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Class Required for High School Students BILL REQUIRES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE A DIGITAL CLASS
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With the end of the semester in view, one student notices social media is more of a distraction. Full Story, Page 5
Club Baseball Team Making Big Strides The baseball club is one of the newest club teams, but it is already a competitive group. Full Story, Page 7
Kathleen Pait Staff Photographer Students use laptops to take notes and participate in class activities. The Arkansas House recently passed a bill that requires high school students to take a digital learning class.
Jaime Dunaway Senior Staff Writer As technology becomes an increasingly more vital part of our daily lives, the need for students to develop technological skills increases. The Arkansas Legislature passed House Bill 1785, also known as the “Digital Learning Bill,” on April 5, with the intention of providing digi-
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The women’s track and field team competes at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., this weekend. Full Story, Page 7
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tal learning opportunities to students in public schools. The bill requires that all public high schools in Arkansas have a mandatory digital learning course in their curriculum starting next year. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Dan M. Douglas, of Bentonville, believed it would serve as an opportunity to provide even those not planning on going to college with the ability to apply their computer skills in the real world.
ASG Supports Blue Emergency App Bailey Deloney Senior Staff Writer ASG voted to pass a bill Tuesday night to raise funds for the development of an emergency “Blue Light” app and an app to make Safe Ride more efficient and accessible. The “Blue Light” app “will allow students’ phones to act as a one touch emergency alert system,” according to the bill. Sens. Mark Cameron and Holden Warren authored this bill and are working with Chris Nixon and the UA’s department of digital design and development as well as student web designers. ASG wants to model this app after an app used at the University of Florida, said Sen. Mark Cameron. “UAPD has approved this app and is 100 percent behind it,” Cameron said. During the meeting, however, one senator raised the issue that using an unlicensed web designer may be against UA policy. However, Sen. Cameron said he has been in contact with ITS and with the department of digital design and development, and this issue has not been raised in any of their discussions. If it does happen that the
student designers need to acquire a license, this is a simple process that can be taken care of, Cameron said. “We are hoping to have this app ready by the end of this summer,” Cameron said. The other aspect of this bill concerns the development of an app to improve the Safe Ride program. This app “will allow students to electronically transfer their student information, location and desired destination directly to Safe Ride drivers,” according to the bill. Additionally, ASG voted on a resolution to minimize traffic delays at the Harmon Avenue Parking Facility and improve pedestrian safety. After hearing that the parking and transit committee voted to unanimously in favor of the bill, the Senate voted to pass this bill. The bill addresses safety concerns for pedestrians because of traffic and delays directly following the end of class periods. One possible solution that may be presented to administration is the resolution to build a new pedestrian bridge, said Sen. James Wesolowski, author of the bill. “This would have effect
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Mike Duncan, an instructional IT specialist for the UA, thinks that the bill is necessary for proper student growth. “I do think there is a need for this bill,” Duncan said, “and we are still seeing students without the necessary technical skills they need to be successful in college.” Opponents of the bill in the Arkansas Legislature, such as Rep. John Payton, argued that schools with-
out sufficient Internet access would not be able to efficiently implement the program. Issues of how to pay for the new digital infrastructure also arose. Digital learning courses are meant to encompass skills in interacting with Microsoft programs and desktops as well as overall computer competency. Such courses already exist at the UA, taking
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Educating Children in Business Megan Smith Staff Writer An educational business event will take place for third- to sixth-graders Saturday. Willy Walton’s Chocolate Factory, sponsored by Enactus, hopes to teach students about global chocolate production and basic business principles. The event covers a broad range of business topics, including budgeting, advertising, currency and ethics. Participants will work with college students to create a chocolate-factory prototype and a PowerPoint to show their business plans. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break that is paid for in the fee that ranges from $20-35, depending on how many children from the same family are attending. The event will be in the Business Building, Room 202. Registration before the event is encouraged because of limited space, although there will be registration from 8:30-9 a.m. the day of the event. Enactus, formerly known as Students In Free Enterprise, is centered around giving college students opportunities to learn, practice and teach free-enterprise principles. Enactus stands for
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Chair of Senate Starts with Senate Policies Bailey Deloney Senior Staff Writer
Newly elected Chair of Senate Amy West discussed changes that will take place in the upcoming year, including both structural and policy changes within the ASG Senate. “My main project for next year has been working at restructuring the Senate,” West said.
Right now in Senate there is a rule that every two senators must write at least one bill. Originally, this rule was established in an effort to encourage senators to be active and get things accomplished, West said. “However, I do not foresee that being the policy next year,” West said. A policy like this can end up forcing senators to write bills just to write bills, West said. Instead of writing bills to
genuinely change the UA, senators end up rushing to write bills at the end of the year just to meet this policy, West said. Committees often run out of time and don’t even get the chance to meet and discuss a bill, West said. “Next year, one of the goals will be to make committees more active,” West said. Instead of giving a bill requirement to individual senators, it might
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Amy West Staff Photographer Amy May West stands outside Old Main, Thursday, April 11. She was chosen as the Chair of Senate for the 2013-2014 ASG year.
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Caroline Potts Staff Photographer Art History faculty and students meet at Coco’s Lebanese Cafe, Tuesday, April 16, to highlight the historical presence of art on UA campus and discuss research. The event was free to students and included free food from the restaurant.
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Terroristic Threatening -A staff member in the Field House reported a student posted a threatening comment on Twitter. Update: Friday A student was arrested at a private residence off campus.
Minor In Possession Of Alcohol - A student was arrested in Maple Hill West Residence Hall. - A student was arrested in the driveway at the John W. Tyson Poultry Science Building. - A student was arrested at the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity House. Public Intoxication - A student was arrested at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity House. Theft Of Property - A student reported someone stole his backpack while the backpack was unattended in Brough Commons Dining Hall.
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DIGITAL continued from page 1 the form of an already-mandatory eight-week computer competency course for all Walton College of Business students. However, students who score high enough on the pre-test for the course would be exempt from the program and its subsequent fees. This goes back to the real aim of the initiative, which is to increase the computer
skills of students before they enter the college environment. “I think it must be mandated because colleges are expecting entering freshman to have already mastered these skills,” Duncan said. Another proponent of the bill, Rep. Anne Clemmer, also spoke in favor of the initiative, citing college-
age students who are unable to attach documents to emails. Duncan also said students become should become familiar with “basic computer office applications, installation, configuration and Web usage.” Starting in 2014, a oneyear trial period will commence in the state to gauge the bill’s effectiveness.
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project may have been the team’s administration and staffing of a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School on Coker’s campus last summer. Using a six-week, readingintensive curriculum, the nationally acclaimed Freedom Schools are designed, in particular, to help students overcome the decline in reading skills that commonly occurs during the summer months, when school is not in session. According to the results of the Gates-MacGinite Reading Tests, administered at the start of the program and, again, at its conclusion, the students in Coker’s program demonstrated, on average, a two-month increase in reading proficiency, a figure that represented the eighth largest increase among the 37 program sites tested this year. Coker’s presentation team included Brianna Fowler, Eren Moses, Tyler Staub, Timmy Strickland, Ryan Vento, Taylor Willis and Tyler Senecal, who served as the team videographer. Areyonna Keels and Michael Mazzola served as alternates for the presentation team. Other members of Coker’s team included Lindsey Allen, Chelsea Asbill, Jessica Bedard, Lucas Britt, Jasmine Brown, Luke Coates, Jonathon Gardner, Jared Geizer, Austin Harper, Kaitlynn Jessup, Sarah Kinsey, Matthew Kreider, Noah Lascell, Steven Marciano, Gregory Martin, Gabriel Mens, Andrew Morris, Elizabeth Morris, Mark Nankervis, Tony Nolan, Halee Polson, Malcome Reed, Samantha Scott, Austin Shockley, James Sweeney, Andrew Taske, Hannah Vadakin and Keon Wilson. Barb Steadman served as a Sam Walton Fellow advising the team.
the words “entrepreneurial,” “action” and “us,” according to their website. Willy Walton’s Chocolate Factory is one of the many projects that Enactus chapters around the world host every year. This project in particular has been copyrighted and is available for other Enactus chapters and educators to use.
Enactus’ projects aren’t limited to children, though. One chapter in Egypt, according to the Enactus website, took the many tons of trash in Cairo and created composting units. The demand for compost was high in Cairo, but what was available was of low quality and high cost. Through this project, the new business is on
Caroline Potts Staff Photographer Dominique Cooper shows students around the newly constructed Domain apartments, Tuesday, April 16. The apartment complex will open to students in Fall 2013.
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of reducing pedestrian traffic across Harmon Avenue, which would increase pedestrian safety and reduce vehicle traffic delays,” Wesolowski said. Additionally, the bill also suggests that parking and transit look into “incentives to use pay-on-foot stations.” By encouraging more
be more beneficial to give this kind of requirement to committees themselves, West said. “We want to structure ASG more like the national government,” West said. A lot of the grunt work and research needs to be done by the committees before the bills reach the floor, West said. “A committee is what drives a well-rounded bill,” West said. “One person cannot look at a bill from all the angles.” In addition, ASG hopes to be more efficient in allocating funds next year, West said. “We have a lot of funds left over, and we want to put that money to use,” West said. “We want to find ways to let students know that ASG has funds available for them.” Another recent development that will be bringing a lot of change to ASG in the next few years is that senators are working toward putting a student on the UA board of trustees, West said. Sens. Ethan Dollar and Victoria Maloch authored a bill to support whatever steps necessary to “establish a student board member of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees,” according to the bill. This would be key to having someone in the decision-making process who has a student perspective, Dollar said. Dollar and Maloch spoke with Chancellor G. David Gearhart and various other administrators and began discussing the measures that will be necessary to set this project in motion. One of the biggest obstacles is that in order to increase the size of the board of trustees, there would have to be an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution, Dollar said. “This is a big project and one that I will probably be working on until I graduate,” Dollar said.
students to use the pay-onfoot stations, ASG hopes to minimize traffic caused by hold ups as people stop to pay at the exit gate. Additionally, in order to further protect pedestrian safety, ASG passed another bill to support the establishment of a crosswalk signal at the Intersection of Leverett and Maple.
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track to sell 324 tons of compost. Garbage collectors have also increased their incomes by an average of 54 percent. Willy Walton’s Chocolate Factory is an award-winning project. The UA chapter recently presented the project in Dallas and won the regional competition, allowing them to progress to the national competition.
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Coker College’s Enactus team was named a regional champion at the recent Enactus United States Regional competition held in Atlanta, Ga. “Through Enactus, and with the support of fellow students, faculty members and leaders in our community, Coker students are learning to bring entrepreneurial energy to every aspect of their education,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “Indeed, not satisfied with last year’s top-40 national standing, this year our team has raised the bar again. For them, ‘redefining ready,’ one of the hallmarks of a Coker education, extends well beyond developing the skills needed for tomorrow’s careers to a much more fundamental challenge: reimagining the bedrock definitions of service and citizenship.” The event was one of 10 regional competitions being held in the United States this spring. As a regional champion, the Coker College team will advance to compete in the 2013 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., May 21-23.
“Although this is our team’s third year, it is my first year with the program,” said Enactus Program Director Ben Chastain. “It’s been a privilege to be a part not only of the many worthy projects we’ve undertaken this year, but also to share in the personal and educational journeys of the members of this team. Together, and with the consistent support of President Wyatt, we have developed valuable new skills and a deeper awareness of the needs of our community. I could not be more proud of the team’s accomplishments, and I look forward to the national competition in May.” Coker is one of more than 500 programs in the United States. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. During this academic year, the 38-member Enactus Coker College team supported more than a dozen projects in the Pee Dee region and a new international enterprise, a commercial bakery and youth training program that is being established in Rwanda, Africa. Among the new projects undertaken in Hartsville this year, the most noteworthy
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Bill No. 23 – A Bill to Allocate Funds for the Development of a Safe Ride and “Blue Light” App Resolution No. 54 – A Resolution to Alleviate Delays and Improve Pedestrian Safety at the Harmon Avenue Parking Facility Resolution No. 55 – A Resolution to Remove Discretion from Hiring Requirements for Supplemental Instruction Leaders Resolution No. 56 – A Resolution to Support the Installation of a Crosswalk Signal at the Intersection of Leverett and Maple Resolution No. 57 – The Arkansas Flagship Campus Brand Preservation Resolution of 2013 Resolution No. 58 – A Resolution in Support of the University System World Campus Resolution No. 59 – A Resolution to Support the Establishment of Safe Smoking on Campus Bill No. 28 – The Fresh HOGS Codification Bill of 2013 Resolution No. 60 – A Resolution in Support of an Online No. 60 – A Resolution in Support of an Online Syllabus Bank Resolution No. 61 – A Resolution to Universalize Grading in the Fay Jones School of Architecture Resolution No. 62 – A Resolution to Support Interlibrary Loan Use for Graduate Students in Obtaining Books Required by Syllabi
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Students can make their opinion heard during the ASG meetings 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Graduate Education Building. There is a public comment section during each meeting where students can speak for two minutes before the legislation starts, said Mike Norton, ASG Chair of Senate.
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It’s Not Break Time Yet
Shawnya Wethington Staff Columnist We’re finally getting close! It’s been a long year and, somehow it feels like an even longer semester. Second by second, we’re fighting our way to the end of the road. Although the weather hasn’t been totally cooperative, we’ve still been treated to enough sunshine that we glimpse the teasing summer rays yet to come. However, those toasty-yetfleeting glimpses are starting to interfere with students’ abilities to concentrate. We are dreaming of the lazy days of summer and are trying to project that relaxed attitude onto our current schedules. On the other hand, most students are approaching the busiest points in their semester. If it seems like all of your classes have projects due at once, that’s not too far from the truth. The year is ending and the material you’ve discussed all semester is culminated into a final test, paper or project. It’s only fair to make the vast percentage of your grade cover the majority of the material. We may not like the system but it’s something we simply have to deal with. We know ahead of time that these projects are coming up. Professors wrote them into the syllabi long ago. Honestly, though, I don’t know a single student who starts a final project early enough. We all know the project is coming and dutifully ignore it as long as possible. It’s in our nature to procrastinate this final project. Now, you are going to have to pay for it. If you can’t find the gumption to finish your schoolwork now, you’ll be lamenting it just as soon as finals week hits. Your transcript doesn’t re-
flect the effort you put in for the majority of the semester. It reflects all the way through these final projects. With a concentration of tests being at the tail end of the semester, your grades still have plenty of time to take a hefty plunge. If you bomb things now, you’ll face additional stress when finals week hits. Instead of having some wiggle room, you’ll need the perfect grade. “Pursue passion, not A’s,” said Annie Paul in a Times article. A letter isn’t much of an incentive. It’s not motivational when you’re burned out after a long semester. Instead, you need something to pull you through, passion. The nine-page study guide for your test won’t seem quite as daunting if you have optimism and passion for the topic. Studying will rarely be your first choice for a Saturday evening activity but it doesn’t have to be the worst option though. Your current attitude will play a large role in how well you’re able to push through the end of the semester. Having a positive outlook, or growth mindset, creates a “desire to improve creates a positive feedback loop that encourages further learning and improvement, which promotes yet more desire to learn,” according to a FBI bulletin by Brian Fitch. “The view students take of their abilities can profoundly affect their success and personal growth.” When it comes down to it, no student has an abundance of downtime during the final month of school. When you make the decision to work on schoolwork, you won’t be the only one missing out on a night down on Dickson. Certainly you won’t be the only one who should be having a productive night in. Now isn’t the time for you to give up, no matter how alluring the sunshine may be. It may be difficult, but keep pushing through. This lingering semester will soon be over. Shawnya Wethington is a sophomore journalism, English major and marketing minor and a staff writer for the Arkansas Traveler.
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Hate the Game, Not the Player Hayley Noga
Staff Columnist Everyone dreams of the perfect first date. The only problem is we all have completely different ideas on what a “date” is. My ideal first date would be simple. Going to see a local play and grabbing coffee afterwards would be perfection. However, in my college experience, a “date” has become inclusive of as a last minute text asking if I want to party with a guy and some of his friends. Then they hook you in with the, “I have drinks!” In our day, dating has become a completely different concept from what it used to be. For many students, the issue is that a first date, for some reason, screams imminent marriage. “A lot of men in their 20s are reluctant to take the girl to the French restaurant, or buy them jewelry, because those steps tend to lead to ‘eventually, we’re going to get married,’ ” writer Lex Edness
said in a New York Times article. Many guys are reluctant to come off as too strong because they don’t want girls to get the wrong idea. However, it’s not just the guys that are doing something wrong. “I feel like a guy who really likes a girl will take them on nice dates and treat them right. I think the changes are from girls who are so fixated on having a boyfriend that they’ll lower their standards on what’s acceptable in dating or a relationship,” junior accounting student Brooke Anderson said. “Because of that, we have guys who don’t put in effort if they don’t think they have to and girls who don’t object to it so the pattern continues on what we have now.” I have heard both girls and guys complain the other gender is complicated and they wish for a way around this confusing conflict. It seems as if everyone is playing the dating game without establishing what they really want in the first place. Dates which used to be
one on one are becoming more of a group activity. “Dates still exist but it depends on the person. I generally just start a relationship whether than wait to go on a series of dates,” said sophomore Ashley Saldana. “I talk to the person for a certain amount of time and hang out with them either alone or in a group.” Maybe we think being in a group will help us cop out of awkward situations. However, if we can’t get over the fear of being alone with someone, the relationship will never grow on a personal level. Another problem I see on the UA campus is the fact we no one can talk face to face anymore. “I think that dating has definitely changed especially with technology,” said sophomore Jennifer Greene. “People text to get to know each other instead of face to face interactions. I wish dating could be more formal so that it could be clearer for everyone if you are actually in a relationship.”
From personal experience, some guys can text as Prince Charming but in person barely string two sentences together. Dating is too confusing. There are no rules, yet there are so many rules. In my mind, need to quit the “he has to text me first” and “I have to pretend like I’m busy so he thinks I’m not desperate” or the ever so classic “if I pretend like I don’t care, they’ll want me more.” Enough with the dating games! If you like someone, don’t work your way around it. Talk to them. The worst that can happen is that they’ll say no, but wouldn’t you much rather just pop the question and get the answer opposed to wasting time playing hard to get? Everyone loves a person with mystery. But when the mystery is why a person texts so well but can’t talk to you in person, it just isn’t fun. Hayley Noga is a sophomore and a staff columnist for the Arkansas Traveler.
An Act of Terror Turns Family’s Day Grotesque and Unthinkable
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Police sirens wail and aid cars scream to their destinations. TV stations interrupt regular programming and reporters describe limbs blown from bodies. The President delivers a hasty address on the latest act of terrorism. Monday, this was Boston, when a gloriously sunny day, brisk and just a little breezynear perfect for the running of the 117th Boston Marathon- turned grotesque and unthinkable. This time, the killers didn’t just get innocents, they managed to dial up a brutal incongruity. They made a day of triumph for so many of the 27,000 competitors one that will forever be recalled for its tragedy. We came back here to see our son Brett, a former runner at Gonzaga University, run his second marathon. Several of us gathered on Heartbreak Hill, another a mile from the finish line downtown. Like a lot of runners, my son approached the event with a religious ferocity, training through the most begrudging parts of a Seattle
winter, watching what he ate, intent on maximizing. On Heartbreak Hill, he was fairly breezing, and the electricity of the event -- a course solid with spectators for 26 miles -- lifted him through the sag of the last several miles. He ran 2 hours, 34 minutes, 7 seconds, 111th among males. My sister and I wove through a neighborhood near Boston College to catch a train six miles east into the city for a post-finish rendezvous. It took a seventh train before we could squeeze on. Downtown, we hit Boylston Street, where fourhour runners were coming in. Near the finish, the sidewalks were stifling, onlookers a few deep and foot traffic both ways. We came to a stand of VIP bleachers. In about 20 minutes, those people would be rocked by explosions in front of them. By then, we’d made our way to a bar called Clery’s on a cross-street, Dartmouth, maybe three blocks away. Downstairs, Brett was forcing fluids with a couple of old college roomies. It was a sprawling place, crammed with run-
ners and supporters and the glow of celebration. “Look,” somebody said. A big-screen TV behind us had the dreaded label, “Breaking News.” Bombs in Copley Square. Dismembered bodies. Crazily, the soundtrack to the video initially stayed hooked up to a country-andwestern song for several minutes before they sync’d up the news audio to the TV. Suddenly the party was over. People looked vacantly at each other. A Samuel Adams “26.2” -- brewed in honor of the marathon -- sat untouched. An hour after the bombings, the streets were thick with uncertainty. Cellphone service was interrupted for fear the perpetrators were using them to orchestrate more violence, panicking callers concerned for those in the area. Fire trucks and ambulances and police cars roared through every street near the finish. This, while runners made their way gingerly down sidewalks, wrapped in insulating space blankets. Some train service was suspended for a couple of
hours. Transportation personnel kept cool, handled inquiries with aplomb and nobody got charged for riding a bus or a train. It wasn’t the first time terrorism had struck a sporting event. Arab terrorists stormed the Olympic Village in 1972 and eventually killed 11 Israelis. There was the bomb detonated at Centennial Park at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. But sports has generally been apart from such evil, remarkably so, given 80,000seat football stadiums and the often-relaxed security. I carry a bag with four pouches and can’t count the times one of them gets searched, three go unchecked and you’re waved through. Now we were headed south to Rhode Island. A brilliant red-orange sunset painted the western sky. Four and a half hours after the explosions turned a magical day macabre, I realized I didn’t know who had won the race. Bud Withers is a columnist for the Seattle Times. This story was retrieved from MCT Campus.
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Mike Mahardy Staff Writer Sam Williams is slumped over his desk in his mechanical engineering class. He can’t concentrate. The minutes have been dragging by, punctuated by occasional glances at the standard black-and-white clock on the wall behind his professor. When he’s not begging the clock to hurry up its ticking, he’s stealing subtle looks at his phone, which is lying flat behind his thick notebook. For the last few weeks, Williams has noticed his attention span shrivel. With a simple tap of his finger, he is absorbed in a world of memes, athletic injury reports and college stories of parties gone awry the previous weekend. Williams can’t concentrate, because he is distracted by Twitter. “That was when I realized I probably need to take a break,” Williams says. “Whole lectures flew by and all I could remember was that this basketball player tore his ACL, or this comedian said something funny, or my friend woke up in a laundromat.” Williams is no stranger to social networking. Like many current college students, he has spent hours upon boring hours in his dorm room poring over status updates and liking inconsequential pictures. According to Nationwide, college students spend about seven hours a week on social-networking sites. Upon hearing this, Williams grins. “I almost definitely surpassed that the least few weeks,” he says. What caused this? “Most of my classes are hitting their peaks at this point in the semester,” Williams says. “Honestly, I should be studying more. But in reality, a lot of times Twitter and Facebook are therapeutic for me. At least I would like to think so. “I don’t know if I’m addicted, per se. I just need to take a step back and take a break from all of this updating and monitoring for the next few weeks.” Down the hallway, out the door and about a five-minute walk from Bell Engineering Center, Jessie McMullen is frantically writing the notes she missed from the last slide. The sweltering heat inside the Walton
Kathleen Pait Staff Photographer Michaela Pecoraro logs on to Facebook while working in Mullins, and admits it definitely gets in the way of studying. College of Business isn’t making things easier; McMullen had to rush the last few minutes to class, late because of a Facebook message her friend sent her. Now, as her iPhone shows little except the endlessly circling series of lines that indicate the page is loading, she turns to Pinterest to ease her impatience. “My friend is crazy,” McMullen says. “She sent me a message on Facebook, because I didn’t answer her text. And all she wants to tell me is that she just pinned an ‘amazing recipe for margaritas’ on Pinterest.” With Twitter apps on Facebook and vice versa, it is becoming increasingly easier to post to two, three or even four different social networks at the same time; Twitter is flooded with housing ideas from Pinterest, Facebook walls are filled with Tweets, and photos upon photos of cats and dogs and hamsters are pinned across numerous Pinterest profiles. “It really does make me feel connected,” McMullen says as she glances at the overhead to make sure she didn’t miss another slide. Scrolling through her friend’s pins, she doesn’t see the recipe mentioned in the aforementioned Facebook message. “But, as you can see now, and as most people know, it can also be a huge waste of
time,” she says. McMullen presses the hold button on her phone, determined to ignore it for the remainder of the class. She’s getting better: Last week, she managed to avoid social networks throughout every class. Only on rare occasions, when the promising allure of a blueberry margarita beckons, does she fall prey to the addicting scroll of mobile social networking. Behind her, another phone vibrates. Two classrooms down, someone leaves the room to return a missed call that’s taken precedence over pollution problems in the North Pacific. Williams leaves Bell Engineering Center and makes his way up the steep sidewalk next to the Chi Omega Greek Theater. The sun is bright, too bright for Williams to read anything on his phone; he doesn’t mind. “This is refreshing,” he says. “It’s really nice out. I have grades and weekend plans to worry about, and no amount of checking Facebook or Twitter is going to change that. “The walks between class are probably the most refreshing parts of my weekdays. For a few minutes I don’t have to get annoyed if Kobe hasn’t tweeted about his Achilles tendon or what Adam Scott thinks of his Masters-winning putt. I can just enjoy the walk.”
Head to Toe Fashion Statements The concept of finding balance within an outfit is all about making a statement. Whenever getting dressed for an event it, is so important to feel like when you walk in the room you will steal the show. The best way to achieve that feeling is by having the confidence that what you’ve chosen to wear is a direct representation of who you are and what you are about as an individual. Today is all about learning how to make a head-to-toe look versus just trying to pick one point or area of focus when coordinating an outfit. As children, when we are introduced to the art of putting clothes together our parents usually ask us, “What do you want to wear?” But making the decision to feature a sparkly shirt as a child is very different than choosing a full outfit to wear as an adult. The transition between adolescence and adulthood can be a difficult one and finding your fashion identity is usually not at the top of any young teen’s list of priorities. Statement pieces can be defined a number of ways. A general definition would be that statement pieces are an area of focus that the wearer would like to have featured in their outfit. My personal definition is that statement pieces are items that, when put on, shine and bring an outfit full circle or together. No matter your choice of definition, either way a statement piece is something unique, special, and perhaps even one-of-a-kind. Statement pieces are items that you don’t mind paying a little bit more money for because you are confident that this item is going to enhance your wardrobe, add joy to your life, and be something that makes you stand out from all others around you when you wear it. By the time you’re an adult, you’ve mastered to a certain extent the process of identifying what
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statement pieces are and what items look great on you, but now there is a new skill to hone. This new skill would be mastering the technique of piecing together a cohesive head-totoe outfit that is making one unified statement. The art of making a head-to-toe statement takes more effort and understanding than just looking for one thing that looks great and relying on it to do all the work for your outfit. A head to toe statement shines in any light and every individual piece looks fabulous and amazing. Whether you start at the top with the blouse, or from the bottom with the shoes your
statement will still speak volumes. The great part about having a head to toe statement look is that no matter what angle you’re seen from you will still look like a million books and more. The first step in putting together a headto-toe look is having a keen understanding of balance and how to have a good deal of restraint when it comes to choosing what to wear. A lot of times as young fashion fiends, we go shopping for a specific outfit to wear for an event instead of purchasing individual pieces to just have in our clothing arsenal for future reference. This type of shopping breeds bad clothing cohesion habits. You will never learn how to put together individual items of separate textures, shapes, and palettes until you purchase each individually. A good suggestion to take note of is to not have too much of one style or themed item on. If you have on a top with spikes or jeweled embellishments, do not pick shoes or accessories with those same exact spikes or embellishments. Pairing items together in that fashion screams immaturity and a lack of individual and personal style. I suggest a more creative approach of pairing abstract and more complex items together to show a full range of creative expression. Just because one of your pieces may not have a lot of fancy doo-dads doesn’t mean that it does not speak volumes when worn. A good way to practice this balance is to not wear all new items but instead mix and match new and old pieces. This type of pairing forces you to rely on your true in-depth knowledge of your closet. One final thing to take note of is to step away from an outfit once put together and come back to it. Editing will be one of the best skills you can attain because sometimes our first feeling about an outfit may not be our final feeling. Putting together head-to-toe statement looks requires thought, precision and reflection. But the more you do it the better you get at it, so get out there and start making statements today.
Yoga Gains “Widespread” Appeal Hannah McGhee Staff Writer
Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not only for thin, fresh-faced women who shop at Ozark Natural Foods, drink from mason jars, shower once a week and wear headscarves. The world of yoga has expanded far beyond the bounds of its stereotype. Some might say yoga is the Taylor Swift of the fitness industry–a major crossover. Now we are even seeing NFL football teams, like the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles, incorporate yoga into their teams workouts. If you are more of a basketball fan, you might be interested to know that Shaquille O’neal and LeBron James are outspoken about the benefits they have reaped from practicing yoga, according to stacks.com. That being said, the stereotypical idea that only “dainty” women that do not like to “really” workout are the only ones that do Yoga Yoga is extremely beneficial to add to any exercise program and yoga isn’t exclusive. It can exist alongside lifting, sports, running, etc. Just by observing the population in the yoga classes I attend, weight lifters seem to be the ones who stay the farthest away, but perhaps they are actually the bodies who need it the most. Lifting weights tightens muscles, so therefore, if proper stretching is not implemented, the range of motion an individual has can become extremely limited said Lynn Burgess, certified yoga instructor. A study conducted by researchers at Springfield College concluded that by adding yoga, lifters can still lift weights and also increase their range of motion and as a result, speed up muscle recovery time. The same thing goes for bikers, runners, swimmers and just about everything else. Along with any activity, comes the angst of tight muscles but by adding yoga, tightness can be greatly decreased and yoga does not stop there. It decreases the chance of injury, recovery time, joint agitation and muscle shortening. It increases performance, circulation, flexibility and strength according to Women’s Health. Core strength is a priority in yoga because your core is the most vital part of your body. Yoga takes on a different philosophy to strengthening that the core should be strengthened first and foremost and then everything else should follow. Instead of lifting to build strength in the appendages first, if you make core strength a priority it gives you a strong base. If you want proof of all this, check out some physical therapy exercises that are recommended for injuries. The majority of them are yoga poses. If you are a tough dude and still feel like you wouldn’t be caught dead doing something like yoga, then try it with weights. Weights are a great complement to yoga. It is easy to incorporate bicep curls, rows, tricep extensions, shoulder presses and much more into a flow. “You can’t do yoga. You practice yoga. It can’t be won or beat. There are no trophies or gold stars. It’s one of the only physical activities where you check your ego at the door. But once you do, you’ll notice a shift in your body, and muscles you never knew you had (no matter how much weight lifting you do)” said Kathryn Budig, contributing Editor of Women’s Health. So do as a true yogi and put aside all judgments and give it a try. Your body will thank you. Classes are offered to students at the HPER and at the UREC gym for no cost. If you are weary about trying it in a class setting, it is easy to find videos and images online to help guide you.
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example 46 Oscar winner Charlize 48 Salty seven 49 Though 50 *Rush hour jam spots 56 Medicare insurance segment 58 Breakfast chain 59 Many a blog post 60 Backspace through text 61 Word heard in 37-Across 62 Low card 63 On the say-so of 64 Furry sci-fi creature 65 Glasses, in ads DOWN 1 Abacus slider 2 __-the-minute 3 Miss 4 “Grey’s Anatomy” prop 5 Like more absorbent paper towels 6 Workday alarm hr. 7 Copycat 8 “La Vie Bohème” musical 9 Carrier to Oz 10 __ dye: foodcoloring compound
11 *Residence in a park, often 12 Start of el año 13 Sat through again 21 New Haven’s biggest employer 22 Skips 26 Some cellphones 27 Invitation abbr. 28 Trendy berry 29 *Rickety wheels 30 Uses FedEx 31 “Flash” gatherings 33 “Je vous en __”: “Please” 34 CBer’s “Your turn” 35 Former time 37 Sturdy material 40 Go public with 41 Knock into next week 42 Composer Sibelius 43 Strongly maintains 45 “Spiritual Solutions” author Chopra 46 Go-go personality 47 Pays heed to 48 NFL highlight reel technique 51 Hourglass figure? 52 Deice? 53 Beef, or a fish 54 Joint with a cap 55 Netherworld river 57 “Cats” initials
Sports Editor: Kristen Coppola Assistant Sports Editor: Haley Markle Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013
Former Hog Summerall Dead at 82
Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor Former Razorback Pat Summerall died at the age of 82 Tuesday afternoon. The Florida native turned down a chance to play basketball at Kentucky under coach Adolph Rupp to play football, basketball and baseball as a Razorback. Summerall served as a defensive end, tight end and place-kicker for the Hogs between 1949 and 1951, when he graduated with a degree in education. In 1951, Summerall kicked the game-winning field goal in Arkansas’ upset of No. 4 Texas, the first time the Razorbacks ever beat the Longhorns in Fayetteville. He tried his hand at professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization before being selected in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. He spent one season with the Lions, but saw no playing time because of an injury, before being traded to the Chicago Cardinals, where he played from 1953-57. Summerall finished his playing career with the New York Giants in 1961. Despite a season when he
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Club Baseball Team Making Big Strides
Cameron McCauley Staff Writer
Only a year ago, a few students had a dream to bring the sport they loved back into the picture, and ended up starting a club sport team. Despite being one of the newest sports clubs at the University of Arkansas, the club baseball team has already made significant strides towards being a competitive group of players. The club was founded by current president and vice president Jonathan Benson and Casey Wilt, and has now blossomed to 15 team members. “I played in high school and loved it, and I was just looking for a way to keep playing in college. I saw there wasn’t a club baseball team so I figured I’d get one started,” Benson said. The team competes under the National Club Baseball Association Division II banner. They play in the South VI conference that features club teams from Missouri and Arkansas such as Southeast Missouri, Central Missouri, Pulaski Technical College and Missouri State. The team has seen moderate successes in its first full year as a program. They are 3-3 in conference play and 4-12 overall in the spring 2013 season according to the NCBA’s website. Because of three forfeited games from Pulaski Tech, the Razorbacks only other victo-
Kathleen Pait Staff Photographer Members of the club sport baseball team gather at Fayetteville High School Saturday, April 13 to compete in a match against Southwest Missouri State. ry came in a big 8-6 win over Division I Missouri. “We beat Missouri, but other than that we’ve had some pretty heartbreaking losses,” Benson said. The team is still in the early stages of what believes to be a promising future. The more the word of the club spreads to high schoolers who look to continue their baseball careers, the more the team will continue to strengthen.
Almost all of the team members played baseball in high school and pass the word onto prospective Arkansas students about the perks of the club baseball team. “We are helping to talk to guys at orientation and checking out guys at local high schools,” Benson said. Word of mouth is the main way the team has fielded new members, but they have also said that Club Sports has
TRACK & FIELD
Hogs on the Road for the Weekend Tamzen Tumlison Senior Staff Writer
The Razorback women’s track and field team is preparing for meets to launch many of its individuals into national qualifier status, beginning with the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. “This is the time of year where we’re still continuing to try to get our kids qualifying for the NCAA regional meet, because that’s the gatekeeper to the National Championships,” head coach Lance Harter said. The Mt. SAC Relays is the largest invitational in the United States and typically features 12,000 competitors, who come from “all points in the world,” Harter said. The Razorbacks will have a taste of international competitors rather than solely those from other colleges, as some will come in from China, Japan and Mexico. “It’s a really exciting meet, it’s a very fast track and it’s an opportunity for us to see some of the best collegiates in the U.S., and hitting head to head
been a tremendous help in the developmental stages of the program. “We are working to grow to where we can field a competitive team and host tryouts,” Benson said. “We would like to see enough players to where we could have two teams compete in the NCBA.” The Razorbacks practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the White River base-
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Razorbacks Face Top10 Team In Oregon
Ben Enyart Staff Writer
Addison Morgan Staff Photographer Head women’s track coach, Lance Harter, speaks at the Olympic press conference, Tuesday, April 16. with them,” Harter said. Arkansas got a small glimpse of the action the team will face in California during the John McDonnell Invitational home meet over the weekend, including competition with top teams in the nation. Jessica Kamilos debuted in
the 3,000-meter steeplechase and gave the Hogs a first-place finish with a 10 minute, 22.14 second finish, which was 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. “She is an exceptional athlete, and if there’s a niche that is perfectly designed for her, it’s the steeplechase,” Harter
said. Kamilos ran the steeplechase “experimentally” so she could get some experience with the event before heading to Mt. SAC to compete in it for a qualifying time, Harter said. The Razorbacks are not a
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ball complex in Fayetteville, where they also play home games as well. Dues are $250 for the year to help cover travel expenses. Bats, balls and helmets are provided so only a glove is needed to participate. The season wraps up after the next couple weekends, so check the team’s Facebook group or get in touch with Benson or Wilt if interested in joining the team for next season.
The No. 2 Arkansas men’s track and field team will travel to Eugene, Ore., this weekend to compete in a dual meet against No. 4 Oregon. Arkansas is coming off of a first-place tie at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville where the Hogs beat out No. 1 Texas A&M to share the win with No. 24 Minnesota. The final score of the meet was Arkansas and Minnesota with 137 points over A&M’s 129. “It showed a little to me that our team is taking care of business and preparing themselves to compete and always looking for national qualifying marks or records,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “We moved some kids around to different events, but they all competed well and that was encouraging.” Oregon has also recently won over A&M at the Pepsi Team Invitational held at Eu-
gene, Ore., on April 6. The Ducks outscored the Aggies 194.5 to 180.5. The Ducks have nine athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally in their events. This includes Parker Stinson with a 10,000-meter time of 28 minutes, 34.71 seconds, the No. 1 time in the nation with Arkansas’ Solomon Haile trailing with the No. 5 time of 28:56.92. Oregon also has Johnathan Cabral with a 13.33 in the 110-meter hurdles, which gives him the No. 1 time for this season. The Ducks’ 4x400 relay is ranked No. 8 nationally, and they have Mike Berry, who posted a No. 8 400-meter time of 46.20. Oregon also has two 1,500-meter runners who have posted top-10 times: No. 4 Matt Miner with a time of 3:42.60 and No. 9 Elijah Greer with a time of 3:43.56. The other top-10 performances for Oregon are Sam Crouser with a No. 3 distance of 75.80 meters in the
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Rankings Don’t Always Indicate Player Skill Levels
Tamzen Tumlison Senior Staff Writer I have a mantra that I try to live by: Always expect the worst, so that you’ll either be correct or pleasantly sur-
prised. Sometimes I forget about that phrase and instead get my hopes up, put all my eggs in one basket, sit back and just expect my favorite sports teams and people to do as well as the media says that they will. Have you noticed that in the case of Arkansas, that just doesn’t seem to work out? The Razorback baseball team ended their last season on a fairly high note — the Hogs earned a third-place finish in the College World Series, which is quite a feat, as the Hogs have only made
seven appearances. Those seven appearances put Arkansas in the top 10 teams who have made the most appearances in the CWS without actually earning a title. That high note drifted over into the 2012-2013 season and landed the Hogs at No. 1 in preseason polls. At first, it felt as if we deserved to be ranked highly. But a few weeks into the season after some struggles in nonconference games, it felt like a No. 1 ranking might have brought the Hogs more pressure than confidence.
A bout in Arizona shot the Hogs right down to No. 19. That’s not where the supposed No. 1 team should be, though, should it? Slowly but steadily the Hogs have been crawling back to where everyone thought they should be, and if the trend continues, the Hogs may still have a chance at going for the CWS title again. I’m not sure why I even dare mention the 2012 Razorback football season, but the Hogs fit the bill in that category too. The Razorbacks were meant for glory that season,
they really were, but unfortunate circumstances wreaked havoc on the team. At No. 10 going into the first game of the season — a whopping win over Jacksonville State, 49-24 — it started to look like a new coach would not be a problem for the Hogs. Out spilled all the eggs in that one basket and suddenly, following an overtime loss to ULM, the Hogs dropped out of the rankings, never to be heard from again. Why does the nation put so much faith in the rankings? The more I watch Ar-
kansas start off so well and then plummet to their rankings death, the less I trust our high rankings. As so many coaches say, the rankings are nothing but numbers on a paper that show what is expected of them. The numbers don’t prove how skilled — or unskilled, in these cases — a team might really be. Tamzen Tumlison is a writer for the Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every other Wednesday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.
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TOP-10 continued from page 7 javelin, Dakotah Keys with the No. 6 spot in the decathlon with a score of 7,743 and Greg Skipper with a distance of 65.96 meters for the No. 9 spot in the hammer. “If the weather is good, I anticipate a good crowd,” Bucknam said. “And you have two classic, elite programs going after each other and so our kids are excited about that.” The Hogs have six athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally in their events, which includes Kemoy Campbell, who still has the No. 1 time in the 5,000-meter with his time of
13:32.82. In the long jump, Arkansas has Tarik Batchelor at the No. 3 spot with a 7.90 meter jump that he posted last weekend at the John McDonnell Invitational. Also at this past weekend’s meet, the Hogs’ 4x100 relay ran a time of 39.51 for the No. 6 time nationally. Arkansas also has the No. 3 spot in the pole vault with Andrew Irwin and his 5.56-meter vault, Caleb Cross and his No. 10 400-meter hurdle time of 51.08 and Haile with his No. 5 time in the 10,000-meter.
This meet will be a chance for the Hogs to see where the team is, because unlike past meets, this upcoming weekend features all the top athletes in their main events in order to gain a victory over Oregon. “You will see on Saturday,” Bucknam said. “You will have a pretty good idea after this Saturday’s meet what our guys will be running at the SEC meet. We’re going to put an SEC type lineup into this weekend. We’re going to put the guys in their strengths. We’re going to try to win this meet.”
Photo Courtesy of Associated Press In this Nov. 8, 1959, file photo, New York Giants place kicker Pat Summerall shows off kicking shoe for photographers in the locker room after making three field goals to help the team to a 9-3 win over the Chicago Cardinals at Yankee Stadium in New York. went 30-for-30 on extra point attempts, Summerall was better known for his career as a broadcaster. He worked for CBS Sports for 32 years during which time he was not only the voice of the network’s NFL telecasts, but also for the U.S.
Open in tennis and the Masters. Summerall moved to Fox in 1994 and called NFL games for eight years before announcing his retirement after Super Bowl XXXVI. After that, he worked on regional telecasts until 2006
and broadcast the Cotton Bowl from 2007-10. In 1971, Summerall was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and in 1999 he joined the likes of Jack Buck and Harry Caray in the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
ROAD continued from page 7 team designed for dual meets, as the team focuses more on distances and sprints rather than throwing events. The coaches have done this on purpose, though they know it would set the team up for some losses along the way. “We’re going to get beat periodically; in fact, next week we’ll probably get pummelled,”
Harter said. Makeba Alcide, the NCAA leader in the heptathlon, will not be competing again until the Southeastern Conference championships. Though Alcide is a threat in multiple events, her goal is to make it to the SEC and NCAA championships and not risk injury before, Harter said.
“If we’re going to be competitive at the SEC, we need to have as many national-caliber qualifiers as possible,” Harter said. The Razorbacks will compete in the Mt. SAC Relays April 18-20 in Walnut, Calif., and will also compete in the Michael Johnson Classic April 20 in Waco, Texas.
Addison Morgan Staff Photographer Head men’s track coach, Chris Bucknam, speaks at the Olympic press conference, Tuesday, April 16.
Published on Apr 17, 2013