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The presidential election has not happened yet but the results are in for campus voter registration efforts. Student Congress president Travis Boren said SC, with allied groups, has handed out 4,500 voter registration forms since the beginning of the semester.

MORE INFO Organizations that participated in the Sept. 29-Oct. 3 voter registration blitz: • • • • • • • •

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Julie Shelton, Student Congress liberal arts senator, counts voter registration forms Friday on the University Center mall. Student Congress set up voter registrations tables last week.

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Terence Sweatt has combined his passion for painting with community service to beautify Arlington. For the UTA art alumnus, the completion of the Arlington Beautification Project murals gives him a chance to display his work and help the community. The project founded by Citizens on Patrol coordinator David Berg nears the end of its first phase, which included painting murals, made up of three designs

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The second phase will include painting the fences hunter green and putting in a community garden and gazebo. Berg applied for a Arlington Tomorrow Foundation grant for a water fountain with a spigot because he currently has to truck water from his house to plant trees. “These trees were given to me from the City of Arlington and I have a contract for two years that I will take care of these trees. If they die then I am out $1,400.”

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Campus Notebook Tuesday October 7, 2008




Elections Exhibit: All day, Central Library. Free. For information, contact Eric Frierson at 817-272-7517 or

Walk-In Resume Critiques: Noon–1 p.m., Central Library second floor. Free. For information, contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or Total Relaxation: 2–3:30 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. Free for UTA students. For information, call Counseling Services at 817-2723671. Healthy Relationships Workshop:

2–3 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. For information, call Counseling Services at 817-272-3671. Interest Meeting: 5–6 p.m., Student Congress Chambers. Free refreshments. For information, contact Leticia Martinez at Dominoes Tournament: 6:30 p.m., University Center Carlisle Suite. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-2722099 or multicultural_affairs@ Presidential Election Debate Series: 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For information, contact Travis Boren at 817-272-0556 or

Real Followers: 8 p.m., 311 UTA Blvd. For information, contact the Wesley Foundation at 817274-6282 or http://wesley.uta. edu.

Wednesday Elections Exhibit: All day, Central Library. Free. For information, OCT. contact Eric Frierson at 817-272-7517 or frierson@uta. edu.


Study Abroad Information Session: noon–1 p.m., UC Blanco Room. Free. For information, contact Courtney Bauman at 817-2721120 or

Maversity Workshop: noon–1 p.m., UC Concho Room. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099 or

Engineering Library Nedderman Hall basement. Free. For information, contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or

Connected Communities — A conversation with President Spaniolo: Noon, Maverick Activities Center upstairs lounge. For information, contact Leigh Young at 817-272-6107 or

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Honors College Council General Body Meeting: noon–1 p.m., 106 College Hall. Free. For information, contact Cathy Pritchett at 817-272-7215 or Walk-In Resume Critiques: noon–1 p.m., Science and

New Drop-In Study Abroad Advising: 1:30–3 p.m., UC. Free. For information, contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 or bhart@

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The Shorthorn: Michael Rettig

UTA was selected to participate in a study titled “Outside the Classroom: AlcoholEDU for College.” The study, which anonymously surveys incoming freshmen about their drinking habits via the Internet, will be used to help school officials better understand how to teach students about alcohol.

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poliCe report This is a part of the daily activity log produced by the university’s Police Department. To report a criminal incident on campus, call 817-272-3381.

An officer found a vehicle littered with food products Thursday in Meadow Run apartments parking lot. A staff member was arrested for outstanding warrants Friday. An officer investigated a burglary Friday at Meadow Run apartments. A student reported her vehicle burglarized Saturday at Lot 45. An officer reported three juveniles running through the Central Library on Saturday. The juveniles were escorted home and released to their grandmother. A nonstudent reported a hitand-run accident Saturday at Lot 29. Two subjects were issued a disciplinary referral for a loud party Saturday at Meadow Run apartments. A student reported that someone wrote on her car with shoe polish Saturday at Meadow Run apartments.


A student reported his iPod stolen Wednesday at the Central Library.

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The university accepted an invitation to participate in a two-year national alcohol education study and plans to invest in an alcohol education program by the end of next year. The study requires freshmen to participate in a three-part survey throughout their first year at the university. The two-year study is being done by Berkley College and funded by the National Institutes on alcohol abuse and alcoholism, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The institute selects schools to research using a series of online surveys called “Outside The Classroom: alcoholEDU for College.” The surveys will collect information about students’ alcohol habits and compare it with other public and private campuses similar in size and nature. Frank Lamas, Student affairs vice president, said the program gives the university a better sense of how often students drink or whether they have alcohol dependency issues. He said more than 1,400 freshmen have participated in the program since it began last summer.


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He said more than 500 campuses use the online program, but only 15 colleges have been chosen to participate in the study. The program cost during 2007 between $25,000 and $30,000 and kept the university from signing up for the program in the past. an alcoholEDU representative contacted Lamas a year later, inviting UTa to participate for free. “The company gave a grant between $50,000 and $60,000 to UTa and then paid the school $1,000 for doing the program, which can be pumped into other programs,” Lamas said. He said once the program has been implemented on the freshman population, the university can use it with any other special interest groups or students. However, next summer incoming freshmen must participate again. “I think we are just trying to do our best to meet students needs and better inform ourselves as to what it is we need to do,” Lamas said. “We could all use some information on this topic.” miChelle leverett

About 35 displayed artifacts located in Nedderman Hall are being moved today to the Arlington City Library. “They don’t really match the décor and essentially UTA has given the museum all this hardware,” said Gil Carrick, Arlington Museum of Information Technology director. The displayed objects range from personal computers to punch cards. They are a small section of the 1,000 items belonging to AMIT. About 200 pieces are part of Carrick’s personal collection. “We are going to continue to maintain displays here [at] Nedderman Hall, but these really don’t match,” he said. “In a way, it’s kind of looking backward and they want to look forward.” He said the idea came when he put some of his “neat stuff” in a display case containing trophies, and the idea grew from there. “You learn a lot by studying what people have already done and how they made their decisions and got where they are,” he said. AMIT plans to acquire a building to display the artifacts, but Carrick isn’t sure when. — Bryan Bastible

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Where Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black and White Hispanic Heritage Month to hold dominoes tournament for students By AnnA KAtzKovA The Shorthorn staff

The Hispanic Heritage Month dominoes tournament today will feature competition, education and music from different cultures and time periods. Multicultural Affairs said they expect a large turnout and space may fill up fast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arrive early, because once it gets packed, they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let more people in,â&#x20AC;? Multicultural Affairs director Leticia Martinez said. Players must check in at 6:30 p.m., and the tournament begins at 7 p.m. at the University Center Carlisle Room. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosted by Sigma Lambda Beta with Sigma Lambda Gamma, Zeta Phi Beta and Phi Beta Sigma. The tournament is open to 24 teams of two people. The games are set up for single elimination, five rounds and 25 minutes per round. Multicultural Affairs will provide light refreshments and pizza, since they will play for a while, Martinez said. Christopher De La Rosa, music education junior and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity vice president, said the idea came up after the organizations researched the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We discovered that dominoes are a game that is dominant in both the Latino and African American cultures today,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collectively, our organizations thought that the game would bring in students from all different backgrounds while providing an opportunity

to socialize, network and learn a little history about a game that everyone already enjoys.â&#x20AC;? De La Rosa said the four organizations share the goal to educate about other cultures and that dominoes can educate and unify the campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very excited about the tournament,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is something different and something that anyone can attend. Many students already play the game around campus, and this provides them an opportunity to relax and enjoy the game with others while learning a little history at the same time.â&#x20AC;? Martinez said another reason for the tournament was to have a traditional game involved in Hispanic Heritage Month that also combined cultures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once the tables start freeing up from the tournament, open play is available to all who want to learn,â&#x20AC;? De La Rosa said. Education senior Jeff Smith said the event offers something fun to do Tuesday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever you get four organizations doing something at UTA itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be big,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a free event and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing else going on at this time on Tuesdays.â&#x20AC;? Smith said participants should be ready to compete and get enough rest before the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bragging rights for a year are on the line,â&#x20AC;? he said. AnnA KAtzKovA

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Give A little Bit Computer science senior Mike Diab persuades architecture sophomore Kristin Gonzales to donate to the Push America organization Monday on the Central Library mall. Pi Kappa Phi members will camp out on the mall through Friday collecting money.

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Last week, SC organized a voter registration blitz, calling on seven other organizations to help staff tables with voter registration forms on the Central Library and University Center malls and the Maverick Activities Center. On Friday, passing students may have seen SC senator Julie Shelton on the Central Library mall sporting flag-inspired garb from head to toe. She said other than passing out 22 forms, she answered

questions from bewildered number of students they students like where to vote handed forms to. The NAACPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s UTA chapter and how to handle change of address. Overall, she said she had their own voter registration events thought students seemed excited â&#x20AC;&#x153;It still was a little last week, luding about voting. surprising to see how ian cbarbecue â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a lot of many students were Monday. good attention,â&#x20AC;? she Member said. apathetic to voting.â&#x20AC;? Carla ChrisThe University tle said the Democrats have Jessica ippolito, Junior World Affairs Council total for the been handing out president week was registration forms between 120 on their own for and 150. seven weeks now. On Jessica Ippolito, Junior Sept. 30, the group handed out World Affairs Council presiabout 315 forms. The Young Conservatives of dent, said her groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-day Texas did not give a specific turn at the tables went well.

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would have passed first time, without any glitch,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The basic fact that it got stalled in the house speaks for itself, especially as it is generally considered that the House is in better contact with their constituents than

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The proposed diversity fountain design may change to meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The crossing paths are slightly narrower than ADA recommendations.

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Design Group project designer. To make the paths more wheelchair friendly, Mesa could increase the width, but using alternative material is another option that would keep the visual aesthetic of the narrow paths while ensuring that they are level with the rest of the plaza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The decomposed granite theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using in the design is ADA compliant. If you mix in a certain percentage of cement with it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stable and it keeps the look they were going for,â&#x20AC;? he said.

University officials also expressed concern that the fountainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design may be too â&#x20AC;&#x201C;vague and subjective. A marker explaining why the fountain was placed there and by whom would take care of that issue, President James Spaniolo said. A sign isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a problem as long as it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell people how the design should be interpreted, Freeland said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand their concern, that they want to have some way to explain where the concept originated to those who experience the fountain. We want to give basic information without giving them something that explains what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re supposed to take away,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Planning began with a June report released by the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Committee for Diversity and International Understanding, which recommended creating a fountain and globe to celebrate campus diversity. The committee was established after the 2006 Hall of Flags controversy in which Vietnamese-American students protested the Socialist Republic of Vietnamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flag in Nedderman Hall. Administrators plan to finalize the design in time to start accepting construction bids early next year. JAson Joyce

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he said. Berg said he hopes the project will encourage other neighborhoods to initiate similar projects. Continuing the project will take more money, but the Tomorrow Foundation provides grants for any neighborhood beautification project. Neighborhood-matching grants would apply too, he said. Berg wants projects like these to help Arlington become the best city in the nation.

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dangerous practice,â&#x20AC;? she said. Snow has noticed an increase in the herbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usage. Last year, several students were asked to take part in a drug counseling session because they were caught using it. She said that since the drug is legal, a local store

She said there was no official count kept but the council went through several stacks of registration forms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think students were really excited to be involved in this election,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most questions from students were concerning early voting or checking to make sure that they were registered.â&#x20AC;? She said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It still was a little surprising to see how many students were apathetic to voting.â&#x20AC;? JAson Boyd

the Senate.â&#x20AC;? Many in the economic field, including Choi, predict the lending market will suffer for some time before correcting itself. He said smaller-sized banks would be affected by the credit crunch and more likely to go bankrupt. Meiners said that what matters most to the economy is the collective judgment of

investors with money on the line. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a certain amount of herd mentality. Witness the dot-com boom of 2000. That was foolish on the upside,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe there is collective foolishness on the downside too. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to wait it out.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arlington has the vision to know when the Super Bowl comes to this city, everyone in the world is going to see Arlington,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Agree with it or not, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only going to be one stadium like that ever built. I mean, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already up to $1.1 billion.â&#x20AC;? Art senior Kate Stipp has only been able to participate a couple of times on the last mural design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was here for the initial proposal of the project, and I wanted to get involved then, but my workload didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really allow me much time,â&#x20AC;? Stipp said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great idea, and it has added a lot to the

community.â&#x20AC;? Sweatt said the Arlington celebration of National Night Out, a nationwide community event, will be hosted at the mural site. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will be the big one with a mobile command unit carrying Mayor Ron Cluck and Police Chief Dr. Theron Bowman as well as barbecue, sound system and two jump houses,â&#x20AC;? Berg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the streets are lined with people who want to have a good time, while bringing the community together.â&#x20AC;?

sells it. Frank Lamas, Student Affairs vice president, said the number of students using drugs on campus low compared to other schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drugs are not a widespread problem,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The number of students that are found responsible for using drugs on campus is actually lower than many universities in the country. Not to say we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have cases, we are just on the lower side.â&#x20AC;?

Lamas said he was aware the university had several cases dealing with students smoking the herb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goals are to educate students on the effects of drugs that will harm them,â&#x20AC;? he said. Snow said students could be given a notice or warning and may have to attend drug counseling.

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Reliant Energy might seek buyer due to crisis

Bush: Bailout will take some time

HOUSTON — Reliant Energy, which supplies electricity to nearly 2 million customers in Texas and the MidAtlantic region, served notice that it may be shopping for a buyer Monday as a credit crisis that has reshaped Wall Street continued to spread. The company announced last week that it was forced to raise $1 billion in new capital under less favorable conditions after it failed to meet standards outlined in an arrangement with Merrill Lynch & Co.

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CiNCiNNATi — As Wall Street reeled and global markets plunged, President Bush on Monday said the U.S. economy is going to be “just fine” in the long run. But he cautioned that the massive rescue plan

will take time to work. on another jittery day in the financial markets, the president made two rounds of unscheduled comments on the economy — first after meeting with small-business owners in San Antonio, and then at the

top of a speech in Cincinnati about judicial nominees. in both cases, he defended the $700 billion economic bailout plan as one that won’t just help Wall Street, but everyday workers and businesses, too.

“i believe that in the long run, this economy is going to be just fine,” Bush said. in the short term, he said the Treasury department must go about enacting its plan to buy up troubled assets from financial firms so that credit

South Texas city sues Attorney General McALLEN, Texas — This South Texas city has sued the Texas Attorney General in an effort to keep details attempts to lure an automobile manufacturer out of public view. In June, The (McAllen) Monitor requested travel documents about trips to Germany by local economic development officials after word leaked that the city was in the running for a plant. The city provided some travel itineraries, but with key details removed. Attorney General Greg Abbott sided with the newspaper in an opinion that the information was public.

12 Texas death row inmates lose appeals HOUSTON — A dozen condemned Texas inmates, including one set to die next week and one of the few women on death row in the state, lost appeals Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court, moving them closer to execution. Among the Texas cases the high court refused to review as it began its new term was the appeal of Alvin Kelly, an East Texas man convicted of the death of a 22-month-old boy in a shooting near Longview that also left the child’s parents dead. Kelly faces lethal injection Oct. 14, the first of six convicted killers set to die this month in the nation’s most active death penalty state.

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OJ Simpson jury: witnesses not trusted LAS VEGAS — Jurors who found O.J. Simpson guilty in his armed robbery trial say secret audio tapes and surveillance video swayed them more than witness accounts. Seven panelists who attended an extraordinary news conference Sunday concluded that without the recordings the prosecution might not have won convictions. “It would have been a very weak case,” said Dora Pettit. Another juror David Wieberg chimed in, “Yes, a weak case,” and other jurors nodded in agreement.

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Taliban, Afghan officials meet in Saudi Arabia KABUL, Afghanistan — A former Taliban ambassador said Monday that the hard-line militants sat with Afghan officials and Saudi King Abdullah over an important religious meal in Saudi Arabia late last month as the insurgency raged back home. Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban’s former ambassador to Pakistan, denied that the get-together could be construed as peace talks. But President Hamid Karzai has long called for negotiations with the Taliban, and the meeting could spur future initiatives. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said Monday that the militant group is independent from al-Qaida. The U.S. and other Western countries will never accept a peace deal with al-Qaida, the group behind 9/11. That could provide incentive for Taliban leader Mullah Omar to cement his independence from bin Laden’s organization.

Pakistan to deport all Afghans from region KHAR, Pakistan — Pakistan ordered the deportation of about 50,000 Afghan refugees in an insurgencywracked tribal region amid a major military offensive against al-Qaida and Taliban fighters. The government said it was expelling all Afghan refugees in the Bajur tribal region, alleging many of them have links to militant groups. Police in the town of Khar in Bajur arrested 25 Afghans and said they would soon be deported. — The Associated Press

will start flowing again to consumers. recognizing the scope of the government’s intervention, Bush to reassure his audiences that taxpayer money will not be wasted. The president added that the country has been through rough times before, and “we’re going to come through just fine.” earlier, in Texas, Bush emphasized that the program must be effectively designed and not rushed into action. “it’s going to take awhile to restore confidence in the financial system,” he said. “But one thing people can be certain of is that the bill i signed is a big step toward solving this problem.” Bush signed the bill into law after Congress approved it last week. on Monday, the dow fell as much as 800 points at one point. The catalyst for the selling was the growing realization that the Bush administration’s $700 billion rescue plan and steps taken by other governments won’t work quickly to unfreeze the credit markets. Global banks, hobbled by wrong-way bets on mortgage securities, remain starved for cash as credit has dried up. President Bush pauses during remarks about the economy and judicial appointments Monday, in Cincinnati.

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Palin continues to point out obama’s ties to Wright, Ayers

China vows overhaul of “chaotic” milk industry

the pulpit. the associated Press Wright had appeared to CleArWATer, Fla. — republican vice presidential be off limits for the McCain candidate Sarah Palin expanded campaign ever since McCain her attack on democrat Barack himself condemned the North obama’s character Monday to Carolina republican Party include his relationship with in April for an ad that called an incendiary former pastor as obama “too extreme” because well as his ties to 1960s-era Wright was his pastor. He asked the party to take down the ad radical Bill Ayers. in the process, Palin toned and said, “i’m making it very down her description of the clear, as i have a couple of times obama-Ayers relationship in the past, that there’s no place after her weekend remarks for that kind of campaigning, were criticized as exaggerat- and the American people don’t want it.” ed, but at the same When Kristol time she embarked pressed Palin about on a discussion of I guess that Wright, she replied, “i obama’s relation- would be a don’t know why that ship with his former association isn’t dispastor, the rev. Jer- John McCain emiah A. Wright Jr., call on whether cussed more, because those were appalling which republican he wants to things that that paspresidential canditor had said about date John McCain bring that up. our great country.” had signaled he did She continued, not want to be a part sarah Palin Vice-presidential “To me, that does of his campaign. candidate say something about in an interview character. But, you with conservative The New York Times columnist know, i guess that would be a William Kristol published John McCain call on whether Monday, the Alaska governor he wants to bring that up.” At a morning rally in said there should be more discussion about Wright, Florida, Palin kept up her obama’s pastor of 20 years at criticism of obama’s ties to Trinity United Church of Christ Ayers, a founder of the violent in Chicago. The democratic Weather Underground group candidate denounced Wright blamed for several bombings and severed ties with the church during the Vietnam War era, last spring after videotapes when obama was a child. The illinois senator has surfaced showing Wright making anti-American and denounced Ayers’ radical views anti-Semitic comments from and activities.

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BeiJiNG — China’s Cabinet vowed a complete overhaul of the scandal-ridden dairy industry Monday, pledging to inspect every link from the farm to the dinner table to try to restore public trust in Chinese-made food products. in its strongest action yet, China’s highest level of government called the industry “chaotic” and acknowledged

there was a lack of oversight. At Monday’s meeting of the State Council, or Cabinet, the government said it would punish companies and officials involved in the contamination of milk products that has been blamed in the deaths of four babies and for sickening more than 54,000 children. The scandal revealed “that China’s dairy production and circulation has been

chaotic and supervision has been gravely absent,” said a notice about the meeting on the government’s Web site. Unscrupulous “elements” and companies had also put profit above people’s lives, it said. Police detained six more people suspected of tampering with milk in northern China, a spokeswoman said, bringing to 32 the number of people arrested in the scandal.

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Parents and their children wait for health inspections at a children’s hospital in Chengdu of southwest China’s Sichuan province Sept. 19. Thousands of worried parents have filled hospitals, many hovering over sons and daughters hooked to IV drips after drinking milk powder tainted with melamine, a toxic industrial chemical that can cause kidney stones and lead to kidney failure. Some 1,300 babies, mostly newborns, remain hospitalized, with 158 suffering from acute kidney failure.


debate stakes higher for McCain-Palin; campaign insults mounting the associated Press

WASHiNGToN — running short on time, John McCain has the most riding on the second presidential debate, though Barack obama will be out of his scripted comfort zone in the town hall-style confrontation. it could be ugly if Monday’s

tussling is any indication. Tuesday night’s debate comes exactly four weeks before election day with a lot going on both inside and outside the campaign: Polling shows obama approaching the 270 electoral College votes needed for victory, Wall Street

is tumbling even further and both candidates are escalating character attacks. Their target audience in the debate: the roughly 10 percent of the electorate who are undecided and an additional quarter who say they might still change their minds before Nov. 4.

The debate, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., is supposed to be divided equally between the economy and foreign policy, but given the global financial turmoil, economic questions may well dominate. As markets were plunging in europe and Asia as well as the

U.S. on Monday, the candidates were going after each other. in Florida, GoP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin raised obama’s ties to 1960sera radical William Ayers and to the democrat’s former pastor, the incendiary rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Coach blames weekend loss on inexperience The loss against SHSU marks the Mavericks’ seventh defeat in a row. By Stephen peterS The Shorthorn staff

Looking to break into the conference win column, the volleyball team committed crucial errors late in sets 3 and 4, losing to sam Houston state 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 20-25, 19-25) saturday night at texas Hall. After winning the second set, and with the score tied at 18 after trailing by as many as six in the third, the Mavericks (4-14, 0-4) committed three consecutive errors — two attack errors by senior outside hitter Ally Wade and a service-return error by freshman outside hitter Amanda Aguilera — from which the Mavs could not recover. Head coach Diane seymour said her team did not represent the university well in the match and again pointed toward the team’s lack of experience as the main difference in the final outcome. “It’s a constant reminder of how young we are,” seymour said. “It was a total mental lapse and again I hate to use it as an excuse but it is true — we are mentally very, very young.” Aguilera added to seymour’s statement saying, “We can’t really believe it because we’re a better team than we show. We should have beaten them out there tonight.” the fourth set was much like the previous set, as the ’Kats (6-13, 1-2) raced out to an 8-1 lead before the Mavs clawed back into contention. UtA closed the score to one at 18-19 in sam Houston’s favor, on an Aguilera ace.

sHsU benefited from team-high .308 attack perthree kills, an ace and two centage. Driscoll, despite the nummore Wade attack errors to close out the match and re- bers, was not happy with her cord its first victory in con- overall performance. “I made a couple stupid ference play. the Bearkats had three hitting errors, but after that I got myself going players with and tried to help double digit Box Score my teammates get kills on their up,” Driscoll said. way to a .248 SHSU 25 18 25 25 she said the attack percentUTA 21 25 20 19 team is not in a age. senior Kills SHSU: 57 panic-mode right middle blocker UTA: 46 now, just frustrated Haley thomas Digs SHSU: 60 with all the losing. led the team UTA: 55 the loss is the with 13 kills, Assists SHSU: 55 seventh straight for followed by UTA: 38 the Mavs and the freshman outBlocks SHSU: 8 12th in their last 13 side hitter UTA: 2 matches. the 0-4 Carli Kolbe’s conference record 12 and junior is one loss short of middle blocker tying the worst conference Anna Ferguson’s 11. sam Houston also out dug start in school history, set in the Mavericks 60-55, led by 2005, and UtA is now one sophomore libero shamira of two winless teams left in Washington. Freshman libe- southland play. UtA is now 0-14 this searo Alicia shaffer led UtA son when its opponent finishes with 14. For the third straight the match with a higher attack match, Aguilera recorded a percentage than the Mavs. Conference preseason No. double-double, collecting a season-high 15 kills and 13 1 pick texas state (10-11, 3-1) digs. Aguilera also scored comes to texas Hall at 2 p.m. five service aces for the sec- saturday in the final match of ond time this season and the three-match home stand. leads the team with 25 aces the match will be the 59th meeting between the two, with this year. Aguilera said she would the Mavericks holding a 39-19 “absolutely,” trade her indi- overall record against the Bobvidual successes to see her cats. the Mavericks won both team end its current losing meetings last year, each in four set victories. streak. Despite the outcome, seyseymour said she was not pleased with her middle mour said she sees improveblockers’ play, as the team ment in her team and believes was held to only four blocks they are turning the corner in the match. the team and can still make a push for a came into the match third playoff berth. “All we got to do is find in southland averaging 1.94 a way for everyone to start blocks per set. Freshman middle blocker playing more consistent on the Christy Driscoll, who came same night,” she said. into conference play averaging 2.45 kills per set, scored Stephen peterS 12 kills and committed four errors on 26 attempts for a

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Freshman middle blocker Emily Shearin prepares to return the ball against Sam Houston State during the match Saturday at Texas Hall. The Mavericks will play Texas State at 2 p.m. Saturday in Texas Hall.






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Senior outside hitter Ally Wade hits the ball back to Sam Houston State during the match Saturday at Texas Hall. The Mavericks were defeated by The Bearkats 3-1.

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Maverick teams place 15th and 16th at weekend competition The men and women’s cross country teams competed in Oklahoma State’s Cowboy Jamboree over the weekend, with the women taking 15th and men coming in 16th. Once again led by senior Caroline Erlingson, the women placed four runners inside the top 100. Erlingson finished the six-kilometer race in 63rd with a time of 23 minutes, one second — less than three minutes behind the eventual champion. Sophomore Amanda McMahon, junior Christina Mose and sophomore Perri Ford finished 76th, 79th and 82nd, respectively. Overall, the women had an average race time of 23 minutes, 33 seconds.

On the men’s side, senior Idilio Campos once again paced the team, finishing the eight-kilometer race in 25 minutes, 31 seconds. The time proved good enough for 35th place. He finished less than two minutes after meet champion Daniel Kirwa of Harding University. The men, like the women, placed four runners in the top 100. Sophomore Zach Zura finished in 26 minutes, 47 seconds for 77th place, while senior Ozie Hood (27:00) and sophomore Heinz Schwarzkoph (27:09) finished in 85th and 90th, respectively. The men’s average time was 26 minutes, 49 seconds. The Jamboree marked the first time either Maverick team ran against a field so large. Both teams have this week off before heading to Fayetteville, Ark., for the University of Arkansas’ Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 18. — Justin Rains

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Remembering the Forgetful A fundraising walk helps families support Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease research By Melinda Tillery The Shorthorn copy editor

The front of his purple striped T-shirt was emblazoned with the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hope.â&#x20AC;? With tears in his eyes and holding his wife for support, UTA alumnus Richard Riney said he was walking to support himself and his fight against Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Riney and his family walked as a part of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Papaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teamâ&#x20AC;? to support a cure for the disease in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memory Walk. The walk, sponsored by the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, started at the Maverick Activities Center and led walkers 2.2 miles across campus. Riney, 55, was diagnosed with the disease two and half years ago. But this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time he dealt with this disease â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his father also had it and passed away eight years ago. Since his diagnosis, Rineyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life changed noticeably. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He had to give up his photo retouching business,â&#x20AC;? his wife, Sandy Riney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done stuff for the Dallas Cowboysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cheerleader calendar, Joan Collins, Mary Kay and pharmaceutical companies.â&#x20AC;? He stopped driving and takes prescription Aricept and Namenda, two common Alzhiemerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medications, to slow the diseaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progression. He also participates in drug trials to find a

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cure at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Riney is one of more than 5 million people living with the disease in the U.S. and the disease is the sixth leading killer of Americans, according to the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site. The association began as â&#x20AC;&#x153;caregivers banding togetherâ&#x20AC;? said Lyn Downing, the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Central Texas chapter development director. The association started the Memory Walk in 1989 as a way to raise awareness and money for the disease. Last year, 570 walks were held, raising more than $35 million nationwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our No. 1 goal is to eliminate the disease through research,â&#x20AC;? Downing said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Raising money for research is paramount to our second goal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; providing care for people living with it and caregivers supporting them.â&#x20AC;? This year, the association hopes to raise $50 million. The Arlington Memory Walk raised $60,000 prior to race day and added another $12,000 from early registration and event day, she said. Fifty teams registered and the association estimated around 300 people walked Saturday. When speaking about life for

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Alumnus Richard Riney and his wife Sandy Riney listen to bagpipes during the welcoming presentation for the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Memory Walk on Saturday at the Maverick Activities Center. Richard Riney was diagnosed with Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease two and half years ago.

her husband now, Sandy Riney made one thing clear â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got children, nieces, grandchildren,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all here supporting him.â&#x20AC;? Sandy Riney said the disease has brought her family together. They even planned a trip for next month to Italy, Rineyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream destination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let everyone know you have the disease and accept it,â&#x20AC;? Sandy Riney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The more people who know and understand, the faster weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a cure.â&#x20AC;? Interdisplinary studies junior Trinity Bruce walked as a part of a family team, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forget Me Nots,â&#x20AC;? in

his grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom told me, right after she passed, that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know my grandmother because she was diagnosed before I was born,â&#x20AC;? Bruce said. Organizations like Zeta Phi Beta sorority and the School of Nursing came to show their support. Jannet Ponder, Arlington chapter Zeta Phi Beta historian, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone needs to be represented â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not just a culture or a gender. Everyone can be affected.â&#x20AC;? Melinda Tillery

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The Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association hosted a Memory Walk event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease.

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The Randy Rogers Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s album exceeds expectations By alexa garcia-diTTa The Shorthorn staff

After its third studio-recorded album, Just a Matter of Time, I was sure the Randy Rogers Band couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better. The five guys are good singers, stellar musicians and quality performers. Then the country music group released its self-titled fourth album last week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and exceeded my expectations. From the first edgy track, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wicked Ways,â&#x20AC;? seasoned Randy Rogers Band fans and new country music addicts are sure to be hooked. The album has the perfect balance of contemplative ballads like â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Womanâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the Circus Leaves Town,â&#x20AC;? mixed with two-step worthy songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better Than I Ought To Beâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Be That High Again.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure why the band chose â&#x20AC;&#x153;In My Arms Insteadâ&#x20AC;? as the albumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first single. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the sadder tracks on the album, and when I first heard it,

I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too impressed. Sure, the song has a punch to it, but the track list includes so many better choices for listenersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first taste of the new CD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Be That Highâ&#x20AC;? may have been a better way to go for a single. It brings out that universal nostalgia of being young and carefree with friends before college or real life started. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect song to crank up when the sun is warm and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driving with the windows down. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same feeling I get when I hear Pat Greenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legendary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wave on Wave.â&#x20AC;? Country music fans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you know that warm-and-fuzzy feeling Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better Than I Ought to Be,â&#x20AC;? complete with its catchy rhythm and Randy Rogersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sexy vocal twang, ranks right up there with previous Randy Rogers Band classics, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better Off Wrongâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kiss Me in the Darkâ&#x20AC;? off the 2006 Just A Matter of Time album and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not the Night,â&#x20AC;? from 2004â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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Rollercoaster. Listen to the lyrics, folks. Randy and his buds are singing about being appreciative about their lives. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the perfect sentiment for us college kids. So I suggest you stop whatever youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing and get this CD to add your already-awesome Randy Rogers Band music collection. And look for the guys in upcoming months, as they always faithfully stop at Fort Worthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billy Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas or another dance hall in the Metroplex. alexa garcia-diTTa

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Big Brother is watching. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always watching. Except this time heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a she, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a computer. In the action thriller Eagle Eye, Jerry Shaw (Shia LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Michelle Monaghan) are thrust into an elaborate and seemingly neverending plan in which hiding from the FBI, riding in military cargo planes and explosions are a requirement. The couple receives their orders via cell phone from a woman who can control traffic lights, cell phone microphones and any other electronics that can connect to the Internet or a computer. To make them obey, the woman threatens the life of Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents and Hollomanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only people who matter to them. At first, Shaw tries to put up as much resistance as possible, but his fighting spirit fades when he realizes his stupidity will put Hollomanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son in danger. The movie is excellent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting to think LaBeouf might have some kind of love-hate relationship with electronics since Megatron tried to burn him to

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bits in Transformers. This time, the supercomputer pulling the strings takes her turn with him, and trust me, each and every turn was more fun to watch than the last. The evidence of LaBeouf â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth is there. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to watch the boy from Disney Channelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even Stevensâ&#x20AC;? cuss, but LaBeoufâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making his way just like any other potential Harrison Ford. He plays his character naturally â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like Shaw is an extension of himself. Most characters LaBeouf plays are similar, but what defines them is how well they fit the movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. Even the supporting actress did her job well â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a fake mother; she was a tried and true mom and I felt her pain when her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life was on the line. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m expecting to see LaBeouf in a James Bond movie soon.

Just wait. During the movie, I sat at the edge of my seat the entire time, and with Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious remarks throughout, I found myself laughing, holding my breath and nearly crying for almost two hours. There was no dead time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everything was back-to-back, smooth and flawless, and the plot twists were pretty darn good. The only issue was that the plot was strikingly similar to 2005â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stealth (Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel). But in Eagle Eye, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a computer that goes crazy and takes control of planes, launches missiles and changes the shipping addresses for bombs big enough to blow up football fields. Although the stories were about the same, Eagle Eye executed it bigger and better, and the plot hides away safely before revealing itself in a flash of glory. The thought that some government computer could be listening to every word I say really makes me nervous. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m almost tempted throw out my cell phone. Almost. Jhericca JOhnsOn

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On the radar: Greek drama at step show Bring It On 5: Maverick Mafias premiered Friday night at the university NAACP’s Second Annual Greek Step Show. In all seriousness, lots of drama followed the performances at the University Center Rosebud Theatre. The Lambda Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta came to the show aiming to prove themselves, said Lambda Chi President LaTasha Watson. The sorority received a four-year suspension for hazing in 2002, and since its return in spring 2007, Watson said they’ve been aiming for a big win for some time. Delta Sigma Theta’s performance had a Godfather-mafia theme ... as did the routine from the Zeta Mu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, who performed last after technical difficulties with its video introduction. Zeta Mu President Alexandrea Oliphant said they didn’t steal anything. Alana Solomon, Zeta Mu treasurer and stepmaster, said it was interesting how Delta Sigma Theta kept referring to the Alpha Kappa Alpha performance yet accused them of taking from them. Robert-Thomas Jones, Greek Life and University Events program coordinator, said both groups had generally the same show by coincidence, and that it happens often. “I think there were things that happened around their practices that gave them ammo,” Jones said. Jones said he and Carter Bedford, Student Governance and Organizations associate director, and Dannie Moore, Multicultural Affairs assistant director, would soon meet to discuss step show behavior, although there is no mediation between the two sororities right now. “Could there be? Yes,” Jones said. For video of the step show and post-show interviews with Watson, Oliphant and Solomon, go to the entertainment blog at

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Theater performance sophomore Stephen Howell performs as Scapino in a scene along with theater performance freshman Dagan Smith, who plays Ottavio, during rehearsal Thursday. Scapino! opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mainstage Theatre.

When the Moon Hits Your Eye Italian comedy ‘Scapino!’ features audience interaction and fresh talent By Jhericca Johnson


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Formula for success? Alumnus Diaby Mo Jr. just graduated with a biology degree in May but is already making waves — outside the lab. The handsome and dapper Mo is a finalist in the Fashion!Dallas Kim Dawson Model Search and could win a modeling contract and $1,000 spending money at Dallas’ NorthPark Center. Better yet, you can help him part of the way. Judges will decide the winner, but online, mail-in and text-in votes will determine a Reader’s Choice winner, who will get $500 spending money. As of Monday night, Mo led in reader votes with 30,000. The next finalist had 22,000. All the finalists can be seen on WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” at 9 a.m. Friday. The winner will be announced at a 2 p.m. runway show Sunday at NorthPark Center. For voting info and more, hit up the entertainment blog.

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Undeclared freshman Nick Melita plays guitar during group warm-up exercises for Scapino! Thursday at Mainstage Theatre.

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aughter: sometimes it can be the best medicine. Other times, it can turn embarrassing moments into fond memories. For Liz McWithey, theater arts senior and stage manager, laughter can leave a lasting impression and have you coming back for more. The Theatre Arts Department presents its first play of the semester, Scapino! at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-11 at Mainstage Theatre. At 2:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12, there will be a matinee show. Tickets cost $7 for students, staff and senior citizens and $10 for the general public. Scapino! displays the concept behind commedia dell’arte, or the art of comedy, director Andrew Gaupp said. The term comes from 17th century Italy and is derived from Greek and Roman comedy, he said. “In true commedia, they use leather masks,” he said. “We aren’t using leather masks, though. Our play is more modern.” One element of the genre is stock characters, Gaupp said, including “miserly” old men, young male and female lovers and a “wily” servant. The plot follows those characters, too — two lovers want to be together, and because their fathers (the

“miserly “old men) forbid it, they ask the “wily” servant to devise a way for their dreams to come true. The cunning servant in this play is its namesake, Scapino himself. Stephen Howell, theater performance sophomore, plays Scapino and called his character a troublemaker, a fast-talker and somewhat outrageous. Howell said his favorite part of the play is his least favorite — constant stage presence. “I’m on stage for about 85 percent of the show,” he said. “It’s both a blessing and a curse.” Theater arts freshman Dagan Smith plays Ottavio, a young lover who unknowingly gets himself into trouble by marrying without telling his father. Smith described his character as small and cowardly — another stock character. “He’s not ripped as he’d like to be,” he said with a laugh. Smith called the play a “rough and hard comedy,” but said he feels it shows the department’s commitment to excellence. “The UTA Theatre Department is dedicated to putting on a good show,” he said. Theater performance senior Melissa Kendall plays Zerbinetta, a gypsy lover who gets kidnapped. Kendall called the play a hilarious

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family show and said all she and her character have in common is ethnicity and demeanor. “We’re both Italian,” she said, giggling. “Oh, and she’s very dramatic with nice, warm laughter. I guess that’s kind of like me.” McWithey called the play hilarious and she hopes people who like it come back to see the department’s other plays. She said Scapino! is funny because the actors involve the audience. “You get to laugh at them with them,” she said. “It kind of makes you feel like a kid.” Audience interaction is the second element of commedia dell’arte, Gaupp said. Many times, actors will directly address the audience to confide in them, he said. “comedy is important for our students because its one of the first forms of acting,” he said. “It has an adaptation that they can apply to today’s comic style.” Don’t let the genre fool you. Howell has acted in several comedies and believes they are hardest to perform. “A lot of people look at comedies as being easy,” he said. “But it’s much harder to do a comedy than anything else. It’s harder to make people laugh.” Gaupp said he thinks comedy is more difficult also. “It relies so much on rhythm and pacing,” he said. “It has a sense of honesty to the plot situation and more pressure not to force it — laughter should come out naturally.” He said successful comedic actors have a natural talent. “They have a real gift when it comes to knowing how to portray the situation in a way that invokes laughter,” he said. Gaupp has had training with comedies before and the actors in the play receive their training from class. But the true experience comes from the plays, however, he said. “Usually in our first production we try to cast at least 60 percent of the cast with first-year students, so they have a chance to act within their first few moments with us,” he said. Despite the newness of the cast, Gaupp said he hopes the first night’s audience will be enthusiastic. “I hope they love it and laugh a lot,” he said. “And that they gain an appreciation for this style.” Jhericca Johnson The Shorthorn: Fabiola Salinas

Theater arts freshman Leslie Jones, right, flirts as a streetwalker alongside theater performance freshman Wesley Farnsworth, middle, who plays Sylvestro on Thursday during the Scapino! rehearsal at Mainstage Theatre.


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