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fees, said a Fayetteville Police officer. The legal blood alcohol limit for someone 21 or older is .08 percent, said Sgt. Craig Stout, Fayetteville Police public information officer. For those younger than 21, the limit is .02 percent, which is designed to be a notolerance policy.

“That’s about one beer, a glass of wine or a shot, whatever your poison is,” Stout said about the underage blood alcohol limit. “That will put you over the legal limit.” Receiving a DWI in the past was not as detrimental, said finance instructor Noel Morris. If someone had the

right attorney in the right town, the charge could sometimes disappear. “Well, all of that’s gone,” Morris said. “It doesn’t happen anymore. The courts’ hands are tied, the officers’ hands are tied, it’s going to happen. And you’re going to

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Hogs Keep Score Close vs. No. 6 Orange in SECBig East Challenge

The men’s basketball team fell to No. 6 Syracuse Friday night. Full Story, Page 7

Mary McKay Staff Photographer Crowds gather at the Fayetteville Downtown Square to see the Holiday Pet Parade, Saturday, Dec. 1.

Razorbacks Continue Winning Streak The Razorbacks beat the Waves and advanced to 7-1 on the season. Full Story, Page 7

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Karen Stigar Staff Writer The holidays usually mean spending money, but for some UA students, it also means taking advantage and earning a share of the money being spent this season. “This is a seasonal thing,” said Chung Tan, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce manager for economic development. “Every year, over the holiday season, businesses will hire temporary help to take care of the increased number of shoppers and deals.” This has a positive effect for students and the local economy, Tan said. “Holiday sales bring out consumers, who once out, will likely spend additional funds that they would not have spent on food, recreation and fuel. This boosts the economy,” said Steve Clark, president and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Retailers are the main beneficiaries of the increased spending. Arika Lewis has needs the extra money in order to get home. “I work at Sephora inside JCPenney and this is my first holiday job. I am working a holiday job right now because I need some extra money for buying gifts and paying for travel over the break. I love that you get a lot of hours because retail stores stay open later,” said Lewis, a sopho-

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Freshmen may soon be required to take a one-credithour course their first semester of college, as administrators work to overhaul the once optional course, Freshmen Year Experience (FYE). The program is going through every measure to be implemented in 2013, but it is not yet known if it will make it through the “red tape,” said Ro DiBrezzo the vice provost and professor behind the effort. “We don’t know for sure yet that it will go all the way up, that it will have money for funding or that we will be offering it in fall of 2013,” DiBrezzo said. “It is proposed and it is working its way through the system; we may or may not get it approved.” The class will not replace current freshmen seminar courses required by the engineering and business colleges, but it will standardize it for all other freshmen, including undeclared majors, DiBrezzo said. “At this point, what we are trying to do, is if you have identified a major, we are going to try and get you someone that is, if not directly related to your major, someone close,” DiBrezzo said.

The only outdoor ice skating rink in northwest Arkansas is preparing for the upcoming holiday season and providing skating, entertainment and attractions for the community. “We have numerous events coming to the ice skating rink this season. We have Santa pictures, movie

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nights and figure skating lessons,” said Ben May, Ben-

foot, multi-use establishment located just north of

“This ice rink has brought people from around the state to Bentonville...” Ben May

Bentonville Parks and Recreation Specialist tonville parks and recreation specialist. Lawrence Plaza, in Bentonville, is a 7,000 square

the City Square at the corner of NE A Street and Blake Street. The ice rink at Lawrence

Plaza opened in November 2010. “This is the only outdoor ice rink in northwest Arkansas. This ice rink has brought people from around the state to Bentonville and I’ve even met some people from Joplin and surrounding areas,” May said. It is about a quarter of the size of the Jones Center ice rink in Springdale and can fit about 80 people at a time,

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CLASS continued from page 1 As a first-year “student success” course, this class will be taught with both an online component taught by graduate students and classroom activities with a professor, DiBrezzo said. “In this class we will explore strategies for dealing with stress and time management to promote solutions for maintaining a physically and mentally healthy body, and develop communication and leadership skills to benefit you in your education and your career,” according to a sample syllabus. The program might be one of the many changes UA faculty and administrators will be making in an effort to become a top 50 college. “This class is pretty unique,” she said. “One of the things I’m not sure people understand is that if we can pull this off at the magnitude at which we’re

“We have other schools already looking at our model.” Ro DiBrezzo

with upperclassman in the departments about their experiences which helped me kind of pinpoint where I wanted to go after graduation.” DiBrezzo and others working on the project are committed to monitoring the program to see if it is as successful as they hope and will go back to the “drawing board,” if it doesn’t meet their expectations, DiBrezzo said. “We are absolutely proud of

have to jump through some hoops. I mean, $6,000, my first reaction would be ‘Boy, I hope that last beer was good for six grand.’” Fayetteville has one of the highest DWI arrest rates in the state, Stout said. “Us and Little Rock, we’re kind of in competition, but for all intents and purposes, we’ve got a captive audience,” Stout said. “I mean, Dickson Street is like

the students that we have recruited,” DiBrezzo said. “Our responsibility is to meet the students where they are and kind of stretch them a little, get them out of their comfort zone and make sure that they leave this university better people. We think that this course is the beginning, a pivotal class to get them on campus, talk to them about things that we believe will help them be more successful on this campus.”

Officers frequently work as undercover cops at liquor stores and as club security checking IDs, Stout said. “I may be outside of a club, checking IDs,” Stout said. “And I’m not going to dress like this (police pullover and slacks), I’m going to dress — hat on backwards, whatever I’ve got to do.” December is National

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trying to pull this off, we may very well be the first land-grant institution in the nation to do it. We have other schools already looking at our model.” One student voiced concerns about the proposed class. “I think it is a waste of time and finances because I would much rather pay for a book for my chemistry class than pay to enroll in a class that covers information I already know,” said Connor Cockrell, a sophomore recreation and sports management student. “We’re adults now--we don’t need an extra parent.” DiBrezzo said she had her own reservations about mandating people to do it, but thought the students who would elect not to take the course are probably the students who need it the most. “The reality is that we’ve studied this for over a year. We have read the research, are looking at what other universities are doing, we are looking at we did in the past and how we can improve on the past,” DiBrezzo said. “Our sense is that this is a good thing for freshmen, and if it is a good thing for freshmen, then we feel that all freshmen should be advantaged.” Mentors, who must be sophomores or juniors and participate in the class learn civic engagement and critical learning. “The third part of this class — that we think is pretty important — is the concept of critical learning. We talk about it a lot but I’m not particularly sure if our freshmen get that this is the biggest transition from high school to college,” DiBrezzo said. “I don’t want to make a comment to sound like I’m criticizing high school or lower but it is our job at this level that students synthesize, that they internalize what they know and they begin to make connection, because anyone can find any fact in about 30 seconds, we’re naïve if we don’t think that.” Micayla Scott, a Bumpers College junior who was required to take a freshmen seminar, said she thinks the proposed class might be a benefit to some students, but worries that it is a waste of time for others. “I do think a freshmen orientation class would be effective because students who have no prior college experience need a class that kinds of shows them the ropes of how other classes might be,” Scott said. “But I think students like myself who came in with 20 plus hours should be exempt. You may still be considered a ‘first year’ or ‘freshmen’ but you’ve got a hand of how college works already.” Despite this concern, Scott said she enjoyed the class. “It gave me some groundwork for how to navigate and get the best out of my time spent in Bumpers,” Scott said. “Us students also got to speak

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Fayetteville Police Public Information Officer a moth to the flame, just a beacon that draws people down there.” However, drunk drivers are not limited to Dickson Street. “On a Friday and Saturday night — and this is a national statistic — between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., one out of every 10 cars that you pass on the road has a blood alcohol content of .10 (percent) or higher.” Police officers will patrol to watch for underage drinking and people drinking and driving, on the last day of fall classes and dead day, Stout said. “I’m going to go fishing when I’m going to catch fish,” Stout said in reference to dead day.

Drunk & Drugged Prevention Month, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Governors Highway Safety Association. Sponsors designate annual safety weeks, and Dec. 12 through Jan. 1, 2013, is “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, National Crackdown,” according to the NHTSA. The Fayetteville Police Department receives contracted federal funds through the state highway safety office to patrol during these safety weeks, Stout said. “We’ve got to work X number of hours DWI in this time frame and go get

ICE RINK continued from page 1 May said. “The cost to skate at the Lawrence Plaza rink is $5 if you rent skates and $3 if you bring your own. The water park during the summer is free of charge,” May said. During the summer months, May through September, the splash pad is an interactive water park that features more than 80 fountain jets, and is for people of all ages. This public spot opened for it’s first season on May 7, 2011, according to bentonvillear. com. During the winter months the ice rink is kept frozen by refrigerator lines under the cement that freezes the ice between 13 and 6 degrees. The park was named after Ernest G. Lawrence, who served as Bentonville’s

Mayor from 1970 to 1974. Lawrence was a founding board member of the Helen Walton Children’s Enrichment Center and the Peel House Foundation. He also served on the Bentonville School Board and was a member of the Bentonville Rotary Club, according to the press release. The cost to construct Lawrence Plaza was more than $1.5 million. The Bentonville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau led the effort to construct the complex and contributed slightly more than $1 million toward the project. Bentonville’s Parks and Recreation Bond paid the remaining costs, according to a 2010 press release. Little Rock officials also opened an outdoor ice rink in 2010, making it the second in the state.

Emily Rhodes Photo Editor Tabatha Pollock, Razorback yearbook photographer, takes individual photos of students for the 2012-2013 yearbook at the Union Wednesday, Nov. 28.

WORKING continued from page 1 more broadcast journalism and Spanish major. “I really love that I get a discount too,” she said. The U.S. economy is shifting toward a more retail and service centered economy, anyway. The holidays just add to that shift. Work in retail sales are among the top 10 projected growth occupations in the nation. The projected 12 percent employment growth in northwest Arkansas of retail sales persons is estimated to reach more than 9,600 by 2018. This is a growth of more than 1,000 people from 2008, according to In Arkansas, from 2008 to 2018, there is a projected growth of more than 3,500 jobs in retail. An annual 1,123 jobs will be added to the retail workforce each year, according to For businesses, the growth of the university has meant a larger pool of students from which to choose from. “Because Fayetteville is a college town and because the university has a larger student body than before, it is easier

to find help here,” Tan said. “Since the jobs are seasonal and temporary in nature, it works well for the college kids. And sometimes, businesses use this opportunity to gauge these workers. If they do well, there are occasions that the business may offer these em-

ployees employment past the holiday season.” According to the latest information from 2009, the percentage of retail trade employees laid off after the holidays was an average of 150 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that

not only did retailers lay off holiday help but also 50 percent of employees that worked before the holiday season. Typically, the retail layoff is slightly larger in size than the total holiday employment buildup, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Recently, The Traveler received backlash on Twitter for cartoons that were published last week, with some people wanting to report the cartoon and others demanding an apology from The Traveler. Under the First Amendment, we are given both the freedom of speech and the freedom of press. While you may not agree with the opinions of others, they are entitled the right to their opinion, just as we, as a publication, are entitled the right to publish their opinion. That being said, it is important to understand that the view points of our columnists and cartoonists do not reflect the opinions of The Traveler, as a paper or as individuals. Any opinion published on this page that is not from the editorial board belongs to the writer or artist.

After-School Programs Important to Students

Jeannette Bridoux Staff Columnist By mentoring students, professors play a big role in their success once in their career field. However, without the fundamentals that you learned in grade school, it would be more difficult to advance in your studies. Unfortunately, not all children have received the same fundamental teaching. Whether the reason is learning disabilities, lack of focus, inattentive parents or no parents at all, these children require more academic attention. The importance of afterschool academic programs should not be undermined. A study conducted by Mahoney, Lord, and Carryl (2005) found that students who participated in after school programs had significantly higher reading achievement and were rated by teachers as having a greater expectancy of success than students who did not participate in after school programs, according to a UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation report. The extra academic attention is provided by afterschool and tutoring programs. Without structure, after-school programs don’t fulfill their purpose of helping children succeed in academics. Studies have found that homework and tutoring programs that rely on untrained or minimally trained volunteers often do little to boost students’ academic performance, according to a UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation report. Structure is essential for the efficiency of these

programs. As a volunteer through the universities VAC literacy program, I believe the same structure and training is lacking in areas of our academic mentor programs designed to assist in improving reading and writing skills for elementary level students. Though VAC literacy program volunteers provide a positive weekly impact on children’s education, the program has the potential to be more beneficial to the students that we assist. With minimal training and a structured weekly curriculum based on the mentee’s needs, the program would raise children’s grades significantly and also lower their chances of dropping out of high school. High quality after-school programs are linked to gains in test scores, improvements in work habits and school attendance, according to New York State After school Network (NYSAN). Also implementing technology in a secure manner would advance the child in our growing technological world. Living in a global economy increasingly driven by consumer demand for customization and technology that facilitates both competition and collaboration across hemispheres and time zones, students must be prepared unlike any generation before to think critically and analytically while acting with innovation and creativity, according to a report by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. As an academic mentor, I understand that everyone has a different teaching style. Providing a structured weekly curriculum doesn’t mean volunteers have to abandon their teaching styles but incorporate the two to provide quality teaching to the children that need it most. This crucial training not only makes the child successful in academics, but in life. Jeannette Bridoux is a staff columnist. She is a broadcast journalism major.

Jeff Sherwood Contributing Columnist Now that the Razorback football season is officially over, it may go without saying that the season was a forgettable one for the University of Arkansas. Unfortunately, the University and its football team aren’t the only ones affected. After it became clear that the Razorbacks were not the 4th best team in the country, as the BCS preseason polls claimed, local and distant Razorback fans quickly lost enthusiasm. Throughout my four years as a University student, the aura of passionate support for the Razorback football team has always been apparent during the football season. Through my own personal work experience and final semester as an undergraduate student, I’ve noticed that while the economy of Fayetteville has taken a significant hit, the Razorback fanbase has also suffered as the football team has failed to meet the expectations for this fall. Prior to the start of the football season, Razorback fans were full of enthusiasm as hopes of a BCS National Championship were in the near future. These hopes were quickly dashed following the 34-31 upset loss to University of Louisiana-Monroe. The two biggest games of the season, home games against Alabama and LSU, also began to appear irrelevant as Arkansas was knocked out

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than who they were playing.” Following the ULM game, the number of people cancelling their reservations and flight plans into Drake Field quickly added up. Compared to the 2010 home game against Alabama, Drake Field experienced a 51 percent decrease in airplane traffic for the Alabama game this past September. Even with an extra home game this season, the LSU game in Fayetteville instead of Little Rock, there was still an 11 percent decrease in airplane traffic during all of the game weekends compared to the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Enthusiasm with local fans also seemed to be lower than compared to last year. Traditionally, the bars and restaurants on Dickson Street have generally been very busy throughout the entire football season. Even with away games, people would still pack into these crowded establishments to cheer on their Razorbacks in a fun social setting. Unfortunately, owners of bars and restaurants have expressed that they have noted a significant decrease in people coming in during both home and away games following the loss to LouisianaMonroe. “A win or a loss, whether it’s a home or away game, will largely determine if we’ll be busy that night. People don’t feel like celebrating or socializing if the Razorbacks are playing poorly,” said Van Ngo, owner and manager of

Z330 Bar and Patio on Dickson Street. Obviously, people haven’t had very many reasons to celebrate this season but the University does not expect that to last. Following the release of former Head Coach John L. Smith, college football and Razorback fans have been anticipating the hire of a new head coach and the new direction that the team will take in order to regain the national prominence that they’ve had in recent years. While businesses and people in Northwest Arkansas have noticed the decline of Razorback festivities this season, they do not expect it to last. Pete Mastroianni said, “I think there will be quite a bit of expectation for next year. Although the home games are not as big as Alabama and LSU, I do feel fans will come out (fly in) to support the new coach and Razorback team.” Considering how passionate and devoted Razorbacks fans have traditionally been, I’m sure that University officials won’t waste any time making sure that the Razorback football team will not only return to national prominence but also exceed the standards and expectations held by the Razorback nation. Jeff Sherwood is UA senior and an Aircraft Ground Support employee for Million Air at Drake Field. He is also part of the security staff at Z330 Bar & Patio on Dickson Street

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of the rankings. Before the ULM game even took place, fans, businesses and city officials were busy preparing for the game against Alabama as they anticipated a huge influx of Crimson Tide and out of town Razorback fans. At Drake Field in Fayetteville, distant Razorback fans, as well as opposing fans, have traditionally flown in to see their team play. Million Air, a fixed base operator that provides services for privately owned aircraft, was expecting to have a record number of fans fly in to see the game. In 2010, a record number of airplanes flew in during the Razorback (ranked #10 at the time) home game against Alabama (#1) as it was one of the biggest games in years. With the Razorbacks ranked even higher this year, Pete Mastroianni, general manager at Million Air, expected a much higher influx of aircraft as the football team was looking for payback and an upset victory against the number one team in the country. “Being ranked and the anticipation of a possible National Championship coupled with having two major home games, we did have an expectation of a very busy home game season,” he said. “As the team’s performance began to falter, we noticed a decrease in aviation traffic as well as rental car reservations. We noticed the home games after a win tend to have more aviation traffic. Each game was gauged based on the previous week’s performance rather

I understand that you have probably received numerous complaints about today’s opinion cartoon via Twitter, but I want to formally express my concern. When I first saw the cartoon on our Student Body President, I was shocked that you would publish something

that made fun of a fellow student. I was there during her State of the Students speech, and she ended it by talking about the importance of being apart of the Razorback family. Our campus newspaper apparently did not listen to her words or find the definition of “family” to be the same as hers. Not only that, but the cartoon was completely gender stereotyped. It cer-

tainly offended my friends who do not even attend our University. If you do not like ASG, make a cartoon about that and not the individual person. Seeing that this was indeed written in the “opinion” section, you are capable of making a worthy defense. I just hope that you realize you have readers who enjoy picking up your paper every day, but posts like this

are offensive, unclassy, sexist, distasteful, and simply disheartening. Our campus newspaper should aim to inform, not stereotype a fellow student. I sincerely wish that you did not lose too many readers because The Traveler does inform us of important topics and events. Thank you for your time and work. From: Allison Giezentanner.

Traveler Quote of the Day You’re going to have to jump through some hoops. I mean, $6,000, my first reaction would be ‘Boy, I hope that last beer was good for six grand.’ Noel Morris, Finance Instructor

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Campus Sisterhood Takes Pride in Service and Sassiness Stephanie Ehrler Staff Writer Students on campus can easily see that many girls are sisters of a sorority, but a small group wears their Greek letters with unique pride. Striving to be “classy and oh-so sassy,” the sisters of Gamma Eta Gamma volunteer and bring awareness to diversity in Fayetteville. The UA chapter of Gamma Eta was founded in 2005 and currently has 12 active members. “We make sure that we uphold a respectful way of being. We appreciate ourselves and cherish others,” said Erika Barahona, senior community health promotions major. “The sassy part (of the motto) is more of us helping all our sisters become strong-willed women and try and send that message to women everywhere.” Many sororities are known for their networking events, but Gamma Eta is an RSO that provides many opportunities beyond social events. “The purpose of Gamma Eta Sorority Inc. Gamma Chapter is to promote sisterhood, diversity, campus involvement, academic excellence and community service in the university campus and the surrounding community,” said Isela Mercado-Ulloa, senior marketing major and president of Gamma Eta. “Our purpose is based upon cultural diversity, which will help develop our members into better leaders. We uphold the seven pillars of leadership, unity, sisterhood, strength, service, scholarship and diversity.” Sisters of Gamma Eta complete at least three hours of service each month fulfilling one of the seven pillars. “Interested ladies can always find Gamma Etas at the RSO Fairs, Razorbash and New Student Orientations,” Mercado-Ulloa said. “We love meeting new faces and building relationships with students that want to give back to our alma mater. Ladies can also find out more about us by contacting Gamma Eta Sorority via email at, or by simply coming up to talk to one of our sisters.” The Alpha chapter of Gamma Eta was founded at the University of Florida in 1995. There are currently over 400 members nationally, according to the Gamma Eta website. “Gamma Eta Sorority is a multicultural social sorority,” Mercado-Ulloa said. “I feel that Gamma Eta Sorority has helped us develop crucial skills such as time management, communication, strong study habits and a desire to always improve ourselves and our organization.” The sisters of Gamma Eta will be celebrating the upcoming holidays together as they dress up and honor their members. “In December, we will be having our annual formal dinner to recognize our sisters’ accomplishments over the past year, give awards to sisters for their extraordinary achievements, as well as recognize our graduating sisters,” Mercado-Ulloa said. “It’s always beautiful reflecting on all that we’ve done for our sorority, our campus and our communities.” While the UA chapter is small, there are three other student chapters and three alumni chapters in the U.S. “I joined Gamma Eta because I wanted a family,” Barahona said. Every time we pledge new sisters, my family just gets bigger. I love that no matter which chapter a sister is from, they treat you just like a sister. My Gamma Eta family isn’t just here in Arkansas; they are in Florida, Georgia, Washington D.C., New York. I have sisters everywhere.” While some organizations are exclusive, Gamma Eta strives to expand their sorority to all students on campus. “I love that Gamma Etas always make an effort to support other RSOs,” Mercado-Ulloa said. “We have always wanted to see the student body unite and collaborate in solidarity. I always encourage students to get involved, whether it be Gamma Eta Sorority or any other organization on campus.” The small population of the Gamma chapter has allowed the sisters to create a bond of friendship and lifelong sisterhood. “I have such respect for my sisters,” Mercado-Ulloa said. “They know the real me and love me for being me. Although we come from very different backgrounds, we share the same values, our pillars, and care deeply for each other. Gamma Etas have always been genuine and extraordinary.” Meeting a new group of people can be intimidating, but Gamma Eta sisters aim to make everyone feel included. “My favorite thing about being a sister of Gamma Eta is that I feel I can be myself,” Mercado-Ulloa said. “They are like my family away from home. I feel like I’m a part of something bigger with a group of amazing women. My sisters always push me to be better than I ever thought I could. I love that I have learned so much about what diversity, true unity and sisterhood means.”

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Gift Ideas for the Techie on Your List Antony Wanjala Staff Writer

With the holiday season now underway, it isn’t too far-fetched of an idea to start planning how to populate the area beneath your Christmas tree. And if Christmas trees aren’t your thing, don’t fret, because the following list is geared toward anyone looking to have fun during the holidays.

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’ and ‘Halo 4’ (Starting at $59.99) For those of you who have avid gamers in your circle of friends, or know someone who enjoys taking the lives of terroristic future soldiers on a world stage, then “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” should pique your interest. This video game title brings the best of both worlds together with an engaging campaign bent on keeping you on your toes for the entire ride coupled with a multiplayer mode that will undoubtedly steal hours away from you and those you love. Keep in mind that the highly anticipated, newest entry in the Call of Duty franchise is not only an investment in time, but money as well, with a price tag that shouldn’t be expected to drop anytime soon. However, even at $60, whoever receives this gift should have a smile across their face for many weeks to come. In addition, “Halo 4” is a must-get. Brilliant visuals and an epic multiplayer mode make this an incredible addition to the Halo franchise. Of course, you shouldn’t expect anything drastically different from other firstperson shooters, but not many video games can say that they have a Master Chief. ’Nuff said.

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If you don’t even have a console to play “Call of Duty” on, then you should be extremely relieved to know that for $249.99 you could have a 250GB Xbox 360 in your possession today. The Xbox bundle comes with “Forza Motorsport 4” and the blockbuster success “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.” Of course, if you’re willing to cough up the extra $10, then Sony’s Game of the Year bundle, which includes a 250GB Playstation 3 console alongside the critically acclaimed “Uncharted 3,” may be the right purchase for you or someone close. Keep in mind that with the PS3, the built-in Blu-ray player may be the thing that keeps you coming back for more.

Amazon’s Kindle (Starting at $69.99) Have a bookworm in your life? Amazon’s Kindle is just for them. The Kindle is the best e-reader money can buy for the price. It does everything it promises in addition to offering Internet access in the presence of Wi-Fi or, if you pay extra, 3G. The truth of the matter is that for anyone remotely interested in starting a leisure-reading career, the Kindle is the best way to let your reading flourish.

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Freshman Majorette Shows Passion in Twirling and Helping Others Alex Golden Staff Writer

Fans may not immediately associate football with small, sequined outfits. The majorette squad, however, does. Freshman Carly Konzelman is a majorette. After deciding to come to the UA because it “felt like home,” she decided to pursue being a majorette. She loved twirling in high school and wanted to continue in college, despite the work of getting on the team. “We help add color to the band; we add something to the show,” Konzelman said. “It’s just so much fun to put on a show.” The team works well together, she said. There is a lot of laughter and constructive criticism between the girls. Konzelman was not sure she would make the majorette team, but she said she thought, “I’m going to try, because if I don’t try, I’ll definitely regret it.” One of the other majorettes helped her get down the routine for her audition to become a part of the squad. Konzelman was born in Canada, where she lived as a small child. Her mother is American, and her father is Canadian. The two came from vastly different families and have tried to stress the importance of equality to their daughter, Konzelman said. “They’ve really trained me to keep an open mind about people

Courtesy Photo Carly Konzelman wants to go into the medical field when she graduates the UA. She is part of the UA Majorettes. and to work hard … not to treat people differently based on their circumstances,” she said. “I always make it a point to treat people well; it breaks my heart when I see people being mean. I hope I treat

everyone equally. I want to.” The majorette has done volunteer work with her youth group in the past. She visited nursing homes, where she painted the residents’ nails, took Christmas cards

and played the flute for entertainment. “It was just really neat because that really impacts them because some of them don’t have people to visit,” Konzelman said. “I want to find a place like that up here; I really do miss going and talking to people.” Konzelman is a biology major and said she wants to go into the medical field, although she is not quite sure exactly what she would like to do. “I feel like that would be a good way for me to connect with people and help out,” she said. Being in the medical field could take Konzelman anywhere, and she loves to travel, she said. “I love seeing other cultures and how other people live,” Konzelman said. She went with her parents to a non-tourist town in Costa Rica, where she got to test out her high school Spanish. She said she met a teenage girl who was listening to Taylor Swift, and they ended up talking about how she wrote and sang her own music. While in the Bahamas, Konzelman bought thread from a woman and hung out at her house for a while. The lifestyles of other cultures are more laid-back and unmaterialistic; people live in modest houses and grow their own food, and they are OK, she said. “It’s an eye-opener to see how much we have and what we don’t need,” she said.

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movie sta. 49 All the details, casually 52 Group of eight 54 Not taking sides 55 Pointed abode 56 Gets hitched 57 Venezuelan natural wonder 59 __ above the rest 60 Just right 61 Flower-loving buzzers 62 Peeps from pups 63 Pub game 64 Miss in Mex. DOWN 1 Most current news, with “the” 2 Crops up 3 Nissan compact 4 Assails 5 Blessed with skills 6 __ behind the ears 7 Yummy smell 8 Needing, with “of ” 9 Sawbuck, to a Brit 10 HMS Bounty’s illfated captain 11 ‘80s-’90s wisecracking TV mom 12 Cloak-and-dagger doings 13 Former Prizm maker

18 And others, in bibliographies 22 Unhittable serve 24 Crotchety oldster 25 Stick up 28 Drinks in the a.m. 31 “I need a sweater!” 32 Baseball arbiter 33 Yearbook gp. 34 Five-time Olympic gold winner Nadia 35 Called to account 36 “Jeopardy!” host Trebek 37 Common dinner hour 38 Make really mad 39 Civil War soldier 42 Write quickly 43 Frightened 44 Central African country about the size of Massachusetts 46 Less fresh 47 “To be, or not to be” speaker 48 Ukrainian port 50 Thirsts (for) 51 Alleged Soviet spy Hiss 53 “Deadliest Catch” boatful 55 “__ fair in love ...” 56 Technique 58 “Dig in!”

Sports Editor: Kristen Coppola Assistant Sports Editor: Haley Markle Monday, Dec. 3, 2012


Hard-Fought Loss Good for Razorbacks

Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor After the debacle that was Razorback football this season, I was overjoyed to get back inside Bud Walton Arena Friday night. I was afraid, however, that a bad football season would have the opposite effect on most fans, and attendance for the men’s basketball game against No. 6 Syracuse would be well below par. I have never been so happy to be proved wrong by thousands of people. The announced attendance of 19,259 featured more than 4,000 students and was the largest crowd in Bud Walton since 2009. “We are certainly happy that our fans, not only do they show up, they show out,” head coach Mike Anderson said after the game. “I’m proud of our fans, they were awesome tonight,” Anderson added. Even Jim Boeheim, who has been the head coach at Syracuse for 36 years, took note of the rowdy crowd that filled Bud Walton. “This is one of the toughest buildings that I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a couple,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Great fans, great, great fans here,” Boeheim added. As proud as I am of Razorback fans, I am even more proud of the team. It would have been all too easy for them to quit when Syracuse pulled to a 30-15 lead and continued to make threepointer after three-pointer. It could have gotten ugly. Fans could have left at halftime rather than staying until the end of the game. The young Razorbacks could have admitted that it was Syracuse’s night and waved a white flat. But none of that happened. The team fought and put on a very good show for the fans that showed up to support them. “There was no quit in our guys, even until right there at the end,” Anderson said. The Hogs are in the midst of one of the toughest out-ofconference schedules they have played in a long time. In addition to the loss to Syracuse, the team has lost to Arizona State and Wisconsin. Even though losses are never seen as a good thing, junior forward Marshawn Powell said after the game that the team has learned much more from the losses than they could have if they had won all of those games. Looking forward, the Hogs will play the Oklahoma Sooners Tuesday in Bud Walton before travelling to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face the Michigan Wolverines. Some Razorback fans, my dad being a prime example, are befuddled as to why the team is playing such a hard schedule before Southeastern Conference play has even begun. I, on the other hand, love the tough schedule. I wish the football program would take note and schedule better outof-conference competition. The fact is, playing bad teams might make the record look better at the end of the year, but it does not get the team ready for tough conference or, if they make it there, postseason play.

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Razorbacks Continue Winning Streak Liz Beadle Staff Writer

The Arkansas women’s basketball team defeated the Pepperdine University Waves 6439 Sunday to advance to 7-1 on the season. This marked the 100th win for fifth-year head coach Tom Collen at Arkansas. “I’m definitely proud of it,” Collen said of his 100th win. “But it means we’re averaging about 19 wins per season and to me, that’s not good enough

Collen yet. But we are getting this program turned around in the right direction.” Arkansas jumped out to a 5-0 lead only a minute into the game Sunday and did not trail during the entire contest. The Waves played the Razorbacks close for most of the first half. Arkansas did not develop a double-digit lead until very late in half when they went up 27-17 on a turnover and fast break from Dominique Wilson. The Razorbacks were 10 for 27 from the field in the first half and only one for nine from 3-point range. The

Waves were seven for 26 from the field and three for 10 from 3-point range. Sarah Watkins and Keira Peak led the Razorbacks in scoring in the first half, accounting for eight points each for the Hogs. Peak also led the team in rebounding that half with six rebounds. The Razorbacks were up 29-19 at halftime. Watkins has been starting the game on the bench lately in order to keep her out of early foul trouble. “I’m no coaching genius, but starting Sarah on the bench might be one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made,” Collen said. “It’s been keeping her from getting those early fouls that officials love to call on post players.” Collen said he was disappointed in the team’s overall rebounding, but said it got better in the second half. The Hogs started out the second half strongly. Five minutes into the half, the Hogs had added 10 points to their score and the Waves only had one basket in the half. The Razorbacks just kept on increasing their lead. The Waves called a time-out with 11 minutes left in the game as Arkansas had gone up 45-25 and had their first 20-point lead of the game. The Razorbacks never looked back from there and only continued to build upon their lead. The pace of the game slowed as the Razorbacks increased their lead.

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Bob Thomas Staff Photographer Senior Sarah Watkins shoots over a Pepperdine player Sunday. The Razorback women’s basketball team advanced to 7-1 on the season after beating the Waves 65-39. This was the first meeting of the two teams in program history.



Cameron McCauley Staff Writer

Staff Report

Hogs Keep Score Close vs. No. 6 Orange in SEC-Big East Challenge

Behind 52 points from the Orange’s two best seniors, No. 6 Syracuse held off Arkansas in a rowdy Bud Walton Arena Friday, 91-82. Arkansas was able to pull close at times, but timely shooting by the Orange most of the game continued to extend their lead until the final whistle sounded. The loss snapped a 25game home nonconference winning streak, dating back to 2010. Syracuse senior James Southerland had 35 points off the bench and shot 9-13 from 3-point range. The 6-foot 8-inch Southerland was a matchup problem for the Razorbacks, who didn’t have anyone with his size who could defend him on the perimeter. Fellow senior Brandon Triche finished with 17 points as well. “He can shoot that ball real good. Even the times I thought I was there, he still hit it,” said junior Marshawn Powell referring to Southerland. BJ Young proved he can get it done against a national powerhouse like Syracuse. He had 25 points on 10-23 shooting, and was clearly the Hogs’ best option of splitting Syracuse’s deadly 2-3 zone. “He is good around the basket. I would hate to play him man-to-man. He is really good,” said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. Because their best players, Triche and Southerland, were in foul trouble most of the second half, Marshawn Powell got many looks down low and was able to convert most of them. He finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 9-10

Ryan Miller Staff Photographer Syracuse University center Baye Moussa Keita gets a rebound over Arkansas’ Marshawn Powell and Coty Clarke during the second half Friday. Syracuse defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 91-82 in Fayetteville. from the free-throw line. Freshman guard DeQuavious Wagner saw by far his most minutes of the season against Syracuse, playing 23 tough ones. The 5-foot 10-inch Wagner played well in 23 minutes for the Ra-

zorbacks, hitting two key 3-pointers in the second half. His task was going up against Syracuse’s 6-foot 6-inch dynamic point guard Michael Carter-Williams. “He looked like the guy that was controlling the

show,” said Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson. The sophomore CarterWilliams averaged almost 10 assists per game coming in and nearly had a triple-

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Tide Earns SEC Title vs. Bulldogs

The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 32-28 in the Southeastern Conference Championship game Saturday afternoon in Atlanta. The game was scoreless after the first quarter of play, which is the first time that has happened in SEC Championship game history. Alabama tried a fake punt late in the first quarter and may have gotten the first down, but the play was called back because of a delay of game penalty. With 14:54 left in the first half, Georgia converted a fake punt on a 16-yard pass to put the Bulldogs at the 20-yard line. The extended drive led to the first points of the game. The Tide scored 10 points in the final two minutes of the first half to go into the locker room with a 10-7 lead. On the first possession of the second half, Georgia marched 75 yards down the field and capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to regain the lead 14-10. Georgia extended their lead to 21-10 after a blocked field goal attempt by Alabama was returned for a touchdown. Alabama cut the deficit to 2118 with a rushing touchdown by T.J. Yeldon, who also ran in the 2-point conversion. With 5:24 left in the game, the Tide got the ball back trailing 28-25. Quarterback AJ McCarron found Amari Cooper down the sideline to score what would be the game winning touchdown. On the final possession of the game, the Bulldogs had the ball at the Alabama 15-yard line and a chance to win the game, but quarterback Aaron Murray’s pass was tipped and caught short of the end zone as time expired. Eddie Lacy became the second running back to earn MVP honors in the SEC Championship after rushing for 181 yards.

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Ten players received playing time for the Razorbacks. Collen said it was important for some of the ones who don’t play as much to see how crucial they are going to be going into Southeastern Conference play. The game ended with a final score of 64-39. “Defense is our biggest thing” said Watkins, who had 18 points off the bench. “It’s

double against the Hogs, going for 17 points, nine assists and 10 rebounds. Jacorey Williams also saw an increase in minutes, as he and Coty Clarke were able to spread the zone on the outside in ways that Hunter Mickelson couldn’t at the post position. Mickelson finished with five points on only 11 minutes. “A lot of times you match up with their zone, and they were doing a good job shutting down the passing lanes, so you have to spread to the outside,” Anderson said. Arkansas played well overall but couldn’t prevent the 3-point shot when it mattered most. Southerland was 5-5 from 3-point range at one point, particularly in a point of the game when Syracuse was up 30-15 and it looked like things might get nasty. But the Hogs continued to battle back and managed to keep it within 10 points most of the game. Arkansas was down by five with around 11 minutes remaining, then Brandon Triche hit back to back threes to put them back up by 11, a lead they would never come as close to relinquishing again. “He’s got to make those threes, he’s got to be able to step up and do that,” said

One of the most surprising statistics of the game was that the Razorbacks only made one of the 12 shots they took from beyond the arc. “We should be a better 3-point shooting team,” Collen said. “I want them to have more patience with those shots.” The Pepperdine Waves came all the way from Malibu, Calif., to be handed their sixth

“I’m definitely proud of (the 100th win), but it means we’re averaging about 19 wins per season and to me, that’s not good enough yet. But we are getting this program turned around in the right direction..” Tom Collen

Women’s Basketball Coach

what we focus on more than anything and we played well defensively.” “We got some good turnovers and did what we had to do,” junior Keira Peak said. “Pepperdine missed some shots, but overall, it was our defense that really shut them down, especially in the second half,” Collen said.

loss of the season and drop their record to 2-6. Arkansas’ only loss so far this season was a three-point loss to No. 13 Oklahoma in the Hawaii Tournament in November. Next up the Razorbacks will face the Kansas Jayhawks at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bud Walton Arena.

Boeheim. “Brandon needs to take the ball in those situations,” he added. This was the first and only other time since the 1995 NCAA tournament when Arkansas and Syracuse have met. The Razorbacks prevailed that year 96-94 in overtime. “I thought our guys gave

maximum effort, but in the end you’ve got to make shots and you’ve got to make plays, and we didn’t,” Anderson said. The Razorbacks continue their tough non-conference stretch with Oklahoma on Tuesday, followed by a game at No. 3 Michigan on Saturday.

December 3, 2012  

Police Go 'Fishing for Drunk Drivers, Hogs Keep Score Close, Razorbacks Continue Winning Streak