Civil rights author addresses state of racial equality today
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 »
Human rights activist addresses issues in Pakistan
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 »
Ottenheimer Library brings change Spring 2015
This semester, the Ottenheimer Library has put some very beneficial changes into effect. Beginning Jan. 12, the library introduced new operation hours and a coffee cart for students and other patrons.
This semester will bring just the start of many renovations and student requested assets that will be added to the facility in order to accommodate the needs of its visitors.
From Sunday to Wednesday, the library stays open until 2 a.m. for late night studying and computer use on the first and second floors. The coffee cart remains open until 11 p.m. most nights for patrons to purchase snacks and drinks after the restaurants in the Donaghey Student Center have closed. Even during the day the coffee stand is open to give options that are closer than the DSC.
“One of the things that student services wanted to expand on was the number of night options so we have that open until 11 p.m. so at least some food and drink [resources are] on campus after the sections of the DSC close.” says Director of Public Relations J.B. Hill.
“The students for a long time have been asking for later hours in the library. We had never seen the numbers to justify it. We did a survey several years ago with SGA to see what time people wanted the library to be open and the consensus was 12 a.m. and that’s actually what’s showing in the data. This year we said we were going to try for 2 a.m. and we’re just seeing what the numbers show. We’re hoping to continue it next year,” said Hill.
The Ottenheimer Library serves as a place for students to study, socialize, prepare for tests, and even just have a peaceful place to relax. It’s a place for general help and resources that isn’t department or subject specific.
“When we were asking people what they wanted… [for the library] it was 24/7 access, coffee, and food so I think that’s [the coffee stand and later hours] going to meet a big part of that demand because students aren’t having to go across to other places to get food and leave the library.” according to the Head of Circulation, Shawn Manis.