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RAZORBACKS READY FOR SWINE FLU As H1N1 continues to spread, UA prepares ‘pandemic plan’ Samuel Letchworth Contributing Writer
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A Razorback statue in the Gardens wears a surgical mask after rumors of swine flu sweep the UA campus.
Razorback Transit buys three new buses with stimulus grant Jordain Carney
Contributing Writer Northwest Arkansas transit systems received $2.8 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and Razorback Transit received about 45 percent of that total – or more than $1 million. With the money, the Transit and Parking Department will purchase three new buses. The $352,000 vehicles will be low-floor, clean-air technology buses that will adhere to the 2007 Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act, said Mike Seither, associate director for UA transit. “These buses will be more environmentally friendly than the ones they replace,” he said. Their use will reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases CO2, which the university hopes to completely eliminate by 2040, and NOX, which can cause problems for people with emphysema. As low-floor buses, the newest additions to the transit fleet will also be especially wheelchair accessible. The ramps on low-floor buses eliminate the need for wheelchair lifts because they allow boarders to walk or wheel straight onto the bus from the ground without having to climb stairs.
“It’s easier and quicker for everybody to board,” Seither said. The UA currently has four low-floor buses on the Razorback Transit routes – buses 4, 15, 31 and 32, all purchased within the last couple of years. Other buses – some purchased as long ago as 1990 and 1991 – aren’t nearly as rider-friendly. As soon as transit officials receive the new buses, though, they will retire the oldest buses presently in use. “We want to try to maximize our newest equipment and minimize our oldest,” Seither said. Still, that won’t be until August of next year because it takes 14 months for the buses to be delivered. Fortunately, two other new buses – purchased with normal grant money – will arrive as early as February. Those two buses will be employed on the Red and Tan routes because they go farthest from campus. Students said they appreciate the green features of the new buses, but think the TPD should have used the stimulus money to reduce parking costs. “The buses are a cool idea, but it’s not fair and reasonable that I pay $70 to park a See
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No, this isn’t the sports section. This is not a feature article on how Petrino and the Hogs are going to trample Auburn and Alabama and soar all the way to the Sugar Bowl. It’s about Hemagglutinin 1 Neuraminidase 1, more commonly known as swine flu. While the World Health Organization has declared swine flu a global pandemic, raising the alert level to the highest possible, Level 6, many UA students seem to be taking the threat of swine flu relatively lightly. When the outbreak was first reported back in April, some practical jokers even placed surgical masks over the snouts of Razorback statues around campus. But with flu season approaching, the reality of swine flu is becoming more and more serious. The UA is in the midst of proposing a “pandemic plan” in the anticipation that H1N1 could arrive at any time. A Swine Flu Committee has been assembled to meet every week to discuss the necessary actions the university will take in the event of an outbreak, with representatives from the departments of University Relations, Information Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Police, Academic Affairs, Stu-
dent Affairs, Housing, Dining, Human Resources, Risk Management, Transit and Parking, Athletics, and, of course, the Pat Walker Health Center. “Right now, we are in the educational phase of this thing,” said Mary Alice Serafini, director of the PWHC. “The first component of educating people about prevention is, of course, hygiene,” she said. “Wash your hands frequently. Sneeze into tissues or in your elbow. Try to avoid touching your mouth or nose – all the basic flu prevention practices that will prove to be even more important in the upcoming months.” The strain of swine flu that is extant right now is being called “novel” H1N1; “novel” in that it is a new mutation of the H1N1 flu virus. According to the WHO, the virus could further mutate and become more virulent as did the Spanish Influenza pandemic of the early 20th Century. But the “novel” virus is no more severe than the common seasonal influenza, the only difference being that H1N1 spreads more rapidly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of novel H1N1 flu virus include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infect-
ed with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting. People infected with seasonal and novel H1N1 flu might infect others five to seven days before even displaying symptoms. The virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for two to eight hours after being deposited on the surface, according the CDC. Surfaces include doorknobs, commode handles, desks, and even the air. There will be signs in the restrooms around campus with information regarding proper hygiene and contamination prevention. The WHO has reported that the common flu kills 36,000 people a year. There have been a reported 277,334 cases of swine flu and 2,852 infected people have died, as of the last CDC report. So far, 502 of those deaths have been in the United States, and one reported death has been confirmed in Arkansas. “It isn’t necessary right now to quarantine anyone who has been contaminated, but if you are experiencing symptoms of the flu, you should self-isolate and not attempt to come to class or go out for at least 24 hours,” Serafini said. The last major outbreak of the H1N1 virus was the Spanish Influenza. The pandemic See
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FRESH Committee seeks to educate students on upcoming law change Bailey Elise McBride News Editor
Other than being the first month of a new school year, August 2010 will mark a significant change on campus – for the first time, it will be against state law to use tobacco products on the UA campus. These changes will occur because of House Bill 2007, “The Arkansas Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009,” which passed in late April 2009. This bill, which proposes to be an “act to protect students, employees and visitors at state-supported institutions of higher education from secondhand smoke on campus,” will take effect Aug. 1, 2010, and will make anyone who uses tobacco on the campus of a state-sponsored institution subject to a violation and fine of between $100 and $500. The UA became a tobaccofree campus in July 2008, but this new law will require enforcement of the original FRESH policy. “We have distributed information to people even back into the spring to let them know they can’t be smoking on campus,” said Gary Crain, UAPD public information officer. “Before 2010, there’s no basis for enforcement except that people can be referred to the university judicial system. As far as a tickets, you can’t
issue a ticket until there is a law,” he said. On campus, the Fresh Committee formed in 2007 with a focus to prepare students for the original on-campus tobacco-free policy. The goal of the committee is “to educate people about the policy, the law and the health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke and to educate people about the services that are available on campus and in the community,” said Susan Rausch, a health educator in the Pat Walker Health Center and current head of the Fresh Committee. One of the committee’s biggest projects this summer was
providing Facilities Management with a list of suggested sites for signage. The signs that will appear across campus this year will not reflect the law change – just that an area is tobacco free – and were developed in conjunction with a sign psychologist and Facilities Management more than a year ago. Committee members also are planning Freshfest, which will be hosted Oct. 5 in the Arkansas Union Connections Lounge and will focus on educating students about cessation opportunities on campus and in the Fayetteville area. “Consistently through the
surveys we have conducted, the number of students who define themselves as smokers is about 7 percent and those who are occasional or social smokers are 20 to 25 percent,” Rausch said. “With laws changing and many of the off-campus establishments where students hang out becoming nonsmoking establishments, we are hoping to see the numbers of smokers decrease,” she said. Crain said the UAPD will enforce the upcoming law on a case-by-case basis. “Once it does go into effect, See
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Center hosts blood drive on campus The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host a blood drive 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Union Ballroom. For more information, contact donor recruiter Lora Johnson at 957-2764.
Hog Bash hosted for seniors The Arkansas Alumni Association, Class Gift: Accept the Challenge and Career Development Center will host Hog Bash, a celebration for seniors, 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House. Free food, T-shirts and prizes will be provided. For more information, contact the Arkansas Alumni Association at 575-2801.
ASG senator applications due Friday Students interested in running for Associated Student Government senate must have their applications (available at ASG.uark. edu) submitted to the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (Arkansas Union A665) by noon Friday, Sept. 4. Applicants are required to attend an orientation session either 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in AU 510 or 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in AU 503-504. For more information about the application process, contact Senate Chair Tammy Lippert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career center to make over student resumes Students can have their résumés revised at the Extreme Makeover: Résumé Edition table 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, or 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, by the second floor entrance of the Walton College of Business. Staff of the Walton College Career Center and representatives from Wal-Mart will provide résumé suggestions throughout the event. For more information, contact Heather Sprandel at 575-6100.
Music department to feature guest oboist The Department of Music will feature guest oboist Celeste Johnson in a recital 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. She will be accompanied on piano and harpsichord by Christy D’Ambrosio. The concert is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 575-4701 or visit Music.uark.edu.
Be part of the bioarcheological field study in Egypt UA students studying archeology and/or anthropology should consider an opportunity to analyze excellently preserved skeletal material at the commoners’ cemetery at Tell Amarna, Egypt, the city built by Pharaoh Akhenaton. The month long program is tentatively set for May 9-June 15, 2010. The application deadline is Oct. 15th and early applications are encouraged. For an application or more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/egypt or email@example.com.
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UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart (left) and UA Vice Provost Collis Green cut the ribbon at grand opening ceremonies for the UA Discovery Zone on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville.
Contributing Writer The University of Arkansas Discovery Zone, a hands-on geosciences museum, opened to the Fayetteville public Monday with “Arkansas Road Trip: Arkansas Rocks, Rivers and Roadcuts,” a display created by three UA officials. The exhibit, formed by Lynne Hehr, director of the UA Center for Math and Science Education, and UA geosciences professors John Hehr and Doy Zachry, is the first for the new museum, which is now a part of the Arkansas Discovery Network, a statewide museum collaborative funded by a $7.3 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, according to a UA press release. “Arkansas Rocks, Rivers and Roadcuts” features activities geared toward students of all ages and includes a sandblowing machine, settling column and seismic sand and rock observation area. Some displays have buttons to press, mallets to swing or wheels to spin, all designed to give observers a practical way to better understand Arkansas geology and topography. The only non-touchable component of the exhibit sits behind silver ropes in the middle of the museum: the Magic Planet. The versatile sphere is 16 inches in diameter, and its multiple settings provide a digital view of the Earth, allowing us-
ers to see areas of recent earthquakes, active volcanoes, paths of ocean currents, the Earth’s light pollution (at night), and real-time weather data. In a sense, the Magic Planet is like having Google Maps for the entire Earth. “The difference,” John Hehr said, “is that you can’t Google El Nino.” Printed topic guides are available at each of the museum’s displays, which “are great for teachers and groups of students, but individuals will be able to use them just the same,” Lynne Hehr said. Museum guides are also available, but Lynne Hehr said they’re not essential to the experience. “Taking a couple of minutes when you first walk in will give you a vision of what the place is,” she said. After six months in Fayetteville, “Arkansas Rocks, Rivers and Roadcuts” will travel around the state to the other museums in the Arkansas Discovery Network: the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, MidAmerica Science Museum in Hot Springs, Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Texarkana Museum System in Texarkana, Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover and Arkansas State University Museum in Jonesboro. The Discovery Zone also will host other museums’ exhibits – like Backyard Science, Newton’s Corner, Illusion Confusion, As-
tronomy: It’s a Blast, GPS Adventures Arkansas and Exploring the Frontier – one at a time, each staying at the Fayetteville museum for about six months. The Discovery Zone, located at 1564 Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard, is free and open to the public. Interested parties may call 575-3875 for more information about the museum or to schedule group viewings.
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A poster in the health center urges people to cover coughs and sneezes. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education expects 30 to 50 percent of college students statewide to contract the H1N1 virus this year.
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UA students consider health insurance options
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Federal, campus officials urge their own programs Drew Avery
Contributing Writer Many college students are concerned about the health insurance debate raging at the federal level, but how some of the proposed reforms will actually affect students is relatively uncertain. Although many students are covered under their parents’ employer-provided health insurance plans, they should still be aware of the changes taking place on an economic and fiscal level that might require them to reconsider their options, said Mary Alice Serafini, director of the Pat Walker Health Center. Students whose parents lose their health insurance because of a parent’s job loss or reduction in coverage or who are too old to be covered by their parents’ plan should be particularly aware of how they can receive health care coverage, Serafini said. “If you are uninsured, I would suggest that you enroll in the (university’s student health insurance) plan. Otherwise, you are responsible for the costs,” Serafini said. Routine visits to the PWHC are paid for by student health fees, part of the regular tuition package, but many treatments are not. As a result, many students might be finding themselves making difficult health insurance decisions, said Pam Delaney, student health insurance adviser. Those looking for an insurance plan should consider the university’s student United Health Care Student Health Insurance policy, she said. The policy offers good coverage for a reasonable cost, Delaney said, and includes spe-
cial benefits for students, such as charging the insurance policy to student accounts so that payments may be made incrementally and the burden of cost somewhat alleviated. Some students still remain uncertain about their future health care plans. Senior Holly Jackson and junior Melody Gerke are both currently insured by their parents’ health insurance plans but recognize they will soon be out from under that coverage. “I plan on getting insurance for myself as soon as I can,” Jackson said, although she admits she does not know what type of plan she will purchase in the future. Senior Benjamin Malkmus is in a more secure health insurance situation because the company he works for will begin providing him with health insurance benefits within the next year. Serafini encourages all students to consider their health insurance options for the future, including the potential for a government-provided public option that is at the center of the current health insurance debate in Washington. Legislators from both sides of the political spectrum agree that health care reform is necessary and advocate coverage for as many Americans as need it, but the public option is a major point of contention. Some proposed legislation will be beneficial to college students, said Sara Lasure, communications director for Congressman John Boozman. Lasure said that, while Boozman is opposed to the recently discussed sweeping government controls on the industry, he hopes to increase the amount of time that children may be
covered by their parents’ health insurance up to the age of 25, giving young graduates and professionals adequate time to find a fitting coverage plan for themselves. The Republican congressman also advocates portable health insurance, so individuals need not worry about a fluctuating job market affecting their insurance coverage. “Health insurance should be portable like car insurance. Even if you lose your job, you should be able to keep your insurance,” Lasure said. Congressman Mike Ross has been in the spotlight of the debate, leading a fiscally conservative group of Blue Dog Democrats on a quest for budget-neutral health insurance legislation. Ross’s office has a defined list of goals for health insurance reform, although it admits that debate and cooperation is necessary for the passage of any bill. Representatives from the congressman’s office noted that there is a potential for mandatory health insurance for all citizens 18 and older, but thought that this would be a positive move, guaranteeing some coverage for many Americans who need it. Ross will support the possible public option only if it is truly optional and budget-neutral, but a public option ought to be considered by students, employees of small businesses, or those in between jobs as an affordable means to health insurance, the congressman’s representatives said. “Americans should feel secure in what they’ve got,” they said, echoing both campus and national officials.
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Re: Swine Flu
It’s in your best interest to be informed If the past week has been as eventful for you as it has been for us, then you’ve had more to do than buy books, navigate classes and catch a bite to eat now and then. You’ve also had to resolve a minor crisis or two. Maybe your car broke down. Mine did. So did Sport Editor Matt Watson’s. Maybe, like Assistant Managing Editor Jaclyn Johnson, you had to take your dog to the hospital when he swallowed an unusually large dose of allergy medicine. Maybe you’re facing fines for noise violations, like Lifestyles duo Brian Washburn and Lindsey Pruitt, or cleaning up the mess a previous tenant made in your apartment, like Managing Editor Kimber Wenzelburger. But a car, a pet, a fine, a mess - are any of these as precious as your health? We’re hard-pressed to think of any catastrophe that stops us in our tracks more fully than an illness - which is why we’ve devoted so much of this issue to highlighting what can be done to prepare for a flu that is mythically proportioned, annoyingly hyped and painfully real. A day in bed might sound delicious after you flunk a quiz, fight with your friends or lock yourself out of your apartment, but we’re pretty sure you don’t want to spend a week flat on your back. In a dorm. Away from your mom. So, to avert that crisis, read this week’s cover story, “Razorbacks ready for swine flu.” Identify with the student quotes about H1N1 on page 6. Laugh or gag at the weird remedies Brian and Lindsey collected for “The Traveler Top 5.” Check out the Sports section to find out how the football team plans to compete with the fever - and win. To follow the swine flu story to its conclusion, check UATrav.com for updates. Then, let us know what you think. Comment online or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s to your health! Tina Korbe Editor
I want to ride my bike, I want to ride it where I like Samuel Letchworth Guest Columnist
Recognize potential dangers of medication This summer, Hoffman-La Roche Inc. announced its plan to discontinue the distribution of Accutane, which has used isotretinoin to treat the severe acne of more than 13 million patients since 1982. Roche’s June press release said that this decision stemmed from “business reasons” – notably, that Accutane sales made up less than 5 percent of the isotretinoin market – and not “for reasons of safety or efficacy.” However, according to the press release, another motivation to discontinue Accutane’s manufacture was the costliness of personalinjury lawsuits Roche faced. According to the company’s Accutane Medication Guide, the drug can cause serious mental health problems, including depression, psychosis and suicidal thoughts; damage to internal organs, including the intestines, esophagus and liver; increased brain pressure, potentially causing headaches, dizziness or seizures; and severe birth defects that prompted the creation of the iPLEDGE program, which requires users to be on two forms of birth control. The list of side effects is clearly extensive, but for many, isotretinoin (and Accutane, specifically) has surely treated the kind of severe acne that topical medications and antibiotics couldn’t cure. And perhaps it was well worth it. But Accutane’s story raises questions bigger than effectiveness. On its Web site, the Food and Drug Administration warns against the danger of buying Accutane online, citing the importance of taking the drug “under the close supervision of your health care professional and pharmacist.” But we can’t help but wonder how many Americans took the drug less than carefully, understood the side effects less than completely and followed doctors’ orders less than meticulously. It makes us rethink those times we mindlessly raid the medicine cabinet for something to treat our headache, visit the doctor and embellish our symptoms to be prescribed an antibiotic, or take medication how we think the pharmacist told us rather than read the guide ourselves. America’s lucky to have treatments like isotretinoin – still readily available through generic brands – at its disposal. But, if nothing else, Roche’s decision to discontinue Accutane, though primarily for business reasons, shed a little light on the medicine and its side effects, and we hope it makes others more aware of the potentially high – and life-changing – costs of excess medication.
In a world going green, the University of Arkansas seems to be interested in a different variety of “green.” While ostensibly portraying an image of environmental consciousness, the UA has sent a loud and clear message that it would rather you ride your car, not your bike, to class. It doesn’t take a college graduate to figure out why. The stated purpose for the upcoming bicycle registration policy is that people are locking their bikes to trees, an understandable concern, but also to light posts, rails and other places where, and I quote, “the bicycle is blocking a path or walkway.” I’ve been going to this school for five years and never has my path been blocked by a bicycle – mostly just by people doing what I call the “serpentine text walk.” When the proposal was made to require bicycle registration, a fee of $15 was associated with acquiring a parking permit, the idea being that the fee would help fund the building of more bicycle loops on campus. There was such public outcry against the fee that the Transit and Parking Department agreed to provide the permits for free, while still fining non-permitted malefactors. A bike loop costs just less than $300 to make. The new, and third, parking deck’s construction is estimated at $26 million... Yeah. So, now, Joe the Cyclist, who rides a Specialized Rockhopper, has to take his bike in to the TPD office and fill out a form identifying his bicycle down to the serial number. He may even be required to provide proof of purchase. After filling
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fee, Jill decides to visit campus on her Schwinn. She didn’t know about the new bicycle registration policy, so after visiting an old professor she finds her bike gone and assumes it stolen, when really it has been impounded by the TPD. Jim rides his Cannondale to the Razorback Transit station to catch the bus to work. His tire gets a flat so he leaves it there for a few days until he can afford a tube. He gets off work one day and his bike is gone. Jen is a Fayetteville resident who rides her Trek to Carnall Hall on a Tuesday for the Indian buffet, finishes her lunch and ... well, you get the idea. I spoke with Gary Smith, director of the TPD, who seems like a nice guy. When he explained to me how the registration process works, he attempted to illustrate a hypothetical situation wherein a person would describe their bike for the record, saying, “It’s a blue, 27-inch, well, whatever, I don’t know bikes.” That’s like the butcher not knowing what cut of cow the sirloin is. Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist and philosopher, has called the invention of the bicycle the pinnacle and symbol of man’s evolution, the “most practically energy-efficient machine man has conceived.” He also said, “The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions.” I’ve always liked ol’ Noam. To be part of the community of cyclists, you can join the Facebook group “U of A Students Against Bicycle Parking Fees on Campus,” even if you don’t ride a bike. It’s already more than 1,000 members strong. They can’t impound them all. Absurdity is the word of the day.
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out the form, he gets his sticker, affixes it permanently to the front of the vertical seat tube and rides back up Razorback Road to campus to park it legally on a bike loop. Joe has a road bike, as well – a 1971 black Peugeot. He has to fill the form out for the Peugeot, too, and affix the permanent sticker to it. Years later he tries to sell his Peugeot, but he can’t get the sticker off, devaluing the Peugeot and otherwise ruining a vintage bicycle. Joe’s girlfriend, Jane, rides a pink beach cruiser. It’s a one-speed, but she has strong legs. Jane is a busy girl and didn’t have the time to get the permit, but she rides it to class anyway and locks it up outside of the Chemistry building to go to her biology class. When she gets out of class, she finds her bicycle gone. Jane calls the TPD and they inform her that it has been impounded, even though it was on a bike loop. She walks all the way to the parking office, has to provide a receipt for the purchase of her bike and then pays the $20 fee for not having a permit, in addition to a $10 impounding fee. This sucks because that money was going toward her cell phone bill so she can call Joe when he goes out on Dickson Street to make sure he isn’t doing anything too stupid. Their friend Jack rides a BMX. He’s one of those guys you see jumping up onto the handrails in front of the library and bouncing from one to the other as if attached to strings. He locks his bike up at the Union, but BMXs don’t have seats, so he can’t affix a permanent sticker to it. When the TPD impounds his bike, Jack is S.O.L., especially because he has a trials competition that afternoon. Jill is an alumni with her bachelor’s in anthropology. Having paid her alumni
The president of the United States was determined: Universal health care was something Americans should expect, and he would deliver it. He argued forcefully for an employer mandate and for government-run insurance pools as an option for those who couldn’t obtain private insurance. Commentators in all the media were abuzz. The time? Nearly 40 years ago. The president? Republican Richard Milhous Nixon. The irony doesn’t end there. Nixon’s plan failed because of one powerful opponent: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. He stood firm in favor of a single-payer system, and the moment was lost. In the years leading up to his death last week, Kennedy must have regretted this, as he heard the ideas that Nixon once espoused as conservative doctrine now slandered as socialism when proposed by President Barack Obama. The Kennedy skill at collaboration had yet to evolve in the early 1970s. And given
the family history with Nixon, who had run against John F. Kennedy, a Nixon-Kennedy plan for national health care was probably asking too much at the time. It’s apparently asking too much for today’s Republicans to collaborate on the Nixon, or Obama, goals. But it should not be. Today, far more than in the ‘70s, the good of the nation demands health care reform. Obama’s mistake has been allowing opponents to frame the debate and put him on the defensive. The Obama who was a master communicator during the campaign can recapture the lost momentum. He has to hammer home the folly of doing nothing, which is what his opponents want, and convince the American people that only through reform will they be assured of affordable, high quality health care in the future. The current system is not sustainable. While providing health care to the 20 percent of Americans who now have none is critical, the president needs to aim his arguments toward the 80 percent who have coverage at the moment _ at least until they get laid off _ and are scared to death that
they will have inferior care in the future. He also needs to more strongly challenge the pharmaceutical and private insurance industries to reduce costs. Agreements to do so have been touted, but the industries are not out there fighting for Obama’s reforms. If they’re not on board, then he should not let up on the challenge. They have a right to reasonable profits, but the nation cannot sustain the rate of increase in costs. Fewer and fewer businesses will be able to offer insurance to their employees at the current pace. The president should be talking more about the move to electronic medical records, which will reduce costs and cut back on medical errors, one of the top 10 causes of death. And he should accelerate his plan to emphasize outcome-based medicine, rewarding doctors and hospitals for quality, rather than quantity, of care. There is ample evidence that the two do not equate. The president has the oratory skills to turn this around. He also happens to be right about what’s needed. Richard Nixon, that well known socialist, would agree.
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from Page 1 it will be handled just like it would if we saw you speeding,” he said. “If you’re driving and you’re speeding there are a few different outcomes that can happen – you can get a verbal warning, a written warning or you could have to go to court – so it can be along those same lines,” Crain said. The change in policy is not meant to be punitive, but to help smokers quit, Rausch said. “No one knows which cigarette will put them over the edge,” she said. “There are so many statistics on how many smokers are wishing they could quit. But many students or young people think if they get addicted, they can just quit, and that’s generally not the case.”
from Page 1 half-mile away from my dorm, while half of the Harmon Garage goes unused because lower prices would mean a loss of money for the university,” said Gavin McCollum, a senior political science major. Senior Anna Watson said she agreed with McCollum. The university should be conscious of fuel costs because that goes hand in hand with being environmentally friendly, she said, but “unless there are some buses breaking down, I don’t think we need
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• on all outside property or grounds of the campus • in all partially enclosed areas, including walkways and bus shelters • in UA vehicles, including buses and vans • in all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities Source: FRESH.uark.edu new buses.” The money could have gone to alleviate the cost of parking, Watson said. “Did you know Arkansas Tech students pay $20 to park right beside their dormitories?” she asked. After the TPD purchases the buses, little more than $200,000 of the stimulus money will remain – but that money won’t go to parking, either. With the remainder, the TPD will update operating software systems for Razorback’s Para-Transit and Maintenance Departments. Razorback’s Para-Transit
provides complimentary paratransit service for qualified persons with disabilities within three-fourths of a mile of fixed routes. “It provides services beyond regular transit,” Seither explained. The software upgrade will include moving from ParaPlan Light, which is used to coordinate and schedule trips, to ParaPlan Pro, which will add functionality, he said. The money will also be used to buy and install a backup generator, purchase additional equipment and install a geothermal heating, ventilation and cooling system.
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Students board a purple bus on campus. The Transit and Parking Department plans to purchase three new buses for the Razorback Transit system after receiving more than $1 million in stimulus money.
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Friends of Kelly Hiatt, an Oklahoma native who had cystic fibrosis and died last year, attended Saturday’s Great Strides event to remember their friend. The group raised about $1,000 in Hiatt’s name.
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For Jordan Miller and her brother, chronic sinus congestion was the first indication that something wasn’t right. The siblings’ mother, after later noticing the saltiness of her son’s skin, suspected the symptoms were warnings of cystic fibrosis. She was right. The brother and sister were diagnosed with the disease within two months of each other. Miller was 13; her brother, 16. Miller’s now a UA junior majoring in advertising/public relations, a member of Chi Omega sorority and an advocate for cystic fibrosis awareness and research. She’s been hospitalized once since her diagnosis – during her senior year of high school – and she said the disease has had a significant impact on her life. “I’m very fortunate to have a mild case, but it kind of goes through phases,” Miller said. “It has absolutely changed my dayto-day life, and it’s changed my thinking, too.” Miller’s one of about 30,000 people in the country who have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which causes patients’ bodies to produce thick, sticky mucus that, unless thinned or loosened, can clog lungs and potentially lead to life-threatening infections. But despite the disease’s seriousness – the average life span
for patients sits at 37 years – its rarity means the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation receives no federal funding and relies heavily on individual supporters, like Miller, to raise money and increase knowledge. “We’re what’s called an orphan disease, meaning this affects a population under 200,000,” said Jennifer Maune, executive director of the CFF’s Arkansas Chapter. “It’s really up to individuals and businesses to fund these vital projects so we can lengthen the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.” The foundation’s largest national fundraising event is Great Strides, a 10K walk that raised more than $37 million to support cystic fibrosis programs and research last year. At last weekend’s Rogers/Bentonville Great Strides event, one of six annual walks in the state, participants raised $76,000, $8,000 more than the Arkansas Chapter’s original goal. Of the $190,000 Great Strides walks are expected to raise in Arkansas by the end of this year, “90 percent will go directly toward finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and increasing the quality of life for patients,” Maune said. That’s particularly important to Megan Lane, a Rogers resident who walked at Great Strides Saturday morning and raised $400 in memory of her friend, Kelly Hiatt. Hiatt, a Miami, Okla., native,
died a year and a half ago after complications from a double lung transplant, which was ordered because of the severity of her cystic fibrosis. She was 25 when she died. “With each dollar that’s donated, there’s a better chance that a cure or better treatment can be found for other people suffering with this disease,” Lane said. Lane and six other firsttime walkers donated a total of $1,000 in memory of Hiatt, and the group plans to continue raising funds in Hiatt’s name. “I’ll definitely participate again,” said Deborah Brown, who now lives in Ottawa, Kan. “This is important to me because of my friendship with Kelly, who was in my nursing school. She was a wonderful person.” More than 600 Great Strides walks are hosted in the country, and the CFF’s Arkansas Chapter will host its final 2009 state walk in Hot Springs Saturday, Oct. 17. For Miller, the CFF and its work remain a chief priority, and she, along with help from her sorority sisters, continues to participate in cystic fibrosis fundraising and awareness events during her time at the UA. “This is very close to my heart,” she said. “It’s a great organization to get involved in, and it’s great to see all the people come out and help us with this cause.”
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STUDENTS SOUND OFF ON SWINE FLU
A couple of my professors have told us not to come to class if we’re sick – that’s all I’ve heard.” — Angela Mehner
I thought the swine flu was sort of dying out and that there wasn’t a need for the American public to be scared.” — Rachel Johnson
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I don’t think swine flu will be very dangerous, but it’s an example of how we’re unprepared for any epidemic.” — Jacob Holloway
If the UA does have a plan, I don’t know about it.” — Troy Long
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I don’t know much about it, and I think that’s the main problem.”
I wish the UA would disseminate more information about it. I haven’t really heard anything about their plan.” — Rachel Newberry
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from Page 1 lasted from March 1918 to June 1920 and infected 500 million people worldwide, a third of the population. Of those infected, between 50 and 100 million people died, mostly young adults. Ironically, the strong immune systems of young adults ravaged the body, whereas the weaker immune systems of children and middle-aged adults caused fewer deaths. This seems to be an effect unique to H1N1, as information analyzed by the CDC supports the conclusion that swine flu has caused greater disease burden in people younger than 25 than in older
people. “We are concerned that people will be nonchalant about this,” Serafini said. “We are on the highest alert... Most people will experience mild symptoms of H1N1, while others are at a higher risk.” Smokers, in particular, Serafini said, put themselves at higher risk, if only by default because this is a respiratory virus. “Drinking alcohol is damaging to the immune system, as well,” she said. “Good diet and staying hydrated is important.” “Swine flu parties” have become a common practice for those who are anticipating the virus to mutate and think they can become immune to a possible second wave. These parties are gather-
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ings during which people have close contact with a person who has novel H1N1 flu in order to become infected with the virus. The intent of these parties is for a person to become infected with what for many people has been a mild disease, in the hope of having natural immunity to a more severe H1N1 flu virus that might circulate later. The CDC has advised against such practices. Whatever the method for dealing with the swine flu, health center officials are not encouraging people to wear masks. “There’s so little of it out there now that we are not suggesting that,” Serafini said. “If you are taking care of someone who has the flu, then yes,
it would be a good idea to wear a mask, but you don’t need to wear them to class, not at this point.” Serafini added that the health center does have masks available in case it becomes a more serious issue. In the more affected areas of the globe, some aren’t letting the swine flu squelch their sense of fun. People from Mexico to China are using their surgical masks for self-expression with a little artistic ingenuity, designing their masks with butterflies and cartoon mouths, tiger jaws and handlebar mustaches, even pig snouts. “Swine flu” is actually a misnomer for the particular strain of H1N1 that was first reported in Mexico and has since spread throughout the
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Jobs elude 2009 grads
The appeal of graduate school grows Tina Korbe Editor
Recent graduates know all too well: The job search ain’t what it used to be. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, fewer companies are hiring students right out of college. And just 20 percent of respondents to a Career Development Center survey of 2009 UA college graduates have accepted job offers. In other words, employment has become the Holy Grail of the newly collegeeducated crowd. So, students are abandoning the quest – and accepting temporary jobs or going to graduate school instead, said Barbara Batson, director of the Career Development Center. world. While the new virus seems to be most heavily composed of genetic sequences from swine influenza virus material, it also has human and avian influenza genetic sequences, according to the CDC. And contrary to popular belief, you can’t get it from eating pork. The World Organization for Animal Health has suggested that the new disease be labeled “North American Influenza,” in keeping with a long medical tradition of naming influenza pandemics for the regions where they were first identified. This would of course prove most advantageous for the UA, lest the image of its venerable mascot become at all besmirched.
“Reality has set in for a lot of our students,” Batson said. “It’s been a little disconcerting to them. They didn’t go to college to take just any job.” Presumably, they didn’t go to college only to go to college again, either, but graduate school applications to the UA are up, said Patricia Koski, associate dean of the graduate school. The flexibility and initiative graduates have shown by altering their expectations and learning new skills, however, are smart, both Batson and Koski said. Another degree, another language, another computer program – every little resume addition makes a student more marketable, Batson said – and Koski agreed. “More education is always See
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The health center has a seasonal flu vaccination available for $20 and is soon expecting a shipment of “FluMist,” an insufflated flu immunization, which will be available for $25. An H1N1 flu vaccine is currently in production and the CDC expects that it will be available sometime this fall. The UA Athletic Department has assured that, when a vaccine has been developed for swine flu, “Tusk,” the Russian boar mascot of the Razorbacks, is at the top of the list to receive one. For more information on influenza prevention, visit Emergency.uark.edu or Flu. gov.
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good in terms of getting a job that pays more or that fits your interests more,” she said. But, depending on the program, even graduate school might be a stretch in these tight financial times. Law school applications, for example, are down slightly – from 1,239 last year to just 1,167 this year. “In this hard economy, I think there’s a fair amount of concern about taking on the kind of debt that comes with legal studies,” said Susan Schell, the UA law school career placement director. Koski said graduate applications were relatively slow to rise for the same reason.
“It took a little longer than usual for applications to increase because people are having a hard time paying for tuition,” she said. Expenses aside, though, at least a couple of graduate students said they’re satisfied with their decision to earn terminal degrees. “If I were given a choice between an M.B.A. and a job offer, I’d choose the M.B.A.,” said Paul Liu, a graduate student in biological engineering who plans to extend his graduate studies still further by applying to the M.B.A. programs at both the UA and Harvard. “Other people might be going to graduate school because they can’t find a job, but I’m going because I want to be passionate about my work,” Liu said. Michael Buchanan, a
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second-year M.B.A. student, said he decided to go back to school after working for a couple of years for an accounting firm. “Graduate school is easier than working, that’s for sure,” he said. Apparently, graduate school is easier than not working, too.
COMING UP NEXT If you liked this article, you’ll enjoy our “Admissions” issue slated for Sept. 16. Look for it on newstands then!
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More students are applying to graduate school even in today’s tough economy, but applications at the UA law school are down this year, officials said.
Faculty leaders urge ouster of Illinois president, chancellor
PROTESTING ‘OBAMA CARE’
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About 40 people demonstrate on College Avenue in front of the Washington County Courthouse for and against health insurance change proposals now pending in Congress.
CHICAGO – University of Illinois faculty leaders urged Thursday that the institution’s president and chancellor be replaced following an admissions scandal that has rocked the state’s top public institution. “An orderly transition to new leadership for both of these positions is in the best interests of this campus, and the university,” according to a statement approved by the 15-member Senate Executive Committee. While others around the state have weighed in on the future of President B. Joseph White and Chancellor Richard Herman, this marks the first time the faculty have taken a stand. The rebuke has no official impact, but the statement from one of the university’s most significant constituencies carries symbolic weight. It also is embarrassing for
the administrators, who rely on faculty support. “Everybody feels that this is a very important moment,” said education professor Nicholas Burbules, a member of the faculty committee. The four-page statement now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to vote on it at a meeting Monday. There are 200 faculty and 50 student members of the Senate. Ultimately, it is up to a newly reconstituted Board of Trustees to decide whether the top two leaders should stay, and Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that the faculty’s opinion should be considered. White and Herman have both said they do not plan to resign and that they are working on new admissions policies and other changes. In a statement following the faculty’s decision Thursday, Herman noted that he has worked at the Urbana-Champaign campus for more than a decade and said
he would “serve as long as my contribution is deemed valuable.” He again said he regretted his own “failings” in the admissions scandal. White did not respond to requests for comment. University spokesman Thomas Hardy, in a statement, called the faculty input “valuable” and said both White and Herman “have the common goal of acting in the best interest of the University.” Senate Executive Committee chair Joyce Tolliver said the group does not want the two to step down immediately, but instead would like to see an organized transition with the president replaced first, followed by the chancellor. Tolliver said replacing both at once, while the provost position is vacant and there’s a new board of trustees, “would be disastrous.” Still, she said: “We do recognize that the only way to go in a positive way is to move toward new leadership.”
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Page 8 | WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 COMMENTARY
Fantasy options who need a little respect Sometimes life is all about respect. It’s about a respect for yourself, and a respect for those around you. Respect is something that should be earned and not given away.
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Different levels of respect all take roles in our lives. And Aretha Franklin knows that better than most. Considered one of the best singing talents of all time, Franklin isn’t an odds-on favorite to be a huge fantasy football fan. I’m sure she has watched her fair share of football games. I do know she has more Grammys than I do fantasy titles. But when it comes down to draft day, it’s all about respect when taking a player’s name off the board. Do you pull the trigger early on a sleeper? The experts are down on this guy, so should I avoid him? It’s all about the level of respect for that player. And with the NFL season approaching, and one of the biggest weeks for fantasy drafts upon us, it seems some players are not getting the r-e-s-p-e-c-t they deserve. ( Just for clarity, the players who need a little respect are players I would take ahead of where they usually would be drafted, while players not needing respect I would hold off from drafting for several picks.) Needs a little respect Anquan Boldin, WR, Cardinals: Fellow wide out Larry Fitzgerald is going way ahead of Boldin and rightly so. But Boldin was off to a ridiculous start to the season last year before an injury and has put up similar numbers to Fitzgerald when both were healthy. That’s value. Domenik Hixon, WR, Giants: Thinking out loud sometimes just makes sense. The Giants, a very solid football team, will need to throw the ball to someone without Plaxico Burress. Why not Hixon, who showed signs of being good? I’m glad I agreed with myself. Zach Miller, TE, Raiders: Because someone has to catch the ball in Oakland. There is talk about him playing in the slot, too. I think he improves just a little bit, just a little bit. Fred Jackson, RB, Bills: With Marshawn Lynch missing the first three games of the season, Jackson is the man in Buffalo. And he has shown he can get the job done. Jackson could even be of value when Lynch does come back. Former Razorback running backs: Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis are all break out candidates. I still cannot believe these guys were in the same backfield with Michael Smith, and he was the last option. That has to be the most talented group in Razorback history. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: Green Bay is looking pretty good right now after turning the page on Brett Favre. After the season Rodgers had last year with how he has looked in preseason, Rodgers could be a top-three fantasy quarterback. Trent Edwards, QB, Bills: The nohuddle offense and T.O. can only help the stats. And with Lee Evans sliding into a more conferrable role, he will make the unit better. All Edwards is asking for is a little respect. And maybe a nice saxophone solo when you draft him. Michael Jenkins, WR, Falcons: He played well down the stretch. And with so many options down in Atlanta, Jenkins might be able to get some looks he didn’t get last year. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Seahawks: Things are looking up for the Seattle offense after a pretty terrible season last year. Matt Hasselbeck is back, and he has a new target in Houshmazilla. Championship. Kevin Walter, WR, Texans: While Andre Johnson is getting all the respect in Houston, Walter is a guy that could go for more than 1,000 yards with eight end zone visits. Don’t need respect LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers: You either think he is overvalued or See
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Swine flu threat ‘scary’ for Hogs Harold McIlvain II
Assistant Sports Editor Before and after cornerback Rudell Crim eats, he makes sure to wash his hands. It has become a daily routine for Crim to wash his hands regularly. Crim said he washes more than five times a day to stay healthy and prevent a possible outbreak of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu. With officials predicting an increase in flu cases across the country, frequent handwashing is a preventive measure the football team has become accustomed to during the summer. “It’s the same routine with everyone,” Crim said. “We have to wash our hands. You always want to stay clean. The way they (the medical staff) broke it down, it makes you want to wash your hands after anything you do.” And it’s something that the Razorback football team isn’t taking lightly. Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said swine flu is potentially a big concern for the team. “I’m scared to death of the H1N1 virus,”
Petrino said. “But our training staff is doing a real good job of keeping an eye on that. We have been doing a real nice job of making sure we understand everyone’s health. We are checking temperatures and have given several guys a test for it.” Heath officials say college athletes are more prone to swine flu because of shared places like dorm rooms, cafeterias and locker rooms. Although no player has officially contracted the virus, senior Malcolm Sheppard said it hasn’t stopped the flu from being a possible worry. “It’s scary because if someone on the football team gets it, everyone gets it,” Sheppard said. “We are around each other so much every day. It’s definitely something that has made us wash our hands and take showers.” But Sheppard said with the first game this Saturday, the team is taking every precaution necessary. “We don’t need it,” Sheppard said. “We have soap in our locker room that supposedly prevents it.” Crim admitted it is a little strange to have to wonder about injuries and a virus possibly keeping
players off the field during the season. “It is kind of crazy,” Crim said. “But here we can face any kind of adversity. We want to try to play football. But we also want to try to stay as clean as possible and try not to get anyone sick. We don’t need to cause an extra adversity.” If anything where to happen, Sheppard said it wouldn’t be too easy to face Southeastern Conference opponents and have to worry about a virus. “It would be difficult to manage,” Sheppard said. “Our schedule is one of the hardest in the country. We definitely don’t want anyone missing from any kind of sickness.” The Razorbacks have reason to be concerned after reports of the flu hitting the football programs at Alabama, Duke, Texas Christian and Tulane. Tulane was without 31 of its players because of the swine flu, school officials reported. Duke announced earlier this month that more than 15 players from the Blue Devil football team were being treated at one point for symptoms See
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MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SEASON PREVIEW
Bucknam hopes young Hogs return Arkansas to elite status Matt Watson Sports Editor
Junior Michael Chinchar was selected as one of the two Arkansas team captains, along with junior Lane Boyer.
From 1974 to 2007, the Arkansas Razorbacks won every single cross country conference crown. Coach John McDonnell led the Hogs to 34 straight titles between the Southwest and Southeastern Conferences, which he called his greatest achievement, a list that includes 40 national titles between cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. In his first year as Arkansas head coach, Chris Bucknam took over for McDonnell and took the Hogs to a third-place finish at the SEC meet. The Razorbacks finished runner-up at their regional, then placed 28th in the team standings at the NCAA Championships. “We’re just focused on what’s ahead of us, knowing we have a great history behind us,” Bucknam said. “There’s an expectation (here), and you know what – we carried that expectation into our indoor SEC championship last year and into our outdoor SEC championship. Quite frankly, we carried it at Mississippi State when we stepped on the line to run that (SEC) cross country meet. “This is Arkansas, there’s a tradition of excellence and we’re going to try to live up to it. We’re focused on what we need to do this Friday afternoon and how we’re going to get this young group to gel and overachieve and do the things we need to do,” Bucknam said. Alabama won the conference title last season, the first time any school other than Arkansas
has won an SEC championship since the Razorbacks joined in the conference. And the team that took home the bronze last year will be without its top three runners in 2009. “If you look at the ’08 SEC meet where we finished third, we’ve lost our top three athletes – the two McClary brothers and Scott MacPherson. Their eligibility has been exhausted. You can see where we’re starting off,” Bucknam said. “But these guys that are coming in, they’re motivated for success. They want to gravitate to excellence. It doesn’t make any difference if we lost the SEC meet last year or we won it, this is a new year.” In 2009, the Razorbacks will have new leaders and a new supporting cast. Juniors Lane Boyer and Michael Chinchar have been selected captains for the upcoming season, both of whom finished outside of Arkansas’ top five at the NCAA meet last season. Boyer finished 200th overall, while Chinchar placed 219th. Junior Dorian Ulrey, who competed for Team USA at the World Track Championships over the summer, will make his Arkansas cross country debut after following Coach Bucknam from the University of Northern Iowa last fall. Ulrey will not compete for a few weeks into the season, but he will be an integral part of the team when the post-season meets come around. “There’s work to be done on those three athletes, and we’re going rely on them heavily,” Bucknam said. See
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Razorbacks show mettle in Adidas Classic Jimmy Carter
Assistant Sports Editor Arkansas’ soccer team trailed Air Force 2-1 with just more than five minutes into the second half the Razorbacks Saturday home opener. The Razorbacks rarely rallied for victories in 2008, but there was no panic on the Arkansas sideline when the Falcons Stephanie Patterson scored from 10 yards out to put Air Force back in the lead. “(Our attitude) was really amazing,” Razorbacks coach Erin Aubry said. “That’s the positive that we took from that game. That had been an issue in the past, our response to being a goal down. To our team’s credit they put their heads down, and they started to do the work. To come out on top is a wonderful response to that challenge.” Arkansas roared back with three straight goals in a 20-minute span, including senior Sophie Wentz’s second goal on the afternoon to secure the first 3-0 record in school history. The Fayetteville native led the Razorbacks with five total points between the win over the Falcons and
Sunday’s 2-0 victory against Missouri State. “(Wentz) ran the show for us Friday night,” Aubry said. “She was the reason that we were able to come back. That kid is just all intensity. There is never a moment when she doesn’t stop. She is certainly one of our players that is most passionate. She’s just 100 percent go all the time.” The Razorbacks travel to Tulsa this weekend to take on the Golden Hurricane on Thursday before facing Oral Roberts on Sunday.
Pulliza sees positives in TCU Invitational The Razorback volleyball team went 1-2 at the TCU Invitational last weekend, suffering a tight loss to host Texas Christian and feeling the effects of that two-hour battle in a loss to Loyola Marymount the following morning. Arkansas played every player on its squad during the weekend, which included a 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-15) win over Grambling State in the Saturday nightcap. Despite the 1-2 mark, the Razorbacks were able to take several positives from the tournament, Arkansas coach Robert Pulliza said.
“(We were) only 1-2 for the weekend, but (had) a very productive weekend in terms of lessons learned and the numbers we were able to put against some quality opponents,” Pulliza said. “Our young players are going to keep maturing, but they did a great job. “When things got close, especially against TCU, we just got a little over-hyped. We kind of came out of our routine, and we were just a little anxious to finish the points or to hope for the point to be over to come up with the win on that set. We’ve just got to keep working our routine no matter what point of the match we’re on.” Freshmen Amanda Anderson and Jasmine Norton made stellar debuts for the Razorbacks over the weekend. “Our young players came out and played like veterans,” Pulliza said. “Amanda Anderson gets voted to the all-tournament team in her first college career opportunity. Jasmine Norton comes out against TCU and had 23 kills, 17 digs and six service aces. Those are unheard numbers on our outside hitter to be able to put out, especially on the first match of her career.”
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related to the H1N1 virus. Duke sports information director Art Chase said that many of those players returned within the week after contracting the virus. “Like many other schools and summer camps, Duke has had students diagnosed with influenza that is presumed to be H1N1,” Chase said in a statement. “The cases involving our football program have been very mild, with illness typically lasting two or three days.” Texas Christian reported six players missing practice
because of flu-like symptoms. The flu has also shown up in the Southeastern Conference, as No. 5 Alabama, who plays No. 7 Virginia Tech in a Saturday night showdown, was without three players earlier this week because of flu-like symptoms, including All-American defensive lineman Terrance Cody. Cody returned to practice, but Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Cody wasn’t at full speed yet. While players did recover from the illness, Alabama practiced the next day without four more players because of the flu. “As we go through our protocol, if a guy has a fever, we
just get him out of here,” Saban said to the Press-Register. “We try to manage not having too much of this around, so we hope it’s not an issue on our team moving forward.” Ole Miss officials canceled the promotional event “Meet The Rebels Day” earlier this month because of an increasing threat of exposure to the swine flu virus. Rebel head coach Houston Nutt said it was for the best interest of the team to cancel the event. “While we may be overly cautious regarding the flu, our season opener is (approaching),” Nutt said in a statement. “We can’t take any chances.”
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undervalued. There doesn’t seem to be a middle ground. The 30-year-old had a solid season last year, but the injuries could be catching up to him. I hope I’m wrong. Reggie Bush, RB, Saints: The USC product can’t seem to stay healthy or post fantasy-worthy numbers. And it doesn’t help Pierre Thomas is the better back. Frank Gore, RB, 49ers and Steven Jackson, RB, Rams: Is it just me or do both of these guys always underachieve the draft slot they are selected?
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 | Page 9 Both players have the upside going for them with a runfirst offense with Gore and an improved line for Jackson. But nothing seems to add up for these guys. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: There is a difference between a very solid signal caller and a good fantasy quarterback. Big Ben is that difference. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: I just wanted to make fun of Oakland. He shouldn’t be drafted in your league. Joseph Addai, RB, Colts: The thing about fantasy sports is trying to predict the future. It’s difficult when
Senior running back Michael Smith sat down with Traveler assistant sports editor Jimmy Carter to discuss Arkansas’ chances in the SEC this season. Smith accounted for 79 percent of the Razorbacks’ rushing attack last year and was a first-team All-SEC selection by numerous media outlets. How is the hamstring? Do you feel like you’re back at 100 percent? Being off for the spring was good for me. I wanted to be out there but I didn’t really need to be out there. Being able to sit out during the spring and totally strengthen my hamstring is good for me. How nice is it to have depth at the running back position this year? It’s good that I have depth now. I can come out and get a breather when I need to. But if the situation takes for me to have to carry it 30-35 times a game, then I’m definitely not going to back down from that. What are some of the impressions you’ve gotten of the younger running backs? I’ve tried to mentor them to the point where they know exactly what they’re doing so that they can come out and just be Ronnie Wingo or Knile Davis. The reason everybody goes crazy over freshmen is because they don’t know anything. They are acting mostly off of instinct so you get to see their raw talent, and I think that they’ve done a good job of being able to show us that.
Tallahassee, Fla. Sr. 5-9 180 lbs 2008: 207 Carries 1,072 Yards 8 TDs
This team isn’t in any polls or rankings, do you feel like you’re a sleeper team? We won’t be a sleeper team for long. We’re planning to come out and hit the SEC hard, hit everybody on our schedule hard.
things look normal now to expect change. But it looks like Addai will lose carries as the year goes along to Donald Brown. Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins: With the way the season played out last year, Brown benefited from the wild cat offense and a pretty easy schedule. The same numbers won’t be there for him this year. Harold McIlvain II is the assistant sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every other Wednesday.
If you weren’t playing football, what profession would you choose? If I wasn’t a football player, I would be a physical trainer. What music do you listen to before games to get pumped up? I like to think of myself as a music connoisseur. One week I was listening to T-Pain and Lil Wayne, and the next week I was listening to Bob Seger. It ranges. Do you play video games? I’m like a legend at “Guitar Hero.” I’m like the hyper-speed expert. In the football video games, I’d probably get my butt whooped though. What’s your favorite late-night snack? Right now, my friend made some chicken salad. So I get some chicken salad and I get some bread. I toast the bread and I warm up the chicken salad and make a chicken salad sandwich. Do you do a lot of reading? (Laughs) No, I play “Guitar Hero.” Aside from football, what is your favorite sport? Baseball. I like the Cleveland Indians. [Editor’s Note: Smith was a high school baseball standout, batting .515 with 31 steals as a junior and was listed on the 2006 Arkansas baseball roster.] You can invite any three guests to dinner, who do you choose? Barack Obama, Barry Sanders and Vanessa Williams.
2009 ARKANSAS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ARKANSAS FOOTBALL STARTERS SAT, SEP 05 SAT, SEP 19 SAT, SEP 26 SAT, OCT 03 SAT, OCT 10 SAT, OCT 17 SAT, OCT 24 SAT, OCT 31 SAT, NOV 07 SAT, NOV 14 SAT, NOV 21 SAT, NOV 28
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DE Jake Bequette (So., 6-5, 271) DT Zach Stadther (So., 6-1, 295) DT Malcolm Sheppard (Sr., 6-2, 291) DE Adrian Davis (Sr., 6-4, 252) OLB Jerry Franklin (So., 6-1, 241) MLB Wendel Davis (Sr., 6-1, 230) OLB Freddy Burton (Jr., 6-2, 231) CB Ramon Broadway (Jr., 5-9, 191) S Tramain Thomas (So., 6-0, 187) S Matt Harris (Sr., 6-2, 198) CB Rudell Crim (Jr., 6-0, 190) PR Joe Adams (So., 5-11, 182) KOR Dennis Johnson (So., 5-9, 205)
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Assistant Sports Editor Arkansas women’s cross country coach Lance Harter was about to board a plane to Monaco in July when he received a text message letting him know that 2008 SEC cross country champion Catherine White was transferring to Virginia for family reasons. Over the course of the trip, Harter also received two reports of injuries. The first text message was from junior Jillian Rosen, letting Harter know that she had suffered a stress fracture and a torn MCL in a running accident. Then, highly touted freshman Stephanie Brown called to tell Harter that she had contracted mononucleosis. Harter said his relaxing summer quickly disappeared. “(The news) made it a real long flight and made a real crappy vacation,” Harter said. “We lost a great team leader (in White). She’s a proven all-American, she had a lot of things going for her. Unfortunately her family decided that it was best that she be back close to home.” Both Rosen and Brown are working their way back into running shape as the Razorbacks host Missouri Southern in the Arkansas
Invitational. “(Rosen’s) stress fracture is healed, the MCL is healed,” Harter said. “It’s just a matter of getting her back onto her feet, 100 percent and getting her confidence back. (Brown’s) mono has run its course. She’s OK and she’s very progressively working her way back into the lineup.” Harter will also be faced with replacing seniors Denise Bargiachi, Christine Kalmer and Dacia Perkins. All three were mainstays in the Razorbacks scoring five in the 2008 campaign. The fight for playing time between newcomers and returners has created a competitive atmosphere. “Sometimes when you have a void like (we do), other people rush to fill that void,” Harter said. “If our training camp is any indicator, we did some things this weekend that really raised the eyebrows. Like, ‘Wow this is impressive, you’re not supposed to be able to do this.’ But they’re doing it anyway.” The Razorbacks are looking for contributions from several new faces this season. Freshmen Alyssa Allison, Oklahoma Statetransfer Kristen Gillespie and sophomore Samantha Learch are all making pushes to be in the scoring five, Harter said. “Alyssa Allison is a young lady that just
represented the USA at the Pan-Am games this summer,” Harter said. “She’s got proven credentials. “Kristen Gillespie is more of a middle-distance runner, but she had a great summer of training. “A young lady named Samantha Lurch has really developed during the course of the summer.” The Razorbacks will look to lone senior Megan Jackson for leadership. Junior Miranda Walker is fully recovered after redshirting in 2008 due to a stress-related injury and will provide experience. “We have Miranda Walker back,” Harter said. “We lost Miranda early last year to a stress injury and we’re real excited that she’s back and she’s healthy. She’s a proven commodity in cross country.” Harter said while the Razorbacks hope to have Rosen back by the Oct. 3 meet, the team has responded well in preseason practice. “We’ve had great training,” Harter said. “The kids have a lot of desire. There is some talent. It’s just a matter now of trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. “(It is) a very low key duel with Missouri Southern. We’ll run 4K and we’ll let the season begin.”
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The lone senior on the Razorback squad is Rio Reina, who was the ninth Hog across the line (37th overall) at the conference meet a year ago. Arkansas also returns sophomore Eric Fernandez, who was the second Hog across the line at NCAAs last year, and a foursome of freshmen with a chance to contribute from day one. Omar Abdi (Boston, Mass.), Drew Butler (The Woodlands, Texas), Cameron Efurd (Rogers) and Solomon Haile (Silver Spring, Md.). “It’s hit-or-miss when freshmen come into this level of running, although we do feel like we’ve got a good freshman class coming in,” Bucknam said. “We’re excited about a new year. We’ve got some challenges ahead of us. We look at those ultimately as opportunities for new people to step up and make names for themselves and keep our tradition of great track and cross country alive.” The Razorbacks will get their first taste of competition at 6:30 p.m. Friday, when they take host the Arkansas Invitational at Agri Park in Fayetteville. “Everybody’s coming in with a different fitness level, and their events are different – some are milers, some are 5K guys, some are 10K guys – and my job is to blend that in and get them to run 8K or 10K together on the same day as fast as they can,” Bucknam said.
RAZORBACK CALENDAR SOCCER Arkansas at Tulsa Thursday at 7:35 p.m. Tulsa, Okla. Arkansas at Oral Roberts Sunday at 1 p.m. Tulsa, Okla.
VOLLEYBALL Virginia Tech Invitational Arkansas vs. Norfolk St. Friday at 3 p.m. Arkansas vs. East Carolina Saturday at 9 a.m. Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech Saturday at 6 p.m. All at Blacksburg, Va. Arkansas at Tulsa Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tulsa, Okla.
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Tired of running endlessly on a treadmill ultimately going nowhere? Exasperated with the daily grind of lifting weights and enduring floor crunches? Ready for something a little more exciting? Look no further than right here in Fayetteville – and even at the HPER – for some interesting alternatives to the same ol’, same ol’ workout. For on-campus students who enjoy the quick commute to and from the HPER, bypass the workout room and check out some of the group classes. “Some of the most popular classes available are the Hustle class, which is hip-hop, Zumba – a group exercise inspired by Latin movements – and belly dancing,” said Katie Helms, assistant director of the HPER. Zumba is a new type of dance/exercise that has generated some hype this year. “It fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program in one hour of caloric-burning, body-energizing movements,” according to Zumba.com. “It’s a lot of hip and abs
work inspired by salsa and reggae dance,” Helms said. The HPER also offers group cycling, aqua aerobics and taekwondo. Group cycling is new this semester, and Helms said she was most excited about this class. For those interested in taking their exercise outside, the HPER offers a full list of outdoor equipment rentals, including bikes, boats and camping and hiking gear. “They are reasonably priced and are actually the lowest priced in the area,” Helms said. Fayetteville offers 16 miles of paved trails for bikers and 14 miles of nature trails for hikers, according to Trails. accessfayetteville.org. Some trails even run right through campus, and there are four different trails that offer natural areas, scenic views, lights, bike racks, trail heads, picnic areas, drinking fountains and restrooms. A map of Fayetteville trails is available at Trails.accessfaySee
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Project Runway designer comes to Fayetteville Justine Harrington
Followers of the popular TV series “Project Runway” are in luck this week - the show’s Korto Momolu is coming to the University of Arkansas. Momolu, a Little Rock native, was the first runner-up during season five. With the debut of her spring 2009 collection during New York Fashion Week and throughout her time on “Project Runway,” Momolu proved to be an inspiring and talented designer who embraced diversity and clothing for women of all shapes and sizes, even becoming the recipient of the show’s “fan favorite” award. Now, students will have the chance to see her work. Momolu will present some
of her designs in a fashion show that will be free and open to the general public. The event, sponsored by the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery and the Cultures and Concepts Committee of University Programs, will be at 7 p.m. today at the Alltel Ballroom in the Union. Momolu will speak afterward about her life as a successful fashion designer and her time on “Project Runway.” In addition, there will be a VIP reception during which she will sign autographs and pose for pictures. For a follow-up of the event plus a one-on-one interview with Momolu, check UATrav. com later this week for more information and pictures of Momolu on the UA campus.
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Fayetteville Underground will host the art exhibition “Supremacy and Myth” by UA senior Thomas Krapausky this month, the same time Jan Gosnell, a prominent Fayetteville artist and Krapausky’s uncle, will present his art in the exhibition “Back from Krypton.” Krapausky became interested in photography in early childhood, much of this interest sparked by his mother, a photojournalist, who always ensured Krapausky had a camera with him. He would assist her on shoots and in the darkroom, learning many basic photography skills at an early age. Since then, Krapausky has received “multiple awards, has been displayed in juried exhibitions and has been published on an international level,” according to a press release. Krapausky’s photography focuses on the struggle between nature and humanity. “Since the beginning of agriculture, humans have worked diligently to dominate the world in which we live, all in the name of convenience,” Krapausky said. “I’m fascinated with the persistence of nature to thrive despite the overwhelming ravages of humankind.” “Supremacy and Myth” explores this false idea of humankind’s domination over the planet – humans fiercely race to take over, but nature is constantly pushing back. The photos are entirely black and white and consist of abstract close-ups of natural and decaying industrial subjects. The photographs are rich in texture and focus on details that might usually go unnoticed. “Black-and-white photography as a medium emphasizes the details of nature, as well as the textures of decay and the coldness of the material thing itself,” Krapausky said. “Many of my images are high in contrast, and the subjects are brought close
to the viewer. These heightened details reveal to us the transformation that we miss from day to day.” Through his art, Krapausky hopes to achieve awareness in people, who need to see what is taking place in the world that surrounds them and observe it with a different perspective, he said. The familial relationship of Krapausky’s and Gosnell’s exhibitions is important to Krapausky, especially because art has been a significant part of the maternal side of his family. “Growing up, I was always enamored by the idea that my uncle was an artist,” he said. Gosnell “has had numerous one-man exhibitions and has also shown competitively in regional exhibitions,” according to a press release. He has received several first-place awards for his editorial cartoons, has contributed artwork for three films and is the author and illustrator of the book “Shape Makes the Man.” In working on this exhibit, Gosnell returned from the isolation of the studio to the social world of the exhibitionist, he said. “[The paintings] are my vehicle for tuning in to the mainstream of being,” he said. “Often, the subject matter itself is drawn from myth, both traditional and popular, and sometimes from wordplay.” Gosnell defines his painting style as “Traditional Pop Comic Surrealism” and said that all he wishes to express through his paintings is the joy of picturemaking. Both Gosnell and Krapausky believe art has a significant impact on the community and everyday life, they said. “We are all consciously or unconsciously attempting to understand the meaning of our existence,” Gosnell said. “Art is the physical manifestation of the desire to sensually interpret and See
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Many, many years ago, I embraced a rather hedonistic lifestyle, dining ceaselessly at restaurants, going to the cinema to watch “Kung Fu Hustle” some several times, and buying whatever films, albums and books caught my fancy. Even more vividly, I recall a real fondness for clothes in that carefree period of my life. But that era has passed, and how times have changed. The Associated Press constantly reports that unemployment claims have hit a record high, and The New York Times often mentions the malaise of apparel sales. In fact, a recent article on Nytimes.com reported that retailers saw back-toschool sales slowing, though this shouldn’t be particularly surprising as June and July sales reports were also dismal. Retailers typically
expect some of their biggest business during the back-toschool shopping days, which is also assumed to be indicative of the holiday shopping season. If this theory proves to be correct, this holiday season could be unkind to retailers. I do still like clothes, though perhaps not as much as when I was an experimental teenager. Without a real job during this past summer,
that was the extent of my summer shopping. And I do like the aesthetics those trendy gladiator sandals display, but I can’t fathom spending so much money on them. Instead, I teetered around town in my trusty, comfortable black Old Navy flip-flops almost every day last summer. I waited for fall to arrive, not sure what I’d buy, not sure what trends would populate the shopping
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I didn’t indulge in shopping sprees – and I don’t care for summer apparel, so why waste my money? I recycled my wardrobe to befit the violent summer heat and purchased a few of the basic shirts and affordable necklaces at Forever 21, but
mall and local boutiques. As the final week of leisure came to a close, I meandered aimlessly around local boutiques and located some amazingly markeddown gladiator sandals, priced from $12 to $15 compared to the original prices
of $50 to $70. I am aware that I didn’t need three pairs, but I bought them anyway, musing that it’s always good to have options, especially when the options are inexpensive. Until the weather becomes problematic, I’ll enjoy the lovely purchase as much as I can; I may have purchased the sandals late in time, and new styles may be confirmed in an upcoming issue of Vogue or W, but I’m not one to follow fashion dictums, as I simply don’t care. If I doled out money for apparel and accessories, I most certainly will wear them until they fall apart. When the cold front appears, I’ll just put these lovely finds in my storage and wait for the next spring and summer to wear them. I know a few girls who are persistent about buying something on the sale racks, their shared theory being, “It’s so cheap, I must get it.” I, too, like a good sale, but I am able to leave a store without a shopping bag if an item doesn’t entice me enough, sometimes preferring to buy something not on sale if the investment confirms timelessness. See
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etteville.org. Students who live off campus also have a couple of workout choices that might strike their fancy. Jazzercise, located on College Avenue, “is a 60-minute dance cardio workout that moves to today’s music,” said Melissa Crawford, owner of the studio. Every Jazzercise class combines cardio moves to enhance endurance and burn calories, strength training to define muscles and strengthen the core, and stretching to increase flexibility, according to Jazzercise.com. “Those who have never been before will be paid special attention by the class manager and will catch on very easily, “ Crawford said. College students may join for $40 and continue for $20 a month, she said. “College students will really think it’s fun,” Crawford
said. “It’s very motivating and you make friends. Plus, you burn more calories in one hour than you do running for two hours.” The Fayetteville Athletic Club also offers interesting alternatives to the everyday workout, and a new bicycle called the Expresso has recently made its way to the club. “It’s a bike that allows you to race yourself by watching a monitor that tracks your progress, lets you choose your course and difficulty, and even lets you save your race so you can enter your information and come back another time to finish the race,” said Austin Efurd, manager of the Fayetteville Athletic Club. “It’s fun because of the pacer that allows you to set different levels, which keeps it difficult while really working you out!” The Fayetteville Athletic Club charges $65 a month for one membership.
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Extra weight means extra precautions when working out Emilie Le Beau
McClatchy-Tribune Athletes in television commercials aren’t shown to scale. Most are tall and slender, their muscles flexing as they swing a tennis racquet, cycle down a mountain or swim laps. In real life, most adults are overweight or obese. The national obesity rate climbed to 26.1 percent in 2008, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This means many adventure buffs are... well, not that buff. Many outdoor and adventure participants are packing a few extra pounds. Obese adults can also join the fun but they need to take special precautions when starting a new sport or fitness program. GETTING STARTED: Obese participants should check with their physician to gauge their fitness level and understand what realistically can be performed, said Kathy Weber, a sports medicine physician and director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. Selecting appropriate gear is also important before beginning a new sport or fitness program. Shoes must be supportive and activity appropriate. “It’s really important because they may have excess weight on their limbs, they need to make sure they have a supportive shoe to absorb the impact,” Weber said. Obese participants should consciously select activities that will be less strenuous on joints. Some movements create a tremendous force that is partly absorbed by the body. Walking, for example, generates a force that is about four times the person’s body weight. Running creates a force about eight times greater. “Your body is under a lot more stress when you have more weight so higher
impact activities would not be the first choice for an overweight individual,” Weber said. Low impact activities such as swimming, walking or hiking are recommended. Weber also advises obese participants to consider the surface in which the activity is performed. Soft surfaces such as a treadmill or padded track will absorb more force than hard concrete. Cycling or skating is an appropriate activity if the participant does not have a distorted center of gravity which could cause imbalance and risk of injury, Weber said. Once an activity or fitness program is determined, obese participants should set realistic goals. Setting obtainable goals is helpful in creating an exercise habit, said Chuck Barnard, national fitness director for Tennis Corporation of America and general manager of Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine, Ill. A goal of twice a week for the first two weeks, followed by three times a week for the next two weeks can help obese participants ease into the habit of exercising, Barnard said. STAYING SAFE: Obese participants should exercise during a cooler point in the day or take their workout indoors to a climate controlled setting. “They don’t want to overheat, they have excess adipose tissue, they may overheat quicker,” Weber said. Hydration is important but water should be consumed instead of sports drinks. “We typically tell people 12-16 ounces every 20 minutes,” Weber said. Obese participants should also be aware of the activity’s impact on their body and stop if joint pain is experienced, Weber said. STAYING MOTIVATED: Positive thinking is crucial for continuing with exercise or sport participation. Eliminate discouraging thoughts such as ‘This won’t make a difference’ or ‘I can’t do it’. Barnard recommends
replacing these thoughts with encouraging ideas. “’I’m going to enjoy it’, ‘I’m going to establish this as something I’m going to do’, ‘I can do this.’ Just having a thought process of being positive, that goes a long way,” he said. Obese participants should also step off the scale and find other ways to measure their results. “The things I like to do in terms of asking people how they feel. Do you have more energy? Do you feel better about yourself? Those are positive outcome of exercise,” Barnard said. Also consider how muscle is significantly more dense and heavy than fat. “Muscle is the only thing that burns calories but muscle is dense,” Barnard said. Keeping records of hip, waist and chest measurements can demonstrate weight loss to participants who are trading fat for muscle and don’t see movement on the scale. A loss of inches may provide the right encouragement. Also consider the progress made. Can you now run a mile without stopping? Lift 20 pounds instead of five? Another measure of success is the ability to progress into longer, harder workouts. Barnard advises against starting out with an intense, time consuming program. Instead, he said endurance and resistance should slowly be added. Variety should also be added slowly, Barnard said. Variety may mean a combination of yoga, hiking and weights. Or it may mean the participant goes through phases such as a few months of cycling and weights, and then a few months of running and weights. Variety is crucial to motivation and so is a realistic goal not tied to dramatic weight loss. Barnard cites the show “The Biggest Loser” where contestants’ success is measured solely by the scale. “They have great results but look at the mindset when they don’t make it. They are deflated,” he said.
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Although Private Gallery, a boutique on Dickson Street, did not offer competitive sales like the stores in the mall boasted, I came by for a visit after clipping an ad in the Fayetteville Free Weekly, which promised to give me 20 percent off one regularly priced item. I ended up using the coupon for an investment in a winter coat, reckoning that now, the summer, is the best time to buy a coat before the actual winter season appears and coats are ridiculously priced. Without intending to, I’ve accumulated a couple more of these Private Gallery coupons through new issues of the Free Weekly. I visited to speak to the Fayetteville manager, Vanessa Moline, about the ad’s lack of specifics – no mentions of customer limitations or expiration dates. She informed me that a customer can use one coupon per purchase and could use it on another visit or as long as she doesn’t abuse its generosity. Although not specifically mentioned in the ad, the discount expires at the end of the semester, she said. Wonderful – I’ve been dreaming of a pair of red rain boots, which Moline assured have been ordered for the store. I’ll just save that other coupon for later, until those boots arrive.
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