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f you’re starting to sing the End Of The Semester Blues, you’re in luck. This weekend, the Ozark Blues Society hosts Blues In The Natural State, with music up and down Dickson Street on Friday and Saturday. This year, Morgan Freeman’s favorite blues musician is playing the festival. Seriously. Aside from blues, it’s a new month with a new First Thursday on the Fayetteville Square and the Farmer’s Market returns on Saturday. Thursday night, local band Teenagers will be playing in a Heifer International benefit show, and George’s has eclectic Texas musician Bob Schneider on Sunday night. Head further east to the Arkansas Delta, and you’ll find the most fertile ground for blues music in the world. Northwest Arkansas, though, has little of the music to offer. Cue the Ozarks Blues Society. Several high profile musicians along with local talent will play in Fayetteville bars as part of the Blues In the Natural State festival. Tickets are $45 for all shows, $20 for all Friday shows, or $30 for all Saturday shows. Alternatively, each venue will have a separate cover charge. On Friday, Rogue and Smoke and Barrel Tavern have music starting at 6:00 p.m., and the music kicks off at George’s at 8:30 p.m. The headliner Friday night at George’s is James “Super Chikan” Johnson from Clarksville, Mississippi, according to the festival’s website. Clarksville is also home to Morgan Freeman’s blues joint, where Johnson is a regular. Saturday, acts begin at the Walton Arts Center at 1:30 p.m., Rogue at 2:30 p.m., Kingfish and Smoke and Barrel at 3:15 p.m. and George’s at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night’s headliner is John Lee Hooker Jr., son of the blues legend by the same name. Listeners can hear more influences in Hooker Jr.’s music than just his father, but the storytelling and the intensity remains.
James “Super Chikan” Johnson Friday night at George’s Majestic
Other Happenings This Weekend... Fayetteville Square
While it might be cold and damp, there will still be cool things Thursday night on the Fayetteville Square for First Thursday. Oreo Blue will be gracing the square with tunes, and proceeds from the beer garden are going to the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks, a group that has been instrumental in making Northwest Arkansas more bike-friendly over the years. Art stalls will line the square, and some of Fayetteville’s finest eating establishments will throw their doors open in anticipation. The award-winning Fayetteville Farmer’s Market returns this Saturday, starting at 7:00 a.m. Farmers, vendors, and food stalls line the square, and both professional and amateur musicians provide the sound track. Saturday mornings on the square also happen to be prime Fayetteville people watching, with people busking and passing out literature on all sorts of topics. Though it isn’t prime harvest time, the market will still be buzzing with activity.
More Music and Comedy Austin-based singer/songwriter Bob Schneider will be at George’s on Sunday night. Tickets are $18, and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. Schneider was a member of several bands on the Austin scene in the 1990s before striking out on his own in
John Lee Hooker Jr. Saturday night at George’s Majestic Courtesy Photo The Fayetteville Farmer’s Market returns this Saturday starting at 7:00 a.m. 1999, according to his website. Schneider isn’t the run-of-the mill guy with a breathy voice on stage with a guitar. His songs have some pop, and his music has twinges of Dave Matthews Band and Phish. Want to listen to great live music? How about provide food and income to lowincome families throughout the world? Do both on Thursday night at George’s with a benefit concert benefiting Heifer International. The nonprofit, based in Little Rock, sends gifts of live animals to needy families all over the globe. Teenagers and other artists will be on stage. The campus chapter of Heifer International
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sponsors the event. Stand-up comedians Scott Long and Mat Alano-Martin are performing Friday night at UARK Bowl on Dickson Street. Long, hailing from Iowa, has been touring for over 20 years. Tickets to either the 8:00 p.m. set or the 10:30 p.m. set will set you back $7. For free comedy, UARK Bowl has open-mic night every Thursday. The drama department will present Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” every day this weekend. There is free admission, and curtains open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s show starts at 2:00 p.m.
Pulitzer PrizeWinning Author to Visit Public Library
Best-selling author and columnist Dave Barry will do an author’s talk and a book signing Friday, April 12 at the Fayetteville Public Library. Full Story, Page 3
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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Dave Barry to Visit Public Library Stephanie Pullin Staff Writer Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times best-selling author and columnist Dave Barry is coming to Fayetteville this month. Barry will do an author’s talk and a book signing Friday, April 12 at the Fayetteville Public Library as part of the Roberta Fulbright Distinguished Author Series. “We are excited to welcome Dave Barry to the library. While he is known for his satirical humor to our adult patrons, he is also known to our children and young adult patrons through his Peter and the Starcatchers series,” said David Johnson, executive director of the Fayetteville Public Library. “He has something for everyone.” Barry gained fame for a column he wrote for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. Barry has written more than 30 books, and in 2005, his first novel, “Big Trouble,” was adapted into a motion picture starring Tim Allen.
“Peter and the Starcatchers,” which Barry co-authored with Ridley Peason, is a fivebook series that has been adapted into a Tony Awardwinning musical. “Peter and the Starcatchers” is also a motion picture that is in production with Hunger Games director Gary Ross with an expected release date in 2013.
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Barry Barry just released a new novel, “Insane City,” earlier this year. “Insane City” is described as a “dark” comedy that will have readers laughing out loud. Barry will speak at 7 p.m., followed by a book signing from 8-9 p.m.
Courtesy Photo Staff Photographer Students perform at the 2012 Dance Around the World celebration in Holcombe Hall. The 2013 event will take place Friday, April 13.
Nuri Heo Staff Writer UA students are welcomed to Dance Around World, a celebration of other countries’ cultures through music and dance. The event will take place Thursday, April 11, at Holcombe Hall. The Office of International Students & Scholars has planned to invite a variety of
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students from different countries to choreograph a traditional dance at Holcombe’s public event. ISS Coordinator Elizabeth A. Salmo said the office wants students to explore and learn about different cultures. All students are eligible to attend and learn about different cultures’ dances. “The event is for everyone who wants to learn about different cultures and express their heritage,” Salmo said.
The event is from 6-9 p.m. and is hosted by Holcombe’s Hall Senate every spring semester. Students much sign up to participate. Sign-up information must include what country a student will represent and what music file they will use, according to the flyer. “At the event, participants will have time allotted to them to perform and even call for volunteers to teach the dance to others,” Salmo
said. International students have many ideas about what cultural dance to present for the event. Hyojin Kim, an international exchange student, said she dances often for fun and has been preparing to show and teach a traditional Korean dance to the participants. She said the program gives her a good opportunity to teach others about her country’s culture.
Robotic Competition Lands on Campus This Weekend
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Students from Mountain Home compete with their robot “Bomb Squad.”
Staff Report Students from 38 high school teams will be participating in the Razorback Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition, referred to as “the Superbowl of Smarts,” features teams of high school students who design and build robots that are then put to the test through a series of tasks, according to a press release.
The challenge for this year is called “Ultimate Ascent,” students’ robots have to scoop up and toss flying discs to score points, according to a release. Students will be competing for design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship and teamwork awards. Six of the competing teams will earn a spot at the World Championship in St. Louis April 24-27. Bryan Hill, an assistant dean of student recruitment, honors and international programs in the College of
Engineering who is also cochairing the event, said this is good real world experience for engineering students. “The students take six weeks to work and compete in a high-stress environment, and they’re working with professional engineers,” Hill said in a press release. “This is as close to ‘real-world engineering’ as a student can get__it’s great practice in time management.” FIRST ( For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a world-
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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Condom Dresses Support a Cause
Katherine Kortebein Staff Columnist From March 12-29, the UA’s Anne Kittrell Art Gallery held a very unique set of dresses that caused quite a reaction among students on campus. Brazilian artist Adriana Bertini created the “Dress Up Against AIDS” gallery, which consisted of dresses made of condoms. There were six dresses on display, created with thousands of condoms and hundreds of hours of work. Bertini was a volunteer with multiple organizations that deal with children infected with HIV and AIDS, so she created the dresses to raise awareness for these diseases. Each dress was given a name in order to make the viewers think of the victims of HIV and AIDS. Gallery attendant Derick McCollum told the Traveler, “The reactions have been mixed. They either think the exhibit is either really nasty or really cool.” This is what I find interesting: How could anyone find the exhibit “nasty?” The gallery was created for a very important cause, and after looking at the dresses myself, I found them extremely impressive. Often, I would not have even known these dresses were made of condoms on first, and even second, glance. They looked as if they were made of typical dress materials. The only way I would ever think a display like this was gross or anything along those lines was if the condoms were used. That would be truly “nasty.” However, these are simply materials, comparative to any fabric. In fact, I think it is astounding the amount of work put
into each dress, which took anywhere from 148-325 hours, according to the Traveler article. Not to mention the creativity of Bertini — she designed each dress and came up with the colors and detailing of each. I think it is sad people would find such a creative display disgusting just because there are condoms involved. I do not see any problem using such material to make a statement. There is nothing obscene involved in the art; they are simply dresses. The condoms do not promote sex, simply safe sex. These dresses in no way said students on this campus should have sex. Bertini just wanted to remind those who do to always be careful and to know what the possible consequences are to having sex, especially highrisk sex. I thought it was interesting this was an issue when our society has become so open about sex. It is shown on television, discussed in music and even featured in books, like “50 Shades of Grey,” which garnered national attention and is now being made into a movie. According to NBC News, the average male loses his virginity at age 16.9 and the average female at 17.4. For college students, two-thirds have been in a “friends-with-benefits” relationship. Meanwhile, USA Today reported that studies have shown that no-strings relationships have increased while traditional dating has decreased. This goes to show that sex has become much more common these days, especially on college campuses. It is under this reasoning I am surprised there were such strong opinions against Bertini’s dresses, as our generation is liable to see much more racy images on our favorite shows than a simple condom. In my opinion, this show was merely creative, and there is no reason for anyone to be upset over it. Katherine Kortebein is a junior English and creative writing major and a staff columnist for the Arkansas Traveler.
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A Woman is Never “Asking” for It
Staff Columnist There have been too many times when the topic of sexual harassment comes up and somebody says, “Well, what did the girl do?” or “What was she wearing?” as if the girl is to blame for the harassment. My question is, “Why does that matter? Does the way she dresses or the way she walks justify harassment or rape?” Nothing justifies sexual harassment. Nothing justifies rape. A couple days ago, I read an article in the New York Times entitled “Rise in Sexual Assaults in Egypt Sets Off Clash Over Blame.” The article quotes an Egyptian police general saying, “Sometimes a girl contributes 100 percent to her own raping when she puts herself in these conditions.” Reading that quote sickened me, to say the least.
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the rape victim were released from a juvenile detention center on house arrest. It is horrifying to see how easily people blame the victim. Intoxicated or not, rape is never okay. And intoxicated or not, a woman never “asks for it.” The Steubenville case is not an isolated one. A similar incident happened in Torrington, Conn., where two football players were charged with the sexual assault of two 13-year-old girls, according to an ABC News article. Once again, students used social media to express their support for the accused football players using the hashtag #FreeEdgar. Media outlets called this the “rape culture,” which is “the environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture,” according to a definition by marshall.edu. This is a phenomenon that is seen everywhere to a certain extent. Ever heard of someone say, “Well, she should have seen it coming. Did you see the way she was dressed?” I have. National statistics show 70 percent of sexual assault victims are under 25 and 1 in 4 sexual assaults occur on
college campuses, according to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The article also mentions that alcohol is involved in 90 percent of all rapes on college campuses. No doubt, as students on a college campus home to more than 20,000 students, we are no exception to these statistics. At the UA, in 2011, five “sex offenses, forcible” were reported on campus property and three for “on-campus residential facilities.” Back in 2009, eight were reported on campus property and six on residential facilities, according to the 2011 Clery Report. These, of course, are only the reported incidents. Reported or not reported, the point is that it is a problem and we should understand the need to get rid of this “rape culture” idea in our society. Questioning the victim’s actions or clothes makes it seem her actions justify harassment or rape. And that’s where we go wrong and foster this rape culture. No girl wants to be harassed. No girl wants to be raped. No girl “asks for it.” Saba Naseem is a senior journalism major and staff columnist for the Arkansas Traveler.
Social Media: You Are What You Post
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Why, in this century, are we even having a conversation on who is to “blame”? Although the article was specific to conservatives in Egypt, this idea of victimblaming is a problem worldwide. Take a look at the Steubenville High School rape case in Ohio. Two high school football players raped a young girl, who was “incapacitated by alcohol.” They were found guilty. However, what is surprising is many people sided with the perpetrators and blamed the victim. Here are some examples of tweets I found online: “I honestly feel sorry for the boys in that Steubenville trial. That whore was asking for it.” “How can u press charges against som1 just bcuz your child was willingly behaving like a drunk whore?? Lives hav been destroyed! #Steubenville.” “The Steubenville story is all too familiar. Be responsible for your actions ladies before your drunken decisions ruin innocent lives.” These are just a few of many tweets that are both shocking and repulsive. The victim was called “whore” and “slut” over and over again. Earlier in the week, two girls accused of threatening
Shawnya Wethington Staff Columnist Everywhere you turn, people are busy scrolling, commenting, posting and liking. With every click, they are also sharing some very personal details. If you’re in an elevator with a random guy, you probably wouldn’t appreciate it if he launched into a tale about the seven beers he chugged the night before. Or, suppose some lady sat beside you on a bus and started ranting about all the drama in her life. If you’re feeling generous, you might give a few half-hearted nods before making an exit. Maybe. Most people don’t care about someone else’s drama. We all have our hands full dealing with issues of our own. Frankly, ain’t nobody
got time for that! There’s a code of silence among strangers. When you’re in public, there are certain personal details that simply don’t need to be shared. The same principles apply to social networking sites. If the availability of information doesn’t scare you — at least a little bit — then you’re probably not aware of what all is available at the click of a mouse. Give me a computer and a name and, within minutes, I can probably find an address, phone number, birthday, immediate family members, a satellite picture of their home … The list just keeps going on. So, why should you put out even more information? Sure, Facebook asks the overly friendly question, “What’s on your mind?” However, that doesn’t mean you should publicize every aspect of your life. Be selective about what you put up. We all have the right to freedom of speech. Although you can’t be jailed for your opinions, you can still be judged. And you will be. If you don’t want your dear little granny to see the less-than-innocent side of
you, put your spring break pictures through some strict scrutiny. If you want to be an attractive participant in the job market, you may want to reconsider Twitter-bashing your current boss. It’s safe to assume everyone has access to what you put online, so try to censor your posts for whomever you want to impress. The few people who are actually interested in your private information are likely the ones you’d rather keep in the dark. People will put the information they discover online to use. Employers, admissions officers and scholarship committees can easily check up on you, so it is important to present profiles and information that will give you an edge. Four out of 10 people said they try to avoid people whose online opinions they disagree with, according to Intel’s 2012 “Mobile Etiquette” survey. People will form opinions about you purely from the information you have posted online. You won’t always have the opportunity to explain yourself because people tend to make assumptions instead of asking for clarifi-
cation on posts online. Keep in mind that online information is easily misleading and things like sarcasm don’t always translate well. In a 2012 Forbes article, “Sharing Too Much? It’ll Cost You,” Cheryl Conner warned, “Be careful about what we write online, whether on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, texts, blogs, or other places where digital information has a shelf-life of many years and can be copied and pasted by anyone, anywhere.” Many people have become extremely liberal with the information they’re sharing online, and something that may only take a few seconds to post can be extremely difficult to recover from later. It’s virtually impossible to stay anonymous in a world connected by a few clicks of the mouse. Since hiding is basically useless, try to make sure that you don’t stand out in a negative way. No matter how tightly you monitor your privacy settings, there will always be people watching. Shawnya Wethington is a sophomore journalism, English major and marketing minor and a staff writer for the Arkansas Traveler.
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Brandon Nichols Staff Writer The perfect ingredients in a good slasher movie consist of sex, drugs and co-eds, and “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” has it all and more, a perfect mixture of humorous parody and horror gore. “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” was released in 2010 with very little fanfare but overall was well received by critics and audiences. The movie won an audience award at the South By Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. The film also had an 85 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it a “certified fresh” movie. This movie is available instantly on Netflix, which means you don’t even have to leave your couch to go rent it. The movie stars Alan Tudyk, best known for his role as Wash in the sci-fi cult favorite show “Firefly” and Tyler Labine, also known for his role in the show “Reaper.” Tudyk plays Tucker and Labine plays Dale, a couple of nice, well-intentioned hillbillies who are fixing up a dilapidated cabin they’ve recently purchased by a lake in the wilderness of West Virginia. The setting revolves around a horror-flick favorite – a cabin in the woods. Eli Craig makes a strong directorial debut with "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil." He demonstrates that he knows the ins and outs of hillbilly horror, and in essence, Craig elevates the genre conventions throughout the movie. Craig grew up on movie sets, being the son of Academy Award winning actress Sally Field, according to IMDB. The story follows the standard college-kidsgo-camping-and-it-goes-wrong storyline, but Craig comes at this this convention with a unique twist. The college kids think that Tucker and Dale are murdering hillbillies, intent on killing them. All the while, Tucker and Dale think the college kids have taken a suicide pact and are trying to kill themselves at the lake house.
To tell anymore would only spoil the fun, but the movie becomes a mash up of Three-Stoogeslike misunderstandings as seen through the esteemed king-of-gore director George Romero’s eyes. "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" likes to take all the horror movie staples that people are familiar with and turn them completely around, falling somewhere between “Scream” and “Scary Movie” in being a funny horror movie rather than a scary movie with funny parts or a simple spoof. The best way to explain it would be to say that "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" does for hillbilly horror movies what “Shaun of the Dead” did for zombie movies; they show you what you expect, why you expect it and then don’t do what you expected next. Craig deserves credit for not letting the movie get carried away into a series of hillbilly stereotype jokes. He portrays the two of them as both funny
and witty, even though they hail from the backwoods of West Virginia. Tudyk and Labine also do a good job of not falling into campy archetypes; their characters are normal people, albeit backwoods people, trying to make the best of the crazy and chaotic situations they find themselves in. The college kids are not quite as three-dimensional, but that comes from Craig’s vision, by turning the character who would normally be the protagonists in a horror movie into the antagonists. In doing so, Craig chooses to make them into the mindless, plodding killers seen in hillbilly horror movies such as “Wrong Turn” or “The Hills Have Eyes.’ As the misunderstandings get crazier and gorier, the movie gets better and funnier. This movie is definitely not for the squeamish, but rather for those who enjoy a good bit of horror gore and have an avid funny bone.
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Cameron McCauley Staff Writer The Diamond Hogs square off against Alabama in a threegame series beginning tonight at 7 p.m. The Crimson Tide sit at 1911 on the season with an 11-4 home record and have won six
of their last seven in Southeastern Conference play. The Razorbacks come in at 21-8 and have risen to No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll after winning eight of their last 10 games. The expected starters for Alabama will be righty Charley Sullivan Thursday, southpaw Jon Keller Friday and right-
hander Spencer Turnbull Saturday. Sullivan, the staff ’s ace, went eight strong innings against instate rival Auburn last week, striking out seven and only allowing one earned run, and now boasts a 2.60 ERA on the season. Turnbull also threw a complete game, 2-0, shutout against
fourth best in the SEC. Fellow outfielder Matt Vinson and shortstop Brian Anderson have also been hot at the plate, each batting above .320 on the season. After strong performances against Mississippi State last weekend, the Diamond Hogs’
This year’s NCAA Final Four includes Louisville, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Cal. No, you didn’t misread that and no, it wasn’t a typo. The women’s basketball teams of these four universities have made it to the highly revered Women’s Final Four which will take place Sunday in New Orleans. The women’s tournament this year has had a significant amount less drama than the men’s tournament when it comes to upsets. The only thing resembling a Cinderella story was 12-seed Kansas’s run to the Sweet Sixteen which was ended by the Fighting Irish who are representing the Norfolk region in the Final Four. The Southeastern Conference was much better represented in the women’s tournament than in the men’s. Seven SEC teams made the tournament this year and all won at least one game. Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee all ended their tournament runs in the Elite Eight. This year’s Final Four includes two No. 1 seeds (Notre Dame and Connecticut), a No. 2 seed (Cal) and a No.
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the Tigers Sunday, only giving up four hits in the process. The Tide will have SEC Freshman of the Week Tyler Spoon to look forward to at the plate, who was the third Razorback this season to earn the award after batting 5 for 12 over the weekend against Mississippi State. Spoon has 34 RBIs this season, good for
Final 3 Matches for Razorbacks Ben Enyart Staff Writer
The Arkansas men’s tennis team will compete against Tennessee, Georgia and St. Louis this weekend as the season comes to a close. The Hogs will stay in Fayetteville for these matches, and will face Tennessee Friday starting at 1 p.m., Georgia Sunday at 1 p.m. and St. Louis Sunday at 6 p.m. With an 11-12 overall record this season and 0-9 in the Southeastern Conference, the Hogs are looking to improve during these matches in an attempt to ready themselves for the postseason that will start April 16 in Oxford, Miss., at the SEC Championships. The Hogs will be going up against tough competition this weekend, as Tennessee is ranked No.6 in the nation and Georgia is No. 4. Tennessee is 17-5 overall, 5-3 in conference. Their top singles player is sophomore Mikelis Libietis who is ranked
No. 3 in the nation with a career record of 51-18 and a season record of 9-1. Hunter Reece is ranked No. 31 in the nation with a singles record of 5-1. These two athletes are ranked together at No. 7 nationally for doubles. Georgia has a season record of 15-14 overall, 10-1 in conference. Their top singles player is senior KU Singh, who is ranked No. 11 in the country. They also have No. 53 sophomore Nathan Pasha with a singles record of 3-6. Georgia also has the nationally ranked No. 6 doubles team of Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland, along with the No. 41 doubles team of Pasha and Garrett Brasseaux. St. Louis has an overall record of 5-9 and are 1-4 in road games this season. Arkansas is coming off of a four-game losing streak and has lost nine of their last 10 matches. Out of those 10 matches, all have been against
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see FINAL page 8 Mike Nott returns the ball at the Arkansas v Florida tennis match, Sunday, March 31.
Media Spill: Comments on 2 Recent Coach Stories
Kristen Coppola Sports Editor Every day, I consume sports. When I’m home doing homework, making dinner or relaxing, I’ve got ESPN on the
TV. In the car, I’m tuned in to 92.1 The Ticket. This week I’ve heard two stories almost everywhere I go. At home, I was inundated with the ESPN Outside the Lines report about Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice abusing his players at practice. I watched the report three times, and each time I was bothered more. I was especially disturbed by the Rutgers athletic director defending his decision not to fire Rice. ESPN obtained film of Rice kicking, shoving and throwing basketballs at his players. He also berated them and ha-
rassed them with homophobic slurs. You should be able to see why I was disturbed at the clip of the athletic director defending the choice to keep him on staff. Rutgers must have received a lot of backlash on that subject, because Wednesday around noon, I got a notification that Rice was fired. To that I say, good job, Rutgers. Coaches have been fired for less offensive behavior. Also, after the OTL report, Rutgers recruiting would have dropped. Parents wouldn’t want to send their sons to
play under a coach who berates them and pushes them around. A person should not remain in a position of authority if he does not respect and honor his subordinates. That was what I saw on TV. Now, let’s move to the radio. The big topic of conversation on 92.1 this week was a comment by head coach Bret Bielema at a Razorback Club meeting. “You can take Saban’s record when he was at Michigan State and when he was a coach in the Big Ten and put it against mine, and he can’t
compare,” Bielema said. Apparently, this caused such a ruckus that Bielema even tweeted about it Monday. I don’t think this is something that should’ve riled people up or something that deserved even half of the airtime it received. I equate Bielema’s comment to encouraging the fans at the meeting. He was just trying to give them something to be excited about and repeat what he said during his first press conference as Arkansas head coach. He wants to bring a Southeastern Conference Champi-
onship to Arkansas. Bielema wants to do that just as much as LeBron James wanted to bring an NBA Championship to South Beach, Fla. People who think Bielema was being haughty can thank their lucky stars that he didn’t say he was going to bring “not one, not two, not three, not four...” Kristen Coppola is the sports editor for the Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every Thursday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @ UATravSports.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper
Hogs Ready for Tigers at Bogle Park Eric Harris Staff Writer
After a performance that has not been matched since 2000, the Razorback softball team looks to continue their winning ways against Southeastern Conference rivals LSU. Arkansas will look to turn tables against the Tigers who have had success against the Razorbacks. Last season, the Tigers swept Arkansas in Baton Rouge, La., and increased their record all-time against the Hogs to 48-8. Despite the sweep, the Hogs were very competitive, losing two of those games by a score of 2-1. Arkansas is coming off a sweep of the No. 22 ranked Georgia Bulldogs, the Hogs first sweep against a ranked opponent since 2000. The Razorbacks picked up a win in the opening game of the series by a score of 5-2, then on Saturday the Hogs picked up both games in the doubleheader by scores of 5-3 and 8-2. “After winning the first game we talked about taking the series, then after the second win we talked about getting the brooms out and getting the sweep,” head coach Mike Larabee said. The Hogs were led at the plate by sophomore Devon Wallace, who homered in
Addison Morgan Staff Photographer Mike Larabee speaks at the Olympic Press Conference, Tuesday, April 2, at Barnhill Arena. all three games in the series including a walk-off grand slam in game two of the series. Her performance earned her National Player of the Week honors by CollegeSportsMadness.com as well as being named the SEC Player of the week for the second time this season. She knocked in seven RBIs and picked up three walks to raise her NCAAleading total to 46 this season.
The leadoff hitter for the Hogs is now third in the SEC with a .429 average and fourth with 12 home runs. The Hogs will need production from Wallace and others in the lineup as the No. 13 LSU Tigers come to play a three-game series at Bogle Park. LSU is 30-7 on the year and 7-2 to start SEC play. Larabee knows that the Hogs will have to step up to beat the Tigers. “We don’t have to be per-
fect, but we do need to be excellent,” Larabee said. The Tigers are led by their pitching staff, including senior Rachele Fico, who leads them with 17 wins on the season. Fico also leads the SEC with 168 strikeouts and has posted an ERA of 1.83. Leading the Tigers in the batter’s box is Jacee Blades, a junior from Baton Rouge, La., that is hitting for an average of .381. Rikki Alcaraz is another threat for LSU, boasting an
average of .396 with 15 RBIs in just 19 starts. Pitcher Chelsea Cohen will have momentum on her side to stop the Tigers’ batters. Cohen started all three games against Georgia and picked up two wins while only giving up three runs on eight hits. The first game will start Friday at 6 p.m. at Bogle Park while the games Saturday and Sunday will both start at 1 p.m.
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pitching staff remains the class of the SEC. Arkansas will once again start Barrett Astin in the first game, Ryne Stanek in the second and Randall Fant in the third game of the series. Stanek fared well against the Tide in 2012, going 5.2 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs en route to an 8-4 victory at Baum Stadium. The Hogs’ 1.68 team ERA and paltry .194 opposing batting average are good for tops in the SEC, while Alabama’s .256 team batting average puts the team near the bottom at second to last in the conference in that category. Alabama’s struggles at the plate haven’t gone unnoticed, but the team is able to salvage runs by walking 121 times this season. However, the Crimson Tide has yet to face a SEC team with the control and attacking ability that the Razorbacks’ pitching staff possesses. Randall Fant will start the last game of the series Saturday, and has been the Hogs’ best starter as of late. Fant has been all but dominant in his last three starts, having a career-best three-week stretch throwing 18 strikeouts against the likes of elite SEC teams Ole Miss, South Carolina and Mississippi State while sitting on a miniscule 1.26 ERA for the season. Fant has a team-leading 26 to 3 strikeout to walk ratio, and will waste no time attacking Tide batters at the plate. Both pitching staffs will keep pitch counts low, so expect Arkansas and Alabama to explore into their bullpens despite runs coming at a slow pace.
ROUND continued from page 7 5 seed (Louisville) — a field that is definitely less shocking than the men’s Final Four which is made up of a No. 9 seed, two No. 4 seeds and a No. 1 seed. The overall No. 1 seed in the tournament was the Baylor Bears, who lost 82-81 to Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen. The other No. 1 seed that didn’t make the Final Four was Stanford who lost 61-59 to fourth-seeded Georgia, also in the Sweet Sixteen. Louisville (28-8, 11-5 Big East), the Oklahoma City region’s representative in the Final Four, has had the roughest road to New Orleans. As a No. 5 seed, they have faced three teams seeded higher than them to make it to the Final Four. Even so, only one of their tournament games — the dramatic contest with Baylor — went all the way down to the wire.
Louisville will face Cal, the only non-Big East team in the Final Four, in their semifinal game Sunday. The Bears of Cal (32-3, 16-1 Pac-12) are the Spokane region’s representative in the Final Four. Cal has had two contests that were close calls on their road to New Orleans. They only beat No. 10seed South Florida by four in the Round of 32 and pulled off a three-point victory over Georgia in the Elite Eight. Notre Dame (35-1, 16-0 Big East), the Norfolk region’s representative in the Final Four, has had a dominant road to the Final Four. They have won their four tournament games (against Tennessee-Martin, Iowa, Kansas, and Duke) by an average of 22 points. Notre Dame won the Big East regular season and the Big East tournament earlier
this year. The Fighting Irish have played in the National Championship game the last two years in a row but have not actually finished as national champions since the 2000-2001 season. Notre Dame will play conference foe Connecticut in the national semifinals Sunday. Connecticut (33-4, 14-2 Big East), the other No. 1 seed in the Final Four, is the winner of the Bridgeport region. The Huskies have been unbelievably dominant thus far in the tournament. They won their first-round game 105-37, showing no mercy against the Vandals of Idaho. UConn has won their four tournament games by an average of 34 points. The semifinal games take place Sunday in New Orleans and the National Championship will be Tuesday.
FINAL continued from page 7 SEC teams, and all but Alabama and Auburn are ranked in the top 25 nationally. Despite a season record that has yet to yield them a top 25 spot nationally, the Hogs have the No. 35 nationally ranked doubles team of Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott. And even though the Hogs went 4-0 their last match against No. 17 Florida, it was in the two matches before
Florida against SEC teams No. 20 South Carolina and No. 7 Ole Miss that the Hogs took away the doubles point. “In the SEC it’s just brutal and you have to go into each match knowing that the task is going to be tough,” head coach Robert Cox said. “But we’re okay, their heads are up and their battling as hard as I have ever had a team battle, and I’m just really pleased
with that.” These will be Arkansas’ last home matches before they go into the postseason. They have matches in Omaha, Neb., and Baton Rouge, La., after competing against Tennessee, Georgia and St. Louis. The next time the Hogs will compete after this upcoming weekend is against Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, April 9.