October 15, 2003
Volume 4                                                        No. 5
Staff: Kathryn Stewart-Editor, DaQuita Hardeman, 
Laurin Smith, Will Whiting
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster
& Events


Festivities Held for Spirit Week

UAM Hosts Weevil Wars

Pi Kappa Delta and Forensics Update

UAM Homecoming Court Announced

May's Graduation Date Will Not Change

UAM Ambassadors to Host Pumpkin Carving Contest

UAM to Host Study Abroad Next Summer

SGA President Brett Eckert Speaks Out


Festivities Held for Spirit Week

     The University of Arkansas-Monticello Division of Student Affairs is planning several activities for students during the week of October 20-24, 2003.  Spirit Week gives students an opportunity to showcase their school spirit and participate in homecoming festivities. 
     According to Brett Eckert, Student Government Association (SGA) President, there is no reason for students not to get involved.
     "There will be an enormous amount of fun happening at UAM during Spirit Week.  I would encourage everyone to get out and participate in the activities."
     Several new activities are planned for this year's Spirit Week. 
     "Student Affairs is working real hard to bring a variety of acts to campus to meet the needs of all students," says Eckert. 
     The Spirit Wall Competition and Cook off will be held Monday, October 20, 2003 from noon until dark on the University Center Lawn.

     On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, UAM will welcome Rhythm and Blues singer Chinua Hawk to campus.  Hawk will entertain students in a live concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
     Eckert believes the concert will help get students excited about Homecoming 2003.
     "We are very excited to have a live concert and comedian on campus during Spirit Week."
     Thursday's schedule of activities to help celebrate Weevil spirit includes a parade competition beginning at 12:30 p.m.  The parade will begin at the Band Barn and continue around the campus.  In addition, a homecoming meal has been planned in conjunction with the annual bonfire and pep rally.  Both will take place on the lawn of the Fine Arts Center. 
     On Friday night, October 24, 2003, UAM will become an operating casino with "Casino Night".  Students will have the opportunity to win prizes and take part in real-time casino activities. 
     Spirit Week ends on Saturday, October 25, 2003 when the UAM Boll Weevils play host to the Harding University Bison.  Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. at Cotton Boll Stadium. 
     For more information about Spirit Week and how your organization can become involved, contact the Office of Student Programs and Activities at 460-1396 or the Division of Student Affairs at 460-1053.
By: Will Whiting
UAM Hosts Weevil Wars

     The University of Arkansas-Monticello was the site for the 4th annual Weevil Wars Debate Tournament.  The tournament was held October 11-12, 2003.  Seven universities from across the southeastern United States competed in the event.
     Representing UAM in novice debate action, Michael Perkins, a sophomore speech communications major from Denton, Texas, was the novice debate champion for the second consecutive tournament, and he was awarded the second place speaker award.  Ashley Courson, a sophomore political science major from Monticello, Arkansas was awarded a quarter finalist trophy and received the third place speaker award.   Also in novice was Malissa Ingram-Davis, a freshman political science major from Warren, Arkansas, and Laurin Smith, a freshman speech communications major from Hamburg, Arkansas.  Both Ingram-Davis and Smith finished as quarter finalists
     In the varsity division, Betty Dintelman, a senior political science major from Hambug, Arkansas, was a varsity quarter finalist.  Leslie Nelms, alumni of the UAM Debate and Forensics team, finished as a quarter finalist in the open division.
     Others competing for UAM and adding to the team's overall sweepstakes points included Amanda Haught, Lance Denmon, and Charlotte Kieffner, Brandi Morgan, Will Whiting and Bryce Wrsenzski.
     According to Scott Kuttenkuler, Assistant Director of Forensics, the UAM debaters did an outstanding job representing their school.
     "I am extremely proud of the UAM squad.  Not only did they do a great job hosting the tournament, but they all did a wonderful job competing.  Everyone contributed to our success."
     The squad will travel to McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA next weekend to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta Province Tournament.  This tournament includes both debate and individual speaking events. 
     The team is under the direction of R. David Ray, Director of Forensics and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, and Kuttenkuler.  For more information about the nationally ranked UAM Debate and Forensics team call 460-1078.

By: Will Whiting


Pi Kappa Delta and   Forensics Update
Marty Brutscher, a Pi Kappa Delta alum from the 1970's, will be honored this year at UAM's Homecoming for his Achievement and Merit.

The new officers for the Arkansas Theta Alumni Chapter are:
President: Teresa Minter Cundiff
Vice President: Andy Connard
Executive Secretary: Whitney White Young
Corresponding Secretary: Ashley Platt Booker
Historian: Brandon Higdem

UAM Homecoming Court Announced

     The 2003 Homecoming Court consist of one representative from twelve various organizations at UAM.  The Football Sweetheart is chosen by the seniors on the football team. Those selected by the student body are as follows: Sara Andrews, Matishia Bobo, Kristi Brannon, Beth Burgess, LaTish Edwards, Katie Hopkins,RoTesha Johnson, Candrice Jones, Tameshia Lovett, Andre’ka Walker, Carveyetta Walker, Sammi Jo Warren.  Vicky Brown was chosen as the Football Sweetheart. 

Contributed by: DaQuita Hardeman

May's Graduation Date Will Not Change

     On Friday October 10, 2003, a proposed plan to change the date of UAM's spring graduation, which is set for Friday May 14, 2004, was turned down by Chancellor Taylor.  Dr. Debbie Bryant, Registrar, had proposed a plan to move the date to May 13 because Monticello's High School graduation is also set for May 14.
     Chancellor Taylor requested that Bryant do a study on the proposed date change and see how it would affect UAM's academic calendar.
     According to Dr. Dennis Travis, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, after several meetings, the Chancellor decided it could not be done.
     "We would be short on necessary class hours to complete a full academic calendar," said Travis. 

By: Kathryn Stewart-editor
UAM Ambassadors to Host Pumpkin Carving Contest

     The University of Arkansas-Monticello (UAM) student ambassadors are set to host the first annual UAM pumpkin decorating contest on October 31, 2003.  The contest is open to all active student organizations and clubs on campus.
     Entry forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.  The deadline to register is October 27, 2003.
     Organizations will be responsible for supplying and decorating their own pumpkin.  After the pumpkin is decorated, the organization may take their creation to the Office of Admissions by noon on October 30, 2003.  The pumpkins will be displayed in the amphitheater located behind Harris Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Halloween Day.
     The pumpkins will be judged, and first, second, and third place winners will receive prizes.  The criteria for judging includes originality and most school spirit among other things. 
     According to Sally Owen, a current UAM student ambassador, the pumpkin carving contest is a great way for all organizations to show their school and Halloween spirit.
     "We are encouraging all student organizations and clubs to show their school spirit and enter the pumpkin decorating contest.  It's a great way to get involved."
     For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 460-1026.

By: Will Whiting
UAM to Host Study Abroad Next Summer

     UAM is planning to host a study abroad program May 30 - July 2, 2004.  The study will take place in Costa Rica, Central America and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students seeking credit in Spanish courses.
The intensive four-week study is designed to enlighten the students's knowledge in the Spanish language and includes full cultural immersions. 
     According to Mr. Charles Fleis, instructor of Spanish and French at UAM, this is an opportunity for students to experience the best of what the Hispanic culture has to offer.
     "This program has been a success in the past.  It offers a wide array of options for students to take part in and learn more about the Hispanic culture."
     The program includes morning classes, completely in Spanish, with a maximum of six students per class.  Additionally, students are housed in Costa Rican family homes. 
     "The participating families are chosen for their friendliness and helpfulness towards students.  Living within a true Costa Rican home allows the students to develop a deep understanding of their way of life."
     In addition to studying, optional excursions are available during participants' free time.
     "We take trips to rain forests, volcanoes, and beaches in addition to completing the course work.  This is an important part of the overall experience," said Fleis. 
     The cost to complete the program is just under three-thousand dollars and includes air fare from Little Rock, Arkansas and optional excursion fees.       Participants must submit an application form along with a deposit of $200 prior to March 10, 2004.  Students enrolling in the course for college credit must pre-register for the UAM first summer session and follow university procedures. 
     While the study does not take place until next summer, it is important for any student interested in the trip to contact Fleis or Isabel Bacon in the School of Arts and Humanities at 460-1078.
     "We are trying to determine how many students to plan for.  Anyone interested should contact us as soon as possible."

By: Will Whiting


SGA President Brett Eckert                           Speaks Out
     Brett Eckert, senior Computer Information Systems/ Business Management major and Spanish minor, is currently serving as the UAM's Student Body President.
     Stepping up from last years Vice-President position, Eckert says that he was determined to be named president because he wanted to represent the student body on issues that affect them.
     As the holder of this position, Eckert says that he would like to see UAM be more conscious of the students and their needs. 
     "Organizational involvement is low. Organizations are forced to meet in buildings that are falling apart, have constant water leaks, mildew, and mold problems. The university has made some strides to accommodate student organizations, but what about two years from now when these buildings are not in suitable shape to meet in. The university has made no mention of plans to address this issue." 
     Eckert believes the students at UAM are the reason for the Student Government Association (SGA); however, there is no effective communication between UAM students and the SGA. 
     "Our methods of communicating with the student body are not working very well. E-mails and flyers are overused. They have lost their effectiveness. We need to have communication billboards set up around campus for relaying information to students."
     The SGA is currently working on the possible development of a student recreation center where organizations and students could meet. Eckert also stresses that there is a need for the university to create an email distribution list that could be accessed by using other web-based email servers. 
     "This would enable students to receive e-mails to their Yahoo, Hotmail, and other web-based e-mail servers," said Eckert.
     Currently, the system requires you to have a UAM e-mail account to receive updates or news about events that are happening around campus.
     "I think the biggest obstacle is getting students to become more involved and fight for what they believe. Students who want UAM to change have to get involved, and only through student involvement can the students truly be represented."
     Eckert has been an active member of the SGA since 2001. Before holding his current position as president, he served as vice-president and as a senator. In association with the SGA, he has been an active member of the Student Activities Board and served as chairperson/president during the 2002-2003 year.
By: DaQuita Hardeman



12 13 
BBall Managers Meeting
BBall Managers Meeting

Weevil Online production mtg
Patio Cafe 

Alpha Chi
MCB 105 

Midnight Madness
11:59 pm 

15 16 
School of Forestry
7:00 pm 

Spencer's Illusion
7:30 pm 

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

Spirit Walls
UC lawn 

UC lawn

Weevil Online production mtg
Patio Cafe 

Chinua Hawk
7:30 pm 

Basketball Starts

Faculty Recital
7:30 pm
Harris Recital Hall
Parade Competition
Band Barn 

Homecoming Meal
FAC lawn 

FAC lawn 

Casino Night
8:00 pm
UC Gym
Tailgate Party
12:00 pm
Weevil Pond

Homecoming Game
3:00 pm

Step Show
7:00 pm

26 27 
Deadline: Pumpkin Decorating
Library closed

Weevil Online production mtg
Patio Cafe

Art Club
Art Complex
1:00 pm


Assembly Mtg
UC Green Rm

BBC 307
12:40 PM


2 3
Weevil Online production mtg
Patio Cafe

Mocha Madness
7:00 pm
Patio Cafe

5 6
 Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m.

Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m
9 10
Senior Recital
7:30 pm
Spencer Gallery
Weevil Online production mtg
Patio Cafe 

Alpha Chi 
MCB 105 

Alpha Chi Initiation
7:00 pm, FAC

Flu Shots
UC Green Rm
13 14 15
16 17 18 
Weevil Online production mtg
Patio Cafe 

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

19 20 
Great American Smoke-Out
21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29


1 2 3
Christmas Concert
FAC, 7:30 p.m.

SAH Recognition Ceremony
Capitol Room 
7:00 pm

Christmas Program
FAC, 3:00 pm 
SEARK Concert Association