’t have basic supplies in their homes, are trying to get the basic necessities they and their families need to survive. As journalists, I think we often get caught up in telling the story—We all want to report events truthfully, quickly and in as much detail as possible. We latch on to the newsworthiness, the human emotion and the tradgedy that comes with these natural disasters. Sometimes the subject, in this case millions of people with literally nothing left, becomes secondary to the story, and that’s really a terrible shame. If we aren’t going to do anything but report how no one is doing anything to help these people while we idly stand and do nothing, what does that make us as reporters? When media outlets in the United States and across the world realized the earthquake had hit Haiti, it was a rat race to see who could get there and get their news personalities there the fastest. Stations were fighting to get the most

heart-wrenching images, and the most terrible of stories to draw in readers and viewers. It is this same story again and again. A natural disaster hits, media outlets converge on the place and document the pain and suffering of the inhabitants of said place, and media outlets move on to the next phenomenon. In many cases, it is days and sometimes, like in the case of Hurricane Katrina, weeks before real aid arrives. People are suffering literally right beyond our lense. In fact, the story with Cooper is the only instance I have come across where a journalist or a news organization actually stepped in and did something about what they saw. While we are journalists, we are first and foremost human beings. I can’t imagine being in the situation of reporting on a disaster such as the earthquake in Haiti and not wanting to spend every waking minute I could helping people. Don’t get me wrong, journalists definitely have their place in all of this. It’s true that someone has to report the story-those images and stories and videos have to get back to the United States and other countries to let the people know what is going on, and to know the signifigant challenges and needs we are called to rise and meet. People have to know the needs of places like Haiti to be able to actually help them. But have a little compassion, journalists. I know we want to stay safe, and I know we want to look good and well-rested on camera the next day, but a few more people like Anderson Cooper definitely wouldn’t hurt anyone. Picking that boy up when no one else would is an experience I guarantee Cooper will not soon forget. It was one of those random acts of stepping up and showing empathy for others that we don’t often get to see or report on as journalists. Plus. we could all use few more people picking others up instead of kicking them down never hurt anyone. Bailey Elise McBride is the News Editor of The Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears monthly.


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From reader “M”: What is funny about the statements below, is that I could have sworn you were describing Twilight. “My roommate and I recently rented “TRUE Blood” because we had heard it was good and we are both “Twilight” fans. Bad idea. If you are looking for a stimulating show with excellent acting and suspenseful endings, go rent something else. This cheap excuse for entertainment is reserved for the low IQ’s and sexually deprived fiends. The humor is elementary and stereotypical and the

storyline is just plain stupid. The fact that this show has been as successful as it has is an unfortunate portrait of the intellect of our population. I gave it one and a half episodes and then went to bed.” On

“Graduate programs seek diversity” From reader “J.W.C.”:

In honor of MLK they’ve chosen to judge people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. You should always pick the best person for the job. If you hire a bunch of white guys because you’re a racist, then you shouldn’t have the job

of hiring people. If you hire a bunch of different races to achieve diversity without an eye for their overall qualification for the job, then you are behaving in a racist manner. Perhaps you’re racist. Perhaps you’re ignorant. Regardless, you shouldn’t have the job of hiring people. And to those who say, “If you have two equally qualified people and one helps the diversity model, you should chose them”; I have never seen two equally qualified people for a job, nor do I think it’s possible. Perhaps one does have a background that adds something to the team, but base it on something real. Don’t base it on

some prejudice notion of what you think that race will bring to the table. And for goodness sake; don’t do it to fill a quota. That’s just disgusting. On “Snuggies hit Dickson ... softly” From reader “Jon Schleuss”: I tried to report on this too, but I could only find five Snuggie owners, and only one of them was actually wearing a Snuggie. Dickson Liquor didn’t even know they had a deal.

Hoop Hogs The Razorbacks face Georgia and Auburn next week in SEC action


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Hogs blocking out Kentucky, preparing for Varnado Jimmy Carter

Assistant Sports Editor Arkansas’ team videographer might as well have taken Saturday off. Overcoming the Razorbacks’ 10170 drubbing at now top-ranked Kentucky won’t involve the team reliving the Hogs’ worst Southeastern Conference loss ever. “I don’t know how much we’ll watch of that,” Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said of the Kentucky game film. “It will obviously be talked about but I don’t know what there is to watch. Hopefully we’ll respond. If you’re an athlete, you’ve got to have a short memory.” The Hogs (8-11 overall, 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference) shot just 31

percent from the field and were outrebounded 59-39. Kentucky jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back en route to attaining its first No. 1 ranking since 2003. “I’ve never played against anybody that strong and that fast,” freshman forward Marshawn Powell said. “I stopped thinking about it after the clock hit zero. There isn’t too much you can do about that. Coach wrote that on the board, you can’t let it hold you back you’ve got to keep going. You can’t keep dwelling on it, or it will hold you back from getting better.” Kentucky controlled the paint Saturday and the Hogs will have to improve before Thursday to compete against the SEC’s leading shot block-


BTW, acronyms rule the sporting world Half of talking about sports is numbers. The other half is interpretation, and the whole of it involves a lot of acronyms and abbreviations.

Swinging for the Fences


Like what good is an MVP on the DL? A WR without YAC, or a 1B with no OPS? Don’t confuse the NBA with the NRA (talking to you Gilbert Arenas) or the IRL with the IRS (Indy Racing League star Hélio Castroneves was recently acquitted of tax evasion). If you’re going to get into trouble with an SEC, I’d take my chances with the Southeastern Conference instead of the Securities and Exchange Commission. If you could watch an NFL game with KG or OJ, who would you pick? KG may not have the football IQ, but OJ isn’t exactly in jail for a DUI. All the P.R. in the world isn’t going to make me LOL at a Naked Gun movie ever again. I’ve already mentioned the BCS and the KKK in the same column this year, but I don’t need an MRI to know which one’s really worse. I’m not really a fan of the NHL either, but I don’t side with PETA over the tossing of octopuses on the court (the real question is where those come from. On the playing field, basketball players make FGs and avoid TOs, while football coaches call TOs to keep kickers from making FGs, when all football players want is TDs anyway. Just ask T.O. For an up-and-coming hoopster, it helps to tear up the NCAA or NBA-DL, but tear an MCL or ACL and consider your chances DOA. A baseball pitcher wants a low ERA but high K/9. Unless he’s in the National League and standing at the plate, hoping to raise the opposing hurler’s WHIP and keep him from a QS. Don’t even get me started on BABIP and FIP. There are more stats in sports than anyone can keep track of, especially when there are plenty of acronyms for schools, conferences and organizations to keep track of. How would the group that puts out the official cross country and track top 25 polls, USTFCCA, handle IUPUI if they competed in the MEAC or SWAC? That is, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America handling Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis playing Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference or the Southwest Athletic Conference. So for every LT or AI or ACC or C-USA, NCAA-MBB on ESPN or CBS, just remember that sometimes acronyms are pretty necessary. Matt Watson is the sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Wednesday.

er, Mississippi State’s Jarvis Varnado. The senior produced a triple-double against the Hogs in the teams’ first meeting, recording 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. “They’ve got the best shot-blocker ever in the SEC in the middle of the floor,” Pelphrey said. “He’s very, very unique. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s ever blocked it better than him. And he does it without fouling. He stays in the game. Good rebounder too, and even though he’s slight of build, it’s not like you can just move him out of there. He’s always in there, gets the tough rebounds.” Varnado’s 494 career blocks puts him 42 rejections away from the alltime NCAA record as he anchors the SEC’s top-ranked scoring defense. Ar-

kansas center Mike Washington has struggled with foul trouble recently, but Pelphrey said the senior would need to stay on the court to match up with Varnado and provide leadership. Washington played just 37 minutes combined in the Razorbacks’ losses to Florida and Kentucky after getting into foul trouble early in both contests. The Hogs were outrebounded by 33 in the two games. “It’s hard,” Pelphrey said about playing without Washington. “He’s a leader. He scores, he rebounds, and makes the middle of our defense good too because he takes charges. We need him out there, no question about that. We want to play him 30-plus minutes a night, and Mike’s got to figure that out. There are a number of things

that factor in to that that need to get better.” Washington’s foul troubles have forced freshman forward Marshawn Powell to slide to the center position often, a spot the 6-7, 220-pounder said he’s not comfortable with on the college level. “If he was out there for 32 minutes, I wouldn’t have to play the five (position),” Powell said. “It’d be pretty decent for me. I’m pretty comfortable playing the five, I’ve played it all my life, but I wouldn’t want to play it here because I’m not bigger or stronger than half the fives here (in the SEC).” The learning experience at KenSee



Magee, senior class hope to expand on program-best finish Harold McIlvain II

Assistant Sports Editor Senior Casey Jo Magee already is counting the days down to the Southeastern Conference Championship gymnastics meet. Everyday when she opens up her computer, she has a counter that displays how many days are left until the competition in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s the event Magee said will start the process of achieving the team goal of a national championship after finishing with a program-best sixth place finish last year. But young talent in freshmen Natalie Bohonsky, Amy Borsellino and Kelci Lewis already contributing in rotations more than was expected because of injuries, Magee said the Razorbacks have a chance to improve with a team effort. “This is the most talented team we have ever had,” Magee said. “But because they are freshmen, they haven’t had the experience we do. They are extremely important to help us get to the top.” The learning process continues Friday when the No. 10 Razorbacks face No. 12 Kentucky at 7 p.m. at Barnhill Arena. But with Razorbacks in the middle of conference play already, Magee said the seniors are still helping the younger athletes get acclimated to the collegiate level. “We need to kind of that do that quickly,” Magee said. “We have already had two SEC competitions and they were all pretty close. We can finish at the top if we help them learn what we have learned so far.” But it’s a mentoring role Magee said the senior class has enjoyed by helping the program for the future. And with the sixth place finish last year at the NCAA Super Six competition,

Magee said the Razorbacks learned that a national championship isn’t out of reach with the talent around the team. “(Coach) Rene Cook has mentioned in the past how that season blew the other seasons out of the water – and it really did,” Magee said. “When our all of our high goals we set happened, it all paid off.” Magee said the whole experience of having a shot at winning a national championship last year reinforced the confidence of the team. “It just taught us what we are capable of,” Magee said. “It helped a lot of the girls know we are definitely a top team. We learned how to fight and keeping going.” It was the allure of doing something special that was a considerable factor for Magee when she decided to be a Razorback. With the gymnastic program only in its fifth year of existence during her freshman year, Magee said she was excited to help build the foundation. Since arriving on campus, Magee and her fellow senior class has helped the Razorbacks make two NCAA Championship appearances and the best finish in program history. “It’s been cool how we’ve been able to make history for the program since it’s just in the eighth year,” Magee said. “It’s awesome how we helped with the best finish in program history.” But Magee, who won the NCAA South Central Regional titles on beam and floor last year, said the experience is something that has been special. “We started out with six when we came in as freshmen,” Magee said. “We’ve been a strong class that was able to help take this team to the next level. The senior class when I got here showed us how to compete.” And now she is doing the same thing.


Senior Casey Jo Magee and the Razorbacks are using more freshmen in the rotation this year while trying to improve from last year.


Men’s track and field head to college station for Texas A&M Challenge Clint Linder Staff Writer

Coming off last weekend’s Razorback Invitational, the Arkansas men’s track and field squad is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation and trails only Florida in the Southeastern Conference. Sophomore Terry Prentice broke the school record in the seven-event heptathlon with 5,350 points, while also notching personal bests in the high jump, pole vault and 1,000 meters. “We had a good meet,” Arkansas coach Chris Bucknam said. “We put a lot of young kids out there on the track and we had a lot of good things happen. Drew Butler in the 800 [meter] provisionally qualified. Cobi Hamilton had another good race. You can see what kind of competitor he is. All in all it was a good meet.” Hamilton, a freshman receiver for Bobby Petrino’s football Razorbacks,

set a personal best of 21.24 in the 200 meters which topped the 21.25 mark he ran the previous week at the dual meet versus Texas. His time ranks third in the SEC and eighth overall in the nation. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week last week due to his performance in the Texas dual-meet. Up next for the Hogs is the Texas A&M Big 12 - SEC - PAC-10 Challenge in College Station, Texas. The event will take place in the Aggies’ brand new state-of-the-art facility and eight of the nine teams competing are ranked – including No. 2 Oregon, third-ranked Florida and No. 4 Texas A&M. The Jan. 29-30 meet will be the first away from Fayetteville after the Hogs hosted their first three events this season. “We are looking to having a real good competition,” Bucknam said. “We are taking a full travel squad. We have got most of the events covered. We’ll see how we match up against some of the

best squads in the country. Gets us out of our facility so that’ll be good for a change of pace.”

provisional qualifying marks. Williams qualified for the 400 meter race while Brown qualified for the 800 meter.

Women’s team preps for road trip

Swimming Hogs dive into season finale

The No. 10 Razorback women’s track and field team is also headed to Texas after last weekend’s Razorback Invitational. Arkansas will face stiff competition in a field which includes top-ranked Texas A&M, No. 2 Oregon and No. 9 Florida. “This weekend we are going into a War of Wars,” coach Lance Harter said. “A Pac-10, Big XII, SEC Challenge at Texas A&M’s new facility. It is loaded. It is a preview of the National Championship due to the quality of teams there.” At the Razorback Invitational, junior Shelise Williams and freshman Stephanie Brown both reached NCAA

The No. 18 Arkansas swimming and diving team ends the regular season this weekend by hosting Utah. The Razorbacks (5-2) are coming off of a loss to No. 25 Missouri two weeks ago and are looking to finish strong and send off their seniors with a bang before beginning the SEC Championships. “It’s our last home meet before going to SEC’s,” coach Jeff Poppell said. “We are looking forward to sending off our seniors the right way.” The most decorated senior of the team is Yi-Ting Siow, one of the best See

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Entire University of Kentucky inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame The following story is satirical in nature with fictitious quotes and opinions. It is meant for entertainment purposes only and not to be taken serious. Seriously. LEXINGTON, Ky. - Days after the Kentucky Wildcat basketball team dismantled the Arkansas Razorbacks at famed Rupp Arena, the entire University of Kentucky has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday. More than 27,000 UK students received enshrinement this week, the same week that Kentucky garnered the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for the first time in seven years. The Wildcats are 19-0 after a 101-70 victory over the Razorbacks last Saturday, led by highly-touted freshman John Wall, who was named pre-season player of the year by before he had ever played a college game. The 19-year-old Wall, averaging 17 points and almost seven assists, four rebounds, two steals per game, is one of several Wildcats who earned other awards in addition to the Hall of Fame induction. Freshman DeMarcus Cousins, who leads the SEC in offensive rebounds, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster that showcases the NFL’s best football players each year, while junior Patrick Patterson, tops in the league in field goal percentage, was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

“Oh come on, at least I actually played baseball,� said former MLB home run champion Mark McGwire, who has never even received one-fourth of the vote for HOF enshrinement (the threshold is 75 percent). But Wall received the highest honor of all – a U.S. Senate seat. “I’m blown away by the Senate position, and even more excited to let you know that after four years of Senator duty, and three years in the NBA, I’m headed to Washington to take over the Presidency,� Wall said. No honoree was more excited than 25-yearold Zaire Fredericks, a sixth-year graduate student at Kentucky studying mechanical engineering. “I’ve waited all my life for this. I thought I saw a scout at an intramural game last year when my team ‘ThunderCatz’ made it to the semi-finals. I banked a 3-pointer from the top of the key and winked at the guy and he immediately left the gym, I assumed to call some of his NBA friends about how awesome I was,� Fredericks said. The only person who did not respond positively was Wildcat coach John Calipari, who when the NCAA called to congratulate him, he answered “I don’t know anything,� and immediately resigned his position for a more lucrative coaching job elsewhere.


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Men’s tennis looks to rebound after Texas loss The men’s tennis team hosted No. 8 Texas last Friday night and lost 6-1. The team was swept in the doubles matches and managed only one victory in singles matches. “What a game match against Texas,� coach Robert Cox said. “It

was a lot closer than the score indicated and I think our guys walked away knowing that they can play with a top five team in the country. What a great atmosphere at the Dills (Indoor Tennis Center). I think we had over 600 fans. It’s a very difficult place for a visiting team to play. We had some awfully close matches.� Junior Chris Nott performed admirably despite falling to Texas’ Dimitar Kutrovsky – the No. 5 ranked player in the country – in No. 1 singles. Nott won the first set, Kutrovsky rallied to win the match. “Chris Nott played the No. 5 player in the country and was up a set 4-0 and got a little tight and just learned a valuable lesson on needing to close good players out,� Cox said. “He just didn’t do it.� Freshman Gregiore Lehmann, a mid-year transfer from France, played No. 5 singles in his Razorback debut, dropping a three-set decison. “Gregiore Lehmann really energized the crowd and I think we really need it,� Cox said. “Boy, was he fun to watch and that was really promising.� The Razorbacks travel to No. 5 Ole Miss Jan. 30-31 as part of the ITA National Indoors Kick-Off weekend GIVE BLOOD FOR THE RAZORBACKS!

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swimmers in school history. Siow picked up two more event wins against Missouri in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Lynette Ng and Leah Pierce are also seniors and will be participating in their final meets in the Arkansas Natatorium. Juniors Megan Haskins and Kristen Keith are also graduating early and ending their collegiate swimming careers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yi-Ting is probably going to go down as the most decorated swimmer in the Arkansas history,â&#x20AC;? Poppell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was an NCAA champion last year as a junior. The first one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had since 1992. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an All-American. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been a tremendous influence for us.â&#x20AC;?


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always big against those guys,â&#x20AC;? Pelphrey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They also shoot it from four spots whether theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re big or small. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a tremendous 3-point shooting team.â&#x20AC;? A win over the Western division-leading Bulldogs would put Arkansas back in the pack in the division race heading into a quick-turnaround Saturday contest at No. 18 Ole Miss (15-4, 3-2). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to stay positive,â&#x20AC;? Pelphrey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully we can get out and defend, rebound some balls and get out in transition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We always knew (playing twice in three days) would be challenging. The hard part is coming back and playing the Saturday game in less than 48 hours.â&#x20AC;? The Razorback players are eager to bounce back from their 31-point loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a basketball player, it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be hard,â&#x20AC;? Powell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just come in with a great attitude and get ready to work like I always do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to go in there steady-headed and knowing what I need to do. When the lights are on,

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Sports editor Matt Watson caught up with freshman sensation Marshawn Powell, who leads the Arkansas basketball team with 128 rebounds, 21 steals and 24 blocks and is the only Razorback to start every game. The Virginia native is one of four Hogs averaging double-digit points this season. Freshman year, you’re a teenager and already a superstar on campus. How’s your first collegiate season been? I’m doing well so far. We’ve had our ups and downs as a team, but that’s all right. We’re doing good. You’re tops on the team in rebounds, blocks and steals – did you expect to have this kind of impact this early? Not really. I’m surprising myself to be honest. Coach Pelphrey says you’re the hardest worker on the team. Is that true? I’m pretty sure everybody works hard, but I guess. I take it upon myself to work hard every day. You seem to have a good relationship with Mike Washington, how much does he help you, him being a senior and you a freshman? He helps me a whole lot because he’s been through it. A lot of times. When I first got here, my game was still “highschool-ish” I guess you could say. He’s helped me improve a lot. What about you and Stef Welsh, a guy you knew before you got here? That’s my guy. That’s my people. Our relationship is good, on and off the court. He’s one of the main reasons I came here. You have good overall numbers everywhere, but what part of your game do you think needs the most

work? Rebounding. Getting stronger, and hitting open shots when I can. Looking at some numbers, you and Washington are both 6-for-22 from the 3-point line so far. Your field goal percentage is 51.3, while his is 50.6. Who’s really the better shooter? I don’t know, it depends on which day it is. Some days, Big Mike comes in and can’t miss nothing. What’s your favorite non-basketball activity in Fayetteville? I just like to chill, play games and stuff. So far, I’m playing Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty. What’s your favorite place to eat in Fayetteville? That Chinese joint on Sixth Street – Taiwan. What’s the best nickname you’ve ever had? Shiggity. What’s your favorite TV show? I don’t really have one, but if I had to choose I’d say House of Payne. What kind of classes are you taking this semester? I’m taking African American Studies, Comp. 1, College Algebra and Public Speaking. You played lacrosse in high school and Stephen Cox was on the UA golf team, so there are obviously some multi-talented athletes on this team. Which one of your teammates would make the best football player? Football? Jemal Farmer. He could play anywhere on the field, but he’d probably make a pretty good running back.

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Alternative Spring Break Tailoring films for modern runway vacations provide educational Le Smoking opportunities for students Jordan Grummer

Senior Staff Writer

COURTESY PHOTOS Students who are looking to leave the beaches and ski slopes behind this Spring Break can find a unique service opportunity in Alternative Spring Break, sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement computer. and University Housing. “So many of Three supervised Alterna- us take for granted that tive Spring Break trips are you go to college and you planned for the spring, and have a computer, but for a lot each offers UA students dif- of people that’s just not the ferent opportunities to get case,” said Angela Oxford, the involved. associate director for the CenOne will take students to ter for Leadership and Comsouthwest Arkansas, near Tex- munity Engagement. “So our arkana and Hope, to visit the goal is to put computers in the hometown of Silas Hunt, the hands of people who really first black student admitted need them and showing them to the UA in the 20th Cen- how it actually works.” tury. Students will spend the In addition, many senior week working with commu- citizens in the area are tasked nity groups and visiting area with raising their grandchilyouth. dren, but they have trouble Another group of students keeping up with them because will travel to Northeast Okla- they don’t know how to send or homa, where they will be in- receive text messages. On this troduced to Native American trip, student volunteers will culture through participation spend time teaching senior in service and education. citizens how to text, which is a And the final trip will fo- service Oxford said is needed cus on technology: Through but often overlooked. it, students will help people in Last year, one of the Alterthe Arkansas Delta learn about native Spring Break trip opcomputers and text messaging. tions was a “Civil Rights Tour Because many children in the of the South,” where students area don’t have access to com- traveled to four different citputer or know how one works, ies to meet former civil rights UA students will participate in leaders, including the daughthe “Computer Build Give,” ter of one of the Little Rock a program where volunteers Nine, as well as a minister show students from a local who was with Martin Luther charter school how to build a King Jr. when he was assas-

sinated. Students also visited civil rights museums in each city. Oxford said the experience was life-changing. “It was something I’ve never had the opportunity to do before, and I was meeting people I had never had the opportunity to meet,” Oxford said. “We were learning a lot about history because we were hearing first-hand accounts of people who had actually been in the civil rights movement.”

J u nior Sylvia Tran said last year’s trip interested her because she wanted to learn more about the time period. “It was definitely a great experience being able to hear what they went through and hearing their stories first hand,” Tran said. Tran came away from the trip with a new outlook on today’s culture. “It made me realize that those attitudes are still here today, so now we have to continue to push forward Dr. King’s message,” she said. “It made me think of what we can do to help change those attitudes.” Felisha Perrodin, assistant director for residence education in Housing, went on an Alternative Spring Break Trip last year to Galveston, Texas, for the Hurricane Ike relief effort. She and others worked on houses, planted grass to shore up the sand dunes and helped people clear their land in order to receive insurance See

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I remember I once liked going to the movies, but my trips to the cinema have significantly declined in recent years. Perhaps it is because I mainly long to see obscure or international films that are not as readily accessible in the lovely town of Fayetteville. Fine, AMC Fiesta Square does show some good films from time to time, but I’m much too selfish to be truly satisfied, as the films offered disappear as quickly as they appear, and I only attain the information of their arrivals in the Friday papers. I once had the opportunity to go to an amazing theater when I was in France, Le Méliès in Pau, but I don’t know why I didn’t take advantage of it when I had the chance. I only went to one picture, the opening night of Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights,” and one of the few good things I took from that film was how much I wanted a version of Norah Jones’ knitted green beret. When desperate times of movies and noise call, I always rely on the good company of my own film collection, particularly Wong’s films, of course, and French films. The wardrobes featured in French films are magnificent, and I am always enamored with the elegance that the French ladies evoke, displaying a sense of natural grandeur in their coats and heels as they strut along the streets of Paris. And how they dress at dinner parties and casual tea parties, as shown in Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie”! The men look dapper as they sip their martinis, the women refined and charming in fancy dresses and pearls. And how I wanted a faux fur coat as worn by the tragic Cabiria in Fellini’s film “Nights of Cabiria”! That Cabiria exudes

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particular record company, a personal bias or nominees with higher album sales or chart performance. Though the nomination and voting appear impartial, some students don’t think the Grammys are a clear representation of the music scene. “My honest opinion is that the Grammys are a totally inaccurate representation of the massive pool of talent in the music world,” senior Hans Saunders said. “It’s really just a huge concert for the Top 40 kids. Most of them wouldn’t know music if it hit them in the face.” Other students enjoy the Grammys, but would like to see a wider range of performances and “have voting for who performs so that a larger audience would watch them,” UA junior Jacob Cockrell said. But, overall, Cockrell said he thinks the Grammy show “is a very respectable awards show that is fun to watch and offers great performances from today’s popular artists while rewarding them for their achievements.” While some might not find the Grammys to embody all the music industry has to offer, the awards still represent what many to believe is one of music’s highest honor and biggest night of the year.

such an alluring sense of vulgar elegance, an oxymoronic trait that I revere. I fall in love with pretty things easily, I must admit, but my admiration goes only so far when influences from films are considered. If I were to buy a single garment from all the films’ that features’ wardrobes I love, I’d have a closet full of dresses and cheongsams that Su Li-zhen so gracefully wore in “In the Mood for Love.” I consider

The modern films by Wong Kar-wai seem more tailored for my contemporary preferences in dress. I’ve yet to brave a visit to the hairdresser for Faye Wong’s pixie coif in “Chungking Express,” but I have purchased a green beret reminiscent of Norah Jones’ version. As much as I do adore Wong’s portrait of beautiful women, it seems to be too much of a bother to meticulously dress the way his

myself not a fussy dresser, and I always try to avoid any occasion that requires dressing up for admittance. Gossiping over tea and croissants is criminally fun, but it’s very likely that I’ll be the one dressed in my standard uniform of a T-shirt in a muted color, a cardigan and black leggings. In dress, I am neither elegant nor graceful, I’m afraid, and I could never be a heroine in a Wong or Jean-Luc Godard film, as I am unable to successfully walk in heels. It’s a pity, too, as I really do love the sounds of high heels moving on the floor, the lovely noises that echo the manner in which Su Li-zhen walked up and down the stairwells in a crowded Hong Kong in 1962. I have a pair of boots that have only a slight heel, and I take the liberty of wearing those boots too much, as they are the only shoes I own that can somewhat imitate the steps of Su Li-zhen.

female characters do. I don’t need to have it all; I’ll settle for the smaller things and be content with whatever I can have. If it’s too much work, I’d rather abandon it. It is usually the French films, I realize, that reign high for showing fashion classics, clothes that are similar to things I already own or can imagine wearing. When I watched Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” for the first time, that little boy Antoine wore a plaid jacket that reminded me of something I purchased at H&M, a black, white and gray plaid patterned jacket. If film preferences and my shopping habits are indicative of my influences, whether intentional or not, it appears that I do really like French films, as it is rather effortless to tailor my own wardrobe to try to dress like a Parisienne.

Grammys on the cusp of ‘hip’ Brady Tackett

Assistant Lifestyles Editor Every now and again, awards shows serve their intended purpose: to celebrate the best artists in a given industry. Last year, the Grammy Awards took several steps toward that purpose. Lil Wayne gleaned eight nominations and took home four awards, and Radiohead won two for In Rainbows and, with a little help from the USC marching band, delivered one of the best television performances in recent memory. Better still, a very pregnant M.I.A. waddled on stage and rapped about swagger. But at closer inspection, the footprints still lead back to the Grammys’ conservative roots. When the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences sponsored the first Grammy Awards in 1959, most trophies landed in the hands of the classically popular bourgeoisie (Doris Day, Sinatra and Perry Como) instead of chart-toppers like Elvis and Chuck Berry. The most important awards are the four “General Fields”: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Since 1959, these have been the litmus test for an open-minded Grammys. The winners of the Big Four have commonly been those of a sterile image: Paul Simon (I can dig it), Coldplay (not so sure) and Celine Dion (what have you

done, Academy?). The big winners of the past two Grammys were Amy Winehouse, a corporate ode to decades of sophisticated soul music and glamorous drug use, and Robert Plant. The former Led Zeppelin singer won five trophies for Raising Sand, his project with Alison Krauss. This year, three of the four fields feature a diva showdown. Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga are all nominees in three of the Big Four categories (Best New Artist is another beast) and will all three perform at the ceremony. Beyoncé already owns 10 Grammys, but as she is a resilient governess of old-school class, she will win more of them. She should. Give another listen to Song of the Year nominee, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and take notice of its jarring rhythm, that annoying little siren played throughout the entire song and, most of all, how sparse the thing is. How did such a weird, weird song become an international smash hit? It’s a mystery and pop music at its best. But the squeaky-clean Swift is a safe bet in each category, too. Snubbing her would be like snubbing a puppy. She wrote bulletproof songs for two of the most pliable pop albums of the decade; it seems her singles See

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Six must-know John Galliano launching new clothing line nutrition facts for college students Adam Tschorn

Los Angeles Times

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The dreaded Freshmen-15 is real. Legend has it freshmen college students gain 15 pounds in their first term. Fact is this is no legend. Going to college doesn’t just mean changing schools, it means changing lifestyles. Chances are, you’ll be less active than you were in high school. This, combined with bad dining hall food, dorm-room junk food, endless frat parties with bottomless kegs and a slowing metabolism, inevitably leads to one thing -- weight gain. Gaining a few pounds isn’t the only thing you need to worry about, though. Without homecooking, you’ll probably lack the necessary nutrients your body needs to thrive. On the bright side, it’s possible to stay healthy in college. By adapting the following tips to your current lifestyle, you can make healthy changes that aren’t so over-bearing you won’t be able to stick with them.

1. You need calcium Consume about 1,000 mg of calcium daily. Women are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis, a disease which decreases bone density. This develops gradually with age, but adequate calcium intake reduces the risk. Bone density accumulated when you’re young is all you’ll have for the rest of your life, so make sure your bones are as strong as they can be. One eight-ounce glass of milk has about 300 mg, so drinking three glasses of milk a day will provide all the calcium you need. Other foods that are high in calcium include yogurt and cheese. Low-fat dairy products have as much calcium as whole-fat products.

by regulating DNA synthesis and cell division. It’s also needed for normal red blood cell synthesis. Folic acid can be found in green, leafy vegetables, orange juice and fortified breakfast cereals.

3. Get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables I know it seems like fresh fruits and vegetables are more expensive than other grocery store items, but they really aren’t. Buy the fruits and vegetables that are on sale. Seasonal items usually cost less. Even if they do cost a little more than a bag of chips, ditch out on the junk food because fruits and vegetables are much more nutrient-dense.

4. Be active Half an hour of moderate physical activity on most days is recommended to stay healthy. However, longer and more rigorous activities can provide greater health benefits. You’re probably paying a fee to use the student recreation center, so you might as well take advantage of that. Plus, it’s a great way to meet people.

5. Lose a pound a week One pound equals about 3,500 calories, so reduce your calories by 500 each day and, by the end of the week, you will drop a pound. However, instead of dropping 500 calories from your diet, try dropping 250 and working off the other 250 at the campus recreation center. This way you’re not starving yourself and you can get your recommended amount of activity each day.

6. Eat right in 2. You need folic the dining hall acid Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. It’s important to intake 0.4 mg of folate a day, especially for women in their child-bearing years. Folate reduces birth defects


from Page 10 money. “It was a great experience, and we had a great group of kids,” Perrodin said. “They might not have really known each other before the trip, but they developed strong relationships over the course of the week.” Tran said the people students meet on these trips is one of the best reasons to par-


from Page 10 would fare well on a radio station of any format. Swift also overcame the embarrassment of a previous awards show with real grace, and the public practically demanded that she receive a medal for it. A few Grammys would be the next best thing. Lady Gaga is no Doris Day. Her neo-Madonna shock antics and heavy-handed self-image will make more than a few Academy judges squeamish. But following the surprise success of “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” they were obligated to give her a few nods. Besides, who can deny that this artist’s chosen shtick (modern art with modern trash) is, at worst, compelling? Gaga is the bane of the Grammy mold; she won’t carry off many trophies, but the nominations

Keep these concepts in mind when choosing foods, whether it’s in the dining hall or at home. Developing these habits now will help to continue a healthy lifestyle in the future.

ticipate. “I was able to meet a lot of amazing people who I’m still close with.” Tran said. “It’s nice to go with a group of your peers and be able to share your experiences with them.” Participating in Alternative Spring Break costs $100, and applications are due in the Campus Life Office on the sixth floor of the Arkansas Union by Friday, Jan. 29.

are well deserved. The key to the Grammys’ future success will be a willingness to adapt to popular and critical trends, regardless of their conformity to the show’s original standard. In many ways, “hip-hop” and “conservatism” are antonyms, so it’s pleasantly surprising that the Academy has consistently rewarded innovation in today’s popular rappers and producers. The winners of recent years (JayZ, Weezy and especially Kanye) deserved every trophy. This year, the Best Rap Album category welcomed underdogs like Mos Def’s The Ecstatic and Q-Tip’s The Renaissance, while rightly excluding Jay-Z’s uneven The Blueprint 3. Need more proof that the Grammys are slowly becoming relevant? This year, for the first time in 24 years, there will be no Polka category.

Economic downturn be damned. Some notable new activity is planned for the men's 2010-11 European runway shows, running this week in Milan, Italy. Although some labels _ such as Yohji Yamamoto, Missoni and Moschino _ are scaling back their presentations, others are returning to the formal runways. Alexander McQueen, who opted off the runway and served up his men's collection last season in a short film/presentation format, is headed back to the Milan catwalk. The designer, who continually fills his runways as much with social commentary as with clothes, has us eager to see what's up his sleeve this time. Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf, who have traditionally staged theatrical runway shows on the women's side but presented their menswear on an appointmentonly basis, are bringing menswear to the runway this season. And the Yves Saint Laurent men's collection, which had abdicated the runway for several seasons in favor of small-format presentations and short films that never seemed to be a good fit for the label, will also be returning to the more familiar runway show. A new secondary men's line from John Galliano, called simply Galliano, debuted Monday in Milan. The Paris runway shows for his original John Galliano line are traditionally among the high points of the season. Described as a travel-inspired line targeting "trend-setting, extravagant, adventurous" 18- to35-year-olds, the comparatively lower-priced collection will consist of 250 pieces at launch. It includes T-shirts (from $90 to $160 retail), jeans ($225 to $550), woven shirts ($195 to $450), jackets ($350 to $750) and leather pieces ($750 to $1,200). Distribution is expected to mirror that of Galliano's secondary women's line, which launched for spring 2007 and is carried in high-end department stores including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's. Line representatives declined to share sales expectations or provide figures for the Galliano business, but in August, John Galliano Chief Executive Pierre Denis told fashion trade paper WWD that the women's brand extension was a "substantial business" that "exceeded expectations." (It's apparently been performing well enough abroad to warrant the opening of shop-in-shops in-


A model displays a creation by British designer John Galliano for Christian Dior’s spring-summer 2010 haute couture fashion show in Paris, France, on Monday, January 25, 2010.

side department stores including Harrods in London, Printemps in Paris and Isetan in Japan in addition to a free-standing Galliano boutique in Tokyo.) The new Galliano men's line is being produced under license by Ittierre SpA (the Milan-based licensee for the Just Cavalli, C'N'C Costume National, Ermanno Scervino and Galliano women's labels). But in an e-mail questionand-answer interview last week, the busy designer _ who in addition to overseeing his own lines is creative director of Christian Dior _ said he is "involved with everything" and will serve as the creative director of the new line. Q: Will the inspiration and themes of the John Galliano men's collection be reflected in the same season's Galliano diffusion line? A: The second lines are not afterthoughts; they are collec-

tions in their own right. Just like children, as the Galliano family grows, each collection develops its own theme, own way of seeing and signature. The second line for men's will feature the leather and key denim pieces by Galliano and will enhance the main line rather than compete with it. Q: Will some of the iconic imagery associated with the John Galliano line, the newsprint pattern, for example, carry over to the diffusion line? A: The Galliano Gazette and other signatures of the Galliano DNA will be used to pepper the new second line and help it to develop its own Galliano style. Q: Is the design team the same for both the women's and the men's diffusion lines? A: I have a core design team who work with me on designs for both (the) main line and second

line; we work on men's (and) women's in the same studio. What is important is that I am involved with everything to ensure the Galliano handwriting retains its design standard and message. Q: Is the "travel inspiration" cited for the fall/winter 2010 debut collection an influence that will carry over into future seasons? A: Travel is something that I find constantly inspiring and (that) influences me. I love each season to immerse myself in a new culture and new way of seeing. Travel is a great springboard to enable this and it will inspire my thoughts and designs _ some seasons more than others. ... For me, traveling is the best way to create and start a new canvas to create on; it is the perfect way to dive into a new season.


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One of the most anticipated aspects of the Grammy Awards ceremony is the fashion. On-site reporters ask questions concerning the fit, fabric, designer or cost, with the intention of educating the masses on subjects few will ever experience first-hand. Just as a first impression can make a lasting and positive mark, so can a flubbed outfit or a wardrobe malfunction ruin a reputation.

Careers have been created from covering the ups and downs of celebrity fashion, and for weeks after the big night, talk shows will revisit the humiliation of naming the worst-dressed artists of 2010. For those who care to look back a few years, the memory of the 2001 Toni Braxton bumexposing gown that tried, and failed, to mimic Jennifer Lopezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dress a year earlier, is not easily forgotten. Nor is last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joan Jettson-esque mini dress worn by Estelle, or M.I.A.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange

maternity wear. But the strange garb works for some. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I only like the really ugly ones, like Lady Gaga, because pretty dresses arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as interesting as freak-show outfits,â&#x20AC;? UA sophomore Chandra Chappell said. What is looked upon with unvarying fondness, however, are styles reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour and classic chic. Few stars continuously get this right, but for succeeding â&#x20AC;&#x201C;


like Fergie, in a yellow Calvin Klein gown, or the Jonas Brothers in triple-threat tuxes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they receive high marks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m flipping through the channels and I see that the Grammys are on, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll watch for the dresses on the red carpet, and then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m done. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all that I care about,â&#x20AC;? freshman Alli Barber said. The often-custom creations worn by celebrities can cost upwards of a year of college tuition. With gowns from such

couture designers as Christian Lacriox, Max Azaria and Chanel, the cost is astronomical, without even mentioning the shoes and jewels. The male performers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exempt from the high-dollar duds, either, as many don suits from Calvin Klein and Dior without a backwards glance from behind their bling-encrusted sunglasses. Current trends in mainstream fashion make their way onto the red carpet with gusto, from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obsession with purple and

metallic, to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s predicted proliferation of trends already present on the spring 2010 runway. Expect to see ruffles, neutral and pastel colors, drapery, and feathers, coupled with vibrant, bright shades and abstract prints. A few designer collections have even emerged with a tinge of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice In Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;?-inspired whimsy â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but, if past experience tells the fashion world anything, Lady Gaga will have something even more outrageous.

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