From a Distance: Egyptian and Libyan Students Talk about Protests at Home and Pressures Abroad

By Allison Perkins Lemke Newsroom [youtube][/youtube] Egyptian and Libyan UA students find themselves caught in the middle of confusion and controversy surrounding recent protests in their home countries. Ten Egyptian students are enrolled this semester and four Libyan students, according to the International Students and Scholars Fall enrollment report. Because these students are living in […]

Blessings for Same-Sex Couples Expand from Northwest Arkansas to Episcopal Churches Worldwide

By Shelby Gill, Lemke Newsroom. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s congregation, in Fayetteville, has been blessing same-sex couples for six years, but Episcopal Churches worldwide agreed on a standard liturgy for the blessing of same-sex couples in July at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, said rector of St. Paul’s, Lowell Grisham, who was also […]

Taking Out the Trash: Old Blackboard Queries Slow the System for Students and Faculty

By Nick Brothers, Lemke Newsroom. After discovering that years of documents in the Blackboard recycle bin database were slowing response time for users, UA technicians turned off the recycle function, causing a significant increase in speed, the UA Blackboard administrator said. Blackboard Learn is software that provides digital methods for faculty to manage basic classroom […]

UA Recreation Fitness Walks for Students and Faculty Begin

By Karen Stigar Lemke Newsroom The University Recreation Center began Tuesday Fitness walks Sept. 18 as an initiative to get faculty and students active during the workday, officials said. These walks depart the UREC Fitness Center in the Arkansas Union and are led by a UREC personal trainer. After the 30-minute walk, snacks and water […]

Dalai Lama Lecture Increases Student Interest in Buddhism

By Shelby Gill Lemke Newsroom [youtube][/youtube] The Dalai Lama’s visit to the UA in 2011 not only attracted an audience of more than 20,000 to Bud Walton arena but also rekindled an interest in Buddhism that has endured, according to interviews. “I was a freshman when I saw the Dalai Lama speak and I remember […]

Schools, Families Join Together to Help Cope with Childhood Cancer

By Whitney Green Lemke Newsroom Cancer is the second most common cause of death among U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 14, surpassed only by accidents. Childhood cancer deaths, however, are declining, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gunnison Riggins is one such child in Springdale, Ark. He is […]

Walton Arts Center Partners with Feed Fayetteville to STOMP Out Hunger

By Karen Stigar Lemke Newsroom In partnership with Feed Fayetteville, Walton Arts Center presented STOMP Out Hunger, with four weekend performances to raise money for area charitable Organizations, over the weekend, in recognition of Hunger Action Month. “STOMP, an eight-person percussion group, is not focused on one cause. I know they have also done a […]

Egyptian Students React to Protests

By Allison Perkins Lemke Newsroom UA Egyptian students were shocked and dismayed by protests in Cairo and the lethal violence in Bengzhai, Libya, they said Wednesday. Protests in Cairo were attributed to an American-made video that ridiculed the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Rahma Ali came to the UofA from Cairo less than one month ago. “In […]

Anti-Islam Film Ignites Debates on Social Media

By Shelby Gill Lemke Newsroom UA students found the video that mocks the Prophet Muhammad degrading, but it does not justify killing the American ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. diplomats, those interviewed Wednesday said. Some refused to watch the video after they learned of the violence attributed to it, and the disrespect to […]

Chalking on Senior Walk Stirs Campus Controversy

By Miranda Campbell Lemke Newsroom Chalking Senior Walk should be prohibited, the president of the Arkansas Alumni Association said Wednesday, and there should be a university policy in place. The issue arose when a UA faculty member complained to the office of Student Affairs that an RSO had used chalk on Senior Walk near the […]