While it is definitely not any warmer this Friday than last, the black ice that caused campus to close last Friday is gone, and there is a full slate of activities on tap this weekend.

Photo by Abby Tran

Photo by Abby Tran

Tonight and tomorrow an original adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, a novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, will be presented by the theatre department in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

Hopefully temperatures will rise tomorrow as the Color for a Cause run will be held at 9 a.m. with proceeds going toward the renovation of a safe house for girls under 18 who have been rescued from human trafficking. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the intramural fields.

The ball fields also will be busy tomorrow with the Bisons taking on St. Cloud University in a doubleheader beginning at noon at Jerry Moore Field. The Lady Bison softball team will have a doubleheader against Southeastern Oklahoma State, also beginning at noon. Dress warmly as highs are to be in the low 40s. Both teams also will play at noon Sunday weather permitting.

Saturday evening Rhodes Field House will host the final home basketball games of the season with the Lady Bisons playing at 5:30 p.m. and the Bisons at 7:30 p.m., both against Ouachita Baptist University. The Rhodes Rowdies tweeted, “Tomorrow is a BLACKOUT game for Senior Night! Last home game of the season… Let’s make it a 4-hour party, starting at 5:30!”

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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No, I’m not just waking up from a long winter’s nap. I did actually celebrate the New Year last weekend. It was the Chinese New Year — the year of the lamb. Approximately 130 Chinese students and their American guests participated in the celebration that has quickly become a tradition on the Harding campus. This was my third year to attend the party.

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Students Benjamin and Mos celebrate the New Year with the recent addition to their family. Son, Lincoln, was the youngest participant in the celebration.

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Vocal instructor Laura Eades shared the evening with her student Sharon Liang. Sharon was one of the emcees for the event.

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There were several highly spirited games pitting Chinese students against their American guests. Fortunately in the contest to move M&Ms from one dish to another with chopsticks, the Chinese paired Americans against each other. Communications teacher Steve Shaner was paired with a Harding student. He did not win the contest, but he may have been the best-dressed contestant.

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Dr. Ron Smith, chairman of the math department, and his family pose with their Chinese hostesses during the event. The Chinese students enthusiastically photographed the activities and immediately emailed photos back to the home country, giving family and friends a glimpse of the Arkansas celebration.

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West Ling, director of student life, dressed as the traditional Man of Fortune, passed out the “pocket money,” the traditional New Year’s gift. Guest Charles Railey awaits the presentation of his gift.

David Crouch, director of public relations



Last night, hundreds of people came to campus to hear football legend Archie Manning speak as a part of the 2014-15 American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series. After a few receptions and a dinner, Manning spoke to a packed Benson Auditorium about leadership.

“The only thing that will sustain you during challenging times is leadership,” he said. “Leadership is a word that is much discussed but misunderstood.”


Manning’s presentation was titled “Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned as a Player, a Businessman, and a Father.” He shared stories from his past about his family and career and experiences in professional football that taught him more about what it means to be a leader.

“Being a leader is an action,” he said. “It’s not something you are — it’s something you do.”


Manning challenged the audience to view obstacles and challenges as opportunities and to see life as a journey rather than a destination.

“After 23 years of organized football, a football injury struck Peyton’s life. Four neck surgeries caused him to miss an entire season in 2011,” Manning said. “Most people doubted that he would ever play again. He worked harder than I’ve ever seen him work before. Petyon decided to turn an obstacle into an opportunity. Folks, the question is not ‘Will you face adversity?’ The question is ‘What will you do when you face adversity?’”


The evening ended with an open forum for questions from the audience, and question topics ranged from the college football playoff selection committee to who Manning thinks is better — Peyton or Eli. After the laughing crowd quieted down, Manning said he used to joke that Cooper was actually the favorite because he was the one who had the grandkids. Referring to attending home games for his sons, Manning said, “We keep it even. If it wasn’t even, Eli would never know, but Peyton would keep up.”

The last question of the night came from a young boy who said, “I know that this is a little off track, but can you please sign my football?” Manning immediately beckoned him to the stage as the audience erupted in applause.



“Every time you do what’s right, you’re a leader,” Manning said to close. “Every time you do what’s hard, you’re a leader. And every time you have built for the future, you’re a leader. Your challenges may be great, but your abilities are greater.”

Hannah Owens, director of news services
Photos by Jeff Montgomery

campusStudents were able to get a few extra hours of sleep on Monday and Tuesday as the University was closed for two consecutive snow days. While campus became a place of sledding and makeshift ice hockey, the Higher Learning Commission assessment, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, went forward as faculty and staff braved the cold to attend this important occasion.

The HLC team, described as “fact finders,” met with faculty, staff and students through several joint meetings to gain a clear understanding of the inner workings of Harding. Though the team was unable to assess students in a classroom setting due to the snow days, the meetings and tours proved to be helpful and informative.

Grateful that so many were able to attend the meetings despite the weather, University Provost Dr. Larry Long sent out a thank you email to all faculty and staff.

“I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for each of you who braved the icy conditions to be on campus and attend the meetings on Monday and Tuesday with the members of the HLC visiting team,” Long wrote. “Your extra efforts to attend and make meaningful comments in those meetings made a great impression on the team and demonstrated the quality and dedication of the Harding University faculty and staff. It is easy for me to say nice things about you all and about how you represent Harding and support its mission because it is all true. I thought about calling you all great troopers, but this week I believe it would be more appropriate to say that you are all great storm troopers.”

The HLC team finished their report today at noon, and results will be sent to the Higher Learning Commission for consideration.

Bethany Aspey, web content manager


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Laurie and Allen Diles are the featured faculty couple on the Brackett Library’s February Read poster. Laurie is director of oral communication, and Allen is an associate professor of Bible. Below are their book reviews.

The Source by James A. Michener

The Source, an epic novel set in Israel, chronicles the centuries from the earliest times to the 20th century, from the vantage point of an archeological tel. It is one of the first novels by Michener that I read, and it opened the door to many others of his novels. He was a masterful writer, whom I was privileged to meet while he was researching Texas, and I was writing a master’s thesis. — Laurie Diles

The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

This is a dramatic historical novel that traces the fortunes of a family caught up in a world on the brink of war. Wouk is a master storyteller who brings history to life. — Allen Diles

 Here is the link to READ poster archive.


Students stop by the bookstore after chapel to make valentines for Arkansas Children's Hospital patients.

Students stop by the bookstore after chapel to make valentines for Arkansas Children’s Hospital patients.

If you were to ask many of the students on campus what their thoughts on Valentine’s Day were, you’d probably get a grunt and a sigh or hear how it’s really “Singles Awareness Day” or a big scheme from the card, chocolate and flower corporations. But to any child, Valentine’s Day is a little more magical than that.

In elementary school, I remember cracking open the lid of the shoe box I’d covered in construction paper, stickers and heart-shaped doilies and peering into the flurry of pink and red pieces of paper nestled inside. Buzzed on pink frosting and chocolate Kisses, I’d sift through them one-by-one, reading the Valentine’s puns with its accompanying cartoon character. (The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle card would read “You have a pizza my heart!” and the Aladdin one would say “Your wish is my command, Valentine!”)

Those little cards brightened my day, and this year the bookstore gave students the opportunity to brighten another group of children’s day — those who are currently patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

“The idea of providing free supplies to make valentine cards is one which has been developing since Valentine’s Day last year,” said bookstore manager David Hall. “When I began discussing the event this year with [sales and merchandise coordinator] Nicki Glover and some of our student workers, they came up with the idea of adding a mission element to the activity. Nicki contacted Arkansas Children’s Hospital and discovered the need was there.”

A long row of tables with supplies was placed in the middle of the bookstore and students, faculty and staff were encouraged to make a valentine that would be delivered to one of ACH’s patients. After chapel, before lunch or between classes, anyone could create and assemble a card that would soon find its way into the hands of a child.

Surveying the supplies at our disposal, two of my co-workers and I created our own cards and dropped them into the box that would be delivered to the hospital. Hopefully the stacks of cards delivered to the young patients will remind them that a campus full of people an hour away are wishing them a happy Valentine’s Day.

Jennifer Hannigan, copy editor/writer

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02-10-2015-6237Every now and then, I leave the Benson Auditorium following morning chapel services thinking, “That was truly one for the ages!” Yesterday was that sort of day.

I had asked Chancellor Emeritus Ganus to speak on “My Personal Great Cloud of Witnesses” and to tell us about a few of his biblical heroes and a few of the heroes from his own life experience. In that “Dr. Ganus voice” that I have loved to listen to since my college days, he shared the stories of four men who have shaped his life and encouraged his faith.

The first was Joseph, the son of Jacob. He talked about the “pot of p’s” that outline Joseph’s life – pit, Potiphar, Pharaoh, people, etc. – and went on to talk about ways that Joseph’s faith and perseverance have inspired him.

The second member of his personal cloud of witnesses was the Apostle Paul. The way Paul was faithful and fearless in the face of almost constant persecution were traits of this great missionary that encouraged our chancellor emeritus.

Then, Dr. Ganus moved into more personal territory. He spoke of his dad who had risen from poverty to being a success in the food business and who had served as chairman of the board of Harding College from 1940-1955 before dying an untimely death at age 51. His father had been a church planter and an elder and had modeled faith, hard work and a deep commitment to Christian education for his son.

Then Dr. Ganus introduced the students to the final member of his personal cloud of witnesses – Harding College’s first president J.N. Armstrong. Dr. Ganus met him when the Ganus family brought their son to Harding in 1939. Brother Armstrong taught Dr. Ganus Bible and Greek in the classroom and taught him a lot about life by modeling humility, faithfulness, boldness and sacrifice. If you have ever heard Dr. Ganus speak about the early days of Harding, you have heard him tell about the way Brother Armstrong would bring back to campus the money he had earned from preaching protracted meetings and “give five dollars to Brother Sears, five dollars to Brother Rhodes, five dollars to Brother Bell, etc., just so these families could eat and so Harding could keep her doors open for another year.” He told that familiar story again yesterday morning, passing on our rich heritage to a new generation of Harding students.

All in all, it was an inspiring chapel message, and I wish everyone in the Harding family could have heard it. It was, indeed, “one for the ages!”

Bruce McLarty, president

Here is the link that will allow you to connect to Harding’s  iTunesU account where chapel is available to both hear and watch.

02-07-15-30344This past Saturday was a wonderfully mild although windy day and was absolutely perfect for a Bison baseball double-header. The Bisons split the games on Saturday winning the first game in extra innings and losing the second game by one run. Here are the game stories and all the stats for Dr. Ganus and the rest of you numbers people. Enjoy the photos, but if you get a chance, you should come out and see the Bisons play in person, which in my opinion is the only way to really enjoy baseball.

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Jeff Montgomery, photographer

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Saturday evening’s Lady Bison basketball game against Southern Arkansas University was designated a “pink out” with the team wearing pink uniforms and the cheerleaders in pink and black.

This year there was an additional color with teal bisons on the players’ uniforms in honor of former Lady Bison Kendra Bailey who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2011 at the age of 28.

Watching the game, I somehow missed another neat aspect of the night, which I discovered looking through photos from the game while working on a brochure yesterday.

The referees had pink whistles. I don’t know their origin, but I had to smile seeing referees with pink whistles. Even the officials got into the spirit of the fight against cancer and added another touch to a great evening at the Rhodes.

By the way, the 16-3 Lady Bisons won the contest 72-61 and are ranked No. 20 in the latest USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Tom Buterbaugh, editor/designer

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01-22-2015-36528You might be surprised to find out I am not a huge basketball fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Bison and Lady Bison basketball teams, and I really do love photographing basketball games at the Rhodes Field House.

01-22-2015-36635Thursday night I got my first dunk of the season thanks to Antoine Burrell. There had been a couple of dunks by Tech players, and one of them was a beautiful backwards dunk, but the Burrell dunk was a statement that this is the Bisons’ house. It was an awesome moment. I could go on and on about the great plays by both Bison and Lady Bison players and how great it is to beat Tech. The action on the court is not the only thing that make Rhodes Field House such a great place to play basketball, and here are a few of my other favorite moments from the games Thursday night.

The pep band under the direction of Dr Wesley Parker keep the Rhodes ringing with great music.

The pep band keeps the Rhodes ringing with great music.

It is great to see the players interacting with fans. Will Francis and six year old Cole Sivia watch the Lady Bisons

It is great to see players interacting with fans. Will Francis and 6-year-old Cole Sivia watch the Lady Bisons.

Cheerleaders definitely add to the atmosphere with the chants , stunts and routines.

Cheerleaders definitely add to the atmosphere with chants, stunts and routines.

If you can't come to see the games in person, you can tune in and hear the  Voice of the Bisons, Billy Morgan, call the games on KVHU.

If you can’t come to see the games in person, you can tune in and hear the Voice of the Bisons, Billy Morgan, call the games on KVHU 95.3.

Even Dr. McLarty was sporting a BEAT TECH t-shirt as he joined the Rowdies during the mens game.

Even Dr. McLarty was sporting a BEAT TECH t-shirt as he joined the Rowdies during the men’s game.

No matter what you think of the way they call the game, the Refs do work hard during a game.

No matter what you think of the way they call the game, the refs work hard during a game.


Tonight was a White Out and when the buzzer went off, clouds of baby powder filled the air as the final celebration began.


I love how the Lady Bisons include the Rowdies in the “good game line.”


Coach Walker even got a few high fives as he left the floor after the game.


My favorite moment after the game is always when the Bisons and Rowdies come together to celebrate in the middle of the court.

 Jeff Montgomery, photographer



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