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Softball defends its honor in Norman
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‘Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy’
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University debuts dual master’s degree
THE DAILY TEXAN Friday, April 16, 2010
WEEKEND FRIDAY Gun-Free Rally
Students for Gun-Free Schools and University Democrats are hosting a rally to commemorate the third anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings. Tower steps, noon.
Served & delivered Women’s tennis takes on Nebraska. Penick-Allison Tennis Center, 1 p.m.
A Step in Time
Texas Ballroom hosts the Austin Open 2010 youth, collegiate and adult competition. Texas Union Ballroom, 6 to 10 p.m.
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Debate continues over destiny of Cactus Cafe
By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff Faculty members and students expressed concerns and bounced ideas off of administrators about the Cactus Cafe on Thursday in the first public forum regarding the on-campus music venue since President William Powers, Jr.’s town hall meeting on Feb. 2. The Student Leader Forum,
hosted by Juan González, vice president of student affairs, allowed administrators to update interested parties about the current state of Cactus-related conversations. Various representatives from the administration and the University Union sat along the back row as two security guards manned the entrance. Facing a recurring 2-percent
University-wide budget cut, the Texas Union Board of Directors recommended on Jan. 29 to repurpose the cafe and to phase out informal classes by August. The decision was made on a day when all three of the board’s faculty representatives were absent. E-mails obtained through
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Faculty members and students attend a talk discussing UT administrator’s future plans for the Cactus Cafe.
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Legend inspires player’s dream
Baseball faces rival Texas A&M in the Lone Star Showdown. UFCU DischFalk Field, 6:05 p.m.
SATURDAY Racing Razorbacks
Men’s track competes in a dual meet against Arkansas. Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium, All day.
Texas Hearing and Service Dogs attempts to break the Guinness World Record for largest dog walk at the 12th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk. First Street Bridge, 9 a.m.
Women’s tennis plays Iowa State. Penick-Allison Tennis Center, noon.
Men’s Tennis squares off against Texas A&M. Penick-Allison Tennis Center, 4 p.m.
The Chess Club hosts a 12-round quick chess tournament at Gregory Gym Game Room, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Today in history In 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
Quote to note
“A student without a mustache is a student not worth knowing.” — Aaron Walther Philosophy senior
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UT outfielder inspired by Dodgers infielder, color-barrier breaker By Austin Ries Daily Texan Staff On a clear, warm April day last season, Kevin Keyes walked through the doors at Disch-Falk Field before Texas’ series finale against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He strutted down the hallway past the Horns’ weight room, turned the corner and headed toward the clubhouse when one of the team’s trainers stopped to remind him it was April 15. That day, 62 years ago, another man walked into a much quieter clubhouse at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, dressed in a camel-hair coat to block out the brisk morning air. He found his uniform hanging on an empty wall behind a folding chair because he didn’t have a locker yet. With the opening pitch to Boston Braves batter Dick Culler, in front of an averagesized crowd, Jackie Robinson stood at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke
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Panel seeks public input in textbook showdown By Audrey White Daily Texan Staff The Texas State Board of Education published its proposed and revised social studies curriculum standards on the Texas Education Agency Web site Thursday, marking the start of the 30day public comment period before board members take a final vote on the changes in mid-May. Any person can visit the site, read the proposed revisions and offer comments online. There will also be a public forum when the board meets again May 1921. The vote on all final revisions is scheduled for May 21. The board’s suggested revisions received national media attention and widespread criticism when they were debated in March. Critics, including professors, students and politicians, said they feared the board’s changes were ultra-conservative and would present a skewed or limited view of history to K-12 students. At the time, board chairwoman Gail Lowe told The Daily Texan she hoped people would wait until actually seeing the proposed standards before
Stand-up comic Chelsea Handler performs at Bass Concert Hall, 8 p.m.
The Student Engineering Council hosts its second annual Austin electronic waste drive. LBJ Library parking lot, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Reveille plays catch
One man’s trash
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Left, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Above, Texas junior Kevin Keyes leads off first base during Texas’ 6-2 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on April 7.
The full list of revisions proposed by the Texas State Board of Education to the statewide social studies curricula are available on the Texas Education Agency Web site, www.tea.state.tx.us. Visit the site to submit comments, concerns and suggestions related to the revisions over the next 30 days.
Police won’t ‘weed’ out festival attendees Angry citizens rally By Bobby Longoria Daily Texan Staff With the return of the 2010 Austin Reggae Festival comes three days of food donations, reggae music and public marijuana use, something the Austin Police Department will watch for as they monitor the event. This weekend, vendors will set up booths selling marijuana-related items ranging from hemp clothing to three-foot water pipes, all within sight of law-enforcement officers only steps away. “Officers are keenly aware what’s going on within a certain segment of the spectators,” APD Cpl. Scott Perry said. “If they find someone in front of them blatantly smoking a pipe, then they will take enforcement action, but we aren’t there walking up to each person, because in that situation, you will get a lot of innocent people mixed up
at Tea Party protest Group comes together to protest health care, taxes for second year
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Attendees hula-hoop at last year’s Austin Reggae Festival by the main stage at Auditorium Shores. in it.” pate that changing, he said. APD treats Reggae Fest just Simply possessing paralike any other event, Perry said. phernalia purchased within There have not been any prob- festival grounds is not illegal lems in the past to raise concern, and APD does not anticiFEST continues on page 6
By Alex Geiser Daily Texan Staff About 50 Austin residents, angered by what they perceive to be abuses of federal power, gathered in the rain on the south steps of the state Capitol building Thursday evening — a group far smaller than the 1500 people who assembled at the Capitol on tax day last year. The crowd consisted of Republicans, Tea Party supporters and Democrats who waved flags and held signs reprimanding recent federal government actions, including the passage of the health
care bill. The event was organized by Texans for Accountable Government, a non-partisan political action committee. Regardless of why they came out to protest, John Bush, executive director of Texans for Accountable Government, said they were all together for an all-encompassing reason that they feel is resonating at the state and the federal level. “The message we are trying to promote is that the people of the U.S. are fed up with intrusive government and that we should unite under the banner of representative government,” Bush said. “It is not about party politics. It is
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out against federal government action the microphone to enthusiastic applause. Medina, who ran about reforming the system as for the Republican gubernatoa whole.â€? rial nomination against Gov. The Tea Party movement, Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey which has been gaining mo- Hutchison, who describes hermentum in the country over self as a staunch constitutionthe past year as a result of alist and a supporter of both disapproval with the federal property rights and state sovgovernment, advocates limit- ereignty. Despite losing the ed government, reduced nomination, her following government spend in Texas has remained ing and individustrong among Tea Paral property rights. ty supporters. Look for the Daily Bush said his nonâ€œYou have provTexanâ€™s coverage of partisan activist en yourselves to Sarah Palinâ€™s visit organization supbe more than fairto Austin. ports the Tea Parweather patriots,â€? ty movement and Medina said to the that even though the crowd, donned in umparty has limited politibrellas and ponchos. â€œTexcal influence in Austin, it is ex- as must stand sovereign and panding. nullify federal health care. We â€œNow, they are starting to must be tireless in that effort.â€? come together to be a politiShe encouraged Texans to cal force to be reckoned with,â€? consistently and repeatedly Bush said. â€œIt excites me to see contact their elected officials, all these Tea Party movements letting them know where they forming. It shows that people stand on issues if they want reare really getting upset.â€? sults. As the wind and rain picked â€œThe price of freedom is eterup on the steps of the Capitol, nal vigilance,â€? Medina said. former gubernatorial candidate Greg Holloway, member of Debra Medina stepped up to the board of directors for the
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NEWS BRIEFLY Senate proposes resolution to gain student input on budget In the first meeting of the new Senate of College Councils assembly, the senators explored a resolution supporting further student input in the budgetary process. â€œIn Support of Student Involvement and Transparency in Reductions to Academic Opportunitiesâ€? addresses concerns that students were not included in the process that led to the cutting of all Vietnamese language classes. This cut was announced last week, and students have already responded with a petition that has received more than 2,000 signatures and a Student Government resolution in support of exploring alternative solutions. â€œWe recognize that this cut is being made at the department level, but this is only going to be one of many because of the budget sit-
uation currently facing UT,â€? policy director David Liu said while presenting the legislation. The resolution acknowledges that budget cuts are necessary and states that the University should consider ways to solicit student input at college and departmental levels in the decision-making process. It also requests that administrators provide a public explanation of reasons for each cut that is made. Senate President Chelsea Adler said she hopes that if the resolution passes, it will help spur students to explore lobbying options during the legislative session in Spring 2011. â€œMy hope for all this is that this energy and mobilization and momentum will get built up for January, so we can go to the [legislature] and say this is a problem,â€? Adler said. â€œWeâ€™re cutting entire programs because weâ€™re not getting enough money for the state.â€? The Senate will vote on the resolution at its next meeting on April 29. â€” Audrey White
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Kathryn Youngblood Glass, 2010 Libertarian candidate for Texas governor, speaks to Tea Party supporters in front of the Capitol on Thursday at a rally for Tea Party supporters. The event addressed fiscal conservatism and freedom from â€œbig government.â€? Austin Tea Party Patriots, organized the Tax Day Tea Party event held Thursday, where former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke. Holloway said his non-partisan organization has seen an increase in membership to about 100 people a day since the passage of the health care bill in March. With the increased interest, he said he is focused on helping people understand the importance of political participation.
power. Lamar McKnight, an international business junior at St. Edwardâ€™s University, attended the rainy event at the Capitol. He said he and a few of his fellow students came out in support of constitutional principles. â€œItâ€™s extremely important for students to get involved because what is happening today, they are inheriting tomorrow,â€? McKnight said.
CACTUS: Groups demand greater input From page 2 public records requests revealed that administrators at the Texas Union had made the decision to close the cafe as early as December. All of the boardâ€™s recommendations must go through Powers for final approval. Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly, who attended the board meetings, said members of the Union Board were given three alternatives to closing the 31-yearold cafe, including laying off staff, reducing the Unionâ€™s operating hours and reducing the budget for student programming. Faculty Council Chairwoman Janet Staiger said any decisions concerning the Union have implications for students, staff and faculty and should be made with the input of all three groups. â€œIâ€™d like to ask if we should be at the stage of leaping ahead and making a decision now when we should be back at Jan. 29 and looking more carefully at the options,â€? Staiger said. The councilâ€™s executive commit-
tee had drafted legislation to support having wider involvement in determining the fate of the cafe, but it failed to pass it during Mondayâ€™s meeting after falling short of meeting quorum. Several students outlined possible ways the cafe could be saved through various fundraising activities, including benefit concerts and pledge drives. Students also expressed a desire to accommodate more diverse programming at the cafe. GonzĂĄlez and Reagins-Lilly have spent the last five weeks discussing the future of the cafe with a six-person committee. Biology graduate student Hayley Gillespie and fine arts senior Matt Portillo serve as student representatives on the committee, while Cameron Smith, director of marketing at the Texas Performing Arts, and Brad Stein, chairman of the Austin Music Commission, serve as community representatives. The committee identified six guiding principles ranging from continuing daily operations to in-
creasing student involvement in programming. GonzĂĄlez said the principles were used as a basis for constructing three possible options by the administrators, which include continuing as a self-operating venue under University management, moving to a non-University entity or a becoming a hybrid model like KUT Radio. Even though some of the options stray away from the guiding principles, GonzĂĄlez said the principles were not meant to be prescriptive. â€œThese were guiding principles [and were] never meant to be detailed processes of how this will be executed,â€? he said. The Union Board is charged with voting on a proposal at their April 30 meeting. Stein said he feels the process is being rushed. â€œTo have a decision made in April and have it implemented in four months puts at risk the fundamental character of the Cactus Cafe,â€? Stein said. â€œMaybe we just need to step back and take a little bit more time.â€?
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â€œWe are going to place real emphasis on getting people out,â€? he said. â€œWe drive people toward participation in whichever party they prefer.â€? In terms of the future, the health care bill was on the top of the list for many in attendance. The health care bill was heavily criticized by speakers, whose critiques were greeted with cheers. They said they felt the bill violated constitutional limits on government
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Icelandic volcano stifles European, Atlantic air traffic
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A meteor passes over Madison, Wis., on Wednesday night. National Weather Service meteorologist David Sheets says the meteor soared past at about 10 p.m. and appeared to have disintegrated as it reached southwest Wisconsin, without causing any damage.
By Jill Lawless The Associated Press LONDON â€” An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks Thursday as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe again in one of aviationâ€™s most congested areas. The cloud, floating miles above Earth and capable of knocking out jet engines, wrecked travel plans for tens of thousands of people. Non-emergency flights in Britain were canceled, and most will stay grounded until at least midday Friday. Authorities in Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belgium also closed their air space. France shut down 24 airports, and several flights out of the U.S. had to double back. Kyla Evans, spokeswoman
for air traffic service Eurocontrol, said half of all trans-Atlantic flights were expected to be canceled Friday. A volcano beneath Icelandâ€™s Eyjafjallajokull glacier began erupting Wednesday for the second time in less than a month, triggering floods and shooting smoke and steam miles into the air. About 700 people from rural areas near the volcano were evacuated Thursday because of flash flooding. The ash plume drifted at between 20,000 feet and 36,000 feet, where it could get sucked into airplane engines and cause them to shut down. The smoke and ash also could affect aircraft visibility. The service said Britain had not halted all flights in its space in living memory. â€œPeople canâ€™t remember a time when it has been on this scale,â€? said Patrick Horwood of the air traffic service. â€œCertainly never involving a volcano.â€?
Celestial sighting rocks Midwest Meteor not found after shaking earth, lighting sky across several states By Dinesh Ramde The Associated Press MILWAUKEE â€” A large meteor streaked across the Midwestern sky, momentarily turning night into day, rattling houses and causing trees and the ground to shake, authorities said Thursday. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Witnesses say the meteor lit up the sky Wednesday about 10:10 p.m. National Weather Service offices across the Midwest said it was visible from southwestern Wisconsin and northern Iowa to central Missouri. Radar information suggests the meteor landed in the south-
west corner of Wisconsin, either Grant or Lafayette counties, said Ashley Sears, a meteorologist with the National Weather Serviceâ€™s Milwaukee office. Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley said his office received multiple reports of a very bright light in the sky followed by houses and the ground shaking. â€œThere were reports of four to five minutes of explosions or rumbling,â€? he said. A dashboard camera in the squad car of a Howard County sheriffâ€™s deputy in Iowa caught a glimpse of the fireball. In the video, the object streaks toward the ground, then swells and brightens in an apparent explosion before disappearing behind a distant clump of trees. As large as the halo seems, history suggests the object might
only be the size of a softball or basketball, said James Lattis, the director of the University of Wisconsin Space Place in Madison. â€œThese things are surprisingly small,â€? Lattis said. He noted meteor showers can produce streaks visible from miles away, even though the objects that are burning up might be the size of a grain of sand. Lattis said because Wednesdayâ€™s meteor apparently exploded, itâ€™s possible it will never be recovered. Unless the fragments landed on a rooftop, car, yard or other prominent place, they could be virtually indistinguishable from other rocks and pebbles on the ground. Lattis said thereâ€™s even a chance the sighting wasnâ€™t a meteor, noting an object such as a broken satellite part could create
Bombs ravage New Year celebration Source, purpose of attack on Myanmar festival remains unidentified By Aye Aye Win The Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar â€” Three bomb blasts at a holiday festival killed nine people in Myanmarâ€™s biggest city Thursday, the deadliest attack in five years in the country ruled by an iron-fisted regime. No indication was given as to who was behind the blasts, which occurred at about 3 p.m. near 20 pavilions erected for celebrations at the sprawling Kandawgyi Lake. Myanmar is celebrating its annual four-day water festival, when people drench each other with water to usher in the Myanmar New Year, on Saturday. Television images from the site showed pools of blood and
scattered sandals left behind by fleeing revelers. The television broadcast described the blasts as the handiwork of â€œterroristsâ€? but did not blame any group or organization. State television and radio said 94 people were injured. A hospital official said nine people were killed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information. Witnesses said Yangon General Hospital, where most of the casualties were taken, was a scene of chaos and commotion, with the injured arriving drenched in blood and people crying and moaning. Bombings are rare but not unknown in the cities of Myanmar, whose military rulers are fighting several insurgencies in remote provinces. In the past, the government has blamed bomb blasts on exiled anti-government
groups and insurgents. John Dale, a conflict resolution specialist at Virginiaâ€™s George Mason University, said the attacks may have been in response to restrictions imposed by the junta on costumes, music, rituals and performances during the New Year celebrations. â€œMy sense is that they were meant as a message to the junta, denouncing the way that they have restricted participation in the water festival â€” one of the most important celebrations of the year .... This is a direct affront to the ethnic and nationalist minority groups throughout the country,â€? said Dale.
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a similar effect. Some initially speculated the object was part of a two-weeklong meteor shower currently under way. But Lattis said it most likely wasnâ€™t part of the Gamma Virginids shower because it came from the opposite direction. The Gamma Virginids shower began April 4 and is expected to last through April 21. Thursday is expected to be the second straight day of peak activity.
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Smoke and steam hang over the volcano under Icelandâ€™s Eyjafjallajokull glacier on Thursday. Volcanic ash disrupted air traffic across Europe.
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VIEWPOINT UT professors take on the State Board of Education A number of UT and UT-El Paso history professors published an open letter to the Texas State Board of Education on Wednesday, criticizing the board for shortchanging students by altering standards for state socialstudies curricula. “Those of us who teach and conduct research in colleges and universities have grown concerned … that social studies curriculum standards in Texas do not meet student needs,” they wrote. “We also believe that the Texas State Board of Education has been derelict in its duty to revise the public school curriculum. … Recent proposals by board members have undermined the study of the social sciences in our public schools by misrepresenting and even distorting the historical record and the functioning of American society.” In light of the disturbing standards the board recommended — which most notably excluded discussions of American error and the struggles of women and minorities in America — we applaud these scholars for speaking out to advocate for education that is “fair, accurate and balanced and … based on rigorous, mainstream scholarship, not on ideological agendas.” Starting today, the Texas Education Agency will be soliciting public input on changes to social studies curriculum standards proposed by the State Board of Education. There will be a public hearing on the changes May 19. The board is set to adopt the rules on May 21. Contribute to the discussion by sending your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perry and Tea Party paranoia Tea Party protesters marched on the Capitol grounds Wednesday to protest taxes. Of course, unlike the original tea partiers, participants were all voting citizens in a representative democracy who reap the benefits of taxation. Paying taxes is never pleasant, but with no noticeable increases in taxes for most Americans, it was difficult to determine what exactly they were protesting. And it appeared that many protesters did not find the protest particularly inspiring. Only 200 people showed up to the rally, in stark contrast to the 1,500 who attended an Austin Tea Party rally on tax day last year. Another possible reason for low turnout was paranoia among Tea Party leaders that liberals would show up to rallies to try to make protesters look bad. According to The Associated Press, activist Michael Quinn Sullivan said, “Some liberals are going to try to infiltrate tea parties with racist signs.” Gov. Rick Perry was right there with him, urging Tea Party organizers to monitor those at rallies closely. In an invitation-only conference call with Texas organizers, Perry told participants to “continue looking over your shoulder … for people trying to make the Tea Party into something that it’s not,” according to the Austin American-Statesman. “You can bet that every dirty trick is going to get played on tea parties,” he said, according to the AP, “trying to marginalize them, trying to make them into something that they’re not.” Perry drank the tea long ago, but his latest paranoia is an interesting twist to the Tea Party persecution complex. Protest and political participation is never a bad thing, but the Tea Party is unique in that it is largely composed of the least-persecuted people in America: middle-aged, middle-class whites. And rather than attempting to mobilize new activists, it is preoccupied with keeping outsiders out.
Rally to fight guns on campus By John Woods Daily Texan Guest Columnist Today, we rally. Three years ago, a little after 9 in the morning, the obnoxious 8-bit melody of a cell phone woke me: Two students had been shot. By then, the number was 33, but it would take hours for us to learn the final count and days to get the names of the victims. My phone rang not once more for the rest of the day, the lines overwhelmed. Fast-forward to last year, and state Rep. Joe Driver introduced a bill to arm students, even though college campuses are far safer than their surroundings. Driver said he wanted to “prevent another Virginia Tech,” despite unanimous agreement from survivors of the shooting that guns would not have helped. Incredibly, Driver and his axis of fail argued we need guns to protect ourselves from the deranged individuals who already had guns. Examinations of Texas legislative records reveal that Driver and the National Rifle Association are the reason those deranged individuals could pass background checks. In 2005, guns-on-campus proponents denied a vote in Senate committee to a bill that would have required the reporting of
severe mental retardation and severe mental health cases (such as that of Seung-Hui Cho) to the background check system. They planned to do the same in 2007 and managed to hold the bill until May 8, just days before a stricken class of 2007 limped through graduation at Virginia Tech. Yet the bill ultimately died again, this time in Driver’s own House committee. After Virginia Tech, the NRA was forced to stand aside on the “mental health” loophole, and in 2009, the Legislature finally enacted a bill to close that gap in enforcement. (Rep. Driver voted against it, along with 48 others, all Republicans.) The NRA remained entrenched on another issue, that of “private” sales at gun shows — colloquially, the “gun show loophole.” While licensed firearms dealers have to run background checks, many used firearms dealers need not ask even for identification. Last summer, Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard and I visited gun shows in Fort Worth and San Antonio with a hidden camera. I purchased a semiautomatic handgun with no identification at all and a machine gun with a photocopy of an expired Texas driver’s license — no questions asked. Driver and his pals claim the gun show loophole does not exist, despite the fact
that the shooter at the Pentagon obtained at least one firearm through the gun show loophole. Sixty-nine percent of NRA members support closing this loophole, as do 85 percent of gun owners. Today, we rally on West Mall at noon. We do so for the victims of Virginia Tech. We stand for the victims of suicide, of whom there would be many more were firearms added to the mix. We rally for the victims of the drug wars in Mexico, whose deaths were enabled by smuggled firearms from so-called “private” sales. We demonstrate for President Ronald Reagan, Press Secretary James Brady, police officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy, who were all shot in an assassination attempt on the president in 1981 — despite the presence of the best-trained conceal-and-carry security force in the world. Through peaceful means, we fight back against the NRA’s attack on the sacred classroom environment. But most of all, we rally for all the victims of gun violence: More people are killed by firearms every year in the U.S. than by suicide bombings in Iraq since the 2003 invasion. It’s time to act. Join us. Woods is a biology graduate student.
UT administration subverts, silences faculty voice By Tom Palaima Daily Texan Guest Columnist
THE FIRING LINE College Republicans pay for Rove As president of College Republicans at Texas, the organization hosting Karl Rove on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom, I was most pleased to learn from Susan Cook’s Tuesday Firing Line that she would be footing the bill. In fact, I spent a considerable amount of time searching for just the right stationery on which to pen a heartfelt thank-you note. Hell, I even considered making her Honorary Member of the Year. Halfway through my thank-you note, however, I recalled that neither my club, Rove nor the contracted police officers have received one red cent from Cook, the University, or any of its affiliates in conjunction with Rove’s visit to campus. In truth, the lecture is open to all members of the University community free of charge, not thanks to Cook’s tuition payment, but thanks to the generosity of our club’s sponsors and partner organizations. I can accept Cook’s inaccuracy as an honest mistake — she simply failed to do her research. What is more disturb-
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ing, however, is that Cook seems to find the expression of political views different from her own so repugnant that she suggests prohibiting Rove from even having the chance to speak. I’d hate to believe that in her entire time here as a government student she was not once acquainted to the First Amendment and how it wasn’t authored for the protection of her opinions alone. In the future, perhaps we should have Cook subsidize the security costs for speakers like Rove. After all, it is because of people like her (the Code Pinks and MoveOn.org) that security is needed in the first place. I call upon all self-described liberals, Democrats or progressives to denounce the intimidation tactics used by these fringe groups to silence free speech. I invite all students, regardless of political affiliation, to come participate Monday in the free exchange of ideas with one of the most influential political strategists in history.
— Ryan D. Ellis President, College Republicans at Texas Government and communication studies senior
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Before the meeting of the Faculty Council scheduled for April 12, the only philosophical conundrum I had ready was the time-honored “If a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Now, I have given rise to another: “Is it possible to walk out on a meeting that isn’t taking place?” This has been a trying year for those charged with meaningful decision-making at UT. Note: I do not include here the Faculty Council. The council makes no meaningful decisions and, by UT statutes, mainly dispenses advice that no administrator is required to take seriously. Its role in University governance is highly circumscribed. Its every decision is, again by University statutes, subject to controls by duly appointed administrators in a chain of command stemming from the governor and Board of Regents, which appoints the president, the presidentially appointed provost, and down through college deans and departmental chairs. Recently, a proliferation of originally ad hoc committees, dominated by administrators, has superseded the roles of many of the Faculty Council’s standing committees. These new committees virtually guarantee that decisions of the president and provost will be made within administrative silos. There are meaningful levels of dissatisfaction about many decisions that have been made and how they have been made: the controversial changes to foreign-language requirements that took up much of the late summer and fall; the authorization of a $2 million raise for the head football coach in December; freezing of staff salaries; firings of staff and lecturers; and significant reductions in graduate assistants; $1 million of University trade-
mark and royalty revenues spent transforming Room 212 of the Main Building into what one faculty wit called “a Victorian tart’s boudoir” at a time when educational programs were being downsized and the Cactus Cafe was targeted for closing because of the purported loss of $66,000 per year; proceeding with a new liberal arts building project funded via the unprecedented mechanism of cuts to the instructional budget; and mandating merit pools for faculty that would likewise come from cuts, without ever asking the faculty whether they approved of such a trade-off. Nor were faculty consulted about freezing staff wages while pushing through with a merit pool that saw raises going to fewer than 40 percent of the faculty. On all these matters and more, meaningful faculty input was rarely sought and almost never at the proper time. As later information revealed, in regard to both the Cactus Cafe and the liberal arts language changes, the truth was at least shaded by administrators — or, let us say facts were “interpreted” and procedures were orchestrated in ways that subverted responsible and well-informed decision-making. As is well-known, the closing of the Cactus Cafe is being revisited after full exposes based on documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the Austin American-Statesman, The Texas Observer and a fearless graduate student named Hayley Gillespie. These show that two top administrators reached a decision in early December to close the Cactus Cafe and then proceeded to manipulate the process leading to a “decision” reached by a duly formed committee made up of students and faculty in a meeting when faculty were absent and the crucial issue was not on the agenda. In round two, the Faculty Council had still not been consulted regarding
a decision to be reached by April 30. On Tuesday, the Faculty Council received an e-mail from UT Vice President for Student Affairs, Juan Gonzalez, inviting its overworked and overbooked volunteer members to a general forum set for April 15. This ridiculously short notice e-mail came as no surprise, given the fact that on Monday, Executive Vice Provost Stephen Monti had called a quorum at the council’s meeting — something he had no right to do — where a Faculty Council resolution on the Cactus Cafe was to be discussed openly. And the meeting was canceled. When council chair Janet Staiger continued the meeting off-the-record, overworked faculty who had come to hear reports from people who had taken the time to write and come to deliver them, Monti objected even to that. When I requested to give my report on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics, which had been postponed from March to April already, arguments were raised against so doing, I got up and left what one lone administrator had turned into a fiasco. The whole non-meeting was an insult to faculty who put in large amounts of uncompensated time to try to maintain some academic values here. All that the Faculty Council has is the right to speak words. When administrators use parliamentary gymnastics to see to it that those words are not even uttered, well, we get more than a philosophical conundrum. We get much less in the way of guidance by the very people who even the United States Secretary of Education says should be guiding our universities and colleges on crucial issues. As Bob Dylan remarked a dozen years ago, “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.” Palaima is a classics professor and former chairman of the UT Faculty Council.
Friday, April 16, 2010
UT health center makes switch to electronic records By Hannah Jones Daily Texan Staff The UT Health Science Center at Houston received two grants totaling $30.3 million to test and research implementing electronic medical records in hospitals and regional primary-care clinics. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is providing the center with two stimulus grants to help advance the health information technology industry, which is expected to provide thousands of jobs within the medical field. The health industry currently keeps the majority of medical records stored on paper. However, through the federal funding, the center will be able to experiment with local primary-care providers on switching to an electronic medical record database. The first $15 million award is to establish the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Health care, co-directed by professor Vimla Patel of the centerâ€™s School of Health Information Sciences. Center spokesman Rob Cahill said Patel and her colleagues are working on ways to make electronic health records more user-friendly. The second $15.3 million award is to establish the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center, which is one of several regional extension centers. The extension center is headed by Kim Dunn, associate professor of health informatics. The extension centers are meant to provide support to local practices and help transfer their paper medical records to electronic-based ones. â€œThink about how simple online banking is,â€? Cahill said.
NEWS BRIEFLY Obama plans to see trips to asteroid, Mars during lifetime CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. â€” President Barack Obama boldly predicted Thursday his new plans for space exploration would send American astronauts on historic, almost fantastic journeys to an asteroid and then to Mars within his lifetime, relying on rockets and propulsion still to be imagined and built. â€œI expect to be around to see it,â€? he said of pioneering U.S. trips starting with a landing on an asteroid, a colossal feat in itself, before the long-dreamed-of expedition to Mars. He spoke near the historic Kennedy Space Center launchpads that sent the first men to the moon, a blunt rejoinder to critics, among them several former astronauts, who contend his planned changes will instead deal a staggering blow to the nationâ€™s manned space program. â€œWe want to leap into the future, not continue on the same path as before,â€? Obama said as he sought to reassure NASA workers that Americaâ€™s space adventures would soar on despite the impending termination of spaceshuttle flights. His prediction was reminiscent of President John F. Kennedyâ€™s declaration in 1961, â€œI believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.â€? That goal was fulfilled in 1969. Obama did not predict a Mars landing soon. But he said that by 2025, the nation would have a new spacecraft â€œdesigned for long journeys to allow us to begin the first-ever crewed missions beyond the moon into deep space.â€? â€œWeâ€™ll start by sending astronauts to an asteroid for the first time in history,â€? he said. â€œBy the mid-2030s, I believe we can send humans to orbit Mars and return them safely to Earth. And a landing on Mars will follow. And I expect to be around to see it.â€? â€” The Associated Press
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â€œIt should be just as simple to access your health records,â€? Ginny Solt, assistant to the dean of the School of Health Information Sciences, said the center is going to play a large role in implementing health information technology. It is the first school devoted to health informatics, the use of computer technology within the medical field, she said. Dunn said that the conversion to electronic medical records will affect the overall health care industry very positively. â€œWe will assess electronic medical records and make sure they will actually help doctors improve work flow and care for patients, as well as get feedback from medical record companies on how to improve their products,â€? Dunn said. Patel said it is not possible to make a sudden switch from paper records to electronic records, but it is important to start using paper less. â€œWe have to make sure electronic medical records will be safe, have less mistakes and be centered around the patient in order to deliver better care,â€? Patel said. â€œWe have to provide and know what clinicians and nurses do in their daily practice so we can provide the right kind of advice and [electronic] support that fits into their environment.â€? Patel said she and her team hope to deliver a good, working system that will be usable in critical care, such as ICU and the emergency room, as well as primary care, and make sure the least amount of mistakes as possible happen in the system. By issuing the grants, the federal government aims to convert all medical records by 2014.
Danielle Villasana | Daily Texan Staff
During the sixth annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day, â€œCliffâ€? Louis C. Littlefield, professor emeritus, listens to studentâ€™s oral summaries of their research posters.
Student research aimed at cancer
By Shamoyita DasGupta Daily Texan Staff UT graduate student Jesus Correa, who lost a friend to cancer, has begun developing a drug that will find and hopefully kill cancerous cells without damaging other parts of the body. His research, along with projects from 70 other pharmacy students, was on display at the sixth annual Louis C. Littlefield Celebrating Pharmacy Research Excellence Day on Thursday. Generally, cancer patients turn to chemotherapy to battle cancer. Although it is one of the more commonly used approaches, chemotherapy also has significant negative side effects, Correa said. â€œIâ€™m sure [chemotherapy] is killing lots of cancer cells, but that same drug is designed to kill any cells that are rapidly dividing,â€? he
said. â€œ[Patients lose] a lot of hair cells and other cells which are [also] rapidly dividing.â€? Through his research and work in the lab, Correa and his colleagues engineered a drug they claim will enter the patientâ€™s body and specifically seek out and eliminate only the cancerous cells. â€œMy project is kind of expanding on a sort of â€˜smart bombâ€™ against cancer cells,â€? Correa said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of clinical research out there that shows that [when] they attach a cell-killing drug or toxin to an antibody, the new compound can pick up the bad cell in the crowd and take it out.â€? Correa chose to study this aspect of cancer research both because of the widespread effect that the dis-
ease has had on people and because of recent technological advancements in cancer research. There is already a drug on the market called Gleevec that uses an approach similar to Correaâ€™s. â€œThereâ€™s a huge explosion of technological advancement in cancer research, and itâ€™s much closer to being applied,â€? Correa said. â€œ[Itâ€™s] exciting going from the lab to eventually, years down the line, getting something through the FDA and seeing the patients getting better.â€? Correaâ€™s research, however, is not likely to be used as a drug for several more years because of the lengthy process of drug trials and the wait for FDA approval. The showcase began with a keynote scientific lecture by Julie John-
son, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research at the University of Florida. The event also included a distinguished faculty seminar and three oral summaries of research posters from students of different classifications in the college. The work of other students included research on pneumonia, herbal and supplement use among university students and seizure management. â€œItâ€™s a way of just showcasing the volume of research thatâ€™s happening at the University,â€? said Vicki Matustik, publications editor for the College of Pharmacy. â€œItâ€™s a great benefit to any researcher to be able to have a platform to show the world the progress that theyâ€™ve made.â€?
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Participants look forward to showing talent at Texas Revue By Aziza Musa Daily Texan Staff Twelve local acts will sing, dance, perform poetry and step at the 2010 Texas Revue talent show Saturday night. The groups will perform for five judges who will choose two winners â€” one for the best overall performance and one for the best technical act. The winners of the competition will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. The show, which was established in the 1950s as Varsity Revue, has gone by the name â€œTexas Revueâ€? since 1995 and has been held annually under that name since then. In the past, the Texas Revue held one show on the Main Mall and another in a UT auditorium on a different day. But, because of budget cuts, the talent show will only occur once this year, Karina Singh, co-chairwoman for the Texas Revue committee and a management information systems senior, said. As the show nears, excitement increases in first-time Texas Revue performer Ashley Gause, a public relations junior, who rehearsed â€œBleeding Loveâ€? by Leona Lewis and â€œHaloâ€? by BeyoncĂŠ in preparation for the event. â€œIâ€™ve been practicing individually and with background vocalists to make sure everything
Students rehearse their act for the 2010 Texas Revue talent show near the Tower. The winners of the competition will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.
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is in order,â€? Gause said. â€œIâ€™m really excited about the show. This is the really fun part â€” when itâ€™s right around the corner â€” because everyone is so excited and anxious.â€? The anticipation has spread to the rest of the performers, like Swetha Nulu, a humanities and premed junior and member of dance group Nritya Sangam. Nuluâ€™s group has performed at the show before. â€œWe audition every year,â€? Nulu said. â€œItâ€™s one of our top performances that we get to do. We are a classical dance team, but we try to keep it pretty innovative.â€? She said they try to use familiar music, like M.I.A. and Rodrigo y Gabriela, to maintain the creativity of the dances. Despite having performed before, the stage at the concert hall intimidates her. Singh expects to fill the concert hall to its 2,900-person capacity. â€œWatching the show at Bass is actually a different experience,â€? Singh said. â€œItâ€™s the same stage that Wicked and Phantom of the Opera performed on, and to see students perform on this stage is a theatrical experience that youâ€™re not going to get from any other student organization.â€? Texas Revue will be held at Bass Concert Hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
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jumping to conclusions about their contents. Faculty members from across the country are voicing a request that the board take more time than currently planned to consider input from historians, professors and experts before taking a final vote. Seven professors from UT and UT-El Paso drafted a letter directed at the board addressing specific concerns with its revisions and encouraging them to take more time to come to their decisions. The professors began distributing the letter to receive electronic signatures Sunday, and it has so far received an estimated 700 signatures. â€œThis process began about three weeks ago when I took part in conversation with colleagues who teach history,â€? said Emilio Zamora, a UT history professor who is co-chairman of the letter campaign. â€œThey, like myself, had received letters and e-mails from colleagues across the country asking what they could do to express their concern about the way the SBOE was revising the curriculum for public schools.â€? Lowe said neither she nor the Texas Education Agency were aware of the letter, but she said the board welcomed any and all criticism direct-
ed specifically at the revisions outlined on the Web site now that the public comment period is open. â€œThis is a perfect time for these professors to look at our standards, offer input on how things should be changed and offer alternatives and justification. We are more than happy to consider their input,â€? Lowe said. â€œThat is what the public comment period is for. We still have time to address any specific concerns that they would submit to us.â€? Zamora said he and other UT professors intended to offer comments during the 30day period, as well as register to speak at the open forum during the boardâ€™s May meetings. They will be publicizing the letter campaign at events in advance of the meetings, and they plan to present it to the board and request additional days for discussion during the open forum, he said. â€œ T h e b o a rd s h o u l d t a k e more time and incorporate the recommendations and suggestions of people who are actually researching and writing history,â€? he said. â€œIt has been our experience that the SBOE has been negligent â€” and sometimes outright irresponsible â€” in giving due consideration to the suggestions and recommendations of experts in the fields.â€?
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donating to local food bank From page 1 unless an officer has reason to believe that it has been used to smoke an illegal substance, Perry said. If an officer smells marijuana on an individual or if they are acting as if under the influence, this could raise reasonable suspicion to warrant a search of the individual, he said, but it is unrealistic for only a few officers to arrest a mass of marijuana smokers. Charges for possessing marijuana can range from a Class C Misdemeanor to a felony depending on the amount of marijuana a person has in their possession. Perry said there are plans in place to have officers monitor the event, but he could not go into specifics about what tactics the police department will utilize or the number of officers who will be present there. â€œItâ€™s not an act of defiance. Itâ€™s something people feel they have a right to do â€” so they do it,â€? said Josh Schimberg, Texasâ€™ executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. â€œItâ€™s more of a personal choice, and NORML sees it as
a personal freedom issue. As long as people arenâ€™t causing harm to other people or causing property damage, they should have the right to use marijuana,â€? he said. S c h i m b e rg s a i d N O R M L does not necessarily endorse any illegal behavior. However, they understand at concert events, there may be a percentage of people who choose to partake in marijuana use. He said this applies not only to Reggae Fest, but also to events like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and other concerts at outdoor venues. The festival was founded in 1994 and is also known as â€œMarleyfestâ€? by some patrons that associate the event with Bob Marleyâ€™s music. A portion of the eventâ€™s ticket sales are donated to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. According to the Austin Reggae Festival Web site, last year â€™s festival generated more than $200,000 and 10,000 pounds of food, which fed more than 690,000 families in Central Texas. During the festivalâ€™s 15-year history, it has amassed more than 350,000 pounds of food for underprivileged families.
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Touchdown king ready for Texas New recruit puts basketball behind him for football career By Dan Hurwitz Daily Texan Staff Following a 66-60 win over Bronte in the Class A, Division I state championship basketball game at the Frank Erwin Center, Traylon Shead met Gov. Rick Perry, who was awarding the winners with their medals. Perry, however, seemed to not be interested in seeing Shead, who was lined up alongside his teammates. The governor was in search of Shead’s teammate and close friend, Malcome Kennedy, who had committed to play football at Texas A&M. As Perry made his way down the line, placing the medals around the necks of the Cayuga High School boys basketball team, he made his way to Shead. “After he gave me my medal, he asked me where Malcolme was, and I pointed him to Malcolme,” Shead said. “Then he asked me where I was going to school.” With a big smile on his face, Shead threw up the “Hook ’em Horns” sign in the face of the former Aggie. “I didn’t know he was an Aggie until I got back to school and everyone told me,” Shead said. Although Perry wasn’t aware of who the future Longhorn was, Shead hopes to let the governor know sooner than later.
Longhorns jump seven spots after recent win By Alexandra Carreno Daily Texan Staff Just because the regular season is beginning to wind down does not mean the Longhorns need to wind down with it. In fact, Texas is doing just the opposite, as it shook up the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s weekly team standings, jumping from 27th to 20th after last weekend’s stunning defeat of No. 5 Northwestern. The 27th ranking marked a season low for the Longhorns (10-4, 5-1 Big 12), who have since rebounded with their first appearance in the national top 20. Texas has had some issues with closing out teams while it is ahead, but this past weekend against the Wildcats, all they have been working on finally clicked. “We have started off well
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Offensive powerhouse and Texas recruit Traylon Shead, right, stiffarms a Mart High School defender in the regional final game in Corsicana.
But Shead, who scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the state title game, does not intend to have Perry recognize him on the basketball court — instead, he hopes to be recognized on the football field. Shead, who is the all-time leading touchdown scorer in
not even considered a town, but a community. Home to 760 people, Cayuga has now been put on the map because of Shead and his accomplishments on the gridiron. Shead’s interest in football beTouchdown King gan when his father took him Cayuga is so small that it is to Cayuga High games when Texas high-school football history and second in all-time rushing yards, has put basketball behind him and is ready to make his mark as a Longhorn.
he was a child. But instead of watching the games, he would play football with his twin brother and two of his friends underneath the bleachers. He finally got to play in actual games in the seventh grade
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No. 14 TEXAS at No. 12 OKLAHOMA
Tough, hostile road series for Horns By Matt Hohner Daily Texan Staff In 2008, when Texas last strolled into the hostile environment of Norman, Okla., they were completely embarrassed. The Longhorns got beat by the Sooners 8-0. Twice. However, this season’s team is unlike those of the past. They have a clear ace in freshman pitcher Blaire Luna and a record-breaking offense backing her. It has paid off in the standings with the Longhorns sitting in second place with an 8-1 record in the Big 12. No. 12 Oklahoma is third at 5-2. Needless to say, Texas coach Connie Clark doesn’t need to emphasize how important this weekend is. “It is an easy motivational speech,” Clark said. “It is probably the most challenging place that we play, in or out of conference.” Need proof? During that 2008 series, the Sooners used their version of Smokey the Cannon — their muskets — to intimidate the Texas pitchers warming up in the bull pen by
WHAT: No. 14 Texas (35-9) at No. 12 Oklahoma (31-9) WHERE: Martha Hynes Field, (Norman, Oklahoma) WHEN: Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m. ON AIR: ESPN (Sunday only)
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Sophomore right fielder Courtney Craig fouls off a ball in Texas’ 8-0 win against Baylor on Wednesday night at Red McCombs Field. Craig finished the night 2 for 3 with a home run and 2 RBI.
firing them into the air. Clark will be interested to see how her young team will react to a hostile environment, but she knows they embrace the challenge. “It will be quite the challenge, especially since our sophomores and freshmen have not played up there,” Clark said. “I think that they are a great club
in regards to their presence and being able to go up and really wanting to play in that type of environment.” Clark has inserted Courtney Craig back into the leadoff spot, and she has not disappointed her coach. Craig has shown the ability to be multidimensional, as she has showed off her speed on the base paths
and power at the plate. But she brings more to the game than just stats accumulated on the field. “She brings back a lot of information to the dugout,” Clark said. “She has become a lot more patient, seeing a lot more pitches so we can make adjustments at the plate.” As scary as it sounds, this Texas softball team is getting better with every game. “I like our attitude and progress, when you’re playing with confidence and pitch to pitch, coming to practice and getting better,” Clark said. “That’s the kind of team that will go very far.” Sunday’s game will be televised on ESPN.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TRACK
Last meet for Texas before Penn Relays Horns compete at home for second weekend in a row, face off against Razorbacks
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Junior sprinter Danzell Fortson, right, hands off to senior sprinter Tevas Everett, left, during the Texas Relays.
By Jim Pagels Daily Texan Staff The men’s track and field team has been on quite a long road trip — a 16-year-long road trip. Texas is hosting its first home dual meet since 1994, matching up against former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium behind the football field. Unlike most track meets, at a dual meet, athletes from two schools compete solely against each other to earn points for their team. At the end of the meet, the points are tallied up to determine an overall team winner. “I think when you go head-tohead, it becomes like the football game, like the basketball game, like the baseball game, where there’s a winner and a loser,” head coach Bubba Thornton said. Dual meets used to be com-
WHAT: Texas vs. Arkansas Dual Meet WHERE: Mike A. Myers Stadium WHEN: All day mon in the 1980s and early 1990s, but they largely disappeared as mega-meets like Texas Relays and Penn Relays dominated the track scene. Now, with more Division I schools than ever, they are making a comeback. “It’s something the coaches across the country have been talking about, having more head-tohead competitions, bringing that team aspect back to the sport, and hopefully we can build a fan base out of it,” Thornton said. This is actually the second consecutive meet in which Texas is competing at home, following the record-breaking attendance at the Texas Relays two weeks ago. UT will also host the NCAA
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After a break, women face tough lineup at Michael Johnson Classic in Waco By Ryan Betori Daily Texan Staff After a solid showing at the Texas Relays on April 3, the Longhorns will head to Baylor this weekend to compete in the Michael Johnson Classic. Although the nation’s elite won’t be there, the meet will still boast some of the top collegiate programs from Texas and will serve as a good measure of where the team is at heading into the latter half of the outdoor season. The two-week break between the relays and Michael Johnson Classic meet has given the Longhorns a chance to target the weaknesses that were exposed on April 3. Last year, this gap helped the team immensely. In 2009, the Longhorns picked up eight NCAA regional-qualifying marks and 14 personal-best times at the meet that followed the Texas Relays. The team is currently very
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SPORTS BRIEFLY NCAA rule changes target taunting, eye black messages The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved three football rule changes Thursday that will be implemented over the next two seasons. The biggest of these will be a change to the taunting rule, beginning in 2011, which will negate a touchdown if a player is flagged for taunting before crossing the goal line. The ball would instead be placed 15 yards from the spot of the foul. “I am most concerned about the taunting rule. I don’t disagree with it, but am worried about the consistency in how the rule is interpreted, especially when it can cost a team a touchdown,” Texas head coach Mack Brown said. “It can be looked at so differently by the various officiating groups around the country, and a call would have such a major impact on games that, in fairness, it’s crucial that it is called the same way for everyone.” The other changes were the banning of eye black messages, made popular by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Southern California running back Reggie Bush, and the removal of wedges, which is three or more players linked together on kickoff returns. Kick returns experience a disproportionate number of injuries and concussions, and the rule is being implemented for safety reasons. — Michael Sherfield
Longhorns head to California, face nationally ranked teams The Texas women’s rowing team is ready to dive back into the waters this weekend at the Lake Natoma International Regatta in Sacramento, Calif. In the same regatta last year, the Longhorns claimed a secondplace trophy in the third group at the Gold River, but the competition will be even tougher this year. No. 2 California and Sacramento State will host the 2010 regatta, where Texas will compete against several nationally ranked teams, including No. 3 Stanford, No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 14 Washington State, No. 19 Tennessee, Louisville and Minnesota. It will be a challenge for all of the teams, but with the NCAA Championships right around the corner, it will be crucial for the Longhorns to keep their winning streak intact. The Saturday- and Sunday-morning sessions will begin at 8 a.m., and the afternoon sessions on both days will begin at 3 p.m. After this regatta, Texas will prepare to race in the Big 12 Championship on May 1 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and then at the first-ever Conference USA Women’s Rowing Championship during May 15-16 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Conference USA regatta will be a big event for the Texas rowing team. The 2010 races will be held in combination with the South and Central Region Championships. The Horns will race against SMU, Tulsa, UCF, Alabama, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Tennessee to claim the C-USA Championship trophy. — Emily Brlansky
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DREAMS: Keyes honors Robinson’s last season with jersey number From page 1 the color barrier for Major League Baseball. This story wasn’t new to Keyes. He’d admired Robinson as a player, describing him as a man you never forget. Keyes had just forgotten the date. Keyes walked up to Coach Augie Garrido and asked if he could, for a day, trade in his number 29 for a number more fitting — 42, Robinson’s number. Garrido was all for it. “I felt so honored to wear the number of a guy that was one of the best and who is the forefather of African-Americans playing baseball,” Keyes said. “Honoring him was one of the greatest thrills I’ve ever had. It’s a day I’ll never forget.” While the world remembers April 15, 1947, as a monumental moment for black athletes and for baseball, Robinson went 0 for 4 that April day. Luckily, Keyes didn’t copy the performance. He went 3 for 3 with two runs and two stolen bases to record one of his greatest and most memorable games as a Longhorn. “I got to the ballpark, and I was so proud to see him wearing the number,” Keyes’s father Gregory Keyes said. “Lot of kids don’t really know about the tradition, so it was great to see him acknowledge what guys before him have gone through.” As the only African-American on the baseball team, it was the least Kevin Keyes could do to show respect to a man that he believes paved the path for him and his family. Robinson played a similar role in sports that Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. played in the civil rights movement, according to Ben Carrington, an African and African-American studies professor at UT. “He’s become perhaps the key symbolic figure in the gradual transition from Jim-Crow racism into the kind of pre- and then post-civil rights accommodation,” Carrington said. “There is something about the centrality of baseball to the American psyche and narrative that elevates Jackie above others.” Keyes learned baseball at an early age with help from his father. While he played basketball in junior high and football at Connally High School in Pflugerville, he chose to pursue baseball. “He would always come up to me to go play catch or to the hit the ball. He just really loved
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Texas junior Kevin Keyes looks out of the dugout during Texas’ 10-4 win against Kansas last Sunday. Keys went 2 for 3 with a home run. it,” Gregory Keyes said about his son. “You should see how many pickets are knocked off our fence from him hitting balls at it.” As an African-American, Kevin Keyes is an increasing rarity in Division I baseball because of a decline in blacks playing the game over the past thirty years.
I felt so honored to wear the number of a guy that was one of the best and who is the forefather of African-Americans playing baseball.”
— Kevin Keyes, Right fielder
The most recent statistics say that only 6 percent of Division I baseball players are black, compared to 58 percent in basketball and 44 percent in football. Many critics have associated the decline with the high cost of playing baseball and the length of time it takes to reach the professional level, but Louis Harrison, an associate professor in the College of Education, says the decline has a lot to do with
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up big yards, records From page 7 and hasn’t stopped scoring touchdowns since. Shead has scored 136 touchdowns over his four seasons, including 53 during his junior year, but he could have had more. “Many times, when we were way ahead in the game and we would call his number, he said, ‘Coach, let someone else score,’” Cayuga head coach Tommy Allison said. “The team was helping me score, so I wanted to help them score, as well,” Shead said. Shead’s team-first mentality helped bring home the state championship to Cayuga. “It’s never about him,” Allison said. “Even through the recordchasing, it’s always about the team, and he always put himself last.”
Ready for Austin Shead has been a fan of Texas football since he was a kid, watching the games on television, including the Longhorns’ most recent game — the defeat at the Rose Bowl. Like all Texas fans across the world, Shead had the same feelings about the game. “If Colt McCoy didn’t get hurt, Texas would have won the national championship,” Shead said. Shead is ready to get on the football field but is also excited about getting some freedom and being away from the small-town atmosphere. “I’m anxious to get up there and see what it is like being in the big city rather than in the country,” Shead said. He is also ready to get away from the tight watch of the Cayuga High School principal — his father, Bill. “Oh, that was an experience,” Shead said. Shead, who considers himself a good student, was always un-
blacks identifying more with other sports. “They are looking at what they see from the media and television, and I think kids are identifying with basketball and football because they see more people that look like them in those sports,” Harrison said.
der the watchful eye of his father, whom he still referred to as “Dad” at school. “If you mess up in the classroom, the teacher just has to walk a couple steps to tell him.” Shead said. “You have to be on your best behavior everywhere you went in the school.” But Shead did not have to worry about behaving much, as he is considered a very humble young man. “He is a ‘Yes sir, no sir’ type of guy,” Allison said. “You won’t hear a bad word come out of his mouth.”
Can’t listen to the critics Playing 1A football is a different game than the bigger classes. With the schools being so small, players play on both sides of the ball and have a lot more responsibilities. But since there are fewer students to pick from, some may argue that the competition is not as good as the larger schools. Critics have tried to diminish Shead’s records, saying he is not playing against the best. In Cayuga, people disagree. “I don’t buy it,” Allison said. “You can say that, but anybody that rushed for 10,000 [yards] and set a touchdown record did it for a reason.” Shead could care less about the critics, as he is just ready to move to the next step in his football career. “I hope to just crack into the rotation,” Shead said. “I am going to go up and do the best I can and study hard. Hopefully, everything will work out.” With the Longhorns’ depth at running back, Shead knows it won’t be easy — but he also knows what he’s capable of. “I’m gonna come up and work as hard as I can and hopefully have an impact on the 2010 season,” Shead said.
Harrison doesn’t see the decline as a problem or believe the work Robinson did will be undone. “He broke a color barrier to show blacks they can do anything,” Harrison said. “I don’t think blacks have to prove themselves on a particular stage to be accepted. Kids should pursue what they’re interested in, and it’s not all that important to have blacks involved with sports. I’d rather see them in board rooms
and head of corporations.” Although the numbers are low across the board — 9.5 percent in the major leagues — Keyes hasn’t always been the only AfricanAmerican on his teams. He has played with black players on select teams in high school and even had five on his summer team. “It’s good to see blacks re-establish themselves in this game,” Keyes said. “And maybe with charities like [Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities], it can help turn the corner and make progress.” Another factor to consider in professional baseball is the rise in international players. In the most recent report from the University of Central Florida, Latinos make up 28.7 percent of players while Asians comprise 2.5 percent. “Baseball is becoming more diverse in a different way,” Carrington said. “The international migration could displace local labor, so African-Americans are being replaced with black and brown bodies from the Americas, but not from the United States of America.” Still, Keyes’s father believes that parents and high school coaches are encouraging black athletes to
WHAT: No. 4 Texas (20-7) Texas A&M (20-11-1) WHERE: Friday: Disch-Falk Field Saturday and Sunday: Olsen Field (College Station, Texas) WHEN: Friday: 6:06 p.m. Saturday: 5:35 p.m. Sunday: 1:05 p.m. ON AIR: FSN (Saturday) Fox College Sports (Sunday) concentrate on bigger sports like football and basketball. Wi t h K e y e s ’ s 6 - f o o t - 4 , 225-pound build, who could blame them? “I sat down with Kevin sophomore year and asked what he wanted to play,” Keyes’s father said. “He wanted to play baseball and wanted to play at Texas. So we committed and put the time in. I don’t think the football coaches were very happy.” Keyes, again, will be the only African-American player on the field or in the dugout in this weekend’s series against Texas A&M. He doesn’t plan on wearing number 42 today like he did last season, since it’s the day after April 15, but he wouldn’t mind a similar performance at the plate.
TENNIS: Horns want to finish strong From page 7 lately and have won a lot of first sets. In the last 10 days to two weeks, we’ve talked a lot about how when we get up and get an early lead that we need to slam the door shut,” Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain said. “We can’t relax or back off. We need to stick with it and play with a sense of urgency.” While the team has finally been recognized this week for their great play, individual players have also been recognized in the last two weeks for their great play. Sophomore Krista Damico was honored with the title of Big 12 Player of the Week last week, and freshman Aeriel Ellis was handed the honor this week alongside Texas A&M’s Nazari Urbina. Coupled with this honor, Ellis has moved up in the national singles rankings from No. 28 to No. 22. The Longhorns return to Big 12 Conference play this weekend as they look to finish their home season off with wins against Nebraska, today, and Iowa State, tomorrow. Nebraska arrives in Austin today after a rough defeat against second-ranked Baylor. The Cornhuskers, who are the victims of a weak schedule this
Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round Meet from May 27-29. Arkansas, who comes into the meet as the No. 17-ranked team in the nation already beat UT 8881 in the first meet of the year in January. Thornton said that the meet this weekend will be critical for setting all-important NCAA regional qualifying marks.
Horns face rivals, other Big-12 foes on the road By Andy Lutz Daily Texan Staff When the spring schedule was released last year, the Longhorns had to be excited to see that they would wrap up their season with a tournament deep in the heart of rival territory — Bryan-College Station. With the season culminating in one final team challenge, the Horns are hoping to finish strong behind enemy lines, heading into what promises to be one of the most competitive, Big 12-postseason tournaments in recent memory. Six of the 12 teams slated to participate in this weekend’s Texas A&M Aggie Invitational hail from the Big 12 Conference, and four of those schools claim top-15 national rankings, including No. 5 Texas. In addition, all three past winners of the tournament have come from the conference — No. 1 Oklahoma State in 2005 and 2009 and No. 15 Texas Tech in 2006. Both the Cowboys and the Red Raiders will take part in the fourth Aggie Invitational, looking to add some familiar hardware to their respective trophy cases. Texas will be led by top-scorer sophomore Dylan Frittelli, recently named one of 10 semifinalists for college golf’s most prestigious prize — the 2010 Ben Hogan Award. Frittelli, who was also recognized as the Big 12 Golfer of the Month in March, leads the Horns this season with an average round score of 71.60. The South Africa native has recorded three top-five individual finishes in his last four tournaments and won the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz., last month. The Horns will need a team effort centered around Frittelli in this weekend’s tournament if they hope to end the regular-season schedule on a positive note heading into high-stakes postseason play. Action on the links resumes Saturday and Sunday at the Traditions Club Golf Course in Bryan, with shotgun starts set to tee off early in the morning. The par-72, 7,235-yard course should benefit the strong mid-range play of the Horns, but the team is squarely focused on making sure that their final placement in the 12-team field has nothing to do with mid-range.
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Texas sophomore Krista Damico gets ready to serve a ball against Southern Methodist University on March 6 at Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The Horns take on two Big 12 opponents this weekend. season, have yet to overcome a team in the top 50 all season. After less than a day’s rest, Texas will go up against Iowa State on Saturday afternoon. Two Cyclones sophomores, Maria Macedo and Tessa Lang, have won eight straight matches at No. 2 doubles, leading the Cyclones doubles pairings at 11-6 on the season. But this squad also comes to the PenickAllison Tennis Center battered and bruised after dropping their most recent match to Big 12 opponent Texas Tech. The conclusion of Texas’ regular-season home stand begins to-
WHAT: No. 20 Texas vs. Nebraska and Iowa State WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center WHEN: Friday: 1 p.m. Saturday: noon
day at 1 p.m. against Nebraska. Saturday’s Iowa State match also marks Senior Day, honoring Vanja Corovic and Sarah Lancaster, and begins at noon at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
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“Arkansas is a really good team, so the confidence of competing against someone really well should produce some fast times,” he said. After a rare off-week from competition, some of the injured Longhorns who missed out on Texas Relays had the chance to heal and get back on the track. Freshman Marquise Goodwin will compete in the 100-meters and 4x100-meter relay while senior Tevan Ever-
ett will compete in the 800-meters and 4x400-meter relay. Thornton seems just as concerned about the numbers off the track as much as on it, though. “What I’d really like is for the student body to come out and support the Horns,” he said. “Just head on over to the track at 4, sit out in the sun and watch two of the best [track and field] programs in the country. It doesn’t get much better.”
competitive in national standings. A bevy of Longhorns rank among the top 15 in the nation in their respective events. At the Texas Relays, sophomore All-American Angele Cooper posted a time of 56.52 in the 400-meter hurdles. The time was good for the third-fastest in the nation, and it also shaved 2 seconds off her previous personal best. But Cooper wasn’t the only one to establish herself at the Texas Relays. Junior Chantel Malone notched a personal record with her 6.43-meter long jump at the event. The leap secured a third-place finish at the Texas Relays. Senior Jordyn Brown’s shot put of 53-10.5 is tied for eighth in the country. In the high jump, sophomore Victoria Lucas’s 1.80-meter spring has her in a six-way tie for the nation’s eighth-highest clearance. Malone and sophomore Stacey-Ann Smith hold the nation’s 12th (53.51) and 13th (53.55) fastest 400-meter marks. All of the aforementioned athletes will be competing in their respective events this weekend, with the exception of Cooper and Lucas. Cooper will not compete in the 400-meter hurdles, though she will partake in the 400-meter race, and Lucas will not be participating in the high jump. Although the meet will be an indicator of how well-prepared the team is, head coach Beverly Kearney has expressed a belief that regular-season meets are primarily a means of getting ready for championship season. WHAT: Michael Johnson Invite WHERE: Hart Patterson Track and Field Complex, (Waco, Texas) WHEN: All day
Friday, April 16, 2010
ADAPT defends disabled rights Dual degree allows By Collin Eaton Daily Texan Staff Individuals tend to overlook the basic human rights of people with disabilities, and some do not see them as equals, a panel of community organizers said Thursday. UT lecturers, students and Austin residents from ADAPT, a group that organizes disability rights activists, including panelist and member Stephanie Thomas, spoke to an audience of disabled and non-disabled people alike at the Texas Music Museum to expose how society and individuals do not treat disabled people as fully human. â€œDo you even have human rights?â€? Thomas asked. â€œVery often, no. Even though you might have the rights, people may not see you as human.â€? The Community Engagement Center, part of UTâ€™s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, sponsored the panel and often sponsors different series of similar panels, collectively called Alzando La Voz (raising our voice). The panels focus on social issues in Texas. This panel was the second in Aprilâ€™s series on human rights in Texas. Last weekâ€™s event focused on the death penalty. Experts from community organizations and the University are usually the featured panelists. At UT, there are many things that could be changed for disabled students â€” from better access in older buildings to internships in service-care work for students in the nursing school, Thomas said. Thomas said UT administrators rely on the word of students to know how to change and improve services, but she said she sees students not speaking out because they donâ€™t want to cause trouble. â€œ[Students] feel like, â€˜I want to day, month day, 2008
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David Wittie, a leading member of ADAPT, a national grassroots organization that organizes disability rights activists, speaks to an audience at the Texas Music Museum in East Austin. Wittie and other members were instrumental in increasing access for the disabled on Capital Metro buses. fit in, I donâ€™t want to fight the University, I donâ€™t want to be the student thatâ€™s bitching,â€™â€? Thomas said. â€œâ€˜I donâ€™t want to be the person that screws up the shuttle system, I donâ€™t want to be the person that makes everybody move out of the dorm.â€™â€? Virginia Raymond, a MexicanAmerican studies lecturer, said UT will accommodate students to and from classes and provide other services but does not provide services to people outside the UT community. â€œ[The UT administration] has taken the position that they do not have to do anything about the public,â€? Raymond said. â€œThe whole way the [system] is structured, you have the [Services for Students with
Disabilities], but nobody else is allowed to raise an issue.â€? ADAPT member David Wittie said the UT School of Nursing should provide students with internships to provide assistance to people with disabilities. â€œThere are so many opportunities to add internships in directcare service work, but [the University doesnâ€™t],â€? Wittie said. â€œWeâ€™ve asked them about that.â€? ADAPT has been working on issues surrounding the disabled for more than 25 years, Thomas said. If you look at any human rights issue, you can find a disabilities aspect to it, she said. More recently, ADAPT has been looking at issues surrounding the employment of service providers
and attendants for the disabled. â€œBasically, you can make more money working at McDonaldâ€™s than you can being an attendant,â€? Thomas said. â€œWe all think itâ€™s kind of sick, and it needs to be changed. Weâ€™re not going to have any attendants if thatâ€™s the way things continue.â€? UT graduate Kimberly Bacon said people need to recognize the blatant discrimination against people with disabilities. â€œI didnâ€™t realize the extent of the oppression and discrimination that goes on in the community,â€? Bacon said. â€œPeople need to1 hear about this. You hear a lot about racism and sexism, but this is so blatant and in-your-face discrimination.â€?
degree is a logical step in developing By Aziza Musa this area of education while allowing Daily Texan Staff The School of Information and the students to obtain both degrees in a School of Law will offer a new dual more efficient manner.â€? The dual degree was created bedegree for students pursuing a masterâ€™s for the upcoming fall semester. cause digital information and techThe degrees, a Master of Science nologies have changed the practice and Information Studies and a of law. â€œThe explosion in digital inforDoctor of Jurisprudence, will allow students to graduate in three years mation is challenging existing unand a summer semester. While the derstandings of copyright, creativdual degree is not the first of its ity and ownership in our society,â€? kind, it is the first to provide stu- Dillon said. â€œThese issues will only grow in impordents the opportance this century. tunity to acquire We are convinced both degrees in a that the education shorter amount needed to work of time, said Lesat the intersection lie Oster, assistant The explosion in dean for stratedigital information is of these issues requires interdiscigic planning at the challenging existing plinary expertise School of Law. of the kind only A ndrew Dilunderstandings of lon, the dean of the copyright, creativity enabled by two schools working School of Informaand ownership in our together.â€? tion, does not exThe idea to crepect many stusociety.â€? ate a dual degree dents to pursue â€” Andrew Dillon first began in 2004, the dual degree, despite the lower Dean of the School during a workshop about education in time requirement. of Information legal librarianship. â€œWe do not anBy 2008, both colticipate large numleges were commitbers, especially in ted to that plan. the fall, given weâ€™ve Law student Brice Wilkinson just launched. But we have, over the last five years, noticed a steady said that he would not pursue the stream of applicants with law de- dual degree, but he thought that grees seeking our [information stud- it made sense to combine the two ies masterâ€™s],â€? Dillon said. â€œWe also courses of study. Wilkinson said although some have a long tradition of offering legal librarianship courses in our pro- law students will not acquire the gram and a partnership with the Tar- dual degree, he believes it could be lton Law Library that offers students a useful program to those who are experience in that context. The dual interested in the field.
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organizationâ€™s Web site, Texas4000. org, and testimonial videos, but most importantly, he will be documenting the challenging trip, starting from Day 1 and not putting down the Panasonic HDX200 camera until Day 70. Beyond Reynoldsâ€™s role as the collectiveâ€™s videographer, Ruebsahm said the filmmaker is also a valued leader for all of the members in the Texas 4000 squad. Ruebsahm believes that because Reynolds is already such a talented bicyclist, when combined with his leadership, other rid-
ers should benefit from him being there. â€œJack is phenomenal.â€? Ruebsahm said. â€œHe is a very, very strong cyclist and will work with our weaker cyclists and build them and their skills up. Heâ€™s very selfless.â€? Though the team is close to two months from their departure, Reynolds said the relationships that have been built are foreverlasting. He admitted that thanks to endless training and association with the people heâ€™s met through Texas 4000, leaving the organization after the ride will be a lot more difficult than anticipated.
Reynolds isnâ€™t planning for his cycling journey to end once the near 5000-mile trek finishes in August, though. He plans to ride from Alaska to Argentina someday and hopes that a rider or two from Texas 4000 will join him. For now, he is absorbing his daily experiences and creating memories that will serve him throughout his life, all the while fighting for the preservation of just that â€” life. â€œI canâ€™t even describe the feelings I have for it, and I havenâ€™t even made it to Alaska,â€? he said. â€œLike, if I could marry the Texas 4000, then I would marry the Texas 4000.â€?
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passed and could explain the role each of them played in the production of Shiner beer. One downside of the tours is that they are only available on weekdays, which presents an inconvenience for students. When another guest asked why this is, Raabe provided an honest answer. â€œWe like to drink beer in our backyards on the weekends, too,â€? she said. When the tour is over, guests can head back to the gift shop and finish their complimentary beer before heading off to their next drinking locale. Heading back downtown from the brewery, I stumbled upon Antiques, Art and Beer, a local shop and bar owned and managed by Houston native and Shiner convert Beverly Sanders. â€œI thought seriously that maybe one person a week would come in and have a glass of wine, but people come from all over the world,â€? Sanders said about opening up her shop. What makes Antiques, Art and Beer unique is that besides being a treasure trove of local art and interesting antiques, the shop serves as a bar and local gossip hot spot. â€œWe have everything in here from $5 magnets to $10,000 paintings. We also offer over 150 beers and 80 wines,â€? Sanders said. â€œPeople come by for gossip. I feel like the local radio station, and I learned the hard way that you better get [the gossip] right.â€? Antiques, Art and Beer even has a back patio where customers can sit, have a beer and do karaoke on Sunday nights. While still in town, I visited the Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, one of the few plac-
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es in town with no kegs or beer on tap. Deacon Joe A. Machacek showed me around and explained the history of the church, which was built in the 1920s. The church prides itself on its huge, ornate stained-glass windows that depict the life of Jesus with captions in Czech. The church, which hosts about 800 families each week, is always open for visitors to take in its beauty. On the way out of town, I stopped at Howardâ€™s convenience store. Owner Howard Gloor summed up the store. â€œItâ€™s basically a standard convenience store, but we have an
on-premise beer permit,â€? he said. â€œI just wanted people not to come in here and then feel obligated to leave. If people want to drink a beer here, they are welcome to.â€? Many people were doing just that. Howardâ€™s also has a back patio with picnic tables and a fire pit where customers can relax and enjoy one of the nine beers on tap. â€œItâ€™s a family thing. We like for people to hang around and enjoy being in Shiner,â€? Gloor said. Visiting Shiner was exactly what I expected â€” a pleasant little Southern town without a lot of action but with a whole lot of beer.
their past â€” you just want to be over it,â€? Hendon said. Meeting other survivors creates a healing bond. As Survivors Lap co-chairwoman, Hendon helps gather the cancer stories full of hope, such as hers. The people she and corporate communication sophomore Taylor Ariens find begin the walk with the Survivor Lap. The survivors walk, jog or run a victory lap before representatives from each team come onto the track. Around the mall, white bags with names of those who died of cancer are placed over candles. Cancer is the second most common killer in the U.S., causing over 500,000 deaths a year. Henry Uribe, the Luminaria Ceremony chairman and public relations sophomore, gathers the cancer victimsâ€™ names from the community and plans the remembrance ceremony, commem-
orating them. â€œWriting the names of people who have died from cancer on the bags takes a toll on me â€” name after name, memory after memory,â€? Uribe said. Through the remembrance the event causes, Uribe feels that there is hope. The teams and the support bring the cancer community closer to finding the cure for cancer. â€œI have been surrounded by [cancer],â€? said Lyndsay Varner, the communication studies senior who started UT Relay for Life. â€œI just hate cancer!â€? Her parents took her to a Relay For Life in her hometown of Arlington. But when she came to UT and saw the low participation of students at the Central Austin Relay For Life, Varner was appalled. â€œThis is crazy that out of 50,000 people, only six teams can show up,â€? Varner said.
WHAT: UT Relay for Life WHERE: Main Mall WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday COST: $25 per team â€œAnd with one in four people diagnosed with cancer ...â€? She was so vocal that a representative from the American Cancer Society challenged her to start a Relay for Life on campus. So Varner designed a relay geared toward college students. While the ceremonies are shortened and replaced with tips on how to live a healthy life, the activities are high-energy. Bands like The Holiday, Seventh Sun and Ben Baxter will be playing throughout the evening, along with an energy-drink pong competition and a Relay Idol.
BURLY: Beards, mustaches define masculinity and separate grown men from boys From page 12 was awesome because he had this beard.â€? After growing his full beard,
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Bar patrons pass the time on a Monday afternoon at Maeker’s Grocery in the heart of Shiner. The nearby K. Spoetzl Brewery, which brews and manufactures Shiner beer, is supported by several other establishments around the town that serve beer.
Come for free tours of Shiner’s famous brewery, stay for the small-town atmosphere erage that is the town’s namesake. After only a few short minutes in the tiny town with only one red light, it became clear that beer plays a leadBy Sarah Pressley ing role in the lives of many of Daily Texan Staff Shiner’s 2,070 residents. The road to Shiner is lined My first destination upon arwith bluebonnets, historical riving in Shiner was the K. Spomarkers and the impending etzl Brewery, where all Shiner promise of the alcoholic bev- beer is brewed and manufacEditor’s note: This is the sixth in a weekly series exploring day-andweekend trip destinations across Texas.
tured. Driving up to the brewery, my first thought was that for a place that brews so much beer, it’s not very big. It’s a relatively small factory that employs only 66 people, yet this is where all of the world’s Shiner beer is made. In fact, the brewery produces the equivalent of more than 462,000 12-ounce bottles every day.
Texas 4000 rides to battle cancer By John Ross Harden Daily Texan Staff Jack Reynolds wakes up at 7 a.m., and after eating a hearty breakfast, he jumps on his bike for his morning ride — this time, only 20 miles. After the ride, he showers, goes to class, grabs a bite to eat and then is back on his bicycle for another tour around Austin. Reynolds, who rides around 300 miles a week, would be the first person to say his life is on the bike. However, biking for life has recently taken on a whole new meaning. Nearly a year ago, the longtime cyclist made a commitment to join the 2010 Sense Corp Texas 4000 for Cancer team. Along with 54 other UT students, Reynolds will attempt to bike 4,687 miles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, while raising money and awareness to fight cancer every step of the way. The team will embark on June 5. After 70 consecutive days of riding, Texas 4000 will be the sixth team to complete the ride since its inception in 2004. However, the ride is more than just a test of endurance and physical strength. The event also focuses on gaining donations through sponsorships and charity to be sent directly to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to help fight the exponential killer. To help combat the disease, each member of the Texas 4000 team is required to raise $4,500 in donations. Once the group heads out on their journey, the trip will consist of a full day of riding, followed by either camping out or staying in a town on the way to give a presentation pertaining to the prevention and treatment of cancer. It was on this type of stop through Reynolds’s hometown of Coleman, Texas, where his future education was drafted. “I had been riding since I was 13, but it was that moment that I decided I was going to UT just to do the Texas 4000,” Reynolds said.
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Radio-television-film sophomore Jack Reynolds will ride with and document the Texas 4000 team’s annual charity bike ride from Austin to Alaska this summer. Similar to most of the riders who are part of Texas 4000, Reynolds has been affected by cancer, losing both grandparents and more recently, his uncle, to the disease. It is the sickness that Reynolds uses as motivation to fuel his persistence during training, which includes countless road-miles per day. “It’s what I live for — riding for people who can’t ride,” Reynolds said. “We ride for those in the hospital bed or for those who can’t ride.” According to Jamille Ruebsahm, the nonprofit’s executive director, one in two men and one in three women will have cancer in their lifetime — statistics that are both increasing due to the high risk of developing a form of this disease. Ruebsahm explained that the group will share their mission statement, the Three Pillars, at local philanthropy stops along the way to Alaska. The pillars — hope, knowledge and charity — form the foundation of the organization by providing hope to families affected by cancer, educating communities about the means of cancer prevention and by raising money toward research and treatment of the disease. This year, the group has set its fundraising goal at $400,000. The
number may seem a bit high for less than 60 people to collect, but the standard for fundraising has grown because of successful campaigns in past years. In 2009, the group was able to donate $295,000 dollars to MD Anderson and even had $15,000 extra to put toward the UT Department of Biomedical Engineering’s efforts in fighting cancer. The riders will be broken up into two groups based on age and experience for the ride to Alaska. One route will be the Sierra trek, a journey through the Southwest and up through the Western Pacific coast. This group will then wait in the Yukon Territory in Canada for the other pack, including Reynolds. As they complete their ride through the Rocky Mountain trek, the second pack will be forced to endure the heart of the nation’s largest mountain range. Upon meeting, the groups will trek the final 10 days together through the heart of Canada and up into Alaska, ending in Anchorage on Aug. 13. Currently a radio-televisionfilm sophomore, Reynolds has assumed the role of the team’s documentarian. This includes setting up rider profiles on the
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We gathered with all of the other guests in the gift shop, where customers can find everything from lip balm and temporary tattoos to jerseys and dog collars, all emblazoned with the Shiner logo. From there, we began our tour. Brewery tours are free, and guests are allowed to sample the different types of beer currently
being produced as long as they are of legal drinking age. Brewery spokeswoman Anna Raabe, who does most facility tours, guided our group of about 20 through the brewery and explained the brewing and bottling processes. Raabe knew the names of every worker we
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Relay walk fights cancer with games, sugary foods By Victoria Heckenlaible Daily Texan Staff “Cancer Sucks” scrawled across the Main Mall in colorful chalk, energy drinks bought for pong games and sugary foods made to sell are all part of the preparations for bringing the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life back to campus. The 12-hour walk raises money and commemorates the bittersweet memories of cancer victims’ pasts. A representative from each team must be walking the path around the Main Mall at all times. After multiple years without the relay, a group of more than 20 students reestablished this nationwide event on campus. For one of the students, Morgan Hendon, a government and Latin studies senior, cancer defines her adolescence. The 13-year-old Hendon stepped onto the floor for her regional cheerleading competition after being sick for a month and a half — and having lost 15 pounds in the process. “My mom just thought it was too much activity,” Hendon said. But after almost fainting at the competition, Hendon saw a doctor. The teenage cheerleader only had a third of the normal blood supply in her body due to leukemia. Upon diagnosis, the doctors admitted Hendon into the hospital and started her on a five-year treatment plan. The young girl lost all of her hair and much of her normal life over the next six months until finding the cancer community. “[At the cancer camps] I saw a lot of bald kids running around,” Hendon said. “I saw that I didn’t have to be ashamed of having cancer anymore — I wasn’t the only one in pain.” The freedom from shame allows Hendon to tell her story. And this freedom is what she wants the University of Texas Relay for Life to bring to survivors on campus. “[For many survivors] cancer is
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Facial hair grows back into prominence By Gerald Rich Daily Texan Staff Nothing says masculinity more than thick, bushy facial hair. Although growing and maintaining facial hair is fraught with the dangers of itchy skin and the difficulty of eating ice cream, there are those who believe that growing facial hair has a deep connection with what it means to be a man. In recent years, facial hair has grown in popularity. There are city, state, national and international facial hair competitions with categories ranging from best full natural beard to best freestyle mustache. Facial hair has even become popular among hipsters, with the popular blog “Look at this fucking hipster” showcasing various facial hair styles. There is no denying, though, that the question of “to beard or not to beard” can be controversial. At the height of the unshaven scruffy look’s popularity four years ago, there was a now-defunct female anti-scruff online movement, www.
NoScruff.org, that threatened not to shave their legs or armpits unless men shaved their scruff. Regardless of the aesthetic opinions, facial hair has long strands of history going back all the way to the dawn of man. “It’s a physical manifestation of the form of the manly,” philosophy senior Aaron Walther said. “There’s a direct correlation between one’s facial hair and one’s testosterone level. At the evolutionary and biological level, that’s what draws males to it subconsciously.” Walther ran as the Texas Travesty’s Russian totalitarian candidate in the Student Government presidential election, sporting a thick, dark blond handlebar mustache, and notably said in his campaign video, “A student without a mustache is a student not worth knowing.” While this was said as a joke, there are numerous facial-hair clubs, including one here in Austin, that stand up for and encourage the growth and acceptance of
facial hair. “Beards are just natural,” said Bryan Nelson, founder of the Austin Facial Hair Club, who sports a full natural red beard that has grown down to his stomach. “People sometimes say, ‘Oh, I can’t see your face,’ but this is my face. I’m just not doing anything to change it.” Nelson added that before the Industrial Revolution, most men, including many presidents, each had their unique facial hairstyle. Afterward, he suspected that men may have begun to shave more regularly for safety reasons in the factory. Nevertheless, the clean shave’s popularity has not entirely deterred boys longing for facial hair. “Beards are really cool to young boys because they’re aspiring to be men,” Nelson said. “I grew up skateboarding a lot when I was younger, and there was this one crazy, bearded burly Australian skateboarder who we all thought
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Bobby Longoria | Daily Texan Staff
Bryan Nelson, founder of the Austin Facial Hair Club, sits with his daughter Olympia, who rests within his beard. Nelson, along with the rest of the club, will compete in a world beard competition in Norway.
Published on Apr 16, 2010