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is a semester-long project of students in a senior capstone course at the University of Texas at Arlington. The brainchild of Communication Department Chair Charla Markham Shaw, the class is intended to bring together students from each of the department’s sequences – advertising, broadcast, communication studies, communication technology, journalism and public relations – to build a digital publication from scratch. Students consider such factors as target audience and purpose before brainstorming a publication name and developing a visual identity. Students then build multi-media content to produce a unique publication.

To date, capstone teams have built: Commradere, Fall 2011 dot comm, spring 2012 e-clips, fall 2013 The spring 2013 semester team ambitiously decided that, in addition to producing a website, it also wanted to create a companion print product. This approach allows students to further enhance their skills in graphics and design, and we are proud to share the results with you in this printable PDF.

Mission Statement CREDIT LINE

Letter From the Editor

Dear Readers, A project of this magnitude is the work of many hands. I am honored to be the teacher of record for this class and to have the opportunity to work with a team of such diligent and talented students. But I’d remiss if I didn’t single out several people without whom this publication would not have happened. First, we thank Dr. Markham Shaw for her continued support of this outstanding learning opportunity. We also thank Dr. Brian Horton, who provided valuable expertise and insights as the team developed a name and visual identity. In addition, we offer our gratitude to the

tireless Dr. Chyng-Yang Jang, without whom the online version would never see the light of day. We also offer our thanks to the entire UT Arlington Communication Department faculty, which gave this team the skills it needed to produce this publication. Finally, we thank you for taking the time to read our work. Without you, creation of these publications would be an empty victory. Sincerely, Geoff Campbell Lecturer




Geoff Campbell Geoff Campbell

Geoff Campbell is a full-time lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he’s taught journalism and advertising and serves as teacher of record of the class that built this publication. In addition, he staffs the Communication Department’s Associated Press Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation Lab, a free resource for students who need help with basic grammar concerns and Associated Press style. Geoff is the author of seven non-fiction books, and he wrote a chapter for a media writing textbook – Writing for media audiences: A handbook for multi-platform news – published in fall 2012 by Kendall Hunt. He also served as a researcher for Jeff Guinn on his Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, winner of the 2003 Texas Book Award and the TCU Distinguished Award for the best book about Texas. Geoff has extensive professional writing experience that includes work for weekly newsletters, daily newspapers, magazines, a bank trade association and a wire service. He worked in Washington for nearly 10 years, covering Congress, the executive branch, the U.S. Supreme Court and municipal finance. Geoff also wrote for the internal strategic publications of Alcon Laboratories, a global eye care company, and served as senior writer for Ackerman McQueen, an Oklahoma City-based public relations firm, where he specialized in articles, blog entries and literatures pieces. He has written extensively for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he served as senior book reviewer and wrote profiles of entrepreneurs, op-ed pieces and articles for the Life section. Geoff is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award from the UT-Arlington College of Liberal Arts (2011, 2013) and was a runner-up for the honor in 2010. In both 2010 and 2011 he was nominated for the UT-Arlington Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He earned certification as a catechist in both the Archdiocese of Washington (D.C.) and the Archdiocese of Fort Worth. Geoff is a frequent adjunct professor at Texas Christian University’s Schieffer School of Journalism. He is married and the father of boy-girl twins. Geoff is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a degree in journalism with an emphasis in business and economics reporting.


Brittany Brittany Anderson Anderson

Bree BreeBinder Binder

Brittany is a high-spirited, optimistic writer with aspirations to discover her passion in the media world. As a feature writer for her high school newspaper, she discovered her joy for writing and being able to share the stories of other people. She is now a junior advertising and public relations double major trying to find her fit in the world of communications. She has gained experience in writing, event planning and advertising as a result of participation in various on-campus organizations, such as her sorority, Delta Zeta. However, her spontaneous personality has made it difficult to settle for one dream. Every day, she strives to make life more enjoyable for the people around her, and Brittany is rarely seen without a smile.

Hey, I’m Bree Binder. I am double majoring in public relations and advertising at the University of Texas at Arlington. I currently work at our college newspaper, The Shorthorn, as the advertising sales manager. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I adore fashion and keeping up with trends. I have an amazing family. My dad is one of the most amazing people I know. I am a member of Delta Delta Delta at the Beta Epsilon chapter. My friends are my life. People usually describe me as spontaneous and charming. I pride myself on the fact that I can put a smile on anyone’s face. I am very fun and bubbly. I’ve always had a knack for relating to others, and love hearing about people and their everyday adventures. Fun facts: I’m deathly afraid of birds. My favorite smells are campfire, Burberry weekend perfume and freshly mowed grass. Growing up in the LA area, I developed a love for a fast-paced environment. I currently live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and am open to relocating in December of 2013. I love being busy and constantly having something to do. I thrive on meeting new people and helping them create modern and fresh advertising solutions. When I’m not working, studying, doing homework, planning and participating in events with my sorority and panhellenic council or sleeping, I enjoy painting and hiking. My love for competition has led me to a pretty successful sales “career” with The Shorthorn. Because I’m always running around and doing several things at once, I’d say I’m the modern, female, human version of Mighty Mouse. I reach for the stars every day of my life, and I hope one day I’ll get there.



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Alyssa Davis Alyssa Davis

Odis Bonner, Born on Octber 31st 1989 was a bright eyed kid with big dreams. Growing up he had only one dream and that was to some day catch ‘em all, but sadly that dream was cut short due to a freak accident while playing marco polo. Having to get up on his dream of being a pokemon master, he choose to go to college and get an education. After 4 long years odis was close to graduating until he met his toughest challenge, Comm 4393. Not to be deterred odis battled the beast only to be slain in the process. His only living legacy is the evolve website on which he spent many sleepless nights to complete. He will be remembered as one of the greatest pokemon trainers to be cut down in their prime and also as one of the best coders in the game.

Hey ya’ll, my name is Alyssa Davis, and I’m in my last semester as broadcasting major at UT Arlington. I’m originally from Richardson, Texas, just north of Dallas. I cheered for 12 years of my life, and played softball for 10 years. I’m a T-shirt and jeans kind of girl and you’ll rarely find me in a pair of heals. Summer is my favorite time of year, and you’ll never find me without a swimsuit. My favorite thing to do in the summer is to get a big group of great friends together and play sand volleyball until the sun goes down. Since becoming a Maverick, I’ve been very involved in my college. I was a cheerleader for UT Arlington in 2010 and 2011, hosted my own radio show on, and was a producer, anchor and reporter for UTA News. I currently have an internship with CBS Radio at 105.3 The Fan and love every minute of it. After college, I hope to move to either Austin or to a small television market in Colorado. My biggest dream is to become a sports producer for a nationwide network affiliate in a Top Five market.


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Deborah Deborah HoltHolt

Cyyura Davis is a junior at UT Arlington, where she is pursuing two bachelor’s degrees -- one in public relations and the other in communication technology. She holds an associate’s degree in public relations. Her future goals include earning a master’s degree in public relations and owning a public relations firm. She works full time as a flight attendant for a major airline, and she is a licensed esthetician. Her strongest attribute is her unique ability to adapt and customize relations in order to communicate effectively. She enjoys travelling the world, learning about new cultures and socializing to connect with people.

Deborah Holt is a public relations major at UT Arlington. She will graduate in 2013 in the top 15 percent of her class. She earned an associate’s degree in arts from Eastfield College in 2011, where she graduated in the top 5 percent of her class with a 4.0 GPA. Before attending school she lived in San Diego for four years while her husband served in the military. Her professional goal is to work for a nonprofit organization that aids women and children in need. She is from Mesquite, Texas, and currently resides there with her husband and two children.



Mariah Marley Mariah Marley

Kyle KyleRunge Runge

Mariah is an advertising senior with a minor in Spanish. Currently, she works as a supervisor and visual merchandiser for Levi’s. After graduation, she hopes to move her way up in the company and eventually work as a brand manager. In the little free time she has, Mariah enjoys watching live music and feeding her fashion addiction by shopping. She also enjoys practicing her Spanish so she can soon master French.

Kyle Runge is currently in his last semester at UT Arlington. He is majoring in broadcast management with a minor in sociology. During his college life, he was an intern at 103.3 ESPN Dallas and shadowed the executive producer and the entire production of “The Ben & Skin Show.” Kyle hopes to get a job working with the Dallas Cowboys or any sports team in the DFW area after college. His backup plan is to try to get a job with 100.7 The Word and help the broadcast crew with Southlake Carroll football games.


Angel AngelSanchez Sanchez Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the states, Angel “Angelo” Eduardo Sanchez has seen both worlds. As a youth, Angelo was introduced to Hip-Hop by local emcees in the Brooklyn Cooper housing projects. His relocation to Providence, R.I., drove his curiosity even deeper into the culture. His love for Hip-Hop and his passionate Latin roots helped develop Angelo into what he is today. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is finishing up his senior year at UT Arlington. Some call him an emcee while others call him a rapper, but he is known as L’Angelo. If you’re looking for a Spanish artist with rhyming skills that are far beyond “up to par,” then look no further than L’Angelo.

Kyle MattRunge Sneed Matt Sneed is a 25 year old who is majoring in journalism. He is passionate about sports, family and giving back. Sneed is currently the public address announcer for the UT Arlington Mavericks Athletic Department, and hopes to one day be the voice of the Texas Rangers. Follow him on Twitter @MattSneed.



Rodeney Thrower Rodney Thrower

Sergio SergioVasquez Vasquez

My name is Rodney Thrower, and I am a senior who is majoring in broadcasting and minoring in business. I’m from Texarkana, Ark., and I have one son who is my motivation behind everything. Recently, I have juggled with the idea of double majoring in broadcasting and journalism, but I haven’t yet decided for sure. My newfound passion for radio has driven me in this direction because I pride myself on being able to communicate effectively with anybody no matter the background. I believe there’s something you can learn from everybody. My goal is to gradually make my way to producing and starring as the lead personality of my own radio show. I know it’s a long process, but I have learned patience is the key to unlocking many doors.

My name is Sergio Vasquez. I am senior at UT Arlington. I will graduate with a double bachelor’s in public relations and history. While attending school I have been a member of PRSSA. After graduation I hope to pursue my goals of working in the public relations field, and one day teach. I was born and raised in San Antonio. I moved to Dallas before the start of fifth grade. Since then I lived in Irving, Texas, where I still reside. I have huge passion for sports. In my spare time from school and work, I watch as much sports as possible. I enjoy watching football, basketball and baseball. My favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and the San Antonio Spurs. In addition, I try to stay as active as possible. I try to do at least one 5k running event a month.


Robert Villalobos Robert Villalobos Robert Villalobos is a senior studying public relations at UT Arlington. He plans to graduate in the summer of 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in public relations with a minor in communications. He graduated from Burleson High School in 2006. He gained his passion for communications after learning the different areas of public relations campaigns and marketing strategies while taking Dr. Shelley Wigley’s Intro to PR course at UT Arlington. He previously worked as a PR-Intern for The Longest Swim Project, helping coordinate events and awareness for long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte. Robert is currently a PR-Intern at the corporate office of Golden Living, a leader in skilled nursing and healthcare company. He’s developed a number of skill sets including writing, editing, campaign management and website content. Upon graduation, he hopes to use these skills to start his own company.

ViktorViktorVillanueva Villanueva Viktor Villanueva is a broadcasting/journalism student at UT Arlington. He is a self-taught designer, photographer, illustrator, typographer, maker, bicycle mechanic, musician and father. He has a passion for combining handmade and digital. He is clever, insightful and stupid. Most of all, he wants to create something wonderful with you. He is also made of candy.



JohnJohnWatson Watson Life with a spinal cord injury not only presents challenges, it also enriches a person’s experiences. All 27 years of John’s life have strengthened him through the help of a strong support system of family, friends, teachers, coaches and teammates. These people continue motivating him to grow and learn to work with others so he too can one day inspire and assist others, especially those with disabilities. He is pushing to complete a degree in communications and training as a wheelchair athlete at UT Arlington. With this newly acquired wisdom, John hopes to one day become a leader in disability awareness and advocacy. Since transferring from the University of Texas at El Paso to UT Arlington in 2011, John has been immersed in wheelchair sports. He was one of the original players on the DFW Freewheelers, a community wheelchair basketball team that trains at UT Arlington. Prior to transferring to the university he had no experience in organized wheelchair basketball but was suddenly among the best athletes and trainers in the DFW area. Building strong relationships with them has helped his game and character grow together. With John as Freewheeler team representative, the team has climbed through the ranks to become a Top 10 team in only its second year competing in Division 3. He also recorded and helped analyze statistics for the UT Arlington Movin’ Mavs at practice and during games. The Movin’ Mavs finished second in the intercollegiate division’s national tournament in 2013. John recently finished playing his first tennis tournament on the UT Arlington wheelchair tennis team. Being around wheelchair athletes and learning the different sports have both helped John write articles for journalism classes. Writing about what he loves makes the work not seem like work at all. It is fun for him and he is simultaneously developing writing skills and

gaining experience to one day help him find a career as enjoyable as school. He enjoys his teachers and finds that he can learn just as much and sometimes more from the other students during class discussions. For example, John is part of the Evolve team, an online magazine team led by Geoff Campbell. Evolve is made up of diverse communication students, including advertising, journalism, communication studies, communication technology, public relations and broadcast majors who all learn from each other and think together to create a finished product. Although school is fun for John, he does enjoy some free time every now and then. He likes to spend time with friends and family, especially his younger sister Kathleen, who lives in Dallas. For relaxation he develops his longbow skills at an archery range in Grand Prairie. He also finds calm in reading authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Ernest Hemmingway. John likes to play video games like Madden and Gears of War. He also watches far too much TV because of shows like The Office and Bob’s Burgers. His eclectic taste in music keeps him listening to anything from the Beatles to Tupac. John also struggles with an odd addiction to visiting the Tom Thumb grocery store with friends, sometimes leaving without even making a purchase. Despite this humorous addiction, the future seems bright for John. He has high hopes of being admitted to the graduate program in the Communication Department at UT Arlington. This will help him build value for his career, stay close to the best wheelchair sports program in the country and learn even more from being in the best academic department on campus. When it comes to sports, he will continue to learn as much as possible from the amazing athletes and coaches at UT Arlington. No matter what happens, John’s strong support system will help keep him striving for greatness athletically and academically.


Rachel Wilson Rachel Wilson

Anisha Yang Anisha Yang

Rachael Wilson will graduate in December 2013. She enjoys photography and photographs portraits and weddings. Her photography page is www.facebook. com/rachaelmaewilsonphotography. She has two cats that she bottle fed since they were a week and a half old and one dog. She has a boyfriend of nearly four years, that she plans on moving in with after graduation. She start an organization, where she makes bedmate from plastic shopping bags that she donates to the homeless. The page for the organization is TarrantCountBedMats.

Anisha was born and raised in San Diego. Despite growing up by the ocean, she cannot swim (partly due to a rather unfortunate incident involving floaties). Her favorite novels include Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. A few of her favorite films include Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and 28 Days Later. She is pursuing a degree in advertising and a minor in communication technology. She spends her free time browsing YouTube for new music and dabbling in Adobe Illustrator.




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By Anisha Yang

Students and teachers share book and film recommendations Sadly, many in the academic world – whether students or teachers – often say it’s difficult to find time to read a good book or watch a good movie because of all the required reading they have. But taking that time can make all the difference in a person’s quality of life. As Malcolm X famously said, “The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” University of Texas at Arlington students and teachers said the following books and films

Freakonomics (2005) Authors Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner Non-fiction Economics applied to real world situations. Various stories explain how economics is the core of

all of our actions. “Economics is seen as boring and if it’s not boring, it’s complicated. This is a down to earth book. It shows how economics is embedded in everyday life. Ordinary people can appreciate economics. It has fantastic stories and it’s very thought provoking.” Dr. Chunke Su Communicaton Technology

A great book to “see” differently.”

The Art of Looking Sideways (2001) Author Alan Fletcher Non-fiction Alan Fletcher is a master designer. In this book, he explores the working ways of the eyes, the hand and the brain. “Fletcher is a founding partner of Pentagram.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000) Sociology Gladwell analyzes

25 “critical mass” and how little events add up to the Tipping Point. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) Psychology Gladwell focuses on how we weigh and make decisions.

Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) Psychology Gladwell redirects the focus on successful people on the factors surrounding them (family, birthplace,

etc). Author: Malcom Gladwell “Excellent glimpse into behaviors and systems.” Roby McEuen Communication Graphics

The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003) Author Mitch Albom Inspirational Fiction In his afterlife, a man encounters five people he has interacted with while still living. “Mitch Albom has written quite a few books but this one in particular is

my favorite. It’s about a man who in an attempt to save a young girl’s life is killed and is now in this journey of his afterlife. It talks about the remarkable people you meet throughout your life that you think will have such little impact in your life, but leave a huge mark on it. It’s beautifully written and it’s definitely an eye opener.” Alyssa Hemraj Advertising/ Public Relations major

The Story of O (1954)

Author Pauline Réage Erotic Fiction The story of a woman, O, her lovers and how far she will go to prove her love for them. “O is willingly brought to château as a sex slave. She’s put through all of these degrading acts but she sees it as character building. It’s shocking how it’s about the empowerment of woman.”

Clockwork Orange (1962) Author Anthony Burgess Dystopian Fiction Set in a futuristic world, the leader of an ultraviolent group of teenagers is reformed and set back out into the world where he struggles between good and evil. Set in a futuristic world, the leader of an ultraviolent group of teenagers is reformed and set back out into the world where he struggles between good and evil. Meredith Kelland Visual Communications major




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By Anisha Yang Memento (2001) Director Christopher Nolan Psychological Thriller Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano A man set on revenge suffers from an inability to retain short term memories. “It’s interesting how the brain remembers and forgets.” Dr. Brian Horton Communication Technology

“The first part of it is all about communication without dialogue. It’s about the role reversal of humans and robots. I saw it in a drive in so it had a real authentic feel to it.” Dr. Brian Horton Communication Technology

WALL-E (2008) Director Andrew Stanton Animation A lone robot, Wall-E, left on a desolate Earth develops a friendship with a probe sent down from the humans living on a space station.

Thank You For Smoking (2006) Director Jason Reitman Comedy, Drama Aaron Eckhart, Joan Lunden, Cameron Bright Tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor employs the power of persuasion to spin opinions about the tobacco industry. “It’s a great example in how to formulate arguments in positioning. The movie will persuade you to smoke. It works and it’s hysterical. It’s the logic of turning – to open the mind up to see things in a new way. It’s serious but fun.”

Mr. Rudy Bechtel Advertising

Wag the Dog (1997) Director Barry Levinson Comedy, Drama Dustin Hoffman & Robert De Niro With re-elections coming up, the president is caught in a scandal that is sure to compromise his reelection. As a solution, a Hollywood producer and spin-doctor is brought in to ‘create’ a war in order to take attention away from the scandal through the use of the mass media. “It’s a great film. You can learn more from the movie than school. It’s so topical and has great humor. It’s about how voters can be manipulated through creation of images, the use of phony events to create reality. It represents the business as I lived it. It captures my experience as frenetic constant change. Nothing stayed the same.


You always have to rethink. You never knew what was going to happen even if you planned in advance. It’s got a great cast, great premise and wonderful story. It’s old but it hasn’t lost anything.” Mr. Rudy Bechtel Advertising

The Blind Side (2009) Director John Lee Hancock Biography, Drama Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron & Tim McGraw The true story of how Michael Oher went from homelessness to an AllAmerican football player with the love of a family. “I love stories about people overcoming enormous obstacles. I always root for the underdog, so that’s probably why I like this movie so much.” Dr. Shelley Wigley Public Relations

stuff. Here, immigrants are trying to make a living for themselves. The media exposes the bad but it’s a whole other world.” Arnulfo Garcia Communication Technology major

Cocaine Cowboys (2006) Director Billy Corben Documentary The beginning and rise of cocaine are documented in Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. “A lot of people aren’t educated; they see drugs and associate it with bad

Helvetica (2007) Director Gary Hustwit Documentary Graphic and type designers talk about the impact of the font Helvetica. “One film I would highly recommend.” Roby McEuen Communication Graphics



By Mariah Marley


What’s Goin’ Down in Downtown Arlington? Plenty By Angel Sanchez

Only a short walk away from the University of Texas at Arlington campus and with the new College Park Center bordering, Downtown Arlington has the potential to be the ideal place for college students and staff to hang out. However, that’s not been the case.

unsafe there. Another 40 percent said they did not like going because they believed there is nothing fun to do in the area. And despite the close proximity to the campus, a whopping 70 percent of the surveyed students said they did not know where Downtown Arlington is located.

For the last decade, this area of the city has been perceived as a dark, boring and unsafe area of Arlington – among those who even know about it. Others don’t even know that Arlington has a downtown or where it is located.

But now things are poised to change. With new hip spots like the Grease Monkey and Babe’s opening every day, and with concerts in places like the Levitt Pavilion and Arlington Music Hall throughout the year, downtown Arlington is sure to become a destination for the young, the old and the fun.

In a recent survey done by UT Arlington public relations students, 20 percent of students do not like going to Downtown Arlington because they feel

To plan out your next excursion to this up-andcoming area, visit ILLUSTRATION BY Anisha Yang



Baking With Brittany Many college students complain about their diets, but few take the time to make healthy changes in their lives. Simple things like cooking at home or not drinking soda can make a substantial difference in health, but even the best of us cannot escape the desires of our sweet tooth. Eating delicious food and satisfying cravings does not have to involve consuming junk food. By swapping out a few ingredients, you can make surprisingly delicious desserts with health benefits! I admit that I am a Pinterest junkie, and I am particularly obsessed with cooking. I am even more obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate combinations. After trying several of the healthy dessert recipes I discovered on the website, I came across this. I now rotate this into my cooking schedule about every week, and a pan rarely lasts more than a couple of days. These things are delicious! And because they do not contain flour, butter or oil like most brownie recipes, I do not feel too terrible about eating them. On top of all that, they’re a breeze to make.

By Brittany Anderson

Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Ingredients: -3/4 cup creamy peanut butter -6 oz. low fat vanilla Greek yogurt -1/4 cup skim milkv -1 large egg (or 2 egg whites) -1/4 tsp. salt -1 tsp. baking powder -1 cup sugar (*see note below directions) -1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder -1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

Preheat the oven to 350◦. Spray an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray. Put all ingredients (except the peanut butter) into a blender. It is better to pour liquid ingredients in before dry ingredients so that blending will be easier. Blend until the batter is smooth and the oats are no longer chunky. Pour batter into the8x8 baking dish. Microwave the peanut butter for about 30-45 seconds, until liquefied. Pour peanut butter over the top if the batter in whatever pattern you like. Using a fork or toothpick, swirl the batter to create a marbleized effect. Bake brownies for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke the middle. Allow to cool before cutting. Enjoy! ILLUSTRATIONS BY Viktor Villanueva

Note: You can substitute the white sugar for truvia (be careful because this is usually sweeter than normal sugar) , a mix of ½ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup honey, or substitute ½ cup of sugar and ½ cup of dates. Just make sure you taste your batter and make sure that it is sweet enough. For a video demonstration, Click Here



Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies PHOTOGRAPHY BY Brittany Anderson



As a self-proclaimed foodie, my free time is often spent scrolling through the food section of Pinterest looking for new ideas. I am usually attracted to the healthy alternatives, which are almost always delicious. I will admit that I’ve tried some things that ended up being weird. (For example: healthy blueberry lemonade cheesecake cookies - yuck!) However, this recipe ended up scoring high in my book, and I believe that it is definitely worthy of sharing with my fellow food junkies. Everyone loves cheese, and if you’re trying to eat healthy, then you know that eating cheese sticks is generally not a healthy option. If you’re like me, and your cravings for cheese become too powerful to fight off, try making this low-calorie version (*or the baked version described below!).

Light Homemade Cheese Sticks Ingredients: -Low fat string cheese (as many as you want to make) -Eggroll wrappers -Oil

Unwrap string cheese and place diagonally across an eggroll wrapper. Begin rolling from one side until half of the wrapper had been rolled. Fold the 2 side corners in towards the center. Dampen the part of the wrapper that is exposed with a couple drops of water. Finish rolling the eggrolls, using the water as a sealant. Heat enough oil in a skillet to cover the surface area of the pan. When the oil becomes hot, place the cheese sticks into the oil. Allow the cheese sticks to fry until each side is browned, turning as necessary to get each side. When sticks are browned to your liking, remove them from the oil and place on a paper towel to cool and absorb excess oil.

Healthier Alternative: Try baking them! Use the same procedure to form the cheese sticks, but then bake them at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, turning halfway through cook time.

Prepare dipping sauce (Marinara is the best!). Enjoy!Bus es solupta tempos natium de verrore

For a video demonstration, Click here

ILLUSTRATIONS BY Viktor Villanueva



Light Homemade Cheese Sticks

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Olivetheingredients

An Art Exhibition for Patty Gonzalez


By Anisha Yang Q&A With Patricia Gonzalez Patricia Gonzalez Age: 21 Junior Visual Communication Major Communication Technology Minor Bachelor’s of Arts Degree

Where do you find your inspiration? Most of my inspiration comes from people that I meet, music I listen to. I try to stay current… and also random Googling. *laughs*

Q: How did you get your start? A: I started in a graphics design cluster class as Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas. It’s a magnet school. As far as creative, they have photography, ad design and graphic design. The whole reason I did that was because ad design and photography was something I was interested in. In my interview with the graphic design teacher, they mentioned it was an accumulation of ad design and photography. We also did some video.

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“JAZXX” - 8” x 10” Screenprint on paper

Music? Paramore is my favorite band of all time. Their new album comes out tomorrow (April 9th) but they already have it streaming online. I have to get a physical copy. Tell me about “Anchor” (print). It’s a monoprint. It was freehand so you don’t use an image…you just freehand. You can create stencils if you wanted to. I went with a palette knife to make the ocean, water-type feel. I freehand drew the anchor in later with a sharpie.

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What about the tie-dye one? It’s the same type of thing. I played with gradients. I mixed two different types of ink together and used an ink roller. I saw a girl play with eight different colors but I just went with two.

What kind of paper is this? Seems kinda like fabric almost. I can’t tell you. The class had to order it in bulk. My teacher (Sydney Webb) actually made her own paper out of old newspaper. Her website is

What about the graffiti? It’s a photograph from a graffiti spot in Dallas, in Pleasant Grove, near my house. Some of the graffiti is really good down there. There are a few interesting pieces. I’m not sure if it’s the same graffiti artist.

What’s up with the owls? They’re pretty prevalent in your prints.

Basically I broke it apart using Photoshop. I made six pieces out of it but only used three in the print.

People compare me to an owl. I’m more active at night. I’m not a morning person. It describes me.

My graffiti piece was chosen to for the school accreditation’s ASAD. The exhibit is set for spring ‘13.


What about “Reflections”? For the assignment, we were required to set up a still life. For my still life, I used plants and it was outside. The whole idea behind it, I wanted to use my mom as inspiration. I had things that were religious because my mom is very religious. The assignment called for my still life in a different way. Traditional still life is a bowl of fruit. So I took a still life of a plant, took 1/16 of it, blew it up, and then flipped it. For the middle, I blew up a part of vine plants and added it to the middle.

It’s just because. It’s not my spirit animal or anything. I took a test and it was actually my third spirit animal. *LAUGHS*

A: It’s inspired by a girl I use to know. She was my ex’s best friend’s ex girlfriend. We had a lot in common. I would read her writing. I read about her abuse, what she went through…we connected. She saw that I was taking printing making and she let me use her photography. I don’t know who the photographer is but it’s her in the photo. I appropriated her into my piece. Cool. Anything you’d like to add? “I solemnly swear I’m up to no good.” *Laughs*

Tell me about your print series. I took various images and played with them. I played with stacks, layers and color choice. I used the same image in different ways. Monoprint. Basic pronto printing. Clockwise from top-left

“ZZZ” - 5” x 7” Screenprint on paper

“OWL II” - 5” x 7” Screenprint on paper

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“UNTITLED” - 11” x 18” Screenprint on paper



“People compare me to an owl. I’m more active at night. I’m not a morning person. It describes me.”


“REFLECTIONS” - 8” x 8” Screenprint on paper


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“ANCHOR” - 5” x 7” Screenprint on paper

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Patty Gonzalez incognito


Shame, shame, shame. You did what? A few friends and I were brave enough to share their shame with everyone. We’ve all been there. Picking our noses at a red light, or telling our

significant others we can’t talk because we’re doing homework when we really just want them to stop texting so we can watch our favorite show in peace. Don’t be shy. Feel free to join the club.




Wheelchair Tennis Team Shows Up Strong in Baton Rouge By John Watson The University of Texas at Arlington wheelchair tennis team traveled to Baton Rouge, La., where it competed in the 24th annual Cajun Classic. Coach Jeff Sale, a graduate student, and four other student athletes made the journey down south with only a pick-up truck to haul the sports chairs and an SUV. Wheelchair tennis players from all skill levels were invited to play singles and doubles matches at the Lamar Tennis Center. Despite the weather shifting from rainy to foggy to sunny all weekend, UT Arlington managed to win some battles in the bayou and bring home some hardware. Junior Austan Pierce, an advertising major and public relations minor, won first place in the consolation bracket. Senior John Watson, a journalism major, finished fifth overall in the C-division. Senior Juan Soto, an advertising major, teamed up with finance sophomore Andy Kraft to take home top honors in doubles. And Coach Sale finished second in A-division singles. More than 50 athletes from quadriplegics to amputees participated in tournament this year, making it one of the best turnouts in Cajun Classic history.







“More than 50 athletes from quadriplegics to amputees participated in tournament this year, making it one of the best turnouts in Cajun Classic history.”








“Catfish: The TV Show” Producer seeks UTA Applicant By Bree Binder between human interactions where “catfish” in society are people who always keep you on your toes and always keep you guessing. I was approached by Mark Pomerville, a casting producer for the show, because he is looking for an applicant from UT-Arlington because the show is getting so many applications from Texas. Pomerville started working for “Catfish” by working for Long Pond Media, and had worked on a few other shows that had to do with unscripted television. He says, “We are hoping to feature a variety of stories this season.”

Our story begins with a documentary that got so much attention, MTV decided to make a show about it. The documentary was about a guy named Nev, the host of the show, who got in an online relationship with a girl via Facebook.

using this fake profile as a way to escape her challenging home life. The two still remain friends since this discovery and still talk regularly. After the documentary was published, people started emailing in and explaining their concerns about their own relationships, which is where the show starts.

Through searching the Internet, he realized that there was another profile with the same information on it and decided to pay her a visit. The woman he met turned out to be a fake profile and was really an older woman with a family. She was

The show got its name “Catfish” during the documentary. The woman’s husband references how when you transport fish, you put catfish in with them so that the good fish stay active and keep their muscles working. He makes the connection


Pomerville says that if he could break one misconception that the show portrays that it would be that “not everyone who is using a fake identity is a bad person. In fact many of them are really good people who have made a bad choice and are now living the results of that and don’t know how to get out or where they should go from here.” He added: “A lot of times society labels these people as weirdos, or people who could never live or function in the real world, and in reality that is not true. It is usually just people who are very self-conscious, overweight, gay or just socially awkward. Once they’ve gone through the Catfish program, it is usually really liberating for them.”


He recalls the episode where Just make sure you’re cautious, Chelsea was bullied in the past, and if you have any suspicions, went on the show and is now call in.” helping other I asked him to people through “Not everyone what she who is using a fake detail the one thing people learned. “And identity is a bad always ask him if anyone is person. In fact many about his job. reading this, I encourage of them are really He said: you to write in good people who “People are if you are in a always very similar situation have made a bad curious as to because we choice and are now what happens would really after people living the results of love to help,” in, or Pomerville that and don’t know write if this is a said. how to get out or scripted show, or set up in Pomerville where they should any way. said another go from here” The answer misconception is no. Once that people fall into is that someone writes in, the producers “online dating is sketchy, but in reality it is not a bad thing at all. give them a call and hear their


story over the phone. We look for details, the more details, the easier it is to read and get a good feel for the story. Then we do some background research and if we really like the story, a private investigator does some more extensive research, and a psychologist does some testing – which is pretty standard with most TV shows. If everything checks out OK, they hand it over to Nev and Max (Nev’s best friend and right hand man during the journey), and the adventure begins. If interested in appearing on the show, email the program through its website at Enter in your information and make sure to include an email and phone number so that they can reach you.



By Alyssa Davis

Austin Reggae Festival Draws Thousands for Three-Day Celebration


AUSTIN, Texas – Every year on April 20 the city of Austin plays host to thousands of people for the annual Austin Reggae Festival. This year’s event featured three days of reggae, world and dub music with the beautiful Austin skyline as the backdrop. There were more than 40 different bands from all over the world playing on two stages for three days. There were also dozens of food and drink vendors with local, regional and international food options. There was even a large inflatable zip line for kids. The Austin Reggae Festival donates a portion of all ticket sales to the Capital Area Food Bank. In 2012 the event generated more than $219,000 to help feed hungry central Texas families. Since the

event started, the event has donated more than $1 million to the food bank. I had the chance to experience the festival this year and it was very underwhelming – in the right way. It may have been the abundance of stoners, or the relaxing reggae music or a combination of the two. Either way, I had a great time with friends. Unlike a usual outdoor concert, there were no mosh-pits or out-of-control drunks. The atmosphere was calm as most patrons came into the grounds with blankets, chairs and their appetites. It was nice to see law enforcement officers loosen their ties a little bit as well. April 20 is broadly known in American culture to be associated


with the consumption of marijuana because the date is 4-20. The term was coined by teenagers in California years ago when they needed a code to tell each other when they were going to meet to smoke, deciding on 4:20. While smoking, selling, growing or really anything to do with marijuana is still illegal, you wouldn’t have known that being there. Thousands of people sat on a giant grass lawn in their own groups, circled around each other smoking. As police patrolled the event, they only stopped to ask people if they were enjoying themselves and overlooked everything else. So why do they get away with holding this festival? Well, if you ask me, it’s pretty simple. When you can PHOTOGRAPHY BY Alyssa Davis



AUSTIN, Texas – Every year on April 20 the city of Austin plays host to thousands of people for the annual Austin Reggae Festival. This year’s event featured three days of reggae, world and dub music with the beautiful Austin skyline as the backdrop. There were more than 40 different bands from all over the world playing on two stages for three days. There were also dozens of food and drink vendors with local, regional and international food options. There was even a large inflatable zip line for kids. The Austin Reggae Festival donates a portion of all ticket sales to the Capital Area Food Bank. In 2012 the event generated more than $219,000 to help feed hungry central Texas families. Since the event started, the event has donated more than $1 million to the food bank. I had the chance to experience the festival this year and it was very underwhelming – in the right way. It may have been the abundance of stoners, or the relaxing reggae music or a combination of the two. Either way, I had a great time with friends. Unlike a usual outdoor concert, there were no mosh-pits or out-of-control drunks.








“While smoking, selling, growing or really anything to do with marijuana is still illegal, you wouldn’t have known that being there.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY Alyssa Davis



“All these people came to hang out, listen to some music and cure their munchies and cottonmouth.”



“So whether or not rules are being broken or laws are being enforced, the event created an unforgettable atmosphere of peace and love. Even as cliché as that sounds, that is what it was, and Bob Marley would have been proud.”




By Rodney Thrower

Many students worry about bad hair days or fret if they can’t go to the Beyonce concert because they have to study. But some students overcome a great deal more adversity and teach us all the power of perseverance. University of Texas at Arlington broadcast major Candice Stinett is one such student. Click here to hear her inspirational story about triumphing over cancer and challenging herself by running marathons. She spoke with Evolve’s Rodney Thrower.







1919 HempHill Texas Style DIY Written and photographed by Viktor Villanueva

EVOLVE 67 Stickers plaster the iron-barred doors cataloging bands, preaching anarchy, chaos, disenfranchisement, mistrust, heartbreak and hope for a future built from the ashes, and through them enter the young, the old, the punks, the hardcore, the metal, the trendy, the wallflowers, the beautiful, the ugly and the homeless. The walls are spray painted in fluorescent green and dinosaur purple illuminating their DIY philosophies, offering answers to those that challenge the status quo and enter. The rules are few and simple: no substances (including booze and cigarettes), no fighting and respect everyone. The ideologies are reminiscent of ‘60s and ‘70s hippie counterculture filtered through punk sensibilities. Dingy couches are tattered and torn. There’s writing everywhere on the walls, the furniture, the ceiling, and the room contains stacks of literature for radical politics, veganism and cultural activism, and racks of handmade and self-published ‘zines. The people that come here have something else to say and know that they’ll find people here to listen. Through many walks of life, they’re united by the love of music and community. The music is the campfire. The fire is primal. They’ve all come here as outsiders and the fire brought them together. Everyone knows each other. Everyone understands each other and if they don’t, they’ll take the time to try. The community surrounds the flames of music and everyone is included. Here everyone is safe from the darkness of reality, judgment, the world and the ordinary. 1919 Hemphill is a non-profit collective run solely by volunteers. Part of a national circuit of DIY venues, 1919 is the longest standing in Texas at 10 years. 1919 perseveres solely on donations to keep the venue up and running, maintaining a radical lending library, a ‘free store’ and free meeting space for community organizations. All shows are for all ages and a $6 cover fee, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. There’s always a way to help out the venue.

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EVOLVE 71 Title Page Avery Taylor of Hate Your Friends Previous Page, Clockwise from bottom left Domingo of Anger House Tommy Ramon of Innards Ryan Schefsky of Square Business Current page, clockwise from top left Christian Medrano at Open Mic Night Jared Lawson of Best Fwends Stevie Hayden of Hate Your Friends Joel Flores in the lounge at 1919 Hemphill

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“Here everyone is safe from the darkness of reality, judgement, the world and the ordinary.”



From left to right Olivia Themudo at Open Mic Night Abe Hill of Anger House Donovan Ford of Square Business

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“Through many walks of life, they’re unit

Clockwise from top left Summer Bernas expresses herself in the kitchen at 1919 Hemphill

“The way it is” Donovan Ford of Square Business 1919 Hemphill’s “Suggestion Box”

Abe Hill of Anger House in the lounge at 1919 Hemphill

Leo Herrera and Tommy Ramon of Innards



ted by the love of music and community.”

Next page, clockwise from top left 1919 Hemphill patrons watch a friend drum between sets at Open Mic Night

Matt Jones of Those Damn Kids “Occupation is not Liberation”

Grafitti at the stage of 1919 Hemphill

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By Rodney Thrower

Inspiring Spanish Urban Artist at UTA You’ve heard of angels dancing on the heads of pins and angels in the outfield. Some angels, it turns out, are in the classroom. Angel Sanchez, an aspiring Spanish rapper, is working to build his music career while studying at the University of Texas at Arlington. Sanchez was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, where he lived until the age of 4. His family then relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y., before later moving to Providence, R.I. His sophomore year of high school, his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas. Here Sanchez got involved in music when he met Cino Flex, who he now considers a great friend. “Every Thursday we would have freestyle Thursdays and start battling kids from the neighborhood,” Sanchez says. After noticing his fondness for the battles, Flex suggested to his friend that they should open a studio together. “At first I started off producing,” Sanchez says. “Then I met someone better.” Sanchez left producing behind,


79 and just focused on his urban music. Sanchez says his main inspiration is the love he has for music. He says he wants to bring what he loves to others. Sanchez took a six-month break from his music, but is currently getting back to his roots and is readying to deliver a mix tape. Sanchez says the move from New York to Texas was challenging. “It was a very hard move for me,” Sanchez says. He describes the move from Brooklyn to Texas a complete culture change, but he says he knew his parents made the right decision. Since moving to Texas, Sanchez has focused on his dream of being a Spanish Rap artist. Sanchez is currently signed with Congreso Music Records, and he is working on variety of projects. His work is on YouTube at and his twitter page @Iamlanglo. Sanchez says he chose to pursue a degree in public relations to better communicate with people. “I must know how to represent myself and communicate with others if I really want to succeed,” Sanchez said. He plans to graduate from UT Arlington in May of 2013 and wants to move to Miami to better succeed in his dreams of being a Spanish Rap artist.




ANNOUNCING FOR BOSTON RED SOX. UT-Arlington Student Lands Public Address Audition By Matt Sneed

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I recently received a text message from a friend, Chris Felan, saying the Boston Red Sox were auditioning public address announcers. I remember thinking to myself that this might be a fun opportunity. Anyone who knows me knows that I love being a public address announcer. And my dream job is to be a public address announcer for a Major League Baseball team. So you can imagine how badly I wanted to jump at the opportunity to audition for the Sox. God had his hand in this from the get go. A number of things had to happen, and they all just seemed to fall into place. It was almost too good to be true. I wouldn’t be able to make to original tryout date due to obligations to announce a women’s basketball game at UT-Arlington. I called the Boston Red Sox about the possibility of another date. They said they would take my email address and get back with me. To be honest, I didn’t think I would ever hear from them again. Little did I know that I would receive an email on a Wednesday saying that they would have their third and final first round tryout the following day at 3 p.m. Not a lot of notice, but I doubt they thought I would be flying in from Texas to throw my name in the hat. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Matt Sneed


“Did I really just travel halfway across the county to try out to be the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox?” I needed a number of things to happen, quickly, on my very limited budget: • I had to trade my Southwest ticket voucher for an American Airlines ticket voucher (and luckily I had a brother who was willing to trade); • I had to find the right times for the flights in order to get to Boston on time (Southwest didn’t have the right times); • I needed flights to be on time and not delayed (it seems every time I travel the flights get delayed); • I needed dependable ground transportation when I got to Boston; • I had to locate a reasonably priced hotel ($94 for a 24th floor room overlooking the Charles River, from which I could see Harvard and Fenway Park); and • I need to be able to check-in early at the hotel without any trouble ( I got to the hotel around 11 a.m., so I had around four hours till tryout.



“So you’re that guy from Texas. Man, that’s dedication.”

While I was sitting in my hotel room, I started to get a little nervous and to second guess myself. Did I really just travel halfway across the county to try out to be the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox? This, the same job for which 350 people had already tried out? That is when I prayed, and I remembered that this would be just another day at the office, just me and a microphone. After all, it doesn’t

matter whether there are five fans in the stands or 50,000 -- it’s all the same. When I first entered Fenway Park, I was at ease. I wasn’t nervous at all. I actually think the mid- 40s gentleman I was riding with on the elevator was more worried than I was. He was talking and asking questions as if I had already done the tryout and was coming back just to watch him. We were in the middle-of-the-pack to arrive.



“...coolest part of it all was getting to announce over the loudspeaker at Fenway Park”

When we first arrived, we were greeted by two people from the Red Sox organization. They handed us two sheets of paper. When we were checking in, one of the guys said, “So you’re the guy from Texas. Man, that’s dedication.” I just smiled and said, “Yes.” He took us into the pressroom where other potential candidates were gathered. I started to go over the script and then realized I was by far the youngest and most overdressed for the part. I didn’t mind it, though. That’s who I am. I spent about twenty minutes going over the script before it was my turn to go on the microphone. I think the coolest part of it all was getting to announce over the loudspeaker at Fenway Park and to hear my voice going out over the speaker as if it were Opening Day 2013. My biggest worry was not performing up to my expectations, stumbling over my words, or even worse, mispronouncing a name. I would have


been disappointed. I had no regrets when my 35 seconds of fame was done. After I finished, I spoke with the John Carter, director of Red Sox Productions, for a few minutes. He and his staff were very welcoming. I am sure they were tired of the whole announcer process and ready to get the season underway. That afternoon at Fenway Park is something that I will never forget. Going up to Boston, it wasn’t my goal to get the job. It was strictly to understand the process of a pro tryout. Who knows what the people who will ultimately make the final decision are looking for? Am I saying I would turn down the job if it was offered? Absolutely not. It is my dream job. But I’m sure it is as well for whoever the Red Sox ultimately choose as their next public address announcer. All in all it was a great trip, and the Lord was present in so many areas. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

“That afternoon at Fenway Park is something that I will never forget.”



To the Max By John Watson Click here for video

Wheelchair basketball coach uses communication degree to thrive Coach Max Johnston, University of Texas at Arlington broadcast alumnus, took time out to chat wheelchair basketball and education with Evolve Magazine’s John Watson. Johnston was exposed to wheelchair basketball during a media internship with the UTA Movin’ Mavs. For the young intern it was passion at first sight. After graduating from UT Arlington, he decided to use his education in communication to progress his skills as a player and a coach. Johnston coaches the DFW Freewheelers, a community wheelchair basketball team. He also plays in a chair with the team during every practice. He is an assistant coach of the Movin’ Mavs intercollegiate team. During the brief interview, Johnston shared some background information, discussed his favorite aspects of the game and how his communications background has played a key role in his success after graduation.


Students Feel Safe though Campus Burglaries are Rising By Deborah Holt

According to American School search, an online resource for prospective college students, the University of Texas at Arlington received a grade of C- for school safety. The U.S. Department of Education reported that, in 2010, there were 27 on-campus burglaries and in 2011 there were 36 at UTArlington. That compares with 11 on-campus burglaries in 2010 and five in 2011 at the University of Texas at Dallas, which is located in Richardson. Students said they feel safe on campus despite the number of reported on-campus burglaries. James Anderson, a communication major at UT-Arlington, said he doesn’t feel the need to fret. “I don’t really worry,” Anderson said. “I know people say that it happens, but I have accidently left my car unlocked and nothing has happened.” UT-Arlington provides online resources for optimizing school safety, including tutorials and videos (, but students don’t seem to know this information exists or haven’t reviewed it. “I know there is something online, as far as safety information, but I don’t know what there is,” Jasmine Williams, a public relations major

at UT-Arlington, said. According to the UT-Arlington police daily crime log, on March 2 three vehicles in lot 25 had their windows knocked out and unattended purses were stolen or emptied inside the vehicles. UT-Arlington police crime statistics show that the number of on-campus burglaries is increasingly annually. In 2009 there were 17 burglaries, a figure that rose to 27 in 2010 and 36 in 2011. School safety can be improved with the use of technology, student awareness and increases in parking lot patrols. “School safety could be improved if they installed cameras, and made sure there is good lighting,” Anderson said. “That way there is a good source when someone does get robbed.” The school has 24-hour uniformed patrol officers around the campus to provide security for students. The UT-Arlington police suggest that students never walk alone to their cars, always walk with confidence and be aware of their surroundings. In addition, they should lock the car doors once inside for optimal safety.




Monique Patterson


Planning Ahead to Stay Ahead is Key for Student with Special Challenges By Cyurra Davis



For Monique Patterson, a 24-year-old senior student with disabilities, campus life is more than parties, organizations and drinking. It’s about time management. Planning ahead to stay ahead is the biggest challenge she faces as a member of the student body at the University of Texas at Arlington. Although appreciative of the resources available to her from the Office for Students with Disabilities (, Patterson said the available assistance falls short of what she requires. “They fall short in some areas and they lack common sense,” Patterson said. “They provide limited aid and they don’t think about how I have to plan my day in order to just get to class on time.” Demarice Dumerer, the associate director at the Office for Students with Disabilities, said, “Our students have access to many resources like the Adaptive Resource Center that is available to them during the academic school year.” She added, “We do our best to provide the necessary tools to assist a student with disabilities so they can have the same learning experience as any other student on campus.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY Cyurra Davis



At the age of 2, Patterson was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and 5 percent brain damage. She was born six months premature weighing 2 pounds. For the first four years of her life, she was wheelchair bound with no mobility from her neck down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. The prevalence of CP in the U.S. is about 1 in 303 children in the U.S., and it is the most common motor disability in childhood. “People miss the boat,” Patterson said. “They think a physical disability is the same as a mental disability, and they are wrong.” At 5 years old, Patterson was the first child in the U.S. to have Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery. The surgery originally was

only performed on adults because of the risks involved with the neurosurgical procedures. SDR is a neurophysiological surgery involving the cutting of sensory nerve fibers that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord to permanently reduce spasticity in CP. After the surgery, Patterson spent four hours a day, six days a week for seven years in a rehabilitation treatment program. “I had to learn how to walk in braces strapped on my legs,” Patterson said. “It was a really hard time for me and a lot of work. It taught me how to be strong.” Now Patterson uses her strength to overcome the daily obstacles of being a student with disabilities and attending a university that she said is not fully equipped to accommodate her physical needs. Patterson starts her weekdays at


5:30 a.m. with a vegan power shake that provides her muscles with endurance and longevity for the entire day. At 7:45 a.m., she catches The Grand Connection, a Grand Prairie transit service, to the university. To attend her daily classes, she is required to find her own transportation to and from school. She is not able to drive because of her physical disability. At school, Patterson is just another student in pursuit of a higher education. Although she is not able to physically perform on the same level as her peers, she dedicates most of her energy toward her coursework. During class she is forced to stop periodically to take a break because her muscles weaken when she takes notes. “The professors are top notch, but the staff needs to be educated more about students with disabilities because they give a lot of spur of the moment writing

”People miss the boat. They think a physical disability is the same as a mental disability, and they are wrong.”




assignments,” Patterson said. “In order for me to use the services at the disabilities center, I have to make an appointment two weeks in advance, which doesn’t help in these situations. That’s why planning is so vital to me so I won’t have to ask for an extension on assignments because some professors don’t like it.” While many students are busy participating in campus activities, Patterson is not able to be actively involved because of the short notification times of most student events. Ward Griffin, a second year student, is a friend of Patterson. “Monique is a sweetheart and I have her in many of my classes,” Ward said. “I sometimes forget she is disabled because she is so fun to be around.” After graduation, Patterson hopes to work for the Special Olympics one day. Her lifetime goal is to own an international non-profit charity for people with disabilities. She would like to travel worldwide and use her communication degree to educate others. But first, she wants to start in the U.S. by organizing a foundation to raise funds in support of providing transportation to people with disabilities to participate in voting. “I can’t vote because there is no transportation in place for people like me,” Patterson said. “Politics are important to me, and I have a right to vote, too.” PHOTOGRAPHY BY Cyurra Davis


“I can’t vote because there is no transportation in place for people like me,” Patterson said. “Politics are important to me, and I have a right to vote, too.”


UT Arlington’s Kaleidoscope Agency Partners with AT&T By Robert Villalobos

Kaleidoscope Agency hosted an on-campus event April 25 promoting AT&T service to college students. Nearly 400 students and faculty stopped by one of several booths to chat with members from Kaleidoscope on topics ranging from careers at AT&T to discounts the wireless provider offers college students. The Kaleidoscope Agency, which consists of 25 students from Rudy Bechtel’s Advertising 4301 course was one of only six university ad agencies in the nation to participate in the Campus Brand Challenge with AT&T. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Rachael Wilson

Kaleidoscope received a $3,000 of the tactics we used to promote budget from EdVenture Partners, the event were creating social a company that creates real media pages, developing posters world marketing and fliers and and learning sending out Kaleidoscope team press releases to experiences for members said they use throughout students and educators. campus.” believe the event “We decided to With oversight was a success, host an event at from AT&T UTA and add executives, with greater than incentives such as team of expected numbers the free nachos and advertising of participants. T-shirts to bring and public students in,” said relations majors Anna Caballero, advertising and was given control of the budget, public relations major and the head promotion ideas and social of PR for Kaleidoscope. “Some media outreach for its campaign.


“The biggest benefit for all of us was how we got real experience out of developing this campaign – real money, real client and real challenges.” -Anna Caballero Corporate executives met with Kaleidoscope early in the semester to present challenges and opportunities for the “What if” campaign, the main goal of which is to strengthen brand value for 1824 year old college students. Team members worked semester long to prepare for the Campus Brand Challenge, and even got a taste of crisis management when the original event date had to be pushed back due to bad weather. Caballero said a press release and lots of social media updates were created to re-promote the event. “I think I learned a lot of detail with social media,” Caballero said. “It helped me further my skills in this area, which is especially important since most companies are now requiring knowledge in it. The biggest benefit for all of us was how we got real experience out of developing this campaign – real money, real client and real challenges.” Kaleidoscope team members said they believe the event was a success, with greater than expected

numbers of participants. Shardá Ferrell, advertising and architecture major who worked with Kaleidoscope’s finance team, said the event helped her gain reallife experience in advertising. Kaleidoscope is currently preparing for its final client presentation with AT&T on May 2 to evaluate the outcome of the campaign.


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By Rodney Thrower

Hunger. We all experience it. We say we’re dying for lunch. We say a pastry is to die for. And yet for most of us, hunger is more figurative than literal. And yet, real hunger is all around us. Evolve’s Rodney Thrower headed to Dallas one Saturday to see the work of CounterCulture, which feeds the homeless every week. Click here to listen to his report.



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Comm-rades By Robert Villalobos

Comm-rades is an occasional Evolve feature highlighting a student in the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Communication


To One Aspiring UT-Arlington Student, an Advertising Career is ‘Priceless’ What’s your major? I’m a double major in advertising and public relations, with a minor in business administration. When was your first semester at UTA? Fall of 201.1 Are you a member of any oncampus organizations? I’m the secretary of UTA’s AAF (American Advertising Federation) chapter.

“I’m really passionate about creating something that attracts people to a product.” -Maritza Moreno

What inspired you to pursue an advertising degree? I fell in love with advertising my senior year of high school. I’m really passionate about creating something that attracts people to a product. Do you currently hold or have you completed any internships? I did an internship last summer for the USA Film Festival where I helped them with pre-screening and designing brochures. What’s your ideal job? I would like to work in Hispanic marketing, perhaps a Hispanic ad agency. I toured the Richards Group in Dallas and would enjoy a career working in their sister company, Richard/Lerma. What advice would you give someone who is considering an advertising degree? Be ready to be in a very competitive field. Not everyone has what it takes to get in advertising, so being 10 steps ahead of the competition really helps.


What is your all-time favorite ad campaign? I’ve always liked MasterCard’s “Priceless” campaign and the “Best Job” campaign by P&G. What do you like about UTA’s Communication Department? I think the advisers are very nice and extremely helpful. They’re always accessible to students. Do you believe the advertising classes at UTA prepare you for a real-life career? Yes, I do. Who’s your favorite professor? [Luis] Lopez-Preciado, but he isn’t teaching at UTA anymore. He really saw the potential I had and encouraged me to push myself. Did you know a communication degree was recently ranked as the second most loved degree? It doesn’t surprise me because you have to write and speak well for most jobs. Communication is such a key component in many areas. Have you ever read UTA’s online magazine? I’ve looked at it, but it was last semester. I liked the stories they chose. What are some of your hobbies? Reading, and I love to watch movies. After my internship with the film festival, I got very picky on my movie selection! Last question. Would you say you’re a great communicator? I certainly like to think of myself as one!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Robert Villalobos




Broadcast is ‘Cooler’ than Business or Science for UTA News Reporter What’s your major? Broadcast communications. Where did you grow up? Lockhart, Texas. When was your first semester at UTA? August of 2011.

“I enjoy interacting with people, and it gives me the opportunity to get hands-on experience with TV and radio stations.“ -Camille Clay

What inspired you to choose broadcast communications for your major? Mainly because I enjoy interacting with people, and it gives me the opportunity to get hands-on experience with TV and radio stations. Plus it’s also cooler than business or science! Do you or have you had any internships for broadcast? I actually have two internships right now. I intern at Ryan Seacrest Studios in Children’s Medical Center where we put on children’s programming with radio and TV segments that get broadcasted throughout the hospital. I also intern at The Maker Group where I mostly focus on social media branding and occasionally do some writing. What’s your ideal job? It’d be really cool to be an entertainment reporter at the Grammys or other award shows. Who would you say is a good idol for broadcast? I’d say Oprah. She has a unique style of interviewing that’s fun and energetic. Who would you most want to interview?

Rhianna, because I feel like she’s unpredictable and risky. What advice would you give someone who is considering a degree in broadcast? If considering broadcast, then UTA is a top choice. It can become a really fun and exciting job, and you can meet a lot of people. How well would you say the UTA broadcast program is? I think the professors in the Communication Department do a great job of preparing us for the real world. Who is your favorite UTA professor? Dr. [Andrew] Clark. He always has the student’s best interest in mind and he strives to make sure we’re getting the right experience so we can excel professionally. If you hadn’t chosen broadcast what would you have picked? I’ve never really had a second option. This is what I always wanted to pursue. But if I had to have chosen something else, then it would have probably been something like interior design or fashion where I could still be creative and fun. What are some hobbies that you enjoy? I’m a singer and song writer. What’s something someone might not know about you? I had a scholarship to play volleyball at Texas Wesleyan University. Last question. Did you know that a communication degree was recently ranked the second most loved degree? No, but it definitely doesn’t surprise me at all. Other degrees can tend to be more stressful on your mind and not so interactive.


Public Relations has Student’s Cup Running Over What’s your major? Public relations, with a minor in communication. When was your first semester at UTA? Fall 2011. Are you in any organizations on campus? I’m a member of the Filipino Student Association.

“People love to communicate. It brings the best out of them.” -Laia Quintero

What made you want to choose a public relations degree? It fit my personality and I can see myself doing this and loving it the rest of my life. Are you currently interning anywhere for public relations? I am currently interning for the Dallas Cup. I’m working with the PR/media side of it. What is your ideal job? My ideal job would be working for a sports team. I’d really like to do PR or marketing for FC Dallas. What’s your favorite aspect of PR? The people I meet!


Who is your favorite professor at UTA? Dr. Thomas Christie! What advice would you give someone who is considering a degree in PR? To start making connections! Go out and start meeting people and get your name out there. If you hadn’t chosen PR, what other field would you have studied? Honestly, fashion merchandise. What are some of your hobbies? I love playing sports. I play intramural soccer, volleyball and softball at UTA! I also really enjoy photography. Did you know a communication degree was recently ranked the second most loved degree? Why do you think this is? No I didn’t, but I can see why. People love to communicate. It brings the best out of them. It’s one of those things that just comes naturally. Last question. Are you a good communicator? I sure am! I love meeting new people and networking with others. For me, it’s the best way to create a name for myself.

What do you think about UTA’s public relations program? I think it could be a little better. I’d like for the department to make it more interesting. Are the courses representative of what you will see in a career with PR? Some are. Some are useless, but I guess that’s with every degree plan, right?

PHOTOGRAPHY BY Robert Villalobos


Comm-rades By Angel Sanchez Science for UTA News UT Arlington ad major’s curiosity extends to Chinese and Kung Fu Twenty-year-old Mark McAdams, or Ryan to his friends, may seem like a typical college student, balancing his social life, his sleep and his grades. He might be rocking out with his friends, going to the movies or mastering the art of Kung Fu -you know, typical stuff. Wait, did I say Kung Fu? Yup, McAdams is only two levels away from becoming a Kung Fu master. And how exactly did he get to this level? We had the opportunity to hear his great story through a oneon-one interview. So what’s up man? How are you? I’m good. Just busy -- end of the semester stress. Same ol’, same ol’. I heard a lot about you? I heard you’re like a Kung Fu master? Well, not exactly. Not yet. So how did you become interested in Kung Fu? Why Kung Fu? It was about 10 years ago in the summer of 2003. I was in the sixth grade. There wasn’t really a reason why I started. I was just looking for something to do. I remember being on the phone with my best friend and we were looking through a phonebook looking for some martial art places. I came upon this Kung Fu place. I was lucky that I found this place because I have an awesome sifu (teacher). People always ask me when I’ll be done. I always tell them when I die. And you are a double major,


advertising and Chinese? How did that come about? I always wanted to major in Chinese, or at least take some classes. UTA didn’t offer a major so I went with advertisement. Then I found that UTA had started offering the program so I jumped on it. Why Chinese? So I went to China…. …You went to China!!!??? Yeah, I went to China, for an International Kung Fu camp with my Kung Fu teacher Steve Cottrell in 2010. It was an international camp. People from all over the world went. I was lucky to even get the opportunity. A group of the best Kung Fu masters in China were there to share there wisdom and some techniques. So back to the question. The old Chinese Kung Fu master really liked us. We had translators there because he didn’t know how to speak English. I felt like the language took away from some of the experience. I felt like relying on translators always took away from it. I decided to learn Chinese so when I go there again I could have what I could consider the perfect experience. I really want to be able to speak and learn the wisdom directly from the source.

“I felt like relying on translators always took away from it. I decided to learn Chinese so when I go there again I could have what I could consider the perfect experience. I really want to be able to speak and learn the wisdom directly from the source.” I heard from good sources that you are also into music. Can you tell me more about that? I’m in a band called The Skeeves. I’m the drummer. I started rocking out with them in 2009. I actually met the bass player through Kung Fu.

“People always ask me when I’ll be done. I always tell them when I die.”

So you’re fluent in Chinese? How about this? I’m developing my fluency. I’m getting there. I’m working on conversational skills now. That’s actually a class I am taking now


Have you always been into music? I didn’t have the most diverse musical upbringing. My parent pretty much listened to country music. I thought country was really boring, so it was up to me to find what I really liked. I found the drums around the same time I started doing Kung Fu. I had a drum teacher that really believed in my drumming skills

so he told my parents to buy me a drum set. They got it for me and from there it was history. Where can I check out your music or upcoming shows? McAdams: You can find us on iTunes. Just search for The Skeeves. Right now we are still trying to get some shows for the summer. How do you manage everything? Honestly, I just take it one day at a time. With the Kung Fu it’s just part of the routine now. Tuesday And Thursday are my Kung Fu days. I train and teach on those days. Every other day is dedicated to school and work. Well, Ryan, it has been a great interview. I have to run back to class, and you probably do, too. Thanks for taking out this precious time to talk to me and I wish you success in everything you pursue! Thank you, man. It was a pleasure. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Angel Sanchez


Easy Slider By Sergio Vasquez

Popular food truck brings gourmet sliders to the UT Arlington community PHOTOGRAPHY BY Cao Phong Nguyen

University of Texas at Arlington students now have a new lunch option with the arrival in the spring 2013 semester of a popular food truck that goes by the name of Easy Slider. The truck produces gourmet sliders – mini burgers – made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. To learn when the truck will be on campus, or anywhere else in the Metroplex, visit And to see a video interview with Easy Slider’s owners/ operators, CLICK HERE

Broadcast Student Discusses Life with Muscular Dystrophy By Matt Sneed

In this video report, broadcast student and fellow Evolve staffer Kyle Runge talks about the joys and limitations of his life with muscular dystrophy. Reflecting on his experiences, Runge said his life is “perfect the way it is. It’s awesome.” To view the video, CLICK HERE




Making Bed Mats for the Homeless from Plastic Bags By Rachael Wilson The homeless community in Texas often sleeps on concrete through the nights. With the crazy temperatures that we often endure, sleeping on concrete can cause harm to the body. Bed mats made from plastic shopping bags can help insulate the body from the extreme heat or cold. To make these bed mats I usually play it by sight, instead of following an actual pattern. I use a size M (15.50MM). After you create your plarn (plastic + yarn), you should chain stitch about six feet long. After you have that length, single crochet until your piece is about two and a half feet wide. After you’re finished crocheting the bed mats, you can donate them to Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, or find your local homeless foundation and see if it takes donations of bed mats. If you don’t want to crochet, you can give me your clean, unripped plastic shopping bags and I will transform them into bed mats. I’ve created a how-to video that you can find at: CLICK HERE


Josh Sours


By Matt Sneed

Broadcast major Josh Sours offers tips for success and reflects on his experience at the University of Texas at Arlington in this interview with Evolve staffer Matt Sneed. CLICK HERE



is a semester-long project of students in a senior capstone course at the University of Texas at Arlington. The brainchild of Communication...


is a semester-long project of students in a senior capstone course at the University of Texas at Arlington. The brainchild of Communication...