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Razorbacks Land Collins

Students React to Commits Andrew Hutchinson Staff Writer

As his first recruiting class as the head coach at Arkansas comes together, Bret Bielema is making a positive impression among students.

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“He’s got a great start to his career here.”

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Razorbacks Upset No.2 Gators

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Alex Collins committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks instead of the Miami Hurricanes, Monday night Feb. 4.

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BIELEMA SIGNS A FIVE-STAR RUNNING BACK FOR NEXT SEASON Andrew Hutchinson Staff Writer A five-star running back from South Plantation (Fla.) High chose Arkansas over Miami (FL) Monday night, landing head coach Bret Bielema a major recruit in his first recruiting class with the Razorbacks. Alex Collins is a five-star recruit and the No. 1 running back in the country according to 247sports.com. He is also a five-star recruit according to Scout.com, who has him as the No. 3 running back in the country. ESPN.

Alert Has Test After Mishap Staff Report UA police had positive response after testing its RazAlert Emergency Alert System after the mishap that occurred last week, officials said. UAPD does this test at the beginning of every semester, said Lt. Gary Crain, police spokesman. During the inclement weather last week, the system was not as successful. “What we have done to correct it was retrain individuals,” Crain said. There are two types of RazAlert messages that can be sent to students. One is sent when there is inclement weather in Washington County, but not all weather in Washington County can affect campus, he said. The other message is sent when a storm is threatening campus. When this message is sent, the siren is also supposed to sound. Last week, the first one was supposed to be sent to students. Instead, the second message was sent, Crain said. Officials completed this test to improve emergency response by receiving feedback, according to a press release.

com and Rivals.com have him as a four-star recruit and the No. 7 and No. 13 running back in the country, respectively. He took official visits to

pig sooie wooooo pig sooie RAZORBACKS #GoHogs,” Collins tweeted after he announced his decision. The 5-foot-11-inch,

UCF, for a total of eight offers. “I apologize to every fan and coach that I disappointed or let down, but it had to be a decision I made for me be-

Many students, such as freshman Raj Patel, are excited that Bielema has recruited well despite Arkansas’ 4-8 record in 2012. “I’m impressed because (former UA head coach) John L. Smith kind of left our program in a pretty bad state,” Patel said.

“Stars don’t mean anything.” Paul Williams UA Senior

Florida, Florida State, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Miami, before narrowing his decision to Arkansas and Miami. Last night he chose the Razorbacks live on Fox Sports South. “To the fans that I’ve made happy, this is for them: wooooo pig sooie wooooo

200-pound running back earned first team All-County honors the previous two seasons. During his senior season, he gained 1,276 yards and 14 touchdowns on 154 carries. Along with his official visits, Collins was also offered by Louisville, South Florida and

cause this is where I will be,” Collins tweeted. Collins was one of the more unpredictable recruiting battles for the class of 2013. He was originally verbally committed to Miami, but decom-

As of Feb. 5, the day before National Signing Day, and with several recruits still undecided, Arkansas’ class is ranked No. 24 on 247sports.com. They

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ASG Senators Introduce On Campus Concealed Carry Bills

Miranda Campbell Staff Writer

Associated Student Government senators continued the ongoing concealed-carry-

on-campus debate last night with the proposal of two proconcealed-carry bills and an opposing proposal that supports the UA’s current policy that makes the UA campus a gun-free zone.

One of the two proposals made by Joe Youngblood, RIC senator, is a resolution in support for Arkansas state Rep. Charlie Collin’s bill that seeks to change state law to allow faculty and staff with an

Arkansas concealed handgun license to carry their weapon on and inside UA buildings, which is currently against state law, Youngblood said.

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Kathleen Pait Staff Photographer Mike Norton speaks at the ASG meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the Graduate Education Building. Associated Student Government held its second meeting of the semester Tuesday, where ASG senators discussed three gun-related resolutions, one of which advocated for no concealed carry on campus.


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119 Kimpel Hall University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 72701 Mary Kate Pfiffner Contributing Photographer Shani Newton, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment, speaks to students at the “Apply to Graduate School” seminar, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The seminar was one of many events held during Graduate Education Week.

Hotz Hall Renovation Remains on Schedule for Next Fall Opening

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The Hotz Hall renovation is on schedule and will be open for the 2013-2014 school year. The renovation will open up approximately 450 new beds for incoming freshmen Honors College students. “The renovation is on schedule,” said Jeff Vinger, director of residential facilities with University Housing. “We hold weekly meetings in the construction trailer to make sure we’re where we need to be.” One feature that students are excited about is increased privacy in community bathrooms. When the dormitory’s layouts were being drawn up, there were meetings between members of University Housing and students to discuss what features they like and dislike in the dorms. One thing that was brought up was the lack of privacy in the bathrooms. To address this issue, there will be locking doors for every toilet and shower. The sinks, however, will be continue to be communal. There is also an eco-friendly aspect of the renovation. There will be recycling bins on every floor and an interactive dashboard by the elevators. This dashboard will replace the paper notices that are found scattered all around other dormitories. The dashboard will also serve as a means to see how much energy each room is using. Students will be able to see how much electricity they’re using and how large their carbon footprint is, and adjust their usage if desired. One aspect that Vinger said he is excited about is the increase in study areas and communal space. On the ground floor, there will be lounges, study areas, meeting rooms, a fitness center and even a theater with a 70-inch television, according to the University Housing website. “The theater package alone

McKenna Gallagher Staff Photographer One of several of the current renovation projects on campus, construction on the Kappa Kappa Gamma house continues Tuesday, Feb. 5. costs $30,000,” Vinger said. “Furniture will come in around $1.2 million.” The renovation as a whole will cost $17.2 million. As incredible as that cost seems, the entire building had to be gutted in order to redesign what used to be office space. Hotz Hall opened as an allwomen’s dormitory in 1964. In the 1990s, less beds were needed and office space was in demand, so Hotz got redesigned as an administrative building. University Housing had a floor to itself, and others who needed a bigger office or merely an office to start with moved into Hotz. Recently, however, the student population began increasing. More buildings popped up for different departments, so everyone with an office was able to move out to a new building or temporarily relocate. “I’m really hoping to be an RA in Hotz,” said Alyssa Mars, freshman interior design major and member of Residents’ Interhall Congress. When asked whether she thinks students at UA are excited about the renovation, Mars said, “I do think that most people are excited about the renovations — not just across

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Students and University Housing alike are excited about the renovations and are ready to see Hotz Hall return to a dormitory.

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cording to Scout.com just one week ago. Collins’ commitment increased Arkansas’ national ranking in all four major services. Their highest ranking is on 247sports.com, where they have the No. 24 recruiting class for 2013. Their ranking could continue to rise today, depending where four-star offensive linemen Denver Kirkland

and Kenny Lacy sign, as well as four-star running back Altee Tenpenny. Kirkland is undecided, while Lacy is committed to UCLA and Tenpenny is committed to Alabama. Despite their commitments, Lacy and Tenpenny are still considering Arkansas. Collins is Arkansas’ 21st commitment for the class of 2013.

“Although Bielema will have to earn his stripes in this conference before any respect is thrown his way, he recruits similar to an SEC head coach.” Randy Chambers

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REACT continued from page 1 are also ranked No. 32, No. 39 and No. 46 according to Rivals.com, ESPN.com and Scout.com, respectively. Other students are impressed that he has compiled an entire recruiting class in a short period of time, given that Bielema was hired Dec. 4. “I think he’s come in here and done a great job in a little less than two months,” sophomore Brooks Rosson said. “He’s got a great start to his career here.” Rosson said that Bielema

isn’t quite done, though, as there are still some undecided players expected to announce their decisions today. Four-star offensive linemen Denver Kirkland and Kenny Lacy have taken official visits to Arkansas. Lacy is committed to UCLA, while Kirkland remains undecided. Both are still considering the Razorbacks. “Hopefully, we can get those last two linemen,” Rosson said. “That would be the perfect addition and would solidify the class.”

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“Students, professors and staff of the UA who teach, study, work and live on campus on a daily basis are forced to be unarmed and defenseless under current university policy,” according to the resolution. “Seeing a need for selfpreservation against mass shooters, criminals, rapists and violently mentally unstable persons, we seek change in state law and UA policy.” Youngblood stressed that the legislation would only affect those with a concealed handgun license from the state of Arkansas, he said. “Over 200 campuses in the U.S., in six states, allow concealed carry on campus and have yet to experience a single death, injury or suicide by legally carried firearm despite hundreds of consecutive semesters of allowing concealed carry,” Youngblood

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said. Youngblood’s legislation was vetoed by the RIC president Monday night and she asked ASG senators to “respect that decision,” during public comment. ASG Sen. Autumn Lewis proposed a resolution in support of the current UA policy that prohibits concealed carry on campus. “I am the voice for many students, faculty, staff and administrators who agree with me. I know that administrators have done a lot of research on this topic. I met with Chancellor Gearhart last week, and he told me that he is 100 percent against allowing concealed carry handguns on campus,” Lewis said. “I also think our UAPD have been trained to address these kinds of situations and I believe that they are able

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However, a few students are skeptical of the class. They point to former players Ronnie Wingo, Jr. and Darius Winston as examples of highly touted recruits who didn’t pan out. “It seems like a lot of the fan base is focused on how great it is to have (five-star running back) Alex Collins, yet they fail to remember that Arkansas has also had several cases when they’ve had busts,” senior Paul Williams said. “Stars don’t mean anything.”

to make an educated decision about whether allowing concealed carry handguns on campus would indeed make it more safe: they have said that they are against the concealed carry of handguns.” Concealed carry legislation will be voted on during next week’s senate meeting, Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Graduate Education auditorium. Other topics discussed during the meeting included proposals to allow more student seating near the court at basketball games in the Bud Walton arena, the inclusion of copying machines to the student printer quota and a change to ASG code that would allow up to two senators to work together on legislation while also receiving credit towards senate requirements.

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The Blair Center, in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service, released their results of a poll taken during 2012 that attempted to determine certain political views and beliefs of certain demographics living in the southern U.S, university officials said. The Blair Center-Clinton School Poll was created by political scientists Todd Shields, Pearl Ford Dowe, Angie Maxwell and Rafael Jimeno, all of whom are staff at the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the UA, said Darinda Sharp, director of communications. The poll was able to receive over 3,600 respondents. The poll covers a range of issues regarding gender and race relations, regional distinctiveness in the U.S., policy preferences, and findings related to significant current events, Sharp said. In particular, the poll provided a first glimpse into the 2012 presidential election, beliefs about Romney’s religion, credit for Osama bin Laden’s death and opinions surrounding student loan debt. More detailed findings reports will be released in weeks and months to come, according to the poll website. The first section helped to determine who voted for Obama or Romney based on gender, race and region of the U.S. Approximately half of the registered voters who were surveyed reported that they voted for Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, while 42 percent say they voted for Mitt

Romney. A large gender gap exists in presidential vote choice. At 46 percent, men are more likely to have voted for Romney, while women, at 56 percent, were more likely to have supported the president’s bid for re-election, according to the poll website. The poll also showed differences in regards to race and ethnicity. Mitt Romney won the support of most whites, 52 percent, but only 26 percent of Latinos and a scant 2 percent of African-Americans, according to the poll website. Meanwhile, President Obama was supported by an overwhelming 93 percent of African-Americans and 63 percent of Latinos, but only a 42 percent of whites, according to the poll website. When different regions of the U.S. were polled, it was discovered that support for Romney was higher in the South than among non-Southerners. Forty-seven percent of Southerners voted for Romney, while only 40 percent of non-Southerners voted for him, according to the poll website. Furthermore, 52 percent of non-Southerners cast their ballots for Obama, while only 48 percent of Southern voters supported Obama’s re-election bid, according to the poll website. The second section tried to find people’s opinions over Romney’s religious views. Overall, the survey results indicate that white, AfricanAmerican and Latino Americans are confused about Mitt Romney’s religious beliefs, according to the poll website. Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed believe that Mitt Romney is Christian,

while 38 percent said that they don’t know whether Mitt Romney is a Christian, according to the poll website. The third section attempts to reveal who should take credit for the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Those surveyed think that the Navy Seal Team, who conducted the raid, deserves about 44 percent of the credit for Bin Laden’s death. President Obama and the U.S. intelligence agencies are given, on average, 23 percent and 22 percent of the credit for Bin Laden’s death, according to the poll website. The remaining proportion of credit is fairly evenly divided between former President George W. Bush, at 4 percent; former Secretary of State Clinton, at 3 percent; and another individual or group, at 3 percent. Less than 1 percent of those surveyed credit Romney, which is not surprising given his lack of official affiliation with the federal government, according to the poll website. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that the annual cost of tuition, room and board at a public fouryear institution was $15,606 in 2010; for private institutions, the number jumps to almost $32,000. To pay for higher education, Americans are taking on student loan debt; Americans now owe almost a trillion dollars in student loans, according to the poll website. The fourth section attempts to find who the public blames for this debt. Out of those surveyed, 31 percent blame colleges and universities, 30 percent blame the federal government, 18 percent blame students, 7 percent blame state governments and 4 percent blame parents.

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mitted in November. Bielema and running backs coach Joel Thomas recruited Collins hard while at Wisconsin, and then continued recruiting him when they were hired at Arkansas. Getting Collins to commit to the Razorbacks has proven to many college football analysts that Bielema can recruit in the Southeastern Conference. “Although Bielema will have to earn his stripes in this conference before any respect is thrown his way, he recruits similar to an SEC head coach,” Randy Chambers wrote for BleacherReport.com. Arkansas had been struggling in recruiting before Collins committed. Bielema’s 2013 recruiting class was ranked as low as No. 60 ac-

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From the Board UA Parody Twitter Invades Privacy

We’ve heard it a million times, especially in the recent light of Manti Te’o’s fake online girlfriend, be careful what you post on the Internet. Now, the UA HPER has been invaded with a parody Twitter account, which could face potential felony charges for intrusion or video voyeurism for posting pictures of people working out. The Twitter account @HPERprobsUARK has an incredibly inappropriate profile picture taken from within the HPER locker room of a man going to the bathroom with his underwear around the knees. The image is a clear violation of the man’s privacy, meaning the Twitter owner could face class D felony charges. If it weren’t for the picture inside the bathroom, we would say this has the potential to be a classic Twitter feed. There are always people in the HPER having trouble with equipment or just caught in ironic situations. We know if some of us showed our faces around the gym, there would instantly be an influx of pictures of us hopelessly trying to bench the bar or operate the treadmills. Unfortunately for the Twitter owner looking for parody, we would rather not even try. Knowing at any minute pictures of our epic fails could start circling campus deters us from the desire to workout at the HPER. We would rather find a different gym than feel like a camera may be following every mistake. The gym is a private place for us to workout. We don’t need someone taking pictures, adding commentary and judging us from across the room. Some of the pictures and posts are clean and humorous, like complaining about the missing 50 lb. barbells. Others are obnoxious and offensive. No one wants to see their image as the punch line of the campus-wide joke. The obnoxious posts are disturbing to the point of harassment. College campuses across the U.S. have dozens — maybe hundreds — of parody Twitter accounts dedicated to student life on that campus. Here at the UA, we have several: @UofA_ Fresh_Moves, @UofA_Frat_Style, @UARK_makeouts and @ UofAPassouts, among dozens of others. The question remains, how far is too far? When does a simple photo become harassment or embarrassing? Where personal privacy becomes online content, it is going too far. When cameras invade bathrooms and locker rooms, it is going too far. Caught sleeping in class or in a corner of the library isn’t attacking an individual or their way of life; pictures and sarcastic commentary of their weight while they are trying to better themselves in the gym is obtuse and inappropriate. In the age of social media, iPhones, camera phones and tablets, a photo can be uploaded online in seconds. College students need to be aware of privacy issues associated with photos and videos. Taking a picture in a place where a person “has the reasonable expectation of privacy” without permission is considered voyeurism, according to Arkansas Law. There is no doubt students in the HPER bathroom expect privacy. Making out in the living room of a fraternity in front of 30 brothers and friends might not apply. As Katherine Shurlds of the journalism department says, “Don’t make private things public.” We believe when the owner of this account is found, they should be severely prosecuted. An example needs to be set so students and professors can feel safe working out in campus facilities once again. The @HPERprobsUARK Twitter account violates our privacy taking pictures inside the locker room. We pay a fee to belong to the HPER. That fee should ensure we can workout in a safe, friendly environment, rather than an obtrusive, sarcastic and potentially hostile social media network.

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Arkansas Abortion Bill Threatens Women’s Right to Choose

Kristen Coppola Sports Editor Two bills that passed in the Arkansas Senate will make it much more difficult for women in the state to get abortions. One bill, which is the strictest in the nation, has many in the state, including Gov. Mike Beebe, concerned that it may be unconstitutional, according to an article in the Huffington Post. The Arkansas Human Hearbeat Protection Act, which passed 26-8, restricts abortions if the fetus’s heartbeat can be detected on an ultrasound. The woman must be informed in writing that a heartbeat was detected, the probability of bring-

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against abortion because they were almost aborted by their mothers. Yes, indeed, I am talking about Tim Tebow, everyone’s favorite sports figure to argue about. Yes, many people believe that there is a divine plan and purpose for each life. However, if you can be fine with those who die in automobile accidents and say that it was all in the proper timing, why not also believe that it was also the correct time for the fetus? I am thankful each day that I don’t have to make the decisions that many women make regarding their pregnancies. However, I believe that it is wholly in their hands to make those decisions. I remember going to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a teenager. I was so affected by everything in the museum, but mostly by a quotation at the end of the museum by Martin Niemoller. “First they came for the socialists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak

out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I vote for the rights of other women to stay in tact, and remain thankful that I don’t have to make the difficult decisions they face. I see the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act as a direct threat to these women, who are making difficult decisions that most of the Arkansas Senators will never have to face, purely because they are men. There are only six women on the Arkansas Senate. This is a crisis. Men are still making decisions for women regarding their own reproductive rights. I choose to stand next to women making the hardest decision that most of the Arkansas Senators will never have to face. Kristen Coppola is the sports editor for the Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every Thursday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.

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ing the fetus to term and that an abortion is prohibited. A heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. I see this as a direct challenge to the availability of abortions in Arkansas. The state has only one abortion clinic, which is limiting enough, but now a woman cannot get the procedure if she is farther along than six weeks, before she may even be aware that she is pregnant. Even with the ideal woman who has a regular period, she would only discover that she is pregnant at her missed period, or four weeks of pregnancy, and then only have two weeks to make the decision and schedule the appointment for the abortion before it would be prohibited by the new bill. The bill does not apply to women who are victims of incest or rape or whose lives are threatened by the pregnancy. Now to the nuts and bolts of the argument regarding abortion. We’ve all heard the heartwarming stories about famous individuals speaking out

It’s hard to scan any social media outlet without being bombarded by pictures your friends probably think you care about. But of all the things I see on social media, from duck faces to the horrifying interior of your bathroom — yes ladies, I can see that in your selfies — perhaps the only time I’m ever in envy is when I see a photo of fantastic food. I want it. And I want it now. However, not all restaurants are excited about the advent of “food porn,“ sharing pictures of your food over the Internet. A growing

backlash has prompted outright bans on taking photos of your food, according to Helene Stapinski, a writer for the New York Times. Owners of these restaurants cite the reason for such a ban is the use of mobile devices, especially in dimly lit restaurants, ruins the ambience creating a less pleasant dining experience for other patrons. Some restaurants, however, welcome the idea of having their food photos shared viewing it as a chance for free marketing. Some restaurants have gone so far as to create “Instagram Menus,” which allow users of the popular application to post photos of their food with a certain hash tag in the hope they can draw more business, according to Dominique Mosbergen, a writer for the Huffington Post. Regardless of how you feel about food porn, there is no denying the mobile phone is changing the way we eat; from online birthday coupons to texting at the din-

ner table, cellphone use is evident in every restaurant at almost every table. Some restaurants are now offering customers a discount of up to 10 percent if they turn in their mobile phone at the beginning of the meal. It’s a great deal, but many restaurants report it seldom works. Could it be that we are so attached to our phones that we refuse to relinquish them for just an hour — even if it means saving money? This is a disappointing reflection because it seems our constant need to be “connected” via our phones is overpowering the desire to be connected to the person across the table from us. Next time you’re at dinner and you feel like seriously engaging in conversation, suggest a friendly game to your friends. At the beginning of the meal, everyone removes their phones from their pockets and places them in a pile in the middle of the table. The first person to pick up their phone picks up the tab.

This is a great game and social experiment because it fosters conversation and removes the urge to text message, Facebook and take food pictures. Moreover, the lack of the phone in the pocket forces you to be present and to pay attention to what is happening around you. If you find you enjoy time away from the phone engaging in conversation, try a few other games to see how they suit you. Walk to class without your headphones on and try to might meet someone new. If you are especially brave, participate in the National Day of Unplugging occurring March 1-2, 2013. Check out NationalDayofUnplugging.com to see if you can go without your phone for an entire day. Go online, and pledge to unplug. Fill in the blank, and see if you can experience a day with … well, yourself. T.J. Stallbaumer is a sophomore journalism major in the Ad/PR sequence.


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City Provides Recycling Options for Residents Georgia Carter Staff Writer “Going Green” is a phrase that has dominated the cultural lexicon the past few years. Many students disregard it as just another trend and expect it to fall by the wayside soon, while other students truly believe in living an environmentally friendly life by recycling, buying products made out of sustainable materials and being conscious about the carbon footprint they are leaving on the world. “I only recycle to save room in my trashcan, because I refuse to pay the city for a bigger trashcan,” said Blake Loenneke, a senior early childhood education major from Fayetteville. In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the earth 24 times, according to Keep America Beautiful. Thirty-four percent of the waste generated in the world was generated by Americans, which equals about 3 pounds of garbage per person each day. Recycling programs have grown, though, with over 9,000 curbside recycling programs in the U.S. Despite this growth, sometimes people do not recycle as efficiently as they

could. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 75 percent of solid waste is recyclable, but only 30 percent is actually recycled. Luckily, Fayetteville is a fairly easy community to recycle in. “I do it as more of a habit. I don’t really think about saving the Earth,” said Bailey Price, a junior nursing major from Van Alstyne, Texas, about recycling. “It’s really easy because the city provides bins and they are picked up on the same day as the trash.” “Recycling is super easy to do and just takes as much time as throwing something away,” said Heather Martin, a junior communications major from Rogers, Ark. “My apartment doesn’t pick up recycling, but the recycling center really isn’t that far, so why not make the effort to help the environment?” The city of Fayetteville provides a free, 24hour recycling drop-off center located at 1420 S. Happy Hollow Road. This center is for recyclables only, and there is a $1,000 fine for dropping unauthorized items. This center has designated bins for each kind of recyclable. The city of Fayetteville only accepts plastic Nos. 1 and 2. Make sure to remove all lids from any recyclable items you may be taking

in, as these items cannot be recycled. If you live in a home or apartment complex that gets trash picked up, you are eligible for the city’s recycling program. The city provides two recycling bins for free. To become a part of the city’s recycling program, call the Solid Waste and Recycling Division at 479575-8398. The city also has guidelines on how to sort the recycling for pickup. They prefer that you flatten your cardboard and stack your newspapers on top of any other papers you may be recycling. For more information about organization of recyclables, visit the city’s website, accessfayetteville.org. Two items that are frequently recycled are glass and aluminum. Both of these items can be infinitely recycled, which can help save energy. Recycling plastic is a great way to save more energy. Producing new plastic from recycled plastic uses only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture it from raw materials. Thirty-three percent of the waste stream is paper products, the largest portion of the waste stream, according to the EPA. When 1 ton of paper is recycled, 17 trees are saved, along with 7,000 gallons of water and 3 cubic yards of landfill space. It also conserves enough energy to heat an average home for six months. If anyone is interested in recycling, whether it is to save the world or just to save some space in their trashcan, it is quite easy to do in Fayetteville. Just a call to the Solid Waste and Recycling Division or a trip to the recycling center, and you can help conserve energy and get rid of extra waste.

As graduation approaches, college students are forced with a decision: try to get a job in the “real world,” or continue their education through graduate school. Both can be terrifying options, and if students do not have a job lined up senior year, graduate school may seem like the only real choice. But is it worth it? In the Forbes article “Why You Shouldn’t Go to Grad School,” Frances Bridges argues that it is not. In her experience, most students only go to graduate school because they feel like there is no other option, and once they graduate they still end up with the same salary they would have gotten without the degree. “Going to grad school is a very expensive way to ask directions,” according to Bridges. “There is nothing wrong with being lost for awhile.” Although she makes a good point, Bridges seems to be in the minority on this topic. Most statistics and personal experiences back up the benefits of higher education, which should encourage students to at least look into the possibility. “Going to graduate school is absolutely worth it,” said Mary Hui, a UA grad student. “The pros far outweigh the cons. Honestly, the only con to graduate school is a cost, and that’s only for students who cannot get funding. However, I still feel graduate school is worth the cost regardless of whether or not you’re awarded funding. I honestly feel that I have learned and grown the most while in graduate school. I think it’s great for any majors as well.” Hui’s enthusiasm is backed up by real facts. In 2009, the average salary of someone with a master’s degree was 26 percent higher than those with only a bachelor’s degree, according to a report from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. In fact, more education in every academic major group resulted in more money. Although all majors make more money with a higher degree, some make significantly more than others. In the MainStreet article “10 Careers Where Graduate School Is Worth It,” Seth Fiegerman listed the professions that see the biggest increase in salary pay from having a graduate degree. In it he included medical and health services, marketing and sales managers, sales representatives, business operations specialists, purchasing managers, material scientists, education administrators, financial sales agents, financial managers, and financial analysts. Besides an increase in salary, having a higher degree can help students get a job in a competitive job market. “I knew that grad school was just the place to stretch my knowledge of journalism,” said Derick McKinney, a UA grad student. “It offers a more professional look at journalism that I couldn’t get in undergrad. I do believe that it’ll be worth it because of the advance knowledge I’ll gain through the program. When employers see a master’s degree on my resume, they will most likely be impressed.” Another benefit of a graduate degree is having more options after graduation. Tanner Burge, a UA grad student, received his B.A. in secondary education and is now pursuing an M.A. in higher education administration. If he decides to pursue teaching, having an M.A. means he will get paid more at a public school. It also gives him the opportunity to pursue a career in administration if he would like to. Having multiple options makes the job market less stressful and opens up more opportunities. Staying in school and out of the “real world” for a few extra years may be the perfect way to have more money, opportunities and experience in the future. For many students, it is completely worth it.

Real World Emotional Effects of Facebook sy r te

A recent study titled, “Envy on Facebook: A Hidden Threat to Users’ Life Satisfaction?” suggests Facebook has a hazardous effect on the average user. The study was conducted by two German university organizations, the Institute of Information Systems at Berlin’s Humboldt University and at Darmstadt’s Technical University. The researchers have formed an extensive list of negative emotional responses that they have found in their various experiments. Facebook boasts around over one billion users to date, which means there is a good chance students here at the UA are suffering from many similar symptoms. The study was conducted with over 600 German Facebook users, but the researchers said they believe their findings are universal since most experiences on the virtual social platform are essentially the same, according to the Huffington Post. According to the study, one in three people felt worse after spending time on facebook. Moreover, they felt more dissatisfied with their lives on the whole than they did before they

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spent time on the website. “We were surprised by how many people have a negative experience from Facebook with envy leaving them feeling lonely, frustrated or angry,” said Humboldt University researcher Hanna Krasnova. Furthermore, the study shows that people who choose to peruse the website instead of actually contributing anything are more prone to having a more negative experience. The evidence suggests that most people are often left feeling envious of others for various reasons. Some people react poorly to seeing holiday or vacation albums, such as spring break albums, winter snow trips and vacations abroad. According to the study, the second most frequent cause of envy was social interaction and recognition for personal merits, such as a birthday or “likes” and comments on a

given status update or photo. Facebook allows people to compare themselves on a much more observable platform than in real life social interactions. “Personally, there have been numerous times when I saw some girl’s profile picture and compared myself to her and then I felt horrible about myself afterwards,” Caroline Garner, a junior communications major, said. “However, I have to realize that she probably has the same reaction to other people’s pictures too.” Passive following triggers invidious emotions, with users mainly envying happiness of others,” the researchers said. It seems Facebook can be both positive and negative for certain people. If one person is an active user, or at least somewhat social on the website, then they appear to be in better health than someone who merely browses

through albums or their newsfeed without contributing any input via “liking” or comments. “I think it can definitely be harmful for people who suffer from depression. Possibly even detrimental,” Garner said. In addition, the study explains that people in their mid-30’s react negatively to seeing photos of other users’ families while women tend to envy the physical attributes of their Facebook friends. Men were more privy to show self-promotion in their statuses and photo albums to garner attention for their accomplishments. “Envy is such a primal instinct that we find ourselves unable to resist wanting the success, perceived or real, of others,” said Ethan McBride, a senior chemistry major. “This is especially true since people can por-

tray themselves in whatever light they seem fit.” But McBride says the study should be cautious about comparing German and American culture, “Cultures that have different value sets may find themselves experiencing Facebook in many unique ways.” The larger theme of the study is that the dissatisfaction people feel while browsing through Facebook carries into their life outside of social networking. Eventually, the envy people feel while sitting on their computer or phone will lead to regular enmity to others out in the real world. The study concludes by saying, “From a provider’s perspective, our findings signal that users frequently perceive Facebook as a stressful environment, which may, in the long run, endanger platform sustainability.”


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twins 49 __ double take 52 “Come here __?” 54 Losers 56 Expected result 57 South Pacific 18-wheelers? 60 Counterterrorist weapon 61 “__ Heartbeat”: Amy Grant hit 62 One handling a roast 63 Jiff 64 Indian tunes 65 Makes, as a visit DOWN 1 “Real Time” host 2 Coop sound 3 Dos y tres 4 Batting practice safety feature 5 Buffalo 6 Magic charm 7 Craters of the Moon st. 8 __ cit.: footnote abbr. 9 Native Alaskans, historically 10 Water cooler gatherers 11 Muffin mix stir-in 12 Hot 14 1943 war film set in a desert 18 Play thing?

22 Bolt 25 Letter opener? 26 Acting award 27 Coll. senior’s test 28 Old-time news source 29 Biblical twin 30 School with the motto “Lux et veritas” 31 It’s measured in Hz 32 Roman moon goddess 33 Relating to childbirth 37 Like some clocks 38 First few chips, usually 39 Org. in old spy stories 41 HP product 42 Overlook 44 Tankard filler 45 Puts down, as parquetry 46 Harper’s Weekly cartoonist 49 Bangladesh capital, old-style 50 Pitched perfectly 51 Toting team 52 Musical number 53 Throw for a loop 54 Uttar Pradesh tourist city 55 __ roast 58 Eggs, in old Rome 59 Not pos.


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Razorbacks Upset No. 2 Gators Cameron McCauley Staff Writer

Logan Webster Staff Photographer Michael Qualls dunks the ball at the Arkansas v. Florida game, Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Bud Walton Arena. Arkansas defeated Florida 80-69.

Payback was in order as Arkansas upset the No. 2 team in the country in Bud Walton Arena Tuesday for the first time in 14 years. As the Hogs protected their home turf to remain undefeated at home in SEC play, Florida was handed their first conference loss of the season 80-69. The Hogs win over Florida was the team’s first victory over a No. 2 ranked team in 14 years. Revenge was on the mind of the Razorbacks, who got throttled by Florida in Bud Walton Arena last season 98-68. This year’s matchup couldn’t have been more of an opposite outcome, as the Hogs were the better team in almost every aspect. The Gators didn’t trail by more than 11 points all season, but trailed by 27 at one point against the Hogs. The energy was electric with the No. 2 team in the nation in the building, and head coach Mike Anderson said his players fed off of that energy. The crowd presence was felt after three Hogs three pointers to start the game, and Arkansas never let off the gas pedal from there. “The game ball goes to our fans, this place was lively tonight, and it brought back a lot of memories for myself. Just seeing our fans so engaged in the game,” Anderson said.

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Florida had plenty of good looks on offense, but for a team shooting 49 percent from the field on the year just didn’t make enough down the stretch to come back against Arkansas. Gators’ leading scorer Kenny Boynton struggled after exploding for 25 points against the Hogs last season, virtually being a non-factor this year and finishing with 10 points. The Hogs simply played their style of basketball, a style with lots of energy on the defensive side that led to easy points on the other end. Florida only had seven players play significant minutes and all the running exhausted the Gators and showed their issues with depth, making a comeback highly unlikely. Florida had beaten conference opponents by an average of 25 points per game, and had the nation’s second best total defense, only giving up 51 points per game. The Gators had no chance of stopping Arkansas’ attack, eventually surrendering a season high 80 points on 49 percent shooting. “Clearly we did not play the level of defense that we have played; they made some shots early in the game that got themselves going,” said Florida head coach Billy Donovan. It was a collaborative effort on offense for the Razorbacks, as eight players finished with seven or more points, including a 13-point performance from BJ Young and 11 points

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Triathlon Club Works Hard to Be Thrice as Nice Cameron McCauley Staff Writer

A skeptic may tell someone they will only be good at one thing their whole life. That old curmudgeon has obviously never met a triathlete. To ability to compete well in three separate sports takes more than skill. An athlete may be good at swimming, biking or running individually, but must work hard and intensely practice to incorporate the three into a successful race. The triathlon club at UA started in the fall semester of 2011 with six inaugural mem-

bers and has since blossomed into a group of 16 competitors. The 2012 calendar year was the first in which the club traveled together. While most of their events were around Northwest Arkansas in 2011, some of the members ventured out in 2012 to Oklahoma for a triathlon and Fort Smith for a half marathon, and a few even competed at the Heber Springs Sprint Triathlon. “We have some bigger races in the collegiate series this spring that we’re really excited for,” said club president Maggie Pickhardt.

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Caroline Potts Staff Photographer Junior Dakota Dixon practices her swim stroke for triathlon club in the UREC Natatorium, Sunday, Feb. 3. The triathlon club meets four times each week to practice for upcoming events.

COMMENTARY

Recruiting in the Social Media Age: A Delicate Line

Liz Beadle Staff Writer Well it’s that time of the year again: time to read between the lines, to sneakily bribe the people we care about into doing what we want, to find out everyone’s true feelings, and to see what our prospects are for the future. No, it’s not Valentine’s Day; it’s National Signing

Day! And down here in Hog country the intensity is as potent as ever. As I write this on Monday night, Alexander Collins has just committed to Arkansas. Collins is from Plantation, Fla., and is one of the best running backs in the nation. He was also being recruited by Florida, Miami, Florida State and Wisconsin. This is a big one. It made my heart a little distressed to see Collins tweet how sad he was for all the coaches and fans he was letting down in making his decision. And that’s what I really want to talk about: the hideous marriage of social media and recruiting. I love social media and it has done so many exciting and wonderful things for our culture. But of course there is

a learning curve with all new technology. Old rule books go out the window and new ones have to be written. This is not in any way specific to sports either: laws, etiquette standards and even company policies are all constantly struggling to keep up with technology. Twitter specifically causes student athletes a lot of pain a lot of the time. Take Manti Te’o for example, or Johnny Manziel who said of a picture from a party that he tweeted a few months ago that “it’s tough knowing that everything you do is watched pretty closely because I’m doing the same stuff I’ve always done; it’s just now people actually care what I do.” The blur of what you can and cannot do on social media is very hard to decipher

sometimes. We have a First Amendment, but we also should have some dignity and some respect, right? The most terrifying part of this is the way some fans treat recruits, 17- and 18-year-old kids, on Twitter. Social media gives fans access to high school players — and everyone else — and suddenly fans feel like they can help the coaches recruit, or do much worse. There are no rules on this and rules are almost impossible to enforce due to a lack of accountability in this arena; but at the very least, some standard etiquette needs to be developed. Recruits have received hate mail and even death threats through Twitter, and I could tell Monday night that Collins seemed petrified that the same thing would happen

to him. I don’t want to exist in a world where 18-year-old kids live in fear of upsetting complete strangers because of the university they choose to attend. Showing support for recruits is fine and almost necessary, actually. I’ve seen tweets from high school kids about not getting attention from certain schools’ fans on Twitter and that gage of fan interest seems to be taken at least a little bit seriously. But taking it the other way, attacking people on the internet for not choosing your program is simply not acceptable. The fans who do these kinds of things make an entire program look bad. And we here in the ever underrated, always negatively perceived Arkansas could use all the positive publicity we can

get. You’re never going to change a recruit’s mind — really, that’s not going to happen. If you truly need to get your frustration off your back, just tweet without tagging that high school kid you don’t know — it’s not a hard concept. I hope you all enjoy this most sacred National Signing Day today, but if you’re one of the people prone to this childish, often inhumane, behavior, just do us all a favor and stay off social media for the day. You’ll make it, I promise. Liz Beadle is a writer for the Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every other Wednesday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.


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Razorbacks Ready for Razorbacks Jump Three Hard Kentucky Defense Spots Before Away Meet Tamzen Tumlison Staff Writer

Addison Morgan Staff Photographer Head coach Tom Collen speaks at the women’s basketball press conference, Tuesday, Feb. 5. The team plays Kentucky Thursday at Bud Walton Arena.

Tamzen Tumlison Staff Writer The Razorback women’s basketball team, 3-6 in Southeastern Conference play, is taking lessons from their most recent loss and preparing for a Thursday match against Kentucky, who is 7-2 in conference play. The team is trying to stay look on the positive side after a 1-1 weekend in Mississippi, said senior Quistelle Williams. “We’re trying to stay positive, because we know we can win a game until we’ve lost,” Williams said. Kentucky comes to Bud Walton Arena after a tight loss to No. 13 Georgia Feb. 3, 75-71. South Carolina offered Kentucky’s only other conference loss. The Wildcats have managed to win five of their seven away games. At home, Kentucky boasts a 14-1 record, the singular loss coming at the hands of Georgia, who ended their home winning streak. “We have to come into it with a positive frame of mind,” said head coach Tom Col-

len. “I need to make sure my team hasn’t lost confidence in themselves. I know they felt like they could go on the road and win two road games, come into it 4-5 and have an opportunity at Kentucky.” Last season brought an 18-0 home record for the Wildcats but a 6-5 away record. In the SEC, the team ranked first, and by the end of the season, Kentucky landed themselves No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and No. 8 in ESPN’s and USA Today’s polls. “I think everyone knows that they’re just a very, very athletic team,” said sophomore Calli Berna. “They play hard on defense. They get up and they get all over you.” Mississippi State played the same style against the Hogs, which got the team more prepared for Kentucky, Berna said. In Week 14 of college basketball play, the Wildcats find themselves at No. 10 on ESPN and AP polls and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. With four returning starters and six other letterwinners returned on the 2012-13 season, Kentucky brings an expe-

rienced team to Fayetteville. Kentucky will be levels above Mississippi State, and Thursday’s game will be “Mississippi State times 10,” Collen said. “We’ve got to know what we can do and know our capabilities and be confident in each other, and we should take care of that,” Berna said. The Razorbacks will have to capitalize on their offense and their own defensive pressure to combat the strong defensive play Kentucky will offer. Of their seven overall losses, only three have occurred at home for the Razorbacks. “I think this game could mean a lot to us,” Collen said. “I think it puts us right back in the forefront of people’s minds. The last quality win we had was against Kansas, I think, when they were ranked in the top 15.” “We’ve played everybody close, but we haven’t been able to get that elusive win against another top 25 team,” Collen said. The Razorbacks and Wildcats tip off at 7 p.m., Feb. 7, in Fayetteville.

Although coming off a loss, the Razorback gymnastics team jumped three places to grab a No. 19 national ranking before the Hogs’ Friday meet at No. 15 Auburn. A score of 196.175, Arkansas’ first score above 196 for the season, boosted the Hogs from their previous No. 22 spot in the Gyminfo Women’s Gymnastics National top 25 rankings. “We were a completely different team at that meet, and probably more the team that we expect to be, which is exciting,” co-head coach Rene Lyst said. In team events, Arkansas continues to maintain prestige with rankings at No. 17 on bars, No. 23 for vault and No. 22 on beam. In the Arkansas-Auburn series, Arkansas holds a 13-8 edge. The Razorbacks have won the last five consecutive meets. Katherine Grable has maintained her all-around top-10 ranking this week at No. 7 and earned a spot as second on floor exercise. Freshman Sydnie Dillard also earned another week of being in the top 25 on the balance beam. However, the team missed a few crucial 10ths of points. The landings are the most important components to hit to gain back the points they have been missing, especially in vault and beam, Lyst said. The Razorbacks focused on those

details this week in practice. “Those are the fine details that as you get more confident, you can really go after those 10ths,” Lyst said. “I think that’s where we’re at, and we’re going to be looking to capitalize on those things.” Auburn finished their last meet with a season-best score of 196.725 against Missouri. The score tied for Auburn’s top road score. During the same meet, six gymnasts from Auburn earned career bests. The Tigers have steadily improved their scores during the 2013 season, gaining their first win at the Missouri meet. Georgia and Florida handed Auburn their other two regular meet losses. To open their season, Auburn placed fourth in a quad-meet at the University of California with Arizona

and Kentucky. “Auburn is always a tough place,” Lyst said. “They’re testy. We always have a great competition against them. It will be really back and forth, I think, as usual, and we have to do our job. We’re going to have to hit out routines. We’re not just going to have to make them, we’re going to have to hit them.” Auburn freshman Caitlin Atkinson earned her second all-around title of the season at Missouri with a score of 39.525 and set new personal bests for herself with two 9.9 scores on vault and bars. The Friday meet will be Auburn’s first home meet since their loss to Kentucky Jan. 11. The Razorbacks will begin competition at 7 p.m. Friday in Auburn Arena.

Gareth Patterson Staff Photographer Co-head coach René Lyst speaks at a press conference in Bud Walton Arena Tuesday February 5.

CLUB continued from page 7 The Collegiate Triathlon Series is affiliated with USA Triathlon, the nation’s highest governing body for the sport. The UA’s club team participates in the South Midwest Collegiate Conference along with teams from other major schools in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Pickhardt expects some of the members to travel to a few collegiate series events in Texas, as well as potentially the collegiate national championships in Tempe, Ariz. When it comes to club members, Pickhardt said that the group ranges from experienced to just getting started out in the sport. “We have people who have been doing triathlons for a while, and a lot of people who either swam or ran cross country in high school who are

FLORIDA continued from page 7 from both Marshawn Powell and Michael Qualls. Arkansas came into this matchup being the undersized team, but held their own on the boards against a Florida team that rebounds very well. “Coach has put so much emphasis on rebounding in the game and practice,” Powell said. With Anderson and the Razorbacks earning their signature win of 2013, the team now goes back on the road Saturday against Vanderbilt. Arkansas (14-8, 5-4 SEC) is still looking for its first road win of the season.

looking to continue in sports. But we also have a lot of people who are completely new to the sport,” Pickhardt said. According to the club’s University Recreation page, the team practices Tuesdays through Thursdays and practices swimming in the UREC Natatorium on Sundays. As the club has expanded, jerseys and other materials for the team to use are readily available from either the club or outdoor connections center. Pickhardt said that dues are $35 for the year, or $60 dollars if you want a club jersey. The club has participated in two different triathlon distances, the sprint and Olympic length triathlons. A sprint consists of a 500-yard swim, 15-mile bike ride and five-kilometer run, while the longer Olympic distance is a

1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. There is nothing like finishing off nearly a mile of swimming and 25 miles of biking with a nice six mile run. As expected, Pickhardt said the hardest leg of the race was the swimming, simply because no matter what kind of athletic background you may have, it is hard to adjust to swimming at such long lengths. As the club continues to rapidly grow, Pickhardt credits Facebook for helping increase awareness of the club. The club can be found on Facebook at University of Arkansas Triathlon Club, where members post regularly about their triathlon excursions. With the direction the club is going, expect the Triathlon club to continue to swim, bike and run their way to increased membership.

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