February 4, 2015 – 6:07 pm | Comments Off

There has been an interesting development on campus, as the higher-ups at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock are in the process of hiring a Founding Dean for the new UALR Honors College. The …

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An opening word: How much is too much?
May 4, 2015 – 3:46 pm | Comments Off

Every morning I get a news update sent to my phone from Yahoo. Periodically, The New York Times and the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette will send a notification too.

When I crawl out of bed and stumble to the bathroom to brush my teeth while checking Facebook like any normal 21st century youth, I can count on my newsfeed being cluttered with stories about which celebrity couple was seen out the night before. Without fail, I’ll scroll across a title that reads “LeBron James is taking sad mirror photos after losing to Rockets” or “Taylor Swift Explains Why She’ll Still Be Single At 30.”

It’s easy to get so engulfed in the lives of athletes, politicians and performers that we ignore our own humanity, or worse, the humanity of others. But why is it we are so prone to preoccupy ourselves with what color dress Kim Kardashian wore at the awards or whether Drake and Chris Brown are arguing again?

Maybe it’s the drama. Maybe we just admire their talent. Or, maybe we envy how glamorous and exciting their lives are juxtaposed against our mundane ones. Our hypersensitivity to their daily routines could just be our way of living vicariously through them.

If that’s true, then I see a serious problem.

TMZ and People Magazine, MTV and Fortune all make a living off following the lives of other people. We drive up demand for their product with every click, every post and every Instagram photo “like.”

The danger lies in the fact that because we become so distracted by the lives of the rich and famous, we neglect the immeasurable value of everyday people. It’s easy to sit on our couch and stare at a screen, but is that what life is about? I’m inclined to believe that just as much adventure and drama can be found in our own day-to-day journeys. And if excitement seems all but burdened under the weight of the monotony of homework, paperwork or other chores, then we owe it to ourselves to create our own excitement.

I leave you dear reader with the same question Mary Oliver posed to her listeners, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

An Opening Word: Forum Farewells
May 4, 2015 – 3:45 pm | Comments Off

As a sophomore, eager to write, I walked into the Forum office and asked if they had any work for me to do. They did. Two years and about 20 editions later, I will walk …

An Opening Word: Not just paper airplanes
May 4, 2015 – 3:45 pm | Comments Off

The worst part of the print newspaper industry is the amount of waste that accumulates. Thousands of physical copies of our paper go out every month. Sometimes our leftover stack is small, other times the …

UALR to host British Improvisation Musicians
April 16, 2015 – 12:05 pm | Comments Off

On April 14-15, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Music Department will be hosting a master class and concert with British improvising musicians Trevor and Veryan Weston.  Both events are free and open to …

Student Organization Spotlight: Tabletop Games Group
April 16, 2015 – 12:04 pm | Comments Off

One of the newer student organizations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is the Tabletop Games Group.  With about a dozen members, the group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Commons …

UALR hosts Sexual Assault Awareness Event
April 16, 2015 – 11:55 am | Comments Off

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Green Dot program, Counseling Services and the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ACASA) will be partnering to host an event to raise support for Sexual Assault Awareness.

Highlighting the first annual Diversity Week at UALR
April 16, 2015 – 11:55 am | Comments Off

The Diversity Council at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is hosting its first annual Diversity Week April 13-17. Diversity includes not only race, but gender, sexual orientation, disability, age and other factors that …

Major Spotlight: International Studies
April 16, 2015 – 11:53 am | Comments Off

One of the many majors offered at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is international studies gives students a broad understanding of global issues.
International studies is the study of political, economic, social and cultural …

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer Dodson Hunt
April 16, 2015 – 11:41 am | Comments Off

Jennifer Dodson Hunt has worked as the Associate Director for Campus Life and Greek Life at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “I love the interactions with students, it’s great to be able to …

Police Beat
April 16, 2015 – 11:41 am | Comments Off

Altercation outside the Residence Halls

On the afternoon of March 13, DPS received a call about an altercation in North Hall.  Upon arriving the witness stated that the altercation had moved to a vehicle sitting in the …

Faculty with firearms
March 31, 2015 – 3:57 pm | Comments Off

Faculty carrying firearms, it is not such a far-fetched idea anymore.
The Arkansas Legislature is in the process of considering a bill that would allow bill proposed would allow faculty of public colleges and universities the ability …

UALR student and professor take trip to Qatar
March 31, 2015 – 3:57 pm | Comments Off

Last semester, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock student and professor traveled to the Middle East to gain some insight on the country.  Senior Beth Kanopsic and Political Science Professor Rebecca Glazier went to …

Major Spotlight: Anthropology
March 20, 2015 – 1:27 pm | Comments Off

Anthropology is a contemporary discipline that deals with human issues from a historical, biological, linguistic, and cultural perspective. The anthropology program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers students an opportunity to gain …

UPC hosts poetry and open-mic event
March 20, 2015 – 1:26 pm | Comments Off

Since the beginning of time storytelling and other types of theatrical performance have been ways in which people entertain and express their beliefs. The characteristics of rhyme and rhythm have always been present in these …

Student Organization Spotlight: Brother’s Keeper
March 20, 2015 – 1:25 pm | Comments Off

Brother’s Keeper is one of many student led organizations at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  This organization focuses on student involvement on and off campus.
“Brother’s Keeper is a student led organization who serves …