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Foundation for the Future
The Danger of Headphones by EMILY HILLEY-SIERZCHULA Staff Writer
It was October in Cherryville, N.C., when a car struck a headphone-wearing pedestrian who was crossing a busy street. A similar event occurred in Australia, where a train ran over a 15-year-old girl who couldn’t hear the warning signals because of music pumping through her ear buds. Incidents such as these have prompted some to think about the wisdom and safety of such prolific devices. Tragic accidents aside, earphones pose other inherent safety hazards of which students should be aware, said Amy Hunter, clinical assistant professor of audiology at the UA. “Most people are listening to their iPods or MP3 players at a more elevated level than they should,” Hunter said. The person might not realize their music is playing at a hazardous level, because the devices often are used to mask other noises, she said. “As that generation starts to get older, with the continued use of the ear buds at the loudness levels they are listening to
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The brick path behind Old Main is being rebuilt after wear and tear from construction efforts had caused parts of the walk to be destroyed or damaged. Students returning for the spring semester will notice more changes to foot traffic in construction areas.
Students Pay More, State Pays Less
RIC Members Push for Opposite-Sex Roommates by EMILY JONES Staff Writer
UA Housing officials could implement a new plan that would allow students to choose their roommate, regardless of gender, officials said. Gender-neutral housing was created to establish diversity and help lesbian, gay and transgender college students feel more comfortable on campus, according to genderblind.org. “Gender-neutral housing would be beneficial to students who are underrepresented, and it would promote more equality on campus,” said Onnissia Harries, advertising and public relations representative of Residents’ Interhall Congress. Members of the RIC and Associated Student Government began a committee last semester after both groups passed legislation to look into gender-neutral housing, said RIC President Cameron Mussar.
by LANDON REEVES Staff Writer
The UA amassed more than $86 million in student tuition and fees in the fall semester and is predicted to make more than $80 million this semester, officials said. “Tuition and fees go into the educational and general funding,” said Steve Voorhies, manager of media relations. “This fund covers essentially every type of cost that a university has. Pretty much everything that doesn’t fall in self-supporting areas of the budget like housing, parking and athletics are covered.” Education and general funds provide equipment for labs and offices, as well as faculty salaries. They pay more than half those expenses, and state revenue pays most of what’s left, Voorhies said. The UA is one of the 22 Division I universities that doesn’t use general funds to support athletics, said John Diamond, associate vice chancellor of University Relations. Sports programs fund themselves through ticket sales, licensing see TUITION on page 2
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John Diamond, associate vice chancellor of University Relations, taking a look at factors that determine the costs of tuition for students on a daily basis.
In This Issue:
Property Crimes in Fayetteville
Property crimes remain to be a problem in Fayetteville.
Stanford Graduate Speaks
Jeremy Van Horn Morris spoke to UA students in the Math Science building.
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RIC Prepares New Website, Logo To provide more frequent updates and detailed layout Page 2 There is no timeline on when gender-neutral housing could be implemented, but the committee is gathering information, answering questions and establishing an understanding about how the system would work on the UA campus, Mussar said. The collected data will help members of the committee write a proposal draft by the end of the semester that will eventually be sent to housing for consideration, he said. In addition to the committee’s research, Mussar plans to survey the students who live on campus see HOUSING on page 3
Company Culture For a Razorback Gymnastics Winter Months Bring No. 1 New Generation Seasonal Blues Things to think about when looking at the corporate world today.
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Gym’backs earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history following a recordsetting win against LSU
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RIC Prepares New Website, Logo by BAILEY KESTNER Staff Writer
The UA Residents’ Interhall Congress is prepping a new logo and website, RIC executive members said. “Currently, the website is being operated by the UA Housing administration,” said Tyler Priest, RIC vice president. “The new website will be maintained by RIC members themselves, rather than the housing department.” The current website, which provides member biographies and group information, is rarely updated. Having the students run the website will
ensure more frequent updates and a detail-oriented layout, he said. “To bring more attention to the RIC and what we are about, we will be providing a link on the old website to the newest one and will also link the website to the RIC Facebook and Twitter accounts,” Priest said. The RIC logo will also be updated, to further draw awareness of the organization on campus. “The old logo was basically an image of a colonial style building with stairs, signifying government,” said Matt Morgan, advertising and
public relations executive. The RIC collectively decided that the logo was not appealing to the new freshmen class, he said. “We definitely want to ‘hook in’ the incoming freshmen, since they are the primary ones living in the residence halls,” he said. Morgan, RIC President Cameron Mussar, and Onnissia Harries, advertising and public relations executive, started discussing the idea of the new logo last semester, Morgan said. “It was toward the end of the term that we started working on design ideas
with the UA productions team in the Union,” Morgan said. “They helped us a lot and we went back and forth with design ideas until we got exactly what we wanted,” he said. “The new logo, nicknamed ‘The Link,’ features a red accent that indicates the group’s connection to Housing,” Morgan said. The logo will appear around campus on sidewalks, flyers and promotional items, Morgan said. The RIC will also be conducting an advertising campaign one week in February to place special emphasis on the new logo.
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from page 1 fees, multimedia contracts and fund-raising, Diamond said. “The tuition and fees will make up about 51.5 percent of the budget for general operating costs of the education and general programs at the university for this fiscal year,” said Don Pederson, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration. Diamond described tuition as “last-resort funds.” “Funding from the state has remained level for several years now, but the cost
of operating the UA has gone up,” he said. The UA is a land-grant university, which means the state provides funding. In the past, the cost of running a college was cheaper, so state funds covered more and students were charged less, Voorhies said. However, maintenance costs have increased in recent years. Since costs have risen and state funding has remained the same, students are charged more to compensate for the cost that private donations and state funds can’t cover, Diamond
said. “The demands on state governments for resources for higher education have grown in almost every state in the nation,” Diamond said. “Higher education is competing for funding with corrections, primary and elementary education, health care cost, general cost of growth and running a state government.” The cost of tuition is calculated by subtracting the sum of state funds and perstudent donations from the per-student cost. “Let’s say it cost the UA $20,000 to educate one stu-
dent,” Diamond said. “The state gives $7,000 and the UA raises $7,000 in private funds per student. The remaining cost is what decides tuition and fee prices. In this case, it would be $6,000.” Senior accounting major Michael Edwards said UA tuition is “more or less in-line with other schools. “They need to find a way to finance all the changes they make on campus. It could also be a product of inflation, but I feel like some of it may be inflated for no reason.”
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HEALTH & SAFETY HEADPHONES from page 1
them, we’re going to start seeing more and more noise-induced hearing loss at younger ages,” Hunter said. “The general rule is that if you can stand three feet away from the person and can hear the tonal quality of the music, it’s too loud,” she said. Noise-induced hearing loss occurs when sensitive structures in the inner ear, hair cells, are damaged because of sounds that are too loud, too close or last too long. The delicate structures “are small sensory cells that convert sound energy into electrical signals that travel to the brain,” according to the National Institutes of Health. Damaged hair cells cannot grow back. Because it is still early in the trend, research is ongoing regarding the effect of listening to earphones at elevated levels for extended times. Audiologists are noticing hearing loss among younger age groups who have had no other loud noise exposure, Hunter said. Natural, gradual hearing loss commonly appears in people in their 40’s and 50’s, according to the NIH. “Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 (or 26 million Americans) have high frequency hearing loss that may have been caused
by exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities,” according to the NIH. Damage to high frequencies of hearing can be a sign that the hearing loss was caused by exposure to loud music through ear buds rather than occupational hazards, Hunter said. Audiologists typically recommend listening to music at half the maximum volume for no more than four hours a day. If someone listens for more than four hours a day, there is an increased chance of hearing damage, she said. Ear buds that have a buffer inside them are safer than those that often come with a device, although the ear buds with the buffer adapter are often more expensive, Hunter said. A person might also consider earphones that have a noise-cancel system that helps drown out ambient noise so a listener will not be tempted to increase the volume level on the device, she said. The new speech and hearing clinic on Razorback Road offers hearing screenings for students at a discounted price. The clinic operates as a laboratory for speech pathology and audiology students, and it soon will affiliate with the Pat Walker Health Center to educate students about the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss, Hunter said.
Property Crimes Remain to be a Problem in Fayetteville by LANDON REEVES Staff Writer
There were 458 reported property crimes in Fayetteville in 2010, officials with the Fayetteville Police Department said. “If Fayetteville has an Achilles’ tendon, it is property crime,” said Sgt. Craig Stout, public information officer with Fayetteville Police Department. “A lot of them could be solved by people taking some extra steps to help secure their property.” The UA has its share of property crimes, which include theft and vehicle break-ins. “We have all these thefts and most are crimes of opportunity, meaning the property is left unattended and out of control of the owner,” said Lt. Gary Crain, public information officer for UAPD. “A person has to maintain control of his or her items. Don’t leave them anywhere.” Many thefts that occur in the
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Headphones can help people get away from the distractions of day-to-day life, but the long term effects can be harmful to one’s well being.
HOUSING from page 1
“to see where student interest is,” he said. Gender-neutral housing wouldn’t affect everyone, Mussar said, “but it would open a new option for students who don’t necessarily identify with what their sex is.” Part of the UA’s mission statement is to have diversity and equality on its
campus and gender-neutral housing would show that the UA is true to that statement and accepting of all individuals, Mussar said. Some students established a campaign called My Room to “bring awareness of gender-neutral housing and emphasize the importance of comfort in one’s home,” said Tyler Overstreet, who is
involved in the campaign. Students involved in the campaign hope to “dispel rumors of the LGBTQ community and teach tolerance,” Harries said. Members of the campaign also plan to work with LGBTQ organizations on campus like PRIDE and RESPECT, Overstreet said.
Union or library, where students sometimes get up to go to the bathroom or copy machine and leave their property behind. Another common place for theft is the HPER, where students set wallets and cell phones down to exercise, Crain said. Students should lock car doors and hide anything of value. Thieves are not as likely to risk detection for something that may or may not be inside the glove box or trunk, Stout said. “I am quite positive that if I could convince all the citizens of Fayetteville to start locking their doors on their vehicles, it would cut crime in half,” he said. “Roughly 80 percent of break-ins to vehicles happen to unlocked vehicles.” Keeling Carter, senior drama major, discovered money stolen from his car. “I had someone break in to my
car. Well, they didn’t break in, because I left my door unlocked,” Carter said. “I had noticed the glove box was open and some change missing. Luckily nothing else was stolen, because I don’t keep anything in my car besides Taco Bell wrappers.” The other side of property crimes is residential burglary. Most burglaries occur during the day when people go out to work, police said. Students should consider deadbolt locks, which extend the bolt of a door lock, making the door much harder to kick in, Stout said. Ben Fruhauf, a senior political science major, once took an Xbox from a friend’s dorm room as a joke. “Later I apologized, but I was surprised with how easy it was. In the big dorms, every one keeps their door unlocked,” Fruhauf said.
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FROM THE BOARD Campus Property Theft Keeps Students Alert Students living on a public college campus need to be constantly aware of their possessions - it seems like a simple enough idea, but are we all paying attention to it as much as we think? The need to have an article about heightened theft of student’s personal items suggests that we aren’t staying aware enough of where we leave our cell phones, books and other personal belongings, but why do we trust other students on campus so much more than any other place we go? We wouldn’t leave our belongings in our shopping cart while we go to get something out of our cars at the grocery store, nor would we ask a stranger to watch over our personal items while going to run and errand, so leaving the things that matter to us the most on view throughout campus seems like nothing short of irresponsible. We may as well attach a sign with the words “take me, please,” written on our laptops as we run to grab a soda from the vending machine on a late night library trip. While our campus is a friendly place where we feel we can let our guards down, we need to make sure that we aren’t too trusting of our surroundings - let’s face it, we are still in a public place. Not everyone who walks into Mullins or the Union have the same morals as our best friends, so, remember what your parents taught you growing up - lock your doors, keep your belongings with you at all times, and be aware of your surroundings. For those of us living in dorms, always lock up before leaving, no matter how much you trust your neighbor. While they might claim to watch over your room while you attend lecture, you never know who is going to pay a visit to your door while they are busy with homework or a round of Call Of Duty. Keep personal possessions and valuables out of sight, and always lock your car doors when parking on campus. When it comes down to it, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the items you spent all summer packing up to bring to college. While we can’t protect ourselves from every kind of crime, we can take the necessary precautions to make sure that we are doing our part to keep campus crime free.
Changing Weather Brings Student Sickness We survived the first week of school, and now that the semester is in full swing, the only thing that seems to be tripping many of us up is the ever-changing Arkansas weather. With temperatures ranging from a chilly 30 degrees in the morning to a warm 65 degress in the afternoon, it’s hard to know what to expect. Many of us are dealing with annoying allergies, while others are suffering from full-on sickness from the changing temperatures, so what can we do to make sure that we don’t miss class because of sickness this semester? Until the weather calms down and spring finally arrives for good, make sure to keep allergy and cold medicine on hand for those days of up-and-down temperatures. Though it might not be a necessity on a daily basis, having it on hand can keep you ready for whatever the day brings. Arming yourself for the first sign of sickness is the best way to counteract common colds that are easily passed among students, so start taking a multivitamin to stay healthy. Keeping a healthy diet and staying active is the best precaution for keeping the cold weather blues away, so plan a work out schedule with friends and boost your energy levels with healthy meals. Taking these precautions lets us remain healthy and happy for the next few months, keeping us in the classroom and out of the doctors office this semester.
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Winter Months Bring Seasonal Blues From the Managing Editor
by MATTIE QUINN
When the clock strikes midnight and a new year rolls around, everyone typically looks upon it with such optimism. A new beginning! Finally I will accomplish all of my dreams! When in reality, for me and many people I know, the beginning of the year is not typically anything to be cheery about. Think about it - the holidays are over, your list of goals can be overwhelming, and, most importantly, the
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months are hard, simple as that. According to a New York Times article published in 2007, millions of Americans experience the “winter blues” and almost 10 percent of the adult population in New Hampshire (a state with one of the most bitterly cold winters in the U.S.) experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder. Which, I may add, is often appropriately abbreviated to S.A.D. So what does that mean for college students who are just tired of feeling lethargic and walking around like a bundled up zombie? Though it may seem like an incredibly tall order, going to the HPER, even if it’s not for very long, can be an instant mood lifter. If you simply cannot bring yourself to work out, at least take advantage of the saunas in the dressing rooms. Even if you would rather stay inside and drink hot cocoa, forcing yourself to go out and be with
friends during the weekend can also do wonders for your mental health. I know going out can mean putting on lots of layers and being in the cold, but just socializing with people you care about will make you forget it is the most gloomy time of the year. If all else fails, just remember that this too shall pass. It won’t be cold forever, soon it will be t-shirt weather every single day of the year. The month of March typically brings the promise of less layers and improved moods all around. So as you walk to class in the morning, cold, shivering and seemingly hating everything, just remember that your mood will improve soon enough. Just keep calm and carry on. Mattie Quinn is the 20112012 managing editor of the Traveler, and a Journalism major. Her column appears every other Wednesday.
SOPA Not Dead, Can We Keep Our Freedoms? Good To Know
Traveler Quote of the Day “As that generation starts to get older, with the continued use of the ear buds at the loudness levels they are listening to them, we’re going to start seeing more and more noise-induced hearing loss at younger ages.” -Amy Hunter, clinical assistant professor of audiology at the UA, “Headphone Safety,” page one.
weather is miserable. As I sit down to write my biweekly column, I have just returned from a jog, where boys were hanging off fraternity balconies shirtless, and I opened every window in my apartment once I returned. This makes writing about seasonal affective disorder odd, but when column the goes to print, the cold and rainy weather that is typical for Northwest Arkansas in the winter is set to return, making the topic all the more relevant. Once the holidays are over, I know it is just a matter of time before an internal timer will go off and my mood and outlook will darken. Not depressed in any way, but being social will fill me with dread and getting myself to be motivated for my classes can be incredibly difficult. I know I am in good company, for I have discussed it with friends, family and coworkers, many of who agree with me. Lets face it: the winter
by CHRIS SONNTAG
After the protests against SOPA and PIPA and the blackout of several websites on January 18, anybody looking at the statements of the various sponsors and other congressmen and senators would see a clear pattern. Many of these people who supposedly represent us only turned their votes around when they saw the backlash, and furthermore tried spinning it to appear like they had stood up for the little guys against clearly problematic legislation. I ran across a quote from Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who introduced the legislation, that surprised me. Back in 2006, when a net neutrality amendment to the COPE Act was killed by the Republican party, he said that he “want[s] a vibrant Internet just like [the Democrats] do,” but that their “disagreement is about how to achieve that. They say let the government dictate it...I urge my colleagues to reject government regulation of the Internet.” If this was the way Smith was speaking in 2006, why is it
that he’s introduced so many bills to cut down on what you can do online? Perhaps the answer lies in his sources of the coinage in his campaign coffers--Opensecrets.org, a nonprofit that tracks money in politics, reports that most of Smith’s money for this election cycle, $60,800, came from the entertainment industry, with another $28,500 from the tech industry and even more going to his PAC, a trend that goes back several years. Similarly, the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, a major force for the bill, was former Senator Chris Dodd, whose “controversies” section on Wikipedia is longer than any other on the page. On national television, he said that those “who count on “Hollywood” for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.” Now, there’s a worthy discussion of the government’s place on the Internet, but these sorts of developments and implications that Hollywood could essentially buy a member of Congress seems dirty to me. Unfortunately, this is just a clear end result of the Citizens United case and Speechnow.org v. FCC, which have only helped to put more money into politics. It seems like the main conflict here is between those seeking freedom of information and those seeking to control
it like any other industry or resource. Frankly, I think literacy is the greatest human invention, and the widespread flow of information that follows from it to be the greatest force for change. The printing press of this millenium is the Internet, and Wikipedia is our library of Alexandria. Like the historical opposition to the printing press, there are those who would like to limit the flow of information of the Internet due to its sometimes uncomfortable implications. It’s 2012. It’s no longer okay to not know how the Internet works. And unfortunately, SOPA and PIPA were only a small part of what happens when you mix politics and a lack of understanding of technology. There’s been several tactics tried so far-- several telecoms like Verizon, COX, Comcast and AT&T gave up records to the NSA to supposedly fight “terrorism.” Other times, it’s been “necessary” to give up control in the name of fighting crimes like counterfeiting, and more recently, piracy. And in what honestly seems like a war on the Internet, another bill threatens the way people use it. The latest angle of attack is claiming to prevent child pornography with the “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011,” by recording every internet user’s name, address, phone number, credit card and bank account numbers, online history and IP addresses for an entire year. For quick reference, there have only been 10,000
child pornography arrests by the FBI since 1996 according to the Denver Post, and over 272,100,000 Americans online. An unsuccessful attempt to amend it was made, asking to change the name to “Keep Every American’s Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government Without a Warrant Act of 2011.” With this bill, Smith is working to treat all Americans as if they’ve committed a despicable act by manipulating public emotions about the safety of children. He wants ISPs to be swamped in data, logging everything we do online. However, doing so wouldn’t fight child pornography effectively-US law already allows for storage of most data for 90 days, and much of the illegal activity in question happens in the “dark net,” parts of the worldwide web not accessible without special actions. Really, there’s not much that’s dead about SOPA, or at least the attitudes behind it, as evidenced by several comments by the creators and others that they’ll essentially try again in the future. It was just one of several horcruxes, if you will. The Internet is one of the greatest global democratic tools of our lifetimes. But like Benjamin Franklin’s words about our form of government, this will only continue to be true “if you can keep it.” Chris Sonntag is a Biochemistry major, and a Traveler columnist. His column appears every other Wednesday.
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
FEATURES EDITOR: LAUREN LEATHERBY ASST. FEATURES EDITOR: KELSI FORD
by CAITLIN MURAD Staff Writer
Winter is known for being the season of engagements. Many UA students, especially seniors, get engaged over the holidays or during the beginning of the spring semester. A marriage proposal is something unique and something to cherish for the rest of one’s life. Senior Kalli Parette got engaged in December in China while she and her boyfriend, David, visited her parents in Shanghai. While they were there, David took her on a day-long date visiting all of her favorite places. “The very last place we went was a boardwalk that stretches for miles on the beach,” Parette said. “We came across a blanket on the beach, covering a guitar. He sang me a song and while he had me turned around, he wrote a huge message in the sand that said, ‘Will You Marry Me?’” When she turned around, Kalli saw David next to the message on one knee with a ring. She said yes. “It was especially sweet that he proposed in China, where I grew up,” Parette said, “Even though planning the logistics was tricky, considering that he doesn’t speak Chinese.” David had contacted Kalli’s parents to find out all of her favorite spots in her hometown. Kalli’s parents also set up the blanket and the guitar on the beach for the proposal. Kalli and David are getting married after the spring semester on May 24. Tyler Clark proposed to his girlfriend, Amanda, at the performance of The Nutcracker at the Walton Arts Center a day before Amanda’s birthday.
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Seniors Tyler Clark and Amanda Dooly got engaged on Dec. 18 at a performance of The Nutcracker. Dooly, a lifelong dancer, was surprised by Clark who snuck in both of their families to the ballet. “Amanda had participated in ballet all the way up until college, so it was very important to her,” Clark said. “I bought her a ticket to the Nutcracker performance, and she thought we were just going to The Nutcracker as a part of her birthday present.” Tyler originally planned to propose to Amanda in some way involving the Christmas lights on the Square. He got the idea to propose at the Nutcrack-
er performance from Amanda’s sister, Chandler. “[Chandler] told me about a guy who had proposed to his girlfriend at a performance in Kansas City and how she thought it was really cool,” Clark said. “We took what she remembered from that proposal and added some of our own flavor to it.” Tyler and Amanda arrived at the performance just as the doors opened.
Tyler had planned with the Walton Arts Center to propose before curtain call. At the beginning of the curtain call, the emcee announced that they would be giving away prizes. The last prize was a “prize of a lifetime.” The winners of the prize would have a picture of a nutcracker under their seats. “Sure enough, we had nutcrackers under our seats and we went up on stage,” Clark said. “The emcee told us
we would have to work for our prize and that we each have to do our best ballet move. “Amanda went first and then I followed with my best attempt at a dance move. When I was done with my move, I got down on one knee and proposed to Amanda in front of everyone. She said yes!” Both Amanda and Tyler’s parents were seated in the balcony of the theatre watching the proposal. The story of the proposal was even featured on KNWA. The couple plans to get married in the spring of 2013. Jessica Hawley was proposed to over Christmas break in Yosemite National Park while she and her boyfriend were visiting family in California. They decided to take a day trip to Yosemite National Park, where they spent the day hiking and driving, admiring the beautiful scenery. “Towards the end of the day, we ended up in a beautiful meadow that was surrounded by trees and mountains,” Hawley said. “We were just taking pictures and videos for a little while, when he asked if he could read me a letter. At the end of the letter, he popped the question as he pulled out a ring and got on his knees.” The couple’s family and friends were not present during the proposal but they all knew about it beforehand. “Because I am very family-oriented, my fiancé had my parents and brothers all write me letters to read after the proposal happened,” Hawley said. Jessica said yes, she and her fiancée will be married at the end of June 2012.
Company Culture For A New Generation by LOGAN GILMORE
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by ZACH WILSON Staff Writer
Every year around April, parents and students alike emit a collective groan as they prepare to complete a strenuous task: not taxes, but the FAFSA. Many students can have trouble knowing exactly how to complete the FAFSA, or the best way to ensure that they receive the most financial assistance possible. According to a study done by CBS News, there are various ways to avoid some of the stress and hassle that accompany filling out the dreaded form. For starters, it is crucial to discover financial aid form deadlines for scholarships or other programs and ensure they aren’t missed. In addition, the timeliness of filing the FAFSA is crucial. “Students should fill out the FAFSA as early as they possibly can,” said Katie Wing, a financial coordinator. “The longer they wait, the more their aid will be affected and likely drop.” In terms of getting a large amount of aid, there are two tips: don’t provide retirement assets, or include business assets. The FAFSA does not require that retirement assets be provided, just as it does not require small businesses of less than 100 employees to provide the net
worth of the company. When these are included, they often hurt students’ chances of receiving a large amount of financial help. Many students leave one or more sections of the FAFSA blank, either because they don’t believe it applies to them or aren’t sure how to complete it. Either way, this method can greatly damage the swiftness of processing the FAFSA, and therefore affect its finishing and students’ aid totals. “Fill in every section, even if it’s just with a ‘zero’ or ‘not applicable.’ There is a new feature in which tax information from the IRS can be retrieved to automatically complete the FAFSA, reducing the entire process to only ten or fifteen minutes as well as automatically answering some questions students may not be familiar with,” Wing said. A student’s parents are as crucial to the FAFSA process as the student. Any student in Arkansas who is under 24 years of age, an undergraduate and not married must provide one or both of their parents’ information on the FAFSA. In the case of divorce, the student should list whichever parent they have lived with for the greater part of the last year. “It’s quite difficult to switch parents on the FAFSA, or to put down the parent that the student has lived
with less or not at all. There can start to be questions asked and file searches done, and this too can possibly affect the student’s overall assistance,” Wing said. A popular and innovative tip offers a useful alternative for students who may still not receive the amount of financial aid that they were hoping for. The work-study program can connect students with a job, where instead of employers paying the student, the pay is deducted from the student’s tuition. For eligible students, work study usually works on a first-come, firstserve basis; if funding is available, the program will assign a job to the student and begin the process. If a student meets the qualifications but no jobs are available, they will be placed on a wait list and will be notified as jobs become available. A final tip is quite simple, but can’t be stressed enough: don’t be afraid to ask for help. “There are plenty of FAFSA staffers on hand who know what they’re doing and can make the process quicker and easier, and they are incredibly accessible, reachable by internet chat, phone, and email,” Wing said. “All contact information can be found on the website, so don’t hesitate to call; they truly want to help students succeed.”
With the New Year fully upon us and graduation right around the corner, students (seniors in particular) are on the lookout for the best company with which to get their start in the professional world. Though many companies have the essentials—such as a substantial salary and benefits —a few businesses take it a step further with exciting corporate cultures that are second to none. More and more businesses are moving away from the traditional 9-to-5 workday and are focusing on Generation Y, or the Net Generation. With the Internet as an irreplaceable and always-on tool in today’s society, companies have begun to offer more flexible work schedules, with the idea that the work being done is more valuable than the hours spent in the office. Several companies are also allowing relaxed attire into the workplace, and give employees more time to meet in small groups to achieve the goals of the business. Google, for example, maintains a casual dress code, arranges teams for each project from various departments, and brings employees into a lifestyle that is centric to the company’s goals. This plunge into amplifying human capital, which strives to sustain a culture within the company that emphasizes employee happiness and satisfaction, is spreading to a growing amount of businesses. The trend is increasingly valuing humans as individuals, rather than a job title to be maximized. Despite the temptation for students to take on the first job they are offered, restraint should be used in determining whether or not the overall philosophy of the company is best suited for their wants and needs. Google, according to their website, offers free meals, video games, massages, transportation around campus, “napping pods,” swimming pools, volleyball courts and dog-friendly work spaces. Zappos.com, now a part of Amazon. com, offers the commonplace incentives such as medical, dental, vision and life insurance. However, on top of these, Zappos.com offers on-site wellness services, pet insurance, 24-hour phone/Internet access, a life coach, as well as free meals throughout the day. Amongst the goals listed on their website, Zappos.com states, “work shouldn’t be synonymous with drudgery.” Since a positive company culture is integral to the philosophy of increasing the happiness of employees and CEOs alike, rankings for these businesses are also growing. According to Fortune’s “Top 100 Businesses To Work For,” the number one spot went to analytical firm SAS, for their “epic”
benefits such as a free children’s camp, car wash, beauty salon, on-site clinic, childcare and a massive gymnasium. Others on Fortune’s list include The Boston Consulting Group for their dedication to social work; Wegmans Food Markets for their health-conscious environment and incentives; Edward Jones for their diversity policies; and Arkansas Children’s Hospital for the full gym, a benefit-based pension plan and childcare on campus. Glassdoor.com, a website that ranks businesses on anonymous employee reviews, released a top list this year as well. Consulting firm Bain & Company ranked first for their extensive training and mentorship programs. These allow new employees to learn the ropes in a challenging yet informative culture focused on employee social interaction. Others on this satisfaction-based list include Facebook, Apple, General Mills, Southwest Airlines, Scottrade, Intel Corporation and Goldman Sachs. This move to create exciting workplaces is common amongst many companies in today’s struggling economy. According to Harvard Business Review, maintaining employee happiness is now a top priority because it not only increases productivity, but also sends company revenues skyrocketing. A happy employee is a profitable employee, to say the least. Eric Hall, a senior finance/management/HR major, agrees. “Whether it be additional education or training, traditional benefit plans, or additional perks or bonuses, I’m looking for a company that values their employees and takes care of them,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be as flashy or exciting as some of the technology companies but it [company culture] does have to value its employees and provide an environment that encourages success,” Hall said. So how does the average graduate land a job with a desirable company? Glassdoor.com says that fair employee salaries, benefits, achievement-based bonuses, transparency and similar life values are just a few things to look for when deciding where to land your fledgling professional career. More information on company culture and benefits can be found on each individual establishment’s websites, usually under the “Careers” section. A simple Internet search will bring about thousands of opportunities. Sites such as Linkedin.com, Monster. com and CareerBuilder.com are just a few places where students can search for and get in touch with prospective employers. Through some research and inquiry into business practices and company culture, the right employer can be found with ease. The hardest part begins with getting your foot in the door.
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Razorback Gymnastics Ranked No. 1 by HARRISON STANFILL Staff Writer
After a record-breaking performance against LSU, Arkansas broke a milestone this week and were rewarded the No. 1 spot in the latest GymInfo rankings, the first top ranking in school history. “Well it’s really exciting.” co-coach Mark Cook said. “With all the milestones of this program, to finally break one, that’s a huge one to break.” With former Razorback gymnasts back in Barnhill last Friday it was a special moment in Razorback history that was not lost on the coaches who have been here from the start. “We’re proud of all the hard work,” said co-coach Rene
RYAN MILLER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas sophomore guard Mardracus Wade is shooting a team-high 50 percent from 3-point range for the Razorbacks, who are 14-0 at home, including 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play. Wade also leads the team in free throw percentage, connecting on 78.6 percent of his attempts.
Streaking at Home byJIMMY CARTER Sports Editor
Arkansas is 14-0 in Bud Walton Arena this season. Auburn is 0-4 on the road against power conference opponents. The Razorbacks want to extend both streaks Wednesday night when they host the Tigers. The Hogs (14-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) will try to build on their upset of No. 19 Michigan on Saturday, while remaining in the upper half of the conference standings. “I’m not satisfied,” Arkansas sophomore guard Mardracus Wade said. “This team can do a lot more. We ‘ve got a lot more to give, and as time goes on, I think the fans and everybody are going to see that this team right here is going to do a lot of special
AUBURN at ARKANSAS Wednesday, 8 p.m. Bud Walton Arena Fayetteville, Ark. CSS things. “We’ve struggled in some things, but I think as we keep working, we’ll get those things worked out.” Auburn (12-7, 2-3) was the only team Arkansas swept last season, but Tigers coach Tony Barbee has his team contending in his second season on the plains. Auburn has already surpassed its 11 wins from last season. One of the Tigers’ conference losses was in overtime at LSU and they led No. 1 Kentucky more than midway through the second half before
losing 68-53. “It’s just kind of the natural progression when you take over a program,” Barbee said. Auburn hasn’t beaten a bigname foe on the road this season, though. The Tigers lost by 22 at Seton Hall, 29 at Florida State and 30 at Vanderbilt. In addition to being undefeated at Bud Walton, Arkansas has had a season-high crowd the last three games, including 19,050 fans Saturday. “Bud Walton was one of the toughest places to play in the country there’s no secret and Mike’s got it going again,” Barbee said. “He’s got the fans back involved and it’s a loud place to play. We’re looking forward to the challenge.” Auburn’s plus-0.5 rebounding margin ranks just No. 10 in the SEC, though the Tigers have six players 6-foot-7 or
taller, while the Hogs have just three healthy players to match up against Auburn in the post. Arkansas will likely be without senior forward Marvell Waithe, who strained a calf muscle in the Michigan win. His absence leaves the Razorbacks with senior forward Michael Sanchez and freshmen Hunter Mickelson and Devonta Abron as the only healthy forwards. “Now we’ve got other guys are going to get more minutes whether it be the forwards that are playing already getting more minutes as well as sometimes we’re going to play small as we did against Michigan where we have four guards out there along with one of your guys of size,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. With just eight healthy
see STREAKINGon page 8
Cook “For me, just knowing how we were honoring the history of the program and then we completely make history at the same time, it just says so much about this program.” While the top ranking is the school’s first, the Razorbacks are not satisfied with just the ranking after just two Southeastern Conference “Stay consistent, that’s the big the thing. The thing is to not let your guard down,” Mark Cook said. “Every week [is] a new week with a new situation and new challenges.” Arkansas heads to Florida to take on the No. 8 Gators on Friday, the same team that came to Fayetteville a season ago with the No. 1 ranking and were topped by the Razorbacks.
LOGAN WEBSTER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Arkansas gymnastics is taking its No. 1 ranking, for the first time in school history, to Gainesville, Fla., to take on No. 8 Florida Gators on Friday.
Football Hogs Trying to Finish 2012 Schedule byJIMMY CARTER Sports Editor
Arkansas has announced it will start spring practice March 14 and play its spring game April 21, but is still trying to find a final opponent for the upcoming season. The Razorbacks haven’t found a final nonconference team to play in 2012. The Hogs have open dates on Sept. 20 and Oct. 20. “Nothing new,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. “We are working hard at it, but with all these (conference) changes and litigation it’s hard. This is the first time that I have ever had a schedule that is not ready by this time.” Arkansas’ other nonconference opponents are the season-opener against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1, Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 8 and
Tulsa on Nov. 3, all home games. The Razorbacks lost Texas A&M as a nonconference opponent in the Southwest Classic when the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference. “I know it is a work in progress and it is not just for us, but for a number of teams throughout the country,” Petrino said. Petrino: Hogs Need Strong Recruiting Finish Arkansas’ 2012 football recruiting class is nearly finished with less than two weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 1. The Razorbacks have 22 non-binding verbal
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Laying Out Super Bowl XLVI: The Rematch Old Fashioned 3-Point Play
firstname.lastname@example.org Senior year of high school I was eating $50 steaks with baked potatoes and sides while pounding Dr. Pepper’s and hanging out with a few close friends to watch a sports spectacle. The date was February 3, 2008 and the aforementioned sports spectacle was Super
Bowl XLII. At the watch party I was at, I was alone. Not physically alone because there were plenty of other people, but mentally alone because I was the lone cat cheering for the New England Patriots to continue their undefeated, potential 19-0 season and make NFL history. The other goons at the party were rallying behind the NFC East New York Giants because, since they were all Dallas Cowboys fans, it made their division and season look that much more legit. Long story short, as we all know, Eli Manning took note of Patches O’Houlihan’s advice in the movie Dodgeball and remembered the Five
D’s when it came to the Patriots defense (dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge). Manning refused to be brought down and completed a huge pass to little-known receiver David Tyree. Actually it wasn’t Tyree himself, but one of his paws and helmet that caught the pass which eventually set up a “pre-self-inflictedgunshot-wound-to-the-leg” Plaxico Burress touchdown catch from Manning to bring down the Patriots dream season 17-14. Well those shenanigans, maybe known as fireworks for the Giants fans out there, won’t be happening again this season even though the matchup will. The Golden Boy, Tom
Brady, leads the most dynamic offense in the NFL against the Giants, who are known for having a power run game complimented by the coldest defensive line in the league. Bad news for those cheering for the Patriots, your defense can’t stop a nosebleed. Good news for Patriots, you have the best and most clutch quarterback in the league. There should be no doubt that Tom Brady will not let Eli Manning get the best of him in round two. Just so we are clear on my fascination for Tom Brady, let me explain. All professional athletes, especially those in the most glamorous position, quarterback, have it made. They
have lots of money and fame. However, not all professional athletes can pull a women to marry them that grosses more than twice the money they do and looks as good as Giselle Bunchen. On to the rundown of how I see the game playing out: Super XLVI MVP: New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady Not being biased at all considering Brady ripped a chance from my boy Donovan McNabb to get a ring in Super Bowl XXXIX. The Philadelphia Eagles are my favorite team, so picking Tom Brady to win MVP honors is the logical choice. Would not be surprised at all to see Brady pick apart
the banged up Giants secondary with stud tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Calling it now, Brady has five total touchdowns. Super XLVI Defensive MVP: New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes Arkansas fans should be familiar with Spikes. The former Florida Gator AllAmerican linebacker will have an impact on the game. Spikes made an athletic, textbook interception in the AFC Championship and had a team-high nine tackles against Baltimore. Spikes and company will need a strong performance to bring
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 WOMEN’S TRACK
UA MEDIA RELATIONS Arkansas senior pole vaulter Tina Sutej qualified for nationals at the Kentucky Invitational two weeks ago and will lead the Razorbacks in the Razorback Invitational this weekend.
Women’s Track Hosting Top Competition by ZACH LIGI Staff Writer
Following a week off, Arkansas’ No. 3 women’s track team will face its toughest meet of the early season, hosting the Razorback Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The meet will include four of the top 10 teams in the nation including No. 2 LSU, No. 5 Texas and No. 9 Florida State. “We’re very excited about this week,” Arkansas coach Lance Harter said. “This is one of those that’s been highlighted on the calendar since this whole concept came together. The events across the board are simply going to be outstanding.” Arkansas will enter the event with momentum from a win in the Kentucky Invitational on Jan. 13-14.
That meet was big for the Razorbacks because senior Tina Sutej qualified for nationals in the meet in the pole vault. Assistant Bryan Compton was named National Collegiate Pole Vault Coach of the Year at the national pole vault summit. “He’s done an outstanding job,” Harter said. “He’s just done a great job.” The Razorback Invitational will be one of Arkansas’ most competitive meets before the SEC Championships in late February. “One of the adages we go by is you’d better run fast or you get run over and this is definitely one of those meets where that can happen,” Harter said. “With this many ranked teams, we’re really looking forward to some great, great competition.” The Razorbacks won
their first two meets of the indoor season, but a win this weekend would be a marquee accomplishment. “This is not a practice meet, this is the real deal,” Harter said. “You had better be prepared because you get burned real easily. Primarily it is a clash of NCAA superstars. I’m anxious to see what the fields look like. We’re going to take advantage of every opportunity we can on Friday and especially Saturday. “Our all-Americans that are back need to defend their honor, our newcomers need to step in and contribute. If you don’t, you can slide down the polls just as easily as move up.” The meet will be hosted at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. It starts at 11 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
from STREAKING on page 7 scholarship players, sophomore quarterback Brandon Mitchell, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound walk-on, could make his season debut. “Brandon will get a chance this week to really get some more work in,” Anderson said. “That’s all he needs. He needs to get some timing and some actual practice time on the floor. Hopefully that will extend to some playing time.” Mitchell averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in four games two years ago and has worked out with the team since shortly after the Cotton Bowl. “I love Brandon,” Wade said. “He comes out here each and every day working like he’s a starter. He’s showing good leadership coming from the football team. He’s got some swagger out here.” Despite the lack of depth Saturday, the Hogs performed better when pushing the pace and scoring 46 firsthalf points, compared to the 20-point effort in the second half. Auburn allows just 64.3 points per game and hung close against Kentucky by slowing the pace, a tactic Michigan employed while rallying from a 13-point halftime deficit to have a shot at a game-winner after Arkansas struggled to take advantage of opportunities to put the game away, missing fast-break opportunities and free throws down the stretch. “We had windows of op-
from COMMENTARY on page 7 down the steamroller that is Brandon Jacobs and the shifty Ahmad Bradshaw. Potential X-Factor: New England Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco Remember when New England beat Philadelphia 24-21 to win the Super Bowl in 2005 that I mentioned earlier? Well, Eagles receiver Terrell Owens had nine catches for 122 yards just four weeks after breaking his leg. Sure this was the same time that Ochocinco was
from FOOTBALL on page 7 commitments in a class ranking as high as No. 13 in the nation by Scout.com. “We’re right in the middle of recruiting,” Petrino said. “We’re working hard at it. I think we can have a very good recruiting class, but like we tell our players all the time, you have to finish.” Junior college defensive end Austin Flynn enrolled at mid-term and will go through spring practice. The Hogs can ink 24 commitments on signing day. Several highly-rated prospects remain, including Springfield, Mo., receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the consensus No. 1 player in the nation. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder was one of three five-star prospects on officials visits over the weekend.
Arkansas-Auburn Breakdown ARKANSAS (14-5, 2-2 SEC) PLAYER Devonta Abron Michael Sanchez Rickey Scott Mardracus Wade Julysses Nobles
Starters POS HT F 6-8 F 6-8 G 6-3 G 6-2 G 6-1
PPG 5.6 4.4 9.8 11.1 8.8
RPG 4.8 3.2 3.8 2.2 3.4*
BJ Young Ky Madden Hunter Mickelson
Key Reserves G 6-3 G 6-5 F 6-10
14.7 7.4 4.8
2.9 3.8 3.8
AUBURN (12-7, 2-3 SEC) PLAYER Rob Chubb Kenny Gabriel Varez Ward Frankie Sullivan Chris Denson Allen Payne Josh Wallace Adrian Forbes *Assists
Starters POS HT C 6-10 F 6-8 G 6-2 G 6-1 G 6-2 Key Reserves F 6-6 G 5-10 F 6-8
PPG 9.7 11.5 8.7 12.5 10.3
RPG 4.9 8 4.1* 4.3 2.2
3.3 3.2 1.7
2.9 1.8* 2.6
portunity to really kind of close the game out,” Anderson said. “You’ve got to be able to finish and when you get to the free-throw line you’ve certainly got to knock down free throws. We had some easy layups that we missed. “So you allow teams to kind of hang around. We’ve got to get better in that department as well. Trying to close it out.” With a win, Arkansas can start 3-2 in SEC play for just the second time in 12 seasons while equaling the most home
wins in the post-Nolan Richardson era. “These guys have listened and they’ve tried,” Anderson said. “They’ve given themselves a chance. The key is that they’re competing. I think, more than anything else, they’re competing now. That’s part of the growing process -to learn to compete. To play hard. “Play together and compete. We’re doing that. We’ve got to just continue how to work hard and learn how to win.”
named Chad Johnson and was in his prime with the Bengals, but receivers doing something crazy in the Super Bowl is nothing new (just ask Dwight Clark, Deion Branch, and David Tyree). Although he was inactive for the conference championship, expect Ochocinco to play and give the Patriots a missing link vertically. Score Prediction: New England 31, New York 26 Wonder how many people called a rematch of this game for the Super Bowl when the season started? I do believe that many picked them to meet again in 2009 and that
didn’t work out, but now the 2012 matchup is about to go down and I am taking the better offense in the primetime showdown. Eli finally comes back down to Earth at the stadium older brother Peyton built, while Tom Brady will become forever linked with the great Joe Montana for winning four Super Bowls.
“It’s going to be important for our coaches and myself to make sure we finish and finish this class of the way we need to,” Petrino said.
get our guys and let’s make a move early.” Senior-to-be Cobi Hamilton was one of the Razorbacks top receivers the last three seasons even with the veteran trio. He had 542 yards and four touchdowns in 2011 and was named the No. 1 receiver prospect for the 2013 class by NFLDraftScout.com. Sophomore-to-be Marquel Wade and juniors-to-be Julian Horton and Javontee Herndon also played in 2011. The Hogs have verbal commitments from four receivers and one athlete in the 2012 recruiting class and could also add Green-Beckham. “We have guys on campus that we think can really help us and fill in and go, but you also go out and try to get guys that you think can help you right away,” Petrino said.
Wilson Needs New Targets In 2011, quarterback Tyler Wilson had the luxury of throwing to three players that finished their career in the top seven in Arkansas career receiving yards. Now Wilson has to identify receivers to replace graduating Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs. The trio combined for 7,410 yards and 56 touchdowns in their careers. “We’ve got some young guys that are in and we’ve got to coach them up in the offseason,” Wilson said. “We’ve got to really take that step as far as a leadership standpoint. Let’s get the team together and
Zach Turner is the assistant sports editor for The Arkansas Traveler. His column appears every Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @zwturner.
FILE PHOTO Arkansas reviever Coby Hamilton had 542 recieving yards and four touchdowns last season and is ranked the No. 1 receiver prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com.