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Rental program offers new textbook buying alternative While some students find the program beneficial, others still choose to buy online. By Ali MustAnsir The Shorthorn staff

As the new semester draws near, university students have more textbook-purchase options to pick from. The UTA Bookstore is participating in its owner Follett’s new

textbook rental trial program, offering rentals for a select number of classes. While some students said they found the offer appealing, other students still plan to go elsewhere. Architecture senior Kymbreli Ochoa said she believes the new rental service is good. Students must be careful not to damage the book and students who may need to keep textbooks would benefit more from buying.

“That’s a win-win situation for students,” Ochoa said. “Because bookstores wouldn’t give as much money to a student for a book nor would they sell a book for as good a deal.” She said she suggests posting ads offering to buy used textbooks. Political science senior Patrick Davis said he used to check TexTbooks continues on page 20

• Find out what news you missed over the summer. page 3 • Maverick Stampede, UTA’s welcome week, includes fireworks for the first time. page 4 • Get the update on the special events center and mixed-use residence hall. page 7 • The volleyball team is back and more experienced. page 8

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accounting alumnus Clay bell works on biceps while fine art senior Nabil Ahangarzadeh watches Aug. 4 at the Maverick Activities Center.

• Check out the Scene page for tips on how to get the most out of your workout. page 11 • Get acquainted with your university leaders. page 13 • Find your way around campus with our UTA map. page 27


ERC on schedule after partial completions this summer the BreAkdoWn The Engineering Research Complex consists of Nedderman Hall, the Engineering Research Building and the Engineering Lab Building.

CoMpletion 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 Engineering Research Complex Completion date: January 2011

By the nuMBers • The Engineering Lab Building renovations cost $22 million. • The Engineering Lab Building covers 35,000 square feet. * The Engineering Research Complex project cost $116 million. • The ERC will be completed by January 2011.

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Civil engineering lab manager Jorge Forteza strolls through the recently completed plaza south of the Engineering Lab Building. Forteza says he welcomes the repaved walkway of what used to be part of West First Street.

Engineering Lab Building unveils its new third floor, the facility will be operational for classes Monday

By JohnAthAn silver The Shorthorn staff

The university reached milestones this summer with some Engineering Research Complex completions. With less than two years remaining, some anticipate its impact. The complex is intended to create a new place

utA events

By Anthony WilliAMs The Shorthorn staff

An astronaut, a political adviser, an author and journalists make up the Maverick Speakers Series lineup this year. The series, which will start its second year this fall, is free but tickets must be requested online starting two weeks before each lecture.

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Mav Speaker Series features prominent figures Astronaut Sally Ride’s visit coincides with the Engineering college’s 50th anniversary.

to conduct research and recruit high-profile faculty. The complex includes Nedderman Hall, the Engineering Research Building and the Engineering Lab Building. The $22 million Engineering Lab Building renovations were substantially completed July 2009. A

Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president, said this year’s lectures showcase intriguing people who are in the news and making a difference. “We are thrilled with the lineup of our second Maverick Speaker Series,” she said. “The individuals represent some of the most significant entrepreneurs and thought leaders in America today.” Coinciding with the university’s yearlong celebration of the College of Engineering’s 50th anniversary, pioneering astronaut Sally Ride speaks Feb. 15 at Texas Hall.

In 1983, Ride was the first American woman and the youngest American ever to travel to space. Today she teaches physics at the University of California at San Diego and presides over Sally Ride Science, which encourages youth and especially girls, to become interested in science. Engineering dean Bill Carroll likened Ride’s history to that of alumna Kalpana Chawla, the first Indian woman in space speaker continues on page 20

“The individuals represent some of the most significant entrepreneurs and thought leaders in America today.” kristin sullivan,

Media Relations assistant vice president

Tickets are free and available to the public, but must be requested online at two weeks prior to each date. best-selling author richard Florida (The Rise of the Creative Class) 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Texas Hall David Gergen, former presidential adviser and CNN senior political analyst 8 p.m. Oct. 22, Lone Star Auditorium Newsweek editor Jon meacham 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Lone Star Auditorium astronaut sally ride, the first American woman in space 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Texas Hall Jeffrey Toobin, journalist, author and CNN legal analyst 8 p.m. March 25, Lone Star Auditorium Source: University Media Relations

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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 “Stars of the Pharaohs”: 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

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Go green to see more green!: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Automation and Robotics Research Institute. Come have lunch and learn free or low-cost behavior changes you can launch in your business. $15 public, $5 students, faculty and staff. For information, contact Kimberley Jardine at 817-272-5930 or Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Student Status: noon-2 p.m., 327 Davis Hall. Participants will receive insight into graduate school expectations and strategies for successful transition to graduate school. For information, contact Lisa Berry at “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 planetarium@

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Finance junior Stephen Jackson eats popcorn while watching The Hangover poolside on Monday at Johnson Creek Crossing’s Movie by the Pool event. Johnson Creek Crossing is hosting numerous activities including a poker tournament, free food, and games to welcome back residents.




UTA opens parking partnership with Cowboys Stadium this semester

Warrant Service – Misdemeanor A non-student was arrested at 11:59 p.m., 600 UTA Blvd., for outstanding warrants out of Arlington and Grand Prairie police departments.

UT Arlington Fort Worth Center Alumni Board meeting: 4-6 p.m., Santa Fe Station. Meetings held every 2 weeks. For information, contact Megan Topham at 817-272-5988.

Warrant Service – Misdemeanor Officers responded to a report of theft at 11:57 p.m. at 7-Eleven, 600 S. Center St. After identifying the suspect, it was determined that she had outstanding warrants out of Arlington Police Department. She was also issued a criminal trespass warning for 7-Eleven.

$2 Movie — Bolt: 6-8:30 p.m., the Planetarium. Come see your favorite movies again on our really big screen. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or

Harassment An unidentified male called at 2:46 p.m. at 301 Center St. and made obscene comments to the staff member.

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THURSDAY Residence Hall Move-in Event: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Molly Albart at 817-272-2926.

Transition from Employee to Graduate Student: noon-2 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. This workshop offers tips for making a successful transition. Issues addressed include loss of professional identity, re-establishing good study habits, changed financial status and changes in personal relationships associated with status change. For information, contact Lisa Berry at “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 planetarium@ UTA Business Alumni Society 3rd Quarter Mixer: 6:30-9 p.m., Humperdink’s, 700 Six Flags Drive. The UT Arlington Alumni Association will provide free appetizers and door prizes. Please RSVP to “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

CORRECTIONS Bring factual errors to The Shorthorn’s attention via e-mail to or call 817-272-3188. A correction or clarification will be printed in this space.

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Investigation Officer was dispatched at 11:06 a.m. to 700 Davis Drive to meet with the transportation office manager regarding damage to a golf cart that was possibly accidental. WEDNESDAY Warrant Service – Misdemeanor During a routine stop at 8:44 p.m. at 620 Division St., a non-student was arrested for outstanding warrants out of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. TUESDAY Theft Officers were dispatched at 11:30 a.m. to Pickard Hall to investigate a report of a theft of a student’s cell phone. Suspicious Circumstances Officers investigated the report of suspicious circumstances that occurred at 9 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank in the University Center Burglary, Coin Operated Machine Officer investigated the report of a burglary at 12:35 a.m. to the coin operated laundry dryer at the Center Point apartments, 900 Center St., that was missing a coin box. MONDAY Investigation An officer was dispatched at 6:24 p.m. to Meadow Run apartments, 513 Summit Drive, regarding a 911 hang up call made by three juveniles. The mother, a student, was contacted and the juveniles were released to her custody.

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As the university partners up with Cowboys Stadium, students and stadium employees can share parking in harmony, according to Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president, said. Some nursing students learned about the partnership when they were snubbed of parking spots in early June. They weren’t notified about the in-kind partnership between UTA UPCOMING COWBOYS and Cowboys Stadium. According to the STADIUM EVENTS agreement, UTA began sharing some parking lots Wednesday, Aug. 19 - Paul with stadium employees McCartney concert, 7 p.m. during events held. In Friday, Aug. 21- Dallas Cowreturn, Cowboys Stadium boys vs. Tennessee Titans, agreed to promote UTA 7 p.m. around the facility. Saturday, Aug. 29 - Dallas Inconvenienced Cowboys vs. San Francisco students were allowed 49ers, 7 p.m. to take parking receipts to the office of John During stadium events, Hall, Administration and Cowboys Stadium employees will use Lots 47, 49, 50, Campus Operations 51 and 52. vice president. So Nursing students will park far, no complaints at the north end of Lot 47. have been filed and Other students, faculty and no one has asked for staff are redirected to Lots reimbursements, Sullivan F-10 and F-13. said. Not only is the Source: UTA Media Relauniversity happy to work tions office with the stadium, Sullivan said, but sharing parking instead of creating more of it is environmentally friendly. “We hope our students are happy and that their needs are being met,” Sullivan said. “We’re happy to be a community partner with the Cowboys Stadium. It seems to be a good relationship.” A concern raised was what the university would do with its parking if there were an overflow of attendees at venues like Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark. UTA has plenty of parking and some lots are almost vacant during weekends, Sullivan said. But currently, lots are strictly used by Cowboys Stadium employees, she said. — Johnathan Silver Photo Editor .........................Andrew Buckley Online Editor ...................... Jennifer Cudmore Webmaster ........................... Troy Buchwalter Student Ad Manager ...................... Mike Love Marketing Manager .................... Kevin Green Production Manager................ Robert Harper Ad Artists .................................. Benira Miller Receptionists ....................... Monica Barbery, Jeanne Lopez Courier................................... Robert Schnetz

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Calendar Today Ò Secret of the Cardboard RocketÓ : 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 Ò Stars of the PharaohsÓ : 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 Wednesday August 19 Go green to see more green!: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Automation and Robotics Research Institute. Come have lunch and learn free or low-cost behavior changes you can launch in your business. $15 public, $5 students, faculty and staff. For information, contact Kimberley Jardine at 817-272-5930 or Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Student Status: noon-2 p.m., 327 Davis Hall. Participants will receive insight into graduate school expectations and strategies for successful transition to graduate school. For information, contact Lisa Berry at Ò Stars at Night are Big and BrightÓ : 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 UT Arlington Fort Worth Center Alumni Board meeting: 4-6 p.m., Santa Fe Station. Meetings held every 2 weeks. For information, contact Megan Topham at 817-272-5988. $2 Movie Ñ B

olt: 6-8:30 p.m., the Planetarium. Come see your favorite movies again on our really big screen. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-

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Your Summer News Index Check out some of the memorable moments from the past few months Changes in faculty and staff, campus expansion plans, parking woes and beauty queens in Texas Hall are some of the summer highlights students may have missed. Here’s a smattering of stories to catch you up into the fall semester.

Sustainability director resigns before starting position this fall The university’s first sustainability director position could take several weeks to fill after its initial choice, Kathryn Poulos, resigned before taking office. Poulos resigned for family reasons in mid-July. The 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 this fall.

Social work and science deans chosen this summer Almost a year after its former School of Social Work dean stepped down, Scott Ryan, Florida State University’s College of Social Work associate dean for research, will take the position. Ryan was named the new dean June 17. He begins Sept. 1. The university named Pamela Jansma College of Science dean in June, replacing outgoing dean Paul Paulus. Jansma’s former post was New Mexico State University’s Arts and Sciences dean. She began Monday.

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Gov. Rick Perry signs HB51, which provides new resources for the state’s emerging research universities, June 17 in the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory at UT-Dallas. There are seven up-and-coming research institutions in Texas including UTA, UT-Dallas and the University of North Texas.

Tier One law gives funding to emerging research institutions Pamela Jansma, College of Science dean

Scott Ryan, School of Social work dean

Funding given to nursing school The university received $5 million through 2012 to fund its Regional Nursing Education Center in the School of Nursing. Gov. Rick Perry signed the appropriations bill in June, after the 81st Texas Legislature session ended June 1. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will dole out the funds, keeping track of the nursing school’s budget, until 2012.

High temperatures this summer Arlington temperatures were above 100 degrees for seven consecutive days in July, according to the National Weather Service. The last time the area saw a streak like this was in August 2006, with 19 straight days above 100 degrees.

Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 51 into law June 17. The Tier One law is worth $256 million. A resolution to amend the state constitution would also guarantee another $425 million, in the form of a National Research University Fund, if voters pass it in November. The fund’s $425 million would be redirected from the state Higher Education Fund if approved. If the resolution fails, the programs signed into law still stand. The three programs in the Tier One law include: the Research University Development Fund, which matches portions of total research expenditures per university. The fund would pay at least $1 million for every $10 million of the average annual expenditures, if a university’s average expenditure is $50 million or more. If below $50 million, it’s $500,000 per $10 million. The Texas Research Incentive Program matches gifts and endowments: 50 percent between $100,000 and $999,999, 75 percent between $1 million and $1,999,999 and 100 percent if more than $2 million. The law also gives the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board the power to bestow funds to universities based on degrees awarded along a point system, with non-at-risk students and non-critical fields being lowest in points and at-risk students and critical fields being the highest. The fund would require competing universities to meet four of six criteria, which include having endowments greater than $400 million, 200 or more doctor of philosophy degrees awarded in the two prior years, and either membership in the Association of Research Libraries or has a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The other three are achievements judged by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: high achievement of the freshman class for two years, high-quality faculty for two years and high-quality, graduate-level programs.

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the breakdowN What is Tier One? Though there is not a technical definition of what a Tier One university is, most top research universities share a few traits. These include: Membership in the association of american Universities. The state of Texas has three universities in the organization – Rice University, Texas A&M, and UT-Austin. annual research expenditures of at least $100 million. In the 2008 President’s Report, UTA reported spending $66.5 million in research expenditures. U.S. News and World Report rankings. These national rankings consider factors affecting quality and reputation. Both Texas A&M and UT-Austin are on the list of the Top 50 Public National Universities. What will the Tier One law accomplish? The law matches portions of total research expenditures by universities and also matches gifts and endowments to universities. It will also allow the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to give money to universities based on degrees awarded along a point system.

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Maverick Stampede helps students ease into school year MAverick stAMpede schedule Thursday Residence Hall Move-in 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday MavsMeet Convocation 4-5 p.m. Texas Hall MavsMeet AfterParty 5 p.m. Central Library mall Saturday Wings, Wieners and Water 11 a.m. University Center mall Movin’ Mavs Alumni Game 2 p.m. Texas Hall Welcome Back Splash 5 p.m. Maverick Activities Center Sunday “Dude! Where’s My Class?” 2-4 p.m. Arlington Hall entrance Welcome Back BBQ 4-7 p.m. MAC west lawn Monday Social Work Welcome Week begins Ask Me Days 7:30 a.m.-noon Central Library mall and UC mall Waffleopolis 8 p.m. UC mall The Shorthorn: File Photo

Students walk on the University Center mall during the last year’s Activities Fair, on Aug. 27, 2008, looking at different clubs and organizations offered. More than 200 organizations were represented.

For the first time ever, fireworks will be displayed at the MavsMeet After Party. By Ali MustAnsir The Shorthorn staff

Starting Thursday the university will hold its annual welcome week, Maverick Stampede, for students trickling back to campus or arriving for the first time. John Hillas, Student Activities assistant director, said the celebration is a formal kickoff to the new academic year. It’s geared to the entire community, but is especially important for new students, he said. “Welcome week is for new students to find their place on campus,” Hillas said. “To find their niche.” The fifth annual MavsMeet Convocation will be held 4 p.m. Friday in Texas Hall. The convoca-

tion will serve as both a welcome back for returning students and a campus introduction for freshmen or transfer students, he said. President James Spaniolo, Provost Donald Bobbitt, Student Affairs vice president Frank Lamas and Student Congress President Kent Long will speak followed by a keynote address from Darryl Lauster, art and art history assistant professor. The program will last about an hour. The MavMeet AfterParty will follow the convocation. The party, held on the Central Library mall, will have games, food and festivities, student activities director Seth Ressl said in an e-mail. Students can participate in campus traditions, meet up with old friends or make new ones. Typically around 2,000 attend, he said. The party will also feature the

film Star Trek, Ressl said. New to this year’s party is The Maverick Art Project, a life-sized statue of a horse where students can leave their mark, though it hasn’t been decided what that mark will actually be. “Following the MavsMeet After party the statue will be more permanently installed somewhere on campus,” Ressl said. Ressl said he imagines the Maverick Art Project becoming an annual tradition. The event will conclude at about 9:15 p.m. with the event’s first fireworks show. “Think about this as starting the year off with a bang,” Ressl said. Apartment Life director Molly Albart said Apartment Life will host its annual Waffleopolis at 8 p.m. Monday on the University Center mall. Apartment Life will

serve Belgian waffles with several topping choices. “We love welcome week,” Albart said. “It is a lot of fun. It is a true welcome for the students.” Robert-Thomas Jones, Greek Life program coordinator, said Greek Life will work with Apartment Life for the Welcome Back BBQ this year. This year the barbecue will be in the Maverick Activities west lawn instead of on Greek Row, to make it more open to students, Jones said. It starts 4 p.m. Sunday. The Welcome Back BBQ will be a good opportunity for first year students to make a connection with other first-year and returning students, Jones said. “It’s all about connection,” he said. Ali MustAnsir

Tuesday, August 25 Ask Me Days 7:30 a.m.-noon Central Library mall and UC mall World of Librarycraft 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Central Library UTA-HOSTS! Welcome Mixer 7-9 p.m. UC Bowling and Billiards Wednesday, August 26 Maverick Cookout & Activities Fair 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. UC mall Thursday, August 27 Nursing Floats ‘n’ Quotes 2:45-4 p.m. 549 Pickard Hall Honors College Games Night 5-8 p.m. Bowling and Billiards PHC Greek Splash 7 p.m. Physical Education Building outdoor pool Friday, August 28 TRIO Popsicle Social 11 a.m.- noon UC mall EXCEL Campus Activities Welcome Back Movie: Up 8 p.m. MAC west lawn Saturday August 29 Big Howdy Party 6-9 p.m. UC Bluebonnet Ballroom IFC Name Your Game Night 7-10 p.m. Bowling and Billiards Source: Student Affairs Web site

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Student involvement used in fighting crime univerSity police Service And ASSiStAnce The campus police provides numerous services and assistance to students, faculty and staff. Assistant police chief Rick Gomez said he wants more students to take advantage of services that deter crime and make it easier for police to reclaim stolen property, including the following: Bike registration and property engraving: Bicycle registration and engraving are free. Property engraving is for any valuable property. The engraving includes the owner’s driver’s license number on the property. Book Marking: University Police will provide invisible ink markings in textbooks the first couple weeks at the UTA Bookstore.

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Prasiddha Raghuraman, computer science graduate student, left, and Nahusha Bhadravati Mohan Kumar, electrical engineering graduate student, keep a watchful eye together Aug. 4 outside University Hall. The pair serve as two of five community service officers on campus who report any suspicious activities to the University Police. Each also escorts, gives directions and locks up buildings at night.

The community service officers observe and report suspicious activities and patrol facilities and buildings day and night. By Julie Ann SAnchez The Shorthorn staff

Although University Police decreased its number of community service officers, the department is confident its student patrol program improves campus safety. Initially, University Police hired eight but have five currently working 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. shifts, assistant police chief Rick

Gomez said. Those officers’ responsibilities include walking the campus, patrolling and locking buildings and providing assistance to campus visitors. The students are supervised by police and also work alongside campus guards. With a staff of 40 campus police officers, Gomez said the community service officers provide aid where additional guards and officers are needed. “It’s another set of eyes and ears,” he said. “They work as ambassadors to the campus.” Gomez added that it’s also a way to “get

student involvement in helping us prevent crime.” He said community involvement in helping curb campus crime is an important endeavor he advocates. Community service officer Nahusha Bhadravati Mohan Kumar said his job has been satisfying, especially in assisting campus visitors. “When day-orientation groups would stop by the Central Library they would ask for directions,” he said. “We do everything we can to help.” But the electrical engineering graduate student said the job is more than routine

Parking: Campus police will not give out tickets the first week of classes, but by the second week students must have a parking decal. Also, students that accumulate five tickets, and haven’t paid, will have their vehicle towed on the sixth ticket. Escorts: Personal safety escorts are available upon request by calling 817272-3381. Vehicle Jump Starts: University Police will assist motorists on campus needing a jump-start.

Sources: Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez and 2008-09 UTA Campus Safety brochure

assistance. The student officers also work closely with their supervisors, and if an emergency occurs they immediately call campus police who take over the situation. “Our job is to just observe and report,” Kumar said. The program will continue in the fall, with University Police expecting to hire additional students, particularly criminal justice majors, Gomez said. Julie Ann SAnchez

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A Marketplace of Ideas The Opinion page gives a sounding board for ‘The Shorthorn’ and guests to express their views The Opinion page is unlike any other newspaper section. As journalists we strive to eradicate any ounce of bias that shows up in our stories. The Opinion page, and more specifically the editorial, is the one place The Shorthorn staff is allowed to express its views. This section of the paper is also a venue EDITORIAL ROUNDUP for you, the reader, to The issue: express yourself in your The Shorthorn Opinion page is a venue for The own words. Through Shorthorn and the UTA guest columns, letters community to express their views. and comments on articles, you have the opWe suggest: portunity to share your Readers utilize the page, in both print and online, to let opinion. others know their opinions. The editorial is unsigned and appears on every Opinion page. Its views represent the institutional voice of The Shorthorn. Editorials usually comment or criticize on a topic already published in the newspaper. They can commend people or organizations, explain something or amuse. The Editorial Board meets weekly to discuss and plan editorials. The board consists of Shorthorn editors and other newsroom staff who vote to decide what stance The Shorthorn should take on specific issues. Editorial Board members research, report and write the editorials. The editorial is the only place in the paper where The Shorthorn, as an organization, expresses its opinion, although individuals voice their opinions on the page as well. Columns, guest columns, letters, comments and cartoons reflect only the opinions of their authors, not The Shorthorn. Columns and guest columns are about 700 words and develop their own topics. They’re not responses to other columns. Letters to the Editor can be responses to columns, articles or any other campus-related issue. Keep letters to 350 words. E-mail letters to Readers are also invited to register as users on our Web site at and comment on articles, including opinion pieces. The Shorthorn uses the Opinion page to exercise its First Amendment rights. We encourage you to do the same by taking advantage of this venue.

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veryone has an opinion. We all like to share our views, express our outrage and tell our stories. The Shorthorn can help you do just that. The Opinion page publishes guest columns from people within the UTA community. If you’re passionate about a topic, especially if it’s campus related, take advantage of this opportunity to let others know what you have to say. Part of what makes the Opinion page a great section of the newspaper is the variety of voices. All of us have had unique experiences that we’ve learned from. Some of us are experts in certain fields. Some of us are funny. We learn so much from listening to each other. Writing a column for The Shorthorn will allow you to share your story with thousands of people in the community. That’s thousands of people you could MARISSA HALL potentially persuade, move and inspire. This past summer, interdisciplinary studies senior Rob Morton wrote a guest column about health care reform. Rob told his story about how Medicare allowed him to pay for treatment for multiple sclerosis, which he was diagnosed with in February 2005. Morton wrote in support of

the public health care option. Alumnus Manuel Ramos wrote about his passion for protecting children. Manuel has volunteered tutoring kids for years and shared the huge impact it has had on his life and values. Last fall after author and speaker David Horowitz lectured on campus, alumnus Kassem Elkhalil wrote about how he felt the speaker “incited religious intolerance, bigotry and hatred against American Muslims.” We all have something to say. The Shorthorn Opinion page is a platform for the university community to speak out. Let us help you take advantage of it.

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Big Sacrifice for Small Benefit ‘Cash for Clunkers’ uses too much money to help only a few


id you get your new and more fuel-efficient car yet? Not going to take advantage of the “Cash for Clunkers” program to help people get into more fuelefficient cars? Oh, you already took advantage of the $4,500 tax credit and got yourself a new ride? You’re welcome. Anyone who takes advantage of that program should be thanking the taxpayers who have to pay taxes into the federal government. I never agreed with this program, although it has helped the automobile industry. But out of the top-selling models under the program, only one was American made, the Ford Focus, according to ABC News. After the government aided bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors Corp., maybe it should have stipulated that the cars should be American made. I am no fan of protectionism, nor was I a fan of the “Cash for Clunkers” program, but what better way to spur the American economy than to stimulate and sell American-made inven-

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tory. The United Auto Workers would have been happy. The taxpayer would be happy to see profit coming out of the industry he or she added billions to in the past eight months. But that’s just one of the problems with the “clunkers” program. Once these vehicles are traded in and the dealers fill out paperwork, the vehicle’s engine must be disengaged to no longer be operable and then hauled off to the COLT ABLES junk yard. Now that is government efficiency. Instead of donating the cars to people unable to afford a car, the vehicles are destroyed. The point of the program was to help get older, less efficient cars off the road and increase new car sales, which have slumped over the past year, according to USA Today. Many of the

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cars traded in were old enough that the owner may have only had liability insurance. Under that assumption, the discount many people ran to take advantage of put them under a new automobile loan and higher insurance. I would go even further to say there’s a possibility that we could be bailing out a few of these consumers months or a year down the road when they cannot make the payment for their new car. This program may have provided temporary financial relief to a few and helped slightly reduce carbon emissions from automobiles. But the government shouldn’t play that role in our society. This $1 billion program has burnt through its original allocation of funding and required another $2 billion to keep it going into the fall. I guess you could call it a small redistribution that will have only a minute net effect for the consumer when you get to the bottom line.

— Colt Ables is an economics senior and columnist for The Shorthorn

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New building projects should start next semester A $73 million special events facility and a mixed-use building final designs await approval. By Jason Boyd The Shorthorn news editor

Though a semester away, the campus will soon start construction on a special events center — an arena some believe could transform the campus and downtown Arlington. Set for completion by spring 2012, the $73 million, 190,000-square-foot building will give indoor sports a facility made for an NCAA team. Currently, the Mavericks play on a stage in Texas Hall, equipped more for speakers or performances. The new arena will also host convocations, commencements, major speakers and city events that need a 6,500-seat facility. In addition, the university will build a $67 million mixed-use parking structure and residence hall just north of the center. This building will house parking, retail space on the first floor and living space for about 450 students. The entire project will break ground in the spring, but the university will likely present final designs to the UT System Board of Regents this semester, said Kristin Sullivan, Media

Relations assistant vice president, in a previous article in The Shorthorn. Over the summer the university hired a firm to do soil testing for the site to determine the building’s best foundation. Sullivan said she expects the report to come back later in August. The newest special events center renderings reflect administration’s desires to blend the facility with the existing campus design while incorporating environmentally smart elements. The university released the renderings in late July. University administration is continually talking to HKS’ architects assigned to the project, said Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president. She said the newest renderings reflect a request for energy efficiency, with natural shade on windows, and a blend with the campus’ design by use of complimentary materials. Sullivan said the renderings are not final designs, but an artist interpretation of university requests. She said the university may present finalized plans to the Board of Regents during the board’s Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 meetings. Jason Boyd The Shorthorn: File Art

ProJect timeline Spring 2010: Special event center construction begins May 2010: Clear parking lots and 7-Eleven Summer 2010: First phase of garage begins and residence hall Summer 2011: First phase finished, last phase begins Spring: 2012: Center is completed

Courtesy Photo: HKS Inc./UT Arlington

Courtesy Photo: HKS Inc./UT Arlington

Courtesy Photo: HKS Inc./UT Arlington

The university released new renderings in late July. Kristin Sullivan, Media Relations assistant vice president, said the renderings reflect a request for energy efficiency. The renderings are not final designs. The university may present the final designs to the Board of Regents in November.

Summer 2012: Second phase of the garage and residence hall finished July 2012: Mixed-use residence hall finished (tentative completion date)

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youth is the Vantage through practice and bonding the volleyball team anticipates a successful season By Marissa Hall The Shorthorn editor in chief

Experience. that’s the key difference between this year’s volleyball team and last year’s, redshirt junior setter raegan Daniel said. “Last year we had nine incoming freshmen on a team of 14 and only two or three players on the whole team had college game experience,” she said. “We worked very hard last spring and showed great improvement and we feel more confident as a team.” the team plays its first game of the season Aug. 28 against oral roberts. Its goal is making the southland Conference tournament, something it didn’t achieve last year, head coach Diane seymour said. the team failed to make the playoffs last year after losing to the Lamar Cardinals 3-2. the Mavericks ended the year with a 7-23 record, including three conference wins. those three conference wins were the lowest number wins in seymour’s coaching history. “We were very, very young,” seymour said. “I knew last year we’d be inexperienced and make some mistakes.”

2009 VolleyBall scHedule Illinois State Redbird Classic 8/28 Oral Roberts 5:05 p.m. Normal, Ill. 8/29 Illinois State 12:05 p.m. Normal, Ill. 8/29 Gardner-Webb 5:05 p.m. Normal, Ill. 9/1 Arkansas 7 p.m. Fayetteville, Ark. Colorado State Hilton Classic 9/4 Georgia Southern 5:30 p.m. Fort Collins, Colo. 9/5 Colorado State 2 p.m. Fort Collins, Colo. 9/5 Ohio State 8 p.m. Fort Collins, Colo. UT Arlington Invitational 9/12 Arkansas-Little Rock 11 a.m. Texas Hall 9/12 Oklahoma 7 p.m. Texas Hall

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Outside hitter Bianca Sauls spikes the ball during the Mavericks’ 3-2 loss to Texas Christian on Sept. 10, 2008 at Texas Hall. The Mavericks’ first game of the season will be against Oral Roberts on Aug. 28 in Normal, Ill.

UT Arlington Hilton Invitational 9/18 Arkansas State 7 p.m. Texas Hall 9/19 Texas Southern 12:30 p.m. Texas Hall 9/19 Texas Christian 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall

the young team had a tough time when Bianca sauls, then-sophomore outside hitter, was injured about a month into the season. the injury, which kept sauls from playing for almost two months, forced five freshmen in the starting lineup. the sLC honored a couple of those freshmen at the end of last season. Middle blocker Christy Driscoll was named to the sLC All-Academic team. outside hitter Amanda Aguilera made the AllConference team and is one of six Maverick freshmen to earn the first team recognition. though their youth was a disadvantage last season, it could prove as an advantage this year, Aguilera said. the Mavs lost just two seniors, one of which was a starter. “Now that we have played together for a year, we are going to have better chemistry and do a lot better,” she said. “We know each other very well, which always makes playing with each other easier.” Marissa Hall

9/24 UT-San Antonio 7 p.m. Texas Hall 9/26 Texas A&M Corpus Christi* 2 p.m. Texas Hall 10/2 Lamar* 7 p.m. Beaumont 10/3 Sam Houston State* 7 p.m. Huntsville 10/9 Texas State* 6:30 p.m. San Marcos 10/14 Northwestern State* 7 p.m. Texas Hall 10/17 Central Arkansas* 2 p.m., Conway, Ark. 10/22 Southeastern Louisiana* 7 p.m. Texas Hall 10/24 Nicholls State* 3 p.m. Texas Hall 10/30 McNeese State* 7:00 p.m. Lake Charles, La. 10/31 Stephen F. Austin* 4 p.m. Nacogdoches 11/03 Texas State* 7 p.m. Texas Hall 11/05 Sam Houston State* 7 p.m. Texas Hall 11/07 Lamar* 4 p.m. Texas Hall 11/13 Texas A&M Corpus Christi* 7 p.m. Corpus Christi 11/14 UT-San Antonio* 3:30 p.m. San Antonio

* Conference event Source: UTA Athletic Department

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Harder, Faster, Stronger

UTA’s men’s and women’s basketball teams prepare for another season of challenges and glory

By Ali MustAnsir

2009-10 MEn’s BAsKEtBAll sCHEDulE

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The men’s and women’s basketball coaches spent July traveling and recruiting for the coming season, beginning in November, and said they will build on last season’s performance.

11/14/09 vs. Dallas Baptist Texas Hall 7 p.m. 11/18/09 vs. North Texas Texas Hall 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Cross said this year’s team will play faster, make more baskets, perform better transitions and, for the first time since Cross began coaching the team, guards will be the strength. He said the team needs to increase pressure to wear opponents down. “We’re just going to have to play hard,” Cross said. “That’s the key, to play harder and faster than the other team. To win games.” Cross said the big challenges are games against Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and UT-San Antonio. Cross said he expects to see his players rise to the challenge. He said he anticipates junior Marquez Haynes to be the season playmaker. He said he considers junior Dwight Gentry one of the toughest point guards in the conference and expects great defensive work from him. Cross said he hopes last season redshirt players will help the team this year. Redshirt freshman Armani Williams practiced with the team but didn’t play in conference games. Redshirt freshman Jon Miller and junior Trey Parker had to sit out the season for medical reasons. “Trey Parker is the X factor,” Cross said. “He injured his knee last season, which will hopefully be healed, and has been working out this summer and has put on about eight pounds.” Cross was not allowed to reveal much information about recruiting due to NCAA restrictions. According to NCAA regulations, coaches cannot recruit in August. Cross said he intends to pursue about 10 new players for the fall. Assistant coach Greg Young has also been traveling with Cross recruiting. He said he is excited about how well recruiting has gone but still sees a lot of work to put together their ideal team.

11/21/09 vs. Eastern Washington Texas Hall 7 p.m. 11/24/09 vs. UT-Permian Basin Texas Hall 7 p.m. 11/30/09 at Houston Baptist Houston Time TBA 12/20/09 at Baylor Waco TBA 12/22/09 vs. Texas Wesleyan Texas Hall 7 p.m. 12/30/09 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. TBA 1/2/09 vs. UT-Dallas Texas Hall 7 p.m. 1/5/09 vs. Utah Valley State Texas Hall 7 p.m. 1/9/09 vs. Texas State Texas Hall 7 p.m.

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Foreward Tommy Moffitt attempts a layup Jan. 23, 2008 during UTA’s victory over UT-San Antonio, 56-50.

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Greek life Adapts to Change Alterations to rush policy go into effect this semester By Anthony WilliAms The Shorthorn staff

Greek students and alumni are mostly open to a new recruitment rule in hopes of higher grade point averages and more openness with the entire student community. After the Greek community’s average student grade-point average fell to 2.58 in fall 2008, chapter representatives changed eligibility requirements in February. Now students can no longer rush, or join an organization, until obtaining a minimum of nine university credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher. “Greeks like to say we’re better than average students, so our GPAs should be higher,” said Robert-Thomas Jones, Greek Life program coordinator. The rule change, which takes effect this fall, does not affect transfer students enrolled in nine hours with at least 2.5 grade point averages and 24 hours completed at another college – as earlier reported in The Shorthorn. “It’s more about the transition from high school to college,” Jones said. “There are new expectations.” Jeremy Bennett, a business management senior and former president of the Zeta Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, said his organization and some others already kept incoming freshmen from rushing before the change. “Some fraternities and sororities need new faces to fill a certain quota every year,” Bennett said. “Freshman need to get a first semester of college under their belt, but they can still be interested in Greek Life. Plus, if you want to really go Greek, you should still be interested your sophomore, junior or senior year.” Greek Life officials and chapters stress that while some groups may shift their focus on recruitment to the spring, freshmen can still learn about the Greek community. “We’re challenging that thought. Recruitment is 365 days a year,” Jones said. “I think Greek Life on our campus has had a reputation of being very exclusive. Not only do students think that, but staff as well.” Jones said the majority of Greek organizations previously let freshmen rush in their first semester, and then those freshmen that perform poorly in class affected the chapter’s grade-point average, as well as that of the entire Greek community. Despite the rule change, Jones said Greek students have actually pushed up recruitment efforts this summer by participating in orientation events.

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Mechanical engineering sophomore Raymond Ouch inches below the limbo bar during 2009 Greek Games Tuesday behind the Maverick Activity Center. Ouch won second place in the competition.

“I could foresee more numbers in the spring than fall, but the Greeks will still come out in the fall strong,” he said. “They can’t afford to be weak.” Keegan Wood, an organizational business communication alumnus and member of the Sigma Chi fraternity’s Theta Kappa chapter, said he saw the rule change coming. “I understand where they are coming from with making freshmen focus on schoolwork, but it’s frustrating because they’re not restricting other organizations,” he said, referring to groups like the Latin American Student Organization and other non-Greek groups. Wood, who was a Student Congress senator and Mr. UTA from 2007 to 2008, said joining a Greek organization doesn’t make your grades go down. “When I was in Sigma Chi, my grades actually improved, with the study hours and all,” he said. LaTasha Watson, a criminology and psychology alumni who was last year’s president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority’s Lambda Chi chapter, said she can see both sides. Like Bennett, her organization didn’t allow for first-semester students prior to the change. But she said her grade-point average rose as a Greek, like Wood’s, although she knows that’s not the case with everyone. Jones said all Greek events are open to the public for them to see what Greek life is about. Watson said the extra time can only help students learn more about the different fraternities and sororities. Isabel Garduño, international business and Spanish senior and Alpha chapter president of Delta Alpha Sigma sorority, said she likes the change. It allows for freshmen to get involved on campus more broadly and learning more about it, she said, therefore finding their true niche.

Greek reCruitment eliGiBility rules Must have at least nine credit hours and or a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher. Freshmen with only dual-enrollment credit have to wait a semester before rushing. Eligible transfer students must have completed at least 24 credit hours and attained at least a 2.5 GPA at another school. They also must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours here at the university. Students interested in Greek Life can find more information and register for intake into a fraternity or sorority at Source: Greek Life

“My first semester I got involved in regular organizations like FLOC (Freshmen Leaders on Campus) and LASO,” Garduño said. “I was introduced to Greek Life and got a hint of it then instead of jumping in as some freshmen do because of family or whatever.” Garduño said she hopes Greek organizations can now spend more time networking with interested upperclassmen, although she recognized getting and retaining interest in freshmen is hard for some. Wood said he hopes the university will review the results of the rule change and go back if it doesn’t help any. “My major fear is for this to make the Greek community smaller and smaller,” he said. Anthony WilliAms


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Nursing sophomore Leo Bonus lifts weights at the Maverick Activities Center to exercise his upper body. He said his favorite muscle to work out is the shoulders.

Maximize Your Fitness at the MaC

Regardless if one has only 30 minutes or time everyday, a workout can be feasible BY Dustin L. DangLi


The Shorthorn Scene editor

he Shorthorn spoke with students and fitness experts to help maximize your visits to the Maverick Activities center and get you looking lean and toned in limited time.

Before You Head Out Students can plan before going to The MAc to maximize their workout potential. Fine art senior nabil Ahangarzadeh said students should research the machines before using them. He said lifting too much weight without proper technique and form can lead to injury. Another thing to remember before heading to The MAc is proper workout attire. Fitness assistant director Kala ellison said an old T-shirt and tennis shoes are enough for a workout. “You’ll look cool,” she said. “But it’s all personal preference.” Beverages are also important to bring to the gym. For students who only have 30 minutes to exercise, ellison suggests students stick to drinking water rather than sports drinks. “Water should be all you need for people just training to be healthier,” she said. “A typical Gatorade could have 200 to 300 calories, and it’s better for long workouts.” Personal trainer Sandy Watkins suggests small snacks, like fruits or granola bars, but don’t eat too much. “It’s always best to eat a little before you workout,” Watkins said. “Just enough to have fuel.” Accounting alumnus clay Bell said bringing a friend for support and motivation helps push one to get a full workout. He said friends that know what they’re doing can be more help.

At The MAC It can be overwhelming at first, but with a few tips one can efficiently use every minute at The MAc. The first part is warming up. ellison said students who walk briskly to The MAc already have a good warm-up for cardiovascular exercises. Those wanting to limit their exercises to upper body weight lifting should start with push-ups

MaxiMizing ExErCisEs tips at a gLanCE: * For quick exercise sessions choose water rather than sports drinks. * Make sure to warm up, usually walking to the Maverick Activities Center does the trick. * Commit to super sets. Rather than resting in between sets, move from one muscle to an opposing. * Bring a friend for support and motivation. It also helps if they’re more experienced at exercising. * Be prepared to push yourself. You’re suppose to sweat and want to quit. Sources: accounting alumnus Clay Bell, personal trainer Sandy Watkins, fitness assistant director Kala Ellison

or lighter weights. Those new to exercising should try the various machines and exercises. “Do what you like,” ellison said. “If you don’t like to run then you won’t stick with it.” With that in mind ellison warns that it’s bad to get stuck into a routine. “Find different ways to target the body,” she said. “Just something different to challenge your body in new ways.” Some focus too much on the people around them in the gym, Bell said. He suggests students ask questions if they don’t know how to do something and focus on themselves, not others. “It isn’t a competition,” he said. “There’s always going be someone who’s bigger and better than you.”

Feel the Burn For students with limited time, ellison suggests super sets, where rather than

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Accounting alumnus Clay Bell works on biceps while fine art senior Nabil Ahangarzadeh watches Aug. 4 at the Maverick Activities Center.

resting after an exercise students work an opposing muscle. She stressed, “no resting.” Also, for those who can spare up to two visits a week, she said a total body workout is best, with a day in between to rest. Full body workouts should exercise the chest, back, shoulders, arms, legs and core muscles. For those that don’t know how much weight to lift, ellison suggests starting light. She said a good weight should be challenging. “After eight to 12 repetitions students should begin to feel voluntary fatigue,

where they say, ‘I can’t,’ ” she said. For students focusing on cardio, Watkins said the cardio machines have some form of measurement. For bikes it’s rotations per minute and the elliptical machines strokes per minute. She said students should start higher than comfortable and continue to try and up their previous visit. “challenge yourself,” she said. “If you don’t feel like you’re working out then you’re not.” Dustin L. DangLi

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Leaders to Know

James Spaniolo, university president

President Spaniolo, who began in February 2004, has led the university through a branding change, beginning construction of the Engineering Research Complex, approval for a special events center and putting the university on a path to achieve national research prominence. Spaniolo greets students at MavsMeet New Student Convocation and other major university events.

Six people the university community may want to recognize this semester

Jason Boyd


The Shorthorn news editor

hether the campus and city are new to students or old hat, it helps to know the people who can influence campus life during the upcoming semester. Compiled are some of the bigger movers and shakers.

Donald Bobbitt, Provost and Academic Affairs vice president

The university is on the hunt to join national research institutions like UT-Austin, Texas Tech and Rice University. Research expenditures help to be recognized as such. Bobbitt is in charge with promoting and achieving academic excellence. He works directly with chairs, deans, faculty, fellow executive officers and the president to help the university grasp its goal.

John Hall, Administration and Campus Operations vice president

Serving since February 2004, Hall oversees the Campus Master Plan. That includes the nearly completed Engineering Research Complex and the upcoming special events center. He supervises several offices, including Housing, Facilities Management and the Police Department.

Omar Rosales and Rosita Tran, Mr. and Ms. UTA

The two lead UTA Ambassadors, the group that represents the university at campus and community functions and welcomes visitors to UTA. Rosales promised to “keep an open ear” for student suggestions in his spring 2009 campaign, and Tran said her experience as the group’s secretary would help in a leadership position.

Kent Long, Student Congress president

Long won the office in the spring 2009 campus election, and will serve until spring 2010. Long is responsible for leading meetings and setting the vision for the congress, which passes resolutions it believes will benefit the college and submits them for President Spaniolo’s approval.

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In The naTIon

In Texas

Obama lashes defense establishment, Congress

AP Photo/Dave Einsel

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas comments during a news conference officially announcing her candidacy for Texas governor Monday, Aug. 17, 2009 in La Marque, Texas. Hutchison is planning to give up her Senate seat this fall so she can focus on the governor’s race full-time.

Sen. Hutchison announces for Texas governor LA MARQUE — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced her run for Texas governor Monday with a sharp blast at Gov. Rick Perry, saying he has overstayed his welcome with an administration marked by arrogance and “tragic” mistakes. Hutchison, using her old high school about 40 miles southeast of Houston as a backdrop, also proposed limiting governors to two, four-year terms. She called Perry — a fellow Republican — a “dedicated public servant,” but otherwise laid into him. Perry, in office since 2000, is the longest serving governor in Texas history. Perry took over the remainder of former President George W. Bush’s second term as governor and has been elected to two, four-year terms since. If he’s re-elected in 2010 and completes his term, Perry would have held the job for 14 years. “We can’t afford fourteen years of one person ap-

pointing every state board, agency and commission,” Hutchison said. “It invites patronage. It tempts cronyism. And it has to stop, now.” In a gymnasium that drew about 150 supporters and the La Marque High School cheerleading squad — which Hutchison once belonged to — she delivered her harshest critique ever of the Perry years. Hutchison said Texas is awash in government debt, leads the nation in uninsured children and suffers from the highest property taxes in the country. She singled out the Texas Department of Public Transportation, calling it the “most arrogant, unaccountable state agency in the history of Texas.” Under Perry, the department has shunned local input and built too many toll roads, she said. The state’s senior U.S. senator also belittled Perry’s decision to turn down $550 million in federal stimulus money to help the state’s empty unemployment insurance trust fund. She described the move as politically motivated and “irresponsible.”

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PHOENIX — President Barack Obama took on both the defense establishment and freespending lawmakers on Monday, saying they were draining the nation’s military budget with “exotic projects.” “If Congress sends me a defense bill loaded with a bunch of pork, I will veto it,” he declared in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He accused members of Congress of using the Pentagon budget to protect jobs back home, including on wasteful projects he said were diverting money needed for U.S. military forces battling everything from nuclear weapons to “18th century style piracy and 21st century cyber threats.” Obama thanked America’s veterans and praised U.S. fighting forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he also spoke harshly of a “defense establishment (that) has yet to fully adapt to the postCold War world.” His speech, in the convention center in downtown Phoenix, was respectfully received by the veterans, who frequently interrupted him with polite applause.

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Threat of violence looms over Afghan vote KABUL — The threat of violence looms over Afghan presidential election Thursday. And not just from Taliban militants. Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister who is President Hamid Karzai’s top rival, told a crowd of flag-waving supporters in Kabul on Monday that he will win the election — “if they don’t steal your votes,” confident rhetoric that analysts say could stoke a violent backlash if his supporters believe they’ve been cheated. Serious questions over the fairness of the balloting could result in a winner without real legitimacy — a serious problem in a country where the central government is struggling to exert control beyond

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 the capital. The U.S. is spending millions of dollars and pressing a new military offensive this month to make sure the voting comes off well. Abdullah, a trained ophthalmologist who has railed against government corruption, isn’t the only one who expects fraud. Voting observers warn that cheating will most likely take place at polling stations in remote or dangerous areas where independent monitors won’t be able to be present. A black market for voter registration cards is said to be flourishing, and a suspiciously high number of women — far more than men — have been registered to vote in culturally conservative provinces where Karzai expects to do well among his fellow ethnic Pashtuns who form the majority there.

China pulls world stocks down as markets turn LONDON — World stock markets fell sharply Monday, with China’s main market slumping nearly 6 percent, as mounting worries about U.S. consumer spending reined in hopes for a quick global economic recovery despite news that the recession in Japan has ended. In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 68.96 points, or 1.5 percent at 4,645.01 while Germany’s DAX fell 107.50 points, or 2 percent, to 5,201.61. The CAC-40 in France was 75.58 points, or 2.2 percent, lower at 3,419.69. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 176.09, or 1.9 percent, at 9,145.31 around midday New York time while the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 21.76 points, or 2.2 percent, to 982.33. Concerns about the state of retailing in the U.S. are primarily to blame for the latest bout of jitters in the markets, which have come after a month-long rally has sent many of the world’s main stock markets to new highs for 2009. A disappointing consumer confidence survey on Friday combined with a raft of downbeat earnings from the likes of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., JC Penney Corp. and Nordstrom Inc. to fuel concerns that that the world economy may not recover as swiftly as many in the markets have been hoping.

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Dorm Room Essentials Students tell incoming freshmen how to prepare for life on campus BY DUSTIN L. DANGLI The Shorthorn Scene editor

1. Prepare for Texas Weather The Shorthorn: Rasy Ran

Construction workers work on the Engineering Research Complex August 5. The complex will be complete in January 2011.


Construction Co., the contractor, requires its workers to take breaks, drink water, to check on each other and provide aid to nearby people who continued from page 1 look like they are in distress, Nicely third floor addition to the building said. Patty said the renovations will do expanded the structure to 35,000 amazing things for the university. square feet, according to the Col“I’m sure it will bring a lot of lege of Engineering building progress prospective engineering students and Web site. maybe even motivate some students Substantial completo major in engineering tion means the building that otherwise might not structure is finished, said “This building is have,” Patty said. Bill Amendola, UT Sys- a much needed Patty said she wanted tem senior project manto study in the engimotivation for ager, in a past Shorthorn article. The building will going to class and neering field for a long time and chose bioenbe ready for use Aug. 24, starting my regineering because of in time for fall classes. her love for the human An official ribbon-cut- search. It will be body, the way it functing ceremony is slated eco-friendly and tions and ways to solve Sept. 2. The overall $116 it will help bring a medical problems more million project will be refreshing modern efficiently. “The medical field is substantially completed twist to the camin dire need of a makeJanuary 2011, according over, and bioengineers to the College of Engi- pus.” are the ones who can do neering Web site. Katie Patty, it,” she said. The timing is perfect, bioengineering sophomore The Engineering and bioengineering sophoScience colleges will be more Katie Patty said, the main occupants of who plans to begin rethe complex and will have faculty search around then. “This building is a much needed offices, labs and new research areas. Having this complex is part of the motivation for going to class and starting my research,” she said. “It vision to be a nationally recognized will be eco-friendly and it will help college, said Bill Carroll, College of bring a refreshing modern twist to Engineering dean. The Engineering Research Buildthe campus.” ing, the next and last building to be Severe weather alerts, like thunderstorms and heat advisories, completed, is projected to be comslowed down production but workers pleted January 2011. paced themselves and worked around JOHNATHAN SILVER Mother Nature, project safety ager Tom Nicely said. Hensel Phelps

Biology senior Jerome Kirby learned what to bring on campus after living here since fall 2006. He said some items residents won’t need all the time but should have just in case. It’s usually items people forget to bring when first moving in, Kirby said. His list includes a comforter for chilly nights and an umbrella for rainy days. Undeclared sophomore Kimberlin To said in her first year on campus she learned to have extra clothing. “I made a mistake and left all my jackets at home,” she said. “And you know Texas weather, it got really cold one day. So I skipped all my classes and stayed inside.” Aside from a jacket, she suggested residents have sweaters, hoodies and sneakers to brave harsh conditions.

isn’t open and you don’t want to walk to 7-Eleven.” Kirby said he prefers frozen Mexican and Italian foods.

3. Personalize Your Space Apartment and Residence Life encourages students to make their rooms personal spaces, and easy things to bring can make that philosophy a reality. Undeclared Sophomore Shawn Jenkins said he brought dirt biking posters to customize his room. Personalizing meant keeping family close for To, with framed pictures in various shapes and sizes. “If [the pictures] weren’t there I’d probably miss my family a whole lot more,” she said.

4. Fresh and Clean Every resident needs supplies to keep their room and themselves clean. Kirby said every guy must have these essentials to stay clean: air fresheners, mouth wash and a laundry basket. He said plug-in air fresheners work best, especially when they activate automatically. Jenkins said his secret tip is bringing laundry detergent and making sure it’s detergent. He said he went through most of the school year before discovering he used fabric softener.

2. Food and Dining Another residence hall necessity is stored food for after hours when the UC food court and Connection Cafe close. Kirby said some rooms come with mini-refrigerators and some students decide to bring one, but every fridge needs to have certain items in constant supply. “Every fridge should have bottled water, milk and something frozen you can heat up really quick,” he said. “For the times when the cafeteria

5. Looking good For the girls, To said they should bring a personal mirror. “All of my roommates were really girly so we took a lot of time in front of the mirror,” she said. “Having your own mirror means you don’t have to crowd around just one.”


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Communications Commission to create plans for spreading broadBy using technology, an assis- band technology. “Broadband can be the great tant professor and education students are exploring new ways to enabler that restores America’s economic well-being and opens engage others in the classroom. Many instructors across cam- doors of opportunity for all pus expect their classes to par- Americans to pass through, no ticipate in Internet activity, from matter who they are, where they accessing Web CT and e-mailing live, or the particular circumquestions to using MavSpace stances of their individual lives,” and requiring online sources for Commissioner Michael Copps research papers. Receiving and stated on the FCC Web site. Most of today’s transmitting inforstudents learn visumation in a matter ally by videos, sound, of seconds is catch- “Students image clips and ing on, according to obviously use music, said Linda Peggy Semingson, a technology Armijo, a bilingual literacy studies assiseducation and Spanevery day to tant professor. ish senior. Semingson’s stu- communicate. Armijo, who plans dents, future teachto teach elementary ers, are taught how Those not good school students, said to use different meth- at these ways of using social networks ods for teaching fu- communicating is important for unture students. With a derstanding technol2009-10 Innovative don’t succeed as ogy. Teaching Grant, the well.” “Students obviprofessor was funded ously use technology $3,500 to give stu- linda armijo, every day to commudents cameras to film bilingual education and nicate. Those not Spanish senior short lessons. good at these ways of “Here, we’re startcommunicating don’t ing more interactive ways of communicating,” succeed as well,” she said. “They Semingson said. “Technology in need to be able to e-mail and education is putting knowledge blog to network with their classinto practice.” The movement mates and professors. Professors to get learners more interested with the best attitude toward ein what’s going on in the class- mail and blogging have the most room prompted initiatives for engaged and prepared students.” Students aren’t the only ones education reform, Semingson said. One mainstream effort in- adjusting, Armijo said. Profescludes changing the devices used sors have some work to do too, to communicate with students, she said. “The best professors are those she said. Better known as the stimu- that take advantage of the Interlus package, the American Re- net and bring it into the classcovery and Reinvestment Act of room to liven things up and 2009 called for many broadband bring more dimensions to lecinitiatives. Broadband refers to tures,” she said. high-speed transmission services. The Agriculture Department Johnathan Silver teamed up with the Federal By Johnathan Silver

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Guard Meghan Nelson attempts a layup on the team’s March 10 win over Texas State, 88-71, at Texas Hall. The team’s first game of the 2009-10 season is against Howard Payne University on November 10.

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Women’s Basketball Head coach Samantha Morrow said she expects a challenging year in the Southland Conference. She said players will have to play hard and well, but is confident about returning players. Morrow said she hopes returning juniors Shalyn Martin and Tamara Simmons, both named All-Conference third team selections, will take leadership roles

on and off the court. “Players will get to shine more because of them,” Morrow said. Morrow said preseason games will be a challenge. Those include some Big 12 teams, possibly Oklahoma and Texas. “We play tough preseason games to better prepare for conference games,” Morrow said. Morrow has been recruiting for 2010 and watching for students eligible for 2011.

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Diverse involvement opportunities offered on campus From Disability Awareness Week to Multicultural Mavericks, students can participate in more than just classes. By Johnathan Silver The Shorthorn staff

With different ideas and diverse backgrounds represented by more than 260 student organizations on campus, it would be a waste not to get involved, said Multicultural Affairs director Leticia Martinez. The university ranked 16th out of 200 universities for being one of the topic diverse universities in America, according to a 2009 US News and World Report post. The university community is 47 percent White, 15.2 percent Hispanic, 13.8 percent African American, 10.6 percent Asian, 10.6 percent International and 0.5 percent American Indian. Numbers are crucial but aren’t everything, Martinez said. Besides race and ethnicity, diversity can encompass geographical origins, sexual orientation, religion and socio-eco“College is nomic status, she said. meant to enThe Multicultural Affairs Office reviews lighten and diversity at three levprepare us to els, Martinez said. go out into the Diversity begins with the numbers, world, not only then one should learn academically and from and interact with different cultures professionally, finally, with all but culturally as and the knowledge gained, well.” one has to ask how he or she can positively demarice dumerer affect change in their Office for Students with community, Martinez Disabilities associate said. director “We’re all here to be scholars and specialists,” she said. “You can put 20 different people into one room and nothing could happen. But if you come with something that they can all talk about, then the learning environment becomes enriched. We can disagree, but we can do it civilly.” From Multicultural Affairs, the Multicultural Maverick Executive Board was created to orchestrate major cultural month events on campus. Students serve as chairs on committees that organize events for Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian Heritage Month, Black History Month and Women’s History Month. “Working on women’s issues is interest-

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Bilingual education junior Flora Chavez sings a Spanish song, “Los Laureles,” at the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium during the talent show. The Multicultural Affairs hosted the show for Hispanic Heritage Month.

ing because it motivates women to do good things, hold leadership positions on campus and to let women know about the different women who fought for rights like the right to vote,” said Tierra Chatmon, Women’s History Month chair. “Everyone should get involved with diversity so that they can have a sense of belonging and have something to do on campus.” Each committee should meet seven times before each month begins, Chatmon said. Multicultural Affairs also founded diversity-based group Maversity, a leadership development program addressing diversity aspects. Meetings are planned for the upcoming school year, Martinez said. “College is meant to enlighten and prepare

us to go out into the world, not only academically and professionally, but culturally as well,” said Demarice Dumerer, Office for Students with Disabilities associate director. “Diversity is what shapes us and makes each one of us unique.” The campus community can participate in programs like Disability Awareness Week and surveys distributed on campus on disability, Dumerer said. “All departments on campus can focus on making sure their programs, services and electronic media on campus have a plan in place to address any accessibility issues that may arise,” Dumerer said. “Our office will be happy to consult with any office or student organization on particular ways in which they

can be ‘disability friendly.’ ” Martinez said she would hate to see UTA graduates, who never got involved, brag about the university’s diversity. Students who only attend classes and go home aren’t getting what they paid for, she said. “Go to a Black History Month event. Go to a Movin’ Mavs game. Take a class that isn’t in your major,” Martinez said. “If you haven’t taken advantage of the diversity by participating in something out of your comfort zone, you’re missing out of the fun and part of your higher education that could really make you that specialist.” Johnathan Silver

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various stores looking for the best prices and would worry about book availability. “I order my books off of [] these days,” Davis said. “I started buying them off the site because I could find books in great condition for a fraction of even the used price at a book store.” Davis said he keeps most of his books and renting is not an option. But he sees its advantages for others, he said. “The renting policy is pretty simple and it’s not an outrageous price,” Davis said. “The only negative might be not keeping your books should you want them. That could be easily fixed by giving the students the ability to buy the book for the remaining price at the end of the semester.” Advertising senior Mallory Shepherd said she gets her books from two places.

“First I check the price at the UTA bookstore and compare it to the price on Amazon,” Shepherd said. “I get the cheaper one.” Shepherd said she spends too much on books, spending an average of $50 per textbook if she can get it used and $80 if she has to buy new. “I wish we could get all our books on disc. Those are about $5,” Shepherd said. According to a study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, textbook prices went up at double the inflation rate from 1986 to 2004. Isabelle Smith, history and pre-law junior, said she buys her books online. “I get all the textbooks I can find used on the Internet through Amazon Marketplace or Web sites such as,” Smith said. “And I do it because I can find them much cheaper on the Internet than at the UTA bookstore.” Smith said the new rental program may be a better alternative for books

used in core classes. “The advantage is evident, if it’s a math book that is $100 plus, and you’re never going to need it after the class is over — it’d be cheaper,” Smith said. Political science senior Kassie Dill said she spends $250 per semester on textbooks and buys at the UTA bookstore because it’s most likely to have certain books in stock. She said she’s looking forward to the rental program. “It’s not like you want to look at them once you’re done with the class,” Dill said. “You generally only need them for a semester and even then only when you get assignments involving the book.” Dill said many teachers make packets that have the information students need to read and make them available at the UTA Bookstore.

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Undeclared freshman Jasmine Jones is the sixth customer to receive her rented textbooks Aug. 4 at the UTA Bookstore. The rental program started Aug. 3, saving students almost 60 percent off retail. Students are expected to return books in usable condition and must sign a contract.

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and one of two alumni that became astronauts, the other being Army Brig. Gen. Robert Stewart. “KC inspired our students the times she came to campus, and I’m sure Sally will as well,” Carroll said. Author and urban theorist Richard Florida begins this year’s series Sept. 25 at Texas Hall. Florida wrote The Rise of the Creative Class and Who’s Your City? Both were international best sellers. David Gergen, former communications director

to President Reagan and an adviser to Presidents Clinton, Ford and Nixon follows on Oct. 22 in the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium. Gergen is a Harvard University public service professor and U.S. News and World Report magazine editor-at-large. He was also a CNN mainstay during the network’s coverage of the 2008 presidential election. Newsweek magazine editor Jon Meacham speaks next on Nov. 16, also in Lone Star Auditorium. Meacham wrote Franklin and Winston, American Gospel and the Pu

litzer Prize-winning biography of Andrew Jackson American Lion. He is often a guest on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” The spring semester brings another CNN personality in Jeffrey Toobin, who wraps the series March 25 in Lone Star Auditorium. Toobin, who won an Emmy in 2000 for his reporting on the Elian Gonzalez case with ABC News, is CNN’s senior legal analyst and has written for The New Yorker since 1993.

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Levitt Pavilion starts another free concert series this fall By Harold loren The Shorthorn staff

Free music will fill the air just north of the university this fall when Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion kicks off its Fall Concert Series on Sept. 24. The open air concert venue will showcase 50 free concerts in September and October. “We planned our fall schedule with UTA students very much in mind,” said Cathy O’Neal, Levitt Pavilion communications coordinator. “We’ll be doing our best in September to get word out on campus.” O’Neal said they focused on new advertising this fall and radio public service announcements. Also, they are gathering a small group of street-team volunteers to pass out calendars on campus and around Arlington. “We didn’t focus on UTA as much during our summer concert series because there were less students attending, but we booked some great bands in the fall that will appeal to students,” she said. Bands like The Killdares and Odis are on the schedule, as well as Texas singer Ray Wylie Hubbard. UTA will also be represented Sept. 27 when Terell Stafford and the UTA Jazz Orchestra take the stage. The concert series runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. A series of children’s concerts are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The year-old Levitt Pavilion is an open-air stage located in Founders Plaza at the corner of Abram and Center streets, directly across the street from City Hall. Harold loren

fall concert series scHedule Admission: Free Open lawn seating (first-come, first-serve). May bring lawn chairs and blankets. Snacks and coolers are allowed. Some concessions will be available.

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Levitt Pavilion’s opening night featured Nashville Star winner Melissa Lawson. The outdoor concert hall will feature 50 nights of free concerts and art entertainments for the community.

September 24 Brave Combo - Mosh-pit polka favorites! 25 Alex Cuba - Smooth, sultry sounds that sail across cultural borders 26 Eddie Coker (2 p.m.) - Kid-friendly songs about life, happiness and purple ducks 26 Ray Wylie Hubbard - Legendary Texas troubadour 27 Terell Stafford and the UTA Jazz Orchestra - One of the great jazz trumpet players of our time October 1 The American Bedouin Band - An exciting acoustical blend of rich textures and exotic melodies 2 Tania Cordobes - Eclectic Latin Americana from an accomplished artist 3 Farmer Jason (2 p.m.) - Emmy-winning kids rock from down on the farm 3 Radney Foster - Lyrical country music from a West Texas poet 4 Arlington Jones Trio - A creative mix of jazz, funk, Latin and swing 8 djo-gbe A Night in Africa - Dancers and

musicians create an unforgettable African village celebration 9 Salero! - High-energy Salsa and Latin pop 10 Big Don (2 p.m.) - Positive hip-hop for the kid in all of us 10 Jason D. Williams - Enthusiastic, reckless rock ‘n’ roll in its natural state 11 The Joe Jonas Band - Texas blues at its best 15 Hudost - Experimental world rock, rich and exotic 16 Havana NRG - A new breed of colorful Latin music 17 Mr. Willy (2 p.m.) - Songs and stories from Barney & Friends songwriter, Mr. Willy 17 Blame Sally - Powerhouse all-female rock poised for national attention 18 Hometown Rising Stars! - Maren Morris, Dylan Chambers, Jordan Mycoskie and Chris Hawkes 22 The Killdares - The perfect blend of rock, pop and Celtic 23 Del Castillo - Intoxicating Latin romance with rock ‘n’ roll grit 24 David Chicken (2 p.m.) - Part superhero, part Elvis, 100 percent fun! 24 Odis - Hot indie rock from one of the Metroplex’s most promising bands Source: http://www.levittpavilionarlington. org/

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Miss Texas producer Felicia Fuller directs eager contestants during rehearsal at Texas Hall. The competition included 38 hopefuls from all ends of Texas yearning for the Miss Texas title. Miss North Texas Kristen Blair was crowned this year’s Miss Texas.

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‘May-Ray’ neighborhood to undergo redevelopment Arlington community leaders are working to provide new investment incentives to outside and local developers to bring shops, restaurants, offices and new housing to downtown and the campus’ southeast border. The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation and the university are working closely to redevelop

the “May-Ray” neighborhood, which is close to where the special events center and mixed-use building will be placed.

rooms above about 8,000 square feet of retail rental space. The UT System Board of Regents approved the university’s proposal May 14, with summer 2012 as the substantial completion date.

a five-year letter of intent to stay in Arlington. Miss North Texas Kristen Blair was crowned 2009 Miss Texas.

The Miss Texas pageant was held in Texas Hall this summer, the first time Arlington hosted the event. Fort Worth hosted it for 46 years. The university’s share was 1.3 percent per ticket. The pageant finals’ tickets cost $75. The Miss Texas pageant signed

Sauter, Matt Otteman and Andrew Kainer are all playing as pitchers with MLB affiliated teams. Long was drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft in June and signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics. The contract gave him a

Maverick baseball players Mixed-use building planned sign with MLB teams for Campus Master Plan Miss Texas pageant comes to Four UTA baseball players signed with Major League Baseball teams University administration will Texas Hall for the first time over the summer. Nathan Long, Andy add residential space and give students more retail options with a new mixed-residence building. The proposed building will cost $67 million and includes a four-story residence hall attached to a parking garage for the special events center. The hall would have 241 residence

spot on the team’s minor league affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. Sauter, Otteman and Kainer all signed free agent contracts with professional baseball teams. Sauter signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and plays with its Rookie League team the Arizona Brewers. Otteman signed with the Seattle Mariners and plays with its Rookie League team the Arizona Mariners. Kainer signed with the Florida Marlins and plays with its Rookie League team the Gulf Coast Marlins. — Articles compiled by Julie Ann Sanchez from

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not your Ordinary Campus Activity EXCEL offers students a variety of entertainment choices from blockbuster movies to stand-up comedians One MiC stAnd COMedy series What: Featuring Darren Carter When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Where: Bluebonnet Ballroom Web site: What: Featuring Paul Varghese When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 Where: Bluebonnet Ballroom Web site: What: Featuring Retta When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 Where: Rosebud Theatre Web site:

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EXCEL Campus Activities’ fall programs begin with the MavsMeet After Party on Aug. 21 featuring a performance by cover band TOP and the Welcome Back Movie, Star Trek, EXCEL President Mischeka Nicholson said. The organization continues its Fall Movie Series, which begins Aug. 28, with a showing of UP followed by The Hangover on Sept. 18, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on Oct. 16 and Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince on Nov. 6. Movies are subject to change. The EXCEL Campus Traditions committee will present Bed Races on Oct. 1, Nicholson said. The annual Holiday Celebration is still in planning. In September, EXCEL’s Entertainment and Arts committee hosts the One Mic Stand

comedy series. In the past, EXCEL hosted a big-name fall and spring comedian. This year they will present a series featuring comedians Darren Carter, Paul Varghese and Retta. Carter performs Sept. 8. The Los Angeles-based comedian has appeared in BET’s “Comic View,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” showcasing his impersonations and observations. According to his Web site, after Snoop Dogg saw Carter’s impersonation of the rapper, Dogg regularly invited him to attend family reunions. Darren also appears on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and “Comics Without Borders” on Showtime. Varghese performs Oct. 6. The Southern comedian appeared on “Last Comic Standing 2” and Telemundo 2’s “Loco Comedy Jam.” Varghese’s Web site said his comedy origins are a bit different. Although most co-

What: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen When: 8 p.m. Oct. 16 Where: Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium What: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince When: 8 p.m. Nov. 6 Where: Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium

MAjOr events What: Oozeball When: Sept. 18 Where: Greek Row’s Oozeball lots

What: UP When: 8 p.m. Aug. 28 Where: Maverick Activities Center west lawn

What: Bed Races When: Oct. 1 Where: Maverick Stadium

What: The Hangover When: 8 p.m. Sept. 18 Where: Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium

Source: EXCEL President Mischeka Nicholson, Mav Dates and Data

Left: Biology Junior David Potter hands some free popcorn to Mechanical Engineering graduate student Rachaneewan Charoenwat June 25 during the EXCEL Summer Movie Series. Potter is a member of EXCEL Campus Activities and says he enjoys this opportunity to meet new people from the school and community.

medians begin their career as a class clown, he wasn’t. “He was tormented on a daily basis by the class clowns. So he became a comedian, hoping that one day he might bump into his former class clowns at a comedy club somewhere and exact revenge.” Retta ends the series Nov. 3. She has appeared in “Parks and Recreation,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the film First Sunday. She has also performed on a variety of Comedy Central shows like “Premium Blend.” “All of EXCEL’s programs are student based,” Nicholson said. “Meaning that students input, wants and wishes are behind all the programs that EXCEL Campus Activities will host.” Ali MustAnsir

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Justin Pierre, lead singer of Motion City Soundtrack, riles up the crowd March 30 in the Maverick Activities Center. Motion City Soundtrack wrapped up Springfest 2009 with their song “The Future Freaks Me Out.”

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Professors discussed ways to reduce scholastic dishonesty in a meeting on Wednesday. BY CAROLINE BASILE The Shorthorn staff

University faculty members wonder if adding an honor code will increase education standards. In the 2007-’08 academic year, the university handled 218 scholastic dishonesty referrals, an increase from 110 in the 2006-’07 year. Dur-

ing its February meeting, the UTA’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers expressed interest in researching the concept. Organizational behavior professor Jim Quick said the purpose is to help ensure that students’ work — like essays, research and papers — is original. In the academy’s Wednesday meeting, Mary Lynn Crow, education professor and chairwoman, presented research from various universities with honor codes in

place, including the University of California system, indicating that students who are dishonest in college are more likely to engage in fraud and theft in their careers. Crow said the academy is only looking into the idea of an honor code and nothing is scheduled to change or be added to current policy. “We want to clarify for students so they understand what individual professors want,” she said. “We want ACADEMIC continues on page 3

BY JOHNATHAN SILVER Contributor to The Shorthorn

Attendees at a tobacco-free forum Thursday accused the Tobacco Free Campus Initiative committee of creating biased survey questions about tobacco usage to get desired results, siding with other agendas and not having a legitimate argument for changing the current policy. Criminology graduate student Donna Salazar has smoked for 45

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UTA carpenter Ubaldo Hinojos holds up a wooden cutout of a woman while Lynn Honea, another UTA carpenter, pounds it into the ground near the University Center mall Thursday afternoon. The cutouts are adorned with informative plaques and are being erected to distribute information for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

BY JASON JOYCE The Shorthorn staff

High winds and a damaged power distribution line were the two factors behind Thursday’s power outage that left more than

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High winds contributed to the university’s partial power outage. North Texas wildfires caused in part by high winds were the cause for haze in Arlington and Forth Worth skies, according to the Associated Press.



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She said large parts of her most up-to-date textbook, published in 2009, are already obsolete. “All of the money and banking texts are being rewritten,” Himarios said. Marketing assistant professor Fernando Jaramillo said he teaches students about the importance of sales in this climate. “We talk about issues like how you can employ sales strategies to convince people to continue doing business with you, even during a time of crisis,” he said. Jaramillo said value is critical in customers’ decisions, and the market has to move from a mindset of telling a customer about a product to selling its value. The crisis creates challenges and opportu-

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DR. RUTH Q: I have been with a man for the past 10 years. We have two children. We have split up twice because of his lying and because of his cheating. He gave me herpes. I find it hard to leave, even though I want out. I feel bad for wanting to do so. Am I wrong? We have gone for counseling, and still he lies and I can't take it anymore. Please advise.

Q: What has the reality of the "sexual revolution" come to when you live alone and sometimes even the thought of pleasing yourself is repugnant? A: Sex is wonderful, and basically I think it's a good thing that we've been able to separate having children from having sex, because there are too many people in this world as it is. But the sexual revA: Staying with someolution -- which I would one who treats you badly define as people having out of guilt -- which is sex outside the bonds of what it sounds like is hap- Dr. Ruth marriage, as is so common pening in your case -- is Send your these days -- does have its not a good reason. And if questions to Dr. costs. The best sex exists he gave you herpes, think Ruth Westheimer within a relationship, but about what other diseases c/o King when people can satisfy he could give you. While Features their sexual urges outside counseling can help some Syndicate, 235 E. of relationships, it makes couples improve their 45th St., New finding someone with relationship, there's no York, NY 10017 whom to have a relationguarantee. If someone ship much harder. So we're doesn't want to change, then no paying a price for our freedom in amount of counseling can get him or terms of loneliness. I wish I could her to change. On the other hand, a offer you a simple solution, but it's a counselor might be able to make it complex problem. All I can say to easier for you to leave, so I would you is to put as much effort as you suggest that you go by yourself so can into finding a partner whom you you can gather enough psychologi- love and who loves you. Once that cal strength to leave this toxic rela- happens, you'll be happy and won't tionship. have to worry so much about the sexual revolution.


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40 Green prefix 44 Moved like bees 46 Cave dweller 47 Most loyal 48 Sounds of surprise 50 Singer LaBelle 52 Herb garden staple 53 “Nana” author Zola 54 Chopped into cubes


55 Word that can precede the starts of the answers to starred clues 56 Entice 57 Feels sorry about 61 Chemical in Drano 62 Sighting in the sky, for short

Instructions: Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 grid contains the digits 1 through 9 with no repeats. That means that no number is repeated in any row, column or box.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Civil engineering lab manager Jorge Forteza strolls through the recently completed plaza south of the Engineering Lab Building. Forteza says...