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Access Road to Cut Across Old Main Lawn Nearby Construction Expected Until 2013


The UA will build a service road to act as an entrance onto Old Main lawn for trucks carrying supplies to renovate Ozark and Vol Walker halls, said Mike Johnson, assistant vice chancellor of facilities management. The entrance will be at Arkansas Avenue where a three-way stoplight will be placed. Facilities Management staff aims to start construction on the road in two or three weeks. A protest was held May 22 at 5:00 p.m. in front of Old Main. The protesters were voicing anger about the service road. The goal was to get the word out to UA alumni and students, said Paula Marinoni, protest organizer and historic preservationist. “Thursday morning I found out, because I was asked if I could meet at Carnall Hall; I didn’t know what it would be about,” Marinoni said. “I came out here this morning to see if they did it during the night, they have no one to stop them.” The site was considered sacred ground by the UA administration after someone tried to place a building on the south side of the lawn some years back, Marinoni said. “[The] front lawn of Old Main should not be degraded,” Marinoni said. “[It] makes me sick.” The UA administration

plans to remove the road when the construction on Ozark Hall and Vol Walker Hall are complete. “[The road] is a temporary, unfortunate event,” Chancellor G. David Gearhart said. “Our objective is to preserve and enhance our two most historic and valuable buildings,” said Laura Jacobs, director of strategic communications. “This proposal provides the least disruption to our grounds and our traditions of all feasible options.” The cost of the project is unknown. “It is not fully designed yet,” Johnson said. “We will not know how much it will cost to construct until the design is finished.” Part of the rock wall will be removed in the construction as well as part of senior walk and some facility tunnel-top accesses will be covered by the road, Johnson said. “We will carefully restore the wall and grounds to their pre-construction conditions, as we did when we undertook the restoration of Old Main in the late 1980s and Carnall Hall in the early 2000s,” Jacobs said. The protesters were not just concerned with the historic rock wall, but also the trees. “They will take apart the wall, number the bricks and put them back two years later, and it will take out at least two trees,”

Marinoni said. “Moving these big trees will kill them, but that doesn’t matter to them,” said Fran Alexander, environmental activist and UA donor and alumnus at the protest.” “The roots of the trees must have oxygen [and] if soil is put over the roots it is a slow and suffocating death,” she said. “Many of these trees’ roots are at the wall so the whole lawn is like a map of roots.” A big concern was keeping the trees safe, Gearhart said, as some of those trees are hundreds of years old. However, the route through Old Main lawn has the best access to those sizable construction projects without harming any trees. As for senior walk, it is being carefully documented, Johnson said. “We are currently documenting it so people can access it online. We want to protect it to the best of our abilities,” Johnson said. “We will return everything to its original and, in my opinion, an even better state.” The construction on Ozark and Vol Walker Halls is slated to begin around Nov. 1, Johnson said, but the construction will finish on Memorial Hall and the ROTC building in time for classes to begin in the fall. “In 1871, we got the UA here because of the special spirit in Fayetteville. This was such a big deal that an architect was

hired to design Old Main in a Parisian style, with the road of Lafayette ending at Old Main,” Marinoni said, “It was meant to endure time and these people want to destroy it.” “They are going to put a metal cloth down, put red dirt on top of it and then put chat on that,” Marinoni said, “It will be 20 feet wide, so students will not be able to cross this for two years.” This is not the first road to be built through the center of campus, Johnson said. “There was a road and turnaround in the late 1920s or 1930s and we are doing more research on that,” he said. “We are as much, if not more so, concerned about the history,” Johnson said. The UA is planning several actions that will celebrate the history and traditions of this part of campus during the construction, Jacobs said. “The campus administration is committed to historic preservation and restoration to our campus and our actions under Chancellor Gearhart attest to that,” Jacobs said. Old Main does not only belong to the UA, but to Arkansas, Marinoni said. “This belongs to the citizens of Arkansas, not to the people who are making those decisions,” Marinoni said. “The Old Main lawn is the entrance to the UA, it is the face of the UA.”


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JACKI FROST STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER In the path of a deadly vortex, approximately seven miles of homes and businesses in Joplin, Mo. were cleared out on the evening of May 22. More than a thousand people are still missing. Despite the devastation, survivors and volunteers carry on with hope.

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UA students and graduates have started volunteering to provide aid to the people who have been affected by the tornado in Joplin, Mo., and while the reality of the devastation exists, the people remain in good spirits. "When we first got [to Joplin] we brought a lot of donations," said Jeff Sherwood, junior international relations and political science major. The group that Sherwood was a part of provided dog food and helped with the organization at the distribution center. “We tried to think out of the box [with the dog food],” he said. The group has also traveled to the disaster areas to help clean the ruins left by the tornado. "I was lost for words," he said. "It was unbelievable, the amount of destruction." The areas where he worked were, “empty fields with debris from everywhere,” he said. “A lot of people had lost everything they had,” he said. Sherwood was doing fieldwork when his group saw firefighters searching for someone in the debris and offered to help. They eventually found a person alive. “It was a miracle that someone had survived so many days,” he said. This was four

days after the tornado had hit. His group found a church and helped clean it up while in the disaster area. While one function of the volunteer effort is designed to go to the disaster areas, other positions exist that do not involve going to the sites. The volunteer effort that Kirstyn Day participated in required her to stay inside a church and help the people affected by the tornado find supplies. At the church, people could find, “sleeping bags, towels, pillows, medicine and food,” she said. The church allowed the people to take however many supplies they needed, she said. Many different people and businesses, such as Wal-Mart, donated the items. “It was amazing and really shocking to see how much stuff there was, that people could continuously get food throughout the day,” she said. The amount of supplies was overwhelming to many of the people who had lost their homes, she said. “One woman would pick something up and she kept asking, ‘Can I have this? It was hard for her to understand because there was so much,” Day said. The survivors of the tornado have been grateful for the help of the volunteers. “We appreciate you guys so much,” said Stewart Cannon,

a man working on one of the destroyed homes, as a van full of volunteers delivered food to him and other people, who were all standing on top of what used to be their home. One of the people who received food from the volunteers was Megan Haselwood, who was helping her family look through what was her grandmother’s home. Her grandparents were home at the time of the tornado, but they were protected as they took shelter in their closet, she said. “Everything else was completely destroyed, but the closet was left standing,” she said. Other Joplin residents, such as William Brewer, also sought refuge from the tornado inside their house. “The house came down on me,” he said. Though his home was destroyed he relied on the kindness of others for shelter. “A gentleman I don’t know took me in that night,” he said. Now that many people have lost their homes, some are worried that they will be forced to relocate. “We want my grandparents to stay, but thousands of other people have already got their insurance checks, so every house available is gone,” Haselwood said. While survivors search for answers as to how they will carry on their lives, the people remain optimistic.

“As you can see, it wasn’t that bad,” said Brewer’s son, while laughing. “Everyone is in a good mood,” said Haselwood. The compassion that has been shown to the people of Joplin is something that has helped lift the mood of the city. “People kept asking me where I was from and they were surprised when I would say Fayetteville,” said Day. “I was overwhelmed by the pain, but also by the peoples hearts,” she said. Day encourages people who want to help to do so, and described the process to become a volunteer as simple. “I contacted College Heights Christian Church [and] me and two of my friends went up there,” she said. “I was so overwhelmed by the how the church was and how efficient they were. They were so willing to take care of everyone,” she said. The importance of providing emotional relief to the people of Joplin something that Day emphasized. “You can be that person to hug [them],” she said. While Day returned to Fayetteville she said that she plans to return to Joplin early next week. This experience has also been rewarding for Sherwood. “UA students can donate or go up there and help,” he said.“It is important because it is the right thing to do.”

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SERGIO MALDONADO STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship will be reduced by six percent beginning the 2011-2012 school year.

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Reduced for 2011-2012 Applicants by LEIGH JACKSON Staff Writer

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, new recipients of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship will receive a decreased amount, said Brandi Hinkle, communications coordinator at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship awards money to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. The scholarship receives most of its funding from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, according to the website. The scholarship is also available to students regardless of their academic status, just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time or re-enrolling after a period of time out of college. In an effort to continue offering the scholarship to an increased number of students, as the campaign had promised,

the state legislature changed the scholarship. “The state legislature decided to lower the amount of scholarship money offered to provide more scholarships to students,” Hinkle said. At this time, approximately 30,000 applications have been received, and another 60,000 to 70,000 are expected. Last year, approximately 91,000 applications were reviewed and approximately 31,000 were awarded, according to a report by Businessweek. New recipients from twoyear schools will be receiving $2,250 per year instead of the previous $2,500. New recipients from four-year schools will be receiving $4,500 per year instead of the previous $5,000, Hinkle said. Students portrayed mixed feelings about the change. “The lottery scholarship is very beneficial and helpful to me,” said Catherine Le, a junior kinesiology major at the UA. “It helps pay for my housing

and my textbooks. I think more people should take advantage of the scholarship,” she said. While this change does not directly impact Le, she did admit it affects people close to her. “I think it poses a disadvantage for future students, like my sister, because it could possibly be a financial setback for them,” she said. “I like the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship, because it helps people who wouldn’t otherwise go [to college] have the opportunity of higher education,” said Jordan Jackson, a junior biology major at the UA. “I don’t think the decrease is a very good thing, because I feel like it lowers those people’s chance of attending college,” she said. One reason the UA student population has grown is because of the scholarship, she said.

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Multi-million dollar renovations are ongoing at the UA, with buildings opening and closing each semester, as part of the master plan for the campus. “Our primary goal is to get our facilities back in the prime shape they were in when they were built,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart. Ozark Hall will be one of the buildings to undergo renovations at an estimated cost of $28 million. Updates will be administered to the heating and air systems, plumbing, classrooms and others areas, said Jay Huneycutt, director of planning and capital programming for Facilities Management. The auditorium will also be rebuilt, he said, increasing its capacity from about 185 seats to 275. The renovation will include openable windows and the addition of a new wing to bring the Honors College offices into one location, Huneycutt said. “It will be better from an administrative standpoint to have a central location,” Gearhart said. “There are about 2,400 honors students —more than 10 percent [of our population]. It will make our honors college a much better place, a home on campus for honors students.” While the building is under construction, the nursing program offices will be moved to the building’s north wing. After the Spring 2012 completion of the Center for Health Professions, the nursing program will transfer and almost double in size. The department of geosciences offices will not remain in Ozark Hall during the renovation, expected to conclude in August 2013. Facilities management officials expect to move the offices to Stone House on Arkansas Avenue, and are still looking for a place to move the research work, Huneycutt said.

The move into Stone House will coincide with the completion of renovations to Peabody Hall, allowing the College of Education and Health Professions staff to return to their former offices. The interior of Peabody Hall was updated, and its brick exterior was restored to its red 1913 appearance. Vol Walker will also receive $31 million in construction including extensive renovations beginning this fall and a new addition. The addition will provide a new wing for studio work, office space, storage, gallery space and a new auditorium that seats around 200. The space will allow the architecture, landscape architecture and interior design program to operate under the same roof when work is finished in fall 2013. A section of senior walk will be covered by the addition, and will be engraved again on a new sidewalk on the east side of the addition, Huneycutt said. The Science and Engineering Auditorium, the busiest building on campus, he said, will no longer be in use after Spring 2011. The auditorium, which seats about 375 students, will be replaced with the twopart Hillside Auditorium. The smaller auditorium will seat approximately 275 students, and the planning group hopes to plant grasses and place pathways students can use on the roof. The larger auditorium will seat about 500 students, and the roof will be covered in sedum, a green flowering plant. The new auditoriums will not extend past the sidewalk between the Science and Engineering building and the Greek Theatre, Huneycutt said, and because of that proximity it was important for them to have the green roofs and improve the view from the sidewalk above the Greek Theatre. “We spent a lot of time walking around, seeing how things will look with the new construction and using 3-D models to check views and elevations,”

Huneycutt said. “The [Nanoscale Science and Engineering Building] is actually tilted to change your view so you see Old Main.” The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Building cost about $50 million to construct, and will be used by the engineering department faculty as well as members of Fulbright College and the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences. Amid the university’s drastic growth, renovations are planned for many of the residence halls. Humphreys, Futrall and Yocum Hall will all be renovated. The renovations to Yocum are expected to take two to three summers, because it hosts summer camp students and other visiting programs. There has also been speculation about converting Hotz Hall back into a residence hall, Gearhart said. The renovation would add 450 beds to on-campus housing. However, many groups with offices in the building, including Housing and Testing Services, would have to find new locations on campus. “We want to avoid growing too fast,” Huneycutt said, “and having empty buildings in the future. We need to make use of what we have already.” University Relations is located in Hotz Hall, but is scheduled to move into Davis Hall April 1. The former sorority house, built during World War II, was remodeled and expanded this past year. “[The move is] going to give us a place to hold press conferences, and be a public face to the media in particular for the university,” said Roy Cordell, director of visual and creative services with University Relations. “[It will also] get us nearer to the office of development, which is our sister department in the area of advancement.”

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As a freshman you probably have advice coming from every angle: parents, family members, your best friends’ family, teachers, and the list could go on. The amount of information can be overwhelming. We’ve been there. Both of our columns offer good advice—get involved, test your limits and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. We’re not going to lie; at times you’re going to get stressed out and you’re going to make mistakes. But during the next four—or five years you will meet new friends, hopefully have a lot of fun and make decisions that will shape the rest of your life. No pressure. It’s easy to get swept up in grand ideas about college and forget an important rule —finding balance. Taking 21 hours while being involved in a handful of student organizations and having a part-time job might sound impressive, but it’s also a lot to handle. Having a leadership role in multiple organizations might look good on a resume for graduate school, but not if your GPA suffers. You have four years. Take some time, find what you love and stick with it. And remember, as Ernest Hemingway once said, “Don’t confuse movement with action.”

OLD MAIN: Construction to Tear Apart Lawn When driving north into Fayetteville on 540 the first image of Fayetteville drivers see is the silhouette of Old Main. Old Main is the most recognizable building on campus, and has been on the Register for Historic Places since 1970. Its lawn has become not only a place for students to study and relax, but also a staple image for the UA. In approximately three weeks, construction will begin to create a road through Old Main lawn that will start at the intersection of Arkansas and Lafayette. The road is being constructed to aid the renovations of Vol Walker and Ozark Hall. The exact start date for construction is unknown. Also, when we spoke to university officials we could get neither a map of specifically where the road would be nor, more importantly, an estimation of how much the project would cost. On a side note, we recently received a raise in the facilities management fee to $8 per credit hour. While we understand that campus renovations are necessary to keep up with campus growth, the lack of specifics left us worried. The road will also be tearing up a portion of the senior walk. The walk is an important part of UA life. Call us sentimental but having the list of graduates on the Internet is not the same as seeing what is one of the most engrained UA traditions. The only reason we at The Traveler found out about the construction was an email sent not by a university official, but by someone concerned with the construction. The lack of notification about the construction that would disrupt a major part of campus is yet another concerning factor. The road would be in place for two years, and afterwards the area would be restored. Realistically with the way the student population is growing, we are left to wonder if this type of construction in the center of campus is only the beginning. Since the story “UA to Build Road Through Old Main Lawn” was published we’ve received mixed comments. Some readers, while unhappy about the prospect, understand that renovations have to occur. Others would like to see other options presented that might spare Old Main lawn or the senior walk. We too would like to hear a more in-depth explanation for why this route was chosen over others. We understand that renovations have to take place; we just want to make sure the university is going at them the best way possible.

JOPLIN: Community in the Face of Tragedy On Thursday, May 26, three members of The Traveler staff went to Joplin, Mo. to report on the devastation left by the EF-5 tornado that left a six-mile path of destruction Sunday, May 22. We were struck by the magnitude of the damage, the resilience of the people and the outpouring of support from the region and those around the country. At least 139 people were killed in the storm, according to the Reuters. Modern recordkeeping began in 1950 and is ranked 8th among the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As President Barack Obama said in his speech in Joplin Sunday, we never know when a tornado will come. We cannot answer why it happened to Joplin, Denning, Ark., or to any of the other towns and people affected by a tornado. It is so easy for everyone, including us at The Traveler, to get caught up in the busyness of our day-to-day lives. Sadly, it is the unfortunate events like the Joplin tornado that humble us. We are reminded of the smallness of our own lives in the grand scheme of things. We are reminded that in the midst of what multiple news organizations are comparing to a “war zone,” we can see an outpouring of strength and a sense of community, and let us all hope it doesn’t take another tragedy for us to remember.

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Break Barriers: Get Involved Across Campus FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH

byMichael Dodd

ASG President

From time to time, life gives you decisions that are so difficult a coin toss will suffice. I found myself without a commitment to college all the way into April, stuck between the Universities of Texas and Arkansas. My comfort level based on a short trip to Arkansas led me to make the right decision. I thank God to this day that I’m not a Longhorn. Fast forward to orientation, where I was on crutches, didn’t know a single person and picked engineering as my major based on a spur-of-themoment decision. The rest is just a blur. Never in a million years would I have considered myself worthy to become your student body president. In attempting to carve your



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released within the first week of school and give freshmen the opportunity to develop skills that enables students to develop in more than just government. RIC extends leadership opportunities exclusively to Residence Hall students. University Programs is a student-run organization that engages all types of interests in music, art, culture and programming. We will need every one of you in the stands for our basketball and football games —many of you are already looking forward to the Student Access Pass. A new athletics program, “Razor Rewards,” will give rewards to super fans attending every track meet and softball game, and students who attend RSO events. Every registered student organization cultivates passionate students into purposeful leaders. What is the best way to go from being a good leader to a great one here at the YOU of A? I believe strongly in a time-tested principal, servant leadership. You see, as a leader, you should measure how useful you are, not necessarily successful. The ability to be useful can mean not always taking the starring role, or even reaching for the stars. Usefulness is about being able to serve a team in any way possible, whether it means taking out the trash or making a game-winning throw.

Being a team player first is necessary in order to understand how to truly lead. Servant leadership opens the door to relationships and extends beyond the workplace. This relationship-centered approach is absolutely key to your college experience. You will get so much satisfaction by branching out; expand your horizons to international students and students you’d consider “different” than yourself. One of my best friends is from Antigua. Another from Nepal, another from Rwanda and another from Vietnam. Celebrating cultural diversity should be a vital part of your college experience, and open communication will lead to a progressive future for the world. The best way to get rid of stereotypes is by keeping an open mind and giving everyone a chance. It should begin by reaching a hand out to your neighbors and engaging your classmates. It should end with a university united by a common goal, regardless of ethnicity or gender. Here’s a decision that won’t require a coin toss: get involved in a place where you can passionately serve. Stop by my office in the Union or email me at asgpres@ if you need help. Here’s to breaking down the barriers you’ve created and taking a risk— I promise you won’t regret it!

From the Editor: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

bySaba Naseem


blueprint for success, be advised that I was just as nervous as you are. I left for college unsure of what my experience would be, where I would fit in or even who my roommate would be. I would recommend taking a maximum of 15 hours and enjoying life outside of your textbook. It is important to check out the vast opportunities this campus offers, but that can be quite a challenge. No matter how much I like to take on challenges, I’m also constantly humbled by the fact that I can’t do everything. Pace yourself. Joining Phi Gamma Delta was the best decision I made as a freshman. Limiting my involvement to Greek Life and Campus Crusade for Christ was the worst. The relationships offered in fraternities or sororities are truly a special part of this university and something we should always cherish; I was able to develop relationships and receive mentoring in both organizations that were instrumental in my growth as a leader and as a person. Unfortunately, I was not a part of any other campus organizations, and today I can see what I was missing out on. The Student Alumni Association is an excellent volunteer organization and a great opportunity to connect with alumni. ASG Fresh Hogs and Senate applications are

It was only three years ago when I was standing in line at orientation, waiting to get a picture taken for my I.D. card. “Turn your head a bit to the right, chin up. Now smile,” the lady with the camera said. SNAP. The moment is captured—a young 18-yearold, with a smile that turns up in confidence, but eyes that look out of the frame, a bit nervous and lost. As I carry my card around with me everywhere, I am reminded of my freshmen self— young and naïve, but certain that I was ready to begin this journey. And that is what college is—another journey in your life, one that you have just begun. As Gandalf tells Frodo Baggins in the Fellowship of

the Ring, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” Just as Gandalf gives his last bit of advice to Frodo before he sets off with the ring, parents have lists of advice for their children as they prepare to send them off to college. Mark Twain once said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” And so while many of you are running out your doors, eager to find your place in this world, always remember the words of your parents and the advice of the elders. I have learned much in my three years here. I have left my hobbit hole and traveled many roads, have crossed many bridges, survived the Mines of Moria (yes, this would be finals week) and formed a fellowship of loyal friends along the way. Although there may be one goal at the end, the paths to achieve that goal are many,

each with different opportunities along the way. It was the opportunities that I took that made me who I am and brought me to where I am today. When I came to the university three years ago, I had never written a newspaper article. If you told me then that I would be the editor of the campus newspaper, I would have never believed you. But all it took was gathering up my courage, walking through the doors of The Traveler’s office into a room full of juniors and seniors and asking to write for the paper. This is the time for you to test your limits, to break out of your walls and find yourself through your experiences. Join a student organization or better yet, start your own. Take the opportunity to study abroad and experience different cultures. Join an athletic team, the marching band, a play production, the student media, the Associated Student Government or a research lab—the options are endless. Who knows, perhaps three years from now you could be the ASG president, the leader of a research team, the president of a Greek House or the editor of the paper.

It doesn’t take an Einstein or a flying superhero to achieve great feats; it takes hard work and dedication. A simple hobbit can change the course of the world, just as you all have the potential to bring a positive change to the world of those around you. Many of you are coming to the university knowing exactly what you want to do and where you want to get to, others are coming in with a slight idea, and some with no clue. Parents and professors will always be here to give you advice, but remember that the choice is yours. There is no readymade road; rather, you lay your own bricks through your decisions. There are times when you may step off your path, but in the words of Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Welcome to the University of Arkansas. As you begin this journey, keep in mind to pack smart, pack light and get ready for a year of new friends, first time experiences, mistakes and revisions and the start of new memories. Cheers, Saba Naseem Editor-in-Chief



Unrest in Middle East Reaches UA International Students by Saba Naseem Editor

Although miles away from revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, many UA international students from that region have been affected by the unrest, they said. Hamzah Ibrahim, a Libyan student, is afraid he might be losing his scholarship funded by the Libyan government. He was granted the scholarship because he graduated “from the top of his undergraduate class,” he said. Soon after the conflict began in February, the office that oversees his scholarship told him that they might not have funds after May. There are more than 1,000 Libyan students who are funded by the same scholarship in the U.S. and many of them are married and have children, Ibrahim said. “It’s dangerous to go back to Libya, especially for students who live in the Western part [of the world]. If they lose the scholarship, they can’t stay, but they can’t go,” he said. Ibrahim is a U.S. citizen so he has the option of working, but many of his peers do not. “I have another friend here at the UA who is not a U.S. citizen and his options are limited,” Ibrahim said. His friend is from Tripoli, the capital of Libya, and a city controlled by Muammer elQaddafi, the leader of Libya. “He can’t go back to his city,” Ibrahim said. “They might arrest him. They’ve already threatened people abroad to

watch what they do and what they say and he doesn’t want to put his family in any kind of danger.” His friend is married with two young daughters, and it would be difficult for him to stay here because of the expenses. The situation in Libya has only gotten worse since it started at the beginning of the year. Protests against the government, inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, turned into a civil war. Qaddafi vowed to “die a martyr” if necessary in his fight against the rebels, according to reports by Al-Jazeera. Ibrahim is from Benghazi, the capital of the rebels. “The situation is still tense there. A lot of the schools and foreign companies are closed,” MCT CAMPUS he said. “It’s also difficult to call and find out how my family is Rebel fighters make their way to the front near Port Brega, Libya. As the fighting continues, Libyan students at the UA are unsure if they will be able to return home doing--there is no Internet and sometimes the phone lines are disconnected.” “Our goal is to make sure not necessarily feel that she had from SCHOLARSHIP His family is okay, he said. they find options and that their been treated fairly. on page 3A They had to leave the house stay is successful,” said Todd “I do feel a little ripped off, “If the scholarship keeps de- because it doesn’t seem like you earlier in the year, but they have Shields, the interim dean of come back. graduate school and interna- creasing over the years, then I have to achieve much to get the think the number of resident scholarship. I got a 25 on my It’s very difficult being so far tional education. from them, Ibrahim said. Gloria Flores, associate di- applicants will go down as well,” ACT and a 3.8 gpa, so it doesn’t “I experienced some kind rector of recruitment and spon- she said. seem right I receive less so more Decreasing the amount of people can have the scholarof depression,” he said. “It was sored students, has been in very difficult going to classes. I close communication with the money the scholarship provides ship, when the requirements are couldn’t study or focus because students since they first came could make a big difference in already low,” she said. some students lives, she said. I was always thinking about here, she said. Graham also suggested that In some cases the decision to the decrease could have an afmy family and friends back in “We are keeping in touch Libya. Some of my friends were with the students. Each student provide less scholarship mon- fect on her spending at restaukilled and some of them are is unique and has different op- ey to new recipients is already rants and other local businessmaking a difference, however, es. missing.” tions,” she said. University officials have However, “so far, they have ADHE staff are not necessarily “I will have to save more to been working with the Libyan not found any strong solution,” notifying all new recipients to pay for college, so it could deflet them know they will be re- initely affect my social spendstudents to discuss their op- Ibrahim said. ceiving less money. tions. ing,” she said. “I saw it on the website. I Some students, like Graham, wasn’t contacted by them,” said are not able to afford their colErica Graham, senior at Spring- lege tuition without scholardale high school. ships, so the loss of money cre“I think they could have ates a hole that has to be filled done a better job of letting me in order for them to attend colknow, because I didn’t know I lege, she said. would receive less, and it didn’t “I have an idea of about how say why [on the website],” she much I need to take out for said. loans. The extra $500 would afraid,” Cunningham said. we have to keep the qualities Now that she knows she will help a lot, but I guess I will just A confident and jovial per- that he inspired in us,” he said. be receiving less money from have to take out more loans,” sonality translated into his actWhile Mabrey demonstrat- the scholarship Graham did she said. ing career and spread light into ed his skill as an actor, Melthe drama department. linger was the world’s best stage “He was an extraordinarily manager, Hui said. talented and giving man who “She could take control of was passionate about what he stressful situations and always loved,” Landman said. handled everything so calmly,” “The only reason not to cast she said. him in a show is because he was “She would remember evthe best audience member that ery detail about you. She was you could ask for, he had the so together, and in times when biggest laugh in the audience,” people would freak out [in a he said. production] she would take “His acting was amazing, he charge,” she said. was a rare combination of a tal“She was the nicest person ented singer and a talented ac- in the entire world. She would tor; he knew both areas so well,” bring light into the room; she Hui said. worked hard, loved her friends, “He was an old soul, he and was always honest and supseemed wise beyond his years, ported her friends,” Cunningso he would often times play a ham said. more mature character like a fa“It was always a blessing to ther,” she said. run into her, because she would “I didn’t know a lot about provide so much love. She theater, but he would always meant so much to her fiancée teach me to look at theater in a and to her family,” Cunningdifferent perspective and never ham said. be afraid to express my take on One thing that the drama theater,” Cunningham said. department staff have taken Areas such as Northwest Ar- away from the tragedy was how kansas and Tulsa had the op- inspiring Mabrey and Mellinger portunity to see Mabrey in a va- were to them. riety of ways. “It is amazing how quickly “He started his own improv the tight knit theater has come group, and they were starting to together as a result of this,” Hui become known in Arkansas, he said. did plays in Tulsa, was involved “Sean’s service lasted three in the Artist’s Laboratory and hours. Three hundred people did a lot of stuff with Theater attended and his favorite songs Squared,” Cunningham said. were sung by his friends,” LandThe loss of Mabrey left a man said. void in the drama department. “I don’t think I have ever “It feels like now that he is seen anything like that,” he said. gone, we have lost a limb, he “It’s important to remember was like family to us,” Cunning- that they both lived each day as ham said. if it was their last,” Cunningham “It is like we lost a part of said. ourselves that he helped us to understand as truth, but now

Students and Faculty Remember

UA Student and UA Graduate Killed in Car Crash by CHAD WOODARD Ast. News Editor

Friends and faculty described UA student and alumna in endearing ways. Sean Phillip Mabrey, 26, senior drama major, and UA alumna Kathleen Mellinger, 26, were killed in a car crash Sunday, May 15 on Interstate 540. “Sean was extremely likeable, and Kathleen was always smiling,” said grad student Mary Margaret Hui. While both served different functions in the UA drama department, they found their own way of touching the lives of the people they knew. “Sean made every person he met feel like they were special,” Hui said. Not only did Mabrey show himself to be a person who loved his friends, but also a person who stood up for what he believed. “He was full of life,” said Michael Landman, professor in the drama department. “He was an openly gay man who helped others learn toleration,” Landman said. Landman recounted a story he had heard about Mabrey. “He was made fun of for being gay, but he refused to lash out, and instead taught toleration and helped people become better than they were,” he said. “He preached love in the world.” UA students were also influenced by the life of Mabrey. “He touched everyone that was around him, and gave everyone so much confidence. He believed in being honest and believed in his art, and he instilled that in me, to be honest with myself and not to be

Kathleen Mellinger left, Sean Phillip Mabrey right.


from GROWTH on page 3A A more noticeable change for students will be the renovation of the University Bookstore’s old location in the Arkansas Union. Construction is expected to begin this spring to convert one level of the bookstore into a fitness center, Huneycutt said. The location will have exercise machines, weights, showers and lockers, and is expected to be finished this fall. The other level of the bookstore will be converted into a computer gaming and program lab. Most students have computers, Gearhart said, but they cannot afford some of the higherend programs. Students will have access to the lab for video games and gaming tournaments, as well as expensive specialized software outside of the average student’s budget. About $212 million worth of renovations and construction have been planned so far, Gearhart said. Construction on most of the buildings has been done with very little state help, with the exception of the Nanoscale building, he said. Much of the work has been paid for with private donations, however grants and student fees also contribute. The restoration of the ROTC building’s exterior was financed through a grant. Beginning in the fall of 2008, students were charged a facility fee of $2 per credit hour. The fee increases $2 per year, pending annual approval by the Board of Trustees. After the 2012-2013 school year, when the fee reaches $10 per credit hour, it will be discontinued. The fee was staggered to prevent the bulk of the fee from falling on a particular class, Gearhart said. This money will be used to amortize bonds that provide the immediate funds for construction. All of the construction projects are seeking LEED Silver sustainability, a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, Huneycutt said. “[To attain greater sustainability] we have decreased our overall energy use by installing better equipment,” he said, as well as smaller changes like switching to low-flow toilets and using compact fluorescent bulbs across campus.


Architecture Offices and Studios UA Students Face Tuition Increase will move for Renovations by CHAD WOODARD

by BOBBIE FOSTER News Editor

Vol Walker Hall, home of the Fay Jones School of Architecture, will undergo renovations in the next two years, during which time the department will be spread across campus and Fayetteville. The move will begin June 1, 2011. “We are packing up right now for the move out,” said Michelle Parks, Fay Jones director of communications. The advising, media relations and IT offices will be moved to Memorial Hall in the summer. “Summer orientation sessions will be held in the Arkansas Union,” Parks said. The renovations will allow all five disciplines within the college to be housed under one roof: professional architecture, architectural studies, professional landscape architecture, landscape architectural studies and interior design. During the next two years the architecture department will be spread across campus and Fayetteville. The professors’ offices will be located in the E.J. Ball building on the Fayetteville square on the 6th and 7th floor, Parks said. The landscape and interior design studios and offices will remain in the Agriculture BROOKE MCNEELY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER building and the studio spaces Associate Architecture Professor Greg Herman labels boxes of books in his office Monday as he packs to move. The will be in the UA Planetarium Fay Jones School of Architecture building will close for renovations June 1 so everyone in the building must relocate. building, between the Arkansas Union and Silas Hunt Hall. will work for us,” she said. “[It] students remain on campus will “There will be space for ev- will be a lot easier to dedicate surely pose a challenge for all,” erybody,” Parks said. “Every- ourselves to the work know- said Lily McRae, senior archibody will have a desk.” ing that the university is just as tectural studies major. The move will prove difficult dedicated to us.” It will be hectic for students for some students. Some students think the dis- and faculty alike, McRae said. “The biggest challenge is tance between studios and pro“I think it will take some probably going to be cramming fessors’ offices will be the big- getting used to, especially for all of our equipment into the gest factor. those who have been in the arsmall space,” said Hannah Bres“Everyone is so used to be- chitecture program for a while hears, junior architecture stu- ing together under one roof and will have to readjust,” she dent. and with the professors’ offices said. “I think a lot of thought has being off the square while the gone into creating a space that

Asst. News Editor

The Arkansas Board of Trustees voted to approve a six percent tuition increase at the UA for the upcoming fall semester, which has left some UA students searching to find money to pay for their classes. “There will be a five percent increase of the base tuition and the facilities management, so it will be a six percent increase over all,” said UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart. The tuition increase comes after an increase in student enrollment at the UA. “With no money coming into the state and increasing enrollment we had to move the funding more to tuition,” said Ben Beaumont, director of communications. The lack of money coming from higher levels played a role in this increase. “No money from the state means more pressure on the students,” Gearhart said. The increase in tuition could have been more if it were not for the state. “The state did not cut any funding,” Beaumont said. “We are grateful for that.” Though different forms of administration are working together to help the students deal with this increase, some students will still find it difficult to make ends meet.

Follow-up interviews were conducted with students who had heard about the proposal of the increase and now are faced with the reality of paying more for their classes. “Spending more money is a bad thing. It means I will have to take out more student loans, which means I will have to pay more later,” said Bryce Morrell, junior advertising and public relations major. While the UA claims the rise in student population is one factor for increasing tuition, Morrell disagrees with their line of thought. “You would think if we had more students that the school would get more money and they wouldn’t have to increase tuition, and you would think if we didn’t have enough students then they would raise it,” he said. Another point that Morrell discussed is that not everyone who attends the UA lives near the campus. “I can see how it could affect commuters who are not using student loans, with rising gas prices and the cost of living going up, it will be harder for students to pay for school without using student loans,” he said. This tuition increase also affects students who work during the school year to pay for their tuition. UA student Hunter Donaldson, senior drama major,

will have to find a way to balance work, school and theater. “Every semester I have to take off work to help with one of the shows. If I don’t have that extra money then I won’t be able to do that,” he said. For many, the amount of a six percent increase seems excessive. “Six percent is a lot of money considering the [amount] of students we have. I don’t think that much was necessary, I can see increases as necessary, but I think six percent is too much,” Donaldson said. Now that the increase has become a reality Donaldson will have to find a way to cover the extra costs. “I will probably work more during the week, and that will make academics more difficult,” he said. “If I get cast [in a play] then it will be very difficult, because I will have to work more while in school and then when rehearsal starts I won’t be able to work, so I won’t have time for anything,” he said. Resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees were $225.58 per credit hour for the fall of 2010. That rate will rise to $239.11 per credit hour for the fall of 2011, according to the proposal that was presented at the Board of Trustees meeting.

Freshmen Cause Campus Crunch by MATTIE QUINN

Managing Editor

The 2011-2012 freshman class is already at 4,400 students, compared with last year’s record-breaking 3,900, and UA admissions officials are still accepting applications. “Our enrollment is up 30 percent, and we’ve been preparing for that for quite some time now,” said Suzanne McCray, vice provost for enrollment. “Our growth is very standard for a state that has implemented a lottery scholarship.” Despite the large numbers, UA officials are still going to require all freshmen to live on campus. “University housing has taken proactive steps very early on to make sure there would be adequate room for the incoming group of freshmen. We are going to still require all freshman to live on campus because we know we have the space for them,” McCray said. With the record-breaking population of freshmen living on campus, some people are worried about the strain on housing resources for the coming years. “From the housing perspective, it’s going to be difficult to address that need right away. I know there has been talk of the renovation of Hotz Hall and the building of a new residence hall, but those things take time and money,” said Cameron Mussar, the new Residents’ Interhall Congress president. “Are we going to have less room for upperclassmen to live on campus if we keep trending in this direction? Probably. But that’s not what I want to happen. My concern is there are people who want to live on campus, who like living on campus and who need to live on campus. However, I want to get these conversations started early so we can figure these things out as soon as we can.” With freshmen taking up a large portion of on-campus housing, shifts can be expected in what is now considered upperclassmen housing. Most of Gregson will remain upperclassmen, and I believe that Walton Hall will all be upperclassmen, Mussar said. “However, I believe that about 95 percent of the Northwest Quad will now be fresh-

men, whereas the Quad has traditionally been an upperclassmen residence hall, so we are seeing major shifts in all of that,” he said. With the probability of the off-campus community at the UA growing, keeping students feeling connected to campus is a priority of the Associated Student Government for next year. “We created a liaison to offcampus students in our cabinet to address this and also look into the real estate issues many students have been running into this spring,” said Michael Dodd, ASG president. “I’d like to look into a more students-first approach to parking, making sure that the parking and transit department is filling parking decks with the current rates, expanding parking space as much as possible and allowing for a more student-friendly ticket appeal.” One concern for UA officials for next year is making sure all of the freshmen feel at home among a larger population, as many of them have never lived on their own. “Opportunities for freshmen will be expanded through a revamped ASG Fresh HOGS and a new initiative to make RSOs and campus involvement more accessible. We will be on campus consistently with applications, student polls and a ‘campaign complain’ board, giving students a sense that the ASG office is coming to them,” Dodd said. With all freshmen still living on campus, Mussar aims to use Housing to help freshmen feel more at home, as opposed to just another number. “The first six weeks are so crucial, because that is when students start to feel connected to campus,” he said. “We want to have more programming with our hall senates, because the purpose of having programs in the residence halls is to make students feel at home and get them out and doing something.” “What I really want to see is RIC senators and RAs actively involved in socializing the community and getting people comfortable with living on campus, and also teaching them those lessons that they don’t learn in classrooms.” With all of the talk about strains on housing between

freshmen and upperclassmen, McCray isn’t worried about other resources around campus being stretched. “We have already made sure that we will have enough faculty for all of the new students and enough classroom space as well,” McCray said. Mussar and Dodd agreed that the biggest challenges in adjusting to the growth is making sure that students are happy. “Really the only thing we can address in the here and now is just making sure that these students who are on campus are having a good time. That’s all I can really hope to accomplish, and I know that ideas will come about as the year goes on to make life easier for everyone, both freshmen and upperclassmen,” Mussar said. Dodd believes in keeping the students first to ensure wellbeing on campus. “I believe one of our school’s biggest assets is the open, down-to-earth, ‘students first’ culture and that is something that should definitely be protected.” Student Affairs officials are also working across the board to accommodate the rapid growth, said Daniel Pugh, dean of students. Pat Walker Health Center officials are working to bring more doctors and counselors to campus, and options to expand the center’s hours of operation are being researched, Pugh said. An expansion to Brough’s dining services is also in the works, as well as a few other options Chartwell’s officials are examining, but are not public knowledge yet to avoid compromising those plans, Pugh said. More Greek chapters are also being examined to maintain the influx of students interested in rushing during the fall. Student affairs officials are also working with a national expert to develop a social media strategy for improved connection with students and parents, Pugh said. “We don’t know, and the expert doesn’t know, anyone else from in the nation who’s doing that,” he said. “We’re doing really exciting stuff here that’s really progressive.” Nick DeMoss contributed reporting to this article.



GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER His holiness the Dalai Lama spoke to a sold out crowd during his keynote address May 11, 2011 at Bud Walton Arena. The Dalai Lama came to the university as part of the distinguished lecture series

Dalai Lama Brings Message of Nonviolence by Saba Naseem Editor

More than 20,000 people attended the Dalai Lama addresses on non-violence on Wednesday, May 11, at Bud Walton Arena, a Walton Arts Center manager said. One of the most important proponents to understand nonviolence begins the way “our life starts,” said His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet. He explained that humans are not like other animals by giving an example of a turtle’s birth. The mother turtle lays her eggs and leaves, and when the egg hatches, the turtle must learn to survive on its own. Humans are not like that, but instead, start their lives with a caring mother, he said. “And our case and many birds and many of the mammals—their survival depends entirely for the affection or caring by the mother,” His Holiness said. “So our life starts that way. Therefore I consider basic human nature is more gentleness.” If the mother’s mental state is calm and happy while the child is in the womb, it has a positive impact on the child and if the mother is angry, it has a negative impact, His Holiness said. He emphasized the mother’s relationship with the child because that is where compassion begins, he said. “The body goes well with affection,” the Dalai Lama said, “not fear.” He also shared his teachings on the true meaning happiness. Happiness means “deep satisfaction,” he said. “So, then what is [a] way to gain deeper satisfaction?” “I think you consider some kind of satisfaction” through the material world, the Dalai Lama said. Sight, taste, hearing, smell, touch—“through these ways, we get some satisfaction,” he said. “So these kind of satisfaction depend on external factors. When external factors are ab-

sent, you feel void.” Satisfaction should be thought of from a mental level, not a sensory level. The ultimate source of happiness is within ourselves, he said. “We should pay more attention about our inner value.” The Dalai Lama, Vincent Harding and Sister Helen Prejean discussed their paths of non-violence in the morning panel. These individuals have brought more positive change in their lives than many who have devoted their life to just public service, said Sidney Burris, director of Fulbright Honors College. If violence really solved problems and brought peace, then there could be justifications for it, but that is not the case, His Holiness said. A question about Osama Bin Laden’s recent death brought up the issue of the role of “the enemy” in a person’s life. One should forgive the enemy and practice tolerance toward him or her, His Holiness said. Anger, greed, selfishness— all those are negative traits and bad for the health, he said. “However, enemies are needed for the purpose of bettering oneself,” he said. A Christian can never get angry at Jesus Christ and “I can never get angry at Buddha… or my mother” because these people would never hurt us, he said. And so to learn forgiveness and tolerance one needs enemies. As Burris said in his question, “Tibetans have a saying: ‘my enemy, my teacher’ - meaning that as long as we're around people that we love and adore, we learn no lessons. It's only when we're around the enemy that we actually get to watch hatred and anger work. And at that point we can attack it and understand how to manage it.” Prejean echoed the message of peace with all people, even the enemy. The “more we can connect with, [build] bridges, have dif-

ferent kinds of people meeting and conversing each other”— through these, one can “positively promote” a “community of peace,” she said. The community was very appreciative for this chance to hear the Dalai Lama, they said. Fayetteville resident Sheilah Roenfeldt took her entire family to both the morning and afternoon address. “I felt great joy sitting in the auditorium, knowing I’d given my kids this opportunity,” she said. “I also enjoyed our conversation following both talks. Everybody took away something different and I enjoyed hearing the different perspectives.” “It was absolutely marvelous,” said UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart. “Every aspect of it was wonderful and it gave me a lift in my professional life and my personal life.” The Dalai Lama brought a lot to the UA through his “message of tolerance, kindness and turning the other cheek,” he said. He is a world leader who has made such a huge mark on society, yet he is still “just a person,” Gearhart said. His message has made such a huge difference in the world and “this [meeting] will live with me for my whole life,” he said. The Dalai Lama was very pleased, said Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a Tibetan monk and instructor in the Fulbright College. Dorjee was a prominant figure in bringing the Dalai Lama to the university. He told me that “I did hard work and a good job. He aslo gave advice on where I could improve,” Dorjee said. “The whole visit was incredible,” he said. “It went exactly like imagined. His Holiness expressed his pleasure at all the support from the University and community.” Students also enjoyed the event and were happy that the University brought such a notable figure, they said.


ASG Has High Hopes for the Summer by JORDIAN CARNEY Opinion Editor

With the beginning of the summer term, ASG executive members are busy preparing for student orientation sessions and transitioning the newly appointed cabinet members. “We interviewed over 120 candidates. We had roughly 150 students apply but some were unable to interview or didn’t meet the grade requirements,” said ASG President Michael Dodd. “We looked at ASG experience, work ethic, prior knowledge for the position, commitment and enthusiasm.” Dodd also appointed Roxanne Hazelwood as the ASG chief of staff last month, and Pug Pate as ASG secretary. Because Secretary-Elect Sydney Dunn resigned after election results were announced, Dodd was allowed to appoint someone to the secretary position until an election can be held during the fall semester. Secretary is the first ASG position for Pate. “Being a part of ASG is a new and exciting adventure that I am on,” Pate said. “For me, there has been a large learning curve in the past month from diligently studying the constitution, past bills and legislation and observing the ins and outs of the office.” There are many other attributes that Pate brings to the job to help overcome the learning curve, he said. “By accepting

this job, I have set my goal to do the best work for this position.” He also plans to run for secretary in the fall election, he said. ASG executives used a similar process to the cabinet interviews last year, Dodd said. Each cabinet member chosen was the best for the job, he said. “Some cabinet members have already begun working on their initiatives, but most should feel empowered to pursue initiatives and have information to do so by the end of May,” Dodd said. The ASG executive cabinet will be comprised of approximately 40 positions, in addition to the six executive positions. New cabinet positions include a liaison to off-campus students, a liaison to student athletes and a media coordinator. “Within the next few weeks we will have ordered promotional materials, begin budgeting for the next year and every cabinet member will have goals developed alongside our platform points for the year,” Dodd said. ASG members also plan to have a booth at every orientation session this summer, and every executive will take part in the sessions, he said. “I have already begun work for orientation - ordering promotional items, creating the table and meeting with administrators to increase marketing for ASG during orientation,”

Pate said. In addition to preparing for orientation, Dodd has begun the job search for a new ASG advisor. “We hope to have an advisor by July,” Dodd said. “It has been very difficult working without one, but we have received a lot of help from many of the CLCE employees.” The last ASG advisor, Jessica Morgan, announced in April that she was stepping down to take a student government advising job at the University of South Florida. “This move affords me the opportunity to be closer to my family and pursue a doctoral degree at my alma mater,” Morgan said. ASG members have also already received their budget. The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget was determined last semester. The budget for the 2010-2011 school year was $322, 364.41. In the past the ASG student fee determined the total ASG budget. The fee is $.69 per credit hour for students in the fall semester, according to the treasurer office website. The UA administration created a new student fee review process during the spring semester, supported by a resolution from the ASG senate, which moves all of the nonmandatory fees into a lump group. The change also made a new review board that determines the amount each group gets.

BEN FLOWERS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Senior Jared Morphew stocks the shelves of the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry. The food pantry is located in Bud Walton Hall and open to students and staff in need of nourishment, or like Morphew, open to volunteers.

Full Circle Food Pantry Receives Walmart Donation by SABA NASEEM Editor

The Walmart Foundation has donated $36,956 to support the Full Circle Campus Food Pantry, a university official said. “The money will go to keep the pantry stocked and [for] upgrades to the facilities,” said Kelly Cheeseman, spokeswoman for Wal-Mart Foundation. This is a bigger part of the $2 million to hunger relief, she said. “We feel a responsibility to help food pantries and soup kitchens, not only in Arkansas but across the nation,” Cheeseman said. The Walmart grant will also allow for a paid intern to be hired, said Julia Lyon, director of the food pantry. Since the pantry first opened in February, The staff have gotten approximately 200 requests, she said. The pantry, established by the Volunteer Action Center, is a student-run program that offers “an accessible, compassionate and dignified environment to provide for the nutritional needs of the UA community so they can fully focus on their education,” according to the mission statement. The idea first started when VAC members heard a story on the National Public Radio

about a student who excelled in his studies, yet was homeless, said Scott Flanagin, director of communications for the division of student affairs. The story inspired students to start a food pantry here to give students access to the essentials needed. The VAC began working on the pantry in Spring 2010. They received a $30,000 donation from Chartwells and the Department of Student Affairs to help with getting space for the pantry. “It’s really exciting to see how it has all come together,” said Brittany Arroyos, the public relations and marketing director of the VAC. “At the beginning of the semester we weren’t sure it was going to happen, but it has turned out to be bigger than what we thought.” The pantry provides canned food, boxed pastas, rice, cereal and other non-perishable items, as well as personal items such as shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste. “We have a freezer and refrigerator now, so we can keep items that were requested like bread, milk, juice, some frozen chicken," Lyon said. The freezer and refrigerator were donated by the Associated Student Government. “This is important because there are many students here who have food insecurities and this will help them out,”

Arroyos said. Arkansas has a 17.7 percent food insecurity, one of the highest percentages in the nation, according to a report by the United States Department of Agriculture. “People sometimes tend to think that if someone can pay for college, they can also afford to pay for their food,” Flanagin said. “However, not all students are privileged and many students may be sacrificing meals to pay for college.” Students can receive food from the pantry by filling out an application form and a request form at fullcircle.uark. edu. Volunteers prepare a bag with three days worth of food that can be picked up at the pantry. The pantry is student-run and operates Mondays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the semester. The summer hours are Monday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality form to protect the privacy of anyone requesting food. All the food and products come from donations. “It’s nice to see how many people are willing to volunteer and help each other,” Arroyos said. “The concept of Full Circle is to show that if you help someone, they will help others, creating this continuous cycle.”


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by KELSI FORD Staff Writer

They whiz by on campus on fixedgear bicycles. They wear American Apparel T-shirts, accessorized with non-prescription glasses and piled on braided and beaded bracelets. They lounge in hammocks and play the guitar at the Greek Theater. They sip lattes at Arsaga’s Espresso Cafe and go to indie shows at George’s Majestic Lounge. They drink Pabst Blue Ribbon at parties and give off the vibe that they just don’t care. They’re the hipsters, our generation’s version of the independentthinking young people that all of the recent decades have seen, including hippies and Generation X. Harriet Wells, the owner of the Cheap Thrills vintage clothing store on East Avenue in downtown Fayetteville, defined the hipster culture as a group of “young kids that are trying to be on the cutting edge of fashion and music.” Wells said she likes that those who embrace the hipster trend are not spending much money on their clothes. “I think it’s great that kids are doing a form of recycling,” Wells said. Wells said she believes that life may be hard for those who accept the trend, especially in rural areas. “I think it’s harder for kids who dress different,” Wells said. “Harder for them here to not be stared at or pre-judged.” Wells also said she thinks people who are perceived as hipsters may

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have a harder time finding a job. UA senior Matt Brown, who said he has three or four friends that are “definitely hipsters,” had a similar viewpoint. He said the clothes a person wears, the music they listen to and their interests determine whether or not they are a hipster. He also said that the trend is probably less accepted in a town like Fayetteville than it would be in larger, more diverse cities. “[The hipster culture] is sort of like the hippie era, except more of a modern deal,” Brown said.

people at the coffee shop who she feels fit into the hipster category. She believes the way a person dresses and where they hang out determines if they are a hipster. Phillips also said she had not heard the term “hipster” until this year. “It’s a relatively new category,” Phillips said. UA senior Ray Salmon, an RA in Holcombe Hall, likes the unique style of hipsters, saying that he prefers more unusual clothes with interesting patterns, colors and designs. “I don’t like just the regular American look, like blue jeans and a T-shirt,” Salmon said. However, Salmon said he does not think his sense of style makes him a hipster. “I don’t think I’m a hipster, but I’m not mainstream either,” Salmon said. Although Salmon appreciates hipster style, there are many people who are far from supportive of the trend. Blogs that make fun of hipsters, including Stuff Hipsters Hate, Stuff Hipsters Like and Unhappy Hipsters, have become increasingly popular along with the rise of hipster culture. Brown does not believe students who embrace the hipster trend have much of an impact around campus. “I don’t think the hipster community is too big at the U of A, but there’s definitely a presence,” Brown said. Anders agreed, saying that although there are several hipsters on campus, they do not have much of an influence on students. “Their impact is a lot weaker than they’d like to think,” Anders said.

“A hipster, from my experience, is kind of like a rich version of a hippie” - WILLIAM ANDERS Brown said he shares many of the same interests as hipsters, but he does not place himself in that category. “I don’t reject mainstream things as much as hipsters do,” Brown said. UA sophomore William Anders, a bike salesman at Lewis & Clark Outfitters — a place where many hipsters come to purchase their fixed-gear bicycles — also compared hipsters to hippies. He said he thinks it is just a phase, and that hipsters are not fully committed to being “one with the world” like true hippies. “A hipster, from my experience, is kind of like a rich version of a hippie,” Anders said. Lindi Phillips, a barista at Mama Carmen’s Espresso Café located on College Avenue, said she sees many

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Campus, Online Bookstores Compete for Students’ Books

Local Companies and Students Organize Volunteer Efforts to Help with Tornado and Flood Damage


Buying or renting textbooks from online stores such as, may help students save money and time compared to local bookstores. by KELSI FORD Staff Writer

Toward the end of each semester, students begin to dread finals, papers, projects, all-nighters and packing up to move back home. But there is one thing every student enjoys about putting another term behind them: trading in their books for cold, hard cash. The bookstores on and near campus used to be the only places for students to sell their textbooks. Now, however, there are several book buyback websites, and many UA students have started exploring this option for selling their books. With online book buyback services gaining in popularity, the bookstores on and near campus have been working hard to rival their new competition. Book buyback websites like and eCampus. com determine how much they will offer for a book based on its condition and popularity. The Campus Bookstore, a privately owned bookstore on Dickson Street, is “extremely competitive with online buyback sites,” said Tara Hoffman, the bookstore’s manager. Hoffman said her bookstore will pay up to 75 percent of the price a student spent on a book. “Obviously, we cannot pay

back 75 percent indefinitely,” Hoffman said. “Like all local stores, we guess what percent of a future class enrollment we will sell.” After the Campus Bookstore has bought the amount of books they suspect they will sell for a specific class during the next semester, they will purchase the book at a national wholesale value. Hoffman said the Campus Bookstore has relationships with many of the wholesale companies online, so they always know what the best price offered for a book will be. Because of this, Hoffman said they are “rarely beat at buyback.” The UA bookstore, located at the Garland Avenue Center, pays back as much as 50 percent of what students spent on a book. After they have purchased a set amount of copies of a certain book, they also buy books from students at a national wholesale price. Ali Sadeghi, who has been the bookstore manager since 1994, said that the wholesale price may not be the best price available and that students could possibly make more money by selling these books online.

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Residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. reach out through the devastation to offer gratitude for volunteers. Many UA students have also gone to Joplin to help out. by CAITLIN MURAD Staff Writer

As the stories of the tornado devastation in the South reached Fayetteville, local businesses, as well as students and faculty from the university community, teamed up to raise money and collect items for the tornado victims. Mary Karsten, an employee of Mellow Mushroom, a local pizza parlor, has taken the initiative to raise money for Alabama residents and students that were affected by the recent tornado in Tuscaloosa. Karsten began organizing a relief effort for victims of the tornadoes on May 1, a few days after the April 27 devastation. “I have friends who live in Tuscaloosa, and Mellow Mushroom was nice enough to let me put up flyers,” Karsten said. “We take anything and everything from money to hygiene

products.” On Sunday, May 15, Karsten held a benefit to raise money for Alabama residents. Businesses from all over Fayetteville attended and donated money to the cause. “We are in most need of money,” Karsten said, “But we also need diapers, clothes and hygiene products.” The donations go directly to Riverwood Presbyterian, a church in Tuscaloosa, where Karsten’s friend collects items and houses refugees who have lost their homes. The money will help people rebuild homes and community that were destroyed in the tornado. Then they can start rebuilding their lives again. Karsten began raising money for Tuscaloosa because of her friends that were affected, and the destruction she sees in the newspaper, on television and in magazines continues to remind

her of how important it is to help rebuild these people’s lives. “I saw this picture in USA Today where an entire neighborhood was destroyed; there was nothing left of it. It will take them forever to build it back and their lives will never be the same,” Karsten said. UA students have also been contributing to tornado relief. Members of the Volunteer Action Center took monetary donations around campus during the final weeks of classes. They also collected donations outside the Blake Shelton concert and at other events on campus. Angela Oxford, assistant director of the center for leadership and community engagement through the Volunteer Action Center, said that the money they raised for Tuscaloosa was sent directly the Acts of Kindness Fund at the University of Alabama. The Fund gives financial support to employees

and students of the university who were affected by the tornado. “I really encourage students not to go [to Tuscaloosa] and help unless they have been trained in disaster relief,” Oxford said. “Otherwise they become a liability to the community.” Oxford does however, encourage students to donate money, give blood or volunteer for an organization such as the Red Cross. “Red Cross is a great program to get involved in,” Oxford said. “They will get dollars into the hands of families who need it.” Oxford is currently working to send relief to the victims of the most recent tornado in Joplin, Mo. She is communicating with the Red Cross in Fayetteville to get blood donated and

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Aside from all the coffee shops, nightclubs, strip malls and chain restaurants that are to be expected in a booming college town, Fayetteville has some unique hangout spots that have been local favorites for generations. Fayetteville is an eclectic place—a town with a rich history and bright future. It’s a place that embraces both its heritage and greets everyone with open arms. For Rose, who has lived and practiced law in Fayetteville since he graduated from the UA Law School, this town is the perfect place to call home. “It’s hard to put your finger on it. Fayetteville is different than any place I’ve ever lived,” he said. “Fayetteville—it’s funky. You can put your own definition on what funky is. I’m not so sure what it means, quite frankly.” Staff Writer

Contessa Shew STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER At first, George’s may seem like just another wornout old bar, but for Fayetteville natives the club’s unique vibe and hefty lineup of both big-name and local bands always puts it high on the list of favorite destinations in town. George Pappas founded George’s in 1927, making it the oldest and longest-run-

ning music venue in Arkansas, according to the bar’s website. Because George’s routinely draws a variety of nationally recognized and indie bands, and because it’s an 18-and-up venue, incoming freshman have the opportunity to see all kinds of great live music. “It’s sort of the crown

3352 N. Hwy 112

Courtesy Photo With earth-shaking surround sound, crystal-clear HD video and 3D movies, going to a modern movie theater is usually a great experience. But modern theaters

simply don’t offer the same experience as a good, old-fashioned drive-in movie theater. The 112 Drive In Theater, family owned and operated since 1980,

and jewels of Dickson Street. That’s why I think ‘Majestic’ is suitable for it,” said Marci Manley, 24, a UA graduate and reporter for KNWA and Fox 24. George’s has changed in ownership and appearance over the years, but it continues to be a well-loved venue for multiple generations. “Back when I was in law school, they had a great big open garden in the back,” said James Rose III, 70, who graduated from the UA Law School in 1979. “There was a great big oak tree right in the middle of it. Students would climb up in the oak tree and listen to music. The noise ordinance kind of put the quietus on that and they had to build a big ceiling over it.” Even so, Rose still loves going to George’s. “It’s probably the best music venue in Fayetteville, probably in Northwest Arkansas," he said. is one of only a few drive-in theaters left in Arkansas. The picture quality may not be as good as it is at the other theaters in town, but the experience of piling into a car with friends, driving up to a massive outdoor movie screen and tuning in the car radio to listen to the movie continues to make the 112 Drive In a popular weekend hang out in Fayetteville. “That whole nostalgic feel and just the rarity of it makes it something unique to go do,” said Jordan Scarborough, a senior criminal justice major at the UA, who has been going to the 112 Drive In since 2001.

Contessa Shew STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Big books, little books, sort of old books, really old books, books you probably won’t see anywhere else and books about every subject you can imagine —that’s what to expect at the Dickson Street Bookshop. The shop is literally a labyrinth of overloaded bookshelves, creating narrow passageways that seem to meander endlessly. It’s a book lover’s par-

Although not as widely known as some other places in Fayetteville, for those that do know about it, the cross on Mount Sequoyah is a special place to sit and look out over the city and unwind. The cross was built in 1935 by a group of Methodist Church leaders and is part of the Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center. Many are drawn to spiritual reflection while sitting under the old cross. For others, it’s simply a place to take a quiet break and enjoy the panoramic view of Fayetteville, a spectacular sight during the day or at night. “There have been times where it’s the one place where nobody else is at 3 a.m. when you’re pulling an all-nighter and you need a break and you kind of just want to go and sit and think about stuff,” Manley said. The tranquility of the overlook has also made the cross

adise and worth exploring even if you don’t read that much. In 1978, after several years in the book-selling business in Chicago, Donald Choffel opened the Dickson Street Bookshop with Charles O’Brien. Although business started out slow, the store has since become widely popular. With its vast selection and quirky atmosphere, the shop

now even attracts book lovers from surrounding states. “It just sort of draws you in. You go in there and you take your time and just look. There’s no pressure, and it’s almost like an adventure,” Manley said. “There are books there that I was able to find that I couldn’t find at a Borders or Barnes & Noble.”

Contessa Shew STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER on Mount Sequoyah a popular place to take dates through the years. However, at one point for Charlie Alison, 52, it was a place to say goodbye. “The first woman I dated in college, she had graduated and was going to be moving back to Texas because she found a job down there. Her last night in town we

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drove up there and just sat and talked and looked out over the city,” said Alison, who graduated from the UA in 1982 with an undergraduate degree in journalism and again in 2004 with a master’s in journalism. “If nothing else, you just get a beautiful view of the city even now.”

Even though it has only been open since 1977, stepping into Hugo’s is kind of like stepping into a 1920s speakeasy, a secret place only for those in the know, only the proprietors at Hugo’s offer up some of the best hamburgers in town, not illegal booze. Driving down Block Avenue in downtown Fayetteville, you probably won’t even notice Hugo’s if you don’t know where to look for it. From outside, all that’s visible of the place is a small neon “Hugo’s” sign peeking from a window at the top of some street-level steps leading down to the subterranean burger joint. While waiting for a burger in the dimly lit little restaurant, plenty of entertaining memorabilia can be found hanging on the walls. Blackand-white photos, old signs and a curious assortment of antiques hang everywhere, and an old piano sits near the front of the one-room restaurant. And for dessert—crepes. The airy, French version of pancakes served with whipped topping and fruit may seem like an odd followup to a big, juicy all-American burger with fries on the side, but once you try them, you’ll be hooked.



UA Doctoral Student’s Study Disproves Stereotypes of Prostitution

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Prostitution is usually seen as a desperate decision. However, Jennifer Hafer, a doctoral candidate, recently completed a study suggesting that “the oldest profession” could be a carefully calculated career choice. Her findings illuminated the need for a policy change to increase regula-

tions in a growing yet illegal market. “I read a lot of studies on prostitution and none of them really focused on why women chose the different markets, either the high-end call girl or the low-end street walkers,” Hafer said. Hafer used a model to understand plausible reasons why women would want to enter this kind of work and if

the choice of market was dependent on the woman’s level of education and affluence. “The model included in the paper is a strategic decision making model,” Hafer said. “Women are first classified as high opportunity cost or low opportunity cost based on variables such as education, training, access to both financial and social resources, access to the marriage market, and family background.” “There isn’t really data because prostitution is still illegal,” Hafer said. “Most of the theoretical data came from women soliciting prostitution over the Internet.” Hafer studied both the high-quality markets, such as escort services and call girls, and the low-quality markets, ranging from legal to illegal brothels and streetwalkers. “The woman then must decide which labor market to enter,” Hafer said. “When making this decision she takes into consideration variables such as morals, effort, health risks, stigma, earnings and the probability of getting caught in doing an illegal activity. Each of these variables differ by labor market. Based on the values of the variables, the woman will then decide which labor market to enter. The model includes the traditional labor market and the high and low quality segments within each of the legal and illegal prostitution markets.” Recently, the phenomenon behind the increase in women choosing to abandon marital and labor demands has shown an influx with a dip in the economy. These are what Hafer deems “high-oppor-

tunity-cost women.” Hafer’s study showed that the-highopportunity-cost women were more likely to enter the illegal markets of prostitution over legalized brothels. This mindset is connected to the sense of autonomy and financial independence working for themselves provide, but this market lacks any sort of regulation and thus increases the likelihood of health risks. Hafer’s findings reveal that prostitution in the United States is more common than previously thought, and as such, a drastic change is needed in the current policies behind prostitution. Hafer believes that the low-quality dangerous markets such as streetwalking should remain illegal but the low-quality regulated markets in brothels, should be legalized with adamant regulations. Nevada is the only state in the US that has allowed regulated prostitution in the form of brothels. There are currently 28 legal brothels located in two different counties. These businesses operate as independent contractors and require hefty licensing from everyone hired. This ensures a level of quality in the producer as well as the consumer. From this standpoint, health testing can be introduced to escort services as well as Internet markets, thus making this type of work safer for both parties involved. “You have to, for the most part, separate your feelings from the study. I had to look at it as an economist,” Hafer said. “The theoretical data proves there needs to be a change in policy.”

from VOLUNTEER on page 1B sent to Joplin in response to the severe damage done to the hospital during the storm. Volunteer Action Center paired up with Arkansas Greek Life and Razorback Athletics to create the “Woo Tide…Hogs Care” initiative. On May 6 they collected water bottles to aid those cleaning up the devastation in Arkansas and Tuscaloosa. Greek Life has also donated money as well as toiletry items and clothing. “I have been able to be a part of the Greek Life initiative ‘Woo Tide…Hogs Care’ and have loved seeing the hard work done by people who genuinely care about the well-being of the people in those areas,” said Elizabeth Milburn, president of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Milburn, along with other Greek members, has made a conscious effort to contribute

from BOOKSTORES on page 1B Sadeghi said he hopes the convenience of the bookstore’s on-campus location attracts students. He said he also hopes students take into consideration that by buying and selling their books at the bookstore, they are helping to boost the local economy. Senior Landrey White sells her books back to the Campus Bookstore because of its close proximity to campus. “It just seems easier to me,” White said. Sarah Guinn, senior, sells her books to the UA Bookstore “mostly because it was just convenient to go there instead of trying online.” Neither White nor Guinn have been content with their experiences in selling back their books to the local bookstores. “The [UA Bookstore] hasn't bought some of my books the past few semesters, and I'm

to the tornado relief. Greek chapters have encouraged their members to participate in the relief efforts by asking them to donate money, basic clothing and hygiene products. Chi Omega sorority members created a canvas pledging their prayers and support to send to the Chi Omega chapter at the University of Alabama. Many other sororities have taken this idea and sent canvases to their own sorority chapters at Alabama. “We are all a part of a global community and it is our responsibility to help others whenever we can,” Milburn said. For more information on how you can help contribute to the tornado relief, contact the Volunteer Action Center at (479) 575-5225 or go to their website at http://service.uark. edu/sidebar/volunteeraction. php. looking at selling some books online now,” Guinn said. White has not been happy with the amount of money paid back for her books at the Campus Bookstore. “Never once have I felt like I got an adequate amount of money back for my book based on what I paid for it at the beginning of the semester,” White said. Last fall, White said she sold some of her books to a friend who then sold them to online buyback services. She said he paid her around the same price for her books as the local bookstores would have, and possibly a few dollars more. Sadeghi said he realizes that his bookstore may not always be able to compete with buyback services, but he always has UA students’ best interest in mind. “We truly would like our students to buy their books and sell their books where they get the best value,” Sadeghi said.


Packing for College by ANDREW VAN GENDEREN Asst. Features Editor

1. Is it small?

You will have very limited space in your dorm, and you will need to be as efficient with it as possible. Being organized with your area and judicious with what you put in it is key both to your own personal sanity and to good relations with your roommate, who will not want to see your week-old M&Ms and dirty socks mingling with his or her calculus homework.

Believe it or not, you do not need as much as you think you do to live well in college. The criteria for packing strategically can be broken down into three simple categories:

2. Is it inexpensive?

Whatever you bring to college has an inherent risk of being lost, broken, “permanently borrowed,” or outright stolen. Bring things that will make your life comfortable, but leave family heirlooms, expensive jewelry and anything “priceless” safely at home.

3. Will you use it?

As fond as your memories are of your 8th grade diorama of the Battle of Vicksburg, it will serve no realistic purpose in your dorm room. Same with your life-size lightsaber replica. If it is not directly related to academic gain or regular personal use, you should almost invariably leave it at home.

To Bring:

1. A reliable laptop with Microsoft Office

Everything you do in college will revolve around the Internet and, thus, your computer. Word processing, data sheets, and Powerpoint-style presentations are the bread and butter of most classes. Everything is compatible with Office, so scrounge up the $85 and install it on your computer if the software was not on it originally. It will be well worth your money.

2. A first aid kit and a basic medicine cabinet

Pat Walker Health Center will provide treatment for any major illnesses or injuries you may encounter, but having a small medicine kit will provide quick fixes in an emergency. Bring the basics: Tums, Sudafed, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, Band-Aids, peroxide, Neosporin.

3. A toolbox

The unexpected always happens when it is least convenient. Your fan may decide to rattle the night before a big test, your door may squeak miserably, your lightbulb may burn out during a midnight study session, you may lose a button from your shirt before a big presentation. A toolbox armed with WD-40, a flat head and a Phillips head screwdriver, pliers, a tape measure, scissors, a sewing kit, and duct tape will be adequate to help you solve 99 percent of almost any foreseeable problems.

4. Clock radio with iPod attachment

Small, light, relatively cheap and multipurpose, this is one of the essential items of any college dorm room. Use it to make sure you wake up for class on time and to play your favorite music while you study.

5. Organization Strategy

Aside from all of your belongings, you will have an inundation of papers, forms and important documents that will flow into your dorm room starting your very first day. Knowing where and how to sort it all is important. A small, plastic file carrier with sticky labels is indispensable, and a great way to keep all of your folders in one place.

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Not to bring:

1. Too many clothes

This is the number one mistake most freshmen make. For one thing, most dorms have fairly limited closet space. For another, you will receive tons of free t-shirts during your first semester. Bring two week’s worth of clothes, plan to do your laundry every week, and go from there.

2. Furniture

If you loft your bed, you can usually sneak a small couch underneath it. However, you will obviously lose the ability to store other things there. On the other hand, if you choose not to loft your bed you may not be able to store everything you have under it. Solution: bypass lofting your bed (its cheaper anyway), get 5 – 7 inch bed risers at Walmart, and your mini-fridge, books, guitar, laundry baskets and everything else will fit handsomely underneath.

3. A big screen TV

Large, heavy and expensive, big screen TVs are poorly suited for dorm rooms. There will be no way to keep it without encroaching on your roommate’s side of the room, and he or she may not want to have a TV in your room at all. Better alternative: a 21 inch flat screen TV with a DVD player is large enough to watch movies on, yet small enough to fit on top of your half of the dresser.

4. More than one minifridge

Make sure to coordinate with your future roommate ahead of time to ensure that you do not bring two microwaves, two printers and two fridges. One of any of these is nearly always plenty large enough to accommodate the needs of two people. Make sure, however, that the person bringing the printer brings the installation software, so that the roommate can use it.

5. Professional quality subwoofers

You will live in a hallway with at least 20 other people. The walls are thin. Unless you want angry residents in your doorway threatening to let gravity have its way with your sound equipment for seven stories, leave your speakers at home. A small clock radio or iHome-type device, as mentioned above, is much more appropriate for use in close quarters.


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Indie Crooners Delight Fans With Sophomore Album Helplessness Blues

Celebrating Summer: Beef Enchiladas in Creamy Queso Sauce by EMILY POTTS Staff Writer

Summer is here and with the sun and warm weather finally arriving in Fayetteville, I decided to put together a tasty meal that is perfect for having a homemade fiesta with friends and family. After recently booking my honeymoon to Cozumel, I decided to stay in the Mexican spirit and put together a fresh and simple meal that is both delicious and easy to make. After a little experimentation with ingredients, “Beef Enchiladas in Creamy Queso Sauce” was born. The recipe calls for multi-

ple ingredients, but I picked up everything I needed at the local grocery store for relatively little cost. I worked with my roommate, who is an equally avid chef, along with an online recipe to learn the proper way to cook the meat, and voila! – our feast was ready. The great thing about this recipe is that it calls for a small amount of every ingredient, so after buying the items once, the dish can be made multiple times. Crispy corn tortillas filled with a spicy shredded beefsour cream mixture, then topped with creamy white queso provided the perfect summer meal.

Though the recipe calls for quite a few ingredients, the outcome is definitely worth it. Begin by placing the chuck roast in a large pot. I didn’t bother trimming the fat off the roast before cooking, as it adds a lot of flavor to the dish. Then, add 3-4 cups of water until the roast is covered and simmer for 30 minutes until the meat has browned.

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Helplessness Blues Overall score: 8.5 From the very first note of the warm, endearing sounds of the Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues, the listener experiences an overwhelming feeling of calmness and serenity that one could find somewhere on a mountaintop, looking over the landscape below. Released May 3 by Sub Pop Records, Helplessness Blues is an excellent sophomore effort following their 2008 debut album, Fleet Foxes. Singer/songwriter Robin Pecknold (guitar/vocals) and Skyler Skjelset (lead guitar) of Portland, Ore., bring the vintage sound of 60s folk pop to a musically modern society. With their unique style, the band went on to receive much indie success, even going platinum in the UK. The Foxes are now a beard-toting six-piece known for their commendable use of vocal harmonies and strong folk-influenced music. Every musical moment in this album flows with expertise. The group shows they know how to make quality music, and it’s heard in every vocal harmo-

ny, swell of the violin, mandolin pick, beat of the drums, and strum of the guitar they make. However, Helplessness Blues as an album seems to lack continuity, and many songs can be forgettable or fail to charm the listener. One may not find the urge to play these tracks again and again. That being said, this album is a beautiful piece of work. Just a few listens of the musical compositions at play in the album, and it’s easy to be in awe of how all of this came together to make a few three and eight minute tracks. It’s albums like these that help one realize that, yes, there are wonderful artists out there, and they’re making great music. This album won’t be for everyone. The music is soft and fosters a calm, reflective mood. This album won’t be found on anyone’s “T-shirt Time” playlist. Overall, the album is enjoyable. The songs just don’t have a lasting appeal that makes one beg for more. Stand out tracks: “Helplessness Blues” has great lead vocals and steady guitars that melt into almost another song midway through-- a great song. “Battery Kinzie” has a bold pi-

Ingredients: 2 lbs chuck roast 4 cups water 1 can beef broth 3 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp ground cumin 1 packet taco seasoning (optional) 3 tbsp chili powder ½ yellow onion, diced 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 can green chili peppers 1 cup sour cream 1 ½ cups Mexican cheese blend 1 package corn tortillas 2 cups vegetable oil 1 block white queso (I found this in the refrigerated Hispanic food section) 2 cups milk

ano melody and a great booming beat that is reminiscent of earlier songs like “White Winter Hymnal.” “Lorelai” is another great part of the album. A sweet guitar melody and driving percussion make this song instantly likeable. Musicianship: 8 Guitars and vocal harmonies are expertly done. Yet, most songs aren’t very catchy and lack a passionate zest to them that could make them great. However, the guitar and mandolin solo at the end of “Sim Sala Bim” is a wonderful display of the purely folksy musicianship of the Fleet Foxes. Originality: 9 The Foxes know their sound and stick to it. They bring a well polished, pure folk sound that is true to what you’d expect from 60s acoustic rock. “The Shrine/ An Argument’s” sporadic horn/ strings outro is both hauntingly beautiful and the most original part of the whole album. Lyricism: 9 When listening to this album, it feels like Pecknold is reading epics to the listener as they hike across a mystic valley, and it’s awesome. Heartfelt and pensive, the existentialist- and relationship-themed lyrics of Helplessness Blues are strong.

Once the meat is brown on all sides, drain the remaining water and add the red wine vinegar, cumin, chili powder and broth. Simmer the beef for an additional hour, then kick the heat up to high and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Be sure to check the meat throughout the cooking time, as it has a tendency to stick to the pan if not moved around. In a large skillet, add the diced onion and cook until light brown. Then, add the flour, green chili and sour cream until well mixed. Add the cheese and stir continuously until melted. While the cooking extravaganza is going on, cube the Mexican queso and add milk in a large bowl. Microwave on high in two minute increments until melted and combined. Remove the beef from the pot and place on a large plate. Using two forks (or your fingers, if you don’t mind getting messy), shred the beef. Then, place back into the pot and allow the meat to rest in the juices.

Fill a medium-sized skillet with the vegetable oil and when heated and bubbling, fry the tortillas for 20 seconds on each side until lightly browned. You don’t want to cook the tortillas for too long or they won’t roll properly, but that light crisp is a perfect texture in the dish. When everything is ready, take a tortilla and fill it with 2-3 spoonfuls of the sour cream mixture and enough beef to fill and roll. Then, place the enchiladas in a baking dish, covering each layer in the queso sauce. Sprinkle the remaining cheese blend on top and bake at 3500F until melted.

Serve with anything and everything. I made a summery salad made from spinach leaves, diced mango, tomato and pineapple along with black beans. Additional side items on our plates were refried beans, guacamole, rice and tortilla chips. The fresh and fruity salad paired with the cheesy-beefy goodness of the enchiladas made a wonderful meal that is perfect for summer entertaining or a home-cooked meal that anyone can enjoy.




Grooving in the Grass at Gulley Park Running On Algae

UA professor and team of undergrads win Innovator of the Year

Music festival goers enjoy music at Gulley Park. Fayetteville’s Parks and Recreation department will host a concert series through the summer. by NICK BROTHERS Staff Writer

For its 15th consecutive season, the city of Fayetteville’s Parks and Recreation department will host the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series, providing free live music for all. Gulley Park, located at the corner of Township and Old Wire Road, will set up stage on specific Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. at the park’s gazebo. “The concert series will consist of six shows,” said Tiffany Gaulke, recreation program manager for the City of Fayetteville’s Parks and Recreation department. “Three are local artists, and the other three are more on the regional side, coming from Georgia and Texas.” There is a wide range of genres featured, from the outlaw country of Waylon Pierce to the versatile rock-androll covers of the Uncrowned Kings. As a whole, the concert series will offer something for everyone. “It’s fun to see so many members of the community come out and enjoy a night of free music,” Gaulke said. “Usually the people know nothing about the band playing, but they know that nine times out of ten they won’t be let down.” The concert series is also sponsored by some local restaurants which will set up booths and sell food at the shows this year. “Look for

Qdoba, Lucky Luke’s BBQ, Tropical Smoothie Café, Maggiemoo’s Ice Cream and Mojo’s Pints and Pies,” Gaulke said. “It’s also encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and baskets to set up in the lawn.” The first concert of the series on May 26 features the musical stylings of the bilingual Patricia Vonne from Austin, Texas. Her genre is described as “a blend of folk, rock, country and blues.” She is known for “making the castanets cry for mercy, and brings her roots and influences together musically with solid rhythms and the jangle of guitars,” according to There will be a great female vocalist with Latin flair and a strong country rock vibe. Following Vonne, local indie folk pop/rock singer Tiffany Christoper will light up the stage on June 9. She is “a veteran of the Gulley Park Concert Series, she played solo in 2008, and is returning with her full band in 2011,” according to Christopher’s warm, soothing voice has a jazzy sound similar to that of singer Norah Jones. “Tiffany’s stuff is so real it’s hard to take your eyes and ears off of her,” said Harold Wieties of George’s Majestic Lounge. “Very, very few can express the human condition as Tiffany can, and then leave a crowd feeling better for it.” Listen for some mellow jams that will

compliment lying down on the grassy lawn of the park. On June 23, Waylon Pierce from Fort Worth, Texas, will take the stage. According to, “Waylon’s style of music comes deep from his true Texas outlaw country music heart. His deep, rich voice hits tones that set him apart from the pack, while his acoustic guitar sings warm rich tones of its own.” Waylon Pierce and the Kings of Texas sound a lot like what you would hear from a Texas roadhouse; fiddles, twangs of guitar and songs about drinking and having a good time. It will be great for a kickback out in the park. Next, on July 14, local band Casual Flyze & the Earth bring the most diverse and original sound to the concert series. “The versatility of this band will surprise you,” according to Their music style includes classic rock, R&B and pop, with influences “ranging from Marvin Gaye, ZZ Top, and Kings of Leon, to Ray Charles, Coldplay, and Johnny Cash.” If looking to hear something new and progressive, check out these Fayetteville natives. Tim Brantley and the 10th Street Band come into town from Atlanta, Ga., on July 24. Brantley is known for his catchy and upbeat piano rock/ pop that comes from influences like Hall & Oates, Wilco and Fleetwood Mac. Brantley of-

Courtesy Photo fers a sound that anyone could enjoy, as many of his songs are easy to catch on to. According to his MySpace, Brantley’s sound is “a commanding and infectious style of 70s pop rock, Atlanta grit, and Brantley wistfulness. From the very opening notes of the single ‘Damage,’ one can immediately hear the combination of melodic irresistibility and lyrical incisiveness that are becoming the musician’s hallmarks.” Last, but not least, the Uncrowned Kings of Fayetteville, Ark., close out the series on August 11. A compilation of local bands Oreo Blue, Big Bad Bubba and TJ Scarlett Band, this group promises on their YouTube account to “deliver high-energy polished rock and roll directly to your soul.” Guitarist TJ Scarlett is very talented and versatile in his playing. The group does a lot of covers of classic rock, and will most likely go into a few jam sessions. Without a doubt, the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series will end strongly with the Uncrowned Kings. When asked about the future for the summer concert series, Gaulke said, “We just want to see it continue and have it offer free music to Fayetteville with the little budget we have. We are in the works in developing a new park with an amphitheater, which may lead to us to expand on the concert series in the future.”

Courtesy Photo by SHELBY GILL Staff Writer

Instead of watching money slip away while filling up the gas tank, Fayetteville farmers may be looking toward filling up their tanks with algae. Dr. Jamie Hestekin and his team of undergrad students have been constructing an apparatus capable of taking dried algae from any source and converting it into fuel-grade butanol. Their success with the project did not go unnoticed and they were recently award-

ed the “Innovator of the Year Award” from Planet Forward. “I think I speak for the group as a whole when I say that we are all very proud of the award and our accomplishment,” said Ali McAtee, one of the undergrad students on the team. “We all worked hard on the project, and to see the public's positive response means that what we are doing has a real potential to make a difference and is getting national attention which

see ALGAE on page 8B


Sequels Dominate Box Office

Rest for the Weary

Courtesy Photos by ANDREW VAN GENDEREN Asst. Features Editor

There are an astounding number of sequels in theaters this summer, and audience reviews are mixed. Four to pay attention to: The Hangover 2: Todd Phillip’s Bangkok, Thailand-based sequel is the biggest grossing comedy in history, yet according to many reviewers one of the worst films ever made. Rotten Tomatoes called it a “crueler, darker, raunchier carbon copy of the first installment.” Opin-

from ALGAE on page 7B will get our goal out and that can only help us reach our goal.” The benefits are even greater than just an alternative fuel source. Algae is recognized as a fast-growing pest to many farmers, and thus this project allows farmers to rid their waterways of algae in a positive and productive manner. “We really think it is a way to clean up water from ponds on the farms as well as making fuel,” Hestekin said. “It is still a little while off, but it is close enough to be exciting. Hopefully in the next few years we will provide something that many, many farmers can use.” His team of undergrad students went above and beyond the three credit hour class and gave the project at least 30 hours a week. Their belief in the success of the project drove the students, as well as Hestekin, to donate a large portion of

ions vary widely among audiences, however, and may college-age viewers have responded positively to it. See for yourself before it leaves theaters. Kung Fu Panda 2: Jack Black returns as the voice of Po, an unassuming, overweight panda with a passion for martial arts and justice. When a new antagonist threatens to destroy the art of kung fu and conquer China, Po knows he must act to save his valley. Other voices include Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen and Jackie Chan. Cars 2: Owen Wilson,

Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Caine voice the cast of the sequel to the 2006 hit, as Lightning McQueen (Wilson) embarks on a quest to become the world’s fastest car. See it in theaters June 26. Harry Potter 7 (Part 2): The Harry Potter series comes to a conclusion as Harry faces his nemesis, Lord Voldemort, one final time. Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint star as the now-18-year-old wizards and witches in this adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s popular books.

their time to ensure the oneday availability of this apparatus “This was really an award for work that has been going on in my group for the past 3 years. However, the EPA People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Team were the ones that really pushed this project forward,” Hestekin said. “They designed an automated system that could take dry algae in one side and turn it into fuel grade butanol on the other. It was one of the most technically challenging projects I have ever seen an undergraduate perform.” The team hopes to build a small-scale unit that could operate on 1 to 10 acres of land. Achieving this would allow for hundreds of farmers to have fuel-grade butanol on their lands. They even used electrical engineering skills to automate the system with a touch screen. “As time goes on and many people realize the hazards and economics associated with using corn and other human food

sources as feedstock for biofuels, butanol from algae becomes more and more appealing,” McAtee said. “We hope to capture the attention of politicians that support ethanol subsidies to perhaps sway them toward butanol as an improved substitute for ethanol since butanol is less corrosive, can be used in its pure form, can go directly into car tanks instead of being mixed with gasoline, and does not compete with crops among many other benefits.” With the help of his undergrad students, the EPA and the University, Dr. Hestekin was able to begin the groundwork for creating a revolutionary device for agriculture in Fayetteville. “The EPA P3 funding helped, but I would also like to thank the Honors College that was very supportive financially. They allowed us to go out to the Innovator of the Year contest, and their leadership allows for awards like this to be possible,” Hestekin said.


UA students hang loose now that the summer warmth is here to stay. Hammocking on Old Main Lawn is a popular pasttime for many students, especially when the sun is out and class is over.


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Best of the


Arkansas Athletes 1.

TINA SUTEJ — Women’s Track & Field, Pole Vault Sutej won the pole vault title NCAA Indoor Championships in the spring. Two weeks before the NCAA Championships, she broke the NCAA pole vault record with 14-foot, 10.75-inch jump.


JAIME PISANI — Gymnastics Pisani was named a three-time All-American for the third consecutive year this spring. This year, she earned first-team All-American honors on the floor, second-team in all-around and on beam.



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KNILE DAVIS — Football, Running Back


Davis burst onto the scene after the first four games of the 2010 season, finishing the year with 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press.



D.J. BAXENDALE — Baseball, Starting Pitcher Baxendale turned into Arkansas’ ace in 2011, posting an 8-2 record record with a 1.62 ERA in the regular season. He started the season in the bullpen and had three regular-season saves.


GREG CHILDS — Football, Receiver Childs was on track to break Arkansas’ single-season receiving records in 2010 before missing the final five games of the year with a patella tendon injury. He still led the team with 813 yards.




JAMES McCANN — Baseball, Catcher McCann is the unquestioned leader of the baseball team. He’s one of the top catchers in the nation, named a Johnny Bench Award semifinalist in late April. He was hitting .309 entering the SEC Tournament.


ROTNEI CLARKE — Men’s Basketball, Guard Clarke led Arkansas in scoring in the 2011-12 season, averaging 15.2 points per game, earning second-team All-SEC honors from league coaches. He’s the fastest Razorback to hit 200 3-pointers.


TAREK BATCHELOR — Men’s Track & Field, Jumps Batchelor finished fifth in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. He was named an indoor All-American in the long jump and triple jump.


JASMINE NORTON — Volleyball, Outside Hitter Norton earned All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season as a sophomore in 2010. She led the SEC with 3.83 kills per set as a sophomore and earned All-American honors as a freshman.

10. JERRY FRANKLIN — Football, Middle Linebacker Franklin has led Arkansas in tackles the last three seasons, totaling 100 in 2010. He was named second-team All-SEC by league coaches and is Mel Kiper’s No. 4 linebacker prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft.


** The Top 10 was formulated by sports editor Jimmy Carter and assistant sports editor Zach Turner **

Arkansas Coaches

1. BOBBY PETRINO Sport: Football

It took Petrino just three seasons to turn a struggling program into a national contender.

2. DAVE VAN HORN Sport: Baseball

Van Horn has taken Arkansas to two College World Series and created an elite program in nine years.

3. MARK & RENE COOK Sport: Gymnastics




The Cooks have led Arkansas to the NCAA Championship round four times in five years.

MIKE ANDERSON Sport: Men’s Basketball

Anderson hasn’t coached a game at Arkansas yet, but turned around Missouri and UAB.

5. BRAD McMAKIN Sport: Men’s Golf

McMakin led Arkansas to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2009 and has built a contender in five years.


Bright Future in Store for Razorback Athletics Extra Points


Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson and baseball coach Dave Van Horn probably aren’t the very best in their respective professions. Razorback head football coach Bobby Petrino might be close, but Nick Saban and Bob

Stoops can argue otherwise with their national championship rings. If you put Anderson, Van Horn and Petrino together, though, you get one of the nation’s best trios of college coaches in the three main collegiate sports. Texas’ combination of football coach Mack Brown, basketball coach Rick Barnes and baseball coach Augie Garrido is the only group I could find with better credentials. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long deserves a lot of credit for assembling the talented trio that has positioned the Razorbacks to be a national contender in all three sports. Van Horn was the Hogs’ coach before Long arrived, but Long

hired Petrino and Anderson. He’s locked up all three coaches for the near future. Petrino’s hire has proven to be genius. The former Atlanta Falcons coach turned the program around in shocking time, leading Arkansas to its first BCS bowl game last season. He’s widely-recognized as an offensive mastermind. He took over a program with a bare cupboard after Houston Nutt bolted to Ole Miss, turning the Razorbacks into a national contender in just three seasons. Petrino has put the Hogs in position to contend in the SEC West for the forseeable future, something that sets the program up to compete nationally. He recently agreed to a seven-year con-

tract extension with a buyout that remains more than $10 million for the first five years of the deal. Anderson was a home-run hire for Long. Anderson spent 17 years at Arkansas as Nolan Richardson’s assistant, coaching on three teams that went to the Final Four, including the 1994 national championship squad. He left when Richardson was fired and turned around struggling programs as head coach at Alabama-Birmingham and Missouri. He took the Tigers to the Elite Eight in 2009. His hire sparked a fanbase starving for success. They might not have to wait long either – he’ll have an opportunity to mold a roster with several talented returning players and an incom-

ing recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation. Fan passion for basketball is back. Loaded in-state classes in the upcoming years coupled with Anderson’s recruiting ties in Memphis and Tulsa could put the program on a fast track for a rise back to national prominence. Anderson signed a seven-year contract, but has said he wants to retire at Arkansas. He won’t leave for greener pastures. Van Horn is the elder statesmen of the trio. He’s coached the Razorbacks since the 2003 season, taking the Hogs to two College World Series, including a national semifinal appearance in 2009. Arkansas lost most of its top players to the MLB after last season and this year was tabbed a re-

building season. The Razorbacks won the SEC West, though. Van Horn has positioned his program to compete in the rugged SEC every season. He’s a UA alumnus and recently signed a contract extension through the 2020 season. All three coaches have great credentials. The trio is committed to Arkansas and all have longterm contracts. The future is bright for Razorback fans. They get to enjoy the coaching version of The Triplets. Jimmy Carter is the sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every other Wednesday during the school year. Follow him on Twitter @jicartersports.



Pisani Wins Best Female Student-Athlete Title by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor


Junior center fielder Collin Kuhn rebounded from early-season struggles to play a key role in Arkansas winning its first SEC Western Division championship since 2007.

Kuhn’s Progress Key for Hogs by PATRICK GRINNAN Staff Writer

When Collin Kuhn finished a stellar 2010 season, in which he stole 17 bases, hit 16 home runs and scored 66 runs, he opted to stay at Arkansas for another season. The Beaver Dams, Wis., native wasn’t satisfied with his skills on the diamond and turned down a professional contract after being picked in the 15th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. “I felt like there was still room for improvement on my part,” Kuhn said. “I feel like I could come back on working on stealing bases and fine-tuning my swing.” Kuhn struggled at times this year, though. The junior had to adopt a new role on the team, both position-wise and as a leader. Kuhn’s batting average slipped to .269 at one point during the season. The loss of stars like Zack Cox, Brett Eibner and Andy Wilkins, who combined for 188

RBIs last season, has limited Kuhn’s ability to score runs. Kuhn was the team’s leadoff batter last season, a role that has been taken over by Bo Bigham. “I like (Collin) in the two or three spot,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “He’ll stand in there and take a walk, take a hit. He’s still taking too many pitches for my liking.” Kuhn stepped up when it mattered, though. “He’s a big-time leader,” Van Horn said of Kuhn. “He only says something when he has something to say. He’s a tough kid, he works hard and is always trying to improve.” He let his play do the talking in the Hogs’ final regular season series, with an SEC West Championship and SEC Tournament berth on the line. Arkansas lost to Ole Miss 2-1 in the first game of the series. After the second game of the series was postponed because of rain, the Razorbacks were faced with having to win two seveninning games to qualify for the SEC Tournament. Kuhn hit three home runs

and had five RBIs in the series, leading the Hogs to 2-0 and 5-3 wins and the division championship. “The way I see it, being a leader is playing as hard as I can every time out, never taking plays off,” Kuhn said. “I have to give it everything and lead by example that way.” Kuhn has improved defensively, too. He switched from left field to center field for most of the season and has a perfect fielding percentage. “I like center field, I feel like it’s more my natural position,” Kuhn said. “If it’s called on me to play either right or left I’m fine to do that too.” The team’s leadership has been lacking at points, but is starting to come together in the second half of the season, Kuhn said. “The more we can get the team together and get the younger guys along, it will help us,” Kuhn said. “You’re only as good as everyone on the team, it’s a team sport and if you can bring everyone along it will really help.”

Arkansas junior gymnast Jaime Pisani won Best Female Student Athlete honors in convincing fashion in the 2011 Best of Fayetteville poll. The All-American received 38 percent of the vote, besting runner-up and women’s basketball junior guard Lyndsay Harris. Harris totaled 22 percent of the vote. “This is a huge honor, especially since it was voted on by students on campus,” Pisani said in a statement. “I’m happy and proud to represent the Razorbacks. There are a lot of great athletes at the University of Arkansas and any of them could have won this award. This isn’t just for me, but for our entire

team. We all work hard and appreciate everyone’s sups-

Jamie Pisani port.” Pisani is one of the main reasons the Razorbacks’ gymnastics team is ranked No. 12 in the nation. She won first-place in the all-around and on the balance beam, ty-

ing for first on the vault and floor routines in Arkansas’ stunning 196.7-196.1 upset of No. 1 Florida. The Razorbacks posted their highest score of the season against the Gators, then nearly bested it in a 196.5193.775 win Sunday at Illinois-Chicago. Pisani won first-place in all-around, floor and vault. “She’s phenomenal,” cocoach Rene Cook said. “She just keeps getting better and it’s even amazing to us how much better she’s gotten. It’s exciting because it’s not only good for her, but the whole team. She expects the things from the team that she expects from herself. She goes and works as hard as anyone on the team. The girls really respect that.”

Davis Edges Childs for Best Male Award by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

Arkansas running back Knile Davis narrowly beat runner-up and Razorback receiver Greg Childs to win the Best Male Student Athlete award in the 2011 Best of Fayetteville survey. Davis collected 34.7 percent of the vote, while Childs received 30.4 percent of the vote. Students filled out more than 96 percent of the surveys. “It is really an honor to be recognized by the students at Arkansas and I want to thank my coaches and teammates for helping me develop as a player last year,” Davis said in

a statement. “On behalf of the football team, I’d like to let the students know how much we appreciate their support. The players talk about the encouragement we get from the students on campus all the time. It motivates us every day. “The atmosphere the students created last year was awesome and the team is working hard to build on the success we had together.” Davis was named AP firstteam All-Southeastern Conference after leading SEC running backs with 1,322 rushing yards in 2010, the fourth-best single-season total in University of Arkansas history. He scored 16 rushing touch-

downs and added 136 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. The 6-foot, 220-pound sophomore started slowly, but entrenched himself as the starting running back when he rushed for 82 yards Oct. 9 against Texas A&M. He reeled off five consecutive 100-yard games to finish the 2010 season and ran for 1,062 yards the final eight contests. Childs, basketball junior guard Rotnei Clarke, baseball center fielder Collin Kuhn and basketball sophomore forward Marshawn Powell rounded out the top five, respectively.


Running back Knile Davis beat fellow football star Greg Childs to win the Best Male Student Athlete award in the Best of Fayetteville survey, collecting 34.7 percent of the vote. Davis earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from league coaches in 2010.



McCann’s Task Junior Catcher Manages Young Pitching Staff, Leads Hogs to SEC West Title by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

James McCann knows sophomore pitcher DJ Baxendale is a strong competitor, so he’ll let Baxendale hear about it when he struggles on the mound. If junior hurler Geoffrey Davenport gets in a jam, McCann will point out a pretty girl in the stands to loosen Davenport up. McCann has to handle each pitcher differently when he’s behind home plate. In 2011, the junior catcher was tasked with the toughest challenge he’s faced in college – catching a young, inexperienced pitching staff with six true freshmen and 12 underclassmen in a group of 14 pitchers. The season was a 180 from his freshman and sophomore seasons, when he caught high MLB Draft picks Drew Smyly, Dallas Keuchel, Brett Eibner and Stephen Richards. “You’ve got to talk a little bit more to the young pitchers and you almost have to baby them a little bit more along the way – not that they need to be babied, but just to get them to understand what the SEC is all about,” McCann said. “Guys like Smyly and Bolsinger last year were battle-tested and there’s not as much that needs to be said to them because they know what’s going on. “We have just as much talent as anybody.”

The 2011 staff was easily the youngest, least experienced group since McCann has been on campus, but the Hogs had a 3.18 ERA entering NCAA Tournament play, the lowest in six years. His leadership as a captain played an instrumental role in helping the Hogs win their first SEC Western Division championship since

James McCann 2007 this season. “He’s been a great leader,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “Very verbal in the dugout, especially this year. He’ll get after you. He’s been everything you want out of a captain. He’s been a great captain.” The coaches trust McCann. He’s a rare college catcher allowed to call his own pitches. The pitchers trust him, too. McCann helped Baxendale adjust to SEC baseball as a freshman last season. Now Baxendale (9-2, 1.75 ERA) is one of the premier pitchers

in the conference. “McCann’s a huge asset to the entire team,” Baxendale said. “From a pitcher’s perspective, he’s really helped to mold the young pitchers, even myself from last year. He really gets the pitchers to develop a lot quicker than they normally would, just to be confident in our abilities. He does a great job behind the plate.” McCann does the little things to help his pitching staff. “It doesn’t matter if there’s a runner on third in a tight game, we can trust him to block the ball in the dirt,” Baxendale said. “That’s huge for a pitcher. That way we don’t baby our curveball or slider. We can just trust it and throw it.” McCann has stepped up in other ways, too. Many players around the country struggled to adjust to new bats, but he had improved his average from .286 last season to .309 entering the NCAA Tournament. His walk-off, 3-run home run gave the Razorbacks a series-clinching 4-3 win over LSU in April, a series that helped get the Hogs on track after a slow start in Southeastern Conference play. “From an offensive perspective, James has really led us this year,” Baxendale said. He’s had a lot of big, key hits that have really propelled us through the season. James has been a huge asset for us.” McCann has stayed hum-


Junior catcher James McCann provided leadership on and on the field. On the field, he managed a young pitching staff and was hitting a career-best .309 entering the NCAA Tournament. Off the field, he witnessed to local youth and became a fan favorite for the way he interacted with Hog fans.

ble despite his success. He gave his testimony to a group of teenagers after hitting the walk-off home run against LSU. He routinely stays on the field longer than anyone else signing autographs and talking to fans. “I feel like God’s given me a wonderful platform to work from,” McCann said. “Playing in a place like this, advancing to the next level, the platform I’ve been given to reach out and give back

to fans is a tremendous platform. I take pride in that and I want to make sure I can make an impact on other people’s lives from the platform I’ve been given.” McCann is projected to be a high draft pick in the June 6-8 MLB Draft. He might have played his final game at Baum Stadium. Three years ago, he made the decision to attend college in Fayetteville, more than 1,600 miles from his

hometown, Santa Barbara, Calif. Everything worked out. “By far the best decision I’ve ever made in my life was to leave California and come to Arkansas,” McCann said. “If I could go back and do it again, I’d do it 100 times out of 100 times. It’s been a phenomenal three years. I can’t believe the three years is coming down to an end, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”


APR Struggles Cost Basketball Program 2012-13 Scholarship by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

Arkansas’ men’s basketball team will lose one scholarship in the 2012-13 season after again failing to meet Academic Progress Rate minimums. The program’s four-year cumulative score was 892, well below the benchmark 925 score, resulting in a historical penalty for its first offense. Arkansas posted a 918 score in the 2009-10 school year, the latest one-year period. “While it is unfortunate that we are receiving a historic APR penalty, I was aware that our men’s basketball team had APR issues when I accepted this position,” new head coach Mike Anderson said in a statement. “Student athletes earning college degrees should be expected and I commend the four players from this year’s team who attained that goal and participated in graduation ceremonies.” The NCAA requires the scholarship reduction to be enforced at the earliest opportunity, but doesn’t force schools to rescind the scholarship of a current player or a commitment that has signed a letter-of-intent. All Arkansas’ scholarships for the next season are accounted for – the Razorbacks have nine returning players and five signees, one more than the 13-scholarship limit – allowing the program to postpone the scholarship reduction until the 2012-13 season. “We’re not asked to take a scholarship back from someone, so if everyone qualifies we won’t take one,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “We do not anticipate applying it in 2011-12. We do anticipate applying it in 2012-13.” The program avoided a con-

temporaneous penalty because no players were ineligible when they left the UA in 2010. Arkansas is still feeling the effects of the 755 APR score in 2008, when six seniors failed to graduate after former coach John Pelphrey’s first season. The score will remain on the program’s record next year, too. Arkansas isn’t likely to have an APR exceeding the 925 bench mark next season and will have to show enough improvement in 2011 to convince the NCAA not to penalize the program further, said John Fagg, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Compliance/Student Athlete Services. Arkansas was able to avoid penalties last year after its singleseason 2009 APR improved to 955. “As we look at it and try to forcast the future, we don’t anticipate having another penalty next year,” Long said. The program’s cumulative total would have been just 923 – two points less than the benchmark – even if the program had recorded perfect 1,000 APRs the last two years. “Part of our argument to the NCAA was that it didn’t matter what we did last year or this year, for that matter,” Fagg said. Arkansas was also subject to lose four hours practice time per week, but avoided the penalty after appealing to the NCAA in late April. “We presented an appeal to the NCAA and they agreed with part of our rational, but not our entire rational,” Fagg said. “We worked very hard to explain the mathematics to the NCAA, but at the end of the day they felt we had done some (improvement) and they allowed us to get some relief. “They allowed us to keep

practicing, but we will lose a scholarship.” In addition to working out the roster for next season, Anderson will have to work around the scholarship loss for the 201213 season while pursuing several highly-ranked prospects in the 2012 recruiting class. If no players leave the program early, Arkansas would only be able to sign three players in the 2012 class. The Razorbacks will only lose four players to graduation – guards Jeff Peterson and Rotnei Clarke, forwards Marvell Waithe and Michael Sanchez – after the 2011-12 season, leaving the Hogs with nine returning scholarship players and just three available scholarships for recruits. The Hogs are heavily recruiting Little Rock guard Archie Goodwin and Memphis, Tenn., power forward Jarnell Stokes, among other highly-touted players. Goodwin (6-foot-5, 180 pounds) is ranked the No. 9 player in the nation by Stokes (6-8, 245) is ranked No. 8 overall by Rivals. Both players have listed Arkansas among their leaders. Anderson is also actively recruiting Georgia power forward Robert Carter (6-7, 240), Tennessee forward Alex Poythress (6-8, 215), Louisiana power forward Ricardo Gathers (6-7, 240) and Mississippi small forward Twymond Howard (6-6, 205). It’s a dilemma Anderson doesn’t plan on having to deal with in the future. “My staff and I are committed to working very hard to make sure our players are doing the right things both on and off the court in an effort to insure that APR penalties do not occur in the


Former Arkansas point guard T.J. Cleveland followed uncle Mike Anderson from Missouri and is now an assistant coach for his alma mater.

Cleveland Back Home by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

About an hour after Mike Anderson was formally introduced as Arkansas’ new head basketball coach March 26, T.J. Cleveland went to grab some lunch. Cleveland, Anderson’s nephew and assistant coach, made the short drive from Bud Walton Arena to the Chick-fil-A on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Razorback Road. The former Hog point guard got out of his car with his family, but made it less than 10 feet before he was stopped. “We’re so happy to have you back,” an Arkansas fan enthusiastically told the fouryear letterman. They exchanged pleasantries and Cleveland moved on. Five feet later, another fan stopped him. Another welcome home. It’s been that way since Cleveland returned to Fayetteville. “I think we have the best fans in the country when you talk about tradition,” Cleveland said. “I think our fans rival Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, all of that.” Fans are excited for the return of Anderson, one of the architects of the program when it was one of the nation’s elite in the mid-1990’s. Anderson was an assistant under Nolan Richardson for 17 years, including a six-year span when the Razorbacks went to three Final Fours and won a national championship. Cleveland has been an assistant under Anderson since he graduated from the UA in 2002 with a degree in communications. He thought about playing basketball overseas, but didn’t want to leave the country. He jumped at the chance to coach with his uncle when Anderson was named head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Cleveland followed Anderson from

UAB to Missouri and coached there for the last five years. He never thought he’d make it back to Arkansas, though. Not after the drama that ensued following Richardson’s firing in 2002. Richardson’s lawsuit against the university was dismissed in 2004 and the old administration retired, paving the way for Anderson and Cleveland to return. “I’m glad we came back,” Cleveland said. “Through that whole process when coach Anderson was trying to decide, I was just in the back praying, ‘Coach, let’s get back to the Hill.’ I’m biased because I played here and have a passion for this place. I was praying and hoping the whole time he would take it.” Cleveland is returning to the school where he earned a reputation for being a heady, defensive-minded player. His 226 career steals is tied for fifth in Razorback history. He started 27 games and averaged 6.0 points in his career, including 8.8 as a sophomore in 2000. He led the Hogs in assists his sophomore and junior seasons. Cleveland, 30, looks the same as he did during his playing days. Now, he’s a seasoned assistant coach, though. “He’s a people person,” associate head coach Melvin Watkins said. “Anytime I look at a coach, can you help young people? I think he’s very committed to doing that. His basketball IQ is at a high level. That’s because of the way he’s played. He knows the system. He’s played in it. “I think he’s one of the bright up-and-coming coaches that you’ll see. If he continues to want to do this, he’ll be a head coach one day.” He’s gotten to learn under two head coaches for the last five years – Anderson and Watkins, a former coach at Charlotte and Texas A&M. “Watching their press conferences and how they handle themselves outside of basketball, wearing a different hat

T.J. Cleveland Age: 30 Wife: Ami Position: Assistant coach— Guards Coaching experience: 7 seasons (2 at UAB, 5 at Missouri) Arkansas playing career: 27 career starts ... 6.0 points per game average ... 226 career steals tied for fifth in Arkansas history ... led team in assists sophomore and junior seasons.

aside from being a coach,” Cleveland said. “You’ve got to be a dad, counselor, a brother. You have to hug it out, sometimes you have to get on them.” Cleveland’s coaching demeanor has been influenced by his uncle. “He reminds me of myself at the same age,” Anderson said. “A guy that’s eager, hungry, real articulate. Kind of quiet. He’s really on the rise of top assistants out there, especially in the recruiting world. “It’s been fun seeing that growth. I tell you what, get ready. He’s going to be a dynamite assistant coach.” Being back in Arkansas has brought back memories for Cleveland. His wife, Ami, graduated from Fayetteville High School. He still has friends in town. He can visit his favorite restaurants from college again. He’s back home. “Even as a kid, I was always around the program during the 1994 era,” Cleveland said. “I’ve seen it at its highest and I know what it can be. When you come to work every day with the passion for a school, it makes a difference. More than anything, just the passion that I come with to work every day because I played there and literally have blood, sweat and tears out on that court.” More than 5,000 fans and around 25 former players showed up to welcome Anderson home at his introductory press conference. His emergence from the tunnel in Bud Walton Arena sparked a cheer from the crowd rivaling any heard during the season. Minutes before Anderson’s entrance, Cleveland slowly strolled back onto the hardwood, back home for the first time in nearly a decade. “When I walked out of that tunnel, it gave me the chills, seeing the fans, calling the Hogs again,” Cleveland said. “It was a wonderful feeling.”




New head basketball coach Mike Anderson has excited Arkansas fans and raised national analysts’ expectations for the program. Anderson retained predecessor John Pelphrey’s highly-touted recruiting class and will bring his up-tempo, “Fastest 40 Minutes” brand of basketball to Bud Walton Arena.

Expectations High for Hoop Hogs by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

The dust has settled on Mike Anderson being hired as Arkansas’ new head basketball coach and the expectations for the 201112 season are already high. Razorback fans’ excitement is in large part thanks to Anderson’s ability to maintain what former coach John Pelphrey left behind. Anderson kept all five players from the highly-touted recruiting class Pelphrey signed in November and no players on the current roster have left. That has fueled excitement about how successfully Anderson will mold the returning roster and influx of new talent in his first season back at the school where he spent 17 years as Nolan Richardson’s assistant. “I think it’s very realistic to expect Arkansas to challenge in the SEC West,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes said. “However, Alabama has everybody back and they won the SEC West this year without basically losing to anybody. On paper right now, Alabama and Arkansas would have to be the top two favorites on that side of the conference next year. “I do think Mike Anderson has proven himself as a head coach that he’s more than capable of getting not only an SEC championship, but a Final Four appearance for Arkansas. That’s getting back to the stage that Arkansas should expect to be at and work to be at.” Anderson’s role as head assistant when Arkansas won the 1994 national championship and his proven track record – 200-98 in nine seasons as a head coach – have raised expectations. “He’s a complete coach,” Dykes said. “There’s no question marks, in my mind, for Mike Anderson X’s and O’s-wise at all. He’s proven he can win and he’s the kind of coach that’s going to adapt a little bit from the kind of players he’s inheriting here at Arkansas. “Overall, he’s as good of an X’s and O’s coach as there is out there. He loves Arkansas. He’s a great recruiter.” Guard Rotnei Clarke asked for a release after Pelphrey was fired and before Anderson was hired, according to the Tulsa World. Anderson met with Clarke and his parents after he was hired and Clarke opted to return for his senior season.

“He wants to have a special year,” Anderson said. “I ensured him that he is important to what we are doing. I think we you talk about a guy that, number one, he can put the ball in the hole but also has a great basketball IQ, which is the thing I like about him.” Clarke started all 31 games last season, averaging a teamhigh 15.2 points per contest. He hit 91 3-pointers and showed an improved all-around offensive game in Southeastern Conference play. “It should equate to a really good marriage for Rotnei Clarke for one year and I think it was a wise decision for Rotnei Clarke to stay,” Dykes said. “I think he’ll benefit from Mike Anderson’s system because he emphasizes getting a lot of steals defensively. “Steals equate to a lot of tran-

very important and very, very impressive,” Dykes said. The class is headlined by fivestar St. Louis point guard B.J. Young. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder is the No. 15 player in the nation, according to “B.J. is hard to guard,” ESPN Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep said. “At his core he’s a scorer, but I really believe with the players he’ll have around him at Arkansas, it will open up another element of his game. He’s a guy who likes to hit the gas pedal and go. Young is the highest-rated prospect in a class rated No. 5 by and No. 7 by ESPN. “This was a top-10 recruiting class and they got their number one target as their coach,” Telep said. “It was a hell of a year for the Hogs in that regard. It couldn’t have gone any better. “They’re going to have a big

“He had more people at his press conference than Arkansas had at some of their games” - ESPN Analyst Jimmy Dykes sition baskets and Rotnei Clarke’s really dangerous in transition because of his ability to stop and pull up from 3-point territory probably as well as anybody in the country.” Clarke headlines the Hogs’ returnees, a group that includes forward Marshawn Powell. Powell averaged 13 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in SEC play. The returning players will have to adapt to Anderson’s uptempo system, a system adapted from Richardson’s pressing “40 Minutes of Hell.” “I think there are similarities, but I think Mike Anderson has proven he’s his own guy,” Dykes said. “He doesn’t do everything that they did back when Nolan Richardson was here. At Missouri, he ran a very good motion offense. That’s a style that’s very difficult to defend. “I know that his demand for effort, how hard his team is going to play and the toughness his team is going to play with, those are the traits you’re going to see between Nolan’s teams and Mike Anderson’s team.” Anderson will try to infuse the returning talent with the incoming recruiting class, ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation. “I think his ability to keep that recruiting class intact was very,

impact because there’s a lot of them and they’re very talented.” The other out-of-state signee is Dallas forward Devonta Abron (6-foot-8, 232 pounds). Abron averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds as a senior for Seagoville High School. “Devonta Abron is a powerful guy who I think is going to turn into a four-man,” Telep said. “If Anderson can get him to use his size and explosion as a rebounder, then work on his perimeter game, he’ll be a contributing player at Arkansas.” The other three signees are from Arkansas and all three are ranked in the top 100 players in the nation by at least one recruiting service. Lepanto guard Rashad Madden (6-5, 195) is ranked the No. 27 player in the nation by Rivals. com. Madden is a skilled, versatile athlete that can play all three backcourt positions. “Madden has exceptional speed,” said Ron Crawford, AAU coach of the three signees for the Arkansas Wings. “He has exceptional change-of-direction ability. He can go right or left and he shoots the ball a lot better than what people give him credit for. “He made the conversion from a very high-scoring twoguard to a solid point guard for us

to win the AAU national championship last summer.” Little Rock forward Aaron Ross (6-8, 230) was the first member of the class, committing as a freshman. He can play both forward positions. “Ross is a Joe Johnson with a shot as a senior in high school,” Crawford said. “He doesn’t look fast or strong, he just handles the ball, passes and shoots the ball. He can go post you up, take you off the bounce or shoot the three in your face. He’s very versatile.” Jonesboro forward Hunter Mickelson (6-11, 205) will give the Razorbacks much-needed size and shot-blocking ability. He’s rated the No. 53 player in the nation by ESPN. “Hunter Mickelson brings a very tough matchup to the opponent,” Crawford said. “I suspect a year from now he’ll be at 235, 240 pounds. He can cover the backside of that press sideline-to-sideline. He’ll give them a presence back there they may have never had. He can finish around the bucket. “He make’s threes. He’s not like some of the immediate past Razorbacks that like to shoot them from out there. He makes them. (Indiana signee Cody) Zoeller and (Duke signee Marshall) Plumlee were on a team last year and Hunter abused those two guys. He plays his best against the best.” Anderson will also recruit 2012 prospect Archie Goodwin (6-5, 181). The Little Rock native plays for the Wings and is a fivestar ranked the No. 8 player in the nation by “When you have Roy Williams, Bill Self and (John) Calipari coming to see you your junior year, you’re on the radar, partner,” Crawford said. “As Archie improves his game this summer, we can look for him to be a top10 player in the country and be a lock for a McDonald’s All-American.” Arkansas fans quickly responded to Anderson’s hire. There were around 500 new requests for season-ticket accounts in less than one month. “The fan support he received at his introductory press conference kind of tells you the pulse beat and temperature of the fan base in Arkansas,” Dykes said. “He had more people at his press conference than Arkansas has had at some of their games this year, so I think it’s a home-run hire.”

Mike Anderson

Age: 51 Family: Wife — Marcheita, Children — Darcheita, Michael Jr., Yvonne Head Coaching Record Overall: 200-98 (.671) in nine years, 2002-11 Missouri: 111-56 (.665) in five years, 2006-11 UAB: 89-41 (.685) in four years, 2002-06 Season Records Missouri 2011: 23-11 — NCAA Tournament First Round 2010: 23-11 — NCAA Tournament Second Round 2009: 31-7 — NCAA Tournament Elite Eight 2008: 16-16 2007: 18-12 UAB 2006: 24-7 — NCAA Tournament First Round 2005: 22-11 — NCAA Tournament Second Round 2004: 22-10 — NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen 2003: 21-13 — NIT Quarterfinals


Run Game Questions Remain for Arkansas Offense by ZACH TURNER

Assistant Sports Editor

Last season the question mark on Arkansas’ offense was who would emerge at running back. Knile Davis began the 2010 season fourth on the depth chart, but finished the season with 1,362 yards and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors. He was named team MVP at halftime of the Red-White game in recognition of his contributions to the Razorbacks’ 10-3 record and Sugar Bowl appearance last season. In the spring, the coaching staff was tasked with trying to find linemen to block for Davis. The Hogs have to replace three starters on the offensive line that paved the way for Davis’ breakout season so successful. The transition wasn’t smooth in the spring and the running game struggled at times. “We just have some young guys and some guys that are inexperienced, especially at the tackles,” Davis said. “That’s something that’s going to come.” In the three spring scrimmages including the spring game, Davis carried the ball 47 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns, two coming in the second half of the White team’s 45-14 bashing of Davis’ Red squad in the spring game. “I don’t think it was a

spring that we have done really well in our run game,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “I don’t think it is Knile Davis, I just think overall the running game needs to improve with the quarterbacks, the offensive front, with our running backs and our receivers blocking better down field.” Although the junior running back was only able to muster 3.1 yards per carry in the spring, his backup, junior Ronnie Wingo, had a productive spring. The St. Louis product showed off his sub-4.4 second 40-yard dash time plenty throughout the 15 practices. “Ronnie took a little lesson from Knile’s fall last year and really concentrated on getting to his speed as quick as he can,” Petrino said. “I thought he did a much better job of running with his pads over his legs.” Wingo had 36 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown in the three scrimmages this spring. Last season, Wingo had his biggest impact as a receiving threat coming out of the backfield. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound speedster was recruited by some schools out of high school to play receiver. Wingo totaled 27 catches for 274 yards last season, scoring in three games on wheel routes. He had just one rushing touchdown. That changed in the spring. “He is being more physi-

cal and breaking tackles,” Petrino said. “He is a big guy that is very fast. We all know he can catch the ball real well, but his concentration of running harder and on the right tracks while getting to his speed has really helped him. He had a good spring.” Arkansas’ rushing attack in the spring practice period was much like its first four games of the 2010 season – minimal. The Razorbacks averaged just 72 yards against their first three NCAA Bowl Series Division opponents and failed to establish a go-to runner. Tides turned after the 2421 home loss to then-No. 1 Alabama, as Davis emerged and Arkansas averaged 169.2 yards per game through the final nine contests. “We were in this position last year,” Davis said. “We were struggling on the offensive line and they came through for us. We just have to be patient, keep practicing and keep working.” With Arkansas four leading rushers from a season ago back for 2011, the rushing attack will have to help out an inexperienced offensive line along with the change at quarterback. “It’s a group effort,” Petrino said about the run game. “When we get started up in August we will definitely make a huge emphasis.” Sports editor Jimmy Carter contributed to this story.


Ronnie Wingo (20) was used mainly as a receiver out of the backfield last season, but displayed a tough, downhill running style in the spring, earning praise from Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino.


Running back Knile Davis earned the starting job after the Alabama game last season and earned first-team AllSoutheastern Conference honors from league coaches.

2010 Arkansas Running Back Production PLAYER

Knile Davis

Broderick Green

Ronnie Wingo

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NOTE: Johnson missed the final 11 games of the season after suffering a bowel injury.


Dennis Johnson was injured in the Louisiana-Monroe game, missing the final 11 contests after suffering a bowel injury. He returned in the spring and competed with the rest of Arkansas’ deep backfield.



Razorback Newcomers Get Feet Wet in Spring Early Enrollees Get Experience, Compete for Playing Time in Spring

by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

Arkansas’ football program is benefitting from a trend that’s growing around the nation. The Razorbacks got a head start on filling some of the holes on their depth chart this spring. Four true freshmen enrolled in school early and competed for playing time during spring practice after opting to graduate high school early and miss spring activities like graduation and prom. “I don’t really get it,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “I would have never given up the spring of my senior year. I had a good time. Kids are anxious now to get out and go.” Graduating early has become popular to football recruits, though. In 2004, just 35 football players enrolled early at Division I schools. In 2010, there were 141 early enrollees. This year, Florida State had eight early enrollees. “I’m not sure why they want to graduate early,” Petrino said. “We leave that up to them and their parents. The thing that you’ve got to balance out is if you’re going to have a scholarship available at mid-year because it goes on how many guys graduate at mid-year and how

many scholarships you have available.” Offensive tackle Brey Cook, receiver Quinta Funderburk, linebacker Tyler Gilbert and receiver Marques Wade are the quartet that enrolled at the UA and began classes in January. Junior running back Knile Davis and redshirt freshman quarterback Jacoby Walker are other Razorbacks that skipped their final semester of high school. “It’s a case-by-case,” Petrino said. “I’ve never encouraged it. I remember sitting here with Knile Davis and saying ‘Why do you want to graduate early? Don’t you want to stay and enjoy your spring your senior year and go to the prom?’ Knile said no, he wasn’t interested in the prom. If you remember when he came here, we actually let him go home in the spring to go to the prom.” Enrolling early can help some players earn starting jobs as true freshman. Cook was one of the early enrollees and was one of the firstteam offensive tackles during spring practice after skipping his final semester of high school at at Springdale Har-Ber High School. “Certainly, it helped a lot with Brey Cook being here,” Petrino said. “His experience throughout spring ball will help him play


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earlier and develop earlier.” The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder was the Razorbacks’ highest-rat-

2011 Arkansas Football Early Enrollees

PLAYER Brey Cook Robert Thomas Marquel Wade Quinta Funderburk Tyler Gilbert


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ed signee in the 2011 class. He’s used the head start to get acclimated to the speed of college football. “I can see myself progressing from getting killed every play that first day, to now doing work a little bit,” Cook said. “They threw me into the fire, but I’m glad they did. I’m glad I was able to come in during spring ball and get those reps against these great players that only make me better. I’m excited and this fall it will only make me better.” The Hogs’ coaching staff has high expecations for Cook, but

realize learning the playbook, adjusting to a new academic workload and getting used to the college lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. “There’s a lot going on with Brey Cook right now,” Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “He’s trying to learn our offense. He’s trying to learn the defense. He’s going to class everyday. It’s a completely different lifestyle for Brey. I like how the kid has handled himself. We’re going to be patient with Brey. Brey is going to be a very good player.”

Not everyone adapts as well as Cook, though. Funderburk missed six practices this spring and his high school coach told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper Funderburk quit the team. Funderburk tweeted multiple times about struggling to get acclimated to college football, but rejoined the Hogs for the final three spring practices and the Red-White game. It’s not uncommon for freshmen to get homesick after arriving at college. “You don’t really know until you get them here,” Petrino said. “Summer helps a lot now because there’s always a period when a freshman comes in, they’re out of their comfort zone, they’re anxious and they don’t perform as well. It used to be two or three weeks into the fall until they finally figure it out, but now it’s in summer school. “That’s why you see more and more freshmen playing now. It’s because they’re able to come in for summer school and get that period of anxiousness out of their system.” Not every recruit lasts. Last August, defensive end LaCraig Brown made it less than two weeks at Arkansas before quitting the team. For freshmen that do stick it out, Petrino witnesses a transformation. “After two weeks of being here, they’re like, ‘Oh, maybe I can do this. This isn’t so bad. I’ve got this figured out,’” Petrino said. “After two more weeks, they’re like, ‘Hey, maybe I’m as good as these guys. I can do this.’” For early enrollees like Cook, Funderburk, Gilbert and Wade, they don’t have to worry about adjusting in the summer. They’ll be seasoned veterans by that point.

Consistency the Goal for Mitchell Redshirt Sophomore Quarterback Grows During Spring Practice by ZACH TURNER

es and threw three interceptions. “I just took the constructive criticism in the next day when we watched film,” Mitchell said. “(Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson gained and I) really focused on the positive things national notoriety for his 300-plus yard per- and the things that went good. Then the formance against Auburn last fall. things I did wrong and why they went wrong Now Brandon Mitchell is waiting for his so I could get that fixed.” time to shine. He had performed well before the game. The 6-foot-4 quarterback battled for the “I am encouraged by a lot of things he starting job with Wilson this spring, but na- did,” Petrino said. “But when it was the tional analysts and fans touted Wilson as the spring game and the scrimmage prior to that, Razorbacks’ next great quarterback because he did perform as well as he had all week in of his stellar performance in relief of Ryan practice leading up to that. He needs to take Mallett last season. that step forward.” “I don’t really compare myself to Tyler,” Mitchell played few snaps in 2010 as the Mitchell said. “We are just trying to make third-team quarterback. The redshirt sopheach other better. He has done a lot for me as omore played in four games, completing well as Ryan and all the other coaches.” just 1-of-3 passing for 16 yards and had one W h e n rush for five spring pracyards. tice got unD a t derway in ing back Position: Quarterback m i d - Marc h , to spring Year: Redshirt Sophomore coach Bobpractice in by Petrino 2010, MitchHeight: 6-foot-4 addressed ell grabbed Weight: 230 pounds the need for headlines Hometown: Amite, La. competition with big play 2010 Stats: 1-of-3 passing, 16 at the posiafter big yards in four games, tion left vaplay, most Notes: Competed for the startcant by Malnotably his ing quarterback job with junior lett’s early 8 0 - y ard Tyler Wilson in the spring ... Runs a departure touchdown 4.5 40-yard dash to the NFL. run in the Spring prac2010 spring tice is done, game. With but Petrino is looking for Wilson and Mitch- another year under his belt the Amite, La., ell to continue to push each other. native said his footwork as a passer has im“We still have good competition going proved. on,” Petrino said. “This will be something “I think I have made the most strides in that carries on close to the first game.” being consistent with my footwork,” Mitchell Wilson and Mitchell split repititions with said. “I had kind of shied away from that in the first-team offense in spring practice, the coaching, but that is something I am trycompeting to be the starter for the Razor- ing really trying to get back.” backs’ season opener Sept. 3 against Missouri The Hogs will have voluntary, player-led State. workouts in the summer, practices the quar“I think having a competition going into terbacks play a large role in organizing. the fall is beneficial,” Wilson said. “It pushes “My main focus over the summer is to just all players in every position, not just at quar- become a better passer,” Mitchell said. “Reterback. I think it makes a team better.” ally work on becoming a student of the game Mitchell had a rough end to an other- and really breaking down film.” wise solid spring in the ESPN-televised RedMitchell’s ability to make plays with his White game. legs adds a dimension that’s hard to gauge in The coaching staff split the teams evenly, practice. with Mitchell leading the Red squad and Wil“I always believe that we may never know son quarterbacking the White team. how good Brandon is until it’s live, until you The outcome was a blowout. Wilson led see his ability to run out of the pocket and the White team to a 45-14 win over the Red make plays and do things when it’s completesquad. Mitchell completed just 9-of-23 pass- ly live,” Petrino said. Assistant Sports Editor



Brandon Mitchell


Arkansas Rugby Club Dominates Final D2 Year, Prepares for Jump by PATRICK GRINNAN Staff Writer


Junior winger Collin Jackson has been a member of Arkansas’ club rugby team for three years. The program has grown from 13 players at the end of the 2007 season to 45 players at the final spring practice this year.


Arkansas’ club rugby team finished the 2011 season ranked No. 6 in USA Rugby Division II. Next season, the Razorbacks will move to Division I.

Arkansas’ rugby team had another big season this year, finishing 12-2, ranked No. 6 in the nation. The Razorbacks dominated in their final season playing at the USA Rugby Division II level, defeating teams like John Brown University, Pittsburgh State and Central Missouri on their way to an undefeated Heart of America conference championship. Next season, Arkansas will move up to Division I and play against Big XII competition. It’s been a swift rise to prominence for a program that didn’t exist several years ago. The rugby program had been discontinued, but was reinstated in 2007. The Hogs didn’t start well, losing the majority of their games that season. The tables have turned. “Where as before,we got murdered in our games, now we are murdering these teams on a regular basis,” senior team co-captain Ryan Boggs said. “It was due to lack of experience that we lost, a new club and new guys.” The Razorbacks set a goal in 2007 to join Division I within 10 years. They will have accomplished the goal in half the time, because of a USA Rugby restructure putting schools with Division 1 football programs in Division 1 or the elite College Premier Division. The roster grew from 13 players in 2007, to 20 the next season and 30 in 2009. Arkansas had 45 players participate in its final practice following this season. The program’s growth was aided when coach Warren Fyfe took over. After reading a local newspa-

per article about the team’s struggles following a 17-0 loss, Fyfe’s wife took notice. She told her husband about the team and encouraged him to help them. Fyfe, born and raised in South Africa, has been involved with rugby since childhood. When his wife told him about the Razorbacks, he jumped at the opportunity and contacted club president Jacob Clayman, the student responsible for reinstituting the program. Before Fyfe arrived, the team was coached by players. “He has the structure, he has the discipline,” co-captain Tucker Shaw said. “He’s not a put-you-inthe-ground type of coach. He instructs you by leading by example We’re so much more structured now. ” Shaw and Boggs treat the team as a business, with set goals for the future. The team’s next goal is to have a strong showing in their first season in Division I. “It’s huge for our club,” Shaw said. “Moving up to Division I, we are playing the best of the best and it’s going to be a lot more difficult. One of my main goals is to focus on fund-raising more. It will be a lot more clear cut and easier to delegate what each officer will be doing in the fund-raising process.” While some players on the team played rugby in high school – including Boggs, Shaw and junior winger Collin Jackson – many players joined the team to stay in shape and be part of a team. Malachi Reeves – 6-foot-6, 235 pounds – is one of the Razorbacks’ standouts, but never played rugby until college. Tony Zambrano was a gymnast in high school and has been a key player since joining the rugby team.

“Rubgy has so much diversity,” Shaw said. “You have so many different types of people, ethnically, peronality-wise, career choice. We have guys from Bolivia, Colombia, England, Zimbabwe. It’s completely diverse, and people have different athletic backgrounds too, so there is diversity in the type of athlete as well. “It’s not a bunch of former football players running around wearing Air Jordan’s and screaming, ‘Put me in, coach.’” There are no tryouts and anyone can join, as long as they are ready for intense fitness and extreme physicality. The team practices two or three times a week, with cardio and teamwork the main focuses. “It’s such a unique sport because you play non-stop, continuous,” Fyfe said. “It’s a great contact sport. Everybody is a running back and everybody gets to tackle. If you like to tackle, this is the sport for you. Games are tough, so it builds character.” The top 22 players make the playing squad each match. With the switch to Division I, more players will get to see game action. The deep roster is necessary for the Razorbacks to make it through a game that has more players and is longer than football. “You got out, it’s 15-on-15, guys literally beating the crap out each other,” Boggs said. “No pads, just a mouthpiece. You get stepped on, its extremely rough, but at the end of the game, you shake hands. You’re not just going through the motions. It’s legit, after every game the home team hosts the visiting team. You spend time with that team that you just fought with for 80 minutes.” The team will have their first practice for next season in early August.

June 2, 2011  

The student-run newspaper at the University of Arkansas

June 2, 2011  

The student-run newspaper at the University of Arkansas