Merging controller methods?

Hi,

in application.rb is

def index
   get_panel
   render :partial => 'panel'
end

in another_controller.rb i have

def index
   @array = %w{'array', 'elements'}
end

i want the array to be available to the view, but also want the same
method calls as is in application.rb. can i 'merge' the two index()
methods?