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$94,000 stolen from UA fraternity
New law allows police to pull drivers over for no seat belt James Baker
Senior Staff Writer When UA junior Brett Weiand drives his show truck, as he has done since he was 16, he doesn’t use a seat belt because he just doesn’t have one. Under Arkansas law, if he doesn’t warrant getting pulled over for a violation, such as speeding, then he doesn’t face a penalty. However, that changes June 30, when a new seat belt law makes a seat belt violation reason enough to pull a driver a over. After a past automobile accident, Weiand was ejected from his truck; however, he walked away from the accident with bruised ribs while his friends suffered burns on their faces. “That’s why I don’t wear seat belts,” Weiand said. “Plus, I’ve been in the habit.” Although Weiand has a preference for not wearing seat belts, he doesn’t advocate it. “That’s just my theory on it,” Weiand said. Senior Clayton Fiscus doubted whether police would be able to fully enforce the new law, especially when drivers have tinted
Senior Staff Writer When Eric Hurley was treasurer of Phi Delta Theta fraternity last year, it always seemed like the fraternity did not have enough money, he said. Hurley told board members of the fraternity that they needed to check where all the money was going. “I would always say we need to check this out,” Hurley said. “We just never had enough money.” Hurley, now president of the fraternity, was right. Kim O’Dell, an accountant hired by the fraternity to handle finances, was arrested Feb. 25 when she admitted to police that she had stolen $20,000 from the fraternity, according to a Northwest Arkansas Times story. O’Dell was for-
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Freshman Jake Lane buckles his seat belt. Beginning June 30, a new Arkansas law will allow officers to pull over drivers if they are not wearing seat belts.
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FRATERNITIES GEAR UP FOR ROW WEEK ASG elections Rappers, electro bands the height of week’s festivities Bailey McBride
Senior Staff Writer Large fences will begin to surround fraternity houses this week as those organizations prepare to invite artists like Lil’ Wayne, Shwayze, Perpetual Groove, DJ UNK and the Ying Yang twins on campus for Row Week. Row Week is an annual event hosted by UA fraternities that brings a wide variety of musical guests to the university for one week of parties and concerts, free of charge to those invited. “It’s a great opportunity for the students that are not involved with the Greek scene to become a part of it and participate in some of the most fun parties that happen at the UA,” junior William Baker said. Though fraternities differ on the way and number of people they allow into their
parties – most require that all males not in the fraternity have a wristband to attend the concerts – all university policies are still in place during Row Week and are strictly enforced. There were 10 arrests last year for public intoxication, most of which occurred at parties, according to the UA Police Department, and many of the fraternities on campus host alcohol-awareness events prior to Row Week to education members on the dangers of heavy alcohol consumption. During the Row Week festivities, the UAPD assigns officers both to monitor the perimeters of parties and to patrol within the parties. Many students are first exposed to the UA when they visit friends during Row Week, and businesses, restaurants and hotels in the area often See
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in the Arkansas Union Connections Lounge Presidential/vice-presidential candidates: Mattie Bookhout, Andrew LeNarz Jacob Holloway, Jon Bame Jonathan Powell, Robert Sharp Treasurer candidates: Jody Bland David Brophey
Secretary candidates: Erica Harmon Geoff Storm
Chair of the Senate will take nominations Tuesday night. Tammy Lippert is the only nomination for that position so far. BAILEY MCBRIDE Staff Photographer
Rapper Yung Joc performs at the Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity House during last year’s Row Week.
Information courtesy of Jeff Goodhart, chair of the Elections Commission.
UA students market prize-winning plan for innovative breast cancer screening method
Jordain Carney Staff Writer
Three students in the Walton College of Business, with help from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, recently won a national business competition with a plan called Tears for Life LLC, a screening test for breast cancer that uses a protein found in a woman’s tears. UAMS is currently patenting the business plan. Tears for Life – formed by graduate students Jared Greer, Bessie Williams and Chris Elizer, as well as honors
undergraduate student Jordan Greer – is a medical diagnostic-equipment company that has an exclusive distribution license with UAMS. The students won first place at the University of Cincinnati Spirit of Enterprise MBA Business Plan Competition, which includes a $10,000 award. They also have attracted investors who are interested in the screening technology. The screening test was invented by V. Suzanne Klimberg, director of the UAMS Breast Cancer Program, and Larry Suva, director of the Center for Orthopaedic
Research. “Early detection of breast cancer is critical for saving lives, and we hope this technology will help us reach even more women for early screen-
I think this technology will make a difference.” — Mimi Blackwood, UA student
ing,” Klimberg said, according to a UA press release. Only 20 universities were accepted for the University of Cincinnati competition –
second place went to Brown University, and the top five included Boston University and Cornell University. The students also won the Lightning Round, where they were given 60 seconds to convince the judges that their plan deserved a second meeting, and $1,500 at the University of Louisville, where they competed against schools like the University of California-Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. “I would be interested to see if they could spread this to other forms of cancer,” said Asvad Gabulzada, a UA graduate student from Azerbaijan.
Gabulzada said that in her country there is no prevention for breast cancer, while in the United States, much emphasis is put on prevention. “I think this technology will make a difference,” said Mimi Blackwood, a volunteer with Washington County Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Blackwood began volunteering after several of her friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she knew a lot of people who go for a mammogram once and never go back, and she thinks the new technology will work because “it’s less invasive.”
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure began in 1983 in Dallas. Each year, 25 percent of the Washington County’s profits go the Komen for the Cure Award and Research Grant Programs, while 75 percent go to local groups helping with breast care health, screening or treatment projects. This year’s race takes place April 25 at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. The Tears for Life team also traveled to another competition last weekend and have been nominated for the Governor’s Cup in Arkansas.
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BRIEFLY speaking Workshop hosted for students applying for scholarships Students and faculty interested in applying for a Fulbright scholarship may attend one of two workshops hosted on Thursday, April 2. Faculty and professionals may bring their lunch to a presentation of the Fulbright Scholar Grant Program 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 312NW of the Arkansas Union. Students interested in a Fulbright scholarship for post-graduate study, research or teaching English may attend a workshop 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 of Vol Walker Hall. For additional information, contact the Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange. Physicist to deliver 2009 Maurer Distinguished Lecture Nobel Laureate Joseph Taylor will speak on â€œBinary Pulsars and Relativistic Gravityâ€? as the 2009 Robert D. Maurer Distinguished Lecturer 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture series, sponsored by the Department of Physics in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, is named after alumnus Robert D. Maurer, co-inventor of the first telecommunications-grade optical fiber. Quarterly business analysis to focus on economic downturn
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Nobel Prize physicist to speak at UA April Robertson Staff Writer
Nobel Laureate Joseph Taylor will deliver the 13th annual Robert D. Maurer Distinguished Lecture 7 p.m. Thursday in the Donald W. Reynold Center. Taylor and Russell Hulse discovered the first binary pulsar, which earned them the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics. Julia Kennefick, a UA physics professor, said Taylor was invited to deliver the lecture, titled â€œBinary Pulsars and Relativistic Gravity,â€? instead of the UA celebrating the International Year of Astronomy. Though pulsars are now known as neutron stars, that has not always been common knowledge. When Taylor began observing the first four pulsars in 1968 and attempting to find more, it was merely inclination that pulsars were neutron stars: orbiting magnetized remnants of supernova explosions that
produce radio waves, according to Taylorâ€™s Nobel Prizewinning lecture. As he began to recognize the unique characteristics of pulsars, he made a computer algorithm to identify them, which soon led to discovering a fifth pulsar. The binary pulsar has two pulsars, each with a mass akin to the sun, that are in orbit at relatively short distances from each other, according to a Nobel Prize press release. In addition to emitting radio waves, the binary pulsar emits gravitational waves. Taylor and Hulseâ€™s discovery nullifies Newtonâ€™s gravitational physics, but it aided in proving Einsteinâ€™s general theory of relativity. Before the discovery of pulsars and binary pulsars, Einsteinâ€™s general theory of relativity was not seen as a practical theory. The finding of gravitational waves from binary pulsars brought gravitational physics into the spotlight. Part of Taylorâ€™s gravitational discovery enabled explora-
The Center for Business and Economic Research in the Sam M. Walton College of Business is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Chambers of Commerce to host the Quarterly Business Analysis breakfast 6:45 a.m. Thursday, April 9. The breakfast event will be at the Clarion Hotel, 211 SE Walton Blvd. in Bentonville.
tion of a new subfield in astrophysics by testing the relativistic nature of gravity via comparisons of the universeâ€™s pulsar time with the Earthâ€™s atomic time. â€œThe pulsarâ€™s pulse period has proved to be extremely stable ... (it) increases by less than 5 percent during 1 million years,â€? according to a Nobel Prize in Physics press release. Taylorâ€™s research focus is radio astronomy, an interest that began when he was in college building a working radio telescope as part of his senior honors project, Taylor said in his autobiography on Nobelprize.org. Prior to earning his doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University, Taylor was educated mainly in Quaker institutions, a part of his heritage. â€œSomewhat backward highschool introductions to chemistry and physics, (though) I failed to recognize them as such at the time, did not dampen any enthusiasm for science,â€? Taylor said in his
autobiography. The last of his experience with Quaker institutions was at Haverford College, where Taylor earned his bachelorâ€™s degree in physics. Although his teaching career began at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Taylor has spent the past 29 years as a professor in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture series was named after Robert D. Maurer, who invented the first telecommunications-grade optical fiber. It is sponsored by the Department of Physics in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Each year, the lecture hosts a variety of scientists to speak on topics such as stars, lasers, molecular beams, Einstein and the universe in general. Among the former 12 lecturers were supernova experts, three other Nobel Laureates in Physics, and various professors and authors, including several who have graduated from Harvard and Stanford.
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The Arkansas Tuba Quartet perform works by Gabriel Fauré, Bach, Peter Smalley, Anton Bruckner and Giuseppe Yerdi Thursday evening.
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windows. “If you were getting pulled over and you didn’t have a seat belt on, wouldn’t you just slide it on real quick?” Fiscus said. While an 82 percent seat belt use rate was reported nationwide by the National Occupant Protection Use Survey in 2008, the economic cost alone of motor vehicle crashes was $230.6 billion in 2000. The new seat belt law is an example of a larger trend of states tightening restrictions to save on costs. The state of Kansas may lose out on $11.2 million if it does not pass a new seat belt law, which must be done by June 30 to receive a grant. As Arkansas is one of a handful of states operating on a surplus budget and still facing millions in projected reductions, cutting in all areas, including the medical costs of accidents involving passengers not wearing seat belts, is being implemented. Drivers in states with the new law wore their seat belts 88 percent of the time, while, in comparison, states without a primary seat belt law saw people buckle up 75 percent of the time. In fatal crashes, 76 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from vehicles were killed in 2007, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in traffic crashes were unrestrained. As county budgets tighten, one recession-proof method of stimulating cash flow is speeding tickets, while the fines collected from the new seat belt law are set to fund the purchase of video cam-
eras for law enforcement vehicles through Senate-approved legislation. Senior Caleb Sieck was indifferent to the new law. “That doesn’t sound like too big a deal since I started driving in Tulsa, where that was already the law,” Sieck said. “It doesn’t bother me either way.”
from Page 1A mally charged Thursday for stealing $94,000 from the fraternity. Hurley and other fraternity members filed a complaint last year, leading to board members reviewing bank statements, Hurley said. Board members then discovered several suspicious transactions, including large checks written to O’Dell, according to the Northwest Arkansas Times. Hurley suspected something was wrong because he knew the fraternity had taken in more money than was in the budget O’Dell set, he said. “Last year I asked Kim how much money we raised that semester, and the number she gave me was about $90,000 less than what we did raise,” Hurley said. O’Dell told police she took the money to pay for medical bills and living expenses, according to the Northwest Arkansas Times story. O’Dell had been the fraternity’s accountant for several years, Hurley said. Not having the money has hurt the fraternity a good deal, he said. “It’s a lot of money we could use,” Hurley said. “It is
pretty infuriating.” The local chapter of Phi Delta Theta was founded Oct. 8, 1948, according to its Web site. The local chapter has more than 120 active members and more than 1,700 initiated members, according to the Web site. The international organization was founded in 1848 and has initiated more than 230,000 members, according to the Phi Delta Theta Web site.
from Page 1A see an increase in the number of guests. “I knew for sure that I wanted to come to Fayetteville after I came to Row Week last year – it was so much fun and different from high school, and that weekend really gave me a good idea what college would be like,” said freshman Kendra Watts, who visited the UA to meet her future roommate and experience Row Week last year. Students, faculty and administrators have varying opinions regarding the weeklong event. “I enjoy Row Week; it’s probably the best week of the year, even better than my birthday or Christmas,” junior Bryce Tritt said. “I wish more precautions were taken when it comes to who gets into your party, though – I don’t believe first come, first serve for the girls is fair.” Past Row Weeks brought acts such as Young Joc, Eve 6, Crime Mob, Mike Jones, Lil’ Flip and Cory Morrow to the UA.
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ASG debate, elections provide opportunity for involvement Campaigning will begin today for Associated Student Government president, vice president, secretary and treasurer candidates. For the UA students who already have experienced an ASG election on campus, they know to look forward to much-chalked sidewalks, free food and colorful signs. But more important than any free hot dog or campaign sticker is a debate the ASG will host among candidates 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Union Connections Lounge. This event offers a vital opportunity for students to hear the questions they want answered – to know what these candidates have the ability to do for the UA community next year if they are elected. An excellent example of the ASG’s ability to significantly impact student life on this campus is the UA Student Poll, which President Carter Ford, Vice President Jong Shin and other ASG executives initiated last semester to gather opinion on campus issues, student fees, Registered Student Organizations, parking violations and more. The poll, though not perfect, provided data that Ford and Shin used to determine what initiatives to continue pursuing and what issues to put on the back burner. To continue effectively converting student opinion into policy, students’ must let their voices be heard. But that’s not always the case. In September’s senate elections, for example, 1,833 students voted to elect senators for the 35 vacant seats, and though that number was higher than it was the previous year, it’s still clearly not representative of the UA student body. Beginning with Wednesday’s debate, the upcoming ASG election will provide students the chance to get excited about and involved in student government beyond joining Facebook groups and accepting free campaign buttons. We hope they take advantage of the opportunity.
IT TAKES TWO SECONDS Running late, you slip into the front seat of your car and automatically reach for your seat belt – but it’s stuck. You fiddle with it for a few seconds before you huff with impatience, face forward and start your car. ‘Who wears seat belts anyway?’ you think. The vast majority of car riders, actually. According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, 84 percent of drivers and 81 percent of right-front passengers wear seat belts. And yet, as Traveler reporter James Baker points out in today’s front-page article, the cost of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. is still high – not only in terms of money, but also in terms of injuries and deaths. In 2007, 66,393 total crashes were reported in Arkansas alone, according to a report prepared by the Arkansas State Police. Of those, 650 proved fatal to at least one party involved. While that represented a 2.3 percent decrease from 2006, few would argue the number couldn’t – or shouldn’t – be further reduced. And when it comes to reducing fatalities on the road, all the evidence points to the importance of seat belts to mitigate the consequences of a crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of those killed in traffic crashes in 2007 were unrestrained by seat belts. In light of these statistics, laws like the one recently passed by the Arkansas legislature to make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense make sense – especially because such laws have been shown to actually increase seat belt usage. Here’s why: Running late, you slip into the front seat of your car and automatically reach for your seat belt - but it’s stuck. You fiddle with it for a few seconds before you huff with impatience - and then fiddle some more because you remember, if you don’t click it, you’ll get a ticket. Opponents have said the law is just another restriction of liberty, and it serves no purpose to deny that fact. But the restriction – an imposition of a few seconds – is greatly offset by the 50 to 60 lives and more than 500 serious injuries the law is projected to save each year.
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PUT BURR ON THE $10 BILL Want to see why the economy collapsed? Just look at the $10 bill. Alexander Hamilton deserves to be remembered as one of the great villains of American history. He was trying to undo the country’s hard-won freedom before the Revolutionary War was even over. Congress wasn’t buying into his plan to enact tariffs – part of his larger scheme to create federal income, property and poll taxes – so Hamilton wrote to General Washington, asking him to lead a military coup. Washington rebuked the idea, but Hamilton’s tyrannical ambitions were just beginning. He tried to convince the Constitutional Convention to set up a monarchical government, with the president and senators serving for life. When protests over some of Hamilton’s taxes broke out in 1794, he persuaded President Washington to send more than 10,000 troops to Pennsylvania. As Hamilton interrogated the detainees, he tried to coerce them to give false testimony against William Findley and Albert Gallatin. Findley and Gallatin weren’t rebels or terrorists – they were moderate congressmen who opposed Hamilton’s economic plans. Hamilton hoped to get enough “evidence” to hang his political enemies for treason. It was Hamilton who promoted the idea of “implied powers” – the idea that the written words of the Constitution shouldn’t limit the power that the federal government exercises. He criticized Jefferson for having “an excessive concern for liberty.” More than anyone else, Hamilton was responsible for the Alien and Sedition Acts. Hamilton not only tried to manipulate the United States into declaring open war against France, but also wanted us to invade Spanish territory, marching all the way through Mexico and down to South America. He was also fond of making military threats against the state of Virginia. Most of his military advice may have been
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ignored, but tragically, Hamilton’s economic schemes weren’t. And we’re still paying the price today. Long before communism was even a word, there was an equally disastrous idea called mercantilism. It was founded on bankrupt economic principles, and called for state intervention and centralized control over the economy. Mercantilism had already been debunked by Adam Smith and David Hume when Hamilton took power, but he defended it anyway. His 1791 “Report on the Subject of Manufactures” was the genesis of the “American System” of high tariffs and corporate bailouts. Hamilton’s most controversial project was the National Bank. Although it did provide a national currency, the bank also created 72 percent inflation and was allowed to expire. When the second reiteration of the bank was created in 1812, one of the first things it did was set up a program to encourage land speculation. The bank gave out bad loans to people who couldn’t pay them back. It created a real estate bubble, and when the bubble burst, the results were massive foreclosures, bank failures and a rise in unemployment. Hamilton also convinced the federal government to intentionally create the national debt, which he called “a public blessing.” He actually opposed attempts to pay it off. He knew that if the country’s rich stockholders held government bonds, they would be more
likely to support large federal programs and regressive taxation, such as the Whiskey Tax and Stamp Act that Hamilton championed. Hamilton was right. Today, you won’t find anyone more in favor of the federal government’s $9.8 trillion bailout than wealthy CEOs. It’s no coincidence that both Barack Obama and George W. Bush compared their secretaries of the Treasury – Henry Paulson and Timothy Geithner – to Hamilton. It’s also no coincidence that AIG employees donated $100,000 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and $160,000 to Bush’s in 2004. They gave more than $100,000 in 2008 to Sen. Chris Dodd, who is now under fire for allowing the $165 million AIG bonus. There’s no wonder that Thomas J. Lorenzo, author of last fall’s book “Hamilton’s Curse,” calls the man “The Founding Father of Crony Capitalism.” If we give Hamilton the blame for every time the United States has followed the blueprints he set out for her, it’s clear that no one in American history has done more damage to more people than Alexander Hamilton. In the creation story of America, Hamilton plays the role of the serpent. He tempted Adams (and Washington) away from the freedom and promise of America. To the extent that we’ve followed the path of Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson – a market economy with a strong educational system and a functional safety net for the poor – we’ve prospered. When we’ve deviated and bitten into Hamilton’s apple of mercantilism, we’ve failed. In an eerie coincidence, Hamilton’s portrait on the $10 is the only one that faces left. On July 11, 1804, Vice-President Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. If anyone deserves to be on the $10, it’s Burr. Adam Roberts is a columnist for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Monday.
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – President Obama says we can’t afford not to pass health care reform, even as our economy faces its biggest challenges in decades. So far this year, his stimulus legislation has pumped an additional $150 billion into our $2.4 trillion health sector, with no efforts at reform. And the health care plans he is proposing would add trillions more. Mr. Obama argues that American companies are at a competitive disadvantage because of high health costs that add, for example, $1,500 to the price of a car. But health costs wouldn’t vanish under his plan; they would just get switched to another ledger through higher taxes. The president is working with congressional leaders to write legislation that would require companies to provide a rich health benefits package – one more expensive than most can afford today. Companies that don’t comply would pay heavy fines. This is hardly a prescription for reducing costs. The plan involves major new subsidies, creation of a new government health insurance plan, and possibly a requirement that all Americans must buy insurance. The entire plan is expected to cost at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade. This is far too
much to be taking on in this economy. To pay for this and many other changes to our health sector, the White House has set aside $634 billion as a “down payment” on health reform. But even this is difficult for Congress to swallow because it involves increasing taxes on mortgage interest deductions and charitable contributions for affluent taxpayers and cutting Medicare Advantage programs that serve lower-income seniors. These are bad ideas, especially in a fragile economy. Pumping more money into the health sector and increasing demand will add to the inflationary pressuring, which will in turn exacerbate the cost problem. The president argues there will be huge savings from the plan’s multibillion dollar investments in information technology, wellness and prevention. He says the average family would save up to $2,500 a year as a result. But analysts say it will be hard to see any savings from these programs for the next decade, if then. And even if the savings materialized, Mr. Obama’s own advisers have acknowledged they would not actually accrue to individual consumers but to the system as a whole. So don’t hold your breath waiting. They also argue that we must get everyone covered to lower health costs. Massachusetts actually provides us with evidence: The state was the first to require
all residents to have health insurance, but the subsidies enacted as part of its reform plan are forcing lawmakers to impose new fees, taxes and fines on employers and providers, and the program still is in the red, even with huge subsidies from the federal government through additional Medicaid funds. The United States already is on red-ink alert with huge federal deficits as far as the eye can see and with existing entitlement programs that are threatening our country’s long-term economic survival. So where does that leave us? It means that we need to focus on providing targeted help to the uninsured to purchase private coverage, giving people more options in buying health insurance, and building a stronger safety net for those with pre-existing conditions. That’s a full plate in itself, but one more likely to achieve results. We can build on the strengths of our system, but it won’t happen if we try to reform one-sixth of our economy in one sweeping bill. Grace-Marie Turner is a health policy expert who advised John McCain’s presidential campaign. She is president and founder of the Galen Institute, a nonprofit research organization devoted exclusively to health policy.
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Is the worst over? Some economists see glimmer of hope Kevin G. Hall
McClatchy Newspapers With the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising around 20 percent over the past few weeks, a down Friday notwithstanding, the question on many lips is whether the stock market has hit bottom and, if so, when might the broader economy follow? Stock prices often reflect expectations of how the economy will be faring six months or so into the future. If the recent rise in stock prices reflects that the market has bottomed out and is starting a bull run â€“ as some prominent analysts tentatively suggest â€“ that would point to a turnaround for the economy by late summer or early fall. Few analysts are willing to declare that weâ€™ve hit bottom without hedging, especially because thereâ€™s been plenty of premature speculation before about a market bottom during the past 16 months of recession. As if to mock the budding optimism, the Dow closed down Friday by 148.38 points to 7,776.18. Most analysts now agree, however, that there are some encouraging shafts of light after months of pitch-black news. â€œThe best news now is that
despite the worst ... daily litany of horrible news, the strongest renewed bank fears, despite all of that, weâ€™ve got stocks today essentially where they were in October,â€? said James Paulsen, chief investment strategist for Wells Capital Management, owned by the giant bank Wells Fargo.
I think, frankly, we may have found a bottom for the stock market, although I think we donâ€™t go straight up from here.â€? â€” David Wyss
Last October, all three asset classes â€“ stocks, bonds and commodities such as oil and farm products â€“ were in free fall. Today, stocks are up roughly 20 percent in the past two weeks, the biggest such short-term rally since 1938. â€œDespite some of the worst news, stocks have stopped deteriorating and have put in what I think is a relatively strong bottom,â€? Paulsen said. Heâ€™s not alone in spying a glimmer of hope. â€œI think the worst is behind us,â€? said James Dunigan,
the managing director of investment for PNC Wealth Management in Pittsburgh. Dunigan points to recent better-than-expected data on retail sales, which bumped up in January and held in February, as well as an unexpected February increase in sales of existing homes. New data this week showed a 3.4 percent February increase in orders of durable goods -- bigticket expenditures -- which added a dose of feel-good. â€œYou are starting to get some whiffs of that in some of the indicators that are starting to come out. ... All of the news isnâ€™t as consistently bad as we saw,â€? Dunigan said. â€œI donâ€™t think we need to get a lot of good news. We need to get some consistently less-bad news.â€? The stock market is powered by confidence. When confidence is high, stocks run like a bull; when confidence is lacking, the market hibernates like a bear. Rarely has confidence plunged as in the period after Septemberâ€™s collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers and the government bailout of insurer American International Group. Stocks rose in the first two months after Barack Obama won the presidential election, but slumped badly again from the first of the year through
early March. Since September, however, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has gone into overdrive to reverse the recession. The Fed cut short-term lending rates to zero. Itâ€™s doubled its balance sheet to $2 trillion by making loans across the economy. Bernanke announced a $1.2 trillion program in midMarch thatâ€™s designed to drive down mortgage rates, which now are below 5 percent for 30-year loans. Thatâ€™s driving refinancings, which are putting fresh cash in homeownersâ€™ hands and sparking home sales. â€œThere is a pattern here, and it is a positive one for a change,â€? investment analyst Ed Yardeni wrote in a research note last week. â€œIt seems that economic activity fell so sharply from September through January ... that some key economic indicators may be starting to bounce off their bottoms for this cycle.â€? Thatâ€™s why many analysts are beginning to suggest, even if in qualified tones, that perhaps the marketâ€™s headed up, with the economy to follow by fall. â€œI think, frankly, we may have found a bottom for the stock market, although I think we donâ€™t go straight up from here,â€? said David Wyss, the chief economist for rating
agency Standard & Poorâ€™s. It will take the economy longer to recover. The next big test comes next Friday, when the Labor Department reports unemployment data for March. Analysts forecast job losses of 540,000 to 700,000, but job numbers are always a lagging indicator. Unemployment will keep rising for months even after growth resumes, though the monthly totals should grow smaller as recovery takes hold. In addition, weak corporate earnings reports could continue to weigh on stocks. â€œFor the consumer, youâ€™ve
There is a pattern here, and it is a positive one for a change.â€? â€” Ed Yardeni got to decrease that (unemployment) number, and for the businesses, youâ€™ve got to decrease that red ink,â€? said Ken Goldstein, a veteran economist with the Conference Board, a New York economic research group. Goldstein has long argued that jobs are a huge driver of consumer confidence, and consumer spending drives two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. People who donâ€™t have
jobs or are worried that theyâ€™ll lose theirs spend less. Once employers stop shedding so many jobs and show some profits, confidence will return slowly. â€œAre we still losing both jobs and profits at the same pace as we did in the fourth quarter (of 2008)? Probably by the second quarterâ€? â€“ which begins in April â€“ â€œthat is going to ease a bit, but weâ€™re still going to be losing jobs right on through January of next year,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re still going to be in red ink through next January.â€? Plenty can still go wrong, too. Many analysts, including billionaire investor George Soros, fear that defaults on commercial real estate loans may unleash a new wave of economic pain. In short, analysts clearly differ on whether the glass is half empty or half full, but just weeks ago, all of them saw the glass as near empty. â€œIn terms of the economy, though, I think weâ€™ve got another six months of recession. The groundhog is still seeing his shadow,â€? said Wyss, the Standard & Poorâ€™s analyst, hopeful that a stock market bottom points to a recovering economy by October. â€œIf you squint your eyes and look at the charts, we may have found a bottom there.â€?
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Diamond Hogs rolling in SEC Senior Staff Writer
It took two days to play one game, but the No. 14 Arkansas Razorback baseball team took its third straight Southeastern Conference series to start the season over Mississippi State. Starter T.J. Forrest (2-1) allowed one earned run while striking out four to secure a 5-1 win in the first game of the double header Sunday. The team improved upon its best start in SEC history after winning the first game of the series Saturday, 20-9. “Our team is playing really well right now,” Forrest said. “And I don’t think we even showed our bats Saturday like we have been. As long as the pitching can keep it going with the hitting, we will do really well in conference.” Forrest left the game with two runners stranded, but Mike Bolsinger entered the game and kept the Bulldogs scoreless. “That was my ERA sitting out there on those bases,” Forrest said. “He came in there and made a great pitch to get the double play. He showed he can come in during clutch situations and get people out.” In the first inning Friday, senior Scott Lyons provided the team with the first run of the game with his first career home run. “When he hit the ball, I was just hoping the centerfielder wasn’t going to catch it,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “But it kept going and going. It kind of shocked me. We knew he would hit one some day.” Van Horn joked that Lyons didn’t have to worry about hitting anymore. Arkansas led 10-3 in the bottom of the fifth Friday, but the game was halted because of heavy rain. It didn’t take long for the Razorbacks to resume scoring, as they scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth inning. But as snow fell during the game, six errors were committed Saturday by both teams. “There were some balls that were booted and balls were slipping out of hands when they were trying to grip,” Van Horn said. “It just got worse as the game went on. And it was just worse in the late in-
nings.” Redshirt sophomore Travis Sample helped lead the team through the first two games, finishing 3-for6 with four runs, one home run and five RBIs. “He brings a presence in the middle of the batting order,” Van Horn said. “He can change the game pretty quick. The home run he hits was against the wind. If he can get it going and be hot here and there, he can really carry us some weekends.” Staff ace Dallas Keuchel (4-0) allowed six hits and three earned runs in five innings Friday, striking out one. Despite not having his best stuff, the offense picked up the team even after a pitching change before the game, Van Horn said. Mississippi State, which had projected to throw a left-hander, changed its starting pitcher a couple hours before the game. “I felt fortunate that the bats picked us up,” Van
Horn said. “We had a couple big hits even when they made a pitching change on us a couple hours before the game. I just ended up leaving Sample and a couple other guys in there because they knew they were going to play. It was good to see Sample hit a ball out of the park to pick up his confidence.” Van Horn said the Friday night game could not be moved up despite the weather concerns. “We did consider moving the game up,” Van Horn said. “But we didn’t just because of everything that is involved from umpire travel and even if it was going to rain, too. When we do try to move the game it gets a little difficult with issues.” The Diamond Hogs had not yet completed Game 3 of the series at the time of publication. Arkansas will travel to Missouri State on Tuesday and then face South Carolina on the road this weekend in SEC play.
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Sophomore Travis Sample is tagged out at a close call at the plate. Arkansas went on to win 5-1 in the first game Sunday.
Hogs scrimmage for first time Matt Jones
Senior Staff Writer Arkansas donned pads for the first time Friday afternoon. Saturday, they hit. The Razorbacks held their first scrimmage of the season inside the Walker Pavilion with the large stable of running backs stealing the show. “I thought our running backs ran well,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “I thought we broke tackles which is something we have been emphasizing, make yards after contact, hit and spin.” With senior Michael Smith relegated to watching from the sideline this spring with an injured hamstring, sophomores De’Anthony Curtis and Dennis Johnson, freshman Knile Davis and transfer Broderick Green took several reps in Saturday’s scrimmage. Green led all rushers with 59 yards on 10 carries, Curtis had six carries for 56 yards, Davis seven carries for 50 yards and Johnson six carries for 41 yards. Green, Curtis and Johnson all ran for scores, including a 30-yard score by Curtis toward the end of the scrimmage that had everyone talking afterward. “Everybody thought he was down and he just kept pumping his feet,” said quarterback Ryan Mallett. “We’ve got to make those plays to win a lot of
ballgames.” Green, who transferred to Arkansas from Southern Cal in December, said he has been impressed by the Razorbacks’ backfield talent through one week of drills. “They’re pretty good,” said Green, who added a 20-yard reception in the scrimmage. “There are a lot of fast guys. You saw the 4.3s and 4.4s today. De’Anthony with his balance today on that long run…we’re competitive.” Green himself improved to a 4.5, 40-yard dash in the offseason and was praised by Petrino after showing what he could do in pads. “He’s big, physical and he falls forward,” Petrino said. “Sometimes you have great 5 and 6 yard runs with a big back like that where there is not a whole lot there. Maybe there is 1 yard there, then after contact he ends up getting you 6 yards. Second and four is a good down to be in. I liked that ability to make yards when nothing is there.” Petrino was also complimentary of another big back – Knile Davis – who is going through spring drills after graduating early from high school and enrolling at the University of Arkansas in January. “Knile is certainly very explosive,” Petrino said. “He certainly got a lot of work and repetition today.” Mallett, who finished the scrimmage 11-of-25 passing for 164 yards, two touchdowns and an in-
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terception, said his backfield buddies make his job easier. “Knile Davis is a beast,” Mallett said. “He’s a tough guy and Broderick Green. I think all the running backs run the ball good. They were all lowering their shoulder and just punishing people.” As for the quarterbacks in the first scrimmage, Tyler Wilson was 5-of-13 for no touchdowns and no interceptions, and Jim Youngblood finished 4-of-9 for 46 yards and a score primarily against the second-team defense. Petrino said he was pleased with certain areas of the quarterback play, but needed to work on the short passing game. “Quarterback wise, Ryan Mallett showed his ability to move in the pocket, keep his vision down the field and hit some big plays,” Petrino said. “We threw the deep ball well. I wasn’t real happy with the consistency in our quick passing. We have some work to do there. “I thought Tyler (Wilson) did a good job seeing things. Again, he’s got that quick release and the real knack to see things down the field. “And, Jim (Youngblood) is still getting used to it, learning. He’s had a good week, but he’s got a ways to go.” The Hogs took both yesterday and today off, but will return to the practice fields Tuesday.
Villanova shows toughness in frantic victory John Rowe
The Record (Hackensack N.J.)/MCT BOSTON — There are now two miracles in the history of Villanova basketball. The national championship upset of Georgetown will always be No. 1 in Wildcats’ lore, but 24 years later room must be made for the game-winning basket by Scottie Reynolds that provides Villanova with a chance to win a second national title. With Rollie Massimino in the stands and John Thompson part of the radio broadcast, all that was missing was Patrick Ewing. The sequel, courtesy of Reynolds’ drive with a half-second remaining that stunned top-seeded Pittsburgh, 78-76, on Saturday night in the NCAA East regional title game, was every bit as satisfying for Villanova fans. They do believe in miracles in Philadelphia. They should. There were several times in a magnificent matchup of Big East Conference powers that third-seeded Villanova was on the doorstep of defeat. In a game that included 15 lead changes and 10 ties, Villanova trailed, 67-63, and had just turned the ball over with three minutes to play when Wildcats coach Jay Wright called a 30-second timeout. The timeout enabled the Wildcats to regroup mentally. It worked wonders. They scored 10 of the next 12 points, including two three-point field goals by Dwayne Anderson, to take a 73-69 lead with 46 seconds left. What followed was the longest 46 seconds of the season for Villanova. A mental blunder by Reggie Redding, a full-court inbounds throw, resulted in a turnover, and when Corey Fisher, who converted four free throws down the stretch, was called for a block at half-court with 5.5 seconds to go, ‘Nova fans were stunned. Their anguish worsened after Levance Fields converted two free throws to tie the score at 76. Then came the play Villanova fans will never forget. Redding inbounded a lob pass to Dante Cunningham between the top of the foul circle and midcourt and Cunningham immediately flipped the ball to Reynolds, who was a step ahead of him on his right. The junior guard needed one dribble to pass half-court and then put himself in overdrive as he moved past two Pitt defenders. Somehow Reynolds weaved his way into the foul lane against one of the best defenses in the country, and with Fields on him he scooped the ball in from two feet out before the buzzer sounded. “I didn’t want to settle for a jump shot,” said Reynolds, who was holding the game ball in the postgame interview session. “We work on that in practice every day. I never saw the ball go in the basket.” His teammates weren’t surprised. “He’s a jet,” said Cunningham. “It’s kind of hard to catch Scottie with the ball.” After the officials checked the television replay, 0.5 was put on the clock. Just enough time for Fields to catch an inbounds pass, dribble once and then fling a length-of-the-court heave that caromed high off the backboard. As a disgusted Fields heaved his headband into the stands, the Villanova victory celebration began, with Wright rushing across the court to hug his wife and two children. Pitt was experiencing the other spectrum of emotions. “When I made the free throws I thought we had a chance of going into overtime,” Fields said. “Reynolds just made a great play going to the basket. It went from having a chance to go overtime and possibly winning the game to the season being over.” See
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Mike’s magical Madness march at Mizzou Former Arkansas assistant coach Mike Anderson didn’t make it to the Celebration of a Championship weekend last month in Fayetteville. He was busy coaching the Missouri Tigers to elite status this season – Elite Eight to be exact. Anderson returned the Tigers to national prominence in just three seasons at the helm in Columbia, Mo. The same thing Razorback coach John Pelphrey is trying to do on the Hill – get the Hogs back where they were when Anderson was on the Arkansas bench next to Nolan Richardson. It’s a shame Missouri’s run through the NCAA Tournament came to an end Saturday at the hands of Connecticut, but falling a game short of the Final Four is nothing to be ashamed of, especially considering where the Tigers were just a few years ago. Last year, even. Anderson’s predecessor, Quin Snyder, won 58 percent of the school’s games in his six-plus years between
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1999 and 2006, but the end of his tenure was mired by a recruiting scandal and his controversial resignation. The Tigers missed the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons coached by Snyder. Anderson inherited the last season of Missouri’s three-year probationary period, but the team finished 18-12. The Tigers finished 16-16 last season, a fifth-straight year without March Madness for Show-Me State University. In Anderson’s first postseason-less two seasons, Mike Anderson Jr., the
coach’s son, was arrested for a DWI. Forward DeMarre Carroll, the coach’s nephew, was shot in the leg trying to break up a nightclub in a parking lot. Another player hit a man in the face with a shotgun. A third player was arrested for punching his ex-girlfriend, and then Jan. 29, 2008, five Tigers were suspended after a nightclub brawl in which the team’s leading scorer scored a broken jaw. And then 2009 came around, when Anderson took a new-look Tiger team to the Elite Eight, tying the farthest round Missouri has ever reached. Mizzou’s near-magical March is something for Anderson to be proud of, but Anderson’s journey back to the college basketball spotlight is noteworthy, too. Anderson spent 17 years in Fayetteville under Richardson, a period that saw the Hogs compile a 390-170 record (.696 winning percentage) and cut down the nets in Charlotte, N.C., in the school’s only championship season.
There’s no need to chronicle Richardson’s exit from Fayetteville at this point, but Anderson left the university after coaching the final two games of the 2001-02 season as interim head coach, his chance or desire to succeed Richardson as head Hog the unfortunate collateral damage of Richardon’s infamous exodus. I doubt there has ever been any serious talk of Mike Anderson returning to Arkansas as head coach, but there’s little reason to think the Razorback program would be in the state it’s in today (winning two conference games all season) if he had taken the reigns from Richardson. That is in no way an indictment of current Hog coach John Pelphrey, nor do I place all the blame on former Arkansas coach Stan Heath. But the last seven years could have played out much differently on the Hill. Anderon’s ties to Arkansas are not the point, though. It’s what he’s done after his Razorback career that got him two games from the NCAA title game.
After leaving Fayetteville, Anderson found a new employer in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., taking over a UAB Blazer program that had lost 49 percent of their games (a .515 winning percentage for the glass half-full types) in three seasons before Anderson arrived. The Blazers made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen birth in 2004 after knocking out Kentucky, the No. 1 overall seed. Anderson earned his conferences Coach of the Year award, and UAB finished the season in the top 25. Anderson filled the vacancy at Missouri in 2006, and the rest of the history. The former Razorback assistant has the Tiger program going in the right direction. Hopefully Pelphrey finds similar success soon. Matt Watson is the assistant sports editor of The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Monday.
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Yoga: an ancient religious discipline becomes a popular workout Kelsey McQueary Staff Writer
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Participants stretch and meditate during a yoga class yesterday afternoon at the HPER, where six classes are offered Monday through Sunday.
Though many people might doubt the strength and flexibility a yoga workout requires, the ancient religious discipline can be an intense workout for its devoted practitioners. Both women and men practice yoga because of the benefits it provides in strength, flexibility and poise. The balance and stretching required to perform yoga challenge the muscles and increase heart rate. A yoga workout consists of stretching and toning muscles and tightening the abdomen to promote strength, balance and mind-body unification. Yoga has been a discipline among Hindus for thousands of years. It has been debated that yoga even existed before the Stone Age. Over time, yoga developed through four periods: the Vedic Period, the Pre-Classical Period, the Classical Period and the PostClassical Period, according to Abcof-yoga.com. The discipline is believed to have begun during the Vedic Period, where it derived from rituals and ceremonies celebrating the mind. At first, there were eight limbs of yoga, but over time the
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I have a hard time letting go. Ever since I watched “Ashes of Time Redux” at the cinema, I’ve had a hard time letting go of Leslie Cheung’s immense talent and androgynous beauty. I’ve become a woman obsessed, constantly passing time by watching his spectacular 2000 Hong Kong Passion Tour online, marveling at not only his extraordinary singing flair but also his eight impeccably outrageous costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier. I had seen some of Leslie’s films prior to my breathless “Ashes of Time” experience, but I would have never declared
myself an avid fan as my heart used to belong to another man, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai. When I did watch one of his films, I always found myself thinking, “what a gorgeous face he has, that Leslie Cheung.” I’ve never been one who has to watch all of her favorite actor’s films, as I’ve already established a portrait of that actor from a film I’ve truly enjoyed. In fact, I struggled quite a bit when I tried to recall which films I had seen that starred Leslie and I was only able to name a small amount. Leslie has made quite a number of films since his premiere in 1978. It’s absolutely astounding that Leslie, who became a recognized actor when he was almost 30, was able to keep his face so youthful and his charm intact. At the time this article will be published, the anniversary of the tragic day that dear Leslie left the world will be two days away. On April 1, 2003, Cheung committed suicide at the age
Many types of yoga focus on “the power house,” or the core, because balance is controlled by the abdomen. “I would say it works your whole core,” Huey said. Instructors work to make classes fun and interesting by using a variety of balance, flow and stretching movements. Many instructors participate in yoga seminars around the world to learn different ways to connect and teach yoga movements. They also learn new movements and use the opportunity to discuss theory and chanting practices with other instructors, said Lydia Michaels, a substitute yoga instructor at a HPER session. Yoga chanting encourages practitioners to be one with a deity. Chanting requires repeating three words in the mind, which helps one clear the mind to focus on breathing and perform balanced movements. The HPER offers six classes Monday through Sunday. The classes are Yoga Appreciation, Yoga Flow, Core Yoga, Yoga All-Levels and Intermediate Yoga. A schedule is available at the HPER, next to the Intramural Office. The schedule is also online at Imrs.uark.edu/2926. htm.
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of 46 by leaping from the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the central district of Hong Kong. He left a suicide note saying that he had been suffering from a long battle with depression. Six years have passed, and I still have a portrait of Leslie’s beautiful face in my mind and I would like to remember some of the films that left me with a deep, lingering impression of him. “Days of Being Wild” by Wong Kar-wai. The first informal chapter of Wong’s highly aesthetic meditation on love and loss films. Leslie plays Yuddy, a self-destructing, narcissistic playboy in Hong Kong who breaks hearts while trying to find his own sense of self. The film features an immaculate cast and is credited with being one of the first films to break away from the light, comedic fare and action films that typified Hong Kong cinema. “A Better Tomorrow” by See
number was reduced to five: seasonal, or relaxation; Asana, or exercise; Ramayana, or breathing and proper diet; and Dyane, or positive thinking, according to the Web site. Yoga focused on meditation for many years until the theory that “the body is a temple” was incorporated and the focus then evolved to include physical exercise and proper breathing techniques. Today, yoga is a physical exercise that helps one clear the mind and focus on breathing, which yoga instructors emphasize during class sessions. The ideal practice promotes mind and body unification to relieve the body from the stress of everyday life. “Yoga makes me feel calm and centered,” UA senior Rachel Davis said. “There’s a lot of concentration on breathing that makes you more aware of your entire body.” Mastering yoga takes time, and instructors encourage students to move through the practice at a comfortable pace. “I’ve been doing yoga for five years on and off,” sophomore Amanda Huey said. “If you do it steadily, it will make you feel strong and relaxed. It works out and stretches your body like nothing else, and it teaches discipline.”
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UA professor Er-Gene Kahng (right) and guest artist Miho Oda-Sakon perform in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall yesterday. Accompanied by Mark Smidt on piano, the violinists performed pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Mari Tamaki.
Kory Montgomery invites Northwest Arkansas to the ‘Rockhouse’ Listen Up!
BRIAN WASHBURN email@example.com
Channeling Clapton. It’s definitely not an easy thing to do in the blues/rock genre. Many have tried, and, believe me, many have failed. While Arkansas native Kory Montgomery might not have the exact punch and melodies as the guitar god, he is definitely on the right track. And what better place for him to come from than the home state of Bikes, Blues & BBQ? Montgomery’s new album Born in the Rockhouse gives the Northwest Arkansas music scene it’s first taste at guitar greatness. Montgomery – along with his guitarist Drew Packard, bassist Garrett Jones and drummer Tyler Wright – are looking to give an otherwise aging genre a new twist with the new release. “It’s a blues, funk fusion between James Brown and the Black Crowes,” said Montgomery, attempting to classify his retro-sound that is collectively written by himself and a few of his
close friends. “(Rockhouse) has been good (for fans) and (is) getting a good response. I am continuing to write and add more, but it’s had a really good response so far,” he said. Montgomery’s blues-influenced guitar licks resemble those of Hendrix mixed with the funk/ blues style of Clapton. However, it is not only the tone of his axe that makes Montgomery’s guitar work fascinating – it’s the way he can switch from a slow, mellow riff that can make women swoon to a fast, hard-hitting ‘70s-style blues solo that can make guys bang their heads. The blazing first track off Rockhouse gives listeners a classic rock feel that could possibly transport them as if they were in Doc Brown’s time machine back to the ‘70s. But this is not the ‘70s. This is Montgomery’s time, and with his guitar licks, modern blues might just be revived in the NWA music scene. Although guitar work, along with the rhythm sections on Rockhouse, prove to be the cornerstone of the album, Montgomery’s lyrics are a bit cliché for the blues genre and his vocal performance fluctuates between decent and moderately good. His vocal’s lyrical content stays fairly consistent throughout the release, which is not new in the blues genre (revenge, a relentless drive, loving women, etc.). However, Montgomery does seem to switch between a dead-on Stevie Ray Vaughn impression (for the moderately good voice, see
“Cold Chicken” and “Beggars and Choosers”) to a mix of a sub-par Clapton and a funk-esque, almost James Brown voice (see “PaPa’s Never Satisfied”). While the guitar wails and soothes throughout the entire release, the vocals and lyrics can largely be passed by just for the fact that the listener is either rocking out to the guitar riffs or getting their moves on with one of Montgomery’s funky licks. Montgomery will be celebrating his birthday next week at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, bringing his “high energy, Southern raw feel” to his local followers. However, this will definitely not be the band’s last show in Fayetteville for a while. They will play on Dickson Street, and the rest of the South, throughout April, May and the summer. “I’m just going to keep on keeping on,” Montgomery said. “I’d like to be on the road constantly (for the rest of 2009). I want to be playing every night on the road and get a good following.” It is just not the South he will be traveling to this year. Montgomery plans to head west and visit Los Angeles sometime during this year. But he is not looking to make a big splash in LA just yet. “I’m not looking for a record deal, just someone who can introduce me to the right people,” he said. “More of a manager type, the higher-up managing.” Montgomery will not be heading to LA
with the same old tracks he is playing at this moment. In fact, he is already planning on hitting the studio again and completing another record by the end of summer. “I plan on releasing about six to eight tunes every six months to keep it fresh and people interested,” he said. Even though the release of Rockhouse might not propel the Kory Montgomery Band to the top of the blues charts just yet, it has the powerful guitar styles and the prominent, unique (for modern standards) songwriting to get national exposure. But then again, for a man that has already performed alongside the likes of B.B. King, should we expect any less? Final Thought: Summer is approaching at lightning speed. While the Northwest Arkansas scene will host several mainstream concerts and festivals over the upcoming months (Wakarusa, Guster, Cake, Ben Folds, etc.), music junkies should not forget those local bands in the scene that will be touring and have homecoming shows this summer. Summer is the time for touring, and I would not want to be one of those to miss a final homecoming show for a NWA band that is about to take off. Don’t we all want to be that fan who said we knew them before they were famous? Brian Washburn is the News editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Monday.
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Villanova’s season isn’t over, but preparation for Saturday’s Final Four date in Detroit can wait. ‘Nova has a lot to celebrate. Beginning with the toughness the Wildcats showed against one of the most physically demanding opponents they’ve faced. Teams that go toe to toe with Pitt usually second-guess their decisions. Not Villanova. These Wildcats are a lot tougher than past Villanova teams. Without a dominating big man, they come at you in waves. Reynolds is their floor leader, Cunningham is the most improved front-court player in the country, and Fisher and Corey Stokes are instant offense off the bench. Just as important, Villanova plays a lot better defense than
in the past. The Wildcats used to have a reputation for being a bunch of jump shooters that were a little soft, liable to being intimidated. Many of the players point to a regular-season win over Pittsburgh two months ago, in which ‘Nova rallied from a five-point halftime deficit, as the game in which they became more aggressive. “Ever since then we’ve never backed down from anybody,” said Anderson, who led Villanova’s balanced offense with 17 points. “That game was big for us.” That new resolve helped them in the Pitt rematch. They had to withstand 28 points by Sam Young and 20 points and 10 rebounds by DeJuan Blair. They had to shake off a couple of late mistakes. Somehow they endured. The stuff miracles are made of.
from Page 3B John Woo. Although it is known for being the prototype for Hong Kong triad films for its thrilling action sequences. Leslie plays Kit, a young, idealistic cop who feels conflicted about doing the right thing after discovering his elder brother is a well-known gangster. “Farewell My Concubine” by Chen Kaige. Leslie plays Cheng Dieyi, a thriving actor in Beijing opera. Cheng is a “dan,” which is the general name for leading female roles in Chinese opera. The film begins a year after the end of the Cultural Revolution and switches to the past, recounting the turbulent relationship between Cheng and his opera partner. “Happy Together” by Wong Kar-wai. The film chronicles a gay couple’s (Leslie and Tony Leung) chaotic escape from Hong Kong to Argentina in hopes of mending their relationship. Wong, again collaborating with cinematographer Christopher Doyle, beautifully contrasts lusty tango bars and the country’s rich music with the men’s often-violent relationship. And, of course, “Ashes of Time.” I just cannot let it go. I once thought “In the Mood for Love” was irreplaceable, but this film has surpassed my love for the former. Ever since purchasing the DVD, I’ve rewatched it in such an appalling manner. Leslie’s Ouyang Feng as an observer who realizes his own rejection of his past is brilliant. There are a host of other films I’ve made notes to watch, including “Rouge,” “The Bride With the White Hair” and “A Chinese Ghost Story,” to add to my Leslie film collection. Leslie Cheung will forever remain youthful in my memory. As unfortunate and untimely as his death was, as Ouyang Feng said, I’ve learned that when you can’t have what you want the best you can do is not to forget. Anna Nguyen is the lifestyles editor of The Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every other Monday.