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Jim Hayes named to Hall of Fame The Movin’ Mavs founder received the posthumous honor for his contributions. BY JUSTIN RAINS The Shorthorn managing editor
The distinguished career of Movin’ Mavs founder Jim Hayes included seven national championships before his untimely death and a retired number in the Texas Hall rafters after. Now, a place must be made to call him a Hall of Famer. The National Wheelchair Basket-
ball Association announced Tuesday that Hayes would be inducted into the 2009 Hall of Fame class, as the contributor. In a press release announcing the class, the association credited Hayes with “propelling wheelchair basketball into the mainstream of intercollegiate athletics,” and increasing the competition level in the collegiate ranks of the sport. Hayes’ younger sister Laura Raney said she was notified of the nomination by current Movin’ Mavs head coach Doug Garner about a month ago, and received word of his
induction two weeks later. “I guess to a large extent, it’s a great honor for him and for our family to think that he’s going into the Hall of Fame,” she said. “My other side is sad that Jim can’t be here to enjoy this. I know it would’ve thrilled him, even though he didn’t want to be in the limelight.” Raney said her mother is “just beside herself” with happiness over the news. When asked how she thought her brother would’ve reacted to the
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association named founder and former Movin’ Mavs head coach Jim Hayes to its Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Hayes, who led the Movin’ Mavs to seven national championships, died unexpectedly in May 2008.
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Gambling could be legalized if bill passes this year Income from the endeavor would go in part to higher education financial aid. BY BRYAN BASTIBLE The Shorthorn staff
Students could get help paying for their tuition if two new bills and resolutions allowing casinos and gambling in Texas pass. The resolutions state that gambling funds would provide money for transportation and additional financial aid for higher education students. The resolutions propose a constitutional amendment authorizing and regulating slot machines and ca-
THE BILLS: HB 1724 HJR 70 SB 1084 SJR 31 To follow the bills go to: www.capitol.state.tx.us
sino games by licensed operators and certain Indian tribes. The proposed amendment would be submitted to be voted on Nov. 3, 2009. Criminal justice freshman GAMBLING continues on page 4
Staying Away Mexican drug violence affects UTA students’ travel plans BY ELIZABETH FLORES Contributor to The Shorthorn
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Junior guard Marquez Haynes reacts to the Mavericks’ 79-72 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament at the Merrell Center in Katy. The Mavericks end their season with a 16-14 record overall.
Separated from the Mexican border and subsequent violence by more than 600 miles, some students canceled spring break plans while worrying for their family’s safety. “I was going to go to Mexico for spring break, but it’s just too dangerous right now,” said Anabel Tavera, international business and French junior. Tavera’s dad has worked and lived for the past three years in Zacatecas, Mexico, where she was raised. Her father plans to live there two more years. “He doesn’t leave home much unless it’s to go shopping for basic groceries,” she said. “And if he does, he dress-
es down with no jewelry or anything fancy.” Zacatecas isn’t near the border, but isn’t far from drug cartel violence and crooked police. Zacatecas citizens urged Mexico’s armed forces to take over in protecting the community. An ambush, five days after the army’s take over, resulted in five deaths. One ambusher was identified as a local police officer involved with the drug cartel. Tavera said her dad doesn’t want family to visit because of the danger but her mom still plans to visit during spring break. For now, she and her dad talk on the phone once a week. FAMILY continues on page 8
Anthropologist speaks on cooking and evolution The Harvard professor explains the biological reasons for the way humans prepare food. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER Contributor to The Shorthorn
Richard Wrangham said he believes mankind came not from fire alone, but the foods cooked with that fire. The Harvard biological anthropology professor and primate researcher discussed how cooking made humans human at The
Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Spring 2009 on Thursday at the Architecture Building auditorium. More than 100 students, faculty and staff attended. Cooking is defined as processing food with the aid of heat, Wrangham said. He said his fascination began when he stared into a fire one night and wondered about the origins of fire. “I studied the feeding behavior of chimps, and I realized from my own personal experience that I
could not live like a chimpanzee, because the food would have been simply disgusting, and it would not give me enough to live on,” he said. Many people think of cooking as a recent cultural adaptation, but it’s a biological adaptation, Wrangham said. “Cooking is tremendously important in that it gives humans energy and that we need to eat cooked food in order to be able to COOKING continues on page 6
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Drug violence at the U.S.-Mexico border is affecting some UTA students like business management junior Sergio Soldevilla and international business and French junior Anabel Tavera. Both have family in Mexico and have canceled spring break travel plans because of escalating violence between police and drug cartels.
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CLARIFICATIONS There are five mayoral candidates: Aaron Bickle, Robert Cluck, Jerry Pikulinski, Lane Weston and Stephen White. Eight city council candidates are running for four spots. Thursday’s story was unclear.
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ART ATTACK! Film and video junior Reema Patel reacts to “Forneus” by painting senior Jayde Hilliard in The Gallery at UTA. Hilliard used her art to turn masked patterns into monsters.
Physician to discuss his experience in Gaza today at UC Concho Room Ismael Mehr went to the scene of an armed conflict to help victims after a cease-fire was announced. BY ALI MUSTANSIR Contributor to The Shorthorn
A physician who went to Gaza after the Israeli-Palestinian conflict earlier this year will give a lecture about his experience. Ismail Mehr will speak at 3 p.m. today at the University Center Concho Room. Mehr is one of 10 U.S. physicians from the Islamic Medical Association of North America who traveled to Gaza in January after a cease-fire was announced. He administered medical aid to Gazans with serious illness or injury at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Muslim Student Association faculty adviser Samir Iqbal said he looks forward to hearing about Mehr’s experiences. “[Mehr] will be speaking with
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Defending champs fall in 1st round Corpus Christi holds off Mavs despite a career-high 36 points from Haynes. by stephen peters The Shorthorn sports editor
KAtY — Make it 16 straight years the southland Conference hasn’t produced a repeat tournament champion now that the UtA men’s basketball lost its opening round matchup to texas A&MCorpus Christi 79-72 thursday night. the Islanders (18-14) found out just how hard it is to beat a team three times a year, as the Mavericks (16-14) stormed back late in the game on the strength of junior guard Marquez Haynes’ career-high 36 points to try and keep their tournament hopes alive. Head coach scott Cross said Haynes’ performance was phenomenal. Before the game, Cross gave his guard permission to take over if needed. “He scored inside and outside,” Cross said. “He attacked the basket, hit threes and was solid defensively. I just wish we could have had a different outcome.” Haynes scored 27 of the team’s 45 points in the second half, as he and newcomer of the year, Islander junior guard Kevin palmer, went toe-to-toe in the half. “pretty much each possession [senior forward Anthony] Vereen’s not in, I’m trying to get everyone else going in addition to getting to the basket,” Haynes said. Down 13 with 9:39 to play in the game, UtA went on a 20-10
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news, she spoke of a certain grin he would get when he was trying to keep his emotions in check. “He always had this smirky grin when he was really proud, but didn’t want anyone to think he was,” she said. “He had that way about him. He wanted everything to be for everyone else.” Mikey paye, who played for Hayes as a Movin’ Mav from 2001 to 2006, said he knew exactly how Hayes would’ve reacted to the news. “I’d go in there and say, ‘Coach, I don’t believe it. It’s so awesome.’ He’d just say ‘Aw, it’s just another day,’ and probably
run over the next seven minutes to close the gap to 70-67. In his last collegiate game, Vereen fueled the Mavericks’ comeback, scoring 12 during that run. “they’re very athletic,” Vereen said about the Islanders’ defense. “they’re very long and try to pack it in [inside]. they did a successful job in the first half. I just tried to, in the second half, be a little bit more aggressive.” through much of the contest, Corpus Christi limited Vereen’s effectiveness, holding the first-team all-conference player to just four points through 30 minutes of the game. “My hat’s off to them,” Vereen said. “they played great defense and made some shots and some plays down the end and we didn’t.” Islander head coach perry Clark said keeping the Mavericks down during their comeback was tough. “Haynes was penetrating, and when we went to stop that, they went into Vereen,” Clark said. “It’s like pick your poison. that’s why they’re so difficult to play against.” “I told [Vereen] that I’m coming to his graduation just to make sure he leaves,” Clark said jokingly about the departing senior. Like the season finale at texas Hall, the Mavs struggled from outside, shooting 5-of-20 from deep, as Corpus Christi made six of its 17 attempts. And like the March 7 contest, the Islanders were very selective about their shots in the second half, shooting 65 percent and getting to the free-throw line for 27 attempts. Junior guard rogér Guig-
pour another cup of coffee,” paye said. While Hayes was never big on personal achievements, paye said players loved when they could talk up their coach and “see him smile.” He also said this induction will be special because Hayes goes in as a coach. “some of the other guys have been inducted for spreading the game across the country,” he said. “But when I think of Coach [Hayes] getting into the Hall of Fame, I think of seven national championships and texas Hall.” Former Movin’ Mav paul schulte said while he wished Hayes could be in attendance for his induction, his absence won’t make the moment bittersweet. “I certainly would’ve loved
texas a&m-CC 79, Uta 72 UTA Player Haynes Vereen Long Reed III Gentry II Moffitt Davis Smith Awange DeWalt Totals
FG-FGA REB 11-16 6 5-9 5 1-11 3 1-9 5 2-5 2 1-4 2 1-1 1 0-0 1 0-0 1 0-0 0 22-55 28
PTS 36 18 5 4 4 3 2 0 0 0 72
MIN 37 33 32 21 23 15 12 18 3 6 200
Texas A&M-CC Player FG-FGA REB Palmer 12-17 5 Coombs 5-9 3 Bond 3-4 5 Green 3-7 1 Watt 1-1 7 Hammonds 1-2 1 Reynolds 1-4 6 Toncinic 0-3 4 Toncinic 0-2 0 Totals 26-49 34
PTS 35 14 13 8 4 2 2 1 0 79
MIN 33 28 28 23 26 10 19 25 8 200
Records: A&M-CC (19-14, 12-5), UTA (16-15, 9-8)
nard’s absence hurt the Mavs in this contest. the Mavs’ third-leading scorer didn’t make the trip to Katy after his dismissal from the team, according to a source close to the team. Corpus Christi will face stephen F. Austin at 8:30 tonight in the semifinals while the Mavs begin their offseason. It’s the second time under Cross the Mavs are one-and-done in the conference tournament. “I don’t feel good at all,” Haynes said when asked about looking forward to next year. “I didn’t want [Vereen’s] career to end like that. I wouldn’t want my career to end like this. I wanted to be in that NCAA tournament as bad as anyone. this is my first year in college not going.” stephen peters firstname.lastname@example.org
Movin’ Mavs beat southwest Minnesota, face Illinois today by Cory armstrong Contributor to The Shorthorn
the Movin’ Mavs advance to the second round of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association intercollegiate national championships after beating southwest Minnesota state 46-34 thursday night in Whitewater, Wis. southwest Minnesota, who UtA dominated during the regular season, kept the game close in the first half but only put up 14 points in the second. “It wasn’t pretty but we did it,” said Movin’ Mavs head coach Doug Garner. He said he was pleased with the defensive effort and credited the win to just that. “It’s games like this that you have to count on your
defense,” Garner said. Going into the game, UtA wanted to spread around the offense, getting the whole team involved in putting points on the board. three players scored in double digits. “We only shot 39 percent,” Garner said. “We had firstgame jitters.” Junior David Wilkes had 14 points, junior Ian pierson had 13 and senior Aaron Gouge put up 11 on the night. “We had a rough shooting game,” Gouge said. “the baskets just weren’t falling for us today.” the Mavs will rely on their defense once again today when they face No. 2 seed Illinois in the semifinals. “Illinois will play a lot smarter offense,” Garner said. “they will force our other guys to score points.” Illinois beat UtA both times the teams met in the
Junior guard Marquez Haynes is fouled during a layup attempt Thursday at the Merrell Center in Katy. Haynes scored a career-high 36 points during the Mavericks’ loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first round of the State Farm Southland Conference Tournament.
Coach [Hayes] to have got- mittee. Garner said he, current and ten in when he was alive, but I know that he’ll be there and in former Movin’ Mavs players all the hearts of his players and the shared a similar reaction when hearts of the people who’s lives presented with the news. “they were all like, ‘Well, he helped shape,” schulte said. “In our hearts, he’s already it’s about time,’ ” he said. “Especially the a member of guys that were “In our hearts, he’s each of our there in the Halls of Fame. already a member ’90s and the this will just be of each of our ’80s when kind of solidithe program fying his spot Halls of Fame.” struggled. in the role and paul schulte, they know contributions former Movin’ Mav what he went that he made to through to our sport.” Garner first nominated get this program built and to Hayes for induction three years where it is today.” Hayes was paralyzed at ago and said every year Hayes was left off the list, Garner and 18 when, while at Benbrook other supporters — including Lake with friends and family, schulte — would send more he attempted a swan dive into letters supporting his nomina- shallow water. He graduated tion to the Hall of Fame com- from UtA in 1974 and was vital
UTA struggled against the team during the regular season.
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regular season. “A lot of people are saying we’re the underdogs, but I’m very optimistic,” said senior tyler Garner. “We’re just thinking about the defense we’re going to run to control the pace of the game.” If the Movin’ Mavs win Friday, they will most likely meet No. 1 seed Whitewater for the championship. Whitewater has given the Mavs difficulty during the regular season, winning both games the teams played. In order for an opportunity at redemption, the Mavs will have to first get past Illinois. “I’m just excited right now,” Gouge said. “We’ve got a really good team and a good shot at the championship. Not much more you could ask for.” Cory armstrong email@example.com
Baseball games rescheduled for Saturday vs UTSA Due to heavy rain in the area the past two nights, the baseball team moved back its series against UtsA to this weekend. the series was set to begin Friday at Clay Gould Ballpark, but will instead begin with a saturday doubleheader and conclude with a sunday matinee. the Mavs (5-9, 0-3) come into the series losers of their last four, including a road sweep at the hands of sam Houston state last weekend. the roadrunners (9-4, 2-1) are coming off a 11-6 midweek win over Illinois state and have won five of their last six. First pitch for Game 1 on saturday is set for 1 p.m., with Game 2 to begin tentatively at 4 p.m. sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. as previously scheduled.
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in making the campus more wheelchair accessible. In 1984, Hayes won a gold medal in the paralympics roadracing event. two years later, he made the 205-mile trip from Austin to Arlington in his wheelchair to raise money for the Helping restore Ability foundation. the trip took Hayes 25 hours and raised $15,000 for the organization. In 1989, Hayes founded the Movin’ Mavs program, and was the team’s only coach until his death at the age of 58 in May 2008 from an intestinal blood clot. In an interview with the shorthorn, published in March 2008 before his death, Hayes talked about the two times in an athlete’s life he felt were most special — neither involved
personal accolades. “one is the look in Mom and Dad’s eyes when you offer a kid the scholarship to come play ball at UtA,” he said. “In our population, with all the medical bills and therapy and everything else that goes with injuries, there’s not a lot of money going around to sending kids to college.” “the second one has to be watching them go across the stage at graduation. You know they’ve got a degree and their life is going to be much brighter than before they came here.” He called the championships, All-American awards and team UsA selections merely “pats on the back for your hard work.” JUstin rains firstname.lastname@example.org
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Professors discuss travel writings from 19th and 20th centuries The talks focused on the “Germans could gain inexperiences of Europeans sight by observing what was in America and vice versa. happening across the AtlanBy shreeya rana Contributor to The Shorthorn
The 44th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures, Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times, featured discussions of the travel writings of Europeans in America and Americans in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Thursday in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre. Nils H. Roemer of UTDallas presented the keynote lecture, Mapping Modernity: Jews and Other German Travelers. He said Jews came to the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century, because they were fascinated with America, particularly New York. Rutgers University history professor Andrew Lees, in his lecture Between Modernity and Antimodernity: From Enthusiasm to Anxiety in German Perceptions of American Big Cities, said the U.S. captivated Germans mostly because of its democratic republic status, but also because America was the land of the future — politically, economically and socially.
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Chris Harvell said he doesn’t agree morally with gambling, but believes a casino would boost the local economy. Information systems junior Filmon Ghebreab said he doesn’t favor the idea. “Texas people are proud,” he said. “The issue of gambling will hurt Texas’ image and general reputation as being conservative.” He said if the legislation passes, he would prefer only one Texas city have a casino. Bob Frazier, Christian Campus Center director, said he’s against the legislation. “I hope the bills won’t pass because of what it does to families that don’t have funds to hope to hit the jackpot,” he said. He said if the legislation passes, the additional tuition money for higher education
tic,” he said. He said in the 19th century, interest in America as a modern society grew in German consciousness. New York and Chicago were viewed as world cities with populations of 2.5 million and 1.1 million, respectively. History associate professor Thomas Adam presented Travel, Gender, and Identity: George and Anna Tichnor’s Travel Journals, which focused on the differences between the writings of the 19th century American academician and his wife while
they traveled in Dresden, Germany. “An eye for details clearly separates George and Anna Tichnor’s journals,” he said. He also mentioned that seeing through George’s eyes seems like watching a black and white movie, while Anna’s journals are more colorful. History Professor Emeritus Dieter K. Buse of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, opened the series with Social Crossings: German Leftists View Amerika and Reflect Themselves. shreeya rana email@example.com
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gooDwiLL spiDer Interdisciplinary studies junior Steve Maria dresses as Spiderman to raise money for Heroes for Hope, a charity conducted by Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Thursday on the Central Library mall. The charity collects money for children with terminal illnesses and travels to hospitals all over Texas delivering toys and comics.
‘Killing’ for Fun Role-playing game brings mystery and excitement to residence halls By Dustin L. DangLi The Shorthorn staff The Shorthorn: Monica Lopez
Rutgers University history professor Andrew Lees speaks at the 44th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures on Thursday in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom. The History department sponsored the event Crossing the Atlantic: Travel and Travel Writing in Modern Times.
would be one of the good things to come from it, but there should be other ways to help students pay for tuition. “Gambling eventually becomes an addiction,” he said. The bill states that a Texas Gaming Commission would issue licenses to nine development projects that would include casinos — seven in different urban areas of the state and two on islands in the Gulf of Mexico. Arlington is the seventh largest city in Texas, and Tarrant County is the third largest county behind Harris and Dallas counties, according to the Texas state directory Web site. The bill in the state Senate was co-authored by state Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and John Carona, R-Dallas, and would allow the authorization and regulation of casino and slot gaming in Texas and the creation of a Texas Gaming Commission. An identical bill and identical resolution was filed in the House by state
Rep. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio. Rep. Jim Pitts, RWaxahachie, cowrote the resolution. Jeremy Warren, Ellis’ communications director, said Ellis has been a proponent for bringing gambling revenue into Texas and keeping it here. He said it’s time to get moving, because it could be an economic stimulus in terms of construction and development of the casinos. Arlington District 5 city councilwoman Lana Wolff, who represents the university, said she doesn’t initially approve of the bills. “My first blush is not supportive of gambling in the DFW area because of the element that goes along with the gambling industry,” she said. She added that she would be for the public voting on any resolution that would amend the Texas Constitution. Bryan BastiBLe firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Cisneros’ mind was on his studies. He forgot he was in the middle of a string of murders in Kalpana Chawla Hall. Distracted by his textbook, he was a sitting duck in an otherwise vacant study room. A figure entered the room, cornering him — the stranger was there to take his life. The mock murder was part of the live-action roleplaying game called Assassins, which the criminal justice junior participated in last year. Cisneros will participate again after spring break in Arlington Hall, his new residence. Cisneros said last year’s game generated excitement around KC Hall and was a major discussion topic as people planned strategies and deceived one another. “This year I’ve got no strategies,” he said. “I’m just going to play it cool.” Players assume the role of hit men trying to pick off individual targets assigned to them. Once eliminated, a player must give the assassin his or her as-
signed target to continue play. The game’s organizers keep record of the “assassinations” and overall flow of the game. Kalpana Chawla Hall, Lipscomb Hall and Trinity House are hosting separate games. “To ‘kill’ someone, you have to put your hand on someone’s shoulder and say a chant we have here at Lipscomb,” said Jonathan Walker, Lipscomb Hall resident assistant and organizer. “ ‘Get some.’ ” The rules vary from each residence hall but most are the same — like the last person alive wins, said Jerome Kirby, Arlington Hall resident assistant and organizer. Students play Assassins over time rather than one night. Kirby said he decided to host the game because it allows people who see each other on a regular basis to become better acquainted. This season he added the rule that participants must have Facebook pages. “People need to know what you look like,” he said. “Also, who doesn’t like having more friends on Facebook?” Kirby said he hopes,
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through scanning personal pages, residents will get to know their target’s hobbies and interests. He said he’s seen friendships broken from people taking the games too serious. In an information session, he told participants not to be “sore losers.” Cisneros said it’s easy to make friends through the game. “You can just tap them on the shoulder, tell them they are eliminated and say, ‘Hi, I’m Charles,’ ” he said. To ensure the game doesn’t become tag, the residence halls have implemented rules to keep players thinking, Kirby said. “Holy Grounds” are areas where assassinations can’t take place because they would cause a disturbance like classrooms, the Central Library fifth floor and a target’s workplace. “Assassinations” can’t be made when the target is with three or more people. Kirby also has tips for those playing this season. “Always know what’s around you, and don’t run in class,” he said. Dustin L. DangLi email@example.com
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No Juggling Surgeons, Please Multitasking several important things is less efficient than doing them right one-at-a-time
heories are like coin slots. Everyone has one but most people need to keep theirs’ covered. When computers first went “personal” in the ’80s, a psychological issue was discovered that the top PC magazine at the time, now extinct, referred to as “information toxicity syndrome” or “infotox.” Like “gridlock,” the term fell from favor, but much faster. Symptoms included insomnia, reduced social and verbal skills, and lapses in memory. According to research reported by the magazine, infotox was the result of overwork. Newfangled contraptions made it possible for people to get more work done in the same amount of time but people were multiplying the number of decisions and recollections in the same amount of time and it was, figuratively, overheating the brain. Computer technology during the ’80s introduced a more enduring term: multitasking. Microsoft Word didn’t put a red squiggly line under it just now, so it’s a real word. The word spawned a popular “time management” school that the business world fell in love with, because it lent the color of scientific justification to demands for getting more done for the same amount of time and pay. Meanwhile, here in the 21st century, research increasingly shows that multitasking is a productivity killer.
The multitasker’s work is inferior and often has to be redone. Texting while applying makeup and watching the GPS in peak traffic is even worse than multitasking in the work place, because it has a strong chance of getting people injured or killed. Just about everyone will listen to music while doing housework or watch TV while exercising. Humans are well able — usually — to walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. But when it comes to accomplishing multiple tasks that require critical thinking and observation, stick to the point. My mother owns an Edison record player — the kind that uses cylindrical tubes of reinforced vinyl to store sounds on hair-fine grooves. It can’t be plugged into anything but has a metal crank handle on one side. Until this very summer, the thing continued to work, playing understandable and funky old
tunes and even “standup” comedy! That sort of craftsmanship took time and attention. Edison was probably quite a multitasker, working on more than one project at a time. He didn’t invent or engineer one thing, then leave it as “perfected” and start CLIFF HALE on something entirely different. But at a given moment when concentration was required, he didn’t stop and change to something else, because he had 12 things due at the same time. Multitasking is a misnomer when people do it, most of the time. In reality, it is fast serial switching, and it segments work into a carousel of task fragments on a spinning plate of priority. To do a good job, focus, plan ahead, then do it steadily until complete. Doing it that way, it’s finished sooner and needs less correction and you can start on the next thing. You’ll end up with two things done well in less time than doing the same things marginally!
— Cliff Hale is an art history junior and copy editor for The Shorthorn
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Overhearing Reality Cultures need more understanding and less judgment
babies!” ne day, Upon hearing sitting in a this, I was shocked. study room, Even though I I overheard two wanted to speak, I people discussing couldn’t have. world news. In Europe, it Suddenly, one is very common of the protagonists to hear people made a remark that make comments stunned me, making on the high level me realize things SYLVAIN REY of violence in the that I did not see as United States: clearly before. The subject of discussion “Those Americans are crazy, was rather dark. It dealt with why don’t they just ban desperate single mothers guns? It is not the Wild West in Europe sometimes anymore!” or remarks like abandoning their newborns “Why don’t they eat healthier because their families don’t food?” Even I said that on many accept the infants in their occasions — and still do. homes. But suddenly, these very This problem unfortunately happens in Europe, in the case same words came back at me, uttered by the same they spoke of — in Austria. So, the comment flew: demographic I first addressed. Unfortunately, some “Those Europeans are crazy, what they do with their mothers in the U.S. also try
to abandon their offspring in such tragic ways, and not all Europeans eat healthy food or turn away from the use of guns — far from it. But we are not always aware that another country’s social problems may also occur at home, and that our reaction to them can be different. In fact, we all tend to reject odd, deviant behaviors as simply the deviance of another culture. And we do all that unconsciously, even if we don’t want to. Perhaps it is a defense mechanism — a way to remember that home is a safe place. But this shouldn’t blind us to notice our own failures. Though violence may be common in America — whatever the reason — it also exists elsewhere. Perhaps it’s less frequent or
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less visible, but it’s there. Even if violence only existed at a lower level, other problems would still exist elsewhere. Europeans may release stress in ways that seem strange and irrational, but it’s not done out of some disease. And this is generally true about everybody. No culture is more cruel or sadistic than another. Who knows how an individual, or even a nation, will react if faced by a certain situation? No one is, in this sense, ‘normal.’ We all act irrationally, and sometimes someone will be there to remind us how strange we can be. Perhaps it’s better if we can achieve a little more humility on the way.
— Sylvain Rey is an anthropology senior and a columnist for The Shorthorn
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Travel the Right Way During Spring Break Plan and research before you begin your trip Finally, it’s spring break — time to get out of town for vacation or hang out in Arlington for a “staycation.” Whichever is on your agenda, be smart. Here are some travel tips. If you’re going out of town, research the destination, says www. coolestspringbreak.com. Find out what accommodations are available and whether they fit your budget. Many hotels have a limit on how many people can stay in a room, so check ahead if you have a group. If you’re driving, be sure to bring a map and plan for EDITORIAL the time it will ROUNDUP take to reach The issue: Spring break is next your destiweek — students are nation. Give ready for a time-out from classes, exams, yourself extra projects and presentatime in case tions. you run into We suggest: traffic or even Take a load off. Go something unsomewhere. Leave school behind for a foreseen — like few days and get away, a herd of cattle either in Arlington or on a trip somewhere. Have crossing the fun — safely. road. Bring a map of your destination. Learn the area’s layout before you get there. It will be easier to get around if you know major landmarks, a few major roads and where to go for sustenance. Find out where to eat, drink and the legality of activities you may participate in. Planning to fly? Look into taxis or shuttle services at your destination airport so you won’t be stuck there all day. Pack carefully and lightly. The less you have to haul around, the better. Also, think about souvenirs you may buy that you’ll be carrying back — especially if you are flying. Airlines have stringent baggage restrictions on what you can or can’t travel with. Make sure you are familiar with the rules and regulations. If visiting another country, research the travel requirements — what documents you will need, immunizations, what types of food and drinks are available and if there are any common food illnesses in the area. Planning a trip to Mexico this year may be dangerous, so be sure to check out the latest news concerning safety along the border. The recent drug cartel violence has become dangerous for tourists — be careful. Remember, every state and country has different drug laws — don’t bring drugs on your trip. You could end up in a foreign jail, and who knows what will happen then? Play it safe and have a great spring break.
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Group will help build a carbon-neutral neighborhood in New Orleans
“His examination of the differences between cooked foods and raw foods is something no one else has done before.”
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Harvard anthropologist Richard Wrangham answers questions after his Cooking and Human Origins Termini Lecture on Thursday at the Architecture Building auditorium. Wrangham discussed differences between eating raw and cooked foods and their evolutionary implications.
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From left, architecture senior Tania Sabillon, alumnus Boback Firoozbakht, architecture senior Brenda Gonzales and Michael Peguero (not pictured) will use their spring break to help build the nation’s first carbon-neutral neighborhood in New Orleans. The Historic Green project provides installation, demolition and landscaping opportunities in an effort to increase sustainability.
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Three architecture seniors and one alumnus will go to New Orleans for spring break, but they don’t intend to binge drink and party in the French Quarter. Architecture seniors Tania Sabillon, Brenda Gonzales and Michael Peguero and alumnus Boback Firoozbakht will help build the nation’s first carbonneutral neighborhood, where a household offsets as much carbon as it emits. The Historic Green project started a year ago when co-founder Ryan Evans visited New Orleans a few years after Hurricane Katrina expecting to see the town cleaned up and back to normal. “It was completely devastated,” Evans said. “It looked like a war zone, houses were somewhat being lived in, but they needed to be gutted. There were holes in the roofs
— just horrible conditions for the residents.” Firoozbakht said he learned about the project from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit organization focused on building sustainably, and the group received funding from the North Texas chapter for a three-day visit. Firoozbakht said he and the others worked on a building community workshop for the council to rebuild a street of homes in Dallas. “They built a brand new house, and someone’s living in that house, and then we’re going in their house and renovate it,” he said. “The homes that they’re doing in Dallas are sustainable, but they’re not zero carbon like these in New Orleans, which is absolutely amazing. This is going to be an example for every neighborhood in the nation.” Firoozbakht said they would have a wide variety of
work: demolition, installing insulation, working with the students or even landscaping. Gonzales said that when she took former architecture assistant professor Jane Ahrens’ sustainability class, she learned the importance of living sustainably and spreading awareness. “I think it’s important for people to survive, to start building like this and to be thinking about the future generations,” she said. “Since it’s the first zero-carbon neighborhood, I think it’s a really big deal. And for us to be able to be a part of it is something really special.” More than 500 volunteers worked on more than 150 homes in a two-week period last year, and businesses contributed more than $250,000 of labor in the Holy Cross Neighborhood of the 9th Ward. Charles Allen, Holy Cross Neighborhood Association
president, said the neighborhood saw an opportunity to rebuild the area smarter and more sustainable after Katrina. “We feel as though we’re setting ourselves up as a good model of how a community can recover from some kind of natural disaster,” he said. “It’s a great feeling, and I feel like we’re on the cusp of something great.” Sabillon said Ahrens’ sustainability class inspired her to not only take on the Historic Green project, but to also practice sustainable methods once she leaves the university. “That class was so intense, and just the stuff that we learned really has carried me and makes me aware of what’s going on,” she said. “And for me, after I took that class, I knew when I practice architecture that’s what I want to do.” Sarah Lutz email@example.com
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ing him- or herself to never having a real romantic relationship. Sex is wonderful, but it doesn't compare to love. If you're looking for both love and sex, then in the long run you're going to get a better reward than if you're looking only for sex.
A: Putting aside any physical risks -and those include the possibility of an unintended pregnancy as well -- there certainly are psychological risks. The biggest is Q: I have been dating that one of the two people someone for one month now. engaging in casual sex really We just had sex Friday, and he would prefer to be in a relahas not called since. It is now tionship, but accepts the casuSunday, and I am a little al sex in order to be with the upset, because I know he will person he or she loves. That call me during the week, person is wasting valuable wanting to go out. I find it time when he or she could be very difficult to trust people, seeking out someone else and I find myself not trusting who would love him or her. In Dr. Ruth him because he did not call. fact, it will probably prolong Send your What can I do? the time that this period of questions to Dr. unrequited love exists, Ruth Westheimer A: It seems what because rather than pining for you are saying is that he will the person from far away, he c/o King call you because he wants to or she is actually having sex Features set a date when you two will with his or her object of ado- Syndicate, 235 E. have sex, but he has no interration. But the end result is 45th St., New est in communicating with going to be the same: a bro- York, NY 10017 you otherwise. If that's really ken heart, only it probably the case, then you should stop will be more severe when the seeing him. If he doesn't have time comes because of the physical any feelings for you other than lust, this closeness that was achieved without the relationship won't last, so you may as emotional attachment. well end it sooner rather than later, so you can start looking for someone else. Another risk of casual sex is that Now, it's possible that this particular because all sexual relationships become weekend he was very busy, in which case a little less exciting over time, if someone you could excuse him. But if you are sure is hopping from bed to bed, this person that his emotional attachment to you is will then expect that very high level of close to zero, then you must stop seeing sexual excitement all the time. Because him. of this craving, he or she may be doom-
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Area pastor to preach at Ill. church after shooting
Perry rejects part of stimulus
FORT WORTH — The pastor of a Texas church where seven people died in a 1999 shooting will preach at an Illinois church a week after the pastor there was gunned down. A man entered the Illinois church sanctuary Sunday and walked toward the pulpit, where the Rev. Fred Winters spoke to him before he fired a shot, hitting pages from the pastor’s Bible that sprayed like confetti, authorities said. The man chased Winters as he tried to run away and then fired more shots, hitting the pastor before his gun jammed, authorities said. Two church members suffered stab wounds as they subdued the man when he tried to flee
Warrants issued for 6 people tied to fight club McALLEN — Corpus Christi Police issued arrest warrants Thursday for six workers accused of organizing a ‘fight club’ where residents of a state facility for the mentally and developmentally disabled fought each other for the staff’s entertainment. The six, all listed as Corpus Christi residents, are charged with injury to a disabled person.
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HoUSToN — Texas Gov. rick Perry plans to turn down $555 million that would expand state unemployment benefits, saying the money would have required the state to keep funding the expanded benefits after the stimulus money ran out. Perry, an outspoken critic of President Barack obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill, accepted most of the roughly $17 billion slated for Texas in the plan. But the governor turned down the unemployment ben-
efits because he said they would require the state to increase the tax burden on Texas businesses. “during these tough times, Texas employers are working harder than ever to move products to market, make payroll and create jobs,” Perry said at a news conference at Bering’s, an upscale Houston hardware store. “The last thing they need is government burdening them with higher taxes and expanded obligations.” Perry is the latest republican governor to turn down federal stimulus money, following the leads of South Carolina Gov.
Mark Sanford who rejected some of the stimulus money, turning down $700 million of the share to his state, and louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has also said he would not accept nearly $100 million in stimulus money to expand unemployment benefits. Perry’s announcement was immediately criticized by democratic lawmakers and advocates for low-income residents. “Without this federal money, Texas businesses face increased unemployment insurance taxes in bad times, and without the modest reforms in state law re-
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Bernard Madoff pleads guilty, gets sent to jail NEW YORK — Careful to blame only himself, a “deeply sorry and ashamed” Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Thursday to pulling off what could be the biggest, most spectacular swindle Wall Street has even seen, and was sent off to jail in handcuffs to the applause of his furious victims. “I realized that my arrest and this day would inevitably come,” Madoff said in a courtroom crammed with many of the investors he cheated out of billions of dollars.
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With a .50-caliber rifle in the foreground, Tom Diaz, senior policy analyst, Violence Policy Center, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday before the House National Security and Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on U.S.-Mexico border violence.
BAGHDAD — A court convicted an Iraqi journalist of assault Thursday for hurling his shoes at George W. Bush and sentenced him to three years in prison, prompting an outburst from his family and calls for his release from Iraqis who consider him an icon for a nation decimated by war. Muntadhar al-Zeidi, 30, defiantly shouted, “Long Live Iraq!” when the sentence was imposed, according to defense lawyers. Some of his relatives collapsed and had to be helped out of the courthouse. Others were forcibly removed by guards after shouting “Down with Bush!” — The Associated Press
“The governor’s decision puts a red light in front of the legislature, but the legislature still plans to go forward and hold hearings on these bills and try and get votes. The legislature is not lying down in response to this.” However, Perry noted that Texas lawmakers had previously rejected proposals to expand unemployment benefits and criticized the stimulus money for coming with strings that would “force our legislators to enact policies they have repeatedly rejected as wrong for Texas.”
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quired to get the federal money, about 45,000 Texas workers will go without unemployment insurance,” said don Baylor, a policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Sen. Kirk Watson, d-Austin, said rejecting the money “demonstrates the height of denial about the challenges confronting this state and its people.” Watson said it’s now up to the legislature, which can still try to accept the funds but risks gubernatorial veto. “i would not jump to the conclusion that we’re not going to get the money,” Baylor said.
WASHiNGToN — Tighter gun control and stronger law enforcement in Southwestern states were recommended Thursday by lawmakers concerned about drug violence in Mexico possibly spilling across the border. The escalating violence — which has killed thousands, mostly south of the border — has been blamed on Mexican drug cartels which one Homeland Security official described as the biggest organized crime threat facing the United States. roger rufe, Homeland Security’s head of operations, outlined the agency’s plans for protecting the border, a response that includes — as a last resort — deploying military personnel and equipment to the region if other agencies are overwhelmed. echoing comments a day earlier from President Barack obama, rufe said there currently was no need to militarize
the Southwestern border with Mexico, despite violence that threatens to migrate into the United States. “We would take all resources short of dod (defense department) and National Guard troops before we reach that tipping point,” rufe told lawmakers on a House homeland security subcommittee. “We very much do not want to militarize our border.” rufe did not specify what circumstances would trigger a call for troops. The violence is blamed on Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s crackdown on drug cartels over the past two years. in recent weeks, his government has deployed 700 extra federal police to Ciudad Juarez, a city across from el Paso, Texas, where local police have been swamped by drug violence. This month, 3,200 federal troops were sent to the city.
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Business management junior Sergio Soldevilla also canceled his travel plans to Mexico, where he said buses get hijacked in daylight, right off freeways and streets. “i’m going to San Antonio instead of visiting
my family in San luis,” he said, “My family down there won’t even travel the couple of hours to visit each other.” He said neighborhood violence subjects citizens to assassinations of political figures, kidnappings and beheadings ordered by rival drug cartel leaders. Soldevilla said the drug cartels include
crooked police officers and former army soldiers, a result from being poorly treated and underpaid in the military. “Now they have military-trained bad guys and all the equipment that came with it,” he said. The New York Times reported more than 5,000 people died from drug violence in 2008. This year, death tolls reached more
than 1,000 in less than eight weeks. Soldevilla understands students and Americans still want and need to travel south, so he advises them to use caution, not travel alone and try to blend in. Some UTA Study Abroad students traveling to Mexico have called the program with concerns.
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“We don’t have any programs in any of the directly related areas of concern except Mexico City,” Study Abroad director Courtney Bauman said. “But they are in a safe suburb of the city and set up with an extended-stay family.”
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