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Hardly a second after quarterback Kolton Browning’s foot crossed into the end zone, the University of LouisianaMonroe Warhawks rushed the field at War Memorial Stadium. The Warhawks upset No. 8 Arkansas in overtime in the state capitol. After a loss equivalent to losing to the Arkansas State Red Wolves, a fellow Sunbelt member to ULM, Arkansas suffered the second-worst drop in the AP college football poll since Michigan lost to Appalachian State in 2007, according to ESPN. Saturday night was no Miracle on Markham. This was a meltdown on Markham, complete with three Razorback casualties. The meltdown began after halftime, when the Razorbacks were still leading 21-7. Quarterback Tyler Wilson didn’t return to the field after halftime, forcing redshirt freshman Brandon Allen to take the snaps for the remainder of the game. “Tyler Wilson took a hit to the head and was kept in Little Rock last night for observation,” said John L. Smith, interim head coach. “His prognosis is good, and he will be day-to-day.” Smith did not comment on Wilson’s status for the Alabama game on Saturday. After coming onto the

Gareth Patterson Staff Photographer Head coach John L. Smith watches as his coaches guide the team during a timeout in the 4th quarter of the overtime loss against the University of Louisiana-Monroe. After the loss, the Hogs made a historic drop in the AP polls, falling from #8 to unranked. field, Allen recorded his first career touchdown after an eight-play, 66-yard drive. This would be the last touchdown of the game by the Razorbacks and the beginning of the Warhawks’ comeback. ULM proceeded to score two more touchdowns, closing the gap to 28-21 before

two consecutive Razorback injuries hushed the 53,089 fans at War Memorial. First, sophomore cornerback Tevin Mitchel was laid out on the field. When he made no attempt to get up, staff came pouring onto the field, and he was eventually carted off of the field as play-

Womack Encourages College Republicans

Jannee Sullivan Senior Staff Writer

Congressman Steve Womack, AR-3, spoke Thursday at the UA College Republicans meeting, expressing optimism for the Republican party, encouraging grassroots movements among students and urging Republicans to avoid

social issues in favor of job creation and balancing the deficit in the upcoming general election. He also showed his support for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Womack, a member of the appropriations committee, said he is committed to cutting spending and reducing the

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deficit. He is also a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies committee and the Financial Services and General Government subcommittee and is the vice chairman of the Energy and Water Development subcommittee.

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Students Grab Newspapers, Still Prefer Online Sources

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Mandy McClendon Staff Writer

Young people are picking up fewer newspapers and getting more news online. Rather than grabbing a free New York Times or Arkansas DemocratGazette on campus, more students are turning to social networks and search engines to get their information fix. Only 1 in 20 teens and 1 in 12 young adults read a newspaper on a close-to-daily basis, according to a survey conducted by Harvard University. Online news fares better. A study by IBM’s Media and Entertainment Group found that in 2008, 64 percent of 18to 24-year-olds had viewed a

newspaper online in the past year. However, when the study was conducted again in 2009, the percentage dropped to 54. This begs the question: Where are young people getting their news? Are they getting any at all? Professor Katherine Shurlds, a media law professor in the Walter J. Lemke department of journalism at the UA, said she not only worries that young people are not well-informed but that journalists are not doing their jobs correctly. “It concerns me because it’s more evidence that we as journalists are not doing our job correctly, which is to teach the public and students that, for instance, someone like Ryan Seacrest is not a journalist,”

she said. Shurlds also said students harm themselves by not flipping through a newspaper. “Students are soliciting their news,” she said. “When you pick up a paper, you’re likely to read something you might not have read otherwise, but unless you look at a general news site everyday, you’re only getting the point of view that you’re already interested in by searching specific topics. It’s important for young people to hear point of view that they agree with and that they don’t agree with.” The student readership program on campus that offers free newspapers with a swipe

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ers from both teams took a knee. “(Mitchel’s) moving, and everything’s going to be good there,” Smith said at a press conference after the loss Saturday. “Thank God he’s okay, which is the most important thing about tonight. “He was kept in Little Rock

last night and will probably stay again tonight,” Smith said Sunday. “The testing that has been done on Tevin came back favorable for him to recover. He will continue to be monitored and will be doubtful for Saturday.”

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ASG Elections Have Increase in Student Votes Miranda Campbell Staff Writer

Student participation in senate elections increased this year as 46 senators were elected to represent students from all seven UA colleges, an official said. This year, 1,969 students voted, accumulating 8,862 votes, said Rudy Trejo, ASG advisor. “Last year’s (voter turnout) was 1,648, so there was quite an increase,” said Mike Norton, ASG’s chair of the senate. “I think a lot of it had to do with the number of candidates we had and the level of competition in each of the races,” Norton said. “The caliber and quality of candidates and the visions they have for this campus brought more students to the polls. “Senate elections come down to two things in my opinion: platform and name recognition. It takes a bit of both to win,” Norton said. “Hard campaigning and networking helps with the latter, and a vision for this campus fills in for the former. The winning candidates just pulled in the right combination of both.” Amy Butterfield, a newly elected Fulbright senator,

said she utilized social media and classic sidewalk chalking during her campaign. “We made a Facebook group and invited all of our friends from the Fayetteville area, and then we told all of our friends to tweet about it,” Butterfield said. “We also chalked the sidewalk in places where we knew a lot of students would be walking.” Many ASG veterans will be returning to senate this year, Norton said. “They will be role models for the new senators and get us rolling right out of the gate,” Norton said. “Of the new senators, there is a lot of energy and drive. I expect great things from them and will be doing everything I can to ensure they walk away with a memorable leadership experience.” Because senators will be required to write at least one piece of legislation each semester, they will be doing several workshops over the legislative writing process at the All ASG Retreat, Norton said. “The senators are well aware that I will be helping them throughout the process, so the main thing is for them to come in knowing at least one thing they

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from MEDIA page 1 of a student ID helps to encourage students to pick up a print paper. Christian Kardas, a senior mechanical engineering major, said he takes advantage of the readership program every day. “I pick up a newspaper every day, whether it be the Traveler, the DemocratGazette or the New York Times,� Kardas said. “Since the university provides students multiple options all over campus, it is very convenient for me to pick one up during my day.� Kardas also said he prefers newspapers over online news sources. “Nothing beats having the print in your hand to flip through and read. Media online isn’t always complete and readily available without subscription,� he said. Many believe that the decline of print news outlets began 25 years ago with the first 24-hour news cable network. Many, including Shurlds, also believe that the creation of print newspapers, which involves deforestation and paper processing, is becoming an energy-wasting way of delivering information. Shurlds still said journalism is still a rewarding major. “To me, journalism is the most rewarding career there is,� Shurlds said. “Even if you aren’t benefited monetarily, you know a lot. You’re a generalist. You know about your community, and that makes life more interesting. It’s invaluable to have a career that makes you happy, and you meet a lot of interesting people in this field.� Although traditional newspapers may not be as popular in our time period, they’re still around. Some aspects like fact-checking and a standard of objectivity are not dying away just yet, Shurlds said. Many newspapers are also beginning to go online. Whether a student prefers to pick up a free newspaper on campus or get a news fix from a general online news source, Shurlds believes being well-informed is important both for a student’s daily life as well as when entering the job market.

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Fight At Fraternity Leads to Arrests Kayli Farris Senior Staff Writer

Two UA students were arrested Friday after a fight began at a fraternity house on campus, officials said. Taylor Heath, 20, of 1477 N. Olympic Club #214, of Fayetteville, was arrested at 3:22 a.m. Sept. 7 in connection with terroristic threatening, third degree domestic battery, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Heath remained in the Washington County Jail until 2:41 p.m. Douglas Swift, 22, of 2600 Ventura Drive, Apt. 1113, of Plano, Texas, was arrested at 7:42 a.m. Sept. 7 in connection with third degree domestic battery and disorderly conduct. Swift remained in the Washington County Jail until 2:20 p.m. UAPD Officer Andrea Bugg said she responded at approximately 1:13 a.m. to a call about a fight on the front steps at Sigma Nu fraternity house, according to the police report. An eyewitness, Benjamin Matthews, told her that Heath

from SENATE page 1 wish to change about this campus, which could be as wide as lobbying the state for greater education funding or as narrow as fixing a cracked sidewalk,� Norton said. “All they need is a yearning to do something to make life on this campus easier for their fellow students.� Butterfield said she is prepared to listen to her fellow students as she prepares legislation this year. “As a senator, my main goal is to just really listen and get a feel for what students want and do my best to make it happen,� Butterfield said. “I’ll have to write two bills for the senate, so I plan to take that opportunity to address whatever students are telling me they are concerned about the most.� Norton said ASG can be a valuable way of finding solutions to problems on campus. “I want to get ASG back to finding problems on this campus and fixing them,� Norton said. “As a student, we all know at least one thing we would like to change, and I know we can trust this new group to answer that call.� Four at-large seats remain open and will be filled during a vacancy election Sept. 17-19. Those seats are open to anyone from any college, and any student can vote, Norton said.

had “rushed� Swift from behind when Swift turned around and pushed Heath. The altercation proceeded to Stadium Drive and Parking Deck Drive, where Bugg could see the two “swinging at each other,� according to the report. Heath was grabbing onto Swift, while he was trying to push her away, Bugg wrote in the report. A group of males arrived and subdued Swift while Bugg handcuffed Heath “for her safety, as she was flailing her arms around and trying to grab at Mr. Swift.� As Bugg told Heath she was

under arrest for public intoxication and disorderly conduct for swearing profusely, according to the report, Heath continued to yell and threatened to kill Swift. Swift was charged with disorderly conduct after he failed to obey an officer’s requests to stop using profanity as well, according to the report. Heath is to appear Oct. 8 in the Washington County Circuit Court, and Swift is to appear Oct. 5 in the Fayetteville District Court, according to the Washington County Detention Intake Report.

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The new UA performing arts center will be named the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center in honor of the couple’s $6 million donation to the project. University officials announced Sept. 5 a planned renovation of the Old Field House into a state-of-the-art performing arts center. The UA System Board of Trustees approved the naming at the Friday, Sept. 7

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Aneeka Majid Staff Photographer Mara Leveritt, author of Devil’s Knot, discusses her writing and research of the West Memphis Three case at the Fayetteville Public Library, Saturday, Sept. 8.

Kayli Farris Senior Staff Writer An Arkansas investigative journalist advocated for the reform of the legal system Saturday during the 6th Annual Ozark Writers Live event at the Fayetteville Public Library. Mara Leveritt, author of “The Devil’s Knot,� discussed the importance of video and sound recording in the courtroom in her lecture, “Power in the Pen: Exploring Literary Influences During the West Memphis Three Case.� “I will probably, for the rest of my life, be talking about the need for cameras in the courtroom for every trial we have,� Leveritt said. “A small group of us in Little Rock has been working on the Arkansas Supreme Court for the past three or four years saying we need cameras in every police interrogation room.� The West Memphis Three trials were some of the only filmed proceedings in Arkansas history, Leveritt said. Three 8-year-old boys were murdered in 1993, and their bodies were left in a drainage ditch in West Memphis. The following month, the police arrested three teenagers within 48 hours and leaked to the public what was said to be the confession of a 17-year-old boy named Jessie Misskelley. Along with filming interrogations, Leveritt said filming court proceedings is a necessity. The camera must be placed to the side, to see both the questioner and the person being questioned, Leveritt said. In July 2011, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued that they want electronic recording whenever possible from police, Leveritt said. Now the concern is to make sure all police departments, large or small, implement this, because that is what the court has required. “Get the camera so that Jessie, Jason and Damien are not the only three people who got

this break in Arkansas,� Leveritt said. “Everybody needs to have the same opportunity.� During Misskelley’s 8-hourlong interrogation, he was coerced by police to confess that he had seen two other teenagers kill the young boys, Leveritt said. The police were aware that Misskelley had been in special education classes all his life, Leveritt said. His initial claim was that he had nothing to do with the murders, but then he began telling conflicting stories. After a month without charging anyone, an immense amount of pressure was put on the police to find any suspects. Misskelley’s confession sufficed as enough evidence to arrest the three, and the police charged them with capital murder, Leveritt said. Misskelley recanted his confession, and the other two teenagers never said they had anything to do with it, Leveritt said. It is nearly impossible to overturn a false confession, Leveritt said. DNA evidence could help, but the Arkansas attorneys general believes that even though there is no evidence to convict the teenagers, there is nothing conclusive to prove they were not there. In April 2012, Leveritt attended a conference exploring issues raised by the West Memphis Three case, where she met Jim Lampinen, a UA cognitive psychology professor, Lampinen said. “I was asked to talk for about an hour about psychological research on false confessions,� Lampinen said. “Survey research indicates that most people believe that they would never confess to a crime they didn’t commit. Because of this, confession evidence remains among the most powerful evidence that can be presented in court. But it turns out that in around 25 percent of DNA exoneration cases, there was a false confession.� The case gained notoriety because of the suspected occult

nature of the evidence. Police alleged the murders and sexual assaults were carried out under a full moon, by three suspects, three knots and three victims, pointing to satanic ritual, according to Dale Griffis, an occult specialist hired by the police department. This lead the New York Times to publish an article stating, “Three 8-year-old boys killed in West Memphis; three teenagers, with the overtone of the occult, being charged with murders.� HBO producers noticed the New York Times article, Leveritt said, and asked the judges if they could film the trials, but the judges were not so quick to agree. During a meeting with the security team when judges were preparing for the first of the trials, the filmmakers noticed the sound system in the courtroom was bad and offered to fix it, Leveritt added. “OK. It’s a deal. You put in a good sound system, I’ll let you record the trials,� the judges agreed, Leveritt said. Since Misskelley’s confession, the men have always proclaimed innocence, and evidence linking the murders to other suspects surfaced in the following the convictions. In August 2011, after being in prison for almost 20 years, Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley agreed to an Alford plea, allowing them to maintain their innocence while pleading guilty to lesser charges. No one else has since been charged in the murders. After the release of the first HBO documentary, “Paradise Lost,� Leveritt said she was approached by a producer in Hollywood, Elizabeth Fowler, to create a film adaptation of “Devil’s Knot.� Leveritt said Fowler described the case as “‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ but only it’s real.� The film is scheduled to be released May 2013, which will be the 20th anniversary of the murders.

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Campus construction projects should not be a hazard to students or faculty, officials said. Students around campus are showing concern over the potential health hazards and injuries that are presented by the various construction projects at the UA. “I can’t stand it. There’s heavy machinery and dust everywhere I look,� said Jacob Evans, senior. “This is all happening right next to students trying to travel around campus.� Facilities management officials said they have kept the safety of students in mind while planning construction sites. “The safety of our students played a major role in the designing of these projects,� said Bob Beeler, facilities manage-

ment director of construction design. “Directing pedestrian traffic is our number one priority in maintaining the safety of students,� he said. “We do this using the chain-link fences and temporary sidewalks to keep students as far away from machinery as possible.� Dust control was another concern for construction workers. “We are required to take measures such as spraying water on sites to prevent dust formations,� Beeler said. Officials must also deal with the potential risk trespassers face while near construction sites. There were multiple reports of students trespassing on sites around campus this year. There was an incident on July 25 at 2:31 a.m. where three students were arrested at the Vol Walker Hall construction site in connection

with criminal trespassing and obstructing governmental operations. Another incident occurred on Aug. 24 at 2:46 a.m. when a student was arrested at the Ozark Hall construction site in connection with criminal trespassing and being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to the University Police Daily Crime Log. “All of the sites are monitored by surveillance cameras and UAPD to prevent any trespassing,� Beeler said. Although students have minimal interaction with construction areas, there are negative effects of long-term exposure to construction sites. “Loud machinery could create stress for people within the area, while dust inhalation might lead to lung disease,� said A.J. Olsen, associate director of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Mary McKay Staff Photographer Students walk around the construction fences at the intersection of Dickson Street and McIlroy Avenue between classes.

Caution When Driving Travis Pence Contributing Writer

Students should use caution when driving near construction sites around campus, officials said. Both the department of facilities management and UAPD are taking measures to help protect workers on campus. The UAPD and the state of Arkansas have established laws for drivers that help protect construction workers. “All cell phone use while driving through any school or construction zone is prohibited in the state of Arkan-

sas as of 2012,� said Lt. Gary Crain, UAPD spokesman. “It will also cost a driver double in fines for a speeding violation within a construction zone.� Facilities Management follows a certain set of guidelines to protect their employees. “All of our (construction) workers are required to wear high-visibility vests when working near roadways. We also use a system of gates and traffic directors to help separate the construction zones from roadways,� said Bob Beeler, director of design and construction services. “Drivers should always

be more aware of their surroundings when they are in any construction zone or high traffic area, especially when driving through our campus,� he said. “Employees know to keep an eye out when they are near roadways.� Some students are aware of the risks involved when driving through the construction zones on campus. “It’s almost impossible to not drive carefully around campus these days,� said Ethan Moll, senior. “Certain roads are so congested with trucks and workers that you couldn’t go fast enough to hit anything.�

who asked about his opposition to Pell Grants, according to Washington Monthly. Perhaps balancing out his stance on student issues, his website states that he worked with several other Arkansas officials to grant about $7 million to colleges across Arkansas. Womack addressed a crowd of about 100 members of the College Republicans, a good turnout for a meeting, officials said. Womack encouraged the members to make sure they were registered to vote in Arkansas. He said his goal is not only to flip the majority in favor of Republicans, but to have every office in Arkansas occupied by a Republican. “We need a grassroots effort,� he said. “We need young people like you to spread the message. Now is not the time to sit on your hands. It’s time to get your game face on and go out and win the race.� College Republicans also introduced several other state and local Republican candidates, including Charlie Col-

lins, state representative from the 89th District, and Cristi Beaumont, who is running for Circuit Judge. “I see a lot of innocent young people, many probably with student loan debt, uncertain about the job market going out of school,� Womack said. He went on to describe the biggest issue the Republican party should be focusing on: the federal deficit. The congressman stressed that Republicans should focus on economic issues, and criticizing his fellow representative Todd Akin, MO-2, for straying from economic issues by creating controversy about abortion. Womack also stressed the importance of students, like the UA College Republicans, in the grassroots campaign that he believes will win most, if not all, of Arkansas’ public offices for the Republican party. “We’re very lucky to have him here,� said Grant Hodges, chairman of the College Republicans.

from WOMACK page 1 Ken Aden, Womack’s Democratic opponent, dropped out of the race in July amid accusations that he falsified his military service record, leaving the party with no candidate for this position in this election, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Womack will now be running against a Green party candidate and a Libertarian candidate, he said. Though he said he would take those candidates seriously, he remained optimistic about being re-elected. In July, Womack voted to pass the Interest Rate Reduction Act, an effort to prevent student loan interest from doubling, according to his voting record. Though Womack voted for a continuation of low student loan interest rates this summer, Womack has not always been supportive of grants. He has voted against Pell Grants and expansions of student loans in the past. At one town hall forum last fall, Womack yelled at a woman


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Cheating: The Student Epidemic

Blake Mertens Staff Columnist

I was in class the other day, and my teacher returned some worksheets that we had worked on in groups during class. He politely mentioned to us not to sign peoples’ names to the sheet if they were not there. “Oh, you thought I wouldn’t know?” he said. More than likely, they will notice. You will get caught. And if you didn’t last time, consider yourself lucky. A few days ago a cheating scandal came to light at Harvard University. Last Spring, 25 students cheated on a take home test, their final exam, on which they were told not to collaborate. 125 students out of 279 — that is almost half of the class, according to the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. How widespread is this problem? What I saw happen in my class last week is something that I have seen happen three semesters in a row now; in classes with a large majority of pre-med students. These are the people who are supposed to be treating us when we need care? Should our doctors not be people of high integrity? It’s not like it’s a big secret — this is cheating. When the professor even “refreshes the class’s memory” that they are cheating, and it happens again? Come on. The UA academic integrity policy has drastically changed over the last two years. Receiving three total points results in immediate expulsion, according to the UA website on Academic Integrity, provost.uark.edu. The rubric provides a scale of violations that receive various points from 0.5 to 3.0, similar to a grade-point average scale. Included in violations worth three points (resulting in immediate expulsion after one offense), is “falsifying or signing another person’s name on any academically-related University form or document.” Someone in my class should have gotten expelled just last week, according to this rubric This is for an assignment worth 30 points, less than 5 percent of the grade in that class. Are 30 points worth getting expelled? Some of the students in the class at Harvard explained

their side of the story. They said certain teacher’s assistants would not turn away groups of students for help (after they solicited for it), so of course their answers are similar. They said they collaborated because it happened in the past. They said the class was too hard. They said the information in class did not correspond to the exam questions, according to the Harvard Crimson. Do you notice what these statements have in common? They are all excuses. “I cheated, but…” Of course there is a large amount of pressure on these students to do well. They are at Harvard. Yet, cheating is not the solution. While the issue there might be a sticky one, colleges and high schools around the country are experiencing academic integrity problems. Out of 40,000 high school students surveyed by the Josephson Institute of Ethics in 2010, more than half of the students said they had cheated on a test in the previous year. About two-thirds of college students admit to cheating on tests, homework and assignments, according to Dr. Donald McCabe, co-founder of the International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University. Students who cheat in high school are considerably more likely to be carry on these habits into his or her adult careers when compared to those who did not cheat, according to another study at the Josephson Institute. I mentioned pre-med students earlier, but it doesn’t matter if you are pre-med, prelaw, or going straight into the work force. These are people that you will rely on to provide services in all different capacities. So, whom would you prefer? How is a university’s reputation affected if it is known for a large amount of dishonest students? Potential employers will be less likely to hire you. Just because your colleagues decided to cheat, your degree degrades. Cheating affects us all. And if you think you need to cheat to succeed, you may need to reconsider your motivation for what you’re doing.

Blake Mertens is a staff columnist. He is a junior biochemistry major.

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Use 160 Characters Well: Stay Positive

Ashley Flippin Staff Columnist

This weekend, my Twitter and Facebook pages focused primarily on two things: politics and football. In addition to these two topics, there was another common theme: negativity. “Did you see that fumble? Terrible!” “Romney is just a rich bigot!” As people’s thoughts criticizing both our state’s football players and our nation’s politicians poured onto social media, I could not help but feel a little discouraged. When did we become so negative? For example, recently, a Kent state football player picked up a loose ball and ran it 58 yards … the wrong way! In the world of politics, the Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, got a little confused when talking about his personal best marathon time. “Under three, high twos. I had a two hour and fiftysomething,” Ryan said. Wrong. Ryan’s actual time was four hours and one minute. Rather than allowing the Kent football player or Ryan to admit they messed up and move on, countless articles were written to rake these

men over the coals for their mistakes. I, too, am guilty of negativity in both sports and politics. It is easy to forget the bigger picture. But then I have to put myself in their shoes. What if you were the politician who misspoke or the young football player ran the wrong way? In both instances, it is important to remember that athletes and politicians are human like the rest of us. They can, and certainly will, make mistakes. Both situations are embarrassing. But, neither man meant to publically humiliate themselves or the organizations they represent. We should learn to be more forgiving. People, even national leaders or superstar athletes, make mistakes. The same players and politicians we praise in good times, we desert in bad times. This is not to say that criticism and differing opinions should not be shared. Freedom of speech is a right that we should be proud of and should utilize as Americans. However, freedom of speech is one thing. Freedom of hateful speech is another. I never feel better about myself after bashing someone else’s blunders. There is a respectful way to criticize one’s performance, and a disrespectful way.

The comments seen above about our, and other, football teams and political figures serve little purpose. There are no facts attached to these statements, no intelligent discussion, no respect and no humanity. If your son were a UA football player who missed a big tackle, would you be so quick to call him names, publically tweet about his failures or how he cost us the game? If your child were a politician who misspoke about a policy issue, would you be so eager to publicly call them a liar and question their credibility? For me, thinking in these terms helps bring things into focus. The people sending out their negative thoughts into cyberspace through social media forget about the bigger picture: We are Arkansans and Americans, we often forget that. Our football players work hard everyday to be the best they can be. They want to make Arkansas Razorback fans proud. Politicians want to improve our country. During elections, it seems that no aspect of a “candidate life” is off limits. We must remember that no matter our opinions regarding our team or our politics, we should be proud to be Razorbacks and Americans.

Just as I was feeling down about my peers negativity, I came across this tweet: “I dislike Obama’s policies, but I always remember he is President. You must respect the office always. Highest in the land. #HailtoTheChief ” Channing Pejic, the author behind this tweet, hit the nail on the head. Pejic, who interned at the Republican National Committee this summer, demonstrates that patriotism is bigger than being a Democrat or a Republican. He understands the importance of being united behind our nation, which is something I think many of us forget. Yes, we all have varying opinions. Yes, people make mistakes when we are counting on them not to. But, we are still American and should remember that tradition and hard work are what have gotten us where we are today. We should be proud. No matter how many football games we win this year, I will be proud to call myself a Razorback. Similarly, no matter who wins the election this November, I will always be proud to call myself an American. Ashley Flippin is a staff columnist. She is a senior English- creative writing major.

Getting Back to Our Roots, We Cannot Forget Shawnya Wethington Staff Columnist

“Well, my lordy! Aren’t you lookin’ something fine today?” echoed throughout the room, interrupting my thoughts as I was waiting for church to start last Sunday. This didn’t come from a fresh, young lad trying to sidle up to his lady friend. Instead, this was whispershouted by a sweet little gray-haired lady who was complimenting her neighbor on a new outfit. She’s one of those people who just doesn’t understand the concept of whispering. Every Sunday, the entire congregation is treated to a pre-service commentary on how her week’s been and her musings on what the weather is going to do next. Listening to the chattering ladies in my church is one of those little things that I always look forward to when I visit home. When I heard her voice floating across the aisle, I had to cough a little to hide my laugh — it feels great to be home! (Fret not if you’re concerned about my dedication as a

Razorback fan. I Woo Pig-ed at the game on Saturday and popped over the Missouri border early Sunday morning for my drive home.) No matter what the place is, each hometown has certain qualities that are completely unique and can’t be replicated. Everyone’s is just a little bit different. Everybody is influenced by the experiences they had and the people they knew growing up. Your hometown, friends and family all contributed to who you are as a person. You are a product of that culture. It’s wrong to just abandon it. Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean that you have to forget how you got there. Don’t forget the people who helped you out along the way. Oftentimes, parents have the hardest time transitioning. It’s tough to let their little darlings go. To them, you’re still their precious baby. They’re concerned about you. They want to be reassured that you’re not getting in a fistfight with your professor, starving in a ditch or getting caught up in any of the other rational fears that cross parents’ minds.

When you have a cell phone glued to your hand all day, it’s hard to make someone believe that you don’t have time to keep in touch. Just a quick little chat — even a text — doesn’t take much time, and it lets people know they’re not forgotten. You know that the people who’ve invested so much time and energy into helping you get to this point want to know how you’re doing. They care about you … now, reciprocate! Frequently, students start the year as wonderful correspondents. They give updates. They stay in touch. They lie about their involvement in stereotypical college behaviors. They play the part of the perfect college kid. Then, life gets in the way, and homeward contact dwindles. School, clubs, activities, friends, games — there’s a lot to do in a college town. Suddenly, the folks back home are so starved for info that they’d settle for a smoke signal just to know you’re still alive. It’s borderline tragic. Don’t be that kid. It’s not fair to the ones you’ve left, and you’re also cheating yourself. These people know you, and they often have some dang

good advice. Their familiarity is a pleasant contrast to the constant variety of college. While you should definitely stay in touch, don’t overdo it. This is your time to figure things out on your own. Independence is a good thing. Your parents may not always agree, but college is the time to make your own decisions and mistakes. They shouldn’t have to okay every tiny detail of your college experience. If you have to call your mom to ask permission to buy a Frappuccino, you’ve lost the thrill of caffeinated spontaneity. If you go home every weekend, you miss out on the movie nights, parties and general liveliness of a Razorback weekend. Strike a good balance. Our culture is so focused on the “never look back” mentality. But what’s wrong with turning around for a second and giving a little wave to the people who are cheering you on? Shawnya Wethington is a staff columnist. She is a sophomore English/journalism- editorial/ print major.


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Emily Rhodes Photo Editor Students enjoy drink specials at Grub’s Bar and Grille. Grub’s is a regular hot spot on Dickson Street for students

Students Pour Over Their Perceptions Of Alcohol Caitlin Murad Staff Writer

Alcohol abuse is a trending occurrence on college campuses throughout the nation. For some students, a night out of binge drinking is seen as a normal and regular occurrence. Students and faculty have recognized alcohol abuse as a problem on campus and have established programs and organizations to prevent it. Steven James, a junior biology major, thinks that drinking can be a large part of your college experience. Depending on the atmosphere, drinking can sometimes be crucial to one’s social life. “It depends on where you are. If you are at a frat house, for example, it’s just awkward if you’re not drinking,” James said, “but if you are somewhere where not everyone is drinking, then it isn’t that big of a deal.” Erin Moody, a senior history major, feels that not drinking limited her social experiences her freshmen year. “I didn’t drink, so I wasn’t sure how to go to a party and not drink,” Moody said. “I just was not confident enough to do that.” Moody said, it was very rare to meet someone else who did not drink during her freshman year. “People think that drink-

ing will make college more fun and entertaining,” Moody said, “but I have plenty of fun at parties and my sorority functions without drinking.” Not all students share Moody’s view on drinking. Many undergraduates feel that alcohol is a crucial part of their college experience. According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 45.5 percent of college students participate in binge drinking. James believes that recreational binge drinking can quickly become a problem when it begins to interfere with school and consequently affects a student’s future. “People will get drunk on Wednesday night and then miss school and then get drunk on Thursday night and miss school,” James said. “Another problem is when people get drunk every night — it’s difficult to stop these habits when you graduate college, and then it becomes alcoholism.” Binge drinking does not just affect the drinkers themselves; it also affects the campus as a whole. According to a study by Todd Lewis and Jane Myers, “599,000 college students are unintentionally injured when drinking, and 669,000 college students are assaulted each year by another student who had been drinking.” The National Institute of Alcohol and Alcoholism explains

that the binge drinking of college students affects the safety of the campus as a whole and causes a major health problem. As a reaction to the alcohol problem on campus, the UA New Student & Family Programs asks incoming freshmen to participate in the online AlcoholEDU program. The program is used by over 500 colleges and universities

Duke Student Wellness Center. Although the program may not serve as a permanent fix, it does limit freshman alcohol use during the first semester, which Duke University believes is a major accomplishment. “The majority of alcohol poisoning happens freshman year,” Szigethy said. “The fact that we were able to develop an effective intervention program

“I wasn’t sure how to go to a party and not drink. I just was not confident enough to do that.” Erin Moody

Senior history major throughout the country. It uses the latest techniques to educate students on the effect that alcohol abuse can have on them. The program uses quizzes and interactive videos to encourage alcohol moderation on campus. A study done last fall found that although the AlcoholEDU program does work, its effects are only temporary. The study found that by second semester students are usually falling back into their drinking habits. “I think with any program like that, nothing is necessarily going to be a permanent fix unless people incorporate it into their own way of looking at life,” said Tom Szigethy, associate dean and director of the

before they arrive on campus for the riskiest semester is significant.” Last spring, The Department of Wellness and Health Promotion in the Pat Walker Health Center offered an eight-week, one-credit course called “Peer Education Alcohol Awareness.” This course, along with several other special topics courses through the Pat Walker Health Center, aims to help students develop healthier lifestyles through improving their holistic health. Although these programs may not serve as a permanent fix to alcohol abuse on campus, they are a crucial step in creating a healthier and safer campus.

Campus Food Pantry Comes Full Circle

John Mullins Staff Writer

The Full Circle Food Pantry is reopening this year to help out the community yet again. Last year, Full Circle helped alleviate hunger on the University of Arkansas campus. What started out as a small organization only able to help out a few people soon evolved into a group of volunteers that was able to help over 100 students without the means to obtain food. Recently, Full Circle was nominated for an award from the White House called the Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The pantry was one of only five recipients chosen out of over 1,400 applicants from colleges all over the United States to present their organization at the White House. This accomplishment was achieved thanks in no small part to the many donations the pantry received from organizations all over campus. One of the more recent benefactors to the pantry is the Campus Community Garden. The partnership officially began in May 2012, said Emily Crossfield, founding member of Campus Community Garden. Unlike other donations, the Campus Community Garden has been working hand in hand with Full Circle. Crossfield said the Garden makes two to three deliveries a month, grows many different herbs, spices and vegetables,

Sarah Weber Staff Photographer The campus Full Circle Food Pantry opened for the fall 2012 semester. The food pantry offers food and living supplies to students in need every Monday and Thursday. and they give at least half of their produce to the pantry. When asked what kind of changes had occurred around the pantry after receiving their award, Rachael Pellegrino, chair of Full Circle, said, “Members around the community and students have been great in supporting the pantry, and we have been accepting (even) more donations and have been able to serve more people.” The changes surrounding Full Circle have been extremely positive, and since the presentation of the award, word has been spreading like wildfire throughout campus about the food pantry. Now with the pantry reopening, though, the new

chair must set some goals for the organization. When asked what goals she had set for the reopening of the pantry, Pellegrino said, “(One) continuous goal is to spread awareness around campus in order to serve more people,” adding, “I hope that we will be able to keep the shelves full and will be able to accept larger donations.” Pellegrino also mentioned that she hopes to find a way to share the pantry’s knowledge and the knowledge gained by other campus pantries. Full Circle is hitting the ground running with their reopening this year, having set some very achievable goals for themselves and setting their eyes on solving the problem of hunger on

campus. Not only is the pantry focusing on what’s happening now, but they are planning for the future. Full Circle is trying to leave in place a sustainability plan that will be able to shape how it functions in relation to the campus population. In addition to this sustainability plan, Matthew Watters, donations coordinator for Full Circle, said, “I would hope that a larger span of opening hours would permit for access for those in need to retrieve items.” Watters’ idea would enable more people to access the pantry at their leisure and in turn help get more people involved. Greater hours may even allow Full Circle to receive more donations than the previous year.

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Caribbean RSO Students Foster Unity

Stephanie Ehrler Staff Writer

There are different lifestyle descriptions that come to mind when thinking of Asia, Europe and Africa, but the Caribbean Student Association strives to bring all of those backgrounds into one RSO that provides a niche for multicultural students at the UA. “The Caribbean Students Association at the University of Arkansas was started in the year of 2006 to generate and foster a sense of unity and understanding among our Caribbean students, our fellow students at the University of Arkansas and with the surrounding community,” said Deandrae Smith, events coordinator and public relations officer of CSA. While the Caribbean Students Association provides a comforting atmosphere for over 70 members, it also hopes to spark interest in others as well. “The Caribbean Students Association seeks to provide an avenue to assist new students in making the transition from life in the Caribbean to life as a university student in a foreign country,” Smith said. “It also seeks to expose the U of A to Caribbean culture through social, educational and recreational activities.” Students interested in joining CSA can easily become a member by attending a monthly meeting or emailing the RSO at csa@uark.edu. The organization may have begun on a commonality of a single background, but the association encourages students of all ethnicities to join. “The unique quality about the Caribbean is that we are basically one big medley of many different cultures,” Smith said. “The men, women and children who came to the Caribbean from Europe, Africa and Asia have contributed to the creation of humanity’s richest melting pot. The renowned Caribbean culture of peace and aversion to war is the result of our mutual understanding of others’ beliefs and lifestyles and our own ability to adapt. No Caribbean association would be fit without a representation of a wide variety of cultures.” Adjusting to college life can be challenging for anyone, but coming from a foreign country can add to the trials. The members of CSA are able to connect with each other while growing in their traditions. “I joined CSA to be a part of my home again and people I could better relate to while transitioning into a new environment,” said Kirsch Mackey, president of CSA. “Though I’ve had experiences with nonCaribbean people on many occasions during my trips to the U.S., it is still very comforting to be able to talk, relate to and eat with those that have cultures so similar to mine. The University of Arkansas has provided a great opportunity for Caribbean students to enjoy a little bit of my original home while forming a new home, Fayetteville.” The group makes time for

fun while also focusing on debating the current issues going on in their home countries. Mackey said his favorite part of being a member of CSA is talking about issues specific to the Caribbean, especially in his own country, the Bahamas. He also enjoys sharing home dishes that are similar among different Caribbean countries but still unique in their own ways in addition to the Caribbean parties. CSA has been able to help its

“The Caribbean Students Association seeks to provide an avenue to assist new students in making the transition from life in the Caribbean to life as a university student in a foreign country.” Deandrae Smith

Events coordinator and public relations officer of CSA members grow in their culture while increasing their knowledge of American culture. “My favorite part about being a part of the RSO is that it grew me as an individual, in terms of being more responsible and an outspoken individual,” said Trishawna Simmonds, secretary of CSA. “I can definitely say that it has raised my communication skills to a higher level.” This fall, the organization will devote time to helping raise awareness for cancer while also celebrating their tradition of festivities, allowing the public to become involved in Caribbean culture. “On October 6, we will be having our second annual Carnival, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” Smith said. “Carnival is a tradition that was initially started by the newly freed slaves that had settled into the islands of the Caribbean to celebrate their freedom. Carnival today has blossomed into a festival of colors, costumes, masquerade, calypso, steel band music, dance and an array of different ethnic food and Caribbean art. Carnival arts offer all of us a dynamic tool for self-expression and exploration to discover what we all have in common and to celebrate what makes us different.” The Caribbean Student Association generates friendships based on different experiences and homelands while also providing the UA with an RSO that is eager to spread its grasp on foreign countries. “CSA allows the opportunity to display the best we have to offer at this very diverse campus,” Mackey said. “Caribbean students can have a deep sense of pride to know that his/her culture and origin are both recognized and appreciated by not only the rest of the Caribbean but the rest of the university’s student body and the other countries they represent around the world.”


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SOCCER

Razorbacks Lose Last Game Before SEC Play Tamzen Tumlison Staff Writer

With their first Southeastern Conference game right around the corner, the Razorback soccer team lost to the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles 1-0 Sunday at Razorback Field. FSU’s goal came with 28:58 to play in the first half. FSU forward Tiffany McCarty took the ball up to UA sophomore goalkeeper Kelly Roliard, who fell to grab the ball. Roliard had not gotten a solid grip on the ball when a teammate got tangled up with her. McCarty took the opportunity to kick the ball away and shoot past two defenders to score. The Razorbacks had multiple scoring opportunities during the game, including many breakaway runs by sophomore forward Jeriann Okoro. With about 15 minutes left in the first half, Okoro stole the ball from FSU defender Carson Pickett and took it toward the goal until another FSU defender knocked it out for a Razorback corner-kick. FSU took a chance on a

free kick in the second half by utilizing a trick play in which one player faked out the defenders to let the player beside her kick. The Razorbacks shut down the play, though, and forced FSU to kick the ball out. With 16 minutes and 42 seconds left in the first half, FSU defender Tiana Brockway shot a free kick over every player’s head, but Roliard saved the goal and sent it out of the box. Although the Razorbacks held the No. 1 team to only one goal, head coach Colby Hale was not pleased with the loss. “We can’t just play hard and say, ‘almost coulda, woulda, shoulda’,” said Hale. “There is no moral victory. We lost. Did the kids play hard? Yes. We still lost.” “Player mentality has to keep growing,” said Hale. “There were moments when you felt the goal was going to come. We were actually the better team, the chances we created were fantastic, but we’re still not doing the little things we need to get the victories.” The players felt good about the game, however, and are

excited to begin SEC play. “I feel like for playing the No. 1 team in the nation, we did very good,” sophomore defender Kaylyn Cooper said. “There were mistakes that shouldn’t have happened that led to the goal, but overall we had our chances. That’s a lot better than we could have done last year.” “The goal happens because of a lack of communication,” said Hale. “Sometimes we have space in midfield and we only take one touch because no one tells her we have time.” “After this game, and seeing our competition, I think we’re ready,” said Cooper. “We’re going to do very well in the SEC.” “After the disappointing loss to Kennesaw State last week, I think that we came out and we really picked it up,” sophomore defender Allie Tripp said. “We definitely grinded through this game. It was really tough.” “Playing well is not our goal,” said Hale. “Our goal is to win.” The Razorbacks’ next game is in Oxford, Miss. against Ole Miss at 7 p.m Sept. 14.

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down and settled for a field goal by Zach Hocker, but the 3-point lead wasn’t sufficient enough to win the game. ULM responded with a 16-yard touchdown run by Browning on a fourth down. This was the fifth fourth-down conversion the Razorback defense allowed from the Warhawks. Smith said that the blame falls evenly on the team. “We all contributed to the loss,” Smith said. “I don’t want to see any (finger-pointing)

because that’s the easy thing to do, and that’s what losers do.” While it is true that the blame doesn’t lay wholly on one person or event, blame can be concentrated into five main areas, which the Traveler covered Thursday in “Five Keys: Razorbacks vs. Louisiana Monroe.” The Razorbacks didn’t improve special teams, didn’t stop the pass or Browning’s ability to rush, weren’t able to stay healthy, didn’t protect Tyler Wilson and didn’t pay

enough attention to the game at hand with their eyes already set on Alabama. The special teams didn’t provide enough blocks, resulting in running back Dennis Johnson only recording three kick returns for 40 yards. Last year, Johnson recorded 461 yards on 18 kick returns for an average of 25.6 yards. Saturday, he averaged 13.3 yards. The defense did not stop the pass from ULM. Browning passed for 412 yards, 245 yards of which came in the second

half. The Razorbacks on the other hand passed for only 281 yards in the game. Wilson passed for 196 yards and Allen passed for 85. Three players were injured Saturday including Wilson. These injuries hurt Arkansas against ULM and may prove to be the downfall against Alabama. Wilson is not confirmed to play Saturday and is “day-to-day.” Allen was 6-for20 and doesn’t seem to be prepared to carry the team against the No. 1 team in the nation.

Finally, the Razorbacks didn’t pay enough attention to the game at hand. This falls on the coaching staff. In the second half, Johnson only rushed once for a gain of four yards, and running back Knile Davis only received five rushing opportunities. Razorback offense opted to let Allen pass rather than let the running backs run down the clock. The extra time off the clock could have taken away opportunities from the Warhawks.

Gareth Patterson Staff Photographer

Less than 10 minutes after Mitchel was carted off the field, redshirt freshman Kody Walker was carted off the field with a lower leg injury. He is likely out for the rest of the season, Smith said Sunday. Though respectful of their opponents’ injuries, the pauses in the game didn’t stop ULM from tying the game with 47 seconds left on the clock, pushing the game into overtime. The Razorbacks were unsuccessful at scoring a touch-

Logan Webster Staff Photographer Andrea Carlson evades defenders as the Hogs fall to No. 1 ranked Florida State Sunday at Razorback Field.

COMMENTARY

After All the Heartache, It’s Still Just a Game Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor

As I sat down to watch the Razorbacks take on Louisiana-Monroe Saturday evening, I was more than excited to see what would hopefully be marked improvement over the previous week. However, as ULM’s quarterback, Kolton Browning, ran into the endzone to score the game win-

ning touchdown, my head was spinning. Most days I probably would have been angry. There would have been yelling and I would have blamed everybody and their dog. But as the game came to a close Saturday night, I found myself oddly relieved. I was beyond ready for the game to just be over and I was glad our players were finally off the field. Earlier in the day, I had heard about Tulane safety Devon Walker, who fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate. I truly felt for him, his teammates and his family, but it still felt far away. There were chicken wings to be eaten and football to be watched. Then Tyler Wilson didn’t

come out of the locker room after halftime. The official word is that he suffered an “injury above the shoulders.” Obviously, I had no way of knowing if the injury was or was not a concussion, but that seems to be the conclusion that most people jumped to. For the first time I can remember, my thoughts didn’t immediately turn to worry about the rest of our football season. Instead, I thought of all the recent talk about what head injuries can mean later in life for those who suffer them, and I thought of Wilson and his family. I can’t imagine the panic that must have filled his parents when their son never emerged onto the field during the second half.

Just as I was getting back into the game, Alonzo Highsmith collided with Tevin Mitchel, leaving Mitchel lying on the turf. The cart was driven onto the field almost immediately and Mitchel was immobilized on the stretcher. There was no thumbs up, a sign often given by players to let fans know they are okay, but Mitchel was verbally responsive. Even though I wasn’t at the game, when Tevin Mitchel went down, I could feel the silence that engulfed War Memorial Stadium. I even felt the need at one point to tell my 4-year-old brother to stop playing because his disturbance of the silence would somehow make things worse. As if it wasn’t already hard

enough to focus on football, soon after Mitchel was taken off the field, another Razorback would follow. Running back Kody Walker was carted off the field with a leg injury. At this point, I didn’t think the knot in my stomach could get any worse. Then I noticed the booing and the twitter bashing. I don’t care if the offense doesn’t score a single point and the defense gives up 73. Booing your team and talking bad about them on social media sites is unacceptable. Brandon Allen wasn’t throwing incompletions for the fun of it. I’m sure he felt plenty of pressure. He really didn’t need a bunch of fair-weather fans adding to the weight on his shoulders. As fans, we like to think

that wins and losses are all that matter, but that could not be further from the truth. I think sometimes we forget that these are college kids getting beaten up and worn down week after week. If your only concern after the game Saturday was that the Razorbacks have a one in the loss column before Southeastern Conference play even started, then you need a priorities adjustment. Your thoughts and, if you are so inclined, prayers should have been with Wilson, Mitchel, Walker and the rest of the team. 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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ATHLETICS

TENNIS

Athletics Tennis Opens Season to Fund in North Carolina Liz Beadle Academics Staff Writer Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor

The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees’ committee on buildings and grounds recommended the approval of plans for a new classroom and laboratory building Thursday and the plans were approved Friday by the full board. The building will be primarily funded by revenues generated through the university’s membership in the Southeastern Conference, UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart said. Enrollment at the UA has increased by over 6,000 students in four years and enrollment is expected to increase to 28,000 in the near future. The building will help to reduce crowding in classrooms and is expected to be completed in 2015. “This building is our most urgent need on campus,� Gearhart said. “Its construction will serve thousands of U of A students in the immediate future and for decades to come.� The building is expected to cost between $18 million and $25 million. Up to $18 million of the cost will be paid by SEC revenues. Any additional cost will come from reserve funds and from refinancing existing bonds, Gearhart said. “We belong to the strongest and most financially viable athletic conference in the nation,� said Jeff Long, vice chancellor of intercollegiate athletics. “The continued success of the SEC both athletically and financially will provide us a means of relieving our students and their families from the burden of paying for this new building.�

The Razorback men’s tennis team opened its season this weekend at the North Carolina-Wilmington Landfall Tournament. Freshman Santiago Munoz advanced the furthest for the Razorbacks, making it to the consolation final Sunday morning. He lost his first match to Old Dominion’s Zvonimir Podvinski before defeating East Carolina’s Mario Martinez, an Arkansas native, 7-6 (4) and 6-1. Munoz went on to defeat Old Dominion’s Tim Schweig 6-0, 6-4 in his next match. “I am very impressed with Santiago’s performance in his Razorback debut,� said head coach Robert Cox. “We are always happy to see a true freshman secure some wins.� Austin Robles was also

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playing for the Razorbacks for the first time this weekend. He split his first two matches, defeating East Carolina’s Patreik Wolterbeek before losing to UNC-Wilmington’s Zach Hublitz. “It’s great for Austin to get off to such a great start in his Razorback career,� Cox said. “I am thrilled to see Austin win his first doubles and singles match as a Hog. We are excited about his next quality match.� Christian Lee, a redshirt freshman, also got to play, competing in the highest singles flight. “Christian is quickly learning what it takes to play at this level,� Cox said. “I know he is soaking it in and will finish the tournament strong. “It’s good to start the fall season by getting these three freshmen to play in a very competitive tournament,� Cox added.

Logan Webster Staff Photographer Kasey Heckelman spikes the ball between two Louisania-Monroe defenders Friday, Sept. 7 at the Razorback Invitational.

Hogs Sweep Second Home Invitational Liz Beadle Staff Writer

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The Razorbacks (9-2) finished up nonconference play Saturday night by being named champions of the Razorback Invitational and only losing one set throughout the threegame tournament in Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks swept Houston Baptist in three sets Friday night, then did the same to Louisiana-Monroe Saturday morning. The Hogs finished out the tournament by beating Texas-El Paso in four sets Saturday night. Arkansas junior Raymariely Santos was named most valuable player of the tournament, while Arkansas junior libero Emily Helm was awarded Outstanding Libero honors. Freshman Liz Fortado and senior Janeliss Torres-Lopez were named to the All-Tournament team. The first match of the tournament against Houston Baptist was won by the Razorbacks in three sets (25-17, 25-16, 2518) due to a balanced attack on both offense and defense by the Hogs. “We came out ready and executed,� said head coach Robert Pulliza. “You can tell by the numbers with a .336

hitting percentage and 55 digs. Those two numbers are pretty impressive on the offensive and defensive ends. I thought we had good balance throughout the night and did some good things.� A few Arkansas milestones were reached during this match for Arkansas: Jasmine Norton moved into third on the Razorbacks’ all-time kills list, and Santos became only the fifth player in Arkansas volleyball history to eclipse 2,000 career wins. Before this win over Houston Baptist, the Razorbacks had lost two straight games. “We learned a lot from our last match,� Santos said. “We’ve been working the last few days on how we need to get ready for the next match and how every match is important. I think we did a good job of that today. We handled the situation well.� The second match of the tournament was another threeset sweep for the Hogs (25-22, 25-25, 25-10). The Razorbacks held the Warhawks to a .010 hitting average. The match was close early in the first set, but once the Razorbacks took a 15-13 lead, they never looked back. “Any time you can win the 11 a.m. match, it’s a good start to the day,� Pulliza said. “It can be tricky, especially after play-

ing the 7 p.m. match last night. We did a good job of getting prepared after the match last night and took care of business this morning.� The day continued with a four-set win against Texas-El Paso (28-26 Arkansas, 25-22 Arkansas, 25-16 UTEP, 25-17 Arkansas) later that night. The Miners of UTEP hit .455 in the third set and eventually won it after a close first and second set. Arkansas took control in the fourth set, though, and ended the match. “We had a good win,� Pulliza said. “Three wins in one weekend is not easy, especially against a UTEP team that is doing really good things. I think they’re going to have a good year and feel fortunate to have gotten out with a win today. It was a great team effort today.� The Razorbacks open conference play against No. 15 Florida in Fayetteville this Friday night before making a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., to play the No. 16 Volunteers next week. “It’s good that we’re going into SEC play with a good win this weekend,� Santos said. “How we come out to practice Monday is going to be very important because that’s going to lead us into how we play next Friday against Florida. I feel like we’re in a really good position right now.�

              

       

                           


September 10, 2012