The Echo | October 5, 2016

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OCTOBER 5, 2016 Volume 111 — Issue 7 TODAY’S FORECAST

Campus Life:


Greek: All Greek Council promotes Anti-Hazing Week



Movie: “Storks” is a fast-paced story about family, love

Women’s Soccer: Bears shut out Incarnate Word 5-0

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Assistant Sports Editor


Peruvian woman burned to death for witchcraft Sept. 20, Rosa Villar Jarionca, 73, was burned to death in the Shiringamazou Alto community in Peru after there had been claims of her using witchcraft to make people ill, according to Peruvian prosecutor Hugo Mauricio. It took several days for authorities to learn about the incident, as the area is so remote.


House, Senate override first veto in eight years U.S. President Barack Obama received the first veto override of his presidency on Wednesday Sept. 28, with the House and Senate voting that the families of the 9/11 victims were allowed to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for the country’s alleged support of the attacks. Democrats and Republicans alike voted largely to override Obama’s decision to veto the legislation.


Teen may be tried as adult for 2015 murder On Thursday, Sept. 30 Judge Troy Braswell heard arguments in a dispute for subpoenaing witnesses for a hearing, which would decide whether Hunter Drexler should be tried in a juvenile court. Drexler, 19, of Clinton, has been charged in the shooting and killing of Robert and Patricia Cogdell, both 66. The couple, of Conway, was shot on July 21, 2015.

by Sophia Ordaz Staff Writer

“Scary clowns” may face charges in Cross County

Two separate forums will discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes

Associate professor of art history Reinaldo “Dito” Morales set out on his summer research trip, sponsored by UCA’s University Research Council, to document and photograph Mesoamerican cave art from July 19 to Aug. 2. However, he didn’t plan on discovering undocumented Mayan rock art in the Yucatán Peninsula’s heavily studied Loltun Cave. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Morales shared his findings in McCastlain Hall as part of Conway’s 10th annual ArtsFest. “[Morales’] discovery really distinguishes UCA and the Art History community here as a center of knowledge and learning,” President of UCA’s Art History Association Madeline Wyly said. “The cave this engraving was found in is one of the most toured and has some of the most documented cave art inside of it, but with good old-fashioned art history research, Dr. Morales was able to discover this new engraving on a part of a wall that was deemed already searched … I’d say that

puts UCA and our art history program on the map.” With the assistance of UCA art history a l u m n i H é c t o r Garcia, Morales surveyed L o l t u n Reinaldo “Dito” Morales Cave, an archaeological hotspot. Morales said Loltun Cave has been extensively studied since U.S. consul to Merida Edward H. Thompson’s first expeditions in 1888. “Loltun is the most heavily visited, most studied cave in all of Mesoamerica with over 120 years of exploration and study,” Morales said. “The guides who worked [there] have been working with archaeologists for decades. Some of them grew up playing in this cave. They know all of the more or less 200 paintings and engravings that [have] been documented [there].” Morales and Garcia’s guides objected that all the cave art had already been documented. However, the two did not let this deter them from searching the cave with a critical eye.

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The audience listens as President Tom Courtway answers questions on issues about UCA’s campus and administration Sept. 29 in the College of Business Auditorium. He revealed information about the inauguration of Donaghey Hall.

Donaghey Hall discussed at Campus Talk by Cody Macomber Staff Writer

UCA’s Sept. 29 Campus Talk discussed higher learning measures for students and investments made for students at UCA, including a new business at Donaghey Hall. It was mentioned that studies are being conducted to determine whether the independent colleges of Arkansas – Southern Arkansas University, Arkansas Tech, Henderson State University, and UCA – should merge with another education system in order to enhance student education. It was made clear that no

valid arguments have been made regarding UCA student education deficiencies. The UCA planetarium in the Lewis Science Center will soon be finished and commercial space at Donaghey Hall will open Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Donaghey Hall will hold Blue Sail Coffee, Marble Slab Creamery, American Cookie Company, Mosaique Grill and Uncle T’s Food Mart. Courtway also discussed that a bicycle company will be added to Donaghey Hall, which will be announced Friday, Oct. 7. It was also announced that UCA will provide a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree

next fall. Throughout the meeting, each spokesman gave clear information and was willing to answer any questions, an advantage of holding a meeting like a Campus Talk. “I appreciate the transparency of this meeting. Concerns were brought up in a fair way, to educate those attending,” Roger Gelwicks, technical writer and trainer for the Information Systems and Technology department of UCA, said. The meeting began with an update on the Higher

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Professor discovers Mesoamerican cave art SGA talks student billing,

Deputy Joe Oberle, 59, has been identified as having fatally shot an armed man last week by the Pulaski County sheriff’s office. Oberle has been put on paid administrative leave after the killing of Leeland White, 32, who had a history of mental illness and was reportedly armed with a 20-gauge shotgun. White had been banging on a resident’s door in a rural area.


During the 2016 summer semester, UCA’s Department of International Engagement hosted 71 Nepalese students who came seeking degrees. As of the fall 2016 semester, 56 of those students had decided to leave UCA for other universities. During the summer, all of the Nepalese students stayed in Hughes Hall. “This group was different because usually we don’t have that many people arrive during the summer, and in summer we had many summer camps,” Associate Vice President of International Engagement Jane Williams said. “So these students were put into the same residence hall and usually we have students spread all over.” The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that students slept in dorm hallways and had no food. Several Nepalese students said the rumor about people sleeping outside wasn’t true. “The sleeping outside at the hallway is fake and made up story,” freshman Robi Gurung said. Freshman Samrat Bhattarai said the students were concerned about the availability of food. “The reason people weren’t happy about UCA is we didn’t have any food to eat, the cafeteria was not open and we could not cook food because they were lots of people, about 75 people, and one kitchen,” Bhattarai said. Bhattarai said that for the first week or so at UCA, the cafeteria wasn’t open. “I didn’t know that our meal plan wouldn’t start when we

arrived,” Bhattarai said. Most of the students who decided to leave UCA ended up at universities in Texas. Ashish Lamichane now attends Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. He said he didn’t come back because he wanted to live off campus, but couldn’t because his out-of-state tuition waiver would have been canceled and he would have had to pay $14,000. Williams said not all of the students who left did so because of their treatment at UCA. “There was a group of students who came in with the intent of transferring to Dallas,” Williams said. “Some students never came to our campus. They took their visas directly to the place where they wanted to be and asked for a transfer.” There are 630 international students enrolled at Central Arkansas this fall and 64 of them are from Nepal. “We hired additional staffing to care for those students and we also hired additional staffing for admissions,” Willaims said. “We provided a series of contact through Facebook, email, and sending updates on weekly basis, so they would know what to expect.” Senior Josue Mpia said more needs to be done to reach international students. “You can’t just go and ask them questions and expect them to answer,” Mpia said. “You need to be friends with them, so they can trust you and you can dig deep. If they see you as just a staff member they wont tell you anything but if they see you as a friend it would be different. I think that is what we are missing, the inside person.”


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Nepalese students transfer after recent summer term


Cross County Sheriff J.R. Smith has stated that “scary” clowns will not be tolerated. Smith said that familystyle clowns are “OK” but that “evil, scary clowns,” will be arrested and charged with harassment or disorderly conduct. He said he does not want to keep people from dressing up for parties or Halloween, but those who dress up to scare and harass people will face consequences.


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The two found an undocumented engraving of a face in the most heavily studied area of the cave. “The guides assured us that there was nothing else to see, except that Hector and I noticed that [there was] this one edge of the wall that is curved, transitioning from light to a slightly shadowy area,” Morales said. “As we approached it, sure enough, we found a little carved mouth and two carved eyes right [there]. And with a little bit of artificial illumination, you can see that it is a very subtle face that has been there the whole time.” Morales said he credits his discovery to his foundational knowledge of art history and technique. The engraving that was hidden in plain sight could have remained undocumented. “We found this by knowing how to look, by knowing where to look,” Morales said. “It’s a small carving, but it has huge implications. If we can find new art in plain sight in the most heavily visited and studied cave

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outlines committee goals by Brent Wilson Assistant News Editor

The Student Government Association discussed how to assist Student Accounts and reported their goal committee updates during a meeting on Oct. 3. Chad Hearne, Director of Student Accounts, presented to SGA this week, asking for suggestions on how to help remind students to pay their bills. Hearne told SGA that at this point in the semester, students who have not paid at least 60 percent of their bills to Student Accounts would, in two weeks, be dropped. Hearne prefaced this with an explanation of what Student Accounts was, saying that they were basically the collectors of the bills, but not the ones who issued the bills. He outlined how Student Accounts’ goal is to assist students and parents through payment processes. “There’s nothing really sexy about student accounts,” Hearne said. He did say that UCA student


accounts put millions of dollars into the Conway economy through the issuing of refund checks to students. Hearne appealed to SGA for tips on how to reach students and to make sure they know that they owe money. “I remember getting a phone call this summer,” Hershila Lallu, Senior Class President, said about a bill. She suggested to Hearne that phone calls or texts sent to students might be a good way of reaching them. Lallu also asked why online classes were more expensive than regular classes, to which Hearne said that he would look into it, but that the technological infrastructure was most likely a factor. After Hearne’s presentation the student senators announced their goal committee reports. Campus safety committee SGA appointment Ben Askew told the senators about a new program in the works. “We want to start a program where students can volunteer to be escorts for other students,” Askew said. He went on to describe the new program idea as a “buddy system.”

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Johnson retires after 50 years with UCA by Monica Sanders Staff Writer

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Former UCA announcer Bill Johnson celebrates with his wife, Rosanne Johnson, at his retirement party Sept. 29. He was the radio voice of UCA football for 40 years and worked in the UCA athletic department for 10.

UCA said goodbye to long-time friend and devoted employee Bill Johnson when he retired on Sept. 30 after being involved with the university for over 50 years. Johnson’s retirement reception was from 5-7 p.m. at the UCA President’s House. Johnson graduated from Arkansas State Teacher’s College — one of UCA’s previous names — in 1960 and broadcasted the university’s first basketball game in the old Hendrix gym. UCA President Tom Courtway said Johnson has been a part of UCA since the beginning. “I met him when I was eight years old. He broadcasted the first basketball game ever played in the old Hendrix gym in 1961, and that was my first exposure to Bill [Johnson]. I sat behind him,” Courtway said. Johnson has long been involved in the UCA Athletics Department, serving as the football announcer for 40 years and as an officer for the athletic


department for 10 years. Johnson was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, according to ucasports. com “I broadcasted basketball games in 1961 and 1966. I served on the Board of Trustees. My connection was made play-byplay,” Johnson said. Johnson served two terms as a member of the UCA Board of Trustees for a total of 14 years and for 10 years on the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “I had been a paid employee through radio work, and then through radio announcing through athletics,” Johnson said. Johnson has been a leader in the Conway community as well. From 1977 to 1996, Johnson was the president and CEO of Security Bank of Conway and later the president of First Financial Bank of Conway from 2000 to 2006, according to “He’s been a civic leader here in Conway,” Courtway said. “He’s someone who’s been

deeply interested in higher education in this state for most of his life. He’s devoted thousands of hours not only to Conway, but to UCA.” “I thought it was only fitting and proper that we’d have what I would call a good send off for him,” Courtway said. “You can see by the turnout tonight, the love and respect that this community, not only Conway but also the UCA community has for him.” Johnson said he decided it was time for something new. “Age had a lot to do with it,” Johnson said. Although Johnson is retiring from his extensive career in the community and at UCA, he doesn’t plan to go away anytime soon. “[I’ll miss] the people. I’ll come over to campus frequently,” Johnson said. Courtway said he would miss having Johnson’s experience and knowledge on campus. “I wish him God’s bless,” Courtway said. “I’ll miss his advice, his dry wit and his smarts. He’s a smart man.”


UCA offers new Chinese major program Faculty discuss personal views of diversity by Caroline Bivens Staff Writer

The Linguistics Department announced a new Chinese major program, making UCA the only university in Arkansas with a major in Chinese as of fall 2016. The new degree program offers three course tracks: the traditional language and literature, business and K-12 teacher education. This degree offers a complete 37-hour major. UCA established the first Chinese minor program in Arkansas in 2016, some Chinese courses were created in 2007. The major was proposed in fall of 2015 and wasn’t approved until summer of 2016. This fall the major was put into full effect. Department of Linguistics Chair Phillip Bailey said the new major was created to expand the language offerings at UCA and to promote business opportunities. Tyson, Walmart and Acxiom are just a few of the many businesses in Arkansas with branches in China.


Assistant Professor of Chinese Jia Zhu said he believes Chinese is a critical language to learn because nearly one-fifth of the world’s population speak Chinese. Students proficient in Chinese can pursue careers in government, international relations and businesses, finance, tourism, translation and teaching. “It is a fascinating language to learn, and unlike its misconceived reputation for difficulty, Chinese is quite accessible, fun and mentally stimulating,” Zhu said. “The study of Chinese opens up a unique window into one of the world’s most ancient civilizations.” Bailey said that, as of now, there are 19 declared Chinese minors. He is hoping to graduate the first Chinese major in the next year or two. Bailey also said that Chinese makes a good double major when paired with other foreign studies. “When people ask ‘what are you going to do with Chinese?’ I say, ‘anything you

want,’” Bailey said. Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Shanghai at East China Normal University (ECNU). Six credit hours would be offered for a summer and 12-15 credit hours would be offered for a semester. Zhu said ECNU is one of the most prestigious research universities in China and is an official exchange partner with UCA. Scholarships will also be available for students to study abroad in China. “The Chinese are as welcoming and as friendly as I’ve ever seen to people who admit to being American in public,” Bailey said. In the future, Bailey would like to see an Asian Studies minor and an Asian Studies major that would allow students to focus on China, Japan and other areas. This would allow students to complete coursework in English and Asian languages. “When you reach out to people in their language it’s a real advantage,” Bailey said. “Speaking another language can cause you great joy.”

Cave art discovery due to art history expertise; Morales

ArtsFest took place Sept. 22 to Oct. 1. Wyly said was a fitting backdrop for Morales’ announcement. “A discovery like this is a rare finding,” Wyly said. “For Dr. Morales to make a discovery of such magnitude only enriches Conway and the 10th annual ArtsFest as a whole. For it to be

A group of faculty members met to discuss diversity and inclusion during x-period on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Student Center. The meeting was conducted in a “round robin” fashion. Members went around the table and took turns asking, answering and discussing questions. The meeting was guided by Associate Professor of School Leadership, Management and Administration (SLMA) Angela Webster. Webster posed questions including what words like “diversity” and “inclusion” meant to the members. The members discussed the reactions people in their lives had to their “diversity” and how they in turn responded. The first question was directed so members of the meeting could learn more about the people in the group. Faculty Senate President Kaye McKinzie said she is a minority because she is “a woman in engineering.” Professor of teaching and learning Nancy Gallavan said


describe the positive mixing of cultures. The idea was that the individual threads of a tapestry would support each other in a big picture without losing their individuality. The group discussed how small differences, such as being left-handed or very tall, should be retained by individuals. The group also brought up what their reactions had been in the past when other people had responded in unique ways to their own personal diversity. McKinzie said that she tried to live her life with “serenity,” not allowing negative reactions from others to affect her life. The rest of the group said they tried to abstain from negative reactions and emotions, although it was difficult at times to do so. “Inclusion is a word that we shouldn’t have to have,” McKinzie said. McKinzie said that because there is a word for diversity, it means that it doesn’t always happen. “I don’t think we have to [go] far to explore our diversity,” Staff Counselor and Coordinator of Outreach Programming Reesa Ramsahai said.

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she studied cultural diversity “before it was the thing to study.” Webster added that her degrees “are not in diversity,” but it had always been the subject of papers she wrote when she attended college. The group then discussed in depth what the meaning of “diversity” was — what it meant to them personally, as well as what it meant as a whole. During this conversation, the group weighed in on the term “melting pot.” They decided nearly unanimously that it was an unfit term, and was a poor way for people to view diversity. The term “melting pot,” they said, referred to a blending of cultures, which would in turn cause the uniqueness and individual “flavors” in the pot to be lost. The group discussed what terms might be better suited to the idea of cultures coming together while retaining their own uniqueness, which had seemed disregarded in the use of the phrase “melting pot.” Gallavan first used the term “salad,” but then settled on “tapestry” as a better way to

speaks about President Courtway stepping down

has questions remaining about his discoveries

in all of Mesoamerica, using good old-fashioned art history, how much more is still out there

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announced during such a prime time for art in the city of Conway only makes the announcement all the more special, and ArtsFest all the more distinguished.” There are still many things Morales does not know about his discovery. He said he cannot accurately deduce the age of the engraving. He also cannot determine why the engraving was created and by whom. Morales and the art history world may never know these answers. This is due to the lack of

existing information about pre-Columbian art. Morales said answers are not always the goal of such research. “A lot of the stuff that we don’t [know] creates more fascinating questions,” Morales said. “[Sometimes we can] never know the answer to why [artists] did this or what this means. That’s why we don’t think about these answers when we’re dealing with prehistory. It’s about the questions. We’re just coming up with better questions to ask.”

Learning Commission’s (HLC) department here at UCA. The HLC staff presented their three major document collections to meet the requirements of HLC: the assurance argument, the evidence file and the federal compliance form. These files show evidence that UCA is meeting the criteria for accreditation. Faculty Senate President Kaye McKinzie discussed the investments of the faculty and staff at UCA, who bought picnic tables as well as tables and desks

for students with disabilities. Staff Senate President Kevin Carter discussed the staff senate’s investment in causes such as the Angel Bear Tree program, the Bear Central food pantry and the Veterans Day ceremony at UCA. Associate Vice President for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing Christina Madsen discussed the upcoming change in leadership as UCA President Tom Courtway retires from his position. “The transition in leadership will be very

smooth because of Courtway’s leadership,” Madsen said. “At the start of his tenure, UCA wasn’t very stable financially, but President Courtway has brought financial stability and a good image to UCA, making this a very attractive position for candidates in the future.” The rest of the discussion was then led by Courtway. “Campus Talks not only give people the opportunity to ask questions directly, but it helps us to hear what is on people’s minds here at UCA,” Courtway said.

Police Beat The following information is compiled from UCAPD incident reports by Assistant News Editor Brent Wilson.

Student reports wallet missing in Conway Hall

Student reports broken glass Student arrested for weed assault at Sigma Nu party pipe after smoking in room

On Sept. 15, student Christopher Cook reported his wallet missing to UCAPD. He made the report when he realized he did not have his wallet with him after going to the bathroom on the third floor of Conway Hall. When he realized the wallet was missing, he reported it to the Conway Hall third floor group chat. A student going by “Chris L” said in the group chat that he had seen the wallet on the ground on his way to the bathroom, but it had been gone when he left. The wallet is black leather, has a Razorback pin on the front and contains Cook’s UCA ID, driver’s license, debit card and $147 in cash.

Student Mathew Arnold reported to UCAPD that he heard glass breaking behind him at the Sigma Nu house during a party on Sept. 17. When Arnold turned around he saw a white male wearing a dark shirt, light-colored shorts and a gray hat. The man was holding broken glass in his hand. When Arnold asked him why he had broken the glass, the man hit Arnold in the hand with the glass, cutting him. Arnold saw the man run out through the back door. Arnold declined to receive medical attention, and after the party when the officer went to take pictures of the damage, the glass had already been swept and the window had been sealed with tape.

On Sept. 18, student Daniel Kellogg was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. A UCAPD officer was called to Conway Hall after reports of the smell of marijuana coming from room 205. The officer went to the room with the resident assistant on duty and spoke to Kellogg. Kellogg told the officer that he had not been smoking in his room, though he said he did have a pipe. Kellogg gave the pipe to the officer. Kellogg’s eyes were red and couldn’t seem to stop smiling at the officer, whose training in recognizing marijuana and observable symptoms led him to believe Kellogg had recently been smoking.

Nonstudent had firearm at Kum and Go gas station A UCAPD officer pulled into the Kum and Go on Dave Ward Drive after seeing a man on the side of the building who appeared as though he was urinating. When the officer approached the man, later identified as nonstudent Kavion Williams, he pulled his pants up. The officer saw the imprint of a gun in Williams’ pocket and told him to put his hands behind his back. Williams told the officer before being searched that he had a firearm. Williams told the officer the gun belonged to someone in The Edge Apartments. After he was detained and the firearm confiscated, Williams was released with a warning.

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Around Campus: “Voices UnCaged” The Schedler Honors College is hosting Chad Bradford on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Farris Presentation Room. Bradford will be performing an interactive work titled “Voices UnCaged.” For more information see http://uca. edu/news/uca-honorscollege-hosts-challengeweek-events/ photo by Lauren Swaim

Junior Kiara Johnson shows senior Terrea Storr a pamphlet while hosting a table with senior Meredith Chase and junior Jaylan Ware Sept. 27 in the Student Center for Hazing Prevention Week. Many events were held last week for hazing awareness.

Guest artist On Oct. 8 the music department will host guest artist John Metzger. Metzger plays Jazz vibraphone and will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Snow Fine Arts Center. Students can find more information at music/calendar under the Recital Hall schedule tab.

“The Halloween Tree” The Schedler Honors College and the Conway Symphony Orchestra are showing an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story “The Halloween Tree.” Performances will be 8 p.m on Oct. 7-8 in the McCastlain Ballroom. A charity performance will be shown at 7:30 p.m on Oct. 27 at the Ron Robinson Theater in Downtown Little Rock to benefit El Zocalo, a 501c3 organization that seeks to empower immigrants in different ways. For more information visit http://uca. edu/honors/2016/

Study Abroad Scholarship

The UCA Study Abroad scholarship for the 2017 programs will open Oct. 3 and will stay open through Nov. 30. Applicants can find more information on uca. edu/studyabroad/studyabroad-scholarships/.

All Greek Council informs students about hazing prevention

by Brandon Jones Staff Writer

The UCA All Greek Council held events from Monday Sept. 26 to Thursday Sept. 29 for its Anti-Hazing Week. On Monday, there was a “Don’t Haze” banner outside the Student Center where people could put their names and paint a handprint, All Greek Council Representative Lauren McCauley said. Tuesday there was a table set up to inform students about the problem of hazing and UCA’s policy on the matter. On Wednesday the council held a showing of the movie “Haze” by David Burkman,

The UCA theater department will be putting on a show titled “The Liar.” The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20-21 and 27-28 as well as at 2 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Snow Fine Arts Center in the Bridges/Larson Theater. For more information, visit

Creative Writing Professor on Radio Creative writing professor Mark Spitzer recently debuted his newest book “GLURK! A Hellbender Odyssey” on KABF on a show called “Bizarre Arkansas.” Spitzer is also the editor of the Toad Suck Review.


the positives of the Greek community, it focuses on the issue of hazing. Thursday, a table was set up again to give out pamphlets and other forms of information to students. According to McCauley, hazing consists of any kind of physical, verbal, emotional or mental pain inflicted on others for any kind of negative purpose, such as harassment or bullying. The council wanted to inform new members as well as those who are not Greek that joining Greek life is about joining a community. “It’s about finding your place as you are,” McCauley said. “Not about being hazed and becoming something

you’re not. The goal is not to say ‘hey I’m in this organization, I have these letters,’ it’s more about being loved and accepted as you are.” One goal of Anti-Hazing Week was to show people who have been victims of hazing they are not alone and that they can speak up without fear. Anti-Hazing Week took place after new members were introduced to Greek life, so it was a good time to recognize the issue of hazing, McCauley said. Hazing is an issue that people can face joining any organization, and the All Greek Council hoped to show that every Greek community at UCA is united against it. “We wrapped up our events

and we are glad we had a successful, recognized Hazing Prevention week,” Meyer said. The movie was also a success, and there were great conversations afterward. According to, hazing is a Class B misdemeanor. Any offender would face punishment by a court as well as expulsion from UCA. Hazing is not just an issue related to Greek life, as cases have been documented in athletic teams, bands, the military and other organizations. More information about UCA’s hazing policy can be found at hazing-prevention/.


Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre announces new upcoming season by Taylor Fulgham Staff Writer

On Sept. 29 at Associate Professor of English Mary Ruth Marotte’s home, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre announced the productions lined up for its 11th season. The season will begin with a production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” an early comedy by William Shakespeare. Following that, the theater company will produce “Julius Caesar” and a family friendly one-hour adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Rounding out the season will be AST’s production of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is the only professional summer theater that focuses on producing Shakespeare’s plays

in Arkansas. Every summer, the theater company produces three of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as a musical. For the past 11 years, UCA has been home to this theater company. According to Producing Artistic Director Rebekah Scallet, the season will focus primarily on the “power of persuasion.” “I always like to pick shows that share some qualities and can be united by a theme, and each of these plays features language used in a powerful way,” Scallet said. “In ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost,’ language is used to argue the logic both for and against falling in love. In ‘Julius Caesar,’ language is used to move the masses and change the course of an empire. In ‘The Music Man,’ the music and

lyrics celebrate the power of language in winning hearts and minds. In ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ language is the weapon that Kate and Petruchio use in their battles.” Last season, the theater housed productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “West Side Story” and a family adaptation of “Twelfth Night,” which toured local high schools, theaters and state parks. The productions were met with rave reviews and more than 6,000 individuals experienced the season, Scallet said. Scallet commented that one of her main goals for the theater is to make Shakespeare as accessible to audiences in Arkansas as possible. Some of the ways the theater accomplishes this is by offering free tickets to UCA students, as

well as implementing a “pay what you can” performance for the outdoor show. “I truly believe that Shakespeare’s stories are relevant to everyone and can have the power to inspire and cause reflection on our own lives and our world, and I want as many people as possible to able to have that experience,” Scallet said. Emily Wold, a local actress from Little Rock who starred as Helena in AST’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and recently completed the remounted touring production of AST’s “Twelfth Night,” echoed Scallet’s statements, commenting on the relevance of Shakespeare in today’s society. “The stories are just so thematically timeless. You can see any Shakespeare play and find pieces from it that are

pertinent to today’s world. His plays are very poignant,” Wold said. Scallet said the upcoming season of shows is exciting for a multitude of reasons. “Three out of the four shows will be performed for the first time at AST; in particular, ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ is not a frequently produced Shakespeare play, so it will be an exciting opportunity for Arkansans to see this delightful show. I’m also thrilled to return to the lawn in front of McCastlain Hall for this production — it was such a beautiful setting for last year’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’” Scallet said Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s 11th season will run from early June to early July 2017. For more information, visit


Political science professor opens up about being Ethiopian fugitive in 1970s by Jordan Johnson News Editor

“The Liar”

which is about a boy who joins a fraternity and is a victim of hazing at the same time that his brother begins an anti-hazing campaign, McCauley said. According to, “Haze” is a realistic and blunt look at what can happen in a fraternity. A trailer for the movie can be viewed on the site. In the movie, one boy is desperate to join a fraternity, but his hopes become conflicted after hazing results in a death and his brother begins an anti-hazing campaign on campus. According to All Greek Council President Whitney Meyer, the film gave an unfiltered look at Greek life and although it does show

Associate professor of political science Gizachew Tiruneh discussed his experiences as a political dissident and fugitive in Ethiopia in the 1970s as part of a lecture series sponsored by the International Studies Club. Tiruneh’s lecture was based on his memoir titled “On the Run in the Blue Nile.” Tiruneh’s story began with the Ethiopian Revolution in 1974. “It was a revolution against the old monarchy, an age-old monarchy,” Tiruneh said. “This monarchy is believed to have originated from the union of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba around 980 B.C.” The last emperor of Ethiopia was Haile Selassie I. His title and given name is actually Ras Teferi. “Ras” means duke and “Feri” is his name. Despite Selassie’s popularity, social and economic issues threatened Ethiopia in the 1970s. “The reason we had the 1974 revolution [was] political issues, corruption of officials. Not necessarily [Selassie], but his officials, and lack of rights obviously,” Tiruneh said. “In the monarchy, there was not a constitutional monarchy.

And there was stagnation and famines and religious and ethnic inequalities.” Tiruneh was in eleventh grade when the revolution broke out, but he said he remembers it “as if it happened yesterday.” “In the power vacuum, the military actually took power,” Tiruneh said. “Two or three months later, about 60 government officials, top officials, were executed by the military communist regime, including the emperor’s grandchildren, the generals, the prime ministers and ministers.” Selassie was also killed the following year, in 1975. Tiruneh said one of the revolutionary factions, which became his party, was the Ethiopian People Revolutionary Party (EPRP), which started as an underground organization because of the brutality of the military regime. “It was a Marxist-Leninist party,” Tiruneh said. “Our party claimed to be the true party of the masses.” Despite this claim, Tiruneh said the party was made up of about 90 percent intellectuals and students. Many of the early leaders of EPRP were killed or committed suicide. During the Red Terror, (a bloody political campaign after the fall of Communism) Tiruneh said thousands of

students and intellectuals were gunned down. Around a million people were killed during the communist regime between 1974 and 1991. Tiruneh joined the EPRP in 1976 when he was 18 He started at the lowest level of the party, but quickly became secretary of the District Committee. By 1977, Tiruneh was heading the Subzonal Committee with 353 people under him. He was 19 years old. At this time, Tiruneh decided to avoid the cities because of political persecution. He became a school teacher in 1977. “I had a bigger ambition,” Tiruneh said. “I wanted to become the president — now I don’t want to, but I wanted to be president actually.” Tiruneh said he had a total of seven near-death escapes during his time as a member of EPRP. One of those escapes happened after an oath-taking ceremony, in which new party members swore loyalty even under torture. A member of the military approached, and Tiruneh ran for his life. One of his comrades was caught and told the military that the group was just gambling. In the spring of 1978, while he was working as a school teacher in a small town, Tiruneh got word that his name was

officially associated with the party and that he the military regime was looking for him. Tiruneh was sitting with a female teacher at the school when two cadres and two policemen pulled up to the school. He was almost caught as he snuck around the building and escaped into the surrounding countryside. Around this time, Tiruneh’s brother was killed for his involvement in the EPRP. At one point during his time as a fugitive, Tiruneh said he was considering jumping off of a cliff or hillside and killing himself to avoid torture from the military forces. What stopped him was the thought of his sister, who he had not known well. “I was dying before I knew her life,” Tiruneh said. During one of his close escapes, Tiruneh was running through the brush with no shoes, and cut his feet up badly. He cut his shirt with a rock and used the fabric to bind his feet so that he could walk. At one point, he said he was so thirsty that he drank water from a pond in which he could see worms. After another year in hiding, Tiruneh made his way to a plantation in Southern Ethiopia where his relative was a supervisor. He soon decided that

he had two options — leave Ethiopia illegally or find a legal way to escape. Because he could not get the documents necessary for a visa, Tiruneh decided he would attempt to escape to Djibouti. Tiruneh’s friend talked him out of this idea, arguing that he would be killed by border security. His friend knew someone who could get his high school transcripts so he could apply for a student visa to America. Tiruneh used his friend’s name and photograph to get an ID and a student visa. In the process, he had to sign a letter of resignation in his friend’s name. In 1981, after three years in hiding, Tiruneh went to America to stay with his sister in New York on a student visa. He applied for political asylum and received his green card a year later. While in New York, Tiruneh said a doctor’s visit revealed six different parasites in his body, and he had nightmares about his experiences for five years. Over time, Tiruneh said his political leanings changed from Marxist-Leninist to moderate, and he considers himself an independent. Tiruneh said he hopes to retire in Ethiopia if the government is stable at that time.


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Author Kelly Link reads work ‘I Can See Right Through You’ by Brandon Jones Staff Writer

photo by Paden Moore

Musician Steve Means performs for students during x-period on Sept. 29 at the UCA Student Center. The Student Activities Board invited Means to perform.

Means plays music, gives advice By William Middleton Staff Writer

Singer Steve Means performed during x-period this past Thursday for UCA students, giving insight to songs on his new album, which will be released this fall. Means performed two new songs, “Jamaica” and “Crazy Ones.” He also performed many of his original songs including, “Mighty Fine Day” and “CocaCola Red.” Means also played cover songs including “I Want You Back,” by the Jackson 5, and songs from Ne-Yo. According to, Means was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and started a following at the University of Ohio, then decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. Means said he got into music because he saw his dad playing guitar around the house and by watching the worship band at his church. Means mostly plays acoustic pop music, but also plays some country music as well. In Means song, “Tequila for Dinner,” he sings about his newly single life, giving some comedic relief to his sadness from his partner leaving him. Means said he first started by learning drums from the youth worship group at the church, then at age 15 he

started learning acoustic guitar. “In Ohio is where I really finetuned my craft and found a bunch of guys that were really hungry to play music. That is how I assembled my band,” he said. “I love getting to travel and meet new people every day. I believe I was just wired for the traveling and road life. I just love getting to spread music face to face.” Junior Billy Huggins liked how Means sounded. “I wish more people had shown up,” Huggins said. The Student Activities Board-sponsored performance brought out around 30 students and faculty to the concert. “I very much liked his style I feel like this would have been a hit if more people knew about it, but I only knew about it because I was just walking by,” sophomore Alex Waitkus said. Means gave advice to students wanting to get into live music. “Take advantage of all the open mic opportunities and events on and around campus. I say play out as many dirty, stinky bars that you can get into and lets you play,” Means said. “Every performance you will learn something new and take something away from it.” Means has three albums, one EP and a single. His music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and in the Google Play Store.

Author Kelly Link was applauded after the book reading at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the College of Business. Link was introduced by UCA Associate Professor John Vanderslice, who began the night by talking about Link’s stories and writing style. “It’s made her, dare I say, famous,” Vanderslice said. Link read her short story “I Can See Right Through You,” about an actor who is trying to reach out to a former lover whom he met while filming a vampire movie. The main character is mostly referred to as the Demon Lover, and during his attempt to get closer to the woman he loves, named Meggie, he recounts their rise to stardom with their vampire film and describes feeling washed-up since a sex tape he was involved in was released. Bouts of laughter sometimes filled the room as Link read comedic sections inserted into the mostly dramatic and serious piece. After she read the story, Link moved on to let people in the audience ask her questions about her writing style and specific stories and characters of hers. One person asked how Link comes up with her ideas and about her process for getting the stories down. “I don’t think of my stories as particularly visual, but in my head they are very clear by the time I get them down,” Link said. “I usually have a couple of ideas floating around that might go into a story.” Link has a list of things she likes to have in a story and said authors should tell the story that they want to tell. Link borrows aspects of multiple genres for her stories,


resulting in stories that don’t fit neatly into categories. “I’m trying to pull from whatever genre seems most useful with what I’m writing,” Link said. Another audience member asked if Link had a particular favorite genre, and she said it would probably be ghost stories. Link also said she does not have a favorite character that she has created, though there is a type of character that often appears in her writing. Link does not base characters on herself; she said she wonders to herself what she would do if she were that character, because if the character did what she would do, it would be boring. The first page is very important in that it tells a person what to expect from the rest of the story, Link said. Link is in the process of writing a novel, but prefers creating short stories. “I really like short stories,” Link said. “My fear writing novels is that I will lose some of those tools writing in another media.” Link’s stories often leave many questions unanswered, which she said can make a story more memorable. “If you tell that story in such a way that many things are up for grabs, the reader is more likely to think about it later,” Link said. Link works with fellow authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, which she said is helpful for her writing. The three are different in their writing styles and are able to provide feedback to one another with their own styles. After the reading and question sections were over, Link moved out to do a book signing. Link performed another reading at 10 a.m. the next day in Win Thompson Hall.

What is your favorite fall


story by Mary Kate Mansfield photos by Lauren Swaim

Senior Josh Thessing

Junior Trace Medlin

“Stepping on every one of those crunchy leaves out there.”

“Thanksgiving, straight up, just the dinner.”

Junior Melanie Griffin

Junior Kiara Johnson

“Oh, I like apple cider and apple pie.”


Student Wellness and Development informs students on designated driver safety by Michelle Moore Staff Writer

The Office of Student Wellness and Development partnered with the UCA Police Department and the registered student organization 80 Proof to host an annual designated driving campaign, which promoted the importance of drinking responsibly and using alternative transportation. The campaign took place on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28. It consisted of a pledge day, in which students pledge to not drink and drive, along with pedal cart racing. The police department educated students about designated driving and local resources, such as Uber and the Free Ride Program offered by Conway Yellow Cab, to use instead of driving after drinking.

“We hope that the campaign will make students think twice before driving after they have had even one drink,” Student Wellness and Development director Jenna Davidson said. To spread the message, digital images were promoted on social media and yard signs were distributed around campus, along with an informational booth set up outside the Student Center, which gave out pamphlets and prizes for pledging not to drink and drive. Davidson said data from the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey did not indicate an increase in the number of students driving while under the influence. Even so, the university creates programs to get ahead of potential problems and focus on prevention. “One of our core services aims to reduce harm and

negative effects associated with the overuse of alcohol and other drugs, while supporting students’ efforts in making safe and healthy choices,” Davidson said. To further enforce the message, a totaled white truck sat out on display near the informational booth to show the sobering reality and consequences that can result from drunk driving. “A lot of people have come by to ask questions and tell their stories. We have a wrecked truck here on display that people can write their experiences and share how they’ve been affected by drunk driving, like if they’ve lost a cousin or someone close,” junior Jessica Partain said. Partain said she felt the campaign and its message had been successful considering the amount of students that visited their booth or shared personal

stories. “We wanted to expand on the idea of having a designated driver. Nationally, one in three drivers that are fatally injured tested positive for alcohol or drugs which makes this campaign a need on any college campus. We added information about Uber and the Free Ride Program offered by the Conway Yellow Cab,” Davidson said. The student wellness and development office holds additional alcohol awareness programs and campaigns year-round, working with other campus resources like Housing and Residence Life, the Counseling Center and Greek life to educate students on alcohol. Student Wellness also partners with 80 Proof to engage students in practicing safety and responsibility when drinking. Students can become members by joining on Org Sync, Davidson said.

“Going home for Christmas because I live in the Bahamas, that is fall for me.”

Junior Kasiana Pettus

Senior Zach Rhodes

“Thanksgiving and traveling to different places to go visit family.”

“Football,definitely watching football.”


by John Anderson Staff Writer

Charles Bradford an is adjunct theater instructor who loves the art of stage combat. Bradford said the reason he decided to do stage combat was because he was in a production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” directed by Kevin Browne, UCA associate professor of theater. It was his first time doing Shakespeare and stage combat. “I was terrified to do both of those things. We had a wonderful fight master named Paul Steiger and he spent a week working with us on swordplay,” Bradford said. Bradford became fascinated with the way movement and combat can tell a thrilling story. Bradford played parts in “Hamlet” and “Dangerous Liaisons,” which included two different forms of swordplay. “I took a semester of combat when I was in graduate school, where we did everything from unarm through sword play. My experience in training has been really fun. I feel like I got to learn a lot of great things from some great people,” Bradford said. Bradford said he trained a lot on the job. For example, if he was in a photo by Waid Rainey production that called for him to use Chad Bradford is an adjunct instructor in UCA’s theater department. Bradford a broadsword, he would have to learn specializes in stage combat and has performed roles in plays such as “Hamlet” and quickly. His favorite part about stage “King Lear.”

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combat is when too much emotion builds up where words won’t deal with it anymore, and have to tell the story through a heightened expression. “I love seeing combat that has elements of dance and movement story telling. In my class, we worked a lot with mime because I think it is so important to tell a story without words,” Bradford said. Bradford said when dealing with a weapon, your partner and your safety is key. He recommends that actors always start slow and never feel like they have to rush. With good acting, things are done with purpose and one at a time. “If an actor can’t walk then they can’t do the play anymore. If an actor is injured then they can’t effectively tell a story if they can’t do what they rehearsed,” Bradford said. The most embarrassing thing that has happened to Bradford is when he was in graduate school. He was in a play called “Babes in Arms.” In his class, he was adamant about his students making sure that they kept their pull back when they were performing a jab (a jab is a type of punch). Bradford’s back was to the audience and the other person was supposed to do a quick rabbit punch to his nose and he was supposed to play like it hurt and fall back. “Every rehearsal was perfect, but on opening night he gives me a right cross. Hit me right in the nose and breaks it. My nose was bleeding

so much that people were slipping in it and they had to stop the show. Lucky, there was a hematologist there and they came back and fixed my nose and I went back out there and finished the show,” Bradford said. Bradford was in “King Lear” directed by Rebekah Scallet, and put on by the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. At the end of the play, he was in a sword fight with his brother and his brother was the better swordsman and he hit him in the stomach and knocked him down. “It was supposed to be a simple kick to the upstage side of my head. He somehow kicked me in the face and [my nose starts bleeding]. The funny thing was he was the fight captain and he was supposed to be the one keeping everyone safe. It just goes to show you, even the most experienced people make mistakes,” Bradford said. “My professional career, I have been an actor. So, I am getting into a place where I am directing, choreographing and staging things and I have only been doing that for a few years,” Bradford said. Bradford said before he was going to be an actor, he wanted to be a professional wrestler. “In a way, I always wanted to do stage combat, but I never knew that they were the same thing,” Bradford said.



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The Voice Diversity among students raises cultural sensitivity

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Banned Books provoke change, society reform With over 11,000 books being challenged across the nation and Banned Books Week in the recent past, censorship and banning books is a timely issue that should be discussed. The First Amendment to the Constitution says “Congress shall make no law [...] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” So why do the citizens of the United States still have to battle with the government over censorship when it is clearly spelled out in the Constitution? Some say that books on the banned books list are sexually explicit or contain graphic violence and are banned because of content. In most instances of banned classics, the content is merely challenging members of society to think for themselves and question a common practice or a historical event. This is seen through books that have been or are currently on the banned books list like “1984” by George Orwell, “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck or “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey. These books all have one thing in common — the graphic telling of a story that needs to be heard by the American public. Although these books may challenge the ideas of society now and during the time they were written, the issues brought out in these works are still highly relevant today. The old saying “If you don’t remember the past you’re doomed to repeat your mistakes” is relevant in this instance given the content of

some of the banned classics. In the context of today’s racial tensions, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee could be helpful in addressing some current problems. This idea can also be found in the book “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Kesey raises awareness for the treatment of the elderly in nursing homes. Young people are told to change the world in today’s society, but the authors of all these books mentioned above were all young once and were trying to change the world with their words through these works. Now they have been censored and banned. Change is rarely comfortable but change by Mary Kate provoking with words has Mansfield happened effectively Assistant in history over and Campus Life over again. Editor For example, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was a great movement stifled by those who disagreed with it, as seen through the legendary speech by Martin Luther King at Lincoln Memorial. Words are one of the first ways to provoke change and if our society censors it, we resist the change. America was built on progress, change and fighting words. Through censoring and banning these books we risk losing the momentum of change and the identity we have as Americans. We must remember our past to move forward as a society. These classics are part of American history. They might be discussing a part of the past many people don’t wish to talk about, but it still needs to be discussed. We can never expect to move forward as a nation if we refuse to look at the past and discuss issues relevant to today.

Students should be able to file for financial aid independently It seems that every college student has a love-hate relationship with financial aid. We love what it does for us, yet we loathe the process we must endure to achieve it. As any financially independent college student should, I have strong concerns about financial aid. With the cost of tuition rising this past semester at UCA, my opinion has turned me into The Incredible Hulk. First of all, I think financial aid is great in that it provides aid for students who truly need it. However, I also think FAFSA-based financial aid is wrong. If you are not 24 years old, a part of how much aid you receive is dependent on your biological parents income. “But I file my taxes independently from my parents.” “But I support myself financially.” “But I am past the age of a legal adult.” All of the ‘buts’ in the world can’t change this. This is not right. Many students are responsible for paying their own tuition and the amount of financial aid they get should not have anything to do with how much one or both of their parents make at their full-time jobs. Here are some of the problems I ran into while applying for financial aid for this semester just because of this little requirement they enforce on students: First, my biological parents had experienced an incident with identity theft, so their taxes were on hold, hindering the completion of my financial aid for many months. Second, with their taxes being on hold, preventing my financial aid from being completed, it stopped me from reapplying for my work study in the fall semester (although, thankfully the position for my work study had not yet been filled by the time my financial aid

got approved, so I got my job back). Third, my parents had gotten an increase in their income, which resulted in a decrease for how much financial aid I received. Now, to look at this from both sides, I do understand that most college students are essentially broke, and if all it took to acquire more financial aid was filing your taxes independently from your parents, then a lot of people would try to cheat the system and do that. Even parents would probably be filing their kids’ taxes independently if that were the case. However, while financial aid is doing what they do best — looking in-depth into your personal financial business — you would think they could decipher between the students who really need aid and the students who would just like to have more aid. Like I said before, I am thankful for the financial aid I do receive, but if I am being completely honest, there is nothing in the world that is worse than stressing over money. In the middle of being a by Cassidy Kendall full-time student and a Staff Writer part-time worker, throwing money into the mix of the many things to stress over makes life a little crazy. Luckily, I manage well but I know that other students have it worse than me. The solution is simple: allow exceptions to the requirement of having to be 24 years old in order to file for financial aid independently. At the very most, a student should be able to request a better look into his financial history, because the thought of someone not being financially independent before the age of 24 is simply ludicrous and extremely unrealistic. For more information about financial aid, the Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Harrin Hall 200. Students can call 501-450-3140 to speak with someone in the office. Students can apply for loans, grants, work study and more.

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Diversity is an important part of UCA’s community and is one of the characteristics that gives this campus its character. Many different types of people and cultures make up the student body, as well as the faculty, at UCA. Merriam-Webster defines diversity as “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.” The UCA Office of Diversity and Community has its own policy involving diversity. According to UCA’s website, the office is “committed to a policy of inclusiveness, understanding and acceptance of all regardless of race or ethnicity.” The Office of Community and Diversity also has a mission to “provide multiple support services to enhance the academic success of students from underrepresented populations in higher education to create an inclusive campus community.” The office defines underrepresented populations as ethnic minorities, women and LGBTQ students. Besides nationality, diversity within a community includes gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. It is essential for UCA to encourage diversity on our campus through programs and through departments like the Office of Diversity and Community. Learning and growing in a diverse community allows people to be more understanding. It educates them on worldviews outside of their own. It also shows how different one culture can be from another, what values are held sacred and the different mannerisms within different cultures. It is important for people to understand diversity and cultural differences so that they can get outside of their bubble, meet new people, travel, learn valuable lessons and grow as educated, well-rounded human beings. Being culturally sensitive does not mean you have to believe and do as someone else does, it just means you understand the background they grew up in was different from yours and that you can respect that difference. It is important for U.S. citizens to show people with different cultures that they are important in our society; we need to show them that we care about them. American culture is a combination of many cultures. Some call America a “melting pot,” meaning different elements of people can mix together and enrich society. Others think of America as a “stained glass window” in which different panels of life shine out, showing off separate but brilliant experiences and identities in our country. Without the various beliefs and customs of people in America and neighboring countries, American society would never change or grow. Diversity expands beyond including people of different countries or cultures. People choose to identify themselves based on their gender (or lack thereof) as well as their sexual orientation. It is human decency to value each person’s preferences and various characteristics. Being supportive of diversity between cultures and individuals does not mean you have to agree with those other cultures, it means you respect their individuality. One way students can be supportive of other cultures and ideas is through joining minority groups in events on campus and learning about their fellow classmates. Being aware of other cultures, opinions and values is vital in having a welcoming enviroment at UCA.

It is important for U.S. citizens to show people with different cultures that they are important in our society; we need to show them that we care about

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October 5, 2016

New This Week Movies

October 7 — The Girl on the Train (R), directed by Tate Taylor, starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennet, Justin Theroux and Luke Evans. October 7 — Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (PG), directed by Steve Carr, starring Lauren Graham, Griffin Gluck, Thomas Barbusca and Isabela Moner. October 7 — The Birth of a Nation (R), directed by Nate Parker, starring Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union and Armie Hammer. October 7— Under the Shadow (R), directed by Babak Anvari, starring Narges Rashidi, Boby Naderi, Avin Manshadi and Arash Marandi.

Music October 7 — Requiem - Goat October 7 — Revolution Radio Green Day October 7 — Heart Like A Levee - Hiss Golden Messenger October 7 — Cody - Joyce Manor October 7 — Let Them Eat Chaos Kate Tempest October 7 — The Violent Sleep of Reason - Meshuggah October 7— Day Breaks - Norah Jones October 7 — Oh My My- One Republic October 7 — Climate Change - Pitbull October 7 — 50 - Rick Astley October 7 — Upside Down - Set It Off October 7 — 13 Voices - Sum 41

Video Games October 7 — Mafia III, for XBox One, PS4 and PC

Animation delivers vital lesson, comedy by Julia Kramer Online Editor

A bundle of Hollywood’s favorites teamed up with Warner Brothers Pictures to release a fast-paced cartoon teaching lessons on family, love and friendship. “Storks” follows the stork, Junior (voiced by Andy Samburg), and the human Tulip (voiced by Katie Crown) who must deliver an accidental baby to the Gardner family on earth. Sarah and Henry Gardener (voiced by Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell) are parents of Nate Gardner (voiced by Anton Starkman) who writes to the storks in the sky in hopes of getting a baby brother. Little does Nate know, the company that was once a baby delivering service is now, an Amazon-like shipping company in the clouds. The storks used to have a baby factory connected to the warehouse, but shut it down after an overly eager stork fell in love with his baby, Tulip, eighteen years before, freaked out and accidentally broke her GPS beacon — causing her to never be delivered to her family and to be raised in the

by Austin Savell Staff Writer

“Scream Queens” came back for a second season on Sept. 20. It returned with all the favorites from the first season, along with a whole new group of characters to add star power and intrigue to the horror comedy. The second season takes place in a hospital owned by Cathy Munsch, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. Joining her are other first season characters, such as all the Chanels. Chanel Oberlin, played by Emma Roberts, is the same obnoxious loudmouth fans loved in the first season. She quickly finds herself in a love triangle between super-rich, overall awesome human Chad Radwell, played by Glen Powell, and Dr. Brock Holt, played by the biggest addition to this year’s cast, John Stamos. Holt is a former world-class surgeon who lost his hand in

October 7 — Supernatural: Season 11 (2015), directed by Eric Kripke, starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Jim Beaver. October 8— The Vampire Diaries: Season 7 (2015), created by Julie Peck and Kevin Williamson, starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder. October 10 — Love Between the Covers (2015), directed by Laurie Kahn, starring Len Barot, Melanie Bernire and Mary Bly.

Top Five Banned Books List compiled by Mary Kate Mansfield

begin to realize how much time they’ve spent working instead of spending time with him and take a break from their jobs to bond with him. The message is sweet and can surely be an eye-opener for any friend, parent or significant other who wraps himself up in work so tightly he doesn’t realize what he’s missing. Switch over to Tulip and Junior’s journey and you’ll find a goofy wolfpack, an airplane crash, a bro’d-out bird named Pigeon Toady (voiced by Stephen Kramer Glickman) investigating Tulip and Junior’s absence from and a growing


Joining Stamos as a new cast member is “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner, who plays Dr. Cassidy Cascade. Cascade is a mysterious pretty boy doctor about whom little has been revealed thus far. His only relationships comes in his mentor-mentee friendship with Holt and friendly flirting with Billie Lourd’s Chanel #3. This season revolves around these characters attempting to cure incurable diseases, oftentimes trying to help ailing guest stars like “Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong and “Arrow” and “Teen Wolf” actor Colton Haynes. Things aren’t safe around the hospital, however, as there is a new serial killer

stalking the halls.

The “Green Meanie,” whose grisly beginnings are shown in a flashback where the killer brutally murders an entire Halloween party of hospital workers, is the killer this season. The murderer could prove a deadly rival to season one’s “Red Devil” killer, as he has already racked up numerous murders, including a decapitation in the first episode which open the season in a truly gruesome fashion. “Scream Queens” gives a unique take on the horror genre and, while incredibly silly at times, also proves to be incredibly unpredictable while also being intense and startling. Add hilarious performances that outdo most comedies today and you have a show that you will look forward to each week. New episodes of “Scream Queens” are available every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on Fox and the FoxNow app.

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The album, named after band pianist and guitarist John Keith “Cubby” Culbreth’s family compound on the Toogoodoo River in South Carolina, is familiar to fans of “classic” indie rock bands. Many of the tracks on the album employ light acoustic guitar and high, almost delicate vocals. Yet, Stop Light Observations does not confine itself to one genre, even on this one album. The tracks quickly change from light indie rock to electric, guitar-heavy rock songs that hearken back to the hard rock of the ‘80s. Long electric guitar solos and high vibrato vocals separate these tracks from the milder and tamer ones.

However, the track “Aquarius Apocalyptic” diverges greatly from those preceding it. Apparently about a lucid dream a band member had about the apocalypse, it reminds one of more modern hard rock, with short electric guitar riffs, rough vocals and an almost megaphone-like audio effect. From there, the album goes straight into two classic rock-inspired tracks. “For Elizabeth” and “Give to Get” would be right at home on the classic rock station your dad listens to. Classic guitar solos and riffs make you feel like you’ve heard this song before. The tracks “Dead” and “Leroy” draw heavily from Southern blues and soul. “Dead” is a capella and slow, featuring simple harmonies and a simple melody, almost like something you would hear on “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”

The album’s first track, “Dinosaur Bones,” is reminiscent of bands such as The xx, with very simple melodies which repeat throughout. Indeed, the first four tracks of the album reminded me of a number of indie rock bands, from MGMT to The Shins.

The band’s musical repertoire is broad, but overall left me feeling like I’d heard it all before, but from someone else. What made this band unique and makes them stand out from the genres they so heavily pull from was the subject matter covered in their songs. Although they may have drawn from older musical styles, their perspectives are

1. “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair

2. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

This story, about the meat-packing industry and its effect on immigrant workers is still relevant given the high levels of immigration in recent times. The blue collar workforce today is made up of many immigrants, which only shows the lack of change. Working conditions in Sinclair’s story are in need of reform and in today’s society many would like to think of the working conditions of blue collar workers as reformed.

This wild story, written by a legendary journalist, was banned in spite of reforming many parts of long-term care facilities across the country. Kesey was a pioneer working in the style of immersion journalism. He wrote books and reported stories that the reader could almost feel because of his closeness to his subject. This book is taken directly from his experience as an orderly in a psychiatric hospital.

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Mick Jenkins performs his new album on stage. Jenkins’ album is available on Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon.

Artist shares message of love by Sophia Ordaz Staff Writer

With his first full-length studio album, “The Healing Component,” Chicago-raised hip hop artist Mick Jenkins emerges from the murky, otherworldly depths of his 2014 mixtape “The Water[s]” into a tangible, unforgiving reality that is softened only by the healing qualities of love.

decidedly millennial.

The album’s opening track is confident, but it begins with a question. “What is the healing component?” a friend asks Jenkins in the song’s introduction. He replies, jokingly, “Aw, you tell me.” This is just one of the album’s exploratory tête-à-têtes of evocative dialogue.

Take their track “Security.” The song is about the pressure to get a good job and the difficulties of obtaining one, and the feeling of disappointment once you do.

Throughout the album’s 62 minutes, Jenkins grapples with love’s subtleties and gradations, confronting the listener with questions, but not necessarily any answers.

Likewise, “Dinosaur Bones” tackles the feeling that we are alone in the world, despite the fact that the world is more connected that ever. “Know It Alls” has a very poignant refrain that reflects the idea that although we may have advanced as a species, humans have not fundamentally changed.

“Fall Through” pounds like frantic heartbeats; Jenkins is ominously oracular in the song: “Don’t you feel the soul? / That’s the truest well / Of all the things you know, do you know yourself?”

Album has diverse influences, political messages Stop Light Observations’ new album “Toogoodoo” takes its cue from familiar indie rock, classic and Southern rock, folk and gospel.


a horrific garbage disposal accident. To continue his career, he becomes the first recipient of a hand transplant from an anonymous donor. Things go wrong when he occasionally loses control of his new hand.


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thing you know, Junior, Tulip and the baby are strapped into an airplane built by Tulip and secretly head out, following the GPS to the Gardners. Meanwhile, Nate is constantly working at getting his parents to put down their work phones and spend time with him. Filled with sharp jokes like “I’ll be in college before you know it” and “You’ll be my hero for at least three more years” as his dad tries to turn down helping him build in the backyard, Nate delivers much of the humor in the film. As Nate waits for the delivery of his little brother, his parents

‘Scream Queens’ airs promising season

by Jordan Johnson

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warehouse with the storks. When Junior gets orders from his boss to fire Tulip, in order to get his promotion to boss, he feels too bad to go through with it and tells her she has been moved to a new position of “letter sorter,” assuming no letters would ever come in. Nate’s letter arrives and Tulip accidentally sends it into the machine that creates the babies before Junior can stop her. He then takes it upon himself to deliver the baby to the Gardners before he has to be back at the office in two days to receive his promotion. Next


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The characters of “Storks” attempt to survive the treacherous obstacles that the world throws at them in order to bring joy to a family. The film was ranked number two on opening weekend with over $21 million in ticket sales according to Box Office Mojo.

bond between the baby, Junior and Tulip. The plot is fast-paced and the jokes are thrown just as quickly, causing anywhere from a small chuckle to a bellowing laugh. Whether or not viewers are entertained by the jokes and attempts on humor depends on the person, but no one can deny the superb animation and the wholesome messages behind the storyline. The idea that family time is more important than drowning yourself in work, friendships can blossom out of the oddest places and those friendships can easily become like family are the three main underlying themes. Directors Nicholas Stoller, of “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” (2008) and the “Neighbors” (2014, 2016) series, and Doug Sweetland, who was on the animation team for “Cars” (2006-2011) teamed up to create a charming, quirky movie that is good for both children and parents. Just be prepared to answer questions from the children around you on where babies actually come from. “Storks” is playing at the Cinemark Towne Center in Conway and is rated PG for mild action and thematic elements.

Perhaps the most political and hard-hitting song on the album was the gospel-inspired “The 50 Ways.” It discusses the events of 9/11 and how, in the aftermath, the country lost its way both militarily and financially. However, it also rejoices in the fact that America saw its first African American president, and in the fact that there is still so much good in the world. Ultimately, the album sounds much like other indie albums in some ways, and sounds exactly like an ‘80s rock band in others. However, its messages resonate with many who feel let down by the current system but still hold out hope. 3. “1984” by George Orwell

Orwell writes a haunting tale of future possibilities, showing the realities of a totalitarian government with complete control over its citizen’s minds, bodies and spirits. When Orwell wrote this novel in 1949, computers and mind control were possible to an author with a wild imagination. With this book, generations continue to learn what governmental power taken to an extreme resembles and how to stay aware.

In “Drowning,” Jenkins returns to the water, immersing himself in his much-loved motif and drifting in a somber and striking instrumental, provided by the Canadian jazz outfit Badbadnotgood. The track’s plodding, slow-tempo bass and ticking percussion are reminiscent of raindrops steadily falling at the onset of a great storm.

a 2016 interview with Fader magazine. “I was to represent black people, and the white man was to represent more specifically the oppressor. It was to say that we both need to be drowned in a certain truth.” And what is this truth? With “The Healing Component,” Jenkins would have us believe it is love. In the midst of the world’s turmoil and injustice, Jenkins urges us to turn to love, instead of worldly pursuits and corruption. He reminds us that love is curative, akin to the calming effects of marijuana, as Jenkins indicates in the first track of the album: “THC, THC / For your grace and mercy Father, we thank thee / For this water, for this truth / Tryna put some love into everything I do.” After all, THC, the chemical that produces marijuana’s high, is an acronym for the album’s title. “Spread Love” is Jenkins’ tribute to love, the healing component that can help heal the wounds of racial injustices. “And they be asking, ‘what do love got to do with the point?’ / It’s the soothe in your water, it’s the truth in your joint,” Jenkins assures in the chorus. Jenkins concludes by imparting the truths that he encourages all to immerse themselves in.

“I sat with [“Drowning”] for about two weeks, and I had the idea to drown myself and a white man,” Jenkins said in

“There’s all types of injustices going on and there’s a system in place that continues to push them and we feel like we can’t really fight them on any front,” Jenkins said in his Fader interview. “Whether you believe in Jesus or not, [you can understand] the story of him as someone who was really selfless even in the face of some of the most hateful things, all the way down to being killed on the cross. To remain loving in the midst of that environment is harder. It says more about who you are as a person to do that rather than to retaliate, even if you’re justified in your retaliation.”

4. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

5. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Hurston

Lee dealt with serious issues surrounding racial tensions, which is still an issue today. Racial tension in the 1960s was at a high point with the Civil Rights Movement in full swing. Through the Black Lives Matter movement many have made their thoughts on racial equality known, just as Harper Lee took her stand. Though the issue manifests over very different subjects, the message remains the same.

Hurston discusses gender roles of the time and makes clear the value she thinks women should have in society. Though much progress has been made in women’s rights for equality, work will always need to be done making the value of women a relevant issue in today’s society. Reading this novel reminds society of the progress it has made as well as brings out subjects that are still causing issues today.

More than halfway in, the song surges forth like a riptide, transforming into an unearthly, funereal jazz-blues fury. Jenkins stoically chants and, by the end of the track, desperately gasps, “I can’t breathe,” Eric Garner’s last words.



October 5, 2016

Editor’s Take

Warriors recruit stars, lack team chemistry

By Denn-Warren Tafah Assistant Sports Editor

The NBA season is almost back and fans are curious how power forward Kevin Durant will fit into the Golden State Warriors roster. The Golden State Warriors acquired Durant this offseason after breaking the 95-96 Bulls’ record with 73-9 wins and going to the NBA championship during that season. The Warriors struggled against Durant’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, but eventually beat them and moved on to the finals, then lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship. Cleveland didn’t need much more star power, just mental toughness and endurance. In my opinion, Durant still doesn’t guarantee Golden State a championship, because the reason Golden State lost to the Cavaliers is because the team couldn’t finish the series. Durant also struggles with finishing playoff series, so Golden State didn’t find an answer to its problem, it just brought in more star power. Also, during the preseason game on Oct. 1, the Warriors struggled to find team chemistry. Durant isn’t aware he has a presence, he still thinks he is a regular player. That presence is what cost Golden State the game. The team was worried about making Durant happy instead of scoring and Durant shot 2-9 field goals and 1-4 from the three-point line. Granted, it’s just a preseason game and the star players didn’t play the whole game, but when it matters, their team chemistry will either crumble or be solid. Only time will tell if Golden State’s gamble will pay off. It worked for the New York Yankees, so maybe it will work for the Warriors.

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Junior midfielder Alex Moore blocks sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Halal of the University of the Incarnate Word from getting the ball at the game Sept. 30 at Bill Stephens Field. UCA beat Incarnate Word 5-0.

Women’s soccer keeps dominating conference By Emily Gist Staff Writer

Starting off with a goal just 30 seconds into the game, the UCA women’s soccer team maintained momentum against the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals and earned its seventh shutout of the season, winning 5-0. The Bears played on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Bill Stephens Track and Soccer Complex. Sophomore Camille Bassett started off the game with a goal 30 seconds into the match

by completing a combination from senior Shelby Wilson and sophomore Ashley Smith. According to, it was the “best start to Southland Conference play in program history.” The game picked up from there. A quarter of the way through the game, after multiple shots and blocks against the Cardinals, the Bears got their second goal of the game. Bassett made the goal, which left the game 2-0 for halftime. After halftime, the game kept up the pace as the ball

was kicked higher and higher. Similar to the first half, the Bears scored a goal near the start of halftime. Bassett passed the ball to Smith who scored from seven yards out. Three-quarters through the game, three UCA players managed to head the ball into the Cardinals side where they attempted a goal and overshot. Bassett scored another goal where the ball hit the edge of the net and bounced in. Shortly after, junior Dayna Mounie followed through with a similar

shot. The Bears ran out the clock. “I think overall the team did a good job of playing what was on for them to play, getting the ball wide, getting around the corner, getting service in, and then we did a good job at finishing our chances tonight,” coach Jeremy Bishop said. “Any time we can score five goals and keep the other team off the board at all is a great night.” The game left an overall positive impression on Bassett. “We were coming in really pumped up and we love playing


Bears win on the road, continue their streak


By Malachi Thornton

7 p.m. Oct. 6 vs. Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas

The University of Central Arkansas Bears moved to 3-0 (4-1 overall) in conference play with Saturday’s 58-27 win over the Abilene Christian University Wildcats at Shotwell Stadium. The Bears hit the road to face the Wildcats, who lost the last exhibition a season ago when these two met. ACU moved to 0-3 in conference play after suffering their defeat to the Bears. The Bears lost the first time the teams ever met back in 2014, and since then have outscored them 100-41 over the past two seasons. UCA took care of business in the win against the Wildcats not committing a turnover in what was their second consecutive week without one. They were able to force three turnovers from the other team, almost tying their effort against ASU (4). UCA began the night with a safety on ACU at the 11:54 minute mark in the first quarter. That was then followed by a 1-yard run for a touchdown by ACU, but UCA responded with a touchdown on a 32-yard connection from junior quarterback Hayden Hildebrand to senior wide receiver Jatavious Wilson. If that wasn’t enough, UCA got an 80-yard touchdown run out of Hildebrand, the longest of his career, pushing the lead to 16-7 in the beginning of the second quarter. “I dropped back and they tried to cover all our receivers and the middle just opened up so I took off.” Hildebrand said. ACU scored two more field goals while UCA scored two

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at home and under the lights and so I was really excited,” she said. “I was just able to go out there and run and it felt great.” Bishop said the outcome of the game will help the team with future matches. “Every time we step out and have a good performance — keep the other team scoreless, score several goals ourselves — it’s just going to build our confidence,” Bishop said. “We have to

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(Left to right) Seniors Mitchell Morgan, Chandler Watkins and juniors Deshaud Kelley, Dillan Brown and Justin Barrett are some of the Channel Six students who were invited to work with the SEC Network at the Razorback football game Oct. 1

SEC Network hires UCA students By Amanda Nettles Campus Life Editor

Students from the UCA Department of Mass Communication were invited to work with the South Eastern Conference (SEC) network this past weekend in Little Rock during the Razorback game on Oct.1. “A crewing company from California contacted the Mass Communication Department needing people for the Little Rock Razorback game in October 2014 to work for SEC Network. I began being contracted to work with them and they struggled to get University of Arkansas students to work events. After hearing that, every opportunity I had, I referred UCA students to events. Over the past two or three seasons we have had 25 plus students work football, gymnastics, basketball and baseball for the Razorback broadcasts on the SEC Network,” News6 Director John Walls said. Walls said a total of nine students participated. There were three different positions for the students. Some students worked Friday and Saturday, some only worked Saturday. “Over the two days students [worked] between 7-24 hours in two days depending on position,” he said. Two students worked the runner position. Walls said they

set up food trays, ran errands and hung ESPN/SEC network banners. He said they were basically production assistants. Three students took on the utility position. Walls said they unloaded the production truck, built cameras, ran cables and set up the booth for announcers. Walls said at the game students worked with the ground camera on the field to make sure people and fans did not trip while the camera ran up and down the field. Four students worked with the parabolic microphone. “For a lack of a better description it is a trash can lid with a wireless microphone in the center. Operators hold this on the sidelines and move with the ball. Their audio signal is transmitted back to the truck so the audience hears the game action,” Walls said. Junior Justin Barret said he was in charge of making sure the SEC headquarters in North Carolina was getting the correct information during the game. Barret also got a business card from the president of the radio network for Carolina Panthers. “I was freaking out inside, I just made an NFL connection,” said Barrett. Walls believes these opportunities will open the students eyes to the real working world. “They think they are going to leave UCA and go right

to the desk at SportsCenter. The students talk with the announcers and sideline reporter and realize their backgrounds, how competitive talent positions are and what they had to go through to get to this level,” Walls said. He said hopefully students will realize this is what they want to do for the rest of their life and now they know how to get there. He said they could realize that maybe this career is not for them. Walls said this could also give them something to work toward. “They see that what they learn in the broadcast journalism program does make sense in the workplace,” Walls said. “With Channel Six Sports, I constantly explain to the students that there is a purpose in everything we do. From the camera shots to the cable safety so people do not trip over equipment. When they see it on the ESPN stage, it all makes sense to them. When the students come back to UCA, they start using the language, safety features, camera locations they have seen. Students have ideas they see while working (either camera shots, reporter ideas, production changes) and we incorporate them on a much smaller scale but at the same level of quality they learned from ESPN.”

additional rushing touchdowns as well as an interception returned for a touchdown by junior outside linebacker George Odum. Odum talked highly of his quarterback. “It’s hard trying to stop a triple option when [you] have a [quarterback] that is faster than a normal linebacker,” Odum said. The scoring exchanged in the second half as ACU tried to answer back with a score after UCA began the second half’s scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run from freshman Keshawn Ledet. UCA soon pushed the envelope again with a 93-yard touchdown return from junior wide receiver Dwayne Smith, moving the score to 51-20. UCA scored once more to make a comfortable lead on a 1-yard run from junior running back Jarvis Cooper. ACU got on the board again and concluded the night’s scoring making the final 58-27. UCA scored five rushing touchdowns from multiple players, a defensive touchdown, a kickoff return touchdown as well as a safety in their domination over ACU. In the victory, Wilson passed UCA alumnus kick returner Isaiah Jackson for the career record in kickoff return yards on his 50-yard return in the second quarter. Wilson has 2,475 return yards and is also ranked second in all-time career returns for UCA with 102, trailing Jackson by four. UCA has a week off, then will head out on the road against McNeese State University on Oct. 15. The Bears lost against McNeese State last year 28-13.

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Sophomores Nicole Peters and Kellen Dunn play in their game against Northwestern State Sept. 27 at the Prince Center. The Sugar Bears lost to the Wildcats 3-0.

Sugar Bears frustrated with season By Denn-Warren Tafah

Staff Writer

Central Arkansas women’s indoor volleyball team (8-8, 2-2 in conference) lost 3-0 to Northwestern State (8-10, 3-0 in conference) on Wednesday Sept. 27 in the Prince Center. Last season the outcome was the polar opposite; the Sugar Bears beat Northwestern State 3-0. “It’s frustrating, I thought Northwestern State came in and had a great plan against us and I thought they executed at a high level with their game plan and energy,“ coach Jeni Jones said. This volleyball game against the Lady Demons was the team’s first Southland Conference home game. “That’s not UCA volleyball, out on the floor was not UCA volleyball and I think that’s the most disappointing thing. There is a ton of rich tradition and success here,” Jones said. In the first match, the score was even at 7-7 until the Lady Demons took the lead scoring four points in a row, making the lead 11-7. Northwestern kept the lead, winning the match 25-19. During the second match, the Lady Demons continued dominating. At one point they led the Sugar Bears by 13 points. By the end of the

second set junior Megan Nash and freshman Abbie Harry led the Sugar Bears with five kills each, while freshman Elizabeth Armstrong gathered 11 assists. The final score for that match was 25-15. “Abbie Harry came in and did an amazing job, going into the four set three, she was hitting a .571. She was a really bright spot coming and getting some blocks and terminating at a high level,” Jones said. During the final match, the Sugar Bears nearly took a comeback win with a score of 25-22. “We had some opportunities but we just weren’t putting the ball away. When you get that one-on-one situation or a solid double and it’s a tight match you have to be the one to do it. If you’re thinking about being careful that’s when the other team has already taking advantage because you’re trying not to make a mistake instead of scoring,” Jones said. Freshman striker Loren Washington was excited to start the season at home. “I was so pumped and so excited to kick their butts at home, but we have another home game and we are going to come back home and kick Corpus [Christi’s] butt,” Washington said. At 12 p.m. on October 1st, the Sugar Bears (8-9, 2-3

in conference) faced Texas A&M Corpus Christi (9-6, 4-0 in conference) in the Prince Center. The Sugar Bears fell short against the Islanders 3-0. The first set was the closest game; the Sugar Bears lost by two points, making it 25-23. The Sugar Bears struggled during the second set; at one point in the game they gave up 10 points in a row. The Sugar Bears took a timeout with the score at 8-18 to recuperate. The timeout didn’t help, as the Islanders pushed the score to 21-9 and ended up winning 25-13. “We just need to show up to play and give all the effort we can, it really comes down to the effort and mentality in wanting to win,” Nash said. On the third set, Central Arkansas started with a 5-3 lead and maintained it until the Islanders came back and won 25-19. “We played tough the first and third set. Cutting down on a few errors and playing with 1000 percent effort would have won those sets, and we will work on that in practice this week,” Armstrong said. The Sugar Bears play again at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 against Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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Junior forward Dayna Mounie and freshman forward Brooke Hanson of the University of the Incarnate Word chase after the ball at their match Sept. 30 at Bill Stephens Field. Mounie scored one of UCA’s five goals during the game.


Women’s soccer leaves its victory against Abilene

Christian with more confidence. UCA’s goalkeepers extend their scoreless streak.  Continued from page 7 remember that it takes hard work and effort, but if we have confidence then we should be able to do alright.” Continuing their scoreless streak, the Bears played Abilene Christian University Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. and ended up forcing a draw with a score of 0-0. After the first two halves of the game, UCA had more shots on goal, with 15. Abilene

Christian had eight. Junior Anna Hughes started the game as the goalkeeper, but was substituted out at the 45th minute. Sophomore Lauren Mercuri came in and finished the rest of the game.Neither goalkeeper gave up a goal, adding to their scoreless streak. During the first half of overtime, which lasted 15

minutes, UCA managed to shoot four more shots, which all ended up getting saved. In minute 101, junior defender Karley Kliever received the game’s only yellow card. After the two 15 minute overtime halves, the game finally ended. The Bears play again at 7 p.m. on Oct 7 against Stephen F. Austin.

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