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New Mav Mover stops proposed at SC meeting The desired route would take students to places that sell Indian cuisine. by Sarah Lutz The Shorthorn staff
Chapati bread, basmati rice and sona masuri rice may be common in India, but some international students without transportation can’t find them on campus and are ready for the university to help. Electrical engineer-
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ing graduate student Amit Jain proposed a resolution to Student Congress on Tuesday night to change the Mav Mover Shuttle Service schedule, which goes from the university to the Parks at Arlington and Walmart. “There is a lot of Indian food stuff that is not at either of the locations,” Jain said. “Particularly the master’s
Domestic violence victims receive confidential help on campus
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Sometimes the most difficult thing can be asking for help. The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program gives a way for victims of assault or an abusive relationship to get help in a secure and reassuring environment. The program coordinator, Deanee Moran, poses as a counselor and liaison by referring them to other departments like health and counseling services,
Six Flags may not withstand failing economy The company remains optimistic despite the negative prediction. by DuStin L. DangLi The Shorthorn staff
Earlier this month, Rick Newman of Yahoo! Finance compiled a list of 15 companies he predicts might not survive 2009. Companies like Claire’s, Blockbuster and Six Flags Inc. were on the list. Newman placed Six Flags on the list because he predicts the company won’t have a profitable operating season, and the company has already been selling land to pay
debts. Six Flags was selling for $.28 per share as of press time Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. If securities trade for less than $1 for six months, along with other conditions, can cease to be sold on the NYSE, or delisted. According to Reuters, Six Flags received a second delisting warning at the end of October. A freeze on the market gave Six Flags more time to sell above $1. “The New York Stock Exchange is the most widely followed [stock exchange],” econom-
student conduct and outside agencies as needed. “Sometimes it’s a little too close to home,” she said. “They are fearful confidentiality will be broken, etc. But I can refer them to anywhere in the state if needed.” The program is also a way for staff, students, faculty, and members of the university community to learn signs of relationship violence and sexual assault and how to interact RvsP continues on page 3
Amid the influx of on-campus residents, domestic violence tolls increase by JaSon Joyce The Shorthorn staff
Over the past several months, incidents involving domestic disputes or family violence have increased, according to University Police reports. The increase isn’t surprising to police, said Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez. “We’ve expected an increase in family violence incidents,” he said. “More students are living in campus housing instead of
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commuting, so with increased numbers on campus, you’re going to have more incidents.” And since the university serves as a workplace too, the campus is an easy location for spouses or significant others to confront their partner. “They know you work at the university, they know you’ll be here when they show up,” he said. viOlENCE continues on page 6
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ANDREW BUCKLEY
Machine lets visitors see themselves as another race
Technology fund restricts who can make requests
The week-long event coincides with a lecture scheduled for Thursday. by bryan baStibLe The Shorthorn staff
Thanks to a new machine, students don’t have to be Michael Jackson to see how they would look as a different race. Presented by EXCEL Campus Activities and the Special Events committee, The Human Race Machine at The Gallery in the University Center lets students see how they would look as a different race or age. Participants can view several racial interpretations, including Asian, white, black and Hispanic. Also, by adding different facial features with a partner’s photo, participants can see what their possible offspring would look like. Student Activities Director P.K. Kelly said EXCEL members believe students
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Biology freshman Ross Grier experiments with the Human Race Machine on Tuesday in The Gallery at the University Center. The machine allows people to see what they would look like as a different race or age and what their children would look like.
When anD Where When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 27 Where: UC Gallery Cost: Free
are thinking about the topic now more than in past generations. He said two EXCEL members proposed the idea last spring and that it was good for Black History Month. It is partnered with the Daryl Davis presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the UC Rosebud Theatre. Davis, a black man, will talk about his experiences with the Ku Klux Klan. While partakers waited in line to try the machine, they watched an educational video entitled “Race: the Power of Illusion.” The video talks about how what people presume normal is shaped by historical, social, RaCial continues on page 6
“Ultimately, we’re all the human race, we just all have different looks.” Katharine norman nursing freshman
The fund is now only available to students, Student Affairs and OIT. by Sarah Lutz The Shorthorn staff
Academic departments can no longer request money from the Student Initiative Fund for Technology (SIFT) but instead must go through the provost. Jeff Sorensen, Student Affairs assistant vice president, said SIFT now only includes students, Student Affairs departments and the Office of Information and Technology (OIT). “For the past couple of years, the committee has had $250,000 to allocate,” he said. “Every year requests have exceeded available funding.” Sorensen said this year’s requests totaled more than $300,000, but he has not seen all
the requests, which were due Feb. 20. He said that in 2003, the university increased its library and technology fee, and the fee oversight committee convened to have students recommend how much the fee be increased. Money from that fee was set aside to create SIFT, where students could recommend how those dollars be spent. “Of the things the university has done to utilize SIFT dollars — the wireless network on campus, where you can go just about anywhere — those were SIFT dollars. And the laptop checkout at the library — those were SIFT dollars,” he said. OIT Client Services Director James Stewart said the office reviews the requests by checking current price quotas and sift continues on page 6
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Self-Defense class at 7 tonight at Arlington Hall
H. E. Hereford’s head joins the festivities Tuesday during Mardi Gras after being draped with beads. Mardi Gras, which translates literally to “Fat Tuesday,” is celebrated worldwide the day before Ash Wednesday.
Softball: All day, Allan Saxe Field. UTA vs. Texas State. For information, contact Scott Lacefield at 817-272-2261 or email@example.com.
Human Race Machine: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., University Center Gallery. Participants can see what they would look like as another race. Free. For information, contact Aaron Resendez at 817-2726052 or excel-specialevents@ uta.edu. Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA — 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 phealy@uta. edu. Employer Showcase: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., UC Bluebonnet Ballroom. Free. For information, contact Career Services at 817-2722932 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Wesley Foundation Event: noon, 311 UTA Blvd. Free food and devotional. For information, call Wesley Foundation at 817274-6282. Mobile Sensor Networks under Intermittent Connectivity: noon1 p.m., 105 Nedderman Hall. Free. For information, contact Yonghe “Jeff” Liu at 817-2727606 or email@example.com. Focus on Faculty: noon-1:30 p.m., Central Library sixth floor. For information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 817-2722658 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Study Abroad Information Table — Focus on UTA Exchange Programs: noon-3 p.m., UC between Starbucks and Freshens. Free. For information, contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 email@example.com.
Students are invited to “Remember to S.I.N.G.,” a compact self-defense class at 7 tonight in the Arlington Hall Great Room. The event will educate participants about selfdefense through a 45-60 minute lecture and demonstration, lead by a UTA police officer. Brittni Allen, Arlington Hall resident assistant, took the title for the program from the film Miss Congeniality. “S.I.N.G.” is an acronym for solar plexus, instep, nose and groin: a way to remember an easy technique used to fend off attackers. Allen said she decided to host the event to ensure that students know at least some self-defense. “I have 52 residents, they’re my girls,” she said. “I’m constantly afraid something will happen to them.” Participants will learn techniques similar to the Rape Aggression Defense Program also hosted on campus. Because attackers don’t only target women, Allen said men are also invited to the defense demonstration. Workout clothes are recommended, but not required.
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Lecture by Carlos Jimenez: 4 p.m., 204 Architecture Building. Free. For information, contact Robert Rummel-Hudson at 817272-2314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday Welfare check Police responded at 3:02 a.m. to University Village apartments, 908 Greek Row Drive, to check the wellbeing of a female resident.
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with victims. “An example is if someone calls the police and says something has happened to them, an officer goes to the scene, and if needed, I’ll receive a call and I can go to the scene to assist,” Moran said. Moran also said the program assists victims with getting the sexual assault nurse examiner’s exam, a forensic exam conducted at a hospital to retrieve physical evidence from a person’s body after a physical altercation. Campus Recreation director and Student Affairs assistant vice president Doug Kuykendall said the overall goal for the program is to reach out and educate the university community about relationship violence and
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Electrical engineering graduate student Amit Jain proposed to Student Congress that the Mav Mover Shuttle Service adds a stop at businesses that sell a greater variety of ethnic food. The Mav Mover, which makes rounds every Saturday, currently stops at Walmart and the Parks at Arlington.
09-05, “Stop to be added to MavMover (Saturday)” Be It Therefore Resolved That: A stop be added at either of the following locations: Bombay Bazaar (528 Fielder North Plaza) and Dana Bazaar (751 W. Lamar Blvd.) to address this need.
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sexual assault. “The program provides a staff member that students can turn to,” he said. “It’s an issue colleges face, and we felt we could assist students by developing this program.” Kuykendall said the program is a critical piece in helping victims return to some normality. Moran said there are key signs of relationship violence like controlling behavior and isolation from family and friends. She said relationship violence can progress from
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Deanee Moran, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program coordinator, counsels and refers those in need to other departments and outside agencies that can help. The program provides methods for reporting suspicion of relationship violence online or by phone.
Dara Bazaar 751 W. Lamar
Bombay Bazaar 528 Fielder North Plaza Division
Mav Mover schedule was changed before by student request, and another change would be up to the discretion of transportation supervisor Debra Klingler. McCord said Mav Mover Shuttle users would need to be polled. If the schedule could be changed without hurting those depending on the current schedule, a change would be made without extra charge. Jain said he believed, if it were a financial issue, those who need the stop would be willing to pay an extra fee.
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The job requires good time management skills and a willingness to help others.
students who come out here for, say, a year and a half, they don’t buy a car. It’s very difficult for us to get those necessary things.” Jain said there are two Indian grocery stores two to three miles from the campus that he proposes be added to the Mav Mover’s stops. One is Bombay Bazaar at 528 Fielder North Plaza, the other is Dana Bazaar at 751 W. Lamar Blvd. He said he tried walking to one once. “To go there it’s OK, but when you have to carry 10 pounds of rice it becomes more difficult,” he said. “The last two days, I have no rice at my place. I borrowed it from my friend who has a little left right now, but obviously when he runs out, we will be left with no choice, and we’ll have to go and buy it.” Electrical engineering graduate student Shachi Agarwal said she and many other international students from India cannot eat meat due to their religion, making it harder to find food on campus or at Walmart. The instant vegetarian food they can eat is sold at the proposed stops. “There is, I think, only one kind of lentil at Walmart, but there are many different lentils we can get at the Indian store,” she said. “It’s just like how you have bread in the U.S. Most of the time we eat rice and chapati.” Agarwal said getting a ride with a peer is possible but difficult when matching schedules. While some students offer paid rides, it does not solve the scheduling difficulty, and it costs more than the shuttle. University police Captain Mike McCord said the
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“For me it’s not as difficult now, because I have friends, but when I came here it was difficult,” he said. “I don’t want anyone else who’s coming here to go through all that.” The resolution will be sent to the SC Student Affairs committee March
verbal to physical. “Many times people confuse jealousy with love,” Moran said. “Sometimes it gets misconstrued as ‘He’s not jealous, he just really wants me to be with him.’ ” Moran said that if someone is in a relationship and working too hard to be happy, they need to take a step back and look at what’s going on. “It’s not just physical abuse. It can be mental abuse also and very controlling behavior,” she said. “It’s amazing what some people can do.” Frank Lamas, Student Affairs vice president, said the RVSP program impacts the university in a positive way by empowering those harmed. “The program gives students someone to talk to and a way to take action if they are victims,” he said. Moran said it takes one an average of seven to 10 attempts to get out of an abusive relationship, and that many times he or she does not want to leave because there is emotional attachment. “It’s very unfortunate, but many people have lost their lives due to relationship violence,” she said. “It’s a big problem.” Moran said women are not the only victims of relationship violence. “There’s a double standard when it comes to relationship violence,” she said. “I’ve seen just as many aggressive women as I have men. It’s not taken as seriously, even though it should.” If someone suspects relationship violence or has information concerning sexual assault, Moran said an anonymous form is available online at the program’s Web site, and she can be reached by phone. “If you are a victim,” she said, “I’m here for you.” Caroline Basile firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students have until March 3 to apply to be a resident assistant for the 2009-2010 semesters with Apartment and Residence Life. The RA’s job is to build a close community and provide a mentor figure to residents, said Jack Lee, west campus apartments residence director. “Our RAs that work in the resident halls and the apartment communities are student leaders here at UTA,” he said. “We are looking for outstanding individuals that want to help create a great university experience for everyone that lives on campus.” The number of openings is unknown, said Michael Mayhugh, Kalpana Chawla Hall residence director. The final openings number depends on the number of returning RAs, but the committee still accepts applications. Because the job is so demanding, he said they’re looking for well-rounded people with a number of traits. He said RAs should possess qualities, like the ability to balance course work and the job, good communication skills to work with residents, creativity and a strong backbone to enforce policies. “We also train RAs on these things, so it’s OK if you’re not great at time management,” Mayhugh said. Mayhugh said there are two sides to the job. “There’s the cool, fun, glamorous, community building,” he said. “Then there’s policy enforcement.” The community building requires RAs to try to instill values into residents while making the community more a family than people living in the same building. A major part of the posi-
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tion is educating residents, even through policy enforcement, Mayhugh said. “It’s not like being a police officer,” he said. “They’re trying to educate residents about living in an environment with 400 people.” One of the job’s responsibilities is being “on call.” These shifts, which occur four to five times a month, require RAs to work the front desk for two hours and then tour the building several times, acting as first response for calls to the desk throughout the night. While apartment RAs don’t have the front desk, they still answer calls. Mayhugh said being oncall places RAs in charge of the building for that night. Trinity House RA Heinz Schwarzkopf said applicants should have leadership skills and a love for helping others. He said the job offers a great opportunity and the position has helped him grow. “I don’t know how I survived before,” he said. Dustin l. Dangli firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Upbeat Obama says U.S. will revive past economic reckoning
AMARILLO — A New Mexico man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly mailing threatening letters containing suspicious powder to dozens of banks and federal offices across the country last fall. Richard Leon Goyette, 47, of Albuquerque, faces one count of threats and false information and 64 counts of threats and hoaxes for allegedly mailing the letters from Amarillo to 52 offices and banks in 11 states and the District of Columbia, according to a release Tuesday from the U.S. attorney in Dallas.
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WASHiNGToN — Standing before the nation on a “day of reckoning,” President Barack obama summoned politicians and public alike Tuesday night to forge a path out of the worst economic disaster in a quarter-century by embracing shared sacrifice and costly new endeavors to improve health care, schools and the environment. “The time to take charge of our future is here,” obama declared in his first address to a joint session of Congress, watched by millions of worried Americans on television and the internet. Adding words of reassurance, he said, “Tonight i want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.” obama had to wade his way into a chamber packed with lawmakers eager to welcome the nation’s first black president into a Capitol built by slaves. The House gallery included a special section hosted by first lady Michelle obama, where guests served
Hurricane-relief groups wait to receive payment AUSTIN — Hundreds of businesses that provided transportation, portable toilets and other assistance after Hurricane Ike are still waiting to be paid six months after the storm, the result of a $134 million dispute between Texas and the federal government. Small businesses around the country are struggling because of the delay, and many of them say next time a hurricane threatens the Texas Gulf Coast, they might be reluctant to help.
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Infant, 5 others shot on Mardi Gras parade route NEW ORLEANS — A Mardi Gras parade erupted into chaos on Fat Tuesday when a series of gunshots struck six people, including an infant. The infant was not seriously injured and two suspects were in custody, police said. The shootings happened near the Garden District about 1:40 p.m. after the last major parade of the celebration, Rex, had ended. Hundreds of truck floats that follow the parade were passing when gunfire broke out.
as living symbols of the president’s goals. Cramming the floor was virtually the entire leadership of the federal government, including Supreme Court justices, led by ruth Bader Ginsberg, back on the bench only this week after cancer surgery, and all but one Cabinet member, held away in case disaster struck. obama’s 52-minute speech was interrupted 61 times by applause. To deal with the current
overhaul regulations on the nation’s financial markets. “i ask this Congress to join me in doing whatever proves necessary,” obama said. “Because we cannot consign our nation to an open-ended recession.” With U.S. automakers struggling for survival, obama also said he would allow neither their demise nor “their own bad practices” to be rewarded. “i believe the nation
“The time to take charge in our future is here.” Barack Obama, United States President economic crisis, deepening each day, the president said more money would be needed to rescue troubled banks beyond the $700 billion already committed last year. He said he knows that bailout billions for banks are unpopular — “i promise you, i get it,” he said — but he also insisted it was the only way to get credit moving again to households and businesses, the lifeblood of the American economy. Along with aid for banks, he also called on Congress to move quickly on legislation to
that invented the automobile cannot walk away from it,” he said. Thinking longer-term, obama said in a speech lacking many specifics that both political parties must give up favored programs while uniting behind his campaign promises to help the millions without health insurance, build better schools and move the nation to more-efficient fuel use. He skipped the traditional litany of new programs common in such speeches but spoke on broad generalities
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RICHMOND, Va. — Two former proIsrael lobbyists accused of illegally disclosing national defense secrets can use some classified information at their trial, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a setback in the government’s prosecution of Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman. The two were charged in 2005 with conspiring to obtain classified documents and sharing them with reporters and former diplomats.
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Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, left, talks with Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, right, during a meeting of the House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding on Monday in Austin. Rep. Dunnam chairs the committee.
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Turkish politician defies law with Kurdish speech
NKorea: headway made in satellite launch plans
ISTANBUL — The leader of Turkey’s Kurdish lawmakers startled the country Tuesday by speaking in his native language in Parliament, breaking the law in a country that has tried for decades to keep a firm grip over the restive minority amid fears of national division. State-run television immediately cut off the live broadcast of legislator Ahmet Turk, ostensibly to celebrate UNESCO world languages week. But his real aim was to challenge the country’s policy toward its Kurdish population, a suppression of rights that only recently has started to ease. “Kurds have long been oppressed because they did not know any other language,” Turk said. “I promised myself that I would speak in my mother tongue at an official meeting one day.”
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SeoUl, South Korea — North Korea declared Tuesday it is making “brisk headway” in plans to send a satellite into orbit as part of its space program, a launch regional powers fear is a cover up for testing a long-range ballistic missile capable of striking Alaska and the western United States. Analysts called Pyongyang’s announcement yet another bid for President Barack obama’s attention as he met in Washington with Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan, a key ally in the regional push
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ful of republican lawmakers, obama enjoys strong approval ratings across the nation. Bobby Jindal, louisiana’s young, charismatic governor who is considered a potential 2012 presidential candidate, was chosen to deliver the televised GoP response. He exhorted fellow republicans to be obama’s “strongest partners” when they agree with him. But he signaled that won’t happen much, calling the $787 billion stimulus package “irresponsible.” “The way to lead is not
to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program. State department spokesman robert Wood told reporters Tuesday that North Korea should focus on its commitments to international negotiators working to rid the North of its nuclear weapons. “intimidation and threats are not helpful to try to bring about regional stability,” Wood said. North Korea’s declaration came just days after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary rodham Clinton, on a trip to Asia, urged the country to
to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians,” Jindal said. “Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need?” Still, mindful of the public’s optimism about obama’s leadership, Jindal, as well as other republicans, took care to focus criticism primarily on Congress’ democratic leaders, not on the president. Pre-speech, Wall Street was in a better mood than it had been in for days: Stocks were up after Federal reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession might end this year. But obama spoke as bad economic news continued to pile up, felt all too keenly in U.S. homes and businesses. Some 3.6 million jobs have disappeared in the recession that ranks as the biggest job destroyer in the post-World War ii period. Americans have lost trillions of dollars in retirement, college and savings accounts, with the stock market falling nearly half from its peak of 16 months ago.
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about goals and themes that formed the backbone of his presidential campaign. Just five weeks after his inauguration, obama addressed an ebullient democratic congressional majority and an embattled but reinvigorated GoP minority as well as anxious viewers at home. despite the nation’s economic worries and the failure so far of his effort to draw support for his plans from more than a hand-
put an end to “provocative actions.” “The North has sent the ball back into the U.S. court,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor at Seoul’s dongguk University, calling the threat a tactic to pressure Washington into opening negotiations surrounding Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution prohibiting Pyongyang from engaging in any ballistic activity following a missile launch in 2006. North Korea could face additional sanctions if it violates the resolution.
rAleiGH, N.C. — For months, prosecutors say, technicians in the gloom of a rundown North Carolina plant prepared life-sustaining syringes and shipped them before ensuring they were sterile. investigators believe a rush to maximize profits led dushyant Patel’s AM2PAT inc. to produce heparin and saline syringes that killed five people and sickened hundreds of others, some resulting in spinal meningitis and permanent brain damage. Authorities are now on an international search for Patel after he was indicted last week on 10 charges including fraud, false statements and selling adulterated medical devices.
U.S. Attorney George Holding said Tuesday that authorities believe Patel has fled to his native india and have turned to interpol for cross-border aid in catching up to him. “our office is committed to pursuing him and bringing him here to account for his actions,” Holding said. Court documents portray a disturbing recklessness that allowed syringes to ship before they were checked for contamination. reports detailing the testing were backdated to appear they passed procedure before shipping, and some test results were manipulated or fabricated to deceive inspectors from the U.S. Food and drug Administration, prosecutors said.
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OPINION THE SHORTHORN
The Pot Calling the Kettle ‘Obstructionist’ Genuine political convictions don’t end with election results
hen any ruling faction uses the term “bipartisanship,” it means “capitulation.” Sort of like “good sportsmanship.” “You guys lost, so now let’s shake hands and you don’t cause any trouble. Just play along nicely, and maybe you’ll win next time. For now, you’re the losers and really should see things our way.” That’s not what bipartisanship is, though. Bipartisanship is when the majority moderates agree, and both sides rein in the fanatic differences... unless the sides have become so polarized that even the “moderates” don’t see eye to eye on the simplest of ideas. There was a time when both sides agreed in principle on things like balanced budgets and education. Now the sides are primarily interested in catering to the dissimilarities that get media coverage, not in the fundamentals of statecraft. Cooperation is not sexy and doesn’t help win votes in the biannual and quadrennial cola wars of Red Rum versus Blue Beer. The mega-dollar beauty pageants that set up one adult mammal to rule — I mean “represent” — a block of voters makes divisiveness — I mean “diversity” — necessary. Unlike the real world, the artificial environment inside the Washington Beltway thrives on clearly delineating the elephants from the donkeys. If the candidates agree too much, how will the Player Ones identify the Player Twos in the online shooter of
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American politics? America’s greatest years of economic and infrastructure development were times of political and philosophical consensus building. There were disagreements, but they only frosted the cake. The bulk of the work was done by people who thought it was obvious (“self-evident”) that children needed an education and that government, like real people, should not spend more than it has.
If Mr. Obama Bipartisanship is wants to be a new agreeing on the core Lincoln, all he has issues even while to do is shove the seeing philosophical Reddies into a cordifferences in methner and then start odology. America a shooting war to has not been biparpacify — I mean, tisan since at least “reunite” — the World War II. It has “rebels.” become increasingly bipolar, and what is CLIFF HALE called bipartisan— Cliff Hale is ship is now a disoran art history der that, if unchecked, may junior and copy editor for lead to a violent national The Shorthorn dissociation.
The Power of Words People may not realize the negative impact of what they say
mouth were, “I e know how can make it no to use our matter what the words to rule our circumstances are.” world. Words are What my friend weapons, and their said didn’t give me impact on us and sleepless nights others should not but made me pay be taken lightly. more attention I have a friend in the professor’s who had already class. Yet it still had taken a class a negative impact I’m taking this HUMPHREY on my confidence semester. All he KLOBODU to make an “A.” said about the Words are course was that the professor rarely gives a weapons, and if misdirected, “B” or “C”, and an “A” doesn’t they could cause harm happen in his class. For a with or without intention. performance in moment I was shocked, then Our surprised — my mouth was class is independent of shut, and I walked back others’ experiences and to my other class. After I lies solely with our input determination. regained consciousness and This input and from my trance, the first words that came out of my determination has an enemy
called discouragement, which gets access through what we hear and say. Had my friend encouraged me to get an “A” in that class, it would have given me a psychological advantage and more confidence. Communication between friends and loved ones shouldn’t be taken for granted. We should speak encouraging words that edify others. More importantly, we shouldn’t say negative things about ourselves but learn to encourage ourselves when everyone seems to discourage us. Positive speaking keeps our minds at peace and saves us from unnecessary worries. Let’s be optimistic about this semester. An “F” isn’t the worst thing that can happen
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and an “A” isn’t the best thing. Life is important and if you have it, there’s always hope for the future. We have one life to live, so we live it to the max. If there is one way to be remembered it should be for our outlook on life. Living a full life has its highs and lows. Problems may come and go, but we still shouldn’t discourage ourselves with words. Mistakes will happen, but we should still attain to positive speaking. That’s living a fulfilled life and using words to rule our world.
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Freeing the Innocent Students should help exonerate wrongly convicted people The Innocence Project at UTA is a group that should be applauded for the tireless work they do for wrongly convicted prison inmates. Those who have time to donate should get involved by joining this amazing group. The project became an official student organization last summer and now offers two classes open to anyone — The Innocence Project I & II. At present, only a handful of students participate in the classes, but 25-35 students are in the organization. The UTA group is part of the Innocence Project of Texas — both groups work with university students and experienced lawyers to right some of the wrongs in our EDITORIAL criminal justice sysROUNDUP tem. The issue: John Stickels, crimiThe Innocence Project at UTA works to exonnology and criminal erate wrongly convicted justice associate propersons. fessor, said the group We suggest: collaborates with the That more students join Dallas District Atto learn more about torney’s Office, Dallas this issue and gain hands-on experience public defenders and making a difference in a other universities like system that is fallible. Texas Tech and Texas Wesleyan University. Stickels credits Criminology and Criminal Justice department Chair Alex del Carmen and Liberal Arts Dean Beth Wright with much of the campus program’s success. “Our department is committed to the expansion of the Innocence Project to the extent that we are willing to offer this program to graduate students at large,” del Carmen said. “Graduate courses advance the knowledge of graduate students on DNA and judicial matters. “Under Dr. Stickels’ leadership, the program has been very successful in gaining national exposure,” he said. “This has been beneficial to our students particularly those who are seeking admission to law school.” The students involved in the project are deeply committed and gain hands-on experience in learning how the criminal justice and court systems operate. The opportunity is knocking for all students who want to make a difference by helping those failed by our criminal justice system. This is also an incredible opportunity for undergraduates — this type of training isn’t available in very many places to those who aren’t at the graduate level. Students should seize this opportunity to expand their knowledge and possibly save innocent peoples’ lives.
DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway
— Humphrey Klobodu is an engineering graduate student and a columnist for The Shorthorn
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institutional and cultural beliefs. Biology assistant professor Esther Betran said members of the human race are not that different, and everyone came from a common origin. Biology sophomore Chidozie Menakaya, who is black, said the experience was interesting. He said he tried all of the different race options, but what caught his eye was seeing himself as white. Nursing freshman Katharine Norman said the experience was eyeopening and helped her put race into perspective. “Ultimately, we’re all the human race, we just
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making sure the requests are compatible with existing technology on campus. “We find sometimes people underbid, so the reviewing board knows they might need more money, or they might overbid so that request might fund the one that underbid a little bit,” he said. Stewart said that this year, OIT requested new, large format printers called plotters for the
all have different looks,” she said. She said she had tried something like the machine at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, but it only looks at age, not race. Norman brought her boyfriend, nonstudent James Blanton, to see what their possible offspring may look like. “I think the point is that we’re all the same race, and to get into people’s heads that the only difference between all of us is color — and that doesn’t mean anything,” he said. Some comments left in the guest book described the experience as “enlightening,” “funny” and “interesting.”
More than 12 bike theft cases reported this semester
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School of Architecture. After going to OIT, SIFT requests will go to a seven-student committee March 6, said Student Congress President Travis Boren. “We will be taking those at committee. We’ll look at those, go through the applications, see if they meet certain criteria and then decide which applications are applied,” he said. “It’s a student initiative, so the students are able to decide where the $250,000 goes.” sarah Lutz firstname.lastname@example.org
“For the past couple of years, the committee has had $250,000 to allocate. Every year requests have exceeded available funding.” Jeff sorensen,
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Bicycles in front of Ransom Hall are secured with locks. More than 12 bicycle thefts were reported to University Police so far this semester.
Inefficient bicycle locks and chains are cited as a reason for the crimes. By Jason Joyce The Shorthorn staff
After a brief lull during the winter break, bike thefts on campus are once again a concern for campus police. Since the start of the semester, students have reported more than 12 bicycle thefts to University Police, according to campus crime logs. UTA’s proximity to Cooper Street makes it a prime location for thieves on the hunt for an unattended bike, Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez said. Crime Prevention offi-
Cook said. And cer Ron Cook how to register the problem is said he isn’t only compoundparticularly Register your bike by ed by the relasurprised by going to: tively low numthefts on camhttp://policy.uta.edu ber of students pus. Click on Police and staff who Cook said Department and take advantage one factor in then Bicycle of the police dethe thefts is Registration Form partment’s bike that many sturegistration serdents don’t vice. purchase effec“When we take reports, tive locks and chains for we’ll ask if they registered their bicycles. “They buy $1,200 bikes the bike, and the response and then turn around and is usually ‘I was going to,’ ” he said. buy a $20 lock,” he said. When students register The cheaper locks often won’t stand up to a deter- bicycles, they’re more easimined thief with bolt cut- ly recovered because police ters or other tools, he said. can identify the bike and The combination of ex- owner information by sepensive bicycles and eas- rial number in a database, ily defeated locks make at- Cook said. Without having a setractive targets for thieves,
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At the same time, police stress that help is available for those involved in violent relationships. Gomez said University Police have developed a family violence packet for those who may be in violent or abusive relationships. The packet includes the paperwork required to obtain protective or restraining orders and information on community organizations providing counseling or legal ser-
vices. For UTA students, Counseling Services offers personal counseling but does not provide support for legal proceedings or act as victim advocates. However, Counseling Services said the university’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program staff, coordinated by Deanee Moran, and its associated Sexual Assault Response Network could provide those advocacy services. One outside community resource police send individuals to is SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a shelter
rial number, it’s difficult for police to make arrests or seize bikes they suspect may have been stolen, he said. Cook said police recently encountered an individual riding a bike and pulling a second bike behind him. While the individual was arrested on other charges, police had no evidence that the bikes belonged to anyone else, so no other action was taken. Registering bikes with the UTA police is free and can be done by submitting an online form at http:// policy.uta.edu/ . Jason Joyce email@example.com
for women and children who are victims of abuse. For those in need of assistance beyond what the university offers, Sarah McClellan-Brandt, SafeHaven community relations coordinator, said SafeHaven can provide women temporary shelter, counseling and legal assistance to help escape abusive relationships. Longer-term housing and counseling are also available in cases of need, she said. By Jason Joyce firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Flags Over Texas remains optimistic about its future in spite of the parent company being named in an article listing 15 companies that may go out of business by the end of the year. The article, written by Rick Newman of Yahoo! Finance, included Six Flags because its stock has been trading for less than $1 a share, and the company has been selling land to pay its debts.
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ics professor William Crowder said. “It’s generally not a good thing to get delisted.” Crowder said a company can avoid failure after being delisted, but it’s usually a bad sign. Yahoo! predicts a low turnout for the 2009 season, and that could hurt the theme park company even more. Six Flags spokesperson Sandra Daniels said even in today’s economic climate, families still want vacations, and Six Flags can be a less-expensive alternative. “We’re a good, close-tohome, affordable option,” Daniels said. Sharon Parker, Six Flags Over Texas public relations manager, said the company looks forward to the new season, and continues hiring and investing in new rides. Parker said a longer season, starting Feb. 28, and extended operating hours are the only changes they’re making this season. “We’ve been an active contributor here at Ar-
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lington and plan to be for years to come,” she said. Newman added Blockbuster to the list because of its troubles competing with cable companies that offer similar services. Blockbuster spokesman Randy Hargrove said he disagrees with the Newman’s statement. “It’s more reflective of the market,” Hargrove said. “We’re confident in our business plan.”
Hargrove said in the current economic state, Blockbuster offers affordable options through its rental and download business. Blockbuster has also expanded its retail business to include purchasable copies of movies and video games in addition to rentals. Dustin L. DangLi email@example.com
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Mavs swept in doubleheader by ’Cats The team has a chance to redeem itself against Texas State on Wednesday. BY RoBeRt Matson Contributor to The Shorthorn
The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard
Sophomore third baseman Whitney Simpson hits a foul ball on a pitch from the Texas State softball team Tuesday at Allan Saxe Field in the Mavericks 5-0 loss.
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2B — Bobcats Hall, T. 1, Emery 2 3B — none HR — none WP — Hall, C. (5-2) LP — Hulme (3-5) S — none DP — Bobcats 0, Mavericks 0, LOB — Bobcats 6, Mavericks 4 T — 1:45, A — 75 Records —Texas State (9-6, 1-0), UTA (4-9, 0-1).
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Freshman center fielder Courtney Enocksen reaches to make a catch during the Mavericks’ 3-0 loss to Texas State on Tuesday at Allan Saxe Field. Head coach Debbie Hedrick was thrown out of the game for arguing with an umpire over a string of questionable calls.
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“they got fired up and excited when I got kicked out, and we have to carry that on to next game starting in inning one.” Debbie Hedrick, head coach
the softball team began conference play tuesday and dropped both games of a double-header at home to texas state 5-0 and 3-0 at Allan saxe Field. Game one saw texas state rough up Mavs (4-10, 0-2) junior pitcher Cara Hulme for five runs on nine hits in seven innings pitched. the loss drops Hulme to 3-5 overall this season. the Bobcats (10-6, 2-0) were able to string together base hits in the second, third and fifth innings to provide all the offense they would need en route to shutting out the Mavs. UtA sophomore third baseman Whitney simpson’s two singles made her the only Maverick to record multiple hits in the game. Game two was highlighted by strong pitching performances from Mavs junior Heather Fortenberry and texas state senior Katie Garnett. Fortenberry, now 1-4 on the season, allowed a run in the first inning on a fielding error but cruised through the middle innings, allowing just two hits until the sixth. Her night caught the eye of head coach Debbie Hedrick, who was pleased with the junior’s play. “Heather threw the ball well, and I think that will give her confidence and will gain the confidence of her teammates going through the rest of her
season,” Hedrick said. Garnett gave up only three hits and no runs in seven strong innings of work. Fortenberry got in trouble in the sixth and was trying to work out of a bases-loaded situation when Bobcat junior center fielder Kristina tello doubled to right, bringing in two runners, the second of which eluded Mavs freshman catcher Erica LeFlore’s diving attempt to tag her out. Controversy ensued on the play, resulting in Hedrick being tossed from the game. the Mavs threatened in the final frame, but were unable to produce any runs. Hedrick and her players said the team has to score runs to win games, but Hedrick was encouraged by the intensity the club showed following her ejection. “they got fired up and excited when I got kicked out, and we have to carry that on to next game starting in inning one,” Hedrick said. this was the third and fourth time the Mavs have been shut out this season and were only able to collect three hits in each game on tuesday. Fortenberry said she thinks once the hitting comes around, the team will be just fine. “We have just got to get that spark to get us going,” she said. “Just to get us rolling.” the Mavs have little time to fix the sluggish play at the plate as they look to take at least one in the series with the Bobcats at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Allan saxe Field. RoBeRt Matson firstname.lastname@example.org