The University of Arkansas has remained pretty quiet lately. The staff and student body have done a good job of steering clear of negative media publicity, like drunken student arrests or ornery professors.
Rapper Mac Miller performs at Barnhill Arena November 7. And that's exciting for hip-hop, rap, and pop culture enthusiasts.
But far more interesting to minds that inquire about the value of a college education, and those searching for inspiration while inside of academia, is an article posted in the Arkansas Traveler from Bailey Kestner. Kestner researched 4 famous graduates of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville a.k.a. You of A.
The current president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1973. Ideally, this one fact should deescalate fret-filled conversation on immigrant students in the United States.
Southerners are as familiar with the Dillard brand name as the rest of the country is familiar with Macy's and J.C. Penney. Dillard founder, William Dillard, graduated You of A in 1935.
Darren McFadden, NFL running back, 26-year-old Oakland Raider, entered UofA in 2005 and entered the NFL draft in 2008.
Singer song writer Ben Rector released his latest, The Walking In Between in August. His works have appeared on numerous television shows: One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, Pretty Little Liars, Teen Mom, and Modern Family to name a few. Rector did his first recognized musical work at University of Arkansas in 2006 to launch his professional career.