HUQP 2.0

IN 2011, a handful of students and alumni from Harding University—a Church of Christ college in Searcy—created a zine, titled “State of the Gay,” to educate the community on LGBT rights and cultivate a supportive community. It swiftly became a front-burner issue, stirring controversy and much-needed conversation. Seven years later, in April of this year,…

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Meghana Bollimpalli

MEGHANA BOLLIMPALLI isn’t your typical 17-year-old. For starters, she’s well on her way to becoming a serious science whiz. Case in point: The Central High School student, who hails from India, was able to use inexpensive byproducts such as tea powder, molasses and tannin to make electrodes for supercapacitors. Her research earned her a slew…

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Maf Sonko

IN 2000, when Maf Sonko moved to the United States from his native Gambia and started working for his uncle’s small money-transfer company, he glimpsed his future. He saw how customers shopped around for the best exchange rates and he learned a thing or two about the market. Fifteen years later, after snagging an industrial…

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Kim Lane

IT’S VERY POSSIBLE, Kim Lane knows, to turn a good idea into a successful business. You just need the right person to nudge you in the right direction. Someone like Kim herself. Just a few months ago, she was appointed CEO of The Conductor—a partnership between the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie Consulting—that…

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Stan Morris

FOR YEARS, Stan Morris had thought about doing his own thing—breaking off from traditional media, launching an online news outlet with a local bent. He’d worked as a journalist since 2007, but it wasn’t until a brief stint at The Jonesboro Sun that he felt a pressing urge to take the leap. So, in June…

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Bentonville Soup

THERE’S SOMETHING about micro-granting dinners that always captured Monica Diodati’s attention. The rules are simple: Attendees pay $10 for a bowl of soup and a vote. They listen to a group of presenters explain their ideas for community projects. By the end of the night, everybody votes on who they think should take home the…

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Dr. Arny Ferrando

WHAT DO YOU feed military personnel—fatigued, sleep-deprived and stressed on the battlefield—that’ll prevent the loss of their skeletal muscle and function? In August 2018, Dr. Arny Ferrando received a $2.1 million grant from the Department of Defense to lead a research program that seeks to answer that very question. The five-year program is where all…

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The Future: A Bar is Born

Stone’s Throw Brewing What’s on Tap: New location Where: Little Rock’s Stifft Station neighborhood When: End of 2018 Despite having one of the tinier taprooms among Little Rock craft breweries, Stone’s Throw Brewing still pours more than its fair share of pints. So many, in fact, that the brewery is expanding from its original spot…

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The Present: Wanna Grab a Drink?

IF WE’RE FEELING WHISKEY VAULT First: There’s a wall of whiskey. Second: It’s in an actual vault, in the basement of a former bank on Fayetteville’s Center Street. Third: It’s the brainchild of Modus Studio’s Chris Baribeau—who, like, really loves whiskey—and two of his bourbonophile buddies, so the space is swank in a way that…

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