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Humor upsets RN

Paul Shepard

March 24, 2008

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The March 24 editorial page of The Oracle contained an article by Mr. Allgood aptly titled "Cheap Shots" which was awful on so many levels, that offering constructive criticism is a challenge. In this "article" many of the stereo...

Fundraisers lack originality

Holly McCauley

March 9, 2008

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Two years ago, I was writing an article for the Oracle about a fundraiser Alpha Xi Delta was holding for the Courage House, a shelter that's facing abysmally low funding - hoping-they-can-afford-their-utilities low. For a donation, participants got play money for a game. When they got there, they found that the featured game had rules identical to Texas Hold 'em.The fundraiser got a good turnout, so they decided it would be an annual thing. The next year, all of the sudden, the Alpha Sigma Alphas got this great, original, creative idea: to have a poker tournament to raise money for their sorority. They called it their "first annual" poker tournament. Then, last semester, KSWH decided to be innovative and - you guessed it - have a poker tournament. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a flyer in the Garrison - with a grainy, barely-decipherable watermark, sporadic capitalization of both the whole-word and first-letter variations and clumsy dollar signs drawn on in marker - for "Our FIRST ANNUAL TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER TOURNAMENT." The host? Psi Chi, the honorary psychology fraternity. It didn't say where the money is going. I understand that there are good fundraising ideas and bad ones, and that this poker tournament, or "buy a ticket for a meal and fake money for games," is a good one. But how many of them can one community support? An Alpha Xi told me that some potential sponsors turned down the Courage House fundraiser because these sponsors had already contributed to the Alpha Sig fundraiser that happened earlier in the year. This brings in another factor: the cause. If given the choice, would you rather support: A. a shelter for women who have escaped abusive relationships and brought their children out of that unhealthy environment and are trying to create a new, healthy environment for themselves and their children; B. a group of college girls; C. the campus radio station; or D. a group of psychology majors? I know where my money would go - especially since I have no idea what the Alpha Sigs or Psi Chis will actually do with their funding. Another point: when I was writing the aforementioned article, I was asked to be very careful of how it was worded. The Alpha Xis had worked closely with John Choate, the university attorney at the time, to make sure they remained on the right side of the law - but part of the stipulation was that it was not to be advertised as a poker tournament. Has some law changed, or did these other groups even look into that? So, to recap: one group came up with a good idea, did the research to make sure that the good idea was legal, planned the event, executed the event and accomplished something that made a difference. Then, three other groups leapt onto the proverbial bandwagon with seemingly reckless abandon for legality and probable ignorance of the lengths the first group went to and the struggles they faced. Such is life, but it doesn't mean it's cool. So here's an idea: be original. Or at least steal your idea from a different campus.

Racism starts at home

Ben Stephens

March 9, 2008

Filed under Opinion

Why do some people get so upset about Mexicans coming across the border? Yes, I know it's illegal, but if you were born in Mexico and you couldn't support your family, you would try to do anything you could - which would probab...

Is Hip Hop to Blame?

EZ Peterson

March 9, 2008

Filed under Opinion

I'm a hoe because Imus said so? More and more in today's society, hip-hop is blamed for violence, ignorance and negativity in both white and black communities. My question to you is: Is hip-hop the true blame, or is it a scape...

Tickets are due to parking neglect

Sarah Beard

March 3, 2008

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You pull up onto the campus and head toward your respective destination. Being the responsible college student that you are, it's probably safe to assume that you're rushing against the clock to mak...

Knee-jerk reaction, or just jerk?

Holly McCauley

February 25, 2008

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My Kansas friends and even my mother have given me grief for choosing a school in Arkansas. It's all in good fun, but they have plenty of barefoot redneck inbred jokes to choose from. Arkansas, as we are all painfully aware, is...

Student downplays worrying as selfish, waste of time

Keeli Ross

February 18, 2008

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My Aunt Elaine always sends me these encouraging e-mails from her church's pastor, Jeff Schreve. Usually, with my busy schedule, I either do not read them or I just skim over them quickly. But this last one she sent me, I read ...

Colbert’s book takes truthiness from screen to print

Sarah Beard

February 18, 2008

Filed under Opinion

They say that laughter is the best medicine. If that's the case, then what this sick world needs is a dose of Colbert. In October of last year, Stephen Colbert delivered a blessing with "I Am America (and So Can You!)," which t...

La Mia Vita Italiana

Sasha Stoddard

February 18, 2008

Filed under Opinion

I'm sitting on the couch at my parent's house. I am surrounded by an enormous suitcase, a garment bag, a carry-on bag and what seems like an endless pile of toiletries, medication and first aid supplies. I am trying to fit the enormous pile into the bags - along with six months of clothing - and praying that each bag weighs less than 50 pounds. Impossible? Maybe. Well, probably, but that isn't stopping me from making an attempt. So, why am I doing this? Who in their right mind would willingly put themselves through this type of trouble? How am I going to squeeze all this crap into three "little" bags? When will I ever be finished? What possessed me to even try in the first place? Most importantly: Where am I going? The answers to some of these questions have been rather elusive. I think I'm doing this to achieve some sort of experience that I'm told will "change my life" and make me a more "complete" person. Partially, I'm doing this to give myself some sort of job security in the future. Honestly, though, I'm not completely sure. Maybe I just need something new. Whatever the reason, I'm doing it. I'm going to Florence, Italy, for six months. I'm going to learn a new language, and I'm going to complete a three-month internship that's supposed to teach me about the inner workings of an art museum. I think I'm going to throw up. It may not sound like much to some people, but for me, this trip is the scariest thing I've ever done. I have lived in Arkadelphia since I was two years old. While I've been on numerous family trips and vacations around America, I've never been anywhere else. I've never been overseas. I've never even been on a plane. It all adds up to make me feel like an inexperienced and scared little girl from Arkansas - not at all like a college senior standing at the edge of my future. But I've been planning this trip since the summer and have invested a hefty sum of money in the effort. Somewhere in the ballpark of $12,000 - and that's just for starters. I'm pretty sure that if I were to stack the whole of my loan amount in dollar form that it would be up to my eyeballs. I'll be paying this thing off until I have children who are my age. (Just so no one thinks I'm completely crazy, I'd like to explain that my program includes rent and utilities for all six months, traveler's insurance, and fees for my language lessons.) I had to apply for a passport and visa. The passport was easy and expensive: an application and $90 turned into the post office; simple enough. The visa, on the other hand, was free, but required me to drive eight hours to Houston, Texas, and wait at the Italian consulate until I was called into a tiny box with a window, to speak with a curt Italian woman who told me that I didn't have enough information and would have to fax the rest. I faxed the information, and everything was fine, but 16 hours of driving, an uncomfortable hotel bed and two hours of waiting in a tiny reception area are enough to drain a person. Unfortunately, all that isn't enough for the Italian government. I still have to receive a Permit of Stay when I arrive. More little boxes. More waiting. Oh well. I bought my first plane ticket for my first flight. Actually, though, it turns out to be my first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth flights. Layovers are a cruel mistress. Yes, I'm nervous. No, you can't throw any amount of statistics at me that will help in the least bit. But I'll be fine. I have a prescription for a convenient little pill to help me sleep through the overseas flight, in hopes that I will miss all of it. That sounds great to me. So, let me recap. I took out a loan. I have all the paperwork and a passport and a visa and a place to stay. I paid for a multi-city, layover-ridden plane ticket. Now I just have to pack. And I'm totally freaking out. I know that I'm in for the time of my life. I have always loved Italian culture. The food, the art, the operas, the people - all of it. Now I'm about to be surrounded by it daily for the next six months. I should be jumping up and down, and I think I'm getting to that point, but right now I just have to breathe. Until we meet again, Henderson. Ciao, ya'll.

Culture shock at its most appalling

Nate Longinotti

February 11, 2008

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I grew up in a predominantly African American school district that was full of racism. I think it's safe to say that at least once a day - from elementary on up through high school - I heard someone say something that was racist....

Restaurant Review: China Buffet exceeds high expectations

T.J. Jones

February 11, 2008

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As the doorbell chimes and the door opens, the sudden aroma immediately hits your nose. As you follow the smell-trail and gaze upon a fluffy bed of fried rice and fried noodles, you realize that you have entered a Chinese restaura...

Is it ’cause I’m black?

EZ Peterson

February 4, 2008

Filed under Opinion

Two weeks ago, Priscilla was telling me about her theory of Wal-Mart trying to take over the world. I looked at her like she was a little crazy. I had never heard anyone talk bad about Wal-Mart and say that they wouldn't shop t...

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