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Re: “Announcing the 2014 Arkansas Times Fiction Contest

Moved a few years ago so my wife can get her PhD, so now I'm sad I can't compete. But I will gladly pass it along to all my other writer friends!

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Posted by Russell Jones on 10/03/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Rapert's latest grandstanding; he honors a kindred spirit at Boys State

I recall hearing Max speak when I was in Boys State. I also recall being surrounded by rich, white, conservative narcissists for the whole shindig. Seems things haven't changed much.

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Posted by Russell Jones on 05/29/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “King Day comments — line is open

Supporters of the troubled theatre department at Arkansas Tech University have started a Facebook page: 450 likes and rising so far.

https://www.facebook.com/saveATUtheatre

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Posted by Russell Jones on 01/16/2012 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Thursday line is open

"Arkansas Tech is supportive of artistic expression and neutral on the content of such expression..."

YOU TRIED TO CANCEL A PLAY BECAUSE IT HAD A FAKE GUN IN IT. THAT MEANS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THIS SENTENCE. IT IS NOT OPPOSITE DAY, LAST I CHECKED.

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Posted by Russell Jones on 01/12/2012 at 8:09 PM

Re: “The line is open

Just heard a little while ago that ATU has canceled all spring theatre performances. This is after the president, Dr. Robert C. Brown, shut down the shop and hasn't done anything to fix it.

He's been public with his lack of respect for his own faculty, and has never cared at all for the theatre program or its productions. Since this started in the fall it's been a concern that he's trying to get rid of theatre at the school, and right now it looks like those concerns are pretty darn valid.

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Posted by Russell Jones on 01/11/2012 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Ark. Tech's drama drama UPDATED

If you'd like to see a complete contrast to this situation, take a look down the road at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Students there have a full workshop and theatre and are not only allowed but encouraged to take risks with their productions. There have been entirely student-created shows with the same acrobatics seen in Cirque du Soleil productions, such as trapeze and flying silks, and incredibly amazing interpretations of classics like Romeo and Juliet. More than one of their productions have been recognized by being sent to regional festivals, and one was very close to appearing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The faculty at ATU are no less experienced, and the students there have no less passion or talents than those at UAFS, a school that up until a few years ago didn't even have a theatre major. This is what can be done when fertile soil is given for student achievement, and encouragement instead of criticism is given from the administration.

Dr. Paul Baren, the chancellor at UAFS? He's seen every show the students at his school put on, ever since he got there until I left Fort Smith a year ago. I never saw Dr. Brown step foot inside the theatre once while I was at Tech.

Posted by Russell Jones on 10/07/2011 at 10:02 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Ark. Tech president defends theater closure

"they are look like" = "they look like". WTB edit button.

Posted by Russell Jones on 10/05/2011 at 11:24 PM

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