Ashley Ross elected 2014-15 SGA president

With 935 out of 1,695 votes, junior Ashley Ross was appointed Student Government Association (SGA) executive president. The SGA elections received 1,722 ballots this year, a 60.6 percent increase from last year’s 1,044 ballots. Vice President of Operations senior Steven Shook announced this year’s election winners. “Right now, I am just overwhelmed,” Ross said, “There are a lot of things I want to work on.” Ross said some of the projects she wanted to work on for next semester include expanding projects such as Big Event and Speak Up. “One of my main objectives is to make Big Event a…

HPER is set for closure at end of April

UCA community members interested in working out at the HPER Center have until April 30. After that, the building will close to continue the expansion project into the summer. As part of the closure, HPER Center cardiovascular and weight equipment must be dismantled and relocated starting April 28. HPER Center Phase II is scheduled to open in October 2014. The project began in fall 2013 with a groundbreaking ceremony in July 2013. The athletic facility is 72,000 square feet and features multipurpose courts, a fitness center and a track. With the expansion, the HPER Center will grow to about 120,000…

Greek Village prepares to break ground

After over a decade of discussion, Greek Village finally approaches its arrival. Alpha Sigma Alpha President sophomore Maddie Spickard said Greek Village is a great addition to UCA. “I think it shows that Greek life is growing and moving toward a more positive direction and it is clear the impact that it has on UCA’s campus,” Spickard said. “We are so excited to be getting a home for ourselves.” The Greek community and administrators will come together for a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 p.m. April 25. Phase I of the village, projected to be completed in 2015, will include five…

Buzz Bash festival features launch of new top-level domain program

The first Buzz Bash festival kicked off the start of .BUZZ, a new self-sustaining, top-level domain created by Adjunct Marketing Instructor Bill Doshier, during x-period April 15 on the College of Business lawn. Doshier used the help of his marketing creative consulting class to launch .BUZZ. Senior Michael Borrelli, one of Doshier’s students, said, “I’m really excited to see how well the domain names sell and to know that what we’ve been working for all semester is a success.” Senior Jerry Gooch, another creative consulting student of Doshier’s, said the Buzz Bash was a success and that .BUZZ is a…

Rapert seeks reelection against Pearson

Campaign season is already in full swing and two UCA-tied candidates will vie for the Arkansas State Senate District 35 position in the 2014 midterm election – one seeking reelection for the second time. Sen. Jason Rapert, 42, and Tyler Pearson, 28, are campaigning against each other across the district, which includes Conway, most of Faulkner County and a small pyoutortion of Perry County. Rapert, a Republican, was first elected in 2010, and was reelected in 2012 to a second term as District 35 senator. Originally from Maynard, Rapert moved to Conway when he was 18-years-old with his wife, Laurie.…

Police Beat

The following reports and arrests are from the UCAPD docket. UCAPD reports any tickets issued as arrests, according to ucapd.com. 30-year-old male arrested for outstanding warrant after suspiciously knocking on cars UCAPD arrested nonstudent Rigginald Lovelace, 30, at 1:30 a.m. April 13, after learning of a warrant out for his arrest from Conway Police. Officers approached Lovelace after receiving a call about a black male wearing dark pants, white shirt and ball cap who knocked on someone’s car window asking for directions by Bernard Hall. Once UCAPD arrived and spotted Lovelace sitting on a window sill, he quickly stood up…

Senate approves SAFA allocations, I.D.E.A.L. budget

The UCA Student Government Association passed three motions and reflected on their accomplishments this year during their weekly meeting April 21. The Student Activity Fee Allocation committee presented to SGA, asking for approval of $141,940.90 for the fall 2014 budget. SGA Vice-President of Finance senior Dylan Doughty presented the motion and said, “[Last year] we worked really hard to allocate this budget and when we were done we had to make some cuts.” With that noted, the senators passed the motion with a unanimous 37-0 vote. The senate also approved the I.D.E.A.L. budget and the appointment of the I.D.E.A.L. director…

Courtway dismisses Baker questions at ‘Talk’

Questions relating to former Executive Assistant to the President Gilbert Baker’s resignation went unanswered during the Campus Talk on April 13 in the Student Center Ballroom. President Tom Courtway declined to comment on the Baker questions provided prior to the event from anonymous submissions. Following the Campus Talk, Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing Christina Madsen said Courtway was unable to address personnel issues and that he responded to a question about who is on executive staff. One questioner asked, “The [Little Rock] paper [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette] described Gilbert Baker as moving to become a professor of music.…

Coke fund allocation voted down

The UCA Faculty Senate declined a proposal April 8 using a $25,000 fund allocation from Coca-Cola for a $11,000, two-year subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education, matching grants totaling $10,000 for faculty through the Instructional Development Center (IDC), and a $4,000 fall senate retreat. According to the recommendation from the senate’s executive committee, the Chronicle of Education is “the leading source of news, information and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.” Torreyson Library has access to print content through digital access, but does not have access to the web content, which is updated daily. The print…

Police Beat

The following reports and arrests are from the UCAPD docket. UCAPD reports any tickets issued as arrests, according to ucapd.com. Multiple shots fired at Fox Run apartments UCAPD was dispatched at approximately 2:17 a.m. April 8 to multiple calls of shots fired at Fox Run apartments. Conway Police Department officers were already on route to the location. No injuries occured during the incident. When they arrived, officers made contact with a witness who said he heard about five gunshots and saw people arguing near the back of building E. Soon after, officers saw a white male walk around the corner…

Student government reviews university fees

Faculty and staff representatives from three important student fees – library fee, student health center fees and student publication fees – presented before the Student Government Association Student Fee Advisory Committee to discuss the budgeting for fiscal year 2014 and the importance of the services provided on April 10. Torreyson Library Director Art Lichtenstein spoke in front of SFAC and provided the committee with the expenditures for 2014. Currently, the student library fee for undergraduates and graduates is $3 per credit hour according to the reports given to SFAC. With the total number of students and average number of credit hours…

Staffer suffers fatal blood clot

Torreyson Library Academic Technician Addie Coleman Bailey, 46, died April 9 after a blood clot formed in her heart a little over a week after she was released from UAMS Medical Center. Bailey was being treated for a stroke she suffered March 20. Bailey’s funeral service will be at God’s House of Prayer in Newport at 11 a.m. April 19. Bailey graduated from UCA with a bachelor of business administration, coming back a few years later to become a Torreyson Library employee. A Facebook album published by the University of Northern Texas’s Department of Library and Information Services features a biography…

SGA’s Big Event brings out generosity in campus community

The inaugural Big Event on April 11-12, a UCA Student Government Association project, sent members of the UCA community to participate in various acts of generosity and support in Conway. Sophomore Kaitlyn Thompson, Big Event coordinator, said the nationwide event, though new to UCA, acts as a community service project to create a meaningful impact on residents and the UCA campus. “We attended a conference on student government at Texas A&M university and we brought the event back from that conference that we attended and made it a goal of SGA for this year to have the event every year,”…

‘Wall of Hate’ demolishes campus negativity

The UCA community took another step closer in eliminating all types of hatred by tearing down the “Wall of Hate” on Wednesday, April 8 . The “Wall of Hate” showed how words could negatively impact people. For the event, anyone could paint a hateful word on the “Wall of Hate” and then watch the wall be torn down. Graduate student and Housing and Residence Program Coordinator Janelle Lemish said, “The idea behind the wall of hate is to take down hatred.” The “Wall of Hate” was set up last week. Anyone from UCA could come up to the wall, which…

Baker resigns, resumes tenured music faculty position

Former Executive Assistant to the President Gilbert Baker is, as of April 4, a nine-month assistant music professor with a $50,000 salary , according to a letter sent by Provost Steve Runge. Baker was required upon receiving the letter to report to Acting Music Department Chair Paige Rose, who will provide his assignments May 15, the date when the nine-month contract period for faculty ends. Baker’s new position is based off the tenure status he gained in 2012 after requesting his tenure in the music department be reinstated. “If there ever came a time for me to leave my administrative…

Trustees hear cost projections for Greek Village, Lewis Science Center; discuss room rate increase

All seven UCA Board of Trustees members attended a two-day retreat at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View on April 2-3 to discuss current university affairs, as well as look at future projections for the 2014-15 school year concerning accruement of university debt because of various projects and proposed room and board changes for 2016. No votes were made on any of the numerous proposals made during the retreat. President Tom Courtway said, “We started doing this a few years ago. In my opinion, boards need time to have a good discussion and have a good presentation of a…

Alumnus creates controversy again with latest anarchist goal

UCA alumnus Cody Wilson was a prominent student government figure at his alma mater before international media named him a leading anarchist in the digital realm. Wilson, 26, made headlines in 2013 with the Liberator, a 3D gun he designed made mostly of plastic, and continues to create controversy as a leading proponent of crypto-anarchism. His 3D gun project blueprints were posted online and later removed, at the request of the State Department. According to the Associated Press, the blueprints were downloaded more than 100,00 times. Named after the FP-45 Liberator pistol designed for mass production during World War II,…

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