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In This Issue:
Bikes, Blues and BBQ Schedule of Events
by BRADY TACKETT Staff Writer
UA Student Awarded
UA Geosciences student awarded for research in the geosciences and engineering.
Rosh Hashanah Begins Features
Possible New Requirements for Next Year’s Freshmen
A small outline of events for the bike rally weekend.
The Times They Are a-Changin’
Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish holiday season.
Editor’s Note: The 4400 Club is an ongoing series about issues related to the 4400 freshmen.
Two weeks ago, when Chancellor G. David Gearhart announced that the UA was considering capping enrollment at 25,000 students, he said the cap might not take effect for at least a couple years. “I doubt we will reach 25,000 next year, although I suspect it is possible,” Gearhart said. It now seems almost certain
that the UA will reach 25,000 students next year, in light of a preliminary count released Sept. 21, which found enrollment at 23,199, up 8.4 percent over last year’s record. It’s the largest percentage increase in 36 years, according to the Office of Institutional Research. In the past two years, enrollment increased by an average of 1,635 stu-
dents per year. If growth next year continued at that rate, there would be about 24,800 UA students – just a couple hundred below the proposed limit. UA officials down played that possibility.
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UA Officials to Purchase Land for New Building
Fayetteville: Southern, Midwestern or Something Different? The debate on Fayettevilles’s classification.
Junior quarterback Tyler Wilson was hit 11 times against Alabama. The Razorbacks play Texas A&M, the nation’s leader in sacks, Saturday.
SERGIO MALDONADO STAFF PHOTGRAPHER
by MEGAN HUCKABY
During Exam Times, Remember to ‘Take Care’
Managing Editor Mattie Quinn discusses the importance of taking care of ourselves during stressful times.
UA officials have plans to purchase land behind the Garland Avenue Parking Garage for the construction of a new building for some of the offices that are being displaced by the renovation of Hotz Hall, university officials said. The building, which will contain University Housing and possibly Testing Services and the Center for Educational Access, is estimated to cost $3.8 million, according to the project description on the UA planning website.
The UA owns some land in the area surrounding Douglas Street and Lindell Avenue, where the building will be, but more needs to be purchased, said James Ezell, director of risk and property management. It is not clear where the building will be placed, he said. The construction will not begin this year. The project is still in the planning phase, and an architect has been hired in the last week for the build, Ezell said. The UA will have to obtain some of the space from owners.
UA Student Awarded for Research in Geosciences and Engineering by NICK OLIVER Staff Writer
A UA student has been awarded for her research at Stanford University over the summer at the 2011 National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicist Technology Conference, officials said. Chven Mitchell, senior geology major won the award for best presentation and best student paper, officials said. The award comes after a fully funded, eight-week summer residential program at Stanford University called Summer Research in Geosciences and Engineering, which combines a rigorous research assignment with a comprehensive training and mentoring program, according to the Stanford University website. “It was really overwhelming,” Mitchell said. “It was a really intense program.” Mitchell’s research focused on subduction zones and slow slip events having to do with tectonic plates converging, she said. The research conducted goes to help understand more about megathrust earthquakes so scientists can eventually predict where and when these powerful earthquakes may happen, Mitchell said. The program not only allowed Mitchell to present her
work to the Stanford professors, but also to professors from other major colleges, scientists and people working in the oil industry, she said. “The best part of it was when I explained my research to them about a fairly new phenomenon. They were able to understand it, picture it and visualize it, which was amazing,” Mitchell said. If that wasn’t enough for Mitchell, actually winning an
award became as even more of a surprise. “When they announced that I had won, I was outside talking to a professor from Berkeley, and then my adviser came out and said, ‘You need to come now,’” she said. Halfway through her research, Mitchell was also informed that she had been awarded the 2011 Membership Scholarship from the Arkansas Alumni Association, she said. Mitchell has been volun-
teering for the Arkansas Alumni Association since 2010 and would advise everyone to volunteer because it made her appreciate the university more, and the association fully embodies what it is to be a Razorback, she said. “I love it. It really brought me closer to this university, and it helped me see more important things about the university,” Mitchell said.
JACKI FROST STAFF PHOTGRAPHER
Researchers Jerry King and Keerthi Srinivas at the Engineering Research Center demonstrate the operation of a modified-expeller into which water is injected to obtain antioxidant-laden aqueous extracts for use in food fortification and nutraceutical concentrates.
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There are some houses located on the lot and the UA will negotiate with the home owners if necessary, said Charlie Alison, project specialist for UA relations. One of the houses is owned by Thrive, a registered student organization. The Thrive house is not for sale, said James Flanagan, senior pastor. “I talked to a board of trustees member and
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German Major Now Available in all UA Colleges by KAREN STIGAR Staff Writer
Any student at the UA may now major in German, regardless of which college the student attends. German majors were previously only for students in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and other students could minor in the language. Traditionally, if non-Fulbright students wanted to earn an additional degree in German, they would have to take the 30 hours required by the Fulbright college core, according to the old Fulbright core requirements. “However, few students were willing to do this,” said Kathleen Condray, associate professor of German and head of the UA German program, “and I noticed in my role as undergraduate adviser that we had business and engineering students who were taking literally every single course required for the German major.” There are approximately 40 German majors and 60 minors every year, but the number is expected to grow, along with the student population, Condray said. Many students are tak-
ing advanced German classes their first semester as freshmen because of the excellent high school German programs around the state. There are also students who are curious about the language but did not have the opportunity to take it in high school, Condray said. The UA is the only school in Arkansas that offers a master’s degree in the German language, Condray said. Charles Harvey, a German teacher’s assistant and graduate student, transferred to the UA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, because UALR did not offer a master’s in German, he said. Other students traveled from Louisiana to major in German at the UA. “I moved here because Louisiana State University basically said we had to cut your major in German because of budget cuts,” said Bart Belaire, German teacher-aid and German major. Although budget cuts have been mandated towards some UA programs, the German department has gone untouched, Condray said.
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“We don’t want to make any predictions about hitting that next year, but we are certain that we will hit it within two years,” said Suzanne McCray, vice provost for enrollment management and dean of admissions. The practical implications of the cap are still unclear, said John Diamond, associate vice chancellor for University Relations. “We aren’t at that point yet and don’t really want to speculate,” he said in an email. Reaching 25,000 students has been a UA goal for at least a decade and that the enrollment increase was a good sign, McCray said. “These were the numbers we expected. We were right on target and we’re pleased by that,” she said. UA officials would aim to slow the flood of students, particularly the freshman class, which has broken size records for two consecutive years, according the Office of Institutional Research, McCray said.
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Students use German in accordance with their field of study and to increase their skills. Looking towards employment, German has been historically important in fields like psychology, history, chemistry, music and many more, Condray said. The new sustainability minor paired with German could be beneficial to students because Germany and Austria are the world leaders in the development of new and renewable energies, and students interested in the new sustainability minor could go to Germany and learn about these methods in summer seminars, Condray said. “I want to go get my PhD in German and teach at the university level,” Harvey said. The German department also helps students in finding paid internships abroad. Students have worked abroad at companies like BMW, a startup in Berlin and an architecture firm in Leipzig, Germany, Condray said. The UA German degree program also offers the Goethe Institute proficiency exams, sponsored by the German government each April on campus. This exam is offered in 118 countries and gives an international recognition certificate of their language abilities that they can list on resumes for job opportunities or graduate studies in Germany to all winners, Condray said. In addition to German, any student can major in classical studies, French and Spanish. Minors are offered in all these languages as well as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, Russian and Swahili.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 “It’s not going to be suddenly that we’re just denying lots of students or changing the requirements for coming to the UA,” McCray said. Instead, the university will implement the cap by tempering recruitment. “We’ll simply choose how many materials we send out, how hard we hit certain areas, and shape the class in that way,” McCray said. The UA could control class size in a number of ways, said Sharon Gaber, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. The task at hand is deciding if and when the UA wants to pause enrollment and how to do it. “A pause would mean we might selectively focus on Arkansas students, or it might be trickier for out-of-state students, or it might mean that you need a 21 on the ACT instead of a 20. I don’t want to scare anyone, because we haven’t decided,” Gaber said. The administration will decide by semester’s end. Enrollment Services, led by McCray, will present a growth model to the UA executive committee, which includes Chancellor
Gearhart, before announcing a more definite strategy, Gaber said. The enrollment surge is a testament to the UA’s appeal to prospective students, Diamond said. “The chancellor has been very clear that he won’t allow enrollment to grow simply because the demand for admission is there,” he said. “But ultimately it comes down to our capacity to maintain and protect our academic quality and learning environment,” he said. “The chancellor and other university leaders won’t jeopardize those.” “One important factor in UA growth is the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, a high-dollar award that the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery began funding two years ago,” McCray said. The record-breaking freshman class of 4,447 is filled with winners of the scholarship, which grants $4,500 to first-year students. It has surely played a part in the influx of new students, McCray said. “It’s an unknown factor in that we don’t have years of historical data to know how that’s
going to affect enrollment,” she said. Last year, the Arkansas Department of Higher Education awarded the scholarship to 31,000 students statewide, said Brandi Hinkle, communications coordinator. “We don’t know exactly how many received a scholarship for this fall. I expect it will be similar to last year,” Hinkle said. Another variable in measuring enrollment is the number of students who graduate, transfer or drop out, Gaber said. “The graduation and retention rates have been going up, and the lottery scholarships have been decreasing [in value]. They’re talking about decreasing that amount again,” she said. “If they continue to do that, they’re probably going to cut out some students.” Enrollment Services is already looking ahead, past the proposed cap, to a time when the UA can keep growing, Gaber said. “It may be that we say, ‘Let’s just build,’ and recognize that growth has been positive for the university,” she said.
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Chancellor Gearhart, and they assured me that it would not become an eminent domain issue,” Flanagan said. Eminent domain is the right of a government to take private property for public use, according to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary. The UA is trying to find a way to continue with their building plans without involving the Thrive house. “The university owns the
land surrounding the Thrive RSO house,” said Don Pederson, vice chancellor for finance and administration in an email. “At this time we are looking at alternatives to buying the Thrive House.” Other UA officials alluded to obtaining the house in the future. The university is “not going to purchase that house—not right now,” Ezell said. The main purpose of this building is to create new offices for University Housing, which resides in Hotz Hall, Alison said.
Other offices in Hotz, including Testing Services, Residents' Interhall Congress and pre-College Programs, will have to find new work spaces until construction can begin on another building. “They may have to find empty space on campus, although that is becoming a premium,” said Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations. If space can’t be found on campus, the UA will look elsewhere. “There are a lot of alternatives that are being looked at,” Voorhies said. “[The UA] may
have to rent space for them.” The UA is planning to build an information technology support building to house the other displaced offices from Hotz when it is complete. However, the project is still in the planning phase, according to the planning site. Junior Sean Williams does not think that all of the construction and renovations will solve the “expansion problem” with the record numbers of freshmen that keep coming to the UA, he said.
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FROM THE BOARD Winds of Change There are something that are synonymous UA experiences. Realizing that after you eat lunch at Brough Commons you’ll smell like it for hours, enjoying Fall weather on the Greek Theater lawn and either suffering through, or joking about, the lack of air conditioning in Humphreys. There are some traditions we’re willing to do away with. We were pleased to discover that UA Housing officials are looking into installing air conditioning in Humphrey Hall. During the past few years Housing staff have made appreciated updates to Humphreys Hall including redesigning the study rooms, redesigning a room in the basement and adding air conditioning the study rooms. The lack of air conditioning is the only non-material thing —students can live without carpet— that keeps Humphreys from being at the same level as other dorms like Yocum, Gibson or Gregson. Obviously this is very much in the works, with funding not yet available, but we hope that UA officials will continue to expediently find funding and support to have this happen.
Traffic Crunch We would love to be blame it on the influx of people around campus with Bikes, Blues, and BBQ but, well we’ve been around campus for a while, and sadly can’t fake ignorance. Even though the UA seems like a community within itself, the roads that go through campus are also by non-students and to get across Fayetteville. A couple of weeks ago we saw police officers helping direct traffic and monitor crosswalks at the corner of Dickson Street and Arkansas. Perhaps similar things are needed across campus, whether at the corner of Starbucks and Kimpel or along Razorback Road, to help lessen the strain on campus traffic.
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Well students of the UA, we are now entering the second month of school. For the freshman who haven’t run home screaming (at least not yet,) congratulations. For the rest of us, I hope all you Razorbacks are having a good semester. Entering in the second month of a semester can be a trying time. It isn’t quite midterms yet, but we are starting or have already started to see the first round of exams, projects and presentations. As college students we are now living in a parent-less environment, at least for the most part. This can make it
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all of my classes, but at the expense of a lot of sleep and care to my body. In the course of one week, I developed a cold and strep throat, and because my immune system was so beat up, eventually turned to a kidney infection. It was a rough semester to say the least. I cannot even count how many times I have run into friends on campus who look so beat up and sickly, almost always as a result of pulling allnighters, or working on that big paper non-stop without a break. One night in my junior year I was working on my final project for my very last math class ever. I had no idea what I was doing anymore and was starting to feel delirious. At one point, I had an epiphany. “Go to bed, you’ll find time tomorrow afternoon to finish.” Sure enough, I allowed myself to get a full nights sleep, spent some time the next afternoon to work on it and ended up getting an A in the class. Now, I don’t want to come across as preachy. By all means, put off studying
for that test until 10 p.m. the night before. Write that 10 page paper straight through, without even a bathroom break, three hours before it is due. But I can tell you I feel like such a more pleasant person to be around by managing my time more efficiently. By sometimes staying inside on pretty days to study and by starting intimidating papers earlier, which in turn allows me to give myself breaks from writing, I get sick less often and just feel more positive. While the college experience is more than just hitting the books, if we can budget our academic time better, we can be happier people when it is time to be social creatures. My favorite rapper Drake recently tweeted: “Take Cover, Take Pleasure, Take Care.” I could not have said it better myself. Mattie Quinn is the 20112012 managing editor. She is a senior majoring in journalism. Her columns runs bimonthly, every other Wednesday.
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“A pause would mean we might selectively focus on Arkansas students, or it might be trickier for outof-state students or it might mean that you need a 21 on the ACT instead of a 20. I don’t want to scare anyone, because we haven’t decided”
easy for us to procrastinate on assignments until quite literally the very last second, or to forget about eating or taking care of themselves during times of stress. As a senior this year, I like to think of myself as a seasoned veteran of the UA, where I would like to tell you: don’t. Now I am not saying that you need to start on assignments as soon as you get them and that studying for tests the day before is always a bad thing. We are all busy people, and this whole college thing can be a difficult balancing act. However, in my experience I have learned that it is easier for me to forgo an afternoon of movie-watching with friends rather than pull an all-nighter where I am miserable and grouchy towards everyone the next day. I first made the realization that taking care of myself trumped studying that extra hour late into the night my sophomore year. I had a 7:30 French class, was starting to take upper-level classes and was also experiencing off-campus life for the first time. I worked hard in
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It’s no secret that the Republican field for the 2012 presidential election is weak, so far. So much so that Karl Rove is hovering on the edges suggesting that other Republicans will jump into the race, and Sarah Palin tends to pop every couple of weeks to drop another cryptic sound bite about if she’s still planning on running.
But it isn’t just the Republicans. Both parties in Congress have approval ratings hovering at about 20 percent. (For some perspective, President Barack Obama’s approval sits at 42 percent, according to the latest Gallup Daily poll.) So I can understand when I hear frustrated Independents and some Democrats saying that they wouldn’t be too upset if Mitt Romney or John Huntsman won; out of the Republican field they are two of the more moderate candidates. But when I hear people suggest that maybe Rick Perry is the right guy at the right time, I get a little worried. Yes Perry is pragmatic, but voters— and particularly students— shouldn’t be fooled by Perry’s personality. (Perhaps the fact that Romney got
within four points of Perry after the last Republican debate shows that voters are starting to realize that there isn’t much substance behind Perry’s style?) Despite Perry’s recent promise to conservatives that his past will not embarrass them, well, maybe we should think about that again. The Texas Tribune is a great place to start with the area Perry continuously gets hit on is education. Perry has made a point of shunning the federal government in terms of education funding and Obama’s plans for education. Yet, with billions of dollars missing to complete a balanced budget, and $5 billion already cut from the education budget, the cracks in Texas’ education system are beginning to show— and by
beginning we mean they’ve been obvious if you were paying attention before Perry stepped into the national spotlight. Perry has also refused to sign on to a common core cirriculumn developed by 48 state and the National Governors Association according to the Texas Tribune article. Texas poverty level is also more than 17 percent, approximately three percent higher than the national average. We aren’t saying that Perry is the brunt of all of these problems, but when Texas isn’t leading the country in much, why would we want him leading America? Jordain Carney is the 20112012 opinion editor. Her column runs once a week.
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Keynes was right. Governments should spend money, and lots of it, when demand falters.
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the first sentence where you explained why you shouldn’t be offering it.
editorial shows, once again, why people who do not actually understand macroeconomics should not be allowed to opine about macroeconomics. When an economy is in a liquidity trap, which is when the desired real interest rate drops below the 0 lower bound, which describes our situation, government *can* in fact create jobs out of nothing by increasing government spending. The problem is not money; corporations are awash in money. The problem is demand. Government can increase demand by putting the money that is otherwise sitting around to good use, in such projects as infrastructure or green energy.
JEREMY: Conway, I enjoyed your opinion. I especially enjoyed
T. MORRIS: I enjoyed it too, since it was ridiculous. Conway defined what a liquidity trap was correctly, and then went on to pretend that his opinion about governments dealing with them is undisputed. Keynesian liquidity traps and their applications to depression economics has been contested for 70 years and extremely so for the last 20 since japan’s run in with depression in the 90’s; who is one graduate student to speak so authoritatively about it.
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Rosh Hashanah Begins, Starting the Jewish Holiday Period by CONOR WOODY Staff Writer
LOGAN WEBSTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Freshman Blake Murchinson enjoys playing country music on his acoustic guitar during the free time he can find. Country music is a genre popular in both the Southern and Midwestern cultures of the United States.
Fayetteville: Southern, Midwestern or Something Else Completely? by EDDIE GREGG Staff Writer
Fayetteville—it’s in the SEC, albeit the northwestern corner; it’s south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but just barely; and it’s also in the Bible belt. But Fayetteville is also a short drive from Oklahoma, Missouri and other Midwestern states; it’s arguably one of the most progressive cities in the state; and the UA and big businesses like Walmart, Tyson and J.B. Hunt draw people from all over the country—and even the world. So how should Fayetteville be described? Is it Southern, Midwestern, just another college town, a mix of all of the above? Or is it something else entirely? Charlie Alison, editor of Fayettevillehistory.com, has lived in Fayetteville since the second grade. He contrasted Fayetteville with Oxford, Miss., home of the University of Mississippi and a town with a strong Southern heritage, which he visited most recently last spring. “[Oxford] is a college town,” he said. “It’s sort of centrally located between Jackson, Miss. and Memphis, Tenn. You would think—just sort of objectively speaking—Oxford would be going great guns like we are. But they’re not.” One reason this may be, Alison said, is that Oxford has—to some degree—become bogged down by its own history. “It’s a very historic town,” he said. “You can’t go more than a block without seeing a historical marker. It felt like they were trapped in that past.” Fayetteville on the other hand
by CAITLIN MURAD Staff Writer
Chacos have become a large part of the Fayetteville and UA campus culture. While wearing the colorful straps and thick rubber soles may be second nature to the students and natives of Fayetteville, they represent quite the culture shock for students from other parts of the country. Claire Skillstad, a freshman, first saw Chacos when she was at summer camp at Sky Ranch. She remembers thinking that they were ugly when she first saw them, but when she came to the UA, she converted and bought a pair to wear to class. “I still think they are ugly,
has both embraced its heritage major role in the economic and Austin, Texas, Denver, Colo. or and continued to develop, Ali- cultural growth of the area. Chicago. son said. In fact, in 2009 Forbes Maga“The city has an open door, “Fayetteville, even though it zine named Northwest Arkan- an open mind and an open has a rich past, doesn’t feel like sas as the second best place for heart,” Jordan said. to me it’s ever been trapped by economic recovery in the naHe believes the city should that. Maybe it has at times but tion. welcome people from all walks certainly not in recent times. But despite all the growth and of life. And he loves Fayetteville There are buildings that local the increases in diversity, Fay- because of how open, progrespreservationists have wanted to etteville still maintains some sive and environmentally consave and have saved. But for the level of Southern hospitality. scious it is. most part the city keeps evolv“As far as hospitality,” said Claudia Hoz de Villa, a senior ing.” Michael Moore, a senior music marketing major at the UA and In the time that he has lived in major at the UA who is also a a native of La Paz, Bolivia, deFayetteville, Alison, a UA grad- native of Ruston, La., “Fayette- scribed Fayetteville as cosmouate, said that city has changed ville is very much similar to politan. dramatically. what I’m used in northern LouOthers in Fayetteville have “It’s funny,” he said. “Some of isiana.” described the city as “funky” my friends or people who knew Alison said that many people and popularized the slogan, the area find out I’ve lived here, he meets who come to Fayette- “Keep Fayetteville Funky.” and they go, ‘What’s it like to ville from further north in the “It’s hard to put your finlive in the same ger on it,” said town all your James Rose III, life?’ And I usu70, a UA gradally say, ‘You uate who has know, if it were lived in Faythe same town, etteville since -Lioneld Jordan, Mayor of Fayetteville I would tell 1976. “Fayetteyou.’ But it has ville is different changed so much than any place over that course of 40 years, 50 country are struck by the city’s I’ve ever lived. I’ve lived in a years. From decade to decade it Southern hospitality. bunch of them. Fayetteville— doesn’t ever seem like the same “[They] really like what they it’s funky. You can put your own town to me. It feels like a new describe as Southern hospi- definition on what funky is. I’m place.” tality—people who are nice, not so sure what it means quite Fayetteville’s population friendly,” Allison said. “You can frankly.” alone has exploded in the last go to the check out counter at Larry Foley, a broadcast news 20 years, growing from 42,000 a store [or] restaurant and the professor at the UA, is working citizens in 1990 to nearly 74,000 person across the counter talks on a documentary film about in 2010. And the population of to you and says, ‘Hope you have the history of Fayetteville entithe metropolitan area—Ben- a nice day.’” tled “Up Among the Hills: The tonville, Rogers, Fayetteville Alison added, however, that Story of Fayetteville.” and Springdale and the sur- Southern hospitality becomes In the film, Foley includes rounding communities now to- more pronounced the further a 1858 quote by Waterman tals nearly half a million people. south in the country one goes. Ormsby, a reporter for the New Having the number one ForLioneld Jordan, mayor of York Herald at the time. tune 500 corporation in the Fayetteville, runs the city with In the quote, Ormsby deworld—Walmart—and oth- three guiding principles that scribed Fayetteville as a “flourer big players like Tyson, J.B. blend Southern hospitality with ishing little town.” Hunt and the UA itself in the more progressive ideals that That description, now more area have all certainly played a might be expected in cities like than 150 years old, still rings true.
“The city has an open door, an open mind and an open heart,”
In the dead period of “major” holidays from April until the end of October, between Easter and Halloween, Americans take a break from the nonstop marketing campaigns and monetization of Christian holidays. The Valentine’s cards, the Easter eggs, the Halloween candy, the Christmas gifts and all of the other products that continually show off these holidays’ importance disappear over this sevenmonth period. While Christians and the nonreligious are without major holidays in these months, the Jewish community prepares for its most important holiday season that begins on Wednesday—Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and the ten days in between known as the Days of Awe. “Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish year,” said Jacob Adler, Rabbi of Temple Shalom in Fayetteville and a UA professor of philosophy. “In the old agricultural systems thousands of years ago, this was the start of the harvest time. People would be thinking about how well they did over the past year and whether the rain would fall for their crops. If it didn’t, they would have to either starve or sell themselves to slavery. This forced them to consider their fate and pray to God.” Over the years, this time became a holiday focused on quiet introspection. “It became a time to look over your life, and to take time for selfreflection,” Rabbi Adler said. “Some say it’s a time for repentance, but this isn’t a good translation. It’s more about restoring things to the way they used to be.” Ashley Rosenburg, president of the Hillel Jewish Student Association, remembers Rosh Hashanah from her childhood. “It is both a happy and sad time of year as we celebrate the Jewish New Year while we reflect on our actions of the past year,” Rosenburg said. “Growing up, I never attended school on Rosh Hashanah. It has always been a special time because my whole family gathers together. Every year, it is a tradition to get together with friends and family for a big meal.” Rosh Hashanah’s traditional dish is apples dipped in honey, meant to signify a sweet new year, Rosenberg said. Another Jewish New Year tradition is the re-winding of The Torah, which is written on a large scroll. “Throughout the year, we turn it to keep it on the part we’re on for that day,” said Dana Spector, a sophomore international relations major and member of the Hillel Jewish Student Association. “You start at Rosh Hashanah, with Genesis, and end on Deuteronomy. It’s a big deal for us to turn the scroll back to the beginning.” The ten-day span between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are
known as the Days of Awe, a time for self-examination. “In a very popular teaching—it’s a legend—God writes in a book your fate for the year on Rosh Hashanah, and seals it on Yom Kippur. The days in between are for repentance,” Rabbi Adler said. Spector recalls a custom known as Tashlich, performed in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. “In this practice, you take a piece of bread and walk to a body of water, preferably one that leads to the ocean,” Spector said. “You take the bread, tear it to pieces—each representing a sin you’ve done—and throw them into the water. It really helps you feel like you’ve gotten something off your chest.” Another aspect of the practice of Tashilch is that the bread feeds the fish, Rabbi Adler said. “Fish do not have eyelids, and so they cannot close their eyes. For this reason, they came to symbolize the fact that God is always watching us, and never sleeps,” he said. All of Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe lead to Yom Kippur, the most important Jewish Holiday of the year. “Yom Kippur is a day of fasting; for 25 hours we don’t eat or drink,” said Rabbi Adler. “The environment is somber on Yom Kippur,” Rosenberg said. “I fast in awareness of my sins from the last year. At the end, we hope to be written in the book of life for a good year.” For Spector, Yom Kippur is time of solemnness. “People are crying and mourning in the synagogue,” Spector said. “We make sure we’ve gotten forgiveness and atonement for all of the things we’ve done.” Although Yom Kippur is a day to reflect, it ends with a celebration. “The most memorable thing about the holiday is the way it ends,” Spector said. “The Shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown, and it calls your attention like nothing else. Some of our oldest and best music is sung during the high holidays. And it all ends with the Break Fast meal. After 25 hours of nothing to eat or drink, you can imagine how hungry everyone is. The food is pre-prepared, and we eat copious amounts of it.” “I have a bumper sticker that reminds me of the end of Yom Kippur,” Spector said. “It says ‘They came, they tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat.’” And while Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are important Jewish holidays, Rabbi Adler says that they are only reminders of what the community should be doing every day. “You don’t need a holiday to do these kinds of things. People of any religion can put aside time to set things right,” he said. “It’s easy to put things off. These holidays just help said guidelines.”
but I wear them anyway,” Skillstad said. “I was tired of wearing tennis shoes, and flip flops hurt when walking to class. [Chacos] are better for you and definitely more comfortable.” Skillstad said that she thinks that students at the UA love Chacos so much because they go with everything. “You can wear them with whatever,” she said. “They go with jeans, dresses and Nike shorts.” Lauren Delph, a sophomore, was introduced to Chacos before she attended the UA. She bought her first pair during her senior year of high school.
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LOGAN WEBSTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER UA Student wears Chacos in the Greek Theatre on a fall afternoon. Chaco sandals are a common sight around campus.
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trends, you can increase your wardrobe drastically without spending a fortune. Here are a few tips that will allow you to repurpose what’s already in your closet by wearing your summer wardrobe when the weather gets chilly: Add a Cardigan and Belt to Breezy Summer Tops Take strapless tops, tank tops and short sleeved tops into fall by layering with a cardigan. A simple cardigan in black, gray or brown matches with anything, and it’s simple enough that it doesn’t distract from the cuteness of the top underneath. Plus, it’s probably something you already own, and it provides all the coziness and warmth of a sweatshirt. For a very 2011 option, try a cardigan with a lace back or a chunky, oversized cardigan in a bright color with toggles. To avoid looking frumpy, add a waist-cinching belt. Belts look best when worn at the thinnest part of your natural waistline. Thin belts are chic and look great when worn under or over a cardigan. Thicker woven or elastic belts are also simple options. Trendier options are a corset belt or a leather belt tied around the waist rather than buckled.
COURTESY PHOTO UA graduate Bonnie Barton has had her outfits featured in Teen Vogue.
by KELSI FORD Asst. Features Editor
College students are typically broke. They live on Ramen Noodles, flock to shops and restaurants that offer student discounts and often struggle to make ends meet. Living on
a tight budget also means students can’t always afford to purchase the season’s latest trends. But it doesn’t necessarily mean having to sacrifice personal style. By learning to mix the clothes and accessories you already own with a few current
Wear Summer Dresses with Tights, Boots and a Cozy Jacket Keep your legs warm in a short sundress with tights and boots. Solid black tights create a classic look. Colorful solid tights are an easy way to wear color, and they effortlessly brighten up a simple dress. Lace tights, as well as tights printed with small polka dots or hearts, are an updated version of this wardrobe essential. Slouchy suede below-the-
knee boots or leather riding boots in black, gray or brown go with absolutely anything, and they are truly timeless. For added warmth, wear socks or legwarmers over tights and under boots. Just a hint of patterned or colorful socks or legwarmers peeking out of boots looks fun and playful. For maximum warmth, layer on a belted cardigan, sweater or trendy jacket. Thick, oversized sweaters in tribal prints are trendy, and they’re often just as warm as a winter coat. Mixed-material jackets and military styles are also big this fall. Leather bombers and motorcycle jackets are still in style, and trenches and pea coats are always fashionable. Make the Most of Summer Accessories Wearing bright summer necklaces, bracelets and earrings is an effortless way to brighten up dark fall outfits. Pair wedges and opened toed shoes with tights when the weather gets chilly. Even though it’s been regarded as a fashion faux pas for years, wearing socks with wedges and open toed shoes is trendy and can help transition your summer footwear into fall. Wear your summer tops, dresses and accessories with the warmer, classic pieces you already own, and you can create several fashionable fall outfits without spending a dime. Even if you do decide to purchase updated versions of these classics, by mixing them with the clothes and accessories already in your closet, you’ll have a season’s worth of new outfits for very little cost. Being fashionable on a college budget is tough, but with a little bit of money and creativity, stretching your wardrobe
Lauren is a senior majoring in international relations, journalism and Spanish. She likes traveling, Mexican food and cats. by Lauren Leatherby Features Editor
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Fire Alarm at Humphreys Hall
LOGAN WEBSTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The Fayetteville Fire Department showed up at Humphreys Hall Monday night in response to a fire alarm. The cause of the alarm was a student who burnt popcorn in their microwave.
CHACOS from page 5 “I was about to go to Brazil for a mission trip and they are the best shoes to have there,” Delph said. “They are comfy and great for different terrains.” She was not surprised to find that Chacos are an everyday essential for students on the Fayetteville campus, especially with the hilly terrain. “Once you wear them, you realize that they are functional for everything. They are perfect for walking to class and then for hiking. They are extremely multifunctional,” Delph said. Delph even made her own Chaco costume for an Opposites Attract Function. She used cardboard as the sole and fabric to mimic the design of the Chaco. Her date dressed up as a sock. “I was walking after class up a big hill, wearing Chacos, naturally, and I was thinking about how I need to get some single strap Chacos because I want to wear socks with them,” said Delph.
“That’s how I came up with the costume idea: socks and Chacos. And they do attract, that is the best part.” Fayetteville is not the only place where Chacos have become a fad. They are popular on several other college campuses as well. Students can join the Chaco-Sphere on the Chaco website to connect with other Chaco-lovers and share stories, pictures and videos of you in your Chacos. There are pictures of Chaco tans, wedding pictures in Chacos, prom pictures in Chacos and even Chacoshaped Rice Krispie treats. The blog on the Chaco-sphere provides a forum for ‘Chaconians’ to share their experiences with their Chacos. Chacos have become more than just a shoe to Chaconians; they have become a culture. The Chaco-Sphere is a place for people to connect and share their adventures. They also share stories of volunteer work and ask for Chaco, Inc. to help them in their cause. The company is based out of Panonia, Colo. The CEO, Mark Paigen, was a whitewa-
ter rafting guide on the Colorado River in the 1980s when he began making sandals for his fellow guides. As the shoes became more popular and grew in demand, Paigen decided to start the company in 1989. Since then, Chaco, Inc. has become well known for their sturdy outdoor sandals. Chacos also come with a lifetime warranty, making customers fully confident in their design and durability. In Fayetteville, Chacos are sold at at the Pack Rat Outdoor Center and at Tradehome in the Northwest Arkansas Mall. One customer sent in her story of why she loves the customer service at the Chaco Company so much. The Chaco-Sphere posted the letter in their blog as “Hello + Bye from a Chaconian to her sandals.” “This company amazes me. Not only do they have an amazing product that stands up throughout the years and trails, but they stand right by it without question,” the customer wrote. “That’s incredibly hard to find these days and I am very happy to have fallen in love with a product made by such people.”
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Hogs Have to Stop Blitz against Aggies by MONICA CHAPMAN Staff Writer
FILE PHOTO Arkansas junior quarterback Tyler Wilson was sacked six times in the first three games and hit 11 times after releasing passes against No. 3 Alabama. The Razorbacks play Texas A&M, the nation’s leader in sacks, Saturday.
Texas A&M will enter Saturdays’ game with a chip on their shoulder. The Aggies have lost to the Razorbacks the past two years in the Southwest Classic. Both teams are coming off a loss this past weekend. Arkansas with its defeat from Alabama while Texas A&M suffered a one-point loss to Oklahoma State. The A&M defense comes in ranked No. 44 in the nation moving up from last season’s rank at 55th. Texas A&M’s defensive coordinator, Tim DeRuyter, has a large part in the Aggies success in the past season.
The team knows he is good and has helped change the program. “I do respect Texas A&M. There’s no doubt I respect their program, their defensive coordinator has come on the scene,” offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said. “Since he’s been there the past couple of years, we’ve played them and obviously he’s changed the whole face of the defense. They’re much more aggressive than they were the first year we played them. They believe in the scheme.” The Aggies rank first in sacks in the nation and will pose as a threat to the Razorback offense that gave up six sacks in the first three games of the season.
Razorback Soccer Looks to Continue SEC Win Streak by LIZ BEADLE Staff Writer
Arkansas (4-5, 2-0 SEC) has managed to turn a 2-5 non-conference record into a 2-0 start in Southeastern Conference play. This weekend will prove to be another challenge for the Razorbacks as they host Georgia (7-3, 1-1 SEC) and Tennessee (8-2, 1-1 SEC). “Both teams are having outstanding seasons,” Arkansas coach Erin Aubry said. “There’s no question that Tennessee and Georgia are both very, very talented.
We’re going to have to elevate our level of sophistication to match their style of play.” Only seven of the 33 players on this year’s Razorback team are upperclassman but Aubry says her young squad will be ready to play. “The nice thing for us is that we’ve seen some very good non-conference opponents so this won’t be the first time that our young team has seen a Georgia or a Tennessee style of play,” Aubry said.
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Arkansas didn’t allow a sack against Alabama but did allow 11 quarterback hits after Wilson had thrown the ball. “He’s been taking entirely too many hits. That something as an o-line we try to pride in protecting the quarterback and we haven’t been living up to that,” sophomore offensive lineman Alvin Bailey said. McGee said he worked with Wilson on making reads and getting the ball out of his hand faster at Tuesday’s practice. “They have a complex pressure package. Everyone in the country knows about the defensive coordinator.
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Volleyball Prepping for Big SEC Weekend
Razorbacks host top two in SEC East by MARTHA SWEARINGEN Staff Writer
Arkansas’ volleyball team is preparing for week three of Southeastern Conference play this weekend after a strong three-set victory Friday night over Mississippi State. The Razorbacks (10-4, 2-1 SEC) are off to their best start in coach Robert Pulliza’s four years. Arkansas posted an impressive .385 attack percentage in the win against the Bulldogs and got the win in their only weekend match. “We played a loner last week, which is a team that does not have a travel part-
ner this year,” Pulliza said. “That gave us the opportunity to only play one match over the weekend. Successful match, I think some really good stuff. Had a great crowd and had the weekend to just kind of take a little bit of a breather. We cover a little bit physically and mentally, recharge. “We’ve got to get ready for Friday and move forward.” Five Razorbacks had a .400 attack percentage or better in the Mississippi State match. Arkansas dominated, outscoring the Bulldogs 75-49 in the three sets. “I thought offensively we
GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas’ volleyball team has big weekend games against No. 23 Tennessee and Kentucky, the top two teams in the SEC East. did some very good stuff,” Pulliza said. “The numbers show it, but the reality is that even though those are very high numbers, we still
have some work to do. We’re certainly closer to where everything needs to be at, but
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Cross Country Hogs Remain Unproven by RUMIL BAUTISTA Staff Writer
GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas freshman Beth Stratton and the Razorbacks are off to a 2-0 start in Southeastern Conference play, their best start since 2008.
After a month-long break from meets, the No. 15 Arkansas men’s cross country team will finally get back to the course this weekend at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. The team has just one meet under its belt, the Razorback Invitational, after the Missouri Southern Stampede in Jopin, Mo., was cancelled
because of rain. “We’re excited to get back on the course and race again,” coach Chris Bucknam said. “I don’t think (the break) is going to be too much of a detriment for us.” The Hogs travel this weekend to Stillwater to face topranked Oklahoma State, No. 7 Indiana and No. 11 Northern Arizona. The team chose to participate in the meet to face great competition as well as to run on a challenging course.
“We’ve got a lot of enemies to battle,” Bucknam said, listing their time away from racing and the toughness of the course as mental enemies to beat, along with competing against ranked teams. “(Oklahoma State, Indiana and Northern Arizona) are perennial teams that are look to be loaded. We have a test on our hands, to see what will happen this weekend,”
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Razorbacks Need Game-Changer on D Old Fashioned 3-Point Play
email@example.com Arkansas has zero game changers in their secondary this season. Scratch that, they have had zero in Bobby Petrino’s
era as coach. Wait, they have had zero in the last decade. Being born in 1989, I can’t honestly tell you if Arkansas has ever had a true game changer in the secondary, but I do know that the two teams in which Arkansas are trying to associate themselves with in the SEC West division do. Alabama and LSU both do and it seems like they have new secondary game changers each and every year. For those who go by the model of “Offense wins games, defense wins championships,” then that is obviously the case for these two programs that have
combined to win three national championships in the last decade. Arkansas has its highlytouted best receiving corps in the nation, but in the SEC, a better secondary is going to prevail every time. That was evident Saturday. In the Arkansas versus Alabama game, the Razorbacks tried to match its vast skill set of receivers against arguably the best secondary unit in the nation with players like Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron and Robert Lester. Kirkpatrick made play after play and hit after hit with two huge hits on Arkansas se-
nior receiver Jarius Wright to get the Crimson Tide crowd revved up. Kirkpatrick registered an impressive three pass breakups, while his six tackles tied for second on the team with fellow member of the secondary Mark Barron. Junior safety Robert Lester had just five tackles and one pass breakup, but is known by Arkansas fans for being the guy who intercepted former Razorbacks quarterback Ryan Mallett twice in the fourth quarter during last season’s 24-20 come from behind victory by Alabama in Fayetteville. These three future NFL
draft picks were a part of a Crimson Tide defense that limited an Arkansas offense leading the conference in production heading into the game to just 226 yards, while also scoring on an interception return. Arkansas’ main rival, LSU, is becoming known for having the premier secondary player in the SEC. Last season, the Tigers had All-American and fifth overall pick in the NFL draft Patrick Peterson. This year, the No. 1-ranked Tigers possess maybe the most lethal player in the conference, sophomore cornerback
Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu shined in the bright lights of ESPN’s game of the week and College GameDay site Morgantown, W.V., against the then-No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers. The New Orleans, La., native made seemingly every play in the first half, allowing the Tigers to jump out to a 27-7 halftime lead before going on to win their fourth game of the season 47-21. Mathieu had six tackles, an interception he returned to the 1-yard line and also
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we’re not there yet.” Without a Sunday match last weekend, Arkansas will have had a full week of practice to prepare for home matches against SEC East opponents Kentucky and Tennessee at Barnhill Arena. “Since we were able to take Sunday off, we could practice (Monday),” Pulliza said. “What we did yesterday was we went into groups and did some individual work and a little bit more the technical side and the individual side of positions instead of going as a team. Now it’s Tuesday, we’ll go business as usual. A lot of work to do for Kentucky.” Arkansas will face the Wildcats (12-3, 3-1) Friday at 7 p.m. in Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks lost at home to Kentucky in a four-set match last season. Kentucky is second in the East, one game behind Tennessee. The Razorbacks are in second place in the West, one game behind LSU. “Kentucky is no different than Mississippi State, in terms of that they’re a very good team,” Pulliza said. “I believe they should be a Top
GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas’ volleyball team (10-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) is off to its best start in coach Robert Pulliza’s four seasons. 25 team, I do not understand how they are not in the Top 25. Very well coached, good players, just like every team in the SEC, and we’ve got to be prepared for that. “It’ll be a fun match. We’re excited that their first
time around is here in Barnhill.” The Razorbacks play No. 23 Tennessee (11-2, 4-0) at 1 p.m. to finish the third week of SEC play. In 2010, the Lady Volunteers finished second in the SEC East and
made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. “Every SEC opponent is a big task,” Pulliza said, “Everybody’s best on each day is good enough to beat you if you’re not ready to go. That’s the reality of this league.”
Green Practicing, Could Return by JIMMY CARTER Sports Editor
Arkansas senior running back Broderick Green is practicing and could play this season after tearing his ACL in spring practice, offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Tuesday. The 6-foot-2, 244-pounder suited up for the Alabama game, but didn’t play in the Razorbacks’ 38-14 loss. “There’s a chance that he
from FOOTBALL on page 8 He’s a big name guy. He’s one of the best doing it,” McGee said. The offensive line is aware of the challenge that Texas A&M poses on Saturday. “They run a lot more blitzes, they have a nice blitzing scheme,” Bailey said. Junior quarterback Tyler
could be back at a certain point,” McGee said. “He’s feeling good out there practicing. I’m not quite sure when he’ll crack the lineup, but he likes playing, he likes to practice and I know he’s happy to be back out there on the field with his teammates.” Green has rushed for 975 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career, including 808 yards and 14 touchdowns after transferring from USC.
He led the Hogs with 442 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009 and ran for 365 yards and three scores last season. “I would address that with coach (Bobby) Petrino,” running backs coach Tim Horton said. “whether he plays or not this year is kind of going to be determined with, first, is he going to be healthy and then that ball is going to be in his court. “Half the season or more
Wilson also knows to expect the blitz from the Aggies but said he thinks it can work to the Razorbacks’ advantage. “They do bring pressure. I think if we’re able to hit our cues and get to our checks, I think we can make those blitzes become very positive for us,” Wilson said. The team knows that it needs to come out Saturday and redeem last week’s per-
formance. There are many areas that are being worked on this week in practice. “We’ve got the right attitude, a positive attitude. Everybody’s working hard. It was a long two for Tuesday practice, put in a lot of stuff. We’ve got to come back and do it again,” junior running back Ronnie Wingo said. The running game is one of the main areas that could
is going to be gone.” Green redshirted as a true freshman at USC, but could appeal for an additional year of eligibility to the NCAA if he doesn’t return this season. “That’s not out the question,” Horton said. “He could appeal and try to get a sixth year. That’s something we have talked about, but really, we’re going to leave that up to Broderick. He’ll graduate in December.” use work after the Razorbacks only managed 17 total rushing yards at Alabama. “Hey, this is a must win, in my mind and anybody that’s here in this program. I guarantee,” Wilson said. “We’ve got to go out and have a great week of preparation, make sure we’re on the same page and execute on Saturday.”
RUSHING R. Wingo Jr. K. Walker D. Curtis Bran. Mitchell J. Adams T. Wilson D. Johnson
PASSING T. Wilson B. Mitchell
ARKANSAS (3-1) Yds 260 68 60 53 51 40 17
TD 2 5 0 1 0 1 0
AVG 4.8 3.4 4.3 4.4 7.3 2.1 2.4
YPG 65.0 22.7 15.0 13.2 11.0 10.0 8.5
C-A Yds 81-121 1007 20-29 242
Int 3 1
TD 7 2
CMP 66.9 69.0
TD 1 3 2 1 1 0
AVG 11.2 13.1 19.4 9.8 12.9 8.1
YPG 58.8 65.7 67.8 29.2 32.2 14.2
RECEIVING J. Adams J. Wright C. Hamilton C. Gragg R. Wingo Jr. M Wade
TACKLES Solo J. Franklin 8 A. Highsmith 10 E. Bennett 8 B. Jones 3 R. Rasner 9 C. Smith 7 T. Thomas 10
No. 54 20 14 12 6 19 7
No. 21 15 14 12 10 7
Yds 235 197 271 117 129 57
Ast. Total 17 25 12 22 14 22 14 17 7 16 9 16 4 14
TFL Sacks 2.5 .5 5.0 1.0 1.0 0 .5 0 1.0 1.0 3.5 1.5 0 0
INT 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
9-3 9-10 9-17 9-24 10-1 10-8 10-22 10-29 11-5 11-12 11-19 11-26
Missouri State New Mexico Troy at Alabama Texas A&M Auburn at Ole Miss at Vanderbilt South Carolina Tennessee Mississippi State at LSU
W, 51-7 W, 52-3 W, 38-28 L, 38-14
9-4 9-17 9-17 10-1 10-8 10-15 10-22 10-29 11-05 11-12 11-19 11-26
SMU W, 46-14 Idaho W, 37-7 Oklahoma State L, 29-30 Arkansas at Texas Tech Baylor at Iowa State Missouri Oklahoma at Kansas State Kansas Texas
TEXAS A&M (2-1) No. 63 25 10 3
Yds 268 178 65 3
TD 4 2 1 0
AVG 4.3 7.1 6.5 1.0
YPG 89.3 59.3 21.7 1.0
C-A 75-112 4-4
Yds 892 40
Int 4 0
TD 6 0
CMP 67.0 100
RECEIVING No. R. Swope 21 J. Fuller 17 U. Nwachukwu 13 C. Gray 9 K. McNeal 7 M. Lamothe 4 H. Prioleau 2
Yds 288 186 140 71 96 26 53
TD 2 2 0 1 0 0 1
AVG 13.7 10.9 10.8 7.9 13.7 6.5 26.5
YPG 96.0 62.0 46.7 23.7 32.0 8.7 17.7
PASSING R. Tannehill J. Showers
TEXAS A&M DATE
RUSHING C. Gray C. Michael R. Tannehill B. Malena
TACKLES Solo S. Porter 12 T. Hunter 9 J. Stewart 8 G. Williams 9 T. Jerod-Eddie 4 D. Harris 9 L. Smith 6 T. Frederick 7 S. Jenkins 5 E. Brown Jr. 2 C. Thomas 2
Ast. Total 11 23 11 20 11 19 10 19 10 14 3 12 5 11 3 10 4 9 7 9 6 8
TFL Sacks 5.5 3.5 .5 0 1.0 0 .5 0 3.5 3.0 0 0 0 0 2.0 1.0 0 0 2.5 2.0 0 0
stripped a West Virginia receiver of the ball, forcing the fumble and recovering it. Just put it this way, he dominated the Big East’s best team and best quarterback and is now the worst enemy of every receiver on the Mountaineer squad. The No. 1-ranked Tigers will try to get revenge against Arkansas this season when the Razorbacks head to Death Valley Nov. 25. That is inevitable, regardless of what happens in the biggest game of the season which goes down Oct. 8 between the Tigers and Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tigers and Tide both have guys that change games, but where are these guys for the Razorbacks? Well Arkansas does have junior cornerback Darius Winston who is an Arkansas native and the only 5-star recruit on defense for the Hogs. Winston is not a game changer, but is a playmaker to some degree. The twoyear lettermen has gotten progressively better and his lockdown-corner type abilities will begin to be more evident once Arkansas plays better passing teams against better receivers like Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller, South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffrey and LSU’s Reuben Randle. Senior Tramain Thomas at safety is a big-play guy,
but not on the game-changer level either. Thomas was recognized as the BronkoNagurski National Defensive Player of the Week last season for the game against Texas A&M, but that was the only game-changing type performance in his career. The senior struggled Saturday against the Tide, eventually getting benched to finish the game. Arkansas’ other notable secondary members include starters Issac Madison and Eric Bennett, as well as reserves Greg Gatson and Tevin Mitchel. Madison and Gatson are both seniors and average for their position amongst other SEC opponents, while Bennett has been a productive tackler in just his first season of starting. Mitchel, a true freshman, has shown some signs of being a solid cornerback, but nothing in terms of gamechanger. As Arkansas Traveler sports editor Jimmy Carter said Tuesday in his weekly column about Arkansas not yet being on that championship level, lacking a gamechanger in the secondary is a key factor into gaining ground on the conference’s big dogs of LSU and Alabama. Zach Turner is the assistant sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @zwturner.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
Arkansas middle linebacker Alonzo Highsmith spoke to the media about his first Southeastern Conference game against Alabama, the team improving and playing at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Was the Alabama atmosphere like you expected? Yeah, it was everything I expected. I anticipated there would be a lot of people at the game which there were and they came out with a big team and were physical and everything I expected. You led the team in tackles. How did you feel you played in your SEC debut? I think I did pretty well in that environment considering that was my first SEC game. It was against a great opponent so I think I handled it very well. How big was the goal-line stand and the tackles you made? That play I saw the ball handed off and I just reacted to it and then it was a combination of things, the holes opening up and it was what linebacker is supposed to do. How do you guys bounce back? After that game we just bounce back by going to work extremely hard in practice and picking each other up and not letting no one fall out and just come out and pull together as a team. Do you feel like the defense held its own against the Crimson Tide? Yeah, we held our own but at the same time, points on the board are points on the board. Any time you lose a game you always feel lie what could you have done? So at this point we are just trying to figure out what we did and learn from that and come back and show how good we really can be. Being a Texas native, what will it be like to play in Dallas? Highsmith: It will be exciting to have family out there that want to see me play out there. Going back and home playing in front of your family is always big. Have you ever been in Cowboys Stadium before? This will be my first time going into that stadium. I am looking forward to that. That›s like the Disneyland of football. The defense has gone two games without forcing a turnover. How can you improve? Turnovers, as a defense you strive to get those but at the same time those will come. We just have got to control what we can control and go out and play hard. We get a turnover, we got turnover but if not we just keep playing hard. What do you think about Texas A&M officially joining the SEC? I haven›t really thought about it. I just found out like everyone else did. It›s just another team to me.
Junior, LB 6-1, 235 pounds 22 tackles, 5 TFL
GARETH PATTERSON STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER from CROSS COUNTRY on page 8 Bucknam said. “I’m curious and excited at the same time to get back on the course and see how good this team is going to be.” Arkansas will compete without junior All SEC performer Solomon Haile, along with three of the top five runners from last year. “We feel like we can test our kids in the workout. We’ve got a great group of athletes across the board. I think we’re an athletic team, but we just haven’t been tested yet,” Bucknam said. “I’m waiting for this group to step up and get after it, and I want to see what we’re made of. We’re definitely going to find out.” Placing behind Oklahoma State and Indiana in the Chile
Pepper Festival last year provides a little extra motivation for the team to perform well. “We’re a forward-looking group and I’m a forwardlooking coach. And I do know Indiana beat us by a point,” Bucknam said. “But it’s a whole new year.” Women’s Cross Country Takes First At Toledo The Arkansas women’s cross country team took first at the 2011 Toledo InterRegional Bubble Buster last weekend in Toledo, Ohio. Arkansas finished with four runners in the top 10 to place ahead of No. 19 West Virginia and No. 29 Toledo. “They did a great job,” coach Lance Harter said. “I really thought they’d be a little bit timid, a little bit appre-
hensive about laying it on the line because of the novelty of collegiate competition. But these guys ran like veterans.” Like the men’s team, the women were also scheduled to compete in the Missouri Southern Stampede, which was cancelled due to rain. The Toledo meet showed the coach what the team was capable of, including three freshmen who stood out against the competition. “We ran very, very well across the board. We have three freshmen that followed Stephanie Brown and Kristen Gillespie’s leadership,” Harter said. The three freshmen, Jessica Jackson, Kaitlin Flattmann and Dominique Scott finished seventh, 12th and 14th respectively.
from SOCCER on page 8 In the Razorbacks last six games before SEC play began, the team was giving up an average of 3.7 goals per game. Over the weekend against Ole Miss and Mississippi State, the Razorbacks only gave up one goal total. This is largely in thanks to a turnaround by true freshman goal keeper Emily Lillard. “Her focus has been a lot better over these last two weekends,” Aubry said of Lillard. “We adjusted her training to suit her learning style a little better and the result has been a recommitment from her. We got rid of her frustration that was impeding her development and her performance.”