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A (GrAphic) Novel ideA since 1919

Watchmen becomes the latest comic to reach the silver screen.

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Tobacco-free campus topic of online survey Members of the UTA community have until March 13 to participate. By Bryan BastiBle The Shorthorn staff

The Tobacco Free Campus Initiative committee launched a survey Wednes-

day to assess whether the campus community would want to move toward a tobacco-free campus. The short survey, which can be reached by going to uta/smokefree09, began Wednesday and will be available through March

take the survey

13, according to a letter emailed to the campus community Wednesday by Jean Hood, Human Resources vice president.

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an online survey was launched by a committee of university officials to collect feedback in an initiative for a smoke-free campus. A series of open forums will be scheduled during March and April to give the campus community an opportunity to voice their opinions.

Empowering Heights nursing sophomore Valerie arnaez pumps her fist in victory after reaching the top of a rock wall erected in front of the University Center on Wednesday. The wall was set up by the U.S. Army to encourage students to enlist. Below: sgt. 1st class Blake Wilson jump-starts the U.S. Army’s rock climbing wall Wednesday at the University Center mall. The soldiers were at the university to participate in the Student Health Advisory Committee Student Health Fair and encourage recruitment. The Shorthorn: Chris Hudson

Guest speaker

Professor discusses physics of NASCAR Diandra Leslie-Pelecky researches various aspects of the sport to learn how small components make a substantial difference. By Bryan BastiBle The Shorthorn staff

NASCAR is more than just gas, speed, steel and left turns. UT-Dallas physics professor Diandra LesliePelecky said NASCAR is more difficult than it looks when she scientifically explained it on Wednesday in “NASCAR: The Science of Speed.” Her interest in NASCAR started as an accident — literally — when a group of cars hit the outside wall going around a turn. If the crash wasn’t caused by an engine failure, tire blowout, and no other car touched it, what caused the crash? The question resulted in research. “When things go wrong ... they go wrong in a big way,” she said. “When engines blow up, they tend to blow up in a more magnificent way.” The anatomy of a race car, the aerodynamics of the sport and the force put on the driver and the car at high speeds were some of what she learned when she conducted her research. She spoke about the tread on the tires, how teams have different rubber compounds and denascar continues on page 3A The Shorthorn: Holland Sanders



Executive producer teaches how to score a job in video game industry

OIT surveys analyze campus computer use

The alumnus says the field still hires despite the ailing U.S. economy. By dustin l. danGli The Shorthorn staff

Jim Galis helped students reach the final level — the workforce — at his presentation Wednesday in Nedderman Hall. The alumnus and executive producer for Toy Headquarters, a video game publisher and developer, shared tips and tricks to help students get into the video game industry. About 100 people attended “From the Trenches: Real World Game Development and the Connection with Higher Education.” Galis illustrated the competitive nature of the industry to shake off glamorous assumptions, said Arthur Reyes, undergraduate adviser and se-

nior lecturer. “It helped students find out if they actually wanted to get into the game business,” he said. Galis said studios look for the best talent to make money in the growing industry. Last year, 450 games were released, and only a fraction saw large revenues. In order to compete, Galis said studios create the top teams. “I’ve found it’s all about hiring the right people,” he said. “Creativity is a big plus.” Galis stressed that game developers look for three traits: creativity, cooperation and application. “Engineers that are creative push the technology forward,” he said. “The only way to get a game shipped is to work together.” He also suggested classes applicable for students.

The first 500 students to respond will receive $5$10 in MavMoney. By Johnathan silver Contributor to The Shorthorn

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computer science graduate student Titus abraham listens as executive producer for Toy Headquarters, Jim Galis, an alumnus, lectures Wednesday in Nedderman Hall. Galis discussed the importance of higher education in the game industry.

Galis said even working with engines like Microsoft’s XNA Developer kit, used to make games for Xbox 360, can help student careers in the future. “They teach you a lot

about what it’s like to build a game,” he said. “It helps to understand the theory of what it takes to build a game.” games continues on page 3A

The Office of Information Technology will award MavMoney to the first 500 students who complete surveys and enter their NetID. The surveys ask about the technology that students use on and off campus and how frequently they use it. OIT Vice President Suzanne Montague said the reward cutoff of 500 hadn’t been reached by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Students can take the survey by logging on to any lab computer and clicking the links on the desktop. Due to laptop and computer software popularity, the surveys will help campus facilities change with the times, Montague said. OIT will deposit the $5

into students’ account at the end of each survey, but students must give their NetID. The surveys are the first of four phases for OIT to evaluate its facilities, Montague said. The other phases include surveying faculty, doing inventory in the computing labs and gathering campus representatives to review and respond to survey results. OIT conducted a survey of students’ opinion of computer facilities across 98 institutions in 2008. Most of the students who responded belong to the “Net Generation,” according to the survey. Findings indicate that those surveyed value information technology’s role in providing convenience and expect services to be available when needed. Johnathan silver

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Diversity Week: All Day, campuswide. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099 or Student Art Association-Art Exhibition: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., University Center Gallery. For information, contact Student Art Association at saauta@ 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 Drop-in Advising and Info Table: 11 a.m.-noon, UC near Starbucks. Free. For information, contact Courney Bauman at 817-272-1120 or studyabroad@ Devotional and Food: noon, 311 UTA Blvd. Wesley Foundation event. Free. For information, contact 817-274-6282. 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, call Levent Gurdemir at 817-272-0123 or Baseball: 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. UTA vs. Iowa Wesleyan. For information, contact Scott Lacefield at 817-272-2261 or Biology Department Spring 2009 Colloquium Series: 4-5 p.m., 124 Life Science Building. Free. For information, contact Thomas Chrzanowski at 817272-2404 or Fort Worth Art Today: 6-8 p.m., Santa Fe Station, Fort Worth. Free. For information, call Megan Topham at 817-272-5988.

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Kinesiology freshman Carey Ashcroft, a Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member is auctioned off at Lambda Theta Alpha sorority’s and Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity’s Buy A Greek Date Auction on Wednesday night in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom. Auction profits go to the Arlington Life Shelter, the Bataan West Dallas Community Center and Feed the Children.



Suspicious person Police responded at 5:49 p.m. to a report of a suspicious person at Centennial Court apartments, at 701 W. Mitchell Circle

Theft Police responded at 9:27 p.m. to a theft report at University Village apartments, 900 Greek Row Drive. A student said his laptop was stolen from where it was left outside his front door earlier that evening.

Theft Police responded at 5:08 p.m. to a theft report at the Cotton Ridge North apartments, 1014 S. Pecan St. An individual reported his mountain bike stolen from a rack in front of the complex.

Disturbance Police responded at 7:11 p.m. to a disturbance report at 500 S. Nedderman Drive. Officers determined that an altercation between two students caused the disturbance. No injuries were reported.

Vehicle tow Police responded at 12:28 p.m. to the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell St., to a student using a stolen parking permit. Police towed the student’s vehicle and issued a disciplinary referral.

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EDUCATION New fall classes added to course catalog, availability to be determined The Undergraduate Assembly approved addition of 35 classes to the course catalog and some changes to course requirements and descriptions. The provost will have four weeks to either recommit or forward the items to the president. “But these are so routine it is safe to assume their approval,” Senior Vice Provost Michael Moore said. “They now get forwarded to the Office of Records which will enter the changes into the catalog for next year.” Though the classes will be added to the catalog, Student Ad Manager .............. Colleen Hurtzig Ad Representatives ............ Dondria Bowman, Shannon Edwards, Mike Love, Pax Salinas, Kasy Tomlinson, Linley Wilson, Anthony Duong, Michael Goad Ad Artists ............................. Antonina Doescher, Benira Miller Receptionists ....................... Monica Barbery,

the colleges and departments will determine which classes will be available in the fall. The assembly approved a nuclear engineering minor and three classes to support it, nuclear engineering, nuclear reactor theory/analysis and reactor thermal hydraulics. Increased demand from engineering students caused the college to add the minor, said Lynn Peterson, Academic Affairs senior associate dean. “It’s because of a pretty clear demand in the work force for people trained in this area,“ she said. “We’ve

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got the faculty, the interest and the demand.” The biology department will add 10 courses, four of which will support a new scholarship program, Undergraduate Training in Theoretical Ecology Research, biology adviser Jane Pugh said. Other schools adding additional courses to the course catalog are College of Education, Honors College, College of Liberal Arts, School of Nursing, College of Science and the School of Social Work.

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A Little More Conversation How technology affects communication By Johnathan SiLver Contributor to The Shorthorn

The art of conversation isn’t lost, but it’s hiding. The quietest students are the most vibrant online, psychology assistant professor Shannon Scielzo said. She coauthored the article “A Comparison of Face-to-Face and Electronic Peer-Mentoring: Interactions with Mentor Gender” in April 2008. The article was published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. The article weighs the differences between electronic and face-to-face mentoring. Face-to-face mentoring studies ran into many physical obstacles, including few participants and small environments, Scielzo said. She said she turned to computer-mediated communication, which led to more participants. Online users are more comfortable speaking their mind to online counselors when identities are with-

held, Scielzo said. Technology holds much promise because it draws people of different backgrounds together to solve problems, she said. For example, students can e-mail their instructors, which makes them more approachable, Bishop said. Ease of communication could lead to an open classroom setting. Though technology has its benefits, history and German senior Anastasia Hayes-Stoker said online communication has its drawbacks. “It affects the written language,” she said. “Colloquial speech is also affected. People say ‘LOL,’ ‘OMG,’ and ’TTYL’ instead of saying the actual word.” The acronyms mean “Laugh out loud,’” “Oh my God” and “Talk to you later.” Misleading messages can also lead to face-to-face confrontations, Hayes-Stoker said. “In e-mails, if you write in all caps, you’re apparently

angry,” she said. Scielzo recalled the value of face-to-face encounters and how technology changed communication. “When I was an undergraduate, during breaks, my classmates liked to talk to each other,” Scielzo said. “When I give my students breaks, they just pull out their phones and start texting.” Undeclared freshman Daniel Zeilicovich lives with his family and uses Skype, an internet phone software, to communicate with distant relatives. “When you can no longer see someone face to face, see the changes in their eyes, the changes in movement, the facial reactions as in e-mail or online forms, it becomes easier to say mean, rude, embarrassing and insulting words,” he said. Johnathan SiLver

Safety Emergency warning system in working order, minus one loudspeaker A faulty loudspeaker was discovered during a routine monthly test of the university’s emergency warning system Wednesday afternoon. The test allowed campus safety officials to ensure the warning systems were functioning properly, emergency management coordinator Cindy Mohat said. With the exception of the one malfunctioned loudspeaker, all system compo-

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nents were in working order. “There’s a problem with conductivity with that particular annunciator,” Mohat said. “Instructions get garbled and cut out so that they can’t be understood.” It isn’t the first time safety officials have had a problem with this particular loudspeaker near Maverick Stadium. Past requests have been made to university electricians to inspect the unit, she

said. Mohat said another repair request will be submitted but the cause is difficult to locate. “When you have a system that runs on radio waves, anything can introduce interference into the system,” she said. University Police plan to test the system again next month.

— Jason Joyce

modern LanguageS

UTA sends its first delegation to international relations conference Participants learned about NATO’s proceedings and parliamentary procedures. By ShamBhu Sharan Contributor to The Shorthorn

Students wanting to be diplomats or public speakers, and those wanting to be involved in international affairs, competed and learned skills to use after graduation at the 24th annual National Model NATO conference in Washington, D.C., last month. Howard University hosted the conference Feb. 1922. The event taught about NATO’s proceedings and its rules of parliamentary procedure. Twenty-four groups from Canadian, European and American universities attended the conference. It was the first time UTA sent representatives and the first time Texas had a representative school, said Lonny Harrison, visiting assistant professor and Modern Languages department Russian section head. Harrison, political science senior Jason Jordan, Russian language senior Jeremy Maisonneove, alumnus Brad Borougerdi, history junior Karra O’Connell and Russian language senior Nathanael Stone attended the conference. Stone won third place for

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He summarized his presentation in terms engineers could understand. “Focused Education + (creativity) + Passion = Qualified Game Developer

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Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, UT-Dallas physics professor and author of The Physics of NASCAR: The Science Behind the Speed, lectured Wednesday at the Lone Star Auditorium. Leslie-Pelecky broke down the physics involved in stock car racing.

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sign for each track. Each tire costs about $440. “Physics and NASCAR — it makes no sense, but it does,” she said. “In what other major sport can you not win unless you get the math and science right?” Based on her research, she concludes that driving a race car is harder than one

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you currently use?” and “Are you aware that UT Arlington has a smoking policy?” In the e-mail, Hood said “The university is fully committed to supporting an effective, positive and healthy learning and working environment for all members of our community, including visitors to our campus. Across the country, numerous institutions and organizations have taken additional measures to create environments that are fully tobacco-free.” The committee will host open forums for community members to share their

may think. The force from constant left turns at a high speed, and a lack of a custom seat that most NASCAR drivers use left bruises on the right side of her body when she test drove a race car. “I have a lot more respect for race car drivers than when I started this,” she said. College of Science Dean Paul Paulus said LesliePelecky’s talk kept him on the edge of his seat. “She did a great job bringviewpoints. The committee will announce forum dates through MavMail e-newsletters soon, she said. “After the forums, the committee will come back together and look at data and make a recommendation to the [university] president and his cabinet to move forward in the direction we see fit for the campus,” Hood said. Architecture freshman Bethany Echols, a nonsmoker, said people don’t abide the current smoking policy. She said she would take the survey to express her opinion on smoking. “I don’t want to get in the way of people and smoking, but secondhand smoke is pretty bad,” she said. Smoking is not allowed

ing it down to earth,” he said. Mechanical engineering freshman Scotty Butler said he’s a fanatic who enjoyed learning details about the cars and enjoyed the pictures and videos. “It taught me a few things I didn’t know before,” he said. “It was a very good look into NASCAR.” Bryan BaStiBLe

within 50 feet of a building entrance, air intake or other places, like university-owned vehicles, the University Club courtyard and the Maverick Activities Center outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts. University Police do not give citations for breaking the smoking policy, just warnings. But within the next couple of weeks, it will give out disciplinary referrals, Police Chief Robert Hayes said. English graduate student LaTisha Fletcher, a smoker, said she would take the survey because it is important to her to keep smoking on campus.

Bryan BaStiBLe

Courtesy Photo: Lonny Harrison

Students and faculty from the university represented themselves at the 24th annual National Model NATO conference at Howard University on Feb. 19 at Washington, D.C.

outstanding delegation in committee. The university’s participants represented Lithuania. All five had different roles and spent five months practicing for the NATO conference, Jordan said. The goal was to learn how to talk about security issues in an international setting, he said. Stone said he learned public speaking and how he can use it to achieve career goals. He wants to work for a U.S. intelligence agency when he graduates. Maisonneove said he enjoyed the conference and learned about Lithuania. “I am blessed by attend-

ing the conference,” he said. “It was an extraordinary opportunity for us to practice diplomacy, to research and learn about NATO.” The College of Liberal Arts and the Modern Languages Department paid for all trip expenses. Harrison said he would like to form a delegation with UT-Austin for next year. He said he would also like more delegation members. “We learned diplomacy is a 24-hour engagement,” Stone said.

Candidate,” Galis read from his PowerPoint. He said the industry is not “recession proof,” but companies are always hiring. Even during a hiring freeze, companies might hire someone that “blows them away.” Giles DSilva, computer science graduate student,

said he went to the seminar to learn how the industry works because he wants to be a game developer. “It’s given me some hope that I can get into the industry,” he said.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

in texas


2nd execution in as many days in Texas

Obama tax plan meets resistance

HUNTSVILLE — Texas has executed the convicted killer of a Houston man gunned down during a botched burglary. Kenneth Wayne Morris, whose 38th birthday was Wednesday, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m.

the associated press

in the nation

Democrats preserve controversial earmarks WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved 13 pet spending projects sought by a lobbying firm accused of funneling illegal campaign contributions to lawmakers. Senators voted 52-43 to preserve the so-called earmarks in a 1,000-page-plus catchall spending bill even though they were sought by the PMA Group, a lobbying firm that closed up shop after being raided by the FBI last year. They included money for high-tech firms and colleges in Pennsylvania.

in the world

Sudan president wanted for Darfur war crimes THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The president of Sudan became a wanted man Wednesday when the International Criminal Court charged him with war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur — its first action against a sitting head of state and one that could set the stage for more world leaders to be indicted. President Omar al-Bashir’s government retaliated by expelling 10 humanitarian groups from Darfur and seizing their assets, threatening lifesaving operations, a U.N. spokeswoman said. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the United States supported the court’s action “to hold accountable those who are responsible for the heinous crimes in Darfur.” Up to 300,000 people have died and 2.7 million have fled their homes in the region. — The Associated Press

AP Photo: J. Scott Applewhite

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2010 federal budget.

WASHiNGToN — President Barack obama’s proposal to limit itemized tax deductions for high earners is running into opposition from key democrats in Congress who worry that charities and the housing market would be hurt. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus questioned Wednesday whether the proposal was viable, a day after his House counterpart also expressed reservations. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said tax increases on families making more than $250,000 a year are necessary to make a down payment on health care reform and to limit future budget deficits. But, he said, he was willing to work with lawmakers on proposals they objected to. “We recognize there are

other ways to do this,” Geithner told the Finance Committee. Baucus, a Montana democrat, said he thought the administration would be flexible on the proposal. “They want health care reform as much as i do,” he told reporters. Geithner and White House budget director Peter orszag returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a second day of hearings on obama’s $3.6 trillion tax and spending proposal. Both faced tough questions about the tax package. obama’s budget calls for setting aside $634 billion over the next 10 years as a down payment on health care reform. Half the money would come from tax increases on upper-income earners; the other half from cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.


Asteroid’s passing was cosmic near-miss the associated press

PASAdeNA, Calif. — An asteroid about the size of one that blasted Siberia a century ago just buzzed the earth. The asteroid named 2009 dd45 was about 48,800 miles from earth when it zipped past early Monday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory reported. That is just twice as

high as the orbits of some telecommunications satellites and about a fifth of the distance to the Moon. “This was pretty darn close,” astronomer Timothy Spahr of the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics said Wednesday. But not as close as the tiny meteoroid 2004 FU162, which came within 4,000

miles in 2004. The space rock measured between 69 feet and 154 feet in diameter. The Planetary Society said that made it about the same size as the asteroid that exploded over Siberia in 1908 and leveled more than 800 square miles of forest. Scientists at the Siding Spring observatory in Australia spotted 2009 dd45

and began tracking it in late February when it was about 1 million miles away. Spahr said he knew within an hour of that discovery that it would pose no threat to earth. of the known space rocks, the next time an object will get closer to earth will be in 2029 when an 885-foot asteroid called 99942 Apophis comes

within 20,000 miles, said donald Yeomans of NASA’s Near-earth object Program at the Jet Propulsion laboratory in Pasadena. last year, the asteroid 2008 TC3 harmlessly burned up in earth’s atmosphere over Africa 19 hours after it was discovered. Astronomers gave a six-hour notice warning of that fiery plunge.

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Champion 15th to 1,000 career points Mavs have one more road game before SLC tournament starts. BY CODY MCCLENDON Contributor to The Shorthorn

The women’s basketball team won 91-58 Wednesday night against Nicholls State in its last home game of the season. Senior forward Candice Champion became the 15th player in UTA women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points. She also added another double-double for the year, her 16th of the season, and recorded 10 rebounds in the second half after zero in the first. “It’s sad but exciting at the same time,” she said. “The past four years have gone by really, really fast.” About her season accomplishments, Champion said, “they’re not done yet” Senior forward Erin Dixon scored 16 points, adding six rebounds and five steals. The Mavs (19-9,13-2) dominated on both sides of the ball, outrebounding the Colonels (2-24, 2-13) 43-33 and outscoring them 54-30 inside the paint. After six lead changes in the first five minutes of the game, the Mavs transitioned from their typical zone defense to a full-court trap. The pressure across the court frustrated Nicholls State, enabling five Maverick steals in two minutes and extending the lead 20-7 with 13:57 remaining

UTA 91, NICHOLLS STATE 58 Nicholls State Player FG-FGA REB Jones 1-12 2 Douglas 0-5 1 Washington 2-5 4 Cox 6-10 2 Bryant 3-8 4 Hoskins 4-8 8 Jackson 0-4 1 Washington 1-2 1 Kefu 4-11 5 Totals 21-65 33

PTS 10 1 7 12 6 12 0 2 8 58

MIN 32 34 27 29 25 20 0+ 19 15 200

UTA Player FG-FGA REB Nelson 2-5 2 Simmons 6-12 4 Martin 7-11 3 Champion 9-14 10 Dixon 8-10 6 Shofner 1-2 4 Terral 0-1 0 Duffey 1-2 6 Grace 1-2 6 Totals 35-69 43

PTS 4 17 17 22 16 6 2 2 5 91

MIN 22 31 31 29 33 16 9 12 17 200

Records: Nicholls State (2-24, 2-13), UTA(19-9, 13-2)

in the half. Nicholls State senior guard Tiffany Jones contributed 10 points and four steals. The Colonels struggled throughout the year and have now lost their last 13 meetings with UTA. But their lineup consists of seven freshmen who could bring a brighter future for the team. “Our freshmen have worked so hard, I admire our freshmen,” Jones said. “I expect big things for them in the future.” Maverick’s head coach Samantha Morrow said she was proud of her two seniors and what they have done for the team. Dixon and Champion have formed a bond over the past four years, their mimicking each other on

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Above: Mavericks forward Candice Champion lines up a free throw in what would be her 1,000th career point during Wednesday night’s game against the Nicholls State Colonels. The Mavericks dominated throughout the night, winning 91-58.

the court accounts for a combined 26 double-doubles on the season. The Mavericks play their final conference game at 1 p.m. against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Saturday. With a win at Corpus Christi, UTA would clinch a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament next week and give the Mavs, at worst, a WNIT appearance.

Left: Head coach Samantha Morrow, second from right, poses with Erin Dixon, Dixon’s parents and Blaze after presenting Dixon with a plaque in commemoration of her final home game with the UTA Mavericks. Dixon and Candice Champion played their final game in Texas Hall Wednesday night against the Nicholls State Colonels.


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UTA’s Take on Steroids Athletic department worries more about recreational drugs than performance-enhancing substances


teroid use in baseball has shaken the foundation of professional sports. Testing is now mandatory in nearly every level of competition, and UTA is no exception. UTA athletes are subject to testing from the university and the NCAA. “[It’s] a three strikes you’re out type of policy,” said Roy Rudewick, UTA’s head athletic trainer. Steroid use is the elephant in the room in baseball, but it doesn’t concern Rudewick. “Recreational drug use — cocaine, marijuana, you know, on and on and on — that’s a bigger problem than steroids,” he said. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a 2008 study asked high school seniors about their drug use over the previous year. Only about 1.5 percent had used steroids but more than 30 percent had used marijuana. Out of the 16,000 students surveyed: 192 admitted to steroid use, and 4,800 admitted to marijuana use. “When we set this up, we could select different panels and drugs that we tested for,” Rudewick said. “The one we selected was the one we thought we would have. You know, your cocaine use is not going to be as high as marijuana. So we picked marijuana.” The NCAA tests UTA athletes once a year. It gets a squad list from the university and then randomly selects whom to test from that list. The first offense draws a one-year suspension from all NCAA athletics. The second offense is another one-year suspension. UTA also has its own testing policy. Rudewick said once a month, athletes are randomly selected for testing — an individual would get tested six times during the school year. UTA’s drug testing focuses on street drugs, like marijuana, but performance-enhancing drug tests can be included. The NCAA tests for both, including many other substances UTA does not target. At UTA, the first offense results in a warning. Only the athlete and those performing the test are aware of the results. The second offense is a minimum two-week suspension, but this penalty varies. The athlete’s coaching staff, parents or spouse and the athletic director are informed of the failed drug test. A third offense ends the athlete’s season, and scholarships can be revoked. This is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Rudewick said athletes sometimes test positive for a performance-enhancing drug but don’t know about it.

“Right now we just got a list notification that vitamin water contains some banned substances last week,” he said. “We notified our athletes ‘if you’re drinking vitamin water, you need to let us know because there’s certain flavors that have the banned substance in it.’ ” While some may think that baseball’s steroid controversy encourages young athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs, Rudewick disagrees. “I think it’s more of a discouragement because you’re seeing athletes’ names tarnished now,” Rudewick said. “I mean, A-Rod’s been dragged through the mud. Athletes got to go ‘Wow, is it really worth it to me?’ ” Kristina Grace, a junior center on the UTA women’s basketball team, said the university need not worry about its athletes abusing drugs. “I think in some sports more than others, but at UTA it’s not a problem,” she said. Grace has never been through the drug-testing process but knows many who have. “It’s just a little uncomfortable,” she said. “They have to because some will cheat. That’s why they’re so strict.” Athletic director Pete Carlon, who served on the NCAA subcommittee for drug education and testing from 1998 to 2004, wrote the university’s drug policy in 1986. He’s not concerned about steroid use at UTA either. “We have only had one positive test since 1986,” he said. Carlon witnessed steroid abuse at UTA when the university had a football team. “It was more of a fad at one time,” he said. “It wasn’t illegal, first of all.” Students are making better choices now, mostly because they are aware of the health risks involved, he said. There was a

time when students were not as educated on the harm steroids could have on the body. Before their first practice, UTA athletes are required to participate in a team orientation designed to help with this education. Besides education, the testing itself discourages abuse. “I definitely believe drug testing is a deterrent,” Carlon said. “I’m very confident we don’t have a performance-enhancing issue here.” CORY ARMSTRONG



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