Visiting Maw-Maw

Martha Myrick

November 3, 2008

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As I walked down that long white hall, I tried to remember the room number. "Room 595? No. That's not her........." "Room 600? Oh wow, that's definately not her...." Fortunately, as I took that first corner I heard a cheerful, animated voice navigate my steps. When I turned into her doorway I heard a dramatic gasp come out of her mouth as if I had a gun. It didn't scare me much. I'd become so familiar with that award winning noise. She sat there in her wheelchair as if it were a Cadillac. "Hi darlin'! What ya got there?" She saw the two packages of chocolates in my hand. "Just something for the nurses." She didn't miss a beat. "Put in my nightstand. I'll make sure it gets to them." It tickled me so much, I couldn't help but laugh. I stashed the Milky Ways into her drawer and saw that she had two rather large boxes of cheese crackers hidden between her shirts. "Maw-Maw! Where did you get these from?" She swore that she didn't know where they came from, and I didn't have time to respond because I was interrupted. "WHAT IS FRANCE!" No she's not schizophrenic. She's watching "Jeopardy." Apparently she yelled the answer because she and the woman across the hall were playing against each other. Just about that time I heard in the distance... "WHAT IS ASIA-MINOR?" "YOU'RE WRONG AGAIN, MYRTLE!" Maw-Maw had no concept of an inside voice. As she continued to watch, I strolled over to her bed where she had six pictures of her grandbabies. I noticed that my sisters and I were pushed to the back, and my brother's picture was front and center. I reached for it. "Now, you keep your brother's picture right there. There's a young single nurse around here who finds him handsome. Maybe if I can keep that picture right there..." "Are you trying to pimp out your own grandson?" "I would half my earnins' with you. If you don't tell that mother of yours," she contemplated in the most serious tone. "He has a girlfried, Maw-Maw." She ignored my comment. "So! This nurse has a job!" The humor in that statement even made the janitor walking by the door grin. "Oh, Ms. Martha....." She rolled to her door and informed me of Bingo starting soon and of how she wanted to get a head start so she could pick out her lucky game boards. She put on her green casino visor and grabbed her Mardi-Gras beads. "Well, you have fun and win lots of money. I'll see you in a week." By this time she was out the door and down the hall. "Okay, but next time I want Butterfingers!" I walked back into her room., put my picture in front of my brothers, turned off the lights, and then shut the door. I took a step away when I heard something hit the floor. I looked behind my feet and read the broken brown sign on the floor. MARTHA ANN PEARSON: ROOM 603

A Fanboy POV

EZ Peterson

November 3, 2008

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It's even better when it's on a weekend. This gives me three days of candy, scary movies, and to top it all off, I play ALL my Resident Evil games in a row. 6 games, the lights off, and I try to see if I can literally scare the crap out of myself. I swear. No matter how many times you play those games, they still are scary as hell. You never know what's going to jump out at you, one bad move and you die, horribly. It would be nice to have some scary movies I haven't seen a billion times. You got the run of the mill slasher movies (Nightmare, Friday, Halloween, etc) then you got your classic 80's underrated scary movies that no one but nerds like myself remember, such as Waxwork, Dolls, and Fright Night. Those are just off the top of my head. Torture films and J-Horror movies are the medium today. I don't have any regards against Saw. I just wish it wasn't turning into another slasher franchise. Everyone says Saw V will be the last, but as long as the franchise is profitable, Jigsaw will never die, just like the hockey-masked, claw-handed and killer-possessed doll wonders before him. If you read my last entry you know I'm not one for the U.S ripping off Japan, but now you've got clunkers like The Ring, and The Grudge. I'm sorry but those movies aren't scary to me. I sat through those crap-tastic Americanized movies and didn't even blink. Even the real movies weren't anything to make me jump back and gasp. It takes a lot to scare me. I love the sensation, but these movies don't fill the void. I'm going to list some of my favorite scary movies to enlighten people who don't know what a good scary movie is. Minor spoilers ahead. If you want something suspenseful and supernatural, I suggest a little 70's outing called Phantasm. This movie scared the hell out of me when I was young. The midget monsters looked like Jawas from Star Wars, and trust me, you don't wanna know how they are made. Flying silver spheres may not scare you at first but when those blades pop out and cut a guy's ear off and drilled a hole through his head, I screamed to high heaven, it was like "Attack of the Flying Ornaments". I saw those things in my nightmares. If that doesn't scare you, The Tall Man will. That creepy S.O.B looks like he just got out of a coffin. It's a horror classic and it was just released on DVD not too long ago, give it a try. It has a couple of sequels but I'd stop at three, it gets kinda lame after that. Now for those of you who are fans of the token monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy, I suggest you look up the old Hammer Films of the 60's. Not only did they reinvent the monsters we find so cheesy today, they turned greats like Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee into horror movie staples before both of their stints in respective Star Wars movies. I personally recommend the Dracula films, such as The Horror of Dracula, Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Scars of Dracula. Christopher Lee is the ultimate Dracula in my opinion, he has played the vampire lord a record 13 times, and you people probably just know him as Count Dooku and Saruman. No way, Christopher Lee was laying down the evil before we were born. Peter Cushing plays as both Professor Van Helsing and Professor Frankenstein, he is flawless in both. The 70's Hammer films get kind of Grindhouse-like, but are still good. Check them out. I'm somewhat of an anime expert, so I feel obligated to throw in some scary anime in here as well. Don't laugh, anime can be scary. A good movie to start out with is Vampire Hunter D. It's just what the title says it is, a vampire hunter who does his job. It may sound generic but many hail it as a classic anime. If you're looking for something more mind-bending, I suggest Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek. It's about kids who (of course) play hide and seek in the ruins of an old city where kids have been known to disappear. One of the kids goes there to find his lost sister. I can't say much as it's a short film, but it has a twist end that would put M. Night Shyamalan to shame. I also recommend Robot Carnival. It's a collection of short anime films that is on par with the Pink Floyd movies as far I'm concerned. Some are scary, some just mess with your mind. I'll let you decide. Time for the sci-fi lovers. An 80's classic I highly recommend is Invaders from Mars. It's a lot like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but from a children's point of view. It's the typical storyline where the kid sees what's really happening but the adults don't believe him, mostly because the parents are becoming the aliens. The plot may be tiresome but it's a hell of a lot better than the sci-fi BS that Hollywood is pumping out today. (Cloverfield anyone?) It's a trip down memory lane and what it doesn't offer in the scary department, it makes up for in the nostalgia area. If you liked this, I suggest checking out The Faculty. This one was a late 90's flick that is one of Robert Rodriguez's lesser known gems. It's the same premise, not too scary but nostalgic, and pretty damn good. Well, that's enough for now. I'm going to work on my costume now. I'll be at Henderson Halloween by the way. No autographs. See ya. I've just been fired because nobody wants to see vampire killers anymore or vampires either. Apparently all they want are demented madmen running around in ski masks hacking up young virgins. - Roddy McDowell in Fright Night.

The small town environmentalist

Elisha Allen

October 19, 2008

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Being environmentally friendly is the in thing right now. It is the cause of the month. But why? Why take the extra effort to separate trash or remember to bring a reusable bag when you go shopping? What reason do we really have to do it that will outlast the latest fad? Beauty. We live in world that has views and scenery that makes people (me at least) lose my breath sometimes. Go to a park or a lake. Go for a hike. You will see what I mean if you are fortunate enough to live near a place that has been well treated and its beauty preserved. As Arkansas residents we are blessed with more than enough state parks to keep any outdoorsmen happy. Humans produce tons upon tons of trash every year. Without recycling it has to go somewhere. The answer to that is landfills. I don't know if you have ever seen a landfill. Trust me. It is not a pretty site to see. The more we use trash the more landfills become full to capacity. As a result new landfills are created. That means more beauty is destroyed. Now they have tried using the covered landfills to build on but that idea seems like it is plagued with problems. One high school which was built on a landfill, reports say, is sinking into the ground. I love to hike, camp and swim. Actually I just love being outdoors. I am pretty sure that is a prerequisite for being an environmentalist. Pollution and people just not caring ruins the experience for others. I really hate it when people just throw their trash on the trails. Without environmental preservation I am afraid all the beautiful places will end up looking like a scene from Captain Planet. Yes I was an avid Captain Planet fan as a child. I remember watching it and seeing scenes of rivers turned brown from pollution. Imagine what it would be like trying to go for a romantic walk among piles of trash. Great painters would lose so much without the benefit of being able to see the sunset which could be lost to us if factories were allowed to pipe out smoke with no form of control. Astronomy would die if no children were able to look at the night sky to wonder and dream about what lies beyond. That what the world will be like for future generations without environmental responsibility on our part now. We need to care about those who are to come after us. This planet is not just ours. We will have to share it with them. Greed and laziness should not destroy their chance to love the things we love now. I know I don't want to have to tell my grandkids what lakes used to be like. I hope they get to experience all the beauty first hand I have. I don't want the only time they get to see what a great trail is like to be from pictures. I want to be able take my family to do the things I love to do now. People who do not care now will miss it all when it is gone.

Reddie Sports Blog

Josh Briggs

October 12, 2008

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The Reddies football squad kicked off their home schedule with a huge margin of victory, 34-0! This was one of the biggest wins in head coach Scott Maxfield's career as the head coach of the Reddies. "Overall it was a great win for our team," said Maxfield after the game. The other game that would stand side by side with this one was when he led his team to a victory over the number two team in the nation at that time, their archrivals from Delta State. The Reddies wasted no time getting started during the first quarter as they began the game on defense. The Reddies caused the Lions to go three and out followed by a 30-yard punt from UAPB. The big story from the night was the play making from Roch Charpentier who passed for a total of 352 yards for the game. I must point out that he did not even pass the ball much in the fourth quarter as the Reddies went with a running game to keep the clock moving. The defense was also a very big factor, forcing seven fumbles and recovering four of them. One in return resulted in a touchdown drive and the second score of the night for the Reddies. Senior running back Bernard Palmer scored the first touchdown with a two-yard run on the team's first drive of the first half. The Reddies did, however, lose one of their players for the season to injury. Junior tight end Chris Koeler was tackled on an early half play and had to be helped off the field by the trainers and was later taken to the locker room where they discovered that he had a clean break in his fibula. The Reddies also had a scare late in the second half as Palmer came up limping. The injury was not serious but he did not return to the game. Maxfield was trying to save his players' energy for the big game coming up this weekend in North Alabama so he did not return Palmer to the game since they were already winning by a big margin of 27-0. Senior quarterback turned wide-receiver Garett Manning had a break through eye opening night as he led the team in receiving yards with 114 on only three catches and one touchdown score. As the second half was closing down and the Reddies were about to get their first win of the season, the defense had to shine just one more time. They blocked a UAPB punt from deep in their own territory and returned it 10 yards for the last touchdown of the night and caped off the game with a final score of 34-0. The Reddies travel to North Alabama this week where they will start Gulf South Conference play.

The “CONSCIENCE” of HSU Series

Tyease Brooks

October 12, 2008

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What are "Disposables?" These are people that just say "hi" and "bye" to you. They are the ones that use you when you got it, and don't want you later when they get something new and forget about you. "Disposables" are these peeps that think she or he is the god or goddess of all and needs someone to just side kick her up against her face. Better yet- These are people that GOD needs to just stomp on and cause to be in some kind of accident that makes them less than what they are. Once that happens, people would find out the real ones from the fakes. Most of these people would not even be here if it weren't for a lot of background work that I or my close friends do for peeps to get the scholarships, grants, the friends they have, and more. No. Before someone else reads this and gets mad, I am not talking about someone that drove over 3,000 just to be here even though she has forgotten me too. I hate people like this who think they are better than the next person. The truth is they are nothing and I am nothing too. It's what we put into life that makes us something. I mean do people notice that I shake hands and talk to the hierarchy of this college and leave the others alone? I speak to the cops, the President, the Congress people, the educators, and heck- even the janitors. Without the janitors, this school is nothing. Henderson would just get shut down and thrown to the side.

Looking like a liberal

Elisha Allen

September 28, 2008

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Not too long ago I read something that absolutely horrified me. I was reading my copy of the August issue of "Brio and Beyond," my favorite Christian magazine. In the letters section a girl had written a response to an earlier issu...

Soulfully Speaking: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Alexandria Moore

September 3, 2007

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Women today have the ability and the power to succeed in anything that they put their minds to. They also have the ability to influence others' perception of who they are, but the only way to do that is to have respect for themselves. We have fought for so long to receive respect in a so-called "man's world," and when we finally receive that respect we somehow find ways to backtrack and lose everything that we have gained. Women are viewed as "sex-pots"-which is natural due to our anatomy-but that does not mean we have to act upon that observation. Entering a "back dat ass up" contest or giving lap dances to random guys at parties and allowing them to freely let their hands roam over your body is not the way to receive respect or positive attention. Of course, you are going to receive attention for performing everything but actual sexual intercourse, but is that the attention that you really want to receive? Once you act upon the ignorance of horny males yelling absurd comments, you have basically lost all the respect that you once held; and it is in no way the fault of the males, because they are simply acting out their natural behaviors. Rather, it is your own fault for allowing yourself to lose all of your dignity and pride as a woman. Let's face it: we're all grown and understand what sex is, but that does not mean that we have to show public displays of it through dancing or gyrating on someone's private areas. If you feel that you want to give a lap dance or perform any lewd sexual act, then that should be done in the privacy of your own home. Do not go to public areas or functions and decide that you want to let every Tom, Dick and Harry know what you have going on beneath your clothes. You have to remember that you are in a public area where everyone is watching you and the first impression that you give is a lasting one. So if you are dancing in provocative ways that suggest you do not care who is going to know your business and you are down to do anything, then that is how you will be treated. You will be labeled as a "whore" or "slut" that is willing to do whatever, whenever and wherever-and people do not have respect for those that do not have respect for themselves. If you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything-and that is exactly what will happen if you portray yourself in a negative content. One only receives respect when respect is due. So ask yourself, if you do not respect yourself and your body then who will? It sure won't be the guys that you were dancing for. To them you will just be known as another name on their list that they can pass around. There is nothing wrong with sexual dancing, but there is a manner to which you can do it and not be perceived as a "ho." Dancing with people at parties and having fun are the reasons people attend them, but they do not pay their money to see lap dances being given all night. We should not be looked at as the women who love to shack their ass and dance in videos, wearing close to nothing. We hate the way we are being degraded, but we are the ones that are allowing it to happen. Rap videos would not contain the content that they do if women were to decide that they would no longer take part in them, and parties would not have any more contest or lap dance sessions if women were to decide to no longer do them. As women, we have to respect our bodies, because no one else will if we don't first. We must take pride and dignity in who we are and not feed into the hype of being someone's sexual fantasy.

Out of Bounds: The American Dream

Allan Ford

September 3, 2007

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This year's US basketball team is gaining a lot of references to the 1992 Dream Team, headlined by Mike Jordan and Charles Barkley. My opinion: it's about time. The US team this year is finally living up to the potential the NBA has created. In the eyes of most, the NBA is home to the greatest basketball players in the world. In every Olympic competition since the Dream Team, they ranked first, and every year they disappointed. But are they simply faced with living up to responsibility, or are they faced with filling a void that their loyal fans have shared since the days of MJ and Sir Charles? You can look at this with sympathy or discontent. I'll help you with both. For the sympathetic crowd, this year's team could very possibly be the best since the Dream Team, in regards to pure talent. You'd be hard-pressed to find a suitable match-up for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd anywhere in the NBA-let alone the world. Let's put this into a different light. For example: Let's say the Arkansas Razorbacks are the best football team in the state of Arkansas. For example, the Razorbacks will represent the USA, and the UCA Bears will represent Puerto Rico. If The UCA team puts their starters on the field, while the Razorbacks bring back-ups and benchwarmers, the game might not be as one-sided as most people think. The same thing happened with last year's Olympic team. We got cocky. We figured we could scrape up the guys who didn't have much to do in the summer and present a decent team. This wasn't the case. Much like us, the athletes overseas play all the time. Basketball is seriously their lives. There may be a few months of off-season, but they are training just as hard as we do-if not harder. A dynasty can't be a dynasty if doesn't play its best players. This isn't a complex equation. Of course, we're used to seeing dominance. We're used to seeing high-flyers, three-point specialists and tall guards who dominate the game like giants. In layman's terms, we've become a little spoiled. As for the discontent, this is no excuse. We've become a little spoiled, and rightfully so. For example: Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker all come from different countries; yet they have gravitated to the glitz, glitter, fame, fortune and athleticism of the NBA. Just because we have been charged with being the best year in and year out, doesn't mean we should give ourselves time to lick out wounds. Never forget that although the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith is Canadian, he invented the game right here on American soil. We came up with this thing, so why should we let anyone beat us at it? If I teach a kid how to play chess, there is no way I should ever let the kid beat me. It encompasses most arts. Think about it. What makes a teacher a teacher? The fact that this person provides a lesson, or trait, which is taught and therefore, learned. The rest of the world has caught on. It's about time we remembered who was supposed to be the teacher in the first place.

Why I laugh at celebrities, part two

Kim Hannah

April 29, 2007

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Last week was all about celebrity soap operas, and two of my favorites were the Anna Nicole Smith drama and the "I Love New York Reunion Show." On April 10, the world learned the true identity of Smith's daughter, Dannielynn. ...

Guns – Do we need them?

Marie Martin

April 29, 2007

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The news of yet another shooting on an American campus is very disturbing. This time it's at a very distinguished college: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aka Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, ...

Why I laugh at celebrities and sad clowns

Kim Hannah

April 29, 2007

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I occasionally watch "American Idol." I usually watch the first couple of episodes in a season-during the auditions-and the last couple of episodes-when the show narrows down to the top idols. To put it bluntly, I like to see the most talented and the least talented. I would never try-out because my singing range is very narrow, and I wouldn't want to embarrass myself on national television among the least talented. I sing alright in choirs, but I am by no means a soloist. My sister Kendall sings so well that she moved out to California to pursue her dream. This blog is not all about "American Idol" and how I won't be receiving a Grammy anytime soon. I will give my viewpoint on the whole concept of celebrity and both the upsides and downsides of obtaining it (Example: Lindsay Lohan). Anyone who watches enough entertainment news programs and channels like Vh1 and E! could probably do about the same thing. So put down your US Weekly magazine, this is going to be a fun ride.

The Breakdown

Drew Garrison

April 29, 2007

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Face it - Arkansas is not on the cutting edge of fashion and I think most people know that. I have one Big Complaint! Women have had it easy here in Arkansas when it comes to Fashion. There are all kinds of stores and boutiques in Little Rock, Fayetteville and even Conway that cater to women and their need for jeans. I get made fun of a lot for the things I like; I love GQ, ESQUIRE, and I will occasionally read MAXIM. I like to think that I have good fashion sense and I try to stay up to date on the latest fashions for men. I am one of those guys who enjoy shopping almost as much as a girl. and no I am not a METRO!!! I just enjoy fashion and I especially like jeans, Diesel being my favorite brand right next to True Religion. I used to make fun of girls paying so much for their jeans until I finally broke down and bought a pair of designer jeans. They fit like a champ and they look pretty damn good on. After buying such a great pair of jeans I only wanted more, but I realized I am stuck in this state that is a couple of years behind. I resorted to the Internet and also other places such as Dallas, Texas and New York, New York. Arkansas has recently jumped on the bandwagon and started getting more and more stores that carry the brands such as Diesel, True Religion, and Seven jeans for men. It is important for a guy to have a pair of jeans he can dress up in or dress down in. I am not saying that the jeans will make who you are but they will definitely help add to your character. Guys for the love of GOD please throw away those baggy jeans that swallow your feet and make your ass look like it is melting off and get you some that actually fit!!!!

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