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UA receives funding from state Legislature James Baker

Senior Staff Writer Overall state funding for all Arkansas institutions of higher education will increase by around $31 million during the next fiscal year, while $11 million in federal stimulus dollars will be distributed to state institutions. The UA will receive more than $5.5 million that will, for the most part, go toward operations. Speaking strictly on the various contributing state funds and federal help, Don Pederson, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, said the bulk of the funds will go toward operations and getting by for the next fiscal year. “I don’t anticipate any construction being started in a tight budget,” Pederson said. The federal stimulus money is a one-time deal, and lawmakers, including the governor, agree that federal money should not go toward starting up continuing programs. The $11 million in federal stimulus money will be distributed to institutions to make up for budget cuts during the fiscal year of 2008, state Rep. Lindsley Smith said in an e-mail. As the recession drags through its 16th month, states from Arizona to New Jersey are facing shortfalls and the inevitability of tax increases to make up for declines in salestax revenue. Arizona universities have proposed “economic recovery” tuition surcharges for at least two years. Officials from the University of Arizona in Tucson have asked for a $1,000 a year surcharge, which would increase tuition to $7,000 a year for instate students, according to the Arizona Daily Star. This is not the case in Arkansas, which is operating on a $300 million surplus. Lawmakers and Gov. Mike Beebe agreed to put a third of the surplus toward paying for shortfalls in the budget. The UA board of trustees will consider tuition at its next meeting. See

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Professor tenures, job security lost as university endowments are cut nationally Jessica Powviriya Staff Writer

Tenure at a university doesn’t necessarily equal job security anymore, a UA economics professor said. “Tenure is essential for job security – but is it not necessarily a guarantee of a job,” said Gary Ferrier, interim department chair of economics and the Lewis E. Epley Jr. Professorship in the Department of Economics. “In tough economic and financial times, not even tenure is a guaranty of continuing to hold your position,” he said. Tenure is the goal of many aspirant university instructors and professors because it means secure employment and the combination of teaching and research in prospective fields. Achieving tenure means professors make a lifetime commitment to employment at the university,

although tenured professors can be discharged for just cause. At major universities, tenured positions are often paid with one thing: endowments. In June 2008, 77 institutions had endowments of $1 billion or more, but since the economic downturn, at least 30 of those institutions might have lost enough money to take them out of the billion-dollar category, according to a Commonfund Benchmarks Study. With cutbacks and spending decreases across the nation, college endowments fell 3 percent in the 2008 fiscal year, according to the study. The decline is nearly twice as big as any full-year return since endowments at universities were first tracked. For the UA, total endowment investment returns for the 2008 calendar year were down more than 31 percent. But because the university’s endowment spending policy operates on a three-year

rolling average, the UA has some protection from significant yearto-year losses in the endowment value, said Tysen Kendig, associate vice chancellor for University Relations. Larger universities are cutting back on funds because of endowment losses in 2008. According to the institutions’ respective Web sites, Harvard University reported a loss in endowment value of more than $8 billion, or 22 percent of its value; MIT’s $10 billion endowment lost 20 to 25 percent of its value; and Stanford has cut $120 million over two years from an $800 million budget. “Some universities have furloughed tenured faculty or cut entire departments,” Ferrier said. “Furthermore, the future of tenure is something that is discussed from time to time; there is no guarantee that the system of tenure will conSee

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Row Week incites mix of emotions from UA students on campus Bailey McBride Senior Staff Writer

This year’s Row Week festivities, hosted April 1 though April 4 by various fraternity chapters, brought a mix of disappointment and excitement to the campus, UA students said. Row Week, which originated six to eight years ago, originally stood for Recruitment Orientation Week and was used as a recruitment tool for the fraternities across campus. “In the last few years, we have tried to restructure the event to provide social activities for students on our campus,” said Parice Bowser, the director of Greek Life. Bowser also stressed that there is a nationwide policy among Greek chapters that recruitment is a dry event. Row Week now isn’t affiliated with recruitment and consists of closed parties that are hosted by fraternities where members are allowed to invite guests. There were nine public intoxication arrests at this

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Police force Sisco Adler and Schwayze off stage during their performance at the Sigma Nu Row Week party at 1:30 a.m., the time when all music at fraternity parties must stop, according to Greek Life policies.

year’s Row Week, according to Gary Crain, public information office for the UA Police Department. There also were separate charges of criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a minor in possession of alco-

hol. “With the other events that occur on campus like football games, it wasn’t that out of line,” Crain said. “In fact, it was pretty normal.” One misconception this year was whether Row Week

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was going to be covered by MTV. “I did not invite MTV, and to my understanding, the chapters did not invite them,” said Bowser, who reiterated that the events hosted during Row Week are closed parties

and that people, including members of the media, must be invited to the events. A common complaint from students both this year and last year regarded the “closing” of houses during the actual concerts in the yards of the fraternity houses. “From a risk management standpoint, 100 people should not be standing in a hallway for safety reasons,” Bowser said. “Members and guests are always allowed to enter and use the facilities.” According to Bowser, prior to Row Week, the UAPD and Greek Life come together to make a “conscious decision” based on the flow of traffic in hallways in the houses, and that is how they decided which houses would be closed during the parties. Students said one of the biggest disappointments of the week came at Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, where Lil’ Wayne, possibly the most anticipated act, did not show up. The fraternity instead hosted Stillwater band Taddy

Every April, college seniors grow restless as they face the dilemma of either taking on internships, service programs such as AmeriCorps or graduate school. Teach For America is a highly competitive program that offers another option by placing top college graduates in the classrooms of disadvantaged school districts for twoyear assignments. Salaried students begin teaching months after graduation as they work toward receiving their teaching certificate, avoiding the usual wait of a year or more. More than 35,000 applications were submitted for 3,700 open slots in 2008, a 42 percent in-

crease from 2007. “This was a pretty significant increase and record for the organization in terms of number of applicants,” said Trevor Stutz, TFA national communications manager. Eleven percent of Ivy League seniors applied for the 2009 teaching corps. “We specifically look to recruit people who are majoring in math and science, engineering and technology, because there’s such a need for excellent teachers who have subject area expertise in those particular subjects,” Stutz said. Social sciences majors constituted 35 percent of the 2008 TFA corps members, and math, science and engineering together made up 13 percent of members.

When Jessica Smith, a UA junior studying history and French, attended an informational meeting with the intention of keeping TFA as a backup plan before graduate school, she left with a sense that the program “is definitely a little more intense than that.” The program involves rigorous education and training leading up to the fall, when most applicants begin teaching. “You really have to want it,” Smith said. The need for intense training for membership is underscored by the results of the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment, an See

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BRIEFLY speaking Biological sciences seminar hosted April 16 Janice Brissette, Cutaneous Biology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, will present a seminar titled “Skin as a Living Coloring Book: Epithelial Blueprints Determine Patterns of Pigmentation” 4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Room 604 of the Science and Engineering Building. Coffee and cookies will be available at 3:30 p.m. in Room 502 of the Science and Engineering Building. Math colloquium hosted April 16 The UA mathematical sciences department will host a colloquium 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in Room 322 of the Science and Engineering Building. The speaker is Professor Reid D. Landes from the UA for Medical Sciences. He will be speaking on “A Bayesian Calibration Involving Nonlinear Mixed Effects Models.” Refreshments will be served 3 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 350 of the Science and Engineering Building. All may attend. Amnesty International group to host speakers this week The UA student chapter of Amnesty International will present three lectures this week. Edith Mirante will discuss Burma 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Room 102 of Kimpel Hall. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/ event.php?eid=54054088214. A forum will be hosted on Women’s Rights and Islam (co-hosted by Al-Islam) 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Chemistry Auditorium 0132. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=81504828988. A debate/panel discussion on Gaza and Israel will be hosted 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Chemistry Auditorium 0132. For more information on that event, please go http:// www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=54759298026. Department of Music to feature student recitals The Fulbright College Department of Music will feature students selected for this year’s Honors Recital in concert 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall. They will be performing a variety of pieces they selected to audition for a chance to perform in this recital. This year’s Honors Recital students are Greg Battista, Jennifer Dolkos, Lynn Francis, Olga Greenhut, Emily Nelson, Maja Sevo and Chelsea Williams. Free parking is available in the parking deck, which is located directly to the west of the Fine Arts Building. The admission is free and the recitals are open to the public. For more information, please call the department of music at 479-575-4701.

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tinue to exist in the future.” The loss of endowments and the cutting of budgets all come together to cut back the pool of tenure-track professors. In academia, tenured individuals are more expensive. And with less money comes fewer professors. But UA officials do not anticipate furloughs or layoffs, and administrators are very optimistic that they’ll be able to avoid implementing a tuition increase. “At this time, endowment performance is not expected to adversely impact staffing, but we will continue to monitor our investments and returns,” Kendig said. This is possible because of the restructuring of the Student Affairs division, the university’s decision to eliminate the vice chancellor position and the realignment of the division with the provost’s office. The result is an administrative cost savings of more than $150,000 annually, which can be reallocated for other university needs and priorities, Kendig said. Economic professors at the Sam M. Walton College of Business suggest students should continue education, even if they don’t want to be professors on the tenure track. “Given the current state of the economy and the tough job market facing graduates, continuing one’s education is a good choice at this time,” Ferrier said. “This could mean earning an additional major, getting a masters or PhD, or (attending) professional school.” Raja Kali, an associate professor of economics, agreed that’s it’s a good idea “to get some type of graduate education. “Unemployment rates are lower for college graduates,” Kali said. At least the top 10 out of 100 Best Jobs, according to Careercast. com, require continuing education and have the potential to be a professorship. The top five are mathematician, actuary, statistician, biologist and software engineer. “As for being a professor as a career, I personally think that it is a great one,” Ferrier said. “But, of course, that does not mean that it is the right career for everyone.” ���If someone has a passion for learning, then being a professor is great. You are constantly learning new things and sharing it with others, both with other academics and with students,” he said. Academia is an area where America has a comparative advantage, Kali said. “It will always expand,” he said. “Academic jobs are good jobs. They are satisfying jobs that are unlikely to shrink. They are not very sensitive to the economy’s ups and downs.”


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from Page 1 Porter perform. Both Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta had to close their houses during their shows because of the flow of traffic in the buildings. The concert at Sigma Nu had to be shut down at 1:30 a.m. because of a Greek Life rule dictating that all music at Greek functions must stop at that time. The performer, Schwayze, had to be escorted off stage by the UAPD as he attempted to continue the concert even after the police began trying to break it up. “Basically, I think their performer got there late, and we didn’t get to talk to them before they went on,� Crain said. “We usually let them play until about 1:20 a.m., then have them wind up.� Bowser said that at all fraternity parties, “the officers are there to assist the chapter leadership in clearing the house at the appropriate time.� Kappa Sigma fraternity

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DJ Unk, known for his songs “Walk it Out� and “Two Step,� performs at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity Friday, April 3, during Row Week.

had rapper Twista as their performer April 4, and the party eventually reached capacity and no more guests were allowed in. Capacity is determined by the UAPD and Greek Life based on previous attendance num-

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bers and the actual performer a given chapter is hosting. Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was the only house shut down by Greek Life for violation of a Row Week policy. “All of our Greek chapters know we have a policy that no underage students are allowed at parties – underage being defined as high school students,� Bowser said. UAPD officers who work during Row Week are off-duty officers from the UA and surrounding areas. According to Crain, they “look for the same things (at parties as) they look for when they’re driving down the street – they’re just doing their patrol job in a confined space. “We like to be bored when we’re at those parties,� Crain said. “Under the best of circumstances, and if everything is going as it should, police should be irrelevant at the party.� In the past, Row Week has brought acts like Crime Mob and Mike Jones to the university to provide free concerts to UA students.

Rapper Schwayze gets the crowd going during his performance at the Sigma Nu fraternity house Friday, April 3. The UAPD eventually shut down the performance.

To write and defend a thesis requires in-depth subject knowledge, a hefty time commitment and, above all, perseverance, but the professional advantages outweigh the effort, UA honors and graduate students said. Now, as those students finally finish the research process, satisfaction and relief weigh in on the plus side of the equation, as well. By the time graduate student Joe Hunt defended his thesis, for example, he wasn’t even nervous. “I was confident in my subject, and because I had worked hard developing my paper with research and multiple interviews, I felt I had no reason to worry,� Hunt said. “As long as the student does the appropriate work and research, there is nothing to worry about.� University administrators do what they can to ensure students do just what Hunt suggested – keep up with the amount of research a thesis demands. Students work closely with a thesis adviser to develop their initial research proposal, and then assemble a thesis committee – the team of faculty members who will guide them through the oral defense process. That same committee will ultimately grade their thesis. While thesis committee members strive to be available for students – and students are encouraged to keep in touch with their committee – students sometimes have to

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Eliminate ‘education inequality’ Since the beginning of the year, UA students have experienced a call to public service both nationally (in January, Obama petitioned Americans to focus on giving back) and locally (last week, former President George H.W. Bush appealed to UA students to get involved in public service through university programs like the Volunteer Action Center). With so many service opportunities available and in need of student volunteers, the call to action can be overwhelming. A student’s time is precious, and it’s often easier to worry about graduating on time, getting into a favored graduate school or landing a good job (or one at all) than to consider public service. But one program for university students appears to rank high above the rest when it comes to experience and achievements, both personal and public, and its positive influence has reached almost 3 million students nationwide since its inception 19 years ago. Teach for America, which has risen in popularity and prestige over the past few years, is a nonprofit program aimed to bolster academic opportunities and achievement in low-income areas of the country. According to the TFA Web site, around 6,200 corps members are currently teaching in 29 urban and rural areas, and 162 teachers are stationed in the Mississippi Delta region, which includes the eastern portion of Arkansas. Those who are accepted to the program sign on for two years of service – many graduate and law schools partner with the organization, allowing students to defer enrollment until their time with TFA is over – and receive a modest, but decent, salary for their work. Studies have shown that TFA participants leave lasting effects on their schools, and simply participating in the program has proved to be an enormous resume booster for former corps members. The UA contains hundreds of the kind of students TFA desires, students who could make a serious impact in eliminating education inequality across America, students who have demonstrated achievement and leadership ability, who shine in spite of struggle, and who are able to think critically and solve problems. Considering Obama’s and Bush’s pleas for public service, TFA is worth considering. We hope that, with the help of qualified UA students, the program continues to build upon the success it’s experienced over the past few years.

THANKS FOR THESES. REALLY By the final few weeks of the year, students seem stressed and exhausted no matter what their major or classification. To tackle a thesis on top of ordinary end-of-the-year anxiety probably strikes most students as preposterous, if not impossible. But, for honors students, such research is nonnegotiable. The thesis defense is just a regular rite of passage. That doesn’t mean, of course, that students with a thesis to defend don’t complain about it. For much of this year, a couple of our writers couldn’t have a conversation without whining about their thesis responsibilities. But do you know what? We smiled and listened politely (a) because we know we complain all too frequently about class obligations ourselves and (b) because we see the Honors College requirement of a thesis as something to tout. Truly. Faculty attention to undergraduates and the opportunity to research as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior set our school apart from those universities that focus exclusively on graduate research. Such universities purchase prestige at the price of the professional development of the young minds that arrive on their campuses eager to explore the full scope of their academic interests. (And that sentence should only further convince columnist Greg Karber that we value alliteration over well-researched editorials because it features four p’s and no sources. But we still mean it.) Our own university, on the other hand, clearly places a premium on undergraduate potential (here we go again!). At the UA, engineering professors invite their students to come with them to conferences in Germany, students in economics accompany their research mentors to Spain and biochemistry majors present posters across the country. And every single Honors student completes a thesis. That means students are churning out original research in anthropology, foreign languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, even – you guessed it – journalism. The opportunities for research before graduation are unparalleled here, and we applaud faculty for making them available and students for taking advantage of them. So, to every senior who is shivering with nervousness or strutting with cockiness about their upcoming or now-over thesis defense, we say: congratulations. You make our school better and we’re proud of you.

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

OBAMA’S PROPOSAL TO REVAMP STUDENT LOANS IS PROBLEMATIC Though President Barack Obama’s proposal to overhaul the student loan industry deserves some recognition, the policy seems a little too ambitious. According to The New York Times, Obama aims to “end a subsidized loan program and redirect billions of dollars in bank profits to scholarships for needy students.” The Department of Education reports this budget will expand the role of Pell Grants and make low-interest Perkins loans more available. The Department of Education defines subsidized loans as aid in which the “borrower is not responsible for the interest while in an in-school, grace or deferment status.” The loans are given through private banks and credit unions, but the interest is paid through federal spending. The process is nearly risk-free for lenders. The New York Times reports the government guarantees up to 97 percent repayment for failed loans. In theory, Obama’s system warrants a gold star. However, this system could only transition smoothly if an industry for government-subsidized loans did not already exist. Without lenders already using federal funding as a crutch, the president’s proposal would make financial aid more accessible to students while saving the government billions of dollars.

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If only it could be that easy. The truth is that subsidized loans are an enormous component in the economics of higher education. USA Today reports that the subsidized loan program, or the Federal Family Education Loan Program, accounts for about three-quarters of all student loans. Last year, the FFEL program provided $56 billion in loans to 6 million students, according to The Los Angeles Times. With this amount of money involved and the prospective number of lost jobs, the subsidized loan industry has wedged itself into a very inconvenient but necessary position. In the interest of students, the president’s proposition holds many beneficial elements for families seeking a helping hand. According to the Department of Education, the 2010 budget raises the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,500. More importantly, Pell Grant spending

will become mandatory and have the ability to increase along with inflation. For the first time since the establishment of the grants, annual raises will be provided to recipients, according to The Los Angeles Times. Also, the Congressional Budget Office projects that such a strategy would save $94 billion over the next decade, according to The New York Times. Obama’s budget unquestionably holds many favorable components. The proposal eliminates the middleman, saving billions and preventing students’ involvement with treacherous financial markets. Nevertheless, thwarting an entire lending industry with one fatal swoop does not seem like the most reasonable approach, especially in this economic climate. Somewhere in the murky land of politics, there has to be some middle ground. Obama’s premise is promising: turning safety nets for lending corporations into risk-free grants for students in need. But by running with this plan too quickly, Washington may stumble and fail, hurting many more Americans in the process. Clint Fullen is a columnist for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every other Wednesday.

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Many student votes weren’t represented in ASG election Response: “Around 400 students unable to vote in ASG elections,” by Bailey McBride First off, I would like to congratulate all of the winning candidates and wish them the best of luck in their respective offices. However, I also feel that the student body has the right to know the details of the election beyond simply the winners and losers. The Associated Student Government was created to serve as the voice for student opinion to the administration. The primary way for opinions to be expressed in a democratic system such as the ASG is obviously through elections; this year, more than 400 opinions were not able to be expressed – 446, specifically. While confirming the elections, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and the Elections Committee discovered that 446 students, or around 14 percent of potential voters, had attempted to log on to

vote.uark.edu to cast a ballot but were unable to do so. Multiple individuals in charge of the ASG elections and computing services knew of the computer glitch early on during the elections but did nothing to fix the problem, other than to offer paper ballots in the Union. Of these 446 students, 114 took the time to cast a paper ballot; however, the remaining 332 did not and were therefore excluded from voicing their opinion as students. As a candidate for the ASG treasurer position who came up only 209 votes short, I decided not to contest the election, although I had every right to do so. Secretary candidate Erica Harmon, who came up only 74 votes short, came to the same decision. To us, contesting the elections just for the purpose of possibly winning was not worth undermining the efforts of the ASG and the Elections Committee; however, I still believe that the student body should know that they were not fully represented in this year’s elections. Despite the outcome, we will continue to work hard for this great university and to increase the quality of

student life here on campus. If you would like to work with me to ensure that every voice is heard in next year’s election or have any other ideas regarding the ASG, please contact me via e-mail or Facebook. I would love to hear from you. Once again, congratulations to Mattie Bookhout, Andrew LeNarz, David Brophey, Geoff Storm and Tammy Lippert, your ’09-’10 ASG executives. Jody Bland Sophomore International economics/ finance

Questions for Bush should’ve been spontaneous I was deeply disappointed after I read in the April 12 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Times an article regarding the visit of former President George H. W. Bush (please read “The $100,000 man”). I am aware that “celebrities” make a handsome living off of speeches given to different audiences, so the fee of $100,000 did not surprise me. I think that bringing a personality like President Bush

to campus should enrich students’ lives, and the student fee is for that purpose. My disappointment came when I read that President Bush answered questions that were pre-selected. I am sure that President Bush can handle one or two questions about the younger President Bush. Why did the committee accept those terms? I believe that spending $100,000 of funds collected through student fees (and not provided by a rich donor) on a speaker who does not answer any question presented to her/ him by the public is simply very wrong and against the purpose of the Distinguished Lecture Series. Where is the benefit to the students? I wish that the university would implement a rule that if a speaker, no matter how famous she/he is, places conditions on the speech, the Distinguished Lecture Committee would simply say, “Madam/Sir, thank you, but not this time.” Juan Carlos Balda Professor Electrical engineering


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UA students, professors debate role of political views in the classroom Jordain Carney Staff Writer

Politics is a touchy subject for those on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and recent debates around the nation question the right for college professors to voice their political beliefs in the classroom. “Professors need to be careful to distinguish instruction from indoctrination,� said Lisa Hinrichsen, an associate professor in the Department of English. “Professors have no legitimate license to make the classroom a politically biased space – such a project would interfere with the goals of free academic inquiry fundamental to higher education.� Hinrichsen said she does not bring religious, political or personal beliefs into the classroom, but will create links

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from Page 1 “As of now, we’re not recommending a tuition increase because of funds received from the state,� Pederson said. No scholarship money was affected by any shortfalls, though it remains to be seen whether any significant budget shortfall would put a dent in student scholarships, anyway. There is more than $58 million in state scholarship reserve funds waiting for qualified students to apply for. Furthermore, the scholarship lottery hammered out recently could bring in anywhere from $50 million to $100 million, though the expected success of the lottery games lawmakers look to set up by the end of 2009 remains strictly

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between what the students read and current real-world events. She also allows students to discuss and react to the literature both analytically and on a personal level. After searching university faculty policies, Steve Voorhies, manager of UA Media Relations, said he did not find anything regarding professors allowing their own political beliefs to enter the classroom. Whether it’s even possible for professors to teach classes without their own opinions affecting what they teach to students, however, is debated. “It’s best to be open about it,� said Chris Elrod, a UA political science major. “It’s almost impossible not to be biased.� Elrod said that, particularly in the area of political science, it’s difficult for professors not to bring their political opinions into the classroom

because those beliefs directly relate to what they are teaching. Therefore, he said, it’s better for those professors to let their students know upfront where they stand politically. According to the UA Faculty Handbook, “Faculty members are responsible for confining classroom discussion to subjects related to the topics of concern in the course and for conducting the class so as to facilitate learning for all students, consistent with good teaching practices.� But the handbook also states that faculty are responsible for determining that what they are teaching is appropriate for each class by whether it accords with the official course description. Students who are concerned about a particular course leaning toward a certain political spectrum should speak to the

chairperson of that department, said Nancy Talburt, vice provost for Academic Affairs. Physics major Shane Armfield said that if, for example, he were in a Composition I class and the professor were conservative, his grade shouldn’t be affected if he wrote a paper with opinions disagreeing with his professor’s beliefs because the paper was sound in the areas that should count, like spelling and grammar. Armfield said professors should not only be careful about teaching according to their political views, but their religious views, as well. Both Armfield and Elrod agreed that it’s OK if a professor and student disagree politically, but if a professor’s political bias affects a student’s grade in a class, it becomes a problem.

In today’s uncertain job market, professionals advise degree-seeking students to take every opportunity to be seen and heard by “hiring managers.� This is why every year the Career Development Center organizes the Nola Hold Royster/ Jennifer Hopkins Career Fair for UA students to meet potential employers. Sponsored by the CDC, the Black Alumni Society and the Department of Journalism, the fair will be hosted 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, on the fourth floor of the Arkansas Union. CDC Director Barbara Batson said there will be three times the number of employers attending the fair this year as compared to last year. As of Friday, 39 company representatives planned to be at the fair to show students what positions their businesses currently have open. The fair is open to all students

speculative so far. There has been one noticeable state tax increase: the 59-cent state tobacco tax hike will go toward funding a statewide trauma system. The state, and subsequently its colleges and universities, has not faced the same plight as others. “We’re in far better shape,� Pederson said. “We’re not having to cut programs as far as we know, and we’re not facing layoffs as far as we know.� For now, the university will hang on another year. The UA will “not be able to start a lot of things it needs to start and complete a lot of things that need to be completed,� Pederson said. However, state appropriations make it possible for Arkansas to avoid the extreme measures other states have had to take, Pederson said.

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of engineering find a plethora of international students who focus on math and science, illuminating the lack of a competitive edge for American students. In addition to the lack of public funding in disadvantaged school districts and unavailability of teachers well versed in science and math, the issue of getting girls interested in math and science, more specifically in computer sciences, physics and engineering, also must be addressed to pick up the pace. Though women earned 58 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in 2004, with 51 percent in chemistry, 62 percent in biological sciences and 46 percent in mathematics, only 22 percent obtained a degree in physics and 21 percent in engineering, according to the Institute of Education Sci-

ences. And though boys usually score higher than girls in math and science on standardized tests measuring general abilities, the notion of girls’ inabilities in the two subjects lies more so in the belief of their own capabilities, according to IES. The self-confidence encouraged by parents and teachers is more important for young girls learning math and science than their initial interest, according to research by a team of vocational psychologists at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The increased focus on math and science in classrooms could spawn generations of more educated teachers originally taught by TFA teachers. High school students taught by TFA corps members

from Page 1 international exam administered every three years. U.S. students trailed 23 of the 30 countries in math and were behind 16 countries in science in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which represents the world’s richest countries. Education inequity is still an issue in the United States, where 9 year olds in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind their peers in high-income communities, according to TFA. So far, finding domestic college graduates who have had more than enough experience in math and science has proved difficult. Colleges

with all different degree plans who are looking for jobs, internships and networking opportunities. “In this economy, students need to take every opportunity to present themselves,â€? Batson said. “I will be very disappointed if we don’t see between 900 and 1,000 students.â€? The employers seeking UA students will be from a wide variety of occupation fields, including banks, hospitals and media companies. A full list of those attending the fair can be found on the CDC Web site, Career.uark.edu. Officials from most of the companies attending have said they either have job openings or are expecting to have openings soon. The UA career center counselors also will be offering rĂŠsumĂŠ reviews for students during the Career Fair. These reviews will be conducted on the sixth floor of the Union in the Nola Hold Royster suite. A registration for this is required prior to the fair, and a form can be found on the CDC Web site.

usually outperformed their peers, including those taught by fully certified teachers, according to a 2008 Urban Institute study. However, despite the rewards, involvement in the program still can seem daunting to some, with the intensity of program training nearly matching the major task of taking on the multitude of causes of American sluggishness in math and science, from lack of public funding in disadvantaged school districts to longstanding gender roadblocks. “It sounds more involved than what I wanted to do or the direction I wanted to go,� said Junior Meghan Anderson, a history major, though she said she has friends “who have absolutely loved it.� For more information, visit Teachforamerica.org.

 

  

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RAISING THE BAR Gymnasts seek program’s first NCAA championship Harold McIlvain II

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aking the Super Six championship round has been the goal all season for the No. 10 Arkansas Razorback gymnastics team. After making it to the NCAA Championships last year, the Razorbacks fell short of the Super Six by placing in the bottom two of the opening session. But with another year of experience, Arkansas co-head coach Rene Cook said the team is ready for the challenge of advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. “They are so motivated,” Cook said. “They want to go get it. They have been training for the opportunity to go out there and lay it all out there. That’s their focus. They will be clawing their way to try to make it happen.” After the season ended last year, Cook said it was difficult for the team to stay out of the gym. The Razorbacks, who hoped for another chance at the meet, wanted to keep working and improving. One year later, the Razorbacks now have the opportunity to show how much they’ve improved when Arkansas competes Thursday

at the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb., for the second year in a row and for the third time in program history. Cook said the team gained invaluable experience and confidence from the last championship meet. “They learned that they were competitive with almost every team there,” Cook said.

NCAA Championships April 16-18 Lincoln, Neb. “They came away with a confidence level that showed they were as good as threequarters of the teams there. They competed well, so they know they can do it again.” After winning a regional for the first time in program history, Cook said Arkansas is excited to keep the season goal alive. “The girls are just pumped,” Cook said. “After a great regional meet, they have high hopes and expectations. We are just trying to stay steady to get there and do it.” Cook said the Razorbacks thought they

could win the regional meet, despite the level of talent in the competition. It’s that type of fearlessness that could help set the team apart from the field at the national championship meet, Cook said. “They don’t fear anything,” Cook said. “That’s what is so great about this team. They really embrace the challenge. We will be able to go in there with that in our back pocket. I think it will set us apart from the other teams.” The regional win over a field that included No. 4 Stanford last week helped increase the confidence of the team, Cook said. “It showed that they can compete well when they need to,” Cook said. “We feel like if we go do our job, we have a decent shot at making Super Six. That’s the focus now. We need to go out there and leave nothing behind.” Arkansas, which is coming off a 196.300 performance that included what Cook said was the best beam rotation of the year, looks to be putting everything together at the right time. “It’s a long season,” Cooks said. “We definitely had a bit of a valley. But I think we have been coming out of it. The beam last See

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JONATHAN GIBSON Staff Photographer

COMMENTARY

Masterful Masters

Someone finally challenged – and beat – Tiger Woods at a major. It’s what golf has wanted all these years – a Sunday showdown between Tiger and, well, anyone else. The contest between Tiger and Phil Mickelson certainly lived up to its hype.

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But it really didn’t matter. Both were a little too far off to add a new jacket to the closet. Ever since Tiger took the seat atop the world as perhaps the greatest golfer of all time, the golf world has always looked for a constant challenger. The public just wanted someone to make it interesting. Rory Sabbatini tried with words. Ian Poulter did, too. Rocco Mediate – playing the best golf of his life at the time – couldn’t beat Tiger even when he had an injured knee. Many others have tried. And failed. No one can ever truly challenge Woods. Sure, he will lose his fair share after taking eight months off from action. But he is still No. 1 in the world for a reason. He was out of action for a while – and he still was No. 1 in the world. Although the World Golf ranking have a little more to it than adding scores, that’s incredible. It was strange watching the battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 golfers in the world on a Masters Sunday and it not mean a lot for the tournament. The duo really stole the show throughout the day. With both falling apart toward the end, Phil nudged Tiger by a single stroke, 67-68. But both were too far out with Mickelson finishing fifth while Tiger tied for sixth. “It’s always fun to play with Tiger and play in that atmosphere,” Mickelson said to See

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Isiah Thomas accepts Baseball has too many tales FIU basketball coach job of careers ending too soon Pete Pelegrin

McClatchy Newspapers MIAMI — Florida International University hired former NBA All-Star Isiah Thomas to be its men’s head basketball coach Tuesday morning. Thomas signed a fiveyear contract to take over as the Golden Panthers coach. Thomas replaces Sergio Rouco, who was reassigned within the athletic department Monday. “Coming back to the college game has always been a dream of mine,” Thomas said. “I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to go somewhere where we can build a basketball legacy together. A lot of people don’t know that FIU is one of the 25 largest universities in the country with a tremendously strong alumni

community standing behind.” Thomas last coached the New York Knicks during the 2007-08 season when he went 23-59 and was fired. Previously, Thomas coached the Indiana Pacers and led them to three consecutive playoff appearances. Thomas compiled a 187223 career record as an NBA coach. He will meet with the media at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday. Thomas inherits an FIU basketball program that last had a winning record in 19992000 at 16-14. The Panthers made one NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995 and lost in the first round to UCLA. FIU’s home arena, U.S. Century Bank Arena, will also undergo a $5 million renovation with the help of the capital improvements trust fund.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT The tragic death of Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher and former Arkansas Traveler Nick Adenhart last week after he had blanked the Oakland Athletics for six innings in his first and last start of the year conjured memories of other big-league players who have died during the season - and how they finished their careers, often long before they were ready to. One of the most notable incidences involved another Angels player. On Sept. 9, 1978, outfielder Lyman Bostock was killed by a shotgun blast as he sat in the back seat of a car at a stoplight in Gary, Ind., by a man who intended to shoot the woman next to him in the car rather than Bostock. Bostock had gone 2-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox that day at Comiskey Park, but his final at-bat was a groundout to end the game, lost

by the Angels 5-4. Thurman Munson, the great New York Yankees catcher, was playing first base in what turned out to be his final major-league game on Aug. 2, 1979. His final at-bat was a strikeout, also at Comiskey Park, and then he died the next day on an off-day when his private plane crashed while he was practicing takeoffs and landings at an airport in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Harry Agganis was a promising, 26-year-old first baseman for the Boston Red Sox in 1955. On May 16, a day after he had gone 6-for-10 in a doubleheader in Boston, Agganis was hospitalized with chest pains. Six weeks later he was dead of a massive pulmonary embolism, although he had returned to play two more games, again at Comiskey Park. Agganis went 2-for-4 in his final See

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Notre Dame’s Weis says he now sees ‘bigger picture’ Teddy Greenstein

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J. CONRAD WILLIAMS, JR. Newsday/MCT

Former NBA general manager and head coach Isiah Thomas was named coach at Florida International Tuesday. He is a member of the NBA Hall of Fame as a player.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Charlie Weis considered it, albeit briefly. Leave Notre Dame. Return to the comfort zone of an NFL coordinator’s job. End the abuse, the kind that led son Charlie Jr. to skip school for three days after the Irish’s home loss to Syracuse. “We talked about all that as a family, and we felt that we didn’t want to leave that way,” Weis said during a recent 35-minute interview with the Chicago Tribune. “That would have been the easy way out. That’s not why we came here.” They came to set down roots and win football games. They did both immediately. Remember that first season, 2005? Weis’ team started 9-2 with three-point losses to Michigan State and USC. Weis had no trouble winning. Everything else that comes with being Notre Dame’s coach – “all the hats you wear,” in Weis parlance – proved the greater challenge. Weis, it turned out apparently, could not have been more poorly equipped to appease those other slices in the pie chart – school administrators, former See

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week was one of the highlights of the year. It just feeds into this week.” The Razorbacks will compete against No. 2 Utah, No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 Oregon State and No. 14 Illinois in their session for a top three position to advance to the Super Six. Arkansas is 2-1 against the competition with wins over

Alabama and Stanford and a loss against Oregon State. Considering Arkansas’ familiarity with the field, Cook said the experience should help the team. “Once you start beating some of the top teams in the country in any circumstance, you are not really afraid of this competition,” Cook said. But Cook said worrying about the opposition won’t be a priority for Arkansas. “We just have to stay concentrated on what we do,” Cook said. “We need to focus

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on ourselves and hit our routines with a lot of enthusiasm. If we do that, any doors that open up for us can be walked through.” Last year at the NCAA Championships, Arkansas had the program’s first AllAmericans when Michelle Stout and Casey Jo Magee both earned the honor. Magee will be making her third appearance at the NCAA Championship after also earning a trip as an individual allarounder in 2007. Cook said having the indi-

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vidual experience is important. But with the majority of the team having an opportunity to compete at this level, the team shouldn’t be overwhelmed at the meet, Cook said. “(Stout and Magee) lead the cart a little bit,” Cook said. “But most of our team has had an opportunity to compete at the national championship. They are excited and looking forward to enjoying the experience, but, at the same time, embracing the challenges and go toward the next level.”

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In 2008, juniors Casey Jo Magee (above) and Michaelle Stout became the University of Arkansas’ first All-Americans in gymnastics.

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Masters.com. “Usually I come out on the short end of those battles, but I was glad to come out on front.” Usually is right. But Lefty challenged him and put on a show on the front nine, recording a course-tying 30. Golf is a strange sport when it comes to head-to-head competitions. It isn’t like other individual sports like tennis.

Players battle the elements, the course and the whole field when playing stroke play. All the factors make golf rivalries a little rare. But the rivalry has always been there for Phil and Tiger. The actual leaders of the tournament were not outdone by the Tiger and Phil show. The only thing Kenny Perry should have been doing after a masterful shot on hole 16 was to get sized up for the jacket that was sure to be his with the lead.

Perry was bogey free on the last 22 holes heading into the final two holes. That changed. He had a shot to win it with his 15-foot par putt. But it didn’t find the bottom of the cup, forcing the three-way playoff. “I may never get this opportunity ever again, but I had a lot of fun being in there,” Perry said to the Associated Press. “I had the tournament to win. I lost the tournament.” Give credit to Angel Cabrera. He hung around all

day and didn’t even look like he had a shot after hitting into the trees on the first playoff hole. Following it with a shot off a tree, he looked like the best out there. And he proved it, winning his second major. But the final round will be remembered for the rivalry that was renewed. Harold McIlvain II is a senior staff writer for The Arkansas Traveler.

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game, June 2, but in his final at-bat, he flied out into a double play as baserunner Ted Williams was caught off first base. St. Louis Cardinals fans, of course, recall the Redbirds’ two losses of life in this decade. Both Darryl Kile, who died of a heart attack on June 22, 2002, and Josh Hancock, who was killed in a car crash on April 29, 2007, closed their playing careers on a positive note, as it turned out. Kile beat the Angels 7-2 at Busch Stadium on June 18, giving up a hit to Garret Anderson, the last hitter he faced, before being relieved by Gene Stechschulte. Kile pitched the Cardinals into first place that night, and they would go on to win the division title. Hancock, working the last three innings of a blowout game five days before he died, pitched scoreless ball, giving up just two hits and retiring Ken Griffey Jr. for his final out. The last previous player before Hancock whose career was shortened by death was Yankees reliever Cory Lidle, who was killed just four days after the Yankees had lost out in the American League playoffs to Detroit in October 2006. Lidle, who was killed in a private plane crash while flying over Manhattan, had been knocked out in the fourth and final game of the division series, allowing a run-scoring double to Carlos Guillen as the final hitter he faced, giving up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. Perhaps the most legendary player to die before his career was over came after the 1972 season, on Dec. 31, in fact, when Pittsburgh Pirates great Roberto Clemente, 38, was killed in a small plane crash as he flew to Nicaragua to help victims of an earthquake.

What turned out to be Clemente’s last regular-season game came on Sept. 30, 1972, when he doubled off New York Mets lefthander Jon Matlack. The hit was No. 3,000 for Clemente, who was pinch-hit for on his next at-bat by fellow future Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski. Clemente played in the National League Championship Series with the Pirates and was walked intentionally in the eighth inning of Game 5 in the last plate appearance of his career. The irony of this was that the free-swinging Clemente hardly ever walked, drawing just 621 passes in nearly 2,500 games. The defending World Serieschampion Pirates were three outs away from going to the Series again, but Cincinnati scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the deciding game, with the winning run wild-pitched home by Bob Moose, who himself was killed in an auto accident after the 1976 season. Shortstop Ray Chapman, who already had scored 97 runs for what would be one of only two World Series championship clubs in Cleveland, made an out in what turned out to be his last at-bat when he batted against Yankees submariner Carl Mays in the fifth inning on Aug. 16, 1920. Chapman never moved as a Mays pitch hit him in the head and he died 12 hours later. The sound of Chapman being hit reportedly was so loud that Mays thought the pitch had been put in play and he threw to first base trying to retire Chapman. For the record, the last batter Nick Adenhart would face was Oakland’s Rajai Davis. Davis grounded to third base to end the Oakland sixth inning in a game that Adenhart and the Angels seemed destined to win as they held a 3-0 lead. The Angels lost the game to an Oakland flurry in the eighth and ninth innings. Then, early the next morning, they lost much more.

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from Page 6 players, alumni clubs and the media. As an NFL coordinator, his success was judged on two numbers – points and yards. And he came from the New England Patriots, a Bill Belichick operation in which coaches barely emerge from their caves long enough to attend practice. Belichick assistants don’t meet with reporters or mingle with the public; they watch film. It’s a different world from the college game. It seems that Weis now sees a bigger picture, but he’s reluctant to acknowledge that. Take the issue of visiting alumni clubs. Shortly after Weis was hired, top Notre

Dame administrators, including then-athletic director Kevin White, encouraged him to focus on the team rather than his dozens of speaking requests. Victories would make the alums happy, not handshakes. So Weis made a point to attend the annual Rockne dinner in Chicago, and nothing else. “I didn’t find out a problem existed until Year Three,� he said. Coincidentally, Weis had more time for meet-and-greets after Year Three. A 3-9 season meant no bowl prep in December, and the NCAA had forbidden head coaches from visiting high schools that spring. After Weis sought his advice, Notre Dame President Emeritus Rev. Edward Malloy suggested he visit the seven

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clubs that had won Alumni Association awards. He visited 11. “The only problem was that a lot of people thought I was being a little hypocritical,� Weis said, “that I was doing it just to appease them. ‘Weis is trying to exonerate himself of all sins.’ That really wasn’t the case. “I do enough other things wrong on my own. But those major ones I was innocent of, even though I was perceived guilty.� The other major one, to which Weis referred, regarded whether former players could attend practice. Weis said he had an “open avenue� for former players, but he instituted a complicated policy that was poorly communicated to monogram winners.

Thursday practices were open, but former players had to give an administrator 24 hours notice and wear a credential. If a former player or VIP wanted to attend practice on a different day, he had to be accompanied by White, university President Rev. John Jenkins or deputy athletic director Stan Wilcox. Wilcox and White now work at Duke University. Weis last year hired former Irish All-America running back Reggie Brooks and made him the football program’s liaison to the Monogram Club. “Too many times,� Weis said, “miscommunication can lead to problems that don’t need to exist. We now have a better mechanism to resolve issues before they become issues.� Notre Dame athletic direc-

THE ARKANSAS TRAVELER | www.thetraveleronline.com tor Jack Swarbrick said that in his eight months on the job, he hasn’t seen any issues – or any problems with Weis’ comportment. “What I’ve observed is uniformly positive,� he said. “He’s a guy who does a million small favors, or courtesies, for people. He was one of the first people to call (women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw) after that tough loss (in the NCAA tournament). And he reached out to call Father Jenkins after the controversy with President Obama.� After asking Weis to return this season, Swarbrick told him his first priority is to win football games. “Don’t focus on trying to modify people’s perceptions of you,� Swarbrick told him. Weis won 19 games in his first two years. Any grumbling

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‘The art of war’

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New paintings meditate on the cause of war Anna Nguyen Lifestyles Editor

An installation of 21 new paintings depicting the human costs of war will be displayed at the Fayetteville Underground, sponsored by the Four Square Fine Art Gallery. The exhibit, “The Art of War: Reflections on Meaning

and Memory,” combines paintings by Robert Andes, Robert Glick and Golsa Yaghoobi. The exhibit is set in a Stonehenge-like memorial, which has been specifically prepared for the show, in the large gallery at the Fayetteville Underground. The exhibit was inspired by some earlier paintings by Robert Andes at the War

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Memorial in Washington, D.C., said Gene Andes, coordinator of the Four Square Fine Art Gallery. The ancient concept of a ring, symbol of immortality and of the recurrent cycles of life and death, was also considered during the creation of the memorial, he said. “(It’s) a nice way to show the paintings and to produce

“the commonalities of war speaks for itself,” he said. “We didn’t have to talk about it.” Contrasting Robert Andes and Yaghoobi’s pieces are Glick’s deconstructed, abstract paintings. Inspired by French artist Yves Klein, Glick lit his paintings on fire to evoke the See

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Callahan’s album reflects on the wonder and uncertainty shared by all living things

LINDSEY PRUITT When my family gathers, anything goes. And when I say anything, I mean anything. After stressing myself out the entire week to get everything done so I could skip class on Friday, I expected that this would be a day well skipped. After all, I was excited about meeting my family a day early and traveling to Memphis for a little sight-seeing. We make up a motley crew, the Pruitt family. My nieces and nephews are usually screaming while the rest of us try to ignore them. Meanwhile, my dad is screaming about logistics to everyone while my mom tries to settle him down saying, “Jerry! Let’s just play it by ear.” I usually find myself floating through the mess as an observer, just taking it all in. While we are all loving, intelligent people, when we get together it gets a bit crazy, as I’m sure it does with most families. There is only so much I can take. I wake up in the morning to the sound of the children yelling in the hallway of our hotel, my mother’s hair dryer blowing and my dad yelling at her to hurry up in the bathroom. My incoherence from a night’s sleep and confusion from all the noise was made even larger when my mom said, “Guess where we’re going today?” Hoping for a shopping adventure or even a good movie, I was more than surprised to hear her say, “The Scoop on Poop.” Between my obvious repulsion and the look on my face, even with all the noise, I just knew we could both hear crickets. Now, granted, this is not actually that surprising coming from my family. Like I said, anything goes, but being in a city like Memphis, famous for many things, I was expecting more of a prestigious sight-seeing adventure. Not. Turns out that “The Scoop on Poop” is a traveling exhibit

thesis exhibit last semester, returns with more haunting black and white paintings. The artists never put in cognition what their sentiments were. They were allowed to have artistic freedom and maintain a distance while working on their separate paintings, Glick said. Although each artist has different exposures of war,

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a certain reflective mood in the observer,” Andes said. “The Art of War” exhibit conveys three different perspectives of war and the diverse personality of each artist. Glick coveys war through the deconstruction of figurative abstractions; Robert Andes offers portraits of soldiers; and Yaghoobi, who unveiled her UA master’s of fine art

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Brady Tackett Staff Writer

The cover and title track of Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle evoke images of the 43-year-old Bill Callahan lop-

ing through the stark countryside on horseback, watching and singing of the birds in his wise baritone. The actual music can be characterized in this way, too: the warm string and brass arrangements are careful not to venture too far ahead of a song’s melody or rhythm, and Callahan’s voice, as distinctive as Johnny Cash’s, is mixed up front, alone. Eagle’s lyricism is environmentally considerate, too. “Jim Cain,” the record’s opener, finds Callahan turning grimly to the natural world after failing in the material one. “In case things go poorly and I

not return/Remember the good things I’ve done,” he croaks, recalling label-mates and fellow self-deprecators Silver Jews. The singers of both groups take poetic pause in the simplest of details, but Callahan is more concerned with carnal injustice than with growing old. “Too many birds in one tree ... one last bird without a place to be,” he mourns on “Too Many Birds,” as if he’s endured this same cruelty many times before. Since Callahan’s musings are the foundation of Eagle, instrumentation is sparse. Most

of these songs sound like they were composed on an acoustic guitar and fleshed out by Brian Beattie, whose string arrangements sing and harmonize as well as cushion Callahan’s deadpan delivery. “My Friend” and “Eid Ma Clack Shaw” are the only tracks that are in any sort of hurry, and the latter is the album’s best song. This is mostly a languid work of art, a meditation on the wonder and uncertainty shared by all living things. Whether they shuffle or scurry, all of Eagle’s songs lead you around a different bend than the one you expected.

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‘Saxophone Colossus’ jazz legend to perform tonight at the Walton Arts Center

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LINDSEY PRUITT Assistant Lifestyles Editor

that happened to be in Memphis at a museum called “The Pink Palace.” When I think of pink palaces, I think of princesses and candy, not excrement. The whole thing was rather ironic. I decided to deal with this situation as I would any other strange See

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Famed jazz musician Sonny Rollins will visit Northwest Arkansas today at the Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall for a one-night performance. Nicknamed the “Saxophone Colossus” for his incredible skills on the tenor saxophone, Rollins has established a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential jazz musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to a press release. Rollins grew up in Harlem, not

far from the Savoy Ballroom, the Apollo Theatre and the doorstep of his idol, Coleman Hawkins. He started out on alto saxophone, but at the age of 16, he switched to tenor, trying to emulate Hawkins. He also fell under the spell of the musical revolution that surrounded him – Bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. Rollins began to follow Charlie Parker and soon came under the wing of Thelonious Monk, who became his musical mentor and

guru. Rollins first recorded in 1949 with Babs Gonzalez, and in the same year he recorded with J.J. Johnson and Bud Powell. In 1951, Rollins made a name for himself when he recorded with Miles Davis. In 1953, he again collaborated with Monk. “At 78 years old, Rollins is still at the top of his game,” according to the press release. “His accomplishments in the last decade alone speak to the depth of his talent.” Rollins has won two Grammy Awards, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award

from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and was inducted into the Academy of Achievement, for which he gave a solo performance at the International Achievement Summit in Los Angeles. “Sonny Rollins holds a unique place in the temple of jazz deities,” said Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF’s Shades of Jazz. “Rollins is a living and performing link to the past who refuses to rest on his laurels. In concert, he humSee

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Real Good Legends performs last night at George’s Majestic Lounge for a Ducks for Dharma concert. Hosted by Heifer International and Students for a Free Tibet, the concert was a benefit to raise money to provide ducks for impoverished families in India, and half of the proceeds will go toward a Tibetan school in India.

Pruitt venture. I simply said to myself, “My life is a sitcom,� and let the day roll. At the entrance of the exhibit was a huge photo of a dog doing, well, his business. Although a cartoon, it was still vivid enough to gross me out. I will admit, I had to laugh most of the time. Was there really an entire exhibit just for poop? Apparently so. While wandering around halfway disgusted and halfway interested, I did learn a few things. First of all, when I walked, a terrifyingly large pile of dung donated so graciously by an elephant greeted me. Next to it was a scale, on which you could find out how long it would take an elephant to empty itself of your weight. For me, eight hours and my weight would be only a small portion of the 400 pounds an elephant eats a day. The whole scale idea was kind of cool, and now the poop was gaining my approval. I was most interested in the “uses of poop section,� because who uses poop? Apparently our good friends and neighbors, the “Okies,� like to throw poop for fun ... monkeys?! Believe it or not, cow-pie tossing contests are popular events in parts of Oklahoma. They select chips of dried cow dung and see who can throw the farthest. The record distance is more than 185 feet. And people think Arkansans are hillbillies ... ha! Another humorous fact about poop: during WWII, the British had a poop-favoring magician on their side who hid explosives in camel poop in North Africa, knowing that German tank drivers thought it was good luck to drive over dung piles. After the Germans figured it out, the magician began creating bombs to mimic dung that had already been run over. Genius! I think the most ironic statement in the whole place was that many animals use poop as perfume to attract mates. Now that’s hot. On my way out, a wildly unattractive woman with a creepy smile grabbed my arm and made me match the animal with its droppings. I’ve never failed a test so miserably, but I did learn something! That’s always positive! I suppose now I’m in the loop on the scoop on poop. Lindsey Pruitt is the assistant Lifestyles editor for The Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every other Wednesday.

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immaterial on the material surface to show fire in a transitory state. “(The fire) worked well with war because everything about war is transitional,” Glick said. “All of my art is about the human condition,” said Glick, whose pieces suggest that no country can maintain force for prolonged periods of time during warfare, evident in the skulls, vague forms of human bodies and desert-like colors. Robert Andes’ pieces serve as portraits of a refugee. “Since I have not witnessed war first hand, I wanted to give an impression of being outside and looking in,” he said. “My paintings are based on photographs from all over the world depicting, among other things, pride and suffering,” he said. Robert Andes participated in the exhibit because he feels strongly against war, and he thinks most of his images convey that message in a subtle way. “Ultimately, I hope the subtle quality of my work will help make people stop and think rather than induce a quick ‘knee-jerk’ reaction,” Robert Andes said. “I wanted to show aspects that I see as an outsider looking in, like the bright and colorful uniforms and the psychological effect of war. “The uniforms are a representation of pride and power, sometimes with flamboyant colors and patches denoting rank and accomplishment,” he said. Yaghoobi effectively uses close-up portraits of women and children to present her view of war and reflect what she has experienced, seen and felt as a child growing up in

post-revolution Tehran, Iran. Her paintings also represent her sentiments about the current war. “I intend to reflect my personal experience and my very personal opinion regarding war and the world, mainly as a child and as a woman,” Yaghoobi said. “In a simpler (meaning), as an insider looking at the war – how as I was a kid hopeful or sometimes hopeless. How I was hoping for better or days or sometimes I thought it was the end of the war,” she said. For Yaghoobi, the exhibit shows the artists’ desire for peace by showing the truth behind every war and how people are directly and indirectly hurt by it, especially civilians and children, she said. Andes said he hopes the audience will find the exhibit a contemplative experience, giving each person something to think about and be grateful for. During the original concept, Andes and the artists wanted the troops to have returned from the Middle East by the time the exhibit opened, but it didn’t happen, Andes said. “War is a human experience and it’s an opportunity for society to reflect on the costs of war,” he said. “It is not intended to be disturbing or to take any particular position. It’s just to reflect a certain reality,” he said. “The Art of War: Reflections on Meaning and Memory” opens with a reception 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Fayetteville Underground, located on 1 E. Center St. on the square. The show will run through Memorial Day.


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