Issuu on Google+

Kicking it With the Martial Arts Club Page 7 Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

“About You, For You”

University of Arkansas Student-Run Newspaper Since 1906

Vol. 107, No. 15

!"#"#$"%&'()*+,,

High Times for UAPD’s Marijuana Arrest Rate Kayli Farris Senior Staff Writer

UARK Free Food Account Tweets Treats on Campus Twitter account lets followers know where to find free food on campus Full Story, Page 5

Volleyball Team Prepared for Conference

Volleyball Head Coach Robert Pulliza happy with team’s opening week of play. Full Story, Page 7

Aneeka Majid Staff Photographer Chancellor G. David Gearhart speaks at the 9/11 Commemoration at the Multicultural Center in the Arkansas Union, Tuesday, Sept. 11. The commemoration was hosted by Al-Islam Student Association and the Multicultural Center to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks.

Miranda Campbell Staff Writer

Women’s Basketball Has Travel-Heavy Schedule

This year, the Razorbacks will face 11 teams who played in the Big Dance last year. Full Story, Page 8

Check Out More Traveler Stories At UAtrav.com Today’s Forecast

The Al-Islam Students Association hosted a 9/11 commemoration Tuesday morning at the Multicultural Center in the Arkansas Union in honor of the thousands who died in the terrorist attacks 11 years ago. The commemoration was part of a pair of events that included the Muslims for Life blood drive hosted by AISA in conjunction with Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. Chancellor G. David

Fayetteville Rated as One of Cheapest Cities in the Nation Jannee Sullivan Senior Staff Writer

87 / 61°F Tomorrow T-Storms 85 / 57°F

Gearhart, Charles Robinson, vice provost for diversity affairs, Dr. Hameed Naseem, electrical engineering professor, and AISA president Sofia Naseem spoke at the commemoration. “9/11 can serve as a call to action in our lives in ways big and small,” Gearhart said. “That is why this commemorative blood drive organized by AISA is so fitting. On this day marked by pain and death, AISA has chosen life — to treasure it and to share it. This three-day blood drive is part of the nationwide effort by Muslims for Life Campaign.”

Though Fayetteville was named one of the cheapest cities in the U.S. by CBS MoneyWatch, many students still notice the strain college has on their wallets, especially on campus. “I haven’t noticed,” said freshman Michael Swane. “Food on campus is more expensive.” Shopping at the Walmart on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is much cheaper, he said. Other students agree that Walmart is one of the cheapest options in town when it comes to buying food. “I shop at the Walmart on Joyce, by the Razorback Theater,” said Shelby Johnson, freshman biology major. “It’s cheaper there.” Housing costs are a big

part of the cost of living index. For students, on-campus are ways to save money on living costs. The cost of rent for a one bedroom, 845 square foot apartment at the Crowne Apartments is $735, according to their website. In comparison in Tuscaloosa, Ala., home to the University of Alabama, rent for a one bedroom, 530 square foot apartment at East Edge Apartments is $865, according to Tuscaloosa Apartment Guide. Gas prices also go into

see CHEAP page 3

For More Coverage About Costs in Fayetteville See Page 5

Last year this blood drive raised more than 10,000 units of blood nationwide, saving upward of 30,000 lives, Gearhart said. Gearhart believes that this blood drive is a significant and meaningful act. “It should not go unnoticed that the group in charge of organizing and planning this blood drive is our university’s Muslim student organization,” Gearhart said. “For some people in this country and indeed, unfortunately, the world, the blame for 9/11 has been placed not on a handful of religious extremists but at the feet of an

entire religion.” Islam, a rich and longstanding religion, has more than 1.6 billion practitioners worldwide and more than 2.5 million Americans observe the Muslim faith, Gearhart said. “To blame the unthinkable acts of 9/11 on a religion practiced by 23 percent of the world’s population is in itself a type of extremism, fueled by illogical hatred,” Gearhart said. “I am heartened by the active steps taken by AISA to show our campus that all Americans mourn the events

Drug-related arrests have increased on campus this fall, a UAPD official said. The increase can be attributed to several factors. Numerous reasons attributed to this increase are better housing staff, well-trained police officers, increased enrollment and the increase in drug abuse among pre-college age students who bring their habits with them to school, said Lt. Gary Crain, UAPD spokesman. During the final two weeks of August 2012, nine students, ages 18 and 19, were arrested on charges of marijuana possession. Those arrests took place in parking lots, garages and residence halls, Crain said. Five arrests on charges of marijuana possession took place this summer, according to the daily crime log. This heightened drug use at the very beginning of the semester is generally common, according to the Clery Report. The Clery Report is part of an act that requires campus police departments to distribute campus crime statistics to students, faculty and staff. However, the numbers do not always decrease after the first month or two of classes, Crain said. “In October 2011, we arrested 14 students for drug violations. In October 2010, we arrested 11,” Crain said. “It does not always go down, but

see ARRESTS page 2

For More Coverage About UAPD See Page 2

see SEPT. 11 page 3

ASG Senators Initiated

Kris Johnson Staff Photographer ASG senators are sworn in at initiation ceremony by Chancellor G. David Gearhart at the Donald W. Renoylds Center. Sept. 11

Miranda Campbell Staff Writer New Associated Student Government senators and cabinet members were initiated last night during a 45 minute ceremony in the Reynolds auditorium.

Chancellor G. David Gearhart and former ASG President Warwick Sabin spoke at the event. “I respect and admire those who embrace this additional responsibility,” Gearhart said. “With strong leadership and a passion for student representation, I really believe that we

can get a lot done this coming year and I am very excited about what’s happening at the UA.” Gearhart promised to respect ASG opinions and to value their leadership, he said. “ASG acts as an organized

see SENATE page 3


Page 2

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Page 3

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

Briefly Speaking Union Day

Arkansas Union 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mary Carruthers, “Memory, the Engine of Thought� Giffels Auditorium Old Main 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

UAPD Takes Action to Make Campus Safer Hunter Hawk Contributing Writer

UAPD officials are making changes on game days campus in an effort to make the UA a safer place. Most crimes on game days involve public intoxication, police official said. In total, there were 14 arrests made Sept. 1, most stemming from alcohol related incidents, according the Daily Crime Log. “Public intoxication and medical assistance were the biggest issues [that] Saturday,� said Lt. Gary Crain, Public Information Officer with the UAPD. However, authorities are still looking for answers regarding an assault and rape investigation that was reported just after midnight Sept 2. “That individual who committed this crime is still out there and capable of doing the same thing again,� Crain said. “We don’t want to have that opportunity exist.� Police confirmed Sept. 2 that they are increasing night patrols to boost security on campus. The UAPD recently hired three officers

to curb crime on campus. UAPD officials are reminding and encouraging students to review safety procedures and measures in order to avoid dangerous situations. Crain also encourages fans to “stay hydrated� because of the extreme heat Fayetteville is still experiencing in September. To prevent assaults, the UAPD uses emergency phone polls, escort services and florescent lighting, Crain said. Small things like staying on sidewalks in illuminated, well-lit areas and walking with friends will discourage criminal actively and keep students safe. “Much better to have people use the escort service or Safe Ride or go out in groups than to be out at this particular time,� said Crain. UA recently changed many of the light fixtures to new, brighter fluorescent bulbs. “It’s a much whiter light, a hotter light, but it gives you the ability to distinguish features, to distinguish colors, so people can actually describe things better,� said Mike Johnson, associate vice chancellor for facilities.

from ARRESTS page 1

Source: Each School’s Clery Report when it does, perhaps the people who are violating the law are arrested or hear about the arrests, so they exercise good judgment and stop doing it.� Compared to other Southeastern Conference schools of our size, the UA appears to have a growing drug problem, while other schools seem to be eliminating the violations, according to the Clery Report. Louisiana State University has a slightly larger population, of 28,985 students, than the UA with 24,595 students, but LSU has somewhat fewer reports of drug-related violations, according to the Clery Reports for both schools. In 2010, the UA had 170 drug law violations, while LSU had 64, according to the Clery Report. In 2009, the UA had 129 violations, while LSU had 110. In 2008, UA had 157 violations, and LSU had 148. Statistics for 2011 have not yet been released. Based on these statistics, LSU has a decreasing amount of violations, while the UA drug offenses appear to be on the upswing. However, Mississippi State University, with 21,424 students, appears to be following the same trend as the UA with increasing numbers of drug law violations. In 2008, MSU had 63 drug law violations, 69 in 2009, and 99 in 2010, according to the Clery Report. The UA police take drug violations very seriously and will not hesitate to make arrests including the drug task force officers in the event that drug laws are violated on campus, Crain said.

Photo Illustration Marcus Ferreira

The changing drug laws in Arkansas might also affect this issue, he said. With the potential of the Medical Marijuana Act to be added to the November ballot, the UAPD is considering how this could affect students and campus life, Crain said. “You must remember that smoking is prohibited on all campuses in Arkansas,� Crain said. “We do not know what the Medical Marijuana Act would look like in its final version if enacted. There are several laws that would be in conflict, so that would have to be cleared up.� The Department of Health has listed 15 conditions that will be monitored within the act. Parameters for medical usage will also likely be defined in the legislation, Crain said. “It is most likely not in the cards for use on campus,� Crain added. “UAPD will enforce the law.� Additionally, in 2011, the state Legislature reduced marijuana possession penalties. “The law changed, so now on the first offense, if a person has less than four ounces, it is a misdemeanor,� Crain said. “If it is a repeated offense, one to four ounces is a felony. This has not impacted the students that were arrested by UAPD because none of them had four ounces.� The repercussions of drugrelated arrests for students are no less than those of an average citizen, if not more rigorous because students must face university sanctions through the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct,

Crain said. A student arrested for a drug violation will be taken to the Washington County Jail and is required to post bond, Crain said. After the bond is met, the student will be assigned a court date when he or she must appear to plead his or her case. If the student pleads not guilty, then another court date will be ordered for a later time, when the student will return for the hearing of the case, Crain added. “All in all, it is a lot of trouble to go through and better to avoid it altogether,� Crain said. To remain in good standing, a student must complete the legislative processes and stay out of trouble. “They have to never do it again,� Crain said. “A second offense is even more complicated.�

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

from SEPT. 11 page 1

Students Adapt to RZ’s Closing Bailey Deloney Staff Writer The renovation of RZ’s coffee house in the Arkansas Union has led students to seek other options when looking to satisfy their caffeine fix. Brewed coffee sales have increased at the Club Red located across from RZ’s, said Cindy Moore, clinical assistant professor. However, despite small retail changes like these, Chartwell’s sales are tracking normally for the year, said Morgan Stout, director of operations. Students and faculty often develop routines when it comes to indulging their daily caffeine fixations. Longtime Starbucks enthusiasts remain repeat customers, just as Einstein Bros. Bagels supporters stay true to their usual orders. People become brand loyal and location loyal, Stout said. For this reason, there has been neither a significant increase nor a significant decrease in overall sales for competing coffee vendors on campus. With work underway, RZ’s will soon return, but not without some changes. Chartwell’s will be adding two additional brands to the RZ’s location, while still under the original RZ’s name. Au Bon Pain, a cafĂŠ bakery franchise, as well as Freshens, a smoothie chain, will present an assortment of new food options for students. “Au Bon Pain will be taking what we did at RZ’s and taking it to the next level,â€? Stout said. While the shop will continue to offer their pastries and other to-go foods, Au Bon Pain will add made-toorder sandwiches to the mix as well. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore the new crepes bar, offering both savory and sweet selections. Student surveys are a deciding factor in which brands Chartwells brings on campus and where to place them, said Kim Johnson, marketing director for Chartwells. “There is a science to it,â€? Johnson said. “We really work hard to bring a lot of variety across campus.â€? Freshens and Au Bon Pain representatives will have tables set up and will be handing out coupons during Union Day today. Both brands will also have menus available with more information on what is to come.

Contact

119 Kimpel Hall University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR 72701 Main 479 575 3406 Fax 479 575 3306 traveler@uark.edu

facebook.com/uatrav twitter.com/uatrav

Editorial Staff Chad Woodard Editor-in-Chief 479 575 8455 traveler@uark.edu

Brittany Nims Managing Editor 479 575 8455 travmgr@uark.edu

Mark Cameron Multimedia Editor 479 575 7051

Saba Naseem Special Projects Editor 479 575 8455

Emily DeLong Copy Editor 479 575 8455

Joe Kieklak Opinion Editor 479 575 8455

Sarah Derouen News Editor 479 575 3226 travnews@uark.edu

Jack Suntrup Asst. News Editor 479 575 3226 travnews@uark.edu

Nick Brothers Companion Editor 479 575 3226 travlife@uark.edu

Shelby Gill Asst. Companion Editor 479 575 3226 travlife@uark.edu

Kristen Coppola Sports Editor 479 575 7051 travsprt@uark.edu

Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor 479 575 7051 travsprt@uark.edu

Emily Rhodes Photo Editor 479 575 8455

Sarah Colpitts Lead/Features Designer

Marcus Ferreira News Designer

Carson Smith Sports Designer

COLLEGE SKI & BOARD WEEK Breckenridge Keystone

• •

Vail • Beaver Creek Arapahoe Basin

breckenridge

20 Mountains. 5 Resorts. 1 Price. FROM ONLY

plus t/s

Advertising & Design Staff Elizabeth Birkinsha Advertising Manager 479 575 3839

Jeremy Johns Account Manager 479 575 2223

Caty Mills Account Manager 479 575 3899

Chelsea Williams Account Manager 479 575 7594

Kayla Nicole Hardy Account Representative 479 575 3439

Amy Butterfield Account Representative 479 575 8714

Emmy Miller Graphic Designer

Guy Smith III Graphic Designer

WWW.UBSKI.COM

1-800-SKI-WILD • 1-800-754-9453

Corrections The Arkansas Traveler strives for accuracy in its reporting and will correct all matters of fact. If you believe the paper has printed an error, please notify the editor at 479 575 8455 or at traveler@uark.edu.

Gearhart encouraged students to participate in the blood drive and Robinson led a brief moment of silence after he challenged observers to dedicate themselves to unification. UA sophomore Lana Sheikha looked forward spreading the message that Islam is not what everyone assumes, she said. “It wasn’t just two planes that were hijacked — it was an entire religion,� Sheikha said. “It got to the point where Islam was synonymous with terrorists. As a Muslim person, as someone who is from Iraq and as someone who has had to witness what the media is stuff-

ing down everyone’s throat, I thought that was just inexcusable and so wrong.� Dr. Naseem opened the commemoration with a verse from the Quran, which teaches that the murder of one person is equivalent to killing all of humanity. “[This verse] also refers to the children of Israel who were given the same teaching,� Naseem said. “So this teaching of not killing anybody goes all the way back to Judaism and Christianity, all the way to the children of Adam.� The blood drive will continue until 4 p.m. today in room 403 of the Multicultural Center.

On-Campus Construction Noise Disrupts Study Habits

from SENATE page 1 voice for all students and effectively represents them in the university’s policy and decision making while promoting citizenship on campus and in the greater community,� Gearhart said. “It is through cooperation and collaboration that we work for positive change on our campus. Anytime you have an issue our door is always open.� Gearhart praised ASG for its work with the “Be Part of It� campaign that aims to get students involved on campus, he said. “Throughout my time as chancellor I have championed the importance of student engagement,� he said. “It enriches the college experience and allows for personal and professional growth as well as strengthening our university.� Gearhart also encouraged

ASG to continue working to increase student voting in the November presidential elections between president Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. “I appreciate the work ASG is doing to profile the election and get people out to vote,� Gearhart said. “As student government leaders you have the opportunity to educate UA students on both their right and responsibility to vote and I look forward to the success of the voter drive that you are holding.� Sabin spoke to students about his time at the UA. “I treasured my time as part of ASG and was honored to serve as president,� Sabin said. “I saw it as my responsibility to stand up for the students and for other interests on campus and that is something that I’m proud of.�

from CHEAP page 1 the cost of living index. Some students haven’t seen much of a difference in Fayetteville gas prices, which are around $3.61 per gallon now, according to arkansasgasprices.com. In California, the average price for a gallon of gas is more than $4, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge report. Still, $3.60 seems steep for some students. “I haven’t really noticed Fayetteville being cheaper,� said Justin Jackson, junior

accounting major. “Gas prices are actually a little higher.� Fayetteville’s raw cost of living index is 86.1, coming in sixth behind Norman and Muskogee, Okla. and McAllen, Wichita Falls and Harlingen, Texas. Fayetteville’s cost of living index is lower than any other Southeastern Conference university town. Harlingen, Texas, was the cheapest city, with a cost of living index of 81.6.

Kris Johnson Staff Photographer Construction workers continue leveling ground for future building on the UA campus Friday, September 7.

Mandy McClendon Staff Writer While getting to class on time can be difficult because of packed sidewalks and detours, the noise that construction causes has also been affecting those on campus--both students and professors. Matt Holiman, a senior criminal justice major, said he believes the noise must be difficult for most students to deal with. “As far as class goes, the noise hasn’t affected me much because I’ve been lucky enough

to not have class close to it,� he said. “The noise hasn’t personally affected my ability to hear my professor or concentrate, but I know others who it has affected negatively.� Holiman, who served as a student ambassador, said he often ran into difficulties with construction while giving tours. “As a former student ambassador, trying to give tours was difficult because at some points I would have to shout to be heard, or I had to simply stop talking for a few minutes,� Holiman said. “Not being able to take more convenient routes

while giving tours was also a problem.� Students who live on campus are particularly affected by the amount of noise created. “Construction noise is especially annoying while I’m trying to take tests or quizzes, and I need it to be quiet,� said John Lee, freshman biology major. “It’s also frustrating because I live in a dorm on campus and I’m often woken up by the noise. Even studying in my room becomes impossible sometimes.� Others insist that the construction is only the means to desirable end.

“We are working as effectively and efficiently as possible to protect our common environment. The spectacular growth and success of the university has required us to accelerate the pace of some long-needed improvement,� according to the facilities management website. The extensive construction on campus is primarily because of greater enrollment. Enrollment has expanded to 24,595 students as of this semester. It is unclear how long it will take for all projects to be completed, according to UA officials.

A Commitment Engraved in Stone

         Kris Johnson Staff Photographer A worker polishes newly engraved names on the senior walk at the corner of Dickson and McIlroy. Sept. 11

3729 N. Crossover, Ste. 107 Fayetteville www.ppheartland.org 1.855.841.7526


Opinion Editor: Joe Kieklak Page 4

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

The Youth Vote Has Burned Out

Juan Holmes Staff Columnist Fall semester has begun and we are in the midst of another electrifying election year. In one corner, we have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: The Republican duo who promise major changes in Washington, D.C. In the other corner, we have President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden who wish to maintain course with the policies they set forth. National politics on the UA campus is diffident at best, as several politically affiliated groups on campus rally to promote awareness. Groups such as the College Republicans and Young Democrats both plan to spread the word via phone banking and voter registration drives. Despite these efforts, it would seem that public opinion of the presidential race is bumpy at best. Faced with full-time classes, a job or two and extracurricular activities, it is hard for the average student to keep up with the name-calling in Washington, D.C. Buzz words like “legitimate rape” overshadow the more pertinent issues college students face; like unemployment and looming student loan debt. Only 58 percent of registered voters ages 18 to 29 plan to vote in the upcoming 2012 election, significantly lower than 2008 according to Gallop.com. Last week, both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions were held. Students should not be too impressed with either presidential platform. President Obama needs to convince the American public that his policies, like the Affordable Care Act,

increasing taxes for the top 5 percent of Americans in the name of the economy and reducing military spending, have been effective to our expedient economy. Shift focus to Gov. Romney. The “business executive gone Washington” has blundered on foreign policy. Romney accosted Iran for possible weapons of mass destruction. He also would like to reduce subsidies for the National Endowments For the Arts and Humanities and reduce the amount of Federal employees, in addition to his vague environmental policy proposals, according to his campaign website. Being continuously connected to the Internet, college students today have access to mass amounts of information. Whether it is an Instagram photo of some delicious quiche or the ongoing tragedy in Aleppo, we are wired to knowledge. Perhaps this new and intense connection to the world muddies the perceptions cast by politicians in general. This could explain the drastic change in youth involvement from the 2008 election to now. Or maybe there is a larger issue at hand. The two party system, coupled with social media has caused a polarization of American politics where individuals on both sides focus on the worst case scenarios of their peers resulting in a deeper division of the American citizenry. This is even more apparent in the youth demographic. We do not need a political party, what we need leadership. We need someone who can unify this nation. Politically, our generation needs to mature and we need political institutions that are as diverse as our population. Being the most wired group in history, there is really no excuse to not know about what is going on. Instead of shutting out everything and anything political, perhaps we should listen to people with different opinions so that we can form better ones of our own.

Juan Holmes is a staff columnist. He is an Englishcreative writing major.

Traveler Quote of the Day All in all, it is a lot of trouble to go through and better to avoid it all together.

Lt. Gary Crain, UAPD

High Times for UAPD’s Marijuana Arrest Rate, Page 1

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor Opinion Editor

Chad Woodard Brittany Nims Joe Kieklak

The Arkansas Traveler welcomes letters to the editor from all interested readers. Letters should be at most 300 words and should include your name, student classification and major or title with the university and a day-time telephone number for verification. Letters should be sent to traveler@uark.edu.

MCT Campus

We Have Forgotten Where We Walk Editorial Board Arkansas Traveler We’re in. The Silas Hunt traffic has slowed, the skipping has begun and we are close to the middle of another year on the Hill. We are happy to see so much student involvement this year; some freshmen are taking advantage of opportunities made available. We do have one concern: the marketing. Now that the daily routes are set, we can finally zone out and enjoy the campus scenery. If you’re walking on Senior Walk and glance down, you’ll see it smeared with chalk. Now, there’s no real issue with chalking sidewalks as a form of advertising, yet, chalking on Senior Walk shouldn’t even enter our minds. It took a year for the slogan, “the YOU of A,” to grow on us. Slogans are

slogans. Yet, our Senior Walk is one of the unique ways that our university turns this construction jungle into home. When we mark up more than 100 years of tradition with chalk for ASG elections or student ministry events, we essentially toss tradition off the Hill. Yesterday, our nation remembered those whose lives were taken on 9/11. A grievance that was raised was the disrespect for the Sept. 11 memorial. Families watched in disbelief as coffee was spilled on the memorial and children were plopped on the bronze plates of the monument, according to a New York Post article. These are two totally different levels of disrespect, but the idea of desecrating a monument dedicated to thousands shows a lack of consideration for not only the deceased, but their families as well. The names etched on our Senior Walk do not just

represent the “YOU of A”, they represent the hard work of hundreds of thousands of Razorbacks. Covered with the “advertisements of the week,” we are treating the Senior Walk as it is just another sidewalk on campus. This is not the last time we expect to see chalk cover the campus. The chalk advertising, posters and volunteers eager to hand out information are a great example of how excited student leaders are to involve their peers in student organizations. We need to remember where we are advertising and chalking, though. It is important that we inform students, but it is more important that we set a good example for the students that will take our posts one day. After our names are etched into history — and we return as alumni for homecoming, games and whatever else might bring us back to our alma mater

— we will remember the permanent mark we left on campus. Next time you go out to chalk about your pancake breakfast, your sorority function or your next church service’s time and location, remember the people who were here before us. It is easy to use a different medium to let our events be known. We should all be happy to honor our alumni with each step we take crossing campus on our way to class. We are lucky to be able to walk on history. We should preserve it and continue to add our contributions; while showing respect. Would you want to return to campus years later and see your name on Senior Walk covered up with a temporary advertisement? We certainly wouldn’t. We would like to think that years from now when we return to campus, our name will be preserved and respected.

‘Four Pockets’ Have Taken Over at UA Conor Woody Contributing Columnist

An epidemic is sweeping the seemingly serene hills of Fayetteville that makes H1N1 look like “Bieber Fever.” It could be called the silent social killer; an infected victim can go months — even their whole lives — without realizing that the parasite has constricted itself around his waist. The victim, tragically, is the last to know of his disease. Those around him spot it instantly, making hushed, panicked indignations just out of hearing range. Once the victim discovers the nature of his sickness, it is too late. He has been exiled, a modernday leper banished to an island of peers who share his disfigurement. This disfigurement has been given a catchy title by researchers, as many epidemics are: cargo shorts. There is only one symptom: wearing them. I have thankfully avoided this sickness for most of my life, but I’ve seen countless others — some of my friends and relatives included — fall prey. I had no idea how evil

this piece of deceivingly innocuous clothing was until I came to Fayetteville and was told of their dangers by people wearing correct clothing, like cowboy boots and short shorts. It is time for the university to step in and take drastic measures to ensure that this outbreak is contained. Do UA officials not realize the far-reaching implications of this horrendous disease? Everyone knows the multitude of ways that someone wearing baggy shorts with two — two! — extra pockets affect other students nearby. I do not know this personally, but many on campus obviously do, because they have bravely taken the first steps to stop this earth-shattering fashion choice. Just in the nick of time, too. The giggles of Nortswearers may be just what the doctor ordered. No longer will the freedom-loving students of the UA be trapped by the tyrannical rule of a couple of guys wearing shorts with floppy pockets — and buttons. No longer will those sensible enough to wear the clothing deemed acceptable be unfairly coerced into being reminded that shorts with more pockets than

theirs exist, and right here, in our own backyard. For our new ASG senators, I encourage that the newly elected members’ first piece of legislation be a limit on how many pockets may be allotted to each pair of shorts. Two in the front, two in the back, with no flaps — as God intended. Severe sanctions should be handed to those in possession of illicit pockets. But before this bill is passed, I’ve come up with a few precautions to take if you come in contact with an infected person. First: Avert your eyes. One way of discouraging someone else from wearing clothing you don’t particularly enjoy seeing is by suddenly looking away. The “four-pocketeers” crave social interaction, but this should be avoided at all cost; it encourages their behavior and their numbers could possibly grow. College is a place of base assumptions and splitsecond impressions. It’s not a place for “reaching out” or “inclusiveness.” Second: Tell a friend. Another bizarre characteristic of the “cargoers” is their dislike of being openly mocked in public. Give a friend (if no

friends are around, a stranger) a tap on the shoulder and scoff loudly. In crowded situations, it may be necessary to point. In very crowded situations, a direct confrontation may be needed for the safety of the public. Third: Find eye protection. Seeing unnecessary pockets flaunted in your face is inevitable. Sometimes, the only way to avoid the situation is by protecting your eyes. You will want sunglasses to dull the sight of their shorts. Unfortunately, “cargoers” have swarmed the campus, so keeping sunglasses in your pocket can leave you exposed to precious seconds of unsafe contact. You will need to have your glasses as close to your face as possible so that you can put them on quickly in case of emergency. To combat the eyesore of ridiculously unnecessary cargo shorts, we as a student body need the most pragmatic, subtle piece of clothing of all: Croakies. And lots of them.

Conor Woody is a contributing columnist. He is a sophomore.


“Making Your Journey Worthwhile” Companion Editor: Nick Brothers Assistant Companion Editor: Shelby Gill Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

Page 5

Fayetteville Named 4th Cheapest City in the US

FASHION

Mauri Lester Contributing Writer Locating the perfect clothing store often presents a challenge for college students. Many students are far from home and where they normally shop. Fortunately, reasonable price points, excellent customer service and combination of classic and funky pieces can all be found at Masons. With two locations, Masons makes shopping convenient for customers. The Joyce Boulevard store is very spacious and carries both women’s and men’s clothing while the second location in the Northwest Arkansas Mall focuses on women’s clothing. Both stores are modern, sophisticated and boast a touch of glamour. Masons’ inventory is very versatile providing a style for everyone. The retailer is known for being fashion-forward while maintaining a balance of both classic and unique items. “People aren’t afraid to try something new with our clothes,” said Madeline Galey, a UA junior and Masons sales associate. Customers have the option of keeping outfits neat and simple, bold and one-of-a-kind, or anything in between. Through their fashion blog, Masons goes the extra mile to enlighten shoppers on the latest trends, fashion advice, and merchandise within the store. They also have a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account to provide customers with a multitude of ways to stay in style while on the go. Masons carries a variety of fall items including furry vests, colorful pea coats, tribal cardigans, and practically anything adorned in sequins. “Color and pattern is huge this season along with chunky sweaters, booties, and blazers,”

Rebekah Harvey Staff Photographer Shoppers browse clothing and accesories in Masons on Joyce Avenue Friday, September 7. said Annie Dotson, a UA sophomore and Masons sales associate. Just in time for fall shopping, Masons has lined their shelves with patterned flats studded loafers and a wide variety of boots. The most popular footwear this year is the anklet boot for women. It comes in a variety of styles such as the cowboy boot, the flat, and “booties” with heels. Masons has items for every personality. They carry everything from casual t-shirts to party dresses. Some great and affordable pieces that work nicely for nighttime events are sequin skirts, embellished blouses and leather shorts. Razorback shirts are also available in a variety of options. For men, Masons carries the very popular Alternative Brand V-necks that are quite reasonably priced. They can

also choose from a wide selection of Tom’s shoes to compliment any of the V-necks. Masons also offers denim for men in several different styles and washes. Button down shirts in a variety of patterns, in addition to jackets and coats, are available for almost any occasion. Fashion accessories, such as chunky necklaces, studded earrings, and lots of gold, are plentiful at Masons. The new John Wind jewelry line features initial necklaces and bracelets in multiple colors and styles at affordable prices. Classic Michael Kors watches are also available in the popular rose gold and silver/ gold combination. Masons has a very eclectic and retro collection of sunglasses that will

compliment every scarf and hat as shoppers make the transition into fall styles. A multitude of handbags are available at both locations with the most popular being Tano purses. Masons also offers the Hobo brand wallets which will be very trendy this fall. Green Tote Day was promoted at UA during Razorbash where green totes were distributed. Taking these totes into Masons on Green Tote Days allows customers to take 20 percent off each item purchased. Green Tote Days are randomly announced through Facebook and other social media sites. Green Totes may also be found at the Masons store to use for future visits. Jeans are one of fall’s basic and necessary fashions. This year, Masons is hosting an event to help in selecting the perfect pair. Denim Days will be held from September 6 through September 16 and will feature a large selection of jeans including boot-cut, skinnies, jeggings, flare leg, color, corduroy and print. “Hunter green and rusty red are the biggest colors for fall jeans” Galey said. Masons carries such jean brands as True Religion, Seven for all Mankind, DL, CJ, Rich and Skinny, and Citizens. All of these jeans are high quality and hold up very well. Simply by trying on a pair of jeans, an automatic ten-dollar discount is rewarded to customers. Customers can schedule appointments to meet with Masons’ buyer and find the perfect pair of jeans for your body type and style. As the seasons change so must your wardrobe. Masons can help make sure you look great this season.

Casey Freeman Staff Writer

Fayetteville has recently been named the fourth cheapest city to live in the U.S., having an overall cost of living that is 15.4 percent below the national average, according to CBS MoneyWatch. The list was based on information provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research, a nonprofit group that researches local economic trends. They used the price of housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services to compare costs in 306 urban areas in the U.S. To estimate the living cost of each city, prices for about 60 items were recorded in each area, and then all of the data was inputted and analyzed, said Chung Tan, manager for economic development in Fayetteville. Fayetteville’s modest home prices and inexpensive food costs helped put it toward the top of the list. One simple comparison is that a movie ticket in Fayetteville is more than $3 cheaper than in New York City. “I transferred to UA from a small university in Brownwood, Texas. It was such a small town that there weren’t very many affordable places to do things. Since being in Fayetteville I have found a lot of things I can do for cheap and still have just as much fun. There are so many hole-inthe-wall places to eat too that are cheap but still good quality,” said Allie Wright, UA student. “I really like my apartment here. It’s spacious, and because I have roommates, I only have to

pay $150 a month,” Wright said. “One great thing about Fayetteville is that you can afford to have fun because there are a lot of outdoor activities that don’t require spending money. It’s also beneficial to be a UA student because the university provides so many free activities and meals. The games are cheaper or even free if you’re a student, and the fitness center and intramural sports are free too,” said Shi Shi Chen, UA sophomore. One other city from Arkansas made the list as well. Also a college town, Conway was listed as No. 8, having a 13.8 percent lower cost of living than the national average. The other cities included in the top 10 were Harlingen, Texas; Memphis, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; Ardmore, Okla.; Temple, Texas; Ashland, Ohio; Pueblo, Colo. and Pryor Creek, Okla. Comparatively, New York City (Manhattan) was at the top of the list for the most expensive cities in the U.S. with a cost of living that is 133.5 percent above the national average. Some other cities on the list included Honolulu, Hawai’i; San Francisco, Calif.; San Jose, Calif. and Washington, D.C. Of the 300-plus urban areas that participated, the standard of living in the U.S. varied from over twice the national average in New York City to a little under 20 percent below the average in Harlingen, Texas. Living in a city that is much cheaper than the majority of other U.S. cities is helpful to many people. “Even though I’m a college student, I can easily afford to live here. It’s awesome!” Chen said.

DICKSON STREET

PROFILE

UARK Free Food @UARKFreeFood

23 Aug

Soooo much #FreeFood today. Visit #Razorbash today between 11 & 2 for pizza, hotdogs, and #swag. (Between the Union and Library)

UARK Free Food Account Tweets Treats on Campus Alex March Staff Writer

College, aside from getting a degree and making lifelong friends, is about getting as much free stuff as you possibly can. T-shirts, plastic cups, and party shades are nice, but any student on a budget knows the Holy Grail for free stuff is food. Campus is filled with free food opportunities throughout the year. Some betterknown events, like Razorbash or the Walton College Block Party, are easy to see coming. Other events put on by smaller groups are harder to find. Enter Kurt Deining, senior marketing major. Deining created a twitter handle, @ UARKFreeFood. The purpose of the account is in the name — letting followers know where they can find free food on campus. “I always saw that there was an abundance of food being given out on campus,” Deining said. “I thought that students would find it useful to have a single convenient place to find where and when this food was available.” Deining said he thought someone would have made an

account like this by now. “That wasn’t the case, so I just went ahead with making it,” Deining said. Deining said he hopes that as he adds followers, they will begin sending him the food hauls they find on campus. For example, on Aug. 20, @UARKFreeFood tweeted,

“Just from what I’ve noticed over the last three years, a lot more free food is given out at the beginning of the school year,” Deining said. Even if you missed out the past few weeks of class, there is still hope. “On average, I would assume there’s an event going on

“I always saw that there was an abundance of food being given out on campus.” Kurt Deining

Creator of @UARKFreeFood “Free hot dogs and drinks at the union right now courtesy of ASG.” “I’m currently just tweeting the free food events that I see during my daily routine,” Deining said. “I have a feeling there are a lot more events giving out free food than I am able to catch on my own.” The events are usually put on by registered student organizations, University Programs or Associated Student Government, Deining said. As far as advice for hitting the food jackpot, Deining said you should strike early.

at least once a week,” Deining said. As far as the food itself, Deining said he most often sees free Eureka Pizza at events. The food varies however, with hot dogs as another popular choice to give out. Deining thinks his twitter account passes on valuable information to students. “This is easily a campus service,” Deining said. “The groups giving out food want people to attend their events.” With students as budget conscience as ever, every free meal counts.

“Students who are on a tight budget can stretch it a little further by saving money on a meal here or there,” Deining said. @UARKFreeFood joins the ranks of other popular, even if unofficial, twitter handles providing news and entertainment to the razorback community. Accounts like @ UofA_Fresh_Move and the popular UARK Memes Facebook page gain followers and likes every day. “Twitter is the most effective tool for this service, because the information is open to anyone,” Deining said. ‘It’s just a really easy way of sharing information with everyone.” Twitter provides the perfect way to distribute the information Deining supplies. “The information I’m distributing is brief and timely,” Deining said. Deining hopes to market new technologies after he markets in the spring. Utilizing social media is one way to help gain experience doing so. Whenever the event, whatever the food, students can look to @UARKFreeFood to keep them in the know of delicious, budget-friendly eats on campus all year long.

Courtney Ulrich Staff Photographer

Bugsy’s bar offers drinks and barbecue to Fayetteville locals on Dickson Street. The bar was built at the former Flying Possum Leather shop and named in honor of late owner Bruce Walker’s dog, Bugsy.

Dickson Establishment Rises From The Ashes

Carly Pingel Contributing Writer

A new bar by the name of Bugsy’s is now officially open in the space once famously known to Fayetteville citizens as Flying Possum Leather at 526 West Dickson Street. The custom leather shop had been one of Dickson Street’s historical gems, having been run for nearly 34 years by founder and owner, Bruce Walker, before being destroyed in a fateful fire and taking the owner’s life in March. Walker and his beloved dog, Bugsy, were both in the shop at the time of the fire. Walker died in the fire. Bugsy survived. The new owners of the space have coined the name, “Bugsy’s”, as a tribute to Walker and his respected business. Fellow Dickson Street business owner, Bill Jett, adopted Bugsy shortly after the fire that March, and Smith said the dog is “residing there now and doing very well.” The space famous for custom leather sandals, belts, and guitar straps, is now a Razorback-themed sports bar where

Dickson-Street-goers can enjoy a beverage and enjoy the big game. “We’re full liquor, beer and wine and we have NFL Ticket so all the football games will be shown on Sundays, and then obviously all of the Razorback games as well,” said Ryan Smith, Bugsy’s manager. The bar is non-smoking, but smoking is allowed on the back patio, which according to Smith has been a big hit so far. “People are liking the back patio, I don’t know if it’s the size or how it’s kind of hidden away, but a lot of people are saying it has a really homey feel, just like your own backyard patio. So that’s been working out great,” said Smith. Also on the property, located on the back side of the bar, is a new 14-foot trailer called Taste Buds, which is co-owned by Smith, and will serve BBQ, nachos, wings, and smoked pulled pork sandwiches. In naming the bar after dear Bugsy, it is hoped that the memory of Walker, and the shop he so passionately ran, will remain on Dickson Street for many years to come.


Page 6

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

Comics Pearls Before Swine

Dilbert

Calvin and Hobbes

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

Sudoku Stephan Pastis

Scott Adams

Bill Watterson

© 2011 The Mepham Group. Distributed by Tribune Media Services. All rights reserved.

Crossword

Doonesbury

Non Sequitur

Garry Trudeau

Wiley Miller

By Gareth Bain

The Argyle Sweater

Scott Hilburn

ACROSS 1 “Rumble in the Jungle” champ 4 Hanging on every word 8 Crumb bum 14 Actor Chaney 15 Dot on a map 16 Delphi’s claim to fame 17 Perspective-bending artist 19 “Beau Geste” novelist 20 Grade for a tween 21 Scottish hillside 23 Convent residents 24 Runner Sebastian et al. 26 Second and third in a sequence 28 Port relative 30 Sears rival 34 Subdue with a stun gun 35 Final Four initials 37 “Mercy!” 38 Penn Sta. users 39 Blues standard first recorded by Ma Rainey 41 KGB counterpart 42 Prettify 44 “Roots” author Haley 45 Game with a 32-card deck 46 “Never Give a Sucker

an Even Break” star 48 How some beer is sold 50 Mil. plane for small runways 51 Civil wrong 52 Barbershop member 55 CNBC interviewees 58 Reverend’s residence 61 Pepsi alternative 63 Justice League publisher 65 Charm 66 Entry point 67 Kite on the links 68 “Who wants ice cream?” reply 69 Lid malady 70 Lamb mom DOWN 1 Poor box donations 2 Focal points 3 More than 4 Having deeper pockets 5 Hibachi residue 6 Roman commoner 7 Okla. or Dak., once 8 Inept sheep keeper 9 Circle part 10 Beginning 11 Color of raw silk 12 Narrow valley 13 Mil. bigwigs

18 Five-and-dime, e.g. 22 Game player’s haunts 25 iPad-to-iMac activity 27 Fourth prime minister of Israel 28 It may be bendy 29 One of three in CocaCola 30 Locks up 31 Cable venue for vintage sitcoms 32 Poland Spring competitor 33 Dublin-born poet 36 Pacifier site 39 Online tech news site 40 Parkway off-ramp 43 Meat- or fish-filled pastry 45 “Vamoose!” 47 Pin down 49 “Mercy!” 52 “Dracula” novelist Stoker 53 Peak 54 Fountain build-up 56 Track numbers 57 St. Andrew’s Day celebrant 59 Garbage barge 60 Salinger heroine 62 Apollo lander, briefly 64 Affectedly shy


Sports Editor: Kristen Coppola Assistant Sports Editor: Haley Markle Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

Page 7

CLUB SPORTS

Kicking it with the Martial Arts Club Cameron McCauley Staff Writer

If you happen to walk into the main entrance of HPER on a Thursday at 5 p.m., you might see something unusual going on in the multi-purpose room. Students are geared up in karate outfits and proper protection and are participating in what looks more like an art than a sport. It is the domain of the martial arts club, one of the more intricate club sports provided by the university. What might first appear like your standard fare of roundhouse kicks and judo chops is actually a detailed system of training described as Grand Master Han’s Martial Arts system. According to the club’s web page, the system has six basic principles: be polite, be patient, be alert, be brave, do your best and respect yourself and others. “Martial arts club teaches a system called Youn Wha Ryu, which starts out like tae kwon do and goes into stuff like kung fu and jujitsu,” said Jeremy Curtis, club president and longest-tenured member. It is considered more of a class than a club, and that is what Curtis emphasizes as its greatest aspect. Just like any

other class, you have to study and perfect your craft outside of the club’s normal meetings. “We have tournaments which we go to compete and also have specific testings that we attend,” Curtis said. If someone is timid about joining the martial arts club, the current members made it clear that any level of ability is welcome to come and participate. Whether you have never heard of martial arts in your life or have a third-degree black belt, the club is encouraging in that anyone can join. A hot topic on campus has been a recent wave of attacks and crimes, some involving predators, which could give some female students an extra incentive to learn a self defense technique. “It’s a really good way for self defense. There has been a lot of attacks lately and this would be a good way to motivate yourself and be more aware of your surroundings,” said junior Sasha Salgado, who has been involved in martial arts for two years. “You can be more comfortable when you are just walking to your car at night and actually have the ability to defend yourself,” said Kelli Young, a senior member. Most of the members also said that martial arts is a great way of relieving some of the

stress that college puts on you, and consider it a good way of training your body as well as your mind. “I injured myself before I joined this class, and once I got better I found it to be a really good workout to get back in shape,” said sophomore Robert West, a member since January. If you intend to be serious about your training and advancement, the club also offers information about other ways to get more involved in martial arts than just the club. “If you want, there are outside classes all throughout the week you can get in touch with to get all the practice you need to start testing and go to tournaments,” Young said. When it comes to costs, Curtis said he is still deciding on the monthly dues, but said it would be between five or ten dollars a month, along with purchasing your own equipment through the club. Typical martial arts advancement can be achieved in this class, and the members are all proud of the belts they have earned thus far. Whatever the reason is for joining — be it for learning self-defense tactics, being a fan of Bruce Lee films or wanting to stay in good shape — the martial arts club is most likely worth giving a shot, members said.

VOLLEYBALL

Aneeka Majid Staff Photographer Jeremy Curtis instructs students in martial arts at the HPER, Thursday, Sept. 6. Martial arts classes take place Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Volleyball Team Ready For Conference Opener Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor

Logan Webster Staff Photographer Jasmine Norton spikes the ball against a Louisania-Monroe Warhawk player in a match Sept. 7. The team opens conference play Friday at 7 p.m. in Barnhill.

The Razorback volleyball team finished non-conference play with a 9-2 record and begins Southeastern Conference play Friday at 7 p.m. against the No. 13 Florida Gators. “New beginning,” head coach Robert Pulliza said. “Everybody’s back at 0-0 and everybody starts all over again. This happens to be SEC play — which is exciting in its own — everyday that you go out there and compete, but especially your opener and your home opener so we’re excited for it.” The team closed out the non-conference part of the season with a sweep of the Razorback Invitational. Pul-

liza was happy with his team’s play during the opening weeks of the season. “I think overall we were consistent and it’s hard early in the season to be consistent,” Pulliza said. “I thought our preparation was good and I thought we played mature most of the time. So we still need to get better at some things, but I think we’re in a good place.” The last time the Razorbacks beat a ranked opponent was in 2007 when they defeated No. 5 Florida. The team looks to break the losing streak this weekend against the Gators, but it won’t be an easy task. “They’re very physical, really, really athletic, especially in the middle, the right side,” Pulliza said. “They got a new setter transfer that’s very, very good. They’ve got a great li-

bero. They’ve got two outside hitters that are freshmen but are very, very talented. So I know they’re a talented Florida team, they do a great job, they’re well coached and it’s SEC, so it’ll be exciting.” The team has seen a good amount of support from fans this season and Friday’s match will likely be one to see. “Barnhill Arena has definitely become one of the best volleyball venues in the country,” Pulliza said. “Most of our crowds this season have been 1,000 plus. We expect, hopefully, about 1,500 fans for Friday at the 7 o’clock match. It’s a great environment. If somebody has not been here to a volleyball match this year, they should make this one their first one because it’ll be exciting,” Pulliza added.

COMMENTARY

A Plea to the Fans: Please Respect the Razorbacks Tamzen Tumlison Staff Writer

Are you a Razorback fan or a person who just likes to attend Razorback games as social events? Chances are that if you’re reading this column, you’re actually a fan who cares about the sports teams and keeps updated

with scores and such. Recently I have discovered the problem of the “fans” — people who say they love Razorback football but couldn’t tell me who wears jersey number eight or how many points a field goal is worth. This bothers me. When I am in the student section at any game, I normally stand in the first five rows because I want to be able to see the game up close (because of my poor vision and lack of desire to bring my glasses to games) and because I want to be near the action. I also surround myself by people who know the game in case I miss something. Somehow, a group of people who have no true desire to

watch a game end up in front of me, and they are always loud. At the football game against Jacksonville State, I was already straining to hear the referees’ muffled words. One student in front of me turned to her side to yell down the aisle at some other person right when the ref called — well, I honestly couldn’t tell you what he called because of the fact that the guy down the aisle apparently needed to go buy the first person a frozen lemonade. It’s not a bad thing to go to a game and socialize on the side. I do that. Go with friends, talk at time outs, goof off when the speakers blare “Party Rock Anthem” and fo-

cus on the important parts of the game. But if all you’re going to the game to do is socialize, why are you really going? Why spend $85 on an access pass if you don’t really care about the games? Perhaps this is just me on a high horse, but I feel like everyone who attends a sporting event should either care about the game or be drug along by someone who does. I had a friend that once said that a football game should be used for getting to hang out with friends, not for watching the football game. She thought that the point of the game was to hang out with friends. I’m pretty sure that is not the reason the

football players take the field every Saturday — so all of the crowd can chat with each other while they run around with a ball. The players are there for a reason, and that is to focus on winning a game. As spectators, our job is to encourage and cheer them on toward that goal. Even though technically just a few people here and there talking to each other rather than watching a game does not account for every loss, it surely does not account for any wins either. The least you can do is respect the Razorbacks. Pay attention to their hard work and be able to tell people what the score was when you leave the game. Give them

your attention and cheer as hard as you can for them. Not only respect the athletes, but respect the people around you. Not all of them want to hear about you getting super drunk or about your wedgie. In fact, this week, my challenge to you is to try to emulate the students that pay attention and put forth some effort for the football team. They need your encouragement and attention this week more than ever as they face No. 1 Alabama. Tamzen Tumlison is a staff writer for The Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every other Wednesday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.


Page 8

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 The Arkansas Traveler Newspaper

BASKETBALL

Women’s Basketball Has Travel-Heavy Schedule Zack Wheeler Staff Writer

The UA Women’s basketball team experienced some success last year, despite an early exit in the NCAA Tournament. The Hog’s finished their season with a loss to the defending National Champions Texas A&M. This year, the Razorbacks will face 11 teams who played in the Big Dance last year. During the offseason, head

“The players are obviously excited about this trip to Hawaii.” Tom Collen

Women’s Basketball Head Coach

coach Tom Collen also received an extension through the year 2016. The Razorbacks kept their 16 game SEC schedule intact, but they added some extra road games to boost their non-conference schedule. The Razorback women’s

Photo courtesy of Athletic Media Relations Guard Ashley Daniels led the Razorbacks in her senior season to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Razorbacks lost in the second round to defending national champions Texas A&M.

SWIMMING

Razorback Swim Team Prepares for Season Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor

The Razorback swimming and diving team has started preparing to open the 2012 season with the Razorback Relays Oct. 6, followed by a meet with Georgia in Fayetteville Oct. 19. The team finished last season with a 3-3 record in dual meets, a sixth place finish at the Southeastern Conference Championships and a 41st place finish in the NCAA Championships. The Razorbacks will begin this season with a new head coach, Sean Schimmel. Before coming to Arkansas, Schimmel coached both the men’s and women’s teams at the University of Maryland for four years. During that time, his women’s team compiled a record of 37-8 in dual meets and his athletes were selected as All-Americans 19 times. Schimmel said he is excited about the team he will go into his first year with. “The team that I have come into here at Arkansas is a strong team with a lot of ability,” Schimmel said. “We have to execute that.

“Day one, certainly the level of our athleticism was a little bit to be desired,” Schimmel said. “Going through our preseason we do quite a bit of dry land training and their improvements have been really good every week into the third week here. So it’s been pretty nice to see them. I’m actually very excited about knowing that we have some very good athletes on our team.” The team has a very large freshmen class this year, many members of which are expected to have an impact. “What’s nice about our freshman class is that we have a lot of diversity with a lot of different events as well, so there are definitely going to be some impact players,” Schimmel said. Anna Mayfield, a freshman out of San Antonio, Texas, competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and has been impressive since arriving in Fayetteville. “She’s just been doing some really nice things in training in the pool and in dry land. (She) did some racing last Friday and she stepped up and had a really nice 150 backstroke.”

Rachel Stoehr of Lake Forest, Ill., and Nina Drolc of Velenje, Slovenia, are two other freshmen that could step up and have a big impact on the team this year. “Rachel Stoehr as well, she’s got her work cut out for her with all the strong distance women that we have here. She’s done a really nice job there. Of course, Nina Drolc, she’s got some skills and I’m really excited about what she’s going to bring to the table.” With practice under way, the team has selected their team captains for the year: seniors Chelsea Franklin and Courtney Hubbard and junior Julia Kucherich. “All three of them, the way that they walk the talk,” Schimmel said. “Those are the expectations in and out of the pool: to be great examples, to be great leaders. And they get it done academically as well as in the pool so for them to lead my first year here at Arkansas, I’m really excited about it. They were elected by their peers, so obviously their peers are really excited about having those three as our captains and leading us into this year.”

basketball team finished the 2011-12 season with a 24-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the SEC, winning a program-best eight consecutive SEC games. Arkansas returned to the NCAA Tournament reaching the second round marking the third postseason appearance for the Razorbacks under Collen. The Razorbacks begin their season with five consecutive road games. The road stretch begins at Tulsa Nov. 15, and then at Oral Roberts Nov. 19, before the team goes to Honolulu, Hawai’i, where they face the host Rainbow Wahine, Oklahoma and Oregon. ORU was a WNIT participant last year while the Sooners reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. “The players are obviously excited about this trip to Hawaii,” Collen said. “We will have three great games there with the host school, Pac 10 opponent Oregon and national powerhouse Oklahoma.” Arkansas opens the SEC schedule at Auburn Jan. 3, followed by a renewed rivalry with Texas A&M in Bud Walton Arena Jan. 6. The Aggies and Razorbacks got a jumpstart on the series when they met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last

season. The Razorbacks have their only back-to-back road game in their 2013 schedule, when they travel to Ole Miss, Jan. 31, and Mississippi State on Feb. 3. “The always challenging SEC schedule is the best we have had in years in terms of balance and off days,” Collen said. Arkansas, who returns senior starter Sarah Watkins, sophomore point guard Calli Berna and juniors Keira Peak and Dominique Robinson, opens the regular season hosting Jackson State Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. This group of players is looking to build upon last year’s success, and hope to make a it a step further with an SEC and NCAA Tournament run. These players will have another offseason of getting better under their belts, as well as the building of more team chemistry. The Razorbacks are often overshadowed by their men counterparts, but this team looks to be better and possibly deeper to help with their goal of a postseason run. The team will look to excite fans this year, starting with an exhibition game Nov. 4 against Rogers State.


September 12, 2012