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Around Campus: Blood Drive The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive Sept. 29-30 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30-p.m. in the Student Center Courtyard.

Bootcamp The counseling center will host a R.U.L.E.S. Bootcamp Sept. 30 in Student Health Center room 307. They will be providing 10 tips to help students realize what a healthy relationship is and how they can get the most fulfilling experience out of their relationships.


Campus Life:

by Katrina Ragsdale Staff Writer

New senators for the Student Government Association for 2010-2011 were elected Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Newly elected SGA members include freshman class president Josh McDonald, freshman vice-president Derrick Moses and freshman class representatives Branson White, Luke Moix, Adam Price, John Dickey and Aaron Owen. Sophomore class representatives are Jovana Ilic, Jared McClurkin, Spencer Sims and Zhang Zhaoyu. Junior representatives are Rebecca

Moye, Candice Shuffield, TJ Beringer, Tommy Kennedy and Destiny Davis. Senior representatives are Maggie Wilson, Kylee Petersen, Emily Adams, Kyle Schnebelen and Courtney Walker. Also elected were graduate senator Josy Morelle and senators-at-large Lynn Nguyen, Tyler Bittle, Issac Morales, Edie Hamby and Naruhiko Tsukuda. Members are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA and be enrolled in at least 12 hours per semester. The application process, Davis said, included a list of thought-provoking questions which assessed skills and intentions upon being elected.


by Brandon Norwood Staff Writer

Majors Fair The 13th annual Majors Fair will be held from 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Student Center Ballroom with representatives from the academic departments to showcase majors, programs and achievements, among other highlights.

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December 2010 graduates can order caps and gowns at the UCA Bookstore from 9 a.m.5 p.m. on Oct. 13 and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Trick or Trot The HPER Center is hosting the Trick or Trot fun run at 8 p.m. on Oct. 14. There is a $5 registration fee that includes a T-shirt. Applications can be found at the HPER Center front desk, or students may register on the day of the race with a registration fee of $10 without the guarantee of the correct T-shirt size.

Submissions To submit an around campus, send your submissions to Include the basic who, what, where, when and why in 50 words or fewer.

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Sophomore Keenan Abner challenges a friend to a game of ping-pong on Monday, Sept. 27 in the lobby of Bernard Hall.

Trio performs for small crowd by Preston Tolliver Entertainment Editor

The Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall rang with echoes of the DDG Double Reed trio Wednesday, Sept. 22 as nearly 100 audience members listened to two oboes and an English horn play classic and contemporary pieces. The DDG Trio, also known as the Duck Duck Goose Trio, consists of three members: Leanna Booze from Nashville, Tenn., Beth Wheeler from Little Rock, and UCA music professor Lorraine Duso. The trio played many pieces within the span of an hour, shifting from soft melodies to jubilant and almost fanfareesque pieces. First, the DDG Trio played “Fuge from Schwing Schweet” by Josef Bednarik. Next was the “Three 3-Part Inventions” by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Whitney Tustin. Following the “Inventions” was a piece titled “Flight of the Monarch,” written by Robert Boury, a professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Boury, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, wrote the piece to illustrate the struggles of a

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butterfly, beginning with the birth and the difficulties of being prey to the rest of the world. Boury attended the concert. “They’re a beautiful group,” he said to the audience before the trio played his piece. After the performance, he stood up in the crowd and said: “It was perfect.” After playing Boury’s piece, the trio played the “Pergolesi Suite,” written by Giovanni Pergolesi and arranged by Jean Oelrich. The final full piece the trio performed was Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Trio in C Major, Op. 87.” This was the longest piece. Prior to playing it, the trio discussed how the piece has had many combinations in its time, but the original version was intended to be played by two oboes and an English horn. Bringing back Beethoven’s intended variation, they played the piece perfectly to the audience of Snow Fine Arts, leaving them exhausted and astonished at the same time. The DDG Trio finished the set with “Rumba from Schwing Schweet” by Josef

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Safety Month comes to a close with lessons learned

A new concierge service, costing an estimated $11,000, has been instituted at UCA, aimed at providing services such as appointment reminders, student discounts, restaurant reviews, birthday and balloon bouquet ordering, student survival kits and more. The service, which also provides academic tutoring services, shuttle schedules, orientation schedules, cable channel guides and Writing Center information, is aimed at providing more technologically advanced ways for students to organize their schedules and keep up with classes and meetings, President Allen Meadors said. Meadors said the university paid for this appointment service by a one-time fund given each year. He prefers to call it an appointment service instead of a concierge service. Meadors said, “Other universities have it. It’s a great service and it’s just the age we live in.” He said new tools become available all the time. The service was highlighted in a blog on the Arkansas Times, when former UCA student Shelby Brewer said the service is “coddling” students. Jeff Pitchford, vice-president of government and university relations, said in response on the blog post: “This service is new and another way we hope to make our students feel connected to UCA and to be successful. If a student gets off to a

good academic start and feels connected to a university, their chances of graduating increase and that’s what we are trying to do here at UCA.” Meadors also said he believes this doesn’t take away responsibility but can lead to more responsible students at UCA. “This is a tool and we, as a university, are trying to help students use this tool and become acquainted with new technology,” Meadors said. “For instance, I have heard of students setting up all their appointments for the week on Sunday. The messages come when they scheduled them to and it helps them stay on track and not forget something like an appointment that could easily slip your mind.” The appointment service is broken up into direct services and web-based information. The direct service allows students to schedule wake-up or reminder calls through the Internet. “The service is really starting to pick up. We have 161 users. We have had 5,323 calls schedule with a 34 percent increase in the past 23 days,” Mallory Carranza, graduate-assistant for the service, said. Students can schedule a one time wake-up call or a call that repeats every day. Students also get to customize their sleeping preferences. The EasyAwake option is for light sleepers and the heavy sleepers can get the SecureAwake option. Students will also be to get directions, see event information and see campus

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With 27 members, SGA students work on improvements through the numerous positions. Moses says his role as freshman vice president is to replace the president if he is unable to be at an event or resigns. “My overall drive to be a better leader inspired me to run for office,” Moses said. “I plan to listen to others, put in my ideas, and just do what I can.” Davis said she ran to become more involved in the workings of student life at UCA. “I’ve seen the SGA logo on many fliers

Automated service offers wake up call for students

At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30, the Black Box student gallery in Schichtl Studio Art will present “When Words Aren’t Enough,” a juried art show that focuses on poetic aspect of artworks. For more information visit blackbox.

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“I like to think of the actual requirements [not just] as simple statistics about a student, [but] more about having a strong work ethic and an impassioned drive to accomplish goals,” Davis said. “After completing the application, I think SGA has the same views.” According to their website, SGA’s many recent accomplishments include establishing a 24-hour study room on campus, extended hours for the food court and the meal equivalencies, Greek Row, crosswalks and working with the Physical Plant to implement more handicap signs around campus. They were also involved with students’ first day of school.


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AFA is hosting Mudstock, a mud volleyball tournament, on Oct. 8 at “The Pit” behind the Physical Plant. The admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


SGA gains new class representatives

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will perform at 1 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the Student Center Courtyard.


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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The UCA Wind Ensemble will perform in Reyonlds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct 7. There will be a variety of music and admission is free.

Volleyball: Sugar Bears defeat Ladyjacks 3-1 on Saturday in Conway

Event: Student travels through 12 states from New York to Conway

Administration addresses student concerns regarding tuition, fees by Marisa Hicks Staff Writer

Students met with UCA faculty and administration to receive answers and the reasoning behind the use of their tuition dollars Sept. 21 in the McCastlain Ballroom. President Allen Meadors, Vice President of Student Affairs Ronnie Williams, Vice President of Finance and Administration Diane Newton, Budget Director Terri Canino and Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Carl Frederickson attended the Tuesday meeting to answer questions students had. Canino gave a presentation called “Where Does My Money Go?” to show students how their UCA tuition dollars and finances are used. According to the presentation, based on education and general expenditures, 3 percent of tuition dollars pays for fee transfers, 35 percent of tuition dollars go toward paying wages and benefits,

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29 percent goes toward scholarships, 8 percent goes toward debt services and 28 percent of each dollar goes toward maintenance and operations. Junior Shalisy Walker asked how much money the state gives to UCA. Meadors said the state gave UCA $56 million for the 2010-11 academic year, opposed to the $79 million it takes to run the school. “The state awards schools based on a formula ... I promise you if we got the same money they gave ASU you would not have had to pay for a raise in tuition last year ... or next year,” Meadors said. UCA charges $141 more per academic year than Fayetteville to make up for the money UCA doesn’t receive, according to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Meadors said he believes if the formula was adjusted to award the schools that receive less money twice as much as the

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The following reports and arrests are from the UCAPD docket. UCAPD reports any tickets issued as arrests, according to

Nonstudent arrested in warrant Students receive drug and assist alcohol violations Nonstudent William Hawks, 23, was arrested at 2:05 p.m. on Sept. 26 for a warrant for his arrest from the Mayflower Police Department. An officer stopped an unlicensed silver Buick at the intersection of Dave Ward Drive and Crosspoint Road. The officer spoke with Hawks and asked for his driver’s license.The officer saw that he had a warrant out for his arrest from MPD for contempt of court and driving on a suspended license. Hawks was placed under arrest for failure to comply, contempt of court reference and driving on a suspended license. He transported to Unit #2 for incarceration. On the way to jail, Hawks told the officer that he was currently on probation for a theft charge that occurred in 2009. Another officer transported Hawks’ wife, who was in the car with him, back to their home and the unlicensed vehicle was parked at The Grove Apartments.

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Student Tanner W. Marshall, 18, received an alcohol violation at 12:06 a.m. on Sept. 25. An officer was dispatched to State Hall, room 307 for a possible alcohol violation. Upon the officer’s arrival, a resident assistant met him. The officer and RA made contact with the individuals and when they opened the door, the officer noticed that there were four empty beer cans sitting on a table and the sink area. Marshall was issued an alcohol violation and a Judicial Board citation for the incident.

Students Devin R. Smith, 19, Leah D. Lambert, 20, Michael C. Stefans, 18, Caitlin Perry, 21, and Hannah E. Holden, 20, were issued drug and alcohol violations at 9:56 p.m. on Sept. 24. Nonstudent Gregory B. Fretz, 22, was issued a ban letter. An officer received a call about a possible drug violation at Bear Village, building 10. When the officer arrived, he made contact with a resident assistant. The RA told the officer that she overheard talk that the residents in apartment 1010 were smoking marijuana. The officer and the RA then went to the apartment. When the officer opened the door he immediately smelled burnt marijuana. He asked everyone in the apartment if they had been smoking marijuana. No one gave him an answer. The officer then asked to speak with the residents of the apartment, who were identified as Lambert and Perry. He asked them if there was any more marijuana in the apartment and Lambert replied, “just a little.” She then handed the officer a small container with less than an ounce of marijuana inside. The officer noticed that Smith, Fretz and Stefans had bloodshot, watery eyes. When the officer began asking questions, Smith became rude. Fretz was then asked to step outside with the officer, where he was informed that since he is not a student and was in violation of university policy, he would be issued a ban letter. Fretz agreed and signed the Notification of Ban and left immediately. Upon returning back into the apartment, the RA found a half-full bottle of Heaven Hill vodka and 10 12-ounce cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans. Everyone, with the exception of Fretz, was issued UCA drug and alcohol violations and their case was forwarded to the University Judicial Board.


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Bednarik. “I was really happy with it. We had a really good audience,” Duso said. “We have a very supportive faculty here.”

Sophomore Ashley Stephens was one of the many students in attendance for a music appreciation course.

“I enjoyed it,” she said. “I think I liked the last song the best.” Both Wheeler and Duso perform in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Booze is an Adjunct Instructor of Oboe at Belmont University in Nashville and is also dating a horn player in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

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SGA meetings open with guest speaker intent on returning trust to campus Project search hopes to spend reserve on student programs

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Graham Gillis, a candidate for the position of director of human resources, spoke at the Student Government Association meeting on Sept. 27. President Meghan Thompson moved that they suspended the rules for a 15-minute question and answer session with Gillis. Gillis said he wants to offer long-term disability insurance to every employee. “People are 6-7 times more likely to become disabled on the job than to die. I want to offer them affordable disability insurance as a core basic benefit,” he said. During the session, Gillis expressed his desire to return to the UCA campus. He said: “It disturbs me to have to read the newspapers, I know what this school is about and what has been written is not a fair assessment of UCA. I hope to come back and help the credibility of UCA.” The SGA executive council meets with job candidates for positions. They have already met with the other two candidates for the human resources job, Christopher Newton and Kimberly Finne. During the executive council’s announcements, Kyle Boyd, vice

president of finance, announced SGA’s expenditures over the summer. He gave estimates that $15,000 was spent on the new SGA website, $4,000 was spent on the SGA Fish Fry and $1,800 was spent on the co-sponsoring of the Mexican Bi-Centennial Celebration. In the past, SGA spent about $7,000 a semester on their website, Thompson said. “The reason it costs so much now is because it’s a whole new design. We had to pay for a person to do the manual labor. But, now students are trained to update it simultaneously and we don’t have to pay someone else to do it, so it shouldn’t cost as much and there won’t be a lag of the information,” Thompson said. Boyd also announced that the reserve account balance is $205,443.23. “We are planning a project search because we have such a big reserve,” Thompson said. “There’s no committee yet, but we’re looking to find a project that will improve UCA and involve students so we can use the SAFA reserve.” The goals of SGA for the semester were announced, as well. The executive officers hope to improve the SAFA process, gain student representation on the board of trustees and update and renovate the SGA Office and


available for students to fill out. The reviews will be posted on the site after they are approved. “We also have links to hotels and, because we are so close to Little Rock, we have links to the Little Rock events calendar so students will be able to know what is going on there,” Carranza said. For any questions, students can contact the Student Center Information Desk on the first floor of the Student Center.

Web-based program provides students with various information 4 Continued from page 1 and Conway maps. The webbased information service allows students to see discounts they can get from different places around Conway. Students can check

the shuttle and Writing Center schedule, along with academic tutoring guides and the cable channel guide. Restaurant review sheets are


want to change things … I want to be a part of that change.” SGA has integrated an open forum in each full senate meeting on Mondays, allowing students to come and voice their concerns. Davis said her main goal for this year incorporates this SGA-tostudent interaction. “Members of SGA are elected for the sole purpose of representing the students, but members don’t know what is important to the majority if students aren’t involved in informing their senators,” she said. “I want to promote student presence in every decision SGA makes.”

Representatives emphasize the importance of student interaction 4 Continued from page 1 advertising exciting programs and heard a lot about the impact SGA has on students. I decided to take the opportunity to be a part of it,” she said. “As far as inspiration goes, Austin Hall [former vice president of SGA] is one of my closest friends and seeing him work hard to make the best decisions for students made me want to join in on the action.”

Change is a big part of SGA’s pursuits and Shuffield said she plans to keep her peers in mind every step of the way. “I want to be the voice of the junior class and make any changes they want made. Some people don’t know who to go to with a suggestion and I want to be the person they can turn to,” Shuffield said. “I can’t just say I


The students were also informed that university meetings are public meetings. Copeland asked the board members where they hoped to see the university five years from now. The response was turned back on the audience when Williams asked where students hoped to see the university in three to five years. Senior and fine arts major Brett Anderson replied that he would love for students seeking the overlooked art majors to benefit from updated equipment to a new reputation.

President addresses financial conerns in open forum 4 Continued from page 1 other schools until everyone is caught up from recessions, the schools that are lacking in funding, UCA and UALR, would greatly benefit. He also mentioned the school’s recent rating in the “2011 Best Colleges” report. Seniors Marcus Copeland,

Marlene LeDuc Resource Center. The freshman class representatives said they hope to improve the Student Center by making it a more stressfree environment and to get a designated movie channel on the cable system at UCA where students can view movies that are new but have yet to be released on DVD. The sophomore class representatives said they hope to increase public art around campus, improve relations with Aramark and improve the quality of Aramark facilities. The junior class representatives said they hope to improve the transparency of SGA to students, improve and expand the Bike Share program, remove tailgate limitations and implement a Club Sports program. The senior class representatives said they hope to begin planning Green Week as soon as possible, implement a safe transportation program and improve the HPER Center services and programs. The senators at large said they hope to improve the technology on campus by getting the wireless Internet upgraded and improve the campus community environment by inserting mail drop off boxes, bike racks and benches around campus.

Brett Anderson and DeKevious Wilson said students should be aware of why and what parts of the school’s budget are being spent on renovations and additions. Given answers and reasons, the students all agreed they felt at ease about recent renovations around campus.


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College life, for most people, is a difficult life. is that the student could get a job and pay for Between taking anywhere from 12 to 18 hours, college. However, this is a very unlikely possibility, countless nights losing sleep from studying in the because, as stated about, college life is already library and trying to keep up with the collegial difficult enough without a job, and in today’s job pace, life can seem a bit more than hectic. market, who’s going to hire a college student and What’s worse is coming to college void of any pay them enough to earn the cost of living and financial parental support, but being left with the tuition? bills of college tuition because the family from Secondly, there’s marriage. If a student under which you come is considered too wealthy for the age of 24 is married prior to filling out the government support. FAFSA for the current academic year, then his Throw a full or even or her parents’ financial part-time job in the mix, incomes are not considered and the first four years after when determining high school can become a eligibility for financial by Preston hellishly endless cycle. aid. However, this is still Tolliver Per federal a bad idea, because the Entertainment Editor requirements, any student spouse’s income will too under the age of 24, be considered. There are regardless of parental a million other reasons support, must be claimed why this alternative isn’t by their parents on the Free Application for considered, of course, but that’s not the focus of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This means that this column. regardless of a student’s financial independence, The government, out of fear of being ripped or if they claim themselves as independent on off, makes getting help to self-sufficient students federal taxes, they are still considered to be held no easy task. Of course, it’s understandable why under their parents’ financial umbrella, rendering the government has its regulations in place; their eligibility for government grants void if however, there should be an alternative for those their parents make too much. The following is an who are struggling to pursue an education. excerpt from “Just because the student Perhaps proof of an annual income or that a is self-supporting doesn’t mean he or she will student resides off campus could be taken into qualify as an independent student.” consideration. If a student’s tax forms are showing For those students who don’t earn that they’re bringing in $7,000 - $15,000 a year scholarships, they are left taking out student loan from a steady job, it’s a pretty clear sign that after loan. As if post-college life isn’t scary enough, they’re working for a living. the student is immediately required to begin Hopefully soon the government will realize repaying their $50,000 – $100,000 debt. that not all students who come from a wealthy There are a few alternatives to taking out family receive parental support, but until then, I mass amounts of student loans, though. One guess the loans will just keep stacking up.


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Leadership opportunities, strong friendships, my career choice. campus involvement, the motivation to keep my However, if I want to stay a member (and grades up and a broad social spectrum: These are graduate), I have to keep my grades up. UCA just a few of the many things that Greek Life at requires anyone that wants to go Greek to UCA has given me. have a minimum of a 2.3 GPA, but most of the I often get asked the question “Why did you go organizations require higher standards. The Greek?” and, to be honest, it seemed like the only collective GPA of the UCA Greek community is thing to do when I came above a 3.0, which is higher to UCA as a transfer than collective GPA of all student. The only friends UCA students, according to I had at UCA were Greek and I wanted to jump in Campus involvement is and be as involved as I highly encouraged within by Mary DeLoney possibly could as soon as the Greek community. Assistant News Editor I could. But, if someone And, according to were to ask me why I gogreek, over half of all love being Greek I could student organizations are go on and on. ran by Greeks. Sure, there’s not a Through being more Greek Row–yet–or 100 involved on campus and plus in each new member class, but those aren’t through social events within chapters, each the things that make Greek life special. UCA member of a Greek organization is offered a social Greeks are a tight-knit group that knows each life that they otherwise would not have had the other on a personal level–in and out of their own opportunity to experience. fraternity or sorority. I can say that I know all 73 But, while social activities are fun, one of of my sisters on a personal level, and through the most important things about the Greek Greek events I have been able to get to know other community is philanthropic involvement. Greek’s and make lifelong friends. Fraternities and sororities contribute to the Some people make the argument that support of both local and national philanthropies. they won’t “pay for their friends.” While being Community involvement has made me more Greek does carry a financial commitment, it’s aware of the needs of the community and where not as costly as it’s made out to be. Like other my skills are best contributed in order to help. It organizations, every chapter supports itself has made me change the way I think about helping through the dues paid by members. Also, not all other people and become more active to help of the money members pay go directly toward the those in need. chapter. They can cover things such as: national Another thing I often hear is: “I don’t want dues, Panhellenic, Interfraternity and National to be hazed.” Not only is it illegal in Arkansas, Pan-Hellenic Councils, rent for the meeting space but also it is also strictly prohibited at UCA. among other miscellaneous things. In no way do I Greek’s practice responsibility and have a risk feel like I have paid for the friendships that I have management policy in place. Hazing is abusive made. You can pay to be a part of a group, but all and degrading, and I have never experienced the money in the world won’t buy you friends. either one of those things in my Greek experience. The leadership opportunities offered by these If anything I have learned a greater sense of organizations seem endless. I currently serve as respect for others. the vice president of finance of my chapter. By Greek Life has been able to give me a college serving in this position I am learning hands-on experience unlike anything I ever expected. I have financial skills that will help me in life. It has been able to manage work, school, my sorority and taught me to be more responsible with my own other activities. The experience of being Greek has money. Through my position, I’ve also learned that given me a direction and purpose in my college life finance isn’t exactly the direction I want to go in and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

UCA implemented a service program this year that offers students the chance to register for wake-up calls daily and to receive notification for special events. While the service, which is part of the concierge program, shows a certain initiative on the behalf of the students using it, the concept of offering a wake-up service for college students makes it even more likely that some of these students are never going to grow up. According to a post on an Arkansas Times blog by Vice President of University and Governmental Relations Jeff Pitchford, the phone part of the concierge service costs the university approximately $11,000. He said in his post, which was a response to a former student’s opinion on the wake-up service, that $11,000 is only “a small amount of [the] $157 million budget.” This is true, and the $11,000 is less than $1 per student. It’s not the amount spent on the service that is the problem. What’s more problematic is the university is coddling students, who should be learning to be adults in college. Many of these students have just been sprung from the hands of overbearing, overprotective parents, and they don’t need the university acting like a hotel front desk, telling them when to go to class. Turning students into capable adults is as much a function of college as helping them get an education, and it’s an equally important part. UCA isn’t the first university to have this service. A handful of other schools offer similar programs, including the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where President Allen Meadors was president prior to coming to UCA in 2009. It’s completely understandable that freshmen, or even seniors for that matter, have a hard time getting up for classes. Sometimes college is hard and remembering to set the alarm on your phone is the furthest thing from your mind when crawling into bed after pounding the books in the library, or having a few too many drinks with your friends. Understandable, but still not a reason for the university to act like Mommy and Daddy. This isn’t a slam toward any students taking advantage of the wake-up service. It shows initiative for someone who knows he has a hard time waking up in the morning to do something about it, and this service is kind of ideal for that, but setting an alarm on your phone isn’t much harder, and most phones will allow alarms for different times every day. The goal behind the service was in the right spot; getting more students to wake up on time and to go to class is going to help them academically, but the university should question how it may be hurting their maturity and growth. The most important thing is that students realize that, while this may be a useful service available to them now, no one is going to call and wake them up to tell them to go to work in the future. Life doesn’t have a front desk.

Turning students into capable adults is as much a function of college as helping them get an education, and it’s an equally important part.

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September 29, 2010

Student rides bike from New York to campus by Carissa Gan Staff Writer

Across the table, Yongxin Chi was smiling, ready to begin the story about his astounding adventure. His skin was sunkissed from a month of cycling in the summer. This cheerful 21-year-old exchange student from China cycled all the way from New York to Arkansas in one month. Lecturer of journalism Jim Lovel said: “What Chi did was very unusual. He’s a very cool guy.” Chi arrived shortly before the fall 2010 semester began. He landed in New York on July 26. Four days later, he embarked for the long road ahead with bags hanging off his bicycle. Among some of the things he had with him were some money, clothes, a portable stove, instant noodles, a laptop, a bible, camping gear, a sleeping bag and a compass. He said he relied heavily on his compass throughout his journey. His expedition from New York took him through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and finally, Arkansas. He would cycle for six hours each day, taking pleasure in enjoying the scenery. He said he was nomadic throughout his trip, setting up his tent on camping grounds for the night and taking off early in the morning. He was in a new place every day. “Back in China, I would sometimes cycle for hours from my college to my hometown,” Chi said. “The bicycle isn’t a stranger to me. A plane ticket from New York to Arkansas was quite costly. That was why I decided not to enter Arkansas by flight. Why fly when you can cycle? Besides, I wanted to take my time to explore the other states in America and learn

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Yongxin Chi, a 21-year-old exchange student from China, sits on his bike that he rode all the way from New York to UCA in one month to attend classes. His expedition took him through 12 states. some English along the way.” He said he made friends with plenty of “wonderful people” who touched his heart in many ways. They showered him with food and shelter, he said. “I met a great American family in Ohio. They invited me back to their home and celebrated my 21st birthday with me,” he said. “I also had the opportunity to go hunting. I really enjoyed it because I could fire a gun without the fear of being arrested. I

could never handle guns in China. It’s illegal over there.” Gripped with the passion for adventure, he said: “One month wasn’t really enough for me to travel around. In the future, I’m looking at cycling through states for several months to a year, or maybe even two years.” Chi said he felt the warmth and generosity of the helpful Americans along his journey. Not only had they offered him basic necessities, but they had

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Elliot to speak tonight about battle with Tourette’s

also extended their homes and friendship to him. He said that their kindness inspired him to channel the blessings he received throughout the month into the hearts of other people. His adventure had its set backs, though. Every morning, he would wake up and a worrying thought would cross his mind: “Would I be able to find a place to sleep tonight?” He described a bizarre situation of sleeping in a graveyard in Virginia in the middle of the night because he was unable to find a better alternative. He said he was lucky that he didn’t have to stay too long because a police officer came and helped him to find a better camping spot. However, he was a little less fortunate in Ohio when it was raining heavily one night and he had no choice but to take shelter in the forest. “Now that I’m finally in Conway, I am glad to be here. I love the availability of iMacs on campus, the awesome people and the safety of being on campus. Most importantly, I am grateful for guaranteed shelter,” he said. Although he’s only been in the United States for two months, he said he already has travel plans for December. He said: “I want to cycle to California. I think Los Angeles is great and I’d love to experience it for myself.” He doesn’t have to journey alone this time. He said anyone who wishes to cycle along is welcome to join him. The video about his adventure can be found on his Facebook page. He went to great lengths to capture his journey on camera. With a smile that never left his face, he added: “Cherish your youth while you have it, and be adventurous to explore the world to gain as much experience as you can.”


By Nathan Noble Staff Writer

Marc Elliot will give his inspiring speech “What Makes You Tic?” tonight at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. His webElliot has faced and endured many obstacles in his life and has learned to laugh it off and come out with a smile on his face, according to his website. In his speech “What Makes You Tic?” his website states that he hopes to teach tolerance and inspire others with disabilities. According to Elliot’s website, he was born with a rare disease that left him with virtually no intestines and later developed Tourette’s syndrome at the age of nine. Now he travels the country sharing his story and teaching tolerance to those without disorders through humor and powerful anecdotes. This will be the first trip to UCA for Elliot but Director of Student Activities Kendra Regehr and Graduate Assistant Elizabeth Eason had an opportunity to see Elliot at a National Conference in Boston and were both moved by his performance. “He has a different perspective on life obstacles that he had to face in his life especially socially,” Eason said. “He spoke for tolerance and how to reassess first second judgments on people who may be different.” This is something that Regehr and Eason both agree is a great topic to share with students and Elliot does it in a comical semiserious way that everyone will enjoy. “It’s going to offer a lot of insight into someone with Tourette’s and this is one event this year that I am very excited about,” Regehr said. Eason added that it is a serious issue, but it is not a solemn talk at all, and said Elliot was hilarious and at times she felt as though she was watching a stand-up comedian. She said he was very open and proud. SAB Pop Culture Chair Rachel Linn was responsible for bringing Elliot to campus and also agrees that his message is something that will interest and move students as well. “Tourette’s is something people should be more accepting of and this was a good way to do that,” Linn said. “Just from seeing his website he has gone through a lot other than just his disabilities and has a lot he can teach others about enduring obstacles in life.” Regehr said many teachers are offering extra credit for

Junior Duy Nguyen “Last year when it snowed we had a snowball fight at Stadium Park. I threw a snowball and hit my friend in the face, it was awesome.”

Sophomore Daniel Harper “One time I was sleeping in the Short/ Denny lobby as usual when I was awoken by a man in a gorilla suit asking if I had any bananas.”

Senior Josh Ellen “Freshman year I lived in Hughes and it rained really bad one day. All of the guys in the dorm went outside to swim in a large drainage ditch.”

photo courtesy of Marc Elliott’s Facebook page

Marc Elliot will speak to students tonight at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom about dealing with Tourette’s Syndrome. His lecture is called “What Makes You Tic?” attending the presentation. Classes such as Lifespan Development, Neurogenics III and Anatomy and Physiology I all are offering their students extra credit. Regehr said many teachers are beginning to jump on board and she hopes it continues. “It’s good to get fun entertainment on campus but it’s also good to get informative things that will teach our students,” Regehr said. “I hope we can continue to get things like this.” Elliot’s motto is “Live and Let Live” and he says on his website the three things he hopes to teach people through his program is to overcome adversity, challenge assumptions and embrace tolerance. More about Marc Elliot and his program or other upcoming events can be found at his website,

Students Say by Lukas Deem photos by Lukas Deem

“What has been your favorite college moment?” Senior Kris Pistole “The snow days last year when campus closed down for three days. It was my favorite college moment because the school was covered in college kids playing in the snow, we completely forgot about classes.”

Freshman Danielle Davis “Being in the student section at the football games is my favorite moment because everyone is really into the game and it is super exciting!”

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Rick Martin, lead singer of Tragikly White, performs at Sig Ep Rock the Yard concert to benefit Youth AIDS on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Sophomore Olivia D. Stone “One time when my friend called me late at night to give him a ride because his girlfriend had his car. I had forgotten where I parked so we walked around to every parking lot at UCA just to go to Taco Bell.”

Sophomore Mike Ferrara “Last semester me and my friends were busted for alcohol while drinking before a party. We later found out that the party was actually the next weekend.”

Sophomore Gunner Hales “The undie run fall semester of freshman year has to be my favorite memory because somehow I ended up naked and no one cared.”


September 29, 2010/ 5 by Lance Coleman


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Hambrick performs show for students in courtyard ArtsFest begins today

throughout Conway

by Nathan Noble and Anthony Byrnes Staff Writers

UCA alum Adam Hambrick performed a variety of original songs in the Student Center Courtyard on Thursday, Sept. 23. Hambrick, accompanied by Nathan Miller and Scott Fitzgerald, took the stage wearing a plaid shirt, worn jeans and gray Chuck Taylor’s, with his acoustic guitar and harmonica around his neck, reminiscent of Bob Dylan. Several tables were set up during the concert for an RSO Fair going on at the same time and many students attended, with a quaint crowd staying behind to listen to Hambrick’s acoustic indie and folk sound. Hambrick graduated from UCA three years ago and said he still loves returning to play for students at a school where he feels a strong connection. “I love UCA,� Hambrick said. “I’ve loved it from the moment I stepped onto campus in August of ‘03. Performing here is another way to stay connected here. UCA taught me so much academically, socially and spiritually so I will always love this place and always want to come back.� Hambrick opened with a heart-wrenching soulful song from his new album “I Make Do� and said if there was a single on the new album that song would be it. For the rest of the set Hambrick played a mix of his own music along with some covers like Ryan Adam’s “Sweet Carolina.� While students like senior William Vester compared Hambrick’s music to people like Damien Rice with a little more indie and a lot more of a country flavor, Hambrick described his music a little differently. “I would describe my music as a pop singer/songwriter with a country influence,� he said. “I grew up on country music, which I think comes out a little bit in this record. Make no mistake, there is no overthe-top twang, but there seems to be a certain Southern-ness to it.� Senior Lauren Cahall described it as music that makes you want to get in your car with the windows down and sing at the top of your lungs. However it’s described, Hambrick said he did things a little backward in that he waited so long to focus on his music but he claims that he is now at a point in his life to really focus on his work. “I grew up like most 20-something white boy guitarists, playing early Dave Matthews and John Mayer. I just ate that stuff up. There is still that element of acoustic-driven songwriting with a lyrical focus, but fighting from the ground takes on the instrumentation similar to The Wallflowers with the warm rock organ and smooth electric guitar tones,� Hambrick said. Their new album “I Make Do� was created, an album Hambrick

By Lisa Burnett Staff Writer

photo courtesy of Public Appearances

UCA alum Adam Hambrick performs during x-period Thursday, Sept. 23 for students in the Student Center Courtyard. said the band is really proud of because it is quite mainstream, but it’s got a sound a little different than what anybody else is doing around here right now. Hambrick will release the new album at Juanita’s in Little Rock on Oct. 7.

Conway is continuing ArtsFest for the fourth year in a row beginning Sept. 28 through Oct. 3. Becky Harris, executive director of Conway Alliance for the Arts, said ArtsFest is “an approach for arts and artists in our community to be showcased in an excellent and fun way.� All of the events at Conway’s ArtsFest are family friendly. Art in the Park will be Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Simon Park. This is a way for children to get involved in the festival. Kids can learn about different arts, artists and art forms at Art in the Park. Vanessa Simmons, chairwoman of ArtsFest, said the festival is “an opportunity for our community to have a free and fun festival where dance to visual art all come together and can be shown off for everyone to see.� “This year’s festival will be bigger and better because the Conway Alliance for the Arts has more partners and volunteers than we’ve ever had before,� Simmons said. Harris said ArtsFest is still

looking for more volunteers. “We still need volunteers for the festival, and it’s a way for the whole community to come together,� Harris said. Events aren’t just held in downtown Conway. UCA, Hendrix College and the Faulkner County Library are some locations of various events throughout the festival. The festival kicks off with events on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with “Fantastic Realities: Photographs by Julie Blackmon� in the Baum Gallery at UCA. This exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Saturday, Oct. 2, when the exhibit closes at 2 p.m. Hendrix will kick off ArtsFest with the Symphony Guild Designer House at The Village at Hendrix, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the festival until Sunday when the exhibit opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Later Tuesday evening, UCA continues the festivities at 7:30 p.m. with “The Three Phantoms� at Reynolds Performance Hall. The ArtWalk events wrap up with the Conway Film Festival and the Children’s Parade of Art, led by the UCA Marching Band.



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Vortex reading at La Lucha goes over well with students by Carissa Gan Staff Writer

I remember my biggest obstacle. It wasn’t my schedule, it wasn’t exercising, it wasn’t constantly being sore. My biggest obstacle was my friends. They are what held me back more than anything. Simply put, I was the only person among my group of friends who was attempting some kind of weight loss, and they didn’t understand what I was trying to do. My friends always wanted to eat out everyday and get drunk every weekend. It isn’t something very conducive to losing weight. So how do you keep friends and not have to worry about them holding you down? Well, I solved the problem by making new friends that I could hang out with when I didn’t feel like hanging out with people who want to eat and drink all the time. Whether or not I was trying to stay fit, it was a good decision. I didn’t abandon them completely. I just learned how to say no and not feel bad about hanging up the phone.

On Friday, Sept. 24, a crowd gathered in the cozy den of a house located on Prince Street, known as La Lucha Space, for a Vortex reading. This was the first time that The Vortex, UCA’s literary magazine, held a reading event at La Lucha Space. Junior Alyx VanNess, assistant director of The Vortex, said the turnout was phenomenal. VanNess read a story that she’d submitted from a previous issue of The Vortex, where she commented on culture, losing religion and replacing it with the here-and-now. She crafted the story from the bits and pieces of her life that she’d collected since she was 16 and penned the story when she was 19. The depth of her story was thoughtprovoking. “The story is a non-fiction [piece] with some fictional elements inside. I was inspired to write this when I was visiting my brother, Dan, in Jacksonville, Fla.,” she said. Junior Doug Knight delivered an intriguing nonfiction piece, relating the failures of sexual incompetency and baking bread. He named it “When It Don’t Happen.” At the end of his reading, he had the crowd laughing and applauding. “I wrote this story from my experiences. To me, writing helps put things in perspective. It makes you ask questions you’d never ask,” Knight said. Senior Elizabeth Arnold, a fine arts major and creative writing minor, stepped up to the microphone and entertained everyone with her poems entitled “Rad” and “The Lingerie Party,” along

with a non-fiction piece that was published in the previous issue of The Vortex, entitled “un/LIGHTedHEADedness.” Her non-fiction told of her experience with dizziness. “The ‘Rad’ was about my experience going to house shows. I like the feeling of being in a large crowd at concerts. It feels like being in a big family,” Arnold said. “As for ‘The Lingerie Party’, I attended a bachelorette party and was taken aback at the reaction of the hostess. Unlike the other girls who were flaunting around in their underclothing, she was so shy. It was weird that she seemed a bit too conservative for her own lingerie party.” There were several others who presented their poems and pieces to the crowd that night. Aside from the outstanding literary and factual pieces, there were splendid musical performances by various UCA students. Among them were Megan Riley, Anna Horton and Amber Scott. Jerry Stewart, fiction judge of The Vortex, said he was delighted at the display of talents that night. “I wasn’t expecting to see so many people tonight, so I was really surprised at the large turnout. But it’s a great crowd and there definitely are some amazing talents here. I hope there will be more events like this,” he said. The managers of La Lucha Space, Shawn Goicoechea and Sandra Leyva were enthused by the idea of creating an area for the diverse community to step in and be a part of the place as the creators of their own space; each person could contribute by sharing his or her talent through music, writing and art.

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Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi will perform their acrobatic feats at Reynolds Performance Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The show is free for UCA students with their student ID.

Chinese acrobats to take stage by Crosby Dunn

Assistant Campus Life Editor & Assistant Web Editor Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi, a group of traveling Chinese acrobats, will perform at UCA on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall. Jerry Biebesheimer, director of public appearances, said: “It’s a traditional Chinese acrobat show.” He said the show will feature elaborate costumes, unique dancing and extreme feats of strength and acrobatics. According to Cirque Shanghai’s website, “Bai Xi” is what Chinese acrobatics were called 2,000 years ago in the Han dynasty. “Bai Xi” roughly translates to “one hundred amazing acts” in English. “I find all the well-done Chinese acrobatic shows are fascinating,” Biebesheimer said. “We had one a few years ago and it was phenomenal the artistry they bring. They’ve been doing this in China for over 2,000 years now. Combine their tradition with state of the art technology, lighting, costumes and sets and it creates a whole new atmosphere.” He said tickets and free for students and they are limited to two tickets per student. “I would recommend that anyone who can see it should,” Biebesheimer said. “You can learn about Chinese culture and have a great time, too.” He said the performance would consist of dance number and acrobatics they combine together to create a spectacular show. “Their dances have an acrobatic feeling to them,” Biebesheimer said. UCA’s website describes the show as combining “all aspects of the traditional and the modern in acrobatic stage performance – awesome displays of physical strength, incredible feats of

balance, graceful folkloric pageantry, fast paced contemporary dance, and energetic martial arts.” Biebesheimer said last year they were performing at Chicago Navy Pier before going on tour. “They were in Texas going to Illinois and needed someplace in between. We could afford it so I got them,” Biebesheimer said. Kelli Sowers, a UCA grad student, said: “I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil a few years ago. It was unbelievable. I think this one is going to be even better.” Cirque du Soleil is a similar show to Cirque Shanghai. Cirque du Soleil’s website describes the show as “a dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.” Sowers said the costumes are going to be more extravagant. “I loved the costumes in Cirque du Soleil, but I’ve heard that in Cirque Shanghai they are just amazing,” Sowers said. “The acrobatics are supposed to be better and there are contortionists in this one, too. Cirque du Soleil is more of an interpretive dance show, this one is supposed to be more fun.” Ashley Love, director of the box office, said: “We are well over 1,000 so it looks like we will sell out.” She said there are only a couple of hundred seats left and the tickets are selling fast. “Three years ago we had Cirque Works, and it sold out,” Love said. She said students can buy tickets at the door if they aren’t sold out. Tickets for non-students are $10. Love said: “I will definitely watch it. I am definitely looking forward to it.”



September 29, 2010


Maroon 5 finds success in third album by Lisa Burnett Staff Writer

Charlie Daniels rocks out on his fiddle while his band backs him. The Charlie Daniels Band and Clint Black performed in Hot Springs last weekend for the third annual “Legends Balloon Rally.”

Black, Daniels perform in Hot Springs

by Julian Spivey

“Spend My Time,” from his 2003 album of the same name. He also performed the never released as a single “Tuckered Out,” which he said was written in response to something that country music legend Tanya Tucker said to his guitar player and co-writer Hayden Nicholas, that Black said couldn’t be repeated to the familyfriendly audience. The song is a tribute to great country artists and Black said that 38 different artists are mentioned in the song’s lyrics. Black’s best performance of the night was probably his best-known song “Killin’ Time,” which is easily one of the 25 greatest country songs ever recorded. His other best performances included “A Better Man” and “Nothin’ but the Taillights.” Following his set, Black returned to the stage much to the approval of the Hot Springs crowd to perform his notable cover of The Eagles’ classic “Desperado” before leaving the stage to a standing ovation. The only disappointment from Black’s performance was that he didn’t perform his 1990 number one song “Nobody’s Home,” a personal favorite of mine. On Saturday, the Charlie Daniels Band took the stage to perform for the enthusiastic crowd of thousands. Daniels played a 90-minute set filled with many of his country and Southern rock classic hits and the band jammed on a few instrumentals, including one entitled “Black Ice” that must have lasted at least 10 minutes and included a great

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Country music stars Clint Black and The Charlie Daniels Band performed free concerts to a packed crowd during the third annual Legends Balloon Rally in Hot Springs, Ark. at the Memorial Field Airport on Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25. The festival, which began in 2008, features great country music and the hobby of hot air ballooning. Last year’s performances included country singers Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence. Black performed a nearly 90-minute set on Friday night that included nine number one country hits and many of his career bests. Black opened up the concert by performing his number one single “The Shoes You’re Wearing,” from his 1998 album “Nothin’ but the Taillights,” to a jam-packed audience of country music fans. The other eight number one hits Black performed during his show included his first ever number one “A Better Man” from his 1989 debut album “Killin’ Time,” the song “Killin’ Time” from that same album, “When My Ship Comes In,” “Walkin’ Away,” “Summer’s Comin’,” “A Good Run of Bad Luck,” “Like the Rain” and “Nothin’ but the Taillights.” Black also performed many of his other notable hits like the beautiful love song “Something That We Do,” that he co-wrote for his wife and actress Lisa Hartman Black, “State of Mind,” “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “Nothing’s News” and his most recent top 20 country hit

extended drum solo from drummer Pat McDonald. The Charlie Daniels Band classics included the 1975 hit “Long Haired Country Boy,” which proved to be a fan favorite, the 1980 top 20 country hit “In America,” the 1986 top 10 hit “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Simple Man,” from 1989, as well as “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and “(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks.” The set also included some surprises like a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” a version of “Amazing Grace” and an instrumental version of “The Star Spangled Banner” on fiddle. It’s the first time I’ve ever heard the National Anthem on a fiddle and believe me it was amazing. Daniels finished up his set with an outstanding version of his most famous song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which was a number one country single in 1979 and a number three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Watching Daniels thrill the crowd with his fiddle playing as both “the devil” and “Johnny” from the classic song was well worth the drive down to Hot Springs itself. It’s definitely one of the finest concert moments I’ve personally ever seen, right up there with seeing Merle Haggard perform in a cow field in Melbourne, Ark. a few summers ago. The only disappointment from the set was that Daniels didn’t have time to get to some of his classics like “Uneasy Rider,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” and “Stroker’s Theme.”


Jamey Johnson album at peak of its genre by Julian Spivey Campus Life Editor

Jamey Johnson’s 2008 album “That Lonesome Song” was not only one of the greatest country albums of the last decade, but also one of the greatest of all time. Johnson now returns in 2010 with a 25-song double album called “The Guitar Song,” which entered the Billboard country music charts at number one, according to Johnson has been a breath of fresh air in recent years due, to the fact that he performs hardcore country music true to the genre, which has seen a change to a more pop sound in recent years. “The Guitar Song” isn’t as flawless as “That Lonesome Song” for the sheer fact that a double album featuring 25 songs is going to have a weak link or two somewhere along the line. However, what merits a weak link for Johnson would be a career best for numerous artists in the country music genre. “The Guitar Song” is filled with songs that are simply country music at their best. Choosing the best song from this wonderful double album is a task that isn’t enviable or even possible, because there are so many great ones and the best song on the album could easily change from week-to-week or even dayto-day.

If I were forced to choose the three best songs on the album today they’d likely be the heartfelt final track on the second disc “My Way to You,” which was co-written by Johnson and Charlie Midnight, and was technically the first single from the album, but released over a full year before the album hit stores on Sept. 14, “Macon” and “Cover Your Eyes.” “Macon,” from disc two was cowritten by Johnson and Kacey Coppola, and is about a hardworking truck driver who desperately needs to get back home to his woman in Macon, Ga. “Cover Your Eyes,” off of disc one was co-written by Johnson, Wayd Battle and the legendary Bobby Bare. The song is about the pain of going through an off-again-on-again relationship. If one thing is certain about “The Guitar Song” it’s that it’s full of heart. Johnson wrote or co-wrote 20 of the 25 songs on the album and the songs he didn’t write were covers, many of country classics. Among the covers recorded by Johnson for this album are Kris Kristofferson’s beautiful, heartbreaking tune “For the Good Times,” which was made a hit by Ray Price in 1970, Vern Gosdin’s 1988 classic “Set ‘em Up Joe,” the tongue-in-cheek, screw you song “Mental Revenge,” written by Mel Tillis and most famously recorded by Waylon Jennings and “Lonely at the Top,” which was co-written by the late country

1. “Wicked” (2003)

Five Best Broadway Musicals Since 2000 list compiled by Rachel McAdams

Nominated for 10 Tony awards, the untold story of the witches of Oz brings laughter and tears through love, power, the struggle between good and evil and, of course, the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. This hit still tours worldwide. The 18th longest-running Broadway show, the character of Elphaba was listed on Entertainment Weekly’s list of The 100 Greatest Characters of the Past 20 Years.

legend Keith Whitley. These four covers are all easily among the best tracks on the album. The second single from “The Guitar Song” is “Playing the Part,” a song that was co-written by Johnson and Shane Minor and tells of the depressing life you’ll lead in Hollywood. The chorus goes: “When the only LA I knew was Lower Alabama/ Back when me and Hannah was wishing on a Southern star/ Now it’s so complicated I really hate it/ Why’d I ever wanna go so far/ Taking depression pills in the Hollywood hills/ Acting like I’m playing the part” is one that will stick in your head for days on end. The other highlights from “The Guitar Song” include the title track, sung with Bill Anderson, that tells a story from the unique perspective of a guitar hanging in a pawn shop, the lesson-filled “By the Seat of Your Pants,” the kick-ass “Poor Man Blues,” the sweet lullaby “Baby Don’t Cry,” the heartbreaking “That’s How I Don’t Love You,” the ode to great songwriters “That’s Why I Write Songs” and the wonderful love song “Heaven Bound.” Johnson’s “The Guitar Song” is without a doubt the best album of 2010 thus far and an essential for the collection of every true country music fan. The album is almost certainly a shoe-in for a Grammy nomination in 2011.

2. “Spring Awakening” (2006) Touching on the tough subjects of abuse, masturbation, rape, homosexuality and abortion, this dark show, featuring Lea Michele and Jonathan Goff from “Gle,”, focuses on the reality of an uncertain future and the developing sexuality of the teenage characters. This rock musical, with music by Duncan Sheik, won 11 Tony awards, including Best Musical in 2007.

Maroon 5 doesn’t disappoint on their third studio album, “Hands All Over,” which was released Sept. 21. Frontman Adam Levine’s vocals go above and beyond anything the band has ever recorded before. Maroon 5 can’t make a bad album. The band’s first studio album, “Songs About Jane” is the most memorable album that this band has produced. “Hands All Over” is no exception to Maroon 5’s trend. The first single from the album, “Misery,” has been on the radio since this summer. The last album the band released, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” was in 2007, so fans have been waiting impatiently for “Hands.” “Misery,” when sung by Levine, makes being miserable sound like something enjoyable. Lyrics like: “I am in misery, there ain’t nobody who can comfort me, oh yeah/why won’t you answer me? The silence is slowly killing me,” make the song sound depressing, but it isn’t. When you put these lyrics to an up-tempo beat along with Levine’s fun and poppy voice, the two make a perfect combination. Maroon 5 collaborated with the country artists of Lady Antebellum for a beautiful duet called “Out of Goodbyes.” This song is wonderful. “Out of Goodbyes” is heartfelt and just plain sweet. The song says in the chorus: “On our way home I realize/there’s some kind of storm brewing in his eyes, only veiled by a thin disguise – and now that I’ve done my time/ I need to move on and I need you to try/cause we’re out of

goodbyes.” This collaboration is a great pair of the intensity of Levine’s voice along with the gentleness of Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. The album’s title track, “Hands all Over,” is self-explanatory. The lyrics are the sexy-but-fun ones that make them Maroon 5. The song begins with “Put your hands all over/put your hands all over me,” repeated throughout the entire song. Along with the lyrics, you can’t forget the fun guitar solos and unique drumbeats that are found throughout the album. My personal favorite song on this album would have to be “Stutter.” This could be because I could listen to Adam Levine’s voice all day long. His voice is exemplified to the Nth degree in this song. Although the lyrics are a bit repetitive, Levine hits notes I never thought any man could ever hit in this song. These notes seem to come so naturally to Levine, which makes the song so brilliant. “Get Back In My Life,” reminds me of an early ‘90s boy band song, just by the beat and beginning of it, but Maroon 5 puts their own spin on it. This song basically tells Levine’s love interest to “get back in his life” because the memory of her is making him miserable. There are 12 tracks on the physical album, but if you buy the digital album on iTunes, there is a bonus track, called “The Air That I Breathe,” which is well worth the online purchase. Maroon 5 is a great band. Their songs are fun, their lyrics are fun, and this album is fun. If you’re looking for an album to put in your car and drive to, look no further than “Hands All Over.”


Steve Carell began his last season with the hit NBC show, “The Office,” Thursday, Sept. 23. The show is currently in its seventh season.

Carell’s last season begins strong

by Preston Tolliver Entertainment Editor

Just in the first two and a half minutes of the premiere of the seventh season of NBC’s hit show, “The Office,” it became quickly obvious that this season is going to be a big one. The episode began with a lengthy lip dub of the Human Beinz’s 1968 hit, “Nobody But Me,” featuring the entire cast, minus the returning Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates), easily becoming the show’s best intrudoctory piece. The episode continues with a quick overview with what happened in the Dunder Mifflin office over the summer break, including the hiring of a new, disobediant, arrogant assistant, a new romance between Sabre executive Gabe Lewis (Zach Woods) and another employee and a new owner to the building in which the office is located. As always, there’s still the goofy demeanor of Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and the always-funny pranks from Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam Halpert (Jenna Fischer) on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and the support of the hilarious cast, including Darryl Philbin (Craig Robinson), Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) and Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak), to name a few. There are, of course, a few questions that remain unanswered after the first episode of the season. At the end of the sixth season, we saw Jo tell Michael she would try to transfer Michael’s former girlfriend, Holly Flax (Amy Ryan) back to the Scranton office. While Ryan has been confirmed for the seventh season, we’re

3. “The Producers” (2001) A Mel Brooks production starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick? What could go wrong? Plenty, in this story where two men devise a plan to make money on a Broadway flop, only to accidentally produce a smash hit. Based on a 1968 film of the same name, “The Producers” won a record 12 Tony awards in 2001 and had a remake film in 2005, also starring Broderick and Lane.

left with hopes of seeing her return in the second episode. Then there’s the obvious question of who will replace Michael Scott once Carell takes his leave. There are several rumors escalating on different websites, hinting that it could be the recentlypromoted Darryl, the always-power hungry Dwight or the recently-demoted from the co-managerial position Jim. There are also talks of bringing in Harvey Keitel (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Life on Mars”) or possibly even Tim Allen (“Home Improvement,” “The Santa Claus” trilogy). Personally, I would like to see Ricky Gervais (“The Invention of Lying”) fill the role, as he perfected the role in the British version of “The Office” long before it became the American hit it is today. Gervais is one of writers for the show and has been since the show’s beginning in 2005. With the first episode of the season as extravagant as it was and so much to look forward to, there’s no doubt that this season will prove one of the series’ best.

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4. “Avenue Q” (2003) Three-time Tony award winning musical “Avenue Q” is reminiscent of Sesame Street, but based on the lamentations of adults trying to make ends meet in a world where they are not as special as they once thought they were. With numbers like, “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” and “For Now,” this musical reminds us all “to take a breath, look around, swallow your pride for now ... life goes on.”

5. “Hairspray” (2002) Set in 1960s Baltimore, the show approaches the rising racial tensions of the time and one girl’s attempt to bridge the gap while falling in love with Link, played by another Glee veteran, Matthew Morrison. Between Motormouth Maybelle and Edna Turnblad, this musical gives everyone a reason to smile. The show, although no longer on Broadway, has a score that all musical fans should keep high on their playlist.



September 29, 2010

From the Shotgun By Ben Keller

Fountain should cover all sports; Bears earn rest during bye week


t has been brought to my attention that UCA’s first online news source, as they like to spout, The Fountain, has been neglecting coverage of all other sports except for football. As of Sept. 27, The Fountain only had six sports stories posted, all of which were related to Bears football or intramurals. I find this somewhat disturbing since they claim as their motto “by the students, for the students,” because they are not providing a service to all the students if they only cover one sport. What about the volleyball players who are already dominating in the Southland Conference with a 3-0 record? The golf team has already been in two tournaments, but The Fountain has not even given them a preview. The same thing goes for both men’s and women’s soccer teams and the cross country team. I realize that football is by far the most popular sport on campus, but if you want to be fair you have to give every sport some coverage. As the sports editor for The Echo, I know it is extremely difficult to get our writers out to games or even working with my schedule to cover them, but I make sure I do because that is my job and the teams that play to represent our campus deserve equal coverage. Students who read The Echo and The Fountain for sports should be able to read about every sport. The Fountain has an even greater potential for that than The Echo since they are not bound by space constraints. At The Echo, we only have a certain amount of space every week and sometimes stories have to be cut to make room for more pressing articles. With The Fountain, however, they are not limited by page space or advertising. They could potentially post every single game that happens on- or offcampus and never have to worry about running out of space. That fact is why I am confused as to why there are only six sports articles on the website from this semester. I am pretty sure there have been more sports news and games going on around campus other than football.

• The Bears had a rough time against the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes on Saturday, where they lost 41-14 in Tulsa, Okla. The Bears had a hardfought game and played tough throughout, but it just wasn’t enough to go up against a tough team like Tulsa. The worst thing for the Bears from that game were all the injuries they incurred as a result of the game. The most frightening, but hopefully least serious, was junior quarterback Nathan Dick’s shoulder injury to his non-throwing arm. Dick does have a week to rest before the Bears conference opener against Northwestern State on Oct. 10 in Conway. Two more serious injuries, and equally as damaging to the Bears starting lineup, was to junior linebacker Frank Newsome, who received a concussion and cut to his forehead, and sophomore cornerback Marcus Dumas, who received a knee injury. The Bears team also had other players who had injuries throughout the game, but those three are starters and key players to the Bears football program. Thankfully, the Bears do have a week before their next game so that means plenty of rest and recuperation for the entire team and a week to get mentally prepared for Southland Conference play. • If someone were to ask you what comes to your mind when they say Boise State, your answer would probably be along the lines of, “the blue field.” Well that is probably what they are most well-known for and have been since the mid1980s when they put in their blue field, but now the color field is under attack from copy cats. Eastern Washington University just put in a brand new Astro-turf field that they have dubbed “The Inferno.” It is a bright, deep blood-red colored field that goes with the Eagles school colors. I’m fine with representing your school colors and having school spirit, but don’t rip off someone’s idea just because you think it is neat.

Bears Brief • The Bears softball team defeated the Northern OklahomaTonkawa Lady Mavs in both their games Sept. 26 in Conway to start off the Bears fall schedule. The Bears won the first game 6-2 and then defeated the Lady Mavs again 14-0 in a no-hitter game. Pitchers sophomore Kelsie Armstrong and junior Kelly Martino both helped pitch the Bears to a no-hitter during the second game. Armstrong struck out seven Lady Mavs during the first four innings of the second game and Martino took over for the final two innings of the game and only allowed one walk. Adding to the Bears’ successful game was their batting where the Bears recorded 17 hits during game two. The Bears also had a great showing during the first game, putting up six runs during the first three innings and not allowing the Lady Mavs to score until the fourth. The Bears next fall game is this weekend

where they will host the UCA Fall Tournament. Lyon College, Paris Junior College, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff and Central Baptist College will be competing in the tournament with the Bears. The first game starts at 11 a.m. on Oct. 2 against Paris JC. For the full schedule, visit • The Bears and Sugar Bears cross country teams placed 10th and 13th, respectively, this past weekend at the Memphis Twilight Classic in Memphis, Tenn. In all, 30 teams competed in the meet and once again, the Bears and Sugar Bears freshman lit up the highlights of the meet. Sugar Bears freshmen Erika Setzler and Kayla Nehus placed 51st and 54th in the women’s 5k race. Setzler placed in the top 10 for fastest pace in UCA history for a 5k race with a time of 19:03.46. Bears freshman Jeremiah Fleeman placed 52nd in the men’s 8k race with a time of 25:44.07.

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Senior rightside hitter Chloe Smith hits the ball through Ladyjacks freshman setter Meagan Veach and senior outside hitter Kelsey Owens during their Sept. 25 game in Conway. The Sugar Bears defeated the Ladyjacks 3-1.

Sugar Bears cut down Ladyjacks 3-1 by Ben Keller Sports Editor

The Sugar Bears volleyball team defeated the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks 3-1 on Sept. 25 in Conway keeping the Sugar Bears home win-streak alive at 21 and their Southland Conference streak to 25 matches. The match marked the Sugar Bears’ third conference match for the season and improved their record to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Sugar Bears came out swinging in the first set, but were plagued by a round of bad serves, as were the Ladyjacks. The Sugar Bears struck first earning the first point of the match off of a kill from junior outside hitter Jessica Hays. The Sugar Bears handed over the Ladyjacks their first point off of a service error, tying the set 1-1. The Sugar Bears went back and forth for the entirety of the first set, tying scores nine times throughout the set and four lead changes. Many of those were the direct result of service errors from both sides of the court. Throughout the game, the Sugar Bears recorded 12 service errors and the Ladyjacks had 10. Coach Steven McRoberts said the team was fortunate that the Ladyjacks struggled with serving at the same time they were and the Sugar Bears are going to have to start serving more consistently. “We work on [serving] everyday,” he said. “It is just the simple skill of serving and it seems like sometimes we do very well at it and sometimes we seem to get into kind of a funk. Luckily they were struggling at the same time we were so neither team was able to grab the momentum early in the match off of missed serves. It is just something we are going to have to get better at by learning how to serve aggressively and not missing.” Freshman outside hitter Karlie Giesler said serving is the best way to control the game, and the Sugar Bears had trouble with that during the first set but were able to correct it later on. “If everyone is missing their serves it means no one is really focused,” she said. It was not until halfway through the first set that the Sugar Bears broke a tie with a kill from senior right side hitter Chloe Smith

that they took off and never let the Ladyjacks catch up. The end of the set was marked with kills from Hays, freshman middle blocker Jessica Nagy and Smith. Hays earned the final point, scoring on a service ace ending the set with a Sugar Bears victory, 25-19. The second set did not go as well for the Sugar Bears as they struggled to keep up with the Ladyjacks onslaught. The Ladyjacks struck fast at the start of the second set putting the first two points on the board with kills from junior middle blocker MC Bottles and redshirt freshman setter Allison Gideon. The Sugar Bears got their first point off of a service error by Ladyjack’s junior outside hitter Melissa Miksch making the score 2-1 with the Ladyjacks leading. The Sugar Bears fought back to tie the Ladyjacks several times throughout the set, but were never able to change the lead to their favor. The Sugar Bears were in trouble late in the second set with the Ladyjacks looking to score the set point with the score at 24-19, but the Sugar Bears came from behind and scored five points in a row to tie the set at 2424. The Ladyjacks were able to keep the Sugar Bears from scoring to take the advantage and won the set 26-24. The Sugar Bears came back from the break between the second and third sets and were ready to play. They put up the first point with a kill by Nagy, but the Ladyjacks answered right back with a block by Bottles to tie it up 1-1. The Sugar Bears and Ladyjacks kept the set close early on, but the Sugar Bears began to pull away after Giesler got a kill to break the tie when the score was at 2-2. With Giesler’s kill, the Sugar Bears went on a fivepoint streak to advance their lead 7-2. Their streak was cut short as the Sugar Bears were called for a double hit, giving the Ladyjacks a free point to make the score 7-3. Late in the third set, the Sugar Bears still held their lead 22-13, and would extend their lead to 23-13 off of a kill from sophomore middle blocker Taylor Hammonds. The Ladyjacks still fought this late in the set, but it was not enough to catch up to the Sugar Bears who ended the set with a kill from Nagy to make the final score of the set 25-17. The fourth and final set of the game was

a close battle between the two teams for the entirety of the set. The Sugar Bears put up the first point with a block from Smith, but the Ladyjacks answered back with a kill from Bottles to tie the score 1-1. The Ladyjacks tied the score again 4-4 with a kill from senior outside hitter Arielle Daron and she would score another point off a block to give the Ladyjacks a 5-4 lead early in the fourth set. Smith would tie the score up again at 5-5 off of a kill, but the Ladyjacks took the lead with back-to-back kills by senior outside hitter Kelsey Owens and sophomore middle blocker Sabrina Burns to make the score 7-5. The Sugar Bears did not regain the lead until Nagy tied the score 11-11 and the Ladyjacks handed over a free point to the Sugar Bears because of a lifting call, making the score 12-11 Sugar Bears. The Sugar Bears did not lose their lead again for the remainder of the fourth set and did not allow the Ladyjacks to tie the game again. The set ended with a service error against the Ladyjacks making the final score 25-20. McRoberts said he told the team throughout the match to pay attention to the Ladyjack’s hitters, who were consistently getting kills by doing dump shots in the holes between the Sugar Bears front and back rows. “We just told them that once they get to their defensive positions to stay on their toes and not on their heels so they can move forward,” he said. “There were a handful of those shots that were pretty high in the air that even with us moving backwards or being on our heels that we still almost got to those. That was something we told out back row to be ready for and those should be something that are easy for us to pick up on, and as the match progressed I thought we did a better job of reading the hitters and picking up a lot of what we call junk that they were throwing over.” Giesler said the back row just had to be more aware that the Ladyjacks were probably going to try and tip the ball over the net into the holes behind the Sugar Bears’ blockers and front row.

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Golden Hurricanes blow past Bears 41-14 by Ben Keller Sports Editor

The Bears were defeated by the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricanes 41-14 in Tulsa, Okla., at Skelly Stadium on Sept. 25 during a game that was riddled with injuries for the Bears’ starting lineup. The Bears suffered several injuries including junior quarterback Nathan Dick who was injured in the first 30 minutes of play, two other key starters were lost due to injuries and several other players were added to that list during the second half of play. Junior linebacker Frank Newsome was taken out of the game because of a concussion and cut to his forehead and sophomore cornerback Marcus Dumas was taken out because of a knee injury. Dick was taken out of the game because of an injury he received late in the second quarter to his nonthrowing shoulder. Redshirt freshman quarterback Wynrick Smothers said all the players who were injured are doing better and are just waiting to hear back official test results. “They are doing fine and will probably be out for a little while,” he said. “It really just depends on how fast they heal and how hard they work to get back onto the field.” Smothers said they may play in the next game, but it could also be the game after that. Coach Clint Conque said Dumas’s knee injury was the most serious of the Bears’ injuries. “We will not know the full magnitude of his condition until later in the week, but it does look like he will have to miss some significant time,” he said. The Bears were not able to do much during their first possession of the ball. Junior wide receiver Isaiah Jackson returned the

Golden Hurricanes kickoff for 15 yards to the Bears 15-yard line. The Bears first play resulted in a loss of three yards as freshman running back Jackie Hinton was taken down at the Bears’ 12-yard line by Golden Hurricanes defensive end Tyrunn Walker to bring up second and 13 for the Bears. Dick’s pass was incomplete to senior wide receiver Kenneth Robey to make it third and 13. Dick ran the ball for eight yards, but it was not enough to get the Bears a first down. Senior kicker Eddie Carmona came out on the field to punt for 42 yards where the Golden Hurricanes took over on their own 38-yard line. The Golden Hurricanes scored on their first ball possession after they drove the ball down the field, grabbing four first downs along the way. The Golden Hurricanes scored on their first play when they were on the Bears’ 20-yard line. Golden Hurricanes junior quarterback G.J. Kinne handed the ball off to junior wide receiver Damaris Johnson who rushed for 20 yards to score the first points of the game. The Golden Hurricanes kick was good and they took an early lead 7-0 with 11:10 left in the first quarter. Neither team would score during the remainder of the first quarter, but the Bears almost recovered a fumble that could have prevented the Golden Hurricanes from scoring in the opening minute of the second quarter. Golden Hurricanes freshman wide receiver Thomas Roberson ran the ball for 17 yards to the Bears’ 21-yard line but Bears junior defensive end Trey Lippe forced a fumble from Roberson but the Bears were not able to recover the ball before Golden Hurricanes junior offensive guard Clint Anderson scooped the ball up for a Tulsa first

down. The Golden Hurricanes scored again in the opening minute of the second quarter with a 19-yard pass to senior halfback Charles Clay. The extra point was good and the Golden Hurricanes increased their lead over the Bears 14-0. The Bears answered back with their first points of the game during their next drive down the field. The Bears drove down the field getting five first downs along the way putting them at the Golden Hurricanes six-yard line. Sophomore running back Terence Bobo ran the ball for five yards to the Tulsa oneyard line and then he took the ball to the endzone on the next play for a touchdown. Carmona’s extra point kick was good and the Bears were on the board for the first time during the game, trailing 14-7. The Golden Hurricanes scored again before halftime, giving them a demanding 24-7 lead. The third quarter was scoreless until the Golden Hurricanes forced a turnover when the Bears went for it on a fourth down and one yard to go. The Golden Hurricanes took control on the Bears 21-yard line and pushed their way to the Bears 14-yard line where they kicked a field goal. The kick was good and the Golden Hurricanes added to their lead making the score 27-7. The Golden Hurricanes continued to add to their lead during the fourth quarter with two more touchdowns, while the Bears were only able to score once more with a touchdown during the final minutes of the game, making the final score 41-14 Golden Hurricanes.


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Women’s soccer mauled by Cougars 3-0 by Simon Gable Staff Writer

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Bears sophomore middle blocker Taylor Hammonds and freshman setter Marissa Collins go up to block an incoming Bearkats shot during their Sept. 23 game. The Sugar Bears won 3-2.

Sugar Bears narrowly defeat Bearkats 3-2 by Brandon Norwood Staff Writer

Over 350 people were in attendance at the Prince Center on Sept. 23 to see the UCA Sugar Bears. keep their conference streak alive with their 3-2 victory over the Sam Houston State Bearkats. The Sugar Bears raised their overall record to 10-6, while the Bearkats fell to an overall record of 6-10. The Bearkats, looking for their first conference win, battled the Sugar Bears hard with each set going back in forth between the two teams until the fifth set when the Sugar Bears, never trailing, closed it. “Sam Houston played hard and on all cylinders, but we played well overall and we’re going to outplay our opponent every time,� UCA senior right side hitter Chloe Smith said. Smith hit for 400 and also led the Sugar Bears in kills with a season high of 22. The Sugar Bears took an early lead in the first set but the Bearkats were able to come back and tie it 22-22. There would be

seven more ties until the Bearkats took the lead and were able to close the first set with a kill by Bearkats junior outside hitter Carli Kolbe. The second set began with both teams going back and forth until the Sugar Bears were able to pull away ending the set 25-17. The Sugar Bears led the third set 21-19 until the Bearkats went on a 6-2 run ending the set 22-25. This put the Bearkats up one set again, but it was the last time they led for the rest of the game. The Sugar Bears took an early 5-1 lead in the fourth set, but the Bearkats did not give up and up were able to stay close with the Sugar Bears. Sugar Bears freshman outside hitter Karlie Geisler, helped the Sugar Bears by getting six kills on seven tries earning the Bears the set 25-23. The Sugar Bears gained momentum and were able to win the fifth set 25-10. UCA recorded five team blocks against the Bearkats but ended up out hitting Sam Houston State .224 to .239 with a 66-65 kill advantage and lead in aces 10-6. Sugar Bears junior outside hitter Jessica Hays

would record 18 kills, nine digs and a career high seven service aces. Sugar Bears Freshman setter Marrissa Collins earned her first career double-double with 54 assist and 10 digs. Sugar Bears junior libero Cristin Curl recorded 17 digs and Sugar Bears freshman defensive specialist Beth Rodgers would record 7 digs with her first career start. “It was a great win for us. Sam Houston has a good team and they played extremely well. We had to pick up our level of play. This was the first time we have had to play five sets this season and it was nice to see the team do well under pressure and come out with the victory,� Coach Steven McRoberts said. The Sugar Bears were able to keep and extend their conference streak to 24 wins. They were also able to extend their home win streak to 20. Both streaks date back to 2008. The Sugar Bears defended both of their streaks in their game against the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks on Sept. 25 where the Sugar Bears defeated the Ladyjacks 3-1.


Missouri State beats Bears 1-0 in overtime by Crosby Dunn

Assistant Campus Life Editor & Assistant Web Editor The Bears fought valiantly against the Missouri State Bears Saturday, Sept. 26., but during the second overtime of the game UCA gave up a point, ending the game at 1-0. The game lasted for nearly two hours, neither team able to score a goal and forcing the game to go into double overtime. The winning goal was scored with less than a minute left on the clock. Missouri State was given a penalty kick outside the box in front of the Bears’ goal. The goal was scored by Missouri State junior midfielder Gerard Barbero. There were 37 fouls called during the game, with one of them being a yellow card given to Missouri State Coach Jon Leamy and a red card given to UCA’s sophomore midfielder Mickey Segura. Chris Strickland, the referee of the match, said he gave the

red card to Segura due to violent conduct. Leamy said: “It was a hard fought game. It was hard for these kids on the field for what was being called.� Coach Chad Flanders said: “I felt the guys played hard. We were competitive.� He said the Bears stuck to their game plan. “I think we dealt with them. We were clean and sharp,� Flanders said. He said Missouri State’s strength comes from its restarts, like throw ins, corner kicks and penalty kicks, the latter being what was able to give them the winning goal. “We were undisciplined,� Flanders said. “It was the worst place on the field we could have allowed them to get a restart.� Flanders said he will be working on improving his players to reduce the amount of fouling they are getting. “We are trying to focus on details and to be sharp,� Flanders said. “We haven’t figured it out yet.�

He said he will work on improving his team’s ability in one-on-ones to reduce fouling. Flanders said: “I think fitness is another issue. They were tired and caused them to be undisciplined. They were lunging at the ball and missing, which, again comes back to the fouling.� He said the game was expected to be physical. “It’s a Missouri Valley Conference match. Physical games are to be expected,� Flanders said. He said he was impressed by the players on his backline. “I think that Damon Hymas, Andrew O’Brien and Zac Burns did a good job at keeping their composure and defending their team,� Flanders said. All of the players are juniors, with the exception of Bowen, who is a freshman. “It sucks real bad,� Burns said. “We talked about the game and it’s the worst feeling. It’s the last minute and we can’t finish with a tie or a win. It’s real frustrating with the first game of the conference.�

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The women’s soccer team lost 3-0 to the Southern Indianapolis University at Edwardsville Cougars in a physical game that was decided in the second half. Bears Coach Tina Banham said: “We knew that this team was going to be tough. They have a lot of very physical and talented players. We wanted to come out and match them physically. We wanted to play quickly, but smart.� The Bears were able to contain the Cougars in a scoreless first half, but they spent most of the half on their defensive side of the field. The Cougars attempted six shots in the first half, while the Bears only managed three. The Bears only scare of the first half came in the 24th minute on a hard shot from the Cougars that was blocked by Bears goalkeeper Kelsey Gochnauer. The first goal of the game came in the 51st minute when

Cougars freshman forward Meagan Iffrig knocked in a ball that was deflected by Gochnauer. Banham said: “The first goal came off a mental mistake. We passed the ball over the middle in our defensive backfield and we paid the price for it� The Cougars capitalized on another mental mistake less than a minute later when Iffrig was able score another goal. This goal came on an unassisted shot that went through Gochnauer’s legs. Banham said: “We knew if we were going to beat this team we couldn’t make mental errors. We have a lot of young players on this team and we have to do a better job of keeping our composure.� The Cougars were able to break the game wide open a few seconds later when Iffrig scored a goal from six yards out on a ball that was crossed by Cougars sophomore forward Kristen Dailey. The Bears were unable to get anything going after the hat trick by Iffrig, and were held to zero shots in the second half. The Bears finished the game

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with three shots, two on goal, while the Cougars finished the game with 16 shots, 10 on goal. Junior defender Caty McMains said: “We came into this game to overconfident. We thought we were going to win and weren’t mentally prepared. The unforced errors in the second half really hurt us.� Banham said the Bears loss was unfortunate but the team has to be looking forward. “This loss was tough but it’s our last game of the regular season. We begin conference play on Friday,� she said. McMains said the team is ready to get back to work and prepare for conference play. “All we want to do after a loss like this is get out there and practice,� she said. “We are starting conference play and it’s going to get a lot tougher. We will have practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to get ready for the game.� UCA will open up conference play against Sam Houston State on Friday, Oct. 1st at 4p.m.

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