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Dickson Parking Policy Changes by SABA NASEEM Staff Writer

Two months ago, Emilia’s Kitchen on Dickson Street would have been crowded with costumers at noon. Now, however, the restaurant caters to emptiness and silence as lunchtime comes and goes. “Lunches on Dickson have been quiet for a while now,” said Sara Lusher, an owner of Emilia’s Kitchen. To fix this problem, the Fayetteville City Council decided to alter the paid parking ordinance, extending the time of free parking to 2 p.m. This went into effect on Oct. 1. Under the original ordinance, parking was 50 cents an hour during the day, $1 an hour at night, and free between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. The altered ordinance allows free parking from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. This decision comes after many business owners on Dickson protested the new parking rules. Profits were down 40 percent street-wide, according to the owners. There has been a noticeable difference, Lusher said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t even want to know

the exact numbers of our loss,” she said. “It was a good theory, but it’s not working well at all.” There is much confusion about parking, she said. They did not consider handicap parking and people are always asking questions about where they can park and where to pay. Many restaurants have lost their regular customers who are eating elsewhere in protest. “A lot of people think they are hurting the city when they go other places, but they’re actually hurting the businesses they want to save,” Lusher said. “We’d be better off if we just shut the door and opened at five - that’s how bad it is.” Stores that have their own parking lots on Dickson have also been hit hard by the new regulations. People who don’t want to pay for parking are now parking in the Collier Drug Stores lot, creating a problem for costumers who want to park. “I’ve complained to the

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Parking by the Numbers 12 hours of free parking - 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. 40 percent profit loss for business owners so far 50 cents per hour during the day 1 dollar per hour at night Ben Flowers CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER The nearly empty Walton Arts Center parking lot serves as an indicator of business on Dickson Street. Now that all parking on Dickson is paid, business owners say their profits have diminished.

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UA Alum Wins Playboy Fiction Writing Award by KRISTEN COPPOLA Staff Writer

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UA alumna Meagan Mulholland was awarded $3,000 as the winner of Playboy magazine’s annual College Fiction Contest for her piece “Woman, Fire, and the Sea.” In addition to winning the money, her work is published in the October 2010 college edition of Playboy.

Students at the UA have received honors for their work before, but never quite like UA alumna Meaghan Mulholland, a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program this past spring. Mulholland is the 2010 winner of Playboy magazine’s annual College Fiction Contest with her short story “Woman, Fire and the Sea.” She was given $3,000, and her story is published in the October 2010 College issue of Playboy. “[The contest] has been a part of that college issue for many years now, and it is one of the only contests of its kind that just allows college students to express their creativity and write fiction and

be able to have the chance to be published in a national magazine such as Playboy magazine,” said Steve Mazeika, the junior publicist for Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Mulholland beat out 500 other submissions with her fluid writing style and the strong theme of her story, Mazeika said, which is tagged as “A tale of multiple misunderstandings set on the French Riviera.” Mulholland entered the contest while at the UA for the opportunities it provides and the magazine’s track record of publishing upstanding literature, including works by Kurt Vonnegut, author of “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Mulholland is using the award to get her work into the hands of readers and to help her continue writing her novel.

“I’ve been working really hard on my book for the past few years, and the writing life can be so solitary and full of angst, so it’s nice to have a moment of recognition like this,” Mulholland said, “[The money] is going to help me to keep working on my novel for a while, now that I’m done with grad school.” There was no lack of support or encouragement felt by Mulholland from her professors or advisors at the university while she prepared and perfected her entry or after winning the contest. “They were really pleased [when I won]. They’ve all been wonderfully supportive throughout my whole time in the writing program,” Mulholland said. “My winning this contest is in part a testament to the fantastic faculty in the UA’s MFA

program, especially Molly Giles, Skip Hays and Ellen Gilchrist, who’ve really helped my writing to improve. I’m so grateful for the lessons they’ve taught me.” Playboy, however, does have a reputation for things other than literature, and both Mazeika and Mulholland are well aware of that fact. “We always like to tell people there are great articles as well, in addition to the women that we have. We just try to have a wide variety of different editorial content,” Mazeika said.  “Playboy has a long tradition of publishing great writing, but I do get a kick out of picturing people like my parents and in-laws asking for the magazine at the

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With Cold Weather Come Winter Blues by JACARA ROBINSON Staff Writer

Pat Walker Health Center officials have designated October as Mental Health Month. The primary goal of mental health month is to “educate the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness,” according to Mental Health America. Though officials have few events planned, event director Susan Rausch said that it is because “self-awareness

month can be self-defeating”. Mental health is an issue year-round and focusing on it in just October wouldn’t be right, she said. A candle-light vigil with the theme of “changing attitudes, changing lives,” will be take place to advocate for people in need of mental health services and the impact that they have on their families and communities Oct. 10.     Also on tap is a full-day seminar to train law enforcement officers to deal with mentally ill people in serious situations.   There

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will be a student health fair in the Union ballroom Oct. 21 that will focus on all aspects of health, and flu shots will be available. There are a number of things that occur to affect student mental health during the winter months,” said Patricia Petretic who practices in the UA Psychological Clinic. Seasonal affective disorders, which mostly affect those in northern states, stem from lack of sunlight and extended nights.   Some people are more susceptible to this be-

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cause of genetic predispositions. There are things like family history that make people more vulnerable to the change in light.   As the days get shorter students become more vulnerable to depression, Petretic said. Petretic also thinks that the problem is that when students get further in the semester there is more stress for and more exams, she said, not so much the weather or less light but there

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Jessica Palmer CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Susan Rausch is a health educator at the Pat Walker Health Center. She served as president of the Northwest Arkansas chapter of Mental Health America and co-chair of the University of Arkansas’ campaign to promote the tobacco-free campus policy.


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PROFILES FROM THE HILL A Conversation with Professor Bruce Allen by Jordan Grummer Staff Writer

Bruce Allen has been involved in the field of social work for more than 20 years. Allen taught classes part-time while working in the fields of mental health, chemical dependency and youth services. Along with being a senior trainer for the William Glaser Institute, he became the director of field education five years ago for the School of Social Work, and he was been using his connections to help students find a solid footing in the field of social work. Q: What initially got you interested in the field of social work? A: I had an interest early in psychology and the helping professions, so social work ended up being a good vehicle to do that, not only working with the psychology of individuals, but also with what other circumstances in society and families help people to be able to make it easily or struggle. I was from a middleincome family. We didn’t do great but we made it through. I recognize that there are a lot of people that didn’t do so well, and I felt like maybe I could help them out in some way. Q: How’d you end up at the UA?

A: I’m originally from Texas. I moved to this area in the early 1980s. I really had always planned for, in the latter part of my career or after I collected some good experience, to think about teaching, and I was flattered to be asked by someone to come and teach a class. At that time I had a private practice in clinical social work doing counseling and consulting so it was kind of a natural addition. For probably 15 years I’ve taught one or two classes, but five years ago I went to work full time here, and it just seemed like a good match. I had a lot of good experience and things to share with students and I wanted to kind of serve the bridge between the academic and the practice profession because social work, of course, is a practice profession as well as being steeped in academia. Q: Have you learned any lessons by doing this kind of work? A: I think the lesson I’ve learned is to try to always keep a balance in my perspective between what is determined and what people have choice about. When I work with folks, I really like to believe that they can always make a better choice about the situation, but as I mentioned before, not everybody starts at the same place or has the same

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010

Insect Enthusiasts Swarm UA Animal Science Center

by MIKE ROACH Staff Writer

Thursday, Oct. 7 the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center will house the 11th Insect Festival of Arkansas from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is meant to be both fun and educational for all ages. “It’s something I started in 1993,” said entomology professor Donald Steinkraus. “It’s a lot of work; we’ll have probably 70 volunteers for it so we have to mobilize all of the entomologists around the state… It’s a one-day event, and we usually attract about 3,000 people to it in that one day.” Steinkraus estimates that there will be approximately 4,000 insects at the festival, both living and preserved. This will include cockroaches from Madagascar and South America, as well as scorpions from Africa. This year’s attractions will include games and crafts, as well as cockroach races during which children from visiting schools can pick their “champion” as Steinkraus calls it. “We aim it toward the grade school; we also have high school, and it’s good for adults, too. Everybody can find something interesting,” Steinkraus said. Additionally, there will be a zoo of live insects and arthropods such as tarantulas and scorpions. Visitors will also be able to handle some exotic roaches. “It’s a good chance for kids to see that insects are animals,” Steinkraus said. Other exhibits will include the cotton patch, where Steinkraus said people will be able to see how cotton

PARKING from page 1 city, but all they told me was to start towing,” said Mel Collier, owner of the store. “I don’t think we realized how bad it was really going to be. It was a bad move for Fayetteville and a bad move for downtown,” he said. “I think the 2 p.m. parking rule is just to appease the restaurants and I don’t think the city will be getting any parking revenue soon.” However, not all stores on Dickson Street are suffering from the new parking regulations. Something Urban is so close to campus that business has not decreased, said Amy WhiteBeard, owner of the store. “People can actually park in front, whip in and whip out,” she said. “In fact, one of our best weeks ever was the week before the Alabama game.” It would be better, however, if there could be a thirty-minute option, she said. This way it would be cheaper and better for people

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About 3,000 people are expected to turn out for the 11th annual Insect Festival of Arkansas. The largest event of it’s kind in the state, the festival features both exotic and local insects on display for attendees of all ages. is grown and turned into fiber and learn about the “insect pests” that are found in the crop. There will also be a honey bee exhibit, as well as ones featuring aquatic and forest insects and a display on how insects have affected human history and culture. “We have an arthropod museum here on campus and they bring their cases of exotic insects, which are really beautiful,” Steinkraus said. “A new thing that we’re doing this year that is really fun,” Steinkraus said, “is that our grad students

are dressing up in these amazing costumes - a mantis, a butterfly - and putting on this musical skit… It’s geared for little kids but I think everyone is going to enjoy it. It’s quite hilarious.” Except for the Mt. Magazine Butterfly Festival, Steinkraus considers the Insect Festival of Arkansas to be a unique event in the state. “This is the biggest one in the state. It’s the first one and the biggest one,” Steinkraus said. “Other states have something similar but I think ours is the

who don’t want to stay long. Students either strongly opposed the paid parking or were indifferent toward it, they said. For Peter Wolfenberger, a delivery worker at Jimmy Johns, the parking presents difficulties. “Before, I used to just park in front of the store so that I could easily come and go,” Wolfenberger said. “Now, at night time I have no choice but to park in front and pay, but then when I move my car to make a delivery, I have to find a new spot when I come back and pay again.” Employees do have an option for discounted parking and may receive a 90 - percent discount for specific on-street pay parking spaces. They can also receive a certain amount of coupons depending on the number of hours they work. “I’m not totally against it,” said Tayler Hampton, a junior physics major. “If it’s going to benefit someone, then I don’t mind paying a couple of quarters. I just have to keep in mind to have change with me.”

HEALTH from page 1 is more pressure on them. There is a surge in people reporting stress-related disorders more referrals coming in, she said.                A few UA students noted having experienced a decrease in energy, and feeling a little blue during the winter months. He wouldn’t go as far as to say he felt depressed, said senior Andre Petty, but that he is “not as active”. He is not sad, he said, but he can’t be as active in cold weather as he can in the summer. “It’s boring because activities like going to the pool can’t be done, and there’s not much to do inside,” Petty said. He thinks that if the UA had more indoor activities during the winter months he wouldn’t be as bored and therefore happier and more mentally healthy. Senior Bjorn Simmons   likes the winter and does not feel any worse, he said.   Simmons said he likes also winter fashion and the holiday season, and also enjoys being in the snow.   He is a high-energy person and not too much can affect his mood, he said. Sophomore Jasmine Christopher’s mood doesn’t change, and she has the same temperament year round, she said. Junior Rakeem Oliver also said the cold weather doesn’t depress him.                Though symptoms can peak in the darker, colder winter months,   mental health is a year-round issue, health center officials said.   Morale varies with the personalities of the students, but the winter blues are a reality.

best in the nation… You can talk to experts and learn about insects. That’s a valuable part of what we do.” “It’s educational but it’s also fun,” Steinkraus said. “There’s a lot going on from hardcore science to complete ridiculous nonsense like the insect theatre where there is some learning but it’s fun. You can take what you want out of this - if you want to go walk around and look at the pretty bugs you can do that; if you want to talk in depth to an entomologist, this is your chance.”

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Q & A with Parking Officials by GARY SMITH

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With the increased enrollment at the University of Arkansas, many students have questions about campus parking and Razorback Transit services. In an effort to inform the students, many of the most frequently asked questions and their responses are listed below. More information can be found on the Transit and Parking website at http://parking.uark.edu Q: Why isn’t more convenient parking available? The university, while growing, has tried to keep academic buildings relatively close to one another while constructing parking at the perimeter of the campus. This means it’s easier and quicker to walk between buildings but that parking is necessarily less convenient to a particular building. With increased enrollment, the loss of parking becuase of recent construc-

tion, and a higher percentage of students bringing vehicles to campus, the demand for parking on campus is higher than in the past. Even so, there are more than 800 parking spaces available along Razorback Road during peak parking hours.  These spaces are served by Razorback Transit from 7 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Q: How many vehicles are registered to park on campus?   In fiscal year 2010, 15,085 annual parking permits were purchased for car parking spaces on campus. This breaks down into the following permit categories: Reserved – 754 Garage – 2,566 Faculty/Staff – 2,875 Student – 7,775 Resident Reserved – 1,115  There were 178 motorcycles, 384 scooters and 458 bicycles registered to park on campus last year.

Q: How is Parking funded? Parking on the University of Arkansas campus is operated as an auxiliary. No tuition or state funds are put into the parking program.  All the revenues generated from parking permit sales, parking meter fees, and parking violation fees are used to pay the operational and capital expenses of the parking program. Q: Do parking controllers have a quota? No. Parking Control Officers are instructed that a verbal warning, heeded by a violator, accomplishes their goal the same as issuing a citation. Their mission is to enforce the parking regulations to ensure that adequate parking is available for authorized vehicles. This is to be accomplished by being visible in their assigned work areas to provide information and directions, and to issue parking ciations when necessary. Head to uatrav.com for the

Interior Design Students Move to Architecture School

Jessica Palmer CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Ashley Martin and Annie Kooy work together in an Interior Design Studio class in the Agriculture Annex. The Interior Design program merged into the Fay Jones School of Architecture on July 1, 2010.

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of people that understand what a mental health doctor diagnosis really means so we can help them most effectively. Q: Can you talk about your decision to move into the classroom? A: Well, I really found that I had gained a lot of information that was helpful to me, and it was helpful to my clients, and I would be asked, just out of my practice, to do trainings and workshops with groups of people. It really seemed like I did have a lot to share, and they really appreciated the knowledge there. I enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed the counseling and other stuff that I was doing, so the university was kind of a natural way to take that in more of a formal way, go back to school myself in the sense of reading the current textbooks and literature that really helped me hone the message that I was giving when I was doing trainings and that led naturally into the classroom. Q: Are there any particular accomplishments that you’re more proud of than others? A: I got an opportunity to serve with an international organization, the William Glasser Institute, and they teach something that’s called reality therapy that I picked up on the way. I got certified with that and worked with that organization, was elected to the board of that organization and then was elected chair of the board of that organization which is

pretty exciting to me because the institute functions in 26 countries. To be able to talk to people all over the world who have a similar view and a similar mission to be elected chair was an honor. An accomplishment? I suppose. But really to get myself in a position of being in dialogue with a lot of people who were really trying to find a way to help others was pretty exciting, and it felt like a good accomplishment as well. Q: Has anyone ever told you that you look like Rob Reiner? A: (Laughs) No I haven’t, but I’m certainly a fan of Rob Reiner and I can identify with his point in time and his attitude and perspective on things. Q: What kind of music do you like? A: My favorite genre would be blues and blues rock. It’d have to be Eric Clapton at the top. My band opened the show for Bikes, Blues and BBQ last [week]. Strange Heroes is the name of the band. I still like to rock and roll, and I use music in therapy settings too. Q: If you could have any superpower what would it be? A: It would be the ability to create a sense of connectedness with everybody. Say if I had a power and I could wave it over you, and you would feel like you had known me and even though we might be different, we really had more in common than we thought. What wouldn’t it solve?

PLAYBOY from page 1 newsstand. And they’re getting a kick out of telling people that their daughter is in Playboy,” Mulholland said. “Woman, Fire and the Sea” is set in the French Riviera, a place that Mulholland has experienced first-hand which fueled the storyline.  “I did go to the French Riviera the summer after I graduated from college,” Mulholland said,.“My friend and I stayed on her uncle’s boat, and that’s basically where the idea for the story came from.”     Mulholland wrote the first draft for the story after that summer, and eventually that preliminary work morphed into the award-winning story that can now be found in the October issue of Playboy or online through Playboy’s digital edition, both of which are available now.


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Oktoberfest Family Festival Draws Beer-Loving Crowds to Dickson

Ben Flowers STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Hog Haus, a popular bar and restaurant on Dickson Street, will be hosting Oktoberfest on Oct. 16. The 200-year-old beer festival will feature vendors, music, and a home brew competition.

by ANDREW VAN GENDEREN Staff Writer

Fayetteville channels Munich, Germany during the annual Dickson Street Oktoberfest Family Festival, with homebrewed beers playing center stage in a festival of Bavarian fanfare. Hog Haus Brewery, at the corner of West and Dickson,

is spearheading the event for the second year on Saturday, Oct. 16. Local brewers bring their wares and set up booths in the Walton Arts Center parking lot. The crowds wander from stand to stand, sampling everything from the tame to the exotic. Just because Bikes Blues and BBQ is over does not

mean the suds cannot continue to flow on Dickson Street. However, the event is a family-oriented festival. Although the artisan beer is the main attraction, there will also be a variety of friendly competitions for all ages held for drinkers and non-drinkers. Barrel races, stein-hoisting contests and

bratwurst eating contests are only the beginning. For families with young children, there will be magicians, pumpkin painting, obstacle courses and a petting zoo. There will also be several live bands playing throughout the day. The Homebrew competition is held the weekend prior to the festival, and the winner is announced at the People’s Choice ceremony on Oct. 16. The grand prize is more than merely cash. The best beer brewer of the festival gets a brewing session at Hog Haus, and the company both brews and keeps that recipe on tap for an entire year. John Collier’s Oktoberfest beer that took top honors last year is currently on tap at Hog Haus. His dark, hoppy, rich brew still retains a bright, warm feel to it with little of the bitterness that often accompanies darker beers. His will be difficult to dethrone, but one should anticipate fierce competition next week. Despite poor weather, the event still drew a crowd of over 1,000 people last year. Todd Ericson, bartender and former manager at Hog Haus, said the brewery hopes for even greater numbers this year. “This is only our second year doing this,” Ericson said. “We know that growing a festival like this takes time, and we are trying to build it up.” Hog Haus started six years ago when Julie Sills and Kari Larson, co-owners of the nearby coffee shop Common Grounds, bought and reopened Ozark Brewing Co. Since then, their reputation has spread across Northwest Arkansas for a being a quality, upscale restaurant with a down to earth feel, accompanied always by excep-

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Intense concentration, fingers flying, notes singing- the pianist plays away, soaring through the music. This, however, is no ordinary piano on which he plays. It is, in fact, a Steinway piano, the highest quality piano for instruction and performance.

The University of Arkansas has made a commitment to become an All-Steinway School, one of the only 113 colleges and universities in the world to claim this honor. “This is a privilege for the University of Arkansas,” said Jura Margulis, piano professor at the UA. “A lot of this is the commitment of the chancellor for which we

are infinitely grateful.” A Steinway piano is perfection, Margulis said. As far as what a grand piano should be able to do, the Steinway fulfills and exceeds those expectations. It takes more than one year to construct a Steinway piano. There are roughly 12,000 parts to the grand piano, and every single one of those parts is hand

crafted. “It’s like a recipe,” Margulis said. “They have some sort of secret ingredient that nobody knows about, except three certain people.” The UA now has a Steinway in all the practice rooms and concert halls.

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One of the biggest events in Texas, the fair hosts rides, competitions, shows and some of the finest fair foods including corny dogs and a variety of deep-fried foods. The 277-acre park will keep anyone busy for a night or two.


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Fayetteville: Gone Bike Crazy

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UA Freshman Katy Natale unlocks her bike in front of the Walton College of Business. Bikes racks around campus are often full as interest in biking has increased dramatically this year. by ERIN ROBERTSON Staff Writer

A recent award from the League of American Bicyclists categorized Fayetteville as “Bicycle Friendly,” given because the city “has made great strides in providing safe accommodations for cycling and encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation.” The LAB award only confirms what the locals know to be true: Fayetteville has gone bike-crazy. The bike trail initiative began in Fayetteville in 2002, after citizens expressed a need for a citywide trail and greenway network. Since then, 16 miles of trails have been installed for foot and bicycle traffic, and the Fayetteville Alternative Transportation and Trails Master Plan projects another 129 miles of future trails to connect those already installed. “We got a bronze award, which is the lowest…but it gives us good feedback on how to continue to the next level,” said Fayetteville Trails Coordinator Matt Milhalevich of the LAB award. Our goal is to go to silver and up. It’s a really good start and a nice way to recognize the work that been done and the community of cycling that’s been growing here.” Milhalevich said that Fayetteville is one of 156 cities in the nation to be chosen as “bike friendly,” and cites it as

both a great honor and a continued call to action to serve the growing bike community. “We have seen a significant increase in cycling. I think a lot of the infrastructure that the city has put in – painting bike lanes, signs, symbols, trails – has given people the initiative to get out and ride somewhere rather than getting in their car,” Mihalevich said. The presence of such organizations as the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks and the Highroller Cyclery shop confirms that Fayetteville is truly meant to be a bicycle town. The Highroller Cyclery has been a staple in the Fayetteville biking community since 1972, and has continued to hold the area to a high level of cycling excellence ever since. Laura Kelly, BCO chair, said that the BCO formed in 1999 out of the need for bicycle advocacy within various levels of government. “Cycling was popular in NWA at the time, but mostly as a form of recreation or competition. Bicycling as a form of transport had not yet caught on,” Kelly said. “Bicycle advocates knew that with some support from bicycle-friendly infrastructure, we could convert many recreational and competitive cyclists into daily bicycle commuters.” “We also knew that if we started training young

cyclists, we’d have a better chance at promoting responsible, predictable bicycle behavior, and earning the respect of our fellow roadway users.” The BCO currently sponsors bicycle safety workshops for all ages, and regularly hosts family activities and group rides across local trails. For more information, visit bconwa.com. Students have played a huge part in the increase of bicycle popularity around town, as many see biking as a means to avoid expensive parking passes and obnoxious parking citations. This year also marks a record enrollment for the University of Arkansas and, consequently, more bikes on campus. Senior nursing student, Rebecca Molina, thinks biking in Fayetteville is great. “There are a lot of things you wouldn’t see if you were in your car, so it opens your eyes to the town and all sorts of fun local businesses,” Molina said, “and I think it’s healthy and also good on the environment if we choose to bike instead of drive. I can tell that there has been an improvement over the past two years as far as the increase in trails and opportunities to bike.” Junior biology major Dave Faltys also has a very high opinion of biking in Fayetteville. “I love it! It’s a very ‘biker friendly’ town,” Faltys said,

“You can get anywhere you need to go just by using the bike trail and bike lanes.” In recent years, the “green” trend has spread like wildfire, and has compelled many non-recycling, plastic-bottletoting conventionalists to convert their ways. However, the city of Fayetteville recognizes the bicycling trend as more than just a fleeting craze or a bandwagon social movement. “It’s a very sustainable transportation,” Milhalevich said, “it’s free, it’s healthy for people…it has a lot of benefits and we’re really excited that the citizens are catching on and embracing this culture.”

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New Tequila Bar on Dickson- Largest in AR by WYNDHAM WYETH Staff Writer

Ever since the 1500’s, when the Conquistadors were making their way through the Americas, cantina cats and barflies alike have been enjoying the rich taste of North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit, tequila. However, the popular style of shooting tequila and chasing it with salt and lime may not be the best way to consume the blue agave-based beverage. In a recent article in “USA Today,” Laura Elek, of the Herradura Tequila Museum in Cancun, discussed the proper way to drink the spirit. The use of salt and lime with tequila ruins the experience, according to Elek. “The lime kills all the flavor, and it’s bad for your stomach,” she said. “And the salt? That has nothing to do with anything.” If you absolutely must use a chaser, Elek said that you should use an orange slice sprinkled with cinnamon, or enjoy it with a glass of sangrita, a drink citrusy and peppery in taste that is intended to highlight the flavor of the tequila while enriching the experience as a whole. “People think tequila is a drink for partying and getting drunk,” she said. “But they don’t know the process.” “Tequila should be sipped and enjoyed,” said Lee Scarlett, coowner of El Sancho,

Dickson Street’s new tequila bar and the largest in the state. Scarlett says that the manufacturing and tradition behind tequila is somewhat similar to that of scotch. “They drink it in Mexico out of brandy sniffers,” he said. “You smell it. You sip it. It’s not something you shoot with salt and lime.” By using a brandy sniffer, the tequila is able to breathe and the bouquet can open up. However, Scarlett said that tequila is really all about having fun. “There is nothing wrong with a shot glass,” he said. “We get a lot of college kids in here

that want to do tequila poppers, or do it in a mixed drink, and that’s fine too. We just want everyone to have fun.” Scarlett and his partner, Meliton Montes, set out to produce a bar and restaurant that embodies the fun and fancy-free attitude of tequila. “We wanted to create some place that wasn’t just a place that you went to eat dinner or lunch, but it’s a place that you come back to late nights to party and have fun.” El Sancho is open till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and has nightly drink and food specials, including a student

night on Tuesdays where customers can get 15% of their bill with their student ID. The bar also has a patio with live music on the weekends, and their parking lot is free for customers every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ambience of El Sancho is both classy and comfortable. With delicious food and 100 different kinds of tequila to choose from (including San Jose, the only tequila imported to Fayetteville), El Sancho is a great place for families and friends to hang out together, as well as the perfect spot for a date night. All of the food is made to order, and the prices are reasonable. The tequila ranges from shots as cheap as $5 to as expensive as $35, and if shots aren’t your style, El Sancho also serves a variety of exquisite mixed drinks that are “fantastic,” according to Scarlett. Although El Sancho has only been open for four months, Scarlett said that business has been good. “I think a lot of people, especially

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Customers take shots at the El Sancho tequila bar and restaurant. El Sancho’s offers Mexican cuisine and numerous types of tequila. historic train station. young people, are tired For more information of going to the bars on Dickson Street’s only where they’re jammed in like sardines,” he said. Mexican restaurant and the widest selection “Here, you can sit and of tequila in the state actually have a conversation, a server will wait of Arkansas, visit El Sancho’s facebook page on you, and bring you or dealsaroundcampus. whatever you want.” com. The facebook page El Sancho Mexican is updated daily and Grill and Tequila Bar features a listing of their is located behind Wow nightly deals. Japanese Bistro in the


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UA Children’s Choir to Sing at Carnegie Hall COURTESY PHOTO from ALL-STEINWAY on page 6

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The University of Arkansas Children’s Choir (UACC) recently won a nation-wide competition to spend five days singing in New York City in February. They sent in an audition CD, made it to the finals and were one of only four groups in the nation to be awarded the honor of singing in places such as the Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and as a grand finale, Carnegie Hall. The Children’s Choir, which was founded in 1997 by Dr. Dona Wiggins, is currently directed by Candace Davis, a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas who teaches music at The New School in Fayetteville. In the beginning, the choir had only about 30 or 40 students, Davis said, but now it has split into two separate ensembles, each of which has upwards of 60. Choir I is made up of students in grades 3 through 5, while Choir II involves students from grades 6 through 8. Each choir has

three vocal parts, all treble. Admission to the UACC is by audition only. Elementary school teachers recommend students to participate in auditions, which are held in April or May. This past year, around 350 students auditioned, and only a tenth of that number was accepted. “We have students from Fayetteville, Springdale, Elkins and Gentry, but not Bentonville, because they have their own children’s choir,” Davis said. We have kids coming in from private schools, public schools and home schools.” Only the 60-odd students in Choir II are eligible to go on the trip to New York, and out of that number, only 40 get to go because of limited space on the tour bus. “It was horrible,” Davis said, of the process of auditioning and selecting only 40 kids to take on the trip. “Some of the students already knew that they wouldn’t be able to go because of the financial costs involved, though.” The children and their families are being asked to pay for airfare, but the choir itself is working to raise

the $26,000 they will face in performance costs, some of which stems from the privilege of working directly with Bob Chilcott, the composer of “A Little Jazz Mass,” and “The Lily and the Rose,” both of which the students will be performing on the trip. “I’m really excited,” said eighth-grader Darien Bartholomew of the five-day trip to take place Feb. 16-21. “I’ve never been to New York before. I’m taking my mom.” The UACC travels a lot, and always with heavy parental involvement, given the age of the students involved. “I went to Nashville with them last year,” said Pat Davis, a parent volunteer who herself was a music major at the UA, and now has two children involved in the UACC. She assists the choir by chaperoning trips and taking attendance for rehearsals. As young as they are, the students are still enthusiastic about what they do musically. Pat Davis’ youngest daughter, Lori, came home this year after her very first rehearsal in Choir I and told

from OKTOBERFEST on page 6 tional beer. There are usually between eight and fourteen different beers being brewed at any given time. “This facility is a landmark and is the only operating brewery in the Northwest Arkansas area,” Larson said on the company’s website. “The architecture is beautiful inside and out. The brewery itself is top notch and it sports two full kitchens. All that combined with talented chefs, Brewer Mehmet Kadiev, co-owners Julie Sill and me, we feel it will bring something great to the area.” The proceeds from the event will be donated to several local charities under the broad reaches of the Bikes Blues and BBQ community support vision. Like the famous motorcycle rally, all profits from the event go to needy organizations. Last year’s recipients included Habitat for Humanity, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Seven Hills Homeless Shelter. With its wide range of activities and impact on the community, Ericson makes it clear that persons of all ages are encouraged to attend. “It is fun for both adults and kids,” he said. “There is plenty to see and learn for everyone.”

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Hog Haus Brewery will host the Dickson Street Oktoberfest on October 16 and it will feature live music, games, and a home brew competition. The grand prize is a brew day at the Hog Haus Brewery.

her mother that she wanted “to be in it forever.” Benjamin Niemeyer, also an eighth grader, was of a similar opinion. “I love it,” he said. “It’s fun, you know? And it’s educational.” “It’s our passion,” said McKenzie Edwards, an eighth grade soprano in the choir. “It’s what I do.” The next performance of Choir I will be at the U A soccer game on Oct. 8. The next concert featuring Choir II will be the LifeSource Benefit Concert on Oct. 24, at First Assembly of God in Springdale. Anyone wanting more information or wanting to make a donation to the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir can contact Candace Davis at cstaffor@ uark.edu.

Prices for Steinways range, depending on the size. A Steinway Model B costs around $80,000 while a concert grand piano can cost $120,000. This initiative will cost the UA 1.3 million dollars, all of which will be raised through private support. So far, the UA has raised $200,000. Gifts from individual benefactors can also be directed to this cause. “This initiative shows the dedication of the UA to the art and music students,” said Ronda Mains, chair of the music department. “All of our music majors will benefit from this.” There are less than 15 piano majors now, but the number is growing. Mains predicts that because of these new pianos, there will be more students interested in majoring, she said. The overall number of music majors and minors is also increasing. There are more than 315 music majors and minors, all of whom have to have proficient skills on the piano. “The students know how special it is that they get to practice on these pianos,” Margulis said. “They are inspired to practice hours

and hours each day. After all, if you have the opportunity to practice on the most beautiful and best instrument in the world, you feel encouraged.” For people who have no musical ear or inclination, the difference between the sounds of a Steinway piano compared to that of any other piano can still be distinguished. “In this kind of reality, there is a lot of intangible psychological perception which means that they will hear the difference because the pianist plays with the confidence that he or she is playing on the best piano,” he said. “It is like a person driving a very nice car. You might know nothing about cars, but you can still feel the difference.” Margulis will be playing a piano solo on a Steinway at the UA Symphony Orchestra concert Oct. 11. “I’m at home when playing a Steinway,” he said. “It suggests comfort, familiarity and just has unlimited potential. You never have to compromise” The concert will be at the Walton Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for seniors, and $1 for UA students.


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Pelphrey on Fire Extra Points

No. 11 Arkansas 3-1, 1-1 in the SEC

Big Stage in “Big D” Where: Cowboy Stadium, Arlington, Texas; When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9; Television: ABC

by JORDAN GRUMMER Staff Writer

JIMMY CARTER jicarter@uark.edu

Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey is on fire. It’s not because of the hot seat, either, despite consecutive losing seasons. In fact, Pelphrey could record a third-straight losing season this year and still be around to coach the Hogs in 2011-12. You don’t fire a coach whose incoming recruiting class is ranked No. 4 in the nation. Pelphrey, entering his fourth season at Arkansas, is tearing it up on the recruiting trail. He’s scored verbal commitments from two highly-touted prospects in the last week, adding to an already impressive 2011 class. The higher-rated of the two new commits is Lepanto, Ark., combo guard Rashad “Ky” Madden (6-foot-5, 195 pounds). Madden is the No. 30 player in the country, according to Scout.com. Dallas power forward Devonte Abron (6-8, 223) committed to the Hogs on Sunday. Abron has a seven-foot wingspan and is ranked the No. 106 player in the country by Rivals.com. Madden and Abron’s verbal commitments round out a class of five players ranked No. 4 in the nation by ESPN. Florissant, Mo., point guard B.J. Young is the highest-rated player in the Hogs’ haul. The 6-foot-3, 170-pounder is a five-star prospect and the No. 17 player nationally, according to Scout.com. Young is lightning-quick and thrives at finishing around the basket. The key to the class, though, is the in-state talent. Little Rock forward Aaron Ross (6-7, 225) and Jonesboro power forward Hunter Mickelson (6-11, 210) join Madden to form one of the most talented in-state classes in Arkansas history. The three played AAU basketball together for the Arkansas Wings, winning the AAU national championship this summer. Mickelson is still filling out, but uses his length to his advantage. He’s rated the No. 50 player in the country by Scout.com. Ross is the lowest-rated of the three instate prospects, despite often leading the Wings in scoring. There’s a very good chance Pelphrey isn’t done stockpiling talent, either. Dallas forward Antwan Space has taken two visits to Arkansas and could soon be the sixth commitment. The 6-foot-8, 205-pounder is athletic and has a solid outside shot. He’s the No. 76 player in the nation, according to Scout.com. One of the main questions about the class is where the scholarships will come from for five players, six if Space commits. Marcus Britt, Jemal Farmer and Delvon Johnson will graduate this spring. Junior Michael Sanchez is entering his fourth season, but only played in four games last season while struggling with plantar fasciitis. Junior Jeff Peterson redshirted last season after transferring from Iowa and is a standout student. He and Sanchez could graduate in the spring, freeing up two more scholarships. If push comes to shove, Pelphrey can suggest a player on the current roster transfers. John Calipari did at Ken-

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Arkansas will play Texas A&M on Saturday in the second Southwest Classic in Cowboy Stadium. The NFL attendance record was set at the venue, which also has the largest HDTV in the world.

It would be easy for Arkansas’ football team to get lost in the spectacle surrounding Cowboys Stadium. The NFL attendance record was set there, the NBA All-star game was played in the stadium and the 2011 Super Bowl will be played in the venue nicknamed “Jerry World”, after Arkansas alum and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The Hogs will be a part of the atmosphere Saturday against Texas A&M in the second edition of the Southwest Classic. “We’re excited to go back to Dallas. It was a lot of fun last year,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “It was a tremendous atmosphere and an unbelievable stadium to play in. We have 26 guys on our roster from the state of Texas that are getting to go back there, and we’re certainly looking forward to it.” Junior receiver Jarius Wright was one of several Arkansas players who stood out in the Razorbacks’ 47- 19 victory over the Aggies last season. Wright made a diving,

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Texas A&M 3-1, 0-1 in the Big 12 31-yard touchdown catch that punctuated the Hogs’ dominating performance. “It’s going to be great going back for a second time,” Wright said. “The first time was a real memorable moment, a moment that I’ll never forget.” One aspect of the stadium that’s difficult, if not impossible, to ignore is the massive, high-definition jumbotron. The 160-by-72-foot screen stretches from 20yard line to 20-yard line, which makes it the largest HDTV in the world. “I caught myself looking up there a lot,” Wright said. “It’s kind of hard to miss. If any play happens you have to look up and watch the jumbotron.” The screen is the centerpiece of the $1.4 billion stadium, sophomore defensive end Tenarius Wright said. “The one main attraction that caught my eye was the jumbotron, I mean it’s from one 20 to the other 20,” Wright said. “You look up instead of looking out onto field

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Hogs Respond Well After ‘Bama Loss by JORDAN GRUMMER Staff Writer

Most coaches would be worried about their team’s attitude after losing the way No. 11 Arkansas did to top-ranked Alabama Not Razorbacks’ coach Bobby Petrino. “I was happy with our bye week,” Petrino said. “I thought we did a nice job. The players continue to impress me, and make it a lot of fun coaching this team because they work extremely hard, and they have good attitudes.” The Hogs got a bye week after their 24-20 loss to the Crimson Tide. Petrino said he was concerned about how the Razorbacks would

respond after blowing a 13-point lead, but the Hogs showed their mental toughness when practice resumed. “I was really worried going into last Tuesday, but they came out with a great attitude and focus, and I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve really grown up as a football team,’” Petrino said. The week off allowed injured Razorbacks time to recover, while the healthy Hogs repped fundamentals, Petrino said. The players came back to practice prepared to prepare for Arkansas’ matchup with Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas. “Starting last Tuesday, no one had a bad attitude about having to practice. Everybody came out with enthusiasm and focus,” junior wide

receiver Jarius Wright said. Wright had his best game of the season against Alabama, catching six passes for 131 yards. The Warren, Ark., native had a 31yard touchdown grab against Texas A&M last season en route to the Hogs’ 47-19 victory, but said the Aggies won’t be able to key on any one of Arkansas’ receivers. “We have great receivers so I really don’t expect them to pay any more attention to me than usual,” Wright said. “If they’re paying more attention to me, that means it’s opening it up for

see TEXAS A&M on page 14

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Sophomore running back Knile Davis carried the ball six times for 42 yards against Alabama and may see an increase in carries against Texas A&M

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Women’s Cross Country Competitive in South Bend Despite Illnesses by PATRICK GRINNAN Staff Writer

The Arkansas women’s cross country team recorded a ninth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational last Saturday against a stacked field. The meet featured several of the nations’ top-ranked cross country teams, including No. 8 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State. The Razorbacks finished ninth despite being without three key runners. Jillian Rosen, Samantha Lurch and Stephanie Brown suffered from either sinus infections or asthma, causing the trio to miss the competitive meet. “We saw the best of the best,” Harter said. “Considering the health of our team we actually ran really well, pulled off somewhat of an upset by beating some nationally-ranked teams, and so we’re pleased with the result.” Arkansas’ performance was enough for the Razorbacks to debut at No. 25 in the rankings. The Razorbacks are ranked No. 1 in the South Central Regional Weekly Ranking, ahead of Rice, Texas and Baylor. Junior Kristen Gillespie ran her best meet of the year

in Indiana. The ex-basketball player finished 22nd. “This time last year, Kristen was training for basketball,” Harter said. “She is very special, and is running with All-American-caliber athletes, so I think she has readjusted her goals to becoming an All-American, which isn’t an unreasonable goal.” The Razorbacks’ top five scorers also included Stephanie Brown, Miranda Walker, Cali George and Natanya Luther. Luther scored in a meet for the first time this year. “We relied on a freshman, Natanya Luther, to be our fifth scorer,” Harter said. “It was her first time to be in a scoring position for us, so we were pleased with what she did. Cali George has also been rock solid, and took a huge step in the right direction.” The Razorbacks have an off week before the team splits to compete in two events Oct. 16. The freshmen will stay in Fayetteville and compete in the Chile Pepper Festival, while six runners selected by Harter will compete in the NCAA Pre-National meet. It

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Arkansas Soccer Still Searching For Southeastern Conference Win by ZACH TURNER Staff Writer

The Arkansas women’s soccer team is still looking for its first win in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks are coming off a weekend in which the team lost to a ranked Auburn squad in the final minutes and a tough defensive team in Alabama. Arkansas was impressive in the second half against Alabama, netting the first goal allowed by the Crimson Tide in five games. “We struggled through the first half of the Alabama game on Sunday,” Arkansas coach Erin Aubry said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and that was a story of two completely different teams.” Arkansas has struggled with late game losses all season. The Razorbacks have lost two of their four confer-

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GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Senior Laurel Pastor and the Razorbacks haven’t won a match since Sept. 12. Arkansas hosts Vanderbilt and Kentucky this weekend.


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ARKANSAS - TEXAS A&M BREAKDOWN Arkansas run offense vs. Texas A&M run defense

Texas A&M passing offense vs. Arkansas pass defense

Texas A&M run offense vs. Arkansas run defense

Arkansas’ rushing attack has been almost non-existent in the first four games of the season. The running back unit has yet to have a player stand out as the lead back and the Hogs rank at the bottom of the Southeastern Conference, averaging only 103 yards rushing per game. Sophomore Knile Davis got it going against Alabama, gaining 42 yards on just six carries and earning Petrino’s praise. Petrino said he needs to call more running plays and Texas A&M will provide a stout test. The Aggies lead the Big 12 in rushing defense, allowing just 68 yards per game. Led by linebackers Von Miller and Garrick Williams, who have combined for 43 tackles this season, the Aggies have rank third nationally in rushing defense. The Hogs will have a tough task establishing a rushing attack.

The Razorbacks’ secondary has been playing strong all year – the Hogs allowed less than 200 yards through the air against Alabama. Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson has put up big numbers this season, but has been plagued by inconsistency and turnovers. Against Florida International the 6-foot-5 senior threw four interceptions, and completed just 11-of-31 attempts for 194 yards. Against Louisiana Tech, Johnson was able to reverse his fortune with four touchdowns and 349 yards, completing 25-of-38 attempts. He then turned the ball over five times in the Aggies’ loss to Oklahoma State. The Razorbacks have not seen a quarterback with Johnson’s big-play running ability. If the Razorbacks can get after Johnson and force him into making quick decisions in the passing game, he’s shown a tendency to make bad choices.

Arkansas’ rushing attack has been almost non-existent in the first four games of the season. The running back unit has yet to have a player stand out as the lead back and the Hogs rank at the bottom of the Southeastern Conference, averaging only 103 yards rushing per game. Sophomore Knile Davis got it going against Alabama, gaining 42 yards on just six carries and earning Petrino’s praise. Petrino said he needs to call more running plays and Texas A&M will provide a stout test. The Aggies lead the Big 12 in rushing defense, allowing just 68 yards per game. Led by linebackers Von Miller and Garrick Williams, who have combined for 43 tackles this season, the Aggies have rank third nationally in rushing defense. The Hogs will have a tough task establishing a rushing attack.

Advantage: Texas A&M

Advantage: Arkansas

Advantage: Texas A&M

Arkansas passing offense vs. Texas A&M pass defense

Arkansas special teams vs. Texas A&M special teams

Arkansas coaching staff vs. Texas A&M coaching staff

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett dealt with criticism after throwing two fourth-quarter interceptions against Alabama as the Crimson Tide rallied for the win in the Hogs’ last outing. Expect the nation’s fifth-ranked passer to get back on track against Texas A&M, although the Aggie defense has only allowed 211 yards passing per game through four games. The Aggies have registered 10 takeaways this season. Defensive back Dustin Harris has accounted for two interceptions and two pass deflections. The Aggies rank eighth in the Big 12 in passing defense and have yet to face as dynamic of an attack as Arkansas’. Four of the Razorbacks’ six touchdowns were through the air in the Southwest Classic last year. Expect more of the same.

Arkansas Special Teams vs. Texas A&M Special Teams Freshman kicker Zach Hocker has yet to miss a field goal in his young collegiate career, making all four attempts, but Arkansas continues to lack big plays the return game. Junior Joe Adams has been solid, averaging nearly 13 yards per punt return, but freshman Maudrecus Humphrey has averaged only 18.5 yards per kickoff return. The Razorbacks tried receivers Cobi Hamilton and Lance Ray at kickoff returner during the bye week. The Aggies, on the other hand, have gotten big plays and huge returns from their special teams. Running back Cyrus Gray averages 27.2 yards per return, while punt returner Dustin Harris had a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown against Louisiana Tech. Kicker Randy Bullock is 6-for-8 on field goals this season, with a long of 40 yards.

Aggie head coach Mike Sherman will be entering his third season as head coach. Sherman has a long history Texas A&M, starting when he was the offensive coordinator in 1988. Sherman is an ex-NFL coach who has had stints with the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans, and his NFL experience has impacted the Aggies. Sherman changed the Aggie offense from a zone read option attack to a pro-style offense. In his third year, Sherman is just13-16, but the Aggies did play in the Independence Bowl last season. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has had more experience than Sherman in college football, accumulating a career record of 5722. Sherman may have a solid NFL coaching pedigree, but Petrino has shown the ability to coach his team to wins at the collegiate level.

Advantage: Texas A&M

Advantage: Arkansas

Advantage: Arkansas

Arkansas-Texas A&M Predictions Jimmy Carter, Sports Editor

Arkansas is the second-best team in the SEC. Texas A&M is at best the No. 5 team in the Big 12. The SEC is hands-down the better conference. You do the math. ARKANSAS 41 TEXAS A&M 24

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Arkansas is looking good. Most people had the Alabama game as one of the Hogs’ few losses. Few have them losing to Texas A&M. ARKANSAS 31 TEXAS A&M 13

Jordan Grummer, Senior Staff Writer

Zach Turner, Staff Writer

It’s time to get over the Alabama game, and there’s no better way for the Hog’s to put that game behind them than by beating Texas A&M. Look for the Hog’s to justify being the highest ranked one-loss team in the country by beating the Aggies through the air...and maybe even the ground. A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson will make a couple of big plays before the Hogs take control of the game.

Arkansas will come out firing on all cylinders after their late in the game heartbreak loss to Alabama. Quarterback Ryan Mallett will once again prove his place as one of college football’s best by torching the Aggie defense for 400 plus yards. This game will be similar to last year’s Southwest Classic when the Razorbacks beat the Aggies 47-19.

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TAMU has looked all right this season offensively, but have been sliding downhill each week. The Razorbacks have too much to prove after last week’s heartbreaker against Alabama to slip up this week. Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson can also blow up and score four touchdowns, or he can throw four picks. I’ll take the latter. ARKANSAS 42 TEXAS A&M 17

Coming off an emotional loss to Alabama, the Razorbacks will come out ready to redeem themselves in front of the Arlington crowd. The Hogs’ offense, if they stick with a passing game, should score early and often. ARKANSAS 42 TEXAS A&M 10


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Freshman, Kicker Russellville, Ark. 2010: 4-4 FG, 16-16 PAT

ZACH HOCKER

Arkansas Traveler senior staff writer Jordan Grummer kicked it with freshman kicker Zach Hocker. They discussed Hockerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clutch performance through Arkansasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first four games and kicking in Cowboys Stadium. Hocker competed for the starting punting job, but was moved to kicker midway through fall camp, beating out senior incumbent Alex Tejada and freshman Eddie Camara for the starting job. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it been like coming in and starting as a freshman? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m super thankful that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the opportunity to come in here and kick and to have a start like this has really helped my confidence. Hopefully every kick I just have that mindset that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to go in. Hitting those two deep ones definitely helped my confidence. What was it like at Georgia when they tried to ice you? It was a big time atmosphere, I mean 90,000 people is pretty loud, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been iced before and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little bit different when you get to the SEC level, but it was kind of cool to finally experience it and it going in was a good feeling. You seem like how do you go

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been kicking since junior high and now being in colelge its what I focus on every day. I just come out here and go along working out and trying to get better. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have you in the kicking competition when camp started and now youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the starter, do you look back and shake your head at how that all unfolded. Yeah that was kind of a weird deal, but I mean, Dylan, Alex, myself, Eddie, and all of the walk on kickers have been super super good just pushing each other at practice and I was just fortunate enough that I got to kick and I got the opportunity. It worked out for me. How good will it be to get into Cowboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stadium on Friday and get the â&#x20AC;&#x153;awe-factorâ&#x20AC;? out of the way early? It is good getting in there early and shaking your nerves out and trying to stay calm. We just have to remember what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there to do and put it through. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen it from the outside but iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been inside, but from what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hearing from all the players itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new world in there, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to play.

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tucky. Pelphrey isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in a position to be loyal after posting back-to-back 14-win seasons. College basketball is a business. Arkansas doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to decide which 13 players get scholarships for the 201112 season until July 1, 2010. Pelphrey canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn down any of the five verbal com-

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will be the first time Harter has taken a team to Pre-Nationals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to split our team and run basically two teams,â&#x20AC;? Harter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be the first time in my 21 years to participate in Pre-Nationals. The way the selection process is for this year for the NCAA meet, we need to have representation at Pre-Nationals.â&#x20AC;? Volleyball Splits Road Trip The Arkansas volleyball teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-game road trip came to an end Sunday, with the Razorbacks splitting their final two matches against South Carolina and No. 2 Florida. Arkansas beat the Gamecocks 3-1, clinching the win in its longest set this season. Arkansas survived four set points and ended the game with a block, winning 31-29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had great maturity on that third set,â&#x20AC;? Arkansas coach Robert Pulliza said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our kids were really patient and execut-

mitments or Space. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too talented. Add Young and Madden to a backcourt with Rotnei Clarke, Rickey Scott and Mardracus Wade, and Pelphrey will have plenty of depth and athleticism to press. Ross and Space will give the Hogs length and athleticism at small forward â&#x20AC;&#x201C; something theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lacked the last two seasons. Mickelson and Abron in a frontcourt with Marshawn Powell sounds pretty good.

Pelphrey is putting the pieces in place for Arkansas to become a player on the national scene again. Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina are the schools alongside the Razorbacks in ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team recruiting rankings. Sounds like a list circa 1994. Jimmy Carter is the sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @jicartersports.

ed, and they really ground it out. It was exciting that we finished the set on a play that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an out-of-bounds ball or a missed shot or anything, it was our execution on the defensive side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we played better than what we had all season long. We keep improving week from week, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about.â&#x20AC;? Kelli Stipanovich had 15 kills against South Carolina and nine kills against Florida, where she hit better than 35 percent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about Kelliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game,â&#x20AC;? Pulliza said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s showing her maturity as an athlete. She works hard everyday, and it is real-

ly starting to show. She deserves it.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Jasmine Norton surpassed the 700-kill mark on the weekend, becoming the 20th player in program history to do so. Stipanovich eclipsed the 700-kill mark against Georgia on Sept. 17. The Razorbacks will continue SEC play with home games against No. 22 Tennessee (12-3, 4-2 SEC) on Friday and Kentucky on Sunday. Kentucky began the season ranked No. 14, but slipped after an 8-8 start, including 2-4 in the SEC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to get back to Barnhill and get back to our fans,â&#x20AC;? Pulliza said.

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an exciting time professional sports. The NFL is rolling along, the MLB playoffs have started, and the NBA has begun training camp. That’s all fine and dandy, but the most exciting of the sports is begins Thursday. Hear me out. The NHL drops the first puck of the season Thursday with a five-game slate. The next seven months will be filled with the fastest, hardest and most intense action in all of sports. Think about it. Football has a lot of breaks in the action. A lot. There are team timeouts, referee timeouts and media timeouts. The clock stops after some plays, and after every play, there is an allotted 40 seconds of time before any action has to resume. The NBA has the same timeouts and the same halftime, but also feature free in

throws, with the same timesucking ability of black holes. And baseball, don’t even get me started on baseball. I watch the Cubs when I can’t sleep. Not the NHL. Not ice hockey. Action zooms up and down the ice, and when players get tired, there isn’t a timeout. There isn’t a clockstoppage for a substitution. They switch players on the fly. A few hop the bench and a few hop on the ice. That keeps the action moving and the fans watching. And what are the fans rewarded with at the end of the game? A winner! The NHL outlawed ties beginning in 2005 when it adopted a shootout format. If the game is tied at the end of regulation and an overtime period, the outcome is determined by a shootout – one of the most exciting finishes in sports. Shootouts are what made the Mighty Ducks movies so awesome. And my goodness, there are people on the team who are paid to fight. They are given the conspicuous moniker of “enforcer.” But they are fighters – guys whose job is to protect the team’s star and to make sure no one gets away with any funny business. The fight doesn’t come with an expulsion from the game, a suspension or, unless it’s really bad, even a fine. So what’s

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88th minute of its 2-1 win. “Finishing is an art form,” Aubry said. “You talk about finishers, that finishing has to come naturally to them just like a talent is natural in an artist that creative form has to be there. The Hogs will take on Vanderbilt on Friday and will host Kentucky on Saturday.

“Vanderbilt has had a frustrating year a bit like we are,” Aubry said. “They are a far better soccer team than they have been on paper. Kentucky is a program that is on the same track that we are, trying to build into a successful spot in the SEC. They have pretty much revamped their entire team since last year.”

DeRuyter’s 3-4 scheme while on a recruiting trip with his son, Bobby, while DeRuyter was coaching at Air Force. “I try to pick up anything I can,” Petrino said. “You know that show on T.V., Hoarders? That’s how I am with football. (DeRuyter) saw me, too. There was no doubt he saw me reach over and grab a couple of sheets of paper in the back and take notes as he was showing his video.” The Aggies are talented on offense, starting with athletic quarterback Jerrod Johnson. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder has been turnover-prone this season, though, throwing eight interceptions and losing two fumbles in the Aggies’ last two games. Johnson threw an interception which allowed Oklahoma

State to kick the game-winning field goal in the Aggies’ 38-35 road loss last week. Johnson will pose some problems for the Hogs’ defense, sophomore defensive end Tenarius Wright said. “He’s not a quarterback that will really beat you with his feet, but he will beat you by turning the defensive back’s eyes back downfield instead of on their receiver, and he makes big plays,” Tenarius said. “We have to contain him and make some things happen.” The Hogs forced Johnson to fumble twice last season, one caused when Wright blasted Johnson from the blind side. “As I looked back at my highlights from last season, I dream about another hit like that all the time,” Wright said.

ing,” Petrino said. “We’ll do a Hoosiers if we need to. Measure the field and the goal post so they’ll all know it’s the same size as it is here and go play football.” Having a game in the Dallas area is important for the Hogs’ recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. The Razorbacks have 26 players from the Lonestar

State and the 10-year series with Texas A&M has already had a positive impact.

ence games in the final minutes of the match. Against Auburn, the Hogs allowed a goal in the 87th minute that propelled the Tigers to a 3-2 the punishment? A 10-min- victor. Tennessee scored the ute timeout. You don’t get to game-winning goal in the play for 10 minutes. Boo-hoo. In fact, the NHL is such a league of tough-guys the rule book has guidelines for the following in-game mishaps: “fighting after the original altercation, fighting off the playing surface, fighting other than during periods of the game, kicking, head butting, elbowing and slew-footing”. What is slew-footing? According to the NHL official rule book: “Slew-footing is the act of a player or goalkeeper using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.” Read that again: fall violently to the ice. Many of you might not agree with any of this. If you haven’t seen a NHL game, you probably don’t. But if you have seen one, especially live, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Fast, non-stop, violent action? Sounds exciting. Danny Meyer is the assisJONATHAN GIBSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER tant sports editor for The ArJunior quarterback Ryan Mallett will try to rebound against Texas A&M after throwing two fourth-quarter intercepkansas Traveler. His column tions in the Hogs’ 24-20 loss to No. 1 Alabama. appears every Wednesday.

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Greg Childs or Joe Adams.” The Aggies surrendered 434 yards of total offense to the Hogs last season, but have looked muchimproved this year. Texas A&M held Oklahoma State, who ranks third nationally in total offense with 534 yards per game, to 351 yards last week. The Aggies are one of only three teams nationally to rank in the top 20 in both offense and defense. Texas A&M installed a new defense this year under first-year defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, but it won’t be the first time Petrino has been exposed to DeRuyter’s system. He got a glimpse at

from FOOTBALL on page 11 when someone makes a play.” The Razorbacks will arrive in Dallas a day early to get the “awe-factor” of the stadium out of the way, Petrino said. “There’s no question that (the stadium) is quite amaz-

“I think we felt the benefits right from the announcement when young men understand that they get to go back home and play. It’s fun for all of us,” Petrino said. “There’s no question that it’s a good deal for our program.”

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