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Smith Out as Football Season Ends

Art Student Tells the Stories of Local Faces

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

Karen Stigar Staff Writer

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Tyler Wilson: Final Season in Review

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Ryan Miller Staff Photographer UA Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long made a statement Saturday that UA football coach John L. Smith would not be the head coach for the upcoming season.

For an analysis of the football season and LSU game, See Page 7

And the Nominees Are In: Boise State’s Chris Petersen

Peterson has a record of 82-8 as the head coach of the Broncos and could be a viable option for the next Razorback head coach. Full Story, Page 8

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A profile on Beth Buckley, the student artist behind the “Fayetteville Faces” exhibit in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery in The Arkansas Union.

Wilson decided to return to Arkansas for one final shot at a national title, but the season did not go as planned.

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Menu Choices Decided with the Help of Students

Bailey Deloney Staff Writer

This year, Chartwells changed their customer surveys to an online format to make them more convenient for students and faculty to access. Previously, students had to take the time to fill out surveys at the locations they were eating. This electronic format will replace the old fashioned, paper-scantron system, said Kim Johnson,

marketing director for Chartwells. Every semester customer surveys are made available for students and faculty to fill out and provide Chartwells with feedback on their services, Johnson said. These surveys provide a pulse check for what students like and what they would like to see improved in the dining halls and other Chartwells locations on campus, Johnson said. After students fill out an online survey, they receive a coupon for one free hot or

cold beverage and also automatically have their name entered in a drawing to win a Chartwells giftcard, Johnson said. In the past, this feedback has helped Chartwells get an idea of what foods served in the dining halls are most popular with students. Some students said that in the past they would love to see more Thai and Asian food in the dining halls. This one reason Chartwells has started serving more of this type of

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One of First African American UA Law Students Passes Away

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One of the first six African American students who entered the UA School of Law died Nov. 20 in Little Rock. Christopher C. Mercer, who is originally from Pine Bluff, attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1946. In 1949, he entered the UA School of Law, according the encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. “This is a profound loss

for the law school community and the legal profession,” said Stacy Leeds, dean of the School of Law in a news release. “Mr. Mercer set the perfect example of a lawyer as community leader and public servant. His life is marked by hard work and immeasurable sacrifices, yet he never sought anything in return — he simply gave.” The six students were part of the law school’s integration that were given the name “Six Pioneers.” After his time at the UA, he taught biology, chemistry and math classes at Carver High School in Marked Tree,

Mercer according to a news release. He also worked to help integrate Little Rock Central High School by transport-

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Uncertainty about future jobs may be what is in store for the 700 students graduating UA this December. “In my experience, when students are prepared for their job search, they are successful in finding positions that meet their career goals. In other words, UA students should begin preparing for their job search as early as freshman year,” said Angela Williams, career development center director. Though still high, the unemployment rate for college graduates decreased in recent years. For young college graduates, the unemployment rate was 10.4 percent in 2010 and 9.4 percent last year, according to the economic policy institute. “All colleges at UA with the exception of Dale Bumpers Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences, College of Engineering and the Walton College of Business distribute their own postgraduate placement survey to their graduates to see where

they go after graduation,” Williams said. Fifty-two percent of UA graduates in 2010-2011 responded to the surveys, and the placement rate for those who responded was 81 percent, Williams said. “Students should meet with a career counselor to develop a career action plan and work on their resumes and interview skills as well as other professional skills,” Williams said. Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020. Total employment is projected to grow by 14.3 percent throughout the decade, resulting in 20.5 million new jobs. Despite rapid projected growth, construction is not expected to regain all of the jobs lost during the 2007 to 2009 recession, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In economic recessions as well as expansions, the unemployment rate for workers under 25 years old is typically around twice as high as the overall unemployment rate, according to the economic institute.

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Green Construction Policies Start to Show Travis Pence Staff Writer A 2009 policy requiring newly built or renovated buildings on campus to meet certain environmental standards is starting to show around campus. The Hillside Auditorium under construction is just one of the construction sites that are “going green,” said Mike Johnson, associate vice chancellor of facilities management. “All of our newest construction projects are designed to meet the LEED silver ranking requirements,” he said. Buildings are judged by the U.S. Green building council, Johnson said. The USGBC will rate a site based on five major credit categories. The categories include the sustainability of the site, water efficiency, energy consumption and atmospheric pollution, materials and resources that are used and indoor environmental quality. Buildings can qualify for four levels of certification. A building would need between 50 and 59 points to acquire a silver ranking, according to new.usgbc.com The Hillside Auditorium was designed to be as efficient as possible, Johnson said.

“The vegetated roof is the most overtly sustainable aspect of this project. In addition, there are clerestory windows and Solar tube skylights that illuminate the main lobby, reducing the need for artificial lighting,” according to jonesarch.com “We wanted to make it as efficient as possible. This way we will not only cut spending during construction, but we will also have less maintenance costs in the long run,” Johnson said. The Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center is another project constructed to meet a silver rating. “The facility was submitted for LEED silver certification when construction was completed,” said Bob Beeler, director of design and construction services. The building was designed with energy saving features like geothermal-assisted heating and cooling, use of natural lighting and water conservation using a “grey water” collection system for toilet flushing water, according to children.uark.edu. Officials are making plans to renovate all buildings on campus to meet a LEED silver standard, Johnson said. “Since 2009, all projects

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Job Market Booming for Some College Grads

Busy Day for Arkansas Black Friday Customers

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Ashley Swindell Staff Photographer Locals shop at Northwest Arkansas Mall, Friday, Nov. 23 at the Black Friday Sales. The mall opened at midnight for the Black Friday event.

Black Friday Lures More Shoppers but they Spend Less than Last Year Jessica Hall and Edward D. Murphy Portland Press Herald, Maine

Yes, the stores were crowded on Black Friday. But aside from snatching up those door-buster bargains, shoppers appeared to be cautious at the start of the holiday giftbuying season, with sales off 1.8 percent compared to last year. ShopperTrak, a retail technology company, said the number of shoppers out on Friday rose 3.5 percent compared to last year. But some consumers may have shifted

their spending to Thanksgiving, when many large retailers sought to jump-start the season by opening on the holiday, although that practice is banned in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Nationally, sales Friday slumped to $11.2 billion, compared to $11.4 billion on the day after Thanksgiving last year. Bill Martin, the founder of ShopperTrak, said shoppers are turning their attention to the holidays after being distracted by the election and Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast. But, he said, those consumers are value-conscious and the sales figures suggest

they focused most on sharply discounted door-buster sales. The National Retail Federation is forecasting a 4.1 percent increase in retail sales during the NovemberDecember holiday period this year, down from the 5.6 percent increase posted in 2011. Nationally, Walmart said it had its best Black Friday ever. As with other large chains, Black Friday began Thursday night and the retailing giant said it handled more than 22 million customers on Thursday alone. Shoppers were focused on electronics, video games, DVDs, Furbys, dolls, board games and slow cookers, Walmart said.

“We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers,” Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and chief executive, said in a statement, downplaying the impact of protests at its stores Friday by employees and union organizers who say the chain offers poor wages and benefits. Protesters in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont joined others across the nation in Black Friday pickets at Walmart stores. In Ellsworth, about 15 activists near the city’s Walmart Supercenter held signs with slogans such as “Boycott Black Friday!”

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The Great Recession has been no friend to the college graduate. Some reports indicate that as many as half of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed in a weak U.S. labor market. But not all students are having trouble finding jobs. At Bradley University, fields such as accounting, engineering and nursing have been able to place 100 percent of their students in 2010 and 2011, according to school records. A recent job fair on the Bradley campus for nursing and physical therapy students demonstrated that it’s still a boom market for medical grads. “We had 51 recuiters from Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri,” said Marilyn Miller-Luster, the career fair coordinator who works in Bradley’s nursing department. “The recruiters that come here are looking for full- and part-time workers as well as those who need summer employment,” she said. The search for qualified medical staff brought Laurie Newlin, a healthcare recruiter from Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind., to Peoria. “Union Hospital is a 380bed regional hospital that serves a population area of 120,000. We find that Bradley provides well-prepared students, very focused on their careers,” she said. Sgt. Michelle Phillips, a recruiter with the U.S. Army, said she represented another side of the Army: the healthcare side.

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Steve Pfost Dallas Morning News Christine Nicholson, a broadcast journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington, works with professor Julia Rodriguez in the school’s newsroom. She has been preparing for graduation by interning at a local TV station and sending out resumes. “(Healthcare) graduates Rush line, Michelle Riemma, ing to fill a variety of posi- Medical Center had an exwho join the Army come in as a junior nursing student from tions including nurses, physi- tensive presence with eight commissioned officers,” said Lisle, explained she was look- cal therapists and marketing people manning an extended Phillips, noting that those ing for a summer job. posts. booth. joining could find themselves At the various tables “Programs haven’t grown Brent Morgan, an admin“anywhere in the world.” around the room at the Brad- to meet the demands of an ag- istrator with Petersen Health Recruiters from the Navy ley Student Center, recruit- ing population,” she said. Care, a Peoria-based firm and Air Force were also on ers offered small incentives The need for nurses and with over 90 facilities across hand at the Bradley job fair. for possible employees such physical therapists will con- Illinois and Iowa, was also One of the bigger attrac- as pens and chocolates but at tinue into the future -- not looking for healthcare gradutions that had students lin- the Freeport Health Network just because patients are get- ates. ing up for more information booth, Carol Boeke, a talent ting older but there’s a need to “There’s a huge shortage was Rush University Medical acquisition specialist, offered replace the nurses that want of nurses in long-term skilled Center in Chicago. Amanda tote bags that looked like little to retire, said Molly Cluskey, nursing facilities,” he said. Schroeder, a senior from El- bananas. a nursing professor at BradSteve Tarter is Journal Star gin, said she wanted to talk “We’re here to explain who ley and the assistant dean of business editor. Tarter’s phone to as many potential employ- we are and the services we the College of Education and number is 686-3260, and his ers as she could while Jordan provide,” said Boeke. Health Sciences. email address is starter@pjstar. West, a senior from NaperDanielle Mascagni, a Along with out-of-town com. Follow his blog, Minding ville, said, “I just wanted to get physical therapist from Mercy hospitals, area hospitals were Business, on pjstar.com and my name out there.” Medical Center in Clinton, also well represented at the follow him on Twitter @SteveAnother student in the said her institution was look- job fair. OSF Saint Francis Tarter.

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MENU continued from page 1 food at Brough especially, Johnson said. “I like that these surveys are available for us to give our input, instead of the university having to guess what students want on the menu,” said Nick Sergent, sophomore mechanical engineering major. Students can also fill out comment cards year-round concerning the customer service they receive at the dining halls. YouFirst is a program dining services have put into place in order to encourage more customer-manager communication, Johnson said. YouFirst is meant to drive a swing in morale among the associates and also to help them understand the power

of good customer service, Johnson said. This program awards associates who have provided exceptionally good customer service with a metal and a gift card, Johnson said. Just as it is more fun to eat in a place with good customer service, it is equally as fun to work in a place with positive customer interaction, Johnson said. “It definitely makes a huge difference and I always remember it when someone has particularly good customer service,” said Kara Kaiser, sophomore speech pathology major. “The thing that really sets a place apart is not always the food, but sometimes just the people who work there.”

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have been designed and constructed to meet LEED’s silver standard. We are making renovations to the older buildings in order to meet those standards, although it may not be possible to reach that standard with some of the lesser quality buildings,” Johnson said. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and spearheaded by Robert K. Watson, Founding Chairman LEED Steering Committee from 1995 until

2006, LEED is intended to provide building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions, according to new.usgbc.org. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides thirdparty verification of green buildings, according to new. usgbc.org.

MERCER continued from page 1 ing Daisy Bates, one of the “Little Rock Nine” to and from school for her semester, according to a new release. “Jane and I are saddened by the news of C.C. Mercer’s death,” said Chancellor G. David Gearhart in a news release. “We had known him for many, many years and always had the utmost respect for him. He was an outstanding leader and advocate, a great Arkansan and a much loved member of the Razorback community. He will long be remembered and celebrated as one of our most influential alumni. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and salute C.C. for his life of service to others.” Mercer was the first African American in the South to be deputy state prosecutor. He also won the Silas Hunt Legacy Award in 2002, according to a news release. The Silas Hunt Legacy Award honors “individuals who have made a significant impact on the University of Arkansas, the state of Arkansas, the nation and the world,” according to the Silas Hunt Legacy Award and Diversity Report.

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-A non-affiliated person was arrested on Maple Street west of Leverett Avenue.

-A staff member reported someone broke a fire extinguisher cabinet in the Harmon Avenue Parking Garage and emptied the fire extinguisher on the ground.

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-A student was arrested in the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House.

-A staff member was arrested on Maple Street west of Razorback Road. -A student reported someone damaged several vehicles while the vehicles

were parked in Lot 24. -A student was arrested on North Garland Avenue east of Stadium Drive.

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-Driving While Intoxicated; Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. A non-affiliated person was arrested on Razorback Road south of Mitchell Street.

New Event will Return Next Year Hunter Hawk Staff Writer

The International Business Club hosted the Sam M. Walton College of Business Study Abroad Fair for all UA students. The fair was sponsored by the International Business Club, Global Engagement Office and the Associated Student Government. During the fair, students were able to hear about the WCOB’s eight faculty-led summer programs as well as direct enrollment programs, according to a news release from The International Business Club. “The turnout was absolutely wonderful,” said Susan E. Anders, Administrative Support Supervisor for the Global Engagement Office. “We had mostly business students attend but there were some students that are involved in foreign languages that were interested in the programs.” This will be made an annual event for the fall semester, although next year it will likely come sooner than November, Anders said. “For all the people who put in hard work and were involved with the fair, it really paid off,” Anders said. “I’m so glad that we had students come out and show interest in these programs because its so important for students, especially young students, to get involved on campus.” Faculty also discussed Walton College’s seven Exchange Programs in various countries including France, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Sweden, said Nick Dintelmann, UA student majoring in International Business: Supply Chain Management with minors in French and Economics who is involved with the program. “Students came to learn about the BS degree in International Business and minors at the fair,” Dintelmann said. “We really wanted young students to come and learn about these programs so they can see all opportunities the UA has to offer.” The fair was open to all majors and officials from the Arkansas World Trade Center and UA foreign language departments were present. This was the first year for the International Business club to host the fair, but with this year’s successful turnout won’t be the last.


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Ashley Flippin Staff Columnist Thanksgiving has come and gone. I do not know about you, but I gobbled up my fair share of turkey, taste tested all the casseroles to please the family cooks and if I ever see a pecan pie again, it will be too soon. Immediately following the annual feast, guilt set in. “I ate too much. What was I thinking? My diet starts tomorrow.” The guilt that comes along with eating is something that I have been dealing with for

years, and I am not alone. The holidays bring joy and happiness, but for some, they also bring stress, self-consciousness and guilt around the issue of body image. “Ninety-One percent of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. Twenty-two percent dieted “often” or “always,” according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Today on campus, look around and think about that 91 percent of women who have attempted to control their weight. Why do we do it? Most of the time, those focused on weight are not doing it for health reasons, but because of societal pressures. I mean, have you ever opened a Victoria’s Secret magazine? That’s enough to send any 20-something college student into a weight-induced panic. I, too, am in that 91 percent.

For years, I thought shedding weight would help me shed the unhappiness in my life. Of course, I was wrong. Instead of losing five pounds and feeling satisfied, I wanted to lose five more. Or, I would cease dieting and gain the weight back, resulting in a vicious cycle of self-loathing and negativity. I knew that losing those extra five pounds would put me below the healthy weight for my 5’9 frame, but health was far from my mind when focused on body image. The anxiety and obsession that go into an eating disorder is exhausting, and is plagued with negative consequences. One day, someone suggested I change my thinking and pretend that the part of my body I was most unhappy with was actually what I loved most about myself. The idea seemed a little crazy, but I knew I needed to end the battle between mind and body. Like many of my

peers, I was tired of comparing myself to others and desperately needed to change my mind-set. After years of rigid workouts, tirelessly counting calories (I even counted the calories in a stick of gum) and unhappiness, my thoughts, with help, really did begin to change, and so did my life. I had an epiphany when talking to two confident 25 year-old women about curves. They were comfortable in their own skin and I wanted that too. I mentioned that sometimes as I walked through campus or flipped through magazines, I would see petite, bone-thin girls and thought this was how I was supposed to look. One of the women looked at me questionably and said “You’re a woman! Why would you want to look like a prepubescent boy?” A smile spread across my face and I knew she was right.

From that moment forward, I understood that I looked the way I was meant to look. Not like a 12 year-old boy, but like a woman, curves and all. While this may seem like an obvious conclusion to some, it was a turning point in my battle with body image. I began to like my body because it was just that: mine. It was liberating. Now, have a healthy relationship with my body. I eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full. I workout when I feel like it, but do not beat myself up for missing one here or there. By letting go of my obsession, things fell into place for me, just as it can for others battling eating disorders. I certainly do not have it all figured out. Negatives thoughts still slip into my mind every now and then, but I finally recognize the stress and pain I have been putting my body through for years, and I refuse to cause myself

any more harm. It pains me to read statistics like the 91 percent figure from the ANAD. Even more frightening is the ANAD statistic that “the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.” These statistics are directed at us: young females. Changing these statistics begins and ends with us. By sharing my experience with body image issues, I hope that someone else can relate and understand that overcoming it is not only possible, but also rewarding and freeing. Society no longer dictates how I feel about myself, and I hope you will not let it play a role in your life either. Ashley Flippin is a staff columnist. She is a senior English and creative writing major.

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The Traveler staff would like to welcome students back from what we hope was amazing break with family and friends. We have certainly filled our bellies with turkey, casseroles, stuffing and an endless variety of pies. In fact, like many of you, we’ve been eating pumpkin for breakfast the past few days. As we came back to work Sunday afternoon, I think it dawned on us that there are only two weeks left of this semester. That means two weeks to bring up grades, to work on presentations and write 10-page papers. It is going to be a stressful two weeks. To help alleviate some of that stress, we’d like to give, what we believe are, some helpful tips. 1. Keep a planner and write down everything you have to do. Sometimes it is just stressful writing down everything, but once you have it written, you can prioritize your list. 2. Be sure to take breaks between assignments or work, even if it is a short 10 minute break. You can go for a walk, take a short nap or do something as simple as stretches. 3. Eat healthy and work out. Stress messes up normal eating schedules — it either leads to binge eating or not enough eating, depending on the person. Either way, however, it is taking a toll on one’s health. It’s important to remember that healthy foods are what keep our brain going and our body functioning. Also, don’t forget to get exercise, even if it is only 15 to 30 minutes a day. 4. Limit you distractions. Try to find a quiet area or corner where you can effectively work. And as we all know, other people are not the main distraction these days — technology is. So stay off of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Reddit and don’t spend all your time texting. 5. Get sleep. And no, not small two-hour increments of sleep, but a good seven hours. Your brain and body need rest and it will get you ready for another productive day.

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Shawnya Wethington Staff Columnist Brace yourself, carols are coming. Dust off your wreaths and don your gay apparel – the holiday season is upon us. With the passage of Thanksgiving, the segue to celebrating holiday cheer is complete. Carols are upon everybody’s lips, candles are brought out in force and eggnog is scribbled at the top of grocery lists. Ideally, students should return to Fayetteville having eaten enough cranberry relish and leftover turkey sandwiches to satisfy their Thanksgiving cravings for at least the next few weeks. While you were sitting down at your food-laden tables, hopefully you noticed whom you were sitting beside. I’ll let you in on a notso-profound little secret – Thanksgiving is about giving

thanks. It’s about recognizing and appreciating those that you are thankful for, the family, friends and loved ones gathered around you. Is one day of gratefulness really enough though? Instead, let this appreciation of the special people in your life carry over, and keep these folks in mind throughout the season of giving. Perhaps that’s why the holiday season follows Thanksgiving so closely. The holidays weren’t initially pegged as a time for selfishness. If your sole source of enjoyment from the holidays comes from unwrapping things tied with pretty ribbons, you may want to spend some quality time with the ABC Family and Hallmark holiday specials. All of the movies and TV shows end by showing how it is always better to give than to receive. For once, Hollywood has hit the mark. Gifts and presents are only a minor part of the holiday tradition. Far more weighty is the laughter, time and memories shared between loved ones. Sometimes simple sentimentality conveys more than any tangible present ever could. The best presents don’t always cost much. A kind word, a handmade gift or spending

time with somebody can work just as well. You can even gift an inside joke. Remember that you know these people best. The most important part of gift giving is simply letting somebody know that you care about them. Shopping for a gift shouldn’t be a source of stress, yet shopping has turned into something that closely resembles a war zone. The pressure to find the perfect gift can turn even the sweetest people into violent shoppers. Mix in competition and a time crunch, and bad things happen. Take Black Friday for instance. Before the Thanksgiving dishes have been cleared from the table, shoppers brave crowds, temperatures and unfavorable hours in their rush to spend. As Forbes online reported, websites and stores were visited by 226 million shoppers Black Friday weekend, with a total estimated bill of $52.4 billion. During last year’s day after Thanksgiving sales, CNN reported that one tenacious L.A. shopper sprayed people with pepper spray in her fight to get a video game console last year. The same article reported incidents in six other states. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get a good deal, keep in mind that

shopping really shouldn’t need police regulation. Gifts should be from the heart, not out of obligation. Try to relax by participating in those crazy family traditions and just focus on enjoying one another’s company. The only stress should come from when you accidentally set the kitchen on fire. Or when your beloved Pomeranian steals the Christmas turkey from the broiler. Or when you have to mediate a squabble to keep grandma from getting in a fist fight in the candy cane aisle of Walmart. Even then, the stress of the moment pales in comparison to the value of the memories themselves. Surround yourself with your favorite people, and let them know how much they mean to you. You may not get along all the time…or even most of the time. Even so, try to see and appreciate the good in those around you. So do a nice little favor for a friend or give your Pops an extra hug. Keep the spirit of thankfulness around you throughout the holidays this year. Shawnya Wethington is a staff columnist. She is a sophomore English and journalism major.


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UA Sophomore Beth Buckley’s work includes “Fayetteville Faces” and can be found on her website at bethbuckley. carbonmade.com.

Art Student Tells the Stories of Local Faces Alex Golden Staff Writer

While walking around the UA campus, everyone sees faces — familiar faces, unrecognizable faces, unacknowledged faces. An artist, however, sees the stories within these faces walking around on campus. Sophomore art history major Beth Buckley recently had her series of drawings, “Fayetteville Faces,” displayed in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery in the Arkansas Union. “I just like being able to convey personalities and souls through pictures ... Faces and bodies are beautiful, and they deserve to be shown,” she said. The exhibit featured 12 colored pencil drawings of real people in Fayetteville. “There is a variety of people here, and I want to emphasize the appeal of that, the beauty of that,” she said. Buckley wanted to show the diversity that exists in Fayetteville and tell the stories of her subjects through art, she said. “Even if (viewers) don’t know the person, I want them to get a sense of who they are,” Buckley said. Buckley grew up in Fayetteville and said that her parents’ and teachers’ support has encouraged her to pursue art. Her AP Studio Art teacher at Fayetteville High School and the class itself helped prepare her for college art classes because she had to adjust to people seeing the process of her art, instead of the final product, and taking constructive criticism along the way. About college art classes, she said, “Nothing is private; people see your work all the time.” The classes Buckley has taken have made her understand that artists do what they do and use the mediums they use on purpose for the sake of getting across what they want to convey, which has caused her to think more deeply about why she uses the techniques she uses, she said. Buckley primarily uses colored pencils and draws people. She has tried doing landscapes, but said that there is just something really appealing about drawing pictures of people. Buckley originally wanted to go out of state to pursue art, but wound up taking a year off after high school to support herself and decide what she wanted to do. The fact that her parents had enough faith in her to put up the money for her to go out of state to pursue art gave her encouragement, she said. Her parents had always fostered her talent and supported her, Buckley said. “I’ve always done art, and it’d be awesome to make that my career someday,” Buckley said. “I just really enjoy it. It’s therapeutic, and it gives me confidence because people like it.” The reception for “Fayetteville Faces” was on Nov. 8, and Buckley was surprised to see so many unfamiliar faces in addition to the guests she had invited. “A lot of people I didn’t know were there,” she said. “I got a lot of (positive) feedback from strangers.” Buckley said it made her feel really confident about her work when people actually wanted to buy it and when many of her friends she did not expect to come out to see the exhibit did, in fact, come to see the series. “It makes me feel like I can do something really important with it,” she said. “(Fayetteville Faces) happened all of a sudden, and I felt really good about it, so I just went with it.” Art Gallery Coordinator Lana Hackler contacted Buckley via Facebook, where she had posted several drawings. Buckley was excited to have her artwork displayed in a real gallery for the first time, she said. She has also been impressed with the number of people who have requested her to draw them, their kids and their pets.

An air of quiet, calm sophistication can be felt as one walks into the KUAF building. White walls, tiled floors and nicely dressed workers speak of the high quality of the radio station. Behind the scenes, reporters are busy at work writing and recording the shows that will later go on air. This calm and ready radio station raised a record-breaking sum during this year’s on-air fundraiser, raising the already high expectations for its success. The public radio station, which is supported primarily by listener donations, has a unique lineup of news shows and classical music that has helped it grow into a popular station across northwest Arkansas and an integral part of the Fayetteville community. Rick Stockdell, KUAF station manager, created the station in 1980. From a small station that only reached the Fayetteville area, KUAF now airs from a $2.5 million building and reaches 15 counties that extend state lines. They have 11 full-time staff members, including five journalists who put on local news shows daily. “Most of the money we operate on comes from our listeners, and twice a year we go on the air and tell our listeners, ‘Okay, we’re listener-supported, so give us money,’ and they do,” Stockdell said. “We just finished the most successful on-air fundraiser we’ve ever done. We raised $175 thousand in 10 days, and there were over 1,600 of our listeners who either wrote a check, went on our website or called to send money.” The rest of the funds for the station come from grants and from the UA, which owns the station. Stockdell is on faculty with the journalism department at the UA and has an advanced radio news class that he allows to come to the station to learn how to do radio news stories. That experience leads to better job opportunities for the students in the future.

Courtesy Photo Rick Stockdell, station manager, works during the KUAF Spring Fundraiser. Students can listen to KUAF broadcasts on 91.3 FM from their radios, computers, phones or even download the station’s podcast. “Most of the people who work here are U of A grads,” Stockdell said. “It’s not a requirement; it just happened that way. That connection is great because we’re able to give some students experience, and then later down the line they get hired full time.” KUAF has become very involved in the Fayetteville community as well. Their new location across from the Fayetteville Public Library has helped them be more accessible and visible to the community. Recently, the library held a gala to show UA professor Larry Foley’s film on the history of Fayetteville, and about 500 people attended. The station hosted a reception prior to the event, serving Lindt chocolates and wine. “The library and radio station share a lot of the same kinds of people and donors, so this was kind of a donor event,” Stockdell said. “We do a lot of things in conjunction with other community groups, and since we’re across the street from the library, we do a lot of things with them.” About 50,000 people now tune into KUAF every week, proof of the incredible growth the radio station has undergone. “I think people tune to us primarily because we’re doing things

nobody else is doing, like classical music, or jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, and we’re doing serious, in-depth news that isn’t necessarily available anywhere else,” Stockdell said. KUAF is an NPR station, meaning they buy their national and international news programs from NPR to air on their show. The news programs from NPR air in the morning from 5-9 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3-7 p.m. Local news is reported every weekday by KUAF’s full-time staff at noon and on Sunday mornings as well. Stockdell’s goal for the station is to develop its local news capabilities. That would mean hiring more people to be on their news team. “We only have five full-time people working on this news show,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s another station in the country that does what we do with five people. News is very labor-intensive and takes a lot of people to put a radio station together.” Another thing that makes KUAF unique is that because it is a public station and does not make its money from advertising, it stays commercial-free. The station announces businesses that give them support, but it is only an identifying piece of information, not an advertisement. “We play classical music, and you can’t hear classical music anywhere else in town,” Stockdell said. “We have national and international news, and people can listen to us for in-depth stuff. We do things nobody else does, and we’re noncommercial, and that in itself appeals to a certain kind of person.” Stockdell’s mission for KUAF is “to provide high quality in depth news and arts programming,” and that is what he hopes the station will continue to do as it grows and develops in the community.

RSO OF THE WEEK

Arkansas Fisheries Society Promotes Various ‘Fish Culture’ Interests

Stephanie Ehrler Staff Writer

The Bear State, the Land of Opportunity and the Wonder State have all been past nicknames of Arkansas. The Arkansas Fisheries Society takes pride in Arkansas’ current nickname of the Natural State as it aims to utilize the state’s natural water resources and wildlife for environmental purposes. There are over 100 American Fisheries Society chapters nationwide, with a total of over 9,000 members. “The mission of the American Fisheries Society is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals,” said Dustin Lynch, Ph.D. student and AFS president. “We promote interest in this through activities such as involving education, recreation and environmental cleanup.” The national organization was

founded in 1870 as the American Fish Culturists' Association, according to the national website. The dues are $20 for a student member and $80 for a regular member. “The Arkansas Fisheries society at the UA currently has around 15 members,” Lynch said. “People can join by sending a message to the AFS Facebook page with email contact info, and we will include them on our mailing list with time and place for the meetings.” The UA chapter of AFS is also involved with the state chapter, and in September of 2013, the national AFS meeting will be held in Little Rock, Ark. “This past spring, several members of the club attended the Arkansas chapter of the American Fisheries Society meeting,” said Brad Austin, biological sciences Ph.D. student. “At the meeting, members learned about research in the fields of stream ecology and fisheries, providing an experience that members would not normally get in the classroom.” The Natural State has hundreds of lakes to fish in, according to Arkan-

sas.com, but many people are still foreign to the sport. AFS is mainly comprised of experienced members who are avid about having new members engage in their hobby. AFS envisions a future where worldwide fishery production is optimized and sustained while structural and functional conditions of marine, freshwater and estuarine ecosystems are maintained, according to the national website. “Currently, our membership consists mainly of undergraduate and graduate students within the department of biological sciences,” said Brad Austin, biological sciences Ph.D. student. “So, one of our goals is to increase our membership, bringing in members from across campus.” AFS has a division specifically for “fish culture,” which was formed in 1974, according to the national AFS website. The local chapter in Arkansas also participates in promoting and engaging in fish culture. “Fish culture refers to advancing cultivation technology of aquatic organisms for food, commercial and

recreational fisheries enhancement, ornamental purposes, and conservation, emphasizing things like nutrition, economics, breeding, et cetera,” Lynch said. The AFS national website has a tab for job postings so that members have the opportunity to apply for graduate assistant, research and fulltime jobs within the organization’s many fields. “This RSO has provided the ability to invite speakers in to talk about their work in the field of fisheries management,” Austin said. “I think this is good for myself and other members because it makes us aware of the potential jobs that we are preparing ourselves for in the fields of fisheries management and stream ecology.” The Arkansas Fisheries Society is close in friendship among its members, but it is also involved with other RSOs on campus. The club assisted in putting on a booth with Springfest 2011 with the biological graduate student association, Austin said. “With our booth, BGSA members talk about the im-

pacts of improper waste disposal and not recycling our trash on the environment, while the AFS club focuses on the diversity of organisms that can be found in local streams, and in the past our booth has included live fish and bugs that kids can touch and/or hold.” The RSO began in the spring of 2011, and since then it has focused on creating clearer lakes. Members participate in cleaning up the area around Lake Fayetteville every semester. ASF allows those who enjoy the outdoors of Arkansas to be in an organization that brings a diverse group of fish culture interests together. “The types of people who join this organization are varied and have a wide variety of interests and reasons for joining,” Lynch said. “A lot of people are primarily into sport fishing for recreation, and game fish species. I actually am not a fisherman myself and have more of an interest in smaller non-game stream fish, their ecology and conservation. It's an organization that encompasses a lot of different interests.”


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ACROSS 1 Ed of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” 6 “Mystery solved!” 9 Spear 13 Picked 14 Artist’s studio site 16 “Arsenic and Old __” 17 Mischievous girl in classic comics 19 Fairy tale menace 20 Display for the first time, as a product 21 Rajah’s spouse 23 Until this time 24 Grilled fish in Japanese unadon 26 “Exodus” actor Sal 28 Florida NBA team, on scoreboards 31 Jack LaLanne, for one 35 Tries to make it alone 37 Funereal stacks 38 Unaccompanied 39 Baggage handler, e.g. 42 Actress Amanda 43 Put the kibosh on 45 Idle 47 1984 South African Peace Nobelist 50 Williams with a .344 lifetime batting average 51 High-altitude nest 52 Lavish bash

54 Slap-on-the-forehead cry 56 The “height” part of a height phobia 58 Dress to the nines 62 __ hygiene 64 “Star Trek” role for George Takei 66 Late-night Jay 67 Genesis garden site 68 Scrabble pieces 69 Bustle 70 Big name in ice cream 71 Monica of tennis DOWN 1 Rights protection gp. 2 Knee-to-ankle bone 3 Misbehaving child’s punishment 4 Makeup maven Lauder 5 Raised sculptures 6 Musketeer motto word 7 Time of day 8 On fire 9 __-mo replay 10 Cry that starts a kid’s game 11 Ranch division 12 Borscht ingredient 15 North African capital for which its country is named

18 Mama Cass’s surname 22 Clouseau’s title: Abbr. 25 D-Day city 27 Nile Valley country 28 Eyed lewdly 29 TV sports pioneer Arledge 30 Pitches in 32 Cry that conflicts with 10-Down 33 Christopher of “Superman” 34 “¿Cómo está __?” 36 Boss’s “We need to talk” 40 Sufficient, in slang 41 Too violent for a PG-13 44 Nickelodeon explorer 46 Figures made with scissors 48 Ornamental wall recess 49 Put down 53 Cow on a carton 54 Birdbrain 55 After-school cookie 57 Gave the green light 59 Quiet spell 60 Beekeeper played by Peter Fonda 61 Kisser 63 Lav of London 65 “__ questions?”


Sports Editor: Kristen Coppola Assistant Sports Editor: Haley Markle Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

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FOOTBALL COMMENTARY

A Red Zone Fumble: The Essence of 2012 Kristen Coppola Sports Editor

Friday, the Razorbacks fought to a 7-point loss against the LSU Tigers in the Battle for the Golden Boot played in Razorback Stadium for the first time in 20 years. On the first drive of the game, senior running back Dennis Johnson made a spectacular catch and powered the Hogs deep into the Tigers’ red zone only to fumble the ball on the 2-yard line. The Tigers scored on the ensuing drive, which began when senior defensive end Chancey Aghayere (CQ) recovered the fumble. That has been the eau de toilette of the 2012 Razorback season, which began its decline six months before the embarrassing loss to the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks in September. Students, alumni and fans may argue that the Razorbacks can blame all of the woes on interim-head coach John L. Smith, but that is akin to blaming the janitor for the wet floor after mopping up the havoc a drunken freshman wreaked in a Pomfret bathroom. The floor will be slippery until it dries completely, and those who need to use the facilities will need to tread carefully, change their tactics or wait. But there is no waiting in college football, and treading carefully would be viewed as weakness, so the Razorbacks ran full speed ahead onto the

Photo by Sarah Bentham, Courtesy of Arkansas News Bureau After a 7-yard reception, senior running back Dennis Johnson fumbled the ball on LSU’s 2-yard-line ending the first drive for the Razorbacks. slippery floor, and everyone was shocked when they fell down in a heaping mess. The confusion set in on April 10 after Bobby Petrino was fired for the inappropriate behavior with Jessica Dorrell that came to light because of his motorcycle accident with Dorrell on the first of the month. Athletic Director Jeff Long tried to take care of the confusion by bringing in a familiar face with Smith, who had coached special teams for the Razorbacks for three years and had just accepted

the head coaching position at Weber State. The idea was to supply continuity while Long searched for a new coach to fill the position permanently, but this was not quite fair to Smith because he is not Petrino. “I’m a different guy than Bobby, so it brings in some things that are different, but it’s not major change,” Smith said in an August interview. Yes, Smith had coached under Petrino, but he was the special teams coordinator, not Petrino’s understudy. It would be unreasonable to ex-

pect Alabama’s special teams coordinator Bobby Williams to replace defensive genius Nick Saban, yet the Razorbacks convinced themselves that forcing continuity onto Smith’s shoulders was a good idea. So the Hogs charged toward the slippery floor and talked of National Championship contention without hesitation. “We want to be a National Championship football team, and I think everybody looks at us as ‘okay, this could happen.’ Now, we’re going to have

to make it happen,” Smith said in August. Then the Razorbacks played the Jacksonville State Gamecocks for the season opener. Arkansas pulled off the 49-24 win, but Jacksonville State led 14-7 in the second quarter. The first drive of game resulted in a fumble by senior quarterback Tyler Wilson, which was recovered by the Gamecocks. Looking back, this eerily foreshadowed the rest of the season. The Razorbacks won four of 12 games, beating only a third of their opponents. In a twist of irony, the season will go down in the record books for more than the high loss percentage. Seniors Tyler Wilson, Dylan Breeding and Cobi Hamilton and junior Zach Hocker broke UA records. On the side of career records, Wilson wrote his name in the books for career completions and career passing yards, while Hamilton broke the record for career receptions and Hocker broke the record for career points by a kicker. Breeding broke the UA record for the highest average yards per punt in a game. Hamilton also broke the UA and Southeastern Conference single game record for receiving yards during the loss to Rutgers. A plethora of other records were broken by the senior class, yet those records were overshadowed by the win-loss record.

FOOTBALL

Tyler Wilson: Final Season in Review Tamzen Tumlison Staff Writer In retrospect, every Hog fan knew quarterback Tyler Wilson could have and probably should have declared for the draft after last season. In hopes of a National Championship, Wilson stuck with Arkansas for another year. Some predict that Wilson will be drafted this year as highly as in the top 20; however, given Arkansas’ season this year, it seems as if his draft stock has taken a hit. Despite the Razorbacks’ 4-8 season, though, Wilson has managed to not look completely ridiculous. The experienced receivers he played with last year took their leave into the NFL and injuries have left Wilson with less options and less coverage. Not to mention the fact that the man who just started to mold Wilson into a potential National Championship quarterback got fired before summer even started. Of course, Wilson couldn’t have seen most of that coming. When he decided to not declare to draft, Wilson had high expectations for the season. Everything was in place to keep improving after 2010’s 10-3 record and 2011’s 11-2 record.

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FOOTBALL

Will the Golden Boot Series Return to Fayetteville? Andrew Hutchinson Staff Writer

For the first time since 1992, the annual Battle for the Golden Boot game between Arkansas and LSU was played in Fayetteville Friday. When the 2012 schedule was released and the LSU game was set for Fayetteville, UA Athletic Director Jeff Long said that it was on a one-time basis and future home sites for the LSU game were yet to be determined. Kevin Trainor, associate athletic director for public relations, reiterated this, saying the venues for Razorback home football games were decided “year-to-year.” The decision for this year’s LSU game being in Fayetteville fell back to several reasons, Trainor said. “With two road games before (playing LSU) and a short week, it was best to have it in Fayetteville,” Trainor said. Having the game in Fayette-

ville also allowed more fans to come to the game, as Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has a capacity of 72,000, compared to 54,120 in Little Rock at War Memorial Stadium. Despite the disappointing season, several fans were still excited for the Battle for the Golden Boot, including Nicole Allbritton, Arkansas Alumni Association assistant director for communication. “I think it’s a great idea that (the LSU game) was moved up here,” Allbritton said. “Even though it happens during Thanksgiving, people still reschedule their Thanksgiving plans around this game.” Graham Stewart, the executive director of the Alumni Association, was glad the game was in Fayetteville because “otherwise, I’d have to drive to Little Rock the day after Thanksgiving.” However, he thinks the “passionate fans in Little Rock” will result in the game not perma-

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Ryan Miller Staff Photographer Sophomore receiver Jarvis Landry made a spectacular touchdown catch during the second quarter to put the LSU Tigers up 10–0 going into halftime. The Tigers went on to defeat the Razorbacks 20–13.

COMMENTARY

Razorbacks’ Poor Season Not as Bad as It Seems

Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor The season that wouldn’t end is finally over. Razorback fans will forever remember this season as one that began full of hope and ended in bitter disappointment. Arkansas finished the season with a 4-8 record and are bowl ineligible for the first

time since the 2008 season. At the end of a season like this, it is hard to think that there might be something to celebrate, but oddly there is. At the start of the season, quarterback Tyler Wilson held nine UA records. In his senior season, he added 19 to finish his career as a Razorback with 28 school records. In the game against LSU, Wilson passed for 359 yards to finish his career with 7,765 yards and the record for career passing yards. Wilson also holds the records for career completions with 562 and career completion percentage, as he connected with his receivers 62.7 percent of the time. Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton broke the school record

for career receptions against LSU. With his 10 catches against the Tigers, Hamilton brought his career total to 175. Hamilton finished his career with 2,854 receiving yards, third behind Jarius Wright and Anthony Lucas. Running back Dennis Johnson finished his career with 5,330 all-purpose yards, placing him behind only Darren McFadden for the UA record. Johnson also finished his season with 2,784 career kickoff return yards, more than any other Southeastern Conference player. These three seniors have been big contributors to the Arkansas football team the last two seasons. Losing these

three players, along with the other seniors that were honored Friday before the game against LSU makes the future for Razorback fans look bleak. However, there are many young players that got valuable playing time. I’m sure Razorback fans will remember that just a few very short years ago, guys like Joe Adams and Greg Childs were playing as freshmen. After a rough couple of years, those players led Arkansas to two of the best seasons in school history, including the Razorback’s first appearance in a BCS bowl and the first 11-win season since 1977. Razorback fans have seen flashes of brilliance out of two

young offensive players this season. Receiver Mekale McKay averaged 15.1 yards per catch and finished his freshman season with 317 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jonathan Williams saw the field in 11 games and averaged 5.1 yards per attempt, only .4 yards less than Johnson. The defense has been a concern for Razorback fans for several seasons, but two freshmen linebackers, A.J. Turner and Otha Peters, have shown they may be the real deal. Arkansas fans watched in dismay this season as a few outstanding seniors tried to overcome the problems caused by numerous inju-

ries and mental mistakes by young players. This season was by no means fun. Saturdays did not come with the same excitement as they did in previous years. However, some good may have come from all the bad. With any luck, the talented freshmen were able to learn a thing or two from the experienced seniors and maybe, with the right coach, the next few seasons won’t be as bad as many of the Razorback faithful fear. Haley Markle is the assistant sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every Monday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.


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And The Nominees are In: Boise State’s Chris Petersen Liz Beadle Staff Writer

In anticipation of the revelation of the new football coach, I have made a few selections for who might lead the Razorbacks next season. My first pick for the position is Chris Petersen. I am picking him because amongst my sources, that is the name being thrown around more than any other — but, of course, that could mean nothing. Petersen is the head coach at Boise State University. He would not be the first Arkansas coach to come straight from Boise State. Houston Nutt was the head coach of the Broncos before departing for Fayetteville in 1998. Petersen was born in Yuba City, Calif. and attended the University of California-Davis where he played quarterback and then started his coaching career there soon after graduating in 1987. Petersen is the 48-year-old husband of Barbara Petersen and the father of Jack and Sam Petersen. Petersen has been on staff at Boise State since 2001, proving he can and will make long-term commitments. He became the

head coach of the Broncos in 2006, which is his first and only head coaching job of his career. Petersen has mostly coached at west coast schools besides a year as a quarterbacks coach at Pittsburgh. He has never coached anywhere near the Southeastern Conference. Under Petersen’s leadership, the Broncos won four Western Athletic Conference championships and two Fiesta Bowls in 2007 and 2010 over Oklahoma and Texas Christian University, respectively. The 2007 Fiesta Bowl was the capstone of Petersen’s first year as head coach. He was only the fourth rookie head coach to lead a team to a BCS bowl game. That game and Boise State’s undefeated 2006-2007 season pushed Petersen into the national spotlight. The game was

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famously won on a gutsy Statue of Liberty play call to get a twopoint conversion in overtime and defeat the Sooners. Since then, Petersen has been known for high-powered offenses and bold play calling. Petersen has been awarded the Bear Bryant Award twice, was named the WAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and was named the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year in 2010 The Broncos are 82-8 in Petersen’s seven seasons as head coach. They have gone to a BCS game twice and ended the season ranked in the top 10 four times Petersen did sign a new contract at Boise in January. He is getting a base salary of $2 million with $200,000 raises each season. That contract is still awaiting final approval by the Idaho State Board of Education. Petersen has clearly been an attractive candidate for head coaching jobs in the past. It will be hard to lure him away from a program he basically built from the ground up I think he is an exciting, competent coach and a good leader. Seeing what he has done at a school with relatively limited resources makes me excited to see what he can do when the resources are virtually endless.

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Gareth Patterson Staff Photographer Quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 7,765 career passing yards breaking the UA record set by Ryan Mallet. However, since the quarterback draft class this year is a fairly average group, Wilson has penetrated the top five quarterback picks in the 2013 NFL Draft Tracker, falling behind Geno Smith of West Virginia, Matt Barkley of USC, E.J. Manuel of Florida State and Zac Dysert of Miami. In 2011, Wilson had 24 touchdowns and 3,638 passing yards with only six interceptions. This season, Wilson had 21 touchdowns, 3,387 passing yards and 13 interceptions. What can’t be found on the stat sheet, though, is how often Wilson threw a completed pass while under pressure, or most commonly, while being tackled, his passion for the

game and the reasons behind the poor season. Wilson made his way into Arkansas’ record book this season. With 7,765 passing yards in his career, Wilson became the all-time leader in career passing yards at the UA, beating Ryan Mallett’s previous record of 7,493. The LSU game marked Wilson’s seventh game of his career and fifth game of this season with over 350 passing yards, also UA records. Wilson shows promise for any NFL team with a coach willing to build him up from where he left off. Given this season, Wilson still looks to be drafted as highly as late first round or second round.

nently being played in Fayetteville. Allbritton agreed and predicted that the game will be played in both Fayetteville and Little Rock in the future. “I think it’ll be rotating,� Allbritton said. “I don’t think we’ll get lucky enough to have it (in Fayetteville) every year.� With the addition of Texas A&M and Missouri into the Southeastern Conference, there have been rumors that Texas A&M could replace Arkansas as LSU’s final regular season game. Instead, Missouri would become Arkansas’ new postThanksgiving opponent. Allbritton doesn’t want this to happen because it would ruin a tradition. “Every year Thanksgiving rolls around and everyone is saying, ‘Who is going to win the Golden Boot this year?’� Allbritton said. “I would hate to lose that traditional game.� Next year, the game is set to return to Baton Rouge, La., for LSU’s turn as the home team. The 2014 season is still up in the air, though. The SEC Commissioner is still coordinating the new schedules for all of the conference members. An announcement on the date of the LSU game won’t be made until the SEC releases all of the schedules and an announcement of the venue for the LSU game will be made following that.





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