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Enrollment increase signifies progress Chancellor says growth is a vote of confidence Samuel Letchworth Staff Writer

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Student ambassadors Ben Nye and Tyler Rogers tell prospective student Nichole McDonald and her parents, Becky and Kenneth McDonald, about Senior Walk on a guided tour of the UA campus. Prospective students and families can schedule campus tours through the Admissions Office.

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The UA might someday have to buy the entire city of Fayetteville if it wants to keep its promise to inscribe the names of all its graduates on Senior Walk because enrollment just keeps growing. The UA Office of Admissions announced that a new record high of nearly 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled for the fall semester. The official enrollment of 19,849 students represents a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year, and is one of the largest increases in recent history for the university, according to admissions officials. “I am extremely pleased with this year’s enrollment figures,” Chancellor G. David Gearhart said. “Coming close to the 20,000 level is most significant and is certainly a vote of confidence in our faculty,

our quality programs and the overall university. We want to grow our numbers, and this is certainly a step in the right direction. “Much of the credit for this goes to our college deans and outstanding faculty,” he said. “They are the ones who create the environment of academic excellence that attracts students, not only from Arkansas but from all over the nation and the world.” Total undergraduate enrollment is up 2.7 percent to 15,835 students, and total graduate enrollment is up 7.3 percent to 3,616 students. Enrollment at the law school is unchanged at 398 students. Minority enrollment now makes up 14.3 percent of the student population, according to the report. African-American students make up the largSee

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Event gears up for 10th celebration

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A festival attendee from the 2008 rally poses with his bike. Bikers and barbecue fans will come from across the country for Bikes, Blues & BBQ this year.

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Contributing Writer Once a year, UA students awake to the harmonious yet distinctly unsubtle sounds of Harleys, Ducatis and Kawasakis. They open their windows to see which of the four corners of hell has broken loose, and the great American smell of barbecue marinates a smile right across their faces. The classic blues sound of The Marshall Tucker Band soon begins to bounce off the Ozarks, and

there’s no longer any doubt. It’s time again for Bikes, Blues & BBQ. BBB is “the largest nonprofit, family-friendly motorcycle rally in the country,” according to its Web site – and the event is currently experiencing considerable growth. In 2008, 400,000 people showed up for the event, and even more are expected this year, when BBB celebrates its 10th anniversary from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26. As the name suggests, the event consists of three components, the main being bikes.

During this year’s event, more than 100,000 bikes will roar through the Pig Trail and race up and down Dickson. The cream of the crop will then compete head-to-head in the Stokes Air Battle of the Bikes, where it’s up to the crowd to crown the winner. The blues aspect of BBB includes some of the “best regional and local acts” together on stages at the Walton Arts Center parking lot, the Randal Tyson Track Center and the Arkansas Music Pavilion at the Northwest Arkansas Mall. More than 30 bands – including Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet and The Marshall Tucker Band – are scheduled to play during the event. The final piece of this puzzle is the barbecue. BBB plays host to the KCBS Barbecue Cook-Off and the Arkansas State Barbecue Championship, and some of the best barbecue students will ever test will be available to the public at Baum Stadium’s east parking lot. An event of this magnitude can’t escape public opinions, which have been divided since the beginning. NWA local Kara Brick said she finds the noise “very annoying, and it’s hard to walk anywhere.” Brick, who has lived on Duncan Avenue during past events, said the large crowds and loud noises can wear out their welcome. However, it’s those same loud noises that are such a draw to some. Garfield resident Laura Beth James has attended most BBB rallies, and she’s particularly attracted to the noise and the bikes cruising up and down Dickson, she said. See

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University Libraries hosted a free LEGOs building event in Mullins Library from Tuesday to Thursday last week. The event was intended to encourage new students to find the library and visit with librarians about building research skills while building with LEGO bricks – and to help them take a break from class.



BRIEFLY speaking Students must exchange football ticket vouchers today Students have until 5 p.m. today to exchange their Georgia football ticket vouchers for actual tickets to the game this Saturday. The coupons can be exchanged at the Razorback Ticket Office, Hog Heaven in Bud Walton Arena, the ID office in the Union or The Parking Spot in the Harmon Avenue Parking Deck. After Wednesday, any remaining student tickets will be made available to the public.

Undergraduate to host math colloquium Stuart Shirrell, a UA undergraduate, will present “On the critical group of finite projective planes� 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Room 322 of the Science-Engineering Building. Refreshments will be available at 3 p.m. in Room 350. An abstract for the presentation can be found at Math.uark. edu/1456.htm.

Razorbacks vs. Bulldogs pep rally hosted this Friday Calling all Hog fans! The first home pep rally of the year will be hosted 8 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Chi Omega Greek Theater. Razorback cheerleaders, band members and players will be there, and attendees should wear red, be loud and come out to support the Hogs as they prepare to take on the Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday.

Lecture to focus on ancient Greek and Roman kissing Donald Lateiner, from Ohio Wesleyan University, will speak 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Giffels Auditorium in Old Main on “Ancient Greek and Roman Kissing: Occasions, Protocols, Methods and Mistakes, An Illustrated ‘How Not To’ Lecture.� His appearance is sponsored by the Associated Student Government, Eta Sigma Phi and the UA Classical Studies Program. For more information, contact Daniel B. Levine, professor of classical studies, at 575-2951 or dlevine@uark. edu.

Be part of a field study in Egypt UA students studying archaeology and/or anthropology may consider an opportunity to analyze skeletal material at the commoners’ cemetery at Tell Amarna, Egypt, the city built by Pharaoh Akhenaton. The monthlong program is tentatively set for May 9 to June 15. The application deadline is Oct. 15, and early applications are encouraged. For an application or more information, contact the Office of Study Abroad at or

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Contributing Writer The city of Fayetteville will finish its biggest venture in history, the Wastewater System Improvement Project, in 2010, with a final price tag of about $186 million, city officials said. The project is set to improve the processing of wastewater for Fayetteville, Farmington, Greenland, Elkins and the southern portion of Johnson with the construction and/or renovation of more than 31 miles of pipeline, nine wastewater pumping stations and two wastewater treatment plants. The improvement project will provide necessary infrastructure for population expansion in Fayetteville and surrounding areas, and it will also improve discharge quality, helping to maintain good water quality for area residents, said Paul Becker, director of finance for the city. “This is the biggest project Fayetteville has ever done,�

Becker said. “It lays the foundation for a greater capacity for development and the groundwork for additional economic growth.� According to, the project will increase the wastewater treatment capacity from 12.6 million to 21.2 million gallons a day, and it will eliminate wet weather sanitary sewer overflows in storms that have statistically occurred in Fayetteville once every five years. The project was paid for, in part, by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund through money allocated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Cities can petition for funds needed for infrastructure improvements to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, which manages federal grants from the EPA. In 2006, $20 million was issued by the commission to help fund the project through the CWSRF in the form of lowinterest loans to be paid back by 2018. The CWSRF increases over time as a result of repayment of these loans and funds provided by the EPA.

hired engineers had undershot the projected cost of $120 million and that new bonds would be needed, Williams said. The project required an additional $66 million, some of which went toward road and trail improvements, and by a large majority, the public approved the funds despite prior concerns, he said. “The public could have only supported the roads and trails, but they agreed with the whole thing,� Williams said. The City Council had two options for funding the Wastewater System Improvement Project: dramatically raise sewer rates or increase the sales tax. After voting, the council raised the sales tax from threequarters of a cent to 1 cent to help fund the project. With the CWSRF funds came tighter federal regulations implemented by the EPA, including a 90 percent decrease of phosphorus in discharge. Regarding those more stringent policies, Williams said, “We are constantly doing the best we can. We are operating better than required.�


ASG SENATE ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED: Kelly L. Brophey Rachel Golden Allie Mertz Emily LaRocca Kyle Rookstool Brittany E. Box Divesh Brahmbhatt Kelsey Castleberry Logan Gilmore Adam Glasier Holly Hilburn Veronica Johannesen Rebecca Martin Gavin McCollum Megan McLoud Alex Moffe Carl Monson Jennifer Moss Jacara Robinson Will Watson Kori Beams Jillian Knox Whitney Perkins Sean Clarkson Michael Dodd Carlo Dominguez Daniel Kleine Alex Lanis Colin O’Donnell Robert Sharp J. Bryan White Thang Ho Ryan O. Miller Elizabeth Pryor Jack Buckley Sam Hall Jordan M. Voor

“We have always had a good relationship with the CWSRF,� Becker said. “They are very good at cooperating with Fayetteville, and we could look to them if we wanted funding in the future.� The most recent award of $25 million was given to the city in August 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law earlier this year. These funds are dispersed by the natural resources commission to the places in Arkansas with the greatest need. The Wastewater System Improvement Project has faced controversies, Becker said. Some have been concerned with the price and necessity of the project – and when referring to some past legal issues with Oklahoma, whose officials had been concerned with Northwest Arkansas’ effect on the watershed, City Attorney Kit Williams said, “Clean water gets used for political reasons.� Soon after the wastewater improvement project began in 2004, it faced another issue: City administrators realized the

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Christmas came early this year as a Twinkie-bearing Santa appeared Tuesday morning to ride around campus in the back of a car and throw Twinkies at students and onlookers. The Twinkies were an advertisement for Thrive ministries.

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from Page 1A The large crowds at BBB pump an estimated $35 million into the local economy, according to a 2005 study by the UA Center for Business and Economic Research. The brunt of the economic boost is centralized on Dickson Street, and Bob Kramer of George’s Majestic Lounge recognizes that “with so many people, every business thrives. The tax pool alone is worth millions.� Kramer said he even wishes “they’d close down Dickson

Street except for bikes and foot traffic. With so many people driving and taking up space, it cuts down on the crowd.� And according to the BBB Web site, the 10th anniversary edition of the event promises to be the best yet.

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UA retains top ranking U.S. News ranks College of Business 24th among public business schools Daniel Griffin

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from Page 1A est minority group, with 1,040 enrollees or 5.2 percent of the student population. Hispanic, Asian-American, American Indian and Hawaiian students each make up less than 5 percent of the total student population. Those figures are similar to the demographic makeup of the state of Arkansas except for the African-American population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, African Americans make up 15.8 percent of Arkansas’ population, compared with the 5.2 percent of African-American students at the UA. “It was kind of a culture shock,” said Eddie Williams, a sophomore and an African American. “I came from Little Rock and was used to there being a lot more black people.” According to the report, men make up 51.4 percent of the student body, while 48.6 percent of the students are women, a figure that hasn’t changed much over the years. The UA is soon to release figures regarding total non-

traditional, traditional, senior citizen and veteran enrollment statistics. “I can tell you that veteran enrollment is certainly up,” said Suzanne McCray, dean of admissions at the UA. “We are very excited about that.” Veterans will have an easier time paying for a college degree under a new program at the UA. According to the Office of Admissions, the school is partnering with the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes tuition assistance available to men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces after Sept. 10, 2001. The university will fund 10 students with up to $1,200 a year. But in other respects, veterans don’t have it so easy. “It’s hard making the transition from soldier to student,” commented Jerry Dean Williams, an Iraq War Army veteran and a freshman at the UA. “You’re not a civilian anymore. You forget how the real world works.” Williams completed two tours and spent 26 months in Iraq as a field medic. He came

to the UA from Maryland to be closer to his son and to become a nurse. “The VA is really helpful,” Williams said. “And honestly, I’m on a high for school. If I had a headline for my life right now, it would read, ‘Soldier Considers Suicide, Goes to College Instead.’” Kyle Adams is a senior business major. He is an Air Force veteran and a non-traditional student. “It has been a wonderful experience,” said Adams, rubbing the peace-sign tattoo on his calf. “There have been setbacks. I never had a college fund or scholarships. I’ve had to balance supporting myself with making the grades. But places like the Enhanced Learning Center have made school so much more manageable for me.”

COMING UP NEXT If you liked this article, you’ll enjoy our “Veterans” issue slated for Nov. 11. Look for it on newsstands then!

The UA maintained a top position in the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges, a survey produced by U.S. News and World Report. “This is the third consecutive year that the UA has been ranked among the best universities in the country, which is a sign of our consistent improvement,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart in a press release on Thursday, Aug. 20. The America’s Best Colleges rankings are based on seven weighted categories. The “peer assessment” category counts for 25 percent of an institution’s score, and is the result of surveys turned in by more than 2,000 college and university administrators. Retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates and alumni giving, as reported by the academic institutions themselves, also contribute to the final rankings. “We value our top-tier position in the rankings, as the chancellor noted, but we’re also careful to advise students and parents that they shouldn’t use these rankings as a primary determining factor in selecting a college,” said Tysen Kendig, associate vice chancellor for University Relations. “The rankings place strong emphasis on wealthy, private institutions with multi-billion dollar endowments – which stacks the deck somewhat against major, public flagship universities like the University of Arkansas,” Kendig said. “These public schools typically have a far greater impact on the economic progress of their respective states and provide

the breadth of degree programs said. “It is a nationally ranked that are essential to society and program, and that brings great not often found at exclusive prestige to the entire univerprivate schools, and such influ- sity. ences are not factored into the “Endowed chairs for faculty poll.” have enabled us to attract and U.S. News also ranked busi- retain superb faculty,” he said. ness schools – and the Sam M. “Scholarships and fellowships Walton College of Business rose for first-rate students have alfrom 43rd last year to 42nd this lowed us to attract incredible year to tie with private Boston students to the program.” University and In 1998, the Walton College Tulane Univer- received $50 million from the sity. Walton Family Charitable SupIn the South- port Foundation. eastern Confer“Because of generous prience, the Walton vate gift support, we have been College only able to make great strides in a placed behind short period of time,” Gearhart the University of said. Florida and the University of With the Walton Foundation Georgia. money, the college has been For its business rankings, able to create new graduate U.S. News asked the business and undergraduate programs, school deans and senior faculty construct multiple centers, imof more than 1,300 colleges prove its technology and build and universities to rate the 457 a new state-of-the-art graduate U.S. public and private under- school building. graduate business programs Among the public underaccredited by the Association to graduate schools offering a Advance Collegiate Schools of management/logistics specialty, Business. Walton ranked ninth, up from The top 11th last year. five pubThe school lic business ranked 15th You build a great among both schools included Uni- school, one faculty mem- public and ber and one student private underversity of California at a time.” graduate busiat Berkeley, — Chancellor G. David ness schools University this Gearhart offering of Michigan, specialty. University of In the SouthNorth Carolina, University of eastern Conference, only the Texas and University of Vir- University of Tennessee is ginia. ranked higher in supply chain Among public business management/logistics. schools, Walton College is tied The impact of the Walton for 24th place for the third College’s supply chain manageyear in a row. The University of ment/logistics specialty on the Pittsburgh, University of South UA can be attributed to the sucCarolina and Virginia Tech cess of accomplished students. University are the other public “Good students attract the undergraduate schools ranked attention of top companies. J.B. at 24th. “I am enormously proud of See RANKINGS on Page 5A the Walton College,” Gearhart



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Let’s remember why we’re here Like administrators and student body representatives, we’ve heard the grumbles. We might have even grumbled a bit ourselves – about football tickets, about tests, about the transit system. After he waited twenty minutes to redeem his ticket voucher the Wednesday before the Little Rock game, Sports Editor Matt Watson texted me. “Editorial idea,” he wrote. “There are 25 students waiting to exchange their ticket vouchers at the Union ID office because one kid is getting an ID card.” Managing Editor Kimber Wenzelburger and Assistant Sports Editor Harold McIlvain recited Media Law terms to each other as they moaned about their upcoming test. Staff writer Sam Letchworth excused his tardiness to a recent meeting with the complaint that his bus never came. By the middle of September, the inconveniences of collegiate life seem to trump its initial advantages. But, as this “Admissions” issue of The Traveler proves, the opposite is true. At the UA, at least, the advantages outweigh the inconveniences. Read articles like “University’s reputation attracts some students, professors” and “UA retains top ranking” to remember what makes our school so desirable. Check out our cover story to rejoice with Chancellor Gearhart at the ever-increasing number of students our school supports. Glance over “Campus tours reel in Razorbacks” to read why some students like the UA even more than they thought they would. After you do, we think you’ll agree the UA is a smart place to be. We might have to redeem our ticket vouchers, but we only have to pay $1 to go to an SEC game. We might be tested on information we find somewhat irrelevant – but we go to a top-ranked university. We might have to wait for the bus – but the view from the window, encompassing Old Main and the Ozark Mountains, is idyllic. It’s no wonder more than 19,000 students chose to come here this year. Let this edition of the paper remind you why you did. Cheers, Tina Korbe Editor

Keep diversity high on the priority list In his 2004 State of the University Address, then-Chancellor John A. White said that, at the UA, “Diversity is a strength to be pursued, not a requirement to be met. We pursue it avidly, and we will not be stopped.” In 2006, White reported in his address that the percentage of minority faculty members was up 2.3 points and the percentage of minority staff members was up 3 points from 1997. And in his 2007 address, White called diversity the “university’s top institutional goal.” Current Chancellor G. David Gearhart has apparently carried on White’s mission to promote diversity at the university. Gearhart chairs the new Chancellor’s Council on Diversity, a group of 15 state, faculty, alumni and staff leaders who help determine and disseminate the UA’s diversity agenda, as well as identity funding sources to promote their plans. And according to a June UA press release, Charles Robinson, vice provost for diversity, is working to “recruit and retain more underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students, faculty and staff members to the campus.” UA officials’ commitment to diversity is apparent, and we know the job isn’t easy. But today’s cover story makes it clear that the university has a long way to go in its quest for a diverse and inclusive student body. According to the Traveler story, numbers of Hispanic, AsianAmerican, American Indian and Hawaiian students are similar to the demographic makeup of the state of Arkansas. However, African Americans, who make up the largest minority group on campus, represent 15.8 percent of the state population but just 5.2 percent of the student population. And for Eddie Williams, an African-American sophomore, arriving at the UA for the first time “was kind of a culture shock,” according to the story. The UA will undoubtedly keep considering diversity a top priority in the future. And with Gearhart’s new initiatives, we hope that the university continues to see progress in its diversity agenda – and that future freshmen classes even better represent the people of Arkansas and the country.

EDITORIAL BOARD TINA KORBE | Editor KIMBER WENZELBURGER | Managing Editor BAILEY MCBRIDE | News Editor The Arkansas Traveler welcomes letters to the editor from all interested readers. Letters should be at most 300 words and should include your name, student classification and major or title with the university and a day-time telephone number for verification. Letters should be sent to Letters appear in the order they were submitted as space permits. The editor reserves the right to edit or refuse letters on the basis of length, accuracy, fairness, liability and sensibility.

Associated Student Government seeks feedback about football ticket policy Fellow students, As a busy student myself, I understand many of the frustrations that are floating around campus this week regarding the new football ticket policy. I acknowledge that it does seem to be an unnecessary extra step to have to validate a ticket that you have already gone across campus to the Ticket Office to purchase. We can and will continue to evaluate this new policy and do our best to make sure that it is in line with the “Students First” initiative that the current administration is so very diligently pursuing. For those of you who might not understand the rationale behind the transition to the new policy, I would like to clarify. The Athletic Department met with Associated Student Government leaders last year to discuss the issue of decreased student participation at football games. Neither the Athletic Department nor the ASG are interested in making a profit off of tickets designated for student usage. However, we do want to fill our stadium and ensure that the $160,000 cost of raising the bleachers each year (for additional student seating) is justified. Being the only institution within the Southeastern Conference that does not have a student fee for athletics, it is incredible that our student tickets are available for the low cost of $1. If we do not think that is “Students First,” I do not know what is! On the flip side, having this low cost for tickets has created an issue in terms

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of student attendance at football games. Paying $10 to $25, students at other institutions in the SEC perhaps feel that they have lost money if they choose to not attend a game. They will either sell their ticket or, at the very least, find someone who can make use of it. Here, however, I have even missed a game or two over the past three years, knowing that I was only outing myself $1! The price is great, but perhaps we purchase our tickets out of convenience without checking our schedules because it is “only $1.” I am by no means suggesting that we would have it any other way. I take pride in our ticket prices and am even a strong advocate for seeing similar changes to basketball ticket pricing. But a compromise was needed. As I stated above, I acknowledge that the new policy has its setbacks, but that is what we are here to help solve. If you have suggestions as to how we can improve the system, let us know. If you just want to give general feedback, please do. We intend to continue to work with the Athletic Department over the next

year to work out any kinks and make sure that this is, in fact, in line with the goal of creating a compromise rather than a disservice to students. I have included the three-step process for ticket validation below. Please take note that you can still redeem your tickets after the Wednesday afternoon deadline. However, you must then do so at the ticket office (not at the four locations on campus), and redemption is subject to availability. Thank you for your understanding. Go Hogs! Mattie M. Bookhout President Associated Student Government *** Step 1: Purchase your coupon book for the 2009 season at the Razorback Ticket Office located at Baum Stadium – $5 for all games in Fayetteville, $2 for all games in Little Rock. Step 2: Bring your coupon to one of the ticket stations around campus the Monday to Wednesday prior to each home game to exchange it for your ticket. Ticket stations are the Razorback Ticket Office, Hog Heaven in Bud Walton Arena, The Parking Spot in the Harmon Avenue Parking Deck and the ID Office in the Union. After Wednesday, any unused student tickets will be made available to the public. Based on availability, students can still pick up tickets after Wednesday at the Ticket Office. Step 3: Enjoy the Game! Go Hogs!

An impromptu day at the polls teaches the importance of one little vote THE LAUGHING CAVALIER Sam Letchworth

I was hanging out up the road yesterday afternoon with a friend of mine when another buddy rolled up in his pickup truck. It was B.S. Mosley, local Zydeco musician and radical facial hair sporter. When I saw him last he had a full black beard, but today he had shaved a straight line right down the middle of his chin, making for two grotesquely enlarged sideburns. He looked like a damn Civil War general. “Blaine,” I called out to him. “I want to write an editorial but I can’t think of a topic.” Blaine is always good for ideas. “I’ll tell you what,” said Blaine, “you should write about these blackguard hippies electing these illiterate janitors so that they can turn Garland Avenue into the Champs-Elysses and spend $115 million on these no-account, snot-nosed kids who need less than half that amount for their school – and all on my hard work and dime!” “What are you talking about?” I asked him. “Are you registered to vote in Fayetteville?” “Yeah,” I said. “Why?” “Come on,” he said, “we’re going to the polls.” We jumped into his truck and rode down

Garland Avenue to the Methodist church on the corner of Sycamore. Blaine told me all about it on the way. “I make no money. I’ve got a truck, the only thing worth a damn in my life. I pay 250 dollars a year in property tax. If this thing passes for a $100 million high school then my property tax will be more money then I’ve ever seen in one place at one time. The vote for this thing is TODAY. They better still be open.” How had I not heard about this? Had I not been paying attention? Had I read the New York Times instead of the Morning News when they announced this thing? How could I be such an irresponsible member of democracy? Was there even time now for me to form an opinion on the matter? It was six o’clock when we pulled into the parking lot of Trinity Methodist Church. The polls were still open. But it was almost impossible to tell. There was no line. There was no one even in the fellowship hall except the volunteers working the poll booth. “I am here to vote!” I exclaimed as I walked through the open door. “Well, then, you can come over here and talk to me,” said an old lady in a red cardigan. “What’s your name?” “Sam Letchworth,” I said, “and I hope to God this is where I’m supposed to vote.”

“Hmmmm,” she murmured dubiously. “Let’s see.” She opened a binder and flipped through pages and pages of names. There was a line next to every name where one had to sign to obtain a ballot. As she scrolled from “A” to “L” I saw hardly any fresh ink anywhere on any of the pages. Just a lot of empty blanks. I guess I wasn’t the only one out of the loop. Or maybe everyone else just didn’t care. “There you are,” she said. “Samuel?” “Yes ma’am,” I validated, and handed her my driver’s license. She handed me a paper ballot, and I sat down with it and read the proposition. Sure enough, the city wanted tax payers to pay for a new high school. There was a breakdown of how many millions were to be allocated for each particular facet of constructing the school. It added up to around $115 million. I thought about it for a long moment, and I voted. I placed my ballot in the cardboard privacy holder and dropped it in the box. With a “thank you” I was out the door, where Blaine was sitting in the bed of his truck playing harmonica. “Did you do it?” he asked me. “I voted,” I said. “I can tell you that.” “Good deal,” he said. “Good deal.” Responsibility is the word of the day.



WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 | Page 5A Systems Research, in 2008, and is recognized for its academic programs in enterprise systems from Page 3A and enterprise resource planning. Hunt, FedEx Freight and ship“The Walton College of pers like Wal-Mart look to lo- Information Systems Departgistics students for employees,” ment has been a ‘core school’ said Mathew A Waller, a logistics for a long professor at time, and is the UA. “Mike expected to Duke, CEO Scholarships and fel- c o n t i n u e , ” of Wal-Mart, lowships for first-rate said David came through students have allowed us Douglas, an logistics.” to attract incredible stu- Information Among Systems prodents to the program.” fessor at the other success— Chancellor G. David UA. “Workes, the Walton College of with Gearhart ing Information Wal-Mart, the Systems Department was again department is able to establish selected as one of 10 Wal-Mart a partnership that will provide Stores Inc. Information Systems students with scholarships.” Division’s “core schools.” Gearhart said the UA “can The Walton College Infor- be proud of its institutions for mation Systems Department placing it above the competihad the second-most publica- tion level. tions in the top two journals “You build a great school, in Information Systems, MIS one faculty member and one Quarterly and Information student at a time,” he said.


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University’s reputation attracts some students, professors to UA April Robertson

Contributing Writer This year, almost 20,000 students are attending the UA, and hundreds of professors have returned to teach. The paths leading each of them to campus are undeniably varied, but they often revolve around the UA’s reputation, location and value. For professors, there are numerous reasons to teach at the UA and take on the responsibilities of “teaching, research and service,” said Neil Allison, chair of the Faculty Senate. For some departments, professors might be expected to earn grant money for the college or publish books, meaning the road to professorship is not a “just-addwater” technique, despite any preconceived notions of teaching. “Having a good record as a graduate student and having publications of your own and a promise to teach well are most important (qualities for hiring teachers),” Allison said. Leading seminars and accepting teaching assistantships and temporary jobs are also valued. But even after a professor is hired, there’s never a guarantee that he’ll keep his job. “Some professors stay here for several years, but others end up moving back home or simply lose interest,” Allison said. English Professor James Gamble had his mind set on attending college in Kansas City when his attention was turned to the UA. “All I knew about Arkansas was

chickens and that the UA lost to Texas in 1969 when I decided the UA would be the best place to complete my Ph.D.,” he said. The deciding factor for Gamble was the quality of publications written by various UA English professors. “I came to the UA to study under Ellen Gilchrist because her writing impressed me,” he said. At the beginning of his career at the UA, professors John Locke, James Whitehead and Brian Wilkie were inspirations to Gamble. And even though each of them has passed away, Gamble maintains that the department has continued its excellence. “I had planned to move away from Arkansas many years ago, but it turned out to be a good place to be,” he said. For students, the most attractive quality of the UA is its combination of academic excellence, nice facilities, research opportunities, great athletics and available financial aid, said Associated Student Government President Mattie Bookhout and Vice President Andrew LeNarz. “Even though we have a big campus scale, we have small departments that offer more for students,” Bookhout said. “It allows you to hone in on what you want in your education.” Among the various opportunities, Bookhout said she values the amount of funding available for students to study abroad. LeNarz said his favorite part of the UA has been the combination of Greek life, the ASG and classroom experience.

“At the UA, you can earn multiple degrees or simply walk away with a variety of information in addition to your major,” he said. For many students, it’s not only academics, but also the entertainment, restaurants and music in Northwest Arkansas that they appreciate. These aspects, along with the diversity of Fayetteville residents, have inspired Herbert M. Vanegas to become a teaching assistant at the university. “In Oklahoma, there wasn’t much diversity, even at Northeastern State University, where I attended before,” Vanegas said. “There are people from so many different places here; this and the culture attracted me to Fayetteville.” Junior Jonathan Carlsmith, a journalism major, said he decided to attend the UA “to learn and experience all that I could at a school with a good reputation and heading in the right direction.” Carlsmith expressed positive feelings about the UA in general, but he didn’t find Fayetteville as diverse as he would have liked in respect to tolerance of the gay community. Although Vanegas chose the UA because of the diversity and Carlsmith chose it despite the diversity, psychology major Blake Matthews didn’t even consider it in his lineup of most important qualities in a college. “I came mostly for the money,” he said. “Other schools had let me in, but their scholarship departments had not been as generous as the boys down in Old Main.”

Admissions Office uses Twitter, Skype to reach prospective students Lana Hazel

Assistant News Editor Think back to when you were in high school, tediously researching colleges across the country and frantically sending in last-minute applications. Did you call prospective colleges on Skype? Probably not. But at the UA, the Admissions Office is now chatting with prospective students via Skype in an effort to connect with them on their level, through the lifestyle they already have. Using new technological trends like Twitter and Skype is just one aspect of the office’s efforts to better communicate with students. The Admissions Office is responsible for a wide range of functions, from recruitment to sports camps to campus tours. “It starts with sophomores mostly, but we’ll even visit elementary or middle schools sometimes,” said Wendy Stouffer, associate director of operations. “It’s a lot more about college readiness than just the UA. We are trying to get more Arkansas students to go to college in general.” The office organizes college fairs, ACT workshops and high school visits, which are scheduled for Dallas, Little Rock and Kansas in October. Other than communicating with prospective students through Twitter and Skype, the staff uses

large mailings, e-mails, Hog Chat, Facebook and MySpace. The office has been on Facebook for about a year, Stouffer said, but Skype and Twitter are newer additions, and @ UofAAdmissions already has more than 200 followers on Twitter. Hog Chat, a live chat that allows students or family members to chat with the staff or check on their admission status, is especially popular with international students, Stouffer said.

The Admissions Office Web site also includes a link to Skype, through which students can call an e-recruiter in the office. Stouffer said she’s already had four chats in the last three weeks. The campus tours led by student ambassadors are another important function of the Admissions Office. The tours are designed to highlight the main buildings and features of the campus and are available for prospective students, as well as current students’ families. Students can sign up for tours through the Web site or by calling the office. There are four tours each weekday, three on Saturdays and more on football Fridays, tour coordinator Kristen Parnell said. The

hour-long tours are busiest in the fall semester during early admissions, but there is a still a six-family limit to keep them at a decent size. “The tours are scripted, but not scripted,” Parnell said, referring to the training for ambassadors. “We encourage (the student ambassadors) to throw in their personal experiences.” Students can apply to be student ambassadors each spring. The only requirements are that they have been at the UA for at least one year and love the university. “People should be ambassadors because it is a good way to know more about the campus and make friends from the ambassador program,” said Suzanne Hill, a senior student ambassador. “If you love the UA, you will be great for promoting the campus and telling people why they should come here,” she said. Hill said the student ambassador program is basically like any other Registered Student Organization. “It’s more like being part of a club than it is about volunteering,” she said. The ambassadors participate in intramural sports and several community service projects. Last year, they adopted a child for toy donations during Christmas. Applications for student ambassadors are available on the Web site at, and questions can be directed to

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Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off this week at UA Ana Aguayo

Contributing Writer “United by a common language, yet distinguished by cultures” – that’s the message many UA Hispanic students and faculty hope to convey during this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month. September marks the kickoff for the HHM Celebration, which seeks to educate the community about the difference in cultures of all Latin American and Spanish countries. “I believe that we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on campus now especially because Hispanics and Latinos have become so important to our communities, our region and really our entire world, and because their presence among us and our awareness of their culture have grown so dramatically, as well,” said Steve Bell, director of Latin American and Latino Studies. This year’s celebration is entitled “Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now,” and it began yesterday with a proclamation by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and a panel discussion about civil rights. Nationally, HHM was first recognized by Congress in 1968 as a weeklong celebration to commemorate the Hispanic American’s contributions. It wasn’t until 1988, under President Ronald Reagan, that the celebration was extended to

a full month – Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Sept. 15 was selected to start the period because it marks the anniversary of five Latin American countries’ Independence Day holidays: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Following are Mexico’s Independence Day on Sept. 16, Chile’s on Sept. 18 and Belize’s on Sept. 21. Although HHM has experienced 41 years in United States, it is fairly new to the UA campus, with five years of celebration thanks to the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. “We want to share our culture to demonstrate that Hispanics have different backgrounds,” said Cecilia Grossberger, chair of the committee. “Students are invited to participate and take away an enrichment of their daily lives, as we interact and appreciate how one special and unique culture embodies all of the core elements and values of our common humanity.” Some students, like Katheryn Bushkuhl, a political science major, say that the celebration is central to campus life. “Hispanic Heritage Month is an important celebration because it is another learning opportunity on campus that all students may get involved in,” Bushkuhl said. “It is also a great opportunity and venue for famous speakers to come to the UA campus to talk about a

variety of subjects within the Hispanic culture.” One of the highlights during the celebration will be the participation of Sylvia Mendez, a civil rights activist of MexicanAmerican descent who played a key role in the Mendez v. Westminster case of 1946, when her parents sued the Westminster School District because of segregation by national origin. The case successfully ended segregation in California public schools and set a precedent for Brown v. Board of Education seven years later. The UA School of Law will host Mendez Tuesday, Sept. 22. HHM also will include Campus Day Wednesday, Sept. 23, during which more than 200 high school students visit the UA campus to promote higher education. And this year, the HHM Committee, in collaboration with the Campus Community Read Project, will host Luis Alberto Urrea, the author of such books as “The Devil’s Highway” and “The Hummingbird’s Daughter,” to campus Oct. 15 to Oct. 16 as part of a dialogue on immigration issues. “All students can benefit from going to lectures or viewings,” Bushkuhl said. For more information about HHM activities, contact xgross@ or stop by the Multicultural Center.




‘One Book, One Community’ seeks to unite NWA through inclusive reading program Elizabeth Bostwick Contributing Writer

Individuals throughout Northwest Arkansas will unite in an effort to strengthen community through literary exploration this fall. The first “One Book, One Community” project will begin this year. Designed to encourage community growth, “One Book, One Community” will allow people across NWA to focus on issues and themes addressed in a single book. The “One Book, One Community” committee has selected “The Devil’s Highway,” by Luis Urrea, as the first book for the project. This choice corresponds with the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month. Co-chaired by Professor David Joliffe and Professor Kevin Fitzpatrick, the “One Book, One Community” committee includes university faculty and staff, students and key community representatives. The committee intends to integrate the book into different parts of the community. “The Devil’s Highway” is the nonfiction account of the challenges 26 men encountered after crossing from Mexico into a desolate section of the Arizona desert in May 2001. Of the original group, only 12 of the men survived the experience. “The Devil’s Highway” “produces a powerful, almost diabolical impression of the disaster and the conditions on the border. Urrea shows immigration policy on the human level,” one review said

As part of the project, Urrea will visit Fayetteville on Thursday, Oct.15, and Friday, Oct. 16. Urrea will meet with groups to discuss his work and deliver a free lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, in the Reynolds Center Auditorium.

campus. Fayetteville community members can engage in the project through book clubs in the NWA area. The Fayetteville Public Library is both encouraging local book clubs to read “The Devil’s Highway” and hosting a luncheon with author Luis Urrea as the speaker. “One Book, One Community” will also extend to NWA schools. The Northwest Arkansas Writing Project plans to provide a professional development workshop series for local middle school and high school teachers interested in using “The Devil’s Highway” in their classrooms. Though “One Book, One Community” is the product of many individual efforts, two university professors are responsible for spearheading the project. Joliffe, who holds the Brown Chair in English Literacy, and FitzCOURTESY PHOTO patrick, who holds the Bernice Jones Chair in The public may attend. Community, collaborated to University students enrolled encourage initial establishment in English 1013 and some Spanof the project and eventual adish and Latin American studies vancement of the program in courses will read the book durupcoming years. ing the fall semester. First-year “An all-community reading students will also participate in program is a great way to boost residence hall discussion groups the intellectual quality of life in facilitated by University Housany setting,” Joliffe said. ing. Fitzpatrick said that “it’s not Other discussion groups for about pushing anyone to read; faculty, staff and students will be it’s about using the resourceavailable throughout the semester. The Human Resources Of- rich environments of our camfice at the university intends to pus and community to bring incorporate “The Devil’s High- people together to understand way” into its diversity training, issues, articulate opinions and allowing staff to earn diversity learn simply for learning.” More details about the projcertificate credit by reading the ect are available on the “One book. Book, One Community” Web “One Book, One Commusite: nity” is not limited to the UA

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Assistant Sports Editor With two wins this weekend, the Arkansas soccer team can complete the first undefeated nonconference schedule in school history. The Razorbacks (5-0-1) will head to Boca Raton, Fla., to take on Florida Atlantic on Friday, before wrapping up the nonconference slate in a Sunday date with Florida International. The unblemished nonconference mark in coach Erin Aubry’s first season would be the first in the program’s 23-year history. “We’ve done a really good job progressing,” Aubry said. “We have some things to work on, but overall we couldn’t be happier with our progress, and having one more win in that column is nice. We have to be able to have that mentality of working on our game whether we’re up a goal, up three goals or down three goals. That’s where we’re really striving this week to get better.” Junior goalkeeper Britni Williams needs just one shutout over the weekend to shatter Molly Myers’ 17-year old shutout record of 17.5. The Razorbacks defense is intent to see the record fall this weekend, Aubry said. “There’s no doubt (her teammates) are motivated,” Aubry said. “Britni is a big part of our team chemistry. She’s one of those players on the team that everybody gravitates toward, everybody loves. She’s always there for each and every one of the players. The entire team is really working hard at our team defending to make sure that she gets those goals and reaches those accomplishments because they just respect her so much.” Arkansas scored three goals Sunday in the Razorbacks’ 3-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin, including transfer Laurel Pastor’s second goal on the season – giving her a team-leading seven points. “We have a nickname for (Pastor), which is Forrest Gump,” Aubry said. “The kid just wants to run and run and run. You watch her and she never takes her foot off the gas. That kid is really special. “She has kind of been this caged animal that’s been unleashed. She’s hitting her stride very well.” The trip to Florida will provide Arkansas a final opportunity to fine-tune before opening Southeastern Conference action against Tennessee on Sept. 25. “We talked about finding other ways to get numbers forward,” Aubry said. “Early in the season we were throwing our outside backs forward, but as scouting reports have gone out on us, teams have really plugged up those holes for us. We had to talk about how our midfield gets involved in our attack. “The thing that we have to work on is our mentality and making sure that we’re not just focusing on getting a win, but that we’re 90 minutes focused on becoming the best team that we can get.”

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Preparing for Georgia Months of practice lead up to Arkansas’ SEC opener Harold McIlvain II

Assistant Sports Editor During the long offseason days, senior safety Matt Harris had plenty of motivation while running bleachers in Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Friday morning runs were lengthy at times, but Harris said the Razorbacks pushed themselves to prepare for the first game at Fayetteville against Georgia. Just the thought of the first Southeastern Conference game of the season helped the team, Harris said. “We knew if we ran in the stadium, we would say for motivation that Georgia is coming in here for our first true home game,” Harris said. “It motivated us to work hard and keep going.” Harris said the Razorbacks didn’t want to look past the first game of the season. But he knew how big the Georgia game would be for the team, even during the many conditioning sessions during camp.

“We are just as excited as the fans are,” Harris said. “We knew that this would be a big game. We didn’t have much film (on the offense). But we focused for Georgia from a mental standpoint during the summer.” And it’s that foresight and preparation that could help Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino when Arkansas faces No. 23 Georgia at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks (1-0) had all offseason to look at what the Bulldogs (1-1) liked to do last year on film, even though this year’s Georgia team looks much different without quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno, both taken in the first round of the NFL Draft last April. But the Hogs got a good look at the 2009 Bulldogs on Saturday, as Georgia played South Carolina with most of the Razorback players and coaches watching live during the Arkansas bye week. Petrino said many of the players watched the

Bulldogs’ 41-37 win over the Gamecocks with their position coaches, after already having watched tape from Georgia’s loss to then-No. 9 Oklahoma State during the previous week. “We’ve studied Georgia quite a bit in camp,” Petrino said. “This is a big game for us. And for us to win a championship, we have to win all of our home games. This is a game that we’ve been looking forward to and spent a lot of time on in our preparation.” After putting 10 points on the scoreboard in its first game, the Georgia offense showed improvement by posting 41 points, running for 107 yards on the ground and passing for 201 more in the air last week. Petrino said there were noticeable advances for the team. “Georgia certainly made a tremendous amount of improvements from their first game to second game,” Petrino said. “They executed their offense See


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The 2008 Razorback football team struggled to bond cohesively as a unit in the face of the numerous changes within the program, stemming from the hiring of coach Bobby Petrino. Team chemistry suffered, as did results on the playing field. Arkansas fans have many reasons to believe the Hogs will improve on last season’s 5-7 mark. The Razorbacks won’t have to rely on 16 freshmen. They return 18 starters and feature an explosive offense led by quarterback Ryan Mallett heading into Bobby Petrino’s second season at the helm. But, while those improvements will aid the Hogs, they aren’t the reason players and coaches think 2009 has the potential to be a special campaign. Instead, they point to a close-knit togetherness that was forged during leadership seminars conducted over the summer. “We don’t really talk about what goes on in the locker room, but there was a lot of complaining (last year),” senior running back Michael Smith said. “A lot of guys were disgruntled about things and not wanting to maybe go to work out or worried about a two-hour practice.” With that in mind, coach Bobby Petrino decided to institute weekly workshops focusing on leadership and team unity. Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino volunteered to lead the seminars. “It was just something that coach (Bobby Petrino) thought was important to get everybody together and help them become leaders,” Paul Petrino said. “He asked who wanted to run it and I volunteered. You always talk about, ‘You’ve got to have leaders, you’ve got to have leaders.’ We tried to work hard on teaching them how to be leaders. “It was me and 14 players and all of the coaches, when they were in town. We met once a week

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What Arkansas must do to beat Georgia on Saturday I think we can all say the Razorbacks looked pretty good in their season-opening win against Missouri State. It only took Arkansas eight seconds to score for the first time in 2009, the offense set a school record for passing yards and the defense held the opponent to an average gain of 3.5 yards per play. There are rarely many negatives for the winning team in a 38-point victory, but there are a lot of things the Razorbacks need to do better if they’re going to beat a quality Southeastern Conference team. South Dakota State thumped Missouri State by 30 points last season, so it’s not as if Arkansas just dropped 50 points on the ’72 Dolphins. Coach Bobby Petrino has readily admitted that the Georgia game Saturday has been circled for a long time. After tallying their highest point total (48) since November 2007 and allowing their lowest point (10) since October that same year, the Hogs can hardly be accused of looking past Missouri State. But Petrino and company have been preparing for Georgia all summer and had an extra week of practice going into this game.

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It’s a game Arkansas needs to win, as the Bulldogs are likely the only ranked team coming to Fayetteville this year, while the Razorbacks have road trips to four top 10 teams remaining on the schedule. Petrino said they need to win all of their home games this season, which would put Arkansas back in a bowl, and another win against Texas A&M would give the Hogs a very respectable eight wins. But that’s for a later conversation. Georgia. This week. Georgia won the last meeting between the teams 23-20 in 2005. The Bulldogs have never lost in Fayetteville (3-0), and the Hogs have only beaten them once in nine contests since the 80s. In other words, Arkan-

sas is due. But to win Saturday, the Razorbacks will need to be better than they were against Missouri State. We only saw the SparkNotes edition of a Petrino playbook in Little Rock, but there were a lot of little things that will cost Arkansas big time in league play if not corrected down the line. The Hogs will have had two weeks to work out the kinks from the season opener when they take the field Saturday. Only five of the 22 passes thrown by Ryan Mallett in week one weren’t caught by Arkansas receivers. A 309-yard performance isn’t a bad debut for the new Hog signal-caller, and he wasn’t picked off once, but he will have to make better throws to be that accurate in the future. Razorback receivers did Mallett a few favors against the Bears, reaching backwards more than once to reel in receptions. The Hog big guys up front did an excellent job of pass protection against the Bears, not allowing a sack across four quarters to give Mallet and Tyler Wilson plenty of room and time to operate. One of the knocks on Mallet coming out of pre-

season camp was his footwork with defensive pressure, and the offensive line did a good job of keeping the pressure off last week. But the runblocking left much to be desired, and part of the reason Arkansas has had trouble scoring in goal line situations has been the lack of push by the boys up front. The Razorbacks have to score touchdowns when they get to the red zone, and they can’t depend on fourth down to do it every time. Two of the Arkansas workhorses from last season, Michael Smith and D.J. Williams, will have to get touches Saturday for the Razorback offense to move down the field. Each was used sparingly in game one, and rightfully so, but don’t expect Jarius Wright to rack up 139 yards so easily against SEC secondaries. Georgia has a stout front seven, and Mallett has no problem getting the ball down field, but the Hogs will need Smith and Williams in the short game to be successful. Both Georgia and Arkansas have a special return specialist, with Dennis Johnson running a kickoff all the way back in the season opener and Brandon Boykin returning a kick 100 yards for the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Field position will be a big key this weekend, and the key for the Razorbacks will be to mistake-free. One big return can break a game open, and the Hogs will have to contain Boykin and go fumble-free on punt returns. No matter who gets the nod to return punts, or for that matter kickoffs, Arkansas just can’t afford to give away the game in its “one-play battles for huge chunks of land.” The last thing the Razorbacks need is for their defense to keep them in the game. Arkansas doesn’t have to be special on D to win games because they have plenty of playmakers on offense, but they have to keep new Bulldog QB Joe Cox in check and limit Georgia to small gains on the ground to avoid a shootout. The game this weekend is one of the few games on the Arkansas schedule that isn’t heavily slanted either way going in, and it’s the type of game that will determine whether the Hogs’ “improvements” talked about at length in the preseason translate to the win-column. Matt Watson is the sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Wednesday.





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Arkansas Traveler assistant sports editor Jimmy Carter managed to catch up with Arkansas speedster David Gordon to discuss the upcoming clash with Georgia and his dream vacation spot. The freshman corner from Tulsa East Central was arguably the fastest player in the country in the 2009 class, running a 10.16 100-meter dash and owning the fastest 200m time in the nation. The defense came out with a strong effort against Missouri State, allowing only 10 points and 205 yards. How motivated were you guys? We were very motivated. The leaders were stepping up, the backups were stepping up. We were all having a great time, having fun. Now we’re just looking forward, looking forward to Georgia. Do you feel like you’re starting to get a grasp of the defense? Yes, most definitely. On top of that, the players have trusted in me. Hopefully, I’ve shown them that I’m not afraid to hit, I’m not afraid to fail. I go out and give all I can I can.


Who are some of the guys that have mentored you so far? Jerell Norton, Isaac Madison, Lil G – (Greg) Gatson, Andru Stewart, those are the top guys. Has it been kind of hard to play your first game and then have a bye week before playing Georgia? Honestly, you never have a week off. If you’re a good athlete and if you want to be the best, you always work, even on your days off.



How excited is the team to have the chance to make a statement against Georgia? We’re highly excited. I mean, if you don’t come in excited against Georgia, there’s a good chance that you’re not going to do what you gotta do. You have to come prepared, you have to come with enthusiasm, you have to be ready. Which music artist are you listening to right now? One of my favorites, Brian McKnight. I’m an R&B fan. Also, Dean Wayburn – he used to be a member of ACAPELLA, a Christian singer.

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If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be? Ray Lewis, because he’s my favorite athlete. I’m a little guy, but I’m not afraid to hit because watching him. Growing up he wasn’t the biggest linebacker, but he said that he would always just run up and give his best. That’s how I feel. McDonalds or Wendy’s? McDonalds, definitely. Just because I’ve always eaten at McDonalds. What would the perfect day look like for you? Sitting with my family, relaxing with my friends. Probably going out to a place that I would love to go, Japan. I’ve just always wanted to go to Japan because I hear that it’s a great place to be at. So I’d take my family and friends over to Tokyo or something like that. Who is your dream date? My girl, Cornesha. Cornesha Wilkerson. Okay, but aside from Cornesha, who would you take, like a celebrity? A celebrity ... Beyonce! Beyonce – she’s bad, she’s bad, boy. If you’re stranded on an island and can only bring one thing with you, what would it be? Bible, definitely. Because if I don’t survive, at least I’ll have my salvation to go with me. What is your favorite TV show? “Fresh Prince.� Old school, that’s the best show. Who is Arkansas’ biggest rival? LSU, definitely. It’s the last game, all the hype. You’re battling for the ‘Boot.’ Who does the best Coach Petrino imitation? Jerry Mitchell. I can’t do it, but he’s so good at it.

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from Page 1B and had different chapters in a book that we studied and talked about.� While the seminars focused on leadership, Petrino emphasized knowing when and how to follow is just as important as being able to lead. “I think it helped some guys become better leaders; it helped some guys become better followers,� Paul Petrino said. “Not everybody can be a leader, but it also taught them how to act and how to go out there and prepare. “I think our team chemistry right now is 100 times better than it was last year. I just think in general our team is just coming together. We’re closer and you really like the way our team chemistry is right now.� The Hogs began holding the meetings in June, continuing through the end of summer conditioning. “We had seminars every

Wednesday morning for maybe a little over an hour,� Smith said. “It just talked about making leaders, because leaders aren’t always born. You have to learn how to be a leader – when to lead, when to let things play out for themselves.� “The seminars just really helped a few of us out. It brought a couple of us closer to each other to be able use as a support system when we are out there trying to make sure that the team and practice and everything is flowing like its supposed to.� The seminars also presented coaches with opportunities to interact with the players on opposite sides of the ball that they are typically limited to practicing against. “I really enjoyed it,� Paul Petrino said. “It was nice with some of the defensive players because you’re always competing in practice and always going against them, so it was good to get to know some of them better on a one-on-one basis.� With a year in the system un-

der their belt, the players’ comfort level is at an all-time high. “It starts from the top,� Smith said. “The coaches know the players better. We know the coaches better. We know what they want. We know the system better; we know how to act accordingly with the coaches. We’re just more confident with what we’re doing now.� Players no longer see going through practice as a chore, but instead as a chance to improve themselves and each other. “Right now it’s become second nature to us to know that we’re going to have a two-hour practice,� Smith said. “It’s going to be nothing and we’ll be able to get through it, not just get through it, but get better while we’re doing it. Knowing that, a lot of that bickering and everything else has kind of faded out the window.� The improved chemistry, coupled with the offseason improvements, have the Razorbacks feeling capable of accomplishing something special this fall.

“We have a chance to be a very good football team, maybe a special team,� Bobby Petrino said at a Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting prior to the Missouri State game. “There is much better team chemistry. We’ve got players who will demand from each other, who are accountable to each other.� Unlike 2008, there is no questioning the system in place. The players are instead able to concentrate on simply playing football together. “There were a lot of guys last year who may not totally have bought into the system,� Smith said. “That’s not the case this year. I think pretty much everybody has bought into the system, believes in it and knows that we can be successful in it. When you know that, then you’re able to just go out there and play football and playing football brings everybody closer together.� Arkansas may or may not exceed expectations this football season. Whatever the outcome, they plan on winning and losing as a collective, unified whole.

well and showed power in the run game. Defensively, they are good. No one has really run the ball on them very well yet.� But Petrino said the defense will have to keep track of sophomore wide receiver A.J. Green, who led the SEC last season with 74 receiving yards per game. “It’s about match-ups (with Green),� Petrino said. “They do a great job in their schemes to get him one-on-one by moving him around. He has length, long arms and runs great routes. He impresses me with how he runs after the catch.� Harris said it was important for the defense to respect Green and the wide receiver corps while preparing to be successful against them. “Green is a very talented player,� Harris said. “We have a high respect for him, but you can never be scared of a player. Green is going to be a firstround draft pick. But we have confidence in the defense to contain Green and the offense.� Petrino said it would be important to take away plays in the air from senior quarterback Joe Cox. “He is a fiery leader that everyone rallies around,� Petrino said. “We have to take his plays out of the game, which will take away his emotion and guys rallying around him.� Despite Cox starting his first full season as a starter, Harris said the defense knows he can make plays. “Cox has been in the system for a while,� Harris said. “He knows the offense. It’s hard to replace someone like (former quarterback) Matthew Stafford, but he has the ability to be a threat downfield.� But while Cox may know the Georgia scheme inside and out after watching it from the sidelines the last few years, Petrino and the Razorbacks should know it pretty well, too, after a summer of preparation and an up-close look last Saturday.

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Baseball is still around. It seems at this time of the year – especially in a year where there are few compelling playoff races – Major League Baseball is forgotten when the juggernauts of college and NFL football are both around. But with less than a month left until postseason starts, baseball is starting to matter a little more and more each day. There is a lot of meaningful baseball left. The Red Sox and Rockies are looking to secure wild card spots while the Rangers and Giants challenge them, respectively. The top seed for the National League is still undetermined with the Dodgers, Cardinals and Phillies fighting for home field advantage. But with the nature of the playoffs, overall talent is something teams need to advance in a format that can show elements of a crapshoot. And here are individuals that will make a difference when it matters most – whether it be in a championship run later or fighting for a playoff berth now. (For clarity, I ranked hitters and starting pitchers on playoff contenders for the rest of the year based on past and expected performances at the plate and on the field.) Group A: There can only be one 1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals: I swear this guy is secretly living among us. I see the name everywhere, and it’s rightly so.


2009-10 season with a second place finish at the Gopher Invitational, firing a team score of 1-over (285) in the two-day tournament at Wayzata, Minn. The Razorbacks finished 10 shots behind SMU in their first action since the team’s runnerup finish in the May NCAA Championship. “We played really well from all standpoints of all the guys,� Arkansas coach Brad McMakin said. “David (Lingmerth) and Ethan (Tracy) had a good week in the top five. Our young kids, I was really impressed with them.� McMakin said the freshmen Austin Cook and Ty Spinella’s performances re-enforced his confidence in the back of the lineup. “I was a little nervous about going into this year – we lost a lot from last year,� McMakin said. “But Austin Cook had a great tournament this week. We played a very difficult golf course, more on the NCAA caliber, and he finished tied for 16th. He looked like he could handle it. “Ty Spinella had an upand-down week, but he showed some really good signs. He shot 71 the second round and

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He has taken his game to another level with power, speed and a high average. Group B: Above and beyond solid 2. Chase Utley, Phillies: It is hard to find someone as good as Utley is at a weak second base position. He increased his walks this year and has displayed a solid glove. 3. Justin Verlander, Tigers: After a step back last year, Verlander and his rocket arm are back to being unhittable. 4. Tim Lincecum, Giants: He will need to be healthy and effective for an outside chance at acquiring a playoff spot. 4. Derek Jeter, Yankees: I didn’t think Jeter could ever be underrated during a season. It might have just happened. 5. CC Sabathia, Yankees. 6. Jon Lester, Red Sox: With Josh Beckett struggling a bit, Lester has provided a stable arm throughout the year. 7. Matt Kemp, Dodgers. 8. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: Detroit has

played a good round for us yesterday. I’m excited about the young guys. I think by March they’ll be ready to really compete. We’ve got a lot of talent down there.�

XC heads to Joplin Arkansas began both their 2009 men and women’s cross country seasons in the low-key Arkansas Invitational against Missouri Southern in Fayetteville on Sept. 4. The Razorbacks will return the favor Saturday, traveling to Joplin, Mo., to compete in the Missouri Southern Stampede. For the men, freshman Solomon Haile announced his collegiate debut in victorious fashion winning the four-mile race with a time of 19:43.9. Haile led the Hogs to a perfect score of 15 against the Lions, posting a time more than 22 seconds better than sophomore Eric Fernandez. The women’s squad will also travel to Joplin after a 25-34 win in the Invitational. After winning the 4,000-meter race, junior Megan Jackson was named SEC Runner of the Week in her first race since redshirting in 2008 after injuring the navicular bone in her foot. The Razorbacks normally travel to California, but the coaches and team captains

the right combination of pitching and hitting to perhaps surprise teams in the playoffs. 9. Matt Holliday, Cardinals: The bat St. Louis has needed for years arrived. If he signs after the season, there is no limit to the Pujols-Holliday combo. Championship? Group C: Winners and fighters 10. Chone Figgins, Angels: The 31-year-old can steal a base, score and field with the best and hasn’t shown signs of age. 11. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox: He belongs in this group more than many. 12. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals: After two seasons lost to injury, he is back to being in Cy Young form. 13. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox: He is not the MVP guy he was last year, but Pedroia is still the glue of the team. 14. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals: St. Louis will have one of the best playoff pitching rotations to go along with the bats. 15. Josh Beckett, Red Sox: After a run of being terrible, Beckett is back. 16. Mark Teixeira, Yankees. Group D: Solid Players 17. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees. 18. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: A young shortstop that could help make a run similar to the one Colorado made in the playoffs in 2007. 19. Ian Kinsler, Rangers: If he can

unanimously voted to join the men’s team in Joplin, coach Lance Harter said. “This crew really wants to put the emphasis on training and really work for the end of the season,� Harter said. “We know that we can’t put all our eggs in one basket. We’ve got to be able to pick and choose our competitions very, very carefully. Ultimately, it’ll pay dividends down the road when it really counts.� Saturday’s meet will be the Razorbacks final tune-up before the Oct. 3 Wisconsin Invitational. “We’ll use that as our preparation for in two weeks to really see many of the giants of cross country at the University of Wisconsin Invitational,� Harter said.

Volleyball set to kick off SEC schedule The Arkansas volleyball team is set to begin Southeastern Conference action on Friday, hosting South Carolina at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena and taking on Florida on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Razorbacks (6-5) are coming off a win over Jacksonville State and losses to North Texas and Kansas in the Arkansas Invitational last weekend.

ever stay healthy through a whole season, he would be a lot higher. Texas will need him. 20. Victor Martinez, Red Sox. 21. Cliff Lee, Phillies: The Arkansas native has a shot at a title – something he didn’t have in Cleveland. Group E: Needs a little respect 21. Joel Pineiro, Cardinals: This pretty much shows that Dave Duncan can make a winner out of everyone – including a guy with a career ERA over 4.00. 22. Jason Bay, Red Sox: The average has continued to drop, but the overall production is still there for Bay. 23. Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies: Who said pitching at Coors Field is a disadvantage? 24. Kendry Morales, Angels: He has been on a monster pace, and this ranking could be too low. 25. Ryan Howard, Phillies: He will need to pick up the home run pace in the postseason. But he is a talented guy who can catch fire. 26. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: It was a good thing the Dodgers didn’t trade him. The lefty has an effective fastball going with his legendary curve ball. 27. Jayson Werth, Phillies. Group F: Needed championship material 28. John Lackey, Angels: It wasn’t a great start to the season, but he has turned it on during the second half.

29. Jered Weaver, Angels: The rotation has few holes, and it could be what gets the Angels over the top against the Red Sox. 30. Pablo Sandoval, Giants: Kung Fu Panda is a reason to stay up to watch San Francisco. 31. Raul Ibanez, Phillies: The old man can still hit. 32. Chad Billingsley, Dodgers. 33. Curtis Granderson, Tigers: A catalyst Detroit needs. 34. Matt Cain, Giants. 35. Shane Victorino, Phillies. 36. Andy Pettitte, Yankees: New York needs a veteran starter with A.J. Burnett not looking great. 37. Pedro Martinez, Phillies: He is a blast from the past Red Sox fans can respect. Martinez looked amazing during Sunday Night Baseball, throwing eight shutout innings. 38. Edwin Jackson, Tigers: The Rays’ rotation surely missed the production from Jackson this year. 39. Yadier Molina, Cardinals: Name that Molina? Clutch bat in the postseason and handles the pitching staff? That’s right. It’s this guy. 40. Jason Marquis, Rockies. Harold McIlvain II is the assistant sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every other Wednesday.





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Student ambassadors Tyler Rogers (far right) and Ben Nye (far left) escort prospective student Nichole McDonald and her parents Becky and Kenneth McDonald on a guided tour of the UA campus.

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Contributing Writer Hundreds of high school seniors flock to the UA campus every year to discover whether they can envision themselves on the Hill for the next four years of their lives. These future college students undoubtedly have dozens of questions when they set foot on campus, and there’s at least one occasion when all of these questions might be answered: the campus tour. UA campus tours can easily be spotted all over university grounds by the red, collared shirts and khaki pants sported by student ambassadors or by the clusters of anxious high school seniors and parents wearing Razorback “swag.” Tours do seem to have the reputation of being slightly “sugar-coated,” but at the UA, some students say the program gives an accurate view of campus – or, if anything, might not make the UA seem as cool as it really is.

“(The UA) is even better than I ever expected,” freshman Kelly Brophey said. “It’s totally living up to my standards, even above them. On the tour, you have to cram in a lot of information and you’re not really living here, so it’s hard to convey what life is really like once you’re an actual student. I definitely think the tours are useful, though.” Junior Austin Schilling, a student ambassador, admitted the ambassadors do point out “newer and nice spots on campus” to touring students and families, but they make a point to show the older, more traditional spots on campus, as well. “Until recently, we showed a traditional Yocum dorm, and we still show a classroom from Old Main,” Schilling said. “The most important thing to convey – not just to students, but also the parents – is that the UA is an amazing school and it’s the best place to not only get an awesome education, but to learn what your

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passions are and how to pursue them.” Freshman Shannon Hicks said her tour guide communicated “the right things” during her visit to campus. “There are, of course, some things they can’t prepare you for, but overall I felt like I was given the right information and told and shown things that helped me make my decision,” Hicks said. But with a campus so big, it can sometimes be a challenge to show every aspect on every tour. “I wish I would have been shown Maple Hill,” freshman Ricky Hong said. “I haven’t ventured over there yet because I live in Humphreys and don’t really know what’s over on that end of campus. On my tour, I was shown just central campus, which works and is obviously important, but I would have liked to see that area and known about The Hill and stuff.” Most ambassadors do try to personalize tours, even though

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they are generally done in groups, Schilling said. “I always show big parts of campus like the Union, Old Main and the library, but I also try to show, or at least point out, buildings of their interests,” he said. “For example, if a student is an engineering major, I’ll make it a point to show them Bell Engineering.” This technique seems to have worked for freshman Brock Babb, who was impressed with the Walton College of Business. “It’s an amazing building, and it was easy to see myself studying there,” said Babb, who is a finance major. And although the UA might be aesthetically appealing, Schilling said he believes that it’s not just about the campus itself, but those who inhabit it. “I really believe that, in the end, it’s how comfortable the student and parent feels by the end of the tour – not just with the campus, but also with us, the tour guides,” he said.

because we all need a little majesty in our lives.

It’s a story that drops every female jaw to the ground and opens every male eye wide. Truly the first of its kind, it includes raunchy sexual humor and teeters on the uncomfortable boundary of social decency, especially regarding women. “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” by Tucker Max, “is 277 pages of non-stop drinking, debauchery and fornication,” writes Chauncey Billups on “It’s a collection of stories that track a man from law school to a life of complete indulgence. With blunt honesty, the author recounts the true exploits that garnered him women, cult infamy and a six-figure income.” Despite the book’s coarseness, it “captivates the reader with its humor and complete absurdity,” Billups said. True to Billups’ word,

freshman Neil Gleason said he found the book absolutely entertaining. “It’s not entertaining for females, but it is for guys because we envy him,” Gleason said. “It’s every guy’s goal in life to be with a bunch of women, and even though this behavior is not to be admired, we do envy him.” Spoken like a true Max See

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The Disco Biscuits spent their college years absorbing the rhythms of late ‘90s hiphop. The band, after all, is from Philadelphia, a city that played a pivotal role in that

music’s bass-heavy origins. Around the same time, an exciting new genre was emerging. “We were around when techno was invented,” said guitarist Jon Gutwillig, in a phone interview last week. That genre, with its tireless worship of the Groove, is the

band’s most evident influence. “Our live set moves through so many different kinds of grooves,” Gutwillig said, before listing more than 10 of them. “Groove” is a loose term, but the band covers their bases with the indifferent pulse of electronic music,

the sway of the Grateful Dead and the fluidity of jazz. “I’m very much influenced by great jazz artists: John Coltrane, non-bebop Miles Davis, and tons of other stuff. Come to think of it, jazz bands and jam bands have a lot in common,” he said. But while the debate be-

tween jazz and jam bands can go on indefinitely, the Disco Biscuits have many other elements making them unique. Along with the variability of jazz, Gutwillig said the band (which includes Marc Brownstein, Allen Aucoin and Aron Magner) bears the stamp of their hometown.

“We’re surrounded by that urban influence. We work with hip-hop artists and a lot of them use our studio space. The new record will have a kind of hip-hop feel,” he said. See

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from Page 6B follower, Gleason said “no one should read it – it’s vulgar and females would find it very offensive – but most guys would like it.� Lucky for Gleason, and all her guys who “would like it,� “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell� will be adapted into a movie that will grace theater screens Friday, Sept. 25. The movie version of “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell� is “a grand, farcical roadtripping romp in the vein of National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ and ‘Road Trip,’ but updated with the crass, guys’night-out humor of ‘Role Models’ and ‘The 40-Year-Old

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process,� Gutwillig said. “It’s all about going in there and trying to effect change to a piece of music. It’s all about idea flow.� The new record, Planet Anthem, is slated for a January release, but The Disco Biscuits will slowly unveil it over the fall with a series of three EPs. Two of the new songs, “Konkrete� and “You and I,� are already available for free download at the band’s Web

site. “It’s difficult to say where we will be in a year. It depends on how this record is received. We could be huge by next year,� Gutwillig said. The Disco Biscuits will perform tomorrow at George’s Majestic Lounge. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $17.

Virgin,’� writes Eric Brach on After Max promoted his movie in Washington City, N.C., The Washington City Paper posted “The Rapiest Quotes from ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell’� on its Web site, Among the quotes that point out the very offenses against women that Gleason mentioned are, “She may be a vacuous slut with no taste, but at least she’s not a stripper,� “Your gender is hardwired for whoredom� and, “We can’t all go after the girl with low self-esteem.� “There’s a movie!� Gleason said. “I will definitely see it, but unless it has a famous cast, it probably won’t do well.�

Interestingly enough, “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell� will have more than a “no-name� cast. “With a top-notch script penned in part by the book’s author, Tucker Max, and winning performances from lead Matt Czuchry (‘Gilmore Girls’), straight man Geoff Stults (‘7th Heaven’) and scene-stealer Jesse Bradford (‘Flags of Our Fathers’), the film seems sure to please fans of the genre,� Brach wrote. “If over-the-top buddy comedies keep cashing in at the theaters the way they have been in the past few years, ‘I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell’ should find itself enjoying similar box office success,� he wrote.


Whiteout a waste of time Adam Call Roberts Staff Writer

About five minutes into the movie, Kate Beckinsale strips to her underwear, and then hits the shower. I’d recommend leaving the theater immediately after this scene. “Whiteout� sounds like it would be an interesting movie. Beckinsale plays a U.S. Marshal on duty in Antarctica whose task it is to investigate a bizarre murder. (Just days before retirement!) The case involves a crashed Soviet plane, carrying some mysterious cargo and several dead Russians. Unfortunately, this great premise is wasted on a character who has to be the dumbest U.S. Marshal in the history of U.S. Marshals. Early in the film, Dr. Fury explains to a group of newcomers that a low body temperature can affect a person’s ability to think and reason. Beckinsale’s got to be colder than an ice cube. Most of her time is spent narrating the events that happen on screen. The camera shows a dead body, so Beckinsale remarks “A dead body!� Then we see another one. “Look, there’s another dead body!� We see a close-up of a bloody bullet hole in the corpse’s skull. “This man was shot in the head.� It’s like that the entire movie. “Whiteout� is rated ‘R’ but seems to have been written for an audience of five-year-olds. There are at least a dozen characters in the first half hour who make comments about how Antarctica is cold. You know, just in case we forgot and confused it with Jamaica. It is a bit odd, though, that Beckinsale can play outside when it’s 65 degrees below zero with no face mask and not even get a runny nose. But hey, I don’t ask a movie like this to be smart. Just entertaining. “Whiteout� is an actionadventure mystery. The action is terrible, the adventure is lacking and the mystery should be solved by most viewers in the first 15 minutes. A dark mysterious figure chases after Beckinsale across the continent with an axe. It

Comparing different bands throughout the years is a practice often employed by music listeners and critics alike. For this reason, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the Silversun Pickups have been compared to ‘90s iconic rock bands like the Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. And the band is taking those comparisons – and the success of their second fulllength album, Swoon – in stride. “We are happy to be compared to legitimate bands,� band member Nikki Monninger said. “We are comfortable enough in our own shoes that we feel that it’s OK to compare us to other bands.� Swoon, which was released earlier this year, has garnered both critical and fan praise, debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard Music Charts. Silversun Pickups – vocalist/guitarist Brian Aubert, bassist/vocalist Monninger, drummer Chris Guanlao and keyboardist Joe Lester – played multiple festivals this year, including Lollapalooza, and will play the upcoming Voodoo Music Experience Festival. But despite the success of Swoon, along with the underground success of their previous album Carnavas, band members are still pleasantly surprised with the attention

The Disco Biscuits have done their share of influencing, as well. The band hosts the New York music festival Camp Bisco, which took place for the eighth time in July. The festival has boasted an assortment of acts, from Snoop Dogg to Flying Lotus to another likeminded jam band and Fayetteville favorite, Sound Tribe Sector 9. But at the root of all things Disco Biscuits (including the endless list of related side projects) is the celebration of rhythm, the search for the next groove. For jam bands and their ilk, “songs� barely exist. Instead, skeletal grooves are built on the road and fleshed out in the studio. “There is no songwriting


they’re receiving. “We have been playing so long in relative obscurity, we are shocked to hear that we sound like My Bloody Valentine or the Smashing Pumpkins,� Monninger said. Silversun Pickups might soon be able to make a name of its own, especially with the success of Swoon’s first single, “Panic Switch.� But band members weren’t focused on the success of the album when they began writing songs – instead, they concentrated on making the best album possible, with the help of time off from a busy touring schedule and Aubert’s musical ideas. “Brian comes in with an idea; then we work from there and develop it from there into a song,� Monninger said. “Brian writes almost all of the lyrics. It comes from how he is feeling right in the moment and what went on in his life when we were making this album.� Band members probably won’t have time to write songs for another album this year because of their rigorous touring schedule through 2010. But the band will make time to play at George’s Majestic Lounge Monday, along with underground successes Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant. Compared to the bigname festivals and venues the band has played at this year, George’s might seem like a big

change for Silversun Pickups – but band members appreciate the variation. “It’s different playing smaller clubs,â€? Monninger said. “It’s more intimate, and festivals are more massive. You have to appeal to the masses at festivals as opposed to the individual in smaller clubs‌


Our live show is a little more aggressive than the album. It gets loud.� — Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups Both have their pulses. “Our live show is a little more aggressive than the album,� he said. “We just try to take the album and push it up a lot. It gets loud, and we just try to take it to another level when we play live. It’s great to play new songs and then throw in songs from Carnavas.� Fayetteville will be able to check out Silversun Pickups’ pulse this week, a time when students and residents will have the opportunity to see a successful band, right after their big break, in an intimate setting. The band will release “Substitution,� the second single off Swoon, this month.

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could be pretty cool to see these fight scenes in the snow, but director Dominic Sena has apparently been taking notes from Michael Bay and it’s almost impossible to tell what’s going on in these action sequences. In the climatic battle, both Beckinsale and her ally wear the same color parka, and I had no idea what was going on at any given moment. Look, I understand if the villain doesn’t find it easy to kill our heroine as he did the other victims, but he has to at least look like he’s aiming when he swings the axe in her direction. There are three big “reveals� and none of them come as any surprise. The first two are so obvious that I didn’t even realize that the first one was a mystery at all. When Beckinsale finally puts the puzzle together I thought “wait -- we weren’t supposed to already know that?� The second is pretty bland, and the third is totally irrelevant to the plot. The adventure portion of the formula was the most disappointing. I’ve always wanted to go to

Antarctica, and, even though I didn’t expect a very good movie, I at least hoped to see some cool footage on the big screen. No such luck. Canada stands in for the South Pole. When we finally get up in the air for what should have been some breathtaking vistas, Sena decides to stick a plane in the middle of each shot, taking up most of the screen and blocking all the scenery. I’m told that the graphic novel “Whiteout� is adapted from is pretty good. If you get dragged to the movie version, bring along a copy and read it by the light of your cell phone. The MPAA has rated “Whiteout� ‘R’ for violence, grisly images, brief strong language and some nudity. Mostly its closeups of corpses. I really don’t remember any nudity, and if it was Beckinsale I would have. It runs 96 minutes long and is playing this week at AMC Fiesta Square 16 and the Malco Razorback Cinema.

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Tim West, a reclusive artist living in the woods of Arkansas, is pictured here in the photograph, “Innocence,� by photographer Diana Michelle Hausam.

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A soot-grey kitten looks into the camera with wide, shy eyes. It is cradled in worn hands, dirt underneath the fingernails, gnarled arms leading the eye back to the bearded man in the foreground. Although Tim Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s image is out of focus in this photograph, it is the perfect presentation of his character: shy, rough around the edges and eager to present his unique artistic perspective. Just as he holds up the tiny kitten with soft pride and baited pleasure, so he presents his work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to be appreciated by some and misunderstood by others. This photograph, entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Innocence,â&#x20AC;? is one of many intimate pictures in the exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artist,â&#x20AC;? a collaborative effort of photographer Diana Michelle Hausam and jack-ofall trades artist Tim West. The two are unlikely partners in this artistic endeavor. Their starkly contrasting backgrounds serve to further express their differences as artists. Hausam has a B.S. in Biology and is currently a seniorlevel photography student at the UA. A native of Little Rock, Hausam originally came to Fayetteville strictly for academic pursuits, but liked it so much she never left. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing I will do with (my Biology degree) is pay my student loans for the next 30 years,â&#x20AC;? Hausam said. Hausam soon discovered that hard sciences were not her future. However, that re-

alization led her to a useful discovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always loved photography and decided that if I was going to pay for school for the rest of my life I might as well get a degree in something I enjoy. So, that is what I did,â&#x20AC;? Hausam said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am graduating this fall with a degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in photography.â&#x20AC;? Hausam teaches darkroom photography at Nadine Baum studios â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and she plans to teach in the future, too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important to her is artistic independence, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sort of getting my foot in the door as far as [teaching] goes,â&#x20AC;? Hausam said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, ultimately, I want to have the freedom to do my art rather than work, to be more independent that way.â&#x20AC;? Hausamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner in the exhibit, Tim West, 72, has traveled down a distinctly different path. Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents moved to Winslow, Ark., in 1930, where they traded their Grand Prix Automobile for nine acres of land that eventually morphed into Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current 80-acre residence in the woods. Because the West family lived such a secluded life, formal schooling was not easily accessible. Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, however, made sure her children were prepared for academics when they became old enough to walk to school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mama had taught us how to read really well, but of course it ruined me because I was ahead of everyone in the class. So, for all of those years, I was too young and the girls

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looked like they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even want to know me,â&#x20AC;? West said. After graduation, West left the Winslow area for the UA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been making enough pictures to where people thought I was an artist. So, with no arguments at all, I went ahead and majored in art,â&#x20AC;? West said. He stayed at the UA for two years until a disagreement with his print art professor provoked his move to Southern Illinois University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My print teacher couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get along with me. I was young and egotistical and he was 35 and egotistical,â&#x20AC;? West said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get two men with big egos and one of them has to go to Illinois.â&#x20AC;? At SIU he received his BA and MFA. However, neither a teaching career nor conformity to conventional themes were in Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. He recalled an art class where the professor had his own agenda for promoting pop art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pop art was where he thought it was all atâ&#x20AC;Śbut I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do pop art so I flunked that course.â&#x20AC;? West now lives far off the beaten path in Winslow in his house in the woods. Like any normal citizen, he watches television regularly and consumes cans of Monster-brand energy drink. Yet, eccentricity still radiates from this man. He is charmingly backwoods with his mismatched shoes and grizzled white beard stained yellow with tobacco. In conversation, West often breaks off from his personal story to tell anecdotes about

raccoons getting into his powdered milk, meeting copperhead snakes on the way to get the mail or tending to one of his 26-plus cats. He is perfectly content in his seclusion, and uses it to his advantage. Far from the reaches of noisy civilization, West creates large-scale sculptures from found objects and scrap metal from around his property, and spends his uninterrupted days building and sketching. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look at people so much â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I hate myself for saying this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re overpopulating the planet. If you see too many [people] you lose your sense ofâ&#x20AC;Śwho you are,â&#x20AC;? West said. Thus, Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hiddengem-of-an-artist secludes himself amongst the trees, making creek bridges with old gates, constructing fences with well-worn bicycle parts. It was that bicycle-born fence, in fact, that provoked Hausamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first encounter with West. She left a note in his handcrafted mailbox stating her interest in photographing his art, and soon received a reply asking her to return to his property at a specific time, drive up, honk three times and wait for West at his gate. Hausam followed the instructions, not knowing that she was embarking on an adventure that would radically affect her life as an artist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When he came out of the thick woods I knew immediately that he was my subject. This is the most interesting and artistic man I have ever See

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from Page 8B met,â&#x20AC;? Hausam said. What began as a trip to document a unique fence ended up as a three-year project. Hausam has been consistently documenting West and, through their collaborative efforts, has â&#x20AC;&#x153;developed a close friendship with this man who many would shun.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Artistâ&#x20AC;? will first open at the M2 Gallery in Little Rock, and will feature Hausamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;environmental portraitsâ&#x20AC;? of West. The exhibit, which runs from Sept. 19 to Oct. 19, will be a multi-faceted glimpse into both the contemporary world of technology/digital photography and the fierce authenticity that is Arkansas folk art. Layers of art upon art â&#x20AC;&#x201C; photos of sculptures and sketches coupled with Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actual pieces â&#x20AC;&#x201C; will lead the viewer into intense consideration of not just the use of light, but the introduction of color, the depth of human emotion portrayed, the length of pen strokes, the curve of a sculpted thorax, the angle of approach or the texture present on the page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to include a lot of his work in the portraits, and his drawings and paintings will be in the show, [plus] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re bringing in a couple of his sculptures,â&#x20AC;? Hausam explained. Hausam and West hope to stir up enough interest to bring the exhibit to Fayetteville after its time in the capital. They have been enmeshed in a six-week whirlwind of promotion, traveling to countless appearances including their most recent NPR interview that will air on KUAF 91.3 FM, at 6 p.m. Friday and at 9 p.m. Sunday. More art and information can be found at the artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site,



Fusion act jams for two nights at Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s


Techno/jam band Boombox will perform at Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Majestic Lounge 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Boombox have gained a loyal local follow because of their catchy beats and intense, light-filled show.

Brady Tackett Staff Writer

When fusion band Boombox was slated to play Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Majestic Lounge back in January, students were bunkered in coffee shops and dormitories because of the Great Ice Storm of 2009. But Boombox is back in Fayetteville, and, this time, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve planned a double header, with one show this Friday and another Saturday. BoomBox is DJ Russ Randolph and multi instrumentalist Zion Godchaux, who began performing together in 2004. Based out of Muscle Shoals, Ala., the young group has capitalized on their diverse musical backgrounds through relentless touring and a strong connection to the jam band circuit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got to know Russ (Randolph) when he was an engineer on a record that my mom and I were making,â&#x20AC;? Godchaux said in a January phone interview. Randolph had been DJing in the Muscle Shoals

area when Godchaux moved from San Francisco to be closer to family and because he â&#x20AC;&#x153;needed a break from California.â&#x20AC;? Early BoomBox performances, in which the duo would set up their equipment in a park and perform free sets during the day, were not unlike the block parties of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had all sorts of different, really funky records since we were both DJing at that time. We were just looking to do something, anything positive for the community,â&#x20AC;? Godchaux said. BoomBox utilizes drum machines and electric guitars to create a modern sound grounded in tradition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of the songs are wrapped around a simple core lyric or riff. We store parts of the songs in our drum machines, so that every time we play live, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re essentially remixing our own songs,â&#x20AC;? Godchaux said. The focus on spontaneity is a hallmark for â&#x20AC;&#x153;liveâ&#x20AC;? bands, from Phish to the Grateful Dead. Godchaux should know; he is the son of Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux, both of whom performed

with the Grateful Dead in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s. Because of this personal connection to The Dead and because of their improvisational tendencies, BoomBox is commonly labeled as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;jam band.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weird to see how quickly people have forgotten where the jam band scene came from,â&#x20AC;? Godchaux said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just have a different perspective from most when it comes to the origins and standards of that scene. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that gives me the right to be on some sort of high horse. There was just this magic that was happening during that time.â&#x20AC;? Now the duo is exploring their unique, organic musical history by means of electronic music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The idea of BoomBox is to combine live instrumentation with the DJ mentality,â&#x20AC;? Godchaux said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about drawing in techno junkies and trying to get them to reconsider traditional music. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about reintroducing electronic music to guitar players in a way thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new.â&#x20AC;? In 2005, the group released their debut, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Visions of BackBeat,â&#x20AC;? on Florence, Ala., label Heart of Gold Records. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a project where we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even go into it intending to make a record,â&#x20AC;? Godchaux said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that is a lot different about the one weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making now. We have more of a plan this time.â&#x20AC;? *** If you go: Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. One-night passes are $15. A two-night pass is $25.

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