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Campus Life October 31, 2018

Around Campus: “‘Tis Pity” The UCA Theater Department will present “‘‘Tis Pity” by John Ford at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 in the Bridges/Larson Theater in the Snow Fine Arts Center. The 17th-century play is about an incestuous affair that brings about tragedy. The play is directed by Associate Professor of Theater Chris Fritzges and stars Emily Cobb as Annabella. For more information, contact Theater Business Manager Melissa Kordsmeier-Pearson at melissap@uca.edu.

John Mulaney The Student Activities Board presents comedian John Mulaney at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Reynolds Performance Hall. Mulaney is an Emmy award-winning writer of SNL fame, and recently had a special released on Netflix, “Kid Gorgeous,” that was nominated for an Emmy. Mulaney will be debuting a new stand-up routine during the performance. For more information, contact SAB at sabcomedy.uca.@gmail.com.

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Communication Week emphasizes power of connection by Aysha Dixon Social Media Editor

The College of Fine Arts and Communication highlighted the importance and impact of communication in both the professional world and everyday life during its Communication Week Oct. 22-26, capping off the week with a panel discussion about race and race relations spurred by student concerns. Communication professors Adriian Gardner and Charles Eastman organized the panel, titled “Starting the Conversation: Changing the Narrative on Race and Race Relations,” after students who took an end-of-the semester exam felt that a few of the questions that referenced Kanye West and Common were racially angled. Instead of sweeping the students’ concerns under the rug, the two professors partnered in hopes of creating a dialogue about a subject that is touchy not only on UCA’s campus, but statewide. Panelists included Dean of Students Kelly Owens; senior UCA NAACP chapter president Jayda Williams; City of Hope Outreach director Phillip Fletcher, who represented the Conway community; senior Abigail Galicia-Romero, who represented the Latino Student Association; and Samantha Harrington, who is a freshman communication major. As the discussion began, Eastman asked the panelists to discuss their personal opinion

on the definition of race and how the terms discrimination and prejudice tie into race. “I look at race from a theological and biological standpoint … [I believe in the] human race,” Fletcher said. “Ethnicities are the subcategories that form a sense of ‘superiority’ and ‘inferiority’ among us.” According to UCA’s diversity ledger, in fall 2017, black students had the largest headcount among undergraduate minority students at 16.3 percent, with Hispanic students as second (5.3 percent), Asian students fourth (2.1 percent), American Indian/Alaskan Native students fifth (0.5 percent) and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students sixth (0.1 percent). According to statistics on College Board’s website, which gathers research on higher education, UCA’s student population is considered to be more diverse in comparison with other universities across the country. However, Williams believes that a campus that “values, supports and advances diversity” per its website should also consider diversifying campus faculty. “I think the panel gave a good idea of where to start [to talk about race relations],” Williams said. “I believe that UCA encourages diversity; however, I think that we can do a better job about intentionally hiring minority professors.” Other panelists spoke about UCA’s campus diversity in particular. There was

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Junior Jennifer Draper blows up a balloon during her speech to demonstrate how stress and anxiety can build up while attending college. Draper was the winner of the seventh annual Olive M. Hilliard Speech Showcase Oct. 25 in Stanley Russ Hall.

agreement that diversity is discussed among both faculty and students; however, conversations like the one at Friday’s panel do not typically pair with action from administration. Gardner is heavily involved with UCA’s Black Male Achievement Challenge program. He said he has noticed that it is hard for students of color in his classes to feel a sense of belonging because they do not see a reflection of

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Junior Noah Love tries the new supplies vending machine, which is on the first floor of the Torreyson Library. After some difficulty getting the card reader to accept his payment method, hearing the prompts spoken out of the machine’s low-placed speakers and understanding the confusing credit amounts displayed on the screen, Love was finally able to purchase a four-pack of Tylenol for $2.

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The National Panhellenic Council and Students for the Propagation of Black Culture present the 2018 Homecoming Greek Show at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Farris Center. NPHC Greeks will comptete for the title of Homecoming Step Show Champions. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, contact Greek Show representative Kaylon Bradford at kaylonb@uca.edu.

Pizza at the Polls UCA will host a celebration of election day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the campus polling site in Donaghey Hall. There will be entertainment, free food and games at the Green in Donaghey Hall. Students must be registred to vote in Faulkner County to vote on campus Nov. 6. For more information on this event, including volunteer opportunities, conctact Director of Service-Learning and Volunteerism Lesley Graybeal at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

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New library vending machine offers essential school supplies Homecoming Greek Show

discussion, Eastman opened up the floor to questions from the audience. The questions mainly focused on how to effectively communicate with others about cultural differences, despite having opposing backgrounds. In the end, it was obvious why communication is so important when combating societal differences. For more information about CFAC’s Communication Week, visit uca.edu/cfac.

Alcohol Awareness Week sobering, edifying

Women’s Leadership Network The Women’s Leadership Network will host a First Friday Coffee meet and greet event from 9 to 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at the UCA Downtown building. The network pursues the goal of supporting women who are seasoned or aspiring leaders in the home, at work or in the community. The network also provides opportunities for women to connect from various backgrounds in Conway and surrounding areas. For more information, contact the Office of Outreach and Community Engagement at outreach@uca.edu.

themselves in the professors that they are taking. “I always tell my students that they’re the next generation of problem solvers, that’s why the panel was titled ‘Starting the Conversation.’ If you never start the conversation, then there is no solution or resolution,” Gardner said. Panelists delivered diverse perspectives about their experience at UCA and the city of Conway. At the end of the

Assistant News Editor A new vending machine stocked with essential school supplies that students might need in a pinch was installed in Torreyson Library. The machine is near the copy machines and computer lab on the first floor in the same nook as the food product and drink vending machines. The supplies vending machine’s contents are provided by the UCA Bookstore and range in price from $1 to over $10. It is currently stocked with Advil, Tylenol, earbuds, pens, pencils, highlighters, phone chargers, flashlights, UNO cards, batteries, eye drops, Scantron forms, Blue Book exam booklets and various other items. Bookstore employee Nathan Suits said they will periodically switch out products depending on which items sell the most. However, products like the Scantrons and Blue Books will likely become staples in the machine. Junior McKay Qualls was surprised at the variety of products the machine has to offer. He said the first purchase he would likely make would be notecards and a pen. “In fact, that’s probably what I’m going to wind up getting soon,” Qualls said. He also noticed the somewhat steep prices, chalking them up to the price of convenience. “They have drastically different prices for different items because of how likely a student would be in need [of ] a pencil over an eraser.” Qualls said if students forget their phone chargers, they would likely be more

willing to pay $8 for one. However, the $9 price tag for UNO cards remained a bit perplexing for him. Qualls also suggested the vending machine should supply wooden pencils as a less expensive option, since the two-pack of mechanical pencils cost almost $8. Access Services librarian Tamela Smith confirmed that convenience was the main reason behind the implementation of the school supply vending machine. “It was a student need requested by SGA last spring,” Smith said. SGA Executive President Joshua Eddinger-Lucero confirmed the idea started in SGA. “A conversation was started with Administration and then other avenues were taken to allow for implementation which did not involve SGA,” Eddinger-Lucero said. The vending machine provides convenience for students who cannot leave the library or who choose to stay overnight. Smith said students have needed items like Tylenol or other types of medication in the past. “The biggest need here is because we have students here overnight when the bookstore is closed,” Smith said. “Some of those things we would have loved to give to the students who stayed overnight, but we previously couldn’t.” Suits said the machine is also handicap accessible which is why the touch-screen control system and the payment scanner is lower on the machine than on many other vending machines on campus. The vending machine does not currently accept BearBucks. It only accepts cash and credit or debit card payments.

With football season in full swing and Homecoming festivities right around the corner, UCA Student Wellness and Development took advantage of this prime time to observe National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 22-25 to educate students on the serious repercussions of abusing alcohol. NCAAW is a national program held annually at UCA. According to the nonprofit Choose Responsibly, NCAAW aims to bring attention to the serious public health issues posed by excessive drinking among college students during a part of the academic calendar that is marked by football games, homecoming weekends and other large celebrations on many campuses. “Students have more freedom than they are used to [in college],

often feel peer pressure and have increased access to alcohol,” Assistant Director for Student Wellness Jenna Davidson said. “They may not understand tolerance, blood alcohol concentration or negative health and legal consequences. Media portrays getting drunk as such a fun and positive experience, but in reality, it can lead to academic problems, assaults, injuries and even death.” The week began Oct. 22 with the display of the familiar car crash scene in front of Torreyson Library throughout the week. Students are encouraged to write personal stories of how alcohol has negatively impacted their lives on the car. Davidson said that over the years she has found the car crash scene to be the most impactful event of NCAAW, as it always receives high student interest. “We know that sharing personal stories is impactful,” Davidson said. “It allows them

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UCAPD Sergeant Sarah Garrett signs a wrecked car, which was placed outside Torreyson Library Oct. 22 for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Students could sign the car and write personal stories about how alcohol has impacted their lives.

to read about the experiences of others. It is very eye-opening and educates students about the negatives of alcohol consumption.” On Oct. 23, the Delta Zeta sorority hosted the “I Have a Choice” pledge to drink responsibly, encouraging pledged students to stamp their painted handprints on a banner outside the Student Center. Senior Delta Zeta member Abby Washkowiak said when students have to stop what they are doing to physically stamp their hand in order to take the pledge to drink responsibly, it makes them take the pledge into heavier consideration. “People will stop by and ask what it is and whether or not they do want to pledge we get to tell people about drinking responsibly and the outcomes of abusing alcohol,” she said. “I feel like transitioning into adulthood requires the knowledge of what it looks like to drink responsibly.” The week concluded Oct. 25 in the Student Health Center with a presentation by UCA Wellness Ambassadors informing students how to drink responsibly — with mocktails provided. According to a report conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, researchers estimate about 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes; about 696,000 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking; and about 97,000 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

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