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Spaniolo tightens focus on Tier One With stiff competition for Tier One status, the president centers resources on the race. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff

As UTA narrows its focus on becoming a top research institution, President James Spaniolo isn’t wasting any time putting that goal on the front line. “With every decision, we must ask ourselves — does this help us become

a national research university? Will that get us closer to our goal,” Spaniolo asked. “And the answer to these questions must be yes or we will not pursue these initiatives — however worthy they may be — because time is short, and resources are limited.” Spaniolo said at the Leadership Luncheon on Tuesday that the university needs more endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships — which all require more private donations. The university received the lowest amount of private donations out of

the seven universities eligible for the Texas Research Incentive Program, which was established after the Texas Legislature passed Tier One legislation earlier this year. The university is expected to be eligible for $1.1 million from the program. Spaniolo said the university had a small time frame, from June, when the 81st Legislature ended, to Sept. 1, when the applications for matching donations were due. He said he thinks UTA will be able to present more money to the Texas Higher Educa-


tion Coordinating Board by the next go-around. Tier One is a phrase used to describe schools that have achieved nationally-recognized research status. Spaniolo anticipates the path to Tier One taking 10 to 15 years. Provost Donald Bobbitt said that having a history of private donations is imperative. “Frankly, the university hasn’t had much of a history of people giving back to the institution,” he said. “It’s going to take a while for

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that to develop.” Bobbitt said the president’s counSPANIOLO continues on page 3


Association hosts fasting event for charitable cause For every non-Muslim who pledged to fast, sponsors promised to donate $1. BY TEMICCA HUNTER

SPEAK OUT Students who participated in the Fast-A-Thon

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Some Muslim students have been fasting for about a month to celebrate Ramadan. In the holiday’s spirit, the Muslim Student Association hosted an event to benefit a charitable cause. The Get Hungry for Change! Fast-A-Thon was held Tuesday evening in the University Center’s Rio Grande Room. The event was held to raise money for Doctors Without Borders, a non-profit international medical humanitarian organization. The organization works in more than 60 countries to address hunger and poverty issues. Students were asked to sign up on Friday and Monday. For every non-Muslim who pledged to fast, participating donors promised to give $1 to Doctors Without Borders to help feed a child in need. The event gathered about 180 people. Communications junior Erin Tracey participated in the Fast-A-Thon because she wanted to try something different, she said. She said fasting wasn’t easy. Earlier in the day, her young son offered her some of the FAST-A-THON continues on page 6

“It’s a very spiritual thing - it reminds you how many people around the world experience hunger.” Haider Abbas, accounting sophomore “It was hard fasting because it was a dry fast.”

Abigail Goring, anthropology senior “I did it for the charity.”

Andrew Laffiteau, mechanical engineering sophomore

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Spanish junior Taylor Hewitt performs a praise dance Tuesday in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge as part of the first Ivy Night of Soul. This event gave students a chance to showcase their talents and was organized by the Zeta Mu chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


Hispanic heritage celebrations begin Upcoming events include art exhibition, a discussion forum and dance performances. BY NICOLE LUNA The Shorthorn Staff

Multicultural Affairs kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday. The month recognizes the contributions Hispanics have made to the United States and celebrates their heritage and cul-

ture. During this month, events will be held to reflect the Hispanic cultures’ traditions. These events include showcasing Hispanic students artwork, discussing issues concerning the Hispanic community, a comedy night and Hispanic music and dance. “These different events are to celebrate Latino culture,” said Lupe Leyva, accounting senior and Hispanic Heritage Month

chair. “Also, it brings awareness about Hispanic heritage.” Business management sophomore Teirra Chatmon said it is important to celebrate Hispanic heritage because it teaches history of Hispanic cultures and awareness of the different traditions. Chatmon also said it is a chance to meet new people from other cultures who share same interests. HISPANIC continues on page 3

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Biology senior Alaa Ramadan, left, graduate student Dalalle Ali, center, and biology sophomore Reem Abuhandara help prepare the food which was served to attendees who pledged for Fast-A-Thon on Tuesday in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom. The charitable event attracted about 180 students and will benefit Doctors Without Borders.

“Really, most days I forget to eat anyway because I’m really busy.” Erin Tracey, communications junior

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Certificate in Professional HR Management: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 112 Santa Fe Station. Cost is $1,025. For information contact Continuing Education 817-272-2581. Resume Critiques: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Nedderman Hall, first floor atrium. Free. For information contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: Tommy Fitzpatrick/ Margo Sawyer: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Gallery at the UTA. Free. For information contact Patricia Healy at 817-2725658 or Study Abroad Fair: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, University Center. Free. For information contact Blake Hart 817-272-1120 or Focus on Faculty - Dr. Kaushik De on “Mysterious Matter”: Noon-1:30 p.m., Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free. For information contact Tommie Wingfield at 817272-2658 or Mindful Moments: 12:15 p.m., 235 Business Building. Free. For information contact Marie Bannister at 817272-2771 or “Stars at Night are Big and Bright”: 2 p.m.- 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 817-272-1183 or planetarium@ How to be Successful at a Job Fair: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Business Building, rooms 633 and 610. Free. For information contact Career Services 817-272-2932 or $2 Movie- The Incredibles: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. the Planetarium. Price is $2. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@uta. edu. Wild ‘N Out: 7 p.m.- 10 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, UC. Free. For information contact the Black Student Association at

PERSONAVACTION by Thea Blessener

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HERE COMES THE SUN Electrical engineering junior Clark Metzger lies on Central Library mall Tuesday as a change of scenery. Metzger had to stay indoors like many other students during the several rainy days. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday.



Study abroad info to be given at fair

Professor to speak about study of mass

Students who want to visit another country and learn the process of going to school outside the U.S. can attend the Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Attendees will learn in-depth information WHEN about the university’s programs and scholarships offered for studying abroad, said Blake AND Hart, Study Abroad Programs director. StuWHERE dents can ask questions to students who have studied abroad and professors who lead interWhat: Study national programs. Abroad Fair Representatives from the programs will have tables set up. American Institute for ForWhen: 11 a.m. eign Study, International Studies Abroad, Den-2 p.m. mark’s International Studies, University Studies Wednesday Abroad Consortium, International Partnership Where: for Service Learning and Leadership, Study University Abroad Italy and the Peace Corps will recruit Center Palo students at the fair. Duro Lounge Hart said that about 300-500 students are expected to attend. Music associate professor Michael Varner will speak about a program in Ghana. Raymond Elliott, modern languages department chair, will speak about programs in Mexico, Spain, Russia and France. Honors College Dean Karl M. Petruso will unveil the country that the Honors Study Abroad program will be at this summer, Hart said. Hart said students should consider studying abroad because it’s a great way to learn about cultures and learn a language quickly. “Sometimes it’s as cheap as UTA, and sometimes it’s even cheaper,” he said.

Mass is a part of everything and yet scientists such as physics professor Kaushik De are still trying to find a way to define it. In his speech, The Mystery of Mass, De will discuss mass and what efforts are made to define this integral part of nature. The talk will take place at noon, today, WHEN in the Central Library sixth floor parlor. “Mass is something that is the base of all AND modern physics but is still relatively unknown,” WHERE De said. He will begin his speech with an overview of What: the study of mass and why it is important for Kaushik De’s people to understand it. speech The De is also the U.S. coordinator of the ATLAS Mystery of experiment with the Large Hadron Collider — Mass the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. When: noon De will then discuss the Higgs theory, or today Higgs particle, a particle believed to give others mass. He will correlate the particle and its imWhere: Cenportance in understanding mass. The discovery tral Library of the Higgs particle is one of the goals of the sixth floor collider in Switzerland, he said. “One of the most fundamental properties of the universe is still unknown and finding the Higgs particle has almost become the holy grail of physics,” he said. De will explain the differences between Einstein’s physics theories and field physics theories and why it has been difficult to unify the two frames. He will speak as a part of the library’s “Focus on Faculty Speaker Series.” Light refreshments will be served during a 30-minute reception after the talk.

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

Theft A student reported his bike stolen from outside the Fine Arts Building at 12:55 p.m. The case is still active.


CORRECTIONS UTA Volunteers meeting time was incorrectly stated in Tuesday’s calendar. It should have said it was from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Theft UTA Bookstore employees stopped a subject trying to steal a book at 1:02 p.m. at 400 Pecan St. The subject handed back the book and left the store.

Warrant Service A nonstudent was arrested at 3:30 a.m. at 600 UTA Blvd. for outstanding Dallas warrants and was taken to Arlington Police Department.

Theft Two textbooks were reported stolen from a student inside the University Center at 3:30 p.m.

Suspicious Circumstances A nonstudent was walking suspiciously around the UTA Bookstore and tried to walk out of the east exit doors with a textbook at 4:48 p.m.

Public Intoxication An erratic nonstudent driver was arrested for public intoxication and outstanding Dallas warrants at 2:42 a.m. at 600 Mesquite St.

Fire/Fire Alarm Gas detection alarms were activated inside the Nanofab center. The alarm was confirmed false at 4:52 p.m. and was reset by safety personnel.

Injured Person Medical Assist A student was injured after slipping on a wet stairwell in the University Center at 12:46 p.m. The student was transported to Health Services.

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Schedule of Events Semana de Cultura-Works by Hispanic Art Students Sept. 21-25 Gallery West-Studio Arts Center 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Doctoral students may try, academia and government agencies,� he said. “Students receive up to $30,000 for conducting research. will be closely mentored and By Johnathan Silver

Hispanic Issues Forum Sept. 23 San Saba and Palo Pinto rooms, UC, noon-1 p.m.

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Latino Comedy Night featuring Ernie G. Sept. 28 UC Bluebonnet, 7 p.m., free admission 2nd Annual Latin Soul Night Oct. 12 Rio Grande Room A, UC, 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Dancing with Mavericks Oct. 12 Mavericks Activity Center, 6:30 p.m. Register teams online by 5 p.m., Oct. 9

In a campus filled with people from diverse cultures, Hispanics were the largest minority group last year with 3,824 students. They continue to be the largest with 4,626, according to the fall 2009 enrollment. Civil engineering junior Juan Cruz said he thinks that this celebration is a great opportunity for the Hispanic students who were born in the United States to revisit their cultural roots. “It will remind them of who they are, learn about their culture and where they came from,� he said. Civil engineering junior Gunther Garcia said the month’s events give a chance for Hispanics from different counties to get to know each other. Civil engineering junior, Rafael Oliveira, said it is

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Hispanic Heritage Month will feature events that give the campus community the opportunity to experience and celebrate traditions in the Hispanic culture. Semana de Cultura – Works by Hispanic Art Students is one of the first events of the month.

great for all the students to get a chance to know one another outside class. “It’s always good to have these events to help people interact with one another so that they can get to know each other in an informal environment,� he said. Criminal justice senior Claudia Lopez said she

is proud of her Mexican American roots. “I love diversity,� she said. “It’s important for people to know what other cultures could bring aside from their own.� Industrial engineering freshman Gustavo Robles said it’s important to represent his Hispanic culture and show Hispanics bring

more to campus than just a large presence. He also said that the general public perceives Hispanics in a negative way. “This gives us an opportunity to show our talent, what we can do and what we are made of,� he said. nicole luna

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cil is currently developing a blueprint for UTA’s official approach to Tier One that should be released by February 2010. “For those who want to give a big gift — they want to know that it’s for something strategic,� he said. “Once a few individuals come forward, I think it will be a snowball effect.� The university also expects to gain funds through the Maverick Match program, which gives incentives to private donors by matching dollar-fordollar any new endowments for at least $25,000 paid out over no more than five years. Last year, UTA received 60 new endowments. The program is funded by the natural gas royalties from on-campus drilling. Six wells are currently producing, with 13 others being drilled. Spaniolo said the low

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reality checK Lockheed Martin campus recruiting representative Nathaniel Morgan, left, reviews the resume of Aditya N. Das, electrical engineering doctorate student, on Monday in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. The resume critiques will be available all week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lounge.

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The Department of Computer and Science Engineering received a $522,624 grant from the Department of Education. The grant can benefit up to 20 doctoral students. Computer science engineering doctoral students interested in research and looking for extra cash have the opportunity to apply for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need research fellowship. It provides fellowships from $20,000 up to $30,000, depending on financial need. Students are required to pursue the highest degree in their fields, which are designated by the federal government as areas of national need, such as engineering and science. Funding is renewable for the duration of the doctoral program. Positions are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. No grant money goes to research, said Ishfaq Ahmad, computer science and engineering professor. The money goes directly to students. Ahmad was in charge of writing a grant proposal and building a faculty team to work on the project. Students will be expected to focus full time on their doctoral studies, meaning students can’t have jobs outside school research, he said. “We want to produce outstanding Ph.D. students who

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there will be more advising and assessment.� Ahmad and his team are looking for any students but are particularly interested in minority students. A small number of minorities study and work in engineering fields, he said. In computer science that number is especially low. “We can’t discriminate admission on any basis and we won’t discriminate against the mainstream,� he said. “But we want to encourage minorities, females and the underrepresented to apply.� Such programs are needed for engineering growth at the doctoral level, said Carter Tiernan, engineering assistant dean for student affairs. Besides getting minorities and women involved, the primary goal is to produce more doctoral students, she said. Muhammad Yousaf, a computer science engineering graduate student, said he’s taking classes in different engineering majors to decide what he would like to study at the doctoral level. It’s all about being comfortable and doing what you like, he said. “I would love to know more about this program,� Yousaf said. “I’m definitely going to look into it.� Ahmad and his team are accepting applications for the fellowship. Johnathan Silver

natural gas prices hurt how much UTA profited, but expects within a year or so, the prices will be back to normal. Spaniolo also said a Tier One university needs a “Tier One city,� meaning a more developed downtown with restaurants, grocery stores, housing and high-tech jobs. He said that UTA can’t become Tier One without the city’s support. “You go to different big universities in America and they all have impressive, dynamic downtown areas,� Spaniolo said. “We want to be very clear that we think that’s part of becoming a Tier One university.� Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said that, considering the only place students go to is the 7-Eleven, working together is critical. Spaniolo said that revamping the city and gaining more private donations go hand-inhand. Joan Khalaf

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For the first time in 90 years, UTA could be paperless Losing the paper would affect the campus community and cohesiveness. Whether you read it or use it as an umbrella, The Shorthorn has been a tradition at the university since 1919. Student Congress’ resolution for the paper to stop printing and move online would be detrimental. Going exclusively online would deny students, faculty and staff the ability to pick up the paper and feel included on a campus of thousands of people. The Shorthorn provides something invaluable at the university: a community. This is a vital part of what college is all about. Students, faculty and staff are able to experience a shared sense of reading the paper. They can pick up a copy and find out valuable information and news on campus events they may not have known about. Readership and advertising revenue generate greater numbers in the print edition than at A goal of the paper’s staff is to increase the number of people reading stories and utilizing multimedia Editorial provided on the Web site, but rounduP the readership is much greater The issue: in print than online as of now. In an effort to create More than 17,000 read The a greener campus, Student Congress Shorthorn in print each day, introduced a resolution Tuesday through Friday. Only suggesting The Shorthorn stop its about 1,500 go to the Web site print edition and go daily. exclusively online. One of our Web site’s goals We suggest: is to create a greater dialogue Let SC know that you among present and past univerdo not agree with the resolution. Go online to sity students. it’s a forum where people can express their opinto contact them. ions on stories, submit photos, watch videos, all creating another community that is shared with alumni and parents who aren’t able to pick up a printed copy. Readers of the print version are mostly students, faculty and staff, whom the paper is for. We encourage readers to write guest columns and letters, expressing their voices and opinions. After a published submission, the print edition provides them with a copy to hold, share with friends and family, and utilize their piece for resumes and extra credit in some classes. The Shorthorn staff makes efforts toward a green campus by printing on recycled paper and recycling extra copies. We cut the number of print editions from 10,000 to 8,000 per day. The Shorthorn went from printing twice a week to once a week during the summer. The goal of going green is one we share with the President’s Sustainability Committee and support all efforts to make the campus greener — we inform students of actions taken to accomplish this goal. The Shorthorn in print dates back 90 years. it provides career experience for students from an awardwinning daily paper. Without a print product, those students would miss out on experience. Above all, the paper is printed for the UTA community, to inform it of university news. if we move The Shorthorn online only, we lose the opportunity to reach that community. — The Shorthorn editorial board: Marissa Hall, Jason Boyd, Dustin Dangli, Shawn Johnson and Cohe Bolin

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A look at the brighter side of things, even if it’s not what you’re looking for


he new Cowboys Sta- was built to be aesthetically dium was completed pleasing — a monument to in the spring — tall modern-day gladiators of and shining white — glo- America — and a forum for rious to behold. The best musicians and entertainers part was seeing it from the who are the backbone of America’s modern fourth floor balcoculture. ny of the Fine Arts Whether you Building. find the building That was last beautiful or not, spring. now, the one must admit new Engineering that the sheer size Research Buildof the stadium ing is day-by-day structure should, climbing higher and does, inspire into the skylines a testament to the of Arlington and human capacity to the university. The justin sharP design, engineer lovely view from the balcony is now ob- and construct great buildings. structed. The new engineering it seems odd that a view of a football stadium could building will be built for mean so much, but it gave function rather than beauthe vista of Texas prairie ty, according to the virtual tour on the College of Ensome real interest. it isn’t the Coliseum in gineering’s Web site. Cost Rome, but in the tradition effective, simple and plain of massive civil engineer- — it will not likely inspire ing in the metropolises of — it’s just another utilitarthe world, the new stadium ian structure.

Engineering. The building will be useful— especially for bright young students — who will go on to design great structures of the future. it will attract talented professors and bring the university closer to a nationally-recognized research facility status. it is possible, should one wish to see the stadium, to view it from other buildings and balconies on campus where it’s unobstructed. it would be silly to take time out of a busy day to visit those buildings for a glimpse of the stadium if one has no classes in those buildings. it is unlikely anyone will mourn the loss of a view, or even notice... Out of sight, out of mind, the old saying goes.

— Justin Sharp is a journalism senior and a columnist for The Shorthorn


When spirit is scarce, bring in more entertainment to athletic events The Shorthorn ran a column Sept. 4 urging students to attend athletic events. It gave the usual reasons to support our athletics: we’ve paid for it with our student fees; the athletes deserve our support; it’s part of college life; and periodically, when the teams are winning, it can even be entertaining. That all is true but it isn’t enough to capture the attention of students at this campus. I attend athletic events on campus on a regular basis and it is disappointing seeing the low attendance level, especially from students. I think the athletic department and student organizations should do more to attract students to games. And I’m not talking about more promotional gifts. What worked at other schools I attended as an undergraduate, (University of Texas at El Paso and California State University, Bakersfield), was bringing other entertainment to the courts and fields. The Super Bowl may not need a major musical act for halftime to sellout but people expect it and it’s something we should consider here. Why doesn’t our school look for that kind synergy at a basketball game? EXCEL Campus Activities and Intercollegiate Athletics could work together to bring us a full night of entertainment. Both basketball teams deserve to play for a full house and if it takes a nationally-recognized entertainer as a follow-up to the game, then make it happen. I’ve seen other universities have a featured artist sing the national anthem, do a song or two at halftime, then do a full show after the game. The fans were sold a single ticket for both events and had to be seated before the first half of the basketball game ended. Can’t we try that here? —Al Woolum Quantitative finance graduate student

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The voice-over on the virtual tour states cheerily that the building materials were “selected to be visually exciting while blending with other campus structures.” Bill Carroll, College of Engineering dean, said that the facility will have many aesthetic qualities and will “not only be functional but attractive.” This should be required of such a building — make it functional, sturdy and attractive — not a bad attitude to take while adding learning facilities to a crowded campus. The structure won’t speak to the artist that lurks deep within all of us — it won’t evoke a sense of childlike wonder and awe. Regardless, the new building will go up and help create much-needed research space, meeting the current and future requirements of the College of

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An expression of gratitude The College Republicans at UTA would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all who helped make our “September 11: We Will Never Forget” event a great success. We would like to personally recognize a few individuals — without them our event would have never happened. First, we would like to recognize Carter Bedford, Student Governance and Organizations associate director. He was instrumental in helping us fill out the paperwork and coordinating with other departments within the university. He did an amazing job helping us adjust event locations due to the rain on Friday. Secondly, we would like to recognize the University Center Operations department for its hard work. From the students at the front desk, to all the behind-the-scenes staff, you did an amazing job of helping and adapting as things changed day by day. When the rain hit Friday morning, you sprung to action and set up the Bluebonnet Ballroom in a matter of minutes. Third, we would like to thank Governmental Relations director Kate Kettles. You did a spectacular job helping us coordinate with the offices of Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington. You made sure all the right people knew, when the venue changed. Lastly, we would like to thank our fellow students outside our organization who helped contribute to this event. Jorge Trevino, from the University Catholic Community at UTA, for delivering a deep, heartfelt prayer; to Andrea Lewis, whose voice soared during the singing of the national anthem and “America the Beautiful;” and to a passerby named Autumn, who asked to help us pull up all 2,977 flags. Your help was greatly appreciated. And to all those who took a moment out of your day to remember and saw more than just flags in a field but a remembrance for each life that was lost on that day eight years ago — we thank you all.

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Police attempt to obtain warrant on theft suspect Surveillance shows a second man was involved in stealing of textbooks. By Nicole HiNes The Shorthorn staff

UTA Police are looking for someone believed to be connected to a previous theft from the UTA Bookstore. A total of five books valued at $231 were sold to Stanza Textbooks on Sept. 4 that were flagged by the store’s computer system to have been stolen minutes before. UTA Police responded to the call and arrested Hanad Mohamed Hassen on a charge of theft. UTA Bookstore surveillance footage showed a second man involved in the theft. There was not enough evidence to arrest the second suspect, who was at Stanza Textbooks at the time of Hassen’s arrest, until the footage was seen by police later. “We have to prepare the case and present it to the [District Attorney] to see if we have enough probable cause to obtain a warrant,” said assistant police chief Rick Gomez. UTA Bookstore director Bill Coulter reported a complete description of the two men and their vehicle, according to a police report last week. Police said they could not release the description at this time. “The goal is not to catch people stealing, it is to prevent them from stealing,” Coulter said. “It’s being alert enough and visible enough that they don’t

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The UTA Bookstore implemented a new rule Tuesday which states that backpacks are no longer allowed on the second floor area where textbooks are sold. Students are to leave their backpacks with a bookstore employee when they are on the second floor. This rule was put into place after a series of incidents where textbooks were stolen and sold at neighboring bookstores.

Police coNTAcT To report suspicious activity on campus, call police at 817-272-3381. In case of emergencies or crimes in progress, call 817-272-3003.

“I think [students] need to be as afraid of buying stolen books as they are of getting their books stolen.” Bill coulter,

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steal.” Officers recovered and returned all books and cash to the two bookstores. “I think [students] need to be as afraid of buying stolen books as they are of getting their books stolen,” Coulter said. He encouraged students to watch after their books as much as a woman would watch her purse or a man would watch his wallet, Coulter said. Coulter said the three most common places people steal books from are the University Center food court, the Central Library and restrooms. Every semester, the bookstore changes its pro-

cedures, after the first few weeks of that semester, to prevent shoplifting. The bookstore allows textbook-department browsing at first but switches to clerk-service, meaning an employee finds books for customers. When the theft happened the store was allowing self-service. Hassen was booked into the Arlington Police Department jail at 4 p.m. and posted a $750 automatic bond at 10 p.m. the same day.

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The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

wAlkiNg oN suNsHiNe Hearing assistant dog Josephene walks with history graduate Margaret Knox-Kruschke on her way to a veterans meeting at the University Center on Tuesday.

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Cheetos he was eating. She said it took a lot of restraint to resist the snack, but not eating is something she’s used to doing. “Really, most days I forget to eat anyway because I’m really busy,” she said. English sophomore Anna Garcia, a non-Muslim, said she wanted to take part in the event because it is for a good cause. “I normally fast twice a month for spiritual reasons,” she said. Each participant pledged to forgo food and water on Tuesday sun up to sun down. The event was sponsored by companies such as Pepsi Co. and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and some individuals, including Allan Saxe, political science associate professor. As the participants broke their fast at around 7:30 p.m. biology junior Osama

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Hanif began the call of prayer, which is common during Ramadan. Muslim students took off their shoes, knelt to the floor and began to pray. “Come towards success, God is great, God is great,” he said during the prayer. “There is no one worthy of worship but God.” Accounting junior Haider Abbas said Ramadan is a wonderful month. “One of the main reasons we fast is to experience the feeling that people less fortunate feel around the world,” he said. “It’s a good time to worship God.” TemiccA HuNTer

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Participants pray before feasting at Fast-A-Thon Tuesday in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom.


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