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Maverick Activities Center rock wall to open Monday The hours of operation will be 3-9 p.m Sunday-Friday and 1-6 p.m Saturdays. By Sarah Lutz The Shorthorn staff
After multiple issues delaying the university’s first climbing wall, the grand opening is at 3 p.m. Monday at the Maverick Activities Center. After the opening, MAC members can rent gear from shoes to harnesses and climb for free from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sun-
day through Friday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The wall, which was originally scheduled to open with the MAC’s second phase, was delayed due to a number of issues, said Chris Muller, Campus Recreation associate director. The second phase opened in March 2008. “There were structural engineering issues in placing it where we wanted it to go,” he said. “We had to do a redesign to make it structurally sound and safe for students.”
After solving the structural issues, the construction company had to fit the university back in its schedule, which took time, Muller said. The university also had to pay about $5,000 for the redesign, he said. Three student employees will be at the wall at all times to control the rope being fed to the climbers, which is called belaying. There are eight available ropes and a bouldering wall. The bouldering wall, significantly smaller than the eight other 6-meter walls, does not require
a rope, though feet will not be allowed more than two meters off the ground. Muller said inexperienced students will not need any belaying knowledge, but a class will soon be available if students want to climb on their own. “As people enjoy it, they’ll want to be able to partner-climb and take those classes,” he said. Muller said the wall’s difficulty level should accommodate almost anyone with moderately wall continues on page 2
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The new rock-climbing wall at the Maverick activities Center will open Monday after being delayed twice since Phase II construction at the MAC opened in March 2008. Up to eight climbers at a time will be able to scale the main wall and a small bouldering wall.
Concealed carry bill worries some
Delegation’s UTA visit may open possible collaboration The visitors from Rwanda and UTA are considering working together to bolster the infrastructure of the African country. By JohNathaN SILvEr Contributor to The Shorthorn
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Keller resident Tamra Jolly fires off rounds from a Taurus 9mm pistol at The Shooters Club firing range in Fort Worth. A bill is currently in the Texas House of Representatives that would allow students with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns on college campuses.
“This is a matter of colleges and universities being able to decide on a case-by-case basis whether they want to allow handguns. It’s a whole different thing for the state to require it.” peter hamm,
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence communications director
House Committee on Calenders now has the bill, which is slated for debate and an eventual vote in the House. By JaSoN JoyCE The Shorthorn staff
Mark Karwowski, an employee at The Shooters Club in Fort Worth, said business might increase if the concealed carry on campus bill passes through the legislature. But the supply might not meet demand due to ammunition shortages for popular handgun calibers like 9mm and .40 Smith & Wesson. “A lot of your college kids would like to get some protection, and we’d love to have them
for related content see page 4 come to us for [concealed handgun license] classes,” Karwowski said. House Public Safety Committee members passed HB 1893, authored by Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, and sent the bill to the House Committee on Calenders to schedule for debate and an eventual vote on the House floor. University Police Lt. Jonathan King opposes allowing concealed handgun licensed students to carry on campus. “The last thing we need is more people guns continues on page 6
Rwandan delegates and university faculty swapped business cards Thursday, anticipating future academic relations between the campus and the east African country. Delegates toured the Smart Hospital, School of Nursing’s Genomics Translational Research Lab, the Nanofab center and the colleges of science and engineering. Jennifer Gray, associate dean for the doctoral program in the School of Nursing, coordinated the event. “I am excited about the potential for collaborations,” she said. “The delegation was very impressed by the research done here at UT Arlington.” Potential collaborative projects, in which delegates and faculty share interest, include university nursing support for Rwandan nurses to organize a nurse registry, working on renewable energy for villages, having Rwandan faculty on campus and using Smart Hospital-like technology. Tej Kiran, electrical engineering graduate research assistant, attended the delegation’s Nanofab center tour. “This is the most research-happening place at UTA,” Kiran said. “Their presence has made me more proud to be a part of the Nanofab research facilities.” College of Engineering Dean Bill Carroll said in an e-mail he was honored by the delegation’s visit and excited about possible collaborations in the energy and health care areas. After touring, delegates and faculty returned to the School of Nursing for afternoon tea. They discussed Rwandan students’ studies and east, west and central African cultures. “For Africa to achieve its goals, it must become entrepreneurial,” Rwandan Education Minister Daphrose Gahakwa said. Gray introduced two UTA Rwandan students into the tea gathering. Gahakwa asked one to rwanda continues on page 6
Criminology and criminal justice junior Jorge Barrientos poses for a group portrait after being named the 2009 Student Employee of the Year on Thursday in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom. Barrientos works in the Facilities Management Electrical Shop and has saved the university about $100,000 in materials by cleaning, testing and organizing used circuit breakers.
Student employees recognized at awards ceremony Eighteen people were rewarded Thursday for their work at the university. By BryaN BaStIBLE The Shorthorn staff
Jorge “Leo” Barrientos went to work thinking he was attending a normal staff meeting for his job at the Facilities Management Electrical Shop, but he had some unexpected visitors.
Career Services employees surprised the criminology and criminal justice junior with news that he received the Student Employee of the Year award. Barrientos, along with 17 other students, received honors at the 2008-09 Student Employee of the Year Awards Reception on Thursday. Two students got the Distinguished Student Employees award and a $300 scholarship, and two
students got the Outstanding Student Employee award and a $200 scholarship. Thirteen students got the Award of Excellence. Barrientos’ award comes with a $500 scholarship. Joseph Sherwin, retired Facilities Management administrative assistant, nominated Barrientos for the award because of his hard work, which saved the university about $100,000.
While working in the electrical shop, Barrientos was tasked with going through old breakers, Sherwin said. Instead of junking them, he checked each one to see if it still had power. Barrientos just did his job and what was asked of him, Sherwin said. “I always have to be going around and doing something eMployee continues on page 6
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CORRECTIONS North Vietnam took over Saigon, Vietnam, in 1975. The year was incorrect in Thursday’s Pulse story, “Vietnamese Flavor.”
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Finance and real estate associate professor Andrew Hansz took the real estate department from just a few students to full classes. Hansz will serve as director for California State University, Fresno’s Gazarian Real Estate Center.
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difficult climbs. For experienced climbers, the wall itself, without the use of holds, offers a 5.14 difficulty rating on the American climbing grade system. The highest difficulty is a 5.15b. Nursing sophomore Erin Grope said she knew the climbing wall was coming but had forgotten about it until seeing the nearly finished product. “I’ve tried it at the fair before,” she said. “I’ll try to do it when no one else is around.”
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Nursing sophomore Amber Vinyard said she comes to the MAC five to six times a week and had been eyeing the wall as it went up. “I’ve never done it before, but I’ve always wanted to,” she said. Management junior Courtney Cowsert said she had been to the local climbing gym, Dyno-Rock, a few times but didn’t go as much as she would have liked. “I didn’t have the time,” she said. “Now that we have it here, I’ll climb more.” SARAH LUTZ firstname.lastname@example.org
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Expired blue tortilla chips inspired one thing in Steve Isbell’s classroom — he sometimes brings doughnuts and Hershey’s Miniatures for his morning and afternoon classes. Real estate lecturer Steve Isbell was in real estate associate professor Andrew Hansz’s first class at UTA in 1999. Hansz brought food from home for his students just before Thanksgiving that year. But come fall, Hansz won’t be able to give his students expired tortilla chips — not at UTA anyway. California State University, Fresno’s Gazarian Real Estate Center hired him as director. Hansz said he came into real estate in 1989 out of desire to stay in school at Pennsylvania State University, where he received a bachelor’s in finance. To stay at Penn State, a campus he described as beautiful, a while longer — he enrolled in the graduate real estate program. Hanz said he received his master’s in 1993 and moved to his hometown, Bethlehem, Penn., where he worked as a commercial real estate appraiser and received a master of business administration from Lehigh University. Hansz came to UTA in fall 1999, right after receiving a doctorate in real estate from Georgia State University. He packed everything he owned in his Honda Accord and headed to UTA, a university he’d never even visited. Hansz married his long-time girlfriend, Loan, just before moving to Texas. She wasn’t ready to move then but followed two years later. She hated Texas until she got settled, then she loved it, he said.
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In 2003, 2004 and 2009, Hansz advised students who participated in the Urban Land Institute Urban Design Competition. He worked with former student Jon Molnoskey, ULI Member and a Dallas firm real estate manager, to bring the UrbanPlan competition to UTA in 2007. “When you are at a place for 10 years, you get to see the students who were in the classroom go out and do great things,” he said. In 2007, Hansz received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. The next year, Hansz started a blog for the UTA real estate program. Professors will often post to the blog and students upload reports. Hansz said the blog, which brings international interest to the program, has had more than 7,000 hits from 72 countries since it was created, according to www2.uta.edu/real_estate. Darren Hayunga, real estate assistant professor has worked with Hansz on three research projects and said Hansz is good at listening to students’ concerns. “He does a great job of taking care of the real estate program,” Hayunga said. “He will be missed.” Real estate graduate student Xuan “Georgia” Zhao said Hansz is her professor and adviser. He gives a lot of work in his class, but she said it’s good for students. He asks students practical questions that will help them in their careers, she said. Isbell said students like his classes and find them difficult but fair. “I am sad to see him go,” he said. “Andy does a lot for this department.”
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Mavs sign recruits for next season The teams sign recruits and build for success for the 2009-10 season. STEPHEN PETERS The Shorthorn sports editor
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Junior guard Rogér Guignard and the basketball team came to a mutual agreement to leave the Mavericks’ program. Guignard played 28 games this past season, scoring an average of 12.6 points per game.
Signing day has come and gone, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams have inked their desired players. Head coach Scott Cross announced Thursday the signing of forward Kerry Jones, from Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, to a National Letter of Intent for the 2009-10 season. The 6-foot-6 forward joins 6-foot-10 Jordan Reeves from Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, Ky., who signed his intent last November. Cross said the recruiting class should shore up scoring vacancy left by senior Anthony Vereen’s departure. “It’ll certainly add to our height next year,” Cross said. “Both can score the ball really well and play down low.” Jones averaged 19 points
and 11 rebounds last year for Lee and was named to a first team all-district selection, He ranked among the top 35 players in the state by Texas Hoops and recorded double-doubles in almost every game he played last year. Jones chose UTA over Utah, Louisiana Tech and San Diego. LaNell Taylor, from Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., signed a National Letter of Intent to play guard for the women’s basketball team on Thursday. Taylor becomes the fourth player to sign to play for head coach Samantha Morrow in 2009-10. She joins Dallas-Fort Worth high school standouts forward Kiara Parker from DeSoto High School, guard Erica Paskell from Grapevine High School, and guard Sabreen DeNure from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi to sign for next year.
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Last year, Taylor led Seward to a 28-6 record — one win shy of the national tournament.
Today Baseball vs. Central Arkansas Time: 7 p.m. Place: Conway, Ark.
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Track at TCU Invitational Time: All day Place: Fort Worth
Junior guard Rogér Guignard is no longer with the men’s basketball team, made official by Cross on Thursday. Guignard was suspended from the team before the Southland Conference Tournament due to conduct detrimental to the team. From multiple team sources, Guignard missed a class before the team was to leave for the tournament in Katy. Class absences were an issue through much of the season. He leaves the team as the single-season record holder for made three-pointers with 99 in 2007-08. Last year, he averaged 12.6 points per game in 28 games.
Saturday Baseball vs. Central Arkansas Time: 2 p.m. Place: Conway, Ark. Softball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Time: 2 p.m. Place: Allan Saxe Field Softball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Time: 4 p.m. Place: Allan Saxe Field Track at TCU Invitational Time: All day Place: Fort Worth Sunday Baseball vs. Central Arkansas Time: 1 p.m. Place: Conway, Ark. Softball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Time: 1 p.m. Place: Allan Saxe Field
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Running for Regionals
Track athletes look to continue to make the cut for NCAAs BY CORY ARMSTRONG Contributor to The Shorthorn
Men’s and women’s track and field teams are continuing to qualify for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, each boasting nationally ranked times, and will try to qualify more at this weekend’s Texas Christian University Invitational. Junior sprinter Jarid Vaughan has taken the spotlight after posting the best time in the nation, running the 200 in 20.47 seconds at the John Jacobs Invitational last Saturday in Norman, Okla. Vaughan’s time, a personal best, is .21 seconds ahead of the next fastest time, held by Calvin Smith from Florida. He is also ranked fourth nationally in the 100-meter and qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet in both events.
“They’re good for the beginning of the season,” Vaughan said. “I’m happy with what I’ve done, but I have to still perform at the big meets.” Junior Jasmine Walls also qualified for regionals last Saturday in the 100 with a time of 11.59 and earned Southland Conference Co-Athlete of the Week for women’s track and field. She ran 23.47 in the 200 and is qualified for regionals in that event too. Walls’ personal best, 11.57 in the 100 was run at last year’s conference championships. She said running well at this point in the season gives her hope of surpassing her personal record. “I’m four weeks ahead of my target,” she said. The sprinters have been led by three-time Olympian Dennis Darling, who joined the track team at the beginning of the year as an assistant coach.
“I don’t trust everyone to coach me,” Walls said. “He really is a good coach, I’ll give him that.” Maverick sprinters are running their best times at the most crucial point in the season. The Southland Conference Championships start May 8 and will continue to be the focus of the team’s concentration. Head coach John Sauerhage said the main goal each week is to qualify more athletes for regionals. “Those [times] are impressive, but at the same time, national championships are what matters,” he said. So impressive, that local TV station WFAATV, Channel 8, featured Vaughan and his teammates in a segment highlighting the success of him and Cordero Gray. Gray ranks sixth in the nation with his 200 time of 20.75.
Looking ahead to the TCU Invitational, Sauerhage said this will be a good opportunity for jumpers, sprinters and hurdlers to qualify. He said the distance runners may have some difficulty because it’s “sometimes windy and breezy” on the TCU track. UTA is hoping the competition of TCU’s 4x00-meter relay team will draw better times from its team, who has not yet qualified for regionals. The meet is at TCU’s Lowdon Track and Field Complex. Men’s and women’s discus start the meet 4:30 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s field events begin at 10:30 a.m. and running events begin at noon. CORY ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org
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SC president speaks on student concerns
tudent Congress will vote on five resolutions it felt were the most important issues affecting students. The problem is, the issues chosen don’t reflect advocacy for the student community, which is what SC members are elected to do. if the following resolutions pass, SC plans to take them to Austin next week and present them to the Texas Legislature. Resolution 09-A, enforcing the current smoking rules rather than a total ban, is one that has merit. Students were surveyed for this one and the majority agreed. Resolution 09-B says that SC supports the goal of Tier One status. This is downright ridiculous. That a vote is needed to say SC is on board with Tier One is a waste when there are so many issues that aren’t redundant and obvious. The majority of the school wants Tier One status — it will benefit everyone. Resolution 09-C is SC saying it supports the Texas Legislature’s continued research on mass transit development in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Again, this seems redundant. if SC did not support mass transit in the area, it Editorial would be like they don’t rounduP want students to be able to The issue: get around the Metroplex Student Congress will without a car. vote on five resolutions Resolution 09-D, which April 21 that they will supports the university’s take to the Texas Legisright to raise tuition as lature on behalf of the much as it wants with no students. caps, is going to hurt the We suggest: students SC represents. Asking more students Tuition has increased what issues they want steadily over the last 10 SC to take a stand on years — with another inbefore they decide crease on the way — and what resolutions to more students won’t be bring up for a vote. able to afford to go to school here if tuition keeps going up. Especially in this economy. The university needs money to run everything, but there will be nothing to run if there are fewer students. Resolution 09-E supports a tax holiday for buying textbooks. This may save students almost 10 percent of textbook expenditures. The resolution calls for publishers to release electronic textbook prices and availability, which will help students somewhat. Students would like to see this issue addressed, so SC deserves some credit here. But concealed carry on campus is something that SC needs to address. That they will not touch the issue is a joke. This is a very contentious subject that stirs emotion on all sides. SC should make an effort to find the majority opinion on the matter and take a stand one way or another, like many other Texas colleges and universities have done. This is the Council members’ job as our representatives. We elect them to take a stand — a real stand — on issues that matter to students.
Guns, Voting and Textbooks
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Sophomore Jill Dunsford, a UT-Austin psychology major from St. Louis, Mo., joins a rally against guns on campus that was staged outside the Capitol on Thursday in Austin, Texas.
— Travis Boren is a marketing junior and Student Congress president
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Cast Your Ballot Students should vote in the campus elections
Voting in Student Governance elections on April 20 and 21 is a way to make your voice heard on campus. The elected members decide issues that affect all students here in many ways. Student Congress, Editorial with several offices to rounduP be voted on Monday The issue: and Tuesday, makes Student Congress elecdecisions that present tions are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 20 and 21 a united voice for the in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. entire student body. it even gets involved with We suggest: Get out there and vote! the Texas Legislature. Student Congress afSC is structured fects everyone on campus — in more ways much like the national than you think. government — each school or college has representatives for their constituencies. These elected officials are supposed to make decisions based on what their constituencies want. We, as their constituents, should get involved and vote for the candidate we think best represents our interests.
message from the Student Congress president: First, i want to thank the students of UT Arlington for a great year. in that time, i have had the opportunity to represent, advocate, and speak on behalf of our students. Although not always easy, it has been a great experience, and i will always be grateful to our university. One issue brought to light in the last week has been the one of concealed carry on campus. This is a very heated topic with strong opinions on both sides. i want to assure students that we have kept track of this legislation. From when bills were introduced until more recently, when HB 1893 passed the House Public Safety Committee, we have been following this issue. As The Shorthorn noted, Student Congress has not officially taken a stance on this issue. in February, the UT System Student Advisory Council, comprising campus leaders from each institution of the UT System and on which i serve as a delegate, decided to not take a stance on this issue. Throughout the semester, SC has not denied any student or senator the ability to author a resolution on this issue. i have not specifically prompted SC to take a stance on this issue either because of the split opinions of students on campus. Furthermore, the issue evokes strong feelings on constitutional rights. SC has never been considered a body that weighs in on issues that involve interpretation of the Constitution. This year, SC emphasized representing students at a larger level. in the fall, SC launched a large “get out the vote” effort, registering over 4,500 students and encouraging students to vote at our early voting site on campus. This semester, SC reinstituted the External Relations Council with the redefined purpose of following happenings in state governtraviS borEn ment. Throughout the semester, the ERC researched several higher education issues taken up by the Texas Legislature. Last Tuesday, SC received a report by the ERC introducing resolutions authored by the members of the Council. These resolutions include support for the university’s pursuit of Tier One status, tuition flexibility, reducing textbook costs and the importance of mass transit. if passed, the resolutions will be brought down to the State Capitol with the UT Arlington student delegation on April 23 to advocate for our students. SC has taken unprecedented measures this year to increase student awareness of issues outside of the university and put considerable effort into providing a student voice at the state level, while still maintaining the interests of students internally at our university. i want to continue encouraging students to attend Student Congress with campus issues — we are here to serve your needs. Last, i want to urge students to vote for their future student representation on April 20 and 21 in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Again, thank you all for a great year. Go Mavericks!
America needs to address the piracy issue
f you have listened to the news the past few months, you’ve probably heard about the increase in ships being hijacked by pirates. Last week, when pirates attempted to hijack the American-flagged Maersk Alabama, the crew members resisted, and the pirates abandoned the operation after taking the captain hostage on a lifeboat. After U.S. navy ships made it to the area, it took five days for the captain to be rescued. Three navy SEALs simultaneously shot three of the four pirates on the lifeboat and rescued the captain. The navy currently holds one of the pirates to face criminal prosecution in American courts. Mission accomplished. What now? How do we fight piracy in that area of the world where many ships and crews have been held for ransom in 2008, grossing the pirates almost $100 million? This is the first time in almost 200 years that an American-flagged ship has been taken or its members held for ransom by pirates. This is a national security issue. Just as terrorists took over four planes to cause harm to America on 9/11, pirates could hijack an oil tanker, which
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happened in november — and detonate Yasin, declared Monday, “France and the the contents in a port, taking the lives of U.S. will encounter unforgettable lessons innocent people and disrupting trade. … We will treat every country as they A ransom was paid to get the Saudi oil treat us.” They said they will target U.S. tanker back last year. and French ships now to get There is already a distheir revenge. These men should ruption to trade when hibe treated as terrorists and we jacked ships are held for should go after where they opermore than a few days. Curate — their training camps in rently, there are more than Somalia. 300 hostages being held if we want to crack down on by Somali pirates, and on this threat to lives and trade, we Monday alone, the pirates must put an end to these acts hijacked four other vessels of terrorism. They may not be and their crews. destroying property, but they are Sadly, the French also putting innocent lives in danger tried to rescue four hosColt ablES for financial gain. We must end tages being held captive by it, and we must end it now. three Somali pirates just Hit the training camps and safe havens two days before the successful recovery of Capt. Richard Phillips, but their op- with aerial strikes — cut the threat off at eration ended in the death of one of their its base. Also, allow ships to carry weapons to defend against these threats. Killhostages. What to do now is the real question. ing five of them may deter them, but we Can we afford to send in the SEALs every must take this seriously. The threat by the time there is a hostage crisis to take out self-proclaimed spokesman asserts that the pirates, or should we attempt to end these situations will not be ending soon. this nonsense altogether? As reported by Bloomberg, a self-proclaimed spokes— Colt Ables is a finance junior and man for the pirates, Mohamed Hashi a guest columnist for The Shorthorn
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Friday, April 17, 2009
UTA is seeking for a determined young leader who loves all people. Vote Eleanor Khnoje for SC President. Go Eleanor!!!
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Events Call for Artists! Amor Bitae Art Show at Artspace 111 in FTW. All faiths welcome to enter and attend! www.utacatholics.org
Organizations The Alpha Tau Omega’s Iota pledge class would like to congratulate the UTA Cheerleaders on getting second place at nationals.
Personals YARI for BUSINESS SENATOR & AMBASSADOR!!! Vote Yari for Business Senator Place #1!!! Vote Yari for UTA Ambassador Place #3!!!
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DR. RUTH Q: I've been divorced about a year and a Q: How can I talk to my 14-year-old half. I have been dating, but I'm scared about daughter about sex? She has just started datgetting involved with someone sexually. Is it ing, and I know we have to have "the talk," fair for me to ask if he's been tested for sexbut I'm afraid that if I bring it up now, she's ually transmitted diseases? How can you do going to think that she should be having sex that in an easy way? now that she's dating, and that's not the mesA: You ask about it being fair, but would sage I want to give at all. it be fair if you were to catch a A: Your questions should be sexually transmitted disease a lesson to all parents reading from having sex with some genthis. It certainly is a lot more tleman? Of course not. So, since awkward to begin talking about that's what would be ultimately sex when your child has started unfair, STDs are a subject that dating than it is if you do it much you must raise. Is there an easy earlier. When a child has started way? Not really. Anyone is dating and you talk about sex, going to be somewhat uneasy that child is going to assume that about bringing up this subject. you're bringing this up because It's not one that you can wait you're afraid that he or she is until the last minute to raise, about to start having sex, which because in the heat of passion may or may not be the case, but Dr. Ruth you're probably not going to the subject matter is going to stop, even if he says he hasn't raise the level of tension, that's Send your been tested. So, the earlier you for sure. And when that happens, questions to Dr. the chances of the communica- Ruth Westheimer bring it up, the better. I would say that once you know there's a tion being good are much smallpossibility that you would be er. But if you start talking about c/o King willing to have sex, let him know sex much earlier, when the child Features definitely is not going to be hav- Syndicate, 235 E. that you never have sex with anyone who cannot offer proof ing sex, then that tension will be 45th St., New that he's been tested and, most much less, and you can get the York, NY 10017 importantly, that the results were information, along with your negative. You can start off by moral messages, across much saying that you haven't made the decision easier. Now, you must talk to this 14-yearwhether you'll have sex with him (even old about sex, because some 14-year-olds are though perhaps you have), but you don't having sex -- if not intercourse, then oral sex. want to lead him on into thinking that he So you have no choice but to sit her down might have sex with you without proving and talk to her. And not just once, but reguthat he's been tested. The worst that can haplarly, so that you're sure your message is getpen is that he says goodbye, which is actualting through. I definitely would buy her a ly a good thing, because that means either he book, which will make the process a little does have an STD, or else he's not the type easier, but no matter how much you'd like to of man you would want to have sex with. So, put it off, it's vital that you make sure she as awkward as it may be, no matter how he knows what she is doing, even if you can't reacts, it's really a win/win situation for you. prevent her from doing it.
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Your Candidates, Their Voices T
he voting booths will open Monday when and where as Student Governance When 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday elections commence. Where: University CenThe university’s stu- ter Palo Duro Lounge dent leaders have handed out fliers, made speeches and some even made songs to get their name and platform heard around campus. All the work the candidates have done this semester culminates in these two days. The Shorthorn has the all the news on who’s running, where to vote and the rules before entering the polling booth.
Mr. uTa CandidaTeS Rosales aims to be everyone’s friend as Mr. UTA. He said he will lend a “listening ear” to students and find a solution for pressing matters. He quotes a line from the film Napoleon Dynamite in his platform, “Vote for me and all your dreams will come true.”
Omar Rosales, Place 1 mechanical engineering sophomore
Irving said his determination, drive and passion will allow him to be a great Mr. UTA. He said his growth in his year as an ambassador has helped him merge old and new traditions at the university.
–Dustin L. Dangli
STudenT CongreSS PreSidenTial CandidaTeS:
Marjana Sarker, Place 1 biology senior
Eleanor Khonje, Place 2 political science sophomore
Sarker would like four major goals accomplished if elected SC president. She wants to instill more graduate school fairs and college-specific job fairs and introduce spirit scholarships, which are judged on student involvement on campus. Also, Sarker plans to hold leadership conferences composed of student leaders from North Texas universities to raise school spirit, and she would like to have the Mav Mover available twice a week rather than once. Khonje has broken down her platform into five points. She aims to develop a campus focus on social justice and change, wants the university to take more interest in the Arlington Independent School District and supports the university’s diversity initiatives by helping with projects like the Center of African-American Studies. She also wants to help teach leaders on campus become leaders in their communities and supports increased awareness of schoolspirit Fridays and more school spirit in university and sporting events.
Long’s platform includes transparency, legislative relations and textbook affordability. He wants every student to be aware of current campus issues and what SC accomplishes. He hopes to see the External Relations Council become more involved with SC and the state legislature. Long wants to pursue more affordable options for textbooks, like electronic textbook usage.
STudenT CongreSS ViCe-PreSidenTial CandidaTe Johnson wants to strengthen SC prominence. She wants the student body to become more aware of SC’s responsibilities and ways students can utilize the organization. She would also like to see the External Relations Council more involved, not just with the Texas Legislature but the nation as well.
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sit next to her and discuss his academic standing on campus. “Hello my brother, how are you?” Gahakwa said. Political science senior Frederic Eno said he appreciated the delegates’ interest in the university’s Rwandan students and acclaimed its government’s work, considering the 1994 genocide. “Rwanda is a good example of what you can make out of adversity, and is one of the most effectively administered countries in Africa,” he said. ”It’s not just good for Africa, it’s good for the whole world.” North Texas Africa Health Initiative coordinator Jakki Opollo, a Kenyan, stayed with the group throughout its tour. “I have a passion for global
health,” she said. “I’ve seen people live in dire circumstances and live without basic resources like water.” Opollo said the initiative gives her the opportunity to help teach nurses, to give better health care and to solve problems concerning limited resources in poverty-stricken regions. To do so, she needs to network with people who understand local cultures, values and beliefs to determine what would be socially acceptable to offer as aid. “We are pleased that our guests from Rwanda had the opportunity to learn about our Smart Hospital and the ways in which we use it for both education and research,” said Carolyn Cason, School of Nursing associate dean for research in an e-mail. JohnaThan SilVer email@example.com
Ricky Irving, Place 2 finance sophomore
Matt Jones, Place 3 Broadcast communication junior
Jones said his platform consists of the three S’s: sports, spirit and service. Jones said the university has come a long way in terms of school spirit, but he contends that a lot must be done before students are bleeding “blue, white and orange.” And if the school spirit is raised, so will the support of the university’s athletic program. He would like to also see more collaboration between student groups and the UTA Ambassadors.
Tran uses her experience as credentials for why she’d make a good Ms. UTA. Her titles include current UTA Ambassadors secretary and four semesters as an ambassador. She said that experience makes her more than qualified for the position and has helped her understand the inner workings of administrative functionality and know how to balance work and fun. Rosita Tran, Place 2 international business sophomore
Alvarez wants university ambassadors more closely linked with the university. One of her goals is to make UTA Ambassadors more visible to students so the they know what the organization does. She wants to promote the Traditions and Transitions book so students will have a better understanding of the university’s history. Toni Alvarez, Place 3 organizational communication sophomore
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Professor Abraham Ogwu, Kigali Institute of Science and Technology in Rwanda Rector, asks a question Thursday as part of the Rwandan scientific delegation touring the campus Thursday. The guests visited UTA to promote scientific and technological collaboration with the university.
MS. uTa CandidaTeS
Kent Long, Place 3 organizational communication junior
Melanie Johnson, Place 1 history senior
Friday, April 17, 2009
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eleCTion daY TiPS All students can vote for Student Congress president and vice president and Mr. and Ms. UTA but must vote for SC senators in their respective colleges. Carter Bedford, Student Governance and Organizations associate director, said students should bring Mav Express cards to vote. Voters use laptops set
aside in the lounge after an election volunteer swipes the ID. If a students doesn’t have their card, they need a form of a picture ID. Bedford said students can’t have campaign materials within the University Center, including T-shirts or other candidate memorabilia. Students with campaign materials will be asked to leave the UC.
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so I don’t feel lazy,” he said. He said he learned his work ethic from his parents, who always pushed him to be active. Barrientos’ co-worker Duane Grove said he is diligent and always upbeat. “He’s always willing to do anything he’s asked to do and find things to do without being asked,”
Grove said. History senior Stephen Keene, who works in the Environmental Health and Safety department, received the Distinguished Student Employee award. He said receiving the award was great overall, especially being a senior because it will be great for his résumé. “It’s exciting to see he could be recognized out of all of the students at UTA for his work ethic and being recognized with his peers,”
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running around with guns,” he said. UTA Police Assistant Chief Rick Gomez declined to comment on the pending bill, referring questions to UT System officials. Matt Flores, UT System Public Affairs assistant director, said system officials are taking a wait-and-see approach before commenting. “We hesitate to comment on any bill before it reaches the floor because these things can change so much,” he said. “It’s premature to guess what impact it might have. It’s something that we’re tracking as we do many pieces of legislation.” About 300 UT-Austin students rallied against the bill at the Texas Capitol on Thursday. Peter Hamm, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence communications director, said Thursday’s protest demonstrated that the majority of college students oppose allowing concealed handguns
on campus. While Hamm said the campaign believes allowing guns on campus is a bad idea, the opposition to the bill isn’t just about banning firearms. “This is a matter of colleges and universities being able to decide on a case-by-case basis whether they want to allow handguns,” he said. “It’s a whole different thing for the state to require it.” A Students for Concealed Carry on Campus spokesperson didn’t return calls for comment by press time, but information provided by the organization included a rebuttal of a recent resolution approved by the UT-Austin Student Government calling on the UT System Board of Regents to fight the legislation. “In a free society, the burden of proof is never on those seeking the granting of a right, to prove that it will benefit society,” the rebuttal states. “The burden of proof is always on those seeking the denial of a right, to prove that it will be detrimental to society.” JaSon JoYCe firstname.lastname@example.org
“I always have to be going around and doing something so I don’t feel lazy.” Jorge “leo” Barrientos,
criminology and criminal justice junior
Stephen’s mother, Patsy Keene, said. Hannah Davis, anthropology and art history sophomore, received the Award of Excellence for her work in the Honors College. “I enjoy what I am doing
and the people I work with,” she said. “It’s nice that they even nominated me because I feel that I would do just what anybody else would do at the position.” BrYan BaSTiBle email@example.com