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in Fayetteville, with Lucero and Eli Young Band, two successful country acts. Lucero has been coming to Fayetteville since the band started over twelve years ago, and their two-night stand will feature two talented Arkansas musicians. Nonmusical events include comedian David Nickerson at UARK Bowl and a poetry/singing/comedy slam at Matt Miller Studios. The Memphis-based alt-country band Lucero will be at George’s Majestic Lounge Friday night and Saturday night. Tickets are $20 for each night if you pay in person at George’s in

advance. The lead singer, Ben Nichols, was raised in Little Rock, and his lyrics contain many scenes familiar to Arkansans. Nichols’s brother, Jeff, is the award-winning director of “Take Shelter” and “Shotgun Stories.” The storytelling ability runs in the family. Many of Lucero’s songs evoke those country songs where you instantly find yourself in the back of a smoky bar, alone and desperate. Lucero has steadily cranked out albums over the past 12 years. In 2012, the band released “Women & Work” to critical acclaim. Their earlier releases, 2001’s self-titled debut, and 2002’s “Tennessee”, are where Nichols’s gravely voice comes across as the most genuine. “My Best

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Girl” and “Drink ‘Til We’re Gone” remain some of the band’s biggest hits. Nichols sounds like an Arkansas-flavored Kurt Cobain in the earlier recordings. The 2011 album “Nobody’s Darling” showcases the band’s harder side. “Anjalee” and “California” break with the country aesthetic in favor of a harder sound. All their albums, regardless of when they were released, are the product of a hardworking band that is invested in the music they play. Friday night, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-state Coalition will open. Out of Oxford, Mississippi, Mathus and the Coalition play a self-described roots rock that is worthy of headlining George’s on its own. The band recently released “White Buffalo”, and Mathus has put out two solo albums. Saturday night, fellow Little Rock native Adam Faucett will be opening for Ben Nichols. Faucett plays softer, more acoustic music than Lucero, so the contrast could be interesting. Faucett and Nichols are two of the most talented Arkansans in music. see LUCERO page 5

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National Signing Day Difficulties for Collins

Cameron McCauley Staff Writer

In a highly anticipated day for many recruits, one prospective Arkansas commit was confronted with family drama on a national stage. In a story that developed throughout the day, five-star running back recruit Alex Collins did not sign a letter of intent with Arkansas, the school he committed to Monday night over Miami and others. At approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, it was reported that Collins failed to show up for his signing ceremony.

“At this time there’s no indication of anything other than the original plan. The family just wants more time,” said Mike Collins, South Plantation High School Athletic Director, to the Miami Sun-Sentinel. Collins’ mother reportedly confiscated her son’s signing papers, preventing him from participating in his signing ceremony, according to ESPN. Collins, the top running back prospect in the country, according to 247sports.com, chose Arkansas only moments before going on TV Monday night. Wednesday around noon, Yahoo! college football columnist Dan Wetzel tweeted that he had a source on the

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“Collins/Mom situation,” and that it will still eventually be Arkansas Collins chooses, despite the dilemma. In his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday afternoon, head coach Bret Bielema wasn’t allowed to discuss unsigned recruits, but he did have a comment on the situation. “The thing that’s neat about the signing period is this, it’s a day where you have to adjust and adapt. Good coaches I think are prepared for different scenarios, so regardless of what happens you can be assured we’ve always probably been ahead of the game a little bit,” said Bielema. National Signing Day is not the last

“At this time there’s no indication of anything other than the original plan. The family just wants more time.”

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South Plantation high school athletic director day a recruit can sign his National Letter of Intent. As of the Traveler’s press time Wednesday, Collins remained unsigned.

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Georgia Tech To Open On-Campus Walmart Stephanie Pullin Contributing Writer Soon the University of Arkansas will not be the only campus with a Walmart on Campus. Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Walmart, confirmed Walmart on Campus is coming to Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia Tech’s 2,500-square-foot store will join the UA’s 5,000-square-foot store, making Georgia Tech’s the smallest Walmart in the country. The UA’s Walmart on Campus was the first of a test product. It opened in 2011 and has had positive sales and positive reviews among students. “It is pretty awesome that we have a Walmart right here,” said Kaylea Murphy, freshman poultry science major. “It re-

ally comes in handy when you need something quick and do not have a way to a bigger Walmart. I also love how fast the pharmacy fills your prescriptions.” This is not Wal-Mart’s first experience with smaller stores. Currently, Wal-Mart operates about 230 Neighborhood Market stores (average size of 40,000 square feet) that launched in 1998, and they are currently testing 12 Walmart Express stores (average size of 15,000 square feet) in three markets. In comparison, an average Walmart Supercenter store is about 182,000 square feet. “Walmart on Campus is a test format that focuses on pharmacy, basic grocery, health and beauty aids, and general merchandise products,” Restivo said. Walmart on Campus stores provide students with access to health and wellness servic-

es, including a full pharmacy serving most insurance plans and honoring Walmart’s $4 generic prescription program that other Walmarts have. Campus stores also include Walmart Financial Services, which provides in-store check cashing and bill payment. “We’re always looking for ways to provide customers with more convenient access to affordable products,” Restivo said. Georgia Tech’s location is scheduled to open in the second quarter of this year. There are no additional projects announced at this time involving more campus stores for the future, Restivo said. “I think it will be more convenient for other colleges to have Walmarts on campus because not everyone brings their vehicle to college to be able to drive to a Walmart that is a few miles away,” Murphy said.

Walton Arts Center Event Raises Money to Bring Arts to Children Jeannette Bridoux Staff Writer

General Mills was the lead sponsor of the Third Annual Masquerade Ball fundraiser at the Walton Arts Center, said Catherine Wilson, corporate development manager at the WAC. Coca-Cola and Mondelez, a new division of Kraft foods, were also significant sup-

Arkansas, and SmART Residency and professional development for teachers, Wilson said. The money raised will help these programs reach children in the 17 northwest Arkansas school districts and others across the state, Wilson said. Digging up Arkansas is a program that uses the arts to engage students in Arkansas history, according to the WAC website. Colgate Classroom Series presents curric-

“Walton Arts Center works to make the arts available to every child.” Catherine Wilson

Corporate Development Manager porters that helped raise a net amount of $95,000 of the fundraiser’s $100,000 goal, which will be devoted to arts education, Wilson said. All of these companies are represented in the Corporate Leadership Council, the council responsible for the event, Wilson said. The funds will support all Walton Learning Programs, which include Colgate Classroom Series, Digging up

ulum-based performances, according to the WAC website. “A special focus this year is to reach out to rural areas in NWA as well as try to work toward 100 percent participation by Washington and Benton County schools in our Classroom Series,” Wilson said. Fifty of the schools that the WAC serves are 100 percent schools, meaning that

every child comes to the center at least once each school year, which promotes healthy communities and provides impactful experiences for children and their families, Wilson said. “Walton Arts Center works to make the arts available to every child,” Wilson said. The WAC’s previous development director, Steve Collins, created the CLC about three years ago, and the council has since been successful in raising awareness about the need for child arts education in northwest Arkansas, Wilson said. The Masquerade Ball is the ClC’s signature event and increased fundraising by $30,000 compared to last year’s ball. The WAC is a 501 C3 non-profit organization, and nearly half of its budget is raised through corporate sponsorships, grants and individual donations. In the last 10 years, the WAC has served more than half a million children through a variety of arts learning opportunities and plans to reach every northwest Arkansas student by 2015, according to the WAC website.

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Online Dating: Is It Worth the Risks?

Katherine Kortebein Staff Columnist As students, we have plenty of opportunities to find a significant other. Opportunities our parents did not have at our age. As we become more technologically advanced as a society, so does the way we live and love. Dating is no longer restricted to a chance meeting in class or at a bar and having a first date to see where their connection could go. Now, because of social networking, there are meaningful, deep relationships where the two people involved have never even met. We like to think of online dating as something desperate people do, or people our parents’ age; however, it is becoming more common for a relationship to begin just by friending someone you find attractive on Facebook. There are huge risks that come with these online relationships. It is terrifyingly easy to create a fake persona on Facebook and Twitter. For example, Manti Te’o, a Notre Dame linebacker, learned this lesson the hard way. Most people have probably heard this story by now, but Te’o fell for Lennay Kekua, a girl he met on Facebook, according to CNN. They had an online relationship that was serious enough that he referred to her as his girlfriend. After Te’o was told that Lennay was terminally ill and then she had died, the truth came out. “Lennay” was actually a 22-year-old Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a man who had been confused about his sexuality and created a fake Facebook page as a young woman, the page through which he and Te’o met. This type of lying is called “catfishing,” which has led to a MTV show of the same name. The show defines “catfish” as “pretend[ing] to be someone you’re not online by posting false information, such as someone else’s pictures, on social media sites usually with the

intention of getting someone to fall in love with you,” according to MTV. A 22-year-old UA nursing student, Sunny Cross, was featured on this show in its first episode. The show discusses the relationship Sunny has with Jamison, an aspiring model, TV writer and anesthesiologist. She met him through Facebook and they had only ever talked on the phone and never met. She told the creators of the show they planned to have a family together in the future and they said “I love you” regularly. When Sunny and Jamison finally meet, it turns out Sunny had been talking to 18-year-old Chelsea, the entire time, who was having issues coming to terms with her sexuality. Not only was Sunny and “Jamison’s” entire relationship a lie, but, according to Sunny, she never contacted the makers of the show. She said they contacted her and she still has no idea how they got her information. This particular example caused no real harm, but it does show how dangerous it is for us to have so much of our personal information online for the public to see. As a society, we know how dangerous the internet and social networking can be. We have all heard stories of the “Craigslist killer” and Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator.” Yet, people ignore these risks and continue to try to find love online. In my personal opinion, online dating or dating through social networking is just not worth the risks at our age. I know it can be scary to put ourselves out there and online dating can be an attempt to distance ourselves emotionally; but I think a real connection is worth it. As students, even if someone is not socially active, there are still plenty of places to meet someone just by being a part of the university; such as classes, events the university puts on and clubs. For those who are older, I can see the advantages in online dating, but for our generation, I believe it is better to meet someone in person and have a true connection, rather than one based on emoticons. Katherine Kortebein is a staff columnist. She is a junior English and creative writing major.

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UA Needs to Prioritize and Organize

Shawnya Wethington Staff Columnist Organization has been overlooked Some students think organization means having everything needed for class close enough to the top of their bag they can find it within five minutes of rummaging. While this method of organization may have worked perfect in high school, college is in a completely different league. When freshmen arrive in college, they are urged to get organized and figure out their personality type to maximize their educational experience. Then, they’re handed a planner and bombarded with StrengthsQuest emails. There are all types of links and PDFs explaining the ins and outs of the different strengths and personalities. You can even use them to decide what type of study habits will work best for you. As for the “be organized”

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efficiently, so you have plenty of time for the variety of activities college can offer.” Since the UA offers so many tips on how to succeed in other aspects of our college lives, shouldn’t they offer students some organizational guidance? As far as the UA sponsored websites go, the closest thing I could find were PDFs on the Enhanced Learning Center’s website. “Managing Your Time – Where to Begin” begins with “Good organizational and time management skills are key to being successful at the University of Arkansas.” However, this wasn’t followed by any helpful organizational tips. A few of the documents gave individual tips on being organized. “Tools for Effective Study” suggested using a colorcoding scheme to remember important information. Despite the many documents on the ELC’s website, I failed to find a single one devoted purely to organization means and methods. Since the University doesn’t have any strictly organization information they promote, it’s doubtful that students will go out of their way to remedy any of their poorer organizational habits either. They’ll stick with the method that works just most of the time. Organization is so simple it has been overlooked.

This needs to change. Students should at have somewhere to turn to find organizational guidance, even if it is just a single document. If your fundamental learning platform is flawed, the rest of your education is precariously stacked. You can get through college while being unorganized. It’s just more difficult than what it has to be. Organization is part of being able to keep up with school and allows students to fix their problems at the root. When students solve the inefficiency of their organizational systems, they’ll find there are other farreaching benefits. Having an effective organization method leads to better time-management and more focused study time. Students will find ways to balance priorities without getting behind, meaning stress won’t be overwhelming come finals week. Being organized is a skill that’s extremely important for students. UA needs to recognize the advantages of being organized and then provide direction for students who are in need. Nothing too difficult, even a little guidance can go a long way.

downloading millions of academic articles from the online journal collection JSTOR. Unlike the music and film companies that sue students and young people all the time for this kind of behavior, JSTOR reached a settlement with Swartz and he evaded a lawsuit by simply turning over the data. But the drama did not end there for Swartz, who likely wanted to grant greater access to these articles online. As most of us on the UA campus know, JSTOR is a free service to most students at universities across the US. We would be free to log in, view and download any article on their server – as long as we agree to their terms and conditions. What Swartz intended to do – when he plugged his laptop into an MIT computer, hidden away in a server closet – was make this huge chunk of JSTOR available to everyone, for free. When he was arrested, Swartz was threatened by federal prosecutors with 50 years in prison and over $1 million in fines. Can you imagine if you were told those were the ramifications for downloading – like we do every week in graduate school – academic articles? Despite the fact that JSTOR was pursuing no civil charges,

and despite the fact that Swartz was taking advantage of MIT’s open campus Internet policy, the federal prosecutor acted like a vindictive music or film industry lawyer and continued to pursue this young internet pioneer for an increasing number of felonies. Tragically, the consequences were dire for Swartz and his family. Despite warnings from his attorneys he was at risk for suicide in prison, MIT and the prosecutor forged ahead with their plans to make an example of Swartz. On January 11 this year, he killed himself. It is intellectually lazy and way too easy to say Swartz was stealing and should have been punished. The federal government’s criminal justice system is there to protect citizens and the public body from harm. Too often, prosecutors become so entangled in getting a win, they forget who they are serving. Consider this: who was being harmed by Swartz’s actions in a storage closet on the MIT campus? Was it JSTOR? They didn’t even pursue charges against him. Was it the academics who wrote the articles? Oftentimes, they aren’t even compensated for the sale of their work. When we start to talk about

an online database that collects articles from such stimulating and in-demand sources as The Agricultural History Review and The Sixteenth Century Journal, we have to consider questions about whether this young man’s life – taken by himself out of despair or from him by the government through the threat of an extended prison term – is worth constricting the flow of information. As a cruel twist of fate, JSTOR announced the same week of his death they would make 4.5 million articles in their database free to the public. If open access is an inevitable outcome in a market driven by information, our government cannot afford to be tone deaf to these changes. As the Internet becomes more complex and new users gain access every day, I am always on the side of greater information, whether it is crowd-sourced knowledge or promoting more accessible and open government. Our society is enhanced by the freer spread of information. The death of Aaron Swartz is an unacceptable cost to pay for a free and open society.

Shawnya Wethington is a staff columnist. She is a sophomore journalism, English major and marketing minor.

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tip, students are left to fend for themselves. Professors assume students already have those crucial organizational skills covered. Most students do – to an extent. Virtually every student has some degree of organization. Usually, their method works well enough so there is no need to change habits or look for a better system. However, with this barely passing method, important projects can fall through the cracks. In the college setting, this just isn’t acceptable. There are far too many technologies and ways to make reminders to let assignments and meetings slip by. One day you are passing, then suddenly you find yourself having that uncharacteristically bad day. You’ve gotten behind and everything just keep going wrong. You’ve misplaced your textbook, you had a pop quiz over your forgotten assigned readings or you have an assignment lost in transit if not ignored altogether. “The worst thing you can do is spend your time falling behind academically due to poor habits, feeling stressed and unprepared all the time and then playing catch up,” wrote author and motivational speaker Steve Pavlina, in 10 Tips for College Students. ”Get your school work done quickly and

About a month ago, my social media feeds were taken over by memorial tributes to a man named Aaron Swartz, a person I had never met and a name I had never heard. I saw touching commentary from friends who were involved in online activism and progressive politics and thought I would dig a little deeper into who this person was. Swartz was – like me – a 26-year-old nerd. Unlike me, he was a computer genius who changed the way the Internet worked helping develop the RSS feed format, the news sharing site Reddit and the political group Demand Progress, which worked to stop the SOPA Internet censorship bill in Congress. He was under prosecution by the federal government for

Will Watson is a staff columnist and graduate student in public administration program.


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Sometimes, living in Arkansas is not so bad, especially when you have music festivals like Harvest Fest, which has garnered attention from Arkansans since its start just a few years ago. One of the most exciting days for fans of music festivals is the day an official lineup for the next big festival is finally released to the public. Luckily, one of those days just passed a short while ago, as Wakarusa announced its 2013 lineup for this summer’s festival on Jan. 17. Wakarusa is a four-day summer music festival with around 100 bands and plenty of space to camp. Attendees can enjoy crowds of music-loving people during a weekend of music, food and outdoor activities. Each year Wakarusa is located in Ozark, Ark., on the very famous and affectionately named “Mulberry Mountain,” where Harvest Fest also happens to take place in October. For only $151 plus tax, Wakarusa is an unforgettable experience that, for many festival goers, becomes a cherished routine. It is the perfect way to take in the start of summer and end of the school year, as it takes place from May 30 to June 2. “I went last summer and it was great,” said Kristen Hoover, a junior English major. “The community and the people were so interesting to be around. At first I was a little overwhelmed, but that feeling quickly disappeared. I would love to go again.” Wakarusa is famous for its unusual lineup, with bands ranging from rhythm-laden bluegrass to inyour-face rock to reputable rap acts to the quiet allure

LUCERO continued from page 1 Nichols is already established, but Faucett is only now breaking on to the scene. Either night of Lucero will be fantastic. The safer bet, though, would be to go to both. Eli Young Band will be at Fayetteville Town Center on Thursday night. When George’s moves a show to Town Center, it is because they expect to sell a lot of tickets, so act quickly. Tickets are $25, plus fees. If Lucero is the harder side of country, Eli Young Band is the softer side. The lyrics are vapid, almost Taylor Swift-like. Lucero is the better, cheaper country show this weekend. Fayetteville rock band The Great Scotts will be playing Friday night at The Stolen Glass on Center Street. The Great Scotts bring it when they play, and the show will be high-energy. Their 2010 album “Highnoon Saloon” is available on Spotify, if you are curious about their music. Smoke and Barrel has Honeyshine on Saturday night for a $3 cover. On Sunday night, Smoke and Barrel hosts a Walking Dead watch party. UARK Bowl continues its comedy series this Friday night with David Nickerson featuring opener Kevin Byram. Tickets are $7, with 8:00 and 10:30 shows. Thursday nights, UARK Bowl hosts an open mic night for local comedians. For something out of the ordinary, Matt Miller Studios, located off of the square, is hosting an event resembling a poetry slam called a word war. This month’s installment is “Love is a Battlefield.” According to the Facebook event page, a word war allows contestants a three-minute timeslot during which they can sing, tell jokes, recite poetry, or have any type of vocal performance. The only catch is that everything has to be original. The event is free to attend, but contestants must chip in $5 to the pool. The winner takes home the cash. The festivities begin at 7:30. Rogue has an eclectic schedule of events for the weekend. Friday night, bar will host the “Freaks and Carnies Masquerade Ball” with Randall Shreve and the Violetta Lotus Burlesque Troupe if you feel like getting weird. Saturday night, Rogue has a Valentine’s Day-themed electronic music night called “Crush.” For a hefty price, the Tony-wimming musical “Memphis” is playing at the Walton Arts Center all weekend. According to the Walton Arts Center website, “Memphis” is the story of a white radio DJ who takes a risk by playing a black singer. Tickets aren’t cheap, starting at $59.

of folk. So, it is no surprise that this year’s lineup fits the same pattern. Headlining this year are acts including Yonder Mountain String Band, Dispatch, MuteMath, Of Monsters and Men, and even Snoop Lion. “I’ve never been to Wakarusa before, but since it is basically in my backyard I thought I should go,” said Will Porter, a senior art and graphic design major. Porter said he hopes that this year he can finally see why so many people flock to Wakarusa. “I can’t wait to see STS9 and Snoop Lion,” he said. “I saw Snoop here last year and I loved that concert, so I can’t wait to see him again.” “The set this year looks great,” Hoover said. “There seems to be a lot more electronic bands than in recent years, so I think this year is definitely going to look unique compared to the others. Although I wish Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were coming this year.” Most years, Wakarusa looks like a bluegrass and folk festival. This year, festival organizers have added many different genres to their setlist, with many more electronic groups and even some rap acts to give the festival more variety. “Personally, I wish there were a few more rap artists,” Porter said. “But I think the ones that are coming this year will hopefully set a precedent. I don’t know many of the bands that are on the setlist this year, but hopefully I will be surprised. You never know what you might like or dislike.” There is no doubt that this year’s festival looks different than in past years. “Hopefully, it will be another great year,” Hoover said. “I’m very curious to see what Snoop Lion thinks of Mulberry Mountain.”

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Caroline Potts Staff Photographer Sophomore Nick Mehn gives blood at the 19th Annual Game for Life Blood Drive in Willard J. Walker Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 6.

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ACROSS 1 Former “Idol” judge, to fans 4 Head of Slytherin House, in Potter books 9 “The Hobbit” dragon 14 Rower’s tool 15 Fax ancestor 16 Gdansk dance 17 A, in Acapulco 18 Instruction for this puzzle 20 Food fish 22 Iris family flowers 23 Leg bone 24 Inamorato 25 Goes out to sea 29 Bygone dagger 31 Coke competitor 33 “Really?” responses 35 Spanish custard 38 Curved 39 Small, numbered 60-Acrosses 42 Five-0 detective, familiarly 43 Poet Pound 44 Bill’s adventurous partner 45 Swellhead 47 Caesar’s “I came” 49 “Jeopardy!” creator Griffin 50 See from afar 53 Set of eight

57 ___ Sketch: toy 59 Pretender 60 What you’ll draw in this grid if you 18-Across with six straight lines 64 __ Lanka 65 Reprimander’s slapping spot? 66 Guitarist Eddy 67 Actress Ullmann 68 Caravan stopovers 69 Lustful deity 70 High card DOWN 1 Knight game 2 Hawaii’s Pineapple Island 3 Dental brand 4 Title subject of a G.B. Shaw play 5 Broadway light 6 Baba who outwitted thieves 7 Shilling’s five 8 Soldier in a war film, e.g. 9 What freelancers may work on? 10 Star givers, often 11 Stout relative 12 “My dog has fleas” instrument 13 __ guzzler 19 Appointment time

21 International contest with a cosmic name 24 Prove otherwise 26 Italian bowling game 27 Run, as colors 28 Like Eeyore 30 Pair in Banff? 32 Bounder 33 Old enough 34 __ among thieves 36 Wood carver 37 Brazen 40 Children’s author Asquith 41 Daniel __ Kim: “Hawaii Five-0” actor 42 BHO, but not GWB 46 MIT’s newspaper, with “The” 48 Tryst at twelve 51 Gets rid of 52 St. Anthony’s home 54 Magnetic induction unit 55 Apt first name of Fleming’s Goldfinger 56 Automatic transmission gear 58 Skin pictures, briefly 59 Doodle’s ride 60 Not quite a crowd, so they say 61 Swing or jazz follower 62 “’Tain’t” rebuttal 63 Squealer


Sports Editor: Kristen Coppola Assistant Sports Editor: Haley Markle Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

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FOOTBALL

Bielema Discusses First Recruiting Class

Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor

The Razorback coaching staff wrapped up National Signing Day with 2 signees, and the No. 23 class in the nation according to 247sports. com That puts the Hogs No. 10 in the Southeastern Conference, which had six schools with signing classes ranked in the top 10, including No. 1 Alabama. Head coach Bret Bielema made it clear that he and his staff were going to make it a point to recruit nationally, and with signees out of nine different states, including Florida, Georgia and California, they seem to have done just that. Four of the members of this class, Carrol Washington, Myke Tavarres, Tiquention Coleman and Johnathan McClure, come to Arkansas from junior colleges and are already enrolled. Washington was ranked the No. 1 junior college cornerback and the No. 10 overall junior college player in the nation by 247sports.com. He is an extremely talented corner with great ball skills and cover skills, Bielema said. Tavarres was a two-time all conference selection at College of the Siskiyous in California and was rated the No. 7 junior college outside linebacker by 247sports.com. He is a very athletic player with a good chance to make an immediate impact and isn’t afraid to talk, Bielema said.

TRACK & FIELD

Indoor Season Continues

Eric Harris Staff Writer

Emily Rhodes Photo Editor Football head coach Bret Bielema speaks at Razorback Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6. The UA signed 22 athletes to the Razorback football program. “The good thing is, I think he’s going to be able to back it up,” Bielema said. Coleman recorded 44 tackles and four interceptions in his sophomore season at Georgia Military College. He was committed to Wisconsin and reached out to Bielema after he moved to Arkansas. “He was one kid that I was hoping was going to reach out to us, and he did,” Bielema said. “What I love about him is his contagious personality.” McClure was an All-American in both of his years at Butler Community College. He played tackle at Butler, but will

play guard at Arkansas, and has a chance to provide the team with immediate depth on the offensive line, Bielema said. Martrell Spaight is another junior college transfer that signed in December, but he has not yet enrolled. One of the most important things about Spaight is that “he wanted to be a Razorback,” Bielema said. The football staff locked up seven in-state recruits, including three from Fayetteville High School. Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen was rated four stars by 247sports.com.

“He’s got a chance to be an exceptional player. Very good athlete, got great decisions,” Bielema said of Allen. Allen led Fayetteville to back-to-back 7A state championships and won the MVP each year. He was ranked the No. 2 player in the state of Arkansas by 247sports.com Safety Alex Brignoni was the No. 5 player in Arkansas according to 247sports.com and was named to the All-State team his senior season after recording 89 tackles, six pass breakups and five interceptions. Brignoni will start at safety

SOFTBALL

for the Razorbacks, but could grow into a linebacker, Bielema said. Fayetteville linebacker Brooks Ellis recorded 114 tackles, four forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery his senior season, despite missing the first two games. “The thing I love about Brooks is I know he wants to play here,” Bielema said. “Long story with his grandfather being a former player here, it’s in his DNA, he wanted to be here.” Ellis makes routine plays

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After a hectic meet in New York, the top-ranked men’s track team has their sights on the penultimate weekend of the indoor season before the Southeastern Conference Championships. The Razorbacks had five top-three finishes at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. The Hogs racked up 41 points in the two-day meet, which was good enough for a fifth-place team finish. Many Razorbacks were able to post personal bests during the meet. Tomas Squella won the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.51. Jarrion Lawson was able to get a runner-up finish in the long jump. The freshman from Texarkana had a personal best of 25’-8.75.” Caleb Cross played a part in third-place finishes for the hogs in both the 60-meter hurdles, the 4X400-meter and distance medley relays. Overall, head coach Chris Bucknam was pleased with the meet. “There were lots of good things,” Bucknam said. “It’s

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Arkansas Begins Season in Red Desert Classic Tamzen Tumlison Staff Writer

The Razorback softball team has been anticipating this moment for four months, since their fall season ended — the start of the spring season with the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah. “I think we’ve made some great strides since the fall, and even since we started back up in January,” head coach Mike Larabee said. “We brought the players back a week early and I’m really, really excited about our team, where we’re at.” The Hogs kick off their spring schedule against the Colorado State Rams. The Rams improved drastically for their 2012 season, boosting their record by 21 wins to 2922 after the 2011 season. Next for the weekend will be a game against Southern

Utah, a team that is changing conferences after a season record of 29-25. Colorado State had five players selected to be AllConference, four of which are returning for 2013. Southern Utah boasts the 2012 Summit League Play of the Year, Mikkel Griffin, as a returning senior. Such awards don’t bother Larabee, who is confident in the progress of his team’s skill. “Pitching-wise, we’ve got four solid pitchers that are doing a great job,” Larabee said. “I believe right now that we are about 11-deep offensively, 11 players that can play both offense and defense, and defensively, we’ve worked really hard on defense and we’re playing a high level of catch right now.” “Chelsea Cohen, in the circle, has really established

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Logan Webster Staff Photographer Devon Wallace watches the ball as it approaches the plate at the Arkansas v. Mississippi State softball game in the spring 2012 season.

COMMENTARY

It’s an Incredibly Big Decision, Don’t Make It Harder

Kristen Coppola Sports Editor My senior year of high school was tumultuous to say the least. Between the typical dramas of friendships, prom,

tests and a little brother, I was busy enough. Add on the stress of applying to college and the peer pressure that comes with it, and I was fit to be tied. I struggled between two colleges – a private Baptist college and the UA. My parents trusted me to make the decision on my own, but they made it known that they were more comfortable if I went to a school that would support my religious growth. My friends made it clear that they would choose the school that was a member of the Southeastern Conference.

My counselor told me to choose a school where I would be happy and able to get a quality education. In the end, as is apparent, I chose the UA. It was a difficult decision and one that I second guessed multiple times after the choice was made. Now amplify all of these emotions. Put a microphone and camera and a viewing audience of millions in front of me. Throw in people calling me throughout the day, making me promises and telling me if I don’t make the right decision then I may not get to achieve

my post-college dreams. Add a dash of crazed fans who know my twitter handle and a full serving of media attention. There you have the decision that many recruits faced yesterday. I understand how easy it is as a fan to get wrapped up in the desire for your team to succeed. I felt completely heartbroken when news broke earlier this week that the St. Louis Cardinal’s long-time pitcher Chris Carpenter may never pitch again because of a nerve injury. However, fans need to keep their public actions in mind.

These student-athletes are experiencing one of the most difficult decisions they’ll ever face on a larger-than-life stage. Last year, when Dorial Green-Beckham made a decision that went against the predictions of many analysts by choosing Missouri instead of Arkansas, I saw tweets, Facebook statues and forum posts calling the high school senior stupid and other nouns and adjectives in the arsenal of insults. Looking back now, I’m sure that most of those fans would be ashamed of what they said

and wrote. As the dust settles from yesterday and fans realize there’s more to life than college football, be sure to keep the negativity toward studentathletes who didn’t sign with Arkansas, or whose mothers tried to prohibit their signing with Arkansas to a minimum. Their decisions are hard enough. Don’t make it worse. 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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TRACK & FIELD

Hogs Prepare for Seattle and Tyson Invitational

Gareth Patterson Staff Photographer Women’s Track head coach Lance Harter speaks at the Olympic press conference in Barnhill Arena, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Eric Harris Staff Writer Much like the men’s team, the fourth-ranked Arkansas women’s track team is coming off a successful meet in New York and will be stretched across the country in two different meets. The women’s team finished the meet with a fifth-place finish highlighted by a win in the 4X400-meter relay. The foursome of Sparkle McKnight, Martine Borge, Gwendolyn Flowers and Regina George put together a season best time of 3 minutes, 35.20 seconds, which was good for the third best time in the nation this season. The win for the Hogs was dominating. The four runners were able to finish nearly three seconds faster than the runner up team. The distance medley relay also stepped up for the Hogs. Borge, George, Grace Heymsfield and Dominique Scott finished second in the race, but their time of 11:04.93

happened to be the third best time in school history. Keri Wood was also able to win the mile race that Arkansas dominated, putting four runners in the top seven. Head coach Lance Harter was pleased with the trip the Hogs had and was especially impressed with the performance of McKnight. Heading towards the end of the indoor regular season, Harter looks to prepare for both the Southeastern Conference Championship as well as the NCAA Championship. This week is vital to that preparation as Arkansas will take part in two different meets this weekend: the Husky Classic in Seattle and the Tyson Invitational on the Razorbacks’ home track. Due to the track the University of Washington has, the meet is a premier place for distance runners to make their run at a qualifying time for the NCAA Championship. The Razorbacks will be sending only distance runners out west for this meet. The rest of the Hogs will stay

at home for the Tyson Invitational. Harter says that the meet will be excellent preparation for the quickly approaching SEC Championship. As the team draws closer to postseason play, Harter is pleased with the performance of his team thus far. “I feel like we are ahead of the curve,” Harter said. With the Randal Tyson Track Center as the location for both the SEC and NCAA Championships, many teams are trying to get a practice run on this track, and many of the top teams will. This meet features four of the top-five, including the Razorbacks. In total, 11 teams in the top 25 will be running at the Tyson Invitational. Collegiate athletes won’t be the only ones competing either. Some professional athletes will be racing over the weekend. After this meet, the Hogs will have next weekend off and then they will race in the SEC Championships on their home track.

RECRUITS continued from page 7 that linebackers have to make, Bielema said. Safety Korliss Marshall out of Osceola, Ark., was rated as the No. 10 prospect in the state by 247sports.com. He can “do some special things with the ball,” Bielema said. Wide receiver Drew Morgan of Greenwood, Ark., helped lead his team to two undefeated seasons and two national championships and he won the Landers Award as the state’s best high school player after his senior season. He is an explosive player that can get down the field, and he loves the game of football, Bielema said. “There’s not a more energetic, eager kid in this recruiting class, I can assure you of that,” Bielema said. Tight end Hunter Henry out of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., was named a PARADE All-American and was named a first team AllAmerican by 247sports.com. As a senior, he caught 107 passes for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns. “He’s able to make some people miss, able to advance the football with his feet, just with instincts and running,” Bielema said of Henry. Defensive end Tevin Beanum of Forrest City, Ark., finished his senior season with 76 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. “The thing I loved about Tevin when I saw the film,” Bielema said, “was just his motor, his ability to play hard, play very, very fast.” Bielema and staffed

snagged their first international player in punter Sam Irwin-Hill of Bendingo, Australia. He can punt with either leg and was ranked the No. 1 junior college punter in America by 247sports.com. Offensive guard Reeve Koehler of Honolulu, Hawaii blocked for an offense that scored 32.5 points per game during his senior season. The signing of Koehler will hopefully help bring in more recruits out of Hawaii, Bielema said. Offensive tackle Dan Skipper of Ralston Valley HS in Arvada, Colo., earned 5A AllState honors as a senior and helped his team average 35.8 points per game. He is very athletic and mobile, Bielema said, adding that “the sky is the limit for him.” Egg Harbor City, N.J., quarterback Damon Mitchell, or Duwop, was ranked as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by 247sports.com. The staff talked Mitchell into a visit, and he fell in love with Fayetteville and the UA, Bielema said. Safety De’Andre Coley of Northwestern High School in Miami, Fla., has “no fear, nothing but great instincts, great speed,” Bielema said. As a senior, cornerback D.J. Dean of Newton, Texas, was named the district MVP after leading the Eagles to the semifinal round of the state playoffs and a 13-1 final record as both a cornerback and a quarterback. In addition to corner, Dean will also work on punt

and kick returns. He has “a natural feel for him to get outside leverage and to get in the end zone,” Bielema said. Running back Denzell Evans was a three-year starter at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas. He rushed for 1,147 yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season. “The thing I love about him,” Bielema said, “he’s got good vision.” “Anytime you’ve got running backs that can kind of see some things that aren’t right in front of them, that have got great feel, you’ve got a chance,” Bielema added. Melvinson Hartfield of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, Texas, caught 12 passes for 324 yards and four touchdowns in his senior season. In addition to playing football, he may run track for Arkansas, Bielema said. Four-star offensive guard Denver Kirkland of Miami, Fla., is a guy that will be able to come in and make an impact, Bielema said. “One thing, he’s really big so some of these guys he’s engaging don’t really have a chance,” Bielema said. “He gets locked onto you, you’re in trouble.” Defensive tackle Ke’Tyrus Marks of West Palm Beach, Fla., broke Suncoast High School’s record of 19 single season sacks as part of a 60 tackle season. He has “ability to use his hands, flip his hips, use some good speed up the field,” Bielema said.

SEC continued from page 7 a chaotic meet, like an indoor Penn Relays, and it’s a good learning experience for a lot of reasons.” Looking ahead, the Hogs will be stretched across the country for two different meets. Arkansas will participate in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville as well the Husky Classic at the University of Washington. The University has an oversized track, so the Husky Classic will feature the premier distance runners from across the country. Bucknam says that no runners running less than a 3,000-meter race will travel out to Seattle.

Kemoy Campbell will run the 3,000 in Seattle while Stanley Kebenei will run in the 5,000. The meet is an excellent opportunity for Arkansas’ distance runners and others around the country to get a qualifying time for the NCAA Championships. On the Razorbacks home track, the Tyson Invitational will have elite collegiate runners as well as some post-collegiate runners. Bucknam expects that some of the most exciting races will include the 4X400 relay, the hurdles and fans should expect to see a sub-4 minute mile. This tune-up is important

for the Hogs. Both the SEC and NCAA Championships will be held at the Randall Tyson Track Center, so the experience on the track is vital. This is the last meet for the Hogs in the regular season, and the last before the SEC Championship. The meet should be highly competitive and the Hogs will see some competitive teams. The Hogs will see some familiar foes like LSU, Texas and Oklahoma. Arkansas has faced these teams before earlier the season and Bucknam can see a bit of a rivalry brewing between the runners.

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Gareth Patterson Staff Photographer Men’s track head coach Chris Bucknam speaks at the Olympic press conference in Barnhill Arena, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

CLASSIC continued from page 7 herself as our No. 1 pitcher. She’s done a great job,” Larabee said. The team lineup is an equal mixture of youth and experience. While the seniors and juniors have established their place on the field, many of the younger players have worked hard to gain their ground on the team. “Three freshmen have really stood out. Nicole Schroeder will probably be our DP this year, Claire Clark will play centerfield, and Stephanie Canfield,” Larabee said. Defensive positions aren’t the only focuses of the Razor-

back softball team. Having a high level of performance while at bat is a crucial skill to get wins. “We talk about, in our program, quality at-bats,” Larabee said. “I expect all of our hitters to have quality atbats and to play a high level of catch.” After taking on Colorado State at 12 p.m. and Southern Utah at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, the Razorbacks will continue the tournament against Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m., Saturday. That night, at 5 p.m., the Utah Utes will challenge the Hogs.

Arkansas will play its final game of the weekend Sunday at 12 p.m. against Weber State at Canyons Softball Complex. “We’re ready to go,” Larabee said. “We’ve played seven intersquad games. We’ve been outside a lot. They’re itching to go and I expect great results this coming weekend.” Many weekends full of games on the road is how Arkansas is starting off the 2013 season, giving the team plenty of practice before conference play begins. “We’re where we want to be this time of year,” Larabee said.


February 7, 2013