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Many textbook rentals are ready, but few takers so far Students will be responsible for full used prices for items not returned by Dec. 21. By AlI MustANsIr The Shorthorn staff

The UTA Bookstore began renting books Monday during a slow sales period, but is still preparing for the program and answering students’ questions. Bookstore director Bill Coulter said that, as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday,

UTA’s Baseball Son Rises Michael Choice prepares to take over as team leader amid a busy summer

nine textbooks were rented and 99 purchased. There were no rentals Monday. Coulter said few students have been in the store for books since the new semester is a few weeks away. UTA’s and UNT’s bookstores, run by Follett Higher Education Group, are the only ones in North Texas participating in the trial program. Coulter said he is trying to get a list of books available for rent online, installing three new registers for checkout and planning to place a

station on the second floor for rental applications, he said. “We got shelf tags [Monday] at noon,” Coulter said. “It is still in its infancy.” Coulter said several thousand students are on an e-mail list and will soon receive information about the rental program. The bookstore receives 20 to 30 phone calls per day from students inquiring about the program. Common questions concern book selection and the rental period’s length, he said.

Undeclared freshman Jasmine Jones rented her English book for about $25, which would have cost about $60. Rentals prices are 42.5 percent of a new one. To rent, students must be 18 years old and present a driver’s license, Mav ID and credit card, Coulter said. Jones said she found out about the rental program while looking for her books online Monday and is glad she doesn’t have to pay full price for something she is going to sell back at the end of the semester.

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ERC plaza complete, ready for fall semester

choIcE’s AccolADEs Named to the All-Tournament Team in 23 games played with: .350 batting average 13 runs scored 21 base hits 13 RBI 3 home runs

Additional building space brings whole bioengineering department under one roof.

Career accomplishments: • World Baseball Challenge Home Run Hitting Award • Current UTA record with a .396 batting average • 10th on UTA’s all-time home run list with 18 • Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in 2008 • UTA freshman record with a .376 batting average

By JohNAthAN sIlvEr The Shorthorn staff

After all the dust, drilling and detours, some of the Engineering Lab Building’s occupants appreciate their extra space. The third floor addition completed July 27 and lab equipment and furniture installation began. The lab building will be fully operational by Aug. 24, the first class day. Renovation costs totaled $22 million. The Engineering Research Complex’s plaza, on the south end of the lab building, completed Tuesday. The entire Bioengineering Department will now have room to fit in one building with the addition of 22,000 square feet. The new plaza, which replaced a busy street and sidewalks, has been well received, said Bioengineering Department chair Khosrow Behbehani. Bioengineering administrative

By ANNA KAtzKovA The Shorthorn staff

Starting as an unassuming freshman two years ago, junior outfielder Michael Choice is partway into the break before he takes the reins as the baseball team’s leader next season. While playing with the USA Baseball National Team on July 26, he was named to the All-Tournament Team with a .350 batting average, 13 runs scored, 21 base hits, 13 RBI and three homers in 23 games played. His home runs also earned him the World Baseball Challenge Home Run Hitting Award. “It felt good winning the award because I didn’t really expect it,” Choice said. “I guess the key role was staying focused.” Choice has also excelled at hitting during his time at the university, setting a school freshman record .376 batting average, earning Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in 2008, holding the current school record with a .396 batting average and ranking 10th on the school’s all-time home run list with 18. Good friend and former outfielder Andrew Kainer, who signed as a free agent with the Florida Marlins this summer, remembers Choice in his first semester. ChoiCe continues on page 3

“Renting is easier, I mean it’s not like you are going to do anything with it afterwards,” Jones said. Coulter said the number of available books started at 325 but has since increased to about 340. Not all core curriculum books are included in the list. Depending on the success of the program, most books could be available for rent in the future, he said. Rentals are due back Dec. 21. Students will be reminded by phone

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ENgINEErINg rEsEArch coMplEX DAtEs engineering lab Building Completion date: July 27 (operational date: Aug. 24) official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Sept. 2 engineering Research Building Completion date: January 2011 The Shorthorn: Morganne Stewart

Junior outfielder Michael Choice played with the USA Baseball National Team this summer. During the 23 games played, Choice hit three homers that earned him the World Baseball Challenge Home Run Hitting Award.

engineering Research Complex Completion date: January 2011

spEcIAl EvENts cENtEr

New design improves energy efficiency, renderings show Plans may be presented to the struction in spring 2010. The UT System Board of ReUT System Board of Regents gents must approve all designs in November for approval. before the university can move By JAsoN BoyD The Shorthorn news editor

The university released updated concept renderings of its planned special events center late last week. While the renderings are not final examples of the center’s look and design, they do reflect administrators ongoing discussion with project architects at HKS, said Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president. The 190,000-square-foot center will cost $73 million and seat 6,500. The university begins con-

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forward, she said. The next regents meeting is in August, but Sullivan said she doesn’t expect the designs to be ready for review by then. The likely date to submit designs for board review is during the Nov. 11 and 12 meetings, she said. In particular, the renderings illustrate administration’s desire to blend the exterior’s brick and stone with existing campus architecture, she said. Also, the exterior’s overhanging ceiling, as shown in the Courtesy art: HKS Inc./UT Arlington renderings, provide shade and energy efficiency, Sullivan said. The first renderings were re- Above: Project architects have been working with administrators on special events center renderleased in February. These are the second batch released to the pub- ings. The center is expected to seat 6,500 people. lic. Right: The special events center’s design is inJAsoN BoyD

tended to be energy efficient, for example by blocking out direct sunlight with an overhanging roof’s shade. Courtesy art: HKS Inc./UT Arlington

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DAY POLICE REPORT TUESDAY Suspicious Person Officers found a student sleeping in his vehicle with an alcoholic beverage in his possession at 3:26 a.m. at 400 Pecan St. He was issued a disciplinary referral. MONDAY Suspicious Circumstances A student at 5:38 p.m. at the University Center suspected that her purse had been stolen but later the property was found and returned. Investigation Officers were dispatched at 5 p.m. to Woolf Hall regarding two students threatening each other.

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New turf installation, track resurfacing aim to enhance facility A renovated Maverick Stadium should reopen the first week of the fall semester after $800,000 worth of construction, stadium management said. The university has finished replacing its 10-year-old AstroTurf field with FieldTurf – the same material installed in UT-Austin’s Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this summer. “It’s a FieldTurf DuraSpine surface,” stadium manager Tom Kloza said. “We’re redoing the track surface as well. Right now, it will probably be open again around Aug. 24 … depending on

the weather.” Unlike the old turf, which Kloza said was like a carpet, the new surface is a sand and rubber mix with the feel of grass. The university started construction in early July after looking for about two years at different options. “In my opinion, it’s a stateof-the-art artificial surface,” university athletic director Pete Carlon said. Kloza estimated the new turf cost $500,000 and the track $300,000. He said the only new rules pertain to food on the field. “No sunflower seeds, drinks,

UPDATED INFO A calendar of stadium events, like high school football games, that prevent public recreational use should be posted online soon on the stadium’s Web site: php?navid=14997. chewing tobacco, things that can get into the turf,” he said. “You can’t vacuum like with the carpet.”

— Anthony Williams

Suspicious Circumstances Suspicious circumstances were reported at 3:15 p.m. at Meadow Run apartments, 409 Summit Drive, regarding paint on a student’s vehicle. Criminal Mischief or Vandalism Officers investigated a report of possible criminal mischief at 7:21 a.m. at the 7-Eleven, 600 S. Center St. A nonstudent reported he thought his tires had been cut while parked at the store. SUNDAY Disturbance Officers investigated a disturbance at 7:21 p.m. at the Physical Education Building regarding three males arguing with each other.

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Sportscapes foreman Reynaldo Nunez clears the track of remaining debris Tuesday at Maverick Stadium. New track material is overlaid as part of the stadium’s renovations before opening again by August 29.




Accident, Minor A report of a minor vehicle accident involving a UTA vehicle at 2:25 p.m. at 700 Greek Row Drive was investigated. There were no injuries.

Smoking cessation program considered by committee

Advance parking permit orders down from last year

The group considering a campus-wide tobacco ban since the spring has delayed its meeting to an undecided time after missing a planned July meeting. The Tobacco Free Campus Initiative committee planned to meet at the end of the spring semester but were delayed by the H1N1 flu virus scare and members’ vacations, said Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president. Although those meetings weren’t held, the tobacco committee still plans on drafting a proposal to amend the tobacco policy, she said. There is no proposal deadline. Conflicting schedules make it difficult to get all the members together, Sullivan said. From Feb. 27 to March 13, the committee conducted an online survey of the UTA community. Out of the 3,198 surveyed, 110 said they wanted to quit their tobacco use and 76 stated they were willing to participate in a program to do so, according to the Tobacco Free Campus Initiative Summary of Campus Climate Survey. One idea circulated by committee members included a smoking cessation program, Sullivan said. People who want it would get help to quit smoking, she said. Any policies must be approved by President James Spaniolo and will most likely be phased in over a certain time period, Sullivan said. The current policy states that smoking must take place at least 50 feet from any campus building or facility.

Twenty-five percent of enrolled students have ordered or picked up parking permits, down from 40 percent this time last year, said Mary Mabry, Parking Office manager. Mabry said new students are more likely to order online, since advisers remind them. Returning and graduate stuSPECIAL PARKING dents are the SERVICES HOURS ones not getting their permits, Aug. 17-Sept. 4 she said. Mabry Monday-Thursday: said people may 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. be procrastinatFriday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ing because of Source: Mary Mabry, the $112 permit Parking Office manager fee. Students can wait to pay until Aug. 30 if they order online, she said. “It’s so easy,” Mabry said. “Go into [the] Student Service Center, go to the registration option and request parking.” If the permit is ordered after Aug. 24, or students select to not have it mailed, students must pick them up at the parking office. There will be a one-week grace period after school starts and tickets will be issued starting Aug. 31, she said. The fine is $50 and only one ticket can be dismissed in a three-year period.

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CORRECTIONS The June 29 story “Wireless communications policy caps monthly reimbursements” should have said the university used to spend more than $400,000 on wireless device reimbursements for all employees. President’s Sustainability Committee co-chairs Don Lange and Stacy Alaimo, along with John Hall, Administration and Campus Operations vice president, decided to restart the search for a sustainability director. A story in the July 29 issue misidentified the decision makers.

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Virtual Environments: 7-8 a.m., 601 Nedderman Hall. Electrical engineering professor Venkat Devarajan will explore two major areas of virtual environments: laparoscopic surgical training and flight training and mission rehearsal. For information, contact Roger Tuttle at 817-272-3682 or Special Collections exhibit “The Road West: Travel Through America”: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Central Library sixth floor. 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 UTA Library at 817-272-3393. Autonomous Vehicle Workshop for Professionals: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 211 Woolf Hall. The Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory, in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission, presents a weeklong workshop for degreed professionals interested in entering the field of autonomous air, land and sea vehicles. Free. For information, contact Dr. Atilla Dogan at 817-272-3744 or dogan@uta. edu Fiesta Fiesta: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Central Library mall. EXCEL’s last program of the summer. Piñatas, music, chips and salsa, “pan dulce,” or sweet bread, “jugos,” or juices, games and “Macarena.” Free. For information, contact Mischeka Nicholson at 817-272-2963 or “Stars at Night are Big and Bright”: 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 EXCEL Campus Activities Summer Board meeting: 2-3 p.m., UC Student Congress Chambers. For information, contact EXCEL at 817-272-2963 or

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Special Collections exhibit “The Road West: Travel Through America”: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information, contact UTA Library at 817-272-3393. Autonomous Vehicle Workshop for Professionals: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 211 Woolf Hall. Free. For information, contact Dr. Atilla Dogan at 817-272-3744 or “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: Angels and Demons: 8-11 p.m., Maverick Activities Center west lawn. Bring chairs or blankets. Free popcorn. Candy and drinks will be available for purchase. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free. For information, contact 817-272-2963 or excel@ FRIDAY



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University sees increase in financial donations this year scholarship funds and programs like the Smart Hospital, which was a big talking point last year when the program needed equipment. Usually deans give his office a list of priorities BY HAROLD LOREN and then Development Office emThe Shorthorn Staff ployees contact alumni from those Despite the economy, the univer- areas for contributions. sity has more financial gifts from One focus next year is the planned donors this year compared to last $73 million special events center. In year, according to the Office of De- the university’s approved proposal velopment. to the UT System Board of Regents, Figures provided by the $10 million of the office last week indicate an money needed to build increase in the number of GIFTS AS OF JUNE the center is expected donations made fiscal year to come from gifts and Fiscal year begins Sept. 2009, which began Sept. 1 and ends Aug. 31. donations. The Devel1 and ends Aug. 31, comopment Office hasn’t pared to 2008. Pledged Fiscal year: 2009 started fund-raising funds this fiscal year, mea- Total: $289,338.10 for the center because sured as of June, show in- Contributors: 4,114 it’s waiting for final detake of $289,338.10 made signs. by 4,114 donors. This is Fiscal year: 2008 “It’s going to be a up from $283,499.56 by Total: $283,499.56 challenge,” LaVelle June 2008 made by 3,835 Contributors: 3,835 said. “We’ve been raisdonors. ing about $5 to $6 milThe average 2009 in- Source: Office of Developlion dollars a year, but dividual pledge figure ment the special events cenis $70.33, a drop from ter will require more 2008’s average of $73.92. from us. We plan to “People don’t always understand rise to the challenge.” that even a public university, like To secure donations of $25,000 UTA, has to engage in philanthropy or more the university goes to local initiatives in order to remain com- companies hiring UTA graduates. petitive with other schools,” said “Most large corporations have an Mark LaVelle, senior director of De- entire office designed to deal with velopment for Leadership Gifts for philanthropic requests from the the Graduate School and UTA Li- community,” LaVelle said. “We work brary. with them. We try to find a match LaVelle said President James between what we do and what their Spaniolo emphasizes reaching out interest is.” to the community, alumni and major The student-led and operated Dicorporations in the Arlington area. al-A-Mav program pursues individuThe money funds scholarships, en- al alumni contributions. Students at dowments and projects. the call center try to bring in about LaVelle said the office has 150 $1,000 per night altogether, said funds it contributes to, which in- Shannon Lamb, a call center student cludes specific school and college supervisor. The center operates five

The Development Office begins a campaign next year to raise $10 million for special events center.

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Art history junior Kymberli Taylor asks an alumnus to pledge over the phone July 27 at the Student Alumni Association building. Taylor helps the call center meet its daily goal of $1,000. The donations are used for university scholarships and buildings, among other things. The average call amount is $100 per student, per night. While the dollar amounts from pledges decreased, the numbers of pledges increased compared to the last fiscal year.

days a week with eight callers and one supervisor per shift. “We begin asking for a gift of $250. If they can’t, then we ask for a donation of $100,” Lamb said. “If that isn’t possible at the moment, we ask for a contribution of $25 to $35. We provide options for our donors.” Lamb said UTA donors seem to be giving less money than before, but more people are giving.

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Technical lab assistant Jorge Forteza strolls through the recently completed plaza south of the Engineering Lab Building. Forteza says he welcomes the repaved walkway that used to be part of West First Street.

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“He was always at my apartment his freshman year hanging out and learning how to handle himself as the older players do,” Kainer said. “He is like a little brother to me and I was able to help him mature as a person.” Choice said he doesn’t know what to expect in the upcoming season because the team will welcome several new faces. He said he will try to be a leader and help the younger guys. The Kainer-Choice bond strengthened in the past season as Choice saw his friend break a Southland Conference record for consecutive games with a hit. Choice counts that day, along with hitting for the cycle, his

favorite UTA memory. Kainer said he enjoyed their moments together. “Some of the best times I do remember are me and him warming up in the outfield between innings just joking around and talking about how we had both crushed pitches from the opposing pitcher that inning,” he said. The North Texas native found his love for the game at age 4 when he saw a Texas Rangers game live with his dad and asked if he could play. “My favorite thing about baseball is that you can do good or bad on any

assistant Cindy Bradfield said she’s excited to see more open bathrooms and entrances no longer closed. Bradfield remembered having to travel around fences and through buildings to get to her office and go to lunch. Now, there is only pavement. “It was always a guessing game,” she said. “You had to give yourself some extra minutes to get to where you were going. Now, I’m very happy.” Behbehani spoke with students and faculty occupying the third floor, which will be used for extra lab space, new research facilities and faculty and staff meetings. “There’s quite a bit of enthusiasm,” Behbehani said. “Overall, it given day,” Choice said. “My favorite thing about playing [the game] is hitting.” Choice’s hitting ability makes him unique and his love to compete is his best quality, head coach Darin Thomas said. “He has been a very consistent, productive hitter from the moment he stepped on campus as a freshman,” Thomas said. “He has met quite a few challenges at the plate in his first two years here at UTA. The better the pitching, the better he seems to be locked in.” His mental approach distinguish-

Kymberli Taylor has been working the Dial-A-Mav phones since March. “Most of the people I reach want to help out as much as they can,” Taylor said. “They are polite and sometimes they offer me advice about classes and teachers they remember from their time at UTA.” Taylor plans to continue her efforts at Dial-A-Mav through the fall.

has been a positive and encouraging development for us.” Gauri Bhave, a biomedical engineering graduate student, takes classes during the day and does research at night, when much drilling occurred. “I came here when the construction started,” she said. “I like the way it looks now, though.” During construction, the Bioengineering Department relocated to a temporary first floor office. “Any relaxing and aesthetically pleasing environment around the building can definitely encourage and uplift people in their work areas,” Behbehani said. “It couldn’t be anything but positive.” The lab building’s official ribbon cutting ceremony is Sept. 2. JOHNATHAN SILVER

es Choice, his father Charles Choice said. He said his son works hard and corrects his mistakes. “He’s not just going through the motions, he’s thinking what he wants to do,” Charles Choice said. “He’s done it from a young age and knows how to make adjustments to improve.” He said his son’s best qualities include confidence and staying calm when the game stands on the line. His dad coached Choice until he was 12 but continued encouraging him. He said he goes to every major tournament game his son plays. His biggest pride remains his son’s ability

“He has been a very consistent, productive hitter from the moment he stepped on campus as a freshman. The better the pitching, the better he seems to be locked in.” Darin Thomas

UTA baseball head coach

The Office of Development will try recruiting and educating more students like her with Nov. 20 Philanthropy Day activities, LaVelle said. The desire is to establish the virtue in students of giving something back to UTA when they become active community members. HAROLD LOREN

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and e-mail of the date. Students will be responsible for the full used cost of a book if it is not returned by the due date. Coulter said that students can still buy the books on the list. Greg Neumann, bookstore director at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, said his store is also participating in the new program that started Monday, but no students had rented as of 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday. “Word is still getting out,” Neumann said. “A lot of students still do not know we rent books.”


to earn good grades. “My dad is my biggest influence in baseball and in life just because he always supports me in everything that I do,” Choice said. Choice’s father said his son has done well at every level so far and now enters the home stretch to his dream. “A small percentage of people make it to the major league, and I think with the accumulation of all the hard work this year it can be a reality for him,” Charles Choice said. Thomas said Choice already accomplished much at the university. “Mike needs to stay hungry and continue to learn, he has a lot of baseball in front of him,” he said. ANNA KATZKOVA

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Pause the Playstation For less stress during finals, manage your time better Students are attending their last days of the semester this week, and preparation for finals is crucial for successfully completing summer courses. Preparation can help students avoid doing things at the last minute. Studying is a given in order to pass your final. Cramming the night before an exam is not only idiocy, it heightens the stress factor. Take the time to incorpoEDITORIAL ROUNDUP rate a structured The issue: It’s the last week of sumstudy schedule this mer classes, and it can get week, especially quite stressful for students. if you have other We suggest: obligations like Remember that preparafamily, friends or tion, like studying and a job. getting enough rest, is key to surviving this week and Time managefinals. ment also helps lessen one’s stress level. It’s a pipe dream to believe you can stuff study time into a few hours before an exam. Look at your 24-hour day, and the daily tasks that you normally do, and then cut out the frivolous things hampering important tasks’ completion. These imperative chores include study time, work duties, family priorities and, most importantly, rest. Counseling Services gives the following tips in scheduling for finals: • Stick to your regular study and work hours. Use the hours when you are most efficient. • Avoid late hours and excessive caffeine. • Prepare a general schedule of when each exam is and how much time you can allot to studying for each course. Remember that more difficult courses will require more time. • Allow large blocks of time to understand concepts and basic relationships. • Allow short periods for review of material you have already learned. • Use odd moments in the shower, standing in line or walking to class for recall and review. • Schedule breaks. Don’t set goals of impossibly long study periods. Counseling Services advises students do the following the night before an exam: • Don’t stay up all night. The less sleep you get, the less clearly you will be able to think and write what you do know on the exam. • Don’t cram. Cramming only serves to make you more frantic about the exam and hence less prepared to do your best. • Calmly review your study materials and then get a good night’s sleep. Following these tips can ensure better concentration and confidence when taking your exam. As finals await you next week, remember to put in some study time, rest and just do your best ’cause you’re almost done with summer school.

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Philosophical Malpractice Critical issues don’t find improvement when the wrong problem is addressed If you take your car into a way to do away with or the shop because the engine repair it. In simpler times it was is knocking and it’s hard to start, the mechanic isn’t easier to determine causes doing much good to replace of effects and to make more the windshield wipers and expedient decisions. Times today are anything hand you a bill. Every day in America but simple, and profesprofessionals and amateurs, sional confounders derive experts and hobbyists blog great benefit from the rush and tweet about major is- to throw that evil money at sues, pulling up folk rem- anything called a problem. Lawyers hide straightedies that appeal to them the most and present them forward conflict resolutions behind Latin terms as fixes. and governmentI was reminded mandated forms recently of a comand procedures. mon fallacy among Politicians hide good-hearted people cheap and rapid that money is evil. conclusions behind Money, quite to biased and inacthe contrary, is one curate polls and of the finest achievelabyrinthine comments of man’s mittees. Businesspower to reason and people cook their to wrest order from CLIFF HALE books to bilk conchaos. sumers or to dodge Without money, if you needed a new textbook job-threatening regulation. Academics invent theoat the start of a semester you would need to make and ries and specialized jargon serve a “plenty whoppercino” to justify the writing of new to the bookstore clerk, who papers and the publishing of might not be thirsty at the new textbook editions. Journalists quote lawyers, time, or might be diabetic. You would have to offer politicians, academics and a hundred rental DVDs to celebrities. And consumers the dentist for your aching demand more of the same. Of all the things that a tooth, and she might be on truly educated person should Netflix. When conscientious peo- find and lay firm hold of at ple grouse that they “hate college, a refined sense of money,” they are typically re- reason is most important. acting to poverty. In point With such thinking skills, of fact, they hate poverty … one can look at the sickly but they blame money and child of American health squander time in search for care and call a doctor rather

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than a plumber. Post-secondary students today should demand that the philosophers they read, follow on Twitter or take courses from, present them with the tools necessary to make more accurate assess-

ments of life and to produce better ideas and decisions than the nation has typically seen in the last 150 years.

— Cliff Hale is an art history junior and copy editor for The Shorthorn


Under my Wing Children and teens’ protection should take priority This essay, “The Children and Teens Under my Wing,” was chosen by the organization This I Believe to be published on its Web site at The organization publishes essays from thousands of people who share their stories about their values.

painfully pulling and twisting it. Only after I struggled, got watery eyes, and said “I’m sorry!” many times would she let go of her tight grip. On July 4, 1996, I woke up to the radio announcement that two sisters at Joe Pool Lake had an accident as their n the summer of 2008 I began family celebrated Independence Day. the application process to become Both girls were pulled from the water a cop for the Dallas Police Depart- unconscious. CPR was performed imment. Of all the hurdles I had to jump, mediately on both. One was saved, but the toughest was perhaps the question the other could not be resuscitated and “Why do you wish to become a police died. Her name was Sokhem Hay. In disbelief I called my friends, officer?” I struggled with sumand they confirmed that it was moning an answer, but ended the Sokhem Hay I befriended up providing only vagueness in 1994. and minute fragments of clarLater that year I returned to ity. UTA to finish my degree. After Shortly after I began to graduating in 1999, I began work for Mountain View Colto devote a greater amount lege in 1992, one of my stuof time and resources to the dents invited me to volunteer children and teens I worked to tutor her elementary school with each weekend, and some students in Arlington. Upon I met at work. At the same meeting her students, I disMANUEL RAMOS time, I could not ignore the covered the pure joy and hapsudden interest in joining the piness that children radiate FBI that I developed fiercely every day. I immediately wanted to embrace in late 1996. However, I realized that and protect them, and thus began my this type of a job would have been too volunteer work with kids. I met many restrictive on my life, and so I decided more kids. I began caring deeply for on something closer to home, the Dallas Police. I was not accepted, but they did many of them. Eight-year-old Sokhem Hay was one invite me to reapply in one year. I spent the rest of 2008 thinking of them. She was an energetic, bubbly, feisty and beautiful third grader about what exactly pushed me in the who was teaching her classmates the direction of law enforcement in the late Cambodian language. With our tutoring 1990s. It was only in December 2008 sessions, I became comfortable joking as I prepared Christmas gifts for my and socializing with her as a true friend. group of kids and teens that the answer At times when I would irritate her, she came to me: it was the friendship, love would punish me by grabbing my nose, and the death of Sokhem that led to



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my rapid interest in law enforcement. Sokhem was the first friend I lost in my life, and she was just a child. I cried for her deeply at the funeral. Even though I have now decided not to pursue law enforcement anymore, I can confidently say the following: in a world filled with pedophilia and powerful criminal organizations that inflict massive injuries and death on children, I’ll put my life on the line to protect my group of children and teens and end the life of an aggressor if needed. The love and friendship with my group of kids have made them a very direct part of my life for the last 16 years, and like any true father, I promise to always be there to protect them and invest in their futures. With this being my mission, that which moves my life, I promise to kids, parents and God to always honor my words in this essay. This is something that began to develop inside of me with the love and friendship I had with Sokhem Hay and became a permanent part of me when she went to heaven. This I Believe.

— Manuel Ramos is a UTA alumnus and guest columnist for The Shorthorn

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ABOUT SCENE Dustin L. Dangli, editor Scene is published Wednesday. Page 6


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

What was your favorite childhood toy? “G.I. Joe. I had about 15 or 20 of them. My favorite is Snake Eyes. He’s a ninja and the coolest one.” What’s your motto for the fall semester? “I’m just getting over the hump. I think it’s going to be the hardest semester. ‘I’m going to grind it out.’”

Kelsey Blum, interior design sophomore

The Shorthorn is always looking for the scoop. If you have an event or story you’d like to see in the paper let us know. Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Debugging Myths


Chet Leugers, civil engineering sophomore


Students can get anonymous help with issues from relationship trouble to mental health disorders

BY SARA PINTILIE Contributor to the Shorthorn

There is a saying,” the director of Adam said at a Q and A. “If you know one person with Asperger’s, you know one person with Asperger’s.” Max Mayer’s movie, Adam, focuses on a romantic relationship between Beth and Adam. It seems to fall into the romantic-comedy territory, but one facet changes the formula. Adam has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. People with the disorder have a harder time picking up on social cues, changing routine and making eye contact. After the Q and A, movie patrons started to get up and shuffle to the stairs. But someone in the front rows raised his hand. The director waved him on and the man started speaking. “I have Asperger’s,” he said. “It was difficult to watch this film because it reminded me of growing up. I really appreciate this film.” With Adam releasing August 21 at the Angelika Film Center in Plano, Asperger’s syndrome gives light to one of the many mental health disorders. Movies chronicling mental health give people with problems someone to relate to. While a film may not be able to help people through mental stress and issues, the university’s Mental Health Services tries to on campus. Nowadays, people with those issues can attend college because of medications and therapy, said Pam Demone, psychiatric nurse practitioner and Mental Health Services director. The university’s Mental Health Services offers help for any student, from living with

Asperger’s to dealing with final exam stress. But the stigma of being treated for emotional issues, through medication or counseling, prevents many students from getting help. In a recent survey done by mtvU, 72 percent of students say embarrassment is the reason to not seek help. They feel, “It’s like a deep dark horrible secret,” Demone said. Even though Mental Health Services is located on the second floor in the health center, students don’t know it’s there, she said. Along with the Mental Health Services, Counseling Services helps students with more situational dilemmas, such as a fight with a roommate or relationship trouble. The office targets mostly relationship or roommate problems and Mental Health Services provides diagnosis, Demone said. Mental Health Services and Counseling Services try to bring awareness to and destigmatize mental health issues on campus. Both are trying to start an Active Minds chapter on campus, which helps publicize those issues, Demone said. They aim to promote a mediation form of counseling and identify the services through advertising so students know that they are there. “Students think if I need medication, I would really have a problem,” said Dr. Marie Bannister, Clinical Psychologists and Mental Health Services director. “And if it was something like appendicitis or diabetes, they wouldn’t feel that way.” “But you don’t have to feel like you have a serious problem to come in,” she said. They will come into Health Services for a panic attack and if the medical staff refers them to go upstairs, to Mental Health Services, they

MENTAL HEALTH FACTS • 21 percent of students considered suicide • 69 percent of students think the emotional issue will go away by itself • 1 out of 5 say they would be comfortable with their friends knowing about their troubles • 49 percent of students would suggest their friend ask for help but only 22 percent will seek help themselves. Source: 2006 mtvU College Mental Health Study: Stress, Depression, Stigma and Students

won’t, Demone said. They are afraid of being seen taking psych medications or noticed in a psych building. They can’t be noticed, though. The only way upstairs is getting buzzed in and taking the elevator. “People come here, saying their boyfriend doesn’t want them taking the drugs, Bannister said. But the boyfriends don’t have a concept of depression unless they have dealt with it personally.” During the busy months, 250-300 students visit Mental Health Services. Twice a year, Mental Health Services host a confidential screening in Palo Duro Lounge. We have different screenings, such as for stress, said Demone. The first upcoming screening is Oct. 7. For more information, contact Mental Health Services at 817-272-2771. SARA PINTILIE

What was your favorite childhood toy? “I had a couple of horse figurines. My baby sitter’s kid got me into horses and we would play with them all the time.” What’s your motto for the fall semester? “ ‘No procrastination.’ Yeah, I had that problem in the spring. I’m going to start earlier on projects.” — Dustin Dangli

FILM/DVD RELEASES Obsessed, Rated PG-13 This week’s release, Obsessed, stars Beyoncé Knowles. That should be enough but there is a story. Sharon’s (Beyoncé) husband has a sexy new assistant played by Ali Larter of “Heroes” fame. The love-triangle drama begins and things turn violent.

— Dustin Dangli

Pick of the Week Get artsy Art sophomore Heather Jones made this week’s suggestion. She said students should check out Dallas-Fort Worth art galleries and museums. Whether you visit the Dallas Museum of Art or one of the university’s galleries, it’s a great experience. The Gallery in the University Center currently features installation pieces. Exclusives Adam Read the review of the indie film that inspired this week’s Scene story. Adam, (Hugh Courtesy Photo: Julia Griner. TM Dancy) has and © 2008 Fox and its related entities. Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. The film chronicles his life with the illness with a love story on the side.

Photo Illustration: Morganne Stewart

For a full review of Adam, the film that inpired this story, visit THE SHORTHORN .com


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