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Fraternities begin recruitment with orientation Monday

TODAY Art ExhibiFEB. tion — Michelle Dizon/Vincent Valdez: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658 or


UTA Volunteers Meeting: 2:15–3 p.m., University Center Student Congress Chambers. For information, contact Allison Bailey at 817272-2963 or allison.bailey@ The Link Info Session: 6 p.m., Swift Center. For information, contact Julie Holmer at 817-272-2355 or




Student Alumni TShirt Day: All day, campus wide. For information, contact Tega Edwin at 817-2722594 or Wind Power Generation — A prominent form of renewable energy: 7–8 a.m., 601 Nedderman Hall. Light breakfast provided. Reservations, please. For information, contact Roger Tuttle at 817-272-3682 or tuttle@

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Alumnus Kendall Farrell speaks to students interested in joining a fraternity during rush week orientation. The orientation included expectations of potential pledges and information about hazing prevention.

Individual fraternities will be hosting separate events leading up to bid day Saturday.

Liberal Arts Employer Panel: 11:30–1:30 p.m., Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information, contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or

BY SOHANA KUTUB Contributor to The Shorthorn

Greek organizations began “rushing” pledges for the spring semester Monday and will continue recruiting the rest of the week. Julie Murphy, Greek Life and University Events assistant director, said she thinks Greek life can really help students find their niche at the university. “It can help to introduce you to a diverse group of students that can really enhance your college experience,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity: noon–1 p.m., UC Bluebonnet Ballroom. Free. For information, e-mail h4h_uta@yahoo. com. Study Abroad Information Session — Focus on Asia: noon–1 p.m., UC Blanco Room. Free. For information, contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 or

The Interfraternity Council’s orientation began Monday in the University Center Red River Room in two parts. The orientation allowed prospective members to learn about what the fraternities and Greek life stand for. Prospective members could also tour the houses. Sigma Chi member Sergio Smal said prospective members must attend the orientation to rush with the IFC. “Each chapter has their own events planned, most of those events being pretty informal in order to get to know the guys,” he said. “After the guys attend the orientation, it is their choice which fraternity they want to hang out with.” Smal said prospective members who found a good fit will receive bids

Saturday. Ashley Washington, Delta Zeta membership vice president, said there is no orientation for the sororities this spring because it is too expensive to hold a formal orientation for just a few girls, but each sorority will hand out flyers about their own recruitment events at the Activities Fair. “Spring recruitment is very different than the fall,” she said. “It’s a lot less formal and not as structured as the guys’.” Smal said sororities have a membership cap because the fraternities are run under different councils with their own policies. SOHANA KUTUB

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A student at Centennial Court apartments, at 700 W. Mitchell Circle, called police to report his laptop stolen Friday morning.

reporting individual discovered that someone had defaced brick pedestrian bridge exterior with graffiti.

for a disturbance in the laundry room. The responding officer issued a criminal trespass warning to a nonstudent.

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Burglary of a habitation A resident at Centennial Court apartments called police to report a theft at 4:30 p.m. When police arrived, the student told them property had been taken from the apartment.

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Magazine solicitors seen on UC, Library malls University Police warn about giving money to unauthorized sellers. by mark bauer The Shorthorn staff

Students should be leery of magazine solicitors on campus, University Police said. A student called police after he observed solicitors attempting to sell magazine subscriptions to students on the University Center and Central Library malls Monday afternoon. He also witnessed students giving a salesman personal checks. By the time police arrived on the scene, the individuals were gone, Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez said. “Like any other situation, just be very cautious, maintain a safe distance and report it, just so we’re aware this is going on, on campus,” he said. It was unclear whether the solicitors were selling legitimate magazine subscriptions, but the uni-

versity maintains strict policies concerning who is allowed on campus, and solicitors are not. “There are special rules for who can be on campus,” said Jeff Sorensen, Student Affairs assistant vice president. “Everyone else who wants to be on campus has to be invited … and magazine sales are not allowed.” The student, interdisciplinary studies senior Jesse Reyes, who reported the salesman, said he didn’t realize they were soliciting at first. He originally thought they were part of a religious group, until he overheard them talking about “points” — a technique he said solicitors use to scam students into subscribing. The solicitors pitch a story about earning points to take a trip overseas, and each subscription is worth additional points. Reyes, who used to work in sales, said there are no points, the solicitors are just interested in the money.

“[Students] think they are helping someone out, but they are actually being taken advantage of,” he said. Sorensen warned students to be cautious about who they buy from. “When purchasing goods and services from someone who doesn’t have a permanent location, it’s good to walk away with something tangible,” he said. “People might assume because they’re on campus, they’re legitimate, and that’s a false assumption because they aren’t allowed on campus.” The university does issue permits to vendors interested in setting up merchandise booths inside the UC. Sorensen encouraged any students unsure about a booth or other types of solicitation on campus to contact the Student Governance offices or University Police at 817272-2293 or 817-272-3381, respectively. mark bauer


Texas Senate committee members named Friday by Dewhurst Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst officially named the state Senate committee members Friday. Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, who represents District 9, where the university is, was selected as a member on the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senate Jurisprudence Committee and the Senate Committee on State Affairs. He was also selected as chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and as vice chair for the Senate Commit-

tee on Business and Commerce. Governmental Relations director Kate Kettles said Harris’ most important appointment would be as a member on the Senate Committee on Finance. “He’s a very powerful and influential senator as evidenced by his appointments,” Kettles said. University alumnus Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, was selected chair of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations and as

member on the Senate Committee on Education, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on Higher Education and the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. In the House of Representatives, the speaker of the House will pick the committee members and decide who goes where. Committee appointments for the House are expected to be released within the next few days.


troduced to reduce stress and improve test-day experience, according to College Board. The alternative is offered for both SAT and the SAT Subject tests. International Admissions counselor Julie Russell said it’s also best for international applicants to send all their scores. “What if a student does best in math in one sitting and does best in another section in another sitting?” she said. “I don’t think this option really helps in this case.” The new option comes with no additional cost. According

to College Board, there is no extra charge to send one, multiple or all test scores to a college on a single report. But, despite Score Choice being a disadvantage, the school shouldn’t consider prohibiting it like some Ivy League schools do, said Dale Wasson, Student Enrollment Services associate vice president. “The SAT tests are the students’ property,” he said. “They should be allowed to do whatever they want with them.”

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of each section are taken into consideration, he said. So the student could wind up with the best of each section, even if taken at different test dates. The Score Choice option offers to send only the scores from an entire SAT test (critical reading, writing, and mathematics sections), and will not allow for sending scores of individual sections from different sittings. This option was in-

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The harmonieS of liberTy Communications senior Adrienne Barnes sings “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the Negro National Anthem, on Monday, kicking off Black History Month in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge.

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of those characteristics, including $66.6 million in research expenditures last year, up from $39.6 million the year before and has an undergraduate population of about 25,000. The university has become one of the top seven emerging research institutions in the state, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, but the school’s odds to get picked out of those seven remain unclear. Other Texas universities seeking to reach the status include UT-San Antonio, UT-Dallas, UT-El Paso, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas and Texas Tech University. Development Vice President Jim Lewis said he believes the university has a good chance to be selected. “We are marching ahead to become a major research

university of national distinction,” he said. “We are moving rapidly in that direction if someone calls us that or not.” President James Spaniolo said he doesn’t think the odds are clear yet. “It’s not clear at this point, which institution is best prepared to be a major nationally recognized research university,” he said. “But I think it will be clear within a few years — and this is a process that is going to take a year or more of sustained funding for any institution to become what we call a so-called Tier One institution.” UT-Dallas President David E. Daniel said at a Senate Higher Education Subcommittee and Senate Finance Higher Education Joint Subcommittee hearing on July 23 that Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth most populous and fifth most economically productive area in the U.S. that doesn’t have a Tier One university. In that same hearing, according to an oral testimony

outline, Spaniolo said the state would need more Tier One institutions to compete with California and other states. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told the Dallas Morning News that creating Tier One-level institutions would take several years, so the process could start this year with a combination of state aid and money raised by any selected school. Spaniolo called Dewhurst’s comments encouraging. “The important thing is for the state to make a commitment to provide some additional funding that institutions can earn to have a chance to become a Tier One institution,” he said. “And I think that UT Arlington is well positioned to be a very competitive institution in that regard.” The current Tier One universities in Texas are Rice University, Texas A&M and UT-Austin. bryan baSTible


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Parents on trial for starving daughter

Obama says differences shouldn’t delay stimulus

GONZALES — Jury selection is under way in the South Texas trial of a couple accused of starving their 8-yearold adopted daughter to death. Steve and Bettie Ramirez are charged in Gonzales County with murder in the 2007 death of their 45-pound daughter Crystal, who authorities say was bound to her bed, suffered from malnutrition and was beaten.

in The nATion

Daschle apologizes for failing to pay taxes WASHINGTON — Trying to salvage his nomination, Tom Daschle apologized Monday for delinquent tax payments as President Barack Obama and a top Senate chairman stood by him as the choice to lead the Health and Human Services Department. Following a weekend of revelations about taxes and potential ethical conflicts, Daschle expressed remorse to the Senate Finance Committee, the panel that will decide his fate, saying he was “deeply embarrassed and disappointed” about failing to pay more than $120,000 in back taxes — a lapse he said was “unintentional.”

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China: Up to 26 million migrants now jobless BEIJING — The global economic crisis has taken hold deep in China’s impoverished countryside, as millions of rural migrants are laid off from factory jobs and left to scratch a living from tiny landholdings — creating unsettling prospects for a government anxious to avoid social unrest. With demand for Chinese toy, shoe and electronics exports evaporating overseas, as many as 26 million of China’s estimated 130 million migrant workers are now unemployed, the government announced Monday. A day earlier, Beijing warned of “possibly the toughest year” this decade and called for development of rural areas to offset the economic fallout. — The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday that “very modest differences” over a massive package to revive the economy should not delay its swift passage, a fresh appeal to Congress as the nation dealt with another dose of dire financial news. Obama teamed up with Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, the republican vice chairman of the National Governors Association, as he sought bipartisan backing for the stimulus legislation. An $819 bil-

lion version passed the House last week, without a single republican vote. The Senate took up their $900 billion version on Monday. GOP lawmakers argue that the plan is too expensive and doesn’t include enough tax cuts. “If I were writing it, it might look at little different,” said Douglas, who sat at Obama’s side in the Oval Office. “But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation’s economy moving.” Douglas is among several GOP governors who are

breaking with their republican colleagues in Congress to ask for approval of the plan. Douglas is in Washington to lobby the Senate. Obama said that those who really know what is needed around the country — governors — have been asking for help from Washington since he was elected in November. “With very few exceptions, I heard from republicans and Democrats the need for action, and swift action,” Obama said. Obama and Vice Presi-

dent Joe Biden were scheduled to meet at the White House Monday afternoon with Democratic congressional leaders about the stimulus package. Obama’s appeal came as the Commerce Department reported that personal spending fell for the sixth straight month in December by 1 percent. Analysts had predicted a decline of 0.9 percent. Incomes also dipped, and the personal savings rate shot higher, a sign that consumers remain extremely nervous

about the economy. The department also said construction spending dropped by 1.4 percent in December, slightly worse than the 1.2 percent decline economists expected. earlier Monday, Obama promised to establish a review board to oversee the government’s separate $700 billion financial industry bailout program. Aides said later that he meant to refer to a oversight board for the stimulus package, as is called for in the legislation.


Gov’t watchdogs warn of waste, fraud in Afghanistan The AssociATed Press

WASHINGTON — Waste and corruption that marred Iraq’s reconstruction will be repeated in Afghanistan unless the U.S. transforms the unwieldy bureaucracy managing tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects, government watchdogs warned Monday. The U.S. has devoted more than $30 billion to rebuilding Afghanistan. Yet despite the hard lessons learned in Iraq, where the U.S. has spent nearly $51 billion on reconstruction, the effort in Afghanistan is headed down the same path, the watchdogs told a new panel investigating wartime contracts. “Before we go pouring more money in, we really need to know what we’re trying to accomplish (in Afghanistan),” said Ginger

Cruz, deputy special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction. “And at what point do you turn off the spigot so you’re not pouring money into a black hole?” Better cooperation among federal agencies, more flexible contracting rules, constant oversight and experienced acquisition teams are among the changes urged by the officials in order to make sure money isn’t wasted and contractors don’t cheat. Cruz, along with Stuart Bowen, the top U.S. official overseeing Iraq’s reconstruction, delivered a grim report to the Commission on Wartime Contracting. Their assessment, along with testimony from Thomas Gimble of the Defense Department inspector general’s office, laid out a history of poor planning, weak oversight and greed that soaked U.S.

AP Photo: J. Scott Applewhite

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen appears Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Wartime Contracting Commission hearing to give his account of the Bush administration’s blunders in post-war reconstruction efforts.

taxpayers and undermined American forces in Iraq. Bowen, who has made 21 trips to Iraq since he was appointed in October 2004, said the U.S. has financed a wide array of projects in Iraq

— from training the Iraqi army and police to rebuilding the country’s oil, electric, justice, health and transportation sectors. Some of these projects succeeded, Bowen told the

commission at its first public hearing, but many did not. Violence in Iraq and constant friction between U.S. officials in Washington and Baghdad were also major factors that undercut progress.

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Physical therapist Christine Mahler guides photography senior Paige Moore during her last physical therapy session on Friday at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. Moore suffered an acute stroke on July 18 and has been rebuilding her motor skills. She began further treatment on Monday at Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, where she was awarded a three-month scholarship.

A photography student’s recovery from an acute stroke displays perseverance and positive outlook


Moore waits for her ride Friday at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas after her physical therapy session.

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n July 18, Paige Moore’s life changed forever. “They said it’s not like someone getting struck by lightning. It’s like someone getting struck by a meteor,” said her father, Tom Moore. The 29-year-old photography senior suffered an acute stroke inside her Dallas apartment, where she lived alone. Police found her alive 24 hours later after her parents became worried. That night, a surgeon performed a craniotomy to save her life, and Paige lay in a coma at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas for one month. The surgeon said she had a slim chance for survival. “He said at that point that we might be looking at turning off the machines – very hard for parents to hear,” said her mother, Sharon Moore. Over the next three months, Paige recovered rapidly beyond the doctors’ expectations. She is now learning how to speak again and walk without assistance. “She’s coming back,” Sharon Moore said. “They’re pretty certain that she can get most everything back.” Meanwhile, photography senior Dia Peterson took Paige’s place as president of the university photography club, Focus, and spent last semester planning an exhibit in her honor. “I’m inspired by her constantly,” Peterson said. “She doesn’t even know.” Peterson met Paige in an intermediate photography class in spring 2007, and they became friends after spending hours in the dark room together. Peterson described Paige as honest, sweet, independent and self-taught. The exhibit “Return to Grace” showcases Paige’s previous work, including photographs from a class trip to Italy in summer 2007. Photography professor Kenda north said that her work has developed considerably since then with richer image projections layered on different surfaces. “You could see them and say, ‘That’s Paige’s work,’ ” she said. north recalled a slice of Paige’s positive personality while in Italy. The class would visit a place, and Paige would say, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.” Then they would go somewhere else, and she would say, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.” Peterson said that after the stroke, Paige received an immediate outpour of support from friends, many from the university’s photography program. Sharon Moore, who never left her daughter’s side, kept a tablet. everyone who came to visit Paige in the hospital signed it and wrote

words of encouragement. The book is now almost full. The doctors, therapists and nursing staff built a personal relationship with the Moores during Paige’s six months of recovery. “It’s a very wonderful family here,” Sharon Moore said. “even the receptionist got to know us.” The stroke paralyzed Paige’s right arm, and occupational therapist connie Thomason said she’ll never be rightCourtesy Photo handed again. She took photos for the first time two weeks ago with her left Paige Moore at age 29, hand. before the stroke. “She’s got to learn how to adapt,” Thomason said. “We need her to buy into that she’s a different person now. I don’t know if she’s accepted it.” Paige finished her last day in outpatient therapy Friday at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and began treatment Monday at Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas, where she received a three-month scholarship. Peterson said Paige, now 30, plans to return to school next fall and finish her degree. She would have graduated this semester. “She’s going to have to work harder than she ever has before,” Peterson said. Seeing Paige’s experience has changed Peterson’s outlook on life. “I look at all my friends differently,” she said. “It makes you put a closer tie to people. I don’t think we’re indestructible anymore.”

“RetuRn to GRace” When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday Where: Irving Bible Church, 2435 Kinwest Parkway Focus president Dia Peterson curated the exhibit, which features Paige Moore’s photography over the past year. Artist proofs and prints are for sale as well as prints by request. All proceeds go toward Paige’s college fund. The exhibit is free, open to the public and runs through Feb. 28.



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Mavs fall to texas state again

uta sports Calendar Wednesday Women’s basketball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Time: 7 p.m. Place: Texas Hall Men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Time: 7 p.m. Place: Corpus Christi Saturday Men’s tennis vs. New Orleans Time: noon Place: UTA Tennis Center Men’s basketball vs. Northwestern State Time: 2 p.m. Place: Natchitoches, La. Women’s basketball vs. Northwestern State Time: 4 p.m. Place: Texas Hall

southland ConferenCe

Men’s Standings East Stephen F. Austin Nicholls State Southeastern Louisiana Central Arkansas Northwestern State McNeese State

SLC 6-1 5-2 3-4 2-5 1-5 1-5

Overall 14-5 12-8 9-11 9-11 9-12 7-12

West Sam Houston State Texas A&M Corpus Christi UTSA UTA Lamar Texas State

SLC 5-1 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-5 2-5

Overall 11-8 11-10 13-6 10-9 11-9 9-11

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Junior forward Tommy Moffitt gets up after the final buzzer sounds at UTA’s 80-78 loss to Texas State on Saturday. It was the first loss at home this season for the Mavericks.

much.” on the ensuing possession, the Bobcats missed a jumper and three Mavericks got a hand on the ball, but the rebound bounced to an open Benson, who drove the lane and made the game-winning shot. “I thought I had it,” Vereen said. “I thought I grabbed it. It just went between my hands.” the loss was the first of the season at home for UtA. Both conference wins for texas state have come at the hands of the Mavericks. texas state was previously winless in road games this year, and this victory snapped the Bobcats fivegame losing streak. UtA has dropped two straight games since a 3-1 start to conference play. the Mavericks face the West Division co-leading texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. A&MCC is 5-3 all-time against UtA, including 3-1 at home.

texas state’s leading scorer didn’t have to score much throughout the game — only when it mattered most. the Mavericks held senior guard Brent Benson to just eight points, but none were bigger than his 10-foot floater, with 15 seconds left, giving the Bobcats (9-11, 2-5) an 80-78 lead and victory saturday at texas Hall. Junior guard Marquez Haynes, who scored 19 in the game, was able to square up and attempt a 15-footer at the buzzer to try and force the game into overtime, but his shot hit the back of the rim, ending the Mavericks’ chance at an undefeated home record this season. Head coach scott Cross said the last play was originally designed for senior forward Anthony Vereen to take advantage down low, but texas state’s defense sagged down on Vereen — a common theme throughout the night — forcing the Mavs to a take an outside shot.

”We didn’t get there quick enough. We didn’t set a good enough screen, so the play broke down,” Cross said. After playing from behind all second half, Vereen, with a game-high 25 points, scored on a layup and hit the following free throw to give the Mavs a 78-76 lead with 1:32 to play. the three-point play gave the Mavs their first lead since 30-29 with 1:29 to play in the first half. “I take full responsibility for this game,” Vereen said. “As a leader of this team, I should have had us more ready to play.” Bobcat senior guard Corey Jefferson sank two free throws to tie the score at 78 — UtA had a chance to regain the lead, but Haynes traveled with 55 seconds to play and gave texas state the ball back and an opportunity to retake the lead. UtA had 17 turnovers in the game, resulting in 25 texas state points. the Bobcats also had 18 second-chance points compared to the Mavs’ four. “those are the two stats you have to look at,” Cross said. “You are not going to win many games when you allow that many second-chance points and turn the ball over that

Texas A&M Corpus Christi vs. Sam Houston State the two hottest teams in the southland Conference squared off with sam Houston state ending texas A&M Corpus Christi’s undefeated reign in conference play. Bearkat preston Brown led all scores with 21 points and extends his team’s winning streak to five straight. sam Houston state’s win pulls the team even with texas A&M Corpus Christi for a first place tie in the West Division.

Central Arkansas vs. Northwestern State Damon Jones scored a careerhigh 36 points to lead Northwestern state past Central Arkansas. the conference runner-up a season ago ended its 8-game losing streak and secured its first victory in conference play. Junior guard Marcus pillow and junior forward Mitch rueter each scored 18 in the loss for the sugar Bears.

Nicholls State vs. Southeastern Louisiana the Colonels forced 15 southeastern Louisiana turnovers and outrebounded the Lions 28-17 to assure their fourthstraight conference victory, the first such winning streak since 1997-98. senior forward ryan Bathle scored 25 to lead Nicholls state, which made 21-of-32 free-throw attempts in the second half.

McNeese State vs. Stephen F. Austin In a typical low-scoring contest, the stephen F. Austin extended its winning streak to four with the win over the Cowboys. Both teams shot less than 28 percent and scored a combined 37 points in the second half. senior forward Matt Kingsley led sFA with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. the Lumberjacks stay one game up in the East Division with the win.

UTSA vs. Lamar senior forward travis Gabbidon tipped in a missed shot as time expired to lift UtsA over Lamar and secure its second-straight win. Junior guard Morris smith IV led all scores with 23 and senior guard Kenny Dawkins led the Cardinals with 21. smith IV’s 3-pointer, with 10 seconds left to play, rimmed out and the tip-in attempt from junior forward Josh Bonney missed, but Gabbidon was all alone to follow that miss and seal the victory.

Bearkats Islanders

Demons Sugar Bears

Colonels Lions

Lumberjacks Cowboys

Roadrunners Cardinals

nuMBers gaMe


Number of double-doubles this year by senior forward Candice Champion


Cordero Gray’s 60-meter dash time at Houston Inivitational on Saturday


Combined Texas Hall record for men’s and women’s teams

Bobcats Mavericks

80 78

By stephen peters The Shorthorn sports editor

TXST Player Bowman Jefferson Bush Johnson Rybak Jackson Benson Gough Sloan Moseley Totals

FG-FGA REB 4-9 2 2-5 3 5-8 9 4-8 1 6-12 6 0-2 1 3-9 2 1-2 0 1-2 4 1-1 1 27-58 35

PTS 9 6 19 13 18 0 8 2 3 2 80

MIN 20 40 35 17 35 5 20 5 17 6 200

UTA Player Haynes Parker Long Reed III Vereen Guignard Moffitt Smith Totals

FG-FGA REB 5-8 5 2-2 5 2-12 4 0-4 2 7-8 5 4-8 2 4-5 4 0-3 0 24-50 30

PTS 19 5 8 0 25 14 9 0 78

MIN 34 18 30 10 35 26 22 25 200

Records: Texas State (9-11, 2-5), UTA (10-9, 3-3)

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The ShorThorn


Student charged in Centennial Court dispute

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management and ability to reduce the burden of producing annual reports required for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report statistics. Instead of returning to the department to complete separate paper reports for incident and daily activity reports, the system will give officers the ability to complete an electronic version from computers installed in their patrol cars, Lt. Jona-

The business major received three charges, one included reckless damage. By Jason Joyce Contributor to The Shorthorn

University Police responded to a call at Centennial Court apartments on Wednesday that left an individual involved facing three misdemeanor charges. According to statements made by Lt. Jonathan King, the incident involved a man and cabin fever brought on by the wintery weather. That man was identified through police records as Parker Moore, an undergraduate business major. The incident resulted in three separate charges filed against Moore — public intoxication, reckless damage and simple assault for shoving a bystander, said Rick Gomez, assistant police chief. All three are misdemeanor charges. A neighbor in the building said she initially thought the banging was a resident slamming cabinet doors. She then heard a man and woman screaming at each other. After the screaming began, she called police at around 5:55 p.m. to report the disturbance, then peeked out the door to get a better look. The neighbor said she heard glass breaking and saw a pool of blood appear after Moore put his fist through an apartment window. King said police were able to restore some calm to the situation. Moore was taken into custody and transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital for treatment to a gash on his arm. What sparked the dispute remains unclear to police, and they won’t continue an investigation or pursue other charges, Gomez said. Moore wasn’t available for comment at press time.

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Last year, they made it to the finals, but lost to Hammered Steel. They repeated that fate this year. Warriors captain Ciara Waldron said this competition’s robot was more of a secondary project. They focused on a larger robot for another competition and didn’t have much time to work on this competition’s machine. The robot experienced technical problems throughout — ultimately losing in the semifinals. The Fighting Pickles saw controversy when their robot failed to respond to the driver’s controls and also lost in the

than King said. “They’ve spent the last week training on the new system,” King said, “So far [the system] looks good, but we’ll see how it works when the change happens.” While reducing paper waste is nice, the most significant advantage the system offers to the department is that officers are no longer tied to using the computers in the report writing room for completing reports, King said. Jason Joyce

semifinals. Team adviser James Wilson told his team not to be angry but to find out what went wrong so it doesn’t happen again in a later tournament. O’Brien said the tournament went well for his team, and it taught a lot for the next tournament. His team went home with the Inspire award for its “gracious professionalism” and overall work ethic with other teams. Even though he didn’t win, O’Brien said he was happy to fulfill his dream. “I thought it’d be really cool to make a robot, you know,” he said. “It’s every kid’s dream to make one.” Dustin L. DangLi

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A University Police officer walks outside an apartment building where a dispute took place Jan. 28 at Centennial Court apartments. Business undergraduate Parker Moore was charged with three misdemeanor offenses after punching through a bedroom window during the dispute.

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