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Family Movie Night by Tanya Triplett
On Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. UPC hosted their bi-annual Family Movie Night, showing ‘Inside Out’ in Ledbetter Hall.  As always there was a free dinner and snacks which consisted …

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The “myth-tery” of our brains by Victoria Mugambi
January 27, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

We’ve all heard the myth that we as humans only use 10% of our brain’s mental abilities. This misbelief is still a prevalent lie used in movies, magazines, books and other media outlets.

A recent example of this is seen in the movie “Lucy,” in which a woman gets a drug leaked into her system and becomes so smart she turns into a black glob. Throughout the movie it is suggested that, as she accesses more of her brain, she gains incredible capabilities such as telekinesis, mind-reading and accelerated learning competences. And although Morgan Freeman’s silky, smooth voice sounded very convincing, he is ultimately wrong. We do use more than just 10% of our brains.

Like most myths, it is hard to place its origin. It has been suggested that it started with Albert Einstein, who claimed that humans don’t use their full brain power. There are some who believe it was first started by well-known psychologist, William James. But the truth of the matter is that we use practically every part of our brains on a daily basis.

For example, neuroimaging techniques, such as MRI scans, show that almost every portion of our brain is active when completing simple tasks such as viewing an image or having a conversation. Not all areas are active at the same time, but that’s to be expected. Just like every muscle in our body isn’t active at the same time, we have areas in our brain that can go inactivated for periods of time depending on the activity one is engaged in.

Another reason why this myth is false lies behind the actual implication of only needing 10% of your brain. If this were true, that would mean that we have 90% of the brain going unused and taking up space and body mass. Though it would be nice to shed the extra 2.7 pounds that “unnecessary” 90% takes up, that would be extremely detrimental to our body.

Plus, if it were true that only 10% of our brain is used, we would rarely have to worry about tumors. Although it would be nice to hear: “Good news! Your tumor is in the area of the brain you don’t use!” damaging or removing any portion of the brain will lead to at least some changes in mood, thinking, functioning, and behavior in a person. I’m sure a neurosurgeon’s job would be much easier if it was as easy as slicing out a section like a piece of cake; however, that is not the case. They have to carefully plan out a method for removing the affected areas so as to leave the patient as healthy and mentally unscathed as possible.

It’s time that we as a society say goodbye to this outrageous myth and allow it to rest in peace with other myths, such as the myth about chocolate milk coming from brown cows or the body needing seven years to digest chewing gum. Although the idea of being able to send a pen flying towards your least favorite professor’s noggin by will sounds like a great capability. We are, unfortunately, already using our brain’s full potential on a daily basis.


Student spotlight: Traci Grizzle
January 27, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

Traci Grizzle is a senior in the American Sign Language Interpreting Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She transferred from Pulaski Technical College, where she graduated with an Associate of Science degree. …

What is your New Year’s Resolution? by Abdul Mohammed
January 27, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

Kaitlyn Pitman
Junior – General Biology – Pre-Med
“I am going to be career-oriented and study hard.  Not just for the academics, but also for MCAT to get into medical school.”
Tiera Woods
Sophomore – Social Work
“My goal for …

Eat Beat: Getting to “The Root” by Victoria Mugambi
January 27, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

Downtown Little Rock, particularly South Main Street, is the soul of the city, with its historic buildings, beautiful views, and numerous attractions to enjoy. Among brightly painted murals and independently-owned businesses, one of these is …

Blackstar: David Bowie’s final studio album by Elton Tevebaugh
January 27, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

David Bowie has been renowned for decades. His final album, Blackstar, was released on Jan. 8, 2016. Two days later, Bowie, 69, died of liver cancer.
Blackstar is filled with songs which engulf the listener with …

Police Beat by Sydney Bradshaw
January 27, 2016 – 11:13 am | No Comment

Disorderly Conduct
On Dec 14, 2015, a homeless woman was found on the second floor of the Student Services Center Registrar’s area on a university computer. When asked to log off the computer, the suspect refused. …

MLK Mega Kingfest takes over UALR by Christina Turner
January 27, 2016 – 11:12 am | No Comment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Office of Campus Life hosted one of the largest events in the community at the Jack Stephens Center on Jan. 18.  The event drew hundreds of people from …

UALR professor receives NEH grant by Whitney Bryson
January 27, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

Susanah Romney recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research on the Dutch Empire.
Romney, who has been a history professor here at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock …

Research colloquium: ‘Commerical Myth-Making and the Holy Land Experience’ by Alexandria Barnes
January 27, 2016 – 10:13 am | No Comment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hosted its first presentation in its 2016 Research Colloquium Series on Jan. 14.  The presentation reported on findings by Lenita Davis, professor …

UALR dining dollars now roll over by Elton Tevebaugh
January 27, 2016 – 10:12 am | No Comment

As the New Year sets in and people are making changes to their daily routines and behaviors, a change was also made to the meal plans at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
If dining …

The 2016 presidential race is almost here by Scott Foster
January 24, 2016 – 9:52 pm | No Comment

After long last, the primaries and caucuses determining the Democratic and Republican nominees for president are upon us. Beginning Feb. 1, brave souls inhabiting the great state of Iowa will don their warmest winter gear …

SGA Column Meeting Coverage Jan. 20
January 24, 2016 – 9:30 pm | No Comment

Jan. 20 Senate meeting of SGA
Starting the spring semester, the Student Government Association discussed new plans for the semester in their first meeting. Led by Vice President Connor Donovan and President Jacob Lann, the senate …

Office of Campus Life hosts student organization fair
January 24, 2016 – 9:26 pm | No Comment

Starting off the semester, the Office of Campus Life organized the Student Organizations Fair on Jan. 13 in the Donaghey Student Center. Over 20 organizations set up tables to recruit new members and make connections …

Bootcamp helps faculty, staff and students get into a healthier mindset
January 24, 2016 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

Registration is under way for UALR’s Boot Camp Program, which aims to help participants not only lose weight but maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Open to students, staff and faculty, the program began Monday, Jan. 25, but …

‘This is the new year’
January 24, 2016 – 8:56 pm | No Comment

We have almost finished a full month of 2016 and for me, it’s been a busy month. School has started back and with that comes hours of homework, studying and extracurricular activities. Those who know …