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Coming out of the Shadows

Familiar Face Returning:

Smith Provides Stability, Continuity

Panel Documents Immigration Challenges by JACK SUNTRUP Staff Writer

On Monday night, the UA and Northwest Arkansas community was invited to a forum discussing the plight of undocumented students. The crowd, about 600 strong, filled the Fayetteville Town Center. The “Undocumented: living in the shadows” event was not the first of its kind at the UA, but this time it was held off campus to “educate” students and the community about undocumented students, Chancellor David Gearhart said. “We are glad that you want to learn about this vital issue affecting our state and nation,” he told the standing room only crowd of about 600. The event was meant to draw support from the grassroots level, but Gearhart encouraged elected officials to attend. About a dozen elected officials came and two representatives from the Governor’s office were present. The event has become controversial in recent weeks, and some opponents have sent “threatening” “rude” and “ignorant” letters to the university, Gearhart said. “I was asked by some by e-

mail, phone and texts to cancel this event tonight, and I have to tell you the possibility of that was never even remotely considered,” he said to rousing applause. The panel was made up of five undocumented students, one formerly undocumented student, and Gearhart, who moderated the event. One of the first questions was about how the panelist got to America. “I came here in January 2004, when I was 14 years old,” Jonathan Chavez said. “I had no idea. We had a very tough life in Peru. We didn’t have any jobs; my parents didn’t have any jobs.” One question was about the first time they realized they were undocumented. Cesar Vargus grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and after 9/11 realized his “call of duty” to serve in the military. Lacking a social security number, however, enlistment was impossible. Being undocumented encourages harder work, Jonathan Chavez said. He said he even had to turn down a scholarship to go to Austria because he could not leave the country. “It makes me want to try harder,” he said. “It makes me not want to quit.”


When John L. Smith left Louisville in December 2002, Bobby Petrino inherited a program he led to 41 wins in four years. Almost a decade later, Smith replaced Petrino as

Seniors Enter Still-Struggling Workforce by SARAH DEROUEN Staff Writer

As the last few weeks of the semester disappear, many seniors are left with one terrifying question: what’s next? But fear not — the job outlook for graduating seniors is not all that dismal, officials said. “Based on national data, employers expect to hire 10.2 percent more college graduates from the class of 2012 than they did from the class of 2011,” said Angela Williams, director of University Career Development Center. “If students are prepared for their job search, we expect them to be successful in finding a position that meets their career goals.” In September, the National Association of Colleges and Employers predicted employers would hire 9.5 percent of graduating seniors. This is the second year that the pre-

dictions were lower than expected, according to NACE. Williams does have some advice for seniors looking to join the workforce. “I hope that seniors have, by now, had their resumes critiqued, practiced their interviewing skills and have gained work experience related to their career goals,” Williams said. Seniors looking for assistance can use resources at the UA including the Career Development Center and the Walton College George W. Edwards, Jr. Career Center. Arkansas has an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in comparison to the 8.2 percent national unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor. The unemployment rate for the northwest Arkansas is 6.4 percent, 1.8 percentage points below to the na-

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Arkansas’ head coach on an interim basis and is tasked with trying to lead the Razorbacks to their third-consecutive 10-plus win season in the fall. Smith signed a 10-month, $850,000 contract to replace Petrino 13 days after the former coach


sons before taking the head coaching job at Weber State, his alma mater, Dec. 6. His stay in Ogden, Utah, lasted just 140 days before he was announced as Petrino’s successor.

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Pottermore Renews Harry Potter Fervor by JANNEE SULLIVAN Staff Writer

Last week’s public debut of Pottermore, the official Harry Potter website, created a buzz among Potter fans, who now have access to discarded pages and notes from author J.K. Rowling. Some students see Pottermore as a way to perpetuate the magic of the books they grew up reading. “I am in love with Pottermore,” said Megan Wilcox, freshman interior design major. “I grew up reading the books MADDIE LOGAN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER and watching the movies, so Sophomore Mary Margaret Donavon’s room shows her passion for the book and I’ve always been a huge fan.” the movie series.

Created by Rowling and Sony, the site gives users access to exclusive behind-thescenes content and games. “It must have taken a lot of hard work for the people who made it. It’s really entertaining,” Wilcox said. “The attention to all of the details in the book and the interactive games are what makes it great.” The site became publicly available April 16, although it was originally released in beta form in July, in honor of Harry Potter’s birthday.

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Students Vaccinated Before Travel Abroad done a couple of months before they leave for their trips to different countries,” said Lyn Edington, nurse manager at Pat Walker Health Center. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website provides health risk information for every coun-

by BAILEY KESTNER Staff Writer

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Many UA students are being vaccinated to prepare for travel abroad, UA health officials said. “Students should look into getting their vaccinations and immunizations




STDs More Common in BriTANick to Bring Arkansas Laughs

Check out the various happening today on campus.

Sexual diseases are becoming Comedy group BriTANick more common in Arkansas. is coming to the UA April 24.

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was fired for an affair with a 25-year-old female football employee and his attempted cover up of the relationship following an April 1 motorcycle accident. Smith, 63, served as Arkansas’ linebackers and special teams coach on Petrino’s staff the last three sea-


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try in the world. Doctors recommend a number of vaccinations yearly regardless of travel plans, including the influenza vaccine. The tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccinations are recommended for people ages 19 to 24. The T-dap vaccine is adminis-


Heifer Project Benefit Concert

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Tonight, Heifer International will hold their annual benefit concert at George’s Majestic at 8 p.m.



Senior All-American Ivanique Kemp is key to the women’s track team’s success.


tered once and followed by a booster every 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Doctors recommend the Human Papillomavirus vaccination for women aged 19

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It’s A Simple Question: Yes Or No?

A Traveler columnist discusses the importance of learning to say no, especially at the end of the semester.

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CONTACT The Business of Acting with Elizabeth Barnes Successful casting director, and University of Arkansas alumnus, Elizabeth Barnes will discuss the business of acting. 6 p.m. - 8p.m. Nadine Baum Studios

Libraries Film Series 2012: Delicatessen In celebration of National Library Week, UA Libraries are hosting a series of feature films on the theme “Four Films of the Apocalypse”. Delicatessen will be the last film featured. 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mullins Library

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The initial rush of interest in the site limited the number of subscribers the site could accommodate, according to the site’s blog. Others students said the site fell short of the hype. “I think it’s kind of stupid,” said Grace Colly, freshman apparel studies major. “A lot of people think it’s really amazing, but I don’t see it.” Rowling created the site as a way to allow the Harry Potter series to live on, because it was difficult for her to let go of the characters she spent so much time with over the years, Rowling said on her website. “I’ve always felt like the Harry Potter series were great to grow up with,” Wilcox said. “It teaches about friendship, determination and many other aspects that are good for younger people. But it’s also a series that I think anyone can enjoy.”


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STDs More Common in Arkansas by BAILEY KESTNER Staff Writer

Statistics show sexual diseases are becoming more common in Arkansas. “We see students come into Pat Walker [Health Center] from time to time concerned with whether they might have a sexually transmitted disease,” said Mary Alice Serafini, executive director of the center. “Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease we see on the UA campus.” Arkansas ranks seventh in the nation for chlamydia, fifth for gonorrhea and third for syphilis, according to the Averting HIV and AIDs website. Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year, half of these being in people 15 to 24 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. While condoms lower the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, they do not guarantee complete protection. Cervarix and Gardasil are two preventative vaccines recommended for females between the ages of 13 and

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to 26 years and men aged 19 to 21 years. The measles, mumps and rubella vaccination, which is required for admittance to the UA, comes in one to two doses. “Pat Walker Health Center is one of the few places a person can get all the immunizations and vaccinations they need for traveling abroad,” said Mary Alice Serafini, executive director of Pat Walker Health Center. “Sometimes students need the Hepatitis B shot, while others just need to update their tetanus vaccination,” Serafini said. The yellow fever vaccine

26, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Gardasil is recommended for males aged 9 to 26 years. Gardasil is offered at Pat Walker Health Center for $150 per shot. Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is offered at Pat Walker for $32. Testing for other diseases is available at an additional charge. “Results of the tests can be determined during the time of the appointment,” Serafini said. “Most of the tests are done in a laboratory on campus, making it very convenient in getting back results quickly.” Any infections diagnosed at the health center can also be treated there, Serafini said. One in four college students have an STD. Human Papillomavirus is the number one STD on college campuses, according to a nursing schools website. There are 40 types of Human Papillomavirus, affecting the mouth, throat and genital areas of both males and females, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. The disease can cause genital warts and cervical is the only one required by the National Health Regulation guidelines for people traveling to specific countries, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. “I got the Hepatitis A and B typhoid vaccines,” said sophomore kinesiology major Melina Gonzalez, who leaves for Pretoria, South America in June. She also received the typhoid oral vaccine before spring break this year. “Since I have already gotten these vaccinations in advance, I’m not concerned with contracting any diseases while in South Africa,” Gonzalez said. Edington said some vac-

cancer. An average of 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Approximately 20 million Americans have HPV, and an estimated 6 million more will be diagnosed with the disease each year. Half of sexually active men and women will contract HPV at some point in their life. Besides basic testing for the diseases, Pat Walker Health Center offers classes and events to inform students about the risks. “We offer a one-hourcredit class called Human Sexuality,” Serafini said. Pat Walker also offers a promotion emphasizing the importance of getting tested and treated. “Different Resident Student Organizations request informational sessions in which medical providers and members of the Pat Walker staff provide workshops on sexually transmitted diseases,” she said. “We often find that students need to be informed on these types of diseases,” Serafini said. “Students sometimes think it could never happen to them, but after gaining information, they often realize they need to be tested.” cinations come in a series. Students should get vaccinations at least two weeks before traveling abroad, as most take up to 10 days to take effect, she said. “For example, some vaccinations, like the one for Hepatitis, comes in a series of three shots and two must be completed before a person travels,” Edington said. Pat Walker Health Center offers the vaccinations for tetanus, both Hepatitis A and B, the tuberculosis skin test and the yellow fever shot, along with vaccinations for other illnesses such as pneumonia and allergies. The price for each vaccination is listed on the Pat Walker website.


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After Graduation: Getting A Foot In The Door Many of us at this point in the semester are preparing for the graduation stage. From ensuring that our caps and gowns are neatly pressed and ready to sending out graduation announcements to friends and family, the time has come for thousands of us to say goodbye to campus and prepare for our years after college. Those of us who aren’t graduating in the weeks to come are preparing for another year of school, another semester of filling out internship applications and checking on hiring websites to review our chances of getting a job right after college. The idea of finding a job after college while there is an ever growing number of college graduates struggling with unemployment is intimidating, but it should create a motivation in all of us to start preparing in advance as much as we can. A Washington Post article recently reported that one in two college graduates will be jobless following graduation. It can be a daunting task looking for a job or paid internship after our college careers are complete, however it’s important to use this information to become an even stronger candidate. Since we are up against millions of other recent graduates, we should use this time in college to prepare ourselves as much as we can with classes, internships and work experience through summer and semester jobs. Opportunities to work in our majors are available across campus through our many different departments. There are countless ways to get involved that all look great on our resumes and can make us better candidates for a job. When we see these numbers, it’s easy to be constantly disappointed and worried about the future. But rather than panicking, we should use this information to make ourselves the best candidate we can be and prepare for the future with the knowledge that although it won’t be easy, opportunities are out there.

Holcombe Hall Receives Award For Diversity Holcombe Hall, commonly known among students as the international dorm, recently received the Intstitutional Diversity Award for teaching and supporting diversity on campus. The dorm not only houses many international study abroad students, but also supports diversity through events to increase awareness and promote other cultures, through events like Night Market and student presentations. Events are not just for residents but are available to students and faculty across campus. The UA is a diverse campus and prides itself on having students from around the world study on our Fayetteville campus. We are proud of our international dorm for winning this award and continuing to promote diversity across campus. We encourage all students to get involved with the international events hosted on campus. It’s a fun way to learn about other cultures while making friends with people from across the globe. Congratulations to Holcombe Hall and to the residents and staff who made this possible.

Traveler Quote of the Day “Coach Smith understands the commitment our players have made to building upon that success and meeting the goals that have been set for the upcoming season.”


Social Media: Trending Today, Gone Tomorrow From the Editor


More than a month ago, at the beginning of March, Kony 2012 was all over the web. On Twitter, #Kony2012 and #StopKony was trending worldwide, on Facebook, people were posting and sharing the YouTube video, which now has more than 88,400,000 views. Media organizations picked it up airing it all over the news. UA students were talking about it. For a week, it seemed everybody had something to say about Kony 2012, from “OMG did you see that video?” “It’s so sad, all those children in Uganda… who knew?” to “The LRA are no longer a threat,” and “how can a 30-minute

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and more recently with Trayvon Martin. A month ago, Trayvon Martin’s case was the leading story for all media outlets. It was all over Twitter and led to Facebook events for protests and hoodie marches. But for weeks now, its social media hype has been on a steep drop. I no longer see Twitter feeds following the case, although part of the reason may be because Zimmerman has been charged for seconddegree murder. However, the case is still going, and I wonder if the rest of the world continues to pay attention. Is this blown-up, overexaggerated, fast-paced social media attention good or bad? I believe, to a certain extent, it is good. It brings awareness to issues that otherwise would have remained unknown. It opens forums for discussion and brings attention to similar issues around the world. On the other hand, this short attention span has its negative affects. Sometimes, trends on social media are not the most newsworthy topic. It can put more important news on the backburner. For example, with the Kony video,

as important as it is to bring justice to Kony, the media looked past other crimes both locally and around the world to give airtime for Kony. What about giving more attention to the people who are dying in Syria everyday or to the water scarcity in Africa? Social media has an incredibly strong influence in today’s society, both on agenda setting of media, and in the decisions we make dayto-day. Living in a fast-paced world, everything changes as your phone refreshes the latest Tweet , it makes sense one topic doesn’t stay around for long. Social media is used largely by today’s youth and we all know our attention span doesn’t last very long. We should allow some issues die, like Justin Bieber calling out his baby momma drama, but we need to follow up with, and carry on the important issues. The idea that Invisible Children is fading again because it is no longer trending shows we need to refocus our attention, and carry on some of the big issues. Saba Naseem is the 20112012 Traveler editor.

It’s A Simple Question: Yes or No?

-Jeff Long, UA athletic director, “Familiar Face Returning,” page 1.


video give you all the facts?” So, there were the supporters, the criticizers and everybody in-between. The video called for people to take action on April 20, to “cover the night” and “blanket every street in every city until the sun comes up” with posters and images of Kony, calling for his justice. So four days ago, on Friday night, 30 UA students met to “Cover the night.” Only 30. A month ago, it seemed there would be a lot more. From the way social media was blowing up— all those people who wanted to do something, all those who people felt bad for the children and wanted to bring “justice”—where were they? Even worldwide, the Internet’s success of mobilizing people failed to bring any real action. This seems to be the new trend. A topic blows up on social media, gets everybody’s attention for a couple of days, then fades away. Does this mean people no longer care? Is humanity’s attention span getting shorter because of social media? This happened with Kony

Most of us were taught at a young age to say yes or to say no to certain things. Red Ribbon Week, for example, is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Every year elementary schools host a Red Ribbon Week with the overarching theme being to say no to drugs. As children, the rules of what to say no to and what to say yes to are simple. Say no to bad things and yes to good things. Another idea that most of us were taught at a young age is to do the right thing and treat others how we want to be treated. The older

we get, the more difficult it is to decide what to say no to and what to say yes to. Now our yes and no responses have much greater impact on our quality of life in the present and in the future. A Yahoo! Voices article, ‘Teaching Kids to Say No’ by Kyla Matton, tells us that it is important to teach kids to refuse firmly. Matton says that if the skill is not taught at a young age, it has to be taught in college classes and in management workshops for full-grown adults. She says this is because so many of us were taught to get along and try hard to please everyone all of the time. Upon reading this, it made me realize that I am a people pleaser. When people ask me to join something, take on responsibility for something or to help them with something, I usually give it consideration but end up saying yes. Quite frankly though, you cannot please everyone. This is a lesson that I have had to learn during my second year at the UA. Freshman year, it was a little easier to say yes to this and yes to that because I had

more time on hands and was trying to establish my place here. This year, things got a lot busier, yet I was still in the mindset that I could commit myself to all of the organizations that I was a part of last year. Possibly the greatest thing I have learned in my two years at the UA is that it is okay to say no to things. Some people may not have this problem and can easily say no to anything. But for others, like me, saying no is a skill that needs to be worked on. According to Grace Fleming, an online author, “Learning to say no to people is one of the best things you can do for yourself.” She offers four reasons why you should say no when it is appropriate: people will respect you, people will see you as more dependable, you will sharpen your natural strengths and your life will be less stressful. She clarifies that there are times when no is not an appropriate response, such as when a teachers asks you to do your homework or to live up to your responsibilities. As the year comes to the close, it is important to really

think before accepting a task or saying yes to something that may move you away from your goals. It is so easy to say yes when invited to go out with friends, but when you know that your test is the next day and you don’t want to spend all night cramming for it, it is probably best to say no. If someone asks you to help plan an endof-the-year banquet and that is not in your list of duties or will not fit in your schedule, no is probably the option that you want to go with. It may seem like common sense, but when actually faced with the temptations of college and wanting to do everything, it is a lot more difficult than it may seem. Remember why you are here and whose happiness is important. Before you are quick to say yes to any and everything, remember the words of May Parker from the Spiderman movie series, “You’re not Superman, you know.” DeShaun Artis is a Traveler columnist. His column appears every other Tuesday.





Car Windows Down, Sunglasses On: Albums for the Spring/Summer by NICK BROTHERS Staff Writer

1. Never Trust A Happy Song Grouplove


Fayetteville-based band Swimming will be one of several bands headlining Tuesday’s benefit concert for Heifer International at George’s Majestic Lounge. Tickets for UA students are $5, and all proceeds benefit Heifer International.

Fresh on the scene, and gaining major popularity after their hit song “Tongue Tied” was featured on an Apple iTouch ad, Grouplove’s Never Trust A Happy Song comes highly recommended. The album is some peppy, high-energy music. Just when you think you’ve heard all of the hits, another song comes on to convince you otherwise. To narrow it down to only four songs, listen for “Tongue Tied,” “Spun,” “Colours,” and “Naked Kids.” You know what, go ahead and buy the whole album, because it’s pretty d*** good.

Groovin’ for a Good Cause: Heifer Project Benefit Concert Hits the Stage Tonight by STEPHANIE EHRLER Staff Writer

The lights dim down, the fans start screaming of anticipation, and the band comes out on stage: the concert has begun. Tonight at George’s Majestic Lounge, Heifer International, the UA Registered Student Organization, will host their annual benefit concert at 8 p.m. with a lineup featuring Tim Meitzen, The Skinny Quartet, Teenagers, Swimming, Allison Williams and the Hot Ash String Band, and DJ Hayden Luckenbach. UA student tickets are $5 and proceeds will be donated to help Heifer International, an organization that gives livestock animals to families in need. “Heifer International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization that works with disadvantaged communities around the world and in the United States to end poverty through training in animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture,” said Madalyn Watkins, UA senior and volunteer at Heifer International since 2009. “The organization works with communities that approach them with a need, rather than the other way around, and they stay with the community for at least five years to make sure the training is thorough and the practices will be continued.” This year’s music consists of mostly Arkansas-based bands with genres ranging from solo indie acts to pop sounds.

Tim Meitzen sings a country/indie tune while The Skinny Quartet is easylistening music that one might hear in a coffee shop. Allison Williams is a punk-rock musician, and her solo LP Give Me the Roses was released in 2008. The band Swimming is also based in Fayetteville, and their Facebook page defines their music genre as “dad rock, if your dad is into reverby pop songs,” while the band Teenagers interprets their music as “surf folk/lo-fi.” “We wanted a lineup with musical diversity, so the members got together and decided on a combination of local bands that would offer something for everyone,” said Cassidy McCants, UA junior and Heifer International Benefit Concert coordinator. “Several of the artists are students at the UA, and they have all been very successful in Fayetteville and surrounding areas.” Students can also participate in other activities at George’s and maybe even win a prize by helping Heifer International in the process. “We will have a raffle at the show. Some local business, including Slim Chicken’s and Arsaga’s, have donated gift cards for a raffle contest,” McCants said. “Tickets will be available for sale, and winners will be picked by the end of the night.” Last year the concert made about $1000 in proceeds, allowing the organization to fulfill its mission to “work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth,” according

to the Heifer International website. Students can still become involved with Heifer International even if they cannot attend the concert. “Right now the chapter is mainly a fundraising group, but we would like to evolve into an educational group as well. We really want to get the word out about Heifer International,” Watkins said. “Students can volunteer with the Heifer International Chapter at the UA by just emailing fayettevilleheifer@ to be added to the mailing list. If you want to do something more individual, go to for lots of fund raising and education ideas for the organization.” Music can bring people together, but this concert has the potential to go beyond entertainment to help a nonprofit group provide for others in need. “I would encourage all UA students to make it out to this benefit concert,” McCants said. “Heifer International is a wonderful non-profit organization, and all of the money raised will go to help families in need.” Heifer’s headquarters are in Little Rock, so the organization is based very close to home. Not only can students get a full night of music and dancing for $5, but “they’ll also be helping an organization whose attempts at decreasing world hunger and poverty are some of the most effective that I’ve seen,” McCants said. “It’s a great way to spend a night of fun before starting in on finals preparation.”

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2. Brushfire Fairytales Jack Johnson Of course, it goes without saying that the “mellow man” would be on this list. Easily his best album, Jack Johnson’s guitar riffs and crisp percussion in each song make it extra special. Maybe this sounds cheesy, but when listening to this album from 0:01 to 46:53, everything evokes the image of hammocking on a private beach. Johnson and company capitalize on finding the sweet spot between rock and acoustic. The music of Brushfire will have you getting your chill on with your shades on and rolling down all the car windows as you cruise around town. Johnson’s lullaby-like voice along with the brushed percussion are delightful, and some highlights of Brushfire include “Bubble Toes,” “Inaudible Melodies,” “Mudfootball,” and “Flake.”

3. Colours Graffiti6 Graffiti6 is a British pop-rock duo of producers-turned-musicians, (vocals, guitar) Jamie Scott and Tommy Danvers (producer, songwriter), and they are indie-pop’s best held secret. Similar to the kind of music Cee Lo Green makes, Graffiti6 specializes in crisp, energetic, and downright groovy music. The band actually started as a folk group with Scott as the front man. After spending some time in the editing room, they tweaked their sound into an upbeat pop-rock sound, yet you can still hear the folk roots to it underneath all the glamour. Mixing together their dynamite sound with Scott’s silky and bluesy vocals, you’ll be glad you gave Colours a listen. “Stare Into The Sun,” “Annie You Save Me,” “Stop Mary,” and “Over You” make up some of the best songs off of Colours. If you haven’t heard them yet, you will soon -- these guys are gaining popularity even as you read this.


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Fayetteville fans of comedy group BriTANick will no longer have to visit YouTube for their dose of funny. The group is making an appearance on campus. On April 24, at 8 p.m., the doors of the Union Ballroom will open for the comedy skit group BriTANick (rhymes with Titanic), performing for a firstcome, first-serve crowd. The group is best known for skits like “Trailer for Every Oscar Winning Movie” and “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses.” Blending a satirical view of everyday events and a cynicism that prods at the most mundane activities, Britanick have logged an enormous amount of views on YouTube— one-and-a-half million on the “Oscar” video—and are now expanding their fame into live shows. Members Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher both grew up in Atlanta, and went on to study film at New York University. They co-wrote “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses” for Brian’s thesis film, earning them an official selection at both the Slamdance and South by Southwest Film Festivals. BriTANick’s widely lauded work stems not only from their senses of humor, but the quality of their work as well. According to the Independent Film Channel, the group displays “high production value, good writing, good acting, action, drama, romance, plot twists and gratuitous violence.” The group’s live shows consist of stand-up, skits and improv. Doors to the show will open at 7:30 p.m. on

That’s five Ga’s, count them, five. The guys of Spoon have been underdogs of the underground music scene for some time now. If you’re looking for some crafty and super-cool rock music, check Spoon out. Spoon has this sort of half-punk/half-classic rock vibe to their music that blends together nicely. The vocals by Britt Daniels are probably the most striking feature of the band’s sound. He’s got this Mick Jagger kind of rasp, and his voice unites the mixed-genre sound. Definitely listen for “The Underdog,” which is just a flat-out stellar song, plus “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb,” “My Little Japanese Cigarette Case,” and “Don’t You Evah” as the best tracks off of Ga x5.


April 24, and the performance is open to the public. If the YouTube views and positive press are any indication, however, eager fans will want to arrive early. Living in New York City has allowed BriTANick to perform at venues like the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and Skidmore University. The group’s website and Twitter pages claim that they are “two guys wasting their degrees.” The success garnered from their skits and live shows has allowed them to branch out into other shows and movies. Kocher plays Lench in MTV’s

“I Just Want My Pants Back,” while McElhaney has recently worked with Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman’s upcoming film “Young Adult.” The duo regularly call on their friends to assist with acting throughout their numerous skits and sketches, although Kocher and McElhaney do the majority of the writing and editing. With positive reviews from Time Magazine to the Huffington Post, the group has expanded since their early days back in 2008. For fans of any form of comedy, April 24 will be a night to clear their schedule.

5. Is This It The Strokes There are few bands out there that epitomize the idea of cool, leather jacket-wearing punk-influenced rock n’ roll like The Strokes. The band has been the poster child of the lo-fi indie rock genre since as early as 2001 when Is This It was released. The Strokes music is peppy, driven, and it has this subtle aura of cool — while listening, you can’t help but feel like a total boss. Some of the best tracks are “Someday,” “Last Nite,” “Hard To Explain” and “Barely Legal.”





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Arkansas announced the hiring of John L. Smith, 63, as head football coach Monday afternoon. Smith agreed to a 10-month $850,000 deal to leave the head coaching job at Weber State, his alma mater.

Smith Hire  Makes  Sense Extra Points

JIMMY CARTER Jeff Long keeps surprising. April 10, Arkansas’ athletic director made the tough decision to fire Bobby Petrino.

Monday, Long hired John L. Smith as the interim coach, a name on no one in Fayetteville’s radar since Smith took the Weber State head coaching job Dec. 6. No ones except Long’s. Thing is, the hire makes a lot of sense. Smith isn’t on the same level as Jon Gruden, Pete Carroll or Steve Mariucci. He will no doubt be a better fit for a team Petrino was positioning for an SEC title run, though. Smith has 18 years of collegiate head coaching experience, including a com-

bined nine seasons at Louisville and Michigan State in the last 15 years. Petrino got his first high-profile offensive coordinator job while working under Smith at Louisville in 1998. Smith has the head coaching experience at high-profile jobs. Hiring Smith for the 2012 season will maintain continuity for a Razorbacks team returning 16 starters from an 11-2 season that resulted in a No. 5 final ranking last year. If Tim Horton, Paul Petrino, Paul Haynes or

Taver Johnson had been promoted to interim coach, the staff would have been stretched thin trying to cover for the loss of a coach. Hiring Smith will allow everyone to keep their current responsibilities while adding someone who, while not Petrino, has handled multiple programs and can be a supervisor. If anyone has any doubts about if the 63 year old will have the necessary intensity, watch a press conference from his time at Arkansas or YouTube his sideline meltdowns at Michigan

State. Some of his past antics make Petrino look laid back. Tyler Wilson and other players were vocal about wanting to keep the current staff intact. Long was able to accomplish that and add a key experienced administrative figure who is familiar with the program and players. The hire was met with overwhelming positivity from current and former Hogs who played for Smith. Long is clearly banking that this season will be big and trying to keep every-

thing as undisturbed by the Petrino scandal as possible . That’s a smart move. It would have been difficult if not impossible to hire a big name in late April. Also, by hiring Smith instead of Garrick McGee –– the former assistant deemed most likely to return –– Long made it easy to find a new coach after the season. Smith’s age, experience and 10-month contract make him the perfect go-between to keep the program on the

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Hogs Sounding Off On Twitter Former RB Broderick Green: (@BGreen_29)

TE Chris Gragg: (@Gragg80)

-My dog John L. Smith congrats to those boys. Def a players coach, happy for them hogs!! #WPS #

-Now i have to go get my snake skin cowboy boots like Coach Smith....his boots always clean lol In the words of Coach Smith” lets go, get ur piss hott” man

Former QB Ryan Mallett: (@Ryan_Mallett_15)

RB Dennis Johnson: (@King_Johnson33)

-John is a great guy and great coach. I love it @jefflongUA

-Guess who back??? Back again!!! John L Smith!!!!!

Former DE Jake Bequette: (@JakeBequette91) -Congrats to Coach John L. Smith and all my boys on the team. He’s back! #WPS

SS Eric Bennett: (@savagelife10) -#remix..... John L. back...John L. back..thats all they keep saying is John L. back.

RB Knile Davis: (@Boobie_Knile) -The happiest day of my life... hearing that John L.Smith is coming back to the ville to b our head coach...#priceless I dont care what anyone 100% behind John L Smith.I’ll play for him any day of that week because hes a good man and coach 14-0or 0-14.

Former OT Ray Dominguez: (@Ray73D) -If you aren’t happy with the decision you clearly have no idea what goes on within those four walls..we loved John L. and he loves his players



LOGAN WEBSTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas senior All-American hurdler Ivanique Kemp is trying to match qualifying for NCAAs in the 60-meter hurdles, an accomplishment she achieved during the indoor season .

Transfer Makes Huge Impact for Razorbacks by ZACH LIGI Staff Writer

Senior Ivanique Kemp didn’t start her collegiate track career running for Arkansas. Kemp ran track internationally and for Seton Hall after high school. Arkansas was a college she initially considered, but she instead decided to run for the Pirates. The Seton Hall track program was shut down, though, leaving the Bahamas native in search of a new school. “They pretty much just let everybody be released,� Kemp said. “(Arkansas assistant) coach (Rolando) Greene, he’d been on me since forever. He told me if I had any problems I could just hit him up, and he actually hit me up and I was like ‘I like it here.’ I love it, it’s kinda away from home but I love being here. The people are fun to be around and my coach is really good. Seton Hall’s campus is in New Jersey, more than 1,300 miles from Fayetteville. The schools have many differences, Kemp said. “Arkansas is really calm,� Kemp said. “In New Jersey, where my school was, it’s real upbeat. There’s always something to do somewhere to go always parties and stuff. It’s kinda a little different coming out here but its good.� At Seton Hall, Kemp was a high-profile athlete. She finished fifth in the conference indoor 60-meter hurdles and third at the ECAC Indoor 60-meter hurdles. Kemp also did well in her international career, competing in the Carifta Games in 2008 through 2010, the Pan American Games in 2009 and the 2010 World Junior Championships. “She most likely will go to London and represent the Bahamas (in the 2012 Summer Olympics),� Greene said.

Kemp has carried over her success for the Razorbacks, making an impact on the No. 6 women’s track team. In 2011, she was named an All-American and participated in the outdoors nationals. In the 2012 indoor season, Kemp qualified for nationals in the 60-meter hurdles, placing 15th in the preliminaries. “She hasn’t even begun to tap into her potential this year,� Greene said. “She’s meant a lot to us since she came to us she has been a scorer in and outdoors. I think this year outside she’s going to be a player from the conference standpoint and the NCAA level. “In terms of what she means to the team, we’re looking for her to be an NCAA finalist and conference winner.� Greene isn’t the only one with high expectations for Kemp, who has a career-best 13.17 in the 100-meter hurdles. “Hopefully once I stay healthy (I can run) 12.8 or 12.9 (in the 100-meter hurdles),� Kemp said. “Later on in July I travel to Mexico to run and if all goes well hopefully I qualify for London.� The hard work needed to lower her career-best time almost three or four tenths of a second to reach her goal shouldn’t be a problem, Greene said. “She’s got a great work ethic,� Greene said. “She has a great attitude, she’s a great individual. And that’s all a coach can ask for. She’s a coach’s dream.� Though she is a senior academically, Kemp still has a year left of athletic eligibility. She said she plans on getting the rest of her credits to graduating with a degree in accounting next year. “I’m going to take both summer sessions,� Kemp said. “So hopefully if all goes well I can graduate in May.�

from SMITH on page 1 “I am tremendously excited to have this special opportunity to return to Arkansas and lead the Razorback football program,� Smith said in a statement. “During my coaching career, I have always been dedicated to developing student-athletes to their fullest potential. In the last couple of weeks, I came to the realization I could provide guidance and stability to a program I’m extremely invested in.� Smith will be introduced at a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday in a return he approached athletic director Jeff Long about after Petrino was fired, Long said in a statement. “He talked about his desire to be a part of the continued success of these studentathletes, this coaching staff and the Razorback program,� Long said. “He has been a

from COMMENTARY on page 7 same course. Long is following the Ohio State blueprint from last season and will get to try to make an Urban Meyer-like hire late in the sea-


part of the record-breaking success we have enjoyed in the past few seasons. Coach Smith understands the commitment our players have made to building upon that success and meeting the goals that have been set for the upcoming season. “I also have a tremendous amount of confidence in our assistant coaches and believe that under coach Smith’s leadership they will be able to continue to flourish in their current roles.� Smith has 12 years of Division 1 collegiate head coaching experience, including nine combined years at Louisville and Michigan State in the last 15. His career Division 1 coaching record is 79-65 and includes seven bowl appearances in 12 years. “Coach Smith brings a wealth of football knowledge, BCS conference head coaching experience, passion for the game and a close familiar-

ity with the current team and coaching staff,� Long said. “I firmly believe that his selection is in the best interests of the young men in our program and will also best serve the mission of our football program and university in achieving success on and off the field in the upcoming season and in the long term.� Smith’s hire will allow for continuity for a Razorbacks team returning 16 starters from an 11-2 season that resulted in a No. 5 ranking, the program’s highest finish since 1977. Included in the letter of agreement Smith signed was a mutual agreement to keep the current coaching staff in place. “While at Arkansas, we worked to make the Razorbacks a top-five team and much of the credit for that goes to the student-athletes,� Smith said. “Throughout the spring, the assistant coaches and student-athletes have

shown incredible focus and character, which we will use to build on as we work to achieve our goals for 2012.� The hire was welcome news to players who wanted to keep Petrino’s coaching staff intact. Following Petrino’s firing, quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis lobbied to Long the team’s desire to keep Petrino’s replacement in-house for a 2012 season that could start with a preseason top-10 ranking. Players were instructed not to comment about the hire when leaving the Broyles Center following a 4 p.m. team meeting Monday. Many current and former players expressed their approval on Twitter, though, including Davis’ tweet that Monday was, “The happiest day of my life... hearing that John L.Smith is coming back to the ville to b our head coach...#priceless.�

son or after it’s finished. Meyer is proof that a big hire will make up for a late start in recruiting. Until a permanent hire is made, the 2013 recruiting class will likely take a hit. Probably a smart decision by Long to go for a title

run this season with players on campus instead of reaching for a permanent hire because he was worried about trying to sign uncommitted high school players. The next hire is huge. That’s no secret. Long deserves some

credit for his decision making, though. Looks like he just went 2 for 2 in April. Jimmy Carter is the sports editor of The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter @jicartersports.

Contract Breakdown John L. Smith Timeline Compensation 10 months, $850,000 $425,000 paid by the university $425,000 paid by the Razorback Foundation

December 2007-April 10, 2012


Incentives $200,000 BCS title++ $150,000 BCS title game appearance++ $100,000 BCS non-title game appearance $50,000 Capital One Bowl, Cotton Bowl or Outback Bowl appearance $25,000 Other bowl appearance ++ Not cumulative Perks 12-seat football skybox for Fayetteville and Little Rock home games 1 loaned vehicle Fayetteville Athletic Club membership

Smith gets first head coaching job at Idaho.

1995 Smith takes first Division I head coaching job at

1998 Smith accepts Louisville job.

Special agreements Mutual decision to retain current staff The $425,000 from the Razorback Foundation may be structured as deferred compensation

Coaching Career Division I Record: 79-65 Overall Record: 132-86




Utah  State  Aggies 1995: 1996: 1997:

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2001 Smith leads Louisville to 11-2 record, Liberty Bowl win.

2006 Smith fired at Michigan State after 4-8 season.

Arkansas  Razorbacks 2012


Dec. 6, 2011

Smith accepts head coaching job at alma mater Weber State.


2009 Smith hired as assistant at Arkansas.

Bobby Petrino fired as Arkansas head coach.


April 23, 2012

Smith signs 10-month contract as Arkansas head coach.



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