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Welcome Back

As the first full week of the Fall 2014 semester draws to a close, everyone attempts to get back in the swing of things at UCA. We at the Echo are pleased and excited to welcome the record number of new staff members that have joined us this semester. New editors and a diverse staff gives us high hopes for success this fall, both online and in print. Our foreign correspondent Peyton of “The English Channel” is back in the states and will be spearheading a new People beat, similar to that of the über-popular Humans of New York campaign.…

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Trustees may exercise eminent domain on Wesley Foundation

The UCA Board of Trustees unanimously passed a request for authorization to proceed with eminent domain on the campus’ Wesley Foundation located at 2302 Bruce St during a July 22 teleconference. The property, which would be used for the Lewis Science Center expansion project, was appraised in May for $460,000, according to the board’s action agenda. The board also offered the campus ministry a temporary location and an optional lease on another piece of university property. After requesting a more detailed outline of the temporary facility and optional lease, the Wesley Foundation declined the university’s offer of $460,000 in a…

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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 Report: April 14-17

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. This is a complete report of incidents filed for April 14-15. April 14: Student Cole A. McCarty, 19, drove his truck into a light pole at 3:35 a.m. McCarty was driving in the parking lot between the HPER and Student Health Center, looking at parked cars, when he struck the pole. McCarty’s nose was bleeding and looked broken. The light pole sustained minimal…

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UCA Celebrates Indian Holi Festival

The Indian Holi festival was held on Saturday, March 5 on UCA’s recreational field behind the HPER parking lot. All guests of the festival were able to try traditional Indian food, throw colorful powder at each other and listen to music made with a traditional Indian drum-type instrument called a dhol. The Indian community of Conway cooked traditional Indian food such as gulab jamoon – a milk-based dessert; soan papdi – an Indian sweet that has a flaky texture; vegetable biryani – rice with spices and vegetables and pav bhaji – a spicy vegetable mixture that you put on buttered bread.…



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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 vs. Texas Tech Preview

Saturday marks the beginning of the UCA football season and the first ever game against the Red Raiders. It will be a tough matchup for the Bears as Texas Tech has won its last 21 home openers and is 17-1 against Football Championship Subdivision since 1978. The last FCS team to pull off the upset against the Red Raiders was the North Texas Mean Green in 1988. The Bear’s record against Football Bowl Subdivision teams since making the move to Division I in 2006 is 1-7. The Bears defeat was against the transitioning Western Kentucky in 2009. UCA has been…

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Senior Represents Arkansas at Miss International Pageant

Before senior Kelsey Theall was crowned Miss Arkansas International 2014, she spent countless hours participating in events to build her platform and standing among other contestants. Theall said her main goal is promoting children’s literacy, a project she had been working on  years prior to her first entry into the 2010 Miss Arkansas International Pageant. At the pageant, she competed for the Miss Teen Arkansas International title. “That year I was blessed and honored to have placed 4th runner-up,” she said. “The next three years I competed and placed 1st runner-up and each year I learned a little more about…


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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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Speaker Sheds Light on Sex Crimes Against Native American Women

Kathryn Rice, a member of the Pawnee Indian tribe, gave a presentation over sexual violence toward Indian women on reservations Tuesday in the College of Business. Since March is Women’s History Month, the Gender Studies Program at UCA invited Rice to tell her story. This was a sensitive issue for Rice due to the “complications that arise when determining where the lines fall in terms of tribal, state and federal jurisdiction.” Rice said it is rare for Indian women to report sex crimes because of these complications. In Rice’s presentation she discussed the statistics of crime against American Indian women. “Indian women…



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