The Weevil
On-Line
 October 1, 2003
Volume 4                                                        No. 4
Staff: Kathryn Stewart-Editor, DaQuita Hardeman, 
Laurin Smith, Will Whiting
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster

 
News 
& Events





















 

UA System President Addresses UAM Assembly
Parent/Family Appreciation Day 
Flag Football Heats Up UAM Campus
UAM Debaters Compete at OBU
2003-2004 Debate Officers Announced
Mascot Memories
SGA Meeting Sparks Controversy
UAM Calling All Alumni
A Soldier Prepares: UAM student James Lyle

 
UA Systems President Addresses UAM Assembly

     The UAM General Assembly held its first official meeting of the 2003-2004 school year on September 30.  University of Arkansas Systems President B. Alan Sugg was present to address the group on the search for a new Chancellor.
     Sugg’s address lasted approximately 45 minutes and included an open floor for discussion from faculty and staff.  He spent the two days prior meeting with other university officials regarding the search for a new chancellor. 
     Sugg believes finding a replacement for current chancellor Dr. Fred Taylor, who announced his retirement in August, will take time.  He says finding the best replacement will be very important to the future of UAM.
     “This university is an important part of southeast Arkansas. We want a new chancellor who is a very effective leader and a great communicator.”
      Sugg discussed the two options available when searching for someone to fill this position.
     “We will either form a committee or appoint someone from within the University system.”
     From the discussion during the forum, it would appear that UAM faculty and staff members are in favor of forming a committee to search for a replacement. 
 

     According to Dr. Max Terrell of the UAM School of Education, “The university community faculty has become more diverse over the past twenty years.  I think we need an open national search.”
    The assembly members present gave feedback as to what they would like to see in a new chancellor.
     “The person should have excellent fiscal management skills,” says Dr. Vanneise Collins, Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  “Any institution’s success is their financial base.  Also, integrity is an important characteristic of whoever the next chancellor is.”
     In addition, Dr. Gary Marshall of the School of Arts and Humanities inquired about rumors of a former UAM administrator, Dr. Jack Lassiter, returning as helm of the university. 
     “I think he’s a very talented and capable person.  Jack and I haven’t even discussed whether he would apply if we did a national search,” answered Sugg.
     Sugg promised the UAM Assembly he would take all of the discussion into consideration when making the decision on how to move forward to begin the search for a new chancellor.
     “I’ll be making my decision within a couple of weeks.  It is my responsibility to plan for future leadership at UAM.  I’m judged by selecting the person who will provide the best leadership for the position, and I’ll do my best at fulfilling that obligation.”
By: Will Whiting
 
Parent/Family Appreciation Day Drew Largest Crowd Ever
     Parent/Family Appreciation Day, held on September 20, 2003, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, registered 834 student family members, the largest crowd drawn since the event started in the 1980’s.
     The day was filled with activities that ran from 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. starting with the Blossoms fast pitch Inner-Squad scrimmage and ending with the Weevil versus West Alabama Football Game. 
     The population of Saturday’s events primarily consisted of family members of softball and football players, choir and band members, cheerleaders and majorettes, and families of nontraditional students. The largest family that attended Parent/Family Appreciation Day was the family of Britney Taylor, a member of choir and band, with 15 family members in attendance. Because all of her family members were not at the ceremony, Chancellor Taylor presented another family of eight with t-shirts as prizes. Those who traveled the furthest distance to be here on Saturday is the family of the Weevil’s quarterback Cory Allred.  Seven members of his family traveled 1700 miles from California to be with him.
      Since his family traveled so far, one would think that they would have been chosen as Family of the Year, but maybe they were not entered. Out of fourteen entries, nontraditional student Linda Stringfellow’s essay, in which she nominated her mother and children because of the support that they have given her, was chosen as the winning essay.
    “Martha Faye is my mother and biggest supporter in my efforts to complete my college education. She has given up her golden years of retirement to allow myself, and my two children to live in her home. Many days she gives up the activities that would bring her most pleasure and relaxation to play the role of homemaker in order to allow me time to study.” writes Stringfellow.
     The essay continues with, “Momma gave up the last two summers so I could attend classes without worrying about my children. I forgot to mention that my kiddos are not cute little babies or pleasant kindergarteners both are pre-teens. Tiffany is 13 and T.J. is 11. Momma has insisted that she would rather me not take a part time job, rather, spend any time that I can spare from my studies with them and not stress over money. So far by the grace of God (and her financial wizardry), we have made my grants and loans get us through.
     It is obvious that we are a burden on her, but you will never get her to say so. She thinks we are blessings and is always upbeat about our future. In my opinion, they just don’t come any better than Martha Faye Read!”  Stringfellow’s essay won her mother, Martha Faye Read, recognition as Family of the Year and a plaque.
     According to Julie Gentry, chairman of the Parent/Family Appreciation Day Committee, the Family of the Year is chosen based on how well the essay is written.
     “This shows the time and the effort that was put into the essay before submission. Their answer to why they nominated that parent, sister, aunt, or children plays a big part in the decision also. Some student’s nominate their moms and dads just for doing mom and dad things,” says Gentry.
    During the special program, Chancellor Taylor presented the Family of the Year with the award. This presentation has been as part of the Parent/Family Appreciation Day Ceremony since the late ninety’s. 
    The other thirteen families that were nominated to receive the reward will receive a certificate to let them know that their student felt they deserved to be recognized as Family of the Year.
     Following the ceremony, the crowd moved from the University Center to the lawn of Chancellor and Mrs. Taylor for the scheduled cookout. Over the duration of two hours, families mingled, the band played, the cheerleaders cheered, the flags waved and the majorettes twirled. The visiting families ended their day with attending UAM’s first home game against West Alabama at Cotton Boll Stadium.
By: DaQuita Hardeman
Debate Society Announces 2003-2004 Officers
     The UAM Debate & Forensics Society recently announced their 2003-2004 organization officers.  They are Ashley Courson, President; April Jacks, Vice President; Will Whiting, Secretary/Treasurer/Reporter; and Bryce Wrzenski, Historian.
     The Debate & Forensics Society was founded by R. David Ray, Dean, School of Arts & Humanities, in 1970. 
     The society represents the award-winning UAM Debate & Forensics team.  Last year the Debate Team finished fifth in the nation. 
     In addition to representing the Debate Team, the Debate & Forensics Society, along with Pi Kappa Delta hosts the All Campus Talent Show and the All Campus Debate each year.
     For more information on this organization, contact Scott Kuttenkuler at 460-1579 or David Ray at 460-1078.
By: Will Whiting
Student Fees Cover Activities
     Many students want to know the reason why they are obligated to pay fees semester after semester for equipment that they do not use and for facilities that they never visit.
According to Vice-Chancellor of Finance and Administration Mark Davis, the Miscellaneous Fees including auto registration, late registration, and dropping/adding class fees are self-explanatory.  However, the Mandatory Fees that show up on student accounts are not.
     The Activities Fee goes toward the student activities that are conducted by the Student Activities Board.  Activities such as making your own CD’s and video’s, virtual reality, Mud Olympics, music concerts held at UAM, and the movies that are shown throughout the semester are paid for with money received from the Activities Fee.
     Unlike the Activities Fee, that is basically design for student entertainment, the Instructional Equipment Fee basically contributes to the cost of classroom equipment such as overhead projectors, screens, monitors (MCB’s Smart Room, and the CIV labs), and the wiring behind the internet and computer systems, to make the delivery of your lesson easier.
Another fee that contributes directly towards the education of the students is the Assessment Fee, which is required by law in Arkansas, and it covers the cost of administering the CAAP exam for sophomores/juniors
     The ever so popular Athletic Fee helps to support all of the athletic programs including basketball, softball, baseball, football, tennis, and golf games.  It also supports cross-country. The fee allows for free admission to all of the above events and free use of the facilities. Even if a student is not there physically to support the teams, they are supporting them financially.

    In addition, the Facilities Fee contributes to the financing of the Student Service Center and the Intramural Field where flag football, softball, and soccer games are held.  Intramural basketball and volleyball tournaments are held in the University Center Gym. The Exercise Center, which was recently expanded to three rooms, is also funded by money received from Facilities Fee.
    The Library Enhancement Fee’s purpose is to enhance the library and make it better for the students, where as the Technology Infrastructure Fee helps to strengthen the backbone of every computer on campus, including residence halls, and their wiring.  According to Davis, these two fees are not related.
     The Student Service Fee contributes to the cost of the Student Health Center and the tutoring labs. Students enrolled in online courses are charged the flat credit hour rate plus an online charge. This fee defrays the cost of development and delivery of online courses. In other words, it pays for your convenience.
     Another question that has arose from several students is, “Why are classes that are taken at McGhee and Crossett cheaper than those taken at UAM?”  Classes at these locations are technical and the prices were low to begin with before they made the merge to work with UAM.  According to Davis, it would not be right to raise the prices of these classes immediately after the merge, so the cost stayed the same as it was at delivery.
Within the past several years, fees have remained the same with the exception of the seven dollar increase in the cost of tuition and the four dollar addition for the technology infrastructure fee.
Davis stresses that the fees that are charged are minor compared to the major costs that are needed to keep UAM running. 
By: DaQuita Hardeman
UAM Debaters Compete at OBU
     The UAM Debate and Forensics Team competed in their first tournament of the year at Ouachita Baptist University on September 27-28, 2003.
     Michael Perkins, a sophomore speech communications major from Denton, Texas, won first place in the Novice Debate Competition.  Perkins defeated a competitor from Louisiana State University - Shreveport to win the event.
     Charlotte Kieffner, a sophomore speech communications major from Monticello was awarded the fifth place speaker award in the Novice division. 
    In addition, Brandi Morgan, a junior political science major from Crossett was awarded the second place speaker award in the Novice division. 
    UAM Assistant Director of Forensics, Scott Kuttenkuler, received the Judge’s Award.  Kuttenkuler, who recently joined the UAM Communications Department as an instructor, served as a judge of debate for the tournament.
     Matt Baumgarten, Betty Dintelman, Will Whiting, and Bryce Wrzesinski all competed in Varsity Debate at OBU. 
     The team is off until October 12-13, 2003, when they will host the Weevil Wars Debate Tournament at UAM.  Several universities from around the southeastern United States are expected to participate in the event. 
By: Will Whiting
Flag Football Results
     Though the weather has cooled down at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, flag football warmed up the campus with heated competition Tuesday, September 30.  Players from the Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship and Tri Sigma teams went head to head with one goal in mind:  to win the women’s championship.  Only one team came out on top; the MBSF ladies won the tournament.  Yellow and red flags went flying as men of Alpha Omega East put up a fierce fight against the members of Bone Crushers to claim the winning title of the 2003 flag football season.
     Manager Robert Leonard said about his team, Alpha-Omega East, “It’s all about team chemistry, and focus.  The thing that we said about all three teams was you have to win games twice.  You have to play in such a way that you can do your best athletically, but you cannot forfeit your testimony.  You earn the right to be heard when you’re credible.  I don’t want to lose at anything, but I’d take a loss in a ballgame over the loss of credibility any day.”
     Lead also by Matt Terry, the MBSF Alpha-Omega team took home yet another UAM flag football championship title, with a score of 22 to 14.  For more than five years, the team, this year consisting of Jeff Young, Brad Weast, Brad Launius, William Collins, Kris McRae, Daniel Sheffer, Paul Hoggatt, Jonathan Thompson, Yancy Long, Brandon Goswick, and Jeremy Woodall has worked together to create a successful combination that will be tough to bring down in years to come.
     Robert Leonard adds, “Everybody carries everybody.  The thing that we’ve pushed this year is not an original idea, but a coined phrase by John Ortberg, the fellowship of the mat. ‘Whatever it takes to get your friend where he needs to go is whatever you need to do.  Good communities are made of people who are willing to carry the mat; great communities are made of those who are willing to tear off the roof.’  We want to be champions on more than one level.  They are good guys, but they are convinced that what they are doing is right.  We don‘t want to do anything that would sacrifice or forfeit the opportunity to share Christ with anybody.” 
     “It came down to the same two teams last year—we were trying to get revenge,” Casey Cason, a member of Bone Crushers, stated.  Casey and his manager Sammie Lindsey, team members Seth Taylor, Chance Simpson, Christian Kidd, Jontae Tuker, Marcus Billings, Robert Bunn, Bendrick Williams, Terrell Mitchell, Jeremie Turner, Chad Turner, LeRon Smith, Tony Freeman, Ricky Williams, and Jason Mitchell were determined to defeat Alpha Omega-East. 
 

Flag Football Men's Winners - MBSF

     Casey added, “We practiced almost every day; we knew they were going to be a good team.  They have a real good quarterback, so we sent our rushes in as fast as we could because he’s quick.  We were hoping our rushes would be able to contain him.”
     Female champions, led by manager Lori Baggett, Amy Baggett, Amber Cooper, Amber Holland, Amanda Rogers, Alisha McCone, Tawana Jones, and Crystal Rippie, formed the MBSF ladies team who have won the flag football championship on and off for several years.  They defeated the Tri Sigma team with a score of 45-13.  Tri Sigma manager Amy Platt, Hannah Hackney, Vanessa Crawford, Lindsey Gilbert, Megan Swaim, Brandi Free, and Roxanne Craig worked hard throughout the season.  Amy exclaimed, “We did better.  We actually did score a couple of times!”
    Approximately eighty people, including teams and officials, enjoyed watching the playoff game between the teams.  Benas Matkevicius, an official for the game, was excited about the energy each team put forth.  He said, “I liked the effort they put into it.  The enthusiasm was there.”  Benas felt that working on the sideline was a difficult job, but it allowed him to be close to the action.  “Both teams competed hard.  Any call you make as a referee, the other team is not going to like it, but tried to do my job.”
     Director of Intramurals and Recreations, Julie Gentry, was enthusiastic about the season’s turnout.  “What would they be doing with their time otherwise?  Flag football is a constructive activity that’s building student leaders.”  This year, many influential students and faculty members united and formed eleven teams.  Women from The Wildlife Society, MBSF, and Tri Sigma, and men from K. A. and Friends, Alpha Omega Central, TeKE and friends, Forestry, Bone Crushers I, Alpha Omega East, Alpha Omega West, and Bone Crushers II worked hard throughout the season and dedicated themselves to taking their team all the way.
     The heat doesn’t stop there—Each winning team is qualified to attend the State Tournament October 24-26 in Conway, and the 18th annual Southern Mississippi Flag Football Regional Tournament in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, November 21-23.

Flag Football Women's Winners - MBSF

Photo Courtesy of Julie Gentry

By: Laurin Smith

Mascot Memories
     Where, oh, where did our thrilling Weevil go? For those who did not know, William Collins, senior Health and Wellness major/French minor, member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and the Student Government Association’s treasurer, served as the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s mascot, the Weevil, for three years prior to 2003.
     Entering UAM with confidence and experience Collins decided to try out to be the Weevil because he saw that there was not one at the first game that he attended in 2000. At Ashdown High, where Collins attended high school, he was also the mascot. “I was a mighty panther, big, purple and not to mention mean.” comments Collins.
     Before this year, Collins never knew what tryout consisted of.  “Here, I never had to try out due to what some people considered as me doing a good job. Well, until this year, tryouts were supposed to be this spring during the cheerleader tryouts, but for some unknown reason they were postponed. Then they had tryouts during the ladder part of the summer. I am guessing you had to have a 2.0 grade point average, three letters of recommendation, and to fill out some forms.” Collins seemingly guessed.
     According to Sarah Waltermire, Director of Student Programs and Activities, the tryout competition consists of a two-minute skit to music, an impromptu game situation presentation, and an immediate response interview.
     As the Weevil, Collins struck the fans with sideline entertainment during UAM sports events as well as other UAM and community functions. “I appeared all over campus and on the football field. However, I never got to go to the summer camps or any other events of that nature. I attended football games, men and women basketball games, and occasionally other campus and community events,” Collins explained. 
     Collins did not appear to be the typical mascot, he was an entertainer. He always seemed to have the audience’s interest in mind. He thought back on a dual that he had with the University of Central Arkansas’s mascot, “the bear.”
     “My highest points as mascot happened against UCA. We had a game and at halftime the UCA bear challenged me to a duel of strength. Well, with me being the Weevil, I couldn't back down. I was a 6 feet, 3 inch tall Weevil and that’s with the suit and all. He was a 9 foot bear with silly eyes. He drew a line with his foot as if he was daring me to cross it. Well, I 
 crossed it and charged him good, but while I was pushing him back, it seemed like he realized how big he was and how small I was and just laid down right on top of me. Lucky for me, halftime was over and the football team came out and scared him away.” 

     He goes on to say,” The dual continued here, UAM verses UCA, homecoming at that. Well, this was my chance at revenge. He located me on the field and I located him, I acted as if I was not going to mess with him although he had already slapped me twice. As soon as he turned around to walk away, I tackled him right in the back; I beat him so bad, that he had to get oxygen from the ambulance. I had to hide until the 3rd quarter was over. About a week later, UCA sent a bill to Dr. Taylor and the same to coach Early for $5000.00. We never paid it because he started it.”
  When asked if the responsibilities of being the Weevil were too much for him and if he ever considered throwing in the head, Collins stated, “I don't feel they were too much. I enjoyed what I was doing, so I didn't have a limit to what I would do as the Weevil. ”
     “On a few occasions, I did consider quitting because I didn’t feel that I was treated fairly. For example, once I had a flag-football tournament out of town and it was considered a school function. “People” threatened me by saying they would rip me of my scholarship if I missed. At the same time, we had certain cheerleaders missing games, leaving games early without permission, and their reasons for missing had nothing to do with school.”
     This year Collins went up against one other potential Weevil, and was defeated. “I tried out this year because I wanted to finish my four years as the Weevil, plus everybody felt that it would be a good note to finish up on. I wanted to continue to help motivate the fans to cheer on the Weevils and Blossoms. I also wanted to bring smiles to faces that I continually came in contact with.”
     The Weevil is a representative not just for the university, but also a symbol for Southeast Arkansas. It is used as a way to promote school spirit at both UAM and area of SE Arkansas. 
     “I think my role was to help create a positive atmosphere for the fans that attended UAM events. I was the single symbol that represented the entire school. I was to show insurmountable support for the weevils and the cotton blossoms as I did for 3 years…. I loved it with all my heart. I would have loved to do it one more year. I had tons of fun while I represented this wonderful institution.” ended Collins.
By: DaQuita Hardeman
UAM Calling All Alumni
     Each year the University of Arkansas - Monticello Foundation Office conducts a major campaign to raise money for the special needs of the school.  The fund-raiser is designed to target all UAM alumni.
    The campaign is conducted through a phonathon.  All former alumni and friends are phoned asking for contributions to support UAM students. 
    According to Dr. Peggy Doss, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Development, the phonathon is very important to the success of the university. 
      The phonathon began over a decade ago and is run through the Foundation Office.  In the past, a consulting company was hired to initiate the calling with the help of UAM students.  This year, UAM decided to let some of the more experienced callers begin the process without the help of a consulting firm.
  “We hired some of our past callers this year.  I am particularly pleased with the students who have worked as phonathon callers.  They have conducted themselves in a veryprofessional manner and have represented UAM well.”“This event raises necessary funding for student scholarships and student support programs on our campus.  It provides for our student’s needs.”
The event benefits all UAM students, not just scholarship recipients.  The phonathon raises money to promote academic achievement as well.
“Students of all majors and areas receive benefit from this annual drive.  The money goes into numerous accounts to meet the needs of our student body.” 
In addition to serving as a way to raise money for UAM, the phonathon is a tool used to communicate current campus events with UAM alumni. 
“Even though we are asking for financial assistance, it is an avenue for alumni to interact with current students on campus.”
By: Will Whiting
SGA Meeting Sparks Controversy
    The University of Arkansas - Monticello Student Government Association (SGA) held a regular meeting on Wednesday, September 17, 2003.  The meeting was somewhat lengthy allowing for several items to be discussed. 
     Because only three SGA senators were present at the meeting, no major decisions were made.  However, many of the items on the agenda did receive heated discussions, especially from the Executive Board.
      According to SGA President Brett Eckert, there is a great need for the SGA to become more involved on campus.  However, Eckert says SGA can not do it without more support from the students.
     “We need students to stand up for what they want on this campus.  Right now there are three to four people who run this place.  The SGA needs to have a more proactive role in that matter, and I won’t go down without a fight.  After all, we represent the student body.”
    Specifically, Eckert believes UAM needs a student recreation center.
     “I see a student recreation center on this campus as a place for students to meet and have fun.  We need a place students can assemble, a place that does not close at eight o’clock every night.”
     According to Eckert, the perfect student center at UAM would include adequate space for all Greek and campus organizations, banquet rooms, game rooms, and possibly new eating facilities
     “We need everything centrally located.  We need a place for students.”In addition to discussion of a student recreation center, Eckert expressed the concern of needing more SGA senators.  To date, the SGA senator list includes twenty-four names, however the average number of members attending meetings, as observed, is approximately seven including the Executive Board.  The current Senator list contains everyone elected during the Spring 2003 semester to serve in senator positions for this school year. 
     “We are looking to fill vacancies.  We need people willing to step up for the students at UAM.”
Students interested in becoming involved with SGA and campus life are encouraged to contact Eckert or the Student Programs and Activities Office located in the upper level of the University Center. 
     In other business, Eckert announced a new student distribution list which is currently in the works.  The list will be available for all students, including prospective students with e-mail servers other than the UAM system e-mail.  It will be accessible by logging on to the UAM homepage.
     “Students would be able to click on a specific interest and find out more information.  It is another way of trying to get students involved.”
     SGA meetings are held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the University Center Caucus Room and are open to the public.
By: Will Whiting
A Soldier Prepares
     Quietly sitting in accounting class at the University of Arkansas - Monticello, James Lyle was just beginning his day.  Then the unthinkable happened.  His cell phone vibrated.  The caller I.D. showed him who it was--his army sergeant telling him to prepare for mobilization. 
     The towering twenty-one year old is an E-4 Specialist in the United States Army Reserves.  He knew his life was about to change.
     “He said we had been activated.  He said get your paperwork ready and get things straight with your family, because we would be training in a couple of weeks.”
     Lyle has been a member of the 153rd Infantry Brigade of the United States Army Reserves since January 20, 2000, when he trained  at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  Now that global politics are unstable, the 153rd Infantry in the state has been activated, affecting hundreds of reservists in southeast Arkansas. 
     For Lyle, a Monticello resident, the phone conversation quickly began to sink in.  His greatest fears were suddenly realized. 
     “I’m infantry, so if I do have to go to Iraq, I’ll be the one walking the streets with weapons.  That doesn’t scare me though.  My biggest fear is having to be away from my wife and family.”
     Even though he did not want to tell his family, he knew he had to.  This specialist knew his family would support him through thick and thin. 
     “They knew they had to be strong for me, because they knew how tough it would be for me to leave them and my friends.”
     Lyle hoped nothing would transpire from the conversation he had with his sergeant.
     “They called me up a year ago to go to Egypt.  I dropped my classes and then they never sent me.  It really jacks with your emotions.  The army is a hurry up and wait game.”
     When Lyle is deployed, he will likely train for several months with the First Calvary division from Ft. Hood, Texas. 
     After training, southeast Arkansas troops will be sent to Iraq to serve in the military campaign “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” which has already taken more than 300 U.S. lives. 

    Lyle believes the war with Iraq is somewhat justified.
     “I’m not a hundred percent for it or a hundred percent against it.  I think we have too many folks in too many places.  We maybe need to pull some of our guys back.  We are too strung out across the world.”
     The exact date for deployment is still unclear for each individual unit, but should be in mid-October.  At this point, it is almost certain that Arkansas troops will be sent.  According to Capt. Christine Munn of Camp Robinson Military Base in Little Rock, “there are currently 3,400 reserve members ready to be deployed within the next few weeks.”
     Lyle has serious academic concerns.  Currently a senior, computer information systems major at UAM, he is set to graduate this May.  However, if he is deployed to the Middle East, his graduation date must be delayed.
     “The number of hours you have in school is supposed to have some bearing as to whether or not you are called up for duty, but as far as I can tell, it hasn’t made a difference yet.”
     Lyle is only one of several students from the University of Arkansas - Monticello on the list to be deployed.  Academic fears are also being felt by other servicemen and women attending UAM.  However, according to Dr. Fred Taylor, UAM Chancellor, the university is willing to work with those defending our country. 
     “UAM has a military plan in place.  When the deployment occurs, we will give the student every consideration he or she needs to complete course work, or at least get as much done as possible.  We make sure our students in the military are given every possible chance.”
     Like many soldiers, Lyle still hopes for a miracle.  His faith is strong, and he believes God is on his side. 
     “Lately, I’ve tried hard to look for the good in all situations, considering you never know what will happen next with the Army.  Everybody’s prayers are keeping me here.  I don’t pray to stay anymore, I just pray for God’s will to be done in my life.  He knows a lot better than me.”
     When the deployment occurs, he says finances will not be a problem.  “I’ll be making good money if I do go.  The army pays well.”
     He believes, “It will be tough, but I can do it.  The army is about five percent physical and ninety-five percent mental.” 
By: Will Whiting

Calendar

October



1
Blood Drive
10-4:00
UC Green Rm

Soccer Entries
Due: 1:30 pm

KA Order Rush
7-10:00
UC Capitol Rm

2
Foreign Lang. Club
MCB 312
12:40

PBL
12:40
BBC 307

Sig Tau Rush
7-10:00
UC Capitol Rm

3

Bid Day
12:00
Horsfall Hall

4
5 6
Alpha Sig Interest Mtg
Mazzio's
8:00 pm

Soccer starts


Homecoming Elections
10-4:00
MCB

Miss Black/Gold
Pagant
7:06 pm
Library A

Forestry Program
Forestry Conference Room
7:15

Catholic Weevil Mass - 7:30 
Jeter Hall #22

8
Homecoming Elections
10-4:00
UC Green Room

Monticello Linux Club
6:00 pm
BBC 307
 

9
Homecoming Elections
10-4:00
Library

BBall Managers Mtg
12:30

10
Horseshoe Tournament
Entries due- 1:30

Homecoming Court 
4:30

11
Horseshoe Tournament
10:30
12 13
BBall Managers Meeting
3:00
14 
BBall Managers Meeting
12:30

Weevil Online production mtg
12:40
Patio Cafe

Alpha Chi
12:40 
MCB 105

Midnight Madness
11:59 pm
Fieldhouse

15 16
School of Forestry
Lecture
7:00 pm

Spencer's Illusion
7:30 pm
FAC

17
Lions Club
12:30
Patio Cafe
18
19 20
X-Country Run
Entries: 1:30
Run: 4:30

Spirit Walls
noon-dark
UC lawn

Cook-Off
noon-dark
UC lawn

21
Weevil Online production mtg
12:40
Patio Cafe

Chinua Hawk
FAC
7:30 pm

Basketball Starts

22 23
Parade Competition
Band Barn
12:30

Homecoming Meal
FAC lawn
TBA

Bonfire/Band
FAC lawn
TBA

24 25
Homecoming
26 27
Deadline: Pumpkin Decorating
Admissions
28
Weevil Online production mtg
12:40
Patio Cafe
29
Flu Shots
12:30-1:30
UC Green Rm
30 31

November



1
2 3 4
Weevil Online production mtg
12:40
Patio Cafe
5 6
 Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m.

Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m
9 10 11 
Weevil Online production mtg
12:40
Patio Cafe

Alpha Chi 
12:40 
MCB 105 

Alpha Chi Initiation
7:00 pm, FAC

12 13 14 15
16 17 18 
Weevil Online production mtg
12:40
Patio Cafe

Fall Choral Concerts             FAC, 7:30 p.m.

19 20
Great American Smoke-Out
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December



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Christmas Concert 
FAC, 7:30 p.m.

SAH Recognition Ceremony
Capitol Room 
7:00 pm
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Christmas Program
FAC, 3:00 pm 
SEARK Concert Association