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Spring Fest performers selected Brandon Steadman Band will open and Motion City Soundtrack will headline. By DustIN L. DaNgLI The Shorthorn staff
As Friday’s Battle of the Bands competition winner,
the Brandon Steadman Band will open Spring Fest 2009 on March 28. Motion City Soundtrack will headline the festival, University Events announced Friday. The competition pitted four groups — Brandon Steadman Band, VladamiR, News Team
Assemble and R.B — against each other for a spot as the opening act. The Brandon Steadman Band will play the same songs from Battle of the Bands plus other original songs and another cover, said Brandon Steadman lead singer and rhythm guitarist.
“I like it when Brandon Steadman does ‘Lollipop,’ ” said Leslie-Angela Mack, EXCEL Campus Activities campus traditions director about the band’s rendition of Lil’ Wayne’s song. Each band performed three or more song sets for a 282-person crowd.
A three-judge panel declared the band a winner for its musical talent, stage presence, originality and crowd appeal. “We won because we came out with high energy, tried to get the crowd involved and overall put out a good show,” Steadman said.
truE coLors See page 8 for the student celebration of the Indian festival of colors
Last year’s winner, VladamiR, went home with the People’s Choice award. Local bands They Were Stars and Space Cadet will also perform at the festival.. DustIN L. DaNgLI email@example.com
UTA urges students to be cautious in vacation destinations The advisory cites an increase in drug violence near the border as reason to skip trips to and near Mexico. By sohaNa KutuB Contributor to The Shorthorn
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electrical engineering junior Binaya shrestha, left, smears mechanical engineering sophomore Arvind Krishnan with colored powder during the Holi festival Saturday on the Maverick Activities Center west lawn. Holi is an Indian festival that celebrates the end of winter and beginning of spring.
The UT System collaboration features science presentations and a poster contest. By ErIKa rIzo Contributor to The Shorthorn
Hundreds of research posters were displayed Friday in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom for the third annual Metroplex Day. The goal was to stimulate
thoughts about scientific opportunities and establish collaborations among UT Arlington, UT-Dallas and UT-Southwestern Medical Center, according to the Metroplex Day Web site. President James Spaniolo said the annual event is an opportunity to share ideas. “Lawmakers are stunned when Day continues on page 6
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Funding a Dream
Metroplex schools show research at Friday event
As spring break approaches and American college students plan to travel to popular Mexican spring break destinations, Student Affairs and the federal government warn of possible dangers. The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert regarding possible security dangers for Americans traveling to Mexico, especially along the border, until Aug. 20. There is an increase in drug cartel violence along Mexico’s northern border and in cities near Texas’ southern border. Some of these areas are common spring break destinations, said Frank
Scholarship fund lends nursing students a helping hand school of Nursing Dean elizabeth poster speaks at the 8th Annual Dream Makers luncheon Monday in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. In eight years, donors have given over one million dollars in scholarships.
By ELIzaBEth fLorEs Contributor to The Shorthorn
Ninety-two nursing students received more than $90,000 in scholarships from 106 donors at the Dream Makers luncheon Monday morning. The Dream Makers Scholarship Fund raised more than $1 million in eight years to financially support nursing students’ success. “I believe we are the best,” said President James Spaniolo, who has donated to the fund. “I’m very proud of our accomplishments every day and every year.” Patrick Wyers of the Mary
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Ellen Wyers Scholarship has donated to the School of Nursing since 1999. Patrick’s wife, Mary Ellen Wyers, who graduated from the University of Vir-
ginia School of Nursing, started the scholarship and continued to donate until her passing. Dream continues on page 6
Specialist tells how to avoid procrastination Student Support Services hosts a seminar for those looking to overcome the habit. By shamBhu sharaN Contributor to The Shorthorn The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard
NatIvE souNDs the Ottertrail Drum Group sings and prays Saturday at the powwow in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom.
To not procrastinate, students must take an active role in identifying and changing their behavior, a university counseling specialist said. Vickie Goins presented a
procrastination seminar noon12:50 p.m. Monday at Trimble Hall. Fewer than 10 students attended. Procrastination means to postpone on a repeated and habitual basis, Goins said. Sixty percent of college students consider it a habit serious enough to require help overcoming it, she said. She said negative beliefs, fear of success, failure, perfec-
tionism, distraction, ambiguity and lack of relevance, interest, information and training cause procrastination, which can negatively affect health, self-image, relationships and can create a vicious cycle. Goins explained the cycle of procrastination. People start thinking how they need to be organized, start on time and tips continues on page 3
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SAFETY Community service officers will soon we’re just waiting on the results of lighten the campus police workload drug screens to start offering jobs,” University Police will have help keeping an eye on campus activity when they hire the department’s first community service officers later this week. The eight community service officers are part of a new trial program informally known as “students on patrol,” Assistant Chief Rick Gomez said. “We’ve completed interviews,
he said. Internal Operations Capt. Jay Tillerson said the program will provide more eyes and ears for campus police and free more officers and guards for patrol duties. The community service officers will receive reflective vests, flashlights and radios operating on the campus network distinct from radios used by campus police. Officer duties haven’t been en-
tirely determined, Tillerson said, but will likely include campus patrol tasks and building security during the night. Community service officers also may provide security escort services if the request is received outside normal working hours for the existing security escort service. In exchange, Tillerson said the community service officers will be paid as part-time student employees or work-study students. “It allows those that are inter-
ested in looking at a career in law enforcement to get an initial taste of the work,” he said. Tillerson didn’t speculate on when the community service officers might start, because their training details haven’t been finalized. University Police Chief Robert Hayes expects the department will make employment offers to the eight selected individuals sometime this week. — Jason Joyce
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MONDAY Investigation Police responded at 2:59 a.m. to a call at the Architecture Building, 601 Nedderman Drive, to investigate a broken window. The officer located a student at the scene who informed him that the window was broken by accident.
The AACN is the American Association of College of Nursing. The association was misidentified in Friday’s paper. The state Senate bill regarding the carrying of concealed handguns on campus is S.B. 1164. The bill number was incorrect on Friday’s Opinion page.
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Injured person — medical assist Police responded at 11:32 p.m. to a reported injury at Arlington Hall, 600 Pecan St. The officer discovered a student with an injured leg. Paramedics transported the student to Arlington Memorial Hospital. Disturbance Police responded at 10:22 p.m. to a loud noise complaint at the Center Point apartments, 900 Center St. Officers contacted the student responsible who agreed to keep the noise down.
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finish soon. Then, after procrastinating, students resolve to not procrastinate again. Finally, being late for class, work and homework assignments creates guilty consciences. Because of procrastination, students sometimes drop their classes. “First, you must understand the problems and develop self-awareness,” she said. “Second, you must work consciously on implementing changes.” Students spend a lot of time on the Internet, Facebook and e-mails for insignificant news or to see the latest photos and they forget priorities, she said. Students should identify diversions, modify their environment and create a reward system. But procrastination can be good sometimes — under stress, anxiety and guilt, procrastination has positive impacts, she said. For example, some
The ShorThorn of those bad emotions could lead to bad decisions, and procrastination could help the student. Aerospace engineering senior Lauren Wilhelm said she wants to use these useful tips for school and work, because she procrastinates. Nursing freshman Marcella Castro attended the workshop and said she learned how to change her behavior. “I learned to set realistic goals,” she said. “It was a useful workshop. I learned how I could change my habits, like spending too much time with Internet and watching TV.” For additional free assistance, students can stop by 216 Davis Hall or can call 817-272-3671 to schedule an appointment with counselor. People can visit http://counseling.uta.edu for more information.
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Lamas, Student Affairs vice president. USA Today reported 1,000 killed from drug violence in Mexico so far this year and 6,000 killed last year. Lamas said he can’t tell students what to do but hopes students going to Mexico will make different plans. “Just like on a weekend, we can’t tell students to stay away from a bad part of town,” he said. Travel agency manager Dezi Whiteaker, with All Ports Travel, said Cancún, a
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Nursing sophomore Amber Espinosa joins others at the Overcoming Procrastination seminar Monday at Trimble Hall. The seminar was hosted by Student Support Services to encourage students to prioritize their workload.
top spot for spring break, is safe for spring breakers. “The news is blowing the situation in Mexico out of proportion,” Whiteaker said. The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday on the killing of an army general and the jailing of a Cancún police chief for his alleged tie to the murder, in addition to a link to the Zetas drug gang. Mexican authorities also arrested the head of the city jail and are investigating a dozen police officers after the discovery of a “Zeta cell” brought forth several officers’ names. Whiteaker said she went to a seminar in late Febru-
ary, which Mexican officials attended, and they assured attendees that Cancún is the safest it’s ever been. “What [the media is] doing is just trying to scare everyone,” she said. Whiteaker said she would not sell any trips near the border or send her clients anywhere that’s not safe. “I wouldn’t send my worst enemy to somewhere that’s not safe,” she said. “So I definitely wouldn’t do that to someone I just met. That’s why we’ve been in business for 32 years.” Lamas said he wants to make sure students get a better understanding of what’s going on so they can make
be aware U.S. State Department travel alert: http://travel.state.gov/travel/ cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html Student Affairs travel alert: https://www.uta.edu/studentaffairs/about/travel-alert
informed decisions. “We care about our students, and we want them to be safe,” Lamas said. “We hope they will make alternative plans.” Sohana Kutub email@example.com
“Just like on a weekend, we can’t tell students to stay away from a bad part of town.” Frank Lamas,
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crime Campus police investigate association’s missing money after receiving complaint University Police are investigating a complaint of approximately $2,400 in cash missing from the Vietnamese Student Association’s account. Police Chief Robert Hayes said the complaint was filed by the VSA on Feb. 20 and involved cash that was never deposited in the organization’s account after a VSA fundraiser on Nov. 1. The organization approached police after VSA reached a dead end attempting to handle the matter internally. The VSA identified a possible suspect to police, Hayes said. “They had been trying to work out a solution with the individual concerned,” he said. “Apparently they’ve reached an impasse and decided to file a criminal case.” VSA president Francis Nguyen declined to discuss any details associated with the case, citing concerns of impeding the police investigation.
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A Musical Windfall
Music performance student to play violin with local band at South by Southwest
hile shopping for bows at Mr. e’s Music Supercenter in Arlington three weeks ago, two unsuspecting musicians met and formed what would become a promising relationship. That meeting led to music performance sophomore carissa Hollon landing a spot in the South by Southwest Music and Media conference in Austin. She’ll play violin with local musician Jessie Frye and her band at midnight March 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn 18th floor. For Hollon, the opportunity hasn’t fully processed yet. “The realization of everything probably won’t hit me until I am packing my bags or on the ride,” she said. Frye’s band mixes indie, acoustic and pop music styles laced with heavy, personal lyrics. “It is like nothing I’ve ever heard,” Hollon said. The music centers on “heartbreaking intimacy,” based on Frye’s personal experiences. The band hopes to bring the piano and violin combination to new heights. Other members include Simon Stipp on rhythm guitar, Michael Garcia on lead guitar, Stephen Harris on bass and Matt Olmstead on drums. After 30 minutes of meeting, Hollon and Frye conversed over a cup of coffee for about two hours. Frye needed a violinist before making the trip to Austin, and she immediately clicked with Hollon. The next day, the two practiced at Frye’s apartment, and Hollon quickly learned the material. Frye’s band members come and go, but Hollon has a permanent spot in the group. Fortunately, Frye has passionate musicians like Hollon willing
Above: Music performance sophomore Carissa Hollon tunes her violin before the band’s rehearsal Wednesday at Universal Rehearsal in Arlington.
UpcoMing shoWs NX35 in Denton Where: Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. When: 6 p.m. Friday South by Southwest Music and Media Conference Where: Hilton Garden Inn 18th floor When: noon March 19
to travel to Austin on short notice. “I’m lucky she is a dedicated musician but beyond that, she has the love of music and the support to give me her time and patience,” Frye said. Frye hasn’t had many appearances except for a few shows at a winery and a coffee house. When she applied for SXSW, she didn’t think that her band would make the exclusive lineup — not because of the musical content, but because she was not established. At the time, Frye didn’t have a full band. “It turned out being the best $35 I’ve ever spent,” she said. Going into the biggest show the band members have experienced, SXSW has invigorated them with anticipation and determination. “The opportunity is such an honor,” Frye said. “It gives our music and this band a sense of direction.” Frye said that registered users on www.sxsw.com can add shows to their personal calendars, and a growing number have added her band. The site has also posted an interview with Frye. Hollon and Frye said that if they play well at SXSW, more opportunities will arise. “It’s a nice reassurance,” Hollon said. “I’m so excited. I don’t care about nerves.”
Left: Jessie Frye and her band haven’t made many appearances except for a few shows at a winery and a coffee house. The South by Southwest 2009 performance will be the biggest show the band has experienced.
Frye said she named the band’s first eP The Delve, because artists should explore and dive into every emotion and experience. “A lot of people miss the point,” she said. “nowadays, it’s almost cool to not be emotional. It’s like it is a popularity contest. The eP features six songs including “Behind the Footlights,” the first song Frye wrote when she was 14 years old. She said “Birthmark (chicago)” is her best musical accomplishment. “chicago was one of those songs that came out exactly the way it sounded in your head,” she said. Hollon is still transitioning into the band but said the new music shows the members’ individual personalities in what they emphasize and hold back. For Hollon, being in a band is a
new experience. Her musical career has focused on classical music. She plays in the UTA Symphony Orchestra and still considers it her first priority. Being in Frye’s band allows her to play with other musicians and learn a new type of music. “You don’t have to go the classical route,” Hollon said. “You can create your own path. I never realized that until now.” The band doesn’t know what will happen after SXSW, but for Frye and Hollon, the musical bond they’ve established has a positive outlook. “The musical connection with Jessie is ridiculous. I haven’t experienced that with another musician,” Hollon said. “I really hope that two years down the road I’m still a part of it.”
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Islanders sweep Mavs, teams face off in tournament opener
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Uta sports Calendar Today Women’s tennis vs. Yale Time: 2 p.m. Place: UTA Tennis Center Baseball vs. Louisiana-Monroe Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Monroe, La.
After winning five straight games, the Mavericks lose three of their last four games.
Wednesday Softball vs. Prairie View A&M Time: 4 p.m. Place: Allan Saxe Field
By roBert matson The Shorthorn staff
Momentum is a powerful asset when potentially playing three games in four days in Katy for the southland Conference tournament title. But the visitors from texas A&M-Corpus Christi dashed those hopes with a 79-66 win at texas Hall on saturday, spoiling senior Night for Anthony Vereen, Jeremy DeWalt and the men’s basketball team. UtA (16-13, 9-7) shot just 32.8 percent from the floor and 3-of-29 from 3-point range. the shooting was the Mavs’ worst all season — the main reason they lost their second game all season at texas Hall. When the Mavs’ shots stopped falling in the second half, they were forced to get aggressive defensively and try to force turnovers to get themselves back in the game. that aggressive style led to the Mavericks committing 27 fouls and sending the Islanders to the line, where they got 33 points on 45 attempts. Mavs head coach scott Cross was disappointed in the way the team shot the ball, but hopes his team got the poor shooting out of its system heading into the single-elimination tournament. “We just had an off night, and I would rather it be tonight than the conference tournament,” he said. “All great shooters are going to have off nights, that’s just part of the game.” Vereen didn’t struggle saturday afternoon, however, going 5-of-7 from the field and getting 13 points at the foul line for 24 points to go with his eight boards. Cross was pleased to see his senior leader play well in his last game in front of the home crowd and said he wants to send him out as a conference champion. “He deserves it,” Cross said. “He’s
Softball vs. Prairie View A&M Time: 6 p.m. Place: Allan Saxe Field Women’s basketball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Time: 6 p.m. Place: Katy Thursday Men’s basketball vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Katy
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Senior guard Jeremy DeWalt and senior forward Anthony Vereen are honored for their accomplishments as Mavericks at Senior Night on Saturday at Texas Hall.
a great leader and does everything we ask, and he’s an unbelievable basketball player as well.” Although Vereen’s final game at texas Hall didn’t go as he’d hoped, he is still confident the Mavs can do some damage in the tournament. “If anything, that woke us up,” he said. “We have to play 40 complete minutes of hard defense and smart basketball or you are going to lose.” “Hopefully, my legacy won’t be over thursday,” Vereen said. “[We’ll] just keep continuing to play and do what we set out to do at the beginning of the year, which was be Conference tournament Champs.” Vereen and the Mavs look to repeat as champions and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. the conference tournament begins thursday, March 12, when UtA will play 8:30 p.m. against texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
a&m-CC 79, Uta 66 Texas A&M Corpus Christi Player FG-FGA REB Bond 1-3 4 Toncinic 3-6 3 Palmer 3-9 7 Watt 2-5 6 Coombs 1-5 4 Nelson 6-8 3 Allen 0-0 0 Green 1-3 2 Reynolds 0-3 4 Hammonds 2-3 4 Totals 19-45 43
PTS 4 8 19 5 11 17 0 5 4 6 79
MIN 26 17 32 31 27 13 0+ 24 16 14 200
UTA Player Haynes Moffitt DeWalt Long Vereen Gentry II Reed III Parker Totals
PTS 15 2 0 15 24 3 2 3 66
MIN 35 20 11 37 37 10 11 9 200
FG-FGA REB 5-12 1 1-5 4 0-3 4 5-16 3 5-7 8 1-3 1 1-2 2 1-3 3 20-61 32
Records: A&M-CC (17-14, 11-5), UTA (16-13, 9-7)
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Baseball vs. UTSA Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Clay Gould Ballpark Men’s golf Time: All day Place: Laredo Men’s track at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Time: All day Place: College Station
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Junior guard Marquez Haynes trips after trying to penetrate the defense Saturday during the Mavericks’ 79-66 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas Hall. The Mavericks take on the Islanders in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament.
Team Central Arkansas Texas State Sam Houston State Lamar UTSA Northwestern State McNeese State Southeastern Louisiana Nicholls State UTA Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Stephen F. Austin
Mavs take two of three from Nicholls state By roBert matson The Shorthorn staff
the softball team took two of three games against conference leader Nicholls state last weekend at Allan saxe Field, using a strong pitching performance in one victory and the long ball to come from behind in another. In game one of saturday’s doubleheader, junior pitcher Cara Hulme and the Mavs (7-14, 3-5) shut out the Colonels (17-8, 7-2) 3-0. Hulme allowed just three hits, walking none and striking out 11. the win improves her record to 4-8. the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when sophomore third baseman Whitney simpson and junior catcher samantha Chumchal provided the support Hulme needed. simpson connected for a rBI double, followed by a two-run triple by Chumchal. In game two, the Mavs’ sloppy defense once again reared its ugly head. the team committed three costly errors and couldn’t string enough hits together to do damage to Nicholls’ pitchers Audrey Wood and Lacey Gros. UtA lost 3-2. Mavs’ head coach Debbie Hedrick was pleased with the team’s performance after a slow start to the conference season. “this was a good weekend for us to build on going forward,” she said. “there are things we have to work on, but we are going to spend extra time in those areas and get that fixed.” sunday gave the Mavericks a chance to win the series against the southland Conference leaders and start working their way back up in the conference standings. Hulme started again, but fared much worse this time against the aggressive Colonel lineup. the Mavs’ starter only retired one batter in the first inning after
allowing four runs, two of them earned on two hits. two crucial errors aided the Nicholls barrage, allowing runners to advance and ultimately touch home plate. Junior Heather Fortenberry came in and cruised the rest of the way, allowing just one hit and no runs in 6 and 2/3 innings of relief. Chumchal ignited the offense in the second inning, when she blasted a tworun homer to right-center field to get the Mavs on the board. An inning later, Fortenberry, who went 3-for-3, helped her own cause when she ripped a line drive over the left-field fence for a bases clearing three-run home run, making the score 5-4. that would be the last of the scoring, giving the Mavs a one-run win. the Mavs look to continue their improved play Wednesday at Allan saxe Field for a nonconference doubleheader against prairie View A&M. First pitch is set for 4 p.m., with the second at 6 p.m.
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Freshman Nikola Matovivoa returns a serve during a doubles game against Lamar on Sunday morning at the UTA Tennis Center.
Women go perfect in weekend matches Men’s team earns big win over Guachos after losing Friday to UTSA. By Cody mCClendon Contributor to The Shorthorn.
Both the women’s and men’s tennis squads hosted two matches and went a combined 3-1 over the weekend at the UtA tennis Center. UtA women (7-2, 4-0) continued their unbeaten streak in conference matches against McNeese state and Lamar on saturday and sunday, respectively. Lamar, the 2008 conference champion, took only one of seven games from the Mavs. Head coach Diego Benitez said the win over Lamar on sunday puts the Mavs in good conference standing. “We have to take one match at a time, don’t look too much ahead,” Benitez said. “Focus on one match, and we’ll see what happens in a few weeks.” Unlike the women, who won both matches, the men split (6-
Junior pitcher Heather Fortenberry moves freshman Courtney Zink to third with a hit to left field during the first game of a doubleheader.
SLC 8-1 5-1 7-2 7-2 4-2 5-4 5-4 3-6 1-8 0-6 0-9
Overall 12-15 13-12 17-8 15-9 12-14 11-11 10-11 7-14 3-18 7-12 9-17
SLC 3-0 3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-3 0-3
Overall 9-3 9-3 10-4 12-2 8-4 8-5 8-3 7-5 5-7 5-8 4-10 3-9
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Team McNeese Central Arkansas Nicholls State Texas State Stephen F. Austin Sam Houston State UTSA UTA Northwestern State Southeastern Louisiana Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
The team wins rubber match of the three-game series, taking overall series victory from Colonels 2-1.
Friday Women’s tennis vs. New Mexico State Time: 2 p.m. Place: UTA Tennis Center
5,1-1) over the weekend, losing 4-3 to conference rival UtsA Friday. the Mavs rebounded with a 4-3 victory over UC-santa Barbara, a team ranked in the top 100 in the nation, saturday morning. Freshman David subirats said the victory, after a tough loss, was vital. “It was good to come back,” he said. “We didn’t perform the way we wanted to against UtsA. It was important for us to come back with a win against a team like santa Barbara.” After defeating the Gauchos, the men travel to California for matches against sacramento state, Northern Arizona and st. Mary’s starting at 10 a.m. Friday morning. “We have very high expectations for both teams,” Benitez said. “If we could just make it to the tournament and win, that will take us to the regional, which is what we’re trying to do.” Cody mCClendon email@example.com
Champion one of four to receive awards The women’s basketball team led the Southland Conference with four players on three all-conference teams, the league announced Monday. Leading the conference in scoring with 19.9 points a game and the Mavericks to a 14-2 conference record and a share of SLC regular season title, senior forward Candice Champion was named to the first team all-conference team. Champion’s 18.6 points a game (35th in the nation) throughout the entire season is the fourth best single-season scoring average in the program’s history. At 1,034 career points and the playoffs looming, Champion can move into the top 10 all-time for points scored in a career. Erin Dixon, the senior forward from Pflugerville, was named to the all-conference second team as she averaged a double-double the entire year with 11.1 points a game and 10 boards a game. She becomes the player to do so since Carolyn Smith in 1977-78. That year, Smith averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds a game. Shalyn Martin and Tamara Simmons, both sophomore guards from Arlington, land on the conference’s third team. Simmons averaged 10.7 points during the season and 12.6 through the conference schedule. Martin was fourth on the team in averaging 11.1 points in conference competition. The conference also recognized junior guard Meghan Nelson as an honorable mention. — Stephen Peters
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EvEnts Open house targets students in science fields The Science Constituency Council is hosting Open House 2009 starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. The event is free, open to the public and focused toward those interested in the medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry and veterinary fields. Syed Taha Muntajibuddin, SCC public relations chair, said the event is meant to help students interested in those fields to scope out professional schools from inside and outside the state. “It’s a good opportunity for students to know what’s going on in those colleges,” he said.
At the event, students can meet individually with officials from visiting schools and discuss information like admissions advice and curriculum, he said. He said the SCC invited students from area schools, including Texas Christian University, University of North Texas and UT-Dallas, to attend the event. Some of the schools represented include University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine, University of Houston College of Pharmacy and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.
— Bryan Bastible
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Criminal justice senior Joey Salas works out on a CorePole, an exercise machine featuring elastic bands that can be used by people with disabilities. Salas was participating in a seminar given by Movin’ Mavs head coach Doug Garner on Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center about how students with disabilities can stay fit.
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I tell them about the powerhouse of intellectual wealth here,” he said during the opening address. “The optical imaging lab at UT-Southwestern is a prime example of that collaboration.” The day included a research poster contest and research-related lectures. Biology assistant professor Cedric Feschotte lectured on the evolutionary history of transposable elements found in humans’ and other mammals’ genomes, pieces of DNA that can move and replicate within the cell. He explained how people determine the impact they have had on shaping the architecture and function of the genome over the past 100 million years. “The talks and poster session provided a great opportunity to showcase the exciting research carried out on the three campuses and to foster future collaborations among these institutions,” Feschotte said. Other UT System professors also gave lectures. Psy-
chology Department Chairman Robert J. Gatchel said about 275 people registered, and there was a record 120 posters. He said judges indicated the scientific posters were the most they’ve had. The posters were judged on the research and the display, with a $200 cash prize awarded to each of the top three. The winners were psychology senior Samara Bobzean for “Sex Differences in Molecular Changes and Behavioral Effects of Cocaine in Long Evans Rats,” bioengineering doctoral student Jennifer Stearns for “Evaluation of Neuroprotective Treatment Using Multielectrode Arrays and an Animal Model of Spinal Cord Injury” and bioengineering graduate student Aydin Farajidavar for “RealTime In-Vivo Recognition and Inhibition of Pain.” Bobzean’s poster was with psychology assistant professor Linda Perrotti. Their poster summarized a possible molecular mechanism and the behavioral effects of cocaine in laboratory rats under a conditional place reference paradigm. The dose-dependent
changes in areas of the brain associated with reward could be a mechanism by which environmental cues have an effect on drug relapse, she said. “I could not have done it if there was nobody there to teach me the techniques,” Bobzean said. “It’s an area where it takes a big team of people to do it correctly.” Farajidavar’s poster was with electrical engineering professor Jung-Chih Chiao and psychology associate professor Yuan Peng. It was about pain management and was a result of collaborations between the Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering and Psychology departments. “Clinical studies have shown that spinal or brain neurostimulation could significantly relieve pain,” Farajidavar said. “Many existing neurostimulators work as an open loop, hence they depend on the patients’ or physicians’ comprehension of pain.” He demonstrated a system that can recognize pains from spinal cord recording and control pain by brain stimulation. Recording, stimulating and signal processing were integrated in a real-time loop. College of Science Associ-
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Bioengineering postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Seifert, left, speaks to bioengineering doctoral student Jennifer Stearns and mathematics professor emeritus Irinel Dragan on Monday at the UT Metroplex Day poster session in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Seifert is supervising Stearns on her research about the evaluation of neuroprotective treatments.
ate Dean Krishnan Rajeshwar said the event was a success. “The name of the game here is collaboration rather than competition. After all, all three campuses belong to the
UT umbrella system,” Rajeshwar said. “We like to foster an atmosphere in the college where both undergrads and grads can engage in highquality research. The under-
grads especially get to spend quality time with their faculty research mentors.” Erika rizo email@example.com
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turbate only when I'm aroused and when he is not around. Otherwise, I don't do it. He says that if I started to masturbate more, I would be quicker to approach orgasm, which usually takes me a long time to achieve. I feel that this is also wrong. You can't make a person more aroused through masturbation before they have sex. My husband is more of a sexual being than I am, and we both love each other deeply. But I just feel that I cannot masturbate unless I'm aroused first. And I cannot do it any other way, not even for him. Am I wrong?
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Top left: Participants were covered from head to toe in colored powder mixed with water within moments of arriving at the Holi festival.
Students welcome the new season with the Indian festival of colors
tudents’ clothes turned uniformly multicolored Saturday behind the Maverick Activities Center. Students welcomed spring with an Indian holiday called Holi by throwing colored powder and pouring colored water at each other. Indian Student Association, Fine Arts Society of India and International Student Organization sponsored the event. Aerospace engineering graduate student Vinay Kumar celebrated Holi back home in India. The festival is about the colors of life and spring, he said. When flowers bloom, it symbolizes the nature of life, and the winter is gone. ISA President Namrata Kohli has loved Holi since her childhood, and that motivated her to contact other Indian organizations to form the event. Students who attended the festival represented many nationalities including American, African-American, Cambodian, Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Mexican students, she said.
Above: Computer science graduate student Harish Krishna yells as participants at Saturday’s spring Holi festival pour jugs of colored water all over him. As the festival went on, some participants started using water bottles and water guns filled with watery gulal.
Biology senior Marjana Sarker organized Holi last year and said she saw more attendees this year. “This year, I see many different faces,” she said. In India, participants burn effigies of the demoness Holika on the first day, said physics graduate student Debrup Hui. On the second day, people put colored powder or colored water on each other and is known as the “Festival of Colors.” He said Holi originated from ancient Indian mythology. The demon Hiranyakshyapu, a powerful king, considered himself a god and wanted everybody to worship him. Hiranyakashyapu’s sister, Holika, tried to burn Prahlad, but Prahlad was unaffected by the fire because he was a devotee of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god known as preserver of the universe. Holika was burned and Lord Vishnu saved Prahlad. The burning of Holika is a symbol of victory of good over evil and is celebrated as Holi, he said.
Software engineering student Sunny Patel laughs as participants paint him with colored powder at the spring Holi festival on Saturday. The different powder colors symbolize the colors of life.
Information systems student Jet Patel admires his colorful new look during the spring Holi festival on Saturday on the Maverick Activities Center west lawn.
The gulal used during Holi festival is made of herbs and other natural ingredients that are used in alternative Indian medicines. This also makes the festival an eco-friendly event.
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