TheWeevil
On-Line
 October 30, 2003
Volume 4                                                        No. 6
Staff: Kathryn Stewart-Editor, DaQuita Hardeman, 
Laurin Smith, Will Whiting
Advisor: Dr. Linda Webster
 
News 
& Events











 

Assembly Raises Concerns Over Concurrent Enrollment

UAM Debate Team Takes Third Place at Regional Competition

Spirit Week at UAM

UAM Art Club Decorates Campus

The Creative Society: A Unique Club

Feature Story: Benas Matkevicius

Midnight Madness

 
Assembly Raises Concerns Over Concurrent Enrollment
     Concurrent enrollment became the main issue of Wednesday’s UAM Assembly meeting after several members voiced concerns over UAM’s current policy.
     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.”
By:Kathryn Stewart
 
 
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 Campus

     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.
     For many years, the UAM Art Department has created numerous masterpieces.  Artwork of students has been displayed in both local and state exhibitions, but never has anything been hung from a tree in the center of the UAM campus. 
     However, the department had a mission to change that, and they did.  The UAM Art Department recently began hanging sculptures from trees near the University Library and Technology Center.  The artwork was created by the Sculpture class, instructed by Art Department faculty member Tom Richard. 
    “Students were instructed to create sculptures relating to nature.  The sculptures had to deal conceptually with the idea of life.” 
     The idea was conceived by both Richard and local artist, Alice Guffey Miller.  Miller, who is on the Arkansas Arts on Tour roster, submitted a mini-grant to help students work on the project.  According to Richard, sculptures are Miller’s specialty.
     “I knew she was exactly what we wanted.  She deals with found objects and recycled materials in her pieces.  She was a great asset for this assignment.”
Before creating the large sculptures, each student was required to create a small mobile out of screws, bolts and wire.  According to Stacey Moore, a senior art major from Hamburg, Arkansas, the small mobiles helped prepare the class for the large creations.
     “We new our large mobiles would have to be stable in the trees.  The small mobiles helped us practice for the balancing of the large sculptures.”
     The cost of the project was minimal.  Students made their mobiles out of recycled objects.
     “The class took a field trip behind the forestry building to look for recycled materials and junk items.  We wanted to keep costs low, and we did.  They are made of junk tin, metal, and plastic objects,” says Richard.
     It took approximately two weeks to create the sculptures.  According to many of the students, the most difficult task to master was making the sculptures move.  Creative thinking skills were also required to insure stability within the object.
     Creativity was encouraged.  Creations of all types can now be found swaying from trees in the central area of the campus.  The creations include everything from dragons and solar systems, to Indians and humans.  According to Andy Caruthers, a junior art minor from Hudson, Florida and creator of Old Man of the Woods, the experience was one he will never forget.
     “It was awesome getting to work with Alice Guffey Miller.  I was able to work with a professional artist.  I learned how she thinks when she does artwork.  It required several modifications before it was ready, but the overall experience was great.”
     According to Moore, the art department has received several compliments on the sculptures.
“People have said they were interesting.  They like them because it’s something new to look at.  It also adds to the diversity of the campus.  Sometimes I feel the art department is under-appreciated.  The sculptures make our organization more visible.”
     Richard believes having creations visible in numerous places helps others appreciate the true meaning of art.
“It makes the overall presence of art more visible at UAM.  The diversity of the project is driven by the process of creation.  Hanging our sculptures also meant a lot because we were able to display the artwork outside of the gallery setting.”
     The sculptures are only one of the many projects the various art classes at UAM seeks to accomplish each year.  Richard believes the students should not only learn, but also enjoy working on their art. 
     Currently, students are carving animals out of bulky plaster mounds. 
      “The plaster carving is another example of our unique way of embracing the various aspects of the process of sculpting.  It’s easier and more cost efficient to use plaster rather than wood.”
     For now, the towering sculptures will remain dangling from the trees in the center of the campus.  After removing them, it is certain that the art department will embrace yet another wild idea.
     As Richard said,  “We always have something going.  There is never a dull moment in the Art Complex.”

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.
     Started by students as a literary club seven years ago, it has since evolved into a group that promotes creativity, regardless of the source. The most unique thing about the Creative Society is its lack of a hierarchy. There is no president, vice president, or even a secretary. 
     “We wrote it up where we didn’t have officers; we just had people with creative ideals. When they wanted to do something they became the “courageous” (a term derived from Ancient Greece, a courageous would supervise the tragedies and comedies of the time and motivate the actors). It’s totally student motivated,” faculty advisor Dr. Gary Marshall explained. 
     Creative Society member Rhiannon Cabaniss said she joined for several reasons. 
     “I liked that it was less structured than other groups, and the general ideals that the society is trying to promote. I’ve been a member for over a year now and I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far.”
     What many people may not be aware of is that the popular event Mocha Madness is sponsored by the Creative Society. Mocha Madness is a collection of poetry, prose and music performances. Madness is a bi-annual tradition that has been around for as long as the club itself. 
     Marshall said that any performance is welcome, “anything from juggling Jell-O to poetry or your own songs.” 
     However he does urge people to bring their own material. 
     “Every once in a while someone sneaks in a cover, but most of it is homegrown,” said Marshall.
     The Creative Society also does many civic services such as sponsoring impoverished children at Christmas. They buy toys for children that are not able to receive from their own families.  Also the group has set up recycling cans at various locales around UAM. One is located in the MCB’s Writing Center, while the other is in the Science Center.
     The Creative Society has no dues, and any UAM student is free to join. Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Patio Café. 
     The next Mocha Madness will be November 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Patio Café.

By: Bradly Gill

 
 
 
Feature Story: Benas Matkevicius
 “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
Midnight Madness

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.
      “I went in there expecting to participate in the dunking or three-point contest, but for some reason they didn’t have them this year. I was looking forward to winning the dunking contest again,” said senior Computer Information Systems student Shamon Coger. 
     In the past, Midnight Madness began with activities and contests for fans to participate in.  Because these activities are time consuming, there were no activities or contests this year.
     At 11:00 P.M., the doors were opened and fans began to fill the bleachers.  Many students showed their school spirit by painting their faces and bodies green and white. 
     “It’s good to see that despite the team’s success, students still support the Weevils and the Blossoms. Maybe with the support of the fans, the teams will be somewhat motivated to play and win this year,” comments Rosalyn William, senior Business Administration student.
      Last season, the Weevils blamed their losing record on the team’s lack of experience and leadership.
     Everyone was welcomed and entertained by the percussion members of the UAM band and cheerleaders. Those who arrived early got to sign up for door prizes, which included a Sony PlayStation Two, DVD players, and a cordless telephone. 
     As the night went on, the cheerleaders showered the bleachers with Midnight Madness t-shirts and fan-sized basketballs. 
     At 12:01A.M., the 2003-2004 Cotton Blossoms were announced. The team, consisting of nine players, are seniors Casper Bobo, Kayla Pilgram, and Shana Woodruff, sophomores Myisha Colston, Ashley May, Jenna Thomas, and Wendy Young, and freshmen Mary Knight and Tiffany Spratt. The Blossoms are led by second season Coach Jill Lewis.
    The Boll Weevils took the floor at 12:35 A.M. entertaining the crowd with their dunking skills.  This year’s team is made up of seventeen players, seniors Corwin Elliot, Aric Furlow, Kyron Green and Terry Lain, junior Mike Reese, sophomores Damon Harris, Justin Marks, Benas Matkevicius, Brandon Mayweather, Billy McDaniels, Archie Treggs and DeMarcus Wilson, and newcomers Johnathan Cantley, Jaston Carter, Marcelle Goins, Nate Newell, and Eric Womack. The team is lead by Coach Mike Newell. 
    After the Weevils scrimmaged, the last door prize was raffled and the fans began to clear the stands.
     Midnight Madness has emerged as a college basketball tradition through the duration of many years. The tradition derived from the fact that college teams were not allowed to formally practice before a predetermined date, usually in late October. As a result, teams started practice at the stroke of midnight of the morning of the date that the NCAA granted the team to do so. This event also gives the team the opportunity to announce its players. 

By: DaQuita Hardeman

Calendar

November
 
1
2 3
Weevil Online production mtg
12:40 
Patio Cafe

Mocha Madness
Patio Cafe
7:00 pm

Ozark Archeology Program
Library "A"
7:15 pm

5 6
 Fall Opera      FAC, 7:30 p.m.
8
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 
Foeign Lang. Club
Food Feast & Film
Food: 6-7:00pm
Film: 7:15
Library "A"

Great American Smoke-Out

21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

December

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

SAH Recognition Ceremony
Capitol Room 
7:00 pm
6

Christmas Program
FAC, 3:00 pm 
SEARK Concert Association