ASG Plans Tailgate Parties for Students by KATHERINE BARNETT Staff Writer
The Associated Student Government executives and the Residents’ Interhall Congress members will host university-wide tailgate parties for two home football games this fall, the ASG president said. The free, public events will feature food and live music, said ASG President Michael Dodd. Festivities are scheduled for the Missouri State game Sept. 3 and the Auburn game Oct. 8 outside Bud Walton Hall on Stadium Drive, said Jaimie Hibbs, ASG director of traditions. ASG might schedule more parties depending on the attendance of home games, which is dictated by weather and the Razorbacks’ record, Dodd said. The purpose of the events is to share UA traditions with new students, Dodd said.
“Game day has always been a tradition at the UA, and tailgating is a big part of that,” he said. “This event will give students who might not go to a football game or get invited to a tailgate the chance to have that expe-
rience, especially international students or students from out of state.” “These parties are created with those students in mind,” Hibbs said. “Most tailgates are just for a certain group of people, but this will be a
place for everyone to go,” she said. Junior Rose Brorsen looks forward to the university-wide tailgate parties, she said. “I’d never even heard of a tailgate before I came to school here, but now
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Razorback fans dressed in red waiting for the tailgate parade. Tailgating is popular among some students as a pregame ritual, and ASG plans to extend it to all students.
it’s a big part of my college experience,” Brorsen said. “I think it’s a great idea for ASG to extend that opportunity to everyone.” The tailgates will begin two-anda-half hours before each game and conclude 30 minutes before kickoff, she said. Registered Student Organizations will be invited to set up booths outside Walton Hall during the tailgate events, Hibbs said. No alcohol will be allowed at the tailgating site. The tailgates could include appearances by former UA athletes, the Razorback cheer team and marching band, she said. “It’s all a work in progress, but we’re hoping to start a new tradition,” Hibbs said. ASG members hope for large student attendance because the tailgate event will take place so close to the stadium, Dodd said. Funding for the event is provided by the athletic department, as well as ASG and RIC, which will cover the cost of food and live music, Dodd said. Although the event is open to the public, the tailgate party will be planned with UA students in mind, Dodd said. “The limited space and nature of the event are catered toward students,” he said.
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FEATURES EDITOR: LAUREN LEATHERBY
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ASST. FEATURES EDITOR: KELSI FORD
by NICK BROTHERS Staff Writer
Where else can you escape for maybe two or three hours from life’s problems and find yourself caring about fictional people? Why, the movies, of course, and it’s fantastic. There are a lot of great looking films coming out this fall. Both “Contagion” and “Warrior” open in theaters Sept. 9. “Contagion”, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwenyth Paltrow, is an actiondrama about Thomas Emhoff (Damon) and his family’s plight against a horrible plague whose striking population centers around the globe. The film hosts a huge star-studded cast, and it looks to be pretty action
packed. The bleak-looking fate of Contagion looks like it will also tug at viewers’ heartstrings. “Warrior” is a Mixed Martial Arts tournament dramasport movie starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. Two brothers, Tom (Hardy) and Brendan Conlon (Edgerton) —one a freshly stateside marine and the other, a retired fighter turned public school teacher — compete for the first place cash prize and title of a Pittsburg MMA tournament. However, there is more at stake than fighting at the tournament—they must also fight for their broken family, as Brendan has been an outcast from his father and brother for years. Tensions and emo-
First Thursday Kicks Off on the Square by KELSI FORD Asst. Features Editor
There are several things that make Fayetteville the unique town it is: Razorback football, Dickson Street, the farmers’ market and, of course, First Thursday Fayetteville. This year, the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau has put on First Thursday Fayetteville each month since April, and the event will continue through November. First Thursday takes place on – you guessed it – the
tions will rise in “Warrior.” For those into the chick-flick genre, be sure to check out “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” releasing Sept. 16. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, and Christina Hendricks, the film is “a comedy centered on the life of Kate Reddy, a finance executive who is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids,” according to the film’s IMDb page. Imagine Sarah Jessica Parker’s role in “Sex and the City,” except she’s married with children, and that’s what this movie will be like. Coming to theaters Sept. 23, both “Moneyball” and “Abduction” will be pulling crowds in. “Moneyball,” starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Sey-
mour Hoffman, is about Oakland Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane and his plot to turn his low income and losing team into a World Series contender. They use unconventional methods throughout the league in order to win, doing what many would call “moneyball” and using computer generated analysis of their team to recruit and draft overlooked players. “Abduction,” starring Taylor Lautner, Alfred Molina and Sigourney Weaver is “a thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website,” according to the movie’s IMDb page. The mov-
phy and textiles to jewelry. Grant Scarsdale, a photographer, has had his work featured at the outdoor art walk twice. “The crowds are always really supportive and really great,” Scarsdale said. “The community in Fayetteville is wonderful and very supportive.” Another part of First Thursday is the Gallery Walk at Fayetteville Underground. The Underground, located at 1 E. Center St., houses four art galleries on the lower level
of the East Square Plaza. The 4,000 square feet of art galleries will feature artwork from local and traveling artists. “New shows and regularly rotating exhibitions are installed monthly in each gallery, with opening night art parties scheduled in conjunction with downtown Fayetteville’s First Thursday Gallery Walk,” according to the Fayetteville Underground’s website. Original art, crafts and limited edition prints will be available for sale in the Underground galleries. While the outdoor art walk and Fayetteville Un-
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and “Paranormal Activity 3” will release to theaters. A cinematic twist of the classic tale of “The Three Musketeers,” the fantasy-action adaptation focuses on D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and the Musketeers: Porthos (Ray Stevenson), Aramis (Luke Evans), and Athos (Matthew Macfadyen). The film follows their fight against the tyrannical Duke of Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) for France and keeping Europe from war. The film’s art direction is in the direction of steam-punk with archaic flying machines and flint-lock pistols. Releasing on the same day
jestic Lounge, where Mountain Sprout and Boom Kinetic will be performing. Boom Kinetic’s sound can largely be described by the “one theory” that Seeger says drives its grooves: “You party, you dance; and when you’re done, you rock it even more,” adding that “lasers and fog are a must.” Boom Kinetic consists of vocalist Wiley Seeger, Zach Gump, Aaron Schauer, Greg Guillot and Miguel Gamboa. The members are from both Fayetteville and Little Rock, but frequently tour to surrounding states, bringing along their new wave 80’s hits and alternative rock flair. And, lest we forget, Boom Kinetic was named Band of the Year by the Arkansas Traveler for the 2010-11 year, as well as last year’s Band of the Year in Citiscapes magazine. The band makes frequent trips to Northwest Arkansas, so once students become hooked on Boom Kinetic’s infectious sound, they can look forward to many shows to come. Those who couldn’t get enough of Mountain Sprout or their beards when they opened for the Charlie Daniels band are in luck this weekend. Eureka Springs-based Mountain Sprout is not only opening at the AMP on Friday night, but they are playing at George’s Majestic Lounge the following night. Mountain Sprout’s feel-good bluegrass features humorous songs with titles such as “Screw the Gov’t,” “Dry Counties” and “Turkey Buzzard.” Their love for playing music fits the band’s mentality. “We are just doing what we like to do the best way we know how,” said the band on
their website biography. “Playing music to make ourselves happy and hopefully entertain some of you along the way.” Mountain Sprout, like Boom Kinetic, has a way with making people get up and dance. “When listeners hear an actual Mountain Sprout song, it’s the hardest thing in the world not to get off their butts and start dancing around,” said TJ Jones in the Carbondale, Ill., publication Nightlife. “They like the finer things in life – drinkin’, smokin’, music and parties.” Just down the street from the booming time at George’s, the Ying Yang Twins will be performing at Rogue Pizza Co. on the same night. With immensely popular hits like “Wait (The Whisper Song),” “Badd,” “Shake” and “Shake it like a Salt Shaker,” as well as being featured in Lil’ Jon’s “Get Low,” the Ying Yang Twins are a classic crunk rap group that is hard to forget. They even released a Greatest Hits album in 2009. The Ying Yang Twins, the Atlanta-based duo with members Kaine and D-Roc, are likely to play some new material at Saturday’s show, including a new single that will be released on Sept. 7. All proceeds of the song’s sales will go towards the U Safe Project to fight HIV and AIDS, according to the group’s Twitter. And the concert will surely not disappoint. The Ying Yang Twins are known for their performances’ “sheer energy and contagious liveliness” and the “club-banging swagger of the crunk they’ve popularized and nearly perfected,” in the words of Chance Dibben of the Pitch Music Blog.
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Weekend Concerts Bring Country, Dancing
“The crowds are always really supportive and really great.” - Grant Scarsdale, Photographer first Thursday of the month. The premier First Thursday of the school year will take place tonight, September 1, on the Fayetteville Square. Tanner Montgomery, the organizer of First Thursday, said the event is a “familyfriendly local event down on the Fayetteville Downtown Square, in which aspiring art purchasers or new art purchasers come out and see some of the things that they didn’t know where to get before.” A major attraction at First Thursday is the outdoor art walk, where several local artists, as well as national and international artists, showcase and sell their artwork, which ranges from paintings to photogra-
ie actually looks to be pretty cool with a lot of twists and turns, and the audience will be kept guessing as to what’s going on every step of the way. “50/50,” a comedy-drama starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen, comes to theaters on Sept. 30. The plot is about 27-year-old Adam (Gordon-Levitt) and his diagnosis and battle with cancer. As his moral support, Rogen’s character, Kyle, helps Adam along the way. However, it is a comedy, so as bleak and dreary as some scenes may be, there will probably be an equal amount of humorous scenes—or so it looks that way. Jumping ahead to Oct. 21, “The Three Musketeers”
The Ying Yang Twins to perform at Rogue Pizza Co. on Dickson Street. Sept. 3. by LAUREN LEATHERBY Features Editor
This weekend’s concerts will bring bluegrass, crunk rap, electronic beats, lots of beards and southern rock - but most importantly a whole lotta dancin’. The weekend will come to a roaring Southern start with the Charlie Daniels band performing at the Arkansas Music Pavilion. Daniels, perhaps most famous for his song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has been performing for more than 60 years. The legend, a Gram-
my winner and Grand Ole Opry inductee, even co-wrote a song recorded by Elvis Presley. Daniels, who will turn 75 in October, shows no signs of his age in his concerts, with each performance as notoriously vivacious and hard-hitting as the last. Look forward to seeing nothing but his white beard beneath a wide-brimmed hat as he saws away at the fiddle. If students still have energy after Daniels’ hard-hitting bluegrass rock, musical festivities will continue the following night at George’s Ma-
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Key Lime Pie Fudge Squares by EMILY RHODES Staff Writer
After finally getting the last pot and pan unpacked in my new kitchen, my new apartment with the husband is complete. Searching for a sweet snack to indulge in the weekend before classes begin, I found this amazing recipe on a cooking blog. After adding a few ingredients of my own, I came up with this – key lime pie fudge, made with decadent white chocolate and a cinnamon graham cracker crust. This recipe is simple and
quick to make, and is the perfect party dish to bring to those back-to-school potlucks. I had to cheat a little and use regular limes, as the local store didn’t have key limes, but the flavors still turned out perfectly. This summery treat is bright and tangy from the fresh lime juice and creamy from the chocolate, which makes it the perfect dessert to share with friends. The graham cracker crust is optional, and is the only part that requires an oven, so making the fudge alone is the perfect dorm-friendly recipe.
Ingredients ¼ cup butter ¼ cup sugar 1 packet (about 1½ cups) cinnamon graham crackers 2 cups (1 packet) white chocolate chips 2/3 can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp vanilla Zest of 6 key limes, or 3 regular limes 4 tablespoons lime juice chopped walnuts Begin by melting the butter in the microwave and then stirring in the sugar until well incorporated. Crush the graham crackers either by smashing them in a Ziploc bag or in a food processor, and add to the mixture to combine. Line a small baking pan with foil and butter all sides to prevent sticking. Press the crust mixture into the pan and bake at 3750F for five minutes. While the crust is baking, take a saucepan and incorporate the condensed milk and chocolate chips. Heat for 30 minutes on the stove on low heat, or until the chocolate chips melt and the consistency is smooth. If you are making the dish in the microwave, heat in one minute intervals until melted. Make sure to keep the heat as low as possible – if the chocolate melts too quickly on a high heat, it will burn, and the flavor will not be good! Take the crust out of the oven after five minutes and cool in the pan on a wire rack. When the chocolate mixture is smooth, add the vanilla, lime zest and lime juice. I took the zest from three regular limes, and then used the juice from two. Then, spread the chocolate lime mixture over the crust, top with walnuts and refrigerate overnight for best results. When the fudge has hardened completely, lift out of the baking pan, cut into squares and enjoy. These sweet snacks will last for around 3-4 days if stored in an air-tight container.
EMILY RHODES STAFF WRITER
MOVIES from page 2 is the ever-popular third sequel of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. As creepy as the movie can be, or maybe as unintentionally hilarious it may be, it’s looking to be a good ride. Honestly, it’s always fun to be in a huge audience at horror movies and hear everybody scream in terror followed directly by nervous laughter. On Oct. 28, the thrilling crime/sci-fi “In Time,” which stars Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried hits theaters. The movie’s main plot, according to its IMDb page: “In the future people stop aging at 25 and must work to buy themselves more time. But when a young man finds himself with more time than he can imagine he must run from the corrupt police force to save his life.” The film looks to be very interesting with a lot of moral qualms presented in the plot and an interesting premise. Lastly, the anticipated “Immortals” will be released on 11-11-11. From the producers of “300,” comes a similar style of gritty sepia-like filmmaking. The movie follows the Greek mythological warrior Theseus (Henry Cavill) and his battle against the immortal Titans. The release is pretty far from today, but it should be to the delight of fans of “300.” It’s a long semester ahead, but as long as there are roommates that irritate, tests that make you stress out like none other and hours of labor to make ends meet, there will always be the cool, dark, entertaining movie theater waiting. This fall is offering up many movie titles keen to any interest.
The butter-cinnamon crust pairs perfectly with the rich chocolate fudge, and the crunch of the walnuts and tang of the zesty limes provides a unique flavor sensation that is a great pick up in this summer heat. Share with friends or keep for yourself for a great first-week-back treat.
THURSDAY from page 2 derground are popular attractions at First Thursday, there is also plenty more to look forward to. The Sarah Hughes Band, a folk-rock band from Fayetteville, will perform on the Square. The movie “Little Giants” will be shown. There will also be a charity beer garden benefiting the Fayetteville Animal Shelter. A Swedish BMX stunt biker, Thomas Remvik Aasen, who goes by TRA, will perform on one of the streets on the Square. For kids, artists from Terra Studios, an art settlement in Fayetteville, will provide face painting, sidewalk chalk and drawing activities. Two live artists, Nadine Rippelmeyer and one of her students, will be painting on a canvas. There will also be a clown making balloon animals. Another event will happen on the Square in conjunction with First Thursday. Fest of All, a multicultural event that aims to celebrate the many diverse cultures present in the Ozarks, will feature vendors, a band, dancers, and information on other cultures. Restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries in downtown Fayetteville will be open for business during First Thursday. First Thursday, although organized by Montgomery and his colleagues at the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, would not be possible without its many sponsors. This month, the event sponsor is About You (AY) Magazine. The live music is sponsored by Adventure Subaru. New Belgium Brewing Company is sponsoring the beer garden. The Kids’ Zone is sponsored by the Bank of Fayetteville. While several other cities around the nation have First Thursday events, Mont-
gomery said First Thursday Fayetteville is not connected with any of them. “[First Thursday Fayetteville] is its own entity and event,” Montgomery said. “It’s just something we do to connect with the artistic community in Fayetteville.” Montgomery said guest should park at the Fayetteville Town Center parking deck, which is free after 5 p.m. There will also be free parking behind East Square
Plaza, behind the Visitors Bureau and behind KNWA. He said there will be directional signs for parking. First Thursday kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. on the Fayetteville Downtown Square. More information can be found at www. f i r s t t hu r s d ay f ay e t t e v i l l e . com or at the event’s Facebook fan page, called First Thursday Fayetteville.
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Embrace the Positive, No Matter Where You Are by Barrett Lewis Traveler Columnist
People don’t come to the Arkansas for entertainment. No, in general they come for the rolling hills and delicate forestry that aren’t found so easily in the bordering states of Oklahoma and Texas. These reasons alone can be enough to convince someone to look past the tired redneck stereotype of Arkansans, and delve into all that can be offered by the state. Fayetteville, specifically, resides in a unique bubble by itself, although connected to Springdale and Bentonville. When one casts off the misconceptions of Arkansas and focuses on Fayetteville as an individual entity, one finds great things. There is much life in this town, and the culture it produces ranges from high-strung university fervor to laid back hipster niche. Going to high school in
Bentonville, being sucked out of the suburbs of Kansas City by the Walmart vacuum, you could not have convinced me of this. Arkansas was death, to me. For years, I refused to align myself with the state. It was nothing but a temporary pit stop on my way to better things. Obviously, these were my teenage years, filled with angst and a refusal of everything that was in front of me. Enrolling in the UA was a lazy decision, admittedly, fueled by short-term perspectives that made the first few years a mindless wander. I didn’t get involved, I barely passed classes and I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Three years later, after a whole lot of soul searching, I realized that my intense interest in politics, music and the entire world was a signal. A career in journalism was the path for me. After this, which sad to say wasn’t so long ago, everything changed.
I don’t regret all the time it took for me to figure everything out. I don’t regret that even though I am a senior, I have at least one or two more years ahead of me. Only now, finally knowing what I want to do, am I pushing myself to be involved. Thus, I don’t mind a few more years of work if it helps me in the long run. I don’t regret any of this because not only did it teach me many things about myself and helped me mature as an individual, but I have come to love Fayetteville. Four years ago, I never would have imagined that I would be content in spending another couple of years in college. Only now do I know how unique Fayetteville is to not only this state, but to the entire southern region of the U.S. I’ve spent three years exploring this town, and I’ve come to get a good feel for it. This year I will spend the majority of my column shining
a light (a spotlight, if you will) on aspects and issues relating to Fayetteville, while hopefully offering a unique perspective. This column will be helpful to everyone who is looking to expand his or her activities in Fayetteville, particularly beyond campus life. From newbie freshmen, newly legal bar-goers or those who, like I was, are just aimlessly coasting through school, I hope to impart my knowledge of the area to anyone who is looking for something new to do, alongside any wisdom I may have picked up along the way. Look forward to hearing about local music, artistic endeavors, the occasional bar scene or even local political issues. This is your town, and there is much for you to enjoy. Barrett Lewis is a columnist for the Traveler. His column will appear bi-monthly, every other Thursday.
Bring Common Sense Back to Congress’ Debates by Joe Kieklak Traveler Columnist
One would think that the recent budget debates would swiftly avoid moral issues and try to focus on a balanced budget, but it’s a test when balancing the budget often requires bringing programs under the limelight of the chopping block. Both the right and left brought plans to the table, yet even a last minute compromise was not enough to save the U.S. from a credit downgrade from Standard & Poors credit rating agency. There is nothing that can be done to prevent the natural course of government spending except for taxes and cuts, but reasons we cut programs are important. House Republicans voted in February to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood as, “A ban on taxpayer funding of abortions is the will of the people, and it ought to be the will of the land. The current law, particularly as enforced by this administration, does not reflect the will of the American people,” said House Speaker John Boehner. The organization Boehner and other House Republicans are so anxious to strip funding from has a legal right to operate, to use its taxpayer funding to offer preventative contraception and health care and to use its private funds to facilitate abortions when deemed necessary. The amendment was introduced to Rep. Mike Pence (RInd.), speaking in authorship of the necessities to prevent taxpayer money from funding abortions at a national level. “Nobody is saying Planned
Parenthood can’t be the leading advocate of abortion on demand, but why do I have to pay for it?” Pence went on to say. This is the first of the Congressman’s many mistakes. The argument that one doesn’t want to pay for something, therefore shouldn’t, works infinitely backwards. Let’s face it, nobody loves the idea of paying taxes, yet we do love driving on paved roads, coming from our taxes. More importantly, Pence isn’t paying for it. Many House Republicans agree with the pro-life stance, arguing for the “rights of the unborn,” and “sanctity of life.” Republican attendees joined Pence at the March for Life Rose Dinner in his moral mission, including 2012 hopefuls Rep. Michelle Bachmann and former Sen. Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney even showed support, sharing a, “commitment to laws that protect the innocent and uphold a culture of life,” he said at the rally. Conservative arguments stress focus consistently on the morality of abortion, claiming that all have a right to life, arguing that abortion is wrong. “Anti-choice extremists are trying to circumvent Roe v. Wade, their misguided efforts threaten life saving health services from the people who need it most,” said Jill June, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland CEO. June couldn’t be more right. In fact, cutting Planned Parenthood out of the budget would, “cut off 48 percent of Planned Parenthood patients — approximately 1.4 million people — according to a Huffington Post article detailing the Pence amendment.
One in five women have received care from Planned Parenthood in their lifetime, with more than three million people receiving care last year, June said. This presents a hole in Pence’s amendment. The representative wants to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood based on abortion services, yet he fails to understand that he also cuts free HIV/STD testing, both regular and emergency contraceptives, and annual health exams that for some, is their only access to health care. These programs help prevent unexpected pregnancies, in turn preventing abortions. In fact, only three percent of Planned Parenthood services are focused on abortion, while the other 97 percent are focused on preventative care according to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. Furthermore, legislation such as the Hyde Amendment and Title X prevent any federal funding of abortion, meaning that any abortion services or referrals offered by Planned Parenthood are paid for privately. Both pieces of legislation haven’t been addressed by House Republicans, whom have seemed to try shirk them off in an effort to pass their legislation through the Senate. It’s sensationalism, by wowing the public, attention is drawn away from the true matter at hand. Pence and other pro-life advocates stand to eliminate funding for a program that uses its federal funds to provide assistance to those to prevent pregnancies, not to terminate them. Pence’s amendment works backwards. The amendment would elimi-
nate federally-funded pregnancy prevention services on principle, which, is also flawed. Pence’s principle stresses a quality to life, these arguments all stem from a notion that life is beginning at conception. These ideas break away from a secular government, separating faith from politics. Under Pence’s own principle the amendment still doesn’t make sense; taking away contraception and family planning services can only lead to more abortions, particularly those of lower-incomes. These abortions will still be funded by private funds, as abortions aren’t illegal in the U.S. Fiscally, taking away resources for family planning and contraception makes no sense, as the inability to parent a child drives someone further into the cycle of poverty, using for government funds to sustain themselves. Pence digs a bigger hole in the federal deficit. Finally, there is an issue of standpoint epistemology. Pence doesn’t know what it’s to be at a dead end in a pregnancy, either being raped or not having enough money to pay for a child. The representative doesn’t understand the feeling of dehumanization because of an unintended pregnancy; it’s unacceptable to take away the option for those who do. Planned Parenthood funding has once again came under fire, and will probably be eyed by the upcoming Super Congress, and we can only hope legislatures will stay away from straw-man arguments and deal with the issues at hand. Joe Kieklak is a columnist for The Traveler.
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Game Day Brings Traffic and Parking Woes by KRISTEN COPPOLA Staff Writer
This weekend, UA Police Department officials is partnering with Parking and Transit Department officials to apply a swift and temporary change to the roadways in preparation for the influx of vehicles expected for the season’s first football game Saturday. These changes will guarantee the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike and provide efficient access to and from the football stadium, said Andy Gilbride, parking and transit education instruction specialist. UAPD officers will direct traffic to prevent clogged roads, said UAPD Captain Kathryn Huddler. Several roads near the stadium will temporarily become one-way prior to the game. Traffic will flow north on Razorback Road from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Lot 72 and south on Razorback Road from Maple Street to Lot 72. Cars will move west on Maple Street from Garland Avenue to Stadium Drive and south on Stadium Drive from Maple Street to Meadow Street, according to a map on the UAPD website. The traffic directions of several streets will change again after the game to accommodate people leaving the stadium. Traffic will flow south on Razorback Road from Lot 72 to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and north from Lot 72 to Cleveland Street. Cleveland Street will become a split oneway street, going east from Razorback Road to Garland Avenue and west from Razorback Road. Traffic will flow east on Maple Street and north on Garland Avenue, according to the map. The traffic plan is laid out this way for specific purposes, Huddler said.
“It depends on how the road flows. Razorback Road was chosen to go north pregame because the buses unload to the right, and it helps for their traffic routes,” she said. “One-way [traffic] on Maple Street helps to facilitate people not trying to come back to the area of the stadium.” The football game will also limit parking choices for students. As in previous years, students may not park their vehicles in the union parking garage or certain student parking lots, such as Lot 56 and Lot 44, or “The Pit.” These spaces are reserved for donors who have scholarship parking passes. All other vehicles must be removed from these lots by Friday at midnight or they will be towed, according to the UAPD website. Students may move their vehicles to the Garland and Harmon garages or to parking lots across from Baum Stadium, according to the website. Because of the extensive construction across campus, Lot 36 will not be open for student parking. “There [will be] some major construction on the corner of campus for the next few years,” Gilbride said. “[It’s] only Lot 36, behind the sorority houses on Douglas Street, which is for the new Infant Development Center.” Regular bus routes will not run on game day. Special Silver and Gold routes will shuttle people from Baum Stadium, where students park, and Lot 56, a main hub of tailgating, to Razorback Stadium and various other stops. They will run from four hours before kickoff until everyone is returned to their vehicles, according to the UAPD website. “With the traffic, we can’t handle our regular bus routes,” Gilbride said.
Pregame-Postgame Traffic Flow
Local Business Benefit from UA Student Numbers by STEPHANIE EHRLER Staff Writer
Fayetteville business owners have seen an expanded profit because of the large number of students returning to the UA. “The city has seen an increase in revenues in 2011 compared to 2010,” said Chung Tan, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce manager for economic development. “The increase can be attributed to many factors, but I am sure the increase in number of students here in Fayetteville is a contributing factor as well.” The profits that businesses are making can be attributed to its advertising, which is marketing goods that are college-related. “Since coming back to school, a lot of places have been giving out discount books and advertising items students need specifically,” said Michelle Volpe, UA pre-nursing student. “I like that stores are making things affordable, since being a college student does not exactly make you rich.” Fayetteville is not the only city that is affected by the beginning of the school year. It is a statewide influence. “The state of Arkansas, for the first year, participated in a salestax-free holiday on the weekend of Aug. 6-7, 2011,” Tan said. “Anyone [could] buy without paying sales tax on certain items, such as clothing and school sup-
plies not exceeding a maximum amount of $100 each.” With the start of the school year, “local businesses, such as Walmart, Office Depot and Office Max have all had ‘back-toschool’ sales this month to vie for students’ business,” Tan said. Necessities are the main thing that college students are pur-
allows businesses to receive profit and help restore the economy. “The students definitely contribute positively to the local economy,” Tan said. “They add to the vitality of the city with their energy.” While it is rare to go to Walmart and not see a crowd of people, super stores are not the
“The students definitely contribute positively to the local economy. They add to the vitality of the city with their energy.” - Chung Tan, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce economic development manager chasing to keep within their budget. “Before I go shopping I make a list to get things only that I need,” Volpe said. “I also cut out coupons to make my receipt amount a little smaller.” A seasonal sale will temporarily influence customers to purchase more, but having a discount year round can benefit the company, as well as the shopper, longer. “A lot of places have student prices, like the movies, so it is definitely more affordable,” said Hannah Bush, sophomore apparel studies student. “In high school, I had a job, so I had extra money, but because of the economy, it is harder to find work; therefore, I have less spending money, causing me to cut back.” The increase in UA students
only places that benefit from the start of another college year. “Apartment complexes, car lots, grocery stores, fast food chains, certain restaurants, cinemas, gas stations [and] laundry mats are some examples of businesses that have done well,” Tan said. Many businesses are seeing an increase in revenue because of students, but some of them are not affected by the start of the academic semester at all. “Businesses that do not see a lot of student traffic will not be impacted one way or another,” Tan said. The UA brings a large increase in population to the city of Fayetteville, and students believe that without their investments “the businesses would have to change a lot,” Bush said.
Fundraiser Participants Enjoy Free Sports Admission by MEGAN HUCKABY Staff Writer
Students who volunteer for the Razorback Foundation, which partners in fundraising with local schools and organizations, receive perks like free admission to Razorback athletic events, an organizer said. Volunteers work jobs like selling concessions or directing traffic at Razorback sporting events, said Ronnie Hoover, the campus pastor at Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. “They pay us per hour, per person, and it’s about minimum wage,” he said. With about 12 to 15 students working each event, the ministry earns around $500 per game. “All of the money goes toward missions,” Hoover said. The students participate for an opportunity to see the Razorbacks play, he said. The ministry has partnered with the Razorback Foundation for fundraisers for about 16 years. “Everyone that helps me gets an armband to get into the game for free. I have never had a time when I haven’t had at least one
person who is a Razorback fan and has never been to a game,” Hoover said. Fayetteville High School, Lincoln High School and West Fork High School also participate in the fundraiser, said Tom Hitt, Razorback Foundation member. The West Fork High School band allows students to volunteer as parking attendants at Razorback football and basketball games, according to the band’s website. The band uses the money to help with expenses. “Usually, but not always, funds earned from the activity are used...on the annual spring band trip and are distributed fairly among those who have participated,” according to the West Fork band website. Each participant is paid a “flat fee,” Hitt said. Despite rough economic times, the foundation has added another crew to help this year, Hitt said. The students will also get into games for free. “If it comes to the point that we can’t accommodate them, then we won’t be able to do that,” he said.
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Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson has been waiting for Saturday his entire life. Saturday at 6 p.m. the Greenwood, Ark., native makes his much anticipated debut as the Razorbacks starting quarterback against Missouri State. â€œIâ€™ve been around for a while,â€? Wilson said. â€œIâ€™ll have some anxiousness those first couple plays, but I wouldnâ€™t say nervousness. Iâ€™m ready to go. I feel comfortable and practice is going really well. I wouldnâ€™t say nervous. Just anxious.â€? Wilson has never made a start in his collegiate career, but has seen action in 13 games. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has completed 67 of 109 passes for 740 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. Wilson appeared in two games during his freshman season in 2008 before contracting mononucleosis and receiving a medical redshirt for the remainder of the season. â€œTyler came in when I came in, so heâ€™s been throwing me the ball for four years now,â€? senior receiver Greg Childs said. â€œIâ€™ve got all the
confidence in the world in him.â€? Arkansasâ€™ starter for the past two seasons, Ryan Mallett, declared for the NFL draft and was drafted by the New England Patriots, foregoing his final season of eligibility. Although Mallett had more experience than Wilson, Wilson brings aspects of the
Tyler Wilson HEIGHT 6-3
Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson will start his first career collegiate game Saturday against Missouri State. Wilson grew up in Greenwood, Ark., about an hour from the UA campus. He backed up Casey Dick and Ryan Mallett his first three seasons, earning national recognition for his play last season at Auburn in relief of Mallett.
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YEAR JUNIOR HOMETOWN GREENWOOD, ARK. game that Mallett didnâ€™t such as mobility. â€œThe mobility, the different release points, his personality is different,â€? coach Bobby Petrino said about the differences between the
Back to the Start
two. â€œTyler can stand in there and get the ball out of his hand in different release points.â€? Last Thursday Wilson was given the nod by Petrino as the starter heading into the 2011 season. â€œWe are ready at this time to say Tyler Wilson will start the game,â€? Petrino said. â€œWe feel he is the one that deserves it. He has prepared hard and done a good job working on his leadership.â€? Wilson earned the job after Mallett declared for the draft in January.
â€œItâ€™s a pretty good feeling. Iâ€™ve been working toward it for a while,â€? Wilson said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of great quarterbacks [here]. Iâ€™m obviously excited and confident moving forward. Iâ€™m happy to be in this position.â€? Before fall practice got underway, Arkansas voted on six team captains. Wilson was elected before it was official that he would start the Razorbacks home opener against the Bears. â€œYou could tell in the next few weeks [after the Sugar Bowl], he
Three years later, Deâ€™Anthony Curtis is back at running back by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor
Deâ€™Anthony Curtis remembers first day back at running back in August, his first practice at the position since his freshman season. The senior felt reinvigorated. â€œOh, man. I did miss this,â€? Curtis thought. Junior running back Ronnie Wingo, now the starter, did a double take after Curtis carried the ball for the first time that day. â€œHe made a cut and I was like, â€˜Wow,â€™â€? Wingo said. â€œHeâ€™s going to be a big help for us.â€? Curtis was competing for
stadium wasnâ€™t enough, Wilson said he is prepared for the challenge. â€œI think the jitters and all that stuff were a few years ago, overcoming the crowd and all that stuff,â€? Wilson said. â€œObviously, itâ€™ll be a little different, coming out as the starter, which I think is a good thing. You feel more prepared. Youâ€™re ready to take snaps, as opposed to not knowing when youâ€™re going to go in. I think Iâ€™m more prepared. Iâ€™m excited.â€?
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lot of fisticuffs and I think we have shown a lot of maturity.â€? The Razorback defense ranked 10th in the Southeastern Conference last season against the run, allowing 162.6 yards per game. Through the air, Arkansas was a bit better, ranking sixth in the conference at 185.3 yards per game. Against Missouri State on Saturday night, Arkansas will face a team with an inexperienced quarterback. Starter Trevor Wooden was suspended one week ago for a violation of team rules and will miss the game. Redshirt freshman Mitchell Jenkins is expected to get the nod for
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playing time at cornerback, but junior All-SEC running back Knile Davisâ€™ season-ending broken ankle injury, coupled with senior Broderick Green suffering a torn ACL in the spring, left Wingo and junior Dennis Johnson as Arkansasâ€™ only running backs with experience. â€œWhen Knile went down I was like OK, I might have to come back,â€? Curtis said. â€œThen I just came back. God gave me another opportunity to do what I had to do.â€?
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stepped up as a leader and tried to be more vocal. Heâ€™s the man in charge now,â€? Hamilton said. â€œHeâ€™s wearing the pants in this offense, as he should.â€? Wilson has already begun to show glimpses of being more accurate than his predecessor. After a meager spring game performance going 12 for 25 for, Wilson was able to connect on what he thought was 23 for 28 on passes in Arkansasâ€™ last scrimmage. If taking the first snap in front of a sold out Donald W. Reynolds
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Senior safety Elton Ford (9) is part of an Arkansas defense that has improved progressively in each of Bobby Petrinoâ€™s first three seasons.
Arkansasâ€™ defense has been viewed as the weaker side of the ball since coach Bobby Petrino took over in 2008. However, in 2011 the defense is expected to be much improved with eight starters returning. The Razorbacks, like most teams, havenâ€™t been able to hit the quarterback in fall practice and have had rare full-contact sessions. â€œThey are so antsy right now,â€? Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson said. â€œThey have been doing a great job of self-control. Particularly during this time in practices you usually have a
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SPORTS from CURTIS on page 7 He arrived at Arkansas as a highly-ranked running back, one of the prize recruits coach Bobby Petrino inherited from Houston Nutt in the 2008 recruiting class. Rivals.com ranked him the No. 6 running back in the nation, the No. 94 player overall. When Petrino took the job in December 2007, Curtis was being targeted by coaches around the country, eager to try to persuade the elite back to take a second look at their school after former Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt, the coach Curtis committed to, resigned in November. “There was a night I was down there and there was another head coach in the home,” offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “When the coach left, I stayed and was talking to his parents and his dad said, ‘We’re Razorbacks. We grew up here. We want to be Arkansas Razorbacks.’” Curtis’ freshman season didn’t go according to plan, though. He had just 76 yards on 23 carries and lost a crucial fumble at Kentucky, allowing the Wildcats to make up a doubledigit deficit in a 21-20 win. “I told myself, ‘Hey, everybody fumbles,’” Curtis said. “I don’t think any running back went through their career without fumbling at least once or twice. I put it behind me and told myself, ‘I’m a good player. Good players even make mistakes sometimes.’” He carried the ball just two times the rest of the season, though. Fans speculated the once-touted back would transfer with star recruits Davis and Wingo set to arrive the next season. “I didn’t ever have a time I was going to be leaving,” Curtis said. “I don’t know why everyone was saying that. It was just, if I’m playing fullback, I’m going to play for Arkansas. If I played cornerback, I want to play for Arkansas. It didn’t matter. I was going to stick.” He stuck. Curtis played fullback as a
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 sophomore, starting two games. He carried the ball once and caught four passes. He moved to cornerback in practices leading up to the Liberty Bowl, then moved to receiver in the spring of 2010. He played the position last season, appearing in 11 games and catching two passes for 17 yards. He moved to cornerback before the Sugar Bowl and started spring practice as a second-team corner in March. He was competing for playing time in the defensive backfield before Davis suffered his season-ending injury and the coaching staff asked Curtis to move back to offense. “When we asked him to move back, he was all for it,” McGee said. “‘Whatever it takes for
smoothly. “He’s done a really nice job for us,” Petrino said. “He’s been a pleasant surprise for us, coming back over from defense and understanding the offense so quick. He’s the ultimate team player and we certainly root for him to do real well.” Johnson has struggled with a hamstring injury in fall practice and Curtis was listed as the No. 2 running back – behind Wingo – when the depth chart was released Monday. He’ll get his first action at running back in three years Saturday in the season opener against Missouri State. “It is a big excitement,” Curtis said. “I’m just thinking about when I first came in and we played the first game. I’m thinking about a lot of stuff like that.
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Petrino Unhappy With Schedule by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor
Arkansas starts out the season playing three nonconference opponents the Razorbacks will be favored to beat handily. The Hogs play home games against Missouri State, New Mexico and Troy before starting the Southeastern Conference season against preseason No. 2 Alabama. Arkansas has played the Crimson Tide in September all three seasons Petrino has coached the Razorbacks, something he said he’s not thrilled about. “I have a hard time with the fact that we play Alabama so early every year,” Petrino said. “It’d be nice if they ro-
tated the schedule, but that’s never going to happen. They have all the traditions set. Our preseason schedule sets up good.” The Hogs are 0-3 against Alabama under Petrino, 0-4 against the Crimson Tide since Nick Saban took over as coach in 2007. Arkansas does have an easier start to the schedule on paper than in Petrino’s previous three seasons, though. In 2008, the Razorbacks faced Alabama in the third game of the season, then played at No. 7 Texas the next week. The Hogs lost both games. In 2009, Arkansas lost September matchups to No. 23 Georgia and at No. 3 Alabama in consecutive weeks.
Last season, the Razorbacks topped Georgia 31-24 on the road, then lost 24-20 to No. 1 Alabama at home. Opening this season against an FCS opponent, WAC team and Sun Belt opponent should help the Hogs get any kinks worked out before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in search of their first win against the Crimson Tide in the Petrino era. “You think it sets up pretty good,” junior quarterback Tyler Wilson said. “You’ve got Missouri State and obviously they’ll be a good game for us to get our feet underneath us. The schedule sets up good. We’re not going to get to ahead. We’re worried about Missouri State right now, but I like the way the schedule sets up.”
YEAR SENIOR HOMETOWN CAMDEN, ARK. us to win, especially my senior year.’ The kid grew up an Arkansas Razorback and wanted to be a part of what we’re doing here in our program. He was willing to do whatever he could to help this program win. That’s what it’s all about.” At first, the move wasn’t permanent. He split time between cornerback and running back in practice. “One day coach (Petrino) told me he liked the way I was running the ball and he was going to put me on the offensive side of the ball,” Curtis said. “All I had to do was make one or two cuts and I was back where I used to be. I’m stuck now, I guess.” Not that he minds. His transition to running back has gone
I’m just thankful for another opportunity to play running back.” Curtis and the most of the rest of Petrino’s first recruiting class will finish their collegiate careers this season. In their four years, the Razorbacks have progressed from SEC West doormat to national contender, earning their highest preseason ranking in more than 20 years heading into this season. Staying the course for the homestate school was the only option for Curtis. “I’m from Camden, Arkansas,” Curtis said. “I’m an Arkansas boy. I was raised in Arkansas country. Arkansas was the only place I know. I didn’t have another choice, but to go to Arkansas.”
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Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is against the Razorbacks playing Alabama in September each season, a set game on the Hogs’ schedule each season. Arkansas is 0-3 against the Crimson Tide in Petrino’s three seasons.
from PRACTICE REPORT on page 7 the season opener. “He is a tall athlete and supposed to have a pretty good arm,” Robinson said. “He also had a pretty good high school career. “ True freshman quarterback Kierra Harris will also play Saturday, Bears coach Terry Allen said Wednesday. He’s a Texarkana, Ark., native. “Both quarterbacks seem to be very mobile so we have to be conscientious about that,” Robinson said. “We are not real sure what we are going to get out of either one of those guys.” Senior safety Tramain Thomas started against the Bears in 2009 when Arkansas
won the season opener 48-10. The quarterback inexperience benefits the Razorbacks, Thomas said. “We have to take advantage of him since he is a freshman,” Thomas said. “We also have to treat him like he is a fifth-year senior, though, in that we are not going to take him for granted at all.” Thomas finished 2010 as a member of the second team All-SEC and led the Hogs with four interceptions. Fellow safety Elton Ford, who is expected to rotate with sophomore safety Eric Bennett at the strong safety position, said Arkansas respects the Bears. Ford appeared in 12 games last season with one start against then-No. 6 LSU. “Missouri State has a lot of threats,” Ford said. “They have a lot of talent there even
being a small school.” In addition to picking up their first win of the season, Ford said there are other things that Arkansas hopes to accomplish Saturday against the Bears. “Three and outs, running full speed to the ball and just having fun,” Ford said. Missouri State is the fourth consecutive FCS-division school that Arkansas has played for the season opener in program history. Thomas said it doesn’t matter who the opponent is, it is still the first game of a new season. “We have no problem getting fired up to play football-the game that we love,” Thomas said. “Whoever we play, we are going to be fired up because we love the game. We ready to show the nation what we are about this year.”
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