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october 9, 2013 Volume 106 — Issue 7 4 TODAY’S FORECAST CONWAY


Campus Life:

Football player’s NCAA suspension harsh, unfair

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Football: McNeese

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Prolonged government closure takes toll on campus organizations, programs


by Brandon Riddle and Christina Huynh

University launches promotional video contest

Associate Editor and Campus Life Editor

UCA announced a contest for current students to submit a video entry promoting the university. The video must range from 30 seconds to one minute maximum. Full contest rules are available at the Student Information Desk in the Student Center. First place will recieve $500, second place will recieve $300 and third place will recieve $200. A panel of faculty, staff and students will judge all videos submitted and choose the top three finalists. All three winning videos will be placed on UCA’s YouTube page. Entries are due by noon Oct. 21 in Wingo Hall, Room 215.

‘Grits and Glamour’ comes to Reynolds Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan, daughters of country music legends Mel Tillis and George Morgan, will bring “Grits and Glamour” to Reynolds Performace Hall on Oct. 24. UCA Public Appearances Director Amanda Horton said the university likes to bring in artists who appeal to alumni who will be back in town for the festivities. Tickets for adults are $30-40, $27-37 for seniors, $2535 for UCA alumni, $23-33 for UCA faculty and staff and $10 for current UCA students and children.

Film festival held in downtown Conway UCA hosted its fifth-annual film festival this weekend at The Lantern Theatre in downtown Conway on Oct. 4-5. The film festival was part of UCA’s participation in Conway’s ArtsFest and showed 16 films over the course of two days. One documentary, “The Night the Blackbirds Fell,” which was made by graduate students Will Scott and Terrel Case, premiered for the first time during the festival. One other documentary was shown, along with 11 narrative shorts, two music videos and one experimental film.

Dixieland Band, jazz duo perform at Hendrix The UCA Dixieland Band and jazz duo Simano Donova and Michael Yoder concluded this year’s Conway ArtsFest with a selection of jazz tunes, performed at the Hendrix College Worsham Performance Hall on Oct. 5. The Dixieland Band played tradional early jazz from New Orleans and Chicago. Jazz samplings of swing, bossa, nova, and ballad style were played by Donovan and Yoder-Yoder playing bass and Donovan playing flute.



The U.S. federal government shutdown, now in its second week, is affecting federal aid and employee status at public four-year institutions across the country, including UCA. Tuition assistance has been paused for about 113 male and female National Guard reserve UCA students who were supposed to receive federal assistance this semester, Major Jonathan Gray said. UCA’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has seen two of its employees take a temporary unpaid leave of absence. The shutdown, which started Oct. 1, resulted from a failure to pass a spending bill to fund the federal government. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continue to be at odds with each other regarding the shutdown.

Democrats and Republicans are standing their ground on the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” Obama urged Boehner on Monday to put a short-term federal spending bill to a vote in Congress. During President Bill Clinton’s administration 17 years ago, the U.S. saw its last government shutdown in 1995 and 1996.

ROTC PROGRAM Two human resource technicians within UCA’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) were furloughed because of the government shutdown Oct. 1, Gray said. According to the university’s ROTC website, Sandra Thompson and Linda Tate are the two human resource technicians within the program. The human resource employees’ leave of absence affects not only operations at UCA, but also at five partner

universities who participate in the university’s ROTC program, Gray said. Those partner schools are Arkansas Tech University, the University of Arkansas—Little Rock, Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist University and Hendrix College. The ROTC program cannot use credit cards it has been issued by the federal government and has not been able to use vehicles registered to the government, Gray said. “[We’re] stuck in a limbo,” he said. ROTC students receive a stipend from the government that “may be put on hold” and participate in monthly drills — which allows student another opportunity to earn money — that have been postponed since the shutdown. Stipend amounts are $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors and $500 for seniors. Those students have lost two sources of income “by no fault of their own,” Gray said.

FINANCIAL AID Financial Aid Director Cheryl Lyons said she doesn’t foresee any complications with students receiving federal aid for the fall semester. She added that if the shutdown were to continue past two weeks, students may begin to see complications. “As of right now, we’re not really seeing any impacts to at least the students who are in school and who [are] applying for aid,” she said. “That’s pretty much business as usual.” Lyons said the Financial Aid office is unable to work with the U.S. Department of Education office in Dallas, Texas, which has been furloughed. “Occasionally, we have questions that we’ll call or email them about and they are not available,” she said. The federal government

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Forcible sexual assault reports doubled in 2012 by Brandon Riddle Associate Editor

The number of forcible sexual assault instances on UCA’s campus doubled in 2012 from three in 2011, according to UCAPD’s Clery Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. UCAPD Project Manager Arch Jones said each of the six incidents reported in 2012 were unrelated and that a push for reporting assaults was the leading factor in why the number increased. “In all of the reported incidents, the alleged victim and the alleged suspect were acquaintances,” he said. “Acquaintance rape” refers to

a rape committed by someone familiar with the victim. The person may be a friend, classmate or co-worker. UCA had the highest number of reported rapes in 2012 compared to remaining public four-year institutions in Arkansas, according to Clery Report data. The University of Arkansas­—Fayetteville had five forcible sexual assault reports while Henderson State University had three, Arkansas Tech University had two and Southern Arkansas University had one. Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas— Little Rock and the University of Arkansas—Monticello each reported no forcible sexual

assault incidents. University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff data was not available. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act was signed into federal law in 1990. Named after Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her residence hall, the act mandates that public institutions must publish annual campus safety and security data to the public before Oct. 1 of each year. A 25-year-old female reported Feb. 20, 2012 that she had been raped by her stepfather, Mark Allison Hawkins, 46. UCAPD said the incident occured between August 1999 and May 2000

while the victim was living with her stepfather and mother in Baldridge Apartments. UCAPD and the Conway Police Department simultaneously investigated the incident. On March 10, 2012, UCAPD met with a student in Denney Hall 311 about a possible rape. The 18-year-old student said her and some of her friends, including student and suitemate Tessa Smith, , went partying at the Blacklight V party at Conway Country Club. She said she felt “something had been in my vagina” after waking up with

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PRISM alliance attends first ever Little Rock pride parade by Christina Huynh Campus Life Editor

About 50 PRISM alliance members participated in the first pride parade in Little Rock on Oct. 5 to support diversity and equality, the organization’s president and senior Jennifer Wagner said. PRISM — which stands for Pride, Raising awareness, Involvement, Support and Mentoring — had about 30 members join in on the group’s float while about 20 other members walked throughout the whole parade, Wagner said. “A lot of people absolutely loved [the parade], and for some of them, it was their first pride parade to participate in,” she said. More than 500 people attended the parade, which kicked off at about 2 p.m., Central Arkansas Pride committee chair Jennifer Pierce said. The Central Arkansas Pride committee is a part of the Parents,


Community remembers ‘Hughesie’ by Brandon Riddle Associate Editor

The UCA community came together with friends and family last week to remember the life of a fellow student and “Hughesie.” Freshman Jaykwantay “JJ” Girley, 18 of Greenbrier, was found dead at about 8 a.m. Oct. 2 in a Hughes Hall residential restroom. Born on March 4, 1995, he was a Hughes Jaykwantay “JJ” Girley Hall resident and full-time student who enrolled in fall 2013. President Tom Courtway said the university mourns for Jaykwantay’s family. “We extend our deepest sympathy to the family,” Courtway said. “We need to remember them in our thoughts and prayers.” Faulkner County Coroner Patrick Moore said Oct. 4 that an autopsy report confirmed Jaykwantay died from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Moore said Jaykwantay’s death did not result from trauma and that his medical history showed no indication to cause his death. Jaykwantay’s mother Hope Girley, sister and aunt attended a candlelight vigil Oct. 3 at the amphitheater in Jaykwantay’s memory. Rush Campus Ministries and the Interdenominational Christian Council hosted the event. Associate Director of Community and Diversity Kaylon Bradford opened the vigil by expressing gratitude to the Girley family for sharing Jaykwantay with the Bear family. “JJ loved life,” Hope said after the vigil ended. She said Jaykwantay was a friendly man who was gracious to everyone he met. Hope said her son loved to play intramural flag football with fellow “Hughesies.” Kameron Lovelace, Hughes Hall resident and Rush Campus Ministries president, said he felt it was important to plan the candlelight vigil on campus to honor Jaykwantay. “I felt a burning in my heart that something had to be done,” he said. Pastors Cornell Maltbia of True Holiness Saints Center and Mark Dance of Second Baptist Church of Conway spoke to the approximately 200 members of the UCA community, friends and family in attendance. The Judah Chorale Collegiate Choir sang at the vigil. Toward the end of the event, the crowd began singing “Amazing Grace.” Brian James, Hughes Hall resident master, said “Hughesies” instantly looked for ways to help Jaykwantay’s family after learning about his death. “As soon as we figured out that we’d lost one of our own, students immediately and decided, ‘What can we do to help?,’” he said. James said he’s been overwhelmed by the support from the community and that a pancake supper was organized in only a day. Aramark hosted the pancake

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Arkansas Supreme Court justice visits campus

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Members of the UCA PRISM alliance attended and participated in the first ever pride parade in Little Rock on Oct. 6 to raise awareness about the struggles of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

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Police Beat


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

Three students cited after UCAPD finds marijuana in University Park apartment A student was issued a judicial board citation and his acquaintance was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia Oct. 6. At about 5:15 p.m. UCAPD arrived at Stadium Park Apartments in response to a call from a student’s mother stating she had not been able to reach him. UCAPD could hear loud music coming from the suite, and when it knocked on apartment 56, the music stopped. UCAPD waited another minute and then rang the doorbell. It could hear shuffling and the sound of cabinets closing from inside. When student Caleb Malachi, 19, opened the door, UCAPD could smell burnt marijuana coming from behind him. Police saw three more males sitting inside the apartment. UCAPD told Malachi that he was responding to a welfare check and told him he could smell the burnt marijuana. UCAPD asked why it took so long for Malachi to open the door, to which he responded that he was in the bathroom and the other males were not residents of the apartment so they did not want to answer the door. When UCAPD continued to ask about the smell of marijuana, Malachi said he smoked marijuana in his car earlier. Another male, who seemed annoyed, appeared from the hallway and introduced himself as Malachi’s roommate. Malachi went back to his room to get the rest of the marijuana he smoked and UCAPD asked his roommate if he knew why UCAPD was there. His roommate said he was there for the marijuana and told UCAPD that Malachi and his friends had been smoking it. He gave UCAPD permission to search the apartment and Malachi came back with the end of a joint and said that his roommate was not involved. His roommate gave UCAPD his UCA ID and left the apartment. UCAPD spoke to the other three males, students Gamel Swift Jr., 18, Demontrius Reed, 18, and nonstudent Kailus Austin, 20. Swift seemed to be in a stupor, and when UCAPD asked how long it had been since he smoked, Swift said that he had smoked off campus a short time before the officer arrived. He said he felt paranoid speaking to UCAPD. All four men said there were no illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia in the apartment. Malachi provided consent to the apartment being searched. When searching the kitchen, UCAPD found a backpack hidden in a cabinet underneath the sink. When the officer took it out, Austin said it was his

backpack. Austin gave him permission to search it and UCAPD found marijuana inside it. Austin said he had been smoking marijuana the entire day and he was placed under arrest. UCAPD searched Austin and the remainder of his backpack and found a small silver pipe with marijuana residue and a broken electronic scale. Malachi was given a judicial board citation for his drug violation and Austin was taken to the UCAPD and given a $1,865 bond. He was then taken to the Faulkner County Detention Center for processing.

Male student ‘wrestles’ female student to ground outside UCAPD building A male student was issued a citation and given a court date for disorderly conduct after “wrestling” with a female student in front of the UCA Police Department on Oct. 4. UCAPD responded to a disturbance outside the UCA Police Department at about 11:24 p.m. after a communications officer said that she could hear a female yelling “Help!” UCAPD exited the police department and noticed a group of students walking by, pointing and laughing. Police then encountered a male, student Marquise Hood, 18, lying on top of a female, student Sequoia Collins, 18, on the ground. UCAPD said the couple did not look to be fighting, but that Hood appeared to be holding the female down. When UCAPD approached, Hood stood up. UCAPD identified itself and told Hood to drop to his knees. Hood refused and UCAPD asked a second time. When Hood continued to refuse, the officer turned Hood around and placed Hood’s hands behind his back. Hood then dropped to his knees. When UCAPD began to put handcuffs on Hood, Collins started walking away. UCAPD told Collins to drop to her knees and she did so. Hood told UCAPD that the two were “playing around.” When UCAPD asked what “playing around” meant, Hood said that they were wrestling. He said Collins and another female had been holding him down on his back, and when he could, he got free and held Collins down on her back. UCAPD asked Hood what he expected passerby to believe they were doing and Hood said that they may have thought he was raping Collins. Collins also stated the two were just wrestling. UCAPD told Hood that he needed to think about where his was and his surroundings before he acted in a foolish manner. Hood was then given a citation and Dec. 23 court date.


Ex-chief-of-staff trial date moved by Marisa Ketchum Editor

Former Chief of Staff Jack Gillean’s jury trial has been moved from Oct. 28 to March 2014. Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson Jr. ruled in favor of the prosecution’s recent motion to have trial continued at the pre-trial hearing Friday. The defense did not object the motion. Faulkner County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Troy Braswell filed the motion for continuance Wednesday. He said the trial should be continued because the prosecution had not received Gillean and former student Cameron Stark’s subpoenaed phone records from AT&T. Jury selection in Gillean’s trial

will be March 6-7 and the trial will begin March 10. The defense requested that future motions and responses in his commercial burglary case be sealed. Clawson denied Gillean’s request as well as a surprise motion Friday from the prosecution to have Gillean tested for drugs. Clawson said he wasn’t “a big fan” of sealing court documents and that “everything should be done on the record.” Braswell said Gillean, 56, should be drug tested because the terms of his bond state he cannot have firearms, alcohol or drugs without a prescription while awaiting trial. He did not make the motion before trial. One of Gillean’s attorneys, Timothy Dudley, objected Braswell’s motion, saying the prosecution lacked “reasonable”

grounds for accusing Gillean of taking drugs. Gillean’s trial will be held at the Van Burn County Courthouse in Clinton. It was previously moved from Faulkner to Van Buren County to avoid negative pretrial publicity affecting the case. Gillean faces five commercial burglary counts, a fraudulent insurance act charge and a misdemeanor charge for issuing a false financial statement for allegedly giving his master key to Stark so Stark could steal exams and prescription medication. Stark stole Adderall, an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication, from former Financial Aid for Scholarships Assistant Director Andrew Linn. Gillean resigned abruptly from UCA on June 15, 2012.


Senators seek pay from board, discuss Aramark services by Laura Holzhauer Assistant News Editor

The Student Government Association met for the second time this academic year at 5 p.m. Oct. 7 and discussed setting an hourly pay for its senators. President Adam Price said that because senators are “so busy,” they cannot maintain a job outside of SGA, they will now be paid $11/hour for up to 10 hours per week for 16 weeks per semester, if the board approves it Friday. He said that because ROTC on campus was shut down due to the federal shutdown and there are concerns about students in ROTC losing their federal scholarship funds, President Tom Courtway will be looking into resolutions. Price said that in the future, a Donaghey Corridor will be planned. The Donaghey Corridor would span from the Sigma Phi Epsilon House down to the president’s home and will be analogous to Hendrix’s Village: a bottom level of vendors/food services with housing stacked on the levels above it. Possible architects for this project will be

interviewed Oct. 24. Jim Nabors, senior food services director, discussed content related to Aramark. Nabors announced that UCA’s Aramark surveys always scored the highest positive ratings out of all the Aramark services in the region. Aramark said a new program called “Healthy for Life” will launch on a large scale in 2014. Currently, “Healthy for Life” provides the nutritional information in the Christian Cafeteria as a guide for students. Registered Dietician Janet Dance currently oversees the program. Another program Aramark has recently created is called “Voice of the Consumer.” “Voice of the Consumer” is an instant survey students can take about food services at UCA. Three responses from the survey have been received so far. Three of the 24 responses have been “rescue alerts,” which are responded to within 24 hours. Two were from students with dietary restrictions, who were able to consult with Dance, and one was concerning issues with food services on Saturdays.

The rest of the survey results, called “wows,” were positive comments about UCA’s food service. UCA’s Aramark services score much higher than the national average, Nabors said. Positive survey results concerning Aramark at UCA are at 53 percent, while the rest of the company’s average is at about 43 percent. Nabors said that Aramark desperately needs students to take the surveys to receive more feedback. Aramark is looking at places food carts could be placed around campus to replace the food truck that was available for service last year, he said. Nabors said Aramark would look into extending the Bear Express hours in Burdick Hall because some students cannot get out of class for lunch before it closes at 2 p.m. When addressed with concerns about the removal of napkins from the tables in the cafeteria, Nabors said that napkins were placed at other

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Two wood sculptures dedicated, name of bear statue announced after contest by Hunter Brooks Staff Writer

UCA dedicated two sculptures that were carved from a diseased oak tree Oct. 2 in the UCA Board of Trustees Conference Room. The oak tree was one of several planted in front of Wingo Hall and around campus in memory of fallen World War II veterans. The two sculptures were designed to continue the honoring of 46 alumni who died fighting in World War II. Gary Keenan, a wood sculptor from Des Moines, Iowa, carved a life-sized bear from the base of the oak tree. The bear was given the name “Valor.” The university chose “Valor” after a campuswide contest to determine what the bear should be named. The sculpture sits outside Wingo Hall where the original tree was located. UCA President Tom Courtway said “Valor” is the perfect name and the bear “protects our campus as it


stands guard, looking out to Donaghey.” Ring of Peace was carved from an eight-foot section cut from the top of the tree. Art Professor Bryan Massey carved the sculpture which is displayed in Wingo Hall outside the board of trustees room. “The school sent out a call for an artist nationwide,” Massey said. “I answered that call and it came down between me and another artist. The committee originally wanted to make a bench out of the wood, but I had the idea for the ring and pitched it to them and it went from there.” The sculpture features a ring with 46 notches representing the 46 alumni. Five keys are attached to the bottom of the ring and represent the five branches of the United States Armed Forces. “My family has served in the Armed Forces from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Massey said. “My dad served in Korea and I had seven uncles serve in Vietnam. I’ve always admired the uniforms and the discipline they had so this idea was an easy one for me.”

Massey said he’s been carving wood and stone for the past 34 years. “Stone is my usual medium,” he said. “On occasions, I do wood pieces. I don’t do as many as I like because wood is just so difficult to work with. Wood has tendencies to split very easily and actually did when I was carving the Ring of Peace. I managed to salvage it by focusing on wood like I do stone: just carve a piece away at a time.” Mary Ferguson, a senior at UCA in 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor, attended the dedication. “It means so much to know that these people, people that I knew, are being honored,” Ferguson said. “It makes me feel good. The ring sculpture is very unique and I think it catches the essence of what we’re trying to do which is honoring those people.” The dedication of the two sculptures was part of ArtsFest, Conway’s annual festival of music, art, theatre, dance, creative writing and film. The festival ran from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5.

Several churches attend, support LGBT pride parade,


4 Continued from page 1 Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays organization, which sponsored the event with the Human Rights Campaign. The parade started at 610 E. Capitol Ave., continued down Scott Street and Clinton Avenue, through the River Market to the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and then finished by returning to E. Capitol Avenue. Pierce said the parade — which was held this month to coincide with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month — had about 15 floats and was supported by about 30 organizations with members who walked in it. About five to seven churches participated in the parade, including the First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, the New Millennium Church in Little Rock and the Grace Episcopal in Pine Bluff, Pierce said. “It’s the first pride parade

in Arkansas’s capital, and it’s a show of support for the LGBT community,” she said. “Everybody from all works of life came together to have a good time.” For Wagner, she said that participating in the parade was “wonderful” and that it was a lot “bigger than any [previous pride] parade I’ve been to.” Wagner said she was nervous that there would be protestors at the parade, but said she didn’t see any. Pierce said there were no protestors at the parade, but PRISM’s activist chair and sophomore Chloe Leditz who walked in the parade said she saw one person who wore a shirt depicting anti-gay marriage views. “Whenever you get a lot of people who sometimes disagree on issues, there’s sometimes going to be protestors there,” Pierce said.

The night before the parade, PRISM members met up to decide how they would decorate their float. There was worry among members on the morning of the parade that the rain would ruin their ability to participate in Little Rock’s inaugural pride march. Wagner called Pierce who said, “Rain or shine, we are doing this.” For Leditz, it was her first time to participate in a pride parade, she said. Leditz said participating in the parade was a great experience and noted that the parade showed the unity between members of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex community. Wagner said, “Any form of parade of pride of representation of LGTQI community is very important because it [shows] progress and that we have support.”

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Thirty-four burglaries reported in 2012, increased from

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4 Continued from page 1 nonstudent Tony Stewart lying in bed with her. A 17-year-old girl reported at 1:33 a.m. Sept. 2, 2012 that she was raped at about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 1, 2012, almost 24 hours earlier. The alleged rape occurred while visiting an apartment on Elizabeth Street. On Sept. 11, 2012, a 19-yearold female reported that she was raped Jan. 22, 2012 at Bear Village. According to the police report, the victim said she was “physically helpless to give consent.” An 18-year-old student reported that nonstudent Zachary Thomas Kever raped her Oct. 11, 2012 in Conway Hall. She reported to UCAPD that Kever and her were friends and that they attended Hall High School in Little Rock before she began attending UCA. The student said she and Kever never had a sexual relationship in the past. Kever was arrested on drunk or insane charges Oct. 16, 2012. The victim said she did not want to press charges. A 23-year-old nonstudent reported a rape at 6:17 p.m. Nov. 7, 2012 at Bear Village. The suspect, also a 23-year-old nonstudent, was taken into custody Nov. 7, 2012. Jones said it is important for students to use the “buddy system” when walking around campus at night and to let others know where someone is going for a certain time period.

“Alcohol is the number one acquaintance rape drug,” he said. “If you see someone in a potentially dangerous situation do something about it.” In spring 2013, UCA Police Chief Larry James and Vice President of Student Services Ronnie Williams recommended a committee be created to increase student sexual assault awareness. UCAPD, Housing and Residence Life, Student Life, the UCA Counseling Center, and Student Wellness and Development are partners in increasing awareness. Jenna Davidson, Student Wellness and Development assistant director, chairs the Sexual Assault Awareness Committee, which has sponsored six events this semester. These include the Angel Band Project, Sex on the Lawn, the Stand Up and Speak Out Carnival, and classes related to defense and situational awareness. Jones said it is important for students to report any offense to UCAPD. “A student who is a victim of a sex offense is strongly encouraged to talk to someone,” he said. “Talk to a friend, relative, faculty member, resident assistant or anyone who cares. Do not keep it to yourself. Residence hall staff and university counselors are available to provide support, refer you to appropriate persons or agencies and inform you of


your options.” Thirty-four burglaries were reported in 2012, an increase from 28 in 2011. Jones said that fluctuation in numbers doesn’t necessarily represent an ongoing upward trend in burglaries. “One burglary on campus is one too many but the upward fluctuation in 2012 has not caused us to be concerned,” he said. The number of liquor law arrests increased to 39 in 2012 from 20 in 2011. Of the 2012 reports, 38 were on campus property and one was on public property. One robbery, one aggravated assault, two motor vehicle thefts, four illegal weapons possession arrests, 28 drug law arrests, 28 drug law violations referred for disciplinary action and 84 liquor law violations referred for disciplinary action were also reported in 2012, according to UCAPD Clery data. Four people were taken into custody in connection to the armed robbery of a female student at Torreyson apartments Dec. 3, 2012. Two suspects, Howard Farmer, 20 of Little Rock, and Edwin Turner, 20 of Conway were released pending further investigation. “We will continue to provide an environment where our students feel safe to report any crime and we will continue to educate our students regarding personal safety,” Jones said.

areas to reduce wastefulness and promote environmental sustainability. Campus Recreation Director David Dennis spoke next on the HPER construction. Dennis said the construction would result in a 10,000 square foot weight room, a new locker room and a new pool. It is estimated that this construction will be completed on about May 1, 2014. Starting when this is complete, the currently existing HPER building will receive renovations. There will be three racquetball courts and a 1,900 square foot outdoor recreation checkout. The group exercise

studios will be moved and two will be added. However, the HPER will close. It will not be opened until about Oct. 1, when the new HPER opens. Due to the HPER being closed all summer and students continuing to pay a HPER fee in their tuition, Hendrix College has agreed to let UCA students enrolled in summer classes to use their athletic center. He said students enrolled in the 2014-15 academic year could opt to pay a HPER fee and have access to Hendrix’s athletic center during the summer. A moment of silence was taken for Jaykwantay “JJ” Girley, who was found dead in a Hughes

Hall residential restroom last Wednesday. Price said that it was a tragic moment for the university and that SGA sent its remorse to Girley’s family on behalf of the student body. Price said the skateboardng issue, mentioned at last week’s SGA meeting would be brought up at the board of trustees meeting this Friday. Committee reports were given on plans to reach committee goals. The meeting concluded with announcements, including a volleyball Mudstock -Tournament at 2-9 p.m. this Friday and Family Day on Saturday.

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4 Continued from page 1 determines funding in February or March. Lyons said accountants have been able to draw those monies down. Financial Aid receives updates every day regarding the shutdown, she said. For Lyons, the worry would be the furlough of employees using tiered approach. “Our worry would be if there was a significant period of time, say more than two weeks, that we could start seeing furlough at student aid call centers,” she said. “Also, processors could slow down.” Last week, at least four families called Financial Aid to express concerns about a student’s financial aid status, Lyons said. “I know our phone bank has gotten calls, our counselors have gotten calls,” she said. “There was a spike for a couple of days last week where people we’re worried. Some of the students starting in the spring were worried, but I really don’t anticipate at this point that there will be any problems for students.” Ninety percent of students who are applying for fall aid have already gone through process. “By even Nov. 1, there would be very little impact,” she said.

VETERANS SERVICES For UCA’s Veterans Services Coordinator David Williams, he said the first thing he heard from veteran students was, “Am I getting paid?” Williams said at least 50 percent of veteran student’s university tuition is supported by government funding. If the government shutdown persists, “it’s going to affect a whole lot of people,” he said,

inferring that students who receive federal financial aid could experience delays next semester. Williams said UCA has not received assistance. “We’re trying to figure out exactly when we can expect that money in, but nobody has told us, especially now that [the federal government] is shut down,” he said. Services at the Muskogee Regional Office in the Department of Veterans Affairs have been impacted. “Right now, processing over at the VA regional office is very, very slow, so I still have students who have not received their payment from the VA,” he said. Williams said quite a few students haven’t received tuition payment through Veterans Affairs. In conjunction with the National Guard reserve, students may get federal tuition assistance which doesn’t run through the VA. That runs through a unit and the Department of Defense. “From what I gather, if this shutdown goes any longer or lasts the rest of this month of October, then that’s going to affect a whole lot of people,” he said. “A lot of military folks are going to suffer from this.”

RESEARCH GRANTS Within the biology department, the shutdown has impacted faculty research grants. The National Science Foundation is not accepting grant proposals during the shutdown, according to its website. In addition, no new grants or Continuing Grant Increments (CGIs) will be awarded. Assistant Biology Professor Jeffrey Padberg is receiving a grant for his study into the armadillo

brain structure. He said he hasn’t felt any direct impact, but that the shutdown could be detrimental to his funding if it were to last for an extensive amount of time. “If the [federal government] takes away science [funding], we’re going to lose any competitive edge we have here [in the U.S.],” Padberg said. Arijit Mukherjee, assistant biology professor, submitted a written proposal for his study in plant genetics. The grant, a collaboration between UCA and the University of Wisconsin—Madison, would provide the financial means for him to research better soil types for sustainable agriculture. He said the proposal has been put on hold as a result of the government shutdown and that he is unsure of its affect on a timeline for receiving federal research grants.

LEARNING TOOLS Federal online resources available to the public, beneficial to students, are currently unavailable. These websites include the U.S. Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).

DEBT CEILING DEBATE Another concern in play during this tense time for the federal government is the looming debt ceiling debate. Lawmakers are set to vote on whether to raise the nation’s debt ceiling by Oct. 17. The debt ceiling is the total amount of money the U.S. government can borrow to pay toward Social Security, Medicare and national debts.

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UCA students, staff, faculty and family members attended a candlight vigil Oct. 3 at the ampitheater, taking a moment of silence for freshman Jaykwantay “JJ” Girley who died Oct. 2.


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4 Continued from page 1 supper in memory of Jaykwantay from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 4 in Christian Cafeteria. Donations were $5 and all proceeds went to Jaykwantay’s family to pay for funeral arrangements. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of tickets bought and just cash donations, an out pouring of love and goodwill, not just for UCA students but the whole community – the faculty and staff here,” James said. Learning Communities Director Jayme Millsap Stone said the supper raised at least $2,000 for the Girley family. Aramark’s extended hours meant a lot to the family, allowing Hope to draw strength from the community, she said. Hope greeted each guest as they walked into Christian Cafeteria, offering hugs and sharing stories about Jaykwantay. Provost Steve Runge said Aramark was gracious in providing financial donations, food and workers for the pancake supper.

“I think this [supper] is a testament to how the people at UCA pull together when we have a tragedy,” he said. “One of the things that really makes us a special place is that people pull together to support each other so that others are taken care of.” As a member of the Hughes Hall community, James said some people knew Jaykwantay well and others were just beginning to know him. “I think all in all, we’ve bonded as we grieve together,” he said. “It’s just a very tragic time, but we’ve been able to come together as a family.” Hughes Hall Resident Coordinator Tony King said giving and supporting is something that comes naturally for “Hughesies.” “[JJ’s death] was a shock, of course,” he said. “There was pain. There was hurt. There was all those things, but in the midst of that we stayed together.” “Hughesies” stayed later at night in the residence hall lobby following Jaykwantay’s death. Jones said people who usually stay until 2 a.m. stayed until 6 a.m. to console each other as a

family. King said people knew when Jaykwantay was in the room through his vibrant spirit. “[JJ] was always on the go and always running and moving around,” he said. King said one of the most emotional moments for King was when everything started coming together for the supper. “It was more than what I could imagine,” he said. “The support from everyone has been amazing. Me, my staff, the Hughesies and everybody, we so appreciate everything that has been done.” Looking ahead, King said Hughes Hall will continue to remember Jaykwantay’s presence as a person who did incredible things as a student and friend at UCA. Student Health Clinic counselors are available for students, faculty and staff in need of counseling. Those who were unable to give at campus events last week can donate to the UCA Residential Colleges JJ Girley Fund.

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Around Campus: Homecoming court Homecoming court voting begins today via OrgSync and will be open until Oct. 16. A full list of homecoming events is at The Echo will publish a special homecoming issue Oct. 30.

Thank a Bear This week is Thank A Bear Week. Students, faculty and staff may sign thank you cards for private donors from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Student Center Courtyard. Free sunglasses will be given to the first 250 people that sign at least five cards.

AVID Week This week is Academic Vitality, Integrity and Diversity week. Award-winning psychologist Paul Wachtel will speak of a panel with students about current issues regarding diversity at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Jim Hannah will speak to students about current issues regarding integrity during x-period tomorrow. Both events will be in the Student Center Ballroom and refreshments will be available for attendees.

Open house The occupational therapy department Open House will be held during x-period tomorrow in Doyne Health Sciences Center 309B. The event is open to all students interested in occupational therapy. Door prize drawings and refreshments will be provided.

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Above and bottom left: Students twirl lighted hula hoops provided by the CORE Performance Company and walk from one lighted-pad to another at artist Jen Lewin’s interactive light display named “The Pool” on Oct. 3 in front of Torreyson Library. Bottom right: CORE Performance Company dancers perform on ‘The Pool” on Oct. 4.

Mudstock The Mudstock Volleyball Tournament will be 2 to 9 p.m. Friday in “The Pit” behind the Physical Plant. The event is free to attend and the volleyball teams will play in a giant mud pit.

Family Day Family Day will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday on the Practice Field. There will be free concessions and lunch; games and events; photo booths and music entertainment. Campus tours will be given from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning in front of the Student Center. The Farris Center parking lot will serve as a first-come-first-serve free tailgating area.

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Opera Theatre UCA’s Opera Theatre will host two nights of opera performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10–11 in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. The performances will feature a variety of operatic styles. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.


The Student Activities Board will host a viewing of feature film “Pacific Rim” at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Student Center Ballroom. SAB will provide refreshments for attendees.

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Interactive lights display attracts, delights hundreds with dynamic colors at Alumni Circle by Austin Duvall, Tyler Riley and Jared Holt News Editor, Assistant Campus Life Editor and Staff Writer

A public reading, a lightwire show and a grouping of interactive light pads were several events that were hosted by UCA organizations in collaboration with the third annual Conway “Shine!” ArtsFest.

TOAD SUCK REVIEW As a part of Conway’s ArtsFest, students, editors and the public alike attended a reading at the Tabla Mesa restaurant in downtown Conway on Oct. 2. The reading started at 8:30 p.m. with Taylor Foreman, a Hendrix student who was awarded first place in poetry from

Hendrix’s literary magazine, read some of her own poetry aloud. Other students such as Allie Dillard and Carl Napolinato read also their own works. All of the student pieces were featured in Hendrix’s literary magazine, the Aonian. The Toad Suck Review, UCA’s literary magazine, read next, after a short intermission. Doug Luman, assistant editor of the publication, read several original works from his new book, “We Charleston Like Corpses.” Luman is known for incorporating a sort of “dance theme” into his poetry and expressed that talent through such poems as “Janitorial Juke.” Scotty Lewis, another assistant editor of the Toad Suck Review, read several of his own poetry, often expressing dark, yet

humorous tones throughout his reading. His poem “Ink,” which is about a list of really bad tattoos he and his friends had made one late night, had the entire room laughing. The Oxford American, a southern-based literary magazine that is housed at a universityowned residence on Western Avenue, read last. Freelance writer Jay Jennings, whose works have been featured in New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and the Oxford American read a short story from his most recent work, “Escape Velocity,” The nonfiction work includes various pieces of journalism and short fiction written by late Arkansas writer Charles Portis. The event closed with all three publications displaying

their works for purchasing and some authors stayed behind to sign copies of their poetry.




Artist Jen Lewin displayed two of her interactive creations, The Pool and The Chandelier Harp, in Conway on Oct. 3-5 as a part of ArtsFest. The Pool was on display at the Alumni Circle and The Chandelier Harp was on display at Simon Park in downtown Conway. Lewin specializes in large, interactive pieces that often incorporate technology and varieties of durable, economic materials,

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‘East Gone West’ features renowned performers; Indian, Greek music played by Anastassiya Khvan Staff Writer

Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall beamed with the sounds of traditional Indian music at East Gone West on Sunday, Oct. 6. International Student Association President Keyoor Joshi introduced the musicians and welcomed the crowd. UCA’s Student Government Association hosted the event. Musicians who performed

at the concert include Pandit Shubhendra Rao, Saskia Raode Haas and Harshad Kanetkar. Composer and performer Rao is ranked among key soloists in India. He is known for playing a sitar, a traditional Indian instrument. Rao has performed at major music festivals and concert halls, including Broadway and Carnegie Hall in New York, the World of Music Arts and Dance (WOMAD) festival in Guernsey, UK.

Cellist and composer Haas is known for playing the Indian cello. She plays Eastern European folk music and has composed music for dance, film and theater. Haas was born in the Netherlands but later moved to New Deli, India.Kanetkar, a tabla player from India, is one of the few tabla players who is accompanied by vocals, instrumentals and dance. Joshi gave each musician a

flower garland. Rao said the music performed at East Gone West was “improvised” within a strict classical tradition and was melodically based on particular ragas and rhythmically based on talas. The concert was divided into two sessions without an intermission. The first part of the concert was devoted to classical Indian music. The second featured

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artists playing Greek music. Rao, Haas and Kanetkar ended the concert with a Rabindranath Tagore piece. Tagore, a 1913 Indian Nobel prize winner, was known for his literary and musical works. Freshman Abbigail Hont said she liked the concert and that it was her first time to attend a classical-based concert. Joshi said he wanted to have more events like this featured on

campus. “I still feel like I am into the divinity of music,” he said. “It is a successful event. We will try to have some more music and art coming over to UCA.” Joshi said the International Student Association wanted the concert performed at UCA to feature diversity and show that diversity can be incorporated into different types of mediums, such as music.


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UCA students and faculty bicyclists prepare for their journey in the Conway Advocates for Bicycling community ride around Conway on Oct. 4. This was the first CAB ride that included UCA.


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A Lightwire Theater performer dressed in electroluminescent wires entertains the audience in the musical troupe’s interpretation of children’s fables “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.”


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like the ones she has brought to Conway. They hinge on the participation of the viewer, which brings about interesting phenomenon. The art is physically incomplete without an audience. The Pool consists more than a hundred interactive, pressure sensing, lighted pucks. In the version of The Pool displayed at UCA, the pucks were all one color until activated by participants. Once a puck was activated, it would change into a swirling rainbow of color and slowly fade back to its original, uniform color. Viewers of the piece became participants as they were invited to run, jump and dance on the art. CORE Performance Company danced at The Pool on Thursday, Oct. 4. Local DJs performed live music. Senior Blake Bost, one of the DJs for the event said, “The unique thing about The Pool is that the art was in how people chose to interact with and experience it. Children and adults were both equally excited to be a part of it. It put the art in their hands instead of demanding an audience.” The Chandelier Harp consisted of a series of lasers that constituted the Harp’s strings. When the laser beams are interrupted a sound much like that of a harp string is produced. Each beam coincides with a specific tone. The lasers can be interrupted in a variety of ways to produce a variety of effects. When a beam interrupted quickly the Harp produces a staccato version of its tone; but when a beam is interrupted slowly it produces a longer, delayed version of its

tone. The pieces were received well by the community. Adults and children alike could be seen playing with the art at various times of day and night. Sophomore Phoenix Wachob said, “It was really nice to see abstract forms of art in Conway. I wish stuff like this happened more often!”

LIGHTWIRE SHOW Dinosaurs with lightsabers, flying creatures and fish took a group of performance and light artists to the semi-finals on the popular NBC television show, “America’s Got Talent,” in 2012. At Lightwire Theater’s performance Saturday at Reynolds Performance Hall, electroluminescent wires, moving sculptures and dancers came together again to bring two classic children’s tales into a new light. In an awe-inspiring performance from the “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalists, Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, “the Ugly Duckling,” and Aesop’s 2,500-year-old fable, “the Tortoise and the Hare,” received a fresh interpretation designed for all ages. State-of-the-art lighting and moving sculptures told the classic stories in a wordless, imaginative and cutting-edge technological theatrical experience. According to the official Lightwire Theater website, the group chose the stories for the wholesome lessons they portray and their ability to help children understand universal struggles of humanity. Performers fastened inside

of electronic renditions of classic characters and used dance to move the rigs and tell stories. Multiple characters were portrayed by each actor using innovative technical techniques such as the ducklings in their rendition of, “the Ugly Duckling.” The sculptures were linked to rods in pairs which, when controlled by performers, created synchronized movements between all four ducklings. Lightwire Theater is based in New Orleans, La. it is known as the Corbin Visual Arts and Dance Group. The group is led by Ian and Eleanor Carney, New Orleans Broadway and ballet stars. “The performance was impressive, well-coordinated and clever,” box office senior associate senior Taylor Ward, said, “It was really cool.” The show covered a wide range of emotion and humor, providing entertainment for both children and adults. Musical inside-jokes were targeted toward older audiences, such as a glow worm’s dance routine set to M.C. Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.” Humor and light-heartedness contrasted blue and emotional parts of the performance with similarly contrasting music genres varying from jazz to pop in a fast-paced rendition that both parents and children could equally enjoy. The show was the first family-oriented performance at Reynolds according to Reynolds Finance and Marketing Director Ashley Love. Admission to the performance was $10 for the general public and $5 for children. Approximately 900 tickets were sold for the performance.

Speaker gives leadership tips, strategies by Jessica Seastrom Staff Writer

Students learned leadership techniques from speaker Mathilda Hatfield at UCA’s Leadership Foundation seminar Oct. 3 in the Student Center. The Center for Leadership Development and Center for Community and Economic Development sponsored the event, which is part of an ongoing leadership seminar series at UCA. The meeting, which started at 5 p.m. in Student Center 225, encouraged attendance from students who are currently in a leadership position, as well as

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students who are interested in being in a leadership position. Hatfield started her discussion by explaining about herself and how she is involved with the community and UCA. Hatfield is currently working for Division Strategies in Student Services on campus and together they are working to help UCA students discover ways to maximize their education and strengthen their roles as leaders on campus as well as in their own personal lives. Hatfield spoke about Student Services’s strategies and how it strives to create opportunities that will allow students to learn and

grow. One idea that she stressed was that an individual or groups’ values are what shapes behavior and in turn then effecting the outcome of events involved. The core values of the Student Services department includes ,integrity, excellence in service, holistic development, embracing diversity and innovation. Provided in the seats at the beginning of the meeting was a folder with a few handouts including a copy of the slide

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Fraternity Life Director Scott Isenga

by Carley Conrad

Why is a Greek village important?

Staff Writer

It’s a little known fact that UCA Fraternity Life Director Scott Isenga wanted to be a custodian while in high school. Before Isenga, 28, moved to Arkansas about two years ago to help oversee student life on UCA’s campus, Isenga was teaching as an adjunct instructor at the Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Isenga said he was seeking a full-time position and had two job offers, including an opportunity to work at UCA. It was the comfortlevel, the prospect of a challenge and the potential for student life growth on the university’s campus that Isenga said attracted him to accept the fraternity life director position, Isenga said. Isenga — who initially did not want to attend college but complied after his mother “begged” him to — said his favorite part of his university job is to see students transition from “questioning everything to becoming a leader.” A Delta Sigma Phi fraternity member, Isenga said he decided to join a fraternity in college after someone had suggested it as a way to meet others. And, it was that decision to join a Greek organiztion that kept Isenga in college, he said.

“It is important because it brings our students together into one common area. It creates the potential for all sorts of relationships to be made. They can bond together by growing and living together. Honestly, it is going to bring more people to UCA. It is going to make us more dynamic.”

What are some of the greatest challenges that Greek Life faces?

“Growth within the community is a huge challenge for us. We need more sororities, more organizations on this campus. Our girls are bursting at the seams in their rooms right now. We cannot continue to pack girls into the same five groups; we need more on this campus. We have the capacity to grow and I want to give people a more freedom of choice when picking a sorority or fraternity. My goal is to see more and more people get involved.”

In what ways can Greek Life improve here at UCA?

“From my perspective, just the general understanding of the different organizations. Every group needs to understand all the other organizations on this campus, and what they stand for, and where they come from and why they do the things they do. I think a lot of the reasons why we sometimes have arguments and disagreements between organizations is a lack of general

understanding of one another. If people understood the deep traditions of groups and why they do the things they do, there would be a totally different understanding.”

heartbreaking because there is so much potential in so many students.”

What are some common misperceptions of Greek Life?

“I am kind of unique in that sense. I like new and upcoming stuff. Twin Shadows and Neon Indian, different sort of stuff. A lot of stuff you probably have never heard of. I am a big Spotify and Pandora guy.”

“There is a lot of stuff that people just do not understand. They think a group is having some party or just having fun in the courtyard but there is much deeper meaning to what they do. People see Greek life from the outside and think its all the same. [Greek organizations] all have different values and cultures. I wish people were not so quick to judge.”

What is a typical day like for you?

“It depends on what time of the year it is. During bid season I am constantly having guys come in and sign bid cards. Meetings are a constant part of this job, phone calls, messages, lists; it just goes on and on. The summer is mostly planning and then during the year it gets crazy. A lot of days I am here for 12-14 hours, and I have people ask me if I ever go home.”

What is your favorite part of this job?

“Not to sound cliché, but it’s the students. I love to see students grow from being the person who came in questioning everything to becoming a leader. They start understanding more and start leading others with a sense of values for their organization and community. They are not just for themselves, but also for a bigger purpose. It makes the job worth it.”

What is your least favorite part of the job?

“My least favorite part of the job is when someone gives up. The laziness of people who want to just give up and not try to be a mentor that younger members want to look up to is so hard to watch. When someone just does not want to deal with something anymore, instead of looking for a solution, they just quit. That is the most challenging part of my job, and a lot of times the most

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presentation, a sheet with a long list of potential values and an evaluation form for the meeting. Around the middle of the meeting, Hatfield asked attendees to look closely at the handout of listed values and select a few that apply to their own lives. She then described how the top selected values often directly drive behavior and encouraged selecting healthy values to extend healthy behavior. She covered all of the services that UCA provides to students and the ‘five pillars’ that are the branches of those offered services. These pillars include: campus and community engagement, leadership development, scholarship and life-long learning, diversity and global appreciation and personal health

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“I was a telemarketer. I was 14 or 15 and I used to call people and offer them carpet cleanings and then vacuum cleaners.”

If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

“I would pay off all my debts and student loans. I would buy a new car-I want a new Honda. I would take time off and travel as much as I could. There are so many places I want to see. I have a vision board with maps with all the places I want to see pinned. I would go to all of those places.”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you, and why?

Sophomore Paul McKay

Senior Taylor Dan Lucas

“I love fall. I like filling my cardigan pockets with leaves and bellyflopping on my friends.”

“Orange leaves on trees and beards on faces warm my soul like an oversized sweater.”

Junior Rachel Parker

Sophomore Derrika Mayweather

“I love the fall. It makes me feel warm and cozy inside knowing that the holidays are coming.”

“Fall goes well with my choice of clothing; and my hair pops out better. “

“I would pick California or Hawaii. I am just a laid back person. I just want to be placed by the water. Somewhere warm and with a beach would be my preference.”

Do you have any hidden talents?

“Besides my ability to talk for forever, I am really good at reading people and who they are. Writing is another hidden talent most people probably don’t know about me. I love writing. Someday I am going to write a book. I just recently had something published about a leadership thing I attended in Texas one summer. I love writing hand-written letters to my friends. There is something nostalgic about it.”


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

“I golf. I am a Netflix junkie. Writing, like I said. Hanging out with friends and traveling when I can are other ways I like to spend my time. I like to go places I have never been before. To be honest, most of my “free” time is spent here doing stuff.”

If you could go back and relive any one single day in your whole life, would you?

“No. I think what happens is what happens. I believe that everything happens for a reason.”

and students who attended were allowed and encouraged to participate in discussion. The group was small and comprised of students who had and had not attended such meetings before. Some students were already in leadership positions and others were looking to learn more about how to adapt or strengthen said role. “We want students to have a better idea of what their personal values are as leaders. It’s always important to know what you stand for first and how you want to emulate that,” Jovana Ilic, project coordinator said. Leadership conventions will continue once a month until April. The next session will be Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Student Center.

“It’s always important to know what you stand for first and how you want to emulate that.”

Project Coordinator Jovana Ilic become involved with them. “We focus on maximizing your potential, maximizing the opportunities presented to you at UCA, super size your education, super size the experiences presented to you in order to live a big bear life,” Hatfield said. The meeting was very casual

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Freshman Jonathan Pirtle “I like it. It’s pretty. The weather getting cooler makes my heart warmer.”

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October 9, 2013

Football player’s punishment harsh, suspension unfair

Staying informed important to student politics

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Young adults often claim they do not care about politics. I’ve heard several of my peers refer to politics as “just a bunch of greedy, old white guys arguing with each other and controlling everyone’s lives.” If politics controls the way we live, we should care more about it. We should read and watch the news on a regular basis. We should not automatically go off what our parents or friends believe. Instead, we should make educated and responsible decisions. This is something we cannot do if we remain ignorant of what happens day to day. Being in the Conway bubble can leave a lot unexplored. To function well, a democracy’s citizens need to be well-informed. Shrugging off current events and news hurts students even more than they realize. The New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and our local news outlets all discuss our lives. Showing indifference displays a lack of responsibility and maturity. Over the past few years, very few weeks have gone by where I have not heard anyone say “President Barack Obama hasn’t done anything for this country.” While it is OK to like or dislike Obama, to write him off as having given us nothing is simply incorrect. On the other side, there are people who bash former President George W. Bush and claim he destroyed our country, which is just as ignorant of a statement. It is scary that many of my peers who are eligible to vote could possibly base such an important decision on incorrect information. It is scary to know that people are voting for or against a candidate based solely on that candidate’s party affiliation, gender, race or religion. Do not just repeat what you have heard others say. Instead, make an effort to research what has

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actually happened through news articles. Learn facts, not opinions. Use those facts to form your own opinion. When you vote, do not instinctively vote for who your parents or peers may be voting for. Creating your own political identity is an important aspect of becoming an adult. The amazing thing about politics in the United States is that you can actually make a difference if you so choose. Every adult citizen in this country has the opportunity to get involved. If there is something you do not like, you have the chance to stand up for change. Although being one person out of millions may make you seem insignificant, if every by Laura single person dismissed Holzhauer their views because they Asst. News Editor thought they couldn’t make a difference, we would never achieve anything at all. An easy first step to becoming politically involved right here on UCA’s campus is to join a politically centered Recognized Student Organization. Three prominent political RSOs are the UCA Young Democrats, College Republicans and the Young Americans for Liberty. If you have not registered to vote, do so. And if you are interested in politics as much as I am, consider looking into UCA’s incredible political science department, where you can enroll in political science, international studies, public administration and presidential studies programs. As cliché as it may be, we as young adults are the future of this country. We are the future of the world. If we do not take the chance to become politically involved, we are demonstrating that we do not care about what happens to our country. If we know next-to-nothing about the world that surrounds us, we lack the tools it takes to step up and create a society our children would be proud to live in. From this point on, it is all in our hands.

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As a college student nights are long and study sessions are frequent. To assist our bodies, we often choose an alternate, more consumable route to keeping our minds alert in replacement of much needed sleep. This liquid fuel is called caffeine. Caffeine comes in many tempting forms that, for some reason, we have a hard time resisting. Soda, coffee, energy drinks and energy shots seem to be the most popular for consumers. Maybe it’s the taste or the alluring packaging, but when we desire focus we desire caffeine as well. But, maybe this precious pick-me-up should be viewed differently and perhaps this could also be said for the other choices we make. I like to view this concept as a metaphor, for example: your body is a machine. At birth, we are blessed with a complex system of organs and nerves relatable to that of cars’ inner workings. As a vehicle owner, you must be responsible for the maintenance of your machine; you must change your oil, keep air in your tires and keep other fluids at appropriate levels. So would you ever choose to put Coca-Cola in your engine instead of oil specifically made for optimal performance? Your body works off of the same concept. You cannot put a dose of substances that your body is not naturally prepared for inside of you and expect the most favorable outcome. This could also relate to your phone or computer. You would not choose to download applications that you are aware could form viruses; so why would you do the equivalent to your body? To scientifically back up my opinion about ditching caffeine I did some research. The Discovery Fit & Health website breaks down the

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process that caffeine goes through to produce the wonderful “awake” feeling people crave. Turns out caffeine is not a friendly assistant to our mental operations, but instead a very talented disguise artist. Caffeine mimics a natural occurring chemical in the brain called adenosine. Adenosine is what naturally slows your body down to make it tired. Caffeine slides in for this chemical without triggering that sleepy feeling thus allowing dopamine, glutamate and adrenaline to run wild. The problem is that after time it takes more and more caffeine to fill in these adenosine receptors causing people to consume more for the same effect. Your body goes into a slight emergency state when all of this is happening causing your heart to beat faster, blood pressure to rise and blood flow to the stomach to by Jessica slow. Seastrom Caffeine is a drug, Staff Writer blocking naturally occurring chemicals and causing withdrawal symptoms when frequent use is abandoned. For some 2-3 cup-a-day coffee drinkers, it can take up to 10 days to get relief from symptoms such as headaches. For a much healthier and natural alternative to boost energy people should eat more protein and complex-carbohydrates, also eating more fiber and carbohydrate-rich breakfasts. Try foods such as peanut butter, whole grain crackers, almonds or yogurt. Also taking time to rest can be very beneficial for people with long days. And, if you can’t quite remove the liquid crack out of your day try a low-fat latte instead. While not sounding masculine for the male consumer, it will basically turn your coffee into a protein drink and add extra calcium, that in turn is good for your muscles and bones.

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UCA football took a big hit when senior starting linebacker Justin Heard was suspended for three games for NCAA violations. However, Heard’s punishment does not fit the violation, especially when compared with other NCAA violations at other universities. Heard was suspended for helping his brother, junior defensive back Josh Heard, buy textbooks. Heard made a mistake when he gave away his athletic scholarship money, but this was an honest mistake from a player who was trying to help his family. Heard’s three-game suspension is excessive for his violation. At larger universities, NCAA often has a habit of responding to much more serious and selfish violations with relatively light punishments. In 2010, five Ohio State football players were suspended for five games for selling thousands of dollars worth of awards, equipment and championship rings. They also used their status to get discounts on tattoos. These violations were met with a relatively light punishment for their severity. Heard’s three-game suspension was more more severe, considering what he did. Using excess scholarship money to help his brother buy books is far more altruistic than selling football pads for thousands of dollars and using popularity to get discounted tattoos. Heard made a mistake and committed a violation, which requires punishment. Scholarships are recipient-specific and can’t be shared. However, when Heard realized what he did was against regulations, he attempted to fix his mistake before he was caught, showing that he truly was unaware that what he was doing was against regulations. At most, Heard should have been made to repay the scholarship money used for his brother. His violation was not serious enough to derail his college football career. In 2010, when Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was transferring to play for the Auburn Tigers, his father Cecil Newton attempted to solicit more than $120,000 from the university for his son to transfer there. While it was never proven that Cam Newton was involved, no punishment was ever pursued. Heard’s violation can’t simply be ignored, but his punishments do not fit the wrongdoing. When players at larger universities who bring in more money to the NCAA commit serious violations, they are generally given light punishments that do not properly punish the players. However, when a player from a smaller university helps his brother buy books, he’s immediately suspended despite trying to fix it. The NCAA should take care to make punishments fit violations better. If more famous players from larger universities continue to get lighter punishments for serious violations, more people will begin to see the NCAA as a corrupt organization more worried about money than making sure college athletics are fair.

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October 9, 2013

New This Week Movies

Oct. 18 ­— Carrie, directed by Kimberly Peirce, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde Oct. 18 — The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl Oct. 18 — 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt Oct. 18 — Escape Plan, directed by Mikael Håfström, starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent

Music Oct. 15 — Pax•Am Day - Fall Out Boy Oct. 15 — Vengeance Falls - Trivium Oct. 15 — Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam

Oct. 15 — Magpie And The Dandelion The Avett Brothers Oct. 15 — Uncanney Valley - The Dismemberment Plan

King impresses horror fans again with ‘Shining’ sequel

by Austin DuVall News Editor

“Doctor Sleep,” Stephen King’s new full-length novel and sequel to his own “The Shining,” doesn’t pack the punch of its predecessor, but damn if it doesn’t make a good story. “Doctor Sleep” follows Dan Torrance, now in his early 30s, through battles fraught with Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, dead people and a very tall woman with a top hat. After the Overlook Hotel burned down after his father’s rampage had left the boiler unattended, Dan and his mother moved to Florida and made a life for themselves. Skip ahead a decade or so and we find Dan—like father like son—a raging alcoholic. This is where I really found the differences between the writing style of “The Shining” and “Doctor Sleep.” During the time King wrote “The Shining,” he, like Jack Torrance, was an alcoholic. The emotion and detail that went into Jack’s struggle with what he called “white-knuckle sobriety” was very raw because King knew readers could feel everything he felt. In his new novel, King has

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Stephen King is a critically acclaimed horror fiction novel writer. He has written 50 novels, five nonfiction novels and over 200 short stories. His most recent novel, “Doctor Sleep” was released Sept. 24. been sober for several decades. He is only reminiscing on what it was like to hit rock bottom with a bottle of Thunderbird in your hand and this shows through during Dan’s recovery period. The personal detail of “The Shining” just isn’t there. The main villains in the novel might be the weirdest things I’ve ever seen come out of King: the

True Knot. I would like to describe them as vampires, but I’m not quite sure that’s the way to put it. To quote the novel, they “eat screams and drink pain.” They ride throughout the country in a caravan of Winnebagos, never aging. When they find a food source, they eat what they call “steam,” the pain of suffering of their victim.

This gives them life and youth. Their oldest member is described as being around “when people in Europe still worshiped trees.” Normal people, “rubes” to them, are enough, but what they really like are children with a bit of the shining to them.” One child in particular is Abra Stone. Abra’s character development was simple, despite

containing a lot of information. She is like Dan, if not more powerful than him. As a baby, she made the piano play by itself. At 3 years old, she made spoons hang from the ceiling. She was incredibly gifted, and that’s why the True Knot targeted her. That’s also why she reached out to Dan. The relationship between Dan and Abra, while a little awkward in the beginning, is a very nice touch to the novel. Seeing as Dan’s father tried to kill him with a croquet mallet in a haunted hotel during a snow storm, one would think he might have a little bit of an aversion to becoming a parent. Abra becomes his daughter, in a way, and they form a bond through his fight to protect her from the True Knot. Though this novel doesn’t hold the terror and emotion King brought out so well in its predecessor, “Doctor Sleep” still holds true to the fact that writing becomes better with age. “Doctor Sleep” is No. 9 on Amazon and No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller list. The novel can be purchased in audiobook , e-book, and hardcover form and is published by Scribner Publishing.


MUSIC Oct. 15 ­— Achilles -Silence The Messenger Oct. 15 — Songs To Drive To; Cry, And Make Love To - Courtesy Drop Oct. 15 — No Poison, No Paradise Black Milk Oct. 15 — NYC, HELL 3:00 AM - James Ferraro Oct. 22 — Prism - Katy Perry Oct. 22 — Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters - Meek is Murder Oct. 22 — Remember Your Black Day Vatican Shadow Oct. 22 ­— Waking Up To The Fire - Drop Electric

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Tim Bergling, known by his stage name Avicii, is a Swedish DJ who writes and performs dance and house music. He released his debut album “True” on Sept. 13.

Avicii dishes out dance beats with poise by Hunter Brooks Staff Writer

Books Oct. 15 — Orr: My Story by Bobby Orr

Oct. 15 — Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton Oct. 15 — “When Did You See Her Last?” by Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)

Oct. 22 — The Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer Oct. 22 — We Are Water: A Novel by Wally Lamb

Video Games Oct. 12 — Pokemon X and Y, Nintendo 3DS

Swedish disc jockey Tim Bergling, stage name Avicii, released his debut studio album, “True,” on Sept. 13 “True” features 10 songs with multiple collaborations. Mike Einziger of the rock band Incubus, American soul singer Aloe Blacc and Dan Reynolds of the rock band Imagine Dragons appear on the album. Singer and songwriter Dan Tyminski of bluegrass band Alison Krauss and Union Station and singer Adam Lambert of “American Idol” fame are also featured on the album. Avicci quickly gained fame after his single, “Le7els,” saw international success in 2011. He was listed as the No. 6 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine in 2011 and No. 3 in 2012. While the artist has headlined several musical festivals since, including Ultra, Tomorrowland and Lollapalooza, “True” is Avicii’s first full-length album. The DJ also helped found House for Hunger, a charity to help end world hunger, in 2011. “Wake Me Up” is perhaps Avicci’s most well-known song off the album.

1. Puzzles

The Top Five Media To Enjoy While Drinking Coffee

List compiled by Tyler Riley

If you have never enjoyed coffee while completing a jigsaw puzzle, you have missed out on one of life’s best pleasures. Coffee and jigsaw puzzles can bring people together in a way that induces conversation, teamwork and friendship. Jigsaw puzzles are viewed in society as an outdated form of entertainment only old people and children enjoy. However, I guarantee that with friends and coffee, jigsaw puzzles are an enjoyable and rewarding form of entertainment.

The upbeat song has a folk feel which is extremely unique for the electronic dance music genre. The song peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and has already been labeled platinum. “Hey Brother” also has a folk/ country feel on top of Avicci’s notable house music beats. One reason myself and others have become fond of Avicci is his ability to incorporate electronic dance beats without overshadowing the song itself, something that artists like Skrillex have been accused of. “Hey Brother” is a perfect example of how to mesh two different genres of music. Avicci slows it down for a nice change of pace with “Hope There’s Someone.” Avicci keeps the beat subtle to let the listener focus on the beautiful vocals of Swedish artist Linnea Henriksson; the two complementing each other masterfully. “Dear Boy,” while containing lyrics, is the only true beatoriented song on the album. The artist incorporates swing music into “Shame on Me,” for another unique mashup of genres. “True” may be the only song

2. Music Music is never more engaging than while drinking a cup of coffee. It can passively set the mood for any sort of coffee— related activity or become the focus of attention. Whether talking to a friend, reading a book or doing any similar activities, music gives one’s body an outlet to shake off the jittery energy that coffee may induce. In special circumstances, people may become particularly enthusiastic about their music and break out in a spontaneous dance session.

on the album that doesn’t do anything for me. While the beat and lyrics are fine, Lambert’s vocals just aren’t suited for this song. A replacement artist would have helped elevate this song. “Addicted to You” could very well be the next James Bond movie theme, sounding different from anything on the album. Avicci closes out the album with my personal favorite in terms of music, “Heart Upon My Sleeve.” The song opens with a great acoustic guitar, followed quickly by a line of violins and cellos. “Heart” is just another example of the Avicci’s wonderfully designed beats. While most artists feature heavy bass and “drops,” Avicci complements the lyrics with his sound and makes it easy on the ears. “True” features a wide variety of sounds and lyrics, making it not just another house music album. With the sure success of “True,” Avicci will undoubtedly remain atop of the Electronic Dance Music ranks. “True” runs at 48 minutes and 26 seconds and is $9.99 on iTunes and $9.49 from Google Play.

3. Video games Whether one is playing on a computer, console or wireless device, video games are one of the best mediums to enjoy while hyped up on caffeine. Video games complement the spastic energy boost of coffee more than other medium. They require the following caffeine-related traits: intense focus, fast reaction time, misplaced enthusiasm and engagement of the hands. Be careful, though. Coffee and video games are a volatile mixture resulting in gamer rage.

Justin Timberlake, the popular musician, actor and entrepreneur, released the second half of his “20/20 Experience” set Sept. 27.

Timberlake follows up well by Stephen Reynolds Entertainment Editor

Justin Timberlake’s second half of his “20/20 Experience” masterpiece is just as great as the first. The singer released the album Sept. 27 as a single CD. He also released a compilation album that includes “Part One” and “Part Two” in the set. The album mirrors much of the sound from “Part One” and it excels more in its highs and doesn’t fall far in its lows. Timberlake followed up on his first half after record sales for it exceeded everyone’s expectations. “Part Two” is 11 tracks long with a hidden 12th track at the end. “Take Back the Night,” a heavy-hitting song with a Michael Jackson-esque R&B and disco feel, is the album’s lead single, followed closely by “TKO.” The former reached No. 29 on the Billboard chart while the latter reached No. 54. “Part Two” sticks with the basic pop tempo and branches out from there, much like “Part One.” The content of the album also remains similarly optimistic and emotionally deep at times. The biggest difference is the length of the songs.

4. Video There isn’t anything quite like relaxing with a cup of coffee and watching a movie or TV show or browsing internet videos. My preference is to wake up with the latest episode of my current favorite television series and a hot cup of black coffee. Video requires the perfect mixture of passive and active engagement that facilitates one’s focus in preparation for the various stimuli of the day. The mixture of video with the slow consumption of a morning brew is a recipe for success.

While most songs from “Part One” were around the sevento-eight minute mark, this time they average around five minutes apiece. My favorite song on the album is “Not A Bad Thing,” which clocks in at a whopping 11 minutes and 28 seconds. Jay-Z makes a welcome reapperance in “Part Two” on the track “Murder” and Drake appears as a guest on “Cabaret.” “Pair of Wings” is a hidden track on the album and “Blindness” and “Electric Lady” are exclusively on the deluxe version. Timberlake announced in May that he will go on his second worldwide tour, “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” in the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014, perfoming concerts in North America, Europe, South America and Australia. “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” runs at 74 minutes and 24 seconds for the standard edition, and 83 minutes and 33 seconds for the deluxe edition. The entire compilation runs at 144 minutes and 27 seconds and doesn’t include the two deluxe bonus tracks from “Part Two.” The album costs $10.99 for the standard version and $11.99 for the deluxe. “The Complete Experience” costs $15.99 on iTunes.

5. Books Reading is the kind of activity that can be extremely enjoyable in the right environment. Coffee can definitely help produce the relaxing, nostalgic atmosphere that any real reader loves. When used in moderation, coffee can counteract the drowsy feeling one may get from sitting for too long inactively. Be careful, though. Coffee abuse will always lead to the jitters, a condition that often leads to the inability to sit still and focus on something as subtle as written text.



October 9, 2013

Week at a glance

Cross country tied for 3rd The UCA women’s cross country team finished in a tie for third overall against 14 other teams at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville on Saturday. Freshman Brooke Cassar finished fifth overall for the women with a time of 17:14.4 in the 5K. She was behind four University of Arkansas runners. Senior Erika Setzler was not far behind, finishing ninth with a time of 17:29.5. Other top finishes included Texas Tech, Sourthern Mississippi, Louisiana State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Missouri State, Oral Roberts and Texas Christian University. The men’s team finished eighth overall.

Volleyball with test ahead After starting the season off 14-3 overall and 6-0 in the Southland Conference, the Sugar Bear volleyball team faces a tough test against 5-1 Oral Roberts. Oral Roberts topped the Southland Conference leaderboard until they suffered a 2-3 loss against Northwestern State on Saturday. Oral Roberts has beaten Incarnate Word, Abilene Christian, New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin. With the loss against Oral Roberts, UCA now sits at the number one spot in the Southland Conference with 6-0 Sam Houston State. The Sugar Bears don’t play Sam Houston State until Nov. 2, a game that is on the road and in the middle of a five-game road stretch. The two teams will meet one more time this season, unless they meet again at the Southland Conference tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Softball tournament soon The UCA Bears softball team will host a tournament where it will face Weatherford College and Harding University on Oct. 19. This is the Bears’ last fall event before resting up for the spring. The team will play in a tournament at the Louisiana State University on Feb. 7, 2014. The Bears have played one game at home this fall, an exhibition game against in-state opponent Lyon College. The Bears won the contest 12-2 in a 10-inning game. The team looks to pick up where it left off last season, compiling a 38-20 overall record with a 15-10 conference record. The season included a nohitter thrown by Kelsie Armstrong, who has since graduated.

Upcoming games Football

Saturday vs. Nebraska Kearney. 3 p.m. Volleyball

Saturday vs. Oral Roberts University. 12 p.m. Men’s Soccer

Saturday vs. Bradley University. 12 p.m. Women’s Soccer

Friday vs. Southeastern Louisiana University. 7 p.m. Sunday vs. Nicholls State University. 1 p.m. Tennis

Saturday. Alumni and Friends Pro-Am. All day.

Bears lose first game on stripes 59-28

by Spencer Griffin Sports Editor

The Bears took a 31-point beating Saturday night, losing 5928 to McNeese State. This is the first time the UCA football team has lost a home game since the new turf was installed and McNeese State took back the “Red Beans and Rice” trophy after a three-year drought. The game began as expected, with all offense for both sides. UCA was able to keep up with the Cowboys at 21-21 half way through the second quarter until McNeese State took off and never looked back. The McNeese State lead began when Cowboys senior wide receiver Jereon McGilvery threw the ball for 46 yards and a touchdown to senior wide receiver Diontae Spencer on a trick play. After that, McNeese State capitalized on the many turnovers for UCA to take a 42-21 lead going into the half. UCA was only one of five on fourth down and also threw three interceptions to give McNeese State opportunities to score. Senior quarterback Wynrick

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Coach Clint Conque angrily looks on as the Bears lose the first “Red Beans and Rice” game in three years and lose the for the first time on the stripes. UCA lost to McNeese State 59-28 on Saturday. The Bears will now have to win the rest of the games to get into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Smothers said he takes all the blame for his mistakes and for not giving the team a chance to win. “We just [have] to play better starting with myself overall,” he

said. “I put it all on me. I can’t expect to turn the ball over and have the team win.” He said the team moved the ball well the whole game, but

turnovers were the main thing that hurt the team. “I gave them all the points they had,” he said. As far as the run game goes,

UCA had some success in an area they had struggled with earlier in the season. Both Coach Clint Conque and Smothers said sophomore running back Blake Veasley and junior running back Willie Matthews ran hard especially early and that it will be key for the rest of the season. Smothers, who was sacked three times, all coming in the fourth quarter, said he was proud of the way the offensive line blocked. Despite the three interceptions thrown by Smothers, he went 35-65 for 484 yards and one touchdown. His main receiver was senior tight end Chase Dixon who caught nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Dixon said he goes out on the field to do what he is told. “All I do is try to do my job,” he said. “They put me in position to [make the play]. All those stats mean nothing getting the big L.” Sophomore wide receiver Courtney Whitehead also had over 100 yards receiving, getting 108 yards by catching 8 passes.

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Men’s soccer starts off Sugar Bears take down two at home, conference with loss stay undefeated in conference play by Misti Hollenbaugh Staff Writer

The UCA men’s soccer team opened Missouri Valley Conference play at Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville on Friday, falling 2-1 in overtime. Senior midfielder Jaden Hoth said the loss hurt the team, but that he still has a positive outlook. “Obviously tonight’s loss is a big sting, especially after coming back to tie it then losing in overtime in a game that could have gone either way,” Hoth said. “On the bright side, I still have high hopes for us doing well in our next conference games and hopefully finding ourselves in a good position advancing to the playoffs.” Assistant Coach Michael Gerard said it was a tough game. “We prepared very well all week for both SIUE and the conference schedule, knowing how important each game in the conference is,” he said. He also said the Bears played alright, but that clearing the ball seemed to be their downfall. “As a team, we had a decent game,” Gerard said. “It is different playing on turf than grass, so we had to adjust a bit. We struggled with our possession throughout the game, but we continued to battle for everything. For the most part we were sharp defensively, but struggled with a few clearances, which inevitably led to goals.” Senior midfielder Connor Bowen said that while there were definitely times of chaos, overall the team worked hard and came back from being down a goal. Junior midfielder Logan Miller said the team tried its hardest and that they came away from the game a little upset. “We couldn’t ask for more effort than we got from everyone,”

he said. “We are frustrated because although we did not play bad, we know we can play a lot better.” Hoth said SIUE had a good team and that the two teams seemed to be pretty even. “I feel were matched up pretty well against them we just didn’t capitalize on our chances and we had a couple mistakes marking up on crosses in the back that cost us goals,” Hoth said. Miller said the team missed chances early on that could have really changed the game. “Chances where we usually score we screwed up and we let in two goals that we could have easily kept out,” he said. “We have been scored on the same exact way a lot of times this year so we have to get that figure out.” He said the offense showed it is able to produce points and that is what he looks forward to the rest of the season. “But what we know and something that we can be hopeful for is that we can score goals,” Miller said. “We have only been shut out twice this year, which is huge. So if we fix our defensive mistakes then we will be really hard to beat.” Bowen said SIUE always ranks top in its conference. “To know that we can compete means we definitely have some wins in the future,” he said. Despite the loss, Bowen said the team still has six more games to make their mark in conference and a lot to prove. “Overall, there are a lot of things we need to workout as a team and just get ready for our next game against Bradley at home,” he said. SIUE took the lead in the 44th minute.

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by Ariana Sumpter Staff Writer

The Sugar Bear volleyball team continues to remain undefeated in conference after winning two more Southland Conference games this weekend against Northwestern State University and Stephen F. Austin State University in the Prince Center. Senior outside hitter and middle blocker Kyle Hartman said she and her teammates had a lot of determination in Thursday’s game against Northwestern State. “I think both teams fought very hard,” Hartman said. “We were hungry for the win and that gave us the motivation to fight harder.” Northwestern State won the first set 25-15, but UCA returned with more resilience, taking the second set 25-22, the third set 2520 and the fourth set 26-24 to earn its victory. The Sugar Bears then played Stephen F. Austin State University on Saturday, winning a straight-set of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-11. Both were conference games, bringing the Sugar Bears to a 14-3 overall record and 6-0 inconference play. That conference record puts them in the number one spot in the Southland Conference with Sam Houston State also being 6-0. Hartman said that compared to the teams they’ve played in past games this season, Thursday’s game showed UCA that the Sugar Bears have grown stronger as a unit. “We’ve been playing teams that aren’t that tough, but this is one of the best teams we’ve played in our conference,” Hartman said. “After losing the first set, we really rose to adversity, fought hard against them, and it showed in our coming up on top.” Hartman said as long as they can have great teamwork amongst

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Junior outside hitter Scout Brooks goes for an intense kill attempt against Stephen F. Austin. The Sugar Bears won 3-0 and are undefeated in Southland Conference play. themselves, the Sugar Bears can overcome any competition they may run into. “We needed to make sure we’re good on passing and get the other team cuffed enough to where they wouldn’t have as good as an offense as they initially did,” she said. “As long as we kept them on edge, we could make it work in our favor.” Junior outside hitter and middle blocker Alicia Dittrich

said the Sugar Bears slow starts in games seem to work out for them. “I think in most games we start out kind of slow and eventually we pick our speed and passing back up to work out for us best in the end,” Dittrich said. Dittrich said as a team they played well, but there are some areas they have to improve in.

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Rushing adds coaches to help improve team during second year by Elise Woods Staff Writer

Entering her second year at UCA, Women’s Basketball Coach Sandra Rushing has a revamped coaching staff supporting her. Kasey Bailey joined the Sugar Bears’ staff after serving as interim head coach at Henderson State University in 2012-2013. Bailey was also an assistant and graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas—Monticello. Bailey, from Dresden, Tenn., lettered for four seasons at Southern Illinois University from 2005-2009 before earning her master’s degree in sports

management from the University of Arkansas­—Little Rock. Bailey then began her career in coaching as a graduate assistant at UAM before moving to Henderson in 2011. When Bailey was named Henderson’s interim head coach, she led the Lady Reddies to a 13-14 overall record and an 8-12 mark in the Great American Conference. Former Sugar Bear Destinee Rogers was a graduate assistant last season and was promoted to a full-time position as assistant coach this season. She served as point guard on the team for four years before she graduated in 2012. “Coach Rushing did an

outstanding job in hiring the new assistants,” Rogers said. “We all get along and work very hard together. We are constantly thinking of ways that we can get better.” Rogers said the love she has for the team is undeniable. She also said the team has great chemistry and wants its members to improve. “These girls get along very well and care for one another,” she said. “They push each other every day to get better.” Rogers said the team works well together and that it will get up and down the floor and play great defense. She also said they have a strong post game to go along with some

great guards on the perimeter. Senior center Courtney Duever said she enjoys the coaching staff and that she is excited. “The coaches are great,” she said. “The new assistants know the game very well and with Coach Rogers, she knows how to work with the team since she has experienced the playing of the team. All the coaches are hard on their players at some point but it’s when they aren’t ‘hard hard’ on you is when you need to be worried.” Duever said the coaches bring a spark to the team, they believe in each player and they are easy to talk to and fun to be around. During Rushing’s first season, the team went 15-14 and 8-10

in conference play, losing to Stephen F. Austin in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament. Senior point guard Micah Rice sat out almost the entire season last year with a knee injury and was red shirted. The team will lose forward Megan Herbert, two-time Southland Conference player of the year. The team added 10 new players on the roster this season. The Sugar Bears first game of the season is Nov. 8 at home against Alcorn State. The Sugar Bears will play at Ole Miss on Nov. 10.

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Volleyball now 6-0 in Southland Conference

play looks to take on 5-1 Oral Roberts 4 Continued from page 9

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The softball Bears play their first fall home game for the 2013-2014 season against in-state opponent, Lyon College on Friday. UCA won 12-2 in the 10-inning exhibtion game. UCA will host its own tournament on Oct. 19 playing Weatherford College and Harding University.


“We have to remain steady during the games with blocking and passing.” she said. “When we’re being fast and getting the ball around equally, it gets the opposing team anxious for our next move.” Coach David McFatrich said that overall teamwork is the key to success for their games. “I believe that when we keep our composure and steady our passing, it works out for us in the end.” he said In Thursday’s game against Northwestern State, senior middle blocker Jessica Nagy led UCA’s offense with a match-high 16 kills, also having seven digs and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Heather Schnars had 13 kills and 10 digs, also having five blocks and an ace. Senior setter Marissa Collins had 48 assists and junior libero Shelbee Berringer had a seasonhigh 31 digs. Schnars and senior middle

Women’s soccer splits on road, now 3-1-0 in conference play Bears: by Brittany Harris Staff Writer

The UCA women’s soccer team went 1-1 in two games this weekend against Abilene Christian University and the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio both on the road. Friday’s game in Abilene, Texas was a 1-2 loss for UCA with a goal scored by sophomore forward Marisela Chavez. She said the team lacked energy that night. Senior Abigail Hodgson said, “Friday we came out way too flat and it showed when ACU scored on us quickly,” she said. “We weren’t connecting to each other and struggled to move the ball. In the second half we stepped it up enough to get a goal. We just needed to have that energy from the start and not the end of the game.” Sunday was a competitive game against Southland Conference opponent UIW, in San Antonio, Texas, with UCA winning 3-2 in double overtime. Both teams had possession of the ball, but UCA ended up controlling it more during the game. Junior forward and defender Sara Perlman, senior midfielder Kristen Pollard and junior defender and midfielder Laura Truehart scored the goals. Senior midfielder Abigail

Hodgson said the team has been having issues against teams on set plays. “They scored off a free skick which has been a big problem for us this season,” Hodgson said. “We need more urgency to clear the ball out of our box on defense. We were able to come back from behind twice though.” Herbers said the team had to regroup after the loss. “After a poor performance on Friday we knew, as a team, that something needed to change,” she said. “We played really well in the first half with great energy, defense and a few scoring chances.” Herbers described the second half of the game as more “backand-forth.” Truehart scored her first career goal during Sunday’s game in overtime after receiving a free kick. With this kick, Truehart clinched the victory for UCA. She said the kick made her feel like she was on top of the world. “After I scored, I literally froze in disbelief and I couldn’t do anything except cry,” she said. “It was such an amazing feeling to have all of your teammates surround you and share the excitement with you. It was so rewarding knowing that all of our hard work the whole game and overtimes completely paid off.” Hodgson said the team seems to come up big in clutch

situations. “It was the game winner that was really exciting,” she said. “We fight hard and when we get fired up, iit’s hard to stop us. We are pretty good at those overtime dogpile wins.” Coach Jeremy Bishop said he was impressed with his team for its win Sunday. “UIW is a very good team, so for us to get the win was great,” he said. “Hopefully we can keep it going through the rest of the conference schedule.” Hodgson said the upcoming games are crucial. “Our conference this year is very competitive but we are staying at the top of it which is good for our confidence,” Hodgson said. “We play two games at next weekend at home so those are important for us to win. 5-1 would be a comfortable record to have since everyone is beating everyone this season.” The team is now 6-4-2 overall with a 3-1-0 conference record. It is off to a strong start compared to last season when the Bears finished 10-7-1 overall, but 2-5-1 overall in Southland Conference play. The women’s soccer team will play two Southland Conference games next weekend. One will be against Southeastern Louisiana University at home at 7 p.m. Friday and the next against Nicholls State University at home on at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Men’s team expects to compete despite losing talent, coaching by Andy Robertson Assistant Sports Editor

Following UCA Men’s Basketball Coach Corliss Williamson’s departure Aug. 2, interim head coach Clarence Finley will take over the helm and lead the Bears this season. Williamson returned to the NBA to be an assistant on the Sacramento Kings coaching staff. Finley has served as an associate head coach on Williamson’s staff since May 2010. Finley said his responsibilities changed tremendously when he was named interim head coach. “Now, I have to concentrate on a budget and academics, organize recruiting, sell the program and organize practice,” he said. Finley has been around the game for a while. He got his start with his alma mater, the University of Arkansas—Pine Bluff, where he was the top assistant from 198890. Finley served as an assistant at the University of Arkansas—Little Rock under three different coaches in nine years. He helped the Trojans win the Sun Belt Championship and make an appearance in the National Invitational Tournament in 1995-96. He has also coached at Little Rock Parkview, Little Rock Hall and Little Rock Central High. Finley coached at the Amateur Athletic Union level, where he won a national championship and was twice the runner-up as a coach for a team that featured Williamson. Finley has worked with several National Basketball Association players in individualized offseason

workouts. Finley said he is a very aggressive coach and that he wants the players on the team to play that way. He also said he is an intense coach. Players on the team have said Finley will bring a new mindset to the team. In the Aug. 28 issue of The Echo, senior guard Ryan Williams said Finley is more of a player’s coach and more experienced than Williamson. Senior guard DeShone McClure said Finley has the team practicing like it never has before. “Coach [Finley] has really been a great leader for us as a young team with so many newcomers,” he said. “He has the practice level at a place it has never been. Everything is 100 percent effort and he enforces it.” Finley said he is looking to change the philosophy of the team as it heads into the season. “If possible, we would like to play fast and we will press,” he said. “Our shot selection has to be better. Several times last year, our team took unexpected shots.” Finley said the team will look to stay in games by passing to the open shot. He said the team is working on things in practice that will help them throughout the season. “We are focusing more on defense, getting players stronger and improving conditioning,” he said. Eight players are returning to the Bears from last season. The Bears will be without their top two scorers, Jarvis Garner and Robert

Crawford, from last season. The Bears will also be without senior guard LaQuentin Miles until Dec. 21. Miles is inactive due to his grades. The three players combined for 46.1 points per game. McClure said the team is ready to step up for the challenge of replacing those players. “Of course Garner and Crawford played a big role last year, but this is a new year,” he said. Miles is definitely going to be back for conference which is a big plus. Players like myself and Ryan Williams are ready to fill the roles of Garner and Crawford.” The team will lose a lot of its height from last season. The tallest player on the team is 6’9”, while last season the tallest was 6’11”. Finley said he doesn’t think the lack of size will affect the team this season. “We will have to double down a lot until we get to conference play, but then it should not be a big factor,” he said. Finley said the team will look to stay in ball games with extra passes. McClure said the team is trying to accomplish something the men’s basketball program hasn’t seen before. “We just want to work together as a team and do something UCA has never done by winning the conference championship,” he said. The Bears will open the season against crosstown rival Hendrix College at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Farris Center.

photo by Daniel Becker

Senior middle blocker Paige Gantar and sophomore outside hitter Heather Schnars go for the block against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, in which the Sugar Bears won 3-0. Schnars had 16 kills, two aces and three block while Gantaar had 10 kills and two blocks. blocker Paige Gantar led Saturday’s game against Stephen F. Austin State University. Schnars had 16 kills, seven digs, three blocks, and two aces. Gantar contributed 10 kills and two blocks.

Collins had 40 assists to lead the match and Berringer had 13 digs. The Sugar Bears will hit the court again Saturday, Oct. 12. hosting Oral Roberts at the Prince Center.

Football team lost ‘Red Beans and Rice Bowl’ by 31 points, looks to put that in past 4 Continued from page 9

Defensively, the Bears were led by the replacement of senior linebacker Justin Heard, sophomore linebacker D.J. Holland. Holland had 10 total tackles, eight solo tackles, two tackles for loss and one forced fumble, which was recovered by UCA at its own seven yard line. Senior defensive lineman Matthew Hornbuckle, who had three tackles that were all solo tackles, said it wasn’t surprising to see Holland do that well. “D.J. is a good player and it’s not a drop off in talent at all,” he said. “[He had a] big forced fumble.” Conque said he was disappointed in the way his defense played and said some changes may have to be made. He said the game overall was extremely detrimental to the team. “[We] got out-coached, got out-played,” he said. “They were more physical than we were. Pretty humbling and embarrassing

situation. This will be a gut check for our program.” He said the team gave up five plays for over 40 yards that resulted in short drives for McNeese State. He also said the reason for some of the fourth-down attempts were because of wind. Conque said, “Well, I think it’s safe to say that for defense it’s nobody,” referring to possible defense players of the game candidates. Conque said the turnovers put the defense in some bad situations, but that the team still has to go out and play. “It’s a tough pill to swallow, but how we return will determine how we play in the next [few] weeks or so,” he said. “[There could be] potentially some personnel changes. We’ve got to tackle better, know our assignments and be a disciplined football team. It’s just embarrassing the way our defense played today.” Junior wide receiver Dezmin Lewis came out of the game late with an injury and Conque said

it looks like he will be out a few weeks. Conque said he commended Dixon for his efforts. “He is just playing at an elevated level right now and we will need him to continue that,” Conque said. After the loss, Conque said this experience will show what his team is made of. “We’ll see if we can handle adversity,” he said. UCA finished the game with a total of 146 net rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns while McNeese State’s senior running back Marcus Wiltz ran for 181 net rushing yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Cowboys ran for 272 net rushing yards with three touchdowns. This loss moves UCA to 2-3 overall and 0-1 to begin Southland Conference play. UCA’s next opponent comes to Estes Stadium at 3 p.m. Oct. 12. That opponent will be DII Nebraska Kearney who is 1-4 coming off its only win, 56-6 to Lindenwood University.


Men’s team starts Missouri Valley Conference season off with 2-1 loss to Southern Illinois University—Edwardsville 4 Continued from page 9 UCA tied it up in the 66th minute when freshman midfielder and forward Wes Carson received a through ball from Miller and scored from 15 yards, his fifth goal for the season. Neither team was able to score in the remainder of regulation play and SIUE scored two minutes into overtime, giving them a 2-1 victory. Bowen said the Bears knew the Cougars were going to play agressively in overtime so the team was prepared, but it was still unable to come out with a victory. “Going into overtime we new

they were going to high press us,” Bowen said. “So we were ready and determined to win; however, that wasn’t the case. We had a glimpse of poor marking and they capitalized on it. They served it into the box and they headed it in.” Carson led the Central Arkansas offense, placing both of his shots on goal. Bowen and Hoth each added a shot. Senior Patxi Shortsleeve played goalkeeper for the Bears, making three saves and surrendering two goals. The regulation goal from the

Cougars came from freshman defender Andrew Kendall-Moullin by way of a far post shot from the right side. The header put into the net by the Cougars in overtime came from junior forward Lewis Ellis with sophomore defender Justin Bilyeu getting the assists. This win puts the Cougars at 5-5 overall and 1-0 in conference while the Bears fall to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in conference. The Bears will take the field again against Bradley University at noon Oct. 12 at the Bill Stephen Soccer Complex.

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