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Special Fourth of July Issue T H E






Wednesday July, 1, 2009

Volume 90, No. 119

Since 1919 ARLINGTON

JULY FOURTH COVERAGE • Look inside for an American flag insert. Page 4 • Find 44 ways to celebrate your holiday. Page 6 • Check out the parade route and get tips on how to attend the event. • Find out about area fireworks displays and get safety tips for doing them yourself. Page 7 • Read a story about the differences in today’s government compared to 1776. • Discover how the UTA float got its start in the parade and how you can help build it.

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS Submit your July Fourth festivities photos to The Shorthorn today through Monday. The best reader photo will run in the July 8 issue. Send your photos to

20,000 - 50,000 expected at annual city parade Former Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan will act as the 2009 Grand Marshal. BY HAROLD LOREN Contributor to The Shorthorn

The 44th annual Arlington Fourth of July Parade starts a 2.5-mile route 9 a.m. Saturday on West Mitchell

Street with a “Commemorating Our National Monuments and Memorials” theme. The procession is scheduled to end at 11:30 a.m., followed by an award ceremony at 1 p.m. at Heritage Park. Hot dogs, marching bands, floats, horses, motorcycle groups and exotic cars usher in the holiday for the Arlington community.

Organizers expect 20,000 to 50,000 riding, performing, competing or just watching and waving their stars and stripes, said June Owens, Arlington 4th of July Association president. “All signs have pointed to larger-than-average crowds this year,” PARADE continues on page 6


Alumna aspires to win Miss Texas its first year in Texas Hall PAGEANT MOVES TO ARLINGTON The Miss Texas 2009 crown is up for grabs Friday night in Texas Hall. The event brings 37 young women from across Texas to compete in categories like talent and personality. Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, it’s designed to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women in Texas and to promote their voice in culture, politics and community. The overall winner will receive, among other things, scholarships and the opportunity to represent Texas in the 2010 Miss America Pageant slated for Jan. 30 in Las Vegas. A choreographed 1940s-styled United Service Organizations salute to the armed forces is the 2009 pageant presentation theme, with performances onstage by the contestants and additional performers. “We felt this was a great theme for us with July Fourth being right around the corner,” said Jean Magness, Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant executive director. Magness said the pageant’s location switch, after many years in Fort Worth, happened primarily because of Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who has served as a pageant judge. The organization has a signed 5-year letter of intent to stay in Arlington. “We are delighted to have made the jump this year from Fort Worth to Arlington,” Magness said. “Texas Hall is really working out well for us.” She estimates that the pageant brings about $2 million a year to the communities hosting it. “If you think about it, there are the ladies who participate and they have parents and brothers and sisters who come to watch them compete,” Magness said. “They all need hotel rooms and restaurants and all sorts of services that the community benefits from providing.” Some of the contestants are already winners from preliminary competitions held this week at Texas Hall. This year’s first preliminary night award Miss Talent went to Miss Texarkana Adrianna Nelson and Miss Frisco Kathryn Dunn took Miss Swimsuit.

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Felicia Fuller, Miss Texas executive producer and co-producer, directs contestants during rehearsal Monday at Texas Hall. The competition includes 37 hopefuls from all ends of Texas competing for the Miss Texas title at the finals 8 p.m. Friday.

The political science graduate competes as an American Cancer Society advocate. BY HAROLD LOREN Contributor to The Shorthorn

Alumna Cristie Kibler said she is focusing more seriously than ever to win Friday’s Miss Texas pageant because it may be her last competition.


Kibler, Miss Highland Park, competed for the last five years and is an American Cancer Society fund-raising advocate. She is an Honors College graduate with a political science degree and minor in women’s studies. She graduated in May and plans to begin the UTA Social Work graduate program this fall. She might go to law school afterward. Kibler said she’s glad the pageant

moved from Fort Worth to Texas Hall. “I love UTA,” she said. “I’ve been here for the past four years, and I’m delighted the pageant has moved here. It just feels like home to me.” Placing in preliminary categories and winning several regional pageant competitions through the years paid for much of her college education, she said. But this isn’t her only

incentive. “It’s more than just winning scholarship money for most of us,” Kibler said. “It’s an opportunity to make great friends, participate in unique experiences and hopefully make a difference with something you care about.” She said her friends and fellow TEXAS continues on page 9


‘May-Ray’ neighborhood near UTA targeted for improvement Students and area residents express approval of the ideas for civic evolution. BY HAROLD LOREN Contributor to The Shorthorn

The Shorthorn: Tim Crumpton

Architecture graduate students Nina Azevedo, left, and Julian Lizarazu review and modify their drawings for an international architecture competition. The Northern Ontario School of Architecture in Sudbury, Canada, is holding a Student Ideas Competition for the design of their new school of architecture studio.

Arlington community leaders are working to provide new investment incentives to outside and local developers and turn downtown and the campus’ southeast border into vibrant areas with shops, restaurants, offices and new housing. At the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation’s board

of directors annual retreat June 17, members targeted the redevelopment of the Mary Street-Ray Street area and identified it as one of their top priorities. The agency, a private, nonprofit community development organization, was hired by the city in 2006 to help facilitate and coordinate all aspects of downtown revitalization. The group and the university are working closely to redevelop the “May-Ray” neighborhood, said Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president. After the university announced plans to

build a $73 million special events center and a $67 million mixeduse development with retail and student living spaces, the May-Ray effort increased, she said. The center will host indoor sports, commencements, convocations, area events and more. The mixed-use development adds to the center’s garage plans by attaching student housing and retail spaces. The May-Ray neighborhood is on the southeast side of campus and adjacent to the projects’ planned areas. Marked by Second DEVELOPMENT continues on page 9

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This is a part of the daily activity log produced by the university’s Police Department. To report a criminal incident on campus, call 817-272-3381.

TUESDAY Disturbance Officers were dispatched at 3:43 a.m. to Legacy Heights apartments to investigate a loud noise disturbance. Burglary, Office/Building A staff member reported at 12:20 a.m. 503 Third St., that a laptop last seen in her office was missing. MONDAY Warrant Service — Misdemeanor Officers arrested a nonstudent for outstanding warrants at 12:29 p.m. 600 UTA Blvd. JUNE 28 Assault, Simple Officers were dispatched at 9:29 p.m. to Centennial Court apartments to investigate a report from a student about an assault that took place. Criminal Mischief or Vandalism Officers were dispatched at 7:56 p.m. to Centennial Court apartments to investigate a report from a student about criminal mischief done to his vehicle. Public Intoxication A nonstudent was arrested at 2:45 a.m. 700 Cooper St., for public intoxication and transported to the Arlington Police Department jail. Injured Person Medical Assist A student was transported from 704 W. Mitchell Circle to Baylor Medical Center at 1:19 a.m. due to stomach pains. JUNE 27 Disturbance Officers were dispatched at 4:08 a.m. to Autumn Hollow apartments for a report of a loud noise disturbance. JUNE 25 Assault, Simple An officer was dispatched at 7:18 a.m. to Centennial Court apartments regarding a female upset and crying. A male nonstudent was arrested for family violence.

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CORRECTIONS Last week’s column “Health Cares” incorrectly stated that there is a cure for breast cancer.

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UTA and Arlington community members gather at the Maverick Activities Center west lawn June 25 as the EXCEL Summer Movie Series gets underway.

UPCOMING MOVIES The Unborn – Thursday Fast and Furious – July 9 Hannah Montana: The Movie – July 16 Grease (Drive-in movie) – July 23 Monsters vs. Aliens – July 30 Angels and Demons – August 6 source: EXCEL Campus Activities

Mischeka Nicholson, economics senior and EXCEL Campus Activities president, left, and aerospace engineering sophomore Seung Baik set up the projector Thursday outside the MAC.

Biology junior David Potter gives free popcorn to mechanical engineering grad student Rachaneewan Charoenwat on Thursday during EXCEL’s Summer Movie Series. Potter is an EXCEL Campus Activities member and says he enjoys meeting new people from the school and community.


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Wireless Medical Devices for Body-area Networking: 7-8 a.m., 601 Nedderman Hall. Don Shaver, director of Texas Instruments’ Communications and Medical Systems Laboratory, will examine the technological challenges to achieving the device performance required for body-area networking. Light breakfast provided. Reservations, please. For information, contact Roger Tuttle at 817272-3682 or Special Collections exhibit “The Road West: Travel Through America”: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor Central Library. Come take a look at what travelers used to trek across the country, what they saw and how they remembered their trips. Free. For information, contact UT Arlington Library at 817-272-3393. EXCEL Campus Activities Summer Board Meeting: 2-3 p.m., University Center Stu-

News Editor ................................. Jason Boyd Design Editor ................................ Laura Sliva Copy Desk Chief ........................ Julie Sanchez Scene Editor .......................... Dustin L. Dangli

dent Congress Chambers. For information, contact EXCEL Campus Activities at 817-2722963 or “Stars at Night are Big and Bright”: 2-3 p.m., the Planetarium. $5 adults, $4 children. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $2 for UTA students. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or UT Arlington Fort Worth Center Alumni Board Meeting: 4-6 p.m., Santa Fe Station. Meetings will be held every two weeks. For information, contact Megan Topham at 817272-5988. $2 Movie - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 6-8:30 p.m., the Planetarium. For information, contact Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or

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“Secret of the Cardboard Rocket”: 2-3 p.m., the Planetarium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $2 for UTA students. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or “Black Holes”: 7-8 p.m., the Planetarium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $2 for UTA students. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or EXCEL Summer Movie Series featuring The Unborn: 8-11 p.m., Maverick Activities Center west lawn. Free popcorn. Candy and drinks available for purchase. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free. For information, contact 817-272-2963 or




$2 Movie - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 6-8 p.m., the Planetarium. For information, contact Planetarium at 817272-1183 or UT Arlington: Texas Rangers Appreciation Games: 7:05 p.m., The Ballpark in Arlington. The Texas Rangers are offering discounted games for the rest of the season for all UTA employees, students, alumni and friends. Go to uta password: rangers.




Special Collections exhibit “The Road West: Travel Through America”: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor Central Library. Free. For information, contact UT Arlington Library at 817-272-3393.

“Stars at Night are Big and Bright”: 2-3 p.m., the Planetarium. Tickets are $5 for

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adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni and $2 for UTA students. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or

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UT scientists develop new biodegradable polymers to fight cancer

Three more pitchers heading for Rookie League rosters from UTA

The discovery came during initial research of nitric oxide releasing polymers. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn staff

Cancer cells can run but they can’t hide from university researchers’ newly developed biomaterials. Bioengineers, working with UT-Southwestern scientists, created fluorescent and biodegradable polymers to illuminate cancer sites and have drugs sent directly to kill them. Previous polymers weren’t biodegradable. Polymers are chemical compounds or mixtures of two or more molecules. They are injected into the body to combat diseases on a cellular level. “Once the mission is done, they are gone,” said Jian Yang, lead researcher and bioengineering assistant professor. “It is an intriguing phenomenon.” Biomaterials usually cause medical problems after attacking diseased areas, Yang said. They cause damage and don’t go anywhere. The innovative characteristic in this research is that once biomaterials finish attacking a diseased area, they naturally break themselves down, without harming the body. In the research, the biomaterials have two functions, Yang said. To carry drugs and kill diseases. “It’s like a Trojan horse,” he said. “We inject the drug into the body to target the cancer. At night, the drugs come out, attack and kill the diseased area.” The team initially researched nitric oxide releasing polymers that prevent clots in blood vessels. When they added 20 amino acids, citric acid and octanediol, the biomaterials gained illumination and biodegradable qualities. Amino acids are building blocks of the body’s proteins and octanediol is a chemical compound containing hydrogen and oxygen atoms. “It was a serendipitous event,” he said. “When we found out what we created, we dropped the original project and started working on biodegradable materials immediately.” About 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. More than half a million will die this year. Yang and his researchers believe their project can positively influence those figures. Bioengineering doctoral student Yi Zhang began researching with Yang because he wanted to be part of a potential cancer cure. “I’m not very scientific,” he said. “But I specifically like working on the tissue engineering side of the research.” Yang said his goal is to do innovative research and have his students succeed at what he teaches. “Teamwork is a key for biomedical research because it’s an interdisciplinary field,” he said. “We want different expertise coming together to solve problems.” JOHNATHAN SILVER

The Mav players join 26 other alumni drafted or signed to a Major League Baseball team. BY ANDREW VAUGHAN Contributor to The Shorthorn

Maverick baseball players Matt Otteman, Andy Sauter and Andrew Kainer signed free agent contracts with professional baseball teams this month. These three, who all signed as pitchers, join 26 other Mavericks drafted or signed by Major League Baseball teams since 2001. Two pitchers, Nathan Long and Rett Varner, were drafted earlier this year. The league has now drafted or signed 17 Mavericks as pitchers, including five this year. Matt Otteman signed a contract with the Seattle Mariners on June 24, becoming the third Maverick to sign with the Mari-

ners since 2004. A 6-foot-1-inch right-hander, he averaged 14.2 strikeouts in nine innings after making 10 appearances on the mound this season. Otteman, holding the thirdhighest batting average in conference history with .432, tied a school record 26-game hit streak at the season’s start. On Tuesday, the Mariners flew Otteman to Peoria, Ariz., where he signed his contract the next afternoon, joining their Rookie League Arizona Mariners. Otteman said he’s excited. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid playing T-ball,” he said. “And now I get paid to pretty much do my favorite thing.” He’s in training now, mainly pitching bullpits, but pitches in a game next week, Otteman said. Andrew Kainer, primarily

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Matt Otteman signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Mariners as a Rookie League relief pitcher June 24.

an outfielder, signed a contract to pitch for the Florida Marlins’ Rookie League Gulf Coast Marlins on Friday. He broke the Southland Conference hitting streak record this season, had a batting average of .417 and ranked third in UTA single-season history. The Marlins flew Kainer to Jupiter, Fla., on June 19 after he was clocked pitching at 90 to 92 mph, a speed he said he has never pitched before. “This is a real dream come true for me,” Kainer said. “I’ve played baseball all my life. My father played for the Texas Rangers and now it is my job. I do it every day. This is a real honor and amazing opportunity.” Andy Sauter signed a free agent contract June 20 with the Milwaukee Brewers and flew to Arizona to join the Arizona Brew-

Courtesy Photo: UT Arlington Sports Information

Andrew Kainer signed a free-agent contract with the Florida Marlins as a Rookie League relief pitcher June 26.

ers in the Rookie League. In the past season, Sauter held an opponent batting average of .257 after pitching 30 innings and threw 44 strikeouts in 51 innings with only 16 walks. He once struck out nine batters in eight innings in a 5-3 win against UTSA. After an injury sidelined him for a month, the right hand pitcher still managed a 4-2 record with a 4.55 ERA in 11 appearances. All three players entering professional sports pitched under head coach Darin Thomas. Thomas said he is happy for the players. “All of them have had outstanding careers,” Thomas said. “I’m glad they’ve been given this chance at affiliated baseball.”


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Andy Sauter signed a free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers as a Rookie League starting pitcher June 21.


Study aims to render fuel from new source Federal and state funding make the alternate-power research possible. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn staff

University engineering researchers plan to design a micro refinery to reduce oil costs and, consequentially, the cost of gas with help from Texas’ 200-year lignite coal supply. Coal to liquid fuel conversion research is an engineering effort to lower the price of production nationwide. The technique involves breaking lignite down through a chemical process and turning it into fuel. Richard Billo, associate dean of Engineering for Research, heads the project. He and his team plan to continue research for one more year. They want to hire an engineering firm to design a micro refinery.

“Putting this university into research that makes an impact is exciting,” Billo said. “Our hope is to have someone build a micro refinery on a site that will serve as a demonstration plant for others to view the process.” Industrial engineering alumna Mary Campbell works with the team to determine the cost of oil production and the cost at the pump. She prefers using Texas lignite coal because it is easy to break down, is environmentally safe and isn’t expensive. “I like the idea of working with alternative energy,” she said. “We want to reduce American reliance on foreign oil.” Criminology graduate student Nicholas Hubbard drives about 40 miles a day to and from southwest Fort Worth to UTA. With lower gas prices, the money saved would go further, he said. “It can go toward family vacations, electricity, gas and water

bills and emergency funds,” Hubbard said. “It will help the economy and Texas as a whole.” Spanish senior Elizabeth Mauricio lives near campus and tries to minimize her travels because of gas costs. “I had to cut road trips this summer because they’re just too expensive,” she said. “Lower gas prices would definitely be a plus.” John Priest, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering professor, is helping design the process of converting coal into crude oil. Nothing is guaranteed yet, he said. “There are things that have to be worked out before building a refinery,” Priest said. “In the end, coal to oil production may not scale up, may not be environmentally friendly and may not be economically sound. But it’s looking good right now.” External funding comes from the Department of Energy and the

“I had to cut road trips this summer because they’re just too expensive. Lower gas prices would definitely be a plus.” Elizabeth Mauricio Spanish senior

Texas Ignition Fund. Researchers have the Texas Legislature to thank for funding, Billo said. “This was a challenge from congressman Joe Barton,” he said. “We showed him our work being done with biodiesel.” Researchers used vegetable oil to produce biodiesel in a previous experiment. Rep. Barton, R-Texas, wanted similar results using Texas’ lignite coal. JOHNATHAN SILVER

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Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

For 44 years, Arlington has celebrated Independence Day with its annual Fourth of July Parade. The Shorthorn has compiled a list of 44 things to do in addition to the parade.

1. Fly an American flag. 2. Listen to “This American Life” at Be prepared to be touched by countless Americans and their unique stories told through this award-winning radio show.

3. Watch Born on the Fourth of July. Tom Cruise portrays an anti-war veteran in this classic Oliver Stone film. 4. Make ice cream using a recipe from or buy your favorite flavor from a grocery store. 5. Read The Shorthorn’s July Fourth edition and rediscover why it’s everyone’s favorite newspaper.

6. July Fourth is around the middle of the year. Have a mid-year evaluation to see where you are and where you want to be this time next year. 7. Read up on American history. Rediscover how Christopher Columbus found America and George Washington crossed the Delaware River.

8. Exercise for 30 minutes. A healthy America is a happy America. 9. Go to Fair Park in Dallas on Saturday for a free day of museums, music and fireworks. For more information, go to

10. Drive from Dallas on Interstate 30 West to watch all the fireworks displays go off. 11. Go to a lake and rent a Jet Ski or a boat. 12. Go out in the country to a mud park and get dirty.

13. Have a barbecue and get people together. Decorate with red, white and blue candles and streamers.

14. Go caroling with patriotic songs. 15. Wear clothes with an American flag print or have a red, white and blue theme. 16. Watch Independence Day starring Will Smith. The film is about America’s independence. An independence from aliens.

17. Break a record such as Joey Chestnut’s world record of eating 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes.

18. Play World of Warcraft. It’s always a holiday in this game. 19. Take a mini road trip. Buy some beef jerky and drive a couple hours outside of the Metroplex. 20. Be a tourist in your own city. Grab your friends and visit local tourist attractions, such as museums, theme parks and historical landmarks.

21. Make some fresh lemonade. Here’s one recipe from

• Juice 6 lemons to make 1 cup of juice. • In a gallon pitcher combine the lemon juice, 1 cup sugar and 6 cups cold water. Stir. Adjust water to taste. Chill and serve over ice.

22. Get friends together and play board games. 23. Rent a karaoke machine and sing only patriotic songs.

24. Bake an apple pie. Find a recipe at 25. Watch “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” at 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC. 26. Make flavored ice pops. Pour fruit juice into ice cube trays, stick wooden sticks into them and put them in the freezer.

27. Plant flowers. There’s nothing more patriotic than beautifying your community. 28. Jump on a trampoline. For a twist, setup sprinklers underneath it and jump around in the water.

29. Volunteer. Visit to find an opportunity to give back to your community. 30. Go to Six Flags Over Texas. Celebrate July Fourth by riding roller coasters. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

31. Gather family and friends and play a game of softball.

32. Have a yard sale. Make some money and get rid of junk at the same time. 33. Eat a snow cone. Cool off with a tasty treat that will take the edge off the Texas heat. 34. Play on a playground. Relive your childhood by sliding and swinging.

35. Go camping. Find the perfect site at or just pitch a tent in your backyard. 36. Go green this holiday by recycling everything you use to celebrate with, even this paper.

37. Memorize the names of all the U.S. presidents. 38. Learn American flag etiquette. Get step-by-step instructions at

39. Host a block party to socialize with your neighbors. 40. Get your friends and family and reenact the Revolutionary War. Use water balloons instead of guns. 41. Make cupcakes and decorate them with red, white and blue icing.

42. Read the Declaration of Independence. It will make your holiday more meaningful. 43. Do a handstand while watching a fireworks show. Not only will you have a nauseating experience, but it’ll look like we’re under attack by aliens.

44. Cool off at local water parks. You’ll find bargains, games, food, entertainment and time well spent with loved ones.

How do you celebrate July Fourth? Share your ideas and stories at The ShorThorn .com

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

ABOUT OPINION Marissa Hall, editor Opinion is published Wednesday. Wednesday, July 1, 2009


REMEMBER The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion page. Page 5


A True Maverick

Student Congress 2.0 SC should focus on improving current programs, rather than creating slightly different version of new ones

Acting independent comes from more than just blowing up fireworks


homas Deak wanted to spread some joy. The sociology graduate student started waving to people and saying “hi” most every weekday in fall 2008. A small step, yes. He wanted to spread some joy, but some thought it was creepy and questioned his motives. He didn’t stop for a year. That’s independent. JASON BOYD Camea Kirkpatrick broke her back in January 2009 and walked across the stage four months later. She told The Shorthorn she refused to not graduate on time. She fought for ways to finish her studies when most would, understandably, be too busy wallowing in self-pity. That’s independent. And we can all start on July Fourth. This holiday commemorates the 1776 Declaration of Independence

signing, but that ment. declaration used Now, we barbecue and established beliefs. blow things up, hailing The Foundthe great independence ing Fathers we enjoy. The Founding borrowed John Fathers put the idea in Locke’s themotion, but we have to ory of natural carry it forward. We aren’t rights, switchdoing enough. ing the term Being in a clique with to “inalienable few members doesn’t rights.” make someone unique. And the Belonging to a party, doc ument’s Democratic or RepubliThe Shorthorn: Antonina Doescher reference to can, that says it’s for in“consent of the dependence doesn’t make governed” is a form of the social you independent. Believing something, contract theory, which Socrates even if only five people believe it, isn’t crafted more than 2,000 years prior. independent. In Plato’s Crito , Socrates refuses to We are the UTA Mavericks. Being escape from jail and death, despite one starts with thinking outside the feeling innocent, saying he consented box, continues with action and ends to a contract with the government by with not compromising. This Independence Day resolve to staying in Athens all his life. The declaration didn’t ensure inde- be independent. Be a maverick of the pendent minds wouldn’t be squashed. mind. It was the Constitution, Bill of Rights - Jason Boyd is a journalism junior and the founders’ vision of govern- and The Shorthorn news editor

Hunger for Freedom Columnist advocates US intervention in the current Iranian protests


n 1979, there was a revolution in Iran that lead to the current repressive regime being protested now. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave a sermon June 19 rebuking protesters’ actions after the June 12 election. “Death to America! Death to England! Death to Israel!” were some of the chants heard at Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech in Tehran, according to a TimesOnline article. The Ayatollah warned of a crackdown on further protesting, and he followed through. The Iranians are fighting for freedom now. Those protesting peacefully were provoked and dozens were either shot, beaten or jailed. This isn’t freedom, this is oppression. President Barack Obama should rise to help those

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dying on the streets for a taste of freedom. When protests began the Saturday after the election, they were peaceful with voters demanding their votes be counted. The Iranian election had a record turnout of more than 32 million votes. The reformist candidate, Mir Hussein Moussavi, had grown increasingly popular and many disagreed with the way current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is running the country. When the results were released only hours after the polls closed, people questioned how 32 million ballots were hand counted in a few hours. The belief by the Iranian people who have taken to the streets is that the election was rigged and the results do not reflect the people’s will. Iranians are hungering

for freedom. Over the last freedom in Iran. Obama spoke of freeseveral years of witnessing their neighbors in Iraq and dom in his June 4 speech in Afghanistan participate in Cairo: “You must maintain your power through the democratic consent, not coprocess and havercion; you must ing the freedom to respect the rights do so, they want a of minorities, and part of that. Many participate with a of the protestspirit of tolerance ers are under 30 and compromise; years old and have you must place the lived their entire interests of your lives in a society people and the lewhere men and gitimate workings women get stoned of the political or hanged in the COLT ABLES process above your streets. party.” It would be Obama should act on his great to have former President George W. Bush back words and help the Iranian in office because part of people fight for their freehis “Bush Doctrine” was to dom. spread democracy throughout the Middle East. Maybe it was our actions in Af— Colt Ables is an ecoghanistan and Iraq that led nomics senior and columto the current desire for nist for The Shorthorn

“I want to point a few things out. The media hold a lot of information out of things. When you read a news story the title is always going to be eye catching. If a white person does wrong the title will be ‘BEHEADING ON BUS’ and if a Muslim does wrong the title will be ‘MUSLIM BEHEADS MAN ON BUS’ so the media makes you want to hate.”

Student Congress’ executive board hopes to gain more student interest by continuing work on programs started last year and introducing new projects such as “Maverick opinion boards” and a forum for students to express concerns to senators. We appreciate Student Congress showing its readiness to lead, but these programs have shortcomings. A student forum is nothing new. Student Congress and the university have hosted them in the past, where in most cases low attendance made the event useless. The congress must remember UT Arlington’s student population also consists of commuting and non-traditional students. In 2008, 18.9 percent of students were between 25 to 29 years old, according to the Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness fact book. Many Mavericks do not have time EDITORIAL to attend forums or ROUNDUP participate in extraThe issue: curricular activities. Student Congress plans to revise and Placing Maverick incorporate new fall opinion boards in programs to increase colleges and schools campus community participation. has the potential to gather student We suggest: New programs should concerns. The Orgabe progressive in garnization Outreach nering student involveProgram, which aims ment and not a rehash of previous congress to create networking agendas. between senators and students, will have senators work with at least two professional and one social organization within their college per semester. But both programs are a rehash of what the nine Constituency Councils should be doing already — a liaison between the students they represent and Student Congress. These programs seem frivolous, have the potential to waste time and provide no serious gain in affecting student involvement in university politics. We recommend Student Congress improve its current programs like Constituency Council and incorporate progressive ideas like using the Internet as a medium to get its message across and gain students’ attention. The Internet was one of the main reasons President Barack Obama was elected. Using Web 2.0 applications like Facebook and improving Constituency Council and Student Congress Web sites to include more student interaction could increase campus involvement. In the Information Age, placing opinion boards on campus is not enough. Students’ live fast-paced lives and stopping, placing their opinions on bulletin boards, sadly, seems time-consuming. We appreciate Student Congress’ work in trying to come up with new programs to cull the best ideas from students, but progressive ideas should be the path for congress to take to strengthen student participation.

DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway

Kristin Curren’s online response to Colt Ables’ June 17 column “The Fog of Media Bias.”

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very year, America celebrates its independence by illuminating the quiet night sky with thunderous and blasting fireworks. Local enforcement wants tradition to continue but within the scope of the law, said Stephen Lea, Arlington Fire Department assistant fire marshal. In Arlington, firework possession or ignition is a Class C misdemeanor and a $500 fine. Additional charges apply if the fireworks cause damage inside city limits. They are also illegal on campus. If police find fireworks they will be confiscated and destroyed, assistant police chief Rick Gomez said. The fire department receives more calls around this holiday, Lea said. “Fireworks are a dangerous thing,” he said. “People get hurt every year.” Emergency rooms treated nearly 10,000 Americans for firework-related injuries in 2007, according to the 2008 Fireworks Annual Report prepared by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission staff. The report said 70 percent of these injuries occurred from June 20, 2008 to July 20, 2008. “Some people hold the firework, light it and think there’s enough time to throw it,” he said. “They are illegal because of the inherent danger.” In some cases people shot fireworks at each other, causing injury, Lea said. People who use fireworks are in danger of setting clothes on fire and causing severe burns, he said. “If you’re going to set them off, put them on the ground, light them, get away from them and then watch them go off,” he said. Business management senior Jasmien Gallien has alternatives to fireworks. “The best way to celebrate a long tradition like the Fourth of July is with friends, food and games,” she said. Social work junior Anthony Pone will celebrate Independence Day in Texas for the first time. “I usually get together with my family, have a barbecue and then go out and watch the fireworks,” he

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Owens said. Owens said signs include more parade entries this year, 157 compared to last year’s 125, despite the economic recession. All pre-production meetings have been at capacity. Former Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan will serve as the parade’s 2009 Grand Marshal. He will represent Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Dallas Cowboys players are also expected to take part in the festivities alongside fans, sponsors and members of their new community. New faces in the parade this year include the 2010 Census Complete Count Committee, supporting the group’s “Stand Up and Be Counted” slogan. More traditional fair include six Arlington-area high school bands marching along with privately sponsored parade floats. Military “For me, the vehicles from spirit of this the Arrowreflects an aphead-Military preciation of the Vehicles Preservation will sacrifices made also attend. by others in A comorder for us to mittee will enjoy some of the decide the pafreedoms we have rade’s awards, including a today.” spirit award and best float Bill Bacsik in various A.E. Pestche Company classifications. and participant Impartiality requires all judges come from out of town. This year’s committee will include judges from as far away as Austin. Festivities will cost around $15,000, Owens said. “We’re grateful to all sponsors, big and small, and to our volunteers because it’s a great return for the investment,” she said. “But you can’t put on a parade for free.” Bill Bacsik of the A.E. Pestche Company, number 29 in the parade, will drive a World War II jeep towing a trailer in the parade. Bacsik is a 17year parade participant. “For me, the spirit of this reflects an appreciation of the sacrifices made by others in order for us to enjoy some of the freedoms we have today,” Bacsik said.

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PARADE PREPARATIONS What Should I Bring to the Parade? 1. Bottled water It’s July. Do not underestimate the mid-morning Texas sun. 2. Sunscreen SPF 15 or more. UV radiation repellent. Your skin will love you in the evening. 3. Sunglasses Reduce the squint factor and increase the smile factor. 4. Hat Additional sun blockage will give some of your face a guaranteed spot in the shade. 5. Camera It’s a big birthday party. Capture the memories. Give your Facebook pals new pictures to comment on. 6. Portable Lawn Chair Bring one if you got one. A couple of hours on your feet will make this a very appealing idea. What if I have to go to the bathroom? The bathroom facilities at City Hall, 101 W. Abram St., will be open and available to the public. Also, public porta-potties will be spaced out along the parade route. Source: June Owens, Arlington 4th of July Association president


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said. Gomez said he wants students to be safe and aware of their surroundings this holiday. “Be watchful of the area you’re around and make sure there aren’t brush fires or fires on rooftops,” Gomez said. “Call the fire department if you see [fires].”

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Now and Then Debates that began in 1776 persist in 2009 BY ALI MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn staff


he political climate has changed in the 233 years since the Declaration of Independence, but some things remain the same. Many early Americans worried the U.S. would perish and some advocated a much smaller national government. Arguments persist even now, according to some political science professors. Inequities in the Government

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Each year students construct the UTA float at the house of Seth Ressl, Greek Life and University Events director. Students will begin decorating Thursday.

Army officers, former alumna and her husband, have been sponsoring it since 2001. BY ALI MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn staff

The university’s orange, white and blue will join the nation’s red, white and blue in the Arlington Fourth of July Parade on Saturday. EXCEL Campus Activities originally intended for the float, in the late 1990s, to promote the organization, said Seth Ressl, Greek Life and University Events director. Later, UTA Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association and alumna Jeannie and husband William Deakyne joined. Capt. Jeannie Deakyne, military science assistant professor, and her husband, William, sponsor the float. When the two married July 4, 2001, William decided his gift to her would be a float in the annual parade, and continued to sponsor the float every year. The two deployed to Iraq in

2003 but wanted to maintain their presence in the parade. Ressl said the float often follows the parade theme but sometimes focuses on school spirit. This year the float will follow the Arlington Fourth of July Association’s theme “Commemorating Our National Monuments And Memorials.” Among other theme decorations, university mascot Blaze will dress as the Statue of Liberty, he said. Maggie Garza, EXCEL University Events director, participated last year and said she had fun. She said she hopes at least five people from EXCEL will be with the float and at least five will help on its construction at Ressl’s home later this week. “It’s a way to represent UTA and its spirit to the community of the city of Arlington,” Garza said. Ressl said he participated in the parade for more than 10 years and likes that it’s old fashioned and community driven. It doesn’t have a corporate production feeling, he said.

VOLUNTEER For information on assisting with float construction contact Seth Ressl at or 817-272-2963.

Typically 25-30 members of EXCEL, UTA Ambassadors, Student Alumni Association, faculty and staff ride on the float or walk beside it. “It is nice for people along the parade route to see the university represented as well,” Ressl said. Mr. UTA Omar Rosales will ride on the float with Ms. UTA Rosita Tran and Student Congress President Kent Long, among others. Last year, Rosales walked with the float as an ambassador. Rosales said he is taking classes but plans to help construction. “It is a way for UTA to show representation in our city as well as for our country,” he said. ALI MUSTANSIR

The declaration argued against King George III’s abuse of power. The tax day tea parties earlier this year exhibit growing discontent with “gross inequities in the government,” political science professor Mark Cichock said. “People are feeling a disconnect with the government and feeling like they have no power,” he said. Representative Government The Founding Fathers instituted a representative democracy. The people select representatives through votes and in turn they represent the people with their votes in Congress. History associate professor David Narrett said a representative government needs constant input from its constituents, and getting it can be challenging. “How can we as citizens express our views in a way the government will be responsive to our needs and at the same time be lawfully responsible?” he said. The Founding Fathers tried to move away from a monarchy and succession through heritage to a system of elected officials. Interdisciplinary studies senior Todd Lucas said political families like the Kennedys or Bushes, negate that. He said politicians don’t do

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enough. “Politicians see what is going on, they know what the issues are and do everything in their power to not fix it,” Lucas said. Small vs. Large Government In 1776 after the declaration, some didn’t believe in the U.S. and favored a much less centralized and looser governmental organization, said Allan Saxe, political science associate professor. Some historians argue that many inhabitants at the time didn’t think of themselves as Americans. They considered themselves citizens of their states. The feeling of being an American didn’t really emerge until after the Civil War, he said. “Today, some believe that the states should still have more power and that the federal government has become much too powerful and [is] overriding the state’s prerogatives and authority,” Saxe said. “There is civil unrest today, but nothing like during the early days of the country or even during Vietnam and Civil Rights Era.” The Founding Fathers could not foresee the federal and state governmental growth in the last century, Narrett said. But the constitution’s framework allows it. “The American Revolution was more than a declaration of independence,” Narrett said. “It was a new political order and a new type of society.”


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Your SCENE Each week, Scene gives Mavericks the chance to be heard by voicing their thoughts, feelings and opinions.

Long Live the King of Pop University community shares its memories of Michael Jackson

Sara Wadud, biology freshman What’s your song right now? “‘Blame it on the Alcohol’ by Jamie Foxx. It’s my favorite because I just graduated high school and I heard that’s what you do in college.” What does it mean to be an American? “A fusion of both worlds because I’m Bengali-American and it’s about finding a mix of both cultures.”

Emmanuel Anyatonwu, undeclared junior What’s your song right now? “‘Ride on 4’s’ by J-Dawg. It’s something I can chill to in my car.”

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In this July 7, 1984 file photo, Michael Jackson wears a white glove during his performance kicking off the “Victory Tour” at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

BY DUSTIN L. DANGLI The Shorthorn scene editor

What does it mean to be an American? “To be an American you’re here, working hard trying to achieve your dreams.” — Dustin Dangli

FILM/DVD RELEASES 12 Rounds, Rated PG-13 In this action film, detective Danny Fisher (John Cena) gets stuck playing a game setup by an ex-con from his past. Fisher must race to complete 12 dangerous challenges in order to save his girlfriend’s life. —

Pick of the Week Visit Six Flags Over Texas Nursing sophomore Olusola Oyewuwo suggests students take a trip to Six Flags. Order tickets online or bring an empty Coca-Cola can and pay $31 compared to $49.99. While riding roller coasters is a must, Oyewuwo said the main attraction is the funnel cake. Have an evennumbered group so no one goes solo on rides. Exclusives Public Enemies Read the Public Enemies review Thursday. Find out if this film, based on the life of bank robber John Dillinger, is gold or belongs in the jailhouse. Fireworks Online Can’t get enough fireworks or missed the show in Arlington? The Shorthorn has composed a list of must-see firework displays on the Internet.

Fight Night Round 4 On Thursday, check out to read about features in the most realistic boxing game available.

The world highlights different portions of Michael Jackson’s life. Some people embrace his music, his dancing, and others remember the scandals. University students, staff and faculty share their fondest memories and how they will remember the musical artist, who died June 25 at the age of 50. Tim Brown, Upward Bound summer adviser and former Mr. UTA, said he’s a true Michael Jackson fan because Jackson has influenced aspects of his life. “I’m a dancer and all the moves I do come from Mike,” he said. “He’s what I hope to be and what I look up to. There will never be another Michael Jackson.” Finance junior Brynn Bateman said he isn’t a Jackson fan but does see the significance in his death, because he revolutionized hip-hop. Bateman said the world will remember Jackson for his musical talent but also the scandals he faced in his later life. Biology freshman Martin Obinyan said he has

fond memories growing up with Jackson’s music. “When I got the video for ‘Smooth Criminal’ I would watch it and rewind it and do every move he did,” he said. Obinyan said he owns several Michael Jackson albums and his favorite Jackson song is “Rock With You” because of its lyrics. He said he loves the music video even though it’s simple with Jackson rocking back and forth singing. Many critics praise Jackson for his evolution in music videos. What started as Jackson singing in a sparkling outfit soon turned into full-blown productions that told stories like the “Thriller” video. “No song, no music video will ever beat the theatricalism, dancing and the balance of entertainment [of “Thriller],” Brown said. Brown admires the zombie video so much he knows the entire dance routine. Obinyan said he’ll always remember Jackson as one of the biggest names in music, even bigger than


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From left, kinesiology senior Roger Sancho, pre-nursing sophomore Olusola Oyewuwo and philosophy senior J.D. Davistalk about the alleged death of Michael Jackson Thursday before it was confirmed true.

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Elvis. While people won’t forget Jackson’s impact on music, the child molestation scandals are also a part of his life, Obinyan said. “I won’t forget the scandals,” he said. “I’ll say restin-peace, but God bless his soul for what he did.” Finance senior Bryan Goode said 10 years in the future the scandals won’t be newsworthy but people will continue to listen to

Jackson’s music. Brown said some people will focus on the negative parts of Jackson’s legacy but he chooses to look past them. Brown said the best way to remember Jackson is to continue to tell his story. He said like Martin Luther King Jr. the world has to keep Jackson’s history and story alive.

NEW YORK — Hundreds of Michael Jackson fans circled the block around Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater Tuesday for a public tribute to the pop star, some spontaneously singing their favorite songs and dancing in the street. “I thought that in my time I’d have the opportunity to see him in concert,” said Victoria Campomames, who did a brief moonwalk on the sidewalk as “Rock With You” played from a nearby store. “This is about the closest I’m gonna get.” Campomames, wearing a Jackson-style spangled black jacket, fedora and white gloves, took the day off from her job at a grocery store in Morrisville, Vt., for the all-day tribute to Jackson at the fabled venue that helped make him a star. Thousands were expected to pay their respects at the theater, which planned to let them in 600 at a time to listen to his music, watch a video tribute and leave flowers and memorabilia. The event was set to start at 2 p.m., but many people were already waiting Tuesday morning, dancing as they lined up with Tshirts, posters, album covers and other mementoes.


– The Associated Press

Student-Picked Playlist BY DUSTIN L. DANGLI The Shorthorn scene editor

Music is a must at summer cookouts, hangouts and drives. The Shorthorn went to students to compose a summer music playlist.

“Summertime” — Will Smith Since its release, this song has become synonymous with the season. History senior Darion Whitten suggests this song because it takes him back to a time before summer school. A time without worries, drama and problems. The song’s simple message tells listeners to enjoy summer activities.

“Star-Spangled Banner” — Jimi Hendrix Mechanical engineering junior Brian Wibker suggested this song especially for July Fourth. While many artists have performed the nation’s anthem, Wibker said no one does it like Jimi Hendrix. He said Hendrix’s version stands out with the rocket and bomb sound effects Hendrix does with his guitar.

“Ice Cream Paint Job” — Dorrough Nursing sophomore Olusola Oyewuwo suggested this song. He said he chose it because ice cream’s in the title and that’s the perfect summer treat. The song gets you in a good mood like anything is possible. For Oyewuwo, it’s a “crunk” song.

“I Gotta Feeling” — Black Eyed Peas Student Congress President Kent Long said he turns on this song to warm up for the night. The song’s chorus goes, “I got a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night,” and Long said that’s his favorite part. The song

starts slow but builds up much like the start of a party night. The next song recommendation is by you. This wouldn’t be a university summer music playlist without more students and faculty. Students should send their summer song suggestions to along with your full name, major and classification. Faculty should include university title. Also share why you chose that particular song and we’ll add it to the summer playlist at DUSTIN L. DANGLI

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competitors tend to have rather noble and often compelling reasons for entering. In Kibler’s case, her aunt Janet’s battle with breast cancer inspired her to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through events like the Relay For Life. Kibler said she tries balancing schoolwork with competitions, but also said it’s important to maintain a youthful social life. Miss Texas winners want to be relevant and in tune with society, she said. Interview segments during the pageant are meant to reflect this. “Being Miss Texas can be a very demanding job,” she said. “It’s not necessarily a glamorous job just because you’re wearing a crown on your head.”

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Tickets Preliminaries When: 7 p.m. today Cost: $37.50, after service and handling fee Miss Texas Finals When: 8 p.m. Friday Cost: $75 Webcast link:; stream begins 6 p.m. Source: tickets/


“Being Miss Texas can be a very demanding job.” Cristie Kibler,

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UT-Arlington Campus Special Events Center

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“It’s a proposition I welcome if it helps to keep people like me employed,” he said. “I don’t mind moving to some area nearby. I’m only concerned being able to afford it.” Raymond Antonio Reyes, who has two children, works in construction projects around the area. He said a safe neighborhood is an important concern. Sullivan said safer neighborhoods for students and creating a synergy with downtown redevelopment efforts is important to the university. The May-Ray redevelopment plans were not a factor in selecting the special events center site, she said. UTA land availability happens to fall in the southeast part of campus, she said. Students living in Lipscomb Hall are the closest university residents to the May-Ray area. Tyrone Smith, a finance senior and parttime resident assistant at Lipscomb Hall, said he’s aware of the homeless people and general lack of lighting in the evenings, but remains largely unaffected. Smith said upgrading seems like a good idea, but he’s concerned about

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Street on the north, Mary Street on the east, Ray Street on the south and Center Street on the west, the land is essential to the development of downtown Arlington, said Maggie Campbell, Downtown Arlington Management Corporation president. “We want to bring together parties who are interested in selling out of the area with developers who want to buy into the area,” Campbell said. “The city is prepared to offer the right incentives to the appropriate parties.” She said board members and city officials worry unsafe appearances in the area may scare away private investors. Most duplexes are from the 1960s and are in disrepair. Redeveloping the land may also result in more city property tax revenue, Campbell said. “We see things around here that are not necessarily safe for children to be around,” said Norma Graciela Reyes, an area resident of three years, translated from Spanish. “My husband is very vigilant for us, but the evenings around here are unpredictable.” Reyes’ husband Raymond said he likes the idea of redeveloping the area.

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Alumna Cristie Kibler is competing in Friday’s Miss Texas pageant. Kibler graduated with a political science degree and plans to come back to school to begin the UTA Social Work graduate program this fall. “I love UTA,” she says. “I’ve been here for the past four years, and I’m delighted the pageant has moved here this year. It just feels like home to me.”

The City of Arlington aims to redevelop neighborhoods near the announced special events center on the campus’ southeast side.

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the project’s pace. “Knocking everything out and starting from scratch will probably put a lot of people out at once,” he said. “I would like to see them work with the current residents in a correct manner.” HAROLD LOREN

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Cuban, Mavs in hot pursuit to keep Kidd DALLAS — Mark Cuban wants to be first in line to talk to Jason Kidd. Cuban posted Tuesday on Twitter, “Getting ready to fly up to NYC for Free Agent meeting at 12:01,” and that free agent is Kidd, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because NBA rules prevent commenting on such things. Cuban has made it clear he wants to keep Kidd alongside Dirk Nowitzki on the Dallas Mavericks, but it might not be that easy. The New York Knicks are believed to be interested, too. So could LeBron James’ Cavaliers or perhaps Kobe Bryant’s Lakers. Kidd has never won an NBA championship, but has won two Olympic gold medals, including one with James and Bryant just last year. Other teams also may be calling agent Jeff Schwartz.

80 gang members arrested in sweep DALLAS — Federal immigration agents arrested dozens of gang members, including members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha, during days-long sweeps throughout Texas. Eghty street gang members were arrested during a fiveday sweep through Houston, Beaumont, and Corpus Christi. Agents also arrested 52 gang members and 14 of their associates during a six-day operation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, U.S. Immigration officials said Tuesday. The joint operation between U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and federal, state and local law enforcement officers was part of a national initiative targeting transnational street gangs, said Gregory Palmore, an ICE spokesman. The North Texas operation targeted foreign-born gang members and their associates. They included people born in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Laos. People without gang affiliations and U.S. citizens wanted on warrants and criminal violations also were arrested. “Street gangs are responsible for a significant amount of crime nationally and locally,” said John Chakwin Jr., special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Dallas.

Area man accused of hacking attack

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In this May 11, 2009 photo, Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd brings the ball down court against the Denver Nuggets in the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal in Dallas. Free agency opens in the NBA on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, and Kidd is among the point guards garnering interest.

DALLAS — A contract security guard accused of hacking into computers at the clinic where he worked and posting images of it online faces a federal charge, prosecutors said Tuesday. Jesse William McGraw, of Arlington, was being held on a charge of downloading malicious code into a computer without authorization. He was arrested Friday and was being detained pending a hearing Wednesday, the U.S. attorney’s office said. McGraw, 25, worked for United Protection Services as an overnight shift security guard at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas, which specializes in orthopedic care.

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Franken: ‘So thrilled’ at Minn. Senate win MINNEAPOLIS — Democrat Al Franken says he’s “so thrilled” to finally be celebrating a victory after nearly eight months of recounts and courtroom fights in Minnesota’s Senate race. Franken spoke in Minneapolis on Tuesday soon after Republican Norm Coleman conceded the election. Coleman’s concession came after the Minnesota Supreme Court said Franken should be certified as the winner. Franken says he’s “thrilled and honored by the faith Minnesotans have placed in me.” He says he can’t wait to get started, and believes he’ll be sworn in next week. Franken says he expects to sit on a few Senate committees, including Judiciary. That would put him in place to take part in Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings.

SC gov ‘crossed lines’ with women COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, already struggling to salvage his family and his political career after admission of a scandalous affair, added explosive details Tuesday, including more visits with the mistress he calls his “soul mate” and additional women in his past. The once-promising presidential prospect said he is committed to reconciling with his wife, but professed to The Associated Press his continued love for the Argentine woman at the center of the firestorm that gutted his political future. In emotional interviews with the AP over two days, he said he would die “knowing that I had met my soul mate.” Sanford also said that he “crossed the lines” with a handful of other women during 20 years of marriage, but not as far as he did with his mistress. “There were a handful of instances wherein I crossed the lines I shouldn’t have crossed

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Democrat Al Franken with his wife Franni at his side, speak with the media outside their home in Minneapolis, Tuesday June 30, 2009. Republican Norm Coleman conceded to Franken in Minnesota’s contested Senate race Tuesday, hours after a unanimous state Supreme Court ruled the former “Saturday Night Live” comedian should be certified the winner. as a married man, but never crossed the ultimate line,” he said. Sanford insisted his relationship with Maria Belen Chapur, whom he met at an open air dance spot in Uruguay eight years ago, was more than just sex. “This was a whole lot more than a simple affair, this was a love story,” Sanford said. “A forbidden one, a tragic one, but a love story at the end of the day.” Even with the latest revelations, Sanford maintains he is fit to govern and has no plans to resign. “I’ve been able to do my job and in fact excel at it,” Sanford said, while acknowledging he is a spectator at his “own political funeral.” During more than three hours of interviews over two days at his Statehouse office, Sanford said he is trying to fall back in love with his wife, Jenny, even as he grapples with his deep feelings for Chapur. “I owe it too much to my boys and to the last 20 years with Jenny to not try this larger walk of faith,” he said.

Fawcett remembered at Los Angeles funeral LOS ANGELES — The life of “Charlie’s Angels” star Farrah Fawcett was celebrated Tuesday at a private funeral in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Her longtime companion, Ryan O’Neal, was among pallbearers who accompanied the casket, covered in yellow and orange flowers, into the Roman Catholic Farrah Fawcett, cathedral. “Charlie’s Angels” Fawstar cett’s friend Alana Stewart and “Charlie’s Angels” co-star Kate Jackson were among early arrivals before the hearse pulled up, accompanied by 10 motorcycle officers. Fans and news media watched from across a street. The service was closed to the public.

Fawcett died Thursday at age 62 after a public battle with cancer. O’Neal and Stewart were at her side. “After a long and brave battle with cancer, our beloved Farrah has passed away,” O’Neal said in a statement last week. “Although this is an extremely difficult time for her family and friends, we take comfort in the beautiful times that we shared with Farrah over the years and the knowledge that her life brought joy to so many people around the world.” Diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2006, Fawcett’s battle with the disease was documented in “Farrah’s Story,” which aired last month on NBC. Stewart, a producer of the documentary, said Fawcett was “much more than a friend; she was my sister.” “Although I will miss her terribly, I know in my heart that she will always be there as that angel on the shoulder of everyone who loved her,” Stewart said in a statement. Fawcett and O’Neal, 68, have a son, 24-year-old Redmond, who has been jailed since April 5 on drug charges.


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People gather outside the El Maruf Hospital in Moroni, Comoros Tuesday, June 30, 2009. A Yemenia Airbus jet with 153 people on board crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday as it tried to land during strong winds on the island nation of Comoros.

Yemeni plane with 153 people crashes off Comoros islands, one survivor found MORONI, Comoros — A Yemeni jetliner carrying 153 people crashed into the Indian Ocean on Tuesday as it attempted to land amid severe turbulence and howling winds. Officials said a teenage girl was plucked from the sea, the only known survivor. The crash in waters off this island nation came two years after aviation officials reported equipment faults with the plane, an aging Airbus 310 flying the last leg of a Yemenia airlines flight from Paris and Marseille to Comoros, with a stop in Yemen to change planes. Most of the passengers were from Comoros, a former French colony. Sixty-six on board were French nationals. Khaled el-Kaei, the head of Yemenia’s public relations office, said a 14-year-old girl survived the crash, and Yemen’s embassy in Washington issued a statement saying a young girl was taken to a hospital. It also said five bodies were recovered. Sgt. Said Abdilai told Europe 1 radio that he rescued the girl after she was found bobbing in the water. She couldn’t grasp the life ring rescuers threw to her, so he jumped into the sea, Abdilai said. He said rescuers gave the trembling girl warm water with sugar. There were earlier statements from officials that a 5-year-old boy survived. El-Kaei said that was not known and the airline had lost contact with its office in Comoros because of bad weather. Yemeni civil aviation deputy chief Mohammed Abdul Qader said the flight data recorder had not been found and it was too early to speculate on the cause of the crash. But he said winds in excess of 40 miles per hour were pummeling the plane as it was landing in darkness in the early morning hours Tuesday. Turbulence was believed to be a factor in the crash, Yemen’s embassy in Washington said. “The weather was very bad,” Qader said, adding the windy conditions were hampering rescue efforts. The Yemenia plane was the second Airbus to crash into the sea this month. An Air France Airbus A330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, killing all 228 people on board, as it flew from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Mohammed Moqbel, a Yemeni pilot who has flown to the Comoros, said the route can be difficult because of the geography and weather. “The airport is also very poor in terms of equipment,” said Moqbel. “They don’t have advanced radars to guide planes.”

– The Associated Press

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Professor dubs ‘Angles and Demons’ work of fiction, clears up myths


THE LARGE HADRON COLLIDER AND ‘ANGELS AND DEMONS’ What is the Large Hadron Collider? A particle accelerator built to better understand the universe by clashing particles together. What is matter? Anything in the universe that takes up space. What is antimatter? The same as matter, but has an opposite electrical charge. If one comes in contact with the other, poof! Both masses neutralize each other, and energy is made. Fiction: In the film Angels and Demons, a new pope is being chosen. The Illuminati, depicted in the film as a secret anti–Catholic group, kidnaps the four top papal candidates. The Illuminati threatens to use stolen antimatter to kill the top candidates and destroy Vatican City.

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Physics professor Kaushik De debunks myths between the Large Hadron Collider and its fictitious properties in Angels and Demons. De addressed black holes leading to the destruction of Earth. In reality black holes created in the collider are too small to cause any significant damage. The world’s largest particle collider smashes particles after traveling 17 miles in order to help study mysteries of science.

The Large Hadron Collider exists, but the film interprets science ideas loosely. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn staff

Kaushik De cleared up misunderstandings about the world’s most powerful particle accelerator June 24 at the Planetarium. The physics professor separated fact from the fiction presented about the accelerator in the film Angels and Demons. In the movie, a new pope is being chosen. The Illuminati, an anti-Catholicism group from the 18th century, steal antimatter from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the home of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and threaten to kill top papal candidates and destroy the Vatican, De said. He is the U.S. computing operations coordinator for ATLAS, the particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. “‘Angels and Demons’ is a work of fiction that borrows ideas from science very loosely,” he said. “As a scientist, I want to make sure that people know what is fact and what is fiction.” De discussed what was true about the big screen’s interpretation of the collider. “When I watched the movie, I

could immediately notice what was shot on location and what was recreated in Hollywood,” he said. Lead actors Tom Hanks and Ayelet Zurer and director Ron Howard visited the collider. Parts of the collider were shot on site and others recreated, De said. In the movie, CERN’s control room has the collider in the background. In real life, the collider is mostly underground. It would be dangerous to get too close to the accelerator and the radiation it emits, he said. Biology junior Charles Lim saw the movie and said he was surprised it would take hundreds of millions of years to produce one-fourth gram of antimatter. “It gave me a lot of insight on the science behind ‘Angels and Demons,’ ” he said. Interim physics chair Alex Weiss delivered De’s introduction. “It was really exciting because it is science reality, not science fiction,” he said. “It pointed out that there is so much to learn about the universe and about physics.” The collider took 14 years to build. Some wanted it shut down because they believed black holes would emerge and filed a lawsuit to stop operation. Miniature black holes do form in the collider but only last one-billionth of a second. Scientists proved to the courts that these black holes

Fact: Antimatter exists. The Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator that speeds collected particles to nearly the speed of light, produces antimatter by collisions. Also true, a large amount of antimatter can destroy Rome. Antimatter isn’t portable. Any contact with matter would cause it to just annihilate itself. Source: Kaushik De, UTA physics professor and U.S. ATLAS computing operations coordinator

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Li Chen takes cover under the heat with his 8-month pregnant wife, Juanzhen He, June 15 outside Maverick Activities Center. The couple usually walks around campus after Chen leaves work from the Nanofab center.

are not harmful because they don’t gather enough mass, De said. “An analogy would be radioactivity,” he said. “It is everywhere in this room. It doesn’t mean that we can make an atom bomb out of it. There isn’t enough matter.” Planetarium program coordinator Amy Barraclough said she liked De’s presentation. “It gives people a glimpse into the world of physics and explains how it fits into pop culture,” she said.


In the first week I came here, I almost cried and looked at the door. I wanted to go home. No friends, no social life, just my husband and I,” Juanzhen He said. Juanzhen and her husband, Li Chen, an electrical engineering graduate student, spent a typical afternoon drinking Chinese tea after Chen left work at the Nanofab center. “The weather here is better, you can see the blue skies,” Chen said. Chen came to the U.S. in 2005, and his 8-month pregnant wife came a year later. The couple currently lives with Juanzhen He’s parents in Arlington and are gradually adjusting to Western society. Juanzhen recently passed a nursing examination and is on track to become a nurse. Chen continues to work as a graduate research assistant. “It’s still quite different than what we imagined,” Chen said. — Rasy Ran



Flowers pilot a green-growing campus Landscaping improvements cost the university $75,000 thus far this fiscal year. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn staff

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Students walk by flowers outside the University Center on June 15. The flowers are part of the Campus Master Plan to promote higher learning and serenity.

Facilities Management is planting flowers around campus to improve the university’s image and further the Campus Master Plan. Planting spots include the University Center mall’s west side and the Physical Education Building’s outdoor pool, but old spots will get fresh flowers as well. The university hopes the changes will improve the campus’ appearance and tackle sustainability issues, said Larry Harrison, Facilities Management Operations associate director. So far UTA spent about

$75,000 in landscaping improvements across campus in fiscal year 2008-09, which began Sept. 1 and ends August 31. This includes trees, plants, shrubs, mulch, paved stones and labor costs. The total grounds maintenance budget, including landscaping improvements, is $856,859. “The goal is to achieve a comprehensive campus landscape fabric that is practical and costeffective to maintain,” according to the Campus Master Plan update and Design Guidelines 2005–2020 executive summary. “The overall principal of the campus over the next 20 years will be to turn grey to green in order to mitigate the amount of impervious cover.” Upgrading would have no downside because campus appearance may increase enroll-

ment, said Abhilash Menon, mechanical engineering graduate student. “When parents and students come to campus, different flowers and different trees may change their minds,” he said. Nursing sophomore Yewande Adalumo said the colors are welcoming. “It’s pretty cool,” she said. “It would definitely attract more people who are green and for the environment.” On the surface level, the flowers may look nice but aren’t always environmentally efficient, said David Hopman, landscape architecture assistant professor. “Plants may be pretty, but can be energy hogs,” he said. Hopman suggested 23 to 25 plant types for landscaping to Facilities Management. From those,

three are incorporated above the rest. “There are three plants that I really want used,” Hopman said. “Lindheimer’s Muhly, Coralberry and Carolina Buckthorn.” The professor likes the three because they are native and drought-tolerant, meaning they don’t need water to live. Hopman said he likes the idea because it could reduce water use, but he worries that people like color more. Many native plants don’t have exotic colors, but making them a part of the university environment is important, he said. “On one level it’s complicated,” he said. “On another it’s common sense.” JOHNATHAN SILVER


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