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It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Alumna Transforms Old Home by CHAD WOODARD News Editor

In the middle of a tough economic climate, a mother and daughter decided to buy a deteriorating home and transform the rotting structure into a modern “green” home complete with a solar panel, tubular skylights and compact fluorescent light bulbs. But it wasn’t easy. When Kim Kuenzel and her daughter Lauren, who is a UA graduate in the mechanical engineering program, walked into the house they were repulsed by the sight and smell of the home. “When you first stepped in it had a lot of pet problems and rotting through the bathroom floor,” Kim Kuenzel said. The Kuenzels found the house on the foreclosure market and had the idea of renovating the house and turning it into a rental property to generate income, Kim Kuenzel said. The Kuenzels purchased the home for $74,000 and the energy updates cost a little more than $31,000, which is a total of a little

more than $150,000, Kim Kuenzel said. The Kuenzels timing of buying and restoring this house coincides with a fragile housing economy. Home ownership rates decreased in the South from a little more than 69 percent to slightly more than 68 percent, according to the Census Bureau. This is the second highest drop in homeownership rates in the regions in the U.S., second to the Midwest region. Foreclosure rates increased while homeownership rates decreased. In 2011, Washington County has had a moderate foreclosure rate compared with Benton and Crawford Counties. The foreclosure rate for Washington County was one in 971 out of more than 85,000 households. In Benton County the rate foreclosure rate was one in 906 out of more than 87,000 households, in Crawford County the rate was one in 883 out of nearly 24,000 households, according to Reality Trac Inc.

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Lauren Kuenzel, a UA graduate from the mechanical engineering program, transformed a deteriorating home into an environmentally friendly house during the last year. Her mother Kim helped in the renovation process, which cost more than $150,000. Lauren and Kim plan to rent the house to families to pay for their expenses and should have the home paid for in about 15 years, said Kim Kuenzel.


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FEATURES EDITOR: LAUREN LEATHERBY

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COURTESY PHOTOS

by LOGAN GILMORE Staff Writer

Many lists bring you the best films of a certain period of time, by a certain director or that feature a particular actor. This is not that type of list. This is a list of films that have been generally underappreciated by the general public, yet are incredible movies that

anyone with a love for film and a good story can enjoy. Amélie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet's “Amelie” is a story of the little things in life, told in a rather grandiose fashion. It displays the life of Amélie Poulain, a young Parisian girl, who strives for other’s happiness, yet denies her own in the process. Audrey Tautou’s

performance in the title role is pitch-perfect. Her expressions and mannerisms make the character of Amelie all the more believable, but more importantly, likeable. The story is similar to a fairy tale, with the theme focused on living happily ever after with destined love. What’s even more amazing about this film is the use of cinematography and art direc-

tion, which brings this fantasy version of Paris to life. This film is in French, but don’t let that be a hindrance from visiting a new world of peculiar, romanticized, endearing love. Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010) Banksy is an artist known around the world for his street art that plays with and pokes fun at human issues. His ac-

tual identity is still completely unknown except for those in his closest circle. This documentary, directed by Banksy himself, presents the rise of Thierry Guetta —or as he’d like to be called, “Mr. Brainwash” — into the high-art scene through the mass copying of others. It’s a stimulating look into the lifestyle, methods and inspiration of street

artists and a peek into humanity’s tendency to follow popular opinion rather than forming individual critiques. What makes this film even more special is that, by the end, the audience has the feeling that Banksy still has more tricks up his sleeve.

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Pies for Peace: Petite Treats for Finals Relief

KRIS JOHNSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Local restaurant Hammontree’s is a favorite among college students. The restaurant serves a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches that will satisfy any tastebud.

Hammontree’s : Gourmet, Cheesy Sandwiches with Punny Names by KIMBERLY MCGUIRE Staff Writer

Hammontree’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese (479)521-1669 Listen up, fellow nerds with an appetite for grilled cheese. There’s a haven for our punny greatness that feeds allegorical and literal appetites. Hammontree’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese is a laboratory full of experiments that are yes, cheesy, and oh, so tantalizing to the taste buds. Definitely on the top of my list for favorite dining establishments, Hammontree’s passion for the elementary delicacy is obvious and refreshing. Although it has been a local favorite for a few years now, I have stumbled upon a few unfortunate souls who have not been enlightened to the restaurant’s grilled supremacy. Who would have guessed something so simple as a grilled cheese could be so powerfully addicting?

There are so many cheese puns running through my head as I try to write this review, but they all fall short. For as delightfully nerdy as I hope I am, the owners of Hammontree’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese are leagues ahead of me. They named their sandwiches after books, shows and characters that only the most refined people can appreciate. I’m talking to you, English majors, ‘70s sitcom lovers and Star Wars enthusiasts. A few of my favorites (both in taste and in name) are: Where The Wild Things Are, Jack to the Future, Cheebacca, The Scarlet Cheddar and Brie’s Company. If you don’t get a kick out of that, I don’t believe we could ever be friends. How about this? Hammontree’s has taken their cuisine to the streets with a food truck that travels all around Northwest Arkansas. What saints, evangelists of good taste, if you will! Best part: they have dubbed this food truck “The Grillenium Falcon.” When will the

greatness come to an end? The answer is never. Now that we have an understanding of the literary genius a la Hammontree’s, perhaps we should focus on the culinary genius. Although their menu is not limited to only grilled cheese, why deny an artist his canvas? The intricate flavors that perfectly showcase the gourmet cheeses are a force to be reckoned with. Perhaps the most abstract masterpiece on their menu, Brie’s Company, features grilled apple, Brie and Gouda cheese, caramelized onions and fig jam on sourdough. On the more traditional end of the spectrum, there is The Scarlett Cheddar that consists of three different kinds of cheddar cheese, turkey and an herb mayo on multi-grain. Although I strongly encourage branching out, I can’t help but to order the same thing upon each visit. Nothing can beat

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by EMILY RHODES Staff Writer

My sister-in-law, Audrey, took part in Grandparents Day with her first grade class last week and celebrated Thanksgiving with a fun cooking activity that I couldn’t resist making when I visited the family over the weekend. “S is for share” was Audrey’s word in the Thanksgiving alphabet that the class recited, and I am I glad she shared this recipe with me. At this time of year, I can’t help but incorporate pumpkin, nutmeg or cinnamon into anything I cook. Note that the majority of the food in my house right now is dessert-related. These adorable, individual pumpkin pies are made with

basic ingredients and are complete in about five minutes – perfect for dorm room cooking or for something fun to do over the winter break with family. The best part about this recipe is that it’s a no-bake recipe, which makes it even easier. You don’t even need a bowl to make this in: just a Ziploc bag, spatula and a little winter spirit. The recipe makes one individual pie, but can be easily duplicated to make multiples. Believe me, you will probably need to make more than just one, even if it’s just you who is eating them. Ingredients 2 heaping tsp. Instant Vanilla pudding ⅛ cup milk

3 tsp. canned pumpkin Dash cinnamon Dash pumpkin spice Dash nutmeg 1 ready-made mini graham cracker crust Reddi Whip, to top 1 Ziploc bag To make these fun puddings, begin by measuring out the pudding powder and putting it in the Ziploc bag. Add the milk and close the bag, pushing the air out as you close. Mix the milk and powder until the pudding reaches the perfect consistency, pushing on the mix with your fingertips until it is thick, with no lumps and has a light

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Fayetteville traditions.� Humphry said that the tradition began in 1994. Since then, the city has budgeted $13,000 each year specifically for the light display. The total cost of the lights, labor and equipment rental is more than $100,000. Advertising and promotions cover $30,000 of the cost and the rest of the money goes toward labor. “It is based on what we already get paid,� Humphry explained, “But they factor that into the total cost of the lights anyway.� Throughout the years of this Fayetteville tradition, the overall design of the light display has stayed basically the same. “There have been minor changes,� Humphry said, “like some of the colors of the different trees and lights on the ground, but the design has stayed pretty much the same.� The biggest change has been in the type of lights the city uses. Recently the city changed from incandescent lights to LED lights. Because the LED lights are more expensive, the city has not been able to have as many lights in the square to make up for the cost in past years. “This year marks the first year we were able to get up the number of lights we had before the switch,� Humphrey said. With the lights back to the normal level of extravagance, the display should be brighter than before and a great way to kick off the holiday season.

by CAITLIN MURAD Staff Writer

For the past 17 years, the glow from the Fayetteville Square has marked the beginning of the Christmas season in Fayetteville. The display, made up of half a million lights, attracts more than 30,000 people to the square every year during the holiday season. Byron Humphry, the Fayetteville Parks and Maintenance superintendent, said that the lights start going up during the first week of October. “We usually light the display on the Saturday after Thanksgiving,� Humphry said. “It takes about six weeks to put all the lights up.� This year the square was lit up for the first time on Saturday, November 19. The annual “Fayetteville Unites with Holiday Lights� parade, organized by students from the UA hospitality program, kicked off the celebration of the lighting of the square. Local businesses and clubs were represented in the parade on floats and cars. Following the parade, Santa Claus made an appearance for pictures. The display will stay up until December 31. People will come with their families, significant others or friends to see the lights. It has become a part of local holiday traditions. Samantha Corral, a Fayetteville native, said that her family goes to the square every year on the night they light up the square. “We always get hot chocolate

MELEAH GROSS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Christmas time brings decorations across town. The Historic Town Square in Fayetteville decorates every year, from lights to carriage rides.

while we wait for the parade,� Corral said. “Everyone cheers as the floats go by and at the end when Santa Claus comes. Afterwards my family and I would go and take pictures in the square.� Corral said that after she began high school, she would mostly just go to the square with her friends.

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yellow color. Add the pumpkin and reseal the bag, mixing with your fingertips until the pudding and pumpkin are well incorporated and the mix has turned light orange. Add the spices and mix for the final time. Then, cut a hole in one corner of the Ziploc bag and fill the graham cracker crust with the mixture. Top with Reddi Whip and serve. These mini pumpkin pies are creamy, cool and full of holiday spirit. Now that finals time has come again, what a great way to take a break and recharge with this sweet homemade treat. Grab a Ziploc, your study guide and these simple ingredients, and take a break from the finals frenzy to whip up this holiday treat that will have you enjoying an all-nighter study session.

Hammontree’s Where The Wild Things Are: wild mushroom goat cheese, asiago, sautÊed mushrooms and sundried tomato pesto. And for dessert? Yes, dessert. A blueberry grilled cheese will leave you whimpering after the initial ingestion. The creators have even gone as far as to invent a sandwich influenced by the tastiest holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. This sandwich was only available on Black Friday, and I am so distraught that I missed it. The Holiday Meltdown: turkey, cranberry, stuffing, Havarti on sourdough, with dipping gravy. What horrible thing did I do in a past life that caused such bitter karma, leaving me Holiday Meltdown-less? As I repent for my wrongdoings,

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to accumulate all kinds of extra-curricular activities to radiate his self-imposed sense of importance. A love affair with an attractive kindergarten teacher leads the story forward, along with the masterful Bill Murray playing the pessimistic industrialist who brings Max under his wing -- putting just the right mix of comedy and desolation into his role. The characters are quirky, the music fitting, and the directing stylish and iconic. One who appreciates any of Wes Anderson’s more recent works will no doubt consider “Rushmore� to capture the definitive spirit of his work. Enter The Void (2009) Gasper Noe’s take on the Buddhist belief of the afterlife and reincarnation bursts onto the screen in psychedelic colors and heart-wrenching performances in “Enter The Void.� The film, shot entirely through the eyes of Oscar, a drug dealer who experiments with the hallucinogen DMT, takes the viewers on a trip that is deeply personal yet expansive. Even its credit sequence is intoxicating, smashing the viewers in the face with information, frame by frame. The film blasts open with bright walls of flashing colors, sprawling camera techniques and peaceful yet jarring flights over the Tokyo skyline. It is definitely not a movie for the faint of heart, so be prepared for scenes that give rise to a desperate desire to turn away. “Enter The Void� is more of an experience than a movie and is quite simply one of the most interesting and inventive films made within the last ten years.

The Fall (2006) The mere fact that a movie like Tarsem’s “The Fall� exists is a wonder. Shot over the course of four years in 26 locations spanning 18 countries around the globe, this film is an absolute delight. The audience is transported back to 1920s-era Los Angeles and introduced to the life of a failed stunt-man named Roy, who is a key component in the rising world of silent film. He meets Alexandria, a young Romanian girl at the hospital where he resides, and proceeds to tell her a fantastical story of a bandit who takes on an evil ruler. The imagery used in these segments is extraordinary, bringing saturated colors and outlandish set-pieces and characters to the forefront. As the situation with Roy and Alexandria progresses, the imaginary story follows suit. The two storylines combine in an interesting way that leaves viewers cheering, sobbing and, an essential in film, completely captivated by the story. Rushmore (1998) Wes Anderson has directed many cult classics, including “The Royal Tenenbaums,� “The Life Aquatic,� “The Darjeeling Limited� and, his most recent take on stopmotion animation, “Fantastic Mr. Fox.� Before all of these, Anderson made a little film about a seemingly outstanding boy named Max Fischer, portrayed by the talented Jason Schwartzman, who could do anything he set his mind to. Max knows how to work a room, and uses this talent

“Now going to look at the Christmas lights on the square has become more of a tradition with my group of friends from Fayetteville,� Corral said. “A big group of us go every year after everyone comes home for Christmas break.� Every night during the holiday season, there are vendors from

the Farmers Market selling hot chocolate, caramel apples and other holiday treats. There are also camel rides, pony rides and carriage rides for a fee. On certain nights during the holiday season, choirs, bands and other musical groups will come to perform in the square. Last year, as a freshman, Mad-

let us move on to the rest of the menu. Now that the weather is cooling down (finally), soup season is in full swing. Their homemade soups and grilled cheeses are a match made in heaven. I caution you; many times the soupy river runs dry. If you are in immediate need of a cup to accompany your sandwich, think ahead and beat the crowd. The soups are, dare I say, hot commodities. The black bean tortilla soup is tops, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about their crawfish bisque. Somewhat new items on the Hammontree’s menu are the gourmet dogs. Interesting sausages with interesting toppings keep customers on their toes. I’ll be frank, these franks are not my favorite things in the world, but they are great for those carnivo-

rous cravings. Hammontree’s is conveniently located right off Dickson Street, and perhaps even more convenient is the full bar, for those of you who like to get started a little early. Just inches away from campus, Hammontree’s is great when feeling a little adventurous between classes. The handy dandy Razorback Transit brown bus can take you right to it. So if you have a few hours to kill for lunch or you’re hankering for something simple that is sure to satisfy any craving imaginable, I wholeheartedly recommend Hammontree’s. That is, only if you bring me along and I get the pepper that harpoons your sandwich. Dibs on it all! Hammontree’s is open Monday through Thursdat 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

dy Ryan got to experience her first visit to the square during the holidays. “A bunch of my friends were from Fayetteville, and they took me and my roommate to see the lights,� Ryan said. “My friends said they go every year. There were so many people there, and it was really cool to see one of the

  



       

         

                   

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Traveler Quote of the Day “At the UA, the greatest thing it teaches you is to ask questions and where to find answers. So when you get to your own project, you have an idea where to start.” -Lauren Kuenzel, UA alumna, “It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Alumna Transforms Old Home,” page one

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ever you enjoy doing be sure to schedule time for it. Spending finals week cramming is only going to add to your stress. I’m sure some of you out there are thinking, “but it’s finals week. I don’t have time do anything fun.” I’m not saying that you should spend Dead Day watching a marathon of your favorite show, but scheduling an hour or so doing what you enjoy will make studying for finals, and finals week, much more enjoyable. 3.) Make sure to schedule in your friends. This is something I always have to remind myself. When I get really busy or stressed I am horrible about returning calls or text messages until Friday afternoon. But spending time with friends is one of the easiest ways to relax during finals time. (Many students form study groups with their friends too.) To get the point, no matter what it is for you, make sure you schedule in time to destress during the next few weeks.

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Many students will spend hours hunched over a book, or books, in their doom room, apartment or library. While being dedicated to your studies is a good thing, at some point you have to get up, go outside, stretch, walk around, etc. When I know I’m going to be dedicating a day to studying, I make myself get up after four or so hours and get out of my apartment. I’ll go walk around, maybe across campus to get coffee or down to Dickson Street to kill a half an hour at the Dickson Street Bookshop. Not only is it a good way to relax, but if I get back to wherever I’m studying and after being away for 30 or so minutes realize that I’m having trouble remembering a particular point it lets me know that I need to go back over a chapter before moving onto the next subject. 2.) Take some time to relax For me this can be any number of things. Usually walk around downtown Fayetteville and listen to music for an hour. Or I’ll stop studying an hour early —assuming the test isn’t the next day— and instead read a book. Obviously this isn’t the same for everyone, but what-

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Sadly, it’s that point of in the semester. Most students have mixed feelings about the last two weeks of the semester. We love it because Christmas break is so close that we walk around humming Christmas jingles. We hate it because the last two weeks are plagued with multiple 15-page term papers, a handful of quizzes which all lead up to finals—or in some case pre-final finals. No matter how times professors tell us in late August and early September not to procrastinate on term-long projects, we always seem to be waiting until the last minute and find ourselves typing furiously ten minutes before class starts. Needless to say this point of the semester is hectic and

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stressful for most students, myself included. Despite all of the stress, it’s important for us to find ways to destress. (Obviously it’s easier said than done. For example, as I’m typing this it’s just after 7:30 p.m. and I’m still at the Traveler office.) Like most students I consider myself lucky if I get five hours of sleep a night. (For context, most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep according to the National Sleep Foundation—hence the whole get eight hours of sleep a night.) Getting enough sleep sets students up to better perform during the daytime and better able to cope with stress— not at all something we have high levels of during finals time, right? With the high levels of stress that the last few weeks of the semester can bring students need to find ways to destress. Getting enough sleep is one of the main ways that students can make sure they’re prepared for the next few weeks, but there also numerous ways for students to fight off stress. During my time at the UA, I’ve formed a few habits to help overcome stress both during finals and the normal semester. 1.) Get out of my apartment.

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Different varieties of art utensils such as paint, pencils and glue are used to create fun with arts and crafts. The UA has formed holiday workshops for students to get creative.

Arts and Crafts Fall Short at Global Campus by CICELY SHANNON Staff Writer

After a successful summer session, the Global Campus’ Arts and Crafts fall programming fell far short of expectations, officials said. The Global Campus offers 10 fall and winter arts and craft classes in Rogers, which are open

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The home the Kuenzels renovated was foreclosed when they bought it in August 2010, Kim Kuenzel said. In order to restore the house, Lauren Kuenzel decided to put the skills she learned from her mechanical engineering degree to use. Lauren Kuenzel created a solar panel that heats the home by using sunrays, she said. The system is designed so that even on cold days, if the sun is out, then the home will still be heated. If the sun is not out then a backup heating unit turns on and warms the house. For instance, the waterheating unit must be a minimum of 140 degrees, so if the sun is not shining for a prolonged period of time then the back-up heating unit turns on and makes up the difference of heat that is absent. So, if the heating unit is only at 120 degrees then the back-up unit can add 50 degrees to make a total of the maximum 170 degrees that would be available on a sunny day. Based on this system, heating should require 60 percent less energy than before the renovation, Kim Kuenzel said. Utilities were projected to be about $600 a year as a result of similar “green” adjustments, she said.

to all ages and offer no class credit. But only three sessions have had enough students register for the class to make, said Kaylin McLoud, support specialist at the Global Campus. Classes with sufficient enrollment included Charging Brushes, a watercolor class, Luxurious Lanyards, in which students decorated name tag lanyards, and Winter Ribbon Topiary, in which

The home, however, is overpriced compared to homes in the same area by roughly $20,000, Kim Kuenzel said. Regardless of cost the Kuenzels considered this to be a good learning opportunity if they chose to remodel a second home, Kim Kuenzel said. This was also an opportunity for Lauren Kuenzel to apply skills she learned while attending the UA. “At the UA, the greatest thing it teaches you is to ask questions and where to find answers,” she said. “So when you get to your own project you have an idea where to start.” “Having gone through four years it gives you the confidence that you can plod through this life and actually come out and do well,” she said. The Kuenzels documented the yearlong process of remodeling the home on the site greenpinkies.wordpress.com and are working to make a step-by-step process for people interested in transforming a house into a “green” home. The Kuenzels entered the home in a competition to win the Energy Value Housing Award and were chosen as finalists in the people choice category. Voting in the competition ends Feb. 3, 2012 and the winner will be announced Feb. 8, according to the Energy Value Housing Award website.

students design holiday décor. The programs drew more student interest when they began this summer. Programmers at the Global Campus said that’s because people had more free time in the summer to pursue extracurricular classes. “Some classes make and some do not, which could be due to many reasons including the time the class is offered or the cost,”

said Tara Dryer, program director. The programming was founded in an effort to generate more revenue and create more interest in the their department of personal enrichment, McLoud said. The Global Campus began developing the classes last winter and the first classes were offered in May 2011. Students can register through

the day of the class. Costs range from $39 to $99. Instructors include local artists like Amber Perrodin, who received an Associate of Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the UA. Hand Wrapped, a holiday giftwrapping class, and Fold Paint Mail, a class about holiday cards, begin Dec. 2.

UA Transit will be making some changes for the week of finals. Students can check the UA website for a change in times.

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Staff Lots Freed for Saturday Finals by AMANDA POGUE Staff Writer

This is the first semester with no Saturday or 7:30 a.m. finals, and in response, UA Parking and Transit has made minor changes to parking restrictions, officials said. “Basically, all we’ve done is made many of the staff lots unreserved for that Saturday,” said Andy Gilbride, UA Park-

ing and Transit administrator. Anyone with a UA parking permit can use the lots, he said. This makes it easier for people who need to study to find a place to park on campus. While all buses will be running on normal routes and schedules, they will run on a reduced service on Saturday, Nov. 10, officials said.

All parking garages require permits or payment year round, according to Parking and Transit website. “I think during finals, all of the parking garages should be open the entire time,” said sophomore Erin Dougherty. Sophomore Emily Parr had similar complaints. “They should ease up on parking fines and regulations to reduce stress at such a busy

time,” Parr said. Officials will adjust finals week parking after this semester, Gilbride said. “As this is the first semester that we have had to deal with this situation, we really won’t know much until after this semester. Then we’ll see if we missed anything or have to do something for next semester,” Gilbride said.


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SPORTS EDITOR: JIMMY CARTER ASST. SPORTS EDITOR: ZACH TURNER

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011

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Razorbacks Get Offensive in Win Hogs hit threes, rout Delta Devils

by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor

Everyone was hitting from 3-point range for Arkansas on Wednesday night. The Razorbacks hit a season-high 11 3-pointers in a 9764 blowout of Mississippi Valley State in Bud Walton Arena. The Hogs shot a season 59 percent from the field in their third consecutive win. “We were taking good shots and we were hitting them,” Arkansas junior guard Julysses Nobles said. “As we kept hitting them, we kept shooting them. They were falling, so it got us going early.” Six different players hit 3-pointers, including some unlikely sources. Sophomore guard Rickey Scott made his first 3-pointer of the season after entering the game 0 of 11. “Good to see Rickey get his confidence back,” Nobles said. “You’re 0 for 11, your confidence gets down, but if you hit one it brings it back up. He’ll be all right.” Senior forward Michael Sanchez made his first career 3-pointer in just his third career attempt. “That’s something he won’t be specializing in,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. Sophomore guard Mardracus Wade led all scorers with a career-high 20 points while hitting 4 of 6 from 3-point range. “I’ve been working all summer, all year, on my shot,” Wade

86 44 said. “Trying to stay after practice each and every day. Come in before practice … Coach (Anderson) said he’s tired of me pump-faking so much. He said, ‘Just take the shot.’ “They put a lot on me, but I think I can handle the pressure they put on me to shoot the ball. I’ve just got to try to deliver for my team.” The Hogs led by 17 at halftime and increased the lead to 20 in the first four minutes of the second half. The Delta Devils never pulled closer than 16 the rest of the game and Arkansas stretched the lead to 34 in the half. Mississippi Valley State had just 15 turnovers, but shot just 32 percent from the field, the third consecutive game the Hogs have held their opponent to less than 35 percent shooting. “I thought our pressure was great tonight,” Anderson said. “It was cumulative. It affected them on their shots. Their shots were a lot shorter at the end. Pressure is not all about forcing turnovers. The first half was filled with runs. The Razorbacks took an 18-3 lead in the first five minutes

RYAN MILLER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas sophomore guard Mardracus Wade hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points in the Razorbacks 97-64 win against Mississippi Valley State in front of an estimated 6,700 fans Wednesday at Bud Walton Arena. after hitting four of its first five 3-point attempts. The Delta Devils used a 14-2 run to pull within three points, but the Hogs scored the next 11 points to take a 31-17 lead. Arkansas hit 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the first half and stretched the lead to 47-30

at the break. “Any game is going to be a game of runs,” Anderson said. “I thought that run right after they cut the lead. It was big. It started right after we made a layup and our defense really picked up.” Nobles added 16 points for the Razorbacks, knocking down

3 of 5 from 3-point range. Freshman forward Devonta Abron scored a career-high 13 points, while sophomore guard Rickey Scott chipped in 11. Freshman guard BJ Young scored 11 points, his fifth consecutive game scoring in double figures.

The Hogs had 16 assists on their 31 made field goals. “(Coach Anderson) told us stop trying to make all the home run plays,” Wade said. “Make the single plays. Hit the first wideopen guy. Make good crisp passes to the easy open guy.”

Hogs Bigs Prepare For Big Test Arkansas faces its highest profile opponent thus far in No. 8 UConn

by ZACH TURNER

Asst.Sports Editor

RYAN MILLER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas freshman forward Devonta Abron scored a career-high 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and had two blocks in the Razorbacks’ win against Mississippi Valley State. Abron and the Hogs’ other big men will face a tough challenge Saturday against No. 8 Connecticut, the leading rebounding team in the Big East.

Arkansas’ forwards performed well against Mississippi Valley State Wednesday in their final tuneup for No. 8 Connecticut on Saturday. The Razorbacks started senior Michael Sanchez and freshman Devonta Abron at the two forward spots for the third consecutive game. Sanchez and Abron combined for 20 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 89 percent from the field in the 97-64 win over the Delta Devils. “Devonta keeps getting better,” coach Mike Anderson said. “He is a lot more in control, he wasn’t trying to go get the game and I thought he used his body well. He has to

be a little bit more explosive with the athletes we are going to end up playing though.” Freshman Hunter Mickelson came off the bench and played 18 minutes. The 6-foot-10 forward had six points and four rebounds to go along with two of the Razorback’s seven total blocks. “I thought Hunter did a great job patrolling the lane,” Anderson said. Arkansas had the size advantage against the Delta Devils, outrebounding them 39-35, but face a much taller lineup on Saturday. UConn (6-1), the Hogs opponent in the SEC/Big East Invitational, starts three players 6-foot-8 or taller. “Everybody knows we are the

Coming Back Strong

underdog,” junior guard Julysses Nobles said. “We are going to go there and play our hearts out, bringing our practice to the game. The better team is going to win, so we are going to go out there and fight.” The Huskies are outrebounding opponents by 10.9 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 11 in the nation and also blocks 8.7 shots a game, good for second in the NCAA. Arkansas has just four forwards on its roster with Sanchez being the most experienced. Senior Marvell Waithe has just one full season under his belt after transferring to Arkansas following a successful, two-year junior college career at Tallahassee Community College in

Florida. Mississippi Valley State coach Sean Woods said the Razorbacks can compete with UConn if they continue to shoot well. “If they shoot the ball like this they have the chance to play with anybody,” Woods said. “They move the ball well, they are solid defensively, the ball didn’t stick with them but they made shots. They shoot 47 percent from the 3-point line against anybody in the country and they are going to give them a game.” Arkansas was shooting 32.6 percent from 3-point range coming into the game against Mississippi Valley. The Razorbacks won their game in the SEC/Big East Invitational last season defeating Seton Hall 71-62.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Harris makes quick recovery after major knee injury

by MONICA CHAPMAN Staff Writer

Lyndsay Harris lay on the Bridgestone Arena floor after tearing her ACL late in Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference Tournament loss against Florida. Nine months later, the senior guard is not only back, she is again the Razorbacks’ second-leading scorer. Her quick recovery has helped Arkansas (5-1) start fast, including a win against No. 13 Florida State. “Well my trainer has a lot to do with it,” Harris said. “I was doing as much as I could with the team in offseason workouts and then I would go in every day with him and do extra work. It takes a lot of patience. It wasn’t easy but I knew if I wanted to play I would have to work hard.” Even though she was cleared to play, Harris said she didn’t know what to expect going into the season. “I’ve been working hard,” Harris

said. “Just until recently, up to when the season was about to start I didn’t know how much I would be playing or if I would be playing at all so to be able to play means a lot to me because this is my senior year.” Despite not being 100 percent yet, Harris is averaging 11.3 points per game and her 41.7 percent shooting from 3-point range leads the team. Her injury has affected her most on defense. “I have a lot of work defensively I need to do,” Harris said. “I think offensively I’m fine just because I’m a confident person it hasn’t affected me offensively but defensively my lateral movement. I need to work on that. I’ve lost a little bit of speed and quickness. Those are things I hope to gain before SEC starts.” She has been almost as productive as her junior season when she averaged 12.3 points. Her 3-point shooting this season has been better than the 34.9 percent she shot last

season. “I think Lyndsay’s done fantastic,” Collen said. “I know we’ve had some concerns along the way, but a lot of time these injuries take a little bit of extra time. She’s got to get through the mental part of it and the fear factor. I would say over the last month or so she’s lost her irregular gate that she started to develop as a result of it. I think her strength is real solid. “Every time she gets out there on the floor I see her flying around full speed which is a good indication. Right now I’m really pleased with her.” Harris’ minutes have declined early in the season as she works her way into shape, though. She is averaging 21.5 minutes per game, 10 less than last season before her injury. “We’re playing her about 20 minutes a game and she’s productive in 20 minutes as she was last year in 30, so that’s a good thing,” Collen said.

Harris still has some reservations about her knee that she hopes will disappear as she gets deeper into the season, she said. “I think sometimes I still play kind of scared on the floor, afraid that somebody’s going to hit it or afraid I might land wrong,” Harris said. “I think the more I play, the less scared I’ll be and I’ll be more comfortable.” Like Harris, Collen said he is hoping Harris will fully be ready when the team kicks off its’ conference play in January. “I knew she probably would attack her rehab the same way she attacks the game of basketball,” Collen said. “I knew she would be back, I just didn’t know how quickly she might get to 100 percent. She’s not 100 percent right now, I’m guessing she’s 80, 85, but that’s been good for her to be pretty productive. “I think our main goal is to get her back 100 percent by the time SEC starts.”

LOGAN WEBSTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas senior guard Lyndsay Harris is averaging 11.3 points, second on the team, just eight months after tearing her ACL in the SEC Tournament.


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