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Police investigate possible kidnap of female student

Board approves Adidas contract, facility debt study

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by Brandon Riddle

by Marisa Hicks

SGA votes to increase student fees

UCAPD is investigating the possible kidnapping of 19-yearold student Kelsie Lynn Emerson, according to a police report. The alleged incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. April 7 in Bernard Hall. Emerson is a Bernard Hall resident. Nonstudent Benton Lee Thomas, 23, is listed in the report as a suspect. UCAPD Project Manager Arch Jones said he could not release any additional information in the ongoing investigation. Thomas lives in Little Rock and Emerson lives in Conway, according to police. “At this point in the investigation, both have been found safe,” Jones said. “We are in the process of sorting through a multitude details.” In the incident report, UCAPD states: “I was dispatched to the UCA Police Department to speak with a parent in reference to her daughter, student Kelsie Emerson.” According to The Log Cabin Democrat, Emerson and Thomas know each other. All portions of the three narrative reports are redacted. Two of the narratives were written April 7 and one was written April 8. Emerson and Thomas were found safe, but UCAPD was still “sorting out” details as of Monday. Updates on this developing story can be found at

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The Student Government Association passed a motion to increase the Student Activity Board fee from $8 to $24. The motion was proposed by the Student Activities Board. The increase in fees is to allow for bigger musical artists and more well-known comedians.

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UCA student journalists win awards at conference The Echo placed second in the “Best All Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper (Large university)” at the Region 12 Society of Professional Journalists Conference in Oxford, Miss. April 6. Graduate Lee Hogan won first place in “Online Sports Reporting (Large university)” for his “Preview: Bears vs. Panthers” story featured on The Fountain.

Baum Gallery features senior artwork Baum Gallery hosted the BA/ BFA senior exhibit April 4. The exhibit, on display through April 29, is open and free to the public. Seniors featured in the exhibit include: Bonnie Brown, Karen Chrisco, Zachery Easley, Tyler Gunther, Jennifer Hicks, Jennifer Holland, Micah House, Keela Light, Bon Means, Kimberly Parnell, M. Rachel Stripling, Jessica Moore, Jessica Camp, Brittany Madalone, Caley Pennington and Grace Robert.

International Kazakh Club hosts spring festival The International Kazakh Club and Multicultural Student Services hosted the Nauryz International Spring Festival April 4 in the McCastlain Hall Ballroom. Festivities included international culinary delicacies, a fashion show featuring traditional and modern clothing, games and dancing performances. Students and faculty members were also invited to participate in a Borat look-alike contest.

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Graduate student Courtney Dunn cleans an oiled duck April 1 at the HAWK (Helping Arkansas Wild “Kritters”) Center in Russellville.

Helping hands Students, faculty clean oiled wildlife in Mayflower by Stephen Reynolds Entertainment Editor

A group of about 25 students went to the Exxon-Mobil Pegasus oil spill scene April 2 in Mayflower to look for distressed and oiled wildlife. The group was organized by graduate students Courtney Dunn and Joshua Hines, biology professor Vickie McDonald, physics professor Debra Burris and Conway residents Michael Kennedy and Eilish Palmer.


Arkansas concealed-carry act debated during forum; administration opposes by Spencer Griffin and Peyton Olsen

Campus Life Editor and Staff Writer Stances on the Arkansas campus concealed-carry law were debated April 2 and 3 during two staff senate forums, which were open to faculty, staff and students. While most organizations on campus have expressed their disapproval of Act 226, the forums allowed all voices to express their opinions on either side of the argument. Arkansas Act 226 allows faculty and staff members with a concealed carry permit to have firearms on college, university and community college campuses under specific circumstances. The president’s office, the faculty senate, the UCA Safety Committee and UCAPD said they would like the board of trustees to annually opt out of the law. At the first open forum on April 2, President Tom Courtway said if UCA does

The UCA Board of Trustees voted unanimously to make Adidas UCA’s exclusive sportswear provider and in favor of a resolution to move forward with a feasibility study to obtain a loan to pay off debts to the skyboxes and weight training facility. The five-year contract with Adidas begins July 1. President Tom Courtway said the contract would save the university $4060,000 annually. “This is the first time we’ve ever had an exclusive agreement with a sportswear company,” he said. The agreement includes athletic apparel and footwear. Under the contract, UCA will receive 50 percent off apparel and accessories and 40 percent off footwear. Courtway said it was important to vote on the contract to ensure uniforms would be available for all UCA teams by fall. The board voted 6-0, with board member Elizabeth Farris abstaining, to seek approval from the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which meets April 26, to obtain a loan to pay off the UCA Foundation, Inc. for skyboxes and the weight training facility. The Foundation owes $2,825,620.87 and the board voted to seek a 15-year loan, not to exceed $3 million. If AHECD approves the board of trustees’ request, the board of trustees will vote to approve a loan May 3.

On the first day of searching, students found four live ducks, one dead wood duck, a dead American Coot, a live wood duck and a live mallard. On April 3, the group returned to Dam Road to continue the search. They found more dead animals: one dead unidentifiable bird and one dead Nutria. They also found a family of oiled ducks. “The groups were organized to help

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not opt out, faculty and staff would be able to carry a concealed weapon with a permit on “any dirt that is owned by the board of trustees of UCA.” Courtway told the audience not to over think Act 226. “The type of gun and how a person would carry it would follow standard concealed carry regulations,” he said. Both forums featured testimonies, including UCAPD’s response time in prior incidents, such as the 2008 campus shooting. Courtway said he appreciates the police department and its reaction times. “I think response time from our police is pretty incredible,” he said. “I have to put my trust and my faith in the police department, 27 strong, every day photo by Pham Minh

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Mr. Esquire participants stand on stage April 7 in the Ida Waldran Auditorium. Theta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority hosted the Viva! Las Vegas-themed event.

-RECOGNITIONInformation Technology stops hacking attempt

University website redesign, government relations rewarded for communication efforts

UCA’s Information Technology department averted an attempt to hack GroupWise email accounts March 29 using a brute force password attack. The attempt resulted in an “intruder lockout,” according to IT. By the end of March 1, the department was able to unlock the affected accounts and took steps to prevent the attack from happening again.

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UCA’s Web Development and University and Government Relations division communication efforts were rewarded during the annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District IV conference at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas March 24-26. CASE District IV represents Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The chapter was formally incorporated July 10, 1975. UCA was selected among 1,300 entries and was recognized in three categories out

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of 70, which puts UCA in an elite category among institutions from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Brent Passmore, Web Development director, has been involved with CASE District IV since 2002 and said the difficult part about the awards process was narrowing down all of the great work the University and Government Relations division and Web Development produced during the past year. Passmore currently serves as district communications director for District IV. University and Government Relations received a silver award for “UCA President’s

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Report” in the Institutional Relations Program, Projects and Special Events category. This category recognizes white papers, publications, websites and special events packages aimed at advancing an institution’s government relations goals. Web Development received a silver award for “UCA Homepage Refresh” in the Web Homepage category, which recognizes institution-wide websites. Web Development received an honorable mention for “UCA Admissions Website” within the Web Redesign category, which recognizes the strength of a redesigned product and is evaluated in part on before and after characteristics.

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Mark Heffington, software support specialist and Web Development employee, said he was heavily involved in refreshing the look and feel of, UCA’s institutional homepage. Web Development began redesigning the website in early 2011. “We designed and developed four different looks before we actually settled on how we wanted the new homepage to look,” he said. “About halfway through the project, we realized that we needed to incorporate a responsive design.”

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

Student threatens to strike female with golf club during alleged harassment Nineteen-year-old students Osha Westbrook, Allyson Lowery, Meah Wilson, Sha’candra Walton and Ashleigh Kidd were involved in an altercation at 4:18 p.m. April 7. UCAPD spoke with Kidd, Walton and Wilson about potential harassment. Police were advised that Westbrook and Lowery had been taunting Kidd, Walton and Wilson repeatedly. Kidd said Westbrook and Lowery made threats against them, including: “Whenever I see y’all around campus I’m going to check y’all in front of everybody.” Wilson said Westbrook and Lowery had guys come into their room, bang on the door and shout obscenities threatening to hit her. Wilson said Lowery threatened her off campus at a friend’s house and was going to strike her with a golf club. She said he has a class with Lowery and is scared Lowery will try to inflict harm on her. Kidd, Walton, Wilson, Westbrook, Lowery and other females were involved in a physical altercation April 6 at the Conway Skating Rink. UCAPD said Kidd, Walton and Wilson wanted to pursue a restraining order and were told the steps it would take to obtain one.

Students violate Campus Clean Air Act, issued citations Students Gaylen Frazier, 20, and Emmanuel Smith, 22, and nonstudents Courtney Ross, 20, and Shana Brown, 24, were issued citations for violating the Clean Air Act at 11:37 p.m. April 1. UCAPD was patrolling the Bear Village gravel lot when they noticed an older black Chevrolet Camaro idling without its lights on. Police saw the vehicle was occupied and became suspicious.

UCAPD exited their vehicle and walked up to the back of the car to run the license plate. While running the license plate, UCAPD noticed a strong smell of marijuana, but the windows were rolled up. UCAPD asked the driver to roll his window down. The driver said the window did not work and UCAPD told him to open the door and hand over his ID. When the driver opened the door, marijuana smoke emanted from the vehicle. UCAPD asked for the other individuals’ IDs. Ross, Frazier and Brown admitted to smoking the marijuana. Brown said he was on campus visiting his fiancé, who was also in the car. All five were cited for violating the Clean Air Act and Frazier and Smith were issued citations for drug violations, while Ross and Brown were issued ban letters.

Bottle of Brandy found in sink; students arrested for drug possession Students David Riley, 19, and Zach Bullard, 20, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance at 10:51 a.m. April 3. UCAPD was called to Bear Village Apartment 314 for a possible drug violation. The Resident Coordinator told UCAPD, he thought he smelled marijuana coming from the apartment. UCAPD made contact with Riley and Bullard. As Riley opened the door, the marijuana smoke was visible and a marijuana bud was sitting on a table next to a cigar. Both students said they were smoking when UCAPD arrived. A Brandy bottle was also found in the apartment. The Brandy was poured down the sink. Both students were given judicial board citations and taken to the Faulkner County Detention Center Unit II for processing.


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Heffington said the use of that particular design was seen as an upcoming trend. Responsive design is a method of designing content that automatically adjusts to certain screen sizes. “This enables us to scale the site down for mobile users,” he said. “This was very important, considering the rise of mobile users to the site.” Heffington said that after the web design and development team felt comfortable with the product, the redesign was shown at a March 2012 Campus Talk. The UCA homepage refresh launched July 1, 2012. “The entire process was done in house, which was a very big accomplishment for

our department,” he said. “Since the launch of the site, we have monitored our site stats, and according to the stats, the refresh was a success.” Heffington was involved in the development of the President’s Report website. This year’s conference featured expanded programming and included new areas such as future executives, special events and web development. Passmore said the District IV conference provides a great opportunity for advancement professionals to learn and network with each other. “Gaining information on best practices, in turn, allows us to return to our institutions

with the desire to do more,” he said. “Being recognized for these awards was an honor — a validation of sorts for the great things we are doing on behalf of the university to enhance the image of UCA.” Heffington said the conference provided a fantastic opportunity for people in higher education to gather and share ideas about how they do things, what worked for them, what didn’t work for them and how they would do things differently, if possible. “I feel very honored that something I was involved with was honored at a national conference,” he said. “It confirms to me that we are doing great things here at UCA.”

Residents file claims against Exxon after more than 5,000 barrels or 210,000 gallons spilled into Mayflower neighborhood, water 4 Continued

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aid Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as well as Wildlife Response Services in locating wildlife, not a rehabilitation effort,” Dunn said. “We would find animals then report the location back to AGFC and wait for officials to arrive.” The process of finding the animals sped up because of this, since few officials were able to actively search. Exxon-Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline which carries a type of heavy crude oil called diluted bitumen from the tar sands in Wabasca, Alberta Canada ruptured in Mayflower Friday March 29. The Pegasus pipeline runs from Illinois to Texas. The pipeline burst in the Northwoods subdivision neighborhood and oil flowed through the streets and into a creek which eventually leads into Lake Conway. Exxon has not given a cause for rupture and said the spill is still under investigation. The pipeline can carry up to 96,000 barrels of oil a day. About 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of oil spilled, although final figures have not been released. According to Exxon, more than 640 workers have cleaned up about 19,000 barrels

(798,000 gallons) of oil and contaminated water since the spill. Much of the free-standing oil has been recovered. Exxon estimated it would take at least a month for initial cleanup but has not given a definite timetable or a cost estimate. Exxon estimates that $465,000 of oil was spilled. Exxon and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said oil did not get into Lake Conway, although oil did reach the marsh and cove connected to the lake. The group of UCA students spoke with residents and offered to provide help. “Residents in the area have been at a loss at what to do for these animals and turned to Palmer who directed the help of UCA students,” Dunn said. “Combined with her relationships with the residents, myself, Joshua Hines, and Dr. Vickie McDonald were able to organize the trips.” McDonald said she viewed the wildlife search as an opportunity for students to learn. “Courtney was the one who informed me of the spill and I initiated the volunteer search program. All students who participated were volunteers,” she said. UCA students who were not

actively involved in the search helped by spreading the word of a donation box set up outside of Dunn’s graduate student office. “It has been hard to get Exxon to respond to our calls about oiled animals,” Dunn said. “The wildlife contractors working for Exxon are very friendly but they take a lot of time to respond to a call. The best help we have gotten is from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.” Exxon said it will pay all cleanup costs associated with the oil spill, despite claims that the company would not. About 140 claims had been filed against Exxon as of April 5 in relation to the oil spill. At least 60 homes were impacted and 22 homes in Northwoods were evacuated. Residents were initially told to evacuate for three days, but remained evacuated indefinitely as of April 8. Exxon estimated it would be two to three weeks until residents can get back to their homes. Local police have blocked off the entrance to the subdivision and only residents of the neighborhood are allowed in. The Environmental Protection Agency said on April 5 that air quality readings are below levels likely to cause health effects for the general population.


Athletic director says UCA Foundation should get out of the ‘banking business,’ let university handle training facility debt 4 Continued

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“If they [AHECD] approve it, which we assume they will, we will bring it back to this board on May 3 to review the loan,” Courtway said. “Between now and May 3 we’ll put out a request for proposal to all the banks in Conway to bid on this loan.” Bear Hall features 12, 20-person skyboxes. Five boxes were pre-sold, which generated $1 million that has already been paid back to the Foundation. The other seven boxes, which generate $25,000 annually, have generated $175,000. Courtway said Athletic Director Brad Teague has set aside $100,000 of NCAA revenue to help fund the sky boxes. “I would rather get the Foundation out of the banking business, get debt over on

the university side because we already know we can do it,” he said. “Let’s go ahead and straighten it up, put it out get it off our books and pay the loan. We have sufficient coverage that’s already built in the budget anyway and it makes more sense to me that we’re essentially where we ought to be if we did not have to pay the Foundation.” Courtway said he would like to have the Foundation’s loan paid by June 30. In other business, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Runge discussed increasing retention and graduation rates. “The numbers that we came up here is [increasing rates by] 102 students each fall,” Runge said. “We’re looking at the expansion of our online program, expansion of marketing into

an online program, aggressive marketing, our faith-based program” and the need to market outside the state to increase enrollment and retention. To reach a 60 percent graduation rate by 2022, Runge said the university needs to retain 86 percent of year one and two students. UCA must retain 71 percent of year one to year three students to reach its 60 percent gradation goal. “We are here to educate and graduate students and we can’t do that if we keep them here,” Chairman Victor Green said. The board also participated in a budget workshop to discuss the 2013-14 budget. The board reviewed several budget scenarios, including tuition increases to see where the university would stand under different rate increases.


UCAPD officer uses analogy to explain why he feels Act 226 is not appropriate for university campuses; staff senate paper survey shows equal split in opinion from audience regarding faculty, staff use of handguns 4 Continued from page 1 when I come to work.” Two students were killed and one injured in the 2008 oncampus shooting near Arkansas Hall and Snow Fine Arts. UCAPD Lt. Jamie Boothe said it took 46 seconds after the first shot was fired for an officer, who was on foot, to arrive on the scene. “We had the suspect in custody in under four minutes,” Boothe said. UCA Police Chief Larry James agreed with Boothe and said that extra guns on campus would have severely complicated the situation. Cordell Dielmann, UCAPD officer and firearms instructor, used an analogy of a sheepdog protecting sheep from a wolf to outline why UCAPD does not want Act 226 to add to the gun count on campus. “If the sheep start carrying guns, they look like the wolf. It makes it harder for the sheepdog to tell the difference,” he said. James said he and the police department will uphold and respect whatever the board decides. Young Democrats President Jared LaReau said the YD’s decision is to stand with the UCAPD and ask the board to opt out of the law as well. “No one other than the UCAPD should be allowed to carry a weapon on campus,” LaReau said. “I trust the them and I feel safe here.” He said having a professor with a weapon would make him uncomfortable and that there is no room for it in an academic environment that demands focus. Junior Bryce Crabb said he would feel safer if the board

decided to uphold Act 226. “A teacher could neutralize a situation in eight seconds if they had a firearm,” Crabb said. “A lot of lives could be lost in the time it takes for the police to get there.” Dielmann said a conceal and carry permit does not mark a good marksman. “A person will receive five hours of mostly classroom training [for a concealed weapon permit] compared to a police officer’s mandatory 40 hours of active shooting practice,” he said. Head Softball Coach David Kuhn said he did not understand the mass disapproval of Act 226 at first, but he has since come to respect and agree with Courtway’s position on the matter. “Let the coaches coach, the teachers teach and the preachers preach,” Kuhn said. The staff senate asked audience members to fill out a survey that expressed their opinion of Act 226.

Housing Director Stephanie McBrayer, staff senate president, said she would prefer not to comment on the senate’s position until after she receives as much constituent feedback as possible. The clash of opinions continued during the second installment of the staff senate gun control open forum April 3. Andy Faulkner, staff senate senator, led the meeting. He said an OrgSync survey link was emailed to everyone at the university. Paper surveys were provided at the last staff senate meeting. “Twenty people answered the paper survey yesterday and it was a dead heat,” he said. “Ten people voted for and ten against.” Faulkner said the only two representative bodies that had not made their opinion known before the meeting were the Student Government Association and the staff senate and that is why the meeting was held.

Courtway was the main speaker at the event and his position against concealed carry on campus was evident. “My recommendation is that the university should opt out,” he said. “Prior to this time, concealed weapons have not been allowed on a college campus.” Courtway said they could decide specifically who can and who cannot have guns on campus if they went down

that road. Courtway said he was unsure if the list would be available to everyone. “If we did go down that road, I don’t know if that list would be public or not because I don’t intend to go there,” he said. “I ain’t ever going there.” James said there were specific reasons why the police department stands by opting out of Act 226. “Traditionally, college campuses have always been

safer than the surrounding community,” he said. “There’s about one homicide every million people and in the community there’s about 60.” The board of trustees has the final say in whether to opt in or opt out annually. Courtway said that if the university decides to do nothing about the situation, UCA will automatically opt in. He said it takes a concerted effort to opt out of Act 226.

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Campus Life April 10, 2013

Around Campus:

Christian Concert

All Sons and Daughters, a Christian band, will perform at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry. The concert is free and open to all students.

Kickball for a cause

The Sigma Nu fraternity and Delta Zeta sorority will host a kickball tournament Friday at the intramural fields to help the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to help foster children.


Sigma Phi Epsilon will host a fundraising concert, “BambUCA,” to benefit the Bethlehem House. The game begins at 6 p.m., with the Josh Abbott band playing afterward at 8:30 Saturday at Estes Stadium. Other bands will play before the game starting at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone and tickets are $10 and $15 at the door.

Comedy duo

The Student Activities Board is hosting a comedy show featuring “Carlie and Doni” at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Student Center Ballroom. The comedic duet features straight girl and lesbian musical performances. They were voted the best comedians in Los Angeles in 2011 by Los Angeles Magazine. The event is free and open to all students.

Step show

The Farris Center will host the All Greek Step Show from 7 to 9:30 p.m. April 18. Festivities will include different step performances from Greek organizations, featuring individual and group performances. The event is free and open to all students.

CSI: Conway

Barbara Kirwin, a renowned psychologist, will speak about her experience as a forensic psychologist in her presentation, “The mad, the bad and the Innocent,” at 7 p.m. April 19 in the McCastlain Hall Ballroom. She will discuss her work on different cases involving mental illness. The event is free and open to the public.


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Grant sings surprise duet with long-time fan by Brandon Riddle News Editor

Contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant surprised concert-goers April 2 when she asked an audience member to join her on stage in Reynolds Performance Hall. Batesville resident Darin Martin, long-time fan of Grant’s music, was invited to sing the chorus of “There Will Never Be Another” after Grant accepted song requests from the audience. “She has been one of my favorite artists [for] most of my life,” he said. “I always said I would meet her one day, but never [thought it would be] like this.” Martin said Grant’s music has affected his life in a positive way. After performing with Martin, Grant said she was impressed by his talent and that she would remember the unanticipated experience for a while to come. “What really stood out [from the concert] was when she pulled out music from the past,” he said. Backstage, Grant gave Martin a copy of her new yet-to-bereleased album, signed the CD and took a picture with him. “I hope everyone was as blessed as I was [from being at the Grant concert],” he said. Martin said he was grateful to get the concert tickets from his nephew, freshman Jarred Goodman. Grant’s new album, “How Mercy Looks From Here,” will be released May 14. It is her first full album with all-new songs in 10 years. To preview the album, Grant performed “Don’t Try So Hard,” a song encouraging listeners to accept their flaws and embrace

the idea that not everything is perfect. Grant said it was the first time she performed the song with her four-member band on stage. The inspiration for the song came from when she met women who were stressed because of work and family, she said. The need for connectedness and belonging were two of the themes Grant repeatedly mentioned throughout the performance. Her songs spoke about such topics as praising God, getting through tough moments and understanding the meaning of life. Grant began the concert with an old hymn she said reminded her of Easter. The song, “Anywhere with Jesus,” introduced several Christianthemed songs. “I love how music brings people together,” she said. “It does so creatively too.” Junior Mary Nabholz said she enjoyed the genre of music Grant performed. “I enjoyed seeing a Christian artist at UCA,” she said. Nabholz said she would like to see other Christian artists such as Tenth Avenue North and Needtobreathe perform at Reynolds. The Grammy award-winning artist performed hits such as “Baby, Baby,” “Thy Word,” “Takes a Little Time,” “Saved by Love,” and “Better Than a Hallelujah.” “Better Than a Hallelujah,” Grant’s most recent single, was nominated for “Best Gospel Song” Grammy in 2011 and received a nomination for “Music Video of the Year” at the 42nd Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Throughout her music career,

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Contemporary Christian music artist Amy Grant performs April 2 at the Reynolds Performance Hall in front of a sold-out crowd. She performed multiple songs that the crowd said they felt inspiration and spirit from. Grant has won six Grammy awards and has been nominated 12 times. Grant said the inspiration for her 1991 song “Baby, Baby” came from her six-week-old daughter Millie. Before many of the performances, Grant shared personal stories with the audience, receiving applause and laughter from such topics as a giant inflatable “Easter dragon”

she purchased this Easter at her Nashville, Tenn. home. “Nothing says Easter like an Easter dragon,” she said. “It was taller than our two-story house.” She said the holiday is one of her favorite times of the year since she is able to see more members of her family who live in different regions of the country. Grant closed the concert with “I Will Remember You,”

a symbolic farewell song to audience members, and an encore featuring another duet with Martin. Freshman Amy Bell said her favorite song of the night was “El Shaddai,” derived from direct quotes in scripture. The title comes from a Judaic name of God translated as “God Almighty.” About half of the chorus lyrics are in Hebrew.


All-night Relay for Life raises money for cancer research By Andy Robertson Assistant News Editor

UCA hosted its second annual Relay for Life to raise awareness and money for cancer research for the American Cancer Society Friday at the Bill Stephens Track and Soccer Complex. A $10 donation was asked of those participating. More than $10,153.50 was raised by 436 participants for the 12-hour event. Sophomore Sarah Garvey said she was happy to see people come together to fight against cancer. “It’s a beautiful sight to see so many people coming together for a great cause that has touched so many lives,” she said. Relay for Life’s 18 teams featured UCA fraternities and sororities, UCA departments and Conway residents. Two teams reached the “Bronze Team Fundraising Club Level” and one team reached the “Rising Star Team Fundraising

Club Level.” Bronze-level teams raised over $2,500. The Sigma Phi Lambda sorority raised $3,026.01, which was the most of any team. The Delta Zeta sorority raised $2,687.54, the second highest. The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority reached the Rising Star level with $1,040. Junior Emily Brown said she was glad students could put aside their differences for Relay for Life. “Relay for Life allows the students of UCA together to fight for a common cause,” she said. Donors were allowed to walk around the track in remembrance and celebration. The opening ceremony kicked off Relay for Life and started the celebration for cancer survivors. It also reminded everyone that they can win the battle against cancer. After the opening ceremony, survivors walked the first lap. They were cheered on by the

event’s participants, who celebrated the survivor’s victory. The luminaria ceremony stood as a time to remember people who have lost the fight against cancer and to support people who currently have cancer. The luminaria ceremony honored those who have fought cancer in the past. Those who participated lit candles in remembrance of those who lost their lives to cancer. After the luminaria ceremony, the fight back ceremony took place. This ceremony showed the emotional commitment victims of cancer have. The closing ceremony was a time of remembrance and celebration. Several Relay for Life sponsors lined the track in support of the participants. More than four million people in more than 20 countries take part in Relay for Life. Relay for Life has been around since 1985 when a surgeon from Tacoma, Wash.

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The Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority sells cupcakes for $1.50 each at Relay for Life Friday. Proceeds went to fund cancer research. decided to walk around a track for 24 hours to raise money for one of his patients. Throughout the night, friends of the surgeon paid $25 to walk around the track with him. He walked about 83

miles and raised $27,000 to fight cancer. Because the event was so successful, the surgeon decided to recruit people for the first Relay for Life event the next year.


The 5 Browns return to Reynolds for famous quintet’s encore performance Hunter Brooks Assistant Sports Editor

The 5 Browns, a classical piano group, will deliver an encore performance April 15 at Reynolds Performance Hall. The group, made up of all siblings, received praise in February 2002 when People Magazine named it the “Fab Five.” The group has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 minutes. Reynolds Finance and Marketing Director Ashley Love said popular demand has brought back The 5 Browns after their original performance in February 2007. “About two years ago, we started putting up posters from events of previous seasons around the lobby,” Love said. “One of the first posters up was from a concert with The 5 Browns at Reynolds in spring 2007. The event had sold really well and many people saw the poster and began asking us when they would be returning. After many comments about having them

return, we decided to go for it.” The 5 Browns have toured all over the world in venues including the Grand National Theater in China and Suntory Hall in Japan. National shows include The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Penn., Symphony Hall in Chicago, Ill. and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The 5 Browns signed with music label Record Corporation of America (RCA) Red Seal in 2004. In 2010, the group signed with E1 Music and released its latest album, “The 5 Browns in Hollywood.” The group is from Houston, Texas and each member began playing piano when he was three years old. Public Appearances Director Jerry Biebesheimer said the group’s goal is to keep classical music alive. “The 5 Browns play in such a fun way,” Biebesheimer said. “This shows people that the piano is still exciting and gets a new generation interested in learning. They’re a unique group and we are very happy to have them again.”

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The 5 Browns will make history on April 15 when they become the first musical group to perform twice at Reynolds Performance Hall. The group performed there in 2007 and is back by popular demand. Love said The 5 Browns will be the second musical act to perform twice at Reynolds. “We very rarely will book someone we have had previously and as far as I know, The 5

Browns and The Temptations are the only groups with whom we have done this,” Love said. “For next season, we may also have an act returning but we don’t announce the season until May

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8.” Love said Reynolds must plan a year in advance for musical acts. “It is a very long process in arranging our acts,” Love said.

“The first thing we do is each fall we attend conferences for presenters. Here we meet with artists agents from all over and discuss with them which acts will be touring the following year. We are already planning for the 201415 school year.” Love said Conway’s size limits who can perform but that Reynolds’ reputation is growing. “Agents book their acts in larger towns and venues first so we have to wait a bit longer to see who will be coming across the state and needs to fill a date so this is how we get most of our acts,” Love said. “We are actually in an amazing location being so very close to I-40 and people love to stop here on their way between places like Tulsa and Memphis. We also have a great reputation across the country for being easy to work with and having wonderful audiences so agents are beginning to come to us early in their scheduling.” The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $30-$40 for the general public. UCA students get in free with a current student I.D.


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Colors Indoor Spring Fling still a success fill Holi festival by Andrew McClain Staff Writer

Despite the inclement weather April 2, this year’s Spring Fling was held as planned. However, it was held inside the Student Center Ballroom rather than the HPER Center parking lot, which is the usual venue. Student Activities Board spokesman and senior Destiny Schlinker said there was an obvious difference in the change of scenery, but that everything went well. “The only major difference between an inside and outside

Spring Fling is that inside we obviously can’t have our carnival rides,” she said. “We usually have about five different rides, which we had to cancel. Everything else went according to plan. I was very pleased with the event.” Inside the Student Center Ballroom, there was a stage set up in the corner where The Ronald Rayguns and Comfortable Brother played. The Ronald Rayguns are made up of seniors Adam Bennett and Richard Darded and alumni Matt Duncan, Jordan Neill and Brady Ness. The band plays a mixture of garage rock and funk and a set comprised mostly of originals,

including a scathing topical song about District 35 Senator Jason Rapert. Comfortable Brother is made up of alumni Will King, Willie Krzeszinski, Robert Gaiser (the three of whom are active members of Don’t Stop Please) and senior Richard Darden. This band plays a set of country-tinged alternative rock, covering songs by Wilco, The Band and Pavement. Schlinker said much anticipation and organization is used to set up the event but that people are welcome to help. “SAB plans Spring Fling up to a year in advance,” she said. “It takes a lot of planning on

the part of the executive board but we absolutely couldn’t do it without the help of our energetic volunteers. This year, we have one of the strongest and most active groups of volunteers yet. They helped to make the inside event just as lively.” In keeping with the carnival theme, there were about a dozen vendors serving funnel cake and other carnival-type treats. There were also plenty of classic carnival booths with face painting, balloon art, a photo booth and something called “butt sketches.” Sophomore Matt Smith said there was one booth in particular that was his favorite.

“My favorite booth was the wax hands,” he said. In this booth, students were able to make colorful wax molds of their hands by dipping their hands into the wax and waiting for it to cool and solidify. The Spring Fling was the last SAB-sponsored novelty event of the semester but other events that it will host include a comedy show by Carlie and Doni, an acappella group, Kazual and its Sunday night movie nights. Movies that remain on the schedule to be screened are “The Hobbit” and “Here Comes the Boom.”


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Eight-year-old Isani Patel participates in Dahi Handi in the Holi 2013 festival April 6.

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UCA students celebrated Holi 2013 with colors and games at the intramural fields at 11 p.m. April 6. The festival is commonly known as the “festival of colors.” Many Holi participants threw and smeared colorful, dry vegetable and herbal powders on their friends and family. Colored powder, known as ‘gulal’ and ‘abeer,’ was used. Throwing colors is a signature staple of Holi and is celebrated regardless of class, race or gender. Holi is an annual Hindi festival that celebrates the beginning of the new season and usually celebrated after the first full moon in Phalgun, which is March in the Gregorian calendar. This is the third time UCA has hosted the event, which was started by UCA’s Indian Student Association. Endocrinology instructor Nilu Lavoya-Runge, who participated in Holi, said she enjoyed the event. “I love celebrating Holi at UCA because you not only have fun, but also make new friends with folks of different age groups,” she said. “Even though I didn’t care much about celebrating it as a teenager and as a young adult in India, I started missing it when I came to the US. Thanks to UCA’s Indian Student Association that brings students, faculty and staff, and the community members together to have nice, clean fun and wonderful Indian dishes.” Students were offered traditional dishes such as samosas, kachori, fried dal(bean) mixture, rice, two types of channae (garbanzo beans), cauliflower and potato vegetable dish, gulab jamuns and Indian-style lemonade. Freshman Emily Polk said the cuisine was her favorite part of Holi 2013. “I thought Holi was so much fun; I loved the Indian food. It tasted great. I see now how they can be vegetarians and not eat meat. None of the food had meat but still tasted wonderful,” she said. The event featured traditional Indian music, which featured traditional Indian drums and the Dholki. The Holi celebration ended with Dahi Handi, which is the breaking of buckets filled with colored water. Participants created a human tower to knock buckets filled with colored water over.

UCA men unconventionally showed their support for women’s issues April 4 during the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Participants walked in high heeled shoes and held signs of support to symbolize the experience of walking in someone else’s shoes. Due to rain, the event was moved from Crafton Alumni Pavilion to the Pepsi Center. Male attendees walked around the indoor track in a “ceremonial lap.” UCAPD Project Manager Arch Jones said it is important for people to not only talk about issues such as rape, but fight to end the problem. “Those are no uncertain terms,” he said. “[Rape] must stop.” More than 100 members of the UCA community showed up to support and walk in the event. Jones said that, while the turnout was down from about 150 last year, he still feels this year’s walk was a success. Organizations at the event included the UCA men’s and women’s basketball teams, track team, Phi Sigma Epsilon, UCA’s Feminist Union, Phi Sigma Kappa and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji). Walk founder Frank Baird

created the international Walk a Mile in Her Shoes movement in 2001. According to its website, the march “started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park” and has become an enormous fundraiser for local shelters and safe havens for women. UCAPD, University and Government Relations and the Interfraternity Council hosted the event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The HAVEN (Help for Abused Victims in Emergency Need) House of Conway set up an informational booth and accepted donations. HAVEN House is a local shelter for girls, ages 6 to 18, who are in need of shelter. Jenny Morse, HAVEN director, said she is proud that UCA has partnered with her organization to end domestic violence through awareness. Prior to the start of the walk, Morse said domestic violence is the leading cause of injury for women and that everyday more than three women are killed as a result of violence. She said female students over the 21 years old or older can volunteer their time at the shelter or help with

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related community outreach opportunities. Jones said it is vital to make an impact on these statistics by eradicating each problem one decision at a time. Junior Jon Whitt Golden, IFC vice president of programming, said the event tells women it is OK to talk about important issues affecting them. “Sexual violence is a lot more common than people think it is,” he said. “A lot of people ignore it.” Jones said the walk is only

one way to be aware of rape and gender violence. “We came to walk the walk. Now, we have to talk the talk [and get the word out],” he said. Scott Isenga, fraternity life director, said he felt a positive message was sent out to the community although he was disappointed with the turnout due to the rain. Although the rain put a damper on the original planning for this year’s event, Isenga said the “ceremonial walk” was

a symbol of progress for the annual walk. He said this year’s event was an improvement from the inaugural event in that UCA promoted the walk using advertising from the national organization to promote the walk. Jones said the walk evolves each year and will further develop into something greater next year. “There will be bigger and better things to come,” he said.



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“Mad Men” is a period drama set in the 1960s and was created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The show premiered its sixth season April 7.

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In Sunday’s sixth season premiere of AMC’s original series Mad Men, viewers were left with a strong sense of change for the upcoming season. Beginning with the show’s central character, Donald Draper, played by Jon Hamm, the premiere illustrated how characters have changed over the series’ year-long absence. The opening scene shows Draper with his new wife Megan, played by Jessica Paré, enjoying a vacation in Hawaii. For consistent viewers of Mad Men, this is a drastic change of scenery from the show’s typical central location, the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office in Manhattan, New York. Draper is seen with his wife seemingly completely disconnected from his work life as creative director at a successful advertising agency, a drastic move from the greeddriven protagonist. Other major characters have changed since the end of season five, as well. Draper’s ex-wife Betty, played by January Jones, who recently relocated to suburban Rye, New York, is continuing a trend she developed

in season five: gaining weight. Her figure that once landed her opportunities as a model is long gone, perhaps due to constant change in her life since divorcing Don. Don and Betty’s oldest child Sally, played by Kiernan Shipka, grew up substantially from the previous season. In Sunday’s episode, a huge change is noticeable in her voice and body from previous seasons. Her growth seemed far more than the average growth of a teen in the absence of the show, leading to possible developments for the remainder of the sixth season. Back in the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office, agency partner Roger Sterling, played by John Slattery, seems to be undergoing some behavioral change. Sterling has always been portrayed as a sarcastic, rich partner with a taste for martinis and adultery. In one of the first scenes of the episode, Sterling is seen with a psychiatrist, not taking the session seriously. The reason for Sterling’s meeting with the psychiatrist wasn’t revealed, setting the stage for future references to his behavioral change. The agency itself seemed to have undergone a substantial

transition since the previous season. The newly formed company was going through a bit of a financial hardship toward the conclusion of season five, but seemed to be thriving in Sunday’s episode. A scene that stuck out to me in the episode showed partners and members of the staff taking glamorous “promotional” pictures for “publicity.” This is an odd move for the agency that has always allowed its work to speak for itself. SCDP’s office also seems to have grown a bit, indicating financial growth since landing a major account, Jaguar automobiles, at the end of the fifth season. While nothing groundbreaking happened in the season premiere, the twohour special set the scene for a very different season from what viewers are used to. With multiple sporting and 1960’s pop-culture references, the producers seem to be moving in a somewhat different direction as opposed to previous seasons. With the protagonist in an uncharacteristically different mood and a thriving business much like the first seasons, Mad Men seems to be taking a different turn from seasons past. The show airs at 9.p.m. Sundays on AMC.

by Drake Vickers Staff Writer

Every year Hollywood releases more remakes. It has become a truly scary moment when fans hear that their favorite movies will get rebooted. I was nervous when “Evil Dead’s” remake was announced. As a long devoted fan of the original horror trilogy, I was terrified that one of my favorite horror films would not get the justice it deserved. The new “Evil Dead” promises to be the “most terrifying film you will ever experience” according to its trailers. In director Fede Alvarez’s debut, he tackles the cult horror classic “The Evil Dead.” I have waited for this film since producer Sam Raimi announced the remake. However, I never expected it to be as good as it was. It is a classic retelling of the “five friends’ visit an old abandoned cabin in the woods” horror movie trope. Alvarez takes the classic tale and adds a refreshing view and slips in nods to the original horror trilogy. He doesn’t just make nods; he reincarnates the original’s style with a large budget. The new film features so many references to the original trilogy that my head began to spin with fan boy jitters. Alvarez captures the feel of “Evil Dead” and lets us relive it’s prosthetic, corn syrup and red food coloring rampant style. He avoided CGI effects for a large portion of the film, relying


strongly on prosthetics and fake blood. Be warned, this movie is a true gore fest. The audience around me cringed and groaned. A few left the theater. However, in true “Evil Dead” fashion, I would cringe in one scene and giggle 10 seconds later. Alvarez demonstrated true potential in this film. He captured something most reboot directors could only dream of, the true essence of the original film. It is overflowing with all the blood and gore all horror films dream of. This movie doesn’t go without its faults, though. The actors were nothing to brag about. They weren’t atrocious by any means, but their performances were stale. Don’t get discouraged because this remake becomes the real star of the show. In fact, it steals the show. Fans everywhere were just as giddy as I was to see the “Evil Dead” return so triumphantly. This movie is ridiculous, even by horror movie standards. I heard fans complaining about how ridiculous the actors and situations were. That is what I went for. The original “Evil Dead” was low budget, zany and downright silly but still managed to grasp fans and become a cult classic. The remake probably will never reach “cult” status but it offers enough thrills to keep the audience locked in their seats. “The Evil Dead” is rated R, runs at 91 minutes and is playing at Cinemark Towne Center in Conway.


‘The Host’ is next Meyer novel adaptation, 3D re-release beats original proves just as terrible as ‘Twilight’ movies Hunter Brooks by Tanner Smith Staff Writer

The young adult novel “The Host” was yet another attempt from Stephenie Meyer to tell a story about true love conquering all, even in the most surreal struggles. That’s what she presented with the “Twilight” books. And Meyer follows with “The Host,” which is more like a teenage version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Now that the “Twilight” series adaptations are finished, it was inevitable that another Meyer young adult novel would be adapted to cash in on the craze. As the movie opens, we learn that most of the human race has been assimilated by an alien race, a species of parasites called “souls.” A small resistance of surviving humans includes teenage Melanie Stryder, played by Saoirse Ronan, who is captured by a seeker, played by Diane Kruger, while on a looting mission with her brother and boyfriend. She gets captured after an accident and becomes the “host” for an alien named Wanderer. Because Stryder was still alive when her body was invaded, she is imprisoned in her own mind. Wanderer can hear Stryder’s voice and the two struggle for control. When the

1. “Heart It Races” Dr. Dog (Architecture in Helsinki) It’s hard to explain why indie rock band, Dr. Dog’s cover is significantly better than the original, which was already good. It’s more mysterious when there’s no concrete reason. The band’s lo-fi style may have something to do with it. The song was originally released on Architecture in Helsinki’s third studio album “Places Like This” in 2007. The Dr. Dog version was released on seven inch vinyl later in 2007.

seeker can’t get the information it needs to find the whereabouts of Stryder’s family and friends, it decides to insert its own soul into Stryder’s body and gain the information itself. With Stryder’s help, Wanderer escapes and travels to the desert to find the resistance group Stryder was with. Soon enough, they’re united with Stryder’s younger brother Jamie, played by Chandler Canterbury, Stryder’s boyfriend Jared, played by Max Irons, and her Uncle Jeb, played by William Hurt, who is the smartest person in the movie. They are all part of a rebellion that hides in a cavernous home from patrollers in helicopters and search cars. Of course no one, except Uncle Jeb, believes that Wanderer is on their side. But, she manages to gain trust from some of them and convinces a few of them, especially Jamie and Jared, that Stryder is still around. In the meantime, Wanderer develops a life of her own, becoming part of the group and falling for Ian, played by Jake Abel. This leads to a bizarre love triangle. The main problem is that while the movie spends so much time on this, you never feel like you know anything about either Jared or Ian. They’re just two strapping young lads with little to no personality and I didn’t

2. “Jolene” The White Stripes (Dolly Parton) This cover is notable because Jack White proved that changing gender pronouns when covering a song is unnecessary and distracting as he sang “please don’t take my man” with as much conviction as Parton. The song was originally released on Parton’s 1973 album “Jolene.” It was featured on The White Stripes’s DVD “Under Blackpool Lights,” in December 2004. “Jolene” was released as a single in November.

really feel any chemistry between Stryder and either of them. It seems writer and director Andrew Niccol attempted to make “The Host” a good movie. You can see that effort was put into making this adaptation, but if the novel’s dialogue is as hokey and as bad as it was in the screenplay, Niccol should have rewritten it. The story seems to jump all over, particularly when dealing with the seeker and its search for Wanderer and the resistance. I guess it is interesting how the seeker discovers its dark side during the invasion. But, the seeker doesn’t have enough screen time to make it amount to anything and it leads to a flat resolution. There are some scenes that are quite effective, like when Jamie shows Wanderer his secret cave filled with a thousand glowworms that light the cave like the night sky. What really makes “The Host” watchable is Ronan as Melanie/ Wanderer. She proves to be one of the best young actresses of this generation. Kruger is dreadfully miscast as the seeker, Irons and Abel do as little as possible and Hurt doesn’t even seem to be trying for credibility as Uncle Jeb. “The Host” is rated PG-13, runs at 125 minutes and is playing at Cinemark Towne Center in Conway.

3. “Jump Into The Fire” LCD Soundsystem (Harry Nilsson) Nilsson was a great singer and musician, but he was possibly one of the best songwriters of all time. He expected his songs to be remade. LCD Soundsystem did an amped-up cover of this under appreciated, proto-punk gem, which was their penultimate performance in their last concert ever. The performance was shown in the film “Shut Up and Play the Hits. The song was originally released on “Nilsson Schmilsson.”

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The iconic 1993 film “Jurassic Park” was re-released in IMAX and 3D. The movie is based around John Hammond’s theme park on a tropical island near Costa Rica, populated with cloned dinosaurs. Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, played by San Neill, visits the island to deem it safe after one of the park’s employees is killed by a dinosaur. Grant is joined by Paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler, played by Laura Dern, as well as Hammond’s grandchildren. The group takes a tour of the island, however, their tour is cut short by a tropical storm. After the park’s computer programmer is paid off to collect dinosaur embryos to bring back to the mainland, the park’s security system is deactivated, turning off the electric fences that hold the dinosaurs in. The carnivores escape their holding cells and wreak havoc on the island. Grant, Sattler and the grandchildren must survive as dinosaurs are on the loose in the park. The film also stars Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough. I’ve always been a fan of the original “Jurassic Park,” but seeing the movie in IMAX and 3D turned a great movie into an

4. “Gloria” Patti Smith (Van Morrison) Smith was known for trotting out rock songs (like this one and “Hey Joe”) that had been covered too many times and used their chord structure and chorus as a loose setting for her punk poetry. Morrison originally played the song in 1964 as a part of the band “Them.” It is Morrison’s mostcovered song and one of the most covered songs of all time. Smith’s version comes from her 1975 album, “Horses.”

all-time classic. I was never a big fan of 3D because I believe it takes away from the plot. Most 3D movies are built around the effects and not the storyline. “Jurassic Park” does a great job of incorporating effects without overkilling it. The effects intensified all the classic scenes, like the first Tyrannosaurs Rex’s scene, and puts you on the edge of your seat no matter how many times you have seen the film. The 3D effects also make you feel like you are in the movie. This feeling is most prevalent in the wide shots. The makers of the film, including Steven Spielberg, took a major risk releasing the movie in 3D since the movie was so good in 2D. That said, I feel comfortable in saying “Jurassic Park” is the best 3D film I have ever seen. It has been a few years since I’ve seen the movie and I forgot how great the CGI effects were, which equal to that of any film today. Seeing the movie in IMAX only adds to the spectacle and makes the film seem more like an event than a movie. The re-release of the movie will get audiences excited for “Jurassic Park 4,” which will be released June 13, 2014 in 3D. “Jurassic Park” is rated PG13, runs at 127 minutes and is playing in 3D at the Conway Cinemark Towne Centre and at the Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX in Little Rock.

5. “Grammy” Purity Ring (Soulja Boy) Art-pop duo Purity Ring cranks out little gems like “Grammy” that sound like bubblegum pop music from a parallel universe. Typically they use lots of weird, made up words (see song titles “Belispeak” and “Fineshrine”). Hearing their borrowed Soulja Boy’s vernacular rap is delightful. The song was released on Soulja Boy’s 2010 album “The DeAndre Way” and then as a single by Purity Ring.



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There has been talk of adding a new Interfraternity Council fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, to UCA Greek life. While I’m a big supporter of increasing Greek Life, this is simply the wrong direction to take. Currently, UCA recognizes seven IFC fraternities and five Panhellenic sororities. The fraternities are Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Kappa Phi Gama Delta with Phi Lambda Chi due to come back in the fall. The sororities include Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Zeta, Sigma Kappa and Sigma Sigma Sigma. There lies the problem. Why add another fraternity when there are already fewer sororities? Adding another fraternity would give UCA Greek Life three more fraternities than sororities. In spring 2012, 117 men accepted bids to IFC fraternities and 118 women accepted bids to Panhellenic sororities. While these numbers look similar, they are a bit obscure. All five Panhellenic sororities hold meetings in Carmichael Hall. Due to fire codes, sororities are allowed a maximum of 85 active members. This sets a limit on the amount of women a sorority can take each semester. This isn’t an issue for fraternities since they don’t have quotas like sororities. Having about the same number of men and women accepting bids when sororities have a limit shows how much interest there is. Close to 300 women signed up for spring recruitment. While girls do change their mind, close to half didn’t get offered a bid due to the limit. Greek Life

simply can’t grow with these limitations. In recent weeks, Panhellenic voted to raise the limit from 85 to 101 for each sorority. All five sororities will now move out of Carmichael in order to not be limited by fire codes. Due to this new limit, UCA should strongly consider adding at least one new sorority. When more than 100 women want to rush and are not able to, a new sorority would make a place for these women. A new fraternity would do nothing but water down each fraternity, considering IFC does not have a limit. If Alpha Sigma Phi were to charter, there would be nine fraternities once Phi Lamb is reinstated. There are117 men among nine fraternities with an by Hunter average of less than 11 new brooks members per semester while Asst. Sports sororities average more than Editor 25. While the problem may be freshmen guys not wanting to rush, the solution isn’t to add another fraternity. It is to work with the existing fraternities to get more non-Greeks interested. UCA Greek life has already taken steps to enlarge Greek organizations by abolishing deferred rush. Freshmen will now be allowed to join a Greek organization in the fall without having 12 credit hours of college. Many are pleased with this move as it unanimously passed in IFC and Panhellenic. However, Panhellenic should capitalize on the interest among women in Greek Life. Even one new sorority is three less than what could be nine IFC fraternities. Every Greek will agree, the larger Greek Life is, the better.

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While doing research for a story Assistant News Editor Andy Robertson and I wrote about the Western Heights (WH) Complex, I found that I had a strong opinion about the elitist structure our campus seems to run on. Recently, UCA hired two employees in the administration, Kelley Erstine as chief of staff and Steve Runge as the provost. I’ve heard the term “goodold-boy” system used quite a bit in debates among my peers and professors because UCA handpicked these hires. I think that the good-old-boy system has overflown into WH. The property was purchased mid-semester and it needed to be filled, so housing extended the opportunity to groups that the board of trustees said it felt could not only afford the cost, but who were also responsible and mature. It is completely understandable that Student Government Association, Resident Housing Association and honors students got the bid. However, when I toured the complex, Bud Light bottles littered the ground. To me, that doesn’t scream responsible. The least the drinker could have done was put the bottle in a garbage can. The units have carpet, a guest bathroom to supplement the personal bathrooms, one- or two-car garages and mail delivery. They are wonderful spaces. SGA President senior Spencer Sims said WH has been a blessing for the SGA executive board, but I really think UCA should open that blessing to students outside the elite circle. WH would make a great addition to UCA’s family housing. The townhouses are high-quality living environments and I think the families would appreciate and deserve the units as much as SGA, RHA

and honors students. Housing and BearCard Director Stephanie McBrayer and Area Coordinator Craig Seager told Robertson that housing is not planning on making the unit available to family housing at this time. Another problem with the fancy townhouses is that there is not a resident assistant living within the complex. College View and Family Housing RA Chantelle Lookadoo told WH residents they could contact her for assistance during standard desk hours or by her duty phone. Sims and RHA President Bethany Settlemoir said they have never had trouble contacting their RA, but I think that the bottles below the Apartment B balcony show that no matter the merit a student leader possesses, campusowned properties need by Peyton to have an RA to ensure Olsen the integrity of campus Staff Writer policies. The student handbook does not say if an RA in each building is required, but it by states that the “RAs live on floors or in apartment complexes with their fellow residents.” I do not think WH should be left out. The WH townhouses are home to an overwhelming majority of honors students. Patricia Smith, Honors College student engagement director, said next fall all honors students receiving a housing scholarship will be required to sign a behavioral contract. The behavioral contract has not yet been written, but if an honors student does not sign the contract, it will affect their housing scholarship. I appreciate the Honors College’s decision to react and adapt to the onslaught of drug and alcohol violations from its students this year, and I think other student organizations should follow suit.

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When a campus organization is caught hazing its members, there is generally action taken by the school against the entire organization. So when six UCA cheerleaders tied a freshman cheerleader to a metal pole in near-freezing, rainy weather, the expectation was that there would be diciplinary action against the perpetrators. However, past being escorted to the police station and handed over to their faculty advisor, no action has been taken against the perpetrators of the hazing. For the sake of fairness, rules that apply to one university student organization must apply to all university student organizations. When a fraternity or sorority is caught hazing at UCA, they are punished harshly. There are not cases where an incident is brushed off with the promise that it won’t happen again. The scrutiny Greek organizations are under has made nearly all hazing incidents vanish, with a few harshly punished exceptions. If the university is going to punish Greek organizations for hazing its members, there must be repercussions for hazing across the board. All Recognized Student Organizations, Greek organizations, athletics and any other organization with students in it should be subject to the same rules and regulations as any other athletics team or student organization. What the six cheerleaders did to the freshman girl was dangerous. There were several ways the hazing could have backfired on the girl and she could have been hurt. Being Duct Taped to a pole in a T-shirt and jogging pants when in rainy, 34-degree weather sounds very unpleasant and dangerous. When reached for comment, Associate Director for Media Relations Fredricka Sharkey said “appropriate disciplinary actions have been taken against individuals involved. Disciplinary actions are exempt from disclosure under FERPA.” While there is a certain right to privacy for the individuals involved, it still does not explain what was done to curb the the culture of hazing on the cheerleading squad. It is reasonable to assume that night was not the first that the cheerleaders had hazed one of their younger members. Hazing rituals are generally done annually and are taught by older members. If the university takes its stance on hazing seriously, it should take steps to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. If rules and standards aren’t enforced equally for all groups on campus, the rules become arbitrary and should not be applied to anyone. Hazing is a bad thing regardless of group affiliation, but if the rules are not applied fairly and evenly, there is no way to ensure that hazing will be eliminated from campus. Greek organizations should not be singled out for their problems with hazing when hazing has taken place in other organizations just as much. Whether the group is a Greek organization, athletic team or any other student organization on campus, hazing should be treated the same. No group is above reproach when they do things against rules and regulations.

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If the university is going to punish Greek organizations for hazing its members, there must be repercussions for hazing across the board.

Sports Baseball claims road series at Northwestern State 7

April 10, 2013

Week at a glance Baseball downs Demons

The UCA baseball team took its second conference series over the weekend at Northwestern State. The Bears dropped the first game of the series 1-0 April 5 before claiming the April 6 and 7 games 2-1 and 7-4. Senior pitcher Jeffrey Enloe pitched all 11 innings in the April 6 win.

Softball goes 1-2 on road The UCA softball team lost its second conference series of the season over the weekend at Northwestern State. The Bears split the April 6 double-header, dropping the first game 1-0 and claiming the second leg 8-4. UCA dropped the final game 1-0 April 7 to move to 24-14 on the season.

Tennis wins home finale After downing Oral Roberts at home April 3, the UCA tennis team finished its home campaign with 5-2 win over non-conference opponent Alcorn State April 5 at the UCA Tennis Courts. The Bears took all three doubles matches to pave the way for their ninth win this year.

Football set for spring game The UCA football team will hold its annual Purple-Grey game April 13 at Estes Stadium. The team will play for fans after a day of events leading up to the game. Admission to the game is free and open to the public.

Upcoming games

by Clark Johnson Sports Editor

The UCA baseball team claimed its second consecutive conference series, downing Northwestern State twice over the weekend in Natchitoches, La. The Bears (23-8, 4-5) came into the series after two home wins over the Lamar Cardinals, riding the momentum into their second road conference series. UCA dropped the first game of the series 1-0 April 5. Senior pitcher Caleb McClanahan took the loss for the Bears after giving up eight hits and tallying six strikeouts. Northwestern State junior pitcher Robert Baker collected his third win of the season in the game. Baker threw all nine innings, allowing just two hits. Baker had nine strikeouts in the game. Neither team was able to generate any runs throughout the early portion of the game as both pitchers dueled. The Demons broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the seventh. Senior catcher Nick Purdy led Northwestern State off with a single. Purdy advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, then made his way to third on an infield single. Junior right fielder Zack Costa drove-in Purdy to hand the Demons their tenth win of the season. The Bears followed the opening loss with a 2-1 victory in 11 innings the following day. Senior pitcher Jeffrey Enloe went all 11 innings for UCA in the win, allowing seven hits. Enloe collected eight strikeouts. Northwestern State junior

pitcher Ashton Sivigliano aided the Bears in the second inning. UCA senior first baseman Blake Marchal opened the frame with a single, then advanced to second off of a stolen base. A wild pitch from Sivigliano allowed Marchal to advance to third. A second wild pitch sent Marchal home to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. UCA kept its lead until the bottom of the eigth. Northwestern State second baseman Edwin Gomez singled to right field, then advanced to third after an attempt to stop his stolen base to second wound up in center field. Senior center fielder Will Watson tied the game when his left field single scored Gomez. Neither team could take the lead through nine innings, sending the game into extra innings. UCA took the lead in the top of the 11th when Marchal drove in senior catcher Michael Marrieta. The Demons couldn’t answer in the bottom of the frame as the Bears tied the series. UCA claimed the third game in a more offensive affair April 7 in a 7-4 win. Junior pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff earned his third win of the season in the game, allowing six hits in over five innings pitched. UCA trailed the Demons 1-0 going into the third inning. Northwestern State junior pitcher Drew Adams walked in the first run for the Bears with one out. Senior third baseman Garrett Brown grounded out to short, but drove in senior right fielder Forrest Allday to give UCA a 2-1 lead. Marchal scored on a wild

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Senior first baseman Blake Marchal drove in the game-winning run in the 11th inning of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Northwestern State. The RBI was Marchal’s 28th this season. pitch that walked senior left fielder Ethan Harris to extend the Bears’ led. UCA never trailed after claiming the lead in the third inning to claim the road series. UCA junior center fielder Jonathan Davis said the Bears were able to get two wins despite not playing their best at the plate. “I don’t think we played our best baseball offensively,” Davis said. “We managed to find ways to produce runs through good offense.” Davis applauded the pitching performance over the weekend. “Our pitchers came out and pitched amazing,” he said. “The

starters only gave up four runs combined.” Harris had two RBIs in the series finale. Harris said the team learned from the tough offensive game and was able to get on the board in the final two games. “Playing a conference game on the road is tough in the Southland and Northwestern State is a tough place to get hits,” Harris said. “We figured that out Friday and had to get a new gameplan Saturday and Sunday, which was to hit power ground balls and play small-ball.” Harris said while the team is glad to collect two wins, the Bears need to continue to improve.

“We still have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be,” Harris said. “There’s always room for improvement and we will get back to work on that this week.” The Bears will face Arkansas State in a non-conference road game today, followed by a three-game home series against Nicholls State beginning Friday. Davis said the team is looking to use the road wins as fuel to keep improving in conference play. “We are ready for this upcoming week,” Davis said. “I think this past game will be momentum going into this next week.”

NCAA tournament proves best in years

- ON THE COURTBaseball Today at Arkansas State. 6:30 p.m.

Out of Left Field

Friday vs Nicholls State. 6 p.m.

By Hunter Brooks Assistant Sports Editor

Saturday vs. Nicholls State. 4 p.m. Sunday vs. Nicholls State. 1 p.m. Softball Today vs. Southern Arkansas. 6 p.m. Saturday at Nicholls State. 2 p.m. Saturday at Nicholls State. 4 p.m. Sunday at Nicholls State. 12 p.m. Tuesday at Memphis. 5 p.m. Tennis Saturday at Prairie View A&M. 10 a.m. Sunday at Sam Houston State. 10 a.m. Track & Field Saturday at Ole Miss Invitational. 10 a.m. Women’s Golf Monday at Southland Conference Championship. TBA.. Men’s Soccer Saturday vs. Tulsa. 7 p.m.

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Freshman Krizia Buck (left) and junior Sasha Ruocco (right) earned their fourth doubles win of the season Friday against Alcorn State.

Tennis downs Alcorn State, ends home campaign with victories by Clark Johnson Sports Editor After shutting out Oral Roberts 7-0 at home April 3, the UCA tennis team downed Alcorn State in its final home game of the season 5-2. The Bears (9-12, 2-5) began the day on a roll. UCA won all three doubles-matches to start the game, earning a 3-0 lead over the Braves. Junior Simona Horsikyan and sophomore Allison Murphy earned their second doubles win on the season, downing Alcorn State’s Kerstem Vanem and Viktoriya Kozachuk 9-8 in the No.1 doubles match. Murphy came out a victor in singles competition. She collected her 11th win of the season against Arielie Buckmann, downing Buckmann 6-0, 6-0. In the No.2 doubles match, freshman Krizia Buck and junior Sasha Ruocco blanked Alcorn State’s Buckmann and Aakanksita Punj to move to 4-4 on the season in doubles matches. Sophomore Kristina Horsikyan and freshman Anna Buyukyan rounded out the Bears

doubles shutout with an 8-4 victory over Merilin Tipp and Kate Potapova. Simona Horsikyan was unable to translate her doubles success in No. 1 singles play. Horsikyan took the second frame 3-6, but fell 6-3 in the first frame and 6-0 in the final frame. Kristina Horsikyan claimed a victory in the No. 3 singles match. Horsikyan downed Kozachuk 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to collect her eigth win of the season. After having recent success in singles play, Ruocco extended her winning streak to three singles matches, downing Chan Rutherford 6-0, 6-3. Buck gave the Braves their second victory of the game, falling 6-4, 6-4 to Patapova. Buyukyan rounded out the successful day for UCA as she improved to 6-8 with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 victory over Tipp. Simona Horsikyan said the team played one of its most complete games this season in the win. “We all did great on Friday,” Horsikyan said. “Even though it wasn’t a conference match, we all gave the best of us.” Murphy won both matches she was in against the Braves. Murphy said the doubles success translated well into singles

competitions. “Everyone did a really good job of coming out strong from the start by getting all three doubles wins,” Murphy said. “That really gave us the momentum to go into singles and get four more wins to close out the match.” Including the Alcorn State game, the Bears had played four games in a week. Horsikyan said the busy schedule at the end of the season has led the team to staying focused. “Since this week we have three games, including a conference one, we are all looking forward to it,” Horsikyan said. “It is really important for us to end the season strong and it could give us an opportunity to go to the conference tournament.” The Bears are set for two road games this weekend. UCA will face Prairie View A&M on April 13, followed by a conference game against Sam Houston State on April 14. UCA sits at seventh in the Southland Conference standings. Sam Houston State is eighth. The conference tournament starts April 25.

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This year’s March Madness has shown why it is the best postseason tournament in all of sports. Everyone loves a great underdog story and this year’s NCAA tourney provided just that. The emergence of Florida Gulf Coast University will be talked about for years. The school was founded in 1997 and is less than half the size of UCA. Florida Gulf Coast was a 15-seed getting into the tournament because it won its conference tournament. Without conference tournament winners getting automatic bids into March Madness, we wouldn’t have seen the miracle run by Florida Gulf Coast. The school shockingly upset second-seeded Georgetown in the first round. This itself was huge as only six other 15-seeds have won a game in the tournament, and none of them made it past the second round. The success of Florida Gulf Coast helped Coach Andy Enfield get hired at University of Southern California just days after Florida Gulf Coast was eliminated from the tournament. This year was the only tournament in history to have three teams seeded 12 or lower in the Sweet Sixteen (Florida Gulf Coast, La Salle, Oregon). Some would suggest bigger and more notable schools need to advance like in other sports, but the parity of Cinderella teams in March Madness is what makes it great. In fact, in the history of the NCAA tournament, only once have all four number one seeds made it to the Final Four in the same year. Wichita State made it all the way to the Final Four for the first time in over 50 years this

season before being ousted by the number-one overall seed, Louisville. The team was a nine-seed and beat the likes of number one seed Gonzaga and number two seed Ohio State to get there. Only three teams in history have had a lower seed and made it to the Final Four. While Louisville was the number one overall seed in the tournament, they became the feel-good story after sophomore guard Kevin Ware suffered a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula in the Elite Eight against Duke. In what many have described as the worst sports injury they have ever seen, including myself, the emotion of the Louisville players and coaches captured America’s attention and turned Louisville into fan favorites. March Madness always makes certain players into household names. This year’s player is sophomore guard Trey Burke. Burke led fourthseeded Michigan to the National Championship game and won NCAA’s player of the year in large part due to his play in the tournament. The casual fan probably didn’t know his name before the tournament, but now he is recognized as the best player in the country. With professional sports and college basketball, the majority of fans want to see the best of the best play for the championship, but that’s the beauty of college basketball. We live for upsets, buzzer-beaters, and most importantly fairness. Sixty-eight teams have the same shot to make a run and lay claim to the national title. Even casual fans fill out brackets for March Madness. The same can’t be said for any other sport.

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Junior short stop Tiffany Roby had two RBI’s in the 8-4 win Saturday against Northwestern State.

Softball falls twice at Northwestern State

by Clark Johnson

Sports Editor

After splitting a home double-header with McNeese State March 28, the UCA softball team continued conference play over the weekend against Northwestern State. The Bears were within reach of sweeping the series. Head Coach David Kuhn said the team was led by its pitching effort. “We pitched great all weekend. Kelsie Armstrong pitched great all weekend. We had a chance to win all three games. That’s all you can ask,” Kuhn said. “The softball just did not bounce our way, but I’m excited about our last 17 games.” Kuhn the Bears had a poor game offensively in their first outing. UCA was shut out in the first game, tallying only three hits against the Lady Demons. Northwestern State wasn’t able to get much offense going throughout the contest. The score stayed scoreless until the bottom of the ninth. Northwestern State won the game on a sacrifice bunt from junior infielder Cali Burke to down the

Bears 1-0. UCA was able to salvage the double-header with an 8-4 win in the second game. Kuhn said the team needed to make defensive adjustments in the second game. Senior first baseman Taylor Dear was inserted into the line up. The Bears had a big day at the plate in the second leg of the double-header. Senior catcher Melanie Bryant paved the way offensively with her three-run homer in the sixth inning. Bryant’s twin sister Melissa hit a home run in the game, sending a solo-shot over the left field fence in the fourth. Dear and senior short stop Tiffany Roby plated two RBI’s each in the game. Senior Kelsie Armstrong pitched all three games for the Bears over the weekend. Armstrong is now 17-9 on the season after giving up just two runs against the Demons in the series. Dear applauded the effort from Armstrong in the series. “Kelsie Armstrong threw great all three games and gave

us a chance to win them all, our team is young and has great potential and everyone did good this weekend,” Dear said. “We just didn’t get the timely hits we needed in the first and third game.” The Bears dropped the final game of the series 1-0. The lone run for the Lady Demons came when junior first baseman Brianna Rodriguez singled to center field, scoring junior outfielder Shenequia Abby. Armstrong took two losses on the weekend for the Bears, pitching every inning over the weekend. Kuhn said the team has some work to do, but individual contribution is important heading into the second half of the season. “I think we just need a few hitters to get hot,” Kuhn said. “We would like our pitching staff, aside from Armstrong, to pitch better.” Before a three-game road series against the Nicholls State Colonels, the Bears host Southern Arkansas at 6 p.m. today UCA sits at seventh in the Southland Conference standings, sitting at 24-14 with a 7-7 conference record.

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Jessie Thurman (left) and Ivan Hernandez (right) competed at the annual Sigma Tau Gamma Fite Nite April 4 at the Conway Expo Center.


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