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After a bomb threat at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro last night and four other U.S. colleges this week, UA officials are reviewing campus emergency procedures. The suspect in the ASU bomb threat was arrested last night. Carlon Walker, 44, made a bomb threat against a university dorm which houses nearly 400 students, according to THV, a local TV news station. “These recent events are the first of their kind,” said Lt. Gary Crain, spokesperson for UAPD. Bomb threats at Louisiana State University, The University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University were different from threats made in previous years because the threats implicated the whole campus, Crain said. Before, it was not uncommon for only one building to be implicated in a threat, he said. Meetings between university departments like housing, transportation, student affairs, academic affairs and the UAPD have taken place to discuss protocol in the event of a similar threat, Crain said. The universities affected by bomb threats this week all used their emergency alert system (phone calls, emails and text messages sent to students.) It was not long until complaints surfaced about vague notices and message delays at LSU and UT. At UT, many students first received an evacuation notice 75 minutes after the initial bomb threat was called into the school. The caller threatened to detonate the bomb 90 minutes after calling. Though the plot was a hoax, students were still on campus at that time, according to The Daily Texan, the student-run newspaper. At LSU, messages were “vague” and were not clear on which, if all, buildings should
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Ashley Swindell Staff Photographer Students and colleagues listen and take notes at the NIH-Grant Writing Workshop at the Donald W. Reynolds Auditorium Tuesday, Sept. 18.
!"#$%&'()*%$&' +,-.&/,)'0*/,& Miranda Campbell Staff Writer With only 19 days left to register to vote for the election in November, student government and political RSO’s at the UA have encouraged student participation by hosting voter registration drives on campus. Associated Student Government, Young Democrats and College Republicans have been actively involved in the registration process. ASG will sponsor two voter registration drives from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and tomorrow at the front step of Old Main, the Arkansas Union Mall and outside Brough. At the ASG officer initiation last week, Chancellor G. David Gearhart encouraged
ASG to continue working to increase student voting in the November presidential elections between President Barack Obama and Gov. 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.” Senate chairman Mike Norton thinks that now is the time for youth voters to make an impact by showing the leaders of today what they stand for and using the youth vote to turn the country in the direction that they
“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.” G. David Gearhart UA Chancellor
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Associated Student Government met for the first time at 6 p.m. last night in the Graduate Education building auditorium. ASG adviser Rudy Trejo offered encouraging words to the newly elected senate during his report. “You’re here as a servant of the people,” Trejo said. “People trusted you with their vote. People believe that you as a representative. Through the democratic process that we represent, we’re going to carry out their best interests. Always remember that whenever you come in to these chamber.” Trejo wants senators to focus on writing meaningful legislation this year, he said.
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Kris Johnson Staff Photographer Members of the student senate listen to senate chair Mike Norton during its first meeting of the semester. Sept. 18
UA Named A Friendly Campus For Veterans
The UA was named one of the most veteranfriendly schools in the country, according to GIJobs.com, a website designed to help veterans transition to civilian life. The UA placed in the top 15 percentile of U.S. schools after an evaluation of UA’s available resources on campus, said Erika Gamboa, director of the Veterans Resource Center. This is the third year in a row UA has won the award, Gamboa said. Programs to help veterans transition to college life and interpret their G.I. Bill benefits, as well as veteran scholarships all helped lead to the distinction, she said. “A lot of schools don’t have the resources we have,” Gamboa said, referring to the Veterans Resource Center and its programs. Veterans have started to take notice of what the UA has to offer. Though exact enrollment is not available, Gamboa said that there are about 600 students on campus receiving veterans’ benefits, including dependents. “There’s a lot of word of mouth,” Gamboa said. “Military personnel have friends all over the nation. “We get calls from Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan; they hear about us one way or another,” she said. “We help them [transition] before they even get here.” Not all students enjoy their time at the UA. “Honestly, I don’t like the UA,” Simon Wiley, a retired Army Sergeant said in an April interview. “If my kids want to go to college, I’ll probably recommend they go somewhere else.” Some veterans may feel UA has everything, but Wiley thought “there’s something lacking.”
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Campus Bike Rentals Not Popular Despite Services Travis Pence Staff Writer
Bike rental programs on campus are low-key and therefore receive less participation, UA officials said. “There are always plenty of bikes waiting to be rented out from the Outdoor Connection Center. It seems as though a large number of students are just unaware of
our services,” said Lindsay Smith, public information coordinator of the University Recreation center. “Students are able to rent mountain and road bikes for just $60 per week. We also rent out cruiser style bikes for just $30 per week. A helmet is included with every rental.” Though the UA’s bike rental program has been underused, some say more people are taking advantage of the
quick mode of transportation. “The number of bikes I see on campus grows every year I go to school. I would definitely say that biking, in general, is growing in popularity,” said Joel Ward, a senior art education major. The amount of bike racks the university provides does not stack up with demand, Ward said. “Unfortunately the uni-
Rebekah Harvey Staff Photographer A UA student bikes across campus in front of the Fine Arts Center Sept. 18.
Professor Receives High Honor for Research and Teaching Kristen Coppola Sports Editor A Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences professor was recognized as a Fellow by the American Society for Horticultural Sciences at the annual meeting. Throughout the 165-year history of ASHS, about 120 members have been named as Fellows, said Professor Curt Rom, who was one of five members recognized as fellows this year. Members of ASHS who are recognized as fellows are “engaged in scientific research, outreach education or teaching,” Rom said. Rom’s success outside of the UA reflects well on instructors at Bumpers College, officials said. “One advantage that Bumpers has is that it doesn’t have graduate teaching assistants. It’s all taught by regular faculty – some of the best instruction they can get,” David Edmark, coordinator with Bumpers College, said of professors in Bumpers College. Rom would be considered a “great professor in his field at any university,” Edmark said. The quality of Bumpers College is improved by recognition of faculty on a national level, officials said. “It raises the level of recognition for the horticulture program in particular and for Bumpers College in general when you have faculty receive this kind of recognition,” said Fred Miller, science editor for agricultural communication services.
versity has only installed a handful of bike racks on campus since I’ve been here. It’s almost impossible to park a bike outside certain buildings,” he said. The OCC also provides repair services. “We will provide full service repairs for any student who brings their bike in,” Smith said. “We even allow customers to watch and participate while the mechanic works on their bike.” Beyond campus cycling, the OCC has increased efforts to get students to cycle off campus. “The Outdoor Connection Center also provides weekly trips for mountain biking,” Smith said. “Most day trips are priced at only $15 per student and range up to $50 for an entire weekend. Groups have traveled to locations such as Hobbes State Park and various other trails around the Ozark Mountains.” Hobbes State Park contains what is called the Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail. “This track, which is made up of four different ‘loops’, is just over a total of 24 miles in length. Here riders can take a scenic adventure throughout the Ozark Mountains that overlooks the winding rivers leading towards Beaver Lake,” according to arkansasstateparks.com.
VOTES continued from page 1 want it to, he said. “I hear from older generations on a regular basis that generation Y (our generation) doesn’t care about anything and that we are apathetic about the direction of our country. Not only do I think they are wrong, but I think that it will be our generation that will dominate our country for the next fifty years,” Norton said. “We will be replacing the baby boomers, not generation X, as the largest generation here on the globe, and it will be up to us to control the direction of domestic and international government affairs.”
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UA’s Young Democrats will also be running a voter registration table in front of the Union through Thursday and will be able to answer questions about absentee voting and re-registering under a new Arkansas address So far the Young Democrats have registered more
than 35 students to vote, said President Matt Seubert. “So far we’ve done Razorbash and we are in the midst of a big drive right now, which is a week of voter registration tables in front of the Union,” Seubert said. “We’re hoping to continue registering voters up through the deadline by tabling as well as encouraging our membership to reach out to their friends to get them involved and registered.” An official from the College Republicans did not respond to comment if their RSO will be running a voter drive also. The deadline to register to vote in Arkansas is 30 days before the election. Even with the “negative press,” that young voters have been receiving, Seubert said he think the youth vote will be strong again this election. “Commentators have tried to frame a picture in which the “Facebook generation” has moved on and changed its status after 2008, but I think when you compare the two visions being presented in this election you’ll see a lot of reasons why students will still vote above expectations,” Seubert said. “I think younger voters will be drawn to the polls to preserve their own opportunities and to shape the kind of future they will inherit. Younger voters will need to decide if they are in or out. With the choice in front of them this November; the choice is clear, younger voters should be saying, ‘I’m in!’” UA students ages 18 to 29 are part of a young voters demographic that makes up 24 percent of the voting eli-
gible population in the U.S., according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). In 2012, there are an estimated 473,000 18- to 29-year-old citizens eligible to vote in Arkansas. In 2008, an estimated 35 percent of young people in Arkansas cast a ballot, according to CIRCLE. Flannery Wasson, a junior political science student, is frustrated that the media is portraying youth voters as apathetic to this election. “I highly disagree with the media and think that right now is the best time for young voters to start paying attention,” Wasson said. “With candidates so opposite, it’s important to know who will benefit you right now. I think that sometimes people get caught up and think that their vote doesn’t matter or they aren’t part of the issue since they’re so young.” Regardless of political alliances, Wasson encouraged her fellow students to vote in November, she said. “No matter your views, whoever is the president will decide the future of this nation. We’re just beginning our young adult lives and it is irresponsible to allow others to make decisions about our future for us,” Wasson said. “I disagree that this election is not attracting youth attention and everyone should take offense to that statement and let that be their motivation to get educated and get voting. Three weeks are left before registration ends, it’s not too late to start paying attention and caring about your future.”
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Bikes, Blues and Barbecue will be returning next week with a number of new attractions, celebrating its 13th year in Fayetteville. New this year, and seemingly perfect with UA’s proximity, will be the Hambone Express Pig Races, said Coleson Burns, assistant events director. There will also be a karaoke competition and a ladies’ fashion show. Both of these attractions debuted as part of the summer event Bikes, Babes and Bling. Many popular attractions from last year, like the lawn mower pull and barbecue contest, will also be returning this year. In addition, there will be bike safety seminars, providing helpful tips and information for new riders. Bikes, Blues and Barbecue has experienced exponential growth, especially considering its relatively recent establishment, Burns said. The reasons for this rapid growth can be attributed to both its location and to the time of year it occurs, Burns said.
In 2008, high school senior Natalie Franke was passionate about change. She helped convince the General Assembly to change the law and make it easier for teenagers to vote in their first election. Then she convinced 259 classmates, all but four members of the Archbishop Spalding High School senior class, to register so they could vote for change. “Voting makes a difference,” she said. Now, in 2012, Emma Graybill, a senior at Northeast High School in Pasadena, is passionate about her future. On Thursday, she joined hundreds of students from around the county at Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center so they could learn how to register to vote for the general election. If Franke represented the idealistic view of young county voters four years ago, Graybill may represent the practical view of politics many of her peers are talking about as they head toward their first presidential election. Graybill said this election will have an impact on everything from job availability to health care to funding for college. “With this economy, I need to know that a college will provide me with the right direction to get a job. You need to be prepared. You have to start early,” she said. Franke said her work during her senior year at the Catholic high school in Severn reflected the enthusiasm of more than 23 million young voters around the country who went to the polls, hoping the economy would recover with the election of then-U.S. Sen. Barack
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other advantages as well. “Roads here are immaculate for motorcycle riding,” Burns said. In addition, having the event in the fall provides two other benefits: not only is au-
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Obama. Obama’s moving speeches and historic role as the first African-American to be a major party candidate motivated many, she said. Franke said she believed the country would come together once Obama won and would work to get things back on track after a decade of war and an economic crisis. Now 22, and running her own photography business in Pasadena, Franke said many of the issues central to this year’s election, such as same-sex marriage in Maryland, barely played a role in 2008. “At the time, it was something I dreamed would happen when my children grew up. In four years, things changed very quickly and that’s a good thing,” she said. Graybill, who didn’t want to say who she will vote for, is not taking any chances. While following closely what Obama and Republican Mitt Romney say on the economy and other issues she thinks affect her, she is taking her future into her own hands. She has a list of seven schools she’s interested in attending. She picked them based on affordability, study-abroad potential and graduate employment success. “I don’t want to graduate and not know how to get a job,” she said. “That’s something that can’t happen.” Franke, who plans to vote for Obama again, said her desire for change is still there, but in a different form. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she had to make a lot of hard decisions. “It came down to looking for a corporate job, going to graduate school or going out on my own. Each choice had its own risks,” she said. After deciding to start her own business, issues such as health care, college debt and small business loans moved to
the center of her concerns as she considered candidates. Franke said many of her friends either moved home after college, struggled to find employment or went straight into graduate school. “It feels like we are in a holding pattern until the economy recovers, just hoping things get better,” she said. Your vote counts Every four years, Catherine Klase talks with her her students about the importance of the presidential election. A government teacher at Spalding, she advised Franke during her registration drive. She said her students’ main concerns this year are education, followed by the economy and job prospects. But she also makes sure to touch on the importance of foreign policy in class. “They are concerned about their future. By voting, they know they can voice their opinion on what matters to them,” Klase said. This year, poll watchers predict a drop in the number of young voters going to the polls. There are 20,479 registered county voters between the ages of 18 and 25, according to the Maryland Board of Elections. Costas Panagopoulos, director of the Center for Electoral Politics at Fordham University in New York, said many young adults feel let down by Obama. “They believed that change would happen quickly and that Obama would fix the country’s problems overnight,” he said. Franke hopes that by 2016, her generation will look back on the recession and the lethargic recovery and take steps to prevent it from happening again. “Hopefully, we can see what’s going on today and be more proactive in our policymaking to ensure future generations are more secure,” she said.
tumn in northwest Arkansas a beautiful time, it is also an easier time for people to take a break from work and get away, Burns said. Word travels fast. People hear about this event, decide
to come check it out for themselves, and after experiencing it first-hand, leave with intentions of spreading the word to all of their friends as well, Burns said.
PLANS continued from page 1 be evacuated, according to their student-run newspaper, The Daily Reveille. There were assurances made by Crain that despite length limits on the text messages, the message would leave no room for questions and be sent out soon after a threat was received. “If a threat is so severe, you want everyone to understand that you should be leaving,” Crain said. UA officials tested the RazALERT system Tuesday morning, but many students did not receive timely notifications. Some not at all, several students who were interviewed said. “The email RazALERT message can take a half hour or longer to get out — it’s the nature of trying to push out 32,000 email messages,” said Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations for University Relations. “The system has improved — it was originally taking up to four hours.” Though there were delays, Crain called the test “successful.” Some faculty members want to make sure there is always one cell phone on in class, no matter the teacher’s cell phone policy. “Additionally, I am requesting that faculty and teaching assistants be apprised of the need to have at least one cell phone on in class to be informed of any RazALERTS,” said Sharon Gaber provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Voorhies agreed that if at least one phone is on, no matter if there is a delay for other students, word will spread that students should evacuate. Gaber also stressed the importance of evacuation plans. “I am asking that all deans, department heads/ chairs and unit directors to work with their building
executives to ensure appropriate evacuation plans and that building occupants are aware of the plans,” she said. Traffic from the mass-exit from LSU led to a complete stop at some points along the road, said Andrea Gallo, the editor-in-chief of the The Daily Reveille. “The managing editor and I got into a car and traffic was a nightmare,” she said. “It took 30 minutes to get to a place that would normally take two minutes.” She also said that while the cars were stopped, she was close enough to see the buildings that the caller threatened to blow up. To avoid traffic congestion here, Crain said that officials would consider making all lanes on Garland Avenue, Maple Street and Razorback Road one direction, away from campus. “Traffic can be congested, but major arteries should be clear,” Crain said. “We’re looking at ways to make sure there’s no gridlock.” Because of construction, additional evacuation routes are in place around construction zones. “At each of our campus construction sites, we have avenues of egress identified that are more than adequate should an evacuation be ordered,” said Steve McClain, computerized maintenance management system administrator and training coordinator for Facilities Management. “We have plans in place for contractors to make additional avenues available via routes currently designated for construction vehicle traffic if the situation warranted.” A major part in preventing emergency situations is to report suspicious behavior, Crain said. “If someone sees a suspicious person or package, please pass that information along,” he said. “It could prevent a lot of problems.”
SENATE continued from page 1 “People will associate your legislation with you as a person, you as a senator, you as an elected official,” Trejo said. “I’m excited about this year and I’m enthusiastic about the leadership potential in this room. I see nothing but potential, but we’ve got to see follow through at the end of the day.” Vice President Bobby Pennington addressed student camping during his report and said that camping will also be allowed at the Kentucky game. “Camping was very successful at the Alabama game,” Pennington said. “We recognize that camping is an important aspect of student life, and we want to show the students that we support them and that we’re working on their behalf.” Senate chairman Mike Norton, who led the meeting, reminded senators that no problem was too minor for a legislative resolution or bill, he said. “Don’t think that too minor is too small,” Norton said. “If I see a problem, even if it is something tiny, I think of a way legislation could solve it. We want to do anything we can to make campus life just a little bit easier for our student.” Although most of the meeting comprised of nominations for senate committees, Norton did propose the first bill and resolution of the year, which will be voted on in the coming weeks.
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Trickles Down the Hill Kelsey Cline Staff Columnist Bike-riding, yoga-teaching, veggie-eating men and women walk the streets of downtown Fayetteville every day. But what is it that makes Fayetteville truly funky? From the opening day on April 7 to the last holiday market of the year on December 1, the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market is key to keeping Fayetteville funky. Every week, the local farmers bring their freshly grown veggies and flowers to sell to anyone who happens to walk by. You can count on some sort of music and of course, Arsaga’s coffee tent is always near. But, not only is the farmers’ market a great place to enjoy, it is incredibly helpful in keeping produce locally grown as opposed to buying all of these things at a grocery store, where you may never know where your tomatoes are from. The farmers’ market isn’t limited to fruits and vegetables though; the local vendors sell anything from baked goods, honey, eggs and jams to crafts and fine art, according to the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market website. The market has kept the locals happy since 1974 and continues to grow and attract even more citizens and vendors alike. Another rather large Fayetteville attraction is the wellknown First Thursday, held at the Fayetteville Square on the first Thursday of every month. From April to November, the Fayetteville Square is transformed into a giant celebration of the arts. Between the live music, art venues and the charity beer garden, everyone can find at least one thing they are interested in; all starting at 5 p.m. The music is always announced on their website at the beginning of each season; the upcoming month of October will bring Isayah’s All Stars. One of the interesting things First Thursday has to offer is the beer garden, and it’s not just for drinking excessively on another Thursday night. Each month, the proceeds from the beer garden go to a local non-profit organization. During the month of
September, the proceeds were donated to the Fest of All and next month, they belong to the Ozark Literacy Council. However, if you bring your children to this highly anticipated event, have no fear; the Kids’ Zone is something that is fun for every child. Between the face painting, balloon animals and coloring books, what’s not to like? Whether it is the kids’ zone, the beer garden, the live music or the incredible talents of local artists, more and more people are starting to come to this fun-for-all event on a regular basis. Here recently, there has been a flocking to First Thursday with crowds of more than 15,000 people throughout the season, according to First Thursday Fayetteville’s website. Is the UA to thank for this? So, maybe not every person of that 15,000 is our doing, but because of the ever increasing number of students admitted to the UA, the school brings many new people to Fayetteville each year and because of this, new people show up to experience first hand what Fayetteville has to offer. The Farmers’ Market and First Thursday aren’t all that Fayetteville has to offer, though. There seems to be a very important street I’m missing, the place that college kids are most familiar with, the funkiest of them all: Dickson Street. This sanctuary, nuzzled in between College Avenue and the university, houses numerous bars, pubs, restaurants and hangouts. Keeping it local and fun, many people enjoy spending their hard earned weekend nights walking the street and visiting with the hundreds of people that had the same idea. We adults are very lucky to have Fayetteville at our disposal whenever we please. No matter the day, there is always something going on. Whether volunteering for First Thursday, buying local produce at the Farmers’ Market or walking down Dickson Street with your friends, you are helping keep Fayetteville fun, free and most of all, funky. Kelsey Cline is a staff columnist. She is a freshman european studies and international relations major.
Traveler Quote of the Day I hear from older generations on a regular basis that generation Y (our generation) doesn’t care about anything and that we are apathetic about the direction of our country. I think that it will be our generation that will dominate our country for the next fifty years Mike Norton, Chair of Senate, ASG
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If Romney Loses
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What a donnybrook this is going to be. The next 50 days until the election? Nope. What will follow if Mitt Romney loses. Rush Limbaugh raised the issue last week. He was responding to comments made on what he called “PMSNBC” by Chris Matthews suggesting that an Obama victory would be the end of conservative control of the Republican Party. Limbaugh had his own assessment: “There’s going to be a third party that’s going to be orientated toward conservatism — or Rand Paul thinks libertarianism. If Obama wins, the Republican Party will try to maneuver things so conservatives get blamed. The only problem is right now, Romney is not running a conservative campaign. “But they’re going to set it up, ‘Well, the right sat home, the right made Romney be other than he is.’ They’ll try to deflect the blame, but they got who they want,” he said of the Republican Party’s selection of Mitt Romney for president. I was keenly interested in Limbaugh’s comments because I appeared opposite Matthews when he made the statement
that got Rush’s attention, only I never had the chance to respond on TV. Here is what Matthews said in the segment hosted by Tamron Hall: “The best way to beat the right wing is to beat them. If (Obama) beats them in this election, they’re finished. And I think that’s the point. The moderates will come back. Jeb Bush will come back. The people like Chris Christie will come back. The moderates will retake the party. If you smash the right.” Matthews went on to say that the “Mitch McConnells will shut up for a while” if Romney loses. While I agree with both commentators that there will be quite a crossroads within the GOP should Romney lose, I disagree with both Limbaugh and Matthews as to how events will play out. I suspect the divide within the party won’t be resolved until voters get a say in the 2016 primaries. Rush is wrong when he says that “Romney is not running a conservative campaign.” Truth is, there has been none of the anticipated tack toward the center that would make Romney a more attractive candidate to independents. His comments in the aftermath of the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, are illustrative of where he has sought his appeal — from the far right. Romney’s unfounded state-
ment that Obama had sympathized with the insurgents and apologized for the United States were a hat tip to the Internet lore that portrays the president as something other than American. It fits the fictitious narrative you get in depictions such as Dinesh D’Souza’s movie “2016” that Obama is furthering European socialist goals while president and that he is embarrassed about his country, hence the need to apologize. Trouble is, there are no facts to justify those statements. The man who once governed Massachusetts as a pro-choice, progay, pro-health care reformer has run as a “severe” conservative and checked absolutely all the boxes required of him in the conservative litmus tests. Matthews is mistaken when he thinks that a Romney defeat will mute McConnell, the senator who famously said that his “single most important goal” was to defeat Obama. The opposite is more likely. Should Romney lose, McConnell will no more shut up than Rick Santorum. As for the former senator from Pennsylvania, get ready for a giant “I told you so,” given that he famously said that Romney “was the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.” And there is no way that the likes of Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin will go silently into that night. To the contrary, their conclusion will
be that Romney was a moderate in conservative clothing and that only a “real” conservative can assume the mantle of the party of Reagan, overlooking of course that Ronald Reagan would probably have had his bona fides questioned in this climate. Who said that? Jeb Bush (“Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.”) While it’s true that Jeb Bush has suggested that the party grow the tent and that Chris Christie has some moderate tendencies (he’s embraced a clear path to citizenship, has supported some gun-control laws, and has said that “climate change is real”) there is no evidence that either is prepared to engage in a confrontation with the right over control of the party. Christie did once say, “I’m tired of dealing with the crazies,” after being criticized for appointing to the state bench a Muslim lawyer who once represented a terror suspect. But Christie’s full-throated support of the conservative incarnation of Romney casts doubt on his willingness to engage the fringe within his party.
Jobs, the Economy and Community Connetions Michael Smerconish The Philadelphia Inquirer As Americans emerge from the political convention season, the national conversation is dominated by how to jump start our economy and put more than 12 million Americans back to work. While Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have starkly different views of the road to recovery, they both believe in the importance of strong communities, especially in hard times. While economic recovery and community have long been intertwined, we now have new evidence that vigorous civil society may help lower unemployment. A new study by the National Conference on Citizenship, with partners including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and CIRCLE, found that cities, counties and states with a strong civic foundation have weathered the economic recession better than those without such civic stock. An analysis of 942 metro areas, 3,100 counties and all 50 states since 2006 shows that
two civic benchmarks may drive lower rates of unemployment. Communities with a large number of nonprofits that directly engage residents in activities and services, such as military and veterans organizations, recreational clubs, and fraternal societies, experienced considerably smaller increases in unemployment than communities that faced similar economic circumstances. Controlling for other possible demographic and economic factors, such as levels of education, race and ethnicity, housing-price inflation, and dependence on oil and gas extraction, the report found that for individuals who held jobs in 2008, the odds of becoming unemployed were cut in half if they lived in a community with a higher number of nonprofit organizations. While almost all of the counties lost jobs during the recession, counties with more nonprofits lost fewer jobs between 2006 and 2009. We have always known that nonprofits play a critical in many communities — but now we have more evidence that they may be a lynchpin of local economies. The study also found that
“social cohesion” — the interaction and trust among friends, family and neighbors — is a strong indicator of a community’s ability to weather a recession. States with high social cohesion had unemployment rates two percentage points lower than their less connected and trusting counterparts. And while each of nonprofit density and social cohesion is valuable in preventing unemployment increases, communities with high levels of both do even better. The states that ranked in the top 10 and bottom 10 on those two civic measures started out with similar unemployment rates in 2006, but by 2010, they had diverged. The top 10 in civic health had unemployment rates of 6.5 percent, considerably better than the 10.8 percent rate in the bottom 10 states. When comparing states, Utah, West Virginia, and Maine lead the way with the highest levels of nonprofit density and social cohesion and have been able to weather the economic climate better than California, Indiana, and Nevada — states that have been hit hard by the economy and have the lowest
levels of nonprofits and social collaboration and trust. So what’s going on? We can’t say for sure, but there are compelling explanations. When civic health is higher, people have more affection and optimism for their own communities and put more trust in their neighbors. When investors, employers, and citizens feel greater commitment to the places in which they live, they may be more likely to make economic decisions that generate or protect local jobs. That can mean an investor putting money into a local manufacturing plant, or a resident choosing to buy services from a neighbor rather than purchasing a consumer product made far away. These small choices have ripple effects if the people they hire also spend their money locally, spurring on the economy. As our candidates describe their opposing tax and investment policies to address our nation’s economic woes, we should heed their common view of commitment to community and social capital as essential elements towards resilient communities and putting Americans back to work.
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Sarah Villegas Staff Writer Instead of spending a night out on the town surrounded by strangers and in crowded bars, many students throw parties in
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their homes as an alternative. And while being the host of a party is a great way to ensure a good time and meet new people, it’s important to remember that with a great party comes great responsibility. House parties are a great alternative to Dickson Street for many students because there is a different atmosphere at a house party and usually almost everyone knows each other. “I like going to house parties because I know pretty much who all I'm going to be hanging out with,” said Megan Morris, senior kinesiology major. “I know I don’t have to worry about running into creepers, and I'm more relaxed.” However, if a “creeper” does happen to attend a party and is creating tension among guests, it’s best to talk to the host and ask if something can be done. Senior marketing major Sam Alanis said he always makes sure all of his guests feel comfortable at his house. “I like to party, but it’s
only fun if everyone is having a good time,” Alanis said. “If the guy is a good friend of mine, I’ll tell him to back off. But if he’s just a friend of a friend, I’ll just tell him what’s up and ask him to leave.” Even though house parties may seem safer because there are more familiar faces, sometimes parties grow faster than a host can keep up with, and things can get out of hand. “It’s a good idea to just know that, when you throw a party, inviting one person is like inviting five,” said John Ukadike, senior biology major. “It can get pretty crowded pretty fast.” While that may not happen every time, party-throwers should consider that in advance and plan to have more people attend than just those on the guest list. Even though house parties are an alternative to going out to bars or night clubs, that doesn’t mean house parties are only for those under the le-
gal drinking age. Many people attend house parties just as
Ceramic Student Pairs Food With Art
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Walking into an art gallery, one may take a scan from left to right and see painting, sculpture, drawing and a garden. Gardens are no longer confined to backyards and farms. A 64-ounce container garden was displayed at Sarah Leflar’s studio in Fayetteville in association with UA’s sUgAR student art gallery Aug. 31. The portable garden that contained edible vegetables was the work of graduate student and ceramics artist Nicole Howard. Howard crosses art with food studies. Her research focuses on medicinal herb cultivation and micro waste management. “I think my relationship to ceramic art has been food,” she said. Howard plants vegetables and herbs in handmade containers, including terra cotta pottery. “Contemporary art is very open. There’s this entire sector that focuses on ecology … My gardens are offering healthy food,” she said, sipping a green smoothie at Arsaga’s Espresso Cafe. Howard also does organic gardening in addition to companion planting, where she pairs plants together that help each other grow in large containers. She has also built large window gardens with the help of her husband, inside of which she has planted medicinal herbs, she said. Howard said that her obsession with food began at an early age when she began building food sculptures and cooking full meals. She said she thinks that what a society’s people choose to eat says something about its culture and that what individuals eat is a part of their identity. “I’m using food to look at political, economical and social aspects of culture,” she said. For example, “we use diets to define who we are,” Howard said. Specialized diets such as veganism
often as they go to Dickson or just prefer them instead of going out. “I like going to Dickson, but I still like partying at my
cautious hosts, but it is something that all hosts need to be aware of. “I went to a party that got busted,” Rios said. “I was only
“I like going to house parties because I know pretty much who all I’m going to be hanging out with.” Megan Morris
Senior kinesiology major friends’ houses, too,” said Dorothy Rios, junior chemistry major. “Just because you go to a house party doesn’t mean you're going just to drink without getting caught.” In fact, several students said they do their best to keep underage drinkers away from their parties. It is a big responsibility hosting people who are underage, even if they aren’t drinking. If a party with alcohol were to get busted with underage party-goers, anyone 21 or older could be charged with soliciting alcohol to minors. “I never let underage people at my place when there’s drinking,” Ukadike said. “I'm responsible if something happens, and that is not a risk I'm willing to take.” There is always the risk of someone underage slipping under the radar of even the most
20 at the time, and we were lucky because none of us got in trouble. But there were a few 21-year-olds there. They got yelled at, and I think one got a ticket.” When the police show up to end a party, what happens afterward is usually up to the discretion of the officers on site. Sometimes the alcohol is confiscated and the house is evacuated, but other times officers check IDs and give citations to almost everyone at the party. “A lot of friends of mine have been to busted parties,” said Markie Fitzgerald. “They all said the cops were lenient and just made everybody leave. But if the cops ever showed up at a party I was at, I’d freak out and run.” When hosting a party at a private residence, police officers are not allowed to enter
the residence without the consent of the resident. However, if there are people outside of the house on the lawn or front porch, the police can enter without a warrant. Having people outside drinking, even out of red cups, gives the officers reason to believe illegal activity could be happening and gives them the right to enter. The best thing is to keep everyone inside or in the backyard if there is a fence to avoid any run-ins with the police. House parties don’t have to turn into occasions where a host hands out rule books to everyone, but they should be safe so everyone can have a good time without worrying. If alcohol is involved, partygoers and hosts should have designated drivers to ensure a safe trip home for all, and hosts should limit the number of drinks for all guests. “Anything can happen when you’re drunk,” said Melisa Tejada, junior criminal justice major. “I never drive drunk and never get so drunk that I can’t handle myself.” There are more elements to a great party besides safety and responsibility, however. “You gotta have great music and an even guy-to-girl ratio,” Ukadike said. “Otherwise, it’s just awkward, and people start leaving.”
Out-of-State Student Makes Transition to UA
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Courtney Ulrich Staff Photographer Nicole Howard prunes plants in her home Friday, Sept. 14. Howard, a UA art instructor, plants vegetables and herbs in handmade containers and terracotta pottery. or vegetarianism can be part of what makes individuals see themselves the way they do; as in, it becomes an identity factor, she said. Howard has studied abroad in Taiwan, Italy and Greece. She said she noticed how simple and made up of real, wholesome foods the average diet was in Taiwan. Howard said eating a tomato in Europe made her come to the realization that American food is not up to par and that Americans need fresh food. “It was so much better than anything I’d tasted in the U.S. That trip did spur something crazy in me,” she said. “There are two different spheres. There is delicious, expensive food, and there’s food that is just for survival that is derived from food, but is not really food,” Howard said, balling up her hands and placing them in two opposite positions on the table at Arsaga’s. She then made a midway with her hands and said she wants to find ways to make healthy food more affordable, so that more people can eat food of a higher quality. “It’s not about judging systems that are already in place … I’m largely interested in using what we have and leaping forward,” she said. Howard said she wants to look at where we are as a place to launch and wants to see where we can go from here.
She said her art is about “looking at food as a way to understand where we are.” She mainly wants her work to address issues such as “identity, farming, diets, practicality and affordability.” Over the summer, Howard volunteered at Ozark Alternatives, which is a WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) in Fayetteville. The farm is run by volunteers who are provided with food and room and board in exchange for labor. Howard said she went in once a week to do various tasks that helped her understand the food-growing process. Howard earned her bachelor’s degree in ceramics at the University of North Texas and is now a third-year graduate student working toward her master’s degree at the UA. She said she chose to attend the UA because Jeannie Hulen, whom Howard said is a “master slipcaster” and “a great teacher,” is chair of the art department and associate professor of ceramics. Slipcasting is a pottery method where partially liquefied clay is poured into a plaster mold. “I’ve stayed in school so I can have access to ceramics equipment and to learn,” she said. Howard said that there are several paths where she could take her research at this point, but she is not entirely decided on the next step.
With such a large student body, the faces of UA students can become a blur. With classes, studying, extracurriculars and social activities, other students’ motives, inspirations and personal experiences are not always on the forefront of any given student’s mind. Each UA student has a story, and freshman Layne McKellar is no exception. McKellar is from Aurora, Colo., and is the only person from his graduating class of approximately 649 students from Grandview High School to attend the UA. At first, he said he felt a definite transition going from Colorado to the South, but he now realizes that people here and at home are not as different as it seemed. “We’re all here for the same purpose: to get an education,” McKellar said, sitting in the noisy Union in the midst of students studying, hanging out and passing through. He said his dad has been a Razorback fan since he was little and that there is a Razorback/LSU rivalry in his family. “I wanted to go somewhere where I felt happy, not where the majority of my graduating class was,” he said, wearing a UA T-shirt. McKellar is a civil engineering major. “I want to create things that people will use in their everyday lives,” he said. McKellar said he is considering working for the government after college. He chose engineering partially because it is not a narrow field. “You do whatever you want with it,” he said. His dad worked in oil services for 28 years, and he may follow in those footsteps. McKellar said he has met
Courtesy Photo Freshman Layne McKellar is a civil engineering major and is considering working for the government after college. several other students with similar interests such as engineering and has been open to meeting people, but that was not always the case. “I used to be a quiet, shy kid, and I listened to my iPod in the back of the room,” he said. Because he did not know anyone going to UA and did not want to rely on classes alone to make friends, McKellar chose to go to ROCK camp. “I met people at ROCK camp who I still hang out with,” he said. As a freshman, it is McKellar’s first time to live on his own. He and his parents worked to make him an independent decision-maker before setting off. He said he tries to ask himself, “‘Should I do this or should I do that? Should I go to bed because I have to do this tomorrow?’” About the transition from high school to college, McKellar said, “It’s 10 times different. Professors treat you like
an adult. In high school, they hold your hand. It’s all on me, and I’d rather it be on me than rely on someone else to do it for me.” For the most part, McKellar has adjusted smoothly thus far. “There’s a lot of meeting people and things constantly happening,” he said “I haven’t been thrown a curveball yet … I get a little homesick when I text my mom or talk to buddies back home.” McKellar used the roommate profiler to select a random roommate. “In my case, it’s worked out very well,” he said. McKellar would like to eventually get involved with intramural sports. He has played soccer consistently for 14 years and would like to play it as an intramural sport, but he plans to focus on school alone for his first semester. “I want to see what I can handle and what I have to do to stay here,” he said.
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ACROSS 1 1983 movie about a taxi company 6 Place for a sala 10 Home on the range 14 Kukla’s dragon friend 15 Israeli weapons 16 Optic layer 17 Leader for whom Houston’s airport is named 19 Really tired 20 Highlands honey 21 Narrow-bodied river fish 22 Intrinsically 23 Christmas __ 24 “The Chimpanzees of Gombe” writer 27 Fixed, in a way 29 Farm feed item 30 Salon supply 31 Saloon orders 32 Hot tub reaction 33 Bit of background in a Road Runner cartoon 34 “Superfudge” novelist 38 Nick and Nora’s pooch 41 Cold War agcy. 42 Shell propellers 45 Starfish arm 46 WWII craft 47 Not a good thing to be at the wheel
49 Pro Football Hall of Famer nicknamed “Crazylegs” 53 Traffic cops gp.? 54 Maxim 55 Do lunch, e.g. 56 Speaker with a .345 career batting average 57 Stallion feature 58 TV series that first aired 9/23/1962 whose family shares first names with 17-, 24-, 34- and 49-Across 61 Henry VIII’s fourth 62 Verdi slave 63 Squander 64 Ponies up 65 Office furnishing 66 Some McFlurry ingredients DOWN 1 Zigzag hole feature 2 Chop chopper 3 __ held: in few hands, as stock 4 Snob’s affectations 5 Avoid, as an issue 6 Like many Miamians, by birth 7 Clear blue 8 Girl sib 9 Campfire remains 10 Like ice or dice
11 Run-of-the-mill 12 Spotty condition? 13 Kneecap 18 “I say!” 22 Patio planter 24 Savior in a Bach cantata 25 Purpose 26 Interstate H-1 locale 28 __ vu 32 “Modern Family” network 33 Square food? 35 Salt sprinkle 36 Himalayan myth 37 Dance in a pit 38 Visitors center handout 39 Zoe of “Avatar” 40 Abuse of power 43 Flower for one’s honey 44 Foreknow, as the future 46 Caustic stuff 47 Part of a Molière comédie 48 Avoids an F 50 Arches with pointed tops 51 Oboist’s supply 52 Noted vowel seller 56 Nicholas II, e.g. 58 Wee bit 59 Hotfoot it, old-style 60 Pair
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Skating Into Action: UA Ice Hockey Jessie McMullen Staff Writer
The UA ice hockey club is not just your average club sport. “The term club generally means teams that just casually want to come together to have fun playing sports,” said Justin McDowell, president of the ice hockey club. “However, we are a team that works hard seven days a week and trains every day to win every game that we play.” Michael Bugbee and a group of friends from Dallas enjoyed playing hockey and wanted to continue playing at Arkansas, so they established the ice hockey club in 2007. McDowell worked his way from the bottom up to become president of the club. McDowell was a tier-two officer (travel coordinator), then became the vice president of university relations for the club and this season became president of the club, he said. “As president I have to run the behind-the-scenes duties to make the team run smoothly,” McDowell said. “My job is to make sure that we as a team don’t have any issue with home and away games.” The team has two vice presidents. Trent Ritchie is the vice president of merchandising and Easton Oliver is the vice president of university relations. Garth Derry is the treasurer. There are also five tiertwo positions. Collin Hesse is gameday officer. Bryce Derry
Sedberry Named Director
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Photo courtesy of Bryan Stark Members of the 2012 UA ice hockey club pose for a group shot. Club president Justin McDowell encouraged any student that is interested in playing to get in touch with the team. and Josh Kinnear take the two spots for travel coordinators. The last two tier-two positions are held by the public relations officers, Connor Crumblish and Martin Sundstedt. This season the team consists of 28 players. In the case that more than 25 students want to play, tryouts are held. Any full-time UA student with hockey knowledge and skills is welcome to try out for the team. The cost to play fluctuates depending on the budget for that season. The price usually averages around $2,500, and pays for almost everything. Over 90 percent of fees are
paid for using players’ dues. The team plays anywhere between 35-45 games per season. Normally the team will play competition close to home, including schools in Oklahoma and Missouri. The team also travels to Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan and many other states. The team participates in the American Collegiate Hockey Conference, which consists of schools all over the country. The team is also a part of the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference, which almost every member school of the Southeastern Conference has a hockey
team. Practices take place on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m. Practices are at the Jones Center in Springdale. The team has high standards for this season’s goals. “The obvious goal is to win a National Championship. Other than that we would like to win the SECHC championship as well,” McDowell said. The ice hockey team had seven players from the team who were part of an All-Star team that traveled to Philadelphia to play in an All-Star showcase.
McDowell says that anyone interested in joining the team should consider the idea because it is a great way to continue the passion of playing the sport that you love. “If you come, talk to some of the veterans on the team and come out and visit us. It will be the best experience that you will ever have,” McDowell said. “Hockey is a lifestyle. It is not just a game you play, it is something much more. It takes over your life and has tremendous benefits to a person that a person can carry with them for the rest of their life.”
Athletic Director Jeff Long announced Tuesday that Marcus Sedberry has been named the director of Student-Athlete Development. The position was vacated last summer by Eric Wood, who was promoted to associate athletic director for Student-Athlete Services. “I am excited about the progress we have made in our student-athlete development program and the addition of Marcus will further strengthen our team,” Long said. “Our focus is to provide our more than 460 student-athletes with opportunities to learn and grow in all facets of their lives including academically, athletically and socially.” As the director of Student-Athlete Development, Sedberry is responsible for overseeing the life skills and career development programs. These are programs that help student-athletes have a productive college experience and prepare them for life after athletics. Sedberry will also serve as the advisor for the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee and be a part of the Athletic Department Performance Team.
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Razorbacks Reflect on Old Waverley Invitational Haley Markle Asst. Sports Editor
The Razorback women’s golf team finished third at the Old Waverly Invitational, the first of three fall tournaments the team will participate in. The team of five that competed at Old Waverly consisted of Emma Lavy, Emily Tubert, Regina Plasencia, Meagan Roberts and Emily Podzielinski. Gabriela Lopez also made the trip to West Point, Miss., and competed as an individual. “We were able to see six of our kids compete,” head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “That’s just so valuable as we grow and strengthen our games to be able to give them those competition opportunities.” Lopez, who was making her
collegiate debut, put in the best performance for the Razorbacks, finishing second overall, six under par and only two strokes out of first place. “First tournament of the year, in contention to win is always a really cool thing to see out of a young freshman,” EstesTaylor said. Lavy turned in the second best score for the Razorbacks, fifth overall. Lavy’s score of 214 (70-71-73) is a career low and is the first time in her collegiate career she has posted back to back rounds under par. “I really saw how much her game has grown maturity wise,” Estes-Taylor said. “It was really cool to see all the things that we’ve been working on really pay off in the first week of play.” Lavy said she has been working on focusing on her
own game and was glad to see her hard work pay off. “It was good to see that if you just focus and stay within yourself, that it can be good enough.” The team is off to a good start, but the key is to carry the excitement and success through the rest of the season. “We train to win,” Lavy said. “We don’t train to be close, we train to win golf tournaments and I just think trusting that we’re going to be in that situation a lot and trusting that if you stay within yourself and do what you can do best and don’t worry about everything else that it can be done and I’m excited to be in that position the rest of the year.” Next up for the Hogs is the Lady Tar Heel Invitational Oct. 12-14.
Mary McKay Staff Photographer Women’s golf head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor and junior Emma Lavy addressed the media Tuesday to discuss the Old Waverley Invitational and the season ahead.
Hogs Can Prove Worth Through Tough Schedule Jessie McMullen Staff Writer
The Arkansas men’s basketball team will prove their resilience through their tough schedule this season. The Razorbacks will see one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. At least 12 of the Hogs’ opponents continued with postseason play at the end of last season, whether it was the NCAA tournament
or NIT tournament. Of the 31 games the Razorbacks have scheduled, 19 of them will appear on national or regional television. Ten are available on an ESPN family station, five on the SEC Network, two on Comcast Sports, one on CBS and one on FOX Sports Network. The first few games of conference play will be the toughest part of the Hogs schedule. On Nov. 3rd the Hogs will take on Syracuse at home. Syracuse is always a very competitive and national title-worthy team. Four days later, the Oklahoma Sooners come to town. Oklahoma is usually a team at the top of Big 12 basketball. A few days later, Michigan will come to Fayetteville. Michigan will be seeking re-
venge from last season. The Hogs upset the then-No. 20 Michigan Wolverines 66-64. After three tough games in a row, Arkansas will participate in the Las Vegas Invitational. The first game will take place Nov. 18 against Longwood University in Fayetteville. The next game, also in Fayetteville, will be played against Florida A&M. The Razorbacks will then travel to Las Vegas to take on two tough teams, continuing the Las Vegas Invitational. In game three, the Hogs will take on Arizona State. Saturday, Nov. 24, the last day of the tournament, the Razorbacks will take on either Wisconsin or Creighton, both teams that went to the NCAA tournament last year. Creighton will not be as
strong of team as last season after losing standout Doug McDermott. Wisconsin would be a tough matchup, considering they usually have a strong team. A huge test for the Razorbacks will be when the defending national champions, Kentucky, come to Fayetteville to take on the Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference play. The Kentucky Wildcats have been at the top of the SEC in basketball for a while, always proving themselves to be a powerhouse in not only the SEC, but in the entire nation. The Hogs will also face last season’s SEC Tournament champion, Vanderbilt, who upset the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC Tournament Championship game.
Along with Vanderbilt, the team will match up against Florida, Alabama and newcomer Missouri — all teams that made the NCAA tournament last season. The Florida Gators along with the Missouri Tigers will come as a tough competitor for the Razorbacks this season. This season the Razorbacks have lost a few key players from last season. Senior Marvell White graduated this past year, along with Michael Sanchez. Julysess Nobles transferred this season. Nobles was a great player, but didn’t fit with head coach Mike Anderson’s style of play. Devonta Abron, who saw a lot of playing time as a freshman, also transferred because of family reasons. The Razorbacks will be returning key players such as:
B.J. Young, Mardracus Wade, Rickey Scott and Hunter Mickelson. Upcoming players such as Rashad Madden and Coty Clarke will also prove as threats for the Hogs. Coach Anderson will no longer be a first year coach for the Hogs, entering his second season. Although last season was somewhat disappointing, Anderson showed hope for the future of Razorback basketball. Anderson and his team will really be able to prove themselves this season considering the tough schedule they will be playing. Jessie McMullen is a staff writer for The Arkansas Traveler. Traveler columns appears every day. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.
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Lone Senior Looks to Lead the Tennis Team Eric Harris Staff Writer
Claudine Paulson, the lone upperclassman on the women’s tennis team, looks to lead the Razorbacks to another successful year in the tough Southeastern Conference to culminate with another appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The senior from Guayaquil, Ecuador, has won 43 singles matches in her Razorback career and played primarily in the No. 3 position last season, but she has performed best in doubles matches with a career record of 66-39. Paulson had a strong season last year. She was a part of the No. 1 position in doubles with Laurie Gringas and competed in the NCAA Tournament against Long Beach State’s Laura Bernard and Rachel Manasse, winning
9-7. Paulson is looking to build off of her junior season where she finished with 13 doubles wins and 16 singles wins, including five of her first six and another five in a row later in the season. With a team full of young talent, Paulson is the only returning letterwinner and will be the main source of leadership this season. She is currently the only player for the Hogs that has gone through the rigors of a long SEC season. Before becoming a Razorback, Paulson was a solid player on the junior circuit. In 2007 she was ranked 85th by the International Tennis Federation. She has represented her home country of Ecuador multiple times in the Federation Cup, where she maintained an undefeated 4-0 record. In addition to being an excellent athlete, Paulson has
also had success in the classroom. Last spring, the human nutrition and hospitality major was one of the 77 Razorbacks to be named to the SEC Spring Honor Roll. She has also worked with the Razorbacks in community service efforts. Paulson and several other tennis and soccer players worked on a community service project, helping Habitat for Humanity build a house for a community member in September. Paulson is currently preparing with the rest of the team for the Country Club of Little Rock (CCLR) Invitational starting on Aug. 21. The CCLR Invitational is the inaugural event for the team this season and they will look to start it off strong. Paulson and the rest of the Hogs will take on Texas Tech, Oklahoma and SEC rival Ole Miss.
Photo courtesy of Athletic Media Relations Senior Claudine Paulson has a career singles match record of 43 wins, and a record of 66–39 in doubles. Paulson is the only senior player on the womens team this year.
Soccer Team Off to Rough Start
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The Razorback soccer team opened Southeastern Conference play last weekend with losses to both Ole Miss and Georgia. The team fell to the No. 22 Rebels Friday night in Oxford, Miss. by a score of 4-1. Even though the game was a loss, there are still some positives that can be taken away from the game, said head coach Colby
Hale. “There’s obviously things we’ve got to fix, we’re making silly mistakes that they need to get better,” Hale said. The Razorbacks finished the weekend with a 2-0 loss to the Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. Sunday. Hale was also confident that there are some good things the team can gain from this loss. “The first half we were very good. It might have been our best 45 minutes of soccer,” Hale said. “Both goals we gave up were not good. Against good teams you can’t give them goals,
they have to earn it and we didn’t do that.” Arkansas faces Kentucky Friday at 7 p.m. in Fayetteville. The Wildcats have the potential to compete for the SEC title this year, Hale said and will provide a challenge to the Razorbacks. “They’re very good,” Hale said. “This is the best Kentucky they’ve ever had.” The Razorbacks will face South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. Hale said they will provide challenges of their own. “They’re very good defensively, they’re organized, they’re
hard to break down, they don’t give the ball away,” Hale said of the Gamecocks. Hale is pleased with the effort he is getting from his team, but knows winning is what matters. “We’re going to work on the win, the result being the focus of what we do,” Hale said. “I feel like in terms of some process goals and changing culture and training habits and working on the organization of our team, we’ve made some progress. It’s time for us as a team to start saying the results matter.”
Mary McKay Staff Photographer Head soccer coach Colby Hale looks to improve his 0-2 SEC record this weekend against the Kentucky Wildcats and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
from SEDBERRY page 8 “I am appreciative of the opportunity Jeff Long, Jon Fagg and Eric Wood have given me to help lead this important part of the Razorback program,” Sedberry said. “Throughout my career, I have had a passion for helping student-athletes grow as individuals through intercollegiate athletics. I am excited about the direction of our program and the commitment that has been made to student-athlete development.” Before joining the UA athletics department, Sedberry was the director of Student Services at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla. There he was in charge of the creation, development, supervision, implementation and evaluation of life skills programs for all UCF studentathletes. Since 2009, Sedberry has served as a consultant for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports and in 2011 he was selected as a member of the NCAA’s Leadership Institute. He is the author of the book “Be You! 10 Essential Qualities to Becoming an Exceptional You!” and is a co-author of the book “100 Pioneers: African Americans Who Broke Color Barriers in Sports.” Sedberry attended the University of Nebraska where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and was a letterwinner on the Huskers’ track and field team. He then attended the DeVos Sports Business Management program at UCF and earned a master of business administration degree and a master of sports business management degree.
The South and Football: Hogs Will Rise Again Liz Beadle Staff Writer
At the advent of college football, the South wasn’t doing a whole lot of winning. Not when it came to football games, not when it came to national championships and not when it came to much else, either. The first official national champion was recorded in 1869 — at the height of Reconstruction when this was the most unpopular area of the country, not to mention the poorest and most backward. It wasn’t until LSU in 1908 that a team south of the Mason-Dixon line won a national championship in college football. My point is that these days we often think of the South — especially when it comes to football — as a culture based
exclusively upon winning. But in reality, this culture has just as much, if not more, to do with losing than it does winning. The South is a culture of fighting back, a culture of rising again, a culture of defying the odds, a culture of responding to adversity and ultimately a culture of being on the absolute wrong side of some crucial battles in this country. To be Southern, it has just become imperative to have a little bit of a chip on one’s shoulder. Arkansas fans, at this particular moment in time, know all too well that losing is a part of life. It sounds cliché, but life truly is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. Some very bad things have happened since that ill-fated April Fools Day when Bobby Petrino had a little too much fun with a motorcycle
and a mistress. In the long run, it’s our reactions that matter. I’ll tell you one person whose reaction I could not have been more proud of these past few days: Tyler Wilson. He seems to be the only leader within the program stepping up and expressing what we everyone wants to — that this is not okay. Arkansas fans are proud people. I won’t speak for all of you, but my ego is badly bruised right now. As Wilson said in the press conference Monday, “I’m an Arkansas kid; I know how much it means.” We are all proud of this school and this football team, and you know what? I, for one, am mad. I’m really mad.” It was good to see Wilson get mad. His statement after the game Saturday could not have been more accurate — simply put, “it sucks.”
It could be argued that this is the lowest point in Razorback football history. Since 2008, the Hogs have been out-scored 198-55 by Alabama. This Alabama win was the biggest shutout win for the Tide since 1948. Arkansas has been outscored 89-10 since losing Wilson to an injury “above the shoulders” in the second quarter against ULM. This was the first shutout in Fayetteville since 1966. Arkansas is currently ranked 86th in total offense, 93rd in total defense, 106th in rushing offense, 112th in time of possession and 119th in turnover margin. There are 120 NCAA Division I football teams. In the words of John L. Smith in his postgame press conference Saturday, “that’s about as bad as I can remember as a football team.” Don’t even
get me started on how much this whole debacle is costing. Now it’s time for the rest of those involved to react. Athletic director, coach, player and fans all have to react positively, strongly and promptly. Arkansas has to display the fight and the resilience that has kept Southerners going since Gettysburg and the burning of Atlanta. There are nine games left in the season, and the Hogs control their destiny in every single one of them. The Hogs have to prove that down is not out if they want what was supposed to be their dream season to be anything short of a complete and total nightmare. Liz Beadle is a staff writer for The Arkansas Traveler. Her column appears every other Wednesday. Follow the sports section on Twitter @UATravSports.
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Published on Sep 19, 2012