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Greeks vote to change recruitment rules, 22-8

Provost discusses university’s future

The goal is to boost the overall GPA of chapters, which had been in decline. BY SOHANA KUTUB Contributor to The Shorthorn

Greek chapter representatives amended eligibility re-

quirements Wednesday night — freshmen now may not rush until their second semester. The vote passed 22-8 in the University Center Student Congress Chambers. The change was intended to prevent dropping grades within the Greek community, said

Robert-Thomas Jones, Greek Life and University Events program coordinator. Grades were fluctuating up and down, but mostly down, every semester, he said. In Spring 2008, the Greek community’s average GPA was 2.75. It dropped to 2.58 in Fall

2008, he said. “I think that was a shocker to our entire community,” he said. Jones said the next step involves all Greek councils meeting to create a plan to modify GREEK continues on page 3A

day in the Central Library sixth floor parlor. The event drew a crowd of more than 100 people, including faculty, students, alumni, administration and area residents. The library and Pi Kappa Phi Honor Society hosted the event, part of the “Focus on Faculty” speaker series.

Speech also focused on improving UTA’s retention and graduation rates. BY BRYAN BASTIBLE AND ALANNA QUILLEN The Shorthorn staff

Provost Donald Bobbitt discussed the university’s strive toward Tier One status, outsiders’ perspectives and possible goals Wednes-

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Biomedical engineering freshman Beth Nguyen enjoys the warm weather Wednesday on the Central Library mall. She was waiting for her cousin to get out of class so they could leave campus.



Speaker offers unique perspective on race

Large turnout for Employer Showcase

After befriending KKK members undercover, a black man speaks at UTA. BY CAROLINE BASILE Contributor to The Shorthorn

A black man who took a risk and befriended Ku Klux Klan members will speak to the university about his experience at 7:30 tonight. Daryl Davis, author of Klan-destine Relationships, will be at the University Center Rosebud Theatre. His book covers the years he spent attending KKK meetings under the cover of white robes, talking with members and befriending people who would have otherwise hated him because of his skin color. Brian Joyce, Student Activities assistant director, said the lecture would be an interesting perspective for students to hear. “No one has a perspective that he does. Many people hear so many different things about race relations, and this is something to

WHEN AND WHERE Tickets are limited and will go on sale before the event at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free for students, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $5 for general public. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: University Center Rosebud Theatre

Daryl Davis, author, race relations activist

hear that is interesting and will make people think,” he said. “I don’t know if one man can change the world’s view on race, but he seems to be influential.” Joyce said that the lecture is part of a week of race awareness. EXCEL sponsored the Human Race DAVIS continues on page 2A

Students ventured to the event in search of jobs, internships and info. BY ALI MUSTANSIR Contributor to The Shorthorn

Students crowded the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom for the Employer Showcase on Wednesday. Career Services hosted the event, which featured about 115 companies, and about 1,500 students attended. The companies represented fields like energy, hospitality, government and alcohol distribution, said Cheri Butler, Career Services associate director. “Some students miss out be-

Waving Joy Project to spread kindness expands daily

cause they think that a company is only hiring for one thing,” she said. “Liberal arts majors often think there isn’t an opportunity for them.” Butler said every company has layers of job opportunities beyond their obvious services. For example, hospitals need employees in human resources or accounting in addition to medical staff, she said. Graphic design junior Amanda East said many representatives did not have information for her field, though she was directed to company Web sites for more information. “There is a lot of accounting, FAIR continues on page 3A

BY BRYAN BASTIBLE The Shorthorn staff

James Caldwell moved the pawn piece slowly across the glistening black and white chess board, concentrating on the game strategy rather than the sound of footsteps around him. Lauren McKinney focused on her sketch pad, drawing the subject sitting before her as the wind gently

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From left, finance senior Bryan Burnett and alumnus Syed Faraz network with Federal Insurance Deposit Corp. senior bank examiner Eric Raines Wednesday during the Employer Showcase in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom.

tossed her hair to the side. Students from all walks of life and majors, like Caldwell, a civil engineering junior and McKinney, an undeclared freshman, come together as part of sociology graduate student Thomas Deak’s project to spread a community of friendship and “disobedient politeness,” his philosophy of spreading joy, by giving hugs, hellos and handshakes.

Started as a project last semester, Deak and the other participants wave and greet passers-by while playing chess and talking with each other. Some passers-by have seen Deak, have begun taking part in the project and have even brought their own chessboards, Wii game system and sketchbooks with GUYS continues on page 3A

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FEB. Human Race Machine: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., University Center Gallery. The Human Race Machine gives viewers the opportunity to see themselves as a different race. Free. For information, contact Aaron Resendez at 817-272-6052 or


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

Aerospace engineering sophomore Brittany Allen knocks on the doors of Arlington Hall residents in an attempt to get them to participate in Remember to S.I.N.G. The program was a self-defense class taught by university police officer Randy Reynolds.

Black History Month Closing Ceremony: noon, UC Carlisle Room. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-2722099 or multicultural_affairs@ Planetarium show — Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Chemistry and Physics Building. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $2 for UTA students. For information, contact Levent Gurdemir at 817-2720123 or Global Grounds International Coffee Hour: 4-5:30 p.m., UC Palo Duro Lounge. Free. For information, contact Julie Holmer at 817-272-2355 or jholmer@ Graduate Student Workshop — MS Word for Dissertations and Theses: 4-6 p.m., 211A Ransom Hall. Free. For information, contact Lisa Berry at 817-272-2688 or Biology Department Spring 2009 Colloquium Series: 4-5 p.m., 124 Life Science Building. Free. For information, contact Assiatu Barrie at 817-272-2872 or Yoga Meditation Club: 5-6:30 p.m., UC Rio Grande Ballroom. For information, contact Shambhu Sharan at 214-3150869 or shambhu.sharan@

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Twist on Tornados BY SARAH LUTZ The Shorthorn staff

The tornados Tarrant County experienced earlier this month may have marked an early tornado season, which typically starts in late winter and continues until early summer, peaking in May and June. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas A&M professor and state climatologist, said warmer temperatures due to climate change could cause the tornado season to change. “I think it’s possible the peak tornado season may move to an earlier part of the spring,” he said. “With an observed and expected tendency for the jet stream to move farther north, it seems that tornado season may begin and end earlier.”

Nielsen-Gammon said tornados are too irregularly observed to tell whether any changes have already occurred, much less attribute a cause. Geology professor Arne Winguth said tornados form when cold air masses cover warm, moist air masses near the surface, and the low-pressure system in the higher atmosphere causes vertical instability, forming a super cell. A counterclockwise rotating updraft of the moist air combines with the falling cold air and results in a tornado. “It’s not necessary that with one thunderstorm you’ll have a tornado,” he said. “You have to have a certain instability in the vertical air masses to form these tornados.” Winguth said though sta-

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Tuesday Accident – hit-and-run An officer responded at 11:44 a.m. to 701 Nedderman Drive to meet with a student regarding an accident in a parking lot. The student told police someone hit his vehicle and left without leaving contact information.

Accident – hit-and-run An officer responded to 700 Pecan St. at 12:17 p.m. to meet with a staff member regarding an accident. The staff member told police his vehicle had been damaged by an individual who failed to leave contact information.

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tistics may imply an increase in the number of tornados, it is the capabilities of technology that has increased, not the tornados themselves. “The problem is that how climate change affects tornados is really uncertain, and there is no straight evidence for how climate change could directly change the frequency and intensity of tornado storms,” he said. “We cannot tell because in the past, we did not have these communication systems and these electronic advantages instruments like Doppler radar which then detect these tornados.” Nielsen-Gammon said, with global warming, more moisture in the air at low levels, and a bigger difference between dry and moist changes in the air,

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Machine, which will be in the UC Gallery until Friday, allowing participants to view themselves as different races and ages. “It’s going to be entertaining,” he said of the lecture. “But I think everyone there will learn a lot more about race.” Scene Editor .............................Emily Toman Opinion Editor ................................ Cohe Bolin Photo Editor .................................... Rasy Ran Online Editor ...................... Jennifer Cudmore Webmaster ........................... Troy Buchwalter

Experts say climate changes are causing storm systems to form irregularly for this time of year could lead to a greater instability. Also a decrease in the temperature gradient could lead to reduced wind shear. “Both of these changes would tend to favor single-cell and multi-cell thunder storms over the supercell thunderstorm,” he said. “Based on this off-the-cuff speculation, I would expect tornadoes to become less frequent and less damaging.” Winguth said urban areas could be less likely to develop a tornado because the urban development affects temperatures, and moisture levels could be lower without vegetation. “You have higher friction with higher buildings, and that can all contribute to a less likelihood to have a tornado as well,” he said.

EXCEL Vice President Maggie Garza, who helped set up the lecture, looks forward to hearing Davis’ story. “He took a big risk,” she said. “He put his family and members of his community at risk. If the KKK had found out, they would’ve all been in serious danger.” Garza said Davis encourages others to take risks and stand up to race issues today. “I want to hear what made him do it,” she said. “How you News Clerk ................................ Jeanne Lopez Student Ad Manager .............. Colleen Hurtzig Ad Representatives ........................ Dondria Bowman, Anthony Duong, Shannon Edwards, Michael Goad, Eric Lara, Mike Love, Pax Salinas, Kasey Tomlinson Ad Artists ............................. Antonina


Of the 81 tornados in Tarrant County since Jan. 1, 1950 there have been only three deaths, all after 2000. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Robert Smith, Environmental Health and Safety assistant director, said if a tornado is spotted on campus, the best thing to do is call police dispatch, 817-272-3382, and report the sighting. “At that point, seek shelter inside a building or outside in a ditch or perhaps an embankment,” he said. SARAH LUTZ

“He took a big risk.” Maggie Garza,

EXCEL Vice President are able to sit there and hear so many negative things about your race and others? It takes a lot of control.”

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Sociology graduate student Thomas Deak, center, listens to German junior Jonathan Brase, right, as they discuss race and gender issues Wednesday on the Central Library mall. It was Brase’s first conversation with Deak and his co-participants.

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them. Deak began greeting people alone, but he said he now has about 40 regular “co-participants” and about 50 “nonregulars.” “It grows every time I am up here,” he said. Deak said he chose the middle of the Central Library mall to increase visibility. “If I am right here, people will take notice,” he said. “Right here, that’s what attracts people where they keep coming back.” He said in the past, University Police and university officials requested that the

group move. Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez said if a group intentionally blocks pedestrian traffic, such as a sit-down, it would violate university rules. But he said if pedestrians could still get by, it would not pose a problem. Nursing sophomore Elizabeth Hammond said she doesn’t mind what the group does, but sometimes gets annoyed when pedestrian traffic has to go around too many people. Accounting senior Michael McKinney has been a co-participant since last semester. “He’s like Jesus without the beard,” he said, referring to how people sit around and listen to Deak’s thoughts. Deak has become a university icon, said Kyle Gerst,

political science and history freshman. Gerst had suggested Deak wear brightly colored clothes or bring a chess set to improve the project, and the group may begin to play poker games and supply hookahs and food. “He’s got some lady friends who go out of their way to see this guy,” he said. Lauren McKinney started as a co-participant this month and sketches people. “Any time of day, there’s always somebody here, 9-6,” she said. Architecture sophomore Ben Magana, who was walking in the mall area, said greeting people puts a smile on everyone’s face. Prepared for rain, sleet, snow or sunshine, Deak carries both a pancho and um-

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medical and a lot of things that I am not,” she said. “I would like to see more things I can use to get my foot in the door.” Finance senior Zain Naqvi found information about internships. “A lot of people are looking for internships,” Naqvi said. “I am looking for full-time employment.” An internship is a great opportunity for a student and employer to find out if a position is a good fit, and internships turn into a full-time job 70-80 percent of the time, Butler said. Computer science graduate student Deepak Anand visited the showcase for the first time, but said it operates very different in Bangalore, India. There, employers come to the campus

Bobbitt said the university won outside approval with accomplishments like having the state’s secondlargest School of Nursing and third-largest engineering program. He said he’s amazed with the institution’s progress, and added the university has one hurdle before achieving Tier One status. “UT Arlington is on track to meet most metrics that define a Tier One institution, except for student success,” he said. Student success includes better retention and graduation rates. Out of 2,419 freshman who entered in fall 2003, 376 earned a degree by the

to conduct interviews. “Basically the story starts there and stops there,” Anand said. He intends to stay in the U.S. for a few years before returning home to gain some experience, but a few of the companies at the showcase required citizenship.

The showcase is held every fall and spring. Employers return later in the semester to do on-campus recruiting and interviewing. ali MuStanSir


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Robert-Thomas Jones, Greek Life and University Events program coordinator, closes discussion before the Greek vote Tuesday in the University Center Student Congress Chambers. The proposal, prohibiting freshmen to rush their first semester, passed 22-8.

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About 115 employers attended the Employer Showcase held in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom on Wednesday.

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brella to continue his attempt to brighten pedestrians’ days. Deak said he wouldn’t have met a lot of these people in his normal everyday life without the project. He said his ultimate goal is to inspire others to spread disobedient politeness to other universities, cities and the world, thereby making it a better place. Deak said he hopes to graduate next semester, and if he decides to get his doctorate, he’ll return to his hometown, Toronto, and try his project there. He has already looked for possible locations to set up. “The sky is the limit for this project,” he said.


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recruitment strategies. He said chapters can informally recruit first-semester students by getting to know them but won’t be able to do so formally. Kent Long, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member, said he disagreed with five points being included in one vote. An e-mail sent out by Greek Life had five points dealing with separate items like transfer GPA requirements and mandatory workshop attendance for those who fall below the general minimum GPA. He said he thought each point would be voted on individually. “I’m really upset that we voted this as a package and not as individual points,” he said. “Because our chapter felt differently on separate points.” Ryan Balcom, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity president, said he believed Greeks should research the matter more before the vote. “We have a three percent Greek population,” he said. “We don’t have the numbers to risk

dropping out our recruitment numbers.” But freshmen joining their first semester don’t make their grades and are hurting chapters’ overall GPA, said Adam Whitten, Interfraternity Council president and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity member. “It’s an internal problem,” Long said. “We need to hold our members accountable. We should fix the problem internally and help freshmen make their grades instead of telling them they can’t rush.” Jones said the university expected Greeks to handle the problem and they haven’t. Blake Manning, Beta Theta Pi fraternity president, said the rule was a good idea. “People will get to see for an entire semester what each chapter truly is,” he said. “It’s easy for some people to play different roles and put on a front and tweak what they want people to know about them for two weeks than it is for a whole semester. Now they have to perform at their best for a whole semester.”

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end of their fourth year, a 15.5 percent four-year graduation rate. UT-Austin, a Tier One school, reported a 52.5 percent four-year graduation rate, according to a fall 2008 university press release. In fall 2003, 60.9 percent of UTA freshmen lasted through their first year. The university has to prepare to accept nothing less than excellence in everything it does, Bobbitt said. He said now is an exciting time, because the university is looking forward — UTA was third in research expenditures in the state. Beth Wright, College of Liberal Arts dean, said she considered the provost’s presentation excellent and came to attended the lecture to hear about UTA’s future. Jeanne Gerlach, College of Education dean, said Bob-

bitt’s speech was very comprehensive. “He was so clear on how he laid it out,” she said. “He put the concrete with the abstract.” Bobbitt officially took office as provost and Academic Affairs vice president in July 2008, coming from the University of Arkansas where he served as the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences dean. Tommie Wingfield, assistant to the dean for Marketing and External Relations, asked Bobbitt to speak at the series. “I think it’s important for people to have a chance to meet the leaders on campus,” she said. “Everybody cares about our provost. He’s our chief academic officer.” bryan baStible and alanna Quillen

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Perry: Texas needs to spend money on water

Obama offers third Commerce pick

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry says it’s time for Texas to put some money into water. The Republican governor told the Texas Water Conservation Association on Wednesday that lawmakers should spend $260 million to help speed the building of water reservoirs. The 2007 Texas state water plan projects that population and the demand for water will increase dramatically over the next 50 years. Building new reservoirs to handle that demand is projected to cost billions. Perry said the $260 million would help buy land to get those projects going.

More Texas agencies use immigration database DALLAS — Nearly a dozen more North Texas law enforcement agencies will have the ability to access federal criminal and immigration records simultaneously when taking suspects’ fingerprints during booking, federal officials announced Wednesday. The Kaufman County Jail and Irving police joined the federal “Secure Communities” program this week, bringing the number of participants to 20 policing agencies in Texas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

the associated Press

WASHiNGToN — President Barack obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary locke as his nominee for commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession. “i’m sure it’s not lost on anyone that we’ve tried this a couple of times. But i’m a big believer in keeping at something until you get it right. And Gary is the right man for this job,” obama said, standing with the fellow democrat in the indian Treaty room at the eisenhower executive office Building near the White House. The president’s two top earlier choices for the post dropped out — one a democrat facing questions about a donor and the other a re-

publican who had a change of heart about working for a president from the opposite party — well before the Senate had a chance to confirm them. obama praised locke as a man who shares his vision for turning around the moribund economy, and as someone who is committed to doing what it takes to keep the American dream alive. “Gary will be a trusted voice in my Cabinet, a tireless advocate for our economic competitiveness and an influential ambassador for American industry who will help us do everything we can, especially now, to promote our industry around the world,” obama said. “i’m grateful he’s agreed to leave one Washington for another,” the president added.

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President Barack Obama looks on as his nominee for Commerce Secretary, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on Wednesday.

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Iranians test run first nuclear power plant BUSHEHR, Iran — Iranian and Russian engineers carried out a test-run of Iran’s first nuclear power plant Wednesday, a major step toward starting up a facility that the U.S. once hoped to prevent because of fears over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Washington worried Iran would turn spent fuel from the plant’s reactor into plutonium, which could then be used to build a nuclear warhead, and U.S. officials pressured Moscow for years to stop helping Iran build the electricity-generating facility. — The Associated Press

Critics say tuition relief could ‘starve’ universities the associated Press

AUSTiN, Texas — The idea of cutting college tuition has sparked a political grass fire at the Texas capitol. Two out of three senators are for it. Students are staging rallies. And overflow crowds are expected once the legislative hearings begin. But every populist cause has its naysayers, and in this case the critics say putting the brakes on tuition could cause a big drop in university bud-


gets and ultimately degrade the quality of the diplomas they give out. The central complaint is that state lawmakers are talking a lot about delivering relief to middle-class parents but are saying precious little about how they’ll keep paying for faculty salaries and fund research if tuition dollars start drying up. “on the one hand they want to cap tuition, and on the other hand they want to


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sequences of not funding higher education adequately and of not providing different sources of revenue will be mediocrity and inadequacy and that’s not acceptable,” Zaffirini said. “The state has a responsibility to fund higher education at a higher level, not lower.” direct state assistance from the legislature for institutions of higher education has continued to decline in real terms in recent years.

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best course is to talk about this ahead of time and agree that the male will refrain from doing so. Knowing that this risk has been removed may be enough for such women to overcome their inhibition. But again, if these ideas don't do the trick, then just agree between the two of you that at least for now, oral sex is not going to be part of your lovemaking.

A: The most important thing I can say is that no one should ever give in to pressure to perform a sexual act that they find displeasing. Sex is supposed to be a shared pleasure, and if one half of a couple Q: When you first is not having a good time, began this dialogue about then the other half should sex, the subject was still not insist on engaging in Dr. Ruth very much taboo. Even that sexual act. But there Send your now, the federal governare people who want to questions to Dr. perform oral sex but have Ruth Westheimer ment won't permit education about same-sex relaa hard time doing so. If c/o King tionships. Do you think the reason is that you con- Features sider your partner's geni- Syndicate, 235 E. we've made any progress? tals to be "dirty," then I 45th St., New A: Not everywould suggest that you York, NY 10017 one would agree on the begin by washing each other in the bath or shower. meaning of the word "progress," Knowing that your partner's geni- but if you're asking whether I tals are squeaky-clean, because you believe there have been significant were in charge of cleaning them, is changes in the way we as a society helpful to many people in your sit- treat sexual topics, then my answer uation. Some women don't like the is yes. Just look at all the commerthought of oral sex because they cials for Viagra and Cialis on TV. don't want the man to ejaculate in Those alone shout out that topics their mouth. In those situations, the once taboo are now omnipresent.

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Left: UTA women’s basketball head coach Samantha Morrow goes “Barefoot for a Cause” during the Wednesday night’s game against Lamar University. Morrow teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet and Family Legacy Missions International to raise awareness for impoverished children around the world.

Mavericks hold off Lamar in clutch win UTA remains even with UTSA for the Southland Conference top seed. by stephen peteRs The Shorthorn sports editor

When it came to crunch time late in the ballgame, the women’s basketball team relied on senior leadership to propel them to a 66-59 victory against Lamar on Wednesday night at texas Hall. through 28 minutes, senior forward Candice Champion had only four points, but took charge in the final 12 minutes, scoring 16 points to lead UtA (17-9, 11-2) to victory. Lamar (18-8, 9-4) used a compacting zone defense to frustrate the Mavs down low, holding senior forward Erin Dixon to two points on the night. “From now on teams are going to focus more on our inside game, since we’re such a threat inside,” Champion said. With the Mavericks leading 33-24 at the half, sophomore guard tamara simmons ignited the team’s stale offense by hitting back-to-back threes as part of a 10-4 run. she finished the night with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Head coach samantha Morrow said the team came out stagnant offensively and committed too many turnovers in the first half. the team had 10 in the half but only committed three the rest of the night. Morrow said the guards’ sec-

ond-half performance was a sign of their maturity and ability to play better when the game was on the line. It also allowed for the Mavs to up the tempo, leading to inside scoring. “our coach always says they’re not as conditioned as we are,” Champion said. “We just kept going and going and keep pushing and pushing. so of course it’s going to open up.” once UtA established a double-digit lead in the second half, both teams started trading buckets until late, when the Cardinals closed the gap to five at 62-57 with 1:30 left on the clock. But clutch free throws with the game on the line sealed UtA’s second-straight win since losing at home Feb. 18 to southeastern Louisiana. Lamar’s zone defense did allow the Cardinals to outrebound the Mavs 39-32, but they were unable to capitalize on second-chance points. With the win, the Mavs stay even with UtsA record-wise for the top seed in the southland Conference standings and West Division. It also gives the Mavs a two-game lead on Lamar in the West. Morrow said she didn’t have to motivate the team much prior to this game, considering the magnitude. “If you have to fire up a team to play this kind of game, then it doesn’t matter,” she said. “they motivated themselves. this was

Below: Junior guard Meghan Nelson, left, fights off senior guard Nikki Williams during Wednesday’s game against Lamar at Texas Hall. The Mavericks won 66-59.

Uta 66, laMaR 59 Lamar Player FG-FGA REB Spickler 2-2 1 Williams 5-17 5 Smith 2-6 8 Hill 4-10 7 Williams 5-11 4 Crawford 0-0 2 Reke 2-2 3 Green 0-4 1 Petrovanie 3-4 2 Totals 23-56 39

PTS 5 13 4 9 15 0 6 0 7 59

MIN 20 36 35 34 29 1 21 11 13 200

UTA Player FG-FGA REB Nelson 2-13 2 Simmons 8-15 3 Martin 5-11 6 Champion 6-11 5 Dixon 1-3 12 Shofner 0-0 0 Duffey 0-1 0 Grace 1-2 2 Totals 23-56 32

PTS 9 20 12 20 2 0 0 3 66

MIN 36 34 38 34 40 7 2 6 200

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Records: Lamar (18-8, 9-4), UTA (17-9, 11-2)

a great opportunity for us to make a statement of who we are.” three games remain in the conference schedule before the southland Conference tournament. players and coaches say they are closely monitoring how UtsA and others in the conference fair each night, but are still focused on taking it one game at a time. Up next, UtA faces sam Houston state at 2 p.m. saturday in Huntsville. stephen peteRs

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Missed opportunities end in shutout for Mavs The loss drops the team to 0-3 but knows if the Mavericks are to start conference play heading going to win games, everyone has to step up at the plate, into the series against UCA. by RobeRt Matson Contributor to The Shorthorn

In Wednesday’s final game of a three-game series with texas state, the softball team squandered limited scoring chances and was again shut out by the Bobcats, 4-0, at Allan saxe Field. the Mavs (4-11, 0-3) were quiet again at the plate, managing to connect on only four base hits, which lead to being shutout all three games in the series. UtA junior starting pitcher Cara Hulme was in and out of trouble all game. through six innings she managed to scatter her eight hits allowed while giving up just one run. the run support from the Maverick offense never came though, and Hulme could not work her way out of trouble in the top of the seventh inning, allowing three hits and three runs to the Bobcats (116, 3-0). she admitted it wasn’t her best pitching performance,

including herself. “None of the pitchers are going to be able to shut out the other team every game,” Hulme said. “But at the same time, I didn’t pitch exactly how I wanted to, and our defense isn’t clicking the way it should either.” Defensive breakdowns that didn’t show up as errors cost the Mavs chances to get out of some innings more quickly and gave life to a dangerous texas state team. offensively, the Mavs were led by junior rightfielder Heather Fortenberry, who managed two of UtA’s four base hits. she went 2-for-3 increasing her average to .325. Freshman second baseman Courtney Zink and junior outfielder Brittany Washington also collected hits. texas state freshman pitcher Chandler Hall tossed 13 scoreless innings in the series, which included a complete game shutout Wednesday, and allowed only six base hits in her two games pitched. UtA head coach Debbie

texas state 4, Uta 0 Bobcats Mavericks

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— 4 11 0 — 0 4 1

E - Simpson, W.. DP - UTA 1. LOB - Texas State 9; UTA 3. 2B - Hall, C.; Kos, R.. 3B Hall, C.. HBP - Emery, J.. SH - Simpson, W.. SF - Emery, J. CS - Emery, J.; Zink, C.. WP —Hall, C. (6-2) LP — Hulme, C (3-6) S — None. HBP - by Hulme, C (Emery, J.). T — 1:45. A — 53. Records — UTA (4-11, 0-3), Texas State (11-6, 3-0).

Hedrick knew that this was just the first series of conference games and has no doubt that her team will respond. “this conference tends to beat up on each other as you go through the season,” she said. “We [the coaching staff] are putting a challenge in front of these kids. Get better and learn from the mistakes so that each game we can gain more confidence and we can start getting some wins.” the Mavs continue conference play on saturday when they travel to Conway, Ark., where they will face Central Arkansas for a three-game series starting at noon on saturday. RobeRt Matson

The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

Freshman infielder Courtney Zink slides into second base as Texas State senior shortstop makes the out. The Mavericks lost to Texas State 4-0.


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