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October 13, 2010 Wednesday


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Opinion: Voice: SGA’s possible partnership with athletic department raises questions

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Around Campus: Homecoming Queen Voting Voting for the Homecoming Queen will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 13-15 in the Student Center. This year’s Homecoming theme is “PARTY LIKE A BIG BEAR...Mardi Gras Style!”

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


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Chemistry department receives nearly $1M by Rachel McAdams News Editor

The UCA chemistry department received almost $1 million in grants from federal funds this summer. Professors Bill Taylor and Don Perry and associate professor Karen Steelman were awarded $498,622 total, for research — all regarding their different areas of study, including gas-phase chemistry, surface chemistry and archeological chemistry — from the National Science Foundation. Melissa Kelley, associate professor of chemistry, received a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health through UAMS, who also awarded two biology professors with $500,000 grants.

Of the almost $1 million awarded to the chemistry department this summer, each grant included enough funds to provide and pay student researchers in future summer months, with one providing funding for up to five years to come. Robert Mauldin, professor and chair of the department of chemistry, said he thinks this will help bring visibility to the research happening in the chemistry department, highlighting the prestigious institutions that awarded the grants. He said he hopes this encourages students to get involved in research. “In the summer, this is a pretty active place for research ... I think if students stick around and do research in the summer, they’re more likely to graduate and stay here,” Mauldin said.

Taylor received a $173,413 grant that will fund two students for three years in research on transition metal ions and the reactivity of those ions, and how to manipulate them to cause them to be reactive. His research examines the bonds of gas-phase metal ions, that if understood, could lead to potentially energy-saving production of alternative fuels. Taylor said: “I can’t describe the feeling I have when I’m in a lab and do a reaction and I figure something out for the first time and there’s a brief period of time where it’s probably true that I am the only person in the world that understands what just happened.” Perry received a $131,611 grant to study silver and gold nano-particles and their


by Marisa Hicks Staff Writer

Sociology Club

The UCA Chapter of NAACP is hosting the 2010 Elections. Candidates will speak at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in Ida Waldran Auditorium.

UCA Unplugged UCA Unplugged is an acoustic entertainment event from 6:30-11 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Student Center Ballroom. Admission is $1 for UCA students and $5 for the general public.

Minnijean Brown Trickey Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 on the second floor of Reynolds Performance Hall for National Freedom of Speech Week. Tickets are free, but limited. People can get tickets by contacting the office of the dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Dave Barry Humor columnist Dave Barry will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Reynolds Performance Hall. His Pulitzer Prize-winning articles appear in more than 500 newspapers. Barry has also written 24 books, two of which were used as the basis for the CBS television sitcom “Dave’s World.” Students can call the RPH Box Office for pricing.

Basement Sports Students can listen to the “Basement Sports” podcast at 11 p.m. every Tuesday night at http://blip. tv/file/4209583 for up-to-date sports coverage.

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Trucking industry awards grant

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.

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interactions with organisms. His grant will transition him from working with silver nano-particles to focusing on the qualities of gold nano-particles and their interaction with organisms and the environment. Perry said: “[Students] do real research and they do things that haven’t been done before. That’s what is exciting to me about it. I might not win a Nobel Prize, but I know the stuff we’re doing, nobody on the planet has ever done before.” Karen Steelman, associate professor of chemistry, received a two-year grant for $193,598 to research possibilities of using supercritical fluids to remove contamination on artifacts. This research could help


Trick or Trot

The Sociology Club is hosting a seminar on graduate school at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 in Irby 315. Students can learn from a panel consisting of the director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at University of Arkansas representatives from UCA’s psychology and history departments, the dean of the UCA Graduate School and UCA alumni.


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DJ One Eye performs and spins for students in the Student Center courtyard Tuesday, Oct. 5. The courtyard is often host to local musicians.

UCA’s CLEAR (Cooperative Logistics Education, Advancement, Research) Center was one of four programs nationwide to receive a $5,000 grant from the Trucking Industry Defense Association. The $5,000 grant was presented in Fayetteville, Ark. at the Arkansas Trucking Seminar for the CLEAR program. It was presented to Doug Voss, CLEAR Director and assistant professor of Supply Chain Management in the College of Business. Lee Piorarcy, president of Trucking Industry Defense Association, said UCA was selected for the grant because “of its commitment to strengthening the trucking industry through higher education,” when presenting the grant. The CLEAR program is designed to train students for management in the trucking business. Trucking is crucial to Arkansas’s economy; more people are employed in the trucking business in the state of Arkansas than


any other state in the country on a per capita basis. UCA is one of the 60 of 475 accredited business colleges that offers programs in transportation, logistics, and supply management, according to the Oct. 4 UCA News Release. $5,000 is a small start; however, every penny will support the threepronged mission: educating Arkansas’ logistics workforce for tomorrow, advancing awareness of logistics role as a major economic drives in Arkansas and conducting research that is of mutual benefit to the Arkansas logistic Industry, UCA, and other CLEAR stakeholders, Voss said. Educating managers for the trucking industry is unique to universities, Voss said. UCA has been home to the Clear program since 2007 and physically gave the program a place of its own in the College of Business last spring. Voss said the importance of educating trucking industries resides in the manner that most goods across the nation are still being transported by

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Alleged shooters to appear in court SGA begins work on campus plans by Echo Staff

The pretrial for three of the men alleged to have killed students Chavares Block and Ryan Henderson on campus Oct. 26, 2008, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Faulkner County Courthouse. Prosecuting Attorney Marcus Vaden said that at a pretrial any additional issues that need to be addressed before trial are considered. Kawin Brockman, Mario Toney and Brandon Wade will appear in court Oct. 20 and each face two capital murder charges. If convicted of capital murder, the men face life in prison without parole or the death penalty. In a March 3 Echo article, Vaden said, “I’m

not going to waive the death penalty.” Vaden said last week their trial has been rescheduled for November or December, but said “with a case of this magnitude, that could change again.” The men also each face one count of attempted capital murder, possession of a handgun on a public school campus, possession of a firearm by certain persons, unlawful discharge of a firearm and eight counts of commission of a terroristic act, according to the March 3 Echo article. Kelsey Perry — the fourth alleged shooter, who also faces the same charges — is scheduled for pretrial at 1 p.m. Nov. 19. His trial is set for Dec. 6.


ARAMARK provides service to students including catering, cafeteria, food court by Simon Gable Staff Writer

For the past 32 years, ARAMARK has provided the University of Central Arkansas’s dining services. Food Service Director Susan Shaw said ARAMARK has control of the all food sold on campus. This includes the cafeteria, Student Center Food Court, C-Store, Java City, Starbucks and Bear Village. They also provide all food catered to campus events. Shaw said, “The majority of the food we provide is consumed in the cafeteria.”


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Executive Chef for Christian Cafeteria Robert Hall said, “We feed anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 students and faculty three times a day.” Shaw said ARAMARK also controls the dining services for seven other universities in Arkansas including Henderson State University, Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Jim Nabors, senior food service director since August 2008, oversees all operations pertaining to food services at UCA. Nabors is currently working on the

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by Nathan Noble Staff Writer

The Student Government Association has begun taking on new projects for the students of UCA, including a recreational room and a possible movie channel. This week SGA will send surveys via UCA e-mail accounts for all the students to voice their opinion on a possible recreational room for the university. The survey will ask questions such as how many students have time during classes and where they spend that time. It will also ask if SGA was to offer a recreational room for students would they use the amenity. “The main purpose of the survey is to find out how many students actually would have time and be willing to hang out and use a recreation room between classes or during their free time,” Freshman Representative Aaron Owen said. “We need to have feedback from the students.” The SGA freshman class was the first to approach the idea of the recreational room and have since gained the help of Staff Senate President Larry Burns, who helped with the creation of the survey and Director of the Student Center Hank Phelps, who has offered insight into possible locations. Freshman President Josh McDonald said they have been examining potential places to begin their new project, and with the help of Phelps, have found the best location to be a dining room

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located downstairs from the sitting area in the Student Center. Left over from the renovations in the Student Center from the past president, the dining room was created but is hardly ever used by anyone but faculty on few occasions, McDonald said. “We want it in the Student Center. That would be ideal because students know where it is and it’s centrally located,” Owen said. McDonald said UCA once had a student game center on campus near the radio station, but it no longer exists due to lack of use. However, McDonald said he believes this will not be an issue and that students will use the planned recreational room. “We thought it was important that students have a stress-free environment to hang out and rest between classes and meet people and be social,” McDonald said. “We may even be able to rent out the area to students to show movies or other activities.” While there is no current timeline for completion, McDonald and Owen both agree that they would like to see the recreation room done by the beginning of next semester. Owen said they have been planning to have a movie channel for students but have not been able to begin the project. McDonald said the idea came from friends who attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro who have their own movie channel that premieres movies

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Belonging on campus College ministries provide sense of home and fellowship to students

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Police Beat


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

Student’s bicycle stolen Student Logan M. Schmidt’s, 19, orange and black Specialized mountain bicycle with a wedge bag underneath the seat and a headlight was reported stolen at 5 p.m. Oct. 5. Schmidt rode his bicycle to class that morning and back to his dorm at 10:45 a.m. He locked his bicycle in the bicycle rack outside of his dorm. He stayed in his dorm room for the rest of the day. When he returned to the bicycle rack at 4:45 p.m. he noticed that his bicycle was missing. Schmidt was unable to provide a serial number to the officer.

Nonstudent arrested for DWI Nonstudent Joseph E. Caffrey, 19, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and student Eliza N. Killey, 20, was arrested for public intoxication at 10:01 p.m. Oct. 8. While an officer made a traffic stop, he noticed a green four-door car pass him, traveling south on Farris Road. The officer saw the car jump the concrete median at the Bruce Street and Farris roundabout and strike a directional sign on the concrete median. The car kept going and turned right on Bruce Street and pulled into the gravel parking lot located west of the intersection of Bruce Street and Farris Road. The officer returned to his car and drove to the parking lot where he noticed the car was parked with the passenger side tires up over the curb. The officer saw Killey open the passenger side door and step out. Then Caffrey opened the driver’s side door and stepped out, nearly falling as he did so. As the officer approached the two, he smelled alcohol. Caffrey was told by the officer to brace himself on the hood of the police car. The officer saw that the airbags had deployed in the car and called MEMS and Fire/ Rescue. Both Killey and Caffrey had no reported injuries and refused further medical attention. The officer directed Caffrey to a smooth concrete slab at the entrance of the parking lot to take field sobriety tests. Caffrey performed very poorly on all the tests that were administered. Caffrey was placed under arrest for a DWI and Careless/Unsafe driving. The officer spoke to Killey who said that she could not remember how much she had to drink. She was swaying and could not stand upright without bracing herself on the trunk of the police car. The officer that was called placed Killey under arrest for public intoxication at 10:03 p.m. Killey was transported to the detention center and was left in the custody of the jail staff for detoxification. Caffrey was transported to the UCA Police Department for booking. When they got to UCAPD, Caffrey asked to use the bathroom and was allowed to do so

under the observation of the officer. Caffrey was then taken to the booking room. When given the breath test, Caffrey blew a 0.14. Caffrey was transported to the detention center for detoxification.

Nonstudent steals fire extinguisher Nonstudent Eric T. Hooper, 23, was arrested for public intoxication and criminal mischief at 12:14 a.m. Oct. 11. Two officers were inside talking at an apartment in Elizabeth Place when they heard a banging noise and then what sounded like glass breaking from the north side of the apartment. The officers ran outside and observed Hooper running around the northeast corner of apartment #4. The officers began chasing after Hooper. The officers identified themselves and ordered Hooper to stop. As they approached Elizabeth Street, Hooper stopped and faced the officers. One officer drew his weapon and told Hooper to place his hands in the air and get on the ground. Hooper complied and was handcuffed. Hooper was placed in the back of a police car and one officer began speaking with students Charlie R. Brewer, 23, Matthew A. Swinea, 21, and James B. Hussung, 23, who were all standing near where Hooper was taken into custody. Brewer said Hooper was his friend and roommate and they had been drinking. All three individuals said that they had been standing there talking when Hooper suddenly walked off and disappeared. They said that they heard a loud noise and saw Hooper running toward them with officers behind him. The officers then checked to see what Hooper had broken into. They found a fire extinguisher mount that had been tampered with on the north side of the apartment. The fire extinguisher was missing but was later located on the north side of building 4, where Hooper had run by while the officers chased him. Damage to the fire extinguisher mount is estimated at $50. The officers then returned to the police car where they saw that Hooper had slipped his handcuffs from behind his back to in front of him. They had him get out of the car, where they re-handcuffed him behind his back and used a second set of handcuffs to secure the first set to his pant’s belt loop. Hooper said he would answer questions without legal representation. He originally said there was a fire he was trying to put out but then said that he had lied. He then said that he was “drunk and feeling destructive” and wanted to “steal a fire extinguisher.” Hooper was transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center and was released into the custody of the detention center staff for detoxification.

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Science foundation funds research by Brandon Norwood Staff Writer

The University of Central Arkansas received a $83,977 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will allow research on phosphorus levels found in streams in the Ozarks. The research is a combined effort from UCA and the University of Arkansas who received a $302,258 grant from the NSF. The project is lead by U of A biology professors Michelle Evans-White and Thad Scott. Sally Entrekin, assistant professor of biology at UCA, will also help lead the project. A Sept. 28 UCA press release states that the funds will go toward supporting the faculty and undergraduate researchers involved with the project. The researchers are looking into the impact phosphorus in the Ozark Highland streams has on insects and other organisms that feed on leaf litter in the streams.

“This is mostly lab work for Chris Fuller, the undergraduate currently working on this project, and I. We are testing changes in nutrient concentrations as they become elevated, to see if it has negative effects on the growth of the bugs that live in the streams. Our hypothesis is that increased phosphorus in the streams will result in a decline in growth rates of some aquatic insects and a loss in overall insect diversity. If we can show a link between insect growth rates and phosphorus concentrations then the data will further support the need to limit phosphorus concentrations in streams,” Entrekin said. She said the high concentrations could be from decomposition, poultry farms or gas wells. The bugs could grow smaller and reproduce less and fish and other wildlife that feed on them would be greatly affected. U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor and U.S. Representative Vic Snyder announced the grant Tuesday, Sept. 28.


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archeologists find a minimally intrusive way to use radiocarbon dating to accurately date artifacts. Currently, artifacts aren’t dated, but instead other materials are used to determine the date of artifacts, since radiocarbon dating requires destruction of the material being dated. Steelman said this grant will not only pay for some equipment and supplies, but will provide salaries for at least three student workers for the next two summers. Steelman said: “I think it’s not just about the chemistry department. All of the faculty on campus have research interests and it’s important for us to get students excited about that research so that [students] can find [their] own passion and find out what [they] want to do with [their] life.” Melissa Kelley, associate professor of chemistry, received $500,000 as part of a $1.5 million IDeA Networks of Biomedical Re-

search Excellence (INBRE) grant that was awarded to the university through a $14.7 million grant given to UAMS by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

“The most important part of what we do here is give our students a taste of research ... ” -Melissa Kelley, Associate Professor of Chemistry Her research will study how Vitamin A can affect immunity and how similar-acting molecules that can inhibit white blood cells in tracking and fighting infection. Her grant will be provided

The press release states that Lincoln said, “I am pleased that Arkansas researchers will be leading the way on this study that will inform us how best to protect the Ozark Highland region, I applaud the University of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas for earning this award that will enhance the studies of students involved in the project.” Pryor went on to say, “These federal dollars will help Arkansas researchers gain the information we need to protect critical ecosystems in the Ozark Highland streams and preserve our environment for generations to come.” The National Science Foundations’ website states it is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare. They fund 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. over the course of five years and will include funds for at least one summer student researcher each year. Kelley said: “The most important part of what we do here is give our students a taste of research ... as an undergraduate student, if [he/she] was at a bigger institution, you might get to go into a lab, but you might not be able to interact with the person that runs that lab; [he/ she] would interact with a graduate student.” Pat DeRocher, professor of chemistry, lauded his coworkers and the research the department does, hoping for more visibility in the future. He complimented UCA and universities in Arkansas for their devotion to students and research. He said: “I would like anybody in the state of Arkansas to say, ‘I don’t have to go anywhere else,’ with state universities here in Arkansas and UCA, while I think is the best in the state in doing this for undergraduates ... this does go on in every university around the state and Arkansans need to know that. We just happen to be one place that is good at it. I think this is great news for higher education in Arkansas.”


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Operation Identification tracks stolen items by Preston Tolliver Entertainment Editor

Operation ID, through the efforts of the UCA Police Department, saw much success during National Campus Safety Month in September. Operation ID is a program used nationally that makes it easier for law officials to track down high-priced items. The program uses an online database and allows students to input descriptions of their valuables, such as electronic serial numbers or pictures. This helps law officials to identify the items as stolen and return them to their proper owners. “Entering their serial number in the system ensures that we have the information and you do not have to try and track down that number,” UCAPD Public Information Officer Arch Jones said. “It also ensures that we have all the information needed to enter their items in ACIC, which is a database accessible by all law enforcement. That means that if any officer runs that serial number it will be identified as stolen and we will be able to recover the property. Having the serial number also ensures that we can positively identify that item without the owner being present.”

Jones also said he encourages students to mark their possessions to make them easier to identify.

“It’s worth the two minutes it takes to do, just in case ... ” -Junior John Keith For items that do not have a serial number, the department offers an engraver that students can use to put an owner-applied number on any valuable. Though the program hasn’t seen much success in previous years, this year looks much more optimistic for Operation ID. Last September, only four people registered six items in Operation ID, Jones said. This year, 52 people have registered 136 items. “Currently we have over 600 items registered,” Jones said. During National Campus Safety Month, UCAPD set up a booth at football games promoting the program in an effort to get more students to register online. Additionally, the department set up a booth in the Student Center


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trucks. The trucking industry provides many sources for employment and feeds the economy. The grant money will be divided between buying materials and supplies for the courses, research and scholarships for promising students, Voss said. “Arkansas is home to a lot of trucking,” Jeff Pitchford, vice president of university and government relations, said. “It’s a great opportunity to allow students to obtain majors for management in the trucking industry.” Trucking industries require unique businessmen that must be trained separately and differently for their specialization. It

is a unique opportunity for one to take advantage of by jumping into the field. No matter where you go the trucking industry will be an element to the economy surrounding you, Pitchford said. The industry allows for someone to live anywhere in the country; any city, state, or town. By educating individuals in this field you are opening new opportunities and lifestyles because of it’s flexibility for people (trucking manages, employees), Voss said. “Wherever they go there will be a demand for someone in their workforce,” Pitchford said. Transporting goods from point A to point B is vital to the economy; someone is respon-

each Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Thursdays, they set up a booth every Thursday during x-period in the Technology Plaza outside of Starbucks. On Sept. 23, a booth was set up at the RSO fair between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Junior John Keith is no stranger to having his valuables stolen from him. Since starting his college career at UCA, Keith has had his laptop, his iPhone and several Xbox accessories stolen. “It’s worth the two minutes it takes to do, just in case there is any uncertainty about recovered items,” Keith said. Keith said those who stole the items confessed to taking them, so they were never run through the Operation ID database, however, they were registered if it came to that point. He said the Xbox accessories weren’t retrieved, as there was no way to distinguish the items as his own. Any student wanting to sign up for the program can do so through by clicking on the Operation ID link in the quick links menu. “We cannot prevent all thefts from occurring,” Jones said, “but we try to educate the students and give them resources to diminish their likelihood of becoming a victim.” sible for making goods arrive to the right location on schedule, Pitchford said.

“Wherever they go there will be a demand for someone in their workforce” -Jeff Pitchford, Vice President of University and Government Relations UCA has proven its support to the minds of marketing and managing the trucking and logistics industries in the eyes of major trucking associations, earning the right to furthering it’s educational track for the industry with a $5,000 grant, Voss said.

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Athletic Director Teague presents to SGA By Rachel McAdams News Editor

Brad Teague, athletic director, presented SGA with an opportunity to become corporate sponsors of the athletic program Monday at its weekly meeting. Teague and Matt Jordan, director of marketing for athletics, said becoming corporate sponsors of their program would raise SGA brand awareness across campus. “This is to put a brand on a board ... if they don’t do it, someone else will,” Teague said after the presentation. He said no other registered student organizations have the

capacity for such an investment. “I’ll sell it to any organization, if they want it,” Jordan said after the presentation, referring to other student organizations that might want the branding provided by a corporate sponsorship. The sponsorship would include advertising at all home games for SGA, including advertising on the upcoming Farris Center video-board sign and having the SGA logo in all facilities. “It’s pounded in their heads from a branding standpoint,” Jordan said. Kyle Boyd, SGA vice president of finance, said the $30,000, if provided, would be deposited directly from the SGA reserve fund,


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that are new to DVD to students in their dorm rooms or student apartments. “We will be contacting Arkansas Tech and Conway Corp to see what we can do and if it’s possible, because we definitely want to make that happen,” McDonald said.

While the movie channel is available to Arkansas Tech students, is no longer showing movies and only runs ads and upcoming school events, other schools such as Louisiana Techstill offer such movie channels to their students and McDonald said he wants to not only bring it


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Market Match program. This program consists of a series of polls, interviews, and chat room discussions with students and faculty. Market Match will allow ARAMARK to make changes that are in the best interest of UCA’s population. Nabors said: “This is the first time that anything like this has been done at UCA. It is something we are taking very seriously. Students and faculty can also have their opinions heard in the Dining Styles Surveys.” Close attention is paid to the surveys. Shaw said, “The input we

receive is vital in helping us give the consumer what they want.” The surveys allow changes to be made rapidly. Nabors said: “Recently we received a comment about the lack of flavored water in the cafeteria. We were able to get a flavored water section in the cafeteria up and running in a week.” Shaw and Nabors said they are able to see how the changes affect the students because they are on campus five days a week. Shaw said, “We eat in the cafeteria or food court almost everyday.” The surveys are not only used to make changes and upgrades to

rollover funds from the previous year’s SAFA funds, into the marketing and advertising budget of the athletic department. Currently the balance of that account, Boyd said, is a little over $200,000. “Any money over $2,500 that we spend from the reserve account has to first go before the finance committee. The finance committee will meet this week to discuss it, and we’ll make a recommendation about it ... next week all of senate will vote on that and make the decision,” Boyd said. Student activity fees, which fund the SAFA fund, are currently $15.50 per student per semester. to the dorm rooms of UCA, but also residential apartments such as Bear Village. “I want it to be available to everyone; not just the dorms,” McDonald said. “I want every student to have access to it.” McDonald said the junior and senior representatives have also offered help and advice with the plans to try and offer the movie channel and are currently working on plans for an expansion of the HPER Center. They hope to offer an additional space for a recreational room in the HPER Center extension. the food in the cafeteria. Nabors said: “The opinions that we receive from students and faculty also helps influence the food that we sell in the food court. The recent addition of Quiznos was due largely to the dissatisfaction with the previous sandwich alternative. The potato bar, nacho stand, and sushi rolls were all products of campus feedback.” Although ARAMARK provides the food for the C-Store in the Student Center, student feedback does not affect what they sell. Nabors said, “The items sold in the C-Store are supplied to us by retailers that provide for many of the local gas stations.” Nabors said no major changes are set to happen on campus as far as dining is concerned. However, both Nabors and Shaw agree once the Market Match project is given time to develop, we will see some more changes.



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I have never felt like I belong in college. I never joined a sorority. I’m not on SGA. I’m a normal kid, and until now, I haven’t been involved in anything on campus. This year, as a senior, I decided it was time to do something that served a purpose. I needed to be a part of something that actually was important to me. I needed something that made me feel like I was welcome. I started going to Chi Alpha. Chi Alpha is a campus religious organization that doesn’t focus on a certain religious background. Chi Alpha doesn’t narrow down religion into one domination. In Chi Alpha, we all worship the same God, just in different ways. I have decided that I don’t have to have sorority sisters to make me feel loved or that I belong. I’m building relationships with people in this organization that I would have never met otherwise. Every Monday night, we meet at 7:30 in the Student Center Ballroom or in Ida Waldran Auditorium. You can’t believe the amount of talent that the Chi Alpha band possesses, and they do it all for one reason: celebrating God. I just find it awesome that we can all stop our busy “college” lives and just worship as one. Another part of Chi Alpha that is so great is what we call “d-groups.” D-group stands for discipleship group. It is a small group of guys or girls that meet once a week in addition to the worship on Monday nights. This is my favorite part of Chi Alpha. My d-group has helped me realize

how beautiful I really am. We bring up issues that often bring tears to my eyes. It’s helping me notice how important surrounding yourself with people who can bring you up even when you’re at your lowest point is. I admire my d-group leaders so much. In addition to being full-time college students, they take the time out of their lives to let our d-group come into their by Lisa Burnett homes and just Staff Writer fellowship with one another. I’m not saying being a part of Chi Alpha makes you better than anyone else. Chi Alpha exposes you to so much more than anyone could imagine. There are students in this group that have spent months in Africa, Thailand and Haiti. This group of students that have been a part of these trips did it all for God. I admire that so much. I want to be able to go to another country to do things to benefit someone else. I want to make a difference. Chi Alpha is going to help me make that difference. So, if you want to be a part of Chi Alpha, come on Monday nights. Coming to Chi Alpha isn’t what it’s all about. Chi Alpha is about surrounding yourself with other people that will always encourage you and make you feel welcome and loved. Be a part of a d-group. The possibilities are endless. Chi Alpha even hosted a costume party a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun. Chi Alpha has made me feel like I belong somewhere. That missing link to college has finally been found.

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Resident pushes for community support Conway Resident Jack Johnson - Oct. 11

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My name is the University of Central Arkansas, and I live in Conway. I have been here for over 100 years educating teachers, liberal arts students and more recently specialists in business, health, medicine, science and law. Over 11,000 students call me home this year. I have an outstanding faculty, staff and student body. My graduates are leaders in this city, state, nation and worldwide. According to the “US News and World Report,” I am ranked as Arkansas’ best state-supported, university and highly regarded in the Southern region of the United States. However, I suffer from lack of support in my community and state-wide by many citizens and by some of my current students and recent graduates who continue adhering to a culture celebrating something other than what we are. While previously considered a “small school,” I am now equal to or better than the state’s largest schools in all measurable terms

through the efforts of my administration and staff. My athletic teams are composed of quality athletes led by devoted coaches and administrators who, over the past century, have established and sustained outstanding records. The perceived lack of enthusiasm for success in the classroom and on the athletic fields is, frankly, disappointing. I believe it is intended for us to have more enthusiasm for ALL that is good in our Conway. Therefore, I am soliciting your support in creating a new culture which will allow me to represent you better. I appreciate your support, and if you cannot provide support, I want your enthusiasm. Please encourage each other in the community, patronize local businesses, join the UCA Alumni Association and Purple Circle, if appropriate, and cheer for the Bears and Sugar Bears as a matter of Conway and Arkansas pride. Make Conway a Bear town!! David Keith, Adviser

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The athletic department has discovered a new opportunity to squeeze money out of students, as if the athletic fee isn’t high enough already. Student Government Association discussed a previously discussed proposal from Athletic Director Brad Teague at the Oct. 4 meeting: The athletic department has encouraged SGA to spend $30,000 to become a five-year corporate sponsor for UCA Athletics, for the sake of getting SGA’s name out to students. Teague and Matt Jordan, director of marketing and advertising for the athletic department, made a formal presentation to SGA at the Oct. 10 meeting, boasting that the advertising would “increase brand awareness” and “build the SGA brand.” This request has so many issues that it’s hard to know where to begin. For one, the athletic department made it sound as if SGA was getting a bargain: Typical corporate sponsorship, for companies like current sponsors Sonic and Conway Corporation, would cost $10,000 per year, but SGA would get five years of sponsorship for the price of three. That doesn’t change the fact that $30,000 is a lot of money, equating approximately 15 percent of the SGA reserve account balance, which is just over $200,000. The athletic department already receives a hefty sum from student fees: Over 80 percent of its general funds, according to the 2010-2011 athletic budget. Students pay $17 per credit hour to the athletic department’s general fund, which accounted for more than $5 million of the 2010-2011 budget. This was an increase of almost $900,000 from 2009-2010, because the athletic fee was raised 21 percent in May. The students’ athletic fee is not the only student money the athletic department receives, however. According to the 2010-2011 budget, an additional $1.1 million of its budget came out of students’ tuition, and $1.2 million came out of “Auxiliary Transfers,” which is composed of profits from Aramark, housing and the bookstore. While some of the auxiliary transfer profits do come from professors, staff and campus visitors, we can agree that the vast majority of that money comes from students. The student athletic fee is the highest per hour fee students pay, with the exception of tuition, and UCA has the most expensive athletic fee of all the major universities in the state, according to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education website. It’s bad enough being the school with the highest tuition, but the hefty athletic fee only adds insult to injury. If every team played as well as the Sugar Bears volleyball team, it might be a different question, but this department has only one outstanding team. The reason this is so important is that the $30,000 Teague requested from SGA would be coming from student fees as well. SGA Vice President of Finance Kyle Boyd said the $30,000 would come from SGA’s reserve account, which is composed of unused student fees from previous semesters. Though the funds in the reserve account come from the same place as funds in the Student Activity Fee Account, the reserve account has fewer requirements for spending than the SAFA account, according to SGA’s by laws, found at SGA will make a decision regarding the opportunity of corporate sponsorship at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 18. It is our hope that SGA will consider a these facts when making the decision. Despite Boyd’s assurances that the $30,000 will not go into the general athletic fund, it will still increase athletics’ overall revenue by $30,000. If the athletic department decided to spend $30,000 less from the athletic fund on advertising, then there’s no difference than if SGA wrote a $30,000 check to the general account. According to an article in The Echo from April 18, thenSGA Vice President of Finance Chad Dickinson said SAFA funds process involves a registered student organization or department requesting for money, SGA granting the money, then the RSO showing proof that the money was spent. After that, SGA will reimburse the RSO or department with the predetermined amount. In a case like this, if SGA were to follow SAFA rules on this bit of spending, all the athletic department would have to do is prove to SGA that it spent at least $30,000 on advertising. The athletic department wouldn’t have to show it was $30,000 more than last year, just that the minimum amount was $30,000. Many people on SGA that would argue that spending $30,000 to be a corporate sponsor would be beneficial in getting its name out. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean that any more students will come to SGA for any reason, just as seeing a Sonic ad in a football program doesn’t send masses to Sonic for a cheeseburger. Some may also argue that this is a worthwhile expense, since there is often nearly $100,000 left in SGA’s accounts at the end of the year. The important thing for them to consider is how the money will benefit the students, and the answer is that it won’t. The only people it would benefit would be SGA, to a minor extent, and the athletic department. SGA should make the decision to turn the athletic department down, and let the athletic department know that it already takes enough of students’ money.

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Chinese acrobats thrill Reynolds crowd by Lisa Burnett Staff Writer

Crowds were amazed by every move made at Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi at Reynolds Performance Hall on Oct. 5. According to the Cirque Shanghai website, Chinese acrobatic performers were called, “Bai Xi” meaning, “100 amazing acts,” with good reason. Performances during the show ranged from unicycle riders to panda wrestling. The talents of the acrobats left the sold out audience at a loss for words. The show opened with performers running through the aisles to get the crowd involved and prepared for the spectacle they were about to put on. Every performer on the stage at the beginning was from a different act in the show. The first act of the show involved three different performers on the stage, lying on their backs, balancing what appeared to be some sort of cylinder on their feet. They spun these cylinders until one performer dropped her object. With the help of a stagehand, she got right back in to the repetitive spinning of the cylinders. As soon as this act was over, a man and woman came out on the stage wearing roller skates and sparkly blue outfits. The woman in this duo wowed the crowd by hanging on her partner’s neck by a rope, while he roller skated in a circle. The audience gasped in shock. Another act in Cirque Shanghai involved several women dancers in bright yellow outfits that made their way to the front of the stage. The dancers defied all laws of the human body. Their legs and bodies moved in ways that seemed impossible. At one point

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The Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi Chinese acrobats perform for a sold out crowd at Reynolds Performance Hall Tuesday, Oct. 5. The acrobat troupe wowed the crowd with their skill and balance. in this performance, one woman’s legs were parallel to the floor, while she stood on her hands. Diversity wasn’t hard to find in this show. The next act opened with two men on one ladder, and the crowd got involved by clapping along with the beat of the music. As the act progressed, one of the men on stage was standing on the other’s head while they were both on the ladder. As if that

wasn’t risky enough, the performers added another person to the group. A woman entered the stage, as suspenseful music made crowd grow anxious. The now three performers climbed to the top of the ladder, each one stacked upon each other. The crowd was stunned as none of the performers budged when all three were stacked on each other at the top of the ladder and held their arms up high to signal that


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they were finished. The crowd went wild. Pointe is a style of dance that involves a great amount of skill and balance on the ground. In another act during this show, a woman in pointe shoes, which have wooden points in them, did a pointe routine on a man’s shoulders and head. This required skill and balance for the woman, but the man had to posses a great amount of strength and balance. The audience was silent as this whole routine took place. At the end of this act, the audience went crazy, amazed by the great amount of skill this acrobat couple possessed. Kondwani Phwandaphwanda, resident master in Short/Denney, attended the Cirque Shanghai: Bai Xi performance. Phwandaphwanda said: “I bring students from Short/Denney to the show that help with ushering and taking tickets in Reynolds. I also just enjoy the show. My daughter, Miriam, wanted to come see this, and it’s art.” Summer Weston, a former UCA student came to the Cirque Shanghai performance also. “I came tonight because I was a dancer for 22 years and I miss it and I knew this would have a lot of dancing in it, and I needed a break from my stressful job as a nurse. My husband, Taylor Weston, is the marketing intern at Reynolds and told me this would be a good performance to come to,” Weston said. Both Weston and Phwandaphwanda said it is important for UCA to host these types of events. “Events like this take students away from books for a little while, and even though they’re not studying, they’re still learning, through the music, the costume designs, the dancing style, everyone can learn from this experience,” Phwandaphwanda said.


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Assistant Campus Life Editor & Assistant Web Editor Al “Papa Rap” Lopez performed a free Latin music show in the Student Center Ballroom during x-period on Tuesday, Oct. 5 “There is a universal message of having a good time through music in a non-threatening way,” Lopez said. “I started doing this in 1994 and I have loved doing it ever since. I was [at UCA] two years ago. That performance was a night show, though. There is a different sort of energy when doing a daytime show and a nighttime show.” His latest show was scheduled to be during the day by minority services. Angela Jackson, interim director of minority services, said: “We thought there would be a better crowd for him if he were to play at a daytime show. So that’s what we did.” She said this show had a better turnout, with over 100 students and faculty members in attendance. “I was so happy that there were so many different people who came out today to listen to me perform,” Lopez said. “It’s always such a pleasure putting on a show for these guys. I think even if 50 people had shown up today, they will tell their friends and more will keep coming. Spread the word.” He said the show was to celebrate diversity between people. “We celebrated diversity through music in a non-violent manner. I’m happy I get to do that,” Lopez said. He said one of the main purposes was to celebrate the community heroes in small areas. “We want to celebrate the local heroes in communities. Teachers, firemen, police and other people. I usually do this show for children at schools.” He said this was an older audience than most of his other shows. For audiences who are high school or college age, he said he keeps his shows upbeat and tries to get them to dance. “I have to tone it down a bit for younger children or for when I play at a civic community group,” Lopez said. He said the band he played with was Ymzomnio. “These guys are awesome. I love playing with a different band every now and then because I like to give them exposure. It gives them a chance to do what they do and entertain an audience while also helping me out. Plus, they get to meet people and might get

Freshman Brittney Blake “My favorite is ‘Meet the Browns,’ I really enjoy Tyler Perry’s work. The show is funny while also sending a positive message.”

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Al “Papa Rap” Lopez performs during x-period in the Student Center Ballroom as a part of a minority services program. Lopez was joined by Ymzomnio for the performance Tuesday, Oct. 5. invited to play at other shows,” Lopez said. Jackson said her favorite part of the show was the conga line. “When he gave everyone an instrument and came down off the stage, he said ‘let’s go’ and started a conga line. The audience got involved in it too,” Jackson said. He said he wants to play again at UCA in the future. “I want to come back because I learn about colleges and their campuses. It’s good for the first generation Latinos in the area,” Lopez said. Jackson said she might bring them back. “Everyone had a good time,” Jackson said. He said he wants to continue to teach people to look at their community and help it grow. “Conway is on the right track to increase diversity and invite people in. I want to be a part of it,” Lopez said.

Students Say by Lukas Deem photos by Lukas Deem

“What is your favorite TV show?” Junior Justin Phillips “‘Family Guy’ is my favorite because it won an Academy Award for best TV show ever.”

Junior Erica Craig “‘Glee’ is my favorite TV show. I love the twisted plot and all of the musical numbers that accompany it.”

Sophomore A.J. Hickman “‘The Event’, it’s a new TV show about the U.S. government trying to hide information from the population. Some of that information gets leaked and you slowly begin to find out what the secret is. The show is very interesting and suspenseful.”

Freshman Carmen Thompson “‘Friends’ would have to be my favorite show. I think that it is funny because of the way everything gets all tangled up with their relationships and various situations they get into.”

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Junior Jacques Courtney plays Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet” on his saxophone in the Student Center Courtyard on Oct. 10.

Freshman Julie Davis “It changes, sometimes I feel like watching ‘Friends,’ ‘Gilmore Girls’, or ‘That ‘70s Show. ‘ I like ‘Friends’ because it is a classic and who doesn’t love ‘That ‘70s Show’?”

Freshman Bruce Fuller “‘Family Guy,’ I find the humor extremely funny. I enjoy all of the pop-culture references that are made.”

Sophomore Reeca Gibson “‘Make it or Break’ it is my favorite show because it has a good combination of real life as a gymnast and drama, love and life choices. I’m a cheerleader so I have a good connection with a lot of what happens on the show.”


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Majors Fair opens up world of many possibilities for students by Crosby Dunn

Assistant Campus Life & Assistant Web Editor The 13th annual Majors Fair was Thursday, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, giving students the chance to talk to professors and other students about the different majors available. Berdie Eubanks, director of the Academic Advising Center, said, “This majors fair was organized by the Academic Advising Center and all six of the academic colleges.� She said 55 tables were set up in the Student Center Ballroom, each one representing a different major or focus. “It’s well informing,� senior Tyler Wammack said. He said he is a computer science major and all the information he received from the computer science department was useful. “They were very informative and detailed,� Wammack said. Both seniors and freshmen found the Majors Fair useful. “I think it’s a very helpful for finding a major that is best for you. I’ve been to a couple of major fairs before, and this one is much more helpful,� freshman Kim Pruss said. She said it was helpful because before she went to the Majors Fair she had a major in mind that she wanted to pursue. Anthony Byrnes photo “Looking around here I may end up Freshman Ashton Hodges looks through the Sociology changing my major,� Pruss said. booth at the Majors Fair on Thursday, Oct. 7. Michelle Reinold, coordinator of the Majors Fair, said at 1:30 p.m. over 600 students had He said students not only get assistance from come to the Majors Fair. professors, but upper classmen are also at booths She said over 900 students had come to the helping some of the younger students with their majors fair at the end of the day. questions. William Lammers, professor of psychology, One of the students who helped with her major helped students with any questions regarding UCA’s was junior Brooklyn Morgan, who worked for psychology department. “It’s great,� Lammers said. “I’ve done this for Teachers U.N.I.T.E.D. many years. Lots of students come and it’s a great “I think [the Majors Fair] is fun,� Morgan said. opportunity for them to explore possibilities. It’s also She said by 1:30, over 200 people had visited her just fun. People who come to these have fun.� booth with questions about being a teacher.

“We started setting up at 8:30 this morning and we were working until 12:30, when the majors fair started. It’s been stressful,� Morgan said. Her table was one of the largest, and offered free food and a carnival game on top of answers for students curious about teaching. Reinold said there is a competition between all of the tables set up at the Majors Fair. “We have a panel of judges that will hand out ribbons to the table that best represents their department,� Reinold said. She said the criteria for judging was based on the overall appeal to the students and the enthusiasm of the staff. Morgan said Teachers United has won the competition every year for the past five years. “There’s a lot of pressure on us to win again.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Unpluggedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concert gives students chance to show off their skills by Carissa Gan Staff Writer

The UCA Division of Student Services and UCA Student Activities Board are sponsoring the 16th Annual UCA Unplugged concert, to be held Friday, Oct. 15. The acoustic event will take place in the Student Center Ballroom from 7-11 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;UCA Unplugged is purposed to provide live weekend entertainment to the UCA community, to give UCA students an opportunity to display their musical talents and to raise money for the UCA emergency student loan fund,â&#x20AC;? Dean of Students Gary Roberts said. The event will begin with a featured performance by The Smart Brothers, an Americanafolk-rock-pop duo from California. Jay and Lou Smart are brothers who have been traveling the country for the past few years, performing at colleges and festivals from coast to coast. As seen on their MySpace profile, this dynamic acoustic duo has shared the stage with Matt Costa, the Squirrel Nut Zippers and

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Edenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Edge performs at UCA Unplugged last year. The 16th annual UCA Unplugged will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The show will feature the Smart Brothers. Roger Clyne. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Smart Brothers have greatly contributed to the growing scene of modern folkinspired pop music. With tunes that would delight fans of bands like Wilco, The Smart Brothers at times sound like a Ryan Adams collaboration with Calexico. At other times, they sound like the Avett Brothers cut a track with the Strokes. Either way, it is exactly their eclecticism that seems to be their strong suit,â&#x20AC;? Ryne Ziemba wrote in the Pensacola Independent News. The featured performance will be followed by 13 open-mic acts featuring UCA students. The performance will be recorded by UCA Channel 6 for a later broadcast in the Conway community. Professor Jack Gaiser of the Physics and Astronomy department said that there will be six sets of openmic performances. Each set consists of two acts on stage, which will manifest subsequently. He also mentioned that each act is allowed a 10-minute slot, in which they can perform two songs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The performers are

welcome to do either cover versions of othersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; songs, or their own originals. Only the originals can be placed on the UCA Unplugged CD because of copyright concerns,â&#x20AC;? Gaiser said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the past years, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the CD ready within a couple of months after the Unplugged concert.â&#x20AC;? The UCA Unplugged CD will be sold to aid the UCA emergency student loan fund. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, we collected over $800 from UCA Unplugged for the emergency student loan fund. Money was raised from door proceeds and UCA Unplugged CD sales,â&#x20AC;? Roberts said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide up to $200 in emergency loans to UCA students. Any UCA student who has a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher and is enrolled full time is eligible for a loan, while funds are available.â&#x20AC;? Gaiser said registration is closed for the year, but inquiries can be emailed to The admission fee is $1 for UCA students and $5 for nonstudents. The event is open to the public. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope and expect to see a good turnout of about 200 or more in attendance, plus outstanding music by The Smart Brothers and open mic performers. For the past 15 years I have been very impressed by the quality of songwriting and performances by members of the UCA community,â&#x20AC;? Roberts said.

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Assistant Professor of Music Neil Ruttman performs during the Steinway piano recital at Snow Fine Arts Wednesday, Oct. 8. Among songs performed at the recital was Sergei Prokofievâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cadenza.â&#x20AC;?

Steinway recital wows packed audience by Crosby Dunn

Assistant Campus Life Editor & Assistant Web Editor The UCA music department had a free Steinway piano recital Wednesday, Oct. 8 in Snow Fine Arts Auditorium, where students and faculty were able to perform for a full house. Senior Jeremiah Glusica said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a treat to hear Dr. [Neil] Rutman play. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see UCA taking a step toward becoming an All Steinway campus. I will definitely be coming to the next performance they have here. Many students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how good the music program is here. They should come to the events more often.â&#x20AC;? The auditorium was so full of people there were not enough seats for people watching. Some of the audience was forced to sit on the floor or stand in the back. Conway resident Mary Rogers said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just wonderful. Dr. Rutman is so spectacular. Whenever he plays, he moves me. When I heard him play tonight, I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d perish. It was so good to hear the students play, too.â&#x20AC;? Conway resident Madelyn Adams said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole thing was good. Dr. Bell was a wonderful diversion in a classical program.â&#x20AC;? Students also found the production enjoyable. Senior Tara Havens said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoyed the show, and I was surprised I liked it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a biology major so I usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come to these things. It was so relaxing and enjoyable. I enjoyed the slower songs a lot, especially Dr. Rutmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I might come to the next one. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to do a bit different than studying all the time.â&#x20AC;? Songs performed were â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les Trois Mainsâ&#x20AC;? by Jean-Philippe Ramaeu, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Padodes,â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Estampes,â&#x20AC;? by Claude Debussy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Padanini Variationsâ&#x20AC;? by Franz Liszt, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Song without Wordsâ&#x20AC;?

by Felix Mendelssohn and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cadenza,â&#x20AC;? from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piano Concerto no. 2,â&#x20AC;? by Sergei Prokofiev. There was also a jazz improvisation in the middle of the show. Rollin Potter, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great. Stunning. I was here for the performances in the fall. I loved all of the show. I am a great fan of the piano department.â&#x20AC;? He said everyone in the music department deserves a Steinway piano. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will be coming to the next performance they have,â&#x20AC;? Potter said. He said that for UCA to become an All Steinway School, they will need to raise $1 million. He said they are currently at $450,000. They will use the money to buy more Steinway pianos. Neil Rutman, associate professor of music and one of the performers, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the performance was great. I am glad the students got a chance to play, too.â&#x20AC;? Rutman said this was his first night to give a public performance on the new Steinway piano. He said the difference between playing on a Steinway piano versus any other kind is like comparing a luxury car and an old truck. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both are nice, but the Steinway is the most beautiful,â&#x20AC;? Rutman said. Jeffery Jarvis, chair of the music department, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh gosh, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always amazed by our piano students. It was fabulous.â&#x20AC;? He said the piano used in the performance was a Model D Steinway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are old fashioned about how they name their pianos. They have Model A, B, C, M, and so on. There are maybe seven different models. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how they arrive at the letters,â&#x20AC;? Jarvis said. The primary requirement in becoming an All Steinway School is for 90 percent of all pianos to be Steinways.


Cafe offers more than just coffee by Anthony Byrnes Photographer

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everything in together. The Greenhouse is made up of several different rooms: the fireplace room, study room, TV room, dining room and front lounge, throw in Wi Fi and the Greenhouse becomes a college studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safe haven. The crowd that the Greenhouse brings in is much like the furniture that fills it, not a single piece is the same, but somehow everything and everyone meshes together. Feeling more like a family under one roof, the Greenhouse becomes a place of deep conversation, laughter and warmth. Every Thursday night starting at 9 p.m. the Greenhouse kicks off pancake night. The best part â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s free. Blueberry, strawberry and several other pancake flavors fill the stomachs of hungry college students. On a typical Thursday night the Greenhouse has over a hundred people walk through their doors, filling the entire house and spilling into the backyard. With soccer goals, ping pong and foosball set up outside there are plenty of activities to keep their guests busy. Junior Dawson Jones, one of the founders of the Greenhouse said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you really want to help somebody, then you want to build relationships.â&#x20AC;? With a staff of people that serve because they want to, and are interested in everyone that walks in, the Greenhouse does just that. They are an organization whose mission is to help people find their way during a time when people are growing into who they will become. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a place to grab a great cup of coffee and surround yourself with people who work for a higher purpose than themselves,then you want to check out the Greenhouse.



October 13, 2010


Cursive’s Kasher releases solo album by Preston Tolliver Entertainment Editor

Zach Galifianakis (left) and Keir Gilchrist star in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” Galifianakis plays Bobby, a psych ward patient who takes Craig (Gilchrist) under his wing during the five days he’s admitted.

‘Funny Story’ coming of age for actors

by Preston Tolliver Entertainment Editor

Zach Galifianakis and Keir Gilchrist star in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” a dramedy about a clinically depressed 16-year-old who finds it necessary to commit himself into a psychiatric ward. Gilchrist (“Just Peck,” Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”) plays Craig, the overly-angsty 16-year-old who battles with the troubles of a tough high school, few friends and of course, being in love with someone he can’t have. After developing an eating disorder and battling with depression, Craig convinces a doctor to commit himself into a psychiatric ward after backing down from an attempted suicide. Galifianakis (“The Hangover,” HBO’s “Bored to Death”) plays Bobby, a troubled but popular patient in the psych ward. Throughout the movie, we see a close friendship form between Bobby and Craig in the shape of a mentor-student relationship. Bobby’s character is a mysterious one throughout the movie, always keeping the reasons why he’s in the ward hidden from the other characters. The other characters in the ward take a liking to him, however, seeing him as a sort of

leader to their group. Playing the character opposite Gilchrist is Emma Roberts (“Hotel for Dogs,” Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous”) as the also-depressed and somewhat morbid Noelle. Noelle, obsessed with celebrity suicides, grows to admire Craig for his kindness toward Bobby and the other patients, resulting in a new relationship seen throughout the movie. However, Craig’s running obsession with his best friend Aaron’s girlfriend Nia (played by Thomas Mann and Zoë Kravitz) proves troublesome in the growing bond between Noelle and Craig. The movie’s title is nothing short of honest. Is it funny? Kind of. It seems to be meant to be more of a drama, however, throwing in the witty and always-hilarious banter of Galifianakis ensures bouts of laughter spread randomly through the movie. The film is directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who work perfectly together to bring the film its cinematic creativity. In the movie, we see many “Scrubs”-esque daydream sequences, such as a rock ‘n’ roll scene of the entire ward banding together in a performance of “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen. “Funny Story” was released by Focus Features.

What’s most impressive about the movie is the role of Galifianakis. Where we saw him as the dimwitted Alan in “The Hangover,” we see a more mature role as Bobby, showing that he can be more than just the funny guy and that he’s perfectly fit to play any dramatic role offered to him. Gilchrist is new to leading roles; however he shows promise in “Funny Story,” showing traits similar to a young Justin Long. The only flaw in the movie was its exaggeration of typical teenage drama. Everyone knows what the pressures of young love and a tough high school are like, but the movie blows this into a huge problem for Craig as if he’s alone in the world. Also cast in the movie are Jim Gaffigan and Lauren Graham as Craig’s parents. The movie is based off a book of the same name written by Ned Vizzini. Vizzini found the inspiration for the book from his own personal stay at a psych ward while fighting depression in 2004, according to the book. “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language. It’s currently playing at the Rave in Little Rock.

Tim Kasher (Cursive, The Good Life) released his first solo album, “The Game of Monogamy,” Tuesday, Oct. 5, an album that certainly falls short of anything he’s released with his bands. “Monogamy” starts off promising with the opener “Monogamy Overture,” a slow, orchestraic bombardment that seems to immediately set the tone of the album. Full of flute, harp and drums, the two-minute overture leads into the second song, “A Grown Man” with a crash that makes the listener think something upbeat and heavy is coming as if Kasher was heading into the record showing roots of his Cursive work. Disappointment comes too quickly, however, as a good portion of the second song is sung without any instrumental backing at all, and while Kasher’s voice is distinguished and flawless for his roles in Cursive and The Good Life, it seems he’s much less on his own. In the much more jubuliant tracks, Kasher mixes in sounds of brass, providing a fanfare-ish background to go with his deep vocals. Though his voice is often too perfect and the instrumentation on the album is wonderful, we’ve seen too many times that sometimes, two good things just

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Jesse Eisenberg (left) plays Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s new film, “The Social Network,” along with Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer.

Fincher falls short in ‘Social Network’ by Julian Spivey Campus Life Editor


Return of ‘Glee’ guests may boost new season by Rachel McAdams News Editor

This season, “Glee” started off slow, but with the right direction, New Directions will once again be the hottest glee club on TV. With the rumors of returning guest stars such as Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the new season has much room for growth. With a storyline barely appropriate for the ages it represents, Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) still takes front and center, although being threatened to have her star power taken over by two young starlets, maintains in true Rachel Berry fashion, her ability to shine. With the outstanding performance by the Filipino YouTube sensation, Charice, in the opener, the Britney Spears episode highlighting the underused dancer, Heather Morris, and the always spot on Chris Colfer as a heartbroken Kurt in the “Grilled Cheesus” episode, “Glee” shows it once again leads the way in TV musicals. With an all-star cast, some Broadway veterans and some unknowns, the cast and writers bring McKinley High School to life. Lea Michele, made famous by “Glee,” has a long history of music and the theater, having starred in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway. Heather Morris, a dancer by trade, has made her true introduction to the glee club and stepped up from her amazing one-liners, such as telling her best friend Santana that “dolphins are just gay sharks,” last season, to show her true talent as a dancer, singer and hilarious deadpan actress in the “Britney/Brittany” episode. Finn still maintains his football

aloofness, even when a football is nowhere near him. Praying to the “Grilled Cheesus” to become star quarterback again was more than perfect than any episode yet for him Although the story lines seem extraordinary, the musical aspect makes us forget that being gassed at the dentist doesn’t actually cause hallucinations of Britney Spears and John Stamos. Wait, maybe it does. The “Grilled Cheesus” episode was a tear-jerker, bringing back the amazing Mike O’Malley as Kurt’s dad, the most human and compassionate character. Kurt singing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” would have brought a tear to John Lennon’s eye. Seeing Jane Lynch once again reprise her role as the somewhat benevolent Coach Sue, including a wonderful exchange with Coach Sue’s sister, Jean, once again reminded us that she is the woman we love to hate, but also the woman we just love. Chris Colfer is one of the many underused characters in the show. Fans hope this season will see a new love 1. “Lone Star” (Fox)

Five Best New Fall TV Shows list compiled by Julian Spivey

Unfortunately, you won’t get the chance to see the best new series of the fall, “Lone Star,” because Fox canceled it after only two episodes, because nobody was watching it to begin with. The series starred James Wolk as a Texas conman living two lives with two wives in two different Texas towns.The pilot episode was one of the most beautifully filmed television episodes I’d seen in a while.

interest for Kurt. Hopefully, Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn, will step up more this season, with her wonderful acting and the reprisal of her role as Queen Mean Girl on the cheerleading squad. Also, whatever happened to Artie and Tina? Understandably, he was a bad boyfriend and they broke up, but there must be a love triangle in the works. The idea of Emma now dating her dentist, played by John Stamos, is hilarious, but almost too much to handle for veteran “Glee” fans waiting for another sweet embrace for Mr. Shuester. Matthew Morrison, playing Mr. Shuester, the idealistic coach, has eyes of an angel and a voice to match. Maybe another match-up of him and Neil Patrick Harris in the future? With more questions than answers this far in the season, the future of “Glee” is unknown. Fans are sure the questions will be answered in a gleeful, musical fashion the show is known for, with at least a dozen more questions on the horizon.

2. “Blue Bloods” (CBS) CBS is attempting to bring new programming back to Friday nights and it’s succeeding with the nice police drama “Blue Bloods” about a family of New York cops. The series stars TV vet Tom Selleck as the New York police commissioner and the patriarch of the family. The most intriguing character on the show is the hard knuckle Danny, played by Donnie Wahlberg, who’ll stop at nothing to solve a crime.

don’t mix as well as they should. The best track on the album, “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here,” is where “Monogamy” is at its brass peak, making the song fun to listen to, at least. It’s fair to say that on his solo album, Kasher seems to have taken a page from former Commander Venus bandmate Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk). This is seen mostly in the fourth track, “Strays,” which features nothing but a soft streaming with Kasher’s voice, which actually blend well together. However, it’s almost too much like Oberst’s Bright Eyes. All the lyrics on the album are in typical Kasher-fashion, bringing a morose mood to even the most excited of songs. He shows that he’ll always be the depressed cynic regardless of what life lays upon his doorstep, and he tells his personal story with poetic poise. As disappointing as the album is, by its end it does offer some sort of redemption through songs like “There Must Be Something I’m Missing” and “Prodigal Husband.” Admittedly, as a long-time Cursive fan I was already biased heading into this album, as I was hoping to see some remnants of “The Ugly Organ” or “Domestica.” “The Game of Monogamy” was released by Saddle Creek.

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” isn’t just about the creator of Facebook, but apparently one of the biggest villains of our time. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, who is the world’s youngest billionaire, is in the middle of two lawsuits throughout the films. He’s being sued by his cocreator and best friend Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, and the Winklevoss twins, played by Armie Hammer in a dual role, who claim that he stole their idea for his website. The story is told by going back and forth from the current lawsuits to how he created and grew Facebook. The film, written by Aaron Sorkin of “The West Wing,” portrays Zuckerberg as a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to achieve success. Zuckerberg is a grade-A jerk with a smarmy smart-ass wit and the apparent inability to care about anyone but himself. Jesse Eisenberg, who made a name for himself in the films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Zombieland,” does a splendid job at portraying the sycophantic Zuckerberg. While Eisenberg does his job at playing Zuckerberg, the movie really seems to fall flat simply based on the unlikeability of the main character and the rather mundane story of a computer geek who simply can’t share the sandbox. Many film critics are calling “The Social Network” one of the year’s top films, but surely one could find a few better than this one. “The Social Network” is indeed in the hands of one of cinema’s best modern filmmakers in Fincher, who directed “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and one of today’s premiere screenwriters in Sorkin, but it doesn’t live up to their usual greatness. It seems that the source material just isn’t interesting enough.

3. “The Event” (NBC) The best thing about NBC’s new Sci-Fi series “The Event” isn’t its storyline, which is mysterious and interesting to say the least, but the show’s cast of Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Laura Innes and Scott Patterson. Hopefully they will lead “The Event” to a long and prosperous tenure. One thing is sure NBC could certainly use a great new series after spending years in the basement when it comes to ratings.

One interesting tidbit about “The Social Network” is that it shows us that Facebook was essentially created by Zuckerberg in a drunken, raging blog rant following the break up with his girlfriend, played by Rooney Mara. I wonder how much of this is factual and how much is creative license on the part of Sorkin and Fincher. The only really likeable character in “The Social Network” is Eduardo as Zuckerberg’s friend and co-partner who eventually gets screwed over by Zuckerberg and Napster creator Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, who serves as an ill-advised guide to Zuckerberg. Garfield’s portrayal is one that’s garnering slight Oscar-buzz for supporting actor and might be the best thing about the film. The entire film is dialogue, dialogue, dialogue, which Sorkin is always good at. However, the dialogue of the computer geek world just doesn’t come off as exciting as it did in Sorkin’s political world of “The West Wing.” Ultimately, the thing that I found most disappointing about “The Social Network” is that I know that Fincher and Sorkin can do better than this. Maybe they should stick to fiction, where things are usually more interesting than the real world. “The Social Network” is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language, has a two hour runtime and is currently playing in Conway at the Carmike Faulkner 6 Cinema.

4. “The Defenders” (CBS) CBS has made a cop procedural in “Blue Bloods” work and they have also made a legal procedural in “The Defenders” work . “The Defenders” stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as two Vegas lawyers who are mavericks at their job. In the first episodes, Belushi has been the key to the series, showing he may be one of the most compassionate characters on television.

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5. “$#*! My Dad Says” (CBS) Honestly, CBS’ new sitcom “$#*! My Dad Says,” based off of the popular Twitter feed “Shit My Dad Says” isn’t anything too special, but this is a rather pitiful fall season for good new series. The sitcom does have one good thing going for it: William Shatner. Shatner is the glue that holds this show together and he does a good job at getting laughs in a show that includes a very weak supporting cast.



October 13, 2010

From the Shotgun By Ben Keller

Sugar Bears tennis coach needs to recruit, lead players T

he Sugar Bears tennis team is having some serious issues right now and it is not looking good for the wellbeing of the team. This past week, senior Kati Andersen injured her knee and could potentially be out for an extended period of time. This would mean the team would be down to four available players, with a possible recruit coming in to join the team in January which would make five healthy players. This begs the question, how could Coach Rebecca Miller let her team get in such dire circumstances as these? Those girls are not only depending on her to lead the team as their coach, but also to make sure the team does not fall apart. There are players on that team that depend on athletic scholarships to attend school here. They made a conscious decision to come to UCA to play, and now there is the possibility here that the tennis team may not even be able to play this season because of a lack of players. That is just downright disgraceful and a real disservice not only to the players, but the athletic program as a whole. I cannot imagine a more embarrassing situation than having to cancel a match because you do not have enough players to play. Well, apparently that is going to happen for the Sugar Bears’ game against the Henderson State Lady Reddies. The game was scheduled for tomorrow, but because of these circumstances, the tennis team was forced to cancel. This is the most upsetting and ludicrous thing I think I have heard come from a UCA sport since I have been here. It is a coach’s job and responsibility to properly recruit for his or her team, and if he or she doesn’t do that well, then situations like this happen. Granted, the state of the tennis teams courts does not help the situation when it comes to recruiting. I have already said in a

previous column about how the state of the tennis courts is diplorable at best. If I were a player, I would not want to play here simply because the courts are shoddy and in disrepair. Take a look at some of the other campuses’ courts in our conference. University of Texas at San Antonio has a massive complex that is similair to a professional court that puts UCA’s courts to shame. The team is not able to provide themselves with the basic neccesities or team needs, but it also means when other teams come to play the Sugar Bears at home, they too go without many basic needs. Number one being the lack of a locker room solely devoted to the tennis team. Our own team does not have a locker room to change in and shower after a game. The same goes for visiting teams. That means opposing players must either go to the Prince Center locker rooms on the other side of campus, or they must change in the cramped bathrooms that are adjacent to the courts. The tennis team has seven full scholarship spots available on their roster and they began this season with only six, one of whom was and still is on the injured list. This means that a scholarship is going to waste that should be going to a possible player. Either Miller needs to lock down the possible recruit and then add more members, or the athletic department should seriously consider letting her go and start the program over from scratch. This seems harsh but it is nothing new on campus, or any campus for that matter. Coaches can start to fizzle or not come in prepared for the responsibilities of being a college coach, but the demands of a Division I school are not for weak of heart and sometimes you just have to cut your losses.


Bears football prepares for daunting road game against Stephen F. Austin

by Ben Keller

Sports Editor

The Bears will be on the road for their first conference away game Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The game will be televised on Southland Conference TV and will be shown on channel 9 for Conway Corporation subscribers. Coach Clint Conque said the game against the Lumberjacks is going to be a challenge because they are the top team in the Southland Conference. “[The Lumberjacks] are rated in the top five in both the FCS Coaches Poll and the Sports Writer Poll,” he said. “They play at a very high level. They just went to Lake Charles to play McNeese and beat them at home which is a very difficult thing to do.” Conque said the Lumberjacks also defeated Northern Iowa at their homefield and the Lumberjacks only loss so far was against Texas A&M. Conque said a huge challenge that the Lumberjacks present, that has not received much credit, is their defense. “Their defense has returned either eight or nine starters for this season,” he said. “They are playing very effectively on defense, playing very up

front and very fast on their secondary.” Conque said with such a young team he is hoping some of the veterans who have played the Lumberjacks in their territory can help prepare new players for that environment. Conque said the Bears defense number one priority going into this game is to stop the Lumberjacks running game. “They are running the ball a lot better than they have in previous seasons,” he said. “We also have to make [Lumberjacks senior quarterback Jeremy] Moses uncomfortable as best we can so he can not get into a rhythmn.” Conque said the Bears’ offense is going to have to be more efficient and consistently move down the field, getting first downs. Redshirt freshman quarterback Wynrick Smothers said the team has to be rested up and in the right mindset to be ready for the Lumberjacks. “We have to make sure the whole team is focused and in the right mindset because we know this is a big game,” he said. Smothers said the team cannot go into this game, or any game, thinking it is going to be an easy win. “We all have to be on the same page and go in thinking every team we play is the toughest team in conference.”

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Bears junior wide receiver Derrick Steele carries the ball through an opening past the Northwestern State University Demons as sophomore defensive back Seth Allison blocks for Steele during the Oct. 9 game. The Bears lost 24-19.

Bears fall short of Demons 24-19 by Ben Keller Sports Editor

The Bears football lost to the Northwestern Louisiana Demons 24-19 in their conference opener at Estes Stadium on Oct. 9. The Bears had the opportunity to take the lead in the final seconds of the game, but could not produce anything on a final drive deep in the Demons’ territory. The Bears are now 3-2 for the 2010 season and 0-1 in the Southland Conference. The Demons are now 2-4 overall and are 1-1 in the Southland Conference. This was the Demons’ first win in the Southland Conference since Nov. 22, 2008 when they beat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The Bears won the toss at the start of the game and chose to receive during the opening kickoff. The Bears were not able to do much during their first possession. Freshman running back Jackie Hinton ran for one yard on a second and 10 to go, but that would be the Bear’s only gain during their opening drive. Senior kicker Eddie Carmona was called in to punt on a fourth and nine to go. Carmona’s punt went to the Demon’s 23-yard line and was returned by sophomore wide receiver Bradley Brown to the Demon’s 44-yard line. During the Demons’ opening drive, the Bears’ defense held the Demons and forced them to punt. The Bears’ first opportunity to score didn’t occur until they recovered the ball from the Demons off of a fumble forced by Bears junior defensive end Jermayne Lett. The Bears took control and started a drive toward Demons’ territory, gaining three first downs along the way. The Bears had carries by Hinton and sophomore running back Terence Bobo and receptions by redshirt freshman wide receiver Chase Dixon, junior tight end Brennan Rushing, junior wide receiver Joseph Harris, senior wide receiver Kenneth Robey and sophomore running back Anthony Blackmon. The Bears did not score a touchdown, but did get in range for field goal kick by Carmona that went through the uprights and gave the Bears the first point of the game

during the first minute of the second quarter. Not soon after their field goal, the Bears scored the first touchdown of the game at 10:48 during the second quarter. Junior quarterback Nathan Dick passed to sophomore wide receiver Dominique Croom for a 5-yard reception to the Demons’ end zone. Carmona’s extra-point kick was good and the Bears added to their lead making the score 10-0. The Demons finally got their first points on the board on the next drive as they pushed down the field to get into field goal range with 3:32 left in the first half of the game. The Demons drove down the field, gaining four first downs along the way. The Demons got into field goal range and their sophomore kicker Jo Shaughnessy kicked a 23-yard field goal that was good. The Bears still held the lead however with a score of 10-3. The Demons turned right around and forced a fumble off of the Bears’ kickoff return when Demons sophomore safety Brashard Brooker forced Bears’ junior wide receiver Derrick Steele to fumble. The Demons recovered the ball on the Bears’ 34-yard line. On second and 10 go, the Demons’ sophomore quarterback Paul Harris rushed the ball for 34 yards and a touchdown. The Demon’s extra point was good and they tied the game up 10-10 with three minutes left in the half. The Bears would score once more during the first half with just half a minute left on the clock. The Bears were able to get into field goal range and Carmona came out once again to kick a field goal for the Bears making the score 13-10 going into halftime. The third quarter was scoreless until five minutes were left in the quarter when the Demons took the lead away from the Bears for the first time during the game. Demons freshman running back Rumeall Morris rushed from the Demons’ own 42yard line for a 58-yard touchdown run. The Demons’ extra point was good and they took the lead 17-13. The rest of the third quarter was scoreless, but the Demons had possession of the ball during the start of the fourth. The Demons drove down the field all the way to the Bears’ 3-yard line where a rushing play

gave the Demons another touchdown. Their extrapoint was good and the score was now 24-13. The Bears scored once more during the game off of a rush from Bobo to make the score 24-19. The Bears went for a gutsy call to try and get the Bears score close enough to tie the game with the Demons off of a field goal. The Bears went for a two-point conversion, but Dick’s pass was incomplete. The Bears took one last chance to win the game in the final minutes of the fourth quarter when they held the Demons on a fourth and one to go on their own 43-yard line. The Bears pushed the ball all the way to the Demons’ 18-yard line where Dick rushed the ball on a third and 10 to go. Dick only got three yards and was brought down as the final seconds on the clock ticked off. The Demons won the game with a final score of 24-19. Coach Clint Conque said the team struggled being consistent throughout the game and were not able to perform as well as they could have. “We played well at time, but we just didn’t play very consistently,” he said. “The offense was five for 15 on third downs so we could not sustain drives. We had 10 penalties and that was as many penalties we had combined between the games against Tulsa and Murray State.” Conque said the biggest play of the game was when the Bears fumbled the kickoff return and that play single-handedly changed the momentum of the game. “That really seemed to let the air out of our sails,” he said. Conque said several players had outstanding individual efforts, but overall the team was not playing to their full ability. Redshirt freshman quarterback Wynrick Smothers said the team was not focused on the game and let their guards down against the Demons. “We came out pretty well and scored early on, but we just hung around to long and din’t put our foot on the gas pedal like we should have,” he said. The Bears next game is at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Sports Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members by Ben Keller Sports Editor

The UCA Sports Hall of Fame inducted 10 new members into its ranks during the 10th anniversary banquet the Oct. 9 in the Student Center Ballroom. With the new members, the UCA Sports Hall of Fame has now grown to 106 members who have either played, coached or have been administrators for UCA sports in some way. 2005 Hall of Fame Member Bill Johnson was the Master of Ceremonies for the banquet and was assisted by President Allen Meadors and Athletic Director Brad Teague in commemorating the event and speaking to the crowd. Meadors addressed the crowd and spoke of his time as a student at UCA and how great it was to have so many of UCA’s great coaches, athletes and administrators back on campus. “We are here to recognize 10 new members of the Sports Hall of Fame,” he said. “The word that comes to my mind when I think about all of these members here today is memories. That is what folks who participate in athletics get from it, from our college days, are memories.” The luncheon began with Teague addressing the crowd with a short opening speech before things got under way with the Walk of Honor. The Walk of Honor announces all previous inductees and recognizes them at the start of every Hall of Fame Banquet, if they are able to

attend. There was a change in the in the lineup of speakers for the event. Teague was scheduled to give the invocation, according to the program booklet. Instead, 2009 Hall of Fame Member James ‘Red’ Morgan gave the invocation. After the invocation was given, the crowd was served lunch before the main event of the banquet, the induction of the 2010 Hall of Fame Class. Johnson went down the list of the inductees and introduced them to the crowd before they were handed a plaque recognizing them as a member of the UCA Sports Hall of Fame, and then each new member gave a short speech. Many of the members reminisced about their glory days at UCA, and, more often than not, had a funny story about their time spent here as well. The new members of the UCA Sports Hall of Fame are: Wayne Beadles — a track star who was three-year letterman and was a member of the AIC championship teams between 1953-1955, Arvil Burks — served as tennis coach for UCA between 1967-1979. He was also a UCA Athletics Representative and was chairman on several committees, Otis Chandler — earned several awards and first team All-American positions for the Bears football team during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, Mike Coffman — another Bears football star who holds the school record for most sacks in season, 16, in 1981. He also holds or held several other football records,

Ray Dunbar — he earned eight letters at UCA through football and baseball and holds the career punting average record of 42.5 yards, Jack Fulmer — he was All- AIC 1965-1967 and was drafted to the San Francisco Giants in the 7th round of the MLB draft. He also came back to UCA to coach from 1986-1996, Ernest Miller — earned letterman in both football and track and set many UCA and AIC track records, Larry Rogers — he was a UCA track and cross country star who was a six-time All American and earned seven letters during his career, Bill Shimek — he was the only 2010 class member not in attendance at the banquet. Shimek was a 10-time letterman in football, baseball and basketball, Buddy Voegele — he was a four-year letterman in football and in track and was first team AllAIC in football in 1960. Teague said this year’s banquet was the largest crowd it has seen in the Hall of Fame’s existence. “The banquets are typically crowded, but we did sell the most tickets we have ever sold this year,” he said. “We had a great class this year that has great families that want to keep coming back to UCA.” Teague said the Hall of Fame weekend has become one of the biggest weekends for Bears’ football. “It’s almost as good as homecoming,” he said. “It’s a weekend of festivities, having a lot of greats back on campus and having a lot of other associated teammates makes it a really great weekend for UCA.”


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Lack of players force Sugar Bears to cancel match by Marisa Hicks Staff Writer

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Bears senior guard Mike Pouncy goes through dribbling drills during the Bears preseason practice on Oct. 11. The Bears 2010-2011 season begins Nov. 13 when they play the Hendrix Warriors.

Williamson has Bears prepared for 2010-11 season by Ben Keller Sports Editor

The Bears basketball 20102011 season begins Nov. 13 when they go against the Hendrix Warriors, but the team has been at work since the beginning of the semester to prepare for the season and start working on implementing Coach Corliss Williamsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new style of play for the Bears. Williamson said the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preseason workouts have been going well and the team is adjusting to new expectations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been running them pretty hard and they have responded well,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really pleased so far, but we still have a lot of work to do on the court. It has really been our main focus during preseason to get these guys in great shape so we can play the style of basketball we want to implement here.â&#x20AC;? Senior guard Imad Qahwash said the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official practices start on Oct. 15, but the team has been working hard during the preseason practices and even training over the summer break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have really been working as a team and training since the summer, but official practice by the NCAA doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t start until the 15th,â&#x20AC;? he said. Qahwash said the preseason practices so far have been stressing conditioning and getting everyone ready and in shape for official practices. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When official practices start up, everyone just has to take it to that next level,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is always that level up that you can push into. Coach wants us all to get to that point because we have a very competitive schedule. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that when we go to practice we are pushing ourselves hard, but at the same time we are listening to what coach has to say.â&#x20AC;? Williamson is changing the way the basketball team will play compared to how they have played in previous seasons, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is going to be a real uptempo style of basketball,â&#x20AC;? he

said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to have a lot of pressure on defense and I think that is going to be the biggest change from last year. We expect to play an up-tempo style and every kid says they want to play that way but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand that it takes a lot of conditioning and work to play that way and be effective.â&#x20AC;? Qahwash said almost every aspect of the team and the way they play has changed from last year and he believes it is a change for the better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is different, but our conditioning has probably changed the most,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have gone from not doing a lot of conditioning to doing it all the time. The whole approach to everything has changed. We are more disciplined and during drills we go hard on every single drill every time. Coach Williamson has put in this mentality to do it right and to do it the right way and to go all out on everything. I think that is going to be how we will win games, by pushing yourself and your other teammates to the limit.â&#x20AC;? Qahwash said fans are going to be really pleased and excited to watch Bears basketball this season because of all the new elements Williamson has brought to UCA and to the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be an exciting brand of basketball,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a hard defense with a lot of pressing and some run-andgun type of play, but at the same time, we can go into a half-court set and play that way as well. We are looking to push the ball this season and it is going to be really exciting for the fans, but it is still going to a game that is under control and we will play with a purpose.â&#x20AC;? Williamson said for the offensive side of the ball the coaching staff has had the team working on a lot of skill development and shooting. Last season the bears had a .411 shot average for the entire team and made 641 out of 1,560 two-point shots. For three-three point shots, the team had an average of

Bears Brief â&#x20AC;˘ The Sugar Bears volleyball team beat the University of Texas at Arlington Roadrunners Saturday to extend their winning streak to 29 games in conference play. The streak dates back to 2008 and the Sugar Bears are currently tied with the University of Hawaii for the longest league winning streak in the nation. The Sugar Bears beat UTA 23-25, 25-17, 2522, 25-18 in Arlington. Junior libero Cristin Curl, who passed the 1,000 career dig mark Thursday, recorded 30 digs in the game. Senior right side hitter Chloe Smith recorded 12 kills, 13 digs and seven blocks. The Sugar Bears will face the Lamar Cardinals in Beaumont, Texas on Thursday, Oct. 7. â&#x20AC;˘ The Sugar Bears tennis team wrapped up their fall season Saturday at the Collin College Open in Plano, Texas. Sophomore Kazumi Otani advanced to the flight four finals but lost to Marta Cantle-Maranzo of Oklahoma Christian. Freshman Sasha Ruocco fell in the semi finals of flight three and senior Lisa Mainz lost in the consolation

semifinals of flight two. Mainz and Otani made it to the flight two doubles consolation finals but fell to a team from the St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rattlers 8-4. â&#x20AC;˘ The softball team ended their fall season with a split Saturday in Springfield, Mo. The Bears defeated the Missouri State Bears 7-2 before losing 2-0 to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, ending the fall season with a 7-1 record. Sophomore pitcher Kelsie Armstrong earned the win against Missouri State by striking out six and allowing 2 hits through five innings. Junior pitchers Kelly Martino, Cassidy Rash, and Cami Newsome gave up a combined eight hits against Tulsa. â&#x20AC;˘ The womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s track team finished third in the Cowboy Stampeded hosted by McNeese State Saturday in Lake Charles, La. The men finished in fifth place. Sophomore Courtney Efurd recorded the fifth fasted 5K time in school history with a time of 18:43.50. Both teams will compete in the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville on Oct. 17.

.331 and made 161 out of 517. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We think we are a great shooting team so we have had the team so we have to try and get our guys a lot of shots during the preseason and lots of shots during practices to improve in that area,â&#x20AC;? Williamson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our offense is going to be mostly free flowing with lots of movement. You will not see guys just standing in one spot. All the movement is going to create a lot offensive opportunities for us with guys getting open and guys getting to the basket.â&#x20AC;? Williamson said he and the coaching staff have watched some tape on other teams, but right now he is focusing on getting the team ready and prepared for the season. He said the Bears are currently picked last in the Southland Conference, but that just gives the Bears another challenge to overcome and prove that the Bears basketball program is going to be something to look out for. Williamson said the team has set some goals for themselves to push them throughout the season. He wants the Bears to have a winning record at home against conference and nonconference players. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to establish that we do not lose at home,â&#x20AC;? he said. Williamson said he is hoping and counting on the students and fans to help create the hostile home environment here at UCA as something teams in the Southland Conference fear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We ask that the students come out and be supportive this year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our guys have been working extremely hard and I believe the fans will appreciate our style of play and the way we play this year. In order for us to create that hostile environment where teams fear coming into the Farris Center we need the support of our students.â&#x20AC;? The Bears have a tough schedule for the 2010-2011 season. Most notably are their games against the Hawaii Warriors Nov. 19 and their game against the Oklahoma State University Cowboys.

The Sugar Bears tennis team was forced to back out of the scrimmage match scheduled for Oct. 14 at Henderson State University due to injuries. Coach Rebecca Miller said the players have been training and preparing for a successful season in the spring. The Sugar Bears have already recorded a victory in a tournament hosted by Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Oct. 3, but the team is off to a rocky start due to injuries and a lack of players. Six members, senior Kati Andersen, junior Allison Hartman, senior Lisa Mainz, sophomore Kazumi Otani, senior Alex Rios and freshman Sasha Ruocco make up the smallest tennis team UCA has had in years, however, Miller said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the girls are very talented and are leveled up neck-and-neck.â&#x20AC;? A tennis team is required to have five members able to participate in a match to be able to compete. Junior Allison Hartman had hip surgery in August, sidelining her until January at the earliest. With this injury already on its shoulders, the team could not afford to lose another player to

injury, but on Oct. 5 Andersen suffered a knee injury that makes it unclear as to whether or not she will be able to compete in the spring, Miller said. Andersen said during her match in the finals of the Arkansas State tournament Oct. 3 she felt a pull in her knee while switching directions and her knee twisted a different way than her body. She had an MRI Monday and the results are expected later this week. Doctors are unsure of whether or not Andersen will be able to compete in the Spring, but she said she will definitely be sidelined for the remainder of fall practices. Miller said the Sugar Bears had high hopes for the match at Henderson State University because they beat Henderson last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a disappointment to the team that we will not be able to participate,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Mainz said it is strange to see the number of team members diminish since her freshman year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first year I played there were 10 of us. By the next year there were nine and then eight. And now there are only six of us,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. The Sugar Bears are hoping to recruit new players in the next few months before the spring

season begins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a very small team this year, but I could not ask for better or more. They are powerful and I am very proud,â&#x20AC;? Miller said. Mainz said she does not believe missing this tournament will put the team behind. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually we only have two tournaments in the fall. This year we had three scheduled matches, so with this set back we are on track with previous yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training,â&#x20AC;? Mainz said. The Sugar Bears have two more practice matches scheduled in January that will help them prepare for the season, although the team is not competing in one match, there are still opportunities for preparation. Miller said spirits remain high amongst the team as they strive to help each other maintain high scores both on the court and in class. She said the team has previously earned the highest overall GPA of athletic teams, and she hopes they hold onto this position. The team faces many obstacles for the upcoming season due to the shortage of players on the team this year, however, Miller said they are focusing on their strengths and abilities and should be able to pull off a successful season.


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Men’s golf prepares for Skyhawk Classic by Lisa Burnett Staff Writer

The UCA men’s golf team has participated in three tournaments so far in the 2010-2011 season and they will compete in their fourth during the University of Tennessee Martin Skyhawk Classic on Oct. 11 and 12. The classic is located in Buchanan, Tenn. at Paris Landing Golf Course. The Bears team will compete against the UT Martin Skyhawks in this matchup. Coach Ryke Dismuke said the team has really been working on refining their golf skills. The golf team has been hard at work practicing for this upcoming classic, he said. “The team really has started to excel by getting their shots inside 120 yards,” Dismuke said. There has also been a new addition to the golf coaching staff this year. Richard Johnson joined the golf coaching staff for the 2010-2011 season. Dismuke said he is pleased with the Bears’ acceptance of Johnson’s

suggestions. “It’s been really cool to watch the team adapt to a new coach, because it usually takes longer. The team has really done a good job trusting Johnson’s opinions this early on,” Dismuke said. Sophomore golf player Austen Moix has been working to refine his golf skills in order to prepare for the upcoming tournament, he said. “As far as preparation, we are doing the same things we have been focusing on all year. Everyone on the team has a personal plan, as well as the team,” Moix said. “Our practices do not change that much from tournament to tournament due to the fact that we aren’t really playing another team, we play the course and compare how we performed to the other teams.” Moix said he and the rest of the team plan on going above and beyond to do great. “The guys and I plan on going and playing our best,” Moix said. After the UT Martin Skyhawk Classic, the men’s team has one more tournament left for the fall,

the UMKC Bill Ross Intercollegiate in Kansas City, Miss., Oct. 18 and 19. The team won first place in their last tournament, the 2010 Jim Colbert Intercollegiate Championship in Manhattan, Kan., Sept. 27 and 28. Senior Gideon Pienaar shot a final-round 74 to earn medalist honors to carry the Bears to the victory, according also stated that Pienaar won the individual title by three strokes over the host, Kansas State’s Jack Watson. The Bears won this tournament with an 889 score, putting Kansas State in second place by nine strokes. The Bears are working to continue this success. Senior Lecuyer, a member of the UCA men’s golf team, was named the Southland Conference Men’s Golfer of the month for September on Monday Oct. 4, according to The rest of the golf team said they plan to compete harder to achieve the goal of winning the UT Martin Skyhawk Classic.


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Ultimate Abduction newest sports RSO on campus by Taylor Lowery

Associate Editor & Opinion Editor Ultimate Abduction, an Ultimate Frisbee team and registered student organization, is not playing your grandpa’s Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is an organized, competitive sport that pits two teams against each other in a game similar to soccer and football. “It combines the aerial passing of football with the running and cutting of soccer,” sophomore and co-captain Jarrod Hockett said. The team is organized, practicing two to three times a week, and competing in several tournaments throughout the year, junior Taylor Bowers said. During practices, the team members will do conditioning, Frisbee drills and scrimmages, working to cover all bases of play. Ultimate Abduction began last year when co-captain Mark Lovelace came to UCA for graduate school. Lovelace said he previously attended Oklahoma State University, a school that had a large, active Ultimate Frisbee community, and often hosts tournaments. “I had played Ultimate for three years at OSU,” Lovelace said. “I knew UCA had a team in the past.” Lovelace said he found a few

other people who were interested in starting a team, and eventually got word around that they were practicing regularly. “We had several dedicated people last year, and new people this year, so we’ve got about 20 people at every practice this year,” Lovelace said. In September, Ultimate Abduction traveled to OSU to compete in the first tournament of the year, Rookie Ride. “[Only] first- and second-year players could play, so basically everyone on the team but me,” Lovelace said, “so I coached Rookie Ride.” He said Ultimate Abduction went 2-3 in their first tournament, and then by a mistake on the part of the organizers, were unable to compete in the actual bracket. “Our next tournament is hosted by [John Brown University in Rogers] on Halloween,” Lovelace said. “We play in Siloam Springs.” The tournament is called the Hullabaloo Huckfest. Ultimate Abduction has a third co-captain, sophomore Josh “Ginger” Walters. Lovelace said there are a few challenges to keeping the team going, one of which is funding. “Most tournaments run around $250 to $300 for the team [to register],” he said. “The community is really good about lodging, so usually we stay

at some of the hosting teams’ houses.” Even without having to pay for lodging, team members still have to pay for food and travel expenses. Hockett said funding was an issue, but that the team is working to get local sponsors to support them. “We sent people funding letter [requests] to help pay for funding tournaments,” he said. At their Thursday, Oct. 7 meeting, team members signed thank you cards to be sent out to everyone who received a funding request letter, which was organized by Lovelace and his wife. Lovelace also said it was difficult getting support from UCA and becoming a registered student organization. Last year, though, the team was able to get some emergency funding from the Student Government Association to pay for one tournament. This year, Lovelace said they plan to request some funding from SGA, which may be granted for next semester. Another problem Lovelace said the team faces is getting people interested in playing. “A lot of people know what it is, but it’s hard to get them to come out and play,” he said. Hockett said, “we have a lot of people who like to play but don’t have the time commitment.”

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