No More Drama

Karen Bonds

April 29, 2007

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This is it: the final blog of the semester. I think I can see light at the end of the tunnel. No, wait, there is something clouding my view. What the heck is it? Oh, it's finals week. Can anyone give me a good reason for having fi...

Pistol

Drew Garrison

April 29, 2007

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The words are captivating, the chords heart wrenching and the whole thing is rotten with truth. I first need to thank my good buddy Nick for giving me this CD to listen to. He told me about this guy named Dustin Kensrue and let m...

How Many More Times?

Mitchell Allgood

April 29, 2007

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Alcohol is the wonder drug. Alcohol incites riots, entices fish, causes epiphanies and single-handedly accounts for more than half of Waffle House's revenue. The 2-5 a.m. crowd - although obnoxious - still carries green money. Al...

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!!!!

Bran-Rant

Brandon Tabor

April 29, 2007

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It's funny. The second I start to accept the fact that I'm single and that I am not ready for a woman in my life, everyone around me starts to either find someone, hook back up with someone or get really serious (such as marriage . that's about as serious as someone can get). I've noticed something else, too: I've had bad luck with women. Why is it that when a woman finds me she is "crazy" or totally not for me? Or, how about when I find a woman, but the timing's all off. "They aren't really ready" is what they tell me. I have a lot of female friends ... I pretty much know that "we can be friends" is girl talk for "I WOULDN'T TOUCH YOU EVEN IF I HAD LATEX GLOVES ON AT THE TIME AND I BATHED IN SANITIZER, SOAP AND CLOROX BLEACH!" Oh, like I'm any better by just sitting around in my bed staring up at the frame of my roommate's bed, talking to the Man Upstairs and thinking He'll instantly tell me - better yet show me, as if I'm "That's So Raven" - that the woman of my dreams is actually thinking about me as more than a friend ... Then finding out later that it was nothing but a waste of brain power and stress because they could give a crap about me. THEN, she ends up "talking" to ... HIM (I'm not going to get into that). Yeah, it sucks. All of my ex's have someone; a majority of my friends have someone; my roommates and suitemates have someone; and I'm sitting here, alone, on a cold February night in my dorm room, "watching" Inuasha and typing a note on Facebook. I could be doing something else better with my time. I could be hanging out with my friends. I could, actually, try to study for my classes. I COULD do my laundry. I could find other ways to have or occupy my time rather than just worrying about the karma that the "whole world" has someone to lay down next to right now but me. Besides, not ALL of my friends have been taken. I still have single friends and we all know how to kick it and press on. Plus, I do keep one thing in mind. Maybe - just maybe - I'm as ready as I'll ever be, but the "real woman" is probably somewhere in New York City, sleeping around with everyone, and having a "hard-knock" life. She's probably not ready for an interesting character like me anyway. All things run on God's time, I guess. It's probably like what I learned in Bible study: you can do everything you want to "make" the situation happen, but if He doesn't feel like it (basically, if He doesn't think your ready), it won't happen.

Sucker Punched

Drew Garrison

April 15, 2007

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We have all fallen victim to it. All of Arkansas is feeling the wrath. We all got caught by Nature's Sucker Punch and we never saw it coming. I know weather changes drastically here in Arkansas, but not this way. First we got spray...

The Show a-BAND-oned of Arkansas

Brandon Tabor

April 15, 2007

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Wow! Isn't it kinda funny how life can just throw you a curveball when you think things are going so well? Ever since I got back from retreat, a lot of things have been changing. I'm finding myself making more and more drastic ...

Like it Should Be

Allan Ford

April 15, 2007

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Wally wasn't too bad this week. Seriously. He only mentioned the fact that it was up to chancellor John White to find Frank Broyles' successor four times. The rest of the column wasn't too bad if you were looking for a news story; but there were a couple of questionable sentences in the first few paragraphs. The first sentence concerned the Fayetteville fan base. He wrote, "Where does one look to find someone who is willing to accept the challenge of not only replacing a legend, but smooth the deep wrinkles in the fan base . " Smooth the deep wrinkles in the fan base? I don't know where Wally got this one from. Maybe he heard someone say it earlier in the week and just had to find a place to put it. U of A basketball hasn't had a large fan base because of their lack of talent. Their best player as of late was Joe Johnson (who did participate in his first All-Star game) and he's a veteran in the NBA now. As for football, the Hogs aren't exactly hurting for more fan support. If you live in Arkansas and haven't seen a Razorback game in the past five years, you are either legally blind, from another state or Amish (and you never know: even a few Amish people knew about Matt Jones). The other question mark I drew from his article was about academics. Hall wrote, "(A new athletic director) who understands that the world of academia is not accountable but the athletic department is accountable to its fans." Given his age, I can understand a few not-so-clear statements like this one. I believe that Wally is trying to say that academics are not responsible for building fans, yet athletics are. And if so, then yes, he is somewhat correct. But he should know better than to try to downplay the scholars at U of A. The student body is at every game (be it in Little Rock, Fayetteville or the moon for that matter) faithfully. Before I get too far into that, though, maybe Wally is saying something else (like grab my alzheimer's medicine); but overall, I really must applaud Mr. Hall on this AP-ish column. After all, I kind of feel sorry for him. His good friend Frank Broyles is leaving, and he may find himself going against the grain with a new athletic director. Yikes.

Planet Blog Mom: Life in the MMC

Anissa Ford

April 15, 2007

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Scott Peterson reminds me of Bigger Thomas. Bigger Thomas is the black chauffeur in the "Native Son" novel by Richard Wright set in 1930s Chicago. Bigger murders his benefactor's daughter with a pillow. He smothers her. And instead of leaving her for dead, he stuffs her body into a suitcase and then drags her down the stairs so he can burn her body in the incinerator. Since her head does not fit, Bigger chops it off and then stuffs her. After burning the body, he walks around stupidly, like Scott Peterson, as though he hadn't done a thing. I wonder if Scott Peterson has read "Native Son". "Native Son" explains Bigger - a luxury we don't get often with real death row inmates. Bigger commits the pillow case murder because he knew that he'd be lynched if he were caught in the bedroom of a heavily intoxicated white woman. After Bigger commits the murder, he feels freedom and release from Jim Crow segregation and the vicious black codes that dictated life during that era. His big secret empowers him, and empties a lifelong fear. To date, Scott Peterson has no explanation. And he should give at least one. He has nothing to lose. He's on death row. Prosecutors speculated Peterson wanted freedom. Freedom from debt, marriage, child. In short, freedom from responsibility. In "Native Son," after the judge renders Bigger's guilty verdict, Bigger is sentenced to die immediately, as in the next hour or so. He gets a last meal, sighs at a reverend, and has heart to heart with a Communist lawyer. Bigger doesn't get a jury trial of his peers. Not that it matters. After Bigger commits the first murder, he goes on an all or nothing killing spree. Bigger is a tragic hero in the eyes of many modern fiction critics. Racial hatred and race laws stifled his being and precipitated his crimes. What is Scott Peterson in the eyes of modern America? Is he proof of one lie spun out of control? In her book "For Laci, A Mother's Story of Love, Loss and Justice," Laci's mother wondered did he ever love her daughter. I wondered the same. Did Laci know her husband was a monster, but hung on anyway? Then, one day I picked up "Blood Brother: 33 Reasons Why My Brother Scott Peterson is Guilty" by Scott Peterson's sister Anne Bird. She wonders if he is capable of love at all. I am not totally sure why Laci's story captured the attention that it did, but it certainly bought light to the fact that murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women, and the fathers are usually the murderers. California, since it reinstituted the death penalty in 1978, is slow to execute. In a lot of California's cases, death row inmates stay on the row for longer than 20 years. Slow burn for Scott. According to an article, on the National Organization for Women's Web site, in most cases of mother and child in utero murders, the relationship is already violent and the violence escalates into uncontrolled rages during the pregnancy. It is believed that in violent relationships the abuser needs to feel that he is first, and, sadly, some men feel that a child restructures his dominant position. I am not sure what Scott Peterson represents in American history and psychology. Whatever his role and whatever his reasons and rationalizations he, like the fictional character and protagonist Bigger Thomas, goes down in my book as one of the nation's most psychologically terrifying characterizations and imitations of life. Planet Blog Mom: Life in the MMC, is a weekly blog commentary created by HSU liberal arts graduate student Anissa Ford. The MMC is an acronym for subjects including but not limited to: marriage, money, and children; masters, mannerisms, and cynicism; monkeys, military, and Condoleezza, manumission, masochism, and control; mysteries, mini-series, and cartoons; M & M's Candy; mimics, malice, and controversy; murder, maniacs, and cops.

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