UA Fort Smith Reveals a Ton of Lion Pride

by Emily Hines


Numa, the 15-foot-long bronze lion statue, was unveiled by a group of 40 students during a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the ceremony where the UA Fort Smith band, cheerleaders and the Jazz Catz performed.

Speakers from the school included: Chancellor Dr. Paul Beran; chair of the UA Fort Smith Board of Visitors Sam T. Sicard; chair of the UA Fort Smith Foundation Board Bill Hanna; the student representative from the Lion Committee, Richard Gunselman; the senior women’s administrator/assistant athletic director and chair of the Lion Committee Beth Presley; and the lion’s artist, Jon Hair.

Photo: Bronze statue, "Numa"
Photo credit: Emily Hines

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Author Chris O’Dell Discusses Book
with UA Fort Smith Classes

by Dr. Keith Fudge, College of Languages and Communication


On Wednesday, April 14, UA Fort Smith students and the Fort Smith community had a rare treat:  a first-hand account from someone who has witnessed some of rock music’s most historic moments.

Photo: Chris O'Dell (right foreground) talking with student at book signing
Photo credit: Rick Eby

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Student Senate Plans Greater Presence
and Relevance to Student Issues

by Rick Eby

As a student looking for information on the Student Senate elections, officers, and activities, I was surprised at the lack of a Student Senate presence on the UA Fort Smith website. I had hoped for a link to information under Quicklinks or the Student Life tabs on the University home page, but there is nothing there concerning the senate. A search for information on the Student Senate on the site has no article on the recent elections, no listing of officers, and nothing about their activities except for this small bit of information on the Student Organizations page:

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Applause Attends Prestigious Festival

by Ashley Eubanks


The Southern Literary Festival, an organization of Southern colleges and schools, was held at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus on April 22-24. Each year, a different school has the opportunity to host the festival. The festival was founded in 1937 at Blue Mountain College, located in the Mississippi city of the same name, in an effort to promote Southern literature. More information can be found at the festival’s Facebook page. Applause, the creative arts magazine here at University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, had the opportunity to participate in the festival this year.

Photo: (from left to right) Stephanie Miner, Nic Richardson, Bryce Albertson, Ashley Eubanks, Malinda Sigmon, and Amanda Beck
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Don’t Delay Graduate School Preparations

by Rick Eby

Are you planning to attend graduate school? If so, it’s best to begin preparing for the application process early. There are a variety of deadlines for different colleges and financial aid offerings. Applying for assistantships and financial aid programs are the earliest deadlines, so use your research skills sooner rather than later to obtain the information you need.

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Can I Buy You a Drink?

by Alexis Coleman


In a recent conversation with some female friends, the subject came up of what to do if a guy wants to buy you a drink at the bar, but you're not interested. Some men and women feel that accepting a drink implies shared interest. Others disagree. The situation becomes even more muddled with certain people who flirt and take advantage of the miscommunication in order to get free drinks.

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Mitsubishi Receives Warm Welcome to Fort Smith

by Yvonne Hofer


Local leaders and elected officials gave a warm welcome to Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas on Tuesday April 6, during a ceremony at the Arkansas Best Performing Arts Center in Fort Smith. Approximately 250 people gathered for the event to express gratitude to Mitsubishi for choosing Fort Smith Chaffee Crossing as the site for their $100 million wind power turbine plant.

Photo: Future site of Mitsubishi plant
Photo credit: Yvonne Hofer

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Desperately Seeking Sanctuary

by Alexis Coleman

As we near the end of another semester and finals week becomes a reality rather than a vague concept loitering on the horizon, all of us are feeling the pressures of our classes, work, homework, projects, papers, parenting, and personal life...if we even have time for that last one.

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