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The excitement was on at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Friday, Feb. 12. A new sorority was announced at a probate that night. Sigma Lambda Gamma made their debut on the Arkansas …

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Trojan Soccer shows out on Senior Night
September 22, 2016 – 1:00 am | Comments Off

The Little Rock Trojan soccer team took on Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex. It was Senior night, and turned out to be a victorious one for the ladies as they won 2-0.

Thirty-two minutes into the game, senior Kayla Turner had the first goal of the night, taking her shot from way back, with the assist from Jaclyn Purine. It was Turners’ first goal since her freshman season in 2013.

Senior goalkeepers Shara Robbins and Sara Cavanagh split duties for the night and succeeded in shutting out MSVU. This was Robbins first career start.

Junior Quin Wilkes guaranteed the win with a shot that made it past Mississippi Valleys goalie Rita Gyasi, in the eighty-sixth minute of the match. Gyasi made fifteen saves for the night but it was not enough to stop the Trojans.  Little Rock outshot MSVU 38-0, 17 of those shots on the goal.

Defensive midfielder Mikayla Uyokpeyi is one of the seniors playing for the Trojans this season, she has played for the Trojans all 4 years she has attended UALR. The people are her favorite part about playing at UALR.

“Any athlete can tell you that they love they game they play, but it’s a bonus when you’re surrounded by people that will fight for you and love you unconditionally.”

Her dream is to play soccer professionally, whether it be for a club in the United States, or one overseas.  But Mikayla has dreams outside of the world of soccer.

“I also want to go into the marketing field and find a job that allows me to help organizations design their own brand so they can promote themselves efficiently.”

Senior Hali Long, who plays centerback, says it has not really set in yet that this will be her last season playing for Little Rock.

”Out of everything I love about playing at Little Rock, I love the team. We’ve had players come and go, but this group we have for my last year here has been the best yet. We’re already so close with great chemistry and that shows on the field. I wouldn’t want my last year to be with any other people.”

Hali spent her summer, as co-captain of the Filipino National team. She missed preseason here in Little Rock, but was able to compete in three matches against Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore. She really enjoyed her time there.

“It was a really great learning experience and I gained even more family in the Philippines.”

Long still is not sure about her plans after graduation. She is majoring in Health and human performance with an emphasis in promotion and minoring in Exercise science.

“I’m either going to go to grad school, or continue playing soccer as long as my body will let me!”

Little Rock played Kansas State on Sunday night at the Coleman Complex and won 2-1. The Trojans will play again on Friday night against Texas State, the match will take place in San Marcos, TX. Their next home game will take place on Sunday, September 25th at 1:00 p.m. That will be Little Rock Rangers Day at the Complex.

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Lady Trojans take straight sets victory
October 5, 2016 – 1:55 pm | Comments Off

On Saturday, October 1, the Lady Trojans volleyball team played host to the ULM Warhawks on Beach Volleyball Night. Little Rock took a straight sets win in the contest, looking the stronger team throughout the match.

Little Rock got off to a hot start, taking a 10-2 lead early in the first set. The Trojans did not relent and held a 20-9 lead when ULM called its first timeout. Coming out of the break, the Trojans continued to play well, comfortably winning the first set, 25-11.

ULM played more aggressively in the second set, and at one point trailed the Trojans just 15-11. As the set continued, the Trojans pulled away with very strong team play, winning the set 25-13. Going into the break, Little Rock had led the entire match, with ULM never able to establish momentum.

Though trailing 2 sets to 0, the Warhawks came back on the court refreshed and confident entering the third set. For a time, the teams traded points. ULM took its first lead of the match holding an 8-10 lead on the Trojans at one point. Like the Warhawks had done in the first set, the Lady Trojans called a timeout to regroup. They came out of the timeout a rejuvenated team, reeling off 9 straight points to take a 17-10 lead. Louisiana-Monroe would not go away quietly, though, and battled back late to trail only 24-21. Little Rock held 3 match points and did not let ULM get any closer, taking the third and final set, 25-21 for a straight sets victory.

Several Trojans shined in the game. Sophomore Setter Taylor Lindberg finished with 35 assists, while senior Outside-Hitter Marina Avram had 7 service aces. Sophomore Middle-Blocker Veronica Marin had 11 kills, and fellow senior Middle-Blocker Edina Selimovic posted a .409 hitting efficiency. Also, senior Miona Milovanovic posted a .417 hitting efficiency.

When asked about her thoughts on the game, Little Rock head coach Van Compton said, “I was glad to come back and get a win tonight because I felt like we gave one away last night. I thought the kids played up… with spirit… I’m glad to get the win.” Compton also noted a few of the evening’s standout players, but added, “Tonight’s match was really hard to point out any one (person)… everybody hit positive… It’s hard to say one person.” Team play was the theme of the night, with all the Lady Trojans playing well.

A strong straight sets win was exactly what Little Rock needed after a tough 5-set loss Friday night. The team will have a few days off before hitting the road for games versus UT-Arlington and Texas State on Friday and Saturday.

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I Am With You
November 16, 2016 – 12:00 pm | 2 Comments

To all the women, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, disabled, and LGBTQ people of America: I am sorry. I’m sorry that hate and bigotry won the presidential election. I’m sorry that we now live in a country that tells us that being who we are is wrong and that ignorance and prejudice is now validated from the highest office in the land.

Hope and progress were on the ballot, but sadly, an overwhelming amount of voters voted out of fear rather than aspiration. Donald J. Trump, loser of the popular vote, is set to become the 45th president of the United States of America.

To the women and girls who inspire me everyday: don’t stop believing that someday soon, someone that looks like you will finally make it clear, once and for all, that females are truly capable of doing anything that a man can. You have to continue to lean in and never lose hope. I am with you.

To my friends of color who know all too well that the road to justice is a long and slow climb: you are worthy of dignity and respect. We must fight together to protect the legacy of President Barack Obama–a president that so many tried to discredit based off the color of his skin rather the content of his character. I am with you.

To the millions of Muslim-Americans that provide so much to this country: you are our Constitution in action. Although you may feel threatened under this new administration, just know that so many of us have your back. You belong. I am with you.

To the immigrants who have sacrificed so much to get here: welcome. You are strong and you are brave. America is your home and you deserve the opportunities to thrive and make a better life for yourself. I am with you.

To the disabled people that feel less than: you prove to us everyday just how strong and capable you are. You are an inspiration. Don’t let a bully in the White House bring you down. I am with you.

And last, but certainly not least, to my lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer brothers and sisters: we know injustice and know that the road to equality is long but ultimately know that we will prevail. We are strong and we are fighters. I am with you.

To the ones who voted against us: we’re still here. We’ll be here every step of the way, daring to compete and putting up a resistance to every policy that tries to strip away our right to live an open and peaceful life. Although it didn’t this time, love will ultimately trump hate. We are millions strong and we will rise!

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UALR, Meet UA Little Rock
January 25, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Chancellor Andrew Rogerson announced a new logo and abbreviated name for the university on Monday. Effective immediately, UALR will now go by the newly abbreviated name of UA Little Rock. The chancellor also unveiled a new logo.

In a statement released through the school’s website and email, Rogerson shared his excitement for the changes, as well as its advantages.

“While our official name remains the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, UA Little Rock represents one of our institution’s greatest strengths, our location in Arkansas’s capital city,” he said. “UA Little Rock also reflects the university’s commitment and long-standing partnership and service to our community – Little Rock and Central Arkansas. For out-of-state student and employee recruitment and other initiatives, having a name that represents the location of our university is also an advantage.”

The logo is a collaboration of the Office of Communications and Marketing and the campus’s Art Department and raised no budgetary concerns for the university.

“We will roll out our name change and updated logo in a responsible way that will not create budget concerns,” Rogerson added. “The new logo was created at no cost.”

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Year in review
April 26, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

By: Kolton Rutherford

As the spring semester winds down, Little Rock (LR) athletics is finishing up its year as well. While the year didn’t feature any stunning upsets in the NCAA tournament  like Trojan fans enjoyed last year, the 2016-17 LR athletes and teams did have their achievements, highlighted by LR women’s basketball’s 25-9 regular season record and Sun Belt conference regular season title.

In the fall, LR soccer finished 12-8-1 and notched a victory in the Sun Belt tournament versus Louisiana-Monroe. The team played especially well at home, posting a 7-2-0 record at Coleman Sports Complex.  Senior defender Hali Long took Trojan soccer to the international stage with her multiple appearances for the Philippines National Soccer Team, most recently on April 9 versus Bahrain. Just two days earlier, she scored a hat-trick versus Tajikistan. Also in the fall, the Lady Trojans volleyball team finished a disappointing 12-18 overall but did break even in conference play.

In golf, the Trojan men notched two victories at the Memphis Intercollegiate and the First Tee Classic, while the women placed second at the LR/A-State Invitational in Maumelle and finished fourth at the Lady Red Wolf Classic.

Swimming and diving won 6 of 8 meets, including their only meet on the LR campus. Diver Samantha Gray competed at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and finished 41st in the tournament.

Track and field’s season is ongoing, but to date the women’s team’s best finish has been third at the Little Rock Invitational. The men’s best finish also came at the Little Rock Invitational, where they placed second.

Trojan baseball still has a fair portion of the season to play, but at time of writing, the team is 14-23.

LR men’s basketball followed up their unexpected NCAA Tournament appearance last year with a 15-17 record. Despite losing several players and the coach from last year’s team, the Trojans had a 9-6 record in front of the home crowd at the Jack Stephens Center and appeared on ESPN on January 2 versus Louisiana-Lafayette.

Of the various Trojan athletic teams, women’s basketball had the most successful season, posting a 25-9 record overall and 17-1 in conference play. In one stretch, the women posted 12 consecutive wins, and closed the regular season on a 5-game win streak, winning the Sun Belt conference title. Despite losing to Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round of the conference tournament, the women appeared at the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and notched a win in the first round versus Southern Miss. They narrowly lost 55-53 in the second round versus Alabama.

Trojan alumni also made news during the year. Former Trojan basketball player Josh Hagins played in Europe for Bosnian basketball team Bosna Royal and signed with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental-League (D-League) in January. Hagins has played well for Maine and is looking to get an invite to an NBA Training Camp this summer. Fellow basketball alumnus Roger Woods played for BBC Lausanne in Switzerland, and former LR baseball player Ryan Scott, drafted by the Boston Red Sox last year, made his debut in their minor-league system. To date, he has a .256 batting average and seven homeruns.

The Trojans and Lady Trojans alike will be looking to apply the lessons learned during the 2016-17 athletic year when they return in the fall. The Forum will be there to cover all the twists and turns along the way.

Trojan Soccer shows out on Senior Night
September 22, 2016 – 1:00 am | Comments Off

The Little Rock Trojan soccer team took on Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex. It was Senior night, and turned out to be a victorious one for …

Lady Trojans take straight sets victory
October 5, 2016 – 1:55 pm | Comments Off

On Saturday, October 1, the Lady Trojans volleyball team played host to the ULM Warhawks on Beach Volleyball Night. Little Rock took a straight sets win in the contest, looking the stronger team throughout the …

I Am With You
November 16, 2016 – 12:00 pm | 2 Comments

To all the women, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, disabled, and LGBTQ people of America: I am sorry. I’m sorry that hate and bigotry won the presidential election. I’m sorry that we now live in …

UALR, Meet UA Little Rock
January 25, 2017 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Chancellor Andrew Rogerson announced a new logo and abbreviated name for the university on Monday. Effective immediately, UALR will now go by the newly abbreviated name of UA Little Rock. The chancellor also unveiled …

Shania Berger headlines women’s golf at the Sun Belt Championship
April 26, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

By: Kolton Rutherford
On April 17, Little Rock (LR) women’s golf began play at their final tournament of the season, the Sun Belt Championship in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Juniors Shania Berger, Sabrina Bonanno, Pernille Orlien, and …

Baseball falls in conference match-ups
April 26, 2017 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (LR) baseball team traveled to Texas to battle the University of Texas Arlington (UTA) on April 13-15. In the first game at Clay Gould Ballpark, the pitchers controlled …

Tyler Reynolds finishes 16th at Sun Belt Championship
April 26, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

By: Kolton Rutherford
On Sunday, Little Rock (LR) men’s golf opened play at their final tournament of the season, the Sun Belt Championship in Sandestin, Florida. The Trojans finished eighth at the Championship, ahead of Louisiana-Monroe, …

Track and field running for records
April 26, 2017 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

By: Adrian Miller
On April 7-8, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (LR) hosted the Little Rock open at Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. Senior sprinter Michael McGruder had a phenomenal racing day. McGruder’s time …

Learn hard, work hard
April 12, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

There are plenty of things to get involved in on campus, including campus jobs. These jobs provide an equal opportunity for those seeking employment. There are multiple employment opportunities on campus, and the campus is …

Baseball wins 3 out of 4 at home
April 12, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

By: Kolton Rutherford
Last week, Little Rock (LR) baseball took on Texas State in a weekend series and played one game against Stephen F. Austin at Gary Hogan Field. Despite dropping the first game of the …

Men’s and women’s golf gear up for the Sun Belt Championship
April 12, 2017 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

By: Kolton Rutherford
Last weekend, Little Rock (LR) golf played in their final tournaments of the season before the Sun Belt Championship. The Trojan men entered the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Missouri, finishing in fifth, while …

Jonathan Davis hits grand slam in series versus App State
April 12, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

On March 3, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (LR) men’s baseball team began a three-game series at Gary Hogan field against Appalachian State. In the sixth inning of the first game, sophomore catcher …

Men’s and women’s golf with top 5 finishes
April 12, 2017 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

By: Adrian Miller
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (LR) men’s and women’s golf teams had top finishes in their last outings, respectively. On March 27-28, the LR women competed in the Little Rock/ASU Invitational. …

Tackling final exams By: Alicia Harp
April 10, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

After months of reading, taking exams, and writing papers, finals week is just around the corner! For me, that one week is the worst part of the semester. A lot of you might break out …

Affordable Asian cuisine hiding in plain sight: Mike’s Cafe
April 9, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

As a commuter, I find it easiest for me to park over by Big Lots. I have to take Fair Park Boulevard and Asher Avenue on a regular basis.
I have been in the mood for …

Succulent sushi at Hanaroo
April 8, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

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Downtown Little Rock is home to some truly special hidden gems, and one of those gems is …

Drake’s new album will give you ‘More Life’
April 6, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

Much of the talk over spring break this year surrounded Drake’s new album “More Life.”
The three time Grammy award winning rapper, singer, song-writer and actor released his fifth studio album, which broke streaming records, on …

What’s Happening in Little Rock
April 4, 2017 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

Farmer’s Market Season Starting!
April 16
The Farmer’s Market season is starting soon here in the Little Rock area.  Bernice Garden’s has their opening day on Sunday April 16 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and no matter …