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Bills could propel Tier One hopefuls Emerging research institutions like UTA could tap into national funds if the legislation passes. By Bryan BastiBle The Shorthorn staff
Two bills in the state Senate regarding emerging research institutions
were looked at in the Higher Education Committee, had substitutes adopted and the new versions passed out of committee Wednesday. SB 1560, authored by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, set criteria for the emerging research institutions to reach Tier One status. SB 9, authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, re-
lates to setting a pathway for the seven emerging research institutions to reach Tier One status, while continuing to support the two existing Tier One level public universities in Texas. Duncan’s bill would use the national research university fund for qualifying institutions that could be used to provide faculty support and pay
faculty salaries, purchase equipment or library materials, pay graduate student stipends and support research performed at the institution. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board must provide the Legislature with verified information
senate Bills Duncan’s bill: SB 1560 Zaffirini’s bill: SB 9 To follow these bills go to: www.capitol.state.tx.us
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Earth Day celebration pushes for green living Students received free plants and sustainability information from local and campus vendors. By Caroline Basile The Shorthorn staff
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Painting junior Nicole Preston adds a brushstroke to her untitled painting Wednesday in the Studio Arts Center. Preston says she uses mixed media and layers of color in her work as expressions of people’s minds. She plans on getting her master’s and becoming an art therapist.
UC becomes early polling place for 2009 local elections SC president urges students to understand their influence they have in the voting process. By sarah lutz The Shorthorn staff
The university will have an early voting location for the local election May 4 and 5. The Tarrant County Election Center added the university as a location after a group of university students approached the department for the 2007 elec-
tions, said Jana Johnson, Tarrant County elections manager. Though too late to add the location in 2007, the university hosted early voting for the 2008 primary and general election. “It helps to access the students,” she said. “It’s [UTA] one of the largest universities around, and we had a good response then so we decided to continue it this year.” Student Congress President Travis Boren said the Mavs Vote! Coalition will work this semester
to advertise the early voting location to the students. “It’s just going to be efforts to get the word out and we’re going to try to publicize it as best as possible and really talk it up,” he said. Mechanical engineering junior Mark Symank is registered to vote in Arlington and said he plans to vote at the campus’ early voting location but doesn’t expect students to strongly influence the election’s outcome. “I still imagine low turnouts,”
when and there When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 4 and 5 Where: University Center Palo Duro Lounge
he said. “People at UTA — a lot of them aren’t from Arlington anyway, so it’s probably a more convenient location for folks who live around here, rather than UTA.” early continues on page 6A
When it comes to protecting the planet, Kansas Dailey looks to the future. “This is vital to us,” the political science junior said. “What we do now, like recycling and driving lower emission vehicles, affects the Earth forever and we need to take care of it now.” Hundreds of students, including Dailey, joined staff and faculty Wednesday on the University Center mall to celebrate Earth Day during the 10th an“This is nual Celebrating People and vital to us. Planet. Free What we do herb plants, now, like water bottles, recycling and recycling containers and driving lower other sustainable items proemission moting better vehicles, treatment of affects the the environEarth forever ment and the reand we need Earth’s sources were to take care on display. The event included of it now.” different university venKansas dailey, dors, including political science junior the Central Library and the Environmental Society, providing information on sustainable living. Dailey, Environmental Society parliamentarian, said Earth Day was a perfect opportunity to promote her group’s endorsement of recycling and going green. Visual communication senior Laura Carpenter said the earth continues on page 6A
Cheer squad searches for dedicated applicants Those wishing to apply should be full-time students with a 2.0 GPA and a good work ethic. By sohana KutuB Contributor to The Shorthorn
The University of Texas at Arlington Cheer Squad is gearing up for fall tryouts after placing second at a national competition about two weeks ago. Will Strother, Spirit Group coordinator and cheerleading head coach, said he wants the next squad to establish and maintain a team with talent and good attitudes. “Usually I like to take about 24
people during tryouts,” Strother said. “I give chances to anyone who meets the minimum requirements. The students selected will have a month between tryouts and training camp to work on whatever skills they need to work on. The final team is announced after training camp, and that team will go on to college cheer camp.” Shantelle Johnson, a kinesiology junior and third-year cheer veteran, said Strother does a good job finding talent to join the squad, which currently consists of 13 women and five men. As a result, the team places higher every year at nationals. “As we get better, people see that and want to compete with our team,”
she said. Johnson said the team is more dedicated now than it used to be. “Before, people saw this as just something extra to do,” she said. “But now that we’re making a name for ourselves, people are coming here wanting to cheer.” Undeclared freshman Channing Alexander said college cheerleading is different than in high school. “In high school, your coaches were always getting on you to work on your skills and to get better,” Alexander said. “But in college, it’s your responsibility to get better because the coaches cheer continues on page 6A
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Junior cheerleader Deanne roark stretches in preparation for a cheer practice Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. The team will hold tryouts May 16 and 17 at the MAC to create the 2009 cheer squad.
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TUESDAY Suspicious person Police responded at 6:09 a.m. to the Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place, in regard to a suspicious person report. A student was issued a disciplinary referral for his behavior. Accident — hit and run A student reported a hit and run accident at 1:14 p.m. in Lot 43, 601 Pecan St. There were no injuries.
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Investigation An officer investigated a report at 3:34 p.m. of a student damaging the smoke detectors in his apartment at Meadow Run apartments, at 601 Summit Ave.
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Theft An officer responded at 3:25 p.m. to investigate a possible stolen vehicle from Lot 49, 1101 S. Cooper St. The vehicle was last seen by the owner who parked it in that lot just south of the bridge.
Fort Worth Artists Art Exhibition: noon-8 p.m., Santa Fe Station. Free. For information, call Christina Graves at 817-2725988. Planetarium Show — “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Planetarium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $2 for UTA students. For information, call Levent Gurdemir at 817-272-0123 or planetarium@ uta.edu. OPT Seminar: 2-3 p.m., Swift Center. Free. For information, contact Satu Birch at 817-2722355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. President’s Convocation for Academic Excellence: 3:30-5 p.m., Texas Hall. Free. For information, contact Linda Wilson at 817-272-2103 or l.wilson@ uta.edu. Department of Biology Spring 2009 Colloquium Series: 4-5 p.m., 124 Life Science Building. Free. For information, contact Carol Moulton at 817-272-2872 or email@example.com. Beyond Monster.com: 5 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. Free. For information, contact Jessica Cates at 817-272-3267 or jrcates@ uta.edu.
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Architecture graduate student Lluis Ruf, left, and architecture junior Toni Poch, right, talk outside the Architecture Building on Wednesday evening.
Open forum to discuss parking on campus The Environmental Society hosts the event with a panel to field questions. BY SARAH LUTZ The Shorthorn staff
The Environmental Society will host an open forum Friday about the university’s parking plans and its effect on green space. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to noon at the University Center Pedernales Room. A panel will consist of John Hall, Administration and Campus Operations vice president; President’s Sustainability Committee member David Hopman, a landscape architecture professor who helped found the university’s first green roof and
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John Darling, campus composter and Arlington Conservation Council member. Vinodh Valluri, environmental science graduate student and society member, said he doesn’t want the forum to be onesided with certain parties talking more than others. He said it would begin with the panel members before moving to an open question and answer session. “Before we go to the Qand-A, it’s important to get an idea of what’s the issue right now,” he said. Hall said preliminary parking plans include lot expansions and a new parking lot on the campus’ south side to replace eliminated lots on the east side
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because of construction on the special events center and parking garages next fall. The university will remove the Arlington Hall parking lot, lots 45 and 42 and some of Lot 40. The expansions in the southern part of campus will accommodate for parking until the garage can open, Hall said. Valluri invited students from different organizations including the Graduate Student Senate, Student Planning Association and the Air and Waste Management Association
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Theft Officers investigated a report of a stolen vehicle at 5:09 p.m. from Lot 49, 1101 S. Cooper St. A student was unable to locate his vehicle and called police. Burglary of a vehicle Officers responded at 6:22 p.m. in regards to a report that a vehicle had been burglarized at Arlington Hall, 500 S. Pecan St. Accident, minor An incident involving a student and a nonstudent occurred at 9:05 p.m. in the 400 block of Cooper Street. There were no injuries. Investigation An officer responded at 11 p.m. in regards to a report of a broken vehicle windshield in Lot 25, 1315 Fielder Road. WEDNESDAY Suspicious circumstances A student reported a staff member’s behavior he thought was inappropriate at 12:38 a.m. at the Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. Warrant service — misdemeanor A nonstudent was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Bedford Police Department at 3:12 a.m. at 300 West St.
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Choice invited to UsA Baseball tryouts Choice’s Career Highlights • 2009 Invitee for USA National Baseball Team • Sixth player in UTA history to hit for cycle • Named to five All-American teams in 2008 • 2008 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year • .376 batting average last year set school record for freshmen
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Center fielder Michael Choice warms up before going to bat during Tuesday night’s game against Northwood (Texas). Choice has been invited to try out for the 2009 USA Baseball National Team from June 15 to 24 in Cary, N.C.
The center fielder sees the opportunity to show his talent nationally. By Stephen peterS The Shorthorn sports editor
In less than two full seasons patrolling center field for the baseball team, sophomore Michael Choice has put together an impressive résumé in hopes of one day landing a spot in the Major Leagues. the slugger broke the school record for a freshman batting average at .376. At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Choice was named to five freshman All-American teams. He was named southland Conference’s 2008 Freshman of the Year and has won multiple hitter of the week awards. then, on tuesday night, Choice became the sixth Maverick to hit for the cycle.
He adds to that impressive list by becoming the first player in school history to receive an invitation to tryout for the UsA Baseball National team, announced by Eric Campbell, National team general manager. “It’s an honor because no one else has done that here,” Choice said. “I take it as a huge opportunity for myself and to represent my program.” Choice is one of 17 initial invites as 36 collegiate players vie for a spot on the 22-man roster. He said he’s taken aback by all the attention he has received in just two years at UtA. “I didn’t expect to get that much exposure in school at UtA,” he said. “Usually, those type of honors and awards go to those players that go to UCLA, texas and Arizona state. Every single game they play, there’s just scouts everywhere.”
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on whether a university meets the criteria to receive money under this subchapter, according to the bill. Zaffirini’s bill states that qualifying universities will receive $1 million for every $10 million of the average amount of the university’s expended research funds, if the institution averages $50 million or more. If averaging less than $50 million, the school will receive $500,000 for every $10 million. the university is classified by the texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as one of seven emerging institutions. there are three tier one level institutions in texas, which include Ut-Austin, rice University and texas A&M University. New York has seven and California has nine tier one schools, according to a report by Ut-Dallas president David Daniel. Duncan’s bill proposes criteria for emerging research institutions. the institution must have reported at least $45 million in restricted research expenditures in the two state fiscal years preceding the state fiscal biennium and have total endowment funds of at least $400 million. Also, the institution must satisfy at least two out of four other criteria, which could include a phi
Beta Kappa society chapter or being a member of the Association of research Libraries. UtA has $29 million in annual research expenditures for academic year 200506 and a $51 million endowment for fiscal year 2005-06, according to Daniel’s report. “the good news is that there are seven emerging research institutions today that are capable of reaching this goal,” Duncan said. “this will improve the quality of our higher education by having these institutions develop around these goals.” During the committee meeting, Zaffirini called Duncan’s bill more futuristic, while her bill would provide assistance to reach the status. “I think that now that we’ve identified and put a goal worthy of attaining, I’m very confident that all of them will start climbing this ladder very quickly,” Duncan said. the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the fifth most economically productive metropolitan area in the U.s. and doesn’t have a tier one school, according to Daniel’s report. In addition to UtA, texas tech, University of Houston, University of North texas, Ut-Dallas, Ut-El paso and Ut-san Antonio are considered among the emerging research universities. BryAn BAStiBle firstname.lastname@example.org
2009 U.S. BASeBAll inviteeS Michael Choice Gerrit Cole Christian Colon Derek Dietrich Blake Forsyth Micah Gibbs Sonny Gray Yasmani Grandai
UTA UCLA Cal StateFullerton Georgia Tech Tennessee LSU Vanderbilt Miami
rick Jones, UsA Baseball National and tulane baseball head coach, said Choice has a reputation, from other coaches and scouts, of being a big hitter in big-game situations. “He’s known to be a real-live hitter, he can really swing it,” Jones said. “It’s the UsA National team, you know everybody on the field has the ability to play at a high level. When we’re in the tokyo Dome playing
Rick Hague Chris Hernandez Deck McGuire Hunter Morris Drew Pomeranz Anthony Ranaudo Anthony Rendon Logan Verrett Tony Zych
Rice Miami Georgia Tech Auburn Mississippi LSU Rice Baylor Louisville
Japan and you’re looking for guys who can raise their level of play, then it’s going to serve him well.” Even after being one of the biggest names on the Mavs’ roster coming into this season, Choice has followed a breakout freshman year with an equally impressive sophomore campaign. He’s third on the team with a .411 batting average, has a team-leading nine
home runs and 46 runs scored and a .489 on-base percentage. second-year head coach Darin thomas said he knows how big this achievement is for the center fielder. “We are all just really excited for Mike,” thomas said in a statement released by the Athletic Department. “It’s a great honor for him and for everyone who is invited. that doesn’t happen all of the time and I know it hasn’t happened here. I am really excited for him.” It has been a childhood dream for Choice to play in the big leagues, and he sees this opportunity as a stepping-stone toward that goal. “Everybody tells me that I have so much potential to be a great player and I really want that to happen,” he said. “I’ve always had dreams of playing in the
major leagues. It’s a motivation factor.” “to hear people say that they think that I can do it, it motivates me to want to work hard to get there,” he added. If Choice were to make it to the majors, he would become the seventh Maverick to play Major League Baseball. team trials are from June 15 to 24 at the UsA Baseball National training Complex in Cary, N.C., and the roster will be announced June 24. In summer 2008, team UsA finished 24-0 and won gold medals at the FIsU World University Championships in the Czech republic and the Honkbal tournament in the Netherlands. the list of invitees includes five players from last year’s roster. Stephen peterS email@example.com
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Texas group to sue feds for putting lab in Kan.
Police probing death of official
SAN ANTONIO — A group of Texas research facilities announced Wednesday plans to sue the Department of Homeland Security over its selection of a Kansas site for a proposed $450 million biodefense laboratory, claiming political connections led federal officials to overlook the location’s tornado risk. The Texas Biological and AgroDefense Consortium, a group of regional research institutions that tried to win the facility for San Antonio, filed a notice of its intent to sue in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the venue for lawsuits against the U.S. government. The notice is mandatory before an actual lawsuit, which was expected to be filed Thursday. The Texas consortium’s chairman, John Kerr, called the selection of the Manhattan, Kan., site “grossly irresponsible, the equivalent of playing Russian roulette with Mother Nature.” Kerr said the site was improperly chosen because DHS ignored the high risk of tornadoes in the region, pointing to a tornado with 200 mph winds that struck the site last year. He also said damage to the facility could cause the release of deadly airborne pathogens — an allegation disputed by Kansas officials.
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WASHiNGToN — The chief financial officer of money-losing mortgage giant Freddie Mac was found dead in his basement early Wednesday morning in what police said was an apparent sui-
cide. david Kellermann, 41, apparently hanged himself, said a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. He asked not to be identified because the investigation was ongoing.
Kellermann’s death is the latest in a string of blows to Freddie Mac since it was seized by the government last September. The company, which owns or guarantees about 13 million mortgages, has been criticized for financ-
ing risky loans that fueled the real estate bubble and are now defaulting at a record pace. Freddie Mac lost more than $50 billion last year, and the Treasury department has pumped in $45 billion to keep the com-
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Backyard refineries blamed for explosions EDMONDS, Wash. — Trying to live green and beat high gasoline prices, some enterprising Americans are turning cooking oil into biodiesel in their garages. Problem is, some of these do-it-yourselfers are burning down the house. Fire officials around the country are warning of the dangers and considering new restrictions to make sure people don’t torch the whole neighborhood. “You won’t find a rule anywhere that says you can’t cook biodiesel in your garage,” said Bob Benedetti, a flammable-liquids engineer for the National Fire Protection Association in Quincy, Mass. Ferocious fires and explosions blamed on backyard refining operations have been reported in Washington state, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts and Oregon. No deaths or serious injuries have resulted, but some fire officials say it is only a matter of time.
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NKorean wages could jeopardize factories SEOUL, South Korea — A joint project between the Koreas to build an industrial park in the North was hailed as a symbol of detente, but it has now become another point of friction between the two countries. Drawn by cheap North Korean labor, more than 100 South Korean companies have set up factories at Kaesong. The North says the labor is too cheap, a position that some South Korean analysts said Wednesday could threaten the existence of the complex itself. North Korean workers in the complex just north of the heavily armed border are paid about $70 a month on average — about half that of Chinese laborers at South Korean factories in China, according to the South Korean government. “Who would want to go to North Korea if they have to pay workers as much as in China?” said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor at Seoul’s Dongguk University.
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A Fairfax County, Va. law enforcement officer guards the home of David Kellermann, acting chief financial officer of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, in Vienna, Va. on Wednesday after Kellermann was found dead at his home in what police said was an apparent suicide.
Taliban advances near Pakistan capital the assoCiated Press that it may be just the first iban have strongholds. The provincial governiSlAMABAd — Taliban domino in nuclear-armed militants have extended Pakistan to fall to the Tal- ment agreed to impose islamic law in Malakand, their grip in northwestern iban. “The activities in the Swat and the Taliban agreed to Pakistan, pushing out from a valley where the government do concern us. We’re keeping a cease-fire that has largely has agreed to impose islamic an eye on it, and are work- held. in recent days, the Swat law and patrolling villages as ing daily with the Pakistan close as 60 miles from the military,” Maj. Gen. Michael militants have set their sights S. Tucker told Pentagon re- on Buner, a district just capital. Police and officials appear porters in a 35-minute video south of the valley, sparkto have fled as armed mili- conference call from Af- ing at least one major clash with residents. The moves tants also broadcast radio ghanistan. Supporters of the deal say indicate the militants want sermons and spread fear in Buner district, just 60 miles it will allow the government to expand their presence from islamabad, officials to gradually reassert control beyond Swat to other parts of Malakand and witnesses said Wednes- “The activities in the Swat do concern us. We’re at the very under day. keeping an eye on it, and are working daily with least, the guise of Pa k i s t a n’s the Pakistan military,” enforcing ispresident lamic law. signed off maj. Gen. michael s. tucker Many in on the peace on the situation in the Swat Valley Buner are pact last week in hopes of calming Swat, by taking away the militants’ now too frightened to speak where some two years of rallying cry for islamic law. to reporters. However, a lawclashes between the Taliban Many residents are grateful maker from the area told and security forces have that a semblance of peace The Associated Press that killed hundreds and dis- has returned. A handful of the militants had entered the district in “large numplaced up to a third of the officials are back in Swat. one-time tourist haven’s 1.5 The agreement covers bers” and started setting up million residents. Swat and other districts in checkpoints at main roads Critics, including in the Malakand division, an and strategic positions. “local elders and clerics Washington, have warned area of about 10,000 square that the valley could become miles near the Afghan bor- are negotiating with them an officially sanctioned base der and the tribal areas to resolve this issue through for allies of al-Qaida — and where al-Qaida and the Tal- talks,” istiqbal Khan said.
— The Associated Press
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Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan talks to The Associated Press at his base in Imam Deri, Mingora, capital of Pakistan’s troubled valley of Swat on April 17, 2009.
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Presidential dilemma: 2 wives, 1 first lady KWANXAMALALA, South Africa — There’s little question who will lead South Africa after Wednesday’s national election. The real mystery lies in who will be the country’s first lady. As Jacob Zuma, the man preordained to be the country’s next president, voted in his rural Zulu homeland Wednesday, one of his two current wives stood to the side watching patiently as he was mobbed by cheering crowds and reporters. But Nompumelelo Ntuli, 34, Zuma’s newest and youngest wife, was soon attracting her own crowd of admirers. Women whispered, “Isn’t she beautiful!” as Ntuli decked out in an apricot and blue tie-dye outfit beamed happily. “Jesus is Lord!” is all she would say in response to questions.
pany afloat. last month, david Moffett, the government-appointed chief executive, resigned in frustration over strict oversight. Kellermann worked for Freddie Mac more than 16 years, starting out as a financial analyst and auditor. He was named acting chief financial officer last September when the government ousted former Ceo richard Syron and Kellermann’s predecessor Anthony S. “Buddy” Pizsel. Neighbors said Kellermann had lost a noticeable amount of weight under the strain of the new job. Some neighbors said they suggested to Kellermann should quit to avoid the stress, but Kellermann responded that he wanted to help the company through its problems. The neighbors did not want to be quoted by name because they didn’t want to upset the family. As the company’s financial chief, Kellermann oversaw a staff of about 500 and was working on the company’s first-quarter financial report, due by the end of May. Federal regulators closely oversee the company’s books and sign off on major decisions.
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In this April 17 file photo, tracks from the crawler transporter leave an imprint leading up to pad 39B after delivering space shuttle Endeavour to its destination from the Vehicle Assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
WASHiNGToN — NASA is facing a critical deadline to make its biggest decision in a generation: whether to go forward with plans to retire the space shuttle fleet and replace it with a new mode of space travel. But the agency still has no chief to make the $230 billion call. NASA seems so far off the White House radar, said one presidential expert, that it might as well be on Pluto. “As each day goes by, the need for these decisions becomes greater and greater, and the absence of an administrator becomes more and more an issue,” said
John logsdon, a member of the NASA Advisory Council who also advised President Barack obama’s campaign. obama’s science adviser has said that crucial decisions on the shuttle and a new spacecraft to carry astronauts back to the moon will not be made until NASA gets a new administrator. in an interview two weeks ago, John Holdren did not know when that would be. A key deadline is April 30, when a congressional rule governing the shuttle’s infrastructure expires. After that date, NASA will be free to start taking apart the shuttle program if it chooses.
But some in Congress want the shuttle to fly longer because retiring the fleet would force the U.S. to rely on russia for trips to space for nearly five years. obama has said he wants at least one more shuttle flight beyond those already planned. And that’s not all. A Congressional Budget office report concluded that NASA cannot carry out its current plans on its existing budget. The report outlined options that include delaying the flight of the new spacecraft, spending more money to meet the current schedule or drastically cutting back on science.
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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 Amor Vitae Art Show April 25th and 26th Artspace 111 Ft. Worth. All are welcome! 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.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
$600,000 science grant given to help retain students The money will support the university’s role in a national retention project. by Johnathan Silver Contributor to The Shorthorn
The National Science Foundation guaranteed $600,000 in scholarships for two groups of 21 freshmen and sophomore engineering students. The foundation, an independent federal agency, awarded the money as part of its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SSTEM) program. Yvette Weatherton, project director and civil engineering senior lecturer, said the grant supports the university’s participation in the national project, Focus On Retention in Cohorts of Engineering Students. FORCES provides financial aid and academic support to foster student success and retention in engineering fields. Engineering undergraduate enrollment is on the decline, she said. “High attrition of firstand second-year engineering students is not unique to UTA — it is a challenge nationwide,” Weatherton said. “It is our desire that successful retention strategies that we have incorporated in FORCES will be implemented at other institutions around the country.” Lavonne Hill, Juan Seguin High School’s counselors’ clerk, said students come in daily for help with scholarships. “I see firsthand how hungry students are for scholarships,” Hill said. “Whoever ‘shows them the money,’ students most often go to that school.” Seguin students could avoid unnecessary loans borrowed in community college
requirementS FORCES Scholarships Eligibility Applicants must: 1. Be a US citizen, US national, admitted refugee or permanent resident 2. Be new undergraduate freshman accepted as fulltime engineering majors 3. Meet the College of Engineering’s SAT/ACT entry requirements 4. Be prepared for PreCalculus I or higher 5. Demonstrate financial need Source: College of Engineering Web site
by accepting scholarships at universities like UT Arlington, Hill said. “Looking at the world as we know it today — if we take away the things that were developed by engineers or had the input of engineers, not much would remain,” Weatherton said. “We would have no clean water, no means of removing and treating wastewater from our homes and businesses, no communication towers, no cell phones, no computers, no automobiles nor highways, no airplanes nor airports.“ Weatherton reiterated the urgent need for retention in engineering programs. “As civilization continues to progress, the need for new technology and innovative solutions to life’s challenges grows,” she said. “Thus, there is a need for engineers to devise solutions for the challenges and problems that we face now and in the future.” The application deadline is April 30.
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Fort Worth Vegetarian Society representatives Cindy Hader, left, and Michelle Sherlock inform students about vegetarian living at UTA Earth Day on Wednesday on the University Center mall.
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vendors and groups were informative and the free items caught the attention of many attendees. The Whole Foods vendor’s veggie costumes caught her eye, she said. Dian Nostikasari, city and regional planning graduate student, said the information presented was helpful. “You really have no reason not to recycle,” she said. “It helps to maintain our way of life.” University recycling coordinator Becky Valentich said the warm weather and free plants draws a large turnout to the celebration. She said the 500 plants, purchased from Redenta’s Garden in Arlington, were gone 45 minutes after the
“You really have no reason not to recycle. It helps to maintain our way of life.” Dian nostikasari,
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event started. “The plants are always the first thing to disappear,” she said. “The hybrid vehicles this year have really caught people’s eyes.” Placed throughout the mall were Hybrid vehicles and eco-friendly cars with dealership representatives explaining key features. The three-hour event included groups like Amnesty International, the Fort Worth Vegetarian Society and Waste Management. City of Arlington representatives passed out bags
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Industrial engineering junior Harry Mangad said although he hasn’t been following the candidates, he expects to vote on campus because it’s convenient. “If it’s right next to me, why not? I mean, I go to school every day,” he said. “It fits easier.” Governmental Relations Director Kate Kettles said the university had a voting location in November 2004 for votes on the Cowboys stadium. She said the university saw a good turnout for all other voting
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Nursing sophomore Stephanie Wilson, left, and civil engineering junior Derek Ogburn examine a Smart Car at UTA Earth Day on Wednesday on the University Center mall.
made of recyclable plastics so people could carry their recyclable items to Arlington public libraries, which have on-site recycling bins, Arlington recycling coordinator Lorrie Anderle said. “We try to make our
program as convenient as possible,” she said. “Then we can help reduce the amount of trash being sent to the landfills.”
events and expects to see that again. “I think the students are extremely enthusiastic about being involved in the municipal process,” she said. “I’m glad the university is able to provide this for students, faculty and staff. It’s important to show the community that the people on campus do care what’s going on in Arlington.” In the 2007 Tarrant County joint general and special elections, 2,034 of the 23,144 registered voters cast ballots for the District 5 council member, which represents the university. More than half that many students, 1,067,
voted for Student Congress president in Monday and Tuesday’s campus election. Boren said students should understand the influence they can have in the election and make an informed decision. “It’s important if you’re an Arlington resident to vote in this election,” he said. “The downtown relationship the university keeps with the city is huge. They should do research behind the candidates and come out and vote for who they feel would represent them as a student and as a citizen of Arlington.”
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aren’t going to harp on you. You just won’t be in a routine if your skills didn’t meet the criteria.” Alexander said the year started off rocky, but the team came together as it progressed. “Toward the beginning of the year — like any sports organization — if you’re new, you kind of have to prove yourself that you’re good enough to be on the team,” she said. “The veterans were friendly but they weren’t going to be your best friend all of a sudden. You had to gain their respect.” New members will have to prove themselves to the veterans, Alexander said. “We want people who are going to add value to the team and strengthen the program,” she said. “They need to show that they’re not lazy, they’ve got skill, and can hold their own weight in a routine because other people won’t carry you in a routine.” Requirements for students trying out include a full-time enrollment status, minimum 2.0 grade point average and the ability to execute specific skills. Johnson said some skills include a standing back tuck, running tumbling pass and a double toe-touch back tuck. Sohana Kutub email@example.com
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UTA cheer squad leader Jessica Bollom is caught by her fellow teammates Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. The team, which placed second at the National Cheerleaders Association Cheer and Dance Championship, has already begun creating new transitions into stunts to use in next year’s season.