Student Life

March 2004

Musical Theater Emerging at UAM | Spice-up Your Weekend | Profile | Making the Choice


 Profile: Ashley Lynn

By DaQuita Hardeman

The UAM student body, faculty and staff welcome Ashley Lynn as the new Director of Student Activities and Programs and cheerleading coach.  Lynn was previously the out-of-state coordinator for the Student Marketing Alumni Recruiting Team (SMART) at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Lynn earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Arkansas Tech University, where she was a member of Delta Zeta, a cheerleader, and a Tech Sweetheart.

Lynn will administer the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Board, Greeks, and all other organizations on campus, including the cheerleading squad.

With the support of both the staff and students, Lynn expects to gain much more student support and participation in campus events and activities. “I see a good opportunity to bring recruits to the campus. This campus has a lot of potential. I don’t want students to go home on the weekends. I want them to stay here and go to the games and support our sports teams.” said Lynn. “I really want to uplift student life.”

After moving to Monticello with her fiancé, Coach Curt Corbin, Weevil’s defensive line coach, and after leaving a larger university to take on the big responsibilities of UAM’s smaller campus, Lynn says, “I like UAM. It has potential. It’s small and students don’t have to be worried about getting lost in the crowd, and as far as the staff goes, so far so good. Everyone is open-minded and accepting to my ideas. I am also very interested in meeting the new Chancellor.”

Aside from fulfilling her job duties, Lynn enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, shopping, and reading.

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Making the Choice

By Raydine Hollinshed

According to the College Board, college enables you to expand your knowledge and skills, increases your understanding of the world, and helps you gain information and skills that you will use for the rest of your life.

Going to college also means more job opportunities and a chance to earn more money. People come to college for a lot of different reasons, just as they leave college for different reasons. Whether a person chooses to go to college or not is the decision they have to live with.

Athletics is something that brings many people to college. Some athletes love
what they do and they want to continue to do it. Some of them hope to become professionals and others just play for the thrill of the game. Edward White, a freshman Criminal Justice major came to UAM to play football. White said, “I loved football in high school and I wanted to play in college. I don’t want to go pro but if it happens it happens.”

For some people higher education is the only reason they came to college. As kids, they dreamed of becoming teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers and a million other things. As they grew older they realized that going to college may be the only way to fulfill those dreams. Jill Jarrrett, a freshman, comments “I want to go places in life. College opens all the doors to my dreams. It’s not all about fun and games. It’s also about responsibility.”

Nothing is perfect and sometimes people leave college because of that. In 2002 there were 547 first time freshman at UAM. The following spring, 483 of those people returned and then only 253 of those students returned for the following fall semester. In 2003 there were 870 first time freshman. By  the fall of 2004, that number will also have dropped.

Grades, illness, financial problems, military duty, work, and personal reasons are just a few of the reasons why people withdraw from college. They have obligations that have to be fulfilled and some people just need time to reorganize and think about what they want to do with their lives.

College is a responsibility that demands  commitment. Those who do come to college and finish want to do something to better themselves. Not everyone chooses to come to college. However, those who do get some of the best opportunities in the world.

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I hope that you find this section interesting and informative. There is a lot going on with student life, and as UAM students, we can all relate to the stories of our fellow schoolmates. If there is anything that you would like to see in The UAM Voice, feel free to contact the Student Life Editor, DaQuita Hardeman at or

Sleeping Student of the Week

Musical Theater Emerging at UAM

By Sarah Kirkpatrick

Operas and musicals aren’t normally part of a student’s vocabulary, but for those involved in the Music Theater Workshop at the University of Arkansas at Monticello they are.  An opera is a play set to music without dialogue, whereas a musical is a play with both dialogue and song. The students in the workshop perform at least one of the two every semester.

The title Music Theater Workshop is a little misleading because it is actually a class for which students receive credit. The class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. Students are allowed to take the class as many semesters as they like and still receive credit for each one. Some might wonder why a student would want to repeatedly take the same course and Carmen Pruitt tells why, “I do it because hopefully musical theatre is going to be my career and this is great practice.” 

Dr. Kent Skinner has taught the class since 2001 where he and his students have put together two performances each year, one in the fall and another in spring.  Last fall, two operas, “Gallantry” and “Sunday Excursion”, were performed. This semester, the musical  “Man of La Mancha” will be presented on Friday and Saturday night, April 16 and 17, in the Fine Arts Center. The shows are free and open to the public.

Rehearsals leading up to the plays are very hard work. Participants practice during their daily meetings and on the week before the performance. Rehearsals are scheduled nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Tracy Sutherland, who has been in the workshop three years, concludes by adding, “I do it because I love performing. It’s very hard work, but for me seeing the work pay off in front of an audience is worth it.”

This year UAM offered a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in musical theater for the first time. Students who used to take the class just because they liked performing can now take the class and work towards a degree in musical theatre.

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Spice Up Your Weekend

By Chad Alsup

It is 10:00 p.m. and the television is the only light in the room as a young man lies sound asleep on his couch. Welcome to a Monticello Friday night!

UAM seems to lack the “wild” college life atmosphere of most other schools.  Senior wildlife major Bryan Ford says that more than one of his Friday or Saturday nights has ended with him asleep on the couch before 10:00 p.m.       

Ford said “Unless you have a date or a party, you have to get a little creative to find something to do.” Entertainments like going to the movies or bowling, can get old very quickly.  Those are always there, but ironically, the place that is the most crowded and seems to be the place where all of your friends hang out, is the local Wal-Mart.

Despite the bad times and expectations, there are some good weekends in Monticello. During the fall there is Boll Weevil football on Saturdays and parties after that. There is the annual Fite Night and there are weekends when fraternities or sororities have big parties.

When the weekend rolls around in Monticello, the majority of the college students who live on campus go home, which leaves the school looking much like a ghost town. “The weekend is the best time to catch up on your reading or homework,” Ford says.  His advice to any college student who stays here most of the weekends is to get a girlfriend or boyfriend and a membership to the local video store.

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