October 30, 2003
Laurin Smith, Will Whiting
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster
|Assembly Raises Concerns Over Concurrent Enrollment|
According to Dr. Dennis Travis, Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, concurrent enrollment is the act of allowing high school students to earn high school and college credit hours while still in high school. Forty-five hundred high school students in Arkansas took college courses from a university last year.
“The high school teacher hired to teach the classes UAM offers is an adjunct UAM faculty member and must use a syllabus, textbook, and tests all approved by the university,” said Travis.
Dr. Robert Stark, Professor of Agriculture, asked the Assembly to go on record in opposition to concurrent enrollment as it is currently being used. The motion passed. Stark believes that the current policy of concurrent enrollment gives UAM a bad image, noting that the university is only hurting themselves by allowing college courses to be taught in the local high schools.
Dr. Kate Stewart, Professor of English, believes it is more about politics than education.
“It’s about getting a degree the fastest way possible.”
Dr. James Roiger, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, thinks there should be more of a positive response rather than negative.
“We need to ask ourselves how we can make it work better for us and the students.”
Newlyappointed member of the UAM Board of Visitors, Bennie Ryburn,III, updated the Assembly on the current search for a new chancellor. As of last week, Dr. Alan Sugg, UA System President, still was not sure how the new chancellor will be chosen.
A new policy under Academic Appeals will no longer allow students, who are placed on academic suspension at the end of a spring semester, to automatically enroll in summer classes. In the past, students who were suspended were given the chance to complete six hours of course work during the summer. If their grade point average was a 2.00 or better, the student was permitted to enroll in the fall semester.
Under the new policy, students must go before through Academic Appeals before they are allowed to enroll. If a student goes before the committee and they are appealed, then they may enroll in summer classes. Otherwise, the student will be suspended for one semester.
The Assembly also voted to approve a policy that will require students to apply for graduation the semester before they are expected to graduate.
“Our current policy does not give any safeguard to our students. We are finding ourselves telling students that they have to come back in the summer and finish,” said Travis.
Dr. Debbie Bryant, Registrar, does not think this new policy will solve many problems.
“There’s no way my system can determine which students are going to graduate in May.”
|UAM Debate Team Takes
Third Place at Regional Competition
The University of Arkansas - Monticello (UAM) Debate and Forensics team competed in the Pi Kappa Delta Province Tournament held on the campus of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, October 16-19, 2003. UAM competed with seventeen universities from across the southeastern United States. UAM was recognized with fourteen individual awards and two team awards at the event.
The UAM squad was represented by nine members who competed in both debate and individual events. All three International Public Debate Association divisions were combined into one. Will Whiting, a junior speech communications and journalism double major from Monticello, Arkansas, was awarded the superior debate award for a record of six wins and no losses in preliminary rounds of competition. Whiting was fifth place speaker and was a quarterfinalist. Michael Perkins, a sophomore speech communications major from Denton, Texas, was a debate finalist placing second. Perkins also received the third place speaker award in debate. Betty Dintelman, a senior political science major from Hamburg, Arkansas was a semi-finalist in debate.
In individual event competitions, Dintelman was awarded a first place superior award in informative speaking. She, along with Perkins, was awarded the second place superior award in Duo Dramatic Interpretation. Perkins also received second place Poetry and third place Prose interpretation. Whiting was awarded the second place superior trophy for informative speaking. In addition, he was awarded fourth place in persuasive speaking.
Other competitors for UAM included April Jacks, Charlotte Keiffner, Brandi Morgan, Laurin Smith, and Bryce Wrzesinski.
In addition to individual awards, the UAM team received the third place debate sweepstakes award. They also received the third place overall sweepstakes award.
According to Scott Kuttenkuler, Assistant Director of Forensics, the UAM team represented the university well.
"I could not be any more pleased with the performance of our squad. It really demonstrates their hard-work ethics and their dedication to the true meaning of Pi Kappa Delta, 'the art of persuasion, beautiful and just.' They did an outstanding job."
The UAM Debate and Forensics team will continue practicing for their next tournament, the Red River Swing Tournament which will be held at Louisiana State University - Shreveport, on November 14 - 16, 2003.
The team is under the leadership of Scott Kuttenkuler and R. David Ray, Dean
of the School of Arts and Humanities.
By: Will Whiting
|Spirit Week at UAM
Spirit Week was filled with activities from October 19-25, prepping the Weevils for the game against the Harding University Bisons who were defeated 35-21 on Saturday.
Starting the week out on an educational note, three members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Matishia Bobo, Carveyetta Walker, and Erica Broussard, passed out over 150 alcohol free party bags as part of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week sponsored by Counseling, Testing, and Career Services.
“We helped by handing out the party bags. I learned to be aware of the effects that alcohol could have on me, the dangers, and the stats from the pamphlets and information cards that were in the bags,” said Erica Broussard, sophomore nursing major.
From noon until dark, many organizations hung out on the University Center’s lawn to paint spirit walls and barbecue Bison Burgers. The spirit walls lined the UC lawn for the entire week and then the back fences of Cotton Boll Stadium during Saturday’s game.
Spirit Wall winners were, in first place, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, second place went to Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity, and third place went to Omega Psi Phi fraternity and Delta Sigma Theta sorority in the Greek division. The Non-Greek division first place was awarded to the Residence Hall Association and to the UAM Cheerleaders, second place went to Christians in Action, and the UAM Ambassadors took third place. Winners of the Bison Burger and Steak Cook-off in the Greek division were Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity in first, second place was awarded to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity came in third. In the Non-Greek division, MBSF came in first, the Knights placed second, and following in third place was the Social Work Club.
Up and coming R&B singer Chinua Hawk, who is currently touring the United States performing for college students, added UAM to his tour list and made his appearance in the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday at 7:30 P.M.
On Thursday, the sound of sirens echoed across campus, alerting the crowd of the parade of cars, trucks, floats, and four wheelers that carried the members of different organizations, dorm members, and the 2003 Homecoming court. Though the line was rather short, it served as a great introduction of this season’s football team, cheerleaders, and band.
Parade winners were in first place, Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority in second, and Kappa Alpha Order place third in the Greek division. In the Non-Greek division the Ambassadors placed first, MBSF placed second, and the Residence Hall Association placed third.
As the fight song was played, the cheerleaders yelled, “Go Big Green!” The majorettes twirled, twisted, and bobbed in spite of the heat and the roaring sounds from the band that stood immediately behind them.
As time passed, the sun set and preparation for the bon fire began. Five members of the rock band Fighting Gravity took the stage and performed two marathon sets, one at 5:00 P.M. and the other at 8:00 P.M.
Tyrone Bennett, senior Weevil wide receiver and Computer Information Systems major, was given the honor of lighting the pile of wood and hay that stood over 15 feet tall.
“Rob asked me to do it, so I did!” said Bennett.
The pile quickly burned down to a blaze. Junior Health and Physical Education student Shaun Wilson comments, “The bon fire was supposed to start at 7:00, but when I got there at 7:10, the fire was already down. That was the worst part, I thought that the fire was supposed to burn through the entire night, but it didn’t.”
The almost unbearable heat lasted for a mere 20 minutes and then the band took the stage and rocked the night to an end.
Spirit Week ended on Friday Vegas style with Casino Night, sponsored by the Student Activities Board, in the University Center’s Gymnasium. Students got to play poker, roulette, and craps.
The Chancellor’s Cup was awarded to Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity for scoring the highest in judged events for Spirit Week and the overall Spirit Week Award was given to Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority for having the highest attendance and involvement during Spirit Week.
By: DaQuita Hardeman
|UAM Art Club Decorates
The center of the University of Arkansas –
Monticello (UAM) campus is very typical of any university. Large
trees, green grass, and tall brick buildings compose the basic architecture
of the school. However, with the help of one of UAM’s most unique
organizations, the Art Department is making a mark with student’s artwork.
By: Will Whiting
|The Creative Society:
A Unique Club
UAM is host to many diverse clubs both scholastic
and athletic. Though the Creative Society is just one of the multitudes
of student organizations, its activities, charitable contributions, and
unique structure truly set it apart.
By: Bradly Gill
|Feature Story: Benas
“I always dreamed of coming to the United States. I had an American flag hanging over my bedroom door in Germany,” said Benas Matkevicius, a native of Lithuania, who moved to Germany with his family when he was six and is now living in Monticello, Arkansas. Matkevicius came to the United States in hopes of finding a better opportunity for a successful life. Upon completing his education in Germany, Matkevicius moved to the United States to play basketball for one year at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. After not recieving any recruitment offers, Matkevicius went back to Germany.
Through what seemed to be fate, a friend of his fathers, an agent and a friend of UAM’s head coach Mike Newell, connected the two which opened the doors for Matkevicius, allowing him to continue pursuing his dreams of playing basketball.
Benas, a twenty year old speech communications major at UAM, is the shooting guard for the Weevil basketball team.
Now a sophomore on the team, Benas is ready to begin a new season without an injury.
After an incomplete freshman year, because of an injury to his ACL, Matkevicius returned home to Cuxhaven, Germany to begin his rehabilitation. Ready to begin a new season, he came back to Monticello at the end of the summer. During game four of the next season, Matkevicius re-injured his knee when a member of the opposing team fell on it. Once again he was pushed off of the court and back into rehab.
Now a sophomore on the Boll Weevils Basketball team, Benas is ready to begin a new season without an injury.
“I’m excited about the new season. I can’t give up. I hate to disappoint people, and I have too many people behind me. Giving up is never an option.”
By: DaQuita Hardeman
Excitement over Midnight Madness lured over five hundred Weevil and
Blossom fans into Steelman’s Fieldhouse to tip off a new basketball season
on October 14, 2003.
By: DaQuita Hardeman
Weevil Online production mtg
Ozark Archeology Program
Fall Opera FAC, 7:30 p.m.
Fall Opera FAC, 7:30 p.m
Weevil Online production mtg
Alpha Chi Initiation
Weevil Online production mtg
Fall Choral Concerts FAC, 7:30 p.m.
Foeign Lang. Club
Food Feast & Film
Great American Smoke-Out
FAC, 7:30 p.m.
SAH Recognition Ceremony
FAC, 3:00 pm
SEARK Concert Association