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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

“About You, For You”

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Vol. 107, No. 99

Students Catch Up After Spring Break

The oral history center at the UA is gathering funds to begin a new project recording Arkansas history. Full Story, Page 2

Merging hard, bold styles with soft and demure clothes are in vogue. Look inside for some ideas on how to make this look work. Full Story, Page 5

Volleyball Club Goes to Nationals

The men’s volleyball club came in sixth place in Sunday’s tournament and are now headed to the national tournament. Full Story, Page 7

Emily Rhodes Photo Editor Students return to Mullins Library to study, Monday, March 25, after taking a week away from classes for Spring Break.

David Wilson Staff Writer After spring break, students find themselves in the same situation as after any prolonged vacation — low motivation. Following a week of drinking, partying and other unscrupulous activity, some students may find it difficult to adjust to the class environment once again. With only six weeks left until yet another break, summer vacation, and more importantly, final exams, students must be more alert than ever in order

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to avoid burnout. So, the question persists: What can students do after spring break to get back into school mode and nail any

“We should caution students about letting them go too far on break,” Buckles said. “Students should think about their academics before

“Students should think about their academics before spring break, not after.” Jan Buckles

Learning Coach at the UA’s ELC exam that comes their way? Jan Buckles, a learning coach at the UA’s Enhanced Learning Center said the key to success post-break is preplanning.

spring break, not after.” Leading up to spring break, Buckles indicated an increase in ELC activity, with students hoping to get a jump on midterm activity

occurring before and after the break. This sentiment seemed to be common amongst many students, with popular vacation destinations being South Padre Island and Panama Beach. A common feature among them, besides an abundance of pristine waters and alcohol? No room for books. The concern for college students’ academics after spring break is a result of the view that behavior of young adults has become more extreme during recent years. That assumption, however,

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CHAFFIN receiving funding and to help officers through the process. In his platform, Chaffin explains that he would like to include more online applications for students to apply for RSO funding and also to start a survey for RSO officers to give their opinions on the funding process. “I want to give back to the school who has given so much to me,” said Chaffin in a previous Traveler article. Strickland, who ran with the Simpson ticket, did not respond to give a reason for his resignation. Three treasurer candidates originally ran for treasurer but no candidate won a majority causing a runoff that was supposed to occur this week.

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The ASG runoff for treasurer has been canceled because a winner has already been determined. Will Strickland resigned as a treasurer candidate causing Matt Chaffin to win the election, said Terrance Boyd, ASG election commissioner. Chaffin campaigned as part of the Renner ticket, which won the campaign for the other positions. One of the treasurer’s main tasks is to teach RSOs about

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Hard and Soft is the New Black

ASG Runoff Canceled

This story is part of the Graduate Series which includes information for graduating students.

Jaime Dunaway Senior Staff Writer Programs like Teach for America and the Fulbright Scholar Program offer graduating seniors an opportunity to give back to the community and travel overseas instead of getting a job in the traditional market. Teach for America is one option available for seniors interested in teaching.

Teach for America works to eliminate educational inequality by recruiting college graduates from around the United States to teach at schools in low-income communities for two years, according to the Teach for America website. Teachers in the program receive a teacher’s salary and benefits and work throughout the United States in areas including St. Louis, Detroit, New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, according to the Teach for America website. “I think this sounds

like an amazing opportunity to help underprivileged schools and give back to the community,” said Hannah Perkins, a senior early childhood education major. Perkins said she wants to teach math or science to children in second through sixth grade. “This program gives you an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and work with people that you never would have even considered

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In its idealized conception, college is an ivory tower where students through quiet contemplation or raucous self-discovery ready themselves for “the real world.” But as college student Korchi Yang can attest, and as 2 million college applicants awaiting their financial aid packages may soon discover, being a hardworking student these days means precisely that. Work. Not just the on-campus work-study variety. This is real-world work: 20 or 30 hours a week or more. One out of every five college students works full time, 35-plus hours a week, all year long, according to the most recently released census figures. With college bills at record highs, students say it’s not a choice. It’s a must. Average student debt now sits at $26,600. The cost to attend a public four-year college, with room and board, on average: $17,860 per year. Private: $40,000. After subtracting grants

and scholarships, tuition paid by students at public universities jumped 8.3 percent last year, the biggest increase on record, according to a report released last week by the State Higher Education Executive Officers association. College bills have become so onerous for some, in fact, that last month The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a brisk market for students selling parts of their physical selves: plasma, sperm, eggs, their bodies for medical clinical studies. “It’s fast, easy money,” said Nikki Hill, a 25-year-old, fulltime online student at Missouri Southern State University who previously attended the University of Kansas. While at KU, Hill said, she sold plasma twice a week while also working at a coffee shop to pay her bills. “College is expensive. I was making $60 a week donating my plasma,” said Hill, who said she earned thousands of dollars over three years this way. “All my friends were doing it, too. I used to round everyone up and drive them all with me to the plasma center.” For the majority of students who don’t go to such

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The Pryor Center interviews a student at a workshop for the Fort Smith Historical Society.

Travis Pence Staff Writer The oral history center at the UA is gathering funds to begin a new project recording Arkansas history. This month, AT&T donated $50,000 to the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History to support the launch of the Arkansas Story Bus, according to High Beam Research. In February, FedEx donated $100,000 to the Pryor Center in support of the Story Bus project, according to Arkansas Online. Randy Dixon, former news director of KATV in Little Rock, was chosen in January to be director of the Pryor

Center, according to Talk Business Arkansas. As its director, Dixon will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Pryor Center, including hiring, training and supervising the center’s fiveperson staff, as well as planning, budgeting and developing the means to organize and share the center’s collections, Dixon said. In addition, Dixon will be responsible for overseeing the Arkansas Story Bus project. The mission of the Pryor Center and the Arkansas Story Bus is to document Arkansas’ history by collecting audio and video interviews and images from the people who have witnessed and been a part of the state’s past, Dixon said. The center’s staff has com-

piled hundreds of interviews and images over the past 14 years, and its archive has grown to include 24,000 hours of video and news film, dating back to the 1950s, that was donated by KATV in 2009. The goal of the center is to continue adding material and make it available to the public and to students and researchers at all academic levels, Dixon said. “Randy Dixon is a walking encyclopedia of Arkansas history, because of all his years in the news department of Channel 7 in Little Rock,” said former U.S. Sen. David Pryor in a news release, according to Arkansas Business. “We are very excited that he is taking this position. Dixon will be a great asset to the center.” “I am very pleased to have someone with the passion and

Image Courtesy Pryor Center the qualifications of Randy Dixon,” said UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart in an interview with Arkansas Business. “The work of the Pryor Center is of tremendous importance to anyone who cares about the people and the history of our state. I can think of no one better to lead this project into the future.” The Pryor Center was established in 1999 with a gift of $220,000 from unexpended campaign funds by Sen. Pryor. In 2005, a $2 million gift from Don Tyson and his family provided an endowment for the center, enabling the center to expand its staff and purchase additional equipment. The UA Board of Trustees renamed the center in honor of Sen. Pryor and his wife, Barbara, according to Talk Business Arkansas.

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working with before,” she said. Despite the benefits of the program, Perkins said some of the challenges would be the placement of teachers in different cities. Teachers from the country may have a hard time adjusting to life in the inner city, she said. “It would be hard not knowing anyone in the area and having to overcome culture shock,” Perkins said. Teach for America is very competitive and rigorous, and finding time to apply while finishing school and working would be difficult, she said. The Fulbright Scholar Program is another option open to graduating seniors. The program has ties to the UA because it was proposed to Congress in 1945 by Arkansas Sen. J. William Fulbright, who attended and taught at the UA, according to the Fulbright Scholar Program website. The program is sponsored by the U.S. government and

is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries,” according to the Fulbright Scholar Program website. Accepted students have the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research and exchange ideas to help solve shared international concerns. Chancellor G. David Gearhart and journalism professor Hoyt Purvis were both previous participants in the program. Many UA students see benefits of studying and teaching abroad. “Anytime you go somewhere else, it changes your entire perspective,” said Josh Mills, a senior psychology major. “I would think it’s a huge benefit for people to go and learn somewhere else or teach somewhere else because even if they came back here, they would have a whole lot more to share. It would be a very unique experience and perspective after that.”

BREAK continued from page 1 may be a vast misconception of reality. Researchers who looked into studies on spring break over a period of 30 years from 1980 to 2010 found that scholars are divided on whether college students actually increase extreme behaviors during the break. They found that activities at most spring break destinations may not actually differ from typical weekend behavior. Researchers indicated that those with adequate exposure to typical partying behavior on the weekends in

college were less likely to deviate from campus behaviors when translated to springbreak partying destinations. In short, this implies business as usual in terms of studying. Those who are able to maintain both typical weekend party life with good academic standing will most likely be able to achieve the same amount of success after spring break. However, those who are not accustomed to the mixture of partying and studying may still benefit from the pre-planning suggestions of the ELC.

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Rich Sugg Kansas City Star/MCT Quentin Savwoir is a full-time student at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, and also works full time. lengths, however, the daily working world has become the prime option. For years, studies have found that holding a job for 10 to 15 hours a week during college can actually help students perform better in the classroom. But students today are going far beyond that limit, experts say. Too many hours has a price all its own. “The toll it takes on students is pretty significant,” said Josh Gunn, presidentelect of the American College Counseling Association and director of counseling and psychological services at Kennesaw State University. “Students are depleted, exhausted, and something has to suffer.” At Kennesaw, Gunn said, “it has been quite evident that more students than ever are carrying a full load of classes and a full-time job at the same time.” When students become too run-down to make it through even one more day of double duty, he said, they usually will choose to go to work over class to pay the bills. Consider Yang, 23, who scrambles each week to keep her life in balance. She attends Kansas City (Kan.) Community College, but next year she will pay much of her own way through Pittsburg State University _ about $12,500 a year if she lives on campus. Born the eighth of 10 children to immigrant Hmong parents, she is the first in her family to attend college. Her father died, disabled, in 2010 after a stroke. Her mother, who doesn’t speak English, moved to California to farm after her husband died. Yang lives with a brother in their father’s home. While taking 12 credit hours at college, she works four nights, 28 hours a week, at a Wal-Mart store from 3 to 10 p.m. When she’s done at the store on Friday nights and also Saturdays, she changes out of her blue Wal-Mart shirt and into an entirely different outfit. She puts on heels and a T-shirt or a form-fitting dress to work crowds as a model and hostess in Westport or the Power & Light District

until about 2 a.m., recruiting pretty and personable young women for CQC Promotions. The Olathe, Kan., homebased company provides models and party hostesses to companies. Yang, who is studying fashion merchandizing and wants to be a model and designer, is featured in an ad for a coming California car show. For her, the job offers modeling credit and fun along with the $20 to $25 an hour she makes to help save for college. She uses her WalMart money to pay for her car, phone, food, gas and utilities. “When I first started going to college, it was really hard for me,” Yang said of working full time and studying. “I never got any sleep at all. I had to work almost as much as I went to school just to pay for school.” It was so exhausting, she said, that she urged her two younger sisters, Pachia and Seenhiam, to do everything they could in high school to

their parents foot most of their bills, she said. Among those students, limited work outside school helps develop skills such as time management, focus and responsibility. In other words, students who are good workers outside college also tend to work well inside college. But there’s also a problem: “The problem is that most kids don’t fit that profile any longer,” Perna said. They’re working much, much more. The work breakdown, according to the National Center for Education Statistics: 40 percent of full-time college students hold regular jobs. Among them, three out of five work at least 20 hours per week. Seven percent of fulltime students work full time. Among part-time students, 73 percent hold jobs. Of those, four out of five punch in more than 20 hours per week. Fully a third of part-time students work full

“I had to work almost as much as I went to school just to pay for school.” Korchi Yang

Kansas City Community College Student get great grades and scholarships. “I didn’t want it to be as hard for them,” Yang said. She said Pachia, 22, is now in her third year at St. Catherine University in Minnesota. Seenhiam, 20, is at the University of Central Arkansas. Both, she said, have scholarships that have saved them from her work schedule. Working has costs in terms of time, psychology, social life and, for many, grades. Studies have long shown that working a few hours during college improves academic performance, said Laura Perna, a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania and editor in 2010 of “Understanding the Working College Student.” Those studies, however, focus on “traditional students,” she said. They include students who are ages 18 to 24, who work 10 to 15 hours a week and who are enrolled full time while

time. This is hardly to say that working during college is new. National statistics indicate that the peak employment year for college students ages 16 to 24 was 2000, the year before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Percentages have gradually been ticking down ever since. While 40 percent of fulltime students now work regular jobs, 52 percent did so in 2000. But interpreting the numbers is thorny, said Michelle Asha Cooper, president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington. With tuition costs and student loans mounting, the notion that fewer rather than more students would be working seems paradoxical. “It depends on how you cut the numbers,” Cooper said. “Nationally, we do have a trend of students working more hours.”

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For some students, finding a job may be harder now than it would have been in the past. After five years of recession, students aren’t just competing with each other for work. Some are going up against their parents. “When the economy tanks and there are no jobs, it can be hard for students to get jobs, too,” said Sandy Bauer, an education policy consultant and senior fellow at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education. Even students with full scholarships feel the need to work to round out their college experience. Bailey Reimer, 21, a senior at KU with a 3.99 GPA _ “I got an A-minus in my first class, first semester, freshman year,” she said _ receives paid tuition through full scholarship. “But as far as my living expenses, I pay those myself,” she said, “for rent, and for groceries and for textbooks and stuff like that.” An American studies and linguistics major, she holds two jobs with variable hours, putting in about 16 hours a week. For one, she works out of her dorm room, going over resumes to recruit highachieving students around the country to accept paid fellowships at Education Pioneers. The organization, similar to Teach for America, looks to recruit talented students into leadership positions in education. Reimer held an internship with the group last summer in Boston. Her other job is helping students at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School produce their yearbook. “Both of these jobs are things I care about,” said Reimer, who originally did both for no pay before being hired. “But I need the money, too.” Her family, she said, is not wealthy. She is the sole child raised by a single mom. Her dad died when she was 4. Although her jobs are not for survival, she said, they enhance her overall college experience, like a semester abroad she spent in Spain and paid for herself. “My semester abroad wasn’t terribly expensive, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” she said.


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It Doesn’t Take Much to Buckle a Seat Belt

Joe DelNero Opinion Editor Perhaps I’m turning into a soccer dad. I drive a soccer van, and I thoroughly enjoy long road trips, spending huge quantities of time on the road. And, recently, I’ve become overprotective of the passengers riding in my car. I understand I am an invincible college student. Nothing will ever go wrong, and I will never be in a serious car accident. But I will wear a seat belt because I never know about that old, half-blind, cranky old man who lives down the street. If he decides to roadrage, a seat belt may be the only thing keeping me from an injury or even death. Seat belts reduce the risk of fatalities to passengers by 61 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009. Furthermore, 30 percent of kids 16-20 years old said they would strongly or somewhat agree they would feel “self-conscious around (their) friends if (they) wore a seat belt and (their friends) did not,” according to the National Organization for Youth Safety. So seat belts save lives, but if your friend doesn’t care about their safety, it makes you think you can also face death? Is the seat belt is more of a fashion statement rather than a thin strip of cloth across the chest preventing you from entering the front windshield? A few weeks ago, I had a philosophical conversation about life and death with a friend. Part of what came up

was if we can control the circumstances in which we die. If our time comes, perhaps prematurely, would we die regardless of our actions? Do you think the 17,402 people in 2008 who died but statistically could have been saved with a seat belt would have died in some other manner, or died regardless, because their time was up? Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. What is the point of inviting death and injury by not wearing a simple seat belt? If there is an accident, wouldn’t it be better not to be thrown from the car? It’s definitely better to stay in the range of the airbags, rather than going through the glass. Across the U.S., seat belt use is at 84 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009. Arkansas requires front-seat passengers to have a seat belt by law, according to the Arkansas DMV. But over the past four years, I’ve seen dozens of my friends driving away without wearing a seat belt. Even if you are just driving the daily five-minute route to campus, or on the sluggish 20 mph Fayetteville neighborhood roads, the thing about accidents is they can happen at any time, anywhere. If you are a driver, just tell the passengers to buckle up. While you may be selfconscious about it, suck it up and be assertive. Your decision as a driver may just save a passenger’s life. Similarly, as a passenger, be equally assertive. We all dislike the backseat driver, much less a backseat mom or dad checking our belts, but similarly, when it comes to life and death situations, does it really matter if your friends are upset while you drive for five minutes around the block? Be safe. Buckle up.

Joe DelNero is a senior journalism major and the opinion editor of the Arkansas Traveler.

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UA Should Have Mandatory Classes Focused on Employment

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Looking back, most of us compare the differences between high school and college and conclude we were not ready. College is nothing like high school. The pace, the style, the type of learning and the usage of time are all different. Though I can’t speak from experience, I have a hunch many of us seniors will have similar feelings this time next year when we look back and compare the real world with college. We’re not prepared. Job prospects are still not good, and many of the majors that used to mean guaranteed jobs are no longer so ensured. Employers have expressed that finding right applicants has gotten even harder in recent years, according to Lacey Johnson in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is odd for a society that seems more focused on higher education

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teach that. There should be a class in every major solely for the purpose of teaching students how to get a job in their individual major. A class that addresses job expectations, prospects and ways to get jobs — where to apply, how to apply, what they want or expect. I’m an English/creative writing major — I don’t have a clue how to get that first job. I don’t want to teach, and I don’t want to further my education in English. What else can I do? The smarties would say, “Majored in something else.” But many majors are in the same boat, and many will soon realize their major wasn’t any better than another. Sure, I’ve looked that information up online. It doesn’t help. Anybody can slap perfect-world advice about job surfing on the net. What I want is an experienced individual who knows from life. Sure, I’ve taken the career class here at

the UA. It doesn’t help. It was a one-hour class for all majors. There should be a specialized class for each and every major. What can the geology majors expect? What about the history people? Physicists? Some of the most valuable information I ever got from a professor was what employers specifically wanted to see on my resume as an English major. It had nothing to do with the class and nothing to do with the subject, but it was more useful. I have questions that weren’t answered in my college career, and the questions are different for every major. They need to be addressed. You can be the best in your field, but if you don’t know to apply it and get the job, you’ll be the best in your field without a job. That is what college is not teaching us and should be. Hebron Chester is a staff columnist for the Arkansas Traveler.

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than ever before. College has become expected for a lot of us straight out of high school. We’re told to get the sheepskin in order to get that highpaying job and make a good living. Then why is it harder to find the right applicants in recent years? Is college doing us any good at all? It could be that college trains students in the wrong way. Sometimes getting a good grade means more than actual learning. Sometimes holding a degree means more than the skills needed. Sometimes there are simply useless classes. One could argue with that and say it all doesn’t matter; the real use of college is up to the individual. College can serve not only as a time to buffer, but also as a time to get life experience. I agree I couldn’t have had the confidence I have now when I first graduated high school. I needed time. No class teaches that. But I should feel more prepared now. A class could

TJ Stallbaumer

Staff Columnist I’ve done several things for money. I’ve mowed lawns, painted decks and cleaned litter boxes professionally. I’ve bounced around the teenager-in-asmall-town job market, covering just about every base. But when it comes time to pay for school, it seems no amount of lawn mowing or cat cleaning can come close to cutting into the debt I seem to always accrue here at the UA. But what if there were a way to work less and make more? What if you could change the future of your schooling? Would you do it? I imagine if you made it through paragraph one then you’re expecting paragraph two to answer this question: “How could I do that?” Turns out, you could get married. And when I say

married, I mean married. I mean a formal union recognized by law. This isn’t a joke, or a publicity stunt. This is real life, my friends. Being a married college student means a couple things. Primarily, it allows you to list yourself as an independent on the FAFSA, the application for federal student aid. The more money your parents make, the less money the government gives you. If you get married, this makes you an independent. Being an independent allows you to file your own income on the FAFSA, which could be anywhere from $0 to a few thousand a year. This places you well below the poverty line and, in theory, can net you a whole lot of money to pay for school. Between government assistance, grants and loans, being married can make college cheap. But is this the right plan for everyone? As with any plan, this isn’t a perfect one. First of all, marriage is marriage. It’s kind of a big deal around these parts. Is it fair to get married solely to cover the expenses of school? Besides, what if I’m not in love? Turns out, not being in love might just be better. Because marriage is, on the most basic level, a “binding legal con-

tract,” it would seem a friend might be the best person with whom to tie the proverbial knot. You don’t have to kiss them, you just have to run down to the local courthouse and sign some paper. But what happens after the paper gets signed? Do you live together? Do you insure your house and your car? How married do you have to appear? According to thousandaire.com, the answer is “not very!” The most important part of your marriage is that it exists. After all, you’re trying to pay for school, not necessarily launching an enduring relationship. Now, I realize that this still might sound like a pretty solid plan. And for some of you, it very well may be. However, after some thorough investigation, the Internet has shown me this isn’t for everyone. Some classic mistakes are made time and time again. It would seem pretty clear that you should marry someone you’re attached to, right? Not this time. One of the most commonly made mistakes is the one that starts happening when you start loving someone — things get weird. People get jealous, feelings get hurt, emotions get involved and then

that slippery slope leaves you without a spouse and with growing expenses. Because Hollywood continues to teach us valuable lessons, I ask you to remember the power of the prenup. Next, there’s the question of university policy. Can you trick the UA? Probably. They can’t tell you whether or not you’re in love, or why you’re getting married. But they can have very strict dependency rules. So, before you put down this paper and head downtown to marry your pal, make sure you can have your dependency status changed with the university. As with any subject that has legal ramifications, please consider the following disclaimers: The author is not married. The author is not an attorney or a paid spokesperson for any marriage group. This information should not be taken as legal counsel. The author is making no attempt to defraud the University of Arkansas or the U.S. government. Consult your tax attorney before making any decision you might regret for the rest of your life. TJ Stallbaumer is a sophomore journalism major in the Advertising/ PR sequence and a staff columnist for the Arkansas Traveler.


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Justin Bryant Staff Writer Soft, demure and petite are all terms that can be used to describe the feminine side of fashion. Rugged, edgy and hard are the contrasting terms used when referring to the more masculine clothing pieces. Finding ways to exude these two styles of dress fairly easy, but this spring a new palette of has emerged. The art of merging the worlds of hard and soft can be quite the complex task. Fusing the worlds of soft and hard requires its wearers to know their physical proportions, color palette and desired style outcome. The first step in mastering the art of hard and soft is first determining what your desired look is. This look may be as close or as far away from your everyday style and appearance as you want it to be. But understand and take note of the fact that when making drastic changes and departures from your normal wardrobe, you must be ready to adapt, accessorize and adjust to compromise with the new style palette created by your look. Researching celebrities, bloggers and other fashionistas who have tried the look will help you get a grasp on where you want to cast your net for

determining your look. In addition to researching others who have mastered the look, you can also obtain tips on how to achieve the most polished or rugged interpretation of your look. Although you may initially feel like a “copycat” for following someone else’s techniques, remember that “imitation is the highest form of flattery.” Instead of trying something and it coming out a failure, I will always suggest replicating what’s been previously done by others. Furthermore, in fashion, a large amount of what we wear is a replicated version of more expensive haute couture items shown on the runways. A good way to find a style look is to describe who you want to be when you wear the look. Ask yourself the questions; Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I want to look? Use descriptive terms to describe this guy or guy that you want to be. Some popular hard and soft men’s and women’s looks are “the newcomer,” “the daredevil” and my personal favorite, “the person with nothing to lose.” A more literal definition of these three styles would be easy, medium and hard. Although through using descriptive terms and catchy titles it makes it that much easier to visualize the direction your look is going. The women’s three style looks aren’t as cut and dry as the male ones for a majority of reasons. Mostly this less abstract distinction is due in part to the fact that women’s fashion contains such a large amount of clothing pieces that come in a greater variety of shapes and sizes than male fashion. The female newcomer look is one that is easily attainable and just requires a bit of matching and adjusting to pattern and shape. A good introduction to this look would be to focus on color. For example, a soft, pastel-colored blouse and a black-and-white striped skirt, paired with spiky heels is an innocent way to try the look. The daredevil

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How to: Distress Jeans Madelynne Jones Staff Writer

Warmer weather means shedding some layers. It seems grunge, ripped jeans made the cut for spring fashion. The best jeans are ones with stories attached to the rips and tears, but that takes times, and fashion is fleeting. But please don’t go purposely falling on concrete in the name of an edgy look. You can make your own distressed jeans without paying an outlandish price for a pre-ripped pair.

You’ll need:

- a pair of pants you obviously don’t mind ripping up - block of wood - scissors - sandpaper (the bigger the grain the better) 1. With pants on, mark where you want your biggest rips. Usually, this is at the knee caps. Just cut a little half-inch slit. Keep them conservative, because you can always make them bigger, or they’ll get bigger in the wash. If you want any slits on the upper thigh make them tiny snippets, again, they will grow. 2. Insert the wood block into the pant leg. This will provide a hard surface and makes a huge difference. (Seriously, this project will not work without it.) Hold the wood block tightly inside the pant leg so that your jeans are taught over the wood block, this will make it easier to sandpaper them. 3. Scrape and sandpaper against the grain. Jeans have lines going down the leg, so sandpaper side-toside. After sandpapering the slit you cut on the knee, the edges will become more frayed. To get the classic white threads peeping through, barely holding the jeans together, then do not cut a slit. Instead,

sandpaper on the jeans and eventually you will get that ’90s grunge look we’re all trying to bring back. 4. If your holes get a little out of hand, turn the jeans inside out and sew the ends of the holes on the inside so that the hole doesn’t grow. Duct tape also works. 5. Splatter paint with bleach for some added grunge, or add a square of fabric behind the hole.

Square of fabric:

1. Cut piece of fabric the size of the hole, plus half to a quarter of an inch for extra space. 2. Finish edges of fabric square by using a zigzag or finishing stitch. 3. Put jean leg onto sewing machine inside out. 4. Pin fabric square to jean leg where you want it. It would be best to center it on the hole. Make sure that the right side of the fabric (the part you want to show is facing the outside. As you’re sewing you will see the backside of the fabric. 5. Either sew patch on right along edge of hole, or follow the shape of the square. This will show on the front of the jeans and will give a very “patched” look. 6. All of this can be done by hand in about 30 minutes. Tiny, tight stitches will keep your patch in place. 7. Watch “Portlandia” or read this blog post for inspiration.

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would go a little bit further by wearing a pastel lace blouse, leather jacket and liquid leather leggings. A great example of a girl with nothing to lose would wear colored-constructed button-down top, a plum leather peplum skirt, and lace embroidered tights. The male’s three style looks have less variation, but on a more positive note really lend their wearers the ability to completely change who they are and the style look in which they are defined by. A crewneck colored sweater, wax-treated jeans and boat shoes are a good example of the newcomer look of hard and soft. An outfit the daredevil male would choose to wear might consist of a plaid button-down shirt, black leather pants and Timberland mid-length boots. A black leather jacket, an asymmetrical diagonal henley shirt, a Scottish kilt and combat boots may seem like an extreme take on hard and soft, but this look is truly the epitome of a guy with nothing to lose in fashion. Balancing the mystery of hard and soft may initially seem like a battle, but I encourage you to view it as a challenge to redefine yourself. The journey to merging the style classes of hard and soft can be huge journey into selfdiscovery, and I encourage you to embark on it today.

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perhaps 24 Convent resident 25 “On second thought, that’s not true” 27 Long stories 28 Pennsylvania Mennonites 29 Call before “Polo!” 31 Dogie catcher 32 Reminder to take out the trash? 33 Fritters away time 34 Gets within a stone’s throw of 35 Check for size 37 Type of baggy ‘40s suit 41 One and only 44 Colored, hippie-style 45 Snooty sort 47 ‘60s chic 48 “The Godfather” hoodlum Luca 50 Discontinued 54 Lead or zinc 55 Military chow hall 56 “You’re looking at the one and only” 57 Strange: Pref. 58 Therefore 59 Scrapbook adhesive 61 Alaskan seaport 62 Osaka wrestler 63 Henry VI’s school 66 Spigoted server 67 Came down with


Sports Editor: Kristen Coppola Assistant Sports Editor: Haley Markle Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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CLUB SPORT

Volleyball Club Goes to Nationals

GYMNASTICS

Gym‘Backs 3-Seed in Regional Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor

the men’s team participates in happen in the fall, the bulk of the schedule is in the spring when tournament season picks up. No special recruiting or tryouts are necessary for the volleyball team, although team members do keep their eyes peeled for potential players around campus and on the intramural courts. “Usually we have a few guys go watch the intramural

The No. 16 Razorback gymnastics team was selected as the third seed for the Oregon State NCAA Regional in Corvallis, Ore. “It will be a very challenging regional championship,” co-head coach Mark Cook said. The other teams in the Corvallis regional are fellow Southeastern Conference member Georgia as the oneseed, home team Oregon State as the two-seed, Boise State as the fourth-seed, California as the fifth-seed and Arizona State as the sixth-state. The Hogs matched up with No. 4 Georgia at the SEC championships this weekend where the Bulldogs posted a 197.325, which is 1.125 points better than the score Georgia used to beat the Razorbacks in the season-opening meet. The Beavers of Oregon State captured their own conference title with a 197.850 in the Pac-12 championship. Cal and Arizona State posted scores of 195.075 and 193.425 to finish seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Pac-12 championship. Boise State also won their conference with a 196.225 in the Western Athletic Conference Championship. “I feel like we have one of the stronger draws of the re-

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Addison Morgan Staff Photographer Members of the men’s volleyball club sport team prepare for practice, Monday, March 25. The men’s volleyball club sport came in sixth place in Sunday’s tournament.

Cameron McCauley Staff Writer As spring and summertime sports kick into full gear, the Arkansas club volleyball team is looking to take the program where it has never gone before. In its fourth year of existence, the team has experienced significant growth and improvement since their beginnings. Men’s volleyball has gradually grown into one

of the more nationally competitive teams on campus. “We’ve gotten a lot better over the past four years,” team president Stephen Peyton said. The club switched conferences from one based in Texas to a more midwestfocused conference featuring teams from campuses in surrounding states such as Kansas State, Creighton and Saint Louis University. The team has seen much improvement going up

against high-level competition in the Midwest Plains Volleyball Conference, Peyton said. After just competing in the conference championship tournament last weekend in St. Louis, Mo., Peyton said the team’s ranking has improved to sixth place out of nine of the conference members. The club will compete at the national club tournament in Dallas, Texas, April 4-6 under the National Col-

legiate Volleyball Federation banner, marking the first year for the team to compete at the national level. The team fields 10 members for their traveling squad, but also keeps players involved that are looking to just learn more about the game and have a good time. Scrimmages are conducted at the mixed practice between the men’s and women’s teams on Tuesdays at 5:30 in the HPER gyms. While a few of the events

TENNIS

Razorbacks Get 2 Wins Against Ole Miss and Miss St. Liz Beadle Staff Writer

The Razorback women’s tennis team got back-to-back wins against Mississippi State and Ole Miss over the weekend, improving to 10-10 (3-5 Southeastern Conference) on the season. The Hogs took on Mississippi State in Starkville Friday and defeated the Bulldogs 4-0. Sunday, Arkansas traveled to Oxford where the Hogs took a come-from-behind 4-3 win to defeat the Rebels of Ole Miss. “To sweep the Mississippi road trip is a very difficult thing to do," head coach Michael Hegarty said. "It certainly shows the growth of this young team.” Friday in Starkville, the

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match was played indoors due to inclement weather, but the Hogs got off to a great start in singles, winning four straight matches. "I'm really proud of the team for handling the difficult conditions so well," Hegarty said. "We definitely took a step forward.” Claudine Paulson got the first win for the Razorbacks, extending her singles record to 7-0 in SEC play. Paulson is the No. 93 player in the nation. Yang Pang, Sarah McLean and Kimberly-Ann Surin also earned singles victories for Arkansas. Pang, the No. 68 player in the country playing at No. 1 singles, was the only one who needed three sets to get the job done. Paulson,

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Photo Courtesy Athletic Media Relations Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez returns the ball at the Arkansas v. Ole Miss tennis match, Sunday, March 24. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 4-3.

March Madness Is a Mega Money-Making Machine

Zach Wheeler Staff Writer March Madness marks a time that hardcore and casual sports fans gather around TV sets, take “sick” days, and fill

out brackets that usually end up in the trash soon thereafter. The NCAA college basketball tournament has become a huge part of American society, and has brought upon profound economic impact as well. Jason Simpkins of Money Morning wrote an article after last year’s tournament that highlighted a few economical impacts last year’s tournament had. The tournament produces over 90 percent of the entire NCAA revenue. This has also brought about a big business partnership with CBS and Time Warner to pay $10.8 billion through 2024 to broadcast the games.

In the article, Simpkins goes on to explain how the tournament and TV partnership is bringing in even more money than the Super Bowl, but the money made by the tournament for the NCAA is not the only financial impact the tournament creates. It was estimated that roughly $175 million was lost by employers because of distracted employees just on the first two days of the tournament. The tournament has become far more than the now 68 teams in the field. Cinderella teams will still dance their way through the rounds, buzzer beaters will capture

conversation and debates will rage on who has what it really takes to be the final team standing. But, the amount of money that this is now generating is a big factor behind the push towards putting a good product out for the viewers. It isn’t always feasible, but the selection committee would like to allow selected teams to play close to their hometowns. The closer the teams can be to their fan base, the more revenue and tickets they will sell to fans. Many people will buy tickets to watch the tournament as it is, but if their team is close it is a lot more tempt-

ing for local fans to buy the product. Some teams are unfortunately required to travel very long distances to play. For instance, San Diego State played in Philadelphia. Many teams were in the same position as San Diego State, but many teams got to play close to home, as well. Money is a very powerful thing to deal with in this situation. The NCAA has found a formula in this tournament to capture people’s attention and maximize revenue to keep the magic aura alive in March. March Madness will only continue to grow as parity seems to be spreading across

the college basketball landscape. It seems it isn’t as big of a deal to be a No. 2 or a No. 15 seed, as long as the team has the mindset of survive and advance. With the ability for numerous teams to win the tournament it means that more and more people will start tuning in to watch the madness. The economic impact is very big, and will likely become larger and more profound as time goes on. Zack Wheeler is a writer for the Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Tuesday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.


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GOLF

Arkansas Takes LSU Golf Classic by Margin of 10

3-SEED continued from page 7 gional sites,” Cook said. The Gym‘backs finished the season with a record of 8-12-1 and 3-10-1 in the SEC. However, Arkansas consistently put up good performances

and finished the season on a five-meet streak during which they did not post a team score below 196.650. “We have really been hitting our stride as of late so we

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Photo Courtesy Athletic Media Relations Emily Tubert competes at the LSU Golf Classic, Saturday, March 23.

Ben Enyart Staff Writer The No. 8 Arkansas women’s golf team won the LSU Golf Classic in Baton Rouge, La., this weekend. The team played through all three rounds to finish in front of No. 25 Tulane, No. 30 LSU, TCU and No. 18 Georgia, who rounded out the top five. The Hogs’ final score was 899, which was 10 strokes better than Tulane’s 909 and 13 better than LSU’s 912. This was the first team title for the Hogs since the 2010 season. There were fourteen teams that played in the tournament, with Southeastern Conference teams Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Ole Miss all coming in behind the Hogs. “I’m just really proud of this group and the way they persevered today in some really tough conditions,” head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “To lead wire-to-wire is a really

good confidence boost for this group.” “I’m really proud that they believe in what we’re doing and how they stayed committed,” Estes-Taylor added. The weekend was a cold one with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, and winds gusting at speeds upwards of 25 miles per hour, but the Hogs were able to keep close to the course par throughout the weekend. Junior Emily Tubert led the team to victory as she played for par all three days, and ended up winning by five strokes above Maribel Lopez Porras of Tulane and Madelene Sagstrom of LSU, who tied for second. This was the second individual title of the season for Tubert and the fifth title of her career. “Emily’s round today was just awesome,” Estes-Taylor said. “I can’t say enough about even par when it’s blowing 30 miles an hour and it says a lot about her and her ability. We needed her today and she stepped up big for us.”

The LSU Golf Classic started out Friday with Gabriela Lopez scoring a 71 to go 1-under par. Emma Lavy finished the day 2-over par, Victoria Vela finished at 4-over par and Regina Plasencia went 6-over. Lopez then went 4-over on the second day and then 9-over on the final day of play to tie for 16th place with Emily Penttila of Tulane. Lavy tied for 23rd with Madison Opfer of Tulane after going 74-76-79; Plasencia finished 27th overall after scoring a 73 on the second day of play and then a 79 on the final day; Vela went 76-76-79 and tied for 28th with Allison Emrey of Wake Forest. “This win gives us a little spark and momentum heading into our last regular season event in North Carolina next week,” Estes-Taylor said. The Hogs next travel to Browns Summit, N.C., to compete in the Bryan Collegiate. That will be the last tournament before the SEC Championships.

McLean and Surin all cruised in straight sets. After four Arkansas singles wins, the match was called as Arkansas had it clinched. When it was called, Brittany Huxley was up 4-1 in the first set of her No. 5 singles match. The No. 6 singles match and doubles matches were not played. The Razorbacks had a much tougher time in Oxford, Miss., against Ole Miss. The Hogs fell behind 2-0 and 3-2 but turned it around to get a 4-3 victory. “Ole Miss always competes extremely well, so to

beat them you simply must have a great competitive day," Hegarty said. The Rebels started the day strong by winning the doubles point and the first point in singles. The doubles matches were hard fought but the Rebels came out on top after winning the third doubles match 9-7. Arkansas won the first doubles match 8-0 but dropped the second one 8-4. The Hogs fell behind 2-0 when Ole Miss won No. 3 singles in straight sets. Arkansas tied the match up at 2-2 with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles from Paul-

have to go put up a really good score and see if we can get an upset,” Cook said. The Razorbacks will begin postseason competition at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

son and Yang. Ole Miss took back the lead with a win at No. 4 singles and the Hogs were down 3-2 with two freshman left to compete in singles. Freshmen Brittany Huxley and Ana Lorena Belmar Hernandez both came through for the Razorbacks. Huxley won in three sets to tie up the match. Belmar Hernandez had to go to a tiebreaker in the second set to seal the deal for the Hogs, but she got it done. Next up for Arkansas is a match against South Carolina Friday at 2 p.m. in Fayetteville.

V-BALL continued from page 7 games, just to see if there’s any raw talent there,” Peyton said. Four players have high school and club experience, a few of whom grew up playing in the St. Louis area, while the rest have simply learned the aesthetics of the game while at Arkansas. All are welcome to attend practices and join the team, no matter what level of experience. Peyton is one of those members who had no prior experience before coming to Arkansas. A friend asked him to join because of his height. Soon a passion for the sport

was developed, which seems to be the case for most of the team members. A collaborative effort among the team’s members promotes the learning aspect of volleyball, as some of the more seasoned veterans become teachers to help newer players pick up the basics of the sport. “We have a couple guys that come out and help us scrimmage, but we really kind of self-coach us,” Peyton said. Like most club teams, the volleyball team gets the word out to fellow students by attending the UREC Bash and

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through the team’s Facebook page, Arkansas Club Volleyball. The traveling team pays $250 dues that help cover travel expenses, while the recreational aspect of it requires $25 dollars to join. According to Peyton, the club is in the process of shifting interests to actual team play instead of recreational, which will increase awareness and make the team more competitive over time. The men’s volleyball team is continuing to take significant steps towards being one of the more competitive club programs in the country.

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