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A fond farewell to Texas Hall MEN’S BASKETBALL Visiting coaches wave goodbye to Texas Hall BY MICHAEL ELDRIDGE The Shorthorn senior staff
The Shorthorn: Casey Holder
The Mavs take on and defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Saturday night during the final men’s basketball game to take place in Texas Hall, their home court since 1965. The team closed out the final game with a 63-54 win against the Lumberjacks.
UTA basketball wraps up 47 years at the venue
STORY BY JOSH BOWE AND RANDY MCVAY
ne of Scott Cross’ favorite Texas Hall memories is still tucked away in a drawer in his office. He grabbed a videotape after a few seconds of searching and popped it into the TV. “My parents always had this,” he said. It doesn’t take long for Cross to rewind to his favorite part. It was his junior year in a game against McNeese State in Texas Hall. The old “Arlington TeleCable” logo flashes on the screen. Cross hit “Play” on the tape with the Cowboys scoring to go up 67-66 with a few seconds left. The ball is then thrown to half court as two McNeese players collide trying to catch it. Cross swoops in to pick up the loose ball and
drains a running threepointer at the buzzer. “It’s a winner! Scott Cross at the buzzer!” the TV announcer yells. Almost immediately, Cross is piled on at midcourt by teammates, with a packed Texas Hall crowd jumping and screaming. “It wasn’t half court, either,” Cross said with a smile to dispel the myth the play had been a half-court heave to win the game. Cross has plenty more memories, all from Texas Hall, but there won’t be any new ones. The men’s team wrapped up its 47-season stay Saturday with a 63-54 win against Stephen F. Austin. There’s still one more UTA basketball game left, with the women taking on Texas State at 2 p.m. Saturday.
After that game, UTA basketball will move into the $78 million College Park Center in a doubleheader against UT-San Antonio on Feb. 1. Senior forward Bianca Sauls, a former fouryear volleyball player, is in her fifth season on the famed stage. “I’ve actually played what I thought was going to be my final game at Texas Hall, and it was a sad moment,” Sauls said. “I missed Texas Hall. It’s a very different place, and I’ve enjoyed playing there.” Sauls started 93 matches for the volleyball team and is one of the top scorers on the basketball team with 7.7 points per game. Despite all she’s done as a volleyball and basketball player, a slip up is her best memory.
“I think my favorite moment was falling off the stage,” she said with laughter. “Everybody talks about people falling off, and it actually came true. It was fun.” It was fun for Sauls but not others. There haven’t been many nice things to say about Texas Hall since the final games have inched closer and closer. Cross and President James Spaniolo both expressed their excitement at leaving the arena for College Park Center after the Stephen F. Austin game. “We’re going from the outhouse to the penthouse,” Cross said with a chuckle after the game.
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A unique experience is all that could be said by visitors who traveled to play inside Texas Hall. The trip provided a memory unlike any other. It was a place that in one day could host a Shakespearian play in the afternoon and end with a night-cap on the hard court from the volleyball or basketball teams. For the visiting team, the experience is one that took getting used to. Visiting teams had to learn how different the depth perception was compared to what they were used to in the arenas and gyms they play in. “It is a place unlike any other,” said Brooks Thompson, UT-San Antonio’s head men’s basketball coach. “It was unique with a different atmosphere. Any time we played at Texas Hall, we made sure that we got there early to shoot around and talk about the venue.” He said, in the back of his mind, he always worried that a player could go over the side of the court into the four-foot drop presented by the stage. He would never bring it up to the team, fearing that the players would have it on their minds during the game. UT-San Antonio Roadrunners don’t have to worry about that experience on their next trip to Arlington. UTA hosts a rivalry game with UT-San Antonio as part of the College Park Center’s opening night on Feb. 1. “It is going to be loud and exciting,” Thompson said. “Not only will UTA have a great facility now, but they also have a great team this season.” He compared the excitement to a time when he was playing for the Orlando Magic in the NBA. He experienced the excitement of Michael Jordan’s return from retirement to the Chicago Bulls in 1994. “It was the loudest and most exciting game I have been a part of,” Thompson said. “But I have never got to experience the opening of a new arena as a head coach.” Texas Wesleyan University, another UTA rival, has made numerous trips to Texas Hall during the years. Terry Waldrop, the Rams’ head basketball coach, shares the same view point as Thompson. “It is one of, if not the most, unique venues you will ever play at,” Waldrop said. “It reflected the character of the program and gave [UTA] a different feel. Any time that they had a good crowd in there, it turned into a great home environment.” Waldrop joked, laughing as he said it, the only success his family ever had at Texas Hall was when his daughter won a dance competition at the venue. “That shows you how unique of a venue it is that we are talking about,” Waldrop said. “It was Shakespeare on stage, the perception a player gets when shooting is completely different than practice. But it was fun to play there.” @WHATS_UP_MIKE
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Junior rises above asthma with music After being denied entry in Air Force, Micah Breedlove embraces his love of guitar. BY KEIOHNA ALLEN The Shorthorn staff
As a kid, Micah Breedlove said he used to live near the joint-reserve base in Fort Worth. He’d watch the fighter jets take off and land all the time. The music media junior spent most of his life longing to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force. His dream to fly was crushed by his medical record. Breedlove was in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. program from his freshman to his senior year in high school and became a deputy commander. He said he liked the leadership aspect of the program most. “I was extremely introverted. It taught me to be a leader and not a follower,” he said. “I made some close friends while I was in JROTC, and some of them enlisted and are now in the Marines.” In his junior year, he was a candidate for the Air Force Academy. He went to take a full physical examination to join. The medical examiner asked him many detailed questions about his medical history. He shared he had been prescribed preventative asthma medication. “When I was younger, I had pretty severe asthma, but I haven’t had a need for
the medicine in five years,” he said. Despite not needing the medicine, his asthma was still an issue. Breedlove’s dream was to be a fighter pilot, but asthma on his record caused everything to change. He said he would become a liability if he joined. Air Force regulation expert, Master Sgt. Dustin Beard, said the Air Force is cautious when it comes to medical conditions. “Basic training is a very physical environment, and the last thing we would want is for someone to have an asthma attack and not be able to get an inhaler because no medications are allowed while they are in training,” Beard said. Breedlove said he spent his senior year knowing he would not be able to join the Air Force but remained active in his JROTC program. “It was really tough, I tried to maintain my resolve because I didn’t want it to phase the other cadets that were in there,” Breedlove said. That’s when he began embracing the love he had for playing guitar. He said he went to his parents for guidance, and his father wanted to petition the Air Force’s decision. “I knew that even if we fought it, I might have been able to join the Air Force, but I would never be able to become a fighter pilot,” he said. “So I decided not to join at all because I wanted to do some-
The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi
Music media junior Micah Breedlove moved forward with his music career goals when the Air Force denied him entrance because of an asthma report on his medical records. Breedlove has been playing guitar since he was 13 and wants to be an audio engineer for television or a music label.
thing that I was passionate about.” His mother, Jodi Compton, wanted him to go into engineering. “He has always been good in math and science and very analytical,” Compton said. “I wanted him to go into engineering, but he had no interest whatsoever.”
Breedlove said he decided to seek a different way to fly. “I felt like that was God saying, ‘No, that’s not where you need to be,’ ” he said. “I spent a lot of time trying to be patient and see where God was leading me.” He came to the conclusion to have a career in music. Breedlove decided he was
going to pursue playing the guitar. He spent an entire year at Tarrant County College learning more about music, so he could prepare for an audition for UTA’s Music Department. He’s been playing since he was 13. But before TCC, he didn’t know how to read sheet music. He auditioned for UTA
and made it in. “The military and Air Force Academy have many different types of people. But here, I feel like I’ve found people who are like-minded, and I feel like this is right where I’m supposed to be,” Breedlove said. @KEIOHNAALLEN email@example.com
Council OKs property rezoning Activities Fair provides networking opportunities Best investment is always NETWORKING TIPS in people, not stocks or • Invest in people. bonds, says student. BY BRANDON GRAY The Shorthorn staff
Professional student organizations like the National Society of Collegiate Scholars are participating in Activities Fair at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in hopes of persuading members of the UTA community to join. The fair will take place in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. In uncertain economic conditions, some students said it is essential for them to find common ground and build relationships that may be useful when looking for employment. Finance senior Matthew Watabe said there are benefits in networking. Meeting people will help out with future jobs and build friendships
• Take out time to get to know others in your major or department. • Build relationships. • Find people with common goals.
with other students, he said. The fair can help. “Someone told me the best investment is always in people, not stocks or bonds,” Watabe said. “It’s not always what you know, but who you know.” Watabe said he has not had any problems with networking, but he can see how it could be difficult. He said students who have jobs could find it hard to meet others because UTA is a commuter school. Having a big network does
not automatically mean a person will land the job. One can have the best recommendations and still not obtain the job, marketing senior Daniel St. John said. St. John said he learned hygiene and choice of clothing are important for a first impression. Rebecca Neilson, Graduate Services director at the College of Business, said people should put an effort into the way they look and have the best possible attitude. “Study up on the company, show interest in the organization, avoid having evasive eye movement and have a good firm handshake,” Neilson said. The number of professional student organizations was not known at press time. @BGISBRANDONGRAY firstname.lastname@example.org
Lev Investments, Inc. may now begin construction on apartment complex. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn staff
Lev Investments, Inc. will move forward with the construction of its five-story apartment complex east of campus after the Arlington City Council approved the rezoning of the real estate investment firm’s property on Tuesday, 6-2. The group asked the city to rezone its 3.44-acre property to allow for its 335-unit complex to be built. City zoning rules allow for only a maximum of 22 units per acre. The complex will hold about 97 units per acre. Lev Investments is marketing the apartments as an alternative for professionals working in Arlington, particularly, UTA employees, but anyone can live there, said Steve Drenner, Lev Investments’ representative. “It’s really a broad range of
Tuesday. “It would have made a difference if this was targeted to students,” Capehart said. Councilman Mel LeBlanc objected to tax abatements for the developer being mentioned later in the process of getting the rezoning effort approved. He voted with Capehart Tuesday in opposition of the proposal. Concerns from the councilwoman and other residents could not compete with the idea of the economic impact the complex would have or the future development that could follow east of UTA. President James Spaniolo told The Shorthorn the College Park District might have played a role in drawing the developer. Development around the campus is encouraging, he said. “A project like that wouldn’t have been under consideration 10 years ago,” Spaniolo said. “I think College Park [District] is
people that we expect to see,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it. It’s unlikely to be a project just for students, just for seniors, just for professionals.” The next step for the developer is to work on more detailed designs, including plumbing details and deciding where stairs will be, and move on to the permitting phase. When the proposal to rezone appeared before the council for the first time during a Jan. 3 meeting, residents voiced opposition to the project. The council then gave initial approval to the rezoning, 7-1. Lev Investments will build the complex on the properties known as 906, 908 and 920 S. Mesquite St., 101 Hosack St. and 1001 S. Center St. Councilwoman Sheri Capehart voted against the proposal, saying the developer did not convince her that the complex wouldn’t create parking issues. “I’m pretty convinced that parking will be an issue,” she said before the second vote
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