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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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Civil rights author addresses state of racial equality today
October 8, 2014 – 4:58 pm | Comments Off

Allan Ward’s book, “Civil Rights Brothers: The Journey of Albert Porter and Allan Ward” commemorates the 50 years that friends Porter and Ward fought for racial equality and civil rights. -Left to right- Trevor Collins, Allan Ward, Michael R. Twyman, Director of Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Photo courtesy of Donna L. Shelton, Web Communications Specialist at the Institute on Race and Ethnicity.

by Carmien Penny

The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity hosted a free event on Tuesday Sept. 30 at the Bailey Center to give people an opportunity to meet with Allan Ward, an author, civil rights activist, and speech communication professor emeritus. Read the full story »

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CALLING ALL TROJANS: costumed tricycle race registration now open
November 5, 2014 – 9:23 pm | 6 Comments

Junior political science major Aaron Lazenby demonstrates how difficult it is for a fully-grown adult to ride a child's tricycle. Photo by Alexis Williams

“Everyone deserves a childhood.” Read the full story »

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Human rights activist addresses issues in Pakistan
November 5, 2014 – 9:19 pm | One Comment

SAPAC's Summer 2014 Interns included students from around the United States

The political science department and international studies program hosted a presentation by Munawar “Sufi” Laghari on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The presentation, entitled “Pakistan-U.S. Relations: Human Rights Abuses in Sindh” gave Laghari the opportunity to discuss human rights abuses against Sindhis in Pakistan. Read the full story »

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The untold stories: From Our House to your house
November 20, 2014 – 11:18 am | One Comment

Many of us complain about little things and wish our lives could be better, or at least easier, but we often forget that some people are less fortunate. Some people do not have enough money to sustain themselves, and have to go live in a shelter. Read the full story »

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Students host first undergrad honors conference alongside faculty mentor
November 20, 2014 – 11:23 am | One Comment

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With support from their professor, four students hosted UALR’s first annual graduate and honors conference on Oct. 23, 2014 at the Arkansas Studies Institute. Read the full story »

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Best Female Athlete: Paige Mason
December 11, 2014 – 8:44 am | Comments Off

Mason plans to return to California upon graduation and pursue her dreams of illustrating for children’s books and the daily newspaper. Photo by KenDrell Collins

Senior Paige Mason was selected as the Best Female Athlete for the 2014-2015 Best of UALR Awards. Read the full story »

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BEST SORORITY: Delta Sigma Theta
December 11, 2014 – 8:43 am | Comments Off

“Delta Sigma Theta President Renata Shirlee credits their success to their collective “energy, drive, and dedication.” Photo courtesy of Renata Shirlee

The votes are in, and students voted Delta Sigma Theta as the Best Sorority on campus. Read the full story »

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Faculty with firearms
March 31, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

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 to carry guns on campus in Arkansas.  Sponsor Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville said his reason for backing the bill is to deter mass school shootings.

“When somebody plans to create an event where he can be a star on TV news, get the revenge he’s after, it’s virtually impossible for all law enforcement to be at the right place at the right time,” Collins said.  He said the solution to these tragic events would be concealed carry.

The amended House Bill 1077 would remove the option for public colleges and universities to opt-out of allowing university employees to carry guns on campus.

Collins proposed a similar measure back in 2013, which allowed campuses to decide if they would let employees carry firearms on campus.  After that bill passed, all 33 universities in Arkansas made the decision to opt-out and not allow faculty to open-carry.

The newly amended bill would require faculty wanting to carry a firearm to attend active shooter training.  It also would not allow guns at daycares.

 

The bill recently stalled in the House Committee after much opposition from students.

On the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus, many faculty members are keeping opinions to themselves but foresee a serious issue at hand if the bill is passed.

UALR Police Chief Regina Wade-Carter said there are many pros and cons to arming employees with guns.

She said she is a firm believer in the second Amendment right, which is to “bear Arms,” but said there is a con.  Although faculty members would be required to attend the active shooter training, Carter said, “It’s not the extensive training that a full-time law enforcement officer would have.  I would feel more comfortable if only law enforcement officials were to carry a gun on campus, not a civilian.”

Carter worries how faculty would react to an active shooter situation, given the fact that they’re not “extensively trained” as police officers are trained.  Another concern the chief has is safety.

According to a report by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, from 2005 to 2010 about 3,800 people in the United States died from unintentional shootings.  More than a third of the victims were under 25 years of age.

 

Carter said a lot of people do not consider the accidental discharge that could happen from someone not familiar with carrying a firearm. “Can you imagine a weapon being in a classroom and it falls and a round is already in the chamber, it goes off.  It could kill someone instantly, or even get yourself killed,” she said.

The chief said as far as faculty taking control of a situation such as a mass shooting, “If you’re not trained to handle those type of situations, it could further escalate.”

Tim Brown is a professor at the UALR Department of Criminal Justice and said he can’t really see any pros of faculty carrying guns on campus.  Brown said there is a lot of research that shows the availability of guns, increases the probability of gun-related accidents.  “The research out there doesn’t really point to many pros, it points to more cons where accidents are more likely to happen,” he said.

“Any time you increase a number of a certain item, whether it’s a gun or a car, there is more increase for accidents,” he said.  Brown said the research also points out that not only death-by-accident goes up where there is an increase in amount of guns, but also the increase in amounts of suicide is also something to consider.  He also said the research findings are non-significant for the reason behind the bill which is ultimately to deter mass school shootings.

The bill is now being sent to the Senate for review.

Civil rights author addresses state of racial equality today
October 8, 2014 – 4:58 pm | Comments Off
Civil rights author addresses state of racial equality today

by Carmien Penny
The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity hosted a free event on Tuesday Sept. 30 at the Bailey Center to give people an opportunity to meet with Allan Ward, an author, civil rights activist, …

CALLING ALL TROJANS: costumed tricycle race registration now open
November 5, 2014 – 9:23 pm | 6 Comments
CALLING ALL TROJANS: costumed tricycle race registration now open

“Everyone deserves a childhood.”

Human rights activist addresses issues in Pakistan
November 5, 2014 – 9:19 pm | One Comment
Human rights activist addresses issues in Pakistan

The political science department and international studies program hosted a presentation by Munawar “Sufi” Laghari on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The presentation, entitled “Pakistan-U.S. Relations: Human Rights Abuses in Sindh” gave Laghari the opportunity to …

The untold stories: From Our House to your house
November 20, 2014 – 11:18 am | One Comment

Many of us complain about little things and wish our lives could be better, or at least easier, but we often forget that some people are less fortunate. Some people do not have enough money …

Students host first undergrad honors conference alongside faculty mentor
November 20, 2014 – 11:23 am | One Comment
Students host first undergrad honors conference alongside faculty mentor

With support from their professor, four students hosted UALR’s first annual graduate and honors conference on Oct. 23, 2014 at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Best Female Athlete: Paige Mason
December 11, 2014 – 8:44 am | Comments Off
Best Female Athlete: Paige Mason

Senior Paige Mason was selected as the Best Female Athlete for the 2014-2015 Best of UALR Awards.

BEST SORORITY: Delta Sigma Theta
December 11, 2014 – 8:43 am | Comments Off
BEST SORORITY: Delta Sigma Theta

The votes are in, and students voted Delta Sigma Theta as the Best Sorority on campus.

UALR student and professor take trip to Qatar
March 31, 2015 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 | No Comment

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 …

Staff Spotlight: Marjorie Williams-Smith
March 20, 2015 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

Professor Marjorie Williams-Smith teaches in the Art Department here at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This semester she teaches Intro to Graphic Design and Typography and last semester she taught two sections of …

Sustainability Column: Recycling
March 20, 2015 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

Most of us have heard the expression “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” at least once in our lives.  We all know that this refers to taking steps to help the environment, but why is it important?  The …

UALR celebrates Earth Day
March 20, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be hosting and participating in numerous events to celebrate Earth Day.  Starting March 21, UALR’s Sustainability Committee will be participating in Heifer International’s annual Beyond Hunger event.  …

Police Beat
March 20, 2015 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

Commons Building Contraband
Officers located a green leafy substance, suspected to be marijuana but not confirmed, in the commons building on Tuesday, March 10, around 10 a.m.  Campus police took the contraband into their possession …

TV Discovery: The West Wing (Shashank Avvaru & Zach Martin)(In)
March 13, 2015 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

The success of the House Of Cards has proved that in the ever-growing nest of worldwide phenomena there is room for everyone, even movies and TV shows in the political genre.
But years before there was …

Fifty Shades Falls Short (1st edit GF)(2nd edit KC)(In)
March 13, 2015 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

It takes many elements to make a movie. If not properly executed, a movie will not be successful either at the box office or in the eye of the audience. The final box office statistics …

I Am the Messenger (1st edit GF)(In)
March 13, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

“Yes, Dylan was on the brink of stardom when he was nineteen. Dali was well on his way to being a genius, and Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for being the most …

A Martini of the Asian Persuasion (1st Edit GF)(In)
March 13, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

When an old friend from out of state decides to stop by for a night, it really just makes sense to grab a drink together and catch up. My friend told me to pick the …

College Classics: Revenge of the Nerds (Shashank Avvaru & Zach Martin) (1st edit GF)(In)
March 13, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

“All our lives we’ve been laughed at and made to feel inferior. And tonight they trashed our house. Why? ‘Cause we’re smart? ‘Cause we look different? Well, we’re not. I’m a nerd and I’m pretty …

Princess Kaguya outruns The Lego Movie (1st edit GF)(2nd KC)(In)
March 13, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is one of those little seen movies.  It has a 0.7 million gross, and yet, it is a better movie.
A common accusation thrown at the Oscars is that old …