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City Council approves anti-discrimination rule

Post by News6 UCA.   The Conway City Council voted 6-2 Feb. 24 to approve an amendment to the city’s equal opportunity employment policy. The city handbook amendment passed prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression when hiring and disciplining city employees. Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said he hopes the council’s vote makes a statement that the city is welcoming and accepting of the LGBT community. “Sometimes you do the right thing at the right time,” Townsell said. “This was that time.” He said the city of Conway already practices these ideals and that the passed ordinance…

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Senators discuss bookstore problems, Coke fund

UCA Bookstore District Manager T.J. McDonald took questions and concerns from faculty members at the Faculty Senate’s first meeting of this year Feb. 10. “One thing that was a problem was the readings that have been on campus in the past, such as Jericho Brown,” associate writing professor Gary Powell said. “It is embarrassing to not have any books after readings of that magnitude. It seems to be bad business to not keep the books in stock, especially when those readings are attended by so many,” Powell added. Later discussion turned the blame away from McDonald and onto relations between UCA…

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SGA Election Results

The Student Government Association Election Committee announced the results to the SGA Elections with a total of 1,722 votes, a 60.6 percent increase in votes from last year’s 1,044 votes. All twelve of the proposed constitutional amendments were approved by the student body. Junior Ashley Ross won the position of Executive President with a total of 935 out of the 1,695 votes cast. “I am really happy that I get to represent the student body and help them in that initiative to making progress on campus,” Ross said. A run off between junior Zach Carter and sophomore Jacob Wickliffe for…


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Police Reports: February 8-15

The following information was taken from incident reports filed by officers at UCAPD. The reports are made available by university police after they are approved by a supervisor. That process takes a few days, which delays our report. Feb 9 Nonresident Darius Mccray 19, reported a harassment report to the UCAPD.  Mccray, an Aramark employee, told officers four men accused him and his friend of stealing a bag of marijuana at a house party in Maumelle.  Mccray has been receiving text messages from unknown numbers stating they want the marijuana back or one hundred dollars. According to the texts, the senders know Mccray works…

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City Council approves anti-discrimination rule

Post by News6 UCA.   The Conway City Council voted 6-2 Feb. 24 to approve an amendment to the city’s equal opportunity employment policy. The city handbook amendment passed prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression when hiring and disciplining city employees. Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said he hopes the council’s vote makes a statement that the city is welcoming and accepting of the LGBT community. “Sometimes you do the right thing at the right time,” Townsell said. “This was that time.” He said the city of Conway already practices these ideals and that the passed ordinance…



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KATV Anchor Takes UCA Communications Position

Christina Munoz will be leaving her anchor spot at Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV-7 to take a position at UCA as the new Associate Vice President for Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. The UCA press release refers to her by her married name, Christina Madsen. Munoz is an award-winning anchor for KATV’s 6 and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts. UCA President Tom Courtway said the hire brings “instant credibility and experience” to the university’s communication efforts.   “She is trusted and respected by her peers and widely recognized as one of the best communicators of our time,” Courtway said. “Her professionalism, expertise…

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Spring Fling Success

To celebrate the upcoming end of the semester, the Student Activities Board sponsored the annual Spring Fling on April 7 from 12-7 p.m. in the South East parking lot of the HPER Center. “It was awesome to get away from the stress of classes and chow down on some funnel cake and cotton candy,” freshman Travis Long said. “These are the kind of distractions that make UCA a great place to be as a student.” The event resembled a small-scale version of Toad Suck or the County Fair with an array of carnival-like food stands, rides and entertainment such as caricature portraits and wax hands. “It was really…


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UCA 2015 Signing Day

The UCA Bears coaching staff added 16 players to the eight mid-year transfers on signing day Wednesday. The signing class includes 13 defensive players, 10 offensive players and one special teams player. Seven players come from Texas, six from Arkansas, four from Kansas, two from Mississippi, two from Alabama, one from Florida, South Carolina and Oklahoma. The Bears open the 2015 season on the road at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. UCA will play two more road games, one in Stillwater, Oklahoma against Football Subdivision Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State University, then travel to Natchitoches, Louisiana following a week three…

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Album Review: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

  Over the summer, Avey Tare took a break from touring to talk to Yoni Wolf about his solo work and his band, Animal Collective. “I think you can know what is like a pop element and what is going to reach out to people and what is going to be accessible, but I feel like accessible to us has always been a dirty word” Tare said. Animal Collective has always been a polarizing group for listeners — there are those who get it, and those who don’t.  But Noah Lennox, who has been using the moniker “Panda Bear” as far back as…


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Sorority Hosts ‘Mr. Esquire’ Pageant

The Theta Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will host its annual Mr.Esquire scholarship pageant Sunday April 13 in Ida Waldran Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. “We have a Hawaiian theme this year with the slogan being, ‘You Had Me At Aloha’,” junior Brittney Jackson said. “There will be five gentlemen competing for various awards, but their main goal is to be crowned Mr. Esquire 2014.” The following are the contestants in the pageant: senior Xavyier Bolden,  junior Kameron Lovelace, junior Silas Nellums, freshman Jalen Smith, and freshman Mardarius Butler. Mr.Esquire contestants will be judged by their interview, swim wear, talent,…

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Ernie G visits UCA with Encouraging and Positive Message

Speaker, activist and comedian Ernie G put on a memorable show at Snow Fine Arts on Thursday the 25th. He spread a message of “speak positive, be positive, do positive.” According to his website, Ernie G was born to a mexican, american, puerto rican, russian and french family as Enrnesto Tomas Gritzewsky. The name “Ernie G” was born in March of 1996 when Gritzewsky put on his first professional performance at the Eastside Comedy Jam in Alhambra, California. Embracing Hispanic Heritage Month, Ernie G strives to shine light on his story of struggle and triumph in a fun and motivating…



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