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Volume 105 — Issue 6
March 2, 2011 Wednesday
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Opinion: Voice: Students should be aware of what to do in earthquakes
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Around Campus: Grad Central May graduates can order caps and gowns from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the UCA Bookstore.
Baseball: Bears clench sweep over Panthers with 3-2 victory Sunday
Reynolds: Wynton Marsalis jazzes up Reynolds Performance Hall
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Questions were asked about artificial turf, graduation rates and STD testing g
by Brad Smith Staff Writer
New artificial turf fields topped concerns held by the UCA community at a UCA Town Hall meeting last Tuesday. The discussion came from a question SGA Vice President of Finance Kyle Boyd asked about the benefits of artificial turf compared with natural grass turf.
Athletic Director Brad Teague said artificial turf would be more cost-effective and would be environmentally friendly because of reduced maintenance and water costs. Teague said UCA has received an offer from an artificial turf company to replace the UCA football field for around $1 million and the company will replace the softball field for free. No official choice has been made for the turf replacement because the improvements are still in the formative stages and have not been approved yet. Teague said UCA is also trying to decide between making the artificial turf green or alternating gray and black. He said universities that have colored fields get notoriety
and tend to have more successful athletic programs. The turf would reduce the workers needed to take care of UCA’s fields from five to two. Employees who are cut from field maintenance will be reassigned to other jobs by the physical plant. The reduced need for employees will allow UCA to reduce the amount of contract workers that they will have to hire. Teague said the cost savings will start to save UCA money in as few as ten years. “We’ll save about $110,000 per year,” Teague said. “We’ll break even over ten years.” If the turf is approved, UCA could use
by Jeanette Anderton Staff Writer
Delta Zeta Sorority philanthropy fundraiser
Applications for the Association of Future Alumni are available at the Student Center information desk, Buffalo Alumni Hall or online at uca.edu/afa. AFA is an organization of tradition, networking and volunteerism. The deadline to turn in applications is March 11.
Alumni Association Scholarship UCA Alumni Association Scholarship Applications are available for 2011-12 for incoming and current UCA students. Brochures can be found at uca.edu/go/alumnischolarships, the Student Center information desk or Buffalo Alumni Hall. The deadline to turn them in is March 11.
Foundation Scholarship UCA Foundation Scholarship Applications are available for 2011-12 for incoming and current UCA students. Brochures can be found at uca.edu/go/foundationscholarships, the Student Center information desk or Buffalo Alumni Hall. Deadline to turn them in is March 11, 2011.
Heifer International Honors Concert The Honors Council is hosting a benefit concert for Heifer International on the roof of The Peabody Hotel in Little Rock on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature Carver, Whale Fire and Sea Nanners and is $5 to get in. There will also be a cash bar.
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Board approves, secures funds for amphitheater in Student Center Courtyard
The Art Department and Baum Gallery announced the 2011 Annual Student Competitive Art Exhibition open to all works created by students in 2010 and 2011. Students can enter up to three entries free of charge. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday in Baum Gallery and can be picked up in Baum Gallery, the Art Office and at uca.edu/art/baum.
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its capital expenditure account to pay for the artificial turf. The account is intended to be used to pay for improvements for the campus, but the money has not been requisitioned for any improvements. If the turf is paid for with this account, there would be no need for the athletic department to take out an interest-bearing loan and instead the athletic department would only have to pay back the actual cost. Another concern from the community was retention and graduation rates of students.
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Competitive Art Exhibition
The Delta Zeta Sorority is raising money for the Arkansas School for the Deaf and is presenting Breakfast at Holly’s on March 6 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. The breakfast will be at Holly’s Country Cookin’ in Conway. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. All proceeds go to the Arkansas School for the Deaf.
Students express concerns about university at Town Hall meeting
UCA Official Ring Students can order the official UCA ring today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UCA Bookstore. The ring is reserved exclusively for students who have completed 60 credit hours.
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An illustration shows what the proposed Student Center courtyard ampitheater should look like. All funds were approved Friday.
SGA has secured funds for an amphitheater in the Student Center courtyard. SGA President Meghan Thompson asked the UCA Board of Trustees for support Friday. Thompson said the estimated cost of the amphitheater is $300,000. She said SGA allocated $50,000 for the project to be disbursed after all the funds were secured. Thompson said UCA Housing gave SGA $25,000 for the project. She said the amphitheater could be used for a variety of events such as SGA election debates, Greek activities, SAB programs and more. Board member Rush Harding III offered to pay half of the remaining balance, $112,500, and challenged the board to contribute the other half. The board voted, 4-0, to contribute the remaining $112,500. “I was taken aback,” Thompson said after the meeting. “[The amphitheater] will be a significant contribution to the
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university and to the community.” She said the target date for finishing the amphitheater is in August. The board increased room and board rates for 2011-2012. Residential hall double occupancy increased from $1,430 to $1,470. Residential hall private rooms increased from $2,130 to $2,195. Bear Village, Torreyson and Erbach double occupancy apartments increased from $1,725 to $1775 and private rooms from $2,450 to $2,525. All other double occupancy apartments increased from $1,625 to $1,675 and private rooms from $2,350 to $2,420. An estimated $305,000 increase in evenue will be generated from the increase. The board approved an increase for Aramark’s contract for 2011-2012 Total access to Christian Cafeteria increased from $1,085 to $1,120, or $1,170 with a $50 DCB; 15 Meals per week with $80 DCB and 10 meals per week with $100 DCB increased from $1,085 to $1,160. The senior plan increased from $1,085 to $1,170. The 220 block plan in-
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Foote named Lincoln Prize finalist Internships available for students; by Lee Hogan Staff Writer
Lorien Foote, history teacher at UCA, recently received the honor of being named a finalist for the Lincoln Prize. The Lincoln Prize is an annual award given for a work on Abraham Lincoln or a subject related to the Civil War era. Foote’s book, “The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army,” explores the conflict with the Union army over ideals of manhood. Foote said she is pleased that her work made a mark in historical research. “It’s recognition that my work makes a significant contribution to the study of the Civil War,” Foote said. Kenneth Barnes, chair of the history department, agreed with Foote and said this is a great honor for her career. “I’m thrilled for her,” Barnes said. “It’s a huge deal for her career to be considered for this nationally-prestigious prize.” Foote said her book uses avenues of research that have not been used before by other historians and it makes her book unique. “The director of the Lincoln Prize told me when he called that he thought that was what made my book stand out so much,” Foote said. “I used new sources that other historians had not looked at before.” Foote said her colleagues at UCA and friends she has at other universities who are Civil War historians helped her as she wrote the book. “They read copies of the manuscript when I was working on it and sent suggestions,” she said. Foote said there was a time she thought of totally rewriting the book.
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“There was a version of it that I had and based on things I was hearing from people I kind of went back and reworked the whole concept of the book,” she said. Foote said she was able to talk through ideas about the book with many of her colleagues at UCA. She began writing the book around 2004 or 2005, she said. Foote said she found out she was a finalist for the award about four weeks ago and was surprised to receive the phone call. “My initial reaction was shock,” she said. “Because I never thought I would achieve that level of recognition, so actually, while he was telling me, I literally had my mouth hanging open.” Foote said the first people she told were family members. “Actually the first people I called and this sounds so cliché but, I called my parents.” she said. Barnes said he was impressed with Foote’s ability at every aspect of her career. “She’s just the model faculty member,” Barnes said. “She is successful in every aspect of her career. She won the Teacher Excellence Award for UCA in 2010 and that’s like Teacher of the Year for the whole university and then the very next year gets named as a finalist for a research award.” Barnes said the entire history department was happy for her and happy to be a part of her success. “We’re just really basking in the glow of her achievement,” Foote said. “This not only brings recognition to her, but the whole university.” Barnes said being named among the other finalists was an honor in itself. “The winner is a real famous Civil War historian.” Barnes said. “He’s like one of the gods of history writing and she’s rubbing shoulders with him.”
resumes edited through program by Marisa Hicks Assistant News Editor
Internships are available to students of all classifications through the Cooperative Education division of Career Services. Employers have listed internships locally and some are out-of-state internships for students to participate in over the summer break that pay from $10-25 per hour. Program Coordinator for the Internship Program Deborah Pate said, “We will not let students submit resumes that are not up to par.” She said that students are contacted before the deadline of an internship comes up so their resumes can be overlooked to make sure they are professional. There are resume packets available in the Cooperative Education office in Bernard Hall 318 to lead students into creating their resumes step by step so that they can prepare themselves to be reviewed by Pate. Arleetris Cornett said Co-Op assists intuitive students interested in internships by evaluating students’ resumes and helping them to apply for interviews. She said not all of the available internships pay but most pay from $10-25 an hour. Though not every internship pays, some offer academic credit to prospecting students. Pay rate often is associated with a student’s classification, Upper classmen will receive a higher pay rate by the hour than a freshman or a sopho-
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more, Cornett said. “Most students think internships are only available to juniors and seniors, however there are some companies that will accept applications and resumes from freshmen and sophomores,” she said. “We like to plant the seed early and include freshmen.” Even if an internship is not available at the time a student is interviewed or signs up with the program, Pate said she will keep in contact with them via facebook, text messages, e-mails and phone calls as soon as an internship of their interest becomes available. Cornett said Co-Op offers a jumpstart program that leads freshmen into career paths of their interest and helps them build resumes for later jobs or internships. Cornett said different organizations may have specified criteria ranging from GPA requirements or a certain decided major. Many employers seek interns from a variety of majors. Some companies will ask for resume drops where they come to the university just to pick up resumes or will have CoOp email resumes of students showing interest in their qualifications. Pate said that Co-Op will call students so that they know to drop off their resumes for the companies to pick up. When companies conduct a resume drop they wills sort through the resumes and decide who they would like to interview. Students will be contacted to sign up online for an interview.
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Future Outlook Student looks forward to moving off campus
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The following reports and arrests are from the UCAPD docket. UCAPD reports any tickets issued as arrests, according to ucapd.com.
Students violate Clean Air Act, receive alcohol, drug violations UCAPD arrived at Elizabeth Place Apartments Feb. 23 to find students Oscar Bautista, 22, and Andrew Sallings, 21, in violation of the Clean Air Act. The officers knew that Bautista and Sallings did not live in the apartment because they were familiar with the residents. Sallings became angry when the officers refused to let him go inside to urinate. Officers informed him they would let him “pee” as soon as they figured out if the two were allowed to be at the apartment. Once inside, officers found Coors Beer cans and marijuana seeds on the kitchen counter. Students and residents of the apartment, Cristian Bratu-Ene, 21, Yazmani Jimenez, 20, and Matthew Peterson, 22, were found upstairs. All five individuals were charged for alcohol and drug violations and Sallings, who had been smoking a cigarette outside the apartment, was also charged for violating the Clean Air Act. Officers poured out the alcohol and destroyed the marijuana seeds at the scene. Sallings and Bautista were informed to stay at the apartment because they had been drinking.
Student found drunk on residence hall bathroom floor A 20-year-old female student was found drunk lying in the bathroom stall on the second floor of State Hall by a Resident Assistant who called UCAPD. When UCAPD arrived, they were informed the woman was the only female in the bathroom and they entered. She was lying in the fetal position around the toilet covered in her own vomit and feces. Officers asked her what she was doing and if she was OK and she replied, “Yeah, I just want to lay here and sleep.” She said she had been drinking liquor at the UCA Stadium Park Apartments with some friends and walked to her dorm but that she may have been somewhere else before coming back to the dorm. She had to be escorted to a bench to await MEMS because she could not stand up and support herself. When the MEMS arrived, she refused medical attention. She had no idea she was in the bathroom and insisted she was in her room lying on her bed. As she left the bathrooms to go to her room, she started to walk the wrong way and was redirected by MEMS.
Police find marijuana in nonstudent’s vehicle
UCAPD began following a red BMW with a loud exhaust at 11:01 p.m. Feb. 24 traveling north on Farris Road when they noticed one of the car’s headlights were out. The driver, nonstudent Tyler Coffman, 19, refused to pull over and failed to yield as he raced through the roundabout at a quickening speed. Coffman eventually pulled over on Bruce Street. As he handed over his ID, registration and proof of insurance to the officers, the wind blew and one of the officers could smell burnt marijuana being blown out the passenger window. The second officer then peeped his head into the driver’s side window where he also noticed the scent of marijuana. Coffman was told to get out of the vehicle while the officers searched his car where they found marijuana seeds and stems. The officers also found shake, broken up marijuana, scattered all throughout the car. A bag with a “Motorhead” patch sewn on was found in the trunk containing more marijuana seeds and stems, rolling papers, a receipt for a digital pocket scale and a Bozooka bubble gum tin containing yet more marijuana seeds, stems and shake. Tyler’s car was towed and he was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to yield at an intersection and defective equipment, no muffler and a broken headlight.
Students found drinking at Bear Village apartments Student Calvin Ursin, 19, was found drinking in public outside of the Bear Village apartments with two other friends, student Jermayne Lett, 20, and nonstudent Devin Hawkins, 20. As the officer pulled up to the apartment Lett and Hawkins quickly ran and jumped into Lett’s vehicle. The officer made contact with Ursin and asked him
if he had any alcohol. Ursin pulled out the partially empty Vodka bottle that he had been hiding behind his leg and gave it to the officer. Ursin said he was holding the alcohol for a friend and was charged with drinking in public, even though he was seen drinking with his two friends who had ran their vehicle. UCAPD poured out the alcohol on the scene.
Nonstudent drives without license UCAPD pulled over a gold Honda Accord heading traveling south on Donaghey at 10:46 Feb. 25. with no taillights. Nonstudent Timothy Simpson was driving the vehicle that appeared on scanner to belong to David Gough without a license. When officers pulled him over, he was able to show them his ID and the title and bill of sale of the car, signed over to him from Gough. He told the officers that the car was a working project and he was currently working on getting his driver’s license. Simpson did not have any insurance and the officers discovered that the taillights were broken on the vehicle. Simpson was forced to call his mom to come pick him up and he was charged with driving without a license, failure to pay registration fees and fictitious tags. He received a warning about the broken taillights and the vehicle was towed.
Nonstudent attempts to fight Bear’s Den bouncers A fight broke out around 2 a.m. Feb 26 between nonstudent Justin Welborn, 25, and the bouncers of Bear’s Den students Michael Jackson, 30, and Scott Tierney, 21. The officers attempted to break up the fight and pulled Welborn by the arm to escort him outside. Welborn reacted by grabbing Tierney by his shirt and pushing the officer away. UCAPD had to call for backup from the Conway Police Department to remove Welborn from the building. Welborn was drunk and began yelling at the officers outside and cursed them. When the officers tried to handcuff him, he began flailing his arms. As the officer tried to grab Welborn’s arm again, Welborn fell to down where he began flopping on the ground to keep the officer from cuffing him. Welborn scraped his face on the pavement as the officer struggled to cuff him. Welborn began turning his face from side to side where the officer was finally able to cuff him. Once Welborn was in custody, the officers spoke with Jackson and Tierney where they informed the officers that Welborn had accumulated a tab of $89. When he refused to pay, they confronted him and he began to scream at them and left the building. During the argument between Welborn and the bartenders, they somehow found themselves back inside the building where Welborn initiated the fight. Welborn was arrested for public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Gun found in nonstudent’s vehicle after reckless driving UCAPD observed a vehicle swerving in between lanes and passing cars at an increasing speed around 2 a.m. Feb. 20. Officers chased the car and pulled over nonstudent Andrew Long, 19, and instructed him to turn off the car and put his hands outside of the window. Long was instructed to step out of the vehicle while the other officer watched the two passengers, nonstudents Xavier Grider, 18, and Trent Gary, 20. Long said, “I am going to call my dad and you are going to be sorry.” Long was cuffed and walked over to the patrol unit and the officer watching Gary and Grider noticed what he thought was a pistol wedged between the driver’s seat and the middle console. UCAPD drew out their weapons where they had them at a low and read position. Gary, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, was told to get out of the car and was cuffed. After Gary was cuffed, the officers instructed Grider to get out of the car and he was also cuffed. The officers inspected the gun and found it to be a BB gun. The three men were uncuffed and allowed back into the car. The officers gave Long his gun and charged him with reckless driving.
SGA allocates funds to Brakes for Bears; students speak their minds in open forum
UCAPD seeks help after success in fall program
by Marisa Hicks Assistant News Editor
SGA allocated to fund $1,500 for the Brakes for Bears program and for the first time this semester, students came to speak up during an open forum about their concerns on campus. Sophomore Shun Okita and freshman Logan Jones spoke their minds in the forum. Okita said he would prefer that the sushi bar in the Student Center would stop putting avocados and cream cheese in the sushi, because he said that’s not how sushi is made in his country. Executive President Meghan Thompson said she would speak to Aramark about the matter. She said she will be speaking with Provost Lance Grahm about the cutoff times for Blackboard, because the times are very inconvienant for students. Jones said he would like for the road by Estes Stadium to be paved, because he, along with many other students, use that road. Thompson said she would talk with the physical plant. Thompson reported the amphitheater has been fully funded. Thompson met with the board of trustees and presented the topic the board agreed to pay the remaining balance of $225,000. UCAPD Public Informations Officer Arch Jones asked SGA to help fund “Brakes for Bears.” He said last semester was very successful and he would like it to have the $3,000 needed funded halfway by SGA to help buy Tshirts. The motion passed with a majority roll-call vote of 30-0. Thompson said there will still be a fall break next semester, despite rumors implying that fall break was going to be removed from the Academic Calendar. Also, the fall semester will start a week earlier and end a week earlier. Steven Runge, dean of the College of Natural Science and Math, will be meeting with Thompson today at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the importance of the Nature Reserve. Vice President of Operations Kyle Moix said the Publicity Committee will be planning and scheduling events for the Pizza Wars/Be a Peace of Something
Bigger Day this week. Vice President of Finance Kyle Boyd said that SAFA applications were due yesterday. He said that he received two finance proposals last week from the men’s and women’s intramural basketball teams for registration fees that was dismissed and $712.50 was funded for new RSO’s.
“The front doors to the university opens to the doors of the President’s house because potential donors stay there. ” -Kyle Boyd, SGA Vice President of Finance Boyd said that SGA will not fund intramural registration fees unless the team has placed first or second in the state competition, which the men’s and women’s intramural basketball team did not do. Anyone with questions or concerns about this rule can speak with Boyd or the finance committee. He said that he met with the housing department about the tailgating rules and regulations but they stood firm on the current rules. He said he would like to talk to UCAPD about having the rules taken away, if not revised, because UCA is the only university in the nation with tailgating rules. Freshman Class Representative Luke Moix said SGA should get involved with the suicide walk, Out of the Darkness, at 10 a.m. March 12. He said he feels strongly about the walk. The freshmen class is rewording constitutional changes so that by next week there should be a new amendment for the SGA constitution. Also, the freshmen discovered that in order to install a movie channel on campus, all of the
Aramark agrees to increase annual donations to the university. 4 Continued from page 1 creased from $1,170 to $1,210, or $1,260 with $75 DCB. The 140 block plan with $160 DCB increased from $1,170 to $1,260. Aramark has agreed to increase annual donations to the university from $63,000 to $75,500. The $12,500 increase will go to the athletic department. Thompson said a representative from Aramark also attends one SGA meeting per month to allow students to make suggestions or ask questions. UCA property at Western and College avenues was approved for a building UCA Department of Nursing and Conway Regional Health System will share. Private money will pay for the building. A detailed building schematic, costing an estimated $68,000$70,000, will be developed to present to potential donors. Barbara G. Williams, chair of
nursing and Conway Regional board member, said the hospital agreed to fund the schematic. The board approved a fifth floor in Bear Hall for skybox suites. Bear Hall is a new residence hall that will be ready for student occupancy in the fall 2012. The first four floors will have student housing with the fifth floor being reserved for 12 skybox suites with a view of First Security Field at Estes Stadium. There will be a separate entrance to the fifth floor with skybox holders not having access to the residence hall and Bear Hall residents not having access to the skybox suites. Brad Teague, UCA athletic director, said agreements are signed on 10 skyboxes. The board also approved a weight-training facility to be attached to the Pepsi Americas Indoor Practice Facility. The board approved artificial
wiring between each building would have to be rewired. The sophomore class is working on getting the mural project dimensions marked off on the asphalt behind the Student Center. The junior class reported that the Bike Share Program was able to purchase 15 bikes for the HPER center, opposed to the original amount of 10, because the prices went down. The bikes they were able to get from The Ride were the last 15 of the model in the entire country. The senior class will be talking with Aramark to discuss finals week meals and is working with the housing department to discuss having items students don’t want at the end of the semester donated. Senator at Large Ty Bittle said the university should have an “inbetween committee” for international students to allow them to have a stance on campus and learn about the culture. The Publicity Committee is working on advertising for the upcoming elections. Thompson said that Channel Six wants to air a candidate debate. Boyd announced the President’s House is in need of renovations. “The front door to the university opens to the doors to the President’s House because potential donors stay there,” Boyd said. He said President Allen Meadors is about to leave the house for two months because Arkansas Health officials said it’s not a healthy environment due to all of the mold and lead content in the house. The house is not up to living standards and needs to be renovated, he said. The house does not support wireless signal and has a boiler room that has to be tended to every 12 hours. The house was built in 1939. The Board of Trustees, he said, is skeptical to announce this because of the timing and money. Thompson said that Larry Burns with Enrollment Management would like more volunteers to help asnswer questions and direct traffic during the next Bear Facts Day. turf for the football and softball fields. The project, which is estimated to cost $1 million, will be funded through Capital Reserves with a 10-year payback from the athletic budget. UCA President Allen Meadors said, “With artificial turf, you have 75 percent fewer serious injuries and 50-55 percent fewer minor injuries.” The board adopted a policy that would limit RSOs to sponsoring concerts with a contract of $15,000 or less, unless the RSO has SAB’s approval. Vice President of Student Affairs Ronnie Williams said, “This is consistent with what other major universities do. We’re not anti-promoter; there is just no accountability with that. If there’s an issue, our reputation is on the line.” Diane Newton, vice president of finance and administration, said UCA has $47.4 million in the bank as of January. “All our funds are fully funded with cash,” she said, “none with negative funds.” Despite a greater than expected decline in spring enrollment, Newton said, “We expect a really good year’s end.”
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Free tutoring services offered to students Two students to make Arkansas, UCA history; Graduate with Chinese minors
by Jillian Browder Staff Writer
The Academic Success Center is now offering free drop-in tutoring to their array of student services. “Here we like to emphasize the importance of one-on-one, person-to-person tutoring,” Vickie Wyeth, supervisor of the academic center, said. Ms. Vickie, as her students like to call her, is quick to point out that according to a recent New York Times article regarding technology and higher education that there is nothing that “improves student performance as much as one-on-one human tutoring.” Nothing helps more with college students’ retention than being exposed to personal interaction regarding their studies, Wyeth said. Though the academic success center has been around for many years few students are aware of all that it offers. There are tutors available for virtually every core study subject. Some examples include biology, chemistry, history, psychology
and all ASC tutors are qualified in beginning algebra, intermediate algebra and college algebra, according to ASC standards. Recently, they have added a new service regarding reading in the academic disciplines. “Many probably would not guess this, but history is the most difficult subject for the majority of college students,” Wyeth said. “That is why this program was put in place—to help students learn how to read beyond the text and grasp the underline meaning.” So whether a student is struggling in genetics or English, philosophy or calculus, there is someone to help. The Academic Success Center is not just a place for tutoring, though. The center houses a computer lab where students may use the printer for free, within reason, as long as the material is academic in nature and students supply their own paper. The center is also open for independent study hours. The ASC also has a graphing calculator lending program, Wyeth said. “It isn’t something meant to deter the student from
purchasing their own calculator,” she said, “but, it’s something that’s available during those emergencies when a student may lose theirs or only needs one for a single test.” The opportunity to be a tutor is a rewarding experience as well. “I just love everything about it,” junior and tutor Veronica Njwaba said. “It’s wonderful getting to help students take pride in their work and showing them that they can do it.” And that is what their goal is at the ASC—to show students how to do their work, not do it for them. “You do not teach students anything if you show them just how to do that one problem. If you do not teach them the basic principles in the first place, then they will just be back in the next week with the same problem.” Njwaba said. The academic success center is located in the basement of Old Main and is open Monday through Thursday nine a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. A tentative schedule listing of available tutors and times is can be found on the ASC website.
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Nontraditional students express needs; Meadors suggests use of empty offices by Jeanette Anderton Staff Writer
President Allen Meadors listened to members of the NonTraditional Students Organization express the group’s needs last Thursday morning. “As student workers, we have a limited amount of time,” Louise Davis, president of NTSO, said. “A full time coordinator could do a better job of determining needs for the group and ways to fulfill those needs.” Meadors said the hiring of a full-time coordinator would fall under student affairs. “They have to decide where to allocate limited funds with a high demand,” Meadors said. “The resources you need aren’t in isolation of others in need.” The hiring of a full-time coordinator was only one of many requests the group had for Meadors. “We need a bigger space and a few more computers,” Davis said. She said that NTSO has grown from 130 to 580 members in just three semesters. “Everybody wants space,” Meadors said. Meadors suggested the use of the two empty offices in the basement of the Student Center be offered for NTSO. However, Ronnie Williams pointed out those offices have a sewage backup that becomes a problem any time it rains, and that’s why they are not currently in use. “The provost and I have found space,” Williams said.
“Assuming everything falls into place, space should be available next year.” Meadors said he believes the membership of NTSO will continue to grow rapidly. “We have made a commitment to start having night classes, which could lead to even more growth. I wouldn’t be surprised if your numbers doubled,” Meadors said. He said starting in the fall, three full-time degrees in general areas such as business and general education classes will be offered at night. NTSO members also told Meadors about issues that members who are parents with families face. One father pointed out that since children aren’t allowed at the HPER Center, he is unable to use the facility and doesn’t like that he has to pay fees each semester for a service he isn’t using. “That’s a no-win situation,” Meadors said. “For every fee [UCA] charge[s], someone doesn’t use it, but without fees we couldn’t offer any of these services.” Williams said, “For liability reasons, kids aren’t allowed inside [the HPER Center].” He said SGA has proposed increasing fees to expand HPER, which could change usage policy. Another problem that faces members who have families is the UCA Family Housing. Currently, there are no three-bedroom apartments available. One member told Meadors that since he has two children, it would be nice to have the three-
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The annual Internship Banquet will be March 10 for students to talk to prospective employers looking for students to fill in positions. Cornett said students of all majors can talk
to employers from Dillards, Enterprise, Nabholz Construction, Target, Modern Woodmen of America, Northwestern Mutual Insurance and Pilot Catastrophic Insurance. Math and com-
bedroom option. “A hot tub would be nice too,” Meadors said. NTSO came armed not only with requests, but with suggestions as well. Providing high chairs in the Student Center food court and a changing table in the bathroom was suggested. “That’s a great idea,” Meadors said. “That’s the kind of suggestion that’s there is no excuse to ignore.” Senior Ginger Halbrook suggested renting out the empty dorm rooms to commuter students for inclement weather. “It might benefit the college as well as bring in revenue,” Halbrook said. Meadors said he is not opposed to the idea, but it would have to be planned out very carefully. Williams said the housing department was able to accommodate some commuters during the last snow. “I think it would be a good idea to bring housing to one of these meetings to discuss it,” he said. Davis said NTSO is in need of funds. “We don’t have a budget,” she said. “We rely on member donations and money from Career Services.” She said NTSO has occasionally asked SGA for funds that are strictly used for advertising. “As we free up money, some money will go to the [NTSO]. I can guarantee that,” Williams said.
puter sciences majors can talk to Axiom, accounting majors can talk to Rasmssen Tax Group and biology majors can talk to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for internship positions. She said T-shirts are given to students to lure them into internship opportunities. There are currently 20 online internships available that students can apply for, she said. but students must ask for the names.
by Jeanette Anderton Staff Writer
Two UCA students will make state history when they graduate this year. UCA has never before had a student graduate with a minor in Chinese, and this year it has two. These two students will be the first in the state of Arkansas. “We will be the first in the state to graduate with a Chinese minor,” senior David Teaster said. “Actually, UCA in the only school [in Arkansas] that currently offers a Chinese minor,” he said. Senior Rachel Linck will graduate in May, with Teaster graduating in either May or December. “I’m looking to graduate in May, but I’m still working on the paperwork,” Teaster said. Linck, whose major is international studies with an Asian emphasis, plans to seek work in the United States after graduation, but said she is open to moving overseas. “I want to do translations from Chinese into English,” Linck said. Teaster, who has a double minor in Chinese and Asian studies, is majoring in international trade. He said he wants to move to China to work after graduation.
“I would like to be an international liaison,” Teaster said. “I want to set up contracts for different companies.” Teaster said he wants to combine his love for Asian culture with his business aspirations. Teaster switched his major so he would be a more viable candidate for a job in Asia. “When I started going to UCA, I was a history major and took Chinese as my foreign language requirement, but I realized that an international trade major would be more likely to take me to China, so I switched,” Teaster said. Linck said she has always been interested in other languages, but nothing held her interest like Chinese. “My sophomore year, I had Chinese and I really liked it. I just really enjoy learning Chinese,” she said. Last summer, Linck spent five
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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lance Grahn said there are many tools available to students to help them succeed, including tutoring, workshops, and residential colleges. Grahn said that he also felt that there should be better contact with each department to see what can be improved. “We should be asking each department what they think they can do to improve academic success,” Grahn said. “We need more surveys to benchmark what we’re doing compared to other universities.” UCA President Allen Me-
adors said that for most students that drop out of college, the problem is not capability. “It’s not my job to babysit these freshmen,” Meadors said. “It’s my job to provide opportunities.” English Department Chair and professor Jay Ruud asked about UCA possibly reducing general education class sizes to help with retention. Grahn said that although class reduction would be the best choice for retention problems, there is currently no way to finance the additional faculty that would be required. SGA Executive Vice President
weeks in China doing a Shanghai language and culture emersion. “I really enjoyed it,” she said. “During the day, we had language and culture classes. From 4 p.m. on, we had free time to explore the city. On weekends, we would take trips.” Linck said she really enjoyed going to the different villages. She said she enjoyed different statues of lions more than anything else. The lion statues, which are usually found in pairs, are significant in Chinese culture because the lions are to protect the entrance to a house or temple. “They looked really neat,” Linck said. Teaster has participated in two summer study abroad programs, one in Shanghai and the other in Japan. He said he went to a lot of cities and saw many beautiful sights, such as the Pearl Tower in Shanghai and the Tomb of the Prince of Chu in Suzhou. He said he also enjoyed the world famous gardens in Suzhou. He said he enjoyed spending time in Beijing and Inner Mongolia. “I think it’s really good that UCA has this program. I hope that more people will want to be a part of the program after seeing two people graduate [with a Chinese degree],” Linck said. Austin Hall asked about a $5 testing fee that UCA student pay every year. Hall said he wondered if UCA had plans to remove the fee because it is being put into the general fund instead of being used for its original purpose. Grahn said that although older fees may not go where they are supposed to, any new fees go toward their intended purpose. Grahn said that because of their use in the general fund, the fees will continue to be charged. STD testing was another concern for the UCA community. Vice President for Student Services Ronnie Williams said that because of cuts in the department of health, the free testing at UCA was cut. Williams said that the Department of Health is reviewing the idea of giving free tests again, but UCA is still sponsoring education about STDs.
March 2, 2011
Quake causes safety concerns
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Next year, what I think is a burden will be lifted on-campus apartment my fourth year as well; off of my shoulders: campus housing. facing the same parking battle I have faced for Don’t get me wrong, I loved living on campus, what’s now four years. but I believe it has run its course with me. Next year will be my fifth year at UCA, As a freshman, I thought that living on campus hopefully my final year here. I will finally have was the greatest thing ever. I had all of my friends more freedom than I have had in four years. Not right there in my dorm, only will I have the option dorm staff that was amazing to burn a candle in my and I had some of the most room, I can maybe actually fun I’ve ever had in my park close to where I live. entire life. Trips to the caf Another thing that three times a day were far I won’t have to do next by Lisa Burnett more appealing because I semester is buy a meal didn’t have to help do the plan. Now I won’t have to Entertainment Editor dishes or really have to clean spend $600 worth of DCB at up for myself. I thought the end of the semester on college was supposed to overpriced groceries at the be like this. Eating gross C-store that I won’t eat. cafeteria food and staying up until 4 a.m. to just I won’t have to open my doors to an RA at sit in the lobby and socialize with my newfound anytime to come in and see if my room is up to par. friends happened on a daily basis. Sure, parking I think living off campus will not only give me what felt like a mile away from my dorm, 3 a.m. fire more freedom, but allow me to grow up and not alarms and sharing three washers with the entire have someone always watching my every move, girls side of the dorm was awful sometimes, but like an RA. I always seemed to get my laundry done without I’m one of the older people on campus now much of a problem and didn’t let it get me down. and I feel like my time on campus is up. Living I decided to live in a dorm my sophomore year off campus will require me to pay bills and make as well, facing the same fire alarms and parking sure that my room is clean on my own. More nightmare, along with daily trips to the cafeteria independence and responsibility may seem petty because I, well, my parents, paid for it along with to most, but in this critical time in my life, it will my room. help me gain skills necessary to independent living My junior year, I moved into an on campus after college. apartment. At first, I loved this apartment life. I Dorm life helps you adjust to living on your found it oddly liberating to have my own kitchen own, but I still feel like it holds you back from and my own washer and dryer. The thing I didn’t growing up somewhat. Having someone watching find so liberating was to once again have to park so your moves and making sure your room is clean far away from my apartment. Sure, if I was lucky, seems like having a mother or father around to I got a parking spot right in front of my room, if I keep you on track. I think moving off campus will parked my car at noon. I continued to live in my help me mature and save money.
NFL showed poor fan treatment in Super Bowl
Moving off campus offers chance for growth
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The nation tuned into the biggest event of the With this notion, it seems like the NFL just year, the Super Bowl, just a few weeks ago. Jerry thinks it can throw money at its fans to keep them Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, had his day quiet. What makes this situation worse, Jones and to shine in one of the NFL’s most extravagant the NFL knew at least a week prior to the game that stadiums, which is commonly referred to as “Jerry the seats might not be ready for fans on game day, World” or the “Jones Mahal.” Jones’ stadium in but chose not to tell the affected ticket holders. Arlington, Texas, officially known as “Cowboys An NFL official said the reason for keeping the Stadium,” was home to Super Bowl XLV. ticket holders in the dark was they (the NFL) did Cowboys Stadium has a capacity of around not want to make the fans think they had a reason 80,000 people. Each end of the stadium has not to make the trip to Arlington for the game. platforms that are an open area where fans with Is this real? It should not have been a question general admission tickets called “Party Passes” for Jones and the NFL to warn fans that their seats stand to watch the game. may not be safe enough For the Super Bowl, Jones, to use. They could have always looking to make an made the same offer of extra dollar, decided adding reimbursement before the temporary seats to those fans made an expensive trek areas would be better. most likely from either the by Lee Hogan In all, a little over Green Bay, Wisc. area or the Staff Writer 15,000 temporary seats Pittsburgh, Penn. area. were added, pushing Instead, Jones and the the stadium’s capacity NFL saw dollar signs and to 105,000. The record chose to stay quiet while attendance for a Super Bowl was achieved at Super praying that the seats would be finished in time for Bowl XVII (17) when 103,895 attended the 1980 the game. matchup of the Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Needless to say, many of the affected fans Pasadena, Calif. As you can see by now, Jerry Jones were unhappy and for good reason. A few Steeler saw an opportunity to have his stadium, his pride fans were interviewed after the game by Dallas and joy, be center of the world for a day and set a Morning News and voiced their displeasure. One record attendance for a Super Bowl in the process. was quoted saying, “This isn’t the community Unfortunately, Jones and the NFL failed to playhouse where someone forgot to put out more take the fans who bought the temporary seats into folding chairs. This is supposedly a professional consideration. operation.” When game day arrived, the temporary seats It was an experience the fans, who were were still not finished. Throughout the day and not allowed in the stadium, will never get back. during the pregame shows, the discussion began Instead, they are shoved to the side and bribed to to grow as to whether or not the seats would be stay quiet to save the NFL’s face, along with Jones’. finished in time for the game. A Super Bowl is a once in a lifetime In the end, 1,200 seats were deemed “unsafe” opportunity. It is not every year that, as a fan, your and those 1,200 fans were left with a choice of favorite team makes the Super Bowl. Take for being moved to another seat or watching the game instance the Green Bay Packers. This was the first from outside on a screen. Super Bowl the Packers had been to since 1997. In the end, 400 fans were unable to enter the While their affected fans may wait and see if their game, but the NFL has proposed two options to the beloved Packers make the Super Bowl again before forgotten 400 for reimbursement. going again, they had tickets to this game, which The 400 fans can either take $2,400, equal the Packers won. What if the Packers do make it to triple the amount of their ticket at face value, back and those fans choose that Super Bowl to go along with a ticket to next year’s Super Bowl in to and the Packers lose? Indianapolis or take a ticket to another Super Bowl The NFL continues to dominate TV and sports in the future, presumably when their team makes alike as millions upon millions watch each week it again. and tons flock each week to sold-out games around The second option also comes with airfare and the country. The NFL’s greed seems to have clouded hotel accommodations as part of the deal instead its ability to look out for the most important people of the $2,400. to them—the fans.
It’s a safe bet that most people felt the earthquake Sunday night at 11 that shook most of the state, and could be felt in neighboting states. The 4.7-magnitude quake was the largest in Arkansas since a 5.0-magnitude earthquake shook the state in 1976, according to a story on CNN.com. It was followed by 3.8- and 3.4magnitude earthquakes in the next few hours. SInce September, central Arkansas has experienced several thousand earthquakes, many of which could be felt, which is what is so unusual. It’s no secret that Arkansas rests on the New Madrid fault line, which could potentially result in very damaging earthquakes. Though many geologists believe the chance of a major earthquake is unlikely, it’s still smart to be aware of what to do in case of an earthquake. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the best place to be in an earthquake is outdoors, away from buildings, trees or power lines. It is dangerous, however, to exit a building during a severe earthquake because of the possibility of being hit by falling debris. If inside, FEMA recommends dropping to the ground and getting under something sturdy, like a table or bed, and hold tight until the quake is over. It is dangerous to be near windows or exterious walls, particularly if outside. If driving, FEMA advises slowing you car when you can safely do so, and parking away from trees, close buildings, power lines or light poles. Living in a dorm or an apartment, though, can leave students a little unsure of how to behave in an earthquake. Though UCA doesn’t have an official earthquake policy available online, all buildings on campus must be up to par with city code and it’s unlikely that any would collapse. There are still dangers, however, because falling bookshelves, pictures and other things hung on walls could be a hazard. San Diego State University in California is one school with an earthquake preparedness plan on their website. The information applies well to students in dorms and apartments. The SDSU News Center website details several things relating to earthquake safety. First, students should look for possible hazards, such as bookshelves of cabinets that could cause injury if they or their contents fell during an earthquake. SDSI advises students to secure everything as well as possible, especially objects like glass, lamps or pottery. Second is create a plan. Work with roommates to determine what everyone would do in case of an earthquake, such as the safest evacuation plan and where to meet your roommates in case of a quake. Third, prepare an emergency kit. This is good advice for students in case of any emergency, and includes things like a first aid kit, flashlights and a whistle. Fourth, know how to protect yourself in an erthquake. Much like the tornado drills we all did in elementary school, the most important think is to try to cover your head and neck with something sturdy, or at least with your hands. Finally, check yourself for injury. If anything collapsed, it’s important to cover your mouth and nose to avoid breathing dust or debris. Once you’re OK, check those around you. It’s unlikely that we will experience an earthquake severe enough to cause damage, but being safe during any disaster is the best way to prevent injury and safety starts with awareness.
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Though many geologists believe the chance of a major earthquake is unlikely, it’s still smart to be aware of what to do in case of an earthquake.
March 2, 2011
Marsalis, Lincoln Center Orchestra thrill Reynolds by Andrew McClain Staff Writer
“One of the rules of thumb up here is that if you keep repeating it, it’s gonna be right,” Wynton Marsalis said, explaining why the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was laughing and chattering amongst itself during part of their first song. “We improvise up here,” Marsalis said, explaining that one member of the orchestra had tried something especially out of the ordinary and it hadn’t gone so well. I didn’t notice. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is 15 men of various ages and races playing a well-curated mixture of jazz, classical and blues, showing us where they intersect. Members of the orchestra range from older jazz veterans who have played with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Dizzy Gillespie, to young prodigies from Berkley and Julliard. Some provide the rhythmic backbone while the others have their turn at a solo, switching around with perfect timing. I know very little about jazz music - my forte is pop music, (“pop” as opposed to jazz or classical — not necessarily radio music) which relies on the human voice and written lyrics, which, while more relatable, also binds performers into meaning that may become irrelevant to them after many performances. Jazz, however, is based around musical improvisation, which gives performers the opportunity to articulate something different in every performance, never growing tired of it, the way
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Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed for a soldout crowd at Reynolds Performance Hall on Monday, Feb. 21. Orchestra played such songs as “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” a singer-songwriter might, playing the same popular love songs they wrote 20 years ago, which now may mean nothing to them. The Reynolds audience greatly enjoyed the
Orchestra’s performance. KARN News reporter James Lepine said: “All the improvisation was just excellent. These guys are amazing to watch. It was a great performance.”
Cason amazes, confuses audience with art
Sophomore Albert Hoover said: “I’m glad to see jazz traditions preserved like this. I think Wynton Marsalis does it best.” The orchestra played several compositions by their clarinetist Ted Nash, who writes complex interpretations of songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” They also played a piece that Nash was commissioned to write for the Museum of Modern Art, which was designed to be played while the audience viewed paintings by Salvador Dali. In keeping with the surreal nature of Dali’s art, the piece was in the unusual time signature of 13/8, Marsalis told us, “So, if you’re interested in clapping along...” There was, in fact, a section of the piece that involved clapping. The orchestra also played several classic blues numbers. Trombone player Chris Crenshaw sang on “I Left My Baby Standin’ on the Back Door, Cryin’” and the rest of the band sang along on “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” To watch most people play an instrument is to see an interaction — a struggle between a person and a tool for making music, even when music is successfully made. To watch Marsalis wield his trumpet is a different thing entirely; Marsalis practices total mastery over his instrument and articulates himself with perfect grace. Before watching Marsalis play, I was of the opinion that no instrument could possibly be as expressive as the human voice, and I still hold this opinion, but Marsalis makes me think hard about it.
by Lisa Burnett Entertainment Editor
Doug Cason both amazed and confused his audience with his presentation of art Feb. 22 during x-period in McCastlain Hall. Ray Ogar, assistant professor of graphic design, introduced Cason as someone whose art has been displayed from California to New York to Louisiana. Ogar added to his introduction and said: “He might not even be Doug Cason, it could be a stand-in for him.” Little did the audience know, Cason’s presentation would be equally as confusing as Ogar’s introduction. Cason is a professor at the University of Houston and an artist who is famous for his works using books. He began his presentation with having the audience think back to the power of the written word. “We often forget the power of the written word, or knowledge in general. Words get lost or canceled in translation,” Cason said. Cason brought the idea of how, as humans, we want everything at our fingertips. “Encyclopedias exceeded these expectations. They could break any subject down and we don’t realize that everything in an encyclopedia is edited because there is too much information to put in one book,” Cason said. The new technology that students use for research projects is another area of interest for Cason. “As instructors, we realize students aren’t going to books for information,” Cason said. Cason explained that before books, the human race had to take people’s words for things that happened in the past. Cason’s art gives its viewers a new outlook to how to read and view different kinds of information, like books. Cason has a collection of shelf displays of art called the “Principles of Deception.” These works of art, in Cason’s words, “rewrite history that fits. I tear things apart to make you believe the way I want you to believe them.” These works of art contain pages from church documents, road atlas pages and even discarded books. In one of his pieces, which Cason entitled, “Remorse of Heloise,” is simply a collection of discarded books with colored pages with an image cut into them. “Even though I’m giving you al the information, I want to make you think,” Cason said. Other pieces by Cason are different collections of books in which the spines of these books are put in an order to be taken in a certain meaning. “It’s very important for you to touch my artwork. What’s the
Junior Patty Hearst “‘Fantasies’ by Metric is what I have been playing on my iPod. It is electronic with rock mixed in. It has great lyrics and is very melodic.”
Sophomore Lawell Crosby “I have been listening to the ‘Flight School Mixtape’ by Wiz Khalifa. I like how he sells himself through his music and it is all something we can relate to in our own way.
Junior Jerome Willis “‘Lasers’ by Lupe Fiasco, I love his lyrical style.”
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Artist Doug Cason talkes to junior Jordan Karpe after his lecture in McCastlain Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 22. point of having a book if you can’t look at it?” Cason said. Cason also has another collection of artwork under an alter ego named Zepeda. The artwork under this alternative name is more edgy and different from his other artwork. As Zepeda, Cason takes pictures that he finds on social networking sites, such as Facebook or MySpace, and turns them into art. “Be careful of what you post online, because I find bad pictures online and paint them,” Cason said. Freshman Connie White came to the presentation for extra credit for her art appreciation class. “By coming to this today, I realized that you can turn anything around to where it suits you and your purpose,” White said. Junior Sarah Crider said she tries to come to all of the speakers within the art department. “It’s really inspiring to see what they’re doing and apply it to what I’m doing. I learned from his presentation to just take everything you see with a grain of salt, because you never know when it’s a lie,” Crider said.
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Junior art student Katelyn Lowery runs an etching through a printing press in Schichtl on Monday, Feb. 28.
Students Say Story and photos by Lukas Deem
Freshman Shelby Turpin “I have been listening to ‘Litzomania’ by Phoenix. I enjoy it because it is ‘feel good’ music.”
“What album are you currently listening to? Freshman Hope Hagerman “Journey’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album is what I’m listening to right now. I have liked them since birth. Rock on.”
Junior Bryan Schardt “I have been enjoying ‘Demons and Wizards’ by Uriah Heep. It is progressive rock, I find it interesting how the music all flows together and has many different beats in the same song.
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Sophomore Joseph Ganann “I am anticipating Taking Back Sundays new album because I heard one of their new songs and I really liked it.”
Freshman Molly Owen “I am listening to ‘21’ by Adele. I like it because she puts a lot of into the meaning of her songs and they are pretty.”
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Boot camp helps with time management by Zachary O’Neal Staff Writer
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‘60s popular groups Blood, Sweat & Tears, pictured, and The Buckinghams will perform at Reynolds Performance Hall on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Blood, Sweat & Tears won three Grammys in 1970.
Buckinghams, Blood Sweat & Tears to perform at Reynolds on Friday by Julian Spivey and Simon Gable Campus Life Editor & Staff Writer
The Nostalgia Series, part of UCA’s Public Appearances season, will come to an end when The Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat, & Tears play at Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4. Director of Public Appearances Jerry Biebesheimer said: “In the past, our public appearances season was limited to eight events. President [Allen] Meadors was key in implementing our new 20-event season that is broken up into four different series: A Night Out at Reynolds, Broadway, Distinguished Speakers and Nostalgia.” The Nostalgia series also featured 1964The Tribute, Glen Campbell and Rich Little, Biebesheimer said. The Buckinghams and Blood, Sweat, and Tears are both iconic groups from the 1960’s and 70’s, he said. This performance will be the first time either group has performed at UCA. “In fact,” Biebesheimer said, “This will be the first time that these two groups have performed together.” Biebesheimer said that Meadors was the one who initially suggest The Buckinghams. “Meadors suggested that we book the Buckinghams for the Nostalgia series and it just so happened that both of the groups were going to be in Arkansas at the same time,” he said. “Luckily, we were able to bring them together.” Both groups are known for combining a brass sound with rock music, Biebesheimer said. “They were instrumental in bringing a sound into music that influenced the music of that
generation, ” he said. Professor of journalism Polly Walter said: “I grew up when these groups were in their prime. I had older brothers and sisters who listened to their music, so I recognize many of their popular songs.” Walter, who will be in attendance, said she is excited about seeing the show. “I have been to a lot of great performances at Reynolds,” she said. “Where else do you get to see such iconic groups at this price,” she said. According to their website, The Buckinghams have stayed true to their Chicago roots “from Chicago’s Holiday Ballroom to America’s living room on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” across the U.S. and in the White House.” The Buckinghams released their first album, “Kind of a Drag,” in 1967 and released two more albums that same year. Their first single from “Kind of a Drag” was the title track and it went to number one on the Billboard pop charts. The song would be the group’s only number one hit, but they would make the top 10 on the charts twice more in 1967 with “Don’t You Care,” which went to number six, and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” which went to number five. Blood, Sweat, & Tears “has left an indelible mark on the American music scene since 1968,” according to their website. The group won the prestigious Album of the Year Grammy for their 1968 self-titled album, which was listed by editor Robert Dimery in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die,” in 2006. Blood, Sweat, & Tears had three songs go to number two on the Billboard pop music charts in 1969: “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel” and “And When I Die.” Tickets are $10 for students and $30 t0 $40 for the general public at the Reynolds box office.
The counseling center held their last boot camps of the semester Tuesday and Thursday during x-period, teaching about time management. “As a counselor up here, I see a lot of anxiety that people carry around,” Marilyn Cullum, counselor coordinator of clinical services said. “It’s directly related to not getting enough accomplished during a day and leaving things hanging over and not just getting rid of that stuff in their mind, so I just felt like we would all benefit from this. Some of us have days where we use our time really well but none of us have days where we always use our time well.” The counseling center holds a boot camp every semester on a variety of topics, including relationships, anxiety and shyness. The time management boot camp consisted of various tips in a slide show on how to keep up with time and how to utilize it wisely. Cullum said that the tips came from a book published by a motivational writer Amy Jones, “Twice as Much in Half the Time.” Cullum said she was sure that the students were aware that everyone has 86,400 seconds in a day and they should have more control over how they spend them. “I think a lot of it is procrastination and not having good priority and putting the big things off to the last,” she said. “The important thing about that is we’re going to spend them, so why not do it wisely? Why not
make it count for something?” Cullum said that managing time is not necessarily the main point, but managing priority. Time will continue whether anyone makes use of it or not. “I think it will make them feel better about themselves when at the end of the day they feel better about what they’ve accomplished,” Cullum said. “I also feel like it challenges them just to be better people because it makes us make our time count toward building us up.” One activity Cullum did was the rock test to demonstrate time management. There were two jars and rocks of three different sizes. The small rocks represented the small things people do to prepare for the day. The medium-sized rocks represented the thing that a person does along with their peers. The large-sized rock represented the most important factor that needed to be done. “What most students remember is the big rock experiment,” Cullum said. “I have students stop me and tell me that they are always conscious of getting that big rock out of the way so their day falls in place. It’s just a simple little picture but I have more students telling me that made an impact.” She filled the first jar with the small rocks followed by the big rocks. When she finally attempted to put in the big rock, which did not fit, she showed students that the unimportant factors in a day can interrupt getting the important task done. Sophomore Kelsey Baker said from this boot camp she learned how important her day was and how she does not need to waste time on the less important things. She also said being organized is her main struggle with time management.
University to hold street mural competition by Marisa Hicks Assistant News Editor
Students, faculty members and anyone affiliated with UCA is welcome to submit a sketch to become a street mural on the pavement behind the Student Center and in front of Snow Fine Arts. The Public Art Committee launched the Street Mural Competition and is accepting applications until 5 p.m. March 16. Executive Vice President Austin Hall is the chairman of the Public Art Sub-Committee that is in charge of the contest. He said the committee has been incorporating public art throughout UCA with little things such as Christmas lights during the holidays but they wanted something bigger. “Each class has goals set to complete to better campus life here at UCA and the sophomore class decided to incorporate public art on campus,” Hall said. “The sophomore class has been brainstorming ideas and now their goal to incorporate a mural on campus is finally under way.” Sophomore class representative Jovana Ilic said the sophomore class representatives wanted to do something different for their public art goals so they began debating and researching street and building murals. The committee decided to launch a contest for a street mural.
Hall said the goals of the project were to commemorate the university’s spirit and student life. The applicant needs to create a mural design that engages viewers and affirms the site as a memorable place for generations of UCA graduates while providing a welcoming and accessible setting for daily and significant events, and involving the campus community throughout the creative process, he said. According to the application, all proposals must be thematically relevant to the university and student life and have artistic quality and visual appeal. Ilic said she would like to have a system set up for students to help vote on the final projects. She said she wants to have the students involved in the process as much as possible. Applications will be reviewed from March 16-18 so the finalists can be announced on the 18. Finalists must present their ideas and designs to the SGA senate on the March 28th so that the winning design can be selected where they must present the mural design and the concept behind the piece to the senate. Applications must be turned into the SGA office in Student Center room 208 on a template or on a CD with a two-page letter attached detailing the approach to the mural.
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Waldman’s poetry wows writing students by Andrew McClain Staff Writer
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The UCA symphonic band held its first concert of the semester at Reynolds Performance Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The symphonic band had missed much rehearsal time due to weather.
Symphonic band fills Reynolds with music Assistant Campus Life Editor The UCA symphonic band held its first concert of the semester on Thursday , Feb. 22, in Reynolds Performance Hall and showcased student talent after missing much rehearsal time due to inclement weather. Associate Director of Bands Steven Smyth said the band lost a total of six rehearsals because of the recent snow storms and was only able to rehearse seven times. Senior Jasmine Coleman said the band performed well. “I thought it was pretty good considering they missed six rehearsals,” she said. The band played four pieces, which were “Themes from Green Bushes” composed by Percy Grainger, “Lux Arumque” composed by Eric Whitacre, “The Revival March” composed by John Phillip Sousa and “English Dances Set I” composed by Malcolm Arnold. “Themes from Green Bushes” was conducted by guest conductor Logan Smith, a graduate conducting intern. Smyth said the piece was a representation of a theme and the
composer of the piece made his money as a pianist. Smyth conducted the next piece, “Lux Arumque,” which is translated “light of gold.” He said the piece was originally written for an a cappella choir, but the composer later included a section for bands. The song is a Latin translation of an Edward Esch poem. Director of Bands Ricky Brooks conducted the third piece, “The Revival March.” He said the composer, John Phillip Sousa, who is famous for pieces such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” wrote several marches that aren’t quite as well-known, but were dear to him and “The Revival March” is one of them. He said Sousa’s experiences with Sunday school as a young boy helped him write the piece, which includes an old shape note hymn from “The Sweet By and By.” A shape note hymn is designed for congregational and community singing. The last piece, “English Dances Set I,” was conducted by Smyth and included four movements: Andantino, Vivace, Mesto and Allegro. Smyth said the British
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composer, Arnold, was known primarily as a film composer. He said Arnold wrote the piece based loosely on a few English folk songs and dance styles found in England. The performances showcased some principal players in the band who were senior oboe player Anna Alderson, senior flute player Brixey Schimmel, sophomore clarinet player Rachel Lovvorn, sohpomore altosaxophone player Kaleb Knight, junior horn player Erica Moore, senior trumpet player Candrea Travis, freshman trombone player Josh Gardner, freshman euphonium player Gabe Duerkop, freshman tuba player David Gonzales and senior percussionist Xzavier Lay. Logan Smith, who is a graduate student and was a guest conductor for the first piece, also performed with the band. Smyth said the performance may have been more polished if the band had been able to rehearse more, but that members did enough outside work to give a great performance, which received much applause from the audience. “It was amazing for how many rehearsals we missed,” he said.
Different people took away different things from poet Anne Waldman’s reading Wednesday night. Waldman, 65, was visiting as part of UCA’s artist-in-residence series and is known for her work in the post-Beat realm of poetry. “I’m interested in presenting a dynamic of realities,” Waldman said, speaking of the perspectives from which she writes, “feminism, even Buddhism. I also strive for a certain playfulness. I like playing with modal structure and other conventions.” Waldman, who befriended and corresponded with many of the Beat writers (Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Lawrence Ferlinghetti) is seen as a preserver of the Beat tradition. Since she is somewhat younger than all these writers, but was also close with some of them, this makes her something of a relic because they have all since passed away. Waldman, too, writes in the loose, experimental Beat style, exhibiting a daring willingness to use adjectives that may not seem to make any sense and to defy structure and convention by taking the templates of ancient poetry and writing something new and irreverent over them - it’s a very punk-rock mindset (no coincidence, then, that Waldman coauthored a book with the Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith, and went on tour with Bob Dylan during his Rolling Thunder Revue). Waldman, black-haired and severe, dressed in a long, colorful scarf, was certainly playful, showing an exuberance uncommon to many of us, much
less anyone of her age. She sang, chanted and moved about while reading her poetry, alternately whispering and shouting her unusually-structured poetry, some printed out on computer paper and others from an anthology of hers. “She was very eccentric, but very funny at the same time. I’m glad I came out,” junior Carissa Gan said. Much of Waldman’s material centers around her femininity and the plight of the woman throughout the world. Waldman recited a poem eulogizing anarchist Emma Goldman, (and railing against former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover) based around Goldman’s time working in a corset factory, using the corset to symbolize oppressive patriarchal ideals, and ending with a challenge to rise up and defy these ideals. Waldman also read large portions out of her book “Manatee/Humanity,” which she wrote after feeling a strong connection with an injured manatee in Florida. The poems from “Manatee/ Humanity” deal mostly with the way humans treat the earth and others species they share it with. Waldman mourned the ecological state of affairs. Waldman was notably good friends with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who was the subject of the 2010 film “Howl,” named for the poem that brought Ginsberg into an important obscenity trial, which is the subject of the film that stars James Franco as Ginsberg. Waldman said that she appreciated the film very much and thought it to be an accurate representation of Ginsberg’s character. Waldman closed the reading by singing “Garden of Love” by William Blake, set to a tune that Allen Ginsberg used to sing the poem to.
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Lucky Deli offers great breakfast, sandwiches by Taylor Lowery Editor & Opinion Editor
The Lucky Deli, located at 915 Front Street in downtown Conway, is truly a lucky find for any hungry student. Walking through the doors into the lime green deli, one is instantly met with a friendly voice, a smiling face and a menu to satisfy any palate. The menu includes a variety of healthy and delicious sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps that are sure to satisfy your stomach without breaking the bank. Every sandwich on the menu is either $5.95 or $6.95, and includes a large serving of chips, a pickle spear and choice of homemade cookie or brownie. Sandwiches include the hefty Club Super Stacker, a pulled pork barbecue and slaw sandwich, a Race Track Rueben or a Philly Steak and Cheese, with a number of other options. Sandwiches can be served on a variety of bread options with a number of meats and cheeses which could be added to any sandwich. The highlight of my meal was the Club Super Stacker. It was undeniably fresh, with all of the meats sliced and cooked to order, with fresh lettuce and tomato, served on a croissant. The Lucky Deli also offers fresh sliced meats by
the pound, as well as deli trays. Somehow dessert ended up being as good as lunch. The Lucky Deli offers homemade desserts and the chocolate cream pie was possibly the best part of the meal. A flaky, homemade crust topped with chocolate and whipped cream makes for a perfect end to a delicious lunch. If you can’t make time for lunch, however, the Lucky Deli offers a large variety of breakfast items which are available all day. At the top of the menu is the Ozark Country Breakfast, which includes two eggs, country hash browns, a homemade biscuit with gravy and choice of smoked slab bacon, peppered bacon, sausage patties or country ham, all for $8.99. Also on the breakfast menu are $8.99 omelets in six varieties, which are served with country hashbrowns and a biscuit and gravy. A stack of three pancakes comes in at $4.99 and a breakfast sandwich with hashbrowns comes in at $6.99. The Lucky Deli also has a “build your own breakfast” full of a la carte items including eggs, smoked bacon, smoked country ham steak, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hashbrowns, grits, oatmeal and toast. The Lucky Deli offers something for everyone. The Lucky Deli is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds Quintet performed at Reynolds Performance Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 23 as part of UCA’s Black History Month events.
Imani Winds rock Reynolds crowd by Jeanette Anderton Staff Writer
Imani Winds, the 2005 Grammy-nominated wind quintet, rocked the house at Reynolds Performance Hall last Wednesday night as part of UCA’s Black History Month events. “I enjoyed it,” sophomore Jacques Courtney said. “I play the saxophone and it’s incredible to see a wind quintet play songs from across the world.” The quintet consisted of Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn and Monica Ellis, bassoon. The group has played such major venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall and Kimmel Center. They have been featured twice on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and had appearances on American Public Media’s “Saint Paul Sunday,” “News and Notes with Ed Gordon,” “BBC the World” and NPR’s “Performance Today.” They opened the concert with the whimsical Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn. Their own flutist, Coleman, composed the next piece, “Afro Cuban Concerto.” Bassoonist Ellis introduced the piece, saying that it was an eclectic blend of wind quintet literature that celebrates the various rhythms of the island of Cuba. “Sometimes we reach to the latter parts of the world for inspiration,” Ellis said. Spellman-Diaz then introduced Julio Medaglia’s “Suite Belle Epoque in Sud-America”, which translates to “The Good Life in South America.” Spellman-Diaz said the piece begins with “a flashy, sultry full-on tango from Argentina.” Part two is a charming waltz from Brazil, she said. Kevin Hamilton, director of the Bearcard Center, said, “I love music, but the main reason I came tonight is to bring my daughters. Kayla,15,
plays the clarinet and Jaelyn, 11, plays the trumpet. I wanted them to see well known AfricanAmericans playing music.” After intermission, Scott announced a change in the program. “Actually, it’s an addition,” he said. “Homage to Duke,” composed by Scott himself, was added to the play list. Scott said the piece was inspired by Ellington’s “Come Sunday.” “Terra Incognita” was written specifically for Imani Winds by Wayne Shorter. Before performing their signature piece, Coleman said that Shorter would “always be ahead of his time.” Daniel Schnyder’s “Woodland Quintet” followed. “This fits our desire to mix styles. It is contemporary and at times, it gets quite wild,” Ellis said. Imani closed the evening with “The East Suite” by Gamal Abdel-Rahim. “The Legacy Commissioning Project got us into a new cornerstone, a collection of Eastern European, Jewish music,” Coleman said. Coleman said composer Abdel-Rahim is “touching the hand of God with every note he makes.” “I’ve played everything but music from the Middle East. This makes me want to try it,” Courtney said. After a standing ovation and curtain call, Imani came to the lobby to greet audience members. Ellis said: “It was great. We’re just here for the day, but wish we could stay longer. [Reynolds] is a beautiful hall and you guys were a wonderful audience. It’s always great to be invited and get a warm reception.” The concert, which was free to students, was sponsored by Minority Mentorship Program, SGA, the UCA Music Department, Minority Student Services and the Joint Black History Month Committee.
UCA will host the 2011 Arkatext Literary Festival, which began yesterday and goes through Friday, and will include several literary events and readings throughout the week. “It’s a celebration of writing in Arkansas,” writing professor Terry Wright said. He said it was designed to show students that they don’t have to go to New York to write, to bring in Arkansas writers and to showcase UCA’s writers. He said it takes literature out of the classroom and puts it into practice, while giving the opportunity for students and faculty to see that they are among working professionals and giving the opportunity to share work. “It makes literature a living thing,” he said. Yesterday during x-period was scheduled a writing faculty reading in the grand foyer of Thompson Hall, featuring Shelle Stormoe, Sandy Rankin, John Vanderslice and Deb Moore. Today, Hendrix College writer in-residence Tyrone Jaeger will host a craft lecture in the grand foyer from 11 to 11:50 a.m. At 2 p.m. he will be reading his own prose. Writing professor Mark Spitzer said Jaeger’s reading and lecture will be a good way for students to see what it’s like to be a writer in-residence. He said Jaeger goes to different places and lives with other writers and artists who cover his expenses so he can concentrate on his work. “He’s a really entertaining reader,” he said. Tomorrow, UCA students will be reading with other undergraduates from Kansas University in the Grand Foyer during x-period. Professor John Vanderslice said KU approached the writing department about doing an exchange reading
program with them after a successful exchange program KU had with the University of Alabama. The KU students will be arriving Wednesday and staying with UCA students through Friday. He said the point of the exchange program is to get students used to the culture of going to readings. “It’s a real talent to read your own work well,” he said. He said reading their own work is something students need to work on. In April, UCA students will be going to Kansas to participate and interact with students there. Also on Thursday will be a creative writing tag-team reading at 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Conway Country Club. Faculty from UCA and KU will team up to read their work. The final event will be the Toad Suck Review Launchapalooza Extravaganza on Friday, which will be a three-part event starting at 8 p.m. on Michelangelo’s rooftop where contributors to the journal will perform and read. The first issue of Toad Suck Review will be sold along with t-shirts and merchandise from other artists. Part one will be a reading featuring Stephanie Vanderslice, Arkansas Times journalist Bernard Reed and Julee Jaeger. UCA writing students Ariel Moore, Michael Garland, Carter Fliss and Amber Scott will also be reading original works. Part two will start at 9 p.m. and will feature novelist Kevin Brockmeier, poet and singer Marck Beggs and writer Timothy Snediker. Part three will start at 10 p.m. and will host live music by Don’t Stop Please an experimental band, which includes William Krzeszinksi, Joel Ludford, Nick Caffrey, Marly Feliciano, Robert Gaiser and Will King. The event is free and open to the public. All other Arkatext events are also free.
Songs Unlimited brings West to campus by Jeanette Anderton Staff Writer
Songs Unlimited, Inc. will present a four-day festival at UCA that features musicians, storytellers and ensembles. Kay Kraeft, president of Songs Unlimited, said “Songs of the American West: A Living Documentary” will be the third of the “Songs Across the Americas” festivals. The first was held in South America in 2001, while the second was held at UCA in 2006. “There is a lot of planning that goes into these events because there are so many different people involved and they are from so many different places,” Kraeft said. This year’s entire festival is being dedicated to the late Loretta Price Arjona. Kraeft said many people on the UCA campus and around central Arkansas probably remember Arjona since she was formerly the dean of Continuing Education. Kraeft said Arjona was also a founder of the Petit Jean International Art Song Festival as well as a founding member of Songs Unlimited, Inc. Arjona was instrumental in helping Songs Unlimited, Inc. establish their non-profit status, which was in November 2000, Kraeft said. “Loretta was one of the great inspirations for that and at the forefront of much of how these two enterprises were developed,” Kraeft said. The public tribute of Arjona will take place at the beginning of the opening concert March 9. Surviving members of Arjona’s friends and family in central Arkansas are encouraged to attend. During the four-day festival that occurs March
9 through 12 there will be nightly concerts that will include Legends and Dance, Broadway and Roy Rogers Jr. and the High Riders. Some of the musicians featured in the festival include world-renowned artists Steven Kimbrough and Dalton Baldwin, Metropolitan Opera singer Richard Hobson, Ricardo Estrada of Bolivia, Robert Holden, Christine Donahue, Martha Antolik, Andrea Ramos, Allison Stanford, Marque Black, Suzanne Loersch, Jennifer Edwards and Amanda Boyd. Each day at 1:30 p.m. in McCastlain Hall will be songs accompanied by a narrative from cowboys, settlers or Native Americans. At 4 p.m. March 9, 10 and 11 will be an Opera Showcase in McCastlain. “You won’t be able to recognize McCastlain Hall,” Kraeft said. “We will have completely transformed it into either an opera house or the Wild West, depending on the event.” The Conway Symphony Orchestra will be the festival’s grand finale at Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 12. “Kay met with [the CSO] as she was planning the festival to explore a way to involve the symphony,” Allison Vetter, CSO Board of Directors President, said. “A program was worked out that could be in [CSO’s] subscription series and also be a part of the festival,” Vetter said. She said Kraeft applied for a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council and received funding to support the event. “We are very excited to be a part of this four-day festival, which will bring in performers and speakers from across the country and internationally,” Vetter said.
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‘Limbs’ disappoints fans, not as good as ‘Rainbows’ by Shea Higgerson Assistant Campus Life Editor
Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr.), Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman (Mark Salling), Artie Abrams (Kevin McHale) and Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) perform as the “Justin Bieber Experience” in the Feb. 15 “Glee” episode, “Comeback.”
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to reality standards, but in the end everyone got a good dose of everything “Glee” is about. But, by far, the most entertaining part of the episode was a cameo by Katie Couric. Her appearance at the end was well worth watching the episode. “Silly Love Songs,” a Valentine’s Daythemed episode was my least favorite of the recent episodes, but still entertaining nonetheless. The most surprising new love affair is that of Puckerman (Mark Salling), the New Directions’ token bad boy, and Lauren Zizes (Ashley Fink), the wrestling team star and glee club newbie. All in all though, the episode was light and full of laughs. “Comeback,” was one of my favorite episodes of part two of season two. It is, of course, Justin Bieber-themed. The episode is all about re-inventing one’s self. Rachel (Lea Michele) tries to re-invent herself as a fashion icon and Sam (Chord Overstreet) tries to re-invent himself into Justin Bieber to make Quinn (Diana Agron) pay attention to him. The episode played full on into the Bieber Fever phenomenon that has swept adolescent girls across the nation. With fun songs and a band called “The
Four weeks, four completely different styles of music and four awesome episodes of “Glee” have graced the airwaves this past month. “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle,” which appeared immediately after the Super Bowl, was a hilarious re-introduction to the cast of “Glee” after an eight-week wait for part two of season two. Obviously, trying to keep the football audiences’ attention, the show opened with cheerleaders and fireworks. While this may have excited the football crowd, it bored Coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) who decided a more theatrical cheerleading show was needed, which included Brittany (Heather Morris) as a human cannonball. But, the main focus of the show was once again the ongoing battle between the football team and their hatred of the glee club. In order to fix their problems, the coaches of both teams decided to join forces and have the two perform a number during the halftime show of their championship game. Of course, things don’t always go according
Justin Bieber Experience,” the boys did not fail in grabbing the affection of all the girls at school. Coach Sylvester also joins the glee club in this episode. Of course, it was part of her plot to bring down the glee club as she announced at the end that she is the new coach of Oral Intensity, one of New Directions’ rival glee clubs. The most recent episode, “Blame it on the Alcohol,” was another one of my favorites. Like the title suggests, it’s all about drinking and the effects of alcohol. There was a lack in the message on the dangers of alcohol, rather making teen drinking seem fun. It did, however, bring up the points of having a sober driver and that hangovers suck. Other than that, the episode was hilarious. Rachel has a spin-the-bottle kiss with Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) gay love interest, Blaine (Darren Criss), Finn (Cory Monteith) gives viewers a breakdown of the drunken female archetypes and Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), coach of New Directions, has a fun night out on the town and drunk dials Coach Sylvester. The only lesson tried to be taught in this episode: drink responsibly.
Radiohead released their newest album “King of Limbs” last week, which is an 8-track album they have been selling on their website as digital only or as a “newspaper” album including two 10 inch vinyl records, a CD and artwork. It is their first release since 2007’s “In Rainbows,” which was sold as a digital download that allowed buyers to set their own price. Being a broke college student, I would have preferred Radiohead to sell their new album that same way, especially since “King of Limbs” is not quite the work of art “In Rainbows” is. I won’t complain too much, though, since I only paid $9 for the digital MP3 copy. The first song that caught my attention on the album was “Lotus Flower.” It is very similar to the songs heard on “In Rainbows” and that’s what I like about it. It’s a chill song with a simple, classic Radiohead beat and is easily the best song on the album. Thom Yorke’s voice is beautiful in every song, but it doesn’t quite convince me that I love “King of Limbs.” It is a more upbeat, electronica Radiohead compared to “In Rainbows.” It is also really bass and drums heavy. The first song, “Bloom,” has a beat that gets a little too repetitive and annoying. There’s also this weird buzzing noise that reminds me of a bee or a kazoo and I just can’t enjoy it. If they eliminated the repetitive drum beat, the song would be very likeable. I could even live with the bee buzzing. My least favorite songs are “Morning Mr. Magpie” and “Feral.” The way
Yorke sings them is strange. “Morning Mr. Magpie” seems strained because of spaced out vocals, but the song isn’t completely terrible. “Feral” is just too weird. Yorke only makes random noises and there’s not any of the lyrical brilliance that I’m accustomed to. It’s almost just an instrumental song and I didn’t enjoy listening to it at all. “Codex” is a nice change from the electronica sounds on the rest of the album. It’s more piano based and very chilled out. It’s definitely the Radiohead that I love. “Give Up the Ghost” is another slow song that isn’t heavy on bass and drums, but toward the end it starts sounding too repetitive and I wanted to stop listening to it before it was over. The last song on the album, “Separator,” goes back to a more electronica beat; however, it’s more tolerable than what is heard on the first few songs and actually enjoyable. Its lyrics really stood out to me the first time I heard it. Yorke sings, “It’s like I’m falling out of bed from a long, weary dream.” This song proved to me that Radiohead can still be good lyricists. The main problem with this album is that the beats get too repetitive in most of the songs. “King of Limbs” is quite similar to Yorke’s solo album, “The Eraser,” which is the better of the two when compared. Overall, I must say I’m disappointed with “King of Limbs,” although I don’t completely hate it. It has its moments and a few decent songs. Loving “In Rainbows” and other albums as much as I do, I can’t appreciate this new release as much; however, Radiohead will continue to be one of my favorite bands. After all, every band has its low point. Let’s just hope Radiohead recovers from this.
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Allan, Corbin, Shepherd perform for St. Jude by Lee Hogan Staff Writer
Gary Allan, Easton Corbin and Ashton Shepherd put on a unique concert benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The trio surprised the audience at the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock when they came out together. The three artists stayed on stage together for the entire show, taking turns performing one song at a time. The concert had an intimate feel that I have not felt at any other concert. Each artist brought out his/her own guitar along with one fellow band member who also had a guitar. This arrangement brought a unique feel to the concert. It lacked the spectacle with bright lights and loud music that sometimes drowns out the singer, which was refreshing. Allan said he enjoyed doing benefit shows like this. “I only get to do these shows about two times a year,” Allan said to the crowd. “It’s fun playing without a band. It makes you see if you still know your own songs.” Allan opened the concert with “Songs About Rain,” a hit song from a previous album “See If I Care.” The crowd was very receptive to this song, considering the majority had waited outside in the rain for the doors to open. It could be said the least-known act, Shepherd, quietly stole the show from
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the two bigger attractions, Allan and Corbin. Shepherd’s songs and country accent connected with the crowd and a lot of the women in attendance. Many of Shepherd’s songs not only got applause from the audience, but from Allan and Corbin. Shepherd performed “Where Country Grows,” a song she said was the title of her soon-to-be-released second album. Allan said there were “a lot of great songs up here tonight.” Shepherd even influenced one of Allan’s song choices for the night. Shepherd said listening to Allan perform live made her reminisce of times listening to Allan’s songs years ago. “Y’all, I remember Gary way back when he was doing songs like ‘Smoke Rings in the Dark,’” Shepherd said. After Shepherd’s comments, Allan turned to his guitarist to tell him what song to play next. “Let’s play that one,” Allan said, referring to “Smoke Rings in the Dark.” Allan’s performance of the song got one of the warmer receptions of the night. Corbin performed many songs from his debut album, including his first number-one and debut single, “A Little More Country than That.” Before performing the single, Corbin said a “thank you,” the audience for making his first single a number-one. Corbin also received warm receptions after his performance of his current single, “Can’t Love You Back,” along with his performance of “The Way Love Looks.”
1.“A1A” by Jimmy Buffett (1974) “A1A,” named for the Florida road that runs along the Atlantic coast down to Key West, is Buffett’s finest. The album includes many of Buffett’s best songs like “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” “Nautical Wheelers” and “Migration,” while also giving us rare gold like “Life is Just a Tire Swing” and “Dallas.” Most people know Buffett for “Margaritaville,” but this is the side of him that is truly special.
Shepherd said she liked Corbin’s “Can’t Love You Back.” “I remember the first time I heard that song I liked it,” Shepherd said. “It has such a great hook. I mean ‘I can’t love you back.’ That’s great. As a song-writer, it made me wish I had thought of it first.” Allan received the biggest reception of the night after performing “Watching Airplanes,” a popular song from one of his previous albums, “Living Hard.” The audience sang along to the majority of the songs and showed their pleasure after Allan finished. Allan bowed from his stool and thanked the audience for their applause. Shepherd made sure to dedicate her song “I’m Just a Woman,” to a certain gender in the audience. “This one is for the ladies,” Shepherd said. Most of the women in the audience cheered throughout the song. Shepherd also rivaled Allan for the biggest reception of the night with her performance of her current single, “Look it Up.” The song, wrote from a woman’s perspective speaking of an unfaithful partner, drew tremendous cheers and applause from the females in the audience and once again from fellow performers Allan and Corbin. After Shepherd’s song, the three artists thanked the audience for coming and supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital before exiting the stage. The trio put on quite a show that was unique in a way I will probably never see again.
2. “John Prine” by John Prine (1971) John Prine’s self-titled debut is hands down one of the greatest folk albums of all time. It’s sad today that not only this album, but Prine in general are unknown to many of this generation. There isn’t a weak song on the record and tunes like “Hello in There” “Sam Stone,” “Six O’Clock News” and “Far From Me” are jawdroppingly good and poetically beautiful.
Gnomeo Bluebury, voiced by James McAvoy, and Juliet Redbrick, voiced by Emily Blunt, fall in love, though their opposing gardens, the Reds and Blues, are at war.
‘Gnomeo, Juliet’ entertaining for kids by Jillian Browder Staff Writer
“Gnomeo and Juliet,” Touchstone’s animated take on Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” is most definitely disposable and indeed generated for an audience that can leave almost any movie and feel entertained. I could not help but go into the theater with high hopes though. I mean, with recent animated hits like “Despicable Me,” “Megamind” and “Tangled,” I was honestly excited about “Gnomeo and Juliet.” Sadly, though, even when paired with my love of old Billy Shakes and colorful garden ornamentation, I cannot in sound mind call this a good movie. For those of you who have been living under a rock since Christmas, here is the basic rundown. Enter a modern animated England where on Verona Street lives two crotchety old neighbors, Ms. Montague and Mr. Capulet. Each has a set of gnomes guarding their equally atrociously colored lawns: The Blues and the Reds. The two gardens have been at war from the beginning for reasons they do not even know about and the audience never will. But what happens when Gnomeo Bluebury, voiced by James McAvoy, and Juliet Redbrick, voiced by Emily Blunt, fall in love? Is it to be doomed the same as their tragic human predecessors? Or will the young ceramic couple make it out alive through all the lawn mower races, unfortunate garden pruning and cheesy montages? If you guessed the latter you would be—Oops! I shouldn’t give it away. I mean it’s not like it is
3. “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.” Bruce Springsteen (1973) ‘Asbury Park’ was Springsteen’s debut and to this day remains one of his three best albums. It was poetic, it was picturesque and it was his rite of passage two years before his magnum opus, “Born to Run.” There’s more talent in a Springsteen song on this album like “Blinded by the Light” or “For You” or “Growin’ Up” than most songwriters will have in a career.
a children’s movie or anything. It is perfectly plausible to assume that they would kill off the lead couple. To say I was not entertained at all by the film would be a lie. Some jokes were just too cheesy and some puns too punny to not let out a good laugh. So it was not a complete fail from my perspective. From an animation standpoint, the artwork was a hit and you could tell that a lot of thought went into the planning of how exactly these inanimate objects would interact with each other if they were to come to life. The time and effort put in to the visuals truly showed. Something that is a little hard to believe however is the fact that it took nine writers to come up with this. Nine? Really? Yes, nine, and that is not including ole’ Billy’s original work either. In all honesty, the story seems like something that a group of middle school kids could come up with in less time, with less work and for a lot cheaper. It is however, true to its G rating and very family friendly. Kids will indeed enjoy this movie and parents shouldn’t feel that jilted. Sure the double entendres do not live up to the expectations that have become the norm since the emergence of “Shrek,” but there are a few that call for a laugh. So, to go, or not to go? That is the question. Or maybe more along the lines of to go or to rent, that is the real question. It’s good enough to give it a chance, but not hardly good enough to pay for the price of a 3D ticket unless you have a child to entertain on a Saturday afternoon.
4. “Excitable Boy” by Warren Zevon (1978) If most people know Zevon at all, it’s probably for his only hit “Werewolves of London,” but his third album “Excitable Boy,” which includes the hit, is a masterpiece. ‘Werewolves’ and the title track are giddily macabre, which you don’t find much in rock “Accidentally Like a Martyr” is a tenderly crafted ballad and “Lawyers, Guns & Money” and “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” are cheeky at its best.
5. “Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits (1985) The Mark Knopfler-led Dire Straits have always been underappreciated in general, which is why even their best-selling album, 1985’s “Brothers in Arms,” is under-appreciated. The album includes the group’s usual bluesyrock guitar sound and such great songs as the tongue in cheek “Money for Nothing,” the smooth “So Far Away,” the oldie feel tune of “Walk of Life” and the epic title track.
March 2, 2011
From the Shotgun By Ben Keller
Baseball has second successful weekend series, showcased strong pitching, balanced, efficient fielding
t was another big weekend for the Bears baseball team as they swept their second opponent for the 2011 season. The Eastern Illinois Panthers came to Conway and had two huge chances in the games on Saturday and Sunday to topple the Bears, but it is that new system I mentioned last week that kept the Bears together. This week, fans were treated to a different side of the Bears’ game that shone against the Panthers’ pitching. Junior lefthanded pitcher Dustin Ward came in to pitch five innings during the game on Saturday and helped the Bears rally back during that game. No one would argue that pitching for five innings, throwing 81 pitches, striking out two, only walking two, allowing three hits and no runs isn’t an amazing stint on the mound. While Ward had a great five innings, nothing can compare to junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Angus’ amazing nine inning performance on Sunday. Angus took control of that game from the beginning and never relented his hold on the Panthers. His defense helped make sure of that as well. Two times during the game the Bears defense was able to successfully throw out runners who were trapped in a pickle. Not only does that show great control and technique under pressure, but it also puts on a great show for the fans. Watching the tension between fielders and runner in a pickle is my favorite scenario in a baseball game and it is not all that often you get to see one happen. Angus also had control of Panthers runners on the base. He was able to successfully throw a leading runner out, something his Panther pitcher counterparts failed at miserably. I remember sitting in the stands during the game Sunday and just shook my head in
amazement at how obsessed some of the Panthers pitchers were with trying to throw out Bears runners who were leading off. I estimated at one at bat, Panthers freshman pitcher Christian Slazinik threw to first base at least five or six times trying to shorten the runners lead or tag him out. While it made for some long, drawn out at bats, the Bears ultimately profited from silly mistakes like the Panthers balking. The Bears’ fielding and defense was overall good for the weekend, but they were somewhat hit and miss on Sunday. They did have a big showing late in the game that directly affected the outcome of the game, and in baseball, it is those single plays that can make the difference between a victory and a loss. If you were in the stands on Sunday then you may already know what I’m talking about. I’m talking about Bears senior left fielder Matt Bauer’s supposed dropped catch in left field. Personally, I thought he had caught the thing. I saw the catch, saw him take a step, looked down to jot a note and next thing I know the umps are calling a dropped catch and fielder error. I talked with coach Allen Gum after the game and he also said he thought Bauer had made the catch, but he made a very good point after saying that. He said there is no excuse for his team to drop those catches and he is absolutely right. While the Bears did have a little hiccup with that play, it definitely did not make them flinch. Senior shortstop Kyle Prevett proved that in the final inning of the game when he layed out to snag a line drive that was headed for the deep hole in right center. If he hadn’t made that catch, the game Sunday could have ended way differently. Hat’s off to you Prevett. That was a nice grab.
Bears Brief • The Bears softball team ended up with a winning record of 2-3 during the Baylor Tournament in Waco, Texas this past weekend. The tournament was highlighted by the Bears upset victory over the #23 Houston Lady Cougars on Friday Feb. 25. The Bears beat the Lady Cougars 1-0 in a decisive fourth inning that gave the Bears the only run of the game. Junior first baseman Kasey Britt hit a home run over the right center wall. Sophomore pitcher Kelsi Armstrong allowed two hits, four walks and six strikeouts over seven innings. The Lady Cougars senior pitcher Donna Bourgeios had four hits against her with one walk and seven strikeouts. Britt had the most hits for the Bears with three, including her home run, and sophomore catcher Melanie Bryant had the fourth hit against Bourgeios during the game. The Bears defense also prevented the Lady Cougars from scoring in during several instances that would have tied the game and possibly given them the lead. During the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman catcher Haley Outon hit a line drive single into left field. Outon advanced to second when sophomore left fielder Lindsey Barsoum threw to Bryant at home plate. Junior pinch runner Mary Tyler Dobson advanced to third and ran for home plate but was tagged out as she tried
to score. The Bears held the Lady Cougars in the bottom of the seventh to secure a victory. • The Bears’ first victory for the weekend came when they defeated the LouisianaMonroe Lady Warhawks 4-1. The Bears had control throughout the entire game and added two runs to their lead during the bottom of the fifth inning. Barsoum started the inning off with a bunt that she was able to run out and make it safely to first. She then advanced around the bases thanks to help from her teammates who used sacrifice hits to get to third. Bryant came up to bat and hit a home run over the left center wall to bring herself and Barsoum in to score giving the Bears a 3-0 lead. The Bears scored their final run for the game in the bottom of the sixth when senior designated player Shay Ristau doubled into right field for an RBI. • The Bears’ final victory for the weekend was against Southland Conference rival Sam Houston State Lady Bearkats. The Bears beat the Lady Bearkats 2-1 in another pitching battle that was led by Armstrong. Armstrong pitched all seven innings and allowed three hits and one run that was earned. She only walked two batters and had six strikeouts.
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Senior shortstop Kyle Prevett tags out Panthers junior first baseman T.J. McManus after he was trapped in a pickle during the top of the third inning. The Bears won the game 3-2 and swept the weekend series against the Panthers.
Pitching secures 3-2 victory for Bears by Ben Keller Sports Editor
Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Angus recorded his first win this season after pitching nine innings in the Bears 3-2 victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Angus pitched the entirety of the game and only allowed six hits and two runs, both of which were earned runs. He walked three Panther batters and struck out 10. Angus’ pitch count for the game was 144. Coach Allen Gum said Angus had a terrific game on Sunday and was a huge factor in their victory. “It was dictated by pitching,” he said. “Ryan Angus just did an outstanding job on the mound. He controlled the ballgame for nine innings.” Gum said the weekend series against the Panthers has been a good showing of what the Bears pitching lineup can do. The Panthers went through four pitchers during the course of the game. Collectively, their pitchers had eight strike outs, gave up seven hits and three runs, all of which were earned runs. Gum said the Bears’ hitting was not what it has been and the scoreboard reflected that. “Offensively they controlled us,” he said. “We didn’t do a good job of hitting good pitches and we had to hit their pitches instead of what we wanted. It got us into a bind and didn’t get us any runs.” Senior second baseman Zach Dickson said he felt the team struggled at the plate on Sunday but said Angus held the team together all the way through the game. The Bears were the first to strike in the game on Sunday. Senior catcher Michael Pair led off the Bears lineup in the bottom of the first. Pair hit a line drive down the left field line that gave him a leadoff double. Junior first baseman Blake Roberts hit a sacrifice bunt to Panthers freshman pitcher Christian Slazinik. His bunt advanced Pair to third base.
Sophomore right fielder Ethan Harris went down looking during his at bat to give the Panthers two outs. It was sophomore third baseman Bryan Willson who hit a line drive single to bring in Pair for the Bears first run. The Panthers answered back in the top of the second inning when senior shortstop Cam Strang hit a single line drive up the middle that brought in sophomore third baseman Ryan Dineen. During the top of the fourth, the Panthers took the lead and scored their final run of the game. The Bears were able to go up by a run during the bottom of the fourth to secure their victory and were helped along when Slazinik balked to advance runners to second and third base. The Bears fielding was able to hold the Panthers for the rest of the game and prevented them from scoring. During the top of the sixth, Angus was able to throw out junior left fielder Ben Thoma as he led off of first base. During the top of the seventh inning, the Bears were given an error for a questionable call in left field. Dineen hit a fly ball to deep left field that senior left fielder Matt Bauer had supposedly caught, but the third base umpire Wes Bilon called that Bauer dropped the ball after he tried to switch the ball from his glove hand to his bare hand. Dineen recorded a reach on an error and the Bears did not get an out. Senior second baseman Zach Dickson said it is hard to make a call like that out deep in left field but ultimately the Bears were able to bounce back from it. “Personally, I thought he even took a couple of steps before he took it out of his glove,” he said. “The umps have been good all weekend though. They are a solid crew and we will have them again.” Gum said he went out to argue the call but after everything, his team cannot drop balls like that. “I thought [Bauer] had caught it and he
was just coming up, pulling it out of his glove to throw it to second. I thought that was when he dropped it and not on the catch,” he said. “But, with that being said, we don’t need to drop that ball anyway. There was nobody on, there is no reason to be in a hurry. We just have to catch the ball and make sure you throw it in.” Late in the game during the top of the ninth, senior shortstop Kyle Prevett laid out to catch a line drive that could have put a runner on base in position to tie the game. The Panthers were still able to get two runners on during the inning, but the Bears’ fielding and pitching was able to finish the game after the top of the ninth. Gum said Prevett’s play made a big difference in the outcome of the game. Gum said the Bears have a long week ahead of them this week with five games over six days, but he has confidence in his team that they are prepared. “We will have a plan, will we have an approach and we will just have to stick to it,” he said. Dickson said a big thing the team will be focusing on is getting ready to play on a dirt field, something they have not done in a while. “We’ve been playing on this turf for about six or seven months and were going to have to go play on some dirt,” he said. “It will be a little bit of an adjustment and we have to get use to playing on a real surface again.” Gum said he and his team have a good relationship with Hendrix’s baseball program and he hoped he would be able to get his team out on Hendrix’s dirt field before leaving yesterday. The Bears will play their second game at 2 p.m. today against the Southeastern Missouri State Redhawks in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Bears will be back this weekend for a three game series against the Indiana State Sycamores. Their first game is at 6 p.m. Friday, March 4.
Men’s, women’s golf teams prepare for upcoming tourneys by Marisa Hicks Assistant News Editor
The men and women’s golf teams have been preparing for their up and coming meets this semester. The men’s first meet will be this weekend in Oneonta, Ala. at the Limestone Springs golf course. They have been practicing at a minimum of five days a week, working on their shots to prepare for the Samford Invitational set for March 7 and 8. The third match of the season for the women will be the JAU Eagle Invitational at the Eagle Landing golf coarse in Orange Park, Fla. on March 1113. Head Coach Ryke Dismuke said both teams have been working on course management and putting and short shots. “We haven’t had a meet yet [men’s golf team]. This is the first one. I’m looking forward to see how the team progresses throughout the semester,” Dismuke said. He said the team has been focusing on putting and short game situations. The team has also been working on getting their shots in the green, he said. Senior Andrew Hopkins said the team has been working on shots from 150 yards and closer. “It doesn’t seem like much, but these shots are really important,” Hopkins said. He said the men’s team will be leaving Saturday for the invitational and that it is very important to master their shots at 150 yards. “We’ve been working hard all semester to prepare for our first game and this is finally our first time to go,” Hopkins said He said that one of the teams participating in the invitational are set to be ranked number one in the country by the time the tournament rolls around. Dismuke said the championship tournament will be April 25-27 in Fort Worth, Texas. He said that the team will have plenty of time for improvement and to master shooting and putting to prepare for the
tournament through all of the team practices and the scheduled meets. Hopkins said the team practices for about two hours Monday through Friday and then they play up to 18 holes. Each of the players also throw in practices on their own over the weekend to gain skill and precision. The team’s weakness, he said, is mostly their short shots, but with practice they will get better. “We [the men’s team] are excited for our first tournament, especially because we’ll be playing against one of the top teams. If we can beat one of the number one schools in the country, it will be really good for us,” Hopkins said. Dismuke said it will be the first time for the men’s golf team to participate in a tournament against Samford. He said the women’s team has been practicing hard to prepare for their tournaments against Texas A&M at Corpus Christi and the JAU Eagle Invitational. The tournament at Corpus Christi began Monday and will end tomorrow and the team is now preparing more for the JAU Eagle Invitational in Florida. Dismuke said it was an advantage for the women to play a tournament at Corpus Christi to not only gain experience points for the season but a head start on the course. Their championship tournament will be held at April 18-20. Senior C.J. Bobbit said it was a great chance for the women’s golf team to get a preview of their conference coarse. She said the team has participated in a tournament at JAU once before last semester and she is excited to play the tournament because it will be their second time to play there. “It’s hard to prepare for a competition,” Bobbit said, “because the courses will always be different.” She said the women’s team has been working on short games, shots of 130 yards and closer and middle game situations.
“We have been working on a lot of short games to try to prepare ourselves for the season,” Bobbit said. Even though the team lost a day of practice last week, she said the team will not be set back for the JAU invitational because they only lost one day of practice. The team still practices every other day and by the time of the invitational the women will have already played two tournaments. The women’s team practices for four hours starting at noon each day Monday through Friday and the team practices on their own on the weekends whenever they can, she said. The team has six players so the team must compete against one another to determine who can attend the invitational because only five can participate. She said Dismuke will give them a limited amount of holes and starting from the players with the lowest to the highest amount of shots will be eligible to attend the tournament. The women will compete against one another, she said, as the tournament draws nearer to see which players will travel. Dismuke said the women’s team, like the men’s, will be focusing on their short game and throwing shots around the green, but they also need to practice putting and scoring points in the game, as well as sharpening their shots. He said the women will also be working on shots from 150 yards and closer because they need improvement from their first tournament at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C. on Feb. 20-22. “The team [women’s golf team] played OK but there is room for improvement. We finished eighth out of 33 teams,” Dismuke said. He said he is looking forward to watch as both the men and women progress through each tournament. As the teams travel it will be obvious that the time they spent practicing was well worth it, he said.
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Sugar Bears tame Lady Lions 79-61 by Ben Keller Sports Editor
The Sugar Bears basketball team showcased their offensive capabilities during their blowout game against the Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions whom they beat 79-61 Saturday afternoon. The Lady Lions could not keep up with the offensive pressure the Sugar Bears had on Feb. 26 and were down by 15 going into halftime with a score of 40-25. The Sugar Bears continued to break through the Lady Lions’ defense throughout the second period and added even more to their large lead. With 5:07 left in regulation, the Sugar Bears took a 30 point lead over the Lady Lions when sophomore forward Desiree Rogers hit a layup with an assist from sophomore forward Britney Gowans. Coach Matt Daniel said it was good for him and his team to get some players in that do not get as much play time not only to get them playing but to keep other players fresh. “We talked about this in the locker room, Megan [Herbert] had 11 points and three rebounds and it’s not that often that she is like that. This is the time of the year where we got a great game from Nakeia Guiden, Desiree Rogers, Courtney Duever, BG [Britney Gowans] I thought played really well and that is huge.” During the remaining five minutes, the Lady Lions started to chip away at the Sugar Bears lead but it was not enough to come back from the 30-point deficit of 77-47. Lady Lions redshirt freshman forward Aja Gibson started things off late in the second period for the Lady Lions when she hit one of her two free throws. Senior guard Mary Fountain followed up Gibson’s point with a jumper and then junior guard Kelli Jenkins sank a jumper of her own to make the score 77-52. Fountain would hit another basket before the Bears had their chance to answer back. Senior center Megan Moss was fouled by Gibson and went to the foul line. Moss sank both of her foul shots to give the Bears their final points of the game and make the score 79-54. Gibson scored two more baskets and junior guard Jessica Sommers made the final basket of the game, a three-point shot with 15 seconds left in regulation. Daniel said he was proud of the way his team played, especially with the offensive effort. “We were probably the most patient we have ever been on offense and we were still able to score 79 points,” he said. “We knocked down free throws, took care of the ball, knocked down open shots and we defended the ball.” Rogers said she thought the entire team played well offensively and they were consistent in their shooting. “Offensive was not that big of a problem for us today,” she said. Daniel said he thought
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Junior guard Dewan Clayborn drives past two Nicholls State University Colonels guards during the game on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Bears lost the game 70-48.
Colonels gun down Bears 70-48 in Farris by Brad Smith Staff Writer
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Freshman center Courtney Duever goes up for a layup under heavy guard from several Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions guards during the game on Feb. 26. The Sugar Bears beat the Lady Lions 79-61. the team played a great game defensively as well, considering how his team likes to play a relentless, fast style of basketball. The Sugar Bears had four players score in the double digits and were led by junior guard Nakeia Guiden who had a career high number of points with 21. Rogers had 12 points during the game and both sophomore forward Megan Herbert and freshman center Courtney Duever had 11. Rogers said the Sugar Bears played well together on the court Saturday afternoon and the mantra the coaching staff kept telling them worked out. “Coach Daniel has been preaching to us every day to come together as a team and don’t worry about yourself. He wanted us to play as a team and that is what we did today,” she said. The Sugar Bears shot a 55.3 percent field goal percentage and were 80 percent from the foul line. The Lady Lions had a 48.9 percent from the field and were 76.5 percent from the foul line. The Sugar Bears also had 24 points come from the bench. The first half of the game was all about the Sugar Bears and during it and the entirety of
the game, the Sugar Bears never trailed the Lady Lions. Halfway through the first period, the Sugar Bears had already gone up by 14 points over the Lady Lions. They were not able to get above the 20 point threshold, but came close two times when sophomore guard Micah Rice rolled in a layup to go up by 17, and then again with a layup from Rogers that gave the Bears a second 17 point lead. The Bears next game will be against the University of Texas at San Antonio Lady Roadrunners at 7 tonight in the Farris Center for their final home game. Daniel said he is looking for the win tonight to cap off a successful season at home and he has a reason personally as a coach. “I have never beaten San Antonio since I have been here,” he said. “My first year here they went to the NCAA Tournament. Last year, we went down there and we were five seconds away from getting a win and they beat us in overtime. Our kids are aware of what is going on and they are going to play funky style, but we are going to have to prepare early.”
Bears face off against Islanders during senior night by Simon Gable Staff Writer
The men’s basketball team will play its final game of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Farris Center against the Texas A&M at Corpus Christi Islanders. This game, which is the last game of the regular season, will be the final game of the year because the Bears failed to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament. Bears assistant head coach Clarence Finley said: “Unfortunately, we were unable to win enough conference games to make it into the tournament. The game against Corpus Christi is important because it will be our final chance to get a conference win in front of our home crowd.” Adding to the excitement of the final home game of the season is that the game is also on Senior Night, Finley said. “We have six seniors, including our walk-on that will be honored in front of the home crowd” he said. Senior guard Mike Pouncey is one of the Bears who will be honored for
his accomplishments and commitment to the men’s basketball team. Pouncey, who will be facing the Islanders for the first time as a Bear because of previous injuries in past seasons, said he is excited about keeping the Bear’s Senior Night winning streak alive. “We have won on Senior Night every year since I have been here,” Pouncey said. “It would mean a lot, especially to all our seniors, if we can go out there and get a win.” The Islanders, who have an overall record of 8-20 with a conference record of 3-9 (as of Thursday Feb. 24) have a slightly better record than the Bears, who currently have an overall record of 5-21 with a conference record of 1-12. “This is definitely a winnable game,” Pouncey said. “If we come out with the right level of intensity, we will be able to beat these guys,” he said. Coach Finley agreed that the Bears have a real shot at winning the game. “As long as we keep it simple and get back to the basics, we have a great chance to win” he said.
A vital key, if the Bears hope to come out victorious, is defense, Finley said. Coach Corliss Williamson has been working with the guys in practice on tightening up the half-court defense, Finley said. “If we are going to be successful against Corpus Christi, or anybody for that matter, we have to work on containing the dribbler. We can’t allow teams to penetrate our defense and get easy shots at the basket” he said. Finley said for the Bears’ offense to be effective, they will have to get into a rhythm early in the game. “We have to get some easy baskets and hit our open shots,” he said. “Also, we have to get out on the fast-break when we have the chance to run. We need our guys to give it everything they have,” he said. Pouncey agreed that the team has to lay everything on the line against the Islanders. “For our seniors, including myself, this will be our last chance to play at the college level. If we don’t leave absolutely everything we have out on the court, we will regret it forever,” he said.
The Bears basketball team continued their losing streak with their loss last Wednesday night against the Nicholls State University Colonels 70-48. The Colonels got ahead early in the first half and never let up. The Colonels led the Bears by as much as 18 in the first half and the Bears trailed the entire game. The Bears fell behind quickly and never came back, losing the game by 22 points. Coming into the game, the Bears had a record of 5-20, going 1-11 in conference play. The Colonels came in to the game with 12-11, going 6-6 in conference play. The Colonels continued their winning record and the Bears fell further into a seven-game losing streak. Senior guard Imad Qahwash led the Bears with 13 points, with junior guard/forward Mark Rutledge scoring nine points. The Bears ended the game with 23 rebounds, tying their season low. The Colonels’ Anatoly Bose led all players with 21 points and
14 rebounds and was the only player with a double-double in the game. Bose also led for time played with 38 minutes. During the first half, the Bears struggled to keep up with the Colonels. They went 6-18 for shots taken in the first half, compared with the Colonels’ 1326. Coach Corliss Williamson said he felt that this was the result of bad shot selection and lack of focus. “The old saying holds true— you practice like you play and you play like you practice,” Williamson said. “It actually started yesterday in practice. We had no focus. We brought them in this morning and had a little bit better focus, but if you don’t prepare yourself a couple of days ahead of time, you’re in trouble. You can’t wait until game day to do that.” The Bears played marginally better in the second half, going 10-28 for shots, with the Colonels going 13-22. The Bears fell further behind during the second half, going almost six minutes at a time without scoring. The Bears also had trouble holding on to the ball, with
Nicholls getting 11 turnovers to the Bears’ nine. Williamson said that the Bears had problems with defense. “They broke us down off the dribble all night long,” Williamson said. “When we were in man-to-man, they were able to get to the basket. The circle motion gave us problems. Everything we tried tonight defensively, we could not guard the basketball.” Williamson also said there was a lack of effort for defense during the game. He said pressure was a problem, saying that the pressure of playing at home should not have made them play the way they did. The Bears picked up the pace toward the end of the second half, scoring a couple quick three-point goals, but the Colonels returned the shots with their own. The Bears and the Colonels fouled virtually the same, with the Bears ending the game with 16 personal fouls to the Colonels’ 17. The Colonels shot slightly better from the free throw line, shooting 12-20 to the Bears’ 1221.
Sugar Bears prepare for last conference game by Lisa Burnett Entertainment Editor
The Sugar Bears have been working hard to prepare for their game against the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders on Saturday in Corpus Christi. “This game is different because they haven’t done well in conference and are at the bottom. When we go down there, it will be their Senior Night and they will be gunning to get a win for their seniors and to get a win in conference,” sophomore forward Megan Herbert said. According to ucasports.com, Herbert averaged 22.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game during the Sugar Bears’ recent four-game road swing and has moved up to fifth in the nation in rebounding at 11.7 per game. This will be the last game for the Sugar Bears before the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas from March 8-12. “We’ve really been preparing the same way for this game like all of the other games. We just want to build momentum with
this game because we’re getting on a plane on Friday and will be on the road until the tournament. Road games are always hard, but this is our last regular season game,” associate head girls basketball coach Tony Kemper said. Tiffany Brooks, assistant women’s basketball coach, has been watching game film for the Corpus Christi game. “We always look for play calls offensively. We see how they guard and approach on defense,” Brooks said. “I want this game to go smoothly and of course, we’ll need to win because we’ll be heading into the conference tournament a couple of days later. If we can go down there and get a good road win, it will give us a great boost of confidence going into the tournament,” Herbert said. Kemper said he is hoping to see a win come out of this game. “We’ve struggled this year, but we have talented players. We just have to prepare for how the Islanders play both offensively and defensively,” Kemper said.
“We are just preparing and staying focused on the task at hand. We all have to stay together and become more of a team because going on the road anytime is a tough win,” Herbert said. Brooks is “scouting” this game, so besides going over game film, she has to come up with plays for the Sugar Bears to beat the Islanders and get a win. “I’m going to look and see how they trap the ball and see if they use screens, and I have to figure out what they are going to do in the game,” Brooks said. Herbert, like the coaches, said she is hoping to perform well at this game. “I need to stay consistent at what I’m doing and not fall off at all. I can always work on my defense and shooting. I try to get in the gym more and more, especially at the end of the season to make sure everything about my game is perfect so I won’t have any surprises come out of our last game going into the tournament,” Herbert said. The Sugar Bears play at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Senior shortstop Kyle Prevett attempts to tag out Panthers sophomore center fielder Nick Priessman during the game on Feb. 25. The Bears beat the Panthers 5-1 in game one of a weekend sweep.
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Bear Chat with
by Shea Higgerson
Assistant Campus Life Editor Sugar Bear sophomore tennis player Kazumi Otani, who has consistently played the number three and four positions for the Sugar Bears since joining the team, began the season by winning her flight in the Red Wolves Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. in the fall. Otani defeated Western Kentucky’s Kate Vucina in the finals to capture her first title as a Sugar Bear. Otani followed up the victory by winning her flight at the Collin College Open in Plano, Texas where she won three matches en route to capturing the title. The Sugar Bears have only played six matches so far this season and although Otani has gone 0-6 for the season, her matches have been competitive. Otani pushed University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Viktoriya Plyuta to three sets in the number three position and fell in a close match to Arkansas State’s Jenny Herring 6-4, 6-4 at the number three position.
Where is your hometown? Kyoto, Japan
What is your major?
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Senior shortstop Kyle Prevett takes a swing at a pitch during the Bears game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Saturday Feb. 26. The Bears beat the Panthers 5-4 and swept the series with a victory on Sunday 3-2.
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Bears rally back to beat Panthers in game two
by Allison Hartman
What is your favorite moment as a Bear? I like when we play a match and everyone cheers for me.
What athlete inspires you? Rafael Nadal.
Do you have any pre-game rituals? I like to be quiet to focus on the tennis match.
How long have you been playing tennis? I have been playing since the fourth grade.
If you didn’t play tennis, what other sport would you play? Basketball.
What are your hobbies? I like hanging out with friends and reading books.
What is your favorite food? Sushi.
What music do you like to listen to before a game? I like to listen to loud, upbeat music that pumps me up.
What is your favorite movie? “Armageddon”
Why did you come to UCA? I worked with a study abroad agency. They picked UCA for me.
What are your plans for after college? I don’t want to play tennis professionally, but I want to do something with tennis.
What is your favorite thing about playing tennis? If I play good, I feel good.
Assistant Sports Editor
The Bears baseball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in their series against the Eastern Illinois University Panthers when they beat the Panthers 5-4 on Saturday in Bear Stadium. The win gave the Bears a 5-0 start to their first season under new head coach Allen Gum. The Bears struggled in the hitting department, recording just seven hits en route to being outhit 11-7 by the Panthers in the game. The Bears also struck out eight times, but their defense and fielding allowed them to hold the Panthers (0-5) to four runs. Panthers junior center fielder Zach Borenstein led the Panthers in hits with three, followed by junior first baseman T.J. McManus and junior left fielder Ben Thoma who each had two hits. McManus, Thoma, senior right fielder Shawn Ferguson and junior shortstop Brad Schweigert each recorded an RBI for the Panthers. Bears senior shortstop Kyle Prevett said that even though the Bears were struggling at the plate, they were able to make up for it with good defense. Prevett said, “We were struggling with the bats but we fought through it and played good defense and it kept us in the game and we ended up pulling out a win.” Bears senior designated hitter Jonathan Houston led the team in hits with three hits in four at bats and one RBI. Houston recorded two triples in the game, which ties the school record for a single game. The Bears used three pitchers off of the bench after sophomore
starting pitcher Clint Green pitched 2.2 innings, giving up seven hits and the Panthers’ four runs of the game. Sophomore Ethan McKinzie relieved Green in the top of the third inning and struck out one batter before being relieved by junior Dustin Ward in the top of the fourth inning. Ward gave up three hits before junior Blake Payne came in the top of the ninth to close the game and secure the win for the Bears. Panthers freshman starting pitcher Luke Bushur went five innings and gave up five hits for four runs while striking out four batters. He was relieved in the bottom of hte sixth inning by junior Adam Clark who pitched 2.2 innings, giving up two hits and one run before being relieved by sophomore Troy Barton, who only pitched to one batter for a strikeout in the bottom of the eight. Ward got the victory after pitching five innings for the Bears and Payne picked up his second save of the season. Defensively, the Bears recorded two double plays, one in the top of the first inning and the second in the top of the top of the sixth. The first run of the game came from the Panthers in the top of the second inning. Thoma started the inning with a double to left field and was advanced on a ground ball by Ferguson. With two outs and runners on first and third, Schweigert hit a base hit to score Thoma. The Bears were able to close the inning without giving up additional runs. The Bears answered back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second after sophomore left fielder Ethan Harris got the inning off to a quick start with a double to the
center field wall on the first pitch. After junior third baseman Bryan Willson drew a walk, Houston hit a double up the middle that scored Harris and advanced Willson to third base. With one out, junior right fielder Greg Noble hit a sacrifice fly that scored Willson and advanced Houston to third base, but the Panthers struck out junior center fielder Jordan Getchell to end the inning. The Panthers put their final three runs of the game on the board in the top of the third. McManus scored Borenstein on a triple to the right field wall to tie the game at two. Following the triple, Thoma grounded out to Prevett, allowing Borenstein to score. Senior designated hitter Jake Samuels hit a double to center field followed by a single from Feguson to score Samuels from second. The inning ended when McKinzie was brought in to pitch for the Bears and struck out Schweigert with two outs. Bears senior catcher Michael Pair hit a triple off of the first pitch in the bottom of the third and was scored on a ground out from junior first baseman Blake Roberts to cut the Panther’s lead to one. The Panthers ended the inning and entered the fourth with a 4-3 lead after consecutive groundouts from senior second baseman Zack Dickson and Harris. The Bears tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth after Houston hit a triple up the first base line and was driven in off of a two out single from Getchell. The game went scoreless until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Bears put their final run of the game on the board. Dickson drew a walk to start the inning and was advanced to
second on a sacrifice bunt from Harris. Willson came to the plate and scored Harris from second on a double to the center field wall. The Bears had the chance to add a sixth run to the board when Houston hit a triple over the right fielder’s head, but Harris was thrown out at home and the Panthers closed the inning when they struck out Prevett. Coach Allen Gum said the Bears didn’t play well in the game but were able to step up and execute when they needed to. “We didn’t play well as far as offensively and struggled early with pitching. We just kind of hung in there and fought and clawed around. We were able to hold them off and got a couple of double plays in the middle innings and were able to keep it close so somebody could come up big,” Gum said. Gum said the Bears need to improve at the plate and do a better job in plate discipline. Gum said: “I thought some guys were too passive and some were swinging at too many pitches out of the zone and we’ve got to do a better job at that.” Prevett said the Bears have to try swinging a little better at the plate and improve from a hitting stand-point. “We’ve got to start swinging the bats better and try to get to their starting pitcher a little quicker and try not to make it so close in the beginning,” Prevett said. The Bears are competing in a midweek series March 1-2 against the Southeastern Missouri State Redhawks (5-2) in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Bears baseball team will return to Bear Stadium Friday at 6 p.m. for a three-game series against the Indiana State University Sycamores.